Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Fine wine investment: are the ‘seconds’ understood?
23 March 2017

Although there has been much talk about 'second wines' in recent years, the close correlation in prices regardless of points achieved suggests they are not yet properly understood or appreciated by the market.
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Premium Sherry tipped to grow 18% by 2021
23 March 2017

After a tumultuous few years the fortunes of Sherry may be about to turn, believes Gonzalez Byass, with the IWSR predicting sales of premium Sherry to grow 18% by 2021, helped by a boom in premium spanish restaurants and interest by younger consumers.
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Cognac Frapin VSOP’s new look
23 March 2017

Frapin VSOP’s new decanter was revealed at ProWein on Monday, with stocks available in the UK from April.
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New US players looks to shake-up US wine wholesaling
22 March 2017

A Californian tech-based wholesaler is launching in the US, aiming to democratise access to the US market for smaller producers.
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Coffee more popular than wine in the UK
22 March 2017

The coffee industry is now worth over double the value of the wine industry in the UK, with three new coffee shops opening every day in Britain.
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New records set at ProWein 2017
22 March 2017

Director of ProWein, Marius Berlemann, described this year’s show as “sensational” after record numbers of visitors and exhibitors were reported.
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Figeac’s auction consignment 100% sold
22 March 2017

An ex-cellar consignment of Château Figeac was 100% sold by Christie’s in London last week, realising over £100,000.
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Where is all the Champagne going? See the latest figures
22 March 2017

As the UK gears up to trigger Article 50 next week, a new report shows the extent of damage inflicted on Champagne sales in Britain by a 'sudden' fall in the pound sterling currency amid the Brexit vote. Below, see charts based on Comité Champagne data to show which country drank the most in 2016. Top destinations and fastest risers...
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Nicolas Feuillatte debuts in Hong Kong & Macau
22 March 2017

Hong Kong importer, Omtis Fine Wines, has gained the exclusive distrbution rights for France's Champagne brand Nicolas Feuillatte in Hong Kong and Macau.
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Hong Kong to roll out a South African wine campaign in April
22 March 2017

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) will host a month-long Camapign in Hong Kong next month to highlight the "quality and diversity of South African wines," the wine trade association has announced.
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Wine Is What You Bring to It (Wine Spectator)
22 March 2017

The greatest wines are always a two-way street
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Stone Brewing makes sewage water beer
22 March 2017

San Diego’s Stone Brewing have created Full Circle, a pale ale made from 100% recycled sewage water.
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Cape Town weekend road trip
22 March 2017

Take wine weekend road trip through South Africa's Cape Town and along the coast to Hermanus, with the best food and wine along the way.... Stop off at Betty's Bay to see the African Jackass penguins. Take a wine weekend road trip...
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Ed Sheeran buys Italian villa with vineyard – report
22 March 2017

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has joined the ranks of musician celebrities who own vineyards by acquiring a villa in Italy's Umbria region, according to reports. Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury festival in 2014. Young British musician buys villa in Umbria...
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Groupon UK launch Prosecco nail polish
22 March 2017

Groupon have launched a fizz flavoured nail polish, the latest and perhaps most peculiar addition to the long list of Prosecco themed paraphernalia.
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US, Canada & Mexico driving Champagne growth
22 March 2017

While sales slide in the UK, Champagne corks are popping in the US, Canada and Mexico, where a thirst for the fizz is driving the export growth of the category.
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Brexit blamed for tumbling Champagne sales
22 March 2017

Champagne sales in the UK have taken a tumble over the last year, with the Brexit vote being blamed for a 14% fall in value sales of the sparkler.
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Naming ‘the people’s English fizz’
21 March 2017

Naked Wines’ ‘the people’s English fizz' is in need of a name, following confirmation of the blend chosen by its investors.
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Best value buys from Northern Rhône 2015
21 March 2017

John Livingstone-Learmonth says the Rhône 2015 vintage is shaping up to be one for the ages. Many of these wines look fantastic value in the initial merchant offerings, so we've picked the ones to hunt down.... Great value wines from this top vintage....
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Fears over sommelier shortfall as Brexit looms
21 March 2017

Brexit is making it harder to recruit talented sommeliers from Europe, according to senior members of the UK trade - echoing growing concerns throughout the UK hospitality industry. Judges pretend to be restaurant diners at the ‘world’s best sommelier’ competition in Mendoza, Argentina, 2016. Can the UK still attract enough talent?...
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Article 50 date set: What to do before Brexit
21 March 2017

UK prime minister Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50 on 29 March. Nothing is certain after that point, and it's not as if no one ever crossed the English Channel prior to the EU, but if you're a British wine lover living in the UK then here's a few things that you could try out before the country plunges into Brexit. Theresa May said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market. Thin...
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Boscarelli's Red Wine Romance
21 March 2017

Old romantic W. Blake Gray meets the family behind the most sought-after wines in Montepulciano.
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Eben Sadie wins Winemakers’ Winemaker Award 2017
21 March 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine and the drinks business are delighted to announce Eben Sadie, of South Africa's Sadie Family Wines, as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award.
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Ambitious millennials see on-trade as viable career path
21 March 2017

Ambitious millennials increasingly see hospitality as a viable career path, an operations director in the on-trade has claimed.
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Sonoma company launches wine and weed pairings
21 March 2017

A Californian cannabis company has started to hold wine and weed pairings.
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Kitchen chatter: Simon Wilson
21 March 2017

Simon Wilson, the creator of Taste of Hong Kong, chats to dbHK about what he would serve for his last meal on earth and his ideal dinner party with Barack Obama.
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
21 March 2017

It has been a busy week in Hong Kong's drinks industry from the dbHK's inaugural Asian Masters Cabernet Sauvignon competition and a Rhone 2015 en primeur tasting to Ned Goodwin MW's masterclass on Champagne and the French GourMay press conference and Castilla-La Mancha tasting.
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Lidl beefs up spirits team
21 March 2017

UK retailer Lidl has appointed award-winner bartender Tristan Stephenson, the co-founder of Purl, City hotspot the Worship Street Whistling Shop and bar consultancy Fluid Movement, to beef up its spirits buying team.
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Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894
21 March 2017

Promotional featureOne of Rioja’s most esteemed producers; but it hasn’t limited itself to just the one region, having spread its wings over recent years, setting up home in Toro, Rueda and Ribera del Duero, where it continues to blend its hallmarks of both tradition and innovation... Bodegas Palacio, Rioja Onwards and upwards’ should be Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894’s motto...
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Spotted at ProWein: Sting
20 March 2017

Sting and wife Trudie Styler attended ProWein on Sunday to announce the launch of the Il Palagio Tasting Tour.
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TWE appoints Tom King as new Europe md
20 March 2017

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed Tom King as its Europe managing director following the untimely death last week of Dan Townsend.
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Jefford on Monday: Value from a great vintage
20 March 2017

Andrew Jefford provides tasting notes for Crozes-Hermitage 2015 red wines, arguing that the appellation offers some of the best value in this highly praised Rhône vintage. Crozes-Hermitage vineyards in the Northern Rhône. Andrew Jefford on Crozes-Hermitage 2015...
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Britain Hit by Ginflation
20 March 2017

The authorities add a British classic to the ways they measure inflation.
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Wine Legend: Château Haut-Brion, Blanc 1989
20 March 2017

Find out why the much sought-after Château Haut-Brion, Blanc 1989 is a Decanter wine legend... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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In the restaurant: How to order wine for the table — people pleasing and pairings
19 March 2017

Ordering the wine for a table of friends, family or business associates can feel like a crushing responsibility. How do you keep your cool while second-guessing or placating the demands of those around you? If only you could remember what that article you read said about matching wine and seafood. Here's some advice from Decanter columnist Andrew Jefford, chief restaurant critic Fiona Beckett and...
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Thirty years of Castello di Ama, L’Apparita
18 March 2017

See our expert Aldo Fiordelli's favourite L'Apparita wines from an anniversary vertical tasting, read a profile of the Tuscan estate and hear about its 'Judgement of Paris' moment. Castello di Ama See expert Aldo Fiordelli's favourite wines...
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2015 Bordeaux Offers Classic Wines
18 March 2017

As the 2016 en primeur campaign looms, Margaret Rand tastes the much-anticipated 2015 wines.
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Australia: Three reasons why you should visit the Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant this Autumn
18 March 2017

Decanter has partnered with the exclusive Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant to give you the chance to relax and enjoy a selection of Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016 award-winning wines and champagnes complimented by delicious cuisine in a luxurious and scenic setting. Here are three reasons why you need to pay Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant a visit: Incredible location Situated in...
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Top five unexpectedly expensive Chinese wines
18 March 2017

Would you pay first-growth money for Chinese wine? We bring you the most expensive Chinese wines in a round-up that makes Lafite Rothschild look cheap.
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Champagne tasting to champion blanc de blancs
18 March 2017

London’s rebranded Champagne tasting on 29 March is to focus on vintage, rosé and blanc de blancs styles of fizz.
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The week in pictures
18 March 2017

A jam-packed week in the drinks industry featured Bénédictine liqueur's cocktail competition, Flint Wines' song themed portfolio tasting and a trip to Raw Wine London.
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Diam launches agglomerated cork with plant-based binder
18 March 2017

Diam has launched a new agglomerated cork that uses a plant-based binder and beeswax filler in place of polyurethane glue and plastic microparticles.
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Tapping the potential: allergen awareness in drinks
18 March 2017

Mike Edmunds of Trade Interchange discusses how pubs, bars and breweries can tackle the task of supplier management in relation to allergens in drinks.
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The Loire wine quiz – Test your knowledge
18 March 2017

How well do you know the Loire? Do you think of great Châteaux and wonderful sweet wines, or do you simply know it as the home of Sauvignon Blanc? Test your skills below. Loire Valley vines were hit hard by spring frost in 2016. Take the Decanter.com Loire wine quiz below. See more Decanter.com wine quizzes
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Northern Rhône 2015: Full overview of this ‘excellent’ vintage
18 March 2017

This is an excellent vintage and is deserving of its early tag as one to match the best years of the 20th Century in the Northern Rhône, says John Livingstone-Learmonth. Read his full vintage report below, including a summary of each appellation. Northern Rhône 2015 lives up to the hype... This vintage lives up to the hype - see the best...
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Top Northern Rhône 2015: The highest scorers
18 March 2017

John Livingstone-Learmonth isn't prone to hyperbole but agreed with several producers who think Rhône 2015 is a once-in-a-generation vintage in northern areas. Here are the wines he thought were the best of the best for Northern Rhône 2015... The best of the best from an exciting vintage...
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DBG Italia breaks away from Berry Bros
18 March 2017

DBG Italia, David Berry Green’s Italian wine agency, is to become an independent business from Berry Bros. & Rudd.
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Wine corkage and offers: London wine bars and restaurants
17 March 2017

Find the best value food and wine with these offers in London wine bars and restaurants... Trying to save money...?
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A Glass With: a new wine podcast
17 March 2017

Wine columnist, writer and Saturday Kitchen regular, Olly Smith, and wine writer, educator and consultant, Richard Hemming MW, have launched ‘A Glass With…’ a new wine podcast.
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Burgundy’s La Burgondie joins Conviviality
17 March 2017

Burgundian brand La Burgondie has set its sights on the UK off-trade believing there to be a gap in the market for an affordable Burgundy brand that is "approachable and accessible".
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For the weekend: Great wines under £20
17 March 2017

Decanter international tastings director Christelle Guibert hunts the tastings to find exciting, great value wines, all for under £20. See our selection of green-tinted and zesty Albariños... Dodge the St Patrick’s Day Guinness and enjoy a green and zesty Albariño instead…
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Prosecco DOC chief to ban Glyphosate chemical spray
17 March 2017

Grape growers for Prosecco DOC are set to be banned from using three chemical sprays, including one that was only this week judged safe by the European Union's watchdog, the president of the appellation has said. Glera grapes, used in Prosecco production, on the vine. President of DOC council says he is committed to ban...
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Budweiser to make microgravity beer for Martians
17 March 2017

Budweiser has joined the space race to become the first to send beer to Mars, embarking on a mission to produce a microgravity brew that can be enjoyed on the Red Planet.
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Whisky Auctioneer to offer rare Karuizawa 1960
17 March 2017

Online Scotch whisky auction company, Whisky Auctioneer, will offer “the world’s largest known collection” of rare and collectable Karuizawa whisky from Japan including a bottle of Karuizawa 1960.
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Vinexpo波尔多将聚焦雷司令
17 March 2017

据Vinexpo(国际葡萄酒与烈酒展览会)的CEO Guillaume Deglise称,将于6月举行的本届Vinexpo波尔多将聚焦雷司令葡萄品种。他在上个月于伦敦举行的展会简报中说,此次展会将为期4天,从周日6月18日到周三6月21日,其中周二将会是“雷司令日(Riesling Day)”,届时将有一系列活动围绕这一品种展开。
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王朝酒业连续第五年亏损
17 March 2017

中国葡萄酒生产及进口商王朝酒业近日发布2016年财报,显示公司已是连续第五年亏损,使得这一曾经显赫一时的国内第二大葡萄酒品牌更加前途未卜。
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Weather Can't Dampen the 2016 Bordeaux Vintage
17 March 2017

Our first report from Bordeaux En Primeur reveals how the 2016 vintage snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
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Study Finds Red Wine Compound Slows Aging in Muscles and Neurons (Wine Spectator)
17 March 2017

Research found that resveratrol could decrease the adverse impact of aging on motor function
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Unfiltered: Jhené Aiko, Future and A-Trak Find Inspiration in the Bottle (of Belvedere) (Wine Spectator)
17 March 2017

Also in Unfiltered, a Bordeaux wine for America's Cup, and Coppolas join forces with Junk Gypsies
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Why does my ‘extra dry’ Prosecco taste sweet? – ask Decanter
17 March 2017

Ever been confused with the dry or sweetness wording on labels of Prosecco? You're definitely not alone. Here's how it works... Don't be fooled by Prosecco 'Extra Dry'. Sweeter than you thought...?
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Beaune wine museum reopens
17 March 2017

The museum of wine and viticulture in Beaune has reopened after a four month renovation and now includes a hall dedicated to the region’s sparkling wines.
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Turning Tables: Jacques Torres Opens Chocolate Museum in New York (Wine Spectator)
17 March 2017

Plus, City Winery Chicago introduces a creative outdoor dining solution and the Bear and Star plans to open soon in Santa Barbara
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Restaurant Spotlight: Bouchon Santa Barbara (Wine Spectator)
17 March 2017

Local wines, cozy atmosphere and sublime cuisine make this restaurant a dining destination.
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10 Desert Getaways for Wine Lovers in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona (Wine Spectator)
17 March 2017

Check out these dining hotspots in the Valley of the Sun
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Cocktails inspired by chef’s signature dishes
17 March 2017

As the lines between food and drink become increasingly blurred, London-based mixologist Matt Whiley has launched a cocktail list inspired by top chefs’ signature dishes.
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Hallgarten becomes official partner to Goodwood
17 March 2017

UK wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has been named an official partner of The Goodwood Estate, providing all wine to its hotels and events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.
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China’s Dynasty Fine Wines reports financial loss for fifth year
17 March 2017

China’s struggling wine producer and importer, Dynasty Fine Wines, has reported a further financial loss in 2016 for the fifth consecutive year, plunging the once second most valuable wine brand in the country into yet more uncertainty.
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Mixed reaction to Latour release
17 March 2017

Latour’s latest ex-cellar tranche of its 2005 grand vin and 2011 second wine has been quite the hit in some quarters but reportedly left other buyers somewhat cold.
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Weersing: I thought biodynamics was witchcraft
17 March 2017

The owner of a winery that is now at the forefront of biodynamic winemaking in New Zealand admits she thought of the practice as "witchcraft" when she and her husband first started applying its methods.
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Ex-IWSC MD launches ‘Distilling the Dream’
16 March 2017

Ewan Lacey, ex-managing director of the International Wine and Spirits Competition, has set up a new programme to help those in the industry turn projects into reality.
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Reh Kendermann to sparkle at Prowein
16 March 2017

Reh Kendermann’s ambitious ProWein plans include showcasing newly released Black Tower brand extensions and new label designs for Kendermanns and Val Duna.
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Black Tower celebrates 50 years
16 March 2017

Black Tower, the iconic German wine brand, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a limited edition anniversary bottle and a new integrated PR campaign in the UK.
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Anson: Guide to the new wave of Bordeaux châteaux restaurants
16 March 2017

Jane Anson gives her insider guide to great restaurants owned by Bordeaux châteaux. Pierre Gagnaire outside Bernard Magrez's La Grande Maison. Credit: Institute Culturel Bernard Magrez. Why Bordeaux wine tourists are now spoilt for choice...
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Natural wines at Raw Fair: ‘To each his own’
16 March 2017

This year's Raw Wine Fair in London underlined how natural and also organic and biodynamic wine producers are garnering a following, particularly among younger wine enthusiasts. Decanter tastings assistant Natalie Earl visited for the first time and, below, gives her initial impression of the show... Some of the wines on show at Raw Fair in London. Natural wines' cult following continues to grow....
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Cos d’Estournel owner buys Château Pomys in Bordeaux
16 March 2017

The owner of Bordeaux second growth Château Cos d'Estournel has purchased fellow St-Estèphe estate Château Pomys, Decanter.com has confirmed. Château Pomys in St-Estèphe. Deal comes on the eve of en primeur season...
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开瓶起底:吕杨
16 March 2017

身为香格里拉集团的葡萄酒总监,常驻香港的吕杨不仅爱来自德国Mosel的雷司令,还爱赖床。
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Vinitaly携手中国酒类电商1919
16 March 2017

近日意大利联合葡萄酒展(Vinitaly International Academy,以下简称VIA)正式与中国最大的酒类电商之一“1919酒类直供”展开合作。这一合作将使1919成为意大利葡萄酒展公司(Vinitaly International)以及VIA两者的官方教育合作伙伴。
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The Pick of the 2013 Amarone
16 March 2017

