Australian mining magnate's daughter wins $20 million from will

PERTH, Australia - An Australian court has awarded a A$25 million ($20 million) lump sum to Olivia Mead, the daughter of late mining billionaire Michael Wright, after she brought a case claiming that the A$3 million he left her in his will was not enough.

Washington, D.C. - from monuments to meetings

NEW YORK - It's not all politics and no play in Washington, D.C.

25 Feb 2015

The 'king of wines' gets ready for a makeover

TOKAJ, Hungary - Dubbed the "king of wines, the wine of kings" by Louis XV of France, Hungary's Tokaji wine is undergoing a makeover as the region hopes to regain fame lost in decades of mismanagement.

20 Feb 2015

Trip Tips: Living the good life way, way Down Under

HOBART, Australia - There was a time, not all that long ago, when the remote island of Tasmania off Australia's southern coast was the most feared destination in the British Empire.

13 Feb 2015

China weighs on French wine and spirits exports

PARIS - A decline in French wines and spirits exports worsened last year as China's clampdown on extravagant spending capped demand for pricy cognacs and Bordeaux wines, but producers said they banked on a weak euro to help stabilize exports this year.

11 Feb 2015

Champagne, Italian reds add sparkle to Valentine's Day

NEW YORK - Along with chocolate and roses, Champagne is a staple for many couples on Valentine's Day but wine experts say sweet reds and Italian sparklers are also good choices to spark romance.

10 Feb 2015

World Chefs: Charles Phan recounts career, shares tips in new book

NEW YORK - Award-winning chef Charles Phan chronicles his career and shares his recipes for Vietnamese cuisine in his newest cookbook, "The Slanted Door," named after his famous San Francisco restaurant.

27 Jan 2015

Wine stolen from Michelin-starred California restaurant recovered

- About 80 bottles of premium wine reported to be worth up to $300,000 that were stolen from the Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant in Northern California have been recovered across the country, police said on Friday.

23 Jan 2015

Whisky and bourbon to bring cheer to spirits market

PARIS - The growing popularity of cocktails will drive consumption of brown spirits such as whisky and bourbon to rise more than other types of alcohol by end 2018, the head of international wine trade show Vinexpo said.

22 Jan 2015

Taiwan's gays pray for soul mates at 'Rabbit' temple

TAIPEI - A young man sporting a rainbow pendant stands before the altar of the Wei-ming temple on the outskirts of Taipei, holding aloft a football-sized box full of prayers written on pieces of paper.

19 Jan 2015