Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Bordeaux 2017: the conundrum vintage
20 April 2018

Returning from the Bordeaux en primeur tastings, many UK merchants seem confident of the quality of the best wines in 2017 and the potential to sell them – but will wariness over the frost-struck vintage, uncertainty over pricing, the spectre of a long campaign and an apathetic market put paid to its chances before the wines are even released?
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Tesco ups its craft credentials with Sheppy’s Cider
19 April 2018

In an effort to expand its craft alcohol offering, supermarket giant Tesco has added Sheppy’s Cider and Vice’s Old Blue Last beer to its drinks range.
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Moët & Chandon: Champagne pairs best with French fries
19 April 2018

Adding to a growing list of 'low-brow' food such as popcorn and fish and chips, French fries are yet another pairing perfect for Champagne according to Moët & Chandon, in line with the principle that Champagne's zesty acidity cuts through the saltiness and fat of junk food.
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Macron drinks too much wine, says health expert
19 April 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron's habit of drinking a glass of wine with lunch and dinner has come under fire from a leading epidemiologist.
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Rare whisky returns better than gold
19 April 2018

Prices of rare whiskies are on the rise, with the most wanted single malts offering better returns than gold. Lucy Shaw explores whether these old drops are a good long-term investment.
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China’s Penglai wine region to introduce third party quality control
19 April 2018

Penglai in China's eastern Shandong province has introduced a third-party assessment organisation to evaluate the city's 55 wineries for food safety related issues especially targeting fake wine made with toxic chemicals that pose potential health hazards.
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AB InBev acquires Master of Malt owner
19 April 2018

ZX Ventures, the growth and innovation unit of brewing giant AB InBev, has acquired the UK-based Atom Group for an undisclosed sum.
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Napa icon Heitz Cellars sold to Arkansas billionaire
19 April 2018

Napa Valley icon Heitz Wine Cellars has been sold to Arkansas banking billionaire Gaylon M. Lawrence Jr. for a rumoured US$180 million.
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New book: 100 wines to drink aboard your yacht
19 April 2018

Fine wine specialists Onshore Cellars has announced it is to publish a new book detailing the 100 best wines every discerning super yacht owner should possess.
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Best rosé wines for summer
19 April 2018

Make the most of the summer sunshine with one of these top rosés, tasted by our experts. Whether you're at a barbecue, heading to the beach or relaxing in the garden - do it with a cool glass of refreshing rosé in hand... Enjoy a rosé this summer. Make the most of the sunshine...
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New on Wine List Confidential: Berners Tavern
19 April 2018

Matteo Montone, garlanded as one of the top four sommeliers in the UK, oversees a thoughtful and wide ranging list available in an art-filled dining room.
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Anson: Tasting note dilemmas
19 April 2018

Jane Anson considers the mechanics of putting together a tasting note, and what factors she believes are worth considering. I’ve been thinking a lot about wine notes recently. Bear in mind that this is the period when I am
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Iconic Napa Valley Winery Heitz Cellars Sold (Wine Spectator)
19 April 2018

The historic brand was purchased by Gaylon Lawrence Jr., whose family owns farmland in multiple states
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Petrus to launch counter-appeal against name ruling
19 April 2018

Château Petrus has confirmed that it will file a counter-appeal against a court ruling allowing a Côtes de Bordeaux wine to carry the name Petrus on its label. Few wines can match the acclaim, and auction prices, achieved by Pomerol's Château Petrus. Pomerol estate to appeal after seeing previous win overturned...
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What are tannins? – ask Decanter
19 April 2018

What are tasters referring to when they assess tannins? And why are they important?What are tannins in wine? What are tasters referring to when the assess tannins? And why are they important?
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Mas de Daumas Gassac red wines: Recent vintages tasted
19 April 2018

See fresh tasting notes and ratings on the flagship red wine of this Languedoc 'grand cru' from 2010 to 2016, plus a barrel sample of the 2017 vintage, written by Andrew Jefford and available exclusively to Premium members. A view across Mas de Daumas Gassac vineyards. From 2010 to 2016 inclusive, plus a 2017 barrel sample...
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You can now buy a burger that may or may not contain a dead tarantula
18 April 2018

A US brewpub is taking the humble food challenge to new heights with a burger garnished with an actual oven-roasted tarantula.
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Climate change could drastically alter Bordeaux wines, expert warns
18 April 2018

The Bordeaux of 2050 could be much fruitier, may not have the same capacity for ageing and could have a lower alcohol content, a Bordeaux winemaker and oenologist has warned.
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Best wines for a barbecue
18 April 2018

They can match a multitude of foods, are easy to find, in-expensive, can be chilled yet with enough punch to push through any food that has been above the coals for a length of time. Decanter.com looks at the best wines for a summer barbecue. We've got your barbecue wine needs sorted...
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Windsor & Eton brewery gets royal warrant
18 April 2018

Windsor & Eton brewery has been granted a royal warrant after the craft beer producer has made a series of serves dedicated to royal weddings.
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Singapore university students asked to stop brewing beer on campus
18 April 2018

Three students at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been asked to stop brewing beer after their home brew enjoyed a whirlwind success among students on the campus.
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Jamie Oliver’s Australian restaurant group goes into administration
18 April 2018

Jamie Oliver’s Australian restaurant group has gone into administration, as the celebrity chef continues to battle debts in relation to his operation in the UK.
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New Zealand and Prosecco top UK wine sales
18 April 2018

The 2018 Wine Nation report from UK-based Accolade Wines reveals it was a good year for Prosecco, and New Zealand wines, but a bad year for Champagne.
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You can now buy rum aged in Bordeaux wine casks from Château Pape Clement
18 April 2018

Premium rum brand Emperor has expanded its range with two new product launches — an aged white rum and a "Private Collection", limited edition bottle aged in Bordeaux wine casks.
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Alberto Arizu renews term as president of Wines of Argentina
18 April 2018

Alberto Arizu has renewed his mandate as president of Wines of Argentina for the next two years, while Argentine wine specialist Phil Crozier, director of wine at Gaucho, has been named as the organisation's new brand ambassador for UK and Europe.
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波尔多飞卓酒庄计划对酿酒厂进行重大翻新
18 April 2018

波尔多圣爱美容的飞卓酒庄(Château Figeac)日前宣布计划对其酒庄、酒窖和发酵室进行重大扩建和改造,以跟上酒庄在葡萄园和酿酒过程中的变化。
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法院允许10欧元的葡萄酒品牌名称使用“Petrus”
18 April 2018

法国地方法院驳回了波美侯的柏翠酒庄(Château Petrus)为保护其'Petrus'名称权而提起的诉讼,推翻了此前的一项裁决,允许另一法国葡萄酒品牌Petrus Lambertini继续在其酒标上使用这一名称。
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California's Nagging Smoke Taint Concerns
18 April 2018

Will "Californian wildfire smoke" be making it onto the tasting notes of the 2017 vintage?
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Oregon Winery Owners Fund New Wine Studies Program for Willamette College (Wine Spectator)
18 April 2018

Domaine Serene owners Grace and Ken Evenstad give a $6 million gift to establish the Center for Wine Education at Linfield College
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Wine Talk: Andrea and Alberto Bocelli's Tuscan Duet (Wine Spectator)
18 April 2018

The superstar tenor and his brother are revitalizing their family's centuries-old estate in Italy
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Pouring Stars: A Decorated French Somm Lands in Basque Country (Wine Spectator)
18 April 2018

A Burgundian sommelier puts down deep roots in Spain
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Chinese doctor jailed for calling medicinal tonic ‘poison’
17 April 2018

A Chinese doctor has been arrested for defaming a popular Chinese medicinal tonic as ‘poison’ in his personal blog, in which he accused the producer of the tonic of false advertising with regards its health benefits.
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Inside Annabel’s after its £55m redesign
17 April 2018

Legendary private members’ club Annabel’s in Mayfair has re-opened after a lavish £55 million redesign masterminded by man of the moment Martin Brudnizki. Take a look inside...
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China lowers VAT tax for imported wine
17 April 2018

The Chinese government has announced that it will lower the country’s VAT tax from the current 17% to 16% for imported goods, which is expected to boost China’s wine imports, especially for countries such as Australia and Chile that have signed Free Trade Agreements with China.
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Burgundy 2017 harvest back to ‘normal’ size
17 April 2018

The Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) have confirmed the figures from the 2017 vintage in Burgundy showing a substantial rise on the 2016 crop.
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Goose Island offers free bike and trip to Chicago to future brewmaster of first UK brewpub
17 April 2018

US craft beer brand Goose Island is on the hunt for a new brewer to run operations at its first London brewpub opening later this year.
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Majestic sets out £12m investment to net new customers
17 April 2018

Majestic Wine is to invest £12m in enlarging its customer base, admitting in a statement that the opportunity to invest in new customer acquisition was "materially bigger than previously thought".
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Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery in 90 years reaches fundraising target
17 April 2018

The Holyrood Distillery, a new distillery in the heart of Edinburgh, has reached its £5.8m fundraising target, with construction now set to begin in May or June.
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Embattled Mallya spends £16k a month on fleet of cars
17 April 2018

Vijay Mallya, the former head of India's United Spirits, spends £16,000 a month on maintaining his fleet of cars while his overseas assets, outside of India, total just $114 million, his legal team told the High Court in London yesterday.
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Burgundy exports go on rising in 2017
17 April 2018

Exports of Burgundy continued to rise in 2017 across all major markets, although volumes were largely stable on account of the constraints imposed by recent small vintages.
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London Wine Fair to host briefing on how to build a wine list
17 April 2018

The London Wine Fair has announced an industry briefing that will focus on the importance of wine in the on-trade, chaired by some of the biggest names in the UK restaurant and wine scene, including chefs, sommeliers and a master of wine.
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Missing Wine Case Heading to Court
17 April 2018

A former associate of Rudy Kurniawan lawyers up after millions of dollars of wine allegedly goes AWOL.
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Vinitaly Brings Italy's Wine Superstars to Verona (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2018

The OperaWine tasting kicked off the all-star trade show by showcasing wines from 107 top producers
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Soave wine pioneer Leonildo ‘Nino’ Pieropan dies
17 April 2018

Tributes have been paid to Leonildo 'Nino' Pieropan, a pioneer of Soave wine quality in Italy and widely respected winemaker, who has died aged 71. All of Pieropan's 46ha of vineyards were certified organic in 2015 Tributes have been paid to Leonildo 'Nino' Pieropan...
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Soave Stalwart Leonildo Pieropan of Pieropan Wines Dies at 71 (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2018

The proprietor of the Pieropan winery was a traditionalist and an innovator for his Italian appellation
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Hidden Italy: Six Calabria wine producers to know
17 April 2018

Calabria is one of southern Italy's most exciting wine regions for indigenous grape varieties, says Walter Speller, who picks several wine producers to know about.Ferrocinto vineyards These producers first appeared in the regional profile of Calabria in the May 2018 issue of Decanter. Decanter Premium subscribers
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Tasting Conti Costanti: Eight vintages compared
17 April 2018

Michaela Morris tastes Conti Costanti at the Colle a Matrichese estate, including a 'captivating' 1975 vintage and a piece of history from 1967...The Costanti vineyards Including a 'captivating' 1975...
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Hedonism restaurant opening with chef Ollie Dabbous
17 April 2018

The opening of Hide in Mayfair will herald the arrival one of the biggest restaurant wine lists in London...Hide in Mayfair. One of the biggest restaurant wine lists in London...
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DJ Khaled’s vodka-soaked Snapchat posts ‘violate federal law’
17 April 2018

DJ Khaled has stopped advertising alcohol brands in his Snapchat stories after watchdogs complained his posts violated federal law.
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First luxury space hotel to open in 2021
16 April 2018

The space race is officially on after Houston-based space tech start-up Orion Span announced plans this month to open the first luxury hotel in space in 2021.
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Figeac plans major expansion
16 April 2018

Château Figeac in St-Emilion has announced plans for a major expansion and reworking of its winery, cellar and vat rooms in order to keep pace with the changes taking place with the handling of the vineyard and winemaking at the estate.
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Lanson musical gift box wins design award
16 April 2018

Champagne Lanson’s innovative musical gift boxes scooped the top prize in the Best New Product Packaging category at the DFNI Global Awards in London last week.
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Moët Hennessy’s lifestyle brand Clos19 is heading to Florida
16 April 2018

Drinks giant Moët Hennessy is expanding its Clos19 luxury lifestyle brand to Florida after successfully landing in the US last year.
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Court allows £10 wine brand to use ‘Petrus’ name
16 April 2018

A French appeals court has rejected a case made by Pomeral estate Château Petrus to protect its rights to the 'Petrus' name, overturning a previous ruling to allow another French wine brand called Petrus Lambertini to continue to use the revered title on its labels.
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JD Wetherspoon closes all social media accounts
16 April 2018

UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is closing the social media accounts for every single one of its 900 venues, with chairman Tim Martin saying that it was due in part to recent concerns over data security, general misuse and its addictive nature.
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London is getting it’s ‘first’ global sparkling wine bar
16 April 2018

Prosecco may still be leading the pack when it comes to sparkling wine, but a new bar coming to London this summer will shine a light on fizz across the globe.
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Chinese company hires Michel Rolland as consultant
16 April 2018

A Chinese wine company based in Shenzhen called Wine World has announced that it has hired renowned Bordeaux oenologist Michel Rolland as its chief wine consultant.
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Clarke Quay clubs call for review of liquor license law in Singapore
16 April 2018

Clubs in one of Singapore's popular nighttime areas, Clarke Quay, are calling for a review of the city's liquor licensing hours after the legendary Shanghai Dolly club closed its doors last Saturday, arguing that shortened liquor serving hours have dealt a deadly blow to business.
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Jefford on Monday: The liquid novel – white Mas de Daumas Gassac
16 April 2018

Andrew Jefford tastes his way through a historic vertical.A landmark tasting of Daumas Gassac white wines. Andrew Jefford tastes his way through a historic vertical...
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Burgundy's Other Great Reds
16 April 2018

Want something that tastes like Burgundy but at a fraction of the price? Look south.
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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Reserve – Tasting the three vintage blends
14 April 2018

Christelle Guibert visits Laurent-Perrier's Grand Siècle Reserve cellar to taste their latest releases. Stepping into Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle Reserve cellar you would be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered onto the set of the
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Ten of the best restaurants in Barcelona for wine lovers
14 April 2018

When it comes to eating out, Barcelona puts on a spectacular show, directed by a new wave chefs who are pushing the bounds of Catalan cuisine. See our guide to the city’s top restaurants, chosen by local wine producers…Uncover Barcelona's hidden tapas gems and avant-garde Catalan cuisine... Credit: Michael Abid / Alamy Venture into Barcelona’s spectacular show of Catalan cuisine...
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Pay-to-Play Schemes Keep TTB Busy
14 April 2018

How to stay out of trouble in the US wine sales business.
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14 April 2018

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South Africa's 2018 Wine Harvest Is Smallest in Over a Decade (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2018

Severe drought has shrunk yields; top winemakers are adapting and say quality remains high
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Wine Talk: The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2018

The singer in the Grammy-winning vocal group reminisces on serenading a Sicilian winemaker, her Moroccan wine discoveries, and the bottle of Yquem that started it all
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The fortified wine quiz – Test your knowledge
14 April 2018

Fortification allows wines to travel, keep and age for decades, sometimes centuries, but how much do you know about the different styles in this category? Test your knowledge with our fortified wine quiz.... Barrels of Tawny Port Start the fortified wine quiz below More wine quizzes here How much of a fortified wine is spirit – ask
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Tasting Amarone history: Six vintages of Bertani back to 1958
14 April 2018

Aldo Fiordelli tastes Bertani Amarone, including the first vintage, 1958...Drying the grapes at Bertani. An exclusive report for Premium members...
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New study says drinking every day can take years off your life, and the drinks industry is furious
13 April 2018

Industry leaders have hit out at new research which claims that drinking an extra glass of wine every day can take years off your life.
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The eight types of UK wine drinker revealed
13 April 2018

Regular wine drinkers make up 54% of the UK’s adult population; a segment Accolade has broken down into eight types of wine drinker. Click through to find out which category best describes you.
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Colorado brewery to release bag-in-box sour beers
13 April 2018

The boxed booze trend is gaining momentum as Primitive Beer, a side project launched by staff at Lafayette-based brewer Odd13, plans to launch a range of Iambic-style sour beers in 1.5-litre capacity bag-in-box. 
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Wine aged in Bourbon barrels takes USA by storm
13 April 2018

A Californian Zinfandel aged in Bourbon barrels has become a surprise success in the US and will be coming to the UK from May.
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The week in pictures
13 April 2018

This week in the world of drinks: Matthew McConaughey turns to drink, Rioja regulations get a major reshuffle, mixologists battle it out across London, a new zero-gravity beer designed for space travel prepares to launch and small beer is served out of an aptly named 'mini bar'.
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Brixton Brewery teams up with disco festival
13 April 2018

Brixton Brewery has teamed up with the Brixton Disco Festival which will see its six flagship craft beers served in five locations centred around Windrush Square in south London.
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Mas de Daumas Gassac to relaunch second label at Vinexpo HK
13 April 2018

One of the Languedoc's leading winery's, Mas de Daumas Gassac, will be unveiling the rebranded 'Moulin de Gassac', the winery's second label, at the upcoming Vinexpo Hong Kong.
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E&J Gallo signs new distribution deal in mainland China
13 April 2018

California’s family-owned wine giant E&J Gallo has signed a new regional distribution deal with Chinese company Eternal Asia, as it seeks to turn its entry-level Carlo Rossi brand into the No. 1 imported wine in the mainland market.
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Winery releases Sauvignon Blanc aged in ex-Tequila barrels
13 April 2018

A Napa winery has released a Sauvignon Blanc aged in ex-Tequila barrels, in an effort to "challenge the norm of traditional winemaking" while drawing on the increasing popularity of the agave-based spirit.
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Remains of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge rediscovered in wine cellar
13 April 2018

The remains of celebrated poet, critic and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge have been rediscovered in a former wine cellar in north London which was subsequently incorporated into the crypt of a nearby church. 
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Comment: ‘Non-interventionism should not mean non-winemaking’
13 April 2018

When, a decade and a half ago, I wrote The New France, I found myself repeatedly using one phrase in chapter after chapter: ‘non-interventionism’. Which was strange: it has no French equivalent. I wouldn’t even know how to translate it into French.Non-interventionism should not mean non-winemaking Books are written for their readers, which in this case meant English-language wine...
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Last Chance to See: 1985 Sassicaia
13 April 2018

Prompted by the excitement over the 2015 release, Tom Jarvis seeks the classic vintage of this Tuscan giant.
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Unfiltered: Mario Carbone, Scott Campbell Spill Ink, Rosé at Wine-Tattoo To-Do (Wine Spectator)
13 April 2018

Plus, cracking the case of a $500,000 wine heist targeting star chef Jean Sulpice, and screen star Zhao Wei and Sting toast St.-Emilion
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Turning Tables: Exciting Restaurant Openings in Portland, Detroit and More (Wine Spectator)
13 April 2018

A seafood concept comes to the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, the Big Rock Chop House family opens Lumen, Michael Mina unveils his Las Vegas renovation
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How much of a fortified wine is spirit – ask Decanter
13 April 2018

What is the spirit level of the finished product...?How much of the finished product is spirit? How much of it is in the final product...?
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Everything you need to know about Rioja’s new rules
12 April 2018

Rioja has launched a new global marketing campaign to highlight a series of changes to the region’s quality tiers and regulations – but what’s different, and why?
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Portuguese wine sales soaring in the UK
12 April 2018

Portuguese wine sales are soaring in the UK, with Portuguese specialist Oakley Wine Agencies reporting year-on-year volume and value growth of over 60%.
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Final exhibitors announced for The City Wine Show
12 April 2018

