Beaujolais usually is not my favorite wine but it is associated with the "Beaujolais Nouveau" days in autumn and there is something festive in it . That was a good idea anyway to stage a Beaujolais tasting day in june, far from the Beaujolais Nouveau craze , and with selected producers like the ones they invited today .
As usual , the tasting takes place on the sidewalk along the store , between 11 am and 7 pm (lasted a little more ) . Each producer stays behind an empty cask with bottles and glasses , answers questions while pouring his wine .
Attentive Caves Auge staff takes away emptied glasses and brings clean ones . While the tasting takes place, it does'nt interfere with the store where customers still come and go , some foreign buyers join in the melee . As I arrive, someone from Caves Augé directs me on a producer , difficult sometimes to make your choice ...
I will taste and look and listen . B. soon arrives . Many people here know each other . There are producers happening to be in Paris , professionals of the dining & drinking industry , oenophiles , and simple amateurs like me .
This part of the Boulevard Haussmann is not the hustle bustle area with thousands of shoppers going to Galeries Lafayette and other stores . More quiet here and tasters who come here are people who know about wine , or Caves Auge customers , or other wine culture afficionados happy to get together and enjoy the thing .
Some are getting accustomed to the spitting bucket . Not me . Not that I drink all the wine I have in my glass , but I prefer to drop the extra wine in the bucket than spit . That is less sacrilege , or a more natural thing to do , it seems to me . That's probably the line between amateurs and professionals , I concede .