Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Wetherspoon boss removes European wines and beers from pubs
24 January 2019

The boss of UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, an outspoken supporter of Brexit, has removed all European wines and beers from its 900 pubs in favour of bottles from the UK, US, Australia and Chile.
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André Simon Award: Amber Revolution
24 January 2019

In the run-up to the 40th André Simon Awards, the drinks business is running an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First of all, Simon Woolf tells the tale of 'orange' wines, their past, present and future in his book 'Amber Revolution'.
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Marston’s plans to scale back expansion to pay off £200m debt
24 January 2019

Pub and brewing company Marston's will scale back its planned expansion in order to pay off some of its £1.2 billion debt pile.
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iDealwine update: Bolly’s Game
23 January 2019

Bollinger is fiercely independent, and its own way of doing things has resulted in increasing popularity for its special edition cuvées, including the jewel in the crown – Vieilles Vignes Françaises.
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‘Huge’ potential of English Pinot Noir remains ‘untapped’
23 January 2019

Pinot Noir has "huge" untapped potential to become one of UK's leading still wines, a prominent English winemaker has claimed.
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Singapore lifts ban on sale of food products containing alcohol
23 January 2019

Singapore has lifted a ban on the sale of food products containing alcohol, allowing shops to sell alcoholic products such as rum-flavoured ice cream without time constraint.  
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Japan’s beer shipments hit record low in 2018
23 January 2019

Japan’s beer shipments have been dropping for 14 consecutive years, hitting a record low in 2018 with another 2.5% dip, according to figures published by five major breweries last week.
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Eleven Madison Park to open site at Claridge’s
23 January 2019

The chef behind the 2017 World's Best Restaurant, Eleven Madison Park in New York, has confirmed that he will opening a restaurant at Claridge's following the closures of Fera late last year.
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China drives Australian wine exports rise in 2018
23 January 2019

Australian wine exports rose by 10% in value in 2018, despite a fall in the overall number of bottles shipped, said trade body Wine Australia. Exports to Northeast Asia rose by 19% in 2018 Australian wine exports rose by 10% in value in 2018...
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Celebrated Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie dies
23 January 2019

Renowned Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie, chef patron of his two Michelin-starred restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel, has died aged 55 following a long battle with a brain tumour.
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New manager for Lafite and Catena venture, Bodegas Caro
23 January 2019

Château Lafite owner Domaines Barons de Rothschild and Argentina’s Catena have appointed a new estate manager for their Bodegas Caro joint-venture.Philippe Rolet, new estate manager at Bodegas Caro in Argentina. Philippe Rolet becomes Caro estate manager...
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Stopping China's Flood of Fake Wine
23 January 2019

 Jim Boyce investigates China's reluctance to stop fake wine.
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Your Rosé May Be Late this Year: Wine and the Government Shutdown (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2019

Benovia winery in the Russian River Valley was planning to label and release its first Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine this spring, but the partial government shutdown has put those plans on hold. Due to the lapse in funding, the government agency responsible for approving Benovia's wine labels, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), has shut its doors and suspended its approval process...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Pan Sauce, Lemon and Kale (Wine Spectator)
23 January 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Searing meat or poultry adds appealing color and flavors, but it also creates something else: those oils and crispy bits at the bottom of the pan. Too often neglected, the juices and particles left behind after...
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Rare Breed: Baijiu at auction
23 January 2019

At auction, the most expensive Moutai can far exceed the value of rare whisky, but with forgeries aplenty, investing in the spirit is not for the faint-hearted. Natalie Wang investigates the market.
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Northern Monk completes rebrand after £1.5m crowdfunding campaign
23 January 2019

Leeds brewery Northern Monk has completed a rebrand of its range and released new gluten-free and low-alcohol beers after raising £1.5 million in 13 days through crowdfunding. 
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Western Australian Chardonnay panel tasting results
23 January 2019

Although the 2017 vintage was less impressive than 2016 and 2015, this tasting delivered some exceptional quality Chardonnays with regional personality. Anthony Rose reports... Some exceptional quality Chardonnays with regional personality....
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Michelin France 2019: Beaucastel and Lafaurie-Peyraguey owners see stars
23 January 2019

Michelin has awarded stars to a record 75 new restaurants in its France 2019 guide, with debuts for the Perrin family’s L’Oustalet restaurant in the Rhône and Lafaurie-Peyraguey’s newly opened ‘Lalique’ in Sauternes.The setting for 'Lalique' restaurant at Ch. Lafaurie Peyraguey in Sauternes. More winery-owned restaurants join Michelin club...
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South African exports grow in 2018
23 January 2019

The value of South Africa’s wine exports grew 4% in 2018 but current shortages of stock meant volume exports fell 6%.
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WSET celebrates record number of diploma graduates
23 January 2019

More than 500 global wine and spirits professionals gathered at the City of London’s Guildhall last night to celebrate the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Awards & Graduation Ceremony, in what is its 50th year.
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Entries now open for the Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2019
23 January 2019

Entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2019 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 March.
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Goverment’s decision to scrap £65 settled status fee for EU workers brings ‘huge relief’ for sector
23 January 2019

British pubs and breweries will save thousands of pounds after the government decided to rule out a post-Brexit policy where EU workers must pay a fee in order to stay in the UK.
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Climate change: Fladgate calls on wine industry to take action
22 January 2019

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing modern agriculture, with viticulture seemingly on the front line, according not only to a number of scientific bodies, but Port's Fladgate Partnership, who has issued one of the loudest rallying cries for the wine industry to take action.
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Ship shape: Bulk wine battles back
22 January 2019

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Canadian government proposes changes to vodka regulations
22 January 2019

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has proposed a series of changes to the country's vodka standards which would increase the number of raw materials that could be used to produce the spirit.
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Australian wine exports up 10% to AU$2.82b
22 January 2019

Australian wine exports climbed 10% to AU$2.82 billion (US$2.01 billion) in 2018, driven by strong performance from bottled wines while its North America market makes a slow recovery after months of declines.
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Napa new releases to drink in 2019
22 January 2019

After a series of challenging years characterised by climatic extremes, 2019 delivers some highly anticipated Napa wine releases... New wines to buy and drink this year...
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Whole Foods eyes vacant Sears stores after ditching millennial-bait ‘discount’ format
22 January 2019

Amazon-owned US organic food and drink specialist Whole Foods Market is reported to be eyeing up vacant Sears and Kmart stores following the collapse of the famous retailer, as it ditches its value proposition aimed at millennials.
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Richard Corrigan offers £1,000 meal for thieving diner’s identity
22 January 2019

Chef Richard Corrigan is offering a £1,000 meal tab to anyone who can identify a customer who racked up a bill of £1,500 at his London restaurant and left without paying. 
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Week in Pictures: Hong Kong
22 January 2019

Here are all the pictorial highlights from Hong Kong's drinks trade from Domaine Ponsot's visit to Bottega's secret natural sparkling wine project to non-alcoholic drinks for the Dry January.
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TWE’s COO makes abrupt departure
22 January 2019

