The Route des Vins

Oddly enough, one of my French friends who did her Erasmus in Edinburgh said to me that she found the Scots drank far more wine than the French. I’ve found it completely the opposite: the concept of wine with a meal still seemed very “grown-up, we don’t really like wine but it’s the thing to do” at this point last year, whereas here cooking with wine or having wine when out at a restaurant just seems normal (it helps that it’s the same price as or cheaper than a soft drink!). Maybe the conclusion to be drawn is: people on their Erasmus years are apt to find more wine being drunk in their surroundings.

When the Erasmus Student Network proposed a bus trip on the Route des Vins, I figured it was definitely something that qualified as a “you’re on Erasmus, go do!” type of adventure, and it definitely was! I now feel thoroughly educated in the art of Alsatian wine as well as how to taste wine in general:

  1. Swirl anti-clockwise in the big-bottomed, narrow-topped glass.
  2. Inhale through both nostrils.
  3. Tilt to the left and right and observe the trail left by the liquid to gauge viscosity. (Technical word: larmyness.*)
  4. Drink a decent amount in your mouth and swirl it around, pursing your lips and breathing in to aerate further. Try desperately not to choke. This step may be best avoided.
  5. Enjoy!

*Not really a technical word, but based on the word “larmes” used by our guide, and the coinage of larmyness proved rather amusing by the time we were on our 12th and 13th half-glasses of the day!

Finished the day by watching Seven Pounds with the church youth group and being really confused all the way through. Tbh, Will Smith needs to stick to Men In Black and Hitch. And then Sunday was church and Pot Luck and the first Baggersee of the season with sun and grass and cards. I vary in my acceptance of my freckles from year to year: this year, I feel it’s my duty as a representative of Scotland to wear them with pride, which is just as well given the weather of last week… it’s gotten slightly colder since, though still not snowing yet!

Listening: (or rather, singing constantly whenever my mind wanders from what it’s meant to be doing): Our God, by Chris Tomlin. Such a tune. If I don’t post something else before then, I hope you all have a lovely Easter rejoicing in the wonderful, amazing, literally awesome first Easter. In the words of Matt Redman:

I will trust in the cross of my Redeemer
I will sing of the love that never fails
Of sins forgiven, of conscience cleared
Of death defeated and life without end

And further in God’s word (Romans, to be precise):

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
(Romans 3:21-26 ESV)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1-4 ESV)

Don’t know if that’s just me, but seems rather cool.


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