Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
157th Hospices sale hits £12m record
21 November 2017

This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction raised the highest total in its history, while the ‘Pièce des Présidents’ charity barrel was the second most expensive ever sold.
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How to make the perfect gin and tonic, according to Heston Blumenthal
21 November 2017

Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal has nailed his drinks credentials to the mast, claiming he knows the best way to make a gin and tonic.
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Catena unveils new label design inspired by the history of Malbec
21 November 2017

Argentina's Bodega Catena Zapata has unveiled a new label design for its Malbec Argentino 2015 inspired by the history of its flagship variety and told through four symbolic women.
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This brewery makes craft beers inspired by Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel
21 November 2017

A Ukranian brewery made Canadian president and 'sex symbol' Justin Trudeau the poster-boy for its latest beer.
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Diageo sues Vijay Mallya over $75m United Spirits agreement
21 November 2017

Diageo has filed a lawsuit against Vijay Mallya in the UK over a $75 million agreement it struck with the tycoon for him to step down as chair of United Spirits in 2016. 
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The Benevolent charity silent auction goes live this week
20 November 2017

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent's “Thanks for Giving” Online Silent Auction will return this week, with lots including a two-week stay in a large luxury villa in Florida, a Nebuchadnezzar of Jacquart Champagne and a luxury cocktail experience at The Savoy.
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Jefford on Monday: The white question
20 November 2017

Andrew Jefford discovers the other face of Priorat.High altitude, Mas Alta vineyards. Is Priorat on the verge of change?...
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Scientists link infidelity in male voles to uneven alcohol consumption
20 November 2017

Male prairie voles that drink more alcohol than their partner are more likely to be unfaithful, mirroring behaviour found in humans, a recent study has revealed.
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Chicago bar to host ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ pop-up
20 November 2017

A Chicago bar has announced plans for a festive pop-up based on the 1946 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life – and it's already sold out. 
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Wine Legend: Le Pin, Pomerol 1982
20 November 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Weekend Wine – the Bordeaux Breakdown
19 November 2017

Wine specialist Tom Jarvis turns his attention to one of Bordeaux's quiet achievers.
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Inside the Hospices de Beaune auction
19 November 2017

At the prestigious charity auction that’s an annual highlight of the wine trade, Peter Richards MW gets the inside track on how wines bought here are helping one UK retailer to tap into a growing premium sector... At the prestigious charity auction that’s an annual highlight of the wine trade, Peter Richards MW gets the inside track on how wines bought here are helping one UK retailer...
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Ten great restaurants in Champagne for wine lovers
18 November 2017

Champagne is a perfect winter getaway, but where should you dine at the end of a hard day’s tasting? At this year’s Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, we asked for insider tips from those working for some of the top Champagne houses…Dine at Les Crayères, an enchanting Champagne château... Credit: lescrayere.com Where to eat after a hard day of popping corks...
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Restaurant Talk: The Marc Forgione and Matthew Conway Show (Wine Spectator)
18 November 2017

The chef and his wine guy have had a rare decade-long relationship working at Forgione's downtown Manhattan restaurant, and have fun doing it
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‘Santé!’ Wine May Improve Foreign Language Skills (Wine Spectator)
18 November 2017

A recent study finds that a small amount of alcohol could give new meaning to the phrase “Dutch courage”
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American couple take on Burgundy’s Clos de la Commaraine
18 November 2017

Two American investors have taken on the running of Clos de la Commaraine, the premier cru vineyard and property in Burgundy’s Pommard appellation.The estate building at Clos de la Commaraine. Burgundy estate gets new management...
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Napa Valley Quiz – Test your knowledge
18 November 2017

How well do you know California's most renowned wine region, the Napa Valley? Are you a collector of the highly crafted Cabernets, or have you sampled other delights from the Valley floor? Take Decanter's Napa Valley quiz and find out. Harvest in Napa Valley Take the Napa Valley quiz: Find out more about the Napa Valley and all the answers to the quiz in
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Cristal Champagne: Tasting and profile
18 November 2017

John Stimpfig gives a brief history of one of the world's most sought-after Champagnes, and recommends a few vintages to buy.What Cristal Champagne to buy? See our ratings and read about the history...
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Xavier Rousset MS launches ‘Pinot & Chardo’ wine club
18 November 2017

Restaurateur and Master Sommelier Xavier Rousset has launched a free wine club focused exclusively on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay called 'Pinot & Chardo'.
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The week in Pictures: Hong Kong
18 November 2017

November is one of the busiest months in Hong Kong's drinks trade. From the International Wine & Spirits Fair to our Drinks Business Asian Awards, Santa Rita masterclass to 2006 Salon launch and a Chateau Palmer wine dinner. Here are the highlights that you can't miss.
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The week in pictures
18 November 2017

This week's highlights included the annual IWSC Awards banquet, London's first Nebbiolo Day tasting and a Malbec masterclass by Argentina's Catena Zapata.
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Uncorked: Dominik Huber of Terroir al Limit
18 November 2017

Dominik Huber of Terroir al Limit chats to dbHK about his passion for food, hiking along Montsant Mountain in Priorat and his treasured 2006 'Les Manyes'.
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Master of Wine auction raises £1m
18 November 2017

As much as £1 million has been raised for the Institute of Masters of Wine’s Endowment Fund following a dinner and auction at Bonhams in London last night.
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db Eats: GBR
18 November 2017

Great British Restaurant at Dukes Hotel does exactly what it says on the tin, writes Edith Hancock.
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Coca-Cola CEO: ‘never say never’ to getting into alcohol
18 November 2017

After an analyst speculated that Coca-Cola may announce a move into the alcohol industry, CEO James Quincey said he would not rule it out, but that "it doesn't make sense" to do it now. 
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New high for Mouton 2000 and the appeal of black and gold bottles
18 November 2017

A case of Mouton Rothschild 2000 has traded at a new record high on the Liv-ex Exchange of £17,050, do commemorative bottles of Bordeaux have extra appeal in the market?
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Ramon Bilbao embraces higher altitudes to better Rioja
18 November 2017

Ramón Bilbao is exploring the altitudinal limits for grape growing in Rioja to produce fresher reds with a greater ageing capacity – although it’s a costly approach.
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First Scottish Tequila aged in Speyside malt whisky casks launched
18 November 2017

Two entrepreneurs have launched Scotland’s first Tequila company, UWA Tequila, which has created what it believes to be the world’s first Tequila aged in Speyside single malt whisky casks.
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Cans now make up a quarter of all craft beer sold in UK
18 November 2017

Gone are the days of stigma around 'tinnies' as a quarter of the UK's craft beer is now sold in cans, according to new figures.
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Soviet-era winery set to re-open to tourists from 2020
18 November 2017

A winery that was once one of the largest Soviet-era wineries in south Russia is to be rebuilt as part of a two billion ruble (US$35) investment, with plans to welcome tourists to the winery in the Black Sea resort of Anapa from 2020.
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Women earn more than men at Diageo
18 November 2017

Female staff earn more than their male counterparts at Diageo in England and Wales when all employees’ salaries are taken into account.
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Petition launched calling on alcohol ban in Parliament
18 November 2017

A petition calling on the government to ban alcohol from the Houses of Parliament has been launched.
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Brooklyn rooftop vineyard to sell wine for $1,000 a bottle
18 November 2017

Rooftop Reds, billed as "the world's first commercially viable rooftop vineyard," growing vines on a rooftop in New York, will sell its first bottles at $1,000 a bottle when they're ready in 2019.
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Crozier: Salta home to ‘some of the most terroir specific wines in the world’
18 November 2017

Mendoza might be its heartland, but the Calchaqui Valley in northern Argentina is the region to watch, believes Gaucho's wine director Phil Crozier, who says it is home not only some of the most unique wines in Argentina, but the world.
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De Bekessy cellar makes £400k
18 November 2017

The cellar of the notable Hungarian-American Antal de Bekessy made over £460,000 as part of a Sotheby’s sale that made £2.2 million in total.
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Great value California white wines
17 November 2017

Finding the value wines from California... Hunting down the value white wines...
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Irish Distillers creates Midleton whiskey finished in bluebell forest oak casks
17 November 2017

Irish Distillers-owned whiskey brand Midleton has released harnessing the flavours of Ireland's bluebell forests.
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What is the Hospices de Beaune? – ask Decanter
17 November 2017

What happens at the Hospices de Beaune auction....?Hospices de Beaune is a key event in the Burgundy calendar. The story of Hospices de Beaune...
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Alberto Tasca: 西西里当地葡萄品种将推动此产区的葡萄酒革命
17 November 2017

端坐西西里岛广阔葡萄酒帝国Tasca d'Almerita顶端的Alberto Tasca d’Almerita坚信,该岛众多的当地葡萄品种及其与可持续性的亲和力将改变未来葡萄酒酿造的面貌。
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Unfiltered: 'Escape the Room' Game Comes to Wineries, Locking Visitors Away in Cellar (Wine Spectator)
17 November 2017

Also in Unfiltered, three strikes of wine and whisky crime, Margaux 2015 gets a special label, and we check out food dances inspired by The Ballet Cook Book
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A Changing of the Guard at Bordeaux's Iconic Lafite Rothschild (Wine Spectator)
17 November 2017

Saskia de Rothschild succeeds her father, Baron Eric, as chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), while wine-industry veteran Jean-Guillaume Prats becomes president and CEO
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How to match wine with truffle recipes
17 November 2017

Looking for a wine to go with truffle risotto or another truffle-based dish this winter? We bring you the expert advice on what to look for and what to avoid, from master sommelier Piotr Pietras, head sommelier at London's Launceston Place and recently named Amorim Taster of the Year at the Court of Master Sommelier Awards. Truffle risotto. We get a master sommelier to help...
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Photo highlights: Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2017
17 November 2017

See the highlights of the weekend...The social media feed from the weekend. Re-live the weekend...
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Lafite chairman and CEO announce generational handover
17 November 2017

Château Lafite Rothschild, the Pauillac first growth, and its parent company DBR (Lafite) have announced a major generational shift in management.The DBR (Lafite) team. From left to right: Jean-Guillaume Prats, Saskia de Rothschild, Christophe Salin and Baron Eric de Rothschild. April 2018 to mark generational shift at first growth...
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2017 Harvest Report: A Roller-Coaster Growing Season for Oregon and Washington (Wine Spectator)
17 November 2017

Heat and wildfires tested vintners, but quality is high for signature grapes
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Best Laithwaite’s wines to try
17 November 2017

Decanter's Portugal Specialist of the Year 2017 has recently been pushing the English cause with a 'royal' sparkling wine made from grapes grown in Windsor Great Park. Decanter's tasting team picks its favourites...
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James Suckling and COFCO launch wine app in China
17 November 2017

American wine critic James Suckling has launched a Chinese wine app with COFCO Wine & Wine, with the aim of turning his translated ratings into a, "benchmark for buying wines and informing the wine trade and consumers in China", he says.
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Recent London restaurant casualties
17 November 2017

A number of high profile London restaurants, including HKK in Shoreditch and Paradise Garage in Bethnal Green, have been forced to close as profit margins become increasingly squeezed.
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Tom Kerridge to open butcher-pub hybrid in Marlow this week
17 November 2017

Michelin-awarded TV chef Tom Kerridge is set to open his third gastropub — The Butcher's Tap — on Friday 17 November.
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Self-taught winemaker who used to produce wine in a bath wins IMW Noval Award
17 November 2017

Self-taught Spanish winemaker and consultant Fernando Mora MW has been awarded the Institute of Masters of Wine Quinta do Noval prize for the best researcher paper written in the final stage of becoming an MW. 
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The Flying Winemaker signs distribution deal in China
17 November 2017

The Flying Winemaker, Eddie McDougall, has announced The Wine People as its official importing and distribution partner in China’s Guangdong province for his eponymous wines, Eddie McDougall Wines, making his first foray into the mainland market.
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‘Romantic’ Salon 2006 released in HK
17 November 2017

Didier Depond, president of Champagne Salon and Champagne Delamotte, has unveiled the 2006 vintage of Salon and 2007 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs in Hong Kong this week.
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Les Beaujolais Nouveaux sont arrivés
17 November 2017

Beaujolais has reported an excellent if small 2017 harvest as the first young wines arrive to mark Beaujolais Nouveau day.
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International Best of Wine Tourism 2018 winners
16 November 2017

Promotional featureOn November 9th, Casona Veramonte in Chile’s Casablanca Valley was the scene of the 2018 international ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards ceremony sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. The ceremony took place during the gala dinner that marked the end of the Network’s annual general meeting. Elke Hoellein and Thomas Schaetzel from Mainz and Rhei...
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Innis & Gunn invites beer fans to create their dream pint with the weirdest flavours they can think of
16 November 2017

Scotttish brewer Innis & Gunn is giving beer fans the chance to create their dream drink with the strangest flavours they can think of in a new nationwide competition.
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Ardgowan secures funding for £12m Scotch distillery
16 November 2017

The Ardgowan Distillery has secured a £1 million grant to build a £12m malt whisky distillery and visitor centre in Inverclyde, 30 miles west of Glasgow.
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Napa winery to offer dog-friendly getaway
16 November 2017

Calistoga Ranch has designed a three-night getaway designed to appeal to man's best friend, with activities including a smoked-bacon scavenger hunt in the vineyards.
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What’s changing in Cava
16 November 2017

In association with Cava DO.With its distinct sense of terroir, Cava made from Catalonia’s indigenous grape varieties is something we should all be drinking now, says Andrew Jefford... With its distinct sense of terroir, Cava made from Catalonia’s indigenous grape varieties is something we should all be drinking now, says Andrew Jefford
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Cava and food pairing
16 November 2017

In association with Cava DO.Cava is very versatile with food. Fiona Beckett picks some of her favourite pairings... Try these pairings...
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Cava grape varieties: Three headline grapes
16 November 2017

In association with Cava DO. Lenka Sedlackova MW takes a look at the main grape varieties used in Cava production....Xarel.lo In association with Cava DO. Cava grape varieties White (% of plantings) Macabeo (35.3%) Xarel.lo (25.5%) Parellada (20.3%) Chardonnay (8.7%)
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Cava de Paraje Calificado: Cava’s top tier
16 November 2017

In association with DO Cava The region's dozen best single-vineyard Cavas are now officially recognised as Cava de Paraje Calificado. Pedro Ballesteros Torress MW explains more...Gramona is one of the producers to be included. Understand the new classification...
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Anson: Tasting historic Lynch-Bages wines
16 November 2017

Jane Anson reports on an extraordinary tasting of aged Lynch-Bages wines in Bordeaux and includes plenty of tales from the Cazes family that has owned this estate since the late 1930s. Old vintages of Château Lynch-Bages lined up for tasting at Cafe Lavinal in Pauillac. Jane Anson tastes vintages from 1924 to 1961...
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The World's Best Value Chardonnays
16 November 2017

The world's favorite white wine grape gets our Best Value treatment.
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Judgement of Paris legend Warren Winiarski makes California hall of fame
16 November 2017

One of the people responsible for up-and-coming American wines beating the best of France at the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting has been inducted into California's all-time hall of fame.A painting re-creating the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976, at the Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire. Judgement of Paris winemaker sits alongside Steven Spielberg...
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DAWA 2017 winning wines at Wine & Dine Festival, Hong Kong
16 November 2017

Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival took place on the 26-29 October The annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival celebrates world-class food and drink. This year Decanter partnered with Riedel to
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DAWA 2017 winners at Decanter’s Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter
16 November 2017

17 DAWA 2017 winning wines will be showcased at Decanter's Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter on 18 November 2017.Decanter Asia Wine Award winners at the 2016 Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter On Saturday 18 November, over 1,000 wine lovers will come together to explore the world’s major wine regions at Decanter’s Shanghai Fine
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New book aims to be ‘gold standard for Italian wine’
16 November 2017

Today sees the official launch of a new book that aims to be the “gold standard for Italian wine”, according to the managing director of Vinitaly International, Stevie Kim.
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11 of the best winter pop-ups to warm your cockles this Christmas
16 November 2017

With Christmas around the corner, we take a look at some of the best places to grab festive food and drink in the capital.
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You can now track you alcohol consumption with Amazon Alexa
16 November 2017

Cancer Research UK has teamed up with Amazon to develop a new skill for the online retailer’s voice-activated digital assistant more...
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Thieves steal €600k of rare whisky in Paris
16 November 2017

A gang of thieves has made off with over €600,000 of rare malt whisky after smashing their way into a shop in a smart Paris arrondissement.
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Kilchoman to double distillery capacity
16 November 2017

Scotch producer Kilchoman in Islay is to double its production capacity by the end of next year to make the most of the growing thirst for single malt whisky.
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Top 10 wacky food and drink Guinness World Records
16 November 2017

How big is the world's biggest glass of beer? How many bottles is it possible to open with one's feet in a minute? And where might you go if you want to be waited on by robots?
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Will Coca-Cola make a move into alcohol?
15 November 2017

An analyst from financial services company Wells Fargo has speculated that drinks giant Coca-Cola may announce plans to move into the alcoholic beverages market at its investor day on Thursday. 
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Cognac rebrands with new visual identity
15 November 2017

The BNIC (Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac) has unveiled a new visual identity for the Cognac appellation, including a new logo and marketing material across all of its promotional materials. 
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UK buyer’s guide to California wine
15 November 2017

Calling all California wine lovers in the UK — find out the where to buy your favourite west coast wines, as Jane Parkinson rounds up the top wine shops supermarkets and online retailers...Henry Butler at Butlers Wine Cellar. Credit: Simon Dack / Alamy Where to get your Californian wine fix in the UK...
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Almaviva: Tasting a New World ‘grand cru’
15 November 2017

See Jane Anson's tasting notes and ratings for 12 vintages and read more about the history of this collaboration between two winemaking titans of France and Chile.Inside the Almaviva barrel room. Profile and ratings on the top wines...
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Minimum alcohol pricing can go ahead, court rules
15 November 2017

European wine and spirits producers have lost their long-running legal challenge against minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland after the UK's Supreme Court ruled that the policy should be allowed to stand. UK Supreme Court backs minimum price on drinks...
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California Fires: Upcoming Charity Benefits and Happenings (Wine Spectator)
15 November 2017

A calendar of events benefiting fire victims and ongoing efforts you can contribute to
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8 & $20: Tartiflette with a Bracing White Wine (Wine Spectator)
15 November 2017

This Alpine-style dish brings together Reblochon cheese with sizzling bacon, onions and potatoes
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Star Chefs Rally to Benefit California Wildfire Relief Efforts (Wine Spectator)
15 November 2017

"A Night of Friendship & Fellowship" in Napa Valley on Dec. 2 will support recovery efforts in wine country
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Château Pichon Baron vertical: A Decanter masterclass
15 November 2017

Stephen Brook attended the Pichon Baron masterclass at this year's Decanter Fine Wine Encounter, where he tasted 12 vintages of the Bordeaux second growth stretching back to 2001.Pichon Baron wines at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2017. Stephen Brook tastes 12 vintages at Decanter's Encounter...
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World’s oldest wine comes from Georgia – New research
15 November 2017

Georgia has enhanced its claim as the cradle of winemaking after new research showed it contains the oldest known evidence of wine culture, dating back 8,000 years.Early Neolithic jar from Khramis Didi-Gora. And it's older than we thought...
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Château Margaux 2015 comes in commemorative bottle
15 November 2017

Château Margaux will release its 2015 vintage in a limited edition bottle to commemorate Paul Pontallier, who died last year after more than two decades as estate MD and who is credited with making significant improvements to the wine.Margaux releases its 2015 vintage as 'hommage à Paul Pontallier'. In tribute to the late Paul Pontallier...
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Wine List Confidential: The Ritz
15 November 2017

With 800 wines to choose from, including a surprisingly strong presence of 'hipster' wines thanks to the fresh thinking of head somm Giovanni Ferlito, there's plenty to pore over in the Ritz's famous Livre du Vin.
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Gilbert & George turn brewery into art gallery
15 November 2017

Artist duo Gilbert & George are turning a 19th century brewery in east London into a public art gallery in protest over the fact that the Tate never shows their work.
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‘World class’ Champagne collection for sale
15 November 2017

A collection of top Champagne featuring the likes of 1979 Krug and a bottle of 1857 Yquem will go on sale at Bonhams next fine wine sale in London later this month.
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AB InBev announces executive leadership changes
15 November 2017

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev, has announced a number of executive leadership changes including the appointment of Michel Doukeris as the new CEO of AB InBev North America.
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Could virtual cocktails be the next big thing?
15 November 2017

Scientists at the National University of Singapore have developed a virtual cocktail, or ‘vocktail’, that digitally simulates multisensory flavour experiences.
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Sparkling Masters 2017: results and analysis
15 November 2017

While Champagne and Prosecco still rule the roost when it comes to fizz, producers from all over the world are crafting their own exciting styles of sparkling wine, as our blind-tasting competition shows.
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Weed is the new craft beer, says ex-Budweiser exec
14 November 2017

A former Budweiser marketing executive has drawn comparisons between the burgeoning trade in legal cannabis and the craft beer industry, believing weed could one day be as popular.
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Evidence of oldest wine in human history discovered
14 November 2017

The oldest evidence of wine made using grapes ever found has been discovered in Georgia. Some 8,000 years old it confirms that mankind’s relationship with wine is as much as 1,000 years older than previously thought.
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Aussie winemaker releases ‘F*** Him’ Trump wine
14 November 2017

An Australian winery has produced a 2016 Chardonnay called F*** Him to voice its opposition to US President Trump and promote acceptance of different races, genders, sexualities and religions.
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Scientists use water filter to turn whisky clear
14 November 2017

As part of their research, scientists at the University of Manchester conducted a "fun Friday night experiment" during which they used a graphene water filter to turn Cognac and whisky clear. 
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Alcohol sales soar despite supermarket prices rising at their highest rate in 4 years
14 November 2017

Supermarket prices have risen by their highest margin in four years as Brexit hits consumers hard, but that hasn't put a stopper on our taste for alcohol, according to new figures.
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Wine tasting etiquette – ask Decanter
14 November 2017

What are the do's and don't's when attending wine tastings...?Guests tasting at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2017. What are the do's and don'ts...?
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Napa fine wines to try this autumn – William Kelley
14 November 2017

The Napa Valley’s transformation from rural backwater to viticultural Shangri-La in a mere half century is an all-American success story, writes William Kelley, who picks out a selection of his favourite fine wines to try. William Kelley picks a few of his favourites. A few of William Kelley's favourites...
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Convicted Fraudster's Wines for Sale
14 November 2017

Eric Greenberg, who was found guilty of defrauding Bill Koch, is selling more of his cellar.
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Origins of Winemaking Stretch Back 8,000 Years (Wine Spectator)
14 November 2017

Archaeologists uncover evidence of grapegrowing and winemaking from 6000 BCE in two ancient villages in Georgia
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DAWA winners showcase at ProWine China 2017 in Shanghai
14 November 2017

Over 40 award-winning wines from DAWA 2017 will be presented at ProWine China Shanghai this year.ProWine China 2013 Decanter will showcase 38 DAWA 2017 winning wines at ProWine China in Shanghai on 14-16 November 2017. Visitors will have
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Showcase of DAWA winners at ProWine China 2017 in Shanghai
14 November 2017

Over 40 award-winning wines from DAWA 2017 will be presented at ProWine China Shanghai this year. Decanter will showcase 38 DAWA 2017 winning wines at ProWine China in Shanghai on 14-16 November 2017. Visitors will have
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Best Aldi wines for Christmas
14 November 2017

Decanter's tasting team gets to grips with Aldi's wine range... Some more great value deals at Aldi...
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Fine wines to know from Chile and Argentina
14 November 2017

A select band of producers in Chile and Argentina offer wines acknowledged as the pinnacle of what’s possible in their locations. Yet cult status still has to be earned, says Anthony Rose.Storm clouds over recently harvested Carmenere vines at the Clos Apalta vineyard. Every wine lover should try them at least once...
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President Xi serves up Chinese wine for Trump state dinner
14 November 2017

China's president Xi Jinping served diplomats and business leaders Chinese wine at a dinner honouring Donald Trump's state visit to the nation.
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Palomar team to take over 278-year-old pub
14 November 2017

Leo and Zoe Paskin, the brother and sister duo behind The Palomar and The Barbary restaurants, are to take over a 278-year-old pub in London’s Chinatown.
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1,000 bottles of Scotch stolen from N. Korean diplomat
14 November 2017

A North Korean diplomat in Pakistan is suspected of being part of an illegal bootlegging operation after he reported an enormous quantity of alcohol was stolen from his residence during a burglary – including over 1,000 bottles of Scotch.
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90% of sparkling Vouvray remains in France
14 November 2017

Myriam Fouasse-Robert, a wine tour operator in the Loire Valley, believes the UK is missing out on sparkling Vouvray, as only 10% of the wines, which represent between 60 and 65% of the production in Vouvray, are exported. 
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Britain’s highest pub featured in Waitrose Christmas ad
14 November 2017

Britain's highest pub, where drinkers have been snowed in at 1,752 feet some 50 times since 2005, has landed a starring role in this year's Waitrose Christmas advert.
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Ex Nathan Outlaw chef named Ridgeview winemaker
13 November 2017

Rory Loftus, a 23-year-old former chef who worked under Nathan Outlaw, has been appointed assistant head winemaker at English sparkling estate Ridgeview.
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Morrisons supermarket given licence to serve beer on premise
13 November 2017

A Morrisons supermarket in West Yorkshire is trialling the sale of beer at its in-store cafe, alongside its staple teas, coffees and soft drinks, having gained a licence to serve alcohol until midnight.
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50 MPs back CAMRA campaign to cut beer duty
13 November 2017

A letter signed by 50 UK MPs from across all parties has been delivered to the Treasury in support of British pubs, calling on the chancellor to freeze beer duty for the rest of this Parliament and introduce an annual £5,000 business rate relief for pubs ahead of this week's Budget.
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Margaux honours Pontallier with 2015 bottle
13 November 2017

Château Margaux is to bottle its 2015 vintage with a special edition design that pays tribute to the late Paul Pontallier and marks the estate’s 200th anniversary.
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Jefford on Monday: The good and the right
13 November 2017

Andrew Jefford considers the significance of comfort zones in wine appreciation.Wines ready and waiting for guests at the Isole e Olena masterclass at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2017, held on 11 and 12 November - one of several classes held, from one on Chinese wine to others on top Bordeaux. Andrew Jefford explores personal taste...
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Great value California red wines
13 November 2017

Hunting down the value in California, with red wines under £40.... California under £40...
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Saving the World with Smith Haut Lafitte
12 November 2017

One Bordeaux estate is making a feature of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.
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Saving the World with Smith Haut Lafitte
12 November 2017

One Bordeaux estate is making a feature of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.
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Medical Organization Calls Alcohol a Cancer Risk (Wine Spectator)
11 November 2017

A statement by the American Society of Clinical Oncology argues that because people are poor judges of how much they drink, the safest course is to cut back or not drink at all
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You can now buy a hideous Christmas jumper that holds your drink of choice
11 November 2017

An Etsy designer has solved the age-old problem of how to keep your drinks safe at the Christmas party.
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The Drinks Business Asian Awards in Pictures
11 November 2017

We bring you the winners of our inaugural Drinks Business Asia Awards, which were announced yesterday at the Renaissance Harbour View hotel in Hong Kong.
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Adrià to recreate childhood favourites for charity
11 November 2017

Molecular gastronomy maven Ferran Adria is offering someone the chance to have their favourite childhood sweet recreated as part of a charity auction.
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Brewdog launches UK recruitment drive after sales soar by 93%
11 November 2017

Brewdog is expanding its UK sales team after the madcap brewer's revenues nearly doubled this year.
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On this day 1775…founding of the USMC
11 November 2017

On this day in 1775 the United States Marine Corps was founded – in one of the most famous taverns in Revolutionary America.
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You can now have breakfast at Tiffany’s
11 November 2017

In news that will delight Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote fans in equal measure, it is now possible to have breakfast at Tiffany’s as the luxury jewellery store has opened a café on Fifth Avenue in New York.
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Fine wine diversifies further
10 November 2017

The secondary market is becoming ever more diverse in size and scope with over 3,000 more individual wines traded this year than there were in 2010.
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South Africa’s Church of Beer is expanding to make room for converts
10 November 2017

A church which encourages its congregation to drink mid-service is opening more branches to keep up with a recent surge of converts.
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The week in pictures
10 November 2017

This week, the drinks business got stuck into some Japanese cocktails at the UK launch of Four Fox Saké, Cornish sparkling wine maker Camel Valley joined the mile high club, and the hospitality world said goodbye to Antonio Carluccio and his love of mushrooms.
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The best Majestic wines this festive season
10 November 2017

Decanter's expert tasting team has picked its favourite wines for drinking this winter from the UK high street chain, including great value Bordeaux 2006 and Rhône 2015 wines. Read Decanter's top picks for drinking this winter...
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Wine List Confidential: Sager + Wilde
10 November 2017

Sager + Wilde’s Hackney Road wine venue is one of the most innovative and fun in London, and has helped to shift the landscape towards a different style of wine bar since it opened in 2013.
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President Xi serves up Chinese wine for Trump dinner
10 November 2017

China's Xi Jinping served a selection of Chinese wines to Donald Trump during their meeting in Beijing, as the pair struck a conciliatory tone with each other. Great Wall wines were served at the dinner between Xi and Trump, plus delegates, in Beijing. Chinese wines dominate menu...
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Bordeaux 2015: How it looks in the bottle – Part One
10 November 2017

Jane Anson re-tastes the Bordeaux 2015 vintage now that it's been bottled and finds there's plenty of good options at Cru Bourgeois level and the more affordable end of the price scale in general. Jane Anson's first report on Bordeaux 2015 in the bottle...
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Three steps to sustainable Californian wine
10 November 2017

Environmental issues are a concern for Californian wineries, so Cathy Huyghe takes a look at the measures being taken to produce wines sustainably...The MacMurray Estate Vineyard is part of the E&J Gallo portfolio Environmental issues are a concern for Californian wineries...
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Thanksgiving Cooking with Lidia Bastianich (Wine Spectator)
10 November 2017

The culinary icon shares family recipes for the holiday, paired with 11 sparkling rosé and Italian white wine picks
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加州2017关键词:野火,高质量,告别干旱
10 November 2017

经历了北部的野火肆虐和长达五年的干旱,2017年加州的采收被誉为杰出的年份。
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澳洲酿酒师因放空对手的不锈钢桶获刑
10 November 2017

一名巴罗萨谷的酿酒师去年对通过放空对手酒庄内的不锈钢桶从而毁坏价值超过6万澳元的希拉和霞多丽葡萄酒认罪,现已因此获刑。
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The World's Best Value Champagne
10 November 2017

We go looking for reasons to be cheerful in the swanky surrounds of Champagne.
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The World's Best Value Champagne
10 November 2017

We go looking for reasons to be cheerful in the swanky surrounds of Champagne.
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Unfiltered: Ferran Adrià Will Desecrate Your Favorite Childhood Snack (Wine Spectator)
10 November 2017

Also in Unfiltered, an unconventional new use for grapes ruined by California fires, John Fogerty rocks for Sonoma relief and a $6,500 Champagne backpack
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Bordeaux's St.-Emilion Wine Region Will Require Sustainable Vineyard Farming (Wine Spectator)
10 November 2017

New provision guarantees grapes from four Right Bank appellations will be farmed using organic, biodynamic or other sustainable methods
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Great Tokyo wine bars and restaurants
10 November 2017

It blends old with new in seamless fashion, and is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants. Below, local journalist Akihiko Yamamoto picks some of his favourite places to eat and drink...Where to wine and dine in Tokyo. Where to eat and drink...
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Turning Tables: Bobby Stuckey's Tavernetta Opens in Denver, Colorado (Wine Spectator)
10 November 2017

Plus, restaurants give back to fire victims with ChefsGiving, Danny Meyer receives the 2017 Julia Child Award, and Emeril Lagasse's Table 10 is closing
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wines of the month
10 November 2017

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. What our consultant editor recommends this month...
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Waitrose is selling a watermelon beer
10 November 2017

Waitrose will now sell a watermelon-infused German sour beer after it won the grocery giant's annual homebrew competition.
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Stoli outlines plans for $150m distillery in Kentucky
10 November 2017

Vodka maker Stoli has broken ground on its new US$150 million whisky distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, where it will begin its expansion into the American whiskey category. 
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Prosecco palace to open in London
10 November 2017

In news that will delight Prosecco-loving Londoners, a bar dedicated to the northern Italian sparkler is due to open in Tower Bridge next year.
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California 2017: Wildfires, high quality and an end to drought
10 November 2017

The 2017 harvest across California is being hailed as excellent in a year that witnessed an end to a five-year drought as well as savage wildfires in the north of the state.
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Hospitality world pays tribute to Antonio Carluccio
10 November 2017

Hundreds of chefs, critics and restauranteurs have paid tribute to Antonio Carluccio following the news of his death this week.
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Hedonsim Wines and Ollie Dabbous to open Mayfair restaurant
10 November 2017

Having closed his eponymous Fitzrovia restaurant in July, chef Ollie Dabbous will open a 250-seater Mayfair site in collaboration with Hedonism Wines next spring.
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Ancient rat named after Dorset pub landlord
09 November 2017

The remains of a rat that lived 145 million years ago uncovered on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, and is thought to be mankind's oldest mammal ancestor, has been named after a pub landlord.
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Winemaker who drained rivals tanks sentenced
09 November 2017

A Barossa Valley winemaker who last month admitted to destroying more than AUS$60,000 of Shiraz and Chardonnay by draining the tanks of a rival winemaker has been sentenced.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
09 November 2017

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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Italian cooking maestro Antonio Carluccio dies
09 November 2017

Antonio Carluccio, who grew up in Piedmont and spent time as a wine importer before becoming better known as 'the godfather of Italian cooking' in Britain, has died aged 80. Antonio Carluccio became the face of Italian cooking in the UK. 'Godfather' of Italian cooking in Britain has died...
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Anson: Reprieve for creator of long-lost Bordeaux wine
09 November 2017

Jane Anson interviews the man at the centre of one of Bordeaux wine's more controversial stories.Liber Pater wine The man at the centre of a controversial story...
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Insider’s guide to eating and drinking in California
09 November 2017

Created in partnership with the California Wine Institute. Amanda Barnes asks some of the state’s top sommeliers and winemakers guide us through their ‘go-to’ places to eat and drink in California.Progress We ask the sommeliers and winemakers...
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Best Bets for Casino Dining (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2017

When it comes to wine, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners go all in
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Restaurant Spotlight: Pizza Man Tosa (Wine Spectator)
09 November 2017

Retro pizzeria meets modern wine bar
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Top Harlan Estate wines for the cellar and to drink
09 November 2017

See which Harlan Estate wines William Kelley rates as good buys for the cellar and for drinking following his 12-vintage vertical tasting of this 'cult' Napa producer. Harlan Estate makes an average 2,000 cases of wine per year. William Kelley tastes 12 vintages...
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Edinburgh Gin founder joins Lux food and drink agency
09 November 2017

Edinburgh Gin founder Alex Nicol has bought a minority stake in food and drinks agency Lux after selling his spirits brand.
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Barolo Chinato: Christmas after-dinner drinks sorted? – Ask Decanter
09 November 2017

We explain a bit more about this curious after-dinner drink from Italy's Piedmont region. Will it be making an appearance on your Christmas Day menu? Barolo Chinato: Piedmont's stylish after-dinner drink. The best digestif you've never drunk?...
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New MWs welcomed to the Institute
09 November 2017

The 18 newest Masters of Wine were formally welcomed into the fold at the Institute’s Annual Awards Ceremony in London this week.
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Burgundy trade share hits new high
09 November 2017

Burgundy’s share of trade on the Liv-ex Exchange hit a new high for the year recently, rising to 17%.
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“Most expensive wine ever sold” goes for $350,000 at auction
09 November 2017

A custom wine created by “winemaker to the stars” Jesse Katz has become the most expensive 750ml bottle of wine ever sold at a price of $350,000 (£266,700).
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Research finds there are four types of wine drinker
09 November 2017

Wine drinkers fit into four different preference categories according to Tim Hanni MW, who believes that wine preferences are determined by genetics.
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Oregon winemaker Patricia Green dies
09 November 2017

Oregon winemaker Patricia Green has been found dead in an apparent accident at her holiday home in the countryside it has been reported.
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Asia’s 50 best restaurants to be held in Macau next year
08 November 2017

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced that Macau will host the 2018 and 2019 editions of the awards ceremony.
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Hermitage Cognac launches ‘astonishing’ 60-yr-old expression
08 November 2017

Hermitage Cognac has released a rare and very limited run of 60-year-old Grande Champagne Cognac dubbed ‘Marie Louise’.
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Fine wine investment: Searching among the 2014s
08 November 2017

We have talked of late about the value present in pretty much every 2009 and 2010 ‘second wine’, but taking a step back we find that elsewhere in Bordeaux, among both Right and Left Bank wines, 2014 has started to feature prominently.
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Eighteen new Masters of Wine sworn in
08 November 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed 18 new members into the exclusive club at its annual awards ceremony. See the new names on the list...
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6 times beer made the world a better place
08 November 2017

From protesting the POTUS to charity fundraisers, campaigning for good causes is one of the hallmarks of the booming craft beer industry.
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Top California wines under £20
08 November 2017

It's time to try some new ones... We hunt down the value in California...
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Oregon Winemaker Patricia Green Dies in Apparent Accident (Wine Spectator)
08 November 2017

The body of the cofounder of Patricia Green Cellars and former Torii Mor winemaker was found inside her cabin retreat
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Wine & Design: Fullest House (Wine Spectator)
08 November 2017

Candace Cameron Bure and Val Bure suffuse their St. Helena home with a sense of place
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DAWA 2017 and Enoteca Hong Kong tasting
08 November 2017

A free tasting featuring  Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2015 will take place at Enoteca Hong Kong, wine retailer, on 10th
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When Wine Critics Get It “Wrong” (Wine Spectator)
08 November 2017

You were expecting agreement? Forget it
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Unfiltered: Andrea Briccarello, Galvin Restaurants 
08 November 2017

Andrea Briccarello, head sommelier and wine buyer at Galvin Restaurants, recounts his most embarrassing on-the-floor moment to date and serving the late Roger Moore.
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Vinitaly steps up for HK Wine & Spirits Fair
08 November 2017

Vinitaly Hong Kong will return this week as part of the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair (9-11 November), with a series of B2B meetings, masterclasses and seminars planned.
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Wine Australia bullish on screwcaps in China
08 November 2017

Wine Australia's marketing manager believes that the acceptance of screwcaps is increasing in China, particularly at lower price points, helped by the growing number of imports of Australian wine into the country.
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Les Grands Chais de France hires former Kingsland wine controller for new UK role
08 November 2017

France's leading wine exporter has appointed a new UK wine director to boost the firm's international business.
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AMC releases The Walking Dead wine collection
08 November 2017

US TV network AMC has launched a trio of wines based on its hit zombie-based drama The Walking Dead, after teaming up with online retailer Lot18.com.
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The Walking Dead wines launched in time for new season
08 November 2017

Television network AMC has launched 'The Walking Dead' wines in partnership with Lot18 in what now appears an established path in the world of brand extensions.The Walking Dead wine range. Every hit drama series now needs a wine...
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Montrose barrel snapped up for over US$100k
07 November 2017

A whole barrel of 2016 Château Montrose has been sold at auction in the US for over US$100,000 – double its low estimate.
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Conviviality revenues rise 9.2% to £836m in first half
07 November 2017

Conviviality Plc, the parent company of Bargain Booze, Select Convenience, Wine Rack, has reported an overall revenue increase of 9.2%, up £70m to £836m, for the first half of the year, driven in part by the success of its renewed franchisee programme. 
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Celebrate London’s culinary scene with Taste of London
07 November 2017

Promotional feature Decanter is delighted to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to Taste of London. The festival will take place in Tobacco Dock from 16 – 19 November 2017. Promotional feature With so much to celebrate in London’s thriving restaurant scene, the festival has been specially curated to showcase
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Great Wine Capitals: Verona Best Of Wine Tourism 2018 winners
07 November 2017

Promotional featureThe seven best wine tourism offers, the winners of the first edition in Verona of the contest “Best of Wine Tourism”, were awarded the “Best Of Wine Tourism-Award 2018” of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Promotional feature Verona Best Of Wine Tourism 2018 winners Verona is the first province in Italy for wine export: it …Continue reading &...
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Here are the friendliest, beeriest and all-round best pubs in the UK, according to CAMRA
07 November 2017

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has singled out the four best pubs in the country ahead of its 2017 Pub of the Year award.
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DB Green Awards 2017: the shortlist
07 November 2017

Following judging last week, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017, which are designed to celebrate those companies striving to reduce their impact on the environment.
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Cool-climate Australian Chardonnay: Panel tasting results
07 November 2017

Diversity in both terroir and winemaking in Australia’s cool-climate regions is resulting in an exciting spectrum of premium Chardonnays. See our expert panel's top wines from this tasting and read Sarah Ahmed's report below.Vineyards on the east coast of Tasmania. Diversity in both terroir and winemaking in Australia’s cool-climate regions is resulting in an exciting spectrum of premi...
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This app uses augmented reality to find the perfect wine for your dinner
07 November 2017

Online wine retailer Sipp has launched an app which uses augmented reality to pair wine with food.
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Hot new London restaurant openings
07 November 2017

Our latest round-up of new restaurants in the capital includes a pasta palace in Soho, Smoking Goat's sister site in Shoreditch, Adam Handling's new Frog, and Simon Rogan's eight-seater chef's table.
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Masciarelli: Christmas in Abruzzo
07 November 2017

Promotional featureLooking for the perfect wine under the tree or an idyllic Christmas holiday? Masciarelli can offer both. Promotional feature Masciarelli: Christmas in Abruzzo For Italians, Christmas for is the perfect time for families to gather together and
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Zachys’ first Washington D.C auction in 30 years makes $5.4m
07 November 2017

Zachys' first auction in Washington D.C for 30 years has surpassed pre-auction estimates to realise sales of US$5.4 million, setting a number of new world records.
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Launceston Place sommelier wins Amorim Taster of the Year award
07 November 2017

Polish sommelier Piotr Pietras MS has been awarded the title of Amorim's Taster of the Year at the 2017 Court of Master Sommeliers Awards.
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Beer sales in British pubs have fallen by 35 million pints
07 November 2017

UK beer sales have fallen by their biggest margin in five years, according to industry leaders.
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Jefford on Monday: Talent under the cosh
06 November 2017

Two tough hail years are testing Beaujolais’ new stars, as Andrew Jefford reports below.Autumnal vines under brooding skies in Brouilly. Career-threatening hailstorms and identity in Beaujolais...
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Burgundy Sale Sparks Unease Among Locals
06 November 2017

The sale of the prestigious Clos de Tart vineyard has some local producers worried about Burgundy's heritage.
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Burgundy Sale Sparks Unease Among Locals
06 November 2017

The sale of the prestigious Clos de Tart vineyard has some local producers worried about Burgundy's heritage.
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Wine Legend: Château Cheval Blanc 1947
06 November 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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Les Cols restaurant, Olot, Spain – review
05 November 2017

Sue Style gives her verdict on Les Cols... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacLes Cols restaurant Sue Style gives her verdict on Les Cols...
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Pique-Nique restaurant, London – review
05 November 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Pique-Nique... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacPique-Nique restaurant Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Pique-Nique...
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Jane Anson’s 30 best-value organic & biodynamic wines
04 November 2017

Shoppers the world over have embraced organic produce, but for wine the adoption process seems to be advancing at a slower pace. Jane Anson comes to the rescue with 30 great buys, all under £30... Jane Anson picks out 30 great organic and biodynamic buys, all under £30
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: November 2017 (Wine Spectator)
04 November 2017

Plan your travels with wine in mind: Wine Spectator's new monthly roundup highlights exciting, book-now happenings—from a wine-and-film festival in Napa Valley to SommCon to Sherry celebrations
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2017 New York Wine Experience: The Grand Award Banquet (Wine Spectator)
04 November 2017

Vintners, sommeliers and wine lovers gathered at the Grand Award Banquet to celebrate the best in wine and to dedicate themselves to helping those in need
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Understanding Smoke Taint in Wine (Wine Spectator)
04 November 2017

As wine regions around the world face the immediate effects of devastating fires, the threat of smoke taint is a slow burn
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Reading wine labels quiz – Test your knowledge
04 November 2017

From the keys of St Peter to the variations of Tokaji; how is your wine label literacy? Test your skill at reading wine labels...
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Restaurant Talk: Giada De Laurentiis Is at Home with Wine (Wine Spectator)
04 November 2017

The Food Network star and her somm pair Italian picks at her Las Vegas hot spot, Giada
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Gordon Ramsay hits out at Roux brothers for banning Instagram photos at The Waterside Inn
04 November 2017

Gordon Ramsay slammed the Roux brothers as "stupid", "pompous", and "an old fart" for implementing a no-picture policy at three Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn.
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First taste: New Cristal Vinothèque Champagnes
04 November 2017

Louis Roederer is to release a new, further aged expression of its luxury Cristal Champagne, named Vinothèque, and Decanter's John Stimpfig was one of the first to taste it. Cristal Vinothèque 1995 has had extended ageing in the Louis Roederer cellars. Extra-aged Cristal Champagne set for launch...
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The week in pictures
04 November 2017

Our weekly pictorial round-up takes us to 10 Downing Street, Liverpool and the Languedoc, as well as LA – where George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman hosted the annual Casamigos Tequila Halloween party.
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Bordeaux 2017: A year of contrasts
04 November 2017

The Bordeaux 2017 vintage represents a year of extreme contrasts that should provide wines that are ‘fascinating to taste’ come en primeur says winemaker Gavin Quinney.
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Torres partners with Institute of Masters of Wine
04 November 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has today announced the addition of Familia Torres to its international supporter community.


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Fine wine rebounds in October
04 November 2017

After a disappointing September the fine wine market rebounded strongly in October, with the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 recording a 1% rise thanks to strong demand for Burgundy.
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
04 November 2017

See our selection of 10 Chardonnay wines from Burgundy and beyond - all under £20 and rated by Decanter's tasting team... Find your dream Chardonnay among these great value examples from around the world…
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NZ’s Luna Estate looks to Pinot for greatest wine hope
04 November 2017

Reeling from the two devastating cyclones that hit New Zealand April during the April harvest, Pinot Noir specialist, Luna Estate, is nonetheless revelling in the quality of the vintage.
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Chapel Down sees ‘excellent’ 2017 harvest despite Spring frost
04 November 2017

Chapel Down has completed an "excellent" harvest this year despite facing difficult English weather, according to the wine producer.
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Suckling names Almaviva 2015 as his Wine of the Year
04 November 2017

Wine critic James Suckling has unveiled his "Wine of the Year" last night at his Great Wines of the World event dinner, giving the title to Chile's Almaviva 2015.
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Cristal launches Vinothèque
03 November 2017

Champagne Louis Roederer has released the first of its extremely limited edition; extra aged Cristal, known as ‘Vinothèque’.
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Eyebrows raised over auction of Greenberg’s wines
03 November 2017

The cellar of Eric Greenberg, a collector convicted of consigning fake wines to auction, is being put up for sale in Hong Kong later this month – raising eyebrows in certain quarters.
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Copestick Murray acquires controlling stake in Slurp Trade
03 November 2017

UK drinks producer and distributor Copestick Murray has acquired a controlling stake in Slurp.co.uk from SH Jones, more than four years after the website went into administration.
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Wine List Confidential: Vinoteca
03 November 2017

Farringdon is home to the first ever Vinoteca, created in 2005 by friends Brett Woonton and Charlie Young, with subsequent branches, each with their own personality and menu, mushrooming at Marylebone, Soho, King’s Cross and Chiswick.
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Unfiltered: Sandia Chang, Bubbledogs
03 November 2017

Sommelier Sandia Chang, founder of Champagne and hotdog restaurant Bubbledogs, reveals her ultimate Champagne vintage, the historic wine region she just can't get along with and most-hated customer habit.
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Five of the best restaurants in London for English wine
03 November 2017

It might still command a relatively small proportion of most restaurant wine lists, but as interest in English fizz grows many of London's restaurants are catching on to growing demand, offering a homegrown selection of England's finest wines.
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Unfiltered: What's in a World Series Wine? Astros Championship Brut Is Up to Bat (Wine Spectator)
03 November 2017

The MLB champs sprayed Moët but also earned a custom bubbly. Plus, BottleRock brings Counting Crows, Michael Franti and Train on stage for fire-benefit wine-and-song extravaganzas, and we taste an unconventional new Penfolds Grange
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Weight Watchers Goes on a Wine Diet (Wine Spectator)
03 November 2017

The weight-loss program has partnered with Sonoma wine company Truett-Hurst on a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc they promise is low-calorie but full-flavored
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Seven of the best Champagne houses to visit
03 November 2017

Tyson Stelzer delves into his little black book and shares his top Champagne houses open to the public, to help you plan a winter getaway that is under one hour on the train east of Paris.Explore the hidden depths of Ruinart's chalk mine caverns... Image Credit: lvmh.com Plan a winter getaway to the home of Champagne…
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Rare Scotch whisky at eight thousand pounds-a-dram is fake
03 November 2017

A bottle of Macallan 1878 Scotch whisky has been confirmed as a fake after a Chinese tourist paid nearly £8,000 for a single dram in a Swiss hotel bar.Macallan 1878 is extremely rare. And in this case, too good to be true. Macallan 1878 confirmed as a fake...
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Ten tips for visiting Champagne houses
03 November 2017

Champagne houses hold many untold pleasures, but they can be a tough nut for tourists to crack. Avoid the pitfalls with Tyson Stelzer's 10-step guide and blend in with the chicest Champenois...Make sure you arrive on time and dress the part in at Veuve Clicquot... Image Credit: lvmh.com Make the most of your trip...
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Charles Aznavour to attend Hospices de Beaune sale
03 November 2017

The famed French-Armenian singer, Charles Aznavour, has been named as one of the guests of honour at this year’s Hospices de Beaune sale.
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Fine wine investment: Tactical approaches
03 November 2017

If the prices of five quite different Petit Moutons can be so similar, what exactly does this mean in respect of a tactical approach to the market? Does it mean that considerations of quality are irrelevant and that all wines eventually polarise to the same spot?
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Lidl launch rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur for Christmas
03 November 2017

German discount retailer Lidl has launched two new gin-based liqueurs in the run-up to Christmas.
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Jimmy Hayes: 2017 Mayacamas could be lost after California fires
02 November 2017

The 2017 vintage of the Napa-based winery Mayacamas could be completely lost after the devastating California fires, its estate manager Jimmy Hayes revealed to dbHK today.
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Peter Sisseck: It’s man who makes faulty wine, not nature
02 November 2017

Calling the gap between over processed technological wines and extreme natural wine in today’s wine world as “big” and “stupid”, Peter Sisseck of Pingus wants winemakers everywhere to bridge the divide and concentrate on making wines with, “great respect for tradition, great respect for origin, and great respect for knowledge”.
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Moet Hennessy launches Clos19 in the USA
02 November 2017

Moët Hennessy has launched luxury online shop Clos19 in the US, selling everything from Champagnes, wines, and spirits from its own portfolio, to bespoke tastings and tours around the world.
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Pommery appoints new winemaker
02 November 2017

Champagne Pommery has named Clément Pierlot as its new winemaker as Thierry Gasco moves to direct Pommery’s operations in the US, England and south of France.
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Eden Mill distillery invests £150k in gin tourism experience
02 November 2017

Eden Mill distillery has invested £150,000 in a gin blending experience based at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews which aims to attract 2,500 visitors within its first six months.
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澳洲维多利亚省酿造赤霞珠的潜力巨大
02 November 2017

教堂山酒庄(Mount Cathedral Vineyards)位于维多利亚州上高宝产区(Upper Goulburn),该酒庄的合伙人兼酿酒师Oscar Rosa相信,这个产区可以酿出世界顶级赤霞珠,品质绝对不输给更出名的隔壁产区库纳瓦拉(Coonawarra)和玛格丽特河(Margaret River)。
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稀有威士忌藏品被传将出售
02 November 2017

苏格兰威士忌最大的私人收藏之一可能将被出售, 其现属收藏家最近在采访中暗示。
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Anson: Tasting 100 years of wine at Bordeaux’s Château Le Puy
02 November 2017

This is surely one of Bordeaux's most overlooked wine estates, writes Jane Anson after tasting vintages spanning the past century at Château Le Puy, owned by the same family for more than 400 years and a firm believer in biodynamics. Le Puy follows many of the principles lauded by 'natural' wine producers. A century of vintages from Château le Puy...
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The World's Best Value Merlot
02 November 2017

The search for the world's best-value wines continues with a red-hot favorite.
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The World's Best Value Merlot
02 November 2017

The search for the world's best-value wines continues with a red-hot favorite.
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Oregon: the Burgundy connection
02 November 2017

With its Pinot Noir vines and marginal climate, Oregon has much in common with Burgundy, writes William Kelley, who explores the links between the two regions and the common search for a sense of place in this Decanter magazine feature. Domaine Drouhin Oregon sits at the top of the Dundee Hills, overlooking the Willamette Valley William Kelley on the history of Oregon Pinot...
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Wine fridge sizes – ask Decanter
02 November 2017

Find that wine fridges can't fit all bottle shapes? What if the bottle shape doesn't fit...?
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Top Oregon Pinot Noir wines – William Kelley
02 November 2017

See William Kelley's tasting notes and scores for more than 80 Oregon Pinot Noir wines, available exclusively to Decanter Premium members.A view of Penner-Ash in Willamette Valley, Oregon. William Kelley tastes more than 80 Oregon Pinots...
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Barca Velha vertical: Superstar of the Douro
02 November 2017

Read Steven Spurrier's profile of this rare Portuguese wine, and a favourite of retired football manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Decanter Premium members can access Spurrier's exclusive tasting notes and ratings for 13 Barca Velha vintages stretching back to 1964.The latest release of Barca Velha is the 2008 vintage. Steven Spurrier tastes 13 vintages of this Portuguese gem...
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China’s spirits imports rise sharply in 2017
02 November 2017

China’s spirits imports have increased by 27.69% in volume and by 37.75% in value in the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period last year, with brandies dominating the import market.
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China: How the Ningxia 2017 harvest is looking
02 November 2017

Wines from the 2017 harvest in China's premier winemaking region look set to be fresher and slightly lower in alcohol than last year, but some white wine producers are rejoicing after avoiding the rot that damaged their 2016 crop. Sylvia Wu, editor of DecanterChina.com, reports from Ningxia on the harvest . Vineyards at Legacy Peak winery with Helan Mountain area in the background. Will it be a...
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Britain uncorked: how the nation drinks
02 November 2017

British supermarket Waitrose has shed light on the drinking habits and booze preferences across the UK in its latest food and drink report.
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Salon offers mulled wine bikini waxes for Christmas
02 November 2017

A London salon has taken a novel approach to preparing for Christmas, inviting its customers to book in for a mulled wine scented bikini wax. 
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London Wine Fair to debut British drinks showcase
01 November 2017

The London Wine Fair has unveiled the first of its new exhibitor zones for its 2018 show, with Drinks Britannia set to expand its reach beyond the world of wine to shine a light on British beer, wines and spirits.
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Amsterdam bans nuisance ‘beer bikes’
01 November 2017

Amsterdam has banned so-called 'beer-bikes,' following a court ruling on Tuesday, after locals complained about drunk tourists urinating and exposing themselves in public while riding through the city streets. 
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Roux brothers ban diners from photographing food
01 November 2017

Diners at one of the Roux family's Michelin-starred restaurants have been banned from taking pictures of their food, with Michel Roux believing it is a distraction that fails to capture the flavours in the food.
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Sales rumours around rare whisky cask collection
01 November 2017

One of the largest private collections of Scotch whisky casks may be going up for sale its owners have hinted.
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Here are the 10 consumer drinks trends to watch out for in 2018
01 November 2017

Waitrose has released its annual food and drinks trends report for 2017, which has revealed a seismic shifts in the way we buy alcohol today.
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Santa Barbara Vintner and Restaurateur Seth Kunin Dies at 50 (Wine Spectator)
01 November 2017

The former general manager of Santa Barbara’s Wine Cask Restaurant, Kunin founded two local wine brands and was a leading member of the growing vintner community
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8 & $20 Recipe: Harissa Chicken with Savory Couscous (Wine Spectator)
01 November 2017

Give a dinner staple more punch by roasting the bird with a Middle Eastern spice mix and pairing it with a Rioja red
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The 15 cheapest cities in the world for a pint of beer
01 November 2017

A study comparing the price of consumer goods in capital cities has shone a light on where to find the world's cheapest beer.
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Joël Robuchon Returns to New York, Bringing Back L’Atelier (Wine Spectator)
01 November 2017

The chef and his business partner sit down with Wine Spectator to talk about the wine program for the new restaurant, opening Nov. 1
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Australia’s Victoria ‘has great potential for Cabernet’
01 November 2017

Oscar Rosa, co-owner and winemaker of Mount Cathedral winery in Victoria, believes the region can produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon that can rival some of its more well-known neighbours in Coonawarra and Margaret River.
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Spooky tales: When Jack let the Devil buy his beer
01 November 2017

At Halloween it’s a long-standing tradition to carve wicked faces into pumpkins but one story relates how the custom derives from the tale of an Irish drunk who tricked the Devil into buying him ale and was condemned to forever walk the Earth.  
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Luxury travel: Top 10 wine hotels in South Africa
01 November 2017

Plan your winter escape to one of these luxury hotels in South African wine country and discover unforgettable experiences like dining next to Table Mountain or whale watching in Walker Bay... Sunsets and rosé in the pool beneath Botmaskop mountain in Stellenbosch. Plan your winter escape to South African wine country...
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Vinexpo to launch new trade show in Paris
01 November 2017

International exhibition operator Vinexpo is launching a new trade show in Paris for the global wine industry.
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New York City’s Michelin stars announced for 2018
01 November 2017

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s flagship New York restaurant has been downgraded from three stars for the first time in more than a decade by Michelin inspectors, as this year's 2018 New York guide is released.
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Study finds 94% of UK consumers have been served dirty glassware
01 November 2017

A study conducted by British warewashing brand Classeq has found that 94% of UK consumers have been served dirty crockery or glasses in a UK restaurant, hotel or café.
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London Sherry Trail map launched
01 November 2017

A map charting the 47 best places in London to drink Sherry has been created in time for International Sherry Week, which runs from 6-12 November.
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Comexposium acquires Euromoney’s wine exhibitions portfolio
31 October 2017

Trade show operator Comexposium has bought Adhesion Group S.A and its majority stake in the World Bulk Wine Exhibition.
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Distell appoints new head winemaker
31 October 2017

South African drinks group Distell has announced it has appointed a new headwinemaker – several months after the sudden departure of the previous incumbent.
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Irish Distillers collaborates with Chateau Montelena
31 October 2017

Irish Distillers has collaborated with famed Napa Valley wine estate Chateau Montelena on a single pot still Irish whiskey finished in old Zinfandel barrels.
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French naturists brave grape harvest in the buff
31 October 2017

A group of naturists braved the inclement French weather to pick grapes completely nude earlier this month, with only a plastic poncho to protect themselves from the elements.
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HMRC seizes over 2,700 litres of illicit alcohol in North Wales
31 October 2017

An HMRC operation has uncovered over 2,700 litres of illegal alcohol in North Wales as well as almost 450,000 illicit cigarettes, a Samurai sword and an unknown quantity of cannabis cookies. 
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Zero emissions winery possible in 15 years, says Torres
31 October 2017

Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres Snr has said that wineries must aim to be carbon neutral and that he is looking at ways to re-use carbon dioxide from fermentation as part of a project that involves investing more than 10% of company profits annually. John Stimpfig reports from Penedes.Torres Mas La Plana vineyard, Penedes Miguel Torres Snr has grand plans...
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Meeting the Lafite of Mendoza
31 October 2017

Caro is Lafite-Rothschild's low-key collaboration with Catena Zapata. W. Blake Gray caught up with the family behind it.
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Meeting the Lafite of Mendoza
31 October 2017

Caro is Lafite-Rothschild's low-key collaboration with Catena Zapata. W. Blake Gray caught up with the family behind it.
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Gaja Barbaresco (Wine Spectator)
31 October 2017

Angelo and Gaia Gaja give a tour of their village’s wines, and a look at the winery’s future
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Port 2015: a buyer’s guide
31 October 2017

Much of 2015 had the makings of a classic vintage in Port, but not all houses declared. Richard Mayson investigates the ups and downs and picks out some of his favourite wines from the sporadic declarations...The Douro Valley, home of Port. When an exceptional viticultural year comes to an end in the Douro valley, there is every prospect of a vintage
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Château Latour Owner François Pinault Buys Burgundy Monopole Clos de Tart (Wine Spectator)
31 October 2017

Holding company Artémis Domaines, managed by Frédéric Engerer, adds an 18.5-acre grand cru domaine to its roster of world-class wineries
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Behind the Bar: Simone Caporale
31 October 2017

In an interview with dbHK, Simone Caporale reveals why, among all spirits, water has a special place for him in cocktails, and the fermented fruit juice trend that is sweeping across Asia. 
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Number of UK wine producers at a record high
31 October 2017

The number of wine producers in the UK is at a record high, having risen by 13% in the past year according to accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.
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10 spooky and warming cocktails to try this Halloween
31 October 2017

Planning a halloween party or a bonfire night gathering this week and haven't thought about the drinks? Why not learn from the masters?
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Constellation buys 10% stake in Canadian cannabis company
31 October 2017

Drinks giant Constellation Brands has bought a 9.9% stake in Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp for £141 million and plans to make cannabis-infused drinks.
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Pembrokeshire pirate-inspired spiced seaweed rum to go global
31 October 2017

Barti Ddu Rum, inspired by the Pembrokeshire pirate John Roberts and infused with 'Welshman's caviar', is casting its net far and wide after selling out of its first batch this summer. 
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17 new HK restaurants given Michelin Bib Gourmand awards
31 October 2017

Seventeen new restaurants have been given The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2018 'Bib Gourmand' awards, bringing the total number of awardees across the two cities to 82.
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Strange tales: Stormtroopers in Prosecco
31 October 2017

One hundred years ago in 1917 the Germans launched a devastating attack on the Italians on the Isonzo River and captured huge amounts of supplies, including millions of litres of wine and brandy.
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Chris Hemsworth teams up with Jacob’s Creek on premium range
30 October 2017

Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth has been brought on board by Jacob’s Creek to front its Double Barrel premium wine range.
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Man locked in beer fridge ‘decided to stay and drink’ for six hours
30 October 2017

A 38 year-old man from Wisconsin who got locked in a shop's walk-in beer fridge decided to drink the contents rather than calling for help, and later walked out six hours later without paying.
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Single malt boosts Scotch whisky exports by 3.4% in first half
30 October 2017

The value of Scotch whisky exports increased by 3.4% in the first half of the year to £1.8 billion, driven by sales of single malt whisky, but the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warned the industry needs to brace itself for the impact of Brexit.
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Jefford on Monday: The Georgia Connection
30 October 2017

Andrew Jefford talks to Professor Patrick McGovern about Neolithic wine-drinking habits – and more... Bordeaux's Cité du Vin: A cathedral for wine drinkers. Andrew Jefford interviews a professor of ancient wine...
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The 10 most improved Bordeaux châteaux
30 October 2017

Bordeaux is often viewed as one of the wine world’s more traditional regions, but developments have picked up pace of late. Stephen Brook turns the spotlight on 10 producers where he believes that recent change has led to noticeable improvements. Château Pédesclaux was refitted with a dazzling glass facade in 2014 BORDEAUX IS IN a constant state of flux. Properties frequently ch...
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Australia’s finest: Langton’s Top 40
28 October 2017

The Langton’s classification is arguably Australia’s best barometer of fine wine. Here, Sarah Ahmed picks her favourite wines from a tasting earlier this year.Some of the wines in the Langton's classification. Australia's finest wines, by Sarah Ahmed...
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The Decanter Interview – Christophe Roumier
28 October 2017

His acclaimed wines command stratospheric prices on the secondary market, but the man in the driving seat at Domaine G Roumier is more concerned with looking after the land for the next generation, discovers Stephen Brook.Jon-Wyand The day before going to visit Christophe Roumier, I asked some of his neighbours what questions I should pose. The
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Six Vintages of Château Margaux (Wine Spectator)
28 October 2017

Owner Corinne Mentzelopoulos reflects on her 37 years at the estate with a vertical tasting back to 1986
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Wetherspoons says it will not enforce poppy ban after thousands fall for Twitter hoax
28 October 2017

Wetherspoons has said it will not enforce a ban on wearing the Remembrance Day poppy, after a fake Twitter account tricked thousands into believing it had.
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Can You Actually Drink While Pregnant? (Wine Spectator)
28 October 2017

Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can be a tricky decision for women, especially considering the many mixed messages on the topic
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Wine appellation quiz – Test your knowledge
28 October 2017

We all drink good wine, but how much do you know about where it comes from - and what are the laws that affect its taste? To follow on from our wine making quiz, test your skills on where your favourite tipple comes from and why...Harvest at Raventós I Blanc, who left the Cava appellation altogether. Test your skills...
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Brewdog to open first bar with in-built brewery in London
28 October 2017

The future jewel in Brewdog's crown will be housed in the Minster Building — a neo-gothic development in the heart of the financial district.
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Clos de Tart sold to Latour owner Pinault
28 October 2017

Château Latour owner Francois Pinault has acquired renowned Burgundy winery Clos de Tart via his family-held investment company for an undisclosed fee. Clos de Tart in Morey St-Denis is now under the same umbrella as Château Latour in Bordeaux. Francois Pinault and family expand their luxury wine empire...
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China is ‘bulking’ up as bulk wine imports surge in Q3
28 October 2017

China’s bulk wine imports increased sharply in both volume and value during the third quarter of the year, following overall price increases in bottled wines and the surge of lower-end wine sales on China’s e-commerce marketplace.
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China’s Changyu reports revenue growth in Q3
28 October 2017

China’s biggest domestic winery and a major importer, Changyu Pioneer, is seeing a slight uptick in revenue in Q3, while its net profits still suffered a moderate decrease due to increasing operational costs.
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The week in pictures
28 October 2017

From a steampunk-themed takeover of Oxford to herald the opening of The Alchemist bar and restaurant to a Vouvray-fuelled fish cookery masterclass, it has been an interesting week in drinks.
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Mendoza honours Best of Wine Tourism 2018 winners
27 October 2017

The Nave Cultural was the site of Mendoza’s ‘Best of Wine Tourism’ 2018 awards ceremony, a contest that recognizes excellence in wine tourism. The ceremony was presided over by Mendoza provincial Governor Alfredo Cornejo and the Mayor of the City of Mendoza, Rodolfo Suarez.Mendoza's Gold Best Of Wine Tourism winners See the winners....
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Canadian brewery attacked by hate groups after posting video ‘promoting peace’
27 October 2017

Boundary Brewing in Kelowna, British Columbia, says it was forced to delete its Facebook page after owner Oliver Glaser uploaded a video he said was intended to protest against hatred.
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The Making of Chryseia
27 October 2017

When mentioning the Douro, most wine lovers will think about Port. However, the Douro was making table wines long before Port was created and although the success of Port in the past 200 years meant that still wine was neglected, some winemakers have started producing red wine in earnest again.
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Whiskey-based deodorant seeks Kickstarter funding
27 October 2017

A US couple is hoping to launch a range of organic deodorants called Pit Liquor made from a base of essential oils and whiskey.
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Sam Adams releases ‘extreme barrel-aged’ beer at $199 a bottle
27 October 2017

The Boston Brewing Company's Samuel Adams has released the 10th vintage of its "extreme barrel-aged" beer Utopias – one of the world's most expensive beers at US$199 a bottle.
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Fine wine investment: Counting sheep
27 October 2017

Many fine wine labels have been performing well on the secondary market of late and Petit Mouton has positively blown the lights out – but which vintages offer the most opportunity for buyers?
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Northern California wine country back open for business
27 October 2017

Following the wildfires that swept through northern California killing 42 people and damaging wineries and vineyards, the message from businesses is that they are back open for business.
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Loire 2017 harvest shows mixed fortunes after frost
27 October 2017

There has been a stark contrast in fortunes across the Loire in 2017, with spring frost hitting some areas much harder than others, but an early crop means that quality is looking good overall, reports Jim Budd.It's been a harvest of markedly contrasting fortunes in the Loire in 2017. Read Jim Budd's early report on Loire 2017...
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Wholesalers Block Shipping to 36 States
27 October 2017

It's not shippers blocking interstate wine delivery, it's the wholesalers, argues Liza B. Zimmerman.
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Wholesalers Block Shipping to 36 States
27 October 2017

It's not shippers blocking interstate wine delivery, it's the wholesalers, argues Liza B. Zimmerman.
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Unfiltered: Andy Beckstoffer, Klay Thompson Shoot for 100 Points for California Fire Relief (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

Also in Unfiltered, the ChefsGiving culinary fire-charity cornucopia is coming to the Bay Area, Krug and Joshua Bell tune up for Puerto Rico, and Chris Hemsworth gives voice to Aussie wine
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2017 New York Wine Experience: All-American Pinot Noir (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

Siduri winemaker Adam Lee puts Pinot Noir's diversity on display with 2014s from four regions in Oregon and California
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Chefs' Challenge Wine-and-Food Matching (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

José Andrés, Mario Carbone, Emeril Lagasse and Danny Meyer pit their pairing skills against Wine Spectator's Thomas Matthews
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What are the benefits of brett? – ask Decanter
27 October 2017

Have you heard people talking about 'brett' in wine and are confused about whether it's good or bad? Is brett a good thing in wine or bad? It seems that people can't decide...
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Decanter Premium launches with exclusive fine wine ratings
27 October 2017

This week sees the online launch of our Decanter Premium membership offer, bringing you regular and exclusive ratings and tastings on hundreds of fine wines for your cellar plus advice on what to drink now, exciting discoveries and where to buy them. Find out more below... Fine wines, exclusively tasted and rated...
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Restaurants Where Wine Means Business (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

From power lunches to after-dinner drinks, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners are deal-making destinations
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Turning Tables: Shuffles at Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

Plus, the Lobster Club completes the new Major Food Group trifecta, Bouchon Beverly Hills is closing, and New Orleans treasure Gabrielle reopens
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Restaurant Spotlight: Moderne Barn (Wine Spectator)
27 October 2017

New American meets international flavors in New York's Hudson Valley
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Scallop sashimi recipe with Vouvray wines
27 October 2017

Quick to prepare scallop sashimi with tarragon, baby leeks and chicken reduction — paired with dry and aromatic Vouvray wines at an event organised by Great British Chefs. Tom Brown is the former head chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Outlaw's, and finalist on Great British Menu... Impress your guests with scallop sashimi and a glass of dry Vouvray…
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US rye whiskey volumes increase by 778%
27 October 2017

Since 2009, rye whiskey volumes in the US have increased by 778% from 88,000 cases to almost 775,000 cases in 2016, equating to a 900% rise in revenue, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.
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Alcohol adverts banned on New York subway
27 October 2017

Beer, wines and spirits adverts have been banned on the New York subway by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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NASA releases aerial image of California wildfire damage
26 October 2017

NASA has released a new aerial image showing the devastation caused by the recent wildfires in northern California, which have claimed the lives of 42 people and burned through more than 200,000 acres of land.
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Faulty corks ruin 3,000 cases of top Washington wine
26 October 2017

A bad batch of corks has wreaked havoc at Cayuse Vineyards in Washington, writing off nearly 3,000 cases of 2015 wine and at a potential loss of $3 million.
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Avatar actress Zoe Saldana to front Campari Red Diaries 2018
26 October 2017

Renowned actress Zoe Saldana, known for her roles in Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy, is to star in a short film called The Legend of Red Hand, directed by Stefano Sollima, as part of Campari Red Diaries 2018
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Stellenbosch winegrower shot and killed on farm
26 October 2017

A winegrower has been shot and killed in Stellenbosch adding to growing concern over a "sudden wave" of attacks on farmers throughout the the Western Cape.  
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Butcombe Brewing invests £4m in new brewery facility
26 October 2017

Somerset brewery Butcombe has invested £4 million in a new facility to increase the "capability, capacity and quality" of its brewing business.
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Is Clos de Tart for sale?
26 October 2017

Speculation in the fine wine world is now at fever pitch that the famous Burgundian grand cru monopole, Clos de Tart, has apparently been sold.
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Anson: Going biodynamic in Ningxia
26 October 2017

Jane Anson discovered a different side of China's fledgling fine wine region during a visit this month.Arôme, a biodynamically farmed Ningxia wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Jane Anson reports from a recent trip...
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Washington Wine Leader Cayuse Scrapping Many 2015 Wines Due to Flawed Corks (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2017

Bad stoppers could cost Christophe Baron’s winery millions of dollars
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Faulty Corks Prompt Walla Walla Ding Dong
26 October 2017

A Washington winery will be having sharp words with a supplier after most of a vintage is ruined.
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Faulty Corks Prompt Walla Walla Ding Dong
26 October 2017

A Washington winery will be having sharp words with a supplier after most of a vintage is ruined.
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The Feast: Hedy Goldsmith's Halloween Treats (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2017

Get the party started with three bewitching homemade candy recipes from Hedy Goldsmith, plus 15 recommended value wines
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Cellar Trends lands UK distribution deal with Stoli
26 October 2017

Vodka-maker Stoli Group has named Cellar Trends the exclusive distributor for its portfolio of spirits brands in the UK after parent-owner SPI acquired a minority stake in the company.
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Matt Kramer's Voyage to Eleganza (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2017

Wine Spectator's contributing editor finds wines of restraint in an unexpected place: Italy
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Scientists have found a way to detect wildfire tainted wine grapes
26 October 2017

Wildfires have ravaged California's wine country this month — damaging dozens of the state's crops — but researchers may have found a powerful tool that could help growers to limit their future impact.
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2017 New York Wine Experience: California Wine Star John Alban (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2017

A trailblazing Rhône Ranger embraces singularity in California's Central Coast
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California Fires: The Road Ahead for the Wine Industry (Wine Spectator)
26 October 2017

Vintners face rebuilding damaged wineries, finding homes for displaced workers and convincing the public to return to wine country
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What is claret wine? – ask Decanter
26 October 2017

Not sure what people mean when they’ve used the term claret? Confused about where the term came from? Here's some background. How it started...
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Second wines climbing ever higher
26 October 2017

The on-going success of the first growths’ second labels in the secondary market means that prices for Carruades & co are starting to exceed the en primeur prices of their parent wines.
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Chinese official failed to impress Xi with RMB 99 Baijiu
26 October 2017

A Chinese cadre from Yanbo in the Guizhou province in China failed to impress Chinese president Xi Jinping with her RMB 99 Baijiu after he branded it too expensive.
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Wendy Narby: You don’t have to age Bordeaux
26 October 2017

Being expensive and requiring long cellaring are among some of the misconceptions consumers have about Bordeaux that trade professionals have to debunk, says Wendy Narby, a senior lecturer at the École du Vin de Bordeaux..
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TWE disputes viral Chinese report on ‘fake’ Penfolds
26 October 2017

A viral Chinese ‘exposé’ which alleged that at least 80% of Penfolds sold online in China is fake has been refuted by Treasury Wine Estates which claims it contains “extremely misleading and inaccurate information".
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Chardonnay to surpass Meunier plantings in Champagne
26 October 2017

Chardonnay will soon surpass Meunier to become the second most planted grape in Champagne, according to Bollinger cellar master Giles Descôtes.
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Show me the honey: Americans are going mad for mead
26 October 2017

The growing thirst for mead in the US has seen the number of mead makers soar in America, with a new meadery opening every three days on average in the US.
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University of Washington makes paper from brewing waste
26 October 2017

The Paper and Bioresource Science Centre at the University of Washington in Seattle has devised a way of making paper using spent grain left over from the brewing process.
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DRC leads ‘white glove’ sale in NYC
26 October 2017

Sotheby’s enjoyed a ‘white glove’ fine wine sale in New York this week, with a total of US$2.3 million raised from over 200 lots.
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Seely: Colheita is the Douro’s ‘wine of the future’
25 October 2017

The Colheita style of Port, a tawny made from a single vintage, is better suited to the lifestyle of modern drinkers and will help keep the Port category buoyant in the future, believes Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval, describing it as the Douro's 'wine of the future'.
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UK to get Trappist brewery?
25 October 2017

A Cistercian abbey in the UK has been granted permission to build a brewery which could make it just the 12th Trappist brewery in the world if accredited by the Trappist Association.
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Letter from Tuscany – Aldo Fiordelli – ‘In 1968, Montalcino produced just 13,000 bottles…’
25 October 2017

Brunello di Montalcino is 50 years old. Festivities began in April under the banner of ‘Bravery and Pride’, and kicked
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Andrew Jefford – ‘Wine is hard to unearth in France’s present-day cultural identity’
25 October 2017

Those of us whose mother tongue is English know what lies on the other side of the hill. Grass –
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Amazon Folds on Online Wine Sales
25 October 2017

When it came to a struggle between online and real-life sales, the internet giant made an unlikely choice.
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Amazon Folds on Online Wine Sales
25 October 2017

When it came to a struggle between online and real-life sales, the internet giant made an unlikely choice.
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Wine, Love and Hope for a Bright Tomorrow (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2017

Passion for great wine brings thousands together for a weekend full of discovery
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2017 New York Wine Experience: The Sommeliers Behind the Scenes (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2017

A team of world-class sommeliers screens every bottle served at the Wine Experience seminars
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John Stimpfig – ‘When wine, food and friends connect in the most magical way’
25 October 2017

Almost exactly twenty years ago, I first met and interviewed the brilliant, beguiling Angelo Gaja, resulting in two glorious days
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Australian Wine Star Stephen Henschke (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2017

A tasting of Australia's legendary Hill of Grace Shiraz demonstrates the power of place and family
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Amazon Wine to close by end of year – reports
25 October 2017

Online retailer Amazon has announced it will be closing it’s Amazon Wine section at the end of 2017 – but it will still be possible to buy wine on the rest of the site. But it isn't dropping wine completely...
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World wine production plummets to 1960s levels
25 October 2017

Wine lovers may have to pay more for some of their favourite bottles as new figures show world production has sunk to 'historic lows', after severe frosts and heatwaves curtailed 2017 yields in France, Spain and Italy. Fires are lit in Bordeaux vineyards in spring 2017 to protect against severe frosts. There's going to be less wine around...
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Rioja Star Victor Urrutia of Cune (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2017

Cune's CEO leads a tasting of Rioja's Imperial Gran Reserva 1976
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Portugal’s native reds: best buys at £8-£25
25 October 2017

As the quality revolution gathers pace, Portuguese winemakers are producing a varied range of reds from indigenous varieties, with top examples highlighting a revival of lighter styles. Sarah Ahmed reports How thrilling to see the Arenae Ramisco 2007 from Adega Regional de Colares top this two-day tasting of 137 UK-imported
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Château Figeac vertical: Extraordinary vintages
25 October 2017

Jane Anson delves into the distant past of this famous St-Émilion estate, tasting 19 select vintages stretching back as far as 1949...Harvest at Figeac. Jane Anson tastes vintages of Figeac stretching all the way back to 1949 in this special report....
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2017 New York Wine Experience: 1977 Vintage Port (Wine Spectator)
25 October 2017

A lineup of time-capsule Port icons from a most exceptional year
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Tasmania: small is beautiful
25 October 2017

Well known for its award-winning sparkling wines, Tasmania is growing in stature as a producer of top-quality still whites and Pinot Noirs. Sarah Ahmed follows the latest developments on this ‘cool’ island stateMick Rock Tasmania is growing in stature as a producer of top-quality still whites and Pinot Noirs. Sarah Ahmed follows the latest developments on this ‘cool’ island...
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Panel Tasting: Brunello di Montalcino 2012
25 October 2017

The warming climate is increasingly a factor in this revered corner of Tuscany, says Richard Baudains, but careful selection in top terroirs is still producing great wines... The warming climate is increasingly a factor in this revered corner of Tuscany, says Richard Baudains...
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Behind the bar: Victoria Chow
25 October 2017

Victoria Chow, founder and managing director of the Woods, talks about the 'back to basics' cocktail trend taking over Asia and her mission to create a "fine drinking" culture in Hong Kong. 
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Global wine production to fall to 56 year low
25 October 2017

Global wine production is forecast to fall to its lowest level in over 50 years due to the terrible frosts that struck Europe’s wine producing powerhouses earlier this year.
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BYOB Winterland opens in Fulham
25 October 2017

Hinterland – a panoply of festive entertainment – has opened in Fulham and will allow attendees to bring their own wine on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
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Champagne harvest ‘hardest and shortest’ in history
25 October 2017

This year’s harvest in Champagne was the shortest in Bollinger’s history and the hardest yet faced by the brand’s cellar master, Gilles Descôtes.
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Millennials are driving growth in premium gin sector
25 October 2017

A new report from Beefeater Gin claims that millennials are driving growth in the premium gin sector by choosing "authentic" brands.
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Riesling Masters 2017 deadline extended
25 October 2017

Final entries for The Drinks Business Riesling Masters are now being accepted ahead of the extended deadline of 15 November.
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Zonin opens hotel for wine lovers in Edinburgh
25 October 2017

Italian producer Zonin 1821 has opened its first hotel and bar for wine lovers in Edinburgh, and has announced that it has "at least ten planned for next year". 
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Spanish Atlantic red wine: panel tasting results
24 October 2017

Few other regions can field such a fascinating range of red wine styles, made from 
a broad palette of native grape varieties, reports Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW... Few other regions can field such a fascinating range of red wine styles, made from 
a broad palette of native grape varieties, reports Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW...
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Two directors banned over £1m fine wine scam
24 October 2017

Two directors of a company that traded in fine wines have been disqualified for a combined 20 years, following an Insolvency Service investigation, after scamming its customers out of nearly £1 million.
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Regional profile: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
24 October 2017

A former seat of the papacy and inventive pioneer of appellation guidelines, the legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape has new challenges to face in the 21st century. Matt Walls investigates...The ruined papal château stands above a vineyard strewn with the region's signature galets roulés pebbles. Châteauneuf-du-Pape has new challenges to face in the 21st century. Matt Walls inve...
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Number of UK breweries rises by 64% in five years
24 October 2017

The number of breweries in the UK has broken the 2,000 barrier for the first time since the 1930s, increasing by 64% in the past five years, according to the latest figures from accountancy firm, UHY Hacker Young. 
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Gianni Brunelli: A Brunello vertical
24 October 2017

Michaela Morris recently visited the estate of Gianni Brunelli, in Brunello di Montalcino, and tasted through back vintages of its highly regarded wines... Michaela Morris visits the Gianni Brunelli estate, a leading light for the Brunello di Montalcino appellation...
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Under the radar: Alternative Australian white wines to try
24 October 2017

Forget about Chardonnay and Riesling for a few days and enjoy Australian winemakers' uncanny ability to get the best from myriad white grape varieties, says Matthew Jukes...The best alternative white wines coming out of Australia. Matthew Jukes takes a look at Australia's adventurous whites and selects 18 to try...
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François Lurton launches Sauvignon Blanc gin
24 October 2017

Bordeaux-born flying winemaker and consultant François Lurton has launched a gin for wine lovers with a Sauvignon Blanc base.
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William Kelley – ‘Was the 1997 Napa vintage the catalyst for a stylistic shift?’
24 October 2017

William Kelley looks back at the 1997 vintage in Napa, and picks out some of his top scoring wines... How does the 1997 vintage in Napa compare to today's wines? William Kelley investigates...
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Spotlight on Spätburgunder
24 October 2017

Although it is the world’s third-biggest producer of the variety, Germany may not spring to mind when choosing Pinot Noir. But Spätburgunders now compete with the world’s best. Anne Krebiehl MW charts its rise to the topSpotlight on Spatburgunder It’s no longer news that Germany produces great Pinot Noir: Spätburgunders have won top Decanter awards and made headlines in...
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Châteauneuf-du-pape: Six producers to watch
24 October 2017

Matt Walls picks some of the top Châteauneuf-du-pape producers you should know...Domaine du Banneret Matt Walls picks some of the top Châteauneuf-du-pape producers you should know...
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The Decanter interview: Mouton Rothschild family: the new generation
24 October 2017

After earlier careers in other fields, Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s three grandchildren have taken up roles in the family business. Jane Anson discovers how they plan to honour such a distinguished heritage...From left: Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Camille Sereys de Rothschild & Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild Jane Anson picks out wines for drinking now from the Rothschild portf...
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Producer profile: Foradori
24 October 2017

Christelle Guibert headed up into the Dolomites to visit Elisabetta Foradori, a key figure in Italian winemaking, who put Trentino and its native grapes on the map.Elisabetta Foradori (second from left) with her children, Theo, Myrtha and Emilio Zierock Now fifteen minute s late and my blood pressure rising, I’m driving up and down this steep, serpentine road sliced …Continue reading &...
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Amazon Halts Online Wine Sales (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

Regulatory complications connected to the tech giant’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods led them to quit online wine retail
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The Best Value Cabernet Sauvignons
24 October 2017

To find value-for-money Cabernet can be tough – unless you know where to look.
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The Best Value Cabernet Sauvignons
24 October 2017

To find value-for-money Cabernet can be tough – unless you know where to look.
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Wildfires Devastate Spanish and Portuguese Wine Regions (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

Dry conditions and high winds spread flames quickly in parts of Galicia and Dão last week, scorching wineries and vineyards
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2017 New York Wine Experience: La Grande Dame Champagne (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

Four La Grande Dame Champagnes open the Wine Experience seminars
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Bordeaux's Château Montrose (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

CEO Hervé Berland lays out the Bordeaux estate's ambitions
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Burgundy’s Clos de Vougeot Pinot Noirs (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

Four vintages from Château de la Tour and Louis Jadot illustrate the grand cru's timeless sense of place
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2017 New York Wine Experience: Marilisa Allegrini (Wine Spectator)
24 October 2017

The CEO of one of Italy's most revered Amarone houses honors her family's history in Valpolicella, with an eye to the future
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Rhône 2017 harvest: Small but perfectly formed?
24 October 2017

It's been one of the earliest harvests on record in the Rhône and quality is generally being reported as excellent, but there's simply not enough grapes in several appellations and this could mean price rises for some wines, writes Matt Walls. Rhône 2017 set to produce smaller quantity but high quality, say producers. Great quality but some appellations struggling for grapes...
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
24 October 2017

Penfolds dominated Hong Kong's wine trade's attention with its Penfolds 2017 Collection launch party and its unveiling of its ultra premium 'g3'. Check out the pictorial highlights that got Hong Kong wine trade buzzing.
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Macallan 1928 to lead Bonhams HK auction
24 October 2017

A bottle of the Macallan-1928 50 year-old, with an estimate of HK$480,000-560,000 will go under hammer at the upcoming Fine Wine and Whisky Sale at Bonhams Hong Kong next month.
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Bottomless Bordeaux Sunday roasts are coming to London
24 October 2017

Restaurant group D&D London has partnered with Bordeaux Wines to launch 'Red Roasts,' a new bottomless drinks deal which will allow diners to enjoy unlimited refills of Bordeaux with every Sunday roast.
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Mallya steps down from United Breweries board
24 October 2017

The embattled Vijay Mallya has reportedly stepped down from the board of United Breweries and is to name a successor.
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Californian wildfires: how to help
24 October 2017

the drinks business has put together a list of fundraising efforts currently in place to support the people and wineries affected by the recent wildfires that have killed a total of 41 people. 
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Rabobank: Small 2017 harvest drives up bulk wine prices
24 October 2017

With the 2017 harvest set to be one of the "smallest in decades", decimated by frost, heat, drought and hail, the price of bulk wine will continue to rise with shifts in demand "inevitable", according the the latest Wine Quarterly report from Rabobank.
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Cognac in pictures
24 October 2017

db's Lucy Shaw chases the sun to Cognac for a brief sojourn in the French region with high-end producer Frapin at its idyllic headquarters, Château de Fontpinot.
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David Cameron’s father-in-law is launching his own whisky label
23 October 2017

David Cameron's father-in-law Viscount Astor is planning to take on the Hebridean whisky market by launching is own spirits label.
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Riesling gets its mojo back, says Neil McGuigan
23 October 2017

You may be thinking, ‘I’ve heard this one before’, but Riesling really is on the move, according to Neil McGuigan, who says that the grape is getting its mojo back.
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Thieves steal grapes from Swiss vineyard
23 October 2017

Thieves have stolen 700 kilos of Pinot Noir and Chasselas grapes from the Weingut Hämmerli Ins vineyard in Switzerland, brazenly cutting through nets and plucking grapes from the roadside. 
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Jefford on Monday: Barbaresco – myth and reality
23 October 2017

Andrew Jefford discovers the unexpected after taking a closer look at the divide between Barbaresco and Barolo. Rabajà vineyard looking towards Martinenga, Asili and the river. Andrew Jefford on the Barolo Barbaresco divide...
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Bordeaux Sweats on Cabernet Quality
23 October 2017

The red grapes are in the vats in Bordeaux, but what damage has the weird growing season caused?
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Bordeaux Sweats on Cabernet Quality
23 October 2017

The red grapes are in the vats in Bordeaux, but what damage has the weird growing season caused?
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Wine Legend: Château d’Yquem 1921
23 October 2017

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend?
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Wine Country Strong: After the Fires, Napa and Sonoma Look Ahead (Wine Spectator)
22 October 2017

At the New York Wine Experience, winemaker Randy Lewis, Jackson Family’s Barbara Banke and Wine Spectator’s Marvin R. Shanken and James Laube address the aftermath of the California wine-country wildfires
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Debunking wine myths: What to look out for
21 October 2017

Why they may not be true after all.... Do you believe these wine myths...?
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AI Know There's an Answer
21 October 2017

We've launched a chatbot to help you find the perfect wine quicker and with even less hassle.
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The 2017 New York Wine Experience: Wine and Friendship Stand Strong (Wine Spectator)
21 October 2017

Wine Spectator kicks off its 37th Wine Experience with the opening act of the weekend, a Grand Tasting of 267 outstanding wines
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Gerry Adams mocked in Parliament for thinking wine costs £25
21 October 2017

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was mocked in Parliament yesterday after declaring to the house that a bottle of wine costs €30 (£26.79).
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The 15 cheapest cities in the world for a gin and tonic
21 October 2017

“The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the empire.” Winston Churchill more...
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Favorite Wine-and-Candy Pairing (Wine Spectator)
21 October 2017

With Halloween just around the corner, we asked 10 wine and food pros to scare up some guilty-pleasure pairings
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Penfolds launches g3: A Grange ‘blend of blends’
21 October 2017

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago has launched a wine that combines three Grange vintages and is expected to sell for A$3,000 per bottle. Anthony Rose spoke to him ahead of the unveiling and got a first taste of the 'super-blend'... Penfolds g3 combines three Grange vintages. Anthony Rose gets a first taste of 'super Grange'...
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Wine making quiz – Test your knowledge
21 October 2017

We all drink good wine, but how much do you know about where it comes from? To follow on from our vine & vineyard quiz, test your cellar skills in our wine making sequel... Could you make a first growth wine?...
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London winery to sell new fizz for £100
21 October 2017

Urban winery Renegade London has begun the pre-sale for its new English sparkling wine, a blanc de noirs costing £100 a bottle and which is being aged in a church crypt.
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Californian wildfires: the real impact on wine
21 October 2017

 As the wildfires that ravaged large parts of California during the past 10 days begin to die down, we consider the real impact on the wine industry in the immediate future and longer term.
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New export strategy to boost British beer by £100m
21 October 2017

A new export strategy, unveiled yesterday at Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), aims to increase British beer exports by £100 million over the next five years.
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The week in pictures
21 October 2017

This week has included a flying visit to Catalunya for a lesson on climate change at Torres, Copper Rivet Distillery's early Trafalgar Day celebrations, and a masterclass courtesy of the Madeira Wine Institute.
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Glasgow couple make £830 on whisky miniature they nearly threw away
21 October 2017

A Glaswegian couple have made over £800 on a whisky miniature they nearly threw away.
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Fine wine investment: Keeping it simple
20 October 2017

Twenty years ago fine wine was very much an insider’s paradise but this is increasingly not the case and cutting the jargon has to be a priority if companies want to make it more accessible to new investors.
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the drinks business appoints staff writer
20 October 2017

the drinks business is pleased to announce that Edith Hancock has joined the magazine as staff writer. 
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db Eats: Ella Canta
20 October 2017

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to the bonkers but brilliant Ella Canta on Park Lane for guacamole garnished with a golden grasshopper, soft shell crab tacos and lashings of Tequila.
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Ex-Fat Duck Chef opens restaurant where everything is served on toast
20 October 2017

Former Fat Duck chef Edward Carr is now behind the kitchen at a new café paying homage to the humble slice of toast.
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Treasury Wine Estates sells Clare Valley vineyard to Seppeltsfield
20 October 2017

Treasury Wine Estates has sold its Clare Valley winery Quelltaler Estate, where it makes its Annie's Lane brand, to Seppeltsfield for an undisclosed sum.
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Spanish giants unite: Grupo Perelada buys Chivite
20 October 2017

Spain’s Perelada Group, owners of Castillo Perelada in Empordà and Cims de Porrera in Priorat, has bought the Chivite Group for an undisclosed sum.
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Napa Getting Back to Business
20 October 2017

Despite the huge human cost of the wildfires, the wine industry has emerged mostly unscathed.
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Unfiltered: Sweet Berry Wine! Comedian Eric Wareheim Stands Up for Carignan (Wine Spectator)
20 October 2017

We caught up with the actor as the last of his 2017 Las Jaras wine grapes were arriving on the crushpad. Also in Unfiltered, Prosecco takes flight with Delta, and a stolen wine stash found in parents' basement
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Chanel expands in Bordeaux with Château Berliquet deal
20 October 2017

Luxury fashion house Chanel has bought a third Bordeaux wine estate, confirming that it has acquired Château Berliquet in St-Emilion after months of speculation. Château Berliquet is now owned by luxury fashion house Chanel. Maison Chanel and its owners, the Wertheimer brothers, ended several weeks of rumours by confirming the acquisition of Château Berliquet, …Continue rea...
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Adelaide, South Australia Best of Wine Tourism winners announced
20 October 2017

Promotional featureSeven South Australian businesses are toasting success, after being named winners in the 2018 South Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards. Hon Minister Leon Bignell MP and Tamara Tiller, Penfolds Cellar Door See the winners...
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Deadly fires hit wine regions in Spain and Portugal
20 October 2017

Wildfires in winemaking areas of Portugal and northern Spain have claimed at least 45 lives and burnt through thousands of hectares of agricultural land, including vineyards and winery owners' homes in both Galicia and the Dão.The aftermath of fires in As Neves in Rías Baixas, Galicia, on 16 October. Devastating fires claim lives and damage vines...
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David and Victoria Beckham sink £2k worth of wine on mid-week date night
20 October 2017

David and Victoria Beckham spared no expense when they drank almost £2,000 worth of vintage wine during a mid-week date night.
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Armit closes HK offices
20 October 2017

Fine wine merchant Armit Wines has confirmed it is closing its offices in Hong Kong in order to centralise all of its operations in the UK.
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Aldi to sell award-winning chocolate wine in time for Christmas
20 October 2017

Aldi has announced it will expand its alcohol offering next month, stocking a chocolate-flavoured dessert wine with notes of "figs, toffee and caramel" in time for Christmas.
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Boycott the balloon: Frapin calls for an end to snifters
19 October 2017

High-end Cognac producer Frapin would like to see brandy balloons “disappear” from restaurants, bars and dining rooms as the giant glass does nothing for the spirit.
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China leads Australia wine exports
19 October 2017

The value of Australian wine exports has surged 13% to AU$2.44 billion in the past 12 months ending 30 September, with mainland China representing 30% of the total wine export value, according to the Wine Australia.
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Champagne Lanson unveils festive range
19 October 2017

Champagne Lanson has unveiled its festive range which includes its 'Santa' brut miniature Champagne bottles and a trio of "innovative" musical gift boxes. 
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男子起诉航空公司未提供香槟
19 October 2017

来自加拿大魁北克的一名男子向加拿大太阳之翼航空公司( Sunwing Airlines)提起诉讼,因航空公司承诺的“香槟服务”中没有香槟,取而代之的是一杯起泡酒。
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西班牙加利西亚地区酒庄遭野火侵袭
19 October 2017

西班牙西北部Rías Baixas的葡萄园遭到由纵火犯引发的野火的破坏,野火在西班牙和葡萄牙共夺取41人性命。
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Penfolds unveils controversial multi-vintage Grange
19 October 2017

Penfolds has unveiled its latest creation, a multi-vintage blend of three vintages of its top label Grange – the 2008, 2012 and the yet to be released 2014 – that costs AU$3,000 a bottle. Called 'g3' head winemaker Peter Gago said he expects it to attract controversy.
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Pernod Ricard exceeds Q1 forecast as China picks up
19 October 2017

French drinks producer Pernod Ricard has reported a stronger than expected performance for the first quarter, with organic sales rising by 5.7% driven by accelerating demand in China and the US.
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Anson: A shifting role for Bordeaux négociants? – Interview
19 October 2017

Jane Anson interviews Ariane Khaida about becoming head of Duclot merchant house in Bordeaux and her views on what the city's wine trading houses still have to offer amid questions over the current system. The Quai des Chartrons has sent Bordeaux wine overseas for centuries. Here it is in 1806. Credit: Pierre Lacour / Wiki Commons Media. Jane Anson interviews Ariane Khaida...
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Brancott Estate unveils ‘matrix’ sculpture in vineyard
19 October 2017

New Zealand producer Brancott Estate has revealed the result of its design collaboration with New York-based Studio Dror. Brancott Estate's 'Under/standing' sculpture in Marlborough created by Dror Studio. New Zealand wine group Brancott Estate has unveiled a sculpture in its vineyards created by New York-based designer Dror Benshetrit.
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Best Value Bordeaux Wines
19 October 2017

Yes you can find a bargain in Bordeaux, even among the classed growths.
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Chanel Group Buys St.-Emilion's Château Berliquet (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2017

Owners of Bordeaux’s Canon and Rauzan-Ségla add a St.-Emilion gem to their portfolio
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This is how to say “cheers!” around the world
19 October 2017

Do you know your prosts from your zum wohls? We've teamed up with language app Babble to show you how to say "cheers" around the world, from Portugal to Poland.
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Private passions: James and his giant pumpkins
19 October 2017

In the first in a new series where we explore people's passions outside of the wine trade, James Hocking of The Vineyard Cellars reveals a love for growing giant veg.
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Tanners celebrates 175th anniversary
19 October 2017

UK wine merchant Tanners is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with a special dinner in its hometown of Shrewsbury this November.
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The wildfires will make us stronger, says Napa winemaker
19 October 2017

“We will come out better than ever” said Napa-based winemaker Chris Carpenter as he works to save the “great” 2017 vintage in the wake of the Californian wildfires.
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Great Wall sold back to parent company COFCO
19 October 2017

Just one day after the news broke that China Foods Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed company owned by COFCO, had sold its wine business including Great Wall, it has been revealed that the buyer is China Foods’ parent company COFCO.
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Are canned cocktails the next big thing in Hong Kong?
19 October 2017

Young entrepreneur Victoria Chow has recently unveiled a range of canned cocktails at her newly opened bar, Kwoon in Central, building on the success of the sector in other markets.
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Conviviality CFO Humphreys to step down
18 October 2017

UK wholesaler and distributor Conviviality Plc has announced the appointment of Mark Moran as its new CFO, who will take up the role following the departure of Andrew Humphreys at the end of this month. 
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Vineyards hit by wildfires in Galicia
18 October 2017

Vineyards in Rías Baixas in northwest Spain have been damaged in wildfires sparked by arsonists that have killed 41 people in Spain and Portugal.
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MillerCoors responds to Brewers Association bid to ‘buy’ AB InBev
18 October 2017

US brewing company MilerCoors has said that the Brewers Association should consider buying "a few craft companies," after the industry body launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to "buy" AB InBev.
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DWWA winners at Great Western Wines Tasting
18 October 2017

A selection of Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 winners will be on show at Great Western Wines' tasting on 2 November 2018 Award-winning wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA) will be showcased at the UK retailer Great Western Wines‘ portfolio
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Man files lawsuit against airline over lack of Champagne on flight
18 October 2017

A man from Quebec has filed a lawsuit against Canada's Sunwing Airlines after he was served sparkling wine instead of Champagne as part of a flight package that promised "Champagne service". 
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Codorníu parent firm agrees to move HQ out of Catalonia – report
18 October 2017

Directors at the holding company of Cava producer Codorníu have reportedly agreed to move their head office address from Catalonia to Rioja as political tension mounts over the region's independence vote. Read more below and see Miquel Hudin's commentary on what independence might mean for the region's winemakers. Codorníu cellars in Catalonia. Unideco board agrees to move business...
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Northern California Vintners Assess Wildfire Damage as Firefighters Bring Blazes Under Control (Wine Spectator)
18 October 2017

As firefighters bring blazes under control and evacuation orders are lifted, Napa and Sonoma residents return home to see what remains
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Buffett Continues Wholesale War in Texas
18 October 2017

A company owned by the Sage of Omaha is still suing for the right to distribute wine.
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Terroir 101: Wine Theory in Walla Walla (Wine Spectator)
18 October 2017

A semester-long college class called “Terroir.” I was invited to speak
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Cuchet bids goodbye to Fine+Rare
18 October 2017

Baudouin Cuchet has left UK wine merchant Fine+Rare, a company he co-founded, saying he was “immensely proud” of the business he was leaving behind but that he wasn’t gone for good from the trade.
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China Foods to sell Great Wall wine brand, due to ‘great uncertainties’
18 October 2017

China Foods Ltd, owned by China’s state-owned conglomerate COFCO, is planning to sell its wine and other non-beverage business for more than HK$5.069 billion (US$649.2 million).
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Square Mile bar manager jailed for using drinks menu to sell cocaine
17 October 2017

A former manager of a wine bar in London's financial district has been jailed after selling cocaine to customers who ordered a specific drink from the cocktail menu.
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The 15 oldest pubs in the UK, ranked according to their claims
17 October 2017

While the world's oldest bar is a hotly-contested title, many of the longest-running pubs are scattered across the British Isles.
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Breaking: Codorníu to move HQ to Rioja
17 October 2017

Cava producer Codorníu is to move its company headquarters out of Catalonia to Rioja due to the lingering uncertainty over the former’s claims to independence and Freixenet has suggested it may do likewise.
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‘First’ Pinot Noir devoted wine shop launched in HK
17 October 2017

Pinot Shop Australia, a wine shop that specialises in Pinot Noir from Australia, has branched out to Hong Kong, in particular focusing on cool climate Pinot Noir from Tasmania.
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Neil Rankin hits back at Gordon Ramsay over cocaine and alcohol abuse in the hospitality industry
17 October 2017

Award-winning chef Neil Rankin has hit back at Gordon Ramsay's comments on drug and alcohol addiction in the hospitality industry.
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France suffers ‘ultimate affront’ in tasting competition
17 October 2017

A team of French professionals suffered the “ultimate affront” of finishing in 11th place in a wine tasting competition, well behind the UK team, while a plucky Zimbabwean team forced Italy into an ignominious last place.
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Fund set up to support Sonoma’s fire victims
17 October 2017

The Sonoma County Community Foundation has set up a ‘Resilience Fund’ with a lead donation of $250,000 from Facebook to provide shelter and food directly to those affected by the devastating fires in the region.
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Austria confirms new DAC wine growing region
17 October 2017

Austria has named its tenth DAC wine growing region – Schilcherland DAC in the far south of the country – known for its production of rosé using the red grape Blauer Wildbacher.
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Hemel-en-Aarde wineries to visit
17 October 2017

Explore wineries on the Hermanus wine route in South Africa's Western Cape with Angela Lloyd's top picks...Newton Johnson Explore South Africa's Western Cape...
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Destroyed Signorello winery owner: ‘We need to get back in business’
17 October 2017

Ray Signorello Jr has vowed to rebuild after losing his entire winery building in the deadly fires that have swept across North California in the past week. Flames engulf Signorello Winery in Napa Valley. No staff or family members were injured. Owner determined to rebuild...
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Haut-Bailly owner makes ‘officer’ grade on French honours list
17 October 2017

Robert G Wilmers, owner of Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac Léognan since 1998 and chairman of M&T Bank Corporation in the US, has been awarded one of France’s highest civilian honours.Bob Wilmers (right) receives his 'officer' medal from Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé. Bob Wilmers awarded at special ceremony...
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Viticulture, not climate, is changing Champagne
17 October 2017

It is changes to viticulture, and not global warming, that is bringing riper flavours to Champagne, according to Gosset cellar master, Odilon de Varine.
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iDealwine update: Natural Progression
17 October 2017

In recent months, the demand for and prices of natural wines have taken off on iDealwine’s online auctions. We examine why this has taken place and look at what needs to happen for this to be more than a flash in the pan
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Father “absolutely livid” after finding wine, cannabis and “MDMA” in courtesy car
17 October 2017

A father of two claims he was left "absolutely livid" when he was given a courtesy car "filled with drugs and alcohol" by his local dealership.
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Chapel Down reveals ‘strong’ half-year results
17 October 2017

English winery Chapel Down has revealed its half-year results which show strong growth across its wine, beer and cider portfolio.
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Moutai to boost production by 7.8% to satisfy demand
17 October 2017

China’s best known Baijiu brand Moutai is aiming to produce 46,100 tonnes of Baijiu in 2018, bolstered by strong market demand in China, the company has announced.
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Hogs Back Brewery to grow 25% of hops in own garden
17 October 2017

Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey is well on its way towards growing 25% of the hops it uses in its own garden, despite the best efforts of a 'gender-swapping hop' spotted in its hop garden earlier this year.
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Brewery employs crayfish to purify water
16 October 2017

A brewery in the Czech Republic has employed a group of crayfish and fitted them with infrared bio sensors allowing the crustaceans to alert brewers to any changes in the purity of its water supply. 
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WSTA calls on Chancellor to freeze alcohol tax ahead of Autumn Statement
16 October 2017

The WSTA is calling on the government to freeze alcohol duty in the Autumn statement, claiming that a tax hike would damage the UK’s negotiating power post-Brexit.
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ThaiBev buys Myanmar Distillery Co. for S$1 billion
16 October 2017

ThaiBev, the Thailand-based spirits and beer maker, has bought a 75% stake in Myanmar Distillery Company (MDC), the producer of Myanmar's whisky Crown Royal, and its supply chain, for S$1 billion (US£494.4m).
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California wildfires: Firefighters gaining upper hand as death toll rises to 40
16 October 2017

The wildfires that continue to rage throughout northern California have claimed 40 lives, levelled at least eight wineries and damaged countless others, but efforts to contain the numerous infernos are now turning a corner, according to the California Fire Service. 
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Jefford on Monday: The Tuscan Original
16 October 2017

Andrew Jefford discovers a different way of doing things at Fattoria La Vialla. Pressing grapes for Vin Santo at La Vialla. Wine is full of colossal pretensions, but not here...
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Fires Won't Destroy California Wine Industry
16 October 2017

Our US editor reports from wine country, where rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.
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Wine Legend: Vega Sicilia, Unico 1964
16 October 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame? Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame?
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Devastating California Wine-Country Fires Spread to New Areas; Death and Damage Tolls Rise (Wine Spectator)
15 October 2017

Winds have picked up, prompting evacuations in Sonoma County; flames visible from Napa's To Kalon vineyard; now at least 35 dead and eight wineries destroyed; properties on Mount Veeder reporting extensive damage
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The Burgundy Report
14 October 2017

We take the pulse of the world's most wanted wine region, where pricing only has one direction.
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How Will California’s Wine-Country Fires Impact the 2017 Vintage? (Wine Spectator)
14 October 2017

As wildfires have raged across Napa, Sonoma, Carneros, Mendocino and beyond, vintners assess their young wines and yet-to-be-harvested grapes
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Wine Talk: Golfer Cristie Kerr Tees Up Wine (Wine Spectator)
14 October 2017

The pro golf champ has two wine brands and is looking forward to her future as a full-time vintner
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Running a London pub: the dos and don’ts
14 October 2017

the drinks business speaks to Chase Distillery's James Chase and former bar director at Sketch, Dominic Jacobs, co-owners of The Running Horse in Mayfair, about the challenges of running a pub in the capital.
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How to have the best wine tasting experience
14 October 2017

Just one month till the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in London. Here are our insider tips on how to make the most of your wine tasting experience…Guests had the chance to try new wines they had not tasted before. Arrive early: Brilliant winemakers have travelled from around the globe to showcase their wine and you’ve got a better chance
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Vine & Vineyard wine quiz – Test your knowledge
14 October 2017

We all drink good wine, but how much do you know about where it comes from? Find out how much you know in our vine and vineyard quiz...Understand the vine growing cycle Test your vineyard skills...
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The week in pictures
14 October 2017

This week's drinks highlights included Maisons Marques et Domaines' autumn shoot, a talk on hops hosted by Hogs Back Brewery, and professional cricketers getting to grips with WSET level one.
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Yorkshire pub voted ‘world’s best restaurant’
14 October 2017

A modest country pub in north Yorkshire has been named the best restaurant in the world by customer review website TripAdvisor.
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Moutai launches ‘Enter the Dragon’ cocktail competition in Australia
14 October 2017

China’s most famous Baijiu producer, Moutai, has launched a Baijiu-based cocktail competition in Australia this month, as the brand pushes for more exposure overseas.
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Krug makes $6,500 Champagne backpack
14 October 2017

Champagne Krug has teamed up with designer menswear label Berluti to make a $6,500 leather backpack specifically for carrying your Champagne.
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Quintessentially enters into joint venture with Platinum Wines
14 October 2017

Hong Kong-based Quintessentially has announced a joint venture with Platinum Wines in an effort to strengthen their fine wine and spirits offering in Asia. 
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Macallan cask sets new world record at auction
13 October 2017

A Sherry hogshead of 1987 The Macallan sold for HK$2.9 million earlier this month at Spink China’s sale of fine and rare spirits in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for a whisky cask sold at auction.
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Driver arrested for siphoning off wine into parents’ basement
13 October 2017

A wine tanker driver who siphoned off thousands of litres of wine into a basement on his parents' property near Carcassonne, south west France, has been arrested. 
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Roberson sets up JustGiving page for California wildfire relief effort
13 October 2017

Wine merchant Roberson has set up a JustGiving page to raise funds within the wine trade for the California wildfire relief effort as the death toll rises to 31.
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Barrel of 2016 Montrose to be offered at auction
13 October 2017

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has revealed the line-up for its dedicated Bordeaux sale this November, which will feature claret dating back to the 1920s and a full barrel of 2016 Montrose.
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London’s most extravagant wine bars and restaurants
13 October 2017

Home to some of the most avant-garde, eccentric and elegant wine bars in the world, with some of the most extensive wine lists found anywhere on the planet, we roundup some of London's most extravagant wine bars.
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Glimmer of Hope as Fires Still Blaze
13 October 2017

Firefighters are starting to make some headway in the battle against California's catastrophic wildfires.
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Unfiltered: Bourdain, Barber, Batali Boost 'Trash' Food in New 'Wasted!' Documentary (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

A sneak peek at the doc on the frontlines of the battle against food waste. Also in Unfiltered, the Walking Dead's Norman Reedus toasts Comic Con, and auction action featuring Livermore and the Rhône
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Restaurants with Star Sommeliers (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

The tasting aces at these diverse places will lend their skills to next week's Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience
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Turning Tables: New York City's Somms and Sliders Will Celebrate Napa Valley Wines (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

Plus, Dovetail chef John Fraser opens another restaurant, Emeril Lagasse's Nola reopens, and we check in with Le Cirque amid rumors that it's closing
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Restaurant Spotlight: The Woodspeen (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2017

Serious cuisine and stellar wines in the tranquil British countryside
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Hawke’s Bay wine production drops in 2017
13 October 2017

Wine production in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay has suffered losses due to incessant rains in March, bringing down its total production from 2016’s 42,000 tonnes to 33,000 tonnes in 2017.
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Vega Sicilia taps into open Myanmar market
13 October 2017

Famed Spanish winery, Vega Sicilia, has set its sights on Myanmar’s wine market with a newly formed distribution agreement with Singapore-based Bordeaux Liquid Gold (BLG), following the country’s loosened grip on wine imports.
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Portobello Road launches ‘first’ turkey breast gin
13 October 2017

London's Portobello Road Gin has launched what it claims is the world’s first 'pechuga' gin, an expression distilled with an organic turkey breast.
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On this day 1810… the first Oktoberfest
13 October 2017

On this day in 1810 the King of Bavaria invited the citizens of Munich to join in celebration at the marriage of his son – an event that has become Oktoberfest.
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Asahi considers sale of stake in Tsingtao Brewery
13 October 2017

Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has announced that is considering the sale of all or part of its 19.99% stake in Tsingtao Brewery, confirming reports circulated earlier this year. 
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db Eats: Galvin at Windows
13 October 2017

db's resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to the Michelin-starred French fancy up in the clouds for heavenly hake, precise Puligny-Montrachet and a decadent apple tatin.
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Is fine wine running out of gas?
12 October 2017

The exposure on the Liv-ex Exchange – that is the combined total value of live bids and offers – has hit a new record high of £45 million this month but are there signs the market is starting to slow?
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SWA ramps up calls to cut UK spirits duty ahead of Budget
12 October 2017

Demand for Scotch whisky has fallen by one million bottles in the UK since Chancellor Philip Hammond increased spirits tax in his March Budget, proving the need for a cut in November, says the SWA.
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‘Haunting’ Dominus 2014 released
12 October 2017

The latest vintage from Napa Valley heavyweight, Dominus, has been released alongside two other “wonderful” 2014 wines from the Moueix family’s California holdings.
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Hennessy UK teams up with Abbey Road Studios
12 October 2017

Hennessy Very Special Cognac has teamed up with the iconic Abbey Road Studios to bring singer JP Cooper and musical poet Kojey Radical together to record live-to-vinyl as part of its Masters of Potential platform.
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Anson: Bordeaux’s ‘Enfant Terrible’
12 October 2017

Jane Anson meets a 'rebel winemaker' of Bordeaux and finds out why local wine officials have filed court action against him. Vinification at Dominique Léandre Chevalier Jane Anson meets the 'rebel winemaker' of Bordeaux...
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Tanker driver siphoned off thousands of litres of wine – report
12 October 2017

A tanker driver was arrested last week after allegedly siphoning off several thousand litres of wine into a basement on his parents' property near Carcassonne, south west France.The driver siphoned off wine from the tanker to a basement. Into a basement...
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Update: California fires latest
12 October 2017

The latest on the wildfires devastating California, and how to offer help...Paradise Ridge Winery has been destroyed. The latest and how to help...
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Massive California Wine-Country Fires Worsen, Sending More Residents Fleeing (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Calistoga and Geyserville are evacuated as flames spread and dangerous winds are forecast; now at least 23 dead and seven wineries destroyed
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California Fires: Damage Updates from Wineries (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Winemakers and vintners report on the status of wineries, vineyards and homes, while the wildfires continue to burn
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A Slow Recovery for Puerto Rico Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Still struggling with Hurricane Maria's aftermath, the island's hospitality professionals are helping their communities get back on their feet
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California Fires: How You Can Help (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Relief efforts are being organized to help Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino residents who have lost homes and businesses
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Wine Auction Sales Continue to Climb in 2017 (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2017

Total sales increased worldwide in the third quarter as auctioneers focused on single-owner collections and provenance
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Rosebank distillery to reopen
12 October 2017

With news earlier this week that Diageo is reopening Scotch whisky distilleries Brora and Port Ellen, Ian Macleod Distillers has announced it intends to reopen Rosebank as well.
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The world’s biggest deliberate wine destructions
12 October 2017

From pouring Lafite down the loo to draining vats of Brunello, we round up some of the most destructive acts to be deliberately inflicted on the world of wine.
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Mad Hatter Brewing founder to launch ‘apothecary’ brewpub
12 October 2017

Gareth Matthews, founder of Mad Hatter Brewing, has launched a new venture called Gibberish which will allow him to brew in small batches and "spend silly amounts of money on nice ingredients."
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What is the difference between ripasso and appassimento? – ask Decanter
12 October 2017

Confused by the terms ripasso and appassimento...?Appassimento grapes at Agricola Masi Not sure what the difference is...?
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ProWine China 2017 to kick-start in Shanghai next month
12 October 2017

ProWine China 2017 is returning to Shanghai for the fifth year from 14-16 November, with 700 wines and spirits exhibitors from 33 countries including debut appearance from Armenia.
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Amazon to open pop-up bar in Japan
11 October 2017

Amazon is opening a pop-up bar in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district for 10 days, serving wine, whisky, beer and sake with an automated ordering system that will suggest drinks based on a customer's preferences.
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Celebrity bartender Ran Duan to head KOR, Taipei
11 October 2017

Well-known Chinese American bartender, Ran Duan, has been appointed as the executive head bartender for KOR, Taipei after running several successful bars in the US including the famed The Baldwin Bar.
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Lidl launches ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco
11 October 2017

German discount retailer Lidl has launched what it claims to be a ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco in the run up to Christmas.
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Bonarda mystery in Chile
11 October 2017

A small vinous mystery has emerged in Chile where a renowned ampelographer has examined an old Bonarda vine growing wild in Patagonia.
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Police arrest drunk time traveller from 2048
11 October 2017

Police officers in Casper, Wyoming, have arrested a drunk man claiming to have time travelled from the year 2048 to warn of an impending alien invasion. 
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Porto Cruz unveils heritage Ports for anniversary
11 October 2017

To celebrate its 130th anniversary, Port house Gran Cruz has released an old tawny Port as a travel retail exclusive and a very old tawny made with wines from the 19th century.
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Fires Still Raging Through Wine Country
11 October 2017

The scale of the devastation is becoming clear as the fires enter their third day.
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South America’s extreme vineyards
11 October 2017

The intoxicating landscape of South America is diverse and extreme, says Alistair Cooper in this months magazine. Find out some of the most extreme vineyard sites...South America's extreme vineyard sites. From the highest to the hottest...
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Great Wine Capitals: Winners of the Best Of Wine Tourism-Awards 2018 for Mainz & Rhinehessen
11 October 2017

Promotional featureFor the tenth time now the “top seven”, the winners of the seven best wine tourism offers in Mainz and Rhinehessen were awarded the coveted “Best Of Wine Tourism-Award 2018” of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Meyerhof Winery, Flonheim. See the winners...
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Royal Tokaji launches library wines from ‘first decade’
11 October 2017

Royal Tokaji has released an extremely limited amount of Aszú library wines from the first decade following the company’s founding in 1990.
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Three Choirs rebrands as English wine soars
11 October 2017

English winery Three Choirs has undergone a rebrand and relabelled its entire range for the first time in 10 years to capture the spirit of the English countryside around its vineyards.
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Interest in ‘local beers and craft drinks’ boosts sales at Marston’s pubs
11 October 2017

In a year-end trading update released today, UK brewery and pub operator Marston's has said that "greater consumer interest in local beers and craft drinks" contributed to a 1.6% rise in like-for-like sales at its taverns.
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‘Pesticide free’ Champagne cuvée launched
10 October 2017

Champagne Henri Giraud has said it will be adding a new ‘pesticide free’ cuvée next year in response to growing health concerns.
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LVMH sees double digit growth across the board, except for wines and spirits
10 October 2017

Luxury goods company LVMH saw organic revenues grow 12% in the first nine months of 2017, however its wine and spirits division was the only part of its business to not achieve double digit growth.
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Cork adds £5 to the value of wine
10 October 2017

How much does a cork stopper add to the value of wine sold in the UK restaurant sector? Exactly £5.38, according to research released by APCOR yesterday.
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Bicknell: Terroir is used as a marketing tool
10 October 2017

The concept of terroir is often over-stated as a way to sell wines in Burgundy and house style kept quiet according to Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell.
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Ten dead and wineries destroyed as wildfires ravage California wine country
10 October 2017

Wild fires raged through the wine country of Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Mendocino County on Monday morning, killing 10 people and destroying an estimated 1,500 homes and businesses, including several wineries.
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Seely: Petit Verdot capable of sensational things in the Douro
10 October 2017

Having spent the last 25 years reviving historic Port house Quinta do Noval, Christian Seely is turning his attention toward Douro red wines, flagging Petit Verdot as one of the "most thrilling" international varieties to have emerged.
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Gosset unveils blanc de blancs in clear bottle
10 October 2017

Champagne Gosset has relaunched its blanc de blancs in a clear glass bottle – a homage to Suzanne Gosset who “pioneered” their use in the region – and introduced a new blanc de noirs cuvée.
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Wild fires hit California Wine Country
10 October 2017

Multiple flames engulf Napa, Sonoma and other parts of Northern California...Wildfires in California. Wild fires, where 11 people have been killed so far, hit California Wine Country Multiple producers have said that the
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Sparkling wine sales grow 76% in the UK
10 October 2017

The amount of sparkling wine on sale in the UK has grown nine percent in a year, after years of continuous growth, according to new figures.Consumption continues to grow in the UK. High demand for sparkling wines continue...
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8 & $20: Autumn Pork Chops with Red Rioja (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

Juicy, golden-brown chops get a flavorful kick from apple cider, nutmeg and cranberry sauce, matched with a Spanish Tempranillo
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Fire Devastates Napa and Sonoma
10 October 2017

Wildfires have ripped through wine country, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
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Massive Wildfires Devastate Parts of Napa and Sonoma County, Burning Wineries and Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

Gusting winds spread multiple blazes in a matter of hours, triggering mass evacuations and destroying Signorello Estate and Paradise Ridge wineries, as well as businesses and homes
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Updated: Top 10 wine hotels in South America
10 October 2017

Get your South America trip off to a flyer at one of these sumptuous wine hotels, now with updates including the the hotel with biggest wine cellar in Brazil and a boutique Relais & Chateaux hideaway in Uruguay...'Each and every nook of the property is Instagram gold...' Image Credit: narbona.com.uy Explore South America's wine regions in style...
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What's in the Wine Cellar at Eleven Madison Park 2.0? (Wine Spectator)
10 October 2017

The Grand Award winner and New York institution reopens after a summer renovation, breathing fresh air into the wine program
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MMI pounces on South African market opportunity
10 October 2017

Dubai-based drinks retailer, Maritime & Mercantile International (MMI) has acquired a South African distributor and the right to distribute Asahi’s portfolio in the country as it seeks to capitalise on the market's "size and opportunity".
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Napa Valley Wine Train involved in crash with stretch limo
10 October 2017

The historic Napa Valley Wine Train was derailed after it crashed into a stretch limousine near St. Helena on Sunday (8 October) afternoon.
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Champagne to launch a ‘zero pesticide’ wine
10 October 2017

Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles - the first to do so in Champagne. The new 'no pesticide residue' label Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles - the first to do so in Champagne. The...
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Tycoon’s Petrus collection ‘at risk’ as AC fails
10 October 2017

A fine wine collection worth £16 million belonging to British tycoon James Stunt is reportedly “at risk” after the temperature controls failed at his Los Angeles mansion during a heat wave.
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Pop-up restaurant run by nuns to open in London
09 October 2017

We’ve had a cereal café and a Breaking Bad cocktail bar in a trailer, and now London is to be treated to a pop-up soup restaurant run by nuns called Nundos.
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Pickering’s Gin hopes bumper bauble crop will help to quadruple turnover
09 October 2017

Pickering's Gin, based in Edinburgh, has unveiled ambitious commercial plans to quadruple its turnover to £4 million as it announces the production of one million gin-filled festive baubles for Christmas. 
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Sparkling wine sales in the UK up 76%
09 October 2017

Sales of sparkling wine are booming in the UK, with volume sales of alternatives to Champagne having shot up by 76% over the last five years.
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Strange tales: wine drinking elephants, part two
09 October 2017

Throughout history man has used elephants' taste for alcohol to harness them for work and war, from the jungles of India and Thailand to the plains of Israel and Africa and the snow-capped Alps.
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Diageo to revive ‘lost’ distilleries with £35m investment
09 October 2017

Diageo is to revive ‘lost’ distilleries Port Ellen and Brora with a £35 million investment.
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Freixenet and Codorníu prepare for possible Catalan independence
09 October 2017

The possibility of the Catalan government declaring independence from Spain, possibly as early as tomorrow, is causing corporate panic among companies based in Spain's most prosperous region.
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Wine List Confidential: Clipstone
09 October 2017

Clipstone is a welcome addition to Fitzrovia with a succinct list which manages to say a lot with little, finds Wine List Confidential.
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Jefford on Monday: Languedoc’s cool kid
09 October 2017

Andrew Jefford bikes up the road to Pic St Loup. Bergerie du Capucin-vineyards in Pic St Loup. The Pic St Loup itself is in the distance on left and the cliff of Hortus on the right. Andrew Jefford explores Pic St Loup...
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Wine Legend: Henschke, Hill of Grace 1998
09 October 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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10 things to know about cooking with wine
07 October 2017

Fiona Beckett, Decanter's chief restaurant critic, shares her guide to cooking with wine from her latest recipe book, Wine lover's kitchen, out now...The 10 rules for cooking with wine. Everything you need to know...
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"Please Do Not Buy These Wines"
07 October 2017

A tasting of Hunter Valley Semillons has left W. Blake Gray in a terrible quandary.
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Craziest Story Working the Floor (Wine Spectator)
07 October 2017

From the front lines of fine wine, 9 sommeliers share their wildest war stories
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‘Vodka is not an anonymous ABV to stick in a cocktail’
07 October 2017

“Vodka is not an anonymous ABV to stick in a cocktail,” stated Belvedere’s Claire Smith-Warner at a launch in London last week.
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London dominates ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’
07 October 2017

The American Bar at The Savoy has been named the world’s number one bar at the World's 50 Best Bars Awards for the first time, with London claiming four of the top 10 spots. 
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Dessert wine quiz – Test your knowledge
07 October 2017

Sweet, luscious and too often overlooked; dessert wines are varied in style, colour and the ways they are made. Are you the person to ask "what should I drink with my dessert?" or are you a dry wine lover only. Let's find out...Château Guiraud Sauternes. Sweet, luscious and too often overlooked; dessert wines are varied in style, colour and the ways they are made. Are you the person to ask "...
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The week in pictures
07 October 2017

From a show-stopping Barca Velha vertical and a new winery helter-skelter, to London's annual Whisky Show – it has been a jam-packed week in the drinks industry.
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Fine wine prices outstrip diamonds, fine art and classic cars – research
07 October 2017

Fine wine price growth ‘powers ahead’ of luxury sectors like classic cars, jewellery and fine art, according to Knight Frank’s newly published Luxury Investment Index 2017.Fine wine tops the luxury price growth leaderboard... Credit knightfrank.co.uk Are fine wine prices growing faster than any other luxury sector?
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28-50 offers 2002 vintage Champagne for £15 a glass
07 October 2017

Wine-focused restaurant chain 28-50 is offering one of the greatest prestige cuvée Champagnes from the best vintage of the last decade for just £15 a glass.
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Trade invited to ‘surreal and slightly twisted’ wine event
06 October 2017

Wines of Argentina is bringing its Barullo consumer and trade event back to London following its debut last year, promising that it will be unlike any other wine tasting – "surreal and slightly twisted".
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Seillan: California 2017 vintage ‘in top 5 of past 20 years’
06 October 2017

This year’s vintage in California will rate as one of the greatest of the past 20 years, according to Vérité winemaker Pierre Seillan.
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Battle for domination: Opus One vs Dominus
06 October 2017

In the passive ‘battle’ in the secondary market for price appreciation and collector recognition between California heavyweights Opus One and Dominus who has the upper hand?
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Parakeets wreak havoc at London vineyard
06 October 2017

A flock of tropical parakeets has added insult to injury for London's "only commercial-scale" vineyard, denting a harvest already severely impacted by this year's April frosts.
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PM & Vänner promotes DWWA 2017 winners in November and December
06 October 2017

PM & Vänner is located in a privileged location between Copenhagen and Stockholm, holding one of the largest wine cellars
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Constellation Brands reports strong Q2 beer sales
06 October 2017

Constellation Brands has reported a 12.8% rise in net beer sales and a 11.7% increase in shipment volume in the three months ending 31 August, compared to the same period last year. 
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Burgundy ‘triumphs’ at Bonhams
06 October 2017

A collection of fine Burgundy from a German cellar led the way at Bonhams latest London sale, making over £100,000.
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Chivas’ £40m bottling plant expansion gets green light
06 October 2017

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky arm of Pernod Richard, has been granted planning permission to expand its bottling facilities at its Kilmalid site in Dumbarton, which will see it invest £40m in creating a new, state-of-the-art facility in Scotland.
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Champagne Deutz reveals single vineyard project
06 October 2017

Champagne Deutz has unveiled a new single vineyard, single variety concept with the launch of its Hommage à William Deutz range, made exclusively from Pinot Noir sourced from two individual parcels in Aÿ.
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Unfiltered: Adorable Booze-Loving Koala Thinks It's (Australian) People (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

We got the story behind the video of "Drinky Bill," breakout marsupial Chardonnay critic. Plus, an NPR wine club for listeners who could use a drink, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James toast to wine and gold, and cork artist Edgar Degas
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Donald Carano, Founder of Sonoma’s Ferrari-Carano, Dies at 85 (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

Casino owner and hotelier built a temple to wine in Sonoma and helped elevate the region’s Chardonnay and hospitality
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Only in New York: 4 Original Foodie Havens (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2017

In an ever-changing city, these Big Apple classics have endured through times and trends, to the delight of locals and tourists alike
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Peter Gago: ‘Struck match is on the way out’
06 October 2017

The ‘struck match’ character prevalent in top-end Chardonnay from Australia is ‘on the way out’, according to Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago.
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What are lees in wine? – Ask Decanter
06 October 2017

Confused when a tasting note or description refers to ‘lees’? And what sort of flavours do they produce? Our experts explain….A bottle of Muscadet labelled 'sur lie' (on the lees). What it means and how it tastes...
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Conservative MPs to release own-brand British gin
06 October 2017

The UK Conservative party's 1922 Committee has revealed that it plans to release its own gin called '1922 Gin' as part of its support of the British gin industry. 
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Asahi raises beer prices for first time in 10 years
06 October 2017

Asahi will increase the price of its bottled beers and kegs for the first time in 10 years in 2018, citing a rise in distribution costs and new regulations as the reason for the price hike.
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Wine List Confidential: Tate Modern
06 October 2017

The Tate Modern has a razor sharp list led by Hamish Anderson best enjoyed from a front window table facing St Paul's across the water, finds the Wine List Confidential experts.
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Fine wine investment: post-Brexit price movement analysis
06 October 2017

In his analysis of post-Brexit price movement, Philip Staveley of Amphora Portfolio Management finds that there was no premium in terms of price-rise accorded to older (pre 1996), and therefore scarcer wines.
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Australia’s women in wine to watch
05 October 2017

In the second instalment of our Australian women in wine feature, we flag up the winemakers branching out with their own labels and the rising stars to watch.
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EU: wine harvest set for 36-year low
05 October 2017

Extreme weather, including heavy hailstorms, hard frosts and drought, has pushed the EU wine grape harvest to an historical low in 2017, the EU department for Agriculture and Rural Development has revealed.
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Hangover free cocktails could be on their way
05 October 2017

London-based drugs scientist David Nutt is developing a formula for synthetic alcohol that will deliver all the liberating effects of alcohol without the hangover.
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Judge upholds $2.6m fine against US wholesaler
05 October 2017

A Massachusetts judge has upheld a decision to impose a $2.6 million fine against US wholesaler Craft Beer Guild after it was found to have made "pay to play" payments to distributors.
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Campari sells Lemonsoda business for €80m
05 October 2017

Gruppo Campari has sold its fruit-flavoured carbonated drinks brand Freedea and Crodo to the Danish based beverage company Royal Unibrew A/S for €80 million.
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Anson: WW2 grenades found near St-Emilion vineyards
05 October 2017

A stash of hand grenades from World War Two has been discovered near to St-Emilion vineyards and one of the first people to find out was Jane Anson, who was duly prompted to explore how Bordeaux's Right Bank fared as a dividing line between the German Occupation and the Resistance in Vichy France. Unused grenades from World War Two, discovered near to St-Emilion vineyards. Jane Anson explores G...
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Heath: I don’t want to make cookie-cutter Sauvignon
05 October 2017

While a certain continuity of style is important for such a commercially successful brand as Cloudy Bay, its senior winemaker, Tim Heath, says he has no interest in making “cookie cutter Sauvignon”.
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Off-Piste rolls Most Wanted brand into cans
05 October 2017

Drinks supplier Off-Piste Wines is launching a canned version of its Most Wanted wine range to appeal to millenials and create interest on shelf.
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Mallya rearrested in London on money laundering charges
05 October 2017

Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, has been rearrested in London on money laundering charges.
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Great value South African wines
05 October 2017

Decanter's tasting team has selected seven wines, the majority below £20, which represent the forward-looking philosophy of South African winemakers today... Most of these forward-looking wines cost less than £20...
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Chinese official dies after binge drinking in Yunnan
05 October 2017

20 officials in China’s southwestern Yunnan province have been punished after participating in binge drinking at a government reception that has led to one death.
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Low-end Chinese wines still dominate domestic wine market
05 October 2017

A joint report by China Alcoholic Drinks Association and research company EXACT Data showed that the majority of Chinese wines consumed in the country are low-end, posing a challenge for Chinese producers who are trying to alter the image domestic wine. 
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
04 October 2017

From a casual cameo of Jing A Brewing Co's panda mascot at this year's Beertopia to a workshop by Desmond Payne, Master Distiller of Beefeater Gin, we rounded up all the pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade.
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Vodka: A tale of terroir
04 October 2017

The damaged reputation of vodka has been restored at a dramatic pace. Having been derided as tasteless and boring in the wake of plummeting sales, there’s now a sense of optimism coming from both the craft and corporate spheres. By James Lawrence
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Tesco: turnaround “on track”
04 October 2017

Tesco, the UK’s biggest food and drink retailer, has boasted its turnaround is on track as it saw group sales rise 3.3% in the first half of the year.
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London bartender named worldwide Martini-making victor
04 October 2017

Will Meredith of London’s Dandelyan bar in London has beaten 39 mixologists from around the world to win the global final of 2017’s Elit Art of Martini Competition.
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Brewery creates beer for menopausal women
04 October 2017

The Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire has developed a beer called Libeeration which contains ingredients, such as lemon balm and chamomile, that are believed to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause.
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Craft Tax Gives Fat Cats the Cream
04 October 2017

A bill supposedly aiding artisan wine producers will do more for the major players, W. Blake Gray argues.
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Mooncakes and wine pairing for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017
04 October 2017

If you're celebrating 'moon festival' this year anywhere in the world, then these are the wines to try with your traditional mooncakes, according to expert judges from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017. Additional reporting by Nellie Ming Lee and Sarah Wong in Hong Kong Will it be the mooncake with salted egg yolk (left), red lotus seed paste (top centre) or five nuts (centre)? How to celebrate M...
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US re-kindles Canada wine dispute at WTO
04 October 2017

US officials have re-started a dispute with Canada over what they see as unfair treatment of foreign wines in the country.US and Canada head for WTO dispute talks. Officials allege unfair treatment of US wine...
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Can You Handle the Wine Truth? (Wine Spectator)
04 October 2017

Caring about the fine points—not the score points—makes us look crazy. But we're not
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Lafite to release its first Chinese wine in 2018
04 October 2017

Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR) is reportedly planning its first inaugural Chinese wine release next year, a joint project between the French company and China's conglomerate CITIC group in the country's eastern Shandong province.
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Champagne Ruinart continues to support contemporary art in London
04 October 2017

Champagne house Ruinart is continuing its association with contemporary art in London through a sponsorship of Frieze and a ‘Ruinart hub’ at The Rosewood hotel.
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Cask Marque: cask most resilient beer sector
04 October 2017

Over the last six years in what has been described as a "challenging on-trade market", cask beer has proved the most resilient beer sector, with both keg and lager sales declining to a greater extent, Cask Marque has found in its latest Cask Report. 
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Seillan: Sonoma has more fine wine potential than anywhere else
04 October 2017

Sonoma County offers more potential for fine wine creation than any other region in the world, according Frenchman and Vérité winemaker, Pierre Seillan.
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Gordon & MacPhail release wartime whisky in HK
04 October 2017

Scotch whisky producer Gordon & MacPhail has bottled and released a 1943 Glenlivet, a whisky that has matured in a first-fill Sherry hogshead since the Second World War, in Hong Kong.
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10 quirky London Cocktail Week drinks
04 October 2017

London Cocktail Week is upon us. To celebrate, we've rounded up ten of the quirkiest cocktails created especially for the event by some of the capital's top mixologists.
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ASC Fine Wines consolidates regional restructure
04 October 2017

ASC Fine Wines, a leading wine importer in China, has announced its plan to consolidate its regional structure into three major branches, in an effort to further strengthen its competitive advantage.
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New record price for red at CWG auction
04 October 2017

The 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild auction came close to setting a new record again this year for its total price but did manage to set a new price for a single case of red wine sold.
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BBR bolsters Italian team
04 October 2017

Berry Bros and Rudd has bolstered its buying team with the appointment of Direct Wines’ Davy Zyw to head up its Italian wine buying. 
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Top 10 gassiest beers revealed
03 October 2017

A study of 31 popular and readily available beer brands in the UK has revealed which are most likely to leave you feeling particularly gassy.
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The latest additions to UK Michelin Guide in 2018
03 October 2017

The UK Michelin Guide 2018 has been released, with London sushi restaurant The Araki awarded a third star. Aquavit restaurant, London. The latest star additions...
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Interstate Wine Sales Threatened by Shippers
03 October 2017

There's more trouble brewing in the interstate wine business, W. Blake Gray reports.
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Which styles are best in a white wine sauce? – ask Decanter
03 October 2017

What wine is best for creating a white wine sauce? And is there much of a difference between styles? We speak to the experts...What is best to use in your cooking? Which wine is best to use?..
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The City Wine Show in pictures
03 October 2017

Take a look at the pictorial round-up of the inaugural City Wine Show, held on 22 and 23 September at the Stationers' Hall in central London.
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Kingsland to distribute Ventisquero in UK
03 October 2017

Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero has appointed Kingsland Drinks to be its distributor in the UK for both the on- and off-trades.
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Nomacorc changes name to ‘Vinventions’
03 October 2017

Synthetic cork producer Nomacorc has changed its name to Vinventions, along with South African cork producer Juvenal and German cork maker Ohlinger, which all now fall under the Vinventions umbrella.
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Madhavan takes over top spot at Bacardi
03 October 2017

Bacardi’s Mahesh Madhavan has taken over from outgoing CEO Michael Dolan, and appointed two senior members of the team, including a new chief marketing officer.
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Symingtons to release ‘vintage’ tawnies
03 October 2017

Symington Family Estates is to release a range of single harvest tawny Ports from ‘classic’ vintage years to show enthusiasts how their vintage wines taste after cask rather than bottle ageing.
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Cask Marque: pubs should charge more for cask
02 October 2017

Cask beer drinkers in the UK spend 30% more than the average pub-goer, this year's Cask Report has found, prompting its publishers, Cask Marque, to highlight the potential of price rises in line with those of keg beer.
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Nisa CEO steps down
02 October 2017

Wholesaler and drinks supplier Nisa Retail Limited has confirmed its CEO is stepping down as the company continues on-going acquisition negotiations with convenience retailer The Coop, in a reported £140 million deal.
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Schaafsma reveals three-pronged plan for Broadland
02 October 2017

db exclusive: Former Accolade CEO Paul Schaafsma has revealed his three-pronged development plan for UK importer and bottler Broadland Wineries.
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Hallgarten introduces online ordering for trade
02 October 2017

UK importer Hallgarten Druitt and Novum Wines has introduced a new, straightforward online ordering tool for its on-trade customers, just in time for the run up to Christmas.
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M&S boosts ‘lesser-known’ Californian and fine wines
02 October 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has upped its range of Californian wines with wines from lesser-known region as well as boosting its "diverse" range of fine wines.  
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Jefford on Monday: Slovenia’s dream white
02 October 2017

Andrew Jefford reports from the first International Rebula Masterclass.Rebula grapes waiting to be harvested. Andrew Jefford tastes Rebula...
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Kauzo Estates: 1853 Old Vine Estate Selected Parcel 2014
02 October 2017

Promotional featureThe 1853 Old Vine Estate Selected Parcel was born as a tribute to the Malbec variety, the most iconic grape in Argentina, planted for the first time in 1853 in our country. The original Malbec grapes were brought to Argentina before all the French Malbec vines were lost to the phylloxera epidemic in 1863. Discover Kauzo Estates...
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Ten centuries of Life, Death and Rebirth
02 October 2017

Promotional featureCome to Catena Zapata Hedonism Vault. September to November 2017 – The Four Ladies of Malbec.... Malbec Argentino: Ten centuries of Life, Death and Rebirth Promotional feature A Brief of History of Bodega Catena Zapata  
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Wine Legend: Domaine Huet, Le Haut Lieu 1947
02 October 2017

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend?
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South American wine trends: From the sommeliers
01 October 2017

What’s the next big trend in South American wine? Amanda Barnes talks to seven of the region’s leading sommeliers to find out...The latest trends, from the sommeliers. What’s the next big trend in South American wine?
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Napa Valley Travel: The Complete Luxury Guide (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

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Napa Travel Guide: Road Tripping in the Valley (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

From Carneros to Calistoga, soak in the beauty of California's prime wine country
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Napa Travel Guide: Where to Stay—Elegant Retreats (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

Leading resorts offer lavish amenities
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Napa Travel Guide: Oxbow Public Market (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

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Napa Travel Guide: Wineries—Tastings to Remember (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

Eighteen of the best venues for exciting visits and flavorful wines
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Napa Travel Guide: Top Table—The French Laundry (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

For 40 years, the Yountville restaurant has led the way in Napa Valley
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Frost Scars the 2017 Bordeaux Harvest
30 September 2017

The weather giveth and the weather taketh away in Bordeaux, Margaret Rand reports.
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Restaurant Talk: A Grand Journey (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

One couple's quest to dine at every Wine Spectator Grand Award winner
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China’s wine imports up from January to August
30 September 2017

China’s wine imports continued an upward trend seen in previous months, showing increases in both volume and value in the first eight months of the year, the latest figures from China Association of Imports and Export of Wine & Spirits have shown.
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How Does Wine Affect Your Waistline? (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

As America grapples with an obesity epidemic, wine lovers wonder if their favorite drink can be part of their diet
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Lafite tops new liquidity ranking
30 September 2017

Liv-ex has launched the first of quarterly liquidity rankings with Lafite 2014 topping the list at the end of Q3.
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Top new products: October
30 September 2017

This month saw the inaugural malt whisky release from the Cotswold Distillery and a £1,000 a bottle Japanese gin aged in rare Mizunara oak.
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Enotria & Coe gets major cash injection to deal with ‘post-Brexit world’
30 September 2017

Enotria & Coe has received a major investment from its largest shareholder, BlueGem LP, to ready the drinks supplier for a ‘post-Brexit world’, db can exclusively reveal.
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New Drinkaware campaign to counter harassment
30 September 2017

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is launching a new campaign aimed at countering drunken sexual harassment as over 70% of young people responded to a study saying it was something they were used to seeing on a night out.
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The week in pictures
30 September 2017

From the California Wine Fair in the grounds of Westminster Abbey to the launch of Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage 2009 hosted by chef Jason Atherton, it has been a busy week for drinks.
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Gaia Gaja: I want to play by the rules
30 September 2017

Rather than mirroring her father’s trailblazing free spirit, Gaia Gaja has insisted that she wants to “play by the rules” of the appellation system in Piedmont.
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Gaja: Italy’s future lies in white wines
30 September 2017

Gaia Gaja, manager of one of Italy’s most prestigious red wine estates, believes the future of Italian wines lies in its white varieties.
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Bridge: ‘Cellar door sales are a thing of the past’
29 September 2017

Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, has argued that wine tourism – at least in Porto – needs to focus less on cellar door wine sales and more on creating “good old-fashioned ambassadors.”
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Thieves uproot 500 vines and steal grapes in Bordeaux
29 September 2017

Around seven tonnes of grapes have been stolen from vineyards in Bordeaux mid-harvest, a double blow for producers already suffering one of the lowest yielding harvests in the country's history.
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Plans for Scotland’s first ‘vertical’ distillery submitted
29 September 2017

Plans for Scotland's first 'vertical distillery', that will also use water from the Port of Leith harbour in the cooling process, have been submitted to Edinburgh Council. 
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Rising price of beer making pubs an ‘unaffordable luxury’
29 September 2017

Only  15% of UK beer drinkers now think that the price of a pint in the UK is either very or fairly affordable, with the rising price of beer putting the British pub-going tradition at risk of dying out and becoming an "unaffordable luxury", says CAMRA. 
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V8+ Prosecco gets a revamp
29 September 2017

Genagricola's V8+ Prosecco has unveiled its new label and bottle design in a move which the company says is "just the beginning of the innovation" currently being planned at Genagricola. 
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Chenin Blanc quiz – Test your knowledge
29 September 2017

How much do you know about this versatile grape that has made a name for itself in the Loire and South Africa, in particular? Let's find out...Old Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa. Test your skills...
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Wine cocktails to try – London Cocktail Week
29 September 2017

It's not for everyone, but wine has its place in the cocktail culture that has grown up in major cities over the past few years. Here's some recipes from the organisers of upcoming London Cocktail Week and extra tips from 28-50's Clement Robert MS.Scapigliato Wine cocktails are continuing to grow in popularity...
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Large Beaujolais estate sold after three centuries in same family
29 September 2017

Château de la Chaize, one of the largest wine estates in Beaujolais, is changing hands after three-and-a-half centuries of being owned by the same family.The Versaille of Beaujolais: Château de la Chaize. Château de la Chaize sold in Beaujolais...
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What’s changing in Argentinian Malbec winemaking
29 September 2017

In partnership with Wines of Argentina Tim Atkin MW on the shift towards more elegant winemaking...What's new in the cellars? It’s easy to forget that someone has to turn grapes into wine...
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Amazon Dealt a Distribution Blow
29 September 2017

A move into alcohol delivery might not be as easy as the internet behemoth thought.
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Unfiltered: Presidents Cup Fills with Winemakers; Cristie Kerr and Ernie Els Head to Tourney (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

Kerr stopped by Unfiltered H.Q. to chat beforehand. Plus, Underwood Wine and "Wild Feminists" team up for Planned Parenthood, and a string of harvest heists hits Bordeaux
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Restaurant Spotlight: Jory (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

A resort restaurant draws inspiration from the surrounding wine region
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Turning Tables: Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis Goes Fast-Casual in Vegas; Grand Award RN74 San Francisco Closes (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2017

Get a sneak peek at Giada's new wine-barrel program. Plus, we check in with Mexico City restaurants after the quake, and RN74 Seattle announces a new executive chef
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Popping cork sound ‘makes wine taste better’ – experiment
29 September 2017

People who drink wine after hearing the sound of a cork popping are likely to think it tastes better, suggests a small study conducted by an Oxford University professor. A satisfying sound: pulling the cork on a bottle of wine... Sound sets the mood for good wine, says professor...
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Top 10 new drinks books
29 September 2017

Our latest round-up of new drinks titles includes a food and wine journey through Georgia, a sparkling wine compendium, a paean to the Spritz, and a history of distillery cats.
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Top 10 US states for craft beer
29 September 2017

the drinks business rounds up the top 10 US states for craft beer in 2016 based their economic output, with data supplied by the industry group Brewers Association. 
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Boutique importers in HK unite to highlight diversity
28 September 2017

A group of boutique importers in Hong Kong have joined forces to launch the inaugural VINSurrection tasting event, aiming to shine a light on small and artisan producers.
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‘Drink for Good’ charity event returns to Hong Kong
28 September 2017

Hong Kong's bar hoppers now have a good cause to drink to, as the city's annual fundraising initiative 'Drink For Good' returns next month, promising to donate 5% of sales from every drink purchased at participating venues to help children with special needs.
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COFCO’s imported wine boss to head Great Wall
28 September 2017

China's state-owned conglomerate COFCO has announced a major personnel reshuffle, appointing Castle Li, general manager of its thriving importing arm division- COFCO Wine & Wine - as the new general manager for one of the country's biggest domestic wineries, Great Wall.
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‘Immaculate’ fine wines auctioned to benefit Brazilian charity
28 September 2017

A collection of ‘immaculately-stored’ fine wines being sold for the benefit of a children’s charity in Brazil is among the offerings at Sotheby’s next New York sale.
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Vinolok to launch new premium range of glass closures
28 September 2017

Glass closure specialist Vinolok has launched a new premium range of stoppers: Vinolok Premium, allowing for greater customisation and melding of materials.
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IMW adds Neustadt to seminar locations
28 September 2017

From next year, the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) will hold a one-week educational seminar in Germany as part of its Study Programme.
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American wine economy worth $220 billion
28 September 2017

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, has measured the national economic impact of the wine industry across 50 states and found that it will generate $219.9 billion in 2017. 
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Exton Park gets Scottish distributor
28 September 2017

Scottish merchant Inverarity Morton and English sparkling wine producer Exton Park have signed an agreement that will see the English fizz distributed in Scotland for the first time.
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Anson: Inside Lafite’s Chinese wine project – Exclusive
28 September 2017

The parent company of Château Lafite Rothschild opens up to Jane Anson about its 10-year vineyard project in China and reveals plans to release its first Chinese fine wine next year. A new dawn for DBR Lafite in China? A seascape from Penglai in Shandong province. DBR Lafite to release Chinese wine in 2018...
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Asian Eateries with Exceptional Wines (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

Skip the sake and enjoy the cellars at these Asian restaurants
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Why You Want to Pay More for Wine
28 September 2017

Price was the big topic when the US wine world's suits got together in Napa.
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St.-Emilion's Château Fonroque Sold as Bordeaux Continues to Attract Investors (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

The Guillard family purchased the biodynamic St.-Emilion estate from the Moueix and Curat families
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Travel: Three ‘Casonas’ in Chilean wine country
28 September 2017

Amanda Barnes picks three places to stay on Chilean wine estates...La Casona at Matetic. Explore Chile's wine country...
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How Much Is America’s Wine Industry Worth? (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2017

A new study quantifies the wine business' $220 billion contribution to the U.S. economy
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Masseto 2014 success hailed by Bordeaux traders
28 September 2017

Newly released Masseto 2014 has sold well in early trading and provided the Place de Bordeaux with an opportunity to assert its credentials.Masseto has enjoyed success on the fine wine market. Early signs suggest wine's success story will continue...
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Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
28 September 2017

Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork is a high-octane account of her year in the New York wine scene, from slaving as a cellar rat to training as a sommelier and partying in the city’s inner sanctums… Bianca Bosker's helter-skelter journey through wine...
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Fine wine investment: the top under-performers
28 September 2017

Amphora explores which wines have under-performed most since the referendum result – a period that has otherwise tended to benefit the overall market – and asks which wines still represent good value.
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Thailand tax increases hit imported wines
28 September 2017

Thailand has increased excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and cigarettes by an average of 2%, which the government has said will help it to generate an additional 12 billion baht (US$360 million) worth of tax revenue, with increases on imported wines the sharpest.
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Win two Spain & Portugal Fine Wine Encounter 2018 tickets!
28 September 2017

Find out how you could be in with a chance of winning tickets worth £110... Attending the 2017 Decanter Fine Wine Encounter? Take part in our social media competition to be in with a chance
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Chivas Regal enters multi-year partnership with NBA China
28 September 2017

Chivas Regal and NBA China have announced a multi-year marketing partnership which the Scotch whisky producer claims to be the largest partnership with a professional sports league in the history of the brand.
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Jamie Oliver to open third restaurant in Hong Kong
28 September 2017

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will open his third restaurant venture in Hong Kong, following openings of Jamie’s Italian in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui, promising to bring “fast, honest and responsibly sourced” food to the city.
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Australian women winemakers leaving due to ‘macho’ industry image
28 September 2017

Women in the Australian wine industry are leaving due to the ‘macho image’, the Wine Australia chairman Brian Walsh has reportedly told an Australian newsite.
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Uncorked: Zhang Huining of Château Rongzi
28 September 2017

Zhang Huining, chief winemaker of Château Rongzi in China's Shanxi province, reveals her biggest vice and why she is not a fan of the 100-point rating system.
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Wine under cork perceived as 15% better than screwcap
28 September 2017

Wines bottled under cork are perceived to be 15% better quality than those closed with a screwcap according to the results of a recent scientific experiment.
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Best Lidl wines to try: new French collection
28 September 2017

Lidl has unveiled its autumn 2017 range, the 'French Collection', which hits stores on Thursday 28th September... These are our favourite Lidl wines to try...
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Facebook trials selective blocking of alcohol ads
27 September 2017

Facebook is testing a tool that in the future could give users the power to hide advertisements relating to alcohol while using the social media network. 
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US craft beer contributes $68bn to the economy
27 September 2017

In a report released by industry group the Brewers Association, it was revealed that the US craft beer industry contributed $67.8 billion to the US economy, as well as more than 456,000 jobs, in 2016.  
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Sainsbury’s trials queue-less payment
27 September 2017

UK retailer Sainsbury’s is following in the footsteps of Amazon Go by trialling a queue-less payment system in its London Euston store.
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Château Fonroque sold to insurance group owner
27 September 2017

St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé estate Château Fonroque has been sold to the family behind a French insurance group, in the latest of several winery deals to be announced in Bordeaux this year. Château Fonroque is one of several Bordeaux wine estates to change hands in 2017. Deal sees St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé change hands...
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Biodynamic Argentina: Luna Austral is a force of nature
27 September 2017

Promotional featureFind out how Uco Valley’s Luna Austral is bringing biodynamic natural wine production up to date, with tips from award-winning winemaker Alvaro Espinoza… How to grow biodynamically...
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The World's Most Expensive Wines
27 September 2017

It's time to unveil this year's list of the priciest wines on the market.
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Charity Watch: Restaurant and Wine Industries Support Hurricane and Earthquake Victims (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2017

Hospitality and winery professionals are pitching in to help those in need in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond
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8 & $20 Recipe: Clams in Thai Green Curry Sauce (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2017

Spice up some steamed littlenecks and ease into the evening with an off-dry Riesling
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Gallery: Vineyard animals – Unlikely helpers
27 September 2017

As growing numbers of wineries around the world consider the merits of organic and biodynamic principles, many are deploying vineyard animals to help fight weeds and pests without the use of chemicals...Both Kunekune pigs and babydoll sheep are able to graze in the Yealands vineyards all year round, because these breeds are too small to reach the grapes! Previously, Yealands tried using giant guin...
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Penfolds: Producer profile
27 September 2017

Decanter's 1988 Man of the Year was none other than Max Schubert, mastermind behind Penfolds Grange... Decanter's 1988 Man of the Year was none other than Max Schubert, mastermind behind Penfolds Grange...
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Waitrose announces return of Drinks Festival
27 September 2017

Waitrose’s consumer Drinks Festival is set to return for a second year, the retailer has confirmed.
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Reading University unveils self-serve ‘beer wall’ in student union
27 September 2017

The University of Reading is one of the first to use a new self-service "beer wall", as it unveils a 16-tap device at its onsite student union.
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Penfolds Collection latest release preview
27 September 2017

Coming soon: Decanter's John Stimpfig tastes the newest wines, including Grange 2013, in advance of the annual release... Coming soon: Top wines from the latest Penfolds Collection...
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Champagne 2017: did harvesting start too late?
27 September 2017

Despite being one of the earliest start-dates on record, growers in Champagne may have begun harvesting too late, according to Olivier Krug.
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VJ Mallya to face new charges
27 September 2017

New charges are soon to be laid in India against VJ Mallya, the former head of United Spirits (USL), who fled to the UK in March 2016.
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ProWein Special Show set to feature craft
26 September 2017

ProWein "same but different" Special Show, set to take place in March next year, picks up on the "trending craft theme" featuring examples of craft spirits, beer and cider.
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Burgundy ‘relieved’ as harvest returns to normal
26 September 2017

Burgundy’s harvest is set to return to normal yields this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has confirmed, after seeing falling yields for a number of years.
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New device could reduce 9 million wasted pints in UK
26 September 2017

A Bristol-based inventor has created a device that can be attached to a beer tap to control frothing and reduce an estimated nine million pints of beer wasted in the UK each year. 
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Beaujolais’ largest estate sold for first time in 300 years
26 September 2017

One of Beaujolais’ largest wine estates has been sold, the first time it has changed hands in more than 300 years.
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Ballantine’s enters single malt Scotch category
26 September 2017

Scotch whisky maker Ballantine’s has launched a trio of 15-year-old Single Malts, marking its first foray into the single malt category, which saw exports surpass £1 billion for the first time last year, rising 12% in value during 2016.
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UK drinks trade charity launches mental health hotline
26 September 2017

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent has launched a "ground-breaking" counselling helpline for those working in the trade in need of legal, financial, practical or emotional support.
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Clos de Chacras: Bridging Mendoza’s past with the future
26 September 2017

Promotional featureReflective of its history and modern approach, Clos de Chacras’ wine estates respect the past and celebrate the future of Mendoza’s wine regions and new terroirs... Celebrating the past and future...
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Exclusive: Falesco's Cotarella Family Buys Le Macioche Brunello Estate (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2017

One of Italy's most successful winemaking families adds Brunello di Montalcino to its portfolio
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New Cru Bourgeois classification on-track for 2020
26 September 2017

Bordeaux's Cru Bourgeois classification is on-course to bring back a three-tier quality ranking in 2020, as officials say they are confident of avoiding a legal quagmire.Cru Bourgeois to get new classification. Return of the three-tier system...
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Christian Moueix Buys Bordeaux’s Clos La Madeleine and Château Magnan La Gaffelière, Expanding His Right Bank Winery Empire (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2017

The deal gives the La Fleur-Pétrus and Trotanoy owner another estate in a prime Right Bank location
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California’s Jordan Winery ‘re-writes’ Ed Sheeran song
26 September 2017

Jordan Winery in Sonoma County has rewritten the lyrics to pop song ‘Shape of You’ by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, to make it about Cabernet Sauvignon as grapes begin to roll in across California. Jordan Winery re wrote the lyrics to the song 'Shape of You'. 'Shape of Cab' released on Youtube...
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