Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
David and Victoria Beckham sink £2k worth of wine on mid-week date night
20 October 2017

David and Victoria Beckham spared no expense when they drank almost £2,000 worth of vintage wine during a mid-week date night.
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Armit closes HK offices
20 October 2017

Fine wine merchant Armit Wines has confirmed it is closing its offices in Hong Kong in order to centralise all of its operations in the UK.
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Aldi to sell award-winning chocolate wine in time for Christmas
20 October 2017

Aldi has announced it will expand its alcohol offering next month, stocking a chocolate-flavoured dessert wine with notes of "figs, toffee and caramel" in time for Christmas.
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Boycott the balloon: Frapin calls for an end to snifters
19 October 2017

High-end Cognac producer Frapin would like to see brandy balloons “disappear” from restaurants, bars and dining rooms as the giant glass does nothing for the spirit.
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China leads Australia wine exports
19 October 2017

The value of Australian wine exports has surged 13% to AU$2.44 billion in the past 12 months ending 30 September, with mainland China representing 30% of the total wine export value, according to the Wine Australia.
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Champagne Lanson unveils festive range
19 October 2017

Champagne Lanson has unveiled its festive range which includes its 'Santa' brut miniature Champagne bottles and a trio of "innovative" musical gift boxes. 
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男子起诉航空公司未提供香槟
19 October 2017

来自加拿大魁北克的一名男子向加拿大太阳之翼航空公司( Sunwing Airlines)提起诉讼,因航空公司承诺的“香槟服务”中没有香槟,取而代之的是一杯起泡酒。
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西班牙加利西亚地区酒庄遭野火侵袭
19 October 2017

西班牙西北部Rías Baixas的葡萄园遭到由纵火犯引发的野火的破坏,野火在西班牙和葡萄牙共夺取41人性命。
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Penfolds unveils controversial multi-vintage Grange
19 October 2017

Penfolds has unveiled its latest creation, a multi-vintage blend of three vintages of its top label Grange – the 2008, 2012 and the yet to be released 2014 – that costs AU$3,000 a bottle. Called 'g3' head winemaker Peter Gago said he expects it to attract controversy.
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Pernod Ricard exceeds Q1 forecast as China picks up
19 October 2017

French drinks producer Pernod Ricard has reported a stronger than expected performance for the first quarter, with organic sales rising by 5.7% driven by accelerating demand in China and the US.
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Anson: A shifting role for Bordeaux négociants? – Interview
19 October 2017

Jane Anson interviews Ariane Khaida about becoming head of Duclot merchant house in Bordeaux and her views on what the city's wine trading houses still have to offer amid questions over the current system. The Quai des Chartrons has sent Bordeaux wine overseas for centuries. Here it is in 1806. Credit: Pierre Lacour / Wiki Commons Media. Jane Anson interviews Ariane Khaida...
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Brancott Estate unveils ‘matrix’ sculpture in vineyard
19 October 2017

New Zealand producer Brancott Estate has revealed the result of its design collaboration with New York-based Studio Dror. Brancott Estate's 'Under/standing' sculpture in Marlborough created by Dror Studio. New Zealand wine group Brancott Estate has unveiled a sculpture in its vineyards created by New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit.
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Best Value Bordeaux Wines
19 October 2017

Yes you can find a bargain in Bordeaux, even among the classed growths.
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Chanel Group Buys St.-Emilion's Château Berliquet (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2017

Owners of Bordeaux’s Canon and Rauzan-Ségla add a St.-Emilion gem to their portfolio
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This is how to say “cheers!” around the world
19 October 2017

Do you know your prosts from your zum wohls? We've teamed up with language app Babble to show you how to say "cheers" around the world, from Portugal to Poland.
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Private passions: James and his giant pumpkins
19 October 2017

In the first in a new series where we explore people's passions outside of the wine trade, James Hocking of The Vineyard Cellars reveals a love for growing giant veg.
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Tanners celebrates 175th anniversary
19 October 2017

UK wine merchant Tanners is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with a special dinner in its hometown of Shrewsbury this November.
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The wildfires will make us stronger, says Napa winemaker
19 October 2017

“We will come out better than ever” said Napa-based winemaker Chris Carpenter as he works to save the “great” 2017 vintage in the wake of the Californian wildfires.
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Great Wall sold back to parent company COFCO
19 October 2017

Just one day after the news broke that China Foods Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed company owned by COFCO, had sold its wine business including Great Wall, it has been revealed that the buyer is China Foods’ parent company COFCO.
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Are canned cocktails the next big thing in Hong Kong?
19 October 2017

Young entrepreneur Victoria Chow has recently unveiled a range of canned cocktails at her newly opened bar, Kwoon in Central, building on the success of the sector in other markets.
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Conviviality CFO Humphreys to step down
18 October 2017

UK wholesaler and distributor Conviviality Plc has announced the appointment of Mark Moran as its new CFO, who will take up the role following the departure of Andrew Humphreys at the end of this month. 
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Vineyards hit by wildfires in Galicia
18 October 2017

Vineyards in Rías Baixas in northwest Spain have been damaged in wildfires sparked by arsonists that have killed 41 people in Spain and Portugal.
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MillerCoors responds to Brewers Association bid to ‘buy’ AB InBev
18 October 2017

US brewing company MilerCoors has said that the Brewers Association should consider buying "a few craft companies," after the industry body launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to "buy" AB InBev.
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DWWA winners at Great Western Wines Tasting
18 October 2017

A selection of Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 winners will be on show at Great Western Wines' tasting on 2 November 2018 Award-winning wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA) will be showcased at the UK retailer Great Western Wines‘ portfolio
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Man files lawsuit against airline over lack of Champagne on flight
18 October 2017

A man from Quebec has filed a lawsuit against Canada's Sunwing Airlines after he was served sparkling wine instead of Champagne as part of a flight package that promised "Champagne service". 
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Codorníu parent firm agrees to move HQ out of Catalonia – report
18 October 2017

Directors at the holding company of Cava producer Codorníu have reportedly agreed to move their head office address from Catalonia to Rioja as political tension mounts over the region's independence vote. Read more below and see Miquel Hudin's commentary on what independence might mean for the region's winemakers. Codorníu cellars in Catalonia. Unideco board agrees to move business...
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Northern California Vintners Assess Wildfire Damage as Firefighters Bring Blazes Under Control (Wine Spectator)
18 October 2017

As firefighters bring blazes under control and evacuation orders are lifted, Napa and Sonoma residents return home to see what remains
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Buffett Continues Wholesale War in Texas
18 October 2017

A company owned by the Sage of Omaha is still suing for the right to distribute wine.
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Terroir 101: Wine Theory in Walla Walla (Wine Spectator)
18 October 2017

A semester-long college class called “Terroir.” I was invited to speak
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Cuchet bids goodbye to Fine+Rare
18 October 2017

Baudouin Cuchet has left UK wine merchant Fine+Rare, a company he co-founded, saying he was “immensely proud” of the business he was leaving behind but that he wasn’t gone for good from the trade.
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China Foods to sell Great Wall wine brand, due to ‘great uncertainties’
18 October 2017

China Foods Ltd, owned by China’s state-owned conglomerate COFCO, is planning to sell its wine and other non-beverage business for more than HK$5.069 billion (US$649.2 million).
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Square Mile bar manager jailed for using drinks menu to sell cocaine
17 October 2017

A former manager of a wine bar in London's financial district has been jailed after selling cocaine to customers who ordered a specific drink from the cocktail menu.
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The 15 oldest pubs in the UK, ranked according to their claims
17 October 2017

While the world's oldest bar is a hotly-contested title, many of the longest-running pubs are scattered across the British Isles.
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Breaking: Codorníu to move HQ to Rioja
17 October 2017

Cava producer Codorníu is to move its company headquarters out of Catalonia to Rioja due to the lingering uncertainty over the former’s claims to independence and Freixenet has suggested it may do likewise.
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‘First’ Pinot Noir devoted wine shop launched in HK
17 October 2017

Pinot Shop Australia, a wine shop that specialises in Pinot Noir from Australia, has branched out to Hong Kong, in particular focusing on cool climate Pinot Noir from Tasmania.
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Neil Rankin hits back at Gordon Ramsay over cocaine and alcohol abuse in the hospitality industry
17 October 2017

Award-winning chef Neil Rankin has hit back at Gordon Ramsay's comments on drug and alcohol addiction in the hospitality industry.
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France suffers ‘ultimate affront’ in tasting competition
17 October 2017

A team of French professionals suffered the “ultimate affront” of finishing in 11th place in a wine tasting competition, well behind the UK team, while a plucky Zimbabwean team forced Italy into an ignominious last place.
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Fund set up to support Sonoma’s fire victims
17 October 2017

The Sonoma County Community Foundation has set up a ‘Resilience Fund’ with a lead donation of $250,000 from Facebook to provide shelter and food directly to those affected by the devastating fires in the region.
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Austria confirms new DAC wine growing region
17 October 2017

Austria has named its tenth DAC wine growing region – Schilcherland DAC in the far south of the country – known for its production of rosé using the red grape Blauer Wildbacher.
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Hemel-en-Aarde wineries to visit
17 October 2017

Explore wineries on the Hermanus wine route in South Africa's Western Cape with Angela Lloyd's top picks...Newton Johnson Explore South Africa's Western Cape...
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Destroyed Signorello winery owner: ‘We need to get back in business’
17 October 2017

Ray Signorello Jr has vowed to rebuild after losing his entire winery building in the deadly fires that have swept across North California in the past week. Flames engulf Signorello Winery in Napa Valley. No staff or family members were injured. Owner determined to rebuild...
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Haut-Bailly owner makes ‘officer’ grade on French honours list
17 October 2017

Robert G Wilmers, owner of Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac Léognan since 1998 and chairman of M&T Bank Corporation in the US, has been awarded one of France’s highest civilian honours.Bob Wilmers (right) receives his 'officer' medal from Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé. Bob Wilmers awarded at special ceremony...
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Viticulture, not climate, is changing Champagne
17 October 2017

It is changes to viticulture, and not global warming, that is bringing riper flavours to Champagne, according to Gosset cellar master, Odilon de Varine.
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iDealwine update: Natural Progression
17 October 2017

In recent months, the demand for and prices of natural wines have taken off on iDealwine’s online auctions. We examine why this has taken place and look at what needs to happen for this to be more than a flash in the pan
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Father “absolutely livid” after finding wine, cannabis and “MDMA” in courtesy car
17 October 2017

A father of two claims he was left "absolutely livid" when he was given a courtesy car "filled with drugs and alcohol" by his local dealership.
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Chapel Down reveals ‘strong’ half-year results
17 October 2017

English winery Chapel Down has revealed its half-year results which show strong growth across its wine, beer and cider portfolio.
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Moutai to boost production by 7.8% to satisfy demand
17 October 2017

China’s best known Baijiu brand Moutai is aiming to produce 46,100 tonnes of Baijiu in 2018, bolstered by strong market demand in China, the company has announced.
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Hogs Back Brewery to grow 25% of hops in own garden
17 October 2017

Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey is well on its way towards growing 25% of the hops it uses in its own garden, despite the best efforts of a 'gender-swapping hop' spotted in its hop garden earlier this year.
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Brewery employs crayfish to purify water
16 October 2017

A brewery in the Czech Republic has employed a group of crayfish and fitted them with infrared bio sensors allowing the crustaceans to alert brewers to any changes in the purity of its water supply. 
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WSTA calls on Chancellor to freeze alcohol tax ahead of Autumn Statement
16 October 2017

The WSTA is calling on the government to freeze alcohol duty in the Autumn statement, claiming that a tax hike would damage the UK’s negotiating power post-Brexit.
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ThaiBev buys Myanmar Distillery Co. for S$1 billion
16 October 2017

ThaiBev, the Thailand-based spirits and beer maker, has bought a 75% stake in Myanmar Distillery Company (MDC), the producer of Myanmar's whisky Crown Royal, and its supply chain, for S$1 billion (US£494.4m).
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California wildfires: Firefighters gaining upper hand as death toll rises to 40
16 October 2017

The wildfires that continue to rage throughout northern California have claimed 40 lives, levelled at least eight wineries and damaged countless others, but efforts to contain the numerous infernos are now turning a corner, according to the California Fire Service. 
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Jefford on Monday: The Tuscan Original
16 October 2017

Andrew Jefford discovers a different way of doing things at Fattoria La Vialla. Pressing grapes for Vin Santo at La Vialla. Wine is full of colossal pretensions, but not here...
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Fires Won't Destroy California Wine Industry
16 October 2017

Our US editor reports from wine country, where rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.
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Wine Legend: Vega Sicilia, Unico 1964
16 October 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame? Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame?
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Devastating California Wine-Country Fires Spread to New Areas; Death and Damage Tolls Rise (Wine Spectator)
15 October 2017

Winds have picked up, prompting evacuations in Sonoma County; flames visible from Napa's To Kalon vineyard; now at least 35 dead and eight wineries destroyed; properties on Mount Veeder reporting extensive damage
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The Burgundy Report
14 October 2017

We take the pulse of the world's most wanted wine region, where pricing only has one direction.
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How Will California’s Wine-Country Fires Impact the 2017 Vintage? (Wine Spectator)
14 October 2017

As wildfires have raged across Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Mendocino and beyond, vintners assess their young wines and yet-to-be-harvested grapes
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Wine Talk: Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Up Wine (Wine Spectator)
14 October 2017

The pro golf champ has two wine brands and is looking forward to her future as a full-time vintner
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Running a London pub: the dos and don’ts
14 October 2017

the drinks business speaks to Chase Distillery's James Chase and former bar director at Sketch, Dominic Jacobs, co-owners of The Running Horse in Mayfair, about the challenges of running a pub in the capital.
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How to have the best wine tasting experience
14 October 2017

Just one month till the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London. Here are our insider tips on how to make the most of your wine tasting experience…Guests had the chance to try new wines they had not tasted before. Arrive early: Brilliant winemakers have travelled from around the globe to showcase their wine and you’ve got a better chance
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Vine & Vineyard wine quiz – Test your knowledge
14 October 2017

We all drink good wine, but how much do you know about where it comes from? Find out how much you know in our vine and vineyard quiz...Understand the vine growing cycle Test your vineyard skills...
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The week in pictures
14 October 2017

This week's drinks highlights included Maisons Marques et Domaines' autumn shoot, a talk on hops hosted by Hogs Back Brewery, and professional cricketers getting to grips with WSET level one.
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Yorkshire pub voted ‘world’s best restaurant’
14 October 2017

A modest country pub in north Yorkshire has been named the best restaurant in the world by customer review website TripAdvisor.
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Moutai launches ‘Enter the Dragon’ cocktail competition in Australia
14 October 2017

China’s most famous Baijiu producer, Moutai, has launched a Baijiu-based cocktail competition in Australia this month, as the brand pushes for more exposure overseas.
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Krug makes $6,500 Champagne backpack
14 October 2017

Champagne Krug has teamed up with designer menswear label Berluti to make a $6,500 leather backpack specifically for carrying your Champagne.
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Quintessentially enters into joint venture with Platinum Wines
14 October 2017

Hong Kong-based Quintessentially has announced a joint venture with Platinum Wines in an effort to strengthen their fine wine and spirits offering in Asia. 
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Macallan cask sets new world record at auction
13 October 2017

A Sherry hogshead of 1987 The Macallan sold for HK$2.9 million earlier this month at Spink China’s sale of fine and rare spirits in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for a whisky cask sold at auction.
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Driver arrested for siphoning off wine into parents’ basement
13 October 2017

A wine tanker driver who siphoned off thousands of litres of wine into a basement on his parents' property near Carcassonne, south west France, has been arrested. 
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Roberson sets up JustGiving page for California wildfire relief effort
13 October 2017

Wine merchant Roberson has set up a JustGiving page to raise funds within the wine trade for the California wildfire relief effort as the death toll rises to 31.
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Barrel of 2016 Montrose to be offered at auction
13 October 2017

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has revealed the line-up for its dedicated Bordeaux sale this November, which will feature claret dating back to the 1920s and a full barrel of 2016 Montrose.
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London’s most extravagant wine bars and restaurants
13 October 2017

Home to some of the most avant-garde, eccentric and elegant wine bars in the world, with some of the most extensive wine lists found anywhere on the planet, we roundup some of London's most extravagant wine bars.
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Glimmer of Hope as Fires Still Blaze
13 October 2017

Firefighters are starting to make some headway in the battle against California's catastrophic wildfires.
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Unfiltered: Bourdain, Barber, Batali Boost 'Trash' Food in New 'Wasted!' Documentary (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

A sneak peek at the doc on the frontlines of the battle against food waste. Also in Unfiltered, the Walking Dead's Norman Reedus toasts Comic Con, and auction action featuring Livermore and the Rhône
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Restaurants with Star Sommeliers (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

The tasting aces at these diverse places will lend their skills to next week's Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience
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Turning Tables: New York City's Somms and Sliders Will Celebrate Napa Valley Wines (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

Plus, Dovetail chef John Fraser opens another restaurant, Emeril Lagasse's Nola reopens, and we check in with Le Cirque amid rumors that it's closing
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Restaurant Spotlight: The Woodspeen (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

Serious cuisine and stellar wines in the tranquil British countryside
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Hawke’s Bay wine production drops in 2017
13 October 2017

Wine production in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay has suffered losses due to incessant rains in March, bringing down its total production from 2016’s 42,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes in 2017.
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Vega Sicilia taps into open Myanmar market
13 October 2017

Famed Spanish winery, Vega Sicilia, has set its sights on Myanmar’s wine market with a newly formed distribution agreement with Singapore-based Bordeaux Liquid Gold (BLG), following the country’s loosened grip on wine imports.
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Portobello Road launches ‘first’ turkey breast gin
13 October 2017

London's Portobello Road Gin has launched what it claims is the world’s first 'pechuga' gin, an expression distilled with an organic turkey breast.
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On this day 1810… the first Oktoberfest
13 October 2017

On this day in 1810 the King of Bavaria invited the citizens of Munich to join in celebration at the marriage of his son – an event that has become Oktoberfest.
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Asahi considers sale of stake in Tsingtao Brewery
13 October 2017

Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has announced that is considering the sale of all or part of its 19.99% stake in Tsingtao Brewery, confirming reports circulated earlier this year. 
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db Eats: Galvin at Windows
13 October 2017

db's resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to the Michelin-starred French fancy up in the clouds for heavenly hake, precise Puligny-Montrachet and a decadent apple tatin.
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Is fine wine running out of gas?
12 October 2017

The exposure on the Liv-ex Exchange – that is the combined total value of live bids and offers – has hit a new record high of £45 million this month but are there signs the market is starting to slow?
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SWA ramps up calls to cut UK spirits duty ahead of Budget
12 October 2017

Demand for Scotch whisky has fallen by one million bottles in the UK since Chancellor Philip Hammond increased spirits tax in his March Budget, proving the need for a cut in November, says the SWA.
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‘Haunting’ Dominus 2014 released
12 October 2017

The latest vintage from Napa Valley heavyweight, Dominus, has been released alongside two other “wonderful” 2014 wines from the Moueix family’s California holdings.
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Hennessy UK teams up with Abbey Road Studios
12 October 2017

Hennessy Very Special Cognac has teamed up with the iconic Abbey Road Studios to bring singer JP Cooper and musical poet Kojey Radical together to record live-to-vinyl as part of its Masters of Potential platform.
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Anson: Bordeaux’s ‘Enfant Terrible’
12 October 2017

Jane Anson meets a 'rebel winemaker' of Bordeaux and finds out why local wine officials have filed court action against him. Vinification at Dominique Léandre Chevalier Jane Anson meets the 'rebel winemaker' of Bordeaux...
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Tanker driver siphoned off thousands of litres of wine – report
12 October 2017

A tanker driver was arrested last week after allegedly siphoning off several thousand litres of wine into a basement on his parents' property near Carcassonne, south west France.The driver siphoned off wine from the tanker to a basement. Into a basement...
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Update: California fires latest
12 October 2017

The latest on the wildfires devastating California, and how to offer help...Paradise Ridge Winery has been destroyed. The latest and how to help...
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Massive California Wine-Country Fires Worsen, Sending More Residents Fleeing (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Calistoga and Geyserville are evacuated as flames spread and dangerous winds are forecast; now at least 23 dead and seven wineries destroyed
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California Fires: Damage Updates from Wineries (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Winemakers and vintners report on the status of wineries, vineyards and homes, while the wildfires continue to burn
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A Slow Recovery for Puerto Rico Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Still struggling with Hurricane Maria's aftermath, the island's hospitality professionals are helping their communities get back on their feet
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California Fires: How You Can Help (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Relief efforts are being organized to help Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino residents who have lost homes and businesses
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Wine Auction Sales Continue to Climb in 2017 (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Total sales increased worldwide in the third quarter as auctioneers focused on single-owner collections and provenance
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Rosebank distillery to reopen
12 October 2017

With news earlier this week that Diageo is reopening Scotch whisky distilleries Brora and Port Ellen, Ian Macleod Distillers has announced it intends to reopen Rosebank as well.
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The world’s biggest deliberate wine destructions
12 October 2017

From pouring Lafite down the loo to draining vats of Brunello, we round up some of the most destructive acts to be deliberately inflicted on the world of wine.
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Mad Hatter Brewing founder to launch ‘apothecary’ brewpub
12 October 2017

Gareth Matthews, founder of Mad Hatter Brewing, has launched a new venture called Gibberish which will allow him to brew in small batches and "spend silly amounts of money on nice ingredients."
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What is the difference between ripasso and appassimento? – ask Decanter
12 October 2017

Confused by the terms ripasso and appassimento...?Appassimento grapes at Agricola Masi Not sure what the difference is...?
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ProWine China 2017 to kick-start in Shanghai next month
12 October 2017

ProWine China 2017 is returning to Shanghai for the fifth year from 14-16 November, with 700 wines and spirits exhibitors from 33 countries including debut appearance from Armenia.
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Amazon to open pop-up bar in Japan
11 October 2017

Amazon is opening a pop-up bar in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district for 10 days, serving wine, whisky, beer and sake with an automated ordering system that will suggest drinks based on a customer's preferences.
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Celebrity bartender Ran Duan to head KOR, Taipei
11 October 2017

Well-known Chinese American bartender, Ran Duan, has been appointed as the executive head bartender for KOR, Taipei after running several successful bars in the US including the famed The Baldwin Bar.
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Lidl launches ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco
11 October 2017

German discount retailer Lidl has launched what it claims to be a ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco in the run up to Christmas.
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Bonarda mystery in Chile
11 October 2017

A small vinous mystery has emerged in Chile where a renowned ampelographer has examined an old Bonarda vine growing wild in Patagonia.
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Police arrest drunk time traveller from 2048
11 October 2017

Police officers in Casper, Wyoming, have arrested a drunk man claiming to have time travelled from the year 2048 to warn of an impending alien invasion. 
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Porto Cruz unveils heritage Ports for anniversary
11 October 2017

To celebrate its 130th anniversary, Port house Gran Cruz has released an old tawny Port as a travel retail exclusive and a very old tawny made with wines from the 19th century.
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Fires Still Raging Through Wine Country
11 October 2017

The scale of the devastation is becoming clear as the fires enter their third day.
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South America’s extreme vineyards
11 October 2017

The intoxicating landscape of South America is diverse and extreme, says Alistair Cooper in this months magazine. Find out some of the most extreme vineyard sites...South America's extreme vineyard sites. From the highest to the hottest...
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Great Wine Capitals: Winners of the Best Of Wine Tourism-Awards 2018 for Mainz & Rhinehessen
11 October 2017

Promotional featureFor the tenth time now the “top seven”, the winners of the seven best wine tourism offers in Mainz and Rhinehessen were awarded the coveted “Best Of Wine Tourism-Award 2018” of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Meyerhof Winery, Flonheim. See the winners...
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Royal Tokaji launches library wines from ‘first decade’
11 October 2017

Royal Tokaji has released an extremely limited amount of Aszú library wines from the first decade following the company’s founding in 1990.
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Three Choirs rebrands as English wine soars
11 October 2017

English winery Three Choirs has undergone a rebrand and relabelled its entire range for the first time in 10 years to capture the spirit of the English countryside around its vineyards.
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Interest in ‘local beers and craft drinks’ boosts sales at Marston’s pubs
11 October 2017

In a year-end trading update released today, UK brewery and pub operator Marston's has said that "greater consumer interest in local beers and craft drinks" contributed to a 1.6% rise in like-for-like sales at its taverns.
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‘Pesticide free’ Champagne cuvée launched
10 October 2017

Champagne Henri Giraud has said it will be adding a new ‘pesticide free’ cuvée next year in response to growing health concerns.
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LVMH sees double digit growth across the board, except for wines and spirits
10 October 2017

Luxury goods company LVMH saw organic revenues grow 12% in the first nine months of 2017, however its wine and spirits division was the only part of its business to not achieve double digit growth.
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Cork adds £5 to the value of wine
10 October 2017

How much does a cork stopper add to the value of wine sold in the UK restaurant sector? Exactly £5.38, according to research released by APCOR yesterday.
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Bicknell: Terroir is used as a marketing tool
10 October 2017

The concept of terroir is often over-stated as a way to sell wines in Burgundy and house style kept quiet according to Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell.
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Ten dead and wineries destroyed as wildfires ravage California wine country
10 October 2017

Wild fires raged through the wine country of Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Mendocino County on Monday morning, killing 10 people and destroying an estimated 1,500 homes and businesses, including several wineries.
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Seely: Petit Verdot capable of sensational things in the Douro
10 October 2017

Having spent the last 25 years reviving historic Port house Quinta do Noval, Christian Seely is turning his attention toward Douro red wines, flagging Petit Verdot as one of the "most thrilling" international varieties to have emerged.
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Gosset unveils blanc de blancs in clear bottle
10 October 2017

Champagne Gosset has relaunched its blanc de blancs in a clear glass bottle – a homage to Suzanne Gosset who “pioneered” their use in the region – and introduced a new blanc de noirs cuvée.
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Wild fires hit California Wine Country
10 October 2017

Multiple flames engulf Napa, Sonoma and other parts of Northern California...Wildfires in California. Wild fires, where 11 people have been killed so far, hit California Wine Country Multiple producers have said that the
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Sparkling wine sales grow 76% in the UK
10 October 2017

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown nine percent in a year, after years of continuous growth, according to new figures.Consumption continues to grow in the UK. High demand for sparkling wines continue...
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8 & $20: Autumn Pork Chops with Red Rioja (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

Juicy, golden-brown chops get a flavorful kick from apple cider, nutmeg and cranberry sauce, matched with a Spanish Tempranillo
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Fire Devastates Napa and Sonoma
10 October 2017

Wildfires have ripped through wine country, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
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Massive Wildfires Devastate Parts of Napa and Sonoma County, Burning Wineries and Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

Gusting winds spread multiple blazes in a matter of hours, triggering mass evacuations and destroying Signorello Estate and Paradise Ridge wineries, as well as businesses and homes
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Updated: Top 10 wine hotels in South America
10 October 2017

Get your South America trip off to a flyer at one of these sumptuous wine hotels, now with updates including the the hotel with biggest wine cellar in Brazil and a boutique Relais & Chateaux hideaway in Uruguay...'Each and every nook of the property is Instagram gold...' Image Credit: narbona.com.uy Explore South America's wine regions in style...
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What's in the Wine Cellar at Eleven Madison Park 2.0? (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

The Grand Award winner and New York institution reopens after a summer renovation, breathing fresh air into the wine program
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MMI pounces on South African market opportunity
10 October 2017

Dubai-based drinks retailer, Maritime & Mercantile International (MMI) has acquired a South African distributor and the right to distribute Asahi’s portfolio in the country as it seeks to capitalise on the market's "size and opportunity".
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Napa Valley Wine Train involved in crash with stretch limo
10 October 2017

The historic Napa Valley Wine Train was derailed after it crashed into a stretch limousine near St. Helena on Sunday (8 October) afternoon.
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Champagne to launch a ‘zero pesticide’ wine
10 October 2017

Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles - the first to do so in Champagne. The new 'no pesticide residue' label Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles - the first to do so in Champagne. The...
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Tycoon’s Petrus collection ‘at risk’ as AC fails
10 October 2017

A fine wine collection worth £16 million belonging to British tycoon James Stunt is reportedly “at risk” after the temperature controls failed at his Los Angeles mansion during a heat wave.
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Pop-up restaurant run by nuns to open in London
09 October 2017

We’ve had a cereal café and a Breaking Bad cocktail bar in a trailer, and now London is to be treated to a pop-up soup restaurant run by nuns called Nundos.
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Pickering’s Gin hopes bumper bauble crop will help to quadruple turnover
09 October 2017

Pickering's Gin, based in Edinburgh, has unveiled ambitious commercial plans to quadruple its turnover to £4 million as it announces the production of one million gin-filled festive baubles for Christmas. 
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Sparkling wine sales in the UK up 76%
09 October 2017

Sales of sparkling wine are booming in the UK, with volume sales of alternatives to Champagne having shot up by 76% over the last five years.
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Strange tales: wine drinking elephants, part two
09 October 2017

Throughout history man has used elephants' taste for alcohol to harness them for work and war, from the jungles of India and Thailand to the plains of Israel and Africa and the snow-capped Alps.
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Diageo to revive ‘lost’ distilleries with £35m investment
09 October 2017

Diageo is to revive ‘lost’ distilleries Port Ellen and Brora with a £35 million investment.
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Freixenet and Codorníu prepare for possible Catalan independence
09 October 2017

The possibility of the Catalan government declaring independence from Spain, possibly as early as tomorrow, is causing corporate panic among companies based in Spain's most prosperous region.
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Wine List Confidential: Clipstone
09 October 2017

Clipstone is a welcome addition to Fitzrovia with a succinct list which manages to say a lot with little, finds Wine List Confidential.
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Jefford on Monday: Languedoc’s cool kid
09 October 2017

Andrew Jefford bikes up the road to Pic St Loup. Bergerie du Capucin-vineyards in Pic St Loup. The Pic St Loup itself is in the distance on left and the cliff of Hortus on the right. Andrew Jefford explores Pic St Loup...
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Wine Legend: Henschke, Hill of Grace 1998
09 October 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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10 things to know about cooking with wine
07 October 2017

Fiona Beckett, Decanter's chief restaurant critic, shares her guide to cooking with wine from her latest recipe book, Wine lover's kitchen, out now...The 10 rules for cooking with wine. Everything you need to know...
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"Please Do Not Buy These Wines"
07 October 2017

A tasting of Hunter Valley Semillons has left W. Blake Gray in a terrible quandary.
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Craziest Story Working the Floor (Wine Spectator)
07 October 2017

From the front lines of fine wine, 9 sommeliers share their wildest war stories
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‘Vodka is not an anonymous ABV to stick in a cocktail’
07 October 2017

“Vodka is not an anonymous ABV to stick in a cocktail,” stated Belvedere’s Claire Smith-Warner at a launch in London last week.
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London dominates ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’
07 October 2017

The American Bar at The Savoy has been named the world’s number one bar at the World's 50 Best Bars Awards for the first time, with London claiming four of the top 10 spots. 
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Dessert wine quiz – Test your knowledge
07 October 2017

Sweet, luscious and too often overlooked; dessert wines are varied in style, colour and the ways they are made. Are you the person to ask "what should I drink with my dessert?" or are you a dry wine lover only. Let's find out...Château Guiraud Sauternes. Sweet, luscious and too often overlooked; dessert wines are varied in style, colour and the ways they are made. Are you the person to ask "...
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The week in pictures
07 October 2017

From a show-stopping Barca Velha vertical and a new winery helter-skelter, to London's annual Whisky Show – it has been a jam-packed week in the drinks industry.
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Fine wine prices outstrip diamonds, fine art and classic cars – research
07 October 2017

Fine wine price growth ‘powers ahead’ of luxury sectors like classic cars, jewellery and fine art, according to Knight Frank’s newly published Luxury Investment Index 2017.Fine wine tops the luxury price growth leaderboard... Credit knightfrank.co.uk Are fine wine prices growing faster than any other luxury sector?
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28-50 offers 2002 vintage Champagne for £15 a glass
07 October 2017

Wine-focused restaurant chain 28-50 is offering one of the greatest prestige cuvée Champagnes from the best vintage of the last decade for just £15 a glass.
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Trade invited to ‘surreal and slightly twisted’ wine event
06 October 2017

Wines of Argentina is bringing its Barullo consumer and trade event back to London following its debut last year, promising that it will be unlike any other wine tasting – "surreal and slightly twisted".
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Seillan: California 2017 vintage ‘in top 5 of past 20 years’
06 October 2017

This year’s vintage in California will rate as one of the greatest of the past 20 years, according to Vérité winemaker Pierre Seillan.
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Battle for domination: Opus One vs Dominus
06 October 2017

In the passive ‘battle’ in the secondary market for price appreciation and collector recognition between California heavyweights Opus One and Dominus who has the upper hand?
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Parakeets wreak havoc at London vineyard
06 October 2017

A flock of tropical parakeets has added insult to injury for London's "only commercial-scale" vineyard, denting a harvest already severely impacted by this year's April frosts.
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PM & Vänner promotes DWWA 2017 winners in November and December
06 October 2017

PM & Vänner is located in a privileged location between Copenhagen and Stockholm, holding one of the largest wine cellars
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Constellation Brands reports strong Q2 beer sales
06 October 2017

Constellation Brands has reported a 12.8% rise in net beer sales and a 11.7% increase in shipment volume in the three months ending 31 August, compared to the same period last year. 
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Burgundy ‘triumphs’ at Bonhams
06 October 2017

A collection of fine Burgundy from a German cellar led the way at Bonhams latest London sale, making over £100,000.
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Chivas’ £40m bottling plant expansion gets green light
06 October 2017

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky arm of Pernod Richard, has been granted planning permission to expand its bottling facilities at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton, which will see it invest £40m in creating a new, state-of-the-art facility in Scotland.
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Champagne Deutz reveals single vineyard project
06 October 2017

Champagne Deutz has unveiled a new single vineyard, single variety concept with the launch of its Hommage à William Deutz range, made exclusively from Pinot Noir sourced from two individual parcels in Aÿ.
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Unfiltered: Adorable Booze-Loving Koala Thinks It's (Australian) People (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

We got the story behind the video of "Drinky Bill," breakout marsupial Chardonnay critic. Plus, an NPR wine club for listeners who could use a drink, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James toast to wine and gold, and cork artist Edgar Degas
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Donald Carano, Founder of Sonoma’s Ferrari-Carano, Dies at 85 (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

Casino owner and hotelier built a temple to wine in Sonoma and helped elevate the region’s Chardonnay and hospitality
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Only in New York: 4 Original Foodie Havens (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

In an ever-changing city, these Big Apple classics have endured through times and trends, to the delight of locals and tourists alike
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Peter Gago: ‘Struck match is on the way out’
06 October 2017

The ‘struck match’ character prevalent in top-end Chardonnay from Australia is ‘on the way out’, according to Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.
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What are lees in wine? – Ask Decanter
06 October 2017

Confused when a tasting note or description refers to ‘lees’? And what sort of flavours do they produce? Our experts explain….A bottle of Muscadet labelled 'sur lie' (on the lees). What it means and how it tastes...
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Conservative MPs to release own-brand British gin
06 October 2017

The UK Conservative party's 1922 Committee has revealed that it plans to release its own gin called '1922 Gin' as part of its support of the British gin industry. 
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Asahi raises beer prices for first time in 10 years
06 October 2017

Asahi will increase the price of its bottled beers and kegs for the first time in 10 years in 2018, citing a rise in distribution costs and new regulations as the reason for the price hike.
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Wine List Confidential: Tate Modern
06 October 2017

The Tate Modern has a razor sharp list led by Hamish Anderson best enjoyed from a front window table facing St Paul's across the water, finds the Wine List Confidential experts.
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Fine wine investment: post-Brexit price movement analysis
06 October 2017

