Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
New Zealand 2016: Reds to buy, including top Pinot Noir
23 June 2018

There is plenty to be excited about, says Rebecca Gibb MW, who picks out 15 reds to try, based on releases so far...Vines at Ata Rangi Winery in Martinborough. Fifteen red wine picks from the 2016 vintage...
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Dispelling the Old Wine Myths
23 June 2018

Fixed ideas can be hard to shift, James Lawrence reports – and some are more persistent than others.
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Fourth of July Grilling Recipes with Spiaggia Chef Tony Mantuano (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

Marinated lamb chops and spicy watermelon salad star on Independence Day. Plus, 12 Italian wine pairings
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Château Giscours Owner Eric Albada Jelgersma Dies at 79 (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

The Dutch businessman revitalized the Bordeaux winery, despite messy legal battles
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Wine's Higher Education (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

An increasing number of universities are training future wine professionals as the $46-billion-a-year industry grows
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Beavertown’s Heineken deal: How the industry reacted
23 June 2018

Businesses are "f*cking gutted" about what Heineken's investment in Beavertown could mean for the independent beer industry, but not everyone is outraged...
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Politicians’ favourite Gay Hussar closes
22 June 2018

Soho institution The Gay Hussar, a favourite of Labour leaders, is the latest casualty of the London dining scene, having closed its doors for good last night.
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Man pretends to be PM of Morocco to win table
22 June 2018

A man struggling to secure a restaurant reservation took the unusual measure to pretend to be the Prime Minister of Morocco to win favour with front-of-house staff, which surprisingly did the trick. 
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All three 28°-50° restaurants slated to close
22 June 2018

28°-50°, the wine-focused restaurant concept founded by chef Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, has been put up for sale and its three sites are expect to close.
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Viña Carmen unveils its first multi-vintage Cabernet blends in Asia
22 June 2018

Viña Carmen has joined the likes of Penfolds and Opus One in unveiling its first multi-vintage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon which puts the focus on the grape and terroir instead of vintage variation, according to its chief winemaker.
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WBWE: Bulk wine sector has taken ‘huge leap’ in past decade
22 June 2018

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will take up residence in Amsterdam for its 10th edition in November, marking a decade of "strengthening and renovating" the image of bulk wine.
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New Zealand 2017: A vintage recap and whites to try
22 June 2018

Rebecca Gibb MW takes a closer look at a challenging 2017 vintage in New Zealand and picks out 15 whites to try, from Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling and Chenin.Two ex-tropical cyclones hit Marlborough in New Zealand on the eve of the 2017 harvest. Sauvignon Blanc 'with the volume turned down'...
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The week in pictures
22 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Osteria Francescana reclaims its place at the top of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, Princess Beatrice gets stuck into the Chardonnay at the Serpentine Gallery, beer Twitter has lots of opinions on Heineken's deal with Beavertown, the UK gets its first Pinotage vineyard, and Australian footy fans turned plastic waste into high art (literally) at the World Cup.
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First Pinotage vineyard planted in the UK
22 June 2018

Members of the wine trade and press gathered at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex for the planting of the first Pinotage in the UK yesterday, a nod to owner Penny Streeter OBE and the Benguela Collection's South African connections. 
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Giscours to appeal guilty verdict on chaptalisation
22 June 2018

Bordeaux third growth Château Giscours is to appeal a decision by a French court after its managing director was handed a suspended prison sentence for chaptalising a portion of its 2016 vintage due to an unfortunately mistimed communication.
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Wine List Confidential: The Ledbury
22 June 2018

The wine list of sommelier Seamus Williams-Sharkey shows an understanding of the relevance of food-friendly acidity at Brett Graham’s dining destination, The Ledbury.
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Château Giscours to appeal fraud conviction over chaptalisation
22 June 2018

Château Giscours has said it will appeal against a court ruling that saw the group fined 200,000 euros for illegally chaptalising some of its wine in the 2016 vintage. Château Giscours. Court hands out fine but estate says it never intentionally broke rules...
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The World's Most Wanted Rosés
22 June 2018

It's International Rosé Day, and we are just as excited about it as you are ...
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Unfiltered: Uncork Your Wine with a Blowtorch or Hammer! John Legend's Three Weird Tricks (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

Plus, Emeril and friends throw epic "Party at Dan [Kosta]'s House," university wine teams compete at Lafite, and a new don at Dom as Richard Geoffroy's protégé takes over
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Mediterranean Spots to Wine and Dine (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

Escape to these wine-centric restaurants in coastal Spain, France, Italy, Croatia and Greece
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Restaurant Spotlight: Grasing’s (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

A seasoned chef’s tribute to California food and wine
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Turning Tables: What's on the Wine List at Momofuku's New Toronto Joint? (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

The restaurant, Kōjin, delves into Colombian cuisine. Plus, Dovetail will close this month, an exciting RO Hospitality opening is in store in the Atlanta area, and more
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db Drinks: Gymkhana
22 June 2018

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair for quinine sours at its basement bar, modelled on a 17th century East India punch house.
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The Drinks Business and The Spirits Business team up to take on Diageo’s pub quiz
21 June 2018

Union Press has proven it can battle with the best at Diageo's annual pub quiz, finishing ahead of the BBC, CNN and ITV news teams.
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Low-to-no ABV: How to sell low alcohol wine, according to these producers
21 June 2018

With more low-and-no ABV drinks on the market than ever before, wine producers have told us what they're doing to change the drink's unpalatable reputation.
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Bordeaux 2017: The campaign’s Swan-Ausone
21 June 2018

The release of Château Ausone finally, after almost three months, draws a line under the 2017 en primeur campaign.
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Dom Pérignon 2008 release marks the end of an era
21 June 2018

The latest Dom Pérignon release came with a bit of additional news... Michael Edwards tastes the 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon, due to be released in late 2018...
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Jancis Robinson to launch wine glass ‘in response to an everyday frustration’
21 June 2018

At her home in London this evening, Jancis Robinson MW is to officially unveil her own wine glass, which has been created “in response to an everyday frustration”.
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Henri Jayer sale is biggest wine auction ever
21 June 2018

An ex-cellar sale of Henri Jayer wines has shattered all previous wine auction records to achieve an astonishing CHF34.5 million (£26.3m/US$34.5m), which the auctioneer, Baghera Wines, claims, “sets a new reference standard for all rare wine auctions”.
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Conran closes three London restaurants
21 June 2018

Proving just how cutthroat the London dining scene has become, seasoned restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has been forced to close three of his London sites.
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Mature New Zealand wines from the cellar
21 June 2018

New Zealand isn't generally known for its mature wines at present, but there are some gems worth trying if you can find them. Rebecca Gibb MW picks out 15 examples for drinking now...The cellar at Mission Estate. 15 mature New Zealand wines for drinking now...
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Why distilleries are using reggae to ‘musically mature’ their spirits
21 June 2018

Distilleries in the US are using reggae, hip-hop and blues to soothe their spirits and enhance the natural barrel-ageing process to create "musically matured" whiskies, Bourbons and rums.
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Beavertown confirms £40 million stake sale to Heineken
21 June 2018

North London brewer Beavertown has confirmed it sold a minority stake of its business to Heineken for £40 million after months of acquisition rumours.
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1966 Samaroli Bowmore to go under hammer
21 June 2018

An extremely rare bottle of 1966 Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet – a highly coveted bottling among whisky collectors – is to go on sale this week.
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Anson: Wetherspoon vs Champagne
21 June 2018

Jane Anson looks at recent comments by Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin as the two-year anniversary of the Brexit referendum approaches, and concludes that his words will do little to soothe wine producers' nerves across the English Channel. Ramping up the rhetoric...
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Bordeaux Château Prieuré Sainte-Anne sold to Belgian investors
21 June 2018

A deal for Château Prieuré Sainte-Anne has countered a trend for Bordeaux estates being sold to buyers outside of the EU.A trio of Belgian investors will take control of the historic Côtes de Bordeaux estate, Chateau Prieuré Sainte Anne. Deal bucks trend of estate sales to non-European buyers...
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10 of the most stunning wine estate listings on Airbnb
21 June 2018

In the age of the internet no corner of the world is off limits, and it's now easier than ever for a private wine estate to offer up a slice of paradise to the .adventurous traveller.
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Pinot Noir Masters 2018: the results in full
21 June 2018

The results for 2018’s Pinot Noir Masters are out, with top performers hailing from Oregon, California, Marlborough and… the Languedoc.
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Guangdong busts US$35.5m worth of smuggled wines
20 June 2018

Police in Guangdong province have busted another major smuggling wine case involving wines valued at more than RMB 230 million (US$35.5 million), including about 4,000 bottles of  blue chip wines such as first growth Bordeaux.
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Top supermarket wines: DWWA medal winners
20 June 2018

At the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, wines available in UK supermarkets proved that they're not only excellent value but also worthy some of the highest accolades. Here are the Gold and Platinum medal winners you can find at the supermarket... Great value winners at the Decanter World Wine awards 2018...
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Canada’s cannabis legalisation paves the way for innovation in the drinks industry
20 June 2018

The Canadian government has officially passed a bill to legalise cannabis for recreational use, paving the way for a seismic shift in the nation's drinks industry.
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Alibaba launches first unstaffed wine shop in China
20 June 2018

Alibaba, the world’ biggest e-commerce company, has launched a cashier-less wine storage and retail facility in its home city of Hangzhou, enabling shoppers to purchase wines by the case without paying any cash or interacting with any sales staff.
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Retailer specialising in magnums launched
20 June 2018

An online retailer that only sells magnums has been launched by two entrepreneurs who hope to capitalise on the current UK trend for upsizing wine.
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Carbon dioxide shortage threatens beer supply
20 June 2018

A shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide is threatening the supply of beer, soft drinks and packaged meats in Europe following the closure of a number of production plants across the continent.
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Swedes drink Russian city dry
20 June 2018

Swedish football fans descending on Nizhny Novgorod caused beer supplies to run critically low and even run out completely in the city centre as they celebrated their team’s first opening win in 12 years.
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The UK’s best restaurants in 2018, and their wine lists
20 June 2018

The World's 50 Best Restaurants were revealed on Monday night, with just four UK venues — all in London — making it into the list.
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Tommasi Amarone Classico: A tasting full of surprises
20 June 2018

Michaela Morris tastes eight vintages of this classic Amarone, stretching back to 1995, and finds a few surprises along the way.Tommasi's La Groletta vineyard, which provides some of the grapes for their Amarone Classico. Michaela Morris tastes eight vintages of this classic Amarone...
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Osteria Francescana back on top as World’s Best Restaurant
20 June 2018

Massimo Bottura’s tiny Modena restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was named the world’s best for the second time at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Bilbao last night, reports Sorrel Moseley-Williams.
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Osteria Francescana reclaims ‘world’s best restaurant’ title
20 June 2018

The 'world's best restaurant' title has returned to Italy. Reporting by Julie Sheppard in Bilbao and Chris Mercer in London.Osteria Francescana is based in Modena. Modena restaurant reclaims top spot...
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Champagne Legend Says Adieu
20 June 2018

Dom Pérignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy hangs up his boots and looks to a quieter future.
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Wine & Design: Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley at Home (Wine Spectator)
20 June 2018

The Sister, Sister alum and Napa Valley native have carved out a wine lover's sanctuary in Northern California
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Champagne bubbles mystery: Where’s the sparkle? – ask Decanter
20 June 2018

Why would one glass of Champagne not be as effervescent as another? It could be to do with the cleanliness of the glass, says our expert. Why might one glass have more sparkle than another?...
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Final call for Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 entries
19 June 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 6 July.
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2008 Cristal ‘my best to date’ says Champagne Roederer cellar master
19 June 2018

"2008 is my best Cristal ever on the market,” said Roederer cellar master Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon about the latest release of Cristal, which was launched in London last night.
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Hot new London bar openings
19 June 2018

Our latest round up of new drinking dens in the capital features an Indian gastropub with a whisky vending machine, a King’s Road saloon, and a tiki bar where you can blend your own rum.
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the drinks business and Wines of Chile to host masterclass series
19 June 2018

the drinks business and Wines of Chile are to host two masterclasses in Manchester and Edinburgh next month, presented by db editor-in-chief Patrick Schmitt MW. 
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HK and Bordeaux sign MoU to promote wine and food
19 June 2018

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and Bordeaux Greats Events have signed a memorandum of understanding to further strengthen cooperation between the two cities on wine and food tourism promotion.
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Roero 2015 & Riserva 2014: Latest releases
19 June 2018

Stephen Brook takes a look at the latest releases from Roero, including tasting notes & scores...The rolling Roero hills around Canale, with the alps in the distance. Exclusively for Premium members...
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Burgundy exports to Japan could return to peak level in 2018
19 June 2018

Exports of Burgundy to Japan, the third biggest export market for the French wine region, could return to peak levels as the new Japan-EU free exchange agreement comes into effect this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has predicted.
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Wales set to follow Scotland in minimum alcohol pricing bill vote
19 June 2018

Wales is expected to follow Scotland's example and implement minimum alcohol pricing, with the bill set to be voted on in the Senedd today.
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Champagne house Lanson celebrates partnership with O2 arena
19 June 2018

Katy Perry asked fans to "go on the lash" with her at the London leg of her Witness tour as Lanson celebrated its five-year partnership with the O2 arena.
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Aussie footie fans build towering ‘beer snake’
19 June 2018

Australian football fans didn’t let the ‘Socceroos'’ opening World Cup loss to France get them down and set about building a post-game 'beer snake', while the coach of Panama has made a rather drastic vodka-based promise should his team get through the first round.
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French fine dining restaurant Gauthier to go vegan
19 June 2018

French fine dining restaurant Gauthier Soho is aiming to transition its menu to be completely vegan within two years, having already scrapped foie gras from its menu and launching a vegan tasting menu.
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The Devil Seeks Forgiveness from Merlot
19 June 2018

The man who single-handedly slaughtered the great grape's reputation fronts up to growers and says sorry.
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Study Finds Drinkers Have Different Mouth Bacteria Than Nondrinkers (Wine Spectator)
19 June 2018

Research links drinking alcohol with disease-causing bacteria in the oral microbiome
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The changing face of Vega Sicilia Valbuena
19 June 2018

Sarah Jane Evans MW looks at 'little brother' Valbuena, from one of Ribera del Duero's leading estates, Vega Sicilia... Sarah Jane Evans MW tastes a vertical of Vega Sicilia's Valbuena...
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On this day 1965…drink drive limit announced
19 June 2018

On this day in 1965 the UK government announced its intention to introduce a drink drive limit in order to improve road safety.
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Hot new London restaurant openings
19 June 2018

Our latest round-up of openings in the capital includes a lobster shack, Turkish pasta specialist and an Oscar Wilde-inspired venue in a Grade II listed former Baptist church.
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Tesco reports highest growth in seven years thanks to Booker takeover
18 June 2018

Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco reported its strongest growth in seven years, thanks to price cuts and a multi-billion pound takeover of wholesaler Booker.
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Greenall’s enters gin liqueur market
18 June 2018

Greenall's Gin, part of the Quintessential Brands group, has unveiled two flavoured gin liqueurs, its first foray into the category, which have been designed to "appeal to new gin drinkers". 
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Dom Pérignon cellarmaster Geoffroy to hand over reins in 2019
18 June 2018

Dom Pérignon has announced that its long-standing chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy, will formally hand over to Vincent Chaperon at the end of the year. Long standing chef de cave Richard Geoffroy captured in the Champagne vineyards with his successor Vincent Chaperon. After nearly three decades, Geoffroy passes the torch...
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Australia to host Master of Wine symposium in 2022
18 June 2018

Australia is to host the Master of Wine symposium in 2022, it was announced yesterday by legendary Australian winemaker Brian Croser.
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Goose Island wins lawsuit over Bourbon barrel-aged stout beer
18 June 2018

AB InBev-owned brewer Goose Island has won a lawsuit after two men sued the company for more compensation after purchasing bottles of its Bourbon County stout which had been contaminated with lactobacillus acetotolerans bacteria.
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Gordon’s is making low-alcohol ready-mixed cocktails that taste like a G&T
18 June 2018

Gin giant Gordon's is launching two low-alcohol, ready-mixed cocktails this year as consumers' cravings for low ABV drinks continues to grow.
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China hits back at Trump with whiskey import tariff
18 June 2018

China has retaliated to President Trump's imposition of tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports into America, announcing a counter tariff on a raft of products imported by the US into China, including a 25% hike on American whiskey.
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Geoffroy to step down at Dom Pérignon
18 June 2018

Richard Geoffroy will step down as cellar master of Dom Pérignon on 1 January 2019 it has been confirmed, and he will hand over his duties in full to Vincent Chaperon.
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Champagne Thiénot launches Blanc de Blancs NV
18 June 2018

Champagne Thiénot has released its first ever Blanc de Blancs NV, marking a handover between two cellar masters, as Nicolas Uriel takes over from Laurent Fédou.
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Brexit and GIs: Erode protected names at your peril, says Andrew Jefford
18 June 2018

Andrew Jefford briefly considers the implications of treating Champagne and other protected terms as simply 'common-name products'.Protected names form a central facet of EU wine law. Most mornings, before dawn or after, I tune into Farming Today on BBC Radio 4. A recent interview with Shawna
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Examining the Fallout from Napa's Measure C
18 June 2018

After a tough battle, Liza B. Zimmerman looks at why Napa Valley's agricultural bill didn’t pass.
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Sauternes second wines: Why they’re worth a look
17 June 2018

Accessible and affordable, second wines offer the chance for a wider audience to experience the unique sweet character of Sauternes. James Lawther MW explores how these second wines are made and recommends bottles to try... The first thing I was offered at La Chapelle, the recently opened restaurant at Château Guiraud in Sauternes, was a
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Top Barolo Riserva 2012 wines
16 June 2018

Stephen Brook takes a look at the latest vintage of Barolo Riserva to be released. Read on for tasting notes and scores...The farmhouse of Franco Conterno overlooking Monforte d'Alba. Stephen Brook takes a look at the latest vintage of Barolo Riserva to be released...
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What is Chianti Rufina? Ask Decanter
16 June 2018

A brief introduction to this high altitude, Chianti DOCG sub-zone. A brief introduction...
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Argentina's Vintners Say 2018 Wine Harvest Delivers Best Quality Since 2013 (Wine Spectator)
16 June 2018

