Swiss wine: not all mountains but all drunk in Switzerland

So what comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Mountains and ski-resorts, watches, cows, cheese, chocolate, banks maybe? Some or all of these for sure, but probably not wine. Not surprising, since you'll have to hunt hard to find a bottle outside of this smallish but generally well-heeled and peace-loving country (less than …

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Why the Languedoc is successful: or is big beautiful after all?

Yes, France's Languedoc region, including at its southern extremity the Roussillon (which is managed separately, making things a little confusing at times as to the figures produced), is the biggest wine-growing region in the world, covering much of the land that lies just below the Massif Central and between the Spanish border to the south-west …

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Fitou and Picpoul: a red and white couple from the Languedoc

On the evening before the recent international (well, slightly international as most of the producers there were French) wine fair held in Paris and called Wine Paris, of which this was the inaugural edition, I went to a tasting organised by two Languedoc appellations, one devoted to red wines, and the other to white wines. …

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Syrah, son origine, fake ou vérité ?

Au symposium qui s’est déroulé au musée gallo-romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal-Vienne, à la mi-janvier dernier, on nous en a raconté de bien belles… Si on résume, le ‘noble’ cépage de la Vallée du Rhône nord, qui a bien essaimé depuis sa naissance, serait issu de la Mondeuse blanche et du Dureza. Adieu l’extraordinaire La belle légende …

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Olivedale, miracle en Afrique du Sud

Miracle ou comment transformer une terre inculte, quasi désertique, en un vignoble luxuriant abritant en une poignée d’années une faune et flore qui avaient déserté les lieux depuis un bail. Sa situation Le vignoble se trouve à 200 km à l’est du Cap, en bordure sud du parc national Bontebok, avec les monts du Langeberg …

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German Pinot Noir: a rival to Burgundy with a difference

We all know that Pinot Noir represents some kind of "Holy Grail" for a number of wine lovers, as well as for some producers. A look at rising prices also helps to tell the tale. And just take a look at the Hollywood movie Sideways and relate it to the direct impact that this movie …

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Wines from Moldavia, a quick look and a disappointing tasting  

Production and some context According to the OIV and the year 2017 (which are the latest figures available) the wine production of this small country located on the north-west corner of the Black Sea, surrounded by Romania and Ukraine, place it in 20th place amongst the world's wine producers in volume terms. These figures of …

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