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 ...

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

Dec 22, 2013

Chinese tycoon, French vintner missing in crash

French police were searching Sunday for a Chinese billionaire and a French vintner who were missing and believed dead after their helicopter crashed into a river in southwest France. There was little hope of finding alive Lam Kok, a 46-year-old Chinese tea-and-property tycoon, winemaker ...

Dec 21, 2013

Chinese firm buys historic French chateau, vineyard

A Chinese group specializing in rare teas and luxury hotels has bought a historic chateau and vineyard near Bordeaux with the aim of turning it into a high-class tea- and wine-tasting center. The Hong Kong-based Brilliant group, whose interests range from Pu’er — a ...

How widows broke the glass ceiling

Dec 15, 2013

How widows broke the glass ceiling

by Thomas Adamson

For Champagne to become the tipple it is today — popped at weddings, quaffed in casinos and smashed against ships — a few men had to die: young ones married to clever women. Without the widows of Champagne, mankind’s most seductive fizz might well ...

Beaujolais makers aim higher

Nov 23, 2013

Beaujolais makers aim higher

by Sarah Dilorenzo

The wine world’s best-known party is beginning — the ritual uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau every November. That’s both a curse and a blessing for the famed French region and its lesser-known yet finer wines. Beaujolais Nouveau is easy to drink, but everything a fine ...