Saturday, February 15, 2003

California Label Takes Humanitarian Approach to Wine: "Giving to a good cause is something for which the wine industry is known, but a new label named Humanitas hopes to take charity a step further by donating all of its net profits to organizations fighting hunger, homelessness and illiteracy.... In Wine News

Wines rich in flavonoids best for your health: "Red wine's ability to benefit your health has just been, well, refined. Not just any red wine will do, it seems.... In Wine News

Grapes 'may prevent cancer scarring': "Grapes could help women to avoid the painful scarring often associated with breast cancer treatment. Doctors at The Institute of Cancer Research in London believe the antioxidants in grapes may protect against radiation fibrosis.... In Wine News

WA white wins wine show honour: "A Western Australian white wine has taken out the top award at the Sydney Royal Wine Show. Ferngrove Vineyards Cossack Riesling 2002 from the Frankland River in the state's Great Southern region has beaten more than 2,000 wines to win the Best Wine of the Show.... In Wine News

India: Woman & Wine: "What strikes you most about Daniele Raulet-Reynaud is her absolute passion for wine. For her, wine is much beyond being just a drink. "Wine is inimitable like haute couture, it's like a good perfume - just a little is enough. It is a reflection of season, of environment... it's a memory...," she goes on.... In Wine News

Join Wine Spectator for 2003 Bordeaux Marathon: "Wine Spectator will be formally participating in the Médoc Marathon with a team of its own. We are inviting Wine Spectator readers who are distance runners to join our team.... In Wine News

U.S. lawmakers suggest banning French water & wine: "Some members of Congress are suggesting the United States impose trade sanctions on France and withdraw U.S. troops from Germany to retaliate for opposition to U.S. policies on Iraq, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has told associates he would like to target bottled French mineral water and wine, the paper said... In Wine News

Sports deals hurt Foster's: "Troubling wine market conditions and over-blown beer sponsorships at major Australia sporting venues blew the froth from diversified beverage maker Foster's half-year results yesterday.... In Wine News

New Zealand wines produce vivid flavors: "If, like many people, you are stuck in the same old rut of drinking Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, maybe you should follow the current trend and try a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.... In Wine News

Good Food & Wine Show Raises Glass To Wine Industry: "An entire exhibition hall of Cape Town's Good Hope Centre will be allocated to South Africa's world-class wine industry when the 6th annual Good Food & Wine Show throws its spotlight on local wines from 22-25 May.... In Wine News

Sharpshooter eggs found in Napa: "The glassy-winged sharpshooter, scourge of California vineyards, has been found in Napa County for the first time in nearly two years.... In Wine News

Burgundy Or Bust: "Faced with a growing surplus of regional wines, Burgundy's producers are divided on the extent to which the problem may be solved by what's on ñ rather than in ñ the bottle.... In Wine News

French Court Ruling Leaves Bad Taste in Wine Critics' Mouths: "By fining a French magazine more than U.S.$375,000 for using a scatological reference to describe Beaujolais wines, a French court has created a test case for freedom of speech in the country.... In Wine News

Have Fun While Learning About German Wines: "If it's German wines that you're interested in, you're in luck. The German Wine Academy is not a regular 'school,' but a guided wine region tour, traveling throughout several of Germany's famous wine growing regions, where you can visit world-renowned wineries and estates, and, of course, taste a vast array of German wines, many times with the wine makers themselves.... In Wine News

Sweet white wine for Nelson Mandela: "Thirteen years ago, Nelson Mandela walked to freedom through the security gates of Paarl's Victor Verster Prison. The former president plans to mark the occasion quietly, with a glass of sweet white wine and the company of close associates and friends at his Bishopscourt residence in Cape Town.... In Wine News

From IT to wine bar: "After more than 20 years of working on big business systems in Australia and Britain, applications development specialist Kal Phull decided six months ago that the time was ripe to try something different. Wine Down, with a Tuscan decor in the heart of trendy High Street, Armadale, in east Melbourne, is a bar with a difference. .... In Wine News

Popularity of wine collections good for cellars and buyers: "The price of wine is down, and Harvard Medical School says a couple of glasses a day can keep your blood pressure low, too. Now could be the time to invest in a wine collection of your own. But how should you store it to protect your investment?... In Wine News

Wine Bars Are New Rage in Argentina: "While the history of Argentine winemaking dates back centuries, the wine bar is something new in a country whose bountiful grape harvest has long languished in the shadows of fabled vineyards abroad, even though this vast South American nation has long been the world's fifth-largest wine-producing country.... In Wine News