Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Hong Kong to ban minors from buying alcohol in shops
16 November 2018

Hong Kong will implement a new law that bans youngsters aged under 18 from buying alcohol in shops starting from the end of this month. The city already bans bars, restaurants and clubs from serving alcohol to those under 18 years old, but the city's shops, convenience stores and supermarkets are lax about alcohol sales to minors. 7-Eleven, however, is said to have been voluntarily refusing ...
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Soviet leader sent wine to diplomat after UN incident
16 November 2018

The UN general assembly of 1960 was one of the most contentious of the Cold War but the chairman of the session was afterwards sent a case of wine by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev by way of an apology. [caption id="attachment_429486" align="alignleft" width="423"] Nikita Khrushchev at another meeting of the UN[/caption] The story is revealed in a slew of diplomatic papers from 1957-1961 being r...
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WSTA warns against ‘catastrophic’ no deal Brexit
16 November 2018

The WSTA has warned again that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have ‘catastrophic’ impact on its member, following the publication of a proposed Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to get through Parliament. In a tweet this morning, Miles Beale said that from the outset, the WSTA has repeatedly said a “no deal” Brexit would have a catastrophic imp...
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‘concerning’ number of pubs let children gamble
16 November 2018

Just 10% pubs in the UK actively prevent children from gambling on their premises, according to a new report from the Gambling Commission. Children are not permitted to play Category C gaming machines1 in pubs. But an investigation carried out by the government watchdog the Gambling Commission found that 89% of pubs were failing to stop under-aged children from using the machines. The figure o...
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Exton Park creates bespoke rosé for Simon Rogan
16 November 2018

Hampshire-based English sparkling wine estate Exton Park has created a bespoke rosé label for chef Simon Rogan to be served at his two Michelin star restaurant, L’Enclume in Cumbria. Called ‘Exton Park with Simon Rogan’, the pale pink non-vintage sparkling rosé is made from a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier grown on chalky soils in the South Downs. ...
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Tussock Jumper brings British bulldog to English fizz
16 November 2018

Global wine brand Tussock Jumper considers adding an English fizz to the mix, with a label featuring a bulldog in a red sweater. The brand sources wine from around the world, signifying the country of origin with the emblematic animal of each nation, always in a red jumper. With a sheep for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a bull for Spanish Tempranillo, co-founder of the brand, Gert-Jan van Arkel...
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Drinks companies seek price fixing compensation
16 November 2018

UK brewers Adnams and Fuller’s are among 27 companies seeking compensation in a lawsuit against major truck manufacturers involved in price fixing. A European Commission ruled in 2016 that five truck manufacturers: MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler/Mercedes, Iveco and DAF, had operated a price fixing cartel from 1997 to 2011, during which time some 10 million trucks were sold across the EU and tha...
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INAO to allow AOCs to trial climate-change varieties
15 November 2018

French AOCs will be able to carry out R&D on new climate-change resistant grape varieties following a recent ruling by the INAO. Following its meeting earlier this autumn, the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO) has added a new category to grape varieties that will be permitted under AOC rules. The new ‘grape varieties for climate and environmental adapt...
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Irish Distillers launches Red Spot whiskey
15 November 2018

Pernod Ricard-owned spirits maker Irish Distillers (ID) has added a super-premium whiskey to its portfolio in the run-up to Christmas. The Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which retails at €115 (£101), is based on a recipe handed down by the Mitchell & Son family of wine merchants, the creators of the original Spot Whiskeys range in the early 1900s.The Mitchell family "wor...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Germany & Austria: Markus del Monego MW
15 November 2018

Markus del Monego MW is Regional Chair for Germany and Austria at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Markus del Monego MW Markus Del Monego MW, who was born in Switzerland and grew up in Germany, holds the title of Best Sommelier of the World 1998.
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Extract: Brut Force by Peter Stafford-Bow
15 November 2018

Extract blurb: Felix Hart is summoned to a meeting with Sandra, a glamorous, ruthless fine wine account manager, and Boulle, her hateful boss. The two executives have a task for our hero, whether he likes it or not… A flunky appeared beside me and set down a glass, a great bulbous thing holding a small measure of red wine. I wriggled to the edge of my seat and grasped the stem, giving the w...
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Wineries Run Afoul of Obscure Law
15 November 2018

 An arcane part of the Americans with Disabilities Act is causing headaches for some producers.
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Trump provokes trade reaction with French wine tariffs jibe
15 November 2018

A tweet by US president Donald Trump appearing to threaten a wine trade war with France was met with concern among several merchants and a Bordeaux producer at a private dinner being held at the French embassy in Washington DC at the time.Donald Trump (L) and Emmanuel Macron meet in Paris ahead of the 100-year commemorations of the World War One Armistice. Merchants and Bordeaux producer at Washi...
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DWWA Regional Chair for the Rhône: Matt Walls
15 November 2018

Matt Walls is Regional Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Matt Walls Matt Walls is an award-winning freelance wine writer, author, blogger and consultant, contributing regular articles to Decanter.
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Is Wine Gluten-Free? (Wine Spectator)
15 November 2018

As its name suggests, a gluten-free diet is all about avoiding gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and a handful of other grains. This means traditionally prepared breads, pastas, cereals and beers are automatically off the table.Many have adopted the diet over the past decade as a means of losing weight and boosting energy levels—proponents include celebrity wellness guru Gwyneth...
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California Wildfires Devastate Malibu Wine Region (Wine Spectator)
15 November 2018

One of the wildfires burning across California has chased vintners from their wineries and homes in the Malibu Coast appellation. The Woolsey fire has traveled from Highway 101 in Thousand Oaks down to the Pacific Coast, scorching acres of vineyards and damaging or destroying wineries and other structures."It'll likely be a good six months to a year before the roads into the hills can be traveled...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Portugal: Sarah Ahmed
15 November 2018

Sarah Ahmed is the Regional Chair for Portugal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Sarah Ahmed Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, is an independent, London-based wine writer, educator and judge.
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DWWA Regional Chair for Tuscany: Monty Waldin
15 November 2018

Monty Waldin is Regional Chair for Tuscany at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Monty Waldin Monty Waldin is a British broadcaster, author, and occasional winemaker specialising in organics and biodynamics.
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AB InBev and Keurig launch home cocktail machine
15 November 2018

AB InBev and coffee maker Keurig has launched its new pod-based home cocktail machine in US, allowing users to mix cocktails at the touch of a button. The Drinkworks Home Bar by Keurig, developed by Keurig Dr Pepper and AB InBev is capable of preparing cocktails, beers and ciders through 24 different 'pods' that contain signature blends of spirits and natural flavours, created by in-house mixologi...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Switzerland: Paolo Basso
15 November 2018

Paolo Basso is Regional Chair for Switzerland at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Paolo Basso Swiss-Italian Paolo Basso, now a wine trader and consultant, won the Best Sommelier of the World 2013.
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Waitrose tips mezcal trend
15 November 2018

Waitrose is set to sell a mezcal for the first time, tipping the 'hip' Mexican spirit as a major trend set to hit the UK  in the coming year. QuiQuiRiQui Mezcal has launched exclusively online at Waitrose Cellar (RRP: £37.50). The retailer said there had been a 48% increase in Google* searches for mezcal based cocktails in the last year, and tipped it as a new hit for at-home mixologis...
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Cortese: A ‘new’ organic estate to watch in Sicily
15 November 2018

Read a profile of Cortese, a long-running organic wine growing estate in southern Sicily that has been given a new lease of life under fresh ownership, and see tasting notes on the first wines of its new era. The vineyards at Cortese. Read a profile and notes on this estate's first wines...
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Trump fires warning shot at French wine trade
15 November 2018

US President Donald Trump has ignited a spat between the US and France but criticising France for its tariffs on US wine imports, which he claims are preventing US producers from selling their wines in France. Following a contentious diplomatic trip to France, Trump fired off a series of tweets criticising French President Emmanuel Macron, mocking his suggestion of a European army and pointing out...
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Vindependents launches gin to boost members’ margins
15 November 2018

Vindependents, the UK wine supplier founded by and supplying independent wine merchants, is looking to boost members' margins with the launched its first own label gin, as it continues its foray into spirits. [caption id="attachment_429308" align="alignleft" width="335"] The Eclectic Gin Society is made up of each member of Vindependents who are represented on the label[/caption] Managing directo...
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DWWA Regional Chair Northern Italy: Alessandro Torcoli
15 November 2018

Alessandro Torcoli is Regional Chair for Northern Italy (excluding Piedmont & Veneto) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Alessandro Torcoli Alessandro Torcoli is Regional Chair for Northern Italy (excluding Piedmont & Veneto) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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Greene King pubs Sauvignon label scoops packaging award
15 November 2018

A Sauvignon Blanc label created by The Greenhouse design studio for Greene King pubs won the award for the best label across all food and drink categories at the 2018 UK Packaging Awards. Printed by Reflex Label Plus, the label for The Pass New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough was designed in conjunction with Greene King to sit at the back of bar with craft beers, ciders and spirits. Th...
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Top Bordeaux wines for Christmas: Vintage by vintage
14 November 2018

We have selected one ideal Bordeaux wine from each year of the 90s and 2000s - plus top vintages of the 80s - for drinking this Christmas. Do you have any of these wines in your cellar? See what our experts have to say about them... See top reviews by our experts...
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EXCLUSIVE: Kirin Holdings has agreed to stop funding animal testing
14 November 2018

Kirin Holdings, Japan's second-largest alcoholic-beverage manufacturer, has just confirmed that it will ban all animal testing not required by law. The drinks giant, whose brands include Kirin Ichiban and Lion, agreed to stop funding animal testing with "immediate effect" following a lengthy discussion over email between Kirin executives and Dr Frances Cheng, a senior adviser for People for the...
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DWWA Regional Chair for South Africa: Fiona McDonald
14 November 2018

Fiona McDonald is Regional Chair for South Africa at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019Fiona McDonald Fiona McDonald, trained news journalist turned wine writer, is Regional Chair for South Africa at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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DWWA Regional Chair for Argentina: Patricio Tapia
14 November 2018

Patricio Tapia returns as Regional Chair for Argentina at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019.Patricio Tapia Patricio Tapia is the Regional Chair for Argentina at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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Drinks industry ‘bitterly disappointed’ by government ruling on low/no alcohol labelling
14 November 2018

Drinks industry leaders have slammed the Department of Health and Social Care's decision not to change the current descriptors for low and no-alcohol products. Earlier this year, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a consultation into whether the current descriptors for low- and no-alcohol products resonate with consumers and industry. The current labelling regulations are due to e...
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Drunk man accidentally buys a peacock, giant salamander and pig
14 November 2018

A man fell foul to a spot of overzealous online shopping on China's Singles Day – a Black Friday frenzy for single shoppers – waking from a drunken stupor to discover he had accidentally purchased a live pig, peacock and giant salamander. [caption id="attachment_429275" align="alignleft" width="500"] A giant salamander[/caption] The unidentified man's unfortunate purchases were shared...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Port & Madeira: Richard Mayson
14 November 2018

Richard Mayson is the Regional Chair for Port & Madeira at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Richard Mayson Richard Mayson began his career working for The Wine Society, winning the Vintner’s Company Scholarship in 1987 during his time there.
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Consumers Can Influence Courts on Wine Shipping
14 November 2018

 Ever wanted to use your financial clout to influence the US Supreme Court? Now's your chance.
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db Drinks: The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
14 November 2018

db’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy, for a night of Gatsby-esque glamour fuelled by Old Fashioneds and live jazz. The concept: While it looks like it’s been around since the 1920s, the glorious Beaufort Bar came to be during the £240m renovation of The Savoy, which took place between 2007 and 2010. The idea was to make the bar the jewel in th...
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Is Australia the new Bordeaux for Chinese investors?
14 November 2018

As China's thirst for Australian continues to grow, deep-pocketed Chinese investors are not just satisfied with tasting Australian wines in their glasses, more are looking to go to the source, purchasing Australian wineries at an "unprecedented level" to an extent that Chinese investors will eventually own up to 10% of vineyards in Barossa Valley. [caption id="attachment_429147" align="alignleft"...
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Great Wine Capitals announce the 2019 International Best of Wine Tourism winners
14 November 2018

Promotional feature The international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards were announced during a gala dinner at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on November 8. d'Arenberg, Adelaide's 2019 International Best Of Wine Tourism award winner See the winners
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Wine Australia China Awards announced
14 November 2018

Last night in Shanghai, Australia honoured trade professionals in China that have made "outstanding contributions" to promoting and raising awareness of Australian wine in the country, which is now the most profitable market for Australian winemakers. The 6th annual 'Wine Australia China Awards' recognised importers, distributors, sommeliers, educators and media who have contributed to Austra...
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New Zealand is ‘the Coldplay of the wine world’
14 November 2018

New Zealand is “the Coldplay of the wine world” as the wines are “consistent, popular and in everyone’s collection”, the challenge now is to make them more exciting, according to Richard Siddle, who chaired a panel debate on NZ wine in London last week. [caption id="attachment_429190" align="aligncenter" width="640"] New Zealand has been described as "the Coldplay of...
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Mature Barolo from the cellar for Christmas
14 November 2018

Barolo is a great match for hearty cuisine served up in the dark winter months. Below, Decanter's tastings team dishes out some top Barolo recommendations for drinking now... All reviewed by our experts...
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Bidders shell out US$5m for top claret
14 November 2018

Bidders at US auction house Hart Davis Hart’s annual Bordeaux-only sale in Chicago spent over US$5 million on Petrus and other top claret last weekend. The two-day sale attracted bidders from around the globe and realised US$5.3m in total with 100% of the 1,461 lots being sold, 93% of them above their pre-sale high estimates. Over 115 Bordeaux châteaux were represented, spanning 94 vi...
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British wine writer pens book on ‘the joys of sake’
14 November 2018

At a launch event in London last night, British wine writer Anthony Rose unveiled his new book on “the joys of sake”. Addressing attendees at the event, which was held at Sake no Hana in Piccadilly, Rose acknowledged the brilliant and comprehensive guide to sake from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), penned by Anthony Moss MW, but said that his book was slightly different,...
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Buckfast sales rise in Scotland post MUP
14 November 2018

Sales of the infamous tonic wine Buckfast have reportedly risen by over 3,000 bottles a day in Scotland since the introduction of minimum unit pricing this May. Widely reported in the Scottish press, in the first 24 weeks following the introduction of MUP on 1 May, sales of Buckfast rose 17%, the equivalent of 3,600 bottles a day and a value increase of just over £5 million. The figures com...
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Pabst sues MillerCoors in bitter legal spat
14 November 2018

US brewer Pabst has launched a lawsuit against rival MillerCoors claiming that it is trying to put it out of business by terminating a long-term contract brewing agreement, which it says would be the end for its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon brand. The Pabst-MillerCoors lawsuit opened in Milwaukee County Circuit Court yesterday. At its centre is a 19-year contract brewing agreement for MillerCoors...
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Averys wine merchant unearths Hitchcock letter
13 November 2018

A letter from written by Alfred Hitchcock in 1962, complaining about the difficulties of importing wine into US, has been found at Averys wine shop in Bristol. [caption id="attachment_429156" align="alignleft" width="350"] Hitchcock, the master of suspense, is known for films including The Birds, Psycho and Rear Window[/caption] As reported by the BBC, the letter was found by Mimi Avery while sea...
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UK’s first cannabis restaurant to open in Brighton
13 November 2018

The UK's first cannabis infused restaurant will open next month in Brighton, offering diners a vegetarian and vegan menu infused with CBD compounds found in the cannabis plant. [caption id="attachment_429158" align="alignleft" width="350"] The Canna Kitchen will open in Brighton in December[/caption] Commonly known as CBD, CBG and CBN, it is non-psychoactive and is commonly used for medicinal pur...
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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Napa Valley Wins with a Slow and Steady Year (Wine Spectator)
13 November 2018

After the turbulent 2017 harvest, Napa vintners would have been happy with a simply quieter 2018. Instead, this year delivered an ideal growing season, followed by a long, slow-paced harvest. Winemakers are excited by the potential quality of the young wines.Welcome to Wine Spectator's 2018 Wine Harvest Report, our coverage of Northern Hemisphere wine regions. (Our Southern Hemisphere 2018 harvest...
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What does Petit Verdot add to a wine? – ask Decanter
13 November 2018

Petit Verdot is a supporting actor in many top Bordeaux red blends on the Left Bank and, even in small quantities, can make a big difference to the finished wine, according to its proponents. Long way from home? Petit Verdot grapes at Corvus Cellars in Washington State's Walla Walla area. 'It's the pepper on the steak...'
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Top volcanic wines
13 November 2018

Decanter's tastings team highlight their top wines from volcanic terroirs, with an introduction by Andy Howard MW...Tenuta delle Terre Nere's Calderara Sottana vineyard on the northern slope of Mt Etna in Sicily. Top wines from volcanic terroirs...
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Photo highlights: 2018 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
13 November 2018

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2018 highlights The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter was held at the Landmark Hotel on the weekend
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Domaine Leroy ‘not for sale’
13 November 2018

The owner of one of Burgundy’s leading estates, Domaine Leroy, has quashed rumours that the property was up for sale. [caption id="attachment_199334" align="alignleft" width="579"] Lalou Bize Leroy; Photo credit: Colin Hampden-White[/caption] Earlier this month the rumour mill went into over-drive that Domaine Leroy and its négociant business Maison Leroy were on the verge of being s...
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Pomal launches rule-breaking Rioja for younger generation
13 November 2018

Viña Pomal has launched a new Rioja that “breaks all the rules” in an attempt to appeal to a younger generation of wine drinkers, according to Alejandro López, winemaker for the brand at parent company, Bodegas Bilbaínas. [caption id="attachment_429116" align="alignleft" width="320"] Compromiso carries no age statement, but it is priced above Pomal's Gran Reserva[/...
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‘Prime’ English vineyard sites identified – study
13 November 2018

Thousands of hectares of 'prime' English vineyard sites have been identified by a University of East Anglia team investigating the UK wine industry's resilience to climate change. Mersea Island Vineyard in Essex, an area of the country that is under-planted, according to a UEA study. Thousands of hectares identified by university researchers...
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Sotheby’s to offer ‘glorious’ collection in London and NYC
13 November 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer the private collection of a ‘European connoisseur’ in London and New York this winter, which includes a ‘glorious’ array of fine wine. The first part of the sale will take place in London on 21 November and part two in New York on 8 December. The London leg of the sale features 486 lots worth an estimated £550,000. The Champa...
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Barefoot finds UK’s 10 most expressive pets
13 November 2018

California wine brand Barefoot has unearthed the 10 most expressive pets in the UK and has gifted their owners with bottles of Barefoot featuring their pet’s paw print. Called ‘Paws For A Cause’, over 1,000 pet owners entered the nationwide competition, which generated over 14,000 likes on Facebook. Chosen by an independent judging panel, the owners of the winning pets have be...
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Geneva sale sets new Christie’s record
13 November 2018

Christie’s has achieved its highest annual set of results in Geneva in five years after a fine wine sale in the Swiss capital at the weekend. The auctioneer held its last Geneva sale of the year on 11 November, which totalled CHF2.8 million (US$2.8m/€2.5m/£2.2m). In total, the house’s Swiss sales have realised CHF7.1m (£5.5m). The sale was led by an imperial of 1989 P...
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Finnish Brewery creates beer honouring US troops who drank Iceland dry
12 November 2018

A Finish brewery has made a beer celebrating NATO troops who caused Reykjavik's bars to run out of beer this month during a four-day exercise in Iceland.   On 25 October to 7 November, NATO organised the biggest military exercise since the cold war. The NATO-led Trident Juncture 18 war game took place in Norway and involved 50,000 soldiers from 31 nations, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, an...
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Vinexpo to host first exhibition in Shanghai
12 November 2018

Vinexpo will host its first exhibition in Shanghai next year, with the aim of boosting opportunities for wine and spirits producers and buyers in China. [caption id="attachment_345741" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Shanghai is a key import market for China[/caption] This new biennial Vinexpo exhibition reflects the group’s strategy for global expansion, particularly in China, where it ha...
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Tussock Jumper brings ‘wine to life’ with app
12 November 2018

Global wine brand Tussock Jumper has brought ‘wine to life’ with an augmented reality (AR) app. [caption id="attachment_429061" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Tussock Jumper was founded in 2009 and today sells 3m bottles, with 21 wines in the range[/caption] Any consumer armed with a smartphone can use the app to activate the animals that feature on each of the 21 different wines in...
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Digeo sells off declining brands to focus on global blockbusters
12 November 2018

The sale of a raft of peripheral brands fully fits Diageo's strategy of focussing on its global blockbusters such as Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff. The strategy to sell off underperforming regional lines was announced earlier this year. [caption id="attachment_211099" align="alignleft" width="350"] Ivan Menezes, chief executive of Diageo[/caption] While Diageo remains very much in the market for ni...
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Diageo sells $550m worth of brands to Sazerac
12 November 2018

Diageo is selling a chunk of its spirits portfolio to rival producer Sazerac for $550 million, offloading its Seagram's Canadian whisky label, Goldschlager and Booth's Gin among others. [caption id="attachment_429040" align="alignleft" width="263"] Seagram's VO Canadian whisky is among the brands that have been sold to Sazerac...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_429041" align="alignleft" width="...
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Jefford on Monday: The Echézeaux enigma
12 November 2018

Andrew Jefford tastes mature wines from this puzzling Grand Cru... Echézeaux grand cru vineyards. A profile of this 'puzzling grand cru'...
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Revisiting vintage Port 1994: From the archive
12 November 2018

It's the time of year when many of us wine lovers begin to consider our Port selection ahead of the festive celebrations. Below, you can find Richard Mayson's full report on a re-tasting of the 'landmark' 1994 Port vintage, including the top wines. Originally published in Decanter magazine's January 2015 issue and now available to Premium subscribers for the first time. Richard Mayson finds th...
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Wine Legend: Louis Roederer, Cristal 1959
12 November 2018

What makes this a wine legend...? What makes this a wine legend?...
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Toning down the tannins – Ask Decanter
11 November 2018

How do you tone down the tannins in the winery for an early-drinking style...?What can be done in the winery to reduce the tannins? For an early-drinking style...
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Top Ventoux wines: Unsung hero of the Rhône
10 November 2018

With its mountain vineyards and long winemaking history, this large appellation is now home to experimental producers who are leading a Rhône revolution. Matt Walls takes us on a tour...Mont Ventoux in the distance. A revolution is underway...
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Tweaking Tradition: Carla Hall's Thanksgiving Menu (Wine Spectator)
10 November 2018

At one point in Carla Hall's life, she was afraid to be labeled as a certain type of chef. Growing up in Tennessee, the Emmy-winning TV co-host, two-time Top Chef competitor and former model developed a love of soul food, which embodies "the stories of her heritage." But Hall strayed from being associated with the cooking style. "I just didn't want to be typecast," she says.Competing on Bravo's To...
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WW1 centenary: Maurice Symington’s letter
10 November 2018

With this Sunday, 11 November, marking the centenary of the armistice that brought an end to the First World War, Paul Symington shares a letter from his grandfather Maurice, that was written shortly before the Somme battle and to be sent to his father in the event of his death. Born in Porto in 1895, Maurice signed up in 1914 with the outbreak of war and joined the Royal Field Artillery. In late...
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Top Shanghai bars and restaurants
10 November 2018

Explore the increasingly sophisticated food and drink scene in this vibrant and cosmopolitan city at the mouth of the Yangtze river. Ahead of Decanter's Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter, see Ian Dai's tops tips on the best restaurants and bars to visit...The best places to dine in Shanghai. Where to wine and dine...
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Scientists claim Essex has UK’s best terroir
10 November 2018

England's most notable wineries may be scattered across the country right now, but new research claims that Essex has Britain's best terroir. [caption id="attachment_428990" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Chris Trembath and the team at New Hall Vineyard in Chelmsford, Essex (Photo: New Hall)[/caption] Scientists at the University of East Anglia have identified areas of the UK which could rival...
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In focus: Top trends in lower alcohol beer
10 November 2018

The rise of low- and no-alcohol beer has been welcomed by the industry and by consumers looking for healthier serves. But this segment of the sector still has a lot of room for growth, writes Phoebe French. While the trend has been brewing for many years, in the last 12 months there has been a surge in the production of and demand for lighter beers with lower levels of alcohol. This isn&rsquo...
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In the magazine: Rich Pickings
10 November 2018

After suffering in previous years, 2018’s harvest in France looks likely to produce a bumper crop. Rupert Millar finds out how the country’s key wine regions fared against Mother Nature this year. AS MUCH as more sceptical Anglo- Saxons may like to roll their eyes at what is seen as Gallic hyperbole, the noises coming out of France as harvesting either continues, or comes to an end, in...
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VIA welcomes new Italian wine ambassadors and experts to HK
10 November 2018

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) inaugurated seven new Italian Wine Ambassadors and another two Italian Wine Experts, the highest certification of proficiency in Italian wine awarded by VIA, after a four-day intensive course in Hong Kong prior to the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair.  [caption id="attachment_428938" align="alignleft" width="558"] Left to right: VIA Faculty He...
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Best value Bordeaux 2016 wines: 16 to look for
10 November 2018

Jane Anson picks out several Bordeaux 2016 wines from the Right and Left Banks, including Cru Bourgeois estates, that have the potential to offer particularly good value - after re-tasting the vintage in the bottle.Sommeliers pour Bordeaux 2016 barrel samples for tasting at the UGC's Hangar 14 venue. Wines with the potential to offer particularly good value on both Left and Right Banks...
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The week in pictures
10 November 2018

This week, in Movers and Shakers, Brewdog has hired former Diageo director and Johnnie Walker veteran David Gates to manage its spirits label LoneWolf as the brand begins to expand its range to include whisky and rum. Gates — who left his position as managing director of Diageo’s innovation arm, Diageo Futures, earlier this year — has worked for the spirits giant for 27 years....
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James Suckling unveils his ‘Wine of the Year’
10 November 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has unveiled his '2018 Wine of the Year', crowning Château Canon 2015 with the title, calling the Saint-Emilion red, "a wine of a lifetime". The Canon 2015 was among 14 wines that the critic tasted from the 2015 Bordeaux vintage that were awarded 100 points. It is also one of dozens of 100-point wines rated by the JamesSuckling.com tasting...
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Freixenet and Copestick Murray to merge
10 November 2018

Freixenet UK and Copestick Murray have announced they will merge to form one company from January 2019. The new company will be named Freixenet-Copestick and will be jointly headed by Damian Clarke and Robin Copestick, currently managing directors of Freixenet UK and Copestick-Murray respectively. The new business will be based in Newbury and an Irish office is planned to capitalise on a growing...
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Leeds Castle celebrates 900 years with gin
10 November 2018

One of the UK’s oldest castles is marking its 900th anniversary with a small batch gin, appropriately named ‘Motte & Baillie’. Just 900 bottles of the gin will go on sale next year to mark the milestone and the spirit has been infused with botanicals from the castle grounds including sweet fig, rosehip and pine. The limited edition gin has been made in partnership with the l...
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In focus: Koshu from Japan
09 November 2018

Exciting things are happening in Japanese winemaking, especially when it comes to the Koshu grape, which is being made into expressions that uniquely complement the country’s raw-fish dishes. By Patrick Schmitt MW. [caption id="attachment_428949" align="aligncenter" width="860"] Koshu grapes are distinctive for their pale pink colour[/caption] For any newcomer to a crowded international win...
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Unfiltered: Mouse Wine? Frog Juice? New 'Disgusting Food Museum' Delights, Disgusts (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2018

In Malmö, Sweden, people are lining up to peep at bull testicles, get a whiff of Thailand's notoriously stinky durian fruit and even try a bite of surströmming, the local fermented herring. No, it's not an audition for Fear Factor: Chef's Table; it's part of a new (and straightforwardly named) pop-up exhibition, the Disgusting Food Museum. Featuring 80 repulsive so-called foods and drink...
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Top 6 consumer drinks trends of 2018
09 November 2018

