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 ...

Jun 14, 2014

Drunk Japanese honeymooner punched flight attendant on U.S. jet

A drunken passenger assaulted a flight attendant while flying from Japan to Honolulu, federal prosecutors said. Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty Friday to interfering with the duties of a flight attendant by assaulting and intimidating him. According to a criminal complaint, Okamoto was flying first-class ...