In his analysis of post-Brexit price movement, Philip Staveley of Amphora Portfolio Management finds that there was no premium in terms of price-rise accorded to older (pre 1996), and therefore scarcer wines.
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Australia’s women in wine to watch
05 October 2017

In the second instalment of our Australian women in wine feature, we flag up the winemakers branching out with their own labels and the rising stars to watch.
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EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low
05 October 2017

Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historical low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed.
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Hangover free cocktails could be on their way
05 October 2017

London-based drugs scientist David Nutt is developing a formula for synthetic alcohol that will deliver all the liberating effects of alcohol without the hangover.
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Judge upholds $2.6m fine against US wholesaler
05 October 2017

A Massachusetts judge has upheld a decision to impose a $2.6 million fine against US wholesaler Craft Beer Guild after it was found to have made "pay to play" payments to distributors.
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Campari sells Lemonsoda business for €80m
05 October 2017

Gruppo Campari has sold its fruit-flavoured carbonated drinks brand Freedea and Crodo to the Danish based beverage company Royal Unibrew A/S for €80 million.
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Anson: WW2 grenades found near St-Emilion vineyards
05 October 2017

A stash of hand grenades from World War Two has been discovered near to St-Emilion vineyards and one of the first people to find out was Jane Anson, who was duly prompted to explore how Bordeaux's Right Bank fared as a dividing line between the German Occupation and the Resistance in Vichy France. Unused grenades from World War Two, discovered near to St-Emilion vineyards. Jane Anson explores G...
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Heath: I don’t want to make cookie-cutter Sauvignon
05 October 2017

While a certain continuity of style is important for such a commercially successful brand as Cloudy Bay, its senior winemaker, Tim Heath, says he has no interest in making “cookie cutter Sauvignon”.
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Off-Piste rolls Most Wanted brand into cans
05 October 2017

Drinks supplier Off-Piste Wines is launching a canned version of its Most Wanted wine range to appeal to millenials and create interest on shelf.
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Mallya rearrested in London on money laundering charges
05 October 2017

Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, has been rearrested in London on money laundering charges.
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Great value South African wines
05 October 2017

Decanter's tasting team has selected seven wines, the majority below £20, which represent the forward-looking philosophy of South African winemakers today... Most of these forward-looking wines cost less than £20...
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Chinese official dies after binge drinking in Yunnan
05 October 2017

20 officials in China’s southwestern Yunnan province have been punished after participating in binge drinking at a government reception that has led to one death.
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Low-end Chinese wines still dominate domestic wine market
05 October 2017

A joint report by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and research company EXACT Data showed that the majority of Chinese wines consumed in the country are low-end, posing a challenge for Chinese producers who are trying to alter the image domestic wine. 
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
04 October 2017

From a casual cameo of Jing A Brewing Co's panda mascot at this year's Beertopia to a workshop by Desmond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin, we rounded up all the pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade.
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Vodka: A tale of terroir
04 October 2017

The damaged reputation of vodka has been restored at a dramatic pace. Having been derided as tasteless and boring in the wake of plummeting sales, there’s now a sense of optimism coming from both the craft and corporate spheres. By James Lawrence
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Tesco: turnaround “on track”
04 October 2017

Tesco, the UK’s biggest food and drink retailer, has boasted its turnaround is on track as it saw group sales rise 3.3% in the first half of the year.
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London bartender named worldwide Martini-making victor
04 October 2017

Will Meredith of London’s Dandelyan bar in London has beaten 39 mixologists from around the world to win the global final of 2017’s Elit Art of Martini Competition.
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Brewery creates beer for menopausal women
04 October 2017

The Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire has developed a beer called Libeeration which contains ingredients, such as lemon balm and chamomile, that are believed to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause.
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Craft Tax Gives Fat Cats the Cream
04 October 2017

A bill supposedly aiding artisan wine producers will do more for the major players, W. Blake Gray argues.
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Mooncakes and wine pairing for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
04 October 2017

If you're celebrating 'moon festival' this year anywhere in the world, then these are the wines to try with your traditional mooncakes, according to expert judges from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017. Additional reporting by Nellie Ming Lee and Sarah Wong in Hong Kong Will it be the mooncake with salted egg yolk (left), red lotus seed paste (top centre) or five nuts (centre)? How to celebrate M...
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US re-kindles Canada wine dispute at WTO
04 October 2017

US officials have re-started a dispute with Canada over what they see as unfair treatment of foreign wines in the country.US and Canada head for WTO dispute talks. Officials allege unfair treatment of US wine...
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Can You Handle the Wine Truth? (Wine Spectator)
04 October 2017

Caring about the fine points—not the score points—makes us look crazy. But we're not
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Lafite to release its first Chinese wine in 2018
04 October 2017

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) is reportedly planning its first inaugural Chinese wine release next year, a joint project between the French company and China's conglomerate CITIC group in the country's eastern Shandong province.
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Champagne Ruinart continues to support contemporary art in London
04 October 2017

Champagne house Ruinart is continuing its association with contemporary art in London through a sponsorship of Frieze and a ‘Ruinart hub’ at The Rosewood hotel.
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Cask Marque: cask most resilient beer sector
04 October 2017

Over the last six years in what has been described as a "challenging on-trade market", cask beer has proved the most resilient beer sector, with both keg and lager sales declining to a greater extent, Cask Marque has found in its latest Cask Report. 
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Seillan: Sonoma has more fine wine potential than anywhere else
04 October 2017

Sonoma County offers more potential for fine wine creation than any other region in the world, according Frenchman and Vérité winemaker, Pierre Seillan.
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Gordon & MacPhail release wartime whisky in HK
04 October 2017

Scotch whisky producer Gordon & MacPhail has bottled and released a 1943 Glenlivet, a whisky that has matured in a first-fill Sherry hogshead since the Second World War, in Hong Kong.
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10 quirky London Cocktail Week drinks
04 October 2017

London Cocktail Week is upon us. To celebrate, we've rounded up ten of the quirkiest cocktails created especially for the event by some of the capital's top mixologists.
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ASC Fine Wines consolidates regional restructure
04 October 2017

ASC Fine Wines, a leading wine importer in China, has announced its plan to consolidate its regional structure into three major branches, in an effort to further strengthen its competitive advantage.
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New record price for red at CWG auction
04 October 2017

The 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild auction came close to setting a new record again this year for its total price but did manage to set a new price for a single case of red wine sold.
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BBR bolsters Italian team
04 October 2017

Berry Bros and Rudd has bolstered its buying team with the appointment of Direct Wines’ Davy Zyw to head up its Italian wine buying. 
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Top 10 gassiest beers revealed
03 October 2017

A study of 31 popular and readily available beer brands in the UK has revealed which are most likely to leave you feeling particularly gassy.
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The latest additions to UK Michelin Guide in 2018
03 October 2017

The UK Michelin Guide 2018 has been released, with London sushi restaurant The Araki awarded a third star. Aquavit restaurant, London. The latest star additions...
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Interstate Wine Sales Threatened by Shippers
03 October 2017

There's more trouble brewing in the interstate wine business, W. Blake Gray reports.
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Which styles are best in a white wine sauce? – ask Decanter
03 October 2017

What wine is best for creating a white wine sauce? And is there much of a difference between styles? We speak to the experts...What is best to use in your cooking? Which wine is best to use?..
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The City Wine Show in pictures
03 October 2017

Take a look at the pictorial round-up of the inaugural City Wine Show, held on 22 and 23 September at the Stationers' Hall in central London.
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Kingsland to distribute Ventisquero in UK
03 October 2017

Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero has appointed Kingsland Drinks to be its distributor in the UK for both the on- and off-trades.
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Nomacorc changes name to ‘Vinventions’
03 October 2017

Synthetic cork producer Nomacorc has changed its name to Vinventions, along with South African cork producer Juvenal and German cork maker Ohlinger, which all now fall under the Vinventions umbrella.
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Madhavan takes over top spot at Bacardi
03 October 2017

Bacardi’s Mahesh Madhavan has taken over from outgoing CEO Michael Dolan, and appointed two senior members of the team, including a new chief marketing officer.
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Symingtons to release ‘vintage’ tawnies
03 October 2017

Symington Family Estates is to release a range of single harvest tawny Ports from ‘classic’ vintage years to show enthusiasts how their vintage wines taste after cask rather than bottle ageing.
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Cask Marque: pubs should charge more for cask
02 October 2017

Cask beer drinkers in the UK spend 30% more than the average pub-goer, this year's Cask Report has found, prompting its publishers, Cask Marque, to highlight the potential of price rises in line with those of keg beer.
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Nisa CEO steps down
02 October 2017

Wholesaler and drinks supplier Nisa Retail Limited has confirmed its CEO is stepping down as the company continues on-going acquisition negotiations with convenience retailer The Coop, in a reported £140 million deal.
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Schaafsma reveals three-pronged plan for Broadland
02 October 2017

db exclusive: Former Accolade CEO Paul Schaafsma has revealed his three-pronged development plan for UK importer and bottler Broadland Wineries.
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Hallgarten introduces online ordering for trade
02 October 2017

UK importer Hallgarten Druitt and Novum Wines has introduced a new, straightforward online ordering tool for its on-trade customers, just in time for the run up to Christmas.
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M&S boosts ‘lesser-known’ Californian and fine wines
02 October 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has upped its range of Californian wines with wines from lesser-known region as well as boosting its "diverse" range of fine wines.  
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Jefford on Monday: Slovenia’s dream white
02 October 2017

Andrew Jefford reports from the first International Rebula Masterclass.Rebula grapes waiting to be harvested. Andrew Jefford tastes Rebula...
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Kauzo Estates: 1853 Old Vine Estate Selected Parcel 2014
02 October 2017

Promotional featureThe 1853 Old Vine Estate Selected Parcel was born as a tribute to the Malbec variety, the most iconic grape in Argentina, planted for the first time in 1853 in our country. The original Malbec grapes were brought to Argentina before all the French Malbec vines were lost to the phylloxera epidemic in 1863. Discover Kauzo Estates...
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Ten centuries of Life, Death and Rebirth
02 October 2017

Promotional featureCome to Catena Zapata Hedonism Vault. September to November 2017 – The Four Ladies of Malbec.... Malbec Argentino: Ten centuries of Life, Death and Rebirth Promotional feature A Brief of History of Bodega Catena Zapata  
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Wine Legend: Domaine Huet, Le Haut Lieu 1947
02 October 2017

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend?
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South American wine trends: From the sommeliers
01 October 2017

What’s the next big trend in South American wine? Amanda Barnes talks to seven of the region’s leading sommeliers to find out...The latest trends, from the sommeliers. What’s the next big trend in South American wine?
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Napa Valley Travel: The Complete Luxury Guide (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

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Napa Travel Guide: Road Tripping in the Valley (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

From Carneros to Calistoga, soak in the beauty of California's prime wine country
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Napa Travel Guide: Where to Stay—Elegant Retreats (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

Leading resorts offer lavish amenities
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Napa Travel Guide: Oxbow Public Market (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

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Napa Travel Guide: Wineries—Tastings to Remember (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

Eighteen of the best venues for exciting visits and flavorful wines
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Napa Travel Guide: Top Table—The French Laundry (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

For 40 years, the Yountville restaurant has led the way in Napa Valley
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Frost Scars the 2017 Bordeaux Harvest
30 September 2017

The weather giveth and the weather taketh away in Bordeaux, Margaret Rand reports.
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Restaurant Talk: A Grand Journey (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

One couple's quest to dine at every Wine Spectator Grand Award winner
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China’s wine imports up from January to August
30 September 2017

China’s wine imports continued an upward trend seen in previous months, showing increases in both volume and value in the first eight months of the year, the latest figures from China Association of Imports and Export of Wine & Spirits have shown.
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How Does Wine Affect Your Waistline? (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

As America grapples with an obesity epidemic, wine lovers wonder if their favorite drink can be part of their diet
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Lafite tops new liquidity ranking
30 September 2017

Liv-ex has launched the first of quarterly liquidity rankings with Lafite 2014 topping the list at the end of Q3.
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Top new products: October
30 September 2017

This month saw the inaugural malt whisky release from the Cotswold Distillery and a £1,000 a bottle Japanese gin aged in rare Mizunara oak.
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Enotria & Coe gets major cash injection to deal with ‘post-Brexit world’
30 September 2017

Enotria & Coe has received a major investment from its largest shareholder, BlueGem LP, to ready the drinks supplier for a ‘post-Brexit world’, db can exclusively reveal.
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New Drinkaware campaign to counter harassment
30 September 2017

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is launching a new campaign aimed at countering drunken sexual harassment as over 70% of young people responded to a study saying it was something they were used to seeing on a night out.
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The week in pictures
30 September 2017

From the California Wine Fair in the grounds of Westminster Abbey to the launch of Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2009 hosted by chef Jason Atherton, it has been a busy week for drinks.
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Gaia Gaja: I want to play by the rules
30 September 2017

Rather than mirroring her father’s trailblazing free spirit, Gaia Gaja has insisted that she wants to “play by the rules” of the appellation system in Piedmont.
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Gaja: Italy’s future lies in white wines
30 September 2017

Gaia Gaja, manager of one of Italy’s most prestigious red wine estates, believes the future of Italian wines lies in its white varieties.
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Bridge: ‘Cellar door sales are a thing of the past’
29 September 2017

Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, has argued that wine tourism – at least in Porto – needs to focus less on cellar door wine sales and more on creating “good old-fashioned ambassadors.”
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Thieves uproot 500 vines and steal grapes in Bordeaux
29 September 2017

Around seven tonnes of grapes have been stolen from vineyards in Bordeaux mid-harvest, a double blow for producers already suffering one of the lowest yielding harvests in the country's history.
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Plans for Scotland’s first ‘vertical’ distillery submitted
29 September 2017

Plans for Scotland's first 'vertical distillery', that will also use water from the Port of Leith harbour in the cooling process, have been submitted to Edinburgh Council. 
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Rising price of beer making pubs an ‘unaffordable luxury’
29 September 2017

Only  15% of UK beer drinkers now think that the price of a pint in the UK is either very or fairly affordable, with the rising price of beer putting the British pub-going tradition at risk of dying out and becoming an "unaffordable luxury", says CAMRA. 
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V8+ Prosecco gets a revamp
29 September 2017

Genagricola's V8+ Prosecco has unveiled its new label and bottle design in a move which the company says is "just the beginning of the innovation" currently being planned at Genagricola. 
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Chenin Blanc quiz – Test your knowledge
29 September 2017

How much do you know about this versatile grape that has made a name for itself in the Loire and South Africa, in particular? Let's find out...Old Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa. Test your skills...
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Wine cocktails to try – London Cocktail Week
29 September 2017

It's not for everyone, but wine has its place in the cocktail culture that has grown up in major cities over the past few years. Here's some recipes from the organisers of upcoming London Cocktail Week and extra tips from 28-50's Clement Robert MS.Scapigliato Wine cocktails are continuing to grow in popularity...
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Large Beaujolais estate sold after three centuries in same family
29 September 2017

Château de la Chaize, one of the largest wine estates in Beaujolais, is changing hands after three-and-a-half centuries of being owned by the same family.The Versaille of Beaujolais: Château de la Chaize. Château de la Chaize sold in Beaujolais...
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What’s changing in Argentinian Malbec winemaking
29 September 2017

In partnership with Wines of Argentina Tim Atkin MW on the shift towards more elegant winemaking...What's new in the cellars? It’s easy to forget that someone has to turn grapes into wine...
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Amazon Dealt a Distribution Blow
29 September 2017

A move into alcohol delivery might not be as easy as the internet behemoth thought.
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Unfiltered: Presidents Cup Fills with Winemakers; Cristie Kerr and Ernie Els Head to Tourney (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

Kerr stopped by Unfiltered H.Q. to chat beforehand. Plus, Underwood Wine and "Wild Feminists" team up for Planned Parenthood, and a string of harvest heists hits Bordeaux
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Restaurant Spotlight: Jory (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

A resort restaurant draws inspiration from the surrounding wine region
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Turning Tables: Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis Goes Fast-Casual in Vegas; Grand Award RN74 San Francisco Closes (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

Get a sneak peek at Giada's new wine-barrel program. Plus, we check in with Mexico City restaurants after the quake, and RN74 Seattle announces a new executive chef
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Popping cork sound ‘makes wine taste better’ – experiment
29 September 2017

People who drink wine after hearing the sound of a cork popping are likely to think it tastes better, suggests a small study conducted by an Oxford University professor. A satisfying sound: pulling the cork on a bottle of wine... Sound sets the mood for good wine, says professor...
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Top 10 new drinks books
29 September 2017

Our latest round-up of new drinks titles includes a food and wine journey through Georgia, a sparkling wine compendium, a paean to the Spritz, and a history of distillery cats.
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Top 10 US states for craft beer
29 September 2017

the drinks business rounds up the top 10 US states for craft beer in 2016 based their economic output, with data supplied by the industry group Brewers Association. 
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Boutique importers in HK unite to highlight diversity
28 September 2017

A group of boutique importers in Hong Kong have joined forces to launch the inaugural VINSurrection tasting event, aiming to shine a light on small and artisan producers.
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‘Drink for Good’ charity event returns to Hong Kong
28 September 2017

Hong Kong's bar hoppers now have a good cause to drink to, as the city's annual fundraising initiative 'Drink For Good' returns next month, promising to donate 5% of sales from every drink purchased at participating venues to help children with special needs.
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COFCO’s imported wine boss to head Great Wall
28 September 2017

China's state-owned conglomerate COFCO has announced a major personnel reshuffle, appointing Castle Li, general manager of its thriving importing arm division- COFCO Wine & Wine - as the new general manager for one of the country's biggest domestic wineries, Great Wall.
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‘Immaculate’ fine wines auctioned to benefit Brazilian charity
28 September 2017

A collection of ‘immaculately-stored’ fine wines being sold for the benefit of a children’s charity in Brazil is among the offerings at Sotheby’s next New York sale.
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Vinolok to launch new premium range of glass closures
28 September 2017

Glass closure specialist Vinolok has launched a new premium range of stoppers: Vinolok Premium, allowing for greater customisation and melding of materials.
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IMW adds Neustadt to seminar locations
28 September 2017

