19-03-13

Pure, by Andrew Miller

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About a young engineer who gets the job of clearing the ancient cemetery of Les Innocents, in the heart of Paris. The year is 1785, and the Revolution is on its way.

It is a well written book, painting the period quite well, and Jean-Baptiste Baratte is an intriguing figure. I like the way the author paints the pre-revolutionary climate, though he just touches it lightly, without judging it, and it seems to me as people felt it, not knowing that revolution was on its way. Even dr Guillotine plays a very innocent role in the story. You can almost feel the new wind building up.

I loved reading it, though it did leave me a bit unsatisfied, and i will probably not reread it again. But I'm not sorry I bought it and read it, I had a good time.

To be read with a cheap but good Bordeaux wine.    

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16-03-13

Bodegas Lopez de Heredia: historical Rioja

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A very interesting tasting where we put four extremely traditional Rioja's from Lopez de Heredia next to a series of more modern ones. Heavily oaked whites and pinks, more than ten years old, and still great ? Yes Sir !! We have rarely been more surprised in a tasting.

Originallly made when the French vineyards were eradicated by phylloxera to fill in the need for Bordeaux-style wines and smart businessmen turned to Rioja. And yes Viña Gravonia refers indeed to Graves, and it was uncanny how it started to smell and taste like a Pessac after a day or two. Whenever you meet one of these bottles (production is big but remains for 90% in Spain), you sould taste them. Somehow they seem voices from the past, but how deliciously they whisper...