Cognac makers ramp up U.S. efforts as China sips less


COGNAC, France France's centuries-old cognac houses are raising their bets on the U.S. market with new products and campaigns to broaden the drink's appeal beyond its African American stronghold. | Video

Factbox: The culture of Cognac

Cognac is a brandy made from white grapes grown in the region surrounding the western French town of the same name. Here are some facts about cognac and the four main brands: Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell and Courvoisier.

23 Nov 2015

Modern Etiquette: Keeping things light for the holidays

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 86 percent of adult Americans said they planned to gather with family and friends during the holidays, and the same number say they planned to buy gifts for friends and family.

16 Nov 2015

Cutting down on the spice, South Korea cheese imports soar as trade deals open door

SEOUL South Koreans, who traditionally eat most meals with a generous dollop of the fiery local side dish kimchi, are gaining a growing taste for another imported fermented food: cheese.

10 Nov 2015

Greek fortress, key to ancient Jerusalem, uncovered, researchers say

JERUSALEM After a century of searching, archaeologists say they have found the remnants of an ancient Greek fortress once a center of power in Jerusalem and a stronghold used to hold off a Jewish rebellion celebrated in the scriptural Book of the Maccabees.

03 Nov 2015

Corked? Fine wines languish in China warehouses as consumers cool

SHANGHAI The crates of Chateau Brehat wine from Bordeaux had gathered dust for three years in a bonded warehouse on the outskirts of Shanghai before the owners cut their losses in July, slashing three-quarters off the $50 price (£32.3) tag. | Video

02 Nov 2015

Pink lake, treehouses and African beats in Senegal

LAC ROSE, Senegal Approaching Senegal's sand dune-flanked Lac Rose, overcast skies hid the sun and, at first, obscured the vibrant pink hue that gives the expansive lake its name.

02 Oct 2015

Black women booted from California wine train sue for discrimination

Eleven women from a predominantly black book club who were kicked off a California wine train in August sued the company on Thursday for racial discrimination, seeking $11 million in damages.

01 Oct 2015

Women in heavy-drinking South Korea fuel demand for lighter booze

SEOUL Jeon Seo-jin, 25, finds traditional soju, the clear grain-based liquor popular in South Korea, too strong for her liking.

10 Sep 2015

From lepers to art lovers, an ever-changing Brussels district

BRUSSELS Once the last refuge of lepers and criminals, one of Brussels' quirkiest neighborhoods teems with vintage furniture sellers, flea markets and linguistic invention.

28 Aug 2015