Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Scotland’s first organic whisky distillery opens
29 June 2017

A distillery claiming to be Scotland's first fully organic whisky distillery has officially opened, three months after starting production.
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Top 5 biggest price increases of Bordeaux 2016
28 June 2017

The five biggest price hikes (on paper) from the recent 2016 Bordeaux en primeur campaign.
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Uncorked: Katsuhisa Fujino of Château Mercian
28 June 2017

Katsuhisa Fujino, the chief winemaker at one of Japan's largest wineries Château Mercian, reveals his goal to turn the Kyushu region into a 'Wine Kingdom' in Japan and his friendship with the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux.
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Dynasty to sell off Tianjin winery facilities
28 June 2017

China's Dynasty Fine Wines has put its winery and part of its winery facility in its home base Tianjin up for sale for a total of RMB 400 million (US$58.7 million), as the company's financial woes deepen.
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What’s your insurance policy when the light goes out?
28 June 2017

Neil Davidson, managing director of London-based marketing agency HeyHuman, assesses the impact of ever tighter controls on tobacco advertising, the knock on effects for alcohol what it means for brand owners seeking to devise an effective marketing strategy.
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Student creates ‘probiotic’ beer
28 June 2017

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a sour beer that is good for your gut.
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Temper to open second site focused on gin and curry
28 June 2017

Chef Neil Rankin, the mastermind behind London's barbecue-based meat metropolis Temper, is to open a second site in the City specialising in curry cooked over an open fire pit, New World wines and gin.
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Carlsberg unveils ‘pioneering’ beer for HK
28 June 2017

Carlsberg Hong Kong has collaborated with New York beer brewer Brooklyn Brewery to create a craft beer called HK YAU brewed in Hong Kong exclusively for the city’s beer drinkers.
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Craft fights back against ‘big beer’ with independent seal
28 June 2017

The US Brewer's Association (BA) has introduced a new seal to indicate craft beers that have been brewed by independent brewers in response to the number of big beer owners snapping up craft breweries and releasing their own 'craft beer' brands.
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Organic Masters 2017: results and analysis
28 June 2017

We bring you the results of our inaugural Organic Masters – a competition designed to identify the best wines currently being made with certified-organic grapes.
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China takes new steps towards quality wine production, creating an ‘estate wine’ trademark
28 June 2017

Sixteen wineries in China are set to be granted an ‘estate wine’ trademark, as part of government efforts to establish official quality standards for those producing wines from their own vineyards. Sixteen wineries in China are set to be granted an ‘estate wine’ trademark, as part of government efforts to establish official quality standards for those producing wines from t...
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Greek grapes: What to look out for
28 June 2017

Whether trying Greek wines abroad or finding imported wines, explore some of these Greek grape varieties that make these wines great...Assyrtiko growing in Kavala, Macedonia, Greece Try some of these...
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Spain's Most Wanted Wines
28 June 2017

If you think you know what the most searched-for Spanish wines are, you're probably right.
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Grape Compounds May Help Fight Colon Cancer (Wine Spectator)
28 June 2017

A study analyzing the combined effects of resveratrol and grapeseed extract shows encouraging signs for health-conscious wine drinkers
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DWWA judge profile: Taina Vilkuna
28 June 2017

Taina Vilkuna is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine AwardsTaina Vilkuna Taina Vilkuna After studying International Politics at university, Taina Vilkuna soon let her passion for wine, especially Champagne, take the
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DWWA judge profile: Tamas Czinki
28 June 2017

Tamas Czinki is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine AwardsTamas Czinki Tamas Czinki Tamas Czinki was born and raised in Hungary where he started his 10 year career in the catering
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DWWA judge profile: Tim Triptree
28 June 2017

Tim Triptree is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017Tim Triptree Tim Triptree Tim Triptree is a Senior Specialist in the Wine Department and Director at Christie’s London. Tim joined Christie’s
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DWWA judge profile: Tim Hall
28 June 2017

Tim Hall is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017Tim Hall Tim Hall Tim Hall caught the wine bug and joined the wine trade in 1993, switching from a successful career
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DWWA judge profile: Treve Ring
28 June 2017

Treve Ring is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017Treve Ring Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, wine judge and speaker, with more than fifteen years’ experience
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DWWA judge profile: Victoria Burt MW
28 June 2017

Victoria Burt MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017Victoria Burt MW Victoria Burt MW Victoria Burt MW is the Product Development Manager for Wine Qualifications at the Wine & Spirit Education
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DWWA judge profile: Vincenzo Arnese
28 June 2017

Vincenzo Arnese is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Vincenzo Arnese Vincenzo Arnese Vincenzo Arnese is the current Bellavita/UKSA ‘Best Sommelier UK’ 2015. He has worked in restaurants in Switzerland, France
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DWWA Judge profile: Ying Guo
28 June 2017

Ying Guo is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Ying Guo Ying Guo Ying Guo is the Senior Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel China. Ying joined Four Seasons three years ago
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8 & $20 Recipe: Venezuelan Chicken Salad Arepas with a Douro White Wine (Wine Spectator)
28 June 2017

Stuff these simple, satisfying cornmeal cakes with a creamy chicken and apple salad, topped with cheese and avocado, and complemented by a Portuguese white
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Vinexpo Brings the Wine World Together (Wine Spectator)
28 June 2017

Vintners from more than 40 nations gather to talk business and celebrate a vibrant industry
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English wine producers ‘optimistic’ following UK heatwave
28 June 2017

English wine producers say they are more optimistic about this year’s harvest following last week’s heatwave, which has helped to mitigate the damage done to vineyards from the late Spring frosts.
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China to certify 16 ‘estate wine’ producers
28 June 2017

Sixteen wineries from China’s Beijing, Hebei, Xinjiang and Ningxia provinces, believed to represent a higher quality of domestic wine production, are set to be certified as ‘estate wine’ producers.
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Top 10 peculiar Prosecco products
27 June 2017

the drinks business rounds up 10 of the most peculiar Prosecco-related products that have made the headlines.
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Cava posts slow but steady growth in 2016
27 June 2017

Cava shipments topped 245 million bottles in 2016, according to the latest figures from the DO Cava – the region's regulatory body for the Spanish sparkler – increasing by a modest 0.42% compared with the previous year.
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Château Soutard owner buys neighbouring Château Petit Faurie de Soutard
27 June 2017

The two chateaux are neighbours in St-Émilion...The owners of Château Soutard, pictured, have bought Château Petit Faurie de Soutard. The two chateaux are neighbours in St-Émilion...
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Westwell launches England’s ‘first’ amphora wine
27 June 2017

English winery Westwell has released what it says is likely the UK’s first wine to be fermented in a terracotta amphora.
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Supermarkets sales see “marked turnaround”, with online also up 11%
27 June 2017

UK supermarket sales have seen a “marked turnaround”, up 5% in the last 12 weeks, the fastest rate in five year, while online sales also grew ahead of the market at 11%, the latest data from Kantar has shown.
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Landlord shuts pub after punters break swearing ban
27 June 2017

A landlord kicked out all of his customers and shut his pub for five days after overhearing some of his punters using expletives, breaking the company's zero-tolerance policy on bad language.
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Nasa: It’s possible to make wine in space
27 June 2017

We’ve had Cabernet Sauvignon vines sent into space and now a NASA scientist has claimed that it’s possible to make wine in space with the right technology.
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HDH holds on to US market lead
27 June 2017

Hart Davis Hart has said it has retained its position as the leading fine wine auctioneer in the US in the first part of the year.
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Pub first in UK to be granted full zoo licence
27 June 2017

A pub in Kent has become the first in the UK to be awarded a zoo licence, allowing it to display its collection of exotic animals to the public from its back garden.
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White Burgundy 2008 revisited on their ninth birthday
27 June 2017

William Kelley takes a look at how white Burgundy from the 2008 vintage has evolved with Sarah Marsh MW and David Robert MW... White Burgundy 2008 tasting notes below In April, a tasting of white Burgundies from 2008, organised by Sarah Marsh MW
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Armagnac: The beautiful, high-class brandy steeped in history and tradition
27 June 2017

Nick Hammond visits the land of musketeers, bullfighting, foie gras and canard, where Armagnac is painstakingly crafted just as it has been for hundreds of years. Armagnac This article originally appeared on CountryLife.com. Sleepy Blonde d’Aquitaine cows, beefy in every respect, chew the cud. A bull
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The World's Most Wanted Rosés
27 June 2017

Summer is rosé season, but search figures show that drinking pink is becoming a year-round pleasure.
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Schrader sale to Constellation: Why no one should be surprised
27 June 2017

Constellation's deal to buy out cult wine Schrader Cellars fits with an acquisition trend in US wine that is driven by ageing winery owners, good investment conditions and a thirst for higher class wines, according to one senior analyst. Reporting by Chris Mercer in London and William Kelley in Napa. Schrader wines Part of a larger acquisition trend in US wine...
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French Crémant – Beyond Champagne
27 June 2017

French Crémant such as Crémant de Loire and Crémant de Bourgogne can offer good value versus Champagne and a different style to Prosecco. Decanter's Tasting team make some recommendations...Crémant de Bourgogne from Cave de Lugny. Often overlooked in favour of Champagne and Prosecco, it's time to rediscover these fabulous French sparkling wines...
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French billionaire unveiled as backer of online retailer
27 June 2017

A French billionaire has emerged as a major backer of online wine retailer, 31Dover.com.
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Coravin to become ‘the Nespresso of wine’
26 June 2017

Coravin’s CEO, Fred Levy, has bold ambitions for the brand and wants to turn the gadget into “the Nespresso of wine” used in kitchens all over the world.
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Christie’s sets new records at NYC sale
26 June 2017

Auction house Christie’s has said it set new records for Jacques Selosse, Domaine Leroy and Madeira at its recent two-day sale in New York.
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Brewers fail to hold ‘p*ss up in a brewery’
26 June 2017

Nottingham’s Black Iris Brewery was unable to host its ‘p*ss up in a brewery’ after failing to obtain the appropriate licence in time.
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Older drinkers targeted in Drinkaware five-year plan
26 June 2017

UK alcohol charity Drinkaware has launched a new five-year strategy, with growing levels of alcohol abstinence among the young prompting it to shift its focus toward the prevention of harmful consumption among older drinkers.
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Natural wine fair RAW expands to Los Angeles
26 June 2017

Natural and artisan wine show RAW is expanding to the West Coast with a new show in Los Angeles on the back of strong demand from West Coast importers, distributors and growers.
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Berkmann Cellars’ Jacquie Kay passes away
26 June 2017

Jacquie Kay, long-serving sales director of UK wine merchant Berkmann Wine Cellars, has passed away following a private battle with cancer.
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Vinexpo 2017 in pictures
26 June 2017

Last week the great and good of the wine trade descended on a sweltering Bordeaux for Vinexpo - we bring you the highlights from the show, including Château Latour's spectacular gala dinner.
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Five jailed over failed £50m Chasseuil wine heist
26 June 2017

Five men have been jailed for their part in a failed attempt to break into the wine cellar of famed collector Michel-Jack Chasseuil, who was threatened with a Kalashnikov rifle during the terrifying ordeal in 2014.
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Asia the future for Jacob’s Creek?
26 June 2017

Ben Bryant, the chief winemaker of Australia's biggest wine brand Jacob's Creek, has tipped Asia as its future growth engine, and one where the wine brand has already become the number one imported wine in India.
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Jefford on Monday: Alsace notebook
26 June 2017

Andrew Jefford salutes a region facing - and embracing - change.Rangen de Thann grand cru vines in Alsace. Jefford on the Alsace grand cru debate...
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Hervé Berland to oversee Clos Rougeard and Château Montrose
26 June 2017

Following the announcement last week of the Clos Rougeard purchase by Martin and Olivier Bouygues, Decanter.com can confirm that Hervé Berland, CEO of Château Montrose in St Estèphe, will extend his role to also oversee the Loire estate. Following news of the sale...
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Australia's Most Wanted Wines
26 June 2017

A look at Australia's most searched-for wines throws up some surprises, but not much variety.
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Wine Legend: Krug 1928
25 June 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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La Poja vertical: The rebel of Valpolicella
24 June 2017

Aldo Fiordelli takes a closer look at a real rarity; a "cru" wine produced in Valpolicella.La Poja (top right). A La Poja vertical, Aldo Fiordelli takes a closer look at a real rarity; a "cru" wine produced in Valpolicella by Allegrini...
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Whatever Happened to California Syrah?
24 June 2017

It was once the Next Big Thing, but producers, retailers and consumers seem confused by it.
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Château Montrose Owner Buys Clos Rougeard (Wine Spectator)
24 June 2017

Bordeaux's Martin and Olivier Bouygues have acquired the cult Cabernet Franc estate in France's Loire Valley
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Chef Hugh Acheson’s 4th of July Grilled Steak Recipe and 14 Outstanding Red Wines (Wine Spectator)
24 June 2017

Serve this mouthwatering tri-tip sirloin with a crisp Mediterranean salad. Plus, 14 outstanding red wines recommended for pairing
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Clos Rougeard sold to French billionaire Bouygues brothers
24 June 2017

Cult estate in the Loire, Clos Rougeard, has been sold to the Bouygues brothers, regulars on the France rich-list and current owners of Château Montrose in Bordeaux. Clos Rougeard is one of the Loire's best known names. Château Montrose owners buy cult Loire estate...
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Portugal wine quiz – Test your knowledge
24 June 2017

Portugal has long been known for its famed fortified wine, Port. Yet it is so much more. Light, expressive whites, long lived reds and plenty of styles to explore and enjoy. How much do you know about Portuguese wine?Credit: Wine Tourism in Portugal Are you knowledgeable about all things Portuguese or is it all about Port for you? Let’s see how you do
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Montrose confirms Clos Rougeard acquisition
24 June 2017

The billionaire owners of Château Montrose have acquired the famous Loire estate Clos Rougeard it has been confirmed.
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The week in pictures
24 June 2017

From the resurrection of Lily Bollinger's bicycle and the first ever London Burgundy Week to the Best UK Sommelier Villa Sandi Award – the high temperatures haven't stopped the drinks industry this week.
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Chadwick: Sweetness takes away from drinkability
23 June 2017

Eduardo Chadwick of Errazuriz is keen to take his top drop, Viñedo Chadwick, in a fresh direction with a focus on drinkability rather than ripeness.
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Great value Champagne made by growers – panel tasting results
23 June 2017

Step outside of the usual brands and see some of the great things Champagne growers are doing on their own. Our experts praised these non-vintage grower Champagnes for their individuality and value in the July 2017 issue of Decanter magazine. The top wine was under £30-a-bottle...
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
23 June 2017

This week, we bring to you some of the hit events in the drinks industry, from Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter's masterclass to a wine and art pairing tasting hosted by The Flying Winemaker Eddie McDougall.
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Uncorked: Benoit Bigot
23 June 2017

Benoit Bigot, head sommelier at Sühring restaurant in Bangkok, reveals how a "UFO" domaine in Alsace sparked his love of wine and why he would compare himself to a natural wine from Le Casot des Mailloiles.
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Fergus Henderson inspires charity ride
23 June 2017

Wine writer Jim Budd and his partner Carole Macintyre have completed a charity bike ride from Bordeaux to the Languedoc in support of Parkinson’s UK.
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The week that was
23 June 2017

the drinks business presents this week’s round up of wine, beer, spirits and other related news items from news sites and social media across the world.
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UK heatwave sends Provence rosé sales soaring
23 June 2017

Supermarkets and wine merchants have seen a strong increase in rosé sales in the UK during a heatwave that culminated in the hottest day for 40 years. Rosé sales have soared over the hot weather. Hot weather leads to rosé sales spike...
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首届db亚洲商业大奖出炉
23 June 2017

db杂志日前正式发布首届2017年亚洲商业大奖(The Drinks Business Asian Awards),旨在认可及表彰亚洲区域(包括澳大利亚和新西兰)饮品领域内的杰出表现者。
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南非DGB与中粮签署代理协议
23 June 2017

南非最大的独立葡萄酒、烈酒和精酿啤酒生产商DGB Pty Ltd近日宣布已与中粮集团签署独家代理协议。中国正成为南非葡萄酒按销量划分的最大亚洲市场,是南非总体出口的第六大出口市场。
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Asia’s Best 50 bars 2017 unveiled
23 June 2017

We took a look at these exceptional watering holes on the mainland and in Hong Kong that made onto this year's Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.
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The World's Most Wanted Pinot Gris
23 June 2017

There's a definite division when it comes to Pinot Gris, but you can't deny the variety's popularity.
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Unfiltered: Lewis Black and Loring Go Noir; Fake Prince Cons Winery (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2017

A comedian, a conman, an urgent call for wine heard 3 millennia later, and a Homicide Hunter gets his wine, all in this week's Unfiltered
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Santa Cruz Mountains producers to know
23 June 2017

William Kelley picks the names to look out for...Rhys Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains Santa Cruz Mountains producers to know Santa Cruz Mountains at a glance Established: 1981 Location The appellation encompasses approximately 194,250ha
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Vionta – The Freixenet family’s Galician adventure
23 June 2017

Promotional featureThe view from the terrace at Vionta is so lovely it’s hard to imagine anyone gets any work done. Far better to stand and gaze out across the valley of vineyards which stretches out down the slope in front of the winery. The light catches the glint of the river that once powered the water mill (this is the land of water mills, as well as vines). In the distance is the Atlan...
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Alternative Australia
23 June 2017

Promotional featureIf you think Australia is only about Chardonnay, Cabernet and Shiraz, then think again. From Assyrtiko to Zweigelt, Australia is bursting with new arrivals and lesser known grape varieties, which are grabbing the attention of critics, sommeliers and wine drinkers around the world. Chalmers Heathcote Try these varieties....
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Turning Tables: Napa Valley's Restaurant at Meadowood Opens Casual Spin-Off (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2017

Charter Oak focuses on family-style dining. Plus, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's newest hotel restaurants, and Eleven Madison Park's Hamptons outpost debuts
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Restaurant Spotlight: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2017

Pair wine or whiskey with elevated soul food at this Atlanta hotspot
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Toulouse wine tour: Gaillac travel guide
23 June 2017

Andy Howard picks where to stay, eat and visit....Hôtel des Consuls, Castelnau-de-Montmiral Where to eat and stay....
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Tim Stanley-Clarke dies
23 June 2017

