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About Jez
Jez Fielder is an English journalist and editor based in Lyon, France.
I specialise in wine and food, particularly in the luxury sector, but can also be trusted with anything culture related as well as current affairs and geopolitics.
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The Next Generation: Why Slovenian wine is the one to watch for 2022 and beyond

15 May 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Slovenian wine is gaining popularity due to its natural and easy-drinking qualities, with regions like the Vipava Valley and winemakers such as Primož Lavrenčič and Andrej Erzetič leading the way. The Slovenian government's Rural Development Programme supports young winemakers, ensuring the continuation of traditional and innovative viticulture. The trend towards lower ABV wines and the use of amphorae for aging are also highlighted as significant developments in the industry.

Why doesn't Swiss wine make it out of Switzerland?

17 Apr 2022  |  euronews
Swiss wine, particularly from the Valais region, is largely unknown outside Switzerland due to minimal export, high production costs, and a strong domestic market. Less than 3% of Valais wine is exported, and the region's production doesn't rank in the top 10 in Europe. Despite high-quality wines and a variety of unique grapes like Chasselas (locally known as Fendant) and Petite Arvine, the lack of international market presence and consumer knowledge creates a barrier to global recognition. Wine tourism in Switzerland is thriving, but industry professionals like Laurent Guidoux from Domaine Mont d'Or and Nadine McCallion from Guy Anderson wines in England recognize the challenges in exporting Swiss wine. The article also highlights local dining experiences, such as Jacques Bovier's La Sitterie, and suggests hiking through vineyards as a way to explore Swiss wine culture.

Which champagne will your favourite celebrities be drinking at the Oscars?

25 Mar 2022  |  euronews.com
At the 94th Academy Awards, celebrities will be drinking Fleur de Miraval champagne, priced around €350, replacing Piper-Heidsieck. The champagne is a collaboration between the Pitt and Perrin families, known for Miraval Côtes de Provence Rosé, and the Péters family, with six generations in Champagne. The ER2 Cuvée consists of 75% Chardonnay from various vintages and 25% young Pinot Noirs, aged on lees for three years. Tasting notes describe it as having a tight mineral structure with dark cherry fruit and almond notes, which opens up over time.

Meet France's latest 3-star Michelin chefs Arnaud Donckele and Dimitri Droisneau

23 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Chefs Arnaud Donckele in Paris and Dimitri Droisneau in Cassis have been awarded three Michelin stars, joining the elite group of 31 three-starred establishments in France. Donckele's Parisian restaurant, Plénitude at the Cheval blanc, achieved three stars shortly after opening, while Droisneau's Villa Madie is celebrated for its aromatic cuisine. The Michelin guide also awarded several established chefs with stars for their new establishments and recognized 41 new addresses with their first star, along with six new restaurants for their eco-responsible approach.

When Queen & David Bowie sued Vanilla Ice: The top 5 landmark cases in music copyright disputes

08 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Euronews recounts five significant music copyright legal cases, including Queen and David Bowie's lawsuit against Vanilla Ice, The Rolling Stones versus The Verve, Marvin Gaye's family against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, Roy Orbison's case with 2 Live Crew, and John Fogerty's unique case against himself. The article details the outcomes of these cases, which set precedents in the music industry regarding copyright and fair use.

Women photographers in focus as industry still needs to sharpen up

07 Mar 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Despite women making up around three-quarters of photography students globally, they represent only 15% of professional photographers. Various organizations report low percentages of female photographers among their members, and significant gender pay gaps persist. Initiatives like Women Photograph aim to address these disparities, but progress is slow, with gender parity projected to take another 35 years. Personal stories, such as that of Bronte Huskinson, highlight the positive impact of photography on women's lives.

We're doing everything we can to prepare: Ukrainian brewery fuels community Molotov cocktail drive

27 Feb 2022  |  www.euronews.com
A brewery in Lviv, Ukraine, is mobilizing community support by producing Molotov cocktails to defend against Russian aggression. The Pravda Brewery, known for its craft beers, has appealed for donations and is leveraging its resources to aid the national effort. Taras Maselko, PR director of the brewery's holding company, highlights the community's readiness to defend their country and the positive shift in public sentiment towards the Ukrainian government amidst the conflict. The brewery has also opened locations offering free refreshments to military personnel and has taken a firm stance against serving Russian and Belarusian citizens.

