jamie goode's wine blog: Bertrand Celce's blog

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Bertrand Celce's blog

Just a plug for Bertrand Celce's blog 'wine terroirs', and an article on Paris wine shops that he's recently posted. I enjoy browsing through his entries - in fact, they make me a little jealous of Parisians who are so well supplied with fantastic artisanal French wines at remarkably affordable prices. It makes the world of Californian cult Cabs and mailing lists look all the more absurd in juxtaposition. What do you prefer? Wine as conspicuous consumption, or wine with a soul?

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At 2:04 PM, Blogger Cru Master said...

Wines with Soul!

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Bertrand's blog is probably my favourite - great stories and great photographs.

At 3:53 PM, Anonymous Bertrand said...

Thank you for plugging in, Jamie. And thank you for the comments.
I used to buy wine in the wine aisle of supermarkets or department stores. Is it me or did the wine selection there suddenly worsened ? Whatever, I don't do it anymore, and I don't spend more money by buying at these artisan-wine cavistes (buying at the estate is the other option that we do), and at least we can enjoy the wine and finish the bottle...

At 6:31 PM, Blogger La Gramiere said...

Couldn't agree with you more Jamie, Bertrands blog is a must when it comes to visiting Paris. Reading through the winebar recommendations is almost (and I do mean almost) as good as being there in person. It can also make one green with envy!

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Wine is wine, when it comes down to it. Yes, a bottle of one wine from Sine Qua Non or Mollydooker or some other cult site may come with an incredible price tag and connotations of affluence, exclusivity, rarity and such, but when you're drinking it, it's really not likely to be all that different from a very well made wine from some place else with one fraction of the press and ratings hype, and a similar fraction of the cost.

Meanwhile, I must say I share your envy for a lot of the French. And for that matter, a lot of Aussies, given the sorts of prices I saw for some amazing wines around the country there. Quite a change from some of the wine stores around Chicago, where you'll come across big racks or cellars where very little comes under the 80-100 USD price range.

At 1:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bugger the wine, check out the Damien Hirst style dining:

At 11:25 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Quite agree - that pig's head is the source of a wonderful morbid fascination for me.

It reminds me of when on an early trip to France I ordered tete du boeuf at a country restuarant in Burgundy, not realizing that the description was literal.


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