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Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

Portugalete - Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.

Fine French wine fetches record-smashing $558,000 at auction

New York - A bottle of 1945 Romanee-Conti wine fetched a record-smashing $558,000 at an auction held at Sotheby's in New York Saturday, which saw two bottles break the previous record.

French winemakers cheer vintage year

Paris - 2018 is shaping up to be a vintage year for French wine -- the best for almost a decade.The near perfect combination of a wet spring followed by a long hot summer has left winemakers rubbing their hands with glee.

From vine to seabed, Spain's winemakers dive in

Plentzia - With the aid of a small crane, Borja Saracho lowers five cages loaded with 2,500 bottles of white wine from a fishing boat into the Cantabrian Sea.

Outcry as Japanese winemakers ordered to quit France

Banyuls-sur-mer - French wine lovers have risen up in revolt after a Japanese couple who make "outstanding" wine in southern France were threatened with deportation.

French police seize 10 Chinese-owned vineyards in fraud inquiry

Bordeaux - French financial police have seized 10 wineries in the Bordeaux area which are owned by Chinese conglomerate Haichang over suspicions of tax fraud, a police source told AFP on Friday.

Last of the Jayer wine sold for 30 mln euros

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- was sold for a mouth-watering 30 million euros ($35 million) in Geneva on Sunday, well in excess of the estimated price.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- go on auction in Geneva Sunday and could rake in up to $13 million.

Britain goes wild for Burgundy wine served at royal wedding

Dijon - A Chardonnay from a small vineyard in France's Burgundy region been flying off the shelves in Britain after wine lovers learned that it was served at last month's wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Last of the Jayer wine to go on sale in Geneva

Geneva - The last batch of late legendary winemaker Henri Jayer's Burgundies -- which include some of the world's most expensive wines -- will go on auction in Geneva next month and could rake in up to $13 million.

Cheers! French chef hails police after stolen wine found

Lyon - Bottles of fine wine worth hundreds of thousands of euros have been returned to a top French chef, police said on Thursday.

Bordeaux's 'magnificent' lost vintage pushes small growers to the edge

Barsac - Surveying a nearly empty cellar, Frederic Nivelle of Bordeaux's prestigious Chateau Climens, reflects on what might have been an outstanding year for the sweet white Sauternes wine.

Frost-bitten Bordeaux wine harvest down 40% in 2017

Paris - Wine production in the French region of Bordeaux shrank by 40 percent in 2017, the Bordeaux wine council said Wednesday, with severe frost sapping yields in a year that nonetheless produced a good vintage."The total harvest in 2017 was 3.

French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Dijon - As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes.

World's earliest evidence of wine-making found in Georgia

Miami - The world's earliest evidence of grape wine-making has been detected in 8,000-year-old pottery jars unearthed in Georgia, making the tradition almost 1,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Monday.

Global wine output hits 50-year low: OIV

Paris - Worldwide wine production tumbled 8.2 percent this year to hit a 50-year low due to unfavourable climate conditions, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said Tuesday.The total output of 246.

Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

- Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis.

Despite strains, Turkey's wine industry refuses to wither

- On the verdant, fertile Gallipoli peninsula in northwest Turkey, headscarf-clad women in colourful clothes harvest grapes in the blistering late summer heat.

France's champagne harvest weather-hit but 'promising'

Lille - Bad weather caused a severe decrease in this year's grape harvest in the Champagne region, but growers predicted Friday that quality would trump quantity in this year's bubbly.

World's oldest wine may have been Italian

Rome - Researchers have discovered that the oldest wine in the world may have been Italian, after finding traces of 6,000-year-old fermented grapes off the west coast of Sicily.

French grape harvest shrivels to record low

Paris - Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production this year slid to a record low, falling 17 percent on 2016, initial ministry of agriculture projections show."At 37.6 million hectolitres (993.

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.

Bordeaux's world winefest has WOW! factor

Bordeaux - The world's wine industry will converge Sunday when the prestigious Vinexpo kicks off in Bordeaux, the capital of French viticulture, with Chinese visitors leading the pack of foreign punters.

Fungal contamination changes the aroma of wine

Geisenheim - There's been a long-running dispute about the extent that fungi which infect vines influence the flavor and aroma of wines. A new study shows this to be the case. Interestingly there are both positive and negative effects.

Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom

Saint- - When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. They set fires in thousands of oil drums, positioning them carefully between the rows of budding grapevines in southwest France.

Eastern taste: Latvian crowned Europe's top sommelier

Vienna - After a week of rigorous tests ranging from blind tastings to expertly pairing wines with sumptuous meals, a Latvian has beat out 37 rivals to become Europe's top-rated sommelier.

Vintage cycling toasted in Italian wine country

Montalcino - The worlds of vintage wine and vintage cycling gently collided on Sunday as thousands of amateur enthusiasts took to the country lanes of southern Tuscany for the Eroica Montalcino cycling festival.

Wine going off? Blame the wasps

Sour rot disease, a scourge of wine industry and there is likely to be more than one vector. A new problem with transmission of the rot has come to light: a small wasp called the paper wasp.

S.Africa winemakers on quest for quality and prestige

Stellenbosch - Looking out at his 50-hectare (124-acre) estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business.

Whither Wine O'Clock? Trade frets over Brexit

Verona - Ask Cesare Cecchi about Brexit and he wrinkles his nose as if he has opened a Chianti Classico from his 'Riserva di Famiglia' range and found it to be corked.
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Sign outside the tasting room of Boeger Winery.
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Wine ferments in large vats.
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A student from Enderun Colleges chats with a representative from Happy Living Wines about wine
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Wooden figures in Hacienda El Quadro, Casablanca, Chile,showing traditional winemaking techniques.
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Crowd at the Enderun Not for Snobs wine market and wine tasting event
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Golan Heights Winery offers a large selection of wines.
Toronto s Gourmet Food & Wine Expo an elegant affair
Toronto's Gourmet Food & Wine Expo an elegant affair
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A fragment decorated with vines from the Byzantine period - 4th-7th C.E.
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Pouring a glass of California wine
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Gamla wine - marketed and labelled as Gilgal wine in the U.S.
Gamla wine - marketed and labelled as Gilgal wine in the U.S.
Oak casts storing red wine - Golan Heights Winery.
Oak casts storing red wine - Golan Heights Winery.
Beaujolais Nouveau launch day  Lyon France 2010
Beaujolais Nouveau launch day, Lyon France 2010
Balsamic vinegars and infused oils are the specialty of Spicewood Food Company.
Balsamic vinegars and infused oils are the specialty of Spicewood Food Company.
Varieties of Maset red wines being distributed by ASEAN Merchants
Varieties of Maset red wines being distributed by ASEAN Merchants
Toronto s Gourmet Food & Wine Expo an elegant affair
Toronto's Gourmet Food & Wine Expo an elegant affair
George Maisuradze and Vako Elisabedashvili in Tbilisi wine shop are enthusiastic about Georgain wine...
George Maisuradze and Vako Elisabedashvili in Tbilisi wine shop are enthusiastic about Georgain wine potential.
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The Dripping With Taste Wine & Food Festival was a well-planned event, with great tastes and fine art in abundant supply.
Grapes from the Cabernet Sauvignon variety.
Grapes from the Cabernet Sauvignon variety.
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Duane Farr Lardon  of Farr Wood  specializes in stunning hand-turned mesquite bottle stoppers.
Duane Farr Lardon, of Farr Wood, specializes in stunning hand-turned mesquite bottle stoppers.