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A cachaça in cognac country
22 juin 2007
Gilles Merlet, a distiller from Saint-Sauvant (Charente-Maritime), has just seen his cachaça (an alcohol made from cane sugar) voted the best cachaça in the world for 2007 during the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Modef against reform of AOC cognac
21 juin 2007
The committee for the defense of winegrowing in the Charente (affiliated to the Modef) is to file an opposition dossier with the European authorities against the project to reform the cognac AOC (term of controlled origin)

Green tea and cognac
21 juin 2007
André Petit from the Charente is launching "So-Yang", a green tea with cognac which is drunk chilled as an aperitif, aimed particularly at the Asian feminine market.

Bénard to work on AOCs
15 juin 2007
Yves Bénard (LVMH) is the new president of the Inao wines committee and as such will have to handle the reform of the AOC (term of controlled origin) of French wines.

Grey Goose leads the way for French vodka
15 juin 2007
In terms of volume France now exports more vodka than cognac to the United States : 41.2% of exports for vodka compared to 38.4% for cognac (in value, cognac remains ahead with 53.7% of the total compared to 29.5% for vodka). In 2006 exports of French vodka to the US virtually doubled in value, reaching almost 300 million dollars. This success is largely due to Grey Goose vodka which has been distilled in Cognac since 1997.

ISO 22000 for Hennessy
15 juin 2007
On 5 March the Hennessy cognac received ISO 22000 certification (food safety management). Wine growers who supply the company are also concerned in the process.

Cognac : 2005-2006 wine campaign
15 juin 2007
The production of cognac in the 2005-2006 campaign came to 587,160 hl of pure alcohol. A total of 475,871 hl of pure alcohol was shipped in 2006, including 405,715 hl abroad and 19,300 hl for the French market.

Vineyard conservatory
13 juin 2007
The Charente vineyard conservatory is launching the construction of a new experimentation laboratory at Cherves-Richemont (300,000 euros, operational in early 2008)

Wine growers looking for personnel
13 juin 2007
Winegrowers in the cognac area (5,801 vineyards) are hiring. So much so that the students at the Iréo education institute are almost certain to find work when they finish their studies.

Cognac on sale for a good cause
12 juin 2007
The cognac interprofessional group is organizing a charity auction on 12 July when 22 prestigious bottles will go under the hammer in aid of the work of the Fondation de France.

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