If products bear such labels as Parma ham, Emmenthal cheese, Cognac or Champagne, you know you're buying the real thing, produced only in one specific area of Europe under strict supervision. Soon a similar label could be attached to one very special Czech product: Czech brewers have filed a request with the European Commission to have the "Czech Beer" brand registered, ruling out the possibility of watery imitations flooding the market.
The former Czech prime minister Milos Zeman has a new brand of beer named after him. The best Czech chefs are off to Erfurt with a pastry masterpiece: Dali's famous clock in dark and white chocolate. And, the family from next door: there's a very good reason why you should ask them to lunch. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czechs are - famously - the world's number one consumers of beer. But did you know that while 90 percent of Czech men are beer drinkers, it's only 58 percent in the case of women? A new report on Czech drinking habits has also found that voters of the center-right Civic Democrats drink the most beer, but that may be because the party has more male voters. The study also looks at another very interesting issue - the importance of pubs in Czech society.
The annual awards ceremony for the best organic product of the year was held in Prague on Friday. The awards were presented in a recently opened organic restaurant, which is still something of a novelty in the Czech Republic. The event aims to promote the organic food industry, which is still in its infancy in this country.
It is a special time of year in many regions of the Czech Republic when the nights get cooler and the days shorter. It is the time of "vinobrani", wine festivals which mark the harvest of grapes for wine making. Legend has it that these celebrations date back to Roman times, when the first grapes were planted.
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Burcak the fermented young Moravian wine that appears on the market several weeks into the start of the grape harvest is once again available in Prague, a treat for connoisseurs and new-comers alike. Of course, Burcak can be something of a wolf in sheep's clothing: its high-sugar and cloudy juice-like content fooling some first-timers into underestimating its punch.
The man who went to see the Prime Minister with a billy-goat and donkey in tow. A new monastery has been consecrated in the Czech Republic - the first in more than 600 years. And, philatelists travelled from near and far to get the Roman Sebrle stamp at Prague's main post office. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
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