Sunday, May 26, 2013

Outside Cricova

 Did I mention that we do a lot of tours?  This one is of Cricova, one of two state owned wineries in Moldova.  The other is Milestii Mici, which I've shown pictures of before.  Cricova is pretty impressive, and this is the outside entrance to the cellars.

Stretching Across

The second corner is coming closer.  This is going to be another one of those projects that Andreas will grow to hate photographing as it gets larger.  Here, it's about 3/4 of the full width.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Soup, Salad, And Sandwich

 Last month we ate at the Loft, having a nice lunch.  Andreas had a chicken sandwich with fries, and I had chicken salad and mushroom soup.  The soup was really creamy,  almost too much so.  It could have stood a little less blending.  The salad was nice, although I wish they'd substitute a boiled egg for the runny poached one.  I prefer the rest of my salad not to be covered in egg yolk.

Finished Flowers

Yay, the flowers are all done!  Now I can turn them into a cushion!  I like the way it turned out.  It's a Danish wildflower sampler that I bought several years ago in France.

The Spread

 This is the table where we had our wine tasting and lunch.  They like to serve a bunch of cold dishes, including (yuck!) caviar on toast.  The rest was good, though.  The last picture is what we bought.... all of that, by the way, was under $100 together.

Going Down The Sidewalk

I added a bit to the sidewalk and to some of the building itself.  Also, unsurprisingly, more green.  It's slowly creeping rightwards.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Angels' Share

 What you can't see in all these pictures is the smell - the whole building smells like brandy.  The barrels are permeable, since they're wood, and the aroma itself is enough to get you a little tipsy.  This is how they age their cognac at Kvint.  The lowest quality is aged three years.  Some are aged up to fifty.