Waitrose has released its annual food and drinks trends report for 2018, which highlights the rise of mindful eating and drinking in the UK. The report is based on a consumer research poll conducted on over 2,000 people of all ages in Britain. Our increased interest not only in our own health, but of the health of the planet, is shaping our approach to food and drink, and influencing what w...
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Napa Valley Vineyard Owner Al Frediani Dies at 96 (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2018

Al Frediani was known for his love for his old vines, his meticulous farming and his sharp sense of humor. Born on his family's Napa Valley farm, he spent his life working on the property. Frediani died Oct. 18, 2018, a month shy of his 97th birthday. The 20-acre Frediani vineyard, tucked away in the northeast corner of the valley on a quiet road near Calistoga, is planted to prized Cabernet Sauvi...
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Contemporary dining on an Australian vineyard (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2018

Overlooking Australia's Willow Creek Vineyard in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula wine region, Doot Doot Doot celebrates terroir through seasonal cuisine and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence–winning wine program. The restaurant is housed in the Jackalope Hotel, a sleek, contemporary destination with dramatic art pieces including a glass-enclosed working cellar at the center of the l...
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Turning Tables: The Upcoming NoMad Las Vegas Restaurant Is the Final Piece of the Destination's Puzzle (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2018

The Restaurant at NoMad Las Vegas Opens Next WeekAfter its hotel and bar opened last month, NoMad Las Vegas will debut its restaurant Nov. 14. The NoMad Hotel, a collaboration between restaurateur Will Guidara, chef Daniel Humm's Make It Nice Hospitality Group and the Sydell Group, has two other locations with Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants in New York and Los...
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Dom Ruinart 2007 re-tasted: How it looks now
09 November 2018

Champagne house Ruinart has launched the latest vintage of its flagship Dom Ruinart, 2007...Dom Ruinart 2007. Re-tasted in October 2018...
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Moët & Chandon launches 2012 vintage
09 November 2018

Champagne Moët & Chandon has released its 2012 ‘Grand Vintage’, the 74th vintage release from the house and one that reportedly rises above the problems presented by the growing season. According to Benoit Gouez, Moët’s cellar master: “2012 was an unprecedented year in the records of winemaking.  So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising resu...
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This Canadian drinks giant is launching a beer brewed with cannabis in 2019
09 November 2018

Canadian drinks giant Province Brands has struck a deal with craft brewery Yukon to allow it to sell a pilsner brewed with cannabis as the company continues to develop its original, THC-laced beer. [caption id="attachment_428902" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Province Brands of Canada's Cambridge Bay Imperial Pilsner (7% ABV) will be first distributed by Yukon Brewing (CNW Group/Province Brands...
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On this day 1923…The Beer Hall Putsch
09 November 2018

On this day in 1923, Adolf Hitler and his nascent Nazi Party attempted to seize power in Bavaria in a bid to overthrow the Weimar Republic with the heart of action revolving around Munich’s largest beer hall. Weimar Germany was a hotbed of political strife and agitation. The end of the First World War caused huge turmoil in Germany which experienced a short but bloody battle between communis...
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Château de Chambord plants ‘first vines since French Revolution’
09 November 2018

A 16th century French château that looks like something out of a Disney film and has an estate equal to the size of central Paris is to start producing its first wines for 200 years. Château de Chambord is listed by UNESCO. This 16th Century estate is preparing to release wines...
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Why Graci Arcurìa is a Sicilian red to watch
09 November 2018

Recently chosen by Angelo Gaja to be their Sicilian partner, Stephen Brook has tasted four vintages of this leading Etna producer, during the Taormina Gourmet festival in October 2018...Wines maturing in cask in Graci's cellar. Cellarworthy reds from Etna...
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WSTA expands board to focus on ‘new era of trading’ following UK tax hike on wine
09 November 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has bolstered its bored with two new recruits to support producers and entrepreneurs as the industry heads for a 'new era of trading', weeks after Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined new tax laws in the 2018 Autumn Statement. [caption id="attachment_237242" align="alignleft" width="348"] Daniel Szor set up the Cotswolds Distillery in 2014.Paul Sorrentino...
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Whole Foods offers Hattingley Valley across the US
09 November 2018

English sparkling wine producer Hattingley Valley has been chosen as one of just nine wines that US retailer Whole Foods is promoting nationwide in the run up to Christmas. From 1 November to 31 December, the estate’s Classic Reserve sparkling will be available in 420 stores in 40 states, making it the first English wine available right across the US. Hattingley Valley secured US distributi...
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These are friendliest, beeriest and all-round best pubs in the UK 2018, according to CAMRA
09 November 2018

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has singled out the four best pubs in the country ahead of its 2018 Pub of the Year award. One of the most well-known pub awards in the UK, CAMRA’s team of experts comb the country year after year on the hunt for the UK’s best local boozer. All of the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome...
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New MWs inaugurated
08 November 2018

The 14 latest MWs were officially welcomed to the institute at an awards ceremony in London this week. As well as being formally inducted as Masters of Wine, several of the former students were given awards by Supporters of the IMW for their performance at various stages of the study programme. Nicolas Quillé MW earned three awards: the Villa Maria Prize for his outstanding knowledge of vi...
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Dates for ProWein 2020 set
08 November 2018

The dates for ProWein 2020 have been announced – “for those who like to plan well in advance”. Sticking to its normal spring-time spot, the 2020 version of the trade show will take place in Düsseldorf from 15-17 March. The 2019 fair, meanwhile, is set for 17-19 March and will be the 25th edition of the show. Nearly 7,000 international drinks exhibitors are expected to atten...
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Top new products: November
08 November 2018

Hibiki japanese harmony The House of Suntory has announced the release of a specially designed bottle of Hibiki Japanese Harmony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Hibiki brand. Inspired by a traditional kimono pattern, the bottle is embellished with the tabane-noshi, a Japanese symbol of celebration that has adorned gifts since ancient times. Hibiki Japanese Harmony is a blend of the finest sele...
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Extract: Brut Force by Peter Stafford-Bow
08 November 2018

Felix Hart, Head of Wine at Gatesave, the UK’s most fearsome supermarket chain, is minding his own business when he is accosted by a senior colleague… There were machinations afoot at Gatesave. Our CEO had been unceremoniously sacked just a few weeks earlier, following the eighth successive quarter of declining sales. The final straw had been the unravelling of the company’s bol...
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New Mondavi Plan Upsets Some Locals
08 November 2018

 The Mondavi Aloft project has pushed buttons in the rural haven of Angwin.
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John Fetzer Sells Mendocino’s Saracina Vineyards to the Taub Family’s Heritance Vintners (Wine Spectator)
08 November 2018

The Taub family, owners of Palm Bay International, one of the nation’s leading wine importers, is expanding its presence in California. The family’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brand Heritance has purchased Saracina Vineyards in Mendocino from John Fetzer and his wife, Patty Rock. The deal, which closed in early October, includes a winery, 250 acres of land with 100 acres planted to...
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Denbies to develop UK’s first vineyard hotel and quadruple production
08 November 2018

Denbies Wine Estate has announced it has secured £4 million in funding to create not only a ‘vineyard hotel’ but also significantly increase its sparkling production by the end of 2019. [caption id="attachment_428855" align="alignleft" width="640"] An artist's impression of the finished hotel[/caption] In what is a major investment for a UK winery in its enotourism offering, wor...
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Pick: We don’t want to be on the kosher shelf
08 November 2018

Wines from the Judean Hills region near Jerusalem deserve global recognition rather than being relegated to the kosher shelf, according to Israel’s first Master of Wine, Eran Pick. [caption id="attachment_428850" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Judean Hills Quartet (l-r): Eran Pick MW (Tzora Vineyards), Eli-Gilbert Ben-Zaken (Domaine du Castel), Doron Rav Hon (Sphera), Golan Flam (Flam...
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Goose Island’s cult collectable beer Bourbon County Stout is returning to the UK — here’s where to find it
08 November 2018

Chicago brewer Goose Island is opening a brewpub in Shoreditch this month, metres away from Brewdog's own bar in the area, timing the launch with the release of cult-beer Bourbon County Stout.   The 16.9oz bottles will retail for £20 at: Kill the Cat in Shoreditch and Ghost Whale in Brixton from 11am on Friday 23rd November, the day the brewpub launches, and will be available to purc...
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Beaucastel to harness wind power in 10m euro cellar plan
08 November 2018

Château de Beaucastel of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is set to spend 10 million euros on rebuilding its cellars with an ecological focus, including a project to harness the cooling effect of the region's notorious 'Mistral' wind. Modelling how the Beaucastel renovation might work, with Studio Mumbai. Beaucastel plans to use Mistral wind to cool cellar...
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Top rum deals
08 November 2018

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting rums. We've rounded up some of the top rum deals below. When aged, rum can reach the complexity of a fine whisky – yet also works with its different styles in many
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Know your Sherry styles
08 November 2018

Spanish wine specialist Sarah Jane Evans MW talks you through the key styles of Sherry. Also see top Sherry recommendations from Decanter's tastings team...The Sherry cellars at La Ina. Learn about all styles of Sherry, from dry Fino to indulgent PX...
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Austria celebrates bountiful harvest
08 November 2018

Austria’s 2018 harvest is the earliest ever recorded and also large enough to offset the losses last year in most regions. Initial reports from Statistik Austria indicate the harvest will be around 3.2 million hectolitres, helped along not only by the fine weather this year but also by the nationwide increase in the maximum yield per hectare, which was granted to help growers compensate for...
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Matthew Clark restructures wine team as business stabilises
08 November 2018

On-trade wholesaler Matthew Clark has restructured and bolstered its wine buying team following its acquisition by C&C earlier this year, as the parent company reports the stabilisation of the newly acquired Matthew Clark Bibendum business. [caption id="attachment_428827" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Matthew Clark's new wine team (image from C&C Group)[/caption] Simone Jerrome, who pre...
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Top-rated Pedro Ximénez Sherry
08 November 2018

Thick, syrupy and incredibly sweet, Pedro Ximénez is Sherry's dessert wine...Crema Catalana & Churros with Pedro Ximénez Best paired with chocolate or coffee, or poured over ice cream for a really extravagant treat...
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Piper-Heidsieck appoints new cellar master
08 November 2018

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck has appointed Emilien Boutillat as its new cellar master following the departure of Séverine Frerson. Spotted for his “promising talents” and “proven achievements” at other houses and understanding of sustainable viticulture, Boutillat boasts a rare combination of both youth and experience. Having previously been cellar master for Champagne...
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In focus: Brut non-vintage Champagne
08 November 2018

Vintage Champagne may excite the experts, but non-vintage expressions require more skill to make. Lucy Shaw discovers the painstaking methods that cellar masters use to ensure their NVs represent the DNA of their house. [caption id="attachment_428802" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hervé Deschamps, the longtime cellar master of Perrier-Jouët[/caption] While glitzy prestige c...
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Billecart-Salmon names new CEO
08 November 2018

Champagne Billecart-Salmon has appointed family member Mathieu Roland-Billecart as its new CEO, effective from January next year. [caption id="attachment_428799" align="alignleft" width="510"] photo by Leif Carlsson[/caption] A seventh generation member of the family, Roland-Billecart will take over from his cousin, François Roland-Billecart, who has headed the company since 1992. After s...
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Top-rated Oloroso Sherry
08 November 2018

Full bodied and relatively high in alcohol, Oloroso Sherry undergoes oxidative ageing for big flavours...Oloroso cask at Bodegas Valdivia Full bodied and relatively high in alcohol...
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Top-rated Palo Cortado Sherry
08 November 2018

Sitting between Amontillado and Oloroso, Palo Cortado is traditionally a product of natural flor deficiencies, making it one of the rarest Sherry styles...Colourful Sherry casks in Jerez. Felizfeliz / Flickr. A product of natural flor deficiencies, this is one of the rarest Sherry styles...
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Top-rated Amontillado Sherry
07 November 2018

Arguably the best of both worlds, Amontillado starts life as a Fino before undergoing further ageing without its protective blanket of flor... Arguably the best of both worlds, Amontillado starts life as a Fino...
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Courts Take a Closer Look at Wine Shipping
07 November 2018

 Courts are changing their focus when it comes to the three-tier system, Liza B. Zimmerman reports.
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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Bordeaux Breathes a Sigh of Relief (Wine Spectator)
07 November 2018

Bordeaux winemakers hoping for a big harvest in 2018, after France's cataclysmic frosts of 2017, were disappointed. Heavy rains early in the season led to mildew, while hail in some areas also thinned the crop. Then, the weather dramatically changed course. "Sun, sun, sun," is how Christian Moueix, who oversees several estates on the Right Bank, described the summer, citing data showing record lev...
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US$128,000 Niepoort 1863 breaks record for Port at auction
07 November 2018

A crystal decanter of 1863 Niepoort Port has been sold in Hong Kong for a new world record of HK$992,000 (US$128,000/£96,100). Housed in a 1.5 litre Lalique decanter, the Port is one of just five that have been bottled from the final demijohn at the Niepoort cellars, nine of which were originally filled on 18 September 1905 by Dirk Niepoort’s grandfather, Eduardo. Sold by Acker Merral...
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Fontodi’s Flaccianello della Pieve: Ten vintages compared
07 November 2018

Michaela Morris sees how this 100% Sangiovese wine has evolved in style over 10 vintages... The Fontodi estate near Panzano. A flagbearer for 100% Sangiovese from the Chianti hills...
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Top rated Fino Sherry
07 November 2018

Solera-aged under a protective layer of flor for a minimum of two years, Fino represents the fresh-faced, aromatic side of the Sherry family...Jerez Horse Fair. Credit: Dominic Alves / Flickr Aromatic and dry...
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Top rated Manzanilla Sherry
07 November 2018

Light and fresh like a Fino, Manzanilla is aged close to the coast in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, where it gains a distinctive salty tang...Sanlucar de Barrameda Fresh and salty...
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California winery Qupé sold to Vintage Wine Estates
07 November 2018

California winery Qupé, known for its cool-climate wines made from Rhône grape varieties, has been sold to Vintage Wine Estates by Terroir Life for an unnamed sum.Qupé's wine tasting room. The winery was founded in 1982. Rhône varieties specialist sold in California...
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Pernod Ricard to sell Canadian gin in the UK
07 November 2018

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard will start selling Canadian gin brand Ungava in the UK next year. Ungava, founded in Quebec in 2010, makes a distinctively yellow gin infused with botanicals harvested from Canada’s Arctic region. Positioned as a "super premium" spirit, Pernod Ricard commercial director Chris Ellis said the new product "has a unique role to play in the Pernod Ricard UK gin portf...
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Campari ‘on track’ after H3
07 November 2018

Campari Group has announced “very positive” organic growth over the first nine months of the year, driven by strong sales in Europe and the US in particular. The drinks group has reported sales of €1.2 billion, solid organic growth of +6.6%, driven by what was described as a “favourable sales mix” of Aperol, Campari, Wild Turkey and Espolòn in Europe, the US and...
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American whiskey icon Dave Pickerell dies
07 November 2018

Heavy metal band Metallica were among the first to pay tribute to WhistlePig’s master distiller Dave Pickerell, who died in San Francisco last week. [caption id="attachment_428747" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Distiller Dave Pickerell (centre) with Metallica, who he made whiskey with[/caption] One of the best-known and most loved distillers in the US, Pickerell, who spent 14 years as ma...
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DB Green Awards 2018: The shortlist revealed
07 November 2018

Having concluded the judging yesterday, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for The Drinks Business Green Awards 2018, which are designed to celebrate those brands and businesses doing as much as possible to reduce their impact on the environment. The winner in each category will be announced during an awards ceremony on Monday 19 November between 3 and 5pm at The Club at The Ivy in London,...
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Qupé sold to Vintage Wine Estates
07 November 2018

One of California’s pioneering producers of Rhône varieties, Qupé, has been acquired from Terroir Life by Vintage Wine Estates. [caption id="attachment_223638" align="alignleft" width="608"] Bien Nacido Vineyard, where Qupé has its winery[/caption] Terroir Life was an umbrella group created by the disgraced former owner of Screaming Eagle, Charles Banks, who was convicte...
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Brewdog hires Diageo director to lead whisky production
07 November 2018

Craft beer giant Brewdog has hired former Diageo director and Johnnie Walker veteran David Gates to manage its spirits label LoneWolf as the brand begins to expand its range to include whisky and rum. Gates — who left his position as managing director of Diageo's innovation arm, Diageo Futures, earlier this year — has worked for the spirits giant for 27 years. Before taking on t...
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Estates and Wines joins IMW supporters
07 November 2018

Having recently announced Silicon Valley Bank as a sponsor, the Institute of Masters of Wine has said that Moët Hennessy’s Estates and Wines has also become a supporter. The IMW now has 29 supporters around the world who work with the institute to promote “excellence, interaction and learning” across the global wine community. Estates and Wines is the wine division of luxur...
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The Beer Masters Results 2018
06 November 2018

This year’s Global Beer Masters was our biggest yet. While brewers worldwide continue to innovate with fruit infusions and lower ABVs, our panel found the serves that stayed true to form were the real winners, writes Edith Hancock What a year it’s been for the global beer industry. The craft boom may have ebbed slightly in the US, but IPAs, pale ales and saisons from independent brewe...
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World Gin Masters – Asia: results and analysis
06 November 2018

To say gin is undergoing a renaissance in Hong Kong is an understatement. The juniper-laced white spirit has not just seeped into Hong Kong, but has, as judges at our ‘World Gin Masters – Asia’ competition described it, “exploded” onto the market. [caption id="attachment_427947" align="alignleft" width="640"] Five colorful gin tonic cocktails in wine glasses on bar co...
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HKTDC conference to examine top wine trends shaping Asia
06 November 2018

A wine conference planned for the first day of the upcoming Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will unite a panel of experts on the Asian market to discuss the top trends that will shake up the region from e-commerce and premiumisation to anti-counterfeit wine development. Titled “Driving growth: the flourishing Asia wine market”, the conference will be moderated by Debr...
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Japanese pilot arrested for being 10 times over the limit
06 November 2018

A Japanese co-pilot was recently arrested in Britain for being almost 10 times over the legal limit before he was due to operate a 235-passenger commercial plane from London to Tokyo. The 42-year-old was supposed to co-pilot JAL Flight 44 from London to Tokyo last Sunday when a bus driver noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath, according to The Japan News. A test revealed a reading of 0.95 mi...
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Qupé Bought Out by Vintage
06 November 2018

 The famous California label has a new owner, but a familiar face remains as winemaker.
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Vintage Wine Estates Buys Qupé Wines from Terroir Life (Wine Spectator)
06 November 2018

Vintage Wine Estates announced today that the company has acquired Santa Barbara, Calif.–based Qupé from Terroir Life. The deal includes the brand and inventory. Founder and winemaker Bob Lindquist will stay on as consulting winemaker. The price of the purchase was not disclosed. “Qupé has a great history of producing Rhône-style wines that resonates with consumers,...
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Ten full bodied wines that are big, balanced and delicious
06 November 2018

Lean, zippy styles may be the zeitgeist, but there are great terroirs all over the world which naturally produce wines that are rich, ripe, full and fine, says Andrew Jefford. Don’t miss out…Full bodied wines that everyone should try at least once... Sticking up for naturally bold styles...
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Oakman Inns hires Butlin’s boss as new COO
06 November 2018

Oakman Inns has hired leisure boss Dermot King as the pub group's newly created chief operating officer. King, currently managing director of British holiday chain Butlin's, was Oakman chief executive Peter Borg-Neal's "first choice for the role," which was created while the company plans further expansion with another five pubs in the pipeline. "It became clear to myself and my executive direc...
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Languedoc reports ‘promise of a great vintage’ after fatal flash floods strip through region
06 November 2018

Workers in the Languedoc feel a sense of "solidarity" as deadly flash floods marked a bittersweet end to the harvest season.   Despite adverse weather towards the end of the season, the Languedoc harvest was "excellent with a good quality crops, bringing 2018 in line with previous years and the promise of a great vintage," the consortium said. "It is a very good year for most of the wine...
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Jefford on Monday: Bordeaux notebook
06 November 2018

Andrew Jefford reports on a trip to Bordeaux, where he explored Latour's underground 'Fort Knox' and discussed some of the current issues for the region, including the 2018 vintage and the general use of copper in organic vineyards. Château Margaux in the mist. Our columnist reports on recent trip to Bordeaux...
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Champagne launched to mark Prince Charles’ 70th
06 November 2018

Luxury department store Fortnum & Mason has launched a limited edition vintage Champagne in honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday on 14 November. Highgrove Brut Vintage Champagne 2013 has gone on sale at Fortnum & Mason priced at £55 a bottle, and is also available via the Highgrove website. The fizz was made by grower Champagne producer Lelarge-Pugeot from 100% organic Pi...
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Global wine harvest at highest level since 2000
06 November 2018

With an estimated production of 282 million hectolitres in 2018, global wine levels have rebounded strongly after hitting a record low in 2017. The Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) has said that the projected global wine harvest is one of the highest since 2000. As was widely reported last year, terrible weather in Europe in particular saw the global harvest fall to 246.7 million hectolitres,...
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Spirited rivalry: Oxford and Cambridge battle it out for the best gin
06 November 2018

Forget The Boat Race and University Challenge, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have turned their attention to gin, with both institutions now boasting spirits made using plants from their botanical gardens. [caption id="attachment_428641" align="alignleft" width="396"] Cambridge Distillery x Cambridge University Botanic Garden: Curator's Gin.[/caption] Back in January this year, The...
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E&J Gallo continues its push on premium
06 November 2018

Californian wine giant E&J Gallo is continuing in its mission to reposition its portfolio and lead the premium wine sector, having snapped up dozens of new vineyards in the past five years, but there is still plenty of work to do, according to its vice president of winemaking, Scott Kozel. [caption id="attachment_383848" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa[/caption]...
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Camden Town creates beer to pair with pizza
05 November 2018

Camden Town brewery has created a Pilsner-based lager to be served exclusively at London pizza chain Homeslice, but unlike any of its other beers, the cans won't list the ingredients used. The brewery said the decision to list no ingredients on the can was due to the fact that the recipe, like Homeslice's menu, will be tweaked seasonally. The lager is described as "crisp" and "easy-drinking" with...
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
05 November 2018

Pinot Noir came under close scrutiny at our latest Asian Masters series as a group of top sommeliers, wine merchants, educators and writers congregated to examine and find the best expressions of the red grape in our Asian Pinot Noir Masters on 1 November at The Flying Winemaker's office in Central. Pictured above are some of the judges at the competition. From left to right are Reeze Choi, runn...
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Castello di Ama: ‘Chianti can age better than Brunellos and Barolos’
05 November 2018

Lorenza Sebasti, the owner of Chianti's Castello di Ama in Gaiole, believes that top Chianti can age as well as top Brunellos or Barolos, and has a repertoire of library vintages that are ready to be released onto the market to back up her point. [caption id="attachment_428609" align="alignleft" width="550"] Lorenza Sebasti, owner of Castello di Ama[/caption] "When people think of ageing Italian...
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Hong Kong’s Mott 32 expands to Las Vegas
05 November 2018

Mott 32, one of Hong Kong’s upscale fine dining spots, will open its first US outpost this winter, at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, bringing along some of its signature dishes including the apple wood roasted Peking duck. This is the restaurant's third overseas outpost following openings in Bangkok and Vancouver. “We wanted to do something different by bringing a little of Hong Kon...
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Aussie entrepreneurs unveil ‘world’s first’ cannabis gin
05 November 2018

Melbourne-based start-up The Cannabis Company has launched what it claims is the "world's first cannabis gin with terpenes", selling out of its first release in just three days. The Myrcene Hemp Gin takes its name from the most abundant terpene in cannabis – myrcene – which is also found in hops. According to the company, used in high concentrations, it is valued as a "dietary health...
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Learn about Tequila: Everything you need to know
05 November 2018

Tequila is a distilled spirit made from the blue Agave or Agave Azul, and produced only in five areas of Mexico. It can be drunk on its own or in a cocktail. Find out more in our full guide below. See our full guide...
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Panel tasting: How good is rising star Terrasses du Larzac?
04 November 2018

One of Languedoc's newest appellations, Terrasses du Larzac, offered a glimpse of future greatness and largely outperformed the more established Minervois La Livinière in this clash of full-bodied reds from southern France. But it's still a work-in-progress. Read the full report below. Good value, chunky reds ideal for the winter months...
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Wine-Searcher Retailer Awards Bigger and Better
04 November 2018

 This year's Wine-Searcher Retailer Awards are announced, so you can find the best retailers in your neighborhood.
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Top Château L’Evangile wines and estate profile
03 November 2018

Read a full profile of this individualist Pomerol estate, including an exclusive interview with Baron Eric de Rothschild, plus tasting notes on top vintages.Château L’Evangile It might be the perfect example of the Pomerol Exception...
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Sommelier Talk: A Day in the Life of Brooklyn Restaurateur Alex LaPratt (Wine Spectator)
03 November 2018

10:00 a.m. Class Is in SessionAlex LaPratt believes you shouldn't have to leave Brooklyn to experience top-notch wine and dining. However, though both his Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants—Atrium Dumbo and Beasts & Bottles—are in his borough of choice, today his workday begins in Manhattan. One of the adjunct wine faculty members at the International...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Piedmont: Stephen Brook
03 November 2018

Stephen Brook is the Regional Chair for Piedmont at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.DWWA Regional Chair: Stephen Brook Wine writer and Decanter contributor Stephen Brook is the Regional Chair for Piedmont at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019
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DO Catalunya’s Wine Media Competition 2018 — win €2,000
03 November 2018

Promotional featureEntries have opened for DO Catalunya’s sixth annual BlocDOCat Media Competition, celebrating writing, photos and videos inspired by its region’s wine culture... Time to enter...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Languedoc-Roussillon: Justin Howard-Sneyd MW
03 November 2018

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is joint Regional Chair for Languedoc-Roussillon with James Lawther MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.DWWA Regional Chair: Justin Howard-Sneyd MW Howard-Sneyd is now global wine consultant to Direct Wines and founder of The Hive Wine Consulting Limited
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DWWA Regional Chair for Spain: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
03 November 2018

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW is joint Regional Chair with Ferran Centelles for Spain at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.DWWA Regional Chair: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW is joint Regional Chair with Ferran Centelles for Spain at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018
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What happens to old wine barrels? – ask Decanter
03 November 2018

Nothing lasts forever, so where do old wine barrels go once a winemaker decides to refresh the cellar? Master of Wine Sally Easton explains...The Mouton Rothschild barrel room. Where do they go?...
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Pichon Baron collection takes top honours at Sotheby’s sale
03 November 2018

Sotheby’s latest London sale was positively dominated by Bordeaux and with a complete collection of 144 bottles of 2010 Pichon Baron stealing the top spot. [caption id="attachment_428554" align="alignleft" width="481"] HyperFocal: 0[/caption] Held on 31 October, the sale realised £1.4 million in total and was 90% sold. A ‘complete collection’ of the 2010 vintage from secon...
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Champagne panel tasting: Bottles to look for under £40
03 November 2018

See our expert panel's top recommendations for grower, supermarket and own-label Champagne under £40 below, plus tasting notes & scores for all 79 wines submitted... Our experts rate grower and own-label Champagnes under £40...
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Constellation seals $4bn deal with Canopy Growth
03 November 2018

Drinks giant Constellation Brands has completed its US$4 billion investment deal with Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth, which has been approved by the Canadian government. [caption id="attachment_428533" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton said the Constellation deal has "opened up a world of opportunities"[/caption] The deal between the two companies, which was...
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Booming Chinese wine market spawns bulk specialists
03 November 2018

China's bullish demand for wine has spawned a growing industry of bulk wine business that specialise in creating commercial wines specially tailored for the Chinese market. Chile, China's third largest source for imported wine, is among the countries that have embraced this commercial trend, according to a report by Vinex, thanks to a surge in exports and a Free Trade Agreement between the two cou...
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Veronafiere to highlight Italian oil during HKTDC fair
03 November 2018

