Tart!

This is my first post since the New Year, so I’d like to start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year. I hope, if you did anything, that you had a good time.

I had a quiet time last night. I don’t go much past 9pm these days, I managed until about 10pm last night (thank you, Arnie, but I gave up and am watching the rest this morning!) but was sound asleep by midnight. Even some local fireworks (apparently) didn’t stir me. But last night, I also had a little help…

One thing I do like to do on New Year’s Eve is to crack open a nice bottle of wine. I’ve never drunk large quantities of wine, even less now, but it is something which always fascinated me. I used to love going over to France to visit the wine regions and maybe add something to the collection.

Probably our most successful trip was down to Burgundy in 2002. Not only did we all have a brilliant time, it was very warm, sunny weather and the gite had a pool, but I managed to bring back a few cases of superb wines, direct from the producers. My daughter, who was then about three, even enjoyed coming tasting with me (although her sips were limited, and I was driving)! And Burgundy is hallowed ground in wine terms. There is a road between Dijon and Beaune, the D974, and the villages and vineyards along the road read like a who’s who of world-class wines. Before God invented road numbering, it was simply known as the Route des Grands Crus, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Β© Ecrivin.fr

But because I found learning about wine preferable to drinking it, once I returned from France, my collection would only decrease very slowly. So this was my treat last night (or, two glasses of it. The rest is there for today, to enjoy with my cheese sandwich):

Don’t let the grubbiness of the label fool you – it is grubby because I have let it sit, untouched, for twenty years. This is actually a bottle of grand cru wine, 1995 vintage. In (Burgundy) wine terms, a grand cru is the highest reputation vineyard. It refers to the vineyard rather than the particular wine or the year, although the vinyard gains its overall status, of course, based on the wines produced there over the years. A grand cru is about as safe a bet you can get for a good wine.

The grower, the Louis Latour company, owns plots in several vineyards in the region, and the Chateau Corton Grancey ranks high among them. I always liked the French appellation system because just these few labels narrow the origin to a specific couple of fields – in the world – not just for wines but all sorts of other foods too. Plus Appellation d’origine contrΓ΄lΓ©e (AOC) status guarantees a certain standard. If we think there is any merit in identifying regional foods, we should be using that system too. In the UK, it exists for very few things but is not widespread – we’ve usually no idea where our food has come from.

Ahhh… nothing better than remembering a decent holiday over a delicious glass of wine! Delicious? I’ve got to say more than just delicious. How about sublime? Burgundy is my personal favourite region in any case – surpassing even Bordeaux – and something like champagne is vinegar in comparison. When I taste a Burgundy, I expect to be transported back, and fortunately this wine did not disappoint. So, let’s say that by bedtime, 2019 was looking better, and New Year’s Day, at least, doesn’t look bad either! I’m sure it’ll start going downhill tomorrow!

Lastly, my featured image. Orange tart. Wine was not all my daughter managed to try out!

Author: Stroke Survivor UK

Designed/developed IT systems for banks, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing from home, plus do some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

8 thoughts on “Tart!”

  1. Sounds like you had a very good time πŸ™‚ I’m not a wine expert myself, not at all but I can see how visiting the region in France must be beautiful. I’ve done a champagne tour once in France with a lot of tasting, that was really fun! But all the champagne is gone now, I couldn’t let it sit for 20 years πŸ™‚

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    1. If you get the chance, Burgundy is indeed a beautiful place to visit. I think if you’re a wine buff, then especially so, but even so… Have a Google for somewhere like Vezelay and you will see what I mean. If I were in Belgium I wuld be planning my vacation there!

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      1. Maybe in the future, who knows. Belgians really love to go to France, especially the South. And a lot of Dutch people too. So it’s like the even smaller Benelux there for us and that is something we’re not that fond of. So we end up in Spain or Portugal for the waves πŸ˜‰

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        1. We used to have to fly to Spain, so I only went there once or twice. I used to like southern France, too, that coast between Perpignan and Montpellier. We had one vacation where we stayed in s. France, then at the end drove further south-west and took the ferry from Santander, I think.

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          1. Santander is on my list! I would love to go there. My dream is to drive in a minivan through France and through Spain with Pierre and our doggie. Well we don’t have a minivan or a doggie (yet!) πŸ™‚

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              1. I rent one or we take it with us if it fits the van πŸ™‚ We have a friend in Santander with a lot of surfboards, that’s why we would go in the first place πŸ˜‰

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