A dry sunny year leaves winemakers feeling very good about their young wines' potential
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Sommelier Talk: Charming Guests and Championing the Finger Lakes: A Day in the Life of the NoMad's Thomas Pastuszak (Wine Spectator)
16 June 2018

Overseeing a top restaurant, launching a new canned bubbly, and playing bread somm to his 2-year-old is all in a day's work for this New York City wine director
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The World Cup wine quiz – Test your knowledge
16 June 2018

The Russia 2018 World Cup is inescapably here, whether you enjoy football or not. Can you use your wine knowledge to pick your way through our World Cup-themed quiz? Can you win our wine World Cup? Can you win our wine World Cup?...
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Hidden instructions discovered on ancient wine cup
16 June 2018

Italian researchers have been examining hidden messages in ancient Greek and Roman pottery following the discovery of an intriguing message on a wine cup.
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Zonin gears up for UK debut – meet the winemakers
16 June 2018

Italian wine producer Zonin will host its first UK portfolio tasting in the City of London this month.
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Tapi adds knurling finish to screwcaps
16 June 2018

Closures specialist Tapi Group has added a geometric relief effect to its knurling finish screwcaps to allow clients to further customise their products. 
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Chinese wine still lags behind baijiu and beer
15 June 2018

The Chinese wine industry recorded a modest turnover in the first quarter of the year but still lags far behind the more popular Baijiu and beer categories, and production continues to decline.
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Milestone Beverages aims to ‘bring sexiness back to Chianti’
15 June 2018

Joe Milner, managing director of Milestone Beverages, is hoping to "bring sexiness back to Chianti", with the launch of its latest Chianti wine range called 'Atilius' that has now become available in five key markets across Asia. 
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WSTA warns that Brexit could lead to a gin shortage
15 June 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that a "no-deal" Brexit could threaten imports of juniper from the Mediterranean, leading to a "doomsday" for British gin. 
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Tio Pepe launch travel-friendly Fino Sherry
15 June 2018

Sherry maker Tio Pepe has released a sherry bottle made exclusively for the travel retail sector.
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Hugel Schoelhammer: The first three vintages compared
15 June 2018

Stephen Brook tastes all three vintages of Hugel's new single vineyard Riesling, Schoelhammer, including the new 2009 release...Where Schoelhammer Riesling comes from. Credit: Hugel. Exclusive reviews of Hugel's new 'grand cru plus' Riesling...
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Angler calls beer fine ‘un-Australian’
15 June 2018

An Australian man enjoying a beer while he fished for octopus earlier this month fell foul of the country’s public drinking laws and was slapped with a AU$200 fine – a punishment he described as 'un-Australian".
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Borges: We’re just scratching the surface in the Douro
15 June 2018

Winemakers in the Douro Valley are only just scratching the surface in terms of the potential in the region to make world class dry wines according to Jorge Borges of Wine & Soul.
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The week in pictures
15 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Tinie Temper works the circuit, JD Wetherspoon frames a Champagne loss as a Brexit victory, Ryan Reynolds walks out of an interview with himself, and beavers provide vital fluids for the bourbon industry...
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Eight new pink gin launches
15 June 2018

The pink gin category has grown rapidly in recent months, with big players Diageo and Pernod Ricard both wading into the market. We round up the newcomers contributing to the pink gin craze.
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Wine Sales
15 June 2018

A drinks attorney dishes the dirt on less-than-obvious legal infractions wineries face on the internet.
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Unfiltered: Chambord Showdown: Castle vs. Liqueur in Trademark War (Wine Spectator)
15 June 2018

Plus, Dwyane Wade launches rosé, Warriors ball out with Moët, and Walmart enters retail wine wars
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The Newest Rothschild in Wine (Wine Spectator)
15 June 2018

Saskia de Rothschild hopes to build on her father's legacy at Lafite Rothschild and the other wineries in her family company
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Piedmont new releases: Full report
15 June 2018

Stephen Brook provides individual reports on the latest releases from Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero, with tasting notes and scores for more than 170 wines...Sunset over Serralunga d'Alba. Read Stephen's reports on the latest releases from Barolo, Barbaresco and Roero, including over 170 tasting notes...
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Sotheby’s launches ‘instant wine cellar’ service
15 June 2018

Fine wine lovers can buy an instant wine collection and have bottles delivered within 24 hours in New York and Hong Kong as part of a new service launched by Sotheby's.Sotheby's launches advice and cellaring services. New service offers delivery of wines within 24 hours...
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db Drinks: The American Bar at The Stafford
14 June 2018

Resident sybarite Lucy Shaw heads to the recently revamped American Bar at The Stafford for Champagne cocktails and spring pea croquettes with truffle aioli.
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Barolo 2014: Vintage report and tasting notes
14 June 2018

Stephen Brook reports on the tricky 2014 vintage in this renowned appellation. Read on for his top recommendations, plus dozens more tasting notes and scores...Autumnal sunrise in Barolo, Piedmont. Read Stephen's report on the 2014 Barolo vintage and see his top picks...
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
14 June 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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Half of hospitality staff consider quitting over a lack of mental health support
14 June 2018

Managers in hospitality aren't doing enough to support staff with mental health issues, according to a new survey examining the impact of depression in the UK labour market.
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Bordeaux 2017: Irresistible or a bit of a mission?
14 June 2018

Another day, another first growth and today’s releases have been dominated by wines from Domaine Clarence Dillon – specifically Château Haut-Brion.
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Hush Heath to open £4m winery and more than triple production
14 June 2018

Kentish wine estate Hush Heath is to open its new £4 million winery and visitor centre in August as it aims to increase production from 150,000 bottles to 500,000 a year over the next five years.
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Chef Atul Kochhar apologises for ‘anti-Islam’ tweet
14 June 2018

Chef Atul Kochhar, of the Michelin-starred London restaurant Benares, has had his contract with a Dubai hotel terminated after he tweeted an "anti-Islam" sentiment. 
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Smith: Portugal needs to raise its wine prices
14 June 2018

In order for Portugal to be taken seriously as a fine wine country it needs to raise the price of its dry red wines according to Tony Smith pf Quinta da Boavista.
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Majestic profits rise in ‘incredibly challenging’ market that’s only getting tougher
14 June 2018

Majestic Wines' sales and profits performed well last year despite a difficult UK market, but as Brexit looms, chief executive Rowan Gormley warned that 2018 will be "even tougher".
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Fine wine investment: A second wind
14 June 2018

Normally the older a wine gets the scarcer it gets too but then, every now and again, an apparently hard to find label finds itself flush with a second wind of liquidity.
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Discover Katnook Coonawarra
14 June 2018

Promotional featureAn odyssey of history and heritageKatnook Cellar Door An odyssey of history and heritage
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Magnetic treatment could be used to remove off-flavours in wine
14 June 2018

Scientists have used magnetic particles to isolate and reduce high levels of alkylmethoxypyrazines (MPs) – which can cause off-flavours – in Cabernet Sauvignon, without altering the overall aroma and flavour profile.
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The greatest Bordeaux vintages that never were
14 June 2018

How Bordeaux came to embrace the idea of vintage wines.The Mouton Rothschild barrel room. How the idea of vintage took hold...
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Top 10 Father’s Day wines: Which wine persona does your dad have?
14 June 2018

Is your dad a Rioja Rogue or more of a Châteauneuf-du-Papa ? We realise fathers come in all shapes and sizes, with preferences ranging from the suave whites to bold and muscular reds, or even a delicate rosé. Use our persona guide to find the perfect fine wine gift for Father's Day... Give your dad the bottle he deserves...
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The World's Most Wanted Pinot Noirs
14 June 2018

Beyond Burgundy, what are the world's Pinot-philes looking for?
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Ballot Proposal over Napa County Hillsides Remains Undecided (Wine Spectator)
14 June 2018

A week after the election, the votes on Measure C, which could sharply restrict wineries and hillside vineyard planting, are still being tallied
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My top 10 St-Emilion and Pomerol châteaux
14 June 2018

We asked long-time Decanter contributing editor James Lawther MW to select his favourite estates from these Right Bank appellations. His choice highlights the evolving nature of the region since the 1990s... Bordeaux became my home in 1996, St-Emilion and the Right Bank an agreeable 25-minute drive away. Leaving the rolling hills
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Sotheby’s introduces ‘instant’ fine wine cellars
14 June 2018

Sotheby’s Retail has introduced a new ‘Instant Cellars’ concept, giving customers in the US and Hong Kong the chance to buy wine collections for drinking, cellaring and investment.
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Researchers are investigating the flavour profiles of vodkas made with dairy
13 June 2018

As premium brands like Black Cow Vodka gain popularity with consumers, a team of scientists are investigating how the flavour of milk-based spirits differs from those made with grain.
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ProWine China 2018 will be the biggest ever
13 June 2018

ProWine China 2018 is expected to be "the biggest exhibition ever since its beginnings," according to its organiser, with exhibitor and visitor numbers expected to grow by 15%  and 20% respectively, compared to figures recorded last year.
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Private Passions: Easy Rider
13 June 2018

The immaculately attired Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi, a 30th generation member of the Frescobaldi winemaking dynasty, isn't afraid of a little dirt, and his passion for off-road biking has taken him all the way to the Sahara desert.
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Vinitaly roadshow in China kicks off with high hopes
13 June 2018

Vinitaly has added three cities in Southeastern China to its roadshow stops this year from 11 to 14 June in an effort to expand its presence in the region and to target China's growing urban population.
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Barbaresco 2015 & Riserva 2013: Latest releases
13 June 2018

Stephen Brook takes a look at the latest releases from Barbaresco, including tasting notes & scores...Asili in Barbaresco. Read Stephen's report on the latest Barbaresco releases...
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Tasmanian research project investigates faster sparkling wine maturation
13 June 2018

A research project conducted by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and funded by Wine Australia is exploring the sparkling wine maturation process with the aim of producing a quality product that has been aged for only nine months to a year. 
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Bordeaux 2017: Margaux and the Wild Ones
13 June 2018

The race to the finish of this campaign kicked up an extra gear this morning with the release of Château Margaux and a clutch of Right Bank names.
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You can now buy non-alcoholic wine-flavoured water
13 June 2018

An Israeli drinks company has created a flavoured water infused with "the spirit of wine" as demand for low and no ABV products rises
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JD Wetherspoon to remove Champagne from its bars ahead of Brexit, but not Prosecco
13 June 2018

British pub giant JD Wetherspoon is ditching Champagne and swapping it out for English-sparkling wine in the run up to Brexit, but cheaper European fizz is still on the menu.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Noble Rot
13 June 2018

Chefs, Stephen Harris and Paul Weaver from the Michelin-starred The Sportsman in Whitstable have revitalised the kitchen of this homely, wine bar, founded in the 1970s, but originally built in 1700.
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Napa's Watershed C Vote at a Standstill
13 June 2018

Poor voter response, mail-in ballots and bureaucracy stall a decision on a major agricultural provision.
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8 & $20: Asian Chicken Salad with a Crisp White (Wine Spectator)
13 June 2018

Take this meal outside for a crunchy, vividly flavored treat
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Barolo’s Golden Age: A Decanter masterclass
13 June 2018

See scores and tasting notes for top Barolo wines, shown at the Decanter Italy Fine Wine Encounter...The Barolo masterclass. Top Barolo wines from Decanter's recent masterclass...
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Ridgeview’s latest vintage reveals brand new look
13 June 2018

English sparkling wine producer, Ridgeview, have celebrated the release of their latest vintage under contemporary new branding. See Amy Wislocki’s tasting notes and scores…Ridgeview sparkling wine has revamped its image with slick new labelling designs. Credit: Ridgeview Ridgeview unveils its fresh new look with its 2014 vintage release...
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Top 10 things to see and do at La Cité du Vin
13 June 2018

Since opening in 2016, La Cité du Vin has become a must-visit attraction for tourists in Bordeaux. Sophie Kevany asks director Philippe Massol to select his highlights from the permanent exhibition and workshops...La Cité du Vin A must-visit attraction for tourists in Bordeaux....
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Tiny Thai grill named Britain’s best restaurant
12 June 2018

Kiln, a tiny Thai venue in Soho that champions clay pot cooking, has been named the best restaurant in the UK at the National Restaurant Awards.
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UK gin sales reach £1.5 billion in a year
12 June 2018

Sales of gin in the UK broke another record, reaching £1.5 billion or roughly 55 million bottles in the 12 months to the end of March 2018, according to the latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA.)
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The five US states that like to drink the most
12 June 2018

New data has revealed the US states where eating out and drinking are top priorities for locals.
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Uncorked: Leo Au
12 June 2018

Leo Au, chef sommelier at The Upper House's Café Grey, talks about harvesting the 2012 vintage at Château Mouton Rothschild and a luscious Château Guiraud 2002 to be served at his funeral, which hopefully will help the guests hold back their tears. 
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India’s wine market is like China 15 years ago
12 June 2018

A recent report on India’s wine market by Wine Intelligence and the country’s only Master of Wine, Sonal Holland, highlighted the potential of India's future wine consumption and likened it to its neighbour China 15 years ago.
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Follador Prosecco toasts success of partnership with the Italian Open
12 June 2018

Follador Prosecco is celebrating the success of its involvement in the 75th Italian Open golf tournament which witnessed 34,000 spectators attend the four-day event at the Gardagolf Country Club at the beginning of June.
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Bordeaux 2017: Lambs and Lions
12 June 2018

A first growth at last as Mouton Rothschild releases its grand vin and immediate stable alongside Léoville Las Cases, Pontet Canet and Haut-Bailly.
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Brown-Forman challenges Château Chambord over name
12 June 2018

Spirits giant Brown-Forman has launched legal action against Château Chambord in the Loire Valley to try to stop the property from using its own name on its wines.
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New whiskey flavoured with beaver secretions launched
12 June 2018

New Hampshire-based Tamworth Distillery has launched a limited edition whiskey flavoured with castoreum, a substance secreted by beavers, which it sources from a local animal trapper called Anton.
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Global alcohol consumption steadied in 2017 thanks to cider
12 June 2018

Alcohol consumption worldwide actually grew in 2017, thanks to a rising number of cider drinkers providing relief to the industry after months of steady decline.
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Wine Fraud's Final Journey
12 June 2018

Hardy Rodenstock has died, but W. Blake Gray suggests someone should check the contents of his coffin.
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Culinary Evening with California Winemasters Raises $1.7 million for Cystic Fibrosis (Wine Spectator)
12 June 2018

With more than 780 auction lots, the 29th annual event reached new heights
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Argentina 2018 vintage: Good news for producers with a return to ‘normality’
12 June 2018

Winemakers in Argentina are celebrating the end of a productive vintage which is refreshingly ‘normal’...Harvest in Lujan. Winemakers in Argentina are celebrating the end of a productive vintage...
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Voyager Estate: 40th anniversary tasting
12 June 2018

Sarah Ahmed tastes three mini-verticals from Voyager Estate at their 40th anniversary celebration in London, exclusive to Decanter Premium members..Voyager Estate Sarah Ahmed takes a look at Voyager Estate's wines, among Margaret River's best...
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Bordeaux 2017: Anyone for seconds?
12 June 2018

The en primeur week has begun at a gallop once again with the release of the highly-rated second growths Léoville Barton and Montrose.
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South African craft brewery apologises for ‘Filthy Brunette’ and ‘Easy Blonde’ beers
12 June 2018

A South African craft brewery which makes beers called Filthy Brunette and Easy Blonde has apologised for its "sexist" marketing.
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Day: Sauvignon Blanc ‘becoming like plastic surgery’
11 June 2018

Sauvignon Blanc is “becoming like plastic surgery”, as producers seek to make identical intensely aromatic styles, according to Matt Day of Klein Constantia.
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Wiston Estate appoints Swig as London on-trade distributor
11 June 2018

West Sussex-based wine producer Wiston Estate was named South African specialist Swig Wines as its exclusive London on-trade distributor. 
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Warriors celebrate with $400k of Champagne
11 June 2018

NBA team the Golden State Warriors celebrated their recent championship win in style with US$400,000 worth of Champagne.
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‘Unusual’ Byzantine wine presses uncovered
11 June 2018

Two “unusual” wine presses dating to the Byzantine period have been discovered inside an old water cistern in northern Israel.
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Storing wine on its side is bullsh*t, says scientist
11 June 2018

Storing wine on its side won’t prevent corks drying out, and may even accelerate their degeneration, according to Amorim’s director of R&D, Dr. Miguel Cabral.
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Final call for Syrah Masters 2018 entries
11 June 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Syrah Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 July.
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AB InBev ceases funding of controversial alcohol study
11 June 2018

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev, has pulled funding for a controversial US$100 million study, conducted by US-based National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is to examine whether there are any health benefits associated with moderate drinking. 
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WATCH: Ryan Reynolds interviews himself to promote Aviation Gin
11 June 2018

Ryan Reynolds sat down for an interview with his "brother" Gordon to celebrate World Gin Day.
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Jefford on Monday: All change at Capion
11 June 2018

Andrew Jefford salutes a Russian renaissance in the Gassac valley...Harvesting at 'Ch Capion Andrew Jefford salutes a Russian renaissance in the Gassac valley...
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Prosecco Loses Some of its Sparkle
11 June 2018

As sales growth stalls in the UK, can producers make consumers trade up to higher-quality wines?
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North Barossa Vintners: Producer profile
11 June 2018

Sarah Ahmed takes a look at the wines produced by this exciting collaboration, founded in 2006 in the Barossa Valley...Vineyards in Barossa. Sarah Ahmed takes a look at the wines produced by this exciting collaboration...
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Best Bordeaux hotels: Where to stay
11 June 2018

Wine lovers choosing to visit Bordeaux are increasingly spoiled for choice. Sophie Kevany uses her local knowledge to select the very best boutique hotels, B&Bs and châteaux in the city and vineyardsChâteau de Léognan Wine lovers choosing to visit Bordeaux are increasingly spoiled for choice...
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Sangria Knocks Mouton Off Top Spot
10 June 2018

How did that happen? A drink comes out of nowhere to top our list of most searched-for wines.
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David Ramey interview
10 June 2018

