Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally officially winemakers at château Miraval in Provence

 Miraval vueChateau Miraval, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s summer residence, is a place dedicated to the arts and wine.
In 1970, the famous jazz pianist and composer Jacques Loussier acquired the Château Miraval and transformed it into a recording studio – Studio Miraval. Continue Reading

PLANET BORDEAUX LAUNCHES “MY BORDEAUX WINE IS…” ONLINE VIDEO FESTIVAL

Organized by Planet Bordeaux, Wines from the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur appellations, the “My Bordeaux Wine Is…” video festival is the place where wineproducers are opening an entertaining and personal dialogue with the public. They are sharing their wines, bien sûr, but also Continue Reading

TASTED and the chinese magazine VinoVogue signed an agreement of license during a great ceremonie in Shanghai.

VinoVogue, which belongs to the Sun Château importer, can benefit from Tasted’s advice and experieces.

 

Andreas Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World

TASTED, considered for being the most beautiful wines and spirits magazine in the world, can lean from now on a major player to accelerate its development in China, thanks to the 500 000 copies of Vinovogue printed.

TASTED so strengthens its influence on the consumers and the Chinese professionals, because its publishing in Mandarin of the TASTEDJournal 100%Blind is also printed to 400 000 copies every month.

Find the movie of this great event on www.tastedjournal.com

Cuvée Bugarach, “if there is only one left, I shall be that one” drink on December 21.

Imagine, we are in December 2012, within a few days, precisely on the 21st, it will be too late… Asteroids will hit the Earth, excessive Sun activity will destroy all communication systems, and our planet will get out of its axis and leave its orbit… Shortly, you know what this means: the END OF THE WORLD! For us, only one single chance to escape: becoming friend of some extra-terrestrials based in their rear base at the Bugarach peak and get the hell out of here in their flying saucer! But be aware, they will take only the very best of us in their on board!

 

 Well, even if you are a Cartesian, totally hermetic to the ufology, it still sounds quite weird! If you happen to be a wine lover, you just might want to have a few glasses just before the big fright… That is what my old friend Jean Pla has been thinking. This colourful and dynamic wine trader from the wild and picturesque Fenouillèdes Valley, at the border between Languedoc and Roussillon, just launched a wine with the appropriate brand name: “Bugarach, if there is only one left, I shall be that one”.  Initially, it was just for fun.

As crazy as it may sound, it didn’t take long for the idea to appeal to a good number of inquiring minds and other mystics who made the pilgrimage to Bugarach! Within fifteen days, no less than 1,500 of the 3,000 available bottles were sold! “What can I say, people like the label,” jokes the wine-merchant once again, for he is well-aware of the quality of the beverage. “It’s a fine little Grenache from the Agly Valley that sells well in Japan. I decided to set aside a few bottles to sell under the name of Cuvée Bugarach…”

French wine région Languedoc-Roussillon

grappes 100% Grenache

appellation: Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

Aromas of black fruit, spices, chocolat, velvety tannins

www.jeanplaselection.com    Christian CALLEC on Maandag

CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK TO OFFER THE MAGNIFICENT CELLAR OF CHARLIE TROTTER’S

SPECIAL TWO-PART SALE OF OVER 1,000 BOTTLES FROM THE WINE CELLAR OF CHICAGO’S MOST LEGENDARY DINING DESTINATION

 LIVE SALEROOM AUCTION: November 16, 2012 at 2pm (356 lots)

COMPANION ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION: November 20 through December 4 (447 lots)

The closure of a revered Chicago fine-dining establishment puts top wines on the market.

 Christie’s New York is honored to announce it has been selected to sell the complete contents of the award-winning wine cellar at Charlie Trotter’s, the legendary Chicago restaurant. Over 4,000 individual bottles of wine will be offered for sale via two dedicated sales this month: a live saleroom auction on November 16 at 2pm, and a companion online-only sale that will open for bidding on November 20 and run through December 4.

Every major wine-making region in the world is represented in the sale — from the most coveted Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley wines, and fine champagnes, plus California and Australian cult wines, and Italian and Spanish rarities. The sales are expected to achieve a combined total in excess of $1,000,000.

 “Ever since Chef Charlie Trotter announced his retirement earlier this year after 25 years at the helm of his eponymous Chicago restaurant, legions of wine collectors around the world have been hoping they might have this opportunity to acquire something for themselves from this magnificent cellar. The relationship that Chef forged between his kitchen and his wine cellar were truly revolutionary, creating a unique, harmonious dining experience that no one who dined there could soon forget,” noted Per Holmberg, Head of Wine at Christie’s New York.”