Veronafiere, the organiser of Vinitaly will introduce a new initiative at the upcoming Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair to shine a light on the country's other great export – olive oil. The Sol Intl EVO Oil Show will be held during the three-day trade fair on 8-10 November, a new Veronafiere initiative to sell, promote and position Italian extra-virgin olive oil in China &ndas...
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Fine wine investment: Broadening horizons
03 November 2018

Last week Liv-ex announced that the total value of bids and offers on its platform had reached an all-time high at over £50m. It is worth pausing to reflect on the implications of this. In the early years of the century volumes were in the lower single digit millions, rising dramatically from 2008 when Hong Kong removed import duty from fine wine thus releasing the shackles to allow Chinese...
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Coppola enters cannabis game
03 November 2018

Filmmaker-turned-winemaker Francis Ford Coppola is the latest high profile drinks maker to enter the cannabis game with lifestyle brand ‘The Grower Series’. [caption id="attachment_428516" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Director Francis Ford Coppola is the latest winemaker to enter the cannabis game[/caption] As reported by WineBusiness.com, Coppola’s cannabis collection comes...
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Fine Wine falters in October
03 November 2018

Liv-ex’s benchmark index, the Fine Wine 100, took a 0.7% dip in October as the market continues to falter in the second half of the year, even as the exposure on the Exchange hits a new high of £50 million. There was some good activity for Armand Rousseau’s 2015 Chambertin (up 9.9%) and 2015 Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the shape of Clos des Papes and Beaucastel (up 4.9% and 3.9% respe...
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Taste DWWA winners at Museum Wines
03 November 2018

Enjoy 10% off from 5th November until 10th November with Museum Wines Museum Wines is beautifully designed with warm wood flooring and exposed brick walls providing a very cosy ambiance with a
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Tap tales: Rebecca Pate, Five Points Brewing Co
02 November 2018

Rebecca, or Bex for short, has been living in London since 2006 and is now based in Stratford, East London. After spending enough time in taprooms across the capital and meeting other passionate drinkers, she began writing about her experiences. She is the founder and editor of Brewing East, an East London beer blog. She became an accredited Beer Sommelier in October 2018, judged in the...
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Champagne and celebrity chefs, the perfect match?
02 November 2018

Sparkling wine has been the industry success story of the decade – one that has dominated news headlines, helped to kickstart the English sparkling wine movement and propel Prosecco’s profile into orbit. [caption id="attachment_428337" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Francis Mallmann[/caption] Feature findings > Several Champagne brands are shifting their focus away from tradi...
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The week in pictures
02 November 2018

The oldest house in Champagne, Gosset, has teamed up with British chef Marcus Wareing on a bespoke blend for his restaurants. Wareing, who presides over his Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant in Knightsbridge, visited the house back in July to put his finishing touches to the brut cuvée, which has a dosage of 7.5g/l for the bottle and 6g/l for the magnum, and focuses on freshness. ...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Languedoc-Roussillon: James Lawther MW
02 November 2018

James Lawther MW is joint Regional Chair with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW for Languedoc-Roussillon at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.DWWA Regional Chair James Lawther MW James Lawther MW is joint Regional Chair with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW for Languedoc-Roussillon at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018
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Extract: Brut Force by Peter Stafford-Bow
02 November 2018

Extract blurb: Tom Hawkins, legendary landlord and wine merchant, has built a micro-winery in the cellar beneath his London pub. On a whim, Felix Hart, our hero, persuades Hawkins to make a wine from the Pinot Noir vine growing in Hart’s garden, a jape that will prove to have quite astonishing consequences… We parked in the courtyard of the Flag and Parrot and formed a conveyor belt,...
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The World's Most Expensive Wines
02 November 2018

 Did that just happen? Was DRC replaced as the world's priciest wine?
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Unfiltered: Wine Fest Drone Show Ends in Wine Fest Drones Crashing Out of Sky (Wine Spectator)
02 November 2018

It began as a festive display to delight all assembled: Huge LED formations of fanciful wine bottles and Champagne flutes lighting up the sky in a drone show over Victoria Harbor at last week's Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival. But the show, and 46 drones, came to an abrupt end when said drones unexpectedly made a plummet-out-of-the-sky formation into the water. Authorities are now investigating w...
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Mildew ravages Beaucastel Grenache crop in 2018
02 November 2018

Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape has provided a snapshot of the fight against mildew that many French winemakers have faced in the 2018 growing season, estimating that this year's crop was half of its normal size. The vineyards at Beaucastel Yields halved with Grenache worst hit...
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Bordeaux 2016: How Right Bank wines taste now
02 November 2018

It's going to be interesting to compare the progress of the 2016 and 2015 vintages on Bordeaux's right bank in the coming years, writes Jane Anson, who reports below on how the 2016 vintage is looking in Pomerol and St-Emilion following a first round of tasting the recently-bottled wines. Pomerol had the edge over St-Emilion in 2016, based on Jane Anson's tastings so far... Pomerol has the edge,...
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The Crazy Bear Clubhouse launches first Lanson Lounge
02 November 2018

To mark its 25th anniversary, The Crazy Bear Group is launching the world’s first dedicated Champagne Lanson Lounge at its Crazy Bear Clubhouse, featuring the producer’s entire prestige range including a magnum of the 1988 vintage for £1,119.95. [caption id="attachment_428426" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image: Paul Wilkinson Photography Ltd.[/caption] The Crazy Bear G...
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100% aluminium resealable drinks can developed
02 November 2018

A Texas-based tech firm has launched a resealable drinks can called SipNShut in response to consumer demand, which it hopes will disrupt the canned drinks market. Designed by Bill Brandell of Austin-based SNSTech, SipNShut is made from 100% aluminum and contains no plastic, making it fully recyclable. The can is designed to run on existing canning lines at high speed and has been created with c...
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UK ‘fourth most expensive country to buy booze’
02 November 2018

The UK is the fourth most expensive country to buy booze and cigarettes, new analysis of official stats has found, with Brits shelling out 60% more than their European neighbours. The official figures, which were published by Eurostat and analysed by online marketplace OnBuy.com found alcoholic drinks and cigarettes to be the second most expensive consumer good category, costing British househol...
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New London gin pop-up features ‘adult story time’
02 November 2018

A gin brand is launching a pop-up in London next month dedicated to the life of its founder's father Paul Raymond, a property developer, club owner and publisher of porn magazines dubbed the "King of Soho" by the press. The aptly-named King of Soho Gin was launched in London in 2013 by Howard Raymond and recently unveiled a pink gin flavoured with strawberry. Beginning on the 14 November, the bra...
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IMW welcomes SVB as new sponsor
02 November 2018

Silicon Valley Bank, has become the newest sponsor of the Institute of Masters of Wine. The bank has a branch dedicated to the wine industry and with four offices in fine wine regions across the US, is a financial service provider to numerous wineries especially on the west coast. In a statement the IMW said: "SVB will work closely with the IMW and its students in furthering their understanding o...
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Illy coffee magnate seeks investment for wine business
02 November 2018

Riccardo Illy, grandson for the founder of Illy coffee, is searching for an investment partner to help the non-coffee division of the business, which includes wine, chocolate and tea, match the €470 million annual sales generated by the coffee side. As reported by Reuters, Illy, 63, is offering up a 40% stake in the business valued at €100 million, which includes French tea company Damma...
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Fongyee Walker MW nominated for WSET award
02 November 2018

Chinese Master of Wine Fongyee Walker has been named as one of five nominees for the prestigious WSET Outstanding Alumni Award 2018, sponsored by JancisRobinson.com. The other four nominees include Nova Cadamatre MW (the US), Caro Maurer MW (Germany), Rhys Pender MW (Australia/Canada) and Pierpaolo Petrassi MW(UK). Speaking of this year's nominees, Jancis Robinson MW said: “A...
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Hokkaido gets its own geographical indication
01 November 2018

Japan's Hokkaido, the largest island in the far north of the country, has gained its own geographic indication for its local wine production, making it the second prefecture in the country to gain a GI. Previously only the country's main wine producing prefecture Yamanashi had a GI. The GI Hokkaido label is restricted to wines made entirely on the island from locally grown grapes. They also need...
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Exhibitors return to Vinexpo NYC
01 November 2018

A number of exhibitors have chosen to return to next year’s Vinexpo New York following the success of this year’s show. Vinexpo New York will take place next March with nearly double the exhibition space and has already signed up companies representing 14 major wine producing countries from Argentina to the US. Among the visitors returning are the Austrian Wine Board which received &l...
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Majestic tips ‘Instagrammable’ rosé for winter
01 November 2018

Majestic has tipped rosé as a surprise winner this winter, in part due to its "Instagrammable" hue. Last December, the wine retailer sold 110,000 bottle of pink wine in the run-up to Christmas and New Year, and volumes are already up 53% in the year-to-date, it said.  Pink Provence sales in particular have rocketed in recent years, and rosé styles generally have adapted to...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Alsace: Thierry Meyer
01 November 2018

Thierry Meyer is the Regional Chair for Alsace at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Thierry Meyer Thierry Meyer is the Regional Chair for Alsace at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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DWWA Regional Chair for Chile: Peter Richards MW
01 November 2018

Peter Richards MW is the Regional Chair for Chile at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Peter Richards MW Peter Richards MW A TV presenter, broadcaster, author and writer, Peter Richards MW is a familiar face to many, known
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DWWA Regional Chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe: Beth Willard
01 November 2018

Beth Willard is joint chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe with Caroline Gilby MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.DWWA Regional Chair Beth Willard Beth Willard is joint chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe with Caroline Gilby MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.
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The DWWA Judges
01 November 2018

Meet the Decanter World Wine Awards Judges...The Decanter World Wine Awards is judged by over 270 top wine experts from around the globe. Judges are specialists
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Port vintage guide
01 November 2018

See vintage reviews going back to 1960...Treading the lagares. See our vintage guide stretching back to 1960...
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Health Watch: Why Does Wine Make Us Happy? It's All in Our Head (Wine Spectator)
01 November 2018

There's a scientific explanation for why drinking a glass of wine makes you happy (and no, it's not just because it's delicious): Alcohol consumption triggers the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which creates those pleasant feelings that are associated with drinking. Now, scientists are looking into the mechanism behind that dopamine spike in order to understand why certain behavior...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Australia: Huon Hooke
01 November 2018

Huon Hooke is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Anthony Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019DWWA Regional Chair: Huon Hooke Huon Hooke is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Anthony Rose at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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Haut-Brion owner joins elite family wine club
01 November 2018

The owner of Château Haut-Brion, Domaine Clarence Dillon, has become the 12th member of the Primum Familiae Vini, a group of family-owned producers that also includes wines from Mouton Rothschild, Beaucastel, Sassicaia and Pol Roger. Domaine Clarence Dillon wines include first growth Haut-Brion. Domaine Clarence Dillon becomes 12th member of PFV group...
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Billionaire Jerry Perenchio’s vineyard listed for $20m
01 November 2018

A 1.41-acre vineyard owned by the late Jerry Perenchio has gone on sale for US$20m, offering the chance to own a slice of the billionaire's Chartwell Estate, which was recently listed for $245m –  the most expensive property ever listed in the US. Perenchio, the former chairman and chief executive of American-Spanish broadcaster Univision, died last year at the age of 86. He...
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Tommasi launches $300 ‘luxury’ Amarone in the US
01 November 2018

Tommasi Family Estates launched a new standalone luxury brand, De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva, in America this week, priced at $300 a bottle. Making its debut with the 2008 vintage, De Buris Amarone della Valpolicella Riserva will be brought into the US by Vintus LLC. “We’ve had the dream a long time to launch a luxury brand, and we wanted it to be an Amarone, which is...
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Corton Clos du Roi to headline Hospices sale
01 November 2018

A barrel of 2018 Corton Grand Cru Clos du Roi is to be the Pièce des Présidents at this year’s Hospices de Beaune auction. The wine was chosen on the strength of this year’s Pinot Noir crop which seems to be very promising across Burgundy. The Clos du Roi is one of the most prestigious climats on the Corton Hill and was one of the wines of choice of the French royal cour...
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Bejwelled £115,000 Rare Champagne launched
01 November 2018

Piper-Heidsieck has launched a super rare edition of its prestige cuvée Rare adorned with hundreds of tiny diamonds, which has gone on sale at Harrods with a £115,000 price tag. Called Rare Le Secret High Jewellery, the bottle was designed in collaboration with French jeweller Mellerio and is filled with Champagne from the 1997 vintage. Just three bottles of the fizz have gone on s...
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10 of the world’s most disgusting foods
01 November 2018

A museum dedicated to challenging perceptions of food and what society deems "disgusting" has opened in Sweden, showcasing stomach-churning dishes such as maggot cheese, bull penis and mouse wine. [caption id="attachment_428236" align="alignleft" width="350"] Fried fruit bat, a speciality in Indonesia[/caption] The Disgusting Food Museum, the first of its kind, opened in Malmo, Sweden, earlier...
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Emergency beer requested after US troops drink Iceland dry
01 November 2018

A brewery in Iceland was forced to send out emergency supplies to bars in the country's capital Reykjavík after 7,000 US NATO troops descended on the city and caused a severe beer shortage. According to local media, the city's bars appear to have been wholly unprepared for the arrival of the military, having not stocked up with beer to seem them through the Americans' four-day stay. Icel...
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DWWA Regional Chair for North, Central & Eastern Europe: Caroline Gilby MW
01 November 2018

Caroline Gilby MW is joint Regional Chair with Beth Willard for North, Central and Eastern Europe at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Caroline Gilby MW Caroline Gilby MW is joint Regional Chair with Beth Willard for North, Central and Eastern Europe at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019
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Bryant Estate appoints Carothers as winemaker
01 November 2018

Napa Valley producer Bryant Estate has appointed Kathryn Carothers as its winemaker. Carothers worked at Bryant from 2012-2016 n various roles and was most recently winemaker at ADAMVS in Howell Mountain. Bettina Bryant, owner and president, said: “KK’s [Carother’s] return to Bryant Estate is a wonderful homecoming. We welcome her back to the dedicated and close-k...
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VSPT Wine Group to produce wines using 100% renewable energy by 2021
31 October 2018

Having been named Green Company of the year in 2016 by the drinks business, VSPT has committed to producing all of its wines using 100% renewable energy within the next three years. Two year's ago, VSPT introduced two renewable energy projects, the first being the installation of the first biogas plant to use organic waste material from the grape harvest as fuel. In addition, the company inst...
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Paris wine show to become permanent fixture
31 October 2018

The boards of Vinisud and VinoVision have agreed to create an annual event in Paris under a new umbrella show called ‘Wine Paris’. The first Wine Paris show is taking place next year from 11-13 February and will return in 2020. In a release it was explained that the decision to create a new, permanent Paris show was the result of the “enthusiasm shown across the industry both in...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Bordeaux: Jane Anson
31 October 2018

Jane Anson is the Regional Chair for Bordeaux at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Jane Anson Anson is Bordeaux correspondent for Decanter and will be Regional Chair for Bordeaux at the DWWA 2019.
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DWWA Regional Chair Australia: Anthony Rose
31 October 2018

Anthony Rose is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Huon Hooke at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Anthony Rose Anthony Rose is joint Regional Chair for Australia with Huon Hooke at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.
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Edrington-Beam Suntory UK names new London head
31 October 2018

Former head of Reserve Brands at Diageo, Nick Temperley, has joined Edrington-Beam Suntory UK as its new general manager for London. [caption id="attachment_428228" align="alignleft" width="350"] Nick Temperley, new general manager for London[/caption] As head of Reserve Brands at Diageo, Temperley was responsible for the performance and equity of Diageo’s premium spirits portfolio in Great...
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Top St-Julien 2016 wines: Re-tasted in bottle
31 October 2018

See Jane Anson's scores for St-Julien 2016 wines, re-tasted in bottle...Barrels at Ch. Leoville Barton, St-Julien. See the en primeur St-Julien 2016 scores...
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Could the Peach State Become the Beef State? (Wine Spectator)
31 October 2018

Authentic Kobe beef, among the most sought-after in the world, is low in supply and high in demand. To be classified as Kobe, it needs to come from the Tajima-gyu strain of the Japanese Black breed of Wagyu cattle, which must be born, raised and processed in Japan’s Hyogo prefecture (whose capital city is Kobe) in accordance with strict regulations regarding the animal’s diet and lifes...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chinese Takeout–Inspired Chicken with Charred Garlic String Beans (Wine Spectator)
31 October 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.When savory, crisp chicken meets a sweet, sticky sauce in Chinese takeout classics like sesame chicken and General Tso’s, the results are irresistible. The only thing standing between you and one of these...
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Top St-Estèphe 2016 wines: Re-tasted in the bottle
31 October 2018

'These are wines that you are going to love drinking,' says Jane Anson in her in-bottle report. See the updated ratings below. St-Estèphe wines at Bordeaux en primeur week for the 2016 vintage. A great year for this appellation...
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Bordeaux Best Of Wine Tourism awards 2019 unveiled
31 October 2018

Promotional featureThe 16th Best Of Wine Tourism Award Ceremony revolved around prizes given to the best wine tourism activities in the Bordeaux region this year. The winners See the winners...
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Sauternes 2018: No Guiraud and a nerve-shredding harvest
31 October 2018

Château Guiraud has confirmed that it will not make a 'first wine' from the Sauternes 2018 vintage due to hail damage, while other estates in the area have reported a nervous waiting game in recent weeks as noble rot left it late to make its mark in the vineyards. The 2018 harvest gets underway at Ch. Sigalas Rabaud in Sauternes. Guiraud grapes hit by hail and noble rot leaves it late... Th...
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€8,000 Champagne in porcelain bottle goes on sale
31 October 2018

Family-owned Champagne house Edouard Brun has launched a limited edition porcelain bottle costing €8,000, which it claims is the first of its kind in Champagne. [caption id="attachment_428127" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Champagne house Edouard Brun has released a limited edition Methuselah of Cuvée Sensorium designed by American artist James Rizzi priced at €8,000 a bottle[/...
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Charles Heidsieck releases Collection Crayères vertical
31 October 2018

Champagne Charles Heidsieck is releasing a limited edition set of mixed cases of its Blanc des Millénaires this November, featuring every vintage ever made. Just 150 cases are being released globally by the house and each contains a bottle each of the 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2004 vintages of the renowned blanc de blancs which is made from Chardonnay sourced from the grands crus of Craman...
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Vineyard worker killed after being pulled into grape-picking machine
31 October 2018

A man working at a vineyard in Napa was killed yesterday by a grape-picking machine after a piece of his clothing became trapped in the device. The tragic incident occurred yesterday (29 October) at around 12:30pm local time at Deconinck Vineyards, not far from the Silverado Trail. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office have since named the man as 49-year-old Napa resident Leon Marcelo Lua...
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Inside Robert Redford’s $7.5m Napa estate
31 October 2018

Hollywood actor Robert Redford is selling his sprawling estate in Napa, set across 10-acres of St. Helena wine country, for US$7.5 million. [caption id="attachment_428083" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Robert Redford's Napa Valley forest escape[/caption] Redford and his wife, painter Sibylle Szaggars Redford, purchased the property in 2004, and are now selling it to move close to San Francisco...
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Christie’s to offer Latour winemaker’s collection in London
30 October 2018

Auction house Christie’s is to offer a “spectacular” collection of Château Latour from the collection of the first growth’s former winemaker Denis Malbec in London next month. Taking place from 28-29 November in what will be its largest sale of the year, Christie’s is set to offer not only the Latour which spans 1863 to 2009 and includes the extremely rare Grapi...
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California’s 2018 harvest ‘played out like a dream’
30 October 2018

California's 2018 harvest "played out like a dream" for winegrowers across the state, according to the 2018 harvest report from California Wines, thanks to a long growing season and moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer. Generally, picking began around 10 days to three weeks later than in 2017, with vintners reporting "exceptional quality" thanks to "consistent growing condit...
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Haut-Brion to join PFV
30 October 2018

Domaine Clarence Dillon, owner of Haut-Brion, is to join the winery association Primum Familiae Vini, joining the likes of Pol Roger and Symington Family Estates. Domaine Clarence Dillon counts Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus in its portfolio as well as fine wine shop and two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Clarence in Paris. It has been owned by the Dillon family for f...
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UK Budget 2018: Wine singled out for tax rise
30 October 2018

UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced duty tax rises on wine in-line with inflation, but said that duty on beer, spirits and cider would be frozen. Wine trade body lambasts 'grossly unfair' treatment...
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Guilty pleasures: Yann Prigent
30 October 2018

Yann Prigent is group head sommelier of the Bleeding Heart Group, a collection of London restaurants which include The Bleeding Heart Restaurant, The Bistro and gastropub The Tavern as well as sister restaurant and bistro The Don and wine shop St Swithins Wine Shippers. Prigent rejoined the group in July this year, having previously been the company's beverage director for five years before joinin...
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Unfiltered: Daniel Manetti, The Connaught
30 October 2018

Daniel Manetti is head sommelier at the two-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, having joined from The Dorchester in 2012. Growing up in the small town of Fucecchio, 35 minutes from Florence in Tuscany, Manetti acquired a love of wine from an early age, fostered by his grandfather, who had a hectare of vines and made wine for family and friends. He moved to London to pu...
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Top Margaux 2016 wines: Re-tasted in the bottle
30 October 2018

See Jane Anson's tasting notes for the Margaux 2016 wines - re-tasted this month in the bottle...Wines at Decanter's Palmer masterclass at the Fine Wine Encounter in London in November 2016. The scores for Margaux 2016...
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Fine wine investment: Vintage performance
30 October 2018

There has been a lot of talk recently in fine wine investment circles about the performance of some of the classic Bordeaux vintages, wines which Liv-ex captures to a great extent in the Bordeaux Legends sub-index. At a time when all roads have seemed to lead to Burgundy, there has been some meaningful outperformance from this sector, as can be seen from this comparison chart: In essence the &ls...
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New York Wineries Sued over Website Accessibility for Visually Impaired (Wine Spectator)
30 October 2018

More than a dozen New York State wineries on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley are facing federal lawsuits, with plaintiffs claiming that the wineries' websites violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being accessible for the visually impaired.The lawsuits, filed earlier this month by the Brooklyn-based Marks Law Firm on behalf of its visually-impaired client Kathy Wu, claim t...
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Bollinger cellar master: Champagne 2018 ‘best’ of my life
30 October 2018

In sharp contrast to last year’s extremely challenging harvest, Bollinger cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described 2018 as the ‘best’ of his life. [caption id="attachment_194541" align="alignleft" width="408"] Harvesting in Champagne[/caption] Having been reminded by the drinks business that he had described 2017’s harvest as the “hardest and shortest” of...
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13 of the world’s most haunted pubs and bars
30 October 2018

With Halloween just days away, thoughts inevitably turn to tales of ghosts, ghouls and goblins, and the drinks world has its fair share of spooky stories to tell. Here, we round up some of the most gruesome tales behind some of the world's most haunted pubs, bars and restaurants. From the sudden appearance of ghostly figures, and vengeful proprietors, to the sound of phantom horses clattering o...
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Jefford on Monday: Exploring the Finger Lakes
30 October 2018

Andrew Jefford canters through America’s ‘Wine Region of the Year’...A view of Keuka Lake and vineyards from Dr Konstantin Frank. And wines to look out for...
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Bibendum is teaching bartenders and sommeliers about eco-friendly winemaking
30 October 2018

On-trade drinks supplier Bibendum has launched a one-day training course to educate customers about sustainable winemaking practices. The Mindful Winemaking Course, which launched on Wednesday 24 October, covers subjects like organic, sustainable, biodynamic and natural winemaking to provide bar staff and entrepreneurs with "an in-depth knowledge that can easily be passed on." Modules on the co...
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Pub landlords fined £3k for selling fake spirits
30 October 2018

A couple who sold fake Smirnoff and Glens vodka from their Berwick pub have been fined more than £3,000 following a routine sweep of their pub by Trading Standards Officers. Husband and wife David and Sharon Purvis had been selling the fake spirits at the Black and Gold pub in Shieldfield Park, Tweedmouth. Suspicions were raised following a visit by Trading Standards Officers in August 2017...
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In focus: Southern Chile
29 October 2018

There’s something primal about man’s desire for exploration, to push the boundaries of possibility and forge new frontiers. An adventurous spirit is what drove Neil Armstrong to plant his flag on the moon, Christopher Columbus to reach America, and Roald Amundsen to win the race to reach the South Pole. [caption id="attachment_427974" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Palafitos in Castr...
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Honey Spencer and Elizabeth Haigh join forces
29 October 2018

Sommelier Honey Spencer has joined forces with Pidgin’s former head chef, Elizabeth Haigh, on a series of pop-up dinners at Narroway Studio in Hackney. [caption id="attachment_427969" align="alignleft" width="378"] Honey Spencer has joined forces with chef Elizabeth Haigh[/caption] Taking place between 6-8 December, Haigh will be whipping up a decadent five-course “modern” Chris...
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Liv-ex launches Port index
29 October 2018

Having recently launched an index for the top Californian wines in the market, Liv-ex has now introduced one to track the leading Port labels. The Port 50 Index, as with the other indices, tracks the price performance of the last 10 vintages of the five most traded Port labels: Taylor’s, Dow’s, Warre’s. Graham’s and Fonseca. Overall the index has shown steady if unremarkab...
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Craigellachie免费送出51年威士忌
29 October 2018

Craigellachie正在免费送出一款51年的威士忌,这种威士忌通常会成为一种罕见的收藏品,能够为威士忌爱好者免费提供高昂的价格。 在接下来的12个月里,Craigellachie 51将在四个主要市场为世界各地的威士忌爱好者提供特殊口味的威士忌。 “我们想做不可想象的事情,”全球大使Georgie Bell说。“...
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英国葡萄酒成为英国出口美国增长动力
29 October 2018

英国环境食物及乡郊事务部(Defra)和国际贸易部(DIT) 联合在纽约推广英国的食品和饮料。根据它们的说法,美国对英国食品和饮料的需求正在增长,当中以葡萄酒为主导。 [caption id="attachment_427826" align="alignleft" width="640"] New Yorkers taste the best of British at the British Spirits and Sparkling Wine Week in New York.[/caption] 在...
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The World's Most Expensive Cognacs
28 October 2018

 There some fresh news faces on this year's list of the world's fanciest brandies.
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Bordeaux 1989 vs 1990: Battle of the vintages
27 October 2018

How has one of the greatest vintage double-acts of all time fared over the past three decades? Find out below, following Jane Anson's re-tasting of both vintages from several prominent estates, held at 67 Pall Mall in London and including Mouton Rothschild and Cheval Blanc. Cheval Blanc 1989 was 'still in the fullest grip of life' when tasted by Jane Anson recently. How has one of Bordeaux's bes...
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The Winery that Cried Wolf on Cork
27 October 2018

 A Napa producer started a lawsuit over corks but then went strangely quiet.
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Perfect Match Recipe: New York Strip Steak with Buttered Onions & Chile Skillet Broccoli Rabe (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2018

“One of the great joys is knowing things,” says chef Linton Hopkins. “It’s almost like peeling back an onion. I want to know things. I’m a curious person.”In addition to overseeing six Atlanta restaurants, including C. Ellet’s steak house and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning Restaurant Eugene, Hopkins has made it his mission to...
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db Eats: Kym’s
27 October 2018

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to A. Wong’s second act, Kym’s, in the Bloomberg Arcade, for giant rice crackers, heavenly Ibérico pork char sui, and Sichuan Sours. The concept: Dim sum demi-god Andrew Wong is back with a bang with his second act – Kym’s – in the shiny new, Norman Foster-designed Bloomberg Arcade, home to Nordic kitchen Ekte, a gar...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Celebrating the Best of Wine (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2018

The final night of the Wine Experience is marked by the Grand Award Banquet, which provides a last chance to catch up with longtime friends, make new ones and talk about the incredible wines everyone had the chance to try over the past few days.But it’s also the official recognition of the restaurants which have recently joined one of the most exclusive clubs on earth—Wine Spectator Gr...
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Top Pinot Noir wines outside Burgundy – Updated
27 October 2018

