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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.

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.
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A fragment decorated with vines from the Byzantine period - 4th-7th C.E.
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Crowd at the Enderun Not for Snobs wine market and wine tasting event
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Purchase the wine tokens.
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A line of fine champagnes sits behind the tasting bar at Korbel's.
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Golan Heights Winery, Katzrin, Israel.
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Toronto's Gourmet Food & Wine Expo an elegant affair
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Golan Heights Winery offers a large selection of wines.