World-class wine-tasting event coming to Ningxia in 2021

“This is the second time that this kind of international wine event has been held in China. After Beijing, we are heading for Ningxia, China’s most promising wine region, which most certainly has some amazing surprises in store for us,” said Thomas Costenoble, CEO of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Wine’s diversity issue starts with the way we talk about the taste of wine

The conventional words used to talk about the taste of wine may be excluding large groups of people from wine, as both makers and drinkers. For starters: The vocabulary used for fine wine is nearly exclusively rooted in flavors and aromas familiar to western Europe. This idea came up a lot in recent discussions about […]

Everything you need to know about Mendocino wine

You, too, may find yourself plotting a journey to Balboa Street when you read Maggie Hoffman’s account of Orson’s Belly , a cafe in the Outer Richmond that serves Turkish coffee and spritzes galore. Orson’s Belly, Hoffman writes, “feels like you’ve brought your laptop to a friend’s kitchen table and somehow escaped into a favorite […]

Is Napa growing too much wine? Residents seek to preserve treasured land

But longtime residents such as Ginny Simms – an environmental advocate who served on the county’s board of supervisors in the 1970s – believe corporate greed is at the root. Napa today is a multibillion-dollar industry, where global beverage companies such as Treasury Wine Estates, Gallo and Constellation – which own brands such as Corona […]

Winemakers are worrying about smoke taint, but wine drinkers should not

I don’t know what the sky looks like where you are right now, but here in the Bay Area it’s dark, hazy and downright eerie. (My colleague Michael Cabanatuan can explain why.) This fire season feels scary for everyone who lives on the West Coast, but there’s a unique type of anxiety for those whose […]

Iron Horse is the perfect tasting room for sparkling wine

INSIDE INFO: On Sundays from April to October, Iron Horse hosts the Tomales Bay Oyster Girls, a roving, all-female band of shuckers, from noon to 4 p.m. It rivals the actual Tomales Bay experience — especially because you can reserve a picnic table in Iron Horse’s redwood gazebo ($35 rental fee, plus minimum one bottle […]

Wine Country Grape Growers Fear Significant Damage From Wildfire Smoke

The 2017 Wine Country wildfires came in November, after 90 percent of the crop was already harvested. But, this time, farmers are still a week away from picking and now everyone has sent samples in for testing to be assigned a number indicating their levels of smoke exposure.

Particpants get taste of Italian culinary culture in HCMC

The True Italian Taste Project was promoted and financed by the Ministry of Economic Development, coordinated by Assocamerestero in collaboration with the ICHAM, with the support of the Italian Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City. The aim was to promote and safeguard authentic and quality Italian agri-food products. The […]

Ex-Baltimore mayoral aide gets prison in book sales scam

Brown and Pugh used money from the book business account to fraudulently inflate the amount of political contributions made to her mayoral campaign, giving her an unfair advantage over competitors, according to federal prosecutors. They said Brown illegally converted checks from book sales into untraceable cash to fund tens of thousands of dollars in campaign […]

Squirrel beer, ant gin and poop wine are served up in Disgusting Food Museum’s new exhibit

“I have long been fascinated by why we humans force ourselves to overcome our dislike for ‘acquired taste’ alcohols” — drinks that can be intensely bitter, pungent or otherwise unpleasant, Ahrens told Live Science in an email. “This exhibit is a deep dive into why we drink and how we started our strange relationship with […]