Sep 19 2011

Deutschland: Neue Rebsorten in Baden-Württemberg zugelassen

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In den Weinanbaugebieten Baden und Württemberg dürfen künftig neue Rebsorten gepflanzt werden. Agrarminister Alexander Bonde (Grüne) hat jetzt die zugelassenen Sorten im Rahmen der Landesweinverordnung erweitert. «Durch den Einsatz pilzresistenter Sorten können die Betriebe den Einsatz von Pflanzenschutzmitteln zurückfahren. Dies leistet einen Beitrag zum Umweltschutz», begründete der Minister die Zulassung. Nicht-klassifizierte Sorten konnten bisher nur in genehmigten Anbauversuchen kultiviert werden. (dpa/lsw)

Sep 19 2011 Bordeaux chateau in Beijing school deal

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 09:05

by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – The wine school of Chateau La Tour Blanche in Sauternes has gone into partnership with a Chateau La Tour Blancheschool in Beijing to teach oenology students from China.

Students at La Tour Blanche

The students will first spend six months in Beijing, training in the basics of wine, as well as learning French and English.

After first stage exams, they will then spend a year at the Sauternes estate, learning wine-tasting techniques, wine service and wine culture. Continue reading „ Bordeaux chateau in Beijing school deal“

Sep 19 2011 South African wine pros condemn Human Rights report

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 09:03

by Adam Lechmere – Senior members of the South African wine community have condemned the recent report into Ripe with Abuse HRW reportvineyard conditions as statistically unreliable and misleading.

The 96-page report, ‘Ripe with abuse: Human Rights conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries’ was published in August.

It said workers on fruit farms and ‘wine farms’ lead ‘dismal, dangerous lives’.

Workers, it found, were exposed to pesticides, badly paid, lacking basic sanitation, forced in one case to live in a pigsty, unrepresented by unions, and in two cases paid in wine, a throwback to the infamous ‘dop’ system of the apartheid era.

The industries were ‘rooted in human misery’, Human Rights Watch’s Africa director Daniel Bekele said.

News articles worldwide made it clear the wine industry was central to the report. In a full-page story, the Guardian opened by saying South Africa had a ‘flair for producing … world-class’ wines at affordable prices, ‘ but the provenance of South African wines is altogether less savoury…’ Continue reading „ South African wine pros condemn Human Rights report“

Sep 19 2011 London’s wine lovers stunned by Argentina and Italy – videos & gallery

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by staff – Decanter’s two latest events attracted hundreds of wine lovers to central London to celebrate the Decanter's Italy Grandi Marchi tastingbest of Argentina and Italy.

Angelo Gaja

Last weekend, at Vinopolis in the centre of London’s foodie heaven, Borough Market, more than 30 of Argentina’s most renowned wine producers showcased their wines in Decanter’s third Tastes of Argentina day.

As well as more than 150 wines on show, guests were treated to wine and food matchings, chocolate and wine tasting, live tango displays, and wine masterclasses. Continue reading „ London’s wine lovers stunned by Argentina and Italy – videos & gallery“

Sep 19 2011 Beadles challenges industry to ‚take pledge‘ on alcohol harm reduction

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by Adam Lechmere – Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association today threw down the Jeremy Beadlesgauntlet to drinks companies yet to contribute to the government’s voluntary code of practice on alcohol.

Wine companies could save money by reducing alcohol, he said.

Speaking at the WSTA’s annual conference this morning, Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary Of State for Health, had paid tribute to the 110 companies that have signed up to the voluntary code of practice, the Health Responsibility Deal, which the government launched in March this year.

The deal was roundly condemned by health bodies at the time, but was welcomed by the drinks industry.

‘You as an industry have clearly demonstrated understanding and commitment,’ he said.

Lansley mentioned companies that had taken unilateral steps to ‘foster a culture of responsible drinking’. Continue reading „ Beadles challenges industry to ‚take pledge‘ on alcohol harm reduction“