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New Saint-Emilion official classification

posted on the September 7, 2012 9:25 am by Wine and Only

Here is finally the official new classification for Saint-Emilion. (Last one was made in 2006.) Of course, with every classification comes controversy… But to be honest the 4 First Growth rated A do deserve their ranking, in our opinion, even if some people may argue that Angélus, despite its intrinsec quality is not the perfect [...]

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Screwcap vs Natural Cork: The contest

posted on the September 7, 2012 8:32 am by Wine and Only

Cork or aluminum screwcap? Each method has its advantages…and drawbacks. Cork has more than 2,000 years of history, it’s a natural product that makes a wonderful sound when released from the bottle, and its effectiveness in protecting a wine for decades has long been proved. But it comes with 2 major problems: A molecule (called [...]

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The most expensive wines!

posted on the August 22, 2012 8:45 am by Wine and Only

Wine Searcher, a magazine and popular wine search engine, has just published the list of the 50 most expensive wines in the world. This list is based on the average tax-free price of 750mL bottles, without any distinction between vintages. Wine auctions were not taken into account, and sale prices judged excessive or too low were [...]

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Ever wanted to know all the cultivars?

posted on the March 15, 2012 10:59 am by Wine and Only

Richard Hemming, who’s working on its application to become a Master of Wine (only 299 in the world as we speak…) has come up with a great way to remember all the cultivars needed for the exam… Watch the video below!     This is brilliant! May the force be with you, young Padawine! And [...]

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And the leading wine consuming country is… the USA!

posted on the March 13, 2012 9:57 am by Wine and Only

The United States of America have become in 2011 the first country in terms of wine consumption in volume with 311.3 million cases of 9 liters (12 bottles) with a growth prediction of 10% between 2011 and 2015, ahead of France and Italy. (In volume) China is also presenting a huge growth potential!     [...]

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A giant alcohol cloud found in space!

posted on the March 2, 2012 11:00 am by Wine and Only

British scientists have discovered in space a giant alcohol cloud (463 billion kilometers). This cloud is larger than 3,000 times the distance between Earth and Sun…     Don’t get too excited though! This cloud is composed of methanol (which is toxic for humans…well, most of them!). Alcohol in wine, as well as other drinks, [...]

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Tchin-Tchin (Cheers) !

posted on the November 16, 2011 8:04 am by Wine and Only

Do you know where does the French expression “Tchin-Tchin” (Cheers) come from? If you had wines in France, or with French people, you may have noticed that many use the word “tchin-tchin” (cheers) when they clink glasses or give a toast. But why? Indeed, it could be the noise glasses do when they touch, but [...]

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Wine Production 2011

posted on the November 10, 2011 11:05 am by Wine and Only

The world wine production should stay stable in 2011 despite a decline of the size of the vineyards. As the Southern hemisphere harvest is in the wine warehouses since April, and with the Northern hemisphere harvest just ended, the world production should stay stable (+0.4%), with around 270 million hectoliters (hl), has announced Federico Castellucci, [...]