Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
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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National Lottery funds new film celebrating British hop heritage
23 February 2018

The British Hop Association has announced the screening of a new Heritage Lottery-funded film called Stories From The Hop Yards inspired by a rediscovered photo collection and old film footage.
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Business as usual for Brangelina at Miraval
23 February 2018

Despite separating in 2016, it’s business as usual for actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at their Provence estate Château Miraval, as they prepare to launch their sixth and “best” vintage rosé.
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Wajiu: Leading the way in the Chinese wine market
23 February 2018

Promotional feature.The Chinese wine market is evolving rapidly and Wajiu is a wine import company that’s poised to take advantage of the growth. Taking advantage of the growth in this market...
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Red wine can ‘help fight tooth decay’
23 February 2018

New research has added further weight to the theory that wine, specifically the polyphenols found in red wine, could help fight tooth decay and gum disease.
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Patrick Delaforce dies
23 February 2018

Patrick Delaforce, soldier, author and member of the famous Port shipping family, has died aged 94.
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Glenmorangie to open speakeasy pop-up
22 February 2018

Highland single malt Glenmorangie is to open a speakeasy-style pop-up bar called Spice & Rye in London’s Fitzrovia next month, which celebrates the golden age of American whiskey.
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Ex-NBA star Stoudemire launches kosher wine range
22 February 2018

Former NBA star Amare Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher wines ahead of Passover made from grapes grown in Israel, with the top wine in the collection retailing at $250 a bottle.
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Naked dining company plans events in Bristol pubs and eateries
22 February 2018

After the sell-out success of its first event this week, events company Dine Naked Bristol is planning a second "inclusive" dinner that promises to be a "positive, life-affirming experience". 
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Fine wine investment: Rock steady
22 February 2018

Market wobbles always grab headlines but whether the bull run is really coming to an end or it will recover, the outcome will work either way for fine wine.
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美国烈酒市场第八年持续增长
22 February 2018

美国蒸馏酒协会报告显示烈酒连续第八年增长,2017年销售额增长10亿美元(4%),达到262亿美元,而烈酒销量则增加了2.6%,达2.26亿箱,相当于580万箱。
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波尔多Château Angludet酒庄放弃酿造2017年份
22 February 2018

安格鲁邸酒庄(Chateau Angludet) 庄主表示,因为去年的霜冻原因,酒庄将放弃酿造2017年份葡萄酒。
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Anson: Promontory and Harlan’s ‘200 year plan’
22 February 2018

Jane Anson speaks to Will Harlan about the launch of Cabernet-based Promontory outside the US via the Place de Bordeaux , and hears more about Harlan Estate's '200 year plan'... Promontory is coming to the Place de Bordeaux. Napa wine set for Place de Bordeaux debut...
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Top Burgundy wines from Domaine Anne Gros
22 February 2018

There were no weak spots in this tasting and at least one wine is 'probably indestructible', reports Stephen Brook, after trying Anne Gros Burgundy wines - including Richebourg, Clos Vougeot and Echézeaux - spanning several vintages. Ratings and tasting notes are available exclusively to Decanter Premium members...Domaine Anne Gros vertical. Including an 'indestructible' Richebourg Grand C...
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Wine Talk: Sara Watkins, Fiddling With Wine (Wine Spectator)
22 February 2018

The multi-talented musician, of Nickel Creek and I'm With Her, has followed a wine track from kegs to the Côte d'Or
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Fullers acquires 100% stake in UK craft brewery Dark Star
22 February 2018

British beer and pub giant Fuller's has acquired a 100% stake in Sussex-based brewery Dark Star with a view to developing the brand in the UK and overseas.
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Berry Bros brings back own-label gin
22 February 2018

Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its own-label London Dry gin, Berrys' Best Gin, after it ceased production back in 2014. 
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Parisian-inspired wine bar opens in Walthamstow
22 February 2018

A Parisian-inspired wine bar called Forest Bar + Kitchen has opened in the East London borough of Walthamstow, which will shine a light on natural wines.
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World’s oldest brewery and Sierra Nevada collaborate on wheat beer
22 February 2018

Bavarian state-owned brewery Weihenstephan, founded in 1040, has partnered with with US brewer Sierra Nevada to bring the old world and new world of beer together. 
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Champagne shipments boosted by demand beyond EU – figures
22 February 2018

Champagne shipments have remained steady in 2017, with higher demand beyond the EU making up for fewer bottles being drunk domestically, show new figures.Champagne shipments have remained steady in 2017. Shipments achieve record revenue in 2017...
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‘Irresponsible’ Aldi Christmas ad broke alcohol rules
21 February 2018

Discount supermarket chain Aldi found itself falling foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority’s rules on alcohol last Christmas – after a complaint by one viewer.
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SPI Group wins rights to Stoli vodka trademark in Austria
21 February 2018

An Austrian court has granted Spirits International (SPI) the trademark rights to Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka in Austria, the latest win for the group which has been locked in a battle over the rights to both brands for the past 15 years.
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BrewDog to open UK’s first craft beer hotel at its Scottish headquarters
21 February 2018

Scottish brewer BrewDog has announced that it will be expanding its brewery and building a craft beer hotel with beer taps in each room at its headquarters in Aberdeenshire. 
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Jay-Z racks up $100,000 bar bill in New York
21 February 2018

US rapper Jay-Z reportedly racked up a bar bill totalling US$91,135, after paying full price for 40 bottles of his own Ace of Spades Armand de Brignac Champagne, which he bought in November 2014.
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Pairing Spanish wines: From the sommeliers
21 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands As the third largest wine-producing country, there’s no lack of diversity in Spanish wine. But with so many options, finding the perfect pairing can feel like a daunting task. Pairing Spanish wine and food. Advice from the experts...
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André Simon Awards: The Wine Dine Dictionary
21 February 2018

Victoria Moore's The Wine Dine Dictionary was awarded a special commendation at this year's André Simon Awards, with judge Joe Fattorini saying it was one of those rare books that made the language of wine as interesting as wine itself.
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A Beginner's Guide to Wine Expertise (Wine Spectator)
21 February 2018

It’s not what you know, it’s how you go about it
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Snow Queen hooks up with Haleybrooke International
21 February 2018

Haleybrooke International has collaborated with Ellustria Ltd. to help build its travel retail business for Snow Queen organic vodka worldwide.
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Domaine Armand Rousseau: Profile and wine ratings
21 February 2018

Clive Coates MW is the master of Burgundy. We look back at his domaine profiles from his most recent books, along with tasting notes from iconic vintages from Domaine Armand Rousseau.Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertain. Clive Coates MW takes us through this legendary domaine...
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London cidery unveils co-fermented beer and cider hybrid
21 February 2018

Urban cidery Hawkes is launching a new co-fermented beer and cider hybrid called Graff which it claims is the first of its kind in the UK.
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The Dish: Manish Mehrotra, Indian Accent
21 February 2018

Chef Manish Mehrotra started out washing woks in Mumbai and is now corporate chef of Old Hospitality's chain of Indian Accent restaurants in New Delhi, New York and London, which opened last year, bringing his contemporary twist on classic Indian cuisine to Mayfair.
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Pinkster puts pink gin on tap with 3 litre bag-in-box
21 February 2018

As the the bag-in-box movement gains momentum in the wine industry, pink gin brand Pinkster has unveiled a 3-litre carton of its raspberry-infused gin priced at £135.
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Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa falls into administration
21 February 2018

Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa restaurant chain has fallen into administration, the latest blow to the chef's restaurant empire, which has already closed 18 branches of Jamie's Italian in the past year. 
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New Zealand wines to try: Beyond Sauvignon
20 February 2018

There's more to New Zealand than Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir - time to find a new wine to try today... Branch out with your choices...
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Ardbeg unveils multi-million plan to double capacity
20 February 2018

Ardbeg has revealed plans for a new multi-million still house at its facility in Islay, doubling its production capacity in response to rising demand for its peated single malt whisky.
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Best-performing DRC labels
20 February 2018

The performance of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in the secondary market is often referenced but which label from its stable is the best performer? Hint: It’s not Romanée-Conti.
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Waitrose becomes first UK supermarket to stock Japanese gin
20 February 2018

Waitrose has become the first UK supermarket to stock a Japanese gin following the launch of Beam Suntory's Roku gin in store and online this week, priced at £30 a bottle. 
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Unfiltered: Crispin Sugden, Pitt Cue Co.
20 February 2018

A perplexing trouser-related mishap during service, a sip of Sin Qua Non and an encounter with Eastender'sRoss Kemp – Pitt Cue Co's general manager, and co-founder of Goodmans in Mayfair, tells all in our latest Unfiltered Q&A.
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Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle
20 February 2018

As Open That Bottle Night enters its 20th year, we talk to one of the forces behind it.
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Argentina to create 40 new wine ‘ambassadors’ for the country
20 February 2018

Argentina is hosting 40 Masters of Wine this week to create “new ambassadors” for the country, according to Trapiche’s Duncan Keen, who has masterminded the trip.
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World’s oldest vine – ask Decanter
20 February 2018

How is old is the oldest productive vine...?How old is the oldest productive vine? How old is it...?
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DWWA 2017 winners at the Wines of Chile Roadshow
20 February 2018

Six DWWA 2017 winners from Chile were showcased at the Wines of Chile Roadshow in London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Wines of Chile organised a series of trade and consumer events in February 2018 showcasing Chilean wines from over 20
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Penfolds owner takes legal action against ‘copycat’ operators
20 February 2018

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is taking legal action against alleged ‘copycat’ producer Rush Rich, accusing it of infringing the Penfolds trademark and ‘liquidating’ Brand Australia. Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is taking legal action against alleged ‘copycat’ producer Rush Rich. For infringing the Penfolds trademark and ‘liquidating’ Brand Australia......
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Private passions: To bee or not to bee?
20 February 2018

Luciann Flynn of Liberty Wines tells us about her side hustle as an urban beekeeper, which involves tending to a colony of 40,000 bees on the roof of the Liberty offices in Clapham.
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SWA challenges German ‘Glen’ whisky
20 February 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association has challenged the use of the word ‘Glen’ on a whisky made by a German distillery on the grounds that it is an infringement of Scotch’s protected status.
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Treasury launches legal action against Penfolds copycat ‘Rush Rich’
20 February 2018

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has filed legal action against "copycat" producer Rush Rich in Australia over trademark infringements that it claims "exploit TWE's iconic Penfolds brand", as well as its Chinese transliteration of Ben Fu.
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Americans spending more on wine but volume growth is slowing
20 February 2018

Americans will continue to move up from entry-level wines to the lower rungs of premium brands, but the total volume growth in wine sales in the US is beginning to flatten out after 20 years of growth, according to a report by the Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division.
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This Wetherspoons is offering a wedding reception package for £3,000
20 February 2018

A Wetherspoons in London is offering an all-inclusive wedding reception package for up to 300 guests — here's what it's like.
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British man completes 20,000 mile pub crawl in 20-year-old sports car
20 February 2018

Ben Coombs from Plymouth has completed a 20,000 mile journey across 21 countries travelling from the most northerly to the most southerly pub in the world, though he admits his final destination was "a bit of a dive". 
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db Eats: The Square
20 February 2018

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to the new incarnation of The Square in Mayfair for sublime smoked eel, Marsala-laced scallops and salt-baked pineapple.
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Galician whites: Panel tasting results
20 February 2018

There’s much more to these northern Spanish wines than just Albariño, says Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, who looks at the five main regions and their key varieties... There’s much more to these northern Spanish wines than just Albariño, says Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, who looks at the five main regions and their key varieties
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20-year-strong US wine boom tailing off
19 February 2018

While the US has experienced a boom in wine sales over the past two decades, that growth is now levelling off, according to the Silicon Valley Bank's (SVB) 2018 State of the Wine Industry Report, with retiring baby boomers and "frugal" millennials driving a "rotation" of consumer preferences.
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Pub toilets are even worse than nightclubs, according to new research
19 February 2018

Toilets in pubs and bars are some of the UK's dirtiest facilities, according to new research.
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Copestick Murray appoints new head of winemaking
19 February 2018

Barry Dick MW has been named as the new head of winemaking at Copestick Murray.
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‘Encounter Oregon & Washington’ to shake up UK trade tasting
19 February 2018

The Oregon Wine Board and Washington State Wine are returning to the UK this year with a series of events designed to shake up the more formulaic trade tasting format.
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Jefford on Monday: Downhill all the way
19 February 2018

Andrew Jefford celebrates the Jacquère-based wines of Savoie....Apremont Vignoble de Savoie Celebrating the Jacquère-based wines of Savoie...
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Top five harvest festivals in South America
19 February 2018

Escape the winter and head to South America where the harvest festivals will soon be in full swing. Amanda Barnes picks out the best wine festivals to enjoy in the Southern Cone. The Mendoza festival Top five South America harvest festivals South Americans know how to throw a party, and almost before the first grape
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Peking duck and wine pairing – ask Decanter
18 February 2018

Why you shouldn't go for Pinot Noir, according to Jennifer Docherty MW.What should you serve with Peking duck? Why you shouldn't go for Pinot Noir...
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Champagne releases official shipment figures for 2017
18 February 2018

The final figures for Champagne shipments for 2017 were released on Friday showing total sales of 307.3 million bottles, slightly lower than estimates reported last month by db.
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LA trade to taste the world’s greatest Grenaches
18 February 2018

The Los Angeles wine trade is invited to taste the world’s greatest Grenaches on Thursday this week as part of a US roadshow focused on Grenache, in partnership with Yangarra Estate.
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The Laughing Heart restaurant, London – review
18 February 2018

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on The Laughing Heart restaurant...The Laughing Heart, Hackney. Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on The Laughing Heart restaurant...
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Domaine Georges Roumier: Profile and wine ratings
17 February 2018

Burgundy master Clive Coates MW tells you everything that you need to know about Domaine Georges Roumier, 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. Jon-Wyand One of Burgundy's greatest domaines...
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The light bodied red wine quiz – Test your knowledge
17 February 2018

Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Bardolino; light red wines come in a range of styles and complexities and are too often overlooked when reaching for a bottle. How much do you know about this delicate group of reds? Test you knowledge with this week's light bodied red wine quiz.A cask containing Beaujolais 2015 wine at Dominique Piron. Can you get all 10 questions right?...
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Top 10 dog-themed drinks for Chinese New Year
17 February 2018

The Chinese New Year of the Dog begins today. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up 10 dog-themed drinks to celebrate with, from Dog Point Pinot to Bulldog gin.
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Beer company rescues Jamaican bobsleigh team by offering new sled
17 February 2018

Jamaican beer company Red Stripe has come to the rescue of the Jamaican women's bobsleigh team after they were left without a sled when a team coach quit just days before their first-ever Olympic appearance.
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The week in pictures
17 February 2018

This week in the world of drinks a wine investment firm did the coin toss at the Six Nations rugby, a beer made it into space, a giant cocktail shaker started a US tour, Chris Hemsworth visited the Barossa Valley and one South African winemaker survived a brutal crow bar attack and still managed to make it into work the next day.
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Top 10 wine brands in the US off-trade
17 February 2018

America is driving global volume and value growth of still and sparkling wines. With this in mind we’ve rounded up the top 10 biggest-selling wine brands in the US off-trade over the last year.
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Patrón launches Margarita ‘bath bombs’ designed to be dropped into Tequila
16 February 2018

In honour of International Margarita Day next week, Patrón has created a line of Margarita-flavoured fizzers which can be dropped into a glass of Tequila to create an instant cocktail.
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Which countries export the most wine to the UK?
16 February 2018

Australia tops the list but Chile is one of the only major producer nations expected to increase shipments in the next few years, as the UK overall cuts its wine consumption in favour of less but better, says new forecast. Which countries import the most wine to the UK? The biggest players...
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Aglianico at its best: Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi vertical
16 February 2018

A violent earthquake in Campania 38 years ago led to the birth of one of the area’s leading wine estates. Susan Hulme MW tastes Feudi's Taurasi from 1997 to 2008, and Carla Capalbo explores the history of this estate... Tasting notes and scores for Feudi Taurasi from 1997 to 2008...
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New on Wine List Confidential: Som Saa
16 February 2018

"Any previous lists or 'go to' wines get thrown out the window and you need to really work from the heart and what excites you. Austere and delicate wines tend to get rattled by the acidity, spice and heat of Thai food so a good deal of the list has big aromas and generous residual sugar and textures."
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Five Spanish grape varieties to know
16 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX GrandsFive grapes that are making great wine in Spain right now... Tempranillo bunch at Cair, Ribera del Duero. Have you tried them all?
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Comment: ‘2017 must be one of the most disaster-strewn years since phylloxera’
16 February 2018

As you read this, the vine-pruners of the northern hemisphere will be finishing their lonely winter’s work. The sap will soon rise and the pruning cuts weep – and a new year will be underway. What horrors await for 2018? What horrors await for 2018?...
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Toasting the Year of the Dog
16 February 2018

You didn't think we'd let Chinese New Year go by without coming up with another wine list, did you?
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Unfiltered: Olympic Skater Adam Rippon Plans to Twist on Ice, Twist Off Wine (Wine Spectator)
16 February 2018

The star's choice—Oyster Bay—told us they're cheering him on. Plus, wine workouts for us non-Olympians, and Chris Hemsworth goes to Barossa wine country
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Tom Sellers to launch Robin Hood-themed charity pop-up
16 February 2018

Chef Tom Sellers, of one-Michelin-starred Restaurant Story in Bermondsey, is to host a one-off Robin Hood-themed charity pop-up in London, which will feature a guest appearance by chef Jason Atherton and give diners the chance to purchase its knives, forks, cutlery and glassware at the end of its run.
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Great wines born in Chinese year of the dog
16 February 2018

Celebrate the new Chinese year of the dog with a fine wine that was born under the same zodiac sign - and there's quite a choice, from the fabled Bordeaux 1982 wines to vintage Port and Vega Sicilia. Bordeaux 1982, Vega Sicilia Unico 1970 and more...
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Fine wine investment: Dancing to a different algorithm
16 February 2018

When it comes to wine investment, by focusing on specific opportunities, like 2008s from Pomerol, for example, or the 2014s you get a particular area you are looking to take advantage of, but you are also diversifying through holding a variety of producers. High conviction investment with mitigated risk.
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Dumplings and wine pairing – ask Decanter
16 February 2018

What wine should you serve with your Chinese dumplings? Jennifer Docherty MW gives her tips ahead of Chinese New Year...What wines should you have with Chinese dumplings? What to have this Chinese New Year...
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Turning Tables: All-French Wine List from Le Coucou Team Coming Soon to New Café in New York (Wine Spectator)
16 February 2018

Plus, star openings with Giada De Laurentiis' Pronto in Las Vegas and David Chang's Majordomo in Los Angeles; Ruth's Chris Steak House hosts wine-dinner series
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Restaurant Spotlight: Black Barn Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
16 February 2018

