Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Wine Australia CEO: China ‘engine room for growth’
24 January 2018

China is “the engine room” for the growth of Australian wine sales, stated Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark at a more...
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Accolade launches fine wine arm in UK
24 January 2018

Accolade Wines has announced it is launching Fine Wine Partners in the UK and Ireland in order to “champion” the top end range of Australian and other New World wines in its portfolio including Petaluma and Stonier.
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Third of all alcohol sold in England consumed by 4% of population
24 January 2018

Less than 5% of England's population is responsible for a third of all alcohol consumption in the UK, according to Public Health England, which has argued that minimum unit pricing would help reduce instances of problem drinking.
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Vinexpo New York unveils masterclass lineup
23 January 2018

Vinexpo New York has revealed the lineup of masterclasses that will be held at its upcoming exhibition in March, with some of the biggest names in the business signing up to host sessions on a variety of topics.
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CVNE buys Cava producer Roger Goulart
23 January 2018

Historic Rioja estate CVNE has bought Cava producer Roger Goulart in the company’s first acquisition outside of Rioja.
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BBPA calls for higher stakes on fruit machines as UK set to cap fixed odds betting terminals at £2
23 January 2018

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the government to raise the stakes on gaming machines in a bid to combat declining beer sales.
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Fiancé of Princess Eugenie named Casamigos ambassador
23 January 2018

Princess Eugenie's fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, has multiple interests in the wine and spirits industry, having recently been named UK brand ambassador of George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila and the founder of his own wine merchant business. 
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105-year-old abseiling pensioner says whisky is key to his vitality
23 January 2018

Plucky pensioner Jack Reynolds, who holds the world record for being the oldest person to ride a rollercoaster, has completed three trial abseils and attributes his success to the healing powers of whisky. 
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Herbologist launches trio of colour-changing gins
23 January 2018

Edinburgh-based distillery The Old Curiosity has released a trio of virtuous gins that draw inspiration from the apothecary, are free of chemicals and sugars and change colour with the addition of tonic.
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Bacardi buys Patrón Tequila in $5.1 billion deal
23 January 2018

Spirits giant Bacardi is buying ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón in a deal that values Patrón at $5.1 billion, eclipsing the Diageo / Casamigos deal by $4.1bn.
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Top Hunter Valley restaurants
23 January 2018

Mike Bennie picks his top places to eat and drink when visiting Australia's Hunter Valley...Margan Where to wine and dine...
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Barolo and Barbaresco legend Bruno Giacosa dies
23 January 2018

Bruno Giacosa, one of the leading lights of Piedmont for several decades, has died in hospital at the age of 88.Bruno Giacosa, a pioneer of Italian wine. One of Italy's best winemakers...
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Wine & Design: Housing Bubbles With Naeem Khan (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

The Champagne-loving fashion mogul creates a home base in Miami
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Wine Spectator Announces Winner of 2017 Sweepstakes (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

The California sommelier will receive the Top 10 wines of 2016
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Legendary Barbaresco Winemaker Bruno Giacosa Dies at 88 (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

Known as “the Maestro,” he crafted exquisite wines for more than 50 years
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Former Assistant to Goldman Sachs Executive Indicted for Theft of $1.2 Million in Rare Wines (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2018

Nicolas De-Meyer allegedly sold wines from his boss David Solomon's cellar, including seven bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, before fleeing the country
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Le Pupille Saffredi wines to drink and for the cellar
23 January 2018

Stephen Brook investigates how a family estate in a quiet Maremma backwater has risen to prominence as the producer of highly regarded Super Tuscan wine, Saffredi... Stephen Brook reports from a vertical tasting...
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Final call for Rosé Masters 2018 entries
23 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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‘Prohibition style’ raids on bars in British Columbia
23 January 2018

Authorities in British Columbia have been accused of ‘Prohibition style’ raids on several bars that saw hundreds of bottles of Scotch worth thousands of dollars confiscated because they were not bought through the provincial monopoly.
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The best Sauvignon Blancs from the 2017 Global Masters
23 January 2018

While consumers love Sauvignon Blanc, many in the trade treat it with disdain. But as our annual competition shows, in the right hands, this grape can create genuinely exciting expressions – at all price points.
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Hambledon to offer seasonal ‘yoga in the vineyard’ retreats
23 January 2018

English winery Hambledon has announced that it is offering a programme of seasonal yoga retreats designed to mirror the growth cycle of grapevines. 
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This company is building a cannabis farm on a former Fetzer vineyard
23 January 2018

Cannabis is flourishing in California's wine country as one producer is transforming the original Fetzer vineyard into a weed farm and B&B.
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CAMRA moves to expand remit to cider and perry
23 January 2018

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has proposed changes that would see its remit expand to include cider and perry for the first time and its focus shift "beyond traditional pubs", ahead of a revamp of the organisation's priorities in April.
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Bruno Giacosa dies
22 January 2018

Legendary Barolo producer Bruno Giacosa has died aged 88 it has been reported.
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Martin Miller’s gin sells majority stake
22 January 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company, which owns brands including Licor 43 and Ramón Bilbao, has acquired a majority stake in Martin Miller's gin, continuing a string of purchases in recent months that has included polka-dotted sangria brand Lolea, US whiskey Yellow Rose and Villa Massa Limoncello.
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Pub giant EI Group prepares for High Court appeal
22 January 2018

EI Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, has applied for permission to appeal against a decision by the Pubs Code Adjudicator which ruled that its tied tenant contracts do not comply with its new regulations. 
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‘Innovative’ Oakham Ales founder John Wood dies
22 January 2018

John Wood, the founder of Peterborough brewery Oakham Ales and a "pioneer" in the UK's real ale scene, has died.
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Jefford on Monday: Tenants and sharecroppers
22 January 2018

Andrew Jefford explains a secret of French vineyard ownership. Beaujolais vineyards in Brouilly. Andrew Jefford looks at how it works...
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Annual tasting of Austrian Wine London
22 January 2018

Promotional feature. On 5th February 2018, The Austrian Tasting will showcase more than 500 wines from 95 wineries. The Austrian Tasting will showcase more than 500 wines...
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Haut-Bailly announces Chris Wilmers as new president
22 January 2018

Chris Wilmers will succeed his late father, Bob, as president of Château Haut-Bailly.Château Haut-Bailly and its vineyards bathed in the summer sunshine. Bob Wilmers' son to take the reins...
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Wine Legend: Château Latour 1961
22 January 2018

What makes it a wine legend... What makes it a wine legend...
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Double decanting: When should you do it? – ask Decanter
20 January 2018

Double decanting is the process of decanting a wine twice; often the first into a decanter, and then back into the original – but now clean – bottle. But why do it? See below...Double decanting can work well, but be careful with older, more fragile vintages. When to double decant wine, and why...
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The War of the Rosés is Over at Last
20 January 2018

In a fierce struggle in the French courts, the little guy has had an unlikely win.
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
20 January 2018

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Decanter's design team. This week we decode 'marzipan' and 'juniper berries'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Wild Card head brewer Jeaga Wise appointed SIBA director
20 January 2018

Wild Card Brewery's Jaega Wise has been elected as a director for The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
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Top Corison wines: From 1989 to 2014
20 January 2018

See William Kelley's ratings from a vertical tasting of Cathy Corison's Napa Cabernet wines conducted exclusively for Decanter Premium members. Plus, read his interview with Corison, originally published in Decanter magazine's May 2016 issue...See the Corison wine ratings below. When Cathy Corison packed all her possessions into her Volkswagen Beetle and moved to Napa in 1975, the valley was &#823...
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Northern Rhône 2015: Panel tasting results
20 January 2018

Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Cornas are Syrah powerhouses, and all three expressed themselves to their utmost in the excellent 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhône. See the results of our recent panel tasting below, and read an introduction by Matt Walls... See the ratings from this excellent vintage...
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db Drinks: Waeska
20 January 2018

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Waeska bar at The Mandrake hotel for expertly mixed cocktails inspired by medicinal plants and magnificent mythical taxidermy.
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The week in pictures
20 January 2018

This week in the world of drinks, Will Ferrell whiled away the day in Yarra Valley, we sampled the pre-prohibition whiskeys now available at Grosvenor House, and one brewery doggo finally got the recognition she deserves.
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‘A Good Year’ author dies
20 January 2018

Peter Mayle, the author behind a number of fictional books set in Provence with wine at their heart, has died aged 78.
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Two Chinese arrested for selling spirits to North Korea
20 January 2018

Two Chinese nationals are accused of violating Japanese sanctions for selling banned goods to North Korea including bottles of whisky, brandy and other alcoholic beverages.
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Spanish film journalist receives top award at Bodega Matarromera
20 January 2018

Spanish film journalist Javier Angulo has been presented with the Matarromera Golden Insignia by Carlos Moro, president of Bodega Matarromera, for his role in the dissemination of art and culture in Spain. 
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‘Best ever’ ‘Selección Especial’ from La Rioja Alta released
20 January 2018

The 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 890 ‘Selección Especial’ – considered the estate’s “top wine” – has been released in the UK.
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DRC winemaker Bernard Noblet to retire
20 January 2018

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's long-standing winemaker and cellarmaster, Bernard Noblet, is to retire at the end of this month. DRC Romanée-Conti wines from the 1990 vintage have been big sellers at auction. Handover at DRC set for next month...
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André Simon Awards: ‘By the Smoke and The Smell’
20 January 2018

In the run up to the André Simon Awards this February, the drinks business will be publishing an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First up is Thad Vogler's 'By the Smoke and The Smell' published by Ten Speed Press.
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Building studio constructs tiny $85k house around whiskey still
20 January 2018

Indiana-based building studio Carpenter Owl has constructed a 6.7 metre long wooden building, housing a family's heirloom whiskey still, at a cost of US$85,000.
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Brexit driving London restaurant closures
20 January 2018

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin’s much loved Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Marylebone is to close next month after losing a fifth of its staff in the wake of the Brexit vote.
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Continuity at Haut-Bailly as Wilmer’s son takes over
19 January 2018

Chris Wilmers has taken charge of Château Haut-Bailly and Le Pape following the death of his father ‘Bob’ last year.
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Samuel Adams launches co-fermented craft beer
19 January 2018

Boston brewery Samuel Adams has launched a new hybrid brew produced by co-fermenting a lager and an ale called Sam '76, which it hopes will better compete with imported lagers such as Corona and Stella Artois.
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DRC winemaker retires
19 January 2018

The longstanding winemaker at famed Burgundian estate Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Bernard Noblet, is stepping down it has been announced.
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UK resident tries to put birthday drinks at Glasgow nightclub on tax return
19 January 2018

Ahead of the January self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the amusing items Brits have tried to claim for including birthday drinks, candles and Prosecco and 250 days worth of sausage and chips. 
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Unfiltered: 'Wine Spectator' Banned in New Jersey Prisons? Plus, 'Bachelor' Heads to Hall Winery (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

We contacted the Dept. of Corrections to find out why this might be contraband. Also in Unfiltered, Yellow Tail is back on the road to the Super Bowl
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The making of Montalcino
19 January 2018

Should Brunello be made more like a Burgundy or a Bordeaux? Producers have tried both approaches over the years, says Monty Waldin, but have now acquired the knowledge and confidence to plough their own furrow...Tenute Silvio Nardi's Manarchiara vineyards, with Montalcino in the distance. Should Brunello be made more like a Burgundy or a Bordeaux?
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Hunter Valley wineries to visit
19 January 2018

The appeal of the Hunter Valley is broad, says Mike Bennie, who picks some of the top wineries to visit...Tyrrell's vineyards There is broad appeal to the Hunter Valley...
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Turning Tables: The NoMad Roams to Los Angeles (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

New York's Make It Nice group heads west with a new restaurant and hotel. Plus, Proof in D.C. welcomes a new chef, Del Frisco's Chicago has a new bubbly lounge and more
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Restaurant Spotlight: Fresco Italian Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2018

Enjoy a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning list in paradise
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How to taste gin like a professional
19 January 2018

A gin boom has seen the number of UK distilleries more than double in the last five years, to 315, with 49 new distillers starting up in 2017, according to customs figures released this week. But how much do you know about tasting gin? Amy Wislocki asked experts for some pointers...Forget the highball glass for gin & tonic, you need something like this. Tips from the experts...
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Guinness has launched a new ‘full flavoured’ non-alcoholic beer
19 January 2018

Diageo-owned brewer Guinness has bolstered its teetotal range with a non-alcoholic beer it claims stands "shoulder to shoulder" with its most popular serves.
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US driving global growth of still and sparkling wines
19 January 2018

America is driving volume and value growth of both still and sparkling wines and will spend $45 billion on wine in 2021, according to new figures from Vinexpo.
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Bordeaux Crus Bourgeois to reintroduce hierarchy classification
19 January 2018

The Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has announced it has received ministerial approval to launch yet another new classification system that will come into effect with the 2018 vintage’s release in 2020.
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Tiny Surrey gin distillery supplying Fortnum & Mason moves from a kitchen to a barn
19 January 2018

The Gin Kitchen, based in Dorking, is set to ramp up its production as it moves to a larger site and works with high-end department store Fortnum & Mason on a collaboration for Chinese New Year.
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Arbor becomes latest brewery to swap glass bottles for cans
18 January 2018

US brewery Arbor has become the latest in a long line of producers to switch from glass bottles to aluminium cans.
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Fine wine investment: sparkling potential
18 January 2018

The Champagne sector lies somewhere between Bordeaux and Burgundy in terms of complexity and investors wondering what Champagne might offer them would do well to get acquainted with its ins and outs.
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Global Brands takes on Brewdog’s LoneWolf Spirits
18 January 2018

LoneWolf Spirits, the distilling arm of Scottish craft beer company BrewDog, has confirmed a distribution partnership with Global Brands, allowing it to increase its presence in the UK on-trade.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
18 January 2018

Hong Kong's drinks trade is in full speed ahead after holidays, with public listing of the city's importer Wine's Link Ltd, and a first-time Ningxia wine competition and a new bar opening that would certainly excite the city's Agave spirit fanatics.
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Pernod Ricard takes full control of Avión Tequila
18 January 2018

Pernod Ricard acquired the remaining shares in Avión Tequila from its founder Ken Austin, as well as those held by Grammy award-winning rapper Jeezy.
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Chateau Musar – Defying time
18 January 2018

Decanter's Christelle Guibert attended the Musar masterclass at November's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, tasting wines stretching back to 1974...Marc Hochar hosts the Musar masterclass at 2017's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter. Wines stretching back to 1974...
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FBI takes over investigation into US brewing equipment manufacturer
18 January 2018

The FBI has taken over an investigation into a manufacturer of brewing equipment that is accused of defrauding craft breweries across the US out of tens of thousands of dollars.
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Anson: Jesse Katz – Remember the name
18 January 2018

Jane Anson meets a hotly tipped young winemaker who has already produced one of the most expensive wines in the world.Jesse Katz hard at work. Jane Anson meets a rising star of wine...
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US Wine Growth Slows as Clouds Gather
18 January 2018

America's wine industry is still expanding, but there's a correction on the way, an expert warns.
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DRC Marks the End of an Era
18 January 2018

One of the most important components of DRC's success is stepping back from center stage.
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Rudy Buratti, Castello Banfi Winemaker, Dies at 56 (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

The Trento native spent his entire professional career in Montalcino making high-quality Brunellos
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Cos d’Estournel to launch luxury ‘COS100’ wine
18 January 2018

