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October 11, 2019

A bit of beers and lots of Wines of France!

So back to you with another of my beloved subject posts. Well a basic kind of guy on beer and wines will do. According to the place, food , and occasion. Let me tell you a bit more about it ok. My simple title A bit of beers and lots of Wines of France!

Wine is in any case a subject that interests the French! Yes!!! The level of knowledge of our countrymen increases year by year. Thus, according to the barometer SOWINE / DYNATA, and for the first time in ten years, the share of the French declaring themselves neophytes passes below 50% while the share of the French declaring themselves amateurs progresses and reaches 46%.  Who says because French you should know about wines! This trend is even more marked among young people, who clearly want to learn about the subject and consult more websites and social networks than their elders to find out more. 70% of our countrymen think it is important to be inform before buying wine or spirits, with as a privileged source the entourage or family for 53% of them. The recommendation of family or friends takes precedence in front of the council of professionals 42%. Yes we get a lot exchanges with the family on wines and properties. More in French here: Sowine Dynata on wine in France

More on the saga of Bordeaux wines !! At the Chateaux Grand Launay and Haut Lorettes in the south-west of France, pruning shears and machines are running at full speed for the harvesting of the reds. Most are reporting will make a great vintage, thanks to a very hot summer. We are, in France, one of the regions that has evolved the most technical and environmental in the last ten years, and the range of 5-15 euros, Bordeaux is unbeatable in quality . But we have no clear message ! vis-à-vis the consumer, lamenting the image hyper traditional Bordeaux. Indeed there are lots of properties in Bordeaux little known or hard to know that produces top wines at affordable prices!

In Bordeaux, spared this summer by diseases, winemakers take the time to harvest to obtain a perfect maturity. Recent rains have made it possible to develop the noble rot, which is essential for the sweet wines whose harvest should start next week mid October in Sauternes. They could also increase yields. Over the whole of Bordeaux, inter profession expects a return in the decennial average of 5.1 million hectoliters. The rain would also dilute sugars and acids, very concentrated in the berries this year and source of high alcoholic degrees, as for whites whose harvest ends with average or even low yields. In contrast, other winemakers do not know where to put the new crop, their cellars are still full as the sales of Bordeaux are at half-mast with extremely low prices for bulk. The image of a cru bourgeois wine, which discourages some consumers over the issue of rating and classification confusion remedy this coming 2020, but also the disaffection of China who turns to Australia and Chile, countries with which it has made customs agreements: the winegrower draws a state of affairs that is very serious. Those who do get away are the great wines and small innovative owners. It will be ok by next year ruling changes see my previous post on wines.  Source. Le Figaro

Now I am not a cyclist practionner but this innovation should do a lot of good and I might even try it. 143 km of cycle route in the vineyards of Alsace!. This is the proposal of the region of north-east of France to cross its typical landscapes and the many vineyards that are on this long way, between Marlenheim and Thann. This road labeled “vineyards and discoveries” is drawn in parallel with the Wine Route of Alsace.

At the Saint-Pierre brewery, between Obernai and Barr, visitors can participate in brewing workshops based on hops from the region, pure malts barley, water St. Peter and explore the taste of many craft beers. In addition to the five breweries Fischer, Heineken, Karlsbrau, Kronenbourg, and Meteor, which produce half of the national beer production, the micro-breweries are also on the Route d’Alsace road, as for example that of Jean-Jacques Hupfel, known for its organic beers, including pissenlit (dandelion). The Saint-Alphonse brewery (Vogelgrun) promises to reveal all the secrets of manufacturing this foamy beverage, from its production to bottling.

The route also stops at the wine trail of Soultz-Wuenheim which leads to a teaching ground to learn the ampelography, relating to the study of the vine, grape varieties and grapes. A stopover in Ostheim, in the area of 12 hectares of vineyards of the family Froehlich, awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Pinot Gris Late Harvest 2016, at the Competition of the Great White Wines of the World 2019, last April 2019, may prove highly instructive. In another register, the parenthesis “Initiation to the tasting” invites to the discovery of Grands Crus d’Alsace in the area of Pierre Adam, before going to a restaurant for a lunch of tasty food and wine pairings. Finally, the unusual side, in the vicinity of Kientzheim, a winegrower combines, for two hours, tastings and Qi Gong sessions, a way to combine wine experience and well-being.

The above with more info at official webpage (in English): Cycling in Alsace

Do you know the wines of Tavel? Many years ago were my introduction to French rose wines! They were qualified at the time of kings of roses, a reputation that still precedes them today, as its wines astonish by their richness and complexity. It is a magnificent, powerful and generous wine, deep pink, revealed by the typicality of its terroir and the variety of grape varieties, from which it draws its floral and fruity aromas on the palate. With age, it develops shades of red fruits, grilled almonds and spices, far from the usual simplicity of the rosés of our aperitifs. You can try them by booking with participating institutions directly in the Facebook page here:

Other information on Tavel is the official Tavel wine appellation group here!

