June 20, 2011
Today’s highlight was our visit to the Caves at Samur, a huge wine cooperative, where we were allowed us to tour its entire wine making process from start to finish: the vineyards, the vats, the bottling process, the storage/aging process, the distribution process, and their marketing strategy. After the tour, we had a wine tasting in the gift shop; receiving alcohol at a school function is still surreal even though it was thoroughly encouraged. For dinner we had onion soup (avec fromage et croutons), salad, BBQ sardines, leftover beef and lamb, bread and cheese, and yogurt. The onion soup was absolutely fantastic, and the sardines weren’t horrible but were quite tricky: too much effort for not nearly enough food. After, Ghisline raised the stakes on me and went for four kisses, instead of the usual three. Host family love right there.