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The World’s Biggest Wine Fair

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“Wine Paris” is the brand new trade fair for the wine market, and will be opening soon in Paris (around mid-February this year). It is being touted as the top international meeting of wine...

Death of the World’s Best Sommelier

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A simple, self-effacing man, touching in his kind-heartedness, and yet a world authority in oenology, died on 16 January this year. There has been a deluge of tribut. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/545049/tributes-flood-in-for-gerard-basset-following-death-aged-61 https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/01/tributes-paid-to-the-inimitable-gerard-basset-mw-ms-obe/ https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/gerard-basset-dies-wine-legend-407655/

A Brief History of Prohibitions: Introduction

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From the time civilized human beings first walked this planet, the misdemeanours they have committed due to overindulgence in alcohol are numerous and, as the butterfly effect demands, such misdemeanours are sometimes just the...

Real Juice Body Purging?

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Are “detox” diets good for your health? Probably not! NBC news, armed with “nutritional” and scientific facts, says the benefits of such diets, so popular with purists, are nothing but a myth. https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/health-matters-detox-diet-good-or-bad-your-health-ncna891166

Enter Night: Metal Brew

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The brewer’s craft, a sacred art that was the preserve of women in ancient Mesopotamia, and later became a particularly “monastic” speciality, has been spreading widely, over the last few centuries, through the most...

Best Whishes for 2019

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At les anciens établissements Fratacci B.B. Modi, it is our pleasure to wish you all the very best for this New Year, 2019. A new year that we hope will be full of good...

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity – Part 3

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Tea or Coffee? Among the oldest civilizations of the vast African continent, there is one to which we owe one of the most consumed drinks in the world. As this is a very short popular...

A Good Bottle, but not for Everyone

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If we must prepare for scarcity (and high prices) we may as well do so via the digital content of My Vitibox, at the risk of making you want to drink water (or rob...

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity: Part 2

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All Wines Lead to Rome Although the prestigious Roman civilization was not where wine originated and it did not even play a major part in the initial spread of wine throughout Gaul, then the supposed...

A Popular History of the Drinks of Antiquity: part 1

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The Mother of All Drinks. Mesopotamia, mother of all civilizations, created the first form of writing, the first wheel, the first library, the first epic poem, the first flood, the first penal code, the first...

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