A Little Taste Of Cognac

Day 13 #WorldWatercolorGroup A Taste of Cognac Glass of Cognac on white background watercolor painting

Though today’s prompt was actually “cocktail,” I’ve already drawn one of those and my mind drifted to something a little purer with this simple glass of Cognac. Philippe and I had a glass of this a few years ago when we were in France. What made it so memorable was that it was also just after discovering café gourmand, a brillaint concept of espresso paired with a collection of mini desserts. We were in Amboise, France at the time and so everything seemed just a little more magical. For those unfamiliar with this elixir, it’s essentially a type of brandy in that it’s a distilled wine, but the Cognac label can only be applied to the spirit if it was produced in a specific place – namely, the Cognac region of western France, a couple hundred miles southwest of Paris.

It was a discovery to Philippe as well because the French don’t really drink Cognac and it’s less likely to be enjoyed everywhere. Only about 3% of the Cognac produced is actually consumed in France. They prefer Scotch. The amount of scotch they drink there equals the amount of Cognac they produce for the entire world. So, although it’s not a favorite French drink, it still brings back good memories of France. Of course, we couldn’t afford the very aged version, but even the entry level version, aged just two years, is still graded V.S. which charmingly stands for “very special.” I still remember that particular day in Amboise, so even though it wasn’t the best Cognac available, it definitely qualifies as a very special memory.

Once we returned, we bought a little bottle and had a few sips just to relive the experience. Suddenly though, it just tasted a bit like brandy and failed to possess any of the allure we felt when sipping it while sitting in the Loire Valley. I guess there’s never really a way to bring your vacation home with you. Whether it’s Cognac or seashells, it’s never quite the same as when you were there. But every time I see a bottle, I think about that day and how fabulous each little dessert tasted. How beautiful it all felt to be there at the time, so relaxed, without worrying about anything at all. Had I been able to see the future, I would have realized I was also sitting across from the person I would later marry. But at the time, it was simply enough to be sitting quietly together, enjoying a perfect little moment, with just a little taste of Cognac.

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Day 13 #WorldWatercolorGroup A Taste of Cognac Glass of Cognac on white background watercolor painting

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  1. creatingincolors 6 years ago

    Ah, the power of the magic of the moment, and the special memories that stay with us forever!

  2. Teri C 6 years ago

    I love this story. I’ll never look at cognac the same way again. Even if I’ve never tasted it. Haha

  3. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    I’ve never had cognac but now I want yo give it a try! 😊 Sounds like a wonderful memory Charlie! Cheers friend! 🍷💕😄

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 Hehe… it’s a bit strong… total sipper… but kind of nice to add a little warmth this coming winter. 😉

  4. Oh I love how certain things reveal strong memories, food/drink, smells, music…funny I was watching a programme just the other night about the richest foods, and one gentleman purchased the last shot of a very old cognac, that quick sip cost him £5000! Eeek !

    • Author

      Wow!! Not that’s some amazing Cognac! Or at least amazingly expensive. Oh, to have so much money that you’ve run out of things to do with it. LOL😂

  5. What a lovely post, Charlie, and a wonderful image.

  6. Marita Krueger 6 years ago

    Love the way you painted the glass AND the Cognac. I’ve had my share
    of this beverage in the past, pure after a good meal or with a little
    espresso aside.

    Good story again, too!

  7. memadtwo 6 years ago

    Food and drink really do cement memories. Great painting, reflection and shadow. (K)

  8. Jodi 6 years ago

    So true. It’s all about the experience. Lovely post and doodlewash. ❤️

  9. Tom Merriman 6 years ago

    I can’t say I’ve tried Cognac, Charlie, although I may have done and not appreciated it… I do that from time to time. A nice painting, you’ve caught the colours well.

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    What a very sweet memory for you and Philippe. And the painting is lovely. I can see why you are so eager to get back to France.

    • Author

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 hehe… at this point I’m just eager for a little break. It’s been forever since I had a vacation!

  11. Terri Bate 6 years ago

    How romantic. It isn’t long now, until the Paris trip?
    I didn’t know that – that more cognac drunk outside France. Très inttéressant.

    • Author

      Thanks Terri! 😃💕 Yeah… according to one source anyway… hehe… I didn’t do heavy research as I don’t have much time. And yes! heading to Paris on Thursday!

  12. Jacob 6 years ago

    It just looks so real! The foot of the glass especially, and its adjacent shadow – sheer absurdity. I most definitely grade this post ‘V.S.’! <3

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks!! Aww!! Best grade ever! Glad you liked this…I felt my upper glass was a little too wonky but liked the bits you mentioned!

  13. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    What a lovely memory! To mix metaphors, I guess the cognac is greater on the other side, lol.

  14. Shubha 5 years ago

    Beautiful painting of the glass. Cognac n the memories..soo real.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Shubha! 😃💕 Painting glass is so much fun! I love it!

  15. heila 2 years ago

    “I guess there’s never really a way to bring your vacation home with you.” So true!

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