Robert Foye, the Chief Operating Officer of Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates, has abruptly departed the company due to a “breach of TWE’s internal policies”, the Australian company has announced in a statement.
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Penfolds and single malt HK auction season
22 January 2019

Various lots of Penfolds Grange and single malt Scotch and Japanese whisky powered Sotheby’s first Hong Kong sale of the year to a total of HK$33m.
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Firefighters contain blaze at New Zealand vineyard
22 January 2019

Five fire crews along with a helicopter have extinguished a blaze at Black Ridge Vineyard in Central Otago after it burned an area of 600sqm earlier today. 
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Concha y Toro leads still wine market growth in 2018
22 January 2019

South American wine producer Concha y Toro's  sales grew 18.3% in the last 12 weeks of 2018, leading a steadily growing still wine market 
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Restricting booze sale at airports jeopardizing UK travel retail, law firm claims
22 January 2019

The government’s plan to restrict the sale of booze at airports may jeopardize the success of UK’ retail and leisure industries, a law firm has claimed.
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Wentworth Golf Club owner in legal battle over £4.8m of wine
22 January 2019

Reignwood, the Chinese company which owns Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, is suing its former head of international operations for allegedly mishandling over 32,000 bottles of wine, worth £4.8 million. 
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Whiskies dominate Christie’s top 10 ‘wine lots’ for 2018
21 January 2019

Results released by Christie’s show why 2018 may go down as the year when whiskies went mainstream in the fine wine auction market.The Macallan 50 Year Old single malt Scotch, in a Lalique bottle, was one of the top auction lots at Christie's in 2018. See the top 10 lots of 2018...
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Austria: Native vines, Distinctive vines
21 January 2019

Weinviertel. Learn about indigenous Austrian grape varieties...
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WSWA Offers Plan for Weed Distribution
21 January 2019

 The powerful lobbying agency has presented a three-tier distribution model to Congress.
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Greywacke: Ten years on
21 January 2019

You can't mention Greywacke without mentioning Cloudy Bay...Kevin Judd founded Greywacke after leaving Cloudy Bay. Tasting old and new vintages of all seven wines in the range...
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Organic Champagnes to try in 2019
20 January 2019

We bring you a selection of organic Champagnes to try from smaller-scale producers...Organic Champagne is produced without the use of chemicals in the vineyard, and only minimal levels of sulphites... Let us do the searching for you...
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US Government Shutdown Hits Wine Hard
19 January 2019

 With the US government shutdown still running, we look at how the wine industry is faring.
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Wine Talk: Country-Music Star Carly Pearce Doesn't Hide Her Love of Wine (Wine Spectator)
19 January 2019

With chart-topping songs and a network of devoted fans across the United States, Carly Pearce, 28, is one of the leading ladies of country music right now. After nearly a decade of trying to "make it" in Nashville, the singer-songwriter notched a breakout hit in 2017 with her emotional ballad "Every Little Thing," leading to a record deal, touring gigs with Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and an app...
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Prosecco’s Bortolomiol branches into Tuscany
19 January 2019

Historic Prosecco producer Bortolomiol has expanded its reach into Tuscany, having purchased its first vineyard in Montalcino.
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Valparaíso | Casablanca Valley Best Of Wine Tourism award winners 2019
19 January 2019

Promotional featureThe winning wineries, restaurants and hotels that excel in Valparaíso | Casablanca Valley in Chile Winners 2019. See the winners...
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US Supreme Court hears dispute on wine selling rules
19 January 2019

A wine trade dispute with the potential to set an important precedent on inter-state sales has been heard by US Supreme Court judges this week.US Supreme Court courtoom. Case has potential to change wine retail landscape in US...
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db Drinks: Bar 45
19 January 2019

Edith Hancock investigates the swanky lounge bar on one of the most expensive streets in the capital.
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Copper to be the biggest issue for wine growers this decade
19 January 2019

Eliminating the use of copper as a fungicide in vineyards will be the biggest issue for the wine business over the next 10 years, believes Hervé Jestin, head winemaker for Champagne Leclerc Briant.
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Moët Grand Vintage named ‘Official Champagne’ of Royal Ascot
19 January 2019

Ascot Racecourse has announced a new four-year partnership that will see Moët & Chandon's Grand Vintage become the official Champagne of the racing event.
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Haut-Bailly invests in major revamp
19 January 2019

Château Haut-Bailly has announced major investment in its infrastructure with new cellars and a revamp of the existing buildings scheduled to take place between now and 2021.
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Constellation Brands’ cannabis partner is building a $150m US production facility
19 January 2019

Canopy Growth, the cannabis company backed by US drinks giant Constellation, is building a production facility in New York.
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Watch: Bushmills’ new ad campaign depicts the ‘real’ Ireland
19 January 2019

Proximo Spirits-owned Bushmills has launched a new ad campaign called 'Red Set Go' which it claims portrays the "real Ireland" in order to attract the next generation of whiskey drinkers in the US.
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Premium wine sales in the US set to decline in 2019
19 January 2019

Sales of premium wine in the US are expected to decline again in 2019, according to the Silicon Valley Bank's State of the Wine Industry Report, with a slowdown driven by retiring baby boomers and millennials’ delay in becoming wine drinkers.
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The week in pictures
19 January 2019

This week in the world of drinks; Panic! At The Disco launches a beer, Metallica also launches a beer, Cognac producers land in Barbados for a maturation experiment, and the drinks industry pays tributes to a legend of the wine trade, Gerard Basset OBE.
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Vinexpo event to take place in New York this March
19 January 2019

The Vinexpo New York event will take place on 4-5 March 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with a schedule including panels, masterclasses and international exhibitors. 
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Best value Rhône 2017 wines
19 January 2019

If you're looking for more bang for your buck, keep an eye out for these wines as they're released by wine merchants...St-Joseph is where the best value can be found. Matt Walls finds value in the Rhône...
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Trader Joe’s to sell wine bottle ‘gardens’
19 January 2019

US grocery chain Trader Joe's is taking a new approach to recycling, selling wine bottle 'succulent gardens' in select stores for US$12.99.
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LVMH sues Hong Kong merchant over XLV wine range
19 January 2019

French luxury group LVMH is suing Hong Kong wine merchant, Cuvee XLV French Wine, for infringement of its legal trademark over a wine range named 'XLV', that was created in partnership with a member of the fashion family.
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US police request for volunteers to get drunk receives ‘overwhelming response’
19 January 2019

A call for three volunteers "to drink hard liquor to the point of inebriation", made by a police department in Pennsylvania, has perhaps unsurprisingly received "an overwhelming response". 
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Olivier Legrand joins Castelnau
19 January 2019

Champagne Castelnau has appointed Olivier Legrand as its new marketing and communications director.
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Scammers increasingly target previous victims of wine fraud
19 January 2019

Victims of wine investment scams are increasingly being targeted again by fraudsters, who have obtained their personal information and offer to resell their wine, the UK's Action Fraud service has warned. 
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Crowdfunding to support Gerard Basset memoirs goes live
18 January 2019