We've rounded up some of the best Pinot Noir wines from beyond Burgundy's borders, as recently rated by our experts. Have you tried any of these? Look out for fresh reviews on Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir wines from Australia, coming next week on Decanter Premium. Pinot Noir in the vineyard Some of our top-scoring Pinots...
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Halloween cocktails to kick off the weekend in London
27 October 2018

Click through to see what London's mixologists are whipping up with black food colouring, dry ice, and a lot of Grenadine... The Ivy Soho Brasserie have added a limited-edition Zombie cocktail to their menu for one week only. It's made with Brugal 1888, apricot brandy, lime juice, pineapple juice and Grenadine, and garnished with a couple of eyeballs, as you do. Gunning for Most Extra...
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The week in pictures
27 October 2018

This week, in Luc Belaire Courts Hip-Hop Artists: The flash French fizz brand — whose entourage of brand ambassadors includes the likes of Young Thug, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled —has struck a new, $20 million (that's TWENTY MILLION)  partnership with multi-platinum, Misissippi rap duo Rae Sremmurd. Comprised of brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, are now repping Belaire Gold, a Bur...
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Suspicious package sent to Robert De Niro’s restaurant in New York
27 October 2018

A restaurant owned by the American actor Robert De Niro is one the latest targets after a series of mail bombs were sent to high profile critics of the US President Donald Trump. A suspicious parcel, addressed to De Niro, was discovered at the Tribeca Grill in Manhattan on Thursday (25 October) morning. A spokesperson from the New York Police Department confirmed that a bomb squad arrived on...
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The results in full from the Malbec Masters 2018
27 October 2018

If you want to know who’s making delicious Malbec right across the price spectrum, then read on – our results will surprise you, especially this year’s top scorer… Malbec is one of this century’s most notable and lasting vinous phenomena. And, as with any success story, it’s natural to ask why the performance has been so positive. With Malbec, the explanations...
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Karuizawa’s ex-master distiller shares rare malts from private collection
26 October 2018

Omasi Uchibori, the revered ex-master distiller behind Japan’s cult whisky distillery Karuizawa, showcased four valuable gems from the now closed distillery in Hong Kong, ahead of Bonhams’ upcoming auction next month. [caption id="attachment_427792" align="alignleft" width="300"] Osami Uchibori, ex master distiller at Karuizawa, signing bottles after a guided Karuizawa tasting held yes...
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English wines lead British export growth to the US
26 October 2018

Demand for British food and drinks is growing in the US, with wine leading the charge, according to the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Department of International Trade’s (DIT), which have teamed up to promote Great British food and drink in New York. [caption id="attachment_427826" align="aligncenter" width="640"] New Yorkers taste the best of British at...
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Guilty Pleasures: Roger Jones
26 October 2018

Roger Jones is the chef owner of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire, which held a Michelin star for 12 consecutive years from 2006 to 2018, and this year won the AA Restaurant Wine List of The Year award. A regular fixture on the UK wine circuit, Jones judges at a number of wine competitions, including the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships and the Taittinger Sommelier of The...
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A whisky pouch vending machine is coming to London
26 October 2018

The founders behind London-based whisky bar Black Rock are installing a pop-up whisky pouch vending machine offering large drams of single malt at the push of a button. Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson, who launched subscription service Whisky-Me which offers whisky fans pouches of “rare and exclusive” single malts last year, are installing a pop-up vending machine outside their Lond...
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C&C Group could be making more drinks in the UK post-Brexit
26 October 2018

The owner of Tennent's lager and Magners cider, C&C Group, has announced that it could be producing products for several European drinks companies at its Glasgow brewery post-Brexit. As reported by Reuters, the Irish drinks group, which bought Matthew Clark and Bibendum earlier this year, is in advanced talks with producers in mainland Europe to manufacture products for them at its Glas...
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Women in hospitality share sexual harassment stories after Jess Philips MP launches #NotTheJob
26 October 2018

Men and women are sharing their experiences of sexual harassment while working in pubs, bars and restaurants following the launch of a new campaign to stop customers intimidating service staff. Called #NotTheJob, the campaign was launched in Thursday by Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Philips, calling for "zero tolerance of sexual harassment at work." It focuses on things like "unwanted sexual...
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Top Pauillac 2016 wines re-rated: Lafite, Mouton shine brightly
26 October 2018

Here is how the classified estates have fared with their Pauillac 2016 wines since the en primeur tastings 18 months ago. This vintage has the potential to be right up there among the best... Château Lafite Rothschild. How have the wines developed since en primeur?...
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Best Sainsbury’s wines to try this winter
26 October 2018

Decanter's Tina Gellie has picked out her favourite wines from the current range at UK supermarket Sainsbury's, from a bold Barossa red to Brut Champagne and a Sauternes produced for the retailer by Château Guiraud. Good value wines for the festive season...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Tasting the Top 10 Wines of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

Passion, natural beauty, tradition, life … the 10 wines deemed the “most exciting” of 2017 encapsulate all these things and more. When K Vintners founder Charles Smith launched into an emotion-filled declaration of the things he wants in his wine, he struck a chord with generations of vintners and wine drinkers in the room. Maybe not everyone seeks “rock ‘n’ ro...
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Unfiltered: Cruel-Climate Winemaking at 40 Below Zero in Film 'Wine Diamonds' (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

There are plenty of reasons to move to Minnesota: 10,000 lakes, two cities, lutefisk, a mall with a roller coaster inside. Less common: To make wine. Yet here's Sonoma wine vet and Kasota, Minn., transplant Mike Drash in the trailer for the new documentary Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America's Heartland: "I got to put on Facebook to all my California friends, 'I walked uphill in 40-below-zero weather...
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Francis Ford Coppola's Wine Company Buys Oregon's Vista Hills Vineyard (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

For his next wine project, filmmaker-turned-vintner Francis Ford Coppola is turning to Oregon's Willamette Valley. His wine company, The Family Coppola, is purchasing Vista Hills Vineyard, in the Dundee Hills subappellation, from the McClintock and McDaniel families. The sale includes Vista Hill's 42-acre estate vineyard, planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, along with the Treehouse t...
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Top Spots to Wine, Dine and Bottle Shop (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

It can be challenging to find a middle-ground between intimidating fine wine shops and retailers with mundane, mass-produced labels. These destinations hold Restaurant Awards for outstanding wine experiences in the dining room, but they also stand out for expertly selected retail shops. Discover 11 eateries with adjoining wine stores offering exciting picks and familiar favorites for dining out or...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Blu Pointe (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

On the coast of Newburgh, N.Y., Blu Pointe takes advantage of its Hudson Valley setting by showcasing the region’s prized ingredients and wine producers. Chef Jeffrey Greene’s seasonal specials highlight produce at its peak, sourced through personal relationships with nearby farmers. The American menu ranges from fresh seafood platters to hearty entrées from both land and sea, p...
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Turning Tables: An Inside Look at How Restaurants Are Recovering After Hurricanes Michael, Irma (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2018

Blanchards Reopens Over a Year After Hurricane Irma"When we first saw the damage, we were speechless," Blanchards chef and owner Melinda Blanchard recalls of Hurricane Irma's impact on the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner in Anguilla in September 2017. After being closed for over a year, the restaurant will reopen Nov. 5.Repairs to the restaurant were put on hold for a few months...
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26 new grape varieties identified in Bío Bío
26 October 2018

A research project into old vines in southern Chile has identified 26 new varieties, previously unknown in the world, and over 60 ‘uncommon’ varieties growing in Bío Bío. Vineyards of the new varieties. A new research project has discovered...
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Top Bordeaux 2016 wines: Full Médoc report
26 October 2018

Several Bordeaux 2016 wines have improved even further since en primeur season, and there is particular excitement on the Left Bank where several top Médoc estates have outperformed 2015. Read in-depth tasting notes and see ratings for hundreds of classified Bordeaux 2016 wines, re-tasted by Jane Anson this month now that the vintage has been bottled and beginning with Médoc. Pichon...
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Unfiltered: Fabrizio de Fenzo, Ristorante Frescobaldi
26 October 2018

Fabrizio De Fenzo, head sommelier at Restaurant Frescobaldi, was born in Naples and knew from a very young age that he wanted to work in the hospitality sector. At the age of just 14 he joined a catering school and trained to become a bartender, but was later introduced to the world of wine, at 16, and changed tack, setting out on the path to becoming a sommelier. Having studied with the Italian S...
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Brewdog-backed distillery LoneWolf rebrands amid ‘big plans’ to expand spirits range
26 October 2018

Brewdog-backed craft spirits brand Lone Wolf has re-branded its range of gin and vodka to "increase visibility" ahead of Christmas shopping season. Lone Wold's head of distillation Steven kersley said the team wanted to ensure the branding "reflected the distillery we are today. The look and feel of our bottles absolutely needed to match the craft and passion behind our spirits. Our new pac...
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Methanol-laced rice wine kills 3 and hospitalises 44 in Cambodia
26 October 2018

Locally produced rice wine with high levels of methanol has killed three villagers and hospitalised 44 others in the Kratié province in Cambodia last week. [caption id="attachment_411962" align="alignleft" width="450"] Rice wine is a popular drink in Cambodia especially in rural areas[/caption] Two men and a woman died and 44 others have been admitted into hospital after drinking methanol-...
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In focus: Celebrity collaborations in Aussie wine
26 October 2018

Celebrity wine collaborations provide a golden opportunity to attract new consumers to the wine category, but, in order to succeed, there has to be a genuine purpose behind the partnership, finds Lucy Shaw. Everyone is at it. From Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who, despite separating in 2016, continue to make wine together with Marc Perrin at Château Miraval in Provence, to Jurassic P...
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NZ Winegrowers to hold annual tasting at the Royal Academy
26 October 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers is holding its annual new release tasting at the Royal Academy on 30 October to coincide with the gallery's Oceania exhibition, marking 250 years since Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific. This year, the self pour tasting will showcase 119 wines from 33 producers and feature 17 different varieties and styles from across seven wine regions. NZ Winegrowers will organi...
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AB InBev market value tumbles as it halves dividend to pay for SABMiller hangover
26 October 2018

AB InBev's shares fell 11% this morning after the Belgian brewing giant halved its dividend in an effort to pay off the debt from its SABMiller acquisition. The clearout came as AB InBev announced it would cut its earnings per share, for the first time in three years, down to €1.80 (£1.59), saving the company an around $ billion which will be used to pay off some of the $108 billion d...
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Berry Bros’ Good Ordinary Claret gets a makeover
25 October 2018

Berry Bros. & Rudd’s best-selling wine, Good Ordinary Claret, has been given a dapper makeover by artist Kate Boxer, mother of London chef Jackson Boxer. The pale pink label depicts a pistol-wielding St James’s dandy and his dog. Dressed in a top hat, bowtie, double-breasted blazer and riding boots, and holding a pistol in one hand and a walking cane in the other, the tongue-in-...
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David Schwimmer responds to viral beer theft post with spoof video
25 October 2018

American actor David Schwimmer has responded to an appeal by Blackpool Police after beer was stolen from a restaurant, insisting that "it wasn't me". On Tuesday (23 October), Blackpool Police posted an appeal for witnesses on Facebook after a man stole a pack of beer from a local restaurant. The post has since been shared over 111,000 times and received over 169,000 mostly from fans of US sitcom...
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10 dead as flash floods hit the Languedoc
25 October 2018

Flash floods swept through the Aude region in the Languedoc-Roussillon region last week, killing at least 10 people and causing devastation to homes and vineyards. [caption id="attachment_427720" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Credit: Weather Languedoc[/caption] The Aude department was hardest hit, and the largest number of victims were in Trèbes, near Carcassonne, where floodwater was a...
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DAWA 2018 winning wines at ProWine China, Shanghai
25 October 2018

Over 20 Decanter Asia Wine Award winning wines will be showcased at ProWine China in Shanghai this November. ProWine China, now in it’s 6th edition, has seen continuing growth over the years, with the 2017 event attracting over
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Bombay Sapphire launches edible paint for gin and tonic
25 October 2018

Bacardi-owned gin brand Bombay Sapphire has launched an edible blue paint which can be used both to colour glasses and also release flavour in gin and tonics. The blue flavoured paint can be applied to the inside of glasses both colouring and flavouring the drink. It was developed in partnership with bartender and head of cocktail development at Duck & Waffle, Rich Woods and boozy confectioner...
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DAWA 2018 winning wines at InterWine China
25 October 2018

A special selection of DAWA 2018 winning wines will be available to taste at InterWine China's roadshows and trade show in November. InterWine China, which is now in its 21st edition, is one of the largest and oldest wine trade events in
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Constellation Dumps Cheap Wine for Weed
25 October 2018

 US editor W. Blake Gray analyzes Constellation's decision to offload four brands.
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2018 New York Wine Experience: The Sommelier Team (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2018

One of the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience's most important behind-the-scenes teams reports at dawn, uniformed in white jackets, and armed with a waiter's key and a well-trained palate. They're the Wine Experience Somm Team, and each year they come from around the world to taste every bottle backstage before it is poured at the seminars and ensure that no bad bottle hits the table during t...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: 6 Vintages of Haut-Brion (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2018

The deep history of Bordeaux first-growth Château Haut-Brion was not lost on the Wine Experience crowd as they settled into the last seminar of the weekend: a tasting of six wines from the estate. Owner Prince Robert of Luxembourg recounted some of that history, from the first vines believed to be planted in the 1st century AD to the important figures who enjoyed Haut-Brion wines over the ce...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Chefs' Challenge (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2018

In an annual ritual at the New York Wine Experience, four heavyweight chefs and restaurateurs gather for a wine-and-food-pairing smackdown, and this year’s edition of the Chefs’ Challenge was as raucous as ever.Each chef presents a dish, and Wine Spectator executive editor Thomas Matthews and another chef face off via dueling wine pairings. The audience members, who taste it all, deter...
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A year in Decanter Premium reviews: Highlights of our first 12 months
25 October 2018

As Decanter Premium celebrates its first birthday this week, we look back at some of the highlights of the past 12 months.Pichon Baron wines are poured for Masterclass guests at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2017. Decanter Premium subscribers can get early bird access to Masterclass tickets. From well-known names to upcoming stars...
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Q&A: Eddie McDougall celebrates 10 years in wine
25 October 2018

Eddie McDougall, the young and dynamic winemaker, has proven that he’s here to stay in Hong Kong’s fast-changing wine circuit. From championing Australian wines and rosé to locally produced wines in Asia, the winemaker is now celebrating 10 years of his eponymous Eddie McDougall Wines since its launch in 2008. The wine collection has now grown to encompass a few diverse ranges u...
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Japanese sommelier named best in Asia and Oceania
25 October 2018

Japanese sommelier Wataru Iwata has been named the champion of the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania 2018 competition, and will now go on to compete for the world title next year. [caption id="attachment_427603" align="alignleft" width="500"] 29-year-old Japanese sommelier Wataru Iwata was named the champion of the ASI Best Sommelier of Asia & Oceania[/caption] His victory&nb...
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dbHK launches The World Vodka Masters – Asia
25 October 2018

The World Vodka Masters 2019 – Asia has been officially launched in Hong Kong and is now taking entries. In January 2019 the drinks business Hong Kong will stage The World Vodka Masters 2019 – Asia in a drive to find and reward the finest global vodka brands in the Asian Market. The samples will be judged by a panel of 10-12 leading spirits specialists in a blind tasting to discov...
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Wine bar inspired by Greek philosopher to open in south London
25 October 2018

A wine bar inspired by Greek philosopher Diogenes, one of the founders of cynic philosophy, is to open in Elephant and Castle in south London next month. [caption id="attachment_427661" align="alignleft" width="427"] Sunny Hodge, owner of wine bar Diogenes the Dog[/caption] As reported by Eater, Diogenes the Dog will open on Rodney Road on 4 November and will offer wines imported directly from bo...
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Bizarre ‘face cloud’ spotted over English vineyard
25 October 2018

This week in extraterrestrial news: a bizarre face-shaped cloud was spotted over the vines in Kent, causing the manager of Sandhurst Vineyard to quip "I presume he was shocked at how much we were picking". [caption id="attachment_427659" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Image: Nicola Nicholas.[/caption] The unnerving cloud formation was spotted by the manager of Sandhurst Vineyard, Nicola Nichola...
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Devastating floods hit Languedoc vineyard region
25 October 2018

Whole vineyards were submerged by water following mass flooding in the Aude region of southern France, which is reported to have killed 14 people and caused tens of millions of euros-worth of damage to property. The floods that hit the Aude in October 2018. Winemakers assess the damage...
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Mayfair gets a new fine wine shop
24 October 2018

A new independent fine wine shop and bar is set to open inside Mews of Mayfair, a four-floor restaurant and bar space in a cobbled courtyard close to Bond Street. [caption id="attachment_427647" align="alignleft" width="563"] Château Latour 1990 will be on pour at Mews Wine Shop[/caption] Located inside an 18th century muse house, Mews Wine Shop will sell and serve fine and rare wines by th...
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Winery building gutted in fire at Stellenbosch Vineyards
24 October 2018

A building, believed to be a warehouse, has been gutted by a fire at Stellenbosch Vineyards in South Africa, and while no casualties have been reported, the pallets, bottles, bottling equipment and wine inside the building were destroyed in the blaze. A video posted on Youtube yesterday (23 October) shows smoke billowing from a large building on the Stellenbosch Vineyards estate. The local fire s...
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Ex-Noma chef to open new Mayfair restaurant Pucci
24 October 2018

Ex-Noma and Gordon Ramsay Group chef Tilly Turbet will open a new restaurant in Mayfair next month, inspired the former King’s Road restaurant Pucci Pizza, which opened in Chelsea in the 1970s. [caption id="attachment_427637" align="alignleft" width="350"] Ex-Noma and Gordon Ramsay Group chef Tilly Turbet[/caption] Pucci will open on Maddox Street in mid-November, and according to Eater wil...
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Upbeat music in restaurants boosts waiters’ tips
24 October 2018

Restaurants that play uplifting music are more likely to see their diners leave generous tips, according to a study by researchers in Austria. As reported by The Telegraph, the sound of upbeat hits was seen to increase the amount of money left after a meal, a team from Austria’s University of Innsbruck found. The team studied 277 diners at an upmarket restaurant in Innsbruck, a popular...
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Heineken growth back on track after ‘volatile’ summer
24 October 2018

The summer heatwave across Europe generated a boost in sales for brewing giant Heineken this year. But despite sales rising across all of its global markets, growth in the Americas, Asia and Africa slowed down, according to the company's third quarter financial results released on 24 October. Volumes in Europe rose by 2.2% in the penultimate quarter, compared with just 0.7% in the first half of...
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Our tips for the 2018 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
24 October 2018

There are less than two weeks to go until the much-anticipated Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London. Here are our insider tips on how to make the most of your wine tasting experience… Plan your visit: The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter tasting catalogue is now available and ready to view. Plan your visit and
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Master Somm Raises More Cheat Questions
24 October 2018

 An inside source questions if this might not be the first time names of exam wines were leaked.
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Oregon’s Pinot Noir Nouveau (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

“Oregon is the most dynamic wine region in the United States right now,” pronounced senior editor Tim Fish as he introduced the seminar Oregon's Rising Stars. “When you're in Willamette Valley, the sense of discovery and opportunity is palpable, and you can taste it in the wines.”Over the past decade, Willamette Valley has seen an influx of new investment and new vineyard-s...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Firmly Planted—3 Decades of a Timeless Biondi-Santi Brunello (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

One family. One estate. One clone of Sangiovese. Fermentation with native yeasts, 36 months of aging in Slavonion oak casks, two years of aging in bottle. “Every riserva is vinified in the same way,” said seventh-generation family member Tancredi Biondi Santi at Saturday's four-vintage vertical tasting of Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo Riserva. This is as traditional...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: The Universe in a Glass (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

When Mark Tarlov introduced one of his Oregon Pinot Noirs, the Chapter 24 Willamette Valley Last Chapter 2015, to the audience at the New York Wine Experience on Saturday, he began with a quote from famed American physicist Richard Feynman: “If we look at a glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe.” Feynman’s point was that there is a world of detail in a glass of...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Cristie Kerr (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

“I am a golfer who makes wine,” Cristie Kerr announced Saturday morning at the Wine Experience. But Kerr is not just any golfer, and she’s not making just any wine. Kerr’s 23-year golf career began at age 18. Her 20 career wins include two LPGA majors, and she has thrice reached Women’s World Golf’s No. 1 ranking. Along the way, she fell in love with wine. &ldqu...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Schrader Cellars Cabernet—A Story of Renewal and Determination (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

“If you wanted to tell the story of Napa Cabernet over the past few decades, Fred Schrader’s story would be the perfect way to do it,” said senior editor James Laube, introducing the last of Friday’s seminars. “Fred came to Napa Valley in the 1980s and caught the wine bug. … He and his [then-]wife, Ann Colgin, founded Colgin Cellars, hiring a winemaker named He...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Nik Weis (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2018

Trockenbeerenauslese, roughly translated as "dry berry selection," is a concentrated dessert wine made from botrytis-affected grapes and painstakingly picked berry by berry. It's one of the rarest wines in Germany: The noble rot requires very specific climatic conditions to grow, and botrytized grapes yield highly limited quantities of wine.So it was all the more special when Nik Weis poured his S...
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Bonhams HK to hold biggest sale ever
24 October 2018

Bonhams is to hold its largest ever fine wine and spirits sale this autumn in Hong Kong – featuring over 1,000 lots and including a cask of 1996 The Macallan while large format Le Pin will be offered in London. Taking place in Hong Kong on 16 November, the sale includes 650 lots of wine and 530 lots of whisky, with a pre-sale estimate of HK$30 million. Bordeaux, cult Napa Cabernet and top f...
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Derbyshire vineyard enlists fungal-free volunteers for first pigeage
24 October 2018

A vineyard in Derbyshire enlisted local volunteers with “no minging feet” for what it believes to be the region's first grape treading, as it gears up to launch its inaugural Pétillant Naturel in time for Christmas. The vineyard at Renishaw Hall near Sheffield is managed by winemaker and viticultural consultant Kieron Atkinson, who runs the English Wine Project. Atkin...
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Scotch label Tomitoul releases 45-year-old whisky costing £2,000
24 October 2018

Speyside whisky distillery Tomitoul has released a special edition, 45-year-old single malt Scotch retailing at nearly £2,000 per bottle. The Tomintoul Vintage 1973 Double Wood Matured has been aged in a combination of white American and old Oloroso sherry casks for more than 30 years. There are just 218 bottles of Scotch  — which has a "clean Sherry influece" with aromas of nu...
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This craft beer brand will let you pay what you like for a six-pack of lager
23 October 2018

A Scottish entrepreneur is selling six-packs of lager with an unusual promotion this afternoon — punters can pay whatever they like. Alan Mahon has partnered with brewers at Brewdog's Aberdeenshire facility to create 1,000 packs of Brewgooder Clean Water Lager— a one-off beer which is available to purchase online. People will be able to pay as little as one penny or as much as &...
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London pub to serve vegan avocado beer
23 October 2018

Just when you thought we’d reached peak avocado in London, a Shoreditch pub has announced that it's about to start serving a vegan avocado beer on tap. As reported by the Evening Standard, the Long Arm Pub on Worship Street in east London will begin pulling pints of Avocado Stout next month. Priced at £5.50 a pint, the stout is 100% vegan but sadly isn’t vivid green. Acco...
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Final call for Pinot Noir Masters 2019 entries
23 October 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline. Producers wishing to take part have until 30 November to enter and send in their samples. The wines are judged blind and only 100% examples of the variety will be accepted on this occasion. An expert panel of judges composed exclusively of Masters of Wine, Master Sommelie...
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Constellation Brands rumoured to be selling off US wine brands
23 October 2018

US-based drinks giant Constellation Brands is reported to be considering the sale of some of its US wine brands, having announced a public offering of US$2.15 billion senior notes yesterday in order to help finance its $4 billion investment in cannabis company Canopy Growth. As reported by Reuters, "four people familiar with the matter" revealed that the drinks company was considering selling...
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This couple opened a new rum distillery in Scotland
23 October 2018

A family of four from London have relocated to the other side of the country to open a rum distillery in West Lothian. Mattuga Distillers — founded by husband and wife team Paul and Janice Rutasikwa — is preparing to start production at its new £100,000 facility in Livingston, West Lothian. The distillery is equipped with two 200 litre copper pot stills, capable of producing 5...
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Francis Ford Coppola buys Oregon winery
23 October 2018

Film and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola has bought the Vista Hills Vineyard in Willamette Valley. Coppola, who also owns Inglenook in Napa Valley and makes wine from various other parts of California, includes not only the winery but also its 42 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in the Dundee Hills sub-region, the treehouse tasting room and winemaker David Patterson who will remain in...
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Penfolds launches ‘2018 Collection’
23 October 2018

Australian wine brand Penfolds has announced the launch of its ‘2018 Collection’, which features the 2014 Grange and 2016 Bin 707. The latest Grange, Australia’s most famous and one of its most collectible fine wine labels, is the 64th consecutive release and includes grapes from a brand new source. Chief winemaker Peter Gago, said: “Wrattonbully grapes appear in Grange fo...
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Talking Trade with the WSWA
23 October 2018

 A closer look at what the much-maligned distributors have to say about the three-tier system.
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Stars Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

When singer-songwriter-vintner Sting serenaded attendees at the 2016 New York Wine Experience, expectations for the event’s entertainment quotient were raised. This year’s Friday lineup did not disappoint.And like Sting and Trudie Styler’s Il Palagio, the Bon Jovi team’s wine project is more than a lark. "This is not a celebrity wine. This is a fine wine, made with love and...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Burgundy Grands Crus—Four Expressions of Corton (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

“Our focus this morning is on the red wines made on the Corton hill in Burgundy,” said senior editor Bruce Sanderson, introducing a lineup of four grands crus. “The wines are influenced by the different characteristics of each vineyard, but if you take a little time to get to know the various terroirs and producers, you will be rewarded.”Each of the panelists represented a...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

Priscilla Incisa della Rocchetta travels the world representing one of the most prominent names in Italian wine—a wine that is more than the sum of its parts, synonymous with the birth of a world-class region.Incisa della Rocchetta brought magnums of the Cabernet Sauvignon–dominated Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 (94 points, $215/750ml on release) to share along with the history of th...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Mark Aubert (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

One sip of the Aubert Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Lauren 2014 and it was obvious Wine Spectator senior editor Kim Marcus wasn’t exaggerating when he told the Wine Experience audience, “Mark’s wines are magnificent examples of California Chardonnay.”Mark Aubert, like his Chardonnay, was quietly intense and dignified on stage, his dark hair accented by white and his humor dusty d...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Wine Star Laura Catena (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

Laura Catena is an emergency-room physician, a published author and the fourth-generation leader at her family's Bodega Catena Zapata in Mendoza, Argentina. But that last part wasn't always the plan. "I thought that I was going to spend my life working as a doctor and drinking the family's wines, not making them," she said Friday at the Wine Experience. But Catena obviously did join the family bus...
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2018 New York Wine Experience: Australian Chardonnay Excellence (Wine Spectator)
23 October 2018

In diverse and far-ranging cool climates, Chardonnay is coming up Down Under in a big way. The 2018 New York Wine Experience seminars started at the bottom, with three top Australian winemakers pouring whites still unknown to many U.S. wine lovers.“I’ve always wondered why you guys are on top, rather than us!” laughed Phil Sexton, founder of Giant Steps winery, gesturing toward a...
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Krug Grande Cuvée: New reviews on latest releases
23 October 2018

Simon Field MW reports exclusively for Decanter Premium subscribers after a fresh tasting of the latest Grande Cuvée releases, plus Krug's 2004 vintage Champagnes, including Clos du Mesnil. Simon Fields MW reports on the latest wines from Krug...
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Guilty pleasures: Jan Konetzki
23 October 2018

Jan Konetzki was born in Germany, and rose to prominence in the London restaurant scene at fine dining icon, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road. During this time, his wine selection was frequently recognised as one of the best in London, and also initiated a radical redesign of the wine list together with the Ballmannweber agency. He was plucked from this high-profile post to take up the posit...
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Brewdog has opened a bar Canary Wharf that accepts bitcoin
23 October 2018

