Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Ryan Reynolds signs Aviation Gin deal with Sir Richard Branson
26 September 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out which UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers won prizes at this year’s Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards...Vini Italiani, runner-up in the Italy specialist category at the 2018 awards. See the winners...
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China hits back with US$60bn tariffs on US goods
20 September 2018

American wine’s prospects in China have been met with another huge blow this week, as the Chinese government announced that it will levy an additional 10% tariff on American wines on top of the 15% previously announced.
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‘World’s oldest brewery’ more than it appears
20 September 2018

Headlines that archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 13,000 year-old brewery, the “oldest” in the world, overlook the hugely important insight it gives us into early human society and the beginnings of agriculture and civilisation.
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First-ever Pinot Grigio DOC harvest closes with 20% yield boost
20 September 2018

The first harvest of Pinot Grigio DOC has come to a close, noted for "healthy, high quality grapes" and a 20% increase in yields.
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Prosecco exports to UK dip 7% after decade of growth
20 September 2018

For the first time in over a decade exports of Prosecco to the UK have fallen, dipping by 7% in the first half of the year, according to analysis from Italian farming association Coldiretti.
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City Pub Group plans to double its portfolio size by 2021
20 September 2018

Despite industry body's warnings of widespread pub closure, upmarket chain City Group reported strong sales and healthy profits in its half-year results.
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Tesco launches discount chain to rival Aldi and Lidl
20 September 2018

UK supermarket Tesco has launched a new discount retail chain called Jack's, named after its founder Jack Cohen, to encroach on the increasing market share of Lidl and Aldi.
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Fine wine investment: Pomerol and Lafleur
20 September 2018

There are châteaux with a longer history, but few with the cachet of Petrus. The difficulty with Petrus from a wine investment perspective is that it comes at a very high price point, so what of other Pomerols?
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CapeWine 2018: Perilous progress
20 September 2018

The latest instalment of CapeWine threw into ever sharper relief the enormous qualitative heights the best South African wines are hitting but the industry is not without serious structural problems that need to be overcome if growth and progress is to be maintained.
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Martini denies ‘stealing’ Tony Conigliaro’s Italian charity cycling event
20 September 2018

Mixologist and entrepreneur Tony Conigliaro has delisted Martini from his London bars in a public spat with the vermouth-maker over a charity bike ride.
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Idris Elba to open cocktail bar in London
20 September 2018

Actor and DJ Idris Elba is to open a cocktail bar and live music venue in London next month complete with a hidden drinks menu and access to a chauffeur-driven, bar-branded Aston Martin.
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Bordeaux 2018: How it’s shaping up as harvest begins
20 September 2018

It has been a complicated growing season in Bordeaux in 2018, but many winemakers have been able to banish memories of the devastating 2017 frost and plenty of sunshine hours in recent weeks are giving rise to optimism. Harvest begins at night at Château de Viens in the Côtes de Bourg area. A complicated growing season but optimism has risen in recent weeks...
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From the archive: Australian GSM panel tasting results
20 September 2018

The best wines were terrific, but essentially it was a mixed bag for an evolving style, said our panel of expert tasters after putting around 70 Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre wines through their paces. See the top scorers below... Originally published in the April 2016 issue of Decanter and now re-published online, exclusively for Decanter Premium subscribers. 'The best wines were terrific, b...
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Running the Numbers on Rudy's Fake Wines
20 September 2018

 Some of Rudy Kurniawan's counterfeits are still floating around, but Stuart George questions the amount.
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Great Wine Capitals: Mainz | Rheinhessen Best of Wine Tourism winners 2019
20 September 2018

Promotional featureSee the winners, after ten years membership in the Great Wine Capitals network... The garden at the Listmann winery. See the winners...
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Bodegas Salentein celebrates its 20th vintage
20 September 2018

Promotional featureThe pioneers of the Uco Valley reach landmark anniversary...Bodegas Salentein in Uco Valley. The pioneers of the Uco Valley reach landmark anniversary...
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El Enemigo: A blend of terroir, Cabernet Franc and the Uco Valley
20 September 2018

Promotional featureWines that represent the very essence of their terroir...El Enemigo cellar Wines that represent the very essence of their terroir...
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South Africa has legalised cannabis use
20 September 2018

South Africa's highest court has legalised private, recreational cannabis use for adults, although selling the drug is still a criminal offence.
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Final call for Chardonnay Masters 2018 entries
19 September 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 October.
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New exhibitors announced for The Wine & Spirits Show
19 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced further exhibitors for its event in October, including a Rhône producer with a new brut nature sparkling and the new delle Venezie DOC which is shaking things up for Pinot Grigio in northeastern Italy. 
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What it’s like to be a wine trainer
19 September 2018

We shadowed one of Corney & Barrow's wine educators while she gave service staff on a P&O's cruise ship a run-down on the essentials of selling wine to the masses.
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Vinexpo announces upgraded venue and new features for 2019
19 September 2018

Vinexpo Bordeaux has unveiled a host of new features for its 20th edition next year, which is taking place in May.
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The best Champagnes of 2018
19 September 2018

We bring you a full report from this year's Champagne Masters, including all the medal-winning wines; an extensive analysis of the stylistic trends, and highlights from the competition – which comprised little-known labels and the most delicious fizz on the market today.
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New Bruce Jack range gains Sainsbury’s listing
19 September 2018

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s is to list the new range from South African winemaker Bruce Jack starting this winter.
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A second Sushisamba is coming to Covent Garden
19 September 2018

Samba Brands' second Sushisamba will open its doors in Covent Garden next month.
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Calorie labelling on menus would put ‘considerable burden’ on UK pub trade
19 September 2018

The head of the British Beer and Pub Association has warned that the UK government's plans to make calorie labelling on pub and restaurant menus compulsory would place a "considerable burden" on the already struggling on-trade.
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Tax Free World Association to host conference in China’s Hainan
19 September 2018

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) will host the fourth edition of the China's Century Conference in the island province of Hainan from 5-7 March 2019, as China celebrates the 40th anniversary of duty free.
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Red Mountain's Wine of the Future
19 September 2018

 An ambitious new vineyard atop one of Washington's top AVAs is on a different path.
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Unfiltered: Emmy Wines Behind the Scenes: Stars Dish on Awards Drinks (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2018

Last night's Primetime Emmy Awards featured some familiar honorees—Game of Thrones, 96-year-old national treasure Betty White, and Napa's Sterling Vineyards and Italy's Ferrari Trento costarring as the official still and sparkling wines of the Emmy Awards Season. But the night wasn't without primetime-style twists, and the best of them were accompanied by a glass of wine in hand. Here's the...
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Top wines of Santa Barbara: New reviews
19 September 2018

Here you can find exclusive tasting notes by our experts, including several newly published this week from Stephen Brook; plus a brief guide to Santa Barbara, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhône varieties have made a case for elevating this California region to the wine world's top table.The prized Sanford & Benedict vineyard in Santa Barbara County. With new, exclusive reviews from Step...
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Finca Ferrer: Freixenet’s passion in the Uco Valley
19 September 2018

Promotional featureFinca Ferrer is the highest of the Freixenet family’s wineries in the world – and the most dramatic.Finca Ferrer, Uco Valley Freixenet’s highest vineyards...
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Comment: Saving the heartland of Chilean wine
19 September 2018

How a new generation has been fighting to save some of Chile's oldest vineyards from industrial pine forests and pulp factories. Forest plantations in Chile's Maule region. The fight against industrial pine forests in Chile's south...
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Wine Spectator’s 2018 Video Contest Winner: The Soul of Barolo (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2018

On a summer trip to Piedmont in Italy, Seattle-based filmmaker Will Miceli fell in love with the abundance of great wine and food in the region. But the story of the Abbona family, the owners of Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery, was what truly won his heart. When it came down to choosing a subject for Wine Spectator’s 2018 Video Contest, spotlighting these vintners was a no-brainer...
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Res Fortes winemaker buys Domaine de l’Arpege
19 September 2018

Moritz Bak, the winemaker of Res Fortes in Roussillon, has acquired Domaine de l’Arpege in the southern French region, giving his production a serious boost.
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Dates for ProWein 2020 set
18 September 2018

The dates for ProWein 2020 have been announced – “for those who like to plan well in advance”.
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Star Pubs & Bars appoints wine buyer, adds more magnums, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Picpoul to wine range
18 September 2018

Star Pubs & Bars has appointed a dedicated wine category buyer to make its range "competitive with that of wholesalers and wine merchants."
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Zachys HK sale realises HK$36m
18 September 2018

US auction house Zachys set a strong pace for the autumn sales season in Hong Kong with an auction that realised HK$36.8 million (US$4.8m) earlier this month.
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The Rioja Masters 2017: Results
18 September 2018

With nine Masters and 25 Gold medals awarded, last year's Rioja Masters was our most successful tasting in the Global Masters series yet. Click through to find out who clinched the top spots in the competition.
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Beer prices to rise as brewers like Heineken and Carlsberg feel the strain of summer heatwave
18 September 2018

The cost of a pint of beer is set to rise by up to 16% over the rest of the year, after the summer's heatwave damaged barley crops driving premiums up.
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Coca-Cola eyes move into cannabis drinks
18 September 2018

Coca-Cola is the latest drinks giant to be eyeing up a move into the burgeoning cannabis drinks category and is reportedly in talks with Canadian cannabis producer Aurora to develop drinks infused with CBD.
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Peru’s top chef opens first restaurant in HK
18 September 2018

Virgilio Martinez Véliz, the celebrated Peruvian chef behind the award-winning 'Central' restaurant in Lima has launched ICHU Peru in Hong Kong, serving contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a modern, bistro-style setting.
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EMW Wines takes up Paul Jaboulet distribution in China
18 September 2018

EMW Wines, a major wine distributor and importer in Greater China, has taken on the distribution of the iconic Northern Rhône producer, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, for mainland China, taking over from the winery's longtime partner Links Concept.
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‘Sexy’ 2016 Yquem released
18 September 2018

The 2016 vintage of Château d’Yquem has been released but despite being hailed as “magical”, “moreish” and “sexy”, is it a good buy?
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Torres opens new Purgatori winery
18 September 2018

Spain's Torres has opened a new winery in DO Costers del Segre to provide a permanent home for its recently launched Purgatori wine.A view of the Purgatori winery. Inside the new winery...
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UK gin sales and exports exceed £2 billion mark
18 September 2018

Sales of gin in the UK were over £1.6 billion in a year, and combined with exports, was worth more than £2 billion, according to a market report from the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA). UK gin sales and exports have exceeded £2 billion. See the latest figures...
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How to order wine like a pro
18 September 2018

Choosing wine in a restaurant can be a daunting task, so expert Amanda Barnes shares her five golden rules to help you think like a professional wine buyer.In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. How to order wine in a restaurant Five golden rules...
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Emmanuel Macron opens presidential wine cellar to public for the first time
18 September 2018

France's presidential wine cellar in the Elysée Palace has officially opened to the public, in a move by president Emmanel Macron intended to promote national heritage.
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Uncorked: Shigekazu Misawa from Japan’s Grace Wine
18 September 2018

Shigekazu Misawa, owner of Japan's Grace winery, chats to dbHK about his life goal of making Yamanashi a world-class wine producing region, why a half-won victory is better than a 100% victory, and the best advice he got from Japan's Noble Prize winner Dr. Satoshi Omura.
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US wine exports to China rise despite increased tariffs
18 September 2018

American wine exports to China rose in the first half of the year despite increased import tariffs the Chinese government slapped on American wines, and threats of additional retaliatory tariffs, as the world's two largest economies trade threats.
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Bono reported to be investing in Irish whiskey distillery
17 September 2018

U2 frontman Bono is reported to be investing in a €50m whiskey project in county Kildare which will involve an old mill being converted into a 5,051 square-metre distillery and visitor centre. 
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Sex and the City’s Mr Big buys Ambhar Tequila
17 September 2018

Proving that Tequila is now the celebrity side hustle of choice, following in George Clooney’s footsteps, Sex and the City star Chris Noth has acquired a majority stake in Ambhar Tequila for an undisclosed sum.
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Scotch whisky boss leaves William Grant & Sons to pursue US cannabis market
17 September 2018

William Grant & Son's global head of strategy Victor Jerez has left his position at the Scotch whisky giant to pursue opportunities in the US' legal cannabis market.
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Andrew Jefford: Understanding tension in wine
17 September 2018

Andrew Jefford explores the nature of tension in wine, and its relationship to concepts of energy, precision and focus.Wines lined up at a Decanter-hosted tasting in 2013. What does it mean if a wine has tension?...
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Sales of UK gin double in value in five years to hit £2.2 billion
17 September 2018

Sales of UK gin have doubled in value in the past five years with exports and domestic sales totalling £2.2 billion in the year ending 16 June, according to the latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. 
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Private Passions: Lights, Camera, Action!
17 September 2018

Cinematographer-turned-winemaker Michael Seresin talks to db's Lucy Shaw about preferring darkness to light, working with Alfonso Cuarón on Gravity and his latest film project with Gary Oldman.
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AB InBev brings another light beer back to the UK
17 September 2018

After it relaunched Bud Light in the UK last year, AB InBev is bringing its low alcohol Michelob Ultra beer back to British shores to cash in on rising demand for non-alcoholic and light beers. 
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VSPT launches new responsible drinking campaign
17 September 2018

Chilean wine giant VSPT has launched a new campaign and seal for its products to encourage moderate alcohol consumption.
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The Decanter interview: Daniel Pi
17 September 2018

Never more comfortable than when breaking the winemaking mould, the Peñaflor veteran is a central figure in the story of Argentina’s wine industry, as Amanda Barnes reveals...Daniel Pi The Peñaflor veteran is a central figure in the story of Argentina’s wine industry....
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Protecting vineyards against hail – ask Decanter
17 September 2018

How do winemakers protect vineyards against hail...? An example of hail damage in the vineyard – in Chablis in 2016. How do winemakers protect vineyards against hail...?
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Elin McCoy: ‘What is fine wine, anyway, and what will it be in the future?’
16 September 2018

Elin McCoy explores some of the 'wine world’s unglamorous realities'... Elin McCoy explores some of the 'wine world’s unglamorous realities'...
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Maldonado: Discover wines from Uruguay’s coastal region
15 September 2018

The influence of the nearby South Atlantic brings a different accent to the wines of the small but emerging region of Maldonado. Patricio Tapia highlights three top producers and five great wines...Bodega Bouza's vineyard at the foot of the Pan de Azúcar hill The influence of the nearby South Atlantic brings a different accent to these wines...
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China’s most popular by the glass wine is from Australia
15 September 2018

The most popular red wine by the glass poured on-premise at hotels and restaurants in China’s capital Beijing is produced by Australia’s De Bortoli Wines, a recent survey has found.
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Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018 – Asia launched
14 September 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is pleased to announce the launch of The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018 - Asia to highlight the potential of the category in Asia, ahead of the registration deadline of 28 September.
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J.D. Wetherspoon sees ‘bumper’ profit growth, but warns of higher food and drink costs
14 September 2018

JD Wetherspoon posted record annual results this morning following what analysts have dubbed a "bumper time for British publicans,", but boss Tim Martin warned that pints at the pub chain will become more expensive after Brexit.
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Hokkaido breweries disrupted by earthquake
14 September 2018

Beer production at breweries in Hokkaido was halted due to major power failures following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted through the northern part of Japan last week.
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Mirabeau: You can take the rosé out of Provence, but not Provence out of rosé
14 September 2018

