Monique’s Wine Adventure

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Nice bouquet

A Nice Bouquet
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On Saturday, August 10, the Seine-Saint-Denis Tourism Office organized a wine adventure on the Ourcq Canal. Monique was there!

Monique Preparing to Embark

Monique Preparing to Embark on Her Adventure
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At 7:30 p.m., she showed up at the Bassin de la Vilette (in northern Paris) and waited for her boat to come in.

Wine Vats

Wine Vats
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When she got on board, she saw the wine vats. The one on the left held Gamay, the one in the middle held Syrah, and the one on the right held Grenache. It was a lot of wine!

Fabrice Explains the Fine Points of Wine Production

Fabrice Explains the Fine Points of Wine Production
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Fabrice of En Vrac, a wine shop in the 18th arrondissement, explained how the participants would blend their own wine from the three vats and have a private bottle to take home. What fun!

Monique Takes a Sip

Monique Takes a Sip
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Before the blending began, everyone had a chance to taste each wine.

Drawing Gamay from the Vat

Drawing Gamay from the Vat
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Then each person went from vat to vat with a beaker, drawing the proportions that would suit that person’s taste when the wine was blended.

One Part Syrah

One Part Syrah
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Monique checked her proportions carefully. She took chemistry in college, so she knew what she was doing!

Monique Corks Her Wine

Monique Corks Her Wine
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After pouring two wines (Syrah and Grenache) in their proper proportions into a bottle (a funnel was used), Monique corked it. Fabrice told her to wait two weeks for the wine to “settle” before she opened it to drink.

Thierry Sealing the Cork with Wax

Thierry Sealing the Cork with Wax
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Thierry (manager of En Vrac) sealed the cork with wax and applied a label.

Syrah-Grenache Blend

Monique’s Syrah-Grenache Blend
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Et voila! Monique’s personalized blend of wine was ready!

Rosaura Martinez from Los Cabos BCS

Rosaura Martinez from Los Cabos Mexico BCS
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Rosaura Martinez from Los Cabos Mexico BCS selected a blend of 15% Gamay, 75% Syrah, and 10% Grenache. She was there with her sister, who was celebrating her quinceañera.

Bagged and Ready to go

Bagged and Ready to Go
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As the boat pulled into dock, Monique shows off her prize!

A good time was had by all!

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