Chandon Limited Edition Brut Classic for London Olympics 2012

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The limited edition Brut Classic is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and blended with 10 to 20 percent Reserve wines from previous harvests. The wine goes through a second fermentation in the bottle to attain citrus spices layered over notes of almond and caramel. California winery Chandon has released a limited-edition bottle … Continue reading

LVMH continuing to push high-end luxury in China with sparkling wine under Chandon label

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Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – LVMH – is continuing to push high-end luxury in China with a new venture to produce and sell sparkling wine under the Chandon label. LVMH has a 163-acre vineyard in China in place, and will build a winery nearby. LVMH will work with local partners to produce the wine, but … Continue reading

Vinitaly 2011 celebrating also Italian sparkling wines

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Vinitaly is near and with it are arriving some news: World-wide success is that, despite the global economic crisis, progressive growth can be seen in exports of Italian sparkling wines. And to celebrate this excellence in Italian oenology at Vinitaly, a specific area will present all types – from classic to Charmat methods – exclusively … Continue reading

Matjaž Četrtič, wines Ferdinand, Goriška Brda, Slovenia

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Matjaž Četrtič, the young winemaker from Brda, who has, together with his collegue from Collio, created a rebula/ribolla based sparkling wine which is uniting Slovenia and Italy – without borders with Rebolium Sinefinis. What has brought you into the world of wines? I live in Brda, so I was always living with wines. After I finished … Continue reading

Bubbles that add sparkle to wine

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Bubbles add sparkle to wine. How they form, move, and affect our perception of the wine is the subject of the science of champagne. I stumbled on this topic in a review on the chemistry and physics of champagne published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The review comes from the keyboard of Gérard Liger-Belair, … Continue reading

The Gems Among Champagne’s Smaller Producers

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December is the month Champagne producers love best, because as much as 40% of their annual  retail sales takes place during the holiday time.  An overwhelming amount of the Champagne sold will be by eight large brands:  Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Pommery, Nicolas  Feuillatte,  G.H. Mumm, Laurent-Perrier,  Lanson, and Piper-Heidsieck. These eight Champagne brands … Continue reading

Teranum at Trieste and Karst

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Karst is a territory of the strong natures. The “burja/bora” wind blows away the earth and so strong rocks are often more visible then the rare but precious red earth – terra rossa. So is also with people. The history of Karsic people is history of fights for survival, which made people strong and wise. … Continue reading

The sparkles of excellence by Le Colture

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Christmas Holidays, one of the best times of the year, are coming, and the DOCG Dry Cartizze by Le Colture is ready to show off all of its sparkling excellence, and to face the great turnover of greetings and toasts. This year, while gathering for the traditional season’s greetings, the Ruggeris will take an extra … Continue reading

The Art of Pouring Champagne

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French researchers have figured out how to keep your champagne robust with bubbles according to a new study published in the August 11 print edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Gerard Liger-Belair, a professor and author of Uncorked: the Science of Champagne, led the study with a team of scientists and found … Continue reading

The CDC event in November photos: Truffle hunt and Rojac winery

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Last Saturday a nice group of 30 people from different parts of Slovenia and Italy gathered in Istria for a new adventure – this time it was truffle hunt and visit to the Rojac winery. When new people meet who don’t know each other and spend together a wonderful part of the day strangers turn … Continue reading