Monthly Archives: August 2012

The gift of generosity

I am learning this summer that generosity is abundant here in Europe. What a wonderful character trait it is too. I find myself surrounded by generous people. I recently wrote about James in Paris . I just discovered that Phil in Genoa also has the gift of generosity.

Genoa Phil and his family came to visit Malaga and brought us this delightful wine from Sardegna. It tasted nothing like sardines – which was a good thing.

Phil and Donna also brought us this fabulous Chianti – which tasted exactly like Chianti. Friendship and generosity never tasted so good.
I need to practice my generosity – it makes people feel good.

A rather complicated source

Sometimes the stories behind a wine are just as interesting as the wine itself. Often they are better. James in Paris hooked me up with these two bottles.


The rosé from an Albanian friend who distributes for Famille Sumeire – a small family winery in Provence. The 1998 Reserva Rioja from an Irishman living in Paris who collected this bottle while living in Spain. He gave it to James in Paris as a thank you for helping him move the contents of his cellar (or “cave” as the French have it) two blocks down the road to his new home.



Both were fantastic wines. Why I ended up with them is simply a story of generosity. Thanks James in Paris.

And thanks Brother in Spain who cooked this canard for me in Paris to enjoy with the wine.


Noonish in Paris

Living out my own version of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris I had lunch in Paris – a picnic in Luxembourg garden to be exact – and the Police du Jardin were on patrol.

I believe that they are ticketing people who haven’t properly chilled their white wine

I think we are good

Google translate this

I have been “comment dit on” and “s’il vous plaît”-ing my way around France trying to navigate my way through food shops, cafés, and wine stores. So far so good – and the google translate app has been very useful too. However this needs no translating – c’est fou

The sign in the basket says Côtes du Rhone 2€90