September is the season of La Vendange, the wine harvest. On a recent visit to a vineyard or domaine, the proprietor explained the process of harvesting the grapes and beginning to create wine. Rosé, highly priced in Provence, is particularly delicate. It needs to remain as cool as possible for the best flavour. So for rosé, most of the work is done at night, often by machine to expedite the process. The grapes are picked, cleaned, crushed and put into large vats in one night.
It’s also the time of year when supermarkets hold their “foires à vins” or wine fairs.
Leaflets arrive in the mailbox advertising tastings and special offers.
We see our neighbours unloading the car: three trips to unload several cases of wine to go in the cave.
Trevor lingers over the selections. Valerie has no idea about buying wine.
But never fear, once again, modern technology comes to the rescue.
Type in a food, and he makes recommendations for a wine to accompany the dish. You can select by region, colour, price, or just let Max make a free choice. Makes shopping a bit more fun!
Another aspect of shopping at this store which we appreciate is self scanning. This is not just a rapid self checkout. It is a huge timesaver, as you only handle the goods twice, once when you pull them off the shelves, and afterwards when you load your car. Here’s how it works.
It’s still much quicker than emptying all the items to be scanned by a cashier, and then repacked by the customer.
Despite all these modern conveniences, shopping is still a chore. So after arriving home and unloading the wine, we lug the boxes into our cave in the basement of the apartment building. That should keep us going for a few weeks.
Now, to get over all the effort, of course, a glass of wine. And to be politically correct, any mention of alcohol on TV these days is accompanied by the warning ” à consommer avec modération.” to which the animateur of our favorite quiz show always adds ” …. et avec délectation.”
Cheers, Bottoms up, Sláinte or Santé to you all.