Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Where winemakers dine: Jacob Leadley
20 March 2019

Winemaker and director of English sparkling wine producer Black Chalk, Jacob Leadley, explains how art, music and food come together at Coya in Mayfair and why it's hard to beat Hide's drinks offering.
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Restaurant operators Albion & East to open fourth site in London
20 March 2019

Following the success of Cattivo Hall and Canova Hall in Brixton and Martello Hall in London Fields, Albion & East are set to open Serata Hall, a restaurant and work space hybrid on Old Street.
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Last chance to register for a stand at The Wine & Spirits Show
20 March 2019

the drinks business and The Spirits Business are accepting final submissions for stands ahead of the deadline of Friday 22 March, as they welcome another Champagne exhibitor to the show. 
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Further details of ‘Transcendent’ sale released
20 March 2019

Sotheby’s has released further details of the sale taking place at the end of this month in Hong Kong – which it says will be the highest grossing wine sale “in history”.
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Low-alcohol beer brand unveils custom-made bike
20 March 2019

Swedish brewer Pistonhead has teamed up with chopper builder Vincent Summers to create a Harley 'Pistonhead Bike' inspired by its 0.5% ABV Flat Tire lager. 
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The Savoy to launch cocktail menu with live album recording
20 March 2019

The American Bar at The Savoy in London has announced the launch of a new cocktail menu next month that will include feature its own soundtrack, recorded by in-house pianist Joe Nickoll.
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Watch: Koala in vineyard hitches a ride in winemaker’s car
19 March 2019

South Australian winemaker Tim Whitrow got more than he bargained for when he returned to his car after checking on the grapes in his McLaren Vale vineyard, finding a koala on the back seat making full use of the air conditioning.
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Drink driver calls police to report drink driver
19 March 2019

A man involved in a collision with a drunk driver called police to report the criminal behaviour, forgetting that he too had been driving under the influence. 
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Mount Eden Vineyards: Comparing the Cabernets 1990-2000
19 March 2019

Owners Jeffrey and Ellie Patterson had lined up the 22 wines on a long table in their light-filled home, with views of vines from every window and a panorama of Silicon Valley far below...Jeffrey Patterson was hired as Mount Eden's assistant winemaker in 1981 and was promoted two years later. Eleven vintages of Mount Eden's two Cabernets...
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Scottish pub group seeks £20m to fund expansion
19 March 2019

UK independent pub group Bruce Group Scotland is looking to raise £20 million to fund an expansion across the capital of Edinburgh, at a time when pubs are said to be closing at a rate of 14 per week. 
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Angelo Gaja wins Winemakers’ Winemaker award 2019
19 March 2019

Angelo Gaja has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Winemakers’ Winemaker award at a ceremony during ProWein today. 
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Cutting-Edge Grapevine Genetic Researchers to Get New Home (Wine Spectator)
19 March 2019

For years, some of America's top researchers into the genetics of grapevines have been working in borrowed, cramped quarters. Now they're moving on up, and it should eventually lead to better American wines. On Feb. 26, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced that $68.9 million in federal funding will be devoted to building a long-awaited federal grape-genetics research lab at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, N.Y...
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What is stuck fermentation? Ask Decanter
19 March 2019

What causes stuck fermentations? And why is it a problem?
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Katy Perry, Ayesha Curry Set to Rock Auction Napa Valley 2019 (Wine Spectator)
19 March 2019

Are you ready for the perfect storm—of wine, food, Napa vibes and all-star entertainment? The headliners of the 2019 Auction Napa Valley have been announced, and one of the biggest charity wine events in the country is going full red-carpet this year, with singer Katy Perry kicking off the bidding and chef–cookbook author Ayesha Curry serving up fare for attendees after the lots are ga...
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Champagne sales creep to new record in 2018
19 March 2019

Champagne increasingly look beyond Europe. But demand from UK declines...
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Analysts dismiss Pernod Ricard’s rumoured wine sale
19 March 2019

Analysts have poured cold water on the rumour that Pernod Ricard is mulling a sale of its wine division, arguing that while there may be further sales of non-core brands, a wholesale disposal of the entire wine division was “unlikely”.
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V&A saves Salvador Dalí’s Champagne lamps for the nation
19 March 2019

The Victoria & Albert Museum has acquired a pair of lamps adorned with gold-painted Champagne coupes, designed by Salvador Dalí, which are described as "one of the most important examples of modern lighting ever designed in the UK". 
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Castello di Ama releases ‘masterpiece’ San Lorenzo in HK
19 March 2019

One of Chianti’s top estates, Castello di Ama, has launched the latest vintage of its flagship wine San Lorenzo in Hong Kong, a Chianti Classico gran selezione that's lauded by the winery owner as a 'Tignanello-like' Chianti.
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Chile: hitting the wine tourism trail
19 March 2019

Few countries are gearing themselves more effectively for wine tourism than Chile, although bodegas like to do so on a formal basis, writes Geoffrey Dean.
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Nyetimber returns to ProWein to drive international awareness
19 March 2019

West Sussex-based Nyetimber has returned to ProWein this year, the only English wine producer to have its own individual exhibition stand at the show. 
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Burgundy exports to Hong Kong continue to grow
19 March 2019

Exports of Burgundy wines to Hong Kong, one of the key export markets for the region, continue to show strong growth in both volume and value, while its global exports have stabilised in the past year.
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German agricultural minister opens 25th edition of ProWein
18 March 2019

German federal minister for agriculture, Julia Klöckner, has officially opened the 25th edition of ProWein, which kicked off in Düsseldorf yesterday and will run until tomorrow. 
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HDH spirits sale makes $1.7m
18 March 2019

Bourbon, Scotch, Japanese and rye whiskies went under the digital hammer at Hart Davis Hart recently and “soared” to a total of US$1.7 million.
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Bancroft Wines adds Aussie brand Heartland Wines
18 March 2019

Bancroft Wines has added Aussie wine brand Heartland Wines to its portfolio, after being appointed as the brand’s exclusive UK agent.
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UK flyers face on board duty-free drinking ban
18 March 2019

Air passengers in the UK have now been officially banned from consuming duty-free wine and spirits on board planes, prompted by growing concerns over alcohol-fuelled air rage. 
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Benevolent ball raises £50,000 for drinks industry charity
18 March 2019

Tables await at the Benevolent Ball 2019. Gala dinner at Natural History Museum raises funds...
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Best Piedmont wines: Latest-release Barolo & Barbaresco
18 March 2019

Decanter's 2018 Italian Encounter, where Michael Garner led a Barolo masterclass. The top-scorers...
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Clos Rougeard: Loire’s top Cabernet Francs?
18 March 2019

Yohan Castaing reports on the Cabernet Francs (plus a splash of Chenin) of one of the Loire's best-kept secrets...Clos Rougeard produces world-class Cabernet Franc, as well as a small amount of Chenin Blanc. Have you discovered Clos Rougeard?
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How sustainable is your wine?
17 March 2019

What are the measures being taken to find a lasting solution...?
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Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017: Vintage report and top picks
17 March 2019

Bird nets over the bunches in Gibbston Valley. Fresh, fragrant and characterful...
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Rebuilding efforts start after Russian River floods
16 March 2019

Businesses are working to recover from the damage....
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Tinazzi: Venetian expertise in Italy’s Puglia region
16 March 2019

The Tinazzi company was founded in Cavaion Veronese, near Garda Lake in Northern Italy, by Eugenio Tinazzi and his son Gian Andrea in 1968...Feudo Croce 50 years later, in 2019, the company is still run by Gian Andrea and his children Giorgio and Francesca. The entrepreneurial spirit of the family led to a vigorous expansion of their properties, first in the Valpolicella region, near Verona, and t...
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New on Wine List Confidential: The Drop
16 March 2019

Originally built to store coal to power Victorian London, before becoming a Mecca for clubbers, Coal Drop's Yard in King's Cross, home to The Drop wine bar, has become an impressively rehabilitated culinary quarter.
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Gordon Ramsay unveils first look inside new London restaurant
16 March 2019

A fusion of striking interiors and innovative Asian-inspired cuisine, chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay offers a glimpse at what guests can expect at Lucky Cat, which will open in Mayfair this summer.
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UK sees wine decline – and it’s predicted to worsen
16 March 2019

The UK drinks market is seeing a fall-off in still wine consumption – and it’s predicted to worsen – although the main area of decline is the lower end of the market, according to the IWSR.
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WATCH: Coravin reveal video ahead of Wine & Spirits Show masterclass
16 March 2019

Purveyors of high-tech wine solutions Coravin have revealed a teaser video of what to expect from their masterclass at next month's Wine & Spirits Show.
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Inter Beaujolais invites guests to get their ‘Beau-jo on at ProWein’
16 March 2019

Inter Beaujolais will be exhibiting over 150 wines from 12 appellations within the French region during next week's ProWein, which will take place from 17 to 19 March in Düsseldorf. 
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Benevolent Ball at the Natural History Museum raises £50k
16 March 2019

The Benevolent held its annual Ball at the Natural History Museum in London last night, which saw 430 members of the UK drinks trade gather to raise £50,000 for the UK drinks trade charity. 
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Scotch Whisky Association loses tartan trademark battle in Singapore
16 March 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has lost a trademark dispute against Japanese retailer Isetan Mitsukoshi over use of the word 'tartan', having claimed that it could function as a GI for whisky. 
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Why Tuscany’s Piccini saved Chianti Geografico coop from collapse
16 March 2019

Gaoile in Chianti. More investment planned on top of 7.2m euro takeover deal...
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Vinexpo: White and Rosé wines to drive Hong Kong’s wine growth
16 March 2019

The latest report released by Vinexpo and IWSR suggests that the white and rosé wine categories will be driving Hong Kong's wine consumption during the five year period from 2017 to 2022, while red wine consumption will remain static.
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The week in pictures
16 March 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Lord Sugar puts a healthy twist on nominative determinism; drinks industry grandees quaff d'Yquem at the Benevolent Ball; and Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka is once again embroiled in a trademark spat.
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Fine wine investment: Grasping diversification
16 March 2019

It’s quite surprising given how often we talk and write about diversification that as a concept it still seems difficult for some people to grasp, so let's examine a case in point.
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Teens’ awareness of alcohol ads linked to ‘higher risk’ drinking
16 March 2019

UK teens that have a greater awareness of alcohol marketing are at greater risk of becoming 'higher risk' drinkers, a study published in the online journal BMJ Open has concluded.
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Drunk Chinese man locked in shouting match with dog for 30 minutes
15 March 2019

There's a certain type of drunk that knows how to pick a fight, but this chap in the Chinese city of Changshu managed to start one with a stray dog.
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£33m wage hike takes bite out of Wetherspoon profits
15 March 2019

UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has reported a drop in pre-tax profits of 19% in the first half, which fell from £62 million in 2018 to £50.3m this year.
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Barolo Riserva 2013: ‘Some first-rate wines’
15 March 2019

Barolo Riservas require a minimum of five years in wood and bottle before release. Are the 2013 Riservas worth buying?
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Invasion of the Vineyard Robots
15 March 2019

 The wine industry takes the first tentative steps to replacing humans among the vines.
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Pope Francis Prayed for 'Natural' Wine, and Lo, a Winery Answered (Wine Spectator)
15 March 2019

Yesterday marked six years since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio got promoted to Pope Francis I. Knowing Il Papa's devotion to wine and wine parties, Catholics around the world raised a glass to the anniversary, or at least sent happy P-Day wishes that "every day you may experience the oil of the Holy Spirit and the wine of ecclesial communion," as the Italian Bishops’ Conference did. But one...
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Cape Town: Top restaurants and wine bars
15 March 2019

The view from the top of Lionshead Mountain, overlooking Cape Town. South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ offers incredible views, restaurants and bars...
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Spectacular Wine Restaurants in Philadelphia (Wine Spectator)
15 March 2019

In Pennsylvania, strict liquor laws make it particularly challenging to build a wine program, especially one that stands among the best in the world. These 10 destinations defy the odds with Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning wine lists, enhanced by rich histories and well-executed cuisines. So the next time you find yourself in Philly, skip the plethora of BYOBs for superior wine exper...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Loretta Chic Bistrot (Wine Spectator)
15 March 2019

When wine director Laura Santander and chef Abel Hernández opened Eloise Chic Cuisine in 2013, the restaurant made waves in the quiet Mexico City neighborhood of San Ángel. The elegant French restaurant earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence that year, and four years later, the duo opened Loretta Chic Bistrot just up the road. Though its wine list is slightly smaller than...
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Turning Tables: June Rodil Leaves Austin; Nancy Silverton Debuts Dinner Series (Wine Spectator)
15 March 2019

June Rodil is leaving her position as vice president of operations for McGuire Moorman Hospitality (MMH) to become a partner at Houston-based group Goodnight Hospitality. During her nearly five years at MMH, Rodil directed the wine programs for numerous concepts across Austin, Texas, and Aspen, Colo., including Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Jeffrey's and June's All Day.Starting April 1,...
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Could ‘new’ Italian grape help Franciacorta fight global warming?
15 March 2019

A ‘new’ late ripening white grape dating back to the 1500s has been added to the permitted varieties for the production of Franciacorta to help the region tackle climate change.
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Burgundy premier cru vs grand cru vineyards – Ask Decanter
15 March 2019

What are the definitions for Burgundy premier cru and grand cru sites? What are the official differences?
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Smartphone reliance affect ability to remember wine brands, report finds
15 March 2019

Consumers’ increasing reliance on their smartphones is causing recognition of wine brands to plummet, a new report has claimed, as it named Yellow Tail and Casillero del Diablo the most powerful wine brands in the world.
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Vast majority of consumers think breweries like AB InBev and Heineken can’t make craft beer
15 March 2019

The vast majority of beer drinkers in the UK don't believe that large-scale producers like AB InBev can make craft beer, according to a survey by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
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AB InBev releases meat range and backs beer waste snack brand
15 March 2019

AB InBev is making strides into the food industry, teaming up with Coleman Natural Foods to release a meat line in the US while also looking into ways to develop a snack brand produced from recycled protein from the brewing process. 
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Gabriel Meffre highlights sustainable efforts at ProWein
15 March 2019

Rhône-based producer Gabriel Meffre has said it intends to use this year’s ProWein to highlight its on-going sustainable and environmentally friendly efforts.
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Heineken opens first $100m brewery in Mozambique
15 March 2019

Heineken has opened its first brewery in Mozambique, representing a US$100 million (€85 million) investment in the African beer market.
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Wine estate burglar caught after DNA left on beer can
14 March 2019

A man who broke into Hencote Estate in Shropshire and stole two air rifles and drinks from the fridge has been caught after he left his DNA behind on a beer can. 
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Pernod Ricard mulls sale of wine brands
14 March 2019

Pernod Ricard is reported to be considering selling its wine division, which includes two of the largest wine brands Campo Viejo and Jacob’s Creek.
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Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka rebuffed over trademark damages
14 March 2019

A US appeals court has upheld a ruling against KAH Tequila that it infringed on the rights of actor Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka, but rejected the producer's request for further damages.
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Tovaritch to reveal rebrand at ProWein
14 March 2019

Vodka label Tovaritch will launch a new vodka infusion with a striking bottle design at ProWein this weekend.
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Anson: A vertical of Château Bélair-Monange
14 March 2019

'A wine that is starting to justify the hype...'
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A Wine Lover's Guide to Hudson Yards (Wine Spectator)
14 March 2019

The West Side of Midtown Manhattan is an odd place. The New Jersey–facing piers that were until recently the neighborhood's defining feature feel far removed from the bustling crowds that canvas the rest of the island.If you've passed through in the past year or two, you’ll have noticed that a patch of glistening skyscrapers has protruded high into the air like a futuristic vision. But...
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Will France Be the First Glyphosate-Free Wine Region in the World? (Wine Spectator)
14 March 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to eliminate the weed killer glyphosate from France within three years, and he is encouraging winemakers, in particular, to take the lead. Speaking at the Paris Agricultural Show Feb. 23, Macron said, "I believe we can create the first wine region in the world without glyphosate."That's a bold statement considering how widespread the herbicide is in modern fa...
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Toro wine top buys: 30 to try
14 March 2019

In partnership with DO Toro. Wines to seek out....
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Discover Toro
14 March 2019

In partnership with DO Toro. These region is currently enjoying a renaissance...
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China’s Weilong starts crushing at Australian winery
14 March 2019

China’s third largest winery, Weilong Grape Wine Company, has started crushing at its winery in Australia to make wines that are bound for exclusively for consumers in China, as interest in Australian wines continues to grow.
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Italian Wine Podcast celebrates second anniversary
14 March 2019

Italian Wine Podcast, founded by managing director of Vinitaly International Stevie Kim and hosted by wine writer Monty Waldin, is celebrating its second anniversary, having produced 181 episodes since it was launched in 2017. 
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Chinese media investor buys historic Bordeaux estate
14 March 2019

The main property at Château de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais dates back to the 14th Century. Deal completed for Château de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais...
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Tuscan wine group saves Chianti cooperative from bankruptcy
14 March 2019

Tuscan wine group Tenute Piccini, owned by the Piccini family, has acquired historic Chianti cooperative Chianti Geografico in a deal worth €7.2 million (£6.2m). 
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Laurent Ponsot: ‘I am an haute couture négociant’
14 March 2019

Following an abrupt departure from his family estate Domaine Ponsot, Laurent Ponsot has redefined his role as an “haute couture négociant” as he launches the wines made from his new venture.
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Entries now open for The Asian Spirits Masters 2019
14 March 2019

The inaugural Asian Spirits Masters that are designed to highlight the diversity and quality of Asia's homegrown spirits from China's grain-based baijiu to Korean Soju are now open for entries. 
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Ex-cellar Burgundies to be auctioned for charitable cause
14 March 2019

Auctioneer Christie’s will present “exceptional wines” from several collections in London later this month including ex-cellar Burgundies from several prestigious estates which are being sold for a charitable cause.
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WSTA calls for ‘urgent’ clarity on customs and border controls following Brexit vote defeat
13 March 2019

The WSTA has called for “urgent action” to resolve questions on customs, border controls and migrant workers to keep businesses trading following another defeat of the Prime Minister’s Brexit Agreement last night - but welcomed the news that wine and spirits would not attract tariffs.
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Diageo seeks $135m seized shares in United Breweries from Mallya
13 March 2019

Diageo is seeking to assert its "legal and substantial" rights to $135m worth of shares in India's United Breweries Holdings pledged to it by Vijay Mallya and his son Siddhareth, according to reports in India.
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Eighth edition of World Atlas of Wine to be published this year
13 March 2019

UK publisher Mitchell Beazley has confirmed that the eighth edition of the “landmark” World Atlas of Wine, by Jancis Robinson MW and Hugh Johnson OBE, will be released later this year. 
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Three high-powered drinks execs charged in university admissions scandal
13 March 2019

A Napa vintner, a Bourbon distiller and a founder of a food and drink distributor are among those that have been arrested for paying large sums of money as bribes to get their children into top US universities. 
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Barolo 2015: Vintage report and 89 wines rated
13 March 2019

Stephen Brook reports on the 2015 Barolos - the latest vintage to be released. Are they worth buying?The commune of Serralunga d'Alba has produced wines of 'heft, structure and staying power'. An ideal vintage to drink in the next decade...
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TTB Slated Over Wine Labeling
13 March 2019

 Consumer advocates demand both calorie and nutritional information should be on wine labels.
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Château Haut-Bailly renames second wine
13 March 2019

Haut-Bailly II to launch from the 2018 vintage. New names for second and third wines...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Cacio e Pepe and Chianti (Wine Spectator)
13 March 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most delicious. A shining example is cacio e pepe, which translates to “cheese and pepper,” and those—plus butter—are pretty much the only ingredien...
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London’s Dandy to re-launch after crowdfunding campaign
13 March 2019

London-based restaurant Dandy is set to re-open in Bermondsey, following a successful crowdfunding campaign which raised nearly £80,000.
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Lord Sugar invests in start-up tonic brand Buzbee’s
13 March 2019

Lord Alan Sugar's investment company Amsvest is investing in start-up Buzbee’s Beverages, which produces a range of flavoured tonics sweetened with natural honey with the aim of "disrupting" the mixers market.
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Invivo founders to expand into cannabis drinks
13 March 2019

Invivo’s Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, founders of New Zealand’s only crowdfunded winery, are looking to expand their portfolio to include cannabis drinks.
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Hungary’s Royal Tokaji releases $40k Essencia 2008
12 March 2019

