Daily wine news snippets from around the world

 
Napa Valley Travel: The Complete Luxury Guide (Wine Spectator)
30 September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

For 40 years, the Yountville restaurant has led the way in Napa Valley
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Vinitaly announces 15 Italian Wine Ambassadors in China
23 September 2017

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has announced the addition of 15 new Italian Wine Ambassadors (IWA) in China after launching its first-ever certification courses in Beijing and Shanghai this year.
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China’s rebound makes wine best performing collectible
23 September 2017

Fine wine has surpassed classic cars, art and jewellery to become the world’s best performing collectible, with values soaring 25 percent over the past 12 months, as buying picks up among wealthy Chinese.
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The week in pictures
22 September 2017

Grape-treading in the Douro, Beefeater's master distiller celebrating 50 years in the business, a marching pipe band at the launch of the first whisky distillery on a remote Scottish island and a fizz fuelled Emmy Awards – it was been a busy week in the world of drinks!
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Paillard: ‘You’d have to be as stupid as Trump to deny global warming’
22 September 2017

Champagne producer Bruno Paillard has said that anyone in the wine industry who denies the effects of global warming is “as stupid as Donald Trump”.
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The Glenlivet launches ‘The Whisky’ campaign
22 September 2017

Pernod Ricard's The Glenlivet has launched a new global campaign – entitled The Whisky, The Glenlivet – that “celebrates its role as the definitive Speyside Single Malt”.
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Craft distillery expands on back of investment boost
22 September 2017

Small-batch craft distiller Durham Gin is set to boost production and launch its first whisky after receiving a cash injection from a local business fund.
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Oddbins ‘sticks neck out’ with first natural wine range
22 September 2017

Oddbins is rolling out a range of natural wines in selected stores for the first time, as it taps into the growing buzz around low-intervention wines.
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Wine List Confidential: Clos Maggiore
22 September 2017

Clos Maggiore still has one of the largest lists in the country with some extremely impressive verticals of first growth Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and Romanée-Conti – find out what the Wine List Confidential team thought.
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Champagne Bruno Paillard ‘the last to release a 2002’
22 September 2017

Champagne Bruno Paillard has released a prestige cuvée from the 2002 harvest in Champagne – making it one of the last maisons to launch a fizz from this celebrated vintage.
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Aussie brewer filters beer through fossils
22 September 2017

A brewer in South Australia is to release a beer that has been filtered through fossils half a billion years old.
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Unfiltered: Bonterra Wine Rocks in the Free World at Farm Aid with Neil Young, Dave Matthews (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Argyle supports the arts and gets cool new labels out of it, Ferrari's Matteo Lunelli pours for the stars at the Emmys and a new vineyard robot rolls on the scene
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Showcase of South African winning wines from Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
22 September 2017

Decanter presented a selection of South African wines that have won an award in this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. At Wines of South Africa’s annual tasting in London, Intrepid, Decanter presented silver, gold, and platinum winners from this year’s
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Gallery: Best wine photos at Louis Roederer Awards 2017
22 September 2017

See the short-listed shots, and the winner, from the 'artistry of wine' category at this year's Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards.The winning shot: 'High Stakes' - George Rose. See the top shots at the Louis Roederer Artistry of Wine Awards...
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Clop Wines; Exceptional terroir personality from Agrelo and Uco Valley
22 September 2017

Promotional featureClop Wines vision is to create small lots of high-quality wines thoughtfully tended throughout the winemaking process. The number one priority was to find the best site for the production of premium wines of great depth and unique personality. What is the Clop Wines vision...?
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Unfiltered: Piotr Pietras MS, Launceston Place
22 September 2017

Piotr Pietras, head Sommelier, Launceston Place, shares his love of German Riesling, dislike for Gavi di Gavi and why meeting the President of Ireland was his most memorable customer encounter.
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Fever Tree appoints new innovation director from Diageo
21 September 2017

Premium mixer company Fever-Tree has appointed Diageo's innovation director to head up its new product development.
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Vinventions rebrands as it celebrates strong growth
21 September 2017

Closures company Vinventions, is relaunching it its Green Line range as it celebrates strong growth of the plant-based closure brand. 
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Xiamen aims to become China’s biggest wine import city
21 September 2017

China’s coastal city Xiamen in Fujian province has opened a sprawling 5,900-square-metre wine trade centre, which it hopes will allow the city to become the largest trading centre for imported wines in China within five years.
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Argentina Wine Awards in pictures
21 September 2017

Mountains, meat, Malbec, tango, bonfires and Pisco Sours all played a part in making this year's Argentina Wine Awards one to remember.
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Johnnie Walker releases ‘Blade Runner’ whisky in HK
21 September 2017

Johnnie Walker has rolled out a limited-edition movie-themed whisky inspired by upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, ahead of the movie’s official global premiere next month.
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Deadline to enter Drinks Business Asian Awards extended
21 September 2017

The drinks business Hong Kong, the leading trade publication in Asia, is set to award excellence in wine trade across Asia, Australia and New Zealand in the inaugural The Drinks Business Asian Awards, scheduled on 9 November at Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.
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Uncorked: Andrea Mullineux
21 September 2017

Andrea Mullineux, co-owner and winemaker at Mullineaux & Leeu Family Wines in South Africa’s Swartland, chats to dbHK about her literary idol Ernest Hemingway, her culinary skills and love of Nutella.
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Drought causes ‘earliest ever’ harvest in the Douro
21 September 2017

Bruno Prats told the drinks business yesterday that this year's harvest was the earliest ever conducted in the Douro Valley, with picking at Prats + Symington starting on 28 August and ending on 21 September. 
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Finalists announced for the Art of Martini competition in Ibiza
21 September 2017

Elit Vodka has announced the 39 finalists of its Art of Martini competition who will travel to Ibiza to compete for the crown and to have their Martini listed at Paco Roncero’s Michelin-star restaurant, La Terraza del Casino in Madrid.
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Surprise winners at DAWA 2017
21 September 2017

See surprise winners from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017, from China to Uruguay.Surprise winners at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 See full results of the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 Read our headline DAWA 2017 results story South Africa Platinum
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Anson: A new Super Tuscan counter culture
21 September 2017

The ground is shifting in Italian wine, says Jane Anson, who predicts the rise of new rebels focused on indigenous varieties and asks what this could mean for the Super Tuscan movement.Will we see more 'Super Tuscan' wines emerging using indigenous varieties? Jane Anson sees a new rebel group emerging...
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Wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan loses final appeal
21 September 2017

Notorious wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, nicknamed 'Dr Conti' for his prolific production of fake DRC wines, has lost what looks set to be a final attempt to over-turn his 10-year prison sentence in the US. Rudy Kurniawan counterfeit wines at a landfill site in Texas. Wine fraudster set to remain in prison...
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Saint-Émilion's Most Expensive Wines
21 September 2017

We slip down to Bordeaux's Right Bank for the penultimate instalment in our series on expensive wines.
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Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan's Last-Ditch Appeal Denied (Wine Spectator)
21 September 2017

Judge rejects challenge to FBI search that uncovered extensive evidence of counterfeiting operation
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Decanter and WaterAid to host auction with Christie’s
21 September 2017

More than 70 lots from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards will go under the hammer in special auction at Christie's on Thursday (21 September), as part of Decanter's long standing partnership with the WaterAid charity. DWWA wines up for auction to benefit WaterAid...
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Champagne Masters 2017: the results in full
20 September 2017

We bring you the all the medal-winning wines from this year's Champagne Masters, including the biggest names in the business, and some relative newcomers to the category that are offering great fizz at competitive prices. 
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Wine List Confidential: Bubbledogs
20 September 2017

Founded in 2012, hotdog specialist Bubbledogs is one of the best places to drink grower Champagnes in London, according to our Wine List Confidential team.
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DAWA judge profile: Adrian Zhang
20 September 2017

Adrian Zhang, Director of Wine at Park Hyatt Shanghai, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine AwardsAdrian Zhang Adrian Zhang Adrian Zhang has been with Park Hyatt Shanghai for 9 years since the hotel’s opening. Now he takes
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Halle Berry reveals real reason she downed half a pint of whiskey
20 September 2017

After speculation that it was a publicity stunt and that the booze was fake, actress Halle Berry reveals the real reason she downed half a pint of genuine whiskey at the San Diego Comic Con.
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DAWA judge profile: Zachary Tay
20 September 2017

Zachary Tay, a sommelier working previously with Les Amis Group, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Zachary Tay Zachary Tay Zachary Tay entered the world of gastronomy through the kitchen and learnt his way around the saucepan. Supplementing
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Malaysia cancels beer festival over criticism from Islamist party
20 September 2017

Malaysia has cancelled its popular craft beer festival, which had been set to take place next month, after an Islamist party warned the event would turn its capital Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
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The Flying Winemaker signs deal with Hong Kong’s LKFtv
20 September 2017

Eddie McDougall, The Flying Winemaker, has signed another TV deal with LKFtv, the latest television project by Hong Kong’s nightlife mogul Allan Zeman, to promote wine culture in Hong Kong.
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DAWA judge profile: Lim Hwee Peng
20 September 2017

Lim Hwee Peng, a Singapore based wine tutor, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng CWE, FWS is a wine service provider and wine tutor, who teaches professionals through
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Analysis of archaeological finds suggests lager may originate in South America
20 September 2017

New analysis of 1,000 year-old pottery fragments, unearthed in Argentina, has revealed the earliest known traces of the so-called "lost parent" yeast of lager beer.
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DAWA judge profile: Fazil Mohamad
20 September 2017

Fazil Mohamad, a Singapore based sommelier, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Fazil Mohamad Fazil Mohamad Fazil began his career back in 2002 and has become one of Singapore’s most reputable sommeliers. It wasn’t
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DAWA judge profile: Gerald Lu
20 September 2017

Gerald Lu, a certified sommelier based in Singapore, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine AwardsGerald Lu Gerald Lu Finishing national service in 2007, Gerald Lu signed on full time with the IndoChine Group of Restaurants as
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DAWA judge profile: Devon Lochhead
20 September 2017

Devon Lochhead, sommelier at Black Sheep Restaurant Group, is a judge at the 2017 Decanter Asia Wine AwardsDevon Lochhead Devon Lochhead Devon Lochhead started as the wine advisor for Wickerwoods Restaurant in South Africa for 5 years while studying
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Frescobaldi buys first Chianti Classico estate for €13m
20 September 2017

Italian wine producer Frescobaldi has made its first foray into the Chianti Classico region with the purchase of Castello di San Donato in Perano for €13.3 million.
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Aldi wines tasted and rated
20 September 2017

Decanter's Tasting team gets to grips with Aldi's wine range... Some more great value deals at Aldi...
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DAWA judge profile: Pierre Legrandois
20 September 2017

Pierre Legrandois, having been a sommelier for over 14 years, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine AwardsPierre Legrandois Pierre Legrandois Pierre Legrandois is the General Manager at Links Concept, one of the leading distributors of wine and spirits
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Become a ‘vineyard tycoon’ with Sims-like game Terroir
20 September 2017

A new game that lets users play at being a "vineyard tycoon" – without the financial risk – by building a virtual business from one vineyard to a sprawling estate has arrived, taking inspiration from games such as The Sims.
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The Benevolent to bring back charity silent auction
20 September 2017

UK drinks trade charity The Benevolent is bringing back its "Thanks for Giving" Online Silent Auction, which last year raised £37,000 for members of the industry facing hardship.
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Theresa May welcomes English winery’s trade deal with Canada
20 September 2017

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has welcomed Hush Heath's trade deal with Canada following news that its sparkling wine has achieved a listing with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO.)
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DAWA judge profile: Marcus Lai
20 September 2017

Marcus Lai, Managing Director at Winefield's Auctioneers Asia, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017Marcus Lai Marcus Lai Having left his career in the healthcare industry, Marcus Lai chose to pursue his passion in wine business.
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DAWA judge profile: Mabel Lai
20 September 2017

Mabel Lai, a wine journalist, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017Mabel Lai Mabel Lai Mabel Lai is the first Certified Wine Educator from the Society of Wine Educators in greater China. Mabel
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Exclusive: Frescobaldi Extends Its Winery Holdings into Chianti Classico (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

The Italian wine giant buys Castello di San Donato in Perano and its 128 acres of vines in Gaiole
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'Vineyards and High Heels' Wins Wine Spectator's 2017 Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

Sisters put their winemaking passion to work as they take the reins at their family's Piedmont winery
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At Spain's Exclusive Asador Etxebarri, a Wine Revelation (Wine Spectator)
20 September 2017

Turns out to be that we sure don’t know
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Salvatore Ferragamo to make amphorae wines in Il Borro
19 September 2017

Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the acclaimed fashion legend of the same name, is trying his hand at making amphorae wines made from Sangiovese and Chardonnay at his estate in Il Borro in Italy.
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Indie wine retailer Friarwood to open second London shop
19 September 2017

Independent London wine merchant Friarwood Fine Wines is set to open its second London site next month, as it ramps up its retail presence.
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Understanding Grosses Gewächs Riesling and wines to look for
19 September 2017

This includes some of the best dry Riesling wines in the world. Read more about what 'GG' means on the label and see six GG Riesling wines to look out for...A close up of the GG logo on bottles. High scoring wines and what GG means on labels...
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Bar offers free drinks for over-80s after ageism complaint
19 September 2017

After being accused of ageism, Filthy's bar in Newcastle responded by offering free drinks for the over-80s, and has since received bus trip booking queries from local care homes.
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Highlights: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 Judging Week
19 September 2017

Some of the best palates from across Asia gathered in Hong Kong to judge more than 3,000 wines in the
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Crops wiped out by frost at Garcin family’s Bordeaux wineries
19 September 2017

This year's crop at two of the Garcin family’s wineries in Bordeaux were completely wiped out due to April frosts, which is estimated to have affected 60% of vineyards in the region, Hélène Garcin-Lévêque has revealed.
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Uncorked: John Ware, Quilceda Creek
19 September 2017

John Ware, general manager of Quicelda Creek in Washington State, chats to dbHK about the 100-point 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley served to former Chinese president Hu Jintao, and his dream dinner party.
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Guinness launches urban cowboy ad campaign
19 September 2017

Guinness has rolled out a new ad campaign in its ‘Made of More’ series, celebrating the urban cowboys of LA.
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Research reveals top student drinks
19 September 2017

A study conducted by mobile payment app Yoyo Wallet has revealed that UK students are opting for spirits in favour of beer and cider, while wine does not appear in the list of the 20 most popular drinks bought through the company.
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Kurniawan loses second appeal against conviction
19 September 2017

Convicted wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has lost a second appeal against a 10-year sentence, handed down in 2014 after he was found guilty of selling millions of dollars of rare and expensive counterfeit wine.
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Corney & Barrow takes on NZ’s Elephant Hill
19 September 2017

New Zealand's Elephant Hill, in Hawke's Bay, has signed on with wine merchant Corney & Barrow in the UK, as it looks to strengthen its footing in the UK by targeting the on-trade.
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Lidl leads growth as supermarkets sales increase
19 September 2017

Lidl has lead growth of the supermarket sector, buoyed by sales of white wine and rosé, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, despite the poor weather in August.
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Lost wine grape ‘Tardif’ may protect against climate change
19 September 2017

A 'long lost' wine grape has been listed on the official French register amid claims that it could help winemakers to withstand the effects of climate change.The Pédebernade vineyard contains many old varieties. Long lost grape may have a role to play...
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Sonoma County Wine Auction Breaks Record, Raising $5.2 Million for Charity (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2017

Lavish spending and renewed energy set a new benchmark for one of wine country's top charity auctions
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Taste award-winning wines at Le Vignoble
19 September 2017

Taste award-winning wines at Le Vignoble this Novemberglobal tastings le vignoble Independent wine lounge, merchant & education provider, Le Vignoble, offers over 300 wines from all over the world available to drink
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Vin Room Canada promotes DWWA 2017 winners this November
19 September 2017

Vin Room wine bar and restaurant in Alberta, Canada, will be promoting three Decanter World Wine Award (DWWA) 2017 winning wines at all three of its venues from 13 to 27 November 2017. Vin Room is one of Canada’s largest wine bars offering customers a selection of 100 wines to try by the
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DWWA 2017 Platinum tasting with Compass Wines
19 September 2017

Taste five DWWA 2017 Platinum medal winning wines at Compass Wines this November Compass Wines, located in Washington, USA, prides itself as the premier destination in Washington State for rare wines from around
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Napa Travel Guide: Destination Dining (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2017

A world-class restaurant scene has grown from seeds planted in the 1970s
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Amazon to put online booze deliveries under pressure
18 September 2017

Online booze sales in the US may come under increasing pressure from global tech giant Amazon, following its completion of the Whole Foods acquisition last month.
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What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like? (Part 1)
18 September 2017

The biggest names in Champagne may be highly recognisable, but what do they taste like? We assess the leading labels for style and quality.
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The City Wine Show to host unmissable masterclasses
18 September 2017

The City Wine Show will host a selection of unmissable masterclasses this Friday 22 September, with Pinot Noir, Prosecco, Champagne and Carmenere all set to feature. 
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Georgia in pictures
18 September 2017

dbHK's Natalie Wang just visited the ancient winemaking country, Georgia,last week, and rounded up some pictorial highlights from her immersive trip to explore various indigenous grape varieties, its qveri winemaking and its delicious traditional food.
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China Foods Ltd predicts tough wine market for 2017
18 September 2017

China Foods Ltd, the Hong Kong listed state-owned company that manages China’s domestic winery Great Wall and COFCO Wine & Wine, has reported a 7.5% revenue growth for its wine business for the first half of the year.
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Uncorked: Sarah Heller MW
18 September 2017

Sarah Heller MW, the 29-year-old wine maven, just became the latest Master of Wine in Hong Kong, following in the footsteps of Debra Meiburg MW and Jeannie Cho Lee MW.
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Accolade UK’s CFO steps down
18 September 2017

Accolade Wines UK’s chief operating and financial officer is stepping down from the Australian wine giant, db can reveal.  
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Man awarded $750k after beer burns internal organs
18 September 2017

A US man has been awarded $750,000 after a beer tainted with caustic chemicals burned his internal organs nearly killing him.
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Penfolds partners National Geographic in video collaboration
18 September 2017

Australian wine giant Penfolds is collaborating with National Geographic on a series of videos recounting the stories behind aged wines that have been brought into its famous re-corking clinics.
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The Ivy releases gin to mark 100 years
18 September 2017

London restaurant The Ivy has teamed up with Herefordshire’s Chase Distillery to create The Ivy Centenary Gin as part of its ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations.
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Jefford on Monday: Forward in doubt
18 September 2017

Andrew Jefford joins Gaia Gaja plus dog on a tour of the company’s vineyards – and discovers the Gaja way of thinking en route.Gaia Gaja in the vineyards. Andrew Jefford interviews Gaia Gaja...
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Weather a Challenge for Italy's Growers
18 September 2017

The harvest is coming in early after a brutal heatwave caused grapes to ripen well ahead of schedule.
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Wine Legend: Te Mata, Coleraine 1998
17 September 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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DAWA charity dinner in Macau
17 September 2017

Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 winners will be showcased in Macau. Decanter will present Gold and Portuguese medal-winning wines from the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 at a charity dinner hosted
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Alcohol in Bordeaux wine: Global warming is no excuse
16 September 2017

It's up to Bordeaux winemakers to curb alcohol in their wines and global warming should not be an excuse for allowing levels to rise too high, argues John Salvi MW, drawing on the historical perspective of alcohol in Bordeaux wine. Merlot vines in St-Emilion basking in the sun. John Salvi MW on alcohol in Bordeaux...
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US an Open Market for Sauvignon Blanc
16 September 2017

Wine-Searcher's data shows some wine producers are missing out when it comes to charging more.
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The ‘what wine’ quiz – Test your knowledge
16 September 2017

Are you a specialist or a generalist? Know everything about Bordeaux but nothing about any other region? Or do you glide between grapes and regions with effortless style? Take this week's Decanter.com quiz to find out...Keep up with the exciting wines of Argentina... Are you a wine world aficionado?...
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Highlights: Decanter Retailer Awards Ceremony 2017
16 September 2017

The 2017 Decanter Retailer Awards was held at the Connaught hotel in London on Wednesday 13 September. See some of the
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Finca Sophenia: Authentic expression of Gualtallary
16 September 2017

Promotional featureFinca Sophenia is the first estate winery to arrive in 1997 at Gualtallary Tupungato. This Terroir is today recognized as one of the most prestigious within Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. Gualtallary's first estate winery...
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Get Porty: How Port is attracting the next generation
15 September 2017

While other fortified wines, such as Sherry and vermouth, have taken a hit, Port is, comparatively, doing well. Lauren Eads looks at how the sector is trying to attract younger drinkers while keeping its traditional fan base happy.
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Budweiser to launch ‘Prohibition’ beer in UK
15 September 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has announced it will be launching an alcohol free version of Budweiser in the UK this year as it continues to expand its low and alcohol-free portfolio.
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The week in pictures
15 September 2017

This week included the annual Bacchus Marathon with runners kitted out in fancy dress tackling the vineyard course at Denbies Wine Estate, and Bodegas Torres presenting the first vintage from the rediscovered Moneu grape with an appropriate flourish.
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FT journalist killed in Sri Lanka
15 September 2017

A journalist for the Financial Times whose last article was about the effects of climate change in Champagne has been killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka.
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Noble Rot founders launch wine import company
15 September 2017

Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, the co-founders of Noble Rot magazine and restaurant, have launched a wine import company aimed at supplying the UK on-trade.
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CAMRA: Big beer is ‘fooling’ consumers into drinking ‘craft’
15 September 2017

"Big beer" companies are not only trying to dominate the independent brewing sector, but also "fooling consumers into thinking they are still drinking 'independent' or 'craft' beer", according to beer writer and editor of Camra's Good Beer Guide, Roger Protz.
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Aldi launches £49.99 wine advent calendar
15 September 2017

Hoping to get revelers into the Christmas spirit, discount retailer Aldi has launched a wine advent calendar filled with 24 mini bottles for just £49.99.
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Chile’s VSPT Wine Group enters Dow Jones Sustainability Index
15 September 2017

The VSPT Wine Group has been listed on Chile's Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – which measures the annual performance of over 2,000 companies listed on the most important stock exchanges around the world – for the first time.
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Laithwaite’s to headline first TV wine series on QVC
15 September 2017

UK wine merchant Laithwaite's will this weekend headline the first dedicated wine sales series hosted by UK shopping TV channel QVC.
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TFWA set to break visitor number record
15 September 2017

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes is set to experience record numbers of visitors this year as it debuts its 'Digital Village'. 
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Charles Banks: From Screaming Eagle to Jailbird
15 September 2017

An insider's view on Banks' new roost.
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Unfiltered: Luke Donald, Sergio García Tee Up a Terlato Party for a Cause (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Bordeaux's incredible disappearing islands, Major League Soccer scores a wine partner, and Shake Shack pops Prosecco topping
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Exclusive: Silver Oak Owners Buy Oregon Vineyard from Dick Erath (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

The Duncan family expands its Twomey brand’s growing Pinot Noir portfolio
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Salicutti Brunello vertical: The past, present and future
15 September 2017

Those who embrace character will love these wines, says Michaela Morris, who tastes through recent vintages with long-time estate custodian Francesco Leanza.Podere Salicutti: 'A precious piece of vinous history,' says Michaela Morris. Michaela Morris tastes recent vintages...
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Turning Tables: New York Restaurant Delmonico's Debuts 180th-Anniversary Menu with Star Chefs (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer and Daniel Boulud will be participating. Plus, Blackberry Farm makes a big announcement about a new venture
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Restaurant Spotlight: Mirror Room (Wine Spectator)
15 September 2017

Enjoy an impressive wine list in a luxury London hotel
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Booths wine to try: Decanter’s Supermarket of the Year 2017
15 September 2017

Decanter's UK Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned and the winner is Booths, a much-loved retailer in its northern England heartlands. Here, we recommend six of Booths wines to try... Decanter's Supermarket of the Year 2017 has been crowned. Here, we recommend six of their wines to try...
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Fine wine investment: the currency of wine
14 September 2017

Currency movements are an important backdrop to the performance of this market. Fine wine investors should be well aware of this, and be trying to turn events to their advantage.
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Beer Masters 2017: the results in full
14 September 2017

The results from 2017’s Beer Masters are out, and we bring you the top medallists and overriding style trends in the category.
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Top 10 new wave London wine bars
14 September 2017

London has enjoyed an explosion of trendy wine bars recently, many of which double as delis and shops during the day. We’ve rounded up the best for you.
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Bibendum extends portfolio with emerging Old World trends
14 September 2017

UK drinks supplier Bibendum Wine is looking to emerging Old World trends in the on-trade as it extends its portfolio.  
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Peter Webster joins British Bottle Company
14 September 2017

The British Bottle Company has brought in Peter Webster as its new head of sales as it seeks to expand its export portfolio.
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Long lost variety Tardif to be officially recognised
14 September 2017

One of France’s leading co-operatives, Plaimont Producteurs, has succeeded in gaining official recognition for the old French variety Tardif.
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UK pubs face ‘ticking time bomb’ as 28,000 closed since 1970s
14 September 2017

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has warned that UK pubs are facing a "ticking time bomb" due to rising business rates, revealing that the number of pubs has reduced by a third since the 1970s. 
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UK cider sales top £1 billion for first time since 2014
14 September 2017

The UK's cider industry has hit sales of £1 billion for the first time since 2014, Nielsen has confirmed, with sales rising by 5.5% year-on-year in the 12 months to July 2017.
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Accolade blames market forces for cutting staff from Australian plant
14 September 2017

Accolade Wines is cutting staff at its Berri Estate in Riverland as demand falls for cask (boxed) wine.
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Unfiltered: Romain Bourger, The Vineyard
14 September 2017

Romain Bourger, head sommelier at The Vineyard in Berkshire, was born and raised in a small village in eastern France and trained at Hotel du Vin in Winchester before taking on The Vineyard's 3,000 bin wine list.
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Anson: Is English Pinot Noir really getting better?
14 September 2017

Jane Anson goes beyond the recent cache of international awards to see what's been happening on the English Pinot Noir scene, and whether Burgundy should be worried.English Pinot Noir is starting to make a name for itself, says Jane Anson. Jane Anson investigates what's been happening...
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Marcelo Pelleriti: Revaluing his native terroir
14 September 2017

Promotional featureWe often walk through life seeking external approval. But a time comes when we realize that our greatest worth is inside us. This led Marcelo Pelleriti to start up his personal project... Marcelo Pelleriti-059 Signature Discover the wines of Pelleriti...
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Shockwaves Give Winery a Blast from the Past
14 September 2017

Earthquake aftershock reveals Santa Carolina's treasure trove of old wines, Margaret Rand reports.
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Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2017: See the winners
14 September 2017

See which UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers won prizes in the Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards 2017...Prohibition Wines Here are this year's winners...
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How Will Florida Restaurants Regroup After Irma's Devastation? (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2017

The monster hurricane lashed parts of the Caribbean and the Sunshine State
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Businesses need to ‘up their game’ to compete globally, former Trade Minister claims
14 September 2017

Former trade minister, Lord Price, who quit his role in government ten days ago, has said UK businesses need to up their game to compete on a global footing in the light of Brexit, as well as addressing the longer term implications of where the UK should be heading.
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Magners maker buys Orchard Pig
13 September 2017

C&C, the drinks group that produces Magners cider, has acquired Somerset-based cider producer Orchard Pig it has been announced.
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WSTA: ‘unappreciated’ UK booze trade in danger of being undermined
13 September 2017

The UK wine and spirit industry is under-appreciated and over-taxed by government and in danger of being undermined through Brexit, the CEO of the WSTA has claimed.
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Sotheby’s to auction cellar of Parker’s ‘closest friend’
13 September 2017

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of the autumn/winter season in New York broke through the US$2 million barrier with an “impressive” season forecast by the auctioneer which will include a sale from the cellar of NYC collector Park B. Smith.
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Oregon brewery launches inaugural ‘Salmon Run’
13 September 2017

Pelican Brewing, based in Pacific City in Oregon, is holding its inaugural 'Salmon Run' this month to raise awareness for The Salmon SuperHwy, described as "an ambitious salmon habitat restoration initiative".
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Bike made from whisky barrels rolled out
13 September 2017

A bike made with staves from old Glenmorangie whisky casks has gone on sale at an eye-watering $6,950 a pop in what its makers claim to be a world first.
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Siren’s fifth Rainbow Project to protect ‘craft beer’s spirit of fun’
13 September 2017

Craft brewery Siren has unveiled its 2017 Rainbow Project, a collaborative project that "maintains and protects craft beer's spirit of adventure, invention and fun" in what it says is becoming an increasingly "homogenised" sector.
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First Vinexpo Explorer opens ‘new approach to networking’
13 September 2017

The inaugural Vinexpo Explorer, a new concept combining business and tastings, has been hailed as a success.
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Almaviva: Producer profile
13 September 2017

A collaboration between two titans of France and Chile... A collaboration between two titans of France and Chile...
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Brexit causes dip in government quaffing
13 September 2017

The Brexit vote last June has led to a 12% dip in the amount of wine drunk from the government's official cellars, a report has revealed.
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Zachys opens DC office – with a twist
13 September 2017

US auction house and retailer Zachys has opened a new office in Washington DC having noticed an increase in activity in the region but it will not operate as either a shop or new auction premise.
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Winners revealed at Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2017
13 September 2017

See this year's winners of the annual Roederer Awards, announced at the Royal Academy of Arts in London last night (12 September), including another accolade for Andrew Jefford. The 2017 winners. See the winners and short-listed entrants...
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Barbaresco 2014: Top wines and vintage review
13 September 2017

Stephen Brook reviews the 2014 vintage in Barbaresco and picks his top wines...Vineyards in Treiso, Barbaresco Stephen Brooks recommends four Barbarescos from a tricky vintage...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Apricot-Walnut Chicken (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2017

With autumn knocking on the door, set the table with this healthy plating of walnut- and gingersnap-crusted chicken thighs, paired with a juicy Italian white or French rosé
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Opus One 2014 flies out of the blocks, say merchants
13 September 2017

Strong early demand for Opus One 2014 has added to signs that the market for top California wines remains buoyant in 2017.Opus One 2013 in high demand, say merchants. Opus One 2014 welcome suggests California still strong...
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Argentina Wine Awards 2017: ‘Breaking new ground’
13 September 2017

Promotional featureFind out the winners of the Argentina Wine Awards 2017, held by Wines of Argentina and the Corporación Vitivinícola Argentina (COVIAR)… Judges from the Argentina Wine Awards 2017 The 11th version of the Argentina Wine Awards...
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Napa and Sonoma Vintners Face Record Heat and a Labor Shortage (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2017

When a heat wave hit, some wineries scrambled to pick, but they're pleased with quality
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Syrah Masters 2017: the results in full
12 September 2017

We bring you all the medallists from our 2017 Syrah Masters, along with a full analysis of the key findings from this year's competition, including the hot spots for this underrated grape.
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Lanson Vintage Collection lands in Hong Kong
12 September 2017

Champagne Lanson’s Vintage Collection of old and rare bottlings has gone on sale at Enoteca stores in Hong Kong.
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AB InBev: UK beer prices will rise in next two years
12 September 2017

AB InBev's president for Northern Europe, Jason Warner, has said that "there has to be an increase" in the price of beer as UK inflation rises. 
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Do ‘wine legs’ mean a better wine? – ask Decanter
12 September 2017

Do 'wine legs' tell you anything about what's in your glass? We speak to the experts… Do legs or 'tears' mean better quality? What does it say about your wine...?
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Californian heatwave: ‘Too soon to tell’ if yields affected
12 September 2017

The Californian Wine Institute has said it is too soon to tell if last weekend's heatwave across Napa will affect overall yields, but some winemakers are already claiming to have 'dodged a bullet'.
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Final call for Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017 entries
12 September 2017

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 9 October.
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Marco Pierre White lists ‘nonsense’ English wine at London restaurant
12 September 2017

Having referred to anyone that buys English wine as a "total numpty," it has come to the attention of the drinks business that Marco Pierre White lists an English white at one of his restaurants.
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Last two vintages ‘most challenging in modern history of Chile’
12 September 2017

The 2016 and 2017 vintages have been “the most challenging by far” in the modern history of Chilean wine according to Max Weinlaub of Viña Maipo.
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Invivo appoints ex-Accolade chief as director
12 September 2017

New Zealand wine company Invivo Wines has appointed Paul Schaafsma, the former director of Accolade Wine, to lead the company as it eyes up global growth.
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France’s next 10 richest drinks barons
12 September 2017

After looking at the 10 richest drinks barons (and baronesses) in France, we take a look at those in the 20-11 rankings; which also features a much higher proportion of drinks-focused individuals.
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Brexit pain as wine prices rise further, says trade
12 September 2017

There has been no let-up in the run of price rises on wine since the UK voted to leave the European Union and the pain may be about to get worse, according to the latest figures from the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Theresa May has said that the UK was prepared to leave the single market. Triple whammy of pressures hit wine prices...
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Hurricane Irma: Rapid response team ‘rescues’ fine wines
12 September 2017

Some Florida residents reportedly made hurried calls to wine removals specialists in an attempt to protect valuable bottles from Hurricane Irma, which has left a trail of destruction through the US state and across the Caribbean, with dozens of deaths reported.Winds from Hurricane Irma pummel Tampa in Florida. Wealthy rushed to get wine out of Irma's path...
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Cheval des Andes: The Grand Cru of the Andes
12 September 2017

Promotional featureFrom France to Argentina, from St-Emilion to Mendoza, from Château Cheval Blanc to Cheval des Andes… From Château Cheval Blanc to Cheval des Andes…
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First taste: Krug 2004 vintage release
12 September 2017

Michael Edwards was among the first group of journalists in the UK to taste Krug's latest vintage release, the 2004, but was truly wowed by something else the Champagne house had up its sleeve...Krug 2004 vintage. Michael Edwards reports on the new Krug 2004...
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Krug's Foray into Ripper Territory
12 September 2017

The Champagne house picks an odd place for the London launch of its latest vintage.
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English wine makes up half of UK Government’s cellar purchases
12 September 2017

The UK government has defended its record on English wine by saying that it buys more homegrown wines for its hospitality events than from any other nation.52 percent of bottles in the UK Government Wine Cellar are English wines. Foreign Office says it backs the industry...
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European supply challenge forces retailers to look at ‘exciting’ opportunities, Aldi says
12 September 2017

The challenge of supplying Old World wine to the supermarket on the back of harvest constraints has provided wine buyers with a “massively exciting” opportunity, Aldi’s buyer Mike James has claimed.
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Aldi lists Prosecco Jeroboam for £30
11 September 2017

Aldi has added its first Jeroboam of Prosecco for Christmas, which will retail for under £40, as well as a 24-bottle wine advent calendar for under £50. 
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Rathfinny first out of blocks with ‘Sussex’ wine
11 September 2017

A white blend from Rathfinny Estate in Alfriston is the first ‘Sussex’ wine to be approved under the new Sussex Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme.
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Denbies Wine Estate reports earliest ever harvest
11 September 2017

Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey has announced that its 2017 harvest is the earliest in its 31-year history, with picking started on Wednesday 6 September. 
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French wine and spirits exports rise by 12% to €6bn
11 September 2017

Exports of French wine and spirits have risen by 12% to €6 billion in the first six months of the year, driven by a rebound in wine sales and the continued strong performance of Cognac, the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux has revealed. 
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Marco Pierre-White slams English fizz
11 September 2017

The knives are out for Leeds-born celebrity chef Marco Pierre-White, who has made a mockery of English sparkling wine, claiming only “a total numpty” would buy it.
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Vinexpo brings wine buyers to Vienna
11 September 2017

Vinexpo has brought almost 100 wine buyers to Vienna as the fair organiser opens the doors to its latest initiative today.
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Symingtons test vineyard robots
11 September 2017

Port producers Symington Family Estates has helped trial a new robot, which has been designed to monitor vines in areas where human labour is in short supply.
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‘When the French call, you have to obey’
11 September 2017

‘When the French call, you have to obey’, joked Willi Klinger, head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, as he opened the inaugural Vinexpo Explorer in Vienna today.
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‘Buried’ Beaujolais to be dug up
11 September 2017

Several barrels of Beaujolais are to be disinterred from the soil of Brouilly where they have lain since spring last year as part of an experiment to see if a spell underground makes a difference to the ageing process.
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Jefford on Monday: The ethnologist in the cellar
11 September 2017

Andrew Jefford visits an ‘artisanal co-operative’ in Languedoc, and learns how it saved its village.Montpeyroux in Languedoc. Making wine for the common good: a Languedoc co-operative...
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Drawing the Natural Wine Battle Lines
11 September 2017

In the third of his series on low-intervention winemaking, Tom Jarvis tackles the thorny subject of natural wine.
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The life cycle of a vine – ask Decanter
11 September 2017

Get to grips with the life cycle of a vine before the grapes are harvested, with help from some graphics from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust...Understand the vine growing cycle See this simple guide using WSET graphics...
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Wine Legend: Penfolds, Grange 1955
10 September 2017

What makes this a wine legend? What makes this a wine legend....
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Weekend Wine – Spirit of a Nation
10 September 2017

This week, editor Don Kavanagh swaps his wine glass for a whiskey tumbler.
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Back to Burgundy – Film review
09 September 2017

A newly released film in the UK throws the spotlight on family politics and ever-rising land prices in the world of Burgundy wine, wrapped in well-shot scenes of the highs and lows of winemaking, writes Rosi Hanson.A still from new film Back to Burgundy. A tale of family and land politics in Burgundy wine...
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Hugh Johnson: When in France, drink lesser-known wines
09 September 2017

Why Hugh Johnson goes for wines on the fringes when travelling in France...Why you should explore the fringes in France... Wine stands tall amid gastronomic decline, says Hugh Johnson...
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Germany's Most Expensive Wines
09 September 2017

Mosel and the Rhine provide the bulk of Germany's priciest wines.
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Restaurant Talk: Top Dog of Atlanta Dining (Wine Spectator)
09 September 2017