The most recent vintage of these famous wines shows more variety than usual, Tom Hyland discovers.
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Vinexpo to launch trade show in New York
16 March 2017

The international wine trade expo is planning to hold a show in New York in 2018, more than five years since its previous leadership abandoned an attempt to get a foothold the US. The New York skyline. Wine trade expo group revives plan to enter US...
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DWWA judge profile: Rebecca Palmer
16 March 2017

Rebecca Palmer is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Rebecca Palmer Rebecca Palmer is associate director and buyer for the Corney & Barrow Group based in London, Hong Kong
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PlumpJack Achieves Gold LEED Certification for Napa's Odette Winery (Wine Spectator)
16 March 2017

The hospitality company designed its winery to meet high environmental standards; believes it will pay off with consumers
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MP believes English wine can ‘oil wheels of Brexit’
16 March 2017

Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani has called for English wines to be served at diplomatic events to help “oil the wheels of the Brexit negotiations”.
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Painting with wine
16 March 2017

Serbian artist Sanja Jankovic uses red, white and rosé wines as paint, a practice dating back to at least the 11th century.
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Chadwick: ‘Asia a level field for Chilean wines’
16 March 2017

Eduardo Chadwick, president of Chile’s iconic Viñedo Chadwick, talks about his confidence in China, the legendary Berlin tasting in 2004 and the potential of Cabernet in Chile.
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New Bill to make British embassies serve English wine
16 March 2017

A proposed law to force British embassies around the world to buy and serve English and Welsh wines instead of Champagne, Prosecco and Cava is being introduced in the UK Parliament. Nyetimber vineyards. Parliamentary bill calls on embassies to do more...
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Oregon picking up on Chardonnay potential
16 March 2017

New clonal material, a change in picking times and greater co-operation between producers is behind Oregon’s current Chardonnay drive says one winemaker.
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Brangelina’s château Miraval not for sale
15 March 2017

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will not be selling their Provence wine estate Miraval despite their impending divorce, and have released a Miraval extra virgin olive oil.
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Pernod ramps up calorie label pledge after EU report
15 March 2017

Pernod Ricard has said it will provide a web link to nutritional information on the labels of all of its strategic brands, following a report by the EU Commission inviting the trade to devise its own calorie labelling strategy.
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Hipster power sees gin added to ONS shopping basket
15 March 2017

The popularity of gin among 'hipsters' has led to the spirit being added to the UK's ONS inflation basket for the first time in 13 years, signalling its status as a shopping basket staple among Brits.
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Independent wine merchant invests to boost online ambition
15 March 2017

Independent wine merchant Nickolls and Perks is stepping up its online ambition after investing in new Cloud-based technology.
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Delicato expands China presence with Black Stallion
15 March 2017

California’s Delicato Family Vineyards is looking east for continuous growth as it expands its portfolio in China with the latest addition of Black Stallion wines with COFCO.
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Johnnie Walker launches ‘Mastery of Oak’
15 March 2017

Johnnie Walker has announced the release of the John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2017 Edition, Mastery of Oak, with a global limited release of 5,588 individually numbered decanters.
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California Squeezes More Wine from 2016 Vintage
15 March 2017

An increased grape yield in 2016 means producers can just keep ahead of demand.
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Tickets for new London to Bordeaux Eurostar route go on sale
15 March 2017

Tickets for the new faster route from London to Bordeaux on the Eurostar are due to go on sale. If you don't like flying...
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DWWA judge profile: Luigi Buonanno
15 March 2017

Luigi Buonanno is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) DWWA Judge: Luigi Buonanno Luigi Buonanno Luigi Buonanno has worked in the catering industry since the age of 15. He is currently sales account
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8 & $20 Recipe: Rainbow Trout with Homemade Nut Butter (Wine Spectator)
15 March 2017

A bright Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux adds a lively spark to this meal of simple pleasures
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Humble Grape
15 March 2017

Humble Grape is launching a second crowd-funding campaign to fund further expansion, as it gets ready to open its third and fourth sites in London.
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First Lady wine created for Melania Trump
15 March 2017

A quartet of Slovenian wine producers from Sevnica, where First Lady Melania Trump grew up, have released a wine in her honour.
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Organic wines in spotlight at Taste of Hong Kong 2017
15 March 2017

The upcoming Taste of Hong Kong 2017 will shine a spotlight on organic, biodynamic and 'natural' wines during the four-day dining extravaganza.
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Oscar winner Javier Bardem visits Speyside
15 March 2017

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem paid a visit to Speyside this week, raising a dram with Chivas Regal's master blender Colin Scott at its Strathisla distillery.
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Lafite 1982 to headline Christie’s online auction
15 March 2017

Auction house Christie’s has announced an upcoming online auction in Hong Kong featuring prominent lots from Bordeaux including a selection of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982.
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Jackson building new winery in Oregon
15 March 2017

Jackson Family Wines is building a new winery in Oregon from scratch to help cope with its substantially increased vineyard holdings in the state.
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Boutinot buys English vineyard
15 March 2017

Boutinot is set to take its first foray into English winemaking after buying Sussex-based Henners Vineyard for an undisclosed sum.
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Vinexpo marks 20 years in Hong Kong
14 March 2017

Vinexpo will return to Hong Kong in 2018, marking its 20th year exhibiting in the city where it launched in 1998.
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Trade given one year to develop calorie labelling system
14 March 2017

The drinks industry has welcomed a report by the EU Commission that invites its members to present a self-regulatory proposal within one year to provide calorie and nutrition labelling on alcoholic beverages.
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Final call for Syrah Masters 2017 entries
14 March 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for the drinks business Syrah Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 14 April.
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EU holds back from enforcing calorie labels on wine
14 March 2017

European Union officials have given the wine industry one year to come up with a self-regulatory scheme that improves the amount of nutrition and ingredients labelling information given to drinkers. Wine producers given one year to improve...
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Crowd-Sourcing the Best-Value Wines
14 March 2017

We go hunting for value in the CellarTracker ratings and find some surprising results.
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Melania Trump honoured with ‘First Lady’ wine in Slovenia
14 March 2017

Slovenian producers near to the town where the new US First Lady, Melania Trump, grew up have released a wine in her honour and hope it can help them promote the area’s work with the Blaufränkisch grape variety. Four producers join forces to release special wine...
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Proust Q&A: Bernice Liu
14 March 2017

Bernice Liu, actress-turned-winemaker, talks to dbHK about her mother, her love for Bordeaux and her ideal dinner guest Wonder Woman.
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Asia drives sales growth for Santa Carolina
14 March 2017

One of Chile’s leading wine companies, Carolina Wine Brands, reported sales increases in 2016, driven by strong performances in its key Asian markets.
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NZ Pinot pops up at ProWein
14 March 2017

New Zealand Winegrowers will once again be pitching up at ProWein, this time to shine a light on the increasing diversity of New Zealand Pinot Noir.
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Bourgogne Wines Club returns
14 March 2017

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) is bringing back its ‘Bourgogne Wines Club’ this year with a series of Sherlock Holmes-inspired masterclasses.
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Champagne De Castelnau hits new sales record
14 March 2017

Champagne De Castelnau enjoyed a 45% increase in volume sales last year to reach a new sales record – and its parent company is now boosting the winery’s capacity.
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Landlord rumbled for taking £40k whisky in lieu of rent
14 March 2017

A landlord has been found guilty of being in possession of stolen goods, having accepted £40,000 worth of stolen whisky in lieu of a £1,400 rent payment.
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HDH announces sixth ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale
13 March 2017

Chicago-based auction house Hart Davis Hart has announced further details of its sixth ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale.
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Louis Latour Agency boost UK sales team
13 March 2017

Drinks importer Louis Latour Agencies has boosted its UK sales team with the addition of two new members of staff.
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Treasury Wine’s MD for Europe Dan Townsend has died
13 March 2017

The drinks business is very sad to report that Dan Townsend, managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates, has died.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
13 March 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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Jefford on Monday: Picpoul on the march
13 March 2017

Andrew Jefford looks behind one of Languedoc’s recent success stories. Wild white rocket and flowers in the vineyards of Picpoul de Pinet in Languedoc. Andrew Jefford on the rise of Picpoul de Pinet...
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Laurent Ponsot to leave family winery in Burgundy
13 March 2017

Laurent Ponsot, winemaker at the prestigious Domaine Ponsot, has confirmed that he will leave his family estate to set up on his own in Burgundy. Laurent Ponsot at the Rudy Kurniawan trial in New York, December 2013. Lauded winemaker Laurent Ponsot quits to set up on his own...
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Champagne Shoots Itself in the Foot
13 March 2017

Plunging discounts on Champagne are causing headaches for producers – and damaging the region's reputation.
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DWWA judge profile: Nicolas Clerc MS
12 March 2017

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In the restaurant: What to say to a sommelier – and hint at your budget
12 March 2017

Speaking to a sommelier can be an intimidating business, especially when it comes to being frank about your budget. Dispel your insecurities with our experts' guide, with tips from Decanter's columnist Andrew Jefford, chief restaurant critic Fiona Beckett and wine writer and sommelier Emily O'Hare. Restaurant Palaegade - Copenhagen, Denmark. The experts' guide on how to speak sommelier...
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Does Napa Have too Much Cab?
11 March 2017

Producers need to think about how much younger drinkers are willing to pay for their wines.
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Sommelier Talk: The Surf-n-Turf Sipping Specialist (Wine Spectator)
11 March 2017

Kevin Bratt of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab encourages diner discoveries in Chicago, Las Vegas and D.C.
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DWWA judge profile: Martin Lam
11 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Elizabeth Gabay MW
11 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Johan Larsson
11 March 2017

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Riesling Masters 2016: the results
11 March 2017

Quality across the board was encouragingly high in our latest Global Riesling Masters competition, with producers from the Old and New Worlds impressing with their sweet and dry expressions, finds Rupert Millar.
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DWWA Judge profile: Andrea Frost
11 March 2017

Andrea Frost is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2017. Andrea Frost Andrea Frost Andrea Frost is a wine writer, author and columnist whose work has been described as “more like an
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DWWA judge profile: Nancy Gilchrist MW
11 March 2017

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DWWA Judge profile: Gerard Barnes
11 March 2017

Gerard Barnes is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2017. Gerard Barnes Gerard Barnes currently buys wine for Berkmann Wine Cellars.  In his twenty odd years in the wine industry
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DWWA judge profile: Peter Csizmadia-Honigh
11 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Richard Hemming MW
11 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Higgo Jacobs
11 March 2017

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Rebranded Champagne tasting attracts record number of labels
11 March 2017

The newly reinstated, rebranded annual Champagne tasting in the UK has attracted more labels than ever before, the drinks business has just learned.
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DWWA judge profile: Jennifer Docherty MW
11 March 2017

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The week in pictures
11 March 2017

A rather cocktail-fuelled week, especially for db's Lucy Shaw, featured La Maison Rémy Martin's final event of the year, weird and wonderful drinks at StreetXO and the annual Wines from Spain tasting.
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Halewood partners with Liverpool FC
11 March 2017

Halewood Wines & Spirits has partnered with Liverpool Football Club in a bid to boost its international brand recognition.
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Wine bar owners sue Trump
11 March 2017

The owners of a wine bar in Washington D.C are suing President Trump on the grounds that his ownership of Trump International Hotel constitutes unfair competition.
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Vinexpo Bordeaux to focus on Riesling
11 March 2017

Vinexpo Bordeaux is to focus on the Riesling grape at its show in June, according to head of the exhibition, Guillaume Deglise.
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Actress Hilary Duff launches wine range
11 March 2017

American actress Hillary duff has teamed up with California producer Callie Collection on a new range of wines.
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Château Lafite on pour at London Wine Fair
11 March 2017

Château Lafite 2010 will be on pour at May’s London Wine Fair as the Rothschild Collection confirms its presence at the exhibition – the first time it has come to the event.
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Great Brunello producers to know about
11 March 2017

Richard Baudains has been getting to know Tuscany’s finest wine estates for nearly three decades. Here, he gives a personal insight into 10 of his own favourites in the Montalcino area... Montalcino in Tuscany, home to Brunello di Montalcino. Richard Baundains picks his favourites...
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Acker and Tastingbook.com launch wine appraisal service
11 March 2017

American auction house Acker Merrall & Condit and wine review website Tastingbook.com have teamed up to launch a wine appraisal service.
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DWWA judge profile: Matt Wilkin MS
11 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Margaret Rand
10 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Carmel Kilcline MW
10 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Beverly Tabbron MW
10 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Anne Forrest
10 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Darrel Joseph
10 March 2017

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Laurent Ponsot leaves family domaine
10 March 2017

In a surprise move, Burgundian winemaker Laurent Ponsot has left his family domaine, apparently to set up his own négoce business.
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DWWA judge profile: Justin Liddle
10 March 2017

Justin Liddle is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2017. Justin Liddle Justin Liddle Justin Liddle joined the wine trade in 1990, seduced by the heady mix of food, wine and travel.
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DWWA Judge Profile: Aldo Graziani
10 March 2017

Aldo Graziani is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Aldo Graziani Aldo Graziani Aldo Graziani is the sommelier, owner & manager of Aldo’s Vinoteca Restoran, the Casa Cruz Restaurante Bar and
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DWWA judge profile: Beth Willard
10 March 2017

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Napa Plays Down Immigrant Issue
10 March 2017

As resentment over immigration bubbles away, Napa works out how to talk about the elephant in the room.
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Exclusive: Laurent Ponsot Leaves Family’s Burgundy Domaine and Opens New Winery (Wine Spectator)
10 March 2017

The new négociant house will begin selling wines this year; winemaker would not disclose why he split from his family
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Unfiltered: Ultimate Test for French Presidency: Candidate Emmanuel Macron's Blind-Tasting Challenge (Wine Spectator)
10 March 2017

Also in Unfiltered, onetime teen sensation Hilary Duff grows up to be a wine lover, blue "wine" gets a legal red light, and a Syrah for a cause
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Vermeer’s women with wine
10 March 2017

In honour of International Women’s Day yesterday, we take a look at one of Johannes Vermeer's depictions of women and wine.
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Sotheby’s investigates DRC lot
10 March 2017

Auction house Sotheby’s has withdrawn a magnum of 1959 Romanée-Conti from its next London sale after a query surrounding a strip label it carries.
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Anson: What to look for in Bordeaux 2016
09 March 2017

Jane Anson looks at what's new and highlights some things to look out for during Bordeaux 2016 en primeur season, including yields and how much of the harvest is considered good enough for 'first wines'. The barrel cellar at Château Pontet-Canet. The key wine trends ahead of en primeur...
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Red wine fights ageing…but only if you drink 2,500 bottles a day
09 March 2017

Drinking red wine to help prevent ageing would only be useful if someone drank more than 2,500 bottles per day, UK health officials have warned following several reports on a new research study. Health officials try to put study into context...
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广东省酒精饮品消费达504亿
09 March 2017

广东酒精行业协会近日揭露在2016年,受中高端饮品消费推动,整个广东省的酒精饮品消费总额达504亿人民币。
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开瓶起底:葡萄酒大师赵凤仪
09 March 2017

赵凤仪,第一位常驻中国的葡萄酒大师,和dbHK杂志进行了一次直接而坦诚的对话,谈到了自己孩童时代的英雄Jacques Cousteau,她一直不曾有机会向已故祖母提的问题,以及为何她对自己的满足度只给88分。
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Singapore gears up for Asia’s largest cocktail festival
09 March 2017

Featuring international bartenders, cocktail workshops and lashings of spirits, Singapore’s anticipated Cocktail Week will run from 12-19 March across the city.
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Final call for The Asian Chardonnay Masters 2017
09 March 2017

Final entries are being accepted for the upcoming The Asian Chardonnay Masters 2017, organised by the drinks business Hong Kong.
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HK Ritz-Carlton unveils ‘highest’ private dining room
09 March 2017

Perhaps the highest private dining room in the world, the new Chef’s Table at the Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton is perched on the 102nd floor where diners can watch executive chef Peter Find whip up multi-course feasts.
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Sotheby’s HK Launches Spring Sale Series 2017
09 March 2017

More than 1,600 lots including some of the most sought-after Bordeaux first growths, rare Burgundies, and the Macallan in Lalique Legacy Collection will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s spring series on 1 & 2 April.
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UK Government Punishes With Wine Tax
09 March 2017

The British Government's latest tax hike is a kick in the teeth for an already agitated industry.
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Ramon Bilbao gets a new look
09 March 2017

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao will unveil a new look for its Viñedos de Altura Tempranillo/Garnacha blend at the Wines from Spain tasting in London today.
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DWWA Judge profile: Alistair Cooper
09 March 2017

Alistair Cooper is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Alistair Cooper Alistair Cooper After years working for wineries in Chile and Argentina, Alistair moved back to the UK in 2006. He
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DWWA judge profile: Angelo Sabbadin
09 March 2017

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Spanish wine ‘knighthood’ for DWWA regional chair
09 March 2017

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, wine critic and joint regional chair for Spain and Sherry at the Decanter World Wine Awards, has been knighted as one of the 'Caballeros' of the Spanish wine industry alongside Maria-Jose Sevilla. DWWA regional co-chair: Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW Two new 'Caballeros' are knighted...
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DWWA judge profile: Bruno Murciano
09 March 2017

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Can an Italian Wine Company Market Its Red Blend as Super Healthy? (Wine Spectator)
09 March 2017

The firm claims it has developed a wine naturally high in heart-healthy polyphenols; scientists want to see proof
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UK Budget 2017: Wine duty rise means ‘triple whammy’ price increases – trade
09 March 2017

Wine duty is to rise in-line with inflation, disappointing trade leaders who already warned that consumers will have to pay more per bottle due to the weak pound sterling. The Chancellor Of The Exchequer Phillip Hammond leaves Downing Street to present the 2017 Budget. What it means for wine drinkers...
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Follador gears up for ProWein
09 March 2017

