Monday, September 27, 2010
So what's all this about? The Second Annual Grove Winery Grape-Stomping sponsored by The Wine Authorities. We (about 55-60 of us) boarded a bus and off we went to Guilford county, watching the I Love Lucy episode when Lucy is in Italy and goes out to stomp grapes to "soak up local color" and ends up soaking up too much! A classic.
We were sent out into the vines in teams-- I was on the Spice team (I am now Culinary Spice)-- charged with cutting the white grapes, de-bugging them (just in case a spider was hiding) and choosing only those that we would actually put in our mouths and eat. I did have to taste them frequently, quality control, you know. The bees were out and about, but I avoided them, luckily.
After the grapes were picked, we had lunch and tasted several of Grove's wines. The sky opened up and the rain began while we were under the tent. It did not put a damper on our fun, however (and the good Lord knows we are desperate for rain in North Carolina). The stomping was set up under cover and off we went.
We stepped into 4 different foot-washing-rinsing solutions before stepping into the vat with the grapes.
And here are my feet afterwards--
We worked up an appetite with all that stomping around so we had a little snack-
We made new friends. I loved the t-shirts some of them were wearing--
Thanks to Seth, Randy and Mic for organizing this wonderful outing.
And here's to the Lucys!
Bon appétit, Grape Stompers at Grove!
Friday, September 24, 2010
I love iTunes! This afternoon, I was able to sit here at my computer in Durham, NC and download the new CD by Moussu T e Lei Jovents. It came out yesterday and I won't be going to France until March. That is just too long to wait for their new music, à mon avis. I have all their CDs--
So now I can have a nice chilled glass of rosé (it is 95F here again today!), listen to les mecs sing and dream of my little cabanon in the middle of a lavender field in Provence.
Which one should I choose?
Perhaps I should start buying lottery tickets?
(Cabanon photos courtesy of: photo E. Tailleux Ascendant Sud)
Bon appétit, la Provence!
So, we have started dreaming of the Champs-Élysées
making crêpes with Chef Érick
La Tour Eiffel
Impressionist art at Musée d'Orsay
D-Day beaches and the American Cemetery
Vincent Van Gogh
the TGV to Avignon
les arènes in Nîmes
the Saturday market in Arles
the Pont du Gard
un sandwich au jambon
Bon appétit, la France!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Bon appétit, cookers, eaters, and readers!