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Top WineThursday, December 24, 2015

Top 100 Wine Spectator

The influencial American Wine Magazine Wine Spectator has published their selection of the Top 100 best wines all rated 88 points or higher and priced at $20 or less. Overall, the average score and average price are the same as in 2014’s Top 100: 93 points and $47—an excellent quality-to-price ratio. Click Here


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wine sites in the World Heritage

 Climats, terroir of Burgundy and Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars in the World heritage list sites.

Description at UNESCO's website states:  The climates of Burgundy are precisely delimited vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon.This cultural landscape consists of two parts. Firstly, the vineyards and associated production units including villages and the town of Beaune. The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon, which embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climatssystem.  

The property of Champagne is made up of three distinct ensembles: the historic vineyards of Hautvilliers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) - illustrate the entire champagne production process. Look at pictures: Burgundy, Champagne.

@mersault in Frankrijk

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oivMay 1, 2015

OIV: China and United States wine performance 2015

China has reached 800 kha of vine surface becoming the second in the world with slight decline in production, -5% with 11.1mhl. The level of wine consumption in China is estimated at 15.8mhl, 1.2mhl less compared with 2013. Global wine consumption is estimated at 240mhl. The United States is now the biggest wine consumer country. More: click here.

April 12

Video Catena Zapata Mendoza Argentina (dubbel click on the video for full screen)

fotoApril 9

Burgundy ‘pioneer’ Anne-Claude Leflaive dies

The wine world has paid tribute to Anne-Claude Leflaive, one of Burgundy’s most respected winemakers and a leader in biodynamic viticulture, who has died aged 59.

Affair GeensTuesday, November 18, 2014

Bordeaux greatest fraud no longer prosecuted

The affair Geens, the biggest fraud in the history of Bordeaux, do not continue. The fraud of the Belgian group Geens where tens of millions of bottles of wine with a designation of origin - that are unlawful marketed - will no longer be prosecuted because Roger Geens is in poor health (77). Read more...

RooibosFriday, November 14, 2014

Rooibos Wine

Innovative idea designed by Trevor Strydom, partner and Managing Director of Audacia Wines is increasing attention after KWV actual partner in this project launched  Pinotage Earth’s Essence this week.  Rooibos wine combines Rooibos & Honey Bush wood to replace oak wood and Sulphur Dioxide in the wine making process.  Strydom explained the concept during an interview at Capetalk 567 Read more...


Mounton RothschildThursday, November 13, 2014

New label Mounton Rothschild 2012

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, who died on August 22, 2014 choose the illustration of the vintage 2012. It is a representation of the Chateau’s historical emblem. You see two rams giving the ilussion of two animals in fight symbolizing that the balance of a great wine, already present in nature, still challenge the work made by human hands. The artist is the Catalan Miquel Barceló born in 1957. He has an extensive career in painting and sculpture as well. More about...

PyramideTuesday, October 28, 2014

New three-tier quality pyramid for Austrian Sparkling Wine

2014 will go down in sparkling wine history as a milestone for the Austrian Sparkling Wine sector. At the highest category of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, the grapes may be picked only from a single wine community (such as Poysdorf, Langenlois, Gols and Gamlitz), whereby vineyard site designations are possible. After bottle fermentation, the sparkling wine in this category may be released on the market at a minimum of three years following the harvest including maturation on lees for at least 30 months. Read more...

chateaudepommardMonday, September 15, 2014

Château de Pommard in American hands

Michael Baum, an american entrepreneur stablished in Silicon Valley, has bought Château de Pommard. News announced by Bien Public.

NapaSunday, August 24 2014

Earthquake Napa Valley, California and Central Region, Chile

Epicenter about nine miles south wine country's Napa at 3.20 am with a 6.0-magnitud on the Richter scale. It was the largest earthquake since 1989, it lasted 10 to 20 seconds. The earthquake surprised wine cellers, smashing costly bottles. On the other hand, the central region of Chile is hit by an earthquake 6.4-magnitud for 30-40 seconds, 12 hours before. The Casablanca area had no electricity power after the earthquake. There are no mayor damages of injuries reported. More about Napa at ABC news... Read more about Chile

NZ MarlboroughTuesday, August 12, 2014

Lifestyle wines 

New Zealand’s wine industry starts this year the largest research programme aims to produce high quality lower alcohol and low calorie wines naturally, called “Lifestyle Wines”.   It takes seven years and an investment of 17 million NZ dollars. The trend has more than 30 years, now New Zealand wants a slice of the pie in this category focusing more on producing wines around nine percent.  The commercial partners are NZ winegrowers and 15 contributing wineries. Villa Maria, Mt Difficulty, Giesen and Accolade Wines are participating. The estimated potential economic benefits to NZ are $285 million per annum by the end of 2023.  Click here Ministry for Primary Industries NZ...


Opus OneMonday, June 30, 2014

The top drop: Opus One

At the luxury Okura Hotel in Amsterdam is presented a unique vertical tasting Opus One. The greats years are 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. It was organized by Le Vin en direct at the 23th floor where we enjoyed the clear and shiny weather in the Netherlands. There were around 40 wine professionals attending the event. Read more...






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