Keyword: wine

French vinyard worker wins pesticide illness case

The woman has won a lengthy legal battle for recognition that she developed debilitating illnesses after tending to vine spraid with pesticide.

French organic winemaker in court for shunning pesticides

Emmanuel Giboulot is backed by enviromentalists but other winemakers say not tackling harmful vine pest is like 'refusing vaccination'.

Rotting grapes from Bordeaux to Burgundy cut French wine outlook

Production forecasts lowered after rot due to wet weather causes grape losses, adding to damage from poor flowering and summer hailstorms.

French wine tax plans will ‘cork the industry’

Furious wine makers launch campaign against tax hike and tighter advertising rules they claim would be 'very bad for the image of France'.

France set for poor wine grape harvest

Experts forceast low yield from many French vineyards after a combination of a cold, wet spring and severe hailstorms during the summer.

French wine producers count 'catastrophic' cost of week's hailstorms

Bordeaux and Burgundy producers face financial disaster after storms devastated thousands of hectares of vine uninsured because of high costs.

France demands emergency EU summit over China's wine tax threat

Paris worried by Beijing threat of retaliatory levies on wine imported from Europe after Brussels raised tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

French wine 'has Italian origins'

Shaped vessels known to have been imported from the Etruscan people of Italy around 500 BC have shown chemical evidence of wine.

France under fire over presidential wine sale

President Francois Hollande is accused of selling off France's heritage with an auction of hundreds of bottles of fine wine from the Elysee Palace.

Austerity reaches France’s presidential wine cellar

Élysée says it will auction off 1,200 bottles of its finest wines, renew its cellar with “more modest” vintages and return surplus to the state budget.

Château d’Yquem scraps 2012 vintage due to rain

The wine estate near Bordeaux will not release a 2012 vintage of its famous sweet Sauternes wine after heavy rains spoiled quality of harvest.

California’s Foie Gras Ban Prompts French Call for Retaliation

A politician in southern France is urging the nation’s restaurants to stop serving California wines in response to the U.S. state’s ban on foie gras.

Bottle of Château d’Yquem becomes most expensive white wine ever sold

At a private sale in London a bottle of 1811 Yquem was sold for £75,000 to Christian Vanneque, former head sommelier of La Tour d'Argent.

Bordeaux Château Lascombes sold for €200m

Chateau Lascombes, a 117-hectare Margaux estate, has been sold to French health insurance group MACSF for €200m, including €50,000 of stock.

French wine consumption drops by three billion bottles

Annual French wine consumption has fallen by 75% in two generations, now equalling the equivalent of one bottle per adult per week.