Vendange Time

The vendange (vintage) is the annual wine harvest, when the grapes are picked from the vines. It’s usually done around late September or early October, the exact time depending on meteorological vagaries.

The 2021 vintage is probably going to be a shocker because of the awful weather we’ve had this year. However, this image, from a chateau in the Bordeaux region, harks back to a more promising time.

CMMC 8 September 2021: Dark Green

Glass of wine, anyone?

Shine a light through a glass of red wine and some of the effects can be quite pleasing.

(Same goes for drinkng it.)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid Drinks

Bottles

Cee’s challenge this week is to post an image of something – anything – that contains a double letter.

I spotted these old wine bottles standing on the floor next to a bed in the sleeping quarters at the restored Abbaye de la Reau.

Somehow, the post-processing produced an effect like a still life painting, which I find attractive.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Double letters

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

In the cellars beneath Épernay, bottles of champagne lie maturing in racks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

Shine a light through a glass of red wine onto a white tablecloth and this is what you get:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

Under pressure

As part of the wine-making process, in Bordeaux as elsewhere, the young wine has to be drawn out of the big stainless steel tanks into smaller containers under the force of gravity. Given how large the tanks are, it’s not surprising that it comes out at high pressure. That’s what you call letting it breathe.

And if you zoom in closely enough, it becomes almost abstract:

liquid

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid

Shouldn’t that be ‘vin’?

As one of France’s leading utility companies, EDF (Électricité de France) supplies something without which modern civilised life would be quite impossible.

As well as electricity.

EDF Wine-2

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge Week 19

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

Against the background of a clear blue sky, rows of vines run up to the horizon near the village of Äy, in the Champagne region of France.

Half

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

 

Bottle Bank

A bit of a stretch maybe, but there is definitely liquid in these bottles: wine from the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux.

LiquidB&W

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Wine, from start to finish

In vino veritas

A recent day’s wine-tasting around Bordeaux provided an opportunity to see the whole process of wine-making, from beginning to end.