From Tex-Mex to Italian to seafood, Ford Fry is building a Southern empire of one-off restaurants by cultivating talent in the kitchen and cellar
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Joan Nathan’s Favorites: 2 Classic Kosher Recipes (Wine Spectator)
09 September 2017

The lauded Jewish cookbook author prepares for family celebrations and upcoming holidays; Wine Spectator provides 10 kosher wine picks
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A white wine from Pichon Comtesse in the offing?
09 September 2017

A little plot of land at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande could soon be planted with white varieties as part of a small experiment by its winemaker.
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The 28-50 wine quiz – Test your knowledge
09 September 2017

Like a good quiz? Aside from the weekly Decanter.com quizzes, London's 28-50 restaurant is now hosting wine quizzes with Master Sommelier Clement Robert. Here's a little flavour of some of his questions to help your wine learning... A pub quiz turned into a wine quiz...
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Industry accused of spreading lies about alcohol and health
09 September 2017

A report by UK academics has accused the drinks industry of, “actively disseminating misinformation about alcohol and cancer risk, particularly breast cancer,” comparing it to the tobacco industry’s “denial, distortion and distraction tactics”.
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Krug CEO: Drinking Champagne with flutes is like going to a concert with ear plugs
08 September 2017

If you are drinking Champagne out of a flute, then you are doing it all wrong, according to Maggie Henriquez, CEO and president of Krug, comparing it to “going to a concert with ear plugs”.
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Unfiltered: Christopher Lecoufle, Les 110 de Taillevent
08 September 2017

Christopher Lecoufle, head sommelier at Les 110 de Taillevent, on his greatest culinary inspiration, what customer habit really winds him up, and his previous life as a fireman.
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Bordeaux red blends around the world: Seven of the finest
08 September 2017

What do winemakers mean when they use the term 'Bordeaux blend'? Here are some of the finest wines from around the world, made outside Bordeaux, that would be a fitting centrepiece to any dinner party.Fine wines based on the classic grape varieties grown in Bordeaux. What do winemakers mean when they use the term 'Bordeaux blend'? Here are top-end Bordeaux red blends to try...
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Beertopia returns to HK with biggest local craft beer showcase
08 September 2017

Beertopia, Hong Kong’s biggest annual craft beer festival is returning to the city on 22 and 23 September, showcasing the biggest number of local beers since its launch in 2012.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
08 September 2017

Maggie Henriquez, CEO of Champagne Krug, came to Hong Kong this week to unveil the latest 2004 vintage while Michael Hill Smith MW was in town to introduce the latest offerings from his winery, Shaw + Smith.
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The week in pictures
08 September 2017

This week saw BBR cyclists don their lycra for a charity cycle ride from London to Basingstoke, and a select panel of MWs, including db's Patrick Schmitt MW, speaking out on topics such as 'restaurant wine pricing – fair or fraud?' and 'natural wine – hot or not?'.
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Brexit gives boost to Scotch whisky tourism
08 September 2017

Brexit and the weak pound has been credited with giving the Scotch whisky tourism industry a boost in 2016, with a record 1.7 million tourists paying a visit to a distillery in the region in 2016 – an increase of 8% on the previous year.
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AB InBev dismisses hundreds of US High-End division workers
08 September 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has laid-off almost 400 employees from its High End division – the section responsible for its craft beer acquisitions and 'super-premium' imports – although the exact number of people affected has not been disclosed. 
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Santa Carolina reveals experimental project in Bío Bío
08 September 2017

Having produced its icon wine taking inspiration from wines from the 1950s unearthed by an earthquake in 2010, Chilean producer Santa Carolina is looking south for its next innovation – producing País, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from a tiny town in the southern province of Bío Bío.
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
08 September 2017

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist, creating work for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Wine Advocate. Click through four of his latest works.
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For the weekend: Northern Italian white wines
08 September 2017

Decanter's expert tasting team bring you a weekly selection of exciting, great value wines. This weekend indulge in the elegant white wines of northern Italy, without breaking the bank... Beautiful wines from northern Italy, for as little as £7.99...
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Comment: MW’s warning to the wine trade
08 September 2017

Natasha Hughes MW took to the podium of wine boxes at an event held by the Institute of Masters of Wine in London, which gave attendees three minutes to speak about a subject of their choice. Below is an edited version of Hughes' speech.'For most people, wine is part of a lifestyle that includes food and conviviality, rather than being a goal in itself.' 'Ditch the pinstripes' is the battle cry o...
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Hospitality Helps Houston after Harvey
08 September 2017

The storm had a devastating effect, but Houston restaurateurs say they've been through worse.
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Texas Wineries Unscathed by Hurricane Harvey (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

Vintners in the Hill Country region finished harvest just days ahead of the storm; now many are helping with relief efforts
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Unfiltered: Austrian Wine's Calendar Girls Pose to Promote Pours (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Disney World's wine slushies make it an even happier place on earth, thieves break into cellars through catacombs in grave winecrime, and Unfiltered goes to the movies and gets Saved … Wine
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Wine Executive Charles Banks Enters Prison, Sells Stake in Napa’s Mayacamas Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2017

The financial adviser and wine company founder settles a civil dispute before beginning a four-year sentence for defrauding basketball star Tim Duncan
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George Clooney reveals plans for money from Tequila company sale
07 September 2017

George Clooney has revealed his philanthropic plans as his payday approaches, following the sale of his Tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo in June for US$1 billion.
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Tmall.com: Mobile commerce dominates China’s online drinks sale
07 September 2017

China’s army of tech-savvy and smartphone-dependent mobile users have become the backbone of the country’s online drinks retailing, contributing to more than 80% of all online sale made on China’s biggest e-commerce platform, Tmall.com, in the first quarter of the year.
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Vietnam to sell majority stake in Sabeco
07 September 2017

The Vietnamese government has approved a plan to sell a majority stake of its state-owned Sabeco beer, the leading brewery in the country with a 40% market share.
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Sotheby’s expects £2m haul from first winter sale
07 September 2017

Sotheby’s first fine wine sale of the autumn/winter season is expected to realise as much as £2.4m with rare Burgundy, claret, Champagne and Scotch all going under the hammer.
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American whiskey shining star of US spirits exports
07 September 2017

The value of American spirits exports increased by 10.6% in the first half of 2017 – up more than $67 million to a total of $698.5 million – according to the Distilled Sprits Council, with growth driven by  the American whiskey category.
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London ends 36-year streak as UK’s priciest place for a pint
07 September 2017

For the first time since it began its annual survey 36 years ago, The Good Pub Guide has revealed that London is no longer the most expensive place to buy beer, having been surpassed by neighbouring Surrey. 
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Fine wine investment: missing a trick
07 September 2017

A recent article in a national paper did a good job of highlighting the potential in 'alternative assets' but there's a line between 'investment' and purely 'collectible' – one which fine wine, as it happens, manages to straddle with comparative ease.
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Richard Branson retreats to wine cellar as Hurricane Irma hits Necker Island
07 September 2017

Billionaire Richard Branson refused to leave his Necker Island paradise home on the British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma thrashed the resort this week, instead deciding to ride out the storm from the confines of his concrete wine cellar.
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Moby backs vegan cocktail bar in New York
07 September 2017

The avant-garde musician Moby has teamed up with a vegan entrepreneur to open a revamped version of Ladybird – a vegan cocktail bar and restaurant – in New York's east village.
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World Bulk Wine Exhibition gears up for 9th edition
07 September 2017

The 9th edition of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition will take place this November in Amsterdam and will feature its annual bulk wine competition but a new area dedicated to masterclasses on ensuring and improving the quality of wine shipped in bulk.
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Anson: Growing pains for Bordeaux’s Chinese investors?
07 September 2017

Chinese investment in Bordeaux vineyards has continued apace in 2017, yet there’s talk that some buyers are looking to leave. It hasn’t all been plain sailing, finds Jane Anson, but don’t believe the latest hype just yet. Jane Anson investigates recent speculation...
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Quinsou restaurant, Paris – Review
07 September 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Quinsou... Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacQuinsou restaurant Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Quinsou...
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Trivento: Mother Nature, experience and passion are the key to our wines
07 September 2017

Promotional featureGermán Di Cesare, head winemaker at Trivento, explains what's key to the winemaking process... What's key to the winemaking process...
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Napa Harvest Reaches Crisis Point
07 September 2017

The grapes are ready, but are the growers? Labor shortages hit hard in wine country.
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HK: Rosé Champagne tasting with Decanter and Watson’s Wine
07 September 2017

Try top rosé Champagnes with Decanter's tasting director, Christelle Guibert, and Watson's Wine in Hong Kong. Decanter has partnered with Watson’s Wine, the leading Hong Kong wine retailer, to organise an exclusive wine tasting featuring 10 Rosé Champagnes
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Back from the brink: Good value white Rioja wines
07 September 2017

Surely a contender for the wine world's most improved performer? Sarah Jane Evans MW explores the resurgence of white Rioja over the last decade and recommends five exciting wines you can pick up for under £25 ($33)... Sarah Jane Evans MW recommends the ones to try...
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Olivier Krug: ‘2004 is a vintage with outstanding potential’
07 September 2017

Olivier Krug described the Krug 2004 as a vintage with outstanding potential at its launch in London this morning.
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Would you bake with wine flour?
06 September 2017

Decanter.com speaks to a US company that has started making ‘wine flour’ out of leftover grapes and skins and claims that the finished product retains varietal flavour. The wine flour selection. A way to use leftover grapes...
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Iceland receives complaint about Fat B*****d wine range
06 September 2017

UK supermarket chain Iceland has received a complaint from a customer in Clydebank in Scotland, questioning the positioning of the Fat B*****d wine range stocked by the retailer.
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Pernod targets Generation Z with dedicated ‘Gin Hub’
06 September 2017

French drinks producer Pernod Ricard has upped its focus on gin with the launch of The Gin Hub – an independent arm tasked with developing and innovating within the company's portfolio of strategic gin brands to drive further growth in the category.
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Wine bar’s brutally honest job ad achieves unexpected success
06 September 2017

Five & Lime wine bar in Guildford in Surrey has posted an unusual job advertisement, listing "mediocre pay, horrendous hours and lousy work conditions" among the 'benefits'. 
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Michael Hill Smith MW: Australia is breaking away from blending
06 September 2017

Modern Australian winemakers are breaking away from the old tradition of blending plots and vineyards to focus on terroir-driven, single vineyard wines, says Michael Hill-Smith MW, co-founder of Shaw + Smith Winery in Adelaide Hills.
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Israeli company to build US$8 million winery in China
06 September 2017

Chinese consumers’ thirst of wines has attracted an unlikely investment from an Israeli winery that looks to build an US$8 million winery in China’s Hubei province.
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Aussie craft beer drinkers want to know who owns their brew
06 September 2017

A study of 17,000 craft beer drinkers in Australia has shown that the majority want to know who owns their favourite brews.
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8 of London’s best new restaurants for wine
06 September 2017

London's restaurant scene is ever-changing and always evolving, but not all new restaurants put as much emphasis on their wine list as their food offer. Here we round up some of the newest restaurants to hit the capital, which have the interests of the wine lover at heart.
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New Zealand: Playing the long game
06 September 2017

New Zealand has forged a strong reputation as a producer of impressive Sauvignon Blanc. But now winemakers are experimenting with aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner and Albariño.
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Bottega partners with Westfield at fashion and beauty event
06 September 2017

Italian sparkling wine brand Bottega has announced its partnership with On Trend, Westfield’s new fashion and beauty event taking place this month.
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Mexican-Americans Move from Vineyard to Boardroom
06 September 2017

With immigrant labor in the news, Liz Thach MW talks to some laborers who became owners.
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Belgian Businessman Purchases Bordeaux's Château Phélan Ségur (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2017

Sea-Invest's Philippe Van de Vyvere takes over the St.-Estèphe winery from the Gardinier family
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Last-minute French wine harvest holiday ideas
06 September 2017

Always wondered what it’s like to take part in a harvest and getting one step closer to being a winemaker? Well, here's three wineries offering varying levels of 'work' as part of a holiday break… Dine amongst the vineyards. Dream of picking grapes...?
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The Single-Minded Loire Wine List (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2017

Do restaurant wine lists really need to roam the world?
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Five brilliant failures from the creator of Baileys
05 September 2017

The drinks industry is awash with clever ideas that never become mainstream brands – and here we bring you five brilliant failures from the creator of Baileys.
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Nick Clegg’s wife joins WSTA panellists at ‘Brexit’ conference
05 September 2017

The wife of former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Miriam González Durántez, will join JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin and former trade minister Lord Price at its Brexit-focused annual conference next week.
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Winery creates ‘first chromed-glass wine bottle’ for petrol heads
05 September 2017

Tank Garage Winery located in Calistoga, California has created what it claims is 'the first chromed-glass wine bottle in history' with its design evoking a vintage American car. 
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Man so drunk he forgets he sold his own car
05 September 2017

A man in New Zealand sold his car during an almighty binge in order to buy more booze but, in the morning, he forgot what he’d done and reported it stolen.
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CGA: Brits are spending more but drinking less
05 September 2017

Data and research consultancy CGA has revealed a decline in volume drinks sales in Britain, as consumers increasingly spend more on booze and are more adventurous in their choices.
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Fine wine gains strongly in August
05 September 2017

After a quiet July, Liv-ex’s two leading fine wine indices returned to growth in August with Burgundy in particular leading the way.
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New Opus One ‘cheapest’ on market
05 September 2017

The latest vintage of one of the leading US fine wine labels, Opus One, was released this week well below the price of already physical vintages.
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Rain saves German hop harvest
05 September 2017

Germany’s hop harvest has been saved from “disaster” after a bout of late summer rain has meant that there is now “sufficient market supply,” but prices are likely to remain high. 
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South African winemaker wins Ningxia Winemakers Challenge
05 September 2017

A South African winemaker has won the top score at the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge, after a panel of judges tasted the results of a two-year competition where 48 winemakers from 17 countries competed to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon from China's leading wine region, Ningxia.
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Georgia looks east for its greatest wine hope
05 September 2017

Riding on the back of strong Georgian wine export performance to China and a newly signed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, Georgian wines are racking up interest among trade professionals and consumers.
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Bordeaux: Château Phélan Ségur sold to Belgian investor
05 September 2017

Phélan Ségur in Bordeaux's St-Estèphe appellation has been sold by the Gardinier family to a Belgian investor for an undisclosed fee. Château Phélan Ségur is a leading light of St-Estèphe in Bordeaux. One of St-Estèphe's top estates changes hands...
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Coravin launches new system for screw cap wines
05 September 2017

A new accessory released by Coravin claims to keep screw cap wines fresh for up to three months once the original seal has been broken.Coravin launches screw caps for use with its devices. Coravin expands range to encompass screw cap wines...
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 judging week begins
05 September 2017

Some of the best palates from across Asia have gathered in Hong Kong to judge more than 3,000 wines in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017.The first wines are served to judges at DAWA 2017. How the wines are judged...
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The World's Most Expensive Merlots
05 September 2017

It's time to run the rule over a much-maligned, but still hugely popular grape variety.
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Extreme Argentina: New limits, new terroirs
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe emergence of new wine growing zones in Argentina is challenging the limits of production and offering new styles of wine. From the Atlantic coast to the arid, windy plains of Patagonia and the vineyards at more than 3000 metres above sea level, a whole range of flavours is on offer for the expert palate... Snowed winery at the foot of the Andres. Credit: Wines of Argentina W...
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Argentina’s new Geographical Indications: providing precise limits for wine.
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe delimitation of regions is a rising trend in Argentina. New Geographical Indications isolating specific flavours pushed by quality producers.... Uco Valley. Credit: Wines of Argentina What's changing...?
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Beyond Torrontes: Discover Argentinean white wines
05 September 2017

Promotional featureSauvignon Blanc and Semillon have both found a unique place in Argentina and its wine history from their vineyards high up in the Andes... Try Semillon grown in Patagonia. Explore these white wines...
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How Malbec shows Argentina’s diverse terroirs
05 September 2017

In partnership with Wines of ArgentinaAnd the regions to take note of...Malbec grapes In partnership with Wines of Argentina How Malbec shows Argentina’s diverse terroirs What comes after Malbec? It’s a question I get
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Top Argentina winery restaurants
05 September 2017

Promotional featureIn the last few years high-end hospitality and gastronomy have become a new attraction that entices thousands of tourists every year, and if you add some outrageously delicious wines you are sure to have some unforgettable moments... Credit: Wines of Argentina High-end gastronomy meets outrageously delicious wines...
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Seven rising stars of Argentinian winemaking
05 September 2017

Promotional featureThe Argentine wine business is moving towards a diversity of styles, terroirs and flavours. Part of this move depends on a group of reputed winemakers, such as Alejandro Vigil, Matías Michelini and Marcelo Pelleriti. But there are more. Young winemakers who have not yet reached the age of 40, and have so much to offer. These are the rising stars of winemaking in Argentina...
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Beyond Malbec: Three wine styles only Argentina can offer the world
05 September 2017

Promotional feature Malbec aside, Argentina has three of its own styles that develop unique wine. They present a golden opportunity to the world of wine lovers, offering their own distinct flavour, as well as a specific origin and sense of place.Credit: Wines of Argentina There's more to Argentina than Malbec....
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Terrazas de los Andes: Always above
05 September 2017

Promotional featureSurrounded by the high peaks of the Andes, our vineyards are located in the hearts of Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley in Mendoza. Surrounded by the high peaks of the Andes...
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Asian Masters: 10 best value Chardonnays
05 September 2017

You'd be hard pressed to find a wine list in Hong Kong that doesn't have a Chardonnay on it. We've rounded up 10 of the best value, high performers from our Asian Chardonnay Masters that could add value and diversity to any wine list.
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From the magazine: Rare Sherry
04 September 2017

Unlike its great rival, Port, Sherry tends not to attract high prices for rare expressions. Margaret Rand discovers the reason why and asks whether that situation will change.
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Adidas releases £160 beer-repellent shoes
04 September 2017

German sports brand Adidas has released a pair of limited-edition, beer-proof shoes to shield feet from overflowing steins (and other, more unsavoury liquids) at the annual Oktoberfest.
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Armit Wines acquired by InVivo Group
04 September 2017

UK fine wine merchant Armit has been acquired by the French agricultural cooperative InVivo Group.
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Distell sells off wine brands
04 September 2017

South African drinks group, Distell, has divested itself of several vineyards and estates as it seeks to concentrate on just four key brands.
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Registered beer trademarks rise by 19% in a year
04 September 2017

London law firm RPC has revealed that the number of trademark registrations for beer in the UK has risen by the highest level since 2007, a development the company states is due to the ‘craft beer revolution’.
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German barman smashes world record
04 September 2017

A German waiter has broken his own world record for the most steins carried over a 40m distance, successfully transporting 29 one-litre steins of beer, weighing in at a hefty 50kg, without spilling a drop.
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14 new MWs announced
04 September 2017

The Institute of Masters of Wine has named 14 new MWs, taking the total of people to hold the prestigious title worldwide to 369.
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Whisky Auctioneer in bid to attract wine buyers
04 September 2017