A crowdfunding platform to raise funds for the publication of Gerard Basset's memoirs, who died earlier this week, has gone live, giving members of the trade the chance to pre-order a copy and pledge their support.
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Barolo patriarch Beppe Colla dies
18 January 2019

The patriarch of Barolo, Beppe Colla, has died aged 88, in the year he would have celebrated his 70th harvest. The area of Barolo DOCG as we know it today is the result of his hard work. In 1960 he joined forces with Renato Ratti and Gildo Cavallotto (among others) on the commission to plot the outer boundaries of the Barolo wine terroir, preparing the DOC. ‘We tried to work on typicity to e...
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Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well
18 January 2019

 Will millennials be the death of overpriced wine or wine altogether?
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South Africa must ‘wake up’ and stop selling bulk wine cheaper than water, VinPro boss says
18 January 2019

South African wine directors have got to “wake up” and stop selling bulk wine lower than the price of water,  VinPro's chairman Anton Smuts told delegates at its annual information day.
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It's Harvesttime for Wine in … Tahiti?! (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2019

In the Northern Hemisphere right about now, winemakers are trimming, pruning and frost-proofing their vines, and hibernating their selves; south of the equator, veraison and the pesky birds and bugs that come with it are here, or will be soon. But in one most unusual vineyard, the Carignan and Muscat grapes have reached peak ripeness, the pickers have pulled on their gloves and grabbed their shear...
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How Pessac-Léognan 2016 wines taste in the bottle
18 January 2019

Jane Anson finishes her Bordeaux 2016 in-bottle tastings, with the remaining Pessac-Léognan wines, plus some Pomerol and St-Emilion...Château Harvest at Haut-Brion How the wines are developing...
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Tributes paid to the inimitable Gerard Basset OBE
18 January 2019

Gerard Basset OBE, the esteemed Master Sommelier and Master of Wine who contributed immeasurably to the wine trade over the course of his 30-year career, has died after a long battle with cancer.
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Ace Australian Wine Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2019

These Australian spots span the culinary spectrum, from classic Italian plates to creative preparations of kangaroo, but they share a common thread. Each holds a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award for a carefully curated wine list, and together they represent some of the country’s best collections. Discover 12 eateries Down Under with well-rounded wine lists that champion Australia’s reno...
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Travel: What’s new in Napa
18 January 2019

Always growing and evolving, Napa Valley never gets stale. Discover the best new spots for wine tasting, dining and luxury accommodation in Napa Valley. Do some tasting at Clos Du Val The best new spots for wine tasting, dining and luxury accommodation...
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Restaurant Spotlight: 1919 Restaurant (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2019

1919 Restaurant brings a classic fine-dining feel to a waterfront space on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set in the luxurious Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, the dining room offers stunning sights of the ocean, but guests can also take in the view of a floor-to-ceiling glass cellar. Inside is some of the restaurant’s 1,495-bottle inventory that supplies the 330-selection wine list, overseen...
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Are US millennials giving wine the cold shoulder?
18 January 2019

Millennials in the US are not diving into the wine world as quickly as predicted, suggests a new report, raising concern that this generation won't compensate for retiring baby boomers. Millennials are 'not engaging with wine as hoped' in the US, but things may change, says SVB. Millennials 'not engaging' with wine as much as hoped...
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Turning Tables: Chef Thomas Keller Opens Mexican Restaurant; Quince Owners Debut Casual Wine Bar (Wine Spectator)
18 January 2019

Thomas Keller Opens Casual Mexican Concept in YountvilleFine-dining authority chef Thomas Keller ventures outside his wheelhouse with the opening of La Calenda, a casual Mexican restaurant. The concept debuted Jan. 3 in Yountville, Calif., just down the road from Keller's Wine Spectator Grand Award winning the French Laundry and Best of Award of Excellence winning Bouchon. The chef's group also ow...
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Wine world legend Gerard Basset OBE MW MS dies
17 January 2019

Leading figures and institutions across the wine world have paid tribute to the warmth and genius of Gerard Basset, a 'great gentleman of wine’ who simultaneously held both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, and who has died this week. Tributes pour in for Gerard Basset, OBE MW MS MBA MSc: 7 March 1957 to 16 January 2019. Tributes pour in for a 'great gentleman of wine'... The...
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Glimmer of Hope for Wine Lovers at Supreme Court
17 January 2019

 The opening exchanges of a landmark Supreme Court hearing offered hope and confusion in equal parts.
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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Wine Law (Wine Spectator)
17 January 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Shay Dvoretzky, a lawyer for the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association (TWSRA), was mere seconds into an argument when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor interjected. She had a fundamental question about the case before the court: Does the TWSRA believe that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution allows discrimination against out-of-state interests? And if so, do...
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Southern Rhône 2017 report: ‘Structured and ageworthy wines’
17 January 2019

A round up of the 2017 vintage in the Southern Rhône, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Rasteau...Finding balance and drinkability isn’t as easy compared to 2016 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Châteauneuf-du-Pape and much more...
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Grand Tasting
17 January 2019

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Game of Thrones Scotch whiskies launched
16 January 2019

Strong early demand for the Game of Thrones-themed single malts, launched on pre-order by Diageo and broadcaster HBO, has seen one UK-based retailer sell out of initial stock in just five hours.Several of the Game of Thrones single malt Scotch whiskies and their origins. Eight single malts launched ahead of show's final episodes...
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Holiday Season Fraudsters Target Wine
16 January 2019

 Online theft is growing across categories with fraudsters taking a keen interest in alcohol.
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Exclusive: Former Apple Execs Buy Napa's Brand Winery (Wine Spectator)
16 January 2019

When Ed Fitts bought 110 acres on Pritchard Hill in 2005, it was a dream come true. The packaging executive fell in love with the view of Napa Valley and decided to retire on the hillside. Now Fitts and his wife, Deb, are passing the dream off to another couple that loves the view and the valley. Wine Spectator has learned that former Apple executives Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan have purchas...
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Private Cellars: An Educated Palate (Wine Spectator)
16 January 2019

Note: This article originally appeared in the May 31, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator.It was the Torrontés that did it. In preparation for the notoriously difficult WSET Level III exam, Christine Bae had memorized the regions, varieties and winemaking styles of Italy, Germany, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Then came the fateful question: What is the Torrontés wine from Argentina? "And I...
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Rhône 2017: Full en primeur report
16 January 2019

Rhône 2017 may be considered a rather inconsistent vintage but flashes of brilliance are still to be found, reports Matt Walls...Vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. What to buy from the 2017 vintage...
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Northern Rhône 2017 report: ‘A vintage for the cellar’
16 January 2019

Matt Walls reports on the wines of the Northern Rhône, including the likes of Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage and Condrieu...Vines in Crozes-Hermitage. From all the key appellations...
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Fine wine index short of expectations in 2018
16 January 2019

