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Alcool libre !

« L’ère des vins qui titrent à 15% est définitivement révolue. C’est le moment des vins légers et frais ». Voici ce qu’a déclaré Jancis Robinson à propos des primeurs bordelais 2016 (source Financial Times). Plus les vignes chauffent sous l’effet des changements climatiques favorisant ainsi l’augmentation du degré alcoolique, plus le palais collectif cherche un peu de répit en choisissant des vins rafraichissants et regarde avec méfiance à ceux qui incarnent la chaleur solaire. C’est l’une des lois du mouvement dévoilée par Newton : l’action est toujours égale à la réaction. Bordeaux a donc dû apprendre en moins d’une génération à produire des vins différemment. Avant on enlevait les feuilles pour donner libre cours aux bienfaits des rayons solaires, maintenant le risque de “cuisson” des grappes est trop élevé. Cette prise de conscience a abouti à un tournant dans la production bordelaise. Jancis la synthétise ainsi : « On augmente les rendements afin de retarder la maturité et atteindre ainsi l’équilibre. Aujourd’hui les rendements se fixent naturellement autour des 45hl/ht ». D’ailleurs plus personne à Bordeaux ne se vante de ses …

The real “meal deal”

Tripadvisor’s 2017 list of its top London restaurants might just surprise you. Forget about going to Gordon’s place… here’s where you should “really” eat in London. When it comes to fine dining, London is NOW one of the world’s great gastronomic destinations, with a total of 79 Michelin stars (the only city in Europe with more is Paris), but in the early ‘90s the height of sophistication could be summed up by a visit to a trattoria, some red-and-white checked tablecloths and a candle shoved into a hard straw-encased Chianti bottle. If you were feeling brave, you’d order daring dishes such as spaghetti bolognese. If you were playing it safe, you’d go for a prawn cocktail, followed by a steak so well done you could have worn it as a shoe. Fast-forward to 2017, and the UK scene couldn’t be more different . In a city boasting so many Michelin stars, the annual TripAdvisor list of London’s top 10 restaurants is very surprising. You won’t find too many celebrity chefs here, and only one spot …

Escape.

Quit your daily routine, sell your shoe collection and sit on board of a flight aimed roughly in the direction of some adventure…. It takes real guts to leave the stability of your life behind and head on out into the unknown, but the best decisions always do. Thankfully, you can sometimes find the most fantastic things going on at the end of your own street, like live and work for two months in London (1.5h flight from home), a realistic option. As you know, I work for a company that buys directly from wine producers, stores the bottles in optimal conditions, then sells them with a guarantee of provenance to oenophiles around the world. The operation hinges on developing close relationships with the châteaux and domaines from where the wine is sourced as well as the customers. The world of wine and service is all about the people, it’s essential to meet in person if you want to develop an understanding of someone’s needs and put back some personality into the process. That’s why …