WINES

„Selection Rheinhessen“ is a real selection

GERMANY (Mainz) - One of the most delectable programs in Germany’s wine business is and will be “Selection Rheinhessen”, which since 1992 has focused on bringing real premium quality into the bottles with the distinctive neck ribbon. The requirements catalogue for the participating vintners is comprehensive, and the hurdles are high. These measures are to increase and secure the wine quality, the implements are known: old vines, classic sorts of grape, low yields of a maximum of 55 hectoliters per hectare, selective harvest by hand as well as the important differentiation of origin after single vineyards. In 2014, the amount of wine bottled for the collection is as much as about 45,000 bottles.

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„Fiasco“ is facing a comeback

ITALIA (Florence) - The term fiasco stands for flop, failure or breakdown – and in the Italian spelling with "c", it stands for a special wine bottle that used to be a synonym for Chianti wine but who has no longer been...

Caiarossa – seven sorts of grapes for a variety of aromas

ITALIA (Riparbella) - Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Alicante, and in addition Cabernet Sauvignon and a pinch of Sangiovese. A mosaic put together like a jigsaw puzzle that yields one of the most original...

Austria: Uhudler in Kombucha

AUSTRIA (Fuschl am See) - You have to give the Austrians their due: They know how to lauch successful drinks. “Red Bull”, an energy drink imported from Thailand, is an example. Furthermore, there has been Kombucha...

Poggio Rosso – from the vision to the icon

ITALIEN (Siena) - At the moment of his birth, in 1978, it was pure avant-garde and almost an anti-tendency to the common development in the Chianti Classico. At that time, it was considered as “original” to use grapes...

Château Coutet launches dry „Opalie“ white wine

FRANCE (Bordeaux) – The Premier Grand Crus Classé Château Coutet* in Barsac, a classic sweet wine producer for generations, is extending its portfolio and is bringing one more dry white wine to market. On the occasion...

Made in Italy – International daily press about Italy’s most appreciated wines

ITALIEN (Bolgheri) – While the harvest is fully in progress and as it is promising a good quality due to the more than welcome rainfalls at the end of September, Italian wines can be happy about being praised by the...

Sangiovese to the top: „Riserva Storica di Romagna“

ITALY (Bertinoro) - Bertinoro, a picturesque wine town on the slopes of the Apennines, has recently got a quite special attraction: in the „Cà de Bè“, the house of wine, directly on the piazza, a selection of the...

Tradition oblige: Bond prefers Bollinger champagne

FRANKREICH (Aÿ) - It is commonly known that James Bond is a passionate vodka martini drinker. However, on special occasions, 007 prefers something nobler with Bollinger champagne - popped not shaken. After being visible...

A bit of dust from the moon and from Mars in the champagne glass

FRANCE (Besançon) - Whoever is dreaming of a flight to the moon or even to Mars can take solace from a foretaste - with a glass of champagne containing fluid dust from the terrestrial satellite and from the red planet....

„Provence Nouveau“ leads to controversies within wine scene

FRANCE (Marseille) - In case producers bring their wines to market too early because they are more focusing on profit than on good quality, the rosé from the Provence region might suffer the same fate as the Beaujolais...

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