Category Archive for: ‘Dagboek van een wijngaard’

Sunday October 2 Oh you amazing, magnificent mauzac!  How much longer can you make us dance to your tune?  A couple of days?  A week? Ten days?  Just how much longer can you hold out? (How much longer can we hold out?) The grapes look beautiful, and they are basking in the sunshine, in no hurry to go […]

Thursday September 1 September blazes through the bedroom window, violently blue and full of sunshine. “Another beautiful day”, Jan remarks gloomily. Damn!   Friday September 2 There’s no rain in sight, that’s the bad news. But the good news is very good indeed.  The authoritative wine guide, granddaddy of them all, The Guide Hachette,  has published its […]

Sunday August 7 A really rainy day today, but then, this is Ireland.  And thank goodness for that too, otherwise we might have believed ourselves to be in paradise, taken there by a string of beautiful blue days knitted together by shining sun and sheening  seas.  No sailing today,   so we do what you do in West Cork […]

This is the month when the grapes form tight little bunches and start growing. It’s a major milestone on the road to the harvest.  It’s also the month of the Tour de France, passing not through our village this time, but through Carcassonne, which is close enough.  It’s the month when the Music Festival of […]

The big event this month is the flowering of the vines – an event as evanescent as our effervescents, with the smell of their blossoms floating like bubbles on the wind. Wine-vines are hermaphrodite, so good weather conditions are more important to them than wind or insects for the important business of producing fruit, and […]