Storm to bring rain
A tropical storm expected to sweep over waters east of Taiwan could bring rain to most parts of the country, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. As of 8am yesterday, Tropical Storm Leepi was centered 610km southeast of the nation’s southernmost tip, moving in a northeasterly direction at a speed of 26kph. Leepi is packing maximum sustained winds of 72kph and gusts reaching 101kph, the bureau said. Forecasters said the storm is not likely to directly hit the nation, but its outer periphery could bring showers to eastern areas and mountainous areas in the north, and downpours to central and southern areas. Leepi, which means “waterfalls” in Lao, is the fourth storm of this year’s Pacific typhoon season.
Wine wins French prize
A wine made in Taiwan has won a silver medal in a renowned French wine contest, an agriculture official said yesterday, adding that it is the first time a Taiwanese wine has won an international award. The Domaine Shu Sheng fortified wine Blanc 2005 won the Vinalies d’Argent medal at the Vinalies Internationales 2013, organized by the Union des Oenologues de France. Taiwan has won international awards for other alcoholic drinks, such as its strawberry wines and sorghum liquors, but winning one for a locally made grape wine is a first, officials from the Agriculture and Food Agency said. The wine competed with 3,400 wines from 40 countries. Winning a medal in the contest “provides the winemaker with a universal marketing tool” to promote their product, the Vinalies Internationales Web site said. The Agriculture and Food Agency said the silver medal would boost sales of the award-winning product by at least 30 percent in the local market alone.