A much admired member of the UK trade and leading Port expert, Tim Stanley-Clarke, has passed away.
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New guide to the ‘cradle of wine’ released
22 June 2017

A new book on the wines and winemaking culture of Georgia by award-winning wine writer Miquel Hudin has been released.
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Further evidence pre-Roman Britons had wine culture
22 June 2017

The discovery of Roman pottery in a Celtic village in southwestern England suggests ancient Britain’s trading links with mainland Europe were more extensive and that wine drinking was more common than previously thought in pre-Roman Britain.
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What do Putin, Mouton Rothschild and a new luxury vodka have in common?
22 June 2017

A luxury vodka launch at Vinexpo this week has brought together two former top level employees from Mouton Rothschild and a powerful Russian family with connections to Vladimir Putin.
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Diageo’s Distill Ventures launches non-alcoholic drinks fund
22 June 2017

Distill Venture, Diageo's spirits innovation company, has announced a new business acceleration fund to mentor and support non-alcoholic drinks.
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Antonini: Uruguay’s wine future lies in Garzon
22 June 2017

The future of premium winemaking in Uruguay lies in the village of Garzon rather than Canelones, where Tannat has traditionally been made, according to Alberto Antonini.
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Vinexpo Bordeaux reports successful 19th year
22 June 2017

Vinexpo Bordeaux, which this year took place from 18 to 21 June, was attended by over 2,300 exhibitors from over 40 countries, with final visitor numbers expected next week.
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Love Wine promotes award-winning wines
22 June 2017

Buy award-winning wines from Love Wine this summerVisit Jersey’s Love Wine this summer and have the chance to buy 48 award-winning wines from this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards
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Diageo buys George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila for $1 billion
22 June 2017

Casamigos, the Tequila brand co-founded by Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney, has been sold to drinks giant Diageo for up to $1 billion.
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Anson: So Brexit is happening – what next for the wine trade?
22 June 2017

Jane Anson reports on a debate at Vinexpo in Bordeaux on the possible Brexit fallout for the wine trade, as UK and European Union officials begin talks.Theresa May said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market. How the wine trade is shaping up for Brexit...
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France is Britons’ favourite country to visit for food – survey
22 June 2017

And dining options were a key aspect of planning a holiday for around one third of people questioned, according to OpenTable. Auberge la Reine Jeanne, Provence The favourite place to visit for food...
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The Drinks Business Asian Awards launched
22 June 2017

The drinks business is now accepting entries for The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2017, the Asian edition of the highly acclaimed The Drinks Business Awards, designed to recognise and reward top performers in the drinks industry within Asia.
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Drinking Champagne the Warriors Way
22 June 2017

Golden State fan W. Blake Gray spoils his darling wife with a bottle of $1200 celebratory fizz.
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St. Francis Winery President Christopher Silva Dies at 52 (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2017

Charismatic leader guided the Sonoma winery for two decades, establishing its sustainability program and promoting the region's wines
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Operations director leaves Majestic
22 June 2017

Majestic has confirmed that its operations director Rob Farnworth, who had recently taken on more responsibility following the departure of MD John Colley, has today left the business.
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Philipponnat Champagne: For those in-the-know
22 June 2017

Read about the history of the Philipponnat Champagne house, including its coveted Clos des Goisses vineyard, and find out which wines our expert, Michael Edwards, rated most highly in a recent tasting hosted by the merchant Justerini & Brooks in London. Read the history and see Michael Edwards' latest ratings...
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Antonini: Too many people are making Justin Bieber wines
22 June 2017

Too many producers are so concerned about what the market wants that they are making commercially focused “Justin Bieber” wines according to Italian winemaker and consultant Alberto Antonini.
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iDealwine assesses the wines of Clos de La Roche
22 June 2017

Deep in colour and full bodied with opulent aromas, the wines of Clos de la Roche have become popular with collectors in recent years. iDealwine assesses how it has fared in auctions and gauges its potential.
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Felix Solis boosts ‘heinous’ low-alcohol category with new range
21 June 2017

Félix Solís has teamed up with Tesco to launch three wines containing just 0.5% alcohol, admitting that the category has been "heinous" for wine lovers.
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Bar for dogs to open in Chelsea
21 June 2017

It might seem like a barking idea, but a ‘Pawsecco’ bar aimed at dogs is due to open in the London borough of Chelsea this week.
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Fine wine investment: was 2016 EP a failure?
21 June 2017

Now that the en primeur season is behind us it is interesting to reflect that many commentators are talking as though it has been something of a failure – but we beg to differ.
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Majestic appoints new head buyer
21 June 2017

Majestic has promoted Cat Lomax to head up its wine buying across the group, following the departure of Matt Pymm.
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The Benevolent to hold bike ride in memory of Dan Townsend
21 June 2017

The brainchild of Conviviality PLC’s Andrew Shaw and Hatch Mansfield’s Philip Tuck MW, The Benevolent will hold a charity bike ride in memory of former chairman and Treasury Wine MD, Dan Townsend.
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Screw cap wine: 10 top choices
21 June 2017

No need for a corkscrew with these top wines... No need for a corkscrew...
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Heineken becomes first booze brand to sign up to Amazon Dash
21 June 2017

Heineken has become the first booze company to sign up to Amazon Dash to provide 'beer at the touch of a button’, in a move that is likely to prompt others major drinks brands to follow suit, according to analysts.
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Liv-ex launches Wine Matcher
21 June 2017

Liv-ex has launched its latest artificial intelligence tool for the fine wine trade – Wine Matcher.
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Royal Salute releases 30 Year Old Flask edition
21 June 2017

Royal Salute, the scotch whisky brand, has unveiled Royal Salute 30 Year Old complete with a bespoke porcelain flask, offering whisky drinkers the option to drink “on the move”, the company claims.
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Most popular Bordeaux wines in the world’s top restaurants
21 June 2017

See which Bordeaux wines are most commonly found on menus in 130 of the world's best restaurants, according to research by Wine Lister. Lynch-Bages is one of the most popular Bordeaux wines on top restaurant lists. Which châteaux are listed most often?...
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The Rhône's Most Wanted Wines
21 June 2017

The most sought-after wines from the Rhône center on three great appellations.
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Vinexpo Wine Fair in Bordeaux Gets a 'Taste of Spain' (Wine Spectator)
21 June 2017

Wine lovers packed the Palais de la Bourse for more than 100 Spanish wines selected by Wine Spectator and a lineup of chefs led by José Andrés and Ferran Adrià
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Today’s Greatest Wines Aren't Necessarily the 'Great' Wines (Wine Spectator)
21 June 2017

… Aren’t necessarily the great wines
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Toulouse wine tour: Explore nearby wineries in Gaillac
21 June 2017

Just an hour's drive to visit these producers...Domaine Rotier Just one hour's drive from Toulouse...
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WoodWinters – Try award-winning sherries this summer
21 June 2017

Inverness-based wine store, WoodWinters Wines & Whiskies will be promoting seven winning Sherries from the Decanter World Wine Awards this summer Located just a stones throw away from the River Ness, WoodWinters boasts an extensive wine list to suit every palate and
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Delicious Alsace white wines under £20
21 June 2017

Alsace isn't just about the grand crus - there are also plenty of delicious wines under £20 that deserve a spot in your wine rack. Here's a few to get you started. Find out which Alsace wines under £20 we recommend...
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Hidden message reveals ancient soldiers’ thirst for wine
21 June 2017

Scientists have revealed a hidden message on a fragment of ancient pottery on display in Israel, shedding more light on who was drinking wine 2,500 years ago in the region.A: Regular colour image of the clay pottery fragment. B: Using multispectral imaging. C: A written note based on analysis of multispectral imaging. Hidden message found on 2,500-year-old artefact...
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Stag semen beer set to return – minus the stag
21 June 2017

A David Bowie inspired brewery that developed a beer laced with stag semen has said it may bring the beer back - but minus its most famous ingredient.
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DGB signs distribution agreement with COFCO
20 June 2017

DGB Pty Ltd, South Africa’s largest independent wine, spirits and craft beer producer, has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with China's state-owned COFCO.
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China’s liquor-loving state leaders
20 June 2017

History is soaked with leaders and politicians who loved more than a little dose of booze, from Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin. dbHK takes a look at two Chinese state leaders who were fond of a drop or two.
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Majestic boosts directors’ roles to support Gormley as MD
20 June 2017

Majestic Retail has boosted the roles of two of its senior directors to support the Group CEO and Retail managing director Rowan Gormley.
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WSTA: ‘no deal’ on Brexit is ‘unacceptable’
20 June 2017

The WSTA has described the prospect of failed Brexit negotiations as “totally unacceptable”, with chief executive Miles Beale calling for a “full negotiated divorce settlement” to avoid a cliff edge ’no deal’ Brexit.
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Ancient wine request uncovered on museum piece
20 June 2017

A team from the University of Tel Aviv has uncovered a hidden request for wine on the back of an ancient Hebrew pottery fragment that has been on display in the Israel Museum for the past 50 years.
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Five of the best Sainsbury’s wines to try
20 June 2017

Decanter's tastings team has recommend five great value wines to try from the UK supermarket's range this summer... Decanter's tastings team makes five recommendations...
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The Coop trials supplying own label wine to rival
20 June 2017

The Co-op is supplying its own-label wines to rival convenience store, McColls, as part of a three-month trial.
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Drinks design: The cult of craft
20 June 2017

Technology might be speeding us towards ever-greater levels of connectedness, rapid communication and convenience, but quality and craft remain at the heart of drinks design, finds Lauren Eads.
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10 of the world’s least fattening beers
20 June 2017

As a trend toward health conscious consumption, calorie labelling and beer yoga gathers pace, we round up some of the least calorific beers on the market.
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Invest to beat climate change and eat less meat, winemakers told
20 June 2017

Steak and red wine might be a match made in heaven but winemakers should go easy on the meat, according to Spanish producer Miguel Torres, who joined a former adviser to president Obama at Vinexpo to speak about the dangers posed by climate change to the world's famous vineyards.Miguel Torres Snr talks about climate change at a previous conference. Miguel Torres Snr and Obama adviser at Vinexpo......
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Bordeaux’s most popular appellations – Wine Lister
20 June 2017

In this guest post, Wine Lister looks at the most searched-for Bordeaux wine appellations. The tower at Château Latour See which areas are most searched for...
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The Media Mogul of Montalcino
20 June 2017

Richard Parsons turned Time Warner into the most profitable media group on earth. Now he's making Brunello.
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Wine Industry Leaders Take on Climate Change at Vinexpo (Wine Spectator)
20 June 2017

Miguel Torres, Gaia Gaja, Kathryn Hall and Harvard professor John Holdren take the stage at 'Fire and Rain' environmental panel presented by Wine Spectator
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Lidl ups its offer of Hungarian wines
20 June 2017

Lidl is launching its largest range of Hungarian wine in its July Wine Cellar promotion.
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Should you put wine in the freezer? – ask Decanter
20 June 2017

You’re looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine but realise it’s not been chilled. Is the freezer your best option? And what happens when it goes wrong? How can you quickly chill your wine? Cooling wine in a hurry...?
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Wine flavoured lollipops – sweet treats for wine lovers?
20 June 2017

US-based sweet company Lollyphile has launched a range of wine-themed lollipops for adults, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and mimosa flavours to choose from. Have you tried Lollyphile's wine flavoured lollipops? Wine flavoured lollipops launched...
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Majestic to relaunch website
19 June 2017

Majestic is set to relaunch its website over the coming year, along with introducing a new app for consumers and revamping the remainder of its existing retail stores.
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Ten Waitrose wines for summer
19 June 2017

Decanter's Christelle Guibert picks her top 10 Waitrose wines for drinking this summer... Decanter's Christelle Guibert recommends her top wines...
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Cono Sur unveils new Tour de France bottles
19 June 2017

Chilean wine brand Cono Sur has unveiled a new limited of its best-selling Bicicleta Pinot Noir to celebrate its link with the Tour de France.
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Miguel A Torres given Lifetime Achievement Award by db and IMW
19 June 2017

Miguel A Torres has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business.
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Simon Berry to retire
19 June 2017

Simon Berry is to retire as the chairman of Berry Bros & Rudd this December, it has been announced.
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Amazon buy-out of Whole Foods a ‘wake-up’ for retailers
19 June 2017

Amazon's acquisition of organic food store company Whole Foods for $13.7 billion (£10.7 billion) is likely to take it head-to-head with the major retailers in the US and UK, market analysts have said.
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Japan plans to eliminate import tariffs on EU wines
19 June 2017

Japan is negotiating with the EU to scrap tariffs on imported wines produced in EU countries as the two parties enter the final stages of negotiations that first started in 2013.
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Nicolas Feuillatte reveals results of €25m investment
19 June 2017

Following a €25 million investment and two years of building work, Nicolas Feuillatte officially opened its new offices and visitor centre in Champagne on Friday.
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Champagne Devaux: the 2009 grapes were perfect
19 June 2017

Michel Parisot, winemaker at Champagne Devaux, revealed that the grapes from the 2009 vintage “were perfect,” comparing them to those harvested in 1989 and 1990.
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Constellation buys Napa’s Schrader Cellars
19 June 2017

Drinks giant Constellation brands has purchased one of Napa Valley’s cult wines, Schrader Cellars, for an undisclosed amount, bolstering the wine group’s premium wine offerings.
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Santa Rita to be exclusive international wine at Confederations Cup
19 June 2017

Santa Rita has been chosen as the exclusive international wine at the Confederations Cup taking place from 17 June to 2 July.
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Jefford on Monday: Burgundy notebook
19 June 2017

Andrew Jefford hears sighs of relief.Hail storm clouds gather over Burgundy vineyards. The pressing issues in 2017 so far...
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See the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup 2017 winners
19 June 2017

In a historic first, EM Lyon won the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup for a second consecutive year, the first time any university has won this prestigious wine tasting competition back to back.Bottles of Lafite from the early 19th Century in the château cellars in Bordeaux. Historic first sees last year's winners retain title...
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Constellation in Shock Swoop for Schrader
19 June 2017

The huge wine conglomerate takes aim at a super-premium Napa property, but can it increase output?
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Wine Legend: Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1921
18 June 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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What temperature to serve white wine
17 June 2017

White wine needs to be chilled, but are you serving it too cold? See our guide below.Make sure you're serving your wine at the right temperature. It can get too cold...
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Top Pio Cesare 2013 wines from Piedmont
17 June 2017

Decanter's John Stimpfig interviews Pio Boffa of esteemed Piedmont estate Pio Cesare, and tastes wines from the latest vintage to be released... Find out what John Stimpfig has to say about Pio Cesare's 2013s...
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China Wine Market Follows its Own Path
17 June 2017

Wine-Searcher's Wine Director David Allen MW looks at current trends for imported wines in China.
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Exclusive: Constellation Buys Napa Cabernet Star Schrader Cellars (Wine Spectator)
17 June 2017

Deal gives drinks giant a gleaming Napa Valley jewel for its fine wines crown
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Greek wines are on the move in Asia
17 June 2017

With its rich winemaking history tracking back to more than 5,000 years ago, Greece is making a late surge to catch up the diverse mix of wineries crowding today’s much contested with Asian market.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
17 June 2017

dbHK round up this week's highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade, including tastings, wine dinners and winemaker visits.
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Restaurant Roundtable: What’s Your Favorite Summer Pairing? (Wine Spectator)
17 June 2017

7 somms weigh in on their favorite warm-weather food-and-wine combos
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Sangiovese wine quiz – Test your knowledge
16 June 2017

Sangiovese is one of Italy's most important grapes, both in terms of quantity and quality. It's a hard grape not to fall in love with, especially if you've been lucky enough to have visited where it's grown. But how much do you know about this grape now it has shed its image of being served in a flask? Are you a Sangiovese lover – and do you know much about its fantastic red wines?...
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Sherry ‘needs to go back to its roots’
16 June 2017

In order to move forward, Sherry producers need to go back to their roots and focus on their vineyards and soils according to one key player in the region.
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Sherry ‘has the same complexities as flamenco’
16 June 2017

With its dizzying diversity, Sherry boasts “the same complexities as flamenco” music, according to Josep Roca, the head sommelier of El Celler de Can Roca.
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The week in pictures
16 June 2017

It has been a fizz-fuelled week in the drinks industry with Champagne aplenty, polo in the park, celebratory pints at Borough Market and the Barry family of Jim Barry Wines kitted out in kilts.
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Merchant launches range of ‘accessible’ Bordeaux wines
16 June 2017

A Bordeaux-based wine and spirits merchant has launched a range of wines that it has dubbed "the French alternative to New World wines" in a bid to make Bordeaux more accessible to younger consumers.
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The week that was
16 June 2017

the drinks business presents this week’s round up of wine, beer, spirits and other related news items from news sites and social media across the world.
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Rare liqueur linked to doomed Titanic at Vinexpo
16 June 2017

A bottle of 1912 Marie Brizard gold-speckled Danzig liqueur, of the kind served to those aboard Titanic's doomed maiden voyage in 1912, will be on show at this year's Vinexpo in Bordeaux.
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Beer honours Millwall fan who fought terrorists
16 June 2017

A brewery has released a beer named 'F*** You, I’m Millwall' in tribute to a fan of the south London football club who fought off three knife-wielding terrorists during the London Bridge terror attack.
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Summer red wines to drink chilled
16 June 2017

Are you looking for a relaxing wine this summer, but want to steer clear of rosé and are bored of crisp, fresh whites? Chilled red wines could be the answer... Reds don't always need to be served at room temperature - enjoy one of these wines this summer...
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Uncorked: Andrew Lam
16 June 2017

Andrew Lam, sommelier at five-star Langham Hotel, chats to dbHK about the lingering impact of a Le Pin 1991 he tasted 24 years ago and his self comparison to a 1979 Opus One.
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里奥哈产区通过单一园分级制度
16 June 2017

里奥哈产区管理委员近日宣布已批准出台单一园分级方案,使酿酒师得以加强对其葡萄酒原产地和风土的宣传和推广。但是,就酒标上是否可以标注特定村庄名称这一问题,委员会表示仍需继续讨论。
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纳帕赤霞珠葡萄高价令人担忧
16 June 2017

