Friday, November 06, 2020


Wildflowers and other small green plants survive around the margins of the vineyard parcels. Until there's a hard frost or a freeze, when most will fade away. The transition from fall to winter can be abrupt, or it can be slow and subtle. Depends on the year.

Delicate blue veins in the unopened petals of these flowers.

I'm planning a trip up to a nearby wine co-op this morning. They're having their annual sale on bubbly. Not Champagne, of course, but our local sparkling wine. I think it's pretty darned good and enjoy having some on hand. I'll continue scanning our supermarket circulars for deals on actual Champagne as the holiday season approaches. Cheers!


  1. Hi, we have holiday home nearby. Where is the wine co-op please? We would love to visit it when we are next over. Many thanks x

  2. Mmmmmm, Vouvray, so much better than Champagne. Is that the coop in Chenonceaux? We stopped there last time we dropped by your place.

  3. Once again, I'm with Mitchell: gorgeous picture, what a lovely tiny flower!

  4. There may be a reason to chill a bottle later today (Biden has pulled ahead in Georgia.)

    1. Yes, and Pennsylvania might be another reason. Fingers crossed.

    2. Democracy is at work, one vote at a time!

    3. I'll chill a bottle as well - it just may turn out to be a very special Friday evening!

  5. Another beautiful photo, Walt. Thank you.

  6. I enjoy sparkling wine and seldom buy Champagne anymore as it is too $$ and other stuff is just as good.

  7. ali, it's in Saint-Romain-sur-Cher, on the main street through the center of town.

    mitch, :)

    ellen, not Vouvray this time, just our local Fines Bulles de Touraine. This co-op is in St.-Romain, across the river from St.-Aignan.

    jan, thanks!

    travel, I'm ready!

    bettyann, or Saturday...

    evelyn, they want to get it right.

    elgee, I'm with you... but now it's gone into Saturday!

    michael, champagne is pricier here, too, which is why I look for sales. Our local sparkling wine is about a third of the cost of the least expensive champagnes.


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