The Perthshire-based online rare whisky specialist, Whisky Auctioneer, is launching a new online auction service for fine wine lovers having seen a “big increase” in customers wanting to buy and sell wine on its platform.
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Bonhams announces San Francisco line-up
04 September 2017

Auction house Bonhams has announced the line-up for its next fine wine sale in San Francisco later this month.
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Jefford on Monday: Britain’s Brexit hangover
04 September 2017

Andrew Jefford scrutinizes the exchange-rate challenge for the UK’s wine traders and drinkers.A Remain campaigner stops outside Berry Bros & Rudd's flagship shop on the way to a march in London. He has no known affiliation to the merchant. Most of the wine trade was in favour of staying inside the EU, when surveyed by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. Andrew Jefford on the Brexit squeeze...
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Vintage Champagne: a Dying Breed?
04 September 2017

As Champagne houses concentrate on prestige cuvées, what is the future for the vintage stuff?
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Wine Legend: Mas de Daumas Gassac 1982
03 September 2017

Find out why this 'first growth of Languedoc' makes the Decanter hall of fame... Find out why this wine makes the Decanter hall of fame...
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Taste gold medal winning wines from Australia in Macau
03 September 2017

Decanter has organised a Masterclass in Macau to showcase seven gold medal winning wines from the Decanter Asia and World Wine Awards. On 4 September Decanter will be hosting a tasting at the IFT in Macau. The masterclass titled Discover the diversity of
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Could I join this society for wine grape lovers? – ask Decanter
03 September 2017

If you like to explore new grape varieties, then you could qualify for the Wine Century Club - but you'll need the evidence to prove it... How many varieties have you tried..?
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Barolo 2013: Top wines and vintage review
02 September 2017

Stephen Brook gives his view of the Barolo 2013 vintage and recommends his top wines.Five of Stephen Brook's favourite Barolo 2013 wines, tasted in 2017. Stephen Brook's vintage report and top wines...
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Sicilians the First Italian Wine Drinkers
02 September 2017

The discovery of wine vessels in Sicily has scientists reassessing some old beliefs.
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Harvey's Aftermath: Chefs Bring Hope to Houston (Wine Spectator)
02 September 2017

As Houston and surrounding areas assess storm damage, the hospitality industry helps the recovery
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‘Blue wine’ sets sights on US launch
02 September 2017

Spanish 'blue wine' is set to hit US shores, according to its creators.'Blue wine' is coming to the US, according to its Spanish producer. Producer plans launch party this month...
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Italian grape quiz – Test your knowledge
02 September 2017

Italy has thousands of indigenous grapes and quite a few synonyms. Do you know your Sangiovese from your Montepulciano, or your Ribolla Gialla from your Refosco? Find out with our Italian grape quiz... Tuscany's bountiful vineyards (Alamy) Do you have the skills?...
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Everything you need to know about Pinot Grigio
01 September 2017

We’ve compiled a concise guide to one of the world’s most popular grapes, including some facts that may surprise even the most committed drinkers of Pinot Grigio.
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Ningxia and Marlborough to sign ‘friendship city’ agreement
01 September 2017

Marlborough in New Zealand is set to sign a "friendship city" agreement with China's leading wine region Ningxia during its mayor's official visit to China between 3-10 September, in a bid to boost wine-related cooperation between the two regions.
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China helps drive Spain’s wine exports
01 September 2017

Spain’s wine exports in the first half of the year has reached a record high to €1.3207 billion, up by 6% over the same period, driven by strong demand from China.
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Hot new London bar openings
01 September 2017

Our latest round-up of new drinking dens in the capital includes a Clapham speakeasy, Covent Garden coffee shop from The Palomar team and a secret bar hidden inside a 1920s pharmacy in Chiswick.
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db recommends: Armit Wines Annual Tasting
01 September 2017

Armit Wines will be holding its annual trade tasting on Tuesday 5 September, featuring over 160 wines from 45 producers.
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The week in pictures
01 September 2017

Sam Neill's pregnant pig and a burlesque dancer hanging from the roof of a Napa winery were among the more unusual pictorial highlights this week, while the harvest got underway in earnest in Champagne and the French Foreign Legion helped out in Provence.
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New claret highs as trade awakens
01 September 2017

Two Bordeaux labels have seen new record highs on the Liv-ex exchange as trade picks up again after the usual summer lull.
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Cannabis cocktail trend gains momentum
01 September 2017

Drinks focused restaurant Madison on Park in San Diego has added a cannabis-laced cocktail to its menu highlighting a growing trend in the US.
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Son of Thelonious Monk sues Californian brewery
01 September 2017

The son of jazz musician Thelonious Monk has lodged a lawsuit against a Californian brewery claiming it exploited his father's name to sell merchandise. 
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New film ‘Back to Burgundy’ explores problems of inheritance
01 September 2017

A new film has been released that follows three siblings who inherit their father’s vineyard in Burgundy and are immediately faced with whether or not they should take on their family legacy or sell up to settle the tax bill.
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Bordeaux 2017 harvest: Picking begins in weather-hit vintage
01 September 2017

Picking has started for white wine grapes and Bordeaux is facing a record early harvest in some areas for Merlot, but only Médoc on the Left Bank has so far escaped the worst of nature's wrath in 2017. Vineyards in Graves. Jane Anson reports on the latest from the harvest...
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Unfiltered: Justin Trudeau Joins the Cool(-Climate) Kids of Canadian Wine (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

Also in Unfiltered, the discovery of the oldest-ever wine in Italy, a cancer fund-raiser for a Napa winemaker, and the "blue wine" saga continues to unfold
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How to combat ‘Prosecco teeth’ – ask Decanter
01 September 2017

Dentists in the UK have warned of higher cases of ‘Prosecco teeth’, linking tooth decay to the surge in popularity for sparkling wine. Decanter.com gets expert advice ways to limit the damage, without cutting Prosecco or Champagne out of your life completely... Decanter.com goes to the dentist...
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Restaurant Talk: Staying Open During an Unprecedented Storm (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

One Houston restaurateur's tale of coping during Harvey
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Turning Tables: California's Manresa Pops Up in France (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

The team will cook at Le Taillevent in Paris and others. Plus, Tom Colicchio changes his restaurant's controversial name, and Avec in Chicago expands
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Restaurant Spotlight: Caci North Fork (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine complements a local wine list on Long Island
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Researchers in Singapore recycle brewing waste into yeast
31 August 2017

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a technique that promises to turn 85% of the waste produced in the process of beer brewing into yeast nutrients for more brewing.
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‘Beer break at 12’: BBR marks 50 years in Basingstoke
31 August 2017

UK fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd is marking 50 years since it opened its warehouse and bottling line in Basingstoke, leading one worker to recall the rather different pace of life back then.
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Sulphite gadget Ullo launches in UK
31 August 2017

A gadget which is claimed to be able to filter out sulphites in wine as it is poured has launched in the UK following success in the US. Read more about it below, and also find links to our guides to sulphites in wine.Ullo claims to remove sulphites in wine, but do you believe it? And if so, is it necessary? Gadget claims to filter out sulphites as wine is poured...
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The new face of Australian Chardonnay
31 August 2017

The spotlight is back on this Aussie classic and advances in technique mean that Australian Chardonnay has taken a vibrant new direction, says Sarah Ahmed. See her report and recommendations of what to buy. Sarah Ahmed picks her favourites for Decanter...
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爱士图尔总经理跳槽右岸
31 August 2017

据悉,波尔多圣埃斯泰夫产区(Saint Estèphe)名庄爱士图尔(Cos d’Estournel)的总经理Aymeric de Gironde即将离任,并前往右岸名庄卓龙梦特(Château Troplong-Mondot)就职。
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富邑将以4900万澳元平息集体诉讼案
31 August 2017

据悉,澳洲酒业巨头富邑集团将以4900万澳元平息此前由股东提起的集体诉讼案。富邑早前曾被爆于美国市场大幅缩减了$1.6亿元的资产并销毁了价值达$3500万元的葡萄酒,有误导市场的嫌疑,因此遭到股东提起集体诉讼。
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Fine wine investment: Contrary bubbles
31 August 2017

It is quite a challenge at times like this when the Champagne sector outperforms, because the dynamics which apply elsewhere in the fine wine investment world do not tend to apply to Champagne.
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Beauty products made from English fizz launched
31 August 2017

English sparkling wine producer Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent has launched a range of beauty products made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.
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AB InBev to distribute Guinness in China
31 August 2017

Diageo has signed an exclusive five-year deal with beer producer AB InBev for the distribution of Guinness in mainland China, which is expected to boost its sales to two million litres within one year.
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TFWA announces social events line-up
31 August 2017

The events programme for the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes has been announced, which includes a regatta, charity run and gala dinner.
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Maureen Downey to host wine authentication workshops in HK
31 August 2017

Wine authentication expert Maureen Downey will return to Hong Kong this October to host two workshops for trade professionals and wine collectors, after previously casting a somber warning that fraudsters are purposely targeting affluent Asian collectors.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
31 August 2017

From Fritz Haag's latest release of its 2016 vintages to the opulent wines from Japan's Chateau Mercian, we bring you the this week's highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade.
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Anson: Hidden Provence – The white wines of Cassis
31 August 2017

Jane Anson explores one of the few areas of Provence where white wine still dominates. Hidden Provence: The white wines of Cassis. Rosé comes second in this part of Provence...
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SND: Italy’s Frescobaldi Parts With Its Longtime Importer (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2017

The historic Tuscan wine producer partners with Shaw-Ross and Vintus
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Italian wine is up to 3,000 years older than we thought – study
31 August 2017

Analysis of 6,000-year-old storage jars in caves in Sicily has shown Italy's wine history is much more extensive than previously thought.Is Sicily where it all began for Italian wine? Ancient pots in Sicilian caves change history...
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India sentences man to 10 years for selling banned booze
30 August 2017

A court in the northern Indian state of Bihar has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for selling a banned alcoholic beverage, the first conviction case in Bihar after the state introduced an alcohol ban in 2016.
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Top Provence red wines: panel tasting results
30 August 2017

France’s hot southeast has traditionally been known for its big, chunky reds, but the pendulum is swinging in favour of grape and terroir... It isn't just about rosé...
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Urrejola: Chile is starting to reap what it’s sowed
30 August 2017

Chilean is starting to reap what it’s sowed as winemakers move towards making terroir-driven expressions, according to Rafael Urrejola of Undurraga.
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AB InBev switches to canning water to help hurricane victims
30 August 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev has paused brewing at one of its sites for a week in order to can water to send to the flood victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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Winery openings rising in Oregon
30 August 2017

The 2016 Vineyard and Winery Census conducted by the Oregon Wine Board has shown a rise in the number of wineries and vineyards in the state as well as the robustness of its industry.
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Thieves use Paris catacombs to steal fine wine – report
30 August 2017

Thieves who stole more than 250,000 euros worth of fine wine from a Paris apartment cellar exploited the French capital's vast underground tunnel network, according to French media reports.An estimated six million people are buried in the Paris catacombs. Thieves steal 250,000 euros of wine, say reports...
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Mayfair restaurant selling under £20 wines
30 August 2017

Mayfair tapas restaurant El Pirata has added four wines to its list priced at under £20 to dispel the myth that all wines in the affluent London district are expensive.
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New head for Champagne Bollinger named
30 August 2017

The SJB Group has appointed a new general manager for Champagne Bollinger with 20 years sales experience in a range of companies, from Lindt chocolatiers to Pernod Ricard.
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Ningxia adds 15 classified wineries
30 August 2017

China's leading wine region Ningxia has added another 15 wineries to its classification system, bringing the total number of classified wineries in the Helan Moutain East region to 36.
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New Zealand wine exports hit record $1.66 billion
30 August 2017

The value of New Zealand wine exports has grown for a 22nd consecutive year, reaching a record high of NZ$1.66 billion, according to New Zealand Winegrowers 2017 Annual Report.
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Disney starts selling wine slushies
30 August 2017

While Disney World is a magical experience for kids, adults can now get their kicks there too as amusement park in Florida has started selling wine slushies.
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Scotch whisky applies for GI status in New Zealand
30 August 2017

The Scotch whisky industry has become one of the first to apply to be listed on New Zealand’s register of geographical indications (GIs) – an initiative launched by the country earlier this year. 
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Parting thoughts: Decanter’s Sarah Kemp shares her wine memories
30 August 2017

As Decanter MD Sarah Kemp steps down from the helm after more than 20 years - and more than 30 years with the magazine overall - she reflects on her memories and how a 16th birthday present opened her eyes to the fine wine world. Sarah Kemp calls time on two decades at the top of Decanter. Sarah Kemp shares her wine memories...
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Digging Deeper in Pay-for-Play Scandal
30 August 2017

In the wake of the Pennsylvania Liquor Board scandal, W. Blake Gray has some more observations.
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Texas Restaurants Weather Harvey's Furious Wind and Rains (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

With flood conditions still impacting Houston, restaurant owners are checking on staff and hoping to reopen soon
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Party Recipes: Dip Into Coastal Greece (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

Kick back with three summery dip recipes from Kapnos’ George Pagonis, plus 15 recommended European value whites and rosés
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Italy faces ‘one of smallest wine harvests for 60 years’
30 August 2017

Spring frost and an extreme heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' are set to leave the world's two largest wine producing countries with their smallest harvest for decades, according to initial estimates.Vineyards in the shadow of Mount Etna in Sicily. But hopes rise for quality after warm summer...
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Auction of Washington Wines Raises $4.1 Million (Wine Spectator)
30 August 2017

The charity event's 30th anniversary took celebrations to a new level
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67 Pall Mall to launch UK’s biggest wine list
29 August 2017

London private members’ club for wine lovers 67 Pall Mall is adding 2000 new wines to its range to launch the largest list in the UK this December.
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Lidl shoppers in Prosecco stampede
29 August 2017

A Prosecco offer at Lidl caused a stampede this Bank Holiday weekend as shoppers rushed to get their hands on six bottles of the Italian sparkler for £20.
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Sauternes 50 taking turn for the sweeter?
29 August 2017

Liv-ex’s index tracking the most widely traded Sauternes has long been an under-performer but has seen an uptick in its fortunes of late.
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Vergelegen to rise phoenix-like from ashes
29 August 2017

Vergelegen suffered the worst wildfires in its history in January this year, but now the damaged vineyards are being seen as an opportunity for the South African estate, according to the Don Tooth, MD of the winery.
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France facing smallest harvest since 1945
29 August 2017

Winemakers in France are facing their smallest harvest since 1945 due to the perfect storm of a mild March followed by severe spring frosts in April.
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10 best value Cabernet Sauvignons
29 August 2017

Few wines can deliver bang for your buck better than Cabernet Sauvignon, here we feature 10 of the best examples available in Asia from our inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon Masters that stood out for their quality and value for money.
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China’s wine imports continue upward trend
29 August 2017

China’s wine imports continued the resilient growth trend seen in the first half of the year, bringing up its total import volume and value from January to July, as major holidays in the second half of the year are expected to push up wine sales even further.
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The Singleton unveils 41-year-old whisky in Asia
29 August 2017

The Singleton of Glen Ord Forgotten Drop Series will launch a 41-year-old whisky in Asia – the oldest spirit the distillery has released.
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Dentist warns of ‘the Prosecco smile’
29 August 2017

Brits are in danger of developing tooth decay from drinking too much Prosecco a dentist has warned in a worrying trend he’s dubbing “the Prosecco smile”.
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6,000 bottles of fake wine busted in China
29 August 2017

More than 6,000 bottles of counterfeit Chinese wines have been found in Xianyang city in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, highlighting the problem of the counterfeiting of popular domestic brands as well as more expensive imports.
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Cos d’Estournel MD moves to Troplong Mondot
29 August 2017

The managing director of Cos d'Estournel is to cross from Left Bank to Right Bank in Bordeaux to work with the new owner of Troplong Mondot in St-Emilion. Château Cos d'Estournel in St-Estèphe. Cos d'Estournel MD to move to Right Bank...
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Treasury Settles Up Over Dumped Wine
29 August 2017

The sorry tale of millions of bottles of spilled wine is finally over for the world's biggest winemaker.
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My earliest wine memory – from the sommeliers
29 August 2017

Do you remember your first sip of wine? What's your earliest memory of wine in your home? Sommeliers share their recollections... Do you remember your first sip?...
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Jefford: Guerrilla guide to drinking wine – Part four
28 August 2017

Andrew Jefford explores 10 rules around drinking wine in the final chapter of his four-part August series ... for absolute beginners. Corkbuzz bar in New York - A Decanter favourite. Don't believe everything you've heard...
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The World's Most Expensive Fortified Wines
28 August 2017

Our search for the world's priciest wines veers into rich, sweet waters.
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Master of wine vs Master sommelier: What’s the difference? – ask Decanter
28 August 2017

Matt Stamp MS speaks to Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, one of the very few people in the world to hold both master sommelier and master of wine titles... Judges pretend to be restaurant diners at the ‘world’s best sommelier’ competition in Mendoza, Argentina, 2016. We ask Gerard Basset MW MS OBE, who holds both...
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Wine Legend: Dom Pérignon 1961
27 August 2017

What makes it part of the Decanter hall of fame? Why is this in the Decanter hall of fame?
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Wine harvest quiz – Test your knowledge
26 August 2017

Wine harvests are underway across the northern hemisphere, from northern Italy to Napa Valley. Would you know when to pick, and can you spot the influence of harvest type in the wine? Let's find out...Xarel-lo grapes at Recaredo ahead of the 2016 harvest. Would you know when to pick?...
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Ten of the best London restaurants for wine lovers
26 August 2017

We bring you 10 fine dining restaurants in London chosen by our expert reviewers. Don't waste another meal, get down to one of the top 10 best restaurants in the city...
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High Hopes as Napa Harvest Gathers Pace
26 August 2017

As Napa growers keep on smiling, some in Europe are scratching their heads.
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Facing a Meager Harvest, Prosecco Winemakers Win Approval to Use Non-DOC Grapes (Wine Spectator)
26 August 2017

Wineries can source from vineyards within the region, but not officially in the appellation
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Recipes from Enrique Olvera: A Taste of Mexico for Summer Dining (Wine Spectator)
26 August 2017

Cosme and Atla chef Enrique Olvera shares flavor-packed recipes for tostadas and quinoa salad; Wine Spectator picks out 12 Spanish whites for Labor Day festivities
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Ten exciting dry and off-dry German Riesling wines
26 August 2017

'Roll back the sugar and it’s like the tide going out', says Margaret Rand, who investigates the changing landscape of dry and off-dry German Riesling and picks 10 good value wines to highlight the contrasting styles... This is an edited version of an article that first appeared in Decanter magazine Things are changing, says Margaret Rand...
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Lafite 2014 top traded wine by value
25 August 2017

Lafite’s 2014 vintage is the most traded wine by value on the Liv-ex Exchange so far this year – along with four more of its wines in a Bordeaux-dominated list.
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Natural cork still reigns supreme in China
25 August 2017

In a survey conducted by Wine Intelligence, 61% of those surveyed in both China and the US said they liked buying wine with a cork closure.
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The week in pictures
25 August 2017

Roger Daltrey of The Who fame and Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr added some celebrity sparkle to the drinks trade this week, as Canada's Kaitlyn Stewart is crowned Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year.
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Value of single malt Scotch sold at auction rises by 94%
25 August 2017

