The wine explodes! (Home winemaking video '09 #4)

The morning after...we have liftoff (and a mess to clean up)!

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Filling the cuve (home winemaking '09  Video # 3

Filling the Cuve (Home winemaking '09 video #3)

After a trip out to the Var to pick mourvedre our 100-liter alimentary plastic fermenting cuve is filled. We have ignition.......

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Picking the Syrah '09 (Home winemaking '09 Video #2)

I'm a writer not a winemaker. But when I'm not writing, I'm growing and making things at home in Provence: like olives -- olive oil and grapes -- wine. This year I'm going to share moments of the home winemaking season as in this video of picking the Syrah. Note here that my grapes are grown using only sulfur and copper treatments. The wine (aka 2 Gars Vin de Table) is made with no added yeast and sulfur is added only at bottling.


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Apocalypse in a sauce pot

On a train trip to Paris last week, I finished reading Mike Steinberger’s new book Au Revoir to all That: Food, Wine and the end of France, and it left me entertained but unsatisfied--and wondering where I’d seen the film before. Was it Disney’s Ratatouille?

ON THE AIR (in France)

Listen to Robert speak about the fall Foires Aux Vins on Radio France Info with Fabienne Chauviere (in French). Here

Ecoutez Robert sur France Info (avec Fabienne Chauviere) en parlant des Foires Aux Vins. ICI

Why I 'Vendange' .... Pourquoi je vendange

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As summer gives way to the first autumnlike mornings, when most of the world is thinking about back to school( la rentree) or the end of vacation, I gravitate to the vines and the hum of harvest --les vendanges.

Chaque automne, à cette époque, lorsque la plupart du monde est de penser à retourner à l'école (la rentrée) ou la fin des vacances, je gravitent autour de la vigne et du bourdonnement de la récolte - les vendanges.

Corkscrewed in French

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  Released in France (August 27 by Editions Michel Lafon) , the French translation of Corkscrewed bears the title: Un Américain dans les vignes: Une ode amoureuse à la France du bien-vivre.


Tour de France Postcript: Cotes du Ventoux

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The wine taste police will probably be after me for this one. But I have to confess, I liked the wine Saturday night.

I hadn't really expected to. I bought a bottle of Cotes du Ventoux to mark the end of the Tour de France with its climb up Mount Ventoux at the only place I could find one -- the local Le Clerc supermarket in our corner of Southeast France. It cost me 3.50 Euros (About $5) and it was made by a local coop: les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux Bedoin. To summarize: it was a cheap, coop wine purchased at supermarket. (I feel guilty just telling this.)

It's not the bikes-- It's the party: the Tour de France passes our door


I wrote this post at the request of David McDuff of McDuff's Food & Wine Trail .

I always wondered why it is so many wine lovers enjoy watching professional cycling. And I finally figured it out: It’s one sport you can drink wine with and really feel like you’re part of the event. (The vinous equivalent of the relationship between weak, gassy beer and the NFL).

Fear and loathing in the natural wine revolution


I wrote this commentary as a contribution to Cory Cartwright's 31 days of Natural Wine. I was incited to write this after a recent trip to Le Verre Volé Paris'found great wines being decanted in chipped and grunge-stained glass. I mean if one doesn't  like yeast and bacteria added in the winery-- why should it be okay to add (with a big dollop of attitude) local microbes in the 10th arrondisement? Anyway......

Sticking my nose into the natural wine world these days, I’m getting a big whiff of essence of dogma, aromas of Parker-esque certitude and attitudinal notes of …Could that be arrogance?

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