my week so far…

Update 6.11.2020(5.11.2020)billn

The view to Chassagne from the hill above Montrachet
Today’s view to Chassagne from the hill above Montrachet

A bizarre week in the world – that’s for sure – but with some beautiful views, as above.

Since the end of last week, France is in lockdown – and the scale of infections seems to amply justify it – only essential work is allowed to continue.

It’s a stretch to describe wine-tasting and domaine visits as essential work – I’m with you here. But as my sole source of income, it’s essential to me, and seemingly for merchants (who can’t visit) who are desperate for tasting notes and producers who rely on getting notes in front of buyers, the (wine) industry in France does see this work as essential – and for that, I’m very thankful.

It will not surprise you that there’s much paperwork required to be out and about – justifications – this is administrative France, after-all. So far, in covid-compatible mode, including making my sandwiches every morning as there are no restaurants, I’ve been underway without any issue – so far! I’ve chosen a measure of discretion, I’m not flooding instagram with my (usual) pretty images (ha-ha!) but it’s important to underline that, for now, my work continues here.

Of course, if they close the borders between France & Switzerland, like they did earlier this year, then my visits will certainly be over for the foreseeable future…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “my week so far…”

  1. gvpwine6th November 2020 at 12:01 pmPermalinkReply

    Life has changed in so many ways. I do all of my patient (psychotherapy) contacts via phone. Everyone says “see you next week!” The Covid pandemic and the US election have made for heightened and continuous anxiety.
    It will stay “off-center” till vaccines are available and distributed, hopefully by summer 2021.
    In the interim, stay safe and do your work as you can.

    • Suvro6th November 2020 at 3:20 pmPermalinkReply

      Since I work in the pharma industry (Amgen), end of summer 2021 is about right for vaccination of about 50% of the population in developed countries. HOWEVER, if it is the mRNA vacines (Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech) then it might take longer. They need cold handling from manufacturing to patient administration – that is more a challenge than the normal attenuated virus vector vaccines (Oxford/Astra-Zeneca).

  2. Suvro6th November 2020 at 3:17 pmPermalinkReply

    Strong work Bill!

  3. BurgFisher6th November 2020 at 5:21 pmPermalinkReply

    Essential work indeed! Keep it up and stay safe.

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