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Friday, August 17, 2012

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Jens from Copenhagen

Today's story leaves me with the impression that you will be moving closer to Mexico to settle on the coast somewhere in the US!

That's a surprise!

And I thought you'd be taking over Banneret or something like that...

Patti

On ne peut pas attendre les nouvelles! MAIS on est aussi desole de ne pas vous voir cet ete! Peut-etre le prochain au sud encore!
On pense a vous avec vos nouvelles, n'importe quoi! Bisous, xo

Bill in St. Paul

I agree with Jens. The line "Jules will now be able to come see us more often, because she loves the sea..." implies a move to be closer to Jules and on the coast, but then how would you keep the link with Domaine Rouge-Bleu? Great pictures of those sweet Goldens.

Anne

You are buying a very large boatso you can all travel back and forth across the ocean to visit more often !!!

Jan

The clues were in Kristi's last blog post? Then it must be something to do with plants. Are you compiling a history of French plants/herbs? Are you growing them as a business? Is Max moving to the coast?
The suspense is almost too much!!

judi Dunn

.... Kristin.. I am thinking perhaps a second home in Marseilles... pershaps a new 'beb' in the family????
On y vois.... Judi Dunn, Tallahassee....

judi Dunn

... Je suis desole... I meant to say 'bebe'..... Judi

Lee Mears

My first guess about the surprise was that Kristie has been signed by a BIG publishing house. I still think it has something to do with Kristie's writing talent and also her gorgeous photography. I keep hoping for a beautiful "coffee-table" type book about the wonderful dogs and their adventures. Now that Jules "will be able to visit more often" I think that Mom and her husband have purchased a vacation home in France "near the sea". That way you could visit each other more often, and she could help with the production aspects of those new books. How's that for a wonderful dream??? Much Affection, Lee Mears, Bradenton, FL

Michael Winnick

I like emails that have a French translation of the English content. It makes it much easier to learn French because you don't just pick up a word or two, but you learn the sense and structure and application of putting it all together. It's akin to why they say you learn a language better when you live in country than at a school in your own country. More of these would be greatly appreciated.

As for what the news will be, I await with bated breath.

Susan Widmayer

Oooh, Kristie will publish a fantastic French country style cook book with amazing pictures! Can't wait to buy it!!!

My favorite memory of visiting the domaine is sitting in the shade under the tree after the tour of the fields. Or, perhaps the cool tile of the kitchen, or the artful arrangement of the extraordinary objects collected, or everyone's name signed on the tank....too many memories. But overwhelming all else is the personal hospitality and care you both take in greeting visitors and making us feel part of something wonderful. I dream of the day when I can visit again. Can't wait to hear your nouvelles!

nancy v

Someone has made you an offer you cannot refuse for the vineyard and you have been offered a job in Napa Valley? What ever it will be a new adventure for you all. Maybe another vineyard in France? But with the tax situation there getting worse it may be time to sell and move out? Waiting excitedly to hear the real surprise.

Mary

A new boat! But I love the idea of an herb business.

Karen Whitcome - Towson, Md USA

Happy birthday, Smokey and Jacques!!

Thank you Jean Marc for commenting on some of our wild guesses. I'm sure that most of us figured that they were not impossible but more likely improbable.

I'm left with pondering that "delicate hint" from the previous post and now wonder if the hint lays in Kristin's written words: "fork in the road". I wonder if there has been a "write a book/column VS. write a blog" fork-in-the-road? In any case, we will cheer you both on, whatever it may be! (She is getting very good at writing cliff-hangers!!!)

Mark Holmberg, Minneapolis

Ahh... the clues continue!
Kristi: we're moving
Jean-Marc: to the sea

Have a great week end!

Glenn from St. Paul

I'm going with the boat, moored somewhere close to Marseille perhaps.

Hilary Frye

It is Max! He has been chosen to attend a prestigious ecole militaire. Perhaps the same one as DeGaulle.
Monsieur Farjon is a red herring. He is going off to live with a younger family member in another town.
Max is very handsome. You must be very proud. Congratulations.

Cassie Alexandrou in Dallas, TX

I just have to say that the photo of mama Braise with her newborn Smokey touched me so much. It is so beautiful, it almost made me cry.

Bon anniversaire to the birthday boys!

louis.bogue

Hello, I never miss your blogs and I will never forget the 2 days i spent clipping your grapes and our conversation under the mulberry tree and our pic that you posted on your blog and the great pics i have of all the folks that helped on that harvest and the reason i came to your farm, after meeting Chief grape at a wine tasting here in Tampa, set up by our mutual friend Charles.I regret not being able to find the farm last year but as Jean-Marc, explained on my call, that it had not been a good day, something to do with equipment. I am blessed to have met you all, will be 85 this Sept. but good memories never die, much good luck to you and yours. Lou

gary

My memories of visiting are like Susan's. Sitting around the table under the big tree, gazing toward Les Dentelles, convivially discussing wine and France with new and old friends. On my first visit many years ago I met Jens, today's first poster in the comments, and we have maintained a wine-based Facebook friendship and hope to meet again in Provence next summer.