The price of single malt Scotch whisky sold at auction has soared by nearly 100% in the first six months of the year, according to Rare Whisky 101, continuing an upward trend for the category.
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English vineyards near London to visit
25 August 2017

This August bank holiday, why not plan a trip to a local vineyard? We’ve rounded up ones with top visitor facilities and can be reached under two hours from London… Hattingley Valley VIneyards English wineries are opening to tourists...
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Kaitlyn Stewart named ‘world’s best bartender’
25 August 2017

Canadian bartender Kaitlyn Stewart has been named the winner of the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year competition for 2017.
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Closure encounters: What’s driving the wine stopper market?
25 August 2017

While screwcaps’ hold on the market seems to be loosening, new developments in natural cork, Diam and synthetics mean that wine producers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppering power. Jamie Goode examines the state of the market.
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Gin-inspired cabaret comes to London
25 August 2017

Mother's Ruin: A Cabaret About Gin, performed by Australians, is coming to the capital on 30 August promising to be "equal parts historical and hysterical".
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Beer created for endangered bird
25 August 2017

A Texas brewery and the Travis Audobon society have teamed up to create a beer to raise awareness of an endangered songbird species whose habitat is under threat.
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Traces of 6,000-year-old wine could rewrite Italy’s winemaking history
25 August 2017

A group of archaeologists have discovered a storage jar in Italy dating back to the Copper Age (4,000BC) containing traces of wine, dramatically predating the presumed commencement of winemaking in Italy.
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London bar defends selling pints at £13.40
25 August 2017

A London bar that specialises in craft beer has defended itself for selling Cloudwater double IPA at £13.40 a pint, after drawing accusations that it was ripping off its customers.
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Sommelier Talk: Golden State, Golden Wines (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Courtney Olson champions white wines at Coi in San Francisco
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Chinese wine lovers snub screwcap, for now – survey
25 August 2017

Research has found that natural cork is still the preferred wine closure in China, US and Germany, but the study's authors believe this perception 'will begin to change’. Natural corks. But cork could lose its crown, say study authors...
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Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed
25 August 2017

As Pennsylvania's liquor board reels from a bribery investigation, W. Blake Gray asks how deep the rot goes.
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A Daily Drink Might Help You Live Longer, Study Reports (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Research strengthens evidence that moderate drinking may lower risk of cardiovascular disease and other causes of death
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Unfiltered: Oregon Wine Totally Overshadowed (by Eclipse) (Wine Spectator)
25 August 2017

Plus, how many bottles of Pinot Noir does it take to "paint" the Eiffel Tower? Nick Jonas crops up at Honig, and Carlos Santana and Constellation pair up to announce Charlottesville donation
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Oregon Gamay: New wines to discover
25 August 2017

Anne Krebiehl MW recently attended the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon, but came away equally captivated by the 'hauntingly perfumed' Gamays also produced in the region. Anne Krebiehl MW picks her five favourite Oregon Gamays for you to try...
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Bank holiday weekend: 10 Prosecco and rosé wines under £15
25 August 2017

Make sure you soak up the August bank holiday weekend with a glass of something delicious in hand. See our selection of 10 Prosecco and rosé wines tasted by our experts and all under £15... Ten great reasons to drink wine this weekend...
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db Eats: A. Wong
25 August 2017

db's Lucy Shaw heads to dim sum specialist A. Wong in Pimlico for a 63° tea egg, tongue-numbing gong bao chicken and duck fat-washed Old Fashioneds.
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How one business dominates the UK’s best-selling grapes
24 August 2017

One company is responsible for the UK’s best selling Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Viognier – and it’s also the biggest supplier of Sauvignon Blanc to the market.
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Chapel Down to sponsor Ascot race
24 August 2017

English wine producer Chapel Down has announced it will be sponsoring one of the races at the Ascot Festival of Food & Wine Raceday next month.
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Bodybuilder named Elvis grows agave ‘forest’ in London
24 August 2017

The agave plant is not a common sight in the UK, but a bodybuilder from London called Elvis has managed to grow a "forest" of the plants, used to make Tequila, in his back garden.
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Stranger Things pop-up bar opens in Chicago
24 August 2017

An immersive pop-up bar based on the Netflix series Stranger Things has opened in Chicago, giving fans of the show a chance to visit 'the upside down' before the show's second season airs in October.
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Rhône harvest earliest ‘for several decades’
24 August 2017

According to Inter Rhône, this year’s harvest is the earliest "for several decades" with picking already underway in the Southern Rhône.
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Montes: Chile no longer the Volvo of the wine world
24 August 2017

The days of Chile being considered the Volvo of the wine world – safe but boring – are long gone according to Aurelio Montes of Montes.
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Ningxia Winemakers Challenge to unveil winners next week
24 August 2017

Ningxia Winemakers Challenge (NWC) is set to announce the winners of the competition next week after 48 winemakers from 17 countries took part in a lengthy, two-year contest to make the best wine in Ningxia.
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Moutai’s home base bans alcohol during official functions
24 August 2017

Guizhou province, home to China’s famed Baijiu producer Kweichow Moutai, is to ban drinking alcohol during official functions from 1 September, causing its stock value to plummet.
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The USS Indianapolis and Quint’s monologue
24 August 2017

With the news that a team has discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis we look back at its role in inspiring one of cinema’s great drinking scenes.
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Anson: Château owners dominate new French rich list
24 August 2017

Owning a château is still a prerequisite for joining French high society, it seems. Here are the richest French winery owners on the latest France 500 rich list produced by Challenges magazine.Château d'Yquem If you want to make it in French high society...
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New Zealand wine tourism soars – figures
24 August 2017

Wine tourism in New Zealand has grown strongly and one in four visitors now goes to a vineyard or winery during their visit, shows data.The Sky Tower restaurant in Auckland. Wine is big attraction for New Zealand visitors...
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Winemaker Admits Dumping Rival's Wine
24 August 2017

The strange case of the spilled Chardonnay comes to a head in an Australian court.
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Portuguese Wine Pioneer Cristiano van Zeller Sells Quinta Vale D. Maria—But Keeps It in the Family (Wine Spectator)
24 August 2017

Aveleda, a leading Vinho Verde producer owned by van Zeller's cousins, buys the revered Douro winery
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Vila Vins in Ibiza promotes 8 DWWA 2017 winners in November
24 August 2017

Vila Vins, Ibiza based wine store, will be offering DWWA 2017 winning wines at a discount in November Located in Ibiza’s city centre and stocking over 3000 different wine, cava and Champagne labels, Vila Vins is one of the island’s
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Visit The New Zealand Cellar in September to enjoy a selection of DWWA 2017 winners
24 August 2017

Enjoy happy hour at New Zealand cellar at Pop Brixton. The New Zealand Cellar, located in Brixton, London (UK), specialises in the best wines from New Zealand’s finest vineyards. This
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Jamavar — an Indian jewel in the heart of Mayfair: Restaurant Review
24 August 2017

The latest edition to Mayfair's opulent food scene, Jamavar busts the myth that you wine and curry don't marry. See Fiona Beckett's journey of sensory discovery and culinary delight, featuring Old Delhi butter chicken and Malai stone bass tikka...Not your average Indian restaurant, Jamavar brings eastern opulence to Mayfair's Mount Street Luxury Indian eatery Jamavar melds eastern spice and flavou...
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Andrew Edmunds, Soho: Restaurant Review
24 August 2017

Brian St Pierre's five-star review of Andrew Edmunds, a wine-centred restaurant in a candlelit 18th century townhouse in the hustle and bustle of London's Soho...An 18th-century townhouse in the heart of Soho... An 18th-century townhouse with a menu that reads like a love letter to wine...
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Aquavit, London: Restaurant Review
24 August 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Aquavit... Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Aquavit...
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Chadwick: I did the Berlin tasting out of desperation
23 August 2017

Eduardo Chadwick, president of Errazuriz, has admitted that he put on his famous Berlin tasting out of “desperation” as none of the world’s top wine critics were taking Chilean wines seriously.
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Brunello di Montalcino 2012: Top wines and vintage review
23 August 2017

Richard Baudains takes a look at the 2012 vintage for Brunello di Montalcino wines...Montalcino in Tuscany, home to Brunello di Montalcino. See Richard Baudains' top wines from the vintage...
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California lawmakers address housing shortage for wine workers
23 August 2017

Californian lawmakers have called for more state help to solve the workers' housing shortage that is currently blighting the state's wine industry.
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Brewery rolls back pricing 25 years
23 August 2017

Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey is celebrating its 25th anniversary by selling its flagship beer for £1.30 a pint (for one evening only) to illustrate how much tax there is on beer now.
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Gruaud Larose best-performing claret this year
23 August 2017

So far this year the best-performing Bordeaux label on Liv-ex has been Saint Julien second growth Gruaud Larose.
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Blue ‘Cava’ comes to the UK
23 August 2017

We’ve had a blue wine from Bierzo and a blue Prosecco, and now English entrepreneur Chris Arbery has launched a blue ‘Cava’ in the UK called Skyfall.
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Gluten-free brewery Bellfield to expand
23 August 2017

Bellfield Brewery, the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery, has raised £430k cash via equity which it will use to create new jobs and take new products and formats to market.
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French seaside town gets oyster vending machine
23 August 2017

Visitors to French seaside resort of Ars-en-Ré can now satisfy their cravings for shellfish 24/7 thanks to a vending machine that dishes up oysters.World's first oyster vending machine in Île de Ré French oyster farmers find way round time pressures...
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‘Drown wasps in beer for science’ public urged
23 August 2017

Ecologists want the public to begin drowning wasps in beer-traps in order to help them find out more about the different wasp species and their distribution in the UK.
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US brewer cooks up ‘fried chicken’ beer
23 August 2017

A Danish brewer has collaborated with a Virginia-based brewery to create a fried chicken beer, brewed with pieces of real fried chicken.
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Investor sues Napa wine merchant for $1m
23 August 2017

A US bond investor is suing a Napa wine merchant for US$1 million, accusing it of selling him dozens of fake Bordeaux wines.
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Fine wine investment: Margaux beckons
23 August 2017

By general critical consensus 2005 is right up there with all the great vintages, scoring well from Bordeaux to Burgundy, spectacularly so in St-Emilion and Margaux, but that doesn't mean they're all performing well and that means there are buying opportunities.
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South Africa's Most Expensive Wines
23 August 2017

Expensive is a relative term when it comes to South Africa, with plenty of value to be found.
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Napa Wine Merchant Accused of Fraud in Client's Lawsuit (Wine Spectator)
23 August 2017

Bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach has filed suit against Soutirage for $1 million, accusing the retailer of knowingly selling fake wines
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Pesto Zoodles (Wine Spectator)
23 August 2017

A fresh Italian white ties together this vegetable variation on pasta
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Behind the bar: Antonio Lai
23 August 2017

Antonio Lai, a trailblazer in Hong Kong's bar industry, has single-handedly popularised some of the city's most renowned and progressive cocktail bars including Quinary and Ori-gin. Speaking to dbHK he sings the praise of vodka and warns bartenders to treat the job as a career not a lifestyle.
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China’s Grace Vineyard: ‘We made something impossible possible’
23 August 2017

One of China’s leading family-owned wineries, Grace Vineyard, celebrated its 20th anniversary this month, as its CEO Judy Chan says its biggest achievement was, "making something impossible possible”.
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Young winemakers needed: UK college highlights ‘shortage’
23 August 2017

Plumpton College has called for more UK school leavers to consider careers in wine after highlighting a shortage of younger recruits on its courses. Vineyards at Ridgeview, in Sussex. Plumpton calls for school leavers to consider wine careers...
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On this day 1922… ambush at Long’s Pub
23 August 2017

On this day in 1922 the Irish politician Michael Collins was gunned down in an ambush – which he fell into after a fateful visit to a country pub.
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The Proust Q&A: Bruce Jack
22 August 2017

Pioneering South African winemaker Bruce Jack on drinking like Hemingway, planting the first vines on Mars, and feeling like a potentially beautiful but unfinished Haiku.
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‘Significant step change’ takes place in wine prices
22 August 2017

The average price of still wine in UK retailers is moving up at speed as supermarkets focus on expanding ranges over £7.
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Courts may sell Mallya’s shares worth £140m
22 August 2017

India's justice system continues to turn the screws on VJ Mallya, the former head of United Breweries and United Spirits, as reports emerge suggesting the courts may sell his shares in both companies, worth around £140 million.
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Cointreau heiress puts $12.4m Malibu mansion on sale
22 August 2017

Béatrice Cointreau, descendant of the founders of Cointreau and Rémy Martin, has put her five-acre Malibu vineyard estate, used to produce her Admirable wine label, on sale for US$12.5 million.
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Brad Pitt sued over Miraval lighting dispute
22 August 2017

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has been sued by a French lighting designer following a dispute over the re-design of his Provence wine estate Château Miraval.
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Vodka sandwich smuggler foiled at racecourse
22 August 2017

A racegoer's plans for a 'liquid lunch' were reined in by staff at Southwell Racecourse on Sunday after the offending £7.29 bottle of Glen's Vodka was discovered inside a tomato and salami sandwich.
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McGuigan ramps up summer marketing activity
22 August 2017

Australian wine brand McGuigan is ramping up its UK summer activity with the sponsorship of two food festivals, a new consumer competition and a six-figure advertising campaign on the London Underground.
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Meet China’s first Master Sommelier as three contenders make grade
22 August 2017

Three more hopefuls have made it through the notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exams, including the first Chinese expert to earn the famous lapel pin.LU Yang has become China's first master sommelier. See the new MS graduates...
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A Gift to Washington Wine's Future: Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Donates $1 Million to Washington State University (Wine Spectator)
22 August 2017

The pledge will help complete the Viticulture & Enology Program's new home and provide scholarships to budding vintners
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WSTA calls for Brexit clarity as UK wine exports grow
21 August 2017

The WSTA has called for greater clarity on export agreements with key trading partners post-Brexit as the value of UK wine exports grow by 21%.
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Six stunning Proseccos from £16 to over £60
21 August 2017

Prosecco may be viewed as inexpensive and frivolous fizz, but we have discovered six outstanding examples that prove this sparkling wine can be a serious and complex drink – as well as a high-priced product.
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Majestic claims Brexit has boosted Eastern European wine sales
21 August 2017

Majestic has seen sales of Eastern European wine rise 400% since last year, which it claims comes as consumers look for better value in response to Brexit-related price hikes.
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Tom King of Treasury Wine Estates joins WSTA board
21 August 2017

Tom King, managing director of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has joined the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).
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Cocktail concepts in the capital
21 August 2017

At the forefront of innovation, London is now the most exciting city for cocktails in the world, with mixologists drawing on art, science and technology to entice their savvy customers. Lucy Shaw raises a glass.
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Hemingway-inspired bar The Old Man opens door in HK
21 August 2017

A Hemingway-inspired speakeasy bar has opened its doors in Hong Kong, the latest collaboration between three of Hong Kong’s cocktail and bar veterans, Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale.
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Uncorked: Romain Loriot
21 August 2017

Romain Loriot, head sommelier at the newly opened Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong, reveals to dbHK his unequivocal love for Champagne and how a bottle of Jean Foillard’s Morgon sparked his love for wine.
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China’s first Master Sommelier named
21 August 2017

Lu Yang, corporate wine director for Shangri-la Hotel group, has become the first Chinese sommelier to be awarded the Master Sommelier title.
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Fake Budweiser and Corona destroyed
21 August 2017

Nearly 1,000 cases of counterfeit Budweiser and Corona beer manufactured in China have been destroyed by local authorities in Cambodia.
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Almaviva: ‘Our track record has changed the game’
21 August 2017

Having 20 years of back vintages under its belt has “changed the game” for Chilean fine wine Almaviva according to its chief winemaker Michel Friou.
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Jefford: The guerrilla guide to wine places
21 August 2017

Andrew Jefford’s four-part special August wine series ... for absolute beginners.  Andrew Jefford disseminates nonconformist literature in this four-part series. Why location matters?...
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Is wine gluten free? – ask Decanter
21 August 2017

Whatever your position on the current vilification of gluten, its presence in food and drink is a serious issue for millions of coeliac disease sufferers. We ask experts whether there is any link between gluten and wine. Most wine should qualify as gluten free. Mostly good news for coeliac sufferers who like wine...
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Brandy Boom Sparks Gallo Buyout
21 August 2017

An unreported surge in brandy sales prompted the wine giant to move for boutique spirit producer Germain-Robin.
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Wine Legend: Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia 1985
20 August 2017

What makes it a wine legend? What makes it a wine legend?
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Does rosé wine age well? – ask Decanter
19 August 2017

Or should you just stick to the most recent vintage...? The politics of rosé colour. Or should it only be drunk young?
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Bag in box wine: What to buy and why
19 August 2017

Once a university staple and a symbol of cheap wine on holiday, boxed wines have come a long way. Decanter's tasting team has rated 22 box and pouch wines available in the UK to help you decide what to buy... Read our guide and 22 tasting notes...
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How long does bag in box wine last? – ask Decanter
19 August 2017

Decanter's tasting team explain how long to keep your bag in box wine open....How long to bag in box wines last? How long can you keep them...?
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Lawmakers Want to be Wooed by Wine Industry
19 August 2017

Showing SoCal legislators a good time might make the state government look more favorably on wine country's needs.
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Champagne or Prosecco wine quiz – Test your knowledge
19 August 2017

Are you a bubbly connoisseur or do you fall flat on your sparkling wine facts? Test your knowledge on Champagne and Prosecco with this Decanter.com quiz.What's the difference between Champagne and Prosecco? Are you a bubbly connoisseur or do you fall flat on your sparkling wine facts? Test your knowledge on Champagne and Prosecco with the decanter.com quiz.
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Strong growth for UK alcohol exports
18 August 2017

Exports of UK alcohol saw strong growth in the first half of 2017, with whisky and beer still topping the list of the nation's biggest exports, according to the latest HMRC stats.
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Champagne promo prices rise by 4%
18 August 2017

The price of beer, wine and spirits on promotion increased by 1.1% in the UK this year, however the price of Champagne on promotion increased the fastest, with the fizz now 4% more expensive than it was last year.
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Producer profile: Château Pavie
18 August 2017

Pavie was promoted to the top echelon of St-Émilion in 2012, becoming a Premier Grand Cru Classé A...Credit: vignoblesperse.com Pavie has courted controversy on its way to the top...
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Study on rising alcoholism called out
18 August 2017

A study asserting that the rate of alcoholism in the US increased by 49% between 2001 to 2013 has been criticised for using allegedly compromised data to reach its conclusions, with a fellow federal study finding that alcoholism was in decline.
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Gallo launches Apothic Dark in UK
18 August 2017

E&J Gallo is launching its Californian wine blend, Apothic Dark, in the UK market.
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Jennifer Lawrence invites fans on wine tasting tour
18 August 2017

Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence has launched a charity competition offering one winner the chance to be flown to California and take part in a vineyard visit and wine tasting with the star.
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The week in pictures
18 August 2017

This week supporters of drinks charity The Benevolent donned their lycra for a 100km bike ride in memory of former chairman Dan Townsend, and a caravan of camels helped out with the harvest in Lanzarote.
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Drinking outside the box: Spanish wine at retail
18 August 2017

