Sep 1, 2014

Strong earthquake aftershock shakes Napa Valley

A significant aftershock from last weekend’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California’s wine country. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles (8 km) south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomas Brocher, director of USGS’ Earthquake ...

Aug 31, 2014

In California quake, wine barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton ...

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 ...

Jul 21, 2014

Japanese wines may get boost in LDP plan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is looking at establishing legislation designed to boost the international competitiveness of Japanese wine. Under the proposed legislation, the government would issue certificates of origin for wine and guarantee product quality if wine made from domestically grown grapes meets ...

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Jul 9, 2014

Restaurateurs, beef and wine vendors hail Australia tariffs deal

Japanese restaurant operators, butchers and wine merchants are welcoming the economic partnership agreement signed with Australia on Tuesday, predicting lower prices for imported foodstuffs such as beef and booze. “We may use more Australian beef if tariffs fall,” said an official at Zensho Holdings ...

Georgia wineries return to their roots

Jul 1, 2014

Georgia wineries return to their roots

In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce. “I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is ...

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Jun 1, 2014

Tea, wine steeped in shared history

Wine and tea, though one is alcoholic and the other is not, are not remote relatives in their rituals and cultivation, according to a newly opened exhibition in Beijing. Both are symbols of conviviality and lifestyle, have been consumed for thousands of years and ...