OMS – le vin à l’heure du COVID-19

Selon un ami, qui ne travaille pas à l’OMS, la consommation de pinot grigio, de merlot et de rosé constitue un facteur aggravant en cas d’infection (et aussi en cas de non-infection). Elle a aussi des effets délétères sur le moral. Les vins «vivants» afficheraient de très fortes concentrations en COVID-19, ce qui n’est pas …

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Wine preferences in a banana monarchy…

  Nearly two weeks ago Hervé, our rédacteur en chef and the creator of one of France's ecclesiastical masterpieces – the never to be forgotten magnificence of Abbaye de Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, asked me to comment on the news item from Harpers.co.uk that follows. 'An idea for a good piece on what your compatriots …

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Escape from Brexit madness + a wonderful London Pakistani restaurant

London: Parliament Square: Saturday 7th September 2019 Apparently this is the UK's Prime Minister Leaving the Brexit madness behind By the time you read this post I will be in the Loire for the 2019 vintage. The Ban des Vendanges for Muscadet was Thursday 5th September – relatively early but by no means as early …

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Lies, damned lies and statistics: a look at reporting on health/alcohol related studies

What has reminded me of this pithy and often pertinent remark that was used several times by Mark Twain (above), who himself wrongly attributed it to Benjamin Disraeli, the British Prime Minister (on this question of attribution I can only refer you to the article in Wikipedia on the topic), has been the curiously uncritical …

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Lu pour vous: « Le goût retrouvé du vin de Bordeaux »

Tout récemment, et d'une manière non-sollicitée, j'ai reçu un nouveau livre sur le vin dont le titre m'a laissé perplexe, car il suscitait d'emblée plusieurs questions : retrouver le goût de quel vin de Bordeaux et de quelle époque ? Et comment faire pour cela et pourquoi ? Puis, à la lecture, le contenu m'a plongé …

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A few dispatches from a bizarre little island off the north coast of France

You may have thought that the government of this bizarre island were convinced that they should get out of the EU. However, in July they will host a conference that seeks to persuade countries from the Western Balkans to join the EU. See below – you couldn't make it up! Here are some of the …

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« Natural » wines: time to stop posing and ripping off customers?

A few years ago, my excellent and esteemed colleague Hervé Lalau wrote on this site an article in which he claimed that one should be tolerant with those who use terms such as "natural" wine (the inverted commas are intentional!), but that the legislator should step in with some form of qualification of this strange …

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