Bordeaux second growth Château Cos d'Estournel is set to release a new cuvée this year.The new COS100 from the Bordeaux 2015 vintage. St-Estèphe estate to launch Merlot cuvée...
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California’s Vintage Wine Estates Buys Historic Washington Winery Tamarack Cellars (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

The Sonoma-based wine company was looking for a Walla Walla brand with history and quality
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Private Cellars: A California Wine Connection (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2018

Bob Clark's hand-built cellar is a paean to 30 years of Napa collecting
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Dartmoor Whisky Distillery adopts George the pony
18 January 2018

Dartmoor Whisky Distillery is pledging its support for the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) by 'adopting' George, one of the trust's ponies. 
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Ladbrokes offers odds on which wines will be served at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
18 January 2018

We teamed up with bookies at Ladbrokes, who have sent us their predictions for the sparklers and still wines to feature at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding breakfast.
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China’s Alibaba shuts down 240k ‘shops’ for selling fakes
18 January 2018

China’s biggest e-commerce company Alibaba has reportedly shut down over 240,000 shops for selling counterfeit products from designer bags to fake wines on its platform in 2017
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Irish officials seize €107,000 worth of beer in Rosslare
18 January 2018

Irish Revenue officials have seized over 25,800 litres of beer, worth €107,000, at Rosslare Europort last Wednesday. 
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Australia accuses Canada of discriminating against imported wines
18 January 2018

Australia has filed an official complaint with the World Trade Organisation accusing Canada of placing "discriminatory" rules on the sales of imported wine.
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Police swoop on Languedoc winemakers
18 January 2018

French police arrested seven winemakers in the Languedoc this week and are holding them without charge, leading to a standoff between growers and riot officers in Montpellier.
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Gin ‘key driver’ as UK distillery numbers rise by 127% in five years
18 January 2018

The latest figures from HMRC have revealed that a total of 42 new distilleries were opened in the UK in 2017, bringing the total to 315 and representing a 127% rise in five years. 
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Cognac exports continue upward trend to reach record high
17 January 2018

Cognac exports continued to grow in 2017 for a third consecutive year, reaching their highest ever levels in both volume and value, despite the April 2017 frosts, which according to the BNIC, affected production less than expected.
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Tapì Group continues expansion with T&G purchase
17 January 2018

Closures producer Tapì Group has continued its international expansion with the acquisition of European-based closures distributor T&G.
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Building a Better Bitters (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Learn the roots of these cocktail-improving concoctions
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Devastating Mudslides Kill 20 in Santa Barbara County; Historic San Ysidro Ranch Resort Sustains Heavy Damage (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Main highway to Los Angeles is closed, hurting sales for winery tasting rooms and restaurants
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French Winemaker Arrests Cause Outrage
17 January 2018

Early-morning raids in the south of France have seen six men arrested, but police won't say why.
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30 great New World buys under £30
17 January 2018

We asked Peter Richards MW to scour the New World regions and pick out the best value wines he’s come across of late. The resulting selection reveals some of the most intriguing, exciting and mould-breaking winemaking in the world today. What defines ‘New World’? And what do we as wine lovers want and expect of it? These two questions merit
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The Value of Value Wine (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2018

Why it's vital to seek value wines
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The risk-takers: The realities of buying a vineyard
17 January 2018

Giving up the daily grind to make wine in idyllic surroundings sounds like living the dream, but what are the realities? Anne Krebiehl MW meets several 'renegades' who halted other careers to pursue winemaking...Kutch vineyards in Sonoma. The people who gave up jobs to make wine...
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More evidence of Savagnin’s history emerges
17 January 2018

New research into the genetics of ancient grape seeds has hinted further that Savagnin and other grapes still grown today have been in cultivation for 1,000 years or more.
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Rumours build over sale of Cava brand Freixenet to Henkell
17 January 2018

Henkell has reportedly taken another step closer to acquiring Cava brand Freixenet, with crunch meetings reportedly taking place this week.
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Lost + Found A.BL partners with Tate Modern
17 January 2018

UK independent brewery Lost + Found A.BL will takeover the Terrace Bar at Tate Modern as the drinks maker celebrates the launch of a new permanent production site in Sussex.
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New Zealand eyes premium low alcohol wine sector
17 January 2018

As demand for low alcohol wine grows New Zealand is working to ensure it is ahead of the curve, having crossed the half way point of a seven-year research project into the production of premium, naturally-made low alcohol wines, trading off the success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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Eagles fan steals the show with beer drinking antics
16 January 2018

A fan of American football team the Philadelphia Eagles caught viewers’ eyes last weekend with his beer drinking antics before his side’s divisional game against Atlanta.
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UK Government denies seeking ‘calorie caps’ on restaurant food
16 January 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has denied rumours that the UK government is planning to enforce "calorie caps" in restaurants, after it was widely reported in the national media.
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China’s JD.com invests in Vietnam’s leading B2C company Tiki
16 January 2018

JD.com, China's largest online retailer, has expanded its foothold in Southeast Asia with its latest investment in Tiki, Vietnam's leading B2C e-commerce platform.
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Music executive and Burgundy producer launch Oregon Pinots in HK
16 January 2018

With Oregon’s growing reputation for Pinot Noir, Domaine Nicolas Jay has followed in the footsteps of fellow Oregon producers and released four Pinot Noirs in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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Vegan trend raises questions for wine
16 January 2018

Veganism is going mainstream and early signs suggest that wine could be one of the focal points for debate in 2018. Vegan wine could be in the spotlight this year...
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Loeb not gone: relocation to Mayfair announced
16 January 2018

After a scare that the departure of its directors and non-trading status meant a shock end for UK merchant OW Loeb, it has been announced the company is not closing and instead has relocated to Mayfair.
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Champagne Gives Thanks for a Vintage Crop
16 January 2018

Growers and winemakers gather to celebrate another great vintage and to look to a greener future.
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Bob Maybank of London City Bond dies
16 January 2018

Fine wine logistics firm London City Bond (LCB) has announced that Bob Maybank, the firm's customer services manager, has died.
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Drinks trade charity tackles mental health with #notalone campaign
16 January 2018

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in the drinks trade with the aim of encouraging a stigma-free environment, while encouraging those in need of its support to get in touch.
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DJ turns tables on booze with ‘sober clubbing’ in Glasgow
16 January 2018

Ronnie Whittaker, organiser of sober clubbing events in Glasgow, was turned down by almost 20 clubs he asked to host more...
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Bob Bob Ricard to take airline pricing model
16 January 2018

Bob Bob Ricard, the Soho restaurant famed for its ‘press for Champagne’ button, is to take a novel approach to pricing inspired by the airline industry, charging less at off-peak times.
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Smart wine rack makes organising your wine easy
16 January 2018

A crowd-funded smart wine rack that lets you know when your wines have reached their drinking window and suggests pairings is in development.
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A farewell to OW Loeb?
15 January 2018

UK fine wine merchant OW Loeb appears to be in the throws of closure, with all save one director having resigned and its status listed as ‘non-trading’ on Companies House.
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London’s 10 most expensive dishes
15 January 2018

From kobe beef steaks and white truffle pizzas to coq au vin laced with Grand Cru Chambertin, we round up the 10 most expensive dishes ever to be served in London
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CAMRA launches new app which tells you where to find your nearest real ale pub
15 January 2018

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a new app which uses social media to connect a younger, tech-savvy group of beer fans.
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Jefford on Monday: To cru or not to cru
15 January 2018

Priorat is going for it; Sancerre is holding back. Andrew Jefford considers the two approaches.Vineyards in Priorat, where winemakers are mapping out a new 'cru' system. Diverse approaches in Priorat and Sancerre...
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Final call for Organic Masters 2018 entries
15 January 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Organic Masters 2018 are being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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Top scoring Chablis 2016 wines
15 January 2018

See the top scoring Chablis 2016 wines, rated by William Kelley following his en primeur tastings in Burgundy. Top scoring Chablis 2016 wines. The top scorers...
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Asda claims minimum alcohol price law has cost it over £1m
15 January 2018

In a statement submitted to the Welsh Assembly's health committee, UK supermarket Asda has said that preparing for the new minimum alcohol price law in Scotland cost it over £1 million. 
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Riedel launches ‘dog’ decanter to mark Chinese New Year
15 January 2018

Austrian crystal glassmaker Riedel has unveiled a new 'Dog' decanter to celebrate Chinese Year of the Dog.
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Seedlip plans brand expansion with ex-Moët Hennessy appointment
15 January 2018

Seedlip has announced the appointment of Claire Smith-Warner, former head of spirit creation at LVMH Moët Hennessy, as it prepares to expand its range of non-alcoholic distilled spirits.
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What is Amarone wine? – ask Decanter
15 January 2018

Have you tried Amarone della Valpolicella? Find out where and how it is made... See our bitesize guide...
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Huneeus Turns his Eyes to Oregon
15 January 2018

Amid cries of "Napafication", the Chilean wine mogul says Oregon Pinot is where it's at.
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Wine Legend: Viñedo Chadwick 2000
15 January 2018

What makes it a wine legend? ‘A beautiful expression of Cabernet fruit...'
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Top restaurants in Bolgheri to visit
13 January 2018

Helen Farrell picks the must-visit restaurants to try when visiting Bolgheri...Trattoria del Papero Eat like a local...
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Amarone: a buyer’s guide
13 January 2018

Opening a bottle of Amarone is always a treat, but it can be hard to know what you’re getting when you buy. Michael Garner explains what lies behind the varied styles on offer, and picks his favourite wines of the moment... Drying grape on racks at the Bertani estate. Opening a bottle of Amarone is always a treat...
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The World's Best Malt Whiskies
13 January 2018

In a move likely to outrage whisky fans, Natalie Sellers tries to rank the highest-scoring malts.
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Brewdog clears crowdfunding target ahead of schedule
13 January 2018

Brewdog has cleared the £10m target on its latest round of crowdfunding with three days still left to go.
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Sotheby’s begins London sales with wines stored in remote grotto
13 January 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s will begin its slate of fine wine sales in London this year with an array of rare labels that have been stored in a secret grotto in Northern Europe.
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Predictions for 2018 (Wine Spectator)
13 January 2018

What trends will the New Year bring for wine? We asked 6 wine pros what they foresee, would like to see … and would like to see go away
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Iron Maiden to release ‘Light Brigade’ beer
13 January 2018

British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and Robinsons brewery have added a new beer to their ‘Trooper’ range, this time in support of military charity Help for Heroes.
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Travel: Top Bolgheri wineries to visit
13 January 2018

Helen Farrell picks her top Bolgheri wineries to visit...Caiarossa vineyards. Plan a winery tour...
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Pape Clement owner Bernard Magrez attacked at home
13 January 2018

Bernard Magrez, owner of several classified Bordeaux wine estates, has been attacked at his home but was physically unhurt and managed to untie himself and call police, according to reports.Bernard Magrez in Bordeaux. Estate owner managed to untie himself and call police...
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Saunders looks beyond Conviviality
13 January 2018

The former head of Bibendum and business development director at Conviviality, Michael Saunders, has scaled back his role at the drinks supplier to pursue other projects.
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Unfiltered with Castle Li of COFCO
13 January 2018

From counterfeit wines in China to mapping out Great Wall winery's global ambition and his passion for football, Castle Li of COFCO, arguably the most influential person in mainland China's wine industry, chats to dbHK in a no-holds-barred conversation.
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David Cameron is charging China’s wealthy elite £12,000 for dinner and a selfie
13 January 2018

Former Prime Minister David Cameron is charging wealthy business figures in China £12,000 for dinner and a selfie.
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Here’s why people think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will serve Chapel Down wines at their wedding
13 January 2018

Rumours abound that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will serve wines from Kentish vineyard Chapel Down at their wedding later this year.
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Stockton bar offers 1p gin to combat January blues
13 January 2018

Visitors to Oscar’s Gin Bar in Stockton-on-Tees this month can buy a measure of Gordon’s gin for £1 on Fridays and can double up on any gin on Thursday for 1p.
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Lisbon Story
13 January 2018

The Douro and Alentejo are probably the first wine areas that spring to mind when it comes to Portugal, but more...
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dbHK launches first Asian Beer and Cider Masters 2018
13 January 2018

Following the success of The Drinks Business Global Beer Masters, the drinks business Hong Kong is launching the Asian Beer and Cider Masters 2018.
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Disastrous Christmas for Tesco and M&S as UK retailers release festive trading figures
13 January 2018

The announcement of UK festive sales figures wiped $1 billion off the collective share prices of Tesco and M&S, although hit products such as Heston Blumenthal’s gin make the picture less bleak for Waitrose.
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Why Napa is shifting fast from blended wines to single vineyard expressions
13 January 2018

Napa, once a region that closely followed a Bordeaux wine-blending approach, is now mimicking Burgundy with a single-vineyard focus – and it's a trend gaining momentum, according to Jean-Guillaume Prats.
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The City Wine Show returns in 2018
13 January 2018

Following the success of the inaugural City Wine Show in September last year, the drinks business is pleased to announced that the second edition will take place this year in April.
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DB Eats: 10 Greek Street
13 January 2018

Soho hangout 10 Greek Street is a haven for urban oenophiles, writes Edith Hancock.
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Bernard Magrez attacked in his home
13 January 2018

The owner of Pape Clement, Bernard Magrez, was attacked by armed thieves in his home in Bordeaux in the early hours of Friday morning.
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The week in pictures
13 January 2018

From horse-drawn carriages filled with beer to the glitz and glamour of British GQ's London Fashion Week men’s closing dinner, the drinks trade has beaten the January blues this week.
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Mark Aylwin to leave Conviviality
13 January 2018

The managing director of UK drinks company Conviviality, Mark Aylwin, is to step down at the end of this month as the supplier announces a wave of organisational and directorial changes.
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XO classification rises to 10 year minimum
12 January 2018

The classification for XO Cognac is set to change from 1 April 2018 with the minimum age for spirit labelled XO rising from six to 10 years old.
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Coravin goes automatic with Model Eleven
12 January 2018

Coravin is planning to release an automated version of its wine preservation gadget together with an app that can match wines with music.Coravin Model Eleven. Set for launch in September...
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Napa Valley’s Huneeus Vintners Buys Oregon’s Benton-Lane Winery (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2018

Deal gives Agustín Huneeus Jr. a strong Pinot Noir brand and an option to purchase 142-acre vineyard
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Unfiltered: In Brutal Act of Wine Trolling, NFL's Cameron Jordan Gifts Jordan Cab to Rival as Consolation Prize (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2018

Now, winery owner John Jordan tells us he will host the Saints defensive end in Sonoma. Plus, actor-winemakers get in on Golden Globes Champagne shenanigans, and a second French Laundry thief is sentenced
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Spot the difference: Tirage and dosage in Champagne – ask Decanter
12 January 2018

Not sure what they mean? John Stimpfig explains...Champagne before disgorgement. Not sure about the difference..?
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Marqués de Riscal: Impeccable contemporary quality founded on old know-how roots
12 January 2018

Promotional featureFounded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de Riscal is steeped in tradition... Promotional feature Marqués de Riscal: Impeccable contemporary quality founded on old know-how roots Founded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de
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US investment company BlackRock invests in English winery Chapel Down
12 January 2018

Global investment company BlackRock, which is headquartered in New York, has acquired a 5.79% share in Kent-based winery Chapel Down. 
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The cru-isation of Barolo
12 January 2018

The trend towards ‘cru’ bottlings in Barolo is a thorny issue. Michaela Morris explores the background to the designation of these areas and picks out 18 shining examples...Vietti vineyards The trend towards ‘cru’ bottlings in Barolo is a thorny issue. Michaela Morris explores the background to the designation of areas (MGA) in 2010, and finds that while most producers favo...
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Lithuania enforces national alcohol ban
12 January 2018

