My Favourite Wines

The process of the first fermentation of wine involves yeast turning sugar into alcohol. Typically one of the challenges for the wine maker is to ensure there is enough sugar in the grapes to meet the minimum alcohol rules of the appellation – in France, where you see a % alcohol by volume, it refers… Read more

The Spring Classics.

Youtube footage of Sean Kelly’s astonishing win in the 1992 Milan-San Remo.   Readers in the UK may remember Mark Cavendish being slightly disparaging towards Gold medals in the Olympic Velodrome. Great Britain had a wonderful Olympics in the velodrome at both Athens and Beijing, and many non-cyclists regard this gold-medal haul as the ultimate… Read more

The Chain Gang Goes On Facebook

          I’ve looked hard at this whole issue of ‘social media’. My web marketing company, as you can imagine, are always banging on “Are you on Twitter?”, “How are you using Facebook?”, “Write a blog posting, then put it on Facebook and get people to ‘Like’ it”, etc. In truth, their… Read more

The Chain Gang In TIME Magazine

We’ve managed to get a review of our Truffle tours ( into TIME magazine, courtesy of journalist Simon Horsfield. I am thrilled to bits, as you can imagine. TIME sells 3,500,000 copies every week, and it makes me very proud to think we’ve managed to get a little mention. Here’s what Simon wrote: Last December,… Read more

A Fantastic Video Of France

A French friend of mine recently sent me a link to a fabulous video. It’s supposedly a flying race and the pilot narrates to his navigator as they fly around France from checkpoint to checkpoint. Forget that boring description, (and the cheesy first 60 seconds) just click here and enjoy it , it’s worth it…. Read more

Feedback – Results!

Last November I asked our customers and others to answer a few questions about our company and our bike tours. I find the whole issue of ‘Feedback’ fascinating. We all agree that we need constructive criticism to get better, and to see ourselves as others see us. But when we ask for constructive criticism, and… Read more