The new sales director of Mirabeau is adamant that while many producers are replicating the style and colour of Provençal rosé, only pink wine produced in the French region "delivers the true flavour". 
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Dr Loosen: Profile and top-rated wines
14 September 2018

Dr Loosen is one of Germany's - and the world's - best producers of Riesling. See our top picks below...Ernst Loosen above the Erdener Prälat vineyard in the Mosel. See Decanter's top-rated Dr Loosen wines...
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Marco Pierre White shuns Michelin Guide in Singapore
14 September 2018

Hot-tempered chef Marco Pierre White has shunned the Michelin Guide once again after opening Singapore’s first “restaurant with rooms” this week.
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The week in pictures
14 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Prince Charles gets on the gin, Usain Bolt chugs Champers, Autumn tastings get under way, and restauranteur Philip Hamilton discovers blue is his colour at Aquavit's crayfish party.
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Cricket stars Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney to open second pub
14 September 2018

Cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney, who teamed up with pub manager Dan Cramp in 2016 to launch The Cat and Wickets Pub Company, are to open the group's second pub, The Tap and Run, later this month.
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Virginia vineyard victim of $50k grape theft
14 September 2018

Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, Virginia has reported losses of US$50,000 after thieves stole two and a half tons of soon-to-be harvested grapes over night from the 37-acre family-owned estate. 
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What is volatile acidity? Ask Decanter
14 September 2018

Why is it in your wine, and is it a bad thing?Does your wine smell of nail varnish? Why is it in your wine, and is it a bad thing?
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First taste: Seña 2016 vintage released
14 September 2018

This could be the best Seña wine yet, according to Decanter expert Patrico Tapia, who tasted the 2016 vintage to coincide with its release via the Place de Bordeaux.A joint venture between Viña Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi in 1995, Seña became wholly owned by Eduardo Chadwick’s Errazuriz in 2005. Could be the best Seña wine yet...?
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普罗塞科从2018收成中生产6亿瓶
14 September 2018

普罗塞科正计划从2018年的收获中生产将近6亿瓶起泡酒,使得这个地区的规模几乎是香槟區的两倍。
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Chile's Most Expensive Wines
14 September 2018

 Famous for its great-value wines, Chile also does quality exceptionally well – and at sharp prices.
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Unfiltered: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Crush It in Napa (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, celebrity power couple on court, stage and crushpad, had a Napa-good time this week when they came to town to blend a new 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon for Wade Cellars, the veteran NBA All-Star's winery partnership with the Pahlmeyer family. While in the valley, Wade made the most of his trip, checking in on the vineyards where he sources his grapes with Wade Cellars wi...
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DAWA judge profile: Yoichi Sato
14 September 2018

Yoichi Sato, owner and sommelier of restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Yoichi Sato Yoichi Sato, owner and sommelier of restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Wallace Lo
14 September 2018

Wallace Lo, sommelier at HAKU in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Wallace Lo Wallace Lo, sommelier at HAKU in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant Spotlight: Formel B (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

In Denmark’s charming, residential city of Frederiksberg, Formel B champions regional cuisine and French wines. Owners Rune Amgild Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe Møller both play hands-on roles: Jochumsen serves as wine director and Møller helms the kitchen. The frequently changing menu includes about 20 small plates—ideal for sampling an array of flavors—that showcase...
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DAWA judge profile: Silven Wong
14 September 2018

Silven Wong, a wine buyer based in Macau at the MGM hotel-casino, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Silven Wong Silven Wong is the wine buyer for Casino-Hotel MGM Macau and a wine educator in his time away
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Turning Tables: D.C.'s Masseria Chef Opens Sprawling Italian Concept; New Chef at Galatoire's in New Orleans (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

Renowned D.C. Chef Opens Ambitious Italian ConceptWashington, D.C., chef Nicholas Stefanelli is opening Officina later this month, a three-story destination for Italian cuisine in the city's massive new waterfront complex, the Wharf. Officina will occupy 14,000 square feet, with a market on the first floor, a trattoria-style restaurant on the second floor and a rooftop bar with an adjacent private...
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Bodega Colomé
14 September 2018

Promotional featureThe Hess Family’s answer to high-altitude winemaking...Colome The Hess Family’s answer to high-altitude winemaking...
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X Factor winner Ben Haenow is a Beaujolais drinker
13 September 2018

X Factor winner Ben Haenow is a Beaujolais drinker – something the 33 year-old British singer revealed to db this week at the launch of a brand that ‘breaks from wine convention’.
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The week in Pictures: Hong Kong
13 September 2018

This week's drinks highlights from Hong Kong include an unconventional whisky dinner and the crowning of eight new Koshu Experts after an intensive tasting round and written examination. 
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Seedlip secures Waitrose listing as supermarket’s owner reports 99% slump in profits
13 September 2018

Non-alcoholic spirit brand Seedlip will be available in Waitrose stores across the UK next week, it has been announced, as the grocer's owner reports a staggering slump in the first half of the year.
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Shiraz gin and birch sap spirit on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
13 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show, run by the drinks business and sister title The Spirits Business, has announced some new additions to the New Product Zone at its event in October, including a Shiraz gin and a birch sap spirit. 
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DAWA judge profile: Satoru Mori
13 September 2018

Satoru Mori, award-winning Executive Sommelier, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Satoru Mori, award-winning Executive Sommelier, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Leon Liang
13 September 2018

Leon Liang, a wine educator and founder of Grapea Institute, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Leon Liang Leon Liang, a wine educator and founder of Grapea Institute, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Zachary Tay
13 September 2018

Zachary Tay, a sommelier for Ma Cuisine, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Zachary Tay Zachary Tay, a sommelier for Ma Cuisine, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
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Unfiltered: Stefan Neumann MS, Dinner by Heston
13 September 2018

Dinner’s head sommelier tells db about getting tongue tied when serving Angelina Jolie, spilling fish sauce on one of his diner’s heads, and an unforgettable dinner in Cadiz involving lashings of Krug.
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Mallya extradition decision to be made in December
13 September 2018

The court has announced that Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, will have to wait until 10 December to hear whether he will be extradited to India to face charges of money laundering and fraud totalling £1.15 billion.
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Is JD Wetherspoon really banning Jägerbombs?
13 September 2018

The national media is buzzing with the news that JD Wetherspoon is "banning" Jägerbombs as a result of higher tariffs on EU-made products post-Brexit, but what does that actually mean?
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DAWA judge profile: Magandeep Singh
13 September 2018

Magandeep Singh, a sommelier, TV presenter and wine writer from India, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Magandeep Singh Magandeep Singh, a sommelier, TV presenter and wine writer from India, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Lim Hwee Peng
13 September 2018

Lim Hwee Peng, a Singapore based wine tutor, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng CWE, FWS is a professional wine service provider and wine mentor, who coaches and
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Prosecco to produce 600 million bottles from 2018 harvest
13 September 2018

Prosecco is on course to produce almost 600 million bottles of fizz from the 2018 harvest, making the region nearly two times the scale of Champagne.
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Beefsteak Club launches London bus advertising campaign
13 September 2018

Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club has launched an advertising campaign which is to be featured on London buses, tying in with a social media campaign which is giving away a free bottle of wine. 
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DAWA judge profile: Jeremy Stockman
13 September 2018

Jeremy Stockman, general manager of Watson's Wine in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Jeremy Stockman Jeremy Stockman, general manager of Watson's Wine in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
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DAWA judge profile: João Pires MS
13 September 2018

João Pires MS, director of wines at Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.João Pires MS João Pires MS, director of wines at Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant chain lost £145m in value after dead rat found in soup
13 September 2018

Chinese restaurant chain Xiabu Xiabu saw its stock value slide by £145 million after video footage emerged on social media of a diner fishing out a dead rat from a bowl of bubbling broth. 
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DAWA judge profile: Jean-Marie Pratt
13 September 2018

Jean-Marie Pratt, Head of Wine at wine merchant and sommelier service Sarment, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Jean-Marie Pratt Jean-Marie Pratt, Head of Wine at wine merchant and sommelier service Sarment, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: J.C. Viens
13 September 2018

JC Viens, a wine educator in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.JC Viens JC Viens, a wine educator in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge: Dorian Tang
13 September 2018

Dorian Tang, the national education director of ASC Fine Wines in mainland China, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Dorian Tang Dorian Tang Dorian Tang is the national education director of ASC Fine Wines and a Master of Wine student. Based
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DAWA judge profile: Corinne Mui
13 September 2018

Corinne Mui, WSET educator and member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Corinne Mui Corinne Mui is the COO & Senior wine educator of AWSEC. She is a member of the Institute
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Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49 (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2018

Ulises Valdez, who emigrated from Mexico to work as a vineyard laborer in Sonoma County, then rose to become one of California's most renowned vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early this morning of a heart attack. He was 49.Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most w...
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Concha y Toro tears up wine rules with Château Jacked
13 September 2018

Latin America’s largest wine producer, Concha y Toro, has launched a brand that ‘breaks from wine convention’ to bring a new and younger audience into the category.
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Brewdog’s ‘beer swap’ stunt imitates mainstream brewers’ marketing campaigns
13 September 2018

Brewdog is encouraging consumers to swap "bad" beers produced by large companies for a lager it launched this week, copying publicity stunts carried out by, er, big beer firms.
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Greek High Court removes ‘unbearable’ and ‘unjust’ wine tax
12 September 2018

Greece’s High Court has ruled to revoke excise tax imposed on wine introduced by the ruling radical left Syriza-led government following criticism from the industry, which labelled the tax as “unbearable” and “unjust”.
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IWSR: China leads global online alcohol consumption
12 September 2018

China has become the world’s largest e-commerce market for alcoholic beverages, valued at US$6.1 billion, four times the size of that of the US , according to the latest report by IWSR.
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Fine wine investment: Wine over art
12 September 2018

Art is often classified alongside fine wine and other alternative investables like classic cars, coins, stamps, but Amphora Portfolio Management believes there are very few similarities beyond the fact that they are all collectable.
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English wine and lighter reds a focus for Bibendum
12 September 2018

Speaking at Bibendum's trade tasting yesterday, wine development director Willie Lebus said that English wine and lighter reds were a focus for the company, but that it would not be "chasing new wines for new wines' sake". 
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The 7 Premier League stadiums with the highest mark-ups on beer, ranked
12 September 2018

While premiums on pints differ from city centre to city centre, the mark-ups are almost always higher once you're through the turnstiles.
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Chef José Pizarro launches Spanish wine range
12 September 2018

Keen to get Brits more into Spanish wine, chef José Pizarro has launched his own range of wines from the village of Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia.
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Asda launches own-label English sparkling wine
12 September 2018

Hoping to capitalise on the growing thirst for homegrown fizz, UK supermarket Asda has released an own-label English sparkling wine from Denbies in Surrey.
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Fever-Tree and Patrón release tonic water for Tequila
12 September 2018

Mixer brand Fever-Tree and Tequila brand Patrón have teamed up to release a citrus tonic water flavoured with Mexican limes, tangerines and bitter orange, which has been specifically designed to pair with Tequila. 
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Cognac Sale Promises Angels' Delight
12 September 2018

 A very special auction offers brandy lovers the chance to find something unique.
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Don Melchor: Comparing 23 vintages of Chilean wine royalty
12 September 2018

Concha y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon-led Don Melchor helped to put Chilean fine wine on the map after launching in the late 1980s. Below, Michael Apstein rates 23 vintages ranging from the current-release 2015 back to the inaugural 1987. Don Melchor has been a pioneer of Chilean fine wine since the 1980s. See which years came out on top...
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Tasting South American wine history: The ‘Criolla’ revival
12 September 2018

The oldest grape varieties in South America have been sidelined for the past hundred years, but a new generation is now reclaiming its lost winemaking heritage as Criolla varieties re-emerge from the shadows. Amanda Barnes has the inside story...Hand-picking grapes from old País vines that grow wild among trees at Bouchon's vineyards at Mingre in Chile's Maule Valley. Bringing the past to...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Roasted Autumn Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Walnut Dressing (Wine Spectator)
12 September 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.As summer comes to an end, it’s time for fall produce to step into the spotlight. This hearty salad recipe highlights two of my favorite—and perhaps the quintessential—veggies of the season: s...
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Wine Australia enlists ‘China’s Kardashians’ to promote Aussie wine
12 September 2018

Wine Australia has employed two Chinese social media stars, dubbed the ‘Kardashians of China,’ to promote Australian wine online to a growing number of female wine drinkers.
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Taiwan’s OMAR Whisky launches in the US
12 September 2018

Taiwan's OMAR Single Malt Whisky has been launched in the US market, following in the footsteps of another of the island's famed whisky distillers, Kavalan.
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China passes first law against fake goods sold online
12 September 2018

China has passed the country’s first-ever e-commerce law that would hold online retailers accountable for the sale of fake goods and liable for a fine of up to RMB 2 million (US$291,000).
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The 15 most popular ‘craft’ beer brands in the US
12 September 2018

Consumer data analytics firm Nielsen recently released figures on the total sales of beer in the US based on a variety of factors, from brands, to parent companies, right down to styles.
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Media Centre – DAWA
12 September 2018

Download hi-res DAWA logos: DAWA 2018: DAWA generic logo DAWA 2018 Best in Show medal logo DAWA 2018 Platinum medal
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The Wine and Spirits Show announces new wine and spirits exhibitors
11 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced new exhibitors for its show in October including an English sparkling wine producer and an English whisky producer that is considering a £15 million stock flotation. 
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Patrón launches smoky $199 Tequila
11 September 2018

Tequila maker Patrón is pushing the boundaries again with the release of a smoky expression made from agave roasted with mesquite for a week in small stone pits.
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US wholesaler Breakthru Beverage invests $9.2m in cannabis
11 September 2018

US multi-state wholesaler Breakthru Beverage is to invest over US$9.2 million in Canadian cannabis producer CannTrust which will see Breakthru become the exclusive distributor for CannTrust products in Canada.
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Christie’s to auction Balvenie Morgan Roadster
11 September 2018

Chrisite’s is to put a bespoke Balvenie Morgan V8 Roadster and The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4 under the hammer at an online auction this month.
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
11 September 2018

This is Steven Spurrier's 300th column for Decanter magazine. ‘It is fitting,’ he says, ‘that it features two iconic wines’... Opus One and Dom Pérignon 2008...
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William Grant & Sons wants to ‘educate’ consumers with its new Scotch whisky brand
11 September 2018

Drinks giant William Grant & Sons has added a new whisky label to its portfolio which aims to "decode" the category with a focus on educating consumers about production.
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Unfiltered: Nicola Perrone, Orrery
11 September 2018

Italian-born Nicola Perrone, head sommelier at French neighbourhood restaurant Orrery in Marylebone, explains how his wine list is "his baby" and reveals that the one wine he can't get along with hails from his motherland.
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Mendoza Best of Wine Tourism awards 2019
11 September 2018

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Médoc Marathon: The race with breaks for wine, steak and ice cream
11 September 2018

What it's like to take part in a marathon where more than 20 'drinks stations' along the route serve classified Bordeaux wines, not to mention the steak, cheese and ice cream. Médoc Marathon runners in the vineyards. Where the drinks stations serve classified Bordeaux...
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Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales
11 September 2018

 The Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division's founder says demographic shifts are transforming the industry.
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Bordeaux Scores Victories in Battle Against Counterfeit Wines in China (Wine Spectator)
11 September 2018

The Chengdu Wine and Food Fair is one of China’s oldest wine-trade shows—more than 100,000 wine importers and buyers filled the exhibition halls at this year’s edition in March. And some were treated to an unusual sight: a phalanx of security guards escorting Bordeaux wine-trade officials to booths, looking for counterfeit wines. The Chengdu festival has been notorious for blatan...
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Gouguenheim Winery
11 September 2018