Independent wine wholesaler Ledbury Wine Cellar and Vinifera Wine Club have confirmed their attendance at the City Wine Show 2018, taking place on 13 and 14 April in London. 
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SIBA chairman Buster Grant steps down
12 April 2018

The Society of Independent Brewers' Association's (SIBA) chairman Buster Grant has stepped down from his role with immediate affect.
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‘Glorious Bordeaux’ to lead Sotheby’s sale
12 April 2018

‘Glorious Bordeaux in every state of maturity and expression,” will be the heart of Sotheby’s next London sale, including a bottle of 1909 Haut-Brion and 1918 Lafite.
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From Burgundy to Languedoc: Anne Gros in Minervois
12 April 2018

An exclusive report, with tasting notes, on the Languedoc-Roussillon wine project of Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot. Exclusive report on the Gros-Tollot winemaking project in Minervois...
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World’s first space beer bottle prepares to launch
12 April 2018

We’ve had beer brewed with space yeast and an Oregon IPA sent into orbit via helium balloon and now the first beer bottle designed for space travel is preparing to launch.
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Cannabis producer signs five-year deal with Quebec’s alcohol distributor
12 April 2018

Cannabis producer Hydropothecary has signed a five-year deal with Quebec's alcohol distributor, with total volume estimated at more than 200,000kg, ahead of Canada's expected marijuana legalisation this year.
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Jameson’s distillery is the most popular whiskey destination in the world
12 April 2018

Jameson's Dublin distillery has been named most-visited whiskey experience in the world after an €11 million (£9.6 million) refurbishment – with over 350,000 visitors and four marriage proposals taking place at the still house since it reopened. 
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Beaujolais exports continue to rise
12 April 2018

Exports of Beaujolais to the UK continued to rise in 2017, making the French region one of the fastest-rising of all French regions.
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CapeWine 2018 trade show is fastest selling on record
12 April 2018

This year's edition of the Wines of South Africa trade show, CapeWine, is the fastest to sell out with over 350 producers securing a spot at the event held in Cape Town. 
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First impressions of Bordeaux 2017 barrel samples
12 April 2018

Read Jane Anson's initial report on the key emerging characteristics of the Bordeaux 2017 vintage, and which areas look set to come out on top - currently available exclusively to Decanter Premium members. Full tasting notes and ratings on hundreds of Bordeaux primeur wines will be published later this month.Jane Anson tastes Haut-Brion 2017 samples for Decanter. An exclusive preview of the new...
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California Cabernet Too Hot to Handle
12 April 2018

It's slowly dawning on winemakers that certain popular grape varieties are not best suited to the Californian climate.
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WATCH: How to make Percy Pig beer
11 April 2018

A UK vlogger has dreamed the impossible dream and combined Percy Pigs and ale for a truly British beer.
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Fine wine investment: Holding the fort
11 April 2018

Although in most instances an 'on' vintage from a top label will cost more than an 'off' vintage, when it comes to the second labels of the first growths this isn't always the case.
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Full list of producers revealed for upcoming Prosecco Springs festival
11 April 2018

Prosecco festival Prosecco Springs has announced the full list of producers taking part in its upcoming event, taking place from 26 to 29 April at Oval Space in East London. 
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On this day 1834…the man buried with claret
11 April 2018

On this day in 1834, the folly builder, philanthropist, MP and noted drunkard, ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller died and was buried in a pyramid on his Sussex estate with a bottle of claret – so the legend goes.
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Swift launches green-themed cocktail list
11 April 2018

Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson of Swift bar in Soho have launched a new range of cocktails that shine a light on green, savoury flavours.
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Canadian bar which makes a cocktail garnished with a dead toe receives donation of three more toes
11 April 2018

A bar in Canada famous for a morbid cocktail made with a shrivelled dead toe has been sent a generous donation of three more toes.
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the drinks business to host rosé masterclass at The City Wine Show
11 April 2018

Editor-in-chief of the drinks business, Patrick Schmitt MW, is to host a masterclass featuring the world's greatest rosés on Friday 13 April at The City Wine Show in London. 
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Producer Profile: Kumeu River
11 April 2018

It’s 110 years since the early pioneers of the Brajkovich family arrived in New Zealand from Croatia. Peter Richards MW spent some time with the family to uncover the secrets of growing world-class Chardonnay. This profile has been published online for Decanter Premium members and includes recommendations on top Kumeu river wines to try. World-class New Zealand Chardonnay...
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Cornell professor uses dairy by-products to brew beer
11 April 2018

Assistant professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, Sam Alcaine, is attempting to turn the by-products of New York's Greek yoghurt industry into beer. 
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Port 2016 vintage ‘likely’ to be widely declared
11 April 2018

Quinta do Noval has joined Symington Family Estates in declaring the highly regarded Port 2016 vintage as expectations grow for a first general declaration since 2011.Credit: Quinta do Noval. Symington and Noval out of the blocks early...
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Ornellaia opens restaurant in Zurich
11 April 2018

Super Tuscan Ornellaia has launched its first restaurant concept in Zurich in collaboration with Swiss restaurant group and Italian wine importer Bindella.
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This is the latest English sparkling wine entering the market this year
11 April 2018

A winery in Hampshire is the latest to launch its own terroir-focused sparkler ahead of English Wine Week this spring.
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Chinese importers nervous over tariffs on US wine
11 April 2018

At least one Chinese merchant has already reported holding back a shipment of Napa wine following China's imposition of tariffs in a trade war with the US, as traders on both sides hope for a swift resolution. Reporting by Emily Xie in Shanghai and Chris Mercer in London. Traders hope for thaw in US-China relations...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Plum-Soy Duck Breast with Asian Slaw (Wine Spectator)
11 April 2018

Though this dish's flavors cozy up to a quintessential aromatic white, they also play well with a fruity red Zinfandel
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Does a ‘field blend’ affect taste? – ask Decanter
11 April 2018

What is a field blend, and how does it impact the taste of your wine...?Does it change the taste? How does it impact the wine...?
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Martin Sorrel’s marketing firm WPP revises restrictions on alcohol in the office
10 April 2018

The days of Mad Men are coming to an end, as one of the world's most powerful marketing firms has revised its policy on alcohol in the office.
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Rioja rebrand takes on Spanish strapline
10 April 2018

Rioja launched a new global campaign in London last night to mark the advent of new quality tiers and altered regulations, as well as create “an emotional connection with consumers” using a three-word strapline in Spanish.
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Spain remains world’s largest wine exporter
10 April 2018

Spain has retained its reign at the top of the wine pyramid for global exports ahead of Italy and France having exported 22.8 million hectolitres of wine last year.
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Château de Lagorce bought by Chinese wine company
10 April 2018

Château de Lagorce, an AOC Bordeaux château, has become the latest to be bought by Chinese investors. Château de Lagorce The latest to be bought by Chinese investors...
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Two more exhibitors confirmed for The City Wine Show
10 April 2018

E&J Gallo and Wimbledon Wine Cellar are the latest exhibitors to confirm their attendance at this year's City Wine Show, taking place on 13 and 14 April in London. 
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Here are 12 drinks firms with the smallest gender pay gaps
10 April 2018

We've rounded up some of the bar groups, brewing giants and wine merchants with a mean average pay gap lower than 10%, from Fuller's to Majestic.
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LVMH wine and spirits sales grow 10% in Q1
10 April 2018

Luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, whose brands include Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon and Krug, has reported a strong start to the financial year with organic sales increasing by 13% in Q1 and its wine and spirits brands achieving a 10% uplift.
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Elvio Cogno Barolo: Tasting the Ravera cru
10 April 2018

Michaela Morris explores the essence of the Ravera cru with Elvio Cogno owner Valter Fissore and a tasting of vintages from 2004 to 2012, published online exclusively for Decanter Premium members.The Elvio Cogno property, directly overlooking its Ravera vines. Michaela Morris tastes nine vintages of this Barolo cru...
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Bonhams Restaurant to focus on English wine
10 April 2018

Bonhams Restaurant has announced it will be throwing a spotlight on English wine in early summer with a selection of wines by the glass.
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Follador to present its Brut Nature Prosecco at Vinitaly
10 April 2018

Prosecco producer Follador is expected to draw attention to its vegan friendly, low-calorie sparkler at this year's Vinitaly as the winery launches a new promotional video to explain the 'Gianfranco Follador Method'.
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Bootleg liquor kills 60 in Indonesia
10 April 2018

More than 60 people have died and dozens more have been hospitalised in Indonesia after drinking illegal homemade booze mixed with mosquito repellent.
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Final call for Malbec Masters 2018 entries
10 April 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Malbec Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 7 May.
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Bordeaux 2017: UGC head praises ‘approachable’ vintage
10 April 2018

Bordeaux 2017 is a 'very approachable' vintage, even though many wines might not reach the heights of 2015 and 2016, and most estates are expected to price their wines 'sensibly', the president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux has said as thousands of visitors arrive in the region for the annual en primeur tastings. Thousands of tasters will be descending on Bordeaux to taste the new vinta...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Five Fifty-Five (Wine Spectator)
10 April 2018

A Portland, Maine, favorite with a wine list fusing Old World and New
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Walmart Wins Over Texas Spirit Sales
10 April 2018

A historic ruling widening the sales of spirits in conservative Texas raises concerns among local firms.
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A Day in the Life of Jenni Guizio, Danny Meyer's Right Hand for Italian Wine (Wine Spectator)
10 April 2018

The wine director at Maialino, Marta and Vini e Fritti wants to build the best Italian list in America—which involves studying cookbook cartoons, tasting with winemaker Dan Petroski, and shopping for tiki-cocktail ware
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Symington declare 2016 vintage
10 April 2018

Symington Family Estates have decided to declare 2016 as a vintage year for Port, for all of their companies. Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais, Douro Superior For all of their companies....
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Last chance for trade to register for The City Wine Show
09 April 2018

the drinks business invites members of the drinks trade to register for free entry to this year's City Wine Show on Friday 13 April, between 1 and 5pm. 
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db Eats: The Sea Garden and Grill
09 April 2018

db’s Lauren Eads heads to The Sea Garden and Grill, an unassuming 20-cover restaurant tucked away in a corner of Tooting Broadway Market for soft shell tempura crab buns and dangerously drinkable Bulleit bourbon cocktails.
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Prince Charles visits Australia’s Bundaberg Rum
09 April 2018

His Royal Highness Prince Charles was "charming and delightful" when he paid a visit to Australia's Bundaberg Rum distillery last week.
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Croatian winery and brewer collaborate to age beer underwater
09 April 2018

Coral Wine, which specialises in sea-aged wines, has collaborated with Zadar-based brewer Pivovara 8 to submerge bottles of its porter 20-feet underwater for six months, with tastings of the trial bottles conducted last week. 
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Australia’s First Families of Wine 
to headline at Vinexpo Hong Kong
09 April 2018

With Australia chosen as the country of honour at this year’s Vinexpo Hong Kong, the show will include a masterclass led by Australia’s First Families of Wine.
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Champagne sales more balanced than ever before
09 April 2018

Sales of Champagne worldwide are more ‘balanced’ than ever before with 30 markets now consuming over 0.5m bottles annually.
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Langley’s gin expands into Asia
09 April 2018

Langley’s England, producer of English dry gins, owned by Charter Brands, has expanded into Asia with an exclusive five-year distribution agreement with Milestone Beverages, a leading wine and spirits distributor in the region.
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Chapel Down launches £20 beer brewed with Chardonnay lees
09 April 2018

English winery Chapel Down’s beer business, Curious Brewery, has launched a Curiouser & Curiouser range of small batch beers that tip their hat to the wine world.
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Château de Lagorce sold to Chinese buyer
09 April 2018

Bordeaux winery Château de Lagorce has been sold to a Chinese wine merchant for an undisclosed amount, adding to the growing list of Chinese investors snapping up vineyards to sate domestic consumers' thirst for the region's wines.
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BrewDog invests in urban cider
09 April 2018

Craft beer giant BrewDog has announced its investment in London's Hawkes cider which will support the producer's "imminent growth both at home in the UK and internationally". 
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Bestway buys Conviviality retail division
09 April 2018

Crisis-hit drinks group Conviviality has sold its retail division, including the Bargain Booze and Wine Rack chains, to grocery wholesaler Bestway in a £7.25m deal. The retail division of Conviviality has been sold to Bestway. Including Bargain Booze and Wine Rack...
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Jefford on Monday: Savoie – the hunt for greatness
09 April 2018

Andrew Jefford leaves no pebble unturned...Chignin vineyards. Fascinating wines worth seeking out...
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Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay: The screwcap era
09 April 2018

Bruce Tyrrell introduced screwcaps to his famed Vat 47 Chardonnay in 2004. Daniel Honan picks out his top 10 vintages from this screwcap era...Bringing in the 2016 harvest. See which wines stood out at this tasting of Vat 47...
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Wine Legend: Jermann Vintage Tunina 1997
08 April 2018

An 'outstanding wine'... What makes this a wine legend...?
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Chianti Classico 2017: A first look
08 April 2018

Michaela Morris brings you an exclusive sneak preview on how the Chianti Classico 2017 vintage is shaping up in the cellar...Castello di Ama's 22.8ha Bellavista vineyard. A sneak preview for Premium members...
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Dal Forno Amarone: 1988-2010
07 April 2018

An rare opportunity to taste 20 vintages of Dal Forno's Amarone, organised by Fine & Rare in London.Romano Dal Forno Amarones. A 20 vintage vertical of Dal Forno's Amarones...
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Foley Family Wines Buys Oregon Brand Acrobat (Wine Spectator)
07 April 2018

The company expands its Oregon holdings, buying a notable Pinot Gris brand from King Estate
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Bordeaux Wine Firm Found Guilty of Fraud (Wine Spectator)
07 April 2018

A judge ruled that Grands Vins de Gironde illegally blended cheap table wines with premium Bordeaux
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New winemaker joins Masseto team
07 April 2018

Super Tuscan Masseto has named Eleonora Marconi as its new winemaker.
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The southern Italian wine quiz – Test your knowledge
07 April 2018

The land of abundance; southern Italy produces fantastic food with wines to match. But how much do you know about this complex, rich and fertile land? Test your knowledge with our southern Italian wine quiz....Ever wondered what wines made on a live volcano taste like? Credit: planeta.it Can you get 10 out of 10?...
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UB40 take ‘Red Red Wine’ to HK
06 April 2018

Several of the founding members of British reggae group UB40 have released the latest 2015 vintage of their 'Red Red Wine', named after their eponymous 1983 hit single, as they look at releasing the wine in Hong Kong and China.
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South Korea warns of health hazards of wasp-infused soju
06 April 2018

The South Korean government has issued a warning to try and halt a rising trend in the country for mixing wasps into the popular spirit 'soju' to create a 'tonic' that has perceived health benefits.
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VIDEO: This Costco fan’s unofficial advert dedicated to the store’s beer has suddenly gone viral
06 April 2018

A man with a burning passion for bulk retailer Costco has received international acclaim for creating an unofficial advert dedicated to the store's beer.
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Caprice Holdings to grow urban winery listings
06 April 2018

The operator of some of London’s leading fine dining restaurants, Caprice Holdings, has said it intends to increase the number of wines from urban wineries on its lists.
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WineGB and Bloomsbury Wine Co. confirmed for The City Wine Show
06 April 2018

The national body for the English and Welsh wine industry WineGB and London wine supplier Bloomsbury Wine Company have confirmed their attendance at The City Wine Show, taking place on 13 and 14 April. 
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English winery embraces vermouth trend
06 April 2018

Keen to make the most of the vermouth boom, English winery Albourne Estate in Sussex has launched an expression featuring 40 botanicals made from mature base wines.
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Chianti Classico new releases – Full report & top wines
06 April 2018

The latest releases from Chianti Classico producers span several vintages and three quality tiers. See Michaela's report below, including value picks, top scorers and tasting notes for 103 wines...The vast space where the 2018 Chianti Classico Collection tasting took place. More than 100 tasting notes on new releases, exclusively for Premium members...
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Bordeaux 2017: A more amenable market but at what price?
06 April 2018

The market for en primeur has improved immeasurably since the 2013 nadir says Liv-ex but with the 2017 vintage Bordeaux is immediately faced with the challenge of a small, frost-struck and potentially heterogeneous vintage and the pitfalls of pricing it.
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Campari releases Italian basil-flavoured gin O’ndina
06 April 2018

Gruppo Campari has unveiled a new 'super-premium' Italian gin made with fresh basil, which along with its eponymous apéritif Campari and Italian vermouth brand Cinzano, can be used to make an all-Italian Negroni. 
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The week in pictures
06 April 2018

This week in the world of drinks: Barcardi lends some drama to its Cuban rum battle with Pernod Ricard, Bud Light made its presence known with London's hipsters, golfer Jason Day quite literally hit his ball in the drink, and The American Bar's outgoing mixologist Erik Lorincz revealed to us the worst cocktail he's ever made.
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UK premium on-trade bucks trend as value sales grow
06 April 2018

While the UK on-trade market has contracted by over two million cases in the past three years, consumers are spending more than ever on wine at the higher end, with the average bottle price in the premium on-trade rising almost three times faster than in the rest of the sector, according to Liberty Wines' 2018 premium on-trade wine report.
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Bordeaux wine fraud: GVG merchant ordered to pay 200,000 euros
06 April 2018

Merchant Grands Vins de Gironde has been found guilty of wrongly labelling significant quantities of Bordeaux appellation wine and must pay a 200,000 fine, according to reports. Reporting by Chris Mercer and Yohan Castaing. Tribunal hands out fine for Bordeaux wine 'deception'...
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Trefethen: Profile and wine ratings
06 April 2018

Californian wine expert Elin McCoy charts the ascension of Napa's Trefethen Family Vineyards and shares her tasting notes from their wine collection, including Library Selection Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons from 1979-2015.Since the 1970s, Trefethen's wines have been a family-based success story. Credit trefethen.com In 2014, when a major earthquake shook the Napa Valley, the Trefethen Family...
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Five quality Pinot Grigio wines under £30
06 April 2018

Find one to try today....Pinot Grigio grapes. Find one to try today...
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Bordeaux 2017 weather re-cap: Advantage Cabernet?
06 April 2018

Now that it's time for another Bordeaux en primeur week, we summarise a new report from the oenology unit at Bordeaux University, the ISVV, on weather conditions in the Bordeaux 2017 growing season. ‘This year will long be remembered because of the frost in late April  that devastated nearly half of the potential
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Barolo's Dolcetto Dependency
06 April 2018

The high-profile wine depends a surprising amount on the less-heralded Dolcetto and Barbera grapes, Kevin Day discovers.
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Unfiltered: Awesome Wine, Great Job: Eric Wareheim's New Pét-Nat, "Glou Glou" (Wine Spectator)
06 April 2018

The Master of None actor told us about the weird and wild new wines he's making. Plus, a new docu on the comeback of an ancient wine style, and another Parks and Rec alum heads to wine country
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Decanter’s top wines of 2017 showcased at Prowein
06 April 2018

18-20 March saw ProWein 2018 take place in Dusseldorf, Germany. Over 6,800 exhibitors from 64 countries and over 60,000 trade
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Why Is Wine Good for Your Heart? (Wine Spectator)
06 April 2018

Is it the alcohol, the resveratrol, or both? A new analysis seeks to better understand how wine benefits cardiovascular health
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Top Jesi restaurants
06 April 2018

The region is a food lover's paradise, so Michaela Morris picks her top restaurants around Jesi to try....Uliassi restaurant Where to dine...
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Jim Beam and Budweiser are collaborating on a new beer
05 April 2018

Drinks industry heavyweights Jim Beam and Budweiser are collaborating on a new beer, which will hit supermarket shelves in the US just in-time for baseball season.
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The Dish: Stevie Parle
05 April 2018

Pastaio and Palatino chef-owner Stevie Parle on gutting fish at The River Café, having sugar swapped for salt during cake making at Moro, and the comfort of home-cooked roast chicken when he first became a father.
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New orange-flavoured Tanqueray gin to launch in UK and Spain
05 April 2018

