Who, when and where: a look at our readership

The New Year period is traditionally one used for summing up, taking stock and, maybe, looking forward with some form of resolution. I will leave the last part out of this article as I have always found that New Year's resolutions are a pretty good waste of time. The idea of this article is to …

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Mixed bag for today (2): wine labels can tell many stories

I occasionally enjoy looking at old wine labels, and not just for the esthetic pleasure that their blast-from-the-past graphics, however different, simple, quaint or otherwise creative these may seem to us today. I look at them also beacause they can enlighten us about the wine scene of bygone days, and this may help us to …

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Le dilemme des « petits gros », ou des « gros petits » producteurs

Je n'ai jamais pensé que la taille de l'outil pouvait affecter la qualité du produit. Et cela va aussi pour le vin, même s'il y a des esprits étroits qui récitent, ad nauseum, le mantra du small is beautiful. Mais il faut aussi reconnaître que, sous la pression de certains marchés à niches et leur …

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Le vin à Francfort, pardon, à Frankfurt am Main

La Place Römer, un des rares endroits de Francfort qui montre le visage médiévale de cette ville largement détruite pendant le deuxième guerre Attention, on dit Frankfurt am Main si vous cherchez des renseignements sur le web pour me suivre dans cette ville lourdement reconstruite et en apparence assez froide, dans laquelle il faut creuser …

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Nearly the midnight hour…!

  I bet you think writing blogs is easy – just tap out whatever first comes into your head and that's it! Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in a shared blog. If you are the sole blogger you can be relaxed but on a shared blog, especially with four very distinguished colleagues …

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Sail-sale power the way forward for transporting wine or a nice gesture?

Late Thursday afternoon saw the arrival of the Michel Patrick at St Katherine's Dock in the centre of London. Amongst its cargo were bottles for the RAW wine fair (19th and 20th May) plus a few producers Olivier Cousin being the most prominent. The voyage was organized by Guillaume Le Grand, one of the owners …

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Ways of raising the profile of the Vignerons Indépendants in the UK

Last Thursday I was kindly invited to address the Rencontres Nationales des Vignerons Indépendants de France in Epernay. I was asked to talk on the UK market and what the Vignerons Indépendants meant to the UK wine trade and the wine drinking public. My post last week covered some of the elements of the difficult …

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