 

Added Chef Charlie Trotter, “My philosophy on food and wine has always been based on the notion that they should not just complement but inspire one another, taking the complete dining experience to even greater heights. The wines to be offered from my cellar have inspired a bounty of great dining experiences for me and for my guests over the years. I hope they will inspire their next owners in much the same way.”

 

THE WINES COLLECTION

From its earliest days in operation, fine and rare wines have been at the center of the Charlie Trotter experience. Before its closure in August, the restaurant operated four separate wine cellars on-site, for red wines, white wines, large-format bottles, and dessert wines. To walk each cellar was to take a virtual tour of the world through wine, from Old World to New, and with a wealth of rare treasures to discover along the way. 

About Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant  

Charlie Trotter’s is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the world. For nearly 25 years, the restaurant dedicated itself to excellence in the culinary arts. Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant is innovative and progressive in the world of food and wine and has been instrumental in establishing new standards for fine dining worldwide.

The restaurant is recognized by a variety of prestigious national and international institutions. Among those include its being a member of Traditions et Qualité. This Forbes Five Star award-winning restaurant has won 11 James Beard Foundation awards, including ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ (2000) and ‘Outstanding Chef’ (1999) and most recently Chef Trotter won ‘Humanitarian of The Year” (2012). Wine Spectator named the restaurant ‘The Best Restaurant in the World for Wine & Food’ (1998) and ‘America’s Best Restaurant’ (2000). Wine Enthusiast named it ‘America’s Best Wine Driven Restaurant’ (2006) and it has been voted one of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ by Restaurant Magazine since 2004.

Complete catalogue available online at www.christies.com or via Christie’s Mobile, iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Once again, the title of Best Sommelier of the Americas goes to a lady: Véronique Rivest

Véronique Rivest, sommelier of Restaurant Les Fougères, in Chelsea, Quebec, won the title  of 2012 “Best Sommelier of the Americas”. A lady from Canada !  Let’s remind that in 2009, in Buenos Aires, the title had also gone to a young Canadian lady-sommelier, Elyse Lambert. And in 2004, the winner was already Canada with Ghislain Caron.

Well done for the Canadian Sommellerie ! And also for talented ladies sommeliers whose number is really increasing all over the world.

Several ladies sommeliers had registered on the 23rd and 24th October in Bento Gonçalves, Brazil, within the beautiful frame of Hotel & Spa do Vinho, surrounded by vineyards. Véronique Rivest, Canada, Paz Levinson and Agustina de Alba, both from Argentina, Adriana Bidegain, Uruguay, Nancy Gonzalez from Venezuela…

Charming ladies, yes, but very professional and ready to fight against a bunch of male sommeliers ! Five ladies among the nineteen candidates come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, du Peru, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela.

After highly selective tests of semi-final and a final proposing live restaurant situations, Véronique won by beating the Brazilean Thiago Locatelli (2nd) and Ian Cauble (3rd) who represented the USA and was for the very first time participating in an international competition.

The scores of the semi-final revealed young talents still improving. Let’s particularly point out the performance of both Argentinean Paz Levinson and Agustina de Alba.

Let’s remind that this A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas, organized every three years, allows all the associations of sommeliers from the American continent send one or two candidates fight for the title. It is a good opportunity for them to compare and evaluate their knowledge and skills in front of an international panel of judges placed under the authority of the Technical Commission of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, its responsible, Serge Dubs, and the A.S.I. president Shinya Tasaki.

The laureates were awarded the traditional A.S.I. gold, silver and bronze medals and received very nice gifts from sponsors of the event.

Véronique hosts a show on radio Canada Québec where she talks about his favorite wines.

Véronique Rivest took the opportunity to use her voucher and stay a couple of days longer in Bento Gonçalves and benefit of the experience of the Spa Caudalie no later than this very week end

 

Bento Gonçalves Hotel&Spa  Do Vinho in Brazil

To attract travelers that value above all authenticity and quality is the main objective of the Hotel & Spa do Vinho Caudalie (Caudalie: Best French Spa Vinothérapie in Bordeaux). Located amidst a stunning landscape, with well defines seasons and rich cultural traditions, this magnificent hotel was built on a hill in the heart of Vale dos Vinhedos, on Serra Gaúcha, to gather what is best in hospitality, fine cuisine and mountain leisure.