Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Asda launches trio of confectionery-inspired gins
20 June 2019

Asda has rolled out three glittery colour-changing gins inspired by classic old-fashioned sweet flavours, as well as a range of mixers.
Read More...
London restaurant OKN1 to offer catering experience to students 
19 June 2019

Culinary arts, hospitality and catering school New City College Hackney is joining forces with Des McDonald Associates to launch a café and restaurant this June, offering students paid catering experience.
Read More...
Scotland tries to gauge impact of MUP
19 June 2019

The latest figures on alcohol sales in Scotland have had health campaigners heralding the success of minimum unit pricing but the actual picture is not so clear cut.
Read More...
Can tiny wasps control sap-sucking flies that target vines?
19 June 2019

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, are testing to see if a species of tiny wasp could stave off a potentially devastating invasion of sap-sucking insects that could seriously affect California's grape crops.
Read More...
New Champagne proves ageing potential of hot vintages
19 June 2019

At a London-based launch last night, a Champagne vintage expression was unveiled which proves that fresh, long-lived sparkling wines can hail from heatwave harvests.
Read More...
db reader: It’s only a matter of time before the next supermarket megamerger
19 June 2019

Mark Cranstoun, partner at consultancy Total Negotiation and who has worked for brands such as Mars and Diageo, explains that while the Sainsbury's/Asda merger was blocked, suppliers should still be prepared for a supermarket megamerger.
Read More...
Expert’s Choice: Old Vine South Africa
19 June 2019

This tasting was both fascinating and revealing..
Read More...
Chile escapes predicted El Niño effect to record healthy harvest, VSPT says
19 June 2019

Fears that the El Niño effect would affect Chile’s 2019 harvest proved unfounded, according to VSPT, who hailed the 2019 harvest as one with good, healthy fruit and good quality tannins in its wines. 
Read More...
Achaval Ferrer acquires Bodega Melipal in Mendoza
19 June 2019

SPI Group-owned Argentine winery Achaval Ferrer has bought Bodega Melipal located in the Agrelo region of Mendoza, together with its prized Malbec vineyard planted in 1923, for an undisclosed sum. 
Read More...
Wine of the week: Puklavec Family Wines, Seven Numbers Pinot Grigio
19 June 2019

Appropriately for a grape with global significance, our judges enjoyed exciting examples from all over the world at last year's Pinot Gris Masters, but in our oaked category, it was a wine from Slovenia that picked up the highest accolade.
Read More...
Golfer Marc Leishman applies for national distribution for namesake lager
19 June 2019

Australian golfer Marc Leishman has applied for national distribution of his Leishman Lager across the US and hopes to have the beer available in his motherland within two years.
Read More...
Prices for top French vineyards rise again in 2018
19 June 2019

Vineyards in Burgundy leading up to the famous Corton hill. A single hectare of Burgundy grand cru vines may cost up to €14.5 million, according to the latest figures from French land agency Safer. It said the average price was €6.25m per hectare in 2018, up by 4% on 2017 and double the price from 2011. That kept Burgundy grands crus top of the French vineyard […]
Read More...
Spain's Most Expensive Wines
19 June 2019

 Our search for the world's most expensive wines travels to one of the world's largest wine-producing regions.
Read More...
Volnay premier cru 2010: panel tasting results
19 June 2019

A good vintage to buy - but with care, said our panel....
Read More...
See the questions and wines from this year’s Master of Wine exam
18 June 2019

Want to see what this year’s students had to contend with in the Master of Wine examination? Look no further, as we bring you the questions and wines from 2019's ordeal.
Read More...
‘Violent tornado of hail’ damages vineyards across France and Switzerland
18 June 2019

A storm, which hit France over the weekend with hailstones the size of tennis balls, is estimated to have caused tens of millions of euros worth of damage, particularly affecting vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage, St Joseph, Savoie and Switzerland.
Read More...
International sales drive Zamora’s turnover growth
18 June 2019

International sales were the driving force behind drinks giant Zamora's growth last year, with a 16% rise in turnover to €196 million (£175.27 million).
Read More...
Picnic wine recommendations for the summer
18 June 2019

Plan the perfect picnic with our choice of wines to take with you...
Read More...
Barossa winery unveils microchipped bottles to tackle counterfeiting
18 June 2019

In what it's calling an "Australian first", Barossa Valley's Seppeltsfield has released a range of wines packaged in bottles containing a microchip with rolling code technology in an effort to tackle counterfeiting. 
Read More...
Anthony Bourdain’s graphic novels to be turned into a TV series
18 June 2019

Celebrated American chef Anthony Bourdain, who died a year ago, is to have his graphic novel series Hungry Ghosts turned into a TV series by Sony Pictures Animation.
Read More...
Peter Andre helps to restore abandoned orchard in Manchester
18 June 2019

Pop star Peter Andre has swapped the microphone for a shovel and teamed up with cider producer Bulmers to restore a derelict orchard in Manchester.
Read More...
Montes becomes Wines of Chile president
18 June 2019

Aurelio Montes Sr. has been named as the new president of trade association Wines of Chile during the most recent annual assembly.
Read More...
Man sues Brewdog over sex discrimination on Punk IPA discount
18 June 2019

A man took craft beer giant Brewdog to court, and won, after he was denied a discount on a pint of Punk IPA because of his gender.
Read More...
Molson Coors to sell cannabis drinks in Canada by Christmas
18 June 2019

Beer giant Molson Coors will start selling its first non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused drinks in Canada on 16 December in time for Christmas.
Read More...
Probe into Bordeaux wine labels causes concern
18 June 2019

Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux. An investigation has caused uncertainty among châteaux and merchants in the region...
Read More...
French tycoon buys Sotheby’s for US$3.7bn
18 June 2019

Franco-Israeli media tycoon and art collector Patrick Drahi has acquired auction house Sotheby’s for US$3.7 billion it has been announced.
Read More...
Supreme Court Wine Ruling Still Pending
18 June 2019

 Anyone wanting to know the future of interstate wine shipping will have to wait a little longer.
Read More...
Ten exciting dry and off-dry German Riesling wines
18 June 2019

Things are changing, says Margaret Rand...
Read More...
Q&A: Michael Gilbey, Gilbey’s of Eton and Amersham
18 June 2019

Restaurateur and co-owner of restaurant group Gilbey's, Michael Gilbey, reveals his love of French wine, why he believes in importing directly and how the restaurant trade has changed since Gilbey's first opened in 1975.
Read More...
Nicolas Feuillatte acquires Henri Abelé
18 June 2019

Champagne co-operative Nicolas Feuillatte has acquired Champagne house Henri Abelé from the Freixenet Group.
Read More...
Trappist monks turn to e-commerce to sell beer
17 June 2019

Belgian Trappist monks who brew one of the world's most sought-after beers are launching an online reservation system to prevent people from selling their bottles on at inflated prices.
Read More...
200-metre urban vineyard to cover office building in Milan
17 June 2019

Italian design firm Carlo Ratti Associati has won a competition to transform a disused industrial site in Milan into an office building and research centre which will be adorned with 200 metres of vines trained on pergolas. 
Read More...
Former Fat Duck head chef to take over Londrino site
17 June 2019

Jonny Lake, the former head chef of Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, is to open his own restaurant with sommelier Isa Bal on the site of the recently closed Londrino in London Bridge.
Read More...
Wine trade to cycle 350km for The Benevolent
17 June 2019

Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes has orchestrated a 350km bicycling challenge in aid of The Benevolent, and the riders will set off next week.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: VCC signs off
17 June 2019

Vieux Château Certan’s release effectively brings the 2018 campaign to an end and with an ambitious price to match the character of the campaign.
Read More...
London Metal Exchange bans traders from day drinking
17 June 2019

The world's largest metals market has banned traders from drinking during office hours, joining other City firms in cracking down on the financial sector's boozing culture.
Read More...
Waitrose extends two-hour delivery service outside London
17 June 2019

UK retailer Waitrose & Partners has extended its two-hour rapid delivery service outside London following a trial of the service in the capital.
Read More...
Camden Town Brewery builds vertical strawberry farm
17 June 2019

London's Camden Town Brewery has partnered with Rootlabs to launch what it has called "the UK’s first brewery-based urban vertical farm" with 200 strawberry plants now growing at its Enfield site. 
Read More...
Memorial service pays tribute to Gerard Basset OBE MW MS
17 June 2019

Tributes pour in for Gerard Basset, OBE MW MS MBA MSc: 7 March 1957 to 16 January 2019. A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Gerard Basset took place at Winchester Cathedral
Read More...
Best Bordeaux hotels for wine lovers
17 June 2019

Château Lafaurie Peyraguey. There's something for everyone in this list...
Read More...
The Most Expensive Spirits of All Time
17 June 2019

 As part of our 20th anniversary, we've been trawling through our database to find some hidden gems.
Read More...
Top Bordeaux wine lists in London
16 June 2019

Cabotte restaurant, London Some of the best restaurants in London for drinking Bordeaux wine...
Read More...
Top Bordeaux wine lists in London
16 June 2019

Cabotte restaurant, London Some of the best restaurants in London for drinking Bordeaux wine...
Read More...
Sauternes: A fresh debate
16 June 2019

My first Sauternes love was Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1983. I was so enamoured with its vibrancy and citrus and tropical fruit fragrance that I bought two cases for what today seems a very derisory price. You may also like Best Sauternes 2018 wines: Where to look in a mixed year Top 20 Bordeaux dry whites Château […]
Read More...
Meet the Team: Keeping App with Julia
16 June 2019

 Wine-Searcher is also an app for those on the go. Julia Telford-Brown is the woman behind it.
Read More...
Behind the wine label: 10 Bordeaux châteaux labels
15 June 2019

Château Angélus There are three churches in St-Emilion, and when the Angélus bell is rung, it’s said there is just one spot where all three calls to prayer can be heard. The Angélus rings at dawn, midday and sunset. So the label design was a no-brainer. Fortunately, it’s also a strong image that reinforces the […]
Read More...
Prosecco: Aiming high
15 June 2019

The dramatic landscape of Prosecco’s Conegliano Valdobbiadene territory Walking in the vineyards of Conegliano Valdobbiabene, it’s difficult not to succumb to vertigo. You have to catch your breath frequently as much for the steep incline as for the staggeringly beautiful landscape. Michaela Morris’ top 10 picks from Prosecco at its best ‘There is a natural limit between th...
Read More...
NZ declares small 2019 harvest
15 June 2019

New Zealand’s 2019 harvest has been declared “small but stunning” by trade body New Zealand Winegrowers.
Read More...
Wine trade celebrates Gerard Basset’s ‘charm and determination’
15 June 2019

Gerard Basset’s “magic combination of charm and determination” was celebrated this morning at a service of thanksgiving in Winchester Cathedral.
Read More...
EXCLUSIVE: Prosecco Bottega is developing a no-alcohol sparkling ‘wine’
15 June 2019

Sandro Bottega has confirmed that his Prosecco company is working on an alcohol-free wine, which he hopes to launch by January 2020.
Read More...
Fine wine investment: When gold sneezes…
15 June 2019

The gold market is in ferment at the moment with prices rising sharply but if gold sneezes could fine wine benefit?
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Gallop to the finish
15 June 2019

With the release of Cheval Blanc, Figeac and La Conseillante – all at…ambitious prices – the finish line of the 2018 en primeur campaign is well and truly in sight.
Read More...
The week in pictures
14 June 2019

This week in the world of drinks: we get the gossip at the Hurlingham Club; Sandro Bottega shares his love of lees; the Galvin brothers have us salivating over tarte tatin; and Miller Lite's new beer-based games controller leaves us can-fused...
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Stéphane Derenoncourt
14 June 2019

Viticultural consultant and owner of Domaine de l'A, Stéphane Derenoncourt, reveals why he enjoys a trip to Les 110 de Taillevent and why he has relished spending more time in London. 
Read More...
Pernod Ricard acquires majority stake in Rabbit Hole Whiskey
14 June 2019

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has taken a majority stake in Kentucky-based Rabbit Hole Whiskey as it strengthens its foothold in the Bourbon category. 
Read More...
Fire destroys Moyer Winery in Ohio
14 June 2019

A devastating fire has ripped through Moyer Winery in Adams County, Cincinnati, destroying the vines and winery restaurant at the estate.
Read More...
Miller Lite unveils beer can that doubles as a games console
14 June 2019

MillerCoors owned beer brand Miller Lite has launched a beer can the doubles as a fully functioning gaming controller as part of its campaign to appeal to the "fast-growing population of gamers". 
Read More...
Diageo ends London Irish sponsorship
14 June 2019

Diageo has pulled its Guinness sponsorship of English rugby club London Irish after it signed the disgraced Paddy Jackson.
Read More...
What makes a premium rosé?
14 June 2019

Can rosé achieve the complexity required..?
Read More...
Strong exhibitor response to Prowein online registration
14 June 2019

There has been a strong initial response from exhibitors registering for the next innings of trade show Prowein.
Read More...
Richard Corrigan to take over former Nuala site
14 June 2019

Irish chef Richard Corrigan is to take over the former site of Irish restaurant Nuala in London’s Old Street and will launch a new restaurant later this year.
Read More...
Le Marche wineries to visit
14 June 2019

Vineyards in Le Marche Tour these wineries...
Read More...
Great Father’s Day wines: Which wine persona does your dad have?
14 June 2019

Is your dad an old school Francophile? Give your dad the bottle he deserves...
Read More...
Kellogg’s launces beer made from rejected Rice Krispies
13 June 2019

Cereal maker Kellogg’s has teamed up with Salford brewery Seven Bro7hers to turn its rejected Rice Krispies and Coco Pops into craft beer.
Read More...
Majestic Wine in advanced talks over sale
13 June 2019

Majestic CEO Rowan Gormley says the best option is to sell the group's retail and commercial divisions. Majestic Wine has said it is in 'advanced discussions' to sell its entire retail business this summer...
Read More...
Concha y Toro’s TR range comes to HK
13 June 2019

Concha y Toro’s new travel retail range is being rolled out in Hong Kong in partnership with Duty Zero by CDF.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Right Bank bonanza
13 June 2019

This morning has seen a flurry of top flight Right Bank releases with Ausone, l’Evangile and l’Eglise Clinet all out.
Read More...
Former Tesco BWS boss heads up Majestic’s buying team
13 June 2019

Majestic has appointed former Tesco BWS boss Rob Cooke to head up its buying team, as buying and merchandising director. 
Read More...
In focus: Sardinia’s native grapes
13 June 2019

With its shimmering blue seas and bounty of native grapes, Sardinia could soon be giving Sicily competition as Italy’s most exciting island wine region. Lucy Shaw comes away converted to its charms.
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Victor Urrutia
13 June 2019

Chief executive and fifth generation of the founding family of Rioja winery Companía Vinícola del Norte de Espagna (CVNE), Victor Urrutia, tells us where he goes when he gets a craving for proper tapas.
Read More...
London wine trade gets a taste of Rueda
13 June 2019

On Tuesday this week, members of London's drinks trade were introduced to the wide range of wines from Spain’s best-selling white-wine-producing region: Rueda.
Read More...
Fake drinks brand launch shows investing in live events can offer the best return
13 June 2019

Though the overheads can be costly, new drinks brands that invest in live events and demonstrations could get a three-fold 'purchase advantage' over rivals that don't, according to a new report.
Read More...
‘Remarkable’ growth of Naked but aggressive discounting hits Majestic’s profitability
13 June 2019

Poor profitability at Majestic Wine was offset by the “remarkable and sustained” growth of Naked Wines, the group's board reported today, as it published its annual results.
Read More...
Event: John Stimpfig’s tasting wish list for The Great Sparkling Exploration
13 June 2019

Every two years Decanter hosts an evening of sparkling wine, live music and canapés. The biannual event brings together over 40 top sparkling wine producers from across the globe to share more than 200 of their wines. Every two years Decanter hosts an evening of sparkling wine, live music and canapés.
Read More...
Taming Château Trotanoy: Wines from 1998 to 2018 
13 June 2019

Château Trotanoy wines saw a 'step-change' after 2005, says Jane Anson. The evolution of this Pomerol classic...
Read More...
Naked bolsters top team as it confirms ‘advanced’ Majestic sale talks
13 June 2019

Naked Wines has bolstered its top team with the appointment of US heavyweight John Walden as its new chairman as the 'advanced' sale talks of the Majestic retail business are expected to close over the summer.
Read More...
Carriers Stymie State Shipping Changes
13 June 2019

 Florida and Connecticut have removed barriers to out-of-state retailers but the shipping companies don't seem to be listening.
Read More...
DWWA: Press Coverage
13 June 2019

With a dedicated PR team we aim to promote all the winning wines to the wine-drinking public. 2019 Judging Week coverage: The i news Virgin Media Television The Wine Doctor Ici Londres Business of Everything 2019  Results coverage highlights included: Birmingham Post BBC Saturday Kitchen China Daily Harpers ITV.com Marie Claire Metro The Buyer The i The Huffington Post The Real Review The Tel...
Read More...
Patagonia: The pioneers
13 June 2019

