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Sour grapes: Trade war puts cork in US wine sales to China

Nov. 13, 2019 8:02 PM EST

LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Caught in the crossfire of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, U.S. vineyards are struggling to sell Syrah in Shanghai and Chardonnay in Shenzhen. They risk losing their foothold in one of the world’s fastest-growing wine markets. The 16-month dispute...

Beer insulting California utility PG&E brews backlash

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Anger over devastating California wildfires sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric power lines is coming to a head — in a beer. And an outcry is brewing. Steve Doty, owner of Shady Oak brewery in Santa Rosa, announced a new beer called “F--- PG&E,”...

Maya Angelou, RuPaul among California Hall of Fame class

Nov. 13, 2019 2:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Author Maya Angelou and performer RuPaul are among the inductees for the next class of California Hall of Fame. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, announced the inductees on Wednesday. The class includes soccer player and two-time World Cup champion Brandi...

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli...

Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung

Nov. 12, 2019 7:10 AM EST

MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick. The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and flowers and...

Rebirth, angst and the 'new normal' of California wildfires

Nov. 11, 2019 4:42 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Tina Chandler walks outside her home and sniffs the air. "Do you smell smoke?" she asks. Even when the scent is no longer there, it haunts her. So does the fear of the monstrous winds of autumn, the kind that stoked the wildfires that destroyed her northern California neighborhood...

Despite fires, California wine is doing just fine - for now

Nov. 9, 2019 10:05 AM EST

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — If you're worried that wildfires might have created shortages of Northern California's 2019 cabernet sauvignon, or even just imparted it with an undesirable smoky flavor, you can relax. The wine is just fine. For now. Despite a late October blaze that raged through one of the...

The Latest: Beshear wraps up campaign with Louisville stop

Nov. 4, 2019 9:53 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's rally on the eve of the Kentucky governor's race (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Democrat Steve Beshear has made a final campaign stop at a Louisville brewery after a whirlwind final tour of the state to challenge Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear...

Wine cellar in space: 12 bottles arrive for year of aging

Nov. 4, 2019 6:11 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A dozen bottles of fine French wine arrived at the space station Monday, not for the astronauts, but for science. The red Bordeaux wine will age for a year up there before returning to Earth. Researchers will study how weightlessness and space radiation affect the aging process....

In California blaze, Spanish-speaking immigrants find help

Nov. 1, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Two years ago, when fires ravaged Northern California, where tens of thousands of Latinos in the U.S. illegally work at farms and vineyards, displaced families were seen sleeping on beaches or in their cars. Farmworkers, construction workers and others in the service industry...