Diageo-owned gin brand Tanqueray is to release a new expression made with oranges from Seville called Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla in the UK and Spain. 
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UK pub loses its license after knife attack
05 April 2018

A pub in Kent has had its license revoked with immediate effect after a violent knife attack.
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Hot new London restaurant openings
05 April 2018

Our latest round up of new openings in the capital includes a Basque-inspired seafood venture in Shoreditch, Gizzi Erskine's debut at Mare Street Market in Hackney and Nuno Mendes' kitchen table concept.
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Anson: Tasting Château Corbin
05 April 2018

Jane Anson tastes a vertical of the Bordeaux Right Bank's Château Corbin - a St-Emilion estate which won't be producing a 2017 vintage because of the frost...Château Corbin in St-Emilion. Jane Anson tastes the wines...
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Update: Conviviality Plc in administration but hopeful of retail sale
05 April 2018

Update 11:30 am UK time: Conviviality Plc has confirmed that it has appointed administrators for the business with immediate effect. Administrators were named as Matthew Callaghan, Ian Green and David Baxendale of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The crisis-hit drinks supplier said that it was still pursuing a sale of its retail business with interested buyers. It emphasised that Conviviality Brands...
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BBR to publish ‘Inside Bordeaux’
05 April 2018

UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has announced it is to publish a “definitive” guide to Bordeaux as a companion piece to Jasper Morris MW’s ‘Inside Burgundy’.
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US craft beer exports rise 3.6% to $125m in 2017
05 April 2018

US industry body The Brewers Association (BA) has revealed that exports of US craft beer rose by 3.6% to US$125.4 million in 2017, but while this is a record high, it is now the third consecutive year that growth has slowed.  
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Alcohol remains the UK’s top consumer category, worth £16 billion
05 April 2018

Alcohol has retained its position as the top selling consumer goods category in the UK, worth £16.1bn in 2017, according to new figures.
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Conviviality seeking buyer for retail business
05 April 2018

UK drinks wholesaler Conviviality has said it is continuing to “pursue opportunities” for its retail business following the sale of Matthew Clark-Bibendum to the C&C Group yesterday.
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US private equity firm buys Accolade Wines for AU$1bn
05 April 2018

Australia's Accolade Wines has been bought by US private equity firm the Carlyle Group for AU$1 billion (£548 million), meaning that the value of the company has more than trebled since 2011 when it was bought by former owners Champ.
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Hardys wine owner Accolade sold to Carlyle Group
05 April 2018

In the latest twist to a busy week in the UK wine world, Champ private equity and Constellation have announced the sale of Hardys owner Accolade Wines to the Carlyle Group in a deal worth one billion Australian dollars. Hardys sold to new owner...
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NAFTA the Next Target for Trump Trade War
05 April 2018

Trouble could be on the horizon for small US wineries looking to export.
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Conviviality sale: Bibendum, Matthew Clark deal complete, says Magners owner
05 April 2018

See our latest article on the Conviviality sale here, including fresh comments from Conviviality on the Bibendum deal and on the possible sale of its retail arm. See the original story below. Bibendum and Matthew Clark set to get new owners...
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What is ‘cellar palate’- ask Decanter
05 April 2018

And how important is it...?What is cellar palate? What does it mean?
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Le Marche wineries to visit
05 April 2018

Le Marche is best known for its whites, and Verdicchio is the flagship variety. Michaela Morris picks some of the top wineries to visit in the region...ColleStefano estate Tour these wineries...
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The American Bar’s master mixologist Erik Lorincz is leaving The Savoy after eight years
04 April 2018

The Savoy's Head Bartender Erik Lorincz is hanging up his white jacket and plans to leave his role at the American Bar next month after nearly eight years of service.
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Bordeaux 2017: Guiraud first out
04 April 2018

Sauternes estate Château Guiraud has fired the first round in this year’s en primeur campaign, releasing its 2017 wine with a 4% increase on last year.
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Starbucks starts to serve beer and wine in Hong Kong
04 April 2018

Your morning brew at Starbucks Hong Kong can now come with some extra kick as its flagship venue in Central has started serving coffee-infused craft beers and wines alongside coffee.
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Man arrested after drinking $1,200 glass of whiskey and not paying
04 April 2018

A man has been arrested in Washington DC after allegedly ordering a US$1,200 glass of 34-year-old Teeling Irish single malt whiskey, grilled octopus, a rack of lamb and a $156 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon at the Ritz-Carlton and charging it to a room occupied by a basketball player. 
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Japan looks to alternative beer ingredients to rejuvenate beer consumption
04 April 2018

Japanese brewers are banking on a newly introduced liquor tax law that allows breweries to use a wider range of ingredients in beer production to rejuvenate Japan’s shrinking domestic beer market.
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Naked speed dating with bottomless Prosecco now available in Balham
04 April 2018

A bar in Balham is now hosting a series of naked speed dating events complete with bottomless Prosecco after a successful trial night earlier this year.
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Latour release: Forts sells but ’06 struggles
04 April 2018

Last month's release from Château Latour was predictably a little flat but rather more interest in the newly-released 2012 Forts de Latour and apparent interest from Asia hints that the future of the château's strategy may eventually bear fruit.
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Portobello Road and Franklin & Sons team up to release canned G&T
04 April 2018

London gin distiller Portobello Road and mixer brand Franklin & Sons have launched a canned gin and tonic which is due to launch exclusively in London Tesco stores this month. 
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Blue Moon Brewing founder launches new brewery to produce THC-laced cannabis beer
04 April 2018

Blue Moon Brewing Company founder Keith Villa has launched a new business dedicated to producing cannabis-infused craft beer.
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Green Flash Brewing sale finalised after foreclosure
04 April 2018

San Diego-based Green Flash has announced the sale of its assets to an investor group called WC IPA LLC after the brewery ceased production at its facility in Virginia and closed its barrel-ageing facility in California.
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Interview: Alois Lageder
04 April 2018

Italy’s biodynamic champion is a fourth-generation winemaker who flirted with economics before finding his true calling among the vines. Richard Baudains visits his estate to see his sustainable wine-growing philosophy in action...Alois Lageder Italy’s biodynamic champion is a fourth-generation winemaker who flirted with economics before finding his true calling among the vines... The...
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California's Cabernet Cult Keeps Growing
04 April 2018

California is drowning in Cabernet, as growers swap diversity for big returns.
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Brunello Riserva 2012: Report & Top wines
04 April 2018

Requiring an extra year of ageing, the latest release of Brunello Riserva is the 2012 vintage. Read Michaela Morris' report below, and see her tasting notes and scores for 55 wines...Montalcino in Tuscany, home to Brunello di Montalcino. See Michaela's report on the 2012 Brunello Riservas, including her tasting notes and scores for 55 wines...
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Basque Wine Country: The Txakoli of the New (Wine Spectator)
04 April 2018

How a highly local wine went global—and profitable
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What does ‘in bond’ mean? – ask Decanter
04 April 2018

Seen wine prices listed as 'in bond'? Here's what it means... Seen wine prices listed as 'in bond'?
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Australian Brown Brothers brand quits ‘unforgiving’ UK market
04 April 2018

Australian wine producer Brown Brothers is to pull its namesake brand out of the UK, describing it as ‘the most unforgiving market in the world’ and ‘unsustainable for our company’.UK wine market is one of the most unforgiving in the world, says Brown Brothers. UK now the most 'unforgiving market in the world'...
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Guests ‘devastated’ after paying for VIP tickets to ‘bizarre’ Prosecco festival
03 April 2018

People who paid for VIP access to a Prosecco & Fizz festival in Cardiff were left "devastated" by the quality of the event despite spending up to £35 per head on tickets.
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Makar Gin confirms distribution deal with Halewood
03 April 2018

Halewood Wines & Spirits and The Glasgow Distillery Company, the producer of Makar Gin, have confirmed a new distribution deal which will see the distillery's gins and vodka secure new on- and off-trade channels.
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UK indie band Courteeners have made their own craft beer
03 April 2018

Indie band Courteeners have joined forces with Camden Town Brewery to brew their own craft beer.
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Reports suggest that Molson Coors is in talks with Conviviality
03 April 2018

According to The Times, American brewing giant Molson Coors is understood to be in talks with Conviviality’s administrators, while investors in the UK wholesaler are allegedly considering legal action against the company's board, claiming they were misled over the health of its finances. 
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JD.com: Younger consumers driving China’s online Baijiu sales
03 April 2018

Challenging the perception China’s fiery sorghum-based Baijiu is the preferred tipple of an older generation of consumers, the latest report by e-commerce company JD.com shows that the spirit is in fact a favourite among younger consumers aged between 26 and 35.
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China busts 50,000 bottles of fake Penfolds in Zhengzhou
03 April 2018

Police in China’s central Zhengzhou city have busted 50,000 bottles of fake Penfolds worth over RMB 18 million (US$2.8m) –  the biggest haul of counterfeit Penfolds – just five months after 14,000 knock-offs were seized in Shanghai.
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Stella Artois recalls beer bottles that could contain ‘particles of glass’
03 April 2018

Belgian beer brand Stella Artois is recalling a number of its beer bottles after a packaging flaw raised concerns that the drinks themselves may contain glass.
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China enforces tax hike for American wine imports
03 April 2018

China officially enforced its punitive tariff on American wines on Monday, adding another 15% on top of the existing 14% import tariff, casting uncertainty on the prospects of American wine in mainland China.
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A record number of UK wines went on sale last year
03 April 2018

UK winemakers are celebrating a record year after nearly 4 million bottles of sparkling and still wines were released into the market in 2017.
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Henkell & Co. acquires Lithuanian distributor Filipopolis
03 April 2018

Lithuanian importer Filipopolis has taken on the distribution for Germany's Henkell & Co. group’s portfolio of international brands, which has purchased a majority stake in the company. 
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Abruzzo: An Italian region worth discovering
03 April 2018

Promotional feature50 years after the award of the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) for Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, this is the moment to assess the achievement and focus on its region of production and its cultural resources. Why you should know the region...
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Soave revival: Producers to know
03 April 2018

Northeast Italy’s classic dry white has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Michael Apstein gets to the heart of this hilly region, highlighting six of his favourite producers and selecting 12 of the best wines to try.All of Pieropan's 46ha of vineyards were certified organic in 2015 Northeast Italy’s classic dry white has come on in leaps and bounds in the past few de...
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En Primeur Prices Tipped to Fall
03 April 2018

The 2017 wines won't command the same premium as the previous two vintages.
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New Zealand's Seresin and Escarpment Wineries Change Hands (Wine Spectator)
03 April 2018

Two recent winery sales show increasing investment in artisanal production in this growing wine nation
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World’s best Pinot Gris: 35 top wines
02 April 2018

Decanter’s experts from around the world nominated the best Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio in their respective regions. Then we asked Andrew Jefford to taste them all and select his favourite 35 wines.France Alsace Hugel & Fils Pinot Gris grapes Recommendations from around the world...
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Jefford On Monday: Georgia – the tasting challenge
02 April 2018

Andrew Jefford tastes his way through the latest that Georgia has to offer.The tradition of qvevri winemaking in Georgia has been recognised by UNESCO's world heritage panel. The latest Georgia has to offer...
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Big Alcohol Behind Major Health Study
02 April 2018

A decade-long study into the health effects of drinking is expected to produce favorable results.
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Wine Legend: DRC Richebourg 1959
02 April 2018

Why it makes our hall of fame... Why it makes our hall of fame...
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Italy: We need to talk about Calabria
01 April 2018

Little known by tourists and wine lovers alike, Calabria is emerging as a source of distinctive wines made from unique local grapes. Walter Speller shines a light on the area’s pioneering producers.Ferrocinto Little known by tourists and wine lovers alike, Calabria is emerging as a source of distinctive wines made from unique local grapes. Walter Speller shines a light on the area’s pi...
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Tuscany: Exploring Vernaccia di San Gimignano
31 March 2018

These characterful whites aren’t as well known as other Italian DOCG wines, but reflect their Tuscan homeland. Susan Hulme MW recommends her favourite bottles to try.Credit: WikiCommons/Ricci Speziari These characterful whites aren’t as well known as other Italian DOCG wines, but reflect their Tuscan homeland. Susan Hulme MW recommends her favourite bottles
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Ten Sicilian wineries at the top of their game
31 March 2018

Well loved as a holiday destination, this volcanic Mediterranean island is also home to a thriving wine industry that ticks all the authenticity boxes. Stephen Brook selects 10 estates at the top of their game...Tasca d'Almerita's main estate vineyards of Regaleali Well loved as a holiday destination, this volcanic Mediterranean island is also home to a thriving wine industry that ticks all the au...
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: April 2018 (Wine Spectator)
31 March 2018

Plan your travels with wine in mind: This month, taste well-known classic wines and new discoveries alike at events in California and Oregon, more than 240 outstanding wines will be poured at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour, and get your fill of local cuisine at a Virginia food-and-wine festival
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Chianti Classico 2013 & 2014 top tiers: Panel tasting results
30 March 2018

New legislation in 2014 introduced a Gran Selezione tier above Riserva. So how did these top levels fare in two contrasting vintages? See this report on 165 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Susan Hulme MW... Read the report and see the tasting notes and scores for 165 wines...
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Guide to matching wine with chocolate
30 March 2018

Whether you're expecting an Easter chocolate windfall, or you just fancy pairing two of your favourite things in life, Fiona Beckett is here to help. How to pair wine with chocolate. Combine two of your favourite things in life...
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Poderi Aldo Conterno – Profile and wine reviews
30 March 2018

Made in limited quantities, the Barolos of Aldo Conterno are highly sought-after, with his sons continuing the winemaking philosophy of their father. Stephen Brook explores the history of this perfectionist estate.The Poderi Aldo Conterno estate is located in Bussia, in the village of Monforte d'Alba, the heart of the Barolo wine region Stephen Brook explores the history of this perfectionist esta...
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Rusty Staub, All-Star Slugger, Wine Lover and Philanthropist, Dies at 73 (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

'Le Grand Orange' earned fame on the diamond, then used it to help needy children
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Unfiltered: 'Late Night' Comedian Amber Ruffin on Australia: Yes to Wine and Baby Koalas, No to Vegemite (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

Plus, lost sword of Sonoma samurai found in fires wreckage, and cork art now fetching $2,000
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Will China's Threatened Tariffs Hurt American Wine? (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

U.S. vintners are just beginning to build a foothold in a market where Australia and Chile hold a big advantage
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Bordeaux Prosecutors Accuse Margaux Third-Growth of Illegal Chaptalization, but Winery Blames French Bureaucracy (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

Château Giscours is accused of illegally adding sugar to a vat of 2016 Merlot, but the local syndicate had granted permission
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Château Giscours denies deliberately breaking chaptalisation rules
30 March 2018

Château Giscours in Bordeaux has strongly denied any suggestion that it purposefully broke rules on chaptalisation of wine after learning that French authorities intend to prosecute the estate.Château Giscours. Estate says it never knowingly broke the rules...
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Italian Restaurants for Vino Superiore (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

From a modern trattoria to an old-school spot inspired by grandma’s recipes, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners offer Italian food and wine at its best
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Restaurant Spotlight: True South Dining Room (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

A luxury hotel restaurant presenting New Zealand food and wine with pride
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Turning Tables: Danny Meyer's North End Grill to Close (Wine Spectator)
30 March 2018

The restaurant will serve its last meal at the end of 2018. New York's Amada also closes, Los Angeles' Madeo relocates, Barcelona Wine Bar hits Denver, and more
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The German wine quiz – Test your knowledge
30 March 2018

From labelling terms to popular grape varieties, how much do you know about German wine? Test your knowledge with our quiz....How well do you know German wines? Do you know your Spätlese from your Auslese?...
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The world’s best Rieslings from the Masters 2018
30 March 2018

Riesling is beloved by the wine trade, and our latest Riesling Masters showed why. With wonderful expressions from a wide range of countries and regions, there was something to appeal to every palate and budget.
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Piper Heidsieck, iDealwine and Viñalba confirmed for The City Wine Show
30 March 2018

Champagne house Piper Heidsieck, online wine auctioneer iDealwine and Argentine winery Viñalba have confirmed their attendance at the second edition of The City Wine Show, taking place on 13 and 14 April.
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Hakkasan Group invests in alcohol-free trend
29 March 2018

The Hakkasan Group has launched a new alcohol-free list at its London restaurants that includes wood-infused water, salted juices and a new Mai-Shin category – a tea and rice infusion similar in flavour to sake.
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The week in pictures
29 March 2018

This week in the world of drinks: the Wu-Tang clan launch a vodka, Graham Norton produces a Prosecco, Chance the Rapper speaks out on Big Beer, and the Three Wine Men talk sake at Sushisamba.
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Top Valpolicella Superiore: Panel tasting results
29 March 2018

Valpolicella Superiore is something of an enigma, often cast in shadow by the more popular Amarone, but it pays to learn producers' house styles. See which of the 84 wines tasted by our three-strong panel of experts came out on top... Decanter's expert panel tasters rate and discuss Valpolicella Superiore...
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Giscours not at fault in chaptalisation confusion
29 March 2018

Margaux third growth Château Giscours has said it did mistakenly chaptalise some of its wine in 2016 after an administrative error on the part of the controlling bodies.
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Wu-Tang Clan adds vodka to liqueur range
29 March 2018

American hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan is adding a premium vodka to their range of liqueurs to mark their 25th anniversary.
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Comedian takes helm of E&J Gallo wine podcast
29 March 2018

E&J Gallo has launched of a new wine-based podcast hosted by American comedian and actor Ben Schwarz with the aim of breaking down the world of wine for complete novices with equal parts humour and education.
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Camel Valley first English wine to get royal warrant
29 March 2018

Camel Valley has become the first English wine producer to be granted a royal warrant, as confirmed by its founder Bob Lindo.
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Drinks industry counts down a year to Brexit
29 March 2018

With a year remaining until Britain leaves the EU, many drink importers are only now catching up with the devaluation of sterling and raising their prices, but “pubs and restaurants should fare well as real income growth recovers this year,” believes Capital Economics.
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Conviviality files intention to appoint administrators ‘unless circumstances change’
29 March 2018

Following a statement yesterday in which it confirmed that it had failed to raise its equity target of £125 million, Conviviality has filed notice of its intention to appoint administrators within 10 business days "unless circumstances change".
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Anson: Inside Bordeaux’s craft whisky distillery
29 March 2018

Bordeaux has joined the craft whisky trend, reports Jane Anson after meeting the founders of a new distillery and talking a tour of the premises.Bordeaux has seen a revival for bars and restaurants in recent years. Eighteen months. That’s how long it took to hew 20 six-tonne blocks of concrete out of the side of the
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Bibendum owner Conviviality set to collapse into administration
29 March 2018

Conviviality Plc has said that it intends to place itself into administration and has added that it faces the possibility of being broken up via a sale of different business arms, after emergency funding failed to materialise. After emergency funding talks fail...
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The Decanter Easter egg hunt
29 March 2018

Can you find all 10 of the concrete eggs that have been craftily hidden in the picture below by Decanter's art editor, Patrick Grabham? Have a go and click through to the next page to see if you got them all. Can you find them all?
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The World's Best Wines
29 March 2018

We dig deep into our database to rank the critics' picks for the world's greatest wines.
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March Madness Nachos Recipe: The Cinderella Snack (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2018

With Texas hosting the Final Four, chef Hugo Ortega’s spicy crawfish, chorizo and cheese nachos are a slam-dunk party recipe. Plus, 8 Riesling value wines to swish
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The Archbishop of Canterbury spotted in Wetherspoon’s pub after launching a craft beer
29 March 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury has shown a taste for suds, spotted in a Wetherspoon's pub just hours after helping to launch a craft beer at a Kentish microbrewery.
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Wine Australia: China is the ‘wild west’ for wine
29 March 2018

