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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o little town of bordeaux

There’s no question about it – the Christmas season is officially upon us. Having lived in New York for the last three years, I’m used to waiting until (American) Thanksgiving before the serious decorating breaks out. Bordeaux seems to be on the same timeline as, upon our return from Montpellier, the festivies are in full swing.

Christmas is coming

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a brutish invasion

There is totally room for potatoes in all the gaps in the meat section. Especially if you slow-roast and mash them..mmmm

There is totally room for potatoes in all the gaps in the meat section. If you slow-roast and mash them, they’ll definitely fit… mmmm.

High on the list of things that may be the worst idea in the world: attempting to eat a Paleo diet while living in France.  Look.  It seemed like a good idea when I got here, and it didn’t seem so tough to implement with some deregulations – at home my pantry is paleo-friendly, and when I go out I can eat what I want, although I haven’t tended to stray too far just yet.  But then I went to London and gorged myself on potatoes.  (There was some wine in there too.) And now that I’ve been back for one day, I’m in potato withdrawal.  (Not even bread… clearly I’ve got some Irish in me somewhere!) Read More