It is not the bottle which makes the wine...but the barrels and grapes.
Grapes need to be harvested at the right time.
But so many people choose a wine because the shape of the bottle and the label can be attractive.
Don't judge a wine by its bottle, could we say.
Meanwhile, some people are ready to spend an important part of their savings on rare vintage. Wine investments is the new sector for financial placements.
Auctions dedicated to wine are attracting the crowds, especially when somrone famous is selling 1,000 of bottles. When the total amount is reaching €200,000, private credit cards must be necessary to face the payment of that kind of sum.
But no need to go to this extreme. A good bottle of wine - for a meal - should be affordable and drinkable without having to empty your bank account.
In the meantime, have a look at the infographics below detailing countries & wines production.
Hopping on a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore all that Brussels has to offer!
The capital city of Belgium, Brussels is a chic and sophisticated European metropolis which is famous for its superb chocolate and beer.
A melting pot of fascinating cultures from all over Europe, the city has its own culture and quite a bit of interesting history.
There is a lot to see and do in Brussels, and one of the best ways to explore this beautiful city is on two wheels. With a bike, you can get further and travel more efficiently than you would by walking. You will also get a much closer look at the city and have a more authentic experience than simply sitting on a tour bus. Traffic can become quite dense during rush hour, so you will reach your destination a lot faster if you are on a bike. Also, riding a bike through the streets of Brussels is great exercise!
Like most European cities, Brussels has many cyclists and has bike lanes to make riding throughout the city easier. There is also a system of regional bicycle routes which go from the suburbs to the city center which allow cyclists to ride in safety.
When you are riding bicycles in Brussels, keep in mind that although you are not legally required to wear a helmet, it is always a good idea to do so anyway for your own safety.
The city of Brussels has a great system known as “Villo” which allows cyclists to rent a bike for the short term very cheaply. The bikes can be found parked at stations located throughout the city, and there are 180 locations in the central area. All you have to do is swipe your credit or debit card to release the bike from the machine. The first half hour is free, and after that time you will be charged 0.50 Euro. You can also buy a weekly pass for 7 Euro.
This is a very cheap way to rent a bike, especially if you will only need it to ride from one part of the city to another. You can return the bike to any of the other Villo stations.
Brussels Bike Tours: Let a Guide Show You the Way
If you would like to be lead through the city by an experienced guide who can tell you all about the sights and the stories of Brussels, you can sign up for a Brussels Bike Tour. These tours meet outside of the Tourist Information Office, which is located on the Grand Place. They operate in the summer months from April to October at 10am, and cost 25 Euro or 22 Euro for students. The English speaking guides will even stop halfway through the tour so that you can enjoy some fries and Belgian beer.
Brussels is a great city with a lot of interesting architecture, art, history and more to explore.
Enjoy weaving through its beautiful streets on your bicycle, and be sure to treat yourself to some delicious Belgian chocolate after a full day of pedaling!