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South Africa’s winemakers embrace innovation

South Africa’s vineyards are especially beautiful, cover a vast range of terroirs, and are focusing on innovation The area around Cape Town is known as the Cape Floral Kingdom (CFK). It is a world heritage site and home to 10,000 … Continue reading

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Wine column for week of 11 August 2014

On 6 December 1917 the world’s most violent explosion – until the atomic bombs of WW2 – occurred in Halifax in Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. Two ships collided, causing a fire. The blaze ignited munitions on one of the … Continue reading

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Big changes for Sicilian wines

Until about three decades ago, much of the wine from Sicily was bland and sold in bulk. That situation has changed. Now Sicily produces almost a fifth of Italy’s wine, and Italy remains the globe’s largest producer. Michele Shah markets … Continue reading

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Circle of Wine Writers magazine

Trends detected from the fifth Wine China Expo in Beijing in late April 2012 were a drift away from a fascination with red, an interest in less-sweet wines, and a growing sophistication in wine marketing. How do we measure sophistication? … Continue reading

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Paris on a budget

It is possible to enjoy Paris without taking out a second mortgage. Some travellers are avoiding France because of the financial crisis and the low value of the Aussie dollar, also known as the Pacific peso. But with discipline and … Continue reading

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Big market for human organs in Iran

A visit to Iran can be exciting and scary, often at the same time. The fear factor is felt strongest when on the roads. About 27,000 people die on the roads each year. Iran’s population is about three times the … Continue reading

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