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Hilton is opening a new riverside ‘lifestyle hotel’ in Bordeaux
12 March 2019

Hotel giant Hilton is debuting its new millennial-targeting Canopy brand in France by opening two new hotels, one of which will be located in the centre of Bordeaux.
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In focus: the fresh face of Tuscany
12 March 2019

While Super Tuscans take all the glory, there is a lot more to this corner of Italy than those expressions. Lauren Eads talks to producers who are changing the face of Tuscany, and who are pioneering whites and rosés.
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Barbaresco 2016 & Riserva 2014: Latest releases
12 March 2019

The hilltop village of Barbaresco, overlooking the Tanaro river. Wines worth waiting for...
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Al Gore tells wine industry to act on ‘global emergency’ of climate change
12 March 2019

Al Gore speaking at the summit. The former US Vice president addressed the wine and climate change conference...
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Banfi in Montalcino: A beautiful story
12 March 2019

Banfi vineyards The guardian of a fantastic territory...
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Viña Pomal: Cutting-edge winemaking true to its heritage
12 March 2019

Deeply rooted in Rioja’s Haro, Bodegas Bilbaínas strives for a harmonic blend of tradition and originality Promotional feature. Striving for a harmonic blend of tradition and originality...
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Iron Maiden unveils first saké lager for Trooper range
12 March 2019

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have collaborated to lon a lager made using saké yeast, the first lager in the band's best-selling Trooper beer range. 
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Haut-Bailly renames second label
12 March 2019

Château Haut-Bailly has revealed the new names of its second and third labels as well as some slight design tweaks.
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Sarah Jessica Parker to make Provence rosé
12 March 2019

Having announced the launch of her wine brand last month, American actress Sarah Jessica Parker will follow in Brangelina’s footsteps by making a Provence rosé.
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Liv-ex 1000 stutters in February
12 March 2019

After storming to unprecedented heights over the past three years, 2019 continues to see the Liv-ex 1000 struggle to make any headway with Burgundy taking the biggest hit.
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E&J Gallo to exhibit at the Wine & Spirits Show 2019
12 March 2019

Our second Wine & Spirits Show is just over a month away, and now US producer E&J Gallo has announced it will showcase a selection of wines from its premium portfolio at the two day event.
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Aldi: Vegan and organic wine category ‘up for grabs’
12 March 2019

Growing interest in ‘good-for-you, good-for-the-environment’ wines including organic and vegan wines, is creating an exciting opportunity for wine retailers to open up the category, according to Aldi buyer Mike James. 
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Jefford – Grés de Montpellier: Stones by the Sea
12 March 2019

Vineyards at Clos de l'Amandaie Andrew Jefford explores his own backyard...
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Group promoting Surrey wine and vineyards launched
12 March 2019

With similar groups in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire already in existence, five Surrey wine producers have banded together to launch the Vineyards of the Surrey Hills, covering wineries based in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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Diageo unveils new cider to take on Bulmers
12 March 2019

Diageo has re-entered the cider market with the launch of Rockshore Apple Cider, in an effort to claw back a slice of the market from competitor C&C Group, which owns Bulmers. 
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Champagne bottle that changes colour when chilled launches
11 March 2019

Champagne brand Infinite Eight has launched a vintage Champagne housed in a white bottle that becomes covered in a pink pattern when chilled to the correct service temperature.
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Wine writer Amanda Barnes wins Geoffrey Roberts Award
11 March 2019

Wine writer Amanda Barnes has been awarded the £8,000 Geoffrey Roberts Award by the Vintners’ Company to support the publication of a new guide to South America's wine regions.
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Meet Greene King’s new head brewer
11 March 2019

Greene King has hired Ross O'Hara as the UK pub company's head brewer, after he was named the world's youngest Master Brewer last year.
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Albino Armani re-elected as president of the Consorzio Delle Venezie DOC
11 March 2019

Albino Armani has been unanimously re-elected as the president of Italy's Consorzio Delle Venezie DOC at a general meeting held last week.
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db Eats: Skylon
11 March 2019

db heads to Skylon on London's Southbank to test-drive its new menu, devised by Finnish-born chef Helena Puolakka, gorging on cured salmon on rye, fresh pappardelle in a smoked tomato sauce with creamy goat's cheese and a heavenly chocolate tart.
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10 top South African wines worth seeking out
11 March 2019

Our top South African wine picks showcase both the versatility of South Africa’s terroir – with wines from Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swartland, Elgin and the Tulbagh Valley – as well as the skill of the country’s winemakers who are producing stunning blends but also seriously high-quality single-varietal wines, and not just from Chenin Blanc. First-class Syrahs, […]...
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New Laws Cane Oregon Interlopers
11 March 2019

 New state legislature steps in to protect wine labelled Oregon.
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Wine Legend: Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1974
11 March 2019

'An elegant wine...'
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Monasterio: Argentina’s first grand cru
11 March 2019

July in PerSe's Monasterio vineyards Could this be country’s first officially recognised ‘grand cru’ area...?
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Can you taste amphora ageing? Ask Decanter
10 March 2019

William McMurray, Inverness, Scotland asks: Is it possible to discern that a wine has been aged in amphora when blind tasting? What kind of character would it give a wine in the glass? Simon Woolf, an expert in natural wines and author of Amber Revolution, replies: This is an important question, as the use of […]
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Chilean Carmenère: Panel tasting results
10 March 2019

The quality bar gets ever higher. for these wines...
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The Man Who Invented Napa Cab
09 March 2019

 US editor W. Blake Gray remembers Napa pioneer John Shafer, who died this week.
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A Day in the Life of Eleven Madison Park’s Wine Director, Cedric Nicaise (Wine Spectator)
09 March 2019

Monday, Feb. 11, 201910:30 a.m. Dining-Room CubicleMorning light streams through the dining room’s oversized windows, but you can already feel the anticipation of tonight’s service at Eleven Madison Park, the crown jewel in chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's Make It Nice group. Facing its namesake park in Manhattan's Flatiron District, “EMP” is in that rarefied orbit of r...
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Fine wine investment: Happy Birthday 2009
09 March 2019

There has been much comment in recent days about the 2009 vintage which, would you know it, has reached its 10th anniversary.
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Porto Conference 2019: In Pictures
09 March 2019

A fiery Al Gore and a host of speakers gathered in Porto from 6-7 March for the Climate Change Leadership conference and second Porto Summit.
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Mooching around Mendoza
09 March 2019

In the third instalment of his South American adventure, galavanting gadabout Geoffrey Dean mooches around Mendoza, and finds there's more to the region than mountains and Malbec.
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Top drinks supplier changes and partnerships: February
09 March 2019

From a Sex and the City star and an ex-Formula 1 racing driver to an ecologically-minded wine brand and Playboy-branded tipple, February has witnessed a number of high profile drinks partnerships.
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La Verrière: Back to wine school
09 March 2019

La Verrière is a restored medieval priory Designed to educate the well-heeled wine lover...
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ProWein to feature taste test of world’s biggest wine brands
09 March 2019

An event at ProWein on Sunday 17 March will see the world’s biggest wine brands take part in a tasting that will be conducted ‘blind’.
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The Wine & Spirits Show 2019: The Global Masters Zone
09 March 2019

the drinks business and The Spirits Business are joining forces once again this year to host the Wine & Spirits Show on 12 and 13 April 2019.
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Top 10 low-intervention sparkling wines at RAW
09 March 2019

Ahead of RAW Wine London, we have picked out 10 low-intervention sparkling wines from the fair – a consumer event to showcase organic, biodynamic and natural wines starting this Sunday.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Caractère
09 March 2019

At Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari's debut venture in Notting Hill, sommelier Romeo Bisacchi sums up the wine list: “We’ve got no Pétrus or Romanée-Conti, but we do have stuff you couldn’t find elsewhere".
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The week in pictures
09 March 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Al Gore and Jamie Goode take on global warming in Porto; Diageo hires women for woodwork; June Sarpong talks equality at the Bacardi-sponsored S.H.E. Summit; and we celebrate the women working in all corners of the drinks industry.
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Ed Sheeran to open London bar and restaurant
09 March 2019

Rumours are circulating that pop star Ed Sheeran, together with his manager Stuart Camp, are to open a bar and restaurant venture on London's Portobello Road. 
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d’Arenberg to host major Salvador Dalí exhibition
09 March 2019

Chester Osborn, chief winemaker at d’Arenberg, is to host a major exhibition of Surrealist Salvador Dalí’s bronze sculptures at his creative space, The Cube, in McLaren Vale.
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Top 10 most influential women in China’s wine trade
09 March 2019

Here are the top 10 most influential women in mainland China's wine trade that have helped shape today's market either in domestic wine production, imported wine sector or the fast expanding e-commerce sector.
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Batali surrenders restaurant empire after claims of sexual misconduct
08 March 2019

US celebrity chef Mario Batali has sold off all of his shares in the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, following a 20-year partnership with the Bastianich family, following allegations of sexual misconduct.  
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Top female brewers in the UK
08 March 2019

From sommeliers, marketeers, writers, retailers and brewery owners, the UK beer industry is home to a large group of passionate women. To celebrate International Women's Day, we've rounded up some of the top female brewers, or brewsters, making their mark. 
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Diageo recruits first female coopering apprentices
08 March 2019

Diageo has recruited its first female coopering apprentices, acknowledging that while the ancient craft of creating oak casks has been part of Scotch whisky for centuries, it's an art that has traditionally been dominated by men.
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Wine bar forced to defend purple curtains over brothel claims
08 March 2019

A wine bar owner in Cornwall has been forced to clarify that his establishment is in fact a wine bar and not a brothel, after his choice of purple drapery gave locals the mistaken impression that it was in fact a house of ill repute.
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Loire 2018 preview: appellations to know & top wines
08 March 2019

Producers had to pick early to limit potential alcohol levels in 2018. Plus some of the best wines from the vintage...
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Chianti Sale Saves a Piece of History
08 March 2019

 A looming financial crisis has had a happy ending for a historic Italian cooperative.
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Introducing Niles Plonk, 'the Classiest Man in Pro Wrestling'—and Missouri Winemaker by Day (Wine Spectator)
08 March 2019

Forget Hulkamania: Whatcha gonna do when the Plonkémania runs wild on you?! There's a new bad guy in wrestling: Niles Plonk, "the Connoisseur," is here to "bring a little class" in a glass to the ring—and crush his opponents like a vat of Cabernet.By day, Kraig Keesaman is a mild-mannered Midwestern winemaker and proprietor of Windy Wine Company in Osborn, Mo. But by night (and on mos...
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Meet the women shaping the spirits industry today
08 March 2019

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Fine wine price growth outstrips watches, cars and jewellery in 2018 – report
08 March 2019

The La Romanée-Conti 1945 that became the most expensive wine sold at auction. According to the latest Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index...
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Decanter Hall of Fame 2019: Becky Wasserman-Hone
08 March 2019

Becky Wasserman-Hone. Her tireless work has shaped the reputation of Burgundy over many decades...
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After Floods, Sonoma County Wine Industry Tallies Losses (Wine Spectator)
08 March 2019

Last week, a series of powerful storms inundated Sonoma County, dumping 7 inches of rain in Sebastopol and as much as 20 inches in Venado, an unincorporated community in the hills between Guerneville and Healdsburg, all in the span of just 48 hours. The ensuing floodwaters wreaked havoc in the area. The Barlow, a shopping district located at the eastern edge of Sebastopol and home to several winer...
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Ramón Bilbao taps into growing 50cl bottle trend
08 March 2019

Rioja producer Ramón Bilbao is tapping into the growing trend for ‘less is more’ mid-week drinking by rolling out a new Rioja Reserva in a 50cl bottle.
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The 5 biggest export markets for UK wines
08 March 2019

Wineries in Great Britain enjoyed a boom in both domestic and overseas sales last year, but a new report suggests that exports will play a crucial role in the fledgeling industry's future.
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Vinexpo New York confirms 2020 show dates
08 March 2019

Vinexpo has confirmed dates for its 2020 edition in New York, following the success of its expanded 2019 show in the city last week. 
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Chablis grower objects to wind turbines in vineyards
08 March 2019

Plans will ‘completely spoil’ the landscape...
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IMW names Rufus Olins as new executive director
08 March 2019

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has confirmed that Rufus Olins will take over as its new executive director from May, following the departure of Penny Richards last year. 
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Porto conference: ‘Wine is the canary in the coal mine’
07 March 2019

“Wine is the canary in the coal mine of agriculture,” according to wine writer Jamie Goode when speaking at the Climate Change Leadership conference in Porto.
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120,000 gallons of mash spills from tanks at Kentucky distillery
07 March 2019

Sazerac-owned distillery Barton 1792 has reported its second major equipment failure in a year after around 120,000 gallons of mash spilled from tanks this week, injuring two people. 
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Value of rare whisky rises by 582% in 10 years
07 March 2019

Rare whisky has topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index as the investment with the biggest potential return, having achieved 40% value growth in the past year and a 582% increase since 2009 – the highest of any investment asset.
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Anson: Pauillac vs Pomerol
07 March 2019

The 2009s from the two appellations were tasted I love tastings that set one thing against the other. Not to turn it into a competition, but to allow the differences to illuminate both sides. The usual way to do this is by comparing two contrasting vintages, but to really up the ante, I suggest trying it out with two contrasting appellations.     […]
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Top 10 booze billionaires
07 March 2019

Every year Forbes publishes its list of the world’s wealthiest individuals – not those that have made millions, but billions. Here, we round up the billionaires that owe much of their fortune to the drinks trade.
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C&C confirms positive growth and “significant” momentum
07 March 2019

Drinks company C&C has confirmed it is on track to hits high turnover expectations for this financial year, following “significant” momentum of former Conviviality businesses Bibendum and Matthew Clarke.
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Napa Plan Denounced as "Land Grab"
07 March 2019

 The controversial agriculture plan was defeated last year, but its replacement could be even more unpopular.
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Vinexpo Takes Victory Lap in New York (Wine Spectator)
07 March 2019

Early this week, New York City braced for the biggest snowstorm of the season. But by the next morning, the wintry mix had subsided and the sun was shining as droves of wine-industry members from around the globe made their way into Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for Vinexpo New York 2019—two days of networking, idea-sharing and, of course, wine tasting."Last year was great, b...
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Founder of Gaa in Bangkok named Asia’s best female chef 2019
07 March 2019

Garima Arora, executive chef at Michelin-starred Gaa in Bangkok, has won the title of Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019.
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Climate Change Leadership conference begins in Porto
07 March 2019

The 2019 Climate Change Leadership conference began today (6 March) with the opening speakers tackling the immediate impact of climate change and how to face up to it.
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Expert’s Choice: Oregon and Washington red wines
07 March 2019

The wines emerging from these states are fascinating...
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‘Booze cruises’ on the rise ahead of Brexit – Majestic
07 March 2019

Stocking up on wine in Calais in back on the rise. Sales at the Calais stores have increased 49%...
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Matthew Clark: Life after Conviviality
07 March 2019

Almost a year on from being "hours away from collapse" after the fall of former owner and UK wholesaler Conviviality, managing director of Matthew Clark, David Philips, and director of wine buying, Simon Jerrome, reveal the changes the company has made to turn its fortunes around.
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Southern Glazer’s launches new Canadian wine division
07 March 2019

US-based booze wholesaler Southern Glazer has launched a new wine division for its Canadian business to grow its wine distribution across the Canada.
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How rumours of a Pernod Ricard takeover are boosting the drinks giant’s share value
07 March 2019

Oh, how stock markets love a rumour: a spate of speculation leads to share price oscillation and the chance to make a killing.
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Spain’s Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino name new members
07 March 2019

Two members of the UK drinks trade were honoured last night for their “outstanding contribution to Spanish wine” at an annual dinner for the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.
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Total Wines’s Congressman owner backs US federal minimum wage hike
07 March 2019

The owner of Total Wines, who was elected to Congress in last November’s mid-term elections, has thrown his weight behind a US bill to more than double the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 – even though some of Total Wine employees are currently paid below this level.
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Pied à Terre’s David Moore buys London pub
06 March 2019

The restaurateur behind London's Pied à Terre, David Moore, has bought a London pub, The Deveraux off The Strand, with plans to turn it into a "proper pub" without "any pretence".
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Cult wines appoints new investment director
06 March 2019

Wine asset management firm Cult Wines has appointed Olivier Staub CFA to the newly created position of Investment Director.
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Carlsberg takes minority stake in Chinese craft brewer
06 March 2019

Carlsberg has acquired a minority stake in a Chinese craft brewer Jing-A, set up in 2012 with "a couple of 20-litre buckets, a handful of ingredients and a dream to brew the best possible beer in China", say its founders.
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Top new products: March
06 March 2019

This month saw the launch of a whisky by ex-F1 racing car driver David Coulthard, a 50-year-old tawny Port, a caviar-infused gin, and a pair of wines dedicated to two trailblazing females.
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Challenging Times Ahead for US Wine
06 March 2019

 A changing landscape will require a change in approach from the traditional way of selling wine.
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db Recommends: Essential California tasting
06 March 2019

California's Wine Institute is hosting the first of its two major London tastings in Shoreditch this month.
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Decanter buyer’s guide: Australian Chardonnay
06 March 2019

Vines in Yarra Valley, Victoria How the country’s headline white grape has developed over the decades..
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Napa winery owner John Shafer dies
06 March 2019

John Shafer Winery owner John Shafer has died at the age of 94.
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America’s Top 13 Charity Wine Auctions Raised $42.7 Million in Live-Auction Bids in 2018 (Wine Spectator)
06 March 2019

America’s top charity wine auctions found success in 2018 with winemaker dinners featuring renowned chefs and live entertainment. And many also succeeded by putting the spotlight on the worthy causes they were aiming to help, from children’s charities to health and education causes to art and cultural institutions. After an increasing focus on additional events around the live auction...
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Fine wine investment: Secondary market
06 March 2019

Our recent explorations into the wider reaches of the market, with particular reference to Burgundy, have given rise to a lot of enquiries about whether there is any secondary market light at the end of the tunnel for a vast range of esoteric wines that unsuspecting people have been sold as “investments” in the past.
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First taste: Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2012
06 March 2019

2012 is Pol Roger's first Blanc de Blancs since the 2009. Pol Roger's first Blanc de Blancs since the 2009 vintage...
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Pesticide labelling on non-organic wines should be ‘mandatory’
06 March 2019

Pesticides and other artificial chemicals used in conventional winemaking should be listed as ingredients on the end product, according to a French MW leading the charge for a low intervention revolution.
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Chapel Down to launch ‘world’s first’ Pinot Noir gin
06 March 2019

English drinks producer Chapel Down is to launch a pink gin made with Pinot Noir grape distillate this month, which it claims is the first gin to be made using the grape variety. 
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John Shafer of Napa’s Shafer Vineyards dies aged 94
06 March 2019

John Shafer, the owner of Shafer Vineyards in Stags Leap and a veteran of Napa's wine industry, has died at the age of 94.
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Top people moves in drinks: February
05 March 2019

This month's top people moves in drinks include six newly-created Masters of Wine, a new senior buyer at Liberty Wines, and the managing director of the Pol Roger Portfolio getting into beer.
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New phylloxera outbreak detected in Victoria
05 March 2019

A new phylloxera outbreak has been detected within a commercial vineyard in Australia's Yarra Valley, within a currently designated Phylloxera Risk Zone.
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Q&A: Jimmy Metta, Spiritrade.com
05 March 2019

As the founder of luxury drinks wholesaler Vanquish and co-founder of online drinks retailer 31Dover.com, Jimmy Metta knows a thing or two about the changing face of the UK drinks industry. Now, he is bringing a whole new concept to the trade, with the launch of Spiritrade – a global drinks trading platform for beer, wine and spirits.
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What to drink with Pancakes
05 March 2019

Perfect pairings for pancake day...
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John Shafer, Founder of Shafer Vineyards, Dies at 94 (Wine Spectator)
05 March 2019

John Shafer was 48 years old in 1972, working as a textbook publisher in Chicago, when he decided to pick up and move his family to California to pursue wine, despite knowing very little about the business. He went on to create one of Napa’s first cult Cabernets in his Hillside Select and was among the pioneers of Napa’s Stags Leap District. Shafer died March 2 at the age of 94.“...
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Bordeaux 2016: ‘A gentleman in a perfect suit’
05 March 2019