Mist settles over Bodega Noemía’s vineyards at dawn. The Malbec vines are in Mainqué, in the heart of the Río Negro Valley Plus ten top wines to try...
Read More...
Ethical consumerism ‘no longer niche’
13 June 2019

Ethical consumerism has gone from niche to mainstream, a new report has stated, as the number of consumer looking for Fair Trade wine also rises nearly 10%.
Read More...
Wine of the week: Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014
12 June 2019

We're often inclined to pop open a bottle of something pink or fizzy when the weather is a little warmer, but there is more to summer than pale hues. Few reds are more suitable for warmer times than Oregon Pinot, especially this example by Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash from the Willamette Valley.
Read More...
Jason Atherton to launch new restaurant The Betterment at The Biltmore Hotel
12 June 2019

Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton will open his new restaurant and bar The Betterment at The Biltmore Hotel in Mayfair this month offering a menu with a seasonal focus.
Read More...
Historic brewery Watneys gets rebirth, launches £400,000 crowdfunding round
12 June 2019

Once banished to the brewery history books, beer brand Watneys has been revived thanks to an unusual business model. CEO Nick Whitehurst told the drinks business why he doesn't need his own brewery to make it a success.
Read More...
Corbières to require environmental certification
12 June 2019

The winemaking syndicat in the Languedoc appellation Corbières has announced that by 2024 AOC certification will also require environmental certification.
Read More...
Whisky sales set to hit £2.4bn in three years despite decline in 2018
12 June 2019

The value of whisky sales in the UK is expected to grow to £2.44 billion within the next three years, according to new figures.
Read More...
Robin Gill to head up food offering at Great Scotland Yard
12 June 2019

Having just opened Darby’s next to door the US Embassy in Nine Elms, chef Robin Gill is to head up the food offering at the Great Scotland Yard hotel in Westminster.
Read More...
Accolade adds rum-wine fusion to Echo Falls sub-brand
12 June 2019

Accolade Wines has added a new rum and wine fusion drink to its Echo Falls wine brand, the second in the spirit-wine fusion add-on to be launched this year.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Mouton, Haut-Brion and Pavie
12 June 2019

Mouton Rothschild, Haut-Brion and Pavie have all burst onto the scene today as the campaign heads towards its end game.
Read More...
London gets its first saké tap
12 June 2019

We’ve had craft cocktails and frizzante Prosecco on tap, now the latest drink to get the keg treatment is saké, which is being served on tap at The Arts Club in Mayfair.
Read More...
What is Savagnin? Ask Decanter
12 June 2019

Savagnin grapes have a rich history in the wine world. Not to be confused with Sauvignon Blanc...
Read More...
The World's Most Expensive Fortified Wines
12 June 2019

 They make up a very specialist segment of the wine market, but fortified wines can fetch high prices.
Read More...
Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene bans use of glyphosate on vineyards
11 June 2019

The consorzio for the Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG has banned the use of the herbicide glyphosate on vineyards in the area, claiming it is the largest wine zone in Europe to prohibit use of the substance. 
Read More...
La Rioja Alta to support African farming initiatives
11 June 2019

Spanish estate La Rioja Alta has said it will contribute €130,000 this year to farming projects in Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of Congo and the Caribbean island of Haiti.
Read More...
Photo highlights: 2019 Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter
11 June 2019

The Decanter Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter took place on Saturday 8th June 2019 at the Landmark hotel in Marylebone, London. See photo highlights  below, or our live social media feed here. Thanks to all of the producers and partners who helped to make it a great day, including Riedel, Tŷ Nant, WaterAid, Sorrells, The Cocoa […]
Read More...
Araldica attains SQNPI sustainable certification
11 June 2019

One of Italy’s leading producers of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont-based co-operative Araldica, has achieved the SQNPI sustainable certification.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: First of the firsts
11 June 2019

Château Margaux is the first of the first growths to set forth its stall in this year’s en primeur campaign.
Read More...
St-Emilion: 10 grands crus classés to watch
11 June 2019

Château La Serre Jane Anson picks ten estates to watch...
Read More...
The 10 fastest growing spirits brands in the world in 2018
11 June 2019

The world's 100 leading spirits brands' volumes grew 11% last year, according to new figures released by IWSR this week. We've listed the top 10.
Read More...
Ancient wine secrets revealed by new DNA tests
11 June 2019

Savagnin vine leaves; a variety grown in France for at least 900 years. Some varieties have been grown for 900 years...
Read More...
Brown-Forman acquires Fords Gin
11 June 2019

US spirits specialist Brown-Forman has re-entered the gin category through the acquisition of the owner of Fords Gin, New York-based The 86 Company. 
Read More...
Lancashire restaurant named best in the UK
11 June 2019

Moor Hall, a restaurant with rooms in Lancashire that scooped two Michelin stars in two years, has been named the best in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards.
Read More...
Italian ministry approves new ‘cru’ vineyards in Soave
11 June 2019

The Italian Ministry of Agriculture has officially recognised 33 'cru' vineyards covering just under 40% of the area under vine in Soave, following an 18-year zoning project by the region's consorzio. 
Read More...
Wine Industry Anxiously Awaits Supreme Court Decision
11 June 2019

 Retailers and wine shippers are crossing their fingers that the Court will make interstate wine commerce easier.
Read More...
Research shows Savagnin has existed for 900 years
11 June 2019

A genetic study of Iron Age, Roman and medieval era grape pips has revealed that the Savagnin we enjoy today has existed for over 900 years while the Romans did indeed drink wine from the forebears of Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Read More...
‘It’s not fair’ – Trump repeats French wine tariffs complaint
11 June 2019

Singling out an issue with French wine, in particular...
Read More...
Selfridges adds new range of ‘up-and-coming’ Canadian wines
11 June 2019

Upmarket London retailer Selfridges has launched a 20-strong range of wines from the Okanagan in Canada, tipping the up-and-coming region for growth.
Read More...
Twenty vintages of Mirto from Ramón Bilbao
11 June 2019

Promotional feature. One idea, one philosophy, one wine
Read More...
Auction Napa Valley: Why everyone should go at least once
11 June 2019

'A weekend of fine wine and food decadence...' The glitz, glamour and fine wine inside this annual Napa Valley showpiece...
Read More...
London mayor offers £75,000 grant to city councils to boost night time economy
10 June 2019

The mayor of London is is offering the capital's borough councils a £75,000 grant to "develop ideas that will support town centres at night."
Read More...
Nathan Outlaw’s Siren at The Goring to launch this week
10 June 2019

British chef Nathan Outlaw will open his highly anticipated new seafood restaurant called Siren at The Goring Hotel in London’s Victoria this week.
Read More...
US and EU winegrowers hit back at Trump’s proposed tariffs on EU wine
10 June 2019

US members of international grower organisation Wine Origins Alliance have written to the government's trade representative, calling for the scrapping of proposed tariffs on EU wine.
Read More...
Top new products: June
10 June 2019

This month's new products include an English demi-sec, a wheat whiskey from Virginia, a Provençal style rosé from Rioja and a gin flavoured with English hops Fuggles and Goldings.
Read More...
Matt Whiley and Rich Woods join forces at Scout
10 June 2019

Two of London’s most talented mixologists, Matt Whiley and Rich Woods, have become business partners and are now joint owners of Scout bar in Hackney.
Read More...
Will subregions be the future of Provence rosé?
10 June 2019

With sales of rosé skyrocketing in recent years and luxury giants like LVMH investing in Provence wineries, Alexis Cornu, the head oenologist of southern French group MDVC, told us how he believes the category will evolve.
Read More...
Rueda to create ‘superior’ classification for old-vine Verdejo
10 June 2019

Spain’s leading white wine region, Rueda, is to allow international grapes and create a new classification for higher quality expressions from old vines.
Read More...
Tony Laithwaite made CBE in birthday honours list
10 June 2019

Founder of UK wine retailer Laithwaite's, Tony Laithwaite, has been made a CBE for services to the wine industry, admitting he was so shocked by the honour that he thought the awards envelope was a speeding ticket. 
Read More...
Pioneering Chiswick restaurant Hedone has closed
10 June 2019

Hedone, the pioneering Michelin-starred Chiswick restaurant run by Swedish food blogger-turned-chef Mikael Jonsson, has closed its doors on Chiswick High Road for good.
Read More...
Profits at Majestic could fall by 36%
10 June 2019

Profits at turbulent UK wine retailer Majestic are predicted to slide by more than a third to around £11 million this year.
Read More...
St-Emilion classification: Do vineyards matter? – Ask Decanter  
10 June 2019

Vineyards surround St-Emilion's historic centre. How does the ranking translate to bottle labels...?
Read More...
St-Estèphe’s unsung heroes
10 June 2019

Both the fame and wine quality have increased in this northerly appellation...
Read More...
Producer profile: Wakefield Estate
08 June 2019

To celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, Wakefield Estate – Taylors in Australia and New Zealand – has released a new wine that the company boldly claims is its best wine yet. Named Wakefield The Legacy, it’s quite a departure in stylistic terms: suavely textured, elegant, with great length, complexity and fine-grained tannins. Scroll down […]
Read More...
Top Bordeaux wine lists in France
08 June 2019

If you’re looking for restaurants that give equal consideration to petits châteaux, satellite appellations and other such offerings pickings can be slim. Fortunately, there are a number of restaurants and wine bars around the world where the Bordeaux selection on the wine list should more than satisfy the Bordeauxphiles among you – even those who can’t afford the top crus...
Read More...
Good value Douro reds for under £20 / $25: panel tasting results
08 June 2019

Sarah Ahmed, Beatriz Machado and Nick Oakley tasted 76 value Douro red wines with 3 Outstanding and 14 Highly Recommended… A great-value selection and the ideal way to discover what makes the wines tick...
Read More...
Saint-Émilion's Most Expensive Wines
08 June 2019

 We kick off our rundown of the world's priciest wines with a Right Bank favorite.
Read More...
i heart wines launches TV campaign
08 June 2019

One of the UK’s largest wine brands, i heart, has announced it is launching its first television advertising campaign.
Read More...
Gymkhana forced to close after massive fire
07 June 2019

Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana on Albemarle Street in Mayfair has been forced to close after a blaze ripped through the restaurant yesterday.
Read More...
Stellenbosch wine farmer killed in land dispute
07 June 2019

62-year-old wine farmer Stefan Smit of Louiesenhof Wines was shot and killed in front of his wife by four armed suspects on Sunday 2 June due to a land dispute.
Read More...
Bollinger: Vintage Champagne needs a makeover
07 June 2019

The future of vintage Champagne will depend on new approaches to marketing and distribution, according to Bollinger's marketing director, Clement Garnier.
Read More...
Christie’s wraps up £3m London extravaganza
07 June 2019

Auctioneer Christie’s latest London sale realised over £3.5 million over two days, with one standout single owner collection being entirely sold alongside ex-cellar Champagne from Philipponnat, Jacques Selosse and others.
Read More...
Pages: The doors are open for dialogue with Corpinnat
07 June 2019

Javier Pages, president of the Cava Consejo Regulador, wants splinter group Corpinnat to rejoin the DO and insists that “the doors are open for dialogue”.
Read More...
California wineries determined to stay in China despite tariffs
07 June 2019

Shanghai: a key hub for China's rising interest in wine. California wineries have shown they are reluctant to lose contact with China...
Read More...
London on-trade going wild for White Cabernet
07 June 2019

We've had White Zinfandel and now White Cabernet is poised for its moment in the sun as hip London restaurants like Sexy Fish and Brasserie of Light get behind the wine.
Read More...
The week in pictures
07 June 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Katy Perry does a turn at Auction Napa Valley; The Barbarians commiserate a defeat to England Rugby with Pol Roger; Metallica find a new master distiller for their whiskey brand; and the "world's first" levitating statue of Eric Cantona lands in London...
Read More...
Champagne 2008: A ‘miracle year’?
07 June 2019

'Champagne’s miracle year...’
Read More...
The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
07 June 2019

 Inflation is a fact of life, but the relentless increase in the price of wine is startling.
Read More...
Trail running in Tuscany: Brunello Crossing
07 June 2019

The first winery stop was at Col di Lamo. Run through vineyards, tasting wine on the way...
Read More...
Great white wines for summer
07 June 2019

Find some great white wines to enjoy in the sunshine. Get these wines chilling...
Read More...
20 summer wines under £20
07 June 2019

What to drink this summer? 20 wines under £20 for you to enjoy in the sun.
Read More...
Changyu’s Ningxia estate to become 100% biodynamic
07 June 2019

China’s oldest and largest wine producer, Changyu, is in the process of converting its 250-hectate Château Changyu Moser XV estate in Ningxia to biodynamic viticulture.
Read More...
Boost for UK booze exports, FDF reports
07 June 2019

Total food and drink exports saw the biggest boost in first quarter sales on record, the FDF have reported, with sales rising 10.7% on last year’s figure to £5.8 billion. 
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Montrose flexes its muscles
07 June 2019

The “magnificent monster” that is 2018 Montrose, the last of the major Left Bank cru classé wines (first growths aside), set a punchy price for its release yesterday.
Read More...
Loch Lomond sold to Chinese buyout firm
06 June 2019

The maker of Glen's vodka, Loch Lomond, has been sold to a Chinese buyout firm in a deal worth over US$500 million (£395 million).
Read More...
Silent Pool gin lands Tesco listing
06 June 2019

Premium gin brand Silent Pool gin has won a listing with UK supermarket Tesco, and will be rolled out in 300 stores this month.
Read More...
Japanese lawmaker drank 10 glasses of Cognac, suggests war with Russia
06 June 2019

Japanese lawmakers are putting pressure on a minister to resign after he made remarks on going to war with Russia while he was drunk.
Read More...
Women’s World Cup set to boost pub sales by 3 million pints
06 June 2019

Showing the Women’s World Cup in pubs could help boost beer sales across the UK’s pubs by an additional 3 million pints, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted.
Read More...
Dating app Bumble to open wine bar in New York
06 June 2019

Dating app Bumble, which only allows women to make the first move, is expanding its brand with the opening of a café and wine bar in New York City.
Read More...
8 gin launches in 2019 that show how the category is evolving
06 June 2019

We've taken a look at the latest gins that have launched in the UK, which show how the category is continuing to evolve.
Read More...
Anson: Tasting Château La Gaffelière shows St-Emilion’s reinvention
06 June 2019

Château La Gaffelière There is a fresh buzz building around this Premier Grand Cru Classé B estate...
Read More...
Results: Beer & Cider Masters – Asia
06 June 2019

Read More...
Event: Decanter’s Great Sparkling Exploration – How to make the most of your experience
06 June 2019

Make the most of your time at our tasting...
Read More...
Sustainability Moves Beyond the Vineyard
06 June 2019

 Recycling, lowering carbon footprints and helping the homeless are just some of the green initiatives used in the wine industry.
Read More...
William Grant & Sons launches first ultra-low ABV spirit: Atopia
06 June 2019

Spirits giant William Grant & Sons has launches its first ultra-low alcohol spirit, bottled at 0.5% ABV.
Read More...
BRC reports biggest high street decline in 25 years
05 June 2019

The UK high street saw the biggest decline since the mid 1990s last month, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned, after overall retail sales fell by 2.7% in May.
Read More...
Waitrose Unpacked: why growlers should be the norm in supermarkets
05 June 2019

Wine and beer are currently available on tap at an Oxford branch of Waitrose, as the company trials initiatives to cut down on "unnecessary" plastic and glass packaging.
Read More...
Top 20 Bordeaux dry whites
05 June 2019

Ranging from drink-it-now fresh to barrel-fermented keepers...
Read More...
Sotheby’s offers up ‘bumper’ June sale
05 June 2019

Sotheby’s next London sale being held from 12-13 June is presenting a bumper crop of over 1,000 lots of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne.
Read More...
President Trump serves up California wines to Prince Charles
05 June 2019

Prince Charles, president Trump and UK prime minister Theresa May dined next to each other in London. Californian wines from a single winery dominated the drinks menu...
Read More...
Tory peer stumps up £2m loan as Gusbourne’s losses widen
05 June 2019

Tory peer Lord Ashcroft, the majority shareholder of English sparkling wine company Gusbourne Wine, has stepped in to boost the company’s cash reserves after it recorded losses before tax of £1.76 million, up from £1.63 million last year.
Read More...
Hatch Mansfield to renovate village water holes in Uganda
05 June 2019

UK importer Hatch Mansfield has announced it is going to fund the renovation of village water wells in Uganda as part of its efforts to cut carbon emissions.
Read More...
Ocado is selling a light botanical beer that ‘blurs the lines between beer and wine’
05 June 2019

