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Wine opinion: winter in the vineyard

"In the summer, I'm usually working with a small team in the vineyards," says Olivier Tregoat, a terroir expert and vineyard consultant in Beziers in the south of France.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 10:19am

China's crop harvests brace for winter snap

The coldest winter in 28 years in China, the world's largest wheat producer, may hamper the developing winter crop, according to the official China National Grain and Oils Information Centre.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:07am

Thousands stuck in Kunming airport as China freezes

Thousands of angry passengers were stranded after heavy fog delayed flights at a Chinese airport early on Saturday, as the country was shivered through its coldest weather in almost three decades.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

The snow maiden

Deep in the dark forests that cover northern Russia lived an old woodcutter and his wife. The couple were sometimes sad because they did not have children. A child would have brought warmth and joy into their cabin. But it was not to be, and the old couple never spoke of their sadness to each other.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Traditional dishes tantalise the taste buds

Ningbo cuisine is part of the Zhejiang style of preparing dishes. It deals primarily with seafood, skilled manipulation of rice and achieving a fresh, salty flavour while avoiding too much oil or grease. As with many coastal cuisines, including Cantonese, Ningbo dishes are praised for being healthy and complex, even when using simple ingredients and age-old methods.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

In the flesh

One of the most delicious winter squash dishes I've tasted was also one of the simplest: the chef had cut the vegetable in half lengthwise, scooped out and discarded the seeds and fibres at the core, seasoned it with salt, pepper and melted butter, then baked it until tender.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hill dwellers left with little hope after cruel winter

Cut off from life's necessities by the worst blizzards in half a century, villagers in mountainous Lianzhou , Guangdong, have little to look forward to.

Hundreds of people living in three villages in Tanling, 230km northwest of Guangzhou, are still without electricity, clean water or communications three weeks after the area was cut off by snowstorms.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Storm havoc reveals gaping weaknesses

The full extent of the damage wrought by the extreme weather on the mainland is only just becoming apparent. The immediate challenge is to ensure that those who successfully braved the poor conditions to visit their families over the Lunar New Year are able to return.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Snowstorms taking toll on mainland profits

The fierce storms battering the mainland are also slowing operations and cutting into the profitability of key industries such as airlines and the steel sector, according to reports by analysts and individual companies.

According to the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, mainland insurers had received 130,000 claims by the end of last month.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

City Seen

The chestnuts are roasting in a wok on the footpath and Jack Frost is hardly nipping anyone's nose, but there's still an occasional Yuletide carol sung by a choir and one or two people dressed like Eskimos though it's still 16 degrees Celsius outside.

19 Dec 2007 - 12:00am