Czech farmers are planning to protest in January against the low purchase price of milk, the country’s agrarian chamber said on Wednesday. Milk producers will hold demonstrations at both supermarkets and dairies, the chamber’s president Jan Veleba said, adding that they may even blockade such facilities. Mr Veleba said producing milk had become unprofitable and the current low prices could lead to the liquidation of some livestock.
The Pálava white wine variety produced by Vinselekt Michlovský from Rakvice in South Moravia won an international champion title at the Terravino Mediterranean International Wine and Spirit Challenge in Israel on Saturday. This is the first time any Moravian wine has won such title at an international competition. Moravian winemakers also won eight gold medals at the competition.
This week, the Czech Union of Friends of Beer (Sdružení přátel piva) announced its awards for the best beers, best breweries and the best brewmaster in the country. The title Brewmaster of the Year went to Josef Tolar, the brewing and technical director of Budějovický Budvar. In addition to that, Budvar also received an award for the best dark beer of the year. Earlier today, I spoke to Budvar’s Josef Tolar and asked him what it is that makes their beer so special:
In Business News this week: the EU has agreed on new agricultural policy, which Czechs do not support; Russian oil firm Lukoil wants to buy a stake in several Czech refineries; a packaging firm scoops the title of Business of the Year; over a half of Czechs find it difficult to get by on their current income, and Czech hoteliers are registering a decline in the number of guests.
A small Czech village has got its own little Stonehenge. The best of both: a Czech brewery produces grape beer. The Ajeto glassworks in Lindava has been asked to help produce what looks set to become the biggest carillon in the world. And, Catherine Zeta Jones comes to Prague for a shampoo ad. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
November 11th is St Martin’s Day, a day traditionally associated – in the Czech Republic at least – with wine. All over the country people will be popping the corks on bottles of young wine from South Moravia, and the purists will be serving it with the traditional Czech St Martin’s Day feast of roast goose with red and white cabbage. Rob Cameron has been sampling a few glasses, and has this report.
Police are investigating whether an advisor to Agriculture Minister Petr Gandalovič attempted to defraud the European Union, Czech Television reported. Petr Greger used EU funds to pay for two seminars for judges and other experts on public tenders and EU regulations last year. However, there are doubts about whether the second seminar actually took place. Some of those listed as having taken part say they were not there. For his part, Mr Greger said the second seminar was held, though some of the invited speakers may not have come.
One in every four beers served in this country is a Gambrinus, made by brewer Plzeňský Prazdroj. But, in a bid to dominate the market yet further, the brewery has just unveiled a slightly stronger, 11-degree version of its bestseller, titled Gambrinus 11 Excelent. The foreign-owned brewer says it is reacting to a shift away from the 10-degree beers which have for so long been so popular in this country. I spoke to Gambrinus brand manager Jiří Rakosník to find out more. My first question was, why the upgrade?
The famous Czech brewer Plzeňský Prazdroj has launched an 11-degree version of its brand Gambrinus. A 10-degree version of Gambrinus is the Czech Republic’s best selling beer. The brewers, who make Pilsner Urquell, say they are bringing out Gambrinus Excelent to meet a growing demand for slightly stronger 11-degree lager. The new brew will cost one crown more than ordinary Gambrinus.
Wine lovers from countries such as France, Spain or Italy might often turn up their noses at wine that is made in Moravia and Bohemia. But each year, there comes a time when Czechs enjoy something unknown to those wine-producing powers – the fresh, fruity and fizzy young wine known as burčák. Jan Richter reports from South Moravia, the wine capital of the Czech Republic.
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