An eclectic wine list and vegetable-focused menu in a rustic-meets-urban space
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Restaurants with Champion Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
16 February 2018

These golden Restaurant Award winners around the world honor their countries with top-notch wine lists
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The Dish: Jean-Philippe Blondet, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
16 February 2018

Executive head chef at the three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Jean-Philippe Blondet favours Madeira with black truffle, is an advocate of culinary exploration and reckons he would make a pretty good estate agent.
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iDealwine update: Thirsty work pays off
16 February 2018

Late last year a number of online auctions at iDealwine witnessed the on-going success of the Côte de Nuits's top labels aside from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Here, Roumier's performance is put under the spotlight.
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Mystery collector’s HK$60m cellar to be auctioned for charity
16 February 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer what it estimates is the most valuable single owner collection it has ever handled in Asia at the end of next month – with all proceeds going to charity.
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Top US golfer and budding sommelier visits Penfolds while on tour
16 February 2018

Wine label owner, aspiring sommelier and world number nine golfer Cristie Kerr took some time off before the Australian Open this week to visit the Penfolds Magill Estate and the Barossa Valley.
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Pernod ‘not losing sleep’ over agave shortage
16 February 2018

Pernod Ricard’s chief executive, Alexandre Ricard, isn’t losing sleep over the current agave shortage, despite the fact that it’s putting pressure on Tequila prices.
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Latest wines from Giacosa released
16 February 2018

The latest vintages wines from the famous Barolo estate Bruno Giacosa were released this week and will be poured at Armit Wines’ Italian tasting next month.
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Wines of Great Britain unveils new brand identity
16 February 2018

The newly formed Wines of Great Britain – formed from the merging of two industry bodies: United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP) – has unveiled its rebranded identity and announced a number of promotional events for 2018.
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Amcor Capsules opens new facility in Scotland
16 February 2018

Overcaps and closures specialist Amor Capsules opened a new facility in Alloa in Scotland which will deliver technical and product training and testing capabilities to customers throughout Scotland and the UK. 
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Vinitaly’s Stevie Kim launches influencers initiative
15 February 2018

Stevie Kim, managing director of Vinitaly International, has launched an influencer-led initiative called #openbarstevie to push the wine conversation forward.
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Molson Coors reports sales of over $11 billion in 2017
15 February 2018

US beer giant Molson Coors has seen its sales for last year rise by 0.2% to reach over US$11 billion, reporting a profit of $1.41 billion, the equivalent of $6.53 per share.
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Chile to overtake France, Italy and Spain as UK’s second biggest importer
15 February 2018

By 2021 Chile will have overtaken France, Spain, Italy and the US to become the UK's second biggest importer after Australia, according to the latest figures presented by Vinexpo and the IWSR ahead of the trade fair organiser's Hong Kong show.
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How Bordeaux 2008 wines taste now
15 February 2018

Jane Anson reports on a tasting of more than 70 Bordeaux 2008 wines, including first growths, and hosted this month by the BI merchant in the 10th anniversary of the vintage. Decanter Premium members can view her tasting notes and ratings alongside the report. The tower at Château Latour Re-tasting the vintage, 10 years on...
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Wine Society CEO steps down after six years
15 February 2018

Robin McMillan, CEO of The Wine Society, is stepping down from his role at the end of this month after after almost six years with the UK merchant.
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BAFTA 2018: What the stars will be eating and drinking
15 February 2018

See what food and wine will be served to those attending the BAFTA 2018 film awards in London, and also our report on how the menu is decided.The Hotel Chocolat dessert. What's on the menu?...
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Opinions Split Over Pommard Promotion
15 February 2018

The glacially slow process of elevating some Pommard Premier Cru vineyards isn't commanding total support.
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Customers Ripped Off by Wine Store Now Being Sued (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2018

Premier Cru customers had to beg and threaten the wine store for refunds; now a bankruptcy trustee is suing them to get the money back
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Decanter’s top rated Pinot Noirs at Vinexpo New York
15 February 2018

The first ever Vinexpo New York will take place this March, with over 400 producers showcasing their best wines over two days of tastings, masterclass and conferences. Vinexpo New York is set to be an annual event bringing together wine and spirits professionals from across the globe. The
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George Clooney enters mezcal market
15 February 2018

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and his business partner Rande Gerber have added a mezcal to their Casamigos Tequila range priced at £44 a bottle.
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Decanter recruits Tim Atkin MW as Burgundy critic
15 February 2018

Tim Atkin MW has taken on the role of Decanter's specialist reviewer for Burgundy.Tim Atkin MW leads a Decanter masterclass in 2015. New Burgundy specialist onboard for 2018...
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M&S reports 15% rise in English sparkling wine sales last year
15 February 2018

Marks & Spencer has reported a 15% rise in sales of its 17-strong range of English sparkling wines last year and predicts that the trend is set to continue into 2018. 
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Burgundy 2001 versus 2000: Wines to drink
15 February 2018

Tim Atkin MW, Decanter's new specialist reviewer for Burgundy, recently attended a fascinating tasting pitting the 2000 vintage against 2001. Below, Premium members can see his 20 recommendations for drinking, along with a comparison of how the two vintages have aged... Wondering which is the better vintage to buy?...
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Villa Maria’s Sir George Fistonich takes a step back
15 February 2018

The founder of New Zealand's Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich, is stepping back from the day-to-day running of the wine estate after 55 years at the helm, announcing the appointment of Abe Salt as its first chief executive officer.
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Tap talks: Murray Campbell, Campbell’s Brewery
15 February 2018

Founder of Scottish brewery Campbell's and former law student, mountaineer and endurance athlete, Murray Campbell, reveals how his beer is favoured by rugby players and why pork scratchings and a pint is his idea of heaven.
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‘End of the beginning’ as first Rathfinny sparkling wines disgorged
14 February 2018

England's newest wine estate, Rathfinny, and one of the most ambitious, has disgorged its first sparkling wines ahead of a planned release in June after eight years of preparation, marking the "end of the beginning" for the East Sussex estate.
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Tiger snake’s balancing act at Tasmanian vineyard goes viral
14 February 2018

A venomous snake was captured on camera as it completed a daring balancing act by slithering along the top wire of a fence at a Tasmanian vineyard.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Pitt Cue
14 February 2018

Guests may begin with a glass of blotter dry sparkling Tasmanian, Pepik Sekt (Josef Chromy), continue with a bottle of Crystallum from South Africa, then share a magnum of Ridge Montebello or, from the most inviting section, ‘Bits & Bobs – When They’re Gone, They’re Gone’ Inglenook 1882 Niebaum Estate...
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Classified: Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 in-bottle verdict
14 February 2018

This is where the action is in the Bordeaux 2015 vintage, says Jane Anson. Decanter Premium members can now read Jane's verdict and ratings on the classified wines of Pomerol and St-Emilion to see how they have progressed since the initial en primeur week in April 2016. Merlot vines in St-Emilion. Currently available exclusively to Decanter Premium members...
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California 2017 harvest size by grape variety
14 February 2018

California winemakers and grape growers crushed just over four million tonnes of grapes in the 2017 harvest, with increases for Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir and declines for Chardonnay and Zinfandel, show new figures. The California grape harvest. The top varieties based on newly released 2017 harvest figures...
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The winning books at André Simon Food and Drink awards
14 February 2018

Drinks books did particularly well at the 2017 André Simon Food and Drink book awards, announced last night at the Goring hotel in London. Peter Liem's Champagne book won the drinks award. Drinks books did particularly well this year...
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Your Love Life May Affect Your Taste in Wine (Wine Spectator)
14 February 2018

A recent study shows that long-term couples share similar smell and taste preferences
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Unfiltered: Salvatore Sicilia, Salt Yard Group
14 February 2018

Salvatore Sicilia, wine ambassador for London's Salt yard Group, which includes Dehesa and Ember Yard in Soho, describes his unconventional approach to wine and food pairing and why it's important to stay humble as an aspiring sommelier.
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How Pomerol 2015 wines taste in the bottle
14 February 2018

See Jane Anson's tasting notes and ratings for Pomerol 2015 wines, nearly two years out from the original en primeur showing. La Conseillante was among the highest scorers in the 2015 vintage. The Pomerol wines developing best from this vintage...
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Beefeater joins the pink gin party
14 February 2018

Illustrating the growing popularity of the pink gin category, Beefeater has joined the pink gin party with an expression infused with strawberries.
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Praise for drinks books at André Simon Awards
14 February 2018

It was a standout year for drinks books at the André Simon Awards last night with Peter Liem, Dave Broom and Victoria Moore all picking up prizes for their work.
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DWWA judge profile: Sebastian Braun
14 February 2018

Sebastian Braun is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Sebastian Braun DWWA Judge Sebastian Braun Stockholm native Sebastian Braun has held a variety of positions at Systembolaget, the Swedish retail monopoly, since 1998.
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Portland brewery sends ‘first craft beer into space’
14 February 2018

Oregon brewery BridgePort is the latest brewer to join the space race after it launched its flagship IPA into space using a specially-designed helium balloon.
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An aperitif for anytime: Vermouth di Torino
14 February 2018

Currently enjoying a revival thanks to cocktail culture, Vermouth di Torino has fought to establish its quality credentials. Michaela Morris reports...Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino was relaunched in 2011 for the company's 120th anniversary Vermouth is undergoing a revival...
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Scientists discover why people can become aggressive when drinking alcohol
13 February 2018

A team of scientists from the University of New South Wales have discovered the reason why some people can become aggressive when drinking alcohol by measuring blood flow to the brain. 
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Cristal Champagne-infused 24-karat gold doughnut released in Adelaide
13 February 2018

A AU$100 doughnut covered in 24-karat gold leaf and infused with Cristal Champagne has gone on sale in Adelaide for Valentine's Day with the option to be serenaded with a "gold" song of your choice while it is made.
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Monkey Shoulder unveils 2,400 gallon cocktail shaker
13 February 2018

Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is shaking things up with its mobile mixer – a 2,400 gallon cocktail shaker in the guise of a cement mixer that it’s taking on the road in a series of pop-up appearances across America.
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New on Wine List Confidential: The Cinnamon Club
13 February 2018

Wine consultant, Laurent Chaniac, has assuredly put together an appealing, ready to drink list, echoing the restaurant’s interest in sustainability. It is largely accessibly priced - and does not automatically feature an added service charge. In Chaniac’s words, ‘we focus on wines produced from strong ecosystems meaning minimum use of chemicals. Careful viticulture helps keep so...
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
13 February 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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Stone Brewing Co. sues MillerCoors over Keystone beer
13 February 2018

California's Stone Brewing Co. has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors over its emphasis of the word "stone" in its Keystone Light rebrand, calling it a "surprisingly bold" and "disconcerting" appropriation of its own name.
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Top five Spanish wine regions to see before you die
13 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Whether you’re a lifelong devotee of Spanish wine or still on the road to discovery, these are unmissable destinations for travellers and oenophiles alike. From luscious green Galicia to the sun-drenched coast of Cava country, Decanter’s experts share their must-see sights of Spain. Rías Baixas Where to go...
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What to drink with Pancakes
13 February 2018

See our suggestions for wines to drink with pancakes, and including an alternative suggestion from master sommelier Matthieu Longuère, of Le Cordon Bleu London school. Perfect pairings for pancake day...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Ham and Bean Soup (Wine Spectator)
13 February 2018

This nourishing, spicy winter dish finds a perfect partner in an off-dry Riesling
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The Great Valentine's Day Wine Hunt
13 February 2018

Still looking for a Valentine's gift for that special someone? We've got you covered.
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The Italian wine regions setting London alight
13 February 2018

Italian food and wine is taking London by storm at the moment. Sommeliers and chefs tell Lucy Shaw why their customers are more receptive to lesser-known varieties and which regions will soon come to the fore.
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Magnums of Burgundy to lead Sotheby’s sale in NYC
13 February 2018

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of 2018 will feature over 500 lots of top names from across Bordeaux, Burgundy, Spain, Italy and Napa.
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Pol Roger unearths long-lost 19th century Champagne
13 February 2018

Pol Roger has excavated some long-lost treasure from the wreckage of a cellar that collapsed in 1900 and buried more than a million bottles of Champagne.20 bottles of Champagne have been unearthed so far, dated between 1887 and 1898... Credit: Champagne Pol Roger Find out what was unearthed from the 118-year-old cellar ruins...
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Jordanian winery to experiment with seawater ageing
13 February 2018

In a joint venture with Sea Aged Wine, Jordan River Wines has announced that it will "age off" some of its wine in temperature-controlled tanks filled with seawater in Spain.
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Record highs for British gin exports in 2017
13 February 2018

New figures from UK customs body HMRC show that British gin exports reached more than £500 million in 2017. British gin exports reached over £500 million in 2017. Show new figures from HMRC...
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Buried Bubbly Could be Buried Treasure (Wine Spectator)
13 February 2018

Champagne house Pol Roger has unearthed century-old Champagne from the ruins of their collapsed cellars
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Terms & Conditions for the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018
13 February 2018

Information on Terms & Conditions for the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018 coming soon!  
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Decanter Retailer Awards Categories 2018
13 February 2018

Information on the Awards Categories for the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018 coming soon!  
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Important information for the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018
13 February 2018

Key dates, prices and important information for entering the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018 coming soon!
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Decanter Retailer Awards 2018 Judging Panel
13 February 2018

Meet the 2018 judging panel Joining Chairman Peter Richards MW on the 2018 judging panel will be wine industry consultant
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How to enter the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
13 February 2018

Information on how to enter the Decanter Retailer Awards 2018 coming soon!
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Vinventions grows sales to 2.7 billion closures
13 February 2018

Delivering a strong performance last year, Vinventions sold 2.7 billion wine closures in 2017, giving it a 13% share of the total global closures market.
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NZ Winegrowers ups presence at ProWein
13 February 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers will be out in force at this year's ProWein trade fair in Düsseldorf next month, announcing its biggest ever presence at the show and an expanded educational programme.  
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Here are four consumer spirits trends to watch in 2018
13 February 2018

Market research firm Euromonitor looked at the spending habits of spirits drinkers around the world, revealing some curious predictions for the market in 2018.
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UK gin exports beat predictions to reach £530m high in 2017
13 February 2018

Exports of British gin reached a record high in 2017 having more than doubled in the past decade, breaking the £500 million mark predicted in 2016 to reach £530m, the latest figures from HMRC have revealed. 
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SWA confirms record Scotch exports in 2017
13 February 2018

Global exports of Scotch whisky grew in both volume and value (by 1.6% and 8.9% respectively) in 2017 to a total of £4.36 billion, smashing a previous export high of £4.2bn in 2012.
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Cask of Macallan 1989 sells for £242,000
13 February 2018

Highlighting the growing strength of the rare whisky market, a cask of Macallan 1989 went under the hammer for £242,000 at an auction in Blackpool last week.
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Fine wine investment: Back-testing the algorithm
12 February 2018

Regular readers will know about the Amphora proprietary algorithm and as part of the testing to improve its efficiency we have back-tested the performance of wines selected by the algorithm at the beginning of 2017 against the performance of the Liv-ex 100.
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Sparkling rosé wines for Valentine’s day
12 February 2018

If there's one day in the year when you open a bottle of pink fizz, it has to be Valentine's day. Decanter's tastings team recommends bottles worth considering for that special someone... Romantic wines rated by our experts...
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Uncorked: Michael Aylward
12 February 2018

Mike Aylward is the founder and winemaker at Ocean 8 in Mornington Peninsula. He talks about his for an occasional cigar, finding inspiration in his other favourite region, Burgundy, and how his home region will one day be regarded as a fellow great.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Coda at The Royal Albert Hall
12 February 2018

Berry Brothers & Rudd and Rhubarb together create a list of wines both broad in scope, but easy to navigate, noting time is precious when dining with non-negotiable deadlines of curtain-up and interval...
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The dish: Mark Jarvis, Anglo
12 February 2018

The culinary brains behind London restaurants Anglo, Neo Bistro, and soon-to-open Stem, chef Mark Jarvis reveals a love of cider, pottery and the restaurant he couldn't live without.
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Jefford on Monday: Tasting the Virtuosi
12 February 2018

Andrew Jefford looks at St Chinian’s statistical stars.Vineyards around Berlou in St Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon. Looking at St Chinian’s statistical stars...
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Wine Legend: Recaredo, Turó d’en Mota 1999
12 February 2018

What makes it a wine legend?... What makes it a wine legend...?
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Ten of the best restaurants in San Sebastián
11 February 2018

Famous for his Rioja, but born in San Sebastián — Juan Muga, of Bodegas Muga, gives us the inside track to the best restaurants in this gastronomic hotspot…San Sebastián boasts a staggering density of bars and restaurants. Make sure you seek out the best places for pintxos... Credit: Arzak Find out where to get the best pintxos in the city...
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How can I prevent cloudy wine glasses? – ask Decanter
11 February 2018

Do you have problem with cloudy wine glasses and want to know how best to clean them? Then read on...See expert sommelier advice...
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Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in London
10 February 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year at one of these top restaurants in London doing special menus...Try the Chinese New Year menu at Hakkasan. See the restaurants doing special events and menus...
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Valentine’s Day Recipes: Chef Michael Schwartz’ Tempting Crab Cakes, Chocolate Dessert and More (Wine Spectator)
10 February 2018

Miami chef Michael Schwartz shares recipes for buttery crab cakes, chocolate dessert and more. Plus, get 12 recommended Rieslings, Chardonnays and Sherries
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Somm Selects: 5 Bubblies and Pastries from Pix Pâtisserie (Wine Spectator)
10 February 2018

Portland chef-somm-cookbook author Cheryl Wakerhauser explains why sparklers and desserts can make perfect partners
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Registrations open for 5StarWines
10 February 2018

Registrations for 5StarWines — the blind tasting event organised by Veronafiere and Vinitaly International — are now open.
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Fine wine quiz – Test your knowledge
10 February 2018

This week's quiz has been provided by the City Fine Wine Challenge in aid of the NSPCC charity in the UK. Test your fine wine general knowledge below...Test your wine knowledge. Test your knowledge...
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Green issues drive innovation in wine closures
10 February 2018

The environmental impact of stopper production and disposal is rising in prominence – but how green is your closure?
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Rare whisky auction market smashes £25m mark
10 February 2018

The value of the rare whisky auction market in the UK has exceeded the £25 million mark for the first time as value sales grew by a staggering 76% last year.
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Six million brits are ‘heavy drinkers’
10 February 2018

Around 6 million people in the UK are "heavy consumers" who drink more than half of the UK's alcohol stores, according to new figures.
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Great value mature Rioja wines
10 February 2018

Five great value picks from our recent panel tasting, with tasting notes and ratings freely available. Chosen from our panel tasting...
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New University of St Andrews campus to house brewery and distillery
10 February 2018

