Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Fine wine investment: Bordeaux rising
26 May 2017

Adherents of the diversification approach to wine investment will be heartened to learn that another fine wine index is about to break out into all-time high ground – the Bordeaux 500.
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Time to reassert Sauvignon Blanc’s fine wine credentials?
26 May 2017

Sauvignon Blanc might be the most popular grape variety in the UK but its potential as a fine wine and ‘noble’ credentials need to be reasserted suggests wine writer Jamie Goode.
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London Wine Fair 2017 in pictures
26 May 2017

db presents a pictorial round up of this year's London Wine Fair at Olympia including masterclasses, tastings and the McGuigan Wines' BBQ, with Masterchef presenter and chef, John Torode, manning the grill.
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‘Concentration and generosity’ define Margaret River Chardonnay
26 May 2017

Margaret River has grown to become the benchmark region for Chardonnay in Australia, with “concentration and generosity of fruit” defining its style.
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Australia’s Seppeltsfield opens $75m chateau in China
26 May 2017

The Barossa Valley's Seppeltsfield has opened the doors to its new wine chateau in China, the first to be part-owned by an Australian wine company, as part of a joint venture with the Minquan Jiuding Wine Company Ltd.
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Wine plays starring role in new Coppola film
26 May 2017

Wine plays a starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s wife Eleanor Coppola’s new film Paris Can Wait, with Coppola consulting with Maria Helm Sinskey on the food and wine pairings.
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DP launches 2009 vintage
26 May 2017

Dom Pérignon has announced the launch of its 2009 vintage, ahead of the 2008 due to the warmth and richness of the year. The first time it has broken the order of its releases.
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Heavy metal festival lays four-mile beer pipeline
26 May 2017

A rock festival in Germany has laid a four-mile pipeline beneath its site to deliver free-flowing beer to 75,000 thirsty metalheads in August.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
26 May 2017

From the New Zealand Food and Wine Connection 2017 event to Domaine Schlumberger's latest 2014 releases, we round up this week's drinks trade highlights in Hong Kong.
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South Korea invents hangover-cure ice cream
26 May 2017

Curing a hangover has never been so delicious and sweet, as a South Korean company says it has invented an ice cream bar that will nurse you back to your normal self after a night of heavy drinking.
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Surprise Platinum winners at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
26 May 2017

Find new wines and regions to explore with this round-up of some of the more surprising winners at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017, which saw record entries of more than 17,200 wines coming in from Chile to China... How many wines from these regions have you tried?...
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Port Powerhouse Looks Beyond Douro
26 May 2017

Symington Family Estates has turned its attentions south to the Alentejo region, Margaret Rand reports.
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Unfiltered: Eleanor Coppola Dishes on 'Paris Can Wait' Wine Inspiration (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Emmanuel Macron adds wine (adviser) to cabinet, French protesters protest, Pippa Middleton's wedding fizz, Coravin makes small-screen debut, and Warren Winiarski honors Mexican-American winemakers
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Turning Tables: Big-Shot Chefs Flock to New York's Hudson Yards' Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
26 May 2017

Thomas Keller, José Andrés, Ferran Adrià and more have signed on. Plus, Fleming's and North End Grill get new wine directors, and Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas is closing
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26 May 2017

Hospitality meets Midwestern charm at this Wisconsin restaurant
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Clonal selection not ideal for NZ Pinot Noir
26 May 2017

Instead of parachuting in a highly-rated Pinot Noir clone into a vineyard, winemakers in New Zealand should use mass selection more readily to discover the vines that are already performing best in their own soils, believes winemaker Larry McKenna of Escarpment.
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db brunches: Sexy Fish
26 May 2017

db heads to Sexy Fish in Mayfair for an Asian-inspired brunch, featuring the likes of 'sexy eggs' benedict with lobster, green tea waffles with blueberries and a Bloody Mary served in a giant copper fish.
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‘Ghost vines’ re-emerge in SA drought
26 May 2017

The worst drought in a century in the Western Cape has led to a large field of ‘ghost vines’ reappearing as the dam water that once covered them recedes.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 results revealed
25 May 2017

See which of the 17,200 entries scooped top prizes at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, including the coveted Platinum Best in Show medals.This year's DWWA saw a record of more more than 17,200 entries. Search the full results for DWWA 2017...
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Big opportunity for French wines in pubs, LGCF claims
25 May 2017

Les Grand Chais de France has launched a new range of its leading off-trade Calvet brand exclusively for the on-trade, after claiming there was a big opportunity to boost the level of French wines within the managed pub sector.
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Rioja vineyards ‘badly damaged’ by frost
25 May 2017

The severe late-spring frosts that swept through Europe last month wreaking havoc in its wine regions have damaged a broad swathe of vineyards in Rioja.
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DB awards 2017: profiling the winners
25 May 2017

Following yesterday’s listing of 2017’s Drinks Business Awards winners, today we bring you a full report, including a profile of all our recipients.
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Alto Piemonte ‘an incredible alternative to Burgundy’
25 May 2017

Nebbiolos from the little-known region of Alto Piemonte in the foothills of the Alps offer “an incredible alternative to Burgundy”, according to Italian wine expert David Berry Green.
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‘Exceptional cellar’ offered on iDealwine
25 May 2017

Online fine wine auctioneer iDealwine is offering an “exceptional cellar” full of classic Bordeaux and Burgundy on its platform this month.
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Cases stored in Vine ‘taller than Everest’
25 May 2017

Liv-ex’s warehouse, ‘Vine’, has reached a new milestone of 120,000 cases in storage – a pile of wine that is technically taller than Everest.
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White Port exports to the UK increase by 38%
25 May 2017

The category of white Port is a "sleeping giant" capable of helping to bring Port to a younger generation of consumers, believes Alex Down, brand manager at UK importer Fells, revealing that white Port exports to the UK grew by 38% in 2016.
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Anson: Who would be your perfect wine dinner guests?
25 May 2017

Jane Anson speaks to well-known winemakers about which wine legends of the past - and present - they would most like to share a bottle with over the dinner table. Château de Bagnols, Beaujolais. Jane Anson on who would be good company...
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The 10 Most Wanted Chardonnays
25 May 2017

Everybody loves Chardonnay, which might end up posing a problem for producers of the variety.
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Climate Challenges Take the Stage at Vinexpo Bordeaux (Wine Spectator)
25 May 2017

Wine Spectator panel will highlight wine industry leaders' strategies for success in face of changing conditions
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Innovate or be left behind, brand leader warns
24 May 2017

Wine brands need to innovate or risk being left behind as inflationary pressure bites, the managing director of Félix Solís UK has claimed.
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Constellation bid for Brown-Forman rejected
24 May 2017

Drinks giant Constellation Brands has made a takeover bid for Brown-Forman, owner of the hugely popular Jack Daniel’s brand, which has been rejected.
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Top rated rosé Champagne – Full panel tasting results
24 May 2017

Looking for a great bottle of rosé Champagne for the long summer evenings? Our experts rate 99 bottles in a recent panel tasting at Decanter HQ in London. See some of the top wines below and click on the links to find full tasting notes and stockist details for the UK and US. Our experts rate 99 bottles in the January 2017 issue of Decanter magazine...
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dbHK Eats: Hip Cellar
24 May 2017

Hip Cellar, a multi-purpose establishment inside an industrial building in Fortress Hill in Hong Kong, is on its way to become something well out of the ordinary.
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Bordeaux 2016: a Lynch with ambition
24 May 2017

“A classic Lynch Bages with ambition,” was released this morning and with a punchy price to match but could the estate even be selling itself short this time?
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Brits quaff a third of all Prosecco produced
24 May 2017

The insatiable thirst for Prosecco DOC in the UK is at an all-time high, with Brits now quaffing over a third of the entire annual production of the Italian sparkler.
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Brown Brothers previews new grape variety ‘Mystique’
24 May 2017

Brown Brothers is previewing tank samples of Mystique, a new variety developed by the The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, at this year’s London Wine Fair.
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DB awards 2017: the winners announced
24 May 2017

We bring you the winners of 2017’s Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday afternoon at a ceremony at the London Wine Fair.
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President Macron appoints wine lobbyist as adviser
24 May 2017

New French president Emmanuel Macron has appointed a leading wine lobbyist as one of his agriculture advisers. Audrey Bourolleau (centre), on the campaign trail with Macron's En Marche! party. Meet the president's new agriculture adviser...
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Foncalieu launches new range
24 May 2017

Les Vignobles Foncalieu has launched a new range of wines for the UK off-trade from the Côteaux d’Ensérune, focused on more ‘unusual’ grape varieties.
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‘Pope’ of Condrieu dies
24 May 2017

Georges Vernay, the man credited with saving Viognier from extinction, has died at the age of 92.
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Bordeaux 2016: Pavie, Angélus, Lynch-Bages lead rush of big releases
24 May 2017

It's been the biggest week so far of the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur campaign, with Left Bank stalwart Lynch-Bages joining Right Bank big guns Pavie and Angélus on merchant lists.The cellar room at Château Pavie. See the latest releases and reaction...
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Joseph Drouhin appoints new president for Dreyfus, Ashby & Co
24 May 2017

Maison Joseph Drouhin has promoted John A. Caruso as president of Dreyfus, Ashby & Co, a leading wine importer owned by the estate.
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Tom McDonald and the Other Judgment of Paris
24 May 2017

Stag's Leap wasn't the first wine to topple a First Growth at an international tasting.
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Exclusive: Ernie Els Wines Co-Owner Buys Historic South African Winery Stellenzicht (Wine Spectator)
24 May 2017

Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein purchases one of the largest wine estates in Stellenbosch
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America’s Cup travel: Best Bermuda bars and restaurants for wine lovers
24 May 2017

Heading to the perfect pink sands of Bermuda for the America's Cup? Here's a list of island jewels that are worth a look while you're in the area. With Cup Match just around the corner, we give you London wine buyer and Bermuda regular Maggie Macpherson's guide to the top restaurants and bars.Image Credit: fairmont.com These island jewels are well worth a visit...
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8 & $20: Pork Satay Skewer Recipe with Chickpea and Kale Salad and an Off-Dry German Riesling (Wine Spectator)
24 May 2017

Pork skewers with peanut sauce, for the broiler or the grill, paired with an off-dry German Riesling
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Which wines did Fleming’s James Bond drink?
24 May 2017

In tribute one of the best known James Bond actors, Sir Roger Moore, we have updated this post and look back on famous '007' tipples both on the big screen and in Ian Fleming's original novels. Clue: it wasn't just Bollinger and Dry Martinis. Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89 and was one of the best loved actors to play James Bond in the 007 films. In tribute one of the best known James Bond a...
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Chile ‘missing trick’ with its volcanic wines
23 May 2017

Chile is missing a trick to makes more of its volcanic terroir, a Chilean producer has argued.
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LWF 2017: Big Brexit debate
23 May 2017

Brexit was the big topic of the day as the London Wine Fair kicked off yesterday, with a panel of economic, legal and industry experts assessing the implications of the impending divorce with Europe.
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World Whisky Day founder sets new record
23 May 2017

World Whisky Day founder, Blair Bowman, visited a record number of whisky distilleries in one day, collecting bottles for a raffle in aid of water charity, Just a Drop.
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Bordeaux 2016: the Saint Emilion double act
23 May 2017

The on-going en primeur double act that is Angélus and Pavie went on this morning with the tandem release of both wines, in lockstep on price as usual too.
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Sotheby’s NYC sale storms to US$5m
23 May 2017

The third and final instalment of the Don Stott fine wine sale in New York this week made over US$5 million and set new records for Rouuseau, Roumier and Ravenau at auction.
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Sam Caporn MW launches wine infographic
23 May 2017

Master of Wine and Bollinger Medal winner Sam Caporn has relaunched her website to showcase her new infographic, The Wine Flavour Tree.
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Why is everyone against Prosecco?
23 May 2017

Andrea D'Ercole, blogger and founder of Italyabroad.com, questions the hostility towards the popular Italian sparkler.
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Former Conrad sommelier joins Grand Hyatt
23 May 2017

Julien Peros, the former sommelier at Conrad, has recently joined Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong as its hotel sommelier, taking over from Yves Nizan who left Hyatt to join Watson’s Wines.
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Top three HK restaurants with the highest corkage
23 May 2017

dbHK rounds up the three restaurants in Hong Kong with the highest corkage fees with prices peaking at HK$750 a bottle.
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Viognier saviour Georges Vernay dies in the Rhône
23 May 2017

Georges Vernay, one of the men who saved Condrieu in the Northern Rhône and put Viognier on the world wine map in the process, has passed away at the age of 92.Christine and Georges Vernay in Condrieu. The man who rescued Viognier and an appellation...
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Argentina: Fresh perspectives
23 May 2017

Rich, ripe and inky black with structure and power – that’s how most would describe a typical Argentine Malbec – and they would be right. But another side to Argentina’s winemaking story is emerging.
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10 Most Wanted Pinot Noirs
23 May 2017

We continue our series of most popular wines with a look at non-Burgundy Pinot Noir.
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L. Pierce Carson, Eyes of Napa Valley, Dies at 76 (Wine Spectator)
23 May 2017

His 50-year career at a Napa newspaper helped chronicle the wine industry's rise
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Memorial Day Grilling Recipe: Watermelon-Glazed Ribs with Chardonnay Wine Pairing (Wine Spectator)
23 May 2017

Philadelphia's chef Daniel Stern mixes two summer classics on the grill, plus, 14 recommended California Chardonnay values
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Bordeaux 2016: first tranche of Lafite not the deepest
23 May 2017

The en primeur week has got off to a flying start with Château Lafite Rothschild joining the early morning releases of Beychevelle and Langoa Barton.
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Health-conscious Britain: an opportunity or threat for the drinks industry?
22 May 2017

Fiona Healey, senior PR manager at launch activation agency Five by Five, looks at what the drinks industry can do to capitalise on an increasingly health-conscious Britain.
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Off-Piste Wines to launch canned sparkling Pinot Grigio
22 May 2017

Off-Piste Wines is set to launch PinotPinot, a sparkling Pinot Grigio in a can that contains wine blended and sourced by Clem Yates MW.
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Uncorked: Ashley Gao
22 May 2017

The head sommelier of Bejing's The Opposite House hotel, Ashley Gao, chats to dbHK about the best advice she learned from Chinese Taoism and why she would never serve wine at her funeral.
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Berry Bros & Rudd opens new London shop
22 May 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has opened a new flagship London shop in St James’s complete with Enomatic sampling machines and shelving for more than 1,000 wines and spirits.
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Top 10 new products: May
22 May 2017

This month saw the release of Veuve Clicquot's Extra Brut Extra Old, Gonzalaz Byass' eighth en rama Sherry and Dom Pérignon's latest P2-2000 release.
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Chronology clear on Brexit, but ‘politics could get in the way’, WSTA says
22 May 2017

A clear chronology and transitional phase for the Brexit negotiations is likely to result in a better outcome for the drinks industry than a rushed timeframe, however the WSTA has warned that it is European ‘politics’ that could get in the way.
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Vega Sicilia reveals frost damage figures
22 May 2017

About 40% of the crop at Vega Sicilia’s Macan vineyards was damaged by the severe frost that recently struck northern Spain, the winery CEO has revealed.
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Jefford on Monday: Puech-Haut – barrels and beyond
22 May 2017

Andrew Jefford takes a canter with a Languedoc dark horse.Puech-Haut: One of Languedoc's best-kept secrets, until now... A dark horse of Languedoc wine...
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Watson’s Wine takes on China’s Silver Heights
22 May 2017

Hong Kong's biggest wine retailer Watson's Wine has taken on distribution rights for Silver Heights, a Chinese winery based in the Ningxia province.
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Where Bacchus wine comes from and how it tastes
22 May 2017

Here's what you can expect in a wine made from the Bacchus grape, following surprise success at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards for an English white wine produced in Norfolk.Bacchus vines at Chapel Down winery in Kent. The little-known grape that helped win a top DWWA medal...
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The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking
22 May 2017

It's one of the great love stories – we examine the relationship between wine and oak.
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‘High potential’ for Greek wines in UK
22 May 2017

The potential for Greek wines in the UK is high with original, indigenous varieties and an eclectic winemaking scene making for an intriguing mix.
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First taste: Bollinger Grande Année 2007
21 May 2017

Champagne house Bollinger recently launched the latest vintage of their prestige cuvée, Grande Année, alongside some older vintages. Michael Edwards reports... Read Michael Edwards' review...
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How to order wine in a restaurant – a Decanter Guide
20 May 2017

Avoid embarrassing mistakes when ordering wine in restaurants. Learn how to hint at your budget, navigate the notorious 'wine tasting ritual' and send a wine back. With advice from our experts, including Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, chief restaurant critic Fiona Beckett and wine writer and sommelier Emily O’Hare.Don't look like a fool when it comes to ordering wine... Image Credit: Se...
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What's in a Name? About $25
20 May 2017

