Swiss wine visit

From the Alps to Lake Biel By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  15 September 2018 Greetings dear readers – and sorry for a long absence. Looking for a new apartment here in Strasbourg, and my work for the Council of Europe, which will be taking me to Vienna, Austria ; Odessa, Ukraine and Athens, Greece in […]

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An elitist wine snob should know where to draw the line

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 1 September 2018 Greetings readers, writing to you from lovely Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Germany, where the harvest has begun earlier than usual given the hot summer. I am here for yet another series of tastings of Mundus Vini, one of the most important wine competitions in the world. […]

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Croatian (wine) Journal, Part II

White wine pleasure in Dubrovnik  20 August 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com After spending a few days at the charming waterfront harbor resort of Cavtat – see Part I –  I took a picturesque boat journey to Dubrovnik, which is the focus of this second part of my Croatia summer blog wine chronicle. As […]

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Wine serendipity in Switzerland

Great wines, great friends By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com 17 August 2018 While pouring a glass of the Heida Visperterminen, Michel Falck, owner and director of the fine wine shop Au Millésime in Strasbourg, France, says that Swiss wines count among “Les meilleurs du monde“. Now, Heida Visperterminen may sound like some Swiss medicine, but […]

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Croatia (wine) Journal, Part I

Wine under the Cavtat sun 13 August 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com Cavtat sunsets bring out your inner Monet: you feel compelled to take variations of the similar sun setting theme on your smart phone. Cavtat – pronounced “tsavtat” – is perfect for a summer break. Clean, friendly and not too bon marché, with prices […]

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Champagne: harvest news

Confident in its export markets, Champagne growers and houses agree to set the available yield at 10,800 kg/ha. Report from Comité Champagne  25 July 2018 Expecting stable sales in 2018 and a slight growth over the next few years (especially in the export markets, which now account for more than 50% of the total shipments), Champagne […]

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Bordeaux 2017 futures campaign: “underwhelming” and “spoiled”

With the permission of Liv-Ex 8 July 2018 Dear readers, I am enjoying some fresh summer mountain air in the Swiss Alps as I post this text, coming from the informed people at Liv-Ex. But before you read their rather dour assessment of the #Bdx17 futures campaign, just a few words I have heard from […]

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Alsace: Put dryness levels on the front label

And the grape names, too By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 30 June 2018 This may seem a bit like a rant, but I have been living the better part of the last 20 years in Alsace. And I like Alsatian wine very much. The theme of this post? Info! And with Alsace, customers want (more […]

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Through the years with Château Figeac

Going back to 1949, but looking forward to new cellars By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  17 June 2018 Some of the best wine experiences I can recall involve older vintages of Château Figeac. Take for example a dinner in Saint Emilion that did not happen: hail destroyed table settings just as participants were enjoying magnums of […]

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Divine Alsace

Competitive wine prices and friendly faces By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2018 It was an enjoyable wine evening earlier this month, Sunday 10 June, at Domaine Josmeyer in Wintzenheim. Lady winemakers who form the group DiVINes d’Alsace poured their wines. Alsace is so rich in soil types and terroirs that the sheer number […]

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