Is asking for memories of visits to the house a hint that you are moving to a new house, with the current house being more devoted to the winey?

Jan in Monument, Colorado

Bon anniversaire a Smokey et a son oncle humain! When I first saw the cake, I thought it had green chiles on top. I'll bet the whole family has gotten quite a chuckle over the guesses of what your future plans are. It still sounds to me like a demenagement to the coast of Californie, since Jules said it was her fondest dream. It makes sense, but then I realize you'd be uprooting the kids during their final years of high school. Hmmm . . . Maybe not!

Kathleen Hurder, San Diego and Saint Roman de Malegarde

OMD!!! Ron and I just love your family!!! I know JM loves the sea, so a vacation cottage by his roots in Marseille sounds very possible to me!
Your vacation to The island in Northern France to buy a vacation home might be my second thought....
Third dream/idea is Max will go to school somewhere by the sea.
Your family deserves something spectacular!!
Can't wait to hear about it!!! Xxoo

Linda Williams Rorem

It definitely sounds like a move to some seashore, while of course retaining a link to Domaine Rouge-Bleu (Jean-Marc's hint). Kristi suggests that she might not see M. Farjon again, "and not because of his advancing age." Reading through these comments, it becomes clear that your readers adore you and your family, and everyone is excited to discover what the future holds for you. Bonne chance!

Marti Schmidt

Any News will be exciting to hear about your adorable family
Kristin ,I wish you great happiness and adventure what ever the surprise may be. I hope to visit the farm this spring,
all the best
Marti Schmidt

Karen from Phoenix

The suspense is killing me!!

Happy Birthday Jacques and Smokey.

I have made the yogurt cake, yum yum!

xoxo

Liza in Ann Arbor

We consider the afternoon we spend chez vous "under the mulberry tree" one of the most memorable moments of our trip in July! And I'm saving that bottle of Rouge-Bleu for when the weather cools a bit, but it will surely take me back to a lovely afternoon. And I sure hope the Max has recovered from the job letdown that occurred that day and that he has found something even better! Can't wait to hear the secret. It was SO nice meeting you both and enjoying your wines and your view that afternoon in July.

Buffy

My sons and I had a wonderful visit 2 years ago. You had made a Tomato Tart. We sat under the Mulberry tree. The kids said it was the highlight of our 3 week trip. You had some nice things to say about them. You have a way of making people feel completely at home.

Have a wondeful weekend!

Caroline

Nice job, Jules! I'm even more intrigued, and all the guesses cannot change that I have no clue! Can't wait. Best to you both.

Suzanne, Monroe Twp., NJ

My favorite memory at Domaine Rouge-Bleu is sipping the 2009 Dentelle just 3 weeks after pressing. It had a distinct grapefruit taste. And it became a very lovely rose.

Bonne Anniversaie Jacques and Smokey!

You are moving to Cassis but still keeping the vineyard?

edith schmidt

Kristin:

Quel mystere!
Do you have a novel in the works? I'm sorry that I've never had a chance to visit or taste your husband's wine. I know I'd enjoy both.
Will have to try the yogurt cake. I am intrigued!

Edie from Savannah

Sherry Frank

It is hard to believe that it is only four weeks since my brother and I sat under the mulberry tree chatting with you and Jean Marc, meeting other French-Word-A-Day fans, meeting Braise and Smokey, sampling your wines, and marveling at your wonderfully expansive views as the military helicopters buzzed beside us. It was definitely a highlight of our month in France.

I hope Max is doing alright now because he was having a very bad day that day and consequently we all felt and shared your love and concern for him. I love Hilary Frye's idea that Max is going to a prestigious military school.

One bottle of the 2010 Mistral (excellent) made it back to Kentucky and is awaiting a visit from another brother in the fall.

Randy Komisarek

My wife, Deborah, and I visited Rouge-Bleu on our way back from Menton, where we had spent a lovely winter week with our two cats. We were returning to our bateau "Alouette" moored in Roanne. We're two Americans from Tucson (and mostly from Colorado) who live in France full time on our 100 year old Dutch barge. Kristin was gracious enough to meet us at Rouge-Bleu where we sampled some wine and spent some time talking. We were able to meet Max who was quickly off to some guy-stuff. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. And we still have some of the wonderful wine in our hold (the bateau wine seller) which is reserved for guests. A great memory.

