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French minister ducks issue of wood chips in wine
The French agriculture minister yesterday ducked the controversial issue of wood chips in a speech to open Vinitech.
Dominique Bussereau, speaking on the first day of Vinitech, the world's largest wine techniques and machinery trade fair, said he welcomed the modernisation of French wine but made no mention of the divisive issue of wood chips, recently banned for use in AOC winemaking.
US drinks record 300m cases of wine in 2006
The US consumed a record 300m cases of wine in 2006, according to latest government statistics – almost enough for the US to drink its way out of a six-year wine glut, say some reports.
The figure supports the belief that wine is a rapidly growing trend in the country.
Wine glut hits South Africa
South African winegrowers are being forced out of business as prices drop due to oversupply, it was revealed this weekend.
Grape growers in the country have been hit by dropping prices due to world oversupply, as well as falling exports, slow domestic sales, unstable exchange rates and farm subsidies in rival wine-producing countries.
Top French producers gun for screwcap
France's top wine producers are putting their weight behind screwcap closures.
While the New World has adopted the Stelvin closure with enthusiasm, until recently French producers have lagged behind.
Myanmar launches its first winery
Aythaya, Myanmar. The landscape could well be mistaken for the rolling, sun-drenched hills of Tuscany.
But the monasteries perched on hilltops are Buddhist. And the workers aren't Italians with centuries of viticulture coursing through their veins, but Asian farmers new to the grape at Myanmar's first winery.
What's the fuss with screwcaps?
(Is there a Fuss?)
For the past few years, the wine press has been trying to make screwcaps one of the burning controversies of our time (within the narrow world of wine, that is). Wine Spectator built a whole issue around the subject, pitting two of their top columnists, James Laube and James Suckling, against each other. Newspaper columnists love to talk about it, as it invites easy jokes about jug wines and a “look how far wine has come” angle that they know will appeal to both the aficionados and the less-serious winedrinkers in their audience.
The Don of Canadian Winemaking
Fine wines from Canada? This is not the punchline to a joke, nor is it some unexpected upside to global warming. Canada is now producing excellent wines that are earning international respect. The two primary grape-growing areas are both in relatively warm, sheltered, lakeshore locations--southern Ontario and British Columbia's Okanagan Valley.
NZ wines 'more friendly to environment than French'
Our wine exports to the UK are more environmentally friendly than French wines, and that's despite them having to travel far more "wine miles".
Speaking ahead of last night's Food Hawke's Bay seminar at EIT, David Hughes, a food marketing expert from Imperial College, London, said if New Zealand winemakers shifted the debate from the distance their wine travelled to explaining their carbon footprint, they could compete with the world's best.
West Coast Pinot Gris/Grigio
What's the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Nothing, yet everything.
It's the same grape in different languages: "gris" is French and "grigio" is Italian. Both mean "gray." But there's a huge difference in bottles labeled Pinot Gris versus Pinot Grigio.
Newly rich chineses developing taste for fine wine
BMWs and Gucci handbags are already firm favourites among China's emerging class of newly rich. Now, fine wines are becoming the latest symbol of luxury.
For people like senior executive Wang Jie, it is an obvious choice to make.
"It tastes better than beer or rice wine, and it's better for your health," Wang said, speaking at a wine tasting event at a top Beijing hotel.
THE SPICE IS RIGHT
The secrets of matching Indian food with wine
Asian cuisines get scant consideration when it comes to wine.
If you ask about which wine to pair with Indian food, expect a one-word answer. Usually Gewurztraminer. Perhaps Riesling. Maybe Syrah.
An entire culture's cuisine to be paired with a single varietal? Ridiculous.
Among Asian cuisines, Indian food probably has the greatest notoriety for being hard to match with wine. Its complex layering of spices and chile heat makes for a tricky challenge.
Screwcaps worst for the environment says closure company
Screwcaps produce the largest carbon footprint compared to synthetic closures and corks says research conducted for a French closure company.
The production of screwcaps gives off over 10kg of CO2 per tonne compared with 2.5kg of CO2 per tonne for corks, according to tests conducted by Cairn Environment for Oeneo Bouchage in France.
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Colmar. Capital of alsacian vineyards.
Colmar. Nice city.