Vinexpo, odds ‘n ends, edition 2007

Best spit bucket
Perrin. Try to dump that over yourself, Miles! Yes, I spit my Beaucastel on stones imported from Chateauneuf du Pape.

Cheesiest video
Some continuous loop at the Torres stand about monks in Priorat. Excerpt: “The white light guided us to the land.”

Most groan inducing slogan
Tie! “Rockin’ Rhone” and “California wines: inspired by life”

Oddest attire
Woman dressed up as a martini glass

Best 2006 red tasted at Union des Grands Crus tasting
Leoville Las Cases (search for this wine)

Best 2006 dry white tasted at Union des Grands Crus tasting
Chateau Carbonnieux (search for this wine)

Best red wine tasted
Chateau Le Pin 2001 (from magnum; find this wine)

Worst red wine tasted
Chateau Le Pin 2001 (from magnum–more later; find this wine)

Best white vertical
Tondonia, gran reserva, 1981 – 1964, selected vintages

Best cheese plate table
Chateau Angelus

Best lunch
Vieux Chateau Certan. Yummy oysters!

Oddest animal
Life sized, black plastic stallion in the press room

Best fireworks
La Jurade, St. Emilion, complete with acrobat walking up side of old tower

Best looking ambassador in ceremonial robes
US Ambassador Craig Roberts Stapleton

Worst traffic
Everyday! (especially when leaving)

By the random numbers:
Attendees: around 50,000
Exhibitors: 2,400
Length of lines for sandwiches: 30 yards
Cost of mediocre lunch: 16 euros
Neutral places to sit: way too few
Men seen talking on the cell phone while urinating: 3
People seen wearing Crocs: none
When Vinexpo will be in Hong Kong: 2008

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8 Responses to “Vinexpo, odds ‘n ends, edition 2007”

  1. “Tondonia, gran reserva, 1981 – 1964, selected vintages” – I would have loved this!

  2. well done! On the 2001 Le Pin, please do tell!

  3. Vinexpo in Hong Kong in 2008? Joke?

  4. Joe – soon!

    Erika – No joke! May 27-29, 2008, the show hits the road for Hong Kong. Back to Bordeaux in June 2009.

  5. Now, that’s my kind of photo journalism. Great coverage.

  6. Good coverage, Dr. Vino. Hope to visit the next event in Hong Kong in 2008! It’s closer to home than Bordeaux!

  7. and best sake?

  8. Masumi Nanago, with Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo a close second


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