The Bordeaux 2016 vintage is akin to a “gentleman in a perfect suit”, thinks Tom Jenkins, the Bordeaux buyer for fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks.
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Anivin de France selects 130 ambassadors
05 March 2019

Anivin de France, the organisation responsible for promoting Vin de France wines, has chosen 130 ambassador wines for 2019.
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Torres and Jackson Family Wines create climate change working group
05 March 2019

A new working group of wineries aimed at drastically reducing carbon emissions...
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Central Otago making ‘some of the best wines anywhere’
05 March 2019

Pinot Noir from Central Otago in New Zealand has come of age, and producers in the region are making “some of the best wines anywhere”, according to Jasper Morris MW.
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Burgundy: Premier cru status, grand cru quality
05 March 2019

Stephen Brook assesses the promotion prospects of the seven most likely premier cru candidates...
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New Zealand in pictures: Marlborough
05 March 2019

The third leg of our New Zealand tour took us to Marlborough, for a whirlwind three-day International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration that included speeches, sermons, picnics, parties and lashings of wine.
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Fine Wine dips again in February
05 March 2019

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100’s disappointing performance continued in the second month of the year, closing down 0.7% on its January finish but it wasn't a bad month for 2009 Bordeaux.
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Lidl unveils Spring Wine Tour, as it confirms new wine head
05 March 2019

UK discounter Lidl has unveiled its latest Spring wine tour of primarily modern Mediterranean wines, as it confirms a new head of the wine department.
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Napa winery launches ‘super premium’ canned wine in UK retail
05 March 2019

A Californian winery has launched what it claims is the first super premium canned wine in the UK's retail market at just under £10 per tinny.
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Cartier consigns wine collection to auction
05 March 2019

Celebrated jeweller and watchmaker Cartier is to sell a collection of fine wines from its cellar in London later this month.
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Where to find out about the new WSET Level 4 Diploma
05 March 2019

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) is refining the curriculum for its Level 4 Diploma programme this year, and will set up open evenings at events worldwide to give industry insiders a taste of what's in store.
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Council performs U-turn after Cloudwater beer festival licensing mix-up
04 March 2019

A beer festival run by the Manchester craft brewery Cloudwater over the weekend was saved at the last minute when the council performed a U-turn allowing it to go ahead, as long as there was no drunkenness on site. 
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Ronan Laborde appointed president of the UGC
04 March 2019

The new president of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux...
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Baileys Irish Cream: The real story
04 March 2019

In response to an article on the drinks business in January, veteran drinks marketer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Last Drop Distillers, James Espey OBE, presents the story behind Baileys with commentary from his late business partner, Tom Jago.  
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Becky Wasserman-Hone awarded Decanter Hall of Fame 2019
04 March 2019

Becky Wasserman-Hone. For her tireless work in shaping the reputation of Burgundy...
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First taste: Dom Pérignon Rosé 2006
04 March 2019

'The red wine is fundamental to the personality of the rosé,' says Simon Field MW. Simon Field MW tastes this 'piece of poetry'...
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Regional profile: Howell Mountain
04 March 2019

Vineyards at Cade Estate The 'wild child' of Napa Valley...
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Biodynamics in Champagne – Ask Decanter
03 March 2019

Vineyards in Champagne Which house explored it first...?
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Veuve Clicquot: Producer profile
03 March 2019

Veuve Clicquot's history stretches back almost 250 years. One of Champagne's most recognisable labels...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Roast Pork Tenderloin with Pickled Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Ramp Pesto (Wine Spectator)
02 March 2019

When spring finally begins to spring, a dinner party is an ideal way to celebrate the thaw. Here’s a dish that overlays fine-dining sensibilities onto easy home techniques. Elegant pork tenderloin is pan-seared, then roasted in the oven, and the pan is deglazed with a fistful of frisée that soaks up the flavorful browned bits. It’s all plated with goat cheese and seasonal accent...
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db Drinks: Bottles & Battles
02 March 2019

db's Phoebe French heads to Bottles & Battles in Italian food market Mercato Metropolitano for a quirky, skin-contact white from Hungary, a wonderfully aromatic Amarone, and fresh pappardelle with sausage ragu.
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A perfect weekend in Vaud
02 March 2019

Chateau d'Aigle In association with Vaud - Lake Geneva region. Plan your ideal weekend away...
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Fête des Vignerons 2019
02 March 2019

Traditional Swiss costumes are worn at the Fête des Vignerons festival in Vevey. Over three weeks this summer, Vevey in Switzerland will be transformed into a stage. The Fête des Vignerons will be coming to town. But this is not any ordinary fete. This one happens only once in a generation. While Vevey might not be considered a modest town in stature (it is the home of Nestlé [...
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Discover the grapes of Vaud
02 March 2019

Vineyard in Vaud Geneva or Zurich may be better-known place names in Switzerland, but the Canton of Vaud (one of the country’s 26 federal states) rides on their coat-tails. At its core lie Nestlé, Switzerland’s second-largest company; the ‘Olympic City’ of Lausanne; and Montreux, home to arguably the greatest jazz festival in the world. But around its buzz, […]...
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A wine lover’s guide to investing
02 March 2019

Promotional feature. There’s a skill to choosing the right investments....
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Torres and Jackson Family Wines form climate change action group
02 March 2019

Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines have joined together to create a working group of wineries to help further efforts to decarbonise the wine industry and mitigate the impact of climate change.
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Top Las Vegas restaurants and wine bars
02 March 2019

Where to eat and drink in Las Vegas The food and drink hot spots...
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Inside Barón de Ley
02 March 2019

Barón de Ley's monastery built in the 16th Century Promotional feature. A pioneering winery inside an ancient monastery...
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High and mighty: Salta
02 March 2019

The next stop on galavanting gadabout Geoffrey Dean’s grand tour of South America took him to Salta, home to some of the highest vineyards in the world.
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Wine & Spirits Show 2019: the masterclasses
02 March 2019

The Wine & Spirits Show, run by the drinks business and sister title The Spirits Business, is just one month away, and we can't wait for you to join us.
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Kopke releases £290 white Port
02 March 2019

Hoping to capitalise on the growing popularity of the white Port and tonic serve in the UK, Kopke has released a ‘Very Old Dry White’ Port priced at £290 a bottle.
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Wine List Confidential revisited: The Ritz
02 March 2019

A classic looking palace hotel, The Ritz near London's Green Park, boasts a vigorous, modern wine list matched with precision to colourful, pristine plates.
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The week in pictures
02 March 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Anderson .Paak bigs up local bars for Jameson; Sarah Jessica Parker launches a wine range; Conor McGregor fights it out for Irish whiskey dominance in the UK; and Tequila producer Patròn begins its hunt for the best Margarita on earth.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Stem
02 March 2019

Unrecognisable from its past as a Thai Square site, Stem is Mark Jarvis’ Mayfair gem lit by gold strip-lights, with popular chef’s table for six guests and an engaging, reasonable list.
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London restaurant Wild Honey up for sale
02 March 2019

Chef Anthony Demetre’s Mayfair restaurant, Wild Honey, is up for sale and could close later this month after 12 years in business, following challenges with the lease.
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DO Rueda targets UK as exports surpass one million bottle mark
02 March 2019

The regulatory body for the Spanish DO Rueda will be targeting the UK market this year after exports to the country rose by 41.7% to over a million bottles in 2017, up from more than 700,000 bottles in 2016.
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67 Pall Mall’s Jitka Auermüllerová wins 2019 UK Ruinart Sommelier Challenge
02 March 2019

Jitka Auermüllerová, sommelier at 67 Pall Mall in London, has been named the winner of this year's UK Ruinart Sommelier challenge.
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Seedlip gains nationwide listing at Sainsbury’s
02 March 2019

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, has secured a new national retail listing with UK retailer Sainsbury’s.
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Russian River hit by severe flooding
01 March 2019

Flooding is seen in downtown Guerneville, California Residents have been evacuated...
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Immersive DC comic book restaurant planned for Soho
01 March 2019

Planning has been submitted for an immersive comic book restaurant based on the DC universe within the same building as American steakhouse restaurant Mash in London's Piccadilly.
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Brokenwood: Quintessential Hunter Valley
01 March 2019

What began in 1970 as a Hunter Valley hobby-farm vineyard for three Sydney-based solicitor friends, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, has today evolved into one of Australia’s premier wine brands.The Hunter Valley is famed for its long-lived Semillons. Top Semillon and Shiraz from the Hunter Valley...
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‘Most affordable spirit with most expensive ingredients’ launched
01 March 2019

London-based "category-defying" spirits brand Rebel Rabbet is launching what it claims will be the world's most affordable spirit made with the most expensive ingredients, including white truffle, caviar and orris root. 
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Producer profile: Brancott Estate
01 March 2019

Promotional feature. A leader of New Zealand wine...
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Solidarity Shattered in Wine Dispute
01 March 2019

 A case of poor labeling has sparked another interstate wine battle between Oregon producers and a California winery.
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Here’s what to expect from Vinexpo New York
01 March 2019

Vinexpo New York makes its second annual appearance in the on Monday for two days at the Javits Center with pre-registered attendance up, but the number of exhibitors has fallen since its debut last year.
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Wine Stars in Texas (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2019

Updated: Feb. 28, 2019 Texas offers a bounty of excellent dining options, from a well-known steak house in a recently opened Houston hotel to a self-serve wine spot in Lubbock to a cozy Italian gem in Austin. These 11 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners from around the state go well beyond the grill and griddle—though there's plenty here for steak lovers, too—with worldly wine list...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Soby’s (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2019

Soby's opened in Greenville, S.C., in 1997, ahead of the development of the city's hip dining scene. While the restaurant has held a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award since 1998, this local gem is far from dated. Recent renovations improved cellar storage and upgraded the dining room’s rustic charm. In the kitchen, chef Shaun Garcia takes a modern, globally influenced approach to Southern cuis...
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Turning Tables: Inside Blackberry Farm's New Mountain Hotel and Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2019

Grand Award Winner Blackberry Farm Opens New Property in Smoky MountainsThe team behind Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., has opened a new hotel that focuses on nature and wellness. Blackberry Mountain, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, about 20 minutes away from Blackberry Farm, is a 5,200-acre property where guests can mountain bike, rock climb...
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Entries now open for the Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Masters
01 March 2019

the drinks business is now accepting entries for the Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Masters ahead of the upcoming deadline of 6 May. 
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Emmanuel Macron Finds Unicorn Wine, Blasts Weedkiller; Wet Bandits Steal 8,000-Gallon Vodka Iceberg 'Harvest' (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2019

They were simpler times, when then-candidate for the French presidency Emmanuel Macron won over his countrymen by promising to bring to the office a combo of fresh-faced idealism and an experienced palate that could identify Bordeaux and Provence in a blind wine tasting. Now, fighting literal fires as the Yellow Vest protests continue to rock Paris, Macron almost missed his much-beloved drop-in at...
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Heineken USA to reduce staff numbers by 15%
01 March 2019

The US division of beer giant Heineken has announced that it will be cutting its workforce by 15%, stating that the restructuring would "enable more efficient ways of working."
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Tasting Catena’s Flagship wines
01 March 2019

Nicolas Catena’s ultimate goal has always been ‘to make Argentine wine stand amongst the best in the world.’The Adrianna Vineyard, located at an altitude of 1,450m, is the subject of ongoing studies by the winery. These wines 'belong in any cellar'...
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AB InBev predicts strong profit growth in 2019 as premium focus bears fruit
01 March 2019

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev, has promised strong returns and profit growth in 2019 after a renewed focus on premiumisation saw brands like Stella Artois and Corona drive sales last year.
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Scientists use beer yeast to ‘brew’ cannabinoids
28 February 2019

Scientists at the University of California in Berkeley have developed a method of brewing genetically-modified cannabis using beer yeast, hailing a cheaper and more environmentally-friendly method of producing the cannabinoids for both medical and recreational applications.
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Garçon Wine challenges ‘grotesque’ wine transport inefficiency with new case
28 February 2019

Garçon Wines, the innovators behind the wine bottle that fits through the letter box, has launched a wine case that promises to slash the cost of transporting and storing wine by 60% and challenge the 'grotesque' inefficiency of wine logistics.
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PGA Tour finally permits spirits sponsorships
28 February 2019

The PGA Tour is to finally allow distilled spirits sponsorships within its tournament, becoming the last major US sports league to "modernise its sponsorship policies" to include distilled spirits.
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Anson: How the Bordeaux 2018 vintage is shaping up – part two
28 February 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting Part two examining this vintage...
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The Changing Face of Luxury Wine
28 February 2019

 What defines a "luxury" wine? A recent study investigates the relative desirability of thousands of wines.
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Asian Syrah & Malbec Masters 2018: the results
28 February 2019

In our recent Asian Syrah and Malbec Masters, the results affirmed that Australia continues to be a reliable source for well-crafted, juicy and diverse Shiraz expressions; and that the success of Argentine Malbec is enticing more producers outside of Argentina to try their hand at the variety.
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McGuigan launches Bin 9000 Semillon at Sainsbury’s
28 February 2019

Australian wine brand McGuigan’s Wines has launched a new 2018 vintage of its Bin 9000 Semillon into Sainsbury’s.
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Asian Pinot Noir Masters 2018: Results in Full
28 February 2019

The results from our Pinot Noir Masters Asia showed once more that New Zealand, California and Australian Pinot Noir continue to compare favourably with Burgundy.
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Costco beat Amazon on internet retail sales
28 February 2019

US retailer Costco has knocked Amazon of the top spot as the US's favourite online retailer, a new survey has revealed, as breweries became the category consumers are most content with.
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Verité to sponsor Guards Polo Club
28 February 2019

One of Jackson Family Wine’s leading labels, Verité, has been made the official red wine of the Guards Polo Club for the up-coming season.
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Suntory launches global blend as further lines discontinued
28 February 2019

Japan's Suntory Spirits has discontinued further brands in its portfolio and announced the launch of a global blended whisky, as the country continues to grapple with a shortage of aged whisky amid surging demand.
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Napa Valley auction toasts loyal bidders as average price rises
28 February 2019

The Premiere Napa Valley auction has praised the support of its longtime bidders, which helped boost the average price of the wines, despite a smaller number of lots on offer.
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Former employee sues Chateau Montelena for wrongful dismissal
28 February 2019

A former employee at Napa's Chateau Montelena has filed a lawsuit against the winery, alleging that his age and disability resulted in his dismissal in 2016. 
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Cannabis will either be ‘symbiotic opportunity’ or ‘detrimental antagonist’ in the drinks industry
28 February 2019

Legalised cannabis could be 'detrimental' to drinks companies that don't adapt to its presence in the consumer market, according to a new report on the potential scope of a global marijuana industry.
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Port Ellen releases ‘Untold Stories Series’
28 February 2019

Diageo, the owner of closed Islay distillery Port Ellen, has announced the launch of a new series using malts from the distillery's dwindling stocks, beginning with a 39 year-old bottling.
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Devauges to join Clos des Lambrays
28 February 2019

No sooner was it announced that Jacques Devauges was leaving Clos de Tart then he was courted by another big domaine in Burgundy and will now be joining Clos des Lambrays it has been revealed.
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Customs seize 90,000 bottles of vodka bound for N. Korea
28 February 2019

Dutch customs have seized 90,000 bottles of vodka found buried beneath an airplane fuselage on a Chinese ship believed to be bound for North Korea.
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Big beer alliance in jeopardy following ‘corn syrup war’
28 February 2019

An alliance between some of the world's biggest brewers is in jeopardy after an ad campaign by AB InBev, shown during the Superbowl, led to a fall-out with rival MillerCoors over the use of corn syrup in brewing.
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James Simpson joins Timothy Taylor’s board
28 February 2019

The Pol Roger Portfolio’s managing director, James Simpson MW, has been appointed as an independent director of Timothy Taylor’s brewery.
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Beaulieu Vineyard: Profile and tasting notes
28 February 2019

One of California's oldest wineries in continuous production...Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Beaulieu Vineyard's flagship wine, has been made for over 80 years. One of California's oldest wineries...
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First taste: La Grande Dame 2008
27 February 2019

Cellars at Veuve Cliquot. The latest vintage release...
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8 & $20: Streamlined Cassoulet (Wine Spectator)
27 February 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.I don’t think there’s a dish out there that’s more fortifying against a cold winter night than a good cassoulet. However, this classic French casserole can famously take days to make. That ta...
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Petrus leads the way at Bonhams sale
27 February 2019

Bonhams’ first fine wine sale of the year realised a little over £500,000 when rare Bordeaux and Burgundy went under the hammer last week.
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Distell invests £10.5m in Scotch whisky distillery renovation
27 February 2019

African drinks giant Distell is investing £10.5 million in its Scotch distillery Bunnahabhain, which would see the estate transformed into a tourist destination over the next three years.
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Fine wine investment: Digging for gold
27 February 2019

The cost of high-end Burgundy on the secondary market mean cost and value are quite elusive concepts in the world of the collector but there are areas where those determined to have the best of the Côte d'Or can and should look.
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Picpoul de Pinet: Panel tasting results
27 February 2019

57 wines tasted, 2 wines Outstanding The tasters: Andrew Jefford, Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Marcel Orford-Williams Scroll down to see the scores and tasting notes See all of the wines tasted here You may also like: Vying for Verdejo Best French wines: 100 point scores Expert’s choice: White Châteauneuf du Pape  
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AB InBev acquires US spirits company
27 February 2019

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev, has announced the acquisition of a San Diego-based spirits company which was founded by three former Ballast Point Brewing executives. 
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Irish Distillers releases micro distilled gin
27 February 2019

Irish Distillers has unveiled Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin, the first release from its micro distillery at Midleton, inspired by the gin recipes of 18th century Cork and made with botanicals including black lemon and Irish gorse flower.
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Wright Brothers and Brew By Numbers release oyster stout
26 February 2019

London-based seafood restaurant chain Wright Brothers has teamed up with Bermondsey's Brew By Numbers to release a stout made with Lindisfarne oysters. 
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Traces of weed killer chemical found in top beer and wine brands
26 February 2019

Traces of a herbicide commonly used in weed killer have been detected in several leading beer and wine brands, including Coors Light, Budweiser and Beringer, according to a report published by public-interest advocacy group US PIRG.
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Wine.com Corners the Premium Market
26 February 2019

 The online retailer shares its market strategy at it at ninth annual conference.
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Merry Edwards' Next Chapter: A Pioneer for Women in Winemaking Looks Back, and Moves Ahead (Wine Spectator)
26 February 2019

Merry Edwards admits she’s never been good at sitting still. "I’m always doing research," she says. She's currently conducting experiments on how lower alcohol levels in wines impact aroma and mouthfeel; she's also partnering with the University of California at Davis and an Israeli company to record vine stress via Wi-Fi–enabled moisture readers implanted in vines. "These things...
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Oscars Wine Time! Rami Malek Sprays Champagne; Francis Ford Coppola, Wolfgang Puck Dish on Their Pours and Snacks (Wine Spectator)
26 February 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek straight-up fell off the stage at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, but nothing was going to keep the newly minted Best Actor winner from popping Champagne last night. Malek was all smiles at the Governor's Ball after-party, where he took a break from showing off his golden trophy to blast a nice big bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Rare. Piper was the Champagn...
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Toilet system ‘tapped out’ and bar almost ran dry on maiden voyage of Brewdog’s craft beer airline
26 February 2019

Brewdog's transatlantic airline designed for craft beer enthusiasts almost ran out of beer and was forced to close the toilets two hours before its first flight from London touched down in Ohio.
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Louis Roederer acquires Sonoma winery Merry Edwards
26 February 2019

Vineyards at Merry Edwards Its first move into Sonoma...
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Lafite marks 2016 with hourglass etching
26 February 2019

Bottles of Château Lafite’s 2016 vintage will feature a small hourglass etched onto the front of the bottle above the label.
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Amcor unveils Easypeel capsule technology
26 February 2019

Amcor has unveiled a new capsule system that allows for easier opening with its Easypeel capsule, while "preserving time-honoured traditions that are important to discriminating aficionados".
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Oscars 2019 menu: What the stars ate and drank in numbers
26 February 2019

What food and drink was served at the 2019 Oscars Awards ceremony. What was served on the night...
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Brancott collaborates with British artist on limited edition labels
26 February 2019

New Zealand winery Brancott Estate has collaborated with up-and-coming British artist Benjamin Craven on four limited edition labels for its 2018 Sauvignon Blanc.
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Pol Roger to hold agency tasting
26 February 2019

