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January 13, 2008

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lagramiere

Salut Bertrand! Excellent post, with great photographic examples. It is amazing that the French government restricts the sale of "variétés anciennes." Kokopelli isn't far from us here and it's one of our favorite places to get seeds. It's funny, an Alsatian friend of ours and fellow vigneron here, always has Schueller's Edelzwicker as their "house wine," so we've been lucky enough to taste both versions too! Keep up you wonderful blog, I truly enjoy it, especially the Parisian wine bar recommendations!

Isaac Rivera

Hi Bertrand. This is my first post, though my wife and I have been enjoying your blog for several weeks now.

This is a very good point you are making. My wife and I live in Brooklyn, NY, USA, where we belong to an organic farm coop. This means that for some 29 weeks of the year we can pick up a share of the farm's weekly harvest on a nearby church. This coop has an online forum where members exchange recipes etc. Invariably on some weeks members will complain about the cosmetics of the fruit or vegetables. Oh they were too bruised or oh they had some caterpillars. These comments usually come from people who are trying to eat better, but were born and raised in the city. I grew up in a dairy farm in Puerto Rico and my wife on Tarragona, Spain. Those of us who were not lucky enough to experience fruit ripening on trees and picking it up yourself when ready do not understand what an agricultural product is. It is a living, breathing, organism that transforms and concentrates some of the energy of the surrounding terroir into edible form. Of course infected or pest-ridden fruit or vegetables are a sign of negligent or inept agricultural practices, but some blemishes and even bugs are natural. Not only natural, bug a good sign of health. If I see a caterpillar among the broccoli heads, I know that farm is REALLY organic and has healthy soil, water, and air.

We are all deformed by supermarket cosmetics. Even organic markets display perfect fruit all the time. This is the main reason, in my opinion, organic produce is 3 times as expensive to buy in this place. Grocers discard all the fruit that do not look perfect, but then, or course have to pass on the cost to the consumer.

Here in New York we are lucky enough to have a wine retailer that is pushing the natural wine movement, The Moore Brothers, and they only see natural wines whose producers they know personally. Wines are guaranteed to be at 13 deg Celsius from the cellar to the store. The store itself is kept at 13 deg all year round. We have been having a great time discovering all these bottled treasures and sharing them with friends.

Again, thanks for another interesting post.

hikalu

The pictures of Apples are a kinda shocked of the difference. It's like that some mans are surprised when they see a woman wearing no makeup at all. some guys say so. kinda a joke? might be...

About Bruno Schueller, I really wanna taste his wine using the damaged grapes!!

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