Just a quick note to all my brother and sister wine-loving cheapskates: get thee to Neuchâtel tout de suite for a tasting of some 300 wines from around the world. For free. In style.
Right now until Sunday night, in my town, Neuchâtel, Coop is presenting its 9th annual Foire aux Vins, Rois du vin. Anyone with a Coop card (we’ve all got one, right?) can board one of the boats in the harbor at no charge to sample wines from almost every continent except Atlantis.
In one hour, strolling the covered decks of two of the handsome ferryboats that crisscross Lac Neuchâtel during summer, I stopped at wine stands set up by region, and tasted about 15 wines from Switzerland, California, Spain, Portugal and France. Four stands are devoted just to France, five to Italy. The pourers are charming. The gentleman with curly waxed moustaches wouldn’t tell me which Bordeaux he was pouring until after I tasted each one. He waited until I made a few comments before he showed me the bottle.
And if you can’t get to Neuchâtel by Sunday night, the party moves across the lake to Estavayer-le-lac on Monday and Tuesday evening, and then to Crissier outside of Lausanne. Did I mention it’s free with your Coop card?
If you go, I think you might join me in saying merci beauCoop!