Wine

In this Sept. 30, 2019, photo, a signboard says "Consumption tax hike, 8 percent to 10 percent", at a mass home electronics retailer in Tokyo. Japan has raised consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent, amid concerns that it could sink the Japanese economy though government officials say ample measures are taken to minimize the impact. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014,...
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July 07, 2019 - 12:36 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's northeastern Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, home to the world-famous sparkling wine prosecco, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday congratulated Italy and its Prosecco region, located...
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May 16, 2019 - 4:59 pm
LONDON (AP) — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a 4,500-pound ($5,760) bottle of red wine. The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead...
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Colton Herta, right, takes a celebratory swig after winning the IndyCar Classic auto race, as second-place finisher Josef Newgarden, left, takes a closer look a the bottle label Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Herta, 18, became the youngest winner in IndyCar history after a late-race crash near the entry to pit row helped him steal past the leaders to the checkered flag. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 24, 2019 - 6:31 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Everything went Colton Herta's way on Sunday, from the victory on the race track to the sparkling wine on the podium instead of apple cider. The 18-year American rookie became the youngest winner in IndyCar history when he captured the IndyCar Classic after a late-race crash...
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In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2019, Joe Ibrahim, head winemaker at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore., displays a bottle of rose of pinot noir made from grapes grown in southern Oregon that a California winemaker canceled a contract on purchasing just before harvest, claiming they were tainted by wildfire smoke. A federal agency approved the label for the wine, which four Oregon wineries collaborated on to save the winegrowers from financial ruin, just before the government shutdown, but label applications for chardonnay and pinot noir made from the salvaged grapes are among a huge backlog at the federal agency awaiting approval. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
January 30, 2019 - 2:44 pm
TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected fruit that was turned into wine by local vintners is facing another setback. Two Oregon wineries stepped in to...
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January 14, 2019 - 1:13 pm
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Police in northern Texas say a woman has been banned from a local Walmart after she spent several hours driving an electric shopping cart around the store's parking lot while drinking wine from a Pringles can. Police tell the Times Record News that officers responded to...
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In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin acknowledges the crowd at a curtain call following the new production premiere of Verdi's "La Traviata," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
December 05, 2018 - 2:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the rare step of bringing the entire orchestra on stage for curtain calls following his first performance as just the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera's 135-year-history. The 43-year-old Canadian led Tuesday night's premiere of a new...
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FILE--In this Feb. 23, 2004, file photo, winemaker David Lett savors the bouquet from a glass of Pinot Noir at his Eyrie Vinyards home in Dundee, Ore. Officials in Oregon and at a U.S. government agency are similarly finicky, and have told a California winery to back off its claims it makes an Oregon pinot noir. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
November 28, 2018 - 7:59 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Pinot noir is one of the finickiest grapes, but with proper nurturing it produces an amazing wine. Officials in Oregon and at a U.S. government agency are similarly finicky, and are stomping on a California winery's claims that it makes an Oregon pinot. Copper Cane, a Napa Valley...
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U.S President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during ceremonies at the Arc de Triomphe Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Paris. Over 60 heads of state and government were taking part in a solemn ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the mute and powerful symbol of sacrifice to the millions who died from 1914-18. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)
November 13, 2018 - 8:06 pm
PARIS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France's "big tariffs" make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines to the French. Wrong because customs duties on imported wines are applied not by France but by the European Union...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1976 file photo, Honolulu newsman Bob Barr sets up shop on the porch of his hotel room on the island of Ponape in Micronesia. Robert Barr, a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press in the U.K. from the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 to the death of Stephen Hawking earlier this year, has died after a brief battle with cancer it was announced on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. He was 71. (AP Photo, file)
August 31, 2018 - 4:44 am
LONDON (AP) — Robert Barr, a longtime reporter and editor for The Associated Press in London who covered major news events ranging from the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 to the death of Stephen Hawking this year, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 71. One of the longest-serving AP...
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