I can’t recall the last time I took so much pleasure tasting an array of wines from a single region as I did recently pairing bottles from the Rhone Valley in France with dinners at home.
French winemaker Caroline Frey, in chic white jacket over a sparkly T-shirt and slim velvet pants, hardly looks like a fighter.
Solvay SA, a Belgian chemicals maker, said a natural gas shortage has emerged in southern France as suppliers bypass the region in favor of faster growing markets in Asia.
At first it sounds like another story about an investment banker jettisoning his dull job to cash in on the excitement of wine.
Laboratory testing of 92 French wines from across the country found pesticide traces in every bottle, including those made from organically-grown grapes, consumer organization UFC-Que Choisir reported.
Like many young savvy sommeliers, 33-year-old Michael Madrigale of New York’s Bar Boulud, extols obscure wines from the Jura, swoons over Burgundy and indulges in Bordeaux bashing.
A growing number of vintners go beyond organic by leaving out coloring, enzymes and other additives in the cellar.
French workers reduced output at Electricite de France SA ’s nuclear reactors and Total SA refineries as part of a nationwide strike over a government plan to increase the retirement age.
Electricite de France SA ’s power grid expects record demand today and tomorrow amid a cold snap that has increased the country’s reliance on imports.