With an early career influenced by some of the most respected names in the world of French wine, this classically minded innovator went on to become one of the key figures in wine in California. Elin McCoy meets the Ramey Cellars founder...David Ramey and his wife Carla With an early career influenced by some of the most respected names in the world of French wine, this classically minded innovato...
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Wine Legend: Ramonet, Montrachet 1986
09 June 2018

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend?
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The Most Wanted Italian Wines
09 June 2018

There are no shocks at the top end, but digging deeper turns up a few surprises.
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Father's Day Cooking: Crispy Lemon Fried Chicken (Wine Spectator)
09 June 2018

Chef and TV star Alex Guarnaschelli shares a menu inspired by her father’s passion for Chinese food, with 12 suggested wine pairings
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Anthony Bourdain, Chef, Author and TV Host, Dies at 61 (Wine Spectator)
09 June 2018

The chef who revealed the hard work and hard living of the cooks in restaurant kitchens, died today, an apparent suicide
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Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain dies
09 June 2018

Tributes have been paid to celebrated American chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, who has died at the age of 61.
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Mumm to launch space Champagne for astronauts
09 June 2018

Mumm Champagne has announced it will be launching a bottle of gravity-defying Champagne, enabling it to be consumed in outer space… Gravity-defying fizz for space travel...
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db Eats: Evelyn’s Table
08 June 2018

Resident hedonist Lucy Shaw heads to the 14-seater Evelyn’s Table in Soho, from the team behind The Palomar, for deep fried courgette flowers, smoked eel tart and a heavenly Puligny-Montrachet.
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The UK loses £218 million every year from counterfeit wine and spirits
08 June 2018

Just under £220 million is lost from the UK economy each year thanks to counterfeit wines and spirits entering the market, according to new research.
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Invivo launches IPO to expand Graham Norton wine brand
08 June 2018

New Zealand wine producer Invivo aims to raise $6.5 million through an initial public offer in its home country, with plans to expand its Graham Norton wine brand and launch a "new celebrity collaboration" in the US.
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Ten of the best restaurants in Milan for wine lovers
08 June 2018

Known as Italy’s fashion capital, Milan also has a long history of fine food and wine. We asked wine producers from nearby Piedmont where they dine out in the city... Find out where Italian wine lovers dine out in Milan... Credit: Alexandre Rotenberg / Alamy Stock Photo Find out where the Italian wine lovers dine…
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Global Rosé Masters 2018: the results
08 June 2018

There was strength in depth in our latest Global Masters competition, with top prizes being awarded to expressions from the lowest to the highest price points.
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Tamra Kelly-Washington joins Seresin as head winemaker
08 June 2018

Tamra Kelly-Washington, the former chief winemaker at Yealands Estate, has been named head winemaker of Seresin in Marlborough, where she began her wine career.
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The week in pictures
08 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; WSET chief Ian Harris gets his MBE, Pernod Ricard goes litter picking in Brighton, and Chrissy Teigen buys Kris Jenner a Champagne vending machine for her new house – what, you don't have one?
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Molson Coors acquires Californian kombucha brand
08 June 2018

US brewer Molson Coors has acquired California's Clearly Kombucha, which produces a range of organic, gluten-free, vegan and kosher fermented tea beverages.
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Champagne Mumm to launch fizz designed for space travel
08 June 2018

Champagne Mumm is to enter the drinks space race later this year with the launch of a new fizz, with both the bottle and accompanying glasses specially adapted for consumption in zero gravity conditions.
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EU slaps 25% tariff on US whiskey and Bourbon
08 June 2018

The EU Commission has confirmed that it will be imposing a tariff on imports of Bourbon and American whiskey from July, in retaliation to president Donald Trump's decision to impose a 25% tax on imports on steel.
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Jacob’s Creek names new chief winemaker
08 June 2018

Jacob's Creek has named Dan Swincer as its new chief winemaker, taking over from Ben Bryant who was appointed to the post in 2015. 
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Querciabella: Producer profile
08 June 2018

Susan Hulme MW takes a look at this Tuscan estate, a pioneer of sustainable viticulture in Italy...The Querciabella estate. Susan Hulme MW takes a look at this Tuscan estate,...
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A Rendezvous with Moët's Latest Vintage
08 June 2018

Over lunch with Moët’s chef de cave Benoît Gouez, Tom Jarvis rekindled an old flame.
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Perfect Match Recipe: Roast Salmon with Fennel and Charred Onion Sauce (Wine Spectator)
08 June 2018

This game-changing onion beurre blanc will shake up your next salmon dinner, paired with a warm-climate Chardonnay
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Unfiltered: Royal Wedding Winemakers Speak; Honeymoon at a 'Wine Spectator' Award–Winning Castle? (Wine Spectator)
08 June 2018

Plus, chefs Michael Cimarusti and Dominique Crenn go fish for Krug, and Elton John's Riedel rainbow decanter is back
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Photo highlights: Decanter Italy Encounter 2018
08 June 2018

Higlights from the day...
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Château Tour Castillon wine to be aged in English Channel
08 June 2018

Médoc estate Château Tour Castillon are going to immerse some of their 2015 wines in the English Channel. The boat taking the wines. The Médoc estate will age some wines in the Channel....
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Restaurants with Standout By-the-Glass Selections (Wine Spectator)
08 June 2018

A fresh way to explore world-class wine lists
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Restaurant Spotlight: Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar (Wine Spectator)
08 June 2018

A piece of Italy in downtown Singapore
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Turning Tables: Aba Opens in Chicago; Wolfgang Puck's Spago Las Vegas Moves to the Bellagio (Wine Spectator)
08 June 2018

Plus, the Greenbrier's wine director is leaving for Jeff Ruby's, Sushi Nakazawaopens in D.C., Michael Mina revamps his San Francisco menu, and more
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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Celebration to focus on ‘purity and place’
08 June 2018

The second International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, which will take place in Marlborough in January 2019, will focus on New Zealand’s place within the wine world.
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Moët and Chandon’s London pop-up is hosting live shows with Edith Bowman and Paloma Faith
07 June 2018

Moët and Chandon's summer festival will present a series of masterclasses, live talks and podcasts with celebrities from Paloma Faith to Jason Atherton.
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London Cru adds to Liberty London wine offering
07 June 2018

Urban winery London Cru has renewed its partnership with one of the city's leading department stores, Liberty London, adding a red wine to the shop's British Food Hall.
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Tap Tales: Mike Unsworth, Shepherd Neame
07 June 2018

Mike Unsworth, master brewer and operations manager at Shepherd Neame in Kent, talks about how his greatest vice and career choice are linked, why tax rises on beer are hitting the industry hard and why you just can't beat a pie and a pint. 
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Pernod Ricard plans Myanmar whisky expansion
07 June 2018

Pernod Richard is expanding its whisky footprint in Myanmar having acquired a majority stake in a new joint venture with private equity firm Yoma Strategic, making it the first major global producer of wine and spirits to enter the market.
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Faustino: ‘China will become our most important market in five years’
07 June 2018

With a departure from Spain’sold fashioned image and China’s growing thirst for wine, Group Faustino, the Spanish wine giant, is confident that the country will become its most important wine market within the next five years, according to its CEO.
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Hong Kong educator named ‘2018 Saké Ambassador’
07 June 2018

Corinne Mui, senior wine educator at Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC), has won the ‘2018 Saké Ambassador’ at London Sake Challenge 2018, the first Asian to win the title.
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Ex-Fat Duck chef and MS to open London restaurant
07 June 2018

The former executive chef at Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred The Fat Duck, Jonny Lake, and master sommelier, Isa Bal, have teamed up with plans to open a restaurant in London next year.  
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Fine wine investment: A change in fortunes?
07 June 2018

Following a recent reassessment of the 1998 Bordeaux vintage in The Wine Advocate which was especially favourable for the Right Bank, will the wines' fortunes in the secondary market trend upwards or will its reputation as a so-so vintage on the Left Bank continue to hold it back?
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Producer profile: Château Talbot
07 June 2018

Known among claret lovers for its consistency, Château Talbot has a long history of family ownership. Yohan Castaing discovers how the current owners are combining tradition and modernity to shape its future...Credit: Vinexia.fr Known among claret lovers for its consistency, Château Talbot has a long history of family ownership....
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New on Wine List Confidential: MASH Steak House
07 June 2018

With little street frontage, the mighty MASH unravels deep beneath Brewer Street in a Mad Men-esque set of red leather and marble, with its team of sommeliers offering a good value and discerning wine list.
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Anson: Top St-Estèphe 2014 wines
07 June 2018

Jane Anson looks at what's changed in St-Estèphe, and re-tastes 38 wines from 2014 - 'a vintage not to miss'....Cos d’Estournel What's changed in St-Estèphe...
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Controversy Still Simmers at Domaine Huet
07 June 2018

The Vouvray producer's owners – and wines – have caused ripples among wine reviewers.
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Is the Mission variety resistant to phylloxera? – ask Decanter
07 June 2018

Which varieties are resistant to phylloxera?Phylloxera infected grape vine. Which varieties are resistant to phylloxera?
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Vinexpo Hong Kong in pictures
07 June 2018

It was yet another buzzing Vinexpo Hong Kong with no shortage of insightful masterclasses, seminars and tastings. Here are the pictorial highlights including our Asian Personality Award and GreatWall masterclass and many more.
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Understanding the Left Bank: A comprehensive guide
07 June 2018

Get to grips with the different appellations on this side of the Gironde, as Stephen Brook offers a comprehensive guide from north to south for anyone who is just beginning their love affair with Bordeaux wines... As the terms Left and Right Bank clearly imply, what we think of as Bordeaux is in reality two different
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend bought Kris Jenner a Champagne vending machine
06 June 2018

Model Chrissy Teigen found the perfect gift for celebrity matriarch Kris Jenner in the form of a Champagne vending machine.
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Pinot Gris Masters 2018: The results
06 June 2018

Good quality was in evidence at our inaugural Pinot Gris Masters. Appropriately for a grape with global significance, our judges enjoyed exciting examples from all over the world, writes Patrick Schmitt MW.
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Bordeaux 2017: Buy! Buy! Buy?
06 June 2018

Like marbles pouring out of a bag the Bordeaux 2017 releases have continued apace this morning with some undoubtedly tempting offers from some of the region's rising stars but they're not all entirely in sync with the market.
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Hospitality and catering salary offers on the rise as Brexit looms
06 June 2018

Salary offers in the hospitality and catering sectors have both risen by up to 15% this year, according to new figures.
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Howard Park: 2018 best vintage in Western Australia for 25 years
06 June 2018

Jeff Burch, owner of Howard Park which produces wines from both the Margaret River and Great Southern regions, believes the 2018 vintage will be one that "winemakers will talk about and will be one for consumers to look out for in the coming years". 
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d’Arenberg releases ‘Daddy Long Legs’ wine
06 June 2018

McLaren Vale winery d’Arenberg has released a fortified wine, in the shape of a daddy long legs spider… The new fortified wine from d'Arenberg...
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The UK’s 10 most popular homemade cocktail bases in 2018
06 June 2018

A new study has ranked the UK's most-used spirits and liqueurs based on their popularity as cocktail ingredients.
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‘Educational’ pop-up rosé wine mansion to open in New York
06 June 2018

A pop-up rosé mansion, which plans to educate visitors about "the history, science and economics" of rosé, is due to open in New York next month, complete with a blending workshop, gold chandelier swing and pink wine bar.
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Churchill’s joins Port declarations
06 June 2018

Churchill’s Port has joined many fellow shippers in declaring a 2016 vintage, although quantities are miniscule.
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Keti Mazzi: Italy will be the centre of consumer interest
06 June 2018

Italy has outgrown its quaff-able Pinot Grigio image and will be in the centre of consumer interests for years to come, Keti Mazzi, founder of Hong Kong-based branding agency Certa, asserts, as Hong Kong's wine trade pushes for more visibility for a broader range of Italian wines.
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Top Wine Society wines to buy
06 June 2018

A recent tasting of the Wine Society's new releases turned up a few gems. Here are our top picks for the summer.... 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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Fine wine collector Hardy Rodenstock dies
06 June 2018

Fine wine collector and notorious alleged fraudster Hardy Rodenstock has died at the age of 76 after a long illness, according to reports in the German press. Hardy Rodenstock has died at the age of 76...
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New faces of Beaujolais
06 June 2018

Beaujolais is currently enjoying a revival, thanks to improved quality and a run of great vintages. James Lawther MW profiles the young winemakers who are injecting new energy into the regionBeaujolais The rise in quality, authenticity and standing of Beaujolais these days begs the question: who is driving the revival? Beaujolais
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3 Old-Vine Truths We Shouldn't Forget (Wine Spectator)
06 June 2018

The reasons may not be what you might imagine
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3 Old-Vine Truths We Shouldn't Forget (Wine Spectator)
06 June 2018

The reasons may not be what you might imagine
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Premium California wines to buy in 2018
06 June 2018

Anne Krebiehl MW picks out 33 exciting Californian wines that impressed her at a recent tasting in London... Anne Krebiehl MW picks out over 30 wines that impressed her at a recent tasting in London...
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The Douro Valley is ‘Disneyland’ for winemakers
06 June 2018

The bountiful array of native grape varieties in the Douro Valley makes it like “Disneyland for winemakers”, according to Tiago Alves de Sousa Quinta da Gaivosa.
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Graycliff: ‘The world’s third-largest wine cellar’ hidden in The Bahamas
05 June 2018

Built by a notorious pirate, Nassau’s Graycliff hotel is an 18th-century treasure trove containing some of the oldest and rarest wines in existence…For a fee of $1,000 you can dine among the rare and valuable wines in Graycliff's cellar... Take a look inside the $25m wine treasure trove stashed in Nassau...
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30 top Bordeaux wines under £30
05 June 2018

Far from being the exclusive preserve of big spenders, Bordeaux offers a range of great value wines in a variety of different styles. John Stimpfig introduces Decanter’s hand-picked selection of bottles that are perfect for everyday drinking...Bordeaux top 30 under £30 Thirty years ago, top Bordeaux wasn’t quite as cheap as chips, but it was certainly a lot less expensive than &#...
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Vinitaly appoints fresh faces to International Academy in HK
05 June 2018

Vinitaly International Academy has appointed Sarah Heller MW and Henry Davar to run its Vinitaly International Academy in Hong Kong, which this year will mark its 10th edition.
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Aldi has launched a service dedicated to budget-friendly wedding wines
05 June 2018

Discount grocer Aldi has launched an online wedding service which enables customers to get their hands on Champagne which costs out at £2 per glass.
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Viña Montes unveils its ‘most ambitious project’ in Chiloé
05 June 2018

Aurelio Montes Sr, founder of Chile's famed Montes winery, has revealed what he calls, "the most ambitious project" to date, making wines in one of the most southerly wine regions in the world on a tiny island in Chiloé, south of Patagonia.
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Bordeaux 2017: Count on the countess
05 June 2018

Amid a mounting pile of largely uninspiring releases, Pauillac second growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande would seem to have raised some excitement with its release this morning.
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Newcomer Ninon crowned Havana Club cocktail champ
05 June 2018

A 22-year-old bartender from the French Alps who only got into mixology last year has beaten off competition from 40 finalists to win the Havana Club Grand Prix, reports Sophie McLean.
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Final call for Chardonnay Masters 2018 entries
05 June 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 July.
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Hendrick’s Gin launches World Cucumber Day celebration in Dubai
05 June 2018

Gin brand Hendrick's has launched a "Cucumber Curiositarium" in Dubai, showcasing unusual and unique specimens of the fruit to celebrate one of the producer's key ingredients.
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Rosa’s Thai Cafe primed for sale to US equity firm
05 June 2018

The owners of London-based restaurant chain, Rosa's Thai Café, could be about to sell a majority stake in its business to a US private equity firm, according to reports by The Sunday Times.
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Company behind English wine in a can is crowdfunding for an urban winery in London
05 June 2018

New start-up The Uncommon, the first company to put English wine in a can, is crowdfunding to raise money for a new urban winery and canning line in south London.
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Cork: Quality and reputation
05 June 2018

Promotional Feature, sponsored by ApcorGet to grips with all cork offers... Promotional Feature, sponsored by Apcor Cork: Quality and reputation For centuries, providing stoppers for wine has been the cornerstone of
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Pinot's Search for Southern Comfort
05 June 2018

Burgundy producers are looking south as land prices put a brake on vineyard acquisition in the Côte d'Or.
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Auction Napa Valley Raises $13.6 Million for Charity in its 38th Year (Wine Spectator)
05 June 2018

The annual event offered glitz, glam and a ride with Danica Patrick, but also support for those impacted by last year's wine-country wildfires
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Auction Napa Valley Raises $13.6 Million for Charity in its 38th Year (Wine Spectator)
05 June 2018

The annual event offered glitz, glam and a ride with Danica Patrick, but also support for those impacted by last year's wine-country wildfires
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Auction Napa Valley 2018 raises over US$13 million
05 June 2018

The 38th Auction Napa Valley raised US$13.6 million for local community charities - including some lots going over $1 million each...Charles Krug barrel room is packed with Auction Napa Valley bidders. Including some lots going over $1 million each...
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Argentina’s wine revolution: the time is ripe for white
04 June 2018

Understandably associated with Malbec, it’s in white wine that Argentina is really making strides, with winemakers across the country now producing a broad variety of fascinating and fruit driven styles. Andy Howard MW is impressed on a recent visit... Wines of Argentina recently hosted a visit to this dynamic country, inviting 41 Masters of Wine from around the world …Continue reading...
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Last ex-cellar consignment of Jayer to go on sale in Geneva
04 June 2018

The last bottles of Henri Jayer's wines left in the domaine cellar are to go on sale in Geneva later this month, having been consigned to auction by the family.
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We know which white wine was served at the royal wedding
04 June 2018

Sales of French wine label Les Sétilles have shot through the roof after it was revealed to be the drink of choice for the royal wedding reception.
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Jenkyn Place hires ‘rabbit catcher’ to protect new Pinot Noir vines
04 June 2018

Hampshire-based winery Jenkyn Place has hired a new recruit to help protect 2,000 newly-planted Pinot Noir vines from rabbits and pheasants – a spaniel by the name of Bertie. 
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Tap Tales: Costa Nikias, La Sirène Brewing
04 June 2018

Co-founder of Melbourne-based La Sirène Brewing and former winemaker, Costa Nikias, recalls why he chose to move into beer, why he admires the work of New Belgium Brewing and how he often gets caught listening to Miles Davis in the barrel room.
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Napa Valley Vintners’ auction raises over £10 million
04 June 2018

