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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

A joke or false marketing?

Wine producers should not deceive consumers when they promote their wines. This story is about Château de Reignac in Entre-deux-Mers. This chateau was bought in the 1990s by Yves Vatelot. His ambition from the very beginning was to make a high-quality Bordeaux. The natural conditions are there. In fact, he thinks that his soil is […]

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Melanie Pfister, Domaine Pfister, Alsace

Alsace Pinot Gris is finally dry

Alsace wines are becoming drier and drier. At least that was the impression we had on our recent Alsace tour. And that is very positive. In addition, it is easier to know if the wines are dry or not because producers are now more and more putting “vin sec” on the label if the wine […]

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Child's feet in water

Disastrous floods in Languedoc

Heavy rain and floods of a rare violence in the department of Aude In Languedoc in mid-October caused major damage to vineyards and wineries, in particular in the Minervois and Cabardes appellations and, to a lesser extent, in Saint Chinian. 14 people died. Several wine cellars were flooded, pumps and presses have been destroyed and […]

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OIV book prize awards 2018, Britt Karlsson and Regina Vanderlinde

Our book “Champagne, the wine and the growers” winning awards by OIV and by Gourmand International

In the past year, our latest book “Champagne, The Wine And The Growers” (“Champagne, vinet och odlarna” in the original language) has been acclaimed and won prizes in two prestigious contexts, by the OIV, the International Organization of Vine and Wine in Paris, and by Gourmand International in China. “Champagne, The Wine And The Growers” […]

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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy wines

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes and some other luxurious Burgundies from 2016 and 2009

One of the nicest events of the annual series of importer tastings is when Tryffelsvinet (a Swedish importer) presents the wines of Comte Georges de Vogüé with Jean-Luc Pepin. Comte Georges de Vogüé is a highly regarded Burgundy producer in the village of Chambolle-Musigny with 12.5 ha vineyards, of which 9.9 hectares are located in […]

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Cave cooperative Embres et Castelmaure co-operative, Les Corbieres, Languedoc

A cooperative is the leader in organic wines in France

The cooperatives are many and significant players in the Languedoc. They account for a large proportion of the production here. But to survive in today’s competition, they, like everyone else, have to invest in what consumers want. For example, in organic wines. That’s what Cave Héraclès in the Gard in the eastern part of Languedoc […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

The harvest 2018: Good, but not easy everywhere

It has been a hot summer in France, but the growing conditions have not been easy everywhere. Alban Rabasa, assistant winemaker at Château Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, says that 2018 is une année du vigneron, which means that the wine maker’s skill may determine the quality of the wine. “With a lot of rain in the […]

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Gambas a la Senderens

Alain Senderens: Inspirations and other countries

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Inspirations and other countries This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short […]

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Ce qui nous lie - Back to Burgundy

Sibling conflicts in Burgundy

It is not as bad as it sounds… We wrote some time ago about the role of wine in French films. We asked our readers for recommendations of “wine movies” and one of our readers took us up on that. She recommends a film she watched a few months ago called “Ce qui nous lie”. […]

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Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: the people around him

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: the people around him This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short […]

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Restaurant Alain Senderens at Place de la Madeleine

Alain Senderens: gastronomy and restaurants

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: gastronomy and restaurants This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short videos […]

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Alain Senderens on Place de la Madeleine

Alain Senderens: Alain Senderens, a long career

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Alain Senderens, a long career This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on […]

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Table setting at Restaurant Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: Pairing food and wine

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Pairing food and wine This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short […]

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Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: Senderens and wine

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Senderens and wine This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short videos […]

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Chateau Pech-Redon, La Clape, Languedoc

Greek and Italian grapes in Languedoc

It gets warmer and drier in Languedoc, says Christophe Bousquet at Domaine Pech Redon in La Clape. This cannot completely be compensated for by irrigation. That’s why Christophe this summer is going to plant grape varieties that are used to an even warmer climate. He has chosen Nero d’Avola (!) from Sicily and the amazing […]

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Roses are pretty at Christmas too

Provence, a pink success story

The world drinks more rosé wine than ever before. Rosé consumption in the world has risen by 31% since 2003. The very light coloured style of rosé, such as they are made in Provence, is the highest fashion. The rosé trend has made Provence an extremely successful wine region. 89% of the wines in Provence […]

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Nets to protect vines from hail in Chablis, Burgundy

Hail nets are now permitted in France

Wine producers in France are now allowed to use vertical hail nets. After three years of experiments in Burgundy, the INAO has decided that the nets do not affect the maturity or quality of the grapes. The background is that in recent year hail has caused extensive damage and lost harvests in several wine regions. […]

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Gravelly soil, old vines, Chateau Belgrave, Medoc

Vineyard prices in France on the rise

Buying a vineyard in France is not getting any cheaper. On the contrary. All categories of vineyards are becoming more and more expensive. This is evident from numbers recently published by Safer, a governmental organization overseeing property transactions. The average price per hectare of AOP vineyards is 143,900 euros, an increase from last year of […]

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Ackerman, Saumur in the Loire Valley

Popular bubbles from the Loire Valley

The various sparkling crémant wines produced around France are becoming more and more popular. Not least the Crémant de Loire, which has seen a huge boost for its exports. 2017 saw an increase in exports to the US by 9%. The wines are made mainly in the Saumur area but can also be made in […]

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Ecocert organic wine certificate

Organic vineyards increase in France

Currently, there are 5,835 organically certified wine estates in France. This is an increase of 11% since 2016. The certified vineyard surface is 61,048 hectares, an increase of 4%. The trend shows a continued increase. 17,617 hectares are under conversion. Of these, 3,369 hectares are in their third (and last) year of conversion, 5,588 are […]

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Vineyards in Condrieu, Rhone

The truth about the size of the French wine regions

Sometimes it is said that statistics is an effective way to hide the truth. But often it is very interesting and sometimes surprising. New statistics – very detailed – were recently published on the wine production in France in 2017. In total, France has 745,044 hectares of vineyards. Of this, 446,000 hectares are AOP vineyards […]

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Un chateau en ville by Lestrille, wine bar Bordeaux

Un Château en Ville, a new wine bar in Bordeaux

Château Lestrille is a family-run chateau in Entre-deux-Mers, the region between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. This is a region that most people only pass through going from Bordeaux to Saint Emilion. But if you stop you will discover a lot of good wine producers. One of our favourites here is Lestrille, located in the […]

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