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3 Movies where champagne (also) plays a role

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The seventh art is a pleasure for our senses, like a glass of champagne, which has had its moments of glory on the big screen and now is time to recognize its great performances in emblematic films of cinema.

1. James Bond: a film that is an icon in the UK and around the world, where, as we know, glamour and exclusivity are present within each of the works that take part of the saga. As we have seen, the best bottles of champagne, like Bollinger and Dom Perignon, have positioned themselves as the quintessential drink of our favorite spy.

2. Champagne: What any other film could be on the list than this precisely? The famous work of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock tells us in this silent film, back in the late 20s, the story of a young elite, high-class girl living at the expense of her dad’s champagne business. You will never forget the scene in the great glass of champagne at the beginning and end of the film, which has been copied again and again since then throughout the film universe.

3. The Great Gatsby: going to modernity and contemporary times, we have this film based on the novel by the great author F. Scott Fitzgerald, where we find our beloved Leonardo DiCaprio personifying the protagonist Gatsby, where we can see the great feasts that they were assembled and where this frothy drink was the last thing he could miss. Although the novel never mentions any specific brand or house, the writers for the film of 2013 decided to opt for Moët & Chandon, which we see throughout the film. Undoubtedly, a space of more than two hours full of advertising for the French house.

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Dom Perignon Vintage 2004

Bon appetit! French gastronomy for beginners

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One way to organize a well-combined meal is to pay attention to the current season. French food is considered one of the most important cuisines in the world. It is often very aromatic and stands out for its textures and fats, especially in winter time, accompanied by full-bodied wines. Here are some examples of typical dishes of the gallic cuisine. Bon appetit!

Crêpes: you can eat them sweet or savory. Our recommendation is a pancake with mushrooms and ham, or crêpes filled up with shrimp, gruyere cheese and wheat flour, accompanied by apple cider. Delicious!

Niçoise salad: is typical of the Cote D’Azur region and is mainly made of lettuce, tuna, mushrooms and potatoes. What to drink? This salad will be nicely accompanied with dry rosé wine of Syrah, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pumpkin cream: is a perfect choice to prepare for the up and coming season. And to accompany this lovely soup, a good choice would certainly be a sparkling wine.

Zucchini Quiche Lorraine and Emmental: made from pastry, bacon, zucchini, Emmental cheese, and onion, it is typical of French food. Don’t hesitate in pairing it with a young and fruity white wine.

Parmentier of foie: made of mashed potatoes and foie gras, can be accompanied by a port wine.

Desserts: two options of common desserts in France are the St. Honoré Cake (made of puff pastry base) or the classic French Cupcakes (also served as breakfast), accompanied by a sweet red wine.

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Château La Vieille Cure 2006:  a red wine from Canon-Fronsac produced with cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot from the 2006 vintage and has an alcoholic strength of 14.00%. 

 

 

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Château Brown 2010:  a red wine from the region of Pessac-Léognan based on petit verdot, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and has an alcoholic content of 14%.

 

 

The great wine Châteaux you should visit at least once

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Without any doubt, wine tourism attracts masses. But to entice the most eccentric ones, the knowledgeable and picky wine lovers, one have to find the best vineries. The ones where the most specialized details produce premium wines. As an example, we can start in France, where, no doubt, some of the best wines come to life. Here are 3 Châteaux from the most important wine regions:

  • Lafite-Rothschild: home of the legendary Rothschild family, it is the oldest Château of which we have records and it is a highly respected wine producer: it creates artworks and bottles. Like everything else, the vinery has had its ups and downs throughout its history, but they have managed to push their high-quality product forward. It was named “Leading Wine House” for the first time in 1855, and it still retains the title proudly today.
  • Angelus: Angelus has the status of “Premier Grand Cru Maison Class A”, for its vineyards consist of exceptional quality, not found in any other part of France. The vinery has a transparent and intact reputation. Fun fact: the name was obtained because the farmers of this group of vineyards amounted to listen to the angelic voices of the 3 churches that surround the area.
  • Margaux: the value of this Château Margaux has not only won for their wine bottles that can cost hundreds of euros, but also for its long tradition of the production, which began in the twelfth century. The Lestonnac family took over the business when it enjoyed great popularity just over 400 years ago and it has since become an icon in the field of oenology. However, it has not always been easy. They went through tough times during the French revolution until around 1870, when it was rescued by an ambitious marquis, putting the house back on the map, with its history and exclusivity.

If you plan to take a stroll through France, make sure you take the opportunity to tour 3 of the best Châteaux in the Gallic country and in the world!

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Carruades De Lafite 1998: a red wine from Pauillac that is made of petit verdot, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 1998 and has an alcoholic strength of 10.50%.

 

 

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Château Angélus 2013:  a red wine that is based on 2013 merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.

 

 

What is like to be in the largest Wine Museum of the World?

