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Sophie Holzberg Focus articles

Face to face meetings with Nelson Chow

After the success of the private tastings with Nelson Chow in June, SommelierS International renewed the event in last November. Prominent sommelier from Hong Kong Nelson Chow, president of the Hong Kong and China Sommelier Association, is a reference in the industry in Asia. After a long career in the most beautiful restaurants of Hong Kong and now settled as a consultant, he developed an acute knowledge about the wines from all over the world and of the markets in China and all Asia. Always ready for discoveries, Nelson Chow has carefully listened to the wine growers and the producers who... Read more


Jean-Paul et Sophie Lafage Portraits of winegrowers

Jean-Paul Lafage

Who could imagine in the early 2000s that wine in Bag in Boxes (or BiBs) would become a trendy product? Jean-Paul Lafage, creator of the range of wines in BiBs “Collection Verre après Verre” [...

Paolo Basso, G. Forget, Chantale Bara et Frédéric (S.I.) Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Paul Bara

To learn what the value of labour and the taste of good work are, nothing is better than a visit at a wine grower’s. And to learn more about the precision of the tastes, aromas and flavours, what...

Alice Paillard et son père Bruno Paillard Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Bruno Paillard

How would you define the Bruno Paillard house of Champagne? We are a small traditional house ceaselessly trying to produce wines that are at once elegant and complex, built around a tight acidic...

La famille Launay Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Pierre Launay

It is the story of three brothers, Laurent, Lionel and Jérôme. It is also the story of Pierre, the founding father. Then it is the story of a ‘terroir’, the Sezannais, a chalky coast at the...

A. Rosengren, P. Faure-Brac, P. Basso et B. Lhopital Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne J de Telmont

If you ever wondered what the ‘J’ in “J de Telmont” stood for, stop wondering. It does not stand for anything. Telmont is not the winemakers’s last name, and the J is not his first initial. It is a...

Xavier et Nathalie Charbaut Portraits of winegrowers

Champagne Guy Charbaut

The Guy Charbaut Champagne house is located in the very center of the “premier cru” village of Mareuil-sur-Ay. One has to walk through the porch to grasp the full view of the XIXth century stone...