Ocado has just started listing Binary, a light beer designed to be paired with food aimed at "wine lovers".
Read More...
Metallica’s whiskey label hires new master distiller to follow Dave Pickerell’s footsteps
05 June 2019

The US distillery that produces Metallica's own "sound enhanced" whiskey label has named Rob Dietrich as the brand’s new master distiller, following in the footsteps of the late distilling legend, Dave Pickerell.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: La Mission – should you choose to accept it – is out
05 June 2019

The steady tempo of en primeur releases has upped a notch in recent days with Pichon Baron, Cos d’Estournel, Haut-Bailly and now La Mission Haut-Brion all out and indeed sold out already in some instances.
Read More...
Chukan Brown: California should focus on high acid whites
05 June 2019

While Chardonnay remains the darling of the California white wine scene, winemakers in the Golden State should be focusing on high acid whites, according to wine educator Elaine Chukan Brown.
Read More...
Lawsuit Casts Doubt on Cult Producer's Financials
05 June 2019

 One of Napa's biggest names, Bryant Family Vineyards, has become embroiled in a potentially damaging court case.
Read More...
First Michelin California guide awards new stars
05 June 2019

Dominique Crenn, of the three-starred Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco. Michelin’s first California-wide guide...
Read More...
Stonier: ‘Ultra-charming’ small-batch wines to seek out
05 June 2019

Mornington Peninsula pioneer Stonier provided my introduction to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-focussed Victoria region and, 15 years on, Victoria's cool, maritime wines have become strikingly finer, with greater nuance.Stonier's KBS Vineyard was the source of the winery's first single-vineyard wines. Top Pinot and Chardonnay from the cool Mornington Peninsula...
Read More...
Half a million more hospitality jobs to be created by 2022
04 June 2019

There has been a significant rise in the number of jobs advertised in the hospitality sector this year, according to new data.
Read More...
British Airways will now serve Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine
04 June 2019

British Airways is celebrating its 100th anniversary by partnering with Hampshire-based winery Hattingley Valley on an English sparkling wine designed to be consumed at high altitudes.
Read More...
South Africa stalls across UK hospitality sector
04 June 2019

South African still wine is falling out of favour in the UK on-trade, according to data released by market analyst CGA Strategy.
Read More...
Burgundy’s oldest negociant opens its doors to visitors
04 June 2019

Maison Champy, the oldest winery in Burgundy, has invested in an ambitious tourism project at the heart of Beaune's medieval centre.
Read More...
May can’t halt fine wine’s slow decline
04 June 2019

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index continued its glacial downward turn in May but it was a good month for the ‘La Las’ and the wider market saw a small uptick.
Read More...
What wines were served at the Trump State banquet?
04 June 2019

President Trump and Queen Elizabeth What was on the menu?
Read More...
Diageo partners with MTV on ‘sensible’ drinking campaign
04 June 2019

Multinational beverage firm Diageo has joined forces with MTV International to produce and distribute a campaign that encourages responsible drinking.
Read More...
Kopparberg is selling its strawberry and lime pink gin as a canned mixed drink
04 June 2019

Swedish cider brand Kopparberg is delving deeper still into more lucrative alcohol markets with the a launch of a RTD mixed drink based on its new pink gin.
Read More...
English fizz and Lafite served at state banquet
04 June 2019

The wines served at last night’s state banquet to mark the visit of US president Donald Trump included both classic French domaines and rising English names alike.
Read More...
Brewery apologises and CEO resigns after calling non-alcoholic beer ‘gay lemonade’
04 June 2019

A brewery in Australia has apologised after enraging Facebook users with a post that mocked non-alcoholic beer as "gay lemonade".
Read More...
A-list stars join Moët to reopen Château de Saran
04 June 2019

The reopening of the exclusive hospitality venue...
Read More...
Droughts last year halted whisky production, Scotch producers admit
04 June 2019

Some Scottish distilleries were forced to halt whisky production last years after the summer heatwave caused them to run out of water.
Read More...
9 luxury residential properties designed for wine enthusiasts
04 June 2019

From buildings with wine libraries, to ones that allow for regular private wine tastings and easy wine delivery, here are just a few of the extravagant ways developers are attempting to attract wealthy wine connoisseurs.
Read More...
California winemakers are going to extremes in search of freshness
03 June 2019

California vintners are venturing ever closer to the Pacific Ocean and up into the mountains in order to produce fresher wines, according to wine educator Elaine Chukan Brown.
Read More...
NFL eases restrictions on alcohol sponsorship
03 June 2019

The National Football League has said it will allow active players to appear in beer adverts as well as ease restrictions of wine and spirits companies becoming ‘official sponsors’ of franchises.
Read More...
English sparkling wine industry must adopt a coherent approach, experts warn
03 June 2019

The English sparkling wine industry needs to adopt a more coherent approach to production and supply in order to grow sustainably, industry experts have warned.
Read More...
Auction Napa Valley 2019 raises nearly US$12 million for local charities
03 June 2019

Singer Katie Perry performed at Auction Napa Valley 2019. The 39th edition of the auction...
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Las Cases threatens to go nuclear
03 June 2019

After a quiet end to last week due to French public holidays, St Julien’s leading estate Léoville Las Cases has kicked off the week’s proceedings in dramatic style with its "atomic bomb" of a wine but punchy price leaving buyers with a bit of a Cold War era choice – make the call or not?
Read More...
Pernod Ricard partners with Boiler Room on global music festival series
03 June 2019

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has partnered with music and culture group Boiler Rom to launch the Boiler Room Festival, an events series that will take place in London, the US and South Africa.
Read More...
Ultimate Provence opens new winery with hotel hosting electro-lounge brunches
03 June 2019

Rosé wine label Ultimate Provence has opened the doors to its new 70-acre wine estate and hotel, hoping to draw wealthy millennials in with live DJs, tastings and electro brunches.
Read More...
Aldi UK’s BWS head to move to global role
03 June 2019

Mike James, the Aldi wine buyer credited with making the discounter a force to be reckoned with in UK wine retail, is leaving the UK to take a up a role in the global buying team, db can reveal.
Read More...
Opportunist alligator raids Florida home’s wine cabinet
03 June 2019

An opportunist alligator with a thirst for red broke into a Florida home last Friday, headed straight for the kitchen and raided the wine cabinet.
Read More...
Alsace: Top Riesling terroirs
03 June 2019

Kaysersberg Castle and Schlossberg Grand Cru vineyards Alsace France Standing in one of Alsace’s 51 grands crus, the owner nodded towards his parcel and explained: ‘As you can see, the soil here is granite,’ before adding unhelpfully, ‘but of course it’s a different granite from the hill behind it.’ Scroll down for Stephen Brook’s pick: the best of Alsace...
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Wines – Ever
03 June 2019

 We reveal this year's most searched-for wines and the most popular across Wine-Searcher's 20-year history.
Read More...
Climate change: Time to act
02 June 2019

Industry needs to lead by example...
Read More...
Expert’s Choice: Slovenia & Croatia
02 June 2019

Slovenia Time is a great lens to view the landscape and culture of a country, combining both the soil and climate, but also the human factor: the people who create the wines. Slovenia has just a tiny Adriatic coastline and is otherwise surrounded by Austria and Hungary to the northeast, Italy in the northwest and […]
Read More...
Spend a weekend in Alsace: Travel guide
01 June 2019

Colmar, Alsace The best places to visit...
Read More...
Top 30 carbonic maceration reds
01 June 2019

Ask most wine enthusiasts what the term ‘carbonic maceration’ means to them, and the vast majority will think Beaujolais – and almost certainly not the top-tier, cru end of the Beaujolais market. In reality, this is a process that is both intriguing and highly scientific yet misunderstood by many. Having been asked by Decanter to […]
Read More...
Rainey: The Finger Lakes is at a tipping point
01 June 2019

The Finger Lakes in New York has reached a tipping point where the wines are starting to turn heads around the world, according to one leading producer in the region.
Read More...
This UK company is launching ‘high strength’ CBD-infused cocktail bitters and RTD shots
01 June 2019

A UK-based wellness company has started selling "high strength" non-alcoholic cocktail bitters infused with cannabidiol (CBD) to cater for a growing demand for cannabis-infused drinks.
Read More...
What is fining in wine? Ask Decanter
01 June 2019

Egg whites are traditionally used for fining red wines. The process of clarifying and stabilizing a wine.
Read More...
Société Jacques Bollinger buys into fine wine merchant
31 May 2019

In a bid to to better understand the global fine wine market, Société Jacques Bollinger has taken a shareholding in London-headquartered merchant BI Wines & Spirits.
Read More...
Brady: The Finger Lakes needs to stop branding itself as a Riesling region
31 May 2019

While the Finger Lakes earned a reputation for its world-class Rieslings, the region needs to avoid being pigeonholed, according to New York sommelier Paul Brady.
Read More...
Grey Goose’s new draught cocktail bar serves espresso martinis at sub-zero temperatures
31 May 2019

Bacardi-owned vodka brand Grey Goose has designed draught system that allows bartenders to serve cocktails on-tap at sub-zero temperatures.
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Michael Seresin
31 May 2019

Cinematographer and owner of the Seresin estate in Marlborough, Michael Seresin, reveals his favourite dining spots in London and from his travels further afield. 
Read More...
Kopparberg adds to spirits range with purple Mixed Fruit Gin
31 May 2019

Swedish cider brand Kopparberg has launched its second spirit in less than a month, a purple Mixed Fruit Gin inspired by one of its most popular cider flavours.
Read More...
Tovaritch! expands presence in UAE
31 May 2019

Russian vodka brand Tovaritch! has signed a distribution partnership with Truebell which will see its spirits stocked in the supplier's Barrakuda stores in the UAE from July. 
Read More...
The Macallan unveils new whisky
31 May 2019

Scotch whisky distillery The Macallan has announced the addition of a new single malt to its range – ‘The Macallan Estate’ – produced from the estate’s own barley.
Read More...
Chapel Down sales up 10% as wine output to total 2.4m bottles by 2024
31 May 2019

English drinks producer Chapel Down has recorded a combined sales rise of 10% for the year ending 31 December 2018, and expects to produce 2.4 million bottles of wine on average by 2024. 
Read More...
The week in pictures
31 May 2019

This week, in the world of drinks: Homegrown fizz producers come out in force for English Wine Week; Kate Moss, Natalie Portman and Uma Therman go straight to the source for a Champagne dinner with Moët et Chandon; The Coral Rooms celebrates its 1st Birthday; and one novelist gets boar than she bargained for after entering the 2019 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction...
Read More...
Fine wine investment: Groundhog Day
31 May 2019

Well there’s been precious little sign of good omens recently as far as the fine wine market is concerned, indices limping along listlessly awaiting direction from an as yet uncooperative en primeur campaign. It does sometimes feel like Groundhog Day, each issue desperately examined, usually without success, for some evidence of value.
Read More...
Santorini snapshot and wines to try
31 May 2019

Chapel and vineyard above Mesa Pigadia bay, near Akrotiri, Santorini Time to try these distinctive wines from its resilient grapes...
Read More...
Bollinger Champagne owner invests in BI wine merchant
31 May 2019

Toasting a new partnership. From left: Gary Boom, Michael Spencer and Etienne Bizot. BI Wines & Spirits has said it expects to expand its LiveTrade platform...
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Merlots
31 May 2019

 Our penultimate look at the world's most popular wines checks in with an old favorite.
Read More...
What are the best Lidl wines to buy?
31 May 2019

See our top picks below... The best of Lidl's wine range...
Read More...
Unfiltered: Wieteke Teppema, Gezellig
31 May 2019

Wieteke Teppema, sommelier and wine buyer Gezellig, on her passion for Riesling, why she almost became a carpenter and an embarrassing encounter with a bottle of 1996 Palmer.
Read More...
The Coral Room celebrates English Wine Week with Bolney Wine Estate
31 May 2019

The Coral Room, which offers one of the most extensive English sparkling wine lists in Europe, has joined forces with Bolney Wine Estate to offer a flight of their award winning wines in celebration of English and Welsh Wine Week.
Read More...
Vagabond to launch sixth site in Paddington
30 May 2019

Vagabond is set to open its sixth site on the Union Canal in Paddington Central this June, becoming the first wine bar to open at the new development in west London.
Read More...
Wine storage company sued after disposing of customer’s collection
30 May 2019

A wine storage company in New York is being sued after it disposed of a customer's 65-case wine collection after an alleged credit card mix-up. 
Read More...
6,000 glasses of English sparkling wine expected at Investec Derby
30 May 2019

Caterers at the Investec Derby in Epsom predict that racegoers will work their way through some 6,000 glasses of English sparkling wine thanks to the Jockey Club's its new sponsorship deal with producer Coates & Seely.
Read More...
Nyetimber launches major summer brand campaign across UK train stations and bars
30 May 2019

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has set its sights on driving brand awareness in the UK to "new heights" with a major marketing campaign being rolled out across the country this summer.
Read More...
‘Up and coming’ Okanagan Valley gains two new sub-GIs
30 May 2019

Canada’s wine producing Okanagan Valley has doubled the number of designation viticulture areas or ‘appellations’ after Naramata Bench and Skaha Bench were confirmed as new sub-geographical indications (GIs).
Read More...
Ancient bust of Bacchus discovered in Rome
30 May 2019

A 2,000 year-old marble head of the god Bacchus has been unearthed in a medieval wall by archaeologists in Rome.
Read More...
North Korea to launch ‘first whisky’ this year
30 May 2019

Reports claim that North Korea is to launch what it is thought to be its first whisky from Samilpo Distillery this year, with the bottle and label said to have been inspired by Diageo's blended Scotch brand Johnnie Walker.
Read More...
Anson: All change at Burgundy’s Clos de la Commaraine
30 May 2019

Clos de la Commaraine is undergoing major renovation work. ‘We haven’t found any pottery, so you are probably okay,’ one of the archaeologists calls out cheerfully to us on our arrival. I can feel Jean-Luc Vitoux relax, just a little, besides me as he takes this in.
Read More...
31 Dover-owner DMD Ventures hires ex Diageo director as finance boss
30 May 2019

DMD Ventures, the owner of online drinks retailer 31Dover, has hired former Diageo director Alicia Thompson as the company's chief financial officer.
Read More...
Top five Santorini wineries to visit
30 May 2019

Santorini Plan your visits...
Read More...
Tanners boosts trade team
29 May 2019

UK wine merchant Tanners is looking to expand its wholesale business after boosting its trade team.
Read More...
Grand Réserve becomes Gosset’s best seller
29 May 2019

For the first time in the brand’s modern history, Champagne Gosset sold more of its Grand Réserve than its Brut Excellence.
Read More...
Rioja producer Ramón Bilbao takes inspiration from spirits to draw in new consumers
29 May 2019

As one of its best-selling wine labels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Rioja producer Ramon Bilbao is taking inspiration from the world of spirits to bring in a younger audience.
Read More...
Plumpton tutor joins Rathfinny Estate team
29 May 2019

Tony Milanowski, lecturer in oenology at English wine centre Plumpton College, is to join Sussex's Rathfinny Wine Estate as its new winery manager. 
Read More...
Shipwrecked 17th century wine to be offered by Christie’s
29 May 2019

Auctioneer Christie’s is offering two bottles of 17th century wine recovered from a shipwreck at its next London sale – though it recommends not to drink them.
Read More...
ERA fines firm $30k for failing to pay migrant vineyard workers
29 May 2019

The New Zealand Employment Relations Authority has warned vineyards to ensure they are using proper contractors after a firm was fined NZ$30,000 for failing to pay 12 migrant workers in Hawke's Bay.
Read More...
Symington family releases Alentejo wines
29 May 2019

Symington Family Estates has released the first wines from its Alentejo estate, the first wines the company has ever produced from outside the Douro.
Read More...
Producer profile: Château Montrose
29 May 2019

Elin McCoy finds out more about this St-Estèphe property...
Read More...
Grocery ‘resilient’ despite cooler weather hitting booze sales
29 May 2019

This spring's cooler weather saw booze sales fall across the grocery market, but the sector remains resilient, according to the latest results from industry analysts Kantar.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Just in time for Lynch
29 May 2019

Pauillac ‘flying fifth’ Lynch-Bages is this morning’s headline en primeur release, following on from Troplong Mondot’s offer yesterday.
Read More...
Cono Sur launches chilled Pinot Noir campaign
29 May 2019

Chilean Pinot Noir specialist Cono Sur has launched a new UK campaign featuring the grape variety, giving consumers a "licence to chill" their red wine over the summer months. 
Read More...
Expect more UK wine as vineyard planting jumps
29 May 2019

Grapes coming in at Chapel Down winery. There is nearly 25% more land under vine in 2019...
Read More...
Who's Winning the US Search Wars?
29 May 2019

 The US dominates our wine search numbers, but the most curious state will surprise you.
Read More...
Are we heading for a Provence rosé shortage?
28 May 2019