Chester Grosvenor's Michelin Omission Leaves the County with No Stars

17 Feb 2022  |  euronews.com
The Chester Grosvenor lost its Michelin star due to prolonged closure, leaving Cheshire without any Michelin stars. In contrast, London's Le Gavroche maintains a record of 47 years with Michelin stars. The Grosvenor plans to launch a new dining concept called Arkle in Spring 2022. Internationally, Paul Bocuse's restaurant held three stars for 55 years but was recently downgraded to two stars.

Theatre technician inspires Council of State to overturn Belgium's theatre closure ruling

28 Dec 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Belgium's Council of State has overturned the government's decision to close theatres due to COVID-19, following an appeal by theatre technician Mathieu Pinte. The ruling allows theatres to reopen immediately, countering the closure announced on 22 December. Pinte argued that the closure was a disproportionate measure infringing on citizens' rights to work and access culture. Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke had stated there was no immediate possibility to revise the decision, but the Council's ruling superseded this stance. Belgium has reported over 2 million COVID-19 cases and at least 28,149 deaths since the pandemic began.

Sweet Sounds: Swiss orchestra give gift of music instead of chocolate in their 2021 advent calendar

01 Dec 2021  |  euronews.com
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has replaced traditional chocolate advent calendars with a musical alternative, offering daily video performances from December 1 to 24. The initiative, which began in 2020 due to concert cancellations from the COVID-19 pandemic, features a variety of classical music, jazz, film music, and traditional Swiss melodies. The OSR, a leading symphony orchestra in French-speaking Switzerland, encourages donations for new instruments but offers the calendar for free.

Want to explore Europe's creative life? Sign up to the Euronews Culture Newsletter

30 Nov 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Euronews introduces its new service, Euronews Culture, aimed at providing specialized content on Europe's diverse cultural landscape. The newsletter will cover various topics including arts, entertainment, luxury design, architecture, food, wine, tradition, and innovation, showcasing the continent's vibrant cultural output.

Luxembourg: does the nation's art help to explain its elusive identity?

25 Nov 2021  |  euronews.com
Luxembourg's cultural identity is explored through its art and crafts showcased in a city-wide exhibition, with insights from Culture Minister Sam Tanson. The country's multiculturalism, language pride, and evolution from agriculture to a financial and digital hub are discussed. The Biennale, 'De Mains De Maîtres', serves as a platform for local artists and is part of a broader cultural strategy that includes the creation of Kultur | lx to promote Luxembourgish artists. The article also touches on the country's high culture spending and the progressive shift in national motto reflecting an openness to change.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves Manchester United after humiliation at Watford

21 Nov 2021  |  euronews.com
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left Manchester United following a 4-1 defeat to Watford, marking another poor performance by the team. The loss has led to speculation about his successor, with Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers being potential candidates. Michael Carrick will take temporary charge starting with the upcoming UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal. The defeat has caused frustration among fans and players, with captain Harry Maguire receiving a red card and Bruno Fernandes signaling collective blame to the fans.

Meet the first winemaker in the world to sell his stock on the NFT market

13 Nov 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Dave Powell of Neldner Road vineyards in Barossa, South Australia, has become the first winemaker to auction his 2021 vintage on the NFT market via OpenSea, starting at 6 ETH. Powell aims to modernize the traditional Bordeaux En Primeur system, hoping to attract a crypto-friendly audience and ignite their interest in fine wine. The 2021 vintage is considered exceptional due to favorable climatic conditions, but Powell notes that such conditions may become rarer with global warming. The NFTs include digital artwork, personalized wine labels, and unique experiences, with a million-dollar purchase earning a private dinner hosted by Powell.

Duran Duran become latest major music act to have a biopic in the works

29 Oct 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Duran Duran, the iconic pop band, is considering a biopic following the success of similar films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman. Drummer Roger Taylor has revealed that scripts are being reviewed and developments are underway. The band, which formed in Birmingham and rose to fame in the 1980s, recently released their album 'Future Past' and will perform in London's Hyde Park in July 2022.