Scottish brewer and distiller Eden Mill has announced a £4 million expansion plan that will see it move just metres from its current site in Guardbridge to the new University of St Andrews Eden Campus.
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The Week in Pictures
10 February 2018

This week in the world of wine, beer and spirits; Absolut's staff stripped off on camera, Berry Bros & Rudd got creative for Chinese New Year, one rare bottle of whisky proved extremely popular at auction...
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Cristina Mariani-May named CEO of Banfi
10 February 2018

Cristina Mariani-May has been named president and CEO of New York-based fine wine importer Banfi Vintners; a role she has shared with her cousin James Mariani since 2007.
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Pol Roger launches 2009 vintage
10 February 2018

Pol Roger has launched its 2009 this week, it’s sixth and final vintage release for the last decade.
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Scottish distillery launches ‘world’s strongest gin’
10 February 2018

Twin River Distillery in Aberdeenshire has launched what it claims is the world's strongest gin called 'Uncut,' bottled straight from the still. 
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Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian beer and bread-making facilities
09 February 2018

An archaeological excavation in Southern Egypt led by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has uncovered two large buildings dating to around 2400-2350 BC used to brew beer and make bread.
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Sassicaia wines tasted: 1968 – 2015
09 February 2018

See Jane Anson's tasting notes and ratings on several decades-worth of Sassicaia wines, starting from the first vintage to be released, the 1968...Sassicaia wines. Exclusively for Decanter Premium members: see the ratings here...
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The top 10 countries exporting wine to China
09 February 2018

See the top 10 exporters and read a report by Sylvia Wu, editor of our sister publication DecanterChina.com, on the Chinese government's newly released 2017 wine import figures. Wine imports still rising in China. Who did well in 2017 and the key trends in the market...
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How Much Political Clout Does $107m Buy?
09 February 2018

Opponents claim the three-tier system is skewed in distributors' favor – which might explain their generosity to legislators.
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Unfiltered: The Wines Behind the Scenes in That 'Crocodile Dundee' Spoof (Wine Spectator)
09 February 2018

We found out where Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth ate and drank in the infamous Super Bowl ad. Plus, David Chang goes to the Olympics, and Drake's Pétrus stunt goes awry
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Tenuta di Biserno wines tasted and rated
09 February 2018

Susan Hulme MW explores this Tuscan estate, a partnership between the two Antinori brothers, and picks out her top vintages of the Lodovico and Biserno wines...A tasting of Lodovico and Biserno wines. See Susan Hulme MW's top wines from this renowned estate...
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Why every brewery, winery and distillery needs a Facebook page
09 February 2018

A new report suggests that distillers, brewers and winemakers alike should focus their efforts on Facebook more than any other platform.
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Hong Kong wine merchant launches wine trading platform
09 February 2018

Hong Kong-based wine merchant, Wine World, has launched a wine trading platform targeting wine buyers, private collectors and trade professionals with the ambition to turn it into the ultimate stock market exchange for wine.
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Here are seven consumer wine trends to watch in 2018
09 February 2018

Market researcher Euromonitor plunged into the spending habits of consumers around the world, revealing potentially seismic shifts in the way we drink wine.
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Old-vine Cariñena lauded on James Suckling’s Top 100 Spain List
09 February 2018

Cariñena from Spain’s Priorat was exalted on American wine critic James Suckling’s ‘Top 100 Spanish Wines of 2017’ list, with one 100% Carinena from boutique winery Terroir al Limit being named No. 9 Spanish wine in 2017 by the critic.
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Antisocial booze-fuelled behaviour banned at bowls clubs
09 February 2018

A new code of conduct has been sent to bowls clubs in Shropshire after a series of incidents involving alcohol and hooliganism around the greens. 
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‘Bacon’ wine brand launches in ode to the meat
09 February 2018

LA-based wine importer and marketer Guarachi Wine Partners has launched a tongue-in-cheek new wine called Bacon in ode to the much-loved meat.
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7 drinks trends to watch in 2018
09 February 2018

Spiros Malandrakis, head of alcoholic drinks research at Euromonitor International, picks out seven key drinks trends to look out for this year, from hybrid spirits to robot bartenders.
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Vinexpo offers a sneak preview ahead of New York show
09 February 2018

Vinexpo New York has released a selection of brands to look out for and new products making their first foray into the US market ahead of its show on 5 and 6 March.
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Scottish glassmaker to revive Victorian pig-shaped gin decanter tradition
08 February 2018

Scottish glass manufacturers Angels' Share Glass have designed a pig-shaped jug after drawing inspiration from the story of the 'gin pigs' which reside at Brodie Castle in Moray. 
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US sees eighth year of consecutive growth for spirits
08 February 2018

The US Distilled Spirits Council has reported on an eighth consecutive year of growth for spirits, with sales up $1 billion (4%) to reach a total of $26.2 billion in 2017, while volumes increased 2.6% to 226 million cases – the equivalent of 5.8m.
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Staff shake up at Pernod as half year profits rise 25%
08 February 2018

Chivas Brothers boss Laurent Lacassagne has left Pernod Ricard and been replaced by Irish Distillers CEO Jean-Christophe Coutures, amid a raft of executive staffing changes at French drinks group Pernod Ricard that will take effect from July 2018.
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Plaimont’s ‘exciting project’ begins to bear fruit
08 February 2018

A project to resurrect old and rare southern French varieties is building momentum with plantings of two varieties in particular projected to grow to “hundreds of hectares” over the next few years.
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Unfiltered: Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz, Seven Park Place
08 February 2018

Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz, who oversees a list rich in Burgundy as head sommelier at Seven Park Place in St James's, reveals why he isn't a fan of natural wines, where in the world he has chosen to make his own wines, and how a bottle of Château Lafleur 1982 left him lost for words.
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Anson: New Bordeaux wine bar with a difference
08 February 2018

Jane Anson reports on the latest Bordeaux wine estate to open a wine bar, but it isn't who you might think...A view into Château en Ville wine bar in Bordeaux. Bernard Magrez had his just a few minutes walk away from Paris’ Opéra in the 2ième arrondissement, although I just
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Is Wine Only Healthy for the Wealthy? (Wine Spectator)
08 February 2018

New research reveals more nuances in alcohol's protective effects on cardiovascular disease
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Jane Anson -‘The ambition and drive you find in Ningxia is infectious’
08 February 2018

The scale of the achievement in China’s Ningxia wine region was perhaps best brought home by Yanling Ren, chief winemaker at Pernod Ricard’s Helan Mountain Winery. The scale of the achievement in China’s Ningxia wine region...
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Andrew Jefford – ‘2017 must be one of the most disaster-strewn years since phylloxera’
08 February 2018

As you read this, the vine-pruners of the northern hemisphere will be finishing their lonely winter’s work. The sap will soon rise and the pruning cuts weep – and a new year will be underway. What horrors await for 2018? What horrors await for 2018?
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Drinking to forget: The Asylum of Misfortune
08 February 2018

The image of the Foreign Legion populated by noble, decent rogues is largely fantasy but their drinking culture was not and nor was the role wine played in forming a unique Legion esprit de corps.
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Romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner
08 February 2018

Ten great UK restaurants with an intimate atmosphere, including five in London, and which are well worth a visit whether it's 14 February or not...Clos Maggiore: an oasis of calm in central London. Ten romantic restaurants that we love in the UK...
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Tom Aikens to relaunch Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea
08 February 2018

Flame-haired celebrity chef Tom Aikens is to relaunch his flagship Tom’s Kitchen restaurant in Chelsea in order to focus on seasonal British sharing plates.
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British beer sales fell by 88 million pints in 2017
08 February 2018

Beer sales in Britain's pubs have fallen by their highest margin in five years, according to new figures.
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Camel Valley to benefit from new one million bottle storage capacity
08 February 2018

Cornish winery Camel Valley has increased its storage capacity for bottle lees ageing, something that founder Bob Lindo describes as "the elephant in the room for the English sparkling wine industry".
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Seedlip launches in HK
08 February 2018

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, will officially be launched in Hong Kong next month, to capture a growing population of non-alcoholic drinkers, as the founder predicts a "beginning of a paradigm shift" in alcohol's role in people's daily life. 
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Man bitten by shark medicates with a Mojito
08 February 2018

A London businessman who was bitten by a shark while snorkeling off the Galapagos Islands self-medicated with Tequila shots and a Mojito during the three-hour boat ride to hospital.
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A London hotel has launched a holiday deal for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding worth £4,000
08 February 2018

A London hotel is gearing up for the royal wedding with a comprehensive holiday package worth nearly £4,000, complete with afternoon tea and a tour of Windsor Castle.
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Alberta to boycott BC wines over pipeline dispute
08 February 2018

A spat between the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion touched the wine industry this week with the news that Alberta intends to boycott all BC wines with immediate effect.
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Carlsberg and Nordic Food Lab release high-end beers for top Danish restaurants
07 February 2018

Carlsberg's speciality beer brand Jacobsen and the Nordic Food Lab have collaborated on two cask-conditioned beers designed to be paired with food at some of Denmark's top restaurants.
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Brits predicted to spend £650 million this Valentine’s Day
07 February 2018

British couples spent nearly £130 million on Valentine's Day dinners in 2017, and are expected to cough up even more this year, according to new figures.
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NEW ON WINE LIST CONFIDENTIAL: Neo Bistro
07 February 2018

Expect, within the bricky room, with hints of stained glass and dangly filament lights, Orange Sekt from Moravia, Luxembourgeoise Riesling, Moroccan Syrah, German Dornfelder and a rendition of Alella which is one of Spain's smallest wine regions - as well as late harvest Chardonnay from Austria - offered drink in or take away. Beers, meanwhile, may include Burning Sky’s Session IPA from Eas...
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Ten next-generation Spanish winemakers to know
07 February 2018

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW highlights 10 trail-blazing winemakers who are changing the face of Spanish wine. See below for the names to know and the wines to seek out.Find out which winemakers will be leading Spain to new horizons... Spanish winemakers to watch...
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Michelin France 2018: Comeback for chef Marc Veyrat
07 February 2018

French chef Marc Veyrat has returned to the summit of the Michelin Guide for France in 2018, after a serious skiing accident and a restaurant fire threatened to curtail his career at different points in the last 13 years. Marc Veyrat was awarded three stars in the Michelin Guide for France 2018. French chef returns to summit after nearly retiring...
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The Real China Wine Challenge
07 February 2018

The Chinese wine market is buoyant, Marcus Ford finds, but it can also be a trap for the unwary.
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Ten of the best Rioja producers – and wines to buy
07 February 2018

We asked Tim Atkin MW to whittle his own list of top winemakers and bodegas in this famous Spanish region down to just 10 favourites. Far from an easy task... Tim Atkin MW picks 10 of his favourites...
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Where Are the New Old Masters of Wine? (Wine Spectator)
07 February 2018

You can't afford the world's most famous wines? Well, neither can most of the rest of us
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The Feast: Mardi Gras Melting Pot—Duck and Andouille Sausage Gumbo Recipe (Wine Spectator)
07 February 2018

Take your gumbo game to the next level with duck confit, plus 10 fresh, tasty value wines
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Single bottle of Dalmore smashes auction record
07 February 2018

A decanter of Dalmore Eos 59-year-old has smashed the record for a standard bottle of single malt Scotch sold at auction after it went under the hammer at Bonhams for £83,640.
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Fine wine runs steady in January
07 February 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 and 1000 indices ran roughly steady in January, the 100 down 0.1% and broader 1000 up 0.2% in a becalmed start to the year.
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Bud Light to make good on Super Bowl beer promise
07 February 2018

Bud Light has apparently confirmed that it will be handing out – potentially free – beer to “everyone” in Philadelphia following the Eagles’ winning the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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‘World’s first dog tap house’ opens in Oregon
07 February 2018

Fido's, which bills itself as "the world's first dog tap house," has opened in Oregon, doubling up as a 40-tap beer hall and a dog adoption centre, encouraging visitors to "eat, drink and adopt".
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China’s Yantai-produced wine gets trademark recognition
06 February 2018

China’s Yantai wine region on Shandong peninsula has gained trademark protection from the national Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce, a step forward to protect locally produced wines from Shandong.
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Self-taught Bangkok chef named Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018
06 February 2018

Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun, chef of Michelin-starred Paste restaurant in Bangkok, has been named elit Vodka Asia’s Best Female Chef 2018, for her well defined traditional Thai cuisine.
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This French winery is handing over its Twitter account to users on Valentines Day
06 February 2018

A French winery is handing over its Twitter account to the masses on 14 February, giving UK users the chance to win a bottle of sparkling wine for their partner in crime.
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Wine Australia targets US with spoof Crocodile Dundee trailer during Super Bowl
06 February 2018

Wine Australia has partnered with Tourism Australia on a AUS$36 million marketing campaign to help attract tourists to the country and promote Australian wine in the US, that kicked off with an all-star Crocodile Dundee 'film trailer' aired during the Super Bowl.
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André Simon Awards: The Way of Whisky
06 February 2018

In the run-up to the André Simon Awards this month, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. Next up, Dave Broom gets to grips with Japanese malts. 
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BrewDog confirms $30m Brisbane brewery site
06 February 2018

Scottish brewer BrewDog has confirmed that it will opening a AU$30 million brewery in the Murarrie area of Brisbane after it announced plans for an Australian site in July last year. 
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Controversy Erupts Over Label Laws
06 February 2018

When is California wine not California wine? And can you trust what it says on the label?
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
06 February 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down, based on tastings in the past month. Look out for Douro 2015 reds, says Steven Spurrier...
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Final call for Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018
06 February 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Hong Kong Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 March.
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Yarra Valley takes off in new direction
06 February 2018

Because of its microclimates, winemakers in Australia’s Yarra Valley are moving away from planting traditional grapes and are starting to work with lesser-known varieties. Natasha Hughes MW speaks to vintners about the new direction.
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Pol Roger unearths Champagne from 1890s
06 February 2018

Pol Roger has unearthed bottles of Champagne from the nineteenth century which have been buried beneath its facilities in Epernay for the past 118 years.
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Microdistillery launches Scotland’s ‘first field-to-bottle eau de vie’
06 February 2018

A new small-scale distillery in Tayport, Fife has released a line of three eaux de vie made from locally sourced fruit and grain in what it claims is the first of its kind in the country. 
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Rate of UK pub closures has slowed to two per day
06 February 2018

The number of pubs closing in the UK has slowed to two per day after years of rapid decline, according to new figures.
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Red wine used to heal broken hearts
06 February 2018

Scientists at the University of Louisiana have reported on another breakthrough in medical science that harnesses the power of antioxidants found in red wine and uses them to help fight heart disease.
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Canadian brewer files technology patent for cannabis beer
05 February 2018

A Canadian company has filed a technology patent for the production of beer brewed from cannabis, using a method that sees the grains traditionally used to make beer completely replaced with marijuana.
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This calculator translates your weekly alcohol intake into burgers and donuts
05 February 2018

Liverpool City Council has launched a new online tool to show residents the true calorific impact of their drinking habits.
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Jobs at risk at Marston’s as canning line moves from Bedford to Burton
05 February 2018

UK brewer and pub operator Marston's has announced that it will move the bottling and canning line currently located at its Bedford brewery to its site in Burton-upon-Trent, putting up to 40 jobs at risk. 
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New on Wine List Confidential: The Club – Ten Trinity Square
05 February 2018

Konetzki’s list features the iconic lion on tower logo of Latour on the first page of the beautifully minimalist document, which features no fewer than six pages dedicated to the château, linking, at a heavily loaded credit card’s swipe, to an array of dazzling bottles, magnums, double magnums, jeroboams and imperials ranging back to the 1930s.
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Jefford on Monday: Grapevine trunk disease – the ‘next phylloxera’
05 February 2018

Andrew Jefford reports from the vineyard front line in the battle against the 'ever-worsening' problem of grapevine trunk disease.   Concerns are growing over grapevine trunk diseases. Is this the biggest threat to the world's vineyards?...
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Top lots sold at Naples Winter Wine Festival 2018
05 February 2018

This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival live auction raised $15.26m for charity, boosted by a $170,275 contribution from the 2018 event’s online auction.Bidders enjoying the Naples Winter Wine Festival auction 2018. Napa and South Africa Cabernet dominated...
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What is ullage in wine and should you worry? – ask Decanter
04 February 2018

Ullage is generally used to describe the amount headspace between the closure and the liquid inside a wine bottle, but how important is this and what does it mean for the wine? Is the 'headspace' on wine a problem? How important is it when buying wine?...
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Top mature Rioja from our panel tasting
03 February 2018

There can be great value on offer in Rioja if you know where to look. See which of the 95 mature Rioja wines in this Decanter panel tasting came out on top, and read an introduction by Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW plus results analysis led by tasting director Christelle Guibert. There's great value if you know where to look...
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Why Ribera del Duero can be hard to love
03 February 2018

The quality of its top wines is not in question, but this highly rated Spanish region has struggled to win the affections of some wine lovers, including Sarah Jane Evans MW. Here, she explains why, and meets producers determined to change her mind.Does Ribera del Duero need to cage its 'alpha male', as one winemaker, who wished to remain anonymous,, believes. Sarah Jane Evans MW reports on a compl...
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Great value Spanish wines under £30
03 February 2018

Few countries can rival Spain for its breadth and diversity of wine styles, and even fewer can compete on value. From sparkling wine to Sherry, and everything in between, Sarah Jane Evans MW picks out her favourites, from just £6 / $8 per bottle.Find a new Spanish wine to try... Top value Cava, Sherry, Rioja and more...
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Txakoli: The Spanish wine style you need to try in 2018
03 February 2018

There’s far more to Txakoli - think 'cha-koh-lee' - than spritzy whites, says Sarah Jane Evans MW, who chooses her favourite bottles that showcase the versatility of this on-trend Spanish style. There’s far more to Txakoli than spritzy whites...
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In Courthouses and State Capitols, Wine Retailers Are Fighting for Direct Shipping (Wine Spectator)
03 February 2018

Bills have been introduced to end the restrictions on retailer shipping, and lawsuits have been filed challenging the bans
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‘Beer Bowl’ 2018: Boston vs Philadelphia
03 February 2018

Another year another Super Bowl with the Patriots in it but can the city of Brotherly Love channel its underdog status and soar to footballing glory? And which city has the best craft beer?
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Spanish wine regions to discover
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX GrandsExplore further afield in Spain and discover a new region to try.... Explore new regions...
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Priorat profile
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grand Everything to know about the Priorat region... In partnership with Araex Priorat profile Climate: Long hot summers with little rainfall, making it ideal for ripening Garnacha and Carinena.
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Complete guide to Sherry
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Sherry comes from Southern Spain, in the triangle formed by the towns of Jerez, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. Understanding the Sherry styles. In partnership with ARAEX Grands Complete guide to Sherry Dry styles Manzanilla and Fino Sherry is a white wine that is
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Ribera del Duero profile
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX GrandsRibera is Spain’s answer to Burgundy and the cradle of some of the best wines in the world, writes Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW. Here, terroir is everything… Valtravieso, Ribera del Duero Everything to know...
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Cava profile
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX Grands Explore the world of Cava and how it is made... Penedes vineyards Everything you need to know...
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The history of Spanish wine
03 February 2018

