Christian CALLEC

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Christian CALLEC

Dear readers & followers

As some of you already might have noticed, there was no activity on my web log / site in the past year. Life has not always been fair me, on the contrary, but the past years were very hard. Health problems, heavy financial problems because of the economic crisis, and sad private issues ending in a for me devastating divorce after 35 years with my beloved ex-wife. I am trying to struggle back but the actual financial situation is not allowing me to travel as much as I was used to. I sincerely hope that the situation will get better in 2016 and that I will be able to go on with this web log / site.

In the meantime, I was and am still active on social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, LinkedIn…)

I will publish here some links to friendly sites / web-logs when I like one of their articles. Please follow the link, all those articles will be more than worth reading!

Today starting with:

Top 30 Unbelievable Vineyards in Napa Valley,

as posted on

blt, the blog for lifestyle and travel

Highly recommended!



The 6th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) was a tremendous success. More than 250 producers from 19 countries from the Northern and Southern hemisphere and almost 6.000 professional visitors from 59 different nationalities… an increase of 30% compared to the previous edition of the biggest worldwide trade fair for bulk wines (bulk, vrac, in grosso, vino de granel…), in accordance with the increase of the exhibition space, up to 6.000 m2 this year. It is the huge amount of wine transacted and the turnover generated at the fair that make the WBWE the largest wine trade fair in the world.

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Some times ago, I was invited by Moshe Weizman a young and ambitious entrepreneur from Israel to join his LinkedIn network. I accepted and got to know about his wonderful project of web shop presenting more than wine, focusing on the story and the people behind the wines. I was quite interested and we chatted about it. He proposed me to taste 2 of his Italian wines, both from Piemonte, free of charge. I promised him to give an honest feed-back about the wines, as I always do. The wines are now meant for the Dutch market, but I would like to share my experience about both wines with other potential interested #winelover friends.

La CONTEA Roero Arneis ‘Tunin’ 2012 DOCG

Surprising good wine for a friendly price!

This Roero Arneis ‘Tunin’ is a little jewel! The winery, La Contea (Nieve), produces only 6,000 bottles of this really tasty wine from the Arneis grape, all from vineyards in the small village called Roero, located north western of the city Alba (Piemonte).

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Don’t miss it! This is your chance to taste so much great Chilean wines in one place… Only for wine professionals!

Mis het niet! Dit is jullie kans om zo veel goede Chileense wijnen te proeven op een locatie… Toegang alleen voor wijnprofessionals!

Incontournable! Une occasion extraordinaire pour déguster un grand nombre de vins chiliens de bonne qualité en un seul lieu… Accès seulement pour professionnels du vin.

¡No te lo pierdas! Una gran oportunidad para degustar tantos buenos vinos chilenos en un lugar… Sólo para profesionales del vino.

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During ProWein 2014, quite a big amount of #winelover community members gathered at the Tsantali stand for a unique tasting of 20 years of RAPSANI wine.

Luiz Alberto did his very best to get a big and representative bunch of ‘his’ #winelover community members, but more people came at the last moment than was expected.

No problem for Tsantali area marketing and export manager Christos Bitzios, there was enough wine for all of us. The room on the stand was not exactly calculated for the big affluence, but it didn’t affect our pleasure.

The whole tasting was guided and commented by our friend, colleague and fellow #winelover Ted Lelekas, Greek wine & food expert and … lover!

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