纳帕谷赤霞珠葡萄的价格达到有史以来的最高值,专家发出警告,部分产区将会因此陷入“品种单一的险境”。
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Tinder Date Serves Up Wine in a Can
16 June 2017

Canned wine rears its head again, but this time there's a difference – it's good.
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Unfiltered: French Vandals Smash More Wineries, Must Be a Day Ending in "I" (Wine Spectator)
16 June 2017

Plus, Unfiltered goes to Bonnaroo; in victory, Golden State Warriors deserve Champagne; and a roadside rosé from Wölffer
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Château de Sancerre has a new owner after Campari sells up
16 June 2017

Château de Sancerre in the Loire Valley is to be sold by Gruppo Campari to Loire-based Maison Ackerman for €20.5m, signalling the Italian company’s exit from the still wine business.Château de Sancerre sold for 20.5 million euros. Loire estate sold for more than 20 million euros...
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Star Chefs José Andrés and Ferran Adrià Celebrate Spanish Cuisine at Vinexpo (Wine Spectator)
16 June 2017

Hosted by Wine Spectator and Vinexpo, 'A Taste of Spain' pairs regional dishes with 110 exceptional Spanish wines
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Great value rosé choices
16 June 2017

Rosé has gone from peripheral fancy to an essential element of a wine lover's repertoire in the past few years. Here's five to seek out and enjoy this summer. Looking for great value rosé? Here are five perfect choices for summer drinking...
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Majestic Wine looks to new regions as costs rise
16 June 2017

Majestic Wine has sourced more wines from Eastern Europe as cost pressures have risen in the past year, exacerbated by the weaker pound sterling versus currencies around the world and also higher duty tax. Retailer sourcing more wines from Eastern Europe...
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De Vogüé leads Sotheby’s sale
16 June 2017

Auction house Sotheby’s held a fine wine sale in London this week, where in addition to making over £800,000, Burgundy from de Vogüé led the way.
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Top 5 drinks to pair with Lions tour
15 June 2017

The British & Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand is well underway with the first match against an All Black side set for this weekend – what to drink?
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London Burgundy Week set to begin: How to get involved
15 June 2017

Decanter has reserved 10 tickets for our readers to experience London Burgundy Week Decanter is delighted to support the first edition of London Burgundy Week, a celebration of one of the world’s most
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Aussino stores across China exhibit 24 DAWA 2016 winning wines
15 June 2017

Between May and August, Aussino World Wines will be showcasing 24 award-winning wines from the 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) in 34 of its stores across China. Aussino World Wines has specially selected 24 wines from a variety of locations across the globe including Spain, Argentina, Chile
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Police issue boozy ice-lolly warning
15 June 2017

Police in the UK have warned that boozy ice-lollies could lull people into “a false sense of security”.
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Majestic ‘past tipping point’, but profits down
15 June 2017

Majestic is ‘past the tipping point’ both financially and operationally, CEO Rowan Gormley said today as the retailer reported double digit sales growth – but profits for the year still took a hit.
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Distillery scrambles to contain freak molasses spill
15 June 2017

A rum distillery in Antigua is working to contain a freak molasses spill – the first of its kind in its 85-year history – after a storage tank containing 2,000 tonnes of the thick, sticky substance overflowed.
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UK pub chain pledges to end use of plastic straws
15 June 2017

UK pub chain All Bar One has taken the lead on eliminating plastic straws from pubs and bars in the UK, pledging to phase out their use at its bars as part of its #strawssuck campaign.
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Azores travel guide: Where to go
15 June 2017

There's a new energy in winemaking in Azores, says Sarah Ahmed, who picks out the best places to stay and eat while visiting...The port of Velas on the Island of Sao Jorge, the Azores. The best spots to go to...
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Bar staffed by robotic bartenders to open in Las Vegas
15 June 2017

A new bar concept called Tipsy Robot, manned entirely by robots, is set to open in Las Vegas.
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Decanter MD Sarah Kemp to step down
15 June 2017

Decanter's managing director, Sarah Kemp, is to step down later this year after more than two decades at the helm. Sarah Kemp became Decanter's publishing director in 1996. Long-standing MD calls time after two decades at top...
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Anson: Bordeaux négociant system in flux
15 June 2017

Several Bordeaux merchants are under increasing pressure to find capital, and some have been brought to the brink of revolt over en primeur price rises and release strategies. Sommeliers prepare to pour Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines for critics at the UGC’s Hangar 14 venue. Pressure is building, says Jane Anson...
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Record Chinese exhibitors at Vinexpo Bordeaux
15 June 2017

The number of Chinese exhibitors at the upcoming Vinexpo Bordeaux has increased to 22, a new record turnout, signaling the country’s fast-ascending prominence in the wine world.
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Six-litre DRC La Tâche leads Zachys HK auction
15 June 2017

A Methuselah of Domaine Romanée-Conti La Tâche 1999 went under the hammer last Saturday at Zachys Hong Kong auction, selling for the record price of HK$735,000 (US$94,839).
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The Most Wanted Sauvignon Blancs
15 June 2017

Our search for the world's most sought-after wines leads us to one of the world's favorite grapes.
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White wines for summer
15 June 2017

Pick a wine and get it chilling...Find a great white wine to enjoy in the sun. Get these wines chilling...
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Your Brain on Wine: Could It Do More Harm Than Good? (Wine Spectator)
15 June 2017

Two recent studies find links between alcohol and brain health, but the messages are very different
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Moët & Chandon to host second Global Moët Party
15 June 2017

Moët & Chandon will be hosting its second Global Moët Party Day on 17 June, which this year will highlight its Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial – a Champagne designed to be poured over ice.
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Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017: the launches
15 June 2017

Following yesterday's guide to Vinexpo Bordeaux, we now bring you a rundown of the launches at next week's fair, from organic Champagne to hipster vodka, and much more.
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Carlo Franchetti: ‘Nerello Mascalese is the best of Burgundy and Barolo’
15 June 2017

Nerello Macalese, the indigenous red grape variety from Sicily's, has been called the "ideal" grape, in-between both Burgundy and Barolo, by Carlo Franchetti from Mt.Etna's oldest winery Passopisciaro.
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Huge wine haul in Chinese smuggling crackdown
15 June 2017

Chinese Customs has launched one of its biggest crackdowns on smuggled wines, a move that has led to the discovery of 490 tonnes of contraband worth a total of RMB 230 million (US$33.8 million), including about 4,000 bottles of fine wines such as first growths Lafite, Mouton Rothschild and Pomerol’s Petrus.
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One third of China’s most popular wines now imported
15 June 2017

Around a third of China’s most popular wines are now imported from international producers, the latest research from Nielsen has found - but only six countries are represented.
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Bordeaux 2016: Lafite at last
15 June 2017

The long-awaited second tranche of Lafite has finally been released and with a scattering of Right Bank names also out, the 2016 campaign has, finally, come to an end.
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Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017: what to expect
14 June 2017

With just four days to go until Vinexpo Bordeaux opens its doors to the trade, we bring you a preview of this vast international wine and spirits fair, including all that's new, notable and unmissable.
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Napa Valley assesses hail damage
14 June 2017

Vineyards in Napa Valley are assessing the damage after a freak hailstorm at the weekend, that could affect yields in localised areas.
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France under the hammer
14 June 2017

A recent masterclass organised by online auctioneer, idealwine, and the drinks business Hong Kong mapped out the latest trends for French wine at auction and which regions are gaining greater recognition.
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Police hunt wine boss over £45m tax dodge
14 June 2017

The boss of an Italian wine firm found guilty of masterminding a £45 million tax dodge scam has become the target of an international manhunt.
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Carlsberg aims for zero carbon emissions by 2030
14 June 2017

The Carlsberg Group has announced it will commit to eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at its breweries by 2030.
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Sobering Outlook for English Fizz
14 June 2017

Despite all the hype surrounding English wine, very few are actually turning a profit.
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Freak hail storm hits Napa Valley vineyards
14 June 2017

Hail stones the size of walnuts peppered north California over the weekend, causing bewilderment and consternation among Napa Valley winemakers.Damaged grapes in Beckstoffer To Kalon. Hail stones the size of walnuts...
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Sparkling wine trends: English wine will be a ‘must-have for every list’
14 June 2017

English wine should be in every restaurant, according to Ronan Sayburn MS. Read more about what our expert panel identified as interesting sparkling wine trends at a recent Decanter tasting in London. Sparkling wine trends More like Grower Champagne Sparkling wine will become more site-focused in the future, emulating Grower Champagne, predicted
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Police stopped CRAV wine activists headed for Bordeaux – report
14 June 2017

It is believed that French police have stopped a possible sabotage attack by French militant winemaker group CRAV - or CAV - in Bordeaux in the past month.A CRAV wine commando speaks to France 3 television at the Sudvin attack, July 2016. Sabotage plan foiled...
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Aldi ramps up US store opening
14 June 2017

Aldi is ramping up its store opening programme in the US with a $3.4 billion pound investment to open 900 more stores over the next five year.
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New cellar manager for Thiénot Champagne
13 June 2017

Nicolas Uriel has been named as the new cellar manager for Thiénot Champagne, while the previous incumbent will devote himself to Canard-Duchêne.
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Nebbiolo has ‘unique’ potential in South Africa, producer claims
13 June 2017

South African winery Iona Estate is determined to realise the potential of Nebbiolo in Elgin despite its newly planted vineyard being devastated by a recent wildfire.
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Lily Bollinger’s bike to ride again
13 June 2017

The bike famously owned by one of Champagne’s grande dames, Lily Bollinger, is to be ridden in a vintage bicycle race in the UK this weekend.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson gets his own beer
13 June 2017

A North Carolina based brewery is releasing Bier LemonGrass Tyson, a white ale infused with lemongrass and coriander, as a tribute to the famed American astrophysicist.
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Strange tales: the King of Scotland’s claret bill
13 June 2017

Alexander III of Scotland was a prodigious drinker of wine and imported a great deal but suffered from the medieval monarch’s habitual tendency to shirk his bills – owing one poor wine merchant the equivalent of £1.7 million when he died.
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South of England is ‘new frontier’ of wine, billionaire claims
13 June 2017

A billionaire who owns the second largest rosé producer in Provence has claimed the South of England is a “new frontier” in wine after buying a Sussex vineyard earlier this year.
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San Miguel unveils new UK experiences
13 June 2017

Spanish lager San Miguel will target both the UK on and off-trade this year as it unveils a series of ‘enriching experiences.’
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Smirnoff Vodka mocks President Trump with new ad
13 June 2017

Smirnoff Vodka has used its latest advertising campaign to mock US President Donald Trump and his alleged links with Russia.
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NZ exports will be ‘muted’ as harvest volumes drop 9%
13 June 2017

New Zealand's 2017 grape harvest was "smaller than expected" having dropped by 9%, New Zealand Winegrowers has confirmed, with the organisation's CEO expecting export growth to be "muted" in the coming year.
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Rioja introduces ‘single vineyard’ category
13 June 2017

The Consejo Regulador of Rioja has announced plans to introduce a ‘Vinedos Singulares’ single (or more exactly singular) vineyard designation – but some producers question whether it goes far enough... After years of lobbying from winemakers...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chilled Peach Soup with a Rosé Wine Pairing (Wine Spectator)
13 June 2017

This refreshing recipe complements sweet summer peaches with mint and whipped cream. Pair it with a light and minerally rosé from France
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Could You Pass the Master of Wine Exam?
13 June 2017

Fancy yourself as a wine expert? Check out the latest Master of Wine exam.
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Christie's and Wally's Partner on New York Wine Auctions (Wine Spectator)
13 June 2017

The California retailer and the international auctioneer will conduct their first joint sale in New York June 22
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2017 Harvest Report: Despite Drought, Potential Is High for South African Wines (Wine Spectator)
13 June 2017

A dry winter and growing season was challenging for vines in the Cape wine regions
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DWWA judge profile: Gearoid Devaney MS
13 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Daniele Cernilli
13 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Cristina Alcalá
13 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Totte Steneby
13 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Marcel Orford-Williams
13 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: David Round MW
13 June 2017

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Virgin Wines doubles premium wine range
13 June 2017

Virgin Wines has more than doubled its range of higher priced wines and boosted its South African range on the back of an “exciting” harvest.
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US winery owner in brush with Great White
13 June 2017

A Californian winery owner managed to film a close encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Mexico recently as it hunted for stingrays.
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Bordeaux 2016: stumbling to the finish line
13 June 2017

Three big names have opened what many hope will be the final week of en primeur – Ausone, Léoville Las Cases and l’Eglise-Clinet.
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The Mondavis: Keeping it in the family
12 June 2017

The world-famous Robert Mondavi brand still exists, but the 16 members of the Mondavi clan are dispersed and are all making fine wines elsewhere. Roger Morris meets them.
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DWWA judge profile: Ulf Sjödin MW
12 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Jane MacQuitty
12 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Mathias Camilleri
12 June 2017

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DWWA Judge profile: Victoria di Muccio
12 June 2017

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Tovaritch! to showcase revamped bottle at Vinexpo
12 June 2017

Tovaritch! vodka will be showcasing its revamped bottle at Vinexpo this month, developed to appeal to the “international hipster crowd”, and pouring cocktails at The Drinks and Spirits Business Bar, hosted by db and its sister publication the spirits business.
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Vinitaly launches VIA course in mainland China
12 June 2017

The Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) will launch its first ever China Education certification course in two mainland cities in Beijing and Shanghai this September, after introducing the course globally three years ago.
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Rioja’s winemakers positive about DOCa’s recognition of terroir
12 June 2017

Terroir-focused producers in Rioja have welcomed the new ‘vinedos singulares’ classification that was given the go-ahead by the Consejo Regulador DOCa of Rioja last Wednesday, as a step towards a broader hierarchy.
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DWWA judge profile: Raimonds Tomsons
12 June 2017

Raimonds Tomsons is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017.Raimonds Tomsons Raimonds Tomsons As well as being Wine Ambassador at Prike Lativia, Raimonds Tomsons is Head Sommelier at restaurant Vincents in
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Uncorked: Neil McGuigan
12 June 2017

Australian winemaker Neil McGuigan reveals his biggest vice - chocolate, and compares himself to an, "old, tired and flat bottle of Champagne".
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Beaujolais closes in on ‘climat’ recognition
12 June 2017

Beaujolais is closing in on officially recognised ‘climats’ as it continues to pursue geological and terroir studies, which the regional interprofession hopes will lead to ‘premier cru’ designations in the near future.
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UKVA welcomes return to ‘business as normal’ as Gove heads Defra
12 June 2017

The UKVA has welcomed the "rapid return to business as normal" by the government following last week's election, and the appointment of a new Defra Minister, who will have responsibility for the UK’s burgeoning wine industry.
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DWWA judge profile: Robert Gorjak
12 June 2017

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Jefford on Monday: The nth degree winery
12 June 2017

Andrew Jefford is amazed by Dal Forno during a trip to Veneto.At the gates of Dal Forno. In 30 years, our columnist has never seen this...
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Peter Gago recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
12 June 2017

For his service to the Australian wine industry...Peter Gago behind the scenes at the first Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter in 2014. For service to the Australian wine industry...
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The best Asda wines to buy
12 June 2017

Looking for good wine without breaking the bank? Here are our top picks among wines stocked by UK supermarket Asda, all reviewed by Decanter's expert tasting team. Top picks at good prices from our tasting team...
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Penfolds Remembers Grange Inventor
12 June 2017

Two new wines aim to celebrate Max Schubert, but do they hit the mark?
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Wine Legend: Heitz Cellar, Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1974
12 June 2017

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Is pale rosé better? – ask Decanter
10 June 2017

Do you always pick the lightest one..?Pale isn't always best... Always pick the lightest...?
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The Complete Guide to Making Champagne
10 June 2017

Making one of the world's favorite wine styles is a long and complicated process, Tom Jarvis reports.
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Father's Day Recipe: Harvest Hawaiian-Style Roast Chicken and Rosé (Wine Spectator)
10 June 2017

This Father's Day, cook up chef Roy Ellamar's huli-huli–inspired chicken recipe. Plus, 14 crisp, dry rosés for summer pairing
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Wine-preserving eto decanter reaches Kickstarter target in 32 hours
10 June 2017

A decanter that claims to preserve wine for just under two weeks has reached it’s funding from Kickstarter in just under 32 hours. It claims to both decant and preserve wine...
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Veneto wine quiz – Test your knowledge
10 June 2017

The Veneto is the largest wine producing region in Italy, creating a myriad of styles from light, bubbly Prosecco to dark, rich Amarone. We've all seen the rise of bubbles from the Valdobbiadene but what else do you about this complex and intriguing region? Are you a 'Soave' Veneto wine connoisseur?...
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The week in pictures
09 June 2017

Sherry, Champagne, Sofia Coppola, vintage Cadillacs, Ghostbusters and liquid nitrogen - it's been an exciting week in the world of drinks.
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Zonin to introduce new Chile project at Vinexpo
09 June 2017

Italian producer Zonin 1821 is to announce further details of its new Chilean venture at Vinexpo later this month.
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Moët Hennessy returns to Vinexpo as a group
09 June 2017

Moët Hennessy is to exhibit as a group at Vinexpo Bordeaux later this month, marking a return to the fair for the company, whose CEO is now president of the exhibition organiser.
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Bordeaux 2016: Is anyone really trying anymore?
09 June 2017

After a turbulent night in British politics and the pound looking a bit wobbly the Bordelais have decided that the best way to cheer up UK buyers is with a fresh wave of extravagant price increases.
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Bin ends from db
09 June 2017

the drinks business presents this week’s round up of wine, beer, spirits and other related news items from news sites and social media across the world.
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Marqués de Riscal – Specialist in old vines from Rioja
09 June 2017

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Rich, concentrated Cabernet still thriving in Napa
09 June 2017

While we may be seeing a stylistic shift towards elegance in Napa Cabernet, many producers are still making the big, bold, concentrated styles that tend to score big with influential critics in the US.
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Saintsbury: ‘Bigger isn’t better anymore’
09 June 2017

When it comes to Napa Cabernet, “bigger isn’t better” anymore, according to David Graves of Saintsbury, who believes “the best is yet to come” from the region
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
09 June 2017

We rounded the highlights from Hong Kong's drinks industry from German Riesling Weeks' masterclass and grand tasting to Yalumba's masterclass and Umani Ronchi's wine dinner in Taiwan.
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How noble rot influences wine flavour – study
09 June 2017