Sherry in Kentucky

So many clues---moving, near to the sea, Jules can visit more often-she loves the sea, will you ever see M Farjon again-and not because of his advancing age, keep connection to Domaine Rouge-Bleu. From the conversation the afternoon we visited -Jean Marc has done a lot of work with a vineyard in Oregon. Hmmmmm----that is nearer to Jules, has a seacoast, has lots of vineyards and Jean Marc said he really likes the wine they produce there..... He wonders how Kristi "would" handle the culture shock since she has become so French.......Hmmmmm

ElizaSF

Watson, I've got it! You are adding a mother-in-law suite so Jules (and her husband) can visit more.

I'm still confused by "the sea" part, though.

Sandra Fain

Happiest of Birthdays to the two fella! May each year bring them greater health, joy, and appreciation.

Hampton

Vines can travel and take up roots similar to where they presently live.although it takes time for them to grow. Is oregon similar to France except it rains there all the time and i don't think Smokey and mama Braise want to be damp. max still has another year of school does he not before joining military. maybe jules is buying vacation spot in france and will bring her summer poncho. or a coffee table book.

Pat Cargill

You are moving to California, newly hired J-M to head a vinyard there. But then, what would happen to Domaine R-B? Will be taken over by...someone. This is not a permanent situation, however, perhaps a vintner's exchange program. Or is it?

GUS ELISON

OUR VISIT OF 26 APRIL WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF OUR VISIT TO FRANCE. THE TRIP FROM AVIGNON THROUGH ORANGE AND THEN TO THE LITTLE TOWN OF ST. CECIL IS AN ADVENTURE. THE REAL CHALLENGE THOUGH IS FOR TWO EIGHTY SEVEN YEAR OLDS AND A NINETY TWO YEAR OLD TO GET THE RIGHT ROAD FROM ST. CECIL TO THE VINYARD. HOW CAN YOU GET LOST ON A STRAIGHT ROAD. LET ME COUNT THE WAYS. TWO PHONE CALLES TO KRISTIN GOT US THER IN TIME FOR A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON. LIKE LONG LOST RELATIVES WE WERE RECEIVED AND TREATED ROYALLY. EVERYONE MUST GO WHEN THEY ARE IN FRANCE, IS THE NEW SECRET A BED AND BREAKFAST?

Natalia

Our dear Kristin,
You and Jean-Marc both sound so excited about this news-to-come,and because it is happy nouvelles for your family,then all of us are sharing your joy!!!
Wishing the Espinasse family every blessing always!
Love,
Natalia XO

Peggy in Central Florida


Kristin - Way back when you lived in Les Arcs, somewhere in Vol. 1, 11 or 111 of your first books, there was mention of a ?(can't remember what it is called), but when the owner dies, the property will be yours, closer to the sea, and the time has come to move there ??????????????

millie

This is my guess: vous allez acquérir une maison de vacances on the island of Ré!

Cynthia Lewis in Salisbury, Eastern Shore of Maryland

My head is swimming.....so many hints and guesses. Since Jean-Marc only wants the secret revealed at the end of August, there must be some type of agreement which will be reached by that date. It has something to do with the sea since that was one of the hints. Whatever it is, my best wishes are with you.

Thanks for a renewal if the yogurt cake recipe, the photos and JM's writings in French! Your tall hollyhock is great.

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,
I enjoyed the post today. I liked the little "dig" Jean-Marc gave you about your French pronounciation.
Have a great weekend!

Robin

Are you going to turn your home into a B&B?

Leslie Sorensen-Jolink

Perhaps you are moving to the western edge of the wine country of Oregon (nearest the coast) to start a new, or acquire an existing, winery (while retaining ownership of Domaine Rouge)? If so, we will welcome you with open arms (and, with our Golden Retriever Henry and Long-Haired Dachshund Bob, help introduce Smokey and Braise to some of the many dog delights in Oregon). Or you are doing the same thing in the coastal region, or an island, of Spain, Portugal, Italy...or the Crimea? It's fun to try to imagine what the Espinasse's may be up to.
And we look forward to hearing about it from you.

In the meantime, Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns to Jacques and Smokey! We love your stories about and photographs of Smokey and Braise. (Have we heard very much about Jacques?)

Every good wish to you from Leslie and Scott in Portland, Oregon (where it has not rained for many days!)

Leslie

Alors...je suis d'accord avec Susan M. que la nouvelle aura à faire avec un livre de recettes. Tous mes voeux à Jacques et son neveu canin à l'occasion de leur anniversaire. Fêtez bien!

Kathleen from Connecticut

Happy birthday Smokey and Jaques.