Promotional featureA family business reinventing success in the Uco Valley...Gouguenheim vines in the morning. Reinventing success in the Uco Valley...
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Love Wine showcases an impressive 68 DWWA Wines
11 September 2018

Love wine, keep reading... Love Wine founded by Chris Rogers towards the end of 2011, started out as an e-commerce website until they opened
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Chilean Minister: Chile’s wine should ‘do in India what it’s done in China’
10 September 2018

Aiming to replicate Chilean wine’s success in China, the country's agricultural minister has called for the Chilean wine industry to step up efforts in other markets such as India, Southeast Asia and north Africa.
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Japan’s Hokkaido opens first gin distillery
10 September 2018

Hokkaido’s first gin distillery has opened in Sapporo with the launch of a new gin distilled with 'local specialties' including the prefecture's famous kelp, Japanese shiitake mushrooms and dried daikon radish, giving the spirit a "unique umami flavour".
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Hong Kong whisky den Angel’s Share to close
10 September 2018

Angel’s Share, the first whisky bar opened by Tasting Group in Hong Kong, has announced its closure next month after eight years of business in the city where competition among bars has become stiff.
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Alcohol is one of the fastest-growing retail products when it comes to Fairtrade
10 September 2018

Sales of Fairtrade drinks rose by more than 25% by the end of last year, while an increasing number of companies are adding the ethical logo to their products.
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Restaurateur blames bad reviews on ‘cursed’ chicken foot and snake sculpture
10 September 2018

The owner of the Matlock Gurkha Inn in Derbyshire has blamed bad reviews and a temporary loss of business on the discovery of a bejeweled chicken foot and a three-headed snake statue outside his restaurant. 
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FMV adds Leclerc Briant Champagne to portfolio
10 September 2018

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added family-owned biodynamic Champagne house Leclerc Briant to its portfolio to bolster its high-end fizz offering.
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Middle-aged drinkers are being told to have two alcohol-free days per week
10 September 2018

Middle-aged drinkers are being told to abstain from alcohol at least two days per week in a new government initiative aimed at curbing health risks later in life.
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Final call for Rioja Masters 2018 entries
10 September 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 10 October.
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Napoleon era Cognac sells for over £200,000
10 September 2018

A Napoleon era Cognac from 1805 has sold for over £200,000 at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, making it one of the most expensive bottles of Cognac ever sold in the UK.
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Lord Ashcroft invests further £2.7m in English wine
10 September 2018

Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, the majority shareholder in English winery Gusbourne, has invested a further £2.7 million in the company as it announced it had raised a total of £3.7 million through the issuing of new shares to investors. 
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Top Opus One wines and producer profile
10 September 2018

Created by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One wines are some of the world's most coveted. Here are our latest expert tasting notes on this Napa Valley powerhouse, including Steven Spurrier's reviews from Decanter magazine's October 2018 issue. A brief history and exclusive tasting notes on the wines...
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Highlights: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 Judging Week
10 September 2018

Over 3,000 wines from more than 37 countries were judged by 50 of the best palates from across Asia for
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Top Edinburgh wine bars
10 September 2018

Explore the best bottles that the Scottish capital has to offer with Joanna Blythman’s guide to the city’s wine bars and restaurants... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Divino Enoteca Whether you're going for the festival or planning a city break...
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Ten of the best restaurants in Santiago, Chile
10 September 2018

Backed by majestic snow-capped mountains, Chile's buzzing capital city offers a huge variety of cuisine and South American wines. See Alistair Cooper MW's top 10 places to dine.A city skyline like no other...Explore Santiago's foodie hotspots and wine bars. Credit: Jose Luis Stephens / EyeEm Cutting-edge cuisine and exciting wines with a backdrop of the Andes...
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Wine Legend: Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997
10 September 2018

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Rising stars: Winemakers to watch in Chile and Argentina
10 September 2018

Meet 10 young men and women who are changing the face of winemaking in Chile and Argentina, and read tasting notes for some of their best wines. Finca Sophenia, which helped to launch the career of young winemaker Julia Halupzcok. Ten young winemakers fomenting change in Chile and Argentina...
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What is a good ‘birth year wine’ from 2017? – ask Decanter
09 September 2018

Want to mark a year of birth in 2017 with wine? Anthony Rose shares what to buy...The Mouton Rothschild barrel room. Tips on where to look...
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Here are 15 Brazilian wines worth seeking out
08 September 2018

Brazil's best wines range from high altitude Syrah and Bordeaux-style reds to sparkling wines and new-wave white wines being made in São Paulo. Getting your hands on them can be a challenge, but Dirceu Vianna Junior MW picks some of his favourites to look for.The 'Valley of the Vineyards' in Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul. There are lots of styles to explore...
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Auction of Washington Wines Raises $4.3 Million (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

The 31st annual Auction of Washington Wines surpassed expectations by raising more than $4.3 million to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's viticulture and enology program—thanks in large part to a record number of winemakers at the Aug. 18 gala and to its new "Kids who Give" theme."There was such an air of enthusiasm and excitement in the room," auction exe...
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Chef Talk: Nicholas Stefanelli’s Juggling Act (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

When Nicholas Stefanelli was growing up in the small town of Beallsville, Md., "my friends always wanted to come over and eat at our house," recalls the chef. Food was "a focal point" in his upbringing; both sets of grandparents—Greek and Italian—tended backyard gardens, and "everybody" in the family cooked. Stefanelli, 38, initially pursued studies in fashion design, but after one tra...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Forest Mushroom Toast with White Rioja (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

At New York fine-dining spot Per Se, chef Thomas Keller’s showstopping classic dishes tend to get all the attention. But the tasting menus here aren’t all caviar and pearls; simple, traditional French techniques undergird much of the magic. An example is mushrooms served à la grecque, a light pickling preparation that harks back to the hors d’oeuvres carts of formal midcen...
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Wine & Design: Racing Home with Danica Patrick (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

Long before Danica Patrick rose to fame as an asphalt-ceiling-smashing race-car driver with a Napa wine label to her name, she was a kid growing up in Illinois. She never loved the bone-chilling weather there, but she toughed it out on a Midwesterner's logic: Life was cold, and the warm and scenic climes that she preferred were just where you went on vacation.In 2007, she would reject that logic,...
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Great value Malbec from Argentina: A buying guide
08 September 2018

There is more than just one style of Argentinian Malbec there is also excellent value-for-money to be had. Patricio Tapia and Paz Levinson offer expert advice and pick 27 wines to seek out that won't break the bank... Here are 27 wines to look for...
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Pink fizz not an option for DOCG Prosecco Superiore
07 September 2018

Following news that DOC Prosecco may be authorising the production of pink versions of this highly successful Italian fizz, db has been told that this won’t happen within the smaller DOCG.
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Edrington invests in American whiskey with Wyoming deal
07 September 2018

Scottish spirits company Edrington has entered the American whiskey category, having acquired a minority stake in Wyoming Whiskey for an undisclosed sum.
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The best Champagne of 2018
07 September 2018

After an extensive blind tasting of Champagne this summer, and many other sampling exercises during the course of the year, one particular cuvée stood out as the best Champagne of 2018.
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The week in pictures
07 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; residents in Waterloo object to a well-placed Abba-themed restaurant, Martin Williams takes the helm at high stakes (geddit?) chain Gaucho, rosé Prosecco gets closer to reality, and winegrowers either side of the English channel get their DSLRs out for a spectacular harvest season.
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P&O’s new ship to have onboard gin distillery and bar
07 September 2018

Cruise and ferry operator P&O has revealed that its new ship, Iona, will have an onboard gin distillery and as well as a bar serving 30 different varieties of the spirit. 
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LRIWWA winners announced
07 September 2018

The winners of this year’s Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards have been revealed with the judges praising the “pithy” and “insightful” entries.
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Lakes Distillery considers £15 million stock flotation
07 September 2018

English whisky distillery Lakes is considering listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM as it seeks to raise £15 million to "significantly" expand production. 
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Final call for the World Gin Masters- Asia 2018
07 September 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking the final entries for our inaugural The World Gin Masters 2018 – Asia in an effort to find and reward the finest global gin brands currently available in the Asian market.
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US-Colombian billionaire buys stake in Petrus – report
07 September 2018

The owner of Château Petrus has sold a minority stake in the estate to US-Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, according to reports that are sure to cause much discussion in Pomerol and Bordeaux. Few wines can match the acclaim, and auction prices, achieved by Pomerol's Château Petrus. A new investor for legendary Pomerol estate, say reports...
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Masseto通过波尔多La Place发布2015年份
07 September 2018

继纳帕谷(Napa Valley)的Opus One之后,今天轮到超级托斯卡纳马赛多(Super Tuscan Masseto)  通过La Place de Bordeaux发布其2015年份葡萄酒。
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Decanter appoints Robin McMillan as new MD
07 September 2018

Decanter has announced that Robin McMillan, formerly CEO of The Wine Society, is to be its new managing director. Medal winners from the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards. Ex-Wine Society CEO joins the team...
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澳大利亚酒类消费量创50年新低
07 September 2018

根据澳大利亚统计局(ABS)公布的数据,澳大利亚人现在饮酒量低于过去50年来的任何时间,人均饮酒量已降至20世纪60年代以来的最低水平。
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The Great Oregon Wine Company Buys Duck Pond Cellars (Wine Spectator)
07 September 2018

In the latest development in Oregon's burgeoning wine industry, the Great Oregon Wine Company has purchased Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in the Willamette Valley that is known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The deal includes Duck Pond's winery and tasting room in the Dundee Hills subappellation, along with 300 acres of estate vineyards in Oregon. Duck Pond's staff, including winemaker...
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Unfiltered: Bordeaux Wine HQ Grows Gnarly Tentacles; 'Water into Wine' Miracle Site Discovered? (Wine Spectator)
07 September 2018

What has three stories, a nigh-endless supply of fine vintages, and a gnarly set of giant green alien tentacles? No, it's not the latest volume of a Japanese wine manga comic adventure. It's the 18th-century edifice of the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, global headquarters of the official trade organization Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (CIVB)! For one week starting last Friday, the...
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What wine to have with steak? Ask Decanter
07 September 2018

It's a pairing that you want to get right. We speak to Decanter awards judges and experts about pairing wine with steak and discover that it's not all about the biggest, boldest styles.What wine should you serve with steak? Yes, some Malbecs work, but not all - and what are the other options?...
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Chapel Down to create ‘largest vineyard’ in England
07 September 2018

English wine producer Chapel Down Group plans to create one of the largest vineyards in the UK in an effort to satisfy anticipated demand over the next 25 years.Vineyards at Chapel Down. To satisfy anticipated demand...
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Germany: Grosses Gewächs new releases – Riesling 2017 and Pinot 2016
07 September 2018

German Riesling producers faced tough conditions in 2017, but there are great wines if you know where to look, says Anne Krebiehl MW, who also reports exclusively for Premium subscribers on the German 2016 Pinot Noir vintage following the annual Grosses Gewächs tasting in the country. Exclusive report with tasting notes for Premium subscribers...
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Top new products: September
07 September 2018

This month saw the launch of a tea-infused sparkling wine from Fortnum & Mason, the third instalment from non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip, and a rosé Tequila.
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Champagne Gosset gives Pinot Meunier a prestige positioning with £90 fizz
06 September 2018

Gosset has given Champagne’s workhorse grape a prestige positioning with the launch of a £90 fizz that’s made entirely from Pinot Meunier – a first for a Grande Marque.
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The Good Food Guide reveals top 50 UK restaurants
06 September 2018

The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose and partners, has released its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK with a total of 14 from London, including the first restaurant to win top marks with its debut in the guide. 
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UFC announces ‘first-ever’ vodka partnership with Ukranian Nemiroff
06 September 2018

Mixed martial arts organisation the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced its "first-ever" vodka partnership with Ukranian brand Nemiroff.
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First pop-up wine shop opens at CDG
06 September 2018

France’s leading airport, Charles de Gaulle, is getting its first pop-up wine shop in partnership with AdVini and Lagardère Travel Retail.
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Gin and premium Irish whiskey are the fastest growing spirits in Ireland
06 September 2018

Gin and premium Irish whiskey are the fastest-growing spirits in Ireland, according to new figures.
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Chapel Down grows vineyard holdings by 388 acres
06 September 2018

English wine producer Chapel Down has struck a deal to lease a further 388 acres of viticultural land adjoining its existing vineyards on the North Downs, taking its total available vineyard area to 950 acres.
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Christie’s to host its first-ever baijiu auction in China
06 September 2018

Auction house Christie's will be the first international auctioneer to host a baijiu auction in China, featuring 178 lots of the country's most famous brand Kweichow Moutai, set to take place in Shanghai on 21 September, the company has announced.
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Wine Spectator’s publisher is suing Weed Spectator over trademark infringement
06 September 2018

Wine Spectator's publishing house — M. Shanken Communications — has entered into a legal battle with new website Weed Spectator over trademark infringement.
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Fine wine investment: Don’t overlook Promontory
06 September 2018

If many of the super Napa labels are snaffled up early, top the extent that they make little to no impact in a liquid secondary market, might some newer Californian labels from all-star names be an area worth looking into?
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Anson: How Nicolas Jaboulet started again in the Rhône
06 September 2018

Jane Anson speaks exclusively to Nicolas Jaboulet about how he started afresh in the region with so much history for his family, with tasting notes on Maison & Domaine Les Alexandrins wine available to Premium subscribers. Domaine les Alexandrins, a new name to know. Plus exclusive tasting notes on the top wines...
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Zinfandel Icon Kent Rosenblum Dies at 74 (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2018

The California veterinarian-turned-winemaker championed old vineyards and ripe Zinfandels that opened eyes
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Catena Zapata to sell top wines via Place de Bordeaux
06 September 2018

Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina has said that two of its top wines will be represented across Europe and Asia by 10 Bordeaux merchant houses, marking the latest vote of confidence in the city’s négociant system by non-French producers.A view into the Catena Zapata barrel cellar. Top Argentina winery signs deal with 10 Bordeaux merchants...
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Time to try South American sparkling wine
06 September 2018

The sparkling wine scene in South America is currently booming. Alejandro Iglesias finds out what’s driving it and recommends bottles from the leading names in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay... The sparkling wine scene in South America is currently booming...
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Zoilo restaurant: A taste of Argentina in London – Review
06 September 2018

Steak that melts in the mouth and an all-Argentinian wine list; Julie Sheppard gives her verdict on Zoilo in Marylebone.For lovers of steak, wine and all things Argentine... Argentinean steak, high-altitude Malbec and dulce du leche desserts...
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Schaafsma teams up with Ben Glover on ‘Mr Glover’ wine brand
06 September 2018

Ex-Accolade CEO Paul Schaafsma has teamed up with New Zealand winemaker Ben Glover, former group winemaker at Accolade, to launch a new personality-driven wine brand in the UK, which he describes as "the most exciting" to have come out of New Zealand in the past five years.
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Almaviva 2016 released
05 September 2018

The rush of non-Bordeaux labels coming out of La Place continues this morning with the release of the 2016 Almaviva.
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Jameson quietly launched a Fairtrade, ‘cold brew’ coffee-based spirit in Ireland
05 September 2018

As whiskey sales soar, Irish Distillers' brand Jameson is trialling a Fairtrade certified coffee spirit in select local retailers.
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Loire Valley’s Vignes, Vins et Randos in pictures
05 September 2018

db heads to the Loire to take part in the 15th edition of Vignes, Vins et Randos (VVR), a walking tour through the vines, châteaux and towns in the region which is organised by Loire Valley Wines.
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WW2 shelter considered for whisky ageing
05 September 2018

