First burčák of the season appeared on sale this week in South Moravia. The fermented young wine traditionally appears on the market several weeks into the start of the grape harvest. According to wine makers, there will be less burčák available this year due to the spring freeze damage to the harvest. This has also affected the price, which is slightly higher than in the previous year, around 70 crowns a litre.
The Czech Hygiene Office has issued a health warning regarding smoked salmon sold in the food chain Albert. In performing random tests, the food inspection authorities detected the presence of a parasite –specifically the roundworm Anisakis simplex –which may cause stomach pain and nausea in humans. The bio product by the firm Nekton is no longer on the shelves but consumers who may still have the product at home have been warned against consuming it.
The Czech hops harvest this year is expected to reach around 6,000 tones, just over a third more than the drought damaged harvest of around 3,800 tons in 2015, according to the association of hop growers. The total area devoted to cultivating hops has risen this year for the third year in a row. It now totals around 4,700 hectares, around 160 hectares more than in 2015. Most of the harvest will be gathered over the next two weeks.
Twenty-five wines from the Czech Republic have made this year’s list of the world’s best wines, the Vins du Monde publication, which is released annually by the Union of French Winemakers, the Czech Wine Fund informed on Tuesday. The samples were tested by 130 members of the international jury at the end of February and beginning of March.
The mayor of Prague 1 wants to ban the sale of alcohol in the night hours in the historic city centre as a way of curbing excessive drinking in the streets at night. Mayor Lomecky says there has been a significant increase in the number of young foreign tourists who get drunk in the streets and cause a disturbance. The ban would not cover restaurants and bars. There is already a ban on drinking in public in the historic city center, but the mayor says the police do not enforce it sufficiently. A police spokeswoman has rejected the claim.
The Ministry of Agriculture wants Czech farmers to put something by for a dry day instead of just relying on the state to compensate them whenever there is a drought. Though the government would initially be the biggest contributor to the drought fund, farmers have had a mixed reaction to the scheme, Hospodářské noviny reported on Thursday.
Enjoyment of the Czech speciality Olomoucké tvarůźky (also known as syrečky) – the pungent soft yellow cheese made in Olomouc is probably best described as an acquired taste. Children would describe the odour as akin to old socks forgotten in the laundry basket, although many adults enjoy a number of specialities made from the product. Even so, who would have bet that an ice cream made from the cheese would be a hit?
Czech dairy farmers look set to get aid to the tune of 10.4 million euros within increased subsidies for farmers across the block approved by the European Commission, Czech Television reported on Monday. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka has welcomed the move, saying the sum allotted to Czech farmers was the 10th highest in the 28-member block. National governments can top up this aid with subsidies from state coffers. Czech dairy farmers are facing severe problems due to a milk glut and low prices across Europe.
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