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- Monday, 10 October 2016 05:18 | Written by FERNANDO MUNOZ PACE
- Thursday, 29 September 2016 08:57 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
- Monday, 02 May 2016 07:38 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
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.
- Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:04 | Written by FERNANDO MUNOZ PACE
Pairings in Paradise: Selecting Wines, Infusing Cocktails and Satisfying Palates on Grand Bahama Island
- Wednesday, 08 April 2015 16:22 | Written by Rebecca Tibbitts
- Sunday, 08 March 2015 10:13 | Written by Sanghamitra Banik
- Friday, 06 March 2015 10:15 | Written by FERNANDO MUNOZ PACE
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.
- Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:44 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
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!
- Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:42 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
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.
- Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:35 | Written by Matthias Tesi Baur
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.