Prosecco producer Follador is gearing up for ProWein, which starts in just over a week's time.
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DWWA judge profile: Yiannis Karakasis MW
09 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Ben Henshaw
09 March 2017

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Thai gin ‘Kata Rocks’ nabs double gold at CWSA
09 March 2017

The Spirit of Kata Rocks, A Thai gin distilled in Chiangmai has won a double gold medal at the China Wine & Spirits Awards best value 2017 competition, the biggest drinks competition in Mainland China.
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Uncorked: Fongyee Walker MW
09 March 2017

In a frank and off-the-cuff conversation with dbHK, Fongyee Walker MW talks about her childhood hero, Jacques Cousteau, all the questions that she did not get a chance to ask her grandmother, and why would she only gave herself 88 points for personal satisfaction.
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Ponti takes on Spanish wine Gramona
09 March 2017

Hong Kong wine merchant Ponti Wine Cellars has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Spanish winery Gramona to sell its white wine range within Hong Kong.
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DWWA judge profile: Claire Kyunghwa Nam
09 March 2017

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Sevilla and Ballesteros named Caballeros
09 March 2017

María José Sevilla and Pedro Ballesteros MW were inducted into the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino in London last night for their “outstanding contribution” to the Spanish wine industry.
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White wine in ‘Bolognese’ is correct
09 March 2017

British chef Mary Berry has been the unfortunate victim of a pathetically hysterical ‘Twitter outrage’ after suggesting using white wine in a ragú recipe.
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Resveratrol in red wine slows brain ageing
08 March 2017

Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, has been found to protect neuromuscular synapses and slow brain ageing – but you couldn't drink enough red wine in your lifetime to reap the benefits.
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Matthew Clark boosts fine and ‘esoteric’ wine range
08 March 2017

Matthew Clark has boosted its fine and 'esoteric' wine range as it seeks to offer customers a broader focus of products.
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Accolade appoints new UK and Ireland manager
08 March 2017

Accolade Wines has appointed Ade McKeon as its general manger for the UK and Ireland, replacing outgoing general manager Rob Harrison.
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Behind the bar: James Barker
08 March 2017

James Barker is the group bar specialist for Hong Kong's JIA Group and sits down with dbHK and reveals his favourite bars in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur and his unbeatable recipe for mushroom stroganoff.
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Bordeaux ‘needed the 2014 vintage’
08 March 2017

Adrien Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier has said that after a string of “miserable” years, the 2014 vintage was a welcome return to quality for the Bordelais.
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Luxury wine rooms are the latest home design trend, says supplier
08 March 2017

More fine wine lovers are choosing to show off their most prized bottles by commissioning luxurious wine rooms and wall displays in their own houses, suggest new sales figures for a company that makes them, Spiral Cellars. A home wine wall installed by Spiral Cellars. Spiral Cellars sales figures suggest collectors want to show-off...
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Brunello's Greatest Hits of 2012
08 March 2017

As the latest vintage prepares to hit the shelves, Tom Hyland runs the rule over some of his favorites.
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The Most Underused Words in Wine (Wine Spectator)
08 March 2017

Which words would you like to see more often? Or less?
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What gives a wine ‘length’? – Ask Decanter
08 March 2017

What's going on at the finish and why does it matter? Sarah Jane Evans MW sheds some light on the subject in this bite-size article. Where does that after-taste come from?...
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Bacardi names new CEO
08 March 2017

Bacardi Limited has confirmed that Mahesh Madhavan will take over from Michael Dolan as its new CEO as of April 2018, following Dolan's retirement.
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Champagne suffers Chardonnay shortage
08 March 2017

Having achieved global success for its blanc de blancs Champagnes, Ruinart’s growth is now held back by a shortage of the “precious” Chardonnay grape.
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Final call for Rosé Masters 2017 entries
08 March 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 14 April.
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Jameson Distillery reopens after €11m investment
08 March 2017

Jameson's distillery in Dublin has re-opened following a €11 million refurbishment as part of its aim to attract 1.9 million whisky tourists to Ireland annually by 2025.
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Matt Whiley to open new bar Scout
08 March 2017

Cocktail wizard Matt Whiley, aka The Talented Mr Fox, is to open a new bar in Shoreditch called Scout serving seasonal cocktails made with British ingredients.
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Nick Nobilo: Gewürztraminer is ‘the best’ of NZ whites
08 March 2017

Gewürztraminer is "the best" of New Zealand's white varieties with its ability to age comparable to Riesling, but its potential is largely overlooked, believes winemaker Nick Nobilo.
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Havana Club launches second Tributo expression
07 March 2017

Havana Club has released a second expression of Tributo – a sipping rum made from the distillery’s aged reserves, which shines a light on the aguardiente in the blend.
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Valentine’s meals deals give UK wine sales a boost
07 March 2017

Valentine’s Day provided a boost for wine, as consumers took advantage of meal deal promos to treat themselves at home, according to the latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
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Rioja Masters 2016: results and analysis
07 March 2017

While it remains one of Spain’s most popular wines, Rioja is in a state of flux stylistically. But at this year’s Rioja Masters competition, the quality of the offering shone bright.
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Fine wine merchants in confident mood – Liv-ex survey
07 March 2017

The Liv-ex 100 fine wine price tracker is this year set to reach highs not seen since 2011, according to many merchants surveyed by the trading platform. How the Liv-ex 100 index has changed in the last six years. Poll adds to evidence of market recovery...
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HK’s Four Seasons launches Wine Club
07 March 2017

The head sommelier at the Four Seasons, Sebastien Allano, will host a monthly series of “wine appreciation” classes to introduce Hong Kong’s wine lovers to the vast world of wine.
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Ruinart Releases New Wines
07 March 2017

The Champagne house launches two new cuvées. Margaret Rand checks them out.
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Column: English sparkling takes on New York wine scene
07 March 2017

New York city was 'inundated' with English fizz last autumn, says local Elin McCoy. Here's her report of how English producers are doing in their bid to crack America... What New Yorkers think of English wine...
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DWWA judge profile: Emilio Del Fante
07 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Jason Haynes
07 March 2017

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Our view of the latest Dom Ruinart Champagne releases
07 March 2017

Champagne house Ruinart has launched two new vintages, a Dom Ruinart 2006 and Dom Ruinart rosé 2004. Here's the details and also what our expert thought of the wines. Dom Ruinart 2006 and 2004 rosé...
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DWWA judge profile: Ezio De Bernardi
07 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Nigel Wilkinson
07 March 2017

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More Yellow Tail TV Ads to Come (Wine Spectator)
07 March 2017

The Australian wine brand saw sales jump after its Super Bowl ad; hopes to reach younger wine consumers
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DWWA judge profile: Mark Andrew MW
07 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Hugo Rose MW
07 March 2017

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Majestic launches 2006 ‘Pomerol-lookalikes’ for under £20
07 March 2017

Majestic has launched a parcel of 2006 “Pomerol lookalikes” – for around £17.99 a bottle.
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Jamie Oliver chef gets top spot at Kitty Fishers
07 March 2017

George Barson, a senior sous chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, has been made the head chef of celebrity favourite Kitty Fishers in London’s Mayfair.
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DWWA judge profile: Susan McCraith MW
07 March 2017

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Four new Masters of Wine announced
07 March 2017

Four members of the wine trade, including two from the UK, have just been named as the first new Masters of Wine for 2017.
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UK beer exports to China rise by 500%
07 March 2017

British beer exports increased by 6% in 2016, according to figures released by HMRC, buoyed by a 500% increase in exports to China, according to the British Beer and Pub Association.
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Latour to release 2005 grand vin
07 March 2017

Château Latour’s first ex-cellar release of 2017 will include its 2005 grand vin, 2011 second wine and the 2012 vintage of third label ‘Pauillac de Château Latour’.
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Wine infused coffee launched
07 March 2017

Napa Valley café owner Rick Molinari has teamed up with local winemakers in the California region to launch the world’s first red wine infused coffee.
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Tales of the Cocktail founder resigns over ‘blackface’ comments
06 March 2017

One of the founders of New Orleans-based cocktail festival Tales of the Cocktail has resigned after making an "insensitive, hurtful and just plain dumb" comment about his 'blacked up' wife prior to her participation in a Zulu parade.
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Small increases for fine wine in February
06 March 2017

Liv-ex’s benchmark fine wine indices both saw small gains in February, each setting new records in the process.
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
06 March 2017

Hong Kong has seen an eclectic week in the drinks trade, including a visit from Bernard Magrez, a tasting of Arran malts and exploring the Yarra Valley's fantastic Four Pillars gin range.
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Jefford on Monday: A chat with the professor
06 March 2017

Andrew Jefford catches up with Alain Razungles, long-serving Professor of Oenology at Montpellier SupAgro. Professor Alain Razungles in the Languedoc. Our columnist interviews a world-leading wine professor...
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dbHK interview: Ryan Nightingale
06 March 2017

This year's Chivas Masters 2017 Hong Kong finalist, Ryan Nightingale of Aberdeen Street Social speaks to dbHK about Hong Kong's bartending culture and how he came up with his three distinctive styles of cocktail.
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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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Angélus Chips Away at Counterfeiters
06 March 2017

Among other changes at the Saint-Émilion estate are plans to make life tough for counterfeiters.
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Five delicious Barolo alternatives
06 March 2017

Think you need Barolo in your life? Here are five reasons to think again... Think you need Barolo in your life? Here are five reasons to think again...
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What is the point of heavy bottles? – Ask Decanter
04 March 2017

What is the point of heavy wine bottles? Not larger format, like magnums, but the 750ml bruiser bottle that appears to weigh nearly as much when empty as full and which defies you to pour using a single hand... What are the benefits...?
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Calls to Cut French Wine's Red Tape
04 March 2017

Winemakers in the south of France are calling for another revolution – this time against bureaucracy.
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All-new Cabernet Sauvignon wine quiz – Test your knowledge
04 March 2017

We've updated our quiz questions on this highly prized grape variety. Will you be the King, or Queen, of Cabernet? Test your skills below. Are you the king or queen of Cabernet?...
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Trading Place
04 March 2017

Some of the world’s most famous wineries are abandoning their own sales networks for one worldwide distributor – La Place de Bordeaux. As Roger Morris reports, for those who can get in, it’s a win-win situation
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Mexico beer & Tequila exports to China up in 2016
04 March 2017

Mexico’s beer and tequila exports to China grew both in volume and value in 2016.
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German supermarket Aldi opens online store in China
04 March 2017

German discount supermarket, Aldi, will start selling wine, as well as other products online this month via Tmall Global, the retail platform operated by e-commerce giant, Alibaba.
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Biblical bottles: Jeroboam to Salmanazar
04 March 2017

Who were the Biblical kings and prophets of ancient Israel and Babylon whose names grace the large format bottles of wine that dominate tables and collections today?
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04 March 2017

A busy week for the drinks industry with the exception of Pfeiffer Wines' turtles who spent the week sunbathing. Piper-Heidsieck was flowing at The Oscars, Mouton Cadet revealed its America's Cup wines and the community of Somersham, Suffolk, finally saved its local pub.
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Winery owner donates $5m to San Jose flood victims
04 March 2017

A Vietnamese-born multi billionaire and Napa winery owner has donated $5 million to support victims of the recent floods in San Jose, northern California.
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Moët opens entries for 2017 UK Sommelier Of The Year
03 March 2017

Moët & Chandon, together with the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS), are now accepting entries to the 2017 Moët UK Sommelier Of The Year Competition, now in its 38th year.
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Rioja alternatives: Wines to try next
03 March 2017

Decanter's tasting team picks out five wines you are likely to enjoy if you love good quality Rioja... Love Rioja? Then you might enjoy these, too...
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Brewdog plans beer hotel with IPA-filled hot tubs
03 March 2017

Brewdog has unveiled plans to build the "Disneyland" of craft beer, promising that its craft beer hotel will be the "happiest place on earth" complete with hot tubs filled with its Punk IPA and a beer tap in every room.
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Johnnie Walker releases new expression in Singapore
03 March 2017

Johnnie Walker has launched its Bourbon Cask and Rye Finish expression in Singapore, the latest addition to its Blenders’ Batch portfolio.
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Luxury hotel owner buys control of Château Trianon
03 March 2017

A luxury hotels group run by millionaire Michel Ohayon has bought a majority shareholding in Château Trianon in St-Emilion and plans to transform it into a top class tourist destination alongside existing co-owner Dominique Hébrard. Château Trianon to get luxury renovation. New majority owner has grand renovation plans...
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Acker announces March HK auction
03 March 2017

Acker, Merrall and Condit’s upcoming Hong Kong auction will highlight classic vintages of Latour and Lafleur as well as bags of beautiful Burgundy.
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Chivas Masters cocktails on pour in HK
03 March 2017

Throughout March, Hong Kong's bars will be awash with Chivas cocktails in honour of this year's Chivas Masters finalists.
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Tycoon Tann launches dim sum menu paired with cocktails
03 March 2017

Dim Sum specialist Tycoon Tann and Mod Bar in Central have teamed up to launch a brand new dim sum menu at Tycoon Tann paired with cocktails.
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03 March 2017

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03 March 2017

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Alit Offers See-Through Bottle Prices
03 March 2017

An Oregon winery is taking traceability to a new level, by explaining its costs to the consumer.
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Unfiltered: Awards Season Ends with Big Bubblies, Bigger Surprises (Wine Spectator)
03 March 2017

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Piedmont's Poderi Colla Buys Alba's Cascina Bompè Winery and Surrounding Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
03 March 2017

The purchase gives the Colla family a larger winery and five acres of Barbera
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Turning Tables: Eleven Madison Park’s Hamptons Summer Pop-up (Wine Spectator)
03 March 2017

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Restaurant Spotlight: Local 11 Ten Food & Wine (Wine Spectator)
03 March 2017

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AB InBev bolstered by three global brands
03 March 2017

AB InBev's 2016 results were aided by the "strong performance" of its three global brands – Stella Artois, Budweiser and Corona, according to business unit president, Jason Warner.
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Croatia gets permission to use ‘Teran’ name
03 March 2017

The EU has granted partial permission for Croatian winemakers to use ‘Teran’ on its wine labels after a long dispute with Slovenia.
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‘Monumental’ fine wine collection to be auctioned in three cities
03 March 2017

A “monumental” collection of fine wines is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in London, New York and Hong Kong this spring.
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Prosecco ‘takes over from discounted Champagne’
03 March 2017

Sales of Prosecco will reach almost 35 million cases by 2020, as the Italian sparkling “takes over from discounted Champagne”, according to Vinexpo CEO, Guillaume Deglise.
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Ardgowan Distillery gets go-ahead
03 March 2017

Plans for a new £12 million distillery and visitor centre at Ardgowan in the lowlands of Scotland have been approved more...
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Henkell acquires Batida de Côco
03 March 2017

German sparkling wine producer, Henkell, has acquired the full trademark rights to liqueur producer Batida de Côco.
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De Vogüé brings back ‘Musigny Blanc’
03 March 2017

Burgundian producer Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé has resurrected its ‘Musigny Blanc’ label after over 20 years of the wine being bottled as ‘Bourgogne Blanc’.
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Scotch Whisky Association names new CEO
02 March 2017

The SWA has appointed Karen Betts as its new chief executive, taking over from David Frost who stepped down from the role late last year to become a special advisor to Boris Johnson.
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Tesco to up focus on no-low alcohol wine
02 March 2017

UK supermarket Tesco is upping its focus on low and no-alcohol wine and is understood to be mulling a dedicated bay for the products.
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Noma dishwasher made co-owner of top restaurant
02 March 2017

A dishwasher who has toiled in the kitchen of world-famous Danish restaurant Noma since it opened in 2003 has been made a co-owner in "recognition of his hard work and enduring smile".
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Fine wine investment: ‘bargain’ Ausone
02 March 2017

At Amphora Portfolio Management I think we could fairly be accused of having a bit of a thing about Ausone but its quality and relative value demand serious attention.
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Anson: Bordeaux 2014 wines re-tasted
02 March 2017

Jane Anson goes back to the Bordeaux 2014 wines to see how they're developing in the bottle, with a focus on the Left Bank. Below, she picks 10 of her favourites from a recent tasting and talks about how the vintage has shaped up since the en primeur campaign two years ago. How are they shaping up and which bottles to look for...
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Latest wine consumption trends: US still rising
02 March 2017

The US remains top of the world wine consumption league and is expected to grow further in the next four years, but the industry still isn't sure about the best way to handle so-called millennials, suggests a new report jointly presented by trade show Vinexpo and research group IWSR... Sales in the US set to rise further...
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Winemaker Opens Up About Sexism
02 March 2017

As arguments rage about whether the wine industry is sexist, one winemaker steps forward to tell her story.
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DWWA judge profile: Elvis Ziakos
02 March 2017

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02 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Larry Stone MS
02 March 2017

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02 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Sarah Knowles MW
02 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Ben Robson
02 March 2017

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02 March 2017

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Cuervo sees profits slump by nearly 50%
02 March 2017

Just one month after listing on the Mexico stock market and raising $934m from investors, Jose Cuervo's parent company, Becle, has reported a near 50% slump in fourth quarter profits compared with last year.
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Hawke’s Bay Syrah: ‘We don’t need make up’
02 March 2017

Winemakers in Hawke's Bay should use "less make up" if the region's expression of Syrah is to reach its full potential, believes one winemaker, who advocates a less extracted style made with less oak to better express its place.
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Heineken launches craft beer for non-craft beer drinkers
02 March 2017

Heineken is hoping to tempt the 75% of beer drinkers who have never tried craft beer into the growing category, with the launch of two new beers under its new Maltsmith Brewery label.
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DWWA judge profile: Cameron Douglas MS
02 March 2017

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China’s wine regions: Xinjiang
01 March 2017

Chen Lizhong of Tiansai Vineyards in Xinjiang's Yanqi opens up to dbHK about the challenges of making wine in Xinjiang's tough climate conditions and the common misconceptions about Chinese wines.
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BA serves Bolney British fizz in first class
01 March 2017

