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Webshop reveals wine margins Dutch top restaurants

27/06/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0 is a new Dutch online shop where you can buy the wines that feature on the wine lists of the best Dutch restaurants. That is not to the liking of the Dutch Alliance Gastronomique. Dutch consumers can now see exactly how much margin their favourite restaurant takes on wine. The shop is an initiative of the Dutch internet entrepreneur Gijs den Hollander. He wants to offer consumers the same wines they can order off the list of the best Dutch Michelin-starred restaurants. The offer of is > Read more …

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Wine vandalism in Spain

20/06/2011 Jozef Schildermans 5

In Spain, winemakers are increasingly the victims of senseless acts of vandalism. Last week on Monday unknowns destroyed a section of wines at the winery of Terroir Al Limit in the small village of Torroja del Priorat, reports Three years ago, in the same region, a set of vines were set on fire by unknown vandals. And this week, 150 old vines were torn out by vandals in a vineyard in Ribeira Sacra in Galicia. So far, no perpetrators have been arrested. Nor is it clear > Read more …

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Early harvest in Belgium

23/05/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Because of the continuing good weather it seems Belgian grapes will be picked several weeks earlier than usual, reports the Belga news agency. Belgium is following the example of another northern wine region, Champagne, where the ripening of the grapes is at least three weeks ahead of the situation in “normal” year. Paul Vleminckx of Chardonnay Meerdael in Oud-Heverlee thinks > Read more …

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First Dutch restaurant winelist with qr-codes

26/04/2011 Jozef Schildermans 1

Restaurant Hamdorff in Laren is the first Dutch restaurant with a wine list that you can scan with your smartphone. Each wine on the list has a so-called QR-code. If you scan this code with your smartphone or tablet, a webpage is opened where you’ll find all the information on the wine. A QR-Code or Quick Response code is a two-dimensional barcode that originally was developed to help identify car parts. Today the code is used in many places, such as advertising and packaging. Most smartphones have an app to scan qr-codes. With the Qr-code generator on the internet, you > Read more …

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Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck sold to clothing holding

17/03/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

According to Decanter, the French drinks group Remy Contreau has sold Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck for 400 million euros to the Société Européenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), the holding of the French family Descours, which is mainly active in the clothing sector. EPI controls the clothing brands JM Weston, Francois Pinet, Alain Figaret and Bonpoint. The Descours family also owns > Read more …