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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.

In northern Italy, a real underground wine

Prali - He made his career in the quarrying business, but Mauro Camusso always had wine in his blood.

The woman who decides what wine presidents drink

Paris - It came as a shock. But Virginie Routis learned very early that one of the obstacles she was going to have to overcome to become a top wine waiter was sexism.

Hot Docs Podcast Festival brings Science Vs to Toronto

The inaugural Hot Docs Podcast festival was a definite success. Fans of podcasting flocked to the Hot Docs cinema on Bloor St. over the weekend to enjoy the wide range of programming on offer.

Wine production to fall worldwide in 2016

Paris - Global wine production this year is expected to be among the lowest for 20 years, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said Thursday.

Does red wine have health benefits?

The balance of evidence in relation to red wine and health benefits oscillates wildly. New research indicates that a compound in red wine might help the body to counteract some metabolic diseases.

Read why alcoholics in Ottawa are given wine every hour

This may seem bizarre but alcoholics in Ottawa are given wine every hour as part of their treatment. The reason, once explained, makes sense.

Prosecco panic in Italy as Britain's EU vote looms

Rome - There will be no corks popping in Italy if Britain votes to leave the EU on Thursday: winemakers fear a Brexit could burst prosecco's bubble in its number one export market.

France's new 'Disneyland of wine' sets heads spinning

Paris - It has already been dubbed an "adult Disneyland" and "the amusement park of our dreams" by US college students.

1,400 bottles of luxury Burgundy under hammer at 'unique' auction

Geneva - More than 1,400 bottles of "grand crus" from Burgundy's renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate will be auctioned off in Geneva Sunday in a sale expected to make millions.

Review: Fraud meets the wild world of wine in 'Sour Grapes' Special

When something gets popular enough, it seems to invite a number of eccentric personalities and its market becomes an elite club. 'Sour Grapes' zooms in on the lucrative wine market and a fraud that shakes it to its core.

California book club settles race bias lawsuit against wine train

San Francisco - A group of mostly African American women kicked off a tourist train in the Napa Valley for being too loud have settled a race-discrimination lawsuit against the private railroad.

Salute! Italy toasts booming wine trade

Verona - As he swirls a glass of yellowy green wine made from the trendy pecorino grape, Fabio Centini purrs with enthusiasm.

Calories from alcoholic beverages too often overlooked

Washington D.c. - We’ve all heard, read, observed or lived horrific stories about alcoholism and how heavy drinking leads to everything from cirrhosis of the liver to brain death.

Italy covers up nude sculptures for Iran president

Rome - Italy's desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the museum where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.

Helping California's grape and wine industries with vine disease

San Fransisco - Researchers have pinpointed how Pierce's disease is transmitted from insects to grapevines. The disease costs California's grape and wine industries in excess of $100 million each year.

Kiev cries foul as historic Crimean wines go under hammer

Kiev - Legendary Crimean winemaker Massandra, once a supplier to Russia's Tsar Nicolas II, has provoked the ire of Kiev by putting 13,000 vintage bottles up for auction on Tuesday.

Chinese wineries seek inspiration in foreign cups

Yinchuanzhan - In a country renowned for forgery, winemaker Jose Hernandez worries China's burgeoning viniculture industry will suffer from blatant copying of Bordeaux's output.

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.

French winemakers hunt for climate change-resistant grape

Liergues - Amid the bustle of a busy harvest in France's famed Beaujolais wine-making region, a quiet effort is underway to counter one of the industry's biggest potential threats: climate change.

The scientific secrets of wine revealed (video)

Every wondered what is going on within your glass of chardonnay or Shiraz? How the aromas and tastes are formed to make the perfect glass of vino? The American Chemical Society has put together an entertaining video to explain more.

How France dominates oak barrel trade for fine wines

Charente Maritime - Crafted by artisans using high quality oak, "Made in France" wine barrels -- in which age some of the world's most expensive wines -- are selling like hot cakes abroad, with exports making up 70 percent of the market.

US 'phenomenally thirsty' for wine: Experts

Bordeaux - The American wine market, already the world's biggest, still has "phenomenal" potential for growth if handled with care, US wine professionals said this week at the world's leading wine fair, Vinexpo.

Mutations account for variations in grape color

Variations in the color of wine grapes of the Pinot family are due to naturally-occurring genetic mutations. These mutations switch certain genes on and off according to a new study.

Helicopter death of Chinese billionaire ruled pilot error

Bordeaux - French justice officials have concluded that pilot error caused a helicopter crash near Bordeaux in December that killed a Chinese billionaire and his son as they flew over his newly-purchased wine estate.
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