Signs of fall during the harvest.

Hi everyone. Its been a while since I posted here, but not because I haven’t been reading all the great things others have put up, but because I’ve been busy, and yes, lazy, too if that makes any sense.  This month’s challenge struck me as something I should do, so here are a couple of signs you won’t find elsewhere. The first was taken along the Route des Grands Crus, the road that winds through the vineyards where I live. The Clos de la Roche is one of those Grands Crus. Call me a wine snob, but the pinot noir from these vineyards is second to none.

This shot shows a sign you won’t see anywhere else. “Grappillage” is the practice of going through the vines clandestinely taking bunches here and there to make one’s own wine. As you might imagine, the growers take a very dim view of this practice, especially as the wine now commands a very high price. The town council passed a law against it and now there is a sign put up every harvest season to announce the fact.

The day after these shots were taken, I went for a ride with my neighborhood pals and I’ve posted that here:

Old fogy from France. Rides bikes and eats.

10 response to "Signs of fall during the harvest."

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 11, 2018

    Liked your blog, however you promised lots of drivel and rants, didn’t see any of that. Also we share the stained glass hobby, although I haven’t done much since my son was born. Burgundy really looks great for cycling.

  2. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: September 11, 2018

    Drivel and rants are in the eye of the beholder much like beauty. Glad you liked it despite these flaws. Yes, Burgundy is a wonderful place to ride. There are a lot of small lightly trafficked roads with interesting sights along them. Léo Woodland has told me he feels the same way even though he chooses to live in the south. But really, there,are many splendid places to ride on this lovely planet of ours, don’t you think?
    I haven’t decided what my next glass project will be. Lots of other things on the list before I get to that again. What would you make?

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 12, 2018

      As you are in France some art nouveau stained glass. I do remember Leo saying Burgundy was a great cycling place after the Doubs Valley, hoping to get over there next year. Alas, your cycling group look more professional than the Wildhogs

  3. By: NancyG Posted: September 11, 2018

    You are so right — Grappillage is definitely a word I will most likely never see other than in your post. I have not even heard or read that word anywhere else. Sounds like you have some nice riding.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 11, 2018

    *adds grapillage to my growing list of new words 🙂
    Now, I wonder if grapillage is a problem in Sonoma County?

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: September 12, 2018

      ” Those French. They have a different word for EVERYTHING” Steve Martin

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: September 12, 2018

      Now, I wonder if grapillage is a problem in Sonoma County?

      I don’t know, Rich. I’ll try to remember to check with some more knowledgeable friends when I get home.

      Meanwhile, maybe Janet knows about pillaging vineyards in her area.

  5. By: Scooter Posted: September 14, 2018

    Grapillage? Really? Is that just a mashup of grapes and pillage, or a bona fide French word?

    • By: Bikerdockeith Posted: September 14, 2018

      Hi Scott,
      Ooops. Grappillage should have two “p’s”. I fixed the post to reflect that. And yes, its a real word that means “small thefts” according to my Larousse. Grappiller is the verb form meaning to commit petty larceny. (French words: “petit larcins”). I will admit that I’ve never seen it used elsewhere.

  6. By: Suzanne Posted: September 15, 2018

    Hmm, I wondered if pommage might apply to picking wayside apples. No, not the case. It’s still grappillage. Pomage (with one n) is apparently a water pump.

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