New openings/new finds in Lisbon

Spectacular view over Lisbon from the 5th floor terrace of the Bahr's bar and restaurant with the April 25th Bridge lit up BAHR: two glasses of Filipa Pato's Espumante Blanc de Blancs New restaurants and bars in Lisbon continue to open with bewildering rapidity. The city has changed dramatically over the past five years or …

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Raymond Dumay à moto dans le vignoble de Bourgogne

Peu de nos lecteurs ont sans doute entendu parler de Raymond Dumay, donc un court résumé s'impose. Né en 1919 et mort en 1999, il a eu plusieurs vies: tour à tour berger, instituteur, professeur et journaliste, pour devenir rédacteur-en-chef de la Gazette des Lettres. Il a aussi écrit un livre intitulé "Le Guide des …

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In memoriam Gérard Colin, oenologue bordelais et paysan « chinois »

Le journaliste français François Boucher vient de faire paraître un livre de souvenirs écrits par Gérard Colin. Pour mémoire, cet œnologue de Saint-Emilion s’était établi en Chine, à l’heure ou d’autres songent à leur retraite, et a travaillé durant vingt ans dans l’Empire du Milieu. Il est décédé il y a 3 ans. Ce livre …

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Important announcement: Moët-Hennessy going herbicide free

March time in Touraine – widespread and distressingly indiscriminate use of weedkiller   Today is apparently International Wine Day*, so I am delighted to post some very good news about sustainable viticulture that Moët-Hennessy will cease to use weedkillers in their wine division vineyards from the end of this year. Furthermore this ban will be …

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Millésime Bio 20: two new developments

Vanessa Cherruau, Vigneronne copropriétaire It was good to meet Vanessa Cherruau again. I had met her a number of years ago when she was employed at the ill-fated Château de la Genaiserie (Saint-Aubin-de-Luigné). She left Genaiserie when they ceased to pay her before the domaine collapsed first into administration (2010) and then into liquidation in …

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Some « volcanic » wines

As promised last week, following my visit to the region around Clermont Ferrand and the festival so successfully organised there by the local appellation Côtes d'Auvergne, this week's article will give an account of some of the wines that I tasted there, both during visits to a couple of estates and during the Vinora wine …

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Three go to Millésime Bio

Montpellier goes green at the end of January  It was a pleasure to meet up with Marie-Louise and Marco in Montpellier for the 27th edition of Millésime Bio. The two thirds of Les 5 du Vin were joined by around 1,350 exhibitors from all over France and 20 other countries as far including some as …

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