A year on the Hill of Corton

Archive for April, 2014

Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2014

cassecroute: second in People category

cassecroute: second in People category

Well when someone is kind enough to give you an award, 50+ bottles of wine and cash, it would be very rude not to share the news!
The Pink Lady (it’s an apple) Food Photography Awards http://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/2014/
are an all-embracing recognition of food photography by literally anyone, anywhere old enough to hold a camera.
That is its delight. To see an 11-14 year old glowing in anticipation, but simply very happy to have a photo hung in an exhibition is marvellous. It not only takes all us old timers who have been doing for years, back to our first steps in photography, but shows what an eye for a picture and a passion for a subject can produce from not only professionals but amateurs too, and of any age.
Fortunately for me the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year does not include the younger generations. Divided into 3 categories, produce, place and people with the accolade going to an overall winner.
I arrived to find I had two portraits and a landscape out of three finalists in each group.The Mall Gallery walls were a riot of colour with food images from around the world, but more importantly an atmosphere of celebration rather than competition that meant it easy to talk to other finalists, meet new friends, old friends and heroes I never expected to have the chance to talk to – Tessa Treager for one. http://www.tessatraeger.com Gorgeous work from a lovely lady.
It was thoroughly good evening with great memories.
Wine photography is not celebrated or as crowded and well paid as food photography. One look in your local bookshop or on a book website will tell you why.
While food books or travel books can be a substitute for the real thing they are often at best something to whet the appetite.
Wine photography is there to give life to what you have in your glass by reminding you of wines origins and creators.
So well done Errazuriz for shining a light on it.

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April

My April visit was a chance to meet the editor from Glénat the publisher, and François Perroy who will be writing the accompanying text. Things are starting to move quickly now in terms of production: picture selection, design and layout and most especially the choice of a title. Even a three hour dinner with a group of winemakers did not quite finish that job! We did have a very pleasant tour of the Hill with Claude Chapuis, author of an earlier book on Corton, as company and source of a lot of information for François.
It was the start of a sunny and dry week and continued March’s lack of rain – 15mm I was told

empty rain gauge behind Latour's cuverie

empty rain gauge behind Latour’s cuverie

Marking the the walkers route through the Grands Crus of Corton Hill

Marking the the walkers route through the Grands Crus of Corton Hill


The second day, after I’d made my usual pre-dawn start, was a morning visiting winemakers and tasting. Perhaps I should have done this at the end of every day !
PierreCornu reveals the secrets of Ladoix to François Perroy

PierreCornu reveals the secrets of Ladoix to François Perroy

Follin-Arbelet warming his glass

Follin-Arbelet warming his glass

<img Still sitting on a wall in Charlemagne after six months; a vendangeur's model cabotte.
A vendangeur’s model of a cabotte still sits on a wall in Charlemagne six months later
In Languettes the real thing catches the first light of the day

In Languettes the real thing catches the first light of the day


As the new buds arrive, so do the hungry caterpillars

As the new buds arrive, so do the hungry caterpillars


Returning to Pernand from Magny-Les-Villers on a spring evening

Returning to Pernand from Magny-Les-Villers on a spring evening


An early start at Aloxe-Corton

An early start at Aloxe-Corton


No body around yet in Ladoix Hautes Mourottes

No body around yet in Ladoix Hautes Mourottes


But Jean-Louis is ready to go below the the Louis Latour cuverie built in 1834

But Jean-Louis is ready to go, below the the Louis Latour cuverie built in 1834


In Pernand-Vergelesses they are bottling at Bonneau du Martray

In Pernand-Vergelesses they are bottling at Bonneau du Martray


A careful count is kept of a precious crop

A careful count is kept of a precious crop


Saturday brings an excuse to join the tourists (and several winemakers) at Beaune market before a celebration lunch with friends Gareth and his wife Bérangère. A long lunch is followed by a trip out the pottery at Evelle near Nolay.
Asparagus is in season but, apparently eaten without wine..

Asparagus is in season but, apparently eaten without wine..


Charcuterie, well that's a different matter.

Charcuterie, well that’s a different matter.


Down in Evelle, Philippe is hard at work keeping up with demand.
Concentration

Concentration


One more for the kiln.

One more for the kiln.


Difficult not to find something you like !

Difficult not to find something you like and this is not even the shop!


Sunday should have been palm Sunday in Savigny-Les-Beaune but I was invited to “Le Parcours des Trétaux” at Pernand-Vergelesses which happens only every two years so no decision necessary !
Three hundred visitors are divided in to three teams ( Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and ALigoté ) at the first winery venue where we are all presented with an Aligoté aperitif and gougeres along with our first of several theatrical entertainments before our “team” was led off by our guide Sebastien and his drum. While there is no rush each teams arrival at their next entertainment and food course ( accompanied by several wines of course ) is carefully timed as we crisscross the village from one domaine to another.
Hats off to Matthieu the master of ceremonies who is the star of the whole day, as “Belinda” (if I heard correctly) a cross between Liza Minelli and Darth Vader.
Put it in your diary for April 2016, it’s not to be missed!

A warm welcome at Le Parcours des Trétaux in Pernand

A warm welcome at Le Parcours des Trétaux in Pernand


The star - a cross between Liza Minelli and Darth Vader !

The star – a cross between Liza Minelli and Darth Vader !


The Ladies chorus

The Ladies chorus


Sebastien leads the way to the first course

Sebastien leads the way to the first course


Fair warning !

Fair warning !


Fictional Pernand vigneron seeks bride. Hilarious !

Fictional Pernand vigneron seeks bride. Hilarious !


Entertainment en route to dessert

Entertainment en route to dessert


Superb service !

Superb service !


In the end everyone goes home happy.

In the end everyone goes home happy.