An air raid shelter from the Second World War near Guildford is reportedly being considered for storing whisky – but there are some serious hurdles to overcome.
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Barolo vintner Giuseppe Rinaldi dies aged 69
05 September 2018

Barolo winemaker Giuseppe 'Beppe' Rinaldi, known for his pure and traditional approach to winemaking, has died aged 69.
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Cooperative Champagnes beat famous brands in big fizz tasting
05 September 2018

A major blind tasting of Champagnes last month saw lesser-known labels from the region’s cooperatives score better than famous bottles of branded fizz.
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Here are the drinks actors will be served at the Emmy Awards 2018
05 September 2018

As stars of the small screen gear up for the annual Emmy Awards later this month, a number of premium brands have declared partnerships with the event.
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Bonhams acquired by Epiris
05 September 2018

A private equity group has bought UK auctioneer Bonhams, which specialises in art, cars and wine and spirits, for an undisclosed sum.
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Scottish Gin Society’s Facebook posts fall foul of advertising standards
05 September 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against The Scottish Gin Society, ruling that 10 Facebook posts had breached guidelines by encouraging excessive alcohol consumption and suggesting gin leads to sexual success. 
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Debate Over Alcohol's Health Effects Grows (Wine Spectator)
05 September 2018

A recent global analysis on drinking has raised alarms, but should responsible wine consumers really be worried?
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Chilean Sauvignon Blanc panel tasting – ‘Tread carefully’
05 September 2018

Chile's Sauvignon Blanc producers had a tough time in the 2017 vintage and it showed in this tasting, said our experts. Yet 10 wines from across 2017, 2016 and 2015 still made the cut as 'highly recommended'. See the full results and scores below... Wines to look for from 2017, 2016 and 2015...
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‘Ideal’ conditions for English wine as 2018 harvest begins
05 September 2018

Harvest is underway at English wineries, as winemakers praise the conditions for the 2018 vintage following a summer heatwave... Harvesting at Biddenden Vineyards, in Kent. Could 2018 be the best English wine vintage to date?...
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Barolo winemaker Giuseppe Rinaldi dies
05 September 2018

Giuseppe Rinaldi - known simply as 'Beppe' Rinaldi to many in Piedmont - was one of the most respected Barolo producers of his generation, as well as one of the most outspoken. La Morra in Barolo. Barolo loses one of its stars...
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Final call for ‘World Whisky Masters – Asia’
05 September 2018

We are now taking final entries for the inaugural 'World Whisky Masters - Asia', which is set to become the region's biggest whisky competition designed to award outstanding whiskies produced around the globe.
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Hong Kong breweries withdraw from Beertopia due to high costs
05 September 2018

12 breweries from Hong Kong have withdrawn from this year’s Beertopia, the city’s biggest craft beer festival, after the event organiser raised the costs for exhibitors. 
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Drinking to forget: Tiger blood in Tonkin
05 September 2018

From their origins as social outcasts, in the 20th century the Legion had come to be viewed as the most romantic unit in the French army but the 'dirty wars' of de-colonialisation would test it to the limit.
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Barolo Vintner Giuseppe Rinaldi Dies at 69 (Wine Spectator)
05 September 2018

The winemaking traditionalist crafted pure Barolos for nearly three decades
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Prosecco rosé should become a reality with 2018 harvest
04 September 2018

It is widely believed that this year’s harvest will see Prosecco rosé become a reality, as the region plans to lift a ban on blending red and white wines to produce pink fizz.
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Port Ellen malt sold for £50k
04 September 2018

Nothing can stop the current slew of whisky records, with a bottle of 12 year-old Port Ellen ‘Queen’s Visit’ 1980 selling at auction last month for £50,000.
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Final call for Riesling Masters entries
04 September 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Riesling Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 20 September.
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Bride rents out wedding dress that holds 50 glasses of Prosecco
04 September 2018

A woman who commissioned a custom-made wedding dress with a metal frame that holds 50 glasses of Prosecco has decided to rent it out to would-be brides so that it doesn't "go to waste".
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Masseto 2015 released through La Place
04 September 2018

Hot on the heels of Napa Valley’s Opus One, today is the turn of Super Tuscan Masseto to release its 2015 vintage through La Place de Bordeaux.
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Enotria and VSPT to ‘challenge the perception of Chilean wine’
04 September 2018

UK importer and supplier Enotria & Coe and Chilean wine giant VSPT have announced a new extended partnership in the on- and off-trade which will "challenge the perception of Chilean wine in the UK market".
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August runs steady for fine wine
04 September 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Win 100 index steadied in August with a marginal 0.48% rise, though not enough to entirely correct the 0.7% slide seen in July.
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 judging week begins
04 September 2018

Over 50 wine professionals from across Asia have gathered in Hong Kong to begin judging the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards. This morning (4 September) saw the start of the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) Judging Week, which runs from
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Highlights: TopWine China 2018
04 September 2018

Decanter attended TopWine China 2018 for the 7th year, showcasing 8 award winning wines as well as hosting a masterclass led by Maxime Lu.
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From the archive: Barolo 2009 panel tasting results
04 September 2018

Following on from the recently re-published Barolo 2010 panel tasting, we have delved deeper into our archive to bring Premium subscribers the Barolo 2009 results - lauded by our experts as a vintage that confirms Barolo's greatness. See the full report with all 140 tasting notes and scores below. Published in the November 2013 issue of Decanter magazine and now available online and in full, excl...
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‘Gorgeous’ Opus One 2015 released
04 September 2018

One of Napa Valley’s leading fine wine labels, Opus One, has released its 2015 vintage – widely regarded as a tricky one in the Californian region.
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Clonal selection to blame for premox, says Laroche winemaker
03 September 2018

Clonal selection, along with harvest date, pressing technique and bottling procedure, are to blame for premox in white Burgundy, and not corks, declares Laroche head winemaker, Grégory Viennois.
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New Zealand’s Giesen Group partners with Bibendum
03 September 2018

New Zealand's Giesen Group, the owner of brands including Giesen Wines and Ara Wines, has partnered with importer and supplier Bibendum PLB to consolidate distribution across the UK on- and off-trade.
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Media Centre – Retailer Awards
03 September 2018

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03 September 2018

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Uncorked: Sue Hodder of Wynns
03 September 2018

Sue Hodder, the senior winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, chats to dbHK about the iconic 1982  Wynns John Riddoch, and Hollywood heavyweights, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. 
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
03 September 2018

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist, creating work for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Wine Advocate. Click through four of his latest works.
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Nunes: ‘Port is far from reaching its full potential in Asia’
03 September 2018

Launching the 2016 vintage Port from one of the region's leading shippers, Symington Family Estates, Jorge Nuñes, its market manager for Asia and the Pacific, lamented that Port has yet to find its footing in Asia, where the region’s powerhouse market, China, is “still far from where it can be”.
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18 people injured by hornets at German wine festival
03 September 2018

After reports last month of 'drunk, angry wasps' on the rampage in the UK, two rapid response teams were called to a wine festival in Germany after 18 people were injured by a swarm of hornets on Sunday. 
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Changyu’s H1 profits dip by 5%
03 September 2018

China’s oldest winery, Changyu Pioneers, suffered a 5.11% drop in net profit in the first half of the year, blaming its results intensified competition among low- and medium-range wines while its overseas wineries also posted revenue losses during the period, casting shadow over the country's profitability this year.
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Nicolas Feuillatte signs new UK deal with Castelnau
03 September 2018

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has signed a new distribution deal in the UK, appointing Castelnau Wine Agencies to represent it and develop its on-trade presence.
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UK winemakers hold their breath for ‘dream harvest’ as picking commences
03 September 2018

As the uncharacteristically long and hot UK summer continues, winemakers are hopeful of a "dream harvest", according to trade body Wine GB, with producers recording one of the earliest harvests on record with picking starting last week.
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Jefford on Monday: The cooper’s tale
03 September 2018

Andrew Jefford visits Tonnellerie Cadus in Burgundy.No easy task: Barrel making at the Cadus cooperage in Ladoix-Serrigny. Not a job for the faint-hearted...
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Treating Malbec ‘like Pinot Noir’: The new terroir approach
02 September 2018

How good can it be? Argentina’s top winemakers are pushing the country’s headline grape to its limits in their quest to achieve the best possible quality and character. Patricio Tapia reports... Uco Valley. How good can Malbec be?...
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Argentina’s mountain wines: Calchaquí Valley reds
02 September 2018

Follow the development of one of the wine world’s most extreme territories, as Patricio Tapia picks his favourite bottles from Argentina’s rugged far north... Top wines to try from Argentina’s rugged far north...
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Recent Chile vintages: A review and wines to try
01 September 2018

Previously known for its consistency, Chile is experiencing increasingly varied vintage patterns as winemaking styles evolve and extreme weather makes an impact. Peter Richards MW offers a snapshot of recent vintages...Grape vines on a frosty morning in the Casablanca Valley Chile is seeing increasingly varied vintage patterns...
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The World's Most Expensive Whiskies
01 September 2018

 These days, it's Scotch commanding the big prices.
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Better Beef Brisket: Jamie Geller’s Menu Takes the Stress Out of Your Fall Holidays (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2018

The kosher cooking expert shares 3 sure-to-please recipes for entertaining, plus Wine Spectator recommends 10 great kosher wine picks
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Sopexa to represent Beaujolais in the UK
01 September 2018

Trade body InterBeaujolais has appointed Sopexa to run its marketing and communications campaign in the UK from 1 September this year.
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Meet the 10 new Masters of Wine
01 September 2018

Ten more hopefuls have gained entry to the exclusive club of experts, meaning there are now 380 Masters of Wine worldwide. Keith Jackson / Alamy There are now 380 MWs worldwide...
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Amarula launches vanilla spice edition
31 August 2018

South African drinks brand  Amarula has launched a vanilla spice edition of its cream liqueur, marking the first in a series of variations on the signature drink which tap into the recent trend for flavoured liqueurs. 
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Langton’s unveils latest ranking
31 August 2018

Australian wine auctioneer Langton’s has released its latest ranking of what it considers Australia’s most collectable fine wines.
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The week in pictures
31 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Bacardi serves Major Lazer rum cocktails at Notting Hill Carnival, Scarfe's bar gets a new head mixologist, Metallica make music-infused whiskey, and James Cochran puts English sparkling wine on the menu at his new restaurant and keeps schtum on his current legal spat.
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Prosecco gearing up for ‘perfect’ harvest
31 August 2018

Prosecco producers are gearing up for what the president of the Prosecco DOC Consorzio, Stefano Zanette, has described as the “perfect” harvest in terms of quality.
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Top South American Cabernet Franc wines: Panel tasting results
31 August 2018

Things are looking bright for South American Cabernet Franc, according to this report on 44 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel. Published in Decanter's new October 2018 magazine issue, Premium subscribers can get exclusive online access to the full report and tasting notes below. See the results from this panel tasting...
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Gin Mare to release a gin-soaked olive and rosemary panettone
31 August 2018

While the UK clings on to the last of summer, Gin Mare is starting its festive preparations early, teaming up with chef Theo Randall and baker Rocco Tanzarella to create a £22 'ginettone' in time for Christmas.
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50 cent launches $1,000 Champagne ‘for winners only’
31 August 2018

American rapper 50 cent has launched his own brand of Champagne "for winners only" with a gold-plated cross on every bottle and a blanc de blancs costing $1,000.
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Here are the first award-winning wines on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
31 August 2018

Take a look at the Global Masters medal-winning wines on pour at this year's Wine & Spirits Show, including a sparkling rosé from Kazakstan and an oak-aged Sauvignon Sémillon blend from France.
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Stony Hill Vineyard sold to Long Meadow Ranch
31 August 2018

Stony Hill Vineyard, one of the legendary wineries of the Napa Valley renaissance, has been sold the Hall family, owners of Long Meadow Ranch in St Helena, for an undisclosed sum.
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New d’Arenberg wines: Latest releases and cellar surprises
31 August 2018

Tina Gellie reports on a catch-up with one of Australian wine's true characters, Chester Osborn, and tastes through some of the latest releases from his highly regarded d'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale - plus some interesting older wines from the cellar.d'Areberg wines have attracted a strong following in Australia and beyond... An exclusive report for Premium subscribers...
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Marston’s unveils meat-free burger that ‘bleeds’
31 August 2018

UK brewer Marston's has launched a meat-free 'bleeding' burger, fortified with vitamin B12, aimed at a growing number of vegan and vegetarian punters.
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Prosecco harvest begins as Italy expects resurgence in 2018
31 August 2018

Prosecco DOC producers have said they are very optimistic about quality as Italy looks set to match France with a substantially bigger wine harvest in 2018.Glera grapes, used in Prosecco production, on the vine. Prosecco makers upbeat as Italy and France go head-to-head...
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Tax as a Weapon in Interstate Wine War
31 August 2018

 New Hampshire launches aggressive discounting program to attract out-of-state customers.
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Unfiltered: Grape Cargo Truck Wipeout Kicks Off 2018 Harvest Bloopers Season (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

Plus, Graham Norton takes "mouth-on" approach to winemaking process, and a new cookbook of Snoop Dogg's favorite edibles
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Proof of identity: South America’s signature grapes
31 August 2018

Malbec, Tannat and Carmenère have each found a signature style in South America. Alistair Cooper MW assesses their importance and asks what the future holds for these varieties...Harvesting grapes in Argentina What does the future holds for these varieties...
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DAWA judge profile: Hayato Kojima
31 August 2018

Hayato Kojima CWE, a certified wine educator and specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Hayato Kojima Hayato Kojima CWE, a certified wine educator and specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Hiroshi Ishida
31 August 2018

Hiroshi Ishida, executive sommelier at Hotel Nikko in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Hiroshi Ishida Hiroshi Ishida, executive sommelier at Hotel Nikko in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Sarah Heller MW
31 August 2018

Sarah Heller MW, content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert, is a new addition to the judging panel for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Sarah Heller MW Sarah Heller MW, content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert, is a new addition to the judging panel for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Latest and Greatest Wine Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

These first-time Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners are exciting new projects from big-league leaders
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DAWA judge profile: Anty Fung
31 August 2018

Anty Fung, Certified Sommelier and manager of professional wine storage company Hip Cellar, is a new addition to the judging panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.Anty Fung Anty Fung, Certified Sommelier and manager of professional wine storage company Hip Cellar, is a new addition to the judging panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant Spotlight: Sanford (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

Family values meet wine values in Milwaukee's East Town neighborhood
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DAWA judge profile: Kiyoshi Hoshimi-Caines
31 August 2018

Kiyoshi Hoshimi-Caines, Head Sommelier at Yardbird and RŌNIN in Hong Kong and a Sake Professional, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Kiyoshi Hoshimi-Caines Kiyoshi Hoshimi-Caines, Head Sommelier at Yardbird and RŌNIN in Hong Kong and a Sake Professional, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Turning Tables: New York's St Anselm Goes to D.C. with Stephen Starr Backing (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

The wine list will be eclectic and twice the size. Plus, Thomas Keller's new Miami area restaurant is now open, Major Food Group ventures to Israel, and more
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DAWA judge profile: Marcus Ford
31 August 2018

Marcus Ford, Asia Market Manager for Wines of South Africa, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Marcus Ford Marcus Ford, Asia Market Manager for Wines of South Africa, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
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DAWA judge profile: Elliot Faber
31 August 2018

