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Spanish winemakers eye China's wine frontier HONG KONG: Wines from Spain and the New World are gaining ground in China at the expense of their French counterparts, as increasingly adventurous Chinese wine enthusiasts push back the frontiers of a surging market, say experts.Exports of Spanish wines surged 40 percent year-on-year in China in the first half of the year, according to Chinese customs reports, and it is now the third-biggest exporter of bottled wine to the lucrative wine market behind France and Australia."The Chinese are now searching for wines other than from France because they are more educated about wines from other countries," Hong Kong wine expert Mabel Lai told AFP.But price is also a reason. Wines from Spain and other countries such as Italy, Portugal and Australia sell for less compared with French wines said Lai, who is a lecturer at the Hong Kong Wine Academy.A top bottle of Spanish wine may range from US$260 ...

Lady Gaga fights to keep 'Queen of Pop' crown PARIS: Multi-platinum selling diva Lady Gaga is fighting to keep her 'Queen of Pop' crown with a hotly-anticipated third album, but early reception in the US and Britain has been lukewarm."Artpop" signals a return to the limelight for Stefani Germanotta -- known as Lady Gaga on stage and in video -- after she was forced to tone down her usually ubiquitous media presence to undergo hip surgery."For ArtPop, in a symbolic way, I've put myself ...

Jackie Shroff to play Aamir Khan's father? The latest buzz making the rounds is that Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff will play the role of Aamir Khan's father in ‘Dhoom 3’. When Khan was quizzed, he said "You should guess from the promos. I shouldn't tell you the specifics. I don't want to disclose much, because I want people to enjoy the film."Shroff too has been tight-lipped about his role. The actor earlier donned the role of Kareena Kapoor's father in the film ...

Kareena Kapoor regrets not continuing her studies According to The Times of India Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor regrets not continuing her education."Be it a village or a city, education is very important and it always comes into you," the 33-year-old actress told IANs. "(Education) is one of the most important things and we should always encourage children to be educated, go to school, and go to college." The ‘Heroine’ actress made her Bollywood debut with the film ‘Refugee’ when she was 20 ...

Robert Pattinson to team up with Benedict Cumberbatch for 'Lost City of Z' According to English media reports British star Robert Pattinson will be teaming up with ‘The Fifth Estate’ actor Benedict Cumberbatch for the forthcoming film ‘Lost City of Z’. The film will be directed by James Gray and produced by Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt. In the jungle-adventure drama Cumberbatch will don the role of Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British archeologist, who went missing in South America while hunting for a lost city. As on the Pattinson’s ...

Don't expect Salman to dance for Shah Rukh: Salim Khan According to Indian media reports Bollywood screenwriter Salim Khan believes his son Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan can never “love” each other as they are “rivals”. Recently the two writing partners Salim and Javed Akhtar came together after a long time to launch the trailer of the 1975 blockbuster film ‘Sholay’. The two parted ways about 32 years ago after penning together the hit scripts of ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Deewaar’ and ‘Mr. India’.When quizzed whether ...

Ram Gopal Varma fails to understand anti-smoking campaigns According to Indian media reports Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma has questioned the logic behind showing the anti-tobacco and anti-smoking campaigns before Bollywood film screenings in cinemas. “People want to forget problems for two hours when they come to see a movie and they are pounced upon with grotesque close ups of diseased lungs and mouths. I have been seeing a million anti-smoking campaigns since I was a kid, but yet to see a single ...


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