" I have been fortunate to work with découvertes™ on a number of high end leisure bookings. découvertes™ was able to pull off some amazing feats. They have been very responsive to the whims of my clients and never did I feel like I was putting them out with numerous changes. découvertes™ made me look like a star and for that I can highly recommend them."
Peter S. Carideo
October 2005

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Jay Kamm
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September 2005

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August 2005

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Wine Expert: Patrick

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Patrick is a wine expert in Saint-Emilion. Patrick was a chef for 16 years in Brazil, Nicaragua, Canada and Belgium. When his interests turned from food to wine, he returned to his native France to learn to make wine...


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Patrick was a chef for 16 years in Brazil, Nicaragua, Canada and Belgium. When his interests turned from food to wine, he returned to his native France to learn to make wine in Beaune Burgundy, where he stayed for 5 years. In 2002, while living in Paris, he tasted a bottle of Château Cheval Blanc and decided to move to Saint-Emilion. He draws on his culinary expertise to personally oversee the tour’s daily food and wine pairings.

To fully enjoy your stay in the Bordeaux region, we offer you a complete day dedicated to the Bordeaux vineyard and that wines that made its reputation.
In the morning, Vignobles et Chateaux invites you into its private lounge or its little garden for a private class about the principles of wine making as well as the fundamentals of Grand Crus tasting
 
Gastronomic lunch In one of our partners restaurants, Grand Barrail, Le Tertre…
 
In the afternoon private visit of a prestigious  Grand cru Classé. Time permitting back to our lounge for an old vintage comparative tasting of famous Bordeaux wines...

Denise

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Denise is a senior licensed guide in Paris. She is a qualified national guide and works all over France with Museum and Alumni groups. Denise spent long periods in England and in the United States and speaks fluent English, Italian and Spanish...


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Denise was born and raised in Paris where she resides permanently.
She has experience in art, architecture, decorative arts, and many other themes.
As a senior lecturer, she has been guided special tours for institutions such as Stanford Alumni Association, Smithsonian Associates, and various Art Museums’ members and trustees (the Royal Ontario Museum)
She also likes to personalize visits and she always chooses the best itinerary in order to provide you with tailor made experiences.
The groups and individuals who travelled with Denise always praise her thorough knowledge in history of art and architecture, her sense of organization and her friendly attitude.


Rosa - Food journalist & expert on the Riviera

Rosa - Food journalist & expert on the Riviera
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Rosa is a food-journalist who lives in Nice. Rosa grew up in a Canadian prairie city known for its giant mall. When her family moved to Paris for two years while she was growing up, she discovered patisseries and never looked back. Her early efforts at making croissants...


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Rosa grew up in a Canadian prairie city known for its giant mall. When her family moved to Paris for two years while she was growing up, she discovered patisseries and never looked back. Her early efforts at making croissants and eclairs were flops but that didn't stop her. At 26 she left her job as a food writer at a daily Canadian newspaper and moved to Paris. After ten years in Paris, where she wrote about restaurants for a number of guidebooks and magazines and founded her own company, she now spends most of her time in Nice where she teaches Provençal cooking in her home. She spends a few days every month in Paris keeping up with restaurants, conducting food tours, and sampling the finest patisseries and chocolates.


Pamela - Art Historian & Painter in Provence

Pamela - Art Historian & Painter in Provence
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Painter & professor of Art history in Provence, Pamela studied at Bennington College and has a B.F.A. degree in painting and sculpture from the California College of Arts. She has done graduate work in art history and museum education, and has a diploma in art restoration from the Università Internazionale dell'Arte in Florence, Italy.


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She teaches art history and studio art for American university programs in Aix and Arles while maintaining an independent career as a painter. Pamela has been living in the south of France for nearly twenty years and is often called upon to share her extensive knowledge of the area¹s history, architecture, artists, and museums. Her special interest is late19th and early 20th century French painting. if you want to know more about art in Provence, Pamela is the perfect person!


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