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Potrtrait Casa Bianchi

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Casa Bianchi is one of Argentina’s most traditional wine cellars. Created by Valentin Bianchi in 1928; today it produces classic wines such as Don Valentine, which has maintained its prestigious position, since 1965.
The wine cellar is also focusing on young style wines. In 2010, as part of its renewal, the Leo line was launched. The name, of course, refers to Barsa’s football star, Leo Messi. The marketing effort supported the foundation managing this Argentine player. This wine has been very successful in Europe.
Another success was achieved with the 2012 harvest, which in 2014, was awarded the best red wine in the world by the Union of Winemakers of France. 

Portrait - Tony Asseily - Chateau Biac

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1. Tesi: Dear Tony, you are the owner of Chateau Biac in the south of Bordeaux. Can you tell me more about your daily business, the challenges to run the chateau and your wine?
Tony: life on a vineyard and running a vineyard are very different from those in the world of finance. The uncertainties of nature contrast with the certainties of figures but certain basic aspects are identical, such as managing people, cash flows and of course …complying with a highly regulated environment. However there is no set time to rest on a vineyard: nature does not wait for you to finish your siesta and you cannot slow down the production of bottles if your stocks build up


Portrait - Gaston Hochar - Chateau Musar


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1. Tesi: Dear Gaston, you are member of the Hochar family who runs Chateau Musar in the north of Beirut. Can you tell me more about your daily business, the challenges to run the chateau and your wine?

Gaston: Chateau Musar is a company started in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, my grandfather. My father Serge joined in 1959 and my uncle Ronald in 1962. The company was prospering and sold all of its wines on the local market until 1975 when the war broke out. The company turned to export and showed its wines for the first time at the Bristol wine fair in 1979, where it was named 'the find of the fair' by some journalists. Exports developed and in 1984, Decanter magazine named Serge Hochar as its first 'Man of the Year'. In 1990, we exported 95% of our production. Peace came back to Lebanon and we sell today 80% export and 20% on the local market. I was the first of the 3rd generation to join the company, followed by my cousin Ralph at the beginning of the 2000's and my brother Marc at the end of the 2000's.
Our business is producing wines and arack with a certain philosophy : let the wines be true to their origin and to Nature with the least intervention possible. You have to be inventive, close to Nature and understand it, develop the busisness in an unstable environment which makes it quite challenging, where every step forward is well thought of and studied to take into consideration all the consequences and the impacts it may have with every development the country might face, positive or negative.



Carlos Estecha
The 125th anniversary of the Franco Españolas wineries is a great opportunity to learn more about the wines of La Rioja (Spain). This winery, the building appears as soon as you crossed the Puente de Hierro, in Logroño, represents the history of modern rioja. It all started in 1890 when Frederik Anglade Saurat, from the Maison Anglade, Bordeaux, arrived in La Rioja. He were looking for land to plant vineyards that had been affected by filoxera, in France. Together with three partners, Anglade Saurat founded the winery. And hence the name. In 1920 the company became Spanish capital and in 1983 the family Eguizábal bought the firm (in 2009, Carlos and Rosa Eguizábal assumed leadership). With its wine Diamante, Franco Españolas is market leader in whites, but also sells very good Rioja Bordon (based on tempranillo). The wines from winery also reach 40 countries and are available at the Duty Free in a hundred airports. His winemaker, Carlos Estecha, discusses the relevance of the winery and its wines.

Pairings in Paradise: Selecting Wines, Infusing Cocktails and Satisfying Palates on Grand Bahama Island

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By Rebecca Tibbitts, Sommelier, Flying Fish

It was 2007 when I became a Sommelier: I wanted to deepen both my knowledge and enjoyment of fine dining, an industry in which I’ve worked much of my adult life.  I’ve always found it a joy to explore and experiment with different wine styles and pairings, using aromatic infusions and uniquely tropical flavours to delight (and often surprise) our guests at Flying Fish.
For a restaurant on a small island, catering to guests with global palates does come with some challenges. With balmy-to-hot temperatures all year - although great for a Nova Scotian like me – it does require extra care for our wines. Shipping and cellaring at the optimal temperatures is, of course, critical. And using wine cooling gadgets like frozen sleeves are especially important in the peak summer months, where crisp, clean white wines are usually the preference du jour.

