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Les Chaises (c) Kristin Espinasse
Colorful chairs, in Cassis, remind me of diversity—and all the new faces that we'll soon see: harvest volunteers coming from as far away as London and Californie!

fût (fuu) noun, masculine

: keg, barrel, cask
: stock (of rifle), handle (of saw), stem (of candelabrum)

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Jean-Marc a fait livrer des fûts de bière. Jean-Marc had kegs of beer delivered.

 

A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse

I stare, suspiciously, as another piece of equipment is delivered to this farm. I have my doubts, as I did when the sea cargo containers arrived... after all, this is a vine-yard and not a ship-yard!

And while we are minding misnomers, let's get one more thing clear: what we do here is wine—not beer!

I study the installation: this time no heavy cables, cranks, or cranes are needed to transfer the units from the truck's flatbed to the ground—only three sets of arms... and three beer bellies! 

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 Beer on tap! Chief Grape has just had two kegs delivered! Just a little extra motivation for our volunteer harvesters, who will soon be braving the heat and all the hard work! Judging from last year's harvest, beer is the unanimously popular refresher.

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                                                               Coffee anyone? Only one whisker-faced taker.

But why beer? And why not chilled wine? you ask (Don't ask!). I quit asking months ago, but that doesn't stop me from doubting:

"I do not think this is a very good idea..." I comment, sharing my doubts about unlimited draught. "After lunch, the harvesters are going to zigzag back to the grape field!" And what will this amount to vis-à-vis grape yield???

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I ask Thierry (pictured above) the delivery man from Brasserie Alphand, just how many liters are there in those fûts

"Cinquante de blonde et trente d'ambrée."

"Quatre-vingt litres!"

(Jean-Marc points out that there are two kegs of bière blonde...)

I do the arithmetic: one hundred and thirty liters of beer divided by 14 days of harvest, divided by 12 harvesters.... 

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What with the bad boys and their toys... looks like we're in for a rock-n-roll vendange this year!

 

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Smokey says Beer! The bees won't be the only ones buzzin' round here.

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Smokey would like to share this French saying, sent in by his dear friend Carol, in Belgium:

La bière après le vin c'est du venin mais le vin après la bière c'est super!
(Beer after wine is like venom but wine after beer is super!) 

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