01/01/2020Sake is made from rice. In Japan, sake has been consumed since ancient times. It was not exactly the same sake as what we have these days. The technique has advanced over time to the present day. This history of sake goes back about 2,000 years.
01/11/2019Argentina is one of the world’s five top wine producers. For a long time though the Argentinians consumed most of their own wine. The domestic market was and is extremely thirsty. The country indeed has one of the highest per capita consumption. Amidst large volumes of everyday wines there are outstanding fine pours, some of which have not yet travelled anywhere else in the world.
01/09/2019Glass bottles are still the default packaging for wine. Made from silica and with no potential to cause permanent environmental damage, they are considered to be the ideal material. But is this really cut and dried? Consumers and environmentalists increasingly want more flexible solutions. Other containers have their advantages too.
01/06/2019Armagnac is France’s oldest and most traditional brand, the dashing d'Artagnan one of the most influential figures in French literature. And foie gras is officially part of the nation’s gastronomic heritage. Nevertheless, Gascony is hardly known internationally. The region has quite different attractions for the wine industry.
01/05/2019Slovenia boasts everything that’s beautiful in the world, just in a smaller size. Slovenians even promote their country’s qualities on this basis. With wine however, it’s possible to think on a larger scale. This is especially true for the small but standout region of Brda.
01/03/2019France is proud to be the partner country for the 25th anniversary of the world’s largest wine fair. We love sharing our savoir-faire. We love sharing these special moments with you. Just like we have done for the last 25 years, and for many more to come.
01/02/2019Even well travelled wine lovers often aren’t familiar with the Collio, on the extreme north-eastern edge of Italy. This showcase region for Italian white wines lies right at the border with Slovenia. Here is where some of the greatest upheavals in the recent history of wine occurred. Twelve approved grape varieties give the winegrowers plenty of scope - and plenty to discuss.
01/11/2018Alsatians make varietal wines, live in old half-timbered houses and crown a wine queen every year. No other region in France is quite like it. They produce a significant quantity of organic and even biodynamic wine. Their intricate soil formations express the land in numerous ways. And there are ever more to chose from.
01/09/2018Beyond sunshine and good cuisine, Provence is all about beauty and easy-going enjoyment. For a long time Provençal rosé was a rather simple pleasure, but with the worldwide rosé boom, the salmon-coloured wine came back into the limelight. And many winemakers are only too happy to oblige with what their customers expect.
01/08/2018Italy’s massive wine industry produces over five billion litres of wine every year, yet family businesses that have been making wine for generations still enjoy considerable success. In the past, they shaped not only viticulture but also rural lifestyle. Many of them remain at the forefront today.