In partnership with ARAEX GrandsEver considered the origins of Spanish winemaking? Learn about the history of this region...Cellars at Luis Cañas Delve into the past...
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‘First’ gathering of winegrowers meet to discuss sustainable practices
03 February 2018

What is believed to be the world’s first gathering of winegrowers to discuss sustainable winegrowing practices met in Verona, Italy, today, reports Stephen Quinn.
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No Angludet in 2017
03 February 2018

The owners of Château Angludet have revealed there will be no 2017 vintage from the estate due to the frost damage.
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French Billionaire Jean-Pierre Savare Buys Bordeaux Château Franc-Mayne (Wine Spectator)
03 February 2018

With the help of estate manager Martine Cazeneuve, the businessman hopes to improve the St.-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
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Jason Atherton is launching Moët & Chandon pairing menus at his London restaurants
03 February 2018

Michelin-awarded chef Jason Atherton is teaming up with the Champagne House's Chef de Cave Benoît Gouez to create a range of fizz-paired menus at his London restaurants.
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Dubai travel retail conference sees uptick in visitor numbers
03 February 2018

This year’s Middle East & Africa Duty Free (MEADFA) conference in Dubai enjoyed an uptick in visitor numbers on last year, with 489 delegates attending in 2017 – a slight increase on the previous event in November 2016.
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Anchor Distilling changes to Hotaling
03 February 2018

Anchor Distilling, formerly the spirits arm of famous San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing, has “reconnected with its roots” and been renamed Hotlaing & Co it has been announced.
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Rothschild to release kosher rosé Champagne
03 February 2018

Champagne Barons de Rothschild is to release a kosher rosé prestige cuvée this year to add to add to its five-strong Champagne range.
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Ten UK gin distilleries that grow the ingredients for their base spirit
03 February 2018

To help make selecting a gin less overwhelming, we strip out the jargon and list 10 UK gin distilleries that grow the ingredients used to make their base spirit.
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On this day 1659…the first wine in South Africa
03 February 2018

On this day in 1659 the first wine in South Africa was produced by the Dutch at their trading station in the Cape.
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Pol Roger could unearth stash of Champagne from nineteenth century
03 February 2018

Pol Roger is to find out in the next few days whether a stash of nineteenth century Champagne lies beneath its site in Epernay, which, it is believed, was trapped underground following a cellar collapse in this month, 118 years ago.
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These beer mats stop Londoners getting ripped off on pint measures in pubs
03 February 2018

Trading Standards Officers have launched a campaign in London's financial district to crack down on pubs serving short measures.
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Former JP Morgan financier named chairman of Wine Intelligence
03 February 2018

Chris Hancock, a former corporate finance director for JP Morgan, has been appointed as the chairman of market research firm Wine Intelligence.
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Sauternes 2017: frost damage hits Barsac hardest
03 February 2018

As with the rest of Bordeaux in 2017 the frosts that struck in late April hit Sauternes and Barsac hard – but it’s clear some were hit harder than others and, cruelly, conditions for noble rot proved excellent as harvest approached.
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The Week in Pictures
03 February 2018

This week in the world of drinks, DJ Khaled was immortalised in sparkling wine, Rioja represented at the Grammys, a chicken chop in Soho played fast-and-loose with the term "combo-deal", and James Suckling said he's planning to open his own wine bar in Hong Kong.
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Tap Talks: Laura Edwards, Meantime Brewing
02 February 2018

Meantime Brewing's general manager, Laura Edwards, reveals how her father inspired her love of beer, how her greatest vice is always making her run late and why she just cannot get along with gose beers.
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iDealwine update: Northern Soul
02 February 2018

The wines of Côte-Rôtie, in the north of the Rhône, are becoming increasingly sought after, with prices on the rise, and demand showing no sign of slowing down.
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Famous NZ winery faces backlash for using Australian grapes
02 February 2018

One of New Zealand’s most famous wineries, Montana, is facing a backlash after it was revealed to be using Australian grapes in some of its entry-level wines as a cost-cutting measure in a bid to stay competitive.
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Sommelier Talk: In the Groove at Gotham Bar & Grill (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

Former ballerina Heidi Turzyn brings poise to the floor at chef Alfred Portale's bustling New York fine-dining institution
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Woman completes 3ft sausage roll challenge at Fuller’s pub
02 February 2018

Challenge eater Kate Ovens managed to consume a sausage roll over half her height at The Red Lion in Barnes, created in honour of Fuller's sixth annual Great Sausage Roll Off. 
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John Stimpfig’s tasting wish list for Decanter Spain and Portugal Fine Wine Encounter
02 February 2018

With less than four weeks to go until our first big tasting of 2018, Decanter’s content director, John Stimpfig, shares his wish list and key things he will be looking out for. I don’t know about you, but I am already eagerly looking forward to our next exciting Spain & Portugal Fine
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香港为什么没有好的葡萄酒吧?
02 February 2018

除了餐厅,酒店酒吧或葡萄酒商店,香港有多少酒吧是仅专注于葡萄酒的?有一种观点认为香港作为葡萄酒贸易中心和亚洲美食之都,被太多的选择宠坏了。
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中国许可“苏格兰威士忌”商标十年更新
02 February 2018

“Scotch Whisky”商标及其中文翻译(苏格兰威士忌)已在中国得到更新,给予了苏格兰威士忌又一个十年的防伪保护。
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Stormclouds Gather over Champagne
02 February 2018

The wettest weeks in almost 60 years have French growers and producers gazing anxiously at the sky.
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Unfiltered: Yellow Tail Party Roo Gets a Marsupial Makeover for Super Bowl Return Trip (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

Plus, Kevin Durant can't chuck a ball into the crowd without hitting a California vintner, and you'll never guess who the $1,000 Super Bowl sandwich guy is rooting for
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Wine Lovers Face Increasing Hurdles Ordering Online (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

Can't find a bottle at your local wine shop? States and shipping companies are clamping down on shipping by wine retailers, leaving consumers with fewer choices
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Turning Tables: Switch-Up at Daniel Boulud Restaurant in Miami (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

Plus, a sporty edition: Chef José Andrés kicks off a Zaytinya at the Dallas Cowboys headquarters, Houston Rockets owner opens another restaurant, and more
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Impressive Miami Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

At the southern tip of the Sunshine State, these Restaurant Award winners boast serious wine programs
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Restaurant Spotlight: Park House (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2018

A lengthy wine list and contemporary cuisine in a historic home
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‘Moonwalker’ inspired by Apollo missions launches
02 February 2018

A Cabernet inspired by Apollo moon missions boasting a label signed by three of the five living US astronauts who walked on the moon has gone on sale.
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Why does Hong Kong lack true wine bars?
02 February 2018

Dubbed as Asia's wine hub, why does Hong Kong lack a wider array of 'true' wine bars? We asked a few industry veterans to find out.
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Chinese bridesmaid dies of alcohol poisoning at wedding
02 February 2018

A 17-year-old Chinese bridesmaid was found dead in her hotel room with suspected alcohol poisoning after a wedding banquet in southern Guangdong province due to China’s notorious ‘ganbei’ or ‘bottoms up’ drinking culture.
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Rapper E-40 jumps on Tequila trend with new spirits range
02 February 2018

US Rapper E-40 is to launch a new line of Tequila ahead of Cinco de Mayo, expanding his presence in the drinks industry from wine, beer and ready-made cocktails to spirits for the first time.
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Vagabond Wines of beer to champion ‘sorely undervalued’ Belgian brews in UK
02 February 2018

Shoreditch pop-up Taste This Beer London, which likens itself to the Vagabond Wines of the beer scene, is looking to promote Belgian beer in the UK with "the largest self-pour tap collection in the UK".
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Virgin wines reports record sales over Christmas period
02 February 2018

Virgin Wines saw its best-ever Christmas sales last year thanks in-part to a new-look website and a diversified premium range, it has been announced.
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‘Best Sassicaia in decades’ released
02 February 2018

The latest vintage of Super Tuscan Sassicaia, the 2015, has been released in the UK and drawn comparisons to one of the estate's legendary vintages.
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Unfiltered: Daniel Beedle, Indian Accent
02 February 2018

Daniel Beedle, group beverage director of London newcomer Indian Accent, explains why wine is like music, how a magnum of 1984 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon changed his perspective on California, talks epigenetics and why space wine is the next frontier.
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More than 3,700 deaths in Scotland linked to alcohol
01 February 2018

Alcohol was one of the primary factors in nearly 4,000 deaths in Scotland last year, according to the NHS.
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Verdant Brewery launches £25k crowdfunding bid for new seafood bar
01 February 2018

Falmouth-based brewer Verdant has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 towards opening a new seafood bar and tap room. 
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Anson: Bordeaux counts cost of frost for 2017 vintage
01 February 2018

Devastating frost has caused a 40% drop in the Bordeaux 2017 wine harvest and new estimates show the financial toll could reach 1.6 billion euros - even though weather during the flowering period and summer months was relatively kind to vines that survived. Jane Anson looks at the impact on several estates in the worst-hit areas, and how specialist pruners are hoping to get the vines back on-track...
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Sassicaia 2015 released: How it tastes
01 February 2018

Sassicaia 2015 has been released in the UK and Decanter's John Stimpfig got a sneak preview of the latest vintage from this celebrated 'Super Tuscan' estate. See our review of this highly anticipated vintage...
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Château Franc Mayne sold in St-Emilion
01 February 2018

Château Franc Mayne has become the latest high profile Bordeaux winery to be sold, with French businessman Jean-Pierre Savare and his family buying control of the St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé estate. Franc Mayne is well set-up for wine tourism, but new owner also plans to invest in vineyards. Franc Mayne joins St-Emilion deals list...
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Freezing vines: What is the damage? – ask Decanter
01 February 2018

Does extreme cold damage vines in their dormant phase...?Frost in Champagne What happens in extreme cold..?
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Winery Accused of Discrimination
01 February 2018

A winery cries foul over a lawsuit alleging it fired an executive for being too old.
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Top Australian wines made from Italian grape varieties
01 February 2018

From Riverland Fiano to McLaren Vale Aglianico, growing numbers of Australian winemakers are experimenting with Italian grape varieties and our expert team has picked out 15 favourites - mostly from the recent Australia Day tastings in London. New wave Australian wines to seek out...
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Millennials plan to spend more money on wine than other age groups, according to new research
01 February 2018

The wine industry is entering a "golden age" thanks to millennials with adventurous tastes who prefer to invest in experiences over material goods, according to new research.
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Hennessy X.X.O Cognac still suspended
01 February 2018

The sale of Hennessy X.X.O Cognac remains blocked as the name has been deemed to be confusing to consumers due to its similarity to the ‘XO’ classification.
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Oxford University creates gin made from 17th century garden
01 February 2018

Oxford University has unveiled the first spirits from its newly established distillery, The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) – a gin made with ingredients grown in the university's 17th century botanic garden.
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Lidl has a new Facebook tool which helps you pair wines with food — here’s how it works
01 February 2018

Lidl has launched a new chat tool on its Facebook page allowing customers to find the perfect wine for their meal.
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BBR HK’s marketing head joins Barossa Grape & Wine Association
01 February 2018

Amanda Longworth, the head of marketing and wine services at Berry Bros & Rudd's Hong Kong office, has left the British wine merchant and will be joining Barossa Grape & Wine Association (BGWA) to help drive market promotion for Barossa wines, as Australian wine exports hit an all-time high.
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Gilles Jayer dies
31 January 2018

Burgundian producer Gilles Jayer has died aged 57 it has been announced.
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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits Swindon to brew beer
31 January 2018

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall helped to brew a special beer to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Arkell's Brewery this week, joking on her visit: "I'm only here for the beer!"
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Private passions: Chalice in Wonderland
31 January 2018

Ex-investment banker, one-time bobsledder and keen mountaineer, Adrian Bridge, managing director of Port dynasty The Fladgate Partnership, is a man of many talents. But his collection of antique drinking vessels – dating back to 6,000BC – is one of his greatest passions.
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China boosts Penfolds owner Treasury Wine Estates – figures
31 January 2018

Selling more wines in China, and across Asia more generally, has helped to buoy Treasury Wine Estates in the first half of its financial year as it has cut down on less profitable parts of the markets in the UK and US - with global group profits also up strongly for the six months.Penfolds Grange has been in the top tier of Australia's Langton's Classification since the ranking was born in 1990. M...
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The Dish: Claude Bosi, Bibendum
31 January 2018

Claude Bosi joined Terence Conran's revamped Bibendum in 2017, swiftly winning two Michelin stars for his contemporary French cuisine. Here, the chef reveals his favourite restaurants, and why in another life he might have been a carpenter.
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The World's Best Gins
31 January 2018

We run the rule over the best examples of one of the world's fastest-growing spirits.
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Naples Winter Wine Festival Rings in 2018 with $15 Million for Charity (Wine Spectator)
31 January 2018

Naples Children & Education Foundation lands big gift thanks to winemakers, chefs and donors
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New twists on Australian wine classics
31 January 2018

Decanter editorial and tasting team members recommend some of the latest takes on classic Australian varietal wines, plus a couple of examples of more unusual projects in well-known producer regions. What to buy in 2018...
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Top tips for decoding a wine list
31 January 2018

Wine lists can be an unfathomable minefield of names, numbers and regions to the uninitiated, even to the seasoned pro, so any tips that might help one navigate their way through a lengthy list and to a winning wine are welcome.
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Super Bowl Recipes: Barbecue Wings and Fried Clams, Plus 22 Value Wines (Wine Spectator)
31 January 2018

Smoked barbecue wings from Philly's Frankford Hall, fried clams from Cambridge's Craigie on Main, and 22 value wines for $15 or less
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Baja California wine trip: Where to stay
31 January 2018

Wine lovers, start planning your road trip adventure to sunny Baja California. See our experts' top picks of where to stay when you arrive...Where to stay in style in Baja California. From modern eco-lofts to colonnial-style lodges...
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Fried Clams with Squid Ink Anchoïade Recipe (Wine Spectator)
31 January 2018

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Smoked Wings with Barbecue Sauce Recipe (Wine Spectator)
31 January 2018

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Here are the food and drinks that are going to be served at BAFTA 2018
31 January 2018

BAFTA held its own pre-party for media foodies last week offering a rare insight into the partnerships with Academy nurtures with food and drinks labels around the world.
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Bartenders embracing thirst for vintage spirits
31 January 2018

From London to Chicago, there is a growing appreciation of vintage cocktails made from old and rare spirits. Lucy Shaw speaks to bartenders who have a soft spot for these old timers – and who are selling them at eye-watering prices.
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WSET honours latest graduates at annual awards ceremony
31 January 2018

More than 500 wine and spirits professionals from around the world attended the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) awards and graduation held at the Guildhall in the City of London last week. 
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World’s first whisky investment fund launches
31 January 2018

 The world’s first publically traded whisky fund – The Single Malt Fund – has been launched in Sweden by entrepreneur Christian Svantesson.
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Women in Wine group launches in NZ
31 January 2018

Women in Wine Central Otago is a new group dedicated to raising the profile of women winemakers and grape growers in the New Zealand region, as well aiming to inspire more women to join the industry.
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Unfiltered: Angelo Lorea, Ginza Onodera
31 January 2018

Angelo Lorea, head sommelier at Japanese newcomer Ginza Onodera in St James’s shares his love of Italian wine, why selling a bottle of Petrus 1990 is child's play and meeting Italian footballing legend Fabio Cannavaro.
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‘First’ vodka designed to be mixed with water to launch in UK
31 January 2018

In a bid to tap into the low-sugar market, Barcelona-based Vita Spirits is to launch a gluten-free vodka in the UK which it claims is the first designed to be mixed with water.
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Police seek ‘beer-covered man’
31 January 2018

Police in Scotland are reportedly looking for a man who managed to soak himself in beer during a break-in at a pub.
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Michelin allows French chef to withdraw from guide
30 January 2018

Famed restaurant guide Michelin has allowed a French chef to formally withdraw his three-Michelin-starred restaurant from its pages – the first chef it has ever allowed to do so who hasn't simply closed their doors after rejecting its star rating.
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Top-tier Prosecco: Wines pushing the boundaries
30 January 2018

Producers have the option to label their top Prosecco with a village of origin, but are these ‘rive’ wines always a guarantee of quality? Richard Baudains finds out. See Richard Baudains' top 'rive' Prosecco wines...
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
30 January 2018

From Domaine Faiveley's visit to Hong Kong to Pernod Ricard's 'Talent 4 Talent' job swap programme, we rounded up some pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade.
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Top Baja California bars and restaurants
30 January 2018

Drive from Southern California to Baja for a Mexican adventure, with recommendations on where to drink or dine from Amanda Barnes and Sorrell Moseley-Williams… You'll find colourful cooking and a vibrant wine culture in Baja... Spice up your California travels with a weekend road trip to Baja...
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Under the radar: 12 unsung heroes of Italy
30 January 2018

Some of Italy’s best wines remain firmly under the radar for wine lovers. Richard Baudains explores why, and shines a light on names that deserve more recognition...Find a new Italian wine to try. Italian wines that deserve more recognition...
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US wineries to sell $3 billion of wine direct in 2018 – study
30 January 2018

Wineries in the US have continued to see growth in direct sales to wine lovers in the past year, and the total market will top $3 billion in 2018, says a new industry report.Pickers working in Ridge Vineyards' Lytton Springs Zinfandel vines, Sonoma County. Momentum stays strong in 2017...
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Final call for Syrah Masters 2018 entries
30 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for the drinks business Syrah Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 March.
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Private Passions: An Officer and a Gentleman
30 January 2018

James Franklin of Corney & Barrow talks to db about his after hours work as an officer in Her Majesty’s Coastguard, which involves everything from missing person searches to helicopter rescues.
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Welsh and Irish gin sales soar as distillery numbers rise
30 January 2018

With a total of 17 distilleries in Wales and and 18 distilleries in Ireland, gin producers are reporting record sales and are pushing for Protected Geographical Status. 
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NEW ON WINE LIST CONFIDENTIAL: Parsons
30 January 2018

With co-owner, Ian Campbell, Pollard has created a list illuminated by white wines. ‘We attempted to focus on coastal regions and mineral, terroir-driven whites which are in their most exciting place alongside fish and seafood.’
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New record set for Japanese whisky
30 January 2018

A bottle of Yamazaki 50 year-old single malt whisky has set a new record for Japanese whisky sold at auction, making £209,740 at a sale in Hong Kong.
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WSTA urges free trade with NZ and Australia after Brexit
30 January 2018

