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Claude Bourguignon, vineyard consultant

The importance of long roots: We meet Claude and Lydia Bourguignon in Cahors

Claude and Lydia Bourguignon are two well-known microbiologists who work as consultants worldwide. They advise wine producers and other farmers on all aspects of the soil. They analyse the soil, measure the microbiological activity, make recommendations about rootstocks, grape varieties, plant density, cover crops, fertilizers and so on. Their home […]

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French wine – a national heritage

Finally it’s official. The wine belongs to the French cultural heritage. On July 9, the French wine industry had a reason to celebrate. On that day it was confirmed, finally, by the parliament that the French wine is a part of the French national heritage (le patrimoine français). Maybe this […]

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Debate

Are wine bloggers becoming just a megaphone for marketing budgets?

Wine blogging, as well as on-line (and off-line in print) wine journalism is changing. Are more and more blog articles just promotional pieces published just because the blogger / journalist has been invited to a tasting or been treated to a trip to a wine region? It all started with […]

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Reviews

Castello di Semivicoli, Abbruzzo Pecorino DOC, 2013 | Åsa’s wine of the month

I bought this wine from my butcher. Italian butchers often have an excellent selection of wines. Our butcher, Sergio, was so happy that I chose a pecorino wine from Abbruzzo, my wine of the month, so that he gave me a discount. As mentioned, the wine is made from the […]

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French wine – a national heritage

Finally it’s official. The wine belongs to the French cultural heritage. On July 9, the French wine industry had a reason to celebrate. On that day it was confirmed, finally, by the parliament that the French wine is a part of the French national heritage (le patrimoine français). Maybe this […]

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Prices are stable for vineyard land in France, according to SAFER

131.600 euro/ha in AOP, 12.100 euro/ha outside At the SAFER press conference in late May, it was announced that the average price in France of vineyard land with AOP status in 2013 was 131.600 euros per hectare. This was virtually the same as in 2012. However, it has become almost […]

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Ambitious cooperatives in the Rhône Valley merge

Two ambitious cooperative in the southern Rhone Valley have merged. It is the Caves des Vignerons de Caractère in Vacqueyras and Balma Venitia in Beaumes de Venise. There are both quite small cooperatives that work well and are investing heavily in sustainable wine growing. Together, they will account for 8 […]

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Maury Sec, a new appellation

New appellations are created now and then in France. In 2011, a new wine with its own appellation appeared, Maury Sec. Maury is a small village down in Roussillon, in southern France. The village has long been known for its sweet Vin Doux Naturel wines. But now producers also can […]

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Sugar or concentrated grape must? What to put in the wine? Why?

The question of chaptalisation versus enrichment with concentrated grape must continue to stir up emotions in southern France. At the Vins IGP congress recently the producers lamented the fact that the state subsidies for enrichment with concentrated grape must has been removed. Chaptalization, meaning enrichment with regular sugar, is much […]

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New Brief out, #132: Our new book, chenin blanc, a champagne legend | The Wine Newsletter

The first thing I have to say is that we are very excited. Very excited to soon see our first book in English, on organic and biodynamic and natural wines, on the shelves in book shops. (We have done four in Swedish.) Rumour has it that it should be in […]

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“The Best Wine Books” includes Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

We were very excited when we happened to discovered that Sofia Ander had written about our book “Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking, Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” in her article on the best wine books to read over the summer! To be precise, she wrote about the Swedish edition called Vinet […]

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Everyone has a camcorder on the phone today. Improve your videos dramatically

Not much about wine this time, but still, if you are interested in photography and video… If you have started experimenting with making video with your smart-phone then there is an easy thing you can do to improve the video quality. The technical quality of smart phone videos is today […]

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Barolo and Barbaresco – new UNESCO World Heritage Site

Italian regions of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, which includes the well-known wine regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, were on June 22 appointed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Congratulations to all the producers we know in the region! And we agree with UNESCO when they say that the region of Langhe Roero and […]

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Where do all the pressed grapes go?

On August 1, it will cease to be mandatory for winemakers in France to deliver their pressed skins to a distillery. This means that growers now have several options for what to do with the skins after pressing. They can either continue to send them to a distillery or they […]

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