The Pol Roger Portfolio is to hold its first agency tasting in a decade this April to showcase the much expanded range of wines it now offers.
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Widow of Micheal Cox to embark on 188-mile charity walk
26 February 2019

Lynne Cox, the widow of Michael Cox, a stalwart of the UK drinks trade who died five years ago, is embarking on a 188 mile walk, from Cumbria to North Yorkshire, to raise funds in his memory.
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Michelin chefs raise £70,000 for charity DEBRA
25 February 2019

Six chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants have raised more than £70,000 for the charity Debra, after giving up their time to host a Great Chefs Dinner in London.
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Ethical zero-waste restaurant Silo to open site in London
25 February 2019

Following the success of his acclaimed restaurant Silo in Brighton, owner and head chef Doug McMaster is set to open a new venue at Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick. 
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Swiss man charged $8,000 corkage at Australian restaurant
25 February 2019

A Swiss wine buyer visiting Australia was stunned to received an $8,000 (£4,386) corkage charge having brought eight bottles of his own wine to a restaurant in Melbourne, despite the wine costing just $200 (£109) a bottle. 
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Jefford – Saperavi: Hoodlum or Hero?
25 February 2019

Wine cellar in Georgia with traditional kvevri in front Reporting back from Georgia’s first International Saperavi Competition...
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Entries now open for first Tuscan Masters
25 February 2019

the drinks business is now accepting entries for the inaugural Tuscan Masters ahead of the upcoming deadline of 17 May
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Paul Mas adds Domaine Les Verrieres to portfolio
25 February 2019

Southern French wine estate Paul Mas has added Montagnac-based Domaine les Verrieres to its portfolio
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Airline to open plane food restaurant
25 February 2019

Budget Malaysian airline Air Asia is to open a restaurant showcasing the dishes listed on its in-flight menu called Santan, including chicken teriyaki, Pak Nasser's Nasi Lemak and a vegetable rice bowl. 
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London’s Londrino restaurant in Bermondsey to close
25 February 2019

Portuguese restaurant Londrino is expected to close later this month, barely a year after opening, with its head chef Leandro Carreira said to be moving onto a new project.
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Premiere Napa Valley 2019 auction fetches almost $3.7m
25 February 2019

This year’s Premiere Napa Valley auction has fetched nearly $3.7 million, short of last year’s total but still seen as a vote of confidence for the 2017 Cabernet vintage.Premiere Napa Valley 2019 Seen as a vote of confidence for the 2017 Cabernet vintage...
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Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat
25 February 2019

 The Premiere Napa Valley auction attracted fewer wines and less money, but average prices stayed afloat.
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
24 February 2019

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picked fine wines for drinking now and for the cellar, based on tastings that he has attended recently. You may also like: Steven Spurrier’s top wine memories Decanter’s top wines of 2018: Most exciting picks Ten wines to try in 2019
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Time to try cool-climate Australian Shiraz
24 February 2019

Tina Gellie seeks out cool-climate Australian Shiraz...Areas such as Grampians, McLaren Vale, Margaret River and Clare Valley are producing top quality cool-climate Shiraz. Elegance, balance and freshness from these cool-climate Shiraz wines...
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Producer profile: Remírez de Ganuza
24 February 2019

This groundbreaking Rioja winery is known for its pioneering techniques and singular approach towards winemaking. Matt Walls pays a visitFernando Remírez de Ganuza tasting barrel samples. Known for its pioneering techniques and singular approach towards winemaking...
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Wineries Need Better Customer Experience
23 February 2019

 Producers need to maximize the visitor experience if they want to woo consumers.
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Tuscan Winemaker Bibi Graetz Buys Historic Hotel Near Florence (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2019

Wine Spectator has learned that Tuscan winemaker Bibi Graetz has purchased the historic Hotel Villa Aurora in Fiesole, Italy, a hilltop town just 30 minutes drive from Florence. The property will be the Graetz family's new private home, as well as a winemaking facility and tasting room, and a renovated hotel that will open next year. The sale price was not disclosed.Graetz and his wife, Benedicte...
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Sommelier Roundtable: What Are You Drinking—Besides Wine? (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2019

Wine is a joy for most sommeliers, but it's also a job. And while plenty clock out for the night with a glass of Champagne or a sip of Sauternes, they often mix it up with other drinks from the broader world of beverage as well. Whether seltzer, beer or spirits, straight up or on the rocks, made in Italy, Belize, Brooklyn—or at home—here's what 10 wine experts from Wine Spectator Resta...
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Louis Roederer Buys Sonoma's Merry Edwards Winery (Wine Spectator)
23 February 2019

The Louis Roederer Champagne house has purchased Russian River Valley Pinot Noir specialist Merry Edwards Winery. The deal includes the brand and its inventory, as well as the winery and tasting room in Sebastopol and 79 acres spread over six vineyards. The sale price was not disclosed. The founders of the winery, Merry Edwards and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, will stay on temporarily during the...
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Top South African white wines
23 February 2019

Our top picks include Sauvignon/Semillon blends, Chenin Blanc and a unique 10-variety blend... Top whites from South Africa, from Bordeaux-style blends to Chenin Blanc and more...
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William Grant & Sons launches 2019 annual scholarship
23 February 2019

Glenfiddich owner William Grant & Sons has launched its sixth Ian Murray Scholarship which offers support to young people in the off-trade spirits sector.
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Struggling Polpo chain to close two sites
23 February 2019

Polpo, Russell Norman’s pioneering Venetian-inspired restaurant group, is to close two of its sites after it emerged the company owes £550,000 in unpaid tax.
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Eight places where you can spend the night in a wine barrel
23 February 2019

For those who want to fully immerse themselves in all things vino, we've rounded up some of the top spots in the niche sector of wine barrel accommodation.
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First exhibitors for the Wine & Spirits Show revealed
23 February 2019

the drinks business and The Spirits Business are joining forces once again this year to host the Wine & Spirits Show, and now we can reveal our first exhibitors, including 
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Totes amaze: Double pour wine handbag launched
23 February 2019

A handbag made from ‘vegan’ Tuscan leather that can store and pour two different bottles of wine from an insulated pocket has gone on sale for US$89.95.
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Inverarity Morton takes on ocean-friendly wine
23 February 2019

Scottish importer Inverarity Morton has taken on the UK distribution of ‘Sea Change’, a new ecologically-minded wine brand aimed at ocean conservation that has been commended by Sir David Attenborough.
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Uruguay appoints wine ambassador
23 February 2019

Wines of Uruguay has appointed Gabriela Zimmer as its first brand ambassador to help promote the country’s wines abroad.
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Constellation to discontinue 40% of wine brands
23 February 2019

Drinks giant Constellation Brands is to sell or discontinue up to 40% of its wine and spirits portfolio in order to focus on its “power brands” that retail for over $11.
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The week in pictures
23 February 2019

This week in the world of drinks: English Sparkling Wine gets the Vivienne Westwood seal of approval, chefs sip on rum cocktails at the World Restaurant Awards, six new oenophiles become MWs, and Boris Becker ends up in a dance-off with Brian O’Driscoll at a nightclub in Monaco...
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America’s smallest wine appellation on sale for $3.3m
23 February 2019

America's smallest AVA, Cole Ranch, has gone on sale for US$3.3 million, giving prospective buyers the chance to own the entire 150-acre appellation located in Mendocino, California. 
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Champagne de Venoge launches Tour Eiffel Cuvée
23 February 2019

Champagne de Venoge has launched a new cuvée to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.
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Masters of Wine 2019: Six new MWs announced
23 February 2019

Six new MWs have been announced The latest to join...
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Woman dies after eating at Michelin-starred restaurant
23 February 2019

A woman has died and 28 others suffered food poisoning after dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia.
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Brains Brewery fined £140k after punter fractures skull
23 February 2019

Brains Brewery has been fined £140,000 after a customer fell through an unlocked cellar door and fractured his skull, leaving him with serious head injuries.
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Top Lima restaurants and wine bars
23 February 2019

Mayo, the basement bar of Kjolle. A wine lover's guide...
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Travellers who trashed Thwaites brewery jailed
22 February 2019

Two men have been jailed after causing £313,000 worth of damage at Thwaites brewery in Lancashire, having stormed the site, along with 100 travellers, and demanded £20,000 for its return.
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French wine and spirits exports to China drop 14.4%
22 February 2019

Direct French wine and spirits exports to mainland China dropped 14.4% last year amid the country’s economic slowdown and trade frictions with the US, but French exports to Hong Kong remain strong.
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Johnnie Walker launches ‘Ghost’ expression in Singapore
22 February 2019

Johnnie Walker has launched the latest edition of its ‘Blue Label Ghost’ expression, using malt from ‘ghost’ distillery Port Ellen, in Singapore.
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2016: Bordeaux's Three-peat Triumph
22 February 2019

 A tasting of a classic Bordeaux vintage shows some classic wines that won't necessarily break the bank.
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You, Must: Spend the Night in a Wine-Barrel Hotel Room! (Wine Spectator)
22 February 2019

Some of us love wine so much, we dream about swimming around in a barrel full of the stuff. And while that fantasy is highly unsanitary and probably a little dangerous (try a bathtub instead), certain wine-minded holiday-spot proprietors are offering an alternative that's just as immersive: wine-barrel hotel rooms. The travel trend has been popping up around the world: In the village of Cambres, i...
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Wine & Design: Modern Living in a Medieval Villa (Wine Spectator)
22 February 2019

"When you live in the flatlands, you see the horizon," reflects Matteo Lunelli, president and CEO of Ferrari Trento winery and CEO of the Lunelli Group. He does not live in the flatlands, but among the high peaks of the northern Italian city of Trento, where the view is both stunning and disorienting: "In the middle of the mountains, your horizon is completely changing and moving. It's a sensation...
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Gimblett Gravels 2016: Vintage snapshot
22 February 2019

Driving through Napier, a roadside billboard sported a glass of Tui beer alongside the slogan 'Pinot Nah'...90% of vines planted in the Gimblett Gravels district are red varieties. Getting to grips with the 2016 vintage...
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The six most valuable red wine styles in the UK off-trade
22 February 2019

Retail analyst Nielsen recently released data on the most valuable varietal wine styles in the UK off-trade.
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Replace business rate with sales tax to save the high street, MPs suggest
22 February 2019

MPs have called for business rates to be abolished and a new tax set up for retailers that would help level the playing field against online businesses, in a radical plan to save the failing UK high street.  
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Portuguese wines on the up in UK
22 February 2019

The latest figures from Wines of Portugal show that sales of Portuguese DO wines have seen volume and increases of over 30% in the UK in the past year.
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Leading Welsh craft brewer to increase capacity sevenfold
22 February 2019

Newport-based craft brewer Tiny Rebel has revealed major expansion plans that will see it increase its production capacity by seven times to brew over 12 million litres of beer annually.
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Drunken man who tipped waiting staff $22k arrested
22 February 2019

Police arrested a man in Nashville on Monday on charges of public intoxication after he tipped servers US$22,000 at a downtown hotel bar.
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Yalumba launches new Samuel’s Collection wine range
21 February 2019

Barossa-based winery Yalumba has launched a new wine range called Samuel's Collection, describing it as the "gateway" to its premium wine portfolio. 
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Sam Neill: Central Otago is almost at capacity
21 February 2019

Despite having less than 2,000 hectares under vine compared to over 26,000 in Marlborough, actor-turned-winemaker Sam Neill believes planting in Central Otago is almost at capacity.
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Echo Falls releases rosé wine and gin infusion
21 February 2019

Accolade Wines has announced the launch of a new rosé wine and gin fusion under its Echo Falls brand, adding to its growing portfolio of fruit fusion wines and vodkas aimed at a younger generation of drinkers.
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Ex-F1 racing driver releases Highland Park whiskies
21 February 2019

Former Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard has partnered with Highland Park single malt Scotch to create two special edition whiskies, including a hand-signed, bespoke single cask expression, in support of Scottish charities.
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Anson: How is the Bordeaux 2018 vintage shaping up?
21 February 2019

What to expect from Bordeaux 2018 What should we be looking out for?
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Kentucky Opens Doors to Wineries
21 February 2019

 The State Senate has passed a bill allowing wineries to ship into the once-closed state.
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Champagne Palmer & Co opens new winery
21 February 2019

Champagne Palmer & Co has unveiled its new state-of-the-art winery, located outside of Reims and close to the house’s grand and premier crus vineyards in the Montagne de Reims.
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Is Champagne gluten free? – Ask Decanter
21 February 2019

Can coeliacs drink Champagne and sparkling wines? Is Champagne gluten free? – Ask Decanter Kat, by email, asks: I have coeliac disease and I’m wondering if I can safely drink sparkling wines? Norma McGough, director of policy, research & campaigns at Coeliac UK, replies: Wine, sparkling wine and Champagne are all gluten free – despite autolytic flavour descriptors like b...
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Top South African red wines to try
21 February 2019

Decanter's Tastings team pick out the wines to hunt down...Showcasing the diversity of South Africa, our top picks include Cabernet, Syrah, Pinotage and more... The best reds from South Africa for your cellar...
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Armit brings Italian portfolio to London
21 February 2019

UK fine wine merchant Armit is hosting an Italian portfolio tasting in London next month.
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HDH to hold US’s largest ever spirits auction
21 February 2019

Chicago-based auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has announced it is to hold the largest spirits-only sale ever offered in the US.
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New Zealand in pictures: Central Otago
21 February 2019

The second leg of our grand tour of New Zealand took us to stunning Central Otago on the South Island, and the icy blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, where we bumped into one of the region's heroes - actor Sam Neill.
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Californian alcohol retailers can now use photos to promote events on social media
21 February 2019

New laws in the state of California mean that alcohol suppliers can now legally post photos advertising events such as winemaker dinners on social media, though video content is still prohibited. 
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These are the gins we’ll be serving at the Wine & Spirits Show 2019
21 February 2019

Following on from the success of the first show in October, the drinks business and The Spirits Business will once again join forces to host the Wine & Spirits Show this April, featuring everything from Icewine and craft beer to an artisanal G&T bar.
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Three arrested over 11,000 fake Tignanello bottles
21 February 2019

Authorities in Florence and Cremona have arrested three people following the discovery of 11,000 fake bottles of Super Tuscan, fraudulently labelled as Antinori Tignanello.
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Honey-focused bar pairing meads with British gastronomy to open in London
21 February 2019

Gosnells, London’s only meadery, is to launch its debut bar upstairs at the Coal Rooms in Peckham next month, serving ‘Original’ and ‘Vintage’ meads with a continually changing menu. 
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Sainsbury’s merger with Asda dealt ‘mortal blow’ by CMA
21 February 2019

The proposed merger between two of the UK's largest supermarkets is on the rocks after the CMA said it found "extensive competition concerns" that Sainsbury's and Asda were unlikely to be able to resolve.
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Seedlip confirms global partnership with Mercedes
20 February 2019

Seedlip has announced a new global partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, becoming the first non-alcoholic 'spirits' brand to supply the reigning FIA Formula One World Champions.
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Burgundy dominates most expensive iDealwine auctions 2018
20 February 2019

Burgundy continued to dominate the fine wine auction scene in 2018, accounting for 42 out of the 50 most expensive bottles sold by online auctioneer iDealwine during the year. DRC accounted for more than half of the Burgundy bottles on the top 50 list Plus an increase for Rhône...
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Lindquist's Long Goodbye to Qupé
20 February 2019

 He's been ousted from the brand he started, but Bob Lindquist can't escape Qupé quite yet.
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Santa Carolina finds ‘lost’ variety
20 February 2019

Chilean winery Viña Santa Carolina has discovered a vine of Plant de Chaudefonds in one of its vineyards, a vine so rare just three other plants exist in the world.
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Cobb Wines: Playing the ‘Pinot Noir long-game’
20 February 2019

Will the quality and complexity of California Pinot Noir ever match that of Burgundy? Matthew Luczy, wine director at Mélisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, argues that Cobb's Pinot Noirs have an identity all of their own... Ross Cobb admires the lineup of Pinot Noirs. A unique expression...
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Five things to know about Campo Viejo
20 February 2019

Promotional feature It's one of the best-known names in Rioja, but here are five things that might surprise you about Campo Viejo Promotional feature. Five things that might surprise you about Campo Viejo...
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Winners at the inaugural World Restaurant awards
20 February 2019

The first edition of the World Restaurant awards took place on 18 February 2019 in Paris. Mugaritz, in San Sebastián, won the 'Forward Drinker' award See the winners....
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One UK restaurant recognised at inaugural World Restaurant Awards
20 February 2019

Just one restaurant from the UK received an accolade at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards, with recipients hailing from 10 countries competing for awards such as 'tweezer-free kitchen' and 'trolley of the year'. 
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Students attempt to recreate 133-year-old shipwreck beer
20 February 2019

Biotechnology students at the State University of New York at Cobleskill are teaming up with a local brewery in an attempt to brew beer from a 133-year-old bottle recovered from a shipwreck. 
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Uruguay? Because we want to…
20 February 2019

Galavanting gadabout Geoffrey Dean begins his wine tour of South America with a fruitful trip to Uruguay, where he finds the Tannats are no longer tannic.
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Bodegas Corral: at the heart of the Camino de Santiago
20 February 2019

Promotional featureThe art of winemaking; sharing experiences of culture and lifeAltos de Corral vineyard, La Rioja Promotional feature. The art of winemaking; sharing experiences of culture and life...
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Henry Tang mulls planting vineyards in Hong Kong
20 February 2019

Henry Tang, Hong Kong’s former chief secretary and a key figure in eliminating wine tax in the city, is apparently considering planting vineyards in West Kowloon with “Instagram worthy” views over the harbour.
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Kentucky Bourbon industry worth $8.6 billion
20 February 2019

Kentucky's Bourbon industry contributed US$8.6 billion annually to the state's economy – a 60% increase since 2009 – according to a study by the Kentucky Distillers' Association.
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iDealwine notes rise of natural cult wines at auction
20 February 2019

Online auctioneer iDealwine has said that it has noticed a mounting increase in sales of natural/low intervention wines are on the rise on its platform.
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Penderyn to build £3.75m distillery in Swansea
19 February 2019

Welsh whisky producers Penderyn has been granted planning permission to build a new distillery and visitor centre in Swansea, with plans to redevelop a former powerhouse building as part of a three-year project.
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Montalcino legend Soldera dies
19 February 2019

Gianfranco Soldera, owner of the famous Case Basse winery in Brunello di Montalcino has died aged 82.
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Montalcino winemaker Gianfranco Soldera dies
19 February 2019

One of Italy's greatest - and more controversial - fine wine producers, Gianfranco Soldera, has died at the age of 82. Gianfranco Soldera Has died at the age of 82...
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Gianfranco Soldera, Dedicated and Outspoken Brunello Winemaker, Dies at 82 (Wine Spectator)
19 February 2019

Gianfranco Soldera, the outspoken winemaker and owner of Montalcino's Case Basse winery in Tuscany, died the morning of Feb. 16. According to Italian media reports, Soldera was driving on a road near Montalcino when he suffered a heart attack. Efforts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful. He was 82.Born in Treviso, Soldera was working as a successful insurance broker in Milan in 1972 when...
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Veeno reviews estate as it closes two sites
19 February 2019

Italian wine cafe chain Veeno, which operates 17 aperitivo-style cafes across the UK, has closed two of its sites and is conducting a review of its estate, it has been reported.
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Wine Society launches new videos to appeal to Youtube generation
19 February 2019

The Wine Society is trialling a series of new one-minute videos promoting its co-operative approach to sourcing wine in order to remain "relevant" to tech-savvy consumers of the Youtube generation.
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The Decanter interview: Raúl Pérez
19 February 2019

Is this the world’s best winemaker? Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW investigates...Raúl Pérez, pictured in his hometown of Valtuille de Abajo in Bierzo. Rapidly propelled to the status of 'global champion'...
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Dogs can be trained to sniff out TCA
19 February 2019

While dogs have long been used by truffle hunters for their keen sense of smell, a Chilean cooperage has trained five clever pups to detect TCA in wine barrels.
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Uncorked: Christopher Carpenter
19 February 2019

Christopher Carpenter, winemaker at Cardinale, talks to dbHK about the wine and music of his birth vintage, and the industry's excessive intellectualism that puts people off drinking simply for pleasure. 
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London borough mulls late night levy on pubs, bars and shops
19 February 2019

