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2006-02-23 09:25:00

By Chris Johnson DITCHLING COMMON -- Something extraordinary is happening among the chalky hills and pastures of southern England -- and it's adding a sparkle to one of the country's oldest industries. Britain's tiny wine industry, long the butt of dinner party jokes, is being revolutionized by a new generation of professionals who are replanting orchards and wheat fields with vines and winning prizes worldwide. The wine is so good that at least one champagne house has moved across the...

2005-11-24 10:33:55

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - A new study upset French wine producers on Thursday by calling for wine bottles to carry public health warnings to combat alcohol abuse. A report drawn up for the Health Ministry recommended that French wine bottles should carry labels similar to those on packets of cigarettes to help fight alcoholism, which it said affects one in 10 people in France. The study could cause another hangover for French wine producers who are struggling to cope...

2005-11-21 08:15:54

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI (Reuters) - Get ready for Bangalore Nouveau. Best known for its teas and spices, India now aims to place its wines on supermarket shelves in Europe and the United States. Rising incomes and easier regulations mean a chicken tikka is now more likely to be washed down with a glass of local red, prompting a rush of local entrepreneurs and foreign firms to tap both the domestic market and global interest in New World wines. India's wine market is estimated at 5...

2005-07-26 18:12:20

By Jim Christie NAPA, Calif. (Reuters) - Associations representing some of the world's best-known wine regions vowed on Tuesday to protect the names of their regions and to combat their misuse on bottle labels. The names, known as appellations in the wine trade, translate into additional revenues for winemakers as consumers are willing to pay more for wine from a region known for its wine-making traditions and quality. The joint declaration on Tuesday follows a May appeals court ruling...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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