|where the fermentation takes place|
Slightly different from my last vineyard tour, that was at a high tech mega winery in Napa Valley, California, domaine Chandon if I am not mistaken. Here, in the sleepy little village of just down in the valley, about half an hour by bike, is a tiny wine shop.
|bottle, cork, cap, label and box, all in this tiny space|
We, we being Nicolas, Anthony and I, called in to buy a bottle or two on our way to Agnés’ for dinner just as a group arrived for a tour, the lady vintner encouraged us to join the group. We had a wonderful explanation of how the valley comes to be such a good place to grow grapes and a very interesting look around a highly acclaimed wine producers premises. It was all in french so my mental vocab was woefully inadequate but I got the gist.
|ready for shipping|
The tasting that followed was generous to say the least, both on wines and aperitifs (also produced on site), and so we continued to our evening out somewhat prepared on the alcohol front and equipped with more bottles than we had originally anticipated. I was glad not to have been driving for sure.
|Nicolas explaining the valley|
It was lovely to see Angés as always, and great to be in french speaking company. I am always relieved when the words arrive and my ears can decypher the conversations, well, at least in part. The evening was wonderful, some familiar faces and several new ones, especially the helpXers, the most delicious food and more of that wonderful wine. Santé!