Pubs, restaurants and shops in the London borough of Southwark may be charged to serve booze after midnight from September if the council goes through with plans to impose a late night levy across the borough.
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Psychologists hired to coach French sommelier to victory
19 February 2019

The Union of French Sommeliers has hired a team of psychologists, drama teachers and sports coaches to help French sommelier David Biraud win the World's Best Sommelier competition for the first time in 19 years.
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Lindquist quits Qupé
19 February 2019

Bob Lindquist is to leave California estate Qupé on 1 March and begin a new winemaking venture it has been announced.
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Four female winemakers in Australia collaborate on their own wine label
19 February 2019

Four of Australia's most prominent female winemakers have joined forced to create a Shiraz label helping to promote other women in the industry.
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Peter Dixon to leave Treasury and join Accolade
18 February 2019

The managing director of Treasury Wine Estate's Asia and Global Travel Retail Peter Dixon, a key figure in driving the company's China growth, has left to join rival Australian wine group, Accolade Wines.
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Is there a link between brain size and liking tonic water?
18 February 2019

A new study by the University of Queensland has uncovered a link between taste perception and brain size, revealing that bitterness is perceived as less intense by those with larger brains. 
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Bordeaux 2016: Where’s the ‘relative value’?
18 February 2019

The true heir to the great pair of harvests that was 2009 and 2010, the 2016 vintage in Bordeaux has been re-scrutinised by various critics of late but how do their scores stack up with the value of the wines?
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UK pubs still closing at a rate of 14 a week
18 February 2019

UK pubs are still closing at a rate of 14 per week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, prompting the organisation to renew calls for action from the Government to support pubs and prevent their permanent loss to communities.
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Comment: Time to look beyond what you know
18 February 2019

Why Hugh Johnson is always wondering what's next in wine... I’ve celebrated new grapes, new regions and new ideas of all sorts. The question is always, what next? At this time of year I’m head-down in my next Pocket Wine Book. It’s the 43rd time I’ve done it, and no, it doesn’t get monotonous. When I say ‘I’, by the way, it’s really a big […] ...
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Sherry country’s quiet revolution
18 February 2019

Sarah Jane Evans MW is excited to witness a quiet revolution in Jerez, driven by outside investment, a renewed focus on terroir and the development of different wine styles...Bodegas Barbadillo A quiet revolution is happening in Jerez...
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Pinot Noir blends – Ask Decanter
17 February 2019

Why don't we see Pinot Noir much as a blend in still wines? Why don't we see more of them...?
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Regional profile: Terra Alta
17 February 2019

With its high vineyards and limestone soils, this large Catalonian DO makes distinctive whites from the Garnatxa Blanca grape. Miquel Hudin takes us on a tour of the region and introduces the top producers and wines to look out for…Vineyards in the DO Terra ALta. The top producers and wines to look out for…
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Italian Authorities Uncover Counterfeit Tignanello Wine Scheme (Wine Spectator)
16 February 2019

Italian authorities have arrested three suspects in a scheme to sell at least 11,000 counterfeit bottles of the legendary super Tuscan wine Antinori Toscana Tignanello in Italy, Germany and Belgium. First reported by Italian media, the arrests were confirmed to Wine Spectator by Alessia Antinori, vice president of Marchesi Antinori. She said the bottles were labeled as the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vint...
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California: Bob Lindquist parts with Qupé and creates new project
16 February 2019

Respected California winemaker Bob Lindquist has parted ways with the Qupé wine venture that he founded in the 1980s and has set up a new project named Lindquist Family Wines.The new Lindquist Family Wines range will use a linden tree as its logo. In Swedish, Lindquist literally translates to linden, or lime twig, said a statement. Lindquist to start new wine label following Qupé ta...
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‘Brexit could be good for Champagne Castelnau’ says MD
16 February 2019

The managing director of Champagne Castelnau, Pascal Prudhomme, believes Brexit might give his brand a competitive advantage as it heads towards an ambitious sales target for 2020.
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Fine wine investment: Checking in on India
16 February 2019

New year, new destination for Amphora’s intrepid senior management team as we made our debut recently in Chandigarh, the 'Garden City', four hours north of Delhi, to find that interest in fine wine has reached even this part of the subcontinent.
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The week in pictures
16 February 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Gordon Ramsay installs a space pod in a restaurant, a brewery promises free beer to all Norwich City FC season ticket holders, chef Paul Ainsworth becomes a landlord, and Super Tuscan wine brand Ornellaia’s Zurich restaurant gains a Michelin star.
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Carbon produced by winemaking ‘five times more concentrated than planes’
16 February 2019

The strength of the carbon emissions created during the wine fermentation process is ‘five times more concentrated than planes and cars’, according to UC Davis professor, Roger Boulton.
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Hamlet: The way we grow grapes today will not be acceptable in the future
16 February 2019

The days of using pesticides and herbicides in the grape growing process are numbered according to Villa Maria Estate’s viticulturist, Jonathan Hamlet.
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Jameson launches second Bow Street whiskey
16 February 2019

Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has announced the launch of a second batch of Jameson Bow Street 18 Years Cask Strength ahead of St Patrick's Day. 
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Wiston Estate wins approval for multi-million winery project
16 February 2019

English wine estate Wiston has received planning for a multi-million project to increase the size of its winery and more than double its production capacity. 
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Wiston Estate wins approval for multi-million pound winery project
16 February 2019

English wine estate Wiston has received planning permission for a multi-million pound project to increase the size of its winery and more than double its production capacity. 
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Vodka producer puzzled by theft of 30,000 litres of iceberg water
15 February 2019

The CEO of a Canadian vodka producer has been left puzzled after thieves stole 30,000 litres of iceberg water from a tank, worth between CAN$9,000 and $12,000.
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In focus: Spain bounces back from meagre 2017 harvest
15 February 2019

Having suffered from the poor 2017 harvest that blighted most of Europe, things are looking up for Spain’s wine industry this year, as the country seeks to highlight the quality and diversity of its offering.
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DRC leads Sotheby’s sales once again
15 February 2019

For the sixth consecutive year, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was the most valuable label sold at Sotheby’s auctions – with sales greater than Petrus, Lafite and Latour combined.
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Toxic alcohol kills 99 people in India
15 February 2019

Toxic alcohol 'laced with methanol' has killed at least 99 people in India, with many more admitted to hospital having consumed bootleg liquor.  
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Japanese Koshu: Wines to try
15 February 2019

Koshu is Japan's native grape variety. Could its time be coming? Low in alcohol, crisp and delicate, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes...Koshu is Japan's only indigenous grape variety, although its origins aren't entirely known. Low in alcohol, crisp and delicate, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes...
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Marqués de Cáceres unveils new edition of prestige label
15 February 2019

Rioja producer Marqués de Cáceres has released its latest edition of Generación MC from the 2016 vintage, unveiling the new label design at wine and flamenco festival SIMOF.
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Bittersweet results for French wine exports
15 February 2019

Shipments of French wine rose to nearly 9bn euros in 2018, but there was a marked fall in exports to China and Brexit has left producers in a ‘fog’ over the important UK market. Wine exports rise in value but China and Brexit create uncertainty...
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Very Good Dogs Sniff Out TCA Taint, Rescue Wine (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2019

Cork taint is going to the dogs—literally. Chile-based cooperage TN Coopers has enlisted the help of our furry best friends to track down TCA, TBA (2,4,6-tribromoanisole) and other harmful compounds that make wine unpleasant or even undrinkable, and plans to bring its highly trained team of wet noses and wagging tails to the greater wine world. Dubbed "the Natinga Project," the program was i...
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John Zimcosky Wins Wine Spectator's 2018 Sweepstakes (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2019

John Zimcosky is on a path familiar to many wine lovers, toward a deeper engagement with the people and places that make the wines he loves. As the winner of Wine Spectator's 2018 Top 100 sweepstakes, he can now use the Top 10 Wines of 2017 as roadsigns along the way."I love the overall variety of the Top 10," Zimcosky says of his prize. (See the list.) "I've never had a great Gigondas. I am just...
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Restaurants Offering the Finest Spanish Wines (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2019

Updated: Feb. 14, 2019From Andalusia to Rioja, Spain abounds with wines of outstanding quality, value and food-pairing versatility. And Americans have never before had such access to the diversity of Spain's many distinctive wines. These 12 restaurants from around the United States make their Spanish wine selections a focal point. To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Win...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Settlers Tavern (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2019

In Australia’s Margaret River wine region, Settlers Tavern is a bustling bistro, music venue and microbrewery. The restaurant's diverse live music performances attract a crowd, but the main draw for wine lovers is the Wine Spectator Best of Award Excellence–winning wine program. The 600-selection list excels in France but keeps the spotlight on Australia, offering sparklers, reds and w...
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Turning Tables: Exciting New Restaurant Opens in Miami's Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove (Wine Spectator)
15 February 2019

LDV Hospitality Debuts Isabelle's in Miami's Ritz-Carlton Coconut GroveLDV Hospitality, the group behind Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Scarpetta and American Cut Steakhouse, opened a new restaurant in Miami's Ritz-Carlton Hotel Coconut Grove, next to their Commodore bar. Isabelle's Grill Room & Garden serves a wide range of dishes, from raw-bar starters and salads to steaks and main cour...
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First edition of Wine Paris sets ‘new benchmark’
15 February 2019

The organisers of the first edition of Wine Paris that took place this week have claimed the show met and even exceeded its aims for visitor numbers, setting a “benchmark as a key event in the wine professional’s calendar” in the process.
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Australian Vintage invests AU$11m in packaging facility
15 February 2019

Australian Vintage has invested $11 million in a new state-of-the-art bottling facility in Victoria in order to "significantly increase" its production capabilities. 
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Tokara launches new £200 flagship red wine
15 February 2019

Stellenbosch estate Tokara has announced the release of a new flagship red wine that is the “culmination” of almost two decades of work and costs over £200 a bottle.
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Penfolds owner Treasury wants more French wines for China
15 February 2019

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has said that it wants to sell more luxury French wines to China to build on growth in the country’s wine market.A vertical garden in the city of Xi'an. TWE is confident that China's thirst for wine will grow. Australian producer wants to tap China's thirst for top French wine...
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US Spirits trade body calls on Trump to resolve ‘harmful’ tariffs as whiskey exports slide
15 February 2019

The Distilled Spirits Council has called on the US government to resolve the “harmful” export tariffs that have caused a "sharp downturn" in whiskey exports to its biggest export market.
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UK gin exports rise 15% in 2018 to reach £612m
15 February 2019

The latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs have revealed that exports of UK gin rose by 15% in 2018, compared to the previous year, rising to £612 million.
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Ornellaia’s Zurich restaurant wins Michelin star
15 February 2019

Super Tuscan wine brand Ornellaia’s Zurich restaurant – Ristorante Ornellaia – has been awarded a Michelin star just 10 months after opening.
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Nyetimber unveils Valentine’s Day campaign
14 February 2019

English winery Nyetimber has released a Valentine's Day campaign entitled 'A Love Shared' inspired by its husband and wife winemaking team Cherie Spriggs and Brad Greatrix.
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MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt to open debut restaurant
14 February 2019

The 2018 winner of the BBC cooking competition MasterChef and former bank manager, Kenny Tutt, is to open his first restaurant in Worthing called Pitch. 
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Bob Bob Ricard chef to open first solo venture
14 February 2019

Bob Bob Ricard’s Anna Haugh is to open her first solo venture in London called Myrtle, promising to combine Irish influences Chelsea panache. 
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Drizly teams up with US drinks chain BevMo!
14 February 2019

Drizly, the ‘Amazon for Liquor’, has boosted its presence on the West Coast by teaming up with drinks retailer BevMo!
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P Franco and Bright team to open new London restaurant
14 February 2019

The team behind London-based wine bar P Franco and restaurant Bright are preparing to open their third venture, proffering Japanese-inspired dishes paired with natural wine.
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Ornellaia restaurant gains first Michelin star
14 February 2019

The Zurich-based restaurant owned by Tuscan wine estate Ornellaia has been awarded its first star in the new Michelin Switzerland guide for 2019. Its first star in the Michelin Switzerland guide...
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Anson: How Bordeaux 2009 wines taste now
14 February 2019

Jane Anson reports on how the Bordeaux 2009 vintage is tasting 10 years on. Have the wines lived up to the initial hype at the time of their release? How is Bordeaux 2009 stacking up against 2005 and 2010? Has Bordeaux 2009 lived up to its initial hype?...
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New Zealand Pinot Noir wines to seek out
14 February 2019

Decanter's Tina Gellie picks your next New Zealand Pinots to try... Your next Pinots to try...
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World’s smallest bar goes on sale for £80,000
14 February 2019

A provocative six-seater ‘Lip Bar’ designed by Japanese artist Daido Moriyama has gone on sale at luxury London department store Selfridges for £80,000.
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Insider guide: Rioja restaurants
14 February 2019

The wines of this famous Spanish region are among the world’s best-loved. But if you’re on holiday in the area, where do you find the best wines and food? Laura Seal asks those in the know: the local winemakersPintxos Where the winemakers eat...
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10 of the cheapest cities in the world for wine
14 February 2019

We round up 10 of the cheapest cities in the world to buy a bottle of wine, based on The Economist's 2018 Worldwide Cost of Living report.
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Paul and Emma Ainsworth take over Sharp’s Brewery pub from Nathan Outlaw
14 February 2019

Chef Paul Ainsworth and his wife Emma are extending their Cornish empire with the lease to Sharp's Brewery-backed pub The Mariners, following the departure of Nathan Outlaw last month. 
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Wines from Spain tasting tutorials announced
14 February 2019

The 30th annual Wines from Spain tasting will return to London’s Sky Garden on 7 March and will include tutorials on white grape Verdejo and innovations in Spanish winemaking.
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US first to become a billion-pound market for Scotch
14 February 2019

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The Co-op trials Deliveroo booze service
13 February 2019

The Coop is trialling booze delivery in London with on-demand delivery service Deliveroo, as it also unveiled ambitious plans for rolling out franchise stores.
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Diageo submits plans for Johnnie Walker centre in Edinburgh
13 February 2019

Diageo has submitted plans to convert a building in the heart of Edinburgh's shopping district into a visitor centre for its blended Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker. 
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Vinexpo New York to feature WSET pop-ups
13 February 2019

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will present a series of free educational pop-up discussions at Vinexpo New York, which will take place on 4-5 March at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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Londoners love learning about wine
13 February 2019

TV wine presenter and founder of Wine Training, Raul Diaz, says that the demand for formal wine courses in London is booming, and it’s a great sign for the trade. 
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Vranken-Pommery appoints new on-trade exec
13 February 2019

Champagne house Vranken Pommery has appointed former Matthew Clark manager James Smith to a national on-trade role.
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Foley Family Wines to buy NZ Pinot maker Mt Difficulty
13 February 2019

California’s Foley Family Wines has been cleared by officials in New Zealand to buy Pinot Noir producer Mt Difficulty for around US$35 million.Mt Difficulty wine tasting room and vineyards, in 2015. NZ officials approve US$35m deal...
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Is Red Wine Triggering Your Migraines? (Wine Spectator)
13 February 2019

Migraines can be debilitatingly painful, and regular sufferers will do almost anything to prevent them, including giving up something they dearly enjoy, such as wine. But should they? New research from the Netherlands' Leiden University Medical Center shows that while many people report alcohol—and red wine in particular—as a trigger for migraines, the relationship between the two isn'...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Za’atar Spatchcocked Chicken with Roasted Vegetables (Wine Spectator)
13 February 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.I love roast chicken. It’s so easy to adapt to any season and occasion. Spatchcocking the chicken before roasting makes it even more versatile by reducing the cooking time to well under an hour—just...
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Silverado Vineyards owner and ex-Disney CEO Ron Miller dies
13 February 2019

Tributes have been paid to Ron Miller, son-in-law to Walt Disney and co-founder of Silverado Vineyards in Napa Valley, who has died aged 85.Ron Miller at a Walt Disney Family Museum gala dinner in San Francisco in 2017. From film to wine: Walt Disney's son-in-law...
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DRC helps Sotheby’s break sales records in 2018
13 February 2019

Sotheby’s wine and spirits sales have broken through the $100 million barrier for the first time in a single year, driven by a world record auction price and the seemingly inexorable rise of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.The 1945 DRC sold by Sotheby's in 2018 set new records for wine at auction. See the top selling wine estates for Sotheby's in 2018...
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2016: Survivors in bottle
13 February 2019

A pared-down range was presented at Corney & Barrow's recent DRC 2016 launch...DRC had to change its approach in 2016 due to the challenges brought by the weather. Échézeaux and Grands Échézeaux didn't make it...
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History makers: 50 years of the WSET
12 February 2019

As WSET marks its 50th anniversary, db brought together a panel of high-profile WSET Diploma graduates to reflect on how studying for this qualification gave them a firm foundation in the wine trade.
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Nebbiolo Day returns to London
12 February 2019

After the success of the inaugural show last year, Nebbiolo Day is returning to London once again, featuring over 90 winemakers and more than 500 wines. 
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Entries now open for Sparkling Masters 2019
12 February 2019

Entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sparkling Masters 2019 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 March. 
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France Maintains its Wine Crown
12 February 2019

 A Wine-Searcher presentation in Paris has good news for French exporters.
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Foley Family Wines Buys New Zealand's Mt. Difficulty Winery for $35 Million (Wine Spectator)
12 February 2019

Bill Foley is expanding his footprint in New Zealand. The owner of Foley Family Wines and the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team, has purchased Mt. Difficulty, known for its Pinot Noir and Riesling. The deal includes the Central Otago winery, an onsite restaurant, more than 172 acres of vineyards and Mt. Difficulty's second label, Roaring Meg. The price tag was US$35 million.Winemaker Matt Dicey...
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Unfiltered: Maciej Lyko, head sommelier, Launceston Place
12 February 2019

Polish-born Maciej Lyko, head sommelier at Launceston Place, shares his love of Chenin Blanc from the Loire, what it was like to serve former PM David Cameron, and reveals his perfect pairing to langoustine 'ice cream'.
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Noval wines get new look with ‘great’ 2016 vintage
12 February 2019

Quinta do Noval has unveiled a new look for its range of wines as the property releases its Douro reds from the ‘great’ 2016 vintage.
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Top Spanish Mencía wines: panel tasting results
12 February 2019

Our judges were very impressed with consistency and quality in this tasting of Spanish Mencía wines... A fascinating tasting said our judges...
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Louis Roederer Wine Writers’ Awards 2019 open
12 February 2019

Entries are now open for this year's Champagne Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2019.
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Delle Venezie DOC debuts second vintage at Wine Paris
12 February 2019

The Consorzio Delle Venezie DOC – the protected designation for Pinot Grigio from northeastern Italy – has unveiled its first bottles from the 2018 harvest at the Wine Paris trade show, which opened today in the French capital.
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Sassicaia 2016 release prompts price rise
12 February 2019

Anticipation over the release of Sassicaia’s 2016 vintage has caused a flutter of activity on the Liv-ex Exchange, with prices quickly shooting upwards.
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Food and drink event IFE returns to London in March
12 February 2019

The International Food and Drink Event (IFE) is returning to London's Excel centre for its twenty-first consecutive show from 17 to 20 March 2019. 
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Humble Grape eyes up further expansion with crowdfunding drive
12 February 2019

London wine bar Humble Grape is preparing to launch a third crowdfunding campaign to fund a new wine bar in Canary Wharf.
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Japan slashes EU wine prices as EPA takes effect
12 February 2019

Japan’s leading wine importers and retail stores have slashed prices for imported wines as the free-trade agreement between Japan and the EU officially came into effect on 1 February.
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Fake sommelier pins sold online in Japan
12 February 2019

Fake sommelier lapel pins replicating the official Japan Sommelier Association accreditation have been found sold online through auction sites in Japan despite being banned, the association has warned.
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HMRC announces tax break for vineyard and cider orchard owners
12 February 2019

HMRC has updated its guidelines to now allow owners of vineyards and cider apple orchards in the UK to pass on land without inheritance tax.
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Wildfires continue to burn close to NZ vineyards
11 February 2019

Wildfires continue to burn across the northern tip of the South Island in New Zealand, throughout the wine growing region of Nelson, and could do so for weeks, fire chiefs have warned.
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Ornellaia reveals artist designs for 2016 vintage
11 February 2019