Britsh Airways has added an English sparkling wine to its first class menu for the first time, listing Bolney Wine Estates' vintage blanc de blancs as its guest sparkling wine for six months.
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Mouton Cadet releases America’s Cup cuvée
01 March 2017

Bordeaux producer Mouton Cadet and the America’s Cup have partnered to produce a new range of limited edition wines.
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Campari ‘world’s best-performing spirits stock’
01 March 2017

Gruppo Campari CEO Kunze-Concewitz reckons that since the company joined the MIlan stock market in 2001, it is "the best performing spirits stock in the world in terms of shareholder returns."
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Final call for Sparkling Masters 2017 entries
01 March 2017

Final entries for The Drinks Business Sparkling Masters 2017 are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline.
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Whisky auctioneer unearths counterfeiting operation
01 March 2017

Whisky.Auction, an online spirits auctioneer, has said it has uncovered a “large scale” counterfeiting operation of extreme sophistication and an arrest has been made.
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Tributes to Steven Spurrier, Decanter Man of the Year 2017
01 March 2017

Here you can read tributes from across the wine world to Steven Spurrier, Decanter's Man of the Year for 2017. Steven Spurrier with winemaker Ian Edwards at England's Furleigh Estate, where Spurrier's Bride Valley wines are made. Read tributes to Decanter's latest Man of the Year...
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Steven Spurrier named Decanter Man of the Year 2017
01 March 2017

Steven Spurrier has been named the Decanter Man of the Year 2017 - for devoting his life to the service of wine with passion and the utmost distinction... Steven Spurrier in his Bride Valley vineyards in Dorset. It's been an eventful 50 years... For lifelong work in wine...
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Uncorked: Anne Moreau
01 March 2017

The gentle-mannered Anne Moreau of Domaine Louis Moreau of Chablis speaks to dbHK about inviting Frank Sinatra for dinner and her weakness for dark chocolate.
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Going Organic with Chianti Classico
01 March 2017

Commercial demand for organic wines has had a big influence on the region's growers, W. Blake Gray reports.
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British Airways to serve English sparkling wine in First Class
01 March 2017

British Airways is to serve Bolney Wine Estate Blanc de Blancs 2013 as its guest sparkling wine in First Class. The new guest wine on British Airways...
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8 and $20 Recipe: Chicken and Spinach Lasagna Rolls (Wine Spectator)
01 March 2017

Whether you're staying in or having a party, this twist on baked pasta fits the bill; just add an Italian red
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DWWA judge profile: Beatriz Machado
01 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Joanna Locke MW
01 March 2017

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DWWA Judge Profile: Terry Kandylis
01 March 2017

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DWWA Judge profile: Sinisa Lasan
01 March 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Pierre Mansour
01 March 2017

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Lidl US in store search ahead of summer opening
01 March 2017

Lidl US has started it search for sites in the US ahead of opening 20 stores across the East Coast this summer.
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DWWA judge profile: Nigel Wilkinson MS
01 March 2017

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Australian Vintage: Brexit ‘speed bump’ won’t deter growth
01 March 2017

Australian Vintage has argued that despite the Brexit “speed bump” which impacted its half-year results by AUS $10.5 million, opportunity remains for further growth in the UK.
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Campari posts 4.2% growth to €1.7bn in 2016
01 March 2017

Gruppo Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz has hailed "sound growth" across all key performance indicators for the company in 2016, with sales up 4.2% to €1.7 billion.
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Uncorked with Ian Lim and Al Gho
01 March 2017

Ian Lim and Al Gho, founders of Singapore's progressive natural wine bar Wine RVLT, talk to dbHK about how they found their calling in natural wines.
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Pommery re-enters HK after two-year hiatus
01 March 2017

After an almost two year hiatus, Champagne Pommery has re-entered the Hong Kong market with an exclusive distribution agreement with Connoisseur Wines & Spirits.
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‘Feverish’ bidding for ’45 La Mission in NYC
28 February 2017

Two double magnums of 1945 La Mission Haut-Brion were one of the more sought-after lots at Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in New York.
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DWWA judge profile: Björnstierne Antonson
28 February 2017

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Rioja consejo opens wine educator course
28 February 2017

The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board has launched a course giving members of the trade the chance to gain an official certification in Rioja with the aim of creating a global network of trainers.
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On this day 1953… discovering DNA
28 February 2017

On this day in 1953, having cracked their theory of a double helix structure for DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson went straight to the pub to celebrate.
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Pancakes with rhubarb, apple, almonds and clotted cream – gallery
28 February 2017

The Decanter team joined Great British Chefs and up-and-coming Chef Tom Brown - head chef at Nathan Outlaw’s at The Capital - in a masterclass on the quest to create a perfect pancake. Drinks matching was provided by Decanter.com contributor Matthieu Longuère, Master Sommelier and tutor at Le Cordon Bleu London.To see the full pancakes with rhubarb, apple, almonds and clotted cream re...
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Pancakes with rhubarb, apple, almonds and clotted cream – recipe
28 February 2017

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What to drink with Pancakes
28 February 2017

During a recent pancake masterclass with Tom Brown at Le Cordon Bleu London, Decanter discussed the best drink to accompany these savoury and sweet creations with the school's Matthieu Longuère, Master Sommelier. Here's the suggestions we came up with. Perfect pairings for pancake day...
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Hawksmoor’s Turner in HK collaboration
28 February 2017

Hong Kong’s Nate Green will be joined by Richard Turner, chef of renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor for a two-night meat feast in April.
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HK sales of AOC Burgundy soar
28 February 2017

Revenue of Burgundy wine grew by 9% in 2016 reaching a new record of €43 million with sales of red and white AOCs the Hong Kong top sellers, reflecting a diversifying and “democratic" market, according to the BIVB.
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Premiere Napa Valley Auction Hits $4m
28 February 2017

The takings were down, but organizers were upbeat about this year's futures auction.
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DWWA judge profile: Rod Smith MW
28 February 2017

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28 February 2017

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DWWA judge profile: Matt Walls
28 February 2017

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DWWA Judge profile: Diana Rollan
28 February 2017

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DWWA Judge Profile: Heather Dougherty
28 February 2017

Heather Dougherty is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Heather Dougherty DWWA Judge Heather Dougherty Following a ten year stint in the travel technology business, where wine appreciation was strictly recreational, Heather Dougherty
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DWWA judge profile: Keith Isaac MW
28 February 2017

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New Zealand in pictures
28 February 2017

Taking in the wine regions of Central Otago and Hawke's Bay via Christchurch, Marlborough and Nelson, we round up some pictorial highlights of a recent trip to New Zealand.
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Uncorked: Andreas Larsson
28 February 2017

Andreas Larsson, crowned the best sommelier of the world in 2007, talks to dbHK about his wine bucket list, what wine would he compare himself to, and his ideal dinner guest - Hollywood heavyweight, Robert de Niro.
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French fine wines arrive in China by train
28 February 2017

The French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, was in China last week where he had time to greet the arrival of a direct freight train that arrived from Lyon loaded with thousands of bottles of fine wines.
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UK gin exports worth a record £474m
28 February 2017

The UK exported £474 million worth of gin in 2016, smashing last year's record with the WSTA estimating that exports will hit the £500 million mark before the end of 2017.
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Waitrose trials video tech on booze shelves
28 February 2017

Waitrose is trialling a “new generation” of in-store tech with the launch of video shelf-edge technology on its booze aisle.
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Napa Valley toasts successful auction
28 February 2017

The Premiere Napa Valley auction saw “feverish” bidding for the specially created lots of wines drive the sale to a US$4.2 million total.
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Wine closures: the facts
28 February 2017

Whether it be cork, plastic or aluminium, winemakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppers. Patrick Schmitt MW considers the performance of each closure type.
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Bodegas Riojanas
28 February 2017

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2009-10 Bordeaux price disparities
27 February 2017

Despite the acclaim both vintages have received, certain wines from 2009 and 2010 from the estate can vary widely in price.
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Unfiltered: Mathias Camilleri, The Five Fields
27 February 2017

The Parisian head sommelier of The Five Fields restaurant in Chelsea on serving Mick Jagger and learning the difference between a Meursault Meix Chavaux and a Meursault Meix Sous le Château.
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Wine’s Apparent Neglect of Marketing
27 February 2017

Marketing, advertising and research specialist Jonathan Cahill explores wine's apparent neglect of marketing.
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Jefford on Monday: Northern Lights
27 February 2017

Andrew Jefford cruises Crozes and discovers more than he expected... The ruins of the original Château de Larnage building and the kaolin-rich soils of its namesake Crozes village. Our columnist goes cruising in Crozes...
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Wine Legend: Salon, Le Mesnil 1985
27 February 2017

Find out what makes this world-renowned Champagne worthy of the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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How many of these unusual red grape varieties do you know?
25 February 2017

Feeling adventurous? How many of these varieties have you tried? Harvesting wild País in the Maule Valley. How many of these unusual red grape varieties have you tried?
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The Man Behind Champagne's Beautiful Age
25 February 2017

Hervé Deschamps joined Perrier-Jouët in 1983, and is just the seventh cellar master in two centuries.
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Surround Sound? IMAX? Chardonnay? Movie Theaters Look to Alcoholic Beverages (Wine Spectator)
25 February 2017

Improved offerings of wine, beer and spirits as well as loosened regulations are making the silver screen a better experience
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Restaurant Roundtable: What's Your Biggest Challenge? (Wine Spectator)
25 February 2017

Seven groundbreaking chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs share the moments that have tested them on the job
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Graphic: 12,000 glasses of Champagne to be served at the Oscars 2017
25 February 2017

See our graphic and report on how much food, wine and Champagne will be consumed at this year's Academy Awards. What the stars will be eating and drinking at the Oscars 2017 ceremony. And how much lobster..? See our graphic...
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Domaine Thomson gets organic certification
25 February 2017

Central Otago’s Domaine Thomson has just gained organic certification for its entire estate from Biogro NZ.
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Serving wine quiz – test your knowledge
25 February 2017

Serving wine is a fine art: different glasses for different wines, what to put with cheese and to decant or not to decant. Do you think you know the answers? Test your wine serving knowledge with our quiz and never put a foot wrong at a dinner party again. Decanting wine can improve its character. The Decanter.com serving wine quiz: See below to test your knowledge. See all Decanter wine quizzes...
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The week in pictures
25 February 2017

Storm Doris failed to dampen our spirits this week as Annie Lindo powered through pruning her 140,000th vine, Ehrmanns wine held their annual portfolio tasting, Luxardo launched its new Bitter Bianco and we headed to II Bar at the Bulgari Hotel for a 'Negroni tray.'
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Respekt biodynamic group announces new members
25 February 2017

Three new winemakers from Germany and Austria have joined the respekt-BIODYN European biodynamic winemakers' association, taking total membership of the organisation to 22.
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Labruyère ‘emulating Burgundy’ in Champagne
25 February 2017

The Labruyère family has added a Champagne to its portfolio and intends to produce wines made only from individual crus.
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Heineken fined £25m for 15-year abuse of Greek market
25 February 2017

A Greek brewery has filed a €100 million lawsuit against Heineken's Greek subsidiary, Athenian Brewery, after it was fined £25m for abuse of the market over a 15-year period, squeezing out competitors through exclusivity agreements.
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Upping the anty: green ant gin trend growing in Oz
25 February 2017

As distilling boundaries are pushed to the limit, a trend is growing in Australia for craft gins made using native green ants.
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AB InBev brings Bud Light to Britain
25 February 2017

AB InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in “the biggest ever brand launch” by the brewer.
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People ‘look down their noses’ at Pinot Gris
25 February 2017

Export markets are missing out on New Zealand Pinot Gris, with the variety still suffering from a level of unjustified snobbery, says Emma Jenkins MW, despite it being one of the country's fastest-growing grapes.
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Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in UK
25 February 2017

Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in the UK, says head of Champagne Agents Association in response to comments from Méthode Marlborough winemaker.
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Unfiltered: Elvis Ziakos, The Greenhouse
25 February 2017

In the first of our new series of Unfiltered sommelier interviews, Elvis Ziakos of two Michelin-starred The Greenhouse reveals his newly discovered perfect foie gras pairing, and his love for the Greek island of Santorini.
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Game changing restaurant Dabbous to close
25 February 2017

Chef Ollie Dabbous’ eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant Dabbous in Fitzrovia is to close this June five years after it burst onto the London restaurant scene.
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Wine pairing with five ‘bizarre’ Chinese dishes
25 February 2017

We asked experts from leading wine merchants in Hong Kong and China to come up with wine suggestions for five bizarre Chinese dishes from snake soup to century eggs.
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Italy steps up efforts in China
24 February 2017

Italian wines are gearing up to increase their market share in China as trade organisations step up promotional efforts and move to secure Chinese trademark rights.
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Hot Hong Kong openings: February
24 February 2017

It may be the shortest month (DryFeb, anyone?) but February has seen a plethora of new bar and restaurants offerings, including delicious Korean fried chicken and Hong Kongs largest selection of gin.
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Sotheby’s sale achieves £1.72m
24 February 2017

Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in London realised over £1 million with Pétrus and Lafite taking the top lots.
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WA announces 2017 Michelin events
24 February 2017

Wine Advocate and the Michelin Guide’s series of Macau and Hong Kong dining events for 2017 have now been announced.
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朗松香槟发布有机绿标酒款
24 February 2017

朗松香槟(Lanson)将在今年晚些时候正式推出有机绿标香槟,届时它将成为出售有机香槟的最大香槟品牌。
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The Machine Mind at Wine-Searcher
24 February 2017

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Unfiltered: America's Best and Brightest Match Wits and Palates at the Bordeaux Cup (Wine Spectator)
24 February 2017

Also in Unfiltered, the NBA's All-Star weekend celebrates with Jack Daniel's, and could your cat be a wine connoisseur?
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Australia’s Swan Valley counts cost of ‘once in a century’ floods
24 February 2017

Whole swathes of the upcoming wine harvest in Western Australia's Swan Valley have been washed away by fierce flooding not seen in more than a generation. Flooding in Sittella vineyards in Swan Valley. Grapes washed away before harvest...
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Strange tales: the emperor who loved vineyards and drove his troops to fury
24 February 2017

The Roman emperor Probus does not receive much attention in the annals of the Roman Empire but he should be a more recognised figure for those interested in wine because of his dedication to the spread of viticulture.
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Duck and Waffle to open second site
24 February 2017

London's 24-hour sky high restaurant Duck and Waffle, famed for its namesake signature dish, is to open a second, more casual restaurant this spring.
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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul to play Jack Daniel in TV drama
24 February 2017

Actor Aaron Paul has been confirmed to play the founder of Jack Daniel's in a new TV drama based on a 2004 biography of the distiller's life.
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Drinks Business Awards 2017 launched
24 February 2017

the drinks business is now accepting entries for the Drinks Business Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.
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Top 10 old vine lots at Barossa Wine Chapters Auction
23 February 2017

The upcoming Barossa Wine Chapters Auction 2017 will present close to 200 lots of Barossa wines for its online auction and live auction sessions in April, including the region's most sought-after 125+ years old 'Ancestor Vine' wines.
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Moutai to surpass Diageo?
23 February 2017

China’s baijiu maker Kweichow Moutai’s market value closed at record high on Wednesday, surpassing 450 billion RMB (US$65.4 billion), bolstered by the company’s announcement for a projected 25.38% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017.
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iDealwine update: a Rhône star
23 February 2017

While Romanée-Conti and Petrus dominated the overall iDealwine auction rankings in 2016, the most expensive single bottle was an Hermitage La Chapelle. Investors would do well to take a closer look at this revered northern Rhône appellation.
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Cava sales fizzing in Japan
23 February 2017

Cava sales in Japan have increased year on year since 2008, and the Spanish sparkler has found a happy foothold in one of Asia's most established wine markets, says Roman Linert, managing director for Codorniu Raventos in Asia.
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Proust Q&A: Yannick Champ
23 February 2017

The dynamic winemaker of Prieure Roch Yannick Champ speaks to dbHK about his fear of spiders and inviting Marilyn Monroe for dinner.
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Anson: Wines to drink in Corsica – ‘Land of legends and magic’
23 February 2017

Jane Anson explores Corsica's native grape varieties with the help of local winery owner Jean-Charles Abbatucci and finds the islands is one of the most exciting places to drink wine in France. Vineyards of Domaine Comte Abbatucci in Corsica. Jane Anson explores Corsica's wealth of local styles...
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Wines to try when skiing in the Dolomites
23 February 2017

The Dolomites is known for its wonderful skiing but when you're off the slopes, make sure you try the local wines, or others from along the Alpine stretch of northern Italy if you choose a different destination... Make sure you try the local wines and cuisine...
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The Bar Awards comes to Bangkok
23 February 2017

After successful events in Singapore and Hong Kong, the team behind the Bar Awards will open the nomination process in Bangkok for the Bar Awards 2017 which seeks to recognize the best in the drinks trade.
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Arcane restaurant review: Hong Kong oasis with a 1,000-bin wine list
23 February 2017

Where else in fast-paced hustle of Hong Kong can you enjoy Wagyu sirloin with a wine made by Château Margaux? Or Yquem 1998 by the glass? Read Fiona Beckett’s review of Arcane, the concept restaurant from Michelin-starred Aussie chef Shane Osborn. Credit: arcane.hk Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on restaurant Arcane - the Hong Kong oasis with a 1000-bin wine list to choose from... T...
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California Rains Could Mean Bigger Crops
23 February 2017

After five years of drought, the heavens are opening, but timing will determine the vintage quality.
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The Gibson launches seasonal cocktail list
23 February 2017

Classic cocktail bar The Gibson in Old Street has launched an outlandish new menu of seasonal cocktails inspired by the 12 months of the year.
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British Port Association appoints first female treasurer
23 February 2017

The Association of British Port shippers has appointed its first woman treasurer in its 200-year history.
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Spirits: 4 trends for 2017
23 February 2017

Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, predicts the spirits trends that will shape the industry in 2017, from a greater appreciation of blended whiskies to the rise of cognac in China.
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Appleton marks 20 years of ‘Joy’ with 25YO rum
23 February 2017

Jamaica's Appleton Estate is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its master blender, Joy Spence, with the launch of a limited edition 25-year-old rum called Joy.
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Trump wine boycott backfires
23 February 2017

An attempt to get consumers to boycott wines made at Donald Trump’s estate has backfired spectacularly, leading them to sell out at stores in Virginia.
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Business leaders invited on WSET ‘BACK’ course
23 February 2017

The WSET is inviting business leaders from the wine and spirits industry to gather and share their commercial insights and knowledge as part of its annual Business and Commercial Knowledge (BACK) course.
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The best Majestic wines to drink this year
23 February 2017

Decanter's tasting director, Christelle Guibert, picks her favourite wines to seek out at this well-known UK retailer... Decanter's Christelle Guibert picks her top Majestic wines to drink this year...
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Amazon Go applies for booze license
22 February 2017

Amazon Go – the ‘grab and go’ bricks and mortar grocery store being trialled by the online giant in Seattle - has applied for a license to sell alcohol, it has emerged.
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Piper-Heidsieck to be exclusive Oscars Champagne
22 February 2017

Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year's Oscars as the exclusive Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.
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SWA calls for 2% tax cut on Scotch whisky
22 February 2017

The UK Scotch market showed continued signs of growth in 2016, but the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) says more still needs to be done to sustain its recovery, calling on the government cut the amount of tax imposed on Scotch by 2%.
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Anivin de France selects ambassadors
22 February 2017

Over 100 Vin de France wines have been chosen as this year’s ‘ambassadors’ for the category by an international panel.
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Bordeaux Scam Nets $450,000
22 February 2017

Two men who ripped off elderly investors end up as guests of Her Majesty.
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UC Davis set to start selling students’ wine
22 February 2017

The university will no longer be required to dump thousands of litres of wine a year and could start selling bottles for up to $100. UC Davis wine class Now it won't go to waste...
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The $20 Wine Challenge (Wine Spectator)
22 February 2017

Is 20 bucks all you need to drink superbly well?
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Cannabis Company Purchasing Former Fetzer Wine Property in Mendocino (Wine Spectator)
22 February 2017

Redwood Valley Home Ranch Facility was site of original winery; some neighbors are concerned
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RAW London expands with weeklong programme
22 February 2017

Natural and artisan wine show RAW London is expanding its scope with a week-long series of pop-ups across London next month.
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Innis & Gunn signs distribution deal in China and Taiwan
22 February 2017

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
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Bar residency trend gathers pace
22 February 2017

Last month, we reported on how top chefs are taking their Michelin-starred restaurants on the road. Not to be outdone, big name mixologists are launching pop-up versions of their bars in key cocktail cities around the world.
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Enotria boosts portfolio with premium Rioja brands
21 February 2017

UK on-trade supplier Enotria&Coe has boosted its Rioja portfolio with the addition to major premium brands, Ramón Bilbao and Sierra Cantabria.
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BWS second fastest-growing organic category
21 February 2017

Beer, wine and spirits is the second fastest-growing organic category in the UK, according to the Soil Association's 2017 report published this morning, with the UK's organic market passing the £2 billion mark for the first time.
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Artist-inspired Paolozzi Lager debuts in London
21 February 2017

The Edinburgh Beer Company has timed the London launch of its Paolozzi Lager to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s first major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi – the pop artist who inspired the brand.
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CX launches first beer made for drinking at 35,000 feet
21 February 2017

In partnership with Hong Kong craft brewery, HK Beer Co, Cathay Pacific has released a beer created for drinking in the air.
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Best Chablis 2015 wines tasted by Decanter experts
21 February 2017

See some of the top Chablis 2015 wines tasted during the Burgundy en primeur season by Decanter's Stephen Brook. See Stephen Brook's top rated wines...
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Jane Anson to be Decanter’s sole Bordeaux en primeur taster
21 February 2017

Jane Anson, Decanter's award-winning contributing editor and long-running Bordeaux specialist, will be the publication's sole taster for Bordeaux en primeur wines as of the upcoming 2016 vintage campaign. Jane Anson is Decanter's lead reviewer of Bordeaux...
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Red Wine Consumption Could Fight Dementia (Wine Spectator)
21 February 2017

A preliminary study found that natural compounds in grapes can contain the spread of diseases such as Alzheimer's
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Galaxy somm wins Ruinart Challenge
21 February 2017

Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.
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Drinking Wines with Altitude
21 February 2017

Many wineries make a point of boasting about the altitude of their vineyards. Wink Lorch investigates why they bother?
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Hawes: Flood of ‘English Champagne’ is “unlikely in the extreme”
21 February 2017

A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.
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Man builds house out of Champagne bottles
21 February 2017

A builder from western Russia’s Ural Mountains has constructed a house out of Champagne bottles, show reports. Made from thousands of bottles...
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Southern Hemisphere wines to shine in Chengdu
21 February 2017

About 45 exhibitors from Chile, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will showcase some of their top rated wines from at least 60 brands in the lead up to the upcoming Chengdu Food & Drinks Fair in March.
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Raising Arizona: James Maynard Keenan
21 February 2017

Arizona is not the most typical, or viticulturally reliable, of regions to embark upon a career in winemaking, surrounded by desert with blistering hot summers, but then James Maynard Keenan, frontman of US rock band Tool, is not your typical winemaker.
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Biggest harvest in a decade in Bordeaux
21 February 2017

The 2016 harvest in Bordeaux is the largest since 2006 with production up over 500 million litres.
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Sainsbury’s boss blasts “archaic” business rates
21 February 2017

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe has attacked the business rates system, demanding fundamental reform of an “archaic” system that gives online retailers the advantage over bricks and mortar operations.
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Navarra to launch Spain’s most expensive wine ‘by far’
21 February 2017

Navarra will soon be the source of Spain’s priciest wine when Bodega Otazu launches a Cabernet blend costing €2,000 a bottle – and there's already demand.
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Swartland Municipality issues statement on sandmining
20 February 2017

The Swartland Municipality has issued a statement on the granting of two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg, insisting that sandmining is "an important aspect of economic development in the Western Cape".
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Wine expert accused of stealing AU$300k worth of wines
20 February 2017

A wine expert who used to be a reviewer for wine critic James Halliday’s 'Wine Companion' is accused of stealing up to AU$300,000 worth of wines while working as a specialist buyer for an Australian wine importer.
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Ningxia eyes coastal provinces to expand domestic market
20 February 2017

China’s leading wine region, Ningxia, is counting on China’s coastal provinces to expand its domestic wine market and move its excess wine stocks the region’s top wine official revealed at a recent conference.
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The HK$1m Croizet experience at the InterCon
20 February 2017

The InterContinental Hotel in Hong Kong is offering a “VVIP” experience to guests for over HK$1 million which includes a bottle of its 1858 Cuvée Leonie and a private trip to the Cognac region.
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HK gears up for LBBC 2017
20 February 2017

Eight universities in Hong Kong and South Korea are preparing to take part in the annual Left Bank Bordeaux Cup competition on Saturday, 25 February for a chance to win an estate tour around Bordeaux.
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Jefford on Monday: Enigma Variations
20 February 2017

Areas like Bordeaux and Burgundy have not always produced France's most luxurious wines. Andrew Jefford decodes the Gaillac puzzle... Hillside vineyards in France's Gaillac region. France's forgotten luxury wine...
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Five Masseto wines to buy
20 February 2017

Susan Hulme MW attended a rare vertical tasting of Masseto in December 2016. Below, you can find her top five vintages of this highly rated wine produced alongside Ornellaia by Italy's Frescobaldi family. Masseto grapes. Susan Hulme MW's top vintages...
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Next Mass Appeal White Wine Star
20 February 2017

Wine lovers are casting about for the next Pinot Grigio. Where will it come from?
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Wine Legend: Château Palmer 1961
20 February 2017

Find out the story behind the this classic Bordeaux legend... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Great Wines from Unlikely States
19 February 2017

Random 89-plus point wines from US States you wouldn’t expect.
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How many of these unusual white grape varieties do you know?
19 February 2017

Here's some wines to track down if you're feeling adventurous... Sylvaner vineyard. Wines to try if you're feeling adventurous...
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What food to pair with Auslese Riesling? – Ask Decanter
18 February 2017

Sommelier Melanie Wagner has some ideas for this tricky match... What would work well...?
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Asda launches ‘ProGrigio’ sparkling wine
18 February 2017

UK supermarket Asda has launched a new sparkling wine, which is a blend of Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. A blend of Prosecco and Pinot Grigio...
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Trump winery seeks guest foreign workers for its vineyards
18 February 2017

The Virginia winery owned by president Donald Trump's son, Eric, has applied for special visas to bring in temporary foreign workers to tend its vineyards, official records show. A bottle of Trump sparkling wine. Winery run by president's son Eric wants foreign vineyard workers...
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The week in pictures
18 February 2017

A week of firsts: North South Wines' inaugural tasting, Lidl's first tasting of the year and Paolozzi's London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.
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H&H puts old vats back to work
18 February 2017

Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.
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Grape names quiz – test your knowledge
18 February 2017

How well do you know your wine grapes? Take this Decanter.com quiz and see if you can match the name with the grape... Pinot Noir grapes in Burgundy. How well do you know your grapes?
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Top value red Burgundy 2015
18 February 2017

William Kelley and Stephen Brook pick the wines that they consider to offer the best value from an exciting red Burgundy 2015 vintage... Where to find great value....
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Top value white Burgundy 2015
18 February 2017

Our Burgundy en primeur 2015 tasters, William Kelley and Stephen Brook, pick out white Burgundies that offer great value... Great value wines....
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Asda launches £5 ‘ProGrigio’ fizz
18 February 2017

UK supermarket Asda has launched a £5 bottle of fizz made from Glera, the grape used to make Prosecco, and Pinot Grigio, aptly named 'ProGrigio'.
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Brexit an opportunity for NZ Méthode Marlborough
18 February 2017

The UK's vote to leave the EU could offer an opportunity for New Zealand's Méthode Marlborough sparkling wine, with import taxes likely to reduce as Champagne becomes more expensive, says winemaker Daniel Le Brun.
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Australia highlights market prospects in Singapore & Malaysia
18 February 2017

Prospects for Australian wines in the Malayan Peninsula are bright, thanks to the success of the country's high-end fine wines, thinks Wine Australia.
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WOSA: Paardeberg sandmining decision ‘a true blow’
17 February 2017

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has described the decision of the Swartland Municipality to grant two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg as "a true blow" to the region's winemakers.
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WOSA: Sandmining on Paardeberg ‘a true blow’
17 February 2017

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has described the decision of the Swartland Municipality to grant two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg as "a true blow" to the region's winemakers.
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Frontera to be the official wine of BRITS 2017
17 February 2017

Pop stars including Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Bruno Mars will be served up wines from Chilean brand Frontera at this year's BRIT Awards.
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JD.com withdraws fraudulent Lafite
17 February 2017

China’s leading e-commerce company, JD.com, has quietly taken down a page where a retailer was trying to sell a Bordeaux wine under the pretence that it was Château Lafite Rothschild.
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Bottleshock: changing the way HK buys wine online
17 February 2017

Importer, distributor and now online retailer, Bottleshock has launched its website which includes a flavour and aroma algorithm that 'demystifies' the process of buying wine online.
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Top scoring reds, Burgundy 2015
17 February 2017

William Kelley and Stephen Brook tasted more than a thousand wines during their trip to Burgundy to assess the 2015 vintage. Here are the wines they thought were the best of the best for reds from Burgundy 2015... See which wines scored highly in our en primeur tastings...
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Top scoring whites, Burgundy 2015
17 February 2017

William Kelley and Stephen Brook tasted more than 1,000 wines during their trip to Burgundy to assess the 2015 vintage. Here are the wines they thought were the best of the best for whites from Burgundy 2015... See which wines impressed our experts the most...
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dbHK eats: Dragon Noodles Academy
17 February 2017

Hearing about creative Cantonese cuisine mixed with a theatrical backdrop of martial arts references, dbHK went off to explore an imagined 1960s Hong Kong at Dragon Noodles Academy and serendipitously discovered the best Peking duck in town.
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开瓶起底:留世传奇掌门刘海
17 February 2017

中国精品产区宁夏留世传奇葡萄酒庄的掌门人刘海在最近接受dbHK杂志采访时,向我们揭示了在中国运营酒庄的种种挑战,以及他要将葡萄酒做为家族代代相传的产业延续下去的雄心壮志。
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中国将认可“黑公鸡”商标
17 February 2017

意大利经典基安蒂产区(Chianti Classico)希望于今年在中国完成“黑公鸡”的商标注册,预期其销量将因为中国鸡年而大增。
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Kramer Takes Charge at Willakenzie
17 February 2017

It will be a familiar name in charge of the Oregon winery after, the new owners have announced.
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South African Vintners Angry over Mining Permits in Swartland Wine Region (Wine Spectator)
17 February 2017

Digging up sand for construction firms on vineyard properties would destroy the local beauty, they argue
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Unfiltered: From the New York Fashion Week Runways: How Much for that Champagne Vending Machine?! (Wine Spectator)
17 February 2017

Also in Unfiltered, a 17th-century Dutch Master painting of Bacchus stolen by Nazis finds its rightful owner, and Jose Cuervo celebrates its 222nd birthday with far-out art
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Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017: DWWA winners showcase
17 February 2017

The DWWA stand at Vancouver International Wine Festival Visitors at the VIWF will have the opportunity to taste a selection of DWWA winning wines at the Decanter stand
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Swan Valley wine area declared disaster zone after floods
17 February 2017

Western Australia's Swan Valley area has been declared a disaster zone after some of the worst flooding for decades damaged urban areas and also vineyards. Half-submerged vineyards in the Swan Valley area of Western Australia. Vineyards damaged as officials declare emergency...
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Turning Tables: Jose Garces’ New Atlantic City Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
17 February 2017

Plus, Francis Mallman joins the team at Bodega Garzón in Uruguay
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9 Top-Notch Restaurant Chains to Count on for Great Wine (Wine Spectator)
17 February 2017

No matter your city, these restaurants’ wine lists have you covered
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Vacation Inspiration: Beachhouse at the Moana (Wine Spectator)
17 February 2017

For vacation inspiration, check out the wine and dining on Oahu
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The Vino Beano is ‘a new wine world’
17 February 2017

Promotional featureThe new ‘go-to’ merchant for those looking for the next undiscovered gems… The new ‘go-to’ merchant for those looking for the next undiscovered gems…
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Alan Turing code-breaking cocktail bar to open
17 February 2017

A pop-up cocktail bar inspired by the life of WW2 code breaker Alan Turing is set to open in London, and the waiting list is already 7,428 people long.
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Limited edition label for ‘Good Ordinary Claret’
17 February 2017

Berry Bros & Rudd has unveiled another limited edition label for its ‘Good Ordinary Claret, designed by Luke Edward Hall.
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Fine wine investment: the problem with Burgundy
16 February 2017

The hitch with Burgundy is that while its numbers may seem encouraging, the difficulty of getting hold of any makes it a poor choice for many portfolios.
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Art with Absolut at HK’s Art Week
16 February 2017

Inspired by the opening scene of Terrence Malick’s 1998 war epic, A Thin Red Line, the Absolut Art Bar will set up camp at Potato Head from 17 March–2 April as part of Hong Kong's Art Week 2017.
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Russia hints at illegal spirits problem
16 February 2017

As much as 70% of spirits sold in Russia could be non-alcohol or ‘surrogate’ alcohol, Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry announced at a press conference this week.
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China to recognise Black Rooster emblem
16 February 2017

Italy's Chianti Classico region is expected to receive Chinese trademark rights for its Black Rooster emblem this year, as it gears up for anticipated sales growth in China's Year of the Rooster.
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‘Protect the Paardeberg’ petition launched
16 February 2017

A coalition of Swartland winemakers, farmers and other interested parties have launched a petition against the local municipality's decision to permit sandmining operations on the Paardeberg mountain
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Strange tales: Bulgars, poets and emperors’ skulls
16 February 2017

A number of people and cultures have had a ghoulish custom of drinking wine from human skulls, including Bulgar khans and Romantic poets.
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Alcoholic drinks: 4 key trends for 2017
16 February 2017

Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, rounds up the drinks trends he predicts will shape the industry in 2017, from cannabis cocktails and 'hometainment' to genderless marketing.
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葡萄酒大师Meiburg将在港举办首届“女性葡萄酒节”
16 February 2017

为庆祝今年的三八国际妇女节,葡萄酒大师Debra Meiburg MW将于3月10日和香港太古酒店联手举办首届“女性葡萄酒节”。
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Anson on Thursday: Bordeaux 2007, Ten Years On
16 February 2017

Jane Anson finds out how the Bordeaux 2007s are tasting and recommends several of the best wines to seek out... Jane Anson finds out how the Bordeaux 2007s are tasting...
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Bolla Goes Back to Basics
16 February 2017

The Italian favorite is shifting focus from the bottom line to the bottled wine.
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Help Decanter? Well known people with celebrity status who have links to the wine world
16 February 2017

We would love your help if you can think of any... Every day we receive news of well known people with “celebrity” status getting involved in wine. It’s hard to keep
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Does soil contribute to the flavour of a wine? – ask Decanter
16 February 2017

Does it really make a difference...? Does it make a difference...?
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NZ shows off ‘acoustic’ style of Sauvignon
16 February 2017

Continued high cropping of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and fierce competition on price is pushing winemakers to experiment with smaller volume expressions of Sauvignon, using oak and bottle age to add a second dimension to the country's offer.
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What wines are served at China’s state dinners?
16 February 2017

A pointed a jibe by Richard Nixon means that Chinese wine, not Baijiu, has been the drink of choice at state banquets since 1984. We run down the three most commonly served.
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Austrian wine style guide
16 February 2017

