Wine

Swedish Merlot, anyone? Warmer world boosts Nordic tipples

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GVARV, Norway/BLAXSTA, Sweden - On one of the world's northernmost frontiers, grapevines are growing on hillsides and talk among some farmers is about terroir and aroma as global warming and new technology push the boundaries of wine growing. | Video

Trip Tips: Hungary, where goose is king - and eaten - for a month

BUDAPEST - It isn't to everyone's taste, and animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but anyone who ever fancied eating foie gras - fattened goose liver - would have done well to be in the Hungarian capital this past month.

21 Nov 2014

Thanksgiving wines can be as varied as the meal, experts say

NEW YORK - Thanksgiving dinner includes more than just turkey, with ample helpings of vegetables, stuffing and cranberries, so wine experts say there is no perfect food-wine pairing for the traditional American feast.

18 Nov 2014

In rural Kenya, traditions run deeper than law on cutting girls

BARINGO COUNTY Kenya - Draped in animal skin and covered in white paint, four teenage girls squat over large stones in a remote western Kenyan village after being circumcised - a life-threatening custom banned in the country three years ago.

12 Nov 2014

Russian tourism plunge chills traditional Alpine hosts

VIENNA/ZURICH - A sharp drop in Russian visitors is sending an icy chill through Alpine ski resorts that have previously profited from free-spending eastern tourists.

07 Nov 2014

Mussolini's air raid bunker to open to the public

ROME - Benito Mussolini's personal air raid shelter is opening to the public, 74 years after Italy's former fascist dictator started building a network of fortified underground rooms to protect himself and his family from wartime bombing.

26 Oct 2014

Michelin awards four San Francisco restaurants with three stars

- The San Francisco Bay Area's reputation for great food got a boost as Michelin awarded four of its restaurants with its highest rating in its 2015 eating guide, to be released on Wednesday.

21 Oct 2014

Budapest-Tehran train trip is newest luxury pursuit

BUDAPEST - A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars.

16 Oct 2014

Budapest-Tehran train trip is newest luxury pursuit

BUDAPEST - A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars.

15 Oct 2014

Beyond the beaches in Tampa Bay

TAMPA Fla. - Sunshine and more than 35 miles (57 km) of white-sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Tampa Bay area on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast, where an infusion of arts and hipster-friendly culture is livening up options once you hang up your bathing trunks.

10 Oct 2014