Yes, I think that you are moving. If it is to Marseille then you would still have a connection to Rouge-Bleu, but if it is further away then you might not, but what would Jean-Marc do if he is not running a vineyard? Can he leave the vineyard or is it in his blood? I wonder. Kristin will always write where ever she is.

I remember our visit and that Jean-Marc had to leave, but he still was there for our wine tasting and what a great red wine. We are still saving it for a special occasion. And Braise and Smokey were chasing salamanders (or lizards) up the walls of the house. There was the most beautiful sunset while we were there.

mary

The plot thickens...can't wait for the unveiling. Have a wonderful week-end. Mary

Jeanne

Une maison de vacances au bord de la mer....ou près de la mer.

Robyn France

The mistral blew with force, but it didn't stop us from having a lovely visit this past May at Domaine Rouge-Bleu--we met in the dining area and could look out as everything blew around--and enjoyed our time. In fact, I have a picture of me at the entrance which must look like I am in a wind tunnel--my hair is blown straight back --but I love that picture for the memory. Hmmmm--about the surprise--I am thinking a move to the coast--but alas which one--I look forward to the big news.

Cathy Baker

A movie deal.

Lee Mears

This is an addition to my post yesterday. I am an artist and while working in my studio this morning, the thought popped into my head "Jules is an accomplished artist, she is going to France in Sept., and can't wait to talk with us about the news". I still think it's a new book, maybe a colaboration with Kristie. A cookbook with Jules doing the illustrations? I noticed a lovely still life painting on Jules little table by the glass door in the last group of photos. Hmmm?

Bob and Angela Fowler, Monterey Park, California


Hi Kristin ~ What first comes to mind whenever we reminisce about our visit to Domaine Rouge-Bleu three years ago is how we finally found you -- or, to be more exact, how you found us. Following your map we had no problem heading out of town on Av. Kimmerling – the problem arose when we got to the five-point junction. With four possible paths to continue, we consulted the map again. One of the routes had an “X” marked on it, which we (well me, Bob) took to mean “don’t go this way”, so we tried the other three routes. However, one led to a huge treatment plant of some type, then stopped; another turned out to be a farmhouse lane; and the other had a sign suggesting it was the lane to a nearby winery (but not yours). Angela suggested we try the route with the X on it, but I said “Look, the map says that’s not the right way, so let’s go back to town and start over again, maybe we missed something.” So we did, but the intersection looked exactly the same when we got back to it! (As someone once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result” – so I only did it once.) As we sat parked at the side of the road studying the map again, a car coming from town stopped beside us. The driver, a beatiful blonde, accompanied by a young boy and girl returning from school, said “follow us” and turned onto the forbidden road. Amazingly, it led right to Domaine Rouge-Bleu!

Susan Carter (Westminster, CA)

I'm not even going to try & guess, but it is driving me crazy. Happy Birthday to Jacques & Smokey R Dokey

Karen Burnichon

I think that Max is going off to college...Military??? But college non the less ...and yes, driving us all crazy.

When we were able to visit, you were not home. Jacques and Jean-Marc were busy with the harvest. When we tried again last year we had a mis-hap on the way and never made it in time from Crest. I have a picture of Braise, but really wanted to meet you and Smokey. Maybe next year!

Kris,  St Nicolas du Pelem 22

Gosh it really is more than a month since we visited you. It was a delightful day and we met some very nice people including Sherry and her brother, around your large table. Jean-Marc was interesting. Even Anthony enjoyed his first taste of wine, albeit the tiniest sip. Lassie said to say hi to Smokey.

Fred Caswell

Y0u had me worried --now frustrated! This octogenarian is not fond of such teasing but he remembers a weekend visit when after two walks with Kristi he felt enormously blessed to have a new, very special friendship that he will treasure for the rest of his life.

THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS NOT BEEN EASY FOR ME -- HAVEN'T SEEN MY GREAT GRANDSON AND DAUGHTER FOR TOO LONG AS THEIR MOM AND DAD HAVE BEEN AND ARE GOING THROUGH A VERY UGLY DIVORCE. TOO MANY VISITS TO DOCTORS WITH A F0UR-DAY STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING A WICKED INVOLUNTARY COMPLETE EMPTYING OF EVERYTHING IN MY DIGESTIVE TRACT (I MEAN EVERYTHING, CAUSING A LOSS OF AT LEAST TEN POUNDS IN A MATTER OF HOURS) AND TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH A REGULAR LIFE -- THE COMPUTER HAS TAKEN A BACK SEAT. NANCY AND I ARE RELATING FAMOUSLY, TOMATO PLANTS HAVE PRODUCED PROFUSELY, AND I AM MOSTLY BACK TO MY OLD SELF.

KRISTI, I WISH WE COULD TAKE A SHORT WALK ONE MORE TIME! LOVE AND MY VERY BEST TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! FRED

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