Best known for Grüner Veltliner, Austria also makes world class Riesling and some intriguing reds thanks to its collection of enviable terroirs... Burgenland vineyard. Best known for Grüner Veltliner, Austria also makes world class Riesling and some intriguing reds thanks to its collection of enviable terroirs...
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Cliff Richard drops price of wine estate
16 February 2017

Sir Cliff Richard has dropped the price of his Portuguese vineyard estate by €3 million to €6.5m – a 31% discount on the initial €9.5m asking price.
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Uncorked: Liu Hai of Legacy Peak
16 February 2017

Liu Hai, owner of Legacy Peak in Ningxia China, chats with dbHK about the challenges of running a wine business in China and his ambition to make wines that live on generation after generation.
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Pastificio launches Meet the Winemaker series
15 February 2017

Chef Angela Hartnett’s deli and wine shop in Covent Garden has announced a new series of Meet the Winemaker and Regional Wine Tasting events for 2017.
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Cape Wine Auction 2017 report
15 February 2017

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of the Warwick winery in Stellenbosch, dreamt up the concept of the Cape Wine Auction four years ago after being influenced by a similar initiative in the Napa Valley that subsidises health costs.
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Export revenues for US wine reach new high
15 February 2017

US wine exports earned a record US$1.62bn in winery revenues during 2016, boosted by gains in the UK and China despite a double-digit decline in shipment volumes. Sonoma County, Flowers Vineyard Boosted by gains in the UK and China...
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Strong growth in Pernod Ricard’s wine portfolio
15 February 2017

Pernod Ricard has claimed it is the ‘fastest growing supplier’ of branded wine in the UK after seeing strong growth in its Rioja brand, Campo Viejo and Jacob’s Creek.
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The return of Hong Kong’s Whisky Festival
15 February 2017

Lovers of the dark matter are in for a treat as Hong Kong’s biggest whisky festival returns next month with a plethora of new expressions on offer.
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Meiburg to host first ‘Women of Wine Festival’
15 February 2017

In celebration of this year's International Women’s Day, Debra Meiburg MW will host Hong Kong’s first ‘Women of Wine Festival’ on 10 March in conjunction with Swire.
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Pinot Noir Catches World's Palate
15 February 2017

While France dominates the search numbers, interest in New World Pinot Noir is showing healthy growth.
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Chinese wine pioneer, Gérard Colin, dies
15 February 2017

Winemaker Gérard Colin, an early pioneer for Chinese wine, died at the age of 75, on 9th February. Gérard Colin A pioneer for Chinese fine wine...
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California leads US wine exports to record high
15 February 2017

US wine exports, 90% of which come from California, reached a record value of $1.62 billion in 2016, the Californian Wine Institute has revealed.
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Matarromera
15 February 2017

Promotional featureAn icon from the Golden Mile of Ribera del Duero... Matarromera winery was founded in 1988 by Carlos Moro...
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Wine festivals guide: Where to go in 2017
15 February 2017

With tastings, tours and traditions - plan your next holiday around one of these wine festivals... Rioja's Batalla del Vino Plan your next holiday around one of these wine festivals held in picturesque regions...
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Record profits for Treasury Wine Estates
15 February 2017

Treasury Wine Estates, owner of Penfolds and Blossom Hill, enjoyed record profits in the second half of 2016 – but the company’s shares fell on lukewarm forecasts for the months ahead. Record profits in the second half of 2016...
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Australian Riesling: Five to try
15 February 2017

Five different styles from five different regions of Australia - Decanter's tasting team find the ones to try... Riesling is one of the world's most versatile grape varieties, able to produce wines ranging from bone dry and crisp through to super-sweet and honeyed...
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Cape Wine Auction 2017 raises record amount
14 February 2017

The annual Cape Wine Auction 2017 has raised a record-breaking 22.3 million South African rand (£1.3 million / $1.67 million ). A record-breaking amount...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Sweet Pea Soup and Sparkling Wine (Wine Spectator)
14 February 2017

This elegant twist for Valentine's Day brings springtime to winter
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Big Names Ride to Corton's Rescue
14 February 2017

A threat to a forest on top of one of Burgundy's most famous hills has sparked a rescue mission.
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Tim Fish Is Now Wine Spectator's Lead Taster of Oregon and Washington Wines (Wine Spectator)
14 February 2017

A 16-year veteran of the magazine, Fish looks forward to reviewing wines from two of America's most dynamic wine states
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Susana Balbo Wines : Latest releases tasted
14 February 2017

Steven Spurrier tastes the latest wines from Susana Balbo, the forward looking winemaker who has been at the forefront of the Argentinian wine scene for over 30 years... Steven Spurrier tastes the latest wines from Susana Balbo, the forward looking winemaker who has been at the forefront of the Argentinian wine scene for over 30 years...
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Guinness to open first US brewery in 63 years
14 February 2017

Diageo has announced plans to open a US version of its St James's Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin,which is the city's most popular tourist attraction and welcomes some 1.5 million tourists each year.
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Waitrose reports Valentine boost for Crémant
14 February 2017

Waitrose has seen sales of alternative French sparkler Crémant rise 20% in the run up to Valentine day, as romantics seek extra value for money.
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England’s most famous beer cities join forces
14 February 2017

Sheffield and Norwich are joining forces to promote their local beers in a series of events that will take place across pubs and bars in both cities.
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Wairarapa rebrands as Wellington Wine Country
14 February 2017

Winemakers in New Zealand's Wairarapa Valley, which includes the boutique Pinot Noir heartland of Martinborough, have collectively rebranded as Wellington Wine Country in an effort to better communicate the region and its wines.
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Aldi rolls out new wine festival
13 February 2017

Aldi has launched a dozen 'rare and unusual' wines under £8, as part of its latest Spring Wine Festival event.
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Michelin-starred chef launches clementine beer
13 February 2017

Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers of Restaurant Story has teamed up with craft brewery Anspach & Hobday to create an ale infused with clementine preserves.
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2017 Cape Wine Auction sets new record
13 February 2017

The annual Cape Wine Auction has broken a new fundraising record, raising a staggering R22.3 million (£1.3m) on 11 February at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate in Franschhoek.
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Top ‘fake’ Lafite brands found in China
13 February 2017

No other wine captures the attention and imagination of consumers in China quite like Bordeaux first growth Château Lafite Rothschild. We've rounded up some of the most common fakes reportedly seen on the market.
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China’s wine production drops for four consecutive years
13 February 2017

China’s wine production fell for the fourth year to 11.37 million hectoliters - a one per cent drop over 2015 - the latest figures compiled by a Chinese market research company have revealed.
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Champagne Rothschild aims for 30% growth in China
13 February 2017

Champagne Barons de Rothschild is aiming for 30% sales growth in Mainland China and Hong Kong this year as it expands its on-trade distribution channels, according to managing director, Frédéric Mairesse.
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Jefford on Monday: The other Châteauneuf
13 February 2017

Andrew Jefford heads for the little-known Rhône village of Gadagne. 'Galets roulés' - rounded pebbles in the vineyards of Gadagne. Andrew Jefford visits a lesser known corner of the Rhône...
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Wine Legend: Château de Beaucastel 1981
13 February 2017

Discover what makes this legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe worthy of the Decanter hall of fame... What is that makes Château de Beaucastel 1981 a legendary Châteauneuf-du-Pape....?
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Pink Pinot Grigio: Is this the most authentic version? – ask Decanter
12 February 2017

Is it true that the rosé version came first? Is it true that it came first?...
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Oak's Sweet Addition to Wine
12 February 2017

How can wine taste sweet without any residual sugar? It might be down to an unexpected source.
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Japanese Koshu: Wineries to watch
12 February 2017

Koshu is Japan's native grape variety. Could its time be coming? Low in alcohol, crisp and delicate, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes... Koshu grapes. Low in alcohol, crisp and delicate, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes...
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Valentine’s food and wine matches
11 February 2017

Preparing a romantic meal for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Make sure you’ve got the perfect wines to go with it…. Make sure you’ve got the perfect wines...
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Top chefs are taking their restaurants on the road
11 February 2017

Maverick chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Grant Achatz have been uprooting their restaurants and creating temporary pop-ups around the globe. Lucy Shaw finds out what drives them to undertake such a stressful and expensive enterprise.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Social Eating House
11 February 2017

Diversity is the theme of the rather ruddy good list at the Poland Street, Soho, site of Jason Atherton's Social group of restaurants.
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Pinot Noir NZ 2017 in pictures
11 February 2017

db made tracks to Wellington this month for the "best Pinot Noir event on the planet" to celebrate and debate the evolution of this expressive grape that has found a happy home in New Zealand.
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Ornellaia reveals artist designs for 2014 vintage special release
11 February 2017

Tuscan winery Ornellaia has commissioned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto to produce a series of special designs for a limited number of large-format bottles for its 2014 vintage wine. Ernesto Neto's designs for the Ornellaia 2014 vintage. Nine lots will be auctioned for charity via Sotheby's. Read more about the 2014 vintage project...
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Top 12 restaurant wine gripes
11 February 2017

Sourcing responses from our followers on Facebook and Twitter, as well as colleagues working in the trade, db brings you a selection of the biggest gripes associated with drinking wine in a restaurant.
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The week in pictures
11 February 2017

This week saw Pol Roger host a lavish bash to toast Churchill's first invoice, Ornellaia release an arresting new art series and Havana-inspired New York speakeasy BlackTail take over The Bloomsbury Club Bar in London.
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Quiz: How wine is made – test your knowledge
11 February 2017

Do you know how wine is made - the big journey from grape to bottle? Test your wine production knowledge with this week's Decanter quiz. Winemakers might find this too easy... Merlot - Pomerol, Vieux Chateau Certan sorting grapes Could you be a winemaker?
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Top châteaux owners awarded Michelin stars
11 February 2017

The owners of Bordeaux big guns Château Haut-Brion, Cheval Blanc, Château Angélus and Pape Clément were toasting new Michelin stars this week.
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Kentucky Bourbon enjoying ‘historic renaissance’
11 February 2017

Bourbon distilleries added an additional US$1 billion to Kentucky’s economy over the last two years alone, according to figures from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
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St. Emilion icon sold to Château Pavie owner
11 February 2017

Iconic St. Emilion wine bar and bistro L'Envers du Décor has been bought by Parisian millionaire Gérard Perse, the owner of Château Pavie.
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Kim Woodward leaves Savoy for Skylon
10 February 2017

Kim Woodward has left her position as the first ever female chef of The Savoy Grill to Skylon on the Southbank where she has been made executive chef.
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SWA signs deal with Scottish craft distillers association
10 February 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association have formed a partnership agreeing to work together to support to Scotch whisky industry, recognising its rapid expansion over the past three years.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
10 February 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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Students recreate 5,000-year-old Chinese beer
10 February 2017

Students from Stanford University in the US have brewed a beer using a 5,000-year-old Chinese recipe.
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红带花斑病成加州新痛
10 February 2017

据加州葡萄酒名庄Cakebread Cellars称,红带花斑病(Red Blotch)这一葡萄藤病毒有可能将和根瘤蚜虫一样给加州葡萄田造成极大的灾害。
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Diageo kicks off World Class in Singapore
10 February 2017

Open to all bartenders, the ninth edition of Diageo’s World Class competition has launched in Singapore.
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Sommelier Talk: Jessica Norris' Steak House Wine Empire at Del Frisco's Restaurant Group (Wine Spectator)
10 February 2017

The Del Frisco's Restaurant Group's new beverage director is ready for prime time
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dbHK interview: Ben Orpwood & Michael Hoepfl
10 February 2017

Ben Orpwood formerly of Sexy Fish and Michael Hoepfl of Zuma London speak to dbHK about the merits of the merits of tofu ice cream and the argument for and against cooking seasonally.
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Portrait of wine god Bacchus found 80 years after Nazi sell-off
10 February 2017

A centuries-old painting of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, has been recovered by the FBI in New York 80 years after it was stolen and sold off by the Nazis. The portrayal of Bacchus by Jan Franse Verzijl, who lived between 1599 and 1647. FBI agents recover stolen painting after tip-off...
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Jay Z's Champagne Goes Flat
10 February 2017

The rapper's got 99 problems – and his Champagne is one.
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Unfiltered: Bad Boy Isiah Thomas Scores Good Champagne (Wine Spectator)
10 February 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Prosecco picks up a Unesco nom and star chef Joachim Splichal cooks up a new project: rosé wine
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Château Pavie Owner Buys St.-Emilion's Iconic Bistro L'Envers du Décor (Wine Spectator)
10 February 2017

Founder was ready to step back; Gerard Perse plans to maintain its casual wine-bar style
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New Michelin France guide 2017: Haut-Brion, Angélus and Cheval Blanc owners toast success
10 February 2017

Restaurants connected to the owners of Bordeaux heavyweights Château Haut-Brion, Château Angélus, Cheval Blanc and Pape Clément are among those celebrating after the Michelin Guide France released its new star ratings for 2017. Logis de la Cadène in St-Emilion, owned by the de Boüard family and with food by 29-year-old chef Alexandre Baumard. Several Bordeau...
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eBay signs deal to add more than 1,000 wines to sale list
10 February 2017

Online marketplace eBay is expanding the number of wines available on its site through a new partnership with direct-to-consumer (DTC) specialist WineDirect. Online auction site signs deal with Napa-based WineDirect...
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Fine wine in focus: ‘overlooked’ DRC
10 February 2017

With the titular wine from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti hogging the limelight, it’s worth remembering the other labels the famous estate produces and the relative value they offer within the DRC stable.
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Pernod Ricard results boosted by US and Irish whiskey
10 February 2017

Strong US sales and the continued success of Jameson has prompted a strong first half for Pernod Ricard.
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17th century Bacchus painting recovered by FBI
10 February 2017

FBI agents have recovered a 17th century oil painting of god of wine Bacchus by Dutch master Jan Franse Verzijl that disappeared over 80 years ago.
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New Zealand steps up Albariño ambitions
10 February 2017

An increasing number of New Zealand winemakers are investing in the Spanish variety Albariño, believing it to offer the acidity, salinity and softness to become an appealing, albeit small volume, alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
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Southern Glazer bolsters off-trade team
10 February 2017

US wine distributor Southern Glazer has appointed Pernod Ricard US’ Scott Moore to head up the off-trade planning.
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Fine wine outperforms investing in art and cars, report claims
09 February 2017

Fine wine is the "best-performing" investment compared to art, antique, and cars, a new report by fine wine investment management company Vin-X has claimed.
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Beyond Burgundy: what’s the wine list alternative?
09 February 2017

A shift away from over-priced Burgundy and towards 'alternative classics' is an "unavoidable" long-term wine list trend, according to Social Eating House head sommelier Jon Kleeman.
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Armenian brandy production up 27% in 2016
09 February 2017

Armenian brandy enjoyed healthy growth in 2016 with production rising by 27% to 21.6 million litres over the previous year, according to the latest figures released by the National Statistical Service (NSS).
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Hot summer in Canberra threatens vintage quality
09 February 2017

Canberra’s unusually hot summer could pose as a threat to the region’s crop after what has been the hottest January in recent years, some local winemakers have warned.
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Zachys announces next HK auction
09 February 2017

In its first Hong Kong auction of 2017, Zachys will highlight some rare Left Bank as well as a wide assortment of Japanese and Scotch whiskies.
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Will Chinese law change hurt vineyard purchases?
09 February 2017

Jane Anson talks to estate agents worldwide about the state of Chinese investment in vineyards - and how a new law in China could change things. Alibaba founder Jack Ma's new manor in Bordeaux: Château de Sours. Jane Anson weighs up the global market amid new rules...
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Lebanese Wine a 40-Year First
09 February 2017

A Lebanese winery's return to making Cinsaut for the first time in four decades is turning heads.
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How Mouton Rothschild and David Hockney joined forces
09 February 2017

The next-generation family members at the head of Château Mouton Rothschild have held a special event with David Hockney in London to officially reveal the artist's sketches for the Mouton 2014 wine label. At Spencer House, from left to right: Jean-Pierre de Beaumarchais, Lord Rothschild, Camille Sereys de Rothschild, David Hockney, Julien de Beaumarchais de Rothschild, Philippe Sereys de Ro...
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Take a US Michelin guide road trip
09 February 2017

Booking specialist Orbitz has created a route from east coast to west that takes in some of America's top Michelin-starred restaurants. It isn't going to be cheap, even if you sacrifice all hotels and sleep in the car - but it could certainly be a gourmet trip to remember. Booking site creates luxury road trip for foodies...
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Traveling? Don't Drink the Water, Drink Wine (Wine Spectator)
09 February 2017

Research has shown that the alcohol and acidity in wine can kill foodborne pathogens before they ruin your trip
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Online order grow at Matthew Clark
09 February 2017

Matthew Clark has reported Christmas orders through its online wine platform has risen almost a third by volume since 2015.
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Most powerful fine wine brands: nos. 10-1
09 February 2017

The first growths rule the roost for the first time since 2010 as we round up the top 10 most powerful wine labels of 2016.
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Why is Cakebread Cellars raising yields?
09 February 2017

Bruce Cakebread from Napa’s Cakebread Cellars is raising yields in his reds and increasing the proportion of white wine that goes through MLF – but why?
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Loire Sauvignon Blanc under £20
09 February 2017

Looking for some great value Sauvignon Blanc? Don't underestimate the Loire. Here, Decanter's tasting team picks out five excellent examples for well under £20... Our tasting team has picked out some great value...
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Australia’s new philosophy of freshness
09 February 2017

A new generation of Australian winemakers are turning their backs on big, beefy styles in favour of lighter, fruitier expressions in response to demand from restaurants and consumers.
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Boss of The Co-op steps down
09 February 2017

The boss credited with “saving” UK retailer The Co-op is to step down as CEO next month.
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China’s wine imports up in volume and value in 2016
08 February 2017

China’s wine imports grew both in volume and value terms in 2016, bolstered by strong demand for bottled wine from Guangdong, Shanghai, Beijing and coastal regions in China.
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China’s leading e-retailer in ‘fake’ Lafite scam
08 February 2017

