You, Bordeaux, are a friend
In misfortune, and in sorrow,
Ready to serve, today, tomorrow,
Always faithful to the end.
– Alexander Pushkin, Yevgeny Onegin (IV.46)
A table stands in the center of a flawless lawn, along the shore of a mirror-smooth lake. A gentleman is sitting at the table with his lady friend. They seem entirely unbothered by the frequent droplets of light rain that drip down the collar of the gentleman’s red sweatshirt, plunge into his lady’s revealing neckline, and plink into their wine glasses.
It is ten in the morning, and the imperturbable couple is enjoying a chardonnay breakfast.
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A moniker (garagistes) that originated in France’s Bordeaux region in the 1990s and signifies very small winemakers – usually operating on less than a hectare – who generally process their own wine (vins de garage) the old fashioned way, making it “out of their garages.” Garage wine is generally made in very small quantities, and thus the price for the best of it is very high. In France, the wines made are big, bold, fruity red wines with higher alcohol content – winemakers’ wine.
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