Successfully negotiating the relationship between winery and customer isn't easy, W. Blake Gray discovers.
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Cornwall’s Camel Valley vineyard awarded PDO
20 May 2017

Cornwall's Camel Valley has become the first UK wine producer to receive a Protected Designation Origin (PDO) from the European Union, in relation to its ‘Darnibole’ vineyard.
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Entries open for 2017 Cathay Pacific HKIWSC
20 May 2017

The 2017 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition (HKIWSC) is now open for entries with gin and Vietnam the focus this year.
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Strange tales: St Dunstan, the Devil and cider
20 May 2017

Today is the feast day of St Dunstan, not a patron saint of beer or wine as such but legend has it he once made a deal with the Devil to blight some cider trees with frost.
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
19 May 2017

We round up the highlights from this week's Hong Kong wine trade including Continental's portfolio tasting, Angelo Gaja's Hong Kong visit and Bollinger's latest 'La Grande Année'
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Spanish winemakers assess frost damage
19 May 2017

Severe frost has wreaked havoc on many vineyards in northern Spain including Rioja, Bierzo and Galicia, winemakers have revealed to dbHK at a tasting this week.
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ProWine Asia 2017 makes debut in Hong Kong
19 May 2017

ProWine Asia, the latest addition to ProWein's portfolio of international wine and spirits trade fairs, has made its debut in Hong Kong, with more than 12,000 trade visitors from 67 countries attending over four days.
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Bordeaux 2016: Palmer enters the ring
19 May 2017

Just as buyers thought they’d settle into a quiet Friday of en primeur action before the weekend, Château Palmer has come out swinging, but was it a knockout or a swing and a miss?
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English wine scoops one of top prizes at Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
19 May 2017

Norfolk in eastern England has made a strong case for joining wine world royalty after a white wine from the region won one of the most coveted medals at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. Winbirri Vineyards in Norfolk makes its mark with surprise win at DWWA 2017. 'Perfect aperitif' English still wine wins big at DWWA...
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The Week in Pictures
19 May 2017

This week included a Taittinger-fuelled BAFTAs, Barack Obama's trip to the Italian wine region of Trentodoc and tastings of Sam Neill's Two Paddocks, Brown Brothers' Patricia range and Argentine wine brand Trivento.
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A solution for Champagne’s Chardonnay shortage?
19 May 2017

As the demand for high-quality Chardonnay in Champagne begins to outstrip demand, one producer sees a solution for new sources in the south east of the appellation.
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Torbreck launches latest Laird and RunRig
19 May 2017

Australian winery Torbreck has released the latest vintages of its flagship wines ‘The Laird’ and ‘RunRig’.
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California wine sales in the US hit record $34.1 billion
19 May 2017

The value of California wine shipments to the US market hit $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on the previous year and a record for the golden state's winemakers.
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Register for the DB Awards ceremony
19 May 2017

the drinks business invites you to register for The DB Awards ceremony on Tuesday 23 May at the London Wine Fair.
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For the weekend: Great value summer Chablis
19 May 2017

Decanter's expert tasting team bring you a weekly selection of exciting, great value wines. See our selection of great value Chablis wines for summer... See our selection of Mediterranean wines for summer, from Sancerre to Slovenia..
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Restaurant Talk: Wally's Tweaks the Recipe (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

What if a restaurant could access a massive wine store's warehouse—and sell bottles at nearly the same price? Christian Navarro and Matthew Turner are making waves at Wally's Beverly Hills
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DRC Faker Offers to Name Names
19 May 2017

A convicted fraudster says he is willing to blow the lid off the international fine wine trade.
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Unfiltered: Barack Obama Takes Ferrari Italian Fizz for a Spin (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

Vintner Matteo Lunelli tells Unfiltered about meeting the former president. Plus, Master of None sends Aziz Ansari on a culinary adventure with a "winemaker" friend
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Top Provence restaurants chosen by the winemakers
19 May 2017

Heading to the south of France this holiday season? Find out where the winemakers of Provence go out to eat. At the Decanter Mediterranean & Balkan Fine Wine Encounter, we caught up with the Provence producers to find out where they go for dinner — when they’re not hard at work in the winery... Find out where the winemakers of Provence go out for dinner...
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Exclusive: Jackson Family Wines Purchases Santa Barbara's Brewer-Clifton (Wine Spectator)
19 May 2017

The Kendall-Jackson owner adds boutique Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand to its expanding portfolio
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Marlborough is ‘the region to watch’ for Pinot
18 May 2017

Marlborough is “the region to watch” for Pinot Noir from New Zealand, said Nigel Greening of Central Otago’s Felton Road when speaking at an event in London this week.
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Finalists announced for Diageo’s HK & Macau World Class competition
18 May 2017

Six top bartenders have been announced as finalists for Diageo's 2017 Hong Kong and Macau World Class competition after two rigorous challenges and two rounds of competition.
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LA wine store partners with Amazon Prime
18 May 2017

Californian wine store Mission Wines and Spirits has teamed up with Amazon Prime Now to launch a fast, one-hour delivery service.
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Zuccardi: Further division ‘next step’ for Argentina
18 May 2017

Division of vineyards in Mendoza has not gone far enough, believes winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi, who suggests that the 'next step' is to subdivide sub regions such as Gualtallary and Altamira to better express its multitude of soils.
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Boris Johnson in Scotch blunder at Sikh temple
18 May 2017

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been reprimanded by Sikh worshippers after speaking about tax on Scotch in India while visiting a Sikh temple in Bristol.
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De Kuyper and Our/Amsterdam sign distribution contract
18 May 2017

De Kuyper Royal Distillers and Our/Amsterdam Vodka have signed a contract for the distribution of Amsterdam’s first locally distilled vodka.
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Sotheby’s sale tops £1m
18 May 2017

Sotheby’s latest fine wine auction in London exceeded its pre-sale estimate by a comfortable margin with Burgundy leading the way.
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Lidl US confirms June launch
18 May 2017

Lidl USA is set to open the first of its new US stores next month in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, it confirmed this week.
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A portrait of the actual Italian bulk wine market
18 May 2017

Luigino Lazzaretto, bulk wine broker and president of Intermediazioni Lazzaretto S.r.l. Luigino, examines how the Italian bulk wine market is currently evolving.
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Bordeaux 2016: a Carruades to root for?
18 May 2017

The second wine of Château Lafite put in a late appearance yesterday afternoon, was it at a price buyers could get behind?
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Anson: New Bordeaux wineries to watch
18 May 2017

It's not all about tracing your lineage to the 14th Century. Jane Anson picks out the most exciting of Bordeaux's newcomers... Château Séraphine, a rising star in Pomerol... Who could be big in the future...
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First Taste: The new Hugel Schoelhammer 2008
18 May 2017

Decanter's Sarah Kemp gets a first taste of the Hugel Schoelhammer 2008. Our review of the second vintage...
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The 10 Most Searched-for Albariños
18 May 2017

The Galician variety is increasingly popular with both drinkers and critics. We reveal the most popular ones.
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2016 Bordeaux: Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
18 May 2017

The 2016 Bordeaux futures campaign has begun—quality is high, but what about value?
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db drinks: The Zetter Townhouses’ Summer cocktails
17 May 2017

db previews the Zetter Townhouses’ new summer cocktail menu made in collaboration with drinks maverick Tony Conigliaro.
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South African Chardonnay – panel tasting results
17 May 2017

Find out what our expert judges thought about South African Chardonnay in this panel tasting from the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine. And see some of the top wines... See what our judges thought about South African Chardonnay in this panel tasting from the April 2017 issue of Decanter magazine...
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Dorset brewer launches virility-boosting beer
17 May 2017

Cerne Abbas Brewery in Dorset has launched a limited edition virility-boosting beer called the Watercress Warrior inspired by an ancient symbol of fertility.
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Canadian efforts bearing fruit
17 May 2017

Still a bit player in the UK market, sustained and patient effort from Canadian wine producers is beginning to bear fruit with more recognition and listings.
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Alcohol not to blame for change in personality, say scientists
17 May 2017

A team of US psychologists have debunked the theory of a 'happy drunk', suggesting that alcohol plays less of a role in altering a person's personality than you might think.
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Mazzei to open resto in Battersea Power Station
17 May 2017

Having just launched Radici in Islington, Italian chef Francesco Mazzei is to open a modern Italian restaurant in Battersea Power Station this summer.
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Borough Wines extends into south London
17 May 2017

Independent London wine merchant Borough Wines is extending into South London as it opens its ninth store next week, in Battersea, with a tenth to follow later in the summer.
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Barack Obama raises toast with Trentodoc fizz
17 May 2017

Former US president Barack Obama has given a helping hand to the Italian wine region of Trentodoc by raising a glass of its traditional method sparkling wine at an event in Milan.
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AB InBev to invest $2 billion into US business
17 May 2017

AB InBev will invest $2 billion into its US business over the next three years in a bid to break out from Budweiser and build its strength in other categories, including craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages.
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Bordeaux 2016: the problem with Montrose
17 May 2017

Château Montrose capped off an eventful day of en primeur activity yesterday with a spectacularly well-judged release – there was just one problem, there wasn't enough of it.
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Bordeaux 2016: Montrose leads rush of releases
17 May 2017

UK merchants remained confident that Bordeaux 2016 en primeur buyers were thirsty for deals, as Château Montrose led an increase in releases on Monday and Tuesday this week. Château Montrose has led releases this week so far. The campaign kicks on with merchants confident...
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London Wine Fair 2017: Highlights
17 May 2017

As the annual London Wine Fair gets set to open next week, db brings you some of the highlights of the show.
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Preparing for a wine course – ask Decanter
17 May 2017

How is best to prepare...?Tasting wine at a Decanter 'discovery theatre' class on Muscat de Rivesaltes. How is best to prepare...?
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Hugel Finally Joins the Grand Cru Class
17 May 2017

One of the greatest appellation rebellions in France comes to an end, Margaret Rand reports.
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Krug launches luxury festival in English countryside for £400 a ticket
17 May 2017

Krug has announced it will be hosting a lavish, night-time Champagne, food and music festival in Hampshire, with tickets starting at £395 per person.The luxury Champagne night will be starring 'culinary sybarite' Francis Mallman... Krug to host luxury barbecue and Champagne festival...
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The Three Essential Words for Wine Greatness (Wine Spectator)
17 May 2017

We all say that one or another wine is "great." But what are the criteria?
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Vinventions works to improve the screwcap
16 May 2017

Improving the scewcap by reducing its carbon footprint and fragility during transport is one aim of Vinventions, a company that sells all types of wine closure.
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db presents: The City Wine Show
16 May 2017

After two successful years in Chelsea, the drinks business is proud to announce the launch of The City Wine Show, a wine fair designed to encourage consumers to explore the world of wine in a relaxed environment.
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Lisbon: Top restaurants and wine bars
16 May 2017

Food and wine entrepreneur, André Ribeirinho, picks his top 10 restaurants and wine bars in Lisbon...In partnership with American Express®. Originally published in 2016.Garrafeira Alfaia wine bar Find out where to eat and drink in Lisbon...
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Guinness rolls out interactive travel retail site
16 May 2017

Guinness has opened a new travel retail outlet in Dublin airport that aims to offer a new, more interactive experience for travellers that includes tutored beer tasting events.
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Top restaurants for wine lovers
16 May 2017

Good dining and good wine often go hand in hand, so we’ve rounded up restaurants from around the world with great wine lists, recommended by our experts…In partnership with American Express®. Monvinic, Barcelona From around the world...
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Best London hotel bars for wine lovers
16 May 2017

Cocktails are de rigueur at London’s finest hotels, but many also boast an excellent selection of wine by the glass and bottle, says Fiona Sims...In partnership with American Express®. The American Bar at The Savoy Where to enjoy a glass of wine....
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Top Paris wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

The city of romance is the perfect place to enjoy fine wines and innovative cuisine at both new and well-loved establishments, says Christian Holthausen...In partnership with American Express®. Clown Bar, Paris Paris for wine lovers....
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Best Florence wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

Creative cuisine, talented chefs and well-stocked wine bars: there’s never been a better time for gourmands to embrace this city, says Helen Farrell...In partnership with American Express®. La Terrazza wine bar Where to wine and dine...
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Best Amsterdam wine bars and restaurants
16 May 2017

This picturesque city is the perfect getaway to discover trendy wine bars unique wine merchants and innovative eateries, says Simon Woolf...In partnership with American Express®. Westerwijnfabriek The places to visit...
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Bordeaux 2016: a sudden rash of releases
16 May 2017

Six châteaux have released their wines this morning including Du Tertre, Monbousquet and Chasse Spleen – with Montrose rumoured to be in the wings.
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Pol Roger becomes official Champagne of ERM
16 May 2017

Pol Roger has become the official Champagne supplier of the Event Rider Masters, strengthening its sponsorship role in the equestrian sector.
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Krug goes ‘Into the Wild’ with Francis Mallmann
16 May 2017

Champagne house Krug has hooked up with revered Argentine chef Francis Mallmann on a culinary festival in the Hampshire countryside called Into the Wild.
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Santa Rita expands European team
16 May 2017

Chilean wine group Santa Rita Estates has appointed Manny Doidge in the newly created role of business manager for GB within its European team.
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db’s guide to this year’s London Wine Fair
16 May 2017

This year's London Wine Fair, held at Olympia, will emphasise the practical, with masterclasses, briefings and tastings aplenty. db looks at what is on offer at the three day event that starts next week.
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Russian wine fraudster jailed in France
16 May 2017

A Russian man has been fined and jailed for his part in selling counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leroy.
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Viña Palo Alto develops solar energy project for school
16 May 2017

Viña Palo Alto, in Chile’s Maule Valley, has funded a solar energy project for a local school as part of its ‘Enjoy Wine, Go Solar’ campaign.
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Russian Rudy Jailed for DRC Fakes
16 May 2017

A man behind a $2 million-plus fake wine scheme gets his comeuppance in a French court.
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La Niña brings hot and early 2017 harvest for Chile
16 May 2017

It's been a year that has kept many winemakers on their toes and yields are set to be small in several areas. Grapes are picked from old vines in Chile's Itata Valley. The year has kept winemakers on their toes...
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Whisky Advocate Launches Redesigned Website (Wine Spectator)
16 May 2017

Wine Spectator's sister publication gets a sleek new digital look and a trove of free web-exclusive content for whisky lovers
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London Wine Fair may ditch Maytime slot
15 May 2017

The London Wine Fair could ditch its traditional Maytime slot in 2018 and take place at either end of the year, according to exhibition director Ross Carter.
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Uncorked: Naoki Watanabe, Suntory
15 May 2017

Naoki Watanabe, oenologist at Suntory's Tomi no Oka Winery, confessed to us about risking his life to save a bottle of Tomi Noble d’Or 1975, Japan's very first noble rot-affected sweet wine.
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Eden Rift aims to revive heritage winemaking in California
15 May 2017

Christian Pillsbury, the former head of Coravin in Asia Pacific, has purchased the Pietra Santa winery located in San Benito county, and renamed it ‘Eden Rift’, aiming to revive “heritage winemaking” in southern California.
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Lanson prepares for summer of sport
15 May 2017

Champagne Lanson has announced its line-up of summer activities, including sporting tie-ups and new releases.
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Moët Hennessy appoints new UK MD
15 May 2017

Moët Hennessy has appointed a new managing director for its UK operations as current head of the London office, Jo Thornton, gets promoted to a position in the US.
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Bordeaux 2016: prices creeping ever upwards
15 May 2017

Château Pape Clément has released its red and white wines this morning, both with price increases on its 2015s as asking prices begin to creep upwards.
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Screwcaps allow wine ‘to age gracefully’ says Wakefield MD
15 May 2017

Mitchell Taylor, managing director and third-generation winemaker at Wakefield Wines, said he is “positive that screwcaps are the future” as they allow wines “to age gracefully.”
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Waitrose revamps Sherry range amid summer refresh
15 May 2017

Waitrose has beefed up its Sherry range amid its wider summer refresh, redesigning its top-tier own label Sherries to bring more on-shelf appeal.
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Amber Beverage Group takes stake in Cellar Trends
15 May 2017

Amber Beverage Group, the largest alcohol manufacturer and distributor in the Baltics, has acquired a strategic stake in UK-based wine and spirits distributor Cellar Trends.
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Top 10 biggest Scotch markets 2016
15 May 2017

With Scotch exports finally back in the black and single malt exports passing the £1 billion mark for the first time, we take a look at its biggest export markets by value.
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And the best sommelier in Europe and Africa is…
15 May 2017

A tense final in Austria has seen one sommelier rise above rivals to be named the best in Europe and Africa.Raimonds Tomsons, the best sommelier in Europe and Africa. Grand final in Austria produces one winner...
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Jefford on Monday: Big frost is back – but why?
15 May 2017

Andrew Jefford looks north for an answer...Frost-preventing fires at Ridgeview in Sussex. Similar techniques were used by several Bordeaux estates this week, and elsewhere across Europe. Credit: Julia Claxton: International Garden Photographer of the Year/Royal Photographic Society Silver Medallist. Global warming could be the culrpit...
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World's Most Wanted Burgundies
15 May 2017

