12 September 2010

wine list playlist: talulah gosh + old vine grenache

For variety's sake, a little viscious lighthearted song I've been digging all summer. If this song were a wine, it would be a 2006 Vin de Pays de l'Ardeche called "Briand," by Domaine du Mazel, that I drank the other night at Le Dirigeable. Brisk, tart, and deep as a bagel-cut. Neither the wine nor the song is particularly fresh, since by the standards of inexpensive south-central French VdP 2006 might as well be the mid-eighties. Actually there is probably a wider metaphor to be proposed here, about the similar lifespans of pop songs and simple table wines. But then every so often a strange leftfield classic comes along, like this wine, like this song, both of which feel as fresh as the day they were composed.  The wine is an old-vine Grenache and the song is Talulah Gosh.

Image swiped from vin-bio-naturel.fr.

The wine is currently available here:

Le Dirigeable
37, rue d'Alleray
75015 PARIS
Metro: Vaugirard
Tel: 01 45 32 01 54

The song is available here:


  1. But how was the wine list overall? For the
    last year or so I've been researching Paris
    wine bars/wine bistros/cavistes etc. as a book project. Send me a note and I'll tell
    you about a couple of BYOB restaurants that
    you may not know about.

  2. the wine list overall is excellent! see related post on le dirigeable. my friend Guy is the co-owner / wine director there and he stocks nothing but brilliant natural selections. it's particularly heavy on loire and dry banyuls, last i checked.

    curious about your book project... thanks for reading!