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Why the bottom of the bottles are pushed in?

I was hanging around a wine shop innocently drinking an easy white Menetou- Salon when a question I had heard many times before it struck my mind. WHY ARE THE BOTTOMS OF THE BOTTLES PUSHED IN? As soon as I had said that, the wine merchant looked at me with round eyes and laughed. You must understand that there is a specific word for this placement on a bottle in French that is "cul-de-bouteille" which literally means A**-of-a-bottle" in English. And when you talk about an a** early at a wine tasting, whether it is the bottles' one or any other, it sounds out of place. I guess this is not only because of the name but also the shape....

Champagne’s Super Powers

As objective as the idea of a smell can be, I can say I rather dislike the smell of Champagne and get bored after two flutes. The only good thing about it is that it reminds me of some of the best times of my life.This is not to be underestimated. Unlike with some other smells, studies show that Champagne’s molecules affect the brain by reaching some very specific receptors in the nose. They also reach the "olfactory map" part of your memory. This receptors are connected to your desire and your libido and iare receptive to smells with heavy molecular masses like the ones presents in Champagne. They are also stimulated by some very volatile molecules released by the...

Hangover in the Champagne Region!

“ Les nuages s’amoncellent sur la Champagne” (clouds are encroaching the Champagne region) announced The Figaro daily newspaper last weekend. I am sorry? Who would have thought that the sky could fall on the wine gods! Hard to believe that Champagne is being struck by lightening but: * As it has occured in other regions, the top shelf of the wine rack is suffering of less sales by volume and the weather forecast predicts at least 3 stormy years before Champagne can enjoy its usual summertime. Big International names like Moët and Chandon refuse to lower their prices to keep desire alive, but this is not the case for everyone and you can now find bottles for less than 10...

Welcome to a world of Passion and Emotion

When you hang around wine drinkers, anecdotes are in all conversations. After a few glasses, some stories become your stories and you only want to share them around. You remember the shape of a bottle, a specific talk with a producer and particular emotions that arose when what you had smell and what you had tasted were revealing the unexpected balance and harmony. * Following up this visit at the French wine review fair, I am pouring myself a glass of my forever favourite red (Fleurie, 2005 – Domaine Monrozier) to tell you all about my first Sunday crush. I may have left the place with a spinning mind but I do remember the best, as the best always remains....

In the Jungle, Follow your instinct… and you’ll drink safe!

I was going to go to the « Salon de la revue du vin de France » (French Wine Review Fair) organised at the former stock exchange when my team mate called late because he felt asleep in his BATH – due to a terrible hangover – with the tickets on his night table (Excuse half accepted). I got terribly disappointed and realised that I was really looking forward to this exhibition. So I decided to go alone on this little mission, and so I went and was instantaneously dazzled. The crowd looked gorgeous and I had to admit that Parisians have style. Maybe it was the majesty of the place or the smell of happiness, but the second I...

We are on recession…Have a glass!

I was reading this morning that today, France officially entered the recession. What a surprise! While many are complaining about the never ending crisis, wine sales are growing and so is the length of our aperitifs… Days and wallets are lightening making public gardens and terraces more and more appealing. Restaurants meals are left down but if you walk on the Champ de Mars ( personal garden of Miss Eiffel) on a warm evening, you’ll hear the clings of wine glasses, see opened bottles everywhere and youngsters laying down on the grass as if the city around them was only green fields. This could almost make us forget that the wine industry is not doing good. In terms of volumes,...