On July 14, 1789, a mob of roughly 1000 broke into the Bastille, a medieval fortress and symbol of tyrannical Bourbon authority in central Paris, and after hours of fighting, took the castle! The storming of the Bastille was a flash point for the French Revolution and led to the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy and the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Today, you cannot visit the Bastille because it was quickly destroyed and instead there stands a monument within a grand square to mark the occasion. Like our celebrations last week, Bastille Day is about the things that symbolize France and the republican national motto: “liberty, equality and fraternity”. It is a public holiday celebrated with plenty of great food and French wine! So, if you are thinking about celebrating Bastille Day this week, come in and check out our great selections of classic French wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and elsewhere …

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