Induction into the Jurade of Saint-Emilion!

The year was 1199….
when the Jurade of Saint-Emilion was founded. Temporarily dissolved during the French Revolution, this confrérie was reinstated in 1948 and has since inducted 3,000 individuals from all professions and many countries who have a passion for the wines of Saint Emilion. Their mission is to protect the wine quality and viticulture of Saint-Emilion. And now, as a Dame de la Jurade, I have the great honor and privilege of being one of them!

The Jurats, among the 140 Local Guardians of the Tradition

Inductees in our capes head into the lovely Church in Saint-Emilion for Catholic Mass and Communion, accompanied by bagpipes and drums

My friend, Edouard Moueix, of Belair Monange and La Fleur-Pétrus, one of the 140 official resident presiding Jurats of Saint-Emilion

The stage where each of the 40 inductees stood, in Saint-Emilion’s moat, on the edge of the UNESCO-protected city walls

I was so honored and deeply touched to be recognized by this prestigious group!

I received a beautiful diploma in Latin with a wax stamp as a Dame de la Jurade!

There was a celebratory lunch following the three hours of ceremony, of squid stuffed with minced pigs feet (right up my organ meats alley!), and pigeon in blueberry sauce, and amazing ganache-chocolate-yogurt for dessert. With each course, the lovely Saint-Emilion wines were brought in with much pomp and circumstance. I got to see some old friends and make new ones — it was a beautiful day!

As always, you can see more photos from my adventures on my Instagram and Facebook !

See more photos and details on the Jurade de Saint Emilion induction in my September 2023 newsletter! Sign up here on my website and join me as I head to Paris to work with a Michelin chef!

I’m a Summit Expert! Watch my interview about nourishing the skin inside and out, on the Nourishing Vibrant Health Summit – “How to reclaim vibrant health in the modern world of dis-ease,” airing October 23 to 27, 2023. You can sign up for free and see speakers like Dr. Cate Shanahan, Dr. Bill Schindler, Hilda Labrada Gore, and Sally Fallon Morell. And as a suscriber to my blog, you are the first to have my link to my summit “freebie” on natural skincare right here! To healthy skin!

Swiss Hiking Tour!
Information on next year’s hiking tour here in the Lötschental Valley, Switzerland in 2024

Listen to this episode of the Embassy Wealth podcast, hosted by Tanya Salseth, a former US Foreign Service Officer, about my journey with The Bordeaux Kitchen book….Tanya asked great questions! LISTEN HERE

Off Duty: Last year’s Tour to Bordeaux started right here in Saint-Emilion!

Everybody’s Favorite Whipped Body Butter: Mango Coconut!

VISIT MY ETSY SHOP: BordeauxKitchen for natural skincare products — grassfed tallow-based lip balms, lip glosses, body butters, deodorants, foot salve and more!

March 2022 Newsletter

Come to Bordeaux with Me!

Despite all potential hinderances, I am going to try to take myself to Bordeaux in April. I want to gather up a few more recipes with friends for my second book, and also plan FOOD TOURS in Bordeaux for September 2022 and Spring 2023, and Fall 2023. Let me know if you have any interest in a food tour with me and what YOU would like to do and learn on a trip like this, if you could design it for yourself. I will hopefully have more details to share soon.

Ideas include: underground chateau wine cellar tours in St Emilion, walking tours of medieval St. Emilion, walking tours of medieval Bordeaux, including church and cathedral visits, food tour of Bordeaux, chocolate tastings, walking in vineyards, winery tours, French cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, cheese tastings, butchery/meat prep demonstrations, market tours, and how to photograph a beautiful place. There will be time for exploring on your own, journaling, reflection. All the good stuff. It’s a custom, unique opportunity to see my Bordeaux, meet my Bordelais friends, stay in UNESCO’s world heritage site Saint Emilion, and experience the French lifestyle with me….

More of the newsletter here…

October 2021 Newsletter

I sent myself to Bordeaux on a mission: to gather recipes and photographs for my next book, video clips for my upcoming online cooking courses (wish me luck), and to remind myself that France was, in fact, still there. How? By reconnecting with my friends there who have become like family to me. I came back inspired and overwhelmed with beautiful material, and with some insights on weight/fat loss (what!?), while having worked on delicious recipes for organ meats (les abats), and a fig tart (video here)… the newsletter here.