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Donald Tusk vows to protect French wine export

Addressing G7 Summit in Biarritz, France, the president of the European Union Council Donald Tusk called for “Putting a stop to trade wars. Trade deals and the reform of WTO are better than trade wars.Trade wars will lead to recession, while trade deals will boost the economy, not to mention the fact that trade wars among G7 members will lead to eroding the already weakened trust among us.”

The European Union will “respond in kind” if the U.S. imposes tariffs on France over digital tax plan, Donald Tusk added.

Before leaving for the Summit the American President Donald Trump warned about possible tariffs imposition on French wines in retaliation of the decision of National Assembly to tax US digital companies (GAFA) 3%, operating in France. At present this tax could generate an amount up to €500 million a year and more for the French state purse.

Italy champion of wine exports

Italy wine exports were worth 6.2 billion, keeping Italy second only to France in the ranking of world producers, said the report of the institute of Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (ISMEA).

The value of Italian wine exports is up 3.3% in 2018 and has increased by 70% over the last decade.

Italy produced 55 million hectolitres of wine in 2018, an increase of 29% with respect to the previous year. In a report ISMEA said that 20 million hectolitres of that wine was sold abroad.

Germany stays in the lead in volumes of imports of Italian wines, followed by USA, UK, France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Russia and Sweden. However is value is considered, the Americans trend to buy the most expensive wines, followed by Germans and Britons. The Japanese are also partial of Italian wines, entering the list of 10 top importers in both volumes and value category.

Region of Puglia  delivers around 17% of the Italy’s total wine production,  producing more wine than any other region in Italy.

 

 

Ruinart Rosé champagne perfection

Just imagine 250 years ago, when a champagne with an unparalleled taste and colour was tasted for the very first time: the Œil de perdrix champagne , now known as Ruinart Rosé champagne.
Just imagine what those refined diners experienced when they discovered this champagne with its extraordinary colour. Flamboyant pink. How could a grand champagne house be so bold?

Ruinart Rosé was first brought to market in 1764. It was an instant success, not only in France, but beyond its borders as well. It grew quickly in popularity throughout Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, then across Europe and in other continents.

It’s no accident that Maison Ruinart was founded in the Age of Enlightenment. It was a time when sophistication and philosophical thought took on huge importance, as well as the constant search for beauty, goodness and greater understanding.

Maison Ruinart was created in 1729, and its champagne was an integral part of the distinguished Enlightenment period. Elegance and finesse. Freshness and lightness.
The Chardonnay grape has shaped the signature of the Maison Ruinart. This delicate and demanding variety expresses itself through each of the Maison’s cuvées.

Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims make up 45% of the Ruinart Rosé blend.
This variety is so delicate and fragile that it takes specific know-how and a slow ripening process before it can reveal its delicacy and intensity.
Only the perfect mastery of this process allows the grapes to express the freshness of its citrus, floral, grapefruit, mint and rose aromas.
There is no room for error when revealing the characteristic delicacy and luminosity of this variety.
Unswerving dedication is required to achieve the unique character and aromatic freshness of Ruinart Rosé that is an integral part of Maison Ruinart.

Ruinart Rosé is composed of 55% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne, and 16% to 18% of that variety is made into red wine.
Powerful Pinot Noir brings body and roundness to the inimitable blend that creates this champagne. Close your eyes. Breathe in the aromas. And find freshly picked red berries: cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry.
Nose the wine again and enjoy the exotic notes of rose, pomegranate, lychee and guava.
And in the wake of these red berries and tropical fruit come the spicy notes of tonka bean and nutmeg.

Effervescence and intensity. Success and voluptuousness. Fruity notes that exude exoticism and singularity. Freshness and delicacy. Ruinart Rosé strikes an elegant balance, with its visual, aromatic, and flavoursome complexity.

And the balance of this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend brings Ruinart Rosé champagne into perfect equilibrium.

His Majesty ‘Sobroso’

Majestic in its spacious grandeur Herdade do Sobroso stikes with its royal style, and natural splendor, offering an entire palette of inspirations: from exiting safari in the wild to relaxing afternoons at Estate with panoramic belle vue next to a swimming pool;  from classic Alentejo cuisine to tastings of modern and sophisticated wines from  its immense property. Reflecting the soul of Alentejo region, Sobroso is a must for a traveller, looking  for a genuine encounter with Portugal’ boundless universe.