American artist Shirin Neshat has been commissioned by Tuscan estate Ornellaia for limited edition designs of the 2016 bottles. Ornellaia 2016 “La Tensione”, designed by American artist Shirin Neshat In the eleventh edition of Ornellaia’s Vendemmia d’Artista project...
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Anchor Brewing brings in the dogs in aid of Flagship February
11 February 2019

Amid falling sales of flagship beers, Californian beer brand Anchor Brewing is supporting a new initiative called Flagship February with promotional events and puppy pictures. 
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Central Otago winery Carrick up for sale
11 February 2019

Another Central Otago winery in New Zealand has been put up for sale, following the NZ$52 million sale of Mt. Difficulty to the US-nased Foley Family Wines.
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SWA wins long-running battle against German distillery
11 February 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association has won a six-year battle to stop a German distillery from using the term 'Glen' on its bottles, calling it "misleading" to the consumer and implies a Scottish origin and infringes upon its protected status.
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Domaine de l’Hortus: Introducing the Naked Venus
11 February 2019

Andrew Jefford tastes ‘the enduring classics of a recovered tradition’...Domaine de l’Hortus Andrew Jefford tastes ‘the enduring classics of a recovered tradition’
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Wine Legend: R López de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Blanco 1964
11 February 2019

A wine with 'brilliant focus and balance...' A wine with 'brilliant focus and balance...'
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Expert’s Choice: Premium Spanish rosé
11 February 2019

While much Spanish rosé is made for easy pleasure, some producers are moving towards a more refined style. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW charts their progress and picks bottles to try… The progress of Spanish rosé and the bottles to try…
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Travel company to recreate Titanic dinner, with 1907 Champagne
10 February 2019

Cookson Adventures has offered a trip that includes a dive to the wreck of the Titanic plus a recreation of the wine-paired dinner served to those in first class on the ship's fateful maiden voyage. Guests will have a chance to enjoy a recreation of the dinner had by those in first class on the original Titanic. And a dive to the wreck of the Titanic...
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
10 February 2019

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picked fine wines for drinking now and for the cellar, based on tastings that he has attended recently. What our consultant editor has been tasting this month...
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's in Your Personal Cellar? (Wine Spectator)
09 February 2019

On the job, sommeliers may nudge diners toward certain personal favorites, but ultimately they serve the wines their customers demand. On their own time, in their own cellars, though, they can lay down the wines they love best.We asked nine wine pros from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners what's in their personal cellars, and their answers included both the classics and the up-and-comers, fr...
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The trade views Sauvignon ‘like a crossbreed puppy’
09 February 2019

One of Sauvignon Blanc’s biggest problems is the fact that the wine trade views it “like a crossbreed puppy – cute but lacking in class and complexity", according to New Zealander Sam Harrop MW.
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Graham’s launches white Port
09 February 2019

Graham’s Port has announced it is launching its first white Port label in order to “engage with new consumers” as the popularity of 'Port & Tonic' grows in the UK.
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Top 10 famous pub landlords
09 February 2019

While celebrity drinks brands are all the rage, a clutch of stars, from David Beckham to Sir Ian McKellen, have gone one step further and bought their own pubs. We’ve rounded up our 10 favourite celeb landlords we’d love a lock-in with.
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Guide to pairing wine with chocolate
09 February 2019

Pairing wine with chocolate may sound great, but it doesn't always work out so well in real life. Here are some pointers, and suggested matches for you try out. Matching wine and chocolate can be tricky... Combine two of your favourite things in life...
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Rare wine corkscrew sells for $23,000 at auction
09 February 2019

A rare, English-made wine corkscrew has fetched more than $23,000 at auction, amid reports of rising prices in this little-known collectors’ market. Collectors say market demand has risen in recent years...
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Top drinks marketing campaigns and news: January
09 February 2019

This month's top marketing campaigns include a collaboration resulting in a 225-litre barrique made of glass, an alternative version of Apple Pay and some nuns knocking back lager.
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Gonzalez Byass to host global portfolio tasting in London
09 February 2019

Distributor Gonzalez Byass will host its annual UK portfolio tasting, with a series of talks and masterclasses headed up by some of the group's newest recruits.
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The week in pictures
09 February 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Andy Warhol inspires London Fashion Week serves; wine writers gather for the Andre Simon Awards; MPs take a break from Brexit to rub shoulders with pub industry insiders; and one winemaker plays fast and loose with the term "skin contact"...
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New wine bar comes to Frome
09 February 2019

The Somerset market town of Frome is to get its first dedicated wine bar and shop this month with the opening of Stony Street House.
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iDealwine gets behind Paris wine bar ‘228 Litres’
09 February 2019

Online wine auctioneer iDealwine has partnered with a young wine entrepreneur to open Paris’s “first connected wine bar and shop”.
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Leonardo Raspini to join Tenuta Argentiera
09 February 2019

Leonardo Raspini, previously of Ornellaia and Cecchi, has been appointed as general manager of the Bolgheri estate Tenuta Argentiera.Vineyards at Tenuta Argentiera Previously of Ornellaia...
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Sauvignon Blanc ‘suffers from an image problem’
09 February 2019

The “elephant in the room” of the New Zealand wine industry is the fact that its star grape, Sauvignon Blanc, “suffers from an image problem”, according to wine writer and consultant Emma Jenkins MW.
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NZ’s Mt. Difficulty sold to Foley Family Wines for $52m
08 February 2019

New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has approved the sale of Central Otago wine estate Mt. Difficulty to US-based Foley Family Wines for NZ$52 million.
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Builders find seven bottles of 113-year-old beer under floorboards
08 February 2019

Construction workers in the city of Viborg in Denmark have uncovered seven bottles of 113-year-old beer under floorboards in a building which once housed the Odin Brewery.
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Drinking beer before wine won’t prevent a hangover
08 February 2019

The old adage of "beer before wine and you'll feel fine" is a myth, according to Cambridge researchers, who have ruled that it doesn't matter what order you drink in, you'll still get a hangover if you drink too much.
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Dom Pérignon 1990-2009: ‘The mother of all DP tastings’
08 February 2019

Simon Field MW attended one of the most comprehensive retrospectives of Dom Pérignon ever held, celebrating the 28-year tenure of outgoing chef de caves, Richard Geoffroy...Dom Pérignon 2002, served from a 6-litre methuselah, was one of Simon's highlights of the tasting. One of the most comprehensive tastings of DP ever...
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Sparkling rosé wines for Valentine’s day
08 February 2019

If there's one day in the year when you open a bottle of pink fizz, it has to be Valentine's day. Decanter's tastings team recommends bottles worth considering for that special someone... Romantic wines rated by our experts...
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Zooey Deschanel Kicks the Dirt at Long Meadow Ranch; Gronk Chugs Hundred Acre from Bottle (Wine Spectator)
08 February 2019

Zooey Deschanel, actor, musician and OG Millennial, has played a kooky roommate (New Girl), elf love interest (Elf) and ukulele (her band She & Him), and she can now add vineyard farmhand to her résumé. Deschanel visited Napa's Long Meadow Ranch with MasterChef emeritus and host of the online series Purpose Project Alejandro Toro, on the show's latest episode—and the ranchers q...
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Appoints New Co-Director (Wine Spectator)
08 February 2019

The shareholders of Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have appointed Perrine Fenal to replace Henry-Frédéric Roch as co-director together with Aubert de Villaine. Fenal is the daughter of Lalou Bize-Leroy, who served as co-director from 1974 until 1992 and now heads Domaine Leroy.DRC has been run by members of the de Villaine and Leroy families since Henri Leroy, gr...
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Entries now open for Alan Lodge drinks writer award 2019
08 February 2019

Entries are now open for the Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer of the Year Award 2019, celebrating talented journalists, bloggers and authors across the spirits, wine, beer and cocktail sectors.
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Ornellaia celebrates ‘tension’ in 2016 vintage
08 February 2019

Super Tuscan Ornellaia has commissioned Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat to “interpret” its 2016 vintage as part of the ‘Vendemmia d’Artista’ series.
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MeatLiquor launches bar and bowling concept
08 February 2019

London junk food joint MeatLiquor has teamed up with Queens Skate Dine Bowl to launch an adult-only bar and bowling experience inspired by the '90s film The Big Lebowski. 
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Wine lover’s guide to Valparaíso
08 February 2019

Where to eat and stay, and what to do in this colourful city on Chile's coast...The view over Valparaíso from Verso Hotel Where to eat, drink and stay...
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Real Wine Fair sees producer numbers grow
08 February 2019

The Real Wine Fair is set to represent around a third more countries when it returns to London for its sixth year in May, as interest in natural, low-intervention, organic, and biodynamic wines grows.
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New top-end Chilean Cab hopes to put Colchagua on the fine wine map
08 February 2019

A new top end Chilean Cabernet is soon to hit the market – and this time it’s not from the celebrated vineyards of the Maipo, but Colchagua.
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Atul Kochhar to open London restaurant Kanishka
08 February 2019

Chef Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef in the world to receive a Michelin star, has announced plans to open a new restaurant called Kanishka in March that will showcase cuisine from India's lesser-known regions. 
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Carlsberg profits held steady by non-alcoholic and ‘craft’ beer brands
08 February 2019

Brewing giant Carlsberg's beer sales fell slightly over the course of 2018, but its profits were held steady thanks to rapid growth in its non-alcoholic and "craft" beer brands, and premiumisation in Asia.
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Raasay Distillery selling 30-litre single malt casks
08 February 2019

The Isle of Raasay Distillery in the Scottish Hebrides has made available a bespoke 30-litre cask of its single malt to purchase, offering a more accessible format to Scotch lovers compared to the distillery's standard 190-litre barrels.
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André Simon Awards: Flawless
08 February 2019

In the final extract from this year's shortlisted drinks books in the André Simon Awards, Jamie Goode argues the notion that not all wine faults are necessarily complete negatives.
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Taylor’s releases 1969 Single Harvest tawny
08 February 2019

Taylor’s has announced the release of the 1969 Single Harvest 50 year-old tawny Port, the latest in its range of limited edition Ports.
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Liquid treasures from one of Austria’s greatest cellars
07 February 2019

Wine writer Geoffrey Dean has the enviable job of tasting a selection of liquid treasures from one of Austria’s greatest (and largest) cellars at Hotel Jagdhof in the Stubai Valley, including a glorious glass of Lynch-Bages 1947.
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Champagne Castelnau releases Valentine’s Day gift box
07 February 2019

Champagne Castelnau has launched a rosé gift box, complete with re-designed packaging, for its NV expression ahead of Valentine's Day. 
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AB InBev acquires the rest of review site RateBeer
07 February 2019

ZX Ventures, the venture capital arm of the global beer giant AB InBev, has bought the remaining stake in consumer review site RateBeer that it did not already own. 
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Anson: Tasting Léoville Las Cases wines back to 1989
07 February 2019

Jane Anson examines the DNA of Léoville Las Cases wines following a tasting of older vintages at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter. Scroll down to go straight to the tasting notes .The bottles from the masterclass. Getting into this Bordeaux estate's DNA...
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Champagne Takes Stock as Sales Stutter
07 February 2019

 Herbicide use, vineyard certification and slowing sales are all causing concern for growers, Caroline Henry reports.
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Marvin R. Shanken Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Association of Magazine Media (Wine Spectator)
07 February 2019

Marvin R. Shanken, the chairman and founder of M. Shanken Communications Inc., was presented with the lifetime achievement award by the Association of Magazine Media last night in downtown Manhattan. Shanken is the editor and publisher of Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate and Market Watch magazines, as well as many print and digital newsletters.After a video introduction by famed s...
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How Far Will the Supreme Court Go in Wine Retailer Case? (Wine Spectator)
07 February 2019

Supreme Court rulings are difficult to predict, especially when the justices are considering arguments that don't fall neatly into conservative or liberal ideologies. That is the case with Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Zackary Blair, which asks whether a Tennessee durational residency requirement for wine and spirits retailers is constitutional. The justices heard oral argume...
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André Simon awards 2018 – Best food and drink books
07 February 2019

See the winners from the 40th edition of the André Simon Food and Drink book awards, announced on 5th February at the Goring Hotel in London… See the winners...
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Vying for Verdejo
07 February 2019

Rueda’s signature white wine grape is already proving itself in terms of both quality and versatility, but there are stylistic questions to be resolved. Tina Gellie charts the way forward for the region and recommends ten of its best wines…The vineyards at Belondrade y Lurton Tina Gellie charts the way forward for the region...
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Why are grapes picked at night? Ask Decanter
07 February 2019

Some wineries choose to harvest their grapes at night - but why? We ask the winemakers...Harvesting at night at Tzora vineyards, Judean Hills. We speak to the winemakers...
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British Columbia wines: Can they compete?
07 February 2019

Can the cream of the BC crop stand up against top wines from around the world? Michaela Morris reports...British Columbia's Okanagan Valley produces the vast majority of the region's wine. Michaela Morris reports on a benchmark tasting of Canadian wines...
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How Prowein is set to change in 2021
07 February 2019

As drinks industry insiders gear up for the 25th innings of ProWein, the trade show's organisers are already looking ahead to 2021.
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Alcohol-related hospital admissions remain stable
07 February 2019

The number of alcohol-related hospital admissions in the UK have remained broadly stable between 2016/17 and 2017/18 and although they are higher than a decade ago, as a proportion of overall admissions they are a little lower than in 2007.
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Constellation takes minority stake in NY craft distiller
07 February 2019

Constellation Brands has acquired a minority stake in craft spirits producer Black Button Distilling, based in Rochester, New York.
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Tap tales: John Robertson, Drinkly
07 February 2019

Beer sommelier and CEO of Edinburgh-based delivery service Drinkly, John Robertson, shares his love of oysters and porter and why he has no time for beer industry in-fighting.
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Dry January fails to dent booze sales
07 February 2019

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Playboy wine released to mark empire’s 65th year
07 February 2019

Playboy has launched a branded red wine in partnership with US retailer Lot18 to mark its 65th year – a milestone that was reached in 2018.
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Canada’s Mike Weir Wine placed into receivership
07 February 2019

A court in Ontario has placed Mick Weir Wine into receivership with debts of over Can$6 million following a legal battle between champion golfer Mike Weir and talk show host Robert McCown. 
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Bancroft adds Barossa’s Glaetzer to portfolio
06 February 2019

UK distributor Bancroft Wines has added Barossa Valley winery Glaetzer to its growing Australian portfolio, becoming the exclusive agents for the producer in the UK from mid March.
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Direct Sales Winners and Losers
06 February 2019

 Different attitudes to the DtC model are splitting the industry into different markets.
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French bank Crédit Agricole puts two Bordeaux châteaux up for sale
06 February 2019

France’s Crédit Agricole bank has said it will sell Château La Tour de Mons in Margaux and Château Blaignan in the Médoc appellation, and invest heavily in fifth growth estate Grand Puy Ducasse.'Marquis de Mons' the second wine of La Tour de Mons, from Bordeaux's highly rated 2010 vintage. La Tour de Mons in Margaux to be sold...
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Discovering Spain’s new winemakers plus their top wines worth seeking out
06 February 2019

Have the vision to look beyond the Rioja and Ribera del Duero mainstream, and the rewards can be great indeed. Hidden in rural corners and on inhospitable slopes, you will stumble across those who prefer to carve their own path, mixing new methods with old, breathing new life into traditional grape varieties and wine styles as they go. Sarah Jane Evans MW explains the fascination behind nine of he...
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Brexit: UK and US sign wine and spirits trade deals
06 February 2019

Two agreements to maintain the flow of wines and whiskies between the US and UK after Brexit have been signed by both countries.Wine barrels in the Robert Mondavi cellars in California. Two agreements to maintain the flow of wines and whiskies between the UK and US....
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Sierra Nevada has bought a US low ABV craft beer brand as brewers look to ‘alcohol plus’
06 February 2019

Sierra Nevada, one of the USA's largest independent breweries, has fully acquired San Franciscan craft beer brand Sufferest for an undisclosed sum.
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Crédit Agricole to sell off Bordeaux estates
06 February 2019

French bank and vineyard owner Crédit Agricole has announced it will be selling off two of its Bordeaux estates in order to focus on its three main properties.
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‘A lot of potential for Syrah in Marlborough’, says Kevin Judd
06 February 2019

One of the Marlborough’s most celebrated winemakers, Kevin Judd, has said that he sees “a lot of potential for Syrah” in the famous New Zealand region.
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André Simon Awards: The Life of Tea
06 February 2019

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. In a departure from the usual alcoholic theme, this time Michael Freeman and Timothy d'Offay introduce us to the wide and varied world of tea.
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Sogrape Vinhos acquires Quinta da Romeira
06 February 2019

Portuguese wine giant Sogrape has announced the acquisition of Quinta da Romeira for an undisclosed sum, describing its first acquisition in the region of Lisbon as "mandatory". 
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Craft distillery Slingsby creates caviar-infused gin
06 February 2019

As premiumisation continues to drive product launches in the spirits sector, a Yorkshire-based gin distillery has started selling a caviar-infused gin at £100 per bottle.
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Top 10 most expensive cities in the world for wine
06 February 2019

We round up the most expensive cities in the world to buy a bottle of wine, based on The Economist's 2018 Worldwide Cost of Living report, with drastic variations between the top 10 cities.
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Fine wine sags in January
06 February 2019

Liv-ex’s principal fine wine trackers both registered small dips in January as the fine wine market limped into the new year.
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Henri Jayer collection leads Bonhams sale
06 February 2019

A collection of Henri Jayer wines will lead Bonhams’ opening London sale of 2019, alongside other top Burgundies and leading labels from Bordeaux, the US, Germany and Tokaj.
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Japanese sake brewer buys NZ vineyard for $8.75m
05 February 2019

Historic Japanese sake brewer Nishi has secured Overseas Investment Office approval to purchase Wairarapa-based vineyard Urlar Farms for NZ$8.75 million. 
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US reaffirms commitment to wine and spirits trade post Brexit
05 February 2019

The Distilled Spirits Council has welcomed the US and UK government's promise to protect the trade of wine and spirits between both countries after the UK leaves the European Union in March, regardless of whether a deal with the EU is reached.
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UK court approves extradition of Mallya to India in £1.5bn fraud case
05 February 2019

UK home secretary Sajid Javid has approved the extradition of Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of United Spirits, to India, where he faces charges of fraud and money laundering.
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Pats Pop Belaire at Super Bowl LIII (Wine Spectator)
05 February 2019

Super Bowl LIII was decidedly low on explosive touchdown plays, but with plenty of sparkling wine on ice, the New England Patriots' championship celebration was no less sweet. (Or was it actually "dry"?) An inside source (aka a representative from importer Sovereign Brands) tells Unfiltered that the Pats were supplied with 100 bottles of Luc Belaire brut sparkling wine for the big game. If the na...
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Portugal's Largest Wine Company Bets Big on White Wine Grape Arinto (Wine Spectator)
05 February 2019

The Portuguese wine group Sogrape Vinhos is making a big bet on a white grape you may not have heard of: Arinto. Last month, the company acquired Quinta da Romeira, owners of Portugal's largest Arinto vineyard, from the Ferreira family. The sale price was not disclosed. Quinta da Romeira's labels include Prova Régia and Morgado de Sta. Catherina. The winery, located in Bucelas, about 15 mil...
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Great wines born in Chinese year of the pig
05 February 2019

Celebrate Chinese new year with a great vintage from the zodiac sign of the pig...Lafite Rothschild 1959 is a 100-point wine from a year of the pig vintage Great wines from these vintages...
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ANIVIN gears up for Vin de France blind tasting
05 February 2019

Around 40 buyers from across the world will flock to Paris this week for trade body Vin de France's annual blind tasting.
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Bancroft takes on Provence estate Château de Berne
05 February 2019

Bancroft Wines is now the official agent for Château de Berne in the UK, with the UK wine distributor set to focus on the Provence estate’s premium rosé portfolio, distributing five wines across the on-trade, off-trade and national retail channels.
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Aldi launches first hybrid Chardonnay-saké
05 February 2019

UK discounter Aldi has launched a sparkling Chardonnay-saké blend, a low-alcohol tipple that it claims to be the first of its kind on the UK market.
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Final call for The Asian Chardonnay Masters 2019
05 February 2019

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for the upcoming Asian Chardonnay Masters 2019, ahead of the final deadline of 1 March.
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What to drink for Chinese New Year?
05 February 2019