After two small harvests, grape prices in Provence have more than doubled over the past two years and one producer has hinted at a possible Provence rosé shortage this summer.
Read More...
Diageo wins legal case against former United Spirits boss Vijay Mallya
28 May 2019

Diageo has won a summary High Court order against Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, ordering him to pay $135 million to the drinks giant after it had to meet a guarantee on a loan to his companies.
Read More...
How the takeaway boom is impacting on the restaurant industry
28 May 2019

According to market research company NPD Group, the dine-at-home market is growing rapidly with the demand for ready-to-eat delivered food increasing ten times faster than dine-out.
Read More...
Champagne Drappier bucks market trends
28 May 2019

Champagne Drappier has always been a bit different from the competition, but it’s unique approach is paying dividends, even in declining markets for the French fizz.
Read More...
Ormer Mayfair names Svetoslav Manolev as new head sommelier
28 May 2019

Ormer, the critically-acclaimed restaurant at Flemings Mayfair hotel, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has appointed Svetoslav Manolev as head sommelier.
Read More...
Flavoured gin launches make Scottish brand Boë £8.5m
28 May 2019

Colourful, Scottish gin brand Boë's sales have risen by close to 800% in just one year thanks to a thirst for flavoured expressions and liqueurs, the company's directors said.
Read More...
Truman’s brewery to relocate to Walthamstow
28 May 2019

Historic east London brewer Truman’s is to relocate from its current location in Hackney Wick to a huge new site the northeast London borough of Walthamstow.
Read More...
Constellation Brands fined $420k for trade practice violations
28 May 2019

Crown Imports LLC, a subsidiary of drinks giant Constellation Brands, has been fined US$420,000 by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for alleged "trade practice violations" in Chicago.
Read More...
Scotch company launches ‘light’ whisky at 21.5% ABV
28 May 2019

Scotch whisky is bound by strict production rules and centuries of tradition, but hoping to cash in on the trends making millions for other brands, Glaswegian distiller Whyte & Mackay has brought a new take on the amber elixr to market.
Read More...
Sexy Fish bottles own Chichibu Japanese whisky
28 May 2019

London restaurant Sexy Fish and Speciality Drinks have worked together on an own-label bottling of Chichibu whisky from Japan.
Read More...
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: Full results announced
28 May 2019

After two weeks of judging, the results are now in for the 16th edition of the Decanter World Wine Awards. Find out which wines won what in this year’s competition. DWWA 2019 quick links to results Search all Best in Show medals Search all Platinum medals Search all Gold medals Search all Silver medals Search all Bronze medals Find out what happens at Judging Week See the DWWA Judging Week h...
Read More...
Explore Spain’s undiscovered whites
28 May 2019

Malvasía vines in the volcanic soil at La Geria in Lanzarote on the Canary Islands There is great quality to be found among Spain's modern white wine styles...
Read More...
Port Houses Declare Another Vintage Year
28 May 2019

 A rare occurrence in the Douro as consecutive vintages are announced.
Read More...
Wine Legend: Château Pichon Baron 2005
27 May 2019

'One of the top wines of the Médoc...'
Read More...
New Zealand oaked Sauvignon Blanc: panel tasting results
27 May 2019

Rebecca Gibb MW, Roger Jones and Philip Tuck MW tasted 53 New Zealand oaked Sauvignon Blancs, with 3 Outstanding and 18 Highly Recommended... Scroll down to see the tasting notes & scores The verdict With quality on display across the board, this tasting proved that New Zealand’s oaked styles of Sauvignon Blanc deserve attention. Rebecca Gibb MW shares the highlights… Famed for i...
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Champagnes
27 May 2019

 The workhorse cuvées are giving way to their showier, more-expensive siblings in Champagne.
Read More...
Top Barcelona tapas and wine bars
26 May 2019

Park Güell, Barcelona Find the best spots of tapas and a glass of wine...
Read More...
Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month – July
26 May 2019

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Hall of Fame Award recipient picks fine wines to drink now and others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards...   The Spurrier Selection  
Read More...
Top Uco Valley sub-regions: Panel tasting results
25 May 2019

Phil Crozier, Paz Levinson and Patricio Tapia tasted 99 wines from the Uco Valley sub-regions of Altamira and Gualtallary, with 12 Outstanding and 37 Highly Recommended. Originally published in the October 2017 issue of Decanter magazine Wines from the sub-regions of Gualtallary and Altamira, including 12 rated Outstanding...
Read More...
US breweries blame Trump’s tariffs for job losses
25 May 2019

Breweries in the US have blamed the Trump administration's metal tariffs for a loss of thousands of jobs in the beer industry since 2016.
Read More...
The Decanter interview: Jamie Kutch
25 May 2019

From former New York trader and ‘wine geek’ to fully fledged California winemaker...
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Mike Dawson
24 May 2019

Mike Dawson, winemaker at South Africa's Journey's End, speaks about his fondness for the Harwood Arms, reveals why he enjoys visiting urban wineries and explains why nothing compares to London's wine scene.
Read More...
London Wine Fair in ‘extremely healthy position’ ahead of 40th anniversary
24 May 2019

The London Wine Fair is in an 'extremely healthy position' ahead of its 40th anniversary next year, with its visitor count rising 9% since 2017.
Read More...
London Wine Fair in ‘extremely healthy position’ ahead of 40th anniversary
24 May 2019

The London Wine Fair is in an 'extremely healthy position' ahead of its 40th anniversary next year, with its visitor count rising 9% since 2017.
Read More...
Fine wine investment: Tall poppies
24 May 2019

One of the complaints we hear from a lot of fine wine investors arriving at Amphora’s door for the first time is that they are always told what to buy but never told when to sell.
Read More...
Churchill’s joins 2017 declarations
24 May 2019

Churchill’s has joined many of its fellow Port producers by declaring a 2017 vintage, the first back-to-back declaration at the company in almost a century.
Read More...
Irish Distillers launches whiskey podcast series
24 May 2019

The owner of Jameson, Irish Distillers, has launched a five-part podcast series telling the story of how three companies saved the country's whiskey industry from extinction. 
Read More...
The week in pictures
24 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Mads Mikkelsen goes full Bond-villain in Carlsberg's new ad campaign; a London brewery goes full punk on Brewdog's new ad campaign; Eva Longoria parties with Baron Philippe de Rothschild; and Katherine Ryan finds a taste for Tequila...
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: A ‘hedonistic’ Pontet-Canet
24 May 2019

One of the properties that suffered most grievously from the mildew epidemic in 2018, today’s Pontet-Canet offering will be much discussed.
Read More...
The best ways to celebrate English and Welsh Wine Week
24 May 2019

With the weekend heralding the start of this year's English and Welsh Wine Week, we round up the best ways to immerse yourself in the UK's buoyant wine scene. 
Read More...
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019: Top trophies revealed
24 May 2019

We reveal the wines that have won the prestigious Best in Show award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. Full results for DWWA 2019 will be announced on 28 May. Of the more than 16,500 wines tasted, only 50 (0.3%) received the esteemed Best in Show medal.  Coming soon: Full DWWA 2019 results will be available, with tasting notes, from 28 May Scroll down to see how a wine wins Best in Sh...
Read More...
English fizz ‘best value’ option in London restaurants
24 May 2019

According to specially-commissioned research by db, English fizz is the best-value wine option in London restaurants – and we consider why.
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Zinfandels
24 May 2019

 The most American of varieties sees a few overseas competitors encroaching on its territory.
Read More...
Best wines for a barbecue
24 May 2019

What should you open at a barbecue? We've got your barbecue wine needs sorted...
Read More...
Anson: Château Malartic-Lagravière – A ‘powerhouse’ of Pessac-Léognan
24 May 2019

Brilliant whites, and unmissable reds...
Read More...
Vinventions CEO leaves the company
23 May 2019

Heino Freudenberg, president and CEO of Vinventions – the world’s second largest wine closure supplier – has left the company after four years at the helm.
Read More...
Jackson Family Wines to expand to Tasmania
23 May 2019

One of the world’s most powerful wine companies, Jackson Family Wines, is on the hunt for a place to make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Tasmania.
Read More...
Bibendum and Matthew Clark owner C&C hails ‘transformational year’
23 May 2019

C&C, the Irish drinks group that rescued Bibendum and Matthew Clark following the collapse of Conviviality last year, has seen pre-tax profits rise 17% to €92.9m following a “transformational year”.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: ‘Unforgettable’ wine – forgettable prices?
23 May 2019

The 2018 wines from Chanel-owned Rauzan-Ségla and Canon came through this morning, the price increases on the 2017 were hefty but will their brand appeal and limited allocations see them through?
Read More...
Why cork’s fastest growth market should surprise
23 May 2019

The fastest growth market for cork stoppers in the past 12 months should surprise those in the wine trade, says Amorim’s Carlos de Jesus.
Read More...
Great British Menu 2019: The finalists
23 May 2019

The finale of BBC Two's Great British Menu saw the final four chefs cook at the banquet at Abbey Road studios in London, with Lorna McNee crowned the winner for her dessert of 'Limes and Sunshine - There's Enough For Everyone'.
Read More...
Accolade Park in landmark wind energy first
23 May 2019

Accolade Park, Europe’s largest wine warehouse and distribution centre, has transferred 50% of its energy to wind power after installing a new 2.5MW wind turbine at its Avonmouth site, in a landmark move for the industry.
Read More...
Pioneering London restaurant The Providores to close
23 May 2019

Pioneering New Zealand restaurant The Providores on Marylebone High Street in London, run by Kiwi chef Peter Gordon, is to close at the end of July.
Read More...
Carlsberg renews Liverpool F.C. sponsorship deal
23 May 2019

Carlsberg has once again renewed its partnership with Liverpool F.C. 
Read More...
Pichon Comtesse unveils new labels
23 May 2019

Bordeaux estate Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has unveiled a new look for its grand vin and a redesign of its second label, formerly known as ‘Reserve de la Comtesse’.
Read More...
Champagne Sales Lose Their Fizz
23 May 2019

 Champagne's official figures conceal some sobering facts, Caroline Henry reports.
Read More...
What does Sancerre wine taste of? Ask Decanter
23 May 2019

What is Sancerre wine, and how does it taste?
Read More...
Top Super Tuscan wines
23 May 2019

What are these highly sought-after wines...
Read More...
The Drinks Business Awards 2019: the winners
22 May 2019

We are delighted to reveal the winners of the 2019 Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday afternoon at a packed out ceremony at the London Wine Fair.
Read More...
Diageo CEO tells New York investors firm is optimistic over 2019 results
22 May 2019

Diageo's chief executive Ivan Menezes has given an upbeat assessment of performance at the world's biggest premium drinks group to investors and analysts in New York.
Read More...
Ex United Spirits boss Vijay Mallya ousted from Barbados Tridents cricket club after Diageo took over Royal Challengers
22 May 2019

Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, has been forcibly removed from his final connection with high profile international sports.
Read More...
EXCLUSIVE: BBR eyes up commuters with new Victoria Station concession
22 May 2019

Berry Bros and Rudd, the Queen's wine merchant, is set to extend its reach to the lucrative commuter market as its confirms plans to supply a new concession in Victoria Station, db can reveal.
Read More...
The UK government confirms it will ban plastic straws next year, but not in bars
22 May 2019

The UK government will ban the sale and use of single-use plastic items like straws, stirrers and cutlery next year.
Read More...
Grimbergen Abbey monks to brew beer from medieval recipe
22 May 2019

A microbrewery is to be built inside the walls of Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels after monks finally uncovered the long-lost recipes and brewing techniques recorded in medieval manuscripts.
Read More...
Glenmorangie hosts oyster reef restoration conference
22 May 2019

Scotch distiller Glenmorangie and its conservation partners are currently hosting an international conference on restoring Europe’s lost oyster reefs.
Read More...
Constellation Brands and Gallo’s $1.7bn deal delayed
22 May 2019

The US$1.7 billion deal between Constellation Brands and E&J Gallo is to be delayed after both companies received a request for additional information and documentary material from the US Federal Trade Commission.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Barton releases but at what (La)coste?
22 May 2019

Léoville Barton and Grand-Puy-Lacoste led this morning’s 2018 releases, two of the more notable labels to appear post-Vinexpo.
Read More...
Wine of the Week: Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rosé
22 May 2019

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Masters. Every Wednesday, we’ll select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it.
Read More...
Over £100,000 worth of Burgundy wine stolen from winery
22 May 2019

More than 1,000 bottles have been stolen...
Read More...
Hart Davis Hart Burgundy auction nets US$7.7m
22 May 2019

Its biggest Burgundy auction to date...
Read More...
Pio Cesare: Introducing Mosconi
22 May 2019

A new single-vineyard Barolo...
Read More...
Jamie Oliver’s restaurants to face administration
21 May 2019

UK television chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant business is preparing to file for insolvency, putting around 1,300 jobs at Jamie's Italian, Fifteen and Barbecoa at risk.
Read More...
Cru commits to sustainability plan
21 May 2019

Cru Fine Wines has announced it is to implement a new sustainability plan to help lower and off-set its carbon emissions.
Read More...
What you need to know about the drinks industry charity’s #benevolentcolours campaign
21 May 2019

Drinks industry staffers are wearing red, white and rosé-coloured clothes today to raise money and awareness for trade charity The Benevolent.
Read More...
Majestic Wine closing in on potential £100m sale, according to reports
21 May 2019

There are a small number of potential bidders in the running...
Read More...
Wines of Argentina to host ‘summer wine’ tasting
21 May 2019

Wines of Argentina is due to hold a summer solstice trade tasting in London this June, focusing on the country's white, rosé and sparkling wines.
Read More...
Sketch owner and ex Savoy head bartender open site in London
21 May 2019

The restaurateur behind two of Mayfair’s most famous restaurant-bars, Mourad Mazouz, has teamed up with a former head bartender at the Savoy to help him realise his dream of launching his own venue.
Read More...
HDH Burgundy sale hits US$7.7m
21 May 2019

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart recently hosted its largest ever ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale which realised US$7.7 million (£6m).
Read More...
Matton of Minuty: Oak has no place in rosé
21 May 2019

The practice of barrel fermenting and oak ageing rosé goes against the philosophy of the wine, according to François Matton of leading Provence estate Château Minuty.
Read More...
Rolls-Royce unveils £37k Champagne chest
21 May 2019

British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has unveiled a £37,000 Champagne chest, complete with four V12 engine-inspired flutes, two "thermal caviar caissons", two blini holders, two mother-of-pearl caviar spoons and a canapé capsule. 
Read More...
Paul Jaboulet announces Malaysian distribution
21 May 2019

Northern Rhône estate Paul Jaboulet Aîné has secured distribution for its core range in Malaysia through Bordeaux Liquid Gold it has been announced.
Read More...
Final call for Champagne Masters – Asia
21 May 2019

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for The Champagne Masters – Asia 2019.
Read More...
America's All-Time Favorite Wines
21 May 2019

 As part of our 20th birthday coverage, we look back at which wines US users love most.
Read More...
Best Chardonnays outside Burgundy
21 May 2019

The best Chardonnays from around the world...
Read More...
Second round of Brexit contingency forcing businesses to ‘waste’ cash
21 May 2019

Wine businesses are being forced to “waste” cash and capital preparing for the revised Brexit deadline in October, delegates at the London Wine Fair heard, as the WSTA warned that a no-deal was not firmly “off the table”.   
Read More...
Highlights – DWWA 2019 Judging and Platinum week
21 May 2019

Judging was organised by region, with each panel judged by experts in that region.
Read More...
US distillers relieved as Canada and Mexico revoke whiskey tariffs
20 May 2019

The USA, Canada and Mexico have at least reached an agreement to repeal tariffs on American whiskey.
Read More...
WSET Level 3 Sprits course opens
20 May 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has announced that the Level 3 Award in spirits is now open, with bookings being taken for the first courses in the UK and US.
Read More...
Wine Buyer’s Guide to Calais – Is a booze cruise still worth it?
20 May 2019

With reports of Booze Cruises on the rise, we went to find out whether there’s still value in that short trip across the channel to Calais.
Read More...
Inside Dublin’s first alcohol-free pub
20 May 2019

A new pub has opened its doors in Dublin with an unusual twist; it doesn't serve alcohol.
Read More...
Top whiskies lead Bonhams HK sale
20 May 2019

Scotch and Japanese whiskies led Bonhams’ recent Hong Kong sale, with lots of the Macallan and Dalmore selling for many times over their pre-sale estimates.
Read More...
Beaujolais UK exports continue rising
20 May 2019

Exports of Beaujolais wines to the UK have continued to rise in the first half of the year, showing increased growth since February.
Read More...
Echo Falls launches summer berries pink gin
20 May 2019

Drinks giant Accolade's Wine label Echo Falls is delving further into the spirits sector this year, with the launch of a summer berries-flavoured expression.
Read More...
Beefsteak Club unveils second London bus ad campaign
20 May 2019

Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club has unveiled its second London bus advertising campaign to coincide with the London Wine Fair. 
Read More...
Anno Distillers and Westerham Brewery release Kent’s ‘first’ whisky
20 May 2019

Kent-based drinks producers Anno Distillers and Westerham Brewery have released what they claim is first whisky to be made in the county in over 200 years. 
Read More...
California’s Beaulieu Vineyard will release its 80th Georges de Latour this year
20 May 2019

Created at Beaulieu Vineyard by the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff,  the 2016 vintage of the Napa Valley classic will be released in September.
Read More...
Pairing wine with salmon: What to choose
20 May 2019

How do you like your salmon? We get the expert advice...
Read More...
Understanding the different Madeira styles
19 May 2019

Learn about the different styles of Madeira...
Read More...
Cornas Warms to a New Direction
19 May 2019

 In our latest update from the Rhône, W. Blake Gray visits an appellation that is changing its old ways.
Read More...
How wine regions gain UNESCO World Heritage status
18 May 2019

Champagne gained UNESCO status in 2015 A crocodile of poncho-wearing tourists trail behind a cruise-ship guide in the aftermath of a downpour in St-Emilion. It’s an unseasonably soggy summer day in the medieval town and the steep, narrow lanes are treacherous, but that’s not deterring thousands of visitors: American voices mingle with French, German and Chinese, filling the café...
Read More...
Malbec across the Andes
18 May 2019

Twenty years ago, few people would have been able to envisage just how Malbec would evolve. The variety, which had been neglected for decades in its homeland, and only rarely used in red blends in other countries – such as Vega Sicilia in Spain and California’s Opus One – is today grown successfully not only […]
Read More...
US storage owner admits stealing up to $1.5m of fine wine
18 May 2019

Wine storage business owner faces 18 months in prison. Stealing between $550,000 and $1.5m of wine from his clients..
Read More...
Latest: Top Tesco wines to buy
18 May 2019

Our tasters pick the best choices...
Read More...
Robert Parker formally retires from The Wine Advocate
18 May 2019

Robert Parker He has formally retired from The Wine Advocate at the age of 71.
Read More...
Symington: Cheap Douro wine is doing serious damage
18 May 2019

Cheap Douro wine sold at discount retailers in the UK is doing “serious damage” to the industry, according to Paul Symington of Symington Family Estates.
Read More...
Gallo’s premium business now 30% of turnover
17 May 2019

Showing how serious it is about taking its business upmarket, E & J Gallo’s premium wine business now accounts for 30% of the company’s annual turnover.
Read More...
Bordeaux legend André Lurton dies
17 May 2019

André Lurton, the head of one of Bordeaux’s most influential families and the driving force behind the creation of Pessac-Léognan, has died aged 94.
Read More...
First taste: Thiénot X Penfolds Champagne collaboration
17 May 2019

Three new Champagnes...
Read More...
VIDEO: Inside the Global Rosé Masters 2019
17 May 2019

We worked with our competition sponsors Pink Rosé Festival to show you what happens after the entries are submitted into our Global Masters, and the work that goes into assessing each wine in our annual awards.
Read More...
The week in pictures
17 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks: The Duchess of Cornwall alights in East Sussex; celebs sign a very big bottle of Taittinger; Distill Ventures helps us take a day off the sauce at its white paper launch; we get the gossip from Vinexpo Bordeaux; and Bibendum and Matthew Clark compete for glory at Emirates stadium...
Read More...
What is Cannonau? Ask Decanter
17 May 2019

grapes Grenache The Sardinian name for a widely planted red wine grape variety...
Read More...
Paul and Emma Ainsworth reopen The Mariners pub
17 May 2019

Husband and wife team, Paul and Emma Ainsworth, have reopened The Mariners pub in Cornwall’s Rock with a focus on British classics that champion local produce, taking over from chef Nathan Outlaw.
Read More...
Robert Parker formally retires
17 May 2019

US wine critic has announced his formal retirement from The Wine Advocate, the journal he founded 41 years ago.
Read More...
Renewable energy company to launch sustainable menu on Sweden’s Zero Island
17 May 2019

Renewable energy company Neste has joined forces with Swedish chef Jonas Svensson to create a ‘Zero Menu’ highlighting the individual’s role in lowering emissions, to be served on thr Zero Island Lidö initiative in the Swedish archipelago.
Read More...
British Airways and InchDairnie to create centenary whisky
17 May 2019

British Airways and Fife-based InchDairnie distillery have teamed up to create a limited-edition whisky to celebrate the airline's centenary, which will be served on flights in 2031. 
Read More...
Fine wine investment: The bigger picture
17 May 2019

When it comes to investment of any sort, keeping too close an eye on the market could blind your judgement of the overall bigger picture and make you miss new opportunities.
Read More...
Chase Distillery launches first advertising campaign
17 May 2019

Herefordshire's Chase Distillery has unveiled its first advertising campaign entitled 'All in the Chase' which will run in Curzon and Everyman cinemas, in print media and on billboards. 
Read More...
Phylloxera Outbreak Puts Aussies on Edge
17 May 2019

 Growers and wineries in Australia's Yarra Valley are struggling to contain an outbreak of the deadly bug.
Read More...
Bordeaux wine legend André Lurton dies
17 May 2019

Additional reporting by Jane Anson in Bordeaux.André Lurton at La Louvière. He helped drive the creation of Pessac-Léognan...
Read More...
Sainsbury’s launches Gallo’s Apothic Inferno
17 May 2019

Read More...
Hawksmoor accidentally gives diner £4,500 bottle of wine
17 May 2019

A diner at a branch of UK steak restaurant Hawksmoor is quids in after being served a £4,500 bottle of wine by mistake, the venue said.
Read More...
Wal-Mart mulls Asda stock-market float
16 May 2019

Asda's US based parent group, Walmart, has admitted it is considering floating the UK retailer on the stock-market in order to strengthen its long-term success. 
Read More...
Hawksmoor diner mistakenly served £4,500 Château Le Pin 2001
16 May 2019

The £4500 wine was served to a customer by mistake. The valuable wine was served by mistake...
Read More...
London Wine Fair 2019: The ultimate guide
16 May 2019

Returning to Olympia for its 39th showing this month, the London Wine Fair, the largest annual trade event for the UK wine industry, will see no fewer than 14,000 wines from 40 countries present at the three-day expo from 20-22 May.
Read More...
The Donovan Bar launches swinging sixties-inspired cocktail menu
16 May 2019

Located in Mayfair, The Donovan Bar will offer a new cocktail menu created by renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese and inspired by the swinging sixties cultural revolution in London.
Read More...
Lameyse: Vinexpo Bordeaux has lost its momentum
16 May 2019

Rodolphe Lameyse, the new CEO of Vinexpo, has admitted that “the old days are over” for the Bordeaux wine fair, and that it needs to adapt in order to survive.
Read More...
Jodie Kidd and Virgin give bar owner first holiday in 18 years
16 May 2019

Supermodel and pub owner Jodie Kidd has teamed up with Virgin Holidays in order to find a British bartender to provide cover for a bar owner in Jamaica, so that he can have his first holiday in 18 years. 
Read More...
Advertising watchdogs could ‘take brands to court’ over mental health marketing
16 May 2019

The UK's advertising watchdogs are "ready and prepared" to clamp down on alcohol brands that sell their drinks to young consumers by suggesting they will be happier, more confident, or successful, a panel of marketing experts has warned.
Read More...
ProWine Asia celebrates rise in visitor and exhibitor numbers
16 May 2019

Wine and spirit trade fair ProWine Asia returned to Hong Kong on 7 to 10 May, reporting rises in both the number of visitors and exhibitors attending the event. 
Read More...
Crimea’s historic Massandra winery may be sold
16 May 2019

Massandra Winery's ownership has been disputed since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Authorities have said they intend to privatise Massandra winery...
Read More...
Anson: Comparing St-Julien 1986 and 1988
16 May 2019

Château Léoville Barton St-Julien was always one of the most balanced appellations of the Médoc, with complexity, elegance and finesse. It covers just 5km north to south and, at 910ha, is one third of the size of Pauillac – though not so far off from Pomerol, which clocks in today at 800ha. The appellation has just 19 winemakers, […]
Read More...
Wine Storage Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud
16 May 2019

 A Baltimore businessman gets jail for selling his clients' wine without their knowledge.
Read More...
Vin de Constance joins Bordeaux négociant market
16 May 2019

Vin de Constance wine The first South African wine to join the Bordeaux négociant market...
Read More...
Klein Constantia appoints Bordeaux négociants
16 May 2019

Klein Constantia is to become the first South African winery to have its wine distributed through La Place de Bordeaux with the release of the 2016 Vin de Constance this autumn.
Read More...
WOSA launches first South African festival
16 May 2019

Wines of South Africa has announced the launch of the UK’s first South African Wine Festival this September.
Read More...
Shortlist for the 2019 Wine List Confidential Awards announced
16 May 2019

We bring you the shortlist for this year's Wine List Confidential Awards, recognising London's top 100 restaurants for wine, which are set to be presented at the London Wine Fair on 20 May.
Read More...
Loire Valley Wines to make June ‘Loire month’ in UK
16 May 2019

Loire Valley Wines has announced the launch of a new consumer marketing campaign in the UK presenting the Loire as an ultimate wine destination, with a month-long focus on the French region in the capital.
Read More...
Anniversary wine for 2030 – Ask Decanter
15 May 2019

Looking for a special bottle to open in 2030..?
Read More...
The Drinks Business Awards 2019: The Shortlist
15 May 2019

Following three impassioned days of judging in London last week, we are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2019. The winners will be announced at the London Wine Fair on Tuesday 21 May at 4pm.
Read More...
Saint-Émilion to be source of Bordeaux’s first ‘grand cru’ Chardonnay
15 May 2019

The Russian billionaire-backed Art Russe brand from Château La Grâce Dieu Des Prieurs in Saint-Émilion is planning to release a ‘grand cru’ level Chardonnay from this year’s vintage.
Read More...
Disznókő launches fourth vintage of ‘Kapi’
15 May 2019

Tokaj estate Disznókő has released the 2015 vintage of its single vineyard Aszú wine ‘Kapi’ – just the fourth vintage released so far.
Read More...
Top 17 richest Brits in drinks
15 May 2019

Based on the recently published Sunday Times Rich List, profiling the wealthiest people based in the UK, we count down those that have made their fortune from the drinks industry.
Read More...
Public pays for €15,000 Mansion House beer bill as Dublin mayor uses up Diageo allowance twice
15 May 2019

Taxpayers in Ireland have paid for €15,000 worth of beer at Dublin's Mansion House after the city's lord mayor wiped out his free allowance for a second time this year.
Read More...
Wine of the Week: Mirabeau Pure 2016
15 May 2019

The good weather in London has us thirsting for a crisp Provence pink, specifically, this deceptively complex one from Mirabeau.
Read More...
Deutz Champagne: Producer profile
15 May 2019

Tasting notes back to 1989...
Read More...
Barolo's Almost Secret Auction
15 May 2019

 Intrepid US editor W. Blake Gray goes to Italy in search of the world's least-publicized wine auction.
Read More...
Littorai: Sustainability on California’s north coast
15 May 2019

Biodynamic preparations at Littorai. Elegant Chardonnays and stylish Pinots...
Read More...
UK alcohol exports worth £7.3bn in 2018 as food and drink trade hits ‘record’ Q1 earnings
15 May 2019

The UK's wineries, breweries and distilleries sold £7.3 billion of alcohol overseas last year, an increate of 84% since 2007, according to the Department for International Trade.
Read More...
WSET launches Wine Education Week with world record attempt
15 May 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will launch a 'Wine Education Week' in 2019 to coincide with the programme's 50th anniversary.
Read More...
Distilled Spirits Council urges NYC mayor to lift alcohol advertising ban
14 May 2019

US trade body the Distilled Spirits Council has sent an open letter to the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, calling for him to reconsider imposing the ban on alcohol advertising on city property. 
Read More...
Are pub and restaurant staff too stressed to take sick leave?
14 May 2019

The majority of people working in the hospitality industry consider work to be more important than their personal health or social lives, according to new research.
Read More...
Quique Dacosta to launch first international restaurant in London
14 May 2019

Valencian chef Quique Dacosta is set to open his first restaurant outside of Spain in London’s Fitzrovia this June with a focus on rice-based dishes. 
Read More...
Swedish distillery and Microsoft to create ‘first’ AI-generated whisky
14 May 2019

Swedish distillery Mackmyra has teamed up with Finnish technology consultancy Fourkind and US electronics giant Microsoft to create what it claims is the first whisky "developed with artificial intelligence".
Read More...
Top new products: May
14 May 2019

This month's new products include a canned rosé from Chile, a low dosage English fizz, a fully-recyclable gin and a new alcohol-free beer from one of the most well-known breweries in the US.
Read More...
Pernod Ricard Winemakers names Accolade’s Travis Fuller as fine wine director
14 May 2019

Pernod Ricard's wine business, Pernod Ricard Winemakers (PRW) has appointed one of Australian firm Accolade's fine wine managers to head up its own premium division.
Read More...
The Co-op builds on strong summer with customer insight
14 May 2019

UK convenience retailer The Co-op is working on new customer insight to build on the success of last year's summer, which saw sales soar on the back of the scorching weather. 
Read More...
Champagne Giraud appoints new UK distributor
14 May 2019

Champagne Henri Giraud has announced a new agency partnership with New Generation Wines to distribute its wines in England, Scotland and Wales.
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted US Wines
14 May 2019

 We know Napa dominates searches for US wine, but we didn't know how heavy that domination really is.
Read More...
Fresh China tariffs a worry for US wine producers
14 May 2019

US wine shipments to China fell in 2018. China said today (13 May) that it would raise import tariffs on thousands of US products, predominantly in the agriculture sector, from 1 June in retaliation for fresh US tariffs announced late last week. Wine will be among the products targeted, confirmed the California-based Wine Institute. It said, ‘Effective June 1, China will add another […...
Read More...
Cutting Back on Sugar? Here's What Wine Drinkers Need to Know (Wine Spectator)
14 May 2019

Dietary 'no-nos' come and go, but one of the most prominently and consistently warned-against nutritional hazards of the past few decades is excessive sugar consumption. Sugar has been linked with health problems including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and tooth decay, to name a few. But sugar has also become a bit of an obsession, with myriad opinions on how harmful it is and what kin...
Read More...
Cutting Back on Sugar? Here's What Wine Drinkers Need to Know
14 May 2019

Excess sugar consumption has been linked with health problems, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up wine
Read More...
Treasury Wine Estates director Michelle Brampton joins WSTA’s board
13 May 2019

Michelle Brampton, the European managing director of Treasury Wine Estates, has joined the board of the UK's Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).
Read More...
Paul Symington receives Lifetime Achievement Award
13 May 2019

Paul Symington, the former chairman of Symington Family Estates, has received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Read More...
The Decanter interview: Jean-Claude Mas
13 May 2019

Jean-Claude Mas I caught him on a day when top gear was just out of reach. A cold had dulled some of his energy, but even so Jean-Claude Mas was still wired into everything going on: the interview, buyers from a sizeable French supermarket chain, his Côté Mas restaurant, calls from other clients. Little escapes his attention […]
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Chester Osborn
13 May 2019

The inimitable chief winemaker of d’Arenberg in the McLaren Vale Chester Osborn reveals his fondness for the food and drink offering at the Mandarin Oriental and explains how London has the most diverse wine scene.
Read More...
Wine & Spirits Show 2019: The Podcasts
13 May 2019

If you didn't get a chance to attend the show this spring, fear not, because we teamed up with podcast series Interpreting Wine on two episodes based on our very own masterclasses.
Read More...
Curious Brew open new ‘cathedral of brewing’ in Kent
13 May 2019

Curious Brew, the beer brand of English winemaker Chapel Down, has opened its long-awaited new brewery bar, shop and restaurant to the public, which it has described as a 'Cathedral of Brewing', as it plans a new pipeline of development.
Read More...
Premium South American red blends: Panel tasting results
13 May 2019

Paz Levinson, Peter Richards MW and Dircau Vianna Junior MW tasted 95 South American red blends, with 4 Outstanding and 46 Highly Recommended. Some top names from South America...
Read More...
Tim Atkin MW: Argentina’s winery owners are ‘pushing viticultural boundaries’
13 May 2019

While Argentina's wine industry was once concentrated in a few key regions like Mendoza, producers are now pushing boundaries by reviving forgotten terroirs and unearthing new ones, Tim Aitkin MW has said.
Read More...
Easter uplift for pubs as restaurant sales plummet
13 May 2019

Booze sales in UK pubs saw a strong uplift over the sunny Easter bank holiday, but restaurant sales plummeted nearly 20% compared to last Easter's figure
Read More...
Zuccardi joins Hatch Mansfield
13 May 2019

