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News from the world of wine

first_imgWine Opus Do you want to drink good wine, but don’t know what to buy? Do you know what you like, but want to explore new horizons?The Wine Opus harnesses the talent and opinions of a new generation of young wine writers to help you choose the best wines. Over 30 specialists have selected the 4,000 best wineries in the world and their trophy wines. Read their recommendations, from the Rhône to Rioja, from Napa to New Zealand, and from the Mosel to Mendoza in Argentina, and you will never buy bad wine again.If you enjoy drinking good wine, The Wine Opus gives you the names you need to know and introduces you to the new world of wine. Published by DK publishing house, the Wine Opus will be available from good book stores in September. NZ region feels the pinchREPORTS have filtered through the world of wine that several wineries based in New Zealand’s Marlborough have gone into receivership, with indications that more may follow.Earlier this month, Decanter reported that Cape Campbell Wines and its affiliate companies, Brown Sorensen Vineyards and the Brown Family Trust, went into voluntary receivership, owing creditors millions of dollars.The wine news publishers said that PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been appointed to manage Cape Campbell’s assets, said the three entities had liabilities totalling between $10m and $12m. He said he was unsure whether the company would continue to trade or be liquidated.Last month, Awatere Vineyard Estates, a large contract grower owned by Auckland-based Barry Sutton, was put into receivership in addition to the Marlborough wine company Gravitas.David Cox, European director of the New Zealand Wine Growers Association, said that growers had been hit hardest by the strong New Zealand dollar.“For some (not all) of those wineries who are exporting Sauvignon Blanc, this has been compounded by the oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc from the large 2008 and 2009 vintages which has had an adverse effect on some export prices”, he added.He added that “the 2010 vintage has come in at a reduced tonnage (263,000 tonnes versus 285,000 tonnes in 2009) and yields were down.“As a result, export prices have already started to rise to more profitable levels and the requirement to deplete excess stock is diminishing quickly.” Wine Kiosks IN OTHER wine world news, Decanter reports that for the first time in the US, Pennsylvania shoppers are buying wine from automated wine kiosks.The kiosks, two of which have been installed in the town of Harrisburg, hold up to 53 different wines under temperature-controlled conditions. With some of the most stringent alcohol purchasing laws in the US, Pennsylvania authorities require that the kiosks verify customer age before purchase. Customers must insert their ID to prove their age and a built-in breathalyser takes instant readings. Until now in Pennsylvania, alcohol has been sold in state-owned wine and spirits shops under the authority of the state’s liquor control board, but kiosks will be installed in regular supermarkets for customer convenience. Advertisement WhatsApp Email This week there’s news of a top tipples, wine kiosks, books and the struggle one wine region faces.Château ReyssonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE game season is set to kick off in a few weeks and what better things to pair only great food with great wine and Bordeaux wine producer Dourthe produces an ideal match from its Château Reysson estate in the Haut-Médoc using equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The magnificent 2005 vintage from this property punches well above its Crus Bourgeois status at a very affordable price.Heady aromas of juicy blackberries and cedar on the nose are complemented with spicy, black cherry flavours on the palate. A silky texture and rich earthy flavours find a perfect partner in game, and grouse in particular.2005 Château Reysson is currently available at Tesco at circa €15.99 a bottle Facebook NewsNews from the world of wineBy admin – July 22, 2010 444 Linkedin Print Previous articleExotic catering for parties at homeNext articleArts news in brief July 24 admin Twitterlast_img read more

Woman donates eggs to her mother, stepfather

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 December 2014A childless woman is donating her eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby that will be raised as her sister.The watchdog body Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Ecart) agreed to the rare arrangement, saying: “The family relationship is described as close, and the biological mother would socially be an older half-sister. The committee had no concerns about this aspect.”The mother had asked her daughter to donate eggs to her, which was a request that held an inherent risk of pressure, Ecart said.“However, based on the information given in the counselling reports, there appears to be no pressure and the egg donor has also stated that she had thought about donation before being asked by her mother.”But Family First national director Bob McCoskrie believed most people would oppose the approved application between the mother and daughter.“We have to consider the rights of the child, and it’s a pretty awkward situation to have your biological mother being your stepsister,” he said.“That should send warning bells as to how far we are going. The term ‘eggs-ploitation’ comes to mind.”New Zealand Catholic Bioethical Centre director John Kleinsman agreed, calling it “absolutely fraught”. “Potentially it undermines the child’s ability to secure its own health self-identity.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/64301499/babys-mum-and-sister-all-in-onelast_img read more