Michel Bettane

Terroir or human hand

There is little need for me to provide a recap of the numerous myths spun around the notion of terroir, starting with the fantasy implied by the use of the word itself. This word was probably originally

Inebriation and its ills

The artistic elite of the Western world has always looked kindly, not to say favorably, on inebriation. It used to be said that inebriation unleashed the creative juices and brought you closer to the gods, far away

A natural wine charter

For many years, I did not always make myself popular by repeating that there was no such thing as “organic” wine. Maybe there is, but just because someone says something doesn’t mean it’s true. There have to