The French election campaign to select a new president, deputes, senateurs is about to meet its first test, the first round, on April 22, 2012.
It inspired Sylvie Augereau to share her 7 bouteilles pour oublier les elections or '7 wines to forget about the elections' (April 17, 2012, article is in French) for Obsession, a new site launched by French magazine 'Le Nouvel Observateur'.
Ironically, her first pick is 'L' Alibi' by Jean-Christophe Comor a former political operative who quit power politics 9 years ago for the south of France and made Domaine Les Terres Promises his new home.
L' Alibi is a Grenache-Syrah blend.
Looking for more details on Mr. Comor, I discovered via organic wine importers Jenny & Francois that he has also partnered with Antoine Pouponneau under the Comptoirs de Magdala label to produce organic Cotes de Provence. Jean-Christophe Comor is also described as a professor of political science at university of Aix-en-Provence so he might not have kicked the politics habit completely.
The Shakespearean inclined will fall for Tout Bu or Not Tout Bu 'All Drank or Not All Drank' (or is ir drunk) by Loic Roure of Domaine En Attendant La Pluie ('while waiting for the rain'), a Carignan-Grenache blend from Roussillon. Same winemaker also offers L'Herbe Tendre' (Tender is the Grass), a Syrah rosé petillant and 'Charivari', old vines Carignane for Domaine du Possible.
For meditative moments, Gama-Sutra by Olivier Lemasson of Les Vins Contés sounds just right, Gamay of course.
(* Image of Tout Bu or Not Tout Bu borrowed from French blog Le Vin des Copains)