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Rambo serving vodka
18 août 2008
The American actor Sylvester Stallone has signed a one-year contract with the Russian vodka Synergy, to promote its product in commercials.

2008 wine harvest in France
18 août 2008
The French wine harvest is expected to be 10% lower than the average of the last five years, according to the latest forecasts from the ministry of Agriculture. It has been affected by rain, hail, mildew etc and is estimated at about 46 million hectoliters. In the Charente, the yield is estimated at 6.5 million hectoliters (+5% compared to 2007) but vineyards destined for the production of cognac should produce 21% less than in recent years.

Courvoisier and Napoleon
18 août 2008
The Courvoisier cognac house, based in Jarnac, is organizing its visiting circuit around the image of Napoleon, inseparable from the brand.

Discover cognac according to Camus
13 août 2008
The Camus cognac house has a guided visit to discover the eau-de-vie which includes a history of the “great brand”. Camus, the 5th largest brand, produces about 450,000 cases each year (4 million bottles, 98% in exports).

Marie Brizard for sale ?
12 août 2008
The Bordeaux-based spirits group Marie-Brizard, which owns Gautier cognac at Aigre, may be sold by Belvédère. It is seeking to concentrate on vodka and clear its debts.

Pineau at the Antilles
7 août 2008
Olivier Rey, a sommelier, is presenting Pineau des Charentes during the summer season at the Antilles aquatic complex in Jonzac.

La Maison des Maines aiming high
7 août 2008
The Maison des Maines, the specialist in vins de pays from the Charente, has hired a new sales director : Christophe Largeau. The objective : reach sales of 1 million bottles in five years.

Winegrowers calling for aid
31 juillet 2008
Yesterday, French winegrowers asked the government for 5.4 million euros in aid (instead of the 1.7 million scheduled for 2009) to promote their wine in the European market. Consumption in France has collapsed in recent years (except for rosé), the viticulture protection plan aims at developing European outlets.

46 million hectoliters of wine in South-west
31 juillet 2008
In the great south-west region (Aquitaine + Charentes + Gers), the potential wine harvest in 2008 should be equivalent to the 2007 harvest : roughly 46 million hectoliters, according to Vinifhlor. Of the 46 million hectoliters, 22 million should be classified as VQPRD wines of quality produced in determined regions), 17 million as table wines and 5.6 as wines suitable for the production of cognac and armagnac.

Summit cocktail has its own website
31 juillet 2008
The cognac-based cocktail “Summit” now has its own website, www.cognacsummit.com, with a video clip, recipes...

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