French villagers mobilise to save their castle from Ukrainian owner who 'pretends to be dead'

12 Oct 2021  |  www.euronews.com
In Burgundy, France, the Château de la Rochepot is embroiled in a peculiar situation where its Ukrainian owner, Dmitri Malinovsky, is accused of fraud and pretending to be dead to escape justice. The castle, a major tourist attraction, is under judicial liquidation, and its furniture is being auctioned to pay off debts. Villagers are mobilizing to save the historical pieces, stressing the economic impact on local tourism and livelihoods. Malinovsky, currently in prison, awaits trial, while locals express heartbreak over the broken promises and economic repercussions.

Roquefort makers feeling blue over nutritional scoring system that 'defies heritage'

12 Oct 2021  |  euronews.com
Roquefort cheese producers in southern France are contesting the Nutri-Score classification, arguing that it unfairly penalizes traditional products like their PDO cheese, which are rated D and E for nutritional quality. The General Confederation of Roquefort, with support from local LREM deputy Stéphane Mazars, is seeking an exemption for products with a Protected Designation of Origin, claiming the system favors ultra-processed industrial products and is misleading for consumers. The Nutri-Score, which is optional but may become compulsory in 2022, is backed by the French government and recommended by the WHO, and has been adopted in several European countries.

'Black Lives Matter' wins 2021 LIBEX cartoon prize focused on 'Cancel Culture'

26 Sep 2021  |  euronews.com
The Euro-Mediterranean Centre LIBREXPRESSION awarded the top prize of the 2021 LIBEX cartoon competition to Tom Janssen from the Netherlands for his 'Black Lives Matter' cartoon, which critiques the superficial support for anti-racist movements in Western societies. The competition, themed 'Cancel Culture and Political Correctness', featured 160 press cartoonists from 55 countries who submitted 218 cartoons. Elena Ospina from Colombia and Marco De Angelis from Italy won second and third prizes, respectively. An exhibition of the semi-finalist cartoons will run until December 31 at the Monastery San Benedetto in Conversano, Italy.

Burgundy harvest confirms 'millesimus horribilis' as winemakers say 'there really isn't much left.'

24 Sep 2021  |  www.euronews.com
The Burgundy wine region has experienced a disastrous year with up to 95% losses in some areas due to adverse weather conditions including frost, hail, and heavy rain. The historically low yields have led to significant concerns among winemakers about the future of their profession. Despite the small quantity, there is hope that the quality of the wine may still be good. The repetition of climatic disturbances since 2010 has been a major worry for the industry.

France announces 2022 culture budget exceeds 4 billion euros

22 Sep 2021  |  www.euronews.com
France's Ministry of Culture will see its budget exceed 4 billion euros for the first time in 2022, marking a 7.5% increase from 2021. Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot announced the historic progression, emphasizing the government's commitment to supporting the cultural sector amid the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget aims to help the sector recover and strengthen cultural policies.

Gender Issues: Meet the artist who says Ladies Prefer Blondes but Diamonds are a Boy's Best Friend

20 Sep 2021  |  www.euronews.com
Artist Phil Shaw has created two contemporary art pieces, 'Gender Studies His' and 'Gender Studies Hers', which playfully subvert traditional gender roles and literary titles. Displayed at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery during the Art Paris Art Fair, these works feature humorous reinterpretations of classic literature, such as 'The Merry Husbands of Windsor' and 'Ladies Prefer Blondes'. Shaw aims to offer new perspectives on gender and literature, emphasizing the importance of challenging conventional views.

Eurovision 2021: Italy's Maneskin wins after massive public vote, as rock music shows its mettle

22 May 2021  |  euronews.com
Italy's rock band Maneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, held in Rotterdam, with a strong public vote. The event was marked by a mix of performances, with the UK, Germany, and Spain receiving zero points from the public. The article highlights the return of the contest after a year's postponement due to COVID-19 and features commentary from Graham Norton. It also notes the presence of past winners and the joy of the event, emphasizing that rock music remains significant, especially in Italy.