The annual wine auction run by Napa Valley Vintners attended by sporting stars and US wine royalty alike has raised more than $13 million (£10 million) for charity.
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Fine wine gains 0.5% in May
04 June 2018

Screaming Eagle’s 2013 vintage soared in May, rising nearly 20%, as the Liv-ex 100 index also posted a positive gain.
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Mallya barred from holding position with a listed company
04 June 2018

India's Securities and Exchange Board has barred Vijay Mallya from accessing the securities market for three years or holding any position as director or key manager of a listed company for five years.
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Coca-Cola launches first alcoholic drink in Japan
04 June 2018

Coca-Cola has made its first foray into the alcohol drinks market with the launch of a fruit-flavoured alcopop in Japan.
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d’Arenberg unveils eight-legged packaging for Daddy Long Legs wine
04 June 2018

Australia's d’Arenberg has unveiled a limited release fortified wine aged for more than 50 years called Daddy Long Legs Extra Rare, housed in a striking spider-shaped holder.
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The average price of a pint in the is 60p too expensive
04 June 2018

The average price of a pint in the UK is 60p too expensive, according to the British public.
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Jefford on Monday: “Fine, fresh wines”
04 June 2018

Andrew Jefford takes a close look at Châteauneuf’s other soil type: sandVineyards at Chateau Rayas in Pignan Taking a close look at Châteauneuf’s other soil type: sand...
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TTB Levies Largest Fine Ever
04 June 2018

The US enforcement agency has collected almost $1 million from a beer company.
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Top 10 winery hotels in Spain
04 June 2018

From luxurious converted monasteries to hotels designed to look like a row of Cava bottles, the choice for wine lovers visiting Spain has never been more exciting. Sarah Jane Evans MW recommends the best places to stay...The former monastery of Hacienda Zorita. The choice for wine lovers visiting Spain has never been more exciting...
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Expert’s Choice: Red Sancerre
03 June 2018

As well as its famous whites, the Loire is also a source of delightful Pinot Noirs that are worth tracking down. Christelle Guibert recommends her favourite producers... The Loire is also a source of delightful Pinot Noirs that are worth tracking down...
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Bordeaux wine styles: 40 years of change
03 June 2018

Since he started writing about Bordeaux in the 1980s, Stephen Brook has witnessed fundamental stylistic shifts in the region’s wines. Here he reflects on the highs and lows, tastes and trends, of the past four decades... Long before I started writing about Bordeaux wines, I was buying and drinking them, seeking out bottles from less fashionable
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Dry German Riesling Grosses Gewächs: Panel tasting results
02 June 2018

From the top-rated vineyards in Germany, these dry wines are vaunted as the pinnacle of quality – and the focus is shifting from power to finesse. Read this report on 95 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Anne Krebiehl MW... These wines are vaunted as the pinnacle of quality in Germany...
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Winery Lawyers Up Over Fake Reviews
02 June 2018

A Napa winery is taking on the might of Google after trolls libelled them online.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What Advice Do You Give Wine Newbies? (Wine Spectator)
02 June 2018

Are you (or a friend) looking for pointers on how to get more into wine? These 7 wine pros offer their best advice
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Sommelier Roundtable: What Advice Do You Give Wine Newbies? (Wine Spectator)
02 June 2018

Are you (or a friend) looking for pointers on how to get more into wine? These 7 wine pros offer their best advice
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Ella Brennan, Iconic New Orleans Restaurateur, Dies at 92 (Wine Spectator)
02 June 2018

At Brennan's and Commander's Palace she recruited chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, focused on great food and wine and made fine dining fun
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Ella Brennan, Iconic New Orleans Restaurateur, Dies at 92 (Wine Spectator)
02 June 2018

At Brennan's and Commander's Palace she recruited chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, focused on great food and wine and made fine dining fun
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
02 June 2018

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, all priced from £25 upwards ad of Latour and La Mission Haut-Brion. My personal best was Latour, but I bow to my colleagues’ ranking, such
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Bordeaux assesses hail damage
02 June 2018

After the ‘unprecedented’ hailstorm in Bordeaux, winemakers look at the potential damage in the vineyards...Hail damage in Côtes de Bourg The potential damage in the vineyards...
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On this day 1494…first mention of Scotch distilling
02 June 2018

On 1 June 1494, the Exchequer Rolls of James IV of Scotland record the granting of malt to a monk in order to make “aqua vitae” in what is considered the first recorded mention of whisky – or at least distilling – in Scottish history.
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Drappier: Sea-ageing Champagne is like poaching meat rather than pan-frying
01 June 2018

Champagne Drappier unveiled its 'Immersion' project in Hong Kong during Vinexpo this week, with Michel Drappier stating that the "perfect conditions" achieved underwater help to slow down ageing, similar to cooking meat by poaching rather than pan-frying.
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The north Italy wine quiz – Test your knowledge
01 June 2018

Six regions line Italy's northern border, all making distinct, elegant wines - normally grown at altitude. How much do you know about this beautiful part of the world? Find out with our north Italy wine quiz. Start the north Italy wine quiz below  More wine quizzes here
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New on Wine List Confidential: River Café
01 June 2018

Simply one of the most outstanding Italian restaurants in London, with an exceptional wine team and and exclusively Italian (bar for the Champagne) wine list classified from north to south.
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Moët releases €20k limited-edition Champagne magnums in honour of Roger Federer
01 June 2018

Moët and Chandon has released 20 numbered magnums, valued at €19,998 and made from the 1998 vintage, to celebrate the achievements of tennis star and brand ambassador Roger Federer, with 100% of profits going to his charitable foundation. 
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Benchmark Drinks to manage Graham Norton wines
01 June 2018

Invivo has appointed drinks distribution firm Benchmark to manage sales of Graham Norton's wine brand in the UK and Ireland.
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Bridge: Port industry witnessing ‘a moment of major change’
01 June 2018

The Port industry is witnessing “a moment of major change” driven by the table wine movement, and is becoming increasingly polarised, according to Adrian Bridge of Taylor’s.
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The week in pictures
01 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Snoop Dog poured one out in the name of Guinness World Records glory, the London Wine Fair gets a name-check in Private Eye, Beavertown has the world of beer shook over a Tottenham Hotspur taproom, and rosé makers raised the roof at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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Gabriel Meffre expands its vineyard footprint in Gigondas
01 June 2018

Maison Gabriel Meffre has acquired a further 4ha of vines in the Gigondas appellation in the souther Rhône, further expanding its foothold in the region. 
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Carluccio’s on the brink of closing 30 sites
01 June 2018

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's could close more than 30 venues after signing a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) in a bid to restructure its business and stay afloat while fending off debts.
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Santa Rita scores a hat-trick with third Bloom win
01 June 2018

Chilean wine brand Santa Rita scored a hat-trick this week after being awarded its third gold medal in a row for its show garden at Bloom flower show in Dublin.
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Are these Spanish whites in your cellar?
01 June 2018

Top white Rioja can age beautifully. But Spain is home to a surprising – and growing – array of other wine styles that will also reward cellaring. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW advises on the best wines to lay down... Two years ago, a number of wine apasionados discreetly came together at Bodega Cigaleña, a prestigious wine restaurant in Santander, …Continue reading » T...
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Critic Wars: The Producer Strikes Back
01 June 2018

Ever wondered what wine producers really think of critics? Read one irate summation of the state of wine reviewing.
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Wine Country Lets Loose at Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum Party (Wine Spectator)
01 June 2018

The annual bash brought out a who’s who of wine in Napa Valley, Sonoma and more
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Unfiltered: Enter, Pursued by Bear: Kyle MacLachlan Performs and Pours on 'Selected Shorts,' Hints at Next Wine Act (Wine Spectator)
01 June 2018

Plus, Roger Federer serves up 1998 Moët to celebrate year he turned pro, which was 20 years ago, and Lauren B. becomes Bachelor-winemaker
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Wine Country Lets Loose at Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum Party (Wine Spectator)
01 June 2018

The annual bash brought out a who’s who of wine in Napa Valley, Sonoma and more
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Australian Shiraz: Panel tasting results
01 June 2018

Already the country’s most widely planted grape, increased stylistic diversity and an expansion into new terroirs point to an even brighter future, says Anthony Rose... 165 wines tasted, with two rated Outstanding by our panel...
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Is There Room for Wine in Your Skin-Care Regimen?
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01 June 2018

Wine's effects on your complexion are more than skin-deep
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Cryptocurrency for wine launches
01 June 2018

A wine producer in Argentina is selling their entire 2018 vintage as a wine-backed crypto asset and has said it will open its books to become an ‘open source’ winery. Argentina winery creates its own cryptocurrency for 2018 vintage. Costaflores Organic Vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, has said it
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Napa wine tour: Top hotels and wineries to visit
01 June 2018

Thinking of a trip to wine country this summer? Get the full Napa experience at these newly-opened hotels and wineries to visit…Find the best wine stop-offs for your Napa Valley adventure. Credit: archerhotel.com See the hottest newly-opened hotels and wineries to visit in Napa...
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Pays d’Oc wine masterclass to take place next month
31 May 2018

Join the drinks business and Vins de Pays d'Oc for trade and consumer masterclasses featuring 28 flagship wines from Pays d'Oc, which achieved Protected Geographical Indication status in 2009.
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How the World Cup 2018 will affect the way we drink
31 May 2018

New figures have revealed how our spending habits will change depending on how far England progresses in this year's FIFA World Cup.
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London Wine Fair must charge freeloading trade, says Patrick McGrath MW
31 May 2018

The organisers of the London Wine Fair must do something to deal with companies who are using the exhibition for business meetings even though they haven’t taken stands, says Hatch Mansfield MD, Patrick McGrath MW.
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China makes way for smaller producers and brands
31 May 2018

With growth and diversification of China's wine market, a panel of industry experts at a Vinexpo China conference noted a growth of smaller wine brands carving out a bigger share in the market, much like the trends seen in fashion and beauty industries.
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Okanagan Crush Pad boosts vineyard holdings
31 May 2018

Canadian winery Okanagan Crush Pad has acquired a large, 50 acre, vineyard parcel in the Oliver sub-region of the Okanagan Valley.
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Napa winery sues Google after ‘fake’ review calls it a ‘toilet’
31 May 2018

Charter Oak Winery and Studio in California is suing Google after receiving a number of what it claims are "fake reviews" which refer to the business as a "toilet" and call staff members "conniving, manipulative and pompous".
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Hailstorms batter Champagne wiping out 3% of crop
31 May 2018

Champagne has been hit by another bout of bad weather with hail storms reported to have destroyed 1,000 hectares of vines – representing 3% of the Champagne AOC's growing area.
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Young people are more likely to try cannabis than alcohol first
31 May 2018

Young people are now more likely to try using cannabis before drinking alcohol, according to new research.
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Macallan launches oldest ever bottling
31 May 2018

The Macallan has announced it is to release a 72-year-old malt, its oldest official bottling yet and costing US$60,000, to mark the opening of its new distillery.
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Vinexpo partners with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba
31 May 2018

Vinexpo has partnered with China's Alibaba to promote what the e-commerce retailer calls a "transformational new retail strategy" that could see outlets fully automated, revealing a "Future Bar" concept that uses a robotic waiter to sell wine.
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Anson: Tasting 150 years of Lafite Rothschild wines
31 May 2018

Lafite Rothschild has opened up its entire back catalogue to mark 150 years since Baron James de Rothschild signed the deeds of ownership. Jane Anson reports on an evening to remember, with wines ranging from 2010 back to 1881. Barrels in the Château Lafite Rothschild cellars in Pauillac. Top wines going back to 1881, exclusively for Premium members...
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Beneath the Bling at Auction Napa Valley
31 May 2018

You don't need a ticket to the dance to step out in style at the big charity auction.
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Sonoma State University Unveils Wine Spectator Learning Center (Wine Spectator)
31 May 2018

New $11 million home for the Wine Business Institute will help train the future leaders of the wine industry
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Riedel launches new ‘Performance’ glass range
31 May 2018

Glassware company Riedel has launched a new range called ‘Performance’, designed to enhance the wine tasting experience. Riedel 'Performance' range Company follows up fresh research with new range...
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2009 white Burgundy: Time to drink up?
31 May 2018

Tim Atkin MW takes a look at 2009 in the Côte d’Or and picks his top 10 wines from a recent retrospective tasting in London... Exclusively for Premium members...
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db Eats: Beck at Browns
30 May 2018

db’s resident glutton, Lucy Shaw, heads to Heinz Beck’s new London restaurant at Browns Hotel for vintage Negronis and exploding Carbonara.
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Hong Kong’s new wine trading platform has grand ambitions
30 May 2018

Using Hong Kong’s role as a wine trading hub in Asia, Wine World Xplorer (WWX), a new wine trading platform set up last year in Hong Kong, is trying to build a 'complete ecosystem' from wine trading to multi-location warehousing and cellar management solutions, according to its founder.
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Global spirits brands need ‘deep pockets’ to take on Baijiu in China
30 May 2018

China's growing middle class are buying more western whiskey and vodka labels, but brands will need "deep pockets" if they want to take on local distillers, according to new analysis.
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What to look out for during this year’s English Wine Week
30 May 2018

We round up a selection of new launches, events and products to try during this year's English Wine Week, from a new Chardonnay grown in West Sussex and made in Fulham to a new book launched by two married masters of wine. 
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The London Wine Fair 2018 in pictures
30 May 2018

The London Wine Fair took over Olympia last week for three days of wine-fuelled frivolity and two db awards ceremonies. We've rounded up some of the colourful characters that made this year's show a memorable one.
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HK buyers swoop on Masseto library stocks
30 May 2018

Library stocks consigned from the cellars of Super Tuscan Masseto were scooped up by Hong Kong buyers at Christie’s sale last weekend.
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Wine Australia signs MoU with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba
30 May 2018

Wine Australia and Chinese multinational e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to better showcase Australian wine on ee-commerce platform, Tmall.
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Fire forces evacuation of Okanagan’s Mission Hill winery
30 May 2018

A grass fire near Mission Hill Winery in Okanagan, British Columbia, forced dozens of residents to be evacuated, including winery staff, with police deeming the blaze to be "suspicious".
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Brits spent £415 million in supermarkets the day before the royal wedding
30 May 2018

UK grocers celebrated a huge windfall the day before the royal wedding as Brits stocked up on more than £400 million worth of food and drink in 24 hours.
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Vinexpo kicks off in Hong Kong
30 May 2018

Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise kicked off Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 yesterday (29 May) at an opening ceremony, welcoming more than 17,000 professional visitors from around 50 countries as well as 1,465 exhibitors from around the globe to the 20th edition of the fair.
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‘Unprecedented’ hailstorm hits Bordeaux vineyards
30 May 2018

A fierce hailstorm has torn through thousands of hectares of vineyards around Bordeaux, creating uncertainty in some areas for the prospects of the young 2018 vintage.
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3 Las Vegas Restaurants in the Batali-Bastianich Group Will Close in July (Wine Spectator)
30 May 2018

Though the celebrity chef should be divested from his business by then, the Venetian and Palazzo are ending their relationship with the restaurant company
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Hailstorms Damage Thousands of Acres of Vineyards in Bordeaux, Imperiling 2018 Vintage (Wine Spectator)
30 May 2018

Most intense storm cut from Pessac to the Right Bank; it's the region's third natural disaster in six years
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8 & $20 Recipe: Tonkatsu—Japanese-Style Crispy Fried Pork Cutlets (Wine Spectator)
30 May 2018

Served with a simple slaw and katsu sauce, this dish calls for a refreshing, off-dry white
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Bodegas Protos
30 May 2018

Promotional featureThe 'founding father' of Spain’s Ribera del Duero...Bodegas Protos Founding father of Spain’s Ribera del Duero...
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Billecart-Salmon launches new Champagne to mark 200 years
30 May 2018

Family-owned Champagne house Billecart-Salmon has launched a new, multi-vintage Champagne to celebrate 200 years since its establishment in 1818. Read Tina Gellie's report, with a tasting note on the new wine available exclusively to Premium members.The Billecart-Salmon bicentenary Champagne. Limited edition Champagne for house's 200th birthday...
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2018: Full results now available
30 May 2018

See which wines won medals at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards, and find a great bottle to try. See all of the DWWA 2018 medal winners. See all of the medal winners...
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DB Eats: Jidori, Covent Garden
30 May 2018

With a cult following formed by its original Dalston venue, Jidori is a fresh face and a breath of fresh air in central London's casual Asian dining scene, writes Edith Hancock.
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Auction Napa Valley opens e-bidding phase
29 May 2018

Auction Napa Valley, an annual event staged by Napa Valley Vintners, has launched an “e-bidder experience” offering up more than 250 lots of wines and what NVV calls “culinary and hospitality adventures".
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National Trust reveals progress in conservation of rare cider apple trees
29 May 2018

The National Trust has successfully established 12 new cider apple varieties at 17th century Somerset manor Barrington Court, while its also planting an orchard with around 90 local varieties at Montacute House. 
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Scottish community plans to sell whisky to help young people afford higher education
29 May 2018

A community group in Scotland has invested in casks of whisky to gift to local teenagers when they turn 18 so they can sell it on to afford higher education.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
29 May 2018

From Champagne's heavyweights, Laurent Perrier and Ruinart, to Burgundy icon Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, all the way to Bordeaux supernovas at James Suckling's Bordeaux Confidential and Château Lafleur wine dinner, Hong Kong's wine scene last week was full of spectacles.
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Bordeaux château owner Serge Dassault dies
29 May 2018

French aviation industrialist and Bordeaux châteaux owner Serge Dassault has died in his office aged 93.
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English fizz to be poured in France’s top restaurants
29 May 2018

English sparkling is to be poured in France’s top restaurants later this year after Vranken-Pommery agreed a listing for its Louis Pommery England in all Ducasse outlets across the country.
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Thwaites brewery invaded by 100 travellers
29 May 2018

Thwaites Brewery in Lancashire has evicted a group of 100 travellers, 21 caravans and 25 vehicles that pitched up illegally inside the historic brewery over the bank holiday weekend and prevented staff from entering the premise, leading to a tense stand-off with police.
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Snoop Dog breaks Guinness World Record for world’s largest gin and juice
29 May 2018

