The season of the vendange, the autumn grape harvest, is winding down in France.
Which reminds me. Have you ever seen one of these?
Whenever visiting friends asked, “What totally-unique souvenir shall I take home from France?” I marched them right down to BHV. To the beloved basement, warehouse of All Things French. To stock up on these French corkscrews for their friends and family.
One reason? This is literally a piece of France: wood from old French vines transformed into a corkscrew, called a tire-bouchon cep de vigne: literally vine-wood pull-cork.
Another reason: each corkscrew is unique, for obvious reasons. Created by artisans.
One aspect of the appeal of the tire-bouchon cep de vigne is difficult to explain until you have one in your hands: the heft of the thing feels right, and the curve of the vine in your hand makes you feel like opening a bottle of wine is a bit of a ceremony.
Which, of course is as it should be.