Festive, impressive and demanding : the technique to pop a bottle of Champagne involves several aspects. World Grands Crus provides an overview on this topic. A tradition dating from the Napoleonic era “I cannot live without champagne : in case of a victory, I deserve it ; if I’m defeated, I need it bad.” – let … Continue reading How to pop a bottle of Champagne ?
In France, organic wines are far from being affected by the crisis. According to a study, one-third of French population consumes organic wine. This consumption increased by 22% in 2013. Organic and biodynamic agriculture is to produce the wine without using chemical products in vineyard treatment in order to preserve the micro bacterial life of … Continue reading High demand in organic wines
What’s new in the world of Champagne? The great producers like Ruinart, Dom Perignon or even Roederer do not need a designer or an artist to highlight the quality of their outstanding champagne! Neither the artist, nor the designer need the Champagne producer. This approach is not just a commercial one, but more complex than … Continue reading Champagne, Art and Design – a subtile mix of styles
It’s a battle for supremacy. Bordeaux and Burgundy fine wines, topping the auctions from the beginning of the fall season, prove that the world’s thirst for the best French fine wines has not changed. Sotheby’s New York auction has opened the fall season on September 20 with the sales that attained 2 million dollars and … Continue reading DRC and Pétrus top the auction lists
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 … Continue reading From Penal Colony to Paradise
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 … Continue reading Vino Business when truth hurts
Laboring the soil is essential to the vine’s well being. It helps in eliminating weeds and grasses around the vine’s base, aerate the ground, help water to penetrate but above all promote life in the soil. All these elements are necessary for the vine’s well being, and good soil management will certainly enhance the wine’s … Continue reading Does mechanical soil labor, have an influence on the wine?
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 … Continue reading 2014, a great vintage?
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 … Continue reading Classical music for grape vines
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 … Continue reading Auction: an exceptional lot of Romanée Conti