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has put forward its case for a free trade agreement with New Zealand and Australia, urging the UK government to remove all existing tariffs for both countries after the UK leaves the EU.
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US direct-to-consumer wine shipments set to top $3bn in 2018
29 January 2018

According to a report compiled by Sovos and Wines & Vines, US wineries shipped 5.78 million cases of wine in 2017, valued at over US$2.69 billion, with shipments set to top $3 billion this year. 
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Rankin’s third resto to focus on pizza and vermouth
29 January 2018

Having focused on tacos and mezcal at Temper, then gin and curry at Temper City, Neil Rankin’s third London site will shine a light on pizza and vermouth.
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‘Irreplaceable’ library stocks stolen from Col d’Orcia
29 January 2018

About 1,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino from one of the region's famed wineries, Col d’Orcia, were stolen last week, including some “irreplaceable” library stocks dating back to 1960s.
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SWA the latest to take stand against plastic straws
29 January 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that it will be phasing out plastic straws across all its operations, and will will be urging its members to do the same, following in the footsteps of Bacardi, Pernod Ricard and Diageo.
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Jefford on Monday: Tracking terroir
29 January 2018

Could microbes be the key?  Andrew Jefford talks to McLaren Vale winemaker Drew Noon MW.Drew Noon shows how gravel soil in the vineyard is marked by metal sculptures to let picking crews know the boundaries of a block. Analysing links between soil and terroir...
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Is Whiskey the New Lafite?
29 January 2018

Whiskey is gradually catching up to wine as an investment, and the returns are impressive.
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: February 2018 (Wine Spectator)
27 January 2018

Plan your travels with wine in mind: Brighten up winter by indulging at wine and food festivals in South Beach and Charleston. Plus, downtown Miami gets a new Italian marketplace and top chefs team up for charity before the Super Bowl
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Sommelier Roundtable: How to Drink Like the Pros (Wine Spectator)
27 January 2018

Wine directors spend all day selling certain styles of wine, but what do they prefer to drink? From Chenin to saison, here's what 10 experts pour after they clock out
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No Château Climens 2017 due to frost damage
27 January 2018

Sauternes producer Château Climens does not plan to make any 'first wine' from the 2017 vintage after seeing vineyards damaged by devastating frost that struck Bordeaux early in the growing season.Château Climens in Barsac. Yields not high enough to justify 'first wine'...
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Northern California Wine-Country Wildfire Impact Study Shows Signs of Hope (Wine Spectator)
27 January 2018

While housing was devastated, wineries report that the blazes spared most vineyards and that tourism and sales are recovering in Napa, Sonoma and beyond
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Great value Italian wines made by cooperatives
27 January 2018

Italy’s cooperative wineries may lack the glamour of its single estates, but they offer a wealth of riches for savvy wine lovers. Simon Reilly highlights the names you need to know...The barrel room at Cantina di Soave Simon Reilly highlights the names you need to know
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The Wine Glossary Quiz – Test your knowledge
27 January 2018

A wine world of different languages, laws, grapes, marketing terms, production methods, prices and quality can be a maze to navigate. How much can do you understand? Let's find out with the Decanter wine glossary quiz. How much do you understand?...
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Alcohol labelling should tackle health ‘awareness vacuum’
27 January 2018

The Royal Society for Public Health has said all alcoholic labelling should carry “mandatory warnings” to tackle the “awareness vacuum” among the public concerning alcohol and health – but is the public interested?
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Champagne ships an estimated 307.6m bottles in 2017
27 January 2018

Champagne has revised its estimates for 2017’s global shipments downwards, releasing provisional figures to show that the region has dispatched fewer than 308m bottles in the past 12 months.
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Thieves steal 1,000 Brunello wines from Col D’Orcia
27 January 2018

Thieves operating in the dead of night have stolen 1,000 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino from high profile estate Col d'Orcia, including 'irreplaceable' library vintages.The Col d'Orcia estate. south of Montalcino. 'Irreplaceable' library wines stolen at Col d'Orcia...
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Marqués del Atrio named official wine of La Liga
27 January 2018

Rioja estate Marqués del Atrio has been named as the official wine of Spanish premier division football league La Liga in a contract that will run for three seasons.
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James Suckling receives hononary citizenship of Montalcino
27 January 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has received honorary citizenship of Montalcino from the municipal council in acknowledgement of his years spent rating the surrounding region's wines.
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The week in pictures
27 January 2018

This week in the world of drinks, a spirits distiller is moving into Port, monsters came out to play in London, cranachan vodka and a plate-shattering haggis address heralded Burns Night and we got a sneak peak at the vegan-friendly menu to be served at the BAFTAs.
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Jon Bon Jovi releases a rosé
27 January 2018

Proving that real men drink pink, American rocker Jon Bon Jovi is the latest celebrity to release a wine – and a ‘premium’ Languedoc rosé no less.
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BrewDog wins trademark appeal over Elvis Juice IPA
27 January 2018

BrewDog has won its battle against the Elvis Presley estate after a previous ruling, which banned the Scottish brewer from calling one of its beers 'Elvis Juice,' was overturned. 
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Krug includes rosé in ‘Édition’
27 January 2018

Champagne house Krug has extended its Édition concept for its Grande Cuvée range to include rosé for the first time, with the Krug Rosé '21ème Édition' the latest release.
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Santa Rita: €1m investment in Republic of Ireland worthwhile
27 January 2018

Santa Rita Estates' investment in the Republic of Ireland is paying off, as recent figures from Nielsen revealed that case sales of both Santa Rita and Doña Paula have increased by value and volume in the country. 
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Wine and spirits surge for LVMH in 2017
27 January 2018

French luxury group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy has announced in its full year results for 2017 that its wine and spirits arm witnessed a surge in growth last year thanks to the US and recovery in China.
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db Eats: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
27 January 2018

db’s resident gourmand, Lucy Shaw, heads to Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin star London site to feast on black truffle, lobster, foie gras and Château d’Yquem.
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Florida brewery unveils ‘first’ eco-friendly six-pack ring
26 January 2018

In a bid to reduce waste plastic, SaltWater Brewery, based in Delray Beach, has unveiled what it claims is the first eco-friendly six-pack ring made from by-product waste and other compostable materials, called E6PR™.
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Historic Scotch brand John Crabbie returns to whisky
26 January 2018

Scotch brand John Crabbie, which is today known for its alcoholic ginger beer and ginger wine, is to produce whisky again after a 40-year hiatus. 
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Bordeaux Right Bank 2015 in bottle: Top scorers
26 January 2018

See which St-Emilion and Pomerol wines scored at least 95 points as part of Jane Anson's Bordeaux 2015 in-bottle tasting series. Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol. Wines rated at least 95 points by Jane Anson...
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OW Loeb merchant insists future is bright
26 January 2018

The owner of respected wine merchant OW Loeb has insisted the business has a ‘bright future’ despite reports of numerous problems, including late payments and resignations of senior staff.OW Loeb has a rich history in the wine trade. Merchant upbeat amid reports of troubled times...
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产自云端的伏特加目前已上市
26 January 2018

古怪的蒸馏方式又出新高,来自南卡罗来纳州的Hilton Head酒厂目前已经推出了由云蒸气制成的伏特加酒。
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葡萄酒商强调香港仓储问题
26 January 2018

香港人口稠密,有超过七百万人常住,是世界上房价最高的城市之一, 从住房到葡萄酒仓储面积都捉襟见肘。因此,酒商开始寻找更经济实惠的仓库来存酒,尤其是精品葡萄酒。
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Gallo Opens Up in Public
26 January 2018

The famously private head of California's biggest family wine company shares some surprising truths.
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Unfiltered: Winter Is Delicious at Game of Thrones Igloo Bar (Wine Spectator)
26 January 2018

Plus, have we figured out the royal wedding wines? And Unfiltered goes to an Oscar nom party at a movie theater with an in-house sommelier
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Norbert Goldner, Pioneering Palm Beach Restaurateur, Dies at 77 (Wine Spectator)
26 January 2018

The chef and co-owner of Cafe l’Europe operated a landmark restaurant and an outstanding wine program for 37 years
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2017 Wine Auction Totals Exceed $371 Million (Wine Spectator)
26 January 2018

U.S., Hong Kong and online sales soared last year; red Burgundy continues to spur heated bidding
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Wine merchant highlights storage problem in Hong Kong
26 January 2018

With higher land cost and electricity overheads, Hong Kong wine merchant Wine's Link laments the shortage and high costs of wine storage in Hong Kong.
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Vodka made from clouds goes on sale
26 January 2018

Taking quirky distilling methods to new heights, Hilton Head Distillery in South Carolina has released a vodka made from cloud vapour onto the market.
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Fever-Tree set to surpass Schweppes by value in the UK off-trade
26 January 2018

Up-market mixer brand Fever-Tree has forecasted that its revenue in 2017 rose by 66% to reach £169 million as the latest data from IRI shows that it is now the number one mixer brand by value in the UK off-trade.
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Erwan Faiveley: ‘Wines made before 2012 don’t represent Faiveley today’
26 January 2018

Erwan Faveiley, the seventh generation owner of one of Burgundy's largest grand cru sites holders, Domaine Faiveley, is making a sharp turn away from his father's big and tannic winemaking style.
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A whisky bar in Scotland had the best response to a one-star review on Tripadvisor
26 January 2018

A Glaswegian whisky bar has delivered a fiery retort to a punter who left it a one-star review on TripAdvisor.
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Tequila drives Diageo sales as vodka continues to slide
26 January 2018

Diageo has reported a 1.7% uplift in its net sales in its 2018 half year results, which reached £6.5 billion, but warned that adverse exchange rates are expected to impact its end of year net sales by £460m, and take a £60m bite out of operating profits.
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Wine-soaked cheese selling for €200 a wheel
26 January 2018

A dairy in Treviso in northern Italy is selling wine-soaked cheese wheels nicknamed ‘drunken’ cheese at €200 a pop.
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‘Grotto wines’ make £950k in London
26 January 2018

A collection of fine wines stored in a grotto in a secret location in Northern Europe made almost £950,000 when sold in London by Sotheby’s earlier this week.
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Disneyland to get its first on-site brewery
25 January 2018

San Diego-based brewer Ballast Point is to open Disneyland's first on-site brewery, located in the Downtown Disney District, as well as a tasting room, kitchen and outdoor beer garden. 
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Budweiser now brews its US beers with 100% renewable energy
25 January 2018

Budweiser now brews all beers produced in the US with 100% renewable energy, the drinks brand announced this week.
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Anson: All change at Château Dauzac
25 January 2018

Jane Anson explores an 'abundance' of changes at Château Dauzac in Bordeaux's Médoc region in recent years. Decanter Premium members can also see her ratings and notes on many Dauzac vintages, following a vertical tasting.Château Dauzac has seen a whole host of changes in recent years. And a vertical of every vintage since 2000...
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Suspected French wine militants to be tried in court
25 January 2018

Several alleged members of the militant French winemaker group CRAV are set to face trial this March in a sign that authorities are attempting to crack down on a wave of protests.CRAV spilling Spanish wine onto a French motorway in April 2016. For a number of violent protests...
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US Wine Outlook Bullish Despite Bank Warning
25 January 2018

Growers are confident that California's boom times show no sign of ending – and the future is red.
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Tasted: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2015 wines in the bottle
25 January 2018

Decanter's content director, John Stimpfig, was fortunate enough to be invited to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's annual in-bottle tasting, hosted by the Burgundy estate's exclusive UK agent, Corney & Barrow.The DRC 2015 vintage is highly anticipated. See our in-bottle scores for the 2015 DRC wines...
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Burns Night: Wines and whiskies to match with haggis
25 January 2018

If you're celebrating Burns Night 2018 then haggis is likely to make an appearance. Here are the wine styles that Decanter team members would choose to match with this famous Scottish dish, plus some ideas for those sticking to the traditional Scotch whisky. Addressing the haggis on Burns Night... Before you start on the Scotch...
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Women and Wine: How Alcohol Affects Female Health (Wine Spectator)
25 January 2018

Alcohol consumption affects women differently, offering both additional concerns and benefits
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Bottega: I want to be the da Vinci of wine
25 January 2018

Sandro Bottega, founder of Prosecco producer Bottega, aspires to be the Leonardo da Vinci of the wine world in terms of innovation and invention.
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LoneWolf installs a free pop-up gin and tonic vending machine in London
25 January 2018

LoneWolf Spirits, the distilling arm of Scottish craft brewer Brewdog, has installed a free pop-up gin and tonic vending machine in London, as it celebrates the launch of its pre-mixed gin and tonic cans in Tesco.
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Natural wine festival RAW London returns for 2018
25 January 2018

The Raw Wine Festival is returning to London for a seventh consecutive year, it has been announced.
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De Villaine: ‘2015 is the most remarkable vintage of my career’
25 January 2018

Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has said the 2015 vintage ranks as perhaps the most remarkable of his half a century long career.
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ProWein to shine a light on craft beer and cider
25 January 2018

Craft beer and cider will be given the limelight at ProWein in March, with over 70 beer and cider producers signed up to exhibit their wares at the trade show in Dusseldorf.
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Spanish brewery launches charitable craft beer made with Tempranillo grapes
24 January 2018

Spanish brewery Cerveza Mica, in collaboration with the town council of Moradillo de Roa, has launched a 'vintage beer' called El Cotarro made with Tempranillo grapes.
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AB InBev confirms beer prices will rise this year
24 January 2018

Beer giant AB InBev as confirmed it will raise prices across its entire portfolio thanks to "ongoing pressure" from the UK economy.
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Spain’s 2017 harvest down 20%
24 January 2018

Spain's 2017 grape harvest is expected to be down by nearly 20% on 2016, according to provisional estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture, surpassing previous estimates of a 15% decline in the wake of spring frosts, heatwaves and drought. 
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Chef James Durrant steps down from The Game Bird
24 January 2018

James Durrant has stepped down from his position as executive chef at The Stafford in London, home to the The Game Bird restaurant, and former chef director of the Salt Yard Group, Ben Tish, has been appointed culinary director.
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Mayor of Venice steps in after tourists charged £970 for meal
24 January 2018

The mayor of Venice has promised to investigate after a group of Japanese tourists called the police after they were presented with a £970 bill for a plate of fried fish, four steaks and a bottle of wine while dining near St Mark's Square.
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Taste rare wines at our Spanish fine wine masterclass
24 January 2018

Sarah Jane Evans MW talks through some of the fine wines that will be available for guests to taste at the first masterclass of our Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter, including several vintages of Pingus and a Carignan from 1902. Sarah Jane Evans MW to host tasting of rare wines...
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Oregon's Willamette Valley Vineyards Buys Maison Bleue Winery in Walla Walla Valley (Wine Spectator)
24 January 2018

The deal cements a partnership with winemaker Jon Meuret, who will make Syrah from the Walla Walla Valley's The Rocks District
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8 & $20 Recipe: Beef Pot Roast with Root Vegetables (Wine Spectator)
24 January 2018

Take the chill off winter with this hearty dish and a ripe, supple Cabernet
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What has Gran Selezione done for Chianti?
24 January 2018

Monty Waldin reports on the debate around Chianti Classico’s top-tier Gran Selezione classification, which is still raging four years after the first releases, and suggests several wines to try... Gran Selezione wines have caused debate in Tuscany. Four years on from the first release of Chianti Classico’s top-tier Gran Selezione wines, Monty Waldin assesses the ongoing debate around t...
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Wine Australia CEO: China ‘engine room for growth’
24 January 2018

China is “the engine room” for the growth of Australian wine sales, stated Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark at a more...
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What is Satèn wine? – ask Decanter
24 January 2018

Find out about this sparkling wine from the Franciacorta region, and see three to try from our tasters...Have you tried Satèn wine? Find out more about this sparkling wine...
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Accolade launches fine wine arm in UK
24 January 2018

Accolade Wines has announced it is launching Fine Wine Partners in the UK and Ireland in order to “champion” the top end range of Australian and other New World wines in its portfolio including Petaluma and Stonier.
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Third of all alcohol sold in England consumed by 4% of population
24 January 2018

Less than 5% of England's population is responsible for a third of all alcohol consumption in the UK, according to Public Health England, which has argued that minimum unit pricing would help reduce instances of problem drinking.
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Vinexpo New York unveils masterclass lineup
23 January 2018

Vinexpo New York has revealed the lineup of masterclasses that will be held at its upcoming exhibition in March, with some of the biggest names in the business signing up to host sessions on a variety of topics.
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CVNE buys Cava producer Roger Goulart
23 January 2018

Historic Rioja estate CVNE has bought Cava producer Roger Goulart in the company’s first acquisition outside of Rioja.
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BBPA calls for higher stakes on fruit machines as UK set to cap fixed odds betting terminals at £2
23 January 2018

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the government to raise the stakes on gaming machines in a bid to combat declining beer sales.
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Fiancé of Princess Eugenie named Casamigos ambassador
23 January 2018

Princess Eugenie's fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, has multiple interests in the wine and spirits industry, having recently been named UK brand ambassador of George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila and the founder of his own wine merchant business. 
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105-year-old abseiling pensioner says whisky is key to his vitality
23 January 2018

Plucky pensioner Jack Reynolds, who holds the world record for being the oldest person to ride a rollercoaster, has completed three trial abseils and attributes his success to the healing powers of whisky. 
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Herbologist launches trio of colour-changing gins
23 January 2018

Edinburgh-based distillery The Old Curiosity has released a trio of virtuous gins that draw inspiration from the apothecary, are free of chemicals and sugars and change colour with the addition of tonic.
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Burns Night: Scotland’s wine pioneers
23 January 2018

Scotland may be better known for its whisky than wine, but that hasn’t stopped these Scots venturing to more reliable wine regions down through the centuries. Read more below and find a wine for the night itself… Scotland has more influence on wine than you'd think...
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CVNE buys historic Cava producer
23 January 2018

Rioja giant CVNE has made its first foray into Cava with the purchase of Roger Goulart.One of Cava's oldest producers has been bought by CVNE... Rioja's CVNE expands into Cava country...
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Premier Cru Victims Stung Again
23 January 2018

The Berkeley store's sorry saga of sex, lies and regret has another instalment, cheated customers discover.
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Bacardi buys Patrón Tequila in $5.1 billion deal
23 January 2018

Spirits giant Bacardi is buying ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón in a deal that values Patrón at $5.1 billion, eclipsing the Diageo / Casamigos deal by $4.1bn.
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Top Hunter Valley restaurants
23 January 2018

Mike Bennie picks his top places to eat and drink when visiting Australia's Hunter Valley...Margan Where to wine and dine...
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Barolo and Barbaresco legend Bruno Giacosa dies
23 January 2018

