Are French appellations in jeopardy?
This magnificent concept designed to protect local agricultural produce from fakes may end up in the hands of the agribusiness industry. An issue over 20 years old In 1996, Alain Berger stepped down as managing director of INAO, the custodian of French appellations which reports ...
A producer in Dogliani, new president of Barolo Consorzio
A producer in Dogliani, new president of Barolo Consorzio Even though Barolo is king and Barbaresco queen in the Langhe area of Piedmont region, this amazing landscape Human Heritage protected by UNESCO encloses other grape varieties and appellations. Few days after Vinitaly, Pietro Ratti ...
34° Masi Award, the Grosso d'Oro Award goes to the Navy
by Roger Sesto Gargagnago di Valpolicella (Verona), 3rd October 2015, “This 34° Masi Award is the expression of an unconventional culture, which can export the values of a territory worldwide with the typical familiarity of a wine that was able to become ...
Cognac falls prey to ‘vultures’
Wine growers in the Charentes area have been airing vociferous concerns about a practice that may jeopardise their future. Since January 2016, legal changes have allowed vineyards in struggling wine regions to be purchased, then uprooted after just a year and planting permission to ...
Targeting both barrel fermentation and ageing®
Winemaking is a hotbed of creativity aimed at improving quality but this particular technique adds roundness and oakiness to the wines. The usual method When you admire the impeccable rows of barrels lining beautiful wine cellars, you are merely witnessing the final phase of ...
Crowdfunding and wine – a winning blend?
Crowdfunding generally involves funding a project by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people. Arising from the development of the internet, the practice has spilled over into the world of wine over the last few years. The question is, what can ...
Pregnant women logo likely to grow in size
Last December 2, the interministerial committee for disabilities suggested the logo on wine labels warning pregnant women of the hazards of drinking alcohol should be made larger, to at least 1 cm. It looks like the French State is on the warpath once more. What kind of logo is ...
CHIANTI CLASSICO AND CHAMPAGNE: TOGETHER TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Today in Reims a partnership agreement will be signed between Champagne and Chianti Classico Two pillars of the global winemaking sector together to improve protection and promotion Reims, 16th December 2016 – 62 years after signing the twinning ...
2016 harvest: 10% down on 2015 but some beautiful fruit
As harvest season was just getting underway on August 22, this was the forecast by the French agriculture ministry. But a hot, dry summer promotes quality, sometimes over quantity. Grapes this year often have thick skins and less juice than normal. A decisive ...
Bordeaux 2015: Prices on the rise again!
The Bordeaux futures campaign involves two phases: first, the tastings that we attended at the start of April, then the release of prices, most of which are based on the evaluations of the tasters. This unique system has made the top Bordeaux so successful, generating both notoriety and ...
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