Coffee genome could lead to better brew, tougher plants

Coffee genome could lead to better brew, tougher plants
An international team of researchers on Thursday released the sequenced genome of coffee, saying it could help improve the flavor of one of the world's most popular beverages.

Central in Peru named best restaurant in Latin America

Central in Peru named best restaurant in Latin America
In the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America 2014 list, the Lima restaurant headed by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez claimed the top honors.

Connoisseurs? Seven out of 10 French 'know little about wine'

Connoisseurs? Seven out of 10 French 'know little about wine'
It's enough to make you choke on your Chablis.

Rémy Martin reinvents the cognac glass for Paris Design Week

Rémy Martin reinvents the cognac glass for Paris Design Week
Cognac brand Rémy Martin will be unveiling a selection of new cocktail glass designs as part of Paris Design Week this autumn, under the theme of "Rémyxologie".

In the market for a wine cellar? 3 essential tips

In the market for a wine cellar? 3 essential tips
Somewhere between learning to distinguish a merlot from a pinot noir and acquiring that ultra-sophisticated corkscrew, you've become more than just an occasional quaffer. And as your wine collection comes to represent an increasingly significant investment, a wine cellar is looking more and more like an essential appliance. But what should you look for? Philippe Faure-Brac, who earned the title of World's Best Sommelier in 1992, is used to hearing this question from guests at his Parisian restaurant, Le Bistrot du Sommelier. Here, he offers his tips for amateur wine enthusiasts looking to purchase their first cellar.

Chef Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouillere publishes first English cookbook

Chef Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouillere publishes first English cookbook
Award-winning French chef Alexandre Gauthier -- who’s been called one of the leading culinary figures of new European cooking -- is about to publish his first English-language cookbook, highlighting the cuisine of his Michelin-starred restaurant La Grenouillere.

Crowdfunding comes to the wine industry

Crowdfunding comes to the wine industry
Filmmakers, tinkerers and IT innovators aren't the only ones turning to the internet to fund their projects. Through a new platform dubbed Fundovino, the crowdfunding principle has now made its way to the winemaking industry.

Dinner in White tradition sparkles again in New York

Dinner in White tradition sparkles again in New York
With the setting sun glittering on the Hudson, nearly 5,000 people turned out Monday for the fourth edition of "Diner en blanc" (Dinner in White), dressed to the nines.

Forget fruit, South African wine shows notes of Bach and Mozart

Forget fruit, South African wine shows notes of Bach and Mozart
Everybody knows that wine should have a good nose, but one South African vintner wants the world to believe it also needs a good ear.

Airlines soaring to gourmet perfection with top chefs

Airlines soaring to gourmet perfection with top chefs
In an effort to delight the taste buds of well-heeled travelers, airlines around the world have enlisted the help of starred chefs to create menus worthy of some of the best restaurants on the ground.

Australia's McGuigan seals wine distribution deal in China

Australia's McGuigan seals wine distribution deal in China
The owner of Australia's McGuigan wine label said Monday it had won a distribution deal with China's state-owned food conglomerate COFCO, giving it a chance to tap the vast market.

Vodka is spiked with cognac in latest spirit hybrid launch

Vodka is spiked with cognac in latest spirit hybrid launch
Spirits are increasingly going hybrid, with unexpected liquors being mixed together to form two-for-one bottles like Vodquila and cognac-spiked vodka.

Molds let gardeners grow 'Buddha pears' and heart-shaped watermelon

Molds let gardeners grow 'Buddha pears' and heart-shaped watermelon
Because pear-shaped pears and round melons were getting old, a Chinese entrepreneur decided to create molds that allow gardeners with green thumbs to grow Buddha-shaped pears, square watermelons and cucumbers in the form of hearts.

Wine doyenne Philippine de Rothschild dies aged 80

Wine doyenne Philippine de Rothschild dies aged 80
Philippine de Rothschild, the grande dame of Bordeaux wine and part-owner of the legendary Chateau Mouton Rothschild vineyard, has died aged 80, her estate said on Saturday.

France cheers better wine harvest for 2014

France cheers better wine harvest for 2014
France will produce around six billion bottles of wine this year, a more successful harvest than in recent years, forecasts from the country's public agricultural authority predicted on Friday.

Kate Moss's breast inspires new champagne coupe design

Kate Moss's breast inspires new champagne coupe design
Kate Moss’s left breast has been immortalized in a champagne coupe.

Hungry? Jones Soda launches a peanut butter and jelly beverage

Hungry? Jones Soda launches a peanut butter and jelly beverage
To mark the back-to-school season, when lunchboxes across North America get filled with sticky peanut butter and jam sandwiches, gourmet soda company Jones Soda has launched a PB&J-flavored drink.

Consumption of wine starts at home for Millennials: report

Consumption of wine starts at home for Millennials: report
Millennial wine drinkers are most likely to have come from a culture of wine drinking in the home, according to a new report that looked at how the digitally savvy, “obsessively social” and mobile generation is reshaping the wine industry.

French cognac sales down as China exports fall

French cognac sales down as China exports fall
Worldwide sales of cognac fell in 2013-14 largely due to a drop in exports to China, France's main trade body for the brandy said.

Top Chilean winemaker latest to hop onto low-alcohol wine trend

Top Chilean winemaker latest to hop onto low-alcohol wine trend
The Chilean winemaker of one of the most popular and recognizable labels in the world says it plans to lower alcohol levels of its Cabernets to make them more "drinkable," yet another indication that the trend of low-alcohol wines is not going away any time soon.