New Delhi, India
June 17, 2002
Somewhat dimly-lit collection which lies spread out across a convoluted maze-like corridor, which is pretty narrow and a bit of a problem if you run into a big group. Although all the signages and explanations are only in French, it’s all pretty interesting. The exhibits run the gamut of everything (and I mean everything!) connected to wine and wine-making. the equipment itself is a huge collection- there are wine presses, corkscrews, grape baskets (to store picked grapes), barrels, decanters, glasses, bottles of various shapes and sizes- some so tall they’re higher than my knee, and plenty of other stuff.
Besides that- and this is what I found really interesting- there are a whole lot of old photographs, articles, portraits, and drinking songs (there’s even a hymn to St. Vincent, one of the main patron saints of wine). There's a separate section, towards the end of the display, with waxworks showing how wine is made. It includes a waxwork of good ol' Louis Pasteur, the man who brought French viticulture back from the brink.
At the end of the display is the best part of it- a neat little wine bar, rather bare-boens, but nice, where you can sit and have your complimentary glass of wine.
From journal Paris in the Springtime