Speaking of tasting, last night we were invited to the neighbour's for an apéritif. She had made wine from walnuts, using the whole nut with the hulls on unlike commercial walnut wine which is made from the leaves. It was pretty good even though I am not usually a fan of stuff like that.
Don't worry, Fumo -- all those wines are finished except for the Jurançon, which is not a drink to accompany meals. I made a plum cake and it went well with that.
I've had walnut liqueur before, but I don't know how it was made. It was quite good, though. A bottle of it would probably last for years (as do many liqueurs) because such things appeal to you at unpredictable moments. The weird bottles usually come out at the end of a long evening with friends when everything normal has already been drunk.
I don't have much in the category of "weird" at the moment, but I guess that my saffron liqueur might qualify or even my mei kuei lu chiew which is a rose flavoured sorghum hard liquor (and not liqueur). But it is extremely common in the Paris region and is even made in France (for people who don't need the fancy red Chinese bottle, which is lovely and exotic but which adds nothing to the taste). Also, I don't have any at the moment, but I really like green Chartreuse which many people think tastes like medicine.
I don't think I've ever had wine from Lorraine. Improvement there is possible, due to climate change. Québec wines were a bad joke, but they've improved. So have our ciders, but that is more due to cultivation of more appropriate apples, and better production methods.
Indeed the trenches don't evoke pleasing tastes and odours...
I had a bit of ordinary Gamay with dinner (there wasn't much left), which was fine with chopped steak, mushrooms and garlic, but I felt that I had not had enough wine. So I have opened a bottle of Boulaoune from Morocco to sip during tonight's movie (Knives Out, which I already saw at the movies and then on the movie channel and it never impressed me, but it seems to be an appropriate movie for a Sunday night when my brain is on standby. Even when you are not working anymore, there is something about Sunday nights that makes you seek more relaxing entertainment.).
Anyway, what I find interesting about the situation is that I drank my dinner wine as most ordinary people do in France -- in a Duralex glass. But for my slightly upgraded after dinner wine, I have taken out a ballon (stemmed glass). One thing that I have always appreciated in France is that often the glass informs you of your status as a guest for an informal meal. If they bring out the stemmed glasses, you are still an outsider, even if you know they like you. If you are served wine in a Duralex glass (often called a mustard glass here since mustard is sold in that format), you are part of the family.
My use of a stemmed glass for the Moroccan wine is simply to acknowledge to myself that I have upgraded just a bit and should imbibe with moderation.
Duralex is fine. I'm currently drinking a very pale sparkling wine my neighbor here made from his vines next to my house from Sangiovese grapes that is, to me at least, remarkably similar to a champagne (considering it's from Sangiovese!). From a Duralex glass, of course. We opened the bottle at his place across the strada bianca and he sent me off with an opened half-bottle and some prosciutto made from a pig I've probably talked to down the hill leaving me little choice, given that it's a sparkling wine, but to finish it. And so I will.
I did. Prosecco biologico with lunch at another friend's house and prosciutto (but not really, made from la spalla, a shoulder cut) for some version of dinner, all the same day. I'm a bit buzzed but my goal was to stay awake until 23:30 to put the hobnailed boot to my jet lag and I can see the end of the tunnel now. A couple more Roxy Music videos on Youtube and I'm there.
I have a superb Riesling from Vrede En Lust called "Ëarly Mist Riesling" 2019 vintage. I am not sure what a Duralex glass looks like but I'm guessing it maybe one of those little stubby glasses -like the one I use for my tootbrush glass..... Anyway, I only drink wine from a wine glass - even the Chateau Le Cardboard variety. Makes awful cheap plonk taste just that little bit acceptable!
A day late, I tested the Beaujolais nouveau. It was okay but I probably won't buy any more because it was at least 20% more expensive than last year because of covid/climate change/brexit/inflation/changing tastes/agricultural greed/logistics/China (select one or more).