Elliot Faber, beverage director at Yardbird, Ronin, and Sunday's Grocery restaurants in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Elliot Faber Elliot Faber, beverage director at Yardbird, Ronin, and Sunday's Grocery restaurants in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA)
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Pernod chairman on Brexit: ‘We might have some hurdles but so what?’
31 August 2018

Pernod Ricard chairman Alexandre Ricard discusses how the second largest producer of Scotch whisky will combat potential logistics problems with shipments to the European continent in the event of no deal over Brexit.
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DAWA judge profile: Ignatius Chan
30 August 2018

Ignatius Chan, a sommelier and restaurateur from Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Ignatius Chan Ignatius Chan, a sommelier and restaurateur from Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Arnaud Echalier
30 August 2018

Arnaud Echalier, currently the Senior Beverage Manager for Sands Resorts Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Arnaud Echalier Arnaud Echalier, currently the Senior Beverage Manager for Sands Resorts Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Mathias Camilleri MS
30 August 2018

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NZ wine records 23rd year of value growth
30 August 2018

Exports of New Zealand wine have achieved their 23rd consecutive year of growth by value and are now worth over NZ$1 billion.
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Zonin discovers a native Italian red grape that’s great for fizz
30 August 2018

What red grape other than Pinot Noir can be used to make great traditional method fizz and top-end still red wines? Francesco Zonin thinks he has found the answer.
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DAWA judge profile: Fabien Duboueix
30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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30 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

Strong sales in India and China have led drinks giant Pernod Ricard to forecast underlying profit growth from recurring operations of between 5-7% for the full year ending 30 June 2019.
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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers has signed a research partnership with the University of Auckland and Lincoln University, resolving to support the future of New Zealand's wine industry.
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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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29 August 2018

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28 August 2018

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) is launching an English and Welsh whisky trail to raise awareness of the category, which the trade body said has "lay dormant for more than a century."
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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

A sales employee in China made a costly mistake after selling a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild grand vin as its much cheaper second wine ‘Carruades de Lafite’ to a customer, with the grand vin usually retailing for four times the price of the second label.
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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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28 August 2018

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27 August 2018

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27 August 2018

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27 August 2018

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26 August 2018

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25 August 2018

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25 August 2018

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25 August 2018

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25 August 2018

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25 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

China’s leading online wine and spirits e-commerce company 1919.com has launched a personalised sommelier service for its app users, allowing them to order sommelier service at the push of a button during banquets or dinner toasts.
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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

Italian sparkler Ferrari Trento is celebrating its fourth consecutive year as official sparkling wine of the Emmy Awards where it will be on pour at the Governors Ball.
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24 August 2018

Franchise holders at Bargain Booze and Wine Rack can now source 10% of their goods from outside the Bestway Group as part of updates the company has made to contracts following its purchase of the Conviviality Retail division in April. 
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24 August 2018

Hot on the heels of Jamie Oliver's jerk rice furore, a Labour MP has slammed a Japanese-themed cocktail bar for 'cultural appropriation' after it used white women dressed as geisha girls to promote its opening night.
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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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24 August 2018

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23 August 2018

The summer heatwave and World Cup party atmosphere contributed £300 million in alcohol duty to the UK’s public coffers as the public sector recorded its biggest surplus for nearly 20 years.
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23 August 2018

Global breweries are reinventing themselves to cater to local beer demand from Africa, in light of predictions that the continent could account for 40% of global volume within the next 10 years.
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Carlsberg Malaysia warns new tax regime could impact beer consumption
23 August 2018

Carlsberg Malaysia has warned that the new Sales and Service Tax (SST) could negatively impact the country's beer consumption, impacting contraband products and lowering consumer spending.
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23 August 2018

At this year's Wine & Spirits Show, run by the drinks business and sister title The Spirits Business, consumers will have the chance to try out the latest product releases and vote for their favourite. Take a look at the latest entries.
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23 August 2018

The sale of Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney’s Tequila brand Casamigos to drinks giant Diageo last year has made him the highest paid actor of 2018.
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23 August 2018

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23 August 2018

As Argentina's exploration of its terroir and altitude has grown, so too has its wine tourism offer, with producers keen to prove their country's appeal extends beyond meat and Malbec.
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23 August 2018

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23 August 2018

Nielsen recently released data on the total sales of beer in the US based on a variety of factors, from brands, to parent companies, right down to styles.
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23 August 2018

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BrewDog suffers ‘painful setback’ despite record half year results
23 August 2018

Craft beer giant BrewDog has posted record half year results with revenue up 55% to £78 million, yet it has lost "hundreds of thousands of pounds" after a bottling fault led to it dumping all of the bottled beer due to be released as part of its OverWorks project.  
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Historic Château Masburel sold to UK buyer
23 August 2018

Château Masburel, a Bergerac estate that has links to the court of Louis XV and has been making wine since before the French Revolution, has been sold to a British buyer for an undisclosed fee.Château Masburel. Bergerac estate has been making wine since before the French Revolution...
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23 August 2018

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23 August 2018

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Founder of leading Chinese drinks distributor arrested
22 August 2018

Lin Jianhua, founder of Nanpu, a subsidiary of Tenwow International Holding, one of China’s biggest importers and distributors of alcoholic drinks, has been detained by authorities in Shanghai to “assist investigation”, according to reports by the Chinese media.
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Vietnam looks to low alcohol beer for growth as government ban looms
22 August 2018

Vietnam is exploring the low and no-alcohol beer categories for growth potential as the government intends to ban sales of higher strength drinks after 10pm.
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22 August 2018

As low-abv events become increasingly popular in the capital, one globe-trotting mixologist is hoping to cash in on the trend by bringing sober serves to east London next month.
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Botched Jesus painting inspires Spanish wine
22 August 2018

A botched attempt to restore a fresco in a Spanish church that led to Jesus being turned into a monkey has inspired a wine from the region where the church resides.
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Grape juice supplier Welch’s expands presence in wine industry
22 August 2018

Grape juice supplier Welch's Global Ingredients Group has moved further into the wine industry with the launch of a new product designed to be a "cost-effective by high quality" filler or base wine. 
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Great British Menu chef in trademark row with former restaurant
22 August 2018

Chef James Cochran, who is on the BBC series Great British Menu, is embroiled in a rights dispute with his former employer after the restaurant trademarked his name and has started selling his signature recipes as part of the brand. 
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Primum Familiae Vini appoints de Billy as president
22 August 2018

Hubert de Billy, head of Champagne Pol Roger, has been appointed president of the Primum Familiae Vini.
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22 August 2018

Attendees of this year's Duty Free and Travel Retail summit in Cannes can expect a "comprehensive programme of social and leisure activities," according to the organisers.
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Whisky counterfeiter goes on the lam
22 August 2018

A man accused of counterfeiting a large number of bottles has reportedly gone on the run while on bail.
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Brewery scraps ‘Suicider’ cider after complaint
22 August 2018

A brewery has removed a cider called 'Suicider' from its line-up after a volunteer at a festival where it was being sold branded it insensitive.
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From the archive: Chambolle-Musigny 2014 panel tasting results
22 August 2018

Our experts recommend this approachable vintage, and are especially impressed by the quality of some of the village wines... Originally published in Decanter magazine's November 2016 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium subscribers. Our experts found impressive 'village' wines from this vintage...
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22 August 2018

 While some wines are killing it when it comes to price, for every winner, someone loses out.
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Wines on a Plane: Does Drinking Affect You Differently While Flying? (Wine Spectator)
22 August 2018

Spoiler alert: You don't actually get "drunker," but that doesn't mean you should overindulge
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22 August 2018

California's rapid rise on the fine wine investment scene has continued in 2018, backed by a run of good vintages, according to fresh figures from Liv-ex and BI Wines & Spirits. French oak barrels at the Opus One winery in Napa Valley, California. New Liv-ex tracker charts growth as BI reports strong sales rise...
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22 August 2018

Nearly 3,500 firefighters are battling a record-breaking blaze in Mendocino and Lake counties; vintners are monitoring grapes for signs of smoke taint
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Non-alcoholic beer sales see 60% boost in UK retail
21 August 2018

Sales of branded products outstripped private-labels in supermarkets for the first time since 2015 this summer, while sales of non-alcoholic beer went from strength to strength.
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Trade-focused Asian competition series return in Hong Kong
21 August 2018

A series of trade-focused wine, beer and spirits competitions will return to Hong Kong this month, after successful runs in the US, Germany, and Australia.
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Dallas Dhu closed distillery seeks investors
21 August 2018

‘Silent’ Speyside distillery Dallas Dhu could potentially restart making whisky again after Historic Environment Scotland put out an appeal for “interested parties” to help develop the site.
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21 August 2018

The drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for The Asian Malbec Masters 2018, which is set to shine a light on the grape variety that has become the emblematic variety of Argentina.
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China launches Ningxia wine train from Beijing
21 August 2018

China has rolled out a wine train that connects the country’s capital Beijing to the wine producing region of Ningxia in northwestern China, offering its passengers a wine-filled ride and the chance to take part in harvest.
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Waitrose organic wine sales up 57%
21 August 2018

UK retailer Waitrose has revealed that sales of its organic wine range have risen by 57% year-on-year with the supermarket now stocking 54 organic wines from 18 different countries.
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21 August 2018

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China Resources Beer sees profits rise 29% in first half
21 August 2018

China’s biggest brewery, China Resources Beer, posted a 29% increase in profits to RMB 1.51 billion (US$220.66 million) during the first half of the year, thanks to higher beer prices and increased sales of premium brands.
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Sotheby’s selling ‘instant’ cellars for £4,000
21 August 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has started offering ‘instant’ cellar packages in New York and Hong Kong that deliver curated collections to your home from £4,000.
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21 August 2018

Californian brewer Lagunitas has launched a non-alcoholic sparkling water inspired by its eponymous, flagship IPA beer.
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New Zealand brewery releases ‘first’ deer beer
21 August 2018

With this year having already witnessed the launch of a whiskey flavoured with beaver secretions, New Zealand brewery Moa has now unveiled a wheat beer brewed with deer velvet for the Chinese market, which sold out in 48 hours.
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21 August 2018

Warm, sunny weather throughout June and July has prompted early harvests in northern Europe with Champagne and Alsace the latest to get underway this week. Harvest in Champagne for 2018 was due to begin on 21 August. Picking to begin in Champagne...
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21 August 2018

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20 August 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 10 September.
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20 August 2018

A pub landlord said he refuses to adopt the new marketing material for Bombardier beer after the brewing company which owns it dropped any mention of the word "English" from its branding.
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20 August 2018

The CIVB has won a landmark case in China against counterfeiters, successfully prosecuting a gang that were misusing two geographical indications, the wine council has exclusively revealed to dbHK.
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20 August 2018

Following an earlier study which concluded that certain species of bat hunt grapevine moths, wine producers in the Dordogne are installing bat boxes around their vineyards to encourage the flying mammals to act as a natural 'pesticide'.
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1943 Glenlivet makes £43k
20 August 2018

An extremely rare bottle of 70 year-old Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 has made £43,800 at auction.
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20 August 2018

A rare bottle of 50YO Yamazaki whisky has sold for HK$2.659 million (US$343,000) at Bonhams in Hong Kong, breaking the record for the most expensive bottle of Japanese whisky ever sold.
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20 August 2018

A bottle of The Macallan ‘Genesis’ – the launch of which last week caused road closures in Scotland – is already being offered online for over four times its retail price.
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St. John to open permanent bakery in Neal’s Yard
20 August 2018

Following two successful pop-ups, nose-to-tail restaurant St. John is to open a permanent bakery in Neal’s Yard in London’s Covent Garden next month.
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20 August 2018

Portuguese and Italian officials have hit out at Ireland's plans to include health warnings on alcohol products which link drinking to a higher risk of developing cancer.
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20 August 2018

Gordon Ramsay is being sued by a restaurant that he helped turn around in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, after it accused him of breaking a prior legal agreement and feigning illness to dramatise a scene.
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20 August 2018

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What does ‘frizzante’ mean? Ask Decanter
20 August 2018

Seen ‘Frizzante’ on a bottle of sparkling wine but not sure what that means?What does frizzante mean on a wine? Why does my bottle say 'frizzante'...?
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Bordeaux: The next generation
20 August 2018

A new wave of young winemakers, scientists, négociants and château owners is helping to shape the future of Bordeaux. Elin McCoy introduces four of the region’s leading lights... Originally published in the Decanter magazine Bordeaux supplement 2018 and now available for the first time online, only for Premium subscribers...Domaine de Chevalier is owned by the Bernard family He...
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Ten of the best Italian vineyards & terroirs
19 August 2018

Ian D’Agata selects his star vineyard sites across Italy, and we include wine recommendations from Decanter's expert tasters. Originally published in the May 2016 issue of Decanter magazine and now available for the first time online, only for Premium subscribers...Panzano in Chianti. Top vineyard sites across Italy...
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Lake County Wineries Take Stock After Fires
18 August 2018

 The huge Mendocino fire has ravaged Lake County, but it appears to have all but missed the vineyards.
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Decanter magazine quiz – September 2018 issue
18 August 2018

Have you read the latest issue of Decanter magazine? Test your knowledge with our latest quiz...Test your knowledge Test your knowledge...
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From the archive: Barolo 2010 panel tasting results
18 August 2018

The Barolo 2010 vintage is a keeper, and there's still time for the canny buyer to stock up. See our in-depth report below... Originally published in Decanter magazine's April 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium membersMassolino's vineyards in Barolo - the heartland of the Nebbiolo grape. Is 2010 the vintage of the century? Our experts find out...
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L'Eté du Vin Charity Auction Honors Women in Wine, Breaks $1 Million Mark (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2018

The charity auction has raised $24 million for cancer-fighting organizations since 1979
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L'Eté du Vin Charity Auction Honors Women in Wine, Breaks $1 Million Mark (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2018

The charity auction has raised $24 million for cancer-fighting organizations since 1979
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WOSA names new Asia market manager
17 August 2018

Wines of South Africa has announced the appointment of Marcus Ford as its new market manager in Asia.
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Suicidal man saved by beer
17 August 2018

A man who was attempting to end his life by jumping off a bridge in Minnesota was prevented from doing so by two beer delivery men employed by Breakthru Beverage, after being persuaded to share a beer.
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Coal Drops Yard to become new London foodie hub
17 August 2018

Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is set to become London’s latest foodie hub when a slew of new restaurants and bars open in the development this October.
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Moutai withdraws appeal against China’s top trademark office
17 August 2018

China’s most famous liquor brand, Kweichow Moutai, has withdrawn its appeal against China’s top trademark office after it denied the liquor company’s application to use the term “national spirit” for its products.
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BBR unveils spirits collection in Hong Kong
17 August 2018

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched its spirits portfolio in Hong Kong including its own selection of whiskies, gins, and liqueurs.
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Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2018: Shortlist revealed
17 August 2018

Find out which retailers have made the shortlist at this year's Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards... See the shortlist for this year's competition...
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Where to go in Ponta Delgada: A wine lover’s guide
17 August 2018

Ever wondered where the Decanter team go on holiday? Our in-house team recommend where to eat and drink, from their own trips. Decanter Digital Content Manager Ellie Douglas shares her insider guide below...Fishing boats and ships in the harbor of Ponta Delgada Where to eat and drink on the island...
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The week in pictures
17 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks: England rugby star Chris Robshaw pays a visit to Nyetimber, Blur's Alex James goes one step further with plans to make his own English fizz under the name Britpop, Erdinger prepares to serve 250,000 pints during Oktoberfest in London and a whisky release prompts a police call-out in Scotland.
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Fine wine investment: Perfect points
17 August 2018