Rapper Snoop Dog has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records by mixing the world's largest glass of gin and juice at a music festival in Napa Valley.
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Bordeaux hail damage terrible but localised
29 May 2018

A fierce hailstorm lashed parts of Bordeaux and Cognac late last week causing some terrible local damage across a comparatively small area in the former but much worse damage in the latter.
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High profiles: Chianti Classico’s Castello di Albola wines meet London’s Oblix West
29 May 2018

Promotional featureThis July, Oblix restaurant’s Executive Chef Marcus Eaves and Head Sommelier Vittorio Gentile will recreate their recent trip to Chianti Classico’s Castello di Albola estate through two unique paired wine dinners. Read on to book your place at the table. Two unique paired wine dinners....
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Don Jacabo Rioja: 120th anniversary
29 May 2018

Promotional feature120 years old, forging forward and still going strong; Bodegas Corral has an evocative story... Bodegas Corral has an evocative story...
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The World's Most Wanted Bordeaux
29 May 2018

Our list of the most wanted wines is not precisely identical to last year's list, honest.
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Taittinger launches Comtes de Champagne 2007 in UK
28 May 2018

Taittinger has officially launched its latest Comtes de Champagne vintage in the UK. Additional reporting by John Stimpfig. The latest vintage release...
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New Zealand Pinot Noir for your cellar
28 May 2018

The land of the long white cloud is an essential port of call for all Pinot lovers on their quest for the perfect glassful. Here, Anne Krebiehl MW selects 20 of her current favourites that combine the ethereal appeal of the great Burgundy grape with New Zealand's island individuality... Twenty wines to seek out...
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Jefford on Monday: The scoring scene
28 May 2018

Andrew Jefford goes running with the numbers.Lots to consider; the art of wine scoring. A comment on the current state of wine scoring...
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Jura Wine Hits Record Price
28 May 2018

One of France's most overlooked wine regions has come of age at auction.
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Anything but oak: Is Italy’s love affair with ‘barriques’ turning sour?
27 May 2018

Simon Woolf investigates reports of a counter-revolution in Italian wine cellars...Spanish amphorae known as tinajas have taken over from barriques at Elisabetta Foradori's winery in Trentino In-depth report and wines to try...
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Why are vibrations harmful to wine? – Ask Decanter
26 May 2018

We are told to keep wine away from vibrations when storing it, buy why is this? No such thing as good vibrations for wine, says our expert...
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Arnione: A new Bolgheri superstar?
26 May 2018

Remember the name 'Arnione', says Aldo Fiordelli, who wonders whether the time has come for a new star in Bolgheri to join established names such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello and Masseto. Remember the name...
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Not Napa? Not Interested
26 May 2018

A look into the most popular wines in the United States turned up some interesting results.
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: June 2018 (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2018

Plan your travels with wine in mind: This month, dive into California's wine offerings in Napa Valley, Alexander Valley or San Luis Obispo, or celebrate rebirth after the 2017 wildfires with a unique dinner. Plus, Wally's brings choice wines to Hawaii, and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival is coming
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Barbaresco's Paitin and Sottimano Wineries Buy Vineyards in Basarin (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2018

A small parcel of the historic cru remains with local families in Piedmont
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Ornellaia 2015 vintage auction raises £123,000
26 May 2018

An auction of limited edition Ornellaia 2015 wines with special designs by South African artist William Kentridge has raised £123,000 for the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Additional reporting by John Stimpfig.The Unique Salmanazar by William Kentridge Latest charity auction raises money for V&A...
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‘Disruptive’ wine e-commerce platform receives over £1m in funding
25 May 2018

New direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform Winebuyers is expanding after securing over £1 million in both crowdfunding and private investment – with a total of 27,000 bottles of wine from 40 different countries listed on its site.
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China denies Australian wine delays
25 May 2018

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied delaying wine imports from Australia’s biggest wine company Treasury Wine Estates into China as relations between the two countries are getting increasingly strained over Australia’s growing concerns over Chinese interference in local politics.
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McGuigan launches £100 wine in the UK
25 May 2018

Australian wine giant McGuigan has released one of its most ambitious wines yet in the UK – a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend priced at £100.
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Shanghai is the costliest city for fine wine in Asia
25 May 2018

Shanghai has emerged as the most expensive city in Asia to buy a bottle of fine wine, while tax-free Hong Kong is the most competitive place for fine wines, according to a report by Swiss private bank.
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Irish Distillers wants to “challenge perceptions” with its new experimental whiskeys
25 May 2018

Irish Distillers has added two experimental, single-pot still whiskeys to its Method and Madness range.
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Château Tanunda appoints new MD
25 May 2018

Australian winery Château Tanunda has named Michelle Gerber as its new managing director.
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The week in pictures
25 May 2018

This week in the world of drinks: the London Wine Fair was a smash hit, Javier Bardem worked on the docks in Spain, Piers Morgan and Phillip Scofield sipped G&Ts at the Chelsea Flower Show, and an outrageous number of A-listers took a squad photo at the Cannes Film Festival's Mouton Cadet bar.
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More men than women buy Prosecco in the UK
25 May 2018

Research from the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC has debunked the commonly held stereotype that Prosecco appeals more readily to women than men, revealing that in fact more men in the UK buy Prosecco than women.
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Visitor numbers to London Wine Fair 2018 up by 17%
25 May 2018

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair have reported a significant increase in visitors to this year's fair – the first under the leadership of Hannah Tovey – with numbers up by 17% to 14,250 compared with the 2017 edition.
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Simpsons Wine: Why do Bacchus when we can make great Chardonnay in England?
25 May 2018

Flying the flag for English still wine ahead of the launch of her first Kentish fizz at the end of the year, owner of Simpsons Wine, Ruth Simpson, believes that Chardonnay should not be overlooked. 
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Prosecco rosé wine moves closer to reality
25 May 2018

Prosecco DOC producers are on the brink of allowing sparkling rosé within their appellation, marrying two of the biggest trends in the wine world. Prosecco rosé approved by DOC council...
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What does Assyrtiko taste of? – ask Decanter
25 May 2018

A Greek Assyrtiko has won one of the top medals in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, but how much do you know about the wines made from this grape?What does Assyrtiko taste of...? What does Assyrtiko taste of? – ask Decanter The Artemis Karamolegos, Assyrtiko, Santorini 2016 has won a coveted Best in Show
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New Hampshire Backtracks on Shipping Crackdown
25 May 2018

People power causes New Hampshire's Liquor Commission to backtrack on clamping down on out-of-state retailers.
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Unfiltered: Jamie Foxx, Chadwick Boseman, Gabrielle Union Get Drinks in New 'Off Script' Series (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2018

Host Foxx told us how to make his signature cocktail. Plus, new intel on the Royal Wedding wines, WWII wine plane prepares for Normandy trip, and new 600 Bottles of Wine show debuts
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Outstanding Winery Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2018

Drink straight from the source at these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning spots
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Restaurant Spotlight: Post 390 (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2018

A modern, urban take on tavern dining
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Turning Tables: Chefs and Somms at Renowned Restaurants Play Musical Chairs (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2018

Dovetail, Bar Boulud, Marta, Gotham and Gage Hospitality Group go through staff shuffles. Plus, exciting openings in Beverly Hills, Disney Springs and New York
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Ornellaia’s 10th anniversary ‘Il Carisma’ art and wine project raises €140k
25 May 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has sold nine lots of Ornellaia with labels by South African artist William Kentridge, raising €140,000 during a celebration at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. 
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Top medals at Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 revealed
25 May 2018

Here are the wines that have won the prestigious Best in Show medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Full results for DWWA 2018 will be published on 29 May.Gold medals are awarded during the Decanter World Wine Awards judging week. Wines that have won Best in Show medals...
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Concha to recruit a million more consumers by 2021
25 May 2018

Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro has ambitious plans to turn a further million UK households into fans of its three core brands: Casillero del Diablo, Cono Sur and Trivento, by 2021.
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Tasting notes decoded: Oyster shell in your wine?
25 May 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 'oyster shell' and 'bramble'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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SNP ‘bullying’ M&S over Union flag on Scotch
24 May 2018

Prime minister Theresa May has fired a shot across the bows of the Scottish Nationalist Party for its apparent ‘bullying’ of Marks & Spencer over the retailer’s decision to label Scotch whisky as a ‘British’ product – in what has overtones of being rather a storm in a tumbler.
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Brewdog revamps Angel pub with home-brew kits as Australian brewery gets green light
24 May 2018

Brewdog will add home-brewing kits to one of its north London pubs, allowing guests to make their own craft beer when it re-opens next month.
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China’s JD.com steps up imported wine business
24 May 2018

JD.com, China’s leading e-commerce company, is stepping up its the imported wine arm with what it calls a, “one-stop service” that boasts direct sourcing from wineries to Chinese consumers.
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‘Dream’ Burgundy collection to be offered in HK
24 May 2018

Sotheby’s is to offer over 200 lots of top Burgundy from the cellar of a dedicated collector this June in Hong Kong – a city now completely gripped by Pinot fever.
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Nicolas Feuillatte launches new packaging for UK on-trade
24 May 2018

Nicolas Feuillatte has unveiled a new-look for its branding, re-launching its website and designing new packaging for bottles sold to both the on and off-trade.
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Terroir expression is ‘greater in young wines’
24 May 2018

Terroir expression is “greater in young wines”, according to Douro Valley winemaker José Luís Moreira da Silva, who would like to release his wines with less bottle age.
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The Benevolent: Mental health ‘need no longer be taboo’
24 May 2018

The Benevolent continued in its mission to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the drinks trade yesterday with a powerful seminar encouraging members to speak out about their experiences and be proactive in their support of colleagues.
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Watch: Orion Wines films its own ‘Westerns’
24 May 2018

In an effort to be a modern day Sergio Leone, Italian producer Orion has filmed a series of promotional films featuring its 'The Wanted' range of wines.
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Smith Haut Lafitte: All the ‘7’s from 1947 to 2017
24 May 2018

It might be known as 'lucky seven' in some bingo halls, but vintage years ending in this number have rarely made life easy for Bordeaux red wine producers in the post-Second World War era. Jane Anson reports on a landmark tasting stretching from 1947 to 2007 at Smith Haut Lafitte, with the 2017 en primeur wines also included and three of the estate's white wines from 1987, 1997 and 2007. Smith H...
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Controversial Health Study Cancelled
24 May 2018

A concerning $100-million research project into the effects of alcohol has been canned.
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Ruinart challenge in Hong Kong names winner
24 May 2018

Leo Au of Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong has emerged as the winner of this year's Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge, seeing off competition from over 20 sommeliers in Hong Kong and Macau.  
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HK sommelier to highlight ‘hidden gems’ of Italian wine
24 May 2018

Marino Braccu, sommelier at Hong Kong's three Michelin-starred restaurant 8 1/2 Bombana, will host, what he calls "the most exciting Italian wine tasting ever hosted in Hong Kong" on 28 May, showcasing 160 "hidden gems".
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Bordeaux 2017: Lynch on the money
24 May 2018

Pauillac flying fifth Château Lynch Bages has breathed some life and faint confidence back into the en primeur campaign with a well-received release.
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Stone Brewing launches a tangerine IPA nut butter
23 May 2018

Billed as "a marmalade and nut butter blend,” California's Stone Brewing is turning its Tangerine Express IPA into a condiment, combining ingredients from the brewing process into the finished product. 
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The Drinks Business Awards 2018: the winners
23 May 2018

We are delighted to reveal the winners of 2018’s Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday afternoon at a ceremony at the London Wine Fair.
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The Luigi Veronelli collection: Italian gems from decades past
23 May 2018

Michaela Morris reports on an exclusive tasting of rare Italian wines from the personal collection of the late journalist Luigi Veronelli... Rare bottles from the personal collection of a legendary wine journalist...
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2016 Port: ‘Classic’ but tiny
23 May 2018

The widely declared 2016 vintage in the Douro may be a classic but volumes are very small with the amount produced being, on occasion, almost half the amount made in an average declaration.
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Portman Group weighs in on low alcohol debate
23 May 2018

Drinks industry watchdog The Portman Group is urging the UK government to provide “clarity and consistency” on low alcohol descriptors in light of a recently opened public consultation on the topic. 
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Four gardens inspired by drinks at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
23 May 2018

We round up four gardens that took their inspiration from drinks at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from the winelands of South Africa's western cape to a garden planted with bee-friendly botanicals.
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The WSET wants more women to work in the drinks industry
23 May 2018

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) has partnered with Women of the Vine & Spirits to encourage more women to work in the drinks trade.
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London restaurants using ‘Michelin-starred’ compost to grow produce
23 May 2018

A farmer has launched a novel start up that invites top London restaurants to donate their food waste in order to make "Michelin-starred" compost that can be used to cultivate a patch of land from which to grow their own produce. 
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Brexit warning from the Comité Champagne
23 May 2018

The head of the Comité Champagne has warned that houses and growers could feel the effects of a 'difficult 10 years' for the UK economy, but that markets elsewhere are currently making up for weaker sales in the country. The future could be difficult for the UK...
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The World's Most Wanted Chardonnays
23 May 2018

We run through the most popular examples of the world's most popular white wine.
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Château Lafleur vertical: 1993-2013
23 May 2018

Decanter's John Stimpfig tasted 10 selected vintages of Lafleur to mark two upcoming auctions at Christie's with wines from this legendary Pomerol estate.Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol. John Stimpfig tastes 10 vintages of Pomerol legend Lafleur back to 1993...
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Napa Valley wineries head off Brexit with UK name ruling
23 May 2018

Napa Valley will still be a protected name in the UK following Brexit, no matter what happens in negotiations between the country and the EU, according to the California wine region's main trade body.To Kalon vineyard, Napa Valley Napa Valley wines seek to guarantee protection in UK...
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Memorial Day Seafood Grilling: Lobster, Clams and White Bordeaux on the Menu (Wine Spectator)
23 May 2018

Jeffrey’s in Austin, Texas, crafts a velvety shellfish risotto accented with saffron butter, plus 12 creamy, vibrant white wines to match
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What your favourite type of wine says about your personality
23 May 2018

Brits spent £5.5m on wine last year, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel which reveals the close link between key personality traits and our drink of choice.
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Brexit will bring about ‘a seismic reshaping’ of the on-trade
22 May 2018

Brexit will bring about a “seismic reshaping of the on-trade second only to the credit crunch”, according to Enotria’s chief executive Troy Christensen.
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Nicolas Feuillatte sets sights on global export market despite profit dip
22 May 2018

Champagne brand Nicolas Feuillatte is "well positioned" to take more ground in the global sparkling wine market, despite a 20% profit slump.
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Take a look inside The Macallan’s new space-age £140 million Scotch whisky distillery
22 May 2018

Spirits giant Edrington has revealed the new distillery and visitor experience for legendary Scotch-producer The Macallan, and the photos are breathtaking.
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The rosé revolution
22 May 2018

The days of dismissing rosé as a mere summer flirtation are over. As producers and consumers realise the depth of flavour and sheer quality of the wines on offer, the power of pink will only become stronger, writes Lauren Eads.
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UK pubs contribute £70 million to UK economy over royal wedding weekend
22 May 2018

UK pubs are expected to hand over more than £70m in taxes thanks to a bumper royal wedding and FA Cup final weekend, according to new figures.
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Newly formed Delle Venezie DOC showcases Pinot Grigio at LWF
22 May 2018

The newly formed Delle Venezie DOC is working to raise the profile of Pinot Grigio, showcasing the best of its wines in partnership with Wine List Confidential at the London Wine Fair, having raised the grape from IGP to DOC status last year.
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Napa Valley moves to protect name in UK over Brexit
22 May 2018

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has secured a Certification Mark giving it greater protection for the Napa Valley name in the UK as a "proactive measure" ahead of Brexit.
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Serena Williams was the beer pong champion at the royal wedding
22 May 2018

American tennis player and 39-time grand slam champion Serena Williams has added another string to her bow – she won the beer pong contest at the royal wedding after-party.
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MillerCoors sues South Korean brewery over logo
22 May 2018

US brewing giant MillerCoors has filed an opposition suit against South Korean brewing HiteJinro over the latter's application to register the new logo for its Hite lager as a trademark in the US last year.
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New Zealand Winemakers Call 2018 a Challenging Year that Delivered Promising Wines (Wine Spectator)
22 May 2018

The growing season was incredibly warm and wet for much of the country, but vintners are encouraged by what they taste so far
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Future of wine may include drones and edible bottles, says merchant
22 May 2018

Future wine lovers may be able to eat the bottles as well as drink the contents, after receiving their latest order via drone, suggests a report on the future of wine ordering and drinking, published by Armit Wines in collaboration with a food futurologist.What will future wine trends bring...? Gazing into the crystal ball...
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California’s Ramey wines: Latest releases tasted
22 May 2018

See exclusive tasting notes and ratings on the latest releases from California's Ramey Wine Cellars...Ramey's first estate vineyard, Westside Farms. See tasting notes and scores...
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Multi-million dollar d’Arenberg Cube wins top design award
22 May 2018

The Rubik’s Cube-inspired visitor centre in the middle of d’Arenberg’s McLaren Vale vineyards has been awarded one of Australia's highest honours for architectural design.Built to resemble a Rubik's Cube in the process of being solved... Credit: d'Arenberg Visitor centre wins Good Design Award...
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Everything we know about the royal wedding food and drinks
21 May 2018

Here is what we know so far about the refreshments that were on offer at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception.
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Halewood to invest over £7m in new John Crabbie whisky distillery
21 May 2018

After news at the start of the year that John Crabbie & Co would be making whisky again after a 40-year hiatus, parent company Halewood Wines & Spirits has announced plans to invest over £7 million in a new distillery in Edinburgh. 
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Benromach to break with whisky tradition and release a gin
21 May 2018

Benromach Distillery, owned by Scotch bottler Gordon & MacPhail, has unveiled plans to break with its whisky heritage and release a gin which is expected to hit the shelves this summer. 
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The 14 most expensive cities in the world to buy a pint of beer in 2018
21 May 2018

If you've already booked your summer holiday, it's good to be prepared for unfavourable exchange rates. We've rounded-up some of the world's most expensive cities for a pint.
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Rooftop glow in the dark gin bar to open in Sydney
21 May 2018