Champagne Day

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23rd October 2014
Almost after 8 hours of late afternoon drive from Bordeaux to Troyes, we all four of us reached the valley of bubbles around 9:30 ish in the night, pretty excited to discover the town by night and the same time the architecture reminds of beautiful Alsace. After walking around for 30 minutes we settle for Italian dinner at Pizzeria Giusepino "Chez Pino" and simply chosen 4 fromage. I highly recommend this place if you looking for thin crust Italian pizza, book in advance else be prepare to wait minimum 20 to 30 minutes, the place is usually packed.
                                                                                                                                       24th October 2014
October 24 has been designated international Champagne Day, and use the hashtag #champagneday 5th Annual
Next Day our morning kicked with Bio Breakfast at La Maison De Rhodes 
The 15th century building, located around a medieval courtyard, was entirely dismantled, restored and then reconstructed. Situated in the historical centre of the town of Troyes.
Hotel Owner: Thierry CARCASSIN
Hotel closed: January 

Interview about the consumers of high end wines in Argentina

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In Argentina, if a wine cost $ 29 or more will be considered as alta gama (in English, something like "high end") a category that wineries marketing and journalists use every day. A recent survey (Radiografía del consumidor argentino de vinos de alta gama 2014) reveals the habits of those who spend about $ 40 per month wines. The survey was conducted by Consultora STG, directed by Dolores Lavaque de Velasco. He created this consultant, the first of Argentina dedicated exclusively to the food market and gourmet beverages, in 2001. Previously, he was in charge of Foreign Trade area of family wineries in San Rafael (Mendoza) and Cafayate (Salta). Then, between 2006 and 2007, he earned an MBA in Wines, by the Bourdeax Ecole de Management. In his office, located opposite the Obelisco, the heart of Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks about the survey.


Portrait Chateaux Rollan de By


1. Tesi: Dear Julie, you are the sales director of the wine estate Rollan de By. Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and what you daily job looks like?

Julie: I’m actually not the estate’s sales director. Even if I grew up with the company and have been involved quite a few times I’ve only been working for the company a little while. I’m sales for northern Europe and providing for the B2B market in France.

Working for the family business has been incredible. It’s a lot of work getting clients we want to build close relationship with abroad but I get to travel a lot and meet wonderful and passionate people from all around the world. The wine business isn’t like any other businesses: everybody loves wine, a good wine. You are selling a product that most of people appreciate and thus, you are always well received, usually with a smile. It’s a beautiful world!

Julie Guyon


Portrait Wine Shop Berry Bros & Rudd - Francis Huicq

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1. Tesi: Dear Francis, you are the shop manager of Berry Bros & Rudd, the oldest wine shop in London. Can you please tell me more about you and about the shop?

Francis: Let me start by telling you a little about the history of Berry Bros & Rudd. It all began in 1698 when the Widow Bourne opened the shop, trading coffee and tobacco, both luxury products at that time. At that time, following the great fire of London in 1666, London was dominated by massive construction work and substantial change.


Interview Alexis Meszoly / D&D Group - London

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1. Tesi: Alexis, you are the wine manager for a range of restaurants with the D&D group, who own many iconic restaurants in London. Can you tell me about the concept, the idea, and background of the restaurants?

Alexis:  I need to give different answers to this question for the different restaurants I look after! The “Wine Shop” is the only wine bar that offers guests the opportunity to sit in a wine library. The concept is actually a mix between a shop and a bar. We have 30 different wines by the glass, and beyond that, the guest is sitting directly in front of the bottles we offer. Our concept encourages our guests to discuss the different wine, which make me happy.

The “Fish Market” restaurant is a typical Shoreditch style restaurant. The chairs come from an old school, and it is all about fish dishes in that restaurant. We mainly offer white wine from all around the world, but we try to focus specifically on English white wine. They are a great match with fish, and it gives people the opportunity to discover more English wine.

Our “New Street Grill” restaurant is a fine dining restaurant that offers excellent American, Wagyu, or West Country beef. It is a typical place for business dinners or people from the city to meet friends. We have more than 400 wines with a big focus on American (Californian and others) and Bordeaux regions. One great wine I always recommend is Terre Rouge in the Sierra Foothills or other wines from sub-regions south of San Francisco. These wines offer a great value in a price range of £25 to £55.