Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mystery revealed

With great difficulties.

At the time I could go and see the mysterious white "things" in front of the house - which I mentioned in the blog of last week - unfortunately they had already disappeared.

Nevertheless the mystery could be revealed.

I never would have thought that one day they would really start dredging the river Lot as the project exists since several years but nothing happened up to now.

Apparently this has changed now.
The communities want to make the Lot navigable for touristic reasons - probably following the example of the Dordogne region where canoeing, kayaking, etc. is one of the main touristic attractions.

What has happened already is that they did some flat dredging and put on yellow beacon buoys to mark the zones that for the moment are still not accessible.

To be continued.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Strange things happening on the river Lot

Since a few days in front of the house near the river Lot - or should I say on the river - strange things are happening.

During the day an enormous noise can be heard. And from the terraces three white "things" can be seen.
During the night all is quiet and sometimes the three white "things" are gone to return the next day.

With my lively fantasy I like to imagine it could be a Viking longship or drekar.
Or is it rather an encounter of the third kind?

As I haven't had time to go and see I can't give you no more information.
Hope to tell you more next week.

Have a nice Armistice Day.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

White wine out of the red Malbec grapes

This week a "premiere" in the Lot : one of the Lot winemakers has succeeded in making white wine from red Malbec grapes.

As you can read in the regional newspaper La Dépêche du Midi of today - avec du raisin rouge il fait du vin...blanc! - it is the first time this is done in the Lot.

The principle is to harvest red Malbec grapes at an early stage where the grapes have little maturity but a correct acidity to make a white wine. If you then press it like a white wine it gives you a juice that is comparable to a pinot blanc.
After all it is the skin of the grape that gives the color.

Curious already to taste it.

After château de Fages last year with producing their top wine partially in amphoras this is another great experiment in the Lot - a true sign that nowadays the winemaking in the Lot is very dynamic.
To the benefit for the whole appellation Cahors Malbec.