From Penal Colony to Paradise

From Penal Colony to Paradise

Well, sort of… “If there’s something leaving the penal colony to offer you paradise pleasure, – our italian friends say, – it’s not the prisoners staying there, but the wine!” On the Gorgona Island located off the Tuscany coast in Italy the prisoners work in the vineyard to produce among 2700 and 3000 bottles per […]


Vino Business when truth hurts

Vino Business when truth hurts

Many of us have watched Isabelle Saporta’s documentary, broadcast on France 3 you can watch it herehttp://www.france3.fr/emission/vino-business. Finally a documentary on wine that denouncing the relationship to money in our modern society. It underlines the fact that many châteaux putting first and above all the business aspect rather than the passion for their activity. Nowadays […]


Burgundy: The 2013 vintage wines

Burgundy: The 2013 vintage wines

For the Burgundy winemakers, 2013 will have been a fret-full vintage! After a trying 2012 harvest, they are confronted to hail and disease, in other words to the mishaps of to-day’s climatic conditions. Not a single burgundy vineyard was spared in 2013. The harvested quantities are a reflection of this difficult vintage, and hence extremely […]


Michael Baume buy’s Château Pommard

Michael Baume buy’s Château Pommard

The extremely wealthy Silicon Valley American entrepreneur, Michael Baum, has château Pommard is composed of 50 acres of vines, a gastronomic restaurant, a museum dedicated to the wine and the vine and an art gallery dedicated to Dali or Miro. But it’s also an 80 000 bottle production of Château Pommard, of which, 20 000 […]


2014, a great vintage?

2014, a great vintage?

It’s a little bit too soon to generalize, but several French regions are announcing 2014 as being a good vintage. According to the Inter-professional Wine and Champagne Committee (CIVC), the grape harvest could start on Monday the 8th of September for all the vineyard lots where the grapes are ripe, the others will follow on […]


Le Pin: Could this be the ultime collector wine?

Le Pin: Could this be the ultime collector wine?

It’s difficult to believe that one of Bordeaux’s most emblematic wines dates only from 1979, the year where Léon Thienpont bought a hectare (2,5 acres) of vines from his neighbor, the Loubie family. In 1984 a little bit more than a hectare was added to the domain, forming a unique ensemble of 2,7 hectare in […]


Bordier butter

Bordier butter

Should you happen to wander on the « lebeurreBordier.com » site you’ll be able to discover the biography butter nut “intended pun”. He wanted to be a sailor, his parents where cheese purveyors…He anchored of Saint Malo and the need for butter washed over him. He has given his name to his butter making it […]


Classical music for grape vines

Classical music for grape vines

We have all heard about using classical music by certain cattle farmers, in order to tenderize the meat, well, the same goes for a South African wine grower, that diffuses classical music in his vines as well as his cellars. The owners of the DeMorgenzon domain in South Africa had the idea of diffusing classical […]


Auction: an exceptional lot of Romanée Conti

Auction: an exceptional lot of Romanée Conti

Auctions have the means of shaking up collectors nerves. In the following months, auctions presenting exceptional lots such as a collection of 114 Romanée Conti bottles are going to be on the market! Sotheby’s is organizing an auction in Hong Kong on the 4th of October of this year, in which this fabulous lot of […]