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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

Calls for seminar to be held in Buncrana to tackle jobs crisis

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire By News Highland – September 5, 2011 Google+ There are calls for a seminar or conference on job creation to be held in Buncrana.Earlier this year, the previous Mayor of Donegal, Cora Harvey hosted a similar event called “Making the Future Happen: Addressing the Unemployment Challenge in Donegal.The conference was  focused on motivating and inspiring businesses and the agencies responsible for job creation in the county with examples of best practice from other parts of Ireland.Now Buncrana Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin wants a similar event for Buncrana.One in three workers are currently unemployed in Buncrana and over 5000 are out of full time employment across Inishowen. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Pinterest Newsx Adverts Calls for seminar to be held in Buncrana to tackle jobs crisis Previous articleBus attacked in DerryNext articleLaghey Post Office investigation concludes: File being prepared for the DPP News Highland Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+last_img read more

Walk the Line: The Mason-Dixon Trail

first_imgThe Mason-Dixon line—the dotted line running along the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania—remains a symbol of a time when the division between North and South was as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon. These days, there is more to the Mason-Dixon line than territory disputes and regional dissection: there is a long-distance hiking trail.The Mason-Dixon Trail was conceived in the early 1980s by York County, Pennsylvania native Bob Yost and some friends. Their original aim was to connect eastern Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Trail with the banks of the Susquehanna River; thus it was called the Brandywine Susquehanna Trail. Through the work of area hiking club volunteers, the trail was eventually expanded and the Brandywine Susquehanna Trail deemed too much of a mouthful so it was renamed the Mason-Dixon Trail (MDT). Although the MDT does not share a direct path with the original Mason-Dixon line laid out in 1767, the two cross at several points and the MDT does not lack for historic markings along its way.The trail runs a total of 193 miles from its eastern terminus at the Brandywine Trail at Chadds Ford to its western terminus at its intersection with the Appalachian Trail at a small town called Whisky Springs. Heading west out of Chadds Ford, the trail dives south through the Delaware arc and Elk Neck State Forest toward the mouth of the Susquehanna where it crosses at Havre de Grace, Maryland. The trail then traces the west bank of the Susquehanna for about 65 miles to Wrightsville, Pa. before heading west toward the A.T. The 30 miles of this section of trail between Wrightsville and the Norman Wood Bridge was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2010, and is one of the finest sections according to Rick Maerker, treasurer of the Mason-Dixon Trail System.“Some parts of it would remind you of a national park if you didn’t know where you were,” he said.Maerker should know. The retired teacher was one of the first to thru-hike the MDT in the early 1990s. He actually made a large loop by taking the MDT to its western end, heading north on the A.T. to link up with the Horseshoe Trail, which brought him back east to the Brandywine Trail. He averaged 40 miles a day in preparation for not one, but two A.T. thru-hikes – one in each direction.“I can remember my very first hike I ever did,” he recalled. “I was substitute teaching and I had a day off, I think it was a Wednesday in October, and I said, ‘I’m going to check out that Mason Dixon Trail.’ So I went down to Chadds Ford and started following the sky blue blazes. It was a beautiful fall morning and I just thought, ‘Man, this is really cool.’”Even given its fairly robust history, the trail continues to be a work in progress. Maerker estimates that 30 percent of the trail is along roads, albeit mostly backcountry roads that see little traffic. Given that the trail is not very remote, gathering supplies during a thru-hike is no problem, but camping can be a challenge. There are designated camping areas, but they are limited to the state parks or forests and can be some distance apart. Maerker says that many MDT hikers stealth camp along the way.The MDT is just another piece of the long-distance trail puzzle linking different portions of the East Coast by footpath. Although it does not share much historical accuracy with its namesake, one can only hope the trail is around as long as the line has been.Day HikesDay hiking on the Mason-Dixon Trail is easy due to the accessibility of the trail system. Here are a few favorites:Pinchot State Park (8.5 miles)Take the loop around the lake for great views of this park located near the western end of the trail.Otter Creek Loop (5 miles)This loop beginning at the Otter Creek Campground affords stunning views of the river from the Urey Overlook.Eagles Nest (2.3 miles)Short hike to nesting bald eagles (March – June) and Lock 12 of the Susquehanna Canal.last_img read more