We were asked this week whether we thought Angélus 2005 might now be worth buying, after its decline against an otherwise firm market, and the query threw up two interesting points. First, it pays to shop around, and second, a Parker 100-pointer still has a certain cachet.
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Budweiser more popular in China than the US
17 August 2018

American beer brand Budweiser is more popular in China than in its homeland, with sales in China surpassing those in the US for the first time this year.
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Pub installed on Royal Navy’s newest carrier
17 August 2018

The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has had a pub installed in time for its maiden voyage to the US later this month.
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Australia’s Hunter Valley mulls kangaroo cull
17 August 2018

As drought conditions continue to grip much of South Australia, winemakers in Hunter Valley are preparing to begin culling kangaroos, which, desperate for food, could threaten the industry come September.
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Locals Continue to Clash with Sonoma Wineries
17 August 2018

 County residents request a moratorium on new winery spaces.
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Unfiltered: LeBron James Drafts Another All-Star Wine Team with Sassicaia, Guigal, Caymus (Wine Spectator)
17 August 2018

From Napa to Châteauneuf, here's what the winemakers told us about making the King's cut. Plus, Médoc, Maipo, mayhem collide in epic new wine-painted wine comic; questionable '70s diet recommends wine, eggs, steak, coffee, nothing else
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Fantastique Wine Restaurants in Paris (Wine Spectator)
17 August 2018

When it comes to Parisian wine programs, these restaurants offer the crème de la crème
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Restaurant Spotlight: Panama (Wine Spectator)
17 August 2018

A serious wine program in a German restaurant based on childhood wonder
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Turning Tables: A First Look at the Wine List at Michael Mina's New Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
17 August 2018

Plus, Peru's Central Restaurante chef opens a restaurant in Hong Kong, the Trabocchi family switches up one of their concepts, and more
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db Drinks: Below at Hide
17 August 2018

db’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to Below, the subterranean bar beneath Hide in Mayfair, for clarified milk cocktails and a sublime acorn cake.
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Treasury Wine Estates posts 34% profit growth
17 August 2018

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), the parent company of Penfolds and Wolf Blass, has reported a 34% rise in net profits to AU$360.4 million during the 2018 financial year, mainly driven by sales in Asia.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
17 August 2018

This week in Hong Kong it's all about the summer serve, from top quality rosés at our Asian Rosé Masters to new summer cocktails incorporating baijiu and the grand opening of a new Irish brewhouse.
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HDH announces ‘largest ever’ sale
17 August 2018

US fine wine auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has announced that its September sale will be the company’s biggest ever auction, potentially realising US$10-15 million.
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Mini-sized beer all the rage in Korea
16 August 2018

Mini-sized beer is all the rage in South Korea, a trend said to be driven by female beer drinkers and more solitary drinking occasions, prompting the country’s biggest brewery to release its beer in a smaller format.
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From the archive: Dry Loire Chenin Blanc – panel tasting results
16 August 2018

Our experts praised the diversity and value of these ageable Loire Chenin Blancs, many from the 2015 and 2014 vintages. Read the full report below. Published in the February 2017 issue of Decanter magazine and now available online and in full, exclusuvely for Premium subscribers. Drinking well now and for the next 10 years...
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Apcor targets California winemakers with TV ads
16 August 2018

Apcor, the Portuguese cork association, has launched a series of trade-targeted television adverts shot in Napa and Sonoma counties using winemaker testimonials.
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Mr Fogg’s recruiting for round the world adventure
16 August 2018

Quirky London bar Mr Fogg’s is recruiting for a dream job for gin lovers that will see them travel the world in search of exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.
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70yo Glenlivet 1943 goes up for sale
16 August 2018

Scotch whisky records could tumble again this week when a bottle of 70 year-old Private Collection Glenlivet 1943 goes up for sale in Glasgow.
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Brewdog employee wins payout over unfair dismissal
16 August 2018

A former employee of Brewdog has won a £12,000 payout after the reporting of a deteriorating loss of eyesight led to his permanent suspension.
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Billecart-Salmon releases 200th anniversary cuvée
16 August 2018

Champagne Billecart-Slamon has released its limited edition ‘Bicentenary Cuvée’ exclusively in magnums as it marks its 200th anniversary and has opened new cellars.
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Comment: Chile could have the ‘world at its feet’
16 August 2018

Andrew Jefford reflects on this year's Decanter World Wine Awards judging and highlights Chile as one nation that he would love to show greater diversity, notwithstanding its winemakers' success to date. Chile won several Platinums and Golds at DWWA 2018, but Andrew Jefford would like its winemakers to go further. Reflecting on this year's Decanter World Wine Awards...
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California Wine Harvest Begins
16 August 2018

 Despite the gloomy air, producers are pleased as the 2018 harvest kicks off.
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Loire Visionary Jo Pithon Sells His Wine Estate (Wine Spectator)
16 August 2018

Parisian businessman Ivan Massonnat buys Pithon-Paillé, a notable Anjou producer of Chenin Blanc
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Boutique winery in Priorat opens its own guest house
15 August 2018

Renovated by boutique winery Terroir Al Limit, Cal Compte, a charming historic guest house, has opened its doors to offer an immersive wine and dining experience for oenophiles in the heart of Spain's Priorat.
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Canned wine sales up 43% in America
15 August 2018

Sales of canned wine are soaring in the US, with year-on-year sales currently up 43% as consumers become more open-minded to alternative packaging for wine.
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Entries now open for Asian Pinot Noir Masters 2018
15 August 2018

Following on from last year's success, the Asian Pinot Noir Masters 2018, run by the drinks business Hong Kong, is now taking entries ahead of the final deadline of 10 September.
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In focus: The latest trends in gin
15 August 2018

With pink and savoury expressions taking root, and distillation methods still to be explored, there is still plenty of room for growth in the gin category. Phoebe French explores...
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‘Picture-perfect’ Napa Valley harvest begins
15 August 2018

As the larger of the two Mendocino Complex fires continues to blaze in California, the 2018 grape harvest has begun in Napa Valley, which is being billed as “picture perfect”.
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Recovery of Cognac continues as exports reach record high
15 August 2018

Exports of Cognac have grown for a fourth consecutive year, rising by 5.4% in value and 8.2% in volume – the equivalent of 205.9 million bottles – a record for the most bottles exported within a 12 month period.
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Gin auction surpasses expectations to raise over £60k
15 August 2018

Over 1,200 bottles of gin, more than 7,000 litres of tonic water and bar equipment were sold at auction on Monday, raising in excess of £60,000 from a total of 224 lots. 
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db Eats: Nobu Shoreditch
15 August 2018

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, gets nostalgic at Nobu about her first heavenly taste of black cod with sweet miso, at the global restaurant group’s Shoreditch hotel.
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Ryan Reynolds mixes Aviation Gin with ‘blood’ on Fallon
15 August 2018

Ryan Reynolds has used his appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show to promote his Aviation Gin brand, playing a daring drinking game that saw his spirit mixed with horseradish, bacon and even blood.
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Police step in as Macallan whisky sale causes road closures and ‘chaos’
15 August 2018

The release of a limited edition Macallan whisky called Genesis resulted in the police enforcing road closures to deal with the crowds, with some Scotch lovers camping overnight in order to get their hands on a bottle.
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World’s top food experiences listed by Lonely Planet
15 August 2018

Travel guide experts Lonely Planet have listed the world’s top food experiences, with sampling Pintxos in San Sebastián the number one choice. See which others made the list... Bodega Donostiarra has been serving up top-notch tortilla since 1928. Several wine regions made the top 100...
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Tasting Borgogno Barolo Riserva back to 1937
15 August 2018

Michaela Morris gets a fascinating insight into the future plans of this historic winery and reports on a tasting of vintages going back to the 1930s... And how the estate's new generation sees the future...
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Searching for the Truth About Smoke Taint
15 August 2018

 With wildfires still blazing, Tom Jarvis tells you all you need to know about the effect on grapes.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl (Wine Spectator)
15 August 2018

Try this takeout favorite at home, with a fresh, lively French white
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Now Face West: James Molesworth Prepares to Take on California Cabernet (Wine Spectator)
15 August 2018

On the eve of his first Napa winery visits as Wine Spectator’s next official California Cabernet critic, James Molesworth opens up about his Napa Cab eureka moments, his scoring philosophy, and what he's up to when he's not tasting wine
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Diageo has launched lime, strawberry, and chocolate-flavoured edible straws
14 August 2018

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a range of flavoured, edible straws to accompany its line ready-to-drink canned serves, as both drinks and hospitality firms look for new ways to advertise their eco-friendly credentials to consumers.
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Fine wine investment: Liquid luxury
14 August 2018

In his weekly column on fine wine investment, Philip Staveley, head of research at Amphora Portfolio Management, gives his thoughts on fine wine as a luxury product.
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Hong Kong brewing company debuts craft beer to save sea turtles
14 August 2018

Hong Kong's Olive Ridley Brewing Co has launched three new beers and pledged part of their profits to a charity foundation dedicated to protecting and preserving the Olive Ridley sea turtle, one of the world's smallest species of turtle.
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Asian Rosé Masters 2018: Results and analysis
14 August 2018

Top medal-winning wines from our inaugural Asian Rosé Masters competition prove that a great rosé more than a pretty pale colour, the frivolity of marketing gimmicks, and celebrity tie-ins.
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Care home opens pub called the ‘Hip Joint’
14 August 2018

A care home in Fife has decided to provide its residents with a local, and has turned a summer house in its grounds into a makeshift pub called the Hip Joint. 
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Brakspear sees 11% turnover boost despite “relentless” rise in costs
14 August 2018

J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for pub chain Brakspear, increased its turnover last year to more than £28.3 million, but said some earnings are being squeezed by business rates and "relentless" rises in employment costs.
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Ancient cups reveal chemical evidence of beer
14 August 2018

An archaeological team excavating a 3,500-year-old site in Mesopotamia, which is now modern-day Iraq, has unearthed an ancient drinking vessel that has revealed some of the earliest known chemical evidence of beer. 
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Brewer opens golf course with on-site pub
14 August 2018

Independent brewer McMullen & Sons has opened a 9-hole par 3 golf course at Chadwell Springs Family Golf Centre, a site which now also boasts a pub, driving range, 9-hole pitch & putt and footgolf facilities. 
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New Zealand wines in the UK on-trade
14 August 2018

UK consumers are ready to explore the lesser-known expressions New Zealand produces, from Chardonnay to Pinot Gris, and are happy to pay good money to do so.
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Carlsberg builds ‘first’ waterfall-powered pub
14 August 2018

Carlsberg has built what it believes to be the world's first waterfall-powered pub in a forest in Cornwall complete with its own beer pump, offering AirBnB users the chance to book in and stay the night.
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From the archive: Brunello di Montalcino 2010 panel tasting results
14 August 2018

Rated as one of the top all-time vintages in Montalcino, many unheralded producers did very well in this tasting and some of the wines are now coming into their drinking windows. See the in-depth report below... Originally published in Decanter magazine's December 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium members. One of the greatest vintages and a victory for unheralde...
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French institute sees red over blue wine
14 August 2018

As the blue wine trend gathers pace, with new blue wine Vindigo going on sale in France this month, French experts are finding the phenomenon hard to swallow.
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This UK pub made £20,000 in fines after banning mobile phones
13 August 2018

A micropub in Kent has raked in upwards of £20,000 in "fines" after its owners enforced a ban on mobile phones on-site.
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Where to drink Prosecco in London
13 August 2018

To celebrate National Prosecco Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the capital to enjoy the popular Italian fizz straight up or in classic cocktails like the Bellini.
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Drax and the BBPA are working on a new way to put fizz in drinks after Europe’s CO2 shortage
13 August 2018

A UK power firm has revealed it is in talks with the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) to find a solution to the country's current CO2 shortage.
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Final call for Malbec Masters 2018 entries
13 August 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Malbec Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 September.
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Thompson’s Spirits launches ‘sommelier’s gin’ aged in Sauternes barrels
13 August 2018

Bordeaux's Thompson's Spirits has launched a limited edition, cask strength, grape-based gin, aged in Sauternes barrels from Château Labouade, in partnership with Swedish sommelier Andreas Larsson. 
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Domaine Huet: Profile and tasting report on latest releases
13 August 2018

An exclusive report on Domaine Huet's latest releases, plus tasting notes on several older vintages from this legendary Vouvray estate... Plus notes on library vintages from this Loire legend...
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Unfiltered: Micheal Sager, Sager + Wilde
13 August 2018

Michael Sager, the director of his eponymous Sager + Wilde wine bars, takes a breath to detail his many projects, which include an art gallery, the launch of his own mezcal and wine brand, and why London is the single most exciting wine market right now.
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Brewery predicts ‘quality over quantity’ hop harvest after record summer
13 August 2018

With a record UK grape harvest and a shortage of barley predicted, Hogs Back brewery in Surrey has said that this year's hop harvest will be about "quality over quantity" as the lack of rain has "affected development". 
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Blur’s Alex James moots ‘Britpop’ sparkling wine
13 August 2018

The bassist from Britpop sensation Blur has trademarked the name 'Britpop' and plans to produce a "British sparkling wine".
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Top 10 new products: August
13 August 2018

This month saw the launch of Champagne Pol Roger's 2009 Rosé Brut, another producer step into the distilled non-alcoholic drinks market, and Concha y Toro swap out its Casillero Rosé Shiraz in favour of a lighter, more Chilean reincarnation.
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Andrew Jefford: Wine and money
13 August 2018

In the second of his 'August essays' series, Andrew Jefford considers the 'contamination of wine' by money.Off limits? Andrew Jefford considers the implications of soaring prices for top wines in recent decades. Is money wine's biggest 'contaminant'?...
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Carmignano: Making wine in Chianti’s shadow
12 August 2018

This small, northerly corner of Tuscany has a long, noble history. But can its complex terroirs and the passion of its producers ever lift Carmignano’s DOCG wines above the clamour for Chianti? Stephen Brook visits the region…Getting your bearings in Carmignano... Exploring this historic Tuscan region and its wines...
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Travel: the ultimate New Zealand wine road trip
12 August 2018

Take a 10-day road trip through five of New Zealand's best wine regions on the country's South Island, including Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago – with travel tips on wineries to visit, places to stay and restaurants not to miss.An unforgettable journey through South Island's dramatic landscape and beautiful wine regions... Explore the unspoilt beauty of New Zealand’s wine regio...
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How to prepare your palate for wine tasting – ask Decanter
11 August 2018

What are the things to do - or avoid - before a day of tasting wine? We ask the experts…Wine tasting at a Decanter Fine Wine Encounter. How to get the most from your tasting...
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Off the beaten track: 10 hidden gems in Southern Italy
11 August 2018

There are seriously underrated wines in Italy’s hot south if you know where to look, says Susan Hulme MW, who selects a few examples from 10 of her favourite producers.Vineyards and 'trulli' buildings in Puglia, home to some of Southern Italy's hidden gems... Here is where to look...
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Oregon Winemakers Feel the Heat
11 August 2018

 Oregon and even Washington could feel the burn from the forest fire season.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Favorite 'Against the Rules' Wine and Food Pairing? (Wine Spectator)
11 August 2018

They say rules are meant to be broken. We asked these 9 wine pros which unexpected and unconventional flavor matches hit the spot for them
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Mamba awards 2018: Tasmania sparkles at Australian wine event
11 August 2018

Tasmanian sparkling wine producer The House of Arras was the clear winner at the 13th Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards in the UK.Steven Spurrier tastes wines at the 13th Mamba Awards, part-sponsored by Decanter. Tasmania wins top prizes at 13th awards...
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What are the best Shiraz wines from Australia?
11 August 2018

