This morning was the official opening of the show. Two French cabinet ministers were in attendance. Or make that one, actually, since Alain Jupee did not win yesterday in his campaign for parliament, and thus resigned his ministerial post.
Above is Agriculture Minister Christine Lagarde. In the tradition of French politicians, she has to go and talk to the farmers, in this case, winemakers. I didn’t see her taste anything. But she did hold up a bottle of Burgundy admiringly.
1. The Moldovans are here!
2. They need more sandwiches–lines 20 mins long.
3. Still have not made it to Hall 3 yet. In fact, have not made it to the second half kilometer of Hall 1 yet.
4. The $500,000 pontoon bridge is hot.
I’ve already found my way to the press area with the wifi so we’re up and running! Stay tuned for live reporting from the show now through Thursday. Next up: St. Emilion Grand Cru (or, fka Grand Cru Classé) 2006 tasting.
It’s big. The main exhibition hall is one kilometer long and 100 meters wide. There are 2,400 exhibitors and about 10,000 visitors expected each day.
I chatted with Ed Lauber, the New York-based importer who has attended every Vinexpo for the past twenty-something years–including the pre-air conditioning era.
He said he keeps coming back since “this is a people business” and he enjoys networking, at lunch and around the show.
Wine. People. That sounds about right.