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April 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
That bottle of Bordeaux you put aside may become even rarer in the next few decades as climate change could reduce wine grape production in traditional parts of the world and move it elsewhere, researchers say. Danish Cabernet, anyone? Wine grape production's sensitivity to climate makes it a good test case for what could happen over the next several decades. And the land suitable for viticulture in current major wine producing regions could be reduced by 20% to 70% by 2050, depending on the amount of greenhouse gases produced, the researchers said this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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February 17, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Small wonder French wine producers are looking forward to this year's biennial wine fair Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong. According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter , French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.) Interestingly, the volume of low-priced exports eroded the most, a whopping 17.3%. Champagnes and higher-priced wines with A.O.C.
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June 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Making its debut at the prestigious Vinexpo beginning Sunday in Bordeaux: French wine in a can! Will Winestar's single-serving cans create a riot in the hallowed halls of the international wine and spirits fair ?  Maybe not. The Paris-based company isn't dealing in the generic swill those adorable single-serving bottles typically hold. Their wines are all A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). Each 187-milliliter can (one-fourth the size of a typical 750-milliliter bottle)
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December 21, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
These wine books are sure to fit someone on your list, from the aspiring sommelier to the merely curious . To wrap and put under the tree: a couple of serious reference works, a wine atlas that can also be purchased as an eBook, a guide to newly fashionable sherry and a couple of good reads. The most novel, though, is a Scratch & Sniff introduction to wine from a master sommelier who knows his stuff.  "The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert" by Richard Betts (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2007 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
The state Democratic Party bought $3,238 worth of French wine from Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez's political fund after extensive media criticism of the Los Angeles Democrat's lavish spending. Party officials said the wine was for use at a Democratic fundraiser. But nearly half of the 36 bottles, valued at about $90 each, are in a Sacramento wine locker kept by Nunez's sometime roommate in Los Angeles who is a fundraiser for both the speaker and the state party.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The call to boycott French wine in retaliation for France's opposition to the war in Iraq put a cork in demand that may have cost millions in sales, researchers said Tuesday. Two Stanford University economists found that weekly sales of French wine dropped an estimated 26% at the peak of the boycott and resulted in a 13% slip for the six months or so that it lasted.
NEWS
July 14, 2000 | Reuters
A New York wine importer is withdrawing 19,000 cases of a French aperitif wine because its labels don't match U.S. rules, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Thursday. The Lillet label did not say the drink contained sulfites, as required, the ATF said. Some individuals are sensitive to the chemical.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1988 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
American wine importers and distributors warned French producers Tuesday that they were pricing many of their wines out of the American market, losing ground to California and other competitors that may never be regained. The warnings came at a conference on wine competition in North America and were accompanied by the release of some disappointing statistics about the sale of French wines in the United States.
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March 28, 1986 | SUE HORTON, Horton lives in Los Angeles. and
The year: 1976. The event: the Paris Tasting. The participants: some of France's leading wine experts. The purpose: to taste and compare the best of French and California wines. The winner: California. The reaction: quelle horreur ! It was one of the low points in Franco-American relations. The French, especially proud about their wines, reacted swiftly, offering a hasty explanation for the tasting results: French wines, they said, were not made to be consumed young.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1985 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
In any other year, it would have been a sign of impeccable taste for President Reagan to whet the palates of his luncheon guests with a 1970 Gevrey Chambertin, a good French Burgundy that sells in most liquor stores for $25 to $40 a bottle. But not, perhaps, this year, when California wine makers and other U.S. businesses are demanding federal protection against lower-priced foreign goods that have been flooding the U.S. market.
NEWS
December 3, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Famed Berkeley wine importer Kermit Lynch is making the rounds in southern California starting next weekend to promote the 25th anniversary edition of “ Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France .” The book, first published in 1988, is required reading for anybody interested in wine, particularly French wine, and the natural wine movement, which Lynch, in a way, helped jump-start some 30 years ago.  When he first got...
