September 13, 2014

After reflecting on the likelihood that this might be my last free weekend for some time

I decided to stay fairly local. After collecting my week’s groceries at the lively Beaune

outdoor market (multiple cheeses, sausages, tomatoes, peppers) I took a drive up

the Cote d’Or to see which areas were harvesting. The answer was: everywhere! I

saw crews busy at work here in Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe-Corton, Nuits St.

Georges, Vosne-Romanee, Vougeot, Gevry-Chambetin, Brochon. The one area that

did not seem to have much action was Chambolle-Musigny.

I went for a hike in a regional park in the hills above Gevry-Chambertin hoping for

a closer look at some gorgeous limestone cliffs which form a lovely backdrop to the

village. Instead, I ended up descending down into the vineyards and hiking back up

an extremely steep trail. Afterwards I took a drive in the Hautes Cotes (hills above the

Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune) right past the limestone cliff outcrops and into an

idyllic, hilly, high country. I wound my way home over the next 70 minutes through tiny

towns and narrow roads as the sun began to set.

For a Saturday night diversion, my friend James and I drove over to a dance hall on the

side of the road near the little town of Laubergement-les-Seurre. There were only four

or five people inside when we arrived. Undaunted, we sidled up to the bar, sipped on

glasses of Cremant de Bourgogne and watched as the Elks Club age group started to

trickle in. Once the swing music started (which is called Rock and Roll here) I could just

as well been back at the Mercury Café back in Denver. We soon had a new group of

French friends and danced the night away. The Elks Lodge folks outlasted us young

whippersnapper and were still rocking along when we headed back home.

On Sunday I cleaned house, cooked up a large batch of risotto, and went to bed early in

anticipation of the Monday morning harvest.

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