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natural wine

What is a natural wine?

Without any fuss, rules nor sulfite, natural wine is the wine of the moment. It appeals to all with its magical notes, elaborated solely with natural yeasts and its bacteria’s evolution. A purely natural creation, some of these wines have puzzled even the greatest amateurs and tasters. ...
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Rosé, this summer’s Rockstar

Rosé is definitely a big part of the wine revolution which has been retransforming the wine scene over the last few years. Erstwhile downgraded, it has now become a high-end wine nowadays. To what is due this evolution? It is now present everywhere: afternoons spent outside in the garde...
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The harvesting machine, a gain in time and money at the expense of quality?

Created in 1971, the harvesting machine is a tool which allows winegrowers to mechanically pick up grapes. Despite popular criticisms linked to the machine’s lack of delicacy and care when handling grapes and vineyards, it allows producers to save considerable amounts of both time and m...
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Covid 19’s impact on wine’s consumption, distribution and production

How are winegrowers adapting to the crisis and its consequences?   Sales headed downwards in many regions, including the Champagne-Ardenne region, which estimates its financial loss at nearly a third of its usual annual revenue. Poor working conditions, a scarce workforce and falling yi...
What is fortified wine?

What is fortified wine?

Wines come in all shapes and sizes. You know the difference between red, white and rosé; you may even know your grape varieties and appellations/regions well (and if you’ve been keeping up with our blog posts, you’ll be an expert!). But outside of the Chablis, the Bordeaux and the Champ...
Wines from all over the world

Discovering Wines from the New World

Today, the wine industry has crossed almost every border in the world. Although the three main world producers are located in Europe, wine is also produced in Chile, China and New Zealand.  There is also a difference between the wines from Old Europe and the wines from the New World. Th...
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Summer Wines: which wine to drink during the summer?

With summer around the corner, evening drinks are becoming more popular, and with these exceptional spring temperatures, everyone is dreaming of a warm and blissful summer. A prolonged quarantine period will not change a thing. Everyone will still be free to treat themselves to a drink ...
How Long Does Red Wine Last? And Other Questions

How Long Does Red Wine Last?

At Cuvée Privée, we are often asked how long our wines will last. Frequently, on purchasing one of our vine adoption subscriptions for themselves or for a loved one, a customer asks questions regarding the storage of their wine: What temperature is best? How long does white wine last? H...
What is the work of the Winemaker?

What is the work of the Winemaker?

As you sit there sipping your next well-earned glass of wine, be it a light-bodied Pinot Noir or a dry, minerally Chablis, take a moment to consider the work that has gone into making the refreshing nectar that so perfectly complements your summer evening. Take note of the fruity, flora...
What is a grape variety?

What is a grape variety?

Are you often lost when you have a to pick a wine at the supermarket? Grapes like Merlot, Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz are familiar to you but you don’t really know what they are? Even if they don’t always appear on the label, grape varieties are the basis of any wine.    So...