Monday, November 21, 2016

la commanderie des Grands Vins à Amboise

This past weekend another edition of the local wine festival, Fête du Touraine Primeur, was conducted to celebrate the arrival of the first bottles of wine from this year's harvest.  It's in the same tradition as the Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations that you may already know.  The commanderie was created to promote the local wines throughout the world.  Their costumes are inspired by the times of King Francis I, roi François Premier, of the 16th century.  The photo was taken during the evening procession from the church Saint-Denis to Place Debré where activities and ceremonies were conducted... including the all-important tasting of the new harvest.

Here's a shot from last year's procession.


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    1. It was actually quite nice. Given the weather this year, the experts are predicting that while production levels will be down, quality should be up.

  2. the important part, the wine tasting!

  3. Interesting costumes, prosit !

  4. The old clothing really feels drawn deep out of the past.