Craft beer giant Brewdog has made geared its latest London bar opening towards the financial district's fintech obsessives, opening a site in Canary Wharf that not only accepts bitcoin, but alters its beer mark-ups based on FTSE 100 movements. The brewer, which opened its Canary Wharf pub on Friday, has also released a new draft beer, for which the price correlates with the movement of the...
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Hot new London bars: October
23 October 2018

The Drop Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is set to become London’s latest foodie hub when a slew of new restaurants and bars open in the development this week. Among the newbies will be three sites from the Harts Group – the restaurant group behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor – led by Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville. In addition to a Barrafia site...
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‘Real Prosecco can have a longer shelf life than Champagne’, says Sandro Bottega
23 October 2018

“It is not true that Prosecco has a shelf life of just a few months, the real Prosecco can have longer shelf life than Champagne’, claims Sandro Bottega, head of Prosecco producer Bottega. [caption id="attachment_427457" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Left to right: Sandro, Barbara and Stefano Bottega[/caption] In an interview with the drinks business on Friday last week, Sandro str...
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Conor McGregor is on the whiskey campaign trail in the US after sales of Proper No. Twelve rationed in Ireland
23 October 2018

MMA fighter and whiskey entrepreneur Conor McGregor has been busy touring the US to plug his new spirit brand, weeks after retailer in Ireland were forced to ration customers to two bottles per shop. [caption id="attachment_427450" align="aligncenter" width="531"] Conor McGregor has been on the PR trail for his new whiskey.(Photo: Andrius Petrucenia)[/caption] McGregor who launched Proper No. Twe...
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One bottle of 1945 DRC or an Aston Martin?
23 October 2018

After the news that a single bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 1945 Romanée-Conti sold for an astounding US$558,000 at auction recently, Liv-ex has asked what else you could buy for that much money. [caption id="attachment_427448" align="alignleft" width="427"] Photo: courtesy Sotheby's[/caption] The sale of the bottle in New York the weekend before last, smashed the pre...
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Pol Roger to distribute Artadi in the UK
22 October 2018

Pol Roger Portfolio has struck a deal with one of the top names in Spanish wine – Rioja renegade Bodegas Artadi – to distribute its wines in the UK. [caption id="attachment_427435" align="alignleft" width="480"] Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacaille, owner of Artadi in Rioja Alavesa[/caption] From 1 November, Pol Roger Portfolio will be the exclusive UK distributor of Artadi, which is run by...
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Mountain wines to show their mettle at ProWein 2019
22 October 2018

When it comes to combatting the effects of a warming planet and producing wines that suit current preferences for fresher, more refined wines, vineyards grown at high altitude offer one solution. From Europe to the Americas and China, wines produced from mountainous regions are gaining in stature and will be much in evidence at next year’s 25th edition of ProWein. The landmark show next spr...
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This chart shows how the UK’s beer market has changed in eight years
22 October 2018

The craft beer boom has led to a 20% surge in people registering trademarks for beers in the UK, according to new research, which warns of a rise in legal disputes ahead as brands are "likely to overlap" A rising consumer demand for limited edition and small batch beers means that breweries are launching far more products which carry their own protections, with the number of beer trademarks in t...
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Mallya’s fleet of supercars seized by bailiffs
22 October 2018

The High Court in London has instructed bailiffs to seize a fleet of supercars, including two Ferraris and a Porsche, belonging to Vijay Mallya, the former head of United Spirits. [caption id="attachment_427422" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Vijay Mallya's fleet of supercars is being repossessed[/caption] Among the cars at his Hertfordshire home being repossessed are a 2012 Maybach 62, a 2006...
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Shiraz – an Australian love affair
22 October 2018

Promotional featureWhen it comes to Australian wine, no other grape is more synonymous than Shiraz.Vineyards of Shiraz This variety has it all....
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Jefford on Monday: Blue moon on the Right Bank
22 October 2018

Andrew Jefford continues the tasting of a lifetime, with Angélus, Pavie, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus from the 1998 vintage...The Château Pavie barrel room. From Petrus to Pavie: re-tasting Right Bank wines from 1998...
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Bilbao Rioja Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2019
22 October 2018

Promotional featureThe Bilbao-Rioja 2019 Best Of Wine Tourism award ceremony took place on October 18 at Bodega Conde de los Andes, a 2018 International ‘Best Of’ award winner.The winners See the winners...
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The 2018 Bordeaux Harvest Report
22 October 2018

 2018 shapes up to be another excellent year for Bordeaux.
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Fine wines of the week: Top Premium reviews
22 October 2018

Had a busy week but still want to enjoy excellent wine? Here are some highlights from the wine reviews published online exclusively for Decanter Premium subscribers in the past seven days, from a 21-vintage vertical of Pomerol's La Conseillante to our full report on Chablis 2017.We pick out some of the most interesting wine reviews published for Premium subscribers. Did you miss any of these?... T...
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Top Sonoma red wines for the cellar
21 October 2018

See new tasting notes and ratings on a selection of great red wines from Sonoma County, tasted by Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. A selection of great red wines from Sonoma County...
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How to buy wine online – ask Decanter
20 October 2018

Online purchasing makes things very convenient – especially for large quantities of wine – but you also don’t want to make an expensive mistake… The advice for buying wine online The expert advice...
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The World's Most Expensive Grüner Veltliner
20 October 2018

 It's hip, it's trendy, it's Austrian and it is surprisingly affordable.
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The 2018 New York Wine Experience: The Wine World's Greatest Show on Terroir (Wine Spectator)
20 October 2018

"When we walked into the room, it felt like I was walking onto the field at a Super Bowl," said Jim Nantz. The longtime sportscaster knows what that is like. But last night he wasn't on the 50-yard line. He was pouring his wine, The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2016, at Wine Spectator’s 38th Wine Experience at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.For many win...
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Restaurant Talk: Fine Dining for All at Gabriel Kreuther (Wine Spectator)
20 October 2018

Growing up on a farm in the tiny Alsatian town of Niederschaeffolsheim, Gabriel Kreuther was always surrounded by food: His relatives were butchers, bakers and restaurant owners; his mother loved to cook. After sharpening his skills in kitchens around Europe, he made his way to the bright lights of New York in 1997 to work as a sous chef at the fine-dining landmark La Caravelle. He then moved on t...
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Andrew Jefford: ‘Cannabis is coming and wine producers know it’
20 October 2018

In his column for Decanter magazine's November 2018 issue, Andrew Jefford looks at the growing crossover between cannabis and the drinks world.A bartender opens a bottle of wine at a cannabis food event in Tacoma, Washington. A trend that drinks companies cannot ignore?...
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Full Chablis 2017 vintage report with wine ratings
20 October 2018

Tim Atkin MW reports on the 2017 vintage in Chablis ahead of his full Burgundy en primeur report, coming soon to Decanter Premium...Chablis 2017 saw yields hit by frost but there are some excellent wines, says Tim Atkin MW. Where to look for the best Chablis 2017 wines...
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M&S releases wine with adult colouring-in label
19 October 2018

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has released a wine with a label designed to be coloured in, tapping into a growing trend for adult colouring-in books said to aid meditation and mindfulness. [caption id="attachment_427382" align="alignleft" width="281"] Daisy Fletcher's design on a bottle of £8 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc[/caption] The high street retailer worked with Royal Academy of Art...
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Al Gore to speak at climate change conference in Porto
19 October 2018

Following the first event held this July featuring President Barack Obama, former US Vice-President, environmentalist and Nobel Laureate Al Gore will address the wine industry next March at an event highlighting the challenges it is facing due to climate change. Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the international conference Climate Change Leadership – Solutions for the Wine Industry P...
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Somm360 Congress unveils full programme
19 October 2018

Promising to be one of the biggest weeks of wine education in Canada, The Somm360 Congress has unveiled its preliminary programme between 25-27 November in Montreal. Due to welcome 300 wine professionals at Le Grand Quai in Montreal’s Old Port, the congress is designed to help sommeliers obtain the MS (Master Sommelier), MW (Master of Wine) or WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust...
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The week in pictures
19 October 2018

We couldn't do this without mentioning the Wine & Spirits Show one more time, now, could we? Upwards of 1,500 wine (and spirits) lovers flocked to One Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall last weekend to sample the very best drinks from our Global Masters Series. With everything from a reality TV star's Icewine to Welsh whiskey to a LOT of beer samples keeping our guests entertained, it's no won...
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Wines of Argentina wraps up successful UK roadshow
19 October 2018

Wines of Argentina has completed a trio of masterclasses across the UK, hosted by the fourth best sommelier in the world, Paz Levinson, executive head sommelier for acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurant group. [caption id="attachment_427333" align="alignleft" width="350"] Paz Levinson[/caption] Hosted by Paz Levinson, the masterclass series saw Wines of Argentina hit the cities...
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Alibaba invests US$290m in online drinks retailer 1919.cn
19 October 2018

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba will inject RMB 2 billion (US$288.3 million) worth of investment into Chengdu-based online drinks retailer, 1919 Wines & Spirits, tapping into the liquor specialist’s more integrated services from retail distribution network to wine storage to drive the country’s alcohol sales. [caption id="attachment_427299" align="alignleft" width="500"] Sig...
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10 Champagne facts to impress your friends with
19 October 2018

It has been scientifically proven by Professor Barry Smith of the University of London that Champagne bubbles have a distinctive sound. The first ‘collective’ of Champagne producers exhibited their wares at the Franco-British exhibition of sciences, arts and industry, held between 14 May and 31 October in London's White City district in 1908, which celebrated the Entente Cordiale...
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Black Sea area offers greatest winemaking potential, says Michel Rolland
19 October 2018

Of all wine producing regions in the world, it is those areas bordering the Black Sea that famous wine consultant Michel Rolland believes have the greatest potential for improvement. [caption id="attachment_427129" align="alignleft" width="427"] Michel Rolland was in London on Tuesday this week to celebrate 30 years of working with Alain Dominique Perrin at Château Lagrézette in...
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In focus: Top trends in Pinot Grigio
19 October 2018

Whether you know it as Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris, the white grape is a global star. But with some examples being thin and neutral while others offer a glass that oozes class, how are consumers to know what’s in store? Phoebe French investigates... Feature findings > The new Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has listed improving quality, control of production and better communication wi...
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Asia to drive global alcohol travel retail sector
19 October 2018

Findings at a recent IWSR forum highlighted the spending power of Asians in driving the global alcohol travel retail industry, whose size – if counted as a country – is said to be among the top five markets for most leading spirits producers. Total travel-retail volumes for liquor grew 4.1% in 2017 to reach 32.3 million nine-litre cases, while value grew 6.8% to US$9.5billion. Europe w...
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Somm Scandal: A Question of Integrity
19 October 2018

 As the sommelier cheating incident remains shrouded in secrecy, an injured party speaks out.
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After the Wine-Country Wildfires: One Year Later, Napa and Sonoma Rebuild (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

The eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of 2017's devastating wine-country wildfires brought warm temperatures, low humidity and violent wind gusts to Napa and Sonoma. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, alerting residents that conditions were ripe for wildfire combustion and rapid growth. While the night passed without event, fire was on everyone's minds.The series of...
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Unfiltered: Chef Tyler Florence's New Docu Film 'Uncrushable' Forged in the 2017 Wine-Country Fires (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

When wildfires devastated Napa and Sonoma in October 2017, chef Tyler Florence’s first instinct was to put his skills as a veteran Food Network emcee and kitchen whiz to use by throwing a benefit bash to raise money for relief efforts. But the star of The Great Food Truck Race and Bite Club quickly realized that the event he organized would be part of a much bigger story. Florence's "The Gra...
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Wine Giant Constellation Has a New CEO (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

In a major move late yesterday, Constellation Brands announced that its current president and COO, Bill Newlands, will take over chief executive duties from Rob Sands, effective March 2019, with Sands becoming executive chairman. With the transition, Newlands will become the first Constellation CEO from outside the Sands family. He takes the helm during a heady time for Constellation, which has se...
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Top La Conseillante wines: 21 vintages tasted
19 October 2018

Jane Anson gets in depth with Château La Conseillante following a 21-vintage vertical tasted at the estate...La Conseillante vineyards in Pomerol. In-depth tasting notes, exclusively for Premium subscribers...
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This restaurant in Milan offers discounts based on Instagram followers
19 October 2018

A sushi bar in Milan is determining the total bills of its guests based on their popularity on social media.   View this post on Instagram   Today is the day ✌️✌️✌️ Da oggi vi aspettiamo nel nostro shop di Lazzaro Papi 6 per farvi scoprire la nostra Instagram revolution. Sì, da oggi accettiamo pagamenti in fo...
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Hot new London restaurants: October
19 October 2018

Kerridge’s Bar and Grill Tom Kerridge is sending critics into a spin with his first London restaurant, where the dishes are unashamedly decadent and wonderfully comforting. The owner of two-Michelin-starred gastropub Hand and Flowers in Marlow has made a home for himself at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster where his all-day British brasserie is surprisingly laid-back given its swanky set...
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Baron de Ley: Rioja is the Bordeaux of Spain
19 October 2018

Rioja giant Baron de Ley's international general manager, Victor Fuentes, revealed that while "none of the big Rioja brands are doing well in China," the company is hoping to promote the region's wines as the Bordeaux of Spain. Fuentes made the comments to the drinks business while discussing the wine group's export strategy and top markets last week at its Mendavia-based winery. Baron de Ley was...
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Staff at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland only work four-day weeks to ‘fuel creative flare’
19 October 2018

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh is trailing a four-day working week for its staff to improve their creativity and promote a healthy work-life balance. Chef Peter Kitching's 21212, part of the 21212 Hotel on London Road, will launch the new schedule in November 2018. Staff will still recieve the same wages as before. Kitching, who opened the restaurant with his partner Katie O'Brien i...
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Ceretto’s restaurant climbs World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings
19 October 2018

Alba-based producer Ceretto has more than just its Barolos and Barbarescos to be proud of, its restaurant, Piazza Duomo, which opened in 2005 has quickly amassed a formidable following among diners and oenophiles with three Michelin stars under its belt and a new high ranking of No. 16 on this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. In line with Ceretto's philosophy in wine – making wines t...
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Tokaj in pictures
19 October 2018

db went on a whirlwind trip to Tokaj this week, soaking up the spectacular autumn colour and getting a little hands-on experience picking Aszú berries. Hosted by Disznókö, the visit also took in the wineries of Zoltán Demeter and Patricius. The harvest is well underway in Tokaj after what has been a very hot and dry season. The grapes destined for dry white wines were ga...
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Prosecco plans one billion bottle production
19 October 2018

Prosecco supply may have reached a new high from this year’s harvest, but sources suggest that producers are aiming even higher, with plans to hit one billion bottles in the near future. [caption id="attachment_427164" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Canevel Spumanti was founded in Valdobbiadene in 1979 by Mario Caramel, Carlo's father. In 2016, Masi Valpolicella took a 60% share of the Pro...
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Two thirds of distilleries on the Isle of Man row over TT motorcycle race sponsorship
18 October 2018

Two out of three distilleries on the Isle of Man are at war over the sponsorship of the tiny island's annual TT motorcycle race. [caption id="attachment_427133" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Isle of Man TT is of the island's biggest tourist attractions.(Photo: Jonathan Camp/Flickr)[/caption] A complaint about Cronk Y Voddy — a Manx vodka label made by Seven Kingdom Distillery, one of...
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How American wines can stay relevant in China
18 October 2018

Debunking myths about Californian wines and driving premiumisation of wine exports are key to retaining American wines' relevance in the Chinese market amid challenging times according to Christopher Beros, Asia director of the California Wine Institute. [caption id="attachment_427101" align="alignleft" width="400"] Christopher Beros, Asia director of California Wine Institute, was in Hong Kong la...
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Michel Rolland: Cahors was in the Middle Ages, now it makes beautiful wine
18 October 2018

Influential wine consultant Michel Rolland tells db about the transformation in Cahors wine quality during a visit to London this week to celebrate 30 years of making Malbec at Château Lagrézette. [caption id="attachment_427131" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Michel Rolland (left) with Alain Dominique Perrin. To mark 30 years of working together in Cahors with Château Lagr&eac...
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Champagne Castelnau launches Extra Brut
18 October 2018

Champagne Castelnau has said it is adding an Extra Brut to its range of Champagnes, to meet what it believes is a growing trend for drier styles. Champagne Castelneu have launched an Extra Brut. House says it wants to meet demand for drier styles...
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First taste: Top Yalumba wines from latest releases
18 October 2018

Yalumba has released the second vintage of its flagship wine, The Caley 2013, and Decanter expert Sarah Ahmed was among the first to taste it alongside several other wines in the Australian producer's Rare & Fine Collection.Yalumba's The Caley 2013 is the second vintage of this new flagship wine. Including an exclusive review of The Caley 2013...
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This Black Mirror-style pop-up bar’s cocktail menu is based on social media algorithms
18 October 2018

A new pop-up bar in London is using data it collects from likes, shares, and views on its social channels to dictate its cocktail menu in real-time. [caption id="attachment_427073" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Unsurprisingly, the pumpkin spice old fashioned was a hit on Instagram and Facebook.[/caption] The bar is part of a project launched by food website Twisted, which specialises in creati...
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Legal highs: The drinks companies taking on cannabis
18 October 2018

As Canada marks the legalisation of recreational cannabis today, we round up the drinks companies that have been linked to or have confirmed investment in the industry. Canada has legalised recreational cannabis today (17 October) making it the second country after Uruguay, which passed legislation in 2013, to impose such a measure. Potential customers must be 18 or over in order to purchase the...
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Champagne Castelnau adds Extra Brut to range
18 October 2018

Champagne Castelnau is adding an Extra Brut to its range in response to growing demand for ultra-dry styles of fizz. “Champagne Castelnau Extra Brut increases our offer to customers with a style that we know many consumers are looking for and I expect it to make a significant contribution to the brand’s ever growing position in the UK market,” said head of Castelnau Wine Agencies...
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Khan: The restaurant industry can be quite isolating
18 October 2018

Asma Khan, the first British chef to appear in the popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, has admitted that working in the restaurant industry “can be quite isolating”. [caption id="attachment_427054" align="aligncenter" width="788"] Chef's Table star Asthma Khan of Darjeeling Express has admitted that the industry can be "quite isolating"[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business...
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Hartnett: Being female has worked in my favour
17 October 2018

Rather than being discriminated against in a male dominated industry, chef Angela Hartnett says that being a woman has actually worked in her favour. [caption id="attachment_427034" align="alignleft" width="432"] Angela Hartnett being presented with her Female Chef of the Year award by Ayala's chef de cave, Caroline Latrive, at Daphne's restaurant in Chelsea[/caption] Speaking to the drinks busin...
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Prince Charles visits Diageo-owned Scotch distillery near Balmoral
17 October 2018

Prince Charles has spent the last two months in visiting charities and community projects in Scotland and the north of England, managing to fit in two distillery tours on the way. [caption id="attachment_427021" align="aligncenter" width="640"] HRH with Ewan Andrew (Diageo Director) and Sean Phillips (Distillery Manager) with the cask that will be bottled on his 70th birthday. (Photo: Mike Wilkins...
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In focus: Chile trends
17 October 2018

As one of the world’s biggest exporters it’s easy to to forget that Chile has only a little more than 30 years’ exposure on the international wine market. Feature findings > Vinexpo says that by 2021 Chile will have overtaken France, Spain, Italy and the US to become the second-biggest wine importer in the UK. > Chile’s reputation as a source of big volume, relia...
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McGuigan adds Tempranillo to Black Label range
17 October 2018

Australia's McGuigan Wines will add a Tempranillo to its Black Label range in the UK next month, at a time when it says European varieties, and Tempranillo in particular, are achieving increasing sales and popularity. The Black Label Tempranillo joins a range of Black Label red, whites and rosé wine, including Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Riesling, as well as its recently-launched trio...
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UK supermarkets to trial facial recognition for alcohol sales
17 October 2018

Facial recognition software for alcohol sales, which removes the need for staff-approved age verification checks, is to be trialled in UK supermarkets for the first time, after waiting for age approval has been identified as one of the top frustrations for shoppers. The software has been developed by British start-up Yoti and is being integrated into self-service tills supplied by NCR, a US comp...
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Teenager creates new alcohol free ‘gin’
17 October 2018

A teenager has created Northern Ireland's first alcohol-free gin, having been given free rein to create the 'spirit' at her parent's distillery as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. [caption id="attachment_426974" align="alignleft" width="350"] Hana Hughes[/caption] Hana Hughes, 16, from Dromore, came up with the idea for a sugar and calorie-free 'Driver's Gin' upon brainstorming what "new skil...
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Best Chablis 2017 wines
17 October 2018

We've compiled a selection of the top the scoring Chablis wines of 2017 - a frost-hit vintage where quantity is small but quality is good. Tasted and chosen by our Burgundy expert Tim Atkin MW...Chablis vineyards The top scorers...
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Decanting mature double magnums – Ask Decanter
17 October 2018

How long should you let this wine breathe...?How long should a mature double magnum wine breathe? How long should it breathe...?
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Summergate Fine Wines appoints new CEO
17 October 2018

Summergate Fine Wines has appointed Craig Aldous, the former chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, as its new CEO, replacing Rose Scott, dbHK has learned. According to company announcement, Aldous took over from Scott last month, and is now leading Australian retail giant Woolworth's China business, Summergate Fine Wines, with a portfolio of wines from over 60 wineries and 12 c...
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How climate change will affect beer drinkers
17 October 2018

Beer is the king of alcoholic beverages in terms of global volumes and sales, but experts warn that rising temperatures could lead to a seismic shift in the way we drink.   Following a groundbreaking UN report which warning world leaders they have less time than hoped to prevent catastrophic climate change, new research reveals that increased temperatures worldwide would lead to &ldqu...
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Interview: Life in the Fast lane
17 October 2018

Canadian-born, London-based Jackie Fast studied in Beijing before setting up her own sponsorship company, Slingshot, from her bedroom in 2010 with just a laptop and £2,000. The plucky entrepreneur is currently competing in the 14th series of The Apprentice, which airs on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday evenings. Fast made a pretty penny from the sale of Slingshot in 2016. Taking a year off to write...
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HKTDC International Wine & Spirits Fair returns for 11th edition
17 October 2018

The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will return from 8 to 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its 11th edition, with 1,075 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions showcasing a plethora of wines, spirits and beers. [caption id="attachment_426769" align="alignleft" width="500"] HKTDC hosted a press conference this week about the upcoming Hong...
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Accolade Wines branches into gin with ginger-flavoured expression
17 October 2018

Having made its spirits debut with the launch of its flavoured Echo Falls vodka last year, Accolade is now moving into gin with the release of a product inspired by its Stone's ginger wine. Accolade has released its new ginger-flavoured Stone's Gin into both the UK on- and off-trade and will be supporting the launch with a "consumer tasting experience". Rather than classic tonic water, the recomm...
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Brewdog raises over £26 million from donors in 5th crowdfunding round
17 October 2018

Global craft beer brand Brewdog has made more than £26 million in a crowdfunding campaign spanning 12 months. The company secured £26.2 million from around 50,000 investors in its fifth crowdfunding campaign, bringing its total number of investors close to 94,000. The campaign — which the brewer calls Equity for Punks V — was initially launched in October 2017, with a pr...
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Top 8 extreme restaurants
16 October 2018

While a bricks and mortar Michelin-starred venue might be enough to sate most appetites for culinary exploration, these restaurants are in another league, offering the adventurous diner an extreme dining experience. [caption id="attachment_426804" align="alignleft" width="350"] Under will open in Norway next year[/caption] Whether it's underwater, in the sky or in space, there's no frontier that...
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Final call for Rioja Masters 2018 entries
16 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline. Producers wishing to take part have until 26 October to enter and submit their wines. Now in its seventh year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage. A panel of leading industry experts will judge the wines submitted in a blind tasting to d...
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Irish Distillers to invest €150 million in upgrades and expansion
16 October 2018

Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers is investing over €150 million (£132 million) in upgrading its sites in Cork and Dublin which will see it expand its maturation and distillery facilities. The majority of the money (€130 million) will be spent on the company's distillery in Midleton and maturation site in Dungourney – both in County Cork. Among the upgrades and installati...
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UK winery Chapel Down signs top-ranking AB InBev brewer to make craft beer
16 October 2018

As Chapel Down continues to ride a wave of growth in the UK's wine industry, the English drinks producer has now appointed an AB InBev brewer to head up its beer label. Matthew Anderson, who has spent more than a decade producing household name beers at AB InBev's breweries in Wales and Lancashire, will become head of brewing and production at Curious Brewery, owned by Kentish winery Chapel Down...
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Bordeaux 2018 red wines: Balance key amid high alcohol levels
16 October 2018

As Bordeaux winemakers wrap up this year’s harvest, many say that they have never seen such high levels of alcohol, including for Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest at Château Balac in Haut-Médoc Winemakers say they've never seen such high alcohol levels...
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1945 Auctioned for Record-Shattering Price (Wine Spectator)
16 October 2018

Rob Rosania, a New York real-estate developer and noted wine collector, raised his paddle and left it there. “150, 160, 170, 180, 200,” auctioneer Jamie Ritchie rattled off in rapid fire, as if he was counting. Those numbers were actually thousands of dollars, salvos in a bidding war between Rosania and an unidentified online bidder at Sothebys’ auction of wines from Burgundy leg...
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Port 2016: Vintage report and top releases
16 October 2018

In 2016, quantities were small, but the best wines are balanced and look set to age for decades, says Richard Mayson, who has picked 25 of the best 2016 Port releases.Port 2016 vintage report. Find out which Port wines made the cut...
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1945 Romanée Conti sets new record at wine auction
16 October 2018

The world record for the most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction was smashed twice on Saturday when two bottles of 1945 Romanée Conti fetched US$558,000 and US$496,000 respectively.The 1945 DRC set new records for wine at auction. New records set...
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Prosecco drinkers ‘don’t care’ if it’s DOC or DOCG
16 October 2018

During a masterclass in London last month, Stefano Ferrante, head winemaker at leading Italian sparkling wine producer Zonin1861, told attendees that most Prosecco drinkers ‘don’t care’ if the fizz is DOC or DOCG. [caption id="attachment_426693" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Zonin's Stefano Ferrante, who oversees the production of approx 60m bottles of Italian fizz each year,...
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American drinks retailer launches cork educational campaign
16 October 2018

US drinks retailer Fairway Market has partnered with the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) to launch a new cork educational campaign starting in November this year. Featuring in its three Fairway Wine & Spirits outlets, the educational campaign aims to alert shoppers about the relationship between wine and cork – the history, types of corks, and the enviro...
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Overheard at the Wine & Spirits Show…
16 October 2018

Last weekend, we held our first-ever Wine & Spirits Show in partnership with the spirits business, showcasing more than 1,000 different wines, beers and spirits from across the world. And after 48 hours of serving the industry elites and discerning consumers, we think it's safe to say you guys really love to talk after a few free samples. We've rounded-up our favourite snippets of conversat...
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Record year: English and Welsh wine producers comment on 2018 vintage
16 October 2018

With record volumes of grapes harvested across the board, we round up the reports from owners and winemakers in a year that could see as many as 18 million bottles of wine produced in the UK. [caption id="attachment_426671" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aldwick Estate, Somerset.[/caption] As early as July, English wine producers were nailing their colours to the mast and enthusing about the 20...
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Elon Musk announces bid to produce Tesla-branded Tequila
16 October 2018

Elon Musk, entrepreneur and CEO of electric car and solar power company Tesla, has filed an application to trademark 'Teslaquila', meaning that what was originally an April Fool's prank could become a reality. [caption id="attachment_426665" align="alignleft" width="499"] Image: wiki[/caption] Musk first made reference to the product on 1 April 2018 in a prank in which he tweeted that Tesla had g...
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Ferrari launches ‘made to measure’ Zegna bottle
16 October 2018

