Friday, May 25, 2007

Nantucket Wine Festival

Xavier and I left Bordeaux on May 17 at 10:30 am, on Air France, for Boston via Paris. Business class for me with seats convenient for sleeping (even though it is a daytime flight). I read l’Express (magazine in part responsible for the success of Valandraud) and started a big book written by Frederico Moccia (and translated from Italian by Anaïs Bokobza) called “I want you”. This book, that I bought at the airport, attracted me because the text in the front and back covers:
- Madly romantic, this impossible love between Step and Gin became the cult novel for a whole generation.
- To Gin: your smile told me this story.
- To Mamie Elisa and Aunt Maria who cooked well and with love.
- Thanks: I would like to thank everyone who, in good or bad times, and especially without even knowing, gave me a starting point. In a way, life is beautiful for this very reason, because it doesn’t only depend on you. But for a book, it does.

A few lines which made me want to read this book… (which I did with pleasure during this whole trip).

We arrived in Boston and took a small 9 seat plane for the Island of Nantucket. An hour after flying over the sea and Martha’s Vineyard, in this little plane, we arrived at the hotel at around 7 pm: “The White Elephant” where we each had a small house looking over the harbor and the beach. Nantucket looks a bit like Cap Ferret.

According to Xavier, each little wooden h

ouse costs more than one million Dollars. In any case, this is a beautiful place. The dull weather made everything grey – blue. The first night, from 6 to 9:30 pm, around 700 people came to taste wines and dishes prepared by great American chefs.
Fund raising event and loud atmosphere, cheerful, everyone seemed happy to be part of the high society of this very chic island. We served rapidly 18 bottles. Same for our friends from Bordeaux. Philippe Magrez (Fombrauge etc), John Kolasa for Rauzan Segla and Château Richelieu (Fronsac), represented by their Dutch co-owner were also attending. If you count the time difference (- 6 hours), we had a long day of 24 hrs.

Concerning the futures campaign 2006: there is no more Moulin Saint Georges, nor Giscours.

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