Madeleine is my good pen friend from Germany. Paul is from Marseille. I met them on the great grape picking season in Beaujolais in 2009. Grape picking can be physically very tough and it takes real character to face up to the challenge year after year. I met Madeleine and Paul in Lyon for a day just before the scheduled start date of 13th September. Last year the picking began on 26th August but this year the vintage has come too late for me.