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French truck stop wine

AZGrandpa Jul 26, 2013 06:04 PM

It' s been about 15 year's BUT.....while traveling from Bordeaux to Paris, at lunch time, we passed through a number of small towns, names unknown. In one small town, our traveling group, my SIL, BIL, spouse and me saw a small resto with a large number of trucks parked at lunch time. Made U-Turn and joined them.

Had an unforgettable lunch topped off by a wonderful red wine. No label. What could it have been? Lusting after it ever since, and no sommelier even comes close.

What could it have been? Suggestions?


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  1. Chinon00 Jul 26, 2013 06:42 PM

    Well it's only about 400 miles between Bordeaux and Paris. Not gonna be easy;]

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    1. re: Chinon00
      Busk Jul 27, 2013 02:29 AM


      I will add. If the wine producers have a cooperative nearby, the restaurant owner can drive up his/her Kangoo from time to time and haul off some quite respectable swill for not much per litre. Happens all the time.

    2. mangeur Jul 26, 2013 06:48 PM

      You lucked into a good truck stop. They're all over France. And they can be quite memorable. But, as my husband prompts me here, wine is situational. I wouldn't risk the ranch to buy futures on the wine that stole your heart. Just hold the memory closely.

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      1. re: mangeur
        Parigi Jul 27, 2013 03:47 AM

        Too true !
        More than once we tasted a virtuoso wine in some generic bistro in the middle of nowhere, then tracked down the vineyard, bought a case, and found it good but not excellent once back in Paris.

        You are right it is situational. Because we had been driving in the cold at night, and the place and the staff were warm, and even the wine was welcoming.

        Bruno Verjus once compared such wine-taste disconnect with floral Indonesian shirts, lol. At the time of purchase, he is on vacation, deeply tanned, embracing the tropics. And when he sees the shirt again as he opens his suitcase in Paris, his first thought is: what was I thinking ?

      2. hill food Jul 26, 2013 07:40 PM

        likely just any old house wine, easily bought by the gallon in your own jug at corner stores.

        cheap yet blows a lot out of the running.

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