Wines of the Southern Rhone Valley: Romans, Aliens, and grapes from Colonel Gaddafi

16 May 2021  |  www.euronews.com
The Southern Rhone Valley, rich in history and viticulture, is renowned for its diverse and high-quality wines. The region benefits from the Mistral wind, which aids organic and biodynamic farming. The Rhone's wine classification system includes top-level crus, Cotes-du-Rhone Villages, and AOC Cotes-du-Rhone, with Grenache Noir being the predominant grape. The article highlights the unique terroir, sustainable practices, and the vibrant wine culture of the region, featuring insights from local winemakers and the historical significance of the area.

Welcome to Morzine, the sporty alpine resort that moved an international border

13 Jul 2020  |  euronews.com
Morzine, a French Alps town known for skiing, is now a summer destination for sports enthusiasts. The town offers affordable and accessible sports facilities and is bidding to be the French cycling team's preparation center for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The author experienced a triathlon training session, including swimming in Lake Montriond, cycling in the hills, and running through diverse terrains, guided by professionals like Amelia Pearson and Edwina Sutton. Dining at La Chamade and a bivouac experience with guide Hervé Le Sobre are also highlighted. The town's ability to adapt for year-round tourism, especially overcoming challenges posed by COVID-19, is essential for local businesses' survival.

Final curtain? How coronavirus might have killed off London's West End

14 Jun 2020  |  euronews.com
London's West End theatres are facing an existential crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with streets like Soho and Covent Garden quiet and playhouses dark. The industry, which generated significant revenue and VAT for the UK Treasury in 2019, employs a vast range of people now at risk of unemployment. UK Theatre's Julian Bird warned that without government support, many theatres and production companies could go out of business by year's end. The government's furlough scheme is set to taper off, increasing financial pressure. Freelancers like Chris Withers and organizations like Bectu are concerned about the lack of support and information. The Royal Opera House announced it will cease furlough arrangements for casual workers from July 31. Theatre producer Jason Haigh-Ellery emphasized the need for government support to ensure the industry's return with strength.

World leaders call for de-escalation after US kills Iranian general

06 Jan 2020  |  www.euronews.com
World leaders and international organizations are urging de-escalation in the Middle East following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian military chief Qassem Soleimani. UN Secretary-General António Guterres and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concerns over rising global tensions and the potential for a new conflict. The EU plans an extraordinary foreign affairs council, while France's finance minister warned of economic repercussions and a boost to the Islamic State group. The UK and Germany are also involved in diplomatic efforts, with Germany planning to relocate troops and Chancellor Angela Merkel set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for discussions on various international conflicts.

Boozy marathons: can running and drinking alcohol really be healthy?

30 Dec 2019  |  euronews.com
Boozy marathons combining running and wine-tasting are gaining popularity in Europe, with events in regions like Bordeaux and Beaujolais and new ones like the Marathon of Flavours in Switzerland. Participants run through scenic routes, stopping at stations to taste local wines and foods. Despite concerns about the effects of alcohol on exercise, such as dehydration and cardiovascular strain, the author, a regular runner, participates and finishes third. The article also touches on the challenges of exporting Swiss wine, as high production costs and low international profile make it difficult for local wines to compete abroad.

Six-story building collapses in Kenyan capital, Nairobi, people feared trapped under rubble

06 Dec 2019  |  www.euronews.com
A six-story building collapsed in Nairobi, Kenya, with fears of people trapped under the rubble. Nairobi county police chief Philip Ndolo reported that 10 people were rescued by residents, and military personnel have joined the search and rescue efforts. Building collapses are frequent in Nairobi due to high housing demand and regulatory bypasses by developers. Following multiple building collapses in 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an audit, revealing that 58% of buildings in Nairobi were unfit for habitation.

Syria accuses Turkey of 'supporting defeated terrorists' with munitions convoy in Idlib province

19 Aug 2019  |  euronews.com
A Turkish munitions convoy entered northwest Syria to support insurgents in Khan Sheikhoun against a Syrian government offensive. Syrian state media described the move as aggressive but stated it would not hinder the Syrian Arab Army's efforts to combat terrorists in Idlib province. The Syrian Foreign Ministry source's comments were reported by SANA, and there was no immediate response from Ankara.

