Hi everyone- this is my first post here. I'm really glad I found this site; it's already been a wealth of information and inspiration!
My fiancee and I are getting married in July 2016 and we are honeymooning in San Sebastian from the US for 3 weeks with a goal of spending time in Rioja (we're both huge fans of tempranillo and Spanish wine/food/culture). Since we'll be so close we'd like to spend time in Bordeaux as well, as it's a hugely important region for wine-making and it looks absolutely stunning. We're admittedly both Bordeaux blend novices though; we're hoping to use this trip to expand our palettes and really discover and appreciate the area and its wines. We want to spend a day on the Left Bank (mostly for the experience of visiting First Growth vineyards and their amazing chateaus) and we'd like to visit some specific vineyards in Pomerol as well: right now it's looking like our list is La Fleur Petrus, La Conseillante, L'Evangile, and Vieux Chateau Certan (any others recommended?).
St. Emilion is an area that intrigues us but we have zero experience with the Chateaus and wines in that area. I was hoping to get recommendations for places that we should visit in 1 or 2 days there to really experience what St. Emilion has to offer, both in wines and for its beauty, and what specific vintages to keep an eye out for (I hear 2009, 2010 and for some 2014 were superior years for St. Emilion?). Currently the only place that's a must-do for us is Troplong Mondot.
Since we'll be on our honeymoon, if you have any recommendations for nice, romantic places to stay and to dine in the area that would be much appreciated as well. The picture of the hotel balcony view that Nemanick posted in this post
is exactly the type of place we're looking for (where that is??).
Thanks for the help! We are really looking forward to our trip (oh, and our wedding too!)