Lithuania has introduced a new legislation banning alcohol advertising from all foreign and domestic TV, radio, printed media and the Internet, prompting government press distributors to start plastering over alcohol ads in print magazines.
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ProWein lays on boats to address hotel price hikes
12 January 2018

The organisers of ProWein have chartered four cruise ships to provide accommodation for visitors to the fair amid escalating hotel prices in Düsseldorf.
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Chinese museum named the world’s largest for bottle openers
12 January 2018

A beer-themed museum called Story Share in China’s Jiangxi province was recently certified by the World Record Certification Academy as the world’s largest private collection of beer bottle openers.
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London’s ‘first vegan pub’ launches
12 January 2018

The Spread Eagle, which sits on Homerton High Street in east London, opens today, becoming the first boozer in the capital to be 100% cruelty-free.
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China’s Changyu names new chairman
12 January 2018

China’s oldest winery, Changyu Pioneers, has announced a major leadership change, appointing its vice-chairman Zhou Hongjiang as its new chairman, the first change at such a high level in 20 years.
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Beefeater Gin announces finalists for its global bartender competition
12 January 2018

Beefeater Gin has announced the names of the 31 finalists who will battle it out to become the Mixldn Global more...
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d’Arenberg ‘Cube’ proves popular attraction
12 January 2018

The AU$13 million ‘Cube’ constructed in the vineyards of d’Arenberg in McLaren Vale as reportedly proved to be a popular attraction with 1,000 people a day visiting it since its opening last year.
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Final call for Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018 entries
11 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018  ahead of the upcoming deadline of 31 March.
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Ramón Bilbao owner buys stake in Lolea sangria
11 January 2018

Spain’s Zamora Company, which owns brands including Licor 43, Ramón Bilbao and Villa Massa Limoncello, has acquired a strategic stake in the polka-dotted sangria brand Lolea.
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Anson: The women who shaped Bordeaux
11 January 2018

Jane Anson looks at the central role played by women throughout the history of Bordeaux wine and identifies a few key figures.Château Haut-Brion. Jane Anson identifies a few key figures...
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Tax Changes Hit Wine's Alcohol Levels
11 January 2018

Congress's tax reform has had an unintended consequence for those who don't appreciate high-alcohol wines.
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Size Matters: British Study Says Wineglasses Are Growing (Wine Spectator)
11 January 2018

Scientists have found that a daily glass of wine may offer health benefits, but how big is your glass?
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Tasting Gallica: Elegant Napa Cabernet
11 January 2018

Tina Gellie takes a look at Gallica, a personal project of former Spottswoode winemaker Rosemary Cakebread.Designs for Gallica wine labels were inspired by Japanese ink prints. Try a different take on Napa Cabernet...
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Decanter team New Year’s wine resolutions
11 January 2018

Have you dropped your New Year's resolutions yet? See the wine goals that several Decanter team members have set for themselves for 2018, from 'drinking smarter' to visiting the wine regions of China and Georgia...What new heights of wine knowledge could you reach this year? New year — new wines to try, new regions to travel to...
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Polpo pub Ape & Bird closes
11 January 2018

Ape & Bird, the central London gastropub founded by Russell Norman, pioneer of Venetian small plates chain Polpo, has closed its doors after four years in operation.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
11 January 2018

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist, creating work for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Wine Advocate. Click through four of his latest works.
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12 exciting Argentinian wines under £25
11 January 2018

Decanter's Tasting team pick out 12 Argentinian wines under £25, including a barrel-fermented Torrontes and not one, but two, Amarone-inspired reds... Find a new wine from Argentina...
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Sotheby’s HK first wine auction in 2018 aims for HK$26m
11 January 2018

Sotheby's Hong Kong is hosting its first auction of 2018 this month, featuring 840 lots with estimated value in excess of HK$26 million, the auction house has announced. 
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Buckfast tonic wine hits record £43.2m sales high
11 January 2018

The monks at Buckfast Abbey made rather a lot of bang for their buckie after J Chandler & Co, the company which distributes the tonic wine, reported record sales of £43.2 million in the year ending March 2017. 
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Lafite and CITIC officially part ways in China
11 January 2018

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and CITIC International Investment Group have officially parted ways on Lafite’s Chinese winery project, citing CITIC’s shift to focus on its core business as main reason for the split, Lafite has announced.
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SPI loses Stoli Benelux trademark appeal
11 January 2018

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a 2015 ruling that gives the rights to sell the famous Russian vodka brand Stolichnaya in Benelux to a Russian state-owned company.
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ASA bans pub’s Nazi-themed ads for German night
11 January 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two Facebook adverts posted by a UK pub ruling that its use of a Nazi soldier to promote a German-themed evening was "inappropriate" and trivialised the events of the Second World War.
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13% price rise for medal-winning wines, says new study
11 January 2018

A working paper posted yesterday on the website of the American Association of Wine Economists claims that a producer can increase his prices by 13% if he gains a medal in a wine competition.
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Hospitality industry wages rise over 10% thanks to Brexit
11 January 2018

Hospitality wages are rising faster than any other sector as the alcohol industry faces a shortfall of workers amidst Brexit talks.
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Aglianico in Campania
11 January 2018

Susan Hulme MW profiles the best areas and producers of one Italy's oldest grapes. Plus see her top 12 Campania Aglianico wines, available exclusively to Decanter Premium members. Susan Hulme MW argues that Aglianico finds its best expression in Southern Italy's Campania...
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Manchester breweries suffer burglaries over the festive period
11 January 2018

Manchester-based breweries Cloudwater and Beer Nouveau suffered break-ins over Christmas and the New Year after getting caught up in a spate of burglaries in the area.  
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Ex-Porn Star Champagne Court Case a Fizzer
10 January 2018

A French aristocrat's attempt to uphold familial honor falls over as both sides pull out of court action.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken in Creamy Mushroom and White Wine Sauce (Wine Spectator)
10 January 2018

Boost the flavors of this winter dish with wild rice and a medium-bodied Italian white
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UNESCO world heritage wine regions to visit
10 January 2018

How many wine regions on the UNESCO list have you ticked off? Here is some inspiration for 2018, with links to full travel guides compiled by our contributors and in-house editorial team... Pantelleria island bush vines, off the coast of Sicily Inspiration for 2018...
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Isole e Olena: Cepparello wines to drink and to keep
10 January 2018

Christelle Guibert got to grips with the famed Tuscan estate at Decanter's Fine Wine Encounter in November 2017, during a masterclass hosted by owner Paolo de Marchi.Cepparello 2010 was one of several vintages tasted at DFWE 2017 in London. One of the first 'Super Tuscans'...
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ProWein 2018 to be biggest ever
10 January 2018

ProWein 2018 will be the biggest show ever staged by the Germany-based fair organiser, Messe-Dusseldorf – and it’s already sold out. 
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Put crown emblems back on UK pint glasses to restore national pride, petition argues
10 January 2018

A petition to restore the crown emblem to British pint glasses has gained over 10,000 signatures after it was launched two weeks ago.
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Man steals police car to get beer
10 January 2018

A 22-year-old Californian man has been charged with theft and driving under the influence after he stole a police car and drove to a liquor store to get more beer.
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Beer aims to raise awareness for manta rays
10 January 2018

Queensland-based Bargara Brewing Company has released an extra pale ale called Ray XPA which it hopes will draw attention to the plight of 900 manta rays and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
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Sparflex takes over US wine foil maker Maverick
10 January 2018

French group Sparflex, a leading manufacturer of products used in wine packaging, has taken over US wine capsule-maker Maverick.
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Budweiser distribution centre suffers fire damage
10 January 2018

A warehouse in the US state of Georgia that distributes AB InBev-owned products, as well as other beer brands, was engulfed in flames on Monday after a suspected "construction accident". 
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There’s a Beer for That campaign tackles new industry threat
10 January 2018

The UK-based There's a Beer for That (TABFT) campaign, launched in 2014 to promote the beer category, has been scrapped and replaced with a new mission, having shifted its focus toward fighting further increases to beer and pub duty.
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Man behind India’s leading rum brand dies
10 January 2018

Kapil Mohan, the man behind the popularity of one of India’s most popular rum brands, Old Monk, has died aged 88.
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Steakhouse fined £50K for serving food on wooden boards
10 January 2018

A Birmingham steakhouse has been fined £50,000 for serving food on wooden boards that gave 14 people food poisoning.
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Molson Coors is giving away pints of beer for 70p – here’s how to get one
10 January 2018

Beer giant Molson Coors recently launched a new augmented reality campaign which gives punters the chance to win a pint of beer for just 70p.
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Majestic Wine Christmas sales rise
09 January 2018

Majestic Wine has reported a sales rise in the key Christmas period, but sales grew at a slower pace than last year in another sign of intense competition from own-label brands at supermarkets and discounters, including Aldi and Lidl, as well as pressure on household budgets. Christmas sales figures start to emerge...
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Bourgogne Côte d'Or – Death by Boredom?
09 January 2018

A new appellation covering Burgundy is hardly likely to spark excitement among wine lovers.
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Producer profile: Gravner
09 January 2018

Tom Cannavan visits Italy’s far northeast to meet Joško Gravner, an enigmatic winemaker who inspires extremes of praise and scepticism alike. Joško Gravner Not one for doing things in half-measures...
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Hong Kong Tycoon Peter Kwok Buys Bordeaux's Château Bellefont-Belcier (Wine Spectator)
09 January 2018

Chinese businessman adds St.-Émilion Grand Cru Classé estate and its 33.4 acres of vineyards to his growing winery portfolio
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My dream dozen: Italian whites
09 January 2018

See Tom Hyland's 12 all-time favourite dry white wines from across Italy, an eclectic collection offering abundant regional character and cellaring potential. Available exclusively to Decanter Premium members. See Tom Hyland's 12 all-time favourite dry white wines from the regions across Italy...
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Vegan wine boom to hit UK retail
09 January 2018

In keeping with the vegan food boom currently sweeping across Britain, vegan wines are set to be big in UK retail this year as supermarkets cash in on the trend.
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Constellation’s wine and spirits sales fall by 10.3% in Q3
09 January 2018

The value of Constellation Brand's shares have been shaken following the release of its third quarter results, with net sales of wine and spirits falling by 10.3% to $759 million, compared with the same period last year.
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Final call for Prosecco Masters 2018 entries
09 January 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 12 February.
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Chardonnay Masters 2017: the results in full
09 January 2018

Where once the choice for Chardonnay drinkers was either a big, buttery, oaky expression or, in response, an austere, lighter version, now producers have found an appealing middle ground, as Patrick Schmitt MW and fellow judges discover.
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Plans for Stirling’s first distillery given green light
09 January 2018

Stirling Gin has announced that it has been given planning permission to open the Scottish city's first distillery on the site of a Victorian blacksmiths. 
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Does alcohol improve your ability to play darts?
09 January 2018

Today, darts is a sober pursuit, but is it possible that imbibing at the Oche can improve your performance?
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Danish brewery Mikkeller releases organic beer crisps
08 January 2018

Danish brewery Mikkeller has joined forces with Lokale Rødder to release two types of organic beer crips: one flavoured with yeast and smoke, and the other with malt, yeast and hops. 
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Changes to the board at WSET
08 January 2018

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced several changes to its Board of Trustees, including a new chairman.
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16 new London restaurants to watch in 2018
08 January 2018

A host of big name chefs are opening their first solo ventures in London this year in what looks to be another explosive 12 months for food in the capital.
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UK government plans to extend pub hours for Royal Wedding
08 January 2018

The UK Government has announced plans to extend pub opening hours over the weekend of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May as it begins a four-week consultation into the event's celebratory arrangements.
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Jefford on Monday: Trouble with bottles
08 January 2018

Andrew Jefford weighs up an alternative to glass...Garçon Wines plastic wine bottle. Weighing up an alternative to glass...
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Wine holidays: Most read travel guides of 2017
08 January 2018

Where is your ideal wine holiday destination? Look back over some of the most read Decanter travel guides of 2017 and start booking… Time to plan some wine holidays?
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Wine Legend: Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982
08 January 2018

A 'headline' Bordeaux vintage.... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017: Babel, Budapest
07 January 2018

Find out why Fiona Beckett picked Babel as the Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017...Babel restaurant Decanter/Hine International Restaurant of the Year 2017: Babel, Budapest I have to confess, I didn’t visit Budapest in the expectation
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A Charles Heidsieck tasting to remember: the Collection Crayères
07 January 2018

Michael Edwards visited the Champagne house's cellars in Reims for a unique opportunity to taste old and rare vintages before they went to auction in December 2017...Part of the cellar at Charles Heidsieck in Reims See Michael Edward's notes and scores from a unique tasting...
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Decanter/Hine UK Restaurant of the Year 2017: Ynyshir, Machynlleth
06 January 2018

Ynyshir restaurant with rooms is located in the Welsh countryside north of Aberystwyth ‘Ingredient Led. Flavour Driven. Fat Fuelled. Meat Obsessed.’ So reads the notice over the archway to the kitchen at Ynyshir,
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Alice in Wine Wonderland
06 January 2018

Natural wine advocate Alice Feiring pens a love letter to the cradle of wine.
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New judges to join Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
06 January 2018

The Decanter World Wine Awards welcome new judges to the 2018 competition. Andrew Jefford, columnist for both Decanter.com and Decanter magazine, will be joining the chairmanship of the Decanter World Wine Awards
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Unfiltered Special: Cleveland Cavs Visit California Cab Country (Wine Spectator)
06 January 2018

Our inside look at the Napa wine-touring vacation LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love and the rest of the ballers took last week
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Unfiltered: 2018 Predictions: Boat Christening Is the New Sabering, Wine Robots Learn to Love (Wine Spectator)
06 January 2018

What does 2018 have in store for drinks in pop culture? We predict wine movie sequels, a subway perk to ease your miserable commute, a surprise Nobel Prize winner and more
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Italy’s top Pinot Noirs
06 January 2018

Although it’s not an Italian native, Pinot Noir thrives in certain cool-climate spots across the country. Walter Speller charts its progress and recommends some of the best examples...Harvesting Pinot Noir in the alpine South Tyrol vineyard owned by Franz Haas. Italy’s top Pinot Noirs ‘My wish has always been to make a La Tâche 1953: elegance combined with power, and &#823...
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The Aromatic Wine Quiz – Test your knowledge
06 January 2018

Some white wines are made by adding flavours through ageing and wine making techniques; others have primary characteristics that sing aromatics in their purist form. How much do you know about these spicy, floral wonders? Let's find out with the Decanter aromatic wine quiz. Riesling grapes Start the aromatic wine quiz More Decanter.com wine quizzes: Wine tasting quiz Napa Valley wine quiz Reading...
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South Africa’s Distell is investing big in Britain
06 January 2018

Despite challenges for the UK drinks trade following the Brexit vote, South Africa’s Distell has made the British market a focus for future sales growth.
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White Castle vineyard launches ‘first fortified wine’ in Wales
06 January 2018

A Welsh vineyard is claiming to have bottled the nation's first-ever fortified wine.
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Villány: Cabernet Franc’s new frontier
06 January 2018

Although not well-known to most wine drinkers, Hungarian and more specifically Villány Cabernet Franc is quickly emerging as an exciting and bold new frontier for the grape. Peter McCombie MW found out more at last year's Franc & Franc conference.
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VisitScotland and TBAS unveil craft beer map
06 January 2018