Scientists believe they have pin-pointed how different types of mould can affect the flavour in some of the world's best sweet wines, from Sauternes to Tokaji. Botrytis Cinerea - noble rot- on grapes at Château Coutet in Barsac. Why it is the noblest rot of them all...
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Tasted: New Prosecco from Cava producer Freixenet
09 June 2017

Spain's Freixenet has broken ranks to launch a ‘premium’ Prosecco, setting out its aim to become the number one sparkling wine brand in the world. See our tasting note below. This will ruffle a few feathers...
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Fine wine investment: bargains among the 2012s
09 June 2017

It has taken a while for 2012 to recover from its en primeur inspired hangover but a lot of wines from that vintage have well lately, enough for people to be asking whether or not there are still bargains around from that year.
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Bright prospects for Rhône wines in China
09 June 2017

While more elegant Hermitage may be popular in China's southwestern Chengdu, Gicondas with higher alcoholic level, is often a favourite among drinkers in northern China.
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Hung parliament: How UK election result may impact wine trade
09 June 2017

Several ways the surprising UK election results and subsequent hung parliament could affect the wine trade, from Bordeaux en primeur to a weak and wobbly pound sterling.What now? UK prime minister Theresa May wakes up to tough result. Sterling gets the jitters and Brexit is more uncertain...
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Tuscany's Most Wanted Wines
09 June 2017

Is it possible that one of Italy's most famous wines is losing appeal?
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Unfiltered: Prancing, Dancing and Doogie Howser Highlight Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (Wine Spectator)
09 June 2017

Also in this week's Unfiltered, Ecco Domani goes retro with designer Christian Siriano, and a new vodka from Taylor Swift's record label
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Restaurant Guide: 14 A-List Restaurants from TV Chefs Who Love Wine (Wine Spectator)
09 June 2017

These celebrity chefs are serious in the kitchen, and in the cellar
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Turning Tables: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Big Hotel Openings (Wine Spectator)
09 June 2017

The famed chef opens a restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, and plans one more. Plus, San Francisco's Rich Table launches a casual spin-off, and chef José Andrés' Jaleo goes to Disney World
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09 June 2017

Pair locally grown dishes with biodynamic wines at this Boulder, Colo., spot
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Diageo files lawsuit against Bulleit Bourbon copycat
09 June 2017

Diageo has lodged a lawsuit against US-based Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits over the bottle design of its Redemption whiskey brand, which it claims has been “revised to closely mimic” the appearance of its own Bulleit Bourbon brand.
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Napa Cabernet prices at worryingly high levels
09 June 2017

The price of Cabernet grapes in Napa is at an all-time high, with experts warning that some appellations in the region are “in jeopardy of becoming mono-varietal”.
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Pecorino: Italy’s ‘hot and trendy’ white grape
08 June 2017

Italian wine producer Umani Ronchi is championing the indigenous white grape variety Pecorino, calling it the “hot and trendy” Italian grape of the moment.
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Waitrose: Gin outstrips other spirit sales
08 June 2017

Gin sales at UK supermarket Waitrose have surpassed all other spirits, the retailer has reported, after seeing sales of the trendy spirit rise 20% year-on-year.
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Bordeaux 2016: Very fine margins indeed
08 June 2017

There has been a splurge of big name releases this morning as the en primeur campaign enters its final stages and despite the hefty price increases some might just prove workable, others may not.
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Rioja DOCa approves single vineyard classification
08 June 2017

Rioja's regulatory council has approved the creation of a new ‘vinedos singulares’ (single vineyard) classification that will allow winemakers to highlight the terroir and origin of their wines – but has yet to address the question of naming specific villages on the label.
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Brewdog is giving a free beer to anyone that votes today
08 June 2017

Independent craft brewer Brewdog is doing its bit to help oil the wheels of democracy by offering everyone that votes in today's general election a free beer.
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Hattingley Valley partners Enotria&Coe
08 June 2017

Hampshire-based Hattingley Valley has announced that Enotria&Coe will take over as its UK distributor to cope with its “increasing volumes and ambitions.”
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Bizot: I’m French and the best wine I have ever tasted was Australian
08 June 2017

He is the great nephew of Lily Bollinger and the descendant of a Champagne dynasty, but Xavier Bizot, general manager of Brian Croser's Tapanappa in the Adelaide Hills, says the best wine he has ever tasted was Australian.
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Anson: Tasting 40 years of Château Montrose wines
08 June 2017

Jane Anson reports on a tasting of Château Montrose, nicknamed the first growth of Bordeaux's St-Estèphe appellation, including the fabled 1982 vintage and going right back to 1975.Not a bad line-up...Château Montrose wines, starting with the 1975 vintage and including 1982 and 2010. Which vintage comes out better than the fabled 1982?...
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Pernod buys into mezcal boom
08 June 2017

Pernod Ricard has bolstered its mezcal offering by taking a majority stake in the ‘Del Maguey Single Village’ brand.
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Elaborate wine descriptions improve taste – study
08 June 2017

Critics and producers have fresh ammunition to back some of their more flowery wine tasting notes after new research suggested that elaborate descriptions really can help people to enjoy wines more. Getting creative pays off, say researchers... Flowery writing has its advantages, researchers find...
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Bordeaux Beyond En Primeur
08 June 2017

As 2016's en primeur prices emerge, Tom Jarvis sees how buying futures compares to retail purchasing, and gains an overview of the campaign from a leading UK merchant.
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Auction Napa Valley 2017 in pictures
08 June 2017

We bring you all the thrills and spills from this year's Auction Napa Valley, hosted by the Coppola family over a scorching weekend in California wine country.
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Which red wines are best for chilling? – ask Decanter
08 June 2017

Summer is the time to enjoy a red wine served at a cooler temperature - but some styles suit it more than others. Follow our eight-point guide for the ones to choose... These are the styles to go for...
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Emotive wine labels prompt consumers to pay more, study finds
07 June 2017

Emotive wine labels can prompt consumers to spend more on a bottle of wine and like it better, new research from Australia has found.
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Top 10 London Wine Week events
07 June 2017

As we enter day three of this year's London Wine Week, we round up the top 10 must-attend events.
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Simpsons Estate opens for visits
07 June 2017

English wine estate Simpsons has announced it will be running a limited number of tours and tastings around the new facilities and vineyard this summer.
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Lidl US flags up wine range ahead of US launch
07 June 2017

Lidl US is flagging up recent large wins at two US-based wine awards, and adopting colour-coded taste descriptors in store to tempt US consumers into its wine aisles.
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Bordeaux 2016: nothing to see here
07 June 2017

The clutch of releases from Bordeaux this morning presents possibly the most depressing slate of statistics seen in this campaign. Are any a compelling buy?
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Top 10 Father’s Day wines: Which wine persona does your dad have?
07 June 2017

Have you got a Napa Cab Dad or is he more of a Piedmont Papa? We realise fathers come in all shapes and sizes, with preferences ranging from the suave whites to bold and muscular reds, or even a delicate rosé. Use our persona guide to find the perfect fine wine gift for Father's Day... Piedmont Papa or Monsieur Montrachet? Find a Father's Day wine...
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What animal caused havoc in a wine shop?
07 June 2017

Can you guess what animal destroyed $500 worth of wine and Champagne...?Credit: Royal Oaks Liquor Store Can you guess....?
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Second urban winery opens in London
07 June 2017

London Cru has competition in the form of Renegade, a new urban winery in Bethnal Green that has just launched its first two wines.
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Young Britons don’t know what a sommelier is – survey
07 June 2017

Research conducted by OpenTable suggest that many people in the UK are confused about the role of a wine waiter... Sixty six percent of those surveyed did not know what a sommelier does, although this was more of a problem
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DWWA judge profile: Lenka Sedlackova MW
07 June 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Valentin Radosav
07 June 2017

Valentin Radosav is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Valentin Radosav Valentin Radosav Valentin Radosav is Head Sommelier at Gymkhana Restaurant, an Indian Michelin Star Restaurant in Mayfair, London. He has
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DWWA judge profile: David Jean
07 June 2017

David Jean is a judge at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). David Jean David Jean is a judge at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
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Decanter claims to preserve wine for nearly two weeks
07 June 2017

A wine decanter that promises to extend the life of an open bottle of wine by up to 12 days has been launched via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
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DWWA judge profile: Danny Cameron
07 June 2017

Danny Cameron is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Danny Cameron Danny Cameron Danny Cameron started his career in hospitality at London’s Café Royal, went on to lead an eight sommelier
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McGuigan launches Semillon at Asda
07 June 2017

Australia’s McGuigan Wines has launched the 2016 vintage of its Bin 9000 Semillon in Asda supermarkets nationwide.
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DWWA judge profile: Miquel Hudin
07 June 2017

Miquel Hudin is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Miquel Hudin DWWA Judge Miquel Hudin Miquel Hudin is a wine journalist and Certified Sommelier originally from California. His career in wine started in
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Rampaging peacock trashes liquor store
07 June 2017

A rogue peacock has destroyed US$500 worth of wine and spirits after brazenly strutting into a liquor store in Los Angeles and refusing to leave.
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DWWA judge profile: Tim Wildman MW
07 June 2017

Tim Wildman MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Tim Wildman MW DWWA Judge Tim Wildman MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
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The World's Most Wanted Merlots
07 June 2017

We continue our look at the world's most popular wines with the grossly maligned Merlot.
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Exclusive: Owners of New York’s Hermann J. Wiemer Winery Purchase Standing Stone Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
07 June 2017

The deal includes 50 acres of prized vineyards in the Finger Lakes; Standing Stone will remain a separate brand
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Top Baja California restaurants and bars
07 June 2017

Drive from Southern California to Mexico for a weekend road trip...Conchas de Piedra Plan a California weekend road trip...
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3 Questions (and Answers) for Obsessed Wine Lovers (Wine Spectator)
07 June 2017

A few answers to questions that wine lovers are often asked
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DWWA judge profile: Melanie Brown
07 June 2017

Melanie Brown is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Melanie Brown Driven by the desire to highlight New Zealand’s most unique producers, Melanie Brown has been in the UK
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Bordeaux 2016: Cheval Blanc, Margaux, Mouton and Haut-Brion all out
07 June 2017

Many of the big names have released Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines in the past few days, amid a growing focus on the proportion of wine that estates are keeping back in the cellar.The Mouton Rothschild barrel room. Jane Anson looks at the latest en primeur wine releases...
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NFL to end spirits advertising ban
06 June 2017

The National Football League has said it is going to lift a ban on spirits advertising during games in the 2017 season.
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High hopes for Germany’s biggest brewery in the UK
06 June 2017

Germany's biggest brewery, the Radeberger Group is entering the UK market with its best-selling Pilsner, which distributor Copestick Murray said had the potential to be "huge" in the UK market.
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Nicolas Feuillatte unfazed by UK sales dip
06 June 2017

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte said it remained committed to brand building, appearing unfazed by the dip in sales caused by declining Champagne sales across the UK, its largest export market.
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Winner of UK Ruinart Challenge 2017 named
06 June 2017

Julia Sewell, junior assistant head sommelier at Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck, has won the UK Ruinart Challenge 2017, seeing off competition from 19 other sommeliers.
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Italian designer creates vegan ‘leather’ from wine byproducts
06 June 2017

An Italian designer has combined the worlds of high fashion and wine with a love of the planet, creating a vegan-friendly "leather" made from the byproducts of winemaking.
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‘Whisky Galore’ bottles for sale
06 June 2017

Two bottles of whisky salvaged from the shipwreck that inspired the book ‘Whisky Galore!’ are to be sold in Edinburgh this week.
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Jago: ‘This is one of the most exciting times for wines’
06 June 2017

Chairman of the WSTA, Dan Jago, has said that he is excited by the opportunities for the UK wines and spirits industry following Brexit.
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‘Super lot’ helps Auction Napa Valley raise nearly $16 million
06 June 2017

This year’s Auction Napa Valley event raised US$15.7m for local charities, with one ‘super lot’ from Colgin Cellars fetching $2.1m on its own.Winning bidders at Auction Napa Valley 2017. Single lot fetches $2.1 million on its own...
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Bordeaux 2016: Margaux begins the week
06 June 2017

Despite the abysmal London weather, Château Margaux has kicked off the week with a price that should take buyers’ minds off the pouring rain.
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François Lurton: New World wines don’t need to age
06 June 2017

François Lurton believes that wines from the warmer parts of the world don’t necessarily need to age due to their different levels of ripeness and tannin structure.
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Gin boom boosts spirit revenues above beer
06 June 2017

The booming sales of gin have pushed the revenue of spirits above that of beer for the first time, according to the WSTA.
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The World's Most Wanted Champagnes
06 June 2017

Our search for the world's most popular wines takes us to northern France.
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Boasting a Star-Studded Cast and Great Wines, Auction Napa Valley Raises $15.7 Million (Wine Spectator)
06 June 2017

Francis Ford Coppola and family bring Hollywood excitement to one of the nation’s top charity wine auctions
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Quinta do Noval joins list of 2015 Port declarations
06 June 2017

Quinta do Noval has joined the list of Port houses declaring at least part of their 2015 vintage, but excitement has fallen since the harvest.Quinta do Noval vines. Quinta do Noval 2015 declares portion of vintage...
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Uncorked: Dylan Lee of Bird in Hand
06 June 2017

Dylan Lee, senior winemaker at Australia's Bird in Hand winery, reveals his unabashed love for burgers and his source of happiness – his six-month-old daughter.
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Strange tales: The sport and death of kings
06 June 2017

Louis X of France died on this day in 1316, reportedly after drinking too much chilled wine after a brisk game of real tennis.
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Viña Palo Alto launches ‘Enjoy Wine, Go Solar’ Campaign
06 June 2017

To celebrate World Environment Day today (Monday, 5 June 2017), Viña Palo Alto, in Chile’s Maule Valley, has launched its ‘Enjoy Wine, Go Solar’ campaign.
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Theatre wine slammed by Dr Who writer
05 June 2017

Sherlock and Dr Who writer Steven Moffat has slammed theatre wines, telling an audience at the Hay Festival that intervals are “stupid” and force people to drink “the worst red wine”.
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Whisky brings oysters back to Highland waters
05 June 2017

A new environmental project in the waters of Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands is using oxygen-rich, filtered water from a local distillery to reintroduce oysters to the area after a century-long absence.
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‘Corkscrew’ wine glasses remove need to decant
05 June 2017

A Colorado-based start-up has designed a wine glass with a hand blown 'corkscrew' moulded at its base to trap sediment, which it says removes the need to decant the bottle.
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Carlsberg UK launches new craft beer portfolio
05 June 2017

Carlsberg UK has released this year’s Crafted portfolio and handbook featuring a new selection of craft beers including ‘Your beer, here?’ winner, Toast Ale.
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Torbreck discovers rare old vines
05 June 2017

Australian winery Torbreck has recently discovered that some extremely old vines dotted around its vineyards are not at all what they are supposed to be.
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Man flees London Bridge terror attack with pint
05 June 2017

One Londoner has become a surprising symbol of resilience following the tragic events of this weekend after he was seen fleeing the London Bridge attack with a pint in hand, with social media users praising the man for showing true "British spirit" in the face of terror.
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Oddbins unveils bondage-themed gin advert
05 June 2017

Living up to its reputation for bizarre videos, UK wine retailer Oddbins has launched a new 'Cocktails with a Twist' campaign with a bondage-themed tutorial on how to make a Kiwi Envy using Aviation American gin.
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Jefford on Monday: Burgundy’s other self
05 June 2017

Andrew Jefford discovers the surprising Crémant de Bourgogne, and recommends several of the sparkling wines to try.Vineyards in Bouzeron. Everything you need to know about Crémant de Bourgogne...
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Berkshire Hathaway vs the Three-Tier System
05 June 2017

The Warren Buffet-owned McLane food distribution company moves forward with its quest for a Texas wine distribution license.
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Corsica wineries: Where to taste
04 June 2017

Many wineries in Corsica welcome visitors to taste and buy the wines. Stephen Brook picks out some of the best...The view from Domaine Alzipratu The pick of the best...
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Why people use glass closures for wine – ask Decanter
03 June 2017

How does it differ compared to cork, and what is the point...?The Vinolok glass closures What difference does it make...?
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Premium red Rioja – panel tasting results
03 June 2017

Our experts praised Rioja for its incredible value for money in the March 2017 issue of Decanter magazine... Incredible value for money, said our judges...
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The Complete Guide to Yamazaki Whisky
03 June 2017

Japan's premier distillery was the result of a combination of careful planning and a happy accident of nature.
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Restaurant Talk: At Eleven Madison Park, Like Chef, Like Wine Director (Wine Spectator)
03 June 2017

Daniel Humm and Cedric Nicaise work in tandem to create a seamless food-and-wine experience
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Malartic-Lagravière to host Fête de la Fleur
03 June 2017

Graves estate Malartic-Lagravière is to host the annual Fête de la Fleur this year as the Bonnie family celebrates 20 years of their ownership of the château.
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London Wine Week 2017: Where to go
03 June 2017

Celebrate London Wine Week at some of the Decanter experts’ favourite wine bars… Celebrate London Wine Week...
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Wine Spectator's Bring Your Own Magnum Party: Three Decades of Big Bottles (Wine Spectator)
03 June 2017

Vintners gather to celebrate and to kick off the Auction Napa Valley weekend
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Sainsbury’s Villetta strikingly similar to Villa Maria
03 June 2017

First, Sainsbury’s created a Chilean wine range with a striking resemblance to the world's biggest South American wine brand, and now it appears that the retailer has done something similar to a major Kiwi brand too…
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The week in pictures
02 June 2017

This week's drinks trade antics include celeb spotting at the Mouton Cadet wine bar in Cannes, the Roux family and Tottenham Hotspur's partnership and Helen Fielding, recipient of Bollinger's Comic Fiction award at the Hay Festival, sporting the spots alongside her prize piglet.
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Santa Rita garden wins Gold at Ireland’s Bloom-in-the-Park
02 June 2017

Chilean wine estate Viña Santa Rita has taken home a gold medal for its ‘Living Oasis’ by Santa Rita ‘Living La Vida 120’ show garden at Bord Bia’s 2017 Bloom-in-the-Park, held at Phoenix Park Dublin in Ireland.
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Riesling wine quiz – Test your knowledge
02 June 2017

