Baudelaire urged poets to travel "Anywhere Out of This World," and to use all possible means, "wine, poetry, virtue..." My favorite wines are the 2005 Bordeaux which are hard to find at reasonable prices. That was a memorable year! The wines are ruby-colored and layered in taste, they have depth, they go down smooth. There's a "cave" in Valence d'Agens, the neighboring town to Auvillar, that still has a collection from this recolte, at reasonable prices (last year, under 5 euros.)
But the ones you buy in France have no preservatives. There's no comparison in taste with the wines we purchase in the states, which have sulfites.
I am also very partial to the local rose, served by my friends Stefan and Claire, who run the "tea" shop, Un Autre Ailleurs, on the hill halfway up the slope to the ancient village centre. The wines are produced locally, in the Dordogne, and a glass will cost so little that you'll laugh out loud and then order a bottle. Stefan also makes his own pate, and I have been known to beg for it. Claire makes cheesecake once a week, and with a glass of the local Muscat, a sweet white or rose, you'll know you're in heaven! From the cafe, you have a view of the Garonne River as it snakes its way from the Pyrenees, all gold and green like Sunday's olives. It's tempting to sit at the cafe and write a poem or two, and raise a glass to Baudelaire!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.