National tourism agency VisitScotland and The Brewers Association of Scotland have unveiled an interactive craft beer map in a bid to boost brewery visitor numbers.
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Ghosthunters to investigate spirits at Jim Beam
06 January 2018

A team of ghosthunters are seeking out ghouls at Jim Beam's US distillery in the third season of 'Paranormal Lockdown'.
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Win two Italy Fine Wine Encounter 2018 tickets!
06 January 2018

Find out how you could be in with a chance of winning tickets worth over £100 Attending the 2018 Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter? Take part in our social media competition to be in with
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Worker injured in explosion at whiskey distillery
06 January 2018

A Wigle Whiskey employee has been injured at its distillery in Pennsylvania after a still exploded yesterday morning.
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Alcohol free ‘gin’ launches at £20 a bottle
06 January 2018

In time for Dry January, Borough Wines has launched an alcohol free ‘gin’ that mimics the aromatic profile and complexity of the spirit, priced at £20 a bottle.
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December in pictures: Hong Kong
06 January 2018

We round up the pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's festive December, from James Suckling's Great Wines of Italy Asia tour to dbHK's Christmas wine tasting and single-vineyard Oregon Pinots from music producer Jay Boberg.
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db Tours: Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick
06 January 2018

db's Phoebe French takes a tour of Fuller's and the historic Griffin Brewery in Chiswick which now exports its beers, including London Pride and ESB, to 85 different countries.
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Which Asian country drinks the most?
05 January 2018

A recently available 2015 report by WHO shows that South Koreans are Asia’s heaviest drinkers with the highest per capita alcohol consumption, thanks to Koreans’ taste for Soju, their fermented rice wine.
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Georgian wine exports hit 30 year high
05 January 2018

Georgia’s wine exports in 2017 reached their highest level for 30 years, with 76.7 million bottles of wine worth about US$170 million shipped to 53 countries, the Georgian National Wine Agency has announced.
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Accolade appoints ex-Moët manager as UK marketing director
05 January 2018

Accolade Wines has appointed former director and general manager of Moët Hennessy Diageo Singapore, David White, as its UK marketing director.
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Japan to raise beer prices
05 January 2018

Higher distribution costs and a labour shortage coupled with rising raw materials are going to push up beer prices in Japan this year.
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HDH number one fine wine auctioneer in US
05 January 2018

Hart Davis Hart was once again the leading fine wine auctioneer in the US in 2017, achieving a sales total of US$48.6 million and breaking several records along the way.
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
05 January 2018

After a season of indulgence, start 2018 with one of these low alcohol wines - all under £20 and rated by the experts... Start 2018 with a low alcohol wine style...
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Shipping Rules Cast Shadow Over Auctions
05 January 2018

As major carriers pull of the national shipping market, the American fine wine market stands to be transformed.
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Plans begin to rebuild Signorello
05 January 2018

The owners of Signorello Estate in Napa Valley have started plans for rebuilding after the winery was destroyed in the California fires in September. Signorello Estate saw its winery burned to the ground. Ray Signorello Jr said that all staff were safe, as was the 2017 and 2016 vintage, and has vowed to rebuild. After the Napa winery was destroyed in wildfires...
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New Zealand Chardonnay: Panel tasting results
05 January 2018

It’s all a question of balance, says Rebecca Gibb MW... New Zealand Chardonnay may have been out of the spotlight of late, but the wines are enjoying a revival of
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Restaurant Spotlight: Vaucluse (Wine Spectator)
05 January 2018

Luxurious New York dining inspired by French brasseries
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Turning Tables: Top Restaurant Stories of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
05 January 2018

From anticipated new openings to staff shuffles to closings, these chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs made the past year an exciting one in wine and food
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Top value white Burgundy 2016
05 January 2018

2016 was a mixed bag for whites, but there is still value to be found, says William Kelley... Top value picks...
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Mallya declared ‘proclaimed offender’ by Indian court
05 January 2018

Vijay Mallya, the former head of United Spirits, India's largest spirits group (now controlled by Diageo) was this morning declared 'proclaimed offender' by a court in Delhi.
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Uncorked: Sarah Jane Evans MW
05 January 2018

Fresh from being awarded the WSET's 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award, Sarah Jane Evans MW tells db what sparked her love of wine, how she is just as distracted by picture of cats as the rest of us and why she detests receiving bottles of wine wrapped in polystyrene.
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Alcohol damage to DNA is cause of cancer
05 January 2018

New research has found how excessive alcohol consumption causes various types of cancer – by damaging the DNA of stem cells.
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Captain Morgan’s snapchat filter has been banned
04 January 2018

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has banned a Snapchat filter promoting Captain Morgan rum, ruling it could appeal to under 18s.
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DWWA Regional Chair for USA: Karen MacNeil
04 January 2018

Karen MacNeil will be the Regional Chair for USA & Central America at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Karen MacNeil DWWA Regional Chair For the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Karen Macneil will be joining the Regional Chair panel, taking over USA & Central America.
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First UK pub named after Princess Charlotte
04 January 2018

The first pub in the UK to have been named after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, Princess Charlotte, has opened in Essex.
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Drunk man took £1,640 taxi ride through three countries on New Year’s Eve
04 January 2018

A Norwegian man woke up with a hangover and a hefty bill on New Year's Day after ordering a taxi from Copenhagen in Denmark and travelling for six hours through three countries to his home in Oslo. 
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Man in coma after Champagne bottle explodes between legs
04 January 2018

A Danish man has been left in a coma after a bottle of Champagne exploded between his legs as he tried to open it.
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Anson: 30 years of Pessac Léognan
04 January 2018

Jane Anson reports from the 30th anniversary tasting of Pessac Léognan at Latour Martillac...Harvest at Château Carbonnieux Jane Anson tastes the first vintages....
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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

Durham Distilleries has announced it is to produce a single malt whisky as part of an expansion this year, which will make it one of the northernmost whisky distilleries in England.
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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

A bottle of vodka believed to be one of the most expensive in the world which was on loan to a bar and museum in Copenhagen has been stolen following a break in this week.
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04 January 2018

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04 January 2018

Newly released documents show that a process for ageing Scotch whisky over a matter of hours rather than years was tried and then abandoned 70 years ago over fears it would damage the industry.
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04 January 2018

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03 January 2018

The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018.
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California allows drinks producers to pay for taxi rides home
03 January 2018

California has unanimously passed a bill that will allow drinks producers to offer free or discounted lifts through taxi companies and services like Uber to those out drinking.
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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

Owner Jean Engelbrecht and wine director Tawanda Marume deliver vinous Cape excellence at the restaurant on the acclaimed winery's property
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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

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03 January 2018

A “night of heavy drinking” in the Kensington Wine Rooms in London was reportedly the catalyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s inquiries into president Donald Trump’s ties with Russia.
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03 January 2018

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02 January 2018

Sales of rum in the UK are set to have crossed the £1 billion mark in 2017, after festive spending is taken into account, following in the footsteps of gin, which hit the milestone in 2016, according to the WSTA.
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02 January 2018

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02 January 2018

Our unique and famous Panel Tastings; three world class wine experts in their field review a flight of wines on a theme. Each give their own individual scores, which are then averaged to give an overall mark. This mark is based on the theme chosen. In 2017 we've had panel tastings from little known Atlantic reds in Spain, to Cool Climate Australian Chardonnay, to vintage Champagne, all the way to...
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Jefford on Monday: Wineism – towards a political philosophy of wine
01 January 2018

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01 January 2018

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31 December 2017

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Taittinger Comtes de Champagne tasted: From 1961 to 2007
30 December 2017

Decanter's tasting director Christelle Guibert attended a rare vertical tasting of Taittinger's Comtes de Champagne, from a private collection... Comtes de Champagne: Vertical tasting For most of us, Champagne evokes celebrations, glamour and special occasions. Rarely does it bring
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The World's Best Champagnes
30 December 2017

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30 December 2017

A wave of devastating natural disasters dominated the conversation this year. But winecrime still had its moment, as did celebrities in the wine spotlight
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Most exciting sparkling wines of 2017
29 December 2017

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Wine Wanderlust Travel Guide: January 2018 (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2017

Plan your travels with wine in mind: In the new year, look for festivals in San Francisco and Boston, get your après-ski culinary fix at Beaver Creek in Colorado, and taste at Rome’s new wine-centric hotel. Plus, a new wine club opens in Uruguay
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29 December 2017

Two famous Italian wine names are striking out in unfamiliar directions, James Lawrence reports.
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In Memoriam: Winemakers Who Died in 2017 (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2017

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Unfiltered: Best of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2017

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8 & $20 Recipe: Mushroom, Kale and Ham Quiche (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2017

Turn holiday extras into a savory tart that's welcome for any brunch, lunch, dinner or party
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Jane Anson’s top 10 ‘affordable’ Bordeaux wines
28 December 2017

Jane Anson gives her insider tips on where to find good wines at relatively low prices across Bordeaux. Where to find good value in Bordeaux. Jane Anson's insider guide...
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28 December 2017

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Top New Wine Videos of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
28 December 2017

Looking back on the year: comeback Merlot, rosé all the way, California fire recovery, perfect food pairings, travel to New York and Napa and much more
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Ten things to know about cooking with wine
28 December 2017

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5 Most Popular Health Questions of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
28 December 2017

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Top Wine and Health Stories of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
28 December 2017

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Top Wine Spectator Editors' Blog Posts of 2017 (Wine Spectator)
27 December 2017

Our editors took on of-the-moment topics like "natural" wine and rosé, but also filed eloquent dispatches from California as wildfires raged
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27 December 2017

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27 December 2017

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25 December 2017

Andrew Jefford looks at winemaking lessons from one writer’s work.Kazuo Ishiguro addresses the Nobel Prize ceremony audience in Stockholm. From novel writing to winemaking...
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What the Decanter team is eating and drinking this Christmas
25 December 2017

Here is what several of our editorial and tasting team members will be eating and drinking on Christmas Day. Here are our Christmas wines...
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What chefs will be eating and drinking this Christmas
23 December 2017

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Last Chance to See: 1945 First Growths
23 December 2017

In the first of an occasional series, we look at a legendary vintage and see what stocks remain.
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2017 Harvest Report: A Baffling Growing Season Challenges German Vintners (Wine Spectator)
23 December 2017

April frost followed by summer heat resulted in low yields, but the best vintners persevered
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Top Christmas Port recommendations
23 December 2017

Port is the quintessential Christmas drink for many, and there are various styles to choose from. Decanter's Tasting team and fortified wine specialist Richard Mayson highlight top Christmas Port recommendations for gifts as well as the cheeseboard Port is the quintessential Christmas drink for many, and there are various styles to choose from. Decanter's Tasting team, along with fortified wine sp...
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23 December 2017

From the man who was so drunk he forgot he sold his car, to police in Wyoming arresting a drunk time traveller from the year 2048, we round up the silliest stories of the year.
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Hedonism looking for somms to manage London’s biggest wine list
23 December 2017

A fine dining project from Mayfair’s Hedonism Wines is looking to recruit as many as 15 sommeliers to curate what will be London’s biggest restaurant wine offering when the new concept at 85 Piccadilly opens in the spring.
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23 December 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close the drinks business team would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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23 December 2017

Sherry, Champers, hot-toddies and Port. We at db give our drinks serious thought...
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The best booze offers in supermarkets over Christmas and the New Year
23 December 2017

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, we round up some of the best last-minute offers in the 'big four' supermarkets in the UK.  
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Bulgarian wine exports up by almost 13% this year
23 December 2017

Bulgarian wine exports have risen by nearly 13% in 2017, according to the Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister.
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Beer Institute praises new tax relief measures
23 December 2017

The Beer Institute has praised President Trump and the U.S Congress for the tax relief measures outlined in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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23 December 2017

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The week in pictures
23 December 2017

We conclude the week by bidding a fond farewell to db stalwart Sheila Crisp as she starts her retirement and look back on some Taittinger-fuelled horsey antics at Kensington Olympia.
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Distilled non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip launches 20cl bottles
23 December 2017

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand, has announced the launch of new 20cl size bottles, with aim of helping the brand better tap into gifting occasions.
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US distillery forced to close over name change technicality
23 December 2017

A US distillery in Vermont has been forced halt operations ahead of the festive period due to a ‘glitch’ in the paperwork over a recent name change.
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The world’s biggest wine drinkers live on a tiny island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean
23 December 2017

Norfolk Island, an Australian islet more than 1,400km from the mainland and just 8km long, consumes more wine per capita than anywhere else in the world, with the 1,500-strong population spending nearly £500 per year.
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Sales up 25% at Farr Vintners in 2017
23 December 2017

UK fine wine merchant Farr Vintners is the latest to release positive results for 2017, with sales up just over 25% to £96 million.
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Top 10 most read stories of 2017
22 December 2017

From the ongoing tangle that is Brexit to mergers, acquisitions, tragedy and triumph – the drinks industry is never short of a tale or two. But which stories grabbed the most attention in 2017?
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Sotheby’s global wine sales hit US$64m
22 December 2017

In a further sign of the health and robustness of the global fine wine auction market, Sotheby’s has said its sales total for the year was US$64 million.
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22 December 2017

See Burgundy 2016 wines rated above 95 points by William Kelley, following extensive tasting in the region ahead of the coming en primeur campaign by merchants in early 2018. William Kelley spent several weeks on the road, tasting Burgundy 2016 en primeur wines. Get ahead for the coming en primeur campaign...
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Nancy Silverton’s Garlic-Rubbed Steak with Scallion Vinaigrette (Wine Spectator)
22 December 2017

The California chef and baker adds a mouthwatering skillet corn bread on the side; Wine Spectator recommends 10 outstanding French red wines
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The Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide
22 December 2017

Let's face it, it's a lot easier to just let us choose presents for your loved ones this year.
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22 December 2017

A new charity label depicts the skateboarding legend aloft. Plus, new farming innovation asks, do fish drink beer?
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22 December 2017

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22 December 2017

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22 December 2017

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Turning Tables: Gordon Ramsay Opens New Steak House in Baltimore (Wine Spectator)
22 December 2017

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Five million motorists drove over the limit in 2017, according to new figures
22 December 2017

One in six drivers have admitted to driving over the legal alcohol limit this year, according to new figures from the RAC.
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22 December 2017

From pizza and ping pong to partying with Mike Skinner in St James, we've found the biggest, brashest and best New Year's Eve parties in London to help you start 2018 with a bang.
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New Zealand region trials beer glass asphalt on roads
22 December 2017

Waikato District Alliance is using waste glass from beer bottles mixed into asphalt to create a new section of road and improve its environmental sustainability. 
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Vince Indelicato of Napa’s Delicato Family Vineyard dies
22 December 2017

Vince Indelicato, who together with his brothers took over the running of Napa's Delicato Family Vineyards in 1960, has died at the age of 84. 
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Top 10 animal-related drinks stories
22 December 2017

From liquor-loving rats and a Bourbon mad opossum, to a beer brewing silverback and a cat saved by vodka, we bring you our top 10 animal-related drinks stories of the year.
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EU court says Aldi can keep its ‘Champagne sorbet’
22 December 2017

A five-year battle over a Champagne Sorbet has finally been settled, with the European Court of Justice ruling in favour of Aldi after the Comité Champagne tried to ban the supermarket from using the term 'Champagner' on its label.
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WRU considers alcohol-free zone at Cardiff stadium
21 December 2017

The Welsh Rugby Union is considering trialling an alcohol-free zone at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff next autumn.
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Southern Glazer’s fined $3.5m over ‘pay to play’ scheme
21 December 2017

