Feret Editions 2016,
brooch 192 p
“ While there is of the vine, there is hope
By Jean-Pierre Gené,
Bordeaux Party, Jean-Pierre walked over a month through the vineyards to reach the cemetery of Imvros, small Cretan village, where six tombs show the same surname as his : Xiradakis. ” I was looking for anything, I did not expect the Holy Grail. Just know a little better the origin of the name I bear for several decades, and now with pride. The name with which I journeyed throughout my personal and professional background. The name that was hard to take in my teens, with my friends in this popular area of Spanish emigrants. This name which earned me jeers to military service. This exotic sounding name for some but that forged my personality. ” He has just published the story of that journey, pretext for a virtual room where one eats sandwiches and omelettes cross the road and sprinkled with modest wine.
Jean-Pierre Xiradakis today is known and valued is on the Bordeaux and the owner of restaurant La Tupina (” the pot “, Basque), opened in 1968 bought in a local 700 francs door of the Currency, a neighborhood of immigrants that the bourgeois was careful to avoid. They all came from, this became greedy and pretty street where, under his leadership, now rub restaurants, bistros, grocery, caviste, guest house. taster bottles end, locavore before time, strong advocate products and kitchen of this West that roams backpackers for decades, he chose, see you soon 70 years of age, go through the vineyards in search of their roots and hers.
” Only walking, because it is true freedom, trustful abandonment, allows fully appreciate that perceive our five sense constantly solicited. There is no Saturday or Sunday. Only days that pass, differently, deeper, live hours, seasons, human relationships, the smells, whose own his. It empties the mind to live completely. ”
GR 6 in GR 77, of Roman road in county, walk, hitchhiking, by bus, by train, on a boat, as it moves away from Bordeaux, ” the restorer of Gironde disappear in favor of a traveler like other -Anonymous. At the same time, wines will evolve met, of it influenced by marketing to the sublime wine : that of the moment, one that surprises us, one that turns our dream into reality. but we still have for your pleasure young partridges, pheasans, ruails, hares and wood pigeons., the emotion. ”
the wine as ” truth of a terroir ”
Jean-Pierre has everything tasted Xiradakis, the best and the worst. He knows the Bordeaux vineyard vine by vine and winegrowers by name. The factory and the wine trade have few secrets for him. Shanghai to New York, he has seen much and learned, more, during this trip, he will ask the right question : ” What is a good wine ? ”
Through Cahors, Gaillac, Minervois, the Baux de Provence, the Thoronet, Liguria and Tuscany, his judgment turned : ” I put the nose in the glass with more humility and circumspection. I do not only search the largest unattainable, but simply the truth of a terroir and the man who shaped the vine with his beliefs and knowledge. Pierre Coste, The Revo-lutions in the palace, spoke of the "wanted wine or wine suffered". I am now in the desired wine. ”
In this autobiography vino-perso where the author never gets angry – even when denied a slice of roast pork – emerges a profound respect for nature and those who prefer to grow rather than exploit. Step by step, he portrays these people and their passion for the vine. This vine, in the deep land, crossed somewhere Cretan roots to produce a single grape : le Tour (dakis) walker.”
By Jean-Pierre Gené,
The World Style,
12 July 2016