It’s cold, you are confined again, come on, it’s time to read and learn. I invite you to follow my reading advice, which I hope will be useful and valuable. Unfortunately not all the books are available in french but if you speak and read french I hope that will help you decide.
Do not hesitate to tell me after reading what you thought! And don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of AOP Côte de Provence red wine before you start reading this article:)
Le Jour où il n’y aura plus de vin
Laure Gasparotto, Lilian Bérillon – Edition Brasset
The title will certainly seem totally crazy to you and yet… Written by a nurseryman, Lilian Bérillon, who fights day after day for the cultivation of the vine to return to more ancestral methods, more natural, this story is that of a man who advances like David against Goliath!
But nurseryman in the vineyard what’s the point?
To make it simple enough a nurseryman supplies the baby vines to the wineries so that the winemakers can replant, renew their vineyard and have vigorous vines and especially adapted to their climate, their soil and the winemaker (and yes) basically what we call the terroir.
Its importance is golden : no nursery man = no vineyard
Except for the few wineries that Lilian Bérillon talks about in his book (which makes it possible to redo a tour of very famous wineries in France) which reproduce their own vines and therefore do not need anyone or almost, for others the dependency is huge!
So it highlights that some wanted to abuse their all power and always go to the mad race after time and that the vine has consequently become less resistant and more prone to diseases… and that tomorrow it would not be totally false to say that it may not be a vineyard anymore…
Finally, let’s not be alarmists, the idea is to alert us not to stress us more than we are. In any case, I really enjoyed travelling with him to meet his great winemakers who give time to their vines.
Le goût des pesticides dans le vin
Jérôme Douzelet et Gilles-Eric Séralini – Editions Acte Sud
What are pesticides again?
They are chemicals that control organisms considered harmful for the growth of the vine (the term includes insecticides, pesticides, herbicids….)
So yes professionals in the sector wanted to know if the products could end up in our glass. You will tell me but Sonia why do you read stuff like this?
First because it is my job and then it is interesting! There is a lot of talk about an issue that was raised and that came out. I invite you to read it too and tell me what you thought about it!
Here is what I learnt:
“We are all homonculus à nasibus”extract from the book p35
Remember that at first the winemakers work by using less and less pesticides first for their own health but also obviously out of respect for nature because we know that you are every day more numerous to take care of your small scale as the hummingbird! : )
Les vrilles de la vigne, Colette
Edition Le Livre de Poche
A classic but a local classic! Yes the writer Colette had her house in the Gulf of Saint Tropez: the muscate treille, bay of the canebiers in Saint-Tropez bought in 1925 and in which she will come to stay every summer until 1939.
A lover of the region and its wines, she speaks with delicate poetry of the vine she loves more than anything and of the wine, which she praises. To read and read again.
Les 100 mots du vin, Gérard Margeon
A good base that I like to have a look at from time to time so as not to lose the thread especially at this moment where I can no longer take you for a wine tour!!
More than a dictionary, Gérard Margeon, oenologist of the great Alain Ducasse, explain there simply but in a developed way everything you need to know around wine. You will learn that after drinking, spitting or tasting a wine it takes 45 seconds to really evaluate the quality of the wine in question. He also explain to you the geobiology or acupuncture of the vine (she also needs it:)) We talk about dress, size, leg and rosé wines that at the time when the book was released in 2009 he said
“They begin, finally, to be considered as wines in their own right!”.
What a great step we made since then!
Do not hesitate to share your reading and comments with me! Enjoy the reading !