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France – the country of ridicule in the wine world?

Serve no wine please. We’re French. France is to many the cradle of wine and the world’s biggest wine producer (tying with Italy). Wine is also a major export product for the country. Not to mention the cultural heritage of wine and gastronomy. But how strange is it not then what goes on inside the […]

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The St Emilion circus continues…

Well, you cannot call it much else but a circus… At the beginning of July a court decided that the ‘new’ Saint Emilion classification should be annulled. This was the third court to deal with the issue and was thought to be the final word. Not so. The French Senate has now decided that those […]

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Moët fined €30,000 for an ad – Newspaper fined €5000 for publishing an article on wine

The French anti-wine lobby has collected another win. LVMH, owner of the Champagne house Moët & Chandon, has been fined €30,000 by a Paris court for an ad campaign they ran in 2003/4 on the theme “la vie en rose”. It’s the state financed organization ANPAA (Association Nationale de Prevention en Alcoologie et Addictologie) who […]

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The annulled St Emilion classification revisited – Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Saint Emilion reviewed its classification in 2006, according to the principle of a revision every 10 years. Shortly after a court order annulled the classification judging that the process to arrive at the new classification had not been fair. Four chateaux that had been declassified complained that the panel making the classification was partial (including […]

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This month’s silly rule: English wine bars not allowed to serve exclusive wines in small glasses

The Scandinavian monopoly markets don’t have a, ehrr, monopoly on silly rules…: Some English wine shops (e.g. The Sampler and Selfridges) have opened wine bars in connection with the shops to give the customers the possibility to taste some of the wines before buying. They have also sold some very exclusive wines by the glass […]

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