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Virus booze ban causes headache for South African winemakers

Jun 22, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back from a liquor ban

This aerial view shows workers pruning a vineyard at the Nabygelegen Winery in Wellington near Cape Town on June 17, 2020. - South Africa shuttered liquor stores at the start of a strict anti-coronavirus lockdown on March 27, 2020 meant to stem the spread of COVID-19. The controversial booze ban was partially lifted on June 1, 2020 as part of a gradual easing of confinement measures to limit the economic setbacks of the pandemic. But wine producers in the valleys of South Africa's Western Cape province are concerned the industry will struggle to bounce back. The alcohol sales ban was coupled with a six-week export freeze -- raising concern buyers could turn to suppliers in other countries is demands are not rapidly met. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

From Prosecco to Chianti, Italy's wine sales sour from virus

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Winegrowers in Italy, the world's top wine producer, are reeling from the country's two-month lockdown

Stefano Cagliero, owner of Cagliero's Winery, smells a glass of red wine in his cellars on April 23, 2020 in Barolo, Langhe Region, near Cuneo, northwestern Italy, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP)

Lambanog that killed 8 in Laguna tests positive for high levels of methanol

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The samples contain 11.4% to 18.2% methanol, a toxic amount of the substance

LAMBANOG POISONING. Patients from Rizal, Laguna rest at the Emergency Room of Philippine General Hospital on December 23, 2019. Around 8 individuals are reportedly dead after drinking lambanog and experiencing stomach ache and vomiting. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Buying tips for new Filipino wine drinkers

Dec 16, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Wondering which wine to buy for your family’s noche buena

U.S. imposes tariffs on EU goods, targeting Airbus, wine and whisky

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies are among the high-profile targets with Europe ready to hit back against its own list of iconic or politically sensitive US products in 2020

Why a glass of red wine is good for your gut

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:30 PM

A study adds to the growing body of evidence that red wine can, when drunk in moderation, have positive effects on health

French wine production hit by heatwave

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:15 PM

France, one of the world's top wine producers and exporters, is hit hard by poor weather conditions, including a heatwave

A waste of good wine? Not! Spitting is essential to wine tasting

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:39 PM

After swirling the wine around in one's mouth, wine sommeliers say that spewing the liquid out must be done in order to identify its aroma

China's U.S. tariff hike to target condoms, wine, pianos

May 31, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The move will cap a week that was marked by a heated war of words and Chinese threats to curb exports of rare earths, which are key to US tech industries

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, study says

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, a new study says alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm

Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Yoweri Museveni justifies the tax move saying many citizens do not pay their taxes as they were meant to, and should not 'donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying' on social media

SOCIAL MEDIA TAX. A woman reads a message on social media tax as she scrolls through her Facebook account on her phone in Kampala on July 5, 2018. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: The asim sarap story of Filipino vinegar

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:23 PM

How did vinegar become the Philippines’ all-time favorite ingredient?

#PugadBaboy: Popping Corks as Fireworks

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Quite a catch: 22 Prime serves sustainable seafood specials

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The sustainable seafood – and the wine – will leave a wonderful taste in your mouth

THE MAIN EVENT. This surf and turf features a fillet mignon with grilled tiger prawns. Photo courtesy of Discovery Suites

Tacloban artist paints Duterte's portrait using coconut wine

Aug 08, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Aside from using tuba as a medium Yolanda survivor and artist Dante Enage uses his art to raise awareness on relevant issues in society

China wields increasing power in world wine market – study

Apr 19, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The International Organization of Vine and Wine says China remains the main driver of growth in the global wine industry

epa03248344 Wine dealers and producers from around the world meet with consumers and distributors at 'Topwine China 2012' in Beijing, China, 04 June 2012. China has a rapidly growing market for wine both from the finest of French vintages to mass market production from thousands of domestic producers. EPA/ADRIAN BRADSHAW

Salute! Italy toasts booming wine trade

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

The VinItaly wine trade fair in Verona is already on its 50th year and the future looks bright for Italian wines

A man open a bottle of wine on April 10, 2016 during the 50th edition of the Vinitaly wine exhibition in Verona.  Vinitaly is the world’s largest wine event, hosting more than 4164 exhibitors, looking to promote a vast range of rich and exotic varieties of wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages.  / AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO

Italy global wine market king – study

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Italy exported 5 4B worth of wine in 2015 while the top consumer of Italian wine is the US

epa05162335 A general view of the event 'Chianti Classic Collection', a preview of new vintages and productions that will go on the market, whose theme this year is 'The 300th anniversary of the first wine-making region', Florence, Italy, 15 February 2016. In 2016 the most famous Italian red wine in the world celebrates 300 years. EPA/MAURIZIO DEGL' INNOCENTI

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma buys French vineyard

Feb 26, 2016 - 2:14 PM

The Chinese billionaire now owns Chateau de Sours which produces 500 000 bottles of wine a year

epa05055834 Chinese AliBaba Ceo Jack Ma delivers a speech at "Action Day" meeting at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 05 December 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December aimed at reaching an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Sin tax collections up 25.96% January-November

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Wine is the biggest gainer this year in terms of volume taxed although revenue collected on the beverage has dropped slightly this year

8 'biodiversity-friendly' products from PH forests

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Supporting these products can save biodiversity and provide income for forest dependent communities who make them

S.M.E. Go! Manny O. Group

Jan 31, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Manny Osmeña shares his entrepreneurial journey in creating a business that s sustainable for all stakeholders

#SharePH #ShareDavao: Diving, Mt. Apo, the Philippine eagle

Nov 24, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Watch the first episode of Rappler s new travel show SharePH as it explores Davao city Share your own Davao memories

PHOTOS: Color-inspired dishes from awesome food truck challenge

Nov 23, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Marvin Agustin Erwan Heussaff Michel Cottabarren Xandra Pauco and more compete in the colorful food truck challenge at the 2nd Manila Food and Wine Festival Check out what they made

Where to eat in Jakarta this weekend: Sept. 20-21

Sep 20, 2014 - 10:28 AM

A gourmet fast food joint a famous Bak Kut Teh restaurant from Singapore and a mini underground bar

CROWDED PLACE. The restaurant has been drawing crowds to the new Ozone Mall in Pantai Indah Kapuk. Photo courtesy of

Where to eat in Jakarta this weekend: Sept. 13-14

Sep 12, 2014 - 8:26 PM

We list some interesting recommendations from food bloggers that you might want to check out this weekend

US judge jails Indonesian wine forger for 10 years

Aug 08, 2014 - 5:30 AM

Rudy Kurniawan used to be known as one of the top 5 wine collectors in the world but was convicted of blending hundreds of bottles in his kitchen and selling them as rare vintages

FAKE BOTTLES : Three bottles of wine used as evidence in the trial of wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan are displayed in Federal Court on December 19, 2013, in New York. Kurniawan was found guilty of masterminding a lucrative scheme to sell fake vintage wine in New York and London. Photo by AFP

France allows employers to ban wine in offices

Jul 03, 2014 - 11:33 PM

The traditional Gallic pot – a convivial office drinks party – may be a thing of the past after the French government allowed employers to ban wine from the workplace

THREAT TO SECURITY. A man samples wine during the Vinisud wine fair in Montpellier, France on 18 February 2008. Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo / EPA

Ron Wagner: A vintner who drinks to his heritage

Jun 22, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Ron Wagner is not the typical Filipino Wagner who identifies with both sides of his parentage chooses to honor his maternal origins with his brand

Imbayah festival: A renewal of tradition

May 03, 2014 - 6:19 PM

The Imbayah Festival is based on old ritual celebrating the ascendancy of a commoner and his family to the ranks of Kadangyans or the elite

The women wine makers of Bolisong

Apr 27, 2014 - 12:32 AM

In a complicated world of wine making and the already foreign dominated Philippine wine market 22 housewives brew wine for 8 years carving a niche in the wine market

WOMEN AND WINE. They create their own brand of wine from duhat. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Raise your glass to Oenococcus oeni, a real wine bug

Feb 26, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Why is it that one wine can be exquisitely smooth and another stomach turningly tart? One factor is a germ that helps to lower a wine s acidity a study says

Mango rum, barako liqueur, and more local drinks to try

Feb 25, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Filipinos are manufacturing different types of wine and liqueur that are set to take on the global market

Life and Style wRap: SUVs, wine auction, Xbox One, veggie diets

Nov 23, 2013 - 7:47 PM

Luxury carmakers tap into a growing trend for crossover compact SUVs for young urban professionals who want a sporty feel with high end cachet

