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Screwcaps worst for the environment says closure company
Screwcaps produce the largest carbon footprint compared to synthetic closures and corks says research conducted for a French closure company.
The production of screwcaps gives off over 10kg of CO2 per tonne compared with 2.5kg of CO2 per tonne for corks, according to tests conducted by Cairn Environment for Oeneo Bouchage in France.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visit French vineyard
Film star couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited a southern French vineyard last week, but will not buy it despite reports to the contrary.
The Hollywood stars visited Chateau Val Joanis, in the Luberon region north of Aix-en-Provence, last Wednesday, prompting reports on several websites that the couple were planning to buy the property
THE SPICE IS RIGHT
The secrets of matching Indian food with wine
Asian cuisines get scant consideration when it comes to wine.
If you ask about which wine to pair with Indian food, expect a one-word answer. Usually Gewurztraminer. Perhaps Riesling. Maybe Syrah.
An entire culture's cuisine to be paired with a single varietal? Ridiculous.
Among Asian cuisines, Indian food probably has the greatest notoriety for being hard to match with wine. Its complex layering of spices and chile heat makes for a tricky challenge.
Newly rich chineses developing taste for fine wine
BMWs and Gucci handbags are already firm favourites among China's emerging class of newly rich. Now, fine wines are becoming the latest symbol of luxury.
For people like senior executive Wang Jie, it is an obvious choice to make.
"It tastes better than beer or rice wine, and it's better for your health," Wang said, speaking at a wine tasting event at a top Beijing hotel.
LONDON: It's one of the wine world's most threadbare cliches, right up there with "gravity flow winery", "perfect with cheese and red meat" and "we picked before the rains".
If I had 1,000 pounds for every time someone told me "our wine is made in the vineyard" I'd be richer than Roman Abramovich.
It's undeniably true that to make good wine you need to start with decent raw materials. Unless a winemaker resorts to duggery of the skull (flavorants, fruit juice or cross-border blending), the grapes used will more or less determine the quality of the liquid he puts in the bottle. That may be why certain Californian winemakers have started calling themselves "winegrowers".
West Coast Pinot Gris/Grigio
What's the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Nothing, yet everything.
It's the same grape in different languages: "gris" is French and "grigio" is Italian. Both mean "gray." But there's a huge difference in bottles labeled Pinot Gris versus Pinot Grigio.
Pinot Noir Trends in 2006
* Continued emergence of the “garagista” or “shedista” Pinot Noir winemaker. The story often goes like this: borrow some money, rent a small space that will hold some barrels, purchase a sorting table, a press, and some tanks, search the countryside for some precious Pinot Noir grapes that a grower is willing to sell and make your own Pinot Noir. A consulting winemaker is often overseeing the venture. These are frequently one-man operations and are truly “hands-on” from the design of the label, to the affixing of the label to the bottles, to the placement of the label in fine restaurants.
NZ wines 'more friendly to environment than French'
Our wine exports to the UK are more environmentally friendly than French wines, and that's despite them having to travel far more "wine miles".
Speaking ahead of last night's Food Hawke's Bay seminar at EIT, David Hughes, a food marketing expert from Imperial College, London, said if New Zealand winemakers shifted the debate from the distance their wine travelled to explaining their carbon footprint, they could compete with the world's best.
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Colmar. Capital of alsacian vineyards.
Colmar. Nice city.