A glow in the dark gin bar is set to open this month on the rooftop terrace of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney as part of the city's annual festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid. 
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New universal brewing machine reaches crowdfunding target in under 90 minutes
21 May 2018

The Pico U, launched by homebrewing company PicoBrew, which is capable of brewing beer, kombucha, coffee and tea as well as carbonated and fusion drinks, has reached its crowdfunding target of US$50,000 in under 90 minutes.
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Drinks importing giant Southern Glazer’s moves into cannabis
21 May 2018

The Canadian branch of distributor Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits has created an off-shoot of its business dedicated to cannabis products — making it the first in the country to move into the soon-to-be legalised sector.
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Bonhams sets new world record for most expensive whisky
21 May 2018

Bonhams has set a new world record for the most expensive single bottle of whisky ever sold at auction with a 1926 Macallan bearing a Valerio Adami label selling for a total of HK$8.6 million (US$1.1 million), almost double its high estimate, last Friday.
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Languedoc’s Domaine Jones joins Gonzalez Byass
21 May 2018

Katie Jones, winemaker and owner of the Domaine Jones on the Languedoc-Roussillon border has appointed Gonzalez Byass UK as distributor, with the aim of focussing on the independent and on trade sectors.
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Australia’s Wakefield Wines predicts 2018 Shiraz will be ‘best vintage of the century’
21 May 2018

Clare Valley's Wakefield Wines has stated that it is "very excited" about the quality of wines from the 2018 vintage, and in particular its Shiraz, which it proclaims as being the best vintage in "possibly the past century".
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Jefford on Monday: Delta wine
21 May 2018

Andrew Jefford discovers Costières de Nîmes... Vines in the 'delta' of Costières de Nîmes. Exploring the wines of Costières de Nîmes...
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Decanter’s debut tasting in Beijing
21 May 2018

Decanter hosted its first tasting event in Beijing, China on Saturday 19 May 2018, following events organised in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.Five top award-winners were featured in Professor LI Demei's masterclass to demonstrate the quality of the DAWA Decanter has hosted its first-ever wine tasting event in partnership with ASC Fine Wines, at the Park Hyatt Hotel, last …Continue re...
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The Port Report
21 May 2018

Port has always played second fiddle to Bordeaux and Burgundy when it comes to investment but its capacity for complex flavor profiles and ability to age is starting to get it noticed.
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Pewsey Vale: The original Eden Valley Riesling
21 May 2018

Pewsey Vale celebrate their 170th anniversary this year. Sarah Ahmed tastes some current and museum releases of their dry Eden Valley Rieslings...Pewsey Vale vineyards Sarah Ahmed profiles Eden Valley producer Pewsey Vale...
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Colchagua producers: six names to watch
21 May 2018

Colchagua is home to some of Chile’s biggest names in wine. Alistair Cooper MW picks six producers to watch...Viu Manent The ones to know about...
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Casey's Summer Wine Selection
20 May 2018

We hit up Wine-Searcher's chatbot for some suggestions for sunny drinking.
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Royal Wedding wine: Pol Roger Champagne served
20 May 2018

Pol Roger Champagne has been confirmed as one of the wines served to hundreds of guests at the official lunch reception following the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the grounds of Windsor Castle.Champagne Pol Roger wines lined up for Masterclass guests at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015. Pol Roger confirmed but rest of list still a mystery...
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Spanish wine and tapas pairing guide
20 May 2018

Planning a trip to Spain? Learn how to pair wine and tapas like a local with our expert guide, featuring advice from three of Spain's top sommeliers... Love Spanish wine and tapas? Make sure you’re pairing them correctly…
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What does it mean when a wine ‘tastes green’? – ask Decanter
19 May 2018

Heard wine tasters referring to a wine ‘tasting green’ or ‘green flavours'? We ask the experts. How can a wine taste green? What does it mean?...
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Drinkin' la Vida Loca
19 May 2018

It's trending on both social media and Wine-Searcher so what's the story with Capriccio Bubbly Sangria?
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Heart’s Delight Charity Wine Auction Raises $1.5 Million for the American Heart Association (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2018

The four-day extravaganza, gathering politicians, vintners, chefs and wine lovers in Washington, D.C., has generated more than $18 million since 1999.
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Unfiltered: A California Pinot Noir for the British Royal Wedding? (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2018

Unfiltered hit up winemakers known to be favored by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to find out if any would spill about being poured
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Wine Talk: 'Sweetbitter' Author Stephanie Danler (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2018

The author, whose restaurant-world debut novel has been adapted for TV, on mentors, nicknames and how wine helped her grow up
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‘Cru Artisans’ wine classification re-launched in Médoc
19 May 2018

Bordeaux has this week seen the re-launch of a classification designed to give recognition to some of the smaller-scale wine producers beyond the Médoc's more famous names. Maxime Saint-Martin is the new president of the Cru Artisan ranking. Classification for smaller-scale producers re-launched...
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Retailer rapped by ASA over ‘everyday wine’ range
19 May 2018

UK convenience retailer Spar has been reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for "indirectly encouraging immoderate consumption" of alcohol by referring to its newly launched range of wines under the banner of "everyday wine".
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McGuigan launches Single Batch Project range
19 May 2018

McGuigan Wines has announced the launch of a new range of wines called the Single Batch Project, made from specific parcels of Chardonnay and Shiraz at vineyards across South Australia.
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Top Sauternes 2017 wines
19 May 2018

Jane Anson's scores and tasting notes for the Sauternes 2017 wines, exclusive to Decanter Premium members...The Sauternes 2017 en primeur tasting Scores and tasting notes...
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The Royal wine quiz – Test your knowledge
19 May 2018

To mark a certain Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, this week's quiz is on wine with a regal link. See if you are fit to wear the crown...Queen Elizabeth II and Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos at Buckingham Palace. Can you get 10 out of 10?...
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Saturday will be the UK pub industry’s biggest trading day of the year
18 May 2018

An average of 1,000 pints will be poured every second tomorrow as the UK turns all of its attention to both the royal wedding and FA Cup Final.
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Singapore wine market to reach $1billion by 2021
18 May 2018

Singapore’s wine market will grow to reach US$1 billion by 2021, driven by consumption of premium still wine, despite the country's punitive 'sin' taxes on alcohol, according to the data and research company GlobalData.
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Uncorked: Marco Caschera of Vincent Girardin
18 May 2018

Marco Caschera, commercial director for Meursault-based domaine Vincent Girardin, chats to dbHK about resisting the temptation of uncorking a wine when it's too young and the great white wines of Mersault.
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New beetle species named after London Pride beer
18 May 2018

Metallactus Londonpridei, a new species of Brazilian beetle discovered within the collection of the Natural History Museum, has been named after Fuller's flagship brew.
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Five quirky new Grade II-listed post-war pubs announced
18 May 2018

Historic England has announced that five pubs, all built post-1945, have been Grade-II listed, including one with a bronze Roman centurion mounted to its exterior wall, another named after a blast furnace and a design inspired by a nursery rhyme.
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d’Arenberg’s $15m ‘Cube’ wins 2018 Good Design Award
18 May 2018

Australia's d'Arenberg winery has won a 2018 Good Design Award for its AU$15 million Rubix-inspired glass cube, installed in the middle of its vineyards in McLaren Vale. 
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The week in pictures
18 May 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Spike Lee sips Mouton Cadet in Cannes, Amanda Holden gets stuck into Tattinger at the BAFTAs, Michael Gove waxes lyrical on Surrey's terroir, and the drinks business gets absolutely destroyed by Majestic during a five-a-side match at Emirates stadium.
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German breweries can’t call their beer ‘wholesome’, court rules
18 May 2018

Breweries in Germany can no longer call their beer 'wholesome' after the country's Federal High Court (BGH) banned Clemens Härle brewery from using the word 'bekömmlich' on its labels.
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London sales combine for £2.6m
18 May 2018

Two fine wine sales held in London this week by auctioneer Sotheby’s netted a combined £2.6 million largely thanks to “unwavering thirst” for Bordeaux icons.
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Man jailed over collection of Nazi wine
18 May 2018

An Austrian man has been jailed for six months after police uncovered a stash of wine bottles featuring Hitler and Nazi iconography on their labels at his home. 
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Hugh Johnson: When bottles surprise you
18 May 2018

Hugh Johnson considers those times when your highly anticipated bottles end up a disappointment... Wine can be hard to predict...
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The World's Most Wanted Napa Wines
18 May 2018

Think you know Napa's most sought-after wines? Actually, you probably do.
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Small Wineries Facing Tax Hikes Get Extension from TTB (Wine Spectator)
18 May 2018

The TTB will allow wineries to receive tax credits discontinued by last year's big tax bill, but the temporary fix brings headaches
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Unfiltered: Flying Cars Still on Hold, But Era of Bitcoin-Style "Cryptowine" Upon Us (Wine Spectator)
18 May 2018

Plus, Jackson Family vintner Barbara Banke's horse places in Kentucky Derby, on to Preakness; and NFL star Cam Jordan shares his tasting notes for his favorite wine—Jordan
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Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 full event schedule
18 May 2018

One can easily get lost during Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 between client meetings and attending different masterclasses. So we've rounded up all the major events that are planed for the three-day trade fair, day by day, to guide you through the most influential wine fair in Asia-Pacific region this year. 
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Torres loses organic certification in China
17 May 2018

Spanish producer Torres has lost its organic accreditation in mainland China after the government revoked the rights of organic certification agency Ceres' following accusations of fraudulent behaviour.
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Coravin to unveil new model at Vinexpo Hong Kong
17 May 2018

Wine preservation system Coravin is launching its latest Model Eleven in Hong Kong at this month's Vinexpo, along with its wine experience app called Coravin Moments, which allows drinkers to match their wine with their favourite film or music.
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TWE imports into China delayed as tensions with Australia grow
17 May 2018

Australian wine giant, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), is the latest victim of growing friction between China and Australia, with the company reporting customs delays of its shipments to the mainland.
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Delaforce: Portuguese reds should be competing with top Bordeaux
17 May 2018

Portugal’s dry red wines are now of such high quality that they should now be competing with top Bordeaux, according to Niepoort winemaker Nick Delaforce.
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Suntory is stopping sale of two single malt whiskies
17 May 2018

Japan's leading beverage company Suntory will stop selling its single malt 'Hakushu 12 Years Old' and blended whisky 'Hibiki 17 Years Old', due to surging demand at home and abroad that has outstripped the distillery's production capacity. 
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‘Peckham’s answer to Prosecco’ to capitalise on lower alcohol trend
17 May 2018

London's only commercial mead producer, Gosnells, has re-launched its lightly sparkling, 5.5% ABV 'session' mead in a larger 75cl bottle in a bid to capitalise on both the lower alcohol and 'sharing bottle' trends. 
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Damien Hirst’s dissected shark art set in Las Vegas bar
17 May 2018

A new bar has opened at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas that features a giant tank containing a trisected shark designed by British artist Damien Hirst.
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Why you should never drink dessert wines with dessert, according to Eric Lanlard
17 May 2018

Baking personality Eric Lanlard told the drinks business he doesn't have a sweet tooth and shudders at the thought of Chateau d'Yquem with cake, at a wine pairing evening with Domaine Paul Mas.
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Last Drop Distillers to launch a Bourbon
17 May 2018

The Last Drop Distillers is to augment its collection of extremely rare Cognacs and Scotch whiskies with a Bourbon, although it's a Port that will be the brand's next release.
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Premium English sparkling wine to try this summer
17 May 2018

Susie Barrie MW picks out her top 15 English sparkling wines to see you through the summer... Susie Barrie MW picks out some English sparkling wines to drink this summer...
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Top Bordeaux dry whites from 2017
17 May 2018

En primeur tastings may have shown Bordeaux 2017 to be uneven for red wines, but it's shaping up to be a five-star vintage for the region's dry whites, says Jane Anson. See her scores and tasting notes, exclusively for Decanter Premium members...Bordeaux dry whites 2017. The scores and tasting notes....
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Champagne growers hit by violent hailstorm
17 May 2018

Hailstones bigger than golf balls have caused at least some damage to 500 hectares of vines in the Côte des Bar area in the south of the Champagne region, according to initial estimates.Côte des Bar area map. Several hundred hectares damaged in the Aube region...
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5 Healthy Habits for Longer Life? Moderate Wine Consumption Is One (Wine Spectator)
17 May 2018

A glass of wine per day, coupled with a healthy diet, exercise and not smoking, may help add over a decade to your life expectancy
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This is why Oxford Circus tube station smells like strawberries
17 May 2018

Oxford Circus tube station smells delicious because drinks giant Pernod Ricard installed strawberry-scented posters throughout the station — here's why.
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Pol Roger Portfolio ‘open for business’
16 May 2018

Pol Roger Portfolio, the UK distributor for the Champagne of the same name and a small collection of wines and spirits, is looking for more agencies as it identifies opportunities for growth.
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Kayra: To understand Turkish wine you must ignore existing winemaking conventions
16 May 2018

Admitting that when he joined Kayra he was "a major Californian asshole", winemaker Daniel O'Donnell believes that to truly understand Turkish wine one must "throw out any pre-existing ideas about winemaking conventions and put things in a Turkish context".
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World’s 50 Best Restaurants heads to Spain
16 May 2018

In a hat tip to the Basque Country’s culinary prowess, this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards will take place in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao in June.
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Bordeaux 2017: Beychevelle released
16 May 2018

St-Julien estate Beychevelle has released its 2017 price this morning and although the drop was not very big versus 2016, it is still the cheapest vintage on the market.
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Abseiling Champagne thief jailed for 20 months
16 May 2018

A burglar has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after he abseiled through a skylight and stole 32 bottles of Champagne from a London theatre.
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90% of restaurants in London could become “unmanageable” if rents rise this year
16 May 2018

Almost 90% of restaurants in London will close down or move if commercial property rents continue to rise this year, according to new research.
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Beavertown to brew beer in Belgium as it builds larger facility in London
16 May 2018

London craft brewery Beavertown is to brew two of its flagship beers at a family-owned brewery in Belgium as it works to satisfy demand ahead of the creation of a larger facility in the capital, which is expected to open in summer 2019. 
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Zac Posen launches limited edition Provence rosé
16 May 2018

American fashion designer Zac Posen has collaborated with Côtes de Provence producer Domaine Sainte-Marie on a limited edition bottle design for its VieVité rosé.
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Domaine de Chevalier vertical: 2000 – 2017
16 May 2018

Jane Anson tastes a vertical of Domaine de Chevalier wines, exclusively for Decanter Premium members. Exclusively for Premium members...
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16 May 2018

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16 May 2018

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Fred Furth, Founder of Sonoma's Chalk Hill Winery, Dies at 84 (Wine Spectator)
16 May 2018

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16 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

Julian Dyer, general manager UK and Europe for Australian Vintage, has been named chief operating officer.
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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
15 May 2018

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United Airlines resurrects the Bloody Mary after social media backlash
15 May 2018

Passengers using United Airlines can once again order a Bloody Mary after the airline performed a u-turn, bringing back tomato juice after initially announcing plans to ban it on domestic flights lasting less than four hours.
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Johnnie Walker launches personalised whisky range
15 May 2018

Diageo has unveiled a new concept for its Johnnie Walker that allows consumers to personalise their whisky with a bespoke label, choosing their bespoke blend from six new malts as part of its My Edition range. 
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Does drinking red wine really prevent prostate cancer?
15 May 2018

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Two melted Gordon’s Gin bottles sold at auction for over $13,000
15 May 2018

Two melted bottles of Gordon's Gin, part of the 'Reclining Drunk' series by the British artists Gilbert & George, sold for AU$6,600 each as part of a sale of a collection of works owned by the late art dealer Ray Hughes.
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Rare dino skeleton put on display in brewery
15 May 2018

A brewery in Cincinnati is to display the skeleton of a rare Late Jurassic giant to support the opening of a new dinosaur gallery at the city’s museum.
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Hunting Down the Next Unicorn
15 May 2018

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Exclusive: Burgundy's Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Leases Corton-Charlemagne Vineyard (Wine Spectator)
15 May 2018

The renowned Vosne-Romanée estate will lease a parcel of Chardonnay from Bonneau du Martray
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Koerner Rombauer, Founder of Rombauer Vineyards, Dies at 83 (Wine Spectator)
15 May 2018

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Buying wine en primeur: How to approach it
15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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DWWA judge profile: Tim Jackson MW
15 May 2018

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DWWA judge profile: Stefan Metzner
15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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15 May 2018

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Bordeaux 2017: steady tempo of releases continues
14 May 2018

After a relatively quiet week in which standout Pomerol, Lafleur, was released, the steady tempo of releases picked up again this morning.
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Top 10 London Wine Week events
14 May 2018

London Wine Week is upon us again and this year’s hub is a stone’s throw from db's office in London Bridge. Click through for our round up of some of the best events going on in town, from the Pol Roger Lodge to the Muscadet Mobile.
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BREAKING: Saunders rejoins Bibendum as chief executive
14 May 2018

C&C Group has announced that the former head of Bibendum, Michael Saunders, is to rejoin the business as its chief executive.
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Tap Tales: Talfryn Provis-Evans, London Fields Brewery
14 May 2018

Talfryn Provis-Evans, head brewer at Hackney's London Fields, explains why, as a beer he'd be "at best, freaking awesome, at worst, quite s***," how he believes mental health shouldn't be swept under the carpet, and the reason why he can't handle Czech Pilsners.
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Helix closure lands in UK
14 May 2018

A novel twist-off cork closure known as the ‘Helix’ is to be introduced to the UK after a South African producer in Berry Bros & Rudd’s portfolio adopted it for one of its ranges.
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Women considered more discerning tasters, finds study
14 May 2018

A study at the Technical University of Madrid has added further weight to the theory that women are naturally better wine tasters than men.
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Authorities seize 200,000 litres of fake Tequila in Mexico
14 May 2018

Authorities have seized almost 200,000 litres of fake Tequila in the Mexican state of Jalisco, believed to be the largest such haul after 11,340 litres of adulterated agave spirit was uncovered in Chile last December.
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Top 10 richest Brits in drinks 2018
14 May 2018

This weekend The Sunday Times Rich List revealed the wealthiest people currently based in the UK. Here, we count down those that have made their fortune from the drinks industry.
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Five top lots to watch at Bonhams’ upcoming Hong Kong auction
14 May 2018

