Monday, September 15, 2008

Lost & Found


This is the best view of my cellar. Once you leave the clean-swept earthen floor of the hall and unlock the padlock sealing away oh so many Sancerres and Chinons and other random fodder (a couple of Apulian reds, some Pic Saint-Loup and two bottles of 2001 Château Pavie (oh yes, my enemies!)), mayhem ensues.

There are two sofas in my cellar (white, blue). There is a broken computer. There are some roller blades that may or may not belong to Arnaud, though I have never seen him rollerblade. There's a table and its detached legs. There is even a framed print with a broken pane.

But this makes it all the more sporty and fun to push through the wild jungle of dreck to get to the good stuff, avoiding giving a little tip to the pile of unracked bottles dangerously lying three-high on the floor. Of course, sometimes this means that instead of coming back up with a Bouzeron from A. & P. de Villaine, there will be a bottle of Villemade Cour-Cheverny in my hand, but no matter!

I suppose all of this is an attempt to fly in the face of the particular madness that seems to inhabit wine "geeks": orderliness. Control. Inventories kept rigorously on online databases. Dated tasting notes.

Plus, it's cool to find something you'd forgotten you had. Especially when it's a bottle of Charmes-Chambertin you run into while looking for a red Anjou. Score!

9 comments:

Tobias Ø said...

Looks nice, musty and charming. Those padlocks look quite cute and puny though. Your enemies might manage.

Joe said...

"2001 Château Pavie"

Don't you think people sometimes go too far in revealing personal information on their blogs?

SFJ

Sharon said...

Tobias, yes, it's not too "safe"; but maybe those enemies would be saving me from myself.

SFJoe, Watch out; next time I'm going to reveal my shoe size.

SLAKED! said...

Oh sharon. You're really too much. But you see, not all of us wine "geeks" have access to a musty old parisian cellar, filled three high with bottles of the most obscure vinous delirium imaginable. Not all of us are off to ay or chinon for a day visit, only to dine late that evening in saint-germain-des-pres. it's all very romantic what you do, but sometimes you must get off that horse.

and i adore pavie.

Sharon said...

So, basically, you're saying that using CellarTracker is an act of compensation for inadequate whimsy?

OK, I buy it...

SLAKED! said...

Inadequate whimsy ... Another cheap shot! When all I've ever done is compliment you ... really, it shows a suprising lack of class.

Sharon said...

I am *so* déclassée. But you knew that, right?

Anonymous said...

I'm always forgetting about the grand cru burgundies in my cellar, too.

Sharon said...

I think it's a universal experience.