See below for a selection of the best Australian Shiraz wines, as rated by our experts, with full tasting notes on each wine available exclusively to Premium members... See Decanter's top scoring Aussie Shiraz wines, as rated by our experts...
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Chilean wine quiz – Test your knowledge
11 August 2018

Chile is a great source of value-for-money wines and has a growing reputation for fine reds, too. How much do you know about this 'new world' wine country that has been making wine for over 400 hundred years? Test your knowledge with the Chile wine quiz.Vines in the Rapel zone of the Colchagua Valley, Chile Can you get 10 out of 10?
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Wine importer unveils 19th century wine dinner priced at HK$108,000
10 August 2018

A Hong Kong-based wine importer has unveiled arguably the most expensive wine dinner in the city at HK$108,000 (US$13,800) a head, featuring a lineup of 14 rare bottles from the 19th century, including a few pre-phylloxera wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy.
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Smoke from California wildfires reaches New York
10 August 2018

Smoke from the California wildfires has reached New York, some 3,000 miles away, with the Mendocino Complex fires now spanning an area larger than Los Angeles.
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The week in pictures
10 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks: Pol Roger has a right royal time at the Festival of British Eventing, Hampshire's Jenkyn Place suffers a bridge collapse, Copper Rivet Distillery brings in the grain harvest by speed boat and pop icon Rick Astley branches into beer.
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Franciacorta: For those in the know
10 August 2018

Franciacorta may not be as talked-about as other sparkling wines, but Rebecca Gibb MW discovers it has real style and plenty of ambition.... Originally published in Decanter magazine's 2018 Italy supplement...Franciacorta produces elegant and accomplished sparkling wines A wine of real style and plenty of ambition...
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The Global Beer Competition: Meet the judges
10 August 2018

As we gear up for this year's Global Beer Competition, a blind tasting of beers grouped by style, but without prejudice about their country of origin, we profile each member of the judging panel taking part.
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Australian and Chinese universities launch joint masters degree in wine
10 August 2018

With China’s growing ambition to develop its domestic wine industry, the country’s leading university Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is looking to Australia, the second biggest source of its wine imports, for technical and viticultural guidance.
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Malaysia launches gin distilled with pandan and jackfruit
10 August 2018

A Malaysian entrepreneur is launching an exotic range of artisan gins distilled with unmistakably Malaysian botanicals, including pandan, jackfruit and ginger-like galangal.
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Amarula uses giant ice sculptures to support elephant conservation
10 August 2018

South African liqueur brand Amarula unveiled a series of giant elephant-shaped ice sculptures around the world last weekend to help raise awareness of its efforts to support elephant conservation as part of its 'Don't Let Them Disappear' campaign.
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Global Masters winners to take centre stage at The Wine & Spirits Show
10 August 2018

A selection of Gold and Master medal-winning wines from The Drinks Business Global Masters series will take centre stage at The Wine & Spirits Show this autumn.
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Unfiltered: Konrad Tadeusz Lassota, Duddell’s
10 August 2018

A childhood food allergy could easily have derailed Konrad Lassota's career in wine, if it weren't for the budding sommelier's determination to overcome his symptoms. Today, he is head sommelier at the London outpost of Hong Kong favourite Duddell's.
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Villandry goes into administration amid reports of £1.5m losses
10 August 2018

Villandry is the latest casualty of London's increasingly challenging restaurant sector, having fallen into administration amid reported losses of £1.5 million. 
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Levantine Hill: A new Australian fine wine?
10 August 2018

Sarah Ahmed tastes the latest releases from luxury estate Levantine Hill, an ambitious fine wine project in Australia's Yarra Valley. Levantine Hill. Has the huge investment paid off?
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Napa Keeps a Wary Eye on Monster Fire
10 August 2018

 Growers keep their fingers crossed as fire devastates vast tracts of northern California.
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Unfiltered: Wine's Wild Ride at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Parachute Stunts, Rosé Rebels with a Cause (Wine Spectator)
10 August 2018

Plus, WineaPawlooza stars Beckstoffer/Bevan "Unique Barrique," jolly 200-pound pig; new hybrid supergrapes emerge to fight disease; and spirits world discovers goat yoga
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Wineries spared worst of record California wildfire
10 August 2018

Wineries have so far been spared the worst of California’s largest recorded wildfire, which has burned through 300,000 acres and destroyed upwards of 100 homes, but some producers were testing for smoke taint. Firefighters battle to save a home from the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest recorded in California. More than 100 homes destroyed, but wineries largely unaffected so far...
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Where to go in Naxos: A wine lover’s guide
10 August 2018

Ever wondered where the Decanter team go on holiday? Our in-house team recommend where to eat and drink, from their own trips. Decanter managing editor Amy Wislocki shares her insider guide below, with some extra recommendations from Decanter.com editor Chris Mercer, who also visited Naxos this year. Portara, marble gate of Naxos City, Naxos Island. Where to eat and drink...
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German brand to release wine inspired by weather maps
09 August 2018

German wine brand Brute, developed in the "brutal climate of Hamburg", is using real-time weather data from its vineyard to create an image of a 3D-particle-weather simulation on its labels, promoting its wines with quirky slogans including 'some grapes are nurtured, ours are tortured'.
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DB Eats: Carte Blanche
09 August 2018

Chilled red wine? Served with oysters? Phallic tarte tatins? Edith Hancock steps out in Hackney to see how the gang at much-hyped new venue Carte Blanche are doing.
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Arsonists attempt to destroy Cos d’Estournel door
09 August 2018

French police are on the hunt for the perpetrators of a suspected arson attack on Château Cos d’Estournel’s famous 'Zanzibar door' in the Bordeaux appellation of St-Estèphe.
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Rick ‘never gonna give you up’ Astley to open Mikkeller beer bar
09 August 2018

80s hitmaker Rick Astley, known for his legendary earworm Never Gonna Give You Up, has partnered with Danish microbrewer Mikkeller to open a craft beer bar in London, which will pay homage to the star.
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Stella Artois releases 20-minute guided meditation to beer
09 August 2018

Stella Artois has released a 20-minute guided 'meditation' on how to drink a beer, voiced by actor Luke Evans, as part of a campaign to encourage consumers to savour a pint.
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Which beers do Brits actually want to drink?
09 August 2018

Japanese beer brand Kirin has found that "brand heritage" is one of the most crucial factors for choosing a beer at the bar, but contrasting research shows that punters don't really know where their brew comes from.
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McDonald’s to offer white-gloved butler service
09 August 2018

High street fast food chain McDonald’s is to offer a white-gloved butler service at its Kensington branch in west London, which will be turned into a ‘luxury concept restaurant’.
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Chile needs a more ‘strict and specific’ appellation system
09 August 2018

Emily Faulconer, chief winemaker at Carmen in Chile, has expressed her belief that the country needs to develop a more 'strict and specific' appellation system in order to protect quality and for each DO to reach its maximum potential.
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St Austell Brewery appoints chef Jack Stein as ambassador
09 August 2018

Cornish brewery St Austell has appointed Jack Stein as an ambassador for its Proper Job IPA which will see the chef host cookery events in partnership with the brand as well as developing a range of recipes and food pairings. 
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Q&A: Phil Crozier, Wines of Argentina
09 August 2018

As former director of wine at London’s Gaucho restaurant group, Phil Crozier has done much to further the success of Argentine wine in the UK. Now he’s taking his mission global, and spreading his wings as brand ambassador for Wines of Argentina. Here, he explains why Argentina and its wines hold such a special place in his heart.
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Château Larrivet Haut-Brion: Best of the recent vintages
09 August 2018

Greater precision in the cellar, changes to vineyard make-up and the historical location of Larrivet Haut-Brion, nestled among classified neighbours in Pessac-Léognan, make this estate an interesting one to watch, says Jane Anson. Here is an in-depth report with tasting notes and ratings on all vintages back to 2010 for both reds and whites. Larrivet Haut-Brion is one of the largest estates...
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Relief as Fire Misses Wine Country
09 August 2018

 So far so good for wineries as the colossal blaze heads away from vineyard areas.
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China shows no sign of slowing down on imported wine
09 August 2018

China’s imported wine sector continued to grow in the first half of the year, while its domestic wine production continued its five-year decline.
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How the evolving economics of Burgundy wine is changing how the product reaches customers
09 August 2018

While the demand for Burgundian wine should signal boom times for the region, poor yields are have meant the region is embracing new practices that are transforming how wine makes the trip from the vineyards of Burgundy to your cellar. BurgDirect CEO Jeff Rubin explores.
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Can China’s national spirit Baijiu go global?
09 August 2018

Producers of China's fiery Baijiu have ambitions to reposition it as a versatile spirit that can be mixed for cocktails in an effort to increase global appreciation of the ferocious swigging liquor.
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Hail, floods and a tornado threaten northern Italy’s 2018 harvest
09 August 2018

Northern Italy is in the grip of a string of weather hazards which includes hail, floods, tornados and strong winds, casting fears on the 2018 vintage in regions like Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romangna and Veneto.
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8,000 bottles of fake Penfolds busted in northern China
09 August 2018

Police in northern China have seized more than 8,000 bottles of counterfeit Penfolds, just three months after a previous haul of 50,000 fake Penfolds in central China.
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Organic brewery’s crowdfunding campaign gives investors 10% off beer
08 August 2018

Stroud Brewery in Gloucestershire has launched a bond offer with the aim of raising £300,000 to kit out a new brewery and bar, with investors set to receive a 10% discount on beer purchases during the period of the bond. 
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Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood smashes record sale at over £60,000
08 August 2018

A rare bottle of Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood whisky signed by the late bottler Silvano Samaroli has sold for $79,000 (£61,233) at auction, smashing all known records for the blend.
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The drinks industry’s only Green Awards are accepting entries now
08 August 2018

The only set of industry gongs dedicated exclusively to all that is environmentally sensitive, socially-responsible and alcoholic are accepting entries now.
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Fourteen promising drinks inventions unveiled in 2018
08 August 2018

From products inspired by the onset of commercial space travel to injectable biochips that monitor the body's alcohol levels – we round up some promising, clever and outlandish drinks inventions that have launched this year.
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East London Liquor company secures Waitrose listing after £1.5m crowdfunding windfall
08 August 2018

The East London Liquor Company has secured a listing at Waitrose, marking its first deal since raising £1.5m through crowdfunding earlier this year.
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Le Pergole Torte: One of Italy’s most consistent wines
08 August 2018

A voyage through nearly 40 years of vintages at Montervertine’s estate in April provided confirmation of Le Pergole Torte’s unwavering success, reports as Aldo Fiordelli, who profiles the winemaking methods and picks out his top wines... An exclusive report on this famous 'Super Tuscan'...
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Police investigate attack on Cos d’Estournel ‘Zanzibar door’
08 August 2018

A fire that partly damaged the famous ‘Zanzibar door’ entrance of Château Cos d’Estournel in St-Estèphe has been condemned as an ‘odious and criminal action’ by the second growth estate, and was being investigated as an act of vandalism by local police.Cos d'Estournel, built by the so-called 'Maharajah of St-Estèphe'. Police investigate as estate c...
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Middle-Aged, Moderate Drinkers May Be Less Likely to Develop Dementia (Wine Spectator)
08 August 2018

In a new British study, both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers exhibited higher likelihoods of experiencing the degenerative brain condition
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French wine harvest to rebound in 2018, say officials
08 August 2018

Mildew is the scourge of the season for some and parts of Bordeaux have been hit by hail, but France's 2018 vintage is still shaping up to be nearly 30% bigger than the historically small 2017 crop and harvesting could begin early in many areas, says a government report.Riders in this year's Tour de France cycle through Beaujolais vineyards. How it's shaping up around the key regions...
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Joël Robuchon interview: Tips for spotting a great restaurant
08 August 2018

Read highlights of a never-before-published conversation with Joël Robuchon, the world-renowned chef who has died aged 73, and Bordeaux châteaux owner Bernard Magrez from their time as business partners. Robuchon with Japanese chef Tomonori Dankazi at La Grande Maison in Bordeaux in 2014. Remembering one of the world's greatest chefs...
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Wine and spirits will lead surge of global alcohol consumption, set to hit 28bn cases by 2022
07 August 2018

The outlook is favourable for future alcohol sales, according to the IWSR, which claims that global alcohol consumption could grow in value by £61 billion within the next four years.
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UK spirits boom continues as 39 distilleries launched in 2017
07 August 2018

Thirty nine new distilleries were opened in the UK in 2017, according to UHY Hacker Young accountancy Group. The number of distilleries has increased thanks to the popularity of craft spirits. The craft spirits boom continues...
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Aldi will start selling orange wine for £6
07 August 2018

German grocer Aldi has become the first UK supermarket to start selling orange wine, as it prepares to launch a Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend this weekend.
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Final call for entries to The Asian Syrah Masters 2018
07 August 2018

The Asian Syrah Masters 2018, the biggest and most extensive blind tasting competition of Syrah in Asia, is now taking entries ahead of the final deadline of 31 August.
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Albert Adrià to open fizz and cake café in London
07 August 2018

Albert Adrià, the younger brother of famed El Bulli founder Ferran Adrià, is to open a cake shop and sparkling wine bar inside the Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly this November.
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Bollinger: Importance of disgorgement often underestimated in Champagne
07 August 2018

Comparing disgorging a Champagne to a person going through a surgical procedure, Bollinger’s deputy cellar master stresses the importance of disgorgement to Champagne, leading him to conclude that “a wine starts a whole new life after disgorgement”.
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Trend for washing hair in Champagne hits Instagram
07 August 2018

A beauty blogger is encouraging her followers to wash their hair in Champagne, claiming that it helps to "tame frizz" and gives "an extra little vamp of shine" to long locks.
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English fizz wins big in organic wine competition
07 August 2018

An English sparkling wine was a top performer in the only blind tasting competition for organic wines from every corner of the world – The Global Organic Masters.
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Italian winery Bottega to exhibit art to commemorate Hiroshima bombing
07 August 2018

Italian winery and distillery Bottega is to exhibit the products of its charitable art project called 'Spirit of Peace' in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre in November 2018.
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The Dish: George Barson, Kitty Fisher’s
07 August 2018

The executive chef of Mayfair hotspot Kitty Fisher's and newcomer Cora Pearl in Covent Garden talks plucking pheasants, his passion for panpipes and why a good sommelier is worth their weight in gold.
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10 Greek Street founders launch beer brand
07 August 2018

Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, founders of popular Soho bistro 10 Greek Street, have branched out into beer with the launch of the Braybrooke Beer Co.
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French wine harvest to rebound in 2018, say officials
07 August 2018

Mildew is the scourge of the season for some and parts of Bordeaux have been hit by hail, but France's 2018 vintage is still shaping up to be nearly 30% bigger than the historically small 2017 crop and harvesting could begin early in many areas, says a government report.Riders in this year's Tour de France cycle through Beaujolais vineyards. How it's shaping up around the key regions...
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Finally – A Cure for Cork Taint
07 August 2018

 A cork producer has a solution for one of wine's perennial bugbears. What took them so long?
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Joël Robuchon, Legendary French Chef, Dies at 73 (Wine Spectator)
07 August 2018

Arguably the world's most decorated chef, Robuchon pushed Nouvelle Cuisine to new heights, from Paris to Tokyo to Las Vegas
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Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated
07 August 2018

Having been the first member of the drinks press to taste Sir Ian Botham’s new wine range, db editor-in-chief, Patrick Schmitt MW, brings you his views on the famous cricketer’s latest venture.
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World’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon has died
07 August 2018