Miami-based wholesaler Souther Glazer's has been fined a record US$3.5 million for engaging in "pay to play" schemes to win business, with the violations uncovered by New York's State Liquor Authority described as "truly staggering” by one official.
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Jane Anson’s top fine wines of 2017
21 December 2017

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21 December 2017

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How to match Barbera wines with food
21 December 2017

Expert advice on foods that go well with a glass of Barbera. Created by Decanter in partnership with the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti & Monferrato.Traditional tajarin pasta with truffle - a great match with Barbera wines. Foods to pair with Barbera wines...
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Barbera d’Asti wines: Five things to know
21 December 2017

Read our bite-size guide to Barbera d'Asti wines, including taste profile, soil make-up and key terms to look for on labels. Created by Decanter in partnership with the Consorzio Barbera d’Asti & Monferrato.Barbera vines. How well do you know Barbera?...
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TFWA Digital Village will return to Cannes in 2018
21 December 2017

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has confirmed its Digital Village will return to the Cannes World Exhibition & Conference in October 2018 following a successful launch this year.
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21 December 2017

Are you sick of mulled wine? Take a break from traditional Christmas drinks with this list of the top 10 festive-themed beers, all brewed in the UK!
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A Cellar Inspired by Little Nell Wines (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2017

Aspenites Steve and Nancy Crown teamed up with top sommeliers from the Colorado resort to update their wine collection
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Health Topic: How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep? (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2017

From increased drowsiness to disrupted REM cycles, here's what happens when you booze before you snooze
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21 December 2017

The success of their wine and spirits ventures don't always reach the same lofty heights as their all-star careers, but that hasn't stopped another slew of famous faces from launching a drinks brand in 2017.
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Campari buys Bisquit Cognac for €52.5m
21 December 2017

The Campari Group has bought Bisquit Cognac from Distell for €52.5 million.
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This UK brewery is offering customers a ‘lifetime discount’ to help launch crowdfunded pub
21 December 2017

A Welsh brewery has launched a crowdfunding campaign to open its very first pub in Cardiff, and it's offering donors a lifetime discount on their bar tab.
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Online trading leaps at BI
21 December 2017

UK fine wine and spirit merchant BI has reported a 28% growth in value on its LiveTrade platform to £32 million as buyers cash in on a thriving market.
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Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders to star in Absolutely Champers
21 December 2017

The stars of the BBC hit sitcom Ab Fab are returning to our screens for a fizz-fuelled trip to France which includes a visit to their favourite Champagne house. 
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Victoria Beckham splashes out on £2,500 bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
20 December 2017

Victoria and David Beckham lived up to their reputation as alcohol connoisseurs this week after posing with an eye-wateringly expensive bottle of Screaming Eagle wine on Snapchat.
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‘Most successful’ year ever for Bonhams whisky sales
20 December 2017

Auctioneer Bonhams has declared 2017 its “most successful year ever” for whisky with sales in excess of £900,000.
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Canada spent almost as much on weed as wine in 2015
20 December 2017

Canada's booming cannabis market has grown to such an extent that the country now spends almost as much on recreational marijuana as it does on wine, according to a new report in the journal Economic Insights.
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20 December 2017

Last year it was Bordeaux, this year the star of the Liv-ex Power 100 is undoubtedly Burgundy. Patrick Schmitt MW looks at the reasons for its success, and also discovers which other regions have been popular in 2017.
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Australia’s Nepenthe extends UK range
20 December 2017

Australian wine brand Nepenthe is launching a selection of wines from its Altitude and Pinnacle collections into the UK, shining a light on the cool climate Adelaide Hills region. 
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8 & $20 Recipe: Saffron-Tomato Chicken Croquetas (Wine Spectator)
20 December 2017

This tapas-bar staple makes for a party-friendly snack and a good companion to bubbly
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Bob Wilmers, New York Banker and Owner of Bordeaux's Château Haut-Bailly, Dies at 83 (Wine Spectator)
20 December 2017

Charming and intelligent, Wilmers built a career as a prudent banker and an unabashed lover of France and Bordeaux
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Serving wine at Christmas – dilemmas solved
20 December 2017

What kind of sparkling should you choose for your party – and where from? Should you let the wine breathe on Christmas day? When should you start chilling it? And what to do with any leftovers? We’ve got your questions answered with our wine at Christmas guide… Get your wines right this Christmas...
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4 Wine Regions in Need of Recognition (Wine Spectator)
20 December 2017

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Network Rail warns drunken party-goers to take care
20 December 2017

The UK's Network Rail has released a warning following a rise in alcohol-related incidents over the festive period.
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Margot and Wimbledon Brewery celebrate beer collaboration
20 December 2017

Covent Garden-based restaurant Margot and Wimbledon Brewery are celebrating the launch of a lager to pair with Italian fine dining.
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Shenzhen Customs uncover Opus One hidden under car hood
20 December 2017

Customs officials in Shenzhen have uncovered a wine smuggling case recently involving 13 bottles of Napa Valley’s Opus One, hidden underneath a car hood worth about RMB 30,000 (US$4,534).
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The BBPA wants pub opening hours extended for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
20 December 2017

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the government to extend pub opening hours over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding weekend next year.
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Price of cider to increase by 90% in Scotland
20 December 2017

Scotland’s new 50p minimum alcohol unit price, which will come into effect on 1 May 2018, will raise the average price of sparkling wine and perry by 116% and the price of cider by 90%, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) revealed on Friday.
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Legal action threatened over Craggy Range-funded track
20 December 2017

A zig-zag track, funded and developed by Craggy Range on Te Mata Peak in Hawke's Bay, has sparked public criticism from both an environmental group and local Māori.
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Corbin & King sell majority stake in restaurant empire
20 December 2017

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have sold a majority share in their restaurant group, which includes The Wolseley, The Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel, to a Bangkok-based hotelier.
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Christmas 2017: 10 hot cocktails you can make at home
20 December 2017

We've rounded up the tastiest, weirdest and most wonderful warm drinks you can make at home this Christmas.
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HDH celebrates ‘record-breaking’ 2017
20 December 2017

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has concluded a record-breaking US$9.1 million sale which has cemented it, once again, as the leading fine wine sales house in North America.
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Man uses toy train to serve gin to Christmas party guests
19 December 2017

Transport historian and marketing specialist Tim Dunn has converted his Playmobil train set into a drinks trolley which transports gin and tonics from his kitchen to his sofa every two minutes.
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19 December 2017

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Find a great Prosecco for Christmas
19 December 2017

See these Prosecco tasting notes and ratings from Decanter's expert team and find a good value Prosecco for Christmas or New Year. Find one to try...
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The World's Best Value Wines
19 December 2017

Our search for value comes to an end with some surprising findings from our database.
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Côte-Rôtie 2016 wines: The top scorers
19 December 2017

See which wines Matt Walls rated most highly in his Rhône 2016 vintage report, available exclusively to Decanter Premium members.Côte Rotie vineyards in northern Rhône. See Matt Walls' ratings...
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A Holiday Gift for American Wineries? Cuts in Alcohol Excise Taxes Are Included in Republicans' Final Tax Bill (Wine Spectator)
19 December 2017

A provision in the Republicans’ tax bill will reduce the tax burden on wineries, breweries and distilleries
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Château Haut-Bailly owner Bob Wilmers dies
19 December 2017

Bob Wilmers, the American owner of Château Haut-Bailly in Bordeaux, has died aged 83. Bob Wilmers (right) receives his 'officer' medal from Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé. Remembering Haut-Bailly owner Bob Wilmers...
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English sparkling wines for Christmas
19 December 2017

Pick one of these English sparkling wines to serve to family and friends this Christmas... Try something from closer to home this Christmas..
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London wine merchant launches two-hour Champagne delivery service for Christmas
19 December 2017

A London wine shop has partnered with local courier services to launch a two-hour express Champagne delivery service in the run-up to Christmas.
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Private whisky collections worth £75m identified
19 December 2017

The cumulative value of whisky held in private hands the world over is estimated to be £75 million, according to research carried out by Rare Whisky 101 (RW101) in partnership with Whisky Auctioneer, with the in fine whiskies continuing to grow.
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Uncorked: Christian Zhang
19 December 2017

Christian Zhang, the winner of the Canadian Wine Sommelier competition of Greater China 2017, reveals why he is sometimes seen carrying an odd Longchamp bag at tasting events, and why he sees himself as a young Semillion from Hunter Valley. 
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China’s JD.com extends ultra-premium delivery service to wine
19 December 2017

JD.com, China’s second biggest e-commerce company, is upping its game in a bid to capture the attention of China’s wealthy online shoppers by extending its Downtown Abbey-like, white-gloved delivery service to high-end wine purchases on its website.
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Weak pound fuels English sparkling wine boom
19 December 2017

Sales of English sparkling wine are up by 50% at Fuller’s pubs after the group replaced its house Champagne with a homegrown fizz at its 500 UK sites.
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Brits buy record 47 million bottles of gin in a year
19 December 2017

Sales of gin in the UK have risen by 7 million bottles, reaching a record 47 million bottles in a year, the equivalent of 1.32 billion gin and tonics, according to new figures released by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA.) 
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Majestic: Top wine and spirits trends for 2018
19 December 2017

It's that time of year – when the trade peers into the future and suggests what we might be raising our glasses with in the coming year. Do Majestic Wine's predictions stack up? We take a look.
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The ‘unresolved issues’ hanging over fine wine
19 December 2017

As a positive year for the secondary fine wine market comes to an end, there are still “unresolved issues” that will have a major bearing on pricing in 2018 says Liv-ex.
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Great value magnums for Christmas and New Year
19 December 2017

Looking to party on a budget but still want something a bit special? See our recommendations for good value magnums below.A centre-piece for the dinner table... Majestic recently reported that it expected higher sales of magnums for Christmas 2017, following a bumper sales this year. Entertaining
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Organisers of unlimited cheese and wine festival respond after revellers demand refunds for “diabolical” night
19 December 2017

The organisers of a "diabolical" foodie festival promising unlimited cheese and wine have hit back at hundreds of customers who complained it ran out of both.
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Rachel Davey appointed PR manager at Plumpton
18 December 2017

Viticulture and oenology specialist Plumpton College in East Sussex has appointed Rachel Davey to manage the PR for Plumpton’s wine division.
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Jefford on Monday: Sancerre and friends
18 December 2017

Andrew Jefford makes sense of the Central Loire.Sancerre vines during autumn. Touring Central Loire with Andrew Jefford...
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Bilbao- Rioja’s Best of Wine Tourism 2018 awards
18 December 2017

Promotional featureThe steering committee of the Bilbao-Rioja partnership recently announced the winners of the regional ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards at a ceremony held in the VIP pavilion of San Mamés stadium in Bilbao. Bilbao-Rioja's 2018 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award winners Promotional feature Bilbao- Rioja’s Best of Wine Tourism 2018 awards The 24 candidates were exam...
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Wine Legend: Fonseca 1963
17 December 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Ructions in Rioja
16 December 2017

Allowing Riojas to be bottled under a new, vineyard-led classification seems an obvious step in defining quality. But, says Sarah Jane Evans MW, the Viñedos Singulares initiative has led to heated debate in the region.Finca la Emperatriz in Rioja Alta plans to release its first Viñedos Singulares wines in 2020 Allowing Riojas to be bottled under a new, vineyard-led classification see...
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Royal Tokaji: The first decade tasting
16 December 2017

Stephen Brook looks back at Royal Tokaji's first decade of wines, and the resurgence of a once-great region following the fall of communism in 1990. See our expert reviews...
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Resolutions for 2018 (Wine Spectator)
16 December 2017

With the New Year right around the corner, we asked 7 wine pros how they plan to improve their game in 2018—get inspired!
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The Grape Spirits Quiz – Test your knowledge
16 December 2017

Many successful evenings of wine and food have been rounded off with a drop of grape-based spirit - not least at this time of year - but how much do you really know about them? Let's find out with the Decanter grape spirits quiz. Do you know your VS from your XO? Know your VS from your XO?...
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Top Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 wines for the cellar
16 December 2017

Wines from the the Southern Rhône 2016 should have the ability to live long in the cellar, so here are the top wines rated by Matt Walls. Rayas shone particularly brightly in 2016, says Matt Walls. The most highly rated wines from this vintage...
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Seven of the best alcoholic accessories to liven up your home on Christmas day
16 December 2017

From bourbon baubles to practical knitwear, here are the best alcoholic accessories we've seen this year.
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Burgundy and broader market rule in 2017
16 December 2017

Burgundy in the secondary market enjoyed its best year in a decade and Bordeaux’s share overall continued to decline as the “cautiously optimistic” market sees out 2017.
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Champagne-inspired rage on flight to Zurich results in €5,000 fine
16 December 2017

A 44-year-old woman who threw a temper tantrum on a plane after she was refused a glass of champagne has been fined €5,000.
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EU wine and spirit producers call for clarity over Brexit
16 December 2017

Leaders of the wine and spirit industries praised progress in the Brexit negotiations yesterday, but they stressed the need for an end to uncertainty going forwards.
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Wine glasses now seven times larger than in Georgian era
16 December 2017

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that the size of a wine glass has increased almost seven times since 1700, rising from an average capacity of 66ml to 449ml in 2016/17.
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The week in pictures
16 December 2017

From boutique bars and new beer collaborations to Champagne-fuelled film awards and a gala dinner attended by royalty, take a look at this week's drinks highlights.
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Conviviality moves to buy Central Convenience for £25m
16 December 2017

Conviviality has made an offer to buy a chain of 127 UK-based Central Convenience retail stores for £25 million after its owner went into administration, adding once more to its growing empire of drinks retailers, importers and distributors.
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Cantina di Soave expands production facility amid sales boost
16 December 2017

Italian wine house Cantina di Soave is expanding its production facility after the firm saw a 6% rise in sales in 2017, according to new figures.
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Changes afoot for Chile’s Casa Real Cabernet
16 December 2017

One of Chile’s most celebrated Cabernets, Casa Real, is undergoing changes under the guidance of its new winemaker, Sebastián Labbé.
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Hong Kong and Argentina sign MOU to promote wine trade
16 December 2017

Hong Kong and Argentina have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote bilateral wine trade from education to fighting counterfeiting wines.
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‘World of Organic Wines’ to debut at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018
16 December 2017

Following the success of World of Organic Wines (WOW!) at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017, the organic wine-focused exhibition will make its debut at Vinexpo Hong Kong in May. 
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Fine wine investment: Supply and demand
15 December 2017

The outlook for the global economy is good, with leading economic indicators for the most part trending upwards and in ways a fine wine investor should recognise.
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Mario Batali steps down over claims of sexual misconduct
15 December 2017

Mario Batali has stepped down from his restaurant empire and been fired from ABC's cooking-base talk show The Chew amid allegation of sexual misconduct, with the celebrity chef admitting that the claims made do "match up" with his behaviour. 
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Gin-flavoured cheese proves a sell-out success
15 December 2017

A quirky new gin and lemon flavoured cheese from The Cheshire Cheese Company has proved so popular that its makers can’t keep up with demand.
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Tom Kerridge is touring a food and music festival around the UK in 2018
15 December 2017

Tom Kerridge is touring his Pub in the park music festival nationwide next summer, celebrating Britain's love affair with gastropub fare.
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Bernard Magrez buys Château Le Sartre
15 December 2017

Multi-millionaire Bernard Magrez has confirmed that he has bought Château Le Sartre in Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan.Le Sartre. Magrez expands in Bordeaux...
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Unfiltered: Extremely Trippy Giant Wine Rubik's Cube Arises in Australia (Wine Spectator)
15 December 2017