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Wine lovers now have another place to visit this summer. We are talking about the City of Wine or Cité du Vin, located in Bordeaux, France, and occupies no less than 140,000 square feet, a really good and considerable surface to explore and learn about wine culture through the activities they offer.

One of the reason of its importance is that, besides being very big, is flooded with cultural aspects like arts, history and experiences all around wine.

Furthermore, it is an excellent place to live and embrace the wine culture. It hosts a huge wine cellar with over 14,000 bottles to enjoy the flavors and the development of in situ wine. To complement the experience, it has numerous bars and restaurants built in where you can know more of the manufacturers, taste wines and a lot more.

In order to create the best “wine environment” for visitors, the design of the building has been carefully designed to offer and emulate this initiative. It was constructed with a wavy form and has modern aluminum and etched glass panels that decorate it. The facade is illuminated with golden reflections in a truly stunning design. For its striking architecture it has been nicknamed the Guggenheim wine.

The entrance to the City of Wine costs about 20 euros and it includes access to all facilities where the DO from different countries are explained. It also includes tastings and other activities. In addition, there is intense cultural program with shows, concerts and debates about wine.

The newly opened wine museum is active, and right now the audience can enjoy the rebroadcast of the matches of Euro Cup which took place these days in France with wine tastings for the attendees. Being a really beautiful city which holds a very rich wine culture, is no coincidence that the museum is in Bordeaux.

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R de Ruinart

 

 

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Ruinart Brut Rosé

 

 

10 sparkling wines and champagnes for Christmas

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The best Proseccos

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Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro Superiore: it is Italy’s best-selling prosecco. Due to its great national and international success Valdo Prosecco Marca Oro Superiore is in the center of the Valdo Spumanti brand.

 

 

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Villa Sandi Prosecco Spumante Brut “il Fresco”: it is a sparkling made by the Villa Sandi cellar. 

 

 

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Vigna Dogarina Prosecco Extra Dry: Vigna Dogarina Prosecco Extra Dry is excellent for an aperativo during Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres, but also with ethnic and sweet and sour dishes.

 

 

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Bortolomiol Prosecco Miol Extra Dry:  it is a sparkling wine from Veneto. It is made with prosecco grapes and it’s an excellent. 

 

 

The best Champagnes

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Veuve Clicquot Brut: it is a Champagne produced by the legendary French wine cellar Veuve Clicquot, which produces premium quality sparkling wines since 1772. 

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial:  it is an emblematic cuvée . The world’s best-selling champagne brand. The harmony of its three grape varieties gives this champagne its elegance, which is rarely to find: fine bubbles, fruity, fresh, intense and glamorous.

 

 

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolizes both expertise and history.

 

 

The best Italian and Spanish fizz

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Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia: it is a fresh and broad Cava with a very creamy foam. An essential classic.

 

 

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Foss Marai Surfiner Cuvee Bruti is an excellent fizz for a party, either in terms of price and taste. A great option for Christmas.

 

 

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Cà del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut: a spectacular sparkling wine, seen as “Italian Champagne” by many wine enthusiasts.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon, at the forefront of innovation

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Moët & Chandon is one of the most expensive and glamorous champagne brands in the world. Therefore, this brand knows, more than anyone, how to bring innovation and also surprise the consumer with every new product launched.

In this case, they just introduced MCIII, a champagne flashing luxury on all four sides. With this product, consumers will feel even more exclusive.

The bottle design itself is already a benchmark since it was introduced to the market. They emphasize the initials MC (from Moët & Chandon), and the number three in Roman numerals. It also has a bright black crystal glass. A stunning packaging that marks one of the goals of the champagne firm: seeking to be the best and making feel different and unique their customers.

One of the peculiarities of this special champagne is being elaborated with vintage wines matured with wood, metal and glass, which is a novelty for the firm.

It sure is one of the luxury items that most will be tasted in the coming months, and also facing the Christmas season. The best is undoubtedly its taste, since, as we have already indicated, it combines perfectly the old flavour of wines aged in the traditional way with a more mature champagne.

What is intended is to give that distinctive touch that has the quality of the current wine. MCIII is design, taste, luxury and eccentricity. It counts with that harmony so beloved by those who like to enjoy always new products, and remain faithful to one of the leading brands of all time.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne DO a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12,5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine of the Champagne DO vinified from pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Wine consumption in France reached a record low

 - French producers are concerned, and rightly so, because -apart from other problems related to competition and appellations of origin– they are seeing as, in recent years, their countrymen are drinking less and less amount of wine. In fact, according to a recent study made by FranceAgriMer, under the French Ministry of Agriculture, the average consumption is just one glass a day when traditionally it was much higher.

Besides the economic crisis, which has had a fairly negative impact on the consumption of all types of products in France, as in other countries, they are beginning to detect a shift in consumer habits of the French, who increasingly tend to soft drinks and juices to accompany their meals, something that could be called a cultural transformation.

