Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The New Stuff.



Only a few weeks ago, this was still hanging in bunches on the vines; now it's in my glass.

There's something magical about the process of wine making. There's something even more magical about my Vigneronne giving me a 1.5 litre plastic bottle of new wine; straight off the press (if you know what I mean).

I've been buying my wine at the same vineyard for the past 5 or 6 years, and each year I'm presented with a free sample of the new. What lovely folk.

We chat about the weather, about the pro's and con's of bread, about whatever harvest has just been brought in. We get on very well; she gives me huge Pumpkins, I give her Fererro Rocher Chocolates. We have an understanding between supplier and client that is exactly how it should be.

My car mechanic informed me last week that he will be retiring in March 2017. I just hope my Vigneronne doesn't contemplate something as thoroughly stupid.




22 comments:

  1. New wine!! Lucky you! 🍷

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  2. How familiar the scene you have described, the genuine friendliness of your vigneronne, the give and take, the photo of that plastic bottle. No wonder you are still there after 40 years or so. Hope this year's harvest is a good one.....but I'm sure it is. These people get it right every time....although you certainly are drinking it young. Vaso hasn't given us any of hers yet. Cheers! PS

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    1. It's not quite as fruity as last years', but neither is it as acidic. It's rather like drinking alcoholic grape juice (which is exactly what it is).

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  3. Nothing better than roasted chestnuts and young wine on rainy autumn days.
    Greetings Maria x

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  4. A retiring car mechanic you can cope with - but a retiring vigneronne? Never !

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  5. I could just drink a glass (or two)of that. Salut!

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    1. It's delicious. St Martin le Redon.

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  6. I could do with a glass of that!

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  7. Lovely ..... and the weather is still nice enough to have a tipple outside. Red wine and nuts .... very Autumnal.
    The trouble is now, at our age, people will be retiring ..... i'm not one to get depressed but it is sad isn't it Cro ? XXXX

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    1. What.... retiring whilst we're still in our prime? I should hope not.

      Very warm here this morning, after some rain in the night. Lovely.

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  8. How lucky you are to live in such a place. No wonder you have stayed there so many years.

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    1. Difficult to tear oneself away... too many good things.

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  9. It's disturbing when the 'young man' or 'young lady' who start to look after our wine, hair, car or whatever are retiring! Who likes change when it was all going a treat. This really makes me feel old! An older widow in the village started the chat yesterday by asking if we were thinking of selling our house. It somewhat upset me. She is only 10 years older than me.

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    1. Maybe she has a Toy-Boy who's looking for a nearby house!

      I occasionally look at young people who are in some position of 'seniority', and think 'what the hell do they know about life?'.

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  10. When I was in my 50s, my doctors and dentist retired. I made a point to find new professionals who were at least 15, if not 20, years younger than myself. I guess it's another sort of vintage to begin to appreciate.

    Now, I've begun to have some very young computer wizards conducting the smart phone workshops I'm attending. It's great to access their knowledge and enthusiasm.

    I would very much want to sample that new wine. Best wishes.

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    1. Age, and the lack of it, soon catches-up with us. We English always say that you know you're getting older when the policemen start looking like young boys. They started looking like that to me several years ago!

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  11. Best friends are made with a glass or two of wine.

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