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Tuesday, 14 January 2014
French Wine Awards Honor American Invention!
The wine needle system created by Californian Greg Lambrecht
France's men and women of the year, producer of the year and greatest innovation named at annual awards.
The American-made device that lets you
drink wine without opening the bottle has been named the Innovation of
the Year at the annual awards of France’s leading wine publication La
Revue du Vin de France (LRVF).
invented by Californian Greg Lambrecht, allows you to pierce the cork
(and foil) with a needle and extract wine. A Teflon-coated needle draws
out wine without exposing the wine to oxygen while simultaneously
injecting the inert gas argon into the bottle to protect the wine from
any potential oxidation. When the needle is removed, it is claimed that
the cork reseals itself, allowing the remaining wine to stay in pristine
condition. It has already been called “transformational” and a “killer
device” by Robert Parker.
In other categories, Vosne-Romanée domaine
Yves and Jean-Pierre Confuron has been named wine producer of the year.
“They embody Burgundy,” said the magazine. “With an incomparable nose,
complex aromas of flowers, spices, and a unique depth of vibrant fruit,
the wines made by this duo are among some of the most exciting in
Burgundy,” it added.
The “discovery of the year” award goes to Domaine des Pothiers. Run
by Romain Paire, the estate has "reinvented the wines of the Côte-Roannaise, including gamay and pinot gris,” explained LRVF.
Last year's men of the year were familiar faces: Hubert de
Boüard of Angélus and Pavie’s Gérard Perse. The pair shared the award
following their promotion to St-Émilion's premier league. This year, the
winners are less familiar figures: 33-year-old Audrey Bourolleau
and 47-year-old Joel Forgeau are pro-wine lobbyists for Vin et Société.
The association promotes moderate consumption of wine in France and has
“given the defense of the wine industry a facelift, which has
languished until now,” said the editor of LRVF, Denis Saverot.
“After 10 years of anti-wine campaigns, orchestrated by medical
groups, the resurgence of Vin et Société is a boon for those who love
life’s pleasures,” he noted. “They are now making up for lost time.” The
association is currently fighting a mooted ban on wine advertising on
the internet and battling proposals for stricter health warnings on
bottles and promotional material.