Plus, a wine-themed skateboard, beer on a mission to Mars, and Lady Gaga may be planning a wine
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Chinese Wine Titan Changyu Buys Majority Share of Australia’s Kilikanoon (Wine Spectator)
15 December 2017

As demand for Australian wine grows in China, its largest wine company is expanding to the Clare Valley
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Vintage Wine Estates acquires Layer Cake Wines
15 December 2017

California-based Vintage Wine Estates, owner of Close Pegase and Sonoma Coast Vineyards, has acquired the Layer Cake and If You See Kay wine brands.
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ProWein to feature beer for the first time 
15 December 2017

ProWein is to feature beer and cider for the first time in its 24-year history when it opens its doors in Düsseldorf in March.
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What’s the most popular wine by the glass in Hong Kong?
15 December 2017

What are the best selling wines for whites and reds in Hong Kong? We asked sommeliers and bar owners in Hong Kong to find out the answers.
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Chapel Down raises £18.5m through crowdfunding
15 December 2017

English winery Chapel Down has raised £18.53 million through the issue of new shares to accelerate the growth of its business, and also intends to launch a further open offer for existing shareholders to raise a further £1.47m.
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Iconic NYC bar to open in Hong Kong
15 December 2017

New York's iconic cocktail bar PDT (Please Don't Tell) is opening a new branch in Hong Kong inside The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in early 2018, the first permanent PDT outside of New York City. 
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Uncorked: Bruno Colomer Marti
15 December 2017

Barcelona native Bruno Colomer Marti, the chief winemaker at the historic Cava estate Codorníu, opens up about how Cava shaped his life early on and a good Palo Cortado wine from Jerez that's to die for.
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Alcohol will ‘disappear’ within a generation, claims scientist
14 December 2017

A neuropsycho pharmacologist, and the UK's former chief drugs officer, believes traditional alcohol will disappear from Western societies "within a generation" and replaced with healthier alternatives, with a younger generation increasingly shunning booze.
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ThaiBev emerges as sole bidder for Vietnam’s Sabeco
14 December 2017

ThaiBev has emerged as the sole bidder to buy at least a 25% stake in Vietnam’s biggest beer company, Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco), in a sale worth more than US$2 billion.
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Indie retailer Vagabond opens urban winery at Battersea Power Station
14 December 2017

Independent wine shop and bar group Vagabond has opened an urban winery in the iconic Battersea Power Station.
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André Simon award shortlist announced
14 December 2017

The shortlist for this year’s André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards has been announced with Victoria Moore, Peter Liem and Dave Broom among those nominated for their drinks books.
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Top value Cava: Under £25
14 December 2017

In association with Cava DO.Find yourself a great value Cava to enjoy... Find a great value wine...
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Premium Cava: Over £25
14 December 2017

In association with Cava DO. In association with Cava DO. Premium Cava: Over £25 ‘The real excitement in Cava starts at around £25,’ said Rebecca
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Anson: St-Emilion’s year of deals
14 December 2017

Jane Anson's looks at the rush of estate sales in St-Emilion in 2017 and examines what has been happening... Merlot vines in St-Emilion, basking in the sun. What has been going on?...
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The World's Best Value Syrahs
14 December 2017

Syrah or Shiraz? We've unleashed the robot to find the best bang-for-buck wines from across the world.
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Top Clos Vougeot wines from Louis Jadot
14 December 2017

Stephen Brook attended the Louis Jadot masterclass at the recent Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London and tasted vintages of its Clos Vougeot Grand Cru stretching back several decades. See his ratings on the wines. Louis Jadot Which ones to seek out...
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Steven Spurrier: Fine wines to drink and keep
14 December 2017

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down in the cellar. Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Man of the Year hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down
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Burgundy 2016: A complex picture emerges
14 December 2017

Already a complex vintage for Burgundy’s producers, the 2016 wines themselves will require some careful selection and patience if buyers want to get hold of the very real highlights.
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Demand for gin pushes tonic water sales over £110m
14 December 2017

The UK's thirst for gin has driven tonic water sales to record levels, with value sales rising by 35% compared to the same period last year, according the Kantar Worldpanel.
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French Crémant – Beyond Champagne
14 December 2017

French Crémant such as Crémant de Loire and Crémant de Bourgogne can offer good value versus Champagne and a different style to Prosecco. Decanter's Tasting team make some recommendations...Crémant de Bourgogne from Cave de Lugny. Try something new this Christmas...
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db interview: Nawaf Salameh
14 December 2017

db meets Syrian entrepreneur Nawaf Salameh, who has bold ambitions to put both Romanian single malt whisky and Romanian fine wine on the map.
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db Eats: Ora
14 December 2017

db’s resident glutton, Lucy Shaw, heads to Heinz Beck’s London pop-up at Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair for an ethereal Meursault and the best risotto of her life.
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This US winery is making a Sauvignon Blanc wine laced with cannabis
14 December 2017

A US winery is working on a complex wine which swaps out alcohol for the psychoactive substance in cannabis.
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Lanson extends five-year partnership with the O2 arena
14 December 2017

Champagne Lanson has renewed a five-year agreement with the O2 arena which will see in gain exclusive pouring rights at all public bars in the venue.
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Scottish hotel breaks world record for largest whisky collection
13 December 2017

The Glenesk Hotel in Angus has broken the world record for the largest number of whiskies for sale with over 200 more bottles than the previous holder of the title.
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Guinness Ghana gives out gold bars to promote Star Beer
13 December 2017

Guinness Ghana-owned Star Beer is to hand out 2.5g gold bars to 200 lucky drinkers as part of a national promotional campaign.
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Searching for the World's Best Wine Lists
13 December 2017

At last, the arguments about which stores have the best wine selections can stop.
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Great value Port for Christmas
13 December 2017

A must-have for the end of the Christmas lunch, these Ports come recommended and offer great value... Great value Port for Christmas All of the following Ports are £20 and under – whether you enjoy a Tawny
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Naples Winter Wine auction 2018 offers Moët Chinese winery trip
13 December 2017

Bidders at the upcoming Naples Winter Wine Festival 2018 auction will get a rare opportunity to buy a glimpse inside Moët Hennessy's mountainous Shangri-La winery in a remote part of China as one of several luxury packages, organisers have announced.Vineyards that produce Ao Yun in the foothills of the Himalayas. Bidders set to compete for rare trip...
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Tiny Rebel Brewing beer can banned
13 December 2017

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint over the artwork of a can of Tiny Rebel Brewing's Cwtch Welsh red ale, agreeing that its design breached its guidelines by holding particular appeal to those aged under 18.
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Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits Partner Acquires Layer Cake Wines (Wine Spectator)
13 December 2017

Vintage Wine Estates buys Layer Cake, Cherry Pie and If You See Kay brands from One True Vine; Deutsch will handle marketing
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8 & $20: Honey-Glazed Ham at Home (Wine Spectator)
13 December 2017

No need to order out; make this holiday dish yourself and pair it with a luscious, fruit-forward Grenache
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Domaine-Thomson launches special bottling from Central Otago
13 December 2017

Domaine-Thomson has launched a special bottling of Central Otago Pinot Noir from the 2014 vintage when all the “stars were aligned weather wise”.
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First taste: Vega Sicilia’s new releases, including Único 2006
13 December 2017

Sarah Jane Evans MW has tasted the latest releases from Vega Sicilia. Here, she gives some insight into the winery and rates the wines...Stainless Steel Fermenter at Vega Sicilia. Sarah Jane Evans rates the wines...
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Sainsbury’s Champagne offers
13 December 2017

See the latest Christmas Champagne offers from supermarket Sainsbury's and stock up for the festive season... See the latest Christmas Champagne offers from supermarket Sainsbury's, and stock up for the festive season.
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Lady Gaga to release duo of ‘Joanne’ wines
13 December 2017

Eccentric songstress Lady Gaga is to release wines under the ‘Joanne Trattoria’ brand, named after the Italian restaurant in New York owned by her father.
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Broadland secures ‘significant deal’ with Australia’s largest wine retailer
13 December 2017

UK bottler Broadland Wineries has secured “a significant deal” with Australia’s largest wine retailer.
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Juul-Mortensen re-elected at top of TFWA
13 December 2017

The Tax Free World Association management committee has unanimously re-elected Erik Juul-Mortensen as president for a further year.
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Prosecco drinkers should buy their Christmas fizz on 22 December — here’s why
13 December 2017

Sainsbury's is warning shoppers that 23 December will be the busiest day for Prosecco purchases this year.
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Beyoncé shuts down ‘Bieryonce’ beer
12 December 2017

A New York brewery has halted production of its Beyonce-inspired beer 'Bieryonce' after receiving a cease and desist letter from the superstar's lawyers.
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Rhône Valley’s Marrenon relaunches in the UK
12 December 2017

After a seven-year absence, Marrenon, one of the largest producers in Luberon and Ventoux in the Rhône Valley, is re-launching its portfolio into the UK.
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Biggest drinks trade acquisitions of 2017
12 December 2017

While every year brings with it its fair share of mergers and acquisitions, 2017 has seen some of the biggest, with the drinks trade catching onto the promise of super premium Tequila, the burgeoning trade in Cannabis and unstoppable rise of craft.
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Top Roda I, Rioja Reserva wines to try
12 December 2017

See which wines Sarah Jane Evans recommends for the cellar and the dinner table, and read her report on an estate that encourages vintage variation to shine through; with years oscillating between Mediterranean and Atlantic influence.The giant thistle emblem at the entrance to the Roda cellars... Sarah Jane Evans reports on a vertical tasting...
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Jancis Robinson joins The Wine Show on Channel 5
12 December 2017

The Wine Show has announced the addition of four new presenters – Jancis Robinson MW, James Purefoy, Stéphane Reynaud and Jaega Wise – as it moves from ITV to a prime-time slot on Channel 5.
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Molson Coors is bringing ‘the world’s best-selling beer’ to the UK
12 December 2017

US beer giant Molson Coors is bringing the world's best selling beer — a lager brewed in China — to the UK market.
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Top value supermarket Champagne
12 December 2017

Find our recommendations for top supermarket Champagnes, and stock up this Christmas... Stock up for your Christmas...
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England cricketer suspended for beer prank
12 December 2017

England cricketer Ben Duckett was suspended from playing on the current Ashes tour in Australia after pouring a beer over teammate Jimmy Anderson in a Perth bar.
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Jefford on Monday: Montsant – silence and beyond
12 December 2017

Andrew Jefford gauges the potential of Tarragona’s other key wine zone...Vineyard landscape in Montsant. Quietly building towards something special...
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BBR adds more Scotch to portfolio
12 December 2017

UK merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has announced a new global distribution agreement with new wave Scotch distillery Daftmill.
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Amazon Champagne offers
11 December 2017

We're hunting down the best Amazon UK Champagne offers for you to enjoy over the festive season. Keep checking back for the latest! Amazon Christmas Champagne offers *Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.
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Wine Legend: Clonakilla, Shiraz-Viognier 2001
11 December 2017

Why this wine makes the Decanter hall of fame... One of their 'most outstanding...'
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L’Oustalet restaurant, Gigondas, France – review
11 December 2017

Sue Style gives her verdict on L'Oustalet restaurant... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacL'Oustalet restaurant. Credit: Serge Chapuis Sue Style gives her verdict on L'Oustalet restaurant...
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Top restaurants and wine bars in Seattle
10 December 2017

With its stunning skyline, fascinating cultural history and obsession with fine food and drink, plus a naturally beautiful setting, Seattle is one of the most rewarding cities in the US to discover, says Owen Bargreen...Where to eat and drink in Seattle The best places to wine and dine...
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Chef Jacques Pépin’s Family Recipes (Wine Spectator)
09 December 2017

The French culinary icon and his granddaughter share holiday recipes for chicken sûpremes and meringues
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Fine wine investment: bright horizons
09 December 2017

The strong performance in other commodities can only be a good news for fine wine collectors.
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Adnams energy sources 100% renewable
09 December 2017

UK brewery and distillery Adnams has said it has succeeded in only using energy from 100% renewable sources across its entire business.
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California Wine Regions Quiz – Test your knowledge
09 December 2017

The California wine map is a complex place; and it's not all about Napa. Do you know your Mendocino from your Santa Barbara? Let's find out with the Decanter California Wine Regions quiz. This quiz has been created as part of California wine month on Decanter.com, which is being run in partnership with the Wine Institute of California.The California grape harvest. Scroll down and click in the bo...
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7 winter cocktails to toast the festive season in London
09 December 2017

We've rounded up the hottest cocktails London has to offer this year, from the sweet to the smokey.
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Big Spanish wine guns unleashed
09 December 2017

This week has seen the latest releases from two of the biggest names in Spanish fine wine: Vega Sicilia’s ‘Unico’ and La Rioja Alta’s 904 Gran Reserva.
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London bar unveils cocktail and bow tie pairing menu
09 December 2017

The Hyde Bar in London's Knightsbridge has launched a limited-edition menu in which it pairs different cocktails and whiskies with a selection of bow ties and cravats.
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Caorunn gin distillery gets £3m biogas investment
09 December 2017

Inver House Distillers, which owns Scottish gin brand Caorunn, has confirmed a £3 million investment in its Balmenach Distillery, which it says will turn it into one of Scotland's greenest distilleries. 
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BrewDog Ohio partners with US independent brewery Scofflaw
09 December 2017

Craft beer giant BrewDog has entered a partnership with US brewery Scofflaw in a move that will see the two firms collaborating on a new beer next year.
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Links Concept takes on Torres in Hong Kong
09 December 2017

Hong Kong wine merchant Links Concept has taken on Spain’s leading producer, Torres, as its exclusive distributor in Hong Kong.
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Aussie wine recalled after glass discovered in bottle
09 December 2017

Australian wine company, Warburn Estate, the producer behind the popular 'Rumours' and 'Gossip' brands, has recalled 13 products from its range after pieces of glass were found inside bottles.
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The week in pictures
09 December 2017

From a Royal visit to a distillery in Kent to a fond farewell to one of the UK drinks industry's most loved characters, take a look at this week's drinks trade highlights.
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Chengdu counterfeit bootleggers sentenced in China
09 December 2017

Three bootleggers in China’s southwestern Chengdu city have been jailed after being found guilty of producing counterfeit imported spirits of well known brands, including Chivas and Hennessy.
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Lebanese wine makes £1,500 at auction
09 December 2017

A bottle of Château Ksara 1942 Vin D’Or was sold for £1,500 at a charity auction in London this week.
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Landlord turns pub into gingerbread house
08 December 2017

A UK landlord has taken the festive season to extremes, transforming his traditional Somerset pub into a sweet-laden gingerbread house for Christmas.
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San Francisco | Napa Valley Best of Wine Tourism 2018 awards
08 December 2017

Great Wine Capitals Global Network announces the San Francisco | Napa Valley Best of Wine Tourism 2018 awards; North American innovators receive accolades for excellence in wine tourism...San Francisco-Napa Valley 'Best Of Wine Tourism' winners for 2018 See the winners...
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Duckhorn raises $300k for wine country fire relief
08 December 2017

California's Duckhorn Wine Company has donated more than US$300,000 to support a charity rebuilding homes in Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Mendocino County following the devastating wildfires that swept through the region in October.   
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Tawny Port 10 and 20 Years Old: Panel tasting results
08 December 2017

Find the best 10 and 20 year old Tawny Ports, as rated by our expert panel in the January 2018 issue of Decanter magazine - just in time for Christmas... Barrels of Tawny Port Some of the best expressions of tawny Port....
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Petaluma Gap Breaks DC Logjam
08 December 2017

