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Hello and welcome to Larry’s Choice, the platform giving you a regular roundup of what’s happening in the world of drinks.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi, CEO of Les Anciens Établissements Fratacci — B.B. Modi in Djibouti, offers you a “best-of” selection of drinks news every month.

Bihari “Larry” B. Modi

The great question of oenological sociology... The answer is already known: no, no, and no again. An individual who thought it was a good idea to keep the bottles of wine given to him by a friend over many years had a yen, probably in a fit of boredom, to open one... one that had aged at least 20...
US taxes, public health emergency, strict lockdowns on shops and restaurants, along with other anxiety-inducing tendencies, have left the French wine-producing sector high and dry, with a choice between “waiting for the end of the world at the bottom of a vat” or “mass suicide around a barrel of a good vintage”. But that’s without taking into account the English...
While it has contributed to well-being, bone growth, and good cerebral development in assorted myriads and myriads of happy babies over millennia, milk has now been scorned by a good number of consumers for several years. The causes are multiple and sometimes entirely unjustified, but it is certain that the agri-food industry, in its absolutist quest for productivity above...
There are those who pull the cork from the bottle and pour... and those who pull the cork and pour, but who pull that cork with Aveine’s high-tech aerator. Out of laziness, the desire to drink “straight away”, or even out of ignorance, many wine lovers, and even wine professionals, neglect to let a “good bottle” breathe... Thanks to a...
We know the old Bible tale of King David sipping from his goblet and playing his twelve-string lyre, or that of Abu Nuwas, the Arabian bard of good food and good wine, lauding the virtues of a fine vintage to the sound of a susurrant chant, or again the great chivalrous tradition where magnificent bacchanalian gatherings needs must be...

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