Challenges ranging from intellectual property rights protection, a "disconnect" between Chinese and western social media strategy, brand awareness, in addition to materialising China's e-commerce growth for tangible wine sales loom big for wineries trying to enter China.
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Ten UK chefs and restaurants that make their own beer
29 March 2018

While breweries in the UK have been quick to offer food pairing options at their tap rooms, what about restaurants themselves? Here, we've rounded up 10 chefs and restaurants that have produced their own beer to help promote the tipple in their establishments. 
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Nine HK restaurants honoured in ‘Asia’s 50 Best’
29 March 2018

The 2018 list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was unveiled yesterday in Macau, with nine restaurants from Hong Kong being honoured while Gaggan from Bangkok defended its reigning title of Asia's Best Restaurant for the fourth year in a row.
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Viña Ijalba offers ‘window’ into wine personalities with new labels
29 March 2018

Organic winemaking champion Viña Ijalba has unveiled new labels for four of its wines, which will be distributed starting from April, each offering "a window" into the personality of its respective vineyard.
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UK to add levy on bottles and cans to reduce waste
28 March 2018

The UK government is launching a consultation on a deposit scheme that could see a refundable charge added to the cost of single-use glass, plastic, steel and aluminium bottles and cans in an effort to reduce waste and increase recycling.
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Bond Estates’ 2017 vintage production drops 17%
28 March 2018

Wine production at Napa Valley's Bond Estates suffered a 12% to 17% production loss for its 2017 vintage due to the Californian wild fires in last October, its estate director Scott Gould has revealed.
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Masseto to get its own winery
28 March 2018

For the first time in 30 years Super Tuscan label Masseto is to have its own dedicated winery and cellar, which should be ready in time for the 2018 vintage.
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Jay-Z trademarks ‘the twins’ Armand de Brignac label
28 March 2018

Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, has filed a new trademark for his Champagne brand that pays homage to his twin arrivals, foretelling of the possible addition of a Les Jumelles D'Armand de Brignac label to the brand's portfolio.
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Jameson launches new seaweed-flavoured whiskey bitters
28 March 2018

Jameson has launched the newest product in its range of cocktail-enhancing drinks with a bitters inspired by an unusual ingredient — seaweed.
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Wine and Easter lamb – Food matching
28 March 2018

If you're planning to cook the traditional lamb for this Easter Sunday, then here's a selection of wines reviewed by Decanter experts to drink with the meal. Styles that work and wines to buy...
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Chilean Winemaker Learns Napa Lesson
28 March 2018

A winemaker goes home from California having learnt valuable lessons about concentration.
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Meininger Honors Marvin R. Shanken with Lifetime Achievement Award (Wine Spectator)
28 March 2018

The German media company recognized the American publisher for his impact on the global wine industry
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5. Judging process – RA 2018
28 March 2018

General notes on judging The annual Decanter Retailer Awards aim to offer wine drinkers an indispensable guide to the best
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Alsace Riesling: Comparing grand cru sites
28 March 2018

Grands Crus on limestone, granite, marl and volcanic soils all produce differing styles of wine, but is there more to it than this? Stephen Brook investigates, exclusively for Premium members...The granitic soils of Grand Cru Schlossberg. Top Riesling from highly rated sites...
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Third Somm film has all-star cast, says director
28 March 2018

Decanter.com speaks exclusively to director Jason Wise about the third instalment of the ‘Somm’ documentary film series, currently in production and with a possible release later this year.An exclusive still from the third Somm film, featuring Steven Spurrier (right), Fred Dame MS and Jancis Robinson MW. A third ‘Somm’ film is in production and features an all-star cast of...
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3. How to enter – RA 2018
28 March 2018

How to enter: Choose the categories below you wish to enter After checkout, a link will be sent through to
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What is Fumé Blanc? – ask Decanter
28 March 2018

Most wine lovers know that Fumé Blanc refers to Sauvignon Blanc made in the United States, and has likely gone through some oak ageing. But is Fumé Blanc always ‘oaky’? And where does the name come from?What is Fume blanc? Where does the name come from?
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Springtime Menu with Chefs Alain Ducasse and Laëtitia Rouabah (Wine Spectator)
28 March 2018

The chefs' recipes for an elegant three-course meal of corn velouté, steamed bass and a citrus dessert hit perfection when paired with lively whites
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English wine producers look east for growth opportunities
28 March 2018

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) is eyeing up opportunities in Hong Kong for British wine and gin, with the country's producers hoping to capitalise on the city's growing interest in Champagne and the export opportunities afforded by the weaker pound.
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Hedonsim’s Hide names Piotr Pietras as head somm
28 March 2018

Polish Master Sommelier Piotr Pietras has been plucked from Launceston Place to look after the wine offering at Hedonism's ambitious new Mayfair restaurant Hide headed up by Ollie Dabbous.
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Vinventions acquires Italian screwcap company Alplast
28 March 2018

Closures company Vinventions has announced that from 1 May, the 30 x 60 wine screwcap business of Italy's Alplast S.r.l. – a leading producer of aluminium closures for wine and food – will join its portfolio of brands.
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Wines of Chile unveils £10-plus promo plan
28 March 2018

Wine of Chile is to promote only those wines that sell for more than £10 per bottle in the UK, or $15 in the US, and ¥150 in China.
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French waiter fired for being rude says it’s part of his culture
28 March 2018

A French waiter working in Canada who was fired for his alleged "rude" and "aggressive" behaviour towards other members of staff has claimed that he is a victim of cultural discrimination. 
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Jean-Charles Boisset launches caviar-infused vodka
27 March 2018

Flamboyant Frenchman Jean-Charles Boisset has branched out from wine into the world of spirits with a new collection that includes a caviar-infused vodka.
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Chile ‘perfect’ for Barbera, claims Zonin winemaker
27 March 2018

“Chile has the perfect climate for Barbera”, according to Stefano Ferrante, head winemaker for Italy’s Zonin family, as he unveiled a range of Chilean wines at ProWein last week.
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Waitrose more than doubles local and regional gin range
27 March 2018

UK supermarket Waitrose has more than doubled its local and regional gin range since the beginning of the year, with 13 new gins expected to hit the shelves by the end of March. 
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The Dish: Kerth Gumbs
27 March 2018

db chats to the head chef of Ormer in Mayfair about a kitchen mishap with a bottle of brandy, cooking for Lord Spencer and his first taste of communion wine.
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Roux family to open restaurant in Edinburgh
27 March 2018

Alain Roux and his father Michel, of the Michelin-starred Roux restaurant empire, have confirmed plans to open a brasserie at Rocco Forte's The Balmoral in Edinburgh, following a £3 million renovation.
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TTB Targets Consignment Wine Sales
27 March 2018

How and when a wine can be returned by a retailer is now under question.
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Wine Legislation Roundup: A Consumer's Guide to 2018 State Politics (Wine Spectator)
27 March 2018

Your state legislature is in session. What bills are your representatives debating that could impact your access to wine?
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Uco Valley winery O Fournier sold
27 March 2018

After eight months of negotiation, O Fournier winery in Argentina has been sold to the Agostino family for an undisclosed amount. The O Fournier Mendoza vineyards. For an undisclosed amount...
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Plumpton College to partner with Royal Agriculture University
27 March 2018

Plumpton College in Sussex has announced a partnership with the Royal Agriculture University (RAU), in a bid to attract more students to agricultural and land-based courses. Plumpton College to partner with Royal Agriculture University A range of courses will be available up to post-graduate level at
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Chaîne de Rotisseurs names GB’s Young Somm of 2018
27 March 2018

24 year-old French national Aymeric Pollenne has won a leading title for young sommeliers in the UK just weeks before he takes to the floor at an almost-complete London-based haven for fine wine lovers.
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Casillero del Diablo adds ‘red label’ to range
27 March 2018

Chile’s Casillero del Diablo is to add a new mid-range tier to its line-up in a bid to promote the country’s key wine regions and boost the brand’s margins.
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BrewDog acquires Draft House
26 March 2018

UK craft beer giant BrewDog has announced it has acquired independent pub and bar operator Draft House for an undisclosed sum.
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‘Decisive step’ taken on Brexit transition period
26 March 2018

The WSTA has welcomed a "decisive step" by the UK government towards clarifying the future of wine and spirit producers post Brexit, having agreed a transition period with the EU that will last until at least the end of 2020.
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db reader: Gruet’s sparkling project thriving in New Mexico
26 March 2018

The scenario evokes images of a Hollywood film script: in 1984 a family from Champagne decides to start making sparkling wine in the desert land of New Mexico in America’s Southwest, writes Roger Morris.
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HDH ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale to be biggest yet
26 March 2018

The seventh edition of US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart’s ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale will be the largest yet, featuring over 2,000 lots and with a pre-sale high estimate of US$6.5 million.
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Wine bottle floats to make a splash this summer
26 March 2018

Forget giant swans, inflatable flamingos and life-sized unicorns – wine bottle-shaped floats are set to be this year’s Instagram hit of the summer.
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UK’s top 100 restaurant groups see profits slide by 64%
26 March 2018

Profits of the UK's top 100 restaurant groups fell by a collective 64% in 2017, with 35 now loss-making – up 75% in just a year – according to research by accountancy firm UHY Hacker.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Red Lion and Sun
26 March 2018

Heath Ball’s handsome Highgate gastropub offers a good window into the world of wine with crisp cooking, including vegan dishes, and regular winemaker events, as well as an engaging musical playlist.
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Graham Norton adds Prosecco to wine range
26 March 2018

UK chat show host Graham Norton has added a Prosecco to his range of GN wines, produced in partnership with New Zealand's Invivo, taking on the booming sparkling category for the first time.
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Jefford on Monday: Georgia – finding its path
26 March 2018

Andrew Jefford returns to Tbilisi and Khakheti.Vineyards in the Kakheti region. It’s been an eventful five years.  My first visit to Georgia, in April 2013, came at a tense but exciting
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Domaine Dujac: Profile and wine ratings
26 March 2018

Burgundy master Clive Coates MW tells you everything that you need to know about Domaine Dujac, along with historical tasting notes on wines from top vintages - as part of a series that looks back at domaine profiles from Clive's most recent books. Unlike most Burgundian estates, whether they have been bottling for a number of decades or only embarked on this path …Continue reading » Th...
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Ten of the best restaurants in Valencia for wine lovers
25 March 2018

Valencia is known as Spain's spiritual home of paella and it draws gourmands from around the world for its fresh food and many wine styles. See our guide to the city’s top restaurants, chosen by Valencian wine producers…La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias - Valencia might look futuristic, but it has a winemaking history stretching back thousands of years. Find out where the Valencia...
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Brunello di Montalcino 2013: Report and top wines
24 March 2018

Michaela Morris attended the recent tastings in Montalcino to bring you the latest insight into the 2013 vintage. Premium members can view Michaela's tasting notes and scores for 95 wines, plus a report on how the vintage is shaping up...A wine shop in Montalcino in the heart of Brunello country. Exclusive preview of the vintage and top wines...
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First taste: Champagne Bollinger RD 2004 release
24 March 2018

The official global launch of Bollinger RD 2004 Champagne took place this week and Decanter’s John Stimpfig was there to taste the latest vintage of the house’s famous prestige cuvée. John Stimpfig tastes the new release...
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Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Raises $2.6 Million for Children (Wine Spectator)
24 March 2018

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the charity wine auction honored vintners and longtime donors
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Underappreciated Hidden-Gem Wine? (Wine Spectator)
24 March 2018

We asked these 7 wine-and-food pros about their favorite regions and styles that fly under the radar—and provide great value
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The ‘best wine’ quiz – Test your knowledge
24 March 2018

When is better, the best? There are some things that just are; red wine and steak, wines from cru vineyards, a grape that is particularly suited to a single region. This is a quiz around accepted greatness...Bottles of Lafite from the early 19th Century in the château cellars in Bordeaux. Test your greatness...
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Rollo Gabb not linked to Cambridge Analytica case
24 March 2018

Rollo Gabb, managing director of South African winery, Journey’s End has been mistakenly linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal after his name appeared in two UK newspapers as being linked to the SCL Group.
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China threatens US wine with retaliatory tariffs
24 March 2018

Chinese officials have threatened retaliatory tariffs on American wine shipments, as well as on more than 100 other goods, after US president Donald Trump signed-off new import taxes for Chinese goods.Wine imports have been rising in China. US wineries embroiled in wider dispute...
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Pinkster Gin co-founder: we’re not a hipster brand
24 March 2018

While admitting that the millennial penchant for pink has helped the brand, co-founder of Pinkster Will Holt believes keeping things simple, sticking to your guns and developing a loyal following is what has helped his company to succeed. 
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‘Fierce bidding’ for top clarets in London
24 March 2018

“Fierce bidding” for fine and rare wines, especially large format Bordeaux, at Sotheby’s London sale this week led to the auction exceeding its pre-sale high estimate.
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ProWein 2018 in pictures
24 March 2018

The great and good of the wine world descended on Dusseldorf this week for three heady days of ProWein. Click through to enjoy all the fun of the fair.
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‘English Sparkling’ becomes a new lick of paint
24 March 2018

English sparkling wine may have become a top choice for painting the town red, but this year it may also be used to paint the house and the kitchen sink, following a collaboration between Laithwaite's and colour experts at Pantone.Would you paint your walls with English sparkling? Following a collaboration with Laithwaite's Wine...
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Fine Wine Investment: Monkey business
24 March 2018

Even a gibbon could make money if the overall market was going up but that's not how any market, let alone fine wine, works – so why is it that some people seem happy to participate without doing what they would do if they made any other material financial outlay; find out a bit about the market and how it operates before laying their money down?
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Tap tales: James Kemp, Yeastie Boys
24 March 2018

Experienced brewer James Kemp, who has recently taken over as head brewer at Yeastie Boys UK, shares how beer runs in his blood, his admiration for his counterpart at Fuller's, Georgina Young, why he's fed up of the "prevailing sexism" in the beer industry and how ginger crunch is his greatest vice. 
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Champagne travel: Spend a weekend in Reims
24 March 2018

From history to architecture and, of course, Champagne, here is how to make the most of a weekend in Reims… Reims Cathedral How to spend two days in this Champagne city...
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Uncorked: Albiera Antinori
24 March 2018

Albiera Antinori, CEO of Italy's legendary Antinori winery, talks about the importance of patience in the wine trade, memories in Antinori's Bolgheri estate and her dream dinner with ancestors.
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The week in pictures
24 March 2018

This week in drinks Jon Bon Jovi's rosé has proved a sell-out success, footballers showed off their red legs on a winery visit, Bollinger launched its RD 2004 at Bonhams, actress and director Amy Poehler announced her new wine film and Laithwaite's and Pantone have now made it possible to paint your walls with 'English sparkling'.
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China to slap 15% import tariff on US wines in retaliation to Trump’s trade war
24 March 2018

China has announced today that is going to slap an extra 15% import tariff on American wine as part of its retaliation against the Trump administration's decision on Thursday to levy tariffs on about US$50 billion worth of Chinese imports.
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Best Lidl wines for spring 2018 in UK
24 March 2018

Decanter's tasting team recommends great value wines to buy from Lidl after tasting the retailer's latest range... These are our favourite Lidl wines to try...
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10 underappreciated Italian varieties
23 March 2018

With thousands of years of wine producing culture dating (possibly) more than 6,000 years, Italy is one of the world's biggest wine producers and few countries have more indigenous grape varieties than the Mediterranean peninsula. Here we've rounded up 10 from Sicily, Sardinia and Piedmont.
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前Petrus酿酒师获2018葡萄酒酿酒师大奖
23 March 2018

柏图斯庄园(Château Petrus)前酿酒师Jean-Claude Berrouet在本周一德国国际葡萄酒及烈酒博览会(ProWein)期间的一场典礼中获封2018年葡萄酒酿酒师大奖。
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纳帕酒庄发布Andy Warhol设计酒标
23 March 2018

纳帕谷酒庄古威逊(Cuvaison)庄园推出了一系列由安迪沃霍尔设计的“被遗忘”的酒标,他曾经表示原始酒标“很糟糕”。
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The Bordeaux Report
23 March 2018

As En Primeur begins, we look at how Bordeaux is maintaining its grip on the wine world.
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Unfiltered: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph Making 'Wine Country' Movie; Filming Starts Today (Wine Spectator)
23 March 2018

We got details on Poehler's directorial debut, a Napa jaunt with an all-star cast. Plus, 2,000-year-old wine discovered, looks kinda gross; and Ferrari frolics with DJ Rosé at the Frick
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‘Taste RD as an RD’ pleads Bollinger cellar master
23 March 2018

Drink Bollinger RD within one year of disgorgement, pleaded the Champagne brand's cellar master, Gilles Descôtes, at the launch of its 2004 expression in London yesterday morning.
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Bertrand releases £50 ‘icon’ Crémant de Limoux
23 March 2018

Languedoc producer Gerard Bertrand has launched a £50 Crémant de Limoux rosé to prove that the South of France can produce “iconic” sparkling wines.
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Ancient rice wine discovered in China
23 March 2018

Archaeologists in the Chinese state of Shaanxi say they have found 300ml of 2,000-year-old rice wine in a bronze pot – one of the oldest still liquid beverages ever discovered but not the first.
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GD Vajra’s Bricco delle Viole: Tasting 2004-2014
23 March 2018

Michaela Morris tastes the last decade of Bricco delle Viole vintages from acclaimed Barolo producer GD Vajra...The Bricco delle Viole vineyard, overlooked by the Alps. See tasting notes and ratings from this rare vertical...
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Top 10 biggest US craft brewers of 2017
23 March 2018

US trade body the Brewers Association (BA) has released its annual list of the country's biggest brewers based on sales volumes, while also revealing the biggest "craft" brewers.
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Porterhouse Brewing invests €6m in new Dublin site
23 March 2018

Ireland's Porterhouse Brewing has invested €6 million in a new Dublin brewery, which has the potential to increase its production by up to 10 times, and has plans to open an additional visitor centre and tap room at the site. 
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Conviviality seeks to raise £125m to continue trading
22 March 2018

Following the departure of its CEO, the prospect of paying off a £30 million tax bill and the suspension of its shares, UK drinks wholesaler Conviviality has announced its intention to raise £125 million to pay off debts and continue trading. 
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Vinitaly International Academy adds 8 Italian wine ambassadors in Chengdu
22 March 2018

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has added eight new Italian Wine Ambassadors in Chengdu, capital of China's southwestern Sichuan province, bringing the total number of VIA-certified Italian Wine Ambassadors to 139 worldwide.
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Unseen Andy Warhol labels released by Napa winery
22 March 2018

Napa Valley winery 'Cuvaison' has launched a new series of wines in Hong Kong with 'forgotten' labels designed by Andy Warhol, who once said the original labels were "lousy".
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New on Wine List Confidential: Ristorante Frescobaldi
22 March 2018

Secreted off Regent Street, this - despite the omnipresent garish frescos of Bacchus - refined restaurant, bar and terrace offers often rare formats from the Frescobaldi dynasty, sometimes sourced direct from the estates, such as the first bottle of 1985 Montesodi single cru Sangiovese, which may be seen in the glass fronted cellar.
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Reddit bans craft beer forum to curb illegal trading
22 March 2018

Online forum Reddit has shut down a slew of 'dark net' subreddits in an effort to crack down on the illegal trading of drugs, ammunition and stolen goods, with a popular craft beer forum used by enthusiasts to trade beer also banned in the process.
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Anson: Vincent Dupuch – Bordeaux Right Bank’s quiet magician
22 March 2018

Jane Anson meets the man with a claim to be Bordeaux's best Right Bank consultant that most people will never have heard of, and leaves feeling optimistic about the fortunes of Fronsac. Vineyards in Fronsac, which has been tipped for a revival in Bordeaux. Meet the unassuming consultant based in Fronsac...
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Conviviality aims to raise £125m in survival plan
22 March 2018

Under-pressure wine supplier Conviviality has said that it hopes to raise £125 million via an equity placing in order to secure future trading at the business. Wine supplier says it needs fresh funds to continue trading...
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Almaviva: France's Foothold in Chile
22 March 2018

