Granted a catchy but not totally accurate title. Of course it’s the grapes leaving the vine. Who will later become wine. And this is the moment they begin their journey.
The French Wine Harvest – “Le Vendange”, like all events agricultural, marches to the drummer of the seasons in each region. The obvious leaders in the pole position are the Southerly regions – Languedoc and Provence – where the Sun pumps up the volume and the sugar content first.
Alsace, in France’s North-East corner, where the old timers speak a mix of French and German no one else understands, is the last stop on the tour. With the harvest of the sweet wine destined grapes – “Vendage Tardive”(late harvest) around October 15.
As I’ve noted before, the harvest is simultaneously a cultural and a social event as well. Bringing together folks from all over Europe, who, outside of this gig, would probably never meet. Considering the mix of lifestyles and ethnicities. (My fellow scribbler Robert Camuto has “done” the vendange and morphed his experiences into a book. Cleverly titled: “Corkscrewed.” P.s. – He’s not paying me for this plug. Nor have a received a bottle of his wine.)
While words and pictures can’t hope to fully convey the multi-layered emotional experience that is Le Vendange – they can give us a taste.
THROW ME A BONE HERE, PEOPLE!
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