I was living in Burgundy in 2003. Working in the clay heavy vineyards of Nuits St Georges. The harvest that year was a month early due to the heat-wave that swept across Europe. We finished picking grapes in mid-August and I found myself with a pocketful of minimum wage and lots of unexpected free time. I had heard about this cool bike travel company called Butterfield & Robinson from my friend Jaime Dutton who had worked for them for a few years. She told me of how she guided bike tours to these incredible wine regions throughout France. Regions like, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Provence, The Dordogne, Corsica, Alsace, Champagne, etc. She told me of how the work was difficult but the experience priceless. I rode my bike to the Butterfield and Robinson HQ in Beaune the next day following the harvest and convinced myself that I was going to work for them and I wasn’t taking no for an answer.
I guided 5 trips that season. I eventually moved back to New York at the end of the year. I loved the experience and every subsequent June, like clockwork, I’d feel an itch to move back to France and get on a bicycle to guide again. I couldn’t resist the itch a few years later in 2007 and moved back to do another season with B&R. This time I guided in Sweden, The Netherlands, Rioja, Provence, Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Dordogne. After that season I moved back to New York and began working for as a sommelier for Daniel Boulud.
Today I still work for Chef Daniel and I still get the itch. This June I’ll get my relief by guiding one trip for Butterfield & Robinson. It will be a Wine Journey Bike Trip to Alsace, Champagne and the Mosel. It will be June 1st through June 9th. We’ll visit some of my favorite producers. More info is below: