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Our Village Distllery

Post  Maggie54 on 25.07.11 8:12



Here in rural France, the law allows for one person in each village to hold a licence to own a still and to charge a fee for distilling your grapes.

Around October/November each year, this still appears by the bottle bank. Young people turn up in the morning, offload plastic containers of their partially fermented grapes from the boot of their car, go to work and collect the distilled contents on their way home in the evening. Grizzled old farmers arrive throughout the day on pre WW11 tractors towing trailers loaded with plastic dustbins.
The end product is described as being like Cognac or Eau de Vie. I have never had the courage to taste it as the smell, to my mind, is more like paint stripper.

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Post  Reeta on 25.07.11 22:09

Thank you Maggie. I have enjoyed reading this piece of information.

Yes - you keep away from it Maggie in case you develop a taste for it. LOL

My grand dad drank a lot of Eau de Vie which destroyed his liver and killed him. I think they should call it, eau de mort instead.

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Post  junie on 26.07.11 15:28

This probably wouldn't be allowed here due to 'elf 'n' safety' or some EU regulation or other. It's nice to see that some traditions survive even if the end result is a bit iffy (or whiffy, lol )

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Post  junie on 26.07.11 15:29

This probably wouldn't be allowed here due to 'elf 'n' safety' or some EU regulation or other. It's nice to see that some traditions survive even if the end result is a bit iffy (or whiffy, lol )

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Post  Maggie54 on 26.07.11 19:46

junie wrote:This probably wouldn't be allowed here due to 'elf 'n' safety' or some EU regulation or other. It's nice to see that some traditions survive even if the end result is a bit iffy (or whiffy, lol )

Thanks for sharing this with us Maggie drunk

Hey junie, we are supposed to be in the E.U. too you know, though I have to admit, the Europeans do seem to have what we could call a looser interpretation of the rules than the British do.
Have you seen the Italians riding around on their scooters ? No helmets or anything.


Maybe something gets lost in the translation lol!
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Post  junie on 26.07.11 20:57

No Maggie, we're just daft enough to obey all the rules Very Happy
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Post  neo111 on 02.04.12 13:00

junie wrote:No Maggie, we're just daft enough to obey all the rules Very Happy

Well said! Very Happy
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