From next year, the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) will hold a one-week educational seminar in Germany as part of its Study Programme.
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American wine economy worth $220 billion
28 September 2017

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, has measured the national economic impact of the wine industry across 50 states and found that it will generate $219.9 billion in 2017. 
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Exton Park gets Scottish distributor
28 September 2017

Scottish merchant Inverarity Morton and English sparkling wine producer Exton Park have signed an agreement that will see the English fizz distributed in Scotland for the first time.
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Anson: Inside Lafite’s Chinese wine project – Exclusive
28 September 2017

The parent company of Château Lafite Rothschild opens up to Jane Anson about its 10-year vineyard project in China and reveals plans to release its first Chinese fine wine next year. A new dawn for DBR Lafite in China? A seascape from Penglai in Shandong province. DBR Lafite to release Chinese wine in 2018...
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Asian Eateries with Exceptional Wines (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

Skip the sake and enjoy the cellars at these Asian restaurants
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Why You Want to Pay More for Wine
28 September 2017

Price was the big topic when the US wine world's suits got together in Napa.
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St.-Emilion's Château Fonroque Sold as Bordeaux Continues to Attract Investors (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

The Guillard family purchased the biodynamic St.-Emilion estate from the Moueix and Curat families
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Travel: Three ‘Casonas’ in Chilean wine country
28 September 2017

Amanda Barnes picks three places to stay on Chilean wine estates...La Casona at Matetic. Explore Chile's wine country...
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How Much Is America’s Wine Industry Worth? (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

A new study quantifies the wine business' $220 billion contribution to the U.S. economy
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Masseto 2014 success hailed by Bordeaux traders
28 September 2017

Newly released Masseto 2014 has sold well in early trading and provided the Place de Bordeaux with an opportunity to assert its credentials.Masseto has enjoyed success on the fine wine market. Early signs suggest wine's success story will continue...
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Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
28 September 2017

Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork is a high-octane account of her year in the New York wine scene, from slaving as a cellar rat to training as a sommelier and partying in the city’s inner sanctums… Bianca Bosker's helter-skelter journey through wine...
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Fine wine investment: the top under-performers
28 September 2017

Amphora explores which wines have under-performed most since the referendum result – a period that has otherwise tended to benefit the overall market – and asks which wines still represent good value.
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Thailand tax increases hit imported wines
28 September 2017

Thailand has increased excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes by an average of 2%, which the government has said will help it to generate an additional 12 billion baht (US$360 million) worth of tax revenue, with increases on imported wines the sharpest.
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Win two Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter 2018 tickets!
28 September 2017

Find out how you could be in with a chance of winning tickets worth £110... Attending the 2017 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter? Take part in our social media competition to be in with a chance
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Chivas Regal enters multi-year partnership with NBA China
28 September 2017

Chivas Regal and NBA China have announced a multi-year marketing partnership which the Scotch whisky producer claims to be the largest partnership with a professional sports league in the history of the brand.
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Jamie Oliver to open third restaurant in Hong Kong
28 September 2017

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will open his third restaurant venture in Hong Kong, following openings of Jamie’s Italian in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, promising to bring “fast, honest and responsibly sourced” food to the city.
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Australian women winemakers leaving due to ‘macho’ industry image
28 September 2017

Women in the Australian wine industry are leaving due to the ‘macho image’, the Wine Australia chairman Brian Walsh has reportedly told an Australian newsite.
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Uncorked: Zhang Huining of Château Rongzi
28 September 2017

Zhang Huining, chief winemaker of Château Rongzi in China's Shanxi province, reveals her biggest vice and why she is not a fan of the 100-point rating system.
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Wine under cork perceived as 15% better than screwcap
28 September 2017

Wines bottled under cork are perceived to be 15% better quality than those closed with a screwcap according to the results of a recent scientific experiment.
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Best Lidl wines to try: new French collection
28 September 2017

Lidl has unveiled its autumn 2017 range, the 'French Collection', which hits stores on Thursday 28th September... These are our favourite Lidl wines to try...
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Facebook trials selective blocking of alcohol ads
27 September 2017

Facebook is testing a tool that in the future could give users the power to hide advertisements relating to alcohol while using the social media network. 
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US craft beer contributes $68bn to the economy
27 September 2017

In a report released by industry group the Brewers Association, it was revealed that the US craft beer industry contributed $67.8 billion to the US economy, as well as more than 456,000 jobs, in 2016.  
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Sainsbury’s trials queue-less payment
27 September 2017

UK retailer Sainsbury’s is following in the footsteps of Amazon Go by trialling a queue-less payment system in its London Euston store.
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Château Fonroque sold to insurance group owner
27 September 2017

St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé estate Château Fonroque has been sold to the family behind a French insurance group, in the latest of several winery deals to be announced in Bordeaux this year. Château Fonroque is one of several Bordeaux wine estates to change hands in 2017. Deal sees St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé change hands...
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Biodynamic Argentina: Luna Austral is a force of nature
27 September 2017

Promotional featureFind out how Uco Valley’s Luna Austral is bringing biodynamic natural wine production up to date, with tips from award-winning winemaker Alvaro Espinoza… How to grow biodynamically...
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The World's Most Expensive Wines
27 September 2017

It's time to unveil this year's list of the priciest wines on the market.
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Charity Watch: Restaurant and Wine Industries Support Hurricane and Earthquake Victims (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2017

Hospitality and winery professionals are pitching in to help those in need in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond
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8 & $20 Recipe: Clams in Thai Green Curry Sauce (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2017

Spice up some steamed littlenecks and ease into the evening with an off-dry Riesling
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Gallery: Vineyard animals – Unlikely helpers
27 September 2017

As growing numbers of wineries around the world consider the merits of organic and biodynamic principles, many are deploying vineyard animals to help fight weeds and pests without the use of chemicals...Both Kunekune pigs and babydoll sheep are able to graze in the Yealands vineyards all year round, because these breeds are too small to reach the grapes! Previously, Yealands tried using giant guin...
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Penfolds: Producer profile
27 September 2017

Decanter's 1988 Man of the Year was none other than Max Schubert, mastermind behind Penfolds Grange... Decanter's 1988 Man of the Year was none other than Max Schubert, mastermind behind Penfolds Grange...
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Waitrose announces return of Drinks Festival
27 September 2017

Waitrose’s consumer Drinks Festival is set to return for a second year, the retailer has confirmed.
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Reading University unveils self-serve ‘beer wall’ in student union
27 September 2017

The University of Reading is one of the first to use a new self-service "beer wall", as it unveils a 16-tap device at its onsite student union.
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Penfolds Collection latest release preview
27 September 2017

Coming soon: Decanter's John Stimpfig tastes the newest wines, including Grange 2013, in advance of the annual release... Coming soon: Top wines from the latest Penfolds Collection...
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Champagne 2017: did harvesting start too late?
27 September 2017

Despite being one of the earliest start-dates on record, growers in Champagne may have begun harvesting too late, according to Olivier Krug.
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VJ Mallya to face new charges
27 September 2017

New charges are soon to be laid in India against VJ Mallya, the former head of United Spirits (USL), who fled to the UK in March 2016.
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ProWein Special Show set to feature craft
26 September 2017

ProWein "same but different" Special Show, set to take place in March next year, picks up on the "trending craft theme" featuring examples of craft spirits, beer and cider.
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Burgundy ‘relieved’ as harvest returns to normal
26 September 2017

Burgundy’s harvest is set to return to normal yields this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has confirmed, after seeing falling yields for a number of years.
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New device could reduce 9 million wasted pints in UK
26 September 2017

A Bristol-based inventor has created a device that can be attached to a beer tap to control frothing and reduce an estimated nine million pints of beer wasted in the UK each year. 
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Beaujolais’ largest estate sold for first time in 300 years
26 September 2017

One of Beaujolais’ largest wine estates has been sold, the first time it has changed hands in more than 300 years.
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Ballantine’s enters single malt Scotch category
26 September 2017

Scotch whisky maker Ballantine’s has launched a trio of 15-year-old Single Malts, marking its first foray into the single malt category, which saw exports surpass £1 billion for the first time last year, rising 12% in value during 2016.
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UK drinks trade charity launches mental health hotline
26 September 2017

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent has launched a "ground-breaking" counselling helpline for those working in the trade in need of legal, financial, practical or emotional support.
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Clos de Chacras: Bridging Mendoza’s past with the future
26 September 2017

Promotional featureReflective of its history and modern approach, Clos de Chacras’ wine estates respect the past and celebrate the future of Mendoza’s wine regions and new terroirs... Celebrating the past and future...
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Exclusive: Falesco's Cotarella Family Buys Le Macioche Brunello Estate (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2017

One of Italy's most successful winemaking families adds Brunello di Montalcino to its portfolio
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New Cru Bourgeois classification on-track for 2020
26 September 2017

Bordeaux's Cru Bourgeois classification is on-course to bring back a three-tier quality ranking in 2020, as officials say they are confident of avoiding a legal quagmire.Cru Bourgeois to get new classification. Return of the three-tier system...
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Christian Moueix Buys Bordeaux’s Clos La Madeleine and Château Magnan La Gaffelière, Expanding His Right Bank Winery Empire (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2017

The deal gives the La Fleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy owner another estate in a prime Right Bank location
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California’s Jordan Winery ‘re-writes’ Ed Sheeran song
26 September 2017

Jordan Winery in Sonoma County has rewritten the lyrics to pop song ‘Shape of You’ by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, to make it about Cabernet Sauvignon as grapes begin to roll in across California. Jordan Winery re wrote the lyrics to the song 'Shape of You'. 'Shape of Cab' released on Youtube...
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Malaysia enforces travel ban on beer festival and gay partygoers
26 September 2017

Malaysia is enforcing a travel ban on any visitors coming to the Muslim-majority country for the now banned beer festival and an upcoming gay party.
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Chef Jason Atherton named Moët brand ambassador
26 September 2017

Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton has been named as Champagne house Moët & Chandon’s UK brand ambassador for the next two years.
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Oddbins stocks £300 fine wine trios
26 September 2017

Oddbins has upped its range of fine wines after recording strong growth, including a trio of vintage Rhone and Rioja wines retailing for around £300. 
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New trend sees South African winemakers practicing restraint
26 September 2017

A “definite trend” is taking hold in South Africa as winemakers seek to reel back intervention and practice restraint to achieve finesse and balance in wines, according to Andrea Mullineux of Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in Swartland.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
26 September 2017

This week's highlights in the Hong Kong drinks trade included our Asian Pinot Noir Masters, Salvatore Ferragamo's foray into wine and 20 vintages of excellence of Clos L'Eglise.
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UK spirits boom continues as number of distilleries jump 17%
26 September 2017

The number of distilleries opening in the UK continued to grow in 2016, adding 45 new distilleries 45 distilleries opened last year but 5 closed so it's forty more distilleries to add to the total in the UK.
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Black Sheep Brewery appoints new chairman
26 September 2017

North Yorkshire-based Black Sheep Brewery has appointed Andy Slee as its new chairman who will take over from founder Paul Theakston this month. 
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WSET expands educational offering in the UAE
25 September 2017

Wine and spirits enthusiasts in the UAE can now gain a WSET qualification following news that WSET-certified courses are no longer limited to industry professionals. 
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Make your own Prosecco kit launched
25 September 2017

Prosecco fans keen to get their fix at home can do so now with the launch of a DIY Prosecco kit that allows you to recreate the Italian sparkler in your kitchen.
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Yorkshire beer smugglers jailed for £3.8m tax fraud
25 September 2017

A criminal gang from South Yorkshire has been sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison for evading £3.8 million in duty and VAT by smuggling beer – including brands Budweiser, Carlsberg and Stella Artois – into the UK. 
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De Bortoli – Producer profile
25 September 2017

Expansion has seen De Bortoli become one of Australia's most successful wineries...De Bortoli Dixons Creek vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Expansion has seen De Bortoli become one of Australia's most successful wineries...
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
25 September 2017

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Annabelle Sing. This week we decode 'almond' and 'mushroom'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Jefford on Monday: The advent of AdVini
25 September 2017

Andrew Jefford talks to Brigitte Jeanjean about the rise of France’s fourth largest wine group, and tastes its Languedoc wines.Brigitte Jeanjean, one of the most powerful people in French wine. The rise of France's fourth largest wine company...
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Wine Legend: Jaboulet, La Chapelle Hermitage, 1961
24 September 2017

Why it makes our hall of wine fame... Why it is a wine legend...
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Has a heatwave dented the California 2017 harvest?
24 September 2017

Harvest is well underway in Napa Valley, California, but three days back in early September may prove the defining moment for the vintage, when temperatures up to forty-five degrees Celsius scorched the fragile young grapes. William Kelley speaks to the winemakers to find out...
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Napa Travel Guide: Downtown Dining Renaissance (Wine Spectator)
23 September 2017

The once-sleepy city of Napa is now hip and humming with great restaurants, wine bars and tasting rooms; here are 16 of the best
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2017 Harvest Report: French Wineries Picking Smallest Crop Since 1945 (Wine Spectator)
23 September 2017

Quality is high, but in many regions quantity is down by 50 percent after April’s frosts
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Restaurant Talk: Rewriting the Rules for Pairing with Chinese (Wine Spectator)
23 September 2017

At Berkeley’s Great China, James Yu counts the area's best chefs as his regulars
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Argentina wine regions quiz
23 September 2017

Argentina is much more than a one-trick pony, as many wine lovers are aware, but how much do you know about the vineyard regions across the country? Let's find out... Created by Decanter.com in partnership with Wines of ArgentinaSauvignon Blanc vineayrds in the north of Argentina. Test your skills...
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Argentina wine regions quiz
23 September 2017

Argentina is much more than a one-trick pony, as many wine lovers are aware, but how much do you know about the vineyard regions across the country? Let's find out... Created by Decanter.com in partnership with Wines of ArgentinaVineayrds in the north of Argentina. Test your skills...
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Vinitaly announces 15 Italian Wine Ambassadors in China
23 September 2017

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has announced the addition of 15 new Italian Wine Ambassadors (IWA) in China after launching its first-ever certification courses in Beijing and Shanghai this year.
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China’s rebound makes wine best performing collectible
23 September 2017

Fine wine has surpassed classic cars, art and jewellery to become the world’s best performing collectible, with values soaring 25 percent over the past 12 months, as buying picks up among wealthy Chinese.
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The week in pictures
22 September 2017

Grape-treading in the Douro, Beefeater's master distiller celebrating 50 years in the business, a marching pipe band at the launch of the first whisky distillery on a remote Scottish island and a fizz fuelled Emmy Awards – it was been a busy week in the world of drinks!
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Paillard: ‘You’d have to be as stupid as Trump to deny global warming’
22 September 2017

Champagne producer Bruno Paillard has said that anyone in the wine industry who denies the effects of global warming is “as stupid as Donald Trump”.
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The Glenlivet launches ‘The Whisky’ campaign
22 September 2017

Pernod Ricard's The Glenlivet has launched a new global campaign – entitled The Whisky, The Glenlivet – that “celebrates its role as the definitive Speyside Single Malt”.
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Craft distillery expands on back of investment boost
22 September 2017

Small-batch craft distiller Durham Gin is set to boost production and launch its first whisky after receiving a cash injection from a local business fund.
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Oddbins ‘sticks neck out’ with first natural wine range
22 September 2017

Oddbins is rolling out a range of natural wines in selected stores for the first time, as it taps into the growing buzz around low-intervention wines.
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Wine List Confidential: Clos Maggiore
22 September 2017

Clos Maggiore still has one of the largest lists in the country with some extremely impressive verticals of first growth Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and Romanée-Conti – find out what the Wine List Confidential team thought.
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Champagne Bruno Paillard ‘the last to release a 2002’
22 September 2017

Champagne Bruno Paillard has released a prestige cuvée from the 2002 harvest in Champagne – making it one of the last maisons to launch a fizz from this celebrated vintage.
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Aussie brewer filters beer through fossils
22 September 2017

A brewer in South Australia is to release a beer that has been filtered through fossils half a billion years old.
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Unfiltered: Bonterra Wine Rocks in the Free World at Farm Aid with Neil Young, Dave Matthews (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Argyle supports the arts and gets cool new labels out of it, Ferrari's Matteo Lunelli pours for the stars at the Emmys and a new vineyard robot rolls on the scene
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Showcase of South African winning wines from Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
22 September 2017

Decanter presented a selection of South African wines that have won an award in this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. At Wines of South Africa’s annual tasting in London, Intrepid, Decanter presented silver, gold, and platinum winners from this year’s
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Gallery: Best wine photos at Louis Roederer Awards 2017
22 September 2017

See the short-listed shots, and the winner, from the 'artistry of wine' category at this year's Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards.The winning shot: 'High Stakes' - George Rose. See the top shots at the Louis Roederer Artistry of Wine Awards...
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Clop Wines; Exceptional terroir personality from Agrelo and Uco Valley
22 September 2017

Promotional featureClop Wines vision is to create small lots of high-quality wines thoughtfully tended throughout the winemaking process. The number one priority was to find the best site for the production of premium wines of great depth and unique personality. What is the Clop Wines vision...?
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Unfiltered: Piotr Pietras MS, Launceston Place
22 September 2017

Piotr Pietras, head Sommelier, Launceston Place, shares his love of German Riesling, dislike for Gavi di Gavi and why meeting the President of Ireland was his most memorable customer encounter.
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Fever Tree appoints new innovation director from Diageo
21 September 2017

Premium mixer company Fever-Tree has appointed Diageo's innovation director to head up its new product development.
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Vinventions rebrands as it celebrates strong growth
21 September 2017

Closures company Vinventions, is relaunching it its Green Line range as it celebrates strong growth of the plant-based closure brand. 
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Xiamen aims to become China’s biggest wine import city
21 September 2017

China’s coastal city Xiamen in Fujian province has opened a sprawling 5,900-square-metre wine trade centre, which it hopes will allow the city to become the largest trading centre for imported wines in China within five years.
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Argentina Wine Awards in pictures
21 September 2017