It might be situated at the foot of the Andes, but Almaviva's heart is in Bordeaux.
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Netflix to release Napa-based Wine Country movie
22 March 2018

Streaming service Netflix is to bring out a film called 'Wine Country', set in Napa Valley, which will be the directorial debut from comedian and actress Amy Poehler. The new film will be set in Napa. The directorial debut from comedian Amy Poehler....
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Robert Haas, Tablas Creek co-founder and wine pioneer, dies in California
22 March 2018

Robert Haas, who co-founded Tablas Creek and pioneered Rhône grape varieties in California after spending decades championing French wines on the American market, has died aged 90. Robert Haas (left) with Jason Haas (centre, front), Francois Perrin (right, front), Cesar Perrin (right, back) and winemaker Neil Collins. Robert Haas died peacefully at his California home last weekend, said Tabl...
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Roberson Winery opens doors to locals
22 March 2018

Roberson Wine’s urban winery, London Cru, is opening its cellar doors to the public this week and offering a free tasting.
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DWWA seminar at Vancouver International Wine Festival
22 March 2018

Showcase of DWWA 2017 winners at VIWF in Vancouver, Canada. Decanter organised a Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) seminar on Saturday 3 March featuring ten wines at Vancouver International Wine
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What Does Wine Do to Your Teeth? (Wine Spectator)
22 March 2018

You don't need to fear a wine-stained smile, if you follow a few simple rules, and wine can even fight cavity-inducing bacteria
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Indian winery wins top prize at Asian Wine Review
22 March 2018

Indian winery Grover Zampa has been named ‘Winery of the Year’ by the Asian Wine Review, shining a light on a country that has been better known for its spirits quaffing ability than viticulture prowess.
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Armit: Italy still full of ‘untapped resources’
22 March 2018

After recently marking its 30th anniversary with a large tasting of its extensive Italian portfolio, Armit’s head of buying thinks Italy is still full of “untapped resources”.
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Scientists engineer environmentally friendly hopless beer
22 March 2018

Scientists in California have developed a method enabling them to produce a beer without the use of hops, or the vast amounts of water it takes to grow them, raising questions on the environmentally-friendly future of beer production. 
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Beer ad banned for mocking red heads
22 March 2018

An Australian beer advert has been banned after it was accused of discriminating against those with red hair and inciting ridicule.
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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal chefs release a beer
22 March 2018

The head chef and sous chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne have teamed up with local brewery La Sirène to release a farmhouse style ale brewed with wild yeast to be exclusively served in the restaurant. 
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Fever-Tree to sponsor The Queen’s Club tennis tournament
22 March 2018

Mixer brand Fever-Tree has announced a three-year partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association which will see it sponsor the annual grass court tournament at The Queen's Club in June. 
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New Netflix film to be set in Napa
22 March 2018

American actress-turned-producer Amy Poehler is to step into the director’s seat with a new Netflix film called Wine Country set in California’s Napa Valley.
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Valparaiso-Casablanca Valley celebrates its ‘Best of Wine Tourism’ figures for 2018
22 March 2018

Promotional featureSee the winners....Winners from the Valparaiso-Casablanca Valley Best of Wine Tourism 2018 See the winners...
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Top new products: March
21 March 2018

March saw the launch of Pol Roger's 2009 vintage, the first bag-in-box gin from Pinkster, the relaunch of Berry Bros & Rudd's Best Gin and a Cognac made for coffee.
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New Zealand’s Zephyr buys Marlborough’s Seresin winery
21 March 2018

New Zealand's Zephyr has bought Marlborough's Seresin winery, founded by cinematographer Michael Seresin, and plans to turn it into a collaborative winemaking facility called The Coterie.
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Latour releases: A tempting offer?
21 March 2018

Château Latour has released some ex-cellar stock of its 2006 grand vin and an eagerly awaited first tranche of its 2012 vintage in the shape of second wine Les Forts de Latour.
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Comment: ‘Era of billionaire ownership in Burgundy has begun’
21 March 2018

If you’re lucky enough to own your house, when did you buy it? When did the previous owner purchase it? How many owners has it had in the last century: a dozen? Maybe more?A stone marker at the entrances to Clos des Lambrays grand cru vineyard. Andrew Jefford considers recent ownership changes in Burgundy...
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葡萄酒诈骗案震惊波尔多
21 March 2018

在隆河产区大型虚假酒标丑闻发生之际,现在波尔多领先的酒商之一也被卷入一起欺诈诉讼。
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Champagne Exports Hit Record Heights
21 March 2018

Life's a gas for bubbly producers as thirsty international markets drive sales through the roof.
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Tablas Creek Cofounder and Paso Robles Pioneer Robert Haas Dies at 90 (Wine Spectator)
21 March 2018

Haas helped put wines made from Rhône grapes on the American map, first as an importer, then as a vintner
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St-Emilion satellites 2015: Panel tasting results
21 March 2018

Four communes north of St-Emilion are an excellent hunting ground for value, particularly in good Right Bank vintages like 2015. See which of the 92 wines tasted by our three-strong panel of experts came out on top... See the top wines from this tasting...
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Is Rioja Today’s Most Overlooked (and Underappreciated) Wine? (Wine Spectator)
21 March 2018

It’s not just oak anymore
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3 Passover Recipes for a Family-Friendly Twist on the Holiday Meal (Wine Spectator)
21 March 2018

Kosher cookbook author Paula Shoyer shares a three-course meal for a modern celebration; plus our editors pick nine kosher wines
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US wine exports fell in 2017 – figures
21 March 2018

The value of US wine exports fell 5.5% to $1.53 billion in 2017, with shipments to the European Union suffering a near-20% revenue slump, according to data from the US Dept of Commerce.Golden Gate Bridge California’s Wine Institute – the state is responsible for 97% of exports – blamed the decline on the strong dollar,
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City of London Distillery redesigns labels and celebrates new listings
21 March 2018

At an event to celebrate its fifth anniversary, the City of London Distillery unveiled its redesigned labels and presented a bespoke gin made with cubeb, once sold as an aphrodisiac, to the Lord Mayor of London. 
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Tablas Creek founder dies
21 March 2018

Robert Haas, the co-founder of Tablas Creek in Paso Robles and champion of both Rhône wines and Rhône varieties in the US, has died aged 90.
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Bank sells Smuttynose Brewing to venture capital firm
21 March 2018

After buying back struggling New Hampshire brewery Smuttynose for US$8.25 million earlier this month, the Provident Bank has now sold the business to venture capital firm Runnymede Investments. 
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Now you can paint the town ‘English sparkling’
21 March 2018

UK wine merchant Laithwaites has teamed up with colour institute Pantone to create a bespoke shade called 'English sparkling wine' to mark the growing success of the category.
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Fraud charges rock Bordeaux
20 March 2018

In the wake of revelations regarding an enormous false labelling scandal in the Rhône, now one of Bordeaux’s leading négociants has been caught up in a fraud suit.
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Value of US wine exports falls for first time in seven years
20 March 2018

The value of US wine exports fell by 5.5% in 2017 to $5.53 billion, drawing a line under seven years of consecutive growth, with the biggest decline seen in exports to the European Union, while volumes have soared in both Singapore and Hong Kong.
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Rory McIlroy calls for booze limits at golf tournaments
20 March 2018

Whilst competing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the weekend, Northern Ireland golf star Rory McIlroy called for alcohol limits at golf tournaments after being heckled during the third round by a drunk fan. 
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US company launches device that prints edible messages on beer foam
20 March 2018

The alcohol industry is set to get its own version of computerised 'latte art' with the launch of a programmable machine which prints images and text onto beer foam using an edible, malt-based ink. 
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英国酒商Conviviality首席执行官Diana Hunter被撤
20 March 2018

英国饮料批发商Conviviality的首席执行官Diana Hunter在公司艰难的两周之后,将“立即”退出董事会。
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New on Wine List Confidential: Clarette
20 March 2018

Formerly a Scottish pub, with leaded windows and velvet banquettes, the cosy, characterful Clarette is co-owned by Alexandra Petit Mentzelopoulos, youngest daughter of the Château Margaux dynasty, hence the fairly priced page of renditions sourced direct from those hallowed cellars.
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‘Brexit effect’ hit UK Champagne orders in 2017
20 March 2018

Champagne exports to the UK fell by more than 10% in volume in 2017, but the US, Japan and Australia helped to make up the difference, show new country-by-country figures. UK declines as US, Australia and Asia rise...
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Bordeaux 2006: Which wines have aged well?
20 March 2018

Read Jane Anson's review of the Bordeaux 2006 vintage after re-tasting the wines a decade out from the harvest. Bordeaux 2006 was an interesting year to assess at the critical 10-year juncture, not least because 2006 has developed a
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Brexit transition: A bucket list for UK wine lovers
20 March 2018

British wine lovers living in the UK will have more time to try some of the ideas below after the country's government provisionally agreed a Brexit transition deal with the EU, extending single market and customs union membership - plus free movement of people - until the end of 2020. Theresa May has said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market. Things to tick off your list...
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Massive Rhône Valley Wine Fraud Reported by French Authorities (Wine Spectator)
20 March 2018

108,000 cases of fake Châteauneuf-du-Pape among the alarming details to emerge in Raphaël Michel fraud case
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Leading Bordeaux Wine Merchant Accused of Massive Fraud (Wine Spectator)
20 March 2018

Prosecutors allege that Grands Vins de Gironde illegally blended at least 68,000 cases of wine; The trial has roiled Bordeaux just before its annual barrel tastings
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French watchdog details ‘massive’ misuse of Rhône and Châteauneuf names
20 March 2018

French anti-fraud officials have said they uncovered millions of bottles-worth of wine wrongly labelled as from popular Rhône appellations, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, during a 2017 investigation. A three-year fraud operation allegedly run by the head of a single merchant house in southern France produced enough wine
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Goose Island is holding a live beer auction for its 14% ABV Bourbon County Stout
20 March 2018

US brewer Goose Island will put the last 12 bottles of its barrel-aged Bourbon County Stout under the hammer in a live Facebook auction, it has been announced.
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Wetherspoon boss could pull Prosecco and Champagne from pubs over Brexit
20 March 2018

The boss of UK pub chain Wetherspoon has said he would have no qualms over pulling Prosecco and Champagne from the group's 900 pubs in favour of alternatives if negotiations with the EU turn sour post-brexit, as the company released its H1 results.
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Massive scale of Rhône fraud exposed
20 March 2018

French officials have released the details of an enormous fraud perpetrated by a leading bottler in the Rhône, thought to be Raphaël Michel, which was of such size that at one point up to 15% of all Côtes-du-Rhône was falsely labelled.
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Vinitaly to host ‘star-spangled’ OperaWine 2018
20 March 2018

Vinitaly will open its 2018 fair with homage to Italy's long-standing cultural links with the United States, embracing the works of American street artist Shepard Fairey and Stevie Kim at its annual OperaWine showcase at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the heart of Verona.
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US Brewery pulls Gerry Adams-inspired beer after backlash
19 March 2018

A US brewery has stopped making an ale inspired by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after a severe backlash.
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VINEX branches out from bulk to bottled wine market
19 March 2018

Digital bulk wine platform Vinex is expanding its services into the bottled wine market for the first time having launched Bottle Ex – a digitised bottled wine trading service – at ProWein.
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Hunter to leave Conviviality?
19 March 2018

In light of the recent reports around UK drinks wholesaler Conviviality, speculation is now high that CEO Diana Hunter will be forced to leave the company as soon as this week.
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Heineken caught up in free beer WhatsApp scam
19 March 2018

Authorities have warned users of mobile messaging platform WhatsApp about a phishing scam which claims that Dutch brewer Heineken is giving away four 5-litre barrels of beer to celebrate 'its 140th anniversary'. 
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Jefford on Monday: Schist versus Limestone
19 March 2018

Andrew Jefford attends a breakthrough terroir tasting... 'Argilo Calcaire': Limestone and clay soil in St-Chinian. Battle of the terroirs...
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Louis Latour takes on first Italian listing with Banfi
19 March 2018

Louis Latour Agencies has signed a deal with Italian winery Castello Banfi that will see it take over exclusive distribution of the producer's portfolio across the on- and off-trade in the UK.
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Napa’s Mondavi estate announces fresh leadership
19 March 2018

C. Mondavi & Family – the parent company for the Charles Krug, CK Mondavi & Family, Purple Heart and Fortissimo brands – has announced a changing of the guard in the Napa Valley family business by appointing six cousins, collectively known as “G4,” as company shareholders and brand ambassadors.
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Fraud Squad Finds Château-not-du-Pape
19 March 2018

Investigators put some numbers to a wine scam that put cheap wines into Rhône bottles.
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How far should you put your nose into the glass? – ask Decanter
18 March 2018

When you’re smelling wine to assess the aromas, how much should you stick your nose into the glass and what's the best sniffing technique? Perfect your technique...
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Domaine Jean Grivot: Profile and wine ratings
18 March 2018

Burgundy master Clive Coates MW tells you everything that you need to know about Domaine Jean Grivot, along with historical tasting notes on wines from top vintages - as part of a series that looks back at domaine profiles from Clive's most recent books.Richebourg Grand Cru in Burgundy's Côte de Nuits. I don’t like half bottles: stupid size.  Not nearly enough for one – let...
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Top Chablis alternatives: Fresh whites under £15
17 March 2018

If you love the style of Chablis but want to branch out, try one of these great value picks...Chablis alternatives under £15 Try one today...
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Understanding Barbera d’Asti vineyards
17 March 2018

Created by Decanter in partnership with the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti e Vini del Monferrato.Barbera vineyards. The key differences...
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The ageing wine quiz – Test your knowledge
17 March 2018

One hundred percent new oak, 50% second fill barrels, stainless steel fermenting and a minimum of threes in bottle; what do these terms and phrases actually mean? How do different techniques affect the wine? Test you knowledge with this week's ageing wine quiz.The barrel room at Serracavallo in La Sila Can you get 10 out of 10?...
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How terroir influences Custoza wines
17 March 2018

This content was produced in partnership with the Consorzio Tutela Vino Custoza.How does the terroir influence the wines of Custoza...?Custoza vineyards What makes Custoza terroir unique...?
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Guide to Custoza vineyards and grape varieties
17 March 2018

This content was produced by Decanter in partnership with the Consorzio Tutela Vino Custoza.Read a bitesize guide to the vineyards of Custoza and the grape varieties allowed in this white wine DOC near to Verona in northern Italy. Nine grape varieties are allowed in the Custoza DOC. Which grapes are used to make Custoza wines?...
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Brits are ‘keen to discover new categories in sparkling wine’ says Vinexpo CEO
17 March 2018

While Prosecco may still be the most popular sparkling wine, UK consumers have a new-found curiosity for Crémant and New World offerings.
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db Eats: Ten Trinity Square Private Club
17 March 2018

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to the new private members’ club at The Four Seasons for Château Latour poached foie gras and seared scallops with smoked mash.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
17 March 2018

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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Conviviality lays out plan of action
17 March 2018

UK drinks wholesaler Conviviality has said it is “actively engaging with its stakeholders” as it works out its “funding requirements".
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Trade sessions announced for London’s upcoming Prosecco festival
17 March 2018

Billed as "the UK's only dedicated trade fair for Prosecco", Prosecco Springs has opened trade session applications for its event on 26 April. 
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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 preview
17 March 2018

Michaela Morris gets under the bonnet of this highly anticipated vintage of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. See her tasting notes and scores below...The unique Vigna Tonda parcel at Avignonesi. Do the wines live up to their promise?...
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Waddesdon Wine to distribute Léoube in UK
17 March 2018

Provençal rosé producer, Château Léoube, has announced that Waddesdon Wine is to be its new distributor in the UK.
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The Benevolent Ball raises over £57,000
17 March 2018

A record number of members of the UK drinks trade attended The Benevolent Ball at The Dorchester last night, which sold out for the second year running, raising an "unprecedented amount of over £57,000".
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Makers of Shortcross Gin to triple production after £2.5m redevelopment
17 March 2018

Northern Ireland's Rademon Estate Distillery, which produces Shortcross Gin, has completed a £2.5 million redevelopment of its Co. Down site, which will treble its production capacity to 50,000 litres per annum.
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Henkell to buy 50% of Freixenet
17 March 2018

German sparkling wine company Henkell has reached an agreement with Cava producer Freixenet to buy 50.7% of the latter’s capital for just under €220 million it has been reported.
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The week in pictures
17 March 2018

This week in the world of drinks; chef Marcus Wareing is getting his own cocktail bar, The Backstreet Boys hinted they may launch a Tequila, coffee cocktails delighted in London, and a Miami nightclub had its license revoked for putting a horse on the dance-floor.
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Uncorked: Lizzy Rudd
16 March 2018

Lizzy Rudd, the newly appointed chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd, chats to dbHK about a rare 1868 Château Lafite Rothschild she drank at 20, and her admiration for The Queen and the Prince of Wales. 
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Changyu to sell wines from its Australian vineyards in June
16 March 2018

China’s biggest domestic winery, Yantai Changyu Pioneers, will starting selling wines made from its recently purchased Australian winery as early as June this year, to create “a new growth engine”.
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Belgian bar asks for a ‘shoe deposit’ to stop tourists stealing beer glasses
16 March 2018

Two Belgian bars that have been losing thousands of beer glasses each year have taken matters into their own hands, installing a €4,000 security system and asking for customer's shoes as a deposit. 
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Bottega opens wine lounge in South Korea
16 March 2018

The Italian wine producer Bottega has opened a lounge in Seoul, South Korea, offering a range of wines, spirits and liquors, the company has announced.
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Former Armit Wines Asia head sets up new company in Hong Kong
16 March 2018

Following the announcement that wine merchant Armit was closing its Hong Kong office late last year, the former head of Armit Wines Asia, Richard Sutton, has launched his new company in Hong Kong called Phoenix Fine Wines & Vineyards, dbHK has learned.
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Conviviality optimistic on funding talks
16 March 2018

Conviviality, one of the largest wine suppliers in the UK, has said it could pursue an 'equity fundraise' as part of efforts to shore up its finances and added that initial talks with advisers had been positive. Early talks were 'progressing well', said firm...
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Tasting notes decoded: Beeswax in your wine?
16 March 2018

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Decanter's design team. This week we decode 'beeswax' and 'cumin'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Boom Times for Austrian Wine
16 March 2018

An unheralded wine-producing region is enjoying the fruits of its labors – and the spotlight.
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Unfiltered: Bazaar Meat, Bizarre Foods: José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern Take SXSW Stage (Wine Spectator)
16 March 2018

Plus, can Black Panther's powers rescue Pinotage? We asked the woman planning the Wakanda Wine Fest. And premier schools take on Premiers Crus at Left Bank Bordeaux Cup showdown
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London Burgundy Week returns
16 March 2018

London Burgundy Week returns in 2018 and is set to be bigger and better than ever London Burgundy Week returns from 19-23rd March. Next week will see many of the UK’s most passionate Burgundy specialist merchants host a
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What to do if your wine cork breaks or crumbles – ask Decanter
16 March 2018

We’ve all been there – a cork has started to crumble away in your bottle of wine. But what should you do next, and can you drink the wine? What should you do if your wine cork breaks? We've all been there...
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Champagne Armand de Brignac releases Blanc de Blancs magnum
16 March 2018

Armand de Brignac, or the ‘Aces of Spades’ Champagne, owned by American rapper Jay-Z, has launched a magnum format of its new Blanc de Blancs. The magnum format of the new Blanc de Blancs. A magnum format of the new Blanc de Blancs....
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11 Capital Wine Lists To Try in Washington, D.C. (Wine Spectator)
16 March 2018

For wines foreign and domestic, these restaurants’ lists have our vote
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Restaurant Spotlight: Suzette’s Creperie (Wine Spectator)
16 March 2018