While volume sales of Spanish wine are down in the UK retail sphere, merchants are fighting back by diversifying their Iberian offerings, finds Arabella Mileham
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Insider’s guide to Perth and Fremantle
18 August 2017

Simone Furlong shares her insider's guide to the vibrant food and wine scene in Perth and Fremantle....Fremantle harbour Perth restaurants and wine bars Fremantle is just a short trip from Perth; around 45 minutes by both car and
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Malbec Makes a Move to the Northwest
18 August 2017

Washington and Oregon are proving fertile ground for Argentina's star grape.
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Health Watch: A Drink Might Boost Cognition and Creativity, and Potentially Fight Off the Flu (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017


Two new studies link moderate drinking to positive effects on different brain functions
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Unfiltered: Thirst Games: Jennifer Lawrence Guesses Wine vs. Movie Reviews, Seeks Drinking Buddy (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017

Also in Unfiltered, Jordan winery does "Despacito," Questlove and Jeff Bridges whip up art spatulas, and Dave Phinney ends his Zin exile
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Top 10 bars and restaurants in Guangzhou and Chengdu
18 August 2017

Chengdu and Guangzhou offer wildly different eating and drinking experiences, but both should be on a must-visit list for any visitor to China. We highlight five of the best restaurants and bars in the cities.
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Producer profile: Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
18 August 2017

This Pauillac second growth has plenty of admirers, but it also has equally illustrious neighbours... This Pauillac second growth has plenty of admirers, but it also has equally illustrious neighbours...
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‘Craft’ and ‘alcohol free’ beers boost Carlsberg
18 August 2017

Carlsberg has released its financial results for the first half of 2017 in what it called a “strong performance”, boosted in part by its craft and alcohol-free brands.
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Unfiltered: Xavier Rousset MS
18 August 2017

Xavier Rousset MS, the founding force behind the 28°-50º restaurant group and wine-centric restaurants Cabotte and Blandford Comptoir, reveals a love of old Madeira and what happened when James Brown paid him a visit.
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Producer profile: Château Margaux
18 August 2017

In 1855, at the Paris Exhibition that named the first growths, it was Margaux that came top of the tasting, with 20/20. Lafite and Latour both scored 19/20... In 1855, at the Paris Exhibition that named the first growths, it was Margaux that came top of the tasting, with 20/20. Lafite and Latour both scored 19/20...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Posana (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017

The Southern spot serves local cuisine with a global wine list
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Mountain Retreats Taking Wine to New Heights (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017

Enjoy fresh air and great wines at these resort restaurants, lodges and inns
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Turning Tables: Unveiling the Pool 2.0 in New York (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017

The wine list impresses at Major Food Group's new venture. Plus, Daniel Boulud's DBGB has closed, and a second Wine Dive comes to Kansas
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Man of action: Adrian Bridge on his passion for Port
18 August 2017

The Fladgate Partnership’s CEO, Adrian Bridge, has been a soldier, a bobsledder and a mountaineer, but it is his fight to shake up the Port sector and bring it into the modern world that is his biggest battle to date, writes Lauren Eads.
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New Zealand Winery Directors Accused of Fraud (Wine Spectator)
18 August 2017

Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of wine with bogus vintages, appellations and grape varieties were allegedly exported across the globe
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Cognac reports third consecutive year of growth
18 August 2017

Exports of Cognac continued to rise for the third year running, reaching record levels for both volume and value, the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac has reported.
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Tech it to the next level
18 August 2017

Technology is becoming an increasingly vital part of the wine business. A new price-comparison tool from Liv-ex hopes to make things smoother for merchants. Rupert Millar investigates.
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Diageo completes $1bn purchase of Clooney’s Tequila
17 August 2017

Drinks giant Diageo has completed its US$1 billion acquisition of Tequila brand Casamigos, which was founded just four years ago by Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Rande Gerber.
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Majestic boss tops list of highest paid retail execs
17 August 2017

Majestic boss Rowan Gormley has topped the list of highest paid retail UK bosses due to the company's acquisition of Naked Wines, a new survey by trade publication Retail Week has claimed.
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Molson Coors aims for zero landfill waste
17 August 2017

North American brewing giant Molson Coors has released a new sustainability strategy, which includes aiming for zero landfill waste at its major facilities.
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Greek white wines to drink this summer
17 August 2017

Panos Kakaviatos and Joanna Simon recommend great white wines from Greece, ideal for drinking this summer at home or abroad. Perfect partners for good food and sunshine...
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Ornellaia starts harvest
17 August 2017

Super Tuscan Ornellaia has announced it has begun harvesting its white grapes this week in what has been an early start for producers across Italy.
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Trump overestimates the size of his winery
17 August 2017

US president Donald Trump didn't miss an opportunity to plug his Virginia winery, bragging that it was "one of the largest" in the country moments after a press conference held to denounce white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
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TWE: ‘robust’ year as profits rise 55%
17 August 2017

Treasury Wine Estates saw annual profits rise by 55%, as it reported that the integration of the newly-acquired Diageo wine business and its overall EBIT margin was three years ahead of schedule.
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Fine wine investment: is EP a ‘mug’s game’?
17 August 2017

One of the great principles for investment of any kind, and fine wine investment is no exception, is to constantly question what you think you know. Many investors get blinded by beliefs which are actually erroneous; for instance is en primeur really a 'mug's game' now?
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Rueda wines with food: Pairing ideas
17 August 2017

In partnership with DO RuedaIdeal pairing ideas....Young Rueda wines can stand up to some difficult flavours. Ideal pairing ideas...
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Anson: Are these rare grapes the future of Roussillon?
17 August 2017

Jane Anson uncovers some long-lost gems in this tiny corner of southern France, near the Spanish border.Vineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon. Jane Anson explores beyond the usual suspects...
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Lympstone Manor restaurant, Exmouth – review
17 August 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Lympstone Manor Originally published in Decanter magazine in partnership with Hine CognacLympstone Manor, Exmouth Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Lympstone Manor
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Jensen Sells Calera to Duckhorn
17 August 2017

The Calera owner used to wonder who would take over his winery. He doesn't have to wonder anymore.
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Duckhorn buys California Pinot maker Calera
17 August 2017

Duckhorn has acquired fellow California estate Calera, one of the most acclaimed producers of Pinot Noir in the region. Calera's Jensen vineyard in Mt Harlan AVA. Major deal for Duckhorn in California...
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My ‘wine-changing’ moment – from the sommeliers
17 August 2017

We asked sommeliers which was the bottle that got them seriously into wine... What made them love wine...?
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Private Cellars: Cabernet to the Core (Wine Spectator)
17 August 2017

Memphis entrepreneur Craig Weiss built his home around his wine collection
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Cru Beaujolais 2015: panel tasting results
16 August 2017

The Beaujolais revival continues apace, and leading the charge are the 10 Beaujolais cru appellations. Find out what our judges thought of this strongly anticipated vintage... Find out what our judges thought...
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Calon Ségur vintages see price spike
16 August 2017

Four vintages of Calon Ségur hit all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange earlier this week, highlighting the label’s on-going appeal.
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Top 10 biggest beer brands
16 August 2017

We round up the biggest and best-performing global beer brands in 2016 by volume sales, according to data supplied by Euromonitor International.
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Lidl unveils smaller ‘quirky’ French Collection
16 August 2017

UK discounter Lidl has unveiled its latest autumn French wine cellar collection which concentrates on white wines, wines from regions neighbouring the classics, and a few "quirkier" choices.
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Trump name-drops Virginia winery but exaggerates size
16 August 2017

President Donald Trump name-dropped the Virginia winery that he acquired in 2011 during a press conference on white supremacist violence in the state - but his comments don't appear to be entirely accurate.President Donald Trump no longer owns Trump winery, according to estate's website. It's debatable...
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Lidl wine sales return to 37% growth
16 August 2017

UK discounter Lidl has seen its wine sales return to growth of around 37%, the retailer has confirmed, following a slight slow-down in momentum.
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Strange tales: wine drinking elephants, part one
16 August 2017

Elephants have a known taste for alcohol but what would it take to get one ‘drunk’ in the wild, and is the old folktale about their liking for fermenting marula fruit true?
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Jackson Family considers English sparkling project
16 August 2017

The head of the Californian-headquartered wine giant Jackson Family Wines has expressed a serious interest in England for the group's next vineyard investment.
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Majestic credits ‘hipsters’ with Sherry revival in UK
16 August 2017

UK retailer Majestic has attributed a surge in sales of Sherry to the rising popularity of the fortified wine among "hipsters" and younger drinkers, a demographic that it credits with kick-starting a Sherry revival in Britain. 
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Nielsen: US wine sales stronger than beer
16 August 2017

Sales of wine and spirits across the US on- and off-trade grew at a faster rate than beer sales, the latest data from Nielsen has shown.
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Speciality Brands takes on Hine Cognac in the UK
16 August 2017

Hine Cognac has appointed Speciality Brands as its new distributor in the UK, taking over from Pol Roger Ltd – the Champagne brand's UK subsidiary. 
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Duckhorn Wine Co. acquires California’s Calera
16 August 2017

US-based Duckhorn Wine Company has acquired the Calera Wine Company on California's Central Coast, one of the region's pioneering Pinot Noir producers.
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Duckhorn Buys Central Coast Pinot Noir Pioneer Calera (Wine Spectator)
16 August 2017

Founder Josh Jensen steps back from the Mount Harlan winery he established in the 1970s
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Producer profile: Far Niente
16 August 2017

Historic Napa winery Far Niente was started by a gold rush forty-niner and abandoned after Prohibition, only to rise from the ashes in the 1980s to reach international renown...Image Credit: Far Niente Historic Napa winery Far Niente was started by a gold rush forty-niner and abandoned after Prohibition, only to rise from the ashes in the 1980s to reach international renown...
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Producer profile: Terrazas de los Andes
16 August 2017

Part of the LVMH wine group, Terrazas de los Andes pushes winemaking to dizzying heights in the Argentinean Andes…Image Credit: LVMH Part of the LVMH wine group, Terrazas de los Andes pushes winemaking to dizzying heights in the Argentinean Andes…
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Great Provence rosé wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards
16 August 2017

Provence rosé has exploded onto the wine scene in recent years. We have picked out five medal winners from the 180 wines entered into the category at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards... Five top-scoring Provence rosés that offer real bang for your buck...
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3 Wine Words We Can’t Live Without (Wine Spectator)
16 August 2017

Accept no substitutes. These 3 wine words are essential
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Travel inspiration: 8 of the best Italy wine holidays
16 August 2017

From tuition and tastings in Puglia to epicurean treats in Montalcino - here are some of the best Italian wine holidays to give you inspiration for your next trip. These expert tour operators will take you to Italy's finest wine destinations (Alamy) From tours to luxury hotels, find an adventure...
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What is chaptalisation? – ask Decanter
16 August 2017

We explain what it means when wineries talk about chaptalising their wines.Why do winemakers chaptalise wine? What does it mean...?
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Dennis Martin, Longtime Fetzer Winemaker, Dies at 69 (Wine Spectator)
16 August 2017

A laidback California native with a formidable palate, Martin mentored numerous winemakers and other industry members
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Aldi US pilots one-hour online delivery service
16 August 2017

Aldi US has announced plans to launch its online grocery service after teaming up with delivery service Instacart.
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db Eats: Mei Ume
15 August 2017

db's food fiend, Lucy Shaw, heads to Mei Ume at The Four Seasons for dim sum sealed with gold leaf, almond-laced plum saké and sensational sweet and sour pork.
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How your brain makes higher priced wine taste better – study
15 August 2017

New research has shed light on how the brain is wired to rate a higher priced wine as better than one with a cheaper price tag, even if the samples come from the same bottle. How price influences your brain...
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Retailer promos fall to lowest level in 10 years
15 August 2017

Supermarket promotions on wine and groceries have fallen to their lowest level in more than 10 years, slashing £3.7 billion of discounts, a new study from the IRI has found.
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Government reveals temporary customs plans post-Brexit
15 August 2017

Businesses supplying wine to the UK may see temporary customs arrangement put in place after Brexit to ensure that trade continues smoothly, the government has confirmed.
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New Belgium Brewing group buys Magnolia Brewing
15 August 2017

A group led by New Belgium Brewing, which also includes Elysian Brewing founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian producer Oud Beersel, has agreed to purchase San Francisco’s ailing Magnolia Brewing Company for US$2.7m.
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Ryanair makes calls to curb airport drinking
15 August 2017

Budget airline Ryanair has called for a two drink limit at airports after it was revealed the that number of people arrested for being drunk at UK airports and on board flights had risen by 50% in the last year.
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‘Visionary’ young Champagne maker dies
15 August 2017

Charles Doyard, who has been hailed as a “visionary” young winemaker in Champagne, has died very suddenly.
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Rioja finally allows naming of village on labels
15 August 2017

The Rioja consejo has approved proposals to allow winemakers to include the names of smaller geographical regions and specific villages on their wine labels for the first time.
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Soto: Chile has copied NZ for too long
15 August 2017

Chilean winemakers have been copying New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for too long and need to find their own style according to Rodrigo Soto of Veramonte.
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Majestic appoints former Sainsbury’s buyer
15 August 2017

Julie Buckley, a Spanish wine expert and former buyer for Sainsbury’s and Oddbins, has joined UK wine retailer Majestic as senior buyer.
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Wine could help solve writer’s block, says study
15 August 2017

A glass of wine or a pint of beer can help your creative juices flowing, suggests research from Austria.Making notes was no problem after a few sips... A glass of wine might kick-start creative thinking...
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The World's Most Expensive Cognacs
15 August 2017

Even the price of Burgundy doesn't compare to the level of outlay involved for the world's best brandies.
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How good is the Game of Thrones wine?
15 August 2017

To celebrate the seventh season of Game of Thrones, we've tasted the show's official red wine released by the HBO network. See our rating below...Tyrion Lannister, a wine-loving Game of Thrones character. We tasted the red blend...
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How do winemakers combat heatwaves? – ask Decanter
15 August 2017

What does an unexpected heatwave mean for vineyards – and how do winemakers tackle it…?How to winemakers combat excessive heat? Here's how wineries cope with extreme heat...
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Region to believe: Portalegre
15 August 2017

Having been overlooked in the past, and its quality grapes used for blending, the arrival of the Symingtons has alerted the wine world to the potential of the Alentejo’s Portalegre sub-region. Sarah Ahmed investigates
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9 rosés to try before you die
14 August 2017

Few drinks deliver as much immediate refreshment as great rosé, and we’ve rounded up nine labels that all pink wine lovers must try before they die.
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HK’s Serge et le Phoque to open in London
14 August 2017

One of Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Serge et le Phoque, is opening a London venue this month.
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Island brewery ships beer by ‘armed’ sailboat
14 August 2017

In an effort to provide local beer and reduce emissions, a brewery based on the Isles of Scilly sent its beer to a Cornish micro-pub by way of a replica 18th century privateer sailboat.
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The Benevolent bike ride raises £13k
14 August 2017

UK drinks industry charity, The Benevolent, has raised over £13,000 from its bike ride in memory of its former chairman and Treasury Wine Estate managing director, Dan Townsend.
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Wild goldfish ‘under the influence’ during winter freeze
14 August 2017

Scientists have discovered the process by which goldfish are able to survive freezing conditions, which involves turning lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol – and to levels that exceed many drink-driving limits.
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Rise in arrests of drunk air passengers
14 August 2017

The number of people arrested for being drunk at UK airports and on flights has risen by 50% in the last year, leading to calls for tougher measures on selling alcohol in duty free.
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The best Aldi wines to buy – Updated
14 August 2017

A selection of our favourite great value wines from Aldi, now updated with two Australian reds available until the end of August 2017... Some more great value deals at Aldi...
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Top 10 new products: August
14 August 2017

This month saw the release of a low-sugar Prosecco, a limited edition Graham's Port made from a blend of grapes sourced from old vine riverside vineyards, and a copper-coloured bottle of gin from Italy's Bottega.
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Jefford: The Guerrilla Guide to Wine – Part Two
14 August 2017

Read the second chapter of Andrew Jefford’s four-part August wine series ... for absolute beginners. This week, it's the guerrilla guide to making wine.Andrew Jefford disseminates nonconformist literature in this four-part series. A nonconformist guide to making wine...
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Wine Legend: Comte de Vogüé, Musigny 1990
13 August 2017

Why it made the Decanter hall of fame... Why it made the Decanter hall of fame...
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Wine and charcuterie pairing
12 August 2017

With salt, fat and spice, there are plenty of flavours to consider when finding a wine to go with your charcuterie board. We get the experts’ advice… What wines go best with charcuterie? Follow this advice...
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The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Château Lafleur
12 August 2017

Old vines and unique soil make the Pomerol property a very special one, Margaret Rand discovers.
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Sommelier Talk: From the Flatiron District to the Forests of Sweden (Wine Spectator)
12 August 2017

An alum of Manhattan's Veritas, Rubén Sanz Ramiro relocated to unlikely wine destination PM & Vänner—and earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2017
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Barbecue sardines with garlic and lemon – and wines to match
12 August 2017

Fresh sardines sizzling on the barbecue are a beautiful sight in summer. We've teamed up with Alex Head, founder and chef at Social Pantry, to bring you this delicious recipe, with wine pairing suggestions from the Decanter team. Try Barbecue sardines with Picpoul de Pinet. How to barbecue sardines and wines to match...
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Rioja vs Ribera wine quiz – Test your knowledge
12 August 2017

How well do you know these two Spanish fine wine powerhouses? Test your knowledge on Rioja and Ribera del Duero with the decanter.com quiz.The annual 'wine battle' in Haro, Rioja. Can you spot the differences?...
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Alcohol abuse at ‘alarming’ levels in the US
11 August 2017

The number of Americans abusing alcohol has risen to dangerous levels according to a new study, with alcoholism among women rising by 84%.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
11 August 2017

Hong Kong's drinks trade had a lot to offer in the past two weeks; from a Penfolds re-corking clinic to a Georgian wine tour by Debra Meiburg MW as well as a workshop by Port producer Symington Family Estates.
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La Maison Cointreau Cocktail Competition debuts in HK
11 August 2017

The La Maison Cointreau Cocktail Competition, organised by the French spirits group Rémy Cointreau, is making its debut in Hong Kong, offering the city’s top bartenders to battle it out for a chance to compete in the regional finals.
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Constellation Brands buys Funky Buddha brewery
11 August 2017

Constellation Brands has acquired Florida's Funky Buddha, the state's fastest growing craft brewery, for an undisclosed sum.
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ThaiBev buys up KFC in Thailand
11 August 2017

Thailand’s drinks giant, ThaiBev, producer of the country’s popular Chang Beer, has agreed to purchase more than 240 existing KFC restaurants across the country for 11.3 billion baht (US$340 million), expanding into fast food business.
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Fine wine investment: Parker’s impact
11 August 2017

There is a debate ongoing about the impact of Robert Parker’s retirement on fine wine prices and it is time, perhaps, to do a little bit of analysis on the impact of The Wine Advocate opinion on wine price movement.
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Prefer Pinot to Cabernet? Maybe it’s in your wine DNA…
11 August 2017

