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MOTORBIKE POWERED ON VODKA BREAKS SPEED RECORD

A 1980 Yamaha XS850, converted to run on recycled-vodka made by Montana-based Montgomery Distillery, has achieved a record average speed of 113mph at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials. The bike, which was hand-built by the distillery’s owner Ryan Montgomery, took part in the race on the Bonneville Salt Flats over … Lire la suite.

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HOT SUMMER BOOSTS FRENCH HARVEST

The 2018 harvest in France looks set to herald a return to normal after some tough losses last year, with volumes projected to rebound 25% overall. The French agricultural ministry has estimated that the 2018 harvest will be some 25% bigger than that of 2017, back up to around 46.1 … Lire la suite.

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French Wine Scientists Engineer Supergrapes

SCIENTISTS ENGINEER ‘SUPERGRAPES’ TO COMBAT FUNGAL DISEASE French wine scientists have engineered four new ‘supergrapes’, which have already been accepted into the official catalogue of French grape varieties, that are resistant to rot and require virtually no pesticides. Researchers embarked on a “breeding programme” called ResDur in 2000 to engineer … Lire la suite.

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Export Markets Shine For Rhone Vally

Sales of Rhône Valley wines remained stable last year with export sales proving particularly robust while harvest yields in 2017 were down 18%. In its annual overview of the region, InterRhône reports that total sales in 2017 amounted to 2.7 million hectolitres, with export volumes rising 7% in volume although … Lire la suite.

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Top French Estates Protest New Label Plans

More than 60 of France’s leading châteaux have written in protest to the government against proposals which could see cigarette-style warnings slapped on the front of their bottles. The 64 producers, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Yquem, Cheval Blanc and Pol Roger, wrote an open letter to the French daily Le … Lire la suite.

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Ann Vermeersch, Vigneronne d’origine Belge

Les vins de la vallée du Rhône à la reconquête de la Belgique L’an dernier, les exportations ont baissé de 6% selon la filière des Vins de la Vallée du Rhône. Alors pour doper les exportations, journalistes et blogueurs sont invités à faire le tour des vignobles.  Avec comme guide … Lire la suite.

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Itinéraires d’un vin sans soufre

Peut-on se passer de soufre en œnologie ? Petite enquête auprès de vignerons qui racontent leurs choix alternatifs de la vinification à la mise en bouteille. Qu’en pensent-ils aujourd’hui après quelques millésimes de référence ? Tout d’abord, il n’y a pas du soufre, mais des sulfites naturels ou pas. Le soufre … Lire la suite.

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Le Président ne veut pas qu’on « emmerde les Francais »

Loi Evin: Macron « boit du vin le midi et le soir » et ne veut pas qu’on « emmerde les Français » Il n’y aura donc pas « d’amendement pour durcir la loi » restreignant la publicité pour les boissons alcoolisées. Emmanuel Macron, qui confie « boire du vin le midi et le soir », a annoncé jeudi … Lire la suite.

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Business as usual for Brangelina at Miraval

Despite separating in 2016, it’s business as usual for actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at their Provence estate Château Miraval, as they prepare to launch their sixth and “best” vintage rosé. Marc Perrin, owner of Château de Beaucastel in the Rhône, who makes Miraval’s wines in collaboration with Pitt … Lire la suite.

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Cork Makers are Suffering from Kodak Syndrome

Cork producers are suffering from ‘Kodak syndrome’ and are struggling to accept that the market has moved beyond natural cork, according to one leading closures producer. During a recent visit to Vinventions’ HQ in Belgium, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing for Europe, Fabrice Chevallet, told db: “Natural cork … Lire la suite.

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Wine Advocate & LePlan Suze-la-Rousse

LePlan-Vermeersch’s 2016 Cotes du Rhone Villages Suze La Rousse racesahead of the pack this year, powered by scents of garrigue and ripe cherries. This 50/50 blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre is full-bodied and supple, firming up and delivering a bit of warmth on the long finish. Drink it over the … Lire la suite.