Liv-ex’s leading index for monitoring the secondary market, the Fine Wine 100, ran more-or-less stable last year but it fell far short of expectations.
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This website lets you send craft beer to federal workers affected by the US government shutdown
16 January 2019

We're now into the fourth week of the US government shutdown, and while staff are still waiting to get paid, federal workers are being sent a lifeline in the form of craft beer.
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Latin American restaurant to take over Typing Room
16 January 2019

Argentine chef Paulo Airaudo is to open a Latin American restaurant at the Town Hall Hotel in London’s Bethnal Green following the closure of the Typing Room.
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Laurent Delaunay resurrects family’s Burgundian estate
16 January 2019

Laurent Delaunay, president of Badet Clément, is going to relaunch his family’s Burgundian estate this February at Wine Paris, having reacquired it from the Boisset family in 2017.
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Researchers uncover 73 ‘new’ Welsh apple and pear varieties
16 January 2019

A £500,000 lottery-funded project has uncovered 73 previously unrecorded varieties of Welsh cider apples and perry pears, bringing the total number varieties native to the country to 101. 
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Al Gore to address wine and climate change conference
15 January 2019

Ex-US vice president Al Gore is to address a high-level wine and climate change conference in Porto this year, designed to help wineries and academics share knowledge. Vintners must learn from other regions in tackling climate change. Ex-US vice president to address Porto climate change conference...
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Wine Shipping Gets its Day in Court
15 January 2019

 We present a digest of the issues surrounding the landmark Supreme Court hearing.
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Metallica and Stone Brewing launch beer
15 January 2019

Heavy metal icons Metallica and California's Stone Brewing have released a new beer which will launch in the US this week, and internationally in spring when the band sets out on its 2019 European tour. 
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Six vegan wines to try this Veganuary
15 January 2019

Whether you've been vegan for years or are just trying it out in the name of Veganuary, we've selected six wines that you can enjoy which are free from animal products.
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Manchester gin brand hopeful after Dragons’ Den success
15 January 2019

Manchester-based distiller Didsbury Gin has secured the backing of entrepreneur and 'dragon' Jenny Campbell on the BBC series Dragons' Den, receiving £75,000 in return for 33.3% of the business. 
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The best non-alcoholic cocktails London has to offer this Dry January
15 January 2019

In need of a night out but wanting to bypass the booze? We've rounded up the best non-alcoholic cocktails in London this (Dry) January for budding teetotallers.
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Best Rhône 2017 wines: The top scorers
15 January 2019

See Matt Walls' top scoring Rhône wines from the 2017 vintage....The top scoring wines from Rhône 2017 Scoring 96 points and above...
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Unfiltered: Dmytro Goncharuk, Hide Ground
15 January 2019

From his early days of making wine with his father in his garage, to becoming Ukraine's top sommelier in 2013, Dmytros Goncharuk, head sommelier of Hide, Ground, tell us why it's hard to hate a single variety.
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Saunders becomes chairman of The Benevolent
15 January 2019

Michael Saunders, CEO of Bibendum PLB, has been appointed as the new chairman of drinks charity The Benevolent.
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Final call for Pinot Noir Masters 2019 entries
15 January 2019

Final entries for The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 February.
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Maker’s Mark and cigar manufacturer in legal dispute
15 January 2019

Beam Suntory-owned Bourbon brand Maker's Mark and fellow Kentucky-based business Ted's Cigars are suing each other over a trademark dispute relating to a red wax seal. 
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Savoy dodger ordered to pay £1,750 for wine
15 January 2019

A strapped for cash student caught trying to flee from The Savoy after ordering a £1,750 bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 2004 has been ordered by a judge to pay back the hotel.
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Burgundy 2017: Great whites but don’t sleep on the reds
15 January 2019

The 2017 vintage in Burgundy has produced some superlative whites and the reds are consistent and charming but don’t let their approachability fool you into thinking they're not built for the long haul.
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Spain 2018: Vintage report by region
15 January 2019

Wines from Spain has released its 2018 vintage report detailing the performance of each region, with most reporting a return to average yields following a challenging 2017 harvest, which saw widespread drought and heatwaves impact production.
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Woman barred from Walmart for drinking wine from a Pringles can
15 January 2019

A woman has been banned from US retailer Walmart after drinking wine out of a Pringles can while driving an electric cart around the parking lot at 6.30am.
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AB InBev is adding calorie counts to Bud Light’s packaging
15 January 2019

AB InBev has added prominent nutritional information to its popular lager Bud Light, making it the first beer in the US to include details on its calorie count.
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Kroger pilots ‘smart grocery stores’ with Microsoft to counter Amazon threat
15 January 2019

US retailer Kroger is piloting two 'smart grocery stores', which it claims will "revolutionise shopping" and provide shoppers with personalised inspiration during shopping trips, after teaming up with tech giant Microsoft.
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VSPT boosts Argentine portfolio with acquisition of wine brands from Pernod Ricard
14 January 2019

Chilean wine giant VSPT has announced that it is to acquire a number of wine brands and vineyards, as well as a winery, from Pernod Ricard Argentina in a deal that is expected to be completed later this year. 
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Climate Change Leadership Porto – Solutions for the Wine Industry 2019
14 January 2019

On March 5-7, 2019, the city of Porto will host a major global debate on the challenges faced by the wine world due to climate change. In partnership with the Porto Climate Change Leadership conference. An international conference, Climate Change Leadership Porto – Solutions for the Wine Industry, will provide a forum where the industry
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Jefford: Waking up the new year
14 January 2019

Andrew Jefford is impressed by the mass of fascinating facts in a new book comparing wine and coffee... There are a mass of fascinating facts on wine and coffee, finds Andrew Jefford...
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What’s in store for Vinexpo New York 2019
14 January 2019

Promotional feature With Vinexpo New York just two months away, show organisers have begun to unveil a robust line-up of special features, master classes, conferences and more. What's on this year's line up...
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Measure C Aftermath Divides Napa Residents
14 January 2019

 Although the famously contentious Measure C didn't pass in November, both residents and vintners have yet to find a solid solution.
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The Decanter interview: Carole Meredith
14 January 2019

Plant geneticist Dr Carole Meredith helped to change the way that winemakers think about the history of grapes – and now she is growing her own in Napa Valley. Elin McCoy meets herCarole Meredith with her vines, which include Syrah and Mondeuse Noire, rather than the typical Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Who changed the way that winemakers think about the history of grapes...
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Wine cellar temperature fluctuation – Ask Decanter
14 January 2019

Concerned about fluctuating temperatures in your wine cellar...? Worried about the temperature variations in your cellar?
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Expert’s Choice: Puglia Wines
13 January 2019

Hardy native grape varieties and the southern heat make for a host of fascinating wine styles down in Italy’s heel. Michaela Morris goes in search of Puglia’s pedigree... There is a host of fascinating wine styles down in Italy’s heel...
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Coastal Campania restaurants and accommodation
13 January 2019

The places to eat, drink and stay....Lloyd's Baia Hotel. The places to eat, drink and stay....
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Will the U.S. Supreme Court Upend Wine Laws Across the Nation? (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2019

