And here they are: the first of many to come, in different sizes and different looks: our handmade wooden jewelry hangers made out of original French wine boxes. Unique handcrafted pieces, each of them one of a kind, clear varnished so the original wood colour shines through. Two holes were made to screw them to your wall, a secure way to hang the board. Some of them printed, others really branded with loads of local history.
The idea is to hang your earrings on the top row and necklaces at the bottom row, so you can pair them up vertically. In a previous post you can see the bigger version of these jewelry hangers:
I though it might be nice to know a bit more of the history of the wine and text mentioned on the wood. Your future jewelry hanger represents some of our local history!
The wood we used comes from wine boxes containing bottles of Fitou (info branded in the board). Fitou has always been famous. It was one of the most important wines during Louis the XIV reign. Imagine a dark, powerful and meaty red wine that has matured at least two year before tasting.
Fitou is a red wine appellation inside the boundaries of Corbières, where it meets Roussillon (North of Perpignan). It is also the oldest wine appellation of Languedoc. Fitou vineyards close to the Mediterranean sea are medium red wine, more elegant and supple.
The dominant vine variety is Carignan, which constitutes 40% of any blend. Grenache, Llandoner Pelut, Mourvedre and Syrah are also often blended with it. The Fitou wines are made for drinking young, and tend to be tannic with fresh fruit flavours.
“Le guide Hachette” mentioned on the boards (stamped) refers to the yearly wine book edition. Each year 40 000 wines are tasted by a professional jury (blindfolded). Only 10 000 wines are chosen as belonging to the best French wines. Wine makers try to be in it. Quality and taste of the wine depends on weather conditions, know-how and the work of the wine maker.
As an amateur you’ll find wines of different taste and budget in the book. The wines can be made by small or big wineries. This year even 900 bio wines have been selected.
The wines get numbers:
No number: the wine won’t be in the book!
Numbered 1: It’s an average wine and will not be mentioned in the book.
Numbered 2: The wine is good and will be mentioned in the book but without a star.
Numbered 3: The wine is very good and will get 1 star in the book.
Numbered 4: The wine is remarkable and will get 2 stars in the book.
Numbered 5: The wine is exceptional and gets 3 stars in the book.
You’ll find loads of wines in the book, sold at less than 5 euros, next to reputed wines. Every wine gets a chance! If some reputed brands are not in the book, it is because the makers didn’t present them to the selections, or the “dégustateurs” (jury tasters) didn’t withhold them.
The vineyard mentioned on the board: “Mont Tauch”, is a name taken from the mountain “Tauch”, situated in our beautiful South French landscape, land surrounded by Cathar castles. This vineyard has been producing wine for over a century now. The vineyard’s cover is 1500 hectares, divided over the following villages, known to produce excellent wine with character: Tuchan, Paziols, Villeneuve-les-Corbières and Durban. The vines grow amidst thym, rosemary, juniper and wild lavender.
Imagine a landscape with lots of wild boars (symbol branded in the boxes) living on the hill sides, eating the raisins and young shoots of the vines, hence the head of the wild boar on this brand. That’s why this wine is often drunk whilst consuming dishes with local wild boar sausages and stews.
We decided to decorate the blank side of the wooden wine box, with a stylized dolphin, drawn by hand. The dolphin represents harmony and balance, being playful it might be a daily reminder that one has to approach life with humor and joy, which suits the idea that wine is supposed to be consumed in good company. And don’t forget each wine tells its own story. And who can say this better than Ernest Hemmingway in “A moveable feast”:
In Europe then we thought of wine as something as healthy and normal as food and also as a great giver of happiness and well-being and delight. Drinking wine was not a snobbism, nor a sign of sophistication, nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.
PS: All to be found in the Woohoocuties’ shop of course!