German scientists have made wine from seaweed which they claim is "extremely healthy" for drinkers. Despite being fermented in laboratories from sugar-kept algae and "aged" in PVC barrel, Laminaria is proving popular with some of the country's chefs. Dr Inez Linke, from Kiel, says the organic cider-coloured wine, costing around £15 for half a litre, strengthens the immune system. It also allegedly has a positive effect on sufferers of neurodermatitis, a chronic and painful skin complaint similar to eczema. Dr Linke says chefs use "Chateau Seaweed" to "invent new cocktails or add that special algae kick to their signature dishes". The Independent on Sunday 07/05/06 page 39 & page 59