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Crowdfunding: wine joins the party!

20.11.2014 | Bar-room debates

Crowdfunding: wine joins the party!

You may have heard of Ulule, KissKissBankBank, Kickstarter or MyMajorCompany– but do you know Fundovino, the first crowdfunding website devoted to wine? Launched in August 2014, it has already enabled several projects to be financed. To date, the best-supported include a tech innovation that lets growers detect flavescence dorée, a disease that devastates grapevines; a short film about an Alsace grand cru; the production of barrels using timber from the forests around Reims; and a website for swapping bottles of wine, called TrocWine. The projects are varied, but the principle is always the same: funding by many people, underpinned by a committed, human-centric ethos. Crowdfunding is an idea that’s simple and ingenious for our period of crisis: harness private individuals’ enthusiasm… and their money. Anything but a craze, this online system for public fundraising is opening up a new era for entrepreneurs keen to develop projects without involving banks. Behind their screen, anyone can contribute to help get a venture that enthuses them off the ground. Crowdfunding naturally requires communication. Although banks are cut out of the equation, funders must still be kept informed – and convinced – about...

Vintage fashion

19.06.2014 | Bar-room debates

Vintage fashion

Wow – a dress code for Jura wines! A touch of sun-kissed yellow, such as Vin Jaune, a hint of red to deliver some va-va-voom, a decent measure of rosé pink, and a burst of orange-flecked bubbles such as Crémant – all to celebrate the coming of summer. With balmy days ahead, we’ve rustled up a wish list in the shades of your favourite wine region, in a thousand and one tints. For him and her, a line-up of clothing and accessories in deep, bright colours…  ...

Vin Jaune and the Chinese connection

20.12.2013 | Bar-room debates

Vin Jaune and the Chinese connection

Did you know that Vin Jaune makes an amazing companion for Chinese cuisine? It’s easy for enthusiasts of culinary discoveries to concoct bold food and wine pairings with a faraway taste. Jia Peng, founder of the World Wine Education centre in Shanghai, explains the surprising affinity between Jura wines and Chinese specialities such as Lake Yangcheng hairy crab (aka mitten crab).    To start with, can you tell us a bit more about this hairy crab? In China, there are several types of hairy crab. The one found in Lake Yangcheng is considered the best – it’s called “the king of crabs”. Indeed, Lake Yangcheng crab is a kind of controlled designation of origin, like the French AOC label. The species is protected, and each crab is identified with a ring. It’s a luxury product, and the season is very short: the females can be eaten in September, and the males in October. There are a thousand and one ways of cooking it, but the best is to steam it – perfect for retaining the flavour and delicacy of its flesh. It’s important to know that in China, eating...

Fledgling talents

18.12.2013 | Bar-room debates

Fledgling talents

Meet Loreline Laborde, Kenjiro Kagami and Benoît Sermier, who tell us about their daily life as young wine growers in the Jura.      Was becoming a grower a vocation for you?   Kenjiro Kagami : Definitely… At least I hope so! Loreline Laborde : After growing up in a town, I developed a passion for agriculture. I met various people who helped me discover the wine grower’s profession. Working with living things, feeling the earth, pampering the vines, tasting fine wines – how can it not be a moving experience! To my mind, it’s one of the most beautiful jobs in the world. Benoît Sermier : My parents were self-employed growers, they founded the estate in 1991, and then joined the Arbois Cooperative in 2005. After doing a diploma in hotel management, I decided in 2011-12 to take over the estate, and I certainly don’t regret it.   You’re a “young wine grower” – if you don’t mind my asking, how old are you? Benoît : 22. Loreline : 33. Kenjiro : I’m 42.   When did you set up your estate?  Loreline : In 2010. Kenjiro : In 2011.   Where is...

Women in wine

04.06.2013 | Bar-room debates

Women in wine

  No, wine is not (or no longer?) a man’s world. Marie-Pierre Chevassu-Fassenet and Loreline Laborde, two young, sparkling – and female – Jura grower-producers tell us about a trade in which passion definitely beats muscle.        How did you become a grower-producer in the Jura? Marie-Pierre Chevassu-Fassenet: I grew up here, in Menétru-le-Vignoble, on a farm with my three sisters. My parents were arable and livestock farmers, and also grew vines. I’m the only child to stay in the business. Once I’d gained my national oenology diploma, I went to see how things are done elsewhere. I worked in cellars in New Zealand, Champagne and the Jura before taking over the family estate. It’s only 4.5 hectares [11 acres] but that’s a perfect size for me. I make the full range of Jura wines.  Loreline Laborde: I grew up in Montpellier, and nothing suggested that I would work with vines or in the Jura! Vignerons gave me a taste for the trade. After getting my oenology diploma, I looked for the “ideal place” to start up. I’d never set foot in the Jura, but I found...