Things you never thought you could do with grapes
By MICHAEL JOHNSON
BORDEAUX — I had heard from friends about the marvels of vinotherapy and was curious to know what it really was – beyond simply drinking. Experts informed me it’s a process of applying balms and creams based on white grape pits to the body to slow the aging of skin.
The center of the Caudalie vinotherapy phenomenon, near Bordeaux, invited me to experience a grape juice bath and special massage to prove that the procedure actually works.I was led to a private room with an enormous tub, its bottom and sides pierced with power-jet holes of various sizes. An assistant helped me slide into place as she emptied a vial of grape essence into the warm water, then she flipped a switch.
The grape solution was actually a combination of seeds, skins and pulp of white grapes that vineyards put aside after pressing the grapes for their juice and eventually white wine. Before the Caudalie people came along, this sludge was disposed of as waste. (suite…)