Trentodoc sparkling wine producer Ferrari has joined forces with celebrated Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna on a limited edition bespoke bottle. [caption id="attachment_426657" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ferrari's bespoke 'Made to Measure' bottle designed by Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna[/caption] Called ‘Ferrari Made to Measure for Ermenegildo Zegna’, the alli...
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Single malt Scotch Taisteal is ready to mingle
15 October 2018

Taisteal Single Malt Scotch whisky is defying common conventions of serving a dram neat or on the rocks and is instead targeting the cocktail scene, positioning itself as a spirit for blending. [caption id="attachment_426579" align="alignleft" width="500"] Antonio Lai creating a cocktail using Taisteal[/caption] Introducing the spirit, Joe Milner, managing director of Hong Kong-based wine and spi...
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French-Chinese wine lab created to tackle climate change
15 October 2018

A new research lab has been set up by China and France that will enable 30 researchers and scientists to look into the creation of new grape varieties that are better adapted to climate change. The Innogrape Laboratory will bring together 23 research professors in Bordeaux and 10 research professions in Beijing to conduct research on wine, mainly focusing on the creation of new varieties and berry...
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London gets two ‘modern American’ restaurants
15 October 2018

This month sees the launch of two new ‘modern American’ restaurants in London: Two Lights, from the team behind The Clove Club, and Potus near the American Embassy. [caption id="attachment_426639" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Two Lights in Shoreditch is from the team behind The Clove Club[/caption] Two Lights, headed up by American chef Chase Lovecky, occupies at 52-cover site on...
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The best Asda wines this winter
15 October 2018

Here are our top picks for winter 2018 from the UK supermarket's range, all reviewed by Decanter's expert tasting team... Top picks from our tasting team...
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James Suckling opens wine bar in Hong Kong
15 October 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has finally opened the doors of his wine bar in Hong Kong's hip Soho area, offering hundreds of wines from around the globe, including many 100-point wines rated by the critic over his four-decade career. [caption id="attachment_426582" align="alignleft" width="500"] James Suckling (centre) with his wife Marie Kim Suckling (owner of James Suckling Wine Central)...
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Tommasi launches new De Buris luxury wine brand
15 October 2018

Italian wine producer Tommasi revealed De Buris on Friday (12th October) - their new luxury wine brand and hospitality project. The De Buris villa, currently being restored. A new luxury wine brand and hospitality project....
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Jefford on Monday: Blue moon on the left bank
15 October 2018

Andrew Jefford tucks into the tasting of a lifetime. Twice...Château Margaux Andrew Jefford tucks into the tasting of a lifetime....
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Climate Change Sparks Catalan Migration
15 October 2018

 Familia Torres' new winery addresses climate change concerns.
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Top Napa Cabernet wines for the cellar
15 October 2018

See new tasting notes and ratings on a selection of the most coveted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Napa Valley, tasted by Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. A selection of must-have wines for Napa Cab lovers…
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Paso Robles vineyards & wineries to visit
15 October 2018

From pretty hillside vineyards to cutting edge wineries - Julie Albin shares where to visit in Paso Robles...J Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Where to visit...
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Paso Robles restaurants, bars and shops
13 October 2018

The region is busting with wineries, restaurants, boutique hotels and winery guesthouses. Julie Albin picks top restaurants, bars and shops to visit...Thomas Hill Organics. Where to eat, drink and shop...
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Te Mata Coleraine: Top wines from 1982 to 2016
13 October 2018

Bob Campbell MW was one of the lucky few to attend a 32-vintage tasting of Coleraine recently - twice! Read his report below, including ratings and tasting notes on his top 15 vintages of this New Zealand pioneer...Te Mata Coleraine set a new standard in New Zealand. Fifteen of the best from a 32-vintage vertical tasting...
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First taste: Bruno Paillard launches Dosage: Zero
13 October 2018

Independent family Champagne house Bruno Paillard, known for exclusively producing extra brut cuvées, has broken with tradition to launch a zero dosage style. Below, Premium subscribers can read an interview with Paillard about the new wine, as well as a full tasting note. The new Bruno Paillard Dosage : Zero. How it tastes and why the house thinks it will work...
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Bordeaux's Most Expensive Wines
13 October 2018

 It's as you were in the Médoc as the heavyweights jostle for position.
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Records broken at Christie’s 2018 DWWA wine auction for WaterAid
13 October 2018

The thirteenth annual Christie’s auction of wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards fetched a record total of more than £66,000, with all proceeds to go to the WaterAid charity.Auction paddles ready for bidding at the Christie's DWWA auction for WaterAid. Christie's sale of DWWA wines fetches more than £66,000...
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West Coast Wineries Are Refusing Grape Orders and Farmers Are Unhappy (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2018

Wine grapegrowers in Northern California's Lake and Mendocino counties and Oregon's Rogue Valley are unhappy after some of the industry's bigger companies refused grapes from growers they had contracts with due to potential smoke taint as a result of summer wildfires. The companies say lab tests showed high levels of compounds that could lead to smoky flavors in wines, but the growers dispute that...
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Online wine club based on expert recs launches
13 October 2018

Nosy Wine Club, an online subscription service that sends wines to its members based on expert recommendations, will launch in the UK next month. Set to go live on 5 November, the Nosy Wine Club is the brainchild of Porto-based Marta Maia, who wanted to offer UK consumers something more than the often-uninspiring wine selection found in supermarkets. Keen to “bring back the fun of discove...
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ProWine China looks forward to 2018 edition
13 October 2018

ProWine China will once again return from 13 to 15 November 2018 for a bigger and more comprehensive wine fair for trade professionals from around the world, after five successful runs in Shanghai. This year, the fair is expected to attract 700 exhibitors from some 40 countries, including 22 national and regional pavilions. All key wine-growing nations such as France, Italy, Spain, Austr...
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London brewery Fourpure collaborates with Patty&Bun on craft lager
13 October 2018

South London craft brewery Fourpure has collaborated with Burger restaurant group Patty & Bun to brew a Pilsner exclusive to the chain's sites. The Pilsner, which will be available at Patty&Bun's 12 London sites and at its outpost on Brighton's Ship Street, comes with "a spicy aroma that brings out the EPIC meaty taste of Patty’s burgers." It is not the first time the brewer, rece...
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Is a bumper 2018 harvest good for Champagne?
13 October 2018

Charles Philipponnat, CEO, Champagne Philipponnat “This welcome derogation was only useful for those whose individual reserve had been depleted because of disastrous frosts, mainly in the Aube, or because of other adverse weather conditions like hail and mildew to a lesser extent. Most growers had much less potential yield up to the maximum reserve level (8,000kg). In the Philipponnat vine...
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TFWA visitor numbers break 7,000 barrier for first time
13 October 2018

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is celebrating a record year with a total of 7,015 visitors, up 3% from 2017, from 3,088 companies attending the show in Cannes this year. The event organiser said that the numbers "also bore witness to the healthy position of the duty free and travel retail industry". The number of exhibitors at the show grew slightly from 514 in 2017 to 516 in 2018 acro...
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Bordeaux 2016: price rises ‘for the few’?
13 October 2018

A celebrated recent vintage in Bordeaux, the 2016s combined both power and grace but as their physical release draws near which have held their value – and which have not? The campaign, as many will remember, was a slightly mixed affair with some brilliant wines that sold very well, some excellent wines that should and could have sold better and much discussion over the widespread holding ba...
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Number of breweries in Scotland rises by 229% in 8 years
13 October 2018

A new report published by The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) has found that the number of breweries in Scotland has risen by 229% in 8 years to hit 115, while there are now over 60 distilleries in the country producing gin. [caption id="attachment_426531" align="alignleft" width="498"] Source: SPICE[/caption] A study exploring the state of the brewing and distilling industry in Sc...
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Aussie bartender wins Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year
13 October 2018

Australian bartender Orlando Marzo has won the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2018, seeing off competition from 55 of the world’s top bartenders, Diageo announced this week. The Italian-born Marzo is the bar manager of Melbourne’s Lûmé and triumphed after competing in a series of rounds in Berlin on 5 October, including the Ketel One Better Drinking Challenge, Jo...
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India’s second biggest winery secures US$8m funding
12 October 2018

India’s second biggest winery, Grover Zampa, has raised more than US$8 million funding from a Singapore-based investor. [caption id="attachment_426292" align="alignleft" width="350"] Grover Zampa's vineyards[/caption] The funding will be invested into the production of new wines, and revamping its wine tourism facilities at its home base in India’s southern Bangalore and Nashik in the...
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Best Penfolds wines: A selection of our top scorers
12 October 2018

It's not all about Grange: here are our top scoring Penfolds wines from vintages in the past decade, including new reviews from a re-tasting of the 2010s by Sarah Ahmed and ratings from the launch of the 2018 Penfolds Collection. The first vintage of Penfolds Grange, from 1951, sold for over AU $50,000 in 2017. Some of Australia's best wines...
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Lost church bell replaced thanks to beer sales
12 October 2018

The great bell of a Belgian abbey that was destroyed during the First World War has been replaced – thanks to funds raised through beer sales. Park Abbey in Heverlee near Leuven lost all 160 of its bells when the German army went on the rampage through the city in August 1914. The bells were destroyed when the carillon in which they were housed collapsed, while the city library, containing...
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The week in pictures
12 October 2018

In DB news, the Wine & Spirits Show launches today! Held in the heart of London at One Whitehall Place, part of the five-star Royal Horseguards hotel, the show is due to attract over 2,000 members of the general public, alongside members wine and spirits trade. The show will have two separate spaces: one dedicated to wine and the other to spirits. Inside these halls will be the Global Mas...
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Golf resorts for wine lovers
12 October 2018

Many European wine regions are also home to excellent golf courses. Rob Smith of Golf Monthly chooses a selection In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®.Lumine Golf and wine enjoy a long-standing and perfect partnership for a variety of reasons. Culturally, this historically affluent sport was
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Decanter wine app reaches 7,000 downloads with California update
12 October 2018

Decanter's Know Your Wine app has reached more than 7,000 downloads within six months of launching as developers add a California section to the learning platform. Have you given it a try?...
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Cru Bourgeois body confirms return to three-tier system
12 October 2018

The director of the Cru Bourgeois classification body has said she is confident that reviving the three-tier hierarchy will prove successful, as new details emerge of how the system will work from the release of the 2018 vintage onwards. Cru Bourgeois is returning to the old hierarchical system. New details released of how system will work...
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Somm Struck Off Over Tasting Leak
12 October 2018

 The man responsible for the cancellation of 23 of this year's Master Sommelier diplomas is defrocked.
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Unfiltered: LeBron James Returns After Grueling 2-Week Wine Time-Out, Reveals He Lets Jr. Sip Wine like a European Kid (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

LeBron James recently took his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, and just a few months into his stint, he's apparently already bought into the hot yoga, green juice and #healthgoals lifestyle that's taken over the West Coast. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 33-year-old basketball star took a two-week hiatus from gluten, dairy, added and artificial sugars, and (gasp) wine, in hopes of boos...
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Jane Anson: Why it’s an exciting time for Sonoma Cabernet
12 October 2018

'The best Cabernet sites in Sonoma are still being discovered,' one winemaker tells Jane Anson during a recent trip through the California region. Read her report below, with a selection of tasting notes and ratings exclusively for Premium subscribers. A view across Sonoma vineyards. 'The best sites are still being discovered'...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Roast Chicken with Crispy Potatoes and Beaujolais (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

“Roast chicken is a real emotional thing for people,” says chef Andy Little. “One of my favorite things to eat at home is whole roast chicken.”Little’s accessible recipe for a classic whole chicken—oven-roasted to crispy, golden goodness—goes on the plate with smashed potatoes and a kale salad dressed in a grilled-scallion vinaigrette that’s quick to...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Épure (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

Hong Kong’s Épure presents contemporary French cuisine in an opulent yet intimate 50-seat dining room. -la-carte items are available, but chef Nicolas Boutin’s three tasting menus are the main draw. There’s a four-course menu with themes like caviar or truffle (prices vary based on the showcased ingredient), a six-course menu for $190 and an eight-course menu for $240, wit...
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Turning Tables: Inside the Sprawling New Location of Grand Award–Winning Wally's (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

Wally's Opens Restaurant and Store in Santa MonicaOn Oct. 6, Grand Award–winning restaurant and wine shop Wally's Beverly Hills opened a new location in Santa Monica, Calif. Owner Christian Navarro told Wine Spectator this is the first step in expanding his restaurant-retail hybrid, which proved a "grand-slam home-run success" in Beverly Hills, he said. "We have a deep-rooted loyal client ba...
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Man Accused of $1.2 Million Wine Theft from Goldman Sachs CEO Dies in Apparent Suicide (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

The former personal assistant accused of stealing wines valued at $1.2 million from Goldman Sachs executive David Solomon, his then boss, apparently leapt to his death on the afternoon he was supposed to appear in court for his crimes. On Oct. 9 at around 2:30 p.m., as lawyers gathered in downtown Manhattan's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse to discuss his case, Nicolas De-Meyer fell from the 33rd flo...
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Grape prices in Champagne set to rise again
12 October 2018

Champagne has produced one of its biggest vintages ever, but grape prices are set to rise by as much as 5%, making 2018 the tenth consecutive year of increases. News that prices are going up again this year in Champagne came about during a discussion on Tuesday this week in London with Bruno Paillard, who is chairman and CEO of Lanson-BCC and owner of Champagne Bruno Paillard. ...
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Brigid Simmonds warns of tax threat to pubs ahead of Autumn Statement
12 October 2018

The head of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has urged the government to avoid placing higher tax rates on the pub sector just over a month before the next Autumn Statement. [caption id="attachment_250887" align="aligncenter" width="434"] BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds (Photo: BBPA)[/caption] Brigid Simmonds, the CEO of the association, said that, while UK ministers are still att...
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Final call for Fortified Masters 2018 entries
12 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Fortified Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline. Now in its fourth year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer. The wines will be judged blind by a panel of high regarded judges known for their expertise in the fortified wine sector. The categories for the competition are as follows: Port (vint...
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Last chance to register for The Wine & Spirits Show
12 October 2018

This year's Wine & Spirits Show is taking place tomorrow and Saturday in London, featuring a free trade session, current The Apprentice star Jackie Fast and her £139 icewine, and a series of masterclasses on topics including how glass shape affects the taste of English sparkling wine. Join the drinks business and The Spirits Business teams for a two-day drinks extravaganza taking place f...
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Preserving acidity is ‘the biggest issue in Champagne’
12 October 2018

While growers in Champagne have historically struggled to ripen their grapes, the biggest challenge facing the region today is preserving acidity levels, according to one family-owned house. [caption id="attachment_426372" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The recently released AR Lenoble Intense 'mag 14', which contains a proportion of reserve wines aged in magnum[/caption] Speaking to db at...
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Woman arrested in Total Wine for ‘recreating Dirty Dancing scene’
12 October 2018

A 24-year-old woman was arrested after re-enacting a scene from 1980s hit film Dirty Dancing in a Total Wine & More store in Florida after reports that two people were causing a disturbance. As reported by Treasure Coast Newspapers, police officers were called to a Total Wine & More store in Martin County, Florida following reports that two people, who were believed to be intoxicated, were...
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Beaucastel uses ‘heritage techniques’ to revamp cellars
12 October 2018

Rhône producers the Perrin family have chosen architectural firm Studio Mumbai to renovate the cellars of its Château de Beaucastel property using “ancestral techniques”. [caption id="attachment_426358" align="alignleft" width="596"] The architect's plan of the finished structure[/caption] The Perrin family that own the prestigious property in the Vaucluse wanted to reconf...
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Wine and spirits sales hit almost £6 billion in UK pubs
11 October 2018

Sales of wine and spirits in UK pubs have risen by £270 million to reach just under £6 billion in the past year, with gin and sparkling wine performing particularly well, according to the latest figures published by The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA.) While synonymous with beer, wine and spirits represent 36% of alcohol sales in UK pubs, according to research conducted by CGA...
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Aldi’s chocolate wine back by popular demand
11 October 2018

Discount retailer Aldi is bringing a fortified Spanish chocolate wine back to its UK stores next month in time for Christmas due to popular demand. Bottles of Rubis Chocolate Wine will be hitting Aldi’s shelves on 14 November, priced at £9.99 for 50cl. The fortified ‘wine’ is made from a blend of Tempranillo grapes and “premium” chocolate flavouring. Accordi...
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‘Lost’ Brora distillery project secures planning permission
11 October 2018

Diageo's plans to restore and reopen Brora distillery have moved forward this week after news that the project has been granted planning permission by the Highland Council. [caption id="attachment_426343" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Artist's impression of the Brora Distillery. Image: Norr[/caption] Diageo's £35 million plan to reopen the so-called 'lost' distilleries Brora and Port Ell...
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Château Montrose owners invest in Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy
11 October 2018

Château Montrose owners Martin and Olivier Bouygues have followed up their Clos Rougeard purchase by investing in Domaine Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy.Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy. Bouygues brothers follow Clos Rougeard purchase with Burgundy move...
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Who Leaked the Somms' Wine List?
11 October 2018

 Commotion hit the Master Sommelier exam as it emerges of that a taste test wasn't completely blind.
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Questions Surrounding Blind-Tasting Exam Leave 23 New Master Sommeliers in Limbo (Wine Spectator)
11 October 2018

This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10.The Master Sommelier certification, which has become a symbol of high achievement in the restaurant and hospitality industries, became embroiled in intrigue and heartbreak Oct. 9. The board of directors for the organization that administers the test in the U.S., the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, announced it would be voiding the results of its 20...
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Clos Galena
11 October 2018

Promotional featureOne family's dream that became a reality...Clos Galena One family's dream that became a reality...
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Bodegas Altanza
11 October 2018

Promotional featureA contemporary and top-drawer Spanish house, which draws on the country’s rich artistic legacy as inspiration to drive it onwards and upwardsBodegas Altanza A contemporary and top-drawer Spanish house...
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Top vodka deals
11 October 2018

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting vodkas from around the world. We've rounded up some of the top vodka deals below. The spirit of the 21st century, Vodka as gained popularity in style and has become more and more premium. With
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New Master Sommeliers lose title after tasting exam ‘compromised’
11 October 2018

A confidentiality breach during one of the taste tests that comprises the notoriously tough Master Sommelier exams means that several candidates have had their pass grades revoked pending re-takes. The MS blind tasting exam is notoriously hard. Tasting exam results declared invalid...
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Rare Wine Auctions Show No Signs of Slowing (Wine Spectator)
11 October 2018

Summer is often a quiet time in the wine-auction market, but September brings exciting opportunities, and collectors took advantage last month, adding impressive rare wines to their cellars by pushing winning bids toward or above presale high estimates set by auction houses. In the third quarter of 2018, global sales of fine and rare wine at auction totaled $70.4 million, up a whopping 31 percent...
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HK masterclass to showcase wines of Japan
11 October 2018

A masterclass on the wines of Japan is set to take place on Friday 9 November at 10am in Hong Kong’s Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. [caption id="attachment_426212" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Grace’s Misawa Vineyard in Akeno, Yamanashi[/caption] The event is timed and located to make attendance as easy as possible for visitors to the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fa...
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What is ‘craft beer’? Four definitions from the brewing industry
11 October 2018

Almost half of British drinkers now say they prefer craft beer to mainstream serves, according to new figures from pub group Brewhouse & Kitchen, but what does that mean in 2018? The study, quizzed millions UK drinkers on their beer of choice. It found that when drinking at a pub, 34% of the public will try more alternative styles of beer than they would have ten years ago. Londoners were m...
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PHE boss rejects ‘purist’ objections to Drinkaware partnership
11 October 2018

Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England, has rejected calls from academics to stop a proposed health campaign with the charity Drinkaware. PHE has plans to work with the charity Drinkaware to launch a campaign warning of the dangers of binge drinking alcohol, encouraging taking regular days off from drinking and raising awareness of alcoholic units and the government’s dr...
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ASC launches Beam Suntory in Hong Kong and Macau
11 October 2018

ASC Fine Wines, one of the biggest wine and spirits importers in Greater China, has launched Beam Suntory's spirits portfolio in Hong Kong and Macau. [caption id="attachment_426153" align="alignleft" width="350"] Jonathan Mather, general manager of ASC Fine Wines' Greater South Region[/caption] ASC has been appointed as the sole importer for Beam Suntory's spirits portfolio, including its Ja...
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Bruno Paillard releases sugar-free Champagne 30 years after his first attempt
10 October 2018

Bruno Paillard says he has learnt from past mistakes and, 30 years since his first attempt, unveiled a sugarless Champagne in London yesterday that is neither too aggressive nor excessively acidic. [caption id="attachment_426195" align="alignleft" width="269"] Hedonism wine shop in London is to list D:Z at £49.80[/caption] Called D:Z, which stands for dosage zero, referring of course to the...
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Global Sparkling Masters 2018: The results
10 October 2018

Over a year, the drinks business hosts many Global Masters competitions, inviting producers to pit their wines against the world’s best before a panel of expert judges. About the competition The Sparkling Masters is a competition created and run by the drinks business, and is an extension of its successful Masters series for grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as re...
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Inaugural ‘Wine Paris’ show dates announced
10 October 2018

Next year’s ‘Wine Paris’ show, a combination of Vinisud and VinoVision, will be held in the French capital from 11-13 February it has been announced. Combining two shows that represent southern and northern French winemaking respectively, it is the first time that Vinisud has been held in Paris and offers a substantial boost to the fledgling VinoVision show. As well as showcasin...
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Domaine Evremond holds ‘mini harvest’
10 October 2018

Domaine Evremond, Champagne Taittinger’s nascent English estate, has enjoyed its first “mini harvest”. [caption id="attachment_426178" align="alignleft" width="543"] Photo credit: Thomas Alexander Photography[/caption] Located in Kent and with vineyards just a year-and-a-half-old, the ‘harvest’ will not be used to make any commercial wine but the results are certainl...
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Top Felton Road wines: Biodynamics coming of age
10 October 2018

At Felton Road's 21st anniversary tasting in London, Rebecca Gibb MW found out how its biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines have evolved over time...Felton Road's biodynamic and organic certified vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Can these biodynamic wines stand the test of time?...
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Christie’s first Chinese baijiu sale nets US$3.6 m
10 October 2018

Christie’s first dedicated Chinese baijiu sale featuring the country’s best known brand, Moutai, raised more than RMB 25.5 million (US$3.68m) last month, representing 78% of the total lots sold. [caption id="attachment_426118" align="alignleft" width="400"] 12 bottles of Fei Tian Moutai 1980 were sold for RMB660,000[/caption] The top lot of the sale were 12 bottles of Fei Tian Moutai...
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Take a look at AB InBev’s new ‘robo-warehouse’ in Wales
10 October 2018

AB InBev has unveiled a new, automated warehouse at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales in an effort to reduce the beer giant's carbon footprint. The facility, which was opened by Newport East MP Jessica Morden on Tuesday 9 October, will reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint by 605 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent to the electricity consumption of 600 homes The "robo-warehouse", whi...
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First taste: Avignonesi single vineyard wines in Montepulciano
10 October 2018

Italian wine estate Avignonesi is one of several producers seeking to re-vitalise the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG by releasing 100% Sangiovese, single vineyard bottlings. Below, Aldo Fiordelli reports on a preview tasting of Avignonesi's four 'cru' wines. Avignonesi owner Virginie Saverys, who has spearheaded a shift to organic and biodynamic winemaking. A new cru-based era for Vino Nobile...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Pork Chops with Roasted Beets and Beet Greens (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.I love it when you can get multiple uses out of one ingredient—extra bang for the buck! This recipe for sweet, juicy, spiced pork chops extends the use of two different ingredients: beets for a nutrient-...
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UK winemakers face storage challenge for 2018 harvest
10 October 2018

The highly anticipated 2018 vintage in England means that yields have doubled in some cases – and winemakers are struggling to find the space for it all… Harvesting at Simpsons Wine Estate. The challenge of high yields...
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Optimism high as Burgundy 2018 offers both quantity and quality
10 October 2018

How the Burgundy 2018 vintage is shaping up, with comments from DRC co-owner Aubert de Villaine.Harvesting Corton-Charlemagne grand cru grapes in Pernand-Vergelesses. How it's shaping up after harvest...
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Learn about Rum
10 October 2018

Made from sugar cane, rum comes in all sorts of styles, and some can be as good on their own as a component in a cocktail... Rum History Since all rum is the product of sugar cane, its history can be traced to Asia where the
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Best Aldi wines to buy in 2018
10 October 2018

Decanter's Tina Gellie has picked out 15 good value wines from a recent Aldi press tasting, held to mark the launch of its new UK range in autumn 2018. Some more great deals at Aldi...
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Everything you need to know about icewine
10 October 2018

As the normal European harvest season starts to wind down, some producers are now turning their attention to their late-harvesting versions. [caption id="attachment_426096" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bunches of riesling ice wine grapes.[/caption] Icewine is one of the latest-harvesting of all, and although higher average annual temperatures have affected yields in traditional production reg...
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
10 October 2018

Hong Kong-based wine and spirits importer Northeast Wines & Spirits hosted a Piper-Heidsieck tasting to celebrate the new distribution partnership between the two parties for the on-premise sector in Hong Kong. The Champagne brand's ambassador Ned Goodwin MW was on hand to pour the bubbles to participating guests.  At the tasting, Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut NV, Ros&e...
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Jasper Morris MW: global warming has moved Burgundy’s top sites uphill
10 October 2018

Global warming has gradually pushed the top sites in Burgundy uphill, Jasper Morris MW, the inimitable expert on Burgundy, observes, as the UN shares a sweeping report that warns that by 2040 the earth's temperature could rise by as much as 2 Celsius degrees. [caption id="attachment_426041" align="alignleft" width="500"] Jasper Morris, who has retired from Berry Bros & Rudd last year, is...
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Montepulciano steps out of the shadows of Montalcino
10 October 2018

Montelpulciano, located in southern Tuscany, is stepping out of the shadows of its more famous neighbour Montalcino, with the region's six top producers forming an alliance to produce single vineyard, single varietal Sangiovese wines, in the hopes of competing with the likes of Brunello. [caption id="attachment_425869" align="alignleft" width="500"] Vineyards owned by Poliziano in Valiano[/caption...
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Montrose owners buy into Burgundian estate
10 October 2018

Martin and Olivier Bouygues, the owners of Château Montrose, have acquired a stake in Domaine Henri Rebourseau in Gevrey-Chambertin it has been announced. The billionaire brothers have “gone into partnership” with the de Surrel family, co-owners of the 14 hectare estate in the Côte de Nuits. According to a statement from SCDM Domaines, the Bouygues’ holding company f...
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Nine outstanding Champagnes for under £50
10 October 2018

Following a major blind tasting of Champagne earlier this year, here is a selection of the best Champagnes selling for sub £50 on the market right now. Having chaired our annual Champagne Masters competition in July this year, and reported in full on the results, I have now gone through my notes and scores and picked out what I believe are nine brilliant Champagne that won’t break the...
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What to look for in South Africa
10 October 2018

Anyone with even a passing interest in wine not interested in looking at what South Africa is producing today needs their head examined. From fresh and defined white wines to red wines with elegance and finesse, regal sweet wines and top notch fizz, the Cape has it all and the wines are only going to go from strength to strength as this happy and collaborative bunch hone their techniques even furt...
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These nine regulatory bodies met in Brussels to create a European union for craft beer
09 October 2018

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has joined forces with eight other beer regulatory bodies to form the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE) in a bid to promote small producers over firms like Heineken and AB InBev. [caption id="attachment_426037" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nine countries are creating a trade union for Europe's craft breweries.[/caption] Bodies from France, Italy, De...
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Non-alcoholic ‘spirit’ Seedlip gets listing in M&S
09 October 2018

Non-alcoholic 'spirit' Seedlip has gained its first major high-street listing in the UK off-trade, confirming it will be available at select Marks & Spencer stores from October. Seedlip launched in the UK in 2015 and is available in three flavour variants; Seedlip Spice 94, Seedlip Garden 108, and Seedlip Grove 42. However it is the original Seedlip Spice 94 that will be avai...
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Constellation’s investment in marijuana pays off
09 October 2018