And the Rhône wines region info on the Tavel here:

And there you a wonderful combination of open air countryside rides with great beers and wines, wonderful. Hope you enjoy it with moderation of course.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!




October 11, 2019

Some news from France, CCXLVIIII

And back at you with the latest chosen tidbits of my belle France. We are expecting great weather in the coming days so enjoy it. Right now in my neck of the woods we have semi cloudy, and windy and temps of 17C or about 64F while in Paris the more cloudy ad 62F.

Something unusual as if anything is not in Paris!

The Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail  (Our Lady of Work) 14éme, contrasts with many religious buildings, and imposes itself as monumental, unusual, with all at the top, in majesty: a clock.,so that they can have the time. The neighborhood of Plaisance is then only the  hidden district of Montparnasse the old church, located rue du Texel, becomes too narrow for all this world. Father Soulange-Bodin decided to build a larger building in 1898.

Under the ceiling is an inextricable labyrinth of metal hoops and iron columns. A factory, or almost. And for good reason: lack of money, it was necessary to innovate from the foundations in limestone. Metal and wood are cheaper than stone. No stone, no steeple. To adorn the church with a veil of 135 tons of metal. Hence this intertwining of trellises, typical of railway stations. An iron frame with a pale light. The stained glass windows, in Art Nouveau or Geometric style, have warm and cool shades to soften the brightness.

Basically, the Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail rightly sits, under which every second Sunday of October, the inhabitants come to deposit their tools. As you approach, you see at its feet the palette of a baker, a wheelbarrow and even  a barrel. Church Notre-Dame-du-Travail, 59, rue Vercingetorix  14éme. Parish webpage here: Official Parish Church Notre Dame du Travail

And while at it, think of stopping by these usual and unusual places in one of my previous work neighborhood and today entry point by train to Paris. You ,also, see here !  The incredible view of the Montparnasse tower. Impossible to miss: it dominates the neighborhood at  209 meters. Take the time to hop on Europe’s fastest elevator for a drink at the 56th floor bar. Where there is a 360 ° view of Paris, to contemplate behind large windows. Every day until 22h30 or 23h. From 8.50 to 18 euros the entry ticket into the tower. Also, walk around and visit the Jardin Atlantique or Atlantic garden. Perched on the roof of the train station, this green space offers an unusual parenthesis on three hectares. From 8h  to 21h30. Finally head for Shibuya Karaoke located in the lively rue de la Gaieté, this place offers boxes to book with friends. This concept straight from Japan allows you to have fun in groups in rooms depending on the size of the team. Then, everyone chooses his/her  repertoire and the microphone goes when its time to sing. Every evening and Sunday from 14h30. From 6 to 9 euros per person. Contact +33( 0), the latter webpage here: Official Shibuya Karaoke

Every second Friday of the month, the Le Parisien newspaper  in partnership with, gives you an appointment to discuss the state of the market of real estate. For those thinking of buying here a very general view an indication of prices per square meter and by department.

Paris 75: Champs Elysees  8éme 15980€, Saint Thomas d’Aquin 7éme 15929€,  Saint Germain des Pres  6éme 15697€  ,Odeon 6éme 15438€,  Notre Dame 4éme 15106€, Invalides  7éme 14520€,  Monnaie 6éme 14319€,Place Vendome 1éme 14039€

Yvelines 78 : Versailles 7491€, Saint-Germain-en-Laye 7161€,  Le Vésinet  6109€,  Croissy-sur-Seine 5931€, Maisons-Laffitte  5717€, Chatou  5486€

Hauts-de-Seine 92 : Neuilly-sur-Seine  10879€,  Levallois-Perret   9175€,  Boulogne-Billancourt 8432€, Issy-les-Moulineaux 7786€, Montrouge 7400€, Suresnes 7073€

Seine-et-Marne 77 : Serris 4498€ , Chessy  4395€ , Magny-le-Hongre 4294€,  Montévrain  4078€ Bussy-Saint-Georges 3850€,  Bailly-Romainvilliers  3825€, Fontainebleau 3805€

Essonne 91 : Verrières-le-Buisson  4782€, Gif-sur-Yvette  4229€ Orsay 4181€, Palaiseau 3960€, Massy 3916€

Seine-Saint Denis  93 : Les Lilas  6127€ , Montreuil  5917€, Saint-Ouen 5668€, Le Pré-Saint-Gervais 5556€, Bagnolet 5489€

Val de Marne 94 : Saint-Mandé   9379€, Vincennes  8864€, Charenton-le-Pont  8342€, Nogent-sur-Marne 6205€, Saint-Maurice 5907€

ps for my American friends not use to meters and euros, one square meter is 10,76 square foot.  The exchange rates changes everyday but today is at 1 USD equals 0,91 Euros or 1 euro is 1,10 USD;ok

Live the life of Hamlet at the Château de Vincennes The viewer are free to move in different spaces, living closer to the plot of “Helsingør – Castle Hamlet” mythical play of Shakespeare, played from this weekend. The castle of Vincennes is the scene of a show that brings the public into the heart of the subject, which makes it rub shoulders with the characters of Hamlet, the king of Denmark, Claudius or Ophelia. “Helsingør – Hamlet Castle” is a creation of A2R company – Antre de Rêves and co-produced by the Center des monuments nationaux.  Château de Vincennes , 1, rue de Paris. Admission from 22.30 to 38 €. More info  Webpage :

It is a fair return of history that restores its lost legibility to a precious place in Paris. Today Friday, October 11, The Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris or Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (MAMVP), located in the 16éme arrondissement, will reveal its new finery. More specifically: improve the reception conditions of the public in the hall, and allow a greater fluidity between the different spaces, especially those reserved for temporary exhibitions.

