xeco wines founder, alexa keymer

Sherry Week: Xeco Wines aims for a revival with Alexa Keymer, founder

On the occasion of Sherry Week (Nov 8-14 2021), I wanted to talk about Xeco Wines and its founder, Alexa Keymer. I made the interview a while ago but thought that it would be a great time to share it to celebrate Sherry!
Back in 2019, I have done a research paper about the « Sherry Renaissance » for my WSET Diploma. I discovered that this fabulous drink (which I had never heard before, or so little…) has a long-lasting and fantastic history but, for some reason, it lost fashion among consumers. During my research, I came across Xeco Wines and its purpose to revive Sherry around the world.
Created in 2016 by Alexa and two of her friends, Xeco Wines aims to bring the « next generation Sherry » to the table and the world by finally giving some recognition to this underrated drink. They have loved this wine without being able to share about it with other friends for too long!

A l’occasion de la Sherry Week (8-14 Novembre 2021), je veux te parler de Xeco Wines et sa fondatrice, Alexa Keymer. J’ai rĂ©alisĂ© cette interview il y a un moment, mais j’ai pensĂ© que c’Ă©tait le bon moment de la partager pour fĂȘter le XĂ©rĂšs !
En 2019, j’ai effectuĂ© des recherches sur la « Renaissance du XĂ©rĂšs » pour mon WSET Diploma. J’ai dĂ©couvert que ce vin fabuleux (dont je n’avais jamais, ou quasiment jamais, entendu parler…) a une fantastique histoire de longue date. Mais, pour certaines raisons, il n’est plus Ă  la mode parmi les consommateurs. Pendant cette recherche, j’ai dĂ©couvert Xeco Wines and son souhait de faire revivre le XĂ©rĂšs tout autour du monde.
FondĂ© en 2016 par Alexa et deux de ses amies, Xeco Wines a pour but d’amener la « nouvelle gĂ©nĂ©ration XĂ©rĂšs » en donnant enfin ses lettres de noblesse Ă  cette boisson sous-estimĂ©e. Elles aiment ce vin sans ĂȘtre capables de le partager avec leurs autres amis depuis trop longtemps !

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches

Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches: how to combine audacity, fun and respect for life

Today my guest is Christophe Kaczmarek, founder of French Beaches. He offers both approachable and terroir wines in his range, always respectful of life. His watchwords are audacity, fun and modernity. He wants to create a bridge between the wine worlds through his originality and quirky tone.

Aujourd’hui je suis avec Christophe Kaczmarek, le fondateur de French Beaches. Il propose Ă  travers sa gamme des vins faciles d’approche mais aussi des cuvĂ©es de terroir, toujours dans le respect du vivant. Ses mots d’ordre sont l’audace, le fun et la modernitĂ©. Il souhaite crĂ©er un pont entre les mondes du vin Ă  travers son originalitĂ© et son ton dĂ©calĂ©.

how to spit wine

How to spit wine

Sometimes when I teach WSET, people get afraid when we get to the tasting portion. When I tell them that we will spit the wine, some get scared of having to spit wine 😂 They ask me if they really have to because they feel like: 1. it is disgusting, 2. it is not respectful of the work of the producers.

But you know what: it is actually cool to spit wine. Because it is the way to be able to taste several wines without getting drunk! đŸ„Ž And this will allow you to properly assess all the wines you will encounter at a tasting.

Let me explain you how!

taste with alex priorat doq 2016

TASTE WITH ALEX PRIORAT DOQ – MERUM PRIORATI 2016

Priorat is a wonderful wine region in Spain. Viticulture is heroic there!
Taste this fabulous wine in video with me! You’ll discover what makes it so special 😉
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Priorat est une rĂ©gion viticole d’excellence en Espagne. La viticulture y est qualifiĂ©e d’hĂ©roĂŻque !
DĂ©guste ce fabuleux vin en vidĂ©o avec moi ! Tu vas dĂ©couvrir ce qui le rend si spĂ©cial 😉
>> Note de dĂ©gustation Ă  tĂ©lĂ©charger gratuitement đŸ‡«đŸ‡·

taste with alex: crémant d'alsace

TASTE WITH ALEX CRÉMANT D’ALSACE COUSU MAIN CAVE DE TURCKHEIM

This CrĂ©mant d’Alsace has been created in collaboration with William Arlotti, a fashion designer. He draws a different gorgeous label each year.
Taste this beautiful wine from Cave de Turckheim in video with me!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Ce CrĂ©mant d’Alsace a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă© en collaboration avec William Arlotti, cĂ©lĂšbre fashion designer. Il dessine chaque annĂ©e de merveilleuses Ă©tiquettes diffĂ©rentes.
Déguste ce délicieux vin de la Cave de Turckheim en vidéo avec moi !
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tasting note Christophe Pacalet Saint Amour 2018

