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A woman’s smile on a wine label

September 30, 2009

This is the very unusual sight I came across today. At first the title of the article read: “Wine for women”. I got mildly annoyed and was about to move away when a sentence caught my eye: “Every smile has a story. And many stories are shared over a glass of wine”. Banal? Yes, but […]

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New name, new bottle, new label, new wine?

August 11, 2009

Second wines of classified growths have sometimes a hard time to have a life of their own and to be recognized by the consumers as high-quality wines. That’s why the story of the second wine of the famed Château Haut-Brion is so intriguing. For many years, the second wine of Château Haut-Brion was named after […]

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California Wine Brands

July 28, 2009

I tend to consider the US as my personal paradise for wine brands. Indeed France is not really a champion in that category! Last night, I happened to share a bottle of Westerly Vineyards 2001 Estate Grown Merlot with some friends. besides the fact that the wine was a delight, I was intrigued by the […]

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Alsacian wines: variety or not on the label?

July 16, 2009

A few days ago I was pondering about the problem faced by Alsatian vintners following the new EU regulations on the origin of wine. The question became a controversy in Alsace where labeling relies a lot on the grape since most wines are mono-varietal. The same wine maker can produce gewürtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Rieasling […]

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Futures or Primeurs Week in Bordeaux

April 7, 2009

Last week, Bordeaux was buzzing with journalists, importers and wine professionals tasting the 2008 vintage on the Left and the Right banks of the Garonne River. It is always an exciting and fun time: when getting to a tasting room, one usually runs in a friend or a colleague not seen since the previous Futures […]

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A new label for J wines

March 23, 2009

A few years ago, I was in a wine store in Charlotte, N.C. when a young woman walked in, looked around and grabbed with obvious delight a bottle of a red wine adorned with a stylish J on the bottle: no mention of the varietal or the vintage on the front part of the bottle. […]

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Want to create your own wine in France?

February 2, 2009

Wine drinkers sometimes dream to make their own wines. But owning a vineyard is a costly and difficult enterprise. That’s why some producers got together to offer the possibility to make wines from several French areas in a web site called Several properties are part of the project: Château l’Enclos in Bordeaux, Château de […]

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A funny Monkey in Australia: new brand and Web 2.0

January 6, 2009

At the end of last year, I was contacted by Sid Patel, Marketing Director of The Friday Monkey wines from Australia. Since I didn’t know this brand, I was curious enough as to look for it on the web. The web site is clean, user-friendly and answers most questions of somebody who didn’t drink their […]

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New name for Australian Porto?

December 10, 2008

Australia signed last month an agreement with the European Union, agreeing to remove from its labels of fortified wines all references to names tied to places in Europe. The chairman of the fortified sustainability project committee, Colin Campbell, said the project already cost over 1 million dollars to the Australian wine industry. But he hopes […]

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Boutique wineries in San Francisco

November 25, 2008

16 boutiques wineries located in San Francisco and using the facilities of Crushpad, the luxury urban winery, founded an association to promote their “first-rate, hand-crafted wines”. According to their web site, “Each vintner is unique; some favoring a “New World” style of winemaking; some focusing on just a single varietal; some making 100% organic wines. […]

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