Ahead of Year of the Pig, dbHK has rounded up the top dishes served during Chinese New Year along with a wine pairing recommendations with the help of top wine importers in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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‘Gilets Jaunes cost me €500,000’, says Champagne Deutz CEO
05 February 2019

CEO of Champagne Deutz, Fabrice Rosset, said that mass demonstrations in France from November last year had wiped out €0.5m worth of potential sales for his brand. 
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Gordon Ramsay to open new London restaurant called Lucky Cat
05 February 2019

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants has announced that Lucky Cat, a new Asian-inspired restaurant set to replace Maze in Mayfair, is scheduled to open this summer.
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‘Harry Potter’ beer festival to launch in the US
05 February 2019

A travelling beer festival aimed at wannabe wizards and witches is launching in the US, featuring an alcoholic version of the fictional butterbeer beverage, taking in 10 dates across the country from Portland to Las Vegas.
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Restaurant serves up sustainable grey squirrel lasagne
04 February 2019

A London restaurant has added grey squirrel lasagne to its menu as a more sustainable choice of meat for diners looking to minimise their carbon footprint.
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Scotland’s Eden Mill buys English brewery and doubles output
04 February 2019

Scottish brewer and distiller Eden Mill has announced that it is to acquire Eden River Brewery in Cumbria for an undisclosed sum, allowing it to more than double its current capacity.
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Quality Rioja 2010: Panel tasting results
04 February 2019

Riojas priced at £15 and above, these oak-aged styles, traditional or otherwise, impressed us all, says Simon Field MW... These wines impressed our panel...
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Does too much wine cause gout? Ask Decanter
04 February 2019

There has been talk of a resurgence for this ‘disease of kings’ in the UK, but how accurate is the popular idea that drinking wine causes gout?Moderate wine drinkers have relatively low risks, says professor Tony Merriman. We get expert advice based on a recent study...
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Château Mouton Rothschild through the ages
04 February 2019

See tasting notes on our top rated vintages back to 1982 and read a profile of this first growth estate. Château Mouton Rothschild 1982 With full tasting notes on top vintages...
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Older vines, better wines?
03 February 2019

It’s one of the oldest wine aphorisms that’s generally assumed to be true – but is it necessarily so? Natasha Hughes MW investigates whether age really does come before beauty in the vineyard, and recommends eight old-vine wines that you can test the theory with...Do older vines mean a better wine? In our youth-obsessed Western culture, old age has long been perceived as a time o...
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Top Seville restaurants and wine bars
03 February 2019

Visit this popular destination in southwestern Spain and you’ll be captivated by the vibrant food and wine scene, says Shawn Hennessey...Enjoy the vibrant food and wine scene of Seville Be captivated by the vibrant food and wine scene...
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Bittersweet Symphony: Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles and Red Wines for Valentine's Day (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2019

Executive pastry chef Jessica Craig is the creative mind behind the sweet treats, or dolci, that grace L'Artusi's Italian-inspired menu in New York City's West Village.But long before she settled into the dessert zone of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, Craig was earning broader degrees in the general culinary arts and hospitality management from the New York Institute of Technology....
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Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises Nearly $16 Million for Children (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2019

The nation's top charity wine auction raised nearly $16 million last week. Murky weather did not dampen the excitement at the 2019 Naples Winter Wine Festival, held Jan. 24–27 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Saturday's live auction raised nearly $13 million, narrowly surpassing last year's $12.8 million. And with online auction results still coming in, the event total could e...
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Devauges leaves Clos de Tart
02 February 2019

Jacques Devauges is leaving his position as winemaker at Clos de Tart after just one year under the new management it has been reported.
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Nine Spanish producers to leave the Cava DO
02 February 2019

Nine sparkling wine producers in Spain’s Penedés region are to quit the Cava denomination and bottle under a new, quality-focused label called Corpinnat. The producers will bottle under a new, quality-focused label called Corpinnat. And bottle under a new, quality-focused label...
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Wine Talk: Zac Posen's Designs on Food and Wine (Wine Spectator)
02 February 2019

You’ve probably seen Zac Posen’s gowns, handbags and accessories on red carpet–strutting celebrities, or his appearances as a judge on Project Runway and on his 2017 Netflix documentary House of Z. But long before his career in fashion began, the American designer spent his childhood in the kitchen mimicking his mom’s baking with clay models of pies. “Experimenting wi...
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US wineries are selling record amounts direct to consumers
02 February 2019

A record $3bn of wine was shipped directly from US wineries to consumers in 2018, but the pace of growth has slowed, according to a new report.Rosé is now the eighth most commonly shipped wine by American wineries Direct sales from US wineries hit $3bn in 2018...
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Nomura Holding and Carlyle to acquire Japan’s Orion Breweries
02 February 2019

Nomura Holdings and US investment company, The Carlyle Group, will jointly acquire a majority stake in Japan’s fifth-largest beer producer, the Okinawa-based Orion Breweries, for an undisclosed amount it has been announced.
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Macallan releases ‘The Macallan Concept Number 1’ in Hong Kong
02 February 2019

Following its Asia debut on 1 January 2019 in Singapore’s Changi International Airport, The Macallan Concept Number 1 has been officially released in Hong at Hong Kong International Airport.
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Ibuprofen discoverer dies aged 95
02 February 2019

One of the scientists who helped discover the painkilling properties of ibuprofen when he used it to cure his hangover, has died aged 95.
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Tim Wildman MW: Pét-Nat is a ‘more democratic’ option to Champagne and Prosecco
02 February 2019

Pétillant Naturel or 'Pét-Nat', the lightly fizzy sparkling wine that has been made immensely popular among certain wine circles, is slowly shoring up interest in Hong Kong, with Tim Wildman MW arguing that the natural wine category is a more “democratic” option compared to Champagne or Prosecco.
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Nine producers break with Cava to form ‘Corpinnat’
02 February 2019

Nine producers have formally broken ties with the Cava DO to form their own EU-recognised body known as Corpinnat with the first bottles bearing the name due to be released this spring.
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Romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner
02 February 2019

Ten great UK restaurants with an intimate atmosphere, including five in London, and which are well worth a visit whether it's 14 February or not...The Petersham, London Ten romantic restaurants that we love in the UK...
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London needs 24-hour licensing, new report claims
02 February 2019

London needs a 24-hour licensing system in order to save high street businesses from closure, according to a new report.
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Uncorked: Charles Perrin
02 February 2019

Charles Perrin, co-owner of the Rhône Valley's storied Château de Beaucastel, reveals his biggest vice, why French actor Gérard Depardieu would be his dream dinner party guest, and how a bottle of Beaucastel 1960 left an indelible mark on him. 
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Havana Club launches clothing range with Daily Paper
02 February 2019

Cuban rum brand Havana Club has launched a clothing range in partnership with fashion brand Daily Paper, marking its launch with a catwalk event of the collection, complete with DJ set and signature cocktails, in Antwerp.
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Record 15.6m bottles of wine produced in England and Wales last year
02 February 2019

Trade organisation WineGB has revealed that a record 15.6 million bottles were produced in England and Wales in 2018, up from 5.9m produced in the frost-ravaged 2017 vintage. 
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Malibu winery sues electricity company after fire
02 February 2019

A Malibu winery is suing utility company Southern California Edison, claiming it was responsible for damage caused by the devastating Woolsey Fire, which broke out in November last year. 
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The week in pictures
02 February 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Jonathan Pryce entertains foodies at the BAFTA menu preview, the Duchess of Cornwall has dinner with the Queen of Wine, Tasmin Greig sips on Champagne at the Whitechapel Gallery, and one Bordeaux estate fills a barrique made of crystal with Sauternes and, quite frankly, we can't stop staring at it.
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Spain’s top 40 Tempranillo wines
02 February 2019

It’s a grape that has risen from relative anonymity in just a few decades to be the key variety in Spain’s finest wine regions, with its popularity now beginning to spread further afield. We asked Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, who writes below, and Sarah Jane Evans MW to recommend the 40 best Tempranillo wines they could find… The key variety in Spain’s finest wine regions....
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André Simon Awards: Vineyards, Rocks and Soils
02 February 2019

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. Today, Alex Maltman delves deep to reveal what vineyards are actually made of.
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UK-Chile deal will protect wine imports after Brexit, says trade body
01 February 2019

The UK and Chile have signed a deal to ensure preferential trading after Brexit, in a move that the wine trade hopes will preserve imports of Chilean wines. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association 'welcome' the trade deal. A deal to ensure preferential trading after Brexit...
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Lalique creates crystal barrel for Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes
01 February 2019

A barrel made out of Lalique crystal and containing around 300 bottles-worth of Sauternes has been unveiled at Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey to mark the estate's 400th birthday.The Lalique crystal barrel at Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Crystal barrique contains 2013 vintage Sauternes...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Chocolate Mousse with Tawny Port (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2019

In a Portuguese riff on classic French chocolate mousse, chef João Dias of Montreal’s Ferreira Café swaps out the traditional butter or heavy cream for olive oil and tops the dessert with a sprinkling of fleur de sel. The mousse’s featherlight texture comes from egg whites whipped to stiff peaks, which are folded into a bittersweet chocolate custard. With only five in...
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Diageo braced for no-deal Brexit
01 February 2019

On the day that Pernod Ricard revealed that it has begun shipping extra stocks of some of its brands between Britain and the Continent as part of its contingency plans to handle a no-deal Brexit, Diageo very firmly emphasised that it too will be able to cope with any possible disruption without "material effect" on the company.
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The 10K Race Through the World's Largest Wine Cellar (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2019

We're plenty familiar with the urge to run to the wine cellar, but what about running inside of one—for miles? On Jan. 20, more than 350 wine-loving runners (or fitness-crazed enophiles?) flocked to Mileștii Mici winery in Moldova to do just that, part of the massive historic cellar's first-annual 10K race. Spanning more than 124 miles of subterranean wine catacombs, the state-owned Mileșt...
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ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World revisits its birth country Belgium in 2019
01 February 2019

Promotional feature In 1969, the first ASI Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World took place in Belgium. The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) and the Belgian Guild of Sommeliers are proud to welcome again this exclusive worldwide contest in the continent and the country where it all began: in Europe and more […]
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9 Piping-Hot Pizza Places with Terrific Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2019

Updated: Jan. 31, 2019Super Bowl season ignites cravings for classic bar foods like nachos, chicken wings and the MVP of Italian-turned-American grub: pizza. Whether topped with gooey cheese, pepperoni, ham, roasted veggies or "everything," this versatile dish offers something for everyone. Perfect pairings for pizza abound, from fruity reds to rich whites to crisp sparklers.Here are nine Wine Spe...
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Restaurant Spotlight: De Vine Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2019

On a quiet, lakeside property in western Ukraine, about an hour-long drive from the city of Lviv, Edem Resort Medical & Spa Hotel goes beyond what you’d expect from a luxury resort. There are charming suites, diverse dining options and a state-of-the-art spa, as well as art exhibitions and immersive health treatments like a three-day “anti-stress” program. Edem’s Wine Spect...
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Leaders of the wine and spirits world to headline Vinexpo New York programme
01 February 2019

Decanter will showcase DWWA winning New Zealand wines at Vinexpo New York 2019. Promotional feature With Vinexpo New York just a few weeks away, North America’s leading exhibition for the wine and spirits trade has confirmed an impressive line-up of industry luminaries for its robust educational programme, 4-5 March at Manhattan’s Javits Center. Visitors who register in advance enjoy a...
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Turning Tables: Upcoming Del Frisco's L.A. Will Have Brand's Largest Opening Wine List (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2019

Opening Soon in Los Angeles: Del Frisco's Double Eagle SteakhouseA new Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is coming to Los Angeles Feb. 9, the second California location for the steak-house chain. A total of 13 Double Eagles have a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award, including a Grand Award winner in New York. The parent company also owns the Del Frisco's Grille and Barcelona Wine Bar concepts.The...
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Vinitaly expands 5Star natural wine competition
01 February 2019

Vinitaly has revised the entry requirements for its Wine Without Wall portion of its international 5Star Wines tasting competition, which showcases natural, organic and biodynamic wines, opening up the competition to more producers. 
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Breaking: UK and Chile sign trade agreement
01 February 2019

The UK and Chilean governments have announced they have signed a trade continuity agreement, in what is being hailed as a major positive for the wine industry.
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drinks business Hong Kong launches Château La Grâce Dieu Des Prieurs masterclass
01 February 2019

A masterclass led by Master Sommelier, Darius Allyn, and the director at Saint-Emilion estate, Château La Grâce Dieu Des Prieurs, will be held on 13 February in Hong Kong to shine a light on the rare combination of wine and Russian fine art.
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European online wine sales growing in ‘overcrowded’ market
01 February 2019

Digital wine sales account for around 4% of the total off-trade wine volumes in western Europe, according to Rabobank, with more than 360 million litres sold over 2017.
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Furmint ‘the next great white variety’
01 February 2019

Affordable, pronounceable, adaptable and delicious, Furmint is the next great white variety wine lovers need to get behind was the message from a tasting dedicated to the grape held in London this week.
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LVMH reports 10% revenue rise to €46.8 billion
01 February 2019

French luxury goods group LVMH has reported a 10% rise in revenue to reach €46.8 billion in 2018, with its wine and spirits division contributing €5.1bn.
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Taittinger chief says English ‘invented’ Champagne by mistake
01 February 2019

It is the English who deserve credit for inventing Champagne, even if they did it by accident, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has said in a media interview.  Future Taittinger Champagne resting in the house's cellars in Reims. A big mistake led to a great invention, says Taittinger chief...
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Here are the food and drinks stars will be served at the BAFTAs 2019
01 February 2019

The EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs ) will be held at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on 10 February 2019.
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Brewery donates C$25k to make moose statue the tallest again
01 February 2019

Canadian brewery Moosehead has donated $25,000 to increase the height of 'Mac the Moose' in order to regain its crown as the 'world's largest moose', a title it lost to Norway in 2015. 
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US direct-to-consumer shipments rise 12%
01 February 2019

Wines sold direct to US consumer grew 12% during 2018, according to a new report, despite increasing competition from other channels, as consumers increasingly switched from more traditional channels.
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Roederer to launch Brut Nature Rosé
01 February 2019

Champagne house Louis Roederer is going to launch a rosé version of its Brut Nature cuvée later this year it has been announced.
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Diageo sees net sales rise 5.8% to £6.9 billion
01 February 2019

Diageo has reported a 5.8% increase in its net sales for the six months ended 31 December 2018, rising to £6.9 billion, while operating profits rose by 11% to £2.4 billion.
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NZ investment company and a winery buys Mahana Estate
01 February 2019

Investment firm Booster and Nelson-based winery Seifried Estate have bought most of Mahana Estate's assets, after a legal battle put the winery in receivership last year. 
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Fine wine investment: What does the future hold?
31 January 2019

It is always quite easy to hope that physical assets offer a port in a storm at times of crisis in the investment world, but the last three months have served as a reminder that fine wine is also a luxury good and cannot totally escape both the benefits and drawbacks involved.
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Evidence of Iron Age brew found by roadworks team
31 January 2019

Road workers completing a £1.5 billion upgrade in Cambridgeshire have stumbled across what archaeologists believe to be the earliest evidence of beer ever uncovered in Britain, identifying fermented residue dating back to 400BC.
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Tax hikes on wine comes into effect tomorrow
31 January 2019

The price of wine is set to rise tomorrow, as the Chancellor’s new tax hike comes into force.
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A trio of new wines from Bodegas Faustino
31 January 2019

Promotional featureEssentially the founding father of Faustino, Eleuterio Martinez Arzok was a man with plenty of plans and an abundance of ambition when, in 1861, he acquired a manor house and its attached vineyards in the Rioja municipality of Oion. Faustino vineyards The ongoing evolution...
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Anson: Margaux 2011 vs 2012 – How the wines taste now
31 January 2019

They're much better than originally billed, they're ready for drinking and you can find them in the shops; Jane Anson reports on a re-tasting of Margaux appellation wines from 2011 and 2012 and offers advice on bottles to look for. The cellars at Ch. Siran in Margaux, which hosted the tasting of 2011 and 2012 vintages. It's time to think again about these vintages...
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Wine and Sex Off the Millennial Menu
31 January 2019

 Wine producers are being urged to try to seduce the younger generation to avoid a gloomy future.
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New Game Plan as Yellow Tail Charges Back to the Super Bowl (Wine Spectator)
31 January 2019

The Shiraz is going back to the Super Bowl! On Sunday, Yellow Tail will return to the airwaves for the third year in a row, matching the latest streak of consecutive appearances the New England Patriots have made in the championship game and the Los Angeles Rams have made in the National Football League. This year, however, Yellow Tail and importer Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits are debuting an ent...
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Best French wines: 100 point scores
31 January 2019

France has more 100-point wines in our database than any other country - unsurprising really, considering it's home to the fine wine strongholds of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône valley...Which are our 100-point wines? Top-scoring wines from Champagne to the Rhône...
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Lalique creates crystal barrique for Sauternes
31 January 2019

Glassmaker Lalique has created an exact replica of a 225-litre barrique made of crystal and filled it with Sauternes to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey.
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Tinazzi: family winemakers – Never forget your roots
31 January 2019

Promotional featureTinazzi: family winemakers in Valpolicella and Lake GardaTenuta Valleselle How do you get to be a family company and produce quality wines for 50 years? Founded in 1968, Tinazzi is a family-owned winemaking enterprise driven by a “tradition-plus-innovation” mantra. Nowadays, the company owns several wineries and estates in two key regions of wine production in Italy:...
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Vinventions launches recycling initiative
31 January 2019

Closures specialist Vinventions has launched what it claims is "the world's first truly circular wine closure recycling initiative" in collaboration with industry partners SABIC and Unilever.
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First taste: Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Pinot Noir
31 January 2019

Marlborough’s Brancott Estate released its inaugural 2015 Chosen Rows Pinot Noir at the Flavours of New Zealand annual wine tasting in London earlier this month... Brancott Estate vineyards The release of its inaugural 2015 Chosen Rows Pinot Noir...
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Baileys Irish Cream: “It could have been bigger. It still can.”
31 January 2019

Author and drinks inventor David Gluckman created Baileys in 1973. It now sells roughly 82 million bottles a year in more than 160 countries, but did gendered marketing get in the way of even greater success? Gluckman looks back on his time working with the brand.
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TWE appoints cider MD as commercial director
31 January 2019

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has appointed Tony Watson, the former managing director of C&C-owned cider producer Orchard Pig, as its commercial director for the UK and Ireland.
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Waitrose to lists cricketer Sir Ian Botham’s new wine
31 January 2019

UK supermarket Waitrose is to list cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham’s new wine range, which comprises two easy-drinking and two more premium wines from Australia.
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This tech company is using blockchain-based technology to trace wine
31 January 2019

Tech company Everledger is using blockchain-based bottle traceability to tackle counterfeiting in the wine and spirits industry.
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Diageo reveals plans for Port Ellen distillery revival
31 January 2019

Diageo has unveiled its plans for the restoration of Port Ellen distillery on Islay, featuring two separate distillation regimes to allow for more experimentation.
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Brad and Angelina’s Miraval to launch new rosé
30 January 2019

Chateau Miraval, which is still co-owned by Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, has announced the launch of a new rosé to join its established Miraval Rosé, laucned in 2012, called 'Studio by Miraval'.
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Wines of Argentina target US women in new campaign
30 January 2019

Wines of Argentina (WOFA) has launched a disruptive new marketing campaign for 2019 called “Vino Argentino: A Blind Tasting Story”, which features a love story between two people from opposite worlds and targets young women in the US.
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Top drinks supplier changes and partnerships: January
30 January 2019

We round up some of the top new listings and partnerships in the drinks industry this month, from Liberty Wines taking on Piper-Heidsieck to Brooklyn Brewery finally gaining entry to California.
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Sauvignon's Success Continues to Climb
30 January 2019

 Here's what was covered at this year's International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration.
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Wine Talk: Yumi Tanabe, Japan’s Woman of Wine (Wine Spectator)
30 January 2019

Like many wine pros, Yumi Tanabe was a child of winemakers. But her story doesn't begin in Napa or Bordeaux—the family winery where she grew up was on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, at a time when Japan's domestic wine scene was just getting started. Tanabe eventually found her own way to wine during her studies at Cornell University, and in her 39-year career, she has become one...
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DRC 2016: Perfection from imperfection
30 January 2019