The study data are conclusive, especially when compared with similar studies of the past. So, currently the average French -still being the Europeans who drink more wine- consumes 57 liters annually, while in the mid-sixties of the last century the figure was around 160. Compared to recent years, the data should make think the key industry players: in 2005 the daily drinkers of wine represented 21% of the total, and today only 17%, increasing instead the number of occasional drinkers.

No doubt, some data that should also be considered by wine producers from other countries, traditionally wine consumers. The popularization, firstly, of soft drinks and refreshments (of controversial nutritional value) and, secondly, of fruit juices (more suitable with healthy consumption habits) are slowly changing a tradition rooted in France for centuries, so that its strong wine industry is starting to be forced to take action on the matter.

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Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Réserve

 

 

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Saint – Emillion wines new classification

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The 2012 classification regulation was approved in June last year and it took into account no more and no less than eighty-two different wine properties. This comprehensive review resulted in almost a year of work against the clock (i.e. ten months uninterrupted).

This constant effort to find the overall quality and the high level of demand reveals the level of perfection pursued. In fact, in other sub-regions in Bordeaux this constant evaluation does not exist. Specifically the overall classification of this region remains almost unchanged since the nineteenth century, oddly enough, when it was requested by Emperor Napoleon III for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1855.

The point is that nor everybody is always happy with this kind of decisions and so after the changes some voices have been raised. Many wines have emerged strengthened, others got benefit from the new classification but of course, some have been demoted and losing positions, prestige … perhaps customers?

In total 18 Premier Grand Cru Classé and 64 Grand Cru Classé are tangible proof of the modernity and dynamism of Saint Emilion wines that stand out from others in the pursuit of excellence.

The result is consistent quality that is seen not only in their best wines, those which occupy the top spots, but also in all those which each year strive to achieve the top of the ranking and work for it with a special pampering in the way they take care of the soils, in their choice of grapes, in short, all that precious process that runs until wine is made.

I encourage those who have never bought a wine from this region to do so and, for that matter, to accompany their shopping cart with some other French wine, in order to review the new classification of Saint Emilion wine while comparing them to the ones from other French regions with a glass of wine in hand, which is the best way to start a conversation like this.

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Château Mondorion 2004

 

 

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Château Cheval Blanc 2003

World leaders’ favorite drinks

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Well, in the first assault we have Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. If this unrivaled couple gather together a holiday on a terrace by the sea on a sunny afternoon (we will give a bucolic touch to the matter), they both would ask for beer.

Although the favorite drink of Mr. President is actually tea, and not just any lemon or peach flavored tea, but the Black Forest Berry iced tea, he has also been seen drinking a Guinness down in one of his most Recent visits to the world capital of stout. Still, that’s not really him as his favorite beer is quite soft: the Miller Lite, in case someone wants to take note.

For Merkel I can imagine that her leisure time is more enjoyable with a wheat beer, one made with special care and all the attention in a small town in the Bavaria area, how could it be otherwise. Although I cannot really think of her singing a popular song at Oktoberfest, I must say.

Francoise Hollande promotes his country’s wines confessing himself as the number one fan of some of the French red wines. Presumably, the same thing will happen to the President of Spain, probably a good enthusiast of Ribera del Duero or Rioja, specially of the classic ones, but in these times of crisis in our country is rather time to be on bread and water.

It’s not all beer and wine, don’t worry, there are also world leaders who don’t feel shy to admit that their best friend is a spirit, or at least that some of them is among their favorite alcoholic drinks (we don’t have to be so dramatic). David Cameron is one of them, following the example of Margaret Thatcher, as both have never hidden his fondness for whisky (in moderation, of course).

Tony Blair also belongs to the malt lovers club and admits that there is nothing better than a good whiskey to celebrate a special occasion, although the wine is actually his favorite alcoholic beverage.

When a Château is not a Château?

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The problem is that from some countries, especially the United States, where there is no regulation about it, they are trying that this limitation does not affect the so-called American wines, whose production process does not requires this restriction and can be made from grapes purchased elsewhere. So, U.S. producers intend to export wines called “Château” or “Clos” (another denomination subject to controversy) without any restrictions.

Thus, the European Union has been forced to take action on the matter and decide one way or another, a topic that is pouring rivers of ink in the specialized media, as it can affect a number of gaul wineries, always jealous of protecting their products against competitors from other countries, even in the case of countries into the European Economic Area, as has been proven for years in other agricultural and food issues.

Brussels is currently considering this and other matters within the Common Agricultural Policy and the decision does not seem to be clear, because, although overall imports from Europe of American wines have an insignificant weight, there is a fear -that we believe founded- by the French wineries that this may be a mere outpost of other “appropriations” that ultimately can cause serious damage to the industry, in addition to causing some confusion among consumers.

It seems that later this year we will have a verdict, following a request for postponement from the French Ministry of Agriculture to prepare an alternative proposal, according to their own statements. Until then, experts and wine enthusiasts from around the world will have a great conversation topic with guaranteed controversy and surely opposing views.