Mediavore: Northwest Illinois Wine Country; Rights for Crabs


• Parts of northwest Illinois are included in a new viticultural regional designation, which means that if anyone in Carroll, Jo Davies, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago makes wine, they can note the region on the label. [The Stew]

• Proposed legislation in the EU would extend animal welfare rights to all invertebrates, including crustaceans like crab and lobster. Right now the only protected invertebrate is the octopus. [New Scientist]

• San Francisco restaurant critic Michael Bauer will start taking restaurants’ health records into account when writing his reviews. [SFGate]

• After a strong weekend showing, Food Inc. now has a total take of $1,707,000, making it the highest-grossing specialty documentary of 2009. [Indiewire]

• Ruth Madoff was upset that she wasn’t able to use expired coupons on a recent visit to California Pizza Kitchen. [NYP]