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The Czech Republic: Great wines from a small country voir Discovery
The Czech Republic: Great wines from a small country
After three decades of a free-market economy, the Czech Republic is about to reach another milestone in its wine history. While in recent times, the local wine industry has always been a more or less disparate, yet in many ways co-operative, mass of competing businesses, over the past few months the idea of a common approach for the future has slowly begun to materialise. With the general support of winegrowers, the idea of a unified winery concept is being developed, with emphasis among others on production efficiency, the most suitable varieties, exports and the environment, in addition to the established focus on quality. After years of adolescence, a fully-fledged and self-confident wine region with very promising potential is breaking onto the scene.
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Lirac, Tavel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape diamonds in the rough voir Wine Territories
Lirac, Tavel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape diamonds in the rough
Mention the Southern Rhone wine region and most people immediately think Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As the region’s spearhead, blessed with ancient craftsmanship and an international reputation, it could easily make us forget that very nearby other fine southern wines are being produced, on similar soils. One is Lirac, in all three colours, and the other is the rosé-only Tavel appellation. We go on a voyage of discovery through these three appellations to look at their unique characters.
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García Carrión,  blazing a path of its own voir Portraits
García Carrión, blazing a path of its own
How did a bodega, founded in 1890 in Jumilla – perhaps Spain’s most under-the-radar wine region – to produce wines for France, then in the throes of phylloxera, become Europe’s leading winery by sales and the fourth largest in the world in just 130 years? Its director, José García-Carrión, recounts the incredible story of this exceptional company.
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Emilia-Romagna and Umbria seen through the lens of sustainability voir Wine Territories
Emilia-Romagna and Umbria seen through the lens of sustainability
Only the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Umbria are missing from our journey through Italy's wine-growing regions. We visit them and place particular emphasis on their sustainability efforts.
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Lirac, Tavel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape diamonds in the rough
Mention the Southern Rhone wine region and most people immediately think Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As the region’s spearhead, blessed with ancient craftsmanship and an international reputation, it could easily make us forget that very nearby other fine southern wines are being produced, on similar soils. One is Lirac, in all three colours, and the other is the rosé-only Tavel appellation. We go on a voyage of discovery through these three appellations to look at their unique characters.
The Czech Republic: Great wines from a small country
After three decades of a free-market economy, the Czech Republic is about to reach another milestone in its wine history. While in recent times, the local wine industry has always been a more or less disparate, yet in many ways co-operative, mass of competing businesses, over the past few months the idea of a common approach for the future has slowly begun to materialise. With the general support of winegrowers, the idea of a unified winery concept is being developed, with emphasis among others on production efficiency, the most suitable varieties, exports and the environment, in addition to the established focus on quality. After years of adolescence, a fully-fledged and self-confident wine region with very promising potential is breaking onto the scene.
Tim Burton: From gothic fantasy to epicurean reality
Last October, Tim Burton received the prestigious Prix Lumière which is awarded annually in Lyon to leading cinema personalities. The American director, who has produced some of the greatest masterpieces of the film industry, from ‘Batman’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, discovered the Capital of Gaul, its gastronomy and the region’s wines.
Heading off for Portugal and its native red grape varieties
With 250 native grape varieties, Portugal is enough to make other producer countries go green with envy. Comparing them with international standards is like comparing apples and oranges and just-burgeoning awareness means that they remain largely under the public’s radar. Heading off to explore Portugal’s vine heritage is like stepping into the shoes of a treasure hunter, away from the well-trodden vinous paths.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Verrines
Why not try a forthright Blanc de Blancs Champagne with floral and fresh hazelnut notes to accompany this appetiser?
García Carrión, blazing a path of its own
How did a bodega, founded in 1890 in Jumilla – perhaps Spain’s most under-the-radar wine region – to produce wines for France, then in the throes of phylloxera, become Europe’s leading winery by sales and the fourth largest in the world in just 130 years? Its director, José García-Carrión, recounts the incredible story of this exceptional company.
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