September. Autumn. Winter’s approach is inevitable, but in the last few weeks there’s been no sense of hurry along in the weather. The warm sunny days stretch into benign evenings; perfect for special soirees. Our friends said come along to a wine tasting at our local wine cellar, there’s New Zealand wine on the menu de degustation. We didn’t need asking twice! We met up at Les Caves de Reuilly on Boulevard de Reuilly in the 12th and joined the throng of people (easily 100+) enjoying samples of bio/natural (organic) wines from Chile, Italy, Spain, California, Argentina and New Zealand.
Now, one of the things about New Zealand that I really miss is screw caps on wine bottles. That confession may well have some of you reeling in horror. For me there is nothing so evocative of a gentle NZ summer evening than the crick crackle of the screw cap opening before the first sip. And so, with much anticipation I bought a bottle of the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc (2013); what a delicious treat, nostalgia in a bottle. At our table we hailed from Mexico, NZ, USA, France, Netherlands and Finland. English was the common language, and we were in unison as to the verdict on the NZ wine.
Twenty-four hours later with the weather still in top form we were out enjoying another balmy evening, this time taking our seats under the stars for Don Giovanni Opera en Plein Air staged in the courtyard (the cour d’ honneur) of L’ Hotel des Invalides. It was quite a spectacular setting with the golden dome bright in the navy blue sky and the statue of Napoleon at times washed in colour from the stage lighting below. Together with the music and voices it was a wonderful evening.
Autumn can keep up its slow progress; there’s plenty to like about it.