I received an email from a friend who is ex-patrioted who said he was bored with wine, and he hopes to get it back. Sometimes when making a living at what we're good at, whether importing or writing, it can indeed kill the love. I too have been in this position, really? Another tasting note? Another story? How can I fire up the enthusiasm. Especially when working in a local fast food place is a better living than capitalizing on my two decades of experience playing pairing words and wine.
But looking over the year at stories that I loved writing, about people worth writing about their soil, and tasting the rare wine that wasn't just drink-worthy but transformational, or ones that merely just give pleasure, and the people and the conversations..I think can indeed restore the love, and I am feeling it these days. The love.Yet when I look over the memories, sure I could pull the bottle shots, but mostly they were wine moments. I could tell you the wines, and the bottles are scattered throughout, but this year, I'm going with the pictorial.
So here's to my struggling, enervated colleagues. I hope these help inspire, and if I failed to give the stories, there's room in your own imagination to make them happen.
Happy New Year to all, may there be miracles... Alice
The year started out with Pierre & Catherine's 30th anniversary birthday bash
Last January I landed in Angers, went immediately to tastings and that night Pascaline and I went to a fabulous party at the Breton's to celebrate their 30 years making exquisite wine. It was packed.
Xavier Caillard, expressive, magical wines. Here is telling us of his battle with with vine virus esca and its tedious fix.
Meeting the remarkable Hacquet sisters.
Lunch with Eric Texier and Pascaline at de la Bascule (we drank Yohan Lardy)
Salvo Foti on Etna
Faro Giuseppina, a great Etna discovery
and then there's Eduardo's wine
A beautiful Rosso from Etna's basalt
in the morning we were in the sun, on the volcano, by night fall we were in Trentino. And in the morning after a restful night we took the gospel from Elisabetta Foradori.
End Part 1