Argentine producer Familia Zuccardi has announced that it has appointed Hatch Mansfield to be its exclusive UK distributor.
Read More...
Dalmore Scotch whisky ‘l’Anima’ sells for £108,900 at Sotheby’s auction
13 May 2019

A one of a kind bottle of Dalmore Scotch whisky, Dalmore ‘L’Anima’, has been sold at auction for £108,900.
Read More...
PBS film shines light on Mexican migrants in California wine country
13 May 2019

Roger Morris takes a look at PBS' latest documentary, which shines a light on the role of immigration in two of the most important winemaking regions in the USA.
Read More...
Burgundy 2017 Brings its A-Game
13 May 2019

 It was the year that volumes returned to normal. Tom Hyland takes a look at Burgundy's 2017 offerings.
Read More...
30 characterful and affordable Chilean wines to try
12 May 2019

All retailing for under £25... Independents are the best places to find the real Chile, suggests Peter Richards MW...
Read More...
30 best affordable Chilean wines to try
12 May 2019

All retailing for under £25 or $30... Independents are the best places to find the real Chile, suggests Peter Richards MW...
Read More...
Romanian wines worth seeking out
12 May 2019

It’s a little-understood wine nation with a long, if interrupted wine heritage, but decades of growing interest from foreign producers and a resurgence of domestic talent are seeing it rise again. Exploring the variety Romania has to offer...
Read More...
France's Orphan Wine Region Grows Up
12 May 2019

 Costières de Nimes has been making wine since before the idea of France even existed.
Read More...
Spend a weekend in Bordeaux: Travel guide
11 May 2019

Cos d’Estournel. From châteaux visits to coastal towns...
Read More...
Top Portuguese white wines for summer
11 May 2019

With summer wine recommendations below by Tina Gellie... Some delicious white wines for summer...
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Wines – 1999 Style
11 May 2019

 To mark Wine-Searcher's 20th birthday, we see what the world was looking for way back then.
Read More...
Behind the Scenes with the Winemakers of 'Wine Country' (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

Wine Country is an intimate movie, following the deep and complicated relationships of longtime friends. But behind the scenes, it was a massive production endeavor, like most feature films, accompanied by a small army of trailers for the cast, for makeup and wardrobe, for the commissary, and hundreds of crew members toting props, cameras, booms and rigs for lighting and sound. When the circus cam...
Read More...
Top Australian multi-regional blends
11 May 2019

When one region isn't enough...
Read More...
Wine Spectator 2019 Video Contest: Rules, Prizes and Entry Form (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

This Year’s Theme: "Wine Wanderlust"Where in the world has your love for wine taken you? Demonstrate this wine wanderlust in your video!Your approach can be as wide-ranging as the world of wine itself. This “wine wanderlust” can be literal or metaphorical—you don’t need to have actually traveled to a wine destination for it to have inspired you. Maybe your love for wi...
Read More...
Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

Where in the World Has Wine Taken You?Tell us your wine wanderlust story and submit your video to Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest. Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover, work in the wine or restaurant industry, or are a student of film, culinary arts or viticulture and enology. (You just need to be age 21 or older.) Over the past decade, we’ve seen top vid...
Read More...
Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest
11 May 2019

Where in the world has wine taken you? Submit your video to Wine Spectator’s 2019 Video Contest. Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover or work in the wine or restaurant industry. The winner gets to attend the 2019 New York Wine Experience weekend.
Read More...
BrewDog launches low alcohol Punk IPA
11 May 2019

Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog has launched a low alcohol version of its flagship beer, Punk IPA.
Read More...
Climate change expert to present grave industry warning at Vinexpo 2019
11 May 2019

Scientist Patrice Geoffron will deliver a wake-up call to the wine industry at Vinexpo's inaugural climate change symposium.
Read More...
BI and Pol Roger UK to launch new Glenfarclas whisky trilogy
10 May 2019

Leading merchant BI has partnered with Pol Roger UK to distribute a new whisky collection in the UK.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: A ‘rare collector’s item’?
10 May 2019

The release of Château Palmer’s 2018 vintage today might normally have many shaking their heads at its price but does its miniscule production mean this is a wine collectors would be rash to overlook?
Read More...
Boston Beer Co. agrees to merger with Dogfish Head Brewing in deal worth $300m
10 May 2019

US breweries Boston Beer Co. and Dogfish Head Brewing have agreed to merge their businesses in a deal worth $300 million.
Read More...
Belfort: Wine traders should sell the lifestyle
10 May 2019

The secret to being a successful wine trader is to sell clients the lifestyle rather than getting bogged down in facts, according to the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, Jordan Belfort.
Read More...
‘Carbon footprint significantly higher with organics’
10 May 2019

Climate change activist and leading Port producer, Adrian Bridge, has questioned the environmental benefits of organic viticulture, pointing out that the agricultural method produces "significantly" more C02.
Read More...
The week in pictures
10 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Henry Cavill gets behind healthy mixers; Lanson gears polo-fans up for a big night out in Mayfair; Graham Norton starts blending his new pink gin; and one French ex-paratrooper finishes a 127-day journey across the Atlantic sustained by Sauternes.
Read More...
Nederburg Auction rebrands to push South African fine wines
10 May 2019

One of South Africa’s leading fine wine events, the Nederburg Auction, is rebranding as the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction in a bid to help drive the premiumisation of South African wines.
Read More...
Frenchman completes Atlantic crossing in ‘wine’ barrel
10 May 2019

A Frenchman has succeeded in a gruelling crossing of the Atlantic in a completely unpowered three-metre long ‘wine barrel’, sustained in part by the occasional tot of Sauternes.
Read More...
How do red wine tannins affect taste? Ask Decanter
10 May 2019

How do red wine tannins create a 'dry' sensation in the mouth? Red wine tannins are well known for causing a drying sensation in the mouth, as we’re sure Decanter’s Jane Anson would confirm after recently tasting hundreds of barrel samples of the young Bordeaux 2018 vintage. But, why is this? And why might there be differences between red wine grape varieties? While the quantity and ch...
Read More...
Happy Birthday to Us
10 May 2019

 Wine-Searcher turns 20, which is a pretty major achievement in the digital age.
Read More...
Masseto Unveils New Ultramodern Underground Winemaking Lair (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Margaux has its stately neoclassical château. Dom Pérignon has the Hautvillers Abbey. Marqués de Riscal has its funky Frank Gehry ribbon candy/Kentucky Derby hat thing going on. Many, perhaps most, of the world's elite wines have palaces to match their pedigree. But until this year, the home of Masseto, one of the best and priciest wines of Italy, just looked like a bunch of (v...
Read More...
Impressive Miami Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Updated May 9, 2019On May 10, wine lovers will gather in Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel to taste 244 top-rated wines at Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour. While that’s hard to beat, restaurants throughout the Magic City offer world-class wine experiences year-round. From fine-dining fusion to a casual pizza and pasta concept, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning eater...
Read More...
Restaurant Spotlight: Restaurant Halling-Stuene (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

In Geilo, a town in southern Norway, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Restaurant Halling-Stuene offers one of the country’s more traditional dining experiences. The cottage-like venue features red wood panels, a stone fireplace and a cozy living room for lounging. Co-owner and chef Frode Aga serves simple preparations of authentic Norwegian and Scandinavian specialties, mean...
Read More...
Turning Tables: Miami's Brad Kilgore Opens New Restaurant; A Second Location for Killen's Steakhouse in Houston Area (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Miami welcomes a new restaurant this month from Brad Kilgore, the chef-owner behind Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Alter. Ember will serve classic American fare with a focus on wood-fired cooking, with dishes like grilled lasagna and fire-roasted stone crabs with garlic sauce.Wine director Michael Gonzalez's opening list features about 100 wines, 15 of which are available by the glass,...
Read More...
Turning Tables: Miami's Brad Kilgore Opens New Restaurant; A Second Location for Killen's Steakhouse in Houston Area
10 May 2019

Wine Spectator rounds up the latest restaurant news for wine lovers: Chef Brad Kilgore opens Ember in Miami, Killen's Steakhouse in the Houston area gets a second location, San Francisco will soon welcome ONE65, a multilevel French-inspired dining concept, and San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara reopens after mudslide damage. Get more news from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners!
Read More...
Château Palmer tests ‘music box’ to help Merlot grow
10 May 2019

Château Palmer, in the Margaux appellation, in 2015. Château Palmer is using the ‘music box’ in the second growing season of what is intended to be a three-year trial period, according to the estate’s CEO, Thomas Duroux. He said the experiment is based on a theory and method devised by French physicist and musician Joel Sternheimer in the 1980s. Sternheimer claimed t...
Read More...
Ireland embarks on massive alcohol reform
09 May 2019

A landmark piece of Irish legislation, the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, is set to drastically change Ireland's drinking landscape.
Read More...
Napa lawyer sets up specialist legal firm for wine acquisitions
09 May 2019

A former in-house lawyer for Duckhorn Wine Company is launching a Napa-based legal practise to advise wine companies on the acquisition and disposal of wineries and wine brands.
Read More...
Australian distillery creates Vegemite-themed spirit
09 May 2019

Distiller Archie Rose has released a limited edition spirit based on the popular Australian condiment Vegemite, said to replicate the flavour of the yeast-based, umami-rich spread slathered on buttered sourdough toast. 
Read More...
The Co-op launches Brangelina’s new rosé as it expands range
09 May 2019

UK convenience retailer The Co-op has become the first retailer to stock Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s new rosé, Studio by Miraval, as an exclusive, as it expands its range of rosés and 50cl formats in time for summer.
Read More...
Beavertown Brewery offers free beer for blood
09 May 2019

Tottenham Hale-based brewer Beavertown is hosting an event to encourage more people to sign up as blood donors by giving away free pints of its Bloody Ell' Blood Orange IPA. 
Read More...
Chris Porter to step down from Benevolent role
09 May 2019

Chris Porter is to step down from his position as chief executive of drinks charity The Benevolent it has been announced.
Read More...
Champagne Lanson to distribute Domaine de Cala in UK
09 May 2019

Champagne Lanson has announced an exclusive new agency for the UK – Provence wine estate Domaine de Cala.
Read More...
Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro moves into the City
09 May 2019

Portuguese restaurant and wine bar Bar Douro has announced plans to open a second site in the City this summer.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Fit for a Pape?
09 May 2019

An “explosive” Pape Clément and “opulent” d’Armailhac lead this morning’s en primeur releases.
Read More...
Magnificent Montes: Pioneers of premium Chilean Wine
09 May 2019

Viña Montes' visionary Feng Shui designed winery Promotional feature. How Montes broke the mould...
Read More...
Top buys from the German VDP wine tasting: 2018 whites & 2017 reds
09 May 2019

2018 whites & 2017 reds, with a few late-release wines too... Top German reds and whites from a recent tasting of over 1,000 wines...
Read More...
Banfi Piemonte: Pioneers of Albarossa in a classic region
09 May 2019

Promotional feature.
Read More...
Wine Country film review: Parodying the ‘snobby’ side of wine
09 May 2019

The characters exploring Napa Valley Reminding us that wine doesn’t have to be so serious...
Read More...
Nailing the Myth of Minerality
09 May 2019

 Despite being dismissed as myth by scientists, somms and winemakers still insist minerality is a thing.
Read More...
Madeira London tasting returns after two years
09 May 2019

After a two year gap, the Madeira London tasting is returning for an event on 6 June, featuring six of the region's top producers in a walk-around tasting and masterclass, hosted by the Madeira Wine Institute.
Read More...
Brazil wineries to visit – Serra Gaúcha
09 May 2019

Take a journey to Serra Gaúcha, Brazil’s emerging destination for wine tourism.Photo courtesy of Vinicola Salton, Eduardo Benini There’s a surprising world of wine to explore...
Read More...
Premium Californian Chardonnay: Panel tasting results
09 May 2019

Stephen Brook, Alex Hunt MW and Tim Jackson MW tasted 54 Californian Chardonnays, with 14 Highly Recommended. 54 Californian Chardonnays tasted. Which came out on top?
Read More...
Żubrówka Biała to launch in the UK vodka market
09 May 2019

Polish premium vodka brand, Żubrówka Biała, one of the fastest growing vodka brands, is set to launch in the UK. 
Read More...
London Wine Fair to feature ‘Extreme Tasting Challenge’
08 May 2019

The London Wine Fair has joined forces with The Wine Gang to launch a new competition designed to rigorously test a contestant's wine palate – 'The Extreme Tasting Challenge.'
Read More...
Walla Walla prison project nears start date
08 May 2019

A proposal to plant vines inside the Walla Walla State Penitentiary in Washington State is due for final approval in July, according to the project's architect Jeremy Petty.
Read More...
Feast It to offer new Michelin-starred catering service
08 May 2019

Booking platform Feast It is poised to launch a new catering and wedding service, in collaboration with some of London's leading restaurants.
Read More...
Final Mouton ‘Versailles’ cases sold in NYC
08 May 2019

The final 25 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild’s ‘Versailles’ cases have been sold in New York as Sotheby’s also announced a record-breaking first half of the year for sales.
Read More...
Diageo’s Edinburgh HQ sold for £6.55m
08 May 2019

Diageo's Edinburgh HQ has been sold by its landlord for £6.55 million. 
Read More...
Pol Roger to use robot to reach century-old buried Champagne
08 May 2019

Such is the risk to human life of reaching a stash of Champagne trapped beneath Pol Roger’s cellars since 1900, the producer is planning to use a robot.
Read More...
Peter Yealands fined $18k after grape marc incident in 2016
08 May 2019

Peter Yealands, the founder and former owner of Yealands Wine, has been fined NZ$18,000 after an attempt to recycle grape marc in 2016 backfired, polluting a nearby stream and surrounding land. 
Read More...
Summer festivals offer £100m booze opportunity
08 May 2019

Summer festivals in the UK have become one of the most lucrative opportunities for drinks suppliers, with music-lovers spending more than £100 million on booze, new analysis has found.
Read More...
75 cities celebrate Malbec World Day
08 May 2019

A total of 75 cities around the world took part in this year's Malbec World Day which officially fell on 17 April, the ninth year that Wines of Argentina has run the programme celebrating the country's famed red grape.
Read More...
South Africa’s 2019 wine harvest is smallest for 14 years
08 May 2019

Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. But there are reports of promising quality in several regions....
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Bourbons
08 May 2019

 A new generation of drinkers is breathing new life into America's native spirit – but who is winning?
Read More...
Vinexpo Reboots Its Flagship Show in Bordeaux (Wine Spectator)
08 May 2019

Thousands of members of the wine industry will descend on the city of Bordeaux on May 13–16 for the latest iteration of Vinexpo. The wine-and-spirits trade show has reimagined its flagship Bordeaux event, organizing an ambitious symposium on climate change. "In this highly competitive market, the Vinexpo group chose to make the flagship Vinexpo Bordeaux a more manageable size, whilst capital...
Read More...
Vinexpo Reboots Its Flagship Show in Bordeaux
08 May 2019

Thousands of members of the wine industry will descend on the city of Bordeaux on May 13–16 for the latest iteration of Vinexpo. The wine-and-spirits trade show has reimagined its flagship Bordeaux event, organizing an ambitious symposium on climate change. "In this highly competitive market, the Vinexpo group chose to make the flagship Vinexpo Bordeaux a more manageable size, whilst capit...
Read More...
Anson: Tasting every Château Rauzan-Ségla vintage from 1994 to 2018
08 May 2019

Jane Anson tastes vintages back to 1994...
Read More...
Road to 'Wine Country' Movie Interview: It's Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch's Party (Wine Spectator)
08 May 2019

When Rachel Dratch met up with some friends in California wine country for a weekend to celebrate her 50th birthday, she didn't expect it would become a movie—with her in a starring role. But that's how Wine Country, the directorial debut of one such friend, Amy Poehler, got its start. Also on that fateful trip: fellow early-2000s Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph, who steals scenes in t...
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: The pace quickens
08 May 2019

Calon Segur and Carmes de Haut-Brion headed up a new round of releases this week as the campaign’s gears really begin to turn.
Read More...
Torelló: ‘Cava needs a refoundation’
07 May 2019

A leading member of Corpinnat – the breakaway Spanish sparkling wine group - has urged the Cava authorities to embrace the designation's call for drastic change.
Read More...
Heineken breaks into Ecuador’s beer market
07 May 2019

Dutch beer giant Heineken has bought a majority stake in an Ecuadorian brewery for an undisclosed sum.
Read More...
The Wine Society exceeds £100 million in turnover
07 May 2019

With an active membership of over 140,000 people, The Wine Society has achieved a turnover in excess of £100 million for the first time.
Read More...
Blended rum Duppy Share launches draught cocktails
07 May 2019

Blended rum brand The Duppy Share has become the latest spirit to capitalise on the growing number of bars and restaurants serving draught cocktails.
Read More...
Chase Distillery announces return of Rock The Farm festival
07 May 2019

