I have to admit I don't often have travel envy. I've been fortunate in and mostly satisfied with my life's travel experiences. And when I hear of the experiences of others, I rarely find myself in an "I'm jealous of that" situation. But if I had an "I'd rather be..." bumper sticker on my car right now it would be completed with the phrase "...At the Bordeaux Fete Le Vin, 2008."
I can't imagine a more perfect place to spend the early days of summer -- admitting, of course, that I'd have to be willing to battle the throng of some 350,000 people expected to spill into France's most famous wine regions from the 26th to the 29th of June.
The four-day festival promises to be a true Bacchanal for the senses, with all the flavors, smells, and colors of France's Wine Capital. Not just because Bordeaux (red) is among my personal Top Two Varietals, but also because the region is going full throttle at this time of year.
The Wine Festival takes place along the Garonne River, an ersatz "wine road" stretching from the historic city center through the area's surrounding vineyards and wineries--all of which will be offering special tastings, food pairings, live music and other festival-themed entertainment.
So yeah, it's going to be jam packed, and I almost always try to avoid crowds larger than those that I can comfortably fit into my living room. But a Wine Festival in Bordeaux? Well, if you're going, I have admit I'm jealous of you. And won't you please bring me back a little something in a Magnum? Or, at least write me with some of the highlights, so I can enjoy this rare bit of travel envy. (www.bordeaux-fete-le-vin.com)
The Bordeaux Wine Festival/ .Gilles ARROYO