Mountains, meat, Malbec, tango, bonfires and Pisco Sours all played a part in making this year's Argentina Wine Awards one to remember.
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Johnnie Walker releases ‘Blade Runner’ whisky in HK
21 September 2017

Johnnie Walker has rolled out a limited-edition movie-themed whisky inspired by upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, ahead of the movie’s official global premiere next month.
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Deadline to enter Drinks Business Asian Awards extended
21 September 2017

The drinks business Hong Kong, the leading trade publication in Asia, is set to award excellence in wine trade across Asia, Australia and New Zealand in the inaugural The Drinks Business Asian Awards, scheduled on 9 November at Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.
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Uncorked: Andrea Mullineux
21 September 2017

Andrea Mullineux, co-owner and winemaker at Mullineaux & Leeu Family Wines in South Africa’s Swartland, chats to dbHK about her literary idol Ernest Hemingway, her culinary skills and love of Nutella.
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Drought causes ‘earliest ever’ harvest in the Douro
21 September 2017

Bruno Prats told the drinks business yesterday that this year's harvest was the earliest ever conducted in the Douro Valley, with picking at Prats + Symington starting on 28 August and ending on 21 September. 
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Finalists announced for the Art of Martini competition in Ibiza
21 September 2017

Elit Vodka has announced the 39 finalists of its Art of Martini competition who will travel to Ibiza to compete for the crown and to have their Martini listed at Paco Roncero’s Michelin-star restaurant, La Terraza del Casino in Madrid.
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Surprise winners at DAWA 2017
21 September 2017

See surprise winners from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017, from China to Uruguay.Surprise winners at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 See full results of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 Read our headline DAWA 2017 results story South Africa Platinum
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Anson: A new Super Tuscan counter culture
21 September 2017

The ground is shifting in Italian wine, says Jane Anson, who predicts the rise of new rebels focused on indigenous varieties and asks what this could mean for the Super Tuscan movement.Will we see more 'Super Tuscan' wines emerging using indigenous varieties? Jane Anson sees a new rebel group emerging...
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Wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan loses final appeal
21 September 2017

Notorious wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, nicknamed 'Dr Conti' for his prolific production of fake DRC wines, has lost what looks set to be a final attempt to over-turn his 10-year prison sentence in the US. Rudy Kurniawan counterfeit wines at a landfill site in Texas. Wine fraudster set to remain in prison...
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Saint-Émilion's Most Expensive Wines
21 September 2017

We slip down to Bordeaux's Right Bank for the penultimate instalment in our series on expensive wines.
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Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan's Last-Ditch Appeal Denied (Wine Spectator)
21 September 2017

Judge rejects challenge to FBI search that uncovered extensive evidence of counterfeiting operation
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Decanter and WaterAid to host auction with Christie’s
21 September 2017

More than 70 lots from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards will go under the hammer in special auction at Christie's on Thursday (21 September), as part of Decanter's long standing partnership with the WaterAid charity. DWWA wines up for auction to benefit WaterAid...
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Champagne Masters 2017: the results in full
20 September 2017

We bring you the all the medal-winning wines from this year's Champagne Masters, including the biggest names in the business, and some relative newcomers to the category that are offering great fizz at competitive prices. 
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Wine List Confidential: Bubbledogs
20 September 2017

Founded in 2012, hotdog specialist Bubbledogs is one of the best places to drink grower Champagnes in London, according to our Wine List Confidential team.
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DAWA judge profile: Adrian Zhang
20 September 2017

Adrian Zhang, Director of Wine at Park Hyatt Shanghai, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine AwardsAdrian Zhang Adrian Zhang Adrian Zhang has been with Park Hyatt Shanghai for 9 years since the hotel’s opening. Now he takes
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Halle Berry reveals real reason she downed half a pint of whiskey
20 September 2017

After speculation that it was a publicity stunt and that the booze was fake, actress Halle Berry reveals the real reason she downed half a pint of genuine whiskey at the San Diego Comic Con.
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DAWA judge profile: Zachary Tay
20 September 2017

Zachary Tay, a sommelier working previously with Les Amis Group, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Zachary Tay Zachary Tay Zachary Tay entered the world of gastronomy through the kitchen and learnt his way around the saucepan. Supplementing
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Malaysia cancels beer festival over criticism from Islamist party
20 September 2017

Malaysia has cancelled its popular craft beer festival, which had been set to take place next month, after an Islamist party warned the event would turn its capital Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
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The Flying Winemaker signs deal with Hong Kong’s LKFtv
20 September 2017

Eddie McDougall, The Flying Winemaker, has signed another TV deal with LKFtv, the latest television project by Hong Kong’s nightlife mogul Allan Zeman, to promote wine culture in Hong Kong.
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DAWA judge profile: Lim Hwee Peng
20 September 2017

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Analysis of archaeological finds suggests lager may originate in South America
20 September 2017

New analysis of 1,000 year-old pottery fragments, unearthed in Argentina, has revealed the earliest known traces of the so-called "lost parent" yeast of lager beer.
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DAWA judge profile: Fazil Mohamad
20 September 2017

Fazil Mohamad, a Singapore based sommelier, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Fazil Mohamad Fazil Mohamad Fazil began his career back in 2002 and has become one of Singapore’s most reputable sommeliers. It wasn’t
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DAWA judge profile: Gerald Lu
20 September 2017

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DAWA judge profile: Devon Lochhead
20 September 2017

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Frescobaldi buys first Chianti Classico estate for €13m
20 September 2017

Italian wine producer Frescobaldi has made its first foray into the Chianti Classico region with the purchase of Castello di San Donato in Perano for €13.3 million.
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Aldi wines tasted and rated
20 September 2017

Decanter's Tasting team gets to grips with Aldi's wine range... Some more great value deals at Aldi...
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DAWA judge profile: Pierre Legrandois
20 September 2017

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Become a ‘vineyard tycoon’ with Sims-like game Terroir
20 September 2017

A new game that lets users play at being a "vineyard tycoon" – without the financial risk – by building a virtual business from one vineyard to a sprawling estate has arrived, taking inspiration from games such as The Sims.
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The Benevolent to bring back charity silent auction
20 September 2017

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent is bringing back its "Thanks for Giving" Online Silent Auction, which last year raised £37,000 for members of the industry facing hardship.
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Theresa May welcomes English winery’s trade deal with Canada
20 September 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed Hush Heath's trade deal with Canada following news that its sparkling wine has achieved a listing with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO.)
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DAWA judge profile: Marcus Lai
20 September 2017

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DAWA judge profile: Mabel Lai
20 September 2017

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Exclusive: Frescobaldi Extends Its Winery Holdings into Chianti Classico (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

The Italian wine giant buys Castello di San Donato in Perano and its 128 acres of vines in Gaiole
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'Vineyards and High Heels' Wins Wine Spectator's 2017 Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

Sisters put their winemaking passion to work as they take the reins at their family's Piedmont winery
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At Spain's Exclusive Asador Etxebarri, a Wine Revelation (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

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Salvatore Ferragamo to make amphorae wines in Il Borro
19 September 2017

Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the acclaimed fashion legend of the same name, is trying his hand at making amphorae wines made from Sangiovese and Chardonnay at his estate in Il Borro in Italy.
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Indie wine retailer Friarwood to open second London shop
19 September 2017

Independent London wine merchant Friarwood Fine Wines is set to open its second London site next month, as it ramps up its retail presence.
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Understanding Grosses Gewächs Riesling and wines to look for
19 September 2017

This includes some of the best dry Riesling wines in the world. Read more about what 'GG' means on the label and see six GG Riesling wines to look out for...A close up of the GG logo on bottles. High scoring wines and what GG means on labels...
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Bar offers free drinks for over-80s after ageism complaint
19 September 2017

After being accused of ageism, Filthy's bar in Newcastle responded by offering free drinks for the over-80s, and has since received bus trip booking queries from local care homes.
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Highlights: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 Judging Week
19 September 2017

Some of the best palates from across Asia gathered in Hong Kong to judge more than 3,000 wines in the
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Crops wiped out by frost at Garcin family’s Bordeaux wineries
19 September 2017

This year's crop at two of the Garcin family’s wineries in Bordeaux were completely wiped out due to April frosts, which is estimated to have affected 60% of vineyards in the region, Hélène Garcin-Lévêque has revealed.
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Uncorked: John Ware, Quilceda Creek
19 September 2017

John Ware, general manager of Quicelda Creek in Washington State, chats to dbHK about the 100-point 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley served to former Chinese president Hu Jintao, and his dream dinner party.
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Guinness launches urban cowboy ad campaign
19 September 2017

Guinness has rolled out a new ad campaign in its ‘Made of More’ series, celebrating the urban cowboys of LA.
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Research reveals top student drinks
19 September 2017

A study conducted by mobile payment app Yoyo Wallet has revealed that UK students are opting for spirits in favour of beer and cider, while wine does not appear in the list of the 20 most popular drinks bought through the company.
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Kurniawan loses second appeal against conviction
19 September 2017

Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has lost a second appeal against a 10-year sentence, handed down in 2014 after he was found guilty of selling millions of dollars of rare and expensive counterfeit wine.
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Corney & Barrow takes on NZ’s Elephant Hill
19 September 2017

New Zealand's Elephant Hill, in Hawke's Bay, has signed on with wine merchant Corney & Barrow in the UK, as it looks to strengthen its footing in the UK by targeting the on-trade.
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Lidl leads growth as supermarkets sales increase
19 September 2017

Lidl has lead growth of the supermarket sector, buoyed by sales of white wine and rosé, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, despite the poor weather in August.
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Lost wine grape ‘Tardif’ may protect against climate change
19 September 2017

A 'long lost' wine grape has been listed on the official French register amid claims that it could help winemakers to withstand the effects of climate change.The Pédebernade vineyard contains many old varieties. Long lost grape may have a role to play...
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Sonoma County Wine Auction Breaks Record, Raising $5.2 Million for Charity (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2017

Lavish spending and renewed energy set a new benchmark for one of wine country's top charity auctions
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Taste award-winning wines at Le Vignoble
19 September 2017

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Vin Room Canada promotes DWWA 2017 winners this November
19 September 2017

Vin Room wine bar and restaurant in Alberta, Canada, will be promoting three Decanter World Wine Award (DWWA) 2017 winning wines at all three of its venues from 13 to 27 November 2017. Vin Room is one of Canada’s largest wine bars offering customers a selection of 100 wines to try by the
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DWWA 2017 Platinum tasting with Compass Wines
19 September 2017

Taste five DWWA 2017 Platinum medal winning wines at Compass Wines this November Compass Wines, located in Washington, USA, prides itself as the premier destination in Washington State for rare wines from around
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Napa Travel Guide: Destination Dining (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2017

A world-class restaurant scene has grown from seeds planted in the 1970s
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Amazon to put online booze deliveries under pressure
18 September 2017

Online booze sales in the US may come under increasing pressure from global tech giant Amazon, following its completion of the Whole Foods acquisition last month.
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What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like? (Part 1)
18 September 2017

The biggest names in Champagne may be highly recognisable, but what do they taste like? We assess the leading labels for style and quality.
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The City Wine Show to host unmissable masterclasses
18 September 2017

The City Wine Show will host a selection of unmissable masterclasses this Friday 22 September, with Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Champagne and Carmenere all set to feature. 
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Georgia in pictures
18 September 2017

dbHK's Natalie Wang just visited the ancient winemaking country, Georgia,last week, and rounded up some pictorial highlights from her immersive trip to explore various indigenous grape varieties, its qveri winemaking and its delicious traditional food.
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China Foods Ltd predicts tough wine market for 2017
18 September 2017

China Foods Ltd, the Hong Kong listed state-owned company that manages China’s domestic winery Great Wall and COFCO Wine & Wine, has reported a 7.5% revenue growth for its wine business for the first half of the year.
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Uncorked: Sarah Heller MW
18 September 2017

Sarah Heller MW, the 29-year-old wine maven, just became the latest Master of Wine in Hong Kong, following in the footsteps of Debra Meiburg MW and Jeannie Cho Lee MW.
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Accolade UK’s CFO steps down
18 September 2017

Accolade Wines UK’s chief operating and financial officer is stepping down from the Australian wine giant, db can reveal.  
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Man awarded $750k after beer burns internal organs
18 September 2017

A US man has been awarded $750,000 after a beer tainted with caustic chemicals burned his internal organs nearly killing him.
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Penfolds partners National Geographic in video collaboration
18 September 2017

Australian wine giant Penfolds is collaborating with National Geographic on a series of videos recounting the stories behind aged wines that have been brought into its famous re-corking clinics.
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The Ivy releases gin to mark 100 years
18 September 2017

London restaurant The Ivy has teamed up with Herefordshire’s Chase Distillery to create The Ivy Centenary Gin as part of its ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations.
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Jefford on Monday: Forward in doubt
18 September 2017

Andrew Jefford joins Gaia Gaja plus dog on a tour of the company’s vineyards – and discovers the Gaja way of thinking en route.Gaia Gaja in the vineyards. Andrew Jefford interviews Gaia Gaja...
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Weather a Challenge for Italy's Growers
18 September 2017

The harvest is coming in early after a brutal heatwave caused grapes to ripen well ahead of schedule.
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Wine Legend: Te Mata, Coleraine 1998
17 September 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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DAWA charity dinner in Macau
17 September 2017

Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 winners will be showcased in Macau. Decanter will present Gold and Portuguese medal-winning wines from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 at a charity dinner hosted
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Alcohol in Bordeaux wine: Global warming is no excuse
16 September 2017

It's up to Bordeaux winemakers to curb alcohol in their wines and global warming should not be an excuse for allowing levels to rise too high, argues John Salvi MW, drawing on the historical perspective of alcohol in Bordeaux wine. Merlot vines in St-Emilion basking in the sun. John Salvi MW on alcohol in Bordeaux...
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US an Open Market for Sauvignon Blanc
16 September 2017

Wine-Searcher's data shows some wine producers are missing out when it comes to charging more.
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The ‘what wine’ quiz – Test your knowledge
16 September 2017

Are you a specialist or a generalist? Know everything about Bordeaux but nothing about any other region? Or do you glide between grapes and regions with effortless style? Take this week's Decanter.com quiz to find out...Keep up with the exciting wines of Argentina... Are you a wine world aficionado?...
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Highlights: Decanter Retailer Awards Ceremony 2017
16 September 2017

The 2017 Decanter Retailer Awards was held at the Connaught hotel in London on Wednesday 13 September. See some of the
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Finca Sophenia: Authentic expression of Gualtallary
16 September 2017

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Get Porty: How Port is attracting the next generation
15 September 2017

While other fortified wines, such as Sherry and vermouth, have taken a hit, Port is, comparatively, doing well. Lauren Eads looks at how the sector is trying to attract younger drinkers while keeping its traditional fan base happy.
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Budweiser to launch ‘Prohibition’ beer in UK
15 September 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has announced it will be launching an alcohol free version of Budweiser in the UK this year as it continues to expand its low and alcohol-free portfolio.
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The week in pictures
15 September 2017

This week included the annual Bacchus Marathon with runners kitted out in fancy dress tackling the vineyard course at Denbies Wine Estate, and Bodegas Torres presenting the first vintage from the rediscovered Moneu grape with an appropriate flourish.
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FT journalist killed in Sri Lanka
15 September 2017

A journalist for the Financial Times whose last article was about the effects of climate change in Champagne has been killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka.
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Noble Rot founders launch wine import company
15 September 2017

Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, the co-founders of Noble Rot magazine and restaurant, have launched a wine import company aimed at supplying the UK on-trade.
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CAMRA: Big beer is ‘fooling’ consumers into drinking ‘craft’
15 September 2017

"Big beer" companies are not only trying to dominate the independent brewing sector, but also "fooling consumers into thinking they are still drinking 'independent' or 'craft' beer", according to beer writer and editor of Camra's Good Beer Guide, Roger Protz.
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Aldi launches £49.99 wine advent calendar
15 September 2017

Hoping to get revelers into the Christmas spirit, discount retailer Aldi has launched a wine advent calendar filled with 24 mini bottles for just £49.99.
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Chile’s VSPT Wine Group enters Dow Jones Sustainability Index
15 September 2017

The VSPT Wine Group has been listed on Chile's Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – which measures the annual performance of over 2,000 companies listed on the most important stock exchanges around the world – for the first time.
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Laithwaite’s to headline first TV wine series on QVC
15 September 2017

UK wine merchant Laithwaite's will this weekend headline the first dedicated wine sales series hosted by UK shopping TV channel QVC.
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TFWA set to break visitor number record
15 September 2017

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes is set to experience record numbers of visitors this year as it debuts its 'Digital Village'. 
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Charles Banks: From Screaming Eagle to Jailbird
15 September 2017

An insider's view on Banks' new roost.
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Unfiltered: Luke Donald, Sergio García Tee Up a Terlato Party for a Cause (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Bordeaux's incredible disappearing islands, Major League Soccer scores a wine partner, and Shake Shack pops Prosecco topping
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Exclusive: Silver Oak Owners Buy Oregon Vineyard from Dick Erath (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

The Duncan family expands its Twomey brand’s growing Pinot Noir portfolio
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Salicutti Brunello vertical: The past, present and future
15 September 2017

Those who embrace character will love these wines, says Michaela Morris, who tastes through recent vintages with long-time estate custodian Francesco Leanza.Podere Salicutti: 'A precious piece of vinous history,' says Michaela Morris. Michaela Morris tastes recent vintages...
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Turning Tables: New York Restaurant Delmonico's Debuts 180th-Anniversary Menu with Star Chefs (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer and Daniel Boulud will be participating. Plus, Blackberry Farm makes a big announcement about a new venture
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Restaurant Spotlight: Mirror Room (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Enjoy an impressive wine list in a luxury London hotel
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Booths wine to try: Decanter’s Supermarket of the Year 2017
15 September 2017

Decanter's UK Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned and the winner is Booths, a much-loved retailer in its northern England heartlands. Here, we recommend six of Booths wines to try... Decanter's Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned. Here, we recommend six of their wines to try...
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Fine wine investment: the currency of wine
14 September 2017

Currency movements are an important backdrop to the performance of this market. Fine wine investors should be well aware of this, and be trying to turn events to their advantage.
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Beer Masters 2017: the results in full
14 September 2017

