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It's a rum thing: Madeira's lost spirit gets a boost

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FUNCHAL, Portugal The Portuguese island of Madeira is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, but it was not always king of drinks alone -- there was rum, too.

Neapolitan pizza making wins world heritage status

JEJU, South Korea The art of Neapolitan pizza making won world heritage status on Thursday, joining a horse-riding game from Iran and Dutch wind mills on UNESCO's culture list. | Video

Dec 07 2017

Steep alcohol taxes drive Turkey's drinkers to home-brew

ANKARA Carefully testing the temperature of a bucket of fermenting beer, Onder Ceyhan pushes back the foam to add a touch of yeast to his latest batch of home-brewed drink.

Nov 17 2017

Italy's white truffles feel the heat at Alba auction

ALBA, Italy It's bad news for white truffle fans. Dry weather and changing climate patterns have hit production and sent prices soaring.

Nov 13 2017

Labor of love French chateau on market for $30 million

MENARS, France A vast 18th-century chateau on the banks of France's River Loire is likely to be sold for just a fraction of the amount a Middle Eastern businessman, inspired by his passion for a long-dead royal mistress, has spent restoring it.

Nov 08 2017

New York's Jean-Georges restaurant loses 3-star Michelin status

Michelin has stripped New York restaurant Jean-Georges of its three-star rating in its 2018 guide, leaving the city with five top-rated eateries, two fewer than San Francisco which now has the most three-star establishments in the United States.

Nov 01 2017

Michelin 3-star restaurants rise to seven in San Francisco area

The number of the restaurants in the San Francisco area with Michelin's highest accolade of three stars grew to seven in the 2018 dining guide for the region that will be launched on Friday.

Oct 25 2017

European vine rules stunt Italian winemakers' ambitions

NIPOZZANO, Italy In the Italian valley where his family has made wine for 30 generations, Lamberto Frescobaldi says his growth plans are being hampered by new European Union rules.

Oct 04 2017

'Most relaxed' hot air balloons lay back over Italy's wine valley

GUALDO CATTANEO, Italy Around 30 hot air balloons took to the skies in Italy on Saturday as part of what organizers refer to as the "most relaxed" event on the international ballooning calendar. | Video

World, Italy Jul 29 2017

Once tainted, Portugal's cork industry fights back

LISBON A decade ago, shares in the world's largest cork producer, Corticeira Amorim , didn't look like a great bet. | Video

May 09 2017