Bruno Giacosa, one of the leading lights of Piedmont for several decades, has died in hospital at the age of 88.Bruno Giacosa, a pioneer of Italian wine. One of Italy's best winemakers...
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Wine & Design: Housing Bubbles With Naeem Khan (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

The Champagne-loving fashion mogul creates a home base in Miami
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Wine Spectator Announces Winner of 2017 Sweepstakes (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

The California sommelier will receive the Top 10 wines of 2016
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Legendary Barbaresco Winemaker Bruno Giacosa Dies at 88 (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

Known as “the Maestro,” he crafted exquisite wines for more than 50 years
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Former Assistant to Goldman Sachs Executive Indicted for Theft of $1.2 Million in Rare Wines (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

Nicolas De-Meyer allegedly sold wines from his boss David Solomon's cellar, including seven bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, before fleeing the country
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Le Pupille Saffredi wines to drink and for the cellar
23 January 2018

Stephen Brook investigates how a family estate in a quiet Maremma backwater has risen to prominence as the producer of highly regarded Super Tuscan wine, Saffredi... Stephen Brook reports from a vertical tasting...
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Final call for Rosé Masters 2018 entries
23 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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‘Prohibition style’ raids on bars in British Columbia
23 January 2018

Authorities in British Columbia have been accused of ‘Prohibition style’ raids on several bars that saw hundreds of bottles of Scotch worth thousands of dollars confiscated because they were not bought through the provincial monopoly.
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The best Sauvignon Blancs from the 2017 Global Masters
23 January 2018

While consumers love Sauvignon Blanc, many in the trade treat it with disdain. But as our annual competition shows, in the right hands, this grape can create genuinely exciting expressions – at all price points.
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Hambledon to offer seasonal ‘yoga in the vineyard’ retreats
23 January 2018

English winery Hambledon has announced that it is offering a programme of seasonal yoga retreats designed to mirror the growth cycle of grapevines. 
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This company is building a cannabis farm on a former Fetzer vineyard
23 January 2018

Cannabis is flourishing in California's wine country as one producer is transforming the original Fetzer vineyard into a weed farm and B&B.
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CAMRA moves to expand remit to cider and perry
23 January 2018

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has proposed changes that would see its remit expand to include cider and perry for the first time and its focus shift "beyond traditional pubs", ahead of a revamp of the organisation's priorities in April.
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Bruno Giacosa dies
22 January 2018

Legendary Barolo producer Bruno Giacosa has died aged 88 it has been reported.
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Martin Miller’s gin sells majority stake
22 January 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company, which owns brands including Licor 43 and Ramón Bilbao, has acquired a majority stake in Martin Miller's gin, continuing a string of purchases in recent months that has included polka-dotted sangria brand Lolea, US whiskey Yellow Rose and Villa Massa Limoncello.
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Pub giant EI Group prepares for High Court appeal
22 January 2018

EI Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, has applied for permission to appeal against a decision by the Pubs Code Adjudicator which ruled that its tied tenant contracts do not comply with its new regulations. 
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‘Innovative’ Oakham Ales founder John Wood dies
22 January 2018

John Wood, the founder of Peterborough brewery Oakham Ales and a "pioneer" in the UK's real ale scene, has died.
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Jefford on Monday: Tenants and sharecroppers
22 January 2018

Andrew Jefford explains a secret of French vineyard ownership. Beaujolais vineyards in Brouilly. Andrew Jefford looks at how it works...
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Annual tasting of Austrian Wine London
22 January 2018

Promotional feature. On 5th February 2018, The Austrian Tasting will showcase more than 500 wines from 95 wineries. The Austrian Tasting will showcase more than 500 wines...
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Haut-Bailly announces Chris Wilmers as new president
22 January 2018

Chris Wilmers will succeed his late father, Bob, as president of Château Haut-Bailly.Château Haut-Bailly and its vineyards bathed in the summer sunshine. Bob Wilmers' son to take the reins...
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Wine Legend: Château Latour 1961
22 January 2018

What makes it a wine legend... What makes it a wine legend...
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Double decanting: When should you do it? – ask Decanter
20 January 2018

Double decanting is the process of decanting a wine twice; often the first into a decanter, and then back into the original – but now clean – bottle. But why do it? See below...Double decanting can work well, but be careful with older, more fragile vintages. When to double decant wine, and why...
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The War of the Rosés is Over at Last
20 January 2018

In a fierce struggle in the French courts, the little guy has had an unlikely win.
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
20 January 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 'marzipan' and 'juniper berries'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Wild Card head brewer Jeaga Wise appointed SIBA director
20 January 2018

Wild Card Brewery's Jaega Wise has been elected as a director for The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
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Top Corison wines: From 1989 to 2014
20 January 2018

See William Kelley's ratings from a vertical tasting of Cathy Corison's Napa Cabernet wines conducted exclusively for Decanter Premium members. Plus, read his interview with Corison, originally published in Decanter magazine's May 2016 issue...See the Corison wine ratings below. When Cathy Corison packed all her possessions into her Volkswagen Beetle and moved to Napa in 1975, the valley was &#823...
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Northern Rhône 2015: Panel tasting results
20 January 2018

Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas are Syrah powerhouses, and all three expressed themselves to their utmost in the excellent 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône. See the results of our recent panel tasting below, and read an introduction by Matt Walls... See the ratings from this excellent vintage...
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db Drinks: Waeska
20 January 2018

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Waeska bar at The Mandrake hotel for expertly mixed cocktails inspired by medicinal plants and magnificent mythical taxidermy.
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The week in pictures
20 January 2018

This week in the world of drinks, Will Ferrell whiled away the day in Yarra Valley, we sampled the pre-prohibition whiskeys now available at Grosvenor House, and one brewery doggo finally got the recognition she deserves.
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‘A Good Year’ author dies
20 January 2018

Peter Mayle, the author behind a number of fictional books set in Provence with wine at their heart, has died aged 78.
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Two Chinese arrested for selling spirits to North Korea
20 January 2018

Two Chinese nationals are accused of violating Japanese sanctions for selling banned goods to North Korea including bottles of whisky, brandy and other alcoholic beverages.
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Spanish film journalist receives top award at Bodega Matarromera
20 January 2018

Spanish film journalist Javier Angulo has been presented with the Matarromera Golden Insignia by Carlos Moro, president of Bodega Matarromera, for his role in the dissemination of art and culture in Spain. 
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‘Best ever’ ‘Selección Especial’ from La Rioja Alta released
20 January 2018

The 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 890 ‘Selección Especial’ – considered the estate’s “top wine” – has been released in the UK.
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DRC winemaker Bernard Noblet to retire
20 January 2018

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's long-standing winemaker and cellarmaster, Bernard Noblet, is to retire at the end of this month. DRC Romanée-Conti wines from the 1990 vintage have been big sellers at auction. Handover at DRC set for next month...
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André Simon Awards: ‘By the Smoke and The Smell’
20 January 2018

In the run up to the André Simon Awards this February, the drinks business will be publishing an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First up is Thad Vogler's 'By the Smoke and The Smell' published by Ten Speed Press.
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Building studio constructs tiny $85k house around whiskey still
20 January 2018

Indiana-based building studio Carpenter Owl has constructed a 6.7 metre long wooden building, housing a family's heirloom whiskey still, at a cost of US$85,000.
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Brexit driving London restaurant closures
20 January 2018

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin’s much loved Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Marylebone is to close next month after losing a fifth of its staff in the wake of the Brexit vote.
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Continuity at Haut-Bailly as Wilmer’s son takes over
19 January 2018

Chris Wilmers has taken charge of Château Haut-Bailly and Le Pape following the death of his father ‘Bob’ last year.
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Samuel Adams launches co-fermented craft beer
19 January 2018

Boston brewery Samuel Adams has launched a new hybrid brew produced by co-fermenting a lager and an ale called Sam '76, which it hopes will better compete with imported lagers such as Corona and Stella Artois.
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DRC winemaker retires
19 January 2018

The longstanding winemaker at famed Burgundian estate Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Bernard Noblet, is stepping down it has been announced.
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UK resident tries to put birthday drinks at Glasgow nightclub on tax return
19 January 2018

Ahead of the January self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the amusing items Brits have tried to claim for including birthday drinks, candles and Prosecco and 250 days worth of sausage and chips. 
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Unfiltered: 'Wine Spectator' Banned in New Jersey Prisons? Plus, 'Bachelor' Heads to Hall Winery (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

We contacted the Dept. of Corrections to find out why this might be contraband. Also in Unfiltered, Yellow Tail is back on the road to the Super Bowl
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The making of Montalcino
19 January 2018

Should Brunello be made more like a Burgundy or a Bordeaux? Producers have tried both approaches over the years, says Monty Waldin, but have now acquired the knowledge and confidence to plough their own furrow...Tenute Silvio Nardi's Manarchiara vineyards, with Montalcino in the distance. Should Brunello be made more like a Burgundy or a Bordeaux?
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Hunter Valley wineries to visit
19 January 2018

The appeal of the Hunter Valley is broad, says Mike Bennie, who picks some of the top wineries to visit...Tyrrell's vineyards There is broad appeal to the Hunter Valley...
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Turning Tables: The NoMad Roams to Los Angeles (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

New York's Make It Nice group heads west with a new restaurant and hotel. Plus, Proof in D.C. welcomes a new chef, Del Frisco's Chicago has a new bubbly lounge and more
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Restaurant Spotlight: Fresco Italian Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

Enjoy a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning list in paradise
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How to taste gin like a professional
19 January 2018

A gin boom has seen the number of UK distilleries more than double in the last five years, to 315, with 49 new distillers starting up in 2017, according to customs figures released this week. But how much do you know about tasting gin? Amy Wislocki asked experts for some pointers...Forget the highball glass for gin & tonic, you need something like this. Tips from the experts...
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Guinness has launched a new ‘full flavoured’ non-alcoholic beer
19 January 2018

Diageo-owned brewer Guinness has bolstered its teetotal range with a non-alcoholic beer it claims stands "shoulder to shoulder" with its most popular serves.
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US driving global growth of still and sparkling wines
19 January 2018

America is driving volume and value growth of both still and sparkling wines and will spend $45 billion on wine in 2021, according to new figures from Vinexpo.
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Bordeaux Crus Bourgeois to reintroduce hierarchy classification
19 January 2018

The Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has announced it has received ministerial approval to launch yet another new classification system that will come into effect with the 2018 vintage’s release in 2020.
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Tiny Surrey gin distillery supplying Fortnum & Mason moves from a kitchen to a barn
19 January 2018

The Gin Kitchen, based in Dorking, is set to ramp up its production as it moves to a larger site and works with high-end department store Fortnum & Mason on a collaboration for Chinese New Year.
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Arbor becomes latest brewery to swap glass bottles for cans
18 January 2018

US brewery Arbor has become the latest in a long line of producers to switch from glass bottles to aluminium cans.
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Fine wine investment: sparkling potential
18 January 2018

The Champagne sector lies somewhere between Bordeaux and Burgundy in terms of complexity and investors wondering what Champagne might offer them would do well to get acquainted with its ins and outs.
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Global Brands takes on Brewdog’s LoneWolf Spirits
18 January 2018

LoneWolf Spirits, the distilling arm of Scottish craft beer company BrewDog, has confirmed a distribution partnership with Global Brands, allowing it to increase its presence in the UK on-trade.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
18 January 2018

Hong Kong's drinks trade is in full speed ahead after holidays, with public listing of the city's importer Wine's Link Ltd, and a first-time Ningxia wine competition and a new bar opening that would certainly excite the city's Agave spirit fanatics.
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Pernod Ricard takes full control of Avión Tequila
18 January 2018

Pernod Ricard acquired the remaining shares in Avión Tequila from its founder Ken Austin, as well as those held by Grammy award-winning rapper Jeezy.
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Chateau Musar – Defying time
18 January 2018

Decanter's Christelle Guibert attended the Musar masterclass at November's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, tasting wines stretching back to 1974...Marc Hochar hosts the Musar masterclass at 2017's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter. Wines stretching back to 1974...
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FBI takes over investigation into US brewing equipment manufacturer
18 January 2018

The FBI has taken over an investigation into a manufacturer of brewing equipment that is accused of defrauding craft breweries across the US out of tens of thousands of dollars.
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Anson: Jesse Katz – Remember the name
18 January 2018

Jane Anson meets a hotly tipped young winemaker who has already produced one of the most expensive wines in the world.Jesse Katz hard at work. Jane Anson meets a rising star of wine...
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US Wine Growth Slows as Clouds Gather
18 January 2018

America's wine industry is still expanding, but there's a correction on the way, an expert warns.
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DRC Marks the End of an Era
18 January 2018

One of the most important components of DRC's success is stepping back from center stage.
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Rudy Buratti, Castello Banfi Winemaker, Dies at 56 (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

The Trento native spent his entire professional career in Montalcino making high-quality Brunellos
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Cos d’Estournel to launch luxury ‘COS100’ wine
18 January 2018

Bordeaux second growth Château Cos d'Estournel is set to release a new cuvée this year.The new COS100 from the Bordeaux 2015 vintage. St-Estèphe estate to launch Merlot cuvée...
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California’s Vintage Wine Estates Buys Historic Washington Winery Tamarack Cellars (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

The Sonoma-based wine company was looking for a Walla Walla brand with history and quality
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Private Cellars: A California Wine Connection (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

Bob Clark's hand-built cellar is a paean to 30 years of Napa collecting
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Dartmoor Whisky Distillery adopts George the pony
18 January 2018

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery is pledging its support for the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) by 'adopting' George, one of the trust's ponies. 
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Ladbrokes offers odds on which wines will be served at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
18 January 2018

We teamed up with bookies at Ladbrokes, who have sent us their predictions for the sparklers and still wines to feature at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding breakfast.
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China’s Alibaba shuts down 240k ‘shops’ for selling fakes
18 January 2018

China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba has reportedly shut down over 240,000 shops for selling counterfeit products from designer bags to fake wines on its platform in 2017
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Irish officials seize €107,000 worth of beer in Rosslare
18 January 2018

Irish Revenue officials have seized over 25,800 litres of beer, worth €107,000, at Rosslare Europort last Wednesday. 
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Australia accuses Canada of discriminating against imported wines
18 January 2018

Australia has filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organisation accusing Canada of placing "discriminatory" rules on the sales of imported wine.
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Police swoop on Languedoc winemakers
18 January 2018

French police arrested seven winemakers in the Languedoc this week and are holding them without charge, leading to a standoff between growers and riot officers in Montpellier.
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Gin ‘key driver’ as UK distillery numbers rise by 127% in five years
18 January 2018

The latest figures from HMRC have revealed that a total of 42 new distilleries were opened in the UK in 2017, bringing the total to 315 and representing a 127% rise in five years. 
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Cognac exports continue upward trend to reach record high
17 January 2018

Cognac exports continued to grow in 2017 for a third consecutive year, reaching their highest ever levels in both volume and value, despite the April 2017 frosts, which according to the BNIC, affected production less than expected.
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Tapì Group continues expansion with T&G purchase
17 January 2018

Closures producer Tapì Group has continued its international expansion with the acquisition of European-based closures distributor T&G.
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Building a Better Bitters (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Learn the roots of these cocktail-improving concoctions
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Devastating Mudslides Kill 20 in Santa Barbara County; Historic San Ysidro Ranch Resort Sustains Heavy Damage (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Main highway to Los Angeles is closed, hurting sales for winery tasting rooms and restaurants
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French Winemaker Arrests Cause Outrage
17 January 2018

Early-morning raids in the south of France have seen six men arrested, but police won't say why.
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30 great New World buys under £30
17 January 2018

We asked Peter Richards MW to scour the New World regions and pick out the best value wines he’s come across of late. The resulting selection reveals some of the most intriguing, exciting and mould-breaking winemaking in the world today. What defines ‘New World’? And what do we as wine lovers want and expect of it? These two questions merit
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The Value of Value Wine (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Why it's vital to seek value wines
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The risk-takers: The realities of buying a vineyard
17 January 2018

Giving up the daily grind to make wine in idyllic surroundings sounds like living the dream, but what are the realities? Anne Krebiehl MW meets several 'renegades' who halted other careers to pursue winemaking...Kutch vineyards in Sonoma. The people who gave up jobs to make wine...
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More evidence of Savagnin’s history emerges
17 January 2018

New research into the genetics of ancient grape seeds has hinted further that Savagnin and other grapes still grown today have been in cultivation for 1,000 years or more.
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Rumours build over sale of Cava brand Freixenet to Henkell
17 January 2018

Henkell has reportedly taken another step closer to acquiring Cava brand Freixenet, with crunch meetings reportedly taking place this week.
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Lost + Found A.BL partners with Tate Modern
17 January 2018

UK independent brewery Lost + Found A.BL will takeover the Terrace Bar at Tate Modern as the drinks maker celebrates the launch of a new permanent production site in Sussex.
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New Zealand eyes premium low alcohol wine sector
17 January 2018

As demand for low alcohol wine grows New Zealand is working to ensure it is ahead of the curve, having crossed the half way point of a seven-year research project into the production of premium, naturally-made low alcohol wines, trading off the success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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Eagles fan steals the show with beer drinking antics
16 January 2018

A fan of American football team the Philadelphia Eagles caught viewers’ eyes last weekend with his beer drinking antics before his side’s divisional game against Atlanta.
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UK Government denies seeking ‘calorie caps’ on restaurant food
16 January 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has denied rumours that the UK government is planning to enforce "calorie caps" in restaurants, after it was widely reported in the national media.
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China’s JD.com invests in Vietnam’s leading B2C company Tiki
16 January 2018

JD.com, China's largest online retailer, has expanded its foothold in Southeast Asia with its latest investment in Tiki, Vietnam's leading B2C e-commerce platform.
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Music executive and Burgundy producer launch Oregon Pinots in HK
16 January 2018

With Oregon’s growing reputation for Pinot Noir, Domaine Nicolas Jay has followed in the footsteps of fellow Oregon producers and released four Pinot Noirs in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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Vegan trend raises questions for wine
16 January 2018

Veganism is going mainstream and early signs suggest that wine could be one of the focal points for debate in 2018. Vegan wine could be in the spotlight this year...
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Loeb not gone: relocation to Mayfair announced
16 January 2018

After a scare that the departure of its directors and non-trading status meant a shock end for UK merchant OW Loeb, it has been announced the company is not closing and instead has relocated to Mayfair.
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Champagne Gives Thanks for a Vintage Crop
16 January 2018

Growers and winemakers gather to celebrate another great vintage and to look to a greener future.
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Bob Maybank of London City Bond dies
16 January 2018

Fine wine logistics firm London City Bond (LCB) has announced that Bob Maybank, the firm's customer services manager, has died.
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Drinks trade charity tackles mental health with #notalone campaign
16 January 2018

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in the drinks trade with the aim of encouraging a stigma-free environment, while encouraging those in need of its support to get in touch.
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DJ turns tables on booze with ‘sober clubbing’ in Glasgow
16 January 2018

