Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

Sep 24, 2016

Aichi winery helps mentally disabled make a living

How can people with intellectual disabilities stand on their own feet? A winery in central Japan could be the answer. About 40 such mentally disabled people are working at Komaki Winery in the city of Komaki in Aichi Prefecture, with their duties ranging from ...

19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Sep 3, 2016

19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction Saturday. The 1846 vintage, from the Meursault-Charmes region, sold for HK$134,750 ($17,451) — far exceeding a ...

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

Aug 14, 2016

French vineyards revive horse-drawn plows

The sight of a large, lumbering horse pulling a plow through a vineyard may seem like a time warp, but hundreds of French winegrowers have returned to the centuries-old practice. “It’s a picture postcard image,” said oenologist Gilles de Revel, adding that the renaissance ...

May 23, 2016

Rare Burgundy auctioned in Geneva fetches $4 million

A Geneva auction house raked in more than $4 million Sunday for a collection of “grand crus” from Burgundy’s renowned Domaine de la Romanee-Conti wine estate. The 1,407 bottles that went under the hammer beat expectations and sold for a total of 4.2 million ...

Mar 24, 2016

Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking

It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses ...

EU refusing Japan's request for use of smaller wine bottles

Mar 5, 2016

EU refusing Japan's request for use of smaller wine bottles

The European Union is refusing Japan’s request in free-trade talks to allow the import of Japanese wine in bottles smaller than those commonly used in Europe, sources close to the matter said Friday. Japan is asking the European Union to accept 720 ml bottles, ...

Feb 12, 2016

Limping wine industry pushing for growth in Japan

Cheers! Winemakers worldwide are hoping for sales growth in Japan at a time when consumption in major markets is sluggish. Japanese are not only drinking more wine, they are also relatively knowledgeable about the product, industry people say. One official goes so far as ...

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Jan 28, 2016

Chile overtook France as top wine exporter to Japan in 2015

Chile has supplanted longtime No. 1 France as the top exporter of wine to Japan in 2015, Finance Ministry data shows. Imports of Chilean wine jumped 18.1 percent from the previous year to 51.59 million liters, while those of French wine fell 2.8 percent ...

Nov 30, 2015

As world warms, the wines they are a-changing

It’s a $200 billion industry that prides itself on being rooted to a particular spot and doing things they way they’ve always been done. But global warming is forcing the world’s wine growers to change. As a U.N. conference in Paris tries to limit ...