We continue our look at the world's most popular wines with a visit to wine's most hallowed ground.
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Taylor’s 325th anniversary Port sails into London
14 May 2017

Taylor’s Port house toasted its 325th anniversary with the unveiling of a limited-edition Reserve Tawny, which had travelled from the Douro to London by yacht. Tina Gellie reports on its arrival and puts the wine through its paces.The new Taylor's Port sails into London as it would have done in the 17th century. Tina Gellie reports and taste the new wine...
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Wine and tacos matching: A guide
13 May 2017

It’s not just beer and Tequila to drink with tacos. We spoke to the experts for their wine and taco pairing advice… Tacos at El Pastor, London. What to try and what to avoid...
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Napa's Worker Squeeze Tightens
13 May 2017

Tougher rules around immigrant labor could see a hike in wine prices in California's wine heartland.
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises $2.7 Million (Wine Spectator)
13 May 2017

Annual event for children’s charities remains one of nation’s top venues for winemakers to give back
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Luxury travel: Spain & Portugal wine tour ideas
13 May 2017

Revel in the high-end wine lifestyle of Barcelona and Lisbon, or discover the untold pleasures of Douro and Galicia. From Moorish fortresses to modern art hotels, we’ve collected the best luxury places to stay in Spain and Portugal’s wine regions…The otherworldly splendour of Hotel Marques de Riscal... Image Credit: hotel-marquesderiscal.com Can you see yourself staying at one o...
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Showcasing Soave – great value whites
13 May 2017

This vibrant denomination in Italy’s Veneto region is going from strength to strength, says Michael Garner, who picks wines to try which showcase the three main styles of this great value white wine.Soave vineyards This vibrant denomination in Italy’s Veneto region is going from strength to strength, says Michael Garner, who picks wines to try which showcase the three main styles of th...
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The week in pictures
13 May 2017

We round up a jam-packed week in the drinks industry including a buzzy English Wine Producers tasting, the launch of Bollinger La Grande Année 2007 and the arrival of a Taylors' 325th anniversary port barrel, transported to London by yacht.
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Rhône and Burgundy lead ‘bijou’ London sale
12 May 2017

Sotheby’s is holding a “bijou” fine wine sale in London this month featuring a collection of top Rhône and Burgundy.
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Superior sniffers: can we smell wine better than dogs?
12 May 2017

Dr John McGann has argued that, contrary to popular belief, humans have ‘excellent olfactory abilities’ and can smell scents such as wine and bananas better than dogs.
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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte names new MD
12 May 2017

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has named Christophe Juarez as its new managing director, who takes over from Julie Campos, who stepped down from the role in March.
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Santa Rita names new winemaker of Carmen winery
12 May 2017

Santa Rita has named Emily Faulconer as the new winemaker of its Carmen winery, Chile's oldest winery, taking the reins from Sebastian Labbé.
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Camden Town Brewery to open £30m brewery
12 May 2017

Camden Town Brewery will open the doors to its £30 million new brewery in Enfield in July, which it claims is the largest investment in London’s brewing industry for three decades.
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Champagne Deutz steps up UK marketing efforts
12 May 2017

Champagne Deutz has launched a PR and marketing campaign to raise its profile in the UK on-trade, with sommeliers key to its strategy.
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Heineken UK to invest £3m in pubs’ outdoor areas
12 May 2017

Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken UK’s leased pub business, is set to invest up to £3 million to develop external areas at around 100 of its pubs.
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Bordeaux 2016 campaign makes stuttering start
12 May 2017

Bordeaux 2016 wines have been slow out of the blocks and some merchants are calling for more big names to ignite this year's en primeur campaign. Jane Anson and Chris Mercer report on releases so far. Sommeliers prepare to pour Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines for critics at the UGC's Hangar 14 venue. What's been selling so far...
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Accolade Park sold to Korean investors for £62m
12 May 2017

The company that owns Accolade Park in Bristol, Europe's largest wine warehouse, has sold the property's freehold to a Korean investment firm for £62 million.
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Perrotti-Brown MW: Scores aren’t everything
12 May 2017

The editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate, famed for its use of the Robert Parker points system, has acknowledged that scores "aren't everything", with robust and reliable tasting notes also required to put a wine into context.
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Can Assyrtiko be oaked? – ask Decanter
12 May 2017

Our expert explains everything... Can it be oaked...?
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And Our Survey Says...
12 May 2017

The results of our recent reader survey are in and here are the top answers.
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Unfiltered: Cru on the Longship? Evidence Suggests Vikings Also Crushed Grapes (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, we meet the Jackson Pollock of wine, and designer Karim Rashid creates a bottle with edge
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More Proof that Wine May Prevent Dementia (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017


Multiple studies find that wine may lower risk, but scientists are just beginning to understand why
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Turning Tables: Jose Garces Debuts Second New York City Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Plus, new menus for Aureole in New York and Valentino in Santa Monica
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Restaurant Spotlight: Sea Salt St. Pete (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Seafood and wine are the name of the game at this Tampa Bay destination
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16 Hole-in-One Wine Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
12 May 2017

Tee up a top dining experience at these golf destinations
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Wine leather: What you could be wearing next season
11 May 2017

An Italian entrepreneur plans to launch a leather made from wine extracts in Milan later this year. Wine leather: Coming to a fashion boutique near you. Milan entrepreneur turns wine into leather...
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Ben Fogle becomes Cloudy Bay brand ambassador
11 May 2017

Famous Kiwi wine brand Cloudy Bay has ditched its Chelsea Flower Show tie-up for sailing, and appointed British broadcaster Ben Fogle as brand ambassador.
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Bancroft Wines partners with Joseph Perrier
11 May 2017

London-based Bancroft Wines has announced its partnership with Joseph Perrier, representing the Champagne house in the capital and seeking out ‘regional opportunities’ in the UK.
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London restaurant supplied by its own winery
11 May 2017

New Shoreditch Italian Enoteca Pomaio’s wine list features wines not currently sold outside of Italy, including those from its own winery, Podere di Pomaio.
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Rabobank warns of changing tides in tackling US market
11 May 2017

The US wine market is still one of the fastest-growing and dynamic export markets, but growing competition and wholesaler consolidation means it is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller producers to gain a foothold, Rabobank has warned in its Wine Quarterly Q2 2017.
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Champagne Castelnau unveils new look
11 May 2017

Champagne Castelnau has officially unveiled its new look in London as the brand moves towards its stated ambition to reach one million bottles in global sales by 2020.
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Hannah Tovey to take over as head of London Wine Fair
11 May 2017

Hannah Tovey, the founder of Imbibe Live, will take over from Ross Carter as head of the London Wine Fair, after it was announced yesterday that he would be stepping down from the role.
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Bordeaux 2016: Alter Ego and Clerc Milon
11 May 2017

The en primeur campaign moved up a gear yesterday and this morning with the releases of Alter Ego de Palmer and Clerc Milon.
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Taylor’s marks 325th anniversary
11 May 2017

Port house Taylor’s is marking its 325th anniversary with a series of events and releases, including shipping a barrel from Douro to London on a yacht.
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Morrisons boosts premium own label and broadens offer
11 May 2017

Morrisons has extended its premium own-label The Best wine range, as well as refreshing the portfolio with new wines from South Africa, Southern Italy and the South of France.
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Bollinger to invest €45m in new vineyards
11 May 2017

Champagne Bollinger has earmarked €45 million to buy new vineyards over the next 10 years to guarantee its supply and ensure that more than 60% of its production remains sourced from its own grapes.
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Anson: The rosé with a Burgundian soul
11 May 2017

If you’re looking for the road less travelled when it comes to rosés this summer, can I suggest the one with a Burgundian soul? An unlikely place to find rosé. Jane Anson's surprising rosé...
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World's Most Wanted Bordeaux
11 May 2017

Continuing our look at the most searched-for wines, today we tackle the ultimate heavyweight – Bordeaux.
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A small but promising vintage for Argentina 2017
11 May 2017

A 'fantastic' harvest say winemakers, but there won't be a lot of it...Vista Flores, Uco Valley A fantastic harvest in terms of quality...
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Majestic rolls out bar for own-label range at Lord’s
11 May 2017

Majestic Commercial has stepped up its corporate partnership with Lords Cricket grounds by launching its first wine bar for its own-label Definition range.
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What is natural wine? – ask Decanter
10 May 2017

While there's no strict definition of natural wine, read Decanter's natural wine charter below...The RAW wine fair There's no strict definition...
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Top rated natural wine – panel tasting
10 May 2017

In a comprehensive and landmark tasting, Decanter’s expert panel blind tasted 122 natural wines from all corners of the globe. Here they each name their 10 favourites and an overall winner... See what our experts have to say about some of their top rated natural wines...
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Moutai eyes bigger ‘health’ liquor market share in China
10 May 2017

Chinese liquor giant Kweichow Moutai has partnered with Xiuzheng Pharmaceutical Group to produce a medicinal liquor, made by soaking herbs and animal parts in alcohol, in a bid to boost its market share in the 'health' drinks sector.
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Telford takes on Chianti’s Dievole
10 May 2017

Hong Kong's leading wine and spirits importer, Telford, has acquired exclusive distribution rights for one of Chianti's oldest wineries, Dievole, for the Hong Kong market.
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2017 SA harvest ‘one of the best seen in many years’
10 May 2017

South Africa's 2017 grape harvest was slightly larger than the previous year, wine industry body VinPro has confirmed, with dry conditions offset by cool nights resulting in healthy vineyards and good grape concentration.
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Côtes du Rhône unveils new UK campaign
10 May 2017

Inter-Rhône has launched a new UK marketing campaign based around the idea of ‘Everyday Sophistication’, with a dollop of British humour.
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Top 10 best value wines of Bordeaux 2016
10 May 2017

The 10 clarets expected (or hoped) to be the ‘best value for money’ this campaign – as long as they stay under £500 a case.
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Dorothy Indelicato dies aged 84
10 May 2017

Dorothy Indelicato, matriarch of California's Delicato Family Vineyards, has died at the age of 84.
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Ross Carter steps down from London Wine Fair
10 May 2017

Having described this year’s fair as “the most challenging” of his career, Ross Carter has announced that he is to step down from his role as director of the London Wine Fair.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
10 May 2017

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist whose work has been featured in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal. Click through for some of his funniest recent works.
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Usain Bolt leads Mumm’s Kentucky Derby celebrations in NYC
10 May 2017

Usain Bolt launched the world’s largest Champagne toast as he presided over the Kentucky Derby victory celebrations at Maison Mumm’s offices in New York.
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Cru Beaujolais Has Its Day to Shine
10 May 2017

The better end of the Beaujolais spectrum is finding favor in the US, Liza B. Zimmerman discovers.
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Young, French and Angry: Winegrowers in Southern France Are Struggling (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2017

They complain that cheap Spanish wine is undercutting them, but is the answer in the marketplace, or in violence?
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Travel: Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux
10 May 2017

Last November, Les Sources de Caudalie was awarded the prestigious Palace status, a title held by the 23 finest five-star hotels in France. Victoria Marston visits... A perfect mini break...
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DAWA 2016 award-winners showcased at ProWine Asia, Hong Kong
10 May 2017

A selection of Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 award-winners are available to taste at China’s leading wine fair Decanter are presenting 19 DAWA 2016 award-winning wines at ProWine Asia in Hong Kong from 8-11 May 2017. Grace, Château
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8 & $20: Blackened Snapper with Spicy Mango Salsa and a Portuguese White Wine (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2017

Caribbean flavors bring the tropics—and the heat—to this festive fish recipe, quenched with a Portuguese white wine
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French presidents and wine: Macron’s blind tasting skills put him ahead
10 May 2017

Will Emmanuel Macron end a run of French presidents with a perceived ambivalence towards wine? A video of the new chef d'etat blind tasting on the campaign trail suggests that he at least has a better grasp of the basics versus his three predecessors...Emmanuel Macron, France's new president. How he stacks up against predecessors...
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SWA launches ‘Support Scotch’ manifesto
09 May 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on politicians to #SupportScotch in its general election manifesto, which sets out a six-point wish list for the industry.
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‘I heart wine’ brand gets first big marketing push
09 May 2017

UK producer and distributor Copestick Murray has launched the first big marketing campaign for its ‘I heart wine’ brand in the UK, as its sales grow to nearly 10 million bottles.
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Nyetimber loses 90% of buds in certain vineyards
09 May 2017

The devastating spring frosts that swept through Europe last month have left revered English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber with bud losses of up to 90% in certain vineyard parcels in Hampshire and West Sussex.
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‘True need’ for premium Languedoc in UK restaurants
09 May 2017

There is a key opportunity for premium wines from the Languedoc in the UK on-trade, due to the innovation and increasing terroir-focus in the region, according to Mas la Chevalière winemaker Geraud Blanc.
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Jordan Winery and AR Lenoble to release first Jordan Cuvée
09 May 2017

A special bottling reflecting the AR Lenoble-Jordan partnership, the Jordan Cuvée is the first Champagne that AR Lenoble has produced for another company.
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Six under-appreciated grape varieties
09 May 2017

At a masterclass in Hong Kong this week, Jancis Robinson MW talked to a packed room about the still under-appreciated delights of the world's indigenous grape varieties.
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The Dead Rabbit to pop up at Claridge’s
09 May 2017

Gritty, New York-based Irish tavern The Dead Rabbit is to pop up for a week in the rarefied realm of Claridge’s hotel in London this August.
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Bordeaux 2016: Branaire-Ducru goes up
09 May 2017

Saint-Julien fourth growth Branaire-Ducru released this morning with a 6.5% increase on its 2015 wine – but it remains below £500 a case.
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Spanish petrol station offers Champagne pitt-stop
09 May 2017

Residents in the wealthy municipality of Pozuelo de Alarcón, a suburb of Madrid, can pick up vintage Champagne and €1,000 caviar from their local BP garage.
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Napa to star at San Francisco auction
09 May 2017

Wines from Napa Valley’s Araujo Estate will be the centre of attention at Bonhams’ next San Francisco auction at the end of the month.
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The World's Most Wanted Moscato
09 May 2017

In honor of International Moscato Day, we find out which wines you've been searching for so far this year.
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A United Nations of Wine in the Desert at the 2017 Grand Tour (Wine Spectator)
09 May 2017

Wine Spectator’s 16th annual tasting event opens in Las Vegas
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Loire 2017 vintage in trouble after frost, say winemakers
09 May 2017

There could be fewer Loire wines around from several appellations after winemakers were among those hit by heavy frosts across Europe, and some for the second consecutive year. Loire Valley vines were also hit hard by spring frost in 2016. Some wines may be hard to find...
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city’super free wine tasting
09 May 2017

This May, city’super will be offering its customers the chance to try nine 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards award-winning wines, across three of its stores in Shanghai, for free.city’super has sourced a stellar range of wines from across the globe for an exclusive tasting: Beringer, Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon,California, USA,
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Coravin unveils new styles in HK
08 May 2017

In an effort to attract trend-conscious modern wine lovers, Coravin has unveiled two new colour styles - ‘Rose Gold’ and ‘Piano Black’ - for its popular Model Two Elite collection, in Hong Kong.
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Top 10 wines of Bordeaux 2016
08 May 2017

Lafite heads the pack as the ‘best’ wine of the 2016 vintage according to Liv-ex’s international members but which other labels have excelled in 2016?
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Berry’s CEO: Bordeaux en primeur not dead, it’s exciting
08 May 2017

Buying Bordeaux en primeur is far from "dead", it gives "pleasure" and "excitement" to fine wine collectors, according to Berry Bros & Rudd chief executive Dan Jago.
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Craft spirits gain more space at Asda
08 May 2017

Asda has brought in around 50 new spirits lines, concentrating on craft and regional gins, and adding in more premium tiers to its tequilas, vermouths and rye whisky ranges.
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Wine could protect from neurodegenerative disease
08 May 2017

Moderate alcohol consumption could provide some protection from the onset of cognitive impairments and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimers, recent research has suggested.
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Vinexpo to address climate change
08 May 2017

Experts, including a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, will discuss the impact of climate change on the wine industry at this year’s Vinexpo.
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Uncorked: Chris Hatcher
08 May 2017

Chris Hatcher, the seasoned chief winemaker at Wolf Blass, reveals to dbHK what bottle of wine he would compare himself to, and how a child raised in a strict Methodist household grew up to find a lifelong career in wine.
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Top 10 richest Brits in drinks: 2017
08 May 2017

This weekend The Sunday Times Rich List revealed the wealthiest people currently based in the UK. Here, we count down those that have made their fortune from the drinks industry.
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Asda hops on craft beer trend
08 May 2017

Asda is adding around 100 new craft beers to its range in a major refresh which aims to build “the most credible beer range in the multiples”.
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WSTA sets out key aims ahead of general election
08 May 2017