Despite a presidential edict that no new federal regulations be written, California today officially has a new AVA.
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Winemakers Worry as Wildfires Rage in Southern California (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2017

Ventura County vintners report no damage so far; Rupert Murdoch’s Los Angeles winery loses an estimated 200 cases of red wine
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Unfiltered: Bordeaux Does the Robot; 'Cheeseware' Wine 'Glass' Lets You Have Your Drink and Eat It Too (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2017

Plus, Chinese police seize a fake $15,000 bottle of … Côtes du Rhône, and winemakers fight climate change with reclaimed wastewater
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Gallery: Awards Tasting in South Korea hosted by Mashija Magazine
08 December 2017

The tasting took place at the JW Marriot Dongdaemun in Seoul, South Korea Decanter held an Awards tasting in partnership with Mashija Magazine at the JW Marriot Dongdaemun in Seoul, South Korea, on
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Northern Rhône 2016: Full report and wines to look for
08 December 2017

August and September saved the Northern Rhône 2016 vintage and there's some great wines if you know where to look, says Matt Walls. Read his full vintage report and see his tasting notes. and ratings... Find out where to look in the Northern Rhône 2016 vintage..
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Turning Tables: Charlie Palmer Steak Opens in Napa's New Archer Hotel (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2017

Plus, restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy show Philly the Love, and Michael Mina launches projects with chefs Hugo Ortega and Ayesha Curry
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Restaurant Spotlight: Magnolias (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2017

Southern tradition with a modern twist, plus a wine list full of value
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Restaurants with Huge Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2017

The biggest wine lists in our Restaurant Awards program offer top-notch quality and unparalleled variety
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Wildfires hit Murdoch wine estate
08 December 2017

Wildfires are spreading through southern California, including where Rupert Murdoch owns a vineyard, just two months after fires hit wine country in the north of the state.Firefighters trying to put out the flames near Rupert Murdoch's winery. Wildfires has struck the south of the state...
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AB InBev opens mega brewery in China
08 December 2017

AB InBev has opened a new brewery in China which will be capable of producing 1.5 million tons of beers a year, the largest such facility in Asia Pacific by capacity, according to the brewer.
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Cretan wine amphorae discovered at Pompeii
08 December 2017

Archaeologists working in the Roman city of Pompeii have uncovered a stash of beautifully preserved wine amphorae that have lain undisturbed for almost 2,000 years.
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University turns beer into biofuel
08 December 2017

A team of chemists at the University of Bristol have made significant steps toward developing a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels having produced a petrol using beer as a key ingredient.
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Thieves steal 300 bottles from Herbert Hall
08 December 2017

A break-in at English winery Herbert Hall last night has resulted in the theft of 300 bottles of the estate’s unreleased 2015 brut.
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Sacré bleu! France facing foie gras shortage
08 December 2017

A warning that France could run out of foie gras for Christmas has been issued for a second year in a row as the country continues its battle with bird flu – with prices expected to soar.
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California battles second wave of wildfires
07 December 2017

A second wave of wildfires have ignited across southern California, just months after fires devastated the state's northern wine country in October, with media mogul Rupert Murdoch's wine estate among those threatened by the flames.
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DWWA 2017 award-winning wines at the Christmas Wine Experience in Porto
07 December 2017

Each session had a capacity for 50 attendees Decanter showcased a selection of ten DWWA 2017 award-winning wines from Portugal at the Christmas Wine Experience, an event organised
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Wine List Confidential: The Square
07 December 2017

Still one of the top-draw wine experiences in London with a sommelier team that is at the top of its game.
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Southern Rhône 2016: ‘Unmissable’ wines and full report
07 December 2017

It's mostly even better than the highly praised 2015 crop and this makes it truly a vintage 'not to miss', says Matt Walls in his report on the young Southern Rhône 2016 wines. A vintage 'not to miss' says Matt Walls...
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Anson: Why these top Oregon winery owners want a piece of Santenay
07 December 2017

Jane Anson meets the winemaking team with high hopes for Santenay white wines in southern Burgundy, after visiting the estate there owned by Oregon's Domaine Serene. Fermenation cellar for white wine beneath the 15th Century Château de la Crée building. Jane Anson meets the winemaking team...
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DWWA regional chair profile: Stephen Brook
07 December 2017

Stephen Brook is the Regional Chair for Piedmont at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA regional chair: Stephen Brook Stephen Brook This year sees Stephen Brook as Regional Chair for Piedmont at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Brook
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DWWA regional chair profile: Richard Juhlin
07 December 2017

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DWWA regional chair profile: Peter Richards MW
07 December 2017

Peter Richards MW is the Regional Chair for Chile at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018DWWA Regional Chair: Peter Richards MW Peter Richards MW A TV presenter with over a decade on flagship BBC1 show Saturday Kitchen, Peter Richards MW has
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DWWA regional chair profile: Monty Waldin
07 December 2017

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DWWA regional chair profile: Markus del Monego MW
07 December 2017

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DWWA regional chair profile: Justin Howard-Sneyd MW
07 December 2017

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is joint Regional Chair for Languedoc-Roussillon with James Lawther MW at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.DWWA regional chair: Justin Howard-Sneyd MW Justin Howard-Sneyd MW is a judge at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
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DWWA regional chair profile: Bernard Burtschy
07 December 2017

Bernard Burtschy is Regional Chair for Beaujolais, South West and Rest of France at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018 DWWA Regional Chair: Bernard Burtschy Bernard Burtschy Bernard Burtschy writes for l’Avis du Vin, a weekly column in French publication Le Figaro. In addition, he
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db meets: Javier Pages of Codorníu
07 December 2017

We catch up with the CEO of Codorníu Raventos to get the lowdown on the new single vineyard classifications in Cava and Rioja, and find out why the company decided to move to Rioja.
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17 restaurants get accolades as Michelin Guide launches in Bangkok
07 December 2017

Some 17 restaurants in Bangkok have been awarded Michelin stars as the eponymous Guide launches in Thailand this week.
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New Jersey moves to make drink droning illegal
07 December 2017

Lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed a bill that would make it illegal to operate a done while under the influence of alcohol.
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11 things you will only know if you’ve worked in a wine shop
07 December 2017

We asked veterans of wine shops big and small to reveal their own secrets of the trade.
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Wine glass made from Gouda on sale for $5,000
07 December 2017

A Finnish cheesemonger has produced a limited edition run of glassware made from Gouda and Gruyere cheese – priced at US$5,000 (£3,740) – to mark 100 years of Finnish independence.
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Can Champagne ‘bubble acoustics’ be used to measure wine quality?
06 December 2017

You may be able to taste the difference between a good and a bad wine, but scientists at the University of Texas have suggested you may be able to hear the difference too. 
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The 15 most expensive rosé Champagnes: 5-1
06 December 2017

To celebrate rosé Champagne’s recent renaissance, we’ve rounded up the 15 most expensive expressions on the market, ending with numbers 5 to 1.
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Vinexpo prepares to take on New York
06 December 2017

Vinexpo has released details of its upcoming exhibition in New York – the fair organiser’s first exhibition in the Americas since 2002.
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Wine Society wines to drink this winter
06 December 2017

A recent tasting of the Wine Society's new releases turned up a few gems. Here are our top picks for Christmas and beyond Decanter’s Tasting team recently tasted the latest additions to the Wine Society’s range. The long-established firm, a cooperative owned by its
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Taylor’s releases 1968 Tawny
06 December 2017

Taylor’s Port has released the fifth and latest vintage in its Single Harvest Port range – the 50-year-old 1968.
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Mallya trial: defence says there is ‘no evidence’ to support fraud charges
06 December 2017

Vijay Mallya's defence lawyer, Clare Montgomery QC, told the court yesterday that there is "no evidence" to support charges of fraud, and if he had not been hounded by banks and authorities, Mallya "could have paid back 80% of the loans" by now.
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‘We are extremely sorry’ — promoters apologise as Prosecco & Balls UK tour axed
06 December 2017

The organisers of a club night promising free-flowing Prosecco and a giant ball pit have apologised after a string of last-minute cancellations led to customers calling the police and demanding refunds.
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Asian Pinot Noir Masters: Results and Analysis
06 December 2017

Winemakers and ardent wine lovers wax lyrical about the fickle and temperamental red grape variety, Pinot Noir, but it takes a lot of patience and attention to detail to make a truly great example as the results of our Asian Pinot Noir Masters showed.
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So Wine Is Subjective. So What? (Wine Spectator)
06 December 2017

Why seeking certainty in wine is a fool’s errand
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Best Rhône 2016 wines: The top scorers
06 December 2017

Here are Matt Walls' top scoring wines from the Rhône 2016 vintage, all rated above 95 points.Southern Rhône 2016 is a vintage for collectors, says Matt Walls. See the top rated wines...
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Decanter Secret Santa gift guide 2017
06 December 2017

Perfect for your Secret Santa, a stocking filler or a light-hearted Christmas gift, and all under £25/ $25... Wine gifts under £25/$25...
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How much wine does a vine produce? – ask Decanter
06 December 2017

Whether you've pondered this question in theoretical manner over dinner or you've got grand designs for a patch of land in your garden, here's the expert view on what you can make from a single vine. See if your garden vineyard plan is realistic...
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Sonoma Wine Legend Davis Bynum Dies at 92 (Wine Spectator)
06 December 2017

Visionary newspaper reporter–turned-vintner made Russian River Valley's first single-vineyard Pinot Noir
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Colin Valentine is stepping down as CAMRA chairman
06 December 2017

Colin Valentine is stepping down from his role as national chairman for beer industry body Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).
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Sotheby’s NYC wine sales approach $23m total
06 December 2017

The latest fine wine sale held by Sotheby’s in New York has raised this year’s haul in the city to almost US$23 million.
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Deadline extended for the Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Masters
06 December 2017

We are now accepting entries for the inaugural The Drinks Business Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris Masters ahead of the extended deadline of 8 January.
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Burgundy drives fine wine in November
06 December 2017

The Liv-ex 1000 index gained nearly 3% in November led by the Burgundy 150 which continued its powerful drive as the index overall hit yet another record high.
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Job applications in catering fall to lowest figure in three years as Brexit hits hospitality
06 December 2017

Job applications for catering jobs have fallen to their lowest figure in three years as Brexit takes its toll on the hospitality industry.
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English wine estate Albury Vineyard rebrands
06 December 2017

Albury Vineyard in Surrey has unveiled a new logo and website this week with the Duke of Northumberland's crest now incorporated into its branding. 
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Chapel Down CEO warns of labour shortage post-Brexit
06 December 2017

Britons will "starve" if it shuts out European fruit pickers after Brexit before addressing the potential labour shortage, the chief executive of English wine producer Chapel Down has warned.
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Mahou San Miguel takes 30% stake in US craft brewer
05 December 2017

Mahou San Miguel has bought a 30% stake in Colorado-based craft brewer Avery Brewing as part of ifs ongoing strategy to position itself as the leading Spanish producer in the craft beer sector, and stregthen its presence in the US.
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North Yorkshire brewery turns oak casks into Christmas trees
05 December 2017

UK brewery T&R Theakston is the latest drinks company to get creative with an oak barrel after its coopers created 5ft-high Christmas trees from salvaged casks.
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SNL releases wine collection to mark 40 years
05 December 2017

Long-running US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has released its own collection of wines that pay tribute to some of its most iconic characters to mark its 40th year.
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Chapel Down launches gin made from grapes
05 December 2017

Kent-based winery Chapel Down has launched its own line of gin and vodka made from grapes, as part of a growing trend across the English wine industry… The Chapel Down vodka and gin Part of a growing trend...
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Lawsuits Take Aim at Interstate Shipping
05 December 2017

A concerted effort is underway to to get shipping laws before the Supreme Court, W. Blake Gray reports.
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A rising star of French wine: Caroline Frey interview
05 December 2017

This environmentally focused young winemaker is putting her stamp on some of France's top wine estates, says Jane Anson. Read her exclusive interview and wine ratings, just published in Decanter magazine and currently available to Premium members online. Caroline Frey at her recently acquired vineyard at Fully in Valais, Switzerland Putting her stamp on top French wines...
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Wine-Country Wildfire Recovery Benefit Raises Over $3.4 Million (Wine Spectator)
05 December 2017

Star chef Thomas Keller, vintner Ann Colgin and other top winemakers and chefs headlined a blockbuster benefit for Napa and Sonoma wildfire relief
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Fine wine goes on rising
05 December 2017

With a 1.3% gain in November, the Liv-ex Fine Win 100 index has risen to its highest level since September 2011.
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No Château de Fieuzal 2017 wine due to frost
05 December 2017

Château de Fieuzal, the Pessac-Léognan cru classé château owned by the Irish Quinn family, has announced that it won’t release any wine from the Bordeaux 2017 harvest because severe frost damaged too much of its crop.Château de Fieuzal vineyards. Estate reveals devastating frost damage...
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Final call for Pinot Noir Masters 2018 entries
05 December 2017

Final entries for The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 8 January.
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Rise in catering jobs listings could indicate that the UK skills gap is ‘continuing to widen’
05 December 2017

Catering salaries are soaring this Christmas while job listings have also risen since last year amidst a 'widening skills gap', according to new figures.
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London retailer and Master of Wine launch educational wine tasting case
05 December 2017

London wine retailer Philgas & Swiggot and BBC Saturday Kitchen wine expert Sam Caporn MW have released a case of wine accompanied by a series of educational videos.
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WSET appoints dedicated US team
05 December 2017

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed a dedicated team in the US, which is one of its fastest growing markets.
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Marston’s-owned brewery turns disused warehouse into giant advent calendar
05 December 2017

A Midlands brewery has taken inspiration from the likes of Banksy this Christmas; transforming a disused warehouse into a giant advent calendar.
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FOI reveals Bank of England spend on booze
04 December 2017

A Freedom of Information request has revealed the amount of taxpayers' money spent on booze by the Bank of England in 2015-2017, with its taste for spirits severely lacking having bought just two bottles in three years. 
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The Bar Awards 2017 Asia winners announced
04 December 2017

The Bar Awards 2017 across Asia has concluded in Kuala Lumpur with a celebration of the awards’ debut in the city, attended by bartenders and mixologists from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok.
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Moët Hennessy USA teams up with Amazon Alexa
04 December 2017

Moët Hennessy USA has launched a new 'skill' on Amazon's digital assistant Alexa that will help users to learn about Champagne and request food pairings and hosting tips in their own home in the latest move by the Champagne giants into interactive marketing. 
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Australian wine imports make further gains in China
04 December 2017

Australia surpassed France for the first time as China's biggest source for bottled wine imports by value in the month of October, although France still leads the overall imports in the first 10 months of the year.
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Jefford on Monday: Alcohol labelling – taste first, then look
04 December 2017

Andrew Jefford suggests we’re getting it wrong about alcohol – with disastrous consequences. How closely do you look at alcohol levels when tasting wine? Why wine tasters are getting it wrong too often...
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Anson: Why a decline in soil health should worry all wine lovers
04 December 2017

How many earthworms does it take to make a fine wine? No, it's not a pre-emptive Christmas cracker joke. It's part of a massive issue facing the future of wine, according to influential soil consultants Claude and Lydia Bourguignon. This article has been re-published after it was named winner of the best editorial / opinion writing category in the Born Digital Wine Awards, announced on 1 December...
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How to hold a wine glass – ask Decanter
04 December 2017

We ask the experts about wine glass holding etiquette.It's all about the stem. Why does it matter...?
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Decanter’s guide to anniversary buys
04 December 2017