The MAMVP unfolds in the eastern wing of the Palais de Tokyo, just in front of the art center of the same name. Originally created for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in 1937, the design of this overall building, largely open on the Seine, clearly meets the canons of Art Deco: refined ornamentation, symmetry, recourse to a classical order and soberly monumental, especially for the colonnades, stylized motifs, out of all the picturesque  In this Palace of the museums of modern art as it was called in its beginnings. The two establishments had been programmed, one for the city, the other for the state. While it had been kept almost as it was until it was opened to the public on July 6, 1961, the MAMVP has gone through many work campaigns over a period spanning nearly sixty years. More info  Webpage :

The Vendages de Montmartre ! Shows, walks, exhibitions, concerts and tastings will punctuate the Butte until  this coming Sunday October 13  to celebrate the 86th edition of the harvest. For the opening evening of the Cuvée des Couleurs, a large participative and colorful fashion show was organized last Wednesday at the city/town hall of the 18éme arrondissement. Great novelty this year, a night race will animate the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre. This 5 km race will start from the Place Louise-Michel  at 20h, it is free and open to all on registration.

During 4 days, young talents will perform in a series of spots of the district; song, pop, electro, rock … Décibels Vendanges offers us to (re) discover a series of emerging artists. A village full of flavors at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur, the Parcours du Goût offers us, once again this year, the opportunity to taste the products of a hundred producers from the ïle de France and other regions. The Route of Taste, rues Azaïs, Saint-Eleuthère, Cardinal Guibert,  and Parvis of the Sacre Coeur October 11th to 13th from 10h to 19h

Let’s do honor to this coming Sunday October 13 whose temperature will be around 24 degrees C! At 15h, you will visit the vineyards, one of the most atypical places in Paris, accompanied by the historian Jean-Manuel Gabert who will enlighten all on its history and its grape varieties. Visit of the vineyards, Rue des Saules  18éme of course! From 10h-11h-14h-15h rdv hours.  A guided tour not to be missed, followed by a concert of Equivox, gay and lesbian choir of Paris, which will open the colorful and musical ball. The group of bodypainters Nice to Paint You, makeup artists and experienced graffiti artists, will take care of you to glitter and colors on the sound of the eclectic titles of DJ Thierry Lecamp, who will be responsible for making us dance all evening. The Rainbow Ball, Place Saint-Pierre  from 17h – 19h30. More info webpage :

The Greenroom Expérience, placed under the most total mystery and the promise of musical diversity and cultural mixing. We let ourselves be guided in the unknown, where the line-up is kept secret until the end to cultivate a confusing effect of surprise, between essential headliners, musical leaps in the past and new emerging talents that surely would not be ever crossed. The sensory and explosive paintings where the leitmotiv dear to Greenroom “mix music, match people” will prevail in minds. We take advantage of “La rue est à nous”  ot the street is ours, from its walls colored with tags to its paving stones that beat the rhythmic pace of the fanfares.Unloads on Dance like no one’s watching, a dance track punctuated by disco and electronic sounds, a tribute to the LGBT + communities of the 1970s where the watchwords are tolerance; The most seasoned night owls will rage at Rave against the machine where music is perceived as a tool of protest and claim. Greenroom Experience , free admission for adults with obligatory reservation via the ticket office  Studio Lendit, plaine Saint-Denis, 16, rue André Campra – Saint Denis. Facebook webpage :

It is a surge of joy that will seize fans of Lord of the Rings. More than 200 pieces on 1000 m2, manuscripts, illustrations, all the magic of the work of the great JRRT Tolkien gathered in one place. You dreamed of it? Direction the National Library of France!  BnF In 1937, J.R.R.T. Tolkien, professor of medieval languages and literatures of Oxford, published The Hobbit and became one of the most important figures of the 20C. The BnF or National Library of France unveils both man and his work, with the largest exhibition on the subject, in collaboration with the Oxford Bodleian Library. Tolkien, Journey to Middle-Earth, From October 22, 2019 to February 16, 2020. BnF Quai François-Mauriac, 13éme. More info  webpage :

And there you go another plateful of things to see in my belle France and especially my eternal Paris! Never a dull moment and all is fun! Hope you enjoy the series Some news from France and I thank you for your readership over the years.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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