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Italy regains title as world’s largest wine producer

December 4, 2015 2:36 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


France was knocked off the number one position for wine production by Italy, in the latest global figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), released on Wednesday. Italy regained first place, which it lost to France last year, with production of 48.9 million hectolitres, up 13 percent on 2014. This year’s good weather… read more


Rosé Renaissance in France

November 30, 2015 1:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Sales of rosé wine are growing so rapidly in France that the country is now the biggest producer, consumer and importer of rosé in the world, according to estimates released Wednesday by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and published by the French newspaper, Le Figaro. Rosé sales account for more than 30 percent… read more


Winemaker brings his passion to the Chinese vineyard

November 27, 2015 12:16 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Sporting a cap with a red star on it, French veteran winemaker Bruno Paumard is among the most eye-catching individuals in Wuhai – one of the few Caucasians living in the small northern Chinese city. Since 2010, the 51-year-old has worked at Chateau Hansen in Wuhai, in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, which he calls “paradise… read more


Thanksgiving Cocktails: 12 Drink Ideas That Will Wow Your Guests

November 23, 2015 1:13 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, turkey, casseroles, getting pampered back home and for spicy cocktails. In fact, the night before the Thanksgiving holiday has become one of the most popular nights for drinking, debauchery and everything else that happens when you finally get home to your high school friends. So to enjoy a great… read more


Microbrew Trend in Holy Land Turns Water to Hummus Beer

November 9, 2015 3:00 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


(AFP) In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates. “It’s a very Middle Eastern food,” 52-year-old Bryan Meadan said of his gluten-free beer made with chickpeas, familiar to most through hummus and… read more


What to Drink as the Northeast Gets Colder

November 6, 2015 3:50 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Sometimes even the Canadian autumn extends a generous hand, a warm reprieve before shackling us and casting us into the long punishment of winter. It’s handy to have a pleasant sipping wine on hand for that contemplative glass during this transitional time of year, to make the most of the moment. But what wine? Last fall,… read more


Arsenic found in American wines

November 2, 2015 3:45 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Lola Gayle, Wine is a big deal for a lot of people. In 2014 alone, Americans consumed almost 9 million gallons of wine. That accounts for about 2.80 gallons per person! But there’s something hiding in that lovely bottle. New research has found that all but one of 65 American wines tested contained arsenic in… read more


Bottle Of Century-Old Champagne Fetches $116,000 At Auction

October 19, 2015 2:32 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


A bottle of 1915 Krug champagne went under the hammer for $116,375 in New York, one of just four left in the cellars of the sparkling drink makers. The lot sold Friday also included a tasting journey for four people who will enjoy the bottle on location in France’s northeastern Champagne region. In 2011, a bottle… read more



I have not heard anyone employ the once-clever “ABC” instruction in a long time, and I am glad about that because it never made much sense to me. It stands for “anything but chardonnay,” and cynical wine consumers were quick to vocalize it when asked what they would like to drink. The smug practice was at… read more


The right red wines to uncork with your barbecue

October 12, 2015 2:07 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink


Who doesn’t love barbecued ribs? When that craving hits, there’s nothing to do but give in to it. Object of desire: a massive slab of pork ribs suffused with smoke and char. So they wrap it up for you and you tuck the bag tenderly into the backseat of the car, careful not to spill any… read more