a county affair

In case you’re interested, the thesis is coming along beautifully… and when I say that I mean that local business are being well supported as I shack up to use free wifi and carve chunks out of said thesis for hours at a time. No charts or graphs to speak of yet (it is considered passé to chart someone else’s data in a scientific thesis, when one will have one’s own in short order), but I’m busily refamiliarizing myself with the statistical analysis tools I will need to understand my future results.

I need charts like this… who knows what kind of results I might come up with?!

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the belles of st emilion

Internet watch: it is now 14 days since the technician was here. Me: 0; French administration in the service sector: 1.

Making sure we know a little about what we're tasting.

Making sure we know a little about what we’re tasting.

There’s no accounting for taste. We start the week out with an introduction to our audit teams. There are three different companies and six different teams involved, to identify what’s going on with the fiscal numbers from real wine estates in the Bordeaux area. We have almost two months to complete the work, so you can imagine that it’s going to be complex. The first half of the exercise will be to decipher the French documentation and accounting style and identify a few areas worth further analysis. I’m going to need a few drinks for this one… Fortunately, there’s an international wine dinner schedule early in the week. This is our opportunity to a) drink wines not from Bordeaux, which is harder to come by than you may expect, if you’re located in Canada or the US, where availability of a wide variety is the norm. And b) mingle with the other wine students here at the school. It’s my first time drinking Russian wine (no, no, not vodka), so truly an international experience! Read More

(love is like a) sweet cave

Well that’s it. 3.5 months in Bordeaux done, and I’m on my way home.  I’m starting this post sitting in the Merignac airport, a 45 minute bus ride from my apartment near Place de la Victoire.  My bag is stuffed with Christmas gifts for the family, and a long list of things I need to bring back with me upon my return in two weeks. I’m not bringing much wine home, thanks to Canadian alcohol tariffs (and also because I haven’t been able to successfully build up my collection to a point where there is enough to bring anywhere – someone keeps drinking it!)

The Pessac city hall gets a festive facelift

The Pessac city hall gets a festive facelift

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