Drinking in the rain

Last week I was on holiday. Because we were desperate for light, we had decided to drive south, towards caliente Spain where -legend has it- it’s always hot and sunny. Hossegor seemed like the perfect place to be: famous surfer spot, hypnotizing ocean, majestic mountains, only a few steps away from the Basque Country… our spirits and expectations were very high. Full of enthusiasm I had packed 2 mini shorts, 2 skirts and just 1 pair of jeans. No warm jumper. No boots let alone wellies. And because my fair skin tends to quickly turn red with the slightest ray of sun, I had scrupulously swallowed my daily pills of Oenobiol for a month just before our trip. I was ready for the sun and we drove down the A10.

Man It’s raining!

The rest is french history: crappiest weather since before our revolution, the entire territory punished by the gods with thunder and rain and hail, people drenched and spirits seriously dampened.

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The angry sky of Anglet

We found sun in our hopeless place

So instead of crying and cursing, we decided to have a good time cooking, eating and drinking (well, we did curse and cry but just a little bit). The french South-West cuisine is very rich: confit of duck, assiette landaise, foie gras, smoked ham, ewe cheese, gâteaux basques and melt-in-your-mouth vegetables from your neighbour’s garden. And let me also mention that Spain being around the corner, you can find amazing paella, tasty tapas or charcuterie to die for a the epicerie next door.

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Boudin, confit, pâtés..

photo 2 Le gâteau Basque

Sun finally made an appearance in our wine glasses: Côtes de Gascognes & other Irouleguys became our daily drink, our passion, our warmth. Rich with strong yet smooth tannins, fruity and round they made me feel really cosy… it was like being by a fireplace in a wool jumper when it’s pouring outside.

Embolden by a few sips of Domaine de Pellehaut “Harmonie de Gascogne”  we even braved the rain for a quick dip in the sea.

photo 3Warriors in the water

At the end of the day, not so bad a holiday!

Where to buy wine in Hossegor? 

CHAIS DANDO – 119 Avenue des Tisserands, 40150 Hossegor for a smily team and a great selection.