A new app called Vinome claims to use DNA testing to help you understand your wine preferences. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo / sataporn jiwjalaen Are your wine preferences in your DNA?...
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The week in pictures
11 August 2017

Rock stars, Raymond Blanc, the Edinburgh Fringe, South African sunsets, adorable alpacas and Easter Island helped make this week in drinks one to remember.
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Club owner sues Bonhams over ‘stolen wine’
11 August 2017

London club owner Richard Traviss is seeking to sue auction house Bonhams claiming a consignment of wine it sold was stolen from him.
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The big interview: Dan Jago
11 August 2017

Having joined Berry Bros & Rudd after successfully heading Tesco’s wine business, Dan Jago has had to make sweeping changes to bring the company back into the black. But now, he tells Patrick Schmitt MW, the merchant has a bright future.
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Pernod Ricard hit by cyber attack
11 August 2017

French drinks company Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its London office was hit by a cyber attack this week, but a spokeswoman said that the event had "no impact on business operations".
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UK: Police uncover million-pound wine investment scam
11 August 2017

London police have arrested three people suspected of conning potential fine wine investors out of at least £1 million. Many of the victims were elderly, said police...
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Boomer Wines Pour into the Market
11 August 2017

Rich returns and the specter of the Grim Reaper are prompting some older collectors to sell their cellars.
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Unfiltered: Real Americans Drink Pink: Rosé Revs Up the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Wine Spectator)
11 August 2017

Also in Unfiltered, behind the scenes of the 'Bachelorette' Rioja finale, and Dutch Old Masters take flight on KLM art labels
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Dalmatia, Croatia: Restaurants, hotels and shops
11 August 2017

The best places to stay, eat and drink along coastal Croatia....St Luke Residence, Split Where to eat, drink and stay...
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Split to Dubrovnik: Croatia wine tour
11 August 2017

Simon Woolf discovers a wealth of exciting local grapes and wine styles in this Adriatic region...The historic waterfront at Split. Get island hopping...
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Tanners Wine promote platinum award-winning wine
11 August 2017

Family-owned, independent wine merchant, Tanners Wine is promoting the winner of the Platinum: Best White Mâconnais & Chalonnais award from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. Winner of the 2016 Outstanding Retailer of the Year award,  Tanners Wines, sells over two million bottles of wine every year from over 20 countries. …Continue reading » The...
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Wine and dementia: Studies clash on health benefits
11 August 2017

Fresh research from California suggests that moderate wine drinking could help prevent dementia, but a University of Oxford-led study says evidence is weak and highlights increased risk of Alzheimer's. Reporting by Andrzej Binkiewicz and Chris Mercer.A brain MRI scan, similar to the technique used in the Oxford/BMJ study. Confused? That's because no one can agree...
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Champagne yields set same for 2017 while sales rise
10 August 2017

The Comité Champagne has set the marketable yields for this year at the same level as 2016, although it records increasing Champagne shipments worldwide.
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Labbé: Chile needs to impress top sommeliers
10 August 2017

Chilean winemakers should be making quirky expressions that catch the eye of the world’s top sommeliers according to Sebastian Labbé of Santa Rita.
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Clos Lanson on pour at Caviar House & Prunier
10 August 2017

Champagne Lanson has exclusively revealed to the drinks business that Clos Lanson 2006, its first single-vineyard Champagne, is to be listed at all Caviar House & Prunier venues across the UK. 
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Three Thai women charged for promoting alcohol on Facebook
10 August 2017

Three Thai women have been officially charged with violating Thailand’s 'Alcoholic Beverage Control Act 2008' for promoting beer sales on Facebook, which could lead to up to 200,000 baht (US$6,016) fine.
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Top 10 global wine brands 2017
10 August 2017

America continues to rule the roost in our round up of the world's best-selling wine brands, but China and Chile are catching up.
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Speyside Distillery launches ‘Wildlife Collection’ whiskies
10 August 2017

The Scottish Speyside Distillery has released a limited edition, single malt whisky collection, featuring a range of wild life images, in support of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts (PSTA).
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10 stories that you couldn’t resist
10 August 2017

We round up the articles that proved popular with our readers this week including two alleged cases of wine fraud and 10 of the best rosés for under £15.
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NZ Winegrowers welcomes Asian sommeliers to 2018 ‘Sommit’
10 August 2017

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship, and is welcoming applications from sommeliers across Asia-Pacific.
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US brewery creates ‘Delayed’ beer for commuters
10 August 2017

A New York brewery has created a beer aimed at stressed commuters enduring a ‘summer of hell’ on the Long Island Rail Road.
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Three men arrested over ‘boiler room’ fine wine scam
10 August 2017

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of running a "boiler room" wine scam from London whereby victims were sold fake fine wine investment opportunities with the promise of a 40% return on their investment.
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Anson: South Australia’s wine pioneer
10 August 2017

In a relatively new region...Ruckus Estate In a relatively new region...
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Fake $10K Scotch Hard to Swallow
10 August 2017

A hotel guest was left with a nasty taste after spending up on a counterfeit single malt.
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New York Restaurant Le Coucou Hires a Grand Award–Winning Sommelier (Wine Spectator)
10 August 2017

Charles Puglia, formerly at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, is now beverage director at the French-focused Manhattan venue
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Prosecco doughnuts: The latest wine flavoured trend?
10 August 2017

New Yorkers can celebrate National Prosecco Day enjoying Prosecco infused doughnuts.The Prosecco Doughnuts will be available for World Prosecco Day. With Italian winemaker Ruffino...
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Taste and buy award-winning wines at Museum Wines this August
10 August 2017

Want to taste wines from this year's Decanter World Wine Awards? Receive great deals and discounts when you visit Museum Wines this August. Based in a converted barn in Dorset’s Tarrant Valley, importer, wholesaler and retailer Museum Wines boasts a collection of over 300
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Lorne restaurant, London – review
10 August 2017

Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Lorne...Lorne restaurant, London Fiona Beckett gives her verdict on Lorne...
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How Can Drinking Wine Help Reduce Diabetes Risk? (Wine Spectator)
10 August 2017

A new study suggests that frequent, moderate alcohol consumption might lower chance of developing Type 2 diabetes
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Sotheby’s to auction Fux Restaurant’s wine cellar in HK
10 August 2017

Sotheby’s Hong Kong has announced it will auction wines from the cellar of Austria's Fux Restaurant, consisting of more than 3,000 bottles, on 30 September. 
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New scheme to recognise pubs selling quality beer
10 August 2017

Cask Marque, the organisation formed to drive up the quality of pub beer, is launching a new accreditation scheme to recognise pubs that sell good quality beer.
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Diageo CEO’s pay drops to $4.31m
09 August 2017

Good news and bad news for Diageo's chief executive Ivan Menezes is revealed in the company's annual report published today.
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DFS unveils ‘modern’ Hennessy XXO in Singapore
09 August 2017

DFS Group has partnered with Hennessy and Singapore's Changi Airport Group to deliver a modern version of one of the iconic Cognac brand's most lauded blends – Hennessy X.X.O – at Changi Airport's DFS shop. 
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Funniest moments on the job – from the sommeliers
09 August 2017

No day is the same when you're a sommelier. We find out some of the funniest moments on the job from sommeliers...28-50 wine bar in London. No day is the same in a restaurant...
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Rise in searches for Figeac
09 August 2017

Right Bank estate Figeac has seen a significant jump in searches for its wines on Liv-ex so far this year.
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Heineken to boost premium cider sales in UK
09 August 2017

At a promotional event last week, it was revealed that Heineken's premium cider brand Cidrerie Stassen, already stocked in UK retailer Sainsbury's, is set to hit the shelves of Marks & Spencer in September.
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Faulconer: ‘We’re not chasing scores anymore’
09 August 2017

Chilean winemakers have grown in confidence and are no longer making their wines to a recipe or chasing scores according to Emily Faulconer of Carmen.
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The Proust Q&A: Gabriel Edwards
09 August 2017

Founder of Clos de Luz winery in Chile’s Almahue Valley, Gabriel Edwards talks about his ideal dinner party guests and his hero of fiction in our Proust Q&A.
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Scotch poised for comeback, IWSR claims
09 August 2017

Scotch is poised to make a comeback despite flat sales over the last five years, the IWSR has claimed.
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Piper-Heidsieck to switch to brown glass for all its Champagnes
09 August 2017

Piper-Heidsieck is moving to brown glass bottles for all its Champagnes, starting with its Brut Non-Vintage.
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The World's Most Expensive Syrahs
09 August 2017

The list of most expensive Syrahs is a model of consistency – much like the grape itself.
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Napa wine harvest gets underway in ‘frisky’ year
09 August 2017

Sparkling wine producers in California's Napa Valley have started the 2017 wine harvest, giving thanks for a relatively untroubled growing season compared to many wineries in Europe. Freshly picked Pinot Noir grapes at Mumm Napa Valley. Sparkling wine estates start picking in 'classic' vintage...
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Producer profile: Yalumba
09 August 2017

Founded in 1849, Yalumba has since blossomed into one of Australia's premier wineries...Yalumba's on-site cooperage. Founded in 1849, Yalumba has since blossomed into one of Australia's premier wineries...
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Value Australian Shiraz – panel tasting results
09 August 2017

Are Aussie producers doing enough in the sub-£20 category? Read the debate from the June 2017 issue of Decanter magazine... Are Aussie producers doing enough in the sub-£20 category? The Australian value Shiraz panel tasting promises to reveal all...
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New drinks podcast helps you ‘drink better, not more’
08 August 2017

The Thinking Drinkers, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, together with BBC Saturday Kitchen's Sam Caporn MW, have released a new drinks podcast entitled ‘It’s The Drink Talking,’ with the aim of helping listeners to 'drink better, not more'.
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Hereu: ‘I was told Carignan would never sell’
08 August 2017

Arnaud Hereu, chief winemaker of Chilean estate Odfjell, was told he would never be able to sell Chilean Carignan when he launched his first vintage in 2001.
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10 brilliant rosés that won’t break the bank
08 August 2017

We bring you ten of the best-performing pink wines under £15 from The Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2017 – including examples from France and Spain, and one from Turkey too.
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Is Chinese tourist’s expensive dram ‘a fake’?
08 August 2017

The story of a Chinese tourist paying over £7,000 for a dram of ‘1878 Macallan’ has taken an alarming twist after it was pointed out the bottle was likely one of a run of famous fakes uncovered in the early 2000s.
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Wines of South Africa to hold charity dinner in HK
08 August 2017

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) will be teaming up with importers of South African wine, beef and tea to host a South African wine dinner and charity auction at the Bungalow restaurant in Central on 5 September 2017, celebrating everything South African.
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How do the ‘modern’ and ‘Orwellian’ pub ideals compare?
08 August 2017

The ideal UK pub should serve food, have a beer garden and real ale and allow dogs according to a recent survey but how does it stack up with George Orwell’s definition of “what a pub should be”?
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Chris Porter to take over from David Cox as CEO of The Benevolent
08 August 2017

Chris Porter, director of JF Hillebrand's fine wine division, is to become the new CEO of drinks trade charity The Benevolent, taking over from the eminent David Cox who has announced his retirement.
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Cousiño Macul to release top-end Merlot
08 August 2017

Family-owned Chilean wine estate Cousiño Macul is to release a high-end Merlot from the 2016 vintage using fruit from its icon wine Lota in a bid to raise the grape’s reputation.
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Cramele Recas invests £5m to boost capacity
08 August 2017

Romanian producer Cramele Recas is investing £5 million to expand its winery after seeing sales grow 35% in the last year.
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US state issues warning over copper cocktail mugs
08 August 2017

A US state department has issued a formal warning over the use of unlined copper cocktail mugs, claiming that they could poison imbibers. 
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When should I open my NV Champagne? – ask Decanter
08 August 2017

Saving a bottle of NV Champagne for a special occasion, but not sure how long you can keep it? Read the opinion of Decanter tastings director Christelle Guibert...When should you open your NV Champagne? Don't hold on for too long...
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Fraud charge for New Zealand wine company
08 August 2017

New Zealand government officials have accused Southern Boundary Wines, alongside two former directors and a winemaker, of mislabelling Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines destined for exports in a potentially landmark case. Awatere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. NB: Not related to this case. NZ ministry brings charges against wine firm...
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Watson’s Wine features top wines tasted by our panel tasting experts
08 August 2017

Visit Watson's Wine this August and enjoy 30% off 22 top wines that have been tasted by Decanter's wine experts. Decanter has partnered with Watson’s Wine, the leading Hong Kong wine retailer, to organise a special wine promotion featuring 22 wines
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8 & $20 Recipe: Grape Leaf and Greek Yogurt 'Pies' (Wine Spectator)
08 August 2017

Bring a taste of the Mediterranean into the kitchen with this simple meal and a rustic red or minerally Assyrtiko
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Pinot Noir's Next Big Thing
08 August 2017

The great grapes of Burgundy have found a rather surprising new home, James Lawrence argues.
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Seven luxury wine hotels in South America
08 August 2017

We've collected seven of the most sumptuous hotels recommended by our experts to get your South America trip off to a flyer... Explore South America's wine regions in style...
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Bedales in London promotes DWWA 2017 winners
08 August 2017

Visit Bedales in London, UK, from 11-24 September to enjoy a flight of three Gold medal-winning. Bedales, a London base wine shop will be featuring three award winning wines from this year’s competition next month. Two
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Louis XIII unveils ‘The Origin – 1874’ in HK
07 August 2017

Rémy Martin has unveiled the first release from its Louis XIII Time Collection series in Hong Kong called ‘The Origin - 1874’, with a staggering asking price of HK$62,800 (US$8,028).
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What does the Queen really eat and drink?
07 August 2017

This week it was claimed that the Queen has four drinks (two cocktails and two glasses of wine every day). Here we round up some of the most oft-spouted food and drink habits of Her Majesty.
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Aldi ups lower alcohol range
07 August 2017

Aldi has become the latest retailer to bump up its low alcohol range with the addition of four new 5.5% ABV wines.
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‘Lucifer heatwave’ kick-starts early Franciacorta harvest
07 August 2017

Hot weather and drought mean that some sparkling wine producers in northern Italy have started harvesting grapes 12 days earlier than normal.   Hot weather brings harvest forward by two weeks...
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Innis & Gunn profits up 25%
07 August 2017

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced strong figures from an “outstanding” 2016 and says it is on track to meet its turnover goal in 2018.
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Italy’s harvest down by 30% in some regions
07 August 2017

Some regions in Italy are expected to see grape yields fall by up to 30% this year, following the “bizarre” weather this year, Italy’s national farming association has warned. 
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Moderate drinking reduces risk of falls in elderly
07 August 2017

A moderate intake of alcohol has been shown to reduce the risk of falls in elderly people, according to a paper published in Osteoporosis International last month.
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Santa Margherita acquires Cantina Mesa
07 August 2017

The Santa Margherita Wine Group has acquired a majority share in Cantina Mesa and intends to work closely with its founder, Gavino Sanna, who will remain an 'important stakeholder'.
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NZ winemakers ‘not just from the Hobbiton Shire of Sauvignon Blanc’
07 August 2017

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir will always rule the roost in New Zealand, at least for the foreseeable future, but new opportunities are emerging for its lesser-known aromatic varieties – the country's "next discovery" – believes one winemaker.
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Man stranded in desert survives on beer, crackers and urine
07 August 2017

A man from Phoenix in Arizona broke down in the desert near Crown King, surviving on beer, crackers, a mouldy sandwich, and by drinking his own urine.
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Message in a bottle: How the Champagne bottle is evolving
07 August 2017

The mass production of glass brought about a conformity to Champagne bottles but now some producers are creating bespoke bottles to make their brands stand out. However, writes Lauren Eads, the process is quite an undertaking.
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Jefford: The Guerrilla Guide to Wine – Part One
07 August 2017

Welcome to the first part of Andrew Jefford’s four-part August wine series ... For absolute beginners.Andrew Jefford disseminates nonconformist literature in this four-part series. Make your own mind up...
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Napa Kicks Off Another "Classic" Harvest
07 August 2017

After abundant rain during the season, growers are keeping an eye on the quality of the Cabernet.
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Wine Legend: Conterno, Monfortino Barolo 1978
06 August 2017

'A benchmark for Barolo' - Conterno's Monfortino 1978 is certainly a Decanter wine legend... Find out why this 'benchmark' Barolo Decanter makes the wine hall of fame...
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What’s the difference between ‘brut nature’ and ‘zéro dosage’? – ask Decanter
05 August 2017

Confused? Our expert explains...What's the difference? What's the difference?
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The World's Most Expensive Champagnes
05 August 2017

The usual suspects are all on the list, but the top wine isn't what you think.
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Antinori Buys Chile Winery Haras de Pirque (Wine Spectator)
05 August 2017

Italian brand acquires nearly 250 acres of vineyards in Chile's Maipo Valley
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Vintage wine quiz – Test your knowledge
05 August 2017

Do you have a vintage chart pinned to your bedroom wall, and can you spot the key elements needed for a great vintage wine? Bollinger 1914 vintage Champagne - famously harvested to the echo of shell bursts in World War One - lying in the house's new library. Is your mind a map of great vintages?...
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Hong Kong importer takes on Ca’ di Rajo
05 August 2017

Hong Kong importer Cuvees has gained the exclusive distribution rights for Prosecco brand Ca’ di Rajo for the local market starting this month.
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Chinese tourist lavishes £7k on single shot of Scotch
05 August 2017

A Chinese tourist has spent 9,999 Swiss francs (£7,810) on a single 20ml shot of The Macallan 1878 Special Reserve from a bottle that had remained unopened for 139 years at a Swiss hotel.
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The week in pictures
04 August 2017

This week included new vintage releases from English wine producers Jenkyn Place and Langham Wine Estate and a wine and music event hosted by Newcomer Wines, Wines of Germany and Wine & Vinyl.
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The Verdejo grape
04 August 2017

In partnership with DO RuedaAnd how it tastes....The main grape variety of Rueda DO. And how it tastes....
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Deliveroo’s most popular beers by city
04 August 2017

Delivery service Deliveroo have revealed the most-ordered beers in cities across England and Wales – but do the results really represent the will of the people?
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Everything you need to know about Prosecco
04 August 2017

Prosecco may be simple to say, but it is a surprisingly complex product. We guide you through the key classifications and styles, so you can sip like an expert.
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Quiet July for fine wine
04 August 2017

July was a reasonably quiet month for fine wine with the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 running flat and the broader Fine Wine 1000 rising a scanty 0.9%.
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Summer wine trend: Top 10 Picpoul de Pinets
04 August 2017

Tired of drinking the same dry white wine this summer? Discover the zingy freshness and fantastic value of Picpoul de Pinet wines, from France's Languedoc-Roussillon region. See below for Andrew Jefford's top 10 of the best, all for under £12... Try one of these zingy, fresh wines...
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The song of Australia’s old vines
04 August 2017

Promotional feature‘We few, we happy few, we band of brothers’... The song of Australia’s old vines Promotional feature We are not many, no, we, the elders of Australian wine, are
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New BrewDog bar to straddle US Mexico border
04 August 2017

