Nov 1, 2014

Winemaker Mercian to double vineyard area in Japan

Major winemaker Mercian Corp. will nearly double the area of its vineyards from the current 21.5 hectares, possibly within two years, officials said. Demand for wine made from grapes grown in Japan is increasing especially from fans who say it matches the taste of ...

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Oct 23, 2014

From a century ago: Great War yields great champagne vintage

Deep in the labyrinthine cellars of the Pol Roger Champagne house, rows of century-old bottles caked in mold bear testimony to perhaps the greatest, and surely the most heroic of vintages. As Champagne goes, 1914 was a superlative year, when the warmest of summers ...

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 ...

Red Obsession: Turning pale as French wine moves to China

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession: Turning pale as French wine moves to China

by Kaori Shoji

Australian filmmaker Warwick Ross (“Reckless Kelly,” “Young Einstein”) is part of a growing trend among directors and producers — he has a day job. “I’m a winemaker and also run a wine business,” says Ross, recently in Tokyo to promote his new film “Red ...

Red Obsession

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession

by Giovanni Fazio

As someone who drinks a fair bit of wine, allow me to make a heretical statement: French wine is overrated. This is not to suggest that the French are not capable of producing some truly fantastic quaffs, but let’s be frank: If money is ...

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 ...