Herefordshire-based distillery Chase has announced the return of drinks industry festival Rock The Farm which will be held from 3 to 4 June 2019.
Read More...
AB InBev considers IPO listing for Asia business, hints at acquisitions
07 May 2019

AB InBev is considering a public listing of its Asian business on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the brewer said as it announced its first quarter earnings.
Read More...
British Airways celebrates centenary with food and drink launches
07 May 2019

British Airways is celebrating is centenary with some additions to its in-flight menu including a gin designed to be consumed at altitude and an English still wine bottled exclusively for the airline.
Read More...
SWA secures trademark protection for Scotch whisky in South Korea
07 May 2019

"Scotch Whisky" is now a registered trademark in South Korea, giving Scottish distillers exporting to Asia additional legal protection.
Read More...
Mouton Rothschild ‘Versailles’ cases fetch $2.7m at auction
07 May 2019

Each Mouton Rothschild Versaille case contained the 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2005 vintages. With proceeds going to Versailles Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral....
Read More...
Drought after-effects cause record harvest low in South Africa
07 May 2019

The 2019 wine grape harvest in South Africa is expected to hit its lowest level since 2005 caused by the after-effects of a three-year drought, industry body VinPro has reported. 
Read More...
West Sonoma Vintners Fight for Independence
07 May 2019

 Vintners hope a new Sonoma appellation will provide clarity for consumers, Courtney Schiessl discovers.
Read More...
A Mother's Day Delight: Amanda Cohen's Poached Eggs and Creamed-Corn Grits (Wine Spectator)
07 May 2019

Chef Amanda Cohen's unique graphic-novel cookbook Dirt Candy, named for her influential vegetarian restaurant on New York's Lower East Side, features an illustration of the chef at age 5, eating ice cream with two friends: a monkey and a panda. Both monkey and panda are chefs, with starkly contrasting—but complementary—personalities.The panda, Cohen explains, is "pretty relaxed and coo...
Read More...
Road to 'Wine Country' Movie Interview: Screenwriter Emily Spivey (Wine Spectator)
07 May 2019

Emily Spivey created the TV series Up All Night and has writing and editing credits on some of the most beloved comedies of the past two decades, including sketch shows Saturday Night Live and Mad TV. So when Amy Poehler decided she wanted to make a movie, she asked Spivey to write the script for what would become the film Wine Country. The story of a group of middle-aged women on a trip to Napa t...
Read More...
Wine Legend: Opus One 1991
07 May 2019

A 'rich and opulent' wine...
Read More...
Champagne Jacquart Mosaïque
07 May 2019

Champagne Jacquart has taken full advantage of its relative youth....
Read More...
The history of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
06 May 2019

Promotional feature. A long family tale...
Read More...
Regional profile: Savennières
06 May 2019

Including additional tasting notes exclusively for Decanter Premium members. Some of the Loire's best dry Chenins...
Read More...
Organic Wine's Deadly Carbon Footprint
06 May 2019

 It should be the more eco-friendly option, but is organic viticulture bad for the environment?
Read More...
‘Game of Thrones’ Bordeaux Winemaker Battles HBO (Sort Of) (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2019

When we last checked in with Thibault Bardet, he was happily, and relatively quietly, working on his pet project: making wines inspired by his and everyone’s favorite TV series, Game of Thrones. But now, as we're smack in the middle of the final season of the HBO show, the young Bordeaux vintner’s two cuvées, Dornish Wine Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red 2016 and the Imp's...
Read More...
How to pair wine with pizza
06 May 2019

The art of Neapolitan pizza-making, known as 'Pizzaiuolo', got UNESCO heritage status in 2017. A few pointers on styles to look for...
Read More...
Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
05 May 2019

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Hall of Fame Award recipient picks fine wines to drink now and others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards...   The Spurrier Selection You may also like: Steven Spurrier’s top wine memories Decanter’s top wines of 2018: Most exciting picks Ten wines to try in 2019
Read More...
Gigondas: Châteauneuf's Cooler Sibling
05 May 2019

 It doesn't get the attention of other Rhône appellations, but climate change is making it very cool.
Read More...
Best Kent restaurants and hotels
04 May 2019

The Sportsman, near Whitstable The best places to eat and stay...
Read More...
Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino: All the ‘nines’ back to 1969
04 May 2019

Tuscany vineyards Michaela Morris delves into Col d'Orcia's back-catalogue of vintages...
Read More...
When Pinot Noir isn't Pinot Noir
04 May 2019

 The wine industry is facing a moment of existential crisis over what goes into the bottle.
Read More...
California Wine Investment Firm Buys South Africa's Mulderbosch (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2019

One of the leading wineries in South Africa has a new owner, as the fallout from Terroir Capital founder Charles Banks' conviction on federal fraud charges continues. Third Leaf Wines, a new California-based firm, has purchased the renowned Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch from Terroir for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the brand, the winery and 136 acres of vineyards. "Mulderbosch is a...
Read More...
California Winery-Investment Firm Buys South Africa's Mulderbosch
04 May 2019

One of the leading wineries in South Africa has a new owner, as the fallout from Terroir Capital founder Charles Banks' conviction on federal fraud charges continues. Third Leaf Wines, a new California-based firm, has purchased the renowned Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch from Terroir for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the brand, the winery and 136 acres of vineyards. "Mulderbosch is...
Read More...
Restaurant Talk: The Next Gen Build the Future of Baltimore Dining (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2019

When it comes to East Coast dining destinations, Baltimore is usually outshined by nearby Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. But two young and hungry restaurateurs want to change that: Alex and Eric Smith, the brothers behind Atlas Restaurant Group, which has stormed onto the scene with 12 diverse and daring restaurant openings in the city in just seven years.For the Smiths, revitalizing Baltimor...
Read More...
Italy in Australia: setting down roots
04 May 2019

Could Italian grape varieties be the next giant leap for Aussie wine?
Read More...
Fine wine investment: Wild horses
04 May 2019

We have written in the past about how cheap Pavie seems to be, relative to Angelus, and before offering an update on that situation it is interesting to note that Pavie has been knocked off its ‘best value in St Emilion’ perch: by Cheval Blanc, no less.
Read More...
Liv-ex survey: ‘best’ wines of Bordeaux 2018
03 May 2019

Every year Liv-ex polls its global members to get their thoughts on the latest vintage from Bordeaux – here are what were considered the ‘best’ wines.
Read More...
How we’re celebrating #Sauvblancday: Marlborough’s Blind River ‘Tekau’
03 May 2019

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Wine Masters and, it being Sauvignon Blanc Day on 3 May, we couldn't resist pulling out this stunning example from New Zealand that picked up the top accolade in our Sauvignon Blanc Masters last year.
Read More...
Here’s what people are saying about the taste of Carlsberg’s new pilsner
03 May 2019

Twitter users are reacting to the taste and the marketing campaign for Carlsberg’s new brew.
Read More...
Gloria team set to launch second London site
03 May 2019

Parisian hospitality group Big Mama will open its second site in Fitzrovia’s Rathbone Square this June called Circolo Popolare.
Read More...
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness fronts beer released for Seattle Pride
03 May 2019

The Seattle-based Elysian Brewing Company is bringing back its GLITTERis Pride Ale for Seattle’s Pride march, and fronting the beer is fabulous Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.
Read More...
Cheese made from celebrity bacteria to go on show
03 May 2019

Five cheeses made from celebrity bacteria, including a Cheshire cheese crafted from the bacteria of former Blur bassist Alex James, are to go on display at the V&A museum in London.
Read More...
The week in pictures
03 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks; gin gets very, very pink; Tennent's sees red; Tio Pepe celebrates 10 years of "en rama"; and industry folk put their running shoes on for the London Marathon.
Read More...
Loire vs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: Can you tell the difference?
03 May 2019

Discover the differences between the two key Sauvignon-producing regions...
Read More...
NZ wine exports on track to exceed forecasts as country celebrates Sauvignon Blanc Day
03 May 2019

A report released by Dutch bank Rabobank reveals modest growth for New Zealand wine exports, with analysts predicting that the industry is on track to exceed the 2019 forecasts.
Read More...
Where winemakers dine: Louis-Fabrice Latour
03 May 2019

The CEO of Burgundy stalwart Maison Louis Latour, Louis-Fabrice Latour, reveals his fondness for Chinese food and why Londoners are spoilt for choice in terms of wine.
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Sauvignon Blancs
03 May 2019

 Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day by checking out the most popular versions of this zingy favorite.
Read More...
Chrissy Teigen, Eric Ripert Raise Glasses, $4 Million; Exploding Wine Bottles Attack Missouri (Wine Spectator)
03 May 2019

City Harvest was plentiful Tuesday night in New York, as a gaggle of celebs from red carpets and chef's tables alike roused a crowd at Cipriani in Midtown to raise $4 million for the charity that delivers food to those in need. This year's iteration of the annual fundraising fête was hosted by pop-culture icons/professional foodies Chrissy Teigen and Antoni Porowski, both members of the City...
Read More...
Coppola to expand Inglenook wine cellars in Napa
03 May 2019

Wines ageing in oak after fermentation at Inglenook in Rutherford, Napa Valley. The latest example of wineries looking for ever-greater precision in the bottle...
Read More...
House of Saka launches cannabis-infused sparkling ‘wine’
02 May 2019

House of Saka, a luxury company fronted by an all female team, has launched a line of cannabis wines made from Napa Valley Pinot Noir.
Read More...
Million Pound Menu winner set to open debut restaurant in Liverpool
02 May 2019

Pilgrim, the winner of BBC Two programme Million Pound Menu 2019, will open its first restaurant in Liverpool’s Duke Street Market this May with a soft launch.
Read More...
Fine wine market’s decline continues in April
02 May 2019

The benchmark Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index declined yet again in April, down 0.2%, having shown no gains at all this year.
Read More...
Duddell’s London launches new cocktail and dim sum menus
02 May 2019

Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s in London Bridge is set to unveil an entirely new selection of cocktails alongside a revised dim sum afternoon menu, launching this May.
Read More...
Molson Coors profits down at start of 2019
02 May 2019

Molson Coors' profits dropped in the first three months of 2019, which the brewer put down to lower volumes worldwide.
Read More...
Chapel Down enters RTD market with gin and tonic cans
02 May 2019

English drinks company Chapel Down has made its first foray into the convenience and ready-to-drink market with the launch of a pre-mixed gin and tonic in a can. 
Read More...
Waitrose launches first English orange wine
02 May 2019

UK retailer Waitrose is adding its first English orange wine and two English wines in a can to its shelves this month.
Read More...
How does diurnal range affect wine? Ask Decanter
02 May 2019

Diurnal range can be important for even ripening... And why does it matter...?
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: ‘Seductive’ Lafleur released
02 May 2019

The releases of 2018 Bordeaux continued this week with more from Right Bank stalwarts Lafleur, Clinet and Gazin.
Read More...
New York authorities ban alcohol advertising on city property
02 May 2019

Almost two years after alcohol advertising was banned on the New York subway, authorities have gone one step further, banning it on city property including bus shelters, newsstands and phone booths. 
Read More...
Carlsberg’s sales jumped 9% thanks to Asian drinkers switching to premium beer
02 May 2019

Danish brewer Carlsberg's beer sales jumped 9% in the first three months of 2019, helped in part by drinkers trading up to its premium portfolio in Asia.
Read More...
Top Opus One wines and producer profile
02 May 2019

Exclusive tasting notes on this Napa favourite...
Read More...
Introducing Wine-Searcher's Moët Index
02 May 2019

 Welcome to the Champagne version of multi-currency purchasing parity indices, courtesy of Wine-Searcher.
Read More...
Why drinks giants like William Grant & Sons and Pernod Ricard are going global with gin
02 May 2019

William Grant & Sons UK is expanding its gin range with the launch of a new Spanish-inspired label, Verano, joining a string of drinks giants going global with brands to appeal to 'promiscuous' consumers.
Read More...
Kent wine tour: Top wineries to visit
02 May 2019

The orderly vineyards at Gusbourne Estate, which also boasts a sleek new visitor centre. Explore the 'Wine Garden of England...'
Read More...
Friends of the Earth, Stroud Brewery and Toast Ale collaborate on ‘sustainable’ ale
01 May 2019

Friends of the Earth, Stroud Brewery and Toast Ale have joined forced on a new beer that shows the potential for "sustainable" brewing.
Read More...
Pressure mounts on Sainsbury’s as profits plummet
01 May 2019

Pressure has mounted on UK retailer Sainsbury's after it reported pre-tax profits plummeting 42% to £239 million with like-for-likes down 0.2% in the year to March.
Read More...
Scottish beer Tennent’s fires shots at Carlsberg’s ‘honest’ advert with billboard battle
01 May 2019

Scottish brewer Tennent's has erected a billboard at its Duke Street visitor centre taking aim at Carlsberg's "Danish" pilsner.
Read More...
Top people moves in drinks: April
01 May 2019

In April's people moves round-up Vinexpo appointed a new CEO, details of the Majestic Wine team restructure emerged and rum distiller Mount Gay appointed its first female master blender.
Read More...
Asian Sparkling Wine Masters 2019: results
01 May 2019

When it comes to sparkling wine, Champagne reins supreme but other expressions made from Spain's delectable Godello grape, a sparkling rosé from Adelaide Hills and Italy's Trentino emerged as top performers as well at our Asian Sparkling Wine Masters.
Read More...
Seedlip rolls out new non-alcoholic aperitifs
01 May 2019

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, has launched its long-awaited first range of aperitifs, Æcorn Aperitifs. 
Read More...
Wyand named ‘Wine photographer of the year’
01 May 2019

John Wyand’s picture of a Burgundy domaine has won this year’s Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year prize at the Pink Lady Photographer of the Year awards.
Read More...
Bacardi uses Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in ‘Send me a Sample’ targeted marketing
01 May 2019

Rum brand Bacardi is collaborating with a tech startup on a new marketing initiative that uses voice technology to persuade more consumers to opt for its Añejo Cuatro Dark Rum.
Read More...
Welsh vineyard opens 26-bed hotel to boost wine tourism
01 May 2019

Llanerch vineyard in south Wales has opened a 26-bed hotel after securing a £2 million loan, aiming to simulate successful oenotourism models found in New Zealand and Australia. 
Read More...
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay: Bucking trends
01 May 2019

Tastings notes and scores for this top Aussie Chardonnay back to 1987...
Read More...
War of words escalates between French wine group and medics
01 May 2019

Culture clash: French wine industry group upset at comments by public health professionals. France's national medicine academy has lambasted alcohol industry lobbying power...
Read More...
How Labels Sell Wines
01 May 2019

 Quirky or traditional? Does it matter? It all depends on what's in the bottle, Vicki Denig discovers.
Read More...
Sainsbury’s branch refuses to uphold offer on non-alcoholic beer
01 May 2019

Sainsbury’s has refused to honour a beer discount deal in Scotland because of multi-buy laws, despite the fact the promoted product is alcohol-free.
Read More...
Simpsons Wine launches UK’s first still Pinot Meunier
30 April 2019

Kent's Simpsons Wine Estate has launched what it claims is the UK's first still wine to be made with 100% Pinot Meunier, one of two wines that its has released sealed with a Vinolok closure – another first for a wine made in the county. 
Read More...
Constellation Brands appoints ex American Eagle CEO as wine and spirits boss
30 April 2019

Constellation Brands has named Robert Hanson as the company’s new executive vice president of the business, and president of wine and spirits.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018 releases: Batailley, Haut-Bages Libéral enter campaign
30 April 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting A steady trickle of Bordeaux 2018 releases has continued...
Read More...
This distiller wants more women to work in the spirits industry
30 April 2019

A whisky founder is running an internship program at her distillery in the Scottish Highlands to encourage more women to enter what is often considered a male-dominated industry.
Read More...
The 16th Decanter World Wine Awards Judging Week begins
30 April 2019

Over 280 international wine experts have come to London....
Read More...
Spirits company Innovatus pitches to Growthdeck investors for £1.2m
30 April 2019

Innovatus Drinks, which owns Horse Guards gin, is aiming to raise £1.2 million through private investors to fund its “ambitious” expansion plans.
Read More...
HDH announces largest ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ yet
30 April 2019

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has announced the full details of its eighth ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale, which is taking place next month and due to be its largest yet.
Read More...
Bollinger teams up with top chefs on Grande Année 2008 pairings
30 April 2019

Champagne Bollinger has teamed up with some of London’s top chefs on a series of recipes designed to pair with its recently released La Grande Année 2008.
Read More...
UK drinking less volume, but more alcohol
30 April 2019

It’s often said that the UK is consuming less when it comes to the volume of drinks, but the country may be imbibing more alcohol.
Read More...
Scotch whisky ‘more productive than energy sector’ as contribution to UK economy rises to £5.5bn
30 April 2019

