Bordeaux wine trip

Free travel apps for Bordeaux wine fans

03/07/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

Bordeaux Wine Trip is a new free app for smartphones and tablets with travel information for the Bordeaux wine region in France. The app is available in English, French and Chinese. With the help of  geolocalization or by choosing a specific theme (wine bars, castles, wine initiations, …) this app helps the visitor to better orient themselves in Bordeaux. The component > Read more …

EU pays too much for grubbed-up vineyards

15/06/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

A report this week from the European Court of Auditors sharply criticized many aspects of the European Commission’s viticulture policy, which was designed both to combat the EU’s enormous wine surplus and encourage the production of grapes that are more saleable overseas. … read more on WSJ Blogs.

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Wine cellar defunct Belgian 2-star Michelin restaurant auctioned off

27/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 0

The wine cellar of the defunct Belgian 2-star Michelin restaurant ‘t Oud Konijntje in Waregem, province of Oost-Vlaanderen, will be auctioned off on 12 May in the Salons Leieburcht in Sint-Ellois-Vijve. The collection contains thousands of bottles of top wines. The restaurant closed in December of 2010. On the website of the (dutch language) Krant van West-Vlaanderen you’ll find photo’s > Read more …

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Chateau Latour sells only bottled wines form 2012 onwards

16/04/2012 Jozef Schildermans 1

Chateau Latour, the famous first growth, told wine merchants today in Bordeaux that 2011 will be the last vintage it sells as futures, or en primeur. Only bottled wines will be sold from the winery, and vintages will be released when the chateau believes they are ready to drink. Read more on James Suckling’s blog.

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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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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 …