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Spotted-wing drosophila threatens European vineyards

22/11/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Drosophila suzukii or Cherry vinegar fly, a type of fruit fly endemic to Japan and Asia, poses a serious threat to European wine and fruit growing, warns the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). The male of the Cherry vinegar fly has wings with distinctive black spots. The first flys were observed in 2009 in Trentino in Italy. The species has > Read more …

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2007 Marcarini Barolo Brunate

21/11/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

2007 Marcarini Barolo Brunate – Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (11/16/2011) Strawberries, rose petals, a hint of exotic spices and licorice. Restrained and elegant, with great balance, not giving everything at the moment… best on the second day but at the end of the evening closing down. Wait a few years. (91 points)

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Burgundy-prices fall at Hospices de Beaune auction

21/11/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Prices for Burgundy wines at the 151st Hospices de Beaune auction fell with almost 13 percent for whites and over 6 percent for reds compared to last year. The prestigious “pièce du président”, auctioned off by former model Inès de la Fressange and French comedian Christian Clavier, fetched 110.000 euros, much less than last year, when the 460 liter barrel > Read more …

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Worldwide wine production remains stable in 2011

14/11/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Worldwide wine production in 2011 remained stable (+ 0.4%), according to newly published figures from the Office International du Vin (OIV). France takes the number one spot for the first time in five years, with production of fifty million hectoliters on a worldwide total of 270 million hectoliters, of which just over 158 million hectoliters in the EU. French production > Read more …