The Scotch whisky industry's contribution to the UK economy through duty fees has risen by 10% over the past two years, adding £5.5bn to the treasury
Read More...
Merchant survey: Lafite regains ‘wine of the vintage’ crown
30 April 2019

Liv-ex’s annual merchant survey of Bordeaux has named Lafite as the ‘wine of the 2018 vintage’ in a campaign many think could do better than the 2017s – at the right price.
Read More...
First taste: Vega Sicilia’s new releases, including Único 2009
30 April 2019

Sarah Jane Evans rates the latest wines...
Read More...
Amazon Ramps up Wine Sales
30 April 2019

 Traditional stores focus on their strengths to survive as the retail behemoth flexes its marketing muscle.
Read More...
A Moveable Feast: 244 Wineries on the Road (Wine Spectator)
30 April 2019

The 2019 Wine Spectator Grand Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on April 27, as more than a thousand enthusiastic wine lovers filled the Grand Ballroom at the Mirage resort.Many were Grand Tour first-timers. Ron Trevathan came from Houston, Texas, with his wife Susie. "The trip is for our anniversary," he explained, "and this event has been on my bucket list for a while."Susie had given Ron early VIP e...
Read More...
A Moveable Feast: 244 Wineries on the Road
30 April 2019

The 2019 Wine Spectator Grand Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on April 27, as more than a thousand enthusiastic wine lovers filled the Grand Ballroom at the Mirage resort. Many were Grand Tour first-timers. Ron Trevathan came from Houston, Texas, with his wife Susie. "The trip is for our anniversary," he explained, "and this event has been on my bucket list for a while." Susie had given Ron early V...
Read More...
Leonardo da Vinci wine museums to open
30 April 2019

Two new museums in honour of Leonardo da Vinci...
Read More...
Chapel Down establishes England’s largest estate in Kent
29 April 2019

Planting has begun at UK winery Chapel Down’s 388-acre Boarley Farm site in the North Downs of Kent.
Read More...
US alcohol sales growing faster in hotels than wider on-trade
29 April 2019

Sales of booze in hotels in the US is growing faster than in the wider US on-trade, a new report by Nielsen has found, with consumers more likely to drink alcohol when out of their regular environment.
Read More...
HK’s oldest WSET provider celebrates 25th anniversary
29 April 2019

Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC), the longest established WSET course provider in Hong Kong, celebrated 25 years of offering wine and spirits education in the Asian wine hub this month.
Read More...
Bonhams to offer rare whisky by iconic bottler Silvano Samaroli
29 April 2019

Bonhams will stage a Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky auction in Hong Kong next month, estimated to achieve HK$28 million in total to mark its “10 years of leadership in whisky auction”, the auctioneer announced.
Read More...
Skye’s Three Chimneys restaurant sold after 34 years
29 April 2019

Well-known destination restaurant on the Isle of Skye, The Three Chimneys, has been sold by its founders after 34 years to Scottish hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. 
Read More...
Douglas Laing releases charity Big Peat for RAF Benevolent Fund
29 April 2019

Scotch distillery Douglas Laing has partnered with the RAF Benevolent Fund to release a charity bottling of its blended Big Peat whisky, as the fund celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Read More...
Penfolds wins lawsuit against ‘Rush Rich’ copycat
29 April 2019

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has won a case against copycat brand 'Rush Rich' in Shanghai, a year after it launched the lawsuit in Australia and China.
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: Releases begin earlier than expected
29 April 2019

With many having anticipated a slightly later start to this year’s en primeur campaign, the release of Langoa-Barton and Branaire-Ducru suggests the action is hotting up earlier than expected.
Read More...
Matthiasson: Napa wines are like a Ferrari
29 April 2019

Napa Valley wines are like a Ferrari whose power you can ramp up as much or as little as you like, according to local producer Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Wines.
Read More...
Majestic Wine unveils first Naked Wines retail store
29 April 2019

UK retailer Majestic Wines has rebranded its first store into a Naked Wines stores, as it prepares to restructure and rebrand the wider business as Naked Wines.
Read More...
The Peter Michael Winery retrospective tasting
29 April 2019

Tasting past and present vintages from this top Californian estate...
Read More...
The World's Most Wanted Malbecs
29 April 2019

 From anonymity to one of the most popular grape varieties on earth – Argentina's star keeps rising.
Read More...
Dual identity: Rebula vs Ribolla plus 9 of the best to try
28 April 2019

Grown in a region that straddles Italy and Slovenia, the Rebula, or Ribolla, grape has a dual identity. But, argues Stephen Brook, whatever you call it, this versatile grape is worth seeking out... In the 1980s I would stand in the vineyards of Collio in Italy and gaze across the patrolled border into Slovenia, which was visible but scarcely visitable. Collio, the core appellation of Friuli, adjoi...
Read More...
China's Wine Egg Hatches
28 April 2019

 A new winery development in Ningxia is impressive, but Jim Boyce points out that it's a gamble.
Read More...
Best Bordeaux dry whites of 2018
27 April 2019

Ch. Margaux's Pavillon Blanc was one of the white wines of the 2018 vintage, according to Jane Anson. Jane Anson found plenty of surprises when tasting...
Read More...
Travel guide: Nice for wine lovers
27 April 2019

Where to eat and drink in Nice. Where to eat and drink...
Read More...
Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics
27 April 2019

 It might be time to change the emphasis on wine tasting methodology, Oliver Styles suggests.
Read More...
Perfect Match Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary (Wine Spectator)
27 April 2019

More often than you might think, a culinary pro’s secret weapon comes from the O.G. executive chef: Mom. Case in point: Texas chef Michael Velardi and his killer five-ingredient lamb marinade. The longtime chef of the Pappas Bros. steak house trifecta in Dallas and Houston has served a version of his mom’s lamb chops at the Wine Spectator Grand Award–winning Pappas flagship in Ho...
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018: En Primeur
27 April 2019

Early opinions of Bordeaux 2018 is that it's a ripe vintage, which is full of surprises that has pockets of brilliance but also some inconsistencies.The cellars at Cheval Blanc, one of Jane Anson's top rated estates in the Bordeaux 2018 vintage. With early releases from Angélus (down 8.7%), Labegorce and Marquis d’Alesme Becker the tone has been set. Jane’s full...
Read More...
Blackbook winery releases ‘first’ London-grown wine since Roman era
26 April 2019

South London's Blackbook winery claims it has developed the first "London-grown, London-made wine since Roman times."
Read More...
Tio Pepe releases 10th anniversary En Rama
26 April 2019

Spanish wine giant González Byass has launched its 2019 Tio Pepe En Rama, marking the sherry brand's 10th birthday.
Read More...
Women in Wine NZ to open mentoring scheme to men
26 April 2019

Women in Wine New Zealand, a sub-group of New Zealand Winegrowers, is set to open up its successful mentoring programme to men for the first time, prompted by industry demand. 
Read More...
Jean-Charles Boisset launches $400 wine book
26 April 2019

One of the wine world’s most flamboyant characters, Jean-Charles Boisset, has launched a $400 coffee table wine book finished in red velvet called Alchemy of the Senses.
Read More...
Jean-Charles Boisset launches $400, velvet-covered wine book
26 April 2019

One of the wine world’s most flamboyant characters, Jean-Charles Boisset, has launched a $400 coffee table wine book finished in red velvet called Alchemy of the Senses.
Read More...
The week in pictures
26 April 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Mustard-makers Maille adds Provence rosé to its recipe; Carlsberg sees red; Charlie Sheen winds up in Canary Wharf; and Plumpton College starts planning for the future of UK wines.
Read More...
Jason Atherton to sell Social Wine & Tapas
26 April 2019

English chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is seeking a buyer for his small plates restaurant Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone, according to Eater London.
Read More...
Champagne scrapped for FA Cup winners
26 April 2019

The English Football Association (FA) has removed the traditional Champagne celebrations following the FA Cup final, replacing the fizz with a non-alcoholic substitute. 
Read More...
Languedoc-Roussillon’s premium reds – Blind Tasting
26 April 2019

This unique tasting of some of the region's most expensive wines took place just outside of Carcassonne. Blind tasting of some of the region's top-end wines...
Read More...
Bordeaux 2018 can crack America if prices drop, say US merchants
26 April 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting It's a high-powered vintage that should suit ‘American palates'...
Read More...
Entries now open for Asian Syrah Masters 2019
26 April 2019

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking entries for The Asian Syrah Masters 2019, which will be this year's biggest and most extensive blind tasting of Syrah in Asia.
Read More...
Rhône Looks to a Rosé Future
26 April 2019

 Producers in the region are looking to change the heavy red bias in winemaking.
Read More...
On Wednesdays, We Drink Pink: 'Mean Girls' Wine from Lead Actor, Leading Sonoma Winemaker (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Mean Girls, the seminal 2004 high-school comedy, was many things, including, it turns out, an incubator for future wine and dining talent. "Grown-up" stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Ana Gasteyer would go on to capture 2019's definitive portrayal of women who wine in the upcoming Netflix feature Wine Country. Lizzy Caplan graduated to send up the chichi catering world as a server in Party Down. Lin...
Read More...
Carlsberg releases red beer for Liverpool FC
26 April 2019

Carlsberg will release a bright red pilsner brewed specifically for Liverpool FC fans on 26 April.
Read More...
8 & $20 Recipe: Spring Vegetable Frittata (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

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.Spring is here, and if you enjoy cooking (or eating), you know that one of its most exciting elements is the fresh produce. Stars of the season like scallions, asparagus and Swiss chard are packed with vibrant...
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Emanuel Pesqueira
26 April 2019

Emanuel Pesqueira is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Emanuel Pesqueira, DWWA Judge Emanuel Pesqueira is Food and Beverage Operations Manager at Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment.
Read More...
DWWA Judge profile: Diana Rollan
26 April 2019

Diana Rollan is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Diana Rollan Diana Rollan is Group Head of Beverage for D&D London group, focusing predominantly on the purchasing of core beverage categories for the UK restaurants in the group, while managing and leading product innovation and quality-focused approach to the lists at the group’s 35 restaurants and hotels.&...
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Jane MacQuitty
26 April 2019

Jane MacQuitty is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Jane MacQuitty Jane MacQuitty is a wine writer, author, judge and commentator.
Read More...
Nebbiolo beyond Italy – Ask Decanter
26 April 2019

Nebbiolo grapes. Where can you find Nebbiolo made in countries other than Italy...?
Read More...
Wine-Centric Canadian Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Like most places with a history of converging cultures, Canada boasts a vibrant culinary landscape. Today’s Canadian restaurants honor those foundational influences (primarily English and French) and utilize the local bounty to create distinct, dynamic cuisine. Many destinations also celebrate the country’s renowned wine regions, like these 11 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners. F...
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: David Jean
26 April 2019

David Jean is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). David Jean David Jean is a Buyer for Denner in Switzerland, focusing on their Swiss and New World portfolio.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
26 April 2019

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Dirceu Vianna Junior MW Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is founder of Vianna Wine Resources, a company that consults for wine businesses across Europe, Africa and South America.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Bruno Murciano
26 April 2019

Bruno Murciano is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Bruno Murciano Bruno Murciano is on H2Vin’s management team, aiding sales and client relations whilst further developing H2Vin’s Spanish Agencies.
Read More...
Restaurant Spotlight: Acre (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Acre is all about traditional Alabama cuisine with a fresh perspective. Chef David Bancroft sources ingredients from local farmers and purveyors for his regularly changing creative American menu. The restaurant sits on the outskirts of Auburn University, so the team also collaborates with the school’s Meats Laboratory (which researches topics like me...
Read More...
Turning Tables: Two New Cameron Mitchell Concepts Open in Columbus, Ohio (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

The Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group, based in Columbus, Ohio, is debuting two new concepts this month in the city's Short North Arts District: Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, a full-service restaurant, and Lincoln Social Rooftop, a cocktail lounge.Andrea Hoover is overseeing both wine programs; she is the newly promoted director of beverage for Cameron Mitchell, which has 19 Wine Spectator Restaurant Aw...
Read More...
Turning Tables: Two New Cameron Mitchell Concepts Open in Columbus, Ohio
26 April 2019

Wine Spectator rounds up the latest restaurant news for wine lovers: Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group opens two new concepts in Columbus, Ohio; wine director Michaël Engelmann leaves the Modern; City Winery New York finds a new home; Milwaukee restaurateur Joe Bartolotta dies; Marea opens a location in Dubai; and the Dutch Miami reopens as a rebranded restaurant. Get more news from Wine Spe...
Read More...
Total Wines fights to expand into New York
26 April 2019

US retailer Total Wines & More will fight to expand its footprint in New York through the state's Supreme Court next month, after the New York State Liquor Authority refused to allow it to open a second site, in Westchester. 
Read More...
Watchdog sinks hope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger
25 April 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed Sainsbury/Asda merger ahead of its self-imposed deadline, saying UK consumers would be worse off if the two giant retailers combined forces.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Bob Betz MW
25 April 2019

Bob Betz MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Bob Betz MW is the consulting winemaker of Betz Family Winery in Washington State, a company he and his wife established in 1997; he currently also consults for a number of other North American west coast wineries on winemaking, sensory and blending issues.
Read More...
Sparkling wine producer Henkell launches global social campaign
25 April 2019

German sparkling wine brand Henkell is launching an extensive global social marketing campaign focusing on its 0.2-litre ‘Piccolo’ bottle.
Read More...
Law banning cold beer in Mexico City branded ‘stupid’ by locals
25 April 2019

A lawmaker in Mexico City has put forward a motion that would make it illegal for shops to sell chilled beer, leaving many of the capital's residents outraged by the official's "stupidity."
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Christopher Bates MS
25 April 2019

Christopher Bates MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Christopher Bates MS Christopher Bates MS owns and operates F.L.X. Hospitality & F.L.X. Wienery as well as educating as a lecturer at The International Culinary Center, and with the Court of Master Sommeliers. 
Read More...
London’s first winery launches winemaking club
25 April 2019

Wine merchant and owner of urban winery London Cru, Roberson Wine, is offering wine enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in all aspects of making the 2019 vintage with the launch of The London Cru Crush Club.
Read More...
Is the Xige Estate China’s Penfolds?
25 April 2019

The success of Australian wine in China has created a generation of Chinese winemakers who are looking south to rejuvenate their own wine dreams in China's Ningxia region, including newly minted winery, Xige Estate.
Read More...
Former Majestic head of buying joins M&S
25 April 2019

Majestic wine's former head of buying, Catherine Lomax, has joined Marks & Spencer, the retailer has confirmed.
Read More...
Brexit uncertainty leaves employers ‘desperate’ to fill roles as wages rise
25 April 2019

Employers in the hospitality industry are "desperate" to fill roles left vacant thanks to uncertainty over the UK's departure from the EU, according to a report which found that average salaries in bars and restaurants have already risen 10% this year.
Read More...
M&S boosts investment to slash prices on BWS
25 April 2019

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has slashed the price on many of its most popular wines following a major investment in its BWS range.
Read More...
Plumpton College to create research hub for English wine industry
25 April 2019

The UK's viticulture and oenology education centre, Plumpton College, is aiming to create a research hub for the English wine industry to improve future site selection and vine productivity. 
Read More...
Diageo thinks the UK’s drinks industry could be worth £47bn by 2022 – here’s why
25 April 2019

Low ABV drinks, experiences and instagrammable cocktails will make the UK's alcohol industry an extra £5bn by 2022, according to a new report by spirits giant Diageo.
Read More...
Top St-Julien 2018 wines: ‘Silky and gorgeous’
25 April 2019

St-Julien's top wines are ripe but balanced in 2018. An impressive showing in this appellation...
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Chris Kissack
25 April 2019

Chris Kissack is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Chris Kissack Chris Kissack is the author of TheWinedoctor.com, a subscription website which he has been publishing since 2000, and is a regular reporter from the annual Bordeaux en primeur tastings.
Read More...
Majestic Wine says selling all UK stores is an option
25 April 2019

Majestic will change its name to Naked Wines plc and is keen to invest more in online sales. Several scenarios are being considered as part of a transformation strategy...
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Elvis Ziakos
25 April 2019

Elvis Ziakos is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Elvis Ziakos Elvis Ziakos is Head Sommelier at The Greenhouse restaurant in London and has won many awards as a Sommelier.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Arabella Woodrow MW
25 April 2019

Arabella Woodrow MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Arabella Woodrow MW Arabella Woodrow MW consults for Broadland Wineries as their Wine Director.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Nigel Wilkinson
25 April 2019

Nigel Wilkinson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Nigel Wilkinson Nigel Wilkinson has run London’s RSJ restaurant for over 30 years, where the wine list boasts more than 300 wines from the Loire region.
Read More...
DWWA judge profile: Dominique Vrigneau
25 April 2019

Dominique Vrigneau is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Dominique Vrigneau works at Watermill Wines, combining his buying capabilities with selling to key accounts. He is a Chevalier du Tastevin.
Read More...