The wine “made in USA”

The United States is the fourth largest wine producer in the world behind the French, Italian and Spanish. They are also fourth in terms of cultivated area, with 450 hectares, making it one of the largest wholesalers and consumers in the world …

Since the end of Prohibition, the United States has embarked on the cultivation of French varietals, which make their success by their good adaptability of the American climate. The latter is also similar to that found in Europe, Mediterranean and oceanic type.

That said, a specific American peculiarity could certainly surprise the European model! Wine production is not treated in the same way, from producer to processor. They are even two very distinct roles, since the cultivation of bunches of grapes is a trade and their transformation another, both linked by a contract.

The price of a bottle does not depend on “the house” but on a deal with the grape variety used annually. In fact, we are witnessing a relic of Prohibition: it is therefore a strict federal and state regulation put in place, symbolized by the “Three-tier System”, which governs the distribution of American wines.

All wine must therefore pass successively by an importer, a wholesaler and then a restaurant owner in order to be finally offered for consumption. This regulation has the effect of increasing up to 4 times the price of a bottle, since the latter is subcontracted by different services … Nevertheless, this system, true to the model of liberalism, succeeds in the United States . And worse than that: it would even surpass the preachers of wine, namely the French!

A discreet news item in France concerns the “Paris judgment” of 1976, which made French wine producers pale in competition with their American counterparts. They then saw their white and red wines at the top of the podium, during a blind tasting. Following this, wine prices flew to the United States and French producers have long shunned their comrades United States.

It is safe to say that if the French remain a quality reference, others also claim and seize a market now highly competitive with the “Old World”, namely France, Italy and the United States. Spain!

Outfits to clothe your procession

Whether you are the mother of the bride, the sister or the best friend, you will certainly find what will make you happy in mymarié , which offers beautiful event outfits in festive colors. You will also find beautiful little children’s dresses that can also be associated with the dress of the bride. During our visit to mymariée’s bridal shop show booth, it was Eva, her little girl, who introduced us to her favorite models. A cute graceful doll who probably inherited it from her mum.

Lolita Lempicka wedding dress for Ekyog

The year 2012 will clearly be spoiled by collaboration between ready-to-wear and major couture brands. After Delphine Manivet for La Redoute, it’s the turn of the designer Lolita Lempicka to collaborate with Ekyog, the first ecological clothing brand in France. The shooting of the wedding dress collection took place on a September afternoon, during Fashion Week in Paris. A deliciously whimsical painting, like the magical world of Lolita Lempicka. Star of the whole, a very delicate chaste wedding dress.

A responsible and eco-friendly wedding dress:

What attracts our attention to this collaboration is of course the ecological action of Ekyog designer Nathalie Lebas-Vautier, this collection, just like the other Ekyog clothes, as well as the bridal dresses were designed from natural and organic materials, origins of a reverential sector to the environment. Part of the income will be donated to the Terre d’Ekyog Club, which is leading humanitarian projects all over the world, such as the education of children and the protection of the Amazon forest. Support for the evolution of organic production, as well as the production of wells in Madagascar.

This beautiful wedding dress was put on sale March 20, 2012, priced at € 495. So interested?

The history of Stout beer

Most Americans regard Stout as thick, dark, and very strong beers. It is also a common misconception that these black beers are more potent, simply because of their appearance.

There are many variations of stout beer style. Some are dry and some are sweet, others are very hoppy and some stout are breaking records in terms of alcohol content for a beer. All have this common characteristic of a roasted flavor that distinguishes them from all other beer styles. Usually, this roasted character comes from the use of roasted barley, which is barley grain that has not been malted, but very kilned. The process imparts a unique character to the grain and creates flavors ranging from unsweetened chocolate to the bitter taste of coffee.

In the late 1700s, some English breweries produced a large amount of very black and very strong beer, which was exported abroad, especially in the Baltic region. This variation was called the  Imperial Russian Stout . Brewed at an extreme strength, around 8-11% alcohol, and packaged for months or even years before being eaten, these beers were very popular in the Russian imperial court.

The first stout was officially marketed in the 1730s. Early versions of this drink were from Ireland, popularized by the Guinness Company.

Stout beer is made up of many types of malt. Other variants can be used such as oatmeal, which gives a soft character and a creamy foam to the beer. Irish Stout are the most famous types of this beer. They have an international reputation thanks to their extreme quality.

However, since the early 2000s, it is Quebec that holds the title of the best producer of stout beers in the world. In fact, over the last 10 years, microbreweries in Quebec have been the most influential in the world of beer internationally. In the past, Quebec microbreweries were inspired by the techniques of Belgian and German brewers. Today is the opposite.

Quebec producers have developed their own beer styles and have even created their own yeast strains. Stout beers from Quebec even made such a difference when, in 2011, La Criminelle beer, from the microbreweries La voie malte, won the best stout of the year award. This 10% black beer has broken new ground with unique flavors and a fine use of malt and hops. Other Quebecers such as the Stout Impériale of the microbrewery La Barberie and the Vache Folle, the microbrasserie Charlevoix have also received numerous awards in international competitions. There is no doubt that in the coming years, Quebec will be recognized as the main resource in the world of quality beers, along with Belgium and Germany.