jamie goode's wine blog: Paris, France

Friday, January 26, 2007

Paris, France

I'm off to Paris, France (as the Americans like to call it) on Sunday, for the [expensive] Wine Evolution conference. I was originally going to be moderating the closures session, but lo and behold they put me down for the logistics session as well, presumably on the back of a piece I did for the 2005 Harpers Logistics Supplement. Since I found this out I've been swotting up on logistics, which I will soon be a world expert on! I'm more confident about the closures presentation, because I had a run-through of essentially the same one at last week's Wine+ event.

Talking of logistics, I've been following with interest reports in the press about stricken container ship Napoli, which is currently lying a mile off the Devon coast. It has been amusing to see the press talk about wine being looted as people walk off carrying barrels...do they know how much a barrel of wine weighs? And that it has been a long time since wine is shipped in barrel. The barrels in question are actually new ones from Tonnellerie Boutes, destined for South Africa. Bit of a shame to turn 425 barrels into flower tubs. Maybe they could be used to spoof up some English wines.
While in Paris, I've got the best part of a day to explore. I plan to spend it visiting wine shops and wine bars, particularly those with an interest in 'natural wines', of which there are a few.

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At 12:20 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

How about - in homage to a certain Martin Meinert in SA and the saga of shipwrecks off the south coast of England - calling any smuggler's wine aged in these big barrels: "Devon Crest Sinking History"?

Logistics? Rather you than me. I haven't used that term in three years without the word nightmare snuggling up to it in the same breath. I have seen perfectly calm people reduced to gibbering gibbons by encountering the logistical truth that anything that can go wrong will go wrong...

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'...Paris, France (as the Americans like to call it)'

So as not to confuse it with Paris, Texas.

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous D said...

I was watching Midsomer Murders for my sins last night and the location flashed up: Shanghai, China.

Was this for the benefit of Jade Goody?

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Nothing better than a swedish girl talking about pinot. Speaking of are you going to Burgundy on your trip?


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