The WSTA has launched its manifesto detailing its priorities ahead of the General Election, which include free trade with the EU and reversing the "excessively high duty burden" placed on UK businesses and consumers.
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Jefford on Monday: The other right bank
08 May 2017

Andrew Jefford checks out the Rhône less known.Rhône's right bank has some hidden treasures. The hidden Rhône...
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Etna Wine's Sparkling Success
08 May 2017

The region is famous for its reds, but there is more to Etna than Nerello Mascalese, Tom Hyland reports.
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Producer profile: Weingut Keller
08 May 2017

A prominent name in the Rheinhessen since it was established in the late 18th century, it is under the guidance of the current generation that this family producer has been grabbing the headlines with its definitive dry Rieslings. William Kelley hands out the high scoresBottles of Grosses Gewachs Riesling from Keller's four-hectare Hubacker vineyard A prominent name in the Rheinhessen since it was...
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Wine Legend: Zind-Humbrecht, Clos St-Urbain Pinot Gris SGN 1989
07 May 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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More drinkers buy California wines above $10 – figures
07 May 2017

Shipments of California wine across the US hit record levels last year, as volumes rose 2% to 238m cases, at an estimated retail value of US$34.1bn. California wine sales going strong...
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Ninety not out for Decanter stalwart Michael Broadbent
06 May 2017

John Stimpfig attended a special birthday party for retired Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent.Michael Broadbent receives a bouquet of flowers at his 90th birthday dinner. John Stimpfig reports on a special dinner...
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Burgundy, 7-Up and a Wine Epiphany
06 May 2017

W. Blake Gray meets the author of a book on rosé, who had an unusual introduction to the style.
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Restaurant Talk: Chef Dominique Crenn and Sommelier Matt Montrose (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2017

The acclaimed West Coast chef has found a kindred spirit in her eco-conscious wine director
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Vineyard hazards quiz – Test your knowledge
06 May 2017

That idyllic image of sitting on the porch as the vineyard nurtures itself to another great vintage is very persuasive. But it's also mostly a facet of your imagination. Vineyards face threats from all directions. How good would you be at spotting them in time? Find out below...Wine Institute, California Could you defend your realm?...
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Mother's Day: Ella Brennan, New Orleans Restaurant Royalty (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2017

The women of Commander’s Palace celebrate Mother’s Day with an update on a classic: Oyster and Absinthe Dome, along with a Suissesse cocktail. Plus, 14 recommended wines include Champagnes and minerally whites
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Uncorked: Maria Sabrina Tedeschi
06 May 2017

Maria Sabrina Tedeschi of Italy's Tedeschi winery speaks to dbHK about a Charlie Chaplin quote and her treasured bottle of Capitel Monte Olmi 1964 that she would save at all costs.
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06 May 2017

This week's pictorial round-up includes Champagne Taittinger planting its first vines in England, a bee swarm at Greyfriars vineyard and a trip to new Shoreditch Italian, Enoteca Pomaia.
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Exton English fizz wins distribution in Italy and US
05 May 2017

Exton Park Vineyard in Hampshire’s South Downs has become the latest English wine to jump on the export bandwagon, securing distribution deals with importers in the US and Italy.
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Hot new London restaurant openings: May
05 May 2017

Our latest round-up of new restaurants in the capital includes a meatball mecca, Taiwanese tea house, Jewish deli, Himalayan hideaway, and a seafood shack called Trawler Trash.
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db eats: Obica, London
05 May 2017

Lured by the promise of truffled burrata and smoked Mozzarella, db's Lauren Eads heads to Soho to test out the latest outpost of Obica – a smart chain of Italian restaurants pioneering the Mozzarella bar concept.
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Bordeaux 2016: Suduiraut and Batailley
05 May 2017

The trickle of en primeur releases continued towards the end of this week with the release of Suduiraut and Batailley.
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Rats blamed for disappearance of seized booze
05 May 2017

Police in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have said that rats have consumed thousands of litres of impounded alcohol.
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Heineken acquires all shares in Lagunitas
05 May 2017

Brewing giant Heineken is to buy the remaining 50% stake in Californian craft brewer Lagunitas, taking complete control of the brand.
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Phylloxera spread detected in Australia’s Yarra Valley
05 May 2017

The boundary of Victoria’s Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) in the Yarra Valley has been extended northward, capturing four new vineyards, following new detections of the deadly vineyard pest.
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Unions warn against Marine Le Pen vote in wine regions
05 May 2017

Voting figures showed strong support for Marine Le Pen in some wine regions after the French presidential election first-round, but unions hope their members will steer clear in the run-off with Emmanuel Macron.  Marine Le Pen drinking wine in Beaujolais on the campaign trail back in 2012. Unions warn against voting for candidate...
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Sauvignon Heavyweights Slug It Out
05 May 2017

In honor of International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Katie Smith looks at the race for global Sauvignon supremacy.
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Unfiltered: Hold Me Closer, Wine Decanter: A Riedel Rainbow for Elton John (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Skywalker Vineyards feels the Force is strong in Provence, and artist Ernesto Neto gets wacky with Ornellaia at the Guggenheim
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Asda slashes 25% of wine range and adds in more premium lines
05 May 2017

Asda is slashing around 25% of its wine range as it looks to rebalance the portfolio and add more mid-priced and premium wines.
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SND: Provence Rosé Wine Imports Top 1 Million Cases in U.S. (Wine Spectator)
05 May 2017

Pink is in, and leading importers believe the French wine category will continue to grow
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Top 10 markets for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
05 May 2017

To mark International Sauvignon Blanc Day (5 May) we take a closer look at one of the grape's most prolific producers – New Zealand – and the markets that are moving this versatile variety.
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US: Will new Sam’s Club wines change the market?
05 May 2017

Wal-Mart-owned wholesaler Sam's Club hopes that launching its own range of wines will shake up the US market and attract more people 'who like fine wine'. Credit: Sam's Club. Liza Zimmerman looks at the impact...
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Top Barbera d’Asti wines – panel tasting results
05 May 2017

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Léoube sees ‘huge growth’ for Provençal reds
04 May 2017

Provençal property Château Léoube is enjoying “huge growth” worldwide for its white, red and sparkling wines – as well as, of course, its rosés – according to the estate manager.
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Chablis is white wine’s ‘little black dress’
04 May 2017

The Art of Chablis tasting, run by The Bourgogne Wine Board, aims to demonstrate that Chablis ‘will never go out of fashion.’
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Morrisons confident after strong Q1 results
04 May 2017

UK retailer Morrisons remains confident that it is turning around the business as it reports strong growth in the first quarter of the year.
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William Grant appoints commercial director
04 May 2017

Spirits producer William Grant & Sons has announced that it has appointed Neil Barker as its new commercial director in the UK.
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Britons fall out of love with booze, survey finds
04 May 2017

Britons are falling out of love with booze as a new survey by the Office of National Statistics found the number of adults drinking has fallen to its lowest level since 2005.
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New look for Central Loire Valley Wines
04 May 2017

Central Loire Valley Wines has launched both an updated website and a new logo, a move intended to ‘modernise its image.’
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anCnoc releases 2002 vintage single malt
04 May 2017

anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has added a 2002 vintage to range of aged expressions, crafted at the Knockdhu distillery in Aberdeenshire.
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Uncorked: Paul Bridgeman of Levantine Hill
04 May 2017

Paul Bridgeman, winemaker of Australia's Levantine Hill winery, chats to dbHK about his non-reciprocal love affair with Islay single-malt whisky and Mateus Rosé.
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Alibaba aims to boost Argentine wines
04 May 2017

Argentine Malbec exports are expected to rise after China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, becomes the official channel to sell Argentine’s top agricultural products.
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US hop acreage grows 95% in five years
04 May 2017

Hop acreage in the US has nearly doubled in the last five years due to consumer taste for higher hopped beers, despite beer production declining, but its continued rise is not without concern.
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Anson: Bordeaux’s worst frost since 1991 – What now?
04 May 2017

Damage reports are coming in after 'black Thursday' and the impact looks severe, writes Jane Anson, who also considers how frosts might affect the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur campaign. The aftermath of deadly frost in Ladaux, Bordeaux. Vines in many regions across Europe have also suffered similar fates. Jane Anson investigates the damage...
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Strained Relations – Wine Family Feuds
04 May 2017

It isn't all sweetness and light in the often cut-throat world of wine, as James Lawrence discovers.
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Taittinger plants first vines for English sparkling wine
04 May 2017

Planting has officially begun at Domaine Evremond, the vineyard land in Kent purchased by Champagne Taittinger and partners, as Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger tells Decanter.com that he wants to build a winery and sees the area becoming a tourist attraction. Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger (left) and Patrick McGrath MW, MD of Hatch Mansfield, dig for English wine. Planting has started...
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Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator's 11th Annual Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2017

Share your wine story and earn great prizes
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Sainsbury’s heralds “pivotal year” but profits down
04 May 2017

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe has heralded a “pivotal year” for the retailer, buoyed by the newly acquired Argos business - but profit and like-for-like sales both fell.
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Gaja to make first Etna wines
03 May 2017

Acclaimed Italian winemaker Angelo Gaja is set to make his first wines on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily after joining forces with local producer Alberto Graci.Vineyards in the shadow of Mount Etna. NB: not part of the Gaja project. Italian star gets into volcanic wines...
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db Eats: Tamarind Kitchen
03 May 2017

db’s Phoebe French heads to Tamarind Kitchen in London’s Soho for truffle naan bread, a tangy Alleppy fish curry and succulent lamb cutlets.
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Boozy pops: here comes summer!
03 May 2017

Following the launch of Aldi’s new boozy popsicles, db looks at some of the best ice lolly-cocktail mash-ups currently on the market.
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Bordeaux 2016: best ever Armailhac out
03 May 2017

Fifth growth Château d’Armailhac has released but does the claim it's possibly the estate’s ‘best ever’ offering justify its slight price increase?
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Michel Roux Jr to open pub at The Langham in London
03 May 2017

Michel Roux Jr is teaming up with five-star London hotel The Langham to launch The Wigmore pub this summer, with the aim of creating a "traditional British tavern with a luxury accent".
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Bonhams restaurant to offer free corkage
03 May 2017

UK auction house Bonhams is to offer free corkage at its Michelin-starred London restaurant for the whole of May.
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Grocery market growth accelerates at fastest rate in 4 years
03 May 2017

The UK grocery market share figures grew at the fastest rate since 2013, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel have shown, with all ten major retailers in growth for the first time since 2013.
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Sub zero temperatures wipe out crops across England
03 May 2017

English wine producers are counting the cost after severe frosts gripped much of southern England last week, with sub zero temperatures wiping out more than half of some producers' crops.
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NZ exports to US surpass $500m
03 May 2017

New Zealand’s wine exports to the US have surpassed US$500 million for the first time according to the latest figures.
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Guangdong busts US$29 million worth of smuggled spirits
03 May 2017

A joint Customs operation in Zhuhai and Shantou in China’s southern Guangdong province has yielded a total of RMB 200 million (US$29 million) worth of smuggled and undeclared spirits including more than 200 tonnes of Cognacs and a batch of freshly bottled spirits, according to the Customs Department.
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2016 Champagne Vintage Hit and Miss
03 May 2017

Weather issues dampen the spirits at Champagne's 2016 vintage preview.
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Health Topics: Does Your Go-To Hangover Cure Actually Work? (Wine Spectator)
03 May 2017

Just like your brain after a night of excessive drinking, the science behind hangovers is a little fuzzy
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What Will Wine's New Normal Be? (Wine Spectator)
03 May 2017

Tomorrow’s great-wine repertory—will it be composed altogether differently?
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Humble Grapes to open third site in London
03 May 2017

London wine bar and retailer Humble Grape is set to open its third site this summer, in Islington, with a more...
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BBR sells The Glenrothes back to Edrington
03 May 2017

Berry Bros. & Rudd has sold The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky back to its original owners, Edrington, for an undisclosed sum.
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Chinese e-tailer 1919 reports 141% increase in revenue
02 May 2017

Chinese leading e-commerce company of alcoholic beverages, 1919, has reported a staggering 141% increase in annual revenue to RMB 2.887 billion (US$418.6 million), boosted by its growing offline presence and product portfolio.
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Did the Vikings produce wine?
02 May 2017

The discovery of carbonised grape pips in Denmark has raised the possibility that the Dark Age Danes were winemakers.
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Why are wax capsules used and is there a trick to removing them? – Ask Decanter
02 May 2017

Christelle Guibert shares her advice... Why are they used...?
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Are craft brewers selling out the indies in supermarket move?
02 May 2017

With the news that Waitrose, Tesco and The Coop have all upped their range of craft beers, are breweries selling out the indies that nurtured them?
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Alvaro Palacios 2016 vintage preview
02 May 2017

Sarah Jane Evans MW tastes the latest wines from Alvaro Palacios... The latest range from Alvaro Palacios...
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Blue Prosecco sparks outrage in Italy
02 May 2017

A ‘wine’ brand made from a blend of Prosecco and blue curaçao has sparked outrage in its native Italy, where it has been called an “insult” to tradition.
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db drinks: Mirage at City Social
02 May 2017

db previews Mirage, the world’s first augmented reality cocktail menu, at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred City Social in London.
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Moët Hennessy launches drinks retailer Clos19
02 May 2017

Moët Hennessy, the drinks arm of luxury good giant LVMH, has launched an online shop called Clos19 selling the Champagnes, wines and spirits in its portfolio.
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M&S mulls online grocery delivery
02 May 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is said to be mulling a trial online grocery delivery services this autumn.
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Are Brits too polite to send wine back?
02 May 2017

A new study has suggested that Brits are often too polite to refuse a faulty bottle, but pretend that they do to appear more sophisticated and demonstrate "confidence and worldliness".
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The World's Most Wanted Cabs
02 May 2017

We take a look at the most popular examples of the most popular grape on Wine-Searcher.
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Exclusive: Sarah Marquis Acquires Sole Ownership of Australian Wine Darling Mollydooker (Wine Spectator)
02 May 2017

Sparky and Sarah Marquis part ways, and she continues their brand while he contemplates solo projects
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Jefford on Monday: Unpleasant wine, tipsy citizens
01 May 2017

Andrew Jefford reads a recently published history of French wine...Bordeaux sea trade in full flow in 1871. A brief history of French wine...
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Amber warning light flashes for China’s wine imports in 2017
01 May 2017

New figures from Chinese customs officials show that wine import growth has slowed in the first few months of 2017, prompting caution in a market that has seen ups and downs in the past few years.A new train service launched in January 2017 offers a fresh route to China for Europe's wineries. Stocks have risen faster than sales, say experts...
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Paying Homage to Hawke's Bay
01 May 2017

Trinity Hill's chief winemaker talks about New Zealand's varied climate and the Rhône roots of the Homage Syrah.
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Wine Legend: Beaulieu Vineyard, BV, Georges de Latour, Private Reserve 1947
01 May 2017

Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Norn restaurant, Edinburgh – Review
30 April 2017

Norn restaurant, Edinburgh Norn, Edinburgh Rating: 8/10 There are three different purées with the seared cauliflower and hazelnuts. ‘See if you can guess
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Piedmont Wine Star Angelo Gaja Invests in Sicily’s Mount Etna (Wine Spectator)
30 April 2017

Joint winery venture with Alberto Graci spotlights a new corner of Italy's volcanic terroir
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Essenziale restaurant, Florence
30 April 2017

Essenziale restaurant, Florence Essenziale, Florence Rating: 8/10 A new restaurant opened in the centre of Florence last October, promising to revitalise Tuscan tradition.
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Can China Take on Bordeaux?
29 April 2017

Can China and Southeast Asia ever challenge the wine world's established order?
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Top Sydney wine bars and restaurants
29 April 2017

Away from the bridge and opera house, this fast-paced Aussie city boasts endless things to see, do, eat and drink. Our insider’s guide from a wine-loving local will ensure you hit the best spots... Our insider's guide...
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Ornellaia collection makes $112,500 in NYC
29 April 2017

The ninth edition of Ornellaia’s ‘Vendemmia d’Artista’ collection made US$12,500 at auction this week when it was sold at a charity auction at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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Amarone della Valpolicella – panel tasting results
29 April 2017

See what our judges thought about Amarone in this panel tasting from the May 2017 issue of Decanter magazine... See what our judges thought about Amarone in this panel tasting from the May 2017 issue of Decanter...
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China’s ancient drinks
29 April 2017

Aside from Baijiu, some of China's ancient spirits are not well known so we've rounded up a few of these lesser-known and obscure drinks, from Tibet's 'barley wine' all the way to the 2,500-year-old 'yellow wine'.
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Week in Photos: Hong Kong
29 April 2017

We've rounded up some of the highlights from Hong Kong's drinks industry this week, from our Asian Chardonnay Masters competition to new tastings of Italy's renowned Soldera Sangiovese wines, California's Calera, Bourgogne wines.
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Weird and Wonderful White Wine Quiz
29 April 2017