Houthis claim responsibility for deadly missile attack on military parade in Yemeni city of Aden

01 Aug 2019  |  www.euronews.com
An explosion during a military parade in Aden, Yemen, resulted in at least 32 casualties, including a commander. The Iran-backed Houthi movement claimed responsibility, stating they launched a ballistic missile and an armed drone. The attack occurred at Al Jalaa military camp and was reportedly aimed at disrupting preparations for an advance on Taiz and Dalea. The ongoing war in Yemen has created a severe humanitarian crisis, with the UN estimating that half the population faces pre-famine conditions.

France hits back over Trump's 'moronic' comments on French wine

30 Jul 2019  |  euronews.com
French farming minister Didier Guillaume criticized US President Donald Trump's threat to tax French wines in response to France's proposed levy on big U.S. tech companies. Trump's assertion that American wine is better than French wine further fueled the dispute. French wine producer Olivier Fleury expressed concern that additional tariffs could negatively impact the American market for French wines.

Protesters hold mass sit-in at airport

26 Jul 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Over 1,000 protesters advocating for democracy and chanting 'free Hong Kong' gathered at the city's airport, amidst advisories for travelers to avoid protest areas. Despite the mass sit-in, airport authorities announced that operations would remain unaffected, though they recommended passengers arrive early. Hong Kong is experiencing its worst political crisis in decades with daily protests, recently marked by the defacement of China's main representative office and violent attacks at a train station by individuals believed to have triad connections, resulting in 45 injuries.

'They're all pretty awful prospects' - Scotland's Sturgeon on Tory candidates

11 Jun 2019  |  www.euronews.com
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, criticized the ten Conservative leadership candidates, including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Dominic Raab, for their roles in the Brexit referendum. She reiterated her call for Scottish independence and emphasized Scotland's desire to remain part of the European Union. Sturgeon also commented on Michael Gove's past drug use, labeling his stance as hypocritical. She highlighted the need for elected officials to work with other leaders, despite political disagreements.

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18 and Life on Skid Row: Sebastian Bach's Unstoppable Journey

16 Dec 2016  |  HuffPost UK
Sebastian Bach, the former frontman of the rock band Skid Row, has penned an autobiography titled '18 and Life on Skid Row', chronicling his life experiences. The book opens with 'The Bottle Incident', setting the tone for a candid and truthful narrative. Bach's storytelling is vivid and unfiltered, sharing tales from his childhood to his rise to fame, including his foray into musical theatre and television with 'Gilmore Girls'. The memoir is a rollercoaster of emotions, from the thrill of discovering rock music to the sorrow of personal losses. Despite some structural and stylistic criticisms, the book is a genuine account of Bach's life, filled with humor, wit, and a sense of unstoppable destiny. It provides insights into the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, including interactions with other music legends and the challenges of touring with sober bands like Mötley Crüe and Aerosmith.

Is Classic Rock Still a Force to Be Reckoned With? Or Just a Ramblin' Man?

26 Jul 2016  |  HuffPost UK
The article discusses the enduring popularity of classic rock bands, as evidenced by the performances at the Ramblin' Man Fair in Kent, UK. The fair featured bands like Thin Lizzy, Uriah Heep, Whitesnake, and Europe, celebrating milestones and the legacy of rock music. The journalist reflects on the genre's evolution, the peaceful nature of rock festivals, and the intergenerational appeal of the music. The fair also showcased up-and-coming UK artists, indicating a future for classic rock. Interviews with members of Thin Lizzy and Europe highlight the respect for rock's history and the importance of nurturing new talent. The article concludes with a positive outlook on the future of classic rock, as it continues to be celebrated by fans of all ages.

Theatre Review: The Seagull at Regent's Park. Monday June 22 2015

24 Jun 2015  |  HuffPost UK
The article is a review of a new adaptation of Chekhov's 'The Seagull', directed by Matthew Dunster and adapted by Torben Betts. The review celebrates the 120th anniversary of the play and discusses its themes of failure and tragedy. The adaptation is noted for its balance of harrowing and hilarious elements, with a modern language that remains faithful to Chekhov's intentions. The performances, particularly by Mathew Tennyson and Janie Dee, are praised, as is the innovative use of a 'voiced thought' technique. The reviewer finds the energy of the characters' despair to be electric and plans to revisit the show. The adaptation is ultimately described as a masterpiece, with a standout performance by Lisa Diveney as Masha.
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