Herdade do Sobroso

Herdade do Sobroso, Alentejo, Portugal, February 2018

A traveller finds a warm welcome in the hotel and the restaurant of the Estate, with skilled staff, making you feel like a royalty in spacious interiors, which got second life two decades ago with new ownership. In 2001 the property was acquired by an architect Antonio Ginestal Machado, who realised his ambition to transform the abandoned lands into a modern project assembling different faces of Alentejo :  wilderness and culture – cork-oak forest and vineyards, receiving guests in the Estate to share the fascination with the beauty of the place, and excellence of its wine and food, giving birth to Sobroso legend.

Hotel Herdade do Sobroso, Alentejo, Portugal

Herdade do Sobroso, Alentejo, Portugal, February 2018

As stylish as Estate, Sobroso wines represent refined taste of a young generation of producers. Inspired by Alentejo, they pay a greatest attention to creation of a special  compositions, unique in its relation to the region, terroir,  and charm of the Estate itself.

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The creativity in reflection of Alentejo unique beauty met utmost warm welcome among the wine experts – in spite of being a newcomer at competitive European wine market, Herdade do Sobroso received high esteem of the professionals awarded with medals of excellence. Aged for 18 month in French oak barrels,  Sobroso Reserva 2014 enchants with hints of wild berries, dark plum, and vanilla,  pleasing the eye with deep dark hue, and taste with long-lasting elegant finish.

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“Our wines are best match for classic Portuguese food, especially Alentejo cuisine”, – says oenologist Filipe Teixeira Pinto, explaining a concept of his compositions. A new generation of wine creators, he trotted the globe, before settling in the Estate in 2002, and since then devoting his skills and talent to Sobroso.  Following his advice the distinct flavour of  Bacalhau  from Senhora Josefa’s cuisine accompanied by white Herdade do Sobroso Cellar Selection 2016 makes an excellent lunch or dinner choice. With clear citrus colour, and aroma reminiscent of florals and tropical fruit, it impresses with freshness and intensity,  spelling out the Sobroso terroir.

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Herdade do Sobroso cuisine: classic Bacalhau accompanied by wines from Estate. 18 February 2018.

Panoramic views from Estate captures imagination by its infinity, and celestial blue light – there are hardly any rains in Alentejo,  making it an ideal destination for a journey any season. Located in the district of VidigueiraHerdade do Sobroso is bordered by the Mendro mountain range to the north, Guadiana River to the east, and to the south by vast plain stretching beyond the horizon (Pictured).

Herdade do Sobroso belle vue

Herdade do Sobroso belle vue,  Alentejo, Portugal, 18 February 2018

Tasting with the creator – oenologist Filipe Teixeira Pinto – in winery of Herdade do Sobroso adds a personal touch to the encounter with the Estate. Every wine label is a new chapter in a narrative of Sobroso: awaited by connoisseurs, and appreciated by public, searching for new experiences, and sophistication, representing Portuguese state of the art.

 

 

 

 

Malhadinha Nova enchanting universe

There is no need to trot the globe to find an exquisite experience of nature, luxury, adventure and sophistication, meeting sunrise in a safari lodge next to turquoise shades of water. In the heart of Alentejo region just a couple of hours of driving from Lisbon or Algarve,  Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa offers its charming universe and the savoir faire.

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Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal: sunrise, 10 February 2018

Malhadinha Nova will surprise you with a mixture of wildness, and comfort, romanticism and roughness in an eclectic style competing with the best lodges of African Sahel,  but without the dangerous of the latter. In the Estate the traveller will enjoy modern design interiors with exotic touch, and delicious fresh food and wine, making any meals of a day a magic ritual, full of sensations.

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Malhadinha Nova estate, Alentejo, Portugal: breakfast, 10 February 2018

The Estate offers you the various ways to spend your day: from leisurely reading a book in a cosy rattan armchair next to the swimming pool, to horse riding, or a safari adventure, discovering landscapes around the farm in Alentejo savannah-like countryside.

Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal

Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal: Safari to cork-oak forest, 10 February 2018

The Alentejo scenery, competing in allure with the finest views of African Sahel is majestic. With its vast spaces, sometimes animated by a population of black Iberian pigs, passing for wild warthogs from afar. The ancient inhabitants of the Peninsula, they trace their roots to the Neolithic times, and today add the vivid authentic touch to stillness of Alentejo savannah-like topography.

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Image: Alentejo landscape, Portugal. Black Iberian pig. 10 February 2018

The picturesque corners of Malhadinha Nova vast area, especially a still surface of the pond, make you think about wild natural reserve, but with the advantage of the contemplation of the dark waters without fear of a crocodile attack:) Those who enjoy fishing should definitely make a pause there attempting to get their big catch of a bass or two.

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Image: Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal. Pond. 10 February 2018

The vast areas of Malhadinha Nova, including abandoned arable land, received the second life with the new owners of the Estate, who have been investing their talent and passion for two decades into the transformation, which made the stunning metamorphosis possible. The vineyards, stretching to the horizon, constitute of carefully selected sorts of grapes, in the first ranks  Touriga Nacional, Aragonês, Alicante Bouschet, forming the Terroir of Malhadinha Nova in a distinctive way. The wine-tasting, wine lessons, and simply guided tours in the Cave imprint your stay, making one feel closer to the soul of Alentejo terracotta lands.

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Image: Malhadinha Nova Estate Winery, guided tour in Cave. 10 February 2018

 Touriga Nacional da Peceguina 2015  enjoys special attention for presenting the essence of Alentejo wine grape, its dynamic power and energy, with dark fruit sensations engaging with floral elegance of blackberries and blueberries shades. A complexity unfolds in layers with slight floral hint of violet, and tones of dark chocolate along with the spices and a slight toast of a barrel. However the charm of wines goes beyond the taste and quality due to a personal imprint of the family, baptizing each creation with a name of their own child, and with his drawing on the etiquette instead of a traditional Estate image.

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Touriga Nacional da Peceguina 2015 Red Wine, Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal

The restaurant is waiting for visitors, ascending from the Cave, welcoming with the composition of wines and food, rooted in local traditions of Alentejo, but modernized and fashioned to contemporary taste. It offers an excellent opportunity to have a dinner with the gems in whites as harmonious and emblematic as Malhadinha Nova 2016,  touched by light aromas of fresh fruit; or intense  Monte da Peceguina 2016 reminiscent of tropical fruit, and an ideal match to the image of the Estate.

Image: Malhadinha Nova Estate, restaurant. 10 February 2018

Image: Malhadinha Nova Estate Winery, restaurant. 10 February 2018

In Portugal the recipes of cooking cod are impossible to count, being a great classic of a menu they never sieze to amaze, however Malhadinha Nova chefs offer more than an excellence of taste, but an esthetic performance, the interaction between looks, sensations and smells. The excellence is not a coincidence,  but a fruit of a synergy of a consulting Michelin Star chef Joachim Koerper, the resident chef Bruno Antunes, and a the rigorous guardian of Alejento traditions chef Vitalina Santos. Originating from the most ‘most French‘ city of Germany’–  the Baroque Saarbrucken Joachim Koerper brings the international dimension to rich and colorful tradition of Alentejo cuisine.

Malhadinha Nova Estate restaurant

Image: Malhadinha Nova restaurant: Codfish with organic vegetables from Estate greenhouses. 9 February 2018

Malhadinha Nova Estate terrace is a magnet, but also an ideal place to take a break, reflecting upon the potential next steps: Horse riding? A photography lesson? Or an hour of Spa with wine massage?..

Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal

Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal. Terrace, 10 February 2018

The terrace of the mason is a lovely place to spent any moment, but especially in the late afternoon. After the impressions of a long and charged with sensations day, when with a cup of a black coffee from ivory porcelain a traveller can have a look at gallery of images in the camera, posting some to share with friends before heading to the bar to continue the tasting of wines. And exchanging impressions with the guests before moving back to the restaurant for fine dining, anticipating the fantasy of the chefs…

Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal

Image: Malhadinha Nova Estate, Alentejo, Portugal. A cup of coffee at terrace. 10 February 2018