Nov 30 2011

Wetter in der Schweiz im Herbst 2011

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Proplanta ® Die Schweiz erlebte den zweit wärmsten Herbst seit Messbeginn vor rund 150 Jahren.

andesweit gemittelt betrug der Temperaturüberschuss knapp 2 Grad gegenüber der Normperiode 1961-90, wie sich aus den Daten von MeteoSchweiz ergibt. Die Niederschläge blieben vor allem nördlich der Alpen massiv unterdurchschnittlich, und die Sonne verwöhnte die meisten Landesteile mit weit überdurchschnittlichen Werten.

Vom Sommer direkt in den Winter

Die erste Septemberhälfte zeigte sich hochsommerlich mit Höchsttemperaturen in Basel und Chur um 32 Grad. Heftige Gewitterereignisse unterstrichen zusätzlich den hochsommerlichen Witterungscharakter. Ein kräftiger Polarlufteinbruch mit intensiven Niederschlägen setzte jedoch ab dem 17. September dem sommerlichen Continue reading „Wetter in der Schweiz im Herbst 2011“

Nov 30 2011 Chinese basketball star launches Napa wine

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by Richard Woodard – Retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming is returning to his homeland – with a 2009 Napa Valley Yao Ming wineCabernet Sauvignon launched under his name.

Yao, who at 7ft 6in (2.29m) was the tallest player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) until his retirement earlier this year, established Yao Family Wines and will launch the Cabernet in China immediately, before a launch in the US next year.

The company said the grapes for the inaugural Yao Ming 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from ‘prestigious Napa Valley vineyards with a reputation for excellent fruit’.

It added that the final blend was chosen from selected barrels, with all the wine aged for at least 18 months in French oak.

Shanghai-born Yao measured 5ft 5in at the age of 10, and played for the Houston Rockets in the NBA, reaching the play-offs four times and being named in the All-NBA Team five times. Continue reading „ Chinese basketball star launches Napa wine“

Nov 30 2011 Yeatman restaurant wins Michelin star

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by Adam Lechmere – The restaurant at the Yeatman in Oporto has won its first Michelin star a year after opening.Yeatman

The Yeatman is the first in Oporto to win a Michelin star – and one of twelve Portuguese restaurants to win stars in the 2012 edition of Michelin Spain and Portugal.

‘I am delighted to receive a Michelin star as recognition of the work that my team and I do,’ chef Ricardo Costa said. ‘This is the “Oscars” of the restaurant world.’

Adrian Bridge, CEO of the Yeatman’s owners the Fladgate Partnership said Continue reading „ Yeatman restaurant wins Michelin star“

Nov 30 2011 Wineries report damage to vines ‚minimal‘ in Margaret River fires

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by James Lawrence – The evacuation of the Margaret River region has ended, as the devastating bush fires that swept Fires from McHenry Hohnen Winerythrough a series of National Parks last week are brought under control.

Fires seen from the McHenry Hohen winery

After struggling to control the fires for several days, the Australian Department of Energy and Conservation told local newspaper WA Today on Sunday that ‚the fire is now within containment lines and weather conditions are favourable.‘

According to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA), 32 houses and nine holiday chalets have been destroyed in Margaret River. The damage has mostly occurred in the National Parks that directly run along the coast in the southern end of the region.

The majority of local residents returned to their homes on Sunday evening.

Nick Power of the Margaret River Wine Association told the fires’ impact upon the 2012 Margaret Continue reading „ Wineries report damage to vines ‚minimal‘ in Margaret River fires“

Nov 30 2011

Parker smells potential in China’s wines

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Robert Parker, owner of „a million-dollar nose“, believes China’s fine-wine market is strong and growing. Yong Kai / for China Daily

Parker smells potential in China's wines

If you hesitate about choosing from a large selection of wine, what will you do? For many people, the solution is quite simple: choose one with a high score from Robert Parker.

The world’s most influential wine critic, Parker’s million-dollar nose and his 100-score rating system have great impact on the wine industry.

The famous oenophile was on tour in Shanghai and Hong Kong recently to share his views and advice with wine lovers, the emerging wine market. Parker attended an exclusive dinner at the Pudong Shangri-La Shanghai, which featured a selection of rare vintage wines he has highly rated. Despite the price of 28,888 yuan per person, all the 40 tickets were sold out within two weeks, with some guests flying to Shanghai to meet him. Continue reading „Parker smells potential in China’s wines“

Nov 30 2011

Österreich: Wetterrückblick November 2011

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Proplanta ® – Der trockenste November seit Messbeginn war ausgesprochen sonnig und überdurchschnittlich warm, in den Nebelgebieten der Niederungen aber trüb und stellenweise unterdurchschnittlich kalt.

„Der November 2011 geht österreichweit als der niederschlagsärmste November seit Beginn der flächendeckenden Niederschlagsmessungen im Jahr 1858 in die klimatologischen Jahrbücher ein“, erklärt Alexander Orlik, Klimatologe an der Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG). Das stabile Hochdruckwetter, das stellenweise seit dem 20. Oktober 2011 anhält, war dafür verantwortlich, dass es an einigen Orten nie geregnet oder geschneit hat und dass bundesweit nur 2 % der mittleren Novemberniederschläge vom Himmel fielen. Continue reading „Österreich: Wetterrückblick November 2011“

Nov 30 2011 Wine regions oppose ‚catastrophic‘ EU expansion plans

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by Jane Anson in Bordeaux – European wine growing regions are battling European Commission plans to allow massive vineyard, france, vineyard expansion.

Burgundy: vineyard area could double

To boost the wine sector’s competitiveness by reducing production costs, the EU has included an amendment to liberalise planting rights, from January 2016, within proposals for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) – a policy which one lobbyist said would have ‚catastrophic‘ consequences.

If the reform goes through, by 2019 there will be no restrictions to planting vines across the European Union, even in countries that today have no vineyards. Continue reading „ Wine regions oppose ‚catastrophic‘ EU expansion plans“