Apr 14, 2015

Indonesian lawmakers propose bill to ban alcohol consumption

Two Islamic parties have proposed laws to ban all alcohol consumption and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday. It was not immediately clear how much support ...

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

Mar 20, 2015

Chinese rivaling French in buying Bordeaux lots

by Laurent Abadie

Chinese investors now rival the French in buying vineyards in Bordeaux: a sign both of the region’s global prestige and China’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for wine, according to local property agencies and industry associations. More than 100 properties in France’s southwest wine-producing area are ...

Jan 4, 2015

Drunken driver crashes into British police station

British police arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving Friday after he crashed his car into a police station. Officers at Frodsham police station, near Liverpool in northwest England, did not have to go far to find their suspect after the car was ...

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. military eases restrictions governing off-base drinking in Okinawa

U.S. Forces Japan has eased restrictions governing off-base drinking by military personnel based in Okinawa Prefecture, but they are still restricted from consuming alcohol from midnight to 5 a.m. Following a spate of incidents involving U.S. servicemen, the current policy for military personnel in ...

Syrians, Lebanese produce wine in ferment of war

Oct 7, 2014

Syrians, Lebanese produce wine in ferment of war

In his high-rise office in Beirut, Sandro Saade carefully chews a merlot grape from a vineyard hundreds of miles away in war-ravaged Syria, trying to determine if it is ripe enough to order the start of the harvest. It’s too dangerous for him to ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Jul 23, 2014

Imports of Chilean wine surge in Japan

Imports of bottled wine from Chile are surging, thanks in part to a bilateral economic partnership agreement that has lowered the import tariff. Chilean wine was second in annual imports in Japan in 2013 on a country-by-country basis, beating Italian wine. This year, Chilean ...