Reporting soon from Vinexpo in Bordeaux

Did you know that the world had turned into a planet of the…grapes? Nor did I until I checked out the Vinexpo 2007 logo.

Yes, I’ll be in Bordeaux (somewhere between a green grape and a dark one) the third week in June covering the massive wine trade show. Given that I have previously written that France is a wine lover’s paradise yet an internet purgatory, I can only hope that the press tent will have wifi since I know there will be plenty of wine.

I’ve bought my plane ticket (ouch!) and am bracing for the full, sobering effect of the dollar’s decline. Ack.

The hottest place in the wine world in mid-June may also have high temperatures. The last time I attended, during the heatwave of 2003, almost 50,000 people packed into a series of exhibit areas that had little or no air conditioning. (Now they could do it in the name of reducing their carbon footprint.) Mmm, hints of barnyard aromas in the wine? Try: hot convention center.

This time, I’ll be able to taste some 2006 barrel samples from Bordeaux and will be on the lookout for some of the yummy 2005s. All with the goal of keeping you informed, dear reader. But with more than 2,300 exhibitors from 43 countries, there will be a lot of swirling, sniffing–and spitting! More anon!

Tasting sized notes from Vinexpo 2003” [Dr. V]

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7 Responses to “Reporting soon from Vinexpo in Bordeaux”

  1. Dr V, as I sit here at home a short distance north of Bordeaux, the cold, grey skies are lashing rain against my window. The heatwave of ’03 seems a long way off…I’d sooner pack an umbrella than your sun cream.

  2. Ha, we’ll see! What about global warming?

  3. France is a wifi paradise. I was just there on a working vacation which ended up more work than vacation as everywhere I went, wifi followed me. That was in Burgundy…guessing a trade event in Bordeaux will be no different. Have fun and I look forward to your reports.

  4. Excellent! Heating up with hotspots!

  5. The whole thing sounds heavenly, regardless of weather.

  6. The entire Vinexpo site is wifi this year (buy cards at a desk somewhere). Unclear if press office is free wifi. But it is a huge step up from 10 years ago when the only person in Bordeaux who knew anything about the internet was Jean-Michel Cazes. I did the first ever Bordeaux online wine chat with him (via the first online wine mag, Smart Wine). Cazes is always ahead of the curve.
    As to weather, stormy off and on but predictions are for nicely warm temps in the 23-26C range.

  7. Do we have the chance to see you on Sunday night?
    see infos in french here :


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