Wine

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

NEW YORK - Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by some to be "cheap and cheerful quaff," but it is now gaining an appreciation around the globe.

Black truffles from Down Under conquer U.S. summertime menus

NEW YORK - From the truffle-infused beef-cheek ravioli at Babbo restaurant in New York to the all-black-truffle menu at La Toque in Napa Valley, California, the pungent mushroom has conquered the summer menu and is no longer just a treasured winter treat.

12 Aug 2014

For Euro pale lagers difference is in label, not taste: study

NEW YORK - European pale lager comes in a variety of brands but research shows that whatever the make of the beer, consumers find it difficult to taste the difference between them.

12 Aug 2014

What's left on the menu? Russian restaurateurs wrangle with food ban

MOSCOW - Moscow's sweeping sanctions on European food have sent Russian restaurateurs, retail chains and food producers scrambling for alternative supplies and bracing for Soviet-style shortages.

11 Aug 2014

World Chefs: Curtis Stone aims high in Beverly Hills debut

NEW YORK - Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone showcases the culinary skills he learned in Michelin-star eateries in Europe in his first restaurant Maude, a 25-seat, high-concept venture in Beverly Hills.

People, Life 05 Aug 2014

Mountain bikers eye $1 mln in 'toughest race on earth'

JOHANNESBURG - Mountain bikers tempted by the $1 million in prize money up for grabs in a new South African endurance race are given a warning before they sign up: "This could change your life, or end it".

01 Aug 2014

Former wine collector to forfeit $20 million for counterfeiting

NEW YORK - An Indonesian man once considered one of the world's top wine collectors was ordered Thursday to forfeit $20 million for selling millions of dollars of counterfeit bottles of wine to unsuspecting buyers.

24 Jul 2014

World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by 'two moms'

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23 Jul 2014

Once joined in Soviet Union, Ukraine, Russia never further apart

KIEV - Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began.

22 Jul 2014

World Chefs: Michelin-starred Hungarian chef inspired by "two moms"

BUDAPEST - Akos Sarkozi has delighted throngs of guests with his no-frills style, stripping down heavy Hungarian dishes to their defining flavors. But there is one person he has never dared cook for: his mother-in-law, whose mastery is a key source of inspiration.

22 Jul 2014