Riesling, one of the world's finest white grapes. Wine aficionados love it but it's never quite made it back into the mainstream. Complex, yes. Long lived, yes. Translates where it's made - most definitely. How much do you know about this complex character? Clockwise from top left: Wagner Vineyards on Seneca Lake, Inns of Aurora at Cayuga, Riesling is the popular grape of Finger LAkes, try wines a...
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Top 10 supermarket wines: DWWA 2017 Platinum medal winners
02 June 2017

At this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, supermarket wines proved they're not only excellent value but also worthy some of the highest accolades. Here are the Platinum medal winners you can find at the supermarket... The supermarket show-stoppers from the Decanter World Wine awards, get them while you can...
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db’s bit on the side
02 June 2017

the drinks business presents this week's round up of wine, beer, spirits and other related news items from news sites and social media across the world.
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WWII tank found at Denbies
02 June 2017

English wine estate Denbies discovered a rather more unusual element of its terroir recently in the shape of an old tank from the Second World War.
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Fine wine bounces back – a little
02 June 2017

After a record 17 month-long streak of consecutive gains, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 dipped in April but has bounced back in May, a little bit.
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‘Harry Potter’ pub planned for London
02 June 2017

A ‘Harry Potter’-inspired wizarding pub complete with moving pictures, levitating candles and wand-operated beer taps could be opening in London, if a fantasy fan's Kickstarter campaign receives enough support.
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Carlsberg’s Crown Cellars bolsters sparkling offering
02 June 2017

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has launched its 2017/18 wine portfolio, with a trend toward premiumisation and sparkling wine driving the addition of two new Proseccos and a Franciacorta Brut for the UK on-trade.
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Bordeaux 2016: Cheval Blanc pumps up the volumes
02 June 2017

Saint Emilion grand cru Cheval Blanc has flipped the normal narrative of this campaign on its head by releasing with a small increase in price and a big increase in volume.
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‘Cape Town’ designation ‘groundbreaking’ for South Africa
02 June 2017

South Africa has approved 'Cape Town' as a new Wine of Origin District, marking a "huge step forward for the South African wine industry".
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Psst! Wanna Buy a Winery?
02 June 2017

Unsuccessful winery seeks new owners; WLTM financially secure suitor with big ideas.
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Unfiltered: A Priorat Wine 'Rockumentary'; Obama Breaks Silence on Controversial 'Orange Wine' (Wine Spectator)
02 June 2017

We learn what it's like to organize a tasting for the former leader of the free world. Also in Unfiltered, Champagne Jayne keeps her name, and Justin Bieber's a rosé Belieber
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Distell partners with Angostura in UK
02 June 2017

South African drinks producer Distell has announced it is rekindling its distribution partnership with Angostura Holdings in the UK.
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DWWA 2017: English wine award winners and where to buy them
02 June 2017

UK producers had another strong year in at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards. Here are the best performers and where you can find them, to coincide with English Wine Week. Wines to snap up....
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Bordeaux 2016: the best of Saint Estèphe?
01 June 2017

Third growth Calon Ségur had the trade’s attention yesterday morning, but did the “best Saint-Estèphe” of the vintage make waves?
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Mouton Cadet launches rosé for serving over ice
01 June 2017

Mouton Cadet has launched its first wine from outside Bordeaux: a Vin de France rosé that’s been made for serving over ice.
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Absolut shows LGBTQ support with limited edition bottle
01 June 2017

Absolut has launched its third limited edition bottle in support of the LGBTQ community, marking the start of a new multimillion-pound campaign to drive sales this summer.
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Taylor Swift’s record label launches vodka brand
01 June 2017

Taylor Swift's Tennessee-based record label has made its first foray into the spirits market with the launch of Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka.
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Fine wine investment: Go figure
01 June 2017

The en primeur season is a great time not only for wine investors to snap up such new treats as they arise, but also to take stock of bottled bargains from earlier vintages - because some châteaux clearly don't have their maths in order.
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German Riesling month kicks off in Hong Kong
01 June 2017

A month-long celebration of German Riesling is set to kick off in Hong Kong with wine merchants, restaurants and bars throughout the city toasting Germany's noble white grape.
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Decline in global alcohol consumption accelerating
01 June 2017

The rate of decline in global alcohol consumption is accelerating, according to the IWSR, with the global market for alcoholic drinks shrinking by 1.3% in 2016, compared with an average rate of 0.3% in the previous five years.
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Budweiser downplays counterfeit beer operation in China
01 June 2017

Budweiser has downplayed the scale of a counterfeit beer operation busted in China's southern Guangdong province, after a video showing an unhygienic beer canning line at an underground factory went viral.
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Bordeaux 2016: no games from Mouton
01 June 2017

Mouton Rothschild has released its stable of wines this morning and unlike fellow firsts and other estates has released in one tranche and at the same volume as last year.
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Anson: What it costs to buy a Bordeaux château
01 June 2017

Fancy your chances as the next owner of a classified growth, or would you rather build from the bottom in Fronsac? Jane Anson has the latest vineyard prices across Bordeaux appellations. Château Haut-Batailley vineyards. The estate was bought by the owners of Pauillac neighbour Lynch-Bages in 2017, but the price was not disclosed. Where would you buy if money was no issue?...
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Brexit is forcing up UK wine prices, warns WSTA
01 June 2017

Wine prices are rising and there is worse to come, the UK's leading wine industry group has said, blaming the effects of the Brexit vote. Brexit effects are starting to bite, says wine body...
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The World's Most Wanted Rieslings
01 June 2017

Beloved of critics, Riesling hasn't lived up to all the hype, but it still has a loyal following.
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Go Ahead and Eat Some Cheese (Wine Spectator)
01 June 2017

Scientific research finds no link between dairy consumption and heart disease
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Dom Pérignon 2009 vintage to be released before 2008
01 June 2017

Dom Pérignon is to release its 2009 vintage Champagne out of chronological order, just as Louis Roederer announced with Cristal 2009 last year. Michael Edwards tastes the DP 2009 and reports on the vintage... Michael Edwards tastes Dom Pérignon 2009...
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db Eats: Mere
31 May 2017

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Monica Galetti's debut solo venture, Mere in Fitzrovia, for Marmite tortellini and an unexpectedly brilliant plate of peas.
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Prosecco Masters 2017: the results
31 May 2017

This year’s Prosecco Masters showed that despite the rapid expansion in the sector, quality across the board has risen. We bring you the best wines from the the DOC and DOCG.
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DAWA Gold Winners featured in Masterclass at TopWine China 2017
31 May 2017

Decanter has organised a Masterclass in Beijing to showcase five Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 Gold Medal winners at this year’s TopWine China wine fair. Over 100 Chinese wine professionals attended the masterclass, hosted by Denis Lin, a wine and food journalist and Decanter Asia
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California wine pioneer Richard Ward dies
31 May 2017

Richard Ward, champion of the Carneros wine region and co-founder of Saintsbury Winery, has died.Saintsbury co-founder Richard Ward. Carneros campaigner and Pinot pioneer remembered...
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Justin Bieber fuels brosé phenomenon
31 May 2017

Proving real men drink pink, Canadian singer Justin Bieber visited Wolffer Estate Vineyards in New York this week, where he “drank half a bottle of rosé”.
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Bordeaux flutters into town this summer
31 May 2017

Vins de Bordeaux is to host its first pop-up wine bar in London this summer, offering consumers the chance to try the regions wines from sparkling wines to reds.
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McGuigan: opportunity in China huge for Australian wine
31 May 2017

Australian wine exports to China climbed 40% to AUS$520 million in 2016, presenting Australia with a huge opportunity, says McGuigan's chief winemaker Neil McGuigan.
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Changyu buys 85% stake in Chile’s Bethwines
31 May 2017

China’s biggest domestic wine producer Changyu has signed a deal with Chile’s Bethia group to acquire 85% stake in its wine division, Bethwines, for US$50 million.
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Moutai academy set to open in China
31 May 2017

The world’s most valuable liquor brand Kweichow Moutai has been approved by China’s Ministry of Education to set up a Moutai academy in southwestern China.
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Coates & Seely rules the roost at UK wine tasting
31 May 2017

English wine producer Coates & Seely’s ‘La Perfide Blanc de Blancs 2009’ was named ‘Supreme Champion’ at the first UK Wine Awards held earlier this month.
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Fake Budweiser factory busted in China
31 May 2017

An underground factory in China’s southern Guangdong province has been busted for producing fake cans of Budweiser beer after a video showing an unsanitary production line went viral.
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Gonzalez Byass launches Sherry-based British sparkler
31 May 2017

Gonzalez Byass has released a new pre-mixed, Sherry-based sparkler in the UK following two years of market research, describing its as a "true innovation".
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The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Michele Chiarlo
31 May 2017

Piedmont is home to some of Italy's top appellations and this family makes wine in all of them.
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After Fires, Chile Rebuilds Devastated Wine Regions (Wine Spectator)
31 May 2017

Some producers were lucky, others less so. How will the blazes impact this year's harvest and the future?
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Where to go in Walla Walla
31 May 2017

The best places to stay, eat and shop...Brasserie Four Where to stay and eat...
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The Feast: Lobster Roll and Cucumber Salad Recipe (Wine Spectator)
31 May 2017

Chill out with seaside recipes from New England's Castle Hill Inn. Plus, 15 recommended Sauvignon Blanc values
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Wine firm Montevino Partners Ltd collapses with million-pound debts
31 May 2017

One investor paid £76,000 for Barolo that never arrived. One investor paid £76,000 for Barolo that never arrived...
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Yalumba releases Coonawarra-Barossa ‘super claret’
31 May 2017

Australian winery Yalumba has released a Cabernet Shiraz blend made with fruit from Coonawarra and the Barossa, which it is calling a, ”super claret”.
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Bordeaux frosts to cause 20% price hike
31 May 2017

Hervé Grandeau, chairman of the Federation of the Fine Wines of Bordeaux, has estimated that prices could rise by 10-20% in 2017 as a result of the April frosts.
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Uncorked: Jean-Claude Berrouet and Daniel Baron
31 May 2017

Two of the legends in wine, Jean-Claude Berrouet who oversaw 44 vintages at Petrus, and Daniel Baron, winemaker of Silver Oak and Twomey, chat to dbHK about their dream dinner party and why rating wines is absurd.
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Lanson wins listing at The Cavalry and Guards Club
30 May 2017

Champagne Lanson has won a listing of six of its wines at private members’ club The Cavalry and Guards Club in London’s Mayfair.
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Bordeaux 2016: Haut-Brion and the gang
30 May 2017

Domaine Dillon has bagged the big release spot after the May bank holiday, giving buyers Haut-Brion (red and white), Le Clarence and La Mission to chew on.
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London Wine Fair to retain time and location in 2018
30 May 2017

Despite suggestions that the London Wine Fair could change its timing and location, outgoing director Ross Carter has assured db that neither will be different in 2018.
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Saintsbury co-founder dies
30 May 2017

Richard Ward, the co-founder of one of the leading Pinot Noir producers in the US, Saintsbury, has died aged 67.
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Final call for Malbec Masters 2017 entries
30 May 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Malbec Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 21 June.
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What’s next for New Zealand Pinot Noir?
30 May 2017

Having established itself as one of the world's premier Pinot producers, we ask some of New Zealand's top winemakers what's next for the grape, if it is to maintain its appeal with consumers.
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
30 May 2017

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team. This week we decode 'caramel' and 'rose'... Don't get caught out at tastings....
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Dom Vintages Become an Annual Event
30 May 2017

Spreading too thin or "witnessing the vintage"? Dom Pérignon's string of vintages raises eyebrows.
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Washington State wineries to visit
30 May 2017

Vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate Great Washington wineries, some just one hour from Seattle...
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Jefford on Monday: Learning to taste better
29 May 2017

Andrew Jefford chats to wine teacher Michael Schuster about everything from seduction to his views on wine descriptions, and salutes the new edition of his Essential Winetasting book. Sommeliers pour Bordeaux 2016 barrel samples for tasting at the UGC's Hangar 14 venue. A chat with wine teacher Michael Schuster...
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Richard Ward, Carneros Pinot Noir Pioneer, Dies at 67 (Wine Spectator)
29 May 2017

He co-founded Saintsbury and was a leader in California's pursuit of Burgundian grape greatness
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Hunger, Hardship and the $3000 Breakfast Cognac
29 May 2017

Not content with swilling $1000 wine in the morning, W.Blake Gray gets into the spirit of boozy breakfasts.
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A new age for Virginia wines
29 May 2017

Sommelier Jason Tesauro opens up a few bottles in the name of research and reports on experiments with ageing Virginia wines.Virginia vineyards are starting to make age-worthy wines, says local sommelier. Trials offer clues on how Virginia wines age...
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Muscadet wines: Time to think again – panel tasting results
27 May 2017

Think you know Muscadet? Think again! Our panel tasting results in the June 2017 issue of Decanter magazine have blown all expectations out of the water... Wines with 17 months' minimum lees ageing have blown all expectations out of the water...
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The Spy Who Glugged Me
27 May 2017

To mark Roger Moore's death, we take a look back at some of James Bond's changing drink tastes.
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USA award winning wines at DWWA 2017: Finding a niche
27 May 2017

Six top medals at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards show how American wine producers are honing their skills with particular styles: Pinot from Willamette, Cab from Napa, Syrah from Walla Walla and Chardonnay from cool coastal regions.Gold seal of approval...Credit: Decanter / Steve Howse With six of this years top medals, it's clear that US producers are finding their niches: Pinot from Willame...
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Summer wine quiz – Test your knowledge
27 May 2017

The sun is out. You're on the beach, in outdoor bars, having friends over for alfresco dining - but what do you serve and how do you serve it? Test your summery wine knowledge here.Be ready for summer... Are you equipped to deal with the season...
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Fine wine investment: Bordeaux rising
26 May 2017

Adherents of the diversification approach to wine investment will be heartened to learn that another fine wine index is about to break out into all-time high ground – the Bordeaux 500.
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Time to reassert Sauvignon Blanc’s fine wine credentials?
26 May 2017

Sauvignon Blanc might be the most popular grape variety in the UK but its potential as a fine wine and ‘noble’ credentials need to be reasserted suggests wine writer Jamie Goode.
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London Wine Fair 2017 in pictures
26 May 2017

db presents a pictorial round up of this year's London Wine Fair at Olympia including masterclasses, tastings and the McGuigan Wines' BBQ, with Masterchef presenter and chef, John Torode, manning the grill.
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‘Concentration and generosity’ define Margaret River Chardonnay
26 May 2017

Margaret River has grown to become the benchmark region for Chardonnay in Australia, with “concentration and generosity of fruit” defining its style.
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Australia’s Seppeltsfield opens $75m chateau in China
26 May 2017

The Barossa Valley's Seppeltsfield has opened the doors to its new wine chateau in China, the first to be part-owned by an Australian wine company, as part of a joint venture with the Minquan Jiuding Wine Company Ltd.
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Wine plays starring role in new Coppola film
26 May 2017

Wine plays a starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s wife Eleanor Coppola’s new film Paris Can Wait, with Coppola consulting with Maria Helm Sinskey on the food and wine pairings.
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DP launches 2009 vintage
26 May 2017

Dom Pérignon has announced the launch of its 2009 vintage, ahead of the 2008 due to the warmth and richness of the year. The first time it has broken the order of its releases.
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Heavy metal festival lays four-mile beer pipeline
26 May 2017

A rock festival in Germany has laid a four-mile pipeline beneath its site to deliver free-flowing beer to 75,000 thirsty metalheads in August.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
26 May 2017

From the New Zealand Food and Wine Connection 2017 event to Domaine Schlumberger's latest 2014 releases, we round up this week's drinks trade highlights in Hong Kong.
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South Korea invents hangover-cure ice cream
26 May 2017

Curing a hangover has never been so delicious and sweet, as a South Korean company says it has invented an ice cream bar that will nurse you back to your normal self after a night of heavy drinking.
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Surprise Platinum winners at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
26 May 2017

Find new wines and regions to explore with this round-up of some of the more surprising winners at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, which saw record entries of more than 17,200 wines coming in from Chile to China... How many wines from these regions have you tried?...
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Port Powerhouse Looks Beyond Douro
26 May 2017

Symington Family Estates has turned its attentions south to the Alentejo region, Margaret Rand reports.
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Unfiltered: Eleanor Coppola Dishes on 'Paris Can Wait' Wine Inspiration (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Emmanuel Macron adds wine (adviser) to cabinet, French protesters protest, Pippa Middleton's wedding fizz, Coravin makes small-screen debut, and Warren Winiarski honors Mexican-American winemakers
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Turning Tables: Big-Shot Chefs Flock to New York's Hudson Yards' Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2017

Thomas Keller, José Andrés, Ferran Adrià and more have signed on. Plus, Fleming's and North End Grill get new wine directors, and Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas is closing
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26 May 2017

Hospitality meets Midwestern charm at this Wisconsin restaurant
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Clonal selection not ideal for NZ Pinot Noir
26 May 2017

Instead of parachuting in a highly-rated Pinot Noir clone into a vineyard, winemakers in New Zealand should use mass selection more readily to discover the vines that are already performing best in their own soils, believes winemaker Larry McKenna of Escarpment.
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db brunches: Sexy Fish
26 May 2017

db heads to Sexy Fish in Mayfair for an Asian-inspired brunch, featuring the likes of 'sexy eggs' benedict with lobster, green tea waffles with blueberries and a Bloody Mary served in a giant copper fish.
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‘Ghost vines’ re-emerge in SA drought
26 May 2017

The worst drought in a century in the Western Cape has led to a large field of ‘ghost vines’ reappearing as the dam water that once covered them recedes.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 results revealed
25 May 2017

See which of the 17,200 entries scooped top prizes at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, including the coveted Platinum Best in Show medals.This year's DWWA saw a record of more more than 17,200 entries. Search the full results for DWWA 2017...
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Big opportunity for French wines in pubs, LGCF claims
25 May 2017

Les Grand Chais de France has launched a new range of its leading off-trade Calvet brand exclusively for the on-trade, after claiming there was a big opportunity to boost the level of French wines within the managed pub sector.
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Rioja vineyards ‘badly damaged’ by frost
25 May 2017

