Foire aux Vins

Up early as usual, a quick breakfast, then we were off to Beauvais-Sur-Matha, it was about an hours drive, sadly it was raining, so we had to dress accordingly, but it did not stop us enjoying ourselves.

As we entered the village, there was a brass band playing,

The Brass band welcoming us to the "foire aux vins"

just to put us into the spirit of the day, there were lots and lots of different stalls, we thought it would start the day off right, if we had champagne, so we went to Bernard Clouet stand, where we had lots of samples, we then treated ourselves to 6 bottles of Demi-Sec,

Sampling the "Champers"

very good, and very expensive.  After this we went to the Chablis counter, which is one of my favourite white wines, we had several tasters there, and decided on two varieties ordinary Chablis, and a Vieilles Vignes, very good.

Most places, had bits to eat, so we were nibbling away as we drank, which was good, I tried some lovely Foie Gras, which we went back to later, and bought two small tins. Next door was a Pouilly Fume store, so after more samples, we bought some more bottles, Calcite, and Fut de Chene, not sure where we are going to put them in ‘Rosie’ as she is full up now.

Catriona gathered up all our cases, and went back to the car, with a trolley boy, while I

Tasting the Medoc

looked after Max and Tobyn, Mike and Geoff, were sampling the red, they bought twelve bottles between them, Frontis, and Venderge, not sure what they are, but think they were expensive.

Shall we try this one!

We tried Margoux, St.Emillion, and others, we were not fussed with.

Lunch consisted of paella, which was far superior to any that we have had in Spain, so much more fish and meat, very nice.

After lunch, we thought a cognac would be called for, we tried an XO, which we were disappointed with as it tasted more like VSOP, very nice, but not quite up to our standard!! so we quickly moved onto the Pink Champagne stall, which we liked, and bought, we tried white, and pink, plus some Muscadet, & Savignon.

What a brilliant day, free drink, good company, and we had a good sing song on way home to keep the children amused.

Back home we sorted drinks out, I loaded ‘Rosie’ then we played with dogs in the garden, and settled down to a bottle of Chablis, and Medoc with roast lamb.

After dinner we played with Mike’s scalectrixs, four cars on the track at the same time, two dogs looking on, good fun.

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2 Responses to Foire aux Vins

  1. sandy & wendi says:

    Just got back from UK in time for W’s birthday today (22nd May). Released for another 6 months from the various establishments I had to visit in Cambridge.

    I have been down most of your trip area so far, W’s sister used to live in the Creuse departement. Keep it up, it is very interesting following your “adventure”



  2. Christine says:

    Glad everything is ok Sandy we have been thinking of you.
    We are having a fantastic time, and everthing is still working well!!
    Wish Wendy a belated birthday
    Love Christine and Geoff

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