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The Latest: French wine exporters rue ‘hostages’ to US

The Latest: French wine exporters rue ‘hostages’ to USExporters of French wines and spirits say they rue Washingtons latest decision to impose trade tariffs on European imports. Federation of French Wines and Spirits Exporters President Antoine Leccia said Thursday he regretted that a country that increased its wine consumption and French wine imports now adopts such measures. Leccia says he hopes negotiations might ease tensions over European Union subsidies for aviation giant Airbus that led the U.S. to adopt the tariffs in retaliation.



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Uganda's Bobi Wine charged with 'annoying' president

Uganda's Bobi Wine charged with 'annoying' presidentA Ugandan court on Tuesday charged pop star turned leading opposition figure Bobi Wine with “annoying” President Yoweri Museveni, his lawyer told AFP. The singer, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, appeared in court on a prior treason charge after he and other opposition politicians allegedly stoned Museveni’s convoy during a campaign rally in August last year. Wine, who entered parliament in 2017, has emerged as a leading critic of Museveni — who has been in power for over three decades — and has faced multiple detentions while authorities have frustrated his efforts to perform.



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Best Bites: Red wine short ribs

Best Bites: Red wine short ribsWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your



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The Perfect Wine Glass, A Reissue of an Iconic Sofa, and More Great New Products to Source

The Perfect Wine Glass, A Reissue of an Iconic Sofa, and More Great New Products to Source



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Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'

Mother 'held in Dubai for three days after one glass of wine on flight'A mother was detained in Dubai for three days with her four-year-old daughter after a drinking a complimentary glass of wine on a flight from London, it is claimed. Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was initially denied water and made to clean toilets while in custody, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai. The non-governmental organisation formed to help people held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is representing the woman and her daughter Bibi, who was "terrified" by the experience. The 44-year-old was arrested on July 13 after having one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London, a statement from the group said. She was taken into custody after an immigration official questioned her about her visa and asked if she had consumed alcohol. Bibi Holman was detained with her mother before returning home Credit: Detained in Dubai via PA Ms Holman and her daughter were initially denied food, water and access to a toilet when they were held in a cell together for three days, the group claims. She now faces being detained in Dubai for up to a year while awaiting a court hearing. The group said she and Bibi were travelling to Dubai for a five-day break to visit friends, having visited a number of times before. After landing she was questioned by an immigration official, who said her visa was invalid and she must return to London immediately, the group said. Detained in Dubai | What will get you arrested? Ms Holman claims he was "dismissive and rude" when she asked if she could buy another visa, and was then questioned about her alcohol consumption – which she admitted. She filmed him on her phone as evidence of his behaviour before learning this was an offence, and that it was illegal to drink alcohol, according to the group. The pair were taken into custody with phones and passports confiscated before Ms Holman was asked to give a blood sample to test for alcohol consumption. She is said to have been refused the chance to phone her partner and was then held in a cell. Ellie takes her partner Gary's surname but they are not legally married, Detained by Dubai said. Dubai, with its smart hotels, first-class shopping and sunshine, is a popular destination with Britons despite strict laws on personal morality Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP In a statement from the group, Ms Holman claims the guards tried to rip out her hair extensions and described the prison as hot and "foul smelling". She said the pair were made to sleep on a "filthy" mattress and she was told to clean toilets and floors. She said: "My little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell. "The food (we were given) smelled like rotting garbage and neither Bibi or I could face trying it. I stayed awake for the whole three days. "By now, Gary knew something was wrong and had flown to Dubai to look for me. Friends had found out I was in jail and tried to visit. Nobody was allowed to see us. We were not even told." Unusual laws that tourists should be wary of She was released on bail and told her passport has been confiscated until the case is concluded. She said she has lost more than £30,000 in legal fees and missed work. Ms Holman is now spending time with her other children Suri, nine, and Noah, eight, who have flown out to Dubai to see her while Gary returns home with Bibi. Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: "The UAE maintains a deliberately misleading facade that alcohol consumption is perfectly legal for visitors. "Tourists cannot be blamed for believing that the Emirates are tolerant of Western drinking habits, but this is far from reality. "It is wholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubai's own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant and if breathalysed, that person will be jailed." 10 surprising things you probably didn't know about Dubai Ms Stirling called on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government generally to do more to "protect" British nationals, and claimed airlines were "complicit" and needed to be held "accountable". Consular staff spoke to Mr Holman about the incident, advised him on procedures in Dubai and also spoke to UAE authorities to confirm Ms Holman and her daughter were being released, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said. A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman said the case had not been registered with them because they had not been contacted by Ms Holman. Emirates airline has been contacted for comment.



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Revellers battle it out with wine in Spain

Revellers battle it out with wine in SpainRevellers poured buckets of wine over each other in northern Spain on Friday in an annual wine battle in the country’s Rioja producing-region. La Batalla de Vino is held each June in the town of Haro on the feast of St Peter, an event organizers say draws thousands of people. On Friday, participants soaked each other with buckets and toy spray guns, turning their clothes a shade of purple. (AP)



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California preps for pot-infused fare, from wine to tacos

California preps for pot-infused fare, from wine to tacosSAN DIEGO (AP) — The sauvignon blanc boasts brassy, citrus notes, but with one whiff, it's apparent this is no normal Sonoma County wine. It's infused with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that provides the high.



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16 holiday gifts for wine lovers

16 holiday gifts for wine loversThere's nothing cozier than curling up your couch and ending a crazy day with a nice glass of red wine.



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New fires break out in California as wine country fires dim

New fires break out in California as wine country fires dimSANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As crews gained on the wildfires in California wine country, new blazes broke out Tuesday in other parts of the state, including a fire in the mountains above Los Angeles that threatened a historic observatory and more flames in the Santa Cruz mountains.



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More than just wine country is burning in California

More than just wine country is burning in CaliforniaREDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence.



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