BrewDog plans to open a craft beer bar on the USA/Mexico border, making a physical statement about its values of "collaboration and inclusivity", alluding to US President Donald Trump's plans to build a 1,000 mile wall between the two countries.
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‘Solid growth’ for Campari as streamlining continues
04 August 2017

Gruppo Campari has reported “solid growth” in its first half 2017 results in a year that has seen major streamlining for the group.
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Start-up sets out to bring Sherry ‘out of grandma’s cupboard’
04 August 2017

A start-up wine company has set out to give the beleaguered Sherry category a "total reinvention", believing its future lies in successfully re-positioning it as a refreshing apéritif rather than "granny's favourite tipple".
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Sapporo acquires Anchor Steam for $85m
04 August 2017

Japanese brewing giant, Sapporo, has announced it has bought one of California’s leading craft brewers, Anchor Brewing Company, for US$85 million.
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Antinori buys Chilean winery Haras de Pirque
04 August 2017

Italian wine giant Marchesi Antinori has bought Haras de Pirque winery for an undisclosed fee. Haras de Pirque estate in Chile. Antinori buys winery of JV partner...
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DNA to Define Your Wine Tastes
04 August 2017

Science wants to work out your wine preferences by DNA profiling.
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Unfiltered: Bird Châteaus, Rosé Jelly and Wineapawlooza (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2017

Also in Unfiltered, an ancient wine press unearthed in the Israeli desert, rosé jelly, sparkling-wine potato chips, and WineaPawlooza raises $1.3 million for animals in need
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UPS to ship wine in three days to more countries
04 August 2017

The US delivery company has said it is expanding its wine, spirits and beer shipping services internationally to quench the thirst of many of the world’s biggest wine importing nations.UPS increases wine deliveries. UPS expands wine deliveries in Europe, Asia...
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Bodegas Valdubón
04 August 2017

Promotional featureFine wines from the Freixenet family in Ribera del Duero...Bodegas Valdubón Fine wines in Ribera del Duero...
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Lambrusco: The revival
04 August 2017

A comeback is on the cards for the much-maligned Lambrusco. High quality examples can now be found which offer excellent value and partner well with a range of food, particularly the local cuisine of Emilia-Romagna... Don't write off Lambrusco just yet...
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Turning Tables: Danny Meyer's New Italian Restaurant Trio Will Serve Wine, Roman Treats (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2017

Plus, Jean-Georges Vongerichten cannot stop opening hotel restaurants, and Stephen Starr closes the Continental's Miami outpost
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Restaurant Spotlight: R2L (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2017

This sleek Philly restaurant offers sweeping city views and creative American cuisine
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Seaside Restaurants with Great Wine Lists on Deck (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2017

Head for the shore to enjoy these impressive wine cellars
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Cape winemakers make debut at Nedbank auction
03 August 2017

A “treasure trove” of rare South African wines will go under the hammer at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild auction this September, including wines from producers who’ve never submitted wines before.
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Great value Rueda wine
03 August 2017

In partnership with DO RuedaPerfect to enjoy in the sunshine, try one of these refreshing Ruedas.... Perfect to enjoy in the sunshine...
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8 of the best wine destinations to visit in October
03 August 2017

Looking for the best October holidays for wine lovers? Immerse yourself in these wine destinations - with great weather, tastings, festivals and more...Tuscany's vineyards are in their prime in October. Great places to drink wine this October...
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Ten of the world’s best Proseccos for under £15
03 August 2017

We bring you ten of the best-performing Proseccos under £15 from The Drinks Business Prosecco Masters 2017 – and one affordable example from the region's prized Cartizze hill.
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Demand for wine and spirit education at record high
03 August 2017

Figures released by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) reveal that the number of candidates sitting its exams has increased by 19% on last year.
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Full set of Grange to be sold in Australia
03 August 2017

A 62 bottle vertical of Penfolds Grange spanning 1951 to 2012 is expected to break records when it is sold in Adelaide this weekend.
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Moderate drinkers ‘less likely’ to develop dementia
03 August 2017

A 29-year study into the effects of alcohol and dementia has found that older adults who consume alcohol on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia compared with non-drinkers.
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NZ winery charged with wine fraud in landmark case
03 August 2017

Southern Boundary Wines Ltd, based in Waipara in New Zealand, and three of its executives are facing a total of 156 charges of alleged wine fraud, having been accused of selling tens of thousands of bottles overseas with false information regarding vintage, variety and origin.
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WSTA: UK government needs to ‘get a grip’
03 August 2017

The WSTA's CEO Miles Beale has told the UK government to "get a grip" on its Brexit strategy and present the wine and spirits trade with a clear plan for the UK's trading future if it wants to prevent "Brexit chaos".
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NFL player faces huge bar bill after beer promise
03 August 2017

A player in the National Football League (NFL) has promised “beer for everyone” if his team wins the Super Bowl – an oath that could cost him millions.
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China’s demand for imported spirits remains high
03 August 2017

Currently one of the world's biggest spirits consumers, China’s appetite for imported spirits remains insatiable with the latest figures from Chinese Customs suggesting significant growth in both volume and value.
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Breaking down Brexit: What does it mean for the wine and spirit industry?
03 August 2017

As Brexit negotiations heat up, Arabella Mileham meets Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, to find out the latest developments in the aftermath of a chaotic general election.
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Anson: Rioja single vineyard ruling – Five key questions answered
03 August 2017

Jane Anson explains the new Rioja single vineyard designation, what it may mean for Spanish wine and when you might see the first wines on shop shelves. Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Torre de Oña, a 4.25-hectare Tempranillo vineyard owned by Rioja Alta in the Rioja Alavesa area. Jane Anson talks through the changes...
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Coravin Gives Screwcaps the Needle
03 August 2017

Coravin has a screwcap version now. W. Blake Gray test-drove it last week and this is the review.
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California rosé wine renaissance – and the ones to try
03 August 2017

William Kelley delves into the re-making of rosé wine in the US, looking at how styles have changed from the blush of yesteryear and picking out several wines worth drinking. No need to blush about liking the new wave of California rosé wines. William Kelley on the re-making of California rosé...
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What happens during véraison?
03 August 2017

What does it mean for the grapes...?Mourvèdre grapes changing colour at Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. What does it mean for the grapes...?
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Golden Opportunity for US wine retail
03 August 2017

Such is its size, America is a treasure trove for wine retailers keen to attract new consumers. Unfortunately, the market is full of convoluted restrictions. Despite this, writes Arabella Mileham, the prize is worth fighting for. 
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Aldi launches first red sparkler in fizz focused wine festival
02 August 2017

UK discounter Aldi is focussing on "alternative" fizz for its summer wine festival, which includes its first sparkling red wines.
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‘We would prefer God to decide,’ says Almaviva winemaker
02 August 2017

Such is the complexity of irrigation management in Chile’s Maipo Valley, Almaviva’s Michel Friou would rather leave the decisions to God.
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Millennial Prosecco drinkers drive UK sparkling wine sales – trade report
02 August 2017

Prosecco drinkers under 25 are driving strong growth for sparkling wine in the UK, according to the latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). UK demand for sparkling wine continues to grow. UK demand for sparkling continues to grow...
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Six US wine retailers worth watching
02 August 2017

db highlights the key US wine retailers worth watching over the next few years for their ability to drive change and disrupt the US retail market.
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Bacchanalian mosaic discovered in France
02 August 2017

Archaeologists in France have discovered a Roman site they’ve dubbed “little Pompeii” with a mosaic featuring followers of Dionysus among the star finds.
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De Bortoli’s sustainability efforts recognised
02 August 2017

Australian wine company De Bortoli has been presented with the Sustainability Advantage Platinum Project certificate, the first to be awarded in the state of New South Wales.
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Vīna Studija exhibits 32 award-winning wines this August
02 August 2017

Find out why you should visit Vīna Studija in Riga, Latvia this August... Vīna Studija in Riga, Latvia, offers an excellent wine selection from around the world, exquisite cuisine and regular art exhibitions
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‘Disruptive’ wine app tops $40m sales
02 August 2017

Wine review app Vivino has topped sales of wine worth over $40 million within a year of launching its e-commerce site, as it predicts a shift to 'disruptive' e-commerce models.
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US craft beer boom continues to slow
02 August 2017

Sales of craft beer in the US continued to slow in the first half of 2017, with the sector experiencing continued by much steadier growth year-on-year, according to the latest statistics from the Brewer's Association. 
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Wine O’Clock in Argentina features DWWA 2017 winners
02 August 2017

Throughout August, Mendoza based wine shop Wine O'clock will be feature eight DWWA winning wines. Wine O’Clock, a specialist wine shop located in Ciudad Mendoza, Argentina,  will feature eight DWWA 2017 winners during two weeks
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Show off your wine at The City Wine Show
02 August 2017

the drinks business is accepting final entries for The City Wine Show's Discovery Zone and invites producers to submit wine to be showcased at the event.
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German wine exports to China reach record high
02 August 2017

German wine exports to China have hit a record high, according to a recent report, suggesting Chinese consumers are increasingly interested in the country's wines.
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Enoteca Falorni promotes local award-winning wines
02 August 2017

The most famous Enoteca in the Chianti Classico area is promoting Decanter World Wine Award winning wines this summer... Located underground in the historical centre of Greve, Chianti, Enoteca Falorni, Italian wine specialist, boasts a collection of over 1,000 wines. As well
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Fake Châteauneuf-du-Pape scandal hits bulk wine firm
02 August 2017

One of France's largest bulk wine companies has found itself at the centre of a storm over the alleged false labelling of large amounts of cheap table wine as being from well-known Rhône appellations, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Raphael Michel at the centre of the investigation. Rhône producers join prosecution as civil party...
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New law means ‘better protection’ for New Zealand wine regions
02 August 2017

Eighteen New Zealand winemaking areas have raced to take advantage of a new regulation introduced by the country’s parliament that is designed to better protect winemakers against misuse of regional names.Yealands Estate Seaview Vineyard in Marlborough. More than a dozen areas race to take advantage...
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The World's Most Expensive Whiskeys
02 August 2017

If you want to spend your money on whiskey, you need to look to Scotland.
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5 Simple Wine Rules (Wine Spectator)
02 August 2017

But not deceptively simplistic
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‘My biggest faux pas’ – from the sommeliers
02 August 2017

Everyone can have a bad day at the office, but sommeliers have the added pressure of performing in public. It's bound to go wrong sometimes...Restaurant Palaegade - Copenhagen, Denmark. Even the professionals make mistakes...
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South Africa Gains New Appellation with a Familiar Name: Cape Town (Wine Spectator)
02 August 2017

Vintners say the Wine of Origin designation, which includes several existing regions, could help with international sales
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Piedmont: Gianni Gagliardo buys Barbera producer in Nizza
02 August 2017

Barolo producer Gianni Gagliardo winery has ended its two-year search for a Barbera-producing wine estate in the newly created Nizza DOCG zone after acquiring Tenuta Garetto. Where Garetto sits: just west of Nizza Monferrato. Barolo producer's vote of confidence to new Nizza DOCG...
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Morrisons ousts The Co-op in wine supply deal
02 August 2017

UK retailer Morrisons has signed a deal to supply wines to convenience retailer McColls, ousting The Coop who trialled supplying the newsagents earlier this year.
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Is Lafite on the move again?
01 August 2017

Château Lafite is taking up an increasing share of trade on Liv-ex as interest in its fellow firsts subsides a little. Is it a brand once again on the move?
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These Co-op wines are excellent value
01 August 2017

Christelle Guibert recommends six value-for-money picks from a recent tasting held by the UK's Co-op retailer in London... A tasting of Co-op wines in the UK...
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The Proust Q&A: Eran Pick MW
01 August 2017

Israel's first and only Master of Wine, Eran Pick, discusses his passion for grower Champagnes and failure to learn French in our Proust Q&A.
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Heineken toasts stronger than expected H1 profits
01 August 2017

Heineken has exceeded the expectations of analysts posting a rise in revenues and net profits for the first half of 2017, with a late Easter and warm weather contributing to a strong second quarter.
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London Burgundy Week hosted by Cabotte restaurant
01 August 2017

Top winemakers and hundreds of wines have helped the UK capital to celebrate its first ‘London Burgundy Week’. This post has been created in partnership with the organisers of London Burgundy WeekGuests sharing Burgundy bottles and enjoying the Paulée. Credit: Ian Mill Picture Read about the action from the inaugural event...
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10 articles that caught your attention
01 August 2017

We round up the articles that caught our readers' attention this week including a comprehensive guide to the last 10 vintages in Bordeaux and a $1,000 gin "infused" with Harley Davidson engine parts.
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Focus more important than size in wine lists, says top somm
01 August 2017

“It’s more important to have a focused list than lots of wines," says Julia Oudill, a sommelier overseeing the drinks selections at outlets in London and Ibiza for The Experimental Group.
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Fraud scandal rocks France’s leading bulk bottler
01 August 2017

One of France's biggest bulk bottlers, Raphaël Michel, is at the centre of a serious wine scandal following the arrest of its chairman on fraud charges this June.
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Michel and Alain Roux to open Buckinghamshire restaurant
01 August 2017

Michel Roux Sr and his son Alain have announced plans to open a new UK restaurant within a residential development in Buckinghamshire, close to their three-Michelin-starred Waterside Inn restaurant in Berkshire.
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Alpataco in Argentina features over 20 DWWA 2017 winners
01 August 2017

Buy award-winning wines from Alpataco in Argentina this summer Visit Alpataco, in Cuidad Mendoza and Buenos Aires (Argentina), this summer and have the chance to buy over 20 award-winning wines from this year’s
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The world’s best-selling gin brands
01 August 2017

With the value of UK gin exports alone set to hit £500m this year – having increased 32% in the past five years – and the number of distilleries exploding we round up the world's best-selling gin brands.
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Key trade organisations refute Forbes article on Chinese fake wine epidemic
01 August 2017

A recent article published by Forbes alleging that China is facing an "epidemic" of fake wines is causing a stir, with key trade organisations refuting claims that 30,000 bottles of fake imported wines are sold per hour in China.
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Consumers Short-changed Again on Shipping
01 August 2017

The accessibility of wine is being reduced as delivery companies police the shipping law instead of state agencies.
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French Wine Executive Arrested for Allegedly Turning Cheap Wine Into Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône (Wine Spectator)
01 August 2017

Police claim that Guillaume Ryckwaert illegally labeled bulk wine with prestigious Rhône appellations for three years
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Dom Pérignon says it will deliver Champagne in one hour
01 August 2017

Dom Pérignon has launched a 'one-hour luxury delivery' service in the US, allowing those in immediate need of bubbly to click-and-buy on their mobiles for perfectly chilled Champagne delivered to their door...Chilled Dom Pérignon to your poolside in an hour... Credit: Thirstie Instagram @areyouthirstie For all your luxury Champagne emergencies…
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Stonewines showcase 19 DWWA winners this August
01 August 2017

Throughout August, London based, indie wine shop Stonewines will be featuring 19 Decanter World Wine Award winning wines on their new wines-by-the-glass service. Stonewines, a London based indie wine shop will be featuring 19 award winning wines from this year’s competition. As well
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Treasury Wine Estates rating cut as China market cools
01 August 2017

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has said Treasury Wine Estates is too optimistic about China, as new Chinese customs figures show that growth in wine imports to the country has slowed in 2017. China still in growth but import pace slows...
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Treasury Wine downgraded by bank due to China slow-down
01 August 2017

Treasury Wine Estates has been downgraded by Goldman Sachs because it says the Australian wine giant has "unrealistic" expectations in China.  
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Vintage conditions push Argentine wine producers to premiumise
31 July 2017

Smaller-than-average vintages are forcing Argentine wine producers to move into more premium price segments, according to Trapiche’s Duncan Keen.
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Diageo predicts bright future for premium tequila
31 July 2017

Following the purchase of George Clooney's Casamigos Tequila for up to £800m, Diageo's CEO believes the brand will follow in the footsteps of its Don Julio tequila, which has now topped the one million case mark.
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Total Wines wins legal case against state regulator
31 July 2017

US wine retailer Total Wines has won a legal case in Massachusetts against the state alcohol regulator that will allow it to offer its shopper deep discounting.
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Dirty Bones serves up new ‘summer sips’
31 July 2017

London restaurant and cocktail bar chain Dirty Bones is serving up a new 'summer sips' list, drawing inspiration from chilli salt and fizzy peach sweets.
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Beam Suntory confirms global launch of Japanese gin Roku
31 July 2017

Beam Suntory is to roll out its Japanese gin Roku to international markets from September, expanding the brand's reach outside of Japan for the first time.
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Michelin guide to launch street food festival in Macau
31 July 2017

The Michelin Guide plans to debut a Street Food Festival in Macau’s Studio City entertainment resort this October that will see chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, celebrated Bib Gourmand and Michelin-recommended eateries across Asia serving their street food creations and signature delicacies.
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‘Hipster’ bar gets own back on one star reviewer
31 July 2017

A UK restaurant has gotten its revenge on a guest who left a one-star review on TripAdvisor by introducing a cocktail named in his honour – The Ponce's Dungarees.
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Seña registers official Chinese name
31 July 2017

Chilean fine wine label Seña has officially announced its legally registered Chinese name: "赛妮娅", a move that aims to preempt possible trademark infringements as the brand’s popularity grows on the mainland.
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Jefford on Monday: Profiling prince charming
31 July 2017

Andrew Jefford sets off in search of Vacqueyras.Vineyards of Domaine de Montvac in Vacqueyras with the Dentelles de Montmirail in the distance. Andrew Jefford explores Vacqueyras...
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Piedmont Growers Go Nuts over Barbera
31 July 2017

Worldwide demand for hazelnut spread is luring growers into planting nuts instead of grapes, Tom Hyland reports.
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Wine Legend: Penfolds Bin 60A 1962
30 July 2017

Why is this in the Decanter hall of fame...? Why it makes Decanter's hall of fame...
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Weekend Wine – a Thorny Issue
30 July 2017

This week a Frenchman waxes lyrical about a classic Australian style.
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Montepulciano wine tour: Wineries and restaurants
29 July 2017

From a region about 45 minutes east of Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is Brunello’s younger sibling, softer, more playful, with a mischievous spring in its step.Palazzo Vecchio Montepulciano wine tour: Wineries and restaurants How to get there Fly into Florence or Pisa airport. Drive from Florence to
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California Flip Flops on Wine Delivery Law
29 July 2017

A new amendment keeps getting rewritten, as lawmakers struggle with new technology.
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Jackson Family’s Barbara Banke Earns Wine Spectator's 2017 Distinguished Service Award (Wine Spectator)
29 July 2017

As chairwoman of the board, Banke oversees Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Siduri and other brands produced across four continents
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Expensive wine quiz – Test your knowledge
29 July 2017

Wine can cost a lot of money - but why? The more you know, generally the more you are happy to spend. Can you pick out the most expensive wines in this quiz and how much do you know about the cost of running a winery? Auction house Sotheby's sold more than $10 million of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines in 2015. Can you pick out the priciest bottles?...
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Restaurant Talk: Cruising for Wine (Wine Spectator)
29 July 2017

Cristian Pirvutoiu and Andrea Ziff welcome wine aboard at Celebrity Cruises
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