How well do you know your white wines from around the world, or do you just stick to the safe bets, the classics and what you know? Are you a true wine explorer? With summer, hopefully, round the corner it's time to track down yet more weird and wonderful whites; test your knowledge...Bordeaux 2015, white wine harvest Take the Decanter.com Weird and Wonderful White Wine quiz below. Related Take th...
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The week in pictures
28 April 2017

This week featured a shirt-drenching performance at the Sonoma wine barrel auction, the world's first augmented reality cocktails and a three-tier chocolate showstopper for Michael Broadbent MW's 90th birthday.
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Penfolds Grange leads Barossa Wine Chapters Auction
28 April 2017

A six-litre imperial of Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2011 led The Barossa Wine Chapters Auction for a record sale of AU$62,910, it has been announced.
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‘Rosé all day’ wine brand launched
28 April 2017

Hoping to cash in on the recent meteoric rise of rosé, New York importer Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits has launched a new pink wine brand called ‘Rosé all day’.
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Dry whites will save sweet Sauternes
28 April 2017

The pursuit of making high quality dry white wines in Sauternes will help the survival of the region’s under-appreciated sweet wines thinks AXA Millèsimes’ managing director, Christian Seely.
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Farmacy launches cannabis cocktails
28 April 2017

Farmacy, a London restaurant championing plant-based dishes, has launched a range of drinks laced with CBD – a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.
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28 April 2017

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Power can be as dangerous as gin warns Pope
28 April 2017

Pope Francis I warned of the dangers of power with an analogy to drinking on an empty stomach during a TED Talk earlier this week.
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Single Malt exports surpass £1billion for first time
28 April 2017

For the first time ever, the value of Single Malt Scotch exports have surpassed £1 billion, with the market rising by almost 12% in value during 2016.
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Bottega Gold wins US Duty Free listing
28 April 2017

Prosecco producer Bottega’s iconic Bottega Gold brand has won a listing with leading travel retailer Duty Free Americas, Inc (DFA).
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‘Devastating’ frost strikes Bordeaux vineyards next
28 April 2017

Bordeaux vineyards have been hit by what many fear is the worst frost in a quarter of a century, with farming unions warning that some producers now face crisis and that the 2017 vintage could be affected. With extra reporting by Chris Mercer.Frost-preventing fires at Ridgeview in Sussex. Similar techniques were used by several Bordeaux estates this week, and elsewhere across Europe. Credit: Julia...
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Chasing Purity in Burgundy
28 April 2017

Romain Taupenot and his sister Virginie are the seventh generation of their family to run their Burgundy domaine.
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Unfiltered: It's Bordeaux vs. Champagne in Macron-Le Pen French Presidential Showdown (Wine Spectator)
28 April 2017

Also in Unfiltered, raise a glass on new NYC ferries, Wolfgang Puck gets a Hollywood star, and crayfish party for science
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Frost Strikes France Again, Savaging Bordeaux Vines (Wine Spectator)
28 April 2017

Widespread damage has been reported in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, with more cold in the forecast
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Turning Tables: Food and Wine Changes at Untitled at the Whitney (Wine Spectator)
28 April 2017

Plus, Eleven Madison Park's Made Nice and Scott Conant's Fusco open in Manhattan, and Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger is closing
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Restaurant Spotlight: The Marc Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
28 April 2017

Washington wines and farm-to-table fare are at the forefront of this Walla Walla wine-country dining destination
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Riedel teams up with Elton John on rainbow decanter
28 April 2017

Riedel has created a rainbow double magnum decanter in partnership with singer-songwriter legend Elton John, with all profits from its sale to be donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
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Lanson renews polo tie-up for a third year
27 April 2017

Champagne Lanson has confirmed its sponsorship of Chestertons Polo in the Park, held in London, for a third year – an event that will also kick start its ‘Perfect Start to…’ summer campaign.
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db drinks: Swift
27 April 2017

db heads to one of the most talked about new openings of the year, Swift in Soho, for a night of Art Deco decadence and Madeira-laced cocktails.
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Taittinger invests €60m in Champagne production
27 April 2017

Champagne Taittinger is investing as much as €60 million in a new production site on the outskirts of Reims.
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Trump’s wines trounced 7-0
27 April 2017

Donald Trump’s Virginian wines were overwhelmingly defeated by Californian equivalents at a blind tasting held last month.
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Deadline for db Awards 2017 entries extended
27 April 2017

The deadline for entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2017, which recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry, has been extended until 3 May.
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Bordeaux 2016: Right Banks ‘dazzles’ in Galloni report
27 April 2017

US critic Antonio Galloni has heaped praise on the Right Bank’s efforts in 2016, giving Saint Emilion and Pomerol properties a raft of top scores.
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GONG at The Shard launches film-inspired cocktail list
27 April 2017

GŎNG Bar at The Shard in London has turned to big screen directors for the inspiration behind its latest cocktail menu, inventing cinematic serves such as Wingardium Leviosa, Feel the Force and Dirty Business.
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Russia bans wine imports from Montenegro
27 April 2017

Russia has reportedly banned wine imports from Montenegro's biggest producer over claims of "sanitary failing", leading the producer to denounce the ban as retaliation for its plans to join NATO.
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English sparkling wine show launched
27 April 2017

Hoping to capitalise on the growing interest in English sparkling wine, entrepreneur Fabio Adler has launched a consumer show dedicated to English fizz.
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Anson: Why Uruguay could be the new Jura
27 April 2017

And could Tannat by the new Malbec? Jane Anson looks at Uruguay's adoption of the Tannat grape and learns about fresh initiatives that could help to get the country on restaurant wine lists. Vineyards in Uruguay. And is Tannat a hipster Malbec?...
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Silver Oak Flexes Muscles with Ovid Purchase
27 April 2017

A $50 million Napa winery sale was negotiated around the kitchen table, W. Blake Gray reports.
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Top Barolo 2011 Riservas: Riding the rollercoaster
27 April 2017

Stephen Brook reviews the vintage and picks out wines to consider buying for your cellar...Vineyards at Enrico Rivetto Stephen Brook picks out wines to buy...
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How can winemakers prevent frost? – ask Decanter
27 April 2017

Frost has left vines 'looking like dried tobacco' recently in wine regions across Europe. But how can winemakers help to prevent frost?Fires to prevent the frost at Ridgeview in Sussex. How to prevent it...?
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Futures 2016: Is Bordeaux Finally Listening to Its Clients? (Wine Spectator)
27 April 2017

Château Cos-d'Estournel releases its futures and holds prices steady, but Americans may prove hard to woo back
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Soldera: ‘Brunellogate’ has been forgotten
27 April 2017

Reflecting on the infamous 'Brunellogate', Mauro Soldera, son of Italy’s flamboyant producer Ginafranco Soldera, saw little impact of the scandal on Brunello regulation or consumer confidence in the wine.
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Blue Wine is now available for pre-order in the US
26 April 2017

It's really happening: traditionalists and wine experts may look on through gritted teeth, but the producers of a 'blue wine' are set to expand to the US. Website: It's really happening...
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England’s most expensive sparkling wines
26 April 2017

Following the release of the most expensive English sparkling wine to date, we round up the other most budget-busting English wines.
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Apprentice’s reject fine wine firm sees profits jump 47%
26 April 2017

The fine wine investment company once rejected by Lord Sugar as ‘too risky” is set to see profits jump 47% on the back of the Brexit vote and increased Asian sales.
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Craft beer: Clouds on the horizon
26 April 2017

The popularity of craft beer could be hit by poor-quality products and a lack of consistency in the finished article. Producers must take urgent action before the sector gets a bad name, says Martyn Cornell.
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Anti ‘Texa-fornian’ wine bill causes controversy
26 April 2017

A proposed bill aims to stop the practice of using Californian grapes to make Texan wine, a move producers fear will increase costs.
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Man risks burning building to save beer
26 April 2017

A man has been arrested for running into a burning building, twice, to save his beer, according to police in South Dakota.
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Simon Rogan to leave Fera at Claridge’s
26 April 2017

One of the UK’s most revered chefs, Simon Rogan, is to leave the Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s after a three-year partnership with the London hotel.
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Distell takes majority stake in Cruz Vodka
26 April 2017

South African drinks group Distell has acquired a 75% majority stake in Cruz Vodka, with its former owner believing that with Distell's involvement it now has the potential to become "the biggest premium vodka in South Africa".
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Argentina in pictures
26 April 2017

Earlier this month db's Lauren Eads decamped to Mendoza to discover the country's white wine revolutionaries, San Juan's Pedernal Valley and sample its sparkling wine scene, not forgetting to check out its empanadas, naturally.
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Uncorked: Miriam Lee Masciarelli
26 April 2017

Miriam Lee Masciarelli, daughter of Abruzzo's pioneer winemaker Gianni Masciarelli, chats to dbHK about tasting a vertical of Gaia, Mick Jagger and her late father's gift to her, a Romanée-Conti 1967.
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Did Cos d’Estournel set tone with 2016 release?
26 April 2017

Cos d'Estournel has surprised the market by releasing its Bordeaux 2016 wine early and has been credited by some insiders for not markedly increasing its price against the 2015 wine.Cos d'Estournel Estate praised for restraint with 2016 release...
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Barolo Back to its Best in 2013
26 April 2017

The wines of Barolo are once again majestic, Tom Hyland discovers, as he tastes the latest vintage release.
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How many wines can a professional taster taste in a day? – ask Decanter
26 April 2017

What is the limit...?Judges blind taste wines during DWWA judging week. What is the limit...?
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8 & $20: Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with White Wine (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2017

Spring herbs and fresh goat cheese brighten this crowd-pleasing dish, paired with a snappy Portuguese white wine
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Outside competition ‘eating up’ Argentina’s market share
26 April 2017

Competition from both New World and Old World wines is ‘eating up’ the market share of Argentine wines in Greater China as the market becomes ever more congested.
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Waitrose ups beer range by nearly 30%
25 April 2017

UK retailer Waitrose is upping its commitment to speciality beer by adding 25 new beers to its range.
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Copestick extends ‘i heart brand’ with regional wines
25 April 2017

Copestick Murray is adding a new range of region-led wines to its i heart wine brand.
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M&S releases claret bought en primeur
25 April 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is introducing a new, annual en primeur offer this May, and will sell wines it bought during previous campaigns as they become physical with the offer spanning a range of clarets up to first growths.
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London Wine Fair 2017 ‘the most challenging of my career’
25 April 2017

Attracting exhibitors to this year’s London Wine Fair has been more challenging than ever before, according to Ross Carter, head of the UK’s largest wine-trade event.
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Tesco adds Chinese wine to its shelves
25 April 2017

Tesco has added a Chinese Cabernet Sauvignon to its portfolio from Changyu's Chateau Moser XV, as it hails China as a potentially “powerful” wine player.
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Savoy launches cocktails inspired by the British Isles
25 April 2017

With story telling at the heart of The American Bar at The Savoy, its new cocktail menu is inspired by an imaginary journey around the British Isles.
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Bonhams lines up rare lots for Hong Kong
25 April 2017

Auction house Bonhams is to offer an array of fine wines and rare spirits at its next sale in Hong Kong this May.
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Bordeaux 2016: Sauternes keep rolling out
25 April 2017

Two more Sauternes estates have added to the tally of releases this morning, second growths Doisy Daëne and Doisy-Védrines, yet again with no price increase.
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Jean-Claude Mas eyes up export growth
25 April 2017

Charismatic French estate owner Jean-Claude Mas is eyeing up export growth after building a strong portfolio in the UK market.
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Frost leaves vines ‘looking like dried tobacco’
25 April 2017

Winemakers across France and also parts of Germany, Italy and Switzerland are counting the cost of frost damage in their vineyards after several nights that felt more like January than late April. Wine producer Reinhard Loewenstein from the vineyard Heymann-Loewenstein regards the frost damage his vines suffered in Winningen, Germany. Frost fears spread across France and Europe...
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Shock, Horror as $1000 Napa Wine Lives Up to Hype
25 April 2017

Tireless adventurer W. Blake Gray tries some new things in the morning – and likes one of them.
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Frost, Hail Inflict Heavy Vineyard Damage Across France and Italy (Wine Spectator)
25 April 2017

Winegrowers from Champagne to Piedmont are fighting freezing temperatures that threaten early spring buds
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Party Recipe: Rick Bayless' Taco Party (Wine Spectator)
25 April 2017

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with recipes for tacos and salsa, plus 15 recommended Spanish value wines
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Top lot at Sonoma barrel auction fetches $60K
25 April 2017

The top lot in the record setting third annual Sonoma County Barrel Auction held last Friday was a 20-case bottling from Pinot Noir icon Kosta Browne that fetched $60,000.
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English wines ‘are now world class’
24 April 2017

The best wines being made in England are now ‘world class’ and can stand shoulder to shoulder with the top Champagnes and Burgundies according to England’s largest wine producer.
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Chapel Down launches £100 English fizz
24 April 2017

Chapel Down has released a ‘Coeur de Cuvée’ English sparkling wine priced at £99.99, which makes it the most expensive wine made in England on sale.
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Argentina on fine wine mission to rival Burgundy
24 April 2017

Argentina has the potential to be "perceived on the same scale as Bordeaux or Burgundy" for fine wine, with time the only barrier to proving the ability of its wines to age, believes Lorenzo Pasquini of Cheval Blanc's Argentine venture, Cheval des Andes.
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Avesso ‘the next star grape of Vinho Verde’
24 April 2017

Native Portuguese variety Avesso has been declared 'the next star grape' of Vinho Verde after Alvarinho by one of the region’s most respected winemakers.
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NZ producer Jackson Estate opens new Pinot Noir winery
24 April 2017

New Zealand wine producer Jackson Estate has officially opened its new Pinot Noir winery, as well as a cellar door that was designed by the art director of blockbuster, The Hobbit.
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Jefford on Monday: Marie Maria – a Madiran re-boot
24 April 2017

Andrew Jefford finds out about a co-operative mutiny.Vineyards in Madiran. An insurrection in southern France...
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Beer stops the spread of sex-mad Spanish slugs
24 April 2017

Six-inch, sex-crazed Spanish slugs, on the rampage in the UK, can be controlled with a saucer of home brew beer, according to scientists.
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Bordeaux 2016: early start for Cos
24 April 2017

Bordeaux second growth Cos d’Estournel has surprised many this morning with an early release for the price for its 2016 wine and one with no change on the price of its 2015 vintage.
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
24 April 2017

We round up some of the most exciting events that in Hong Kong happened last week including the Asian Wine Festival, a South African wine tasting, a Mouton wine dinner and a Gelardini & Romani auction.
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González Byass launches ‘wild’ Tio Pepe En Rama
24 April 2017

Tio Pepe has released the eighth edition of its en rama expression, described, by González Byass master blender Antonio Flores as “wild and alive”.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 judging week begins
24 April 2017

More than 200 of the world’s top wine experts have flown into London to begin judging the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition.Who will get the golds in 2017? Read all about judging at the world's biggest wine competition...
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LBBC 2017: Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial surprise losers in University Challenge of wine
24 April 2017

British universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have been defeated in a surprise result at the European final of the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup 2017, held in London. Decanter’s managing director, Sarah Kemp, was on the jury and reports on one of the wine world’s toughest competitions…
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Value Wins at Sonoma Wine Auction
24 April 2017

The prices aren't as crazy as Napa, and the wines on offer are just as attractive.
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Wine Legend: Mascarello, Monprivato, Barolo 1970
24 April 2017

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Taylor’s declares 2015 single quinta Ports
23 April 2017

The Fladgate partnership has announced it will be bottling 2015 vintages for three of its estates including Taylor’s Quinta de Vargellas and Croft’s Quinta da Roêda.
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What makes a wine taste ‘meaty’? – Ask Decanter
22 April 2017

Peter Dylan, Birmingham asks: I noticed in your ‘Top 35 New World Cabernet’ article (April 2017 issue) that many of
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Steady as She Goes for Vega Sicilia
22 April 2017

The owner of Spain's inaugural "First Growth" is mystified by his country's terroir movement, James Lawrence discovers.
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California's Silver Oak Purchases Napa Cult Wine Producer Ovid (Wine Spectator)
22 April 2017

In a deal sealed with a handshake at a kitchen table, the Duncan family buys a brand, a winery and 15 acres of Pritchard Hill vines
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Luxury travel: American wine tour ideas
22 April 2017

From plush and palatial country estates in Virginia, to little and lavish Californian boutique hotels - these are the perfect places from which to discover some of the greatest US wines. After a hard day’s tasting, return to the lap of American luxury… Image Credit: keswick.com Travel through the greatest US wine regions from east coast to west coast, in the lap of American luxury......
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Sommelier Talk: Jon McDaniel, Chicago's 'Sommbassador' (Wine Spectator)
22 April 2017

The beverage director for Acanto, the Gage and three other local spots is a sommelier for the people
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Bordeaux en primeur: Pessac-Léognan reds 2016
22 April 2017

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Bordeaux en primeur: Pessac-Léognan whites 2016
22 April 2017

