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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...
Do you know these forgotten grape varieties?

Do you know these forgotten grape varieties?

The choice of grape varieties shapes the wine-growing landscape as well as the range of wines on offer. Financial constraints and fashions have led to the abandonment of certain grape varieties in favour of "international" varieties. However, some are making a strong comeback, particula...
Les Frangins Pink Wine Bottle

Pretty in Pink: How is Rosé Wine Made?

  As Summer approaches in the United Kingdom, many people will start to turn pink. No, we’re not talking about the cliché of the British forgetting to put on sun cream, but rather the affinity they have for a cold glass of rosé wine on those rare occasions when the sun is out. However, ...
Frost, scourge of the vineyard

Frost, scourge of the vineyard

In March and April, the only thing on a winegrower’s mind is frost. There is good reason for this: it can destroy vines and depending on the year, it can have quite a serious effect. In 2017, frost has been particularly destructive in terms of yields. In the Champagne region, 20 to 25% ...
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The importance of the glass to enjoy wine tasting

Your year of adoption is coming to an end and you have just received your Cuvée Privée (six personalised bottles of the next vintage, labelled with your name!). You can’t wait to uncork these bottles and the timing is perfect, as you have some friends coming over tomorrow evening. It is...
What does ‘terroir’ mean for a wine ? 

What does ‘terroir’ mean for a wine ? 

  Definition of ‘terroir’   Terroir is a word that is hard to define and equally hard to understand. Originally, it came from the latin word ‘territorium’ meaning territory.  English, Germans, Spanish also use the French word because there are no true translations in their language. Ita...