NEWS
July 13, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
To celebrate Bastille Day (known in France as La Fête Nationale ) on July 14, it's obligatory to drink French wine, non? You can never go wrong with a bottle of Champagne, but somehow rouge or blanc makes more sense - for the red and white in the tricolor flag. Head to the closest wine store to pick up a bottle of Beaujolais cru or gnarly Côtes-du-Rhône, or maybe a grassy Sancerre.  If you want to be more deliberate about your picks, here are half a dozen French wines guaranteed to put you in the spirit of La Marseillaise . PHOTOS: 5 French wines for Bastille Day You might want to cook something French, too, maybe a classic Provençal daube (beef braised in red wine)
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July 11, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Have the French gone crazy? Following close on the heels of Winestar 's French wine in a can - and not just plonk, but vintage red, white and rosé from such prestigious appellations as Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley  - a French producer is introducing cola-flavored wine. Say what? Hausmann Famille, a branch of the firm Châteaux en Bordeaux , has introduced Rouge Sucette, a red wine doused with cola flavor targeted for a younger audience. PHOTOS: 13 big, bold, juicy red wines In France, sad to say wine drinking has plummeted in recent years, particularly among the young, who are more attracted to beer and spirits.
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June 20, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the past couple of weeks, I've been pinching the tops off my basil plants, the better to make them grow bushier and fend off flowering. And this weekend I celebrated with the first pesto of the season. I go for the classic -- just basil leaves, a little flat-leaved parsley, garlic, olive oil, a handful of pine nuts -- and, of course, freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. In this case, I had some beautiful Pecorino Romano, so I used some of that too. Check your pine nuts before starting: They have a tendency to go a bit rancid over time.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
First came Eater Dating , which seemed like some kind of joke when I heard about it, but is definitely real. Now comes VineaLove , a dating site for wine lovers, from Frenchwoman Françoise Pauly and her 25-year-old daughter Roxane Brooke. A former wine journalist and professional who now runs a wine job search site Vinea.Jobs, Pauly came up with the idea just two months ago. Doing some research, she found "dating sites for people who like pets, or heavy metal music, or computers.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Jason Quinn is chef/owner of Playground in downtown Santa Ana. In February he opened Playground 2.0 next door, which is really a pop-up space, he says, where it's a different restaurant every night. When I talked to him, that night 2.0 was called Mama Roux and serving Cajun and Creole food. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, it's invitation only and prix-fixe. Quinn is always exploring wine matches with his ever-evolving menu. One wine that caught his fancy lately is Grotta del Sole Gragnano della Penisola Sorrentina . "It's a lightly sparkling red wine with just the perfect acidity to drink all day. I know it comes from the Naples area of Italy where it's commonly served with pizza.
FOOD
January 26, 1995 | CHARLES PERRY
Food and Wines From France offers a free 32-page guide to French, well, foods (cheeses and hams) and wines. The wine section of "It's a Great Time to Be French" emphasizes finding the right French wine to serve with non-French cuisines such as Chinese, Italian and Cajun. (One reason must be the figures showing that nearly 80% of consumers think the French wines taste good but only just over half as many consider them easy to select.) For a guide, call (800) 522-WINE.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After President Jacques Chirac decided to resume nuclear-weapons tests in the South Pacific, one nation recalled its ambassador to France. Protesters burned the French flag and set fire to an embassy, 3 million people signed petitions and environmentalists disrupted French military operations. But of all the worldwide protests, the one that has hit home here is the campaign by France's own European neighbors to boycott that most enduring symbol of all that is French: wine.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Making its debut at the prestigious Vinexpo beginning Sunday in Bordeaux: French wine in a can! Will Winestar's single-serving cans create a riot in the hallowed halls of the international wine and spirits fair ?  Maybe not. The Paris-based company isn't dealing in the generic swill those adorable single-serving bottles typically hold. Their wines are all A.O.C. (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). Each 187-milliliter can (one-fourth the size of a typical 750-milliliter bottle)
WORLD
April 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
What might have been a grueling, 25-hour flight from Sydney to London two years ago instead brought filmmaker and viticulturist Warwick Ross to a project that blended his passions for storytelling and wine as perfectly as the grapes for a nice Chardonnay-Viognier. On board the Quantas flight he encountered renowned English-born wine authority Andrew Caillard, who tipped him to a looming paradigm shift in the French wine industry. Newly wealthy Chinese were making a run on the world's best bottles of Bordeaux, Caillard told him, with an intensity that posed an existential threat to the legendary -- and limited -- output of the great chateaux of the Gironde River Valley.
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