A retailer has been caught trying to pass off a Vin de Pays wine as Château Lafite Rothschild on China’s largest direct sales e-commerce site, JD.com.
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Ridgeview appoints Banville as US distributor
08 February 2017

English sparkling wine producer Ridgeview has signed a distribution deal with New York-based Banville Wine Merchants as it seeks to grow its US sales.
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Italian chef Umberto Bombana wins lifetime achievement award
08 February 2017

Umberto Bombana, the renowned Italian chef of three Michelin-starred 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong, is the 2017 recipient of The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants.
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dbHK eats: TokyoLima
08 February 2017

All the fun of Peru wrapped up with a Japanese approach to detail and expertly crafted cocktails and dishes. dbHK found an exhilarating hotchpotch of Peruvian and Japanese influences at the newly opened TokyoLima.
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Italy Looks to Up Stakes in US
08 February 2017

Cheap-and-cheerful styles and too many grape varieties are holding Italy's wine sales back.
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US wineries see big jump in direct sales
08 February 2017

More premium wine lovers in the US are going straight to the winery to buy their top bottles than ever before, says a new report showing record-breaking direct shipments in 2016. Tasting rooms, like this one opened at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in 2014, have helped direct sales, says report. Record number of drinkers going straight to winery to buy...
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‘My Champagne was too fizzy’ – and other restaurant complaints
08 February 2017

Restaurant booking service OpenTable has conducted a survey on complaining in restaurants, and revealed some of the most unusual… What were the most bizarre...?
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The Perils of Engineered Wine and the Loss of Flavor (Wine Spectator)
08 February 2017

And others say, “tasteless”
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Are there any benefits to stemless glasses? – ask Decanter
08 February 2017

Why are we seeing more stemless wine glasses...? Xavier Rousset MS gives his view. Do you agree?...
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Tasted: Vega Sicilia’s new releases, including Único 2005
08 February 2017

Sarah Jane Evans MW has tasted the latest releases from Vega Sicilia. Here, she gives some insight into the winery and rates the wines... Stainless Steel Fermenter at Vega Sicilia. Sarah Jane Evans rates the wines...
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‘Treasure trove’ of fine wine to go on sale in NYC
08 February 2017

Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer a “treasure trove” of “iconic” labels worth over $2 million in New York later this month.
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‘Dry January’ retail booze boost, as Aldi becomes UK’s fifth largest grocer
08 February 2017

Beer and wine sales boost despite ‘Dry January’, latest Kantar Worldpanel shows, as Aldi becomes fifth largest grocer in the UK.
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Mouton MD: 2016 ‘clearly an excellent vintage’
07 February 2017

The 2016 harvest in Bordeaux “is clearly an excellent vintage” and on a par in terms of quality with 2005 and 2009, according to Philippe Dhalluin, the managing director of Mouton Rothschild.
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‘Inferior’ gran reservas ‘contaminating’ Rioja, producers claim
07 February 2017

Prominent producers from Rioja are calling for gran reservas to be better protected against the ‘contamination” of the category by inferior, over-aged wines.
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Diversity of New Zealand Pinot Noir
07 February 2017

The diversity of New Zealand’s Pinot Noirs came on centre stage at a SPIT workshop with Liam Steevenson MW, organized by Meiburg Wine Media.
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Yellow Tail causes stir with Super Bowl advert
07 February 2017

Australian wine brand Yellow Tail has been criticised for an advert it aired during the Super Bowl in the US, but its creators said the sketch was just a bit of fun. Model Ellie Gonsalves meets 'Roo' and 'Yellow Tail Guy' on the beach... Creators say ad is just a bit of fun...
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Chef Vicky Lau to open new patisserie, Poem
07 February 2017

One of Hong Kong's best-loved chefs, Vicky Lau is to move her acclaimed Tate restaurant to a new location on Hollywood Road which will also house her second venture, Poem Patisserie.
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HK’s Bacardi Legacy final four announced
07 February 2017

Following Bacardi Legacy's Hong Kong final competition on 23 January, four hopefuls have been selected to represent Hong Kong and Macau in the regional finals in Taiwan on 20 February.
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Santa Rita partners with COFCO to expand China market
07 February 2017

South America’s leading winery Santa Rita Estates has entered a partnership with China’s top wine importer COFCO to distribute its Santa Rita brand in the wholesale channel throughout Mainland China.
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Le Comptoir group somm to join Park Lane Pullman Hotel
07 February 2017

Wallace Lo, the group sommelier for Hong Kong’s upscale restaurant group, Le Comptoir, is to join the Park Lane Pullman Hotel as its hotel sommelier.
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Baijiu dominates CNY alcohol consumption
07 February 2017

Chinese spirit, Baijiu, is still the most popular alcohol choice among Chinese consumers when it comes to lunar New Year celebrations, a new report released by e-commerce giant Alibaba has revealed.
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Tasting the Greatest Wines on Earth
07 February 2017

With suitable fanfare, the 2014 wines of DRC have been released; Adam Lechmere tasted them.
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Unfiltered: After Super Bowl, Will Lady Gaga Bring 'Grigio Girls' Wine to Life? (Wine Spectator)
07 February 2017

Also in this special Monday-morning-QB edition of Unfiltered, the Patriots celebrate with fine Nicaraguan cigars and California "champagne"
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Lady Gaga to launch ‘Grigio Girls’ wine range – reports
07 February 2017

Popstar and singer Lady Gaga is to launch her own wine range, named ‘Grigio girls’, it has been reported. Lady Gaga performing. The singer is launching her own wine, according to reports...
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British rugby star George North becomes Mud House Wines brand ambassador
07 February 2017

New Zealand’s Mud House Wines has appointed British rugby star George North as brand ambassador, it was announced this morning. more...
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Sparkling rosé wines for Valentine’s day
07 February 2017

If there's one day in the year when you open a bottle of pink fizz, it has to be Valentine's day. Decanter's Tasting team recommends bottles worth considering for that special someone... Romantic wines rated by our experts...
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ProWein charters ‘hotel ship’ for this year’s show
07 February 2017

The organisers of international wine show ProWein have hired a cruise ship to accommodate visitors during this year's exhibition.
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Lady Gaga to release Grigio Girls wine
06 February 2017

Eccentric songstress Lady Gaga is to release her own brand of wine called Grigio Girls, named after a bonus track on her album Joanne.
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Yellow Tail Super Bowl ad ‘a national embarrassment’
06 February 2017

Australians have reacted with dismay to an advertisement for Yellow Tail wine aired during Super Bowl Sunday which has been widely panned as a stain on the nation's character.
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Ex-Artesian pair join new Singapore venture
06 February 2017

Roman Foltán and Carla Davina Soares, formerly of London’s Artesian Bar have headed east to launch a new gin-focused bar, Atlas, in Singapore.
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Solar Viejo: The Freixenet family’s journey to Rioja
06 February 2017

Promotional feature Solar Viejo means old manor house.... Solar Viejo: The Freixenet family’s journey to Rioja Promotional feature Originally wine was made in the cellars of one of
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Jefford on Monday: Scoring for value
06 February 2017

Andrew Jefford says anything else is just not possible... Andrew Jefford says anything else is just not possible...
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Behind the bar with…Yuriko Naganuma
06 February 2017

The helmswoman of the newly opened Bar de Luxe, Yuriko Naganuma, speaks to dbHK about the secret to the best martini and her love of the Yarra Valley.
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Pinot Noir Takes Wellington by Storm
06 February 2017

New Zealand's capital city played host to a celebration of the country's second-most important variety, Pinot Noir.
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Sassicaia 2014: Tasted
05 February 2017

Decanter's content director John Stimpfig recently attended the launch of Tenuta San Guido's Sassicaia 2014... The story of how Sassicaia and Bolgheri came into existence is one of my favourites. It has been told many times, but is always worth re-telling for those who haven’t yet come across it...
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Wine legend: Pingus 1995
05 February 2017

Find out why this Spanish gem makes the Decanter hall of fame... Why it makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Neighbors Fall Out Over Supermarket Wine
05 February 2017

Who needs outdated trade deals like NAFTA? Well, the Wine Institute for one, Sam Behrend discovers.
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New wave Australian wines to try
05 February 2017

One of the best things about Australia is the number of winemakers keen to experiment with new styles and lesser known grape varieties to produce something completely different. Decanter's tasting team recommends five to try... Lifting the veil on Australia's wine experiments...
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What generates the fine mousse in a Champagne? Ask Decanter
05 February 2017

What gives a Champagne a 'fine mousse'...? Champagne Salon and Delamotte at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2016. A sign of a great Champagne...?
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Will Australia Win the Super Bowl?
04 February 2017

The Patriots and the Falcons aren't the only ones with a strategy for Monday.
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Updated: Tasting notes decoded
04 February 2017

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your 'jammy' from your 'vanilla' wines. See tasting notes decoded and learn how to talk about wine like an expert.
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Cube launches consumer drinks show
04 February 2017

PR company Cube Communications has launched a peripatetic consumer show called DrinksFest aimed at booze lovers around the UK.
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How well do you know your wine terms? Test your knowledge
04 February 2017

Are the vast majority of wine terms a different language to you, or are you fluent in "wine"? Take our wine terms quiz and find out just how much you know. How good are you at reading a wine label? And would you know what to call a wine fault if you spotted one? Take our wine terms quiz and find out.
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Viña Santa Rita gets new UK distributor
04 February 2017

Santa Rita Estates' flagship Viña Santa Rita brand will be distributed to the UK off-trade through Conviviality Plc, the Chilean wine company has announced.
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Friarwood to distribute Capensis in the UK
04 February 2017

Jackson Family Wines has appointed Friarwood Fine Wines as its partner for the exclusive distribution of its top-end South African Chardonnay, Capensis, in the UK.
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The week in pictures
04 February 2017

Easing our way out of dry January, the week began in celebratory style with comedy awards sponsored by Roberson Wine, followed by a Pinot Noir festival in New Zealand and Rick Ross' extravagant Belaire-fuelled bash.
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‘Beer Bowl’ 2017: Boston vs Atlanta
04 February 2017

Georgia and Massachusetts go head to head in the annual bid for mastery in the venerable fields of American football and brewing.
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The Comité Champagne’s London tasting gets new name and novel venue
04 February 2017

Following news broken by db this week that the Comité Champagne is to reinstate its London tasting, we can now reveal that the event has a new name and content, and it will be held in a novel venue.
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Campari buys Bulldog gin for £46.8 million
04 February 2017

Gruppo Campari has bought London Dry Gin brand Bulldog for £46.8m to strengthen its premium position in the on-trade.
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Revisited: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2014
04 February 2017

William Kelley picks his top wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2014 from Corney & Barrow’s annual tasting... William Kelley tastes the 2014s....
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Nyetimber banned at The Savoy
04 February 2017

Revered English sparkling wine Nyetimber has been blacklisted by The Savoy after its owner, Erik Hereema, allegedly smashed glasses and insulted bar staff at a drinks reception.
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Latour-focused members’ club appoints Ramsay somm
04 February 2017

Ten Trinity Square Private Club, a London members' club launching soon in partnership with Château Latour, has appointed former Restaurant Gordon Ramsay head sommelier Jan Konetzki as its wine director.
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Fine wine benchmarks up in January
04 February 2017

The leading Liv-ex fine wine indices both rose in January, continuing an unbroken run of monthly gains since December 2015 for the FW100.
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Hugh Johnson: Do we need a natural wine alternative?
04 February 2017

Can you send a ‘natural’ wine back because it’s horrible to drink, or have you implicitly accepted the possibility and committed yourself to paying when you ordered it, asks Hugh Johnson... Hugh Johnson on natural wines....
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CSG launches new line of corks
03 February 2017

The Cork Supply Group (CSG) has launched a new line of ‘micro-agglomerated’ and TCA-free closures called ‘Vinc’.
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03 February 2017

Matteo Stefani, the bar and restaurant manager of Wan Chai's seafood haven Fishsteria, speaks to dbHK about Hong Kong’s thriving bar scene and his favourite Diplomatico rum cocktail.
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Zuma HK and Penhaligon’s pair up
03 February 2017

Zuma’s bar manager in Hong Kong, Arkadiusz Rybak, has created a series of cocktails based on Penhaligon’s new Portraits perfume collection that will launch on Valentine's Day.
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BLG takes on Domaine des Lambrays for Malaysia
03 February 2017

Singapore’s premium wine merchants, Bordeaux Liquid Gold has announced that it has become the exclusive distributor for premium Burgundy estate, Domaine des Lambrays throughout Malaysia.
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Chef Charlie Palmer's Valentine's Day Duck Recipe (Wine Spectator)
03 February 2017

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Spain's White Wine Revolution
03 February 2017

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Unfiltered: Yellow Tail Brings Wine to Super Bowl LI Ads (Wine Spectator)
03 February 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Team U.S.A. wins France's Bocuse d'Or cooking competition, and Gloria Ferrer adds her own flute to a world-class wineglass collection
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Joe Wadsack: Koshu will have its day in UK
03 February 2017

Wine consultant and communicator Joe Wadsack has spoken of the untapped gastronomic potential of the Japanese grape variety Koshu, predicting that Koshu wine will inevitably "have its day" in the UK.
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db Eats: Veneta
03 February 2017

Resident foodie Lucy Shaw heads to Italian newbie Veneta in St James's Market for silky red prawns, Parmesan-laced polenta and hauntingly beautiful Barbaresco.
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Turning Tables: Prominent Young D.C. Somm Brent Kroll to Debut Own Wine Bar (Wine Spectator)
03 February 2017

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de Villaine hails ‘terroir-driven’ 2014 vintage
03 February 2017

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Aubert de Villaine has said the wines of 2014 are particularly marked by their terroir expression, in what was a tricky vintage in Burgundy.
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Badet Clément launches ‘Burgundian’ Pays d’Oc range
03 February 2017

French negociant and producer Badet Clément is launching a new Burgundy-style premium organic range of wines from its recently acquired Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon in the Aude.
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Tasmania now Australia’s top wine tourism region
03 February 2017

Tasmania, a rugged little island that started out as a prominent penal colony, is fast becoming Australia’s premier wine tourism destination writes Geoffrey Dean.
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Matching wine with Curry – Le Cordon Bleu
03 February 2017

Winter is upon us, so now is the perfect time for indulging in some warming comfort food, and I cannot think of anything more warming, literally speaking, than curry. Beer is the traditional English accompaniment but wine can work equally well, if not better for enhancing those flavours. Wine with Curry: Top matches It’s all about the sauce Choose whether you want to feel the heat or play &...
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Premiere Napa auction to put lots online
03 February 2017

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has announced that over 40 lots from its annual auction will be put online for international buyers to bid on for the first time.
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Oscars wine: What will the stars be drinking?
03 February 2017

Film director and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola has unveiled two limited edition wines to be poured at the 89th Oscars ceremony later this month. What will be served at the 89th Oscars...?
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Napa Valley gets its own football team
03 February 2017

The Napa Valley now has its very own football team – named Napa Valley 1839 in honour of the year in which vines were first planted in the northern Californian wine region.
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Sports car gets highest bid at Naples Winter Wine Festival
03 February 2017

A 2017 McLaren 570GT scooped the winning bid at this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida, going under the hammer for a staggering $480,000.
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Anson: A new California ‘grand cru’ in the making?
02 February 2017

Jane Anson explores the new winery project of Bonny Doon founder Randall Grahm in California. The label for Randall Grahm's new California wine. Call me shallow, but there is something pretty exciting about receiving one of only 150 bottles produced of a new
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Australia makes big gains in China – wine import data
02 February 2017

Australian wine is going from strength to strength in China, according import figures for the Chinese wine market in 2016. See the new China wine import figures...
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db Eats: The Laughing Gravy
02 February 2017

In search of meaning and/or a nice dinner, Darren Smith took a short stroll from db Towers in Southwark to the obliquely named Laughing Gravy.
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Gérard Bertrand celebrates 30 years of winemaking
02 February 2017

Languedoc wine producer Gérard Bertrand marked three decades of winemaking this week, reflecting on how far his own company and the wines of the region have come in that time.
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The UK’s best new regional restos
02 February 2017

Proving you don’t need to live in zone 1 to dine well, we’ve rounded up the best new restaurants outside of London, from Tom Aikens’ Birmingham venture to a 14-seater site in a shipping container in Bristol.
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New venue for London Beer Festival
02 February 2017

The London Craft Beer Festival is almost doubling the size of the show this year, as well as launching an event in Edinburgh.
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Anti-counterfeiting seminars to take place in HK
02 February 2017

Wine authenticator Maureen Downey will host a series of seminars on fine wine fraud and counterfeiting in Hong Kong next week.
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Ten delicious Shiraz alternatives: Updated
02 February 2017

Shiraz (also referred to as Syrah) is one of the world's great grapes. If you love it, here are 10 other wines you may like... Shiraz (also referred to as Syrah) is one of the world's great grapes. If you love it, here are ten other wines you may like...
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The Comité Champagne reinstates London tasting
02 February 2017

The Comité Champagne will be holding its Annual Champagne Tasting in the UK in March this year, despite reports to the contrary by the drinks business six months ago.
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Pic Saint Loup awaits final AOC nod
02 February 2017

The Languedoc region of Pic Saint Loup is waiting for the final ministerial seal of approval that will see its elevation to a standalone AOC confirmed.
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Pernod Ricard snaps up small US bourbon distillery
02 February 2017

Pernod Ricard North America has snapped up a small US distillery after completing its acquisition of bourbon and spirit producer Smooth Ambler.
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French brand launching 6 Nations ad campaign
02 February 2017

Les Grands Chais de France is rolling out a new ad campaign during the Six Nations Rugby championship for its French wine brand Calvert.
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Fine wine investment: the importance of time frames
01 February 2017