The results from 2017’s Beer Masters are out, and we bring you the top medallists and overriding style trends in the category.
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Top 10 new wave London wine bars
14 September 2017

London has enjoyed an explosion of trendy wine bars recently, many of which double as delis and shops during the day. We’ve rounded up the best for you.
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Bibendum extends portfolio with emerging Old World trends
14 September 2017

UK drinks supplier Bibendum Wine is looking to emerging Old World trends in the on-trade as it extends its portfolio.  
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Peter Webster joins British Bottle Company
14 September 2017

The British Bottle Company has brought in Peter Webster as its new head of sales as it seeks to expand its export portfolio.
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Long lost variety Tardif to be officially recognised
14 September 2017

One of France’s leading co-operatives, Plaimont Producteurs, has succeeded in gaining official recognition for the old French variety Tardif.
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UK pubs face ‘ticking time bomb’ as 28,000 closed since 1970s
14 September 2017

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has warned that UK pubs are facing a "ticking time bomb" due to rising business rates, revealing that the number of pubs has reduced by a third since the 1970s. 
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UK cider sales top £1 billion for first time since 2014
14 September 2017

The UK's cider industry has hit sales of £1 billion for the first time since 2014, Nielsen has confirmed, with sales rising by 5.5% year-on-year in the 12 months to July 2017.
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Accolade blames market forces for cutting staff from Australian plant
14 September 2017

Accolade Wines is cutting staff at its Berri Estate in Riverland as demand falls for cask (boxed) wine.
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Unfiltered: Romain Bourger, The Vineyard
14 September 2017

Romain Bourger, head sommelier at The Vineyard in Berkshire, was born and raised in a small village in eastern France and trained at Hotel du Vin in Winchester before taking on The Vineyard's 3,000 bin wine list.
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Anson: Is English Pinot Noir really getting better?
14 September 2017

Jane Anson goes beyond the recent cache of international awards to see what's been happening on the English Pinot Noir scene, and whether Burgundy should be worried.English Pinot Noir is starting to make a name for itself, says Jane Anson. Jane Anson investigates what's been happening...
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Marcelo Pelleriti: Revaluing his native terroir
14 September 2017

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Shockwaves Give Winery a Blast from the Past
14 September 2017

Earthquake aftershock reveals Santa Carolina's treasure trove of old wines, Margaret Rand reports.
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Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2017: See the winners
14 September 2017

See which UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers won prizes in the Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2017...Prohibition Wines Here are this year's winners...
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How Will Florida Restaurants Regroup After Irma's Devastation? (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2017

The monster hurricane lashed parts of the Caribbean and the Sunshine State
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Businesses need to ‘up their game’ to compete globally, former Trade Minister claims
14 September 2017

Former trade minister, Lord Price, who quit his role in government ten days ago, has said UK businesses need to up their game to compete on a global footing in the light of Brexit, as well as addressing the longer term implications of where the UK should be heading.
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Magners maker buys Orchard Pig
13 September 2017

C&C, the drinks group that produces Magners cider, has acquired Somerset-based cider producer Orchard Pig it has been announced.
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WSTA: ‘unappreciated’ UK booze trade in danger of being undermined
13 September 2017

The UK wine and spirit industry is under-appreciated and over-taxed by government and in danger of being undermined through Brexit, the CEO of the WSTA has claimed.
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Sotheby’s to auction cellar of Parker’s ‘closest friend’
13 September 2017

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of the autumn/winter season in New York broke through the US$2 million barrier with an “impressive” season forecast by the auctioneer which will include a sale from the cellar of NYC collector Park B. Smith.
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Oregon brewery launches inaugural ‘Salmon Run’
13 September 2017

Pelican Brewing, based in Pacific City in Oregon, is holding its inaugural 'Salmon Run' this month to raise awareness for The Salmon SuperHwy, described as "an ambitious salmon habitat restoration initiative".
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Bike made from whisky barrels rolled out
13 September 2017

A bike made with staves from old Glenmorangie whisky casks has gone on sale at an eye-watering $6,950 a pop in what its makers claim to be a world first.
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Siren’s fifth Rainbow Project to protect ‘craft beer’s spirit of fun’
13 September 2017

Craft brewery Siren has unveiled its 2017 Rainbow Project, a collaborative project that "maintains and protects craft beer's spirit of adventure, invention and fun" in what it says is becoming an increasingly "homogenised" sector.
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First Vinexpo Explorer opens ‘new approach to networking’
13 September 2017

The inaugural Vinexpo Explorer, a new concept combining business and tastings, has been hailed as a success.
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Almaviva: Producer profile
13 September 2017

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Brexit causes dip in government quaffing
13 September 2017

The Brexit vote last June has led to a 12% dip in the amount of wine drunk from the government's official cellars, a report has revealed.
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Zachys opens DC office – with a twist
13 September 2017

US auction house and retailer Zachys has opened a new office in Washington DC having noticed an increase in activity in the region but it will not operate as either a shop or new auction premise.
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Winners revealed at Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017
13 September 2017

See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford. The 2017 winners. See the winners and short-listed entrants...
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Barbaresco 2014: Top wines and vintage review
13 September 2017

Stephen Brook reviews the 2014 vintage in Barbaresco and picks his top wines...Vineyards in Treiso, Barbaresco Stephen Brooks recommends four Barbarescos from a tricky vintage...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Apricot-Walnut Chicken (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2017

With autumn knocking on the door, set the table with this healthy plating of walnut- and gingersnap-crusted chicken thighs, paired with a juicy Italian white or French rosé
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Opus One 2014 flies out of the blocks, say merchants
13 September 2017

Strong early demand for Opus One 2014 has added to signs that the market for top California wines remains buoyant in 2017.Opus One 2013 in high demand, say merchants. Opus One 2014 welcome suggests California still strong...
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Argentina Wine Awards 2017: ‘Breaking new ground’
13 September 2017

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Napa and Sonoma Vintners Face Record Heat and a Labor Shortage (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2017

When a heat wave hit, some wineries scrambled to pick, but they're pleased with quality
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Syrah Masters 2017: the results in full
12 September 2017

We bring you all the medallists from our 2017 Syrah Masters, along with a full analysis of the key findings from this year's competition, including the hot spots for this underrated grape.
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Lanson Vintage Collection lands in Hong Kong
12 September 2017

Champagne Lanson’s Vintage Collection of old and rare bottlings has gone on sale at Enoteca stores in Hong Kong.
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AB InBev: UK beer prices will rise in next two years
12 September 2017

AB InBev's president for Northern Europe, Jason Warner, has said that "there has to be an increase" in the price of beer as UK inflation rises. 
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Do ‘wine legs’ mean a better wine? – ask Decanter
12 September 2017

Do 'wine legs' tell you anything about what's in your glass? We speak to the experts… Do legs or 'tears' mean better quality? What does it say about your wine...?
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Californian heatwave: ‘Too soon to tell’ if yields affected
12 September 2017

The Californian Wine Institute has said it is too soon to tell if last weekend's heatwave across Napa will affect overall yields, but some winemakers are already claiming to have 'dodged a bullet'.
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Final call for Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017 entries
12 September 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 9 October.
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Marco Pierre White lists ‘nonsense’ English wine at London restaurant
12 September 2017

Having referred to anyone that buys English wine as a "total numpty," it has come to the attention of the drinks business that Marco Pierre White lists an English white at one of his restaurants.
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Last two vintages ‘most challenging in modern history of Chile’
12 September 2017

The 2016 and 2017 vintages have been “the most challenging by far” in the modern history of Chilean wine according to Max Weinlaub of Viña Maipo.
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Invivo appoints ex-Accolade chief as director
12 September 2017

New Zealand wine company Invivo Wines has appointed Paul Schaafsma, the former director of Accolade Wine, to lead the company as it eyes up global growth.
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France’s next 10 richest drinks barons
12 September 2017

After looking at the 10 richest drinks barons (and baronesses) in France, we take a look at those in the 20-11 rankings; which also features a much higher proportion of drinks-focused individuals.
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Brexit pain as wine prices rise further, says trade
12 September 2017

There has been no let-up in the run of price rises on wine since the UK voted to leave the European Union and the pain may be about to get worse, according to the latest figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Theresa May has said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market. Triple whammy of pressures hit wine prices...
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Hurricane Irma: Rapid response team ‘rescues’ fine wines
12 September 2017

Some Florida residents reportedly made hurried calls to wine removals specialists in an attempt to protect valuable bottles from Hurricane Irma, which has left a trail of destruction through the US state and across the Caribbean, with dozens of deaths reported.Winds from Hurricane Irma pummel Tampa in Florida. Wealthy rushed to get wine out of Irma's path...
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Cheval des Andes: The Grand Cru of the Andes
12 September 2017

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First taste: Krug 2004 vintage release
12 September 2017

Michael Edwards was among the first group of journalists in the UK to taste Krug's latest vintage release, the 2004, but was truly wowed by something else the Champagne house had up its sleeve...Krug 2004 vintage. Michael Edwards reports on the new Krug 2004...
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Krug's Foray into Ripper Territory
12 September 2017

The Champagne house picks an odd place for the London launch of its latest vintage.
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English wine makes up half of UK Government’s cellar purchases
12 September 2017

The UK government has defended its record on English wine by saying that it buys more homegrown wines for its hospitality events than from any other nation.52 percent of bottles in the UK Government Wine Cellar are English wines. Foreign Office says it backs the industry...
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European supply challenge forces retailers to look at ‘exciting’ opportunities, Aldi says
12 September 2017

The challenge of supplying Old World wine to the supermarket on the back of harvest constraints has provided wine buyers with a “massively exciting” opportunity, Aldi’s buyer Mike James has claimed.
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Aldi lists Prosecco Jeroboam for £30
11 September 2017

Aldi has added its first Jeroboam of Prosecco for Christmas, which will retail for under £40, as well as a 24-bottle wine advent calendar for under £50. 
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Rathfinny first out of blocks with ‘Sussex’ wine
11 September 2017

A white blend from Rathfinny Estate in Alfriston is the first ‘Sussex’ wine to be approved under the new Sussex Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme.
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Denbies Wine Estate reports earliest ever harvest
11 September 2017

Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey has announced that its 2017 harvest is the earliest in its 31-year history, with picking started on Wednesday 6 September. 
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French wine and spirits exports rise by 12% to €6bn
11 September 2017

Exports of French wine and spirits have risen by 12% to €6 billion in the first six months of the year, driven by a rebound in wine sales and the continued strong performance of Cognac, the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux has revealed. 
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Marco Pierre-White slams English fizz
11 September 2017

The knives are out for Leeds-born celebrity chef Marco Pierre-White, who has made a mockery of English sparkling wine, claiming only “a total numpty” would buy it.
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Vinexpo brings wine buyers to Vienna
11 September 2017

Vinexpo has brought almost 100 wine buyers to Vienna as the fair organiser opens the doors to its latest initiative today.
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Symingtons test vineyard robots
11 September 2017

Port producers Symington Family Estates has helped trial a new robot, which has been designed to monitor vines in areas where human labour is in short supply.
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‘When the French call, you have to obey’
11 September 2017

‘When the French call, you have to obey’, joked Willi Klinger, head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, as he opened the inaugural Vinexpo Explorer in Vienna today.
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‘Buried’ Beaujolais to be dug up
11 September 2017

Several barrels of Beaujolais are to be disinterred from the soil of Brouilly where they have lain since spring last year as part of an experiment to see if a spell underground makes a difference to the ageing process.
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Jefford on Monday: The ethnologist in the cellar
11 September 2017

Andrew Jefford visits an ‘artisanal co-operative’ in Languedoc, and learns how it saved its village.Montpeyroux in Languedoc. Making wine for the common good: a Languedoc co-operative...
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Drawing the Natural Wine Battle Lines
11 September 2017

In the third of his series on low-intervention winemaking, Tom Jarvis tackles the thorny subject of natural wine.
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The life cycle of a vine – ask Decanter
11 September 2017

Get to grips with the life cycle of a vine before the grapes are harvested, with help from some graphics from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust...Understand the vine growing cycle See this simple guide using WSET graphics...
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Wine Legend: Penfolds, Grange 1955
10 September 2017

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend....
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Weekend Wine – Spirit of a Nation
10 September 2017

This week, editor Don Kavanagh swaps his wine glass for a whiskey tumbler.
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Back to Burgundy – Film review
09 September 2017

A newly released film in the UK throws the spotlight on family politics and ever-rising land prices in the world of Burgundy wine, wrapped in well-shot scenes of the highs and lows of winemaking, writes Rosi Hanson.A still from new film Back to Burgundy. A tale of family and land politics in Burgundy wine...
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Hugh Johnson: When in France, drink lesser-known wines
09 September 2017

Why Hugh Johnson goes for wines on the fringes when travelling in France...Why you should explore the fringes in France... Wine stands tall amid gastronomic decline, says Hugh Johnson...
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Germany's Most Expensive Wines
09 September 2017

Mosel and the Rhine provide the bulk of Germany's priciest wines.
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Restaurant Talk: Top Dog of Atlanta Dining (Wine Spectator)
09 September 2017

From Tex-Mex to Italian to seafood, Ford Fry is building a Southern empire of one-off restaurants by cultivating talent in the kitchen and cellar
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Joan Nathan’s Favorites: 2 Classic Kosher Recipes (Wine Spectator)
09 September 2017

The lauded Jewish cookbook author prepares for family celebrations and upcoming holidays; Wine Spectator provides 10 kosher wine picks
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A white wine from Pichon Comtesse in the offing?
09 September 2017

A little plot of land at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande could soon be planted with white varieties as part of a small experiment by its winemaker.
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The 28-50 wine quiz – Test your knowledge
09 September 2017

Like a good quiz? Aside from the weekly Decanter.com quizzes, London's 28-50 restaurant is now hosting wine quizzes with Master Sommelier Clement Robert. Here's a little flavour of some of his questions to help your wine learning... A pub quiz turned into a wine quiz...
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Industry accused of spreading lies about alcohol and health
09 September 2017

A report by UK academics has accused the drinks industry of, “actively disseminating misinformation about alcohol and cancer risk, particularly breast cancer,” comparing it to the tobacco industry’s “denial, distortion and distraction tactics”.
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Krug CEO: Drinking Champagne with flutes is like going to a concert with ear plugs
08 September 2017

If you are drinking Champagne out of a flute, then you are doing it all wrong, according to Maggie Henriquez, CEO and president of Krug, comparing it to “going to a concert with ear plugs”.
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Unfiltered: Christopher Lecoufle, Les 110 de Taillevent
08 September 2017

Christopher Lecoufle, head sommelier at Les 110 de Taillevent, on his greatest culinary inspiration, what customer habit really winds him up, and his previous life as a fireman.
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Bordeaux red blends around the world: Seven of the finest
08 September 2017

What do winemakers mean when they use the term 'Bordeaux blend'? Here are some of the finest wines from around the world, made outside Bordeaux, that would be a fitting centrepiece to any dinner party.Fine wines based on the classic grape varieties grown in Bordeaux. What do winemakers mean when they use the term 'Bordeaux blend'? Here are top-end Bordeaux red blends to try...
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Beertopia returns to HK with biggest local craft beer showcase
08 September 2017

Beertopia, Hong Kong’s biggest annual craft beer festival is returning to the city on 22 and 23 September, showcasing the biggest number of local beers since its launch in 2012.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
08 September 2017

Maggie Henriquez, CEO of Champagne Krug, came to Hong Kong this week to unveil the latest 2004 vintage while Michael Hill Smith MW was in town to introduce the latest offerings from his winery, Shaw + Smith.
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The week in pictures
08 September 2017

This week saw BBR cyclists don their lycra for a charity cycle ride from London to Basingstoke, and a select panel of MWs, including db's Patrick Schmitt MW, speaking out on topics such as 'restaurant wine pricing – fair or fraud?' and 'natural wine – hot or not?'.
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Brexit gives boost to Scotch whisky tourism
08 September 2017

Brexit and the weak pound has been credited with giving the Scotch whisky tourism industry a boost in 2016, with a record 1.7 million tourists paying a visit to a distillery in the region in 2016 – an increase of 8% on the previous year.
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AB InBev dismisses hundreds of US High-End division workers
08 September 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has laid-off almost 400 employees from its High End division – the section responsible for its craft beer acquisitions and 'super-premium' imports – although the exact number of people affected has not been disclosed. 
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Santa Carolina reveals experimental project in Bío Bío
08 September 2017

Having produced its icon wine taking inspiration from wines from the 1950s unearthed by an earthquake in 2010, Chilean producer Santa Carolina is looking south for its next innovation – producing País, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from a tiny town in the southern province of Bío Bío.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
08 September 2017

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist, creating work for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Wine Advocate. Click through four of his latest works.
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For the weekend: Northern Italian white wines
08 September 2017

Decanter's expert tasting team bring you a weekly selection of exciting, great value wines. This weekend indulge in the elegant white wines of northern Italy, without breaking the bank... Beautiful wines from northern Italy, for as little as £7.99...
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Comment: MW’s warning to the wine trade
08 September 2017

Natasha Hughes MW took to the podium of wine boxes at an event held by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, which gave attendees three minutes to speak about a subject of their choice. Below is an edited version of Hughes' speech.'For most people, wine is part of a lifestyle that includes food and conviviality, rather than being a goal in itself.' 'Ditch the pinstripes' is the battle cry o...
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Hospitality Helps Houston after Harvey
08 September 2017

The storm had a devastating effect, but Houston restaurateurs say they've been through worse.
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Texas Wineries Unscathed by Hurricane Harvey (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

Vintners in the Hill Country region finished harvest just days ahead of the storm; now many are helping with relief efforts
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Unfiltered: Austrian Wine's Calendar Girls Pose to Promote Pours (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Disney World's wine slushies make it an even happier place on earth, thieves break into cellars through catacombs in grave winecrime, and Unfiltered goes to the movies and gets Saved … Wine
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Wine Executive Charles Banks Enters Prison, Sells Stake in Napa’s Mayacamas Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