Constellation Brand's multi-billion dollar acquisition in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth appears to be paying off, with the value of its shares in the company already worth an extra $1.3 billion. The company acquired its initial stake in October last year for £141 million (US$179m), back when, according to the Wall Street Journal, Canopy Growth had a market value of...
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Country getaways for gourmets
09 October 2018

You'll find great food and wine right across the British countryside. Emma Hughes of Country Life offers her pick of the best gastropubs, restaurants and hotels In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Happily, the days when you had to get on a plane to eat (and drink) like a king are long
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard: Tasting the difference
09 October 2018

How different can wines made from grapes grown on opposite sides of the road be? Rebecca Gibb MW found out during a visit to Ata Rangi in Martinborough, New Zealand, and reports on her favourite Pinot Noir wines tasted.Ata Rangi's vineyards. Within spitting distance of Ata Rangi's other vineyards...
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Angélus co-owner de Boüard ‘certain of innocence’ in St-Emilion dispute
09 October 2018

Angélus co-owner Hubert de Boüard has rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing after it emerged that both he and Bordeaux négociant Philippe Castéjà were facing possible criminal charges relating to the renewal of the St-Emilion classification.Hubert de Boüard de Laforest. Court opens investigation into de Boüard and Castéjà but both deny wron...
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Vinexpo New York poised to take Manhattan on March 4-5 2019, returning to Javits Center
09 October 2018

Promotional featureOn the heels of its successful 2018 edition, Vinexpo New York will return to Manhattan March 4-5 2019, with more space, new events, and a prime, single-level location at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Vinexpo will return to New York in 2019. With more space and events...
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Corney & Barrow to supply Fulham FC
09 October 2018

Two of London’s oldest institutions, Fulham Football Club and wine merchant Corney & Barrow have signed a three-year partnership. Beginning this 2018/19 season, the deal will see the fine wine merchant supply a wide range of wines at the club’s home ground, Craven Cottage, beside the River Thames. Fulham’s chief revenue officer, Casper Stylsvig, said: “We were impresse...
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English wine and Welsh whisky available at The Wine & Spirits Show
09 October 2018

Guests at this year's Wine & Spirits Show, taking place this Friday and Saturday, can sample newly-released sparkling English rosé and three different Welsh whiskies from Penderyn. As part of this year's Wine & Spirits Show (12 and 13 October) guests can sample the latest releases in both wines and spirits, launched within the last 12 months. Joining those already announced will be...
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Vinexpo New York to return to Manhattan in 2019
09 October 2018

Following on from its 2018 show, Vinexpo New York will be heading back to Manhattan on 4 and 5 March next year, almost doubling in size and promising a schedule that includes new events and "unequalled" networking opportunities. The trade show will be returning to Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in March, giving wine professionals and "an unequalled opportunity" to network with top b...
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Simpsons Wine expects record harvest as volumes increase almost sevenfold
08 October 2018

Kent-based Simpsons Wine Estate is expecting to harvest 200 tonnes of grapes this year, up from just 30 tonnes harvested in 2016 and 2017, as co-owners Charles and Ruth Simpson warn that the shortage of winery space will is a "big issue" for English wine producers in 2018. [caption id="attachment_425826" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ruth and Charles Simpson.[/caption] The size and quality of...
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Oregon wineries rally round for Rogue Valley growers left high and dry
08 October 2018

Wineries in Willamette Valley have rallied round to support a number of growers in the south of the state who suddenly had contracts with a Californian producer cancelled late last month. Several wineries including Willamette Valley Vineyards, Laurel Ridge Winery and King Estate Winery either have already bought fruit or are planning to buy fruit from the afflicted growers in an effort to help the...
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Excessive duty ‘restricting growth’ of English wine industry
08 October 2018

A group of English winemakers have come together to call for a freeze on wine duty, which they argue is "excessively high" and unfairly restricting the industry's growth while damaging rural communities. Currently, 55% of an average priced bottle of wine sold in the off-trade is made up of tax and VAT. A planned 3.4% duty rise in this month's Budget would add another 7p on a bottle of still wine...
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Lausanne Best of Wine Tourism awards 2018
08 October 2018

Promotional featureSee the winners...Domaine de Burignon See the winners...
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Pol Roger releases 2018 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
08 October 2018

Champagne Pol Roger has released its 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, which it described as “the most investible Churchill we’ve ever made”, ahead of its release last year. [caption id="attachment_425798" align="alignleft" width="350"] 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business during a visit to the maison l...
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Unfiltered: Anne McHale MW, The Coral Room
08 October 2018

Anne McHale MW is wine consultant to The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London, part of the Doyle Collection, which is known for its focus on English sparkling wine with 30 available by the bottle and six rotating regularly by-the-glass. Fizz from Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Surrey, West Sussex and Worc...
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Jefford on Monday: Roussillon’s Three Js
08 October 2018

Andrew Jefford finds great winemaking near Maury.Julien (left) and Jacques Montagné with Justin Howard-Sneyd (centre). And 'the greatest Carignan wine I have ever tasted'...
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French Wine's Hybrid Dilemma
08 October 2018

 Genetic engineering could change the viticultural landscape.
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Wine Legend: Sandeman Vintage Port 1945
08 October 2018

What makes this Port a legend? Why it makes our hall of fame...
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Central Otago: Everything to know and wines to try
07 October 2018

One of the most southerly wine regions on the planet, New Zealand’s Central Otago is home to dramatic scenery and elegant Pinot Noir. Anne Krebiehl MW takes us on a tour and highlights the producers and wines you need to know...Lowburn Ferry wine estate in Central Otago. Our in-depth guide to this dramatic region and its wine estates...
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Hit Me With Your Best Shot
07 October 2018

 Neil Giraldo, husband of US rock singer Pat Benatar, counts himself into the whiskey industry..
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Steven Spurrier: What I’ve been drinking this month
06 October 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards... Fine wines for the cellar and to drink now...
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New Zealand's Most Expensive Wine
06 October 2018

 You may know New Zealand for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but you won't find any on this list.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2018

Diners who refuse to be open-minded about wine or won't let sommeliers do their jobs. Sommeliers who condescend to diners or push their own wine agendas. Servers who refuse to believe your wine is corked or use nails-on-a-chalkboard clichés. These are just a few of the pet peeves on all sides of the dining equation that can mar an otherwise delightful restaurant experience. We spoke to 14 s...
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Ten most improved Pomerol châteaux
06 October 2018

Here are 10 Pomerol châteaux that have shown significant improvement over the past 13 years, according to regular Decanter contributor Panos Kakaviatos...The vats at Château Petit-Village in Pomerol. Who's going places in this small Bordeaux appellation?...
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Tasting notes decoded: Hints of Turkish delight?
06 October 2018

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Decanter's design team. This week we decode 'Turkish delight'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Aymeric Pollenne crowned world’s best somm by Rôtisseurs
06 October 2018

French-born, London-based, Hide employee Aymeric Pollenne has been declared International Young Sommelier 2018 by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. [caption id="attachment_425734" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aymeric Pollenne (centre) with his winner's silver salver[/caption] Pollenne, who was declared the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Ye...
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Thailand’s biggest winery goes solar
06 October 2018

Thailand’s biggest winery Siam has entered a 20-year agreement with a Singapore-based solar company to install a rooftop solar system to cut down carbon dioxide emissions, the first Thai winery to do so. [caption id="attachment_425620" align="alignleft" width="500"] Solar panels (photos source: Cleantech Solar)[/caption] According to Cleantech Solar, the Singaporean company will install a 1...
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The Ivy owner to open restaurant with 24ft crystal statue at Selfridges
06 October 2018

Caprice Holdings, the restaurant group behind The Ivy, is to open a new restaurant inside London department store Selfridges next month called Brasserie of Light, with a 24ft crystal statue by British artist Damien Hirst taking centre stage. Set to open next month, the Art-Deco all-day brasserie will offer a menu of British classics and internationally-inspired dishes, with the kitchen helm...
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db meets: Francis Mallmann
06 October 2018

Born in Buenos Aires in 1956, having grown up in Patagonia, Argentine chef Francis Mallmann began his culinary career in Paris, where he learnt how to cook in some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Having won the Grand Prix de l'Art de la Cuisine in 1996 for an ambitious feast involving ten different dishes that made a hero of the humble potato (in a nod to his Andean roots), Ma...
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Family matters: 2014 Cardinale and Vérité releases
06 October 2018

Representatives from Jackson Family Wines made their annual visit to London in October for tastings of their impressive 2014 vintages of Cardinale and Vérité. Patrick Schmitt MW met them to discuss the releases. [caption id="attachment_425704" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The masterclass was held on 2 October at The Corinthia Hotel, and moderated by Patrick Schmitt MW[/caption]...
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Napa winery stuns Oregon with cancelled contracts
05 October 2018

A Californian winery has left a number of Oregon growers shocked and angry after it cancelled its contracts over claims of “smoke taint” almost on the eve of the harvest. Some 15 growers in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley had their contracts – with an overall value of US$4 million – cancelled by Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, leaving almost 2,000 tons of fruit to...
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The week in pictures
05 October 2018

This week marked the 10th anniversary and the launch of the first limited-edition bottle from Dan Ackroyd's vodka brand, Crystal Head. Designed by American artist John Alexander, it is inspired by Alexander's 1988 oil painting Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life which is on display in the Dallas Museum of Art. The 750ml bottle is available for $149.95 – dog not included. db's editor...
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The Apprentice star to reveal new venture at The Wine & Spirits Show
05 October 2018

A contestant currently battling it out with other hopefuls for a slice of Alan Sugar's fortune on BBC's The Apprentice will be presenting her Canadian icewine at The Wine & Spirits Show in London this month. [caption id="attachment_425660" align="alignleft" width="350"] Jackie Fast, with her Rebel Pi Ice Wine. Credit: Instagram, Jackie Fast[/caption] Jackie Fast, who is still in the running o...
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JF Hillebrand launches ‘milestone’ digital platform
05 October 2018

JF Hillebrand has announced the launch of a new digital customer platform, hailed by the company as a “major milestone in traditional freight forwarding” that allows users to track shipments from order placement to delivery. [caption id="attachment_425609" align="alignleft" width="500"] A sample of 'myHillebrand' app[/caption] The launch of the app called ‘myHillebrand’&nb...
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Japan: introducing a new frontier for fine wine
05 October 2018

Following a week long tour of Japan taking in key vine-growing regions Yamanashi, Nagano and Hokkaido, Patrick Schmitt MW brings a introduction to the fast-developing domestic Japanese wine industry. [caption id="attachment_425640" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Fumio Shonai at Suntory’s Tomi no Oka winery in Yamanashi, with Mt Fuji in the distance[/caption] Deep in the heart of Rioja at...
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Is it Taint, or Revenge?
05 October 2018

 Is the mass cancellation of Oregon grape contracts an exercise in smoke and mirrors?
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Unfiltered: Mariah Carey 'Might as Well Down this Caymus Bottle' in New Song 'GTFO'; Prosecco Tank Overflows in Viral Veneto Video (Wine Spectator)
05 October 2018

Mariah Carey is coming out with her first new album in four years, and it might be an ode to wine. The first song released, sassy break-up ballad "GTFO," describes Carey ditching a zero to get with a hero—a bottle of Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, specifically. In the song and accompanying video, the diva legend trills, wineglass in hand, that she "could've sworn you loved me harder...
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Bordeaux Magistrate Investigating St.-Emilion Wine Rankings (Wine Spectator)
05 October 2018

An investigating magistrate in Bordeaux has placed two well-known wine figures, Philippe Castéja, a négociant and owner of Château Trotte Vieille, and Hubert de Boüard, the former co-owner of Château Angélus and a consulting winemaker, under formal investigation for "prise illégale d'intérêt," which translates roughly as unlawfully taking a...
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Drinking to forget: Farewell to Africa
05 October 2018

As India was the jewel in the crown of Britain's old empire so was Algeria to France. Its oldest overseas territory, the birthplace of the Foreign Legion and with a huge wine industry vital to France's own. Yet as the de-colonialisation movement gathered pace in the post-Second World War world, the stage was set for a drama of shocking, bloody violence and worlds turned upside down. France had gra...
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‘Sicily is the undiscovered terroir for Syrah’
05 October 2018

Sicily holds largely unlocked potential for Syrah thinks veteran winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers, who has a new project on the Italian island. Speaking to the drinks business at the trade tasting of his new UK importers, Swig Wines, Vinding-Diers said he had first “ended up in Sicily on an old volcano” in 2005. Five years later, after a bit of tinkering in some local vineyards, a house...
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Final call for The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2018
05 October 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is now accepting final entries for The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2018 on 9 November, which will recognise and award the best companies, marketing campaigns and industry figures in the Asian market. Launched last year, The Drinks Business Asian Awards is the only business and trade orientated awards in Asia. Last year, the awardees included Castle Li, general manag...
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Chinese American entrepreneurs to build ‘China’s Napa’ with US$72m
05 October 2018

A delegate of Chinese American entrepreneurs will be pumping RMB 500 million (US$72.8 million) into turning a small town in China’s central Hubei province into ‘China’s Napa Valley’. [caption id="attachment_425475" align="alignleft" width="500"] Xishui county in Hubei province (photo credit: Hubei government)[/caption] According to Chinese media reports, the delegate led b...
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New Penfolds Collection rated: Grange 2014, St Henri 2015…
05 October 2018

Anthony Rose reports on the launch of the 2018 Penfolds Collection, an annual release of ageworthy reds and whites including the latest vintage of Grange... Top wines from the latest Penfolds Collection...
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Francis Mallmann to release his own wine range
04 October 2018

Argentine chef Francis Mallmann is planning to branch out from food into wine with his own range made at his vineyard in Mendoza's Uco Valley. [caption id="attachment_425488" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Never one to follow the crowd, Francis Mallmann has planted his vines in circles rather than rows[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business in London this week, where Mallmann is hosting a th...
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Mouton Cadet to double sales in China to hit five million bottles
04 October 2018

Veronique Hombroekx, the new managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s branded wines division, has ambitiously declared Mouton Cadet is aiming to double its annual sales in China to five million bottles. [caption id="attachment_425490" align="alignleft" width="427"] Veronique Hombroekx[/caption] One of the major French players in the global wine trade with worldwide sales of over...
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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC pulls out all the stops at The Wine & Spirits Show
04 October 2018

With just under eight days to go until The Wine & Spirits Show, the new Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has announced that it will be holding a masterclass at the show, focusing on the "revolution of Italian-style Pinot Grigio". Launched by the team that brought you The City Wine Show, the Wine Show Chelsea and Spirited London, The Wine & Spirits Show will bring together the best wine and s...
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Woodford Reserve launches $1,500 Bourbon
04 October 2018

Revered Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve is hoping to take the category to new heights with the launch of a $1,500 expression finished in Cognac casks. Housed in a Baccarat crystal bottle, the Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is a travel retail exclusive and won’t go on sale in duty free stores until next May. “We are launching this luxury product in travel retail because sophisticat...
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Nobel Prize recipient to spend almost £3,000 of winnings on Champagne
04 October 2018

Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Sir Gregory Winter, who was named the joint-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry yesterday, has vowed to spend £2,793 of his winnings on Champagne and re-engineering his moat. The three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry were named yesterday and among them was British scientist Sir Gregory Winter. Winter is master of Trinity College, Camb...
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Dandelyan named world’s best bar, days after announcing closure
04 October 2018

London’s Dandelyan has been bagged the number one  spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2018, just days after it announced it was to close its doors four years after opening. [caption id="attachment_381807" align="alignleft" width="350"] The Arsenic Waltz at Dandelyan – inspired by ‘lust’, featuring Tapatio Blanco, sour pear, long pepper and cucumber honey[/ca...
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Cycling in Tuscany: Exploring Chianti country by bike
04 October 2018

Touring by bicycle is an ideal way to explore Chianti country. Gregor Brown of Cycling Weekly recommends an itinerary – and the best places to stop off for authentic food and wine In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®.Credit: Jesse Wild / Alamy An insider guide...
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Bordeaux 2000 vs 2001: How the top wines taste now
04 October 2018

Bordeaux 2000 met with more immediate acclaim but how have the vintages aged? Jane Anson held a re-tasting of wines from five top names, including Haut-Brion and Angélus, at 67 Pall Mall in London. Haut-Brion 2000 was a particular highlight of the tasting. Which vintage has aged the best? A re-tasting...
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Oregon Takes Aim at California Winery Making Oregon Pinot Noir (Wine Spectator)
04 October 2018

Wine labels are legally required to identify where the grapes were grown. But can they name a viticultural area if the winery is located in a different state? That’s one of the issues being raised in a controversy facing California vintner Joe Wagner and Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. The dustup centers on two of Wagner’s Oregon brands, Elouan and Willametter Journal, which are made w...
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Decanter’s content director shares his wish list for the upcoming Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
04 October 2018

With less than four weeks to go until our flagship event, Decanter’s content director, John Stimpfig, shares his tasting wish list and top wines to look out for. I am already eagerly looking ahead to next month’s massive Decanter Fine Wine Encounter weekend at the Landmark Hotel on
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First taste: Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines rated
04 October 2018

John Stimpfig gives his views on Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines, including single vineyard bottlings, and interviews Gaia Gaja herself at an event hosted by Armit Wines in London. Gaja Barbaresco wine in barrels. Including single vineyard bottlings...
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Bonhams breaks whisky world record again
04 October 2018

Bonhams has once again broken the record for Scotch whisky sold at auction, with the sale of a 1926 Macallan which went for over £800,000 when sold in Edinburgh today. The bottle of The Macallan 1926 60 year old with a label by Valerio Adami was sold in Edinburgh today (3 October) for £848,750. This beats the record set by Bonhams in Hong Kong earlier this year when a bottle of the sa...
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SIAL announces drinks innovation award winners
04 October 2018

SIAL has announced its Innovation Awards winners, including a gin distilled with olives, as it gears up for its show in Paris later this month featuring 7,020 companies from more than 109 countries. The events company reported a 10% rise in the number of new product entrants into its Innovation Awards. With a total of 2,355 entries, 801 finalists were short-listed in 3 categories: product sec...
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Marks & Spencer adds Lanson Black Label to range
04 October 2018

Marks & Spencer has added Champagne house Lanson's Black label to its sparkling wine range, it has been announced. The Black Label Champagne will be on the shelves of 550 Marks & Spencer branches nationwide from Wednesday 3 October. Emma Dawson MW, Marks & Spencer wine buyer, said: “We are delighted to have Champagne Lanson’s Black Label Brut NV added to our growing Cham...
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2018 harvest in New Zealand was ‘fast and furious’
04 October 2018

The 2018 harvest in New Zealand was “fast and furious” as winemakers battled to get their grapes off the vines before the rain hit, according to Seresin’s chief winemaker, Tamra Kelly-Washington. Speaking to the drinks business during a lunch in London hosted at estate owner Michael Seresin’s house, Kelly-Washingon revealed that despite the speed of the harvest, she is ha...
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Will students save the drinks industry after Brexit?
04 October 2018

Hospitality workers are fleeing the country, while salaries are on the rise as Brexit looms, but our break from the EU could have a positive effect on the industry's reputation. [caption id="attachment_425369" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Is bartending about to get an academic reputation?[/caption] Since the referendum result was first announced in 2016, bars and restaurants have been in turm...
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Sailing the South of France: From Collioure to Nice
04 October 2018

From Nice to Marseille, Lu Heikell of Yachting Monthly gives you a guide to cruising the coastline of the French Riviera... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. A view from Cap Ferrat on the Côte d'Azur. The best way to do it...
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Pink to release her first wines under Two Wolves label
04 October 2018

Pop star turned winemaker Pink has revealed that she will be releasing her first commercial wines under the label Two Wolves, having bought an 10-hectare vineyard in Los Olivos, north of Santa Barbara, five years ago. [caption id="attachment_368367" align="alignleft" width="513"] (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)[/caption] Pink revealed her passion for wine and vinegrowing last year in a podcast pr...
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Singapore to host World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in 2019
03 October 2018

Singapore has been chosen as the first Asian city to host the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in 2019, after previous editions in Bilbao, Melbourne and New York. The choice cements Singapore's status as a culinary centre in Asia. Almost one in five of the restaurants listed in the 2018 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are based in Singapore, according to the organiser. The awa...
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DFS kicks off inaugural craft festival
03 October 2018

DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is hosting its first ever Craft Festival at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, allowing travellers to taste and experience over 73 craft gins, whiskies and beer brands with producers from around the world. During the six-week festival which lasts from 21 September to 31 October, each of the weekends throughout the festi...
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Broadland adds to sales team
03 October 2018

Broadland Wineries has appointed Matthew Vowles as its national account manager, adding someone with experience with big brands to its sales force. Vowles joins from Treasury Wine Estates where he was business manager working on Blossom Hill, Wolf Blass, Lindemans and 19 Crimes. His appointment follows that of Liz Cobbold in April. She joined as senior brand manager having held similar senior pos...
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Michigan votes to ban cannabis-infused drinks
03 October 2018

With increasing number of industry players announcing interest in cannabis, Michigan has voted to ban all cannabis-infused drinks in a pre-emptive move should the state legalise marijuana for recreational use next month. The legislation, which was approved by the state house yesterday (2 October) with a 101-4 vote, is expected to gain the signature of the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder. If g...
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Finding Vino in Disney's Magical Kingdom
03 October 2018

 Disneyland is about to get even more magical by serving alcohol for the very first time.
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Health Watch: Consistent, Moderate Drinking Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk (Wine Spectator)
03 October 2018

Studies have shown that it's not just the amount of alcohol we drink that influences our heart health, but also how frequently we drink it. And a recent meta-analysis on the relationship between alcohol and coronary heart disease (CHD) supports this claim, finding that those who consumed alcohol in moderation on a consistent basis were least likely to suffer a heart attack.The analysis, carried ou...
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Concern on Santorini as Assyrtiko grape prices rocket
03 October 2018

Assyrtiko grape prices on Santorini have spiked this year, leading to concerns among some producers that the Greek island could lose out in the market. Some producers have questioned whether the basket-shaped vine training method for Assyrtiko on Santorini should be continued, in the face of low yields. Price rises prompt calls for island-wide plan...
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Top whisky deals
03 October 2018

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting whiskies from around the world. We've rounded up some of the top whisk(e)y deals below. Credit: les polders / Alamy See our round-up of offers...
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Wine sweetness: navigate your way through
03 October 2018

Wine labels can be confusing when it comes to indicating how sweet a wine will taste. But help is at hand, as Matt Walls offers some useful pointers to help you navigate the space between sweet and dry... Gauging the sweetness of some wines can be a tricky issue. With suggestions for wines to try...
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Learn about Vodka
03 October 2018

What is Vodka? Vodka is a colourless spirit composed primarily of water and ethanol. It is a distilled beverage that
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Michigan Court Overturns Ban on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping (Wine Spectator)
03 October 2018

After two years of legal volleys, lawyers challenging restrictions on wine direct shipping notched an important victory on Sept. 28. A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that the state's prohibition on direct-to-consumer wine shipping from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional. If the ruling stands, Michigan residents will be able to purchase wine from stores anywhere in the country and have...
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Fine wine inches along in September
03 October 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index nudged along a slight 0.08% in September but with Bordeaux and Burgundy labels to the fore.
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Guinness World Records declares World’s Highest Vineyard
03 October 2018

The Guinness Book of World Records has declared a vineyard in Tibet to be the highest in the world, beating even vines planted in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina.
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Final call for Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 entries
03 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 15 October.
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Chef accused of stabbing colleague appears in court
03 October 2018

A chef accused of the attempted murder of one of his colleagues at a restaurant in the Ballyhackamore area of Belfast has been refused bail after appearing in Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday. 
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Should the UK government ban restaurants from taking staff tips?
03 October 2018

We've rounded up the reactions from the general public and hospitality industry in the aftermath of the announcement that the government intends to ban restaurants from taking a percentage of their staff's tips.
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London’s new Michelin stars revealed
02 October 2018

Six new London restaurants were awarded a Michelin star last night at the unveiling of the 2019 Michelin guide to the UK, while Clare Smyth’s Core in Notting Hill scooped two stars off the bat.
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BBR adds coffee liqueur to own-label spirits range
02 October 2018

London fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has expanded its own-label spirits range further with the addition of a coffee liqueur, tapping into a growing trend for caffeinated cocktails. 
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Gordon Ramsay to open his third restaurant in Hong Kong
02 October 2018

After celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen was forced to relocate from Central, the British chef is planning his third restaurant venture in Hong Kong with Maze Grill, the first opening of the acclaimed contemporary steakhouse outside of London.
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English National Opera ‘bans’ water after vodka smuggling problems
02 October 2018

The English National Opera (ENO) has reinforced its ban on unsealed water bottles and other food and drink items after chief executive Stuart Murphy highlighted the problems caused by "people decanting vodka into water bottles".
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Escaped racehorse walks into a French bar
02 October 2018

Patrons of a sports bar north of Paris last week were startled to find a runaway racehorse coming in to join them.
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Saint-Émilion Classification in the Gun Again
02 October 2018

 The controversial 2012 ranking has taken another turn with two big Bordeaux names under investigation.
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‘World’s highest vineyard’ is in Tibet, says Guinness World Records
02 October 2018

Vines in Tibet sitting at more than 3,500 metres above sea level have been recognised by Guinness World Records as constituting the highest vineyard in the world.Grapes from the 'world's highest vineyard' in Tibet. Tibet home to world's highest vineyard, says Guinness World Records...
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How the Tuscany 2018 vintage is shaping up
02 October 2018

Ella Lister, founder of Wine Lister, reports on a three-day tour of Tuscany to gauge the mood among Chianti Classico, 'Super Tuscan' and Brunello di Montalcino producers.Sorting grapes for Chianti Classico 2018 wines at Fontodi. A Super Tuscan vintage?...
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Top Barolo 2008 wines: Panel tasting results
02 October 2018

The best wines showed a distinct personality, and there were few disappointments in this 63-strong panel tasting. Subscribe to Decanter Premium to read the full report, including tasting notes & scores from our three judges... Five wines rated 'outstanding' by our judges...
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Bleeding Heart to hold dinner with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s winemaker
02 October 2018

London restaurant group Bleeding Heart is holding a dinner with Marc Perrin, winemaker at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Provence estate Château Miraval, at The Don, where guests can also sample Château de Beaucastel 2000.
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Paul Symington to step down as chairman after 40 years
02 October 2018

Paul Symington is stepping down from his role as chairman and joint managing director of his family's Port business, Symington Family Estates, at the end of this year after four decades.
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The London Cocktail Week 2018 bucketlist
02 October 2018

We've rounded up our pick of the pop-ups and parties you need to seek out this year, based on the biggest trends in London's bar scene right now.
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E&J Gallo not ruling out move into marijuana
02 October 2018

Californian wine giant E&J Gallo is not actively pursuing a foothold in the burgeoning cannabis market, unlike some of its global drinks competitors, but hasn't ruled it out entirely, according to its vice president of winemaking, Scott Kozel.
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Mas d’en Gil achieves vi de finca classification
02 October 2018

As Priorat estate Mas d’en Gil marks its 150th anniversary, it has also announced that two of its wines have been classified as new “Vins de Finca” by Priorat DOQ regulatory board and the Catalan Institute of Vines and Wines.
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Tikveš Winery: A beacon of Balkan excellence
02 October 2018

Promotional featureKratošija, Vranec and Republic of Macedonia are not names usually associated with world-class wines – until now....The Tikves vineyards in Barovo region. The tale of Tikveš Barovo...
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The World of Tinazzi
02 October 2018

Promotional feature50 years of Italian expertise, from Veneto to Puglia..Gian Andrea Tinazzi with his children, Giorgio and Francesca 50 years of Italian expertise, from Veneto to Puglia..
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London’s Dandelyan bar to close after four years
01 October 2018

Dandelyan, Ryan Chetiyawardana’s acclaimed botany-inspired bar housed within the Mondrian Hotel, is closing its doors after four years in business which saw it crowned the world’s best cocktail bar last year.
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Kanonkop sets new record at Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
01 October 2018

The 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was held in Stellenbosch over the weekend, making R 10 million in total and with a new record set for a red wine.
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This is the UK’s best pub for cider drinkers, according to CAMRA
01 October 2018

