Author: WinoFred


Sometimes referred to as hybrids, interspecific grape varieties are emerging in Belgium as the royal way to an eco-responsible vineyard that produces singular wines representative of a unique terroir. The owner of Château de Bioul, in Wallonia, has taken on this bold mission. By Frédéric Arnould, DIP WSET Everyone knows Merlot, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But what about Solaris, Cabernet Cortis and Johanniter? These grape varieties are the result of natural cross-fertilization. We’re not talking GMOs here, but crosses between European, American and even Asian varieties to produce these so-called interspecific grape varieties. One of the great...

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30 years of wine tasting competition for this Belgian dynasty

If there is a wine tasting competition that is very popular with winemakers from all over the world and with tasters who are jostling to be part of it, it is the CMB, the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Established 30 years ago and now a competition that travels the globe for 20 years, this competition is primarily the pride of the Belgian Havaux family, which had a little help in Montreal long ago. Let’s take a look at an organization that is constantly reinventing itself.

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Swiss wine, anyone ?

With 15,000 hectares of vineyards, Switzerland weighs less than 2% of the French vineyard: a postage stamp stuck on the wine world map… It produces, on average, 100 million liters of indigenous wines and exports only 1%. Because the national market “sponges up” the local production.

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