8 min read As a professional and well-known wine journalist, Jørgen Aldrich has been invited to many wine regions. He has returned several times to Italy, France, Germany, and other countries, not just in Europe. Jørgen – My daily work changed in 1979 when I became a foreign editor and my main responsibility was to build a team of freelance correspondents, which also included travelling abroad and writing editorials. That, of course, gave me an opportunity to broaden the perspective of my wine column. For instance, I was invited to Israel for a press tour for foreign editors,...
The first morning in Piedmont started in a tourist-mode, with a short visit to Monforte d’Alba, where together with Danish journalist and editor Jørgen Aldrich, we were enjoying a late spring morning waiting for the other wine-writers to arrive. After several months of isolation and limited travelling opportunities being able to enjoy this coffee at leisure al fresco in a small Italian town felt like a return to the old reality. Close your eyes and you could hear the melodic sound of the chatty Italians sitting next to us, smell the unmistakable aroma of espresso and enjoy the flavour of...
Paweł Białęcki (translation Anna Kruszczyńska)
Louis Roederer, one of the most well-known and prestigious champagne producers in the world has decided to release still wine this year – and not just one still wine, but two. One white and one red. ‘Hommage à Camille’, as this series of wines is called, includes a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir and is in honour of Camille Olry-Roederer, the great-grand mother of Frédérica Rouzaud, the present owner of the Louis Roederer Champagne House. The wines were made from grapes that come from Grand Cru vineyards: The Pinot Noir grapes are harvested in Charmont lieu-dit in...
This year, the International Champagne Day is on the 23rd of October. For those who love Champagne and for the beginners, please enjoy few facts and funny information about this wine. Champagne is both a region (in France) and a wine name and only sparkling wine produced in Champagne region can be called Champagne. First vine bushes were planted in today-called-Champagne region by Romans in 57BC. First wines made in this region were still (not bubbly) and red, hence often compared with Burgundy wines and the rivalry between the Champagne area and Burgundy lasted for around 130...
"I enjoy a new challenge" - Maciej Łyko talks about how sommeliers prepare for their professional exams and why he decided to leave London and come back to Poland
The story of Maciej Łyko, one of the top Polish sommeliers and the winner of the 2019 Best Polish Sommelier competition, is a perfect example of how a lucky coincidence, hard work and persistence can totally change a professional career. While studying pedagogy in Poznan, Maciej felt like he wanted something more and began to look for some work. He came across a job offer at the Mielżyński Wine Spirit and Specialties wine bar and wine store in Poznan. The owner, Robert Mielżyński, took a chance on Maciej. Due to the fact that there was a lack of people with wine or sommelier experience on...
Wine industry (including events organizers) faces a "new reality" with several possible consequences
Two days ago I'd been listening to a very interesting discussion between few wine producers, a representative of the company making closers for wine bottles and a person representing an organisation promoting wine and wine regions of Argentina. The experts were discussing how the wine industry should approach and deal with the "new reality". We are facing an important change and although it has started years ago, all restrictions related to Covid-19 situation has speeded up the process of redefinition of certain values and consequently define new modus operandi. Many wine...