The success or failure of any index or asset can be made to look more dramatic depending on the time scale used; the rise of anything will look good over 100 years – but about the last 12 months?
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Johnny Depp ‘spends $30,000 a month on wine’
01 February 2017

Johnny Depp's profligate lifestyle, which includes spending $30,000 a month on wine, has left the Hollywood actor in serious financial difficulty, according to his former business managers.
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What is whole bunch fermentation? Ask Decanter
01 February 2017

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Naples Winter Wine Festival Brings in 2017 with a Bang (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2017

Varied lots push the live charity auction to great heights while co-chairs look toward the future
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Bordeaux Offers Value in the 2014 Vintage
01 February 2017

The recently released vintage offers plenty of quality, Tom Hyland finds, but also plenty of value.
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Decanter Retailer Awards
01 February 2017

The Decanter Retailer Awards is an annual competition designed to reward our best retailers and to champion the best places
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01 February 2017

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Six Bordeaux alternatives to try
01 February 2017

Bordeaux is a cornerstone of the fine wine world and for many years has been a reference point for others around the world - with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot so widely planted. Here are some alternatives if you like Bordeaux and are wondering what else can compete for your attention... New options for Bordeaux lovers...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Saucy Cheesesteak Sandwiches (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2017

Whether served as a full meal or slider-sized snacks, what's better for watching a big game than beef with a bold red?
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New on Wine List Confidential: Oxo Tower Restaurant
01 February 2017

A whopper of a wine selection from the Harvey Nichols buying team – one of the sharpest lists you'll find along London's South Bank.
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Distell closes Tobermory distillery during refurbishment
01 February 2017

South African spirit producers Distell is set to halt production in its Tobermory distillery to carry out a two-year refurbishment.
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New Report Shows Winery Direct Shipping Sales Surging (Wine Spectator)
01 February 2017

But when it comes to retailer direct shipping, legal battles are raging
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Fake DRC wine: Prosecutor demands prison for alleged gang member
01 February 2017

One of the alleged ringleaders in an organised crime gang that sold 400 bottles of fake DRC wines in Europe should be sentenced to at least two years in prison with a hefty fine, a state prosecutor has argued at a court hearing in Burgundy. But a defence lawyer denied his client's involvement in the plot. Real DRC Romanée-Conti wines from the 1990 vintage. Russian man accused of helping t...
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43 detained for stoking Chilean forest fires
01 February 2017

Chilean authorities have detained 43 people suspected of stoking forest fires that have devastated over 400,000 hectares of land and killed 11 people.
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Wines from Spain tasting to highlight diversity
01 February 2017

This year’s annual Wines from Spain tasting at Tobacco Dock on Thursday 9 March will shine a light on innovation and regional diversity within the country.
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ProWein to feature street food park
01 February 2017

This year’s ProWein will contain a "street food park" for time-pressed visitors to sample a wide range of cuisines without the long wait.
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Gin saved as juniper is added to national seed bank
01 February 2017

Gin is to be saved for posterity after it was announced that juniper, the spirit's main ingredient, is to be added to the UK's national seed bank.
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Prosecco bids for Unesco world status
01 February 2017

The Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills – home to Prosecco DOCG – have formally submitted its bid to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was confirmed.
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Hallgarten strengthens Argentina
01 February 2017

Hallgarten has strengthened its Argentinian portfolio with the addition of Zorzal Wines.
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New on WLC: La Trompette
31 January 2017

A list that hits the right note again and again. The Rhône stands out, the sparkling list is great and the sommelier team is in the top tier. All hearken to the clarion call of La Trompette.
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Exploring Britain's Boozy History
31 January 2017

A new book about how alcohol shaped Britain – and Britain shaped booze – finds a fan in Adam Lechmere.
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Vacu Vin launches TV spin-off range
31 January 2017

Vacu Vin is launching a special range of powered wine gadgets as it partners with the second series of ITV’s The Wine Show.
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db Eats: Aquavit
31 January 2017

Serving up a smörgåsbord of goodies, modern Scandi restaurant Aquavit is a laid-back but modish demonstration of the fabulous oddities of Nordic food, writes Octavia Bromell.
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db Eats: The Kitty Hawk
31 January 2017

In the market for a big, juicy steak and a nice bottle of claret, db delved into London's new 'department store of dining'...
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Italy applies for Prosecco UNESCO status
31 January 2017

Italy has said it will put forward the Prosecco DOCG growing region for UNESCO world heritage status. Can DOCG growing make world heritage list?...
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Spar rolls out beer and ale event
31 January 2017

Spar is set to launch its first craft and world beer & ale showcase across its stores in February.
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Champagne Drappier reaches sales record and adopts unique bottle
31 January 2017

Drappier has reached a new sales record and becomes the latest Champagne house to adopt a unique bottle design.
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Paris to host ‘first ever’ cool-climate wine trade show
31 January 2017

The winegrowers' associations of the Loire, Burgundy, Alsace and Champagne will converge on Paris next month for 'the first ever' international trade show dedicated to promoting French cool-climate wines.
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Christmas boost for Conviviality, as profits rise
31 January 2017

Christmas provided an extra boost for UK drink company Conviviality, after it reported soaring half-year profits, up 285%.
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McGuigan releases four new wines in UK
30 January 2017

Hunter Valley based producer McGuigan Wines has released a quartet of new reds into the UK across its ‘Classic’, ‘Reserve’ and ‘Founders’ ranges.
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Cape Town-Cape Winelands ‘Best of wine tourism’ winners 2017
30 January 2017

Promotional featureCape Town 2017 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ awards winners were revealed at the end of the recent annual ‘The Business of Food and Wine Tourism Conference at Spier Wine Farm.... The best spots for wine tourism...
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Viña Ardanza – La Rioja Alta, S.A.
30 January 2017

Promotional feature La Rioja Alta, S.A., one of Rioja’s oldest and most renowned wineries, celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2015 and this year marks another key milestone: the 75th anniversary of its iconic wine Viña Ardanza... The 75th anniversary of the wine....
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Jefford on Monday: Beaujolais pride
30 January 2017

Andrew Jefford finds out how Beaujolais is setting itself to rights – with help from the great 2015 vintage. Read below and see several Beaujolais Cru wines to seek out. A cask containing Beaujolais 2015 wine at Dominique Piron. The 2015 vintage has turned things around...
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Five alternatives to Châteauneuf-du-Pape
30 January 2017

Decanter's Tasting team recommend five alternatives to Châteauneuf-du-Pape... Châteauneuf-du-Pape is arguably the most famous appellation of the southern Rhône valley. If you love its style but not the cost, read on as Decanter's Tasting team recommend five muscular alternatives worth trying...
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Is Wine Getting Smoked by Weed?
29 January 2017

The passage of new cannabis laws in seven US states may give the wine industry something to think about.
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Chianti Classico looks forward to Chinese year of the rooster
28 January 2017

Chianti Classico producers hope that the new Chinese year of the rooster can help them to reach more wine drinkers in China. Chianti Classico's black rooster emblem has deep historical roots. Chianti Classico shares emblem with Chinese new year...
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22 Value Wines and Party Food Recipes for Super Bowl LI (Wine Spectator)
28 January 2017

Recipes from Atlanta's Atlas and Boston's Neptune and Island Creek, plus 22 value wines for less than $20
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28 January 2017

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Power 100 brands 2016: 20-11
28 January 2017

Counting down the 20 most powerful fine wine brands from the latest Power 100 list: Left Bank claret dominates spots 20 to 11.
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Chef Talk: Rasmus Kofoed of Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark (Wine Spectator)
28 January 2017

At Copenhagen's Geranium, Rasmus Kofoed is one of the world's most decorated chefs; for inspiration, he looks to the forest floor
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Is this farewell to the fat wine tome?
28 January 2017

A growing tendency for restaurants to adopt short, focused wine lists in favour of traditional doorstopper wine tomes has been identified as one of the key trends for 2017 by on-trade supplier Jascots.
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Wildfires Devastate Chilean Wine Country (Wine Spectator)
28 January 2017

At least 10 people are dead and more than 100 vineyards are scorched as firefighters struggle to bring dozens of blazes under control
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Australian wine quiz: test your knowledge
28 January 2017

To celebrate Australia Day this month it's time to test your knowledge on this diverse, pioneering, ever changing wine country. Get some of that sparkling Shiraz out of the fridge and give it a go. Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley, South Australia. Test your Aussie wine skills...
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Burgundy 2015 vintage overview
28 January 2017

An 'extraordinary' vintage throughout the Côte d’Or, but the white wines are more uneven. Is Burgundy 2015 one to buy? William Kelley and Stephen Brook share their thoughts on the vintage... Is the Burgundy 2015 vintage one to buy....?
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The week in pictures
28 January 2017

Jolly good Riesling fellows, Australia Day antics, an exquisite Homage Syrah vertical and a Burns Night dinner with Michel Roux Jr all featured in this busy week in drinks.
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Chinese New Year 2017 in London
28 January 2017

Chinese New Year is upon us, so we've rounded up the best places in the UK capital to ring in the Year of the Rooster with abundant feasts and fiery cocktails.
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Chinese Zodiac 2017: Which wine stars share your animal sign?
28 January 2017

Decanter.com columnist Andrew Jefford is a monkey, and Gérard Basset OBE MW MS is a rooster - the symbol of the new Chinese year. Use our graphic and chart to see which wine world celebrity shares your Chinese zodiac sign. The Chinese Wine Zodiac. See our graphic to find out...
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Tesco to buy UK’s biggest food wholesaler
28 January 2017

Tesco has announced a surprise £3.7 billion merger deal with the UK’s biggest food wholesaler, Booker, in a bid to create “the UK’s leading food business”.
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New Lidl wines to try: New year collection
28 January 2017

Lidl's new year wine range sees in 2017 with a forward-looking, money-saving list, and Decanter's tasting team have recommended five of the best... Our Tasting team select five bargains from the new Lidl wines collection...
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Carlsberg launches ‘Københaven’ redesign in UK
27 January 2017

Carlsberg UK is to roll out new limited edition packaging for its flagship beer as part of a new £15 million marketing campaign.
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2016 ‘a record-breaking year’ for Aussie premium wine
27 January 2017

Australia's top wines achieved their highest export value to date in 2016, climbing 19% to AUS$574m (£344m), Wine Australia's December 2016 export report has revealed.
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‘Record’ 2016 for LVMH
27 January 2017

French luxury group, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, experienced a 5% increase in revenue over the course of 2016 with profits hitting €7 billion.
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Tension mounts over Corton hill’s ‘mystery buyer’
27 January 2017

Speculation has mounted in Burgundy that the Corton wood lying in the midst several famous wine appellations is to be sold to a mystery investor, prompting winemakers and politicians to hold a press conference to voice their concerns. Aloxe-Corton vineyards with Corton hill wood in the distance. Winemakers raise concerns but no deal confirmed...
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Summergate takes on Fever-Tree
27 January 2017

Hong Kong’s fine wine merchant Summergate has just announced it has become the exclusive distributor of tonic water brand, Fever-Tree.
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Southern Hemisphere's 2017 Vintage Looks Good
27 January 2017

With harvests fast approaching we get a quick round-up of how things are progressing in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Unfiltered: Queen Elizabeth Makes British Fizz (Wine Spectator)
27 January 2017

Also in Unfiltered, awards season puts Champagne in the spotlight, Clive Owen stars in Campari's 'Killer in Red,' and a refuge for abused circus animals gets a big lift from a California winery
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The Battle Over Napa's Hills Heads to Court (Wine Spectator)
27 January 2017

Environmental groups file multiple lawsuits against Napa County over Hall Wines' proposed vineyards at Walt Ranch
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Diageo assures prices won’t rise post Brexit
27 January 2017

John Kennedy, president of Europe for drinks giant Diageo, has assured that the retail prices of its brands won’t be hiked up in the wake of Brexit.
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Diageo receiving ‘tremendous’ support from May
27 January 2017

Ivan Menezes, chief executive of drinks giant Diageo, has revealed the company is getting “tremendous support” from Prime Minister Theresa May in the wake of Brexit.
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Aussie Grenache ‘can age better than Shiraz’
27 January 2017

Australian Grenache has greater ageing potential than wines made from the country's flagship red variety, Shiraz, according to wine writer Sarah Ahmed.
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UK supermarket Sainsbury’s launches Chinese wine
27 January 2017

Chinese wine has made a new inroad in the UK after one of the country's leading supermarkets, Sainsbury's, said it would place a wine made by Changyu Pioneer Wine Co on its shelves. Barrels in the Chateau Changyu-Castel wine cellar in China's Shandong province. Sainsbury's sells Chinese wine for £8 a bottle...
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Passione Vino and Angela Hartnett launch Italian supper club
27 January 2017

Passione Vino co-founder Luca Dusi has teamed up with chef Angela Hartnett to launch a series of Regional Italian Supper Clubs at Hartnett's Cafe Murano restaurant in Covent Garden.
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Bordeaux 2016: ‘definitely a Cabernet year’
27 January 2017

The 2016 vintage in Bordeaux is, “definitely a Cabernet year” thinks Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande’s winemaker, Nicolas Glumineau.
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Santa Rita moves Vina Carmen’s UK distribution
27 January 2017

Santa Rita Estates is moving the UK distribution of its oldest wine brand, Viña Carmen, to independent-retail specialist Walker & Wodehouse from April.
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UK bartender wins Patrón competition
27 January 2017

Mike McGinty, owner and founder of The Voyage of Buck bar in Edinburgh, has won Patrón Tequila’s ‘Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition’.
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Expansion for Trivento as UK sales rise
26 January 2017

Bodega Trivento in Argentina is expanding both its vineyards and cellars as the latest figures show continued growth in the UK.
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Japanese whisky the ‘first growth’ of spirits
26 January 2017

Rickesh Kishnani, head of Platinum Wines and the Whisky Investment Fund has said that Japanese whisky is the “first growth” of spirits due to an overwhelming demand from Chinese collectors.
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The Proust Q&A: Rodolphe Peters
26 January 2017

The winemaker and head of the historic Pierre Peters Champagne estate in the Cote Des Blancs, Rodolphe Peters on his love of golf and Indiana Jones, his greatest hero of fiction.
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Anson: What Thomas Jefferson did in Bordeaux
26 January 2017

Jane Anson writes about Thomas Jefferson's influence on Bordeaux during his brief time in the city and includes a cautionary tale from later in Jefferson's life when he pursued an America First-style policy as the third US president. Thomas Jefferson. And an ill-fated trade embargo...
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Wines to drink with Chinese food
26 January 2017

Planning to join in on Chinese New Year celebrations? Decanter restaurant critic Fiona Beckett gives tips for pairing wines with popular Chinese dishes, from a Western perspective. You can also read about matching wines with some more traditional Chinese cuisine on our sister site, DecanterChina.com. Try an off-dry Riesling with Sichuan chicken, says Fiona Beckett. Fiona Beckett's top tips... Th...
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See winners of the André Simon wine and food book awards
26 January 2017

Judges named Volcanic Wines as the best drinks book published in 2016 during a ceremony in London that was a pointed riposte to the current trend for clean-eating fads. See other winners below. Romeo di castello vineyard, with Mount Etna volcano looming. Wine and food books to read this year...
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中国是澳大利亚葡萄酒最大希望
26 January 2017

澳大利亚葡萄酒在中国内地的销售额提升了40%,而且同比销售量的增长更加出色,为45%。英国仍然是澳大利亚最大的葡萄酒销售量市场,但在销售额上已经被中国赶超。
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美国退出TPP, 新西兰葡萄酒出口遭重创
26 January 2017

美国新任总统特朗普这周正式签署命令,决定让美国退出‘跨太平洋伙伴关系协定(TPP)’。该协议原本可以废除新西兰葡萄酒出口到美国的所有关税,这将给新西兰葡萄酒产业带来重击。
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Uncorked: Mathilde Prot
26 January 2017

Mathilde Prot, the agency director for Sopexa Hong Kong and Macau, speaks to dbHK about enjoying Pouilly-Fuissé and oysters in Brittany and her beloved bottle of Prieuré Roch.
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Ao Yun Wine Claims "Insulting"
26 January 2017

The launch of a premium Chinese wine has ruffled more than a few feathers.
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Burns Night: Scotland’s wine pioneers
26 January 2017

Scotland may be better known for its whisky than wine, but that hasn’t stopped these Scots venturing to more reliable wine regions down through the centuries. Enjoy one of these this Burns Night… Scotland has more influence on wine than you'd think...
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Can California Winegrowers Refill Underground Aquifers? (Wine Spectator)
26 January 2017

With heavy rains flooding parts of the state, one grower is trying to capture the water while it lasts
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Scottish drinks industry receives Burns Night boost
26 January 2017

The Scottish drinks industry has another cause for celebration this Burns Night as new government figures reveal that beer and gin exports are catching up with those of 'guid auld Scotch'.
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Yealands Wine Group Appoints New CEO
25 January 2017

Yealands Wine Group (Yealands) announced on Monday the appointment of Adrian Garforth MW to the position of Chief Executive Officer commencing immediately. Peter Yealands, founder of the company, said that after a comprehensive international recruitment process, he was delighted to announce Adrian as the incoming CEO replacing Jason Judkins, who had led the company for the previous 9 years. &ldquo...
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Yealands Receives Top Honours at BRIT’s 2017 International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition
20 January 2017

Yealands Family Wines (Yealands) are celebrating the start of 2017 with a Platinum Medal received at the International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition run by The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®). BRIT honours organisations in the wine industry that are taking a leading role in implementing sustainable practices with its International Award of Excellence...
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Exciting New Cellar Door in Queensberry - Archangel Wines Now Open
09 January 2017

Exciting New Cellar Door in Queensberry - Archangel Wines Now Open Award Winning Wines Sumptuous platters Stunning Architecture Unique Extensive Views Outstanding Artworks by Resident Artist and exhibition pieces 15 minutes from Wanaka or 20 minutes from Cromwell on the Luggate Cromwell Highway Archangel is the new destination for locals and tourists driving the Wanaka to Cromwell and back to Qu...
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