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Meltdown to Countdown

WELCOME TO EDITION 791 of GRAPEVINE “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln Wishing you A Very Good Week Ahead.    

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Wine & Whisky Align 

WELCOME TO EDITION 790 of GRAPEVINE Americans who love French wine, Italian cheese and Single-Malt Scotch Whisky will be voting for Joe Biden While no polls have been taken, it is safe to assume that la France is rooting for Joseph Robinette Biden to become the 49th President of the USA. Not because on his paternal side he …

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Beaujolais Nouveau Will Be Exceptional

WELCOME TO EDITION 789 of GRAPEVINE Beaujolais harvested its Gamay grapes under a blazing sun starting 18 August 2020 All the reports coming in since July have pointed to an early harvest in France and most of the rest of Europe. In some regions, it is one of the most precocious on record …

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France24

WELCOME TO EDITION 788 of GRAPEVINE Paul Bocuse (11 February 1926 -20 January 2018) France24, the English version, is a news station I listen to and watch daily. Apart from politics, there is very good coverage of culture, cuisine and woman’s issues. I have just come across a video which I think you …

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Conflict of Interest

WELCOME TO EDITION 787 of GRAPEVINE A wine writer should not sell wine. Just as someone who writes about the stockmarket should not be selling – or buying – shares. There is a conflict of interest. Last Saturday 26 September 2020, I started selling wine for the first time. I launched a new …

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Targetting China at US$1,000

WELCOME TO EDITION 786 of GRAPEVINE French wine sales to China declined 15% because of Covid. Now that restaurants and bars have reopened in the world’s most populous country, recovery may be in sight. Sales to the USA, however, remain a problem because of the 25% punitive tax imposed on French wine courtesy …

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Restrictions Remain

WELCOME TO EDITION 785 of GRAPEVINE No new lifting of present restrictions was announced last Wednesday 2 September 2020 when Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong spoke to the country live from the Singapore Parliament. Instead, while admitting to some “missteps”, it was mostly a self-congratulatory exercise on his government’s response to Covid. Singaporeans …

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Pandemic Update! Phase III Tomorrow?

WELCOME TO EDITION 784 of GRAPEVINE Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong chose a pink shirt and red tie to announce lockdown of the country in a live television address on Friday 3 April 2020. Singaporeans are awaiting – anxiously, impatiently – for their government to announce Phase III. The hope is for tomorrow: Tuesday …

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IT’S TIME

WELCOME TO EDITION 783 of GRAPEVINE “No army can stop an idea whose time has come”. Victor Hugo  Wishing you A Very Good Week Ahead.    

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“Wood Juice”

WELCOME TO EDITION 782 of GRAPEVINE The vineyard – in Anjou in the Loire – is biodynamic. The blend is about 2/3 cabernet franc and 1/3 cabernet sauvignon. The age of the vines – at the time of the 2012 vintage which I had last night – was 42 to 52 and about …

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