Grand Wine Event 2013: Masterclass edition

Nov 13, 2013 - 3:59 AM

A night of endless wine happens on November 15

MY FRIENDS AND I ARE ALL WINE AND LIQUOR ENTHUSIASTS! Here in the photo are Jayjay Cocjin, Christine San Diego, Tim Walters, Koby Parcell-Cruz and Kishore Ramnami. All photos courtesy of G Töngi

Food event: Nothing short of fabulous

Sep 07, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Manila s finest gather for a night of fine food

Exploring Melbourne in 48 hours

Jul 25, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Here is a quick guide to Melbourne for side trip skeptics

TIME TRAVEL. Melbourne City has something to offer even the most experienced traveller. All photos by Zak Yuson/Rappler

Wine war fears slow French exports to China

Jun 19, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Bordeaux stands to be hit far harder than any other producer region in Europe in the event of China s anti dumping probe

WINE PROBLEMS. China is Bordeaux's biggest export market and takes around one in 5 of the bottles produced in the renowned area

Filipinos are world's biggest gin drinkers

Jun 18, 2013 - 4:48 PM

An average Filipino consumes 1 4 liters of gin every year largely due to the effective marketing and distribution of Ginebra San Miguel

LEADER. Filipinos rank number one in gin consumption in 2012 according to a report by The Economist. Photo from Ginebra San Miguel website

French presidency puts wines on sale in austerity drive

May 29, 2013 - 11:57 PM

The French presidency will put up for auction 1 200 bottles of wines in an unprecedented belt tightening measure at a time of recession

Red wine image via Shutterstock

Entertainment wRap: UFO, Brangelina wine

Mar 10, 2013 - 10:16 AM

Russell Crowe s UFO spotting the next Bond film and rose wine from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are some entertainment stories you shouldn t miss

UFO SPOTTER? Netizens reacted to Russell Crowe's UFO spotting, some unkindly. Photo from the Russell Crowe Facebook page

Brad and Angie, winemakers

Feb 17, 2013 - 2:53 PM

The two megastars are the latest celebrities to put a stamp on alcoholic beverages with the launch of their own wine label in March

Wine being ported to run Windows apps on Android

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:06 PM

Wine for Android is currently in the works and will allow users to run Windows apps on the Android OS when it s ready

WINDOWS, WINE, AND ANDROID. The folks behind Wine hope to make Windows app run on Android. Logos courtesy of Microsoft, Android, and Wine.

Savor wine: Wine-drinking 101

Jan 07, 2013 - 8:50 PM

You probably received a bottle of wine or two or three last Christmas and New Year Know what’s so great about it and how to drink it like a pro

TAKE WITH FOOD. According to Bill Hardy of Hardys Wine, wine has more alcohol than beer or gin and tonic. It's best to take it with food.

Natural wine? There's no such thing, say critics

Dec 02, 2012 - 2:04 PM

According to some experts the unregulated use of the term natural is misleading gullible consumers as well as polarizing the wine trade

NATURAL WINE? A file picture taken on October 12, 2011 in Cumieres, eastern France, shows French organic winemaker and President of organic Champagne producers union (AIVABC), Vincent Laval (L) working in his vineyard using traditional methods. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JULIEN

Chinese gobbles prestigious French wine maker

Nov 30, 2012 - 1:26 PM

A Chinese industrialist has completed the landmark purchase of Chateau Bellefont Belcier a leading estate in France s prestigious Saint Emilion wine making area

LANDMARK PURCHASE. A Chinese industrialist has completed the landmark purchase this Chateau Bellefont Belcier, a leading estate in France's prestigious Saint Emilion wine-making area, and its vineyards, a Saint-Emilion premier grand cru classe in the southwestern town of Saint-Emilion near Bordeaux. Photo by AFP

What are the top products Filipinos buy?

Nov 13, 2012 - 2:45 PM

Nielsen Philippines bares the top 50 Consumer Packaged Goods CPG that Filipinos buy the most

Buy wine... on Amazon

Nov 09, 2012 - 12:06 AM

Amazon s online wine shop will be a marketplace offering customers more than a thousand wines crafted by wineries in the US

WINE ONLINE. Screen grab from

The 'New World' of wine in Europe

Oct 14, 2012 - 4:15 PM

Romania steps up to the plate — or rather wine glass

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY, ALBEIT higher prices for today's Romanian wines. Screen grab from YouTube (AFP)