Ronnie Whittaker, organiser of sober clubbing events in Glasgow, was turned down by almost 20 clubs he asked to host more...
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Bob Bob Ricard to take airline pricing model
16 January 2018

Bob Bob Ricard, the Soho restaurant famed for its ‘press for Champagne’ button, is to take a novel approach to pricing inspired by the airline industry, charging less at off-peak times.
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Smart wine rack makes organising your wine easy
16 January 2018

A crowd-funded smart wine rack that lets you know when your wines have reached their drinking window and suggests pairings is in development.
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A farewell to OW Loeb?
15 January 2018

UK fine wine merchant OW Loeb appears to be in the throws of closure, with all save one director having resigned and its status listed as ‘non-trading’ on Companies House.
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London’s 10 most expensive dishes
15 January 2018

From kobe beef steaks and white truffle pizzas to coq au vin laced with Grand Cru Chambertin, we round up the 10 most expensive dishes ever to be served in London
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CAMRA launches new app which tells you where to find your nearest real ale pub
15 January 2018

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a new app which uses social media to connect a younger, tech-savvy group of beer fans.
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Jefford on Monday: To cru or not to cru
15 January 2018

Priorat is going for it; Sancerre is holding back. Andrew Jefford considers the two approaches.Vineyards in Priorat, where winemakers are mapping out a new 'cru' system. Diverse approaches in Priorat and Sancerre...
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Final call for Organic Masters 2018 entries
15 January 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Organic Masters 2018 are being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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Top scoring Chablis 2016 wines
15 January 2018

See the top scoring Chablis 2016 wines, rated by William Kelley following his en primeur tastings in Burgundy. Top scoring Chablis 2016 wines. The top scorers...
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Asda claims minimum alcohol price law has cost it over £1m
15 January 2018

In a statement submitted to the Welsh Assembly's health committee, UK supermarket Asda has said that preparing for the new minimum alcohol price law in Scotland cost it over £1 million. 
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Riedel launches ‘dog’ decanter to mark Chinese New Year
15 January 2018

Austrian crystal glassmaker Riedel has unveiled a new 'Dog' decanter to celebrate Chinese Year of the Dog.
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Seedlip plans brand expansion with ex-Moët Hennessy appointment
15 January 2018

Seedlip has announced the appointment of Claire Smith-Warner, former head of spirit creation at LVMH Moët Hennessy, as it prepares to expand its range of non-alcoholic distilled spirits.
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What is Amarone wine? – ask Decanter
15 January 2018

Have you tried Amarone della Valpolicella? Find out where and how it is made... See our bitesize guide...
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Huneeus Turns his Eyes to Oregon
15 January 2018

Amid cries of "Napafication", the Chilean wine mogul says Oregon Pinot is where it's at.
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Wine Legend: Viñedo Chadwick 2000
15 January 2018

What makes it a wine legend? ‘A beautiful expression of Cabernet fruit...'
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Top restaurants in Bolgheri to visit
13 January 2018

Helen Farrell picks the must-visit restaurants to try when visiting Bolgheri...Trattoria del Papero Eat like a local...
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Amarone: a buyer’s guide
13 January 2018

Opening a bottle of Amarone is always a treat, but it can be hard to know what you’re getting when you buy. Michael Garner explains what lies behind the varied styles on offer, and picks his favourite wines of the moment... Drying grape on racks at the Bertani estate. Opening a bottle of Amarone is always a treat...
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The World's Best Malt Whiskies
13 January 2018

In a move likely to outrage whisky fans, Natalie Sellers tries to rank the highest-scoring malts.
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Brewdog clears crowdfunding target ahead of schedule
13 January 2018

Brewdog has cleared the £10m target on its latest round of crowdfunding with three days still left to go.
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Sotheby’s begins London sales with wines stored in remote grotto
13 January 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s will begin its slate of fine wine sales in London this year with an array of rare labels that have been stored in a secret grotto in Northern Europe.
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Predictions for 2018 (Wine Spectator)
13 January 2018

What trends will the New Year bring for wine? We asked 6 wine pros what they foresee, would like to see … and would like to see go away
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Iron Maiden to release ‘Light Brigade’ beer
13 January 2018

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and Robinsons brewery have added a new beer to their ‘Trooper’ range, this time in support of military charity Help for Heroes.
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Travel: Top Bolgheri wineries to visit
13 January 2018

Helen Farrell picks her top Bolgheri wineries to visit...Caiarossa vineyards. Plan a winery tour...
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Pape Clement owner Bernard Magrez attacked at home
13 January 2018

Bernard Magrez, owner of several classified Bordeaux wine estates, has been attacked at his home but was physically unhurt and managed to untie himself and call police, according to reports.Bernard Magrez in Bordeaux. Estate owner managed to untie himself and call police...
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Saunders looks beyond Conviviality
13 January 2018

The former head of Bibendum and business development director at Conviviality, Michael Saunders, has scaled back his role at the drinks supplier to pursue other projects.
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Unfiltered with Castle Li of COFCO
13 January 2018

From counterfeit wines in China to mapping out Great Wall winery's global ambition and his passion for football, Castle Li of COFCO, arguably the most influential person in mainland China's wine industry, chats to dbHK in a no-holds-barred conversation.
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David Cameron is charging China’s wealthy elite £12,000 for dinner and a selfie
13 January 2018

Former Prime Minister David Cameron is charging wealthy business figures in China £12,000 for dinner and a selfie.
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Here’s why people think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will serve Chapel Down wines at their wedding
13 January 2018

Rumours abound that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will serve wines from Kentish vineyard Chapel Down at their wedding later this year.
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Stockton bar offers 1p gin to combat January blues
13 January 2018

Visitors to Oscar’s Gin Bar in Stockton-on-Tees this month can buy a measure of Gordon’s gin for £1 on Fridays and can double up on any gin on Thursday for 1p.
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Lisbon Story
13 January 2018

The Douro and Alentejo are probably the first wine areas that spring to mind when it comes to Portugal, but more...
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dbHK launches first Asian Beer and Cider Masters 2018
13 January 2018

Following the success of The Drinks Business Global Beer Masters, the drinks business Hong Kong is launching the Asian Beer and Cider Masters 2018.
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Disastrous Christmas for Tesco and M&S as UK retailers release festive trading figures
13 January 2018

The announcement of UK festive sales figures wiped $1 billion off the collective share prices of Tesco and M&S, although hit products such as Heston Blumenthal’s gin make the picture less bleak for Waitrose.
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Why Napa is shifting fast from blended wines to single vineyard expressions
13 January 2018

Napa, once a region that closely followed a Bordeaux wine-blending approach, is now mimicking Burgundy with a single-vineyard focus – and it's a trend gaining momentum, according to Jean-Guillaume Prats.
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The City Wine Show returns in 2018
13 January 2018

Following the success of the inaugural City Wine Show in September last year, the drinks business is pleased to announced that the second edition will take place this year in April.
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DB Eats: 10 Greek Street
13 January 2018

Soho hangout 10 Greek Street is a haven for urban oenophiles, writes Edith Hancock.
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Bernard Magrez attacked in his home
13 January 2018

The owner of Pape Clement, Bernard Magrez, was attacked by armed thieves in his home in Bordeaux in the early hours of Friday morning.
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The week in pictures
13 January 2018

From horse-drawn carriages filled with beer to the glitz and glamour of British GQ's London Fashion Week men’s closing dinner, the drinks trade has beaten the January blues this week.
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Mark Aylwin to leave Conviviality
13 January 2018

The managing director of UK drinks company Conviviality, Mark Aylwin, is to step down at the end of this month as the supplier announces a wave of organisational and directorial changes.
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XO classification rises to 10 year minimum
12 January 2018

The classification for XO Cognac is set to change from 1 April 2018 with the minimum age for spirit labelled XO rising from six to 10 years old.
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Coravin goes automatic with Model Eleven
12 January 2018

Coravin is planning to release an automated version of its wine preservation gadget together with an app that can match wines with music.Coravin Model Eleven. Set for launch in September...
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Napa Valley’s Huneeus Vintners Buys Oregon’s Benton-Lane Winery (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2018

Deal gives Agustín Huneeus Jr. a strong Pinot Noir brand and an option to purchase 142-acre vineyard
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Unfiltered: In Brutal Act of Wine Trolling, NFL's Cameron Jordan Gifts Jordan Cab to Rival as Consolation Prize (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2018

Now, winery owner John Jordan tells us he will host the Saints defensive end in Sonoma. Plus, actor-winemakers get in on Golden Globes Champagne shenanigans, and a second French Laundry thief is sentenced
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Spot the difference: Tirage and dosage in Champagne – ask Decanter
12 January 2018

Not sure what they mean? John Stimpfig explains...Champagne before disgorgement. Not sure about the difference..?
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Marqués de Riscal: Impeccable contemporary quality founded on old know-how roots
12 January 2018

Promotional featureFounded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de Riscal is steeped in tradition... Promotional feature Marqués de Riscal: Impeccable contemporary quality founded on old know-how roots Founded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de
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US investment company BlackRock invests in English winery Chapel Down
12 January 2018

Global investment company BlackRock, which is headquartered in New York, has acquired a 5.79% share in Kent-based winery Chapel Down. 
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The cru-isation of Barolo
12 January 2018

The trend towards ‘cru’ bottlings in Barolo is a thorny issue. Michaela Morris explores the background to the designation of these areas and picks out 18 shining examples...Vietti vineyards The trend towards ‘cru’ bottlings in Barolo is a thorny issue. Michaela Morris explores the background to the designation of areas (MGA) in 2010, and finds that while most producers favo...
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Lithuania enforces national alcohol ban
12 January 2018

Lithuania has introduced a new legislation banning alcohol advertising from all foreign and domestic TV, radio, printed media and the Internet, prompting government press distributors to start plastering over alcohol ads in print magazines.
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ProWein lays on boats to address hotel price hikes
12 January 2018

The organisers of ProWein have chartered four cruise ships to provide accommodation for visitors to the fair amid escalating hotel prices in Düsseldorf.
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Chinese museum named the world’s largest for bottle openers
12 January 2018

A beer-themed museum called Story Share in China’s Jiangxi province was recently certified by the World Record Certification Academy as the world’s largest private collection of beer bottle openers.
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London’s ‘first vegan pub’ launches
12 January 2018

The Spread Eagle, which sits on Homerton High Street in east London, opens today, becoming the first boozer in the capital to be 100% cruelty-free.
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China’s Changyu names new chairman
12 January 2018

China’s oldest winery, Changyu Pioneers, has announced a major leadership change, appointing its vice-chairman Zhou Hongjiang as its new chairman, the first change at such a high level in 20 years.
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Beefeater Gin announces finalists for its global bartender competition
12 January 2018

Beefeater Gin has announced the names of the 31 finalists who will battle it out to become the Mixldn Global more...
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d’Arenberg ‘Cube’ proves popular attraction
12 January 2018

The AU$13 million ‘Cube’ constructed in the vineyards of d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale as reportedly proved to be a popular attraction with 1,000 people a day visiting it since its opening last year.
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Final call for Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018 entries
11 January 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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Ramón Bilbao owner buys stake in Lolea sangria
11 January 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company, which owns brands including Licor 43, Ramón Bilbao and Villa Massa Limoncello, has acquired a strategic stake in the polka-dotted sangria brand Lolea.
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Anson: The women who shaped Bordeaux
11 January 2018

Jane Anson looks at the central role played by women throughout the history of Bordeaux wine and identifies a few key figures.Château Haut-Brion. Jane Anson identifies a few key figures...
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Tax Changes Hit Wine's Alcohol Levels
11 January 2018

Congress's tax reform has had an unintended consequence for those who don't appreciate high-alcohol wines.
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Size Matters: British Study Says Wineglasses Are Growing (Wine Spectator)
11 January 2018

Scientists have found that a daily glass of wine may offer health benefits, but how big is your glass?
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Tasting Gallica: Elegant Napa Cabernet
11 January 2018

Tina Gellie takes a look at Gallica, a personal project of former Spottswoode winemaker Rosemary Cakebread.Designs for Gallica wine labels were inspired by Japanese ink prints. Try a different take on Napa Cabernet...
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Decanter team New Year’s wine resolutions
11 January 2018

Have you dropped your New Year's resolutions yet? See the wine goals that several Decanter team members have set for themselves for 2018, from 'drinking smarter' to visiting the wine regions of China and Georgia...What new heights of wine knowledge could you reach this year? New year — new wines to try, new regions to travel to...
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Polpo pub Ape & Bird closes
11 January 2018

Ape & Bird, the central London gastropub founded by Russell Norman, pioneer of Venetian small plates chain Polpo, has closed its doors after four years in operation.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
11 January 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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12 exciting Argentinian wines under £25
11 January 2018

Decanter's Tasting team pick out 12 Argentinian wines under £25, including a barrel-fermented Torrontes and not one, but two, Amarone-inspired reds... Find a new wine from Argentina...
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Sotheby’s HK first wine auction in 2018 aims for HK$26m
11 January 2018

Sotheby's Hong Kong is hosting its first auction of 2018 this month, featuring 840 lots with estimated value in excess of HK$26 million, the auction house has announced. 
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Buckfast tonic wine hits record £43.2m sales high
11 January 2018

The monks at Buckfast Abbey made rather a lot of bang for their buckie after J Chandler & Co, the company which distributes the tonic wine, reported record sales of £43.2 million in the year ending March 2017. 
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Lafite and CITIC officially part ways in China
11 January 2018

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and CITIC International Investment Group have officially parted ways on Lafite’s Chinese winery project, citing CITIC’s shift to focus on its core business as main reason for the split, Lafite has announced.
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SPI loses Stoli Benelux trademark appeal
11 January 2018

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a 2015 ruling that gives the rights to sell the famous Russian vodka brand Stolichnaya in Benelux to a Russian state-owned company.
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ASA bans pub’s Nazi-themed ads for German night
11 January 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two Facebook adverts posted by a UK pub ruling that its use of a Nazi soldier to promote a German-themed evening was "inappropriate" and trivialised the events of the Second World War.
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13% price rise for medal-winning wines, says new study
11 January 2018

A working paper posted yesterday on the website of the American Association of Wine Economists claims that a producer can increase his prices by 13% if he gains a medal in a wine competition.
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Hospitality industry wages rise over 10% thanks to Brexit
11 January 2018

Hospitality wages are rising faster than any other sector as the alcohol industry faces a shortfall of workers amidst Brexit talks.
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Aglianico in Campania
11 January 2018

Susan Hulme MW profiles the best areas and producers of one Italy's oldest grapes. Plus see her top 12 Campania Aglianico wines, available exclusively to Decanter Premium members. Susan Hulme MW argues that Aglianico finds its best expression in Southern Italy's Campania...
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Manchester breweries suffer burglaries over the festive period
11 January 2018

Manchester-based breweries Cloudwater and Beer Nouveau suffered break-ins over Christmas and the New Year after getting caught up in a spate of burglaries in the area.  
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Ex-Porn Star Champagne Court Case a Fizzer
10 January 2018

A French aristocrat's attempt to uphold familial honor falls over as both sides pull out of court action.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken in Creamy Mushroom and White Wine Sauce (Wine Spectator)
10 January 2018

Boost the flavors of this winter dish with wild rice and a medium-bodied Italian white
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UNESCO world heritage wine regions to visit
10 January 2018

How many wine regions on the UNESCO list have you ticked off? Here is some inspiration for 2018, with links to full travel guides compiled by our contributors and in-house editorial team... Pantelleria island bush vines, off the coast of Sicily Inspiration for 2018...
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Isole e Olena: Cepparello wines to drink and to keep
10 January 2018

Christelle Guibert got to grips with the famed Tuscan estate at Decanter's Fine Wine Encounter in November 2017, during a masterclass hosted by owner Paolo de Marchi.Cepparello 2010 was one of several vintages tasted at DFWE 2017 in London. One of the first 'Super Tuscans'...
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ProWein 2018 to be biggest ever
10 January 2018

ProWein 2018 will be the biggest show ever staged by the Germany-based fair organiser, Messe-Dusseldorf – and it’s already sold out. 
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Put crown emblems back on UK pint glasses to restore national pride, petition argues
10 January 2018

A petition to restore the crown emblem to British pint glasses has gained over 10,000 signatures after it was launched two weeks ago.
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Man steals police car to get beer
10 January 2018

A 22-year-old Californian man has been charged with theft and driving under the influence after he stole a police car and drove to a liquor store to get more beer.
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Beer aims to raise awareness for manta rays
10 January 2018

Queensland-based Bargara Brewing Company has released an extra pale ale called Ray XPA which it hopes will draw attention to the plight of 900 manta rays and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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Sparflex takes over US wine foil maker Maverick
10 January 2018

French group Sparflex, a leading manufacturer of products used in wine packaging, has taken over US wine capsule-maker Maverick.
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Budweiser distribution centre suffers fire damage
10 January 2018

A warehouse in the US state of Georgia that distributes AB InBev-owned products, as well as other beer brands, was engulfed in flames on Monday after a suspected "construction accident". 
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There’s a Beer for That campaign tackles new industry threat
10 January 2018

The UK-based There's a Beer for That (TABFT) campaign, launched in 2014 to promote the beer category, has been scrapped and replaced with a new mission, having shifted its focus toward fighting further increases to beer and pub duty.
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Man behind India’s leading rum brand dies
10 January 2018

Kapil Mohan, the man behind the popularity of one of India’s most popular rum brands, Old Monk, has died aged 88.
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Steakhouse fined £50K for serving food on wooden boards
10 January 2018

A Birmingham steakhouse has been fined £50,000 for serving food on wooden boards that gave 14 people food poisoning.
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Molson Coors is giving away pints of beer for 70p – here’s how to get one
10 January 2018

Beer giant Molson Coors recently launched a new augmented reality campaign which gives punters the chance to win a pint of beer for just 70p.
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Majestic Wine Christmas sales rise
09 January 2018

Majestic Wine has reported a sales rise in the key Christmas period, but sales grew at a slower pace than last year in another sign of intense competition from own-label brands at supermarkets and discounters, including Aldi and Lidl, as well as pressure on household budgets. Christmas sales figures start to emerge...
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Bourgogne Côte d'Or – Death by Boredom?
09 January 2018

A new appellation covering Burgundy is hardly likely to spark excitement among wine lovers.
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Producer profile: Gravner
09 January 2018

Tom Cannavan visits Italy’s far northeast to meet Joško Gravner, an enigmatic winemaker who inspires extremes of praise and scepticism alike. Joško Gravner Not one for doing things in half-measures...
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Hong Kong Tycoon Peter Kwok Buys Bordeaux's Château Bellefont-Belcier (Wine Spectator)
09 January 2018

