roamin’ holiday

So what’s the deal with climate change? Hot topic, would you say? Wowza…. I’m on fire…. (Quick, get the extinguisher!) The Climwine conference hosted at our school is three days of 15-30 minutes presentations by the world’s experts on grape and wine sustainability in the context of climate change. My notes on the discussions range from “It’s complicated!” to “We’re screwed!” (or something) as we listen to climatologists and viticulturists explaining in detail what it means for grape growing regions as average temperatures are rising. It’s actually scary stuff – at the rate we’re going, the world will look dramatically different during our lifetimes. The solutions for wines proposed include moving back to gobelet vines (free-form, see the pic below from Châteauneuf), changing to new warm climate varietals, and starting irrigation programs (many countries in Europe do not currently allow it). Lots of food for thought – clearly water consumption is going to become even more important.

The opening speaker sets the tone for the climate change conference. My notes from said session. Fortunately the Sauternes tastings take the sting away - this is a new logo that represents all the different aromas that you can get from a Sauternes sweet wine. The two vines at the top are the same vine, two weeks apart - they're growing quickly! (....thank you global warming?) Our final class before the break on French accounting, and the lovely distraction of this church door.

The opening speaker sets the tone for the climate change conference. My notes from said session echo said tone much more precisely. Fortunately the Sauternes tastings take the sting away – the new logo represents all the different aromas that one can get from a Sauternes sweet wine. The two vines at the top are the same vine, two weeks apart – they’re growing quickly! (This is totally normal and not due to global warming.) Our final class before the break is on French accounting, and the lovely distraction of this church door.

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a prime(u)r on bordeaux wines

this guy is my hero

this guy is my style icon

I see him standing in front of the Cahors booth, burgundy-trouser-clad and scarf elegantly draped, modish black-framed glasses resting on top of his head, holding back his chin-length salt-n-pepa locks. He casually swirls the wine around in his mouth, gesticulating with glass in hand, and nodding emphatically at his friend (presumably) in appreciation for what he is tasting. And then I see it; a liquid Arc de Triomphe that leaps from his lips and dives into the spit bucket on the floor one foot away from the tip of his pointed shoe, with barely an errant splash; clothing, countenance and dignity intact. I am immediately and intensely jealous. Read More