23 July 2007

Balade de Degustation

While Mary and Jeff were visiting us, we signed up for a Balade de Degustation. These are somewhat serious hikes while tasting and eating through a six course meal. They are offered by the different regions to exhibit their wines. This one offered SEVENTY wines to accompany the food courses! I would have to guess that Mike tasted just about all of them. It was a very sunny and warm day and the hike was a tad more than a stroll. We meandered through the hilly vineyards and did a fairly good job at not stumbling over the extremely rocky terrain. We all voted that the entree course of a typical Languedoc gazpacho was our favorite...pureed eggplant resting under a herby tomato layer. Not the peppery type we were expecting. It is definitely an experience we will repeat at least once each summer in a different terroir each time.

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