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The week in pictures
22 April 2017

This week featured an evening of wine and art, courtesy of Errazuriz and Hedonism Wines, a trip to the newly opened Tamarind Kitchen and MIXLDN winner Timothy Ching creating his own gin.
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db drinks: Artesian at The Langham
21 April 2017

db heads to the four times World's Best Bar, Artesian at The Langham, to see if it has retained its magic following the departure of dynamic duo Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale.
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Southern Rhône excels in 2016
21 April 2017

The 2016 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape is potentially the best in 40 years according to the vineyard manager at Chapoutier and it is a vintage which favours the southern communes overall say producers.
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Bud Light gives beer to the homeless
21 April 2017

Bud Light have sparked controversy in Liverpool after handing out cans of beer to rough sleepers.
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Severe frosts wreak havoc in Champagne
21 April 2017

Temperatures plunged to -6 degrees in Champagne this week where severe spring frosts have wiped out entire crops of young buds in some parts of the region.
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NZ wine import values in US surpass Australia
21 April 2017

Exports of New Zealand wines to the US have overtaken those of Australia in terms of value for the first time, according to Rabobank's 2017 Q2 Wine Quarterly Report, which highlighted the growing importance of the US market.
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China surpasses the US as Chile’s biggest wine export market
21 April 2017

China has surpassed the US for the first time to become Chile’s biggest export market for wine, according to the latest data dbHK obtained from Wines of Chile.
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Napa newcomer Ovid bought by Silver Oak
21 April 2017

Napa Valley winery Silver Oak has acquired fellow Napa estate Ovid for an estimated US$50 million.
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Lyme Bay expands sparkling wine portfolio
21 April 2017

Lyme Bay Winery in Dorset has introduced two new sparkling wines to its portfolio – a blanc de noirs and rosé – which join its existing Classic Cuvée and Brut Reserve sparklers.
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Carlsberg launches £15m ‘Danish’ campaign in the UK
21 April 2017

Carlsberg has launched a £15 million integrated marketing campaign aimed at revitalising and repositioning its Carlsberg and Carlsberg Export brands in the UK at a more premium level by emphasising its Danish roots.
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Bordeaux en primeur: Haut-Médoc 2016 wines
21 April 2017

See Jane Anson's tasting notes for the top Haut-Médoc 2016 wines, tasted en primeur...Château Cantemerle See the en primeur scores...
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Bordeaux en primeur: Médoc 2016 wines
21 April 2017

Jane Anson's en primeur tasting notes for the Médoc 2016 wines... Médoc 2016 tasting notes and scores...
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‘Fatal’ frost hits Champagne vineyards
21 April 2017

Champagne makers fear that they have again lost a significant amount of their 2017 grapes after plunging temperatures caused severe frosts late-spring frosts in France's premier sparkling wine region, as well as in other vineyard areas of the country. Growers under pressure after temperatures plunge...
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Bordeaux en primeur: Pomerol 2016 wines
21 April 2017

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Bordeaux en primeur: St-Émilion 2016 wines
21 April 2017

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Jura Champion Turns to the Alps
21 April 2017

Award-winning author aims to repeat the Jura effect.
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Vinitaly 2017: Italy and a changing world (Wine Spectator)
21 April 2017

One of the world's biggest wine events celebrated both Italy's best and an increasingly global wine industry
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Unfiltered: Chris O'Donnell Delivers New Pizzeria; Dine on the Wild Side for Earth Day (Wine Spectator)
21 April 2017

Go green this weekend with wine, dogs and … bugs? Also in Unfiltered, a somm-star-studded charity extravaganza
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Terlato Acquires Washington’s Klipsun Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
21 April 2017

Shanken News Daily reports that the importer’s wine division will produce a Washington wine
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21 April 2017

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21 April 2017

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Number of London pubs falls by 25% in 15 years
20 April 2017

A project commissioned by the Mayor of London, in partnership with the Campaign for Real Ale, has revealed that London has lost 1,220 pubs since 2001.
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Prosecco ‘has paved the way’ for Franciacorta
20 April 2017

Rather than viewing it as a threat, Silvano Brescianini, vice president of the Franciacorta consorzio, believes the success of Prosecco has “paved the way” for Franciacorta in the UK.
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Beverage bubbles mark step toward plastic-free packaging
20 April 2017

A team of inventors are looking to revolutionise the drinks packaging market by eliminating paper and glass waste with the launch of a biodegradable, edible capsule that can house any liquid.
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Weed ‘a companion piece’ to wine
20 April 2017

With eight US states having legalised the recreational use of cannabis, winemakers in America are exploring the idea of weed and wine pairings.
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Sipping Tequila helps to send UK sales soaring
20 April 2017

Sales of Tequila in the UK have surged forward in the past two years by £46 million, rising by 37% to £173m in 2016, according to the WSTA.
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Bordeaux 2016: Climens continues gold rush
20 April 2017

Château Climens is the latest Sauternes estate to release its 2016 price, yet again not raising prices on the 2015 vintage.
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Bordeaux 2016 wine ratings: First Decanter notes released
20 April 2017

Decanter has released its first tranche of Bordeaux 2016 wine ratings, for the Médoc appellations of St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux. See the notes below, and check back for more appellations in the next couple of days. Sommeliers prepare to pour Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines for critics at the UGC's Hangar 14 venue. See Jane Anson's latest en primeur notes...
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Japan’s beer exports drop in Q1
20 April 2017

Japanese exports for beer and a 'quasi-beer' beverages have dropped 0.7% in the first quarter of the year to 80.148 million cases compared with the same period in 2016, a record low for the quarter for the third consecutive year.
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Japan company hires ‘beer intern’
20 April 2017

Japanese tech company Technomobile is hoping to lure young talents by offering free beer at work.
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Chilean wines to get pricier
20 April 2017

Prices for Chilean wines are expected to rise after a turbulent 2017 vintage that has resulted in serious production loss in some areas according to reports.
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Bordeaux en primeur: Margaux 2016 wines
20 April 2017

See Jane Anson's en primeur tasting notes for the Margaux 2016 wines... The scores for Margaux 2016...
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Bordeaux en primeur: St-Estèphe 2016 wines
20 April 2017

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Bordeaux en primeur: St-Julien 2016 wines
20 April 2017

See Jane Anson's en primeur scores for St-Julien 2016...Barrels at Ch. Leoville Barton, St-Julien. See the en primeur St-Julien 2016 scores...
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Bordeaux en primeur: Pauillac 2016 wines
20 April 2017

See Jane Anson's en primeur tasting notes for the 2016 Pauillac wines... See the en primeur scores...
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Anson: Sizing up two Bordeaux vintage trilogies
20 April 2017

Jane Anson considers how wine lovers could get better value for money by treating Bordeaux 2016, 2015 and 2014 as a trilogy with peaks in different areas, and compares the situation to a run of good vintages in '88, '89 and '90. Egg-shapes vats at Marquis de Terme in Margaux. Wine lovers could find more value by doing this...
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TWE expands on-premise channel in China
20 April 2017

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates will expand its on-premise offerings of Australian, Napa and New Zealand wines in China’s second-tier cities.
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2016 Bordeaux's Greatest Hits
20 April 2017

Former Wine-Searcher editor Rebecca Gibb MW goes wandering through the barrel halls of Bordeaux.
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Behind the bar: Angus Winchester
20 April 2017

Angus Winchester, a former ambassador for Tanqueray gin, chats to dbHK about his love for spirits, lime and the art of Japanese bar-tending.
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Bordeaux 2016: Coutet follows Guiraud
20 April 2017

Barsac estate Château Coutet has released its 2016 wine to négociants this morning, with no increase on the price of its 2015 vintage.
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db Eats: Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
19 April 2017

db's resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to the two Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught for solitaire, scallops, smoked eel and sublime wines.
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Bordeaux 2016: the wines are thrilling, what next?
19 April 2017

A cross-section of UK merchants give their view on the 2016 Bordeaux vintage, while it’s clear the wines measure up to expectations what comes next is still the great unknowable.
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Boom in UK distilleries registration
19 April 2017

The UK has seen a continued rise in the registration of distilleries, according to the WSTA, with total numbers across the UK up 17% in the last 12 months.
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William Grant & Sons takes on US whiskey production
19 April 2017

William Grant & Sons has made its first foray into American whiskey distillation with its acquisition of Tuthilltown Spirits – a 36-acre facility in New York that produces a number of craft spirits including Hudson Whiskey.
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What is the tannin scale? – Ask Decanter
19 April 2017

A growing number of wine experts are including a tannin scale - the Total Polyphenol Index - in their assessment of wines. But what exactly do they mean? Heard wine experts referring to the tannin scale...?
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Burgundy to be completely covered by ‘hail shield’
19 April 2017

Burgundy will be completely covered by a ‘hail shield’ that uses silver iodide to prevent the formation of hailstones, a technique that is already employed in the region.
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Riccitelli: Argentina has big opportunity for whites
19 April 2017

Argentina is now far enough along in its investigation of terroir and development of sites at altitude that it is capable of producing white wines that retain their natural acidity and aren't "dead" after two years in bottle, says trailblazing winemaker Matias Riccitelli.
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Vijay Mallya arrested then bailed in London
19 April 2017

Vijay Mallya, the former chairman of United Spirits, was arrested then bailed on security of £650,000 after appearing in court in London yesterday.
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Sotheby’s to host Burgundy sale in London
19 April 2017

Sotheby’s London salesroom will play host to a Burgundy-dominant fine wine auction later this month.
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Parker Sells Out of the Wine Business
19 April 2017

The winery that wine critic Robert Parker helped start is sold to a French company.
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Alcohol Could Decrease Risk for Certain Heart Diseases (Wine Spectator)
19 April 2017

A new study shows moderate drinking may reduce risk for many cardiovascular conditions, but not some rarer ones
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France’s Henriot buys control of Oregon winery
19 April 2017

Family-owned Maisons & Domaines Henriot has expanded in the US by acquiring a majority stake in Oregon Pinor Noir producer Beaux Frères.Credit: Beaux Frères. Champagne and Burgundy owner moves into Oregon...
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The Contrarian Wine Cellar (Wine Spectator)
19 April 2017

Why? Because you'll drink far more interesting wines
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Angry French winemakers wreck Spanish bag-in-box wines
19 April 2017

Frustration over cheap Spanish imports spilled into supermarket aisles in southern France after local winemakers wrecked bag-in-box wines brought across the border. Tension reaches boiling point in Languedoc...
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Lidl unveils ‘lighter’ Mediterranean wines
18 April 2017

Lidl is focussing on lighter wines from the Mediterranean for its summer Wine Cellar, with around 35 wines rolling into store on 25 May.
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Moët Hennessy: China will be a fine wine producing country
18 April 2017

Jean-Guillaume Prats, CEO of Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines, predicts that China will become a fine wine producing country, affirmed by the luxury group’s first ever high-altitude wine ‘Ao Yun’ produced in Shangri-la.
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Heineken invests £20m in its UK pub estate
18 April 2017

Heineken is investing around £20 million in its UK Star Pub & Bars estate in order to make them appeal to the whole community and keep pace with evolving customer demands.
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UK to plant one million vines in 2017
18 April 2017

The UK’s wine industry has announced that it will plant a record one million vines this year, making wine production ‘one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the UK.’
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D&D London to open New York restaurant
18 April 2017

Restaurant group D&D London is to open its first site in New York next autumn on the fourth floor of the new Hudson Yards development.
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Lidl UK: US store launch gives opportunity for UK range
18 April 2017

Lidl UK is hoping to boost the number of Californian wines in its UK stores once the company opens its US operation later this year, Lidl UK's wine buying manager Anna Krettmann has confirmed.
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Tesco Champagne is cheaper than mouthwash
18 April 2017

Louis Delaunay Champagne in Tesco is now cheaper than mouthwash, based on prices per 100ml.
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Henriot Buys major stake in Oregon’s Beaux Frères
18 April 2017

Maisons & Domaines Henriot, owner of Henriot Champagne, has bought a majority stake in prominent Oregon estate Beaux Frères for an undisclosed sum.
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51st Vinitaly increased international presence
18 April 2017

The 51st edition of international wine trade show Vinitaly attracted record numbers of international buyers and exhibitors.
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Final call for Rosé Masters 2017 entries
18 April 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 5 May.
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The Cork Dork Comes Clean
18 April 2017

Bianca Bosker speaks to W. Blake Gray about her book on the world of New York sommeliers.
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Exclusive: French Wine Firm Henriot Buys Majority Stake in Oregon's Beaux Frères (Wine Spectator)
18 April 2017

Owner of Henriot Champagne and Burgundy's Bouchard Père & Fils makes its first U.S. investment with Pinot Noir winery
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Spedizione diretta dei campioni al magazzino Decanter in Hong Kong
18 April 2017

Siete pregati di inviare i campioni di vino (4 bottiglie per vino iscritto) a JAS Forwarding nel periodo compreso tra
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4. Synopsis of rules of entry – DAWA
18 April 2017

Do my wines qualify for entry? Entries must: be made exclusively from the partial or complete alcoholic fermentation of fresh
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Hand delivery at fairs – DAWA
18 April 2017

Pro Wine Asia, Hong Kong (8-11 May 2017) Please hand deliver your wine samples (4 bottles per entry) to the
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Six world-famous Merlot wines
18 April 2017

Maligned by some, it remains one of the world’s most popular grape varieties. But do you know these famous Merlot wines...? But do you know these famous Merlot wines...?
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5. How the DAWA works
18 April 2017

Entries Producers are invited to submit their wines and provide us with the wine’s technical details, price and retail availability.
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Consolidated Shipping – DAWA
17 April 2017

Send your wines (4 bottles per entry) to your nearest depot in your country and they will be grouped together
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Jefford on Monday: Wine stories
17 April 2017

Andrew Jefford investigates why there aren’t more of them. Does the wine world need more Emile Zolas? A portrait of Zola by Edouard Manet in 1868. Why don't wine writers tell more stories?
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Best-Value Malbec Revisited
17 April 2017

To mark World Malbec Day, we update our list of the wines offering the best bang for your buck.
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Southern Rhône 2015: Côtes du Rhône Crus and more – part two
17 April 2017

Here's the second part of John Livingstone-Learmonth's overview of this exciting vintage in the southern Rhône. See the top wines and read our overview...
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The latest on Chilean Carmenere – Peter Richards MW
16 April 2017

Just a few decades on since it was first formally recognised in Chile's vineyards, Carmenere is still asking a lot of questions of the country's wine growers. Peter Richards MW assesses the progress of this enigmatic grape varietyDeMartino's single-vineyard Carmenere vines at Alto de Piedras, Maipo Just a few decades on since it was first formally recognised in Chile's vineyards, Carmenere is stil...
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Where to buy wine in larger bottle sizes
15 April 2017

It's not always easy to track down wine in larger bottle sizes, or know what to look for, so we have put together a brief guide to buying wine in magnums, jeroboams and more...A rare magnum of Vega Sicilia. Why size matters...
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Last Supper wine: Researchers piece together clues about popular styles
15 April 2017

Wine features in the Bible and has strong symbolism in Christianity today, but what styles might people have enjoyed at the time of Jesus? Decanter.com speaks to the 'Indiana Jones of ancient wine' and also a lead archaeologist in Israel about current research.Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Last Supper, completed between 1495 and 1498. The latest research into wine styles at the time of Jes...
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Weed Looks to Piggyback on Wine
15 April 2017

As California legalizes weed, the marketing ramps up to create hedonistic experiences similar to wine tastings.
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Douro's Symington Family Expands to Portugal's Alentejo Region (Wine Spectator)
15 April 2017

Largest landholders in the Douro purchase a 500-acre property in the southern wine area
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Southern Rhône 2015: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras – part one
14 April 2017

Robust, long-lived reds with fine, firm tannins will offer wine lovers much to enjoy from this vintage, says John Livingstone-LearmonthChateau de Beaucastel in Chateuneuf-du-Pape produced both a fine red and Vieilles Vignes white in 2015 Read our review and see our top wines...
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10 Steps to Protect Your Wine Investment
14 April 2017

Wine-Searcher's wine director David Allen MW shows how to avoid being ripped off when investing in fine wine.
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Unfiltered: José Andrés Cooks Up Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner of Champions for Masters Maestro Sergio García (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2017

Also in Unfiltered, we catch up with the surprise somm behind the 40 oz. rosé, and Silver Oak goes to bat with the San Francisco Giants
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Italian police remove Crimean wines from Vinitaly show
14 April 2017

The Vinitaly trade show found itself unintentionally and briefly in the eye of a political storm this week after Italian police removed wines from the Crimea region due to be exhibited by Russian companies.Russian president Vladimir Putin at the time of signing off on the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. The EU refuses to recognise the move. Russian exhibitors forced to remove Crimean wines......
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Turning Tables: Changes at Austin Institution Jeffrey’s (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2017

Plus, Bevy opens at the Park Hyatt in Manhattan and Fogo de Chão introduces a new bar concept
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9 Winning Wine Restaurants in Boston (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2017

Dine like a champion at these top Massachusetts spots
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Restaurant Spotlight: Black Market (Wine Spectator)
14 April 2017

Go the rum or wine route at this Indianapolis favorite
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The Easter wine quiz: Test your knowledge
14 April 2017

To celebrate the Easter weekend, we've put together a light-hearted wine quiz linked to all things Easter - eggs, chocolate, lamb, the moon and the Bible. Test your skills against your family and friends... Test your knowledge....
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Oxford Landing launches new premium range in the UK
14 April 2017

Australian wine brand Oxford Landing Estates has launched a new premium range of wines in the UK – the first npd from the company to hit the UK in more than twenty-five years.
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The week in pictures
13 April 2017

Our busy week in drinks featured a brief encounter with Sting, firework-filled soirée at Allegrini, Champagne, strawberries, and glow-in-the-dark cocktails.
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Wine Society rolls out Click & Collect to boost appeal to millennials
13 April 2017

The Wine Society has launched a next day click and collect service for its members, as it ramps up its appeal to younger discerning wine consumers.
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Sting to launch red wine called Roxanne
13 April 2017

Sting is to add to his range of six wines from Tuscany with a new label named after his hit single, Roxanne.
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Seventh Malbec World Day kicks off in Buenos Aires
13 April 2017

This weekend will see the seventh Malbec World Day take place, with activities and promotions planned throughout the world to celebrate Argentina's flagship variety.
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Banfi: The wine industry is congested
13 April 2017

Cutthroat competition has led to a “congested” wine industry that penalises you if you stand still according to Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi.
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China steams ahead as global wine production drops 3%
13 April 2017

China's area under vine is now the second largest in the world after Spain, with the country seeing the biggest growth in wine consumption of any country in 2016, according to the OIV's latest annual report on the state of the global wine industry.
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Graham Norton’s wine expands its UK and US distribution
13 April 2017

Chat show host Graham Norton’s wine brand has launched in two of the US and UK’s largest retailers as it eyes up sales of 1.5 million bottles.
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Great value wines for Easter
13 April 2017

With the long weekend coming up, let Decanter help you pick some great value wines to enjoy.... Perfect for the long weekend....
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db meets: Katherine Cole
13 April 2017

We catch up with Oregon-based wine writer and author Katherine Cole to get the lowdown on her new rose-tinted tome, Rosé All Day.
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Ningxia destroys 7,000 disease-stricken vines
13 April 2017

Ningxia has destroyed 7,000 grapevines after they were found to be infected with leafroll virus, the same disease that wrecked havoc in South African vineyards, the province's Bureau of Grape Industry Development has revealed.
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4. Modalités d’inscription – DAWA
13 April 2017

Mes vins sont-ils qualifiés pour concourir? Tout vin produit exclusivement à partir de la fermentation alcoolique partielle ou complète de
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‘Wine people didn’t used to care about food’ – French Michelin chef Alain Dutournier
13 April 2017

Two-starred Michelin chef Alain Dutournier talks to Decanter.com at Château La Dominique in St-Emilion about the new wave of Bordeaux winery restaurants - recalling a time when merchants and high society were content to eat noodles with red wine at the city's Quai des Chartrons. Plus, see his ultimate, end-of-the-world wine list.Alain Dutournier at his two Michelin-starred restaurant Carr&e...
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Global Demand Grows as Supply Stalls
13 April 2017

The world's thirst for wine continues to grow, even as weather affects production.
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Graham’s Port owner buys vineyard outside of Douro
13 April 2017

Port and table wine producer Symington Family Estates has ventured outside the Douro Valley with the purchase of a wine estate in the Alto Alentejo area of southern Portugal. The new Symington faily estate in Alto Alentejo. Symington family goes to Alto Alentejo...
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Sting: ‘I make good wine as revenge’
12 April 2017

As English singer Sting presented the wines from his Tuscan estate in London this week, he admitted that they were first produced to get even with a member of the Italian aristocracy.
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Graham’s declares Stone Terraces 2015 vintage Port
12 April 2017

Port producer Graham's has declared 2015 a vintage year at its 2.9-hectare Stone Terrace vineyard at Quinta dos Malvedos in the Douro's Cima Corgo region.
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Highland Park launches Rebus30 whisky
12 April 2017

Highland Park has announced the launch of Rebus30, a 10-year-old single malt, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of crime fiction favourite, John Rebus.
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Tesco: ‘better position to navigate challenging market’
12 April 2017

The UK’s biggest food and drink retailer saw sales rise 4.3% to £49.9 billion, in its year end results, saying it was in a far stronger position to navigate the “challenging” market.
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Frescobaldi releases Provence-style rosé
12 April 2017

Renowned Tuscan producer Frescobaldi has launched a Provençal-style rosé from the Maremma with cosultancy from Sacha Lichine of Château d’Esclans.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
12 April 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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What Burgundy’s d’Angerville is building in Jura: Domaine du Pélican
12 April 2017

Rosi Hanson meets Guillaume d’Angerville of the famed family domaine in Volnay, who is embarking upon the challenges of new grapes, terroirs and local acceptance in his Jura project Domaine du Pélican... Inside Domaine du Pélican...
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Argentina’s Pedernal: The Uco Valley of San Juan?
12 April 2017

For all the hype that surrounds Argentina's Uco Valley in Mendoza, there is another region that stands to claim some of its high altitude, cool climate fame – the Pedernal Valley in San Juan.
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On-trade booze rises to £24bn
12 April 2017

The UK on-trade saw the value of booze sales rise to £24.4 billion in 2016, despite falling volumes, a new report has said, with restaurants leading the charge.
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Taylor’s Port receives the Royal Warrant
12 April 2017

Taylor’s Port, currently celebrating its 325th anniversary, becomes the second port supplier to gain a Royal Warrant this month.
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Bellavista: We’re not going for a house style
12 April 2017

Leading Franciacorta brand Bellavista isn’t interested in the Champagne model of creating a house style with reserve wines according to its export executive.
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Guide to matching wine with chocolate
12 April 2017

Whether you're expecting an Easter chocolate windfall, or you just fancy pairing two of your favourite things in life, Fiona Beckett is here to help. How to pair wine with chocolate. Combine two of your favourite things in life...
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Groupage – DAWA
12 April 2017

Decanter vous recommande d’utiliser son service de groupage pour envoyer vos échantillons au concours. En quoi consiste le service de groupage? Envoyez vos vins dans votre pays, au dépôt le plus proche de votre
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These wines were served at the Trump, Xi Jinping dinner
12 April 2017

President Donald Trump did not make good on a previous suggestion that he would serve his Chinese counterpart a McDonald's hamburger should ever get the opportunity to host, but here's what the Trump team did offer up for a bilateral dinner last week.President and Donald Trump and president Xi Jinping prepare to dine together. And the Chinese president avoided any McDonald's hamburgers...
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First taste: Veuve Clicquot, Extra Brut, Extra Old
12 April 2017

Michael Edwards tasted the new release from Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Read his review below... The latest release from Veuve Clicquot...
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China is now Chile’s most lucrative wine export market
12 April 2017

China has overtaken the US as the biggest wine export market for Chilean wineries in terms of value, show new figures. Chinese consumers develop thirst for Chilean wine...
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8 & $20: Seared Sea Scallops and Avocado Salad with a Spanish White Wine (Wine Spectator)
12 April 2017

A spring addition of fava leaves and a juicy white Rioja make a delicious and healthy weeknight meal
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Wine and Easter lamb – Food matching
12 April 2017

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi might have this week joined a vegetarian campaign against eating lamb, but that's not for everyone. If you're planning to cook the traditional lamb for this Easter Sunday, then here's a selection of wines reviewed by Decanter experts to drink with the meal. Wine with Easter lamb As at Christmas with turkey, Easter has long been associated with lamb...
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Veuve Clicquot launches Extra Brut Extra Old
11 April 2017

In contrast to Veuve Clicquot’s recent launches of sweeter Champagnes under the Rich label, the famous house has introduced its first ever ‘official’ low-dosage cuvée.
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UK leads Europe for online booze sales
11 April 2017

A new report has shown the UK is leading the European market in online booze sales, with more than three time as many consumers buying online than the global average.
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Top 10 new products: April
11 April 2017

From cold brew coffee liqueur to a blanc de blancs South African sparkling, db presents April's top 10 new products.
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‘Festival’ wine pouches for Most Wanted range
11 April 2017

Off-Piste Wines is launching its varietal Most Wanted range as single serve pouches to target the on-the-go market and festival-goers.
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Kweichow Moutai overtakes Diageo as world’s most valuable distiller
11 April 2017

China’s Kweichow Moutai Co has overtaken Diageo to become the world’s most valuable distiller, according to Bloomberg.
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Danish brewery to release ‘Pisner’ beer
11 April 2017

The Danish Agriculture and Food Council is collaborating with Danish Brewery Nørrebro Bryghus to release a beer made from barley fertilised with 54,000 litres of human urine.
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Prosecco DOC Consortium opens US office
11 April 2017

The Prosecco DOC Consortium is set to ramp up its comms in the US market, as it opens a new office in New York.
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Ambitious Bordeaux château owners are spending big
11 April 2017

Cheap money, new owners and the pursuit of perfect wine are propelling a new golden era of investment in Bordeaux’s centuries-old vineyards and wine estates.Vats forming part of the new winemaking facilities and cellar at Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, installed for the 2013 vintage. Where the money is flowing and who is doing what...
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Majestic Retail boss to step down
11 April 2017

Majestic Retail boss John Colley is to step down from the specialist retailer, the company announced this morning.
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Acker’s Grunewald auction achieves US$7 million
11 April 2017

American auction house Acker Merrell & Condit’s ‘Legendary Cellar of Wolfgang Grunewald’ auction achieved more than US$7 million and was 100% sold.
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March Charity Wine Auctions Continue Strong 2017 (Wine Spectator)
11 April 2017

Sales in Portland, Houston and Atlanta all brought in big wine dollars for worthy causes
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Winery investor Charles Banks faces fraud fallout
11 April 2017

Charles Banks, prolific winery investor and partial owner of Napa Valley’s Mayacamas Vineyards, has indicated that he will plead guilty to one count of federal wire fraud, raising more doubts about his ability to maintain his current involvement in wine. Reporting by Gretchen Greer, Chris Mercer and William Kelley. Charles Banks has invested strongly in wine. Expected guilty plea may have re...
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6. Comment promouvoir votre vin médaillé – DAWA
11 April 2017

1. Achetez des macarons pour vos bouteilles afin de promouvoir votre vin Cliquez ici pour commander les macarons DAWA 2. Inscrivez-vous aux
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China’s wine regions: Ningxia
11 April 2017

Emma Gao of Silver Heights delves into details about the challenges of making wines in China's northwestern Ningxia and international trade's prejudice toward Chinese winemakers.
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Dépôt en personne sur les salons – DAWA
11 April 2017

Pro Wine Asia Hong Kong (8-11 mai 2017) Veuillez déposer vos échantillons en personne (4 bouteilles par référence inscrite) sur le stand
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2. Comment vous inscrire en ligne – DAWA
11 April 2017

1. Se connecter / s’inscrire Pour une première inscription – cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.  Si vous avez déjà un compte DAWA ou DWWA,
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Envoi direct a l’entrepot de Decanter (Hong Kong)- DAWA
11 April 2017

Veuillez envoyer vos échantillons ( 4 bouteilles par référence inscrite) à JAS Forwarding (H.K.) pour que ceux-ci nous parviennent entre
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1. Dates clés et tarif de participation – DAWA
11 April 2017

Dates clés et tarif de participation 2017 02 mai – Ouverture des inscriptions 26 juin – Entrepôt ouvert aux livraisons (Hong Kong)
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3. Livraison – DAWA
11 April 2017

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Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016: results and analysis
11 April 2017

Sauvignon Blanc may be a ubiquitous grape, with most countries’ winemakers trying their hand at producing it, but how good is the quality overall? Our Global Masters tasting panel finds out.
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Uncorked: Michael Jordan MS, CWE
11 April 2017

Michael Jordam MS, CWE chats to dbHK about a special 1863 Madeira, drinking a 1961 Musigny and his lifelong ambition to learn how to drink a magnum of Pinot Noir underwater.
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Accolade UK revenues tumble by £104 million
11 April 2017

Accolade UK saw its revenues tumble by nearly £104 million with operating profit down £10 million in the year to 30 June 2016, according to consolidated financial accounts filed at Companies House.
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Bordeaux 2016 in Médoc: Anson’s first impression
10 April 2017

Read Jane Anson's initial impression of the Bordeaux 2016 en primeur wines in Médoc. Editing by Chris Mercer.En primeur samples from northern Médoc at the main UGC tasting for Bordeaux 2016. Read Jane Anson's early thoughts on the barrel samples...
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Rosé sales rise nearly 60%, Sainsbury’s reports
10 April 2017

Sainsbury’s has reported a 58% increase in French rosé sales in the last month, and is predicting 2017 will be its biggest year for pink wine.
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Moët announces UK Sommelier of the Year finalists
10 April 2017

Moët has announced the names of the twelve finalists of this year’s UK Sommelier of the Year competition.
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Waitrose exports English sparkling wines to China
10 April 2017

Upmarket UK supermarket Waitrose has started exporting English sparkling wines to China.
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Introducing appassimento wines from Veneto
10 April 2017

Rich and textured, appassimento wines are a calling card for the region of Veneto in Italy. Here are some delicious examples to introduce you to the style...Appassimento grapes. Rich and textured, appassimento wines are a calling card for the region of Veneto in Italy. Here are some delicious examples to introduce you to the style...
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Champagne Krug rolls out numbered cuvées
10 April 2017

Krug is rolling out its numbered bottles of Krug Grand Cuvée starting with the 163rd Edition, marking the 163rd release of the multi-vintage expression since the foundation of Maison Krug in 1843.
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Vinitaly launches 5 Star Wines Book 2017
10 April 2017

Vinitaly has launched the first edition of 5 Star Wines – the Book 2017, featuring 441 wines scoring 90 points and over.
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Moët Hennessy CEO becomes Vinexpo president
10 April 2017

Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre has taken over from Xavier de Eizaguirre as president of Vinexpo’s supervisory board.
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Final call for The Asian Riesling Masters 2017
10 April 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Asian Riesling Masters ahead of the upcoming deadline of 28 April.
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Jefford on Monday: The alpha and omega wine
10 April 2017

Andrew Jefford tastes Valpolicella in its different guises and recommends wines to try. Inside the cellars at Zyme in Valpolicella country. Andrew Jefford recommends wines to try...
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The winners and losers at World’s 50 Best restaurant awards
09 April 2017

But who is number one...?Dishes from some of the 50 best restaurants. World’s 50 Best restaurant awards It wasn’t unexpected that there would be a new number one at the head of the
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Producer profile: Masseto
09 April 2017

Thirty years after its first vintage, this 100% Merlot continues to stand apart from its Bolgheri neighbours as an exceptional single-vineyard expression. The key is in the individuality of the terroir, explains Stephen Brook... Thirty years after its first vintage, this 100% Merlot continues to stand apart from its Bolgheri neighbours as an exceptional single-vineyard expression. The key is in th...
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Vinitaly preview
08 April 2017

Vinitaly 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever before, as organisers increase the size of the exhibition space to accomodate more Italian and international winemakers.
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Stoli Group appoints new Global CEO
08 April 2017

Stoli Group has appointed Hugues Pietrini as its new Global CEO effective immediately.
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Sommelier Talk: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse's Wine Guru Is Having Fun (Wine Spectator)
08 April 2017

Restaurant veteran and Master Sommelier Barbara Werley celebrates her tenth anniversary at the Dallas institution this year
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Chef Fabio Trabocchi's Easter Pork Chop Braciole Recipe with Super Tuscan Wine Recommendations (Wine Spectator)
08 April 2017

Italian chef Fabio Trabocchi shares his family recipe for grilled chops. Plus, 12 super Tuscan red wines to pair
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The week in pictures
08 April 2017

Including a bee friendly beer launch, a trip to a microbrewery, a Dom Pérignon unveiling and a five-day gin-spired drinks festival, this week has kept the drinks industry on its toes.
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Top 10 new drinks books
07 April 2017

Our latest round-up of new drinks titles includes a cocktail cookbook, whisky field guide, volcanic wine tome, rosé compendium and a pictorial tour of Bordeaux's top châteaux.
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Odd wine out: Test your knowledge
07 April 2017

Know about wine and can spot inconsistencies? Grapes, regions, appellations, tasting notes - you need to be a good all-rounder. Test your knowledge... Take the Decanter.com odd wine out quiz below. See all Decanter.com wine quizzes
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Tupac pop-up restaurant opens in New York
07 April 2017

A pop-up restaurant opens its doors in New York today for one weekend only inspired by and imaginary venue thought up by American rapper Tupac Shakur.
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Shenzhen Customs busts US$11.6m smuggled wines
07 April 2017

