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US sanctions leave bitter taste on French winegrowers' palates

Pommard - For French winegrowers in the Burgundy region, the new 25-percent US tariffs are leaving a bitter taste on the palate.But like it or not, they are caught up in a trade war they feel has nothing to do with them.

French wine production hit by heatwave

Paris - Wine production in France this year will be down by between six and 13 percent over 2018, notably because of the ongoing heatwave, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Heavy toll for French farms and vineyards after brutal hailstorm

Romans-sur-is - Farmers in southeast France counted the costs from lost harvests on Sunday after a fierce storm battered the region with hail the size of ping-pong balls, decimating orchards and vineyards just as the summer season was kicking into high gear.

France sees red after Spanish rose wine found in domestic bottles

Paris - Summer is the ideal time for cracking open a bottle of rose, but fans of French wine might be thinking twice after millions of bottles were found to contain less costly Spanish versions instead.

Seven chateaux and counting: Chinese billionaire is big in Bordeaux

Saint-laurent-des-combes - Over the past decade Chinese investors have conquered dozens of chateaux in Bordeaux, France's famed wine-growing region.

Vines from Napa, Bordeaux tough against heat, drought

Washington - Worry not, wine drinkers. Some of the world's most popular wines, grown in California's Napa Valley and the Bordeaux region of France, are more resistant to drought than previously believed, researchers have concluded.

California wine country takes hit from fires but should bounce back

Santa Rosa - Charred wine barrels hiss and smoke amid the orange embers of northern California's wildfires, and the smell of burnt alcohol from intact vats is strong.Nearby, a tasting room called Le Chateau is a heap of blackened debris.

Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change

Bordeaux - This is the wine industry's new normal: heavy rains, floods, hailstones, drought and sometimes even frost.

Senegal produces first wine in shade of iconic baobab

Ta - The bottles boasting Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache could be from any Parisian supermarket but a closer look reveals this is wine with a difference -- nurtured in the unforgiving soil of Africa's Sahel.

Op-Ed: Newcomers Replacing Older Wine Producing Regions Worldwide

Assessing shifting regional vintage quality worldwide is hardly an exact science nor fast changing. Yet, even in the still-new century, regional leadership has changed markedly.

Scientists Determine Genome of Pinot Noir Grape, Saying They Can Combat Diseases

Vineyard specialists know all there is to know about nurturing the soil to cultivate the best grapes. Yet little is known about grapes' actual genetic make up. Italian researchers have been looking into the sequence of the Pinot Noir grape.

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