The severe late-spring frosts that swept through Europe last month wreaking havoc in its wine regions have damaged a broad swathe of vineyards in Rioja.
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DB awards 2017: profiling the winners
25 May 2017

Following yesterday’s listing of 2017’s Drinks Business Awards winners, today we bring you a full report, including a profile of all our recipients.
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Alto Piemonte ‘an incredible alternative to Burgundy’
25 May 2017

Nebbiolos from the little-known region of Alto Piemonte in the foothills of the Alps offer “an incredible alternative to Burgundy”, according to Italian wine expert David Berry Green.
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‘Exceptional cellar’ offered on iDealwine
25 May 2017

Online fine wine auctioneer iDealwine is offering an “exceptional cellar” full of classic Bordeaux and Burgundy on its platform this month.
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Cases stored in Vine ‘taller than Everest’
25 May 2017

Liv-ex’s warehouse, ‘Vine’, has reached a new milestone of 120,000 cases in storage – a pile of wine that is technically taller than Everest.
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White Port exports to the UK increase by 38%
25 May 2017

The category of white Port is a "sleeping giant" capable of helping to bring Port to a younger generation of consumers, believes Alex Down, brand manager at UK importer Fells, revealing that white Port exports to the UK grew by 38% in 2016.
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Anson: Who would be your perfect wine dinner guests?
25 May 2017

Jane Anson speaks to well-known winemakers about which wine legends of the past - and present - they would most like to share a bottle with over the dinner table. Château de Bagnols, Beaujolais. Jane Anson on who would be good company...
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The 10 Most Wanted Chardonnays
25 May 2017

Everybody loves Chardonnay, which might end up posing a problem for producers of the variety.
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Climate Challenges Take the Stage at Vinexpo Bordeaux (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2017

Wine Spectator panel will highlight wine industry leaders' strategies for success in face of changing conditions
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Innovate or be left behind, brand leader warns
24 May 2017

Wine brands need to innovate or risk being left behind as inflationary pressure bites, the managing director of Félix Solís UK has claimed.
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Constellation bid for Brown-Forman rejected
24 May 2017

Drinks giant Constellation Brands has made a takeover bid for Brown-Forman, owner of the hugely popular Jack Daniel’s brand, which has been rejected.
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Top rated rosé Champagne – Full panel tasting results
24 May 2017

Looking for a great bottle of rosé Champagne for the long summer evenings? Our experts rate 99 bottles in a recent panel tasting at Decanter HQ in London. See some of the top wines below and click on the links to find full tasting notes and stockist details for the UK and US. Our experts rate 99 bottles in the January 2017 issue of Decanter magazine...
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dbHK Eats: Hip Cellar
24 May 2017

Hip Cellar, a multi-purpose establishment inside an industrial building in Fortress Hill in Hong Kong, is on its way to become something well out of the ordinary.
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Bordeaux 2016: a Lynch with ambition
24 May 2017

“A classic Lynch Bages with ambition,” was released this morning and with a punchy price to match but could the estate even be selling itself short this time?
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Brits quaff a third of all Prosecco produced
24 May 2017

The insatiable thirst for Prosecco DOC in the UK is at an all-time high, with Brits now quaffing over a third of the entire annual production of the Italian sparkler.
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Brown Brothers previews new grape variety ‘Mystique’
24 May 2017

Brown Brothers is previewing tank samples of Mystique, a new variety developed by the The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, at this year’s London Wine Fair.
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DB awards 2017: the winners announced
24 May 2017

We bring you the winners of 2017’s Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday afternoon at a ceremony at the London Wine Fair.
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President Macron appoints wine lobbyist as adviser
24 May 2017

New French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed a leading wine lobbyist as one of his agriculture advisers. Audrey Bourolleau (centre), on the campaign trail with Macron's En Marche! party. Meet the president's new agriculture adviser...
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Foncalieu launches new range
24 May 2017

Les Vignobles Foncalieu has launched a new range of wines for the UK off-trade from the Côteaux d’Ensérune, focused on more ‘unusual’ grape varieties.
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‘Pope’ of Condrieu dies
24 May 2017

Georges Vernay, the man credited with saving Viognier from extinction, has died at the age of 92.
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Bordeaux 2016: Pavie, Angélus, Lynch-Bages lead rush of big releases
24 May 2017

It's been the biggest week so far of the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur campaign, with Left Bank stalwart Lynch-Bages joining Right Bank big guns Pavie and Angélus on merchant lists.The cellar room at Château Pavie. See the latest releases and reaction...
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Joseph Drouhin appoints new president for Dreyfus, Ashby & Co
24 May 2017

Maison Joseph Drouhin has promoted John A. Caruso as president of Dreyfus, Ashby & Co, a leading wine importer owned by the estate.
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Tom McDonald and the Other Judgment of Paris
24 May 2017

Stag's Leap wasn't the first wine to topple a First Growth at an international tasting.
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Exclusive: Ernie Els Wines Co-Owner Buys Historic South African Winery Stellenzicht (Wine Spectator)
24 May 2017

Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein purchases one of the largest wine estates in Stellenbosch
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America’s Cup travel: Best Bermuda bars and restaurants for wine lovers
24 May 2017

Heading to the perfect pink sands of Bermuda for the America's Cup? Here's a list of island jewels that are worth a look while you're in the area. With Cup Match just around the corner, we give you London wine buyer and Bermuda regular Maggie Macpherson's guide to the top restaurants and bars.Image Credit: fairmont.com These island jewels are well worth a visit...
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8 & $20: Pork Satay Skewer Recipe with Chickpea and Kale Salad and an Off-Dry German Riesling (Wine Spectator)
24 May 2017

Pork skewers with peanut sauce, for the broiler or the grill, paired with an off-dry German Riesling
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Which wines did Fleming’s James Bond drink?
24 May 2017

In tribute one of the best known James Bond actors, Sir Roger Moore, we have updated this post and look back on famous '007' tipples both on the big screen and in Ian Fleming's original novels. Clue: it wasn't just Bollinger and Dry Martinis. Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89 and was one of the best loved actors to play James Bond in the 007 films. In tribute one of the best known James Bond a...
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Chile ‘missing trick’ with its volcanic wines
23 May 2017

Chile is missing a trick to makes more of its volcanic terroir, a Chilean producer has argued.
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LWF 2017: Big Brexit debate
23 May 2017

Brexit was the big topic of the day as the London Wine Fair kicked off yesterday, with a panel of economic, legal and industry experts assessing the implications of the impending divorce with Europe.
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World Whisky Day founder sets new record
23 May 2017

World Whisky Day founder, Blair Bowman, visited a record number of whisky distilleries in one day, collecting bottles for a raffle in aid of water charity, Just a Drop.
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Bordeaux 2016: the Saint Emilion double act
23 May 2017

The on-going en primeur double act that is Angélus and Pavie went on this morning with the tandem release of both wines, in lockstep on price as usual too.
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Sotheby’s NYC sale storms to US$5m
23 May 2017

The third and final instalment of the Don Stott fine wine sale in New York this week made over US$5 million and set new records for Rouuseau, Roumier and Ravenau at auction.
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Sam Caporn MW launches wine infographic
23 May 2017

Master of Wine and Bollinger Medal winner Sam Caporn has relaunched her website to showcase her new infographic, The Wine Flavour Tree.
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Why is everyone against Prosecco?
23 May 2017

Andrea D'Ercole, blogger and founder of Italyabroad.com, questions the hostility towards the popular Italian sparkler.
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Former Conrad sommelier joins Grand Hyatt
23 May 2017

Julien Peros, the former sommelier at Conrad, has recently joined Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong as its hotel sommelier, taking over from Yves Nizan who left Hyatt to join Watson’s Wines.
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Top three HK restaurants with the highest corkage
23 May 2017

dbHK rounds up the three restaurants in Hong Kong with the highest corkage fees with prices peaking at HK$750 a bottle.
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Viognier saviour Georges Vernay dies in the Rhône
23 May 2017

Georges Vernay, one of the men who saved Condrieu in the Northern Rhône and put Viognier on the world wine map in the process, has passed away at the age of 92.Christine and Georges Vernay in Condrieu. The man who rescued Viognier and an appellation...
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Argentina: Fresh perspectives
23 May 2017

Rich, ripe and inky black with structure and power – that’s how most would describe a typical Argentine Malbec – and they would be right. But another side to Argentina’s winemaking story is emerging.
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10 Most Wanted Pinot Noirs
23 May 2017

We continue our series of most popular wines with a look at non-Burgundy Pinot Noir.
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L. Pierce Carson, Eyes of Napa Valley, Dies at 76 (Wine Spectator)
23 May 2017

His 50-year career at a Napa newspaper helped chronicle the wine industry's rise
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Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: Watermelon-Glazed Ribs with Chardonnay Wine Pairing (Wine Spectator)
23 May 2017

Philadelphia's chef Daniel Stern mixes two summer classics on the grill, plus, 14 recommended California Chardonnay values
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Bordeaux 2016: first tranche of Lafite not the deepest
23 May 2017

The en primeur week has got off to a flying start with Château Lafite Rothschild joining the early morning releases of Beychevelle and Langoa Barton.
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Health-conscious Britain: an opportunity or threat for the drinks industry?
22 May 2017

Fiona Healey, senior PR manager at launch activation agency Five by Five, looks at what the drinks industry can do to capitalise on an increasingly health-conscious Britain.
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Off-Piste Wines to launch canned sparkling Pinot Grigio
22 May 2017

Off-Piste Wines is set to launch PinotPinot, a sparkling Pinot Grigio in a can that contains wine blended and sourced by Clem Yates MW.
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Uncorked: Ashley Gao
22 May 2017

The head sommelier of Bejing's The Opposite House hotel, Ashley Gao, chats to dbHK about the best advice she learned from Chinese Taoism and why she would never serve wine at her funeral.
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Berry Bros & Rudd opens new London shop
22 May 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new flagship London shop in St James’s complete with Enomatic sampling machines and shelving for more than 1,000 wines and spirits.
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Top 10 new products: May
22 May 2017

This month saw the release of Veuve Clicquot's Extra Brut Extra Old, Gonzalaz Byass' eighth en rama Sherry and Dom Pérignon's latest P2-2000 release.
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Chronology clear on Brexit, but ‘politics could get in the way’, WSTA says
22 May 2017

A clear chronology and transitional phase for the Brexit negotiations is likely to result in a better outcome for the drinks industry than a rushed timeframe, however the WSTA has warned that it is European ‘politics’ that could get in the way.
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Vega Sicilia reveals frost damage figures
22 May 2017

About 40% of the crop at Vega Sicilia’s Macan vineyards was damaged by the severe frost that recently struck northern Spain, the winery CEO has revealed.
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Jefford on Monday: Puech-Haut – barrels and beyond
22 May 2017

Andrew Jefford takes a canter with a Languedoc dark horse.Puech-Haut: One of Languedoc's best-kept secrets, until now... A dark horse of Languedoc wine...
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Watson’s Wine takes on China’s Silver Heights
22 May 2017

Hong Kong's biggest wine retailer Watson's Wine has taken on distribution rights for Silver Heights, a Chinese winery based in the Ningxia province.
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Where Bacchus wine comes from and how it tastes
22 May 2017

Here's what you can expect in a wine made from the Bacchus grape, following surprise success at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards for an English white wine produced in Norfolk.Bacchus vines at Chapel Down winery in Kent. The little-known grape that helped win a top DWWA medal...
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The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking
22 May 2017

It's one of the great love stories – we examine the relationship between wine and oak.
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‘High potential’ for Greek wines in UK
22 May 2017

The potential for Greek wines in the UK is high with original, indigenous varieties and an eclectic winemaking scene making for an intriguing mix.
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First taste: Bollinger Grande Année 2007
21 May 2017

Champagne house Bollinger recently launched the latest vintage of their prestige cuvée, Grande Année, alongside some older vintages. Michael Edwards reports... Read Michael Edwards' review...
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How to order wine in a restaurant – a Decanter Guide
20 May 2017

Avoid embarrassing mistakes when ordering wine in restaurants. Learn how to hint at your budget, navigate the notorious 'wine tasting ritual' and send a wine back. With advice from our experts, including Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, chief restaurant critic Fiona Beckett and wine writer and sommelier Emily O’Hare.Don't look like a fool when it comes to ordering wine... Image Credit: Se...
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What's in a Name? About $25
20 May 2017

Successfully negotiating the relationship between winery and customer isn't easy, W. Blake Gray discovers.
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Cornwall’s Camel Valley vineyard awarded PDO
20 May 2017

Cornwall's Camel Valley has become the first UK wine producer to receive a Protected Designation Origin (PDO) from the European Union, in relation to its ‘Darnibole’ vineyard.
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Entries open for 2017 Cathay Pacific HKIWSC
20 May 2017

The 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition (HKIWSC) is now open for entries with gin and Vietnam the focus this year.
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Strange tales: St Dunstan, the Devil and cider
20 May 2017

Today is the feast day of St Dunstan, not a patron saint of beer or wine as such but legend has it he once made a deal with the Devil to blight some cider trees with frost.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
19 May 2017

We round up the highlights from this week's Hong Kong wine trade including Continental's portfolio tasting, Angelo Gaja's Hong Kong visit and Bollinger's latest 'La Grande Année'
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Spanish winemakers assess frost damage
19 May 2017

Severe frost has wreaked havoc on many vineyards in northern Spain including Rioja, Bierzo and Galicia, winemakers have revealed to dbHK at a tasting this week.
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ProWine Asia 2017 makes debut in Hong Kong
19 May 2017

ProWine Asia, the latest addition to ProWein's portfolio of international wine and spirits trade fairs, has made its debut in Hong Kong, with more than 12,000 trade visitors from 67 countries attending over four days.
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Bordeaux 2016: Palmer enters the ring
19 May 2017

Just as buyers thought they’d settle into a quiet Friday of en primeur action before the weekend, Château Palmer has come out swinging, but was it a knockout or a swing and a miss?
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English wine scoops one of top prizes at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
19 May 2017

Norfolk in eastern England has made a strong case for joining wine world royalty after a white wine from the region won one of the most coveted medals at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. Winbirri Vineyards in Norfolk makes its mark with surprise win at DWWA 2017. 'Perfect aperitif' English still wine wins big at DWWA...
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The Week in Pictures
19 May 2017

This week included a Taittinger-fuelled BAFTAs, Barack Obama's trip to the Italian wine region of Trentodoc and tastings of Sam Neill's Two Paddocks, Brown Brothers' Patricia range and Argentine wine brand Trivento.
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A solution for Champagne’s Chardonnay shortage?
19 May 2017

As the demand for high-quality Chardonnay in Champagne begins to outstrip demand, one producer sees a solution for new sources in the south east of the appellation.
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Torbreck launches latest Laird and RunRig
19 May 2017

Australian winery Torbreck has released the latest vintages of its flagship wines ‘The Laird’ and ‘RunRig’.
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California wine sales in the US hit record $34.1 billion
19 May 2017

The value of California wine shipments to the US market hit $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year and a record for the golden state's winemakers.
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Register for the DB Awards ceremony
19 May 2017

the drinks business invites you to register for The DB Awards ceremony on Tuesday 23 May at the London Wine Fair.
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For the weekend: Great value summer Chablis
19 May 2017

Decanter's expert tasting team bring you a weekly selection of exciting, great value wines. See our selection of great value Chablis wines for summer... See our selection of Mediterranean wines for summer, from Sancerre to Slovenia..
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Restaurant Talk: Wally's Tweaks the Recipe (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

What if a restaurant could access a massive wine store's warehouse—and sell bottles at nearly the same price? Christian Navarro and Matthew Turner are making waves at Wally's Beverly Hills
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DRC Faker Offers to Name Names
19 May 2017

A convicted fraudster says he is willing to blow the lid off the international fine wine trade.
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Unfiltered: Barack Obama Takes Ferrari Italian Fizz for a Spin (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

Vintner Matteo Lunelli tells Unfiltered about meeting the former president. Plus, Master of None sends Aziz Ansari on a culinary adventure with a "winemaker" friend
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Top Provence restaurants chosen by the winemakers
19 May 2017

Heading to the south of France this holiday season? Find out where the winemakers of Provence go out to eat. At the Decanter Mediterranean & Balkan Fine Wine Encounter, we caught up with the Provence producers to find out where they go for dinner — when they’re not hard at work in the winery... Find out where the winemakers of Provence go out for dinner...
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Exclusive: Jackson Family Wines Purchases Santa Barbara's Brewer-Clifton (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

The Kendall-Jackson owner adds boutique Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand to its expanding portfolio
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Marlborough is ‘the region to watch’ for Pinot
18 May 2017

Marlborough is “the region to watch” for Pinot Noir from New Zealand, said Nigel Greening of Central Otago’s Felton Road when speaking at an event in London this week.
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Finalists announced for Diageo’s HK & Macau World Class competition
18 May 2017

Six top bartenders have been announced as finalists for Diageo's 2017 Hong Kong and Macau World Class competition after two rigorous challenges and two rounds of competition.
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LA wine store partners with Amazon Prime
18 May 2017

Californian wine store Mission Wines and Spirits has teamed up with Amazon Prime Now to launch a fast, one-hour delivery service.
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Zuccardi: Further division ‘next step’ for Argentina
18 May 2017

Division of vineyards in Mendoza has not gone far enough, believes winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi, who suggests that the 'next step' is to subdivide sub regions such as Gualtallary and Altamira to better express its multitude of soils.
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Boris Johnson in Scotch blunder at Sikh temple
18 May 2017

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by Sikh worshippers after speaking about tax on Scotch in India while visiting a Sikh temple in Bristol.
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De Kuyper and Our/Amsterdam sign distribution contract
18 May 2017

De Kuyper Royal Distillers and Our/Amsterdam Vodka have signed a contract for the distribution of Amsterdam’s first locally distilled vodka.
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Sotheby’s sale tops £1m
18 May 2017

Sotheby’s latest fine wine auction in London exceeded its pre-sale estimate by a comfortable margin with Burgundy leading the way.
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Lidl US confirms June launch
18 May 2017

Lidl USA is set to open the first of its new US stores next month in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, it confirmed this week.
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A portrait of the actual Italian bulk wine market
18 May 2017

