Today was cleaning and bottle recycling day.
Like any other person I take a day off and do those chores that need to be done and bottle recycling is one of them.
The difference is that as a Sommelier I have a lot of bottles and that means a lot of trips to the recycling place.
In our village we are the only English speakers and also just happen to run a B&B where people enjoy a beverage or two outside in the evening.
This in itself leads to a few trips to the recycling "dome" but throw in me, a Sommelier, who holds tasting classes in people's homes and the end result is a LOT of bottles that yours truly has to deal with.
To say that I get some funny looks from the locals is an understatement.
French eyebrows are well and truly raised when someone comes to the door mid-morning and sees me with open wine bottles on the table, tasting.
The people at the supermarket eye me suspiciously when I go through the check out with 36 bottles of wine on a Monday morning (a last minute tasting!).
Or maybe it's the jeans, I don't dress like a Sommelier, yes that's what it is.
The French don't really get it, the amount of bottles thing.
Sure they have a glass of wine or two but rarely more and although every village has a large colored bottle recycling "dome", a trip there is maybe a bi-weekly event and even then the quantity pales in comparison to what I take there.
It's probably one of the only pitfalls of being a freelance Sommelier and not working in a bar, restaurant or hotel - I can't hide, I have to hide my own dirty work.