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Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé

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Beaujolais  Nouveau 2020 is now available, as every year, it is released on the third thursday of November and therefore it is a very young wine.  We will explain what is a Beaujolais and why Nouveau! Beaujolais appellation is located between Burgundy and the Rhone and the grape used is called Gamay.  Generally, we taste flavours of red fruits like raspberries, cherries or strawberries. There is always little hint of spices. On overall, the wine is light to medium bodied with little or soft tannins. So it is an easy drinking wine, ideal to pair with plenty of varieties of...

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What is Orange Wine

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I am sure you noticed that “Orange wine” is becoming very popular in the wine industry and, very often, my wine consumers are confused with it.  So let’s explain what it is! And no, there are no oranges added to it :)  Orange wine is a term which has been created in London by a well esteemed wine importer, David Harvey (2004) . It is otherwise known as skin contact wine and more and more we can hear the name “Amber Wine” Orange wines are made from white grapes. For white wine, the grapes get crushed and pressed and winemakers...

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Wine tips : Using a Decanter

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  Decanting is a ritual which is very often misunderstood. It is not because a bottle is extremely expensive that it always needs to be decanted. What are the reasons for decanting a bottle? One of the main reasons is to remove sediments from the bottle. In this case you need to pour the wine slowly in a decanter to keep the maximum of deposits in the bottle. When working in a bar with deemed light, it is very useful to place a candle beneath the bottle to visualise the residues. It can be good to add a little filter...

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Service Tips : wine temperature

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Service Tips : wine temperature

The way we serve wine changes the wine itself, it can improve it or really destroy it.  Through my career and various wine drinking experiences, I noticed that everybody will care about white wine temperature, but strangely enough, as soon as we open a bottle of red, wine staff and general drinkers will very often not bother about it.  It is very common during the summer to stumble across red wines which are served far too hot. Wine should be served room temperature but it does not mean 30 degrees !  White wine It is better to be chilled 😉. ...

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What is Biodynamic wine?

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Biodynamism is a complex system of precimples created by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. To simplify it, I would describe it as a step above organic agriculture. They will follow the lunar calendar before doing any works in the vineyard as the moon will have an effect on the crops. Chemical pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides are obviously forbidden. As organic production, farmers are allowed to use coppers and sulfites for treatments, but quantities are much lower. Many producers also have an esoteric approach and aim to work in a most natural approach as possible. There are few organisations that can give...

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