Luigino Lazzaretto, bulk wine broker and president of Intermediazioni Lazzaretto S.r.l. Luigino, examines how the Italian bulk wine market is currently evolving.
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Bordeaux 2016: a Carruades to root for?
18 May 2017

The second wine of Château Lafite put in a late appearance yesterday afternoon, was it at a price buyers could get behind?
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Anson: New Bordeaux wineries to watch
18 May 2017

It's not all about tracing your lineage to the 14th Century. Jane Anson picks out the most exciting of Bordeaux's newcomers... Château Séraphine, a rising star in Pomerol... Who could be big in the future...
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First Taste: The new Hugel Schoelhammer 2008
18 May 2017

Decanter's Sarah Kemp gets a first taste of the Hugel Schoelhammer 2008. Our review of the second vintage...
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The 10 Most Searched-for Albariños
18 May 2017

The Galician variety is increasingly popular with both drinkers and critics. We reveal the most popular ones.
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2016 Bordeaux: Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
18 May 2017

The 2016 Bordeaux futures campaign has begun—quality is high, but what about value?
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db drinks: The Zetter Townhouses’ Summer cocktails
17 May 2017

db previews the Zetter Townhouses’ new summer cocktail menu made in collaboration with drinks maverick Tony Conigliaro.
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South African Chardonnay – panel tasting results
17 May 2017

Find out what our expert judges thought about South African Chardonnay in this panel tasting from the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine. And see some of the top wines... See what our judges thought about South African Chardonnay in this panel tasting from the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine...
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Dorset brewer launches virility-boosting beer
17 May 2017

Cerne Abbas Brewery in Dorset has launched a limited edition virility-boosting beer called the Watercress Warrior inspired by an ancient symbol of fertility.
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Canadian efforts bearing fruit
17 May 2017

Still a bit player in the UK market, sustained and patient effort from Canadian wine producers is beginning to bear fruit with more recognition and listings.
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Alcohol not to blame for change in personality, say scientists
17 May 2017

A team of US psychologists have debunked the theory of a 'happy drunk', suggesting that alcohol plays less of a role in altering a person's personality than you might think.
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Mazzei to open resto in Battersea Power Station
17 May 2017

Having just launched Radici in Islington, Italian chef Francesco Mazzei is to open a modern Italian restaurant in Battersea Power Station this summer.
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Borough Wines extends into south London
17 May 2017

Independent London wine merchant Borough Wines is extending into South London as it opens its ninth store next week, in Battersea, with a tenth to follow later in the summer.
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Barack Obama raises toast with Trentodoc fizz
17 May 2017

Former US president Barack Obama has given a helping hand to the Italian wine region of Trentodoc by raising a glass of its traditional method sparkling wine at an event in Milan.
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AB InBev to invest $2 billion into US business
17 May 2017

AB InBev will invest $2 billion into its US business over the next three years in a bid to break out from Budweiser and build its strength in other categories, including craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
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Bordeaux 2016: the problem with Montrose
17 May 2017

Château Montrose capped off an eventful day of en primeur activity yesterday with a spectacularly well-judged release – there was just one problem, there wasn't enough of it.
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Bordeaux 2016: Montrose leads rush of releases
17 May 2017

UK merchants remained confident that Bordeaux 2016 en primeur buyers were thirsty for deals, as Château Montrose led an increase in releases on Monday and Tuesday this week. Château Montrose has led releases this week so far. The campaign kicks on with merchants confident...
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London Wine Fair 2017: Highlights
17 May 2017

As the annual London Wine Fair gets set to open next week, db brings you some of the highlights of the show.
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Preparing for a wine course – ask Decanter
17 May 2017

How is best to prepare...?Tasting wine at a Decanter 'discovery theatre' class on Muscat de Rivesaltes. How is best to prepare...?
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Hugel Finally Joins the Grand Cru Class
17 May 2017

One of the greatest appellation rebellions in France comes to an end, Margaret Rand reports.
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Krug launches luxury festival in English countryside for £400 a ticket
17 May 2017

Krug has announced it will be hosting a lavish, night-time Champagne, food and music festival in Hampshire, with tickets starting at £395 per person.The luxury Champagne night will be starring 'culinary sybarite' Francis Mallman... Krug to host luxury barbecue and Champagne festival...
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The Three Essential Words for Wine Greatness (Wine Spectator)
17 May 2017

We all say that one or another wine is "great." But what are the criteria?
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Vinventions works to improve the screwcap
16 May 2017

Improving the scewcap by reducing its carbon footprint and fragility during transport is one aim of Vinventions, a company that sells all types of wine closure.
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db presents: The City Wine Show
16 May 2017

After two successful years in Chelsea, the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of The City Wine Show, a wine fair designed to encourage consumers to explore the world of wine in a relaxed environment.
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Lisbon: Top restaurants and wine bars
16 May 2017

Food and wine entrepreneur, André Ribeirinho, picks his top 10 restaurants and wine bars in Lisbon...In partnership with American Express®. Originally published in 2016.Garrafeira Alfaia wine bar Find out where to eat and drink in Lisbon...
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Guinness rolls out interactive travel retail site
16 May 2017

Guinness has opened a new travel retail outlet in Dublin airport that aims to offer a new, more interactive experience for travellers that includes tutored beer tasting events.
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Top restaurants for wine lovers
16 May 2017

Good dining and good wine often go hand in hand, so we’ve rounded up restaurants from around the world with great wine lists, recommended by our experts…In partnership with American Express®. Monvinic, Barcelona From around the world...
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Best London hotel bars for wine lovers
16 May 2017

Cocktails are de rigueur at London’s finest hotels, but many also boast an excellent selection of wine by the glass and bottle, says Fiona Sims...In partnership with American Express®. The American Bar at The Savoy Where to enjoy a glass of wine....
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Top Paris wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

The city of romance is the perfect place to enjoy fine wines and innovative cuisine at both new and well-loved establishments, says Christian Holthausen...In partnership with American Express®. Clown Bar, Paris Paris for wine lovers....
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Best Florence wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

Creative cuisine, talented chefs and well-stocked wine bars: there’s never been a better time for gourmands to embrace this city, says Helen Farrell...In partnership with American Express®. La Terrazza wine bar Where to wine and dine...
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Best Amsterdam wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

This picturesque city is the perfect getaway to discover trendy wine bars unique wine merchants and innovative eateries, says Simon Woolf...In partnership with American Express®. Westerwijnfabriek The places to visit...
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Bordeaux 2016: a sudden rash of releases
16 May 2017

Six châteaux have released their wines this morning including Du Tertre, Monbousquet and Chasse Spleen – with Montrose rumoured to be in the wings.
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Pol Roger becomes official Champagne of ERM
16 May 2017

Pol Roger has become the official Champagne supplier of the Event Rider Masters, strengthening its sponsorship role in the equestrian sector.
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Krug goes ‘Into the Wild’ with Francis Mallmann
16 May 2017

Champagne house Krug has hooked up with revered Argentine chef Francis Mallmann on a culinary festival in the Hampshire countryside called Into the Wild.
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Santa Rita expands European team
16 May 2017

Chilean wine group Santa Rita Estates has appointed Manny Doidge in the newly created role of business manager for GB within its European team.
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db’s guide to this year’s London Wine Fair
16 May 2017

This year's London Wine Fair, held at Olympia, will emphasise the practical, with masterclasses, briefings and tastings aplenty. db looks at what is on offer at the three day event that starts next week.
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Russian wine fraudster jailed in France
16 May 2017

A Russian man has been fined and jailed for his part in selling counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy.
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Viña Palo Alto develops solar energy project for school
16 May 2017

Viña Palo Alto, in Chile’s Maule Valley, has funded a solar energy project for a local school as part of its ‘Enjoy Wine, Go Solar’ campaign.
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Russian Rudy Jailed for DRC Fakes
16 May 2017

A man behind a $2 million-plus fake wine scheme gets his comeuppance in a French court.
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La Niña brings hot and early 2017 harvest for Chile
16 May 2017

It's been a year that has kept many winemakers on their toes and yields are set to be small in several areas. Grapes are picked from old vines in Chile's Itata Valley. The year has kept winemakers on their toes...
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Whisky Advocate Launches Redesigned Website (Wine Spectator)
16 May 2017

Wine Spectator's sister publication gets a sleek new digital look and a trove of free web-exclusive content for whisky lovers
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London Wine Fair may ditch Maytime slot
15 May 2017

The London Wine Fair could ditch its traditional Maytime slot in 2018 and take place at either end of the year, according to exhibition director Ross Carter.
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Uncorked: Naoki Watanabe, Suntory
15 May 2017

Naoki Watanabe, oenologist at Suntory's Tomi no Oka Winery, confessed to us about risking his life to save a bottle of Tomi Noble d’Or 1975, Japan's very first noble rot-affected sweet wine.
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Eden Rift aims to revive heritage winemaking in California
15 May 2017

Christian Pillsbury, the former head of Coravin in Asia Pacific, has purchased the Pietra Santa winery located in San Benito county, and renamed it ‘Eden Rift’, aiming to revive “heritage winemaking” in southern California.
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Lanson prepares for summer of sport
15 May 2017

Champagne Lanson has announced its line-up of summer activities, including sporting tie-ups and new releases.
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Moët Hennessy appoints new UK MD
15 May 2017

Moët Hennessy has appointed a new managing director for its UK operations as current head of the London office, Jo Thornton, gets promoted to a position in the US.
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Bordeaux 2016: prices creeping ever upwards
15 May 2017

Château Pape Clément has released its red and white wines this morning, both with price increases on its 2015s as asking prices begin to creep upwards.
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Screwcaps allow wine ‘to age gracefully’ says Wakefield MD
15 May 2017

Mitchell Taylor, managing director and third-generation winemaker at Wakefield Wines, said he is “positive that screwcaps are the future” as they allow wines “to age gracefully.”
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Waitrose revamps Sherry range amid summer refresh
15 May 2017

Waitrose has beefed up its Sherry range amid its wider summer refresh, redesigning its top-tier own label Sherries to bring more on-shelf appeal.
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Amber Beverage Group takes stake in Cellar Trends
15 May 2017

Amber Beverage Group, the largest alcohol manufacturer and distributor in the Baltics, has acquired a strategic stake in UK-based wine and spirits distributor Cellar Trends.
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Top 10 biggest Scotch markets 2016
15 May 2017

With Scotch exports finally back in the black and single malt exports passing the £1 billion mark for the first time, we take a look at its biggest export markets by value.
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And the best sommelier in Europe and Africa is…
15 May 2017

A tense final in Austria has seen one sommelier rise above rivals to be named the best in Europe and Africa.Raimonds Tomsons, the best sommelier in Europe and Africa. Grand final in Austria produces one winner...
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Jefford on Monday: Big frost is back – but why?
15 May 2017

Andrew Jefford looks north for an answer...Frost-preventing fires at Ridgeview in Sussex. Similar techniques were used by several Bordeaux estates this week, and elsewhere across Europe. Credit: Julia Claxton: International Garden Photographer of the Year/Royal Photographic Society Silver Medallist. Global warming could be the culrpit...
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World's Most Wanted Burgundies
15 May 2017

We continue our look at the world's most popular wines with a visit to wine's most hallowed ground.
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Taylor’s 325th anniversary Port sails into London
14 May 2017

Taylor’s Port house toasted its 325th anniversary with the unveiling of a limited-edition Reserve Tawny, which had travelled from the Douro to London by yacht. Tina Gellie reports on its arrival and puts the wine through its paces.The new Taylor's Port sails into London as it would have done in the 17th century. Tina Gellie reports and taste the new wine...
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Wine and tacos matching: A guide
13 May 2017

It’s not just beer and Tequila to drink with tacos. We spoke to the experts for their wine and taco pairing advice… Tacos at El Pastor, London. What to try and what to avoid...
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Napa's Worker Squeeze Tightens
13 May 2017

Tougher rules around immigrant labor could see a hike in wine prices in California's wine heartland.
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises $2.7 Million (Wine Spectator)
13 May 2017

Annual event for children’s charities remains one of nation’s top venues for winemakers to give back
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Luxury travel: Spain & Portugal wine tour ideas
13 May 2017

Revel in the high-end wine lifestyle of Barcelona and Lisbon, or discover the untold pleasures of Douro and Galicia. From Moorish fortresses to modern art hotels, we’ve collected the best luxury places to stay in Spain and Portugal’s wine regions…The otherworldly splendour of Hotel Marques de Riscal... Image Credit: hotel-marquesderiscal.com Can you see yourself staying at one o...
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Showcasing Soave – great value whites
13 May 2017

This vibrant denomination in Italy’s Veneto region is going from strength to strength, says Michael Garner, who picks wines to try which showcase the three main styles of this great value white wine.Soave vineyards This vibrant denomination in Italy’s Veneto region is going from strength to strength, says Michael Garner, who picks wines to try which showcase the three main styles of th...
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The week in pictures
13 May 2017

We round up a jam-packed week in the drinks industry including a buzzy English Wine Producers tasting, the launch of Bollinger La Grande Année 2007 and the arrival of a Taylors' 325th anniversary port barrel, transported to London by yacht.
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Rhône and Burgundy lead ‘bijou’ London sale
12 May 2017

Sotheby’s is holding a “bijou” fine wine sale in London this month featuring a collection of top Rhône and Burgundy.
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Superior sniffers: can we smell wine better than dogs?
12 May 2017

Dr John McGann has argued that, contrary to popular belief, humans have ‘excellent olfactory abilities’ and can smell scents such as wine and bananas better than dogs.
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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte names new MD
12 May 2017

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has named Christophe Juarez as its new managing director, who takes over from Julie Campos, who stepped down from the role in March.
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Santa Rita names new winemaker of Carmen winery
12 May 2017

Santa Rita has named Emily Faulconer as the new winemaker of its Carmen winery, Chile's oldest winery, taking the reins from Sebastian Labbé.
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Camden Town Brewery to open £30m brewery
12 May 2017

Camden Town Brewery will open the doors to its £30 million new brewery in Enfield in July, which it claims is the largest investment in London’s brewing industry for three decades.
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Champagne Deutz steps up UK marketing efforts
12 May 2017

Champagne Deutz has launched a PR and marketing campaign to raise its profile in the UK on-trade, with sommeliers key to its strategy.
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Heineken UK to invest £3m in pubs’ outdoor areas
12 May 2017

Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken UK’s leased pub business, is set to invest up to £3 million to develop external areas at around 100 of its pubs.
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Bordeaux 2016 campaign makes stuttering start
12 May 2017

Bordeaux 2016 wines have been slow out of the blocks and some merchants are calling for more big names to ignite this year's en primeur campaign. Jane Anson and Chris Mercer report on releases so far. Sommeliers prepare to pour Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines for critics at the UGC's Hangar 14 venue. What's been selling so far...
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Accolade Park sold to Korean investors for £62m
12 May 2017

The company that owns Accolade Park in Bristol, Europe's largest wine warehouse, has sold the property's freehold to a Korean investment firm for £62 million.
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Perrotti-Brown MW: Scores aren’t everything
12 May 2017

The editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate, famed for its use of the Robert Parker points system, has acknowledged that scores "aren't everything", with robust and reliable tasting notes also required to put a wine into context.
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Can Assyrtiko be oaked? – ask Decanter
12 May 2017

Our expert explains everything... Can it be oaked...?
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And Our Survey Says...
12 May 2017

The results of our recent reader survey are in and here are the top answers.
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Unfiltered: Cru on the Longship? Evidence Suggests Vikings Also Crushed Grapes (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, we meet the Jackson Pollock of wine, and designer Karim Rashid creates a bottle with edge
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More Proof that Wine May Prevent Dementia (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017


Multiple studies find that wine may lower risk, but scientists are just beginning to understand why
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Turning Tables: Jose Garces Debuts Second New York City Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Plus, new menus for Aureole in New York and Valentino in Santa Monica
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Restaurant Spotlight: Sea Salt St. Pete (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Seafood and wine are the name of the game at this Tampa Bay destination
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16 Hole-in-One Wine Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Tee up a top dining experience at these golf destinations
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Wine leather: What you could be wearing next season
11 May 2017

An Italian entrepreneur plans to launch a leather made from wine extracts in Milan later this year. Wine leather: Coming to a fashion boutique near you. Milan entrepreneur turns wine into leather...
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Ben Fogle becomes Cloudy Bay brand ambassador
11 May 2017

Famous Kiwi wine brand Cloudy Bay has ditched its Chelsea Flower Show tie-up for sailing, and appointed British broadcaster Ben Fogle as brand ambassador.
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Bancroft Wines partners with Joseph Perrier
11 May 2017

London-based Bancroft Wines has announced its partnership with Joseph Perrier, representing the Champagne house in the capital and seeking out ‘regional opportunities’ in the UK.
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London restaurant supplied by its own winery
11 May 2017

New Shoreditch Italian Enoteca Pomaio’s wine list features wines not currently sold outside of Italy, including those from its own winery, Podere di Pomaio.
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Rabobank warns of changing tides in tackling US market
11 May 2017

The US wine market is still one of the fastest-growing and dynamic export markets, but growing competition and wholesaler consolidation means it is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller producers to gain a foothold, Rabobank has warned in its Wine Quarterly Q2 2017.
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Champagne Castelnau unveils new look
11 May 2017

Champagne Castelnau has officially unveiled its new look in London as the brand moves towards its stated ambition to reach one million bottles in global sales by 2020.
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Hannah Tovey to take over as head of London Wine Fair
11 May 2017

Hannah Tovey, the founder of Imbibe Live, will take over from Ross Carter as head of the London Wine Fair, after it was announced yesterday that he would be stepping down from the role.
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Bordeaux 2016: Alter Ego and Clerc Milon
11 May 2017

The en primeur campaign moved up a gear yesterday and this morning with the releases of Alter Ego de Palmer and Clerc Milon.
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Taylor’s marks 325th anniversary
11 May 2017

Port house Taylor’s is marking its 325th anniversary with a series of events and releases, including shipping a barrel from Douro to London on a yacht.
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Morrisons boosts premium own label and broadens offer
11 May 2017

Morrisons has extended its premium own-label The Best wine range, as well as refreshing the portfolio with new wines from South Africa, Southern Italy and the South of France.
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Bollinger to invest €45m in new vineyards
11 May 2017

