We walk the whole market so Judy can see all the stalls. She found a market basket to buy.
|Judy at St. Cyprien market|
We remembered to go to the Carrefour supermarket on our way home, so didn't risk getting locked in for arriving too late. Once home, we eat lunch and then head out for the Pécharmant wine region of Bergerac. We've been drinking Pécharmants bought at the grocery store and really like them. They are full bodied red wines. Clark and I studied the Bergerac region wine map to find wineries that are open on Sundays. We try to make a couple of phone calls, but get answering machines. So, we take a chance and head out.
Our first stop is Corbiac. They're open.
|Mme de Corbiac|
|Château Corbiac with our car in the lot|
Next stop was Château Hugon.
|Wine cave of Château Hugon|
|Clark in front of Château Hugon vineyard|
As we drove up, a man came out of a back shed and, after washing his hands, let us into the cave and tasting room. This was the owner, who only spoke French, and who warmed to us as we showed genuine interest in his winemaking. He's the proprietor and vigneron of the property, which was purchased by his great-grandfather. He's passionate about his wines and his winemaking. He had 4 hectares (about 10 acres) which he managed on his own. He didn't care a bit about marketing and sold his average 8000 bottles per year yield locally either at his place or through a couple local shops.
|French oak barrels used to age the Pécharmant of|
|Janis, Judy, Dave, Lynn and the vintner. He looks très sérieux, n'est-ce pas?|
|Judy paying for the wine|
Home again we had the "moules" (mussels) we had bought at the market in the morning. And I made another bread pudding for dessert since we had another bagful of remains from our baguettes.
|Mussels from the market|
Another day of exploring the region and drinking in (literally) the cuisine of the region.
|Dave and Clark congratulating each other on another great wine day.|
You don't really want to know what tomfoolery was going on just then.