Shenzhen Customs has busted an illegal wine smuggling ring and confiscated around 10,000 bottles of contraband wines, valued at RMB 80 million (US$11.6 million), the latest and biggest haul yet as cross-border checkpoints tighten up control on smuggled goods.
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Top 10 Masters food and drink pairings
07 April 2017

db takes a look at the weird and wonderful Masters Champions Dinner food and drink pairings through the years.
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Cornell win SPIT tasting for first time
07 April 2017

Cornell University has claimed its first victory at the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT), defeating 11 other teams from other top universities.
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Martha Stewart launches wine company
07 April 2017

American entrepreneur Martha Stewart has branched out from home furnishings into wine with the launch of a home delivery service.
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On this day 1933…beer goes back on sale in US
07 April 2017

On this day in 1933 the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted, allowing many thousands of Americans to buy their first legal beer in over a decade.
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Tasting wine stimulates your brain more than maths, says neuroscientist
07 April 2017

Tasting wine engages more of our brain than any other human behaviour, according to the findings of a leading neuroscientist in the US.Guests at the Decanter Italy Encounter put in the hard yards of training. It's better than maths, says leading scientist...
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The best Aldi wines to buy
07 April 2017

Our tasting team select some great value wines from Aldi's latest seasonal range... Some more great value deals at Aldi this spring...
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纽约Eleven Madison Park当选世界最佳餐厅
07 April 2017

由名厨Daniel Humm拥有并主理的纽约Eleven Madison Park餐厅(以下简称EMP)目前于在墨尔本召开的盛大颁奖典礼上隆重当选为世界最佳餐厅。
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中国瓶装葡萄酒进口在2017首两月经历下滑
07 April 2017

中国酒类进出口商分会最新数据显示,我国瓶装酒进口在今年首两月无论在进口量和金额上都遭受了下滑,这是在经历了去年强劲表现之后首次下滑.
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California Cabernet 2013: The perfect scores – part two of our overview
07 April 2017

Read part two of William Kelley's tasting report on the California Cabernet 2013 vintage, in which he looks at wines rated 97-100 points in a vintage set to live long in the memory for the right reasons. The best of the best...
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Unfiltered: Tupac Shakur Pops Up (With a Chicken-and-Cocktail Restaurant) (Wine Spectator)
07 April 2017

Also in Unfiltered, French Laundry thief cellared behind lock and key, Belvedere weaves a rye garden, and Vinitaly and Oregon get auctions
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Luxury travel: French wine tour ideas
07 April 2017

What better way to fall in love with French wine country than from the balcony of a 13th-century moated château in Beaujolais? Or looking out over a rippling sea of green vines in Languedoc from the poolside of a five-star hotel? Find your inspiration for a luxury tour through France’s most beautiful wine regions…Domaine de Verchant, Languedoc-Rousillon Live like royalty in Fran...
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Strange tales: Raphael and the wine barrel
07 April 2017

The great Renaissance painter Raphael, who died on this day in 1520, has a persistent legend surrounding him that he first sketched one of his most famous paintings on the bottom of a wine barrel.
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db meets: Cedric Nicaise
06 April 2017

With Eleven Madison Park in New York having just been voted the World’s Best Restaurant, we catch up with its wine director, Cedric Nicaise, to talk Champagne.
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April Showers: Bodo’s Schloss launches ‘push for Prosecco’
06 April 2017

Throughout April, Kensington’s Alpine ski lodge-inspired Bodo’s Schloss will provide unlimited Prosecco for £15.
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Stott’s Burgundy-rich collection for sale in NYC
06 April 2017

Sotheby’s has announced that the third part of the Don Stott collection will be sold in New York this May, featuring nearly US$2 million worth of rare Burgundy.
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Nicholas Feuillatte launch limited edition sleeve at John Lewis
06 April 2017

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a limited edition floral sleeve for its Brut Reserve to be stocked at John Lewis stores throughout summer 2017.
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Eleven Madison Park voted world’s best restaurant
06 April 2017

Eleven Madison Park in New York, owned and run by head chef Daniel Humm, has been voted the world’s best restaurant at a glitzy ceremony in Melbourne.
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COFCO partners with James Suckling
06 April 2017

China's state-owned wine merchant COFCO has just inked an exclusive agreement with wine critic James Suckling, which allows COFCO to translate and use Suckling's tasting notes, videos and tasting reports for wine sale and education in mainland China, the merchant has announced.
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Proust Q&A: Mo Ayoub
06 April 2017

Mo Ayoub, winemaker of Oregon's Ayoub Wines chats to dbHK about his fears, his most treasured possession and Forrest Gump.
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‘DRC of Barossa’ launched in HK
06 April 2017

Dave Powell, the former winemaker and co-founder of Torbreck, has launched his new wine, Powell & Son, in Hong Kong; billing it the ‘the DRC of Barossa’, albeit one with a healthy dash of influence from the northern Rhône and the "unsung hero" of Australian wine, Eden Valley.
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Gorgona: The wine made by prisoners
06 April 2017

An inspiring back story to one of Tuscany’s most expensive white wines...Gorgona island Gorgona is one of Tuscany’s most expensive white wines...
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Miguel Torres: ‘solar energy is a must’
06 April 2017

Generating electricity from the sun “is a must”, according to leading Spanish wine producer and environmental activist, Miguel Torres.
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Bordeaux 2016 Right Bank: Anson’s first impression
06 April 2017

Jane Anson gives her early thoughts on the Bordeaux 2016 Right Bank vintage. Read Jane Anson's early thoughts on the barrel samples...
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Bordeaux Fixer Upper (Wine Spectator)
06 April 2017

Renovated cellars improve winemaking and dazzle visitors
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Casa Gancia launches ‘leggero’ Prosecco
05 April 2017

Casa Gancia has launched a ‘leggero’ Prosecco with a lower sugar content "to tap into a growing trend for low-calorie products".
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Moët ups social media engagement with new link-up
05 April 2017

Moët Hennessy has linked up with Tribe, an online marketplace that links brands to ‘social media micro-influencers’ that has just launched in the UK.
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Steven Spurrier declared ‘the great man of wine’
05 April 2017

Wine critic and producer Steven Spurrier was declared ‘the great man of wine’ at Le Gavroche last week, where his vinous achievements were celebrated in style.
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Records fall at Burgundy sale
05 April 2017

US auction house Hart Davis Hart’s ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale realised US$5.6 million, “shattering” a number of records in the process.
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Indie supplier Vindependents boosts wine range by a third
05 April 2017

Vindependents, the wine supplier set up by a group of independent wine merchants to exclusively supply the independent market, has boosted its wine range by nearly a third to 300 wines, as well as almost doubling the number of its suppliers
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Wine is tasted in the brain not mouth
05 April 2017

The flavour of a wine is created by the brain of the taster rather than the wine itself according to Gordon Shepherd, a professor of neuroscience at Yale.
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Graham’s Port receives Royal Warrant
05 April 2017

Symington Family Estates has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Her Majesty The Queen as Suppliers of Graham’s Port.
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Hine Cognac appoints new brand ambassador
05 April 2017

Hine Cognac has appointed Enguerrand Leonetti as its new brand ambassador based in France.
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Mumm signs up Formula E ambassadors
05 April 2017

Champagne Mumm has signed up Formula E racing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Lucas di Grassi as new brand ambassadors.
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Sauternes 2016 first impression: ‘Names count’ in a mixed vintage
05 April 2017

Bordeaux 2016 proved even more of a waiting game in Sauternes than usual and an initial taste of barrel samples suggests that it will be a mixed vintage, arguably favouring those with the capacity to invest extra resources in grape selection.Sauternes 2016 en primeur samples. NB: Labels shown do not correspond to any specific comments in this 'first impression' article. Jane Anson gives her early...
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California Cabernet 2013 vintage is quite simply the finest – part 1
05 April 2017

In Decanter magazine William Kelley reviewed the once in a life time 2013 vintage. All his reviews are now going online including some of the best scores given by Decanter magazine. 2013 California Cabernet Sauvignon For many winemakers and vintners, California’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is quite simply the finest of
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Domaine Ponsot adopts new authentication measure
05 April 2017

Before his sudden departure last month, Burgundy producer Laurent Ponsot adopted a new authentication system for his family domaine that allows consumers to check a wine's authenticity and whether or not it's been opened.
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Do You Believe in Wine Ghosts? (Wine Spectator)
05 April 2017

Does the wine world have malevolent spirits?
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Accolade boss steps down after IPO withdrawal
04 April 2017

Accolade CEO Michael East has stepped down from the Australian wine giant, citing the company's withdrawal of its IPO offer for his decision to take early retirement.
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Inflation ups weekly food and drink spend by £21 per week
04 April 2017

Shoppers are forking out on average over £21 more a week for food and drink according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, as retailers own-label ranges continues to see growth.
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Office to install ‘press for Champagne’ buttons on desks
04 April 2017

New luxury London offices will swap the intercom for Champagne buttons with workers waited on hand, foot and now finger.
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How long should you keep wine open? – Ask Decanter
04 April 2017

Had a party or just opened a bottle in the week without finishing it? Don’t be tempted to throw it away, it will probably last longer than you think… How long can wine last once opened? How long should you keep wine open? – Ask Decanter According to a study from Laithwaite’s Wine, the average UK
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Stouty McStoutface steals show at beer festival
04 April 2017

In a result that sounds as though it should be an April fool, the best brew of the CAMRA Gloucester Beer Festival 2017 was… Stouty McStoutface.
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Bordeaux 2016: Suckling hails ‘Left Bank year’
04 April 2017

US wine critic James Suckling has released his last batch of notes for the 2016 barrel samples, hailing the year as decidedly a Left Bank one.
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WSTA warns reform to Licensing Act could increase retailers’ ‘burden’
04 April 2017

The WSTA has warned that some of the changes to licensing proposed by a Lords committee might add “significant burdens” to retailers when they were already dealing with a triple-whammy of increasing duty, business rates uncertainty and Brexit.
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Charles Banks pleads guilty to fraud
04 April 2017

Charles Banks, the former owner of cult California winery Screaming Eagle, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison.
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Edinburgh Gin signs new sponsorship deal with Musselburgh Racecourse
04 April 2017

Following its cogent backing of The Edinburgh Cup Raceday, Edinburgh Gin has signed a £20,000 headline sponsorship deal with Musselburgh Racecourse.
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Small gains again in March for fine wine
04 April 2017

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index gained again in March, for the sixteenth consecutive month, but the rise was a slight 0.7%.
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Majestic launches its first entry-level own-label range
04 April 2017

Majestic is setting its sights at supermarket rivals as it launches its first entry-level own label range.
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Cockburn’s celebrates 200 year anniversary by declaring 2015 vintage
04 April 2017

Cockburn's celebrates its 200 year history by declaring the 2015 Port vintage... Cockburn's declares the 2015 Port vintage...
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Bordeaux 2016 en primeur: Rush to taste despite global uncertainty
04 April 2017

Bordeaux châteaux need to put extra staff in their tasting rooms this week as early signs suggest historically high number of tasters and merchants are heading to taste barrel samples of the 2016 vintage in what has been described by some as the region's equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.Margaux vineyards in Bordeaux, from the book 'Club of Nine' with photos from Andy Katz and words by Jane A...
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Wine Executive Charles Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Fraud (Wine Spectator)
04 April 2017

The financial adviser, Terroir founder and Mayacamas co-owner was charged with deceiving former NBA star Tim Duncan
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Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017: Results
04 April 2017

Well-priced Cabernet Sauvignon from the New World dominated the medal chart of our inaugural Asian Cabernet Sauvignon Masters, impressing judges with their quality and approachable price points.
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db Eats: Sakagura
04 April 2017

db's resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to authentic new Japanese site Sakagura on Heddon Street for silky sashimi and saké surprises in a secret booth.
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UK leading market for Bordeaux blanc
04 April 2017

The UK became the leading European export market and second largest global export market for white Bordeaux last year, importing over 3 million bottles.
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AWRS comes into force for retailers
03 April 2017

The Alcohol Wholesales Registration Scheme (AWRS) came into force for retailers over the weekend in a bid to crack down on illicit booze on which no duty has been paid and ensure the legitimacy of retail supply chains.
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Cockburn’s marks bicentenary with 2015 vintage Port
03 April 2017

Cockburn's has declared 2015 a vintage year, announcing the release of a Port from its Quinta dos Canais and Quinta do Vale Coelho vineyards in the Douro Superior and simultaneously marking its bicentennial.
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Final call for Organic Masters entries
03 April 2017

Final entries for The Drinks Business Organic Masters are being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 21 April.
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Top April Fools 2017
03 April 2017

From bling-tastic £10k gin bottles to beer for Shire horses, the drinks industry pulled out the stops for this year's April Fools Day.
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Total Wines overturns ‘unconstitutional’ South Carolina liquor laws
03 April 2017

US wine retailer Total Wines has successfully challenged the traditional liquor laws of South Carolina, after the state’s supreme court branded a cap on the number of stores a retailer can have as “unconstitutional”.
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White Lyan cocktail bar becomes Super Lyan
03 April 2017

Maestro mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana’s wildly successful bottled cocktail bar White Lyan is to get a heroic makeover and become Super Lyan.
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Martin: no thrill but much to admire in 2014s
03 April 2017

The Wine Advocate’s Bordeaux critic, Neal Martin, has returned to taste the 2014 vintage in bottle, the first vintage he rated for the journal.
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
03 April 2017

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team. This week we decode honeysuckle and green pepper... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your 'honeysuckle' from your 'liquorice' wines. See tasting notes decoded and learn how to talk about wine like an expert.
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Wine lover hidden paradises: Masciarelli Tenute Agricole
03 April 2017

Promotional featureIn one of Italy’s most hidden treasures, a wild region off the beaten track known as Abruzzo – less than one hour drive from Rome towards the Adriatic Sea – Masciarelli Tenute Agricole has been producing top quality wines, oils and Grappa that reflect the bio-diversity of the territory for more than 30 years...Castello di Semivicoli In one of Italy’s most...
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Bordeaux: Lynch-Bages owner buys Haut-Batailley
03 April 2017

The Cazes family of Château Lynch-Bages has put to rest several weeks of speculation in Bordeaux by confirming that it has acquired Château Haut-Batailley, the 1855 Grand Cru Classé estate in Pauillac. Château Haut-Batailley vineyards. Deal confirmed after weeks of rumours...
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Jefford on Monday: Valpolicella Revealed
03 April 2017

Andrew Jefford gets to know a fractious Italian champion....Appassimento grapes at Novaia Andrew Jefford gets to know a fractious Italian champion....
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In the restaurant: The wine tasting ritual — how to handle it like an expert
02 April 2017

Whether it’s a party of friends, clients or even a date — the wine presentation ritual can be a nerve-wracking point in the meal. As the waiter approaches with your chosen bottle, the table chatter dies away and all wait in anticipation for your verdict. Learn how to handle it with the poise and assurance of an expert, with tips Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, chief restaurant criti...
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The timing of Bordeaux en primeur – ask Decanter
02 April 2017

Why does Bordeaux en primeur take place in the spring...? Why does it take place in the Spring...?
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Lynch-Bages buys Haut-Batailley
01 April 2017

Pauillac fifth growth Château Lynch-Bages has acquired fellow Pauillac fifth, Châtau Haut-Batailley for an undisclosed sum.
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China: Experience the Four Seasons, Shanghai, like never before
01 April 2017

From the 31st March - 31st May, the sophisticated Four Seasons, Shanghai, will be promoting two Chinese Decanter Asia Wine Award winning wines, in both their restaurants. The Four Seasons Shanghai offers two very different settings to enjoy these award-winning wines. On the first floor, guests can visit
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Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Flavorful Recipes for Passover, with 10 Kosher Wine Recommendations (Wine Spectator)
01 April 2017

Chef Michelle Bernstein’s asparagus, cauliflower and bold sauces enliven the Pesach menu. Plus, scores and tasting notes for 10 recommended kosher wines
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Bordeaux Right Bank Quiz: Test your knowledge
01 April 2017

Know your St-Emilion from your Pomerol? What about the other up-and-coming appellations? With Bordeaux en primeur around the corner, there's no better time to test your knowledge...The cellar room at Château Pavie. Test your skills here...
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Exclusive: Owners of Bordeaux’s Château Lynch Bages Buy Haut-Batailley (Wine Spectator)
01 April 2017

One of Pauillac's leading wineries buys a fellow fifth-growth in a deal between families
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
01 April 2017

Wine and spirit releases galore and the lowdown on the Hong Kong and China market from the head of Vinexpo capped another busy week in HK.
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Giesen wins Easter Trophy with first Gewürztraminer vintage
06 March 2017

A wine celebrating the Giesen brothers German heritage and love of aromatics has won the Trophy Champion Gewürztraminer at the 2017 Royal Easter Wine Show Wine Awards. Giesen claimed the prestigious honours with The Brothers Gewürztraminer 2014, the first vintage the company has made with this style. It was also awarded gold medals for its The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2014, Giesen The Fu...
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