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the UK's best pub for cider drinkers — a converted Blockbuster in Bournemouth.
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Crus Bourgeois announce 2016 selection
01 October 2018

The official selection for the 2016 vintage of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has been announced, with 270 châteaux included.
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Beckham buys London pub with Guy Ritchie for £3m
01 October 2018

Former footballer David Beckham has bought a London pub for £3m with film director Guy Ritchie, with plans to give its  "Soho House-style" makeover".
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Jefford on Monday: Wanderers in search of a path
01 October 2018

Andrew Jefford meets two pioneers of international varieties in northern Catalonia.Terra Remota vineyards in Empordà. The wines cannot be labelled Empordà DO because the estate uses grape varieties outside of the DO rules. Remember the names, says Andrew Jefford...
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Inside 67 Pall Mall
01 October 2018

Promotional featureThe first new St. James’s club in over a century...67 Pall Mall The first new St. James’s club in over a century...
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Court Battle Crucial for Interstate Wine Shipping
01 October 2018

 A court ruling could see the whole of the US embrace interstate wine-buying by 2020.
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What’s hot in Adelaide Hills: New styles and wines to try
30 September 2018

How changing conditions are allowing producers to develop fresh styles and character in this idyllic corner of South Australia.Vineyards in Summertown, Adelaide Hills. Huon Hooke on the latest styles emerging from this highly regarded region...
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Can wine really have ‘bottle shock’ after travel? – Ask Decanter
30 September 2018

Is it true that a wine can suffer from 'bottle shock' after travel? Is there any science behind it?...
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Good value red Burgundy: 32 wines to seek out
29 September 2018

You can easily spend a small fortune on a bottle of Côte d’Or Pinot Noir if you so desire, but you don’t have to. Here are 32 best buys... You don't have to re-mortgage your house for good Burgundy...
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Top Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon: Panel tasting results
29 September 2018

Thirty-five wines were 'highly recommended' by our expert panel following this blind tasting. See the full report, and tasting notes for all wines, below. Vineyards stretching out across Stellenbosch. See our expert panel's favourite wines...
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Do We Really Need Another Bordeaux Category?
29 September 2018

 All new sub-divisions of Cru Bourgeois could hinder rather than help.
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Could the Supreme Court Strike Down Bans on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping? (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2018

While the nation's eyes were focused on Senate hearings on a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, a few blocks away, the eight current justices were deciding to hear a case that could potentially change how consumers buy wine. The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd during its next session. The justices will decide wh...
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Top California Cabernet 2015 wines: Full vintage report
29 September 2018

A surprisingly uniform vintage across the region, with smaller volumes but exceptional quality if you know where to look. Linda Murphy selects the best wines following a series of tastings for Decanter magazine and Premium subscribers...See Linda Murphy's favourite California Cabernet 2015 wines. Top buys from the 2015 vintage...
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Ehrmanns partners with Rioja winery Bodegas Palacio
28 September 2018

London-based wine supplier Ehrmanns has expanded its Spanish portfolio, partnering with Rioja winery Bodegas Palacio and becoming the exclusive UK agent for its Glorioso and Cosme Palacio wines.
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Master sommeliers to open private members club for the trade
28 September 2018

Master Sommeliers Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset are to open Trade, a members’ club for the hospitality industry, in Soho next month, offering membership for as little as £100 a year.
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Unfiltered: Melanie Brown, The Providores and NZ Wine Cellar
28 September 2018

Melanie Brown, wine buyer for New Zealand restaurant The Providores and the founder of independent retailer The NZ Cellar, on learning to use a corkscrew, dreams of Anthony Bourdain, and how a bottle of Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay cemented her love of wine.
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2018 vintage in Sonoma ‘world-class’, says Christopher Jackson
28 September 2018

Vintners across Sonoma County are in awe of the quality of this year’s harvest so far, with Christopher Jackson declaring the vintage ‘world-class’.
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Global Masters winners and Moldovan wine on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
28 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced further exhibitors for its event in October, including nine wines from Moldova, a Spanish brandy and a selection of award winning wines from the Global Masters Series. 
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Cannabis sparkling wine being developed
28 September 2018

As cannabis becomes legal in Canada next month, the rush to produce cannabis-laced drinks is on and a sparkling wine infused with the drug is in development.
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Could Ontario privatise LCBO?
28 September 2018

The parlous financial state of Ontario has led to the suggestion that the local government generate money by selling off provincial business enterprises including liquor monopoly LCBO.
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WATCH: Trailer for The Three Drinkers’ Amazon Prime TV series lands
28 September 2018

The first trailer for Amazon Prime TV series the The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky has landed online ahead of the show's launch this November.
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Lidl’s latest French Wine Tour collection
28 September 2018

Decanter's tasting team selects great value Lidl wines after tasting the latest French Wine Tour range... The best of Lidl's new French wine collection...
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Obituary: Nicholas Faith
28 September 2018

The eminent authority on Cognac, writer and journalist, Nicholas Faith, has died aged 84.
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Venice considering alcohol ban
28 September 2018

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world – Venice – is considering banning alcohol consumption in the streets in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour.
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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2018: Ten wines to look out for
28 September 2018

The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place on Saturday 29 September 2018. Following a preview tasting of the wines in Berry Bros & Rudd's Sussex Cellar in London, here are 10 wines worth watching out for...Bidding at the 2015 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction How the wines were showing at a pre-auction tasting...
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Rioja renegades: 10 producers writing their own rules
28 September 2018

In this sneak preview of the latest Decanter magazine issue, Sarah Jane Evans MW selects the 10 most influential free spirits of Rioja... López de Heredia wine barrels in Haro, Rioja. Free spirits of Rioja and wines to look for...
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Australia's Most Expensive Wines
28 September 2018

 Some of Australia's most famous wines are being outstripped by less-familiar names, when it comes to price.
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Unfiltered: Long-Dead Napa Winemakers Come to Life in St. Helena Cemetery; Paranormal Activity at 'Ghost Winery' (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

On Sunday, beloved Napa wine-industry pioneers like Jacob Schram and Charles Krug briefly rose from their graves and walked among the living, brought back to life not by sorcery, witchcraft or other interventionist methods, but by the spirit of historical celebration through reenactment, and a touch of dramatic flair. The annual "Spirits of St. Helena Cemetery Discovery Walk," put on by the St. He...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Spiced, Roasted Cauliflower Tagine with Chickpeas, Golden Raisins and Olives (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

When’s the last time you whipped up a tagine? If the answer is “never,” don’t panic. “For the novice tagine-maker, I would say, first of all, don’t be afraid. If you can make a soup or stew, then you can certainly make this,” Perry Hendrix, chef of Avec in Chicago, assures us. The very name “tagine,” as he points out, roughly translated from Ar...
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Prime Wine Restaurants in the Pacific Northwest (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the United States’ best wine regions—and some of its best wine restaurants. All 70 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners across Washington and Oregon contribute to the thriving wine scene in this corner of the country, but these 12 stand out. From classic fine-dining experiences to casual neighborhood joints and an underground concert venue, t...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Caffe Aldo Lamberti (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

Naples native Aldo Lamberti brings the influences of his Italian childhood to Cherry Hill, N.J., with Caffe Aldo Lamberti. The chef-owner grew up in the seaside town of Monte di Procida and had his first restaurant job at 13, when his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and opened a pizzeria. At 27, Lamberti returned to Italy to hone his culinary skills before traveling back to the United States and s...
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Turning Tables: Denver Grand Award Barolo Grill Opens New Pasta Spot (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

Denver Grand Award Winner Opens Casual SpinoffThis month, the team behind newly minted Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Barolo Grill in Denver opened a casual pasta spot downtown. The new Chow Morso Osteria is replacing Chow Morso, a fixture of North Denver's Avanti Food and Beverage food hall for the past two years; the team will be closing that location in October.Owner and wine director Ryan F...
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Vinexpo Explorer heads to Beaujolais in 2019
27 September 2018

Vinexpo is going to Beaujolais next year for the third chapter of its Explorer concept, which sees buyers taken to a region for two days of tastings and meetings.
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Top sommelier to host Argentine wine masterclasses across the UK
27 September 2018

Paz Levinson, executive head sommelier for acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic's restaurant group, is hosting three trade masterclass across the UK featuring 16 of the best wines from Argentina. 
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Mr Fogg’s to open distillery in heart of London
27 September 2018

The Inception Group, founders of the popular Mr Fogg’s themed bars, is to open a gin distillery in the City of London inspired by Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, Aouda.
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NHS trial scheme cuts alcohol-related admissions by half
27 September 2018

An NHS Trust has found that it drastically reduced alcohol-related admissions and saved £250,000 when it identified and helped the most at-risk patients in a scheme which could be rolled out across the UK.
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WSET London school appoints new principal
27 September 2018

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed Richard Harding as the new principal of its flagship London school in Bermondsey.
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UK university vineyard declares bumper crop
27 September 2018

The Royal Agricultural University’s vineyard has announced its biggest and best harvest since it was planted in 2010.
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Chapel Down to open London gin bar and restaurant as sales rise 15%
27 September 2018

English drinks producer Chapel Down is to open a bar, restaurant and 'gin works' in King's Cross as the company announces that its year-on-year sales have risen by 15% to £5.72m in the six months to 30 June 2018. 
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5 cities with the highest number of bars in the world
27 September 2018

While it's not advisable to plan a holiday around the amount of drinking you plan to accomplish, it can be inevitable.
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UK plans for independent GI scheme in ‘no deal’ Brexit
27 September 2018

The UK will introduce its own geographical indication (PGI) and protected designation of origin (PDO) schemes in event of no-deal Brexit, a government guidance note has revealed.
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Tovaritch on-track for 105 awards
27 September 2018

Vodka brand Tovaritch has been listed as a finalist in the Best Light Spirit of the Year category at the Australian Liquor Industry Awards. 
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Château la Tour de By: Classic claret for the dinner table
27 September 2018

A tasting of Tour de By vintages stretching from 2000 to 2017 reveals a classic Bordeaux wine that can more than hold its own on the dinner table, despite not coming from one of the Médoc's star appellations. Vineyards at Château la Tour de By, around the former lighthouse tower that is a symbol for the estate. Tasting every vintage from 2000 to the 2017 barrel sample...
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Rating Italy's Wine Harvest
27 September 2018

 Growers give their feedback on the highs and lows of the vintage throughout the country.
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Italy's Oddero Winery Adds to Its Prestigious Collection of Barolo Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

Italy's Podere & Cantine Oddero has added to its already impressive lineup of vineyards with the purchase of 1.8 acres in the Monvigliero cru in the Barolo region. The price was not disclosed.Isabella Oddero told Wine Spectator that an agreement to purchase the parcel was made in July 2017. It won't be finalized under Italian law until the end of 2019, but because Oddero took possession of the par...
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Turning Tables & Unfiltered Go to the Ballgame: City Winery Opens All-Star Wine Bar for Wine-Starved Yankees Fans (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

Yankees home-game attendees will have noticed something new pop up this season at Yankee Stadium: a wine bar from City Winery, the restaurant, urban winery and entertainment venue chain that includes Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Nashville, but calls the original Manhattan outpost home field. The stadium bar opened Aug. 27 for the last stretch of the Major...
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Chef Talk: Chantel Dartnall's South African Wine and Food Fantasia (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

In 2006, chef Chantel Dartnall opened Restaurant Mosaic at her family's Orient Hotel on a nature reserve outside Pretoria in South Africa's Crocodile River Valley as a showcase for the European techniques and cuisine she had honed in Michelin-starred kitchens in the United Kingdom. But her surroundings—nearly 700 acres of "the most pristine nature you can imagine" in the Francolin Conservanc...
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Private Cellars: Director's Cut (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

When Lev Spiro began receiving residuals from his work in film and television, he did what any enterprising young director would do—invest in Bordeaux futures. "My wife said, ‘You're crazy!' " he says, laughing. "Of course, she's changed her tune on that."Like a self-financed cult film, Spiro's initial outlay has enjoyed a long tail, paying dividends to its creator 15 years down...
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Camouflage artist plays hide and seek at Ruinart
26 September 2018

Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin, known as ‘The Invisible Man’, played an epic game of hide and seek at Champagne house Ruinart. Can you spot him among the vines?
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Two rare beer labels sell for over £1,200 on eBay
26 September 2018

Two rare beer labels from brews produced in Burton-on-Trent recently sold for a combined total of £1,239.54 on eBay, attracting 26 hopeful bidders between them.
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8 people you see at every wine show
26 September 2018

Ahead of our Wine & Spirits Show this October, we spoke to drinks journalists, marketing teams, sommeliers and industry folk working their own trade shows to find out the characters who stick in their heads after every event
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Axe-throwing bar has alcohol license suspended
26 September 2018

A leisure complex at which patrons are invited to throw a battle axe at targets had its alcohol licence suspended for one day after an investigation deemed its health and safety procedures to be inadequate. 
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In focus: Tequila trends
26 September 2018

The Tequila market is one of the most exiting in the spirits world. Producers are being snapped up for huge sums, and brands are enjoying incredible growth. But with this upsurge in demand comes pressure on raw materials, writes Lauren Eads.
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Nyetimber launches £175 rosé to rival Champagne
26 September 2018

English sparkling wine estate Nyetimber has launched a prestige cuvée rosé priced at an ambitious £175 a bottle in a bid to compete with top-end Champagnes, making it the most expensive English fizz on the market.
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University creates botanical library to aid gin producers
26 September 2018

Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, known for its brewing and distilling department, is creating a botanical library to help gin producers create new releases and boost their exports. 
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Shepherd Neame looks to growth in home counties as profits rise to £11.8 million
26 September 2018

Kent-based pub chain Shepherd Neame posted a 5% rise in profits over the 53 weeks to 30 June 2018, following a year of ramped-up operations in a number of key sites in London and south-east England.
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wine2wine 2018 dates and schedule announced
26 September 2018

The 2018 wine2wine forum is due to be held at the Veronafiere Congress Centre on 26 and 27 November with a line-up including CEO of Krug, Maggie Henriquez, Sarah Heller MW and president of GuildSomm, Geoff Kruth MS.
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Alcohol consumption among teens continues to fall
26 September 2018

England has seen a dramatic decrease in drinking among adolescents compared to many other European countries, according to new research conducted by the World Health Organisation and led by the University of St Andrews.
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Learn about Gin
26 September 2018

Gin is a clear spirit that is made by distilling fermented grain and a number of other botanicals, one of which by law must be juniper. We take a closer look at Gin, how it's made and the essential facts. Gin What is Gin? Gin is a clear spirit that is made by distilling fermented grain and a number of
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Nyetimber launches top-level English sparkling wines to rival best of Champagne
26 September 2018

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has announced a new range named ‘1086’, which will only be produced in certain vintages and will be priced at the level of several 'prestige cuvee' Champagnes. The Nyetimber 1086 white and rosé bottles. New '1086' range launched...
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Best London restaurants in 2018: A wine lover’s guide
26 September 2018

Discover the restaurants with the best wine lists in town, as Fiona Sims shares her top 10... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Bob Bob Ricard The best wine lists in town...
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China's Wine Industry Gets Serious
26 September 2018

 It's well known for its taste for international wines, but China's domestic scene is growing too.
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Sonoma County Wine Auction Reaches New Heights, Raising $5.7 Million (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2018

The Sonoma County Wine Auction is an annual chance for vintners to help those in need and celebrate the region's bounty. But this year, the need for help was close to home—the event focused on rebuilding efforts following last October's devastating wine-country wildfires. Attendees responded by bidding generously for a collection of world-class wine experiences at the live auction on Saturda...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Butternut Squash Noodle Shrimp "Pad Thai" with a French White Wine (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Here we have a rare gem of a dish: Not only is it fast and easy, but you can load up your plate because it’s also quite healthy. I love pad thai, but some take-out versions can be packed with calories, f...
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Cru bourgeois and the new order
26 September 2018

Panos Kakaviatos looks at plans for the return to a tiered system in 2020 and discovers why opinions are still divided today in Bordeaux. This article was first published in a free Bordeaux 2018 supplement alongside Decanter magazine's July issue of the same year. It is now available online to Premium subscribers, with the cru bourgeois 'class of 2016' being named this week, .Cru Bourgeois to get...
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Ryan Reynolds signs Aviation Gin deal with Sir Richard Branson
26 September 2018

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds have announced a partnership that will see Reynold's Aviation American Gin served on Virgin Atlantic flights.
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iDealwine update: Cream of the Crop
25 September 2018

In the first six months of the year there have been some interesting sales for iDealwine. Here, we highlight the best sellers so far in 2018
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Ruinart returns to art fair with ‘disappearing’ artist
25 September 2018

Champagne Ruinart is continuing its support for the Frieze Art Fair in London for the third consecutive year while at the same time presenting a series of Champagne-themed works by the Chinese artists Liu Bolin.
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Chablis harvest 2018 best since 1998
25 September 2018

This year's Chablis harvest in northern Bourgogne is expected to provide some relief to the French winegrowing region after "two difficult years."
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Oregon report highlights on-going growth
25 September 2018

The 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report has found that the state increased the number of wineries and vineyards planted last year and saw sales hit new highs.
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Learn about Whisky
25 September 2018

As a spirits category whisky is incredibly diverse with several sub-divisions of style, flavour and general appeal, based on the method and country or specific region of manufacture. We take a closer look at whisky, how it's made and the essential facts. Whisky Whisk(e)y is a type of distilled alcohol beverage made from any grain-based product, fermented, distilled and generally matured in …...
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Echo Falls is launching a Prosecco — here’s why
25 September 2018

Prosecco might be on a downward trajectory in the UK, but this will pave the way for brands like Echo Falls to make an impact with consumers, according to Euromonitor's drinks analyst.
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In focus: The rise of cannabis drinks
25 September 2018

As Canada prepars to legalise cannabis next month, weed is coming into the mainstream, and the drinks industry must decide whether this is a threat to its livelihood or a budding opportunity. Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates.
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Usain Bolt to open London restaurant
25 September 2018

Having hung up his trainers, Jamaican sprinter and all-round entertainer Usain Bolt is to open a rum-focused restaurant in London’s Liverpool Street next month.
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Aldi to sell six-litre bottle of Prosecco for £80
25 September 2018

UK supermarket Aldi has announced plans to sell a six-litre Methuselah of Prosecco for Christmas at £80 a bottle.
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Unfiltered: Honey Spencer, Nuala
25 September 2018

Sommelier at London hotspot Nuala explains how a sick sommelier helped get her start in wine, why Trousseau is her marmite grape, and how the earth stopped turning upon tasting a certain Champagne while backpacking in New Zealand.  
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The Dark Knight Rescues Vineyards
25 September 2018

 A once feared and misunderstood creature is making its presence felt in vineyards around the world.
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Somm 3 film review: How it compares to the first two
25 September 2018

The third instalment of the Somm film series looks at some of the people who have played a major role in shaping the wine industry we know today. Below is a report from the premiere in Napa. Somm 3 is set for release later this year. Looking at the people who shaped the wine world...
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First taste: Clos des Goisses 2009 new release
25 September 2018

Simon Field MW reports from an preview tasting of the Clos des Goisses 2009 and Juste Rosé 2007 vintage Champagnes, with tasting notes available exclusively to Premium subscribers.Credit: Mark Kelly / Alamy How the 2009 vintage is shaping up...
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Spanish wine giant Félix Solís to launch NZ Sauvignon
24 September 2018

Keen to capitalise on global drinking trends, Spanish wine giant Félix Solís is to launch a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the UK this year under its popular Pulpo brand.
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Felton Road: Biodynamics takes seven years to be reflected in vineyard
24 September 2018

While the conversion process typically takes three years, Blair Walter, winemaker at New Zealand's Felton Road, believes vines require seven years to fully reflect the change to biodynamics, with the resulting wines becoming "more expressive of their site". 
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Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald’s are all striking together
24 September 2018

Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald's are planning a co-ordinated day of striking next month over wages, just weeks after the pub chain posted 'record' profits in its annual results.
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 winners revealed
24 September 2018

See all of the medal winners at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards...Gold medal winners at DAWA 2018 with labels hidden. Full results just published...
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Meat maestro Mallmann makes London debut at Cut
24 September 2018

Argentine meat maestro Francis Mallmann will make his London debut next month at a three-day pop-up held at Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse Cut at 45 Park Lane.
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Torres opens new winery in Costers del Segre DO
24 September 2018

Spanish wine producer Familia Torres has opened a new winery in Costers del Segre dedicated to its Purgatori wine, with the Garnacha and Cariñena harvest for the 2018 vintage of this label now underway.
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Maine investigates restaurant that gives lobsters pre-boil marijuana
24 September 2018

Following news last week about a restaurant giving cannabis to crustaceans, officials in the state of Maine are now investigating the procedure with the restaurant reportedly halting production of its 'smoked lobster'. 
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Léoville Barton trading at new highs
24 September 2018

Four vintages of Léoville Barton have hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange over the last month. Is it a label on the move?
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California is the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants
24 September 2018

California has become the first US state to enforce a ban on restaurants handing out plastic straws to diners unless specifically requested, in a move lawmakers hope will make customers "pause and think again" about their own impact on the environment.
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Fine wine investment: The ‘It’ factor
24 September 2018

While the majority of both Left and Right Bank vintages have risen roughly in line with the Liv-ex 100, the ‘Second Wines’ have become a law unto themselves but while Petit Mouton soars above the others, Forts de Latour has struggled.
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Jefford on Monday: PDOs and the Brexit crisis
24 September 2018

Andrew Jefford analyses the reasons why Britain is trying to back-track on its place-name agreements. How far will UK go on trade barriers after Brexit? Analysing the UK stance on protected wine names...
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Champagne Hails Harvest of the Century
24 September 2018

 After a disappointing season last year, growers and producers are bullish about the 2018 harvest.
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Vinexp宣布2019年展览会将升级场地和增加新重点
23 September 2018

第二十届波尔多葡萄酒暨烈酒展览会(Vinexpo) 将会在来年五月举办,日前主办方公布了展览会一系列新主题。
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这些是全球旅游零售中最受欢迎的起泡葡萄酒
23 September 2018

随着普洛赛克(Prosecco)继续快速发展以及生产商开始采用法国同行的品牌战略,起泡酒品牌波特嘉(Bottega)被IWSR全球旅游零售指数(Global Travel Retail index)评为第二最受欢迎的起泡酒。
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法国总统首次向公众开放总统酒窖
23 September 2018

法国爱丽舍宫(Elysée)的总统酒窖已正式向公众开放,总统埃马纽埃尔•马克龙(Emmanel Macron)希望借此举推广国家遗产。
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2016年份Yquem推出 被誉为“性感”
23 September 2018

由滴金酒庄产的2016年份经典Château d’Yquem已经推出,尽管被外界评为“神奇”,“更进一步”和‘性感“,Château d’Yquem值得购入吗?
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美国出口至中国葡萄酒无惧增加关税而持续增长
22 September 2018

尽管中国政府提高了对美国葡萄酒的进口关税,并威胁要征收额外的报复性关税,但今年上半年美国出口至中国的葡萄酒有所增加。
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Château Prieuré-Lichine: New reviews show a gear shift
22 September 2018

This Margaux estate has really started to punch above its historical position as a fourth growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification, helped by significant investment in the cellar, writes Jane Anson. Château Prieuré-Lichine in Margaux. This Margaux estate has taken a big step up...
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The World's Most Expensive Barbarescos
22 September 2018

 In our search for the world's priciest wines, we find bargains among Piedmont's other great red.
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A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2018

The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grapegrower's paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes. Summer delivers warm days and cool nights, and dry winds make fungal diseases a non-issue. This is traditionally cotton country, yet with recent drought conditions and a growing recognition of the economic possibilities of wine, v...
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Sévrine Frerson leaves Piper for Perrier-Jouët
22 September 2018

Sévrine Frerson has been named as Hervé Deschamps’s replacement as cellar master at Champagne Perrier-Jouët, only a few months after she was appointed head of Piper-Heidsieck.
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Wine Talk: Josh Groban's Pinot Noir Philanthropy (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2018

Note: This interview has been updated from its original version, which appeared in the Oct. 15 & 31, 2017, issue of Wine Spectator, "New York City: A Wine Lover's Guide."With worldwide album sales surpassing 30 million copies, four Grammy nominations and consistently sold-out shows on some of the world's biggest stages, Josh Groban has been a star vocalist since his teens, with singles like "You R...
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Big Drop Brewing Co. secures Tesco listing
21 September 2018

Tesco has made a deal with low-alcohol beer producer Big Drop Brewing Co to start selling its beers in-store, marking the independent brewery's first major supermarket listing.
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Free masterclasses to be held at The Wine & Spirits Show
21 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced a schedule of free masterclasses for its event in October, featuring a Royal Warrant-holding Champagne house, an English sparkling wine producer, award-winning beers and the latest from iDealwine.com. 
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New Rioja classification ‘isn’t strict enough’
21 September 2018

While Rioja’s move to recognise single vineyard wines is a positive step forward for the region, the requirements aren’t strict enough according to one leading producer.
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Hidden door in Scottish cave could be smuggler’s lair
21 September 2018

A medieval doorway found hidden in a castle cave in Scotland could have been a smuggler's lair, used to transport alcohol in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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The week in pictures
21 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Conor McGregor launches his whiskey at last, Ferrari lights up the Emmy's, Idris Elba makes plans for a cocktail bar in London, and the Campaign for Real Ale shortlists the best pubs in the country.
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Clos des Goisses 2009 and 22ème Krug rosé released
21 September 2018

The 2009 vintage of Champagne Philpponnat’s Clos des Goisses has been released in the UK after an eight-year wait, with the 22ème edition of Krug Rosé following close on its heels.
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Fentimans partners with cake shop and GBBO winner to open gin bakery
21 September 2018

Tonic water producer Fentimans has teamed up with Notting Hill cake shop Pearl and Groove and Great British Bake Off 2017 champion Sophie Faldo to open the UK's "first" pop-up gin bakery in London. 
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1963 Noval beats Petrus and DRC in London sale
21 September 2018

Two sales held by Sotheby’s in London this week netted a combined £2,785,385, underpinned by Bordeaux and Burgundy but with a case of rare Port trumping Petrus and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to be the auction’s highest-selling lot.
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Arran Brewery victim of ‘very devious’ cyber attack
21 September 2018

A brewery on the Scottish island of Arran has suffered a ransomware attack after opening an email attachment which contained a virus, with the cyber attackers demanding two bitcoins worth £9,600 as 'ransom'.
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Cotswold Distillery wins Waitrose listing for English whisky
21 September 2018

English spirits producer The Cotswolds Distillery has secured a nation-wide listing in Waitrose for its first whisky, which was released in October 2017, joining its Cotswold Dry Gin at stores across the UK. 
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Best Paris restaurants in 2018: A wine lover’s guide
21 September 2018

Planning a romantic break in the French capital? Sophie Dening chooses eight restaurants with great wine lists... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Anahi Where to eat in the French capital...
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Highlights: Decanter Retailer Awards Ceremony
21 September 2018

Retailers from across the UK gathered at the OXO2 on Thursday 20 September to celebrate the annual Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards, here are some of the highlights...
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Burgundy: Breeding Ground for Unicorn Wines
21 September 2018

 Burgundy's dizzying price rises have accelerated in the past year, but can you still find your unicorn?
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Unfiltered: Wine Smugglers' Lair Found? Hidden Doorway, Bottle Stash Uncovered in Scottish Castle Caves (Wine Spectator)
21 September 2018

Culzean Castle is a picture-perfect fairytale edifice atop bluffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde, a 1792 masterpiece of neo-romantic architecture even gracing the Royal Bank of Scotland's 5-pound note until recently. But under the veneer of respectability—literally under—the occupants of the property, Scottish earls of Clan Kennedy, likely conducted less savory business in a series of...
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Where to buy wine: Decanter Retailer Awards winners 2018
21 September 2018

Find out which UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers won prizes at this year’s Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards...Vini Italiani, runner-up in the Italy specialist category at the 2018 awards. See the winners...
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