There was a pretty good crowd, and I was glad to see it. We had a interesting and informative tasting. Most people in attendance seemed to be buying half-cases or many liters of wine in bulk. There was room for us at the tasting table. We sampled a 2007 Sauvignon Blanc that was soft and smooth, which I liked. Then we tasted two 2008 Sauvignons, one more tart than the other, and both more tart and aggressive than the 2007.
The Saint-Romain co-op is one of my favorite places to buy wine. Officially, the organization is called La Cave des Vignerons des Coteaux Romanais. Here's the web site. The man who poured wines for us, a local grape-grower, said the co-op has a membership of about 30 wine producers. He told us that they export quite a bit of wine to Germany, and that they are making special wines for that market. The Germans and the French have different tastes in wine, he said.
As part of the open house, local farmers set up stands and sell their products at the co-op. I bought strawberries and asparagus, as well as a couple of goat cheeses. Plus a few liters of Chardonnay and a few bottles of a 2007 Côt that's very good. The grape called Côt in the Loire Valley is called Malbec in the New World. Argentina produces a lot of Malbec wine.
When I was buying the asparagus, another man in line asked me how many bunches I was planning to get. I said two. "Perfect," he said. Then when it was his turn, he told the woman selling them: "I'll take all the rest." That was eight one-kilogram bunches — nearly 20 lbs. I wonder what kind of event he was planning.
One more look at the fraises.
We had friends over last night and when Walt brought out the strawberries out, we couldn't stop oohing and aahing over how good they were. They are a French variety called Gariguettes and are sweet and juicy. We ate them plain, with a glass of sparkling Vouvray to wash them down.