The financial adviser and wine company founder settles a civil dispute before beginning a four-year sentence for defrauding basketball star Tim Duncan
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George Clooney reveals plans for money from Tequila company sale
07 September 2017

George Clooney has revealed his philanthropic plans as his payday approaches, following the sale of his Tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo in June for US$1 billion.
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Tmall.com: Mobile commerce dominates China’s online drinks sale
07 September 2017

China’s army of tech-savvy and smartphone-dependent mobile users have become the backbone of the country’s online drinks retailing, contributing to more than 80% of all online sale made on China’s biggest e-commerce platform, Tmall.com, in the first quarter of the year.
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Vietnam to sell majority stake in Sabeco
07 September 2017

The Vietnamese government has approved a plan to sell a majority stake of its state-owned Sabeco beer, the leading brewery in the country with a 40% market share.
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Sotheby’s expects £2m haul from first winter sale
07 September 2017

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of the autumn/winter season is expected to realise as much as £2.4m with rare Burgundy, claret, Champagne and Scotch all going under the hammer.
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American whiskey shining star of US spirits exports
07 September 2017

The value of American spirits exports increased by 10.6% in the first half of 2017 – up more than $67 million to a total of $698.5 million – according to the Distilled Sprits Council, with growth driven by  the American whiskey category.
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London ends 36-year streak as UK’s priciest place for a pint
07 September 2017

For the first time since it began its annual survey 36 years ago, The Good Pub Guide has revealed that London is no longer the most expensive place to buy beer, having been surpassed by neighbouring Surrey. 
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Fine wine investment: missing a trick
07 September 2017

A recent article in a national paper did a good job of highlighting the potential in 'alternative assets' but there's a line between 'investment' and purely 'collectible' – one which fine wine, as it happens, manages to straddle with comparative ease.
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Richard Branson retreats to wine cellar as Hurricane Irma hits Necker Island
07 September 2017

Billionaire Richard Branson refused to leave his Necker Island paradise home on the British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma thrashed the resort this week, instead deciding to ride out the storm from the confines of his concrete wine cellar.
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Moby backs vegan cocktail bar in New York
07 September 2017

The avant-garde musician Moby has teamed up with a vegan entrepreneur to open a revamped version of Ladybird – a vegan cocktail bar and restaurant – in New York's east village.
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World Bulk Wine Exhibition gears up for 9th edition
07 September 2017

The 9th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition will take place this November in Amsterdam and will feature its annual bulk wine competition but a new area dedicated to masterclasses on ensuring and improving the quality of wine shipped in bulk.
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Anson: Growing pains for Bordeaux’s Chinese investors?
07 September 2017

Chinese investment in Bordeaux vineyards has continued apace in 2017, yet there’s talk that some buyers are looking to leave. It hasn’t all been plain sailing, finds Jane Anson, but don’t believe the latest hype just yet. Jane Anson investigates recent speculation...
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Quinsou restaurant, Paris – Review
07 September 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Quinsou... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacQuinsou restaurant Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Quinsou...
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Trivento: Mother Nature, experience and passion are the key to our wines
07 September 2017

Promotional featureGermán Di Cesare, head winemaker at Trivento, explains what's key to the winemaking process... What's key to the winemaking process...
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Napa Harvest Reaches Crisis Point
07 September 2017

The grapes are ready, but are the growers? Labor shortages hit hard in wine country.
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HK: Rosé Champagne tasting with Decanter and Watson’s Wine
07 September 2017

Try top rosé Champagnes with Decanter's tasting director, Christelle Guibert, and Watson's Wine in Hong Kong. Decanter has partnered with Watson’s Wine, the leading Hong Kong wine retailer, to organise an exclusive wine tasting featuring 10 Rosé Champagnes
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Back from the brink: Good value white Rioja wines
07 September 2017

Surely a contender for the wine world's most improved performer? Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the resurgence of white Rioja over the last decade and recommends five exciting wines you can pick up for under £25 ($33)... Sarah Jane Evans MW recommends the ones to try...
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Olivier Krug: ‘2004 is a vintage with outstanding potential’
07 September 2017

Olivier Krug described the Krug 2004 as a vintage with outstanding potential at its launch in London this morning.
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Would you bake with wine flour?
06 September 2017

Decanter.com speaks to a US company that has started making ‘wine flour’ out of leftover grapes and skins and claims that the finished product retains varietal flavour. The wine flour selection. A way to use leftover grapes...
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Iceland receives complaint about Fat B*****d wine range
06 September 2017

UK supermarket chain Iceland has received a complaint from a customer in Clydebank in Scotland, questioning the positioning of the Fat B*****d wine range stocked by the retailer.
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Pernod targets Generation Z with dedicated ‘Gin Hub’
06 September 2017

French drinks producer Pernod Ricard has upped its focus on gin with the launch of The Gin Hub – an independent arm tasked with developing and innovating within the company's portfolio of strategic gin brands to drive further growth in the category.
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Wine bar’s brutally honest job ad achieves unexpected success
06 September 2017

Five & Lime wine bar in Guildford in Surrey has posted an unusual job advertisement, listing "mediocre pay, horrendous hours and lousy work conditions" among the 'benefits'. 
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Michael Hill Smith MW: Australia is breaking away from blending
06 September 2017

Modern Australian winemakers are breaking away from the old tradition of blending plots and vineyards to focus on terroir-driven, single vineyard wines, says Michael Hill-Smith MW, co-founder of Shaw + Smith Winery in Adelaide Hills.
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Israeli company to build US$8 million winery in China
06 September 2017

Chinese consumers’ thirst of wines has attracted an unlikely investment from an Israeli winery that looks to build an US$8 million winery in China’s Hubei province.
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Aussie craft beer drinkers want to know who owns their brew
06 September 2017

A study of 17,000 craft beer drinkers in Australia has shown that the majority want to know who owns their favourite brews.
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8 of London’s best new restaurants for wine
06 September 2017

London's restaurant scene is ever-changing and always evolving, but not all new restaurants put as much emphasis on their wine list as their food offer. Here we round up some of the newest restaurants to hit the capital, which have the interests of the wine lover at heart.
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New Zealand: Playing the long game
06 September 2017

New Zealand has forged a strong reputation as a producer of impressive Sauvignon Blanc. But now winemakers are experimenting with aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner and Albariño.
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Bottega partners with Westfield at fashion and beauty event
06 September 2017

Italian sparkling wine brand Bottega has announced its partnership with On Trend, Westfield’s new fashion and beauty event taking place this month.
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Mexican-Americans Move from Vineyard to Boardroom
06 September 2017

With immigrant labor in the news, Liz Thach MW talks to some laborers who became owners.
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Belgian Businessman Purchases Bordeaux's Château Phélan Ségur (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2017

Sea-Invest's Philippe Van de Vyvere takes over the St.-Estèphe winery from the Gardinier family
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Last-minute French wine harvest holiday ideas
06 September 2017

Always wondered what it’s like to take part in a harvest and getting one step closer to being a winemaker? Well, here's three wineries offering varying levels of 'work' as part of a holiday break… Dine amongst the vineyards. Dream of picking grapes...?
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The Single-Minded Loire Wine List (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2017

Do restaurant wine lists really need to roam the world?
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Five brilliant failures from the creator of Baileys
05 September 2017

The drinks industry is awash with clever ideas that never become mainstream brands – and here we bring you five brilliant failures from the creator of Baileys.
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Nick Clegg’s wife joins WSTA panellists at ‘Brexit’ conference
05 September 2017

The wife of former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Miriam González Durántez, will join JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin and former trade minister Lord Price at its Brexit-focused annual conference next week.
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Winery creates ‘first chromed-glass wine bottle’ for petrol heads
05 September 2017

Tank Garage Winery located in Calistoga, California has created what it claims is 'the first chromed-glass wine bottle in history' with its design evoking a vintage American car. 
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Man so drunk he forgets he sold his own car
05 September 2017

A man in New Zealand sold his car during an almighty binge in order to buy more booze but, in the morning, he forgot what he’d done and reported it stolen.
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CGA: Brits are spending more but drinking less
05 September 2017

Data and research consultancy CGA has revealed a decline in volume drinks sales in Britain, as consumers increasingly spend more on booze and are more adventurous in their choices.
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Fine wine gains strongly in August
05 September 2017

After a quiet July, Liv-ex’s two leading fine wine indices returned to growth in August with Burgundy in particular leading the way.
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New Opus One ‘cheapest’ on market
05 September 2017

The latest vintage of one of the leading US fine wine labels, Opus One, was released this week well below the price of already physical vintages.
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Rain saves German hop harvest
05 September 2017

Germany’s hop harvest has been saved from “disaster” after a bout of late summer rain has meant that there is now “sufficient market supply,” but prices are likely to remain high. 
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South African winemaker wins Ningxia Winemakers Challenge
05 September 2017

A South African winemaker has won the top score at the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge, after a panel of judges tasted the results of a two-year competition where 48 winemakers from 17 countries competed to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon from China's leading wine region, Ningxia.
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Georgia looks east for its greatest wine hope
05 September 2017

Riding on the back of strong Georgian wine export performance to China and a newly signed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, Georgian wines are racking up interest among trade professionals and consumers.
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Bordeaux: Château Phélan Ségur sold to Belgian investor
05 September 2017

Phélan Ségur in Bordeaux's St-Estèphe appellation has been sold by the Gardinier family to a Belgian investor for an undisclosed fee. Château Phélan Ségur is a leading light of St-Estèphe in Bordeaux. One of St-Estèphe's top estates changes hands...
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Coravin launches new system for screw cap wines
05 September 2017

A new accessory released by Coravin claims to keep screw cap wines fresh for up to three months once the original seal has been broken.Coravin launches screw caps for use with its devices. Coravin expands range to encompass screw cap wines...
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 judging week begins
05 September 2017

Some of the best palates from across Asia have gathered in Hong Kong to judge more than 3,000 wines in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017.The first wines are served to judges at DAWA 2017. How the wines are judged...
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The World's Most Expensive Merlots
05 September 2017

It's time to run the rule over a much-maligned, but still hugely popular grape variety.
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Extreme Argentina: New limits, new terroirs
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe emergence of new wine growing zones in Argentina is challenging the limits of production and offering new styles of wine. From the Atlantic coast to the arid, windy plains of Patagonia and the vineyards at more than 3000 metres above sea level, a whole range of flavours is on offer for the expert palate... Snowed winery at the foot of the Andres. Credit: Wines of Argentina W...
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Argentina’s new Geographical Indications: providing precise limits for wine.
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe delimitation of regions is a rising trend in Argentina. New Geographical Indications isolating specific flavours pushed by quality producers.... Uco Valley. Credit: Wines of Argentina What's changing...?
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Beyond Torrontes: Discover Argentinean white wines
05 September 2017

Promotional featureSauvignon Blanc and Semillon have both found a unique place in Argentina and its wine history from their vineyards high up in the Andes... Try Semillon grown in Patagonia. Explore these white wines...
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How Malbec shows Argentina’s diverse terroirs
05 September 2017

In partnership with Wines of ArgentinaAnd the regions to take note of...Malbec grapes In partnership with Wines of Argentina How Malbec shows Argentina’s diverse terroirs What comes after Malbec? It’s a question I get
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Top Argentina winery restaurants
05 September 2017

Promotional featureIn the last few years high-end hospitality and gastronomy have become a new attraction that entices thousands of tourists every year, and if you add some outrageously delicious wines you are sure to have some unforgettable moments... Credit: Wines of Argentina High-end gastronomy meets outrageously delicious wines...
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Seven rising stars of Argentinian winemaking
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe Argentine wine business is moving towards a diversity of styles, terroirs and flavours. Part of this move depends on a group of reputed winemakers, such as Alejandro Vigil, Matías Michelini and Marcelo Pelleriti. But there are more. Young winemakers who have not yet reached the age of 40, and have so much to offer. These are the rising stars of winemaking in Argentina...
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Beyond Malbec: Three wine styles only Argentina can offer the world
05 September 2017

Promotional feature Malbec aside, Argentina has three of its own styles that develop unique wine. They present a golden opportunity to the world of wine lovers, offering their own distinct flavour, as well as a specific origin and sense of place.Credit: Wines of Argentina There's more to Argentina than Malbec....
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Terrazas de los Andes: Always above
05 September 2017

Promotional featureSurrounded by the high peaks of the Andes, our vineyards are located in the hearts of Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley in Mendoza. Surrounded by the high peaks of the Andes...
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Asian Masters: 10 best value Chardonnays
05 September 2017

You'd be hard pressed to find a wine list in Hong Kong that doesn't have a Chardonnay on it. We've rounded up 10 of the best value, high performers from our Asian Chardonnay Masters that could add value and diversity to any wine list.
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From the magazine: Rare Sherry
04 September 2017

Unlike its great rival, Port, Sherry tends not to attract high prices for rare expressions. Margaret Rand discovers the reason why and asks whether that situation will change.
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Adidas releases £160 beer-repellent shoes
04 September 2017

German sports brand Adidas has released a pair of limited-edition, beer-proof shoes to shield feet from overflowing steins (and other, more unsavoury liquids) at the annual Oktoberfest.
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Armit Wines acquired by InVivo Group
04 September 2017

UK fine wine merchant Armit has been acquired by the French agricultural cooperative InVivo Group.
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Distell sells off wine brands
04 September 2017

South African drinks group, Distell, has divested itself of several vineyards and estates as it seeks to concentrate on just four key brands.
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Registered beer trademarks rise by 19% in a year
04 September 2017

London law firm RPC has revealed that the number of trademark registrations for beer in the UK has risen by the highest level since 2007, a development the company states is due to the ‘craft beer revolution’.
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German barman smashes world record
04 September 2017

A German waiter has broken his own world record for the most steins carried over a 40m distance, successfully transporting 29 one-litre steins of beer, weighing in at a hefty 50kg, without spilling a drop.
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14 new MWs announced
04 September 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine has named 14 new MWs, taking the total of people to hold the prestigious title worldwide to 369.
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Whisky Auctioneer in bid to attract wine buyers
04 September 2017

The Perthshire-based online rare whisky specialist, Whisky Auctioneer, is launching a new online auction service for fine wine lovers having seen a “big increase” in customers wanting to buy and sell wine on its platform.
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Bonhams announces San Francisco line-up
04 September 2017

Auction house Bonhams has announced the line-up for its next fine wine sale in San Francisco later this month.
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Jefford on Monday: Britain’s Brexit hangover
04 September 2017

Andrew Jefford scrutinizes the exchange-rate challenge for the UK’s wine traders and drinkers.A Remain campaigner stops outside Berry Bros & Rudd's flagship shop on the way to a march in London. He has no known affiliation to the merchant. Most of the wine trade was in favour of staying inside the EU, when surveyed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Andrew Jefford on the Brexit squeeze...
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Vintage Champagne: a Dying Breed?
04 September 2017

As Champagne houses concentrate on prestige cuvées, what is the future for the vintage stuff?
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Wine Legend: Mas de Daumas Gassac 1982
03 September 2017

Find out why this 'first growth of Languedoc' makes the Decanter hall of fame... Find out why this wine makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Taste gold medal winning wines from Australia in Macau
03 September 2017

Decanter has organised a Masterclass in Macau to showcase seven gold medal winning wines from the Decanter Asia and World Wine Awards. On 4 September Decanter will be hosting a tasting at the IFT in Macau. The masterclass titled Discover the diversity of
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Could I join this society for wine grape lovers? – ask Decanter
03 September 2017

If you like to explore new grape varieties, then you could qualify for the Wine Century Club - but you'll need the evidence to prove it... How many varieties have you tried..?
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Barolo 2013: Top wines and vintage review
02 September 2017

Stephen Brook gives his view of the Barolo 2013 vintage and recommends his top wines.Five of Stephen Brook's favourite Barolo 2013 wines, tasted in 2017. Stephen Brook's vintage report and top wines...
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Sicilians the First Italian Wine Drinkers
02 September 2017

The discovery of wine vessels in Sicily has scientists reassessing some old beliefs.
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Harvey's Aftermath: Chefs Bring Hope to Houston (Wine Spectator)
02 September 2017

As Houston and surrounding areas assess storm damage, the hospitality industry helps the recovery
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‘Blue wine’ sets sights on US launch
02 September 2017

Spanish 'blue wine' is set to hit US shores, according to its creators.'Blue wine' is coming to the US, according to its Spanish producer. Producer plans launch party this month...
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Italian grape quiz – Test your knowledge
02 September 2017

Italy has thousands of indigenous grapes and quite a few synonyms. Do you know your Sangiovese from your Montepulciano, or your Ribolla Gialla from your Refosco? Find out with our Italian grape quiz... Tuscany's bountiful vineyards (Alamy) Do you have the skills?...
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Everything you need to know about Pinot Grigio
01 September 2017

We’ve compiled a concise guide to one of the world’s most popular grapes, including some facts that may surprise even the most committed drinkers of Pinot Grigio.
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Ningxia and Marlborough to sign ‘friendship city’ agreement
01 September 2017

Marlborough in New Zealand is set to sign a "friendship city" agreement with China's leading wine region Ningxia during its mayor's official visit to China between 3-10 September, in a bid to boost wine-related cooperation between the two regions.
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China helps drive Spain’s wine exports
01 September 2017

Spain’s wine exports in the first half of the year has reached a record high to €1.3207 billion, up by 6% over the same period, driven by strong demand from China.
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Hot new London bar openings
01 September 2017

Our latest round-up of new drinking dens in the capital includes a Clapham speakeasy, Covent Garden coffee shop from The Palomar team and a secret bar hidden inside a 1920s pharmacy in Chiswick.
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db recommends: Armit Wines Annual Tasting
01 September 2017

Armit Wines will be holding its annual trade tasting on Tuesday 5 September, featuring over 160 wines from 45 producers.
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The week in pictures
01 September 2017

Sam Neill's pregnant pig and a burlesque dancer hanging from the roof of a Napa winery were among the more unusual pictorial highlights this week, while the harvest got underway in earnest in Champagne and the French Foreign Legion helped out in Provence.
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New claret highs as trade awakens
01 September 2017

