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November 16


Saint of the day:

Saint Emilion of Vannes

Patron Saint of Wine Merchants and Traders

Saint Emilion of Vannes’ Story

Well not many know this , it still a small space in an old town of the Morbihan breton. If you are into wines ,and go beyond the simple tasting and drinking of it and into the history of the men and women who creates them, then you too will come to Vannes. This is my hommage to the story of Saint Emilion, that wonderful wine town of Bordeaux who started it all by a Breton monk from Vannes!!!

Saint Émilion was intendant of the Counts of Vannes, monk and hermit Breton. He is celebrated on 16 November and is the patron Saint of wine merchants and traders. Born in Vannes, the capital of the Broërec in Brittany, he was intendant of a count of Vannes whose name is unknown. According to a legend, he gives bread to the poor of the area of present day Vannes in hiding from his master. The count wanting to take him on the fact, stops him while he transports under his mantle the bread. He asks him to open his coat, but Émilion makes a miracle by transforming the breads into pieces of wood.

He became a monk in Saujon, near Royan. Forced to flee due to the influx of pilgrims as a result of his miracles, he settled in a solitary retreat in Combes, near what became Saint-Émilion, and died in 767. Nearby, a great Latin-speaking poet, Ausone,(in a great wine name now) had erected his villa in the 4C. Saint Emilion settled in a cliff where he dug a troglodyte Hermitage.

A metro station in Paris has its name ,cours Saint Émilion on line 14. Saint Émilion is the patron Saint of the parish of Loguivy-Plougras , Côtes-d’Armor, dept 22 of Brittany. A hamlet in the commune of Motreff, in the dept 29 of Finistère, Brittany is called Saint-Émilion.

And in his native city of Vannes it has, at 24 ,rue des Viérges, a statue of the famous hermit. Built and blessed in 1986. In 2009, a second granite statuette housed in a small monument was placed on 8, Avenue Saint-Emilion . This discreet reminder of a local Vannetais, which symbolizes first of all life, will offer the passing folks the opportunity of a small pause in a pleasant site. Indeed it is nice.




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Église monolithe (Felsenkirche), Saint-Émilion, Frankreich, France

Pl. du Marché, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France





Saint Emilion Style Macarons

Ingredients for 28 Saint-Emilion Macarons

  • 150g (1.5 cups) almond powder

  • 175g (1 cup) caster sugar

  • 3 large Eggs

  • Icing sugar to dust


  1. Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4 (180 ° C/350F).

  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff.

  3. Add the icing sugar and mix until you have a firm texture.

  4. Add the almond powder (and a few drops vanilla essence if you
    have a sweet tooth!) and mix with a spatula. Leave for 30 minutes to rest.

  5. Put the mix into a pastry bag and pipe small rounds of dough on a
    baking sheet lined with baking paper. Push down the tips with spoon
    dipped in cold water. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

  6. Bake the macaroons for about 15 minutes or until they are a light gold color.

  7. They should be a little cracked across the top. But if they’re not, once you’ve
    taken them out of the oven, lightly tap them with the back of a teaspoon and this will help them to crack…

  8. Let the macarons cool for an hour at room temperature.

  9. They can be stored in an air tight container.

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