A bistro with a French wine list inspired by Parisian crepe carts
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Turning Tables: Chef Dominique Crenn's Highly Anticipated Bar Crenn Now Open in San Francisco (Wine Spectator)
16 March 2018

Plus, new outposts of Quality Eats, Bourbon Steak and Fig & Olive, the chef at Peru's Central Restaurante opens a new restaurant, and more
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Budvar to create custom motorbike for 1,000 mile European road trip
16 March 2018

Czech brewery Budweiser Budvar is teaming up with east London custom bike workshop Bolt motorcycles to create a bespoke Budvar bike for a 1,000 mile European road trip. 
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Bruce Jack parts ways with Accolade Wines
16 March 2018

Winemaker Bruce Jack has left his position as chief winemaker for Accolade Wines South Africa to launch his own ‘Bruce Jack’ wine range.
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Tovaritch! celebrates placement in BBC’s McMafia
16 March 2018

Tovaritch! will showcase a drinks cooler that dispenses chilled vodka shots at Prowein next week, following a string of successful marketing stunts that has seen the brand appear in BBC's McMafia, and win a listing aboard a cruise liner.
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Fuller’s on mission to change reputation of pub wine
16 March 2018

Pub chain operator Fuller's is increasing its range of organic, biodynamic, natural and English wines, introducing Enomatic machines in selected venues and implementing measures to ensure wine is always served in perfect condition.
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Signature Brew named UK’s best best brewery business
16 March 2018

An East London microbrewery has been named as the UK's best brewing business by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
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The Backstreet Boys are back – with a Tequila?
15 March 2018

We've had George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and rapper E-40, and now 90s boy band The Backstreet Boys are rumoured to be launching their own Tequila brand.
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Italian Wine Podcast celebrates first birthday
15 March 2018

Italian Wine Podcast, a weekly English-language podcast dedicated to shining a light on some of Italian wine’s most colourful characters, has celebrated its first birthday.
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Diageo buys Belsazar vermouth from Distill Ventures
15 March 2018

Diageo has acquired German vermouth brand Belsazar – the first company to have "graduated" from innovation incubator Distill Ventures, which is funded by Diageo.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Pied à Terre
15 March 2018

Pied à Terre, restaurateur David Moore's flagship multi-level Fitzrovia restaurant, have helped launch a gamut of great chefs into the international orbit, and also is home to one of the most diverse wine lists in London.
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Bonhams to present two record-breaking Macallans in HK
15 March 2018

Two rare vintage Macallan whiskies unseen in public over 30 years will go under hammer at Bonhams’ upcoming auction on 18 May in Hong Kong, with each estimated to achieve more than HK$4 million. If achieved, the lot could become one of the most expensive whiskies ever sold at auction houses. 
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Anson: Tasting Cru Artisan du Médoc wines
15 March 2018

Jane Anson explores the merits of the Cru Artisan du Médoc label wines and tastes some of the 2015s...Maxime Saint-Martin is the new president of the Cru Artisan ranking. Jane Anson explores the merits of the Cru Artisan du Médoc....
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Wine Rack owner Conviviality suspends trading
15 March 2018

One of the largest wine distributors in the UK, Conviviality, has been forced to suspend trading on the London stock exchange after discovering an unexpected £30 million tax bill less than a week after it cut profits forecasts. Conviviality trading suspended over tax charge...
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Premium drinks sales rise in China’s Guangdong in 2017
15 March 2018

China’s southern Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong and Macau, consumed RMB 58.1 billion (US$9.2 billion) worth of alcoholic beverages last year, mainly driven by high-end drinks, while lower end consumption continues to drop.
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Aldi launches range of half-sized wines
15 March 2018

UK supermarket Aldi has launched a range of half-sized wine bottles in a bid to fill a gap for weekday treats, with two of the wines hailing from Romania – an increasingly prominent supplier of entry-level wines.
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Final call for Organic Masters 2018 entries
15 March 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Organic Masters 2018 are being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 6 April.
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Lizzy Rudd: English wine, Loire and South Africa setting trends for 2018
15 March 2018

Lizzy Rudd, the newly appointed chairman of UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd, has tipped English wine, Loire reds and South African wines as the key players setting the wine trends for 2018.
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Fine Wine Investment: critical weightings
15 March 2018

As the critical world realigns itself in the post-Parker landscape, the consensus view seems to be that we may well go through a phase where the average critics’ score is the guiding principle for a while and this leaves scope for outlier opinions to have an impact.
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Chef Marcus Wareing opens London cocktail bar
15 March 2018

British chef Marcus Wareing has opened a cocktail bar at the newly revamped Gilbert Scott restaurant in King's Cross, directly applying his culinary expertise to the world of drinks for the first time.
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Pernod Ricard worker killed in ‘industrial accident’ in Ireland
15 March 2018

A man in his 40s has died at a Pernod Ricard-owned warehousing facility in County Cork after being involved in an "industrial accident" on Monday.
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Torbreck buys leading NZ Pinot producer
14 March 2018

Australian winery Torbreck has announced it is buying one of New Zealand’s top Pinot Noir producers, The Escarpment.
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Michelin-starred street food stand pops-up in London
14 March 2018

The world's first street food chef to gain a Michelin star for his Hawker Chan stand will be offering Londoners a Michelin-starred lunch for just £6 this week as part of a one-off pop-up. 
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Savage Selection comes to London
14 March 2018

The annual portfolio tasting of the Savage Selection will take place in London next week featuring wines from the likes of The Eyrie Vineyard and Roc de Cambes.
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Counterfeiters' Target Range Widens
14 March 2018

The list of most counterfeited wines is weighted heavily towards Burgundy, but other regions are also making ground.
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The World's Best Ports
14 March 2018

The critics' picks for the top Ports contain some romantic stories – and one recurring name.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Tasting
14 March 2018

Be the first to taste this year's winners from the Decanter World Wine Awards, world's largest wine competition. Join Decanter at this tasting to sample over 100 award-winning wines from across the globe. 2 July 2018 5-9pm Vintners’
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Best Rioja: Top wines to try
14 March 2018

We've selected some of the top Rioja wines recommended by Decanter tasters... We asked Sarah Jane Evans MW and Tim Atkin MW for their favourite red Riojas that represent the best of the region today...
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Michelin restaurant Lympstone Manor to plant vineyard in UK
14 March 2018

Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel Lympstone Manor is to plant a vineyard to produce sparkling wine on its estate. Lympstone Manor, Exmouth Lympstone Manor, which only opened in 2017 after being refurbished by owner and chef Michael Caines MBE, plans to produce
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The three Léovilles of Bordeaux: Full profiles and ratings
14 March 2018

They may have their own identities but this unique trio of châteaux that form the magical Léoville estate in Bordeaux also have much in common. Premium members can read Jane's in-depth profile and tasting notes below.The three Leovilles Three legendary estates and their wines...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Steak Fajitas (Wine Spectator)
14 March 2018

Matched with a red Rioja, this sizzling Tex-Mex meal is fun and easy
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Ruinart collaborates with Chinese artist for Art Basel Hong Kong
14 March 2018

Champagne house Ruinart has collaborated with Chinese artist Liu Bolin and launched a series of photographic works entitled, “The Invisible Hand”, which will be unveiled for the upcoming Art Basel in Hong Kong (29-31 March).
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Two Singapore companies allegedly sold wine & spirits to N. Korea
14 March 2018

Two Singaporean companies have allegedly sold luxury goods including wine and spirits to North Korea defying UN sanctions, a leaked UN report has shown. 
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TWE, de Rothschild and Tmall to drive Mouton Cadet sales in China
14 March 2018

Treasury Wine Estates has teamed with online retailer Tmall to drive sales for Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s Mouton Cadet and Escudo Rojo brands in mainland China.
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Fever-Tree extends low calorie range as revenue rises by 66%
14 March 2018

Up-market mixer brand Fever-Tree has extended its low calorie range with eight new expressions as it reports that revenue in 2017 rose by 66% to £170 million, with sales of its light tonic more than doubling in the UK. 
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Rioja enjoys global growth in 2017
14 March 2018

The Consejo Regulador de Rioja has announced that the region’s wines enjoyed growth across its key export markets in 2017 with white wines in particular proving popular.
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First whisky-based cryptocurrency launched
14 March 2018

The "world's first" whisky-based cryptocurrency, called Cask Coin, has launched, giving investors the chance to own a share of a £40 million Scotch whisky portfolio by investing in its digital coins.
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Latour tests new approach with Les Forts 2012 release
14 March 2018

Les Forts de Latour 2012 will be released this month, making it the first wine to go on the market that was produced after the first growth estate left the en primeur system. The tower at Château Latour Les Forts de Latour 2012 set for release...
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Drinks trade commits to tackle calorie labelling by 2022
13 March 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association is backing a joint proposal submitted to Brussels by the drinks trade on calorie labelling, which promises to ensure that nutritional and ingredient information will be available on all beer, wine and spirits sold in the EU by 2022.
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Latour to include Forts 2012 in next release
13 March 2018

Château Latour has announced that the wines it intends to release towards the end of the month will be the 2006 grand vin and, for the first time ever, 2012 Les Forts de Latour – will the latter be enough to entice collectors to part with the estate's asking price?
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German pensioner too drunk to board flight after drinking fine wine from hand luggage
13 March 2018

A 67-year-old German man who refused to hand over his wine at airport security is facing a fine of €10,000 after boarding a plane, having drunk both bottles, and mistaking the toilet door for the emergency exit. 
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Uncorked: Isabelle Legeron MW
13 March 2018

A staunch advocate for natural wines, Isabelle Legeron MW is happiest foraging for mushrooms, sipping on a Nebuchadnezzar of biodynamic Gruner Veltliner and dreams of having Leonardo DiCaprio over for dinner – but isn't a fan of Robert Parker.
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Great value Rioja with high scores
13 March 2018

Despite it's fame and popularity, prices for Rioja remain reasonable compared to other fine wine producing regions. Here are some recommendations from Decanter experts, all under £30 and over 90 points 'Rioja makes the best-value fine wines in the world'...
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Tenuta San Leonardo profile and wine ratings
13 March 2018

Stephen Brook meets the father-and-son team at the helm of the Trentino trailblazer, Tenuta San Leonardo. Decanter Premium members can see recently updated scores and tasting notes for Stephen Brook's top wines across three decades. Discover a Trentino trailblazer and try wines spanning three decades...
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EU wine trade body publishes calorie labelling plan
13 March 2018

A trade body representing thousands of European Union winemakers has proposed providing more nutritional information on wines, but health professionals said plans do not go far enough. Calorie information should be available, says EU trade body...
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What is a Vino de Pago?
13 March 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Understand this labelling term...Pago de Cirsus In partnership with ARAEX Grands What is a Vino de Pago? The 21st century is showing us Spanish winemakers who want
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Courts Unclear in Battle for Amarone
13 March 2018

The legal system is unable to decide a battle for the heart and soul of the famous style.
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Beaujolais, Bowties and Blizzards: A Day in the Life of Starr Restaurants Wine Director Erik Segelbaum (Wine Spectator)
13 March 2018

When you’re responsible for 36 restaurants’ worth of wine, there’s never a dull moment
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Graves and Pessac-Léognan white wines 2015 in bottle
13 March 2018

Jane Anson has re-tasted the Graves and Pessac-Léognan 2015 dry white wines in bottle, providing updated tasting notes and ratings exclusively for Decanter Premium members... Vineyards in Graves. How the wines are tasting...
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US brewery makes beer inspired by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
13 March 2018

A US brewery has launched a new beer dedicated to former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
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Wine prices ‘could rise by up to 30%’
13 March 2018

The price of supermarket staples like Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and entry-level Spanish reds could rise by up to 30% due to the frost-ravaged 2017 harvest.
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Final call for Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018 entries
13 March 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018  ahead of the upcoming deadline of 31 March.
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Brewery launches Royal Wedding beer as extension to pub hours is approved
13 March 2018

Windsor & Eton Brewery has unveiled a limited-edition Royal Wedding beer as pubs and bars across England and Wales have been given permission to extend opening hours to 1am over the wedding weekend. 
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Oxford dig reveals monks’ wine and beer habits
13 March 2018

One of the largest urban excavations ever undertaken in the UK has uncovered a vast array of artefacts belonging to the monks of medieval Oxford – especially they’re eating and drinking habits.
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Bank buys back Smuttynose Brewing for $8.25 million
12 March 2018

The Provident Bank has bought back struggling New Hampshire craft brewery for US$8.25 million at a foreclosure action held last week. 
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Nigeria raises excise duties on wine, beer and spirits
12 March 2018

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed an increase in excise duty on both tobacco and alcohol, as global beer giant ABInBev moves closer toward the opening of a $250 million brewery in the west African country.
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Absolut wants to know where you were looking during its naked vodka advert
12 March 2018

Vodka label Absolut has tweaked its infamous "Nothing to Hide" ad campaign to find out where viewers' eyes are drawn to.
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Wine Australia appoints new general manager for Greater China
12 March 2018

Wine Australia has appointed an “experienced China hand” to head its Greater China team as the country looks to further drive its wine exports to China past the AU$1 billion mark in the coming year.
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UK gin sales hit record 51 million bottles in 2017
12 March 2018

A record 51 million bottles of gin worth almost £1.4 billion were bought in the UK in 2017, an increase of 27% in volume (the equivalent of over 9.5 million bottles) compared to 2016.
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Jefford on Monday: “Wind, stone …”
12 March 2018

Andrew Jefford feels the blast in Catalonia’s Empordà.Summer in Empordà. Making wine in Empordà...
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Domaine Leroy: Profile and wine ratings
12 March 2018

Burgundy master Clive Coates MW tells you everything that you need to know about Domaine Leroy, along with historical tasting notes on wines from top vintages - as part of a series that looks back at domaine profiles from Clive's most recent books.www.domaine-leroy.com Almost a century and a half ago, in 1868, François Leroy set himself up as a wine-merchant in his native …Continue re...
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Spanish wine industry in numbers
12 March 2018

In partnership with ARAEX GrandsProduction, exports and consumption of Spanish wines... Understand the Spanish wine business...
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The Forest Side restaurant, Grasmere – review
12 March 2018

Adventurous food and wine at The Forest Side...The Forest Side restaurant. Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on The Forest Side restaurant...
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The Wine-Searcher App gets a Spring Makeover
11 March 2018

Having a hard time finding your ideal wine? Our newly updated app is here to help.
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Sparkling wines for Mother’s Day
10 March 2018

It's Mother's Day in the UK on Sunday 11 March, so why not treat your mum - and yourself - to a bottle of something sparkling?Choose a sparkling wine for Mother's Day. Celebrate in style this Mother's Day...
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The World's Best Tequila
10 March 2018

Forget the rotgut that got you through college, Tequila offers more than a simple salt 'n' slam experience.
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Titans of the Drinks Industry Share Business Insights (Wine Spectator)
10 March 2018

Leading executives from wine, spirits and beer address Impact’s 42nd annual Marketing Seminar
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Sauternes and Barsac 2015 re-tasted in the bottle
10 March 2018

Jane Anson has re-tasted 2015 Sauternes and Barsac wines two years after harvest. Decanter Premium members can read her notes and ratings below. How the wines are tasting now..
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Dutch supermarket flouts Trappist beer re-sale ban
10 March 2018

The monks of a Trappist monastery in Belgium are reportedly very upset that a Dutch supermarket is re-selling its beers without permission and for a huge mark-up.
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Limarí cements position as a top place in Chile for Chardonnay
10 March 2018

Chile’s Limarí Valley is cementing its reputation as one the greatest places for Chardonnay in the world as both Santa Rita and Concha y Toro shift 100% of their sourcing to this northerly coastal region for their top whites.
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Oregon winery donates US$6 million for new research hub
10 March 2018

Grace and Ken Evenstead, owners of Domaine Serene in Oregon and Château de la Cree in Santenay, have donated US$6 million to a local college in Oregon with the express aim of attracting world-class wine research and teaching talent to the state.Plans for Linfield College wine research and teaching hub. With a new wine laboratory on campus...
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Aqua Shard adds range of bottled cocktails inspired by Great Gatsby era
10 March 2018

Sky-high London bar and restaurant Aqua Shard is serving up drinks inspired by the first bottled cocktails which appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. 
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Brits spend £4.5 billion on drunk shopping
10 March 2018

Brits have spent an estimated £4.46 billion on spontaneous drunk purchases, according to new figures.
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Emma Dawson MW launches 52 Grapes project
10 March 2018

M&S wine buyer Emma Dawson MW has launched an online project called 52 Grapes that aims to teach consumers about grape varieties in a light-hearted way.
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Chablis alternatives: 30 fresh whites to try
10 March 2018

Rising demand and the ravages of harsh weather in 2016 mean that admirers of one of the world’s most famous white wines may need to consider other options. Andy Howard MW recommends his top 30 palate-refreshing dry whites... Try one today...
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Nicky Hahn, Santa Lucia pioneer, dies
10 March 2018

One of California’s pioneering vintners, Nicky Hahn, who did much to establish the Santa Lucia Highlands and make Pinot Noir its main grape, has died at the age of 81.
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What can you expect at ProWein this year?
10 March 2018

ProWein takes place in Düsseldorf this month, and, in addition to wine, will shine a light on craft spirits, beers and ciders this year. To help you make the most of the show, we’ve rounded up the event highlights and the new products to look out for.
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The Week in Pictures
10 March 2018

This week in the world of drinks, Jennifer Lawrence got stuck into Sauvignon Blanc at the Oscars, companies came out in force for International Women's Day (with mixed success...), Martha Steward graced Vinexpo New York with her presence, and the fictitious nation of Wakanda might be getting its own wine festival.
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Jeremy Rockett launches drinks distributor
10 March 2018

González Byass’ former marketing man, Jeremy Rockett, has launched a UK-based drinks distribution company called Craftwork that will focus on spirits.
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Bloomsbury Club Bar to host gin and barbershop pop-up that’s free if you’re Irish
10 March 2018

The Bloomsbury Club Bar and Ireland's Dingle Distillery have teamed up for a 'Trim & Tonic' pop-up, serving up a hot towel shave and a gin and tonic for £25 – but free to those who can prove that they're Irish. 
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Conviviality blames ‘material error’ for £5.2m drop in expected profit
09 March 2018

Conviviality Plc, owner of Bargain Booze, Bibendum PLB and Matthew Clark, has warned that a "material error" in its financial forecasts has meant that profit will be £5.2 million less than expected, with share prices plummeting by as much as 68% following the announcement.
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Comment: The rise of natural wine
09 March 2018

Natural wine has arguably been the major movement of the 21st Century wine world, and for some it has also become a 'lifetsyle choice', writes Elin McCoy, ahead of the Raw wine fair in London and after visiting the New York version of the show.Some of the wines previously on show at Raw Fair in London. Natural wine is now a lifestyle choice...
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
09 March 2018

This weekend explore the red wines of South Africa, from Swartland Syrah to Stellenbosch Cinsault — starting from as little as £6.75… Explore the exciting and great value reds of South Africa...
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Challenging Wine's Food Favoritism
09 March 2018

Cocktails and spirits are moving into what was once exclusive wine territory – the dining table.
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Nicolaus Hahn, Founder of Hahn Family Wines, Dies at 81 (Wine Spectator)
09 March 2018

The international businessman and Santa Lucia Highlands vintner helped put his California wine region on the map
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Unfiltered: Jennifer Lawrence Juggles Wine, Wolfgang Puck('s Photog) Fights Crime at Oscars (Wine Spectator)
09 March 2018

Plus, a cult Burgundy winemaker returns to his silver-screen former life in new movie, and Pommery sparkles at the Armory Show art extravaganza
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Vinexpo Brings the Wine World to New York (Wine Spectator)
09 March 2018

The Bordeaux trade show makes an ambitious return to the U.S.
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Enotria&Coe takes on California’s Bonterra in the UK
09 March 2018

Californian organic wine producer Bonterra has signed a distribution deal with Enotria&Coe, which will become its exclusive UK importer as of 12 March.
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Entries open for Ruinart Sommelier Challenge UK
09 March 2018

