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'Most relaxed' hot air balloons lay back over Italy's wine valley


GUALDO CATTANEO, Italy Around 30 hot air balloons took to the skies in Italy on Saturday as part of what organizers refer to as the "most relaxed" event on the international ballooning calendar. | Video

Once tainted, Portugal's cork industry fights back

LISBON A decade ago, shares in the world's largest cork producer, Corticeira Amorim , didn't look like a great bet. | Video

09 May 2017

Israeli-born chef strikes gold with top U.S. prize

Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov, praised for his modern Israeli cuisine, struck gold by winning the top U.S. chef prize from the James Beard Foundation on Monday.

02 May 2017

Food and Wine magazine picks most promising U.S. chefs in 2017

NEW YORK Some of the most promising U.S. chefs are serving their food in elaborate formats, suggesting multi-course tasting menus might be enjoying a revival, according to Food and Wine magazine which released its annual list of up-and-coming chefs on Monday.

03 Apr 2017

Captain James Cook waistcoat fails to sell at Sydney auction

SYDNEY A waistcoat owned by British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed Australia for Britain in 1770, has failed to sell at auction, with bids far below its anticipated million dollar price tag, the auction house said on Monday. | Video

28 Mar 2017

Swiss cannabis entrepreneurs develop craving for low-potency pot

KOELLIKON, Switzerland Entrepreneurs have high hopes for cannabis in Switzerland, where business has suddenly taken off in recent months, six years after the country legalized low-potency "marijuana-light". | Video

22 Mar 2017

Of bread and wine: the world's most expensive cities

LONDON Singapore remains the world's most expensive city to live in, a study showed on Tuesday, with two Japanese cities -- Tokyo and Osaka -- returning to the top 10 thanks to the strengthening of the yen.

Life, Japan 21 Mar 2017

Australian beer company brews pint-sized storm over same-sex marriage

SYDNEY Australia's biggest domestic beer maker has pulled off the unthinkable, driving thirsty customers away from drink after it supported a church-run debate about same-sex marriage with beer bottles featuring bible verses.

15 Mar 2017

Australian wine exports to China soar as premium labels sparkle

SYDNEY The value of Australian wine exports to China surged 40 percent in 2016, industry figures showed on Friday, unexpectedly driven by sales of premium labels rather than the cheaper wines that major producers had been looking to boost.

27 Jan 2017

Melania Trump's hometown hopes new-found fame will boost trade, tourism

SEVNICA, Slovenia "First Lady" apple pies in the Kruhek bakery in Melania Trump's hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia are selling like hot cakes.

20 Jan 2017