Two Bordeaux labels have seen new record highs on the Liv-ex exchange as trade picks up again after the usual summer lull.
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Cannabis cocktail trend gains momentum
01 September 2017

Drinks focused restaurant Madison on Park in San Diego has added a cannabis-laced cocktail to its menu highlighting a growing trend in the US.
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Son of Thelonious Monk sues Californian brewery
01 September 2017

The son of jazz musician Thelonious Monk has lodged a lawsuit against a Californian brewery claiming it exploited his father's name to sell merchandise. 
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New film ‘Back to Burgundy’ explores problems of inheritance
01 September 2017

A new film has been released that follows three siblings who inherit their father’s vineyard in Burgundy and are immediately faced with whether or not they should take on their family legacy or sell up to settle the tax bill.
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Bordeaux 2017 harvest: Picking begins in weather-hit vintage
01 September 2017

Picking has started for white wine grapes and Bordeaux is facing a record early harvest in some areas for Merlot, but only Médoc on the Left Bank has so far escaped the worst of nature's wrath in 2017. Vineyards in Graves. Jane Anson reports on the latest from the harvest...
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Unfiltered: Justin Trudeau Joins the Cool(-Climate) Kids of Canadian Wine (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, the discovery of the oldest-ever wine in Italy, a cancer fund-raiser for a Napa winemaker, and the "blue wine" saga continues to unfold
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How to combat ‘Prosecco teeth’ – ask Decanter
01 September 2017

Dentists in the UK have warned of higher cases of ‘Prosecco teeth’, linking tooth decay to the surge in popularity for sparkling wine. Decanter.com gets expert advice ways to limit the damage, without cutting Prosecco or Champagne out of your life completely... Decanter.com goes to the dentist...
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Restaurant Talk: Staying Open During an Unprecedented Storm (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

One Houston restaurateur's tale of coping during Harvey
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Turning Tables: California's Manresa Pops Up in France (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

The team will cook at Le Taillevent in Paris and others. Plus, Tom Colicchio changes his restaurant's controversial name, and Avec in Chicago expands
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Restaurant Spotlight: Caci North Fork (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine complements a local wine list on Long Island
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Researchers in Singapore recycle brewing waste into yeast
31 August 2017

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a technique that promises to turn 85% of the waste produced in the process of beer brewing into yeast nutrients for more brewing.
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‘Beer break at 12’: BBR marks 50 years in Basingstoke
31 August 2017

UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is marking 50 years since it opened its warehouse and bottling line in Basingstoke, leading one worker to recall the rather different pace of life back then.
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Sulphite gadget Ullo launches in UK
31 August 2017

A gadget which is claimed to be able to filter out sulphites in wine as it is poured has launched in the UK following success in the US. Read more about it below, and also find links to our guides to sulphites in wine.Ullo claims to remove sulphites in wine, but do you believe it? And if so, is it necessary? Gadget claims to filter out sulphites as wine is poured...
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The new face of Australian Chardonnay
31 August 2017

The spotlight is back on this Aussie classic and advances in technique mean that Australian Chardonnay has taken a vibrant new direction, says Sarah Ahmed. See her report and recommendations of what to buy. Sarah Ahmed picks her favourites for Decanter...
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爱士图尔总经理跳槽右岸
31 August 2017

据悉,波尔多圣埃斯泰夫产区(Saint Estèphe)名庄爱士图尔(Cos d’Estournel)的总经理Aymeric de Gironde即将离任,并前往右岸名庄卓龙梦特(Château Troplong-Mondot)就职。
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富邑将以4900万澳元平息集体诉讼案
31 August 2017

据悉,澳洲酒业巨头富邑集团将以4900万澳元平息此前由股东提起的集体诉讼案。富邑早前曾被爆于美国市场大幅缩减了$1.6亿元的资产并销毁了价值达$3500万元的葡萄酒,有误导市场的嫌疑,因此遭到股东提起集体诉讼。
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Fine wine investment: Contrary bubbles
31 August 2017

It is quite a challenge at times like this when the Champagne sector outperforms, because the dynamics which apply elsewhere in the fine wine investment world do not tend to apply to Champagne.
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Beauty products made from English fizz launched
31 August 2017

English sparkling wine producer Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent has launched a range of beauty products made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.
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AB InBev to distribute Guinness in China
31 August 2017

Diageo has signed an exclusive five-year deal with beer producer AB InBev for the distribution of Guinness in mainland China, which is expected to boost its sales to two million litres within one year.
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TFWA announces social events line-up
31 August 2017

The events programme for the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes has been announced, which includes a regatta, charity run and gala dinner.
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Maureen Downey to host wine authentication workshops in HK
31 August 2017

Wine authentication expert Maureen Downey will return to Hong Kong this October to host two workshops for trade professionals and wine collectors, after previously casting a somber warning that fraudsters are purposely targeting affluent Asian collectors.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
31 August 2017

From Fritz Haag's latest release of its 2016 vintages to the opulent wines from Japan's Chateau Mercian, we bring you the this week's highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade.
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Anson: Hidden Provence – The white wines of Cassis
31 August 2017

Jane Anson explores one of the few areas of Provence where white wine still dominates. Hidden Provence: The white wines of Cassis. Rosé comes second in this part of Provence...
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SND: Italy’s Frescobaldi Parts With Its Longtime Importer (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2017

The historic Tuscan wine producer partners with Shaw-Ross and Vintus
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Italian wine is up to 3,000 years older than we thought – study
31 August 2017

Analysis of 6,000-year-old storage jars in caves in Sicily has shown Italy's wine history is much more extensive than previously thought.Is Sicily where it all began for Italian wine? Ancient pots in Sicilian caves change history...
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India sentences man to 10 years for selling banned booze
30 August 2017

A court in the northern Indian state of Bihar has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for selling a banned alcoholic beverage, the first conviction case in Bihar after the state introduced an alcohol ban in 2016.
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Top Provence red wines: panel tasting results
30 August 2017

France’s hot southeast has traditionally been known for its big, chunky reds, but the pendulum is swinging in favour of grape and terroir... It isn't just about rosé...
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Urrejola: Chile is starting to reap what it’s sowed
30 August 2017

Chilean is starting to reap what it’s sowed as winemakers move towards making terroir-driven expressions, according to Rafael Urrejola of Undurraga.
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AB InBev switches to canning water to help hurricane victims
30 August 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has paused brewing at one of its sites for a week in order to can water to send to the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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Winery openings rising in Oregon
30 August 2017

The 2016 Vineyard and Winery Census conducted by the Oregon Wine Board has shown a rise in the number of wineries and vineyards in the state as well as the robustness of its industry.
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Thieves use Paris catacombs to steal fine wine – report
30 August 2017

Thieves who stole more than 250,000 euros worth of fine wine from a Paris apartment cellar exploited the French capital's vast underground tunnel network, according to French media reports.An estimated six million people are buried in the Paris catacombs. Thieves steal 250,000 euros of wine, say reports...
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Mayfair restaurant selling under £20 wines
30 August 2017

Mayfair tapas restaurant El Pirata has added four wines to its list priced at under £20 to dispel the myth that all wines in the affluent London district are expensive.
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New head for Champagne Bollinger named
30 August 2017

The SJB Group has appointed a new general manager for Champagne Bollinger with 20 years sales experience in a range of companies, from Lindt chocolatiers to Pernod Ricard.
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Ningxia adds 15 classified wineries
30 August 2017

China's leading wine region Ningxia has added another 15 wineries to its classification system, bringing the total number of classified wineries in the Helan Moutain East region to 36.
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New Zealand wine exports hit record $1.66 billion
30 August 2017

The value of New Zealand wine exports has grown for a 22nd consecutive year, reaching a record high of NZ$1.66 billion, according to New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Annual Report.
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Disney starts selling wine slushies
30 August 2017

While Disney World is a magical experience for kids, adults can now get their kicks there too as amusement park in Florida has started selling wine slushies.
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Scotch whisky applies for GI status in New Zealand
30 August 2017

The Scotch whisky industry has become one of the first to apply to be listed on New Zealand’s register of geographical indications (GIs) – an initiative launched by the country earlier this year. 
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Parting thoughts: Decanter’s Sarah Kemp shares her wine memories
30 August 2017

As Decanter MD Sarah Kemp steps down from the helm after more than 20 years - and more than 30 years with the magazine overall - she reflects on her memories and how a 16th birthday present opened her eyes to the fine wine world. Sarah Kemp calls time on two decades at the top of Decanter. Sarah Kemp shares her wine memories...
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Digging Deeper in Pay-for-Play Scandal
30 August 2017

In the wake of the Pennsylvania Liquor Board scandal, W. Blake Gray has some more observations.
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Texas Restaurants Weather Harvey's Furious Wind and Rains (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

With flood conditions still impacting Houston, restaurant owners are checking on staff and hoping to reopen soon
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Party Recipes: Dip Into Coastal Greece (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

Kick back with three summery dip recipes from Kapnos’ George Pagonis, plus 15 recommended European value whites and rosés
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Italy faces ‘one of smallest wine harvests for 60 years’
30 August 2017

Spring frost and an extreme heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' are set to leave the world's two largest wine producing countries with their smallest harvest for decades, according to initial estimates.Vineyards in the shadow of Mount Etna in Sicily. But hopes rise for quality after warm summer...
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Auction of Washington Wines Raises $4.1 Million (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

The charity event's 30th anniversary took celebrations to a new level
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67 Pall Mall to launch UK’s biggest wine list
29 August 2017

London private members’ club for wine lovers 67 Pall Mall is adding 2000 new wines to its range to launch the largest list in the UK this December.
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Lidl shoppers in Prosecco stampede
29 August 2017

A Prosecco offer at Lidl caused a stampede this Bank Holiday weekend as shoppers rushed to get their hands on six bottles of the Italian sparkler for £20.
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Sauternes 50 taking turn for the sweeter?
29 August 2017

Liv-ex’s index tracking the most widely traded Sauternes has long been an under-performer but has seen an uptick in its fortunes of late.
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Vergelegen to rise phoenix-like from ashes
29 August 2017

Vergelegen suffered the worst wildfires in its history in January this year, but now the damaged vineyards are being seen as an opportunity for the South African estate, according to the Don Tooth, MD of the winery.
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France facing smallest harvest since 1945
29 August 2017

Winemakers in France are facing their smallest harvest since 1945 due to the perfect storm of a mild March followed by severe spring frosts in April.
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10 best value Cabernet Sauvignons
29 August 2017

Few wines can deliver bang for your buck better than Cabernet Sauvignon, here we feature 10 of the best examples available in Asia from our inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon Masters that stood out for their quality and value for money.
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China’s wine imports continue upward trend
29 August 2017

China’s wine imports continued the resilient growth trend seen in the first half of the year, bringing up its total import volume and value from January to July, as major holidays in the second half of the year are expected to push up wine sales even further.
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The Singleton unveils 41-year-old whisky in Asia
29 August 2017

The Singleton of Glen Ord Forgotten Drop Series will launch a 41-year-old whisky in Asia – the oldest spirit the distillery has released.
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Dentist warns of ‘the Prosecco smile’
29 August 2017

Brits are in danger of developing tooth decay from drinking too much Prosecco a dentist has warned in a worrying trend he’s dubbing “the Prosecco smile”.
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6,000 bottles of fake wine busted in China
29 August 2017

More than 6,000 bottles of counterfeit Chinese wines have been found in Xianyang city in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, highlighting the problem of the counterfeiting of popular domestic brands as well as more expensive imports.
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Cos d’Estournel MD moves to Troplong Mondot
29 August 2017

The managing director of Cos d'Estournel is to cross from Left Bank to Right Bank in Bordeaux to work with the new owner of Troplong Mondot in St-Emilion. Château Cos d'Estournel in St-Estèphe. Cos d'Estournel MD to move to Right Bank...
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Treasury Settles Up Over Dumped Wine
29 August 2017

The sorry tale of millions of bottles of spilled wine is finally over for the world's biggest winemaker.
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My earliest wine memory – from the sommeliers
29 August 2017

Do you remember your first sip of wine? What's your earliest memory of wine in your home? Sommeliers share their recollections... Do you remember your first sip?...
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Jefford: Guerrilla guide to drinking wine – Part four
28 August 2017

Andrew Jefford explores 10 rules around drinking wine in the final chapter of his four-part August series ... for absolute beginners. Corkbuzz bar in New York - A Decanter favourite. Don't believe everything you've heard...
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The World's Most Expensive Fortified Wines
28 August 2017

Our search for the world's priciest wines veers into rich, sweet waters.
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Master of wine vs Master sommelier: What’s the difference? – ask Decanter
28 August 2017

Matt Stamp MS speaks to Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, one of the very few people in the world to hold both master sommelier and master of wine titles... Judges pretend to be restaurant diners at the ‘world’s best sommelier’ competition in Mendoza, Argentina, 2016. We ask Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, who holds both...
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Wine Legend: Dom Pérignon 1961
27 August 2017

What makes it part of the Decanter hall of fame? Why is this in the Decanter hall of fame?
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Wine harvest quiz – Test your knowledge
26 August 2017

Wine harvests are underway across the northern hemisphere, from northern Italy to Napa Valley. Would you know when to pick, and can you spot the influence of harvest type in the wine? Let's find out...Xarel-lo grapes at Recaredo ahead of the 2016 harvest. Would you know when to pick?...
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Ten of the best London restaurants for wine lovers
26 August 2017

We bring you 10 fine dining restaurants in London chosen by our expert reviewers. Don't waste another meal, get down to one of the top 10 best restaurants in the city...
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High Hopes as Napa Harvest Gathers Pace
26 August 2017

As Napa growers keep on smiling, some in Europe are scratching their heads.
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Facing a Meager Harvest, Prosecco Winemakers Win Approval to Use Non-DOC Grapes (Wine Spectator)
26 August 2017

Wineries can source from vineyards within the region, but not officially in the appellation
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Recipes from Enrique Olvera: A Taste of Mexico for Summer Dining (Wine Spectator)
26 August 2017

Cosme and Atla chef Enrique Olvera shares flavor-packed recipes for tostadas and quinoa salad; Wine Spectator picks out 12 Spanish whites for Labor Day festivities
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Ten exciting dry and off-dry German Riesling wines
26 August 2017

'Roll back the sugar and it’s like the tide going out', says Margaret Rand, who investigates the changing landscape of dry and off-dry German Riesling and picks 10 good value wines to highlight the contrasting styles... This is an edited version of an article that first appeared in Decanter magazine Things are changing, says Margaret Rand...
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Lafite 2014 top traded wine by value
25 August 2017

Lafite’s 2014 vintage is the most traded wine by value on the Liv-ex Exchange so far this year – along with four more of its wines in a Bordeaux-dominated list.
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Natural cork still reigns supreme in China
25 August 2017

In a survey conducted by Wine Intelligence, 61% of those surveyed in both China and the US said they liked buying wine with a cork closure.
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The week in pictures
25 August 2017

Roger Daltrey of The Who fame and Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr added some celebrity sparkle to the drinks trade this week, as Canada's Kaitlyn Stewart is crowned Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year.
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Value of single malt Scotch sold at auction rises by 94%
25 August 2017

The price of single malt Scotch whisky sold at auction has soared by nearly 100% in the first six months of the year, according to Rare Whisky 101, continuing an upward trend for the category.
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English vineyards near London to visit
25 August 2017

This August bank holiday, why not plan a trip to a local vineyard? We’ve rounded up ones with top visitor facilities and can be reached under two hours from London… Hattingley Valley VIneyards English wineries are opening to tourists...
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Kaitlyn Stewart named ‘world’s best bartender’
25 August 2017

Canadian bartender Kaitlyn Stewart has been named the winner of the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year competition for 2017.
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Closure encounters: What’s driving the wine stopper market?
25 August 2017

While screwcaps’ hold on the market seems to be loosening, new developments in natural cork, Diam and synthetics mean that wine producers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppering power. Jamie Goode examines the state of the market.
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Gin-inspired cabaret comes to London
25 August 2017

Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, performed by Australians, is coming to the capital on 30 August promising to be "equal parts historical and hysterical".
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Beer created for endangered bird
25 August 2017

A Texas brewery and the Travis Audobon society have teamed up to create a beer to raise awareness of an endangered songbird species whose habitat is under threat.
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Traces of 6,000-year-old wine could rewrite Italy’s winemaking history
25 August 2017

A group of archaeologists have discovered a storage jar in Italy dating back to the Copper Age (4,000BC) containing traces of wine, dramatically predating the presumed commencement of winemaking in Italy.
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London bar defends selling pints at £13.40
25 August 2017

A London bar that specialises in craft beer has defended itself for selling Cloudwater double IPA at £13.40 a pint, after drawing accusations that it was ripping off its customers.
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Sommelier Talk: Golden State, Golden Wines (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Courtney Olson champions white wines at Coi in San Francisco
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Chinese wine lovers snub screwcap, for now – survey
25 August 2017

Research has found that natural cork is still the preferred wine closure in China, US and Germany, but the study's authors believe this perception 'will begin to change’. Natural corks. But cork could lose its crown, say study authors...
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Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed
25 August 2017

As Pennsylvania's liquor board reels from a bribery investigation, W. Blake Gray asks how deep the rot goes.
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A Daily Drink Might Help You Live Longer, Study Reports (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Research strengthens evidence that moderate drinking may lower risk of cardiovascular disease and other causes of death
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Unfiltered: Oregon Wine Totally Overshadowed (by Eclipse) (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Plus, how many bottles of Pinot Noir does it take to "paint" the Eiffel Tower? Nick Jonas crops up at Honig, and Carlos Santana and Constellation pair up to announce Charlottesville donation
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Oregon Gamay: New wines to discover
25 August 2017

Anne Krebiehl MW recently attended the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon, but came away equally captivated by the 'hauntingly perfumed' Gamays also produced in the region. Anne Krebiehl MW picks her five favourite Oregon Gamays for you to try...
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Bank holiday weekend: 10 Prosecco and rosé wines under £15
25 August 2017

Make sure you soak up the August bank holiday weekend with a glass of something delicious in hand. See our selection of 10 Prosecco and rosé wines tasted by our experts and all under £15... Ten great reasons to drink wine this weekend...
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