Chinese businessman adds St.-Émilion Grand Cru Classé estate and its 33.4 acres of vineyards to his growing winery portfolio
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My dream dozen: Italian whites
09 January 2018

See Tom Hyland's 12 all-time favourite dry white wines from across Italy, an eclectic collection offering abundant regional character and cellaring potential. Available exclusively to Decanter Premium members. See Tom Hyland's 12 all-time favourite dry white wines from the regions across Italy...
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Vegan wine boom to hit UK retail
09 January 2018

In keeping with the vegan food boom currently sweeping across Britain, vegan wines are set to be big in UK retail this year as supermarkets cash in on the trend.
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Constellation’s wine and spirits sales fall by 10.3% in Q3
09 January 2018

The value of Constellation Brand's shares have been shaken following the release of its third quarter results, with net sales of wine and spirits falling by 10.3% to $759 million, compared with the same period last year.
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Final call for Prosecco Masters 2018 entries
09 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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Chardonnay Masters 2017: the results in full
09 January 2018

Where once the choice for Chardonnay drinkers was either a big, buttery, oaky expression or, in response, an austere, lighter version, now producers have found an appealing middle ground, as Patrick Schmitt MW and fellow judges discover.
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Plans for Stirling’s first distillery given green light
09 January 2018

Stirling Gin has announced that it has been given planning permission to open the Scottish city's first distillery on the site of a Victorian blacksmiths. 
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Does alcohol improve your ability to play darts?
09 January 2018

Today, darts is a sober pursuit, but is it possible that imbibing at the Oche can improve your performance?
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Danish brewery Mikkeller releases organic beer crisps
08 January 2018

Danish brewery Mikkeller has joined forces with Lokale Rødder to release two types of organic beer crips: one flavoured with yeast and smoke, and the other with malt, yeast and hops. 
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Changes to the board at WSET
08 January 2018

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced several changes to its Board of Trustees, including a new chairman.
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16 new London restaurants to watch in 2018
08 January 2018

A host of big name chefs are opening their first solo ventures in London this year in what looks to be another explosive 12 months for food in the capital.
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UK government plans to extend pub hours for Royal Wedding
08 January 2018

The UK Government has announced plans to extend pub opening hours over the weekend of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May as it begins a four-week consultation into the event's celebratory arrangements.
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Jefford on Monday: Trouble with bottles
08 January 2018

Andrew Jefford weighs up an alternative to glass...Garçon Wines plastic wine bottle. Weighing up an alternative to glass...
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Wine holidays: Most read travel guides of 2017
08 January 2018

Where is your ideal wine holiday destination? Look back over some of the most read Decanter travel guides of 2017 and start booking… Time to plan some wine holidays?
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Wine Legend: Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982
08 January 2018

A 'headline' Bordeaux vintage.... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017: Babel, Budapest
07 January 2018

Find out why Fiona Beckett picked Babel as the Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017...Babel restaurant Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017: Babel, Budapest I have to confess, I didn’t visit Budapest in the expectation
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A Charles Heidsieck tasting to remember: the Collection Crayères
07 January 2018

Michael Edwards visited the Champagne house's cellars in Reims for a unique opportunity to taste old and rare vintages before they went to auction in December 2017...Part of the cellar at Charles Heidsieck in Reims See Michael Edward's notes and scores from a unique tasting...
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Decanter/Hine UK Restaurant of the Year 2017: Ynyshir, Machynlleth
06 January 2018

Ynyshir restaurant with rooms is located in the Welsh countryside north of Aberystwyth ‘Ingredient Led. Flavour Driven. Fat Fuelled. Meat Obsessed.’ So reads the notice over the archway to the kitchen at Ynyshir,
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Alice in Wine Wonderland
06 January 2018

Natural wine advocate Alice Feiring pens a love letter to the cradle of wine.
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New judges to join Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
06 January 2018

The Decanter World Wine Awards welcome new judges to the 2018 competition. Andrew Jefford, columnist for both Decanter.com and Decanter magazine, will be joining the chairmanship of the Decanter World Wine Awards
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Unfiltered Special: Cleveland Cavs Visit California Cab Country (Wine Spectator)
06 January 2018

Our inside look at the Napa wine-touring vacation LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and the rest of the ballers took last week
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Unfiltered: 2018 Predictions: Boat Christening Is the New Sabering, Wine Robots Learn to Love (Wine Spectator)
06 January 2018

What does 2018 have in store for drinks in pop culture? We predict wine movie sequels, a subway perk to ease your miserable commute, a surprise Nobel Prize winner and more
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Italy’s top Pinot Noirs
06 January 2018

Although it’s not an Italian native, Pinot Noir thrives in certain cool-climate spots across the country. Walter Speller charts its progress and recommends some of the best examples...Harvesting Pinot Noir in the alpine South Tyrol vineyard owned by Franz Haas. Italy’s top Pinot Noirs ‘My wish has always been to make a La Tâche 1953: elegance combined with power, and &#823...
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The Aromatic Wine Quiz – Test your knowledge
06 January 2018

Some white wines are made by adding flavours through ageing and wine making techniques; others have primary characteristics that sing aromatics in their purist form. How much do you know about these spicy, floral wonders? Let's find out with the Decanter aromatic wine quiz. Riesling grapes Start the aromatic wine quiz More Decanter.com wine quizzes: Wine tasting quiz Napa Valley wine quiz Reading...
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South Africa’s Distell is investing big in Britain
06 January 2018

Despite challenges for the UK drinks trade following the Brexit vote, South Africa’s Distell has made the British market a focus for future sales growth.
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White Castle vineyard launches ‘first fortified wine’ in Wales
06 January 2018

A Welsh vineyard is claiming to have bottled the nation's first-ever fortified wine.
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Villány: Cabernet Franc’s new frontier
06 January 2018

Although not well-known to most wine drinkers, Hungarian and more specifically Villány Cabernet Franc is quickly emerging as an exciting and bold new frontier for the grape. Peter McCombie MW found out more at last year's Franc & Franc conference.
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VisitScotland and TBAS unveil craft beer map
06 January 2018

National tourism agency VisitScotland and The Brewers Association of Scotland have unveiled an interactive craft beer map in a bid to boost brewery visitor numbers.
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Ghosthunters to investigate spirits at Jim Beam
06 January 2018

A team of ghosthunters are seeking out ghouls at Jim Beam's US distillery in the third season of 'Paranormal Lockdown'.
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Win two Italy Fine Wine Encounter 2018 tickets!
06 January 2018

Find out how you could be in with a chance of winning tickets worth over £100 Attending the 2018 Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter? Take part in our social media competition to be in with
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Worker injured in explosion at whiskey distillery
06 January 2018

A Wigle Whiskey employee has been injured at its distillery in Pennsylvania after a still exploded yesterday morning.
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Alcohol free ‘gin’ launches at £20 a bottle
06 January 2018

In time for Dry January, Borough Wines has launched an alcohol free ‘gin’ that mimics the aromatic profile and complexity of the spirit, priced at £20 a bottle.
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December in pictures: Hong Kong
06 January 2018

We round up the pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's festive December, from James Suckling's Great Wines of Italy Asia tour to dbHK's Christmas wine tasting and single-vineyard Oregon Pinots from music producer Jay Boberg.
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db Tours: Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick
06 January 2018

db's Phoebe French takes a tour of Fuller's and the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick which now exports its beers, including London Pride and ESB, to 85 different countries.
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Which Asian country drinks the most?
05 January 2018

A recently available 2015 report by WHO shows that South Koreans are Asia’s heaviest drinkers with the highest per capita alcohol consumption, thanks to Koreans’ taste for Soju, their fermented rice wine.
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Georgian wine exports hit 30 year high
05 January 2018

Georgia’s wine exports in 2017 reached their highest level for 30 years, with 76.7 million bottles of wine worth about US$170 million shipped to 53 countries, the Georgian National Wine Agency has announced.
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Accolade appoints ex-Moët manager as UK marketing director
05 January 2018

Accolade Wines has appointed former director and general manager of Moët Hennessy Diageo Singapore, David White, as its UK marketing director.
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Japan to raise beer prices
05 January 2018

Higher distribution costs and a labour shortage coupled with rising raw materials are going to push up beer prices in Japan this year.
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HDH number one fine wine auctioneer in US
05 January 2018

Hart Davis Hart was once again the leading fine wine auctioneer in the US in 2017, achieving a sales total of US$48.6 million and breaking several records along the way.
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
05 January 2018

After a season of indulgence, start 2018 with one of these low alcohol wines - all under £20 and rated by the experts... Start 2018 with a low alcohol wine style...
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Shipping Rules Cast Shadow Over Auctions
05 January 2018

As major carriers pull of the national shipping market, the American fine wine market stands to be transformed.
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Plans begin to rebuild Signorello
05 January 2018

The owners of Signorello Estate in Napa Valley have started plans for rebuilding after the winery was destroyed in the California fires in September. Signorello Estate saw its winery burned to the ground. Ray Signorello Jr said that all staff were safe, as was the 2017 and 2016 vintage, and has vowed to rebuild. After the Napa winery was destroyed in wildfires...
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New Zealand Chardonnay: Panel tasting results
05 January 2018

It’s all a question of balance, says Rebecca Gibb MW... New Zealand Chardonnay may have been out of the spotlight of late, but the wines are enjoying a revival of
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Restaurant Spotlight: Vaucluse (Wine Spectator)
05 January 2018

Luxurious New York dining inspired by French brasseries
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Turning Tables: Top Restaurant Stories of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
05 January 2018

From anticipated new openings to staff shuffles to closings, these chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs made the past year an exciting one in wine and food
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Top value white Burgundy 2016
05 January 2018

2016 was a mixed bag for whites, but there is still value to be found, says William Kelley... Top value picks...
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Mallya declared ‘proclaimed offender’ by Indian court
05 January 2018

Vijay Mallya, the former head of United Spirits, India's largest spirits group (now controlled by Diageo) was this morning declared 'proclaimed offender' by a court in Delhi.
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Uncorked: Sarah Jane Evans MW
05 January 2018

Fresh from being awarded the WSET's 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award, Sarah Jane Evans MW tells db what sparked her love of wine, how she is just as distracted by picture of cats as the rest of us and why she detests receiving bottles of wine wrapped in polystyrene.
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Alcohol damage to DNA is cause of cancer
05 January 2018

New research has found how excessive alcohol consumption causes various types of cancer – by damaging the DNA of stem cells.
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Captain Morgan’s snapchat filter has been banned
04 January 2018

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned a Snapchat filter promoting Captain Morgan rum, ruling it could appeal to under 18s.
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DWWA Regional Chair for USA: Karen MacNeil
04 January 2018

Karen MacNeil will be the Regional Chair for USA & Central America at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Karen MacNeil DWWA Regional Chair For the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Karen Macneil will be joining the Regional Chair panel, taking over USA & Central America.
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First UK pub named after Princess Charlotte
04 January 2018

The first pub in the UK to have been named after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, Princess Charlotte, has opened in Essex.
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Drunk man took £1,640 taxi ride through three countries on New Year’s Eve
04 January 2018

A Norwegian man woke up with a hangover and a hefty bill on New Year's Day after ordering a taxi from Copenhagen in Denmark and travelling for six hours through three countries to his home in Oslo. 
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Man in coma after Champagne bottle explodes between legs
04 January 2018

A Danish man has been left in a coma after a bottle of Champagne exploded between his legs as he tried to open it.
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Anson: 30 years of Pessac Léognan
04 January 2018

Jane Anson reports from the 30th anniversary tasting of Pessac Léognan at Latour Martillac...Harvest at Château Carbonnieux Jane Anson tastes the first vintages....
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Piedmont Winery Poderi Luigi Einaudi Buys 5 More Acres in Barolo (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2018

$4.2 million deal includes a winery and vineyards in Verduno's Monvigliero cru that will become the center of Einaudi's production
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Guy Fieri’s New York restaurant closes five years after ‘scathing’ zero-star review
04 January 2018

Drivers, Dine-ins and Dives star Guy Fieri has bid farewell to his New York restaurant after five years of controversy in the hospitality world.
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10 of the best London bars serving mocktails to get you through Dry January
04 January 2018

We've listed the best places to unwind with as many drinks as you like this month without the fear of a hangover.
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Get under the skin of a region and test your taste buds
04 January 2018

Want to improve your wine knowledge this year, but not quite sure where to start? Here are a few reasons why Decanter’s Discovery Theatres are the perfect starting point…Tasting wine at a Decanter 'discovery theatre' class on Muscat de Rivesaltes. Learn from the winemaker Winemakers and wine experts create an intimate and relaxed environment for a truly in-depth learning experience....
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Top value red Burgundy 2016
04 January 2018

Value-seekers should explore the Pinot Noirs of the Côte Chalonnaise, says William Kelley...Vineyards in Givry, Côte Chalonnaise Where the value is...
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Kensington Roof Gardens to close after 37 years
04 January 2018

London restaurant and event space Kensington Roof Gardens, famed for its tropical fauna and flock of resident flamingos, is to close after 37 years in business.
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Cellars in the Sky: Creative New York City Wine Collections (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2018

In the space-starved metropolis, wine collections take myriad forms
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Auction highlights: The most expensive wine lots of 2017
04 January 2018

Can you guess which bottles ranked as some of 2017’s highest selling fine wines at auction? Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses reveal their top wine lots of the year…Which wines were driving the bidding at auctions in 2017? Credit: Christie's Find out which legendary wines went under the hammer for eye-watering sums...
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The Decanter interview: Chris Howell
04 January 2018

The man behind the iconic Cain Five, Chris Howell of Cain Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley talks terroir and natural winemaking with Stephen Brook, explaining why he thinks wine is ‘intrinsically human’Chris Howell in the Cain vineyards The man behind the iconic Cain Five, Chris Howell of Cain Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley talks terroir and natural winemaking with Stephen Brook,...
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Durham Distillery to produce whisky
04 January 2018

Durham Distilleries has announced it is to produce a single malt whisky as part of an expansion this year, which will make it one of the northernmost whisky distilleries in England.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
04 January 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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Final call for Pinot Noir Masters 2018 entries
04 January 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 31 January.
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Bottle of vodka worth €1.1m stolen from Copenhagen bar
04 January 2018

A bottle of vodka believed to be one of the most expensive in the world which was on loan to a bar and museum in Copenhagen has been stolen following a break in this week.
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Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne awarded MBE
04 January 2018

Desmond Payne, master distiller of Chivas Brothers' Beefeater gin brand, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.
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Super-fast whisky ageing was discovered and then abandoned in 1950s
04 January 2018

Newly released documents show that a process for ageing Scotch whisky over a matter of hours rather than years was tried and then abandoned 70 years ago over fears it would damage the industry.
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Most exciting wines of 2017: Part two
04 January 2018

Find out the wines ranked from 75 - 120 in our most exciting wines of 2017 panel tasting... Part two of our tasting...
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Co-op is planning to open 100 new stores nationwide this year
03 January 2018

The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018.
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California allows drinks producers to pay for taxi rides home
03 January 2018

California has unanimously passed a bill that will allow drinks producers to offer free or discounted lifts through taxi companies and services like Uber to those out drinking.
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Founders of Amazon’s Wine.Woot launch direct to consumer wine model
03 January 2018

The founders of Woot.com, which was bought by Amazon in 2010 for US$110 million, have launched a new online wine outlet in the US in a bid to revive "the best model for online wine deals" after Amazon announced it was axing its wine business.
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More details revealed for Craft Beer Rising 2018
03 January 2018

As London trade festival Craft Beer Rising returns for its sixth year this February, the organisers reveal more details of what's in store.
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If You Read 1 Wine Book in 2018 … (Wine Spectator)
03 January 2018

Here are some suggestions
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Burgundy 2016: Full en primeur report
03 January 2018

Burgundy 2016 will be remembered for terrible frosts that took their toll on yields in many areas, including Premier and Grand Cru sites, but there is quality if you know where to look among the wines that made it through. Read William Kelley's in-depth report. A hot air balloon takes off over Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens during a lull in the Burgundy 2016 harvest. Where to look for quality and q...
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WSET Chief Executive awarded in New Year’s Honours
03 January 2018

Ian Harris, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2018. Harris has been awarded for his services to the wine and spirit industry. WSET Chief Executive awarded in New Year’s Honours Harris has been awarded this in recognition for his services to the &#8...
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Restaurant Talk: Syrah Stylings at South Africa's Rust en Vrede Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
03 January 2018

Owner Jean Engelbrecht and wine director Tawanda Marume deliver vinous Cape excellence at the restaurant on the acclaimed winery's property
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Rioja opens 2018 Wine Educators Programme
03 January 2018

The D.O.Ca Rioja Control Board has opened registrations for 2018 Rioja Wine Educators Programme for a second year.
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Girl, 4, nurses hangover after being served a vodka cocktail at Frankie & Benny’s
03 January 2018

A four-year-old girl has been left worse for where after staff accidentally gave her a vodka cocktail at a Frankie & Benny's in Warrington, UK.
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Top new products: January
03 January 2018

This month saw the arrival of a Scottish Absinthe, Bacardi team up with electronic music trio Major Lazer on a limited edition rum, and English wine producer Chapel Down venture into the world of spirits with a grape-based vodka and gin.
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Drunken bragging sparked FBI’s Trump probe
03 January 2018

A “night of heavy drinking” in the Kensington Wine Rooms in London was reportedly the catalyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s inquiries into president Donald Trump’s ties with Russia.
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Beach-goers build sand island to avoid booze ban
03 January 2018

A group of New Zealanders came up with an ingenious way of avoiding a beach booze ban this past New Year's Eve by building a sand island in the middle of an estuary at low tide.
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Rum poised to break £1 billion sales barrier
02 January 2018

Sales of rum in the UK are set to have crossed the £1 billion mark in 2017, after festive spending is taken into account, following in the footsteps of gin, which hit the milestone in 2016, according to the WSTA.
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Ian Harris awarded an MBE
02 January 2018

Ian Harris the chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.
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Top 20 wines of 2017 from Decanter Panel Tastings
02 January 2018

Our unique and famous Panel Tastings; three world class wine experts in their field review a flight of wines on a theme. Each give their own individual scores, which are then averaged to give an overall mark. This mark is based on the theme chosen. In 2017 we've had panel tastings from little known Atlantic reds in Spain, to Cool Climate Australian Chardonnay, to vintage Champagne, all the way to...
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Jefford on Monday: Wineism – towards a political philosophy of wine
01 January 2018

Andrew Jefford takes his cue for 2018 from the bottles...Torres Mas La Plana vineyard, Penedes Andrew Jefford's five rules of wineism...
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That Was the Year That Was
01 January 2018

Tom Jarvis looks at the stories that got wine-searcher users excited in 2017.
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How common are multi-vintage blends? – Ask Decanter
31 December 2017

John Stimpfig explains who is doing it...Penfolds g3 combines three Grange vintages. John Stimpfig explains who is doing it...
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