Tasting note Christophe Pacalet Saint-Amour 2018

Marcel Lapierre is one of the pioneer of natural winemaking in Beaujolais. He passed on his philosophy to his nephew…
Let’s taste this red wine from Christophe Pacalet together!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Marcel Lapierre est l’un de pionniers du vin nature dans le Beaujolais. Il a transmis sa philosophie Ă  son neveu…
Viens déguster ce vin rouge de chez Christophe Pacalet avec moi !
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Tasting note Saint Joseph Le Passage 2016 by Stéphane Ogier

Did you know the Saint-Joseph AOC makes 90% of red wine from Syrah only?
Let’s taste this red wine from StĂ©phane Ogier together!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

Savais-tu que l’appellation Saint-Joseph ne produit que des vins rouges issus de Syrah ?
Viens déguster ce vin rouge de chez Stéphane Ogier avec moi !
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women noting wine tasting notes on her phone

Women in Wine: what’s it actually like from 8 leading figures #IWD2021

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021đŸ‘ŠđŸ», I’ve asked 7 top figures of the world of wine to share their view💬 on what’s it like to be #womeninwine today.
My guests are Laura Donadoni aka @theitalianwinegirl (wine journalist, educator & author), Marie-Françoise Devichi aka @mlledevichi (wine producer in Corsica, 6th generation & 1st woman running the estate), Virginie Lopes from @portuliege (CEO of the family business of corks), Senay Ozdemir aka @senay_pr (wine importer, storyteller & founder of @womeninwineexpo), @aureliavisinescu (wine producer for 30 years in Romania), Clara Herrero aka @claraconversa (wine grower in La Rioja, Spain) and @elizabethgabaymw (MW, Educator, consultant & author) âœšđŸ‘đŸ»

taste with alex domaine courbis Saint Joseph 2017

Taste with Alex: Saint Joseph white 2017 Domaine Courbis

The Saint-Joseph AOC produces 90% red wines, in which up to 15% of white grape varieties are allowed in blends. This is however little practiced!
Taste this beautiful wine from Domaine Courbis in video with me!
>> Tasting note to download for free đŸ‡ș🇾

L’appellation Saint-Joseph produit 90% de vins rouges, dans lesquels jusqu’Ă  15% de cĂ©pages blancs sont autorisĂ©s dans l’assemblage. Ceci est en fait trĂšs peu pratiquĂ© !
Déguste ce délicieux vin du Domaine Courbis en vidéo avec moi !
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Jim Gore on how to be successful in demanding wine studies thanks to its school Global Wine Academy

Here is how to be successful in demanding wine studies, with Jim Gore DipWSET

Available in English + French!

Are you struggling getting prepared for your WSET Diploma and MW exams? Keep reading to get Jim Gore’s tips to be successful in demanding wine studies!

Jim Gore is fascinated with wine since he discovered Burgundy on family holidays.
He completed studies in science but wine caught him up again. He became the youngest manager of an Oddbins store in Edinburgh and gained his Diploma qualification at the same time. Jim spent a few years in his favourite wine region and joined WSET School London as an examination coordinator. He quickly became a wine educator and then principal of the school at 33. Jim helped reforming several courses. So who would be better placed to help wine students prepare for success?

Jim Gore est fascinĂ© par le vin depuis qu’il a dĂ©couvert la Bourgogne pendant des vacances en famille.

Il a effectuĂ© des Ă©tudes scientifiques mais le vin l’a rattrapĂ© Ă  nouveau. Il est devenu le plus jeune manager dans un magasin Oddbins (marchand de vin local) Ă  Edinbourg, tout en passant son Diploma. Jim a ensuite passĂ© quelques annĂ©es dans sa rĂ©gion favorite avant de rejoindre la WSET School of London en tant que coordinateur des examens. Il est rapidement devenu Ă©ducateur puis principal de l’Ă©cole Ă  33 ans. Jim a participlĂ© Ă  la rĂ©forme de plusieurs cours. Qui serait donc mieux placĂ© pour aider les Ă©tudiants Ă  se prĂ©parer aux examens ?