"Finally, another really good wine in the glass," my wife said laconically when the wine had been poured in the restaurant and the first impressions were spreading through the nose and palate. "I've had to be viciously down lately!". Indeed, for the past two weeks, I've been exploring the small wine shops and the not-much-larger seaside grocery stores where seaside tourists stock up on wine - for quick consumption. There is indeed little really good, but much trivial, but thank God also little really bad to find. We are, after all, in the middle of a diverse wine region, the largest in France, where wine is part of everyday life. But most of these wines are local at best and are hard to find in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.