Revered French chef Joël Robuchon, the man whose restaurants have been awarded the most Michelin stars in the world, has died aged 73 after a long battle with cancer.
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Watch: Sir Ian Botham’s wine launch video
06 August 2018

Sir Ian Botham OBE officially launched his own range of wines in the UK at Lord’s cricket ground last month. Watch the video to find out what the wine trade made of them...
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Scientists engineer ‘supergrapes’ to combat fungal disease
06 August 2018

French wine scientists have engineered four new 'supergrapes', which have already been accepted into the official catalogue of French grape varieties, that are resistant to rot and require virtually no pesticides.
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Celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon dies
06 August 2018

Joël Robuchon, the world's most Michelin-starred chef, has died aged 73, according to French media reports.Joël Robuchon 1945 - 2018. 'Chef of the century' has died...
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Perrot-Minot: Hong Kong is top market for grand cru Burgundy
06 August 2018

With an eagerness to collect sought-after wines and ready cash, Hong Kong has become the top market in Asia for grand cru Burgundy, far surpassing Japan or Singapore, says Christophe Perrot-Minot, owner of Burgundy’s Domaine Perrot-Minot in Morey‐St‐Denis.
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Albury Vineyard to increase its production of organic English wine
06 August 2018

Surrey's Albury Vineyard has acquired grapes from a new vineyard which it is converting to organic viticulture, and also has plans to launch its first still Pinot Noir after surviving a fire scare last month.
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Beer prices in UK pubs ‘unaffordable’, but which towns are the cheapest for a pint?
06 August 2018

YouGov undertook a survey of more than 2,000 adults living in the UK last year, and found that the majority think a pint of beer is 'unaffordable' in their hometown.
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Mendocino Complex fires fourth largest in California’s history
06 August 2018

Deadly wildfires have been raging in northern California for the past 11 days, with the Mendocino Complex fires now ranked as the fourth largest wildfire in state history.
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Aluminium shortage hits Canadian brewers
06 August 2018

Small brewers in Canada are reportedly struggling to source enough aluminium for cans as a result of the hike in trade tariffs with the US.
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Fine wine wobbles in July
06 August 2018

The Liv-ex 100 index wobbled in July with a 0.7% decline but the wider-focused Fine Wine 1000 index gained 0.7%.
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Andrew Jefford: The search for purity in wine
06 August 2018

In four short ‘August essays’ published over the next four Mondays, Andrew Jefford considers key wine topics of the moment. First up is the notion of purity in wine...Mists clear over vineyards near to Siena in Tuscany. The first of four 'August essays'...
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What is carbonic maceration? Ask Decanter
06 August 2018

What kind of flavours does it produce in a wine...?Fermenting whole bunches in Beaujolais. What kind of flavours does it produce in a wine?
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Where to go in Carcassonne: A wine lover’s guide
05 August 2018

Ever wondered where the Decanter team go on holiday? Our in-house team recommend where to eat and drink, from their own trips, starting with awards tasting executive, Natalie Earl...Salt pans at Gruissan Where to eat and drink...
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Wine Legend: Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 1982
05 August 2018

Bordeaux's class of 1982 produced several contenders for wine legend status, but this wine in particular makes our hall of fame. Here is why, with a recent tasting note by Jane Anson for Premium subscribers. Why this particular wine from a lauded vintage makes our hall of fame...
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Wine-Searcher Tackles the Big Questions
05 August 2018

 This week, Wine-Searcher hit a key life moment.
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From the archive: Refreshingly dry Alsace Riesling 2012 – panel tasting results
04 August 2018

An underrated year like 2012 could mean some value buys, said our experts. Originally published in Decanter magazine's March 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium members Quench your thirst with these dry Rieslings from Alsace...
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Charles Heidsieck: The original ‘Champagne Charlie’
04 August 2018

Founded by the original Champagne Charlie, Charles Heidsieck has had mixed fortunes through the decades. However, says Christelle Guibert, its fascinating legacy is now matched by the strength of its ambition and the quality of its wines. A profile of Charles Heidsieck, plus five Champagnes to seek out...
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Tasting notes decoded: What is velvety wine?
04 August 2018

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Decanter's design team. This week we decode 'candied fruit' and 'velvet'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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California Wine Country Braces for Another Fire Season (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2018

As Mendocino Complex fires spread to Lake County, vintners are on high alert
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Gordon Ramsay HK venue to relocate
04 August 2018

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s first venue in Hong Kong, Bread St Kitchen, is to close later this month ahead of a relocation to a new site.
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Watch: Graham Norton tries his hand at blending wine
03 August 2018

Television presenter Graham Norton gave blending wine a go as he prepares to release his fifth vintage alongside wine producers Invivo Wines, but the question is, can you 'blend it like Norton'?
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Argentina’s white wines: a double opportunity
03 August 2018

Argentina’s white wine production is undergoing a ‘revolution’ as the country rescues ancient vineyards and trials new varieties in cooler climates, according to some of the country’s top winemakers.
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Concours of Elegance
03 August 2018

Promotional feature A line-up of world-famous luxury brands...
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Barley shortage: What does it mean for distillers?
03 August 2018

While the prolonged hot weather across the UK is expected to yield a record grape crop, the same cannot be said for barley. Matthew Russell, co-founder of Kentish craft distillery Copper Rivet, believes the larger producers will be hardest hit.
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This restaurant group is giving staff days off to look after their mental health
03 August 2018

A London-based restaurant group is allocating days off throughout the year for staff to ensure they look after their mental health. 
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Piper-Heidsieck to sponsor Australian Open
03 August 2018

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck is to become an official sponsor of the Australian Open as part of a new three-year deal.
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Indian wine could be London’s next big trend
03 August 2018

Forget orange wine and pét-nat, the next big London drinks trend could be Indian wine, as a pair of wineries in Maharashtra have just secured UK distribution.
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The week in pictures
03 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks; DJ Khaled finds his inner GOAT in an ad for Bumbu rum, Francis Ford Coppola Winery throws an epic pool party, Graham Norton blends Prosecco, and we take a quick look at this week's H1 results from Heineken, Molson Coors and Campari.
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Hong Kong’s new summer cocktails
03 August 2018

We round up some of the new summer cocktail releases from a few of the city's award-winning bars including The Old Man, Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour, and new openings such as Frank's Library and The Wise King.
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Cleaning lady stole RMB 3 million worth of fine wines in Guangzhou
03 August 2018

A businessman in China’s Guangzhou city has been bilked out of RMB 3 million worth of fine wines including Bordeaux first growths by his former cleaning lady, according to police in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in southern China.
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Top London wine bars as chosen by the experts – updated
03 August 2018

Who better to ask where to wine and dine in London than vinous and culinary experts? These are the London wine bars and restaurants that our Decanter World Wine Awards judges visit when they're in town. Updated in August 2018 with extra recommendations from Fiona Beckett, based on her wine lover's guide to London in the September 2018 issue of Decanter magazine.Blanchette Now updated with new re...
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Lugana: Lake Garda’s dry white wine secret
03 August 2018

Straddling two administrative regions in central north Italy, this still developing DOC’s dry whites are already proving a versatile food-matching choice in the restaurant trade. Stephen Brook gets to the heart of Lugana’s identity, and recommends a dozen of its best wines...Grapes growing in Lugana, near to Lake Garda. This is a DOC reborn...
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Comment: Is ‘fear of the unknown’ costing you money?
03 August 2018

Rare doesn't always mean better, writes Hugh Johnson in his latest column for Decanter magazine's September 2018 issue.Vineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon. Just because it's rare, doesn't mean it's good...
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The 2018 Champagne Report
03 August 2018

 The maximum appellation quantity remains unchanged despite the high yields.
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Unfiltered: Robot Bartender Makes 100 Drinks per Hour, Awkward Banter; White-Wine Emoji Campaign Narrowly Avoids Hot Mess of Drama (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

A new video of the robot in action! Plus, blue wine washes up in France, and Kelly Clarkson defends red wine in Twitter take
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Restaurants Big on Large-Format Bottles (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

Wine is big—literally—at these 10 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners
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Restaurant Spotlight: Osteria Mattone (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

A taste of central Italy in northern Georgia
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Turning Tables: Lettuce Entertain You's New Chicago Wine Bar; Biggest Wine Cellar Yet for Del Frisco's (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

Plus, Legal Sea Foods opens a wine bar in D.C.'s Union Station, and Vallone's in Houston closes
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Japan’s love of fizz extends to Chilean sparkling wine
03 August 2018

Japan has emerged as one of the fastest-growing major markets for Champagne, but it’s become a significant importer of Chilean sparkling wine too.
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One in five Brits chooses cocktails over wine
02 August 2018

Forget knowing your claret from your Beaujolais, Brits are more keen to know their Cosmopolitan from their Bellini, with one in five now opting for cocktails over wine.
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Wine label owner and US golfer partners with Loch Lomond Whiskies
02 August 2018

American golf star Cristie Kerr, owner of Cristie Kerr Wines, has agreed a new partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies, making her the group's first ambassador in women's golf. 
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Demand for WSET wine and spirits courses hits record high
02 August 2018

The WSET has recorded its biggest ever year with a record 94,822 candidates taking up courses in wine and spirits in the past 12 months – an increase of 11% on the previous year.
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WSET reports strong demand from China
02 August 2018

New figures from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) have revealed that demand for education in China is higher than in any other region in the world, for both wines and spirits.
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Former Rémy Cointreau VP named CEO of Zamora’s US venture
02 August 2018

A former Rémy Cointreau VP has been hired to head up wine and spirits company Zamora's new US business venture in partnership with Old Nassau Imports. 
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Australian restaurant rewards customers with wine – if they can turn off their phone
02 August 2018

A restaurant in Sydney will reward their customers with a free glass of wine if they can give up their mobiles and go offline for the duration of their meal.
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Fake rum ring busted by Spanish police
02 August 2018

Spanish law enforcement agency the Guardia Civil has seized over 21,000 bottles of fake rum worth over €316,000 in a series of raids across the country.
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‘Every collector needs one’: Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva
02 August 2018

These wines are hard to beat in terms of value-for-money, says Michaela Morris, who tastes eight vintages of Produttori's Ovello Barbaresco Riserva and gives her view on which years to look for.One of the vintages to look for, according to our expert, Michaela Morris. Eight vintages tasted...
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UK leading export market for Spain’s biggest brewer
02 August 2018

The UK continues to be the leading export market for Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel, which saw strong volume and value growth in 2017 despite a "challenging market environment".
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Campari celebrates ‘solid’ sales for first half of 2018 thanks to Aperol and Epsolòn tequila
02 August 2018

Drinks giant Campari reported a 5.4% revenue boost in its first half-year results this week, spurred on by sales of Aperol in the US.
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Anson: Swiss wines are a celebration of difference
02 August 2018

Most of Switzerland's small landmass may be covered by mountains, but it's still home to thousands of growers who have maintained a resolutely Swiss identity through the grape varieties that they cultivate, reports Jane Anson from a recent trip. Vineyards in Valais, Switzerland. Jane Anson enjoys Swiss wines' sense of identity...
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Summer red wines to drink chilled
02 August 2018

Drinking red wines slightly chilled can be a great alternative to crisp whites or rosés during the summer months and, while you might think twice about doing this with a classified growth Bordeaux, there are plenty of options out there. It's perfectly acceptable, and even enjoyable...
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US Distributors Eye the High Road
02 August 2018

 The country's largest liquor wholesalers signal their support for national marijuana sales.
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New names to know on the Napa wine scene
02 August 2018

Here are eight up-and-coming winemaking projects in Napa Valley that we believe deserve your attention, plus tasting notes on the wines, in this in-depth report by Elin McCoy. Sunrise in Napa Valley wine country. Eight projects and how the wines taste...
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Sommelier Talk: Two Days with the Wine Director for the Capital Grille, Seasons 52 and Olive Garden (Wine Spectator)
02 August 2018

Darden Restaurants' national wine director Brian Phillips navigates 22 interviews before lunch, a Champagne vending machine, and a Chinese wine tasting
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‘Blue wine’ trend grows as Vindigo sold in France
02 August 2018

A 'blue wine' named Vindigo has gone on sale in France.Vindigo blue wine Is blue-coloured 'wine' here to stay?...
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Super Tuscans hit the buffers
02 August 2018

The Liv-ex Italy 100 has been the worst performing index of the year so far, losing 0.85% as the wider fine wine market continues to post gains.
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Oetker’s Henkell completes acquisition of stake in Freixenet
01 August 2018

Henkell, the Oetker Group’s wine and spirits branch, today has completed its acquisition of 50% of Freixenet S.A.’s shares (50,67%) from the Hevia and Bonet families following the approval of the European Commission, making it the majority shareholder.
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Final call for Fortified Masters 2018 entries
01 August 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Fortified Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 September.
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This is when most people start drinking on holiday, based on nationality
01 August 2018

Travel website Lasminute.com recently surveyed EU residents to discern their holiday drinking habits.
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Billion dollar Chinese e-commerce company probed for selling fake goods
01 August 2018

Pinduoduo, the Chinese tech start-up that raised more than US$1.6 billion in an IPO last week, has quickly become the subject of investigation by the China’s state market regulator, following various media reports alleging that the company's e-commerce platform is awash with counterfeit and copycat products from electronic shavers to imported wines.
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Chardonnay voted America’s favourite wine
01 August 2018

Having once been associated with Bridget Jones mid meltdown, Chardonnay has risen phoenix-like from the ashes to become the most popular wine in America.
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Ancient wine jar ‘factory’ found in Isreal
01 August 2018

Israeli archaeologists near Tel Aviv have discovered a large, 3rd century AD workshop, which churned out jars for wine storage continuously for over 600 years.
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Brewery technician finds 5ft snake in pub’s beer cooler
01 August 2018

A brewery technician called out to fix a beer cooler at a Warwickshire pub got a bit more than he bargained for when, what he thought was algae, turned out to be a 5ft long snake.
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Blue wine trend hits France
01 August 2018

French entrepreneur René Le Bail is on a mission to turn his fellow countrymen into a nation of red, white and blue wine drinkers with the launch of ‘Vindigo’.
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Prehistoric shark’s tooth found at winery
01 August 2018

A 20 million year-old shark’s tooth from a now extinct species has been found at an Austrian winery where it was being used as an ornament at the bar.
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Great white Rioja wines for summer
01 August 2018

White Rioja has transformed its image from tired and flabby to complex and textured, says Sarah Jane Evans MW, here recommending her favourite wines to enjoy this summer... Rioja whites are reaching new heights with cooler sites...
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Spanish Authorities Bust Wine-Counterfeiting Ring Allegedly Producing Fake Vega Sicilia and Pingus (Wine Spectator)
01 August 2018

The culprits may have netted an estimated $1.7 million since 2014 from selling counterfeit bottles
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What is Icewine? Ask Decanter
01 August 2018

Heard of ‘Icewine’ but not quite sure what it is, or how it is made? Read on...Icewine grapes in Inniskillin winery, Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada And how it is made...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Summer Couscous with Rosé (Wine Spectator)
01 August 2018

In this chilled dish, tangy tomato, feta cheese and herbs sing with a Provençal rosé
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Judgement of Paris star Winiarski donates $3m to wine library
01 August 2018

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars founder Warren Winiarski has pledged US$3.3m to help maintain and improve the world-leading collection of wine writing at the library of UC Davis in California.Warren Winiarski sits alongside Steven Spielberg in California's hall of fame. Warren Winiarski pledges money to UC Davis...
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