Champagne Ruinart has opened entries for its annual Sommelier Challenge, offering 30 sommeliers the opportunity to compete for the chance to win a four-day educational trip to Champagne hosted by the house's chef de caves Frédéric Panaïotis.
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Bordeaux 2015: Pessac-Léognan reds re-tasted
09 March 2018

Château Haut-Bailly has made one of its greatest wines from the Bordeaux 2015 vintage, says Jane Anson as part of her review of Pessac-Léognan 2015 red wines in-bottle. See more notes and ratings below.Smith-Haut-Lafitte in Pessac-Léognan. How the wines are shaping up...
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Riding Napa’s Silverado Trail: 10 wineries to visit 
09 March 2018

Beat the tourists and plan your next road trip along Napa wine country’s Silverado Trail. See the top 10 wineries to visit en route, selected by Stephen Brook...Follow the Silverado Trail and discover Napa's top wineries... Credit:Jitesh Patel/Central Illustration Agency Start planning your Napa road trip, with 10 wine stops...
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EU plans extra tariffs on ‘certain’ US whiskies
09 March 2018

US whiskey is one of several American products that could be slapped with new EU tariffs after President Donald Trump promised hikes on steel imports.
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T’Chablis: Someone is trying to cash in on Black Panther’s success with a ‘Wakanda Wine Fest’
09 March 2018

A lawyer in Texas is trying to register a trademark for the world's first Wakandan wine festival, following the success of Marvel's latest movie release Black Panther.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Ormer
09 March 2018

Ormer not only refers to ear-shaped abalone, but chef Sean Rankin’s London restaurant at the rehabilitated Fleming’s Hotel, Mayfair – he previously simultaneously operated Ormer in St Helier, Jersey.
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First IBWSS show in London highlighted the ‘boundless possibilities’ of bulk wine market
09 March 2018

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) hosted its first show in London on 26 and 27 February and has just announced the dates of a second event in 2019. 
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This is how breweries, distilleries and wineries should celebrate International Women’s Day, according to an expert
09 March 2018

International Women's Day is a chance to celebrate women in all industries, but recent headlines in the drinks trade show that gender equality means far more to consumers than a few PR stunts.
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Heineken may take majority stake in United Breweries after offer to buy Mallya’s shares
09 March 2018

Heineken could become a majority shareholder in United Breweries after reportedly approaching the Indian authorities about buying the shares confiscated from the company's former owner, Vijay Mallya.
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AXA Millésimes awards MW student scholarships
08 March 2018

Five students currently on the Master of Wine course have been granted scholarships by AXA Millésimes, with the company saying the standard was so high they could easily have awarded 10.
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Charles Wells submits plans for new £13m brewery
08 March 2018

Historic UK brewer Charles Wells has submitted a planning application for a new £13 million brewery and visitor centre to be located in Fairhill just off the A6 in the outskirts of Bedford.
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Anson: Making Bordeaux at ‘the end of the world’
08 March 2018

Jane Anson meets an Australian who is making wine on the edge of Bordeaux's Right Bank...'Le bout du Monde' today - owned by Château Cadillac. An Australian in Bordeaux...
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Health Watch: Is Wine the Key to a Long Life? (Wine Spectator)
08 March 2018

A 15-year study finds a daily drink can increase longevity. Plus, researchers find that wine can improve heart health in diabetics and may prevent tooth decay
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Aldi wines to buy in 2018
08 March 2018

Decanter's tasting team make recommendations from Aldi's wine range... Some more great value deals at Aldi...
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The cork comeback
08 March 2018

In the last two decades, cork producers have been researching ways to combat TCA and salvage the tainted reputation of corks. Carla Capalbo reports on the latest developmentsA satisfying sound: pulling the cork on a bottle of wine... In the last two decades, cork producers have been researching ways to combat TCA and salvage the tainted reputation of corks. Carla Capalbo reports on the latest deve...
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Viñedo Chadwick: Producer profile & top wines
08 March 2018

Patricio Tapia, South American wine expert and Decanter World Wine Awards judge, looks back at the creation of this Chilean wine and picks out his top 10 wines from a complete tasting of every vintage produced... 10 great vintages of Viñedo Chadwick...
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Expert’s Choice: Argentinian Cabernet
08 March 2018

Move over Malbec – Cabernet Sauvignon is making a name for itself in Argentina. Alistair Cooper MW selects 18 bottles that reveal the grape’s considerable potential... Alistair Cooper MW selects 18 Argentinian Cabernets that reveal the grape’s considerable potential...
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Chile must push its appellations, says Marcelo Papa
08 March 2018

Chile must focus on promoting its wine regions, according to Concha y Toro technical director Marcelo Papa, who is launching a new label to push Puente Alto.
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Tom Kitchin: wine and beer can complement each other
08 March 2018

The chef behind the Michelin-starred The Kitchin in Edinburgh believes wine and beer can complement each other by "offering a different approach to food matching".
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Oldest message in a bottle found in Australia once contained gin
08 March 2018

A nineteenth century Dutch gin bottle containing a scrolled note, dated 12 June 1886, has been found by an Australian family on a remote beach on Wedge Island.
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Taberna do Mercado to become a wine bar
08 March 2018

Nuno Mendes’ flagship Portuguese restaurant, Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields, is to be turned into a wine bar and bottle shop.
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Vinexpo New York hailed a success
08 March 2018

With domestic goddess Martha Stewart in attendance, alongside 500 exhibitors and 2,000 buyers and journalists, this year’s Vinexpo New York has been hailed a success.
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Cellar of legendary entrepreneur to be auctioned
08 March 2018

The wines from the cellar of late American billionaire philanthropist, entrepreneur and Blade Runner producer, Jerry Perenchio, are to be auctioned in Hong Kong and New York this spring.
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CAMRA opens voting on revitalisation initiative and National Executive elections
08 March 2018

Voting on the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)'s new leadership election has opened.
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Man jailed over €30,000 theft from Gozo winery
08 March 2018

A man who stole €30,000 from a winery in Malta, but later returned the money to its owner, has been sentenced to two years in jail, despite the winery owner forgiving his actions.
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Trade talk: What is the next frontier for the closures industry?
08 March 2018

Following on from our feature exploring the latest developments in corks and closures, we ask key closures producers to predict where the sector is headed.
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Coca-Cola to launch first alcoholic drink
07 March 2018

Coca-Cola has plans to launch a canned, alcopop-style drink in the Japanese market, marking the first time in the company's 130-year history that it has entered the alcohol category.
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‘Our Whisky’ sets out to break outdated whisky stereotypes
07 March 2018

A campaign driven by two key female figures in the world of whisky has been launched with the aim of breaking outdated stereotypes that whisky is a "man's drink" and to more accurately reflect the face of the modern whisky drinker.
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Maverick Drinks takes on Finland’s Kyrö Distillery in the UK
07 March 2018

Maverick Drinks has taken on the exclusive UK distribution of rye-focused Finnish gin and whisky producer Kyrö Distillery.
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Eduardo Chadwick named Decanter Man of the Year 2018
07 March 2018

His pioneering vision and sheer determination have helped to propel Chilean fine wine onto a global stage. Peter Richards MW meets the widely respected winemaker, family man and adventurer who describes himself as ‘a survivor’ and who has been named Decanter Man of the Year for 2018. Eduardo Chadwick. His pioneering vision and sheer determination have helped to propel Chilean fine wi...
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Australian Riesling: Panel tasting results
07 March 2018

Below, Anthony Rose looks at the varying styles of Aussie Riesling, and John Stimpfig comments on the results of this panel tasting. Decanter Premium members can read the full report and see all 133 wines... See which wines came out on top in this panel tasting of 96 Australian Rieslings...
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Does Napa Need to Choose Between Grapevines and Oak Trees? (Wine Spectator)
07 March 2018

A proposal to protect oak trees and streams has many in the wine industry worried
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How can a dry wine taste sweet? Ask Decanter
07 March 2018

Some wines can taste sweeter than they really are, with oak, fruit, acidity and alcohol levels all playing their part in tricking your palate into detecting the presence of residual sugar, says David Glancy MS, of San Francisco Wine School.French oak barrels at the Opus One winery in Napa Valley, California. Is your wine tricking you?...
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
07 March 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards. What Steven Spurrier has been drinking...
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Is Spain Europe’s Most Gratifying Place to Eat and Drink? (Wine Spectator)
07 March 2018

I think it is. That’s why I’ve moved there
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Backlash over Brewdog’s ‘satirical’ Pink IPA launch ahead of International Women’s Day
07 March 2018

Beer fans have hit back at craft beer giant BrewDog after it launched a limited edition "Pink IPA" — a Punk IPA which has been bottled with pink labels which describe it as "beer for girls" — to promote gender equality.
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MUP ‘not silver bullet’ says Welsh Assembly
07 March 2018

With the Welsh Assembly preparing to debate and vote on the implementation of minimum unit pricing next week, assembly members have warned that it is not a “silver bullet” with which to tackle alcohol harm.
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Follador launches Brut Nature Prosecco
07 March 2018

Italian Prosecco producer Follador has launched its new Brut Nature Millesimato Pas Dosé Prosecco in time for ProWein which takes place from 18 to 20 March. 
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Broader fine wine market rules in February
06 March 2018

While the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index trended downwards in February, the broader Fine Wine 1000 climbed to yet another record high.
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Leeds brewery Northern Monk smashes £500k crowdfunding target
06 March 2018

Northern Monk Brew Co. surpassed its £500,000 three hours after launching its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube and has now raised almost £850,000 with the help of 1,373 investors.
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Damaged Wines to Hit the Market
06 March 2018

It always pays to ask questions about the provenance of any wines you buy.
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Oscars 2018 menu: Piper-Heidsieck, Coppola wines and 15kg of caviar
06 March 2018

Around 1,500 bottles of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne were served during the Oscars 2018 awards ceremony and Governors Ball, including one cuvée described by critics as a legend-in-the-making.Chocolate oscars were just one of the treats offered to guests at the 90th Academy Awards. The wine and food served to guests...
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Reviving Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyard
06 March 2018

This Napa Valley winery has had a rollercoaster journey since being founded in the 1970s. Elin McCoy reports on a visit to its Spring Mountain home and on recent work to improve the quality of the wines...Newton’s vineyard in the Yountville appellation This Napa Valley winery has had a rollercoaster journey...
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Tickets available for MW symposium in June
06 March 2018

Tickets are still available for the Institute of Masters of Wine Symposium from 14 to 17 June in Logroño, the capital of Rioja.
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Top multi-vintage blends: Wines of many years
06 March 2018

Multi-vintage blends may sound like a novel idea, but they’re part of a long tradition. What’s more, says Anthony Rose, they offer creative freedom for innovative winemakers... Why you should try a multi-vintage blend...
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db Eats: Indian Accent
06 March 2018

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Indian Accent in Mayfair to feast on Kashmiri morels paired with a nutty Madeira, beetroot and peanut butter croquettes, and a decadent treacle tart.
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Fine wine investment: post-Parker skirmishes
06 March 2018

The physical release of a hotly-tipped Bordeaux vintage is always a good chance to further observe the impact of critical thought in a post-Parker landscape.
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Fine wine in focus: 2015 Saint-Estèphe
06 March 2018

Not as highly praised as Margaux or the Right Bank, and likely to be overshadowed by their 2014s and 2016s, the 2015 wines from Saint-Estèphe might nevertheless be one of the gems of the vintage.
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Here’s what the stars ate and drank at the Oscars 2018
06 March 2018

We've taken a look at the food and drinks served at the Oscars this year, from the Grosvenor Ball's Champagne partner to the trendy menu which spares no expense by celebrity restauranteur Wolfgang Puck.
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Hayman’s Gin triples capacity as it moves its distillery to London
06 March 2018

Hayman's Gin has moved its distillery back to London, more than trebling its capacity and unveiling a new packaging design inspired by its distilling heritage dating back to 1863. 
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Heavy metal band Metallica to launch whiskey
06 March 2018

American heavy metal band Metallica is planning to launch a whiskey brand made at its own distillery according to the former master distiller of Maker’s Mark Bourbon.
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Why eco-friendly packaging could be the next big thing in craft beer
06 March 2018

A research team in Scotland is designing an environmentally friendly packaging for craft beer made with an unusual material — shellfish.
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Tesco completes £4 billion takeover of Booker
05 March 2018

Retail giant Tesco has completed its £4bn takeover of Booker, the UK’s largest wholesaler, making it the same size as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer and Ocado put together.
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Amorim to host cork and wine fault seminar
05 March 2018

Natural cork producer Amorim is set to host a seminar on corks and wine faults for members of the wine trade in London, presented by Dr Paulo Lopes, head of research and development at Amorim.
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Pommery names new chef ambassador
05 March 2018

British chef Sophie Michell has been named as Champagne Pommery’s new ‘chef ambassador’ in which role she will promote not only the house, but women in the industry and the brand’s new English wine project.
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The Benevolent launches mental health survey aimed at UK drinks industry
05 March 2018

UK drinks charity The Benevolent has launched an online mental health survey to increase its understanding of difficulties experienced in the drinks industry.
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Jefford on Monday: Vin Jaune and cousins
05 March 2018

 Andrew Jefford tastes some 2010 Vins Jaunes – and more...Don't miss the 2010 and 2011 vintages in Jura. 'Don't let these vintages slip by...'
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Final call for Prosecco Masters 2018 entries
05 March 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 March.
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Meet the four new Masters of Wine
05 March 2018

Four more students have gained entry to the exclusive club, swelling the ranks of Masters of Wine globally to 370.Institute Masters Wine The latest students to make the grade...
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dbHK eats: Fu Rong, a crowd-pleasing Sichuan restaurant
05 March 2018

Fu Rong, the newly opened Sichuan restaurant in Hong Kong's mega shopping centre Harbour City, is a crowd-pleaser with plenty of potent favours and charms.
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Is it worth buying Bordeaux third wines? – ask Decanter
04 March 2018

How good are 'third' wines from Bordeaux châteaux? The tower at Château Latour How good are they?...
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Heart of Zinfandel
04 March 2018

Tricky to grow and produced in a range of styles, it can be hard to pin down the character of great Californian Zinfandel. Stephen Brook suggests starting your search in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, and picks out his favourite wines. Bullock House vineyard Driving up to the Nalle Winery in Dry Creek Valley, I find Doug Nalle standing outside surrounded by bins of …Continue reading »...
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California Cabernet 2014: Panel tasting results
03 March 2018

Our three-strong panel has blind tasted and rated 174 wines from the vintage. Below, Premium members can be among the first to see which wines came out on top, with an introduction to the vintage by Karen MacNeil and a report on the results by Tina Gellie. See which wines came out on top...
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Wine Legend: Williams Selyem, Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir 1988
03 March 2018

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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The World's Best Rieslings
03 March 2018

It's Germany's turn to shine as we list the best of some of the sweetest wines in the world.
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Famed Soho pub not shutting down
03 March 2018

One of Soho’s most famous pubs, Pillars of Hercules, has closed for refurbishment but will remain a pub and is due to reopen later this spring.
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Four new Masters of Wine named today
03 March 2018

Four new Masters of Wine have been named today and include the first MW of Mexican descent. 
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Spanish fine wine quiz – Test your knowledge
03 March 2018

Created by Decanter in partnership with ARAEX Grands How well can you read a Spanish wine label and do you know what to look for in the glass?... Can you get all 15 right?...
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‘Illustrious’ Italian ‘grandi cru’ wines come to London
03 March 2018

Christie’s will be offering a selection of ex-cellar ‘grandi cru’ wines from some of Italy’s leading producers in London this month.
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MW seminar in Mendoza outlines future for Malbec from Argentina
03 March 2018

An introductory seminar in Mendoza last week looked at the past, present and future for Malbec as 41 MWs began a six-day tour of Argentina.
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‘I f*cked up’ — Stone Brewing boss forced to apologise twice after consent tweet went viral
03 March 2018

A Californian brewery has been forced to apologise twice after a one of its tweets — intending to be about beer — sparked outrage for an innuendo suggesting that "only wussies ask for consent."
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Storytelling cocktail trend gathers pace
03 March 2018

The trend for launching cocktail lists that tell a story is showing no sign of slowing as The Blind Big in London’s Soho releases sips inspired by Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear.
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Asian Sparkling Masters 2017: Results and Analysis
03 March 2018

Our Asian Sparkling Masters affirms that Champagne, the holy grail of sparkling wine, is the crème de la crème of all fizz and unapologetically reigns with superiority for its overall high quality, backed by its rich tradition, layers of complexity and razor-sharp precision in the winemaking process.
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Hong Kong’s craft beer brewery Gweilo expands production
03 March 2018

Hong Kong’s homegrown brewery Gweilo, has expanded its operation into a new beer brewing facility in New Territories in Hong Kong, which would bring up its production capacity to 6,000 cans an hour, spurred by the city’s rising demand for craft beer.  
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Australian brewery trademarks the colour of beer
03 March 2018

Australian craft brewer East 9th Brewing has filed a trademark application for 'the colour of beer' to celebrate the launch of its latest brew.
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Confrérie de Tokaj to hold largest ever auction
03 March 2018

This April the Confrérie de Tokaj has announced it will hold its largest ever auction featuring wines from the Hungarian region’s leading producers.
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Frescobaldi sells Tuscan estate for £8.7 million
03 March 2018

One of Tuscany’s oldest and most revered wine families, the Frescobaldis, have sold their Villa Bibbiani estate to an unnamed American tycoon for £8.7 million.
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Pilgrim Brewery takeover such a success it almost ran out of beer
03 March 2018

The new team at Reigate's Pilgrim Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Surrey, has said that demand has been so strong since they took over that they almost ran out of beer. 
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The Week in Pictures
03 March 2018

This week in the world of drinks, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) named its Pub of the Year, sheep got the Hannibal Lecter treatment, we got stuck into molecular gastronomy, and one pub landlord unwittingly opened a B&B for puppers.
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Bordeaux 2017: the butcher’s bill
03 March 2018

The 2017 harvest in Bordeaux is the smallest in over a decade, with the equivalent of 300 million bottles destroyed due to last year’s frosts but while some appellations were effectively wiped out, a very few enjoyed bumper crops.
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ProWein为展商和参观者提供配对应用
02 March 2018

近日,德国杜塞尔多夫国际葡萄酒展(ProWein)为参展商和参观者推出了一款名为“配对工具”的网络应用程序,可兼容IOS和Android操作系统。
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南非顶级酒款将在香港佳士得拍卖行闪亮登场
02 March 2018

今年3月,佳士得香港佳酿拍卖将包含一系列来自南非的“Grand Cru”葡萄酒,这是该国一些顶级葡萄酒厂首次在南非以外的主要拍卖行举办的首次高调亮相。
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墨西哥警察局打击非法龙舌兰业务
02 March 2018

墨西哥警方最近关闭了两个非法的“龙舌兰”酿酒厂,作为打击非法酿造的危险烈酒行动的一部分。这些烈酒在过去一年中导致超过100名游客中毒。
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新西兰批准苏格兰威士忌产地标识
02 March 2018

新西兰已正式批准苏格兰威士忌协会要求苏格兰威士忌获得官方产地标志(GI)认可。
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Unfiltered: Emmanuel Macron Declares Wine O'Clock for Lunch and Dinner, Snaps Winemaker Selfies (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2018

A vintner told us all about meeting the French prez. Plus, a Canadian wine war catches a hockey team in the crossfire, and vineyard sheep don Hannibal Lecter muzzles—for sustainability
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Don’t forget Spain’s blending heritage, says Pingus owner
02 March 2018

Pingus creator Peter Sisseck has implored fellow winemakers in Spain to remember the 'art of blending' grapes from different locations alongside a more recent trend for single vineyard recognition.The wines of the first masterclass at DFWE Spain & Portugal, comparing classic and modern Spanish wines with Sarah Jane Evans MW. The wines were from Zárate, Pazo de Señorans, Laventura, Vi...
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Portman Group joins calls to stamp out sexist drinks marketing
02 March 2018