Hong Kong's fine wine and spirits auction world is never short of superlatives but Bonhams' auction this week is headlined by two 1962 60-Year-Old Macallans which are set to smash world records. We round up the five top lots to watch from the auction on 18 May.
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A Thai rosé named as ‘World’s Best Rosé’ by James Suckling
14 May 2018

The best rosé in the world is a white Shiraz, not from France's renowned Provence or Loire, but from the tropical country of Thailand in Southeast Asia, according to American wine critic James Suckling. 
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Jefford on Monday: Weighing up Gimblett Gravels
14 May 2018

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14 May 2018

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14 May 2018

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14 May 2018

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14 May 2018

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Rotten Vintage Challenges Champagne's Reserves
14 May 2018

Champagne is dealt a double whammy by a dodgy vintage and a chemical time bomb.
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Wine Legend: Château Ausone 2005
13 May 2018

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Discover a World of Cabernet
13 May 2018

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Super Tuscan evolution: Comparing Tignanello and Solaia
12 May 2018

Michaela Morris compares several vintages of Antinori’s Tignanello and Solaia, looking at the stylistic evolution of two wines born several years apart in the 1970s but from the same Tuscan property.Comparing the evolution of Tignanello and Solaia. An in-depth look at two 'Super Tuscan' pioneers...
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Comment: ‘There are two worlds of wine: the fine-wine machine… and then the rest’
12 May 2018

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The Feast: For Graduation, a Fried Rice Recipe That Looks Back to Childhood (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2018

Chef Tracy Chang of Pagu in Cambridge, Mass., shares her reinventions of her favorite fried rice, paired with 10 lively Spanish whites
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The Shape of Pink: Evolution of the Rosé Wine Bottle (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2018

Rosés come in all shapes and sizes. Many of these designs are driven by marketing, but others have a history
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Small Wineries Hoping for Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2018

Last year's big tax bill included excise-tax cuts for American wineries, but an error means many now face a potential tax hike
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Burgundy’s Domaines Devillard Buys Jura Estate Domaine Rolet (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2018

The Devillard family expands into the Jura, acquiring 160 acres of vineyards
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The ‘Kiwi wine’ quiz – Test your knowledge
12 May 2018

Beautiful lands, stunning vineyards and brilliant wines; New Zealand has quite a lot going for it. How much do you know about the country's eclectic wines? Test your knowledge with our Kiwi wine quiz....Copyright owned by Yealands Winery Think you know about New Zealand wines?...
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Château Ksara launches wine using Merwah
11 May 2018

Lebanese winery Château Ksara has announced the release of a new white wine that has been made with the local variety Merwah, the first time the grape has been used to make a single variety table wine.
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Bill Murray mixes vodka cocktails to promote Slovenia spirit
11 May 2018

Bill Murray was spotted mixing vodka cocktails at Xaviars restaurant in New York, US.
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Suntory launches clear non-alcoholic ‘beer’ for office drinking
11 May 2018

Japanese drinks giant Suntory is launching a clear, non-alcoholic 'beer' packaged in a plastic bottle which it hopes will be particularly popular with office workers.
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London Wine Week 2018: Where to go
11 May 2018

Celebrate London Wine Week 2018 at some of the capital's top wine bars, as rated by Decanter experts. Celebrate London Wine Week...
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Gallo acquires Santa Barbara vineyards
11 May 2018

US producer E&J Gallo has bought two substantial properties in Santa Barbara in the last two weeks, adding several hundred acres of vineyards to its portfolio.
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Watch: Robot opens and ‘drinks’ bottle of Champagne
11 May 2018

A €2 million marine robot called Étaín, developed by the University of Limerick, took the unusual step of 'christening itself' before it was launched into the Limerick city docks last month.
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Majestic warns of Provence rosé shortage
11 May 2018

The combination of a bank holiday heatwave, poor French harvests and "higher-than-average" winter sales has put supplies of Provence rosé at risk of running out, according to UK retailer Majestic Wines.
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Francis Ford Coppola to sponsor LAFC
11 May 2018

The Francis Ford Coppola winery has been named as the official sponsor of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), the newest team in Major League Soccer.
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Cotswolds Distillery surpasses £2m crowdfunding target
11 May 2018

Cotswolds Distillery has revealed that it has surpassed its initial £2 million crowdfunding target in a week, having received support from over 500 investors to build a new visitor centre.
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Negociants to close as Yalumba joins Fells
11 May 2018

Australian winery Yalumba has announced it is to be distributed in the UK by John E Fells from this summer while Negociants UK is to close.
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Madame Bollinger Foundation marks 30-year partnership with IMW
11 May 2018

Bollinger Champagne has marked a 30-year partnership between its charitable organisation the Madame Bollinger Foundation and the Institute of Masters of Wine, which was founded in 1988 by Christian Bizot.    
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Lafleur 2017 ‘oversubscribed’, says UK merchant
11 May 2018

Lafleur 2017 saw strong demand in the first day of release this week after the Pomerol estate emerged as one of the success stories of a weather-hit Bordeaux Right Bank vintage.Harvesting grapes by hand at Château Lafleur in Pomerol. Lafleur defies weather with 2017 vintage...
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
11 May 2018

Planning a barbecue or craving a steak night? Spain’s Rioja reds are delicious food-friendly wines for the weekend, see our great value selection below – all rated by the experts… Bold and delicious Rioja reds for the weekend…
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DWWA judge profile: Daphne Teremetz
11 May 2018

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11 May 2018

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11 May 2018

Author/producer Stephanie Danler clued us in to bottles to watch for on the show. Plus, lottery winners celebrate with Champagne, giant Champagne lawn design
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Perfect Match Recipe: Tuna Aguachile with Lime, Cilantro and Mint (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

Learn how to make this ultrafresh Mexican dish, paired with a French rosé
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Rosé wine sales spike over bank holiday heatwave
11 May 2018

UK wine retailers have reported a spike in rosé sales over the May bank holiday weekend, which saw record-breaking temperatures.The heatwave prompted a spike in rosé sales. Rosé wine sales spike over bank holiday heatwave Majestic Wine reported a 114% increase in rosé sales over the bank holiday
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Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 12th Annual Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

Make wine the star of your story and earn great prizes!
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Wine Spectator 2018 Video Contest: Rules, Prizes and Entry Form (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

Share your wine adventure. Submit your video!
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Restaurant Wine Lists Fit for Royalty (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

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Restaurant Spotlight: Tavola (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

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Top St-Emilion 2017 wines
11 May 2018

See the wines rated 91 points and above, following extensive Bordeaux en primeur tastings across the appellation. This article is available exclusively to Premium members online. Merlot vines in St-Emilion. Ratings and full tasting notes, exclusively for Premium members...
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Turning Tables: Change Is in the Air for New York's I Trulli (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2018

The Manhattan restaurant welcomes a new executive chef with fine-dining pedigree. Plus, chef David Burke revamps hotel cuisine, a new Charlotte location of Eddie V's
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DWWA judge profile: James John MW
11 May 2018

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10 May 2018

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10 May 2018

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The Drinks Business — Live at the Emirates
10 May 2018

Some 50 people, including a team from the drinks business, will battle it out in a Santa Rita sponsored football tournament at London's Emirates Stadium tomorrow, and we're live-streaming the whole thing.
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DWWA judge profile: Victoria Anderson
10 May 2018

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10 May 2018

With a new leader at the helm, this year’s London Wine Fair is set to offer guests and exhibitors lots of exciting changes. Edith Hancock speaks to event director Hannah Tovey, and highlights the producers to look out for at this year’s event
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Princess Anne pays royal visit to UK winery Rathfinny
10 May 2018

Princess Anne paid a royal visit to Rathfinny Estate in Sussex this week as the winery prepares to launch its first sparklers.
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‘We just didn’t like you’ — this chef had a perfect response to a one-star reviewer on Tripadvisor
10 May 2018

A chef in Manchester has taken justice into his own hands by blasting a customer on social media after they left a one-star review on Tripadvisor over cloudy lemonade.
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Couple mow Champagne bottle into lawn to celebrate lotto win
10 May 2018

A couple have celebrated a £3 million scratch card win by spending three days mowing the pattern of a Champagne bottle popping into two flutes into their lawn.
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DWWA judge profile: Matt Pym
10 May 2018

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DWWA judge profile: Agustin Trapero
10 May 2018

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Win a £1,500 wine fridge with Wine List Confidential
10 May 2018

With the London Wine Fair just one week away, the drinks business is inviting the trade to celebrate the very best restaurants for wine in London at the first Wine List Confidential awards, and to visit our stand for the chance to wine a £1,500 fridge.
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Top 12 new products: May
10 May 2018

This month saw the launch of González Byass' Tio Pepe En Rama Sherry, for the first time in magnum, a new Tempranillo from the dynamic duo that is Neil McGuigan and John Torode, and a Scotch aged in ex-Châteauneuf-du-Pape barrels.
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Echo Falls is tapping into millennial psyche by partnering with ITV2’s Love Island
10 May 2018

Echo Falls is the new drinks partner of ITV2's seminal reality TV show Love Island, and will even send two people to the live finals this year in a bid to corner the 18-24 market.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Dinner by Heston
10 May 2018

Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental reopened in June of last year, following a refurbishment of the hotel, with a wine list in tune with the historical dishes refined by partners in the sublime, Ashley Palmer-Watts and Heston Blumenthal.
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Wine educator Brett Jones dies
10 May 2018

Wine educator and writer Brett Jones has died of cancer aged 73.
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Anson: What drives people to make wine?
10 May 2018

Whether you have dreams of making your own cuvée, or already spend your days in the cellar, Jane Anson considers the enduring appeal of producing wine.What drives people to make wine? What drives people to make wine?
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New Hampshire Lowers the Boom on Wine Shipping
10 May 2018

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2017 Bordeaux Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2018

The 2017 vintage provides many excellent wines, but will Bordeaux's top wineries offer prices that will entice consumers?
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Popular Wine and Dining Destinations Merge as Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Buys Barteca (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2018

Both groups are recipients of over 60 Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards; Barteca's Barcelona Wine Bars could grow to dozens more locations nationwide
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Wines from the world’s driest desert: Ventisquero’s Tara project
10 May 2018

Find out how three Chilean winemakers are producing premium wines in Atacama – the most arid desert in the world – and see Decanter's expert tasting notes and scores, available exclusively to Premium members.Amy Wislocki meets the Tara project winemakers growing vines in Atacama desert – a virtually rainless plateau. Discover the taste of Chile’s desert wines…. The...
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Cephalonia wineries to visit
09 May 2018

With exciting wines made from native grapes, pay a visit to these Cephalonia wineries, also known as Kefalonia, chosen by Yiannis Karakasis MW...Vineyards in Favios Pay a visit to these wineries...
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Vagabond reveals new English wine releases
09 May 2018

UK independent merchant Vagabond has revealed the English wines that will be released from its Battersea urban winery this summer.
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The World Bulk Wine Exhibition 2018 will celebrate 10th anniversary in Amsterdam
09 May 2018

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will celebrate its 10th birthday at this year's event in Amsterdam.
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HKTDC Wine Fair reveals plans for 11th edition
09 May 2018

The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC) has revealed initial plans for the 11th edition of its International Wine & Spirits Fair later this year.
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UK restaurant chain Côte latest to consider closures
09 May 2018

UK restaurant group Côte is the latest to announce potential closures from within its ranks, following in the likes of Jamie's Italian, Strada and Byron Burger, citing the "very challenging" conditions faced by restaurateurs in the casual dining sector. 
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Brewdog appoints Coca-Cola financier as new CFO
09 May 2018

Brewdog has hired a former finance worker at Coca-Cola as its new CFO.
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ProWine Asia Singapore 2018 hailed a gateway to Southeast Asia
09 May 2018

More than 7,218 trade visitors with 40% coming from outside of Singapore, mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines joined the four-day ProWine Asia Singapore 2018 last month, affirming Singapore's role as a gateway to Southeast Asian market. 
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Australian Winemakers Are Thrilled with the 2018 Harvest (Wine Spectator)
09 May 2018

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Top Pomerol 2017 wines
09 May 2018

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Dom Pérignon to collaborate with rockstar Lenny Kravitz
09 May 2018

Dom Pérignon has announced an upcoming creative collaboration with the American actor and Grammy Award-winning musician, Lenny Kravitz…Dom Pérignon Champagne reworks its image with Grammy Award winning rock idol and film actor, Lenny Kravitz. Credit: Dom Pérignon A Champagne classic meets an American rock idol…
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Mother’s Day Menu: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Crudité Bouquet, Colorful Salad and Scallops with Summer Vegetables (Wine Spectator)
09 May 2018

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Rare ‘mega blossom’ saves Margaret River grapes from birds
09 May 2018

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09 May 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down... What Steven Spurrier has been drinking...
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One fifth of Brits tip even if the service is terrible
08 May 2018

More than 20% of British diners will tip at a restaurant even if the service is poor, according to new research.
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Chile: high and mighty
08 May 2018

Chile is repositioning itself as a producer of top quality, higher-priced wines and has lots of ideas about how to attain this goal, as Patrick Schmitt MW discovers.
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Graham’s releases 1982 Port for royal wedding
08 May 2018

Graham's Port has announced it will be releasing a 1982 tawny to commemorate the marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle.
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Cognac Frapin launches new-look website
08 May 2018

As consumer interest in cognac continues to rise, producer Frapin has relaunched its website with new sections dedicated to cocktail recipes, food pairing and tours of the French château.
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Alcoholic tea could ‘replace the gin trend’
08 May 2018

Earl Grey-based liqueurs and tea cocktails are brewing up a storm in London's bar scene and the off-trade – and some think it could even replace our love-affair with gin.
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Domaine du Grand Mayne launches crowd-funding campaign
08 May 2018

Domaine du Grand Mayne in South West France has launched the second round of its crowd-funding campaign to further investment in the winery.
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The Great British Beer Festival tackles sexual assault with ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign
08 May 2018

Organisers of the Great British Beer Festival are prioritising guests' safety, introducing the "Ask for Angela" campaign to the event for the first time this year.
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08 May 2018

The monks of the Belgian monastery of Grimbergen have expressed a desire to begin brewing their own beer again but there’s a hitch – they can’t find the original recipe.
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Woman billed for broken wine glass by in-laws
08 May 2018

A woman has described her shock at receiving a bill for £156 from her in-laws after she accidentally broke a wine glass at their home.
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Bottega unveils a new gin and vermouths at Singapore TFWA Fair
08 May 2018

Prosecco producer, Bottega, has unveiled three new spirits including a gin and two Vermouths at this year’s travel retail sector at TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference.
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Top Cephalonia restaurants for wine lovers
08 May 2018

Where to eat and drink on the glorious Greek island of Cephalonia, also known as Kefalonia, and picked by Yiannis Karakasis MW...Kyani Akti Where to eat and drink....
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Top Pessac-Léognan 2017 red wines
07 May 2018

See Jane Anson's top scoring Pessac-Léognan red wines from the recent Bordeaux 2017 en primeur tastings. Notes are currently available exclusively to Premium members. Jane Anson tastes Haut-Brion 2017 samples for Decanter. And which estates survived the notorious frost...
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Jefford on Monday: Mindfulness and wine
07 May 2018

Andrew Jefford asks if the two are incompatible. Tasting wine at a Decanter ‘discovery theatre’ class on Muscat de Rivesaltes. Are the two compatible?...
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Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows
07 May 2018

US trade agencies and marketers says consumer education depends on more precise labels.
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Open-top fermentation – ask Decanter?
07 May 2018

What is open-top fermentation? And what are the benefits?What are the benefits of open top fermentation? What are the benefits...?
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Top St-Julien 2017 en primeur wines
06 May 2018

See Jane Anson's scores and tasting notes for the St-Julien 2017 wines, tasted en primeur...Cellars at Leoville Barton. St-Julien, along with its Médoc cousins Pauillac and St-Estèphe, had many successes in a Bordeaux 2017 vintage that presented several
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Ageing of half-bottles – ask Decanter
05 May 2018

How does the ageing of half bottles differ from full sized...? How does the ageing of half bottles differ from full sized...?
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Top restaurants and wine bars in Vancouver
05 May 2018

For sports enthusiasts, wine lovers and locavores alike, this buzzing Canadian city has it all, says resident Kurtis Kolt... Where to eat and drink in Vancouver. Where to wine and dine...
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Tignanello wines rated: Eight vintages from 1997 to 2013
05 May 2018

Read tasting notes and ratings for eight Tignanello vintages between 1997 and 2013 inclusive, written by Michaela Morris and published here exclusively for Premium members. Inside the Tenuta Tignanello in Val di Pesa. How some of the top vintages are faring now...
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Hide Above restaurant review: ‘A record-breaking wine list’
05 May 2018

Fiona Beckett dips into the 6,500-bin wine list at the newly opened restaurant venture from the owners of luxury London wine shop, Hedonism, and chef Ollie Dabbous, read her full review...Inside Hide Above, the strikingly designed newcomer to the London fine-dining scene... Credit: 85piccadilly.co.uk One of the most lavish restaurants in London with park views and 6,500 wines to choose from... The...
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Contrasting Fortunes for Fortified Wine
05 May 2018

The UK is the main fortified wine market, so how are Sherry and Port doing in this vital space?
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Napa Vintner and Entrepreneur Leslie Rudd Dies at 76 (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2018

The savvy investor, businessman and philanthropist from Kansas left an indelible mark on California's food and wine scene
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8 & $20 Recipe: Pork Flautas with Guacamole and Rosé (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2018

Make any meal festive with these Mexican rolled tortillas that can do triple duty as an entrée, appetizer or party snack
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises $2.8 Million (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2018

The annual Florida event reached new heights and helped support children's charities and wine-country wildfire relief efforts
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Bordeaux en primeur 2017 prices so far
05 May 2018

It's been a relatively sedate beginning to the Bordeaux 2017 en primeur campaign, but more estates have shown their hand in the past week and there is a general trend towards price cuts versus a widely praised 2016 crop. Below, we've compiled prices so far, on an ex-Bordeaux basis. Thousands of tasters will be descending on Bordeaux to taste the new vintage. Read more analysis of the latest Borde...
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Sommelier Roundtable: Which Wines for a Wedding (And What Were Yours)? (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2018