For all those in search of a special bottle to mark a celebration in 2018, Anthony Rose shares his tips on which wines and vintages will make ideal gifts this yearChâteau Léoville-Barton 2000, starting to open up now, would be an impressive 18th gift. For all those in search of a special bottle to mark a celebration in 2018, Anthony Rose shares his tips on which wines and vintages wi...
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Wine Legend: Château Mouton Rothschild 1945
03 December 2017

Why this wine, harvested to the sound of victory after the Second World War, makes the Decanter hall of fame. Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame?
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Vintage Champagne: Panel tasting results
03 December 2017

Be among the first to see the results of our vintage Champagne panel tasting, just published in the Christmas issue of Decanter magazine and with scores and tasting notes currently available exclusively to Premium members on Decanter.com. Riddling racks in the Krug cellars in Champagne. Be the first to see the results...
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The 75 most exciting wines of 2017
03 December 2017

Decanter experts around the world named the five bottles under £55 that had impressed them most this year. After tasting and rating the 173 nominated wines, assessing them on harmony, complexity and wow factor, our panel of three judges compiled the ultimate top 75 across all styles. See them below and read Christelle Guibert's report on the results. Find a new wine to try this festive sea...
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Decanter luxury gift guide 2017
02 December 2017

If you really want to spoil the wine lover in your life, we've picked some of our favourite luxury wine gifts... Decanter luxury gift guide 2017 Penfolds Grange 2013 and decanter gift set This year Penfolds released this limited edition gift
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Marion restaurant, Melbourne – review
02 December 2017

Nina Caplan gives her verdict on Marion restaurant.... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine Cognac Marion restaurant, Melbourne Nina Caplan gives her verdict on Marion restaurant....
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Favorite Winter Pairing? (Wine Spectator)
02 December 2017

11 wine pros give us their tips for fireside sipping and holiday feasting
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8 Gifts for Your Favorite Wine Lover (Wine Spectator)
02 December 2017

Spoil that special someone with this selection of accoutrements for the discerning enophile, plus fun stocking-stuffer treats
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Southern Rhône Quiz – Test your knowledge
02 December 2017

Think you know everything about Châteauneuf-du-Pape? And can you identify the other delights of this region? Let's find out with the Decanter Southern Rhône quiz. Domaine de Marcoux vines, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Can you get 10 out of 10?...
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Take a tour of Koks — the Faroe Islands’ first Michelin-starred restaurant
02 December 2017

Koks, which stands at the top of a hill leading down to the small coastal village of Kirkjubøur on the southern Faroe Islands, is one of the most remote Michelin-starred venues in the world.
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Michelin Hong Kong & Macau guide 2018 unveiled
02 December 2017

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2018, which features a total of 227 venues located in Hong Kong and 65 in Macau, has been unveiled with eight new one Michelin-starred establishments being added.
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AB InBev buys Aussie craft brewery Pirate Life
02 December 2017

AB InBev has bought Adelaide-based craft brewery Pirate Life, having also invested AU$10 million in a new brewery that will increase its brewing capacity. 
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‘Send wine’ ancient Israelite urges in newly revealed message
02 December 2017

An apparently blank bit of pottery that's over 2,000 years old actually contains an important message from an ancient Judean requesting more wine be urgently sent to his frontier outpost.
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Ramon Bilbao turns a wine barrel into a violin
02 December 2017

Having just yesterday brought you news of Numanthia’s Loewe leather wine barrel, Rioja estate Ramon Bilabo has gone one better and crafted a violin from a barrel.
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The week in pictures
02 December 2017

This week's highlights include a blessed beer, the launch of a Bacchus gin and Chardonnay vodka by an English winery, and trip to Small Beer Brew, founded by two ex-Sipsmith Gin employees.
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New South Wales proposes bill to ban alcohol ads
02 December 2017

The Australian alcohol and sporting industry has rounded on proposals to ban alcohol adverts in New South Wales (NSW) claiming that it will harm the industry and, despite claims to the contrary, will not do anything to discourage drinking among young people.
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Heston’s Meat Fruit gets a makeover
02 December 2017

Heston Blumenthal’s iconic ‘Meat Fruit’ dish – chicken liver parfait masquerading as a mandarin – has been transformed into a plum for the festive season.
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Jameson IPA-aged whiskey goes on sale worldwide
01 December 2017

Jameson's new hybrid whiskey finished in IPA barrels has gone on sale worldwide after a successful trial run in Ireland.
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Irish authorities seize counterfeit alcohol worth €460k
01 December 2017

Irish authorities in County Louth seized €460,000 worth of counterfeit spirits after finding a large-scale plant for processing denatured industrial alcohol. 
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Vegan drunk driver fined $1,000 over 200 chicken nuggets
01 December 2017

A vegan drunk driver was fined AUS$1,000 after a bizarre incident in which he demanded 200 chicken nuggets from staff at a drive-thru, before adding 200 hash browns to his order. 
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Let’s talk about Sekt, baby
01 December 2017

With the increasing popularity of sparkling wines, the time is ripe for Germany’s fizz, Sekt, to make its mark. Given that it is essentially starting from a blank slate, producers have a rare opportunity to lure consumers, find Lauren Eads.
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Bordeaux: Robot vineyard worker impresses at Clerc Milon
01 December 2017

Robots may soon have a bigger role in some of the world's most prestigious vineyards, after successful trials in Bordeaux and Portugal this year, including at Château Clerc Milon, owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild.'Ted' the robot impresses on first day at Clerc Milon in Bordeaux. Robots may help maintain vineyards and cut chemical use...
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California wine pairings: Unconventional matches
01 December 2017

Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute.Chad Walsh—sommelier of Agern in New York City—on his approach to matching the state’s offbeat bottles with food... California wine pairings: Unconventional matches It may seem unusual for a restaurant with a Nordic bent to stock its cellar
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What does Napa Cabernet Sauvignon taste like?
01 December 2017

Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute.Understand the classic profile of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with our graphic… What Napa Cabernet tastes of What it tastes of...
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‘Fake’ online reviews hit 85% of hotels and restaurants
01 December 2017

Nearly nine out of 10 British hotels and restaurants have received "fake and malicious" online reviews, according to new figures.
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Wine Wanderlust Travel Guide: December 2017 (Wine Spectator)
01 December 2017

Plan your travels with wine in mind: This holiday season, look for festivals, Champagne dinners and more; plus, a special look into FICO Eataly World, Italy’s new food and wine destination
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Unfiltered: King (LeBron) James Conquers Burgundy, Napa, Tuscany, Oregon (Wine Spectator)
01 December 2017

Plus, José Andrés' Puerto Rico heroics on '60 Minutes,' Coppola and Bourdain pair wine with brains, and Congress reps throw a bipartisan wine auction for fire relief
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As U.S. Senate Considers Tax Bill, Wineries Seek a Break (Wine Spectator)
01 December 2017

An amendment to the Republicans' ambitious tax bill would reduce taxes on wineries, brewers and distillers. But is it a giveaway to large producers?
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Royal Tokaji releases 2013 single vineyard wines
01 December 2017

Royal Tokaji has released its trilogy of 2013 single vineyard ‘Aszú’ wines with the statement that: “no vintage so far this century has delivered such perfectly balanced Aszú wines.”
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VIDEO: Jim Beam has created a voice-controlled smart decanter that pours on command
01 December 2017

American whiskey brand Jim Beam has created the "world's first" intelligent bourbon decanter which will pour you a drink if you simply ask.
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Numanthia launches €95,000 Loewe leather barrel
01 December 2017

Bodega Numanthia in Toro has collaborated with Spanish fashion house Loewe on a bespoke leather barrel filled with 2016 Termanthia, priced at €95,000.
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Schaafsma brings Accolade employees to Broadland
01 December 2017

Three former Accolade employers are joining Paul Schaafsma at Broadland Wineries, where he was appointed CEO in late September this year, having left Accolade a little more than three months ago.
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People in Jersey drink more than rest of UK
01 December 2017

Island-dwellers in Jersey drink more alcohol per year than the rest of the UK, according to new figures.
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Distilleries in legal dispute over the use of ‘breakfast’
01 December 2017

Two US distilleries are embroiled in a legal dispute over the use of the term ‘breakfast’ on their bottles, following more...
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Three ways to beat sexism in the beer industry, according to Wild Beer Co. brewer Jaega Wise
01 December 2017

"Sexist" beer labels and pump clips should be banned from competitions organised by Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), according to the head brewer of Wild Card Brewing Co.
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Troplong-Mondot to close Michelin-starred restaurant
01 December 2017

Château Troplong-Mondot has announced it is to close its Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Belles Perdrix, for two years for refurbishment.
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UK bottler Encirc opens dedicated rail terminal
30 November 2017

UK glass manufacturer Encirc has opened its new purpose-built rail terminal at its plant in Cheshire, which will allow it to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 2,400 tonnes annually and remove 6,600 journeys made by HGV lorries from the road each year.
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Louis XIII Cognac to release Pharrell record in 100 years
30 November 2017

Pharrell Williams has recorded a song with Louis XIII Cognac that will not be released until 2117 and that we will "only hear if we care" to highlight the threat of global warming.
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Bordeaux 2017: How the new vintage is shaping up
30 November 2017

Jane Anson traverses Left and Right Banks, tasting vat samples of the fledgling Bordeaux 2017 vintage and speaking to consultants and winemakers about what to expect from the wines. Vats forming part of the new winemaking facilities and cellar at Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, installed for the 2013 vintage. Jane Anson investigates the new vintage...
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How the Médoc 2015 classified wines taste now
30 November 2017

See which Bordeaux 2015 wine gets 100 points as Jane Anson reports on how classified wines from the Médoc 2015 vintage are looking in the bottle, 18 months after they were tasted en primeur. Margaux vineyards in Bordeaux, from the book 'Club of Nine' with photos from Andy Katz and words by Jane Anson. Jane Anson tastes the 2015 wines in-bottle...
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Alcohol and Health: Does It Matter What You Drink? (Wine Spectator)
30 November 2017

When it comes to health benefits, red wine seems to get all the praise. But it’s not that simple
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The best Asda wines this winter
30 November 2017

Here are our top picks for winter 2017 from the UK supermarket's range, all reviewed by Decanter's expert tasting team. Top picks at good prices from our tasting team...
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Tesco Champagne offers
30 November 2017

See the latest Tesco Champagne offers, so you can stock up for the festive season with your favourite brands... See the latest Tesco Champagne offers, so you can stock up for the festive season with your favourite brands...
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Oddbins Champagne offers
30 November 2017

The best Christmas Champagne offers from Oddbins, including wines from Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier and Veuve Clicquot... The best Christmas Champagne offers from Oddbins, including wines from Laurent-Perrier, Pol Roger and Veuve Clicquot...
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Marks & Spencer Champagne offers
30 November 2017

We're hunting down the best Marks & Spencer Champagne offers for you to enjoy over the festive season. Keep checking back for the latest! We're hunting down the best Marks & Spencer Champagne offers for you to enjoy over the festive season. Keep checking back for the latest!
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Waitrose Champagne offers
30 November 2017

See Waitrose Christmas Champagne offers, inlcuding wines from Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Taittinger, Perrier-Jouët and Pol Roger... See Waitrose Christmas Champagne offers, inlcuding wines from Laurent-Perrier, Taittinger, Perrier-Jouet and Mumm...
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Majestic Champagne offers
30 November 2017

We're keeping an eye on the Majestic Champagne offers, so you can get the best value for your favourite Champagnes this Christmas and New Year... See the best of Majestic Christmas Champagne offers, including wines from Laurent-Perrier, Moët & Chandon and Taittinger...
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Carlsberg UK launches limited edition beer in-time for Christmas
30 November 2017

Carlsberg UK has launched a special edition beer in time for Christmas, but you'll have to travel to Northamptonshire if you want a taste.
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Asda Champagne offers
30 November 2017

We've hunted down the Asda Champagne offers so you can enjoy your favourites this Christmas and New Year... We've hunted down the Asda Champagne offers so you can enjoy your favourites this Christmas and New Year.
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Wine.com Champagne deals
30 November 2017

See the latest Christmas deals on your favourite Champagnes – including and Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier and Cristal... Wine.com Christmas Champagne deals *Note: although the listed wines are from reputable producers, not all have been reviewed by Decanter.
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Tokyo has a rescue bus for drunk people who fall asleep on the last train home
30 November 2017

The Nishi Tokyo Bus company, which operats the 'oversleeping rescue bus' service, runs for three weekends during the height of end-of-year festivities
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1950s rock ‘n’ roll pub to open in London
30 November 2017

Forget about partying like it’s 1999, a new rock ‘n’ roll pub in north London called Be-Bop-A-Lula wants you to transport you back to the 1950s.
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Heineken UK acquires minority stake in Brixton Brewery
30 November 2017

London-based Brixton Brewery has announced that Heineken UK will be investing in the company to enable it to both remain in Brixton and to expand its brewing capacity.
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Counterfeit Chinese whisky poisons 22 people in Guangdong
30 November 2017

Counterfeit Chinese whisky containing toxic methanol has poisoned 22 people in Guangdong province in southern China.
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Rising ‘healthification’ driving low-alcohol wine trend
30 November 2017

A growing trend for healthy living and teetotalism, particularly among young adults, is continuing to drive sales of low alcohol wine, according to BMI Research, with a number of retailers working to bolster their ranges.
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Welsh scientists launch ‘antibacterial’ honey beer
30 November 2017

Scientists at Cardiff University have teamed up with Bridgend’s Bang-On Brewery to release a beer infused with Wales’ answer to Manuka honey
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China and Georgia’s FTA to take effect on 1 Jan next year
30 November 2017

The Free Trade Agreement between China and Georgia will officially take effect on 1 January 2018, which means Georgian wines destined to China will soon enjoy zero tariff, China's Ministry of Commerce has announced.
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Hawkshead Brewery announces expansion plan
30 November 2017

Hawkshead Brewery in the Lake District has agreed a £3 million deal with German company Krones to build a new ‘state-of-the-art’ brewery.
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DP releases ‘Prism’ design for 2009
29 November 2017

Champagne prestige cuvée Dom Pérignon has partnered with Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka to create a special edition label for the 2009 vintage and a special ‘art installation’ to display the bottle.
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DWWA Regional Chair profile: Richard Mayson
29 November 2017

Richard Mayson is the Regional Chair for Port & Madeira at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Richard Mayson Richard Mayson Richard Mayson began his career working for The Wine Society, winning the Vintner’s Company Scholarship in 1987 during
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DWWA Regional Chair profile: Sarah Ahmed
29 November 2017

Sarah Ahmed is the Regional Chair for Portugal at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018.Sarah Ahmed Sarah Ahmed Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, is an independent, London-based wine writer, educator and judge. She was awarded the
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Ten great restaurants in Venice for wine lovers
29 November 2017

The floating city is a playground for food and wine lovers. We asked Veneto producers for tips to help you navigate the maze of cicheti bars and canals - and dodge the tourists…Where to eat in Venice for wine lovers. Avoid the tourists, wine and dine like a Venetian...
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Wine & Design: Diane Keaton and the House That Pinterest Built (Wine Spectator)
29 November 2017

How the Academy Award winner designed the Los Angeles home she’s always wanted
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Barolo 2014: Sneak preview of the vintage
29 November 2017

Stephen Brook attended a preview of the Barolo 2014 vintage, hosted by Vinexus in London. Decanter Premium members can be the first to see what he thought of the wines on show and get an idea of how this notoriously tricky year is shaping up three years after harvest.Autumnal sunrise in heartlands of Barolo in Piedmont's Cuneo province. How this tricky vintage is shaping up...
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