The 2016 vintage from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti has been released and although the results ended up surpassing expectations after a difficult year, there are some noticeable absences from the usual line up.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Steak-Loaded Cheesy Baked Potatoes (Wine Spectator)
30 January 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Twice-baked potatoes are already a favorite party appetizer, but topping them with steak takes them to the next level. This version gets a Tex-Mex twist by adding pico de gallo (fresh Mexican salsa), shredded c...
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Oddbins owner facing uncertain future, say reports
30 January 2019

The owner of one of the best known UK wine retailers, Oddbins, has reportedly appointed a financial advisory firm to help it with next steps - including a possible fall into administration.An Oddbins shop in London. Financial advisory firm appointed, say reports...
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Chef Dan Doherty leaves BBC series over sexual misconduct claims
30 January 2019

TV personality and The Royal Oak chef Dan Doherty has announced he is leaving his role on the BBC's Britain's Brest Home Cook amid an investigation into reports he sexually harassed female staff at his London restaurant.
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Online retailer Wine Direct falls into administration
30 January 2019

UK-based online retailers Wine Direct and Just in Cases have ceased trading after their parent company, Fermentation Ltd, was placed into administration earlier this month.
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Pitt and Jolie-owned Miraval to launch ‘Studio’ rosé wine
30 January 2019

A new rosé named ‘Studio by Miraval’ has been created by the Provence château that remains jointly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.'Studio by Miraval' was due to be launched on 5 March 2019. Earmarked for a global launch this March...
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Ancient ‘temperature-controlled’ wine cellar unearthed in Egypt
30 January 2019

An ancient wine cellar containing coins and ceramics has been uncovered by archaeologists in Egypt. 
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Oddbins prepares to appoint administrators
29 January 2019

The owner of UK off-licence chain Oddbins has filed a notice of its intention to appoint administrators, blaming the "deterioration of the high street" and Brexit uncertainty for the situation.
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Ex-Artesian bartenders launch modern liqueur range
29 January 2019

A trio of bartenders, two of that ere formally the brains behind the bar voted 'World's Best' for four years, have launched a new liqueur brand in the hopes of redefining the category for the modern bartender.
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Young Sommelier trophy announced in honour of Gerard Basset
29 January 2019

The British branch of a centuries-old gastronomic society, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, has announced a new trophy for young sommeliers, in honour of Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, who died earlier this month. For young sommeliers...
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Top Italian reds for under £15/$20
29 January 2019

There’s no shortage of options on retailers’ lower shelves, but spend a little more on an Italian wine and you’ll be rewarded by a leap in quality. Andy Howard MW chooses his pick of the best, all priced below £15... It could be argued that wine consumers today have a much better choice in terms of quality, value and diversity than they did five or 10 years ago. The range o...
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Unfiltered: Hans Weinefalk Larsson, Hide
29 January 2019

Hans Weinefalk Larsson took over the task of managing the gargantuan list at wine Mecca Hide late last year, after the departure of the restaurant’s director of wine, Piotr Pietras MS. Here, he shares his love of Rhône, dislike of Dolcetto and respect for Hugh Jackman.
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The most popular craft breweries in the world in 2019, according to RateBeer’s users
29 January 2019

Each year, consumer comparison site RateBeer tallies up the most popular independent breweries in the world based on its user reviews.
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Napa Valley's Next Steps Remain Divisive
29 January 2019

 Napa executives and residents are still stalled as to how best to move forward.
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Chris Bilbro, Founder of Sonoma's Marietta Cellars and Father to Three Winemakers, Dies at 72 (Wine Spectator)
29 January 2019

Whether he was helping the disabled, crafting delicious wines or raising four spirited sons, Chris Bilbro was never one to toot his own horn. For 40 years, he quietly worked at the Sonoma County winery he founded, Marietta Cellars, making bold red blends before such wines were on trend. He also set an example for his sons, three of whom are now winemakers.Bilbro passed away Jan. 27, after battling...
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Sotheby’s plan highest-estimated wine auction in history
29 January 2019

Sotheby’s is planning what may become the most lucrative fine wine auction in history, including almost 17,000 bottles worth up to US$26 million – all from the cellar of one collector. A 'vast' collection of Champagnes includes the entire range of Dom Pérignon, focusing on vintages from 1960s and 1970s. Including almost 17,000 bottles worth up to US$26 million...
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Enter your wines for the first Grenache Masters
29 January 2019

the drinks business is now accepting entries for the first-ever Global Grenache Masters ahead of the final deadline of 1 April.
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How to go alcohol free when you work in the drinks industry
29 January 2019

January is a time of year when many try to live better by abstaining from alcohol, but for hospitality workers, the challenge is even harder.
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Walsh Whiskey and Illva Saronno split after dispute
29 January 2019

Ireland's Walsh Whiskey and Italian drinks group Illva Saronno, which owns brands Disaronno and Tia Maria, have split following a dispute about the future of the combined business.  
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Chaine des Rotisseurs launch Gérard Basset trophy
29 January 2019

The British branch of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has announced a new award for its Young Sommelier Competition in honour of a much-loved member of the organisation – Gérard Basset. 
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Activist investor calls for departure of Stock Spirits’ chairman
29 January 2019

The largest shareholder in drinks group Stock Spirits is calling for the removal of the company's chairman after claiming investors should be receiving a greater share of its profits. 
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Craft brewery openings in the UK begin to slow
29 January 2019

More than 430 new craft breweries opened in the UK throughout 2017, down from a record 520 the previous year, according to the latest statistics from HMRC.
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Champagne shipments drop by 5m bottles during 2018
29 January 2019

Initial estimates for the past year show that Champagne has shipped 5.3 million bottles fewer than 2017, driven by falling demand in France and the UK. 
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André Simon Award: Red & White
29 January 2019

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. This time, Oz Clarke turns his attention to the power of smell taken from his new book, 'Red & White'.
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Sotheby’s announces ‘highest-estimated’ wine sale in history
29 January 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has announced a three-day sale in Hong Kong this March has the highest pre-sale estimate “in history”.
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London Wine Fair to charge visitors for first time
28 January 2019

Non-exhibiting visitors to the London Wine Fair will have to pay entry for the first time this year, as organisers crack down on people using the trade show to make deals without taking stands.
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Moldovan winery holds 10k run in its cellar
28 January 2019

Over 350 runners have taken part in a 10-kilometre, underground race held in Milestii Mici winery's vast cellar in Moldova, which holds around two million bottles. 
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Bill seeks to ban ‘dwarf-tossing’ in Washington bars and strip clubs
28 January 2019

A US senator is seeking to ban 'dwarf-tossing' in bars and strip clubs across Washington to bring an end to a recreational activity that he says "demeans and exploits those of small stature".
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Jefford: Challenge Burgundy
28 January 2019

Andrew Jefford is brought to book... Andrew Jefford is brought to book...
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Comment: The evolution of the tasting room
28 January 2019

The transformation in tasting rooms are increasingly becoming an influential part of the wine experience... How the tasting room experience has transformed....
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Apsley Gorge: Brian Franklin’s Burgundian odyssey in Tasmania
27 January 2019

Applying the experience of working vintages in Burgundy, former Australian architect Brian Franklin has established himself as the maker of critically acclaimed Pinot Noir at his Tasmanian winery Apsley Gorge. Konrad Muller reports… ‘The coffee machine is out of order,’ he says in a deep rumble. ‘So you can have water or wine.’ As it’s 11am, and I have to take...
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Whiskey Searches Catch Up To Wine
27 January 2019

 A delve into our stats for the most searched for wines reveals some surprising interlopers.
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Lambrusco: Back on the menu plus top wines worth trying
27 January 2019

Simon Woolf finds the perfect antidote for Emilia Romagna’s hearty food, in the form of Lambrusco... The perfect antidote for Emilia Romagna’s hearty food...
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Spend a weekend in Jerez: Travel guide
27 January 2019

For a long weekend in wine country, there’s nowhere better than Jerez in Spain, says Sarah Jane Evans MW....The Cathedral of San Salvador at dusk, in Jerez de la Frontera A perfect long weekend in wine country...
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Sommelier Talk: A Day in the Life: Chris Cannon Remakes a New Jersey Landmark—and Himself (Wine Spectator)
26 January 2019

6:00 a.m. Early to RiseIt’s early in the morning in Mountain Lakes, N.J., and restaurateur Chris Cannon is the only one in his family awake. His first task of the day: get his teenage daughters, Sadie and Tess, out of bed. “To get them out of bed is like, ‘Oh my god!’ If you left them alone, they wouldn’t get up until 1:30 p.m. So I’m the one who gets up in the...
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Inside the Dramathon: Scotland’s whisky-fuelled marathon
26 January 2019

Registration has just opened to take part in the third annual Dramathon, a whisky-fuelled marathon taking in some of Scotland's best-known distilleries.
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Swiss cellar brings in £1.9m
26 January 2019

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of the new year made nearly £2 million in London this week.
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Private electrical system caused Tubbs fire in California wine country
26 January 2019

A state report has found that a private electrical system caused the Tubbs Fire, which killed 23 people during a spate of deadly wildfires in California's wine country in 2017. 
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The week in pictures
26 January 2019

This week in the world of drinks; Whyte & Mackay brings Glaswegian comedy to Leicester Square, WSET alum finally get their diplomas, and The Three Drinkers work every room in London on their mission to make the most of a week of Burns Night celebrations.
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Rombauer buys Renwood Winery in Sierra Foothills
26 January 2019

Chardonnay specialist Rombauer Vineyards in Napa Valley has purchased the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County, including 20 acres of vineyards, its winery and tasting room.
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Brunello’s new generation: six top producers and their wines
26 January 2019

Tuscan wine specialist Monty Waldin picks six to watch in Montalcino...Tenuta di Sesta's vineyard run downs the slope from its winery to the Orcia river Tuscan wine specialist Monty Waldin picks six to watch in Montalcino...
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Distilled Spirits Council calls for end to retaliatory tariffs on US spirits
25 January 2019

The Distilled Spirits Council, along with more than 45 business and agricultural groups, has called on the US to "take all necessary steps" to end its ongoing trade war with Mexico and Canada and minimise the damage to American businesses.
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Fine wine investment: Brexit strategies
25 January 2019

Brexit may be making howling demons of us all but in investment terms it pays to keep a clear head.
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Fuller’s sells beer and distribution business to Asahi for £250m
25 January 2019

UK brewer Fuller's has sold its entire beer business, which includes flagship brand London Pride and the historic Griffin Brewery, to Japanese drinks group Asahi in a deal worth £250 million. 
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Ten km run held in Moldovan underground wine cellar
25 January 2019

More than 350 runners have taken part in an underground 10k race in the Milestii Mici wine cellar in Moldova. The Milestii Mici cellars where the run takes place. More than 350 runners took part...
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iDealwine update: The thirst for first
25 January 2019

Château Mouton Rothschild made Bordeaux history when it was re-classified as a first growth in 1973. It’s no surprise then, that the wines from this Pauillac powerhouse can cause a stir at auction.
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South Africa’s top wine export markets in 2018
25 January 2019

The UK cemented its position as the most valuable export market for South African wine in 2018, show new figures.Vineyards around Paarl. Water stress has eased in several regions. Plus early outlook for the 2019 harvest...
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Direct Sales Alters US Wine Market
25 January 2019

 Direct to consumer sales up to $3 billion, spelling big change for the US wine industry model.
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Global Wine Auction Market Exceeds $479 Million in 2018 (Wine Spectator)
25 January 2019

While 2018 was a volatile year for Wall Street, it was a winning year for wine auctions. Bidders paid record prices for a host of rarities ranging from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti 1945 to Sassicaia 1985 to The Macallan 60-year-old Whisky 1926.In 2018, worldwide wine-auction totals (culled from sales conducted in the U.S., U.K., Geneva, Hong Kong and Shanghai markets, pl...
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Unfiltered: Inside the NBA's Latest Wine Country Adventure (Wine Spectator)
25 January 2019

Nothing gets NBA players more stoked these days than an away game against the Golden State Warriors. But it's not just the glory of getting dominated in front of a hostile crowd—it's because the Warriors are where all the wine is. Last week, the New Orleans Pelicans became the latest team to detour through North Bay wine country on the way to Oracle Arena, with a visit to Petaluma's McEvoy R...
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Exclusive: Rombauer Vineyards Buys Renwood's Winery in Amador County (Wine Spectator)
25 January 2019

Napa-based Chardonnay specialist Rombauer Vineyards is staking a claim in California's Gold Country. Wine Spectator has learned that the family-owned wine company has purchased the 65,000-square-foot Renwood winery in Amador County from Ren Acquisitions, Inc., an Argentine investment group whose owners include billionaire vintner Alejandro Bulgheroni and winemaking veteran Carlos Pulenta of Vistal...
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Angélus owners buy Bordeaux restaurant
25 January 2019

The family owners of Château Angélus have expanded their investment in Bordeaux’s fine dining scene by purchasing Gabriel restaurant in the city centre. Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, where Gabriel restaurant is located. De Boüard de Laforest family buys restaurant in city centre...
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Chinese officials banned from profiteering in Moutai
25 January 2019

The discipline watchdog in China's southwestern Guizhou province, hometown of China’s most famous liquor Moutai, has banned officials, their family members and relatives from profiteering from the famous brand ahead of the Chinese New Year Festival.
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Yorkshire start-up scoops best London gin title in World Gin Awards
25 January 2019

A Yorkshire gin start-up that was made in the founder's parents' utility room has scooped the top UK spot for the Best London Gin at the World Gin Awards.
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Low-alcohol lager brand unveils ad campaign featuring beer-drinking nuns
25 January 2019

UK beer brand Lucky Saint has unveiled a new advertising campaign featuring nuns drinking bottles of lager accompanied by a reference to a passage in the bible.
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Apple Pay: This cider taproom is letting people pay for pints with apples
25 January 2019

Hawkes Cider, based in south London's Bermondsey Beer Mile, will give customers a free pint of cider at its taproom – usually priced at £4 – as long as they bring an apple in exchange.
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New head at Catena and Rothschild winery
25 January 2019

Philippe Rolet has been appointed as the new estate manager of Bodegas Caro, an Argentine winery owned jointly by the Catena and Rothschild families.
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New study finds areas in brain that cause alcohol addiction
25 January 2019

A new study by Chinese and British scientists has proposed that abnormal connectivity in certain areas of the brain may be a factor in causing addiction to smoking and alcohol.
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Mixer brand Fever-Tree reports record revenue in 2018
25 January 2019

Premium mixer brand Fever-Tree has announced that its total revenue for last year is expected to total £236 million, an increase of 39% on 2017.
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England overtakes Scotland in distillery numbers for the first time
24 January 2019

New figures from HMRC have revealed that, for the first time, England has more distilleries than Scotland, with the equivalent of one distillery opening every week in the UK last year. 
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Charles Metcalfe to host The Benevolent Ball at the Natural History Museum
24 January 2019

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has announced that Charles Metcalfe will host its Benevolent Ball, which this year will be held at the Natural History Museum in London.
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Restaurant reinstated into Michelin guide against chefs wishes
24 January 2019

A chef who publicly withdrew his restaurant from the prestigious Michelin guide has been re-entered into this year's listings, despite relinquishing his three stars.
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Southern Glazers takes Gerard Bertrand’s wines nationwide
24 January 2019

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Burns Night 2019: Wines and whiskies to match with haggis
24 January 2019

Whether you're Scottish or you merely remember a good day trip to Edinburgh, Burns Night 2019 is an excellent excuse to reach for the much-underrated haggis, not to mention those neeps and tatties. Here are wine styles that we would suggest choosing to match your dinner, plus some Scotch whisky advice for traditionalists. What will you be drinking with your Burns Night supper? Embrace haggis and...
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Winemaker to stand trial over child sex abuse claims
24 January 2019

An Australian winemaker has pleaded not guilty to a string of child sex abuse charges that date back to the 1990s and will now stand trial.
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Anson: Tasting Château Angélus wines back to 1996
24 January 2019

Jane Anson reports from a tasting of vintages spanning more than 20 years, at Decanter's Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter in November 2018. Bottles in the Angélus masterclass at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter. How the wines have evolved...
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What are the best Lidl wines to buy?
24 January 2019

Lidl introduce plenty of new world wines to their range, launching in stores on 24 January 2019... The best of Lidl's wine range...
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Wine 'Apparently Safe' for Type 2 Diabetics: New Report (Wine Spectator)
24 January 2019

Though numerous studies have shown the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, most researchers are hesitant to recommend that someone who doesn't drink should start for their health. Many scientific reports do just the opposite, cautioning readers that, just because wine was shown to have a certain health benefit in a particular study, doesn't mean nondrinkers should suddenly begin enjoy...
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Bordeaux drinking windows – Ask Decanter
24 January 2019

Some perceived discrepancies in drinking windows raises a good question...Why do younger Bordeaux wines appear to have narrower drinking windows? Why do young Bordeaux wines appear to have a narrower drinking window...?
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Exploring the nine towns of Chianti Classico
24 January 2019

Getting to know Chianti Classico is all in the detail. Monty Waldin traverses Tuscany’s hillsides discovering its slopes, soils and Sangiovese styles...Fattoria di Cinciano in the village of Poggibonsi. Getting to know Chianti Classico is all in the detail...
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Wetherspoon boss removes European wines and beers from pubs
24 January 2019

The boss of UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, an outspoken supporter of Brexit, has removed all European wines and beers from its 900 pubs in favour of bottles from the UK, US, Australia and Chile.
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André Simon Award: Amber Revolution
24 January 2019

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First of all, Simon Woolf tells the tale of 'orange' wines, their past, present and future in his book 'Amber Revolution'.
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Marston’s plans to scale back expansion to pay off £200m debt
24 January 2019

Pub and brewing company Marston's will scale back its planned expansion in order to pay off some of its £1.2 billion debt pile.
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iDealwine update: Bolly’s Game
23 January 2019

Bollinger is fiercely independent, and its own way of doing things has resulted in increasing popularity for its special edition cuvées, including the jewel in the crown – Vieilles Vignes Françaises.
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‘Huge’ potential of English Pinot Noir remains ‘untapped’
23 January 2019

Pinot Noir has "huge" untapped potential to become one of UK's leading still wines, a prominent English winemaker has claimed.
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Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol
23 January 2019

Singapore has lifted a ban on the sale of food products containing alcohol, allowing shops to sell alcoholic products such as rum-flavoured ice cream without time constraint.  
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Japan’s beer shipments hit record low in 2018
23 January 2019

Japan’s beer shipments have been dropping for 14 consecutive years, hitting a record low in 2018 with another 2.5% dip, according to figures published by five major breweries last week.
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Eleven Madison Park to open site at Claridge’s
23 January 2019

The chef behind the 2017 World's Best Restaurant, Eleven Madison Park in New York, has confirmed that he will opening a restaurant at Claridge's following the closures of Fera late last year.
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China drives Australian wine exports rise in 2018
23 January 2019

Australian wine exports rose by 10% in value in 2018, despite a fall in the overall number of bottles shipped, said trade body Wine Australia. Exports to Northeast Asia rose by 19% in 2018 Australian wine exports rose by 10% in value in 2018...
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Celebrated Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie dies
23 January 2019

Renowned Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie, chef patron of his two Michelin-starred restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel, has died aged 55 following a long battle with a brain tumour.
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New manager for Lafite and Catena venture, Bodegas Caro
23 January 2019

Château Lafite owner Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Argentina’s Catena have appointed a new estate manager for their Bodegas Caro joint-venture.Philippe Rolet, new estate manager at Bodegas Caro in Argentina. Philippe Rolet becomes Caro estate manager...
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Stopping China's Flood of Fake Wine
23 January 2019

 Jim Boyce investigates China's reluctance to stop fake wine.
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Your Rosé May Be Late this Year: Wine and the Government Shutdown (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2019

Benovia winery in the Russian River Valley was planning to label and release its first Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine this spring, but the partial government shutdown has put those plans on hold. Due to the lapse in funding, the government agency responsible for approving Benovia's wine labels, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), has shut its doors and suspended its approval process...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Pan Sauce, Lemon and Kale (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Searing meat or poultry adds appealing color and flavors, but it also creates something else: those oils and crispy bits at the bottom of the pan. Too often neglected, the juices and particles left behind after...
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Rare Breed: Baijiu at auction
23 January 2019

At auction, the most expensive Moutai can far exceed the value of rare whisky, but with forgeries aplenty, investing in the spirit is not for the faint-hearted. Natalie Wang investigates the market.
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