With wedding season—and a royal wedding—upon us, we asked 7 wine pros what they crack open to party
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Bordeaux 2017: Galloni picks the Right Bank
05 May 2018

Antonio Galloni has released his report on the 2017 vintage, the last of the truly major critics to do so, and is distinct from many peers by nailing his colours to the mast in support of the Right Bank.
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Seven HK bars make ‘Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018’ list
05 May 2018

Seven bars in Hong Kong have been named in this year's Asia's 50 Best Bars list, with newcomer, The Old Man, leading the pack; peaking at No. 5 on the list.
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Penfolds ‘copycat’ fires back at TWE
05 May 2018

Rush Rich winery, accused by Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) of copycatting its flagship wine brand Penfolds, has fired back against the Australian wine giant with a cross claim in a federal court.
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Private Passions: Polyphonic symphony
04 May 2018

Pheasant's Tears co-founder John Wurdeman remembers the power of Georgian music that shook him to his bones as a teenager and sparked his longstanding love affair with the country.
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NZ viticultural technique could combat effects of global warming
04 May 2018

Dr John Forrest, the creator of a viticultural technique used by New Zealand wineries involved in a project to produce wines with naturally lower alcohol, has said that it's capable of helping wineries across the world "to ameliorate the effects of global warming".
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Troplong Mondot sale sum revealed
04 May 2018

Last year’s sale of St Emilion premier grand cru classé Troplong Mondot to a French insurance firm totalled €178 million it has been revealed.
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The wine judging quiz – Test your knowledge
04 May 2018

More than 270 expert judges from around the globe have been in London this week, collectively tasting close to 17,000 wines for the annual Decanter World Wine Awards. How do you think you would fare in their position? Get an idea by taking our general knowledge wine judging quiz below... This year's DWWA saw a record of more more than 17,200 entries. How would you fare?...
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NZ Winegrowers celebrate ‘most successful’ International Sauvignon Blanc Day
04 May 2018

Trade body New Zealand Winegrowers is celebrating the "most successful" International Sauvignon Blanc Day today, following its largest ever social media campaign. 
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Interview and tasting with L’Eglise Clinet owner
04 May 2018

Jane Anson meets and tastes with Denis Durantou, owner and winemaker at star Pomerol estate Château L’Eglise Clinet, plus Les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol and Montlandrie in Côtes de Castillon. Read Jane's interview, published in Decanter magazine's June 2018 issue, plus new tasting notes only available to Premium members. Château Les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol ...
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Pol Roger is launching a pop-up Champagne bar for London Wine Week
04 May 2018

Champagne producer Pol Roger is launching a pop-up bar at Flat Iron Square during London Wine Week 2018.
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UK brewery resurrects local cave-ageing beer tradition
04 May 2018

Pilgrim Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Surrey, has begun its project to age its beer in the local town's caves, a tradition pioneered by the now closed Reigate brewery Mellersh & Neale in the early 1900s. 
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The week in pictures
04 May 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Peter Dinklage teams up with Estrella, Bob Dylan launched a whiskey, David Beckham's six-year-old daughter spent £5k on a wine case for her dad's birthday, and one pub chain is way, way too excited about the royal wedding.
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Great value Portuguese white wines
04 May 2018

The future looks bright for Portuguese whites, says Sarah Ahmed. Here are five to try, all below £25 and with Sarah's tasting notes and scores made freely available online. All under £25...
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Emirates spends $56m on fine wine in 2017
04 May 2018

Gulf airline Emirates has announced the latest fine wines that will be served to its first class passengers on select routes this year, including 2004 Cheval Blanc and 1998 Margaux, as well as revealing it invested US$56 million on fine wine last year. 
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New Bordeaux 2017 releases: Pape Clément, Langoa Barton, Malartic out
04 May 2018

Price cuts dominate early stages of Bordeaux 2017 en primeur campaign with several estates positioned roughly between 2014 and 2015. Trotte Vieille launches debut primeur campaign at 60 euros per bottle ex-Bordeaux. Malartic-Lagravière 2017 red drops price by 21% ex-Bordeaux versus 2016, with Langoa Barton down 15%, La Lagune down 14% and Pape Clément red down 7%. The vats at Ch...
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Top St-Estèphe 2017 en primeur wines
04 May 2018

See Jane Anson's tasting notes and scores for the St-Estèphe 2017 wines - exclusive to Decanter Premium members... Pouring Château Montrose See Jane Anson's tasting notes and scores...
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Discover a World of Sauvignon Blanc
04 May 2018

Help boost the New Zealand economy and enjoy a better International Sauvignon Blanc Day with our recommendations.
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Unfiltered: Jackson Family Wines' Barbara Banke Bets on Good Magic at Kentucky Derby (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2018

Plus, Bob Dylan knocks back Heaven's Door whiskey, reggae-rock band Pepper is stoked for wine, the lost Sonoma Samurai sword is restored to a place of honor, and more
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Plumpton College launches ‘A Level’ in Viticulture
04 May 2018

Plumpton College has launched a new viticulture course for 16 – 18 year olds, to encourage more young people to pursue a career in winemaking and vineyard management. Plumpton College launches wine course for 16 - 18 year olds. For 16 to 18 year olds...
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DAWA 2017 award-winners showcased at ProWine Asia, Singapore
04 May 2018

A special selection of Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 award-winning wines were tasted at Singapore’s leading wine fair Decanter  presented 13 DAWA 2017 award-winning wines at ProWine Asia in Singapore last week. Visitors to the fair where given
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The 20 most beautiful bars in London
03 May 2018

From the Art Deco elegance of the Connaught Bar in Mayfair to the eccentric interiors of Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden, we round up the 20 most beautiful bars in London.
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Winner of Korea Sommelier of the Year Award 2018 announced
03 May 2018

Sommelier Minseok Kyung, from South Korea's first Michelin-starred restaurant Jungsik, has won this year's Korea Sommelier of the Year Awards hosted by WineVision on 30 April.
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Singapore’s Cé La Vi hires Mathias Camilleri MS
03 May 2018

Cé La Vi Singapore has appointed Mathias Camilleri, the first Master Sommelier in Singapore, to oversee its wine lists, the group, known for its rooftop bars, has announced.
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Bordeaux 2017: Pape Clément leads release splurge
03 May 2018

Pape Clément and Langoa Barton have lead a late week slew of releases ahead of the long weekends on both sides of the Channel.
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Top Pauillac 2017 en primeur scores
03 May 2018

See Jane Anson's verdict on the Pauillac 2017 wines tasted en primeur...Harvesting at Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac. Exclusive to Premium members...
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East London Liquor Company raises over £850,000 in one day to make English whisky
03 May 2018

A UK distillery has raised more than £850,000 in just 24 hours through crowdfunding, exceeding its target by an extra £100,000.
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Loss of trade deals could cost Scotch £50m a year
03 May 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association has called for zero tariffs on its exports after Brexit, with chief executive Karen Betts making the issue the focus of the organisation's annual conference, warning that the potential loss of trade deals could cost the industry over £50m annually in tariffs alone.
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Estrella launches worldwide ad campaign starring Peter Dinklage
03 May 2018

Peter Dinklage is the star of Estrella's new advert — a 16-minute feature film-style production — with the brand claiming 2017 was the "year of Dinklage".
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Decanter at Vinexpo Hong Kong
03 May 2018

Decanter will be hosting a Grenache masterclass at Vinexpo Hong Kong as well as showcasing 22 Decanter Asia Wine Award winning wines. Visitor’s to this year’s Vinexpo Hong Kong will also be able to attend Decanter’s World’s Best Grenache Buys masterclass. Explore
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The best wines of Bordeaux 2017
03 May 2018

The 10 ‘best’ wines of the 2017 Bordeaux vintage as ranked by Liv-ex’s global members.
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US brewery plans 105-room beer hotel as part of $65m redevelopment
03 May 2018

Shipyard Brewing has submitted plans for a 105-room 'Brewtel' where guests can order a beer keg via room service as part of a $65 million redevelopment proposal submitted to authorities in Portland. 
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Direct London to Bordeaux train route planned for 2020
03 May 2018

A direct high speed railway that would take passengers from London to Bordeaux in under five hours could be in operation by 2020, according to the chief executive of the HS1 rail network.
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Château Talbot: Every vintage from 2000 to 2017 tasted
03 May 2018

Jane Anson reports for Premium members on a tasting of Château Talbot wines at the St-Julien estate. Château Talbot, the St-Julien fourth growth. Published online exclusively for Premium members...
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Online Wine Sales Skyrocket in US
03 May 2018

Convenience, pricing and demographic change continue to drive the internet wine market in the US.
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Exciting Chilean wines: Colchagua producers to watch
03 May 2018

Known for its Carmenère vineyards, Colchagua is home to some of Chile’s biggest names in wine. Alistair Cooper MW highlights the rising stars to keep an eye on – plus his top 12 wines to try, available exclusively to Premium members. Koyle vineyard Cutting-edge Chilean wines from Colchagua...
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When should you drink wine after decanting it? – Ask Decanter
03 May 2018

How quickly should you drink wines after decanting them...?Decanting is most beneficial in young and/or tannic reds to open up their aromas and flavours How quickly should you drink it...?
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F1 trademark the term ‘shoey’ to cash in on Daniel Ricciardo’s celebration
02 May 2018

Formula One has cashed-in on the show-boating of Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo and trademarked the 'Shoey' – the Australian ritual of drinking out of a sweaty shoe.
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The best Proseccos for 2018
02 May 2018

With its slight sweetness and fruity characteristics, Prosecco is one of the most popular wines available. We bring you the category's best bubbles from this year's Prosecco Masters tasting.
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The Macallan unveils new look for single malt whiskies with anti-counterfeit design
02 May 2018

The Macallan has unveiled a new look across its range of single malt whiskies, which boast an anti-refill closure and anti-counterfeit technology to, “ensure that consumers are protected at the point of purchase,” the company has announced.
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Bonhams set to break world records with two rare 1926 Macallans in HK
02 May 2018

All eyes are on Bonhams’ upcoming Fine Wine and Whisky Auction in Hong Kong this month, as the auction house is to offer two rare Macallan whiskies from 1926; shortly after the pair broke a world record for the most expensive whisky ever sold at Dubai airport retailer Le Clos for a staggering US$600,000 a bottle.
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US online wine retailer hoping to make a Splash in UK
02 May 2018

Splash, an American direct-to-consumer online wine retailer, is hoping to make waves in the UK via London-based crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.
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Plumpton launches A-Level equivalent to boost English wine industry recruitment
02 May 2018

Plumpton College, the only institution in England to offer wine courses at university level, is branching into A-level education. Head of wine development at the college, Chris Foss, tells db all about it.
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This is what the drinks industry is saying about Scotland’s minimum unit pricing
02 May 2018

We're rounding up the industry's reactions to Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol, from brewers to wine experts.
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New direct London to Bordeaux train route planned
02 May 2018

A new train route set to cut out the changeover in Paris and go direct from London to Bordeaux is in the advanced planning stages, according to train operators. The Bordeaux skyline One direct train....
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Branaire-Ducru 2017 adds to trickle of primeur releases
02 May 2018

Château Branaire-Ducru has followed in the footsteps of Palmer by releasing its 2017 vintage at a significant discount to the 2016 wine.Branaire-Ducru in St-Julien. Branaire-Ducru drops price by 15%...
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Champagne helps fine wine rally in April
02 May 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 enjoyed a small rally last month after five months of decline, helped along by steady interest in Champagne.
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Japanese scientists make alcohol from wood
02 May 2018

Researchers at Japan's Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute have developed an alcoholic beverage made from tree bark, which it says resembles the qualities of an alcohol aged in wood barrels. 
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Corbin and King to open restaurant in St John’s Wood
02 May 2018

London restaurant moguls Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are to open their ninth site in the capital this year near Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood.
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Red Wine Linked to Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer (Wine Spectator)
02 May 2018

An in-depth analysis finds that drinking white wine may slightly elevate the risk, while red wine reduces it
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Why Change? Enjoying Modern Wine Demands It (Wine Spectator)
02 May 2018

Because if you don’t, you’ll miss the real joy of modern wine
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Decanter launches wine learning app
02 May 2018

Decanter has launched a micro-learning app called Know Your Wine, designed to help you increase your knowledge from grape to glass, as well as understand more about some of the world's best-known wine regions. 'Know Your Wine' launches on iPhone...
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Justerini & Brooks takes back J&B Rare distribution
02 May 2018

UK fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has announced it is to take back the UK distribution of its J&B ‘Rare’ Scotch whisky after a 21-year gap.
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Loire Valley Wines to host ‘Muscadet Mobile’ for London Wine Week
01 May 2018

Trade body Loire Valley Wines is the headline sponsor of this year's London Wine Week and will host promotional events including a 'Muscadet Mobile' at Flat Iron Square throughout the week. 
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Corkscrew app to ‘revolutionise’ supermarket shopping
01 May 2018

Pocket sommelier app Corkscrew has expanded into the off-trade in a move it claims will “revolutionise” supermarket shopping and demystify baffling wine aisles.
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Fruit ciders to make up almost half of all cider sales by 2023
01 May 2018

Fruit-flavoured ciders have been tipped to make up nearly 50% of the market within the next five years, according to new figures.
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Top Portuguese white wines to seek out
01 May 2018

The best of Portugal’s white wines fuse tradition and modernity, says Sarah Ahmed, who recommends her favourite new releases from recent trade tastings in the UK.Vineyards in Alentejo. The best of Portugal’s white wines fuse tradition and modernity...
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Top Portuguese white wines to seek out
01 May 2018

The best of Portugal’s white wines fuse tradition and modernity, says Sarah Ahmed, who recommends her favourite new releases from recent trade tastings in the UK.Vineyards in Alentejo. The best of Portugal’s white wines fuse tradition and modernity...
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Greyfriars launches ‘royal wedding wine’ and plans single vineyard releases
01 May 2018

English winery Greyfriars Vineyard has launched a limited edition Cuvée Royale and plans to release two further single vineyard expressions including an Old Vines Blanc de Blancs made from the winery's original vines that were planted in 1989. 
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i Heart Wines launches new campaign
01 May 2018

Copestick Murray has announced it is rolling out a new UK campaign for its ‘i Heart Wines’ range to drive further awareness among its target audience.
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Wine GB sets sights on £1bn worth of sales as further 1.7m vines planted
01 May 2018

Wine GB marked a new phase in the future development of English and Welsh wines with its first annual tasting in London last week, revealing a raft of measures it's taking to propel the industry toward becoming a £1 billion industry.
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iDealwine update: The Engel’s share
01 May 2018

A pioneer of winemaking in Burgundy, Domaine René Engel’s scarcity means prices are rising at auction as competition heats up to nab rare bottles
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Scotland becomes first country to implement minimum unit price for alcohol
01 May 2018

A minimum alcohol unit price of 50 pence has come into force in Scotland today, six years after the law was first passed, making it the first country in the world to adopt such a practice.
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Sainsbury’s and Asda merger will be ‘pivotal’ for the UK retail market
01 May 2018

The proposed merger between Sainsbury's and Asda would "transform the traditional landscape" of the UK's retail market, according to new analysis.
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Environmental benefits of cork
01 May 2018

Promotional Feature, sponsored by ApcorWhat is the impact of cork on the environment...? What is the impact of cork on the environment...?
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Producer profile: Wynns Coonawarra Estate
01 May 2018

The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s has grown to become one of Australia’s best-known names. Huon Hooke explores its history and picks some of his favourite wines from recent vintages.Wynns Coonawarra Estate The winery that put Coonawarra on the map for wine drinkers in the 1950s...
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‘Benchmark’ Bordeaux collection comes to London
30 April 2018

A “benchmark” collection of fine Bordeaux from a European cellar is being offered by Sotheby’s in London next month.
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Almost all Indian government evidence admitted in Mallya extradition case
30 April 2018

In a seeming setback to Vijay Mallya's bid to avoid extradition to India, Westminster Magistrate's Court has admitted almost all the evidence presented by the Indian government to support its charges of fraud and money laundering against the former head of United Spirits.
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Nine of the world’s greatest Grenaches
30 April 2018

Patrick Schmitt MW selects the best Grenaches money can buy following a series of masterclasses in London, Hong Kong and New York.
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Does drinking gin and tonics really cure hay fever?
30 April 2018

News has recently been circulating around the theory that sinking gin & tonics all summer will help to ease hay-fever symptoms.
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Final call for Sparkling Masters 2018 entries
30 April 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Sparkling Masters 2018 are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 28 May.
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BBR opens ballot for first Daftmill release
30 April 2018

UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a ballot for those wishing to buy a bottle from the inaugural run of Scotch whisky from Fife-based distillery Daftmill.
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Sainsbury’s confirms merger with Walmart-owned Asda
30 April 2018

Sainsbury's has confirmed its intention to merge with Asda to become a subsidiary of Walmart in a deal thought to be worth an estimated £12 billion, knocking Tesco off the top spot as the UK's largest supermarket.
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Henkell & Co. sees revenues rise by 5% to €526m
30 April 2018

Germany's Henkell & Co. Group, which recently bought Cava producer Freixenet, has reported revenue growth of 5% for the 2017 financial year, attributing its success of a stronger focus on "premiumisation and internationalisation" of its brands.
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Half bottle wine trend gathers pace in the UK
30 April 2018

With Waitrose and Aldi having both released a range of half bottles, the trend is gaining momentum in the UK as supermarket giant Tesco unveils its own range this week.
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China becomes Glenelly’s biggest export market
30 April 2018

South Africa's Glenelly winery, founded in 2003 by the eminent Bordeaux vintner May de Lencquesaing, now counts mainland China as the single biggest export market for its Bordeaux style wines, despite South African wines' overall small percentage share of the market.
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Jefford on Monday: The taste of spring
30 April 2018

Andrew Jefford examines the uniqueness of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. The vineyards of Sancerre above Chavignol. The wines of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé...
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 judging week begins
30 April 2018

More than 270 of the world’s top wine experts have gathered in London to begin judging the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition. Nearly 17,000 wines will be judged at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (DWWA 2018) judging week by 275 international
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Californian Pinot Noir: Panel tasting results
29 April 2018

Increased vineyard plantings and notable improvements in quality mean that the future looks bright for Pinot Noir in California. Read this report on 93 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Karen MacNeil, who is region chair for California at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.California offers plenty for Pinot Noir lovers prepared to pay the price...
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