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Some French AOC Wines a Sham?

Posted by perle0 on 2007-09-07 16:11:56 (3881 views)

[News]
[France]
According to a French consumer group, roughly one in three of all wines marketed under France's regional appellation system do not deserve it. In France's wine classification system, wines from some 470 regions are recognised as an "appellation d'origine controlee" (AOC).

These appellations are supposed to ensure that regional wines follow strict standards, such as using grapes from specific areas or only using specific grape varieties. The AOCs are intended to be marks of quality and traditional wine-making.

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A Memorable Wine Quest

Posted by perle0 on 2007-02-12 12:46:34 (4176 views)

[Editorial]
[Burgundy]
I'd like to draw your attention to a fine article in Slate, in which the author writes about his obsession with a high-end white burgundy and his quest to taste it one more time.

"This is a story about a bottle of wine. A very expensive but also very delicious bottle of wine—a wine that so captivated me when I first tasted it that I immediately resolved to taste it again. What followed was an almost two-year odyssey that tested the limits of my resourcefulness and perhaps also exposed the warping effect that wine has had on my brain."

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Paris Wine Collection Raises Top Dollar at Auction

Posted by perle0 on 2006-10-24 22:03:46 (3388 views)

[News]
[France]
You heard it here first: we reported in July that the Socialist mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, was planning to auction off much of city hall's collection wine of fine and rare French wines. The collection, amassed between 1977 and 1995 during the mayoral term of later French President Jacques Chirac, was expected to earn around 650,000 eurosInstead, it raised 961,030 euros ($1.2 million) for the French capital's coffers, as bidding between English and Chinese wine merchants drove up the prices by over 75%.

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Want to Live in France?

Posted by perle0 on 2006-08-26 23:49:05 (3411 views)

[Web Links]
[Languedoc-Roussillon]
Have you ever wanted to buy a house in the south of France--perhaps the Languedoc Roussillon--and live there?

If you have, you can get tips on how to go about the gritty details of purchasing property in that area at EscapeArtist.com. You can also get information about how to buy property in other wine-friendly parts of Europe, like Italy and Spain, or really any part of the world you like. Even if you don't have the slightest intention of moving abroad, it's fun to scroll through the real estate listings and dream.

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Quelle Horreur! French Wine with Cutesy Labels

Posted by perle0 on 2006-08-03 14:04:54 (3207 views)

[News]
[France]
Let's be frank...the French make some damned good wine. But sales, especially in the lower end of the market, have been slumping; everyone wants a first-cru Bordeaux, but not everyone wants a vin de table that's the Gallic equivalent of Gallo Hearty Burgundy.

Some French winemakers think they may have the solution: instead of snobby names of obscure French regions and vinyards, give your wine a funny name and a whimsical label, to appeal to supermarket shoppers in far-away lands who don't speak French and wouldn't know a Burgundy from a Barsac, and won't pay more than $10/bottle for a wine under most circumstances.

You may already be familiar with Red Bicyclette (it's available at a Wal-Mart near me!), but how about Arrogant Frog--a label that has a little fun with the French stereotype and ethnic nickname?

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Paris Mayor's Wine Collection Up for Auction

Posted by perle0 on 2006-07-03 16:27:47 (3349 views)

[News]
[France]
Thousands of bottles of vintage wine amassed by Jacques Chirac during his lavish two-decade reign as mayor of Paris are to be auctioned off from the town hall's vast cellar.

The majority of the cellar's 5,000 most prestigious bottles, including several 1990 Château Pétrus, worth more than $1800 each, are due to be sold in the autumn.

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Some TNs for Champagne

Posted by perle0 on 2005-12-30 11:50:06 (3688 views)

[Sparkling]
[Champagne]
In celebration of the New Year, you might want to check out a few tasting notes for Champagne and other sparkling wines.

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Don't Miss the Beaujolais Nouveau

Posted by perle0 on 2005-11-16 17:23:51 (2892 views)

[News]
[Beaujolais]
Don't miss your chance to celebrate the annual release of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau, scheduled for the third Thursday of November (Nov. 17, 2005). Generally the first wine released after harvest in France, Beaujolais gives people all over the world an excuse (as if we needed one) to drink wine.

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Bordeaux Growers Told to Make Less Wine

Posted by perle0 on 2005-09-09 22:24:03 (2608 views)

[News]
[France]
Makers of Bordeaux wines have been told to reduce their output this year by an unprecedented amount because of overproduction and falling prices, the body that controls French winemaking said.

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French Declare Wine Ads "Too Sexy"

Posted by perle0 on 2005-02-10 00:05:48 (3344 views)

[News]
[France]
Although wine consumption in France is dropping, causing some winemakers to destroy their best wines, they still enforce laws prohibiting ads that are "too sexy"--even ones that show actual winemakers holding their own wine. This is the photo they allowed, of winemaker Catherine Gachet.

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French Wine Down the Drain?

Posted by perle0 on 2005-01-29 22:48:52 (2808 views)

[News]
[France]
French vintners are asking permission to take 267 million bottles of fine wine--all of it AOC "appellation" wine, the highest level of French wine--and distill it into industrial alcohol.

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