Champagne Bollinger has earmarked €45 million to buy new vineyards over the next 10 years to guarantee its supply and ensure that more than 60% of its production remains sourced from its own grapes.
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Anson: The rosé with a Burgundian soul
11 May 2017

If you’re looking for the road less travelled when it comes to rosés this summer, can I suggest the one with a Burgundian soul? An unlikely place to find rosé. Jane Anson's surprising rosé...
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World's Most Wanted Bordeaux
11 May 2017

Continuing our look at the most searched-for wines, today we tackle the ultimate heavyweight – Bordeaux.
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A small but promising vintage for Argentina 2017
11 May 2017

A 'fantastic' harvest say winemakers, but there won't be a lot of it...Vista Flores, Uco Valley A fantastic harvest in terms of quality...
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Majestic rolls out bar for own-label range at Lord’s
11 May 2017

Majestic Commercial has stepped up its corporate partnership with Lords Cricket grounds by launching its first wine bar for its own-label Definition range.
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What is natural wine? – ask Decanter
10 May 2017

While there's no strict definition of natural wine, read Decanter's natural wine charter below...The RAW wine fair There's no strict definition...
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Top rated natural wine – panel tasting
10 May 2017

In a comprehensive and landmark tasting, Decanter’s expert panel blind tasted 122 natural wines from all corners of the globe. Here they each name their 10 favourites and an overall winner... See what our experts have to say about some of their top rated natural wines...
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Moutai eyes bigger ‘health’ liquor market share in China
10 May 2017

Chinese liquor giant Kweichow Moutai has partnered with Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical Group to produce a medicinal liquor, made by soaking herbs and animal parts in alcohol, in a bid to boost its market share in the 'health' drinks sector.
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Telford takes on Chianti’s Dievole
10 May 2017

Hong Kong's leading wine and spirits importer, Telford, has acquired exclusive distribution rights for one of Chianti's oldest wineries, Dievole, for the Hong Kong market.
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2017 SA harvest ‘one of the best seen in many years’
10 May 2017

South Africa's 2017 grape harvest was slightly larger than the previous year, wine industry body VinPro has confirmed, with dry conditions offset by cool nights resulting in healthy vineyards and good grape concentration.
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Côtes du Rhône unveils new UK campaign
10 May 2017

Inter-Rhône has launched a new UK marketing campaign based around the idea of ‘Everyday Sophistication’, with a dollop of British humour.
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Top 10 best value wines of Bordeaux 2016
10 May 2017

The 10 clarets expected (or hoped) to be the ‘best value for money’ this campaign – as long as they stay under £500 a case.
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Dorothy Indelicato dies aged 84
10 May 2017

Dorothy Indelicato, matriarch of California's Delicato Family Vineyards, has died at the age of 84.
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Ross Carter steps down from London Wine Fair
10 May 2017

Having described this year’s fair as “the most challenging” of his career, Ross Carter has announced that he is to step down from his role as director of the London Wine Fair.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
10 May 2017

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist whose work has been featured in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal. Click through for some of his funniest recent works.
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Usain Bolt leads Mumm’s Kentucky Derby celebrations in NYC
10 May 2017

Usain Bolt launched the world’s largest Champagne toast as he presided over the Kentucky Derby victory celebrations at Maison Mumm’s offices in New York.
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Cru Beaujolais Has Its Day to Shine
10 May 2017

The better end of the Beaujolais spectrum is finding favor in the US, Liza B. Zimmerman discovers.
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Young, French and Angry: Winegrowers in Southern France Are Struggling (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2017

They complain that cheap Spanish wine is undercutting them, but is the answer in the marketplace, or in violence?
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Travel: Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux
10 May 2017

Last November, Les Sources de Caudalie was awarded the prestigious Palace status, a title held by the 23 finest five-star hotels in France. Victoria Marston visits... A perfect mini break...
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DAWA 2016 award-winners showcased at ProWine Asia, Hong Kong
10 May 2017

A selection of Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 award-winners are available to taste at China’s leading wine fair Decanter are presenting 19 DAWA 2016 award-winning wines at ProWine Asia in Hong Kong from 8-11 May 2017. Grace, Château
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8 & $20: Blackened Snapper with Spicy Mango Salsa and a Portuguese White Wine (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2017

Caribbean flavors bring the tropics—and the heat—to this festive fish recipe, quenched with a Portuguese white wine
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French presidents and wine: Macron’s blind tasting skills put him ahead
10 May 2017

Will Emmanuel Macron end a run of French presidents with a perceived ambivalence towards wine? A video of the new chef d'etat blind tasting on the campaign trail suggests that he at least has a better grasp of the basics versus his three predecessors...Emmanuel Macron, France's new president. How he stacks up against predecessors...
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SWA launches ‘Support Scotch’ manifesto
09 May 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on politicians to #SupportScotch in its general election manifesto, which sets out a six-point wish list for the industry.
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‘I heart wine’ brand gets first big marketing push
09 May 2017

UK producer and distributor Copestick Murray has launched the first big marketing campaign for its ‘I heart wine’ brand in the UK, as its sales grow to nearly 10 million bottles.
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Nyetimber loses 90% of buds in certain vineyards
09 May 2017

The devastating spring frosts that swept through Europe last month have left revered English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber with bud losses of up to 90% in certain vineyard parcels in Hampshire and West Sussex.
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‘True need’ for premium Languedoc in UK restaurants
09 May 2017

There is a key opportunity for premium wines from the Languedoc in the UK on-trade, due to the innovation and increasing terroir-focus in the region, according to Mas la Chevalière winemaker Geraud Blanc.
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Jordan Winery and AR Lenoble to release first Jordan Cuvée
09 May 2017

A special bottling reflecting the AR Lenoble-Jordan partnership, the Jordan Cuvée is the first Champagne that AR Lenoble has produced for another company.
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Six under-appreciated grape varieties
09 May 2017

At a masterclass in Hong Kong this week, Jancis Robinson MW talked to a packed room about the still under-appreciated delights of the world's indigenous grape varieties.
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The Dead Rabbit to pop up at Claridge’s
09 May 2017

Gritty, New York-based Irish tavern The Dead Rabbit is to pop up for a week in the rarefied realm of Claridge’s hotel in London this August.
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Bordeaux 2016: Branaire-Ducru goes up
09 May 2017

Saint-Julien fourth growth Branaire-Ducru released this morning with a 6.5% increase on its 2015 wine – but it remains below £500 a case.
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Spanish petrol station offers Champagne pitt-stop
09 May 2017

Residents in the wealthy municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcón, a suburb of Madrid, can pick up vintage Champagne and €1,000 caviar from their local BP garage.
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Napa to star at San Francisco auction
09 May 2017

Wines from Napa Valley’s Araujo Estate will be the centre of attention at Bonhams’ next San Francisco auction at the end of the month.
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The World's Most Wanted Moscato
09 May 2017

In honor of International Moscato Day, we find out which wines you've been searching for so far this year.
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A United Nations of Wine in the Desert at the 2017 Grand Tour (Wine Spectator)
09 May 2017

Wine Spectator’s 16th annual tasting event opens in Las Vegas
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Loire 2017 vintage in trouble after frost, say winemakers
09 May 2017

There could be fewer Loire wines around from several appellations after winemakers were among those hit by heavy frosts across Europe, and some for the second consecutive year. Loire Valley vines were also hit hard by spring frost in 2016. Some wines may be hard to find...
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city’super free wine tasting
09 May 2017

This May, city’super will be offering its customers the chance to try nine 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards award-winning wines, across three of its stores in Shanghai, for free.city’super has sourced a stellar range of wines from across the globe for an exclusive tasting: Beringer, Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon,California, USA,
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Coravin unveils new styles in HK
08 May 2017

In an effort to attract trend-conscious modern wine lovers, Coravin has unveiled two new colour styles - ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Piano Black’ - for its popular Model Two Elite collection, in Hong Kong.
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Top 10 wines of Bordeaux 2016
08 May 2017

Lafite heads the pack as the ‘best’ wine of the 2016 vintage according to Liv-ex’s international members but which other labels have excelled in 2016?
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Berry’s CEO: Bordeaux en primeur not dead, it’s exciting
08 May 2017

Buying Bordeaux en primeur is far from "dead", it gives "pleasure" and "excitement" to fine wine collectors, according to Berry Bros & Rudd chief executive Dan Jago.
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Craft spirits gain more space at Asda
08 May 2017

Asda has brought in around 50 new spirits lines, concentrating on craft and regional gins, and adding in more premium tiers to its tequilas, vermouths and rye whisky ranges.
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Wine could protect from neurodegenerative disease
08 May 2017

Moderate alcohol consumption could provide some protection from the onset of cognitive impairments and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimers, recent research has suggested.
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Vinexpo to address climate change
08 May 2017

Experts, including a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, will discuss the impact of climate change on the wine industry at this year’s Vinexpo.
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Uncorked: Chris Hatcher
08 May 2017

Chris Hatcher, the seasoned chief winemaker at Wolf Blass, reveals to dbHK what bottle of wine he would compare himself to, and how a child raised in a strict Methodist household grew up to find a lifelong career in wine.
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Top 10 richest Brits in drinks: 2017
08 May 2017

This weekend The Sunday Times Rich List revealed the wealthiest people currently based in the UK. Here, we count down those that have made their fortune from the drinks industry.
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Asda hops on craft beer trend
08 May 2017

Asda is adding around 100 new craft beers to its range in a major refresh which aims to build “the most credible beer range in the multiples”.
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WSTA sets out key aims ahead of general election
08 May 2017

The WSTA has launched its manifesto detailing its priorities ahead of the General Election, which include free trade with the EU and reversing the "excessively high duty burden" placed on UK businesses and consumers.
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Jefford on Monday: The other right bank
08 May 2017

Andrew Jefford checks out the Rhône less known.Rhône's right bank has some hidden treasures. The hidden Rhône...
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Etna Wine's Sparkling Success
08 May 2017

The region is famous for its reds, but there is more to Etna than Nerello Mascalese, Tom Hyland reports.
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Producer profile: Weingut Keller
08 May 2017

A prominent name in the Rheinhessen since it was established in the late 18th century, it is under the guidance of the current generation that this family producer has been grabbing the headlines with its definitive dry Rieslings. William Kelley hands out the high scoresBottles of Grosses Gewachs Riesling from Keller's four-hectare Hubacker vineyard A prominent name in the Rheinhessen since it was...
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Wine Legend: Zind-Humbrecht, Clos St-Urbain Pinot Gris SGN 1989
07 May 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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More drinkers buy California wines above $10 – figures
07 May 2017

Shipments of California wine across the US hit record levels last year, as volumes rose 2% to 238m cases, at an estimated retail value of US$34.1bn. California wine sales going strong...
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Ninety not out for Decanter stalwart Michael Broadbent
06 May 2017

John Stimpfig attended a special birthday party for retired Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent.Michael Broadbent receives a bouquet of flowers at his 90th birthday dinner. John Stimpfig reports on a special dinner...
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Burgundy, 7-Up and a Wine Epiphany
06 May 2017

W. Blake Gray meets the author of a book on rosé, who had an unusual introduction to the style.
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Restaurant Talk: Chef Dominique Crenn and Sommelier Matt Montrose (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2017

The acclaimed West Coast chef has found a kindred spirit in her eco-conscious wine director
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Vineyard hazards quiz – Test your knowledge
06 May 2017

That idyllic image of sitting on the porch as the vineyard nurtures itself to another great vintage is very persuasive. But it's also mostly a facet of your imagination. Vineyards face threats from all directions. How good would you be at spotting them in time? Find out below...Wine Institute, California Could you defend your realm?...
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Mother's Day: Ella Brennan, New Orleans Restaurant Royalty (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2017

The women of Commander’s Palace celebrate Mother’s Day with an update on a classic: Oyster and Absinthe Dome, along with a Suissesse cocktail. Plus, 14 recommended wines include Champagnes and minerally whites
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Uncorked: Maria Sabrina Tedeschi
06 May 2017

Maria Sabrina Tedeschi of Italy's Tedeschi winery speaks to dbHK about a Charlie Chaplin quote and her treasured bottle of Capitel Monte Olmi 1964 that she would save at all costs.
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The week in pictures
06 May 2017

This week's pictorial round-up includes Champagne Taittinger planting its first vines in England, a bee swarm at Greyfriars vineyard and a trip to new Shoreditch Italian, Enoteca Pomaia.
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Exton English fizz wins distribution in Italy and US
05 May 2017

Exton Park Vineyard in Hampshire’s South Downs has become the latest English wine to jump on the export bandwagon, securing distribution deals with importers in the US and Italy.
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Hot new London restaurant openings: May
05 May 2017

Our latest round-up of new restaurants in the capital includes a meatball mecca, Taiwanese tea house, Jewish deli, Himalayan hideaway, and a seafood shack called Trawler Trash.
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db eats: Obica, London
05 May 2017

Lured by the promise of truffled burrata and smoked Mozzarella, db's Lauren Eads heads to Soho to test out the latest outpost of Obica – a smart chain of Italian restaurants pioneering the Mozzarella bar concept.
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Bordeaux 2016: Suduiraut and Batailley
05 May 2017

The trickle of en primeur releases continued towards the end of this week with the release of Suduiraut and Batailley.
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Rats blamed for disappearance of seized booze
05 May 2017

Police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have said that rats have consumed thousands of litres of impounded alcohol.
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Heineken acquires all shares in Lagunitas
05 May 2017

Brewing giant Heineken is to buy the remaining 50% stake in Californian craft brewer Lagunitas, taking complete control of the brand.
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Phylloxera spread detected in Australia’s Yarra Valley
05 May 2017

The boundary of Victoria’s Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) in the Yarra Valley has been extended northward, capturing four new vineyards, following new detections of the deadly vineyard pest.
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Unions warn against Marine Le Pen vote in wine regions
05 May 2017

Voting figures showed strong support for Marine Le Pen in some wine regions after the French presidential election first-round, but unions hope their members will steer clear in the run-off with Emmanuel Macron.  Marine Le Pen drinking wine in Beaujolais on the campaign trail back in 2012. Unions warn against voting for candidate...
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Sauvignon Heavyweights Slug It Out
05 May 2017

In honor of International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Katie Smith looks at the race for global Sauvignon supremacy.
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Unfiltered: Hold Me Closer, Wine Decanter: A Riedel Rainbow for Elton John (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Skywalker Vineyards feels the Force is strong in Provence, and artist Ernesto Neto gets wacky with Ornellaia at the Guggenheim
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Asda slashes 25% of wine range and adds in more premium lines
05 May 2017

Asda is slashing around 25% of its wine range as it looks to rebalance the portfolio and add more mid-priced and premium wines.
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SND: Provence Rosé Wine Imports Top 1 Million Cases in U.S. (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2017

Pink is in, and leading importers believe the French wine category will continue to grow
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Top 10 markets for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
05 May 2017

To mark International Sauvignon Blanc Day (5 May) we take a closer look at one of the grape's most prolific producers – New Zealand – and the markets that are moving this versatile variety.
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US: Will new Sam’s Club wines change the market?
05 May 2017

Wal-Mart-owned wholesaler Sam's Club hopes that launching its own range of wines will shake up the US market and attract more people 'who like fine wine'. Credit: Sam's Club. Liza Zimmerman looks at the impact...
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Top Barbera d’Asti wines – panel tasting results
05 May 2017

See what our judges thought about Barbera d'Asti in this panel tasting from the May 2017 issue of Decanter magazine... See what our judges thought about Barbera d'Asti in this panel tasting from the May 2017 issue of Decanter magazine...
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Léoube sees ‘huge growth’ for Provençal reds
04 May 2017

Provençal property Château Léoube is enjoying “huge growth” worldwide for its white, red and sparkling wines – as well as, of course, its rosés – according to the estate manager.
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Chablis is white wine’s ‘little black dress’
04 May 2017

The Art of Chablis tasting, run by The Bourgogne Wine Board, aims to demonstrate that Chablis ‘will never go out of fashion.’
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Morrisons confident after strong Q1 results
04 May 2017

UK retailer Morrisons remains confident that it is turning around the business as it reports strong growth in the first quarter of the year.
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William Grant appoints commercial director
04 May 2017

Spirits producer William Grant & Sons has announced that it has appointed Neil Barker as its new commercial director in the UK.
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Britons fall out of love with booze, survey finds
04 May 2017

Britons are falling out of love with booze as a new survey by the Office of National Statistics found the number of adults drinking has fallen to its lowest level since 2005.
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New look for Central Loire Valley Wines
04 May 2017

Central Loire Valley Wines has launched both an updated website and a new logo, a move intended to ‘modernise its image.’
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anCnoc releases 2002 vintage single malt
04 May 2017

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has added a 2002 vintage to range of aged expressions, crafted at the Knockdhu distillery in Aberdeenshire.
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Uncorked: Paul Bridgeman of Levantine Hill
04 May 2017

Paul Bridgeman, winemaker of Australia's Levantine Hill winery, chats to dbHK about his non-reciprocal love affair with Islay single-malt whisky and Mateus Rosé.
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Alibaba aims to boost Argentine wines
04 May 2017

Argentine Malbec exports are expected to rise after China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, becomes the official channel to sell Argentine’s top agricultural products.
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US hop acreage grows 95% in five years
04 May 2017

Hop acreage in the US has nearly doubled in the last five years due to consumer taste for higher hopped beers, despite beer production declining, but its continued rise is not without concern.
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Anson: Bordeaux’s worst frost since 1991 – What now?
04 May 2017

Damage reports are coming in after 'black Thursday' and the impact looks severe, writes Jane Anson, who also considers how frosts might affect the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur campaign. The aftermath of deadly frost in Ladaux, Bordeaux. Vines in many regions across Europe have also suffered similar fates. Jane Anson investigates the damage...
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Strained Relations – Wine Family Feuds
04 May 2017

It isn't all sweetness and light in the often cut-throat world of wine, as James Lawrence discovers.
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Taittinger plants first vines for English sparkling wine
04 May 2017

Planting has officially begun at Domaine Evremond, the vineyard land in Kent purchased by Champagne Taittinger and partners, as Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger tells Decanter.com that he wants to build a winery and sees the area becoming a tourist attraction. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger (left) and Patrick McGrath MW, MD of Hatch Mansfield, dig for English wine. Planting has started...
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Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator's 11th Annual Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2017

Share your wine story and earn great prizes
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