The Portman Group is to launch a consultation on its code of practice for the advertising and promotion of alcoholic drinks in response to an "evolving marketing landscape", which will include a review of its guidance on sexism in marketing.
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New Orleans Restaurants Let the Good Wines Roll (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2018

These Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners have wine programs as bold as their flavors
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Outwine: Buy Portuguese wines
02 March 2018

Promotional feature Outwine was born from our passion for wine...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Michael Smith (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2018

A strong wine program and house-made pastas from a husband-and-wife team
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Turning Tables: A Look at the Wine List at José Andrés' Somni in Los Angeles (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2018

Plus, chef Scott Conant opens Masso Osteria in Las Vegas, DB Bistro Moderne and Aureole in New York roll out special wine promos, and more
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An All-Star Lineup of 8 Italian Cheeses (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2018

Modern renditions in the country’s historic industry
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Delas Frères joins MMD portfolio
02 March 2018

Rhône producer Delas Frères will be distributed in the UK by Maisons Marques et Domaines from 1 April this year it has been announced.
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London’s L’Anima restaurant closes suddenly after 10 years
02 March 2018

Italian restaurant L'Anima, based in the City, has become the latest casualty of London's cut-throat restaurant trade having closed suddenly this week.
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Budweiser to replace Carlsberg as FA beer partner
02 March 2018

The Football Association (FA) has announced a new long-term partnership with AB InBev's Budweiser, after news that Carlsberg announced it was ending its 22-year partnership with the England team this year.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Bonhams
02 March 2018

What a joy. A list with the input of two Masters of Wine – Richard Harvey and Anthony Barne – was always going to get off to a flyer at the new Bonhams restaurant.
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Vinexpo returns to New York next week
02 March 2018

Around 500 exhibitors and 3,000 buyers will gather at the Jacob Javits Center next week for Vinexpo, some 15 years after the trade show made its first foray into the United States. 
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Top new products: February
01 March 2018

February saw a slew of top releases from Krug, Charles Heidsieck and Sassicaia, alongside fresh innovations that included an alcohol-free 'spirit', Coravin's new digitally-connected Model Eleven, and a range of colour-changing gins.
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Skyy Vodka launches cans with engagement rings to support LGBT rights
01 March 2018

Campari-owned vodka brand Skyy has unveiled a limited edition, pre-mixed lime and soda expression, which features an 'engagement ring' in the place of the ring-pull, to celebrate equal marriage rights in Australia.
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Anivin de France announces Best Value Vin de France winners
01 March 2018

Over 150 wines have been awarded medals in this year’s Best Value Vin de France Selection at a blind tasting held in Paris earlier this month.
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Anson: Brane-Cantenac steps out of the shadows
01 March 2018

Jane Anson examines some of the changes at Château Brane-Cantenac and tastes a decade of vintages of both the first and second wines. Château Brane-Cantenac is a second growth based in Margaux. A decade of vintages...
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What you need in your Spanish wine cellar – a guide
01 March 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Spanish wine expert Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW shares his advice on what to put in your cellar and when to drink...What to put in your Spanish wine cellar In partnership with ARAEX Grands What you need in your Spanish wine cellar – a guide Bearing in mind present day’s
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Profile and wine ratings
01 March 2018

Burgundy master Clive Coates MW tells you everything that you need to know about Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), along with historical tasting notes on wines from top vintages - as part of a series that looks back at domaine profiles from Clive's most recent books.Richebourg Grand Cru in Burgundy's Côte de Nuits. Read about DRC history and top scoring wines...
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NYC opener brings in US$2m
01 March 2018

Sotheby’s opening sale of the year in New York exceeded its high estimate to make over US$2 million, lead by strong bidding for mature Petrus and Vega Sicilia among other rare offerings.
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Health Watch: Research Looks at Wine's Benefits for the Heart and Mind (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2018

A scientist tests a new, vinous heart-disease treatment; two studies reveal that grape compounds' anti-inflammatory properties can help the brain
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Take a look at CAMRA’s Pub of the Year
01 March 2018

A pub in Merseyside has been crowned Pub of the Year in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) annual competition just five years after it was left to rot.
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Brewdog is giving away 1 million free pints of beer, but there’s a catch
01 March 2018

Craft beer giant BrewDog has announced it is giving away 1 million pints of beer in its bars worldwide to anyone who signs up to the company's mailing list.
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Jampal: Portugal’s near-extinct grape – ask Decanter
01 March 2018

Your next grape to hunt down and try…The Jampal grape. How the grape survived...
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Bolney switches to screwcap
01 March 2018

English wine estate Bolney has announced it intends to bottle all of its still wines under screwcap rather than cork starting with the release of the 2017 vintage this April.
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First Tributo finished in whisky casks launched
01 March 2018

Havana Club has released its third expression of Tributo – a sipping rum made from the distillery’s aged reserves, finished for the first time in “smoky whisky casks”
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Vinitaly returns to Chengdu
01 March 2018

Vinitaly is returning to this year’s Chengdu Wine Fair next month, showcasing wines from 14 Italian wineries and 12 Chinese importers, aiming to “make the Chinese market fall head over heels for Italian producers”.
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Campari full year sales rise 5.2% to €1.82 billion
01 March 2018

Campari has reported strong growth in its full year 2017 results, with sales rising by 5.2% to €1.82 billion, with positive growth across all key markets, driven by the US and brands including Wild Turkey and Tequila.
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Rathfinny to sell English sparkling wine in pint bottles post Brexit
01 March 2018

Sussex wine estate Rathfinny has laid down over 800 imperial pint (56.8cl) bottles of its Blanc de Noirs 2015, which is due to be disgorged next year.  
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Nuno Mendes to open ‘secret’ Shoreditch restaurant
01 March 2018

Chiltern Firehouse’s executive chef, Nuno Mendes, is to open a ‘secret’ kitchen table and wine room in Shoreditch next month that serves modern European cuisine.
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Martha Stewart is heading to Vinexpo New York
01 March 2018

Domestic goddess Martha Stewart is just one of the VIPs planning to head to Vinexpo New York next week.
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Google Shopping’s gun crackdown leaves wine lovers unable to search for Burgundy
28 February 2018

Following Google Shopping's crack down on searches for weapons, users have reported that they were unable to browse for Burgundy wine as it contains the word 'gun'.
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Mahou boosts ties to craft beer with €11m brew hub
28 February 2018

Mahou San Miguel is to invest €11 million in the creation of a "brew hub" in Spain, offering a collaborative space for domestic and international brewers to come together to share ideas and develop new beers using the latest technology.
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How to read a Spanish wine label
28 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Whether you’re jetting off to Spain this summer, or simply enjoying a glass of Rioja in the garden at home, it’s important to know what you’re letting yourself in for when you pick up a bottle of Spanish wine. See below for our quick and easy guide to Spanish wine labels… How to read a Spanish wine label Understand with our guide... Th...
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Wine Country Rises from the Ashes
28 February 2018

The wine industry unites to ensure that worker accommodation doesn't disappear in the aftermath of October's blaze.
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Places to stay on the Vinho Verde wine route
28 February 2018

The Vinho Verde wine route makes for the perfect Portuguese road trip, stretching from Porto to the northern border with Spain. Here are the best places to stay en route…Incredible wine hotels on the Vinho Verde route... Credit: hotelminho.com Drive your way through these unforgettable Portuguese wine hotels...
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Photo highlights: Decanter Spain and Portugal Fine Wine Encounter 2018
28 February 2018

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8 & $20 Recipe: Roasted Stuffed Fish with Sautéed Spinach (Wine Spectator)
28 February 2018

Branzino with tomatoes, lemons and olives gets a lift from a vibrant white wine
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Scotch whisky auction sales soar – figures
28 February 2018

Auction sales of aged Scotch whisky took a leap in 2017 and experts expect more bottles to arrive on the market this year. Credit: les polders / Alamy Leap in number of rare whiskies at auction...
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English winery Rathfinny to bring back ‘Imperial pint’ bottles
28 February 2018

Rathfinny has said it will bring back imperial pint-sized bottles for its English sparkling wine once 'Brexit' is fully implemented - emphasising that the size was a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill.Rathfinny Estate in Sussex. Return for Churchill's 'ideal' bottle size?...
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Porto hosts two international wine events in one week
28 February 2018

Oeno-tourism featured this week in Porto in northern Portugal, with the opening of two of the country’s annual wine events – Essência do Vinho and Simplesmente Vinho – writes Stephen Quinn.
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Man builds ‘boyfriend’ out of wine boxes
28 February 2018

A man from Portland searching for love has taken matters into his own hands by building his own boyfriend called 'Franz' out of wine boxes.  
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Sager + Wilde founder to open Clerkenwell pizzeria
28 February 2018

Michael Sager, owner of game changing wine bar Sager + Wilde in Hoxton, is to open a cocktail focused pizzeria in Clerkenwell with bartender Marcis Dzelzainis.
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Scotland agrees on 50p minimum unit pricing
28 February 2018

The Scottish parliament agreed yesterday that the minimum price on a unit of alcohol from 1 May this year is to be 50 pence, with supporters calling for further increases and the drinks industry warning of a new “black market”.
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ProWein 2018 prepares for 25th edition
28 February 2018

With only three weeks to go before ProWein opens the doors to its 25th edition, organisers have released a final programme of events for those preparing their agenda for the colossal three-day trade show.
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FAQs – DAWA
28 February 2018

Where can I buy Decanter magazines? You can buy and subscribe to Decanter magazine online at www.decanter.com/subscribe I have forgotten
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Tony Conigliaro brings his mixology to Mayfair
28 February 2018

Celebrated mixologist Tony Conigliaro is to open a drinking den and restaurant in Mayfair called Gazelle in collaboration with former El Bulli chef Rob Roy Cameron.
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Lee Mack nearly cancelled ‘Not Going Out’ over alcohol advertising — here’s why
27 February 2018

UK comedian Lee Mack nearly called time on his sitcom "Not Going Out" over beer adverts played during the breaks.
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New Belgium Brewing cuts 28 jobs amid US craft beer slowdown
27 February 2018

New Belgium has confirmed that it has cut 28 jobs, accounting for around 4% of its workforce, at its sites in Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina due to the "changing dynamics in craft brewing" in the US. 
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Top 10 new restaurants on Wine List Confidential
27 February 2018

Wine List Confidential ranks London’s restaurants on the strength of their wine list alone, providing a guide to the best restaurants in the capital for wine lovers. Here, we round up some of the best wine-focused restaurants to have been rated and reviewed this year, offering a slew of new hot spots for wine lovers to lap up.
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Silence of the lambs: Sheep muzzled to protect grapes
27 February 2018

An Australian entrepreneur has come up with a simple invention to solve the problem of grazing sheep munching on grapes – a Hannibal Lecter-like muzzle.
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Comment: Has wine quality improved?
27 February 2018

Long-standing wine writer Hugh Johnson considers whether quality has moved on from the top wines of the 1960s and 1970s... Are wines today better than past greats?...
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Porto’s Best Of Wine Tourism 2018 Awards
27 February 2018

Promotional featurePorto’s seven winners of the awards Best Of Wine Tourism 2018, sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, have been announced. Ricardo Valente, Porto’s Councilor for Economy, Tourism and Trade, receiving the international award on behalf of Casa do Rio – Quinta do Vallado. See the winners...
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Premiere Napa Valley 2018 raises more than $4.1m
27 February 2018

The Premiere Napa Valley auction 2018 has raised over $4.1 million, just missing the total from the 2017 auction.2018 Premiere Napa Valley Premiere Napa Valley 2018 raises more than $4.1m Hosted as usual at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus in
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Largest opening sale in HDH history
27 February 2018

Hart Davis Hart’s opening sale of the year earlier this month was the biggest in the auctioneer’s history and the second biggest it has ever held.
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Cider with rosé: pink cider set to be the sip of the summer
27 February 2018

We’ve had the rosé revolution and the pink gin phenomenon, now cider has been given the rose-tinted treatment and pink cider is set to be the sip of the summer.
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Kangaroos sour vintage in Australia’s Margaret River
27 February 2018

Wineries in Margaret River are trying to minimise the damage caused by a rising Kangaroo population invading the vineyards as harvest for the new vintage gets underway.
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Mexican police bust illegal Tequila operations
27 February 2018

Police in Mexico have recently shutdown two illegal ‘Tequila’ distilleries as part of a crackdown on dangerous bootleg spirits that are thought to have been responsible for the poisoning of over 100 tourists over the past year.
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Australian winery loses over $500,000 of wine in fire
27 February 2018

Ten Minutes by Tractor winery in Victoria suffered a fire on Sunday afternoon which destroyed its wine cellar and several vintage tractors, with the owner estimating over AU$500,000 worth of wine has been lost.
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Tasmania’s Cascade Brewery to get $10.3m expansion
27 February 2018

Tasmania's Hobart Cascade Brewery is to benefit from a AU$10.3 million upgrade, its owner Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has announced, which will enable it to increase its production by 65%.
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Petition calls on UK government to introduce 5p charge on plastic straws in pubs
27 February 2018

A petition calling on pubs to charge punters 5p for using plastic straws has gained 10,000 signatures.
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CAMRA investigates ‘Goat Tosser’ ale
26 February 2018

A microbrewery in Peterborough was asked to explain the origins of its 'Goat Tosser' ale after the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pledged to crack down on potentially offensive or derogatory beer labels and images.
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NZ third most valuable imported wine in the US
26 February 2018

New Zealand has retained its position as the third most valuable wine import in the US, after Italy and France, having achieved a 6% increase in the value of its imports into the country in 2017, New Zealand Winegrowers has confirmed.
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Delicato named US importer for Chile’s Viña Santa Rita
26 February 2018

US-based wine producer and distributor Delicato Family Vineyards has been appointed the exclusive importer for Chile's for Viña Santa Rita in the US, taking on the management of the Chilean brand's sales and marketing as of 1 April.
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Jefford on Monday: Lifting the veil
26 February 2018

Andrew Jefford compares and contrasts winemaking methods in the Jura, Jerez and Tokaji.French wine's Glastonbury: The Percée in Jura in February 2018. Comparing the wines of Jura, Jerez and Tokaji...
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Napa Wine Auction Prices Stall
26 February 2018

A sense of perspective is finally hitting buyers at the Premiere Napa Valley trade auction, W. Blake Gray reports.
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And the Winners Are...
25 February 2018

You've been asking who our retailer award winners are, and here's your answer.
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Travel: Driving northern Portugal’s wine route
24 February 2018

Explore Portugal's largest wine region by car on the Vinho Verde wine route, stretching from Porto to the northern Spanish border – stopping off at six wineries along the way...Discover the medieval towns, sprawling green vineyards and world-class wines along the Vinho Verde wine route... Credit: Mauricio Abreu / Alamy Plan your road trip through Portugal's largest wine region...
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On the Job: How Ray Gumpert Helps Emeril Work His Magic (Wine Spectator)
24 February 2018

At Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans flagship restaurant, his wine director is always in motion
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: March 2018 (Wine Spectator)
24 February 2018

Plan your travels with wine in mind: As spring approaches, look for film festivals in California, wine dinners in Colorado and West Virginia, and whisky tastings across the country. Plus, Alaska Airlines lets wine cases fly for free
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Mature Californian wines from the cellar
24 February 2018

The time comes when you must drink those great wines you've been collecting and storing. Here are some top examples of mature Californian wines hitting their stride...Californian wines to open now. It's time to start thinking about drinking them...
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UK food and drink exports to China up 28% in 2017
24 February 2018

UK food and drink exports to China grew by 28% in 2017 to £564.4 million (US$783.6 million) in value, according to trade figures released by the UK's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
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BrewDog to open a brewery in China
24 February 2018

Scottish brewer BrewDog is planning to open a brewery in China, its second largest international market, in order to capture the country's growing appetite for premium beer.
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German distillery can keep ‘glen’ name
24 February 2018

A German distillery can continue to call its whisky ‘Glen Buchenbach’ after an EU court ruled it did not infringe Scotch whisky’s protected status.
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The week in pictures
24 February 2018

This week in the world of drinks, Ryan Reynolds goes into the gin business, diners bare all in Bristol, Tom Kerridge sets his eyes on London's notoriously tempestuous dining scene, and Emmanuel Macron reveals a penchant for day-drinking.
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Marcus Wareing to launch new lunch menu using produce from his farm in Kent
24 February 2018

Marcus Wareing is to launch a new, five-course lunch menu at his two-Michelin starred Knightsbridge restaurant using ingredients grown at his new farm in Kent. 
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《死侍》男主角买下Aviation Gin
24 February 2018

男演员瑞安·雷诺兹 (Ryan Reynolds) 买下美国金酒品牌Aviation  “相当可观”的股份,成为该品牌的新主人兼创意总监,他直呼这“是地球上最棒的金酒”。
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Symington酒庄将新建一间用于非加烈酒的酒厂
24 February 2018

Symington家族酒庄宣布将建立一间致力于生产DOC Douro餐酒的新酒厂,预计2020年建成。
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2017勃艮第出口香港的白葡萄酒激增
24 February 2018

2017的前11个月里,勃艮第出口到香港的白葡萄酒数量有显著增长,几乎占勃艮第出口香港葡萄酒总量的一半,勃艮第葡萄酒行业协会(以下简称BIVB)称此为“亚洲罕见”。
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表现最佳的DRC酒款
24 February 2018

罗曼尼康帝酒庄(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti)在二级市场的表现经常被提及,但哪一款酒表现最佳呢?提示:并不是罗曼尼康帝(Romanée-Conti)。
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Growing thirst for Portuguese wines in the UK
24 February 2018

While it remains one of the best value countries for high quality wines, value sales of Portuguese wines are up in the UK by 37% according to new figures.
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Alberta ends BC wine boycott
24 February 2018

The Canadian province of Alberta has lifted its boycott on importing wines from neighbouring British Columbia after just two weeks as BC moved to challenge the ban in Federal courts.
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Elizabeth McCall named Woodford Reserve’s assistant master distiller
24 February 2018

Elizabeth McCall has been appointed as assistant master distiller for Kentucky Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve, making her one of the youngest female distillers in the US.
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Private equity firm buys Spanish pink gin brand
24 February 2018

Global private equity firm H.I.G Capital has acquired a majority stake in Puerto de Indias Group, Spain's leading pink gin brand based in Seville. 
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Birthday wine 2018: A buying guide
24 February 2018

There’s something particularly satisfying about cracking open a bottle of wine that was ‘born’ in the same year as you, says Anthony Rose. He recommends the birthday wine to go for in 2018, be it an 18th, 21st or 30th or a bottle for someone much more senior - and with greater wisdom, naturally.Château Léoville-Barton 2000, starting to open up now, would be an impres...
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Duvel Moortgat doubles stake in Italian brewery Birrificio del Ducato
23 February 2018

Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat has increased its stake in Italian brewery Birrificio del Ducato to 70% after acquiring its initial 35% share in 2016.
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Rioja profile
23 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Everything you need to know about this key Spanish wine region...Sierra Heredad Baroja The need-to-know facts...
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Unfiltered: Hockey Stars Cheer on Somm; Amar'e Stoudemire's New Kosher Cab (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2018

Plus, is wine a performance-enhancing substance? French athletes ponder. And the latest wine archaeology digs up 19th-century Latour
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Archie McLaren, Wine Lover and Founder of Central Coast Wine Classic, Dies at 75 (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2018

A lawyer by training, McLaren was an ambassador and champion for California's Central Coast wineries
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Symington to build new Douro winery
23 February 2018

The Symington Family Estates group, most famous for Port production, has announced that it is to build a dedicated winery for its growing portfolio of Douro DOC table wines.A view across Douro Valley. Symington plans new winery for Douro DOC table wines...
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New Research Explores Alcohol Consumption and Cancer (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2018

A British study links alcohol with cancer-causing DNA damage, but also shows how the body naturally protects against it
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