Waterlogue Wednesdays: French Grape Season

Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, French grapes, raisins français

Grapes. Is there a more French fruit than grapes? Wine and cheese. Peasant’s meals. Vineyards. Bordeaux, Chardonnay, Burgundy, Champagne… Grapes, grapes, grapes. What would France be without the grape? Its identity would be completely different and gastronomy might not be at the center of the culture like it is today. One of my favorite times to return to France (it really has just happened that way by chance many different years) is at la rentrée, at the beginning of September, just as I’ve done this year. I love the transition into Fall anywhere, but in France it’s marked with a feeling in the air that I still can’t put into words and one other very important thing… an influx of grapes at the marché. 🙂 Today’s Waterlogue commemorates this “trésor” de France and the last few days I’ve just spent enjoying fermented grapes in the Bourgogne region. 🙂

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