Wine

Early grape crush kicks off California's winemaking season

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DAVIS California - At the University of California's prized winemaking institute near Sacramento, a sleek metal wine crusher on Thursday morning let out a deep rumble and began to shake, jostling grapes made sweeter by the state's ongoing drought into sticky juice.

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

NEW YORK - Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by some to be "cheap and cheerful quaff," but it is now gaining an appreciation around the globe.

19 Aug 2014

Black truffles from Down Under conquer U.S. summertime menus

NEW YORK - From the truffle-infused beef-cheek ravioli at Babbo restaurant in New York to the all-black-truffle menu at La Toque in Napa Valley, California, the pungent mushroom has conquered the summer menu and is no longer just a treasured winter treat.

12 Aug 2014

For Euro pale lagers difference is in label, not taste: study

NEW YORK - European pale lager comes in a variety of brands but research shows that whatever the make of the beer, consumers find it difficult to taste the difference between them.

12 Aug 2014

Mountain bikers eye $1 mln in 'toughest race on earth'

JOHANNESBURG - Mountain bikers tempted by the $1 million in prize money up for grabs in a new South African endurance race are given a warning before they sign up: "This could change your life, or end it".

31 Jul 2014

Former wine collector to forfeit $20 million for counterfeiting

NEW YORK - An Indonesian man once considered one of the world's top wine collectors was ordered Thursday to forfeit $20 million for selling millions of dollars of counterfeit bottles of wine to unsuspecting buyers.

24 Jul 2014

World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by 'two moms'

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23 Jul 2014

Once joined in Soviet Union, Ukraine, Russia never further apart

KIEV - Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began.

22 Jul 2014

Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming

POWRANNA Australia - Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough. | Video

Science, Environment, Health 18 Jul 2014

Billionaire Koch settles suit over fake wine

NEW YORK - In a long-running campaign against fake vintage wine, billionaire oenophile William Koch has settled a lawsuit worth millions of dollars against New York wine retailer Acker, Merrall & Condit.

16 Jul 2014