In 2016, Doug and Mary Ketchum decided to leave Salt Lake City for Tennessee and buy a wine store. Their daughter, Stacie, has cerebral palsy and, after she contracted pneumonia and had a lung collapse, her doctor urged the family to move to a different climate. After weighing available options, the Ketchums found a store, Kimbrough Fine Wine and Spirits in Memphis. Their daughter would be in a he...
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Restaurant Talk: The Dynamic Duo Behind a San Francisco Classic (Wine Spectator)
12 January 2019

Nancy Oakes and John Lancaster sometimes finish each other’s sentences, they've worked side by side so long. The rare level of synergy between chef and wine director they've attained over two decades has helped keep Boulevard at the top of San Francisco’s dining scene.Oakes grew up in Northern California and worked in several San Francisco kitchens before establishing her own place, L&...
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Bolney Wine Estate merges with neighbouring vineyard
12 January 2019

English wine producer Bolney Wine Estate has more than doubled the size of its vineyard by merging with the neighbouring Pookchurch Vineyard in Sussex. Bolney Wine Estate More than doubling the size of its vineyard...
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NZ wine to host annual London tasting next week
12 January 2019

Back for the 38th year running, New Zealand Wine is hosting its annual tasting for both the trade and consumers on 16 January, showcasing over 400 wines in two sessions with a number of focused masterclasses.
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Barolo: Entering a new era, plus 12 of the best worth seeking out
12 January 2019

War is over. After years of controversy and division, Barolo’s new faces have established peace between modernism and tradition, and their focus is now in the vineyard, not the winery. By Tiziano Gaia...Castello di Perno at Monforte d'Alba, province of Cuneo Barolo’s new faces have established peace between modernism and tradition...
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Brewhouse & Kitchen makes its beer vegan
12 January 2019

UK brewpub chain Brewhouse & Kitchen has announced that all its beers at one of its pubs will be suitable for vegans, describing the process as "challenging" but necessary to fulfil its message of inclusion.
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Chapel Down gin bar and distillery is now open in London
12 January 2019

English drinks producer Chapel Down has opened its Gin Works, a bar and distillery in King’s Cross, with a seasonal British restaurant on the way.
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Vinexpo NY to explore emerging technology in wine
12 January 2019

Vinexpo New York 2019, which will take place on 4-5 March at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will explore the topic of emerging technology in wine and spirits.
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The week in pictures
12 January 2019

This week in the world of drinks: David Beckham, Olly Murs and Gordon Ramsay attend a Rhône-fuelled GQ dinner, the drinks business gets sentimental, and a 250kg seal goes to extraordinary lengths to prove it's not doing Dry January.
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Decanter travel guide: Coastal Campania
12 January 2019

Including the stunning Amalfi coast and Sorrento peninsula, Campania’s coastline offers wine lovers the chance to discover local vineyards and native grapes during a sunny and relaxed seaside holiday. Carla Capalbo shares her highlights...The town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast Including the stunning Amalfi coast and Sorrento peninsula...
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Bourgogne Week comes to a close
12 January 2019

Today marks the final day of this year's ‘Bourgogne Week’ with wine blogger Matt Walls releasing his top picks to taste during day three of the annual event. 
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New drink driving laws give Canadian police far-reaching powers
12 January 2019

Canadian police will now be able to breathalyse people in bars and even in their own homes under new, far-reaching laws, with those who refuse liable to arrest and fines.
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Rupert Symington appointed CEO of Symington Family Estates
12 January 2019

Rupert Symington has been appointed CEO of Symington Family Estates following the retirement of his cousin, Paul Symington, at the end of last year.
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Swiss fine wine collection comes to London
12 January 2019

Sotheby’s will begin its 2019 series of fine wine sales in London with a “superlative” Swiss collection featuring over 1,000 lots of Bordeaux, Burgundy and more.
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Wales sets out five-year plan to boost drinks sector
11 January 2019

The Food and Drink Wales Industry Board (FDWIB) has announced the launch of a new Drinks Strategy for Wales, in an effort to boost its production of spirits, cider, bottled water, and low alcohol and alcohol-free beer.
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Biggest drinks trade acquisitions of 2018
11 January 2019

With another year behind us we look back at the biggest deals that were finalised in 2018, which saw Tequila continue to dominate and two of Spain's most historic sparkling wine producers sell off large stakes in their business.
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WSTA calls for wine tariff suspension if ‘no deal’ Brexit
11 January 2019

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has called for a suspension on wine tariffs for bottles imported into the UK in the event of a no deal Brexit to prevent the price of wine "sky rocketing" to an all-time high. 
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Eric Lorincz to lead bar at Momo’s new El Bar
11 January 2019

The former head bartender at the American Bar at The Savoy, named the World's Best Bar in 2017, is to lead El Bar at the newly renovated Momo restaurant in Mayfair. 
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Wine trends to watch in 2019
11 January 2019

How is the wine world shaping up in 2019? Here are some trends to watch, and we've not mentioned Brexit once... What will you be drinking in 2019? How is the wine world shaping up in 2019?
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The Human Cost of Supreme Court Ruling
11 January 2019

 Despite running a successful business, the Ketchums' lives remain perilously dependant on the Supreme Court ruling.
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'Game of Thrones' Dornish Wine Brought to Real Life by St.-Emilion Vintner (Wine Spectator)
11 January 2019

The end is coming: The final season of everyone's favorite medieval-fantasy-gorefest-drama debuts on HBO this April, and we're not quite prepared to say goodbye to all the incredible wine references made throughout the show (we'll always have Tyrion Lannister's immortal credo "I drink and I know things"). But one winery in Bordeaux has come up with a way for wine-loving superfans to give a proper...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Meat, Leek and Potato Casserole with Riesling (Wine Spectator)
11 January 2019

“All the crazy techniques of doing something with nothing come from very poor people,” chef Gabriel Kreuther reflects. His case in point is baeckeoffe (“baker’s oven”), the traditional meat-and-potatoes casserole he grew up eating in Alsace.The story goes that, once upon a time, Alsatian village women would marinate pork, beef and lamb in white wine the day before lau...
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Naked Wines takes on Garçon’s flat wine bottles
11 January 2019

Subscribers of UK online wine merchant Naked Wines can have a bottle of wine posted through any letterbox thanks to a partnership with Garçon Wines, which last year launched an innovative flat wine bottle.
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Nathan Outlaw ceases pub partnership with Sharp’s Brewery
11 January 2019

Chef Nathan Outlaw, whose Cornish restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars in the latest guide, has stepped away from his collaborative pub project with Sharp's Brewery, describing the move as a "huge decision". 
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Defining Japan's Wine Terroir (Wine Spectator)
11 January 2019

The Japanese wine industry is maturing, gaining new recognition and increasing sales thanks to improving quality. That's led the government to take the first steps toward a true appellation system, noting on labels where grapes were grown. But that's created a challenge for wineries, because most don't own vineyards and many source fruit from multiple regions. And an aging population of farmers me...
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The Year Ahead for Decanter Online
11 January 2019

Decanter's online audience is up 20% year-on-year in a period that saw the launch of Decanter Premium and a new learning app. Here are some more changes coming in 2019, including a new website...A preview of the new Decanter.com. Exciting changes to come in 2019...
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Californian Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 panel tasting results
11 January 2019

The freshness that characterised this vintage on release is still evident eight years on. Stephen Brook and his panel report on a tasting of enjoyable wines just hitting their stride... The freshness that characterised this vintage on release is still evident...
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Sustainable Prosecco project yields disease resistant seedlings
11 January 2019

A project launched in the Prosecco wine lands in 2017, which aims to reduce fungicide usage by 70%, has yielded over 7,000 seedlings which are naturally resistance to diseases including downy and powdery mildew. 
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Macallan sets another milestone
11 January 2019

Scotch whisky auction house Whisky Auctioneer has said that its sale of The Macallan Lalique Six Pillars Collection set a new record for Scotch sold online.
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Coyote Ugly boss poses in bikini for 25th anniversary
11 January 2019

The owner of Coyote Ugly, a chain of bars made famous by the 2000 film of the same name, has joined her bikini-clad staff in posing for a calendar to mark the brand's 25th anniversary.
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Low alcohol beer company Big Drop secures £500,000 investment, moves production to Europe
11 January 2019

British low alcohol brewery, Big Drop, is moving part of its production process to mainland Europe after securing £500,000 from private investors.
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Guillaume Deglise to join Albert Bichot as CEO
11 January 2019

Burgundy producer Domaines Albert Bichot has announced that Guillaume Deglise is to join as CEO on 21 January this year.
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Tasting notes from Bourgogne Week go live
11 January 2019

Wine blogger Matt Walls has posted tasting notes on some of his top picks to taste during Bourgogne Week, which have been posted on the event’s website.
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Constellation cuts forecast as wine sales slow
11 January 2019

The makers of Corona and Modelo beer has cut its projected forecast following slowing wine sales in its third quarter results and expenditure relating to its $4 billion cannabis investment, sending shares sliding by 10% on Wednesday.
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Bolney Wine Estate to double in size following merger
11 January 2019

English vineyard Bolney Wine Estates is stepping up its ambitious growth plan after merging with neighbouring Sussex vineyard, Pookchurch to double the size of the estate.
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Fine wine investment: Looking into 2019
10 January 2019

Is 2019 the year Barolo reclaims its Italian crown? Will it be Bordeaux's time to shine again? The department heads at Amphora Portfolio Management suggest their thoughts for the fine wine year ahead.
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Top trends in French wine for 2019
10 January 2019

As we move into the new year, we ask some of the top French wine producers and personalities what regions, grape varieties and wine styles they predict will be hot in 2019. 
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Are acacia barrels the future for white wine?
10 January 2019

Jane Anson considers the merits of going oak-free and ageing white wine in acacia barrels...Are acacia barrels best for white wine? The difference acacia wine barrels can make...
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Italian Lawmakers Bust Prosecco Producers
10 January 2019

 Two winemakers in the prestigious Conegliano-Valdobbiadene region have had their wine seized for breaking rules over sugar.
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Constellation mulls its options as cheaper wines hit growth
10 January 2019

Weaker demand for wines priced below $11-a-bottle have proved a drag on Constellation Brands’ overall sales in the US and the company has indicated that it was working on a plan to put more resources into premium labels.Constellation Brands has sought to shift to more premium wines. Group keen to up focus on premium wines...
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Dine at an NYC Restaurant Award Winner for Less (Wine Spectator)
10 January 2019

NYC Restaurant Week returns for its winter season, Jan. 21–Feb. 8, with discounted dining at some of the city’s top restaurants, including 77 winners of Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards for wine-list excellence. Now in its 27th year, the promotion by the city’s tourism bureau offers 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for $42. Reservations are now open at nearly 400 p...
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Screaming Eagle: More than the sum of its parts
10 January 2019

A trip to California arranged for MWs in late 2018 gave Tim Jackson MW a rare opportunity to taste the component parts of this super-priced wine. Did the finished article live up to expectations?Screaming Eagle is one of Napa's most sought-after wines, with a notoriously long waiting list. What makes Screaming Eagle tick? Tim Jackson MW looks at the component wines as well as the final blend... Th...
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Pinot Bianco: Italy’s northern star plus 12 top wines to try
10 January 2019

Pinot Bianco seems an unlikely variety to be a local hero, but the results prove its superstar status in northeastern Italy, as Michael Garner explains...The Pinot Bianco vineyard adjacent to Moos-Schulthaus castle at Eppan. Pinot Bianco has superstar status in northeastern Italy...
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Patrick Schmitt MW joins team of tutors for Champagne course
10 January 2019

Editor-in-chief at the drinks business, Patrick Schmitt MW, has joined the team of instructors at the Wine Scholar Guild as it launches a newly-updated programme on Champagne.
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New Year booze sales fail to cheer Waitrose’s festive sales
10 January 2019

UK supermarket Waitrose has announced strong sales of booze in the run up to New Year’s Eve, which saw Champagne and sparkling wine rise 48% and 27% respectively – despite overall grocery sales falling over the festive period. 
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This Icelandic airline has launched an own-label craft beer inspired by winter light
10 January 2019

An Icelandic airline has launched a bespoke craft beer to be served in-flight inspired by the nation's wintry aesthetic.
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Majestic toasts the US in Christmas wine sales rise
10 January 2019

California Chardonnay and an unlikely resurgence for Madeira helped Majestic Wine to increase UK sales over the Christmas period, but shoppers left it late and discounting was fiercer than expected. Majestic retail sales up but price pressure was fierce...
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Georgian scientists aim to grow wine grapes on Mars
10 January 2019

A group of scientists and viticulturists from Georgia are researching which grapes would suit Martian soils and how best to cultivate grapevines there in the hope that one day colonists could make their own wine on the red planet.  
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NZ wine contractor fined $140k after failing to pay minimum wage
10 January 2019

Marlborough-based vineyard labour contractor, Double Seven, has been fined NZ$140,000 after an inspection found that it had failed to keep accurate records for employees, provide employment contracts and pay some workers the minimum wage. 
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Christmas woes for Sainsbury’s as Morrisons wholesale boosts sales
09 January 2019

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s saw a chill over Christmas as its like-for-like sales fell 1.1%, in the third quarter, while rival Morrison saw a sales boost of 3.6% on the back of its wholesale division.
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09 January 2019

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12 sophisticated soft drinks for Dry January
09 January 2019

Soft drinks are no longer the preserve of children’s parties. The category has caught fire recently as millennials continue to turn their backs on booze. In honour of Dry January, we’ve rounded up 12 of the best soft serves on the market.
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Two more London restaurants close their doors
09 January 2019

The provocatively named Flavour Bastard and modern Irish restaurant and cocktail bar Nuala have both barely one year after opening, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by restaurateurs in London.
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Naked Wines US boosts Christmas sales at Majestic Wine
09 January 2019

Sales at UK wine specialist Majestic Wine PLC grew over the Christmas period, driven by the strongest ever performance of Naked Wines, particularly in the USA.
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Friends of Supreme Court See Trouble Brewing
09 January 2019

 Part Two of our investigation into the Supreme Court hearing.
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What makes a wine vegan? Ask Decanter
09 January 2019

Are you seeing more wines marketed as vegan? What means that a wine is – or isn’t – suitable for vegans? How do you know if a wine is vegan? What means that a wine is – or isn’t – suitable for vegans?
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The changing styles of Valpolicella: Fresh vs dried grapes
09 January 2019

Expressing Valpolicella’s true spirit is a matter of taste, reveals Michael Garner…Autumnal vineyards in the hills above Fumane. Expressing Valpolicella’s true spirit is a matter of taste...
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Entries now open for Asian Chardonnay Masters 2019
09 January 2019

Entries are now open for the Asian Chardonnay Masters 2019, a blind tasting competition designed to find and reward the best Chardonnay in Asia.
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Quinta do Noval: singularity and continuity
09 January 2019

Head of Port house Quinta do Noval, Christian Seely, came to London last year to highlight how the producer does things differently, while ensuring stylistic continuity.
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Château Dauzac in Bordeaux to get new owner
09 January 2019

French entrepreneur Christian Roulleau was expected to be confirmed as the new owner of Château Dauzac, following talks with insurance group MAIF, which has owned the Bordeaux fifth growth estate since 1988. Château Dauzac. Announcement expected following talks with French entrepreneur...
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Singer Pink’s debut wine sells out in 24 hours
09 January 2019

Pop singer Pink has sold out of her debut release of Californian wine label Two Wolves, selling all 114 cases just one day after launching.
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Pub flooded with beer during break-in
09 January 2019

A pub in north Wales was flooded with 77 gallons of beer over the weekend when burglars broke in and turned on every tap.
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Meantime Brewing and Sierra Nevada partner for wildfire fundraising beer
09 January 2019

London's Meantime has partnered with Sierra Nevada Brewing to create beer to raise money for the victims of the Californian wildfires, which killed 88 people, destroyed over 13,000 homes and burned across 153,000 acres in November last year. 
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Copper Cane label saga continues
09 January 2019

The on-going tussle between Californian producer Copper Cane and the Oregon Winegrowers Association over labelling laws looks set to continue.
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Greene King posts record sales over Christmas, but still plans to close 100 pubs
09 January 2019

Pub company Greene King is still planning to cut costs across its almost 3,000 site estate this year, despite posting record sales over the Christmas period.
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London to gain new avant garde Portuguese restaurant
09 January 2019

A new restaurant helmed by ex-Portland chef João Ferreira Pinto and sommelier Carolina W Seibel will open in Stoke Newington this week, serving up a menu of modern European plates with an emphasis on Portugal.
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Non-alcoholic beer sales rose £7.6 million over Christmas
08 January 2019

Sales of non-alcoholic beer rose by close to £8 million in UK supermarkets over the Christmas period, according to new figures.
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250kg seal pays a visit to Tasmanian winery
08 January 2019

Staff at Tasmanian producer La Villa Wines were shocked to discover a 250kg seal among the vines last week, after it made its way 5 kilometres up river from the sea.
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Impending Supreme Court Hearing Could Open Doors
08 January 2019

 Part One of our insight into the seminal Supreme Court hearing, Part Two tomorrow.
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The Douro Soul Wines Project
08 January 2019

Promotional featureLearn about this collective of Douro producers... Promotional feature What ‘s the Douro Soul Wines Project? Soul Wines is an umbrella brand concept which brings together many
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The Decanter interview: Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini
08 January 2019

The pioneer of the Slow Food and Slow Wine movement is buoyed by the renaissance of Italy’s native varieties, as Carla Capalbo explains...Carlo Petrini. The pioneer of the Slow Food and Slow Wine movement...
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Is It Cold Outside? You Might Be Drinking More (Wine Spectator)
08 January 2019

You know the old saying, "It's all about location, location, location"? It might apply to how much alcohol you drink. Recent research published in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases' online journal, Hepatology, shows a link between a region's climate and its average alcohol consumption—specifically, the lower the temperatures and the fewer the sunlight hours, the higher...
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Gaja joins Hatch Mansfield portfolio
08 January 2019

One of Italy’s leading producers the Gaja family has appointed Hatch Mansfield to be the UK importer of its Gaja, Ca’Marcanda and Pieve Santa Restituta estates.
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Virgin Atlantic launches low-and-no alcohol in-flight drinks menu for Dry January
08 January 2019

Airline Virgin Atlantic has launched its first in-flight menu dedicated to low and non-alcoholic drinks.
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AB InBev reshuffles management team
08 January 2019

AB InBev has appointed a new sales director for the UK, amid a reshuffle in its management team.
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London’s restaurants set to struggle in early 2019
08 January 2019

Will London’s restaurants struggle to fill their tables during January? One major supplier to the capital’s on-trade thinks so.
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Top 10 food and drink trends for 2019
08 January 2019

From the fermenting fad and canned wine craze to motherless meat, we round up what we predict will be the 10 biggest food and drinks trends in the UK this year.
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Seven events to kick off Bourgogne Week in London
08 January 2019

Bourgogne Week has launched once again in London with a jam-packed schedule. These are the events you need to know about tomorrow.
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Brewery makes Winter IPA out of old Christmas trees
08 January 2019

A Dutch brewer is using discarded Christmas trees to make its latest seasonal IPA as part of its zero waste Lowlander Tree to Table recycling initiative.
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Aldi toasts record Christmas sales
08 January 2019

Aldi has reported its best-ever Christmas, with more than 17 million bottles of wine, champagne and Prosecco sold during December.
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Student does a runner after ordering £1,750 bottle of wine at The Savoy
07 January 2019

A student with just £20 in his pocket panicked and did a runner from the five-star Savoy after racking up a bill of £2,146, which included a £1,750 bottle of 2004 Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
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New wine documentary series launched on Amazon
07 January 2019

New York-based Wine Enthusiast Media has launched a new wine documentary series called It Starts With Wine on Amazon Prime Video, featuring a selection of celebrated winemakers, producers and chefs from around the world.
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Expert’s Choice: White Châteauneuf-du-Pape
07 January 2019

Say the name and people’s first thought is of this southern Rhône region’s famed reds. But the quality and stature of Châteauneuf blanc can be just as impressive, says Matt Walls… The quality and stature of Châteauneuf blanc can be just as impressive as the reds...
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Sardinia: a buyer’s guide
07 January 2019

Often overlooked by wine lovers, this ruggedly beautiful holiday island’s many grapes and styles are waiting to be discovered, reports Michaela Morris...Costa Paradiso Beach, Sardinia. This island’s many grapes and styles are waiting to be discovered...
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Investment uncertainty – Ask Decanter
07 January 2019

How can you tell whether or not to trust a wine investment company...? How can you tell whether or not to trust a wine investment company...?
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A wine lover’s guide to Sardinia
06 January 2019

Michaela Morris picks some of the best places to eat and drink as you explore the island...Bay at Capo Galera The best places to eat and drink as you explore the island...
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Prosecco: Discovering the drier side
05 January 2019

In search of greater terroir expression, Prosecco’s finest wines are becoming increasingly dry. Richard Baudains explores the reasons why, and picks his top 10 to try...Valdobbiadene under a dusting of winter snow Richard Baudains explores the reasons why these wines are becoming drier...
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The World's Best Wines
05 January 2019

 A look at the world's best wines in 2018.
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Bourgogne Week returns to London for fourth edition
05 January 2019

Bourgogne Wine Board's (BIVB) annual Bourgogne Week returns to London on 7 January with a jam-packed schedule featuring three main events on its first day, hosted by some of the capital's top suppliers.
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Wine Paris
05 January 2019

Wine Paris is a major event on the 2019 wine professionals' calendar. In partnership with Wine Paris. WINE PARIS will showcase a variety of wine producing regions through their different ‘climats’ and terroirs in February 2019, a
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Blogger launches new English wine podcast
05 January 2019

Wine writer and blogger Josh Lachkovic has launched a six-part podcast series entitled 'An Introduction to English Wine', featuring interviews with 16 different winemakers from across the country. 
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Top 10 non-alcoholic beers for Dry January
05 January 2019

While there really is no substitute for the real thing, the quality of low alcohol beer is improving with each passing year, and if you are abstaining this month, or simply cutting down, you could do worse than these virtuous alternatives.
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The West Point Eggnog Riot
05 January 2019

At Christmas in 1826, students at the US military academy of West Point smuggled contraband whiskey onto the campus to put in their eggnog – and caused a riot.
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Terroir in whiskey ‘does exist’, distillery study finds
05 January 2019

The preliminary results of a study exploring the influence of terroir on barley derived Irish whiskey has concluded that "environmental differences in whisk(e)y flavour are present". 
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‘Unprecedented’ Penfolds collection to go under hammer in HK
05 January 2019

An "unprecedented" collection of Penfolds including a complete vertical of Grange in magnum 1979 to 2014 will go under the hammer on 19 January at Sotheby's in Hong Kong.
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Top 10 Spanish wine trends
04 January 2019

From world-class whites to prestige Cava via blue wine, vermouth and hipster Sherry, Lucy Shaw rounds up the 10 biggest trends in Spanish wine around the globe.
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Sense and sustainability: How wine producers are protecting the environment
04 January 2019

As we release our annual green issue this month, we asked wine producers from around the world about what initiatives they have put in place to ensure their wineries are run sustainably.
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Manchester Gin to open new city centre distillery
04 January 2019

Manchester Gin is to open a new distillery, bar and restaurant in the heart of its namesake city, housed within six Grade-II listed railway arches beneath the Manchester Central conference centre. 
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Man ordered to tear down ‘secret’ garden pub
04 January 2019

A builder has been ordered to tear down a £6,000 'pub' he built in his back garden after inspectors claimed he was illegally selling booze without a licence and had not gained planning permission for the structure.
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Beyond Claret: 30 great alternatives to snap up
04 January 2019

Winemakers the world over hold up the red wines of Bordeaux as the benchmark for quality and style. But where to start? Andy Howard MW recommends 30 great reds to try if you’re keen to discover the world beyond your default claret option… Ask anyone, expert or not, to name a famous wine region, and I suspect the majority will say Bordeaux. For
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Predictions for 2019: Wine-Inspired Royal Baby Name; #WineBeerEmoji Campaign (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2019

Now that all the New Year's poppers have popped, Champagne has been drunk, and novelty party glasses manufacturers finally stopped puzzling over how the hell to fit lenses into the numerals "2019," it's time for Unfiltered to take on our own annual challenge: Predicting the year in wine and pop culture to come. At this time in 2018, we thought we had it all figured out, but now, one year older and...
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Anson: Tasting Château Branaire-Ducru
04 January 2019

'The epitome of the graceful, elegant wines that make this appellation so well loved,' says Jane Anson...Château Branaire Ducru, St Julien Jane Anson re-visits this St-Julien estate....
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Watch: Sabrage attempt at French Laundry smashes $2k Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne
04 January 2019

A video doing the rounds on social media channel Reddit involves another failed attempt at sabrage, appearing to show the general manager of three Michelin-starred French Laundry in the Napa Valley smashing a Nebuchadnezzar of Champagne.
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Top winery hotels near Florence
04 January 2019

You don’t need to trek down endless gravel roads to get a taste of Chianti’s finest rooms. Helen Farrell discovers fabulous winery accommodation within a stone’s throw of Florence...Fattoria Lavacchio Fabulous winery accommodation within a stone’s throw of Florence...
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Exciting Wine Restaurants in Atlanta (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2019

When you think about Southern American food, staples like fried chicken, biscuits and collard greens often come to mind. But in cities like Atlanta, star chefs and independent owners alike are expanding local cuisine far beyond the classics, and offering world-class wine programs to match. Here are nine Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning destinations for superior wine and food, served w...
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Restaurant Spotlight: N5 Wine Bar (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2019

Husband-and-wife team Thomas and Anne Cabrol opened N5 Wine Bar in Toulouse, France, in 2013. The restaurant quickly made a name for itself with a wine list that’s lengthy yet thoughtful, earning Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2015. The 3,600-selection, moderately priced list includes an impressive 500 wines by the glass. The program represents regions around the world...
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Restaurant Spotlight: N5 Wine Bar (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2019

Husband-and-wife team Thomas and Anne Cabrol opened N5 Wine Bar in Toulouse, France, in 2013. The restaurant quickly made a name for itself with a wine list that’s lengthy yet thoughtful, earning Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2015. The 4,000-selection, moderately priced list includes an impressive 500 wines by the glass. The program represents regions around the world...
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Turning Tables: Another Daniel's Broiler Opens in Seattle; New York's Ai Fiori Welcomes New Wine Director (Wine Spectator)
04 January 2019

Daniel's Broiler Opens in Downtown SeattleDaniel's Broiler is now open in the Hyatt Regency in downtown Seattle. It's the largest location of the Schwartz Brothers steak house, which has two Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winners in Washington, one in Bellevue and another in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Both wine lists offer strengths in Washington, California, Oregon and F...
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Lyle’s owners to open wine bar and bakery
04 January 2019

In what is set to be a growing trend this year, the owners of Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant Lyle’s are to open a bakery that doubles as a wine bar.
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China reduces Australian wine tariffs to zero
04 January 2019

Australian wine exports to China are expected to see substantial growth this year, after its principal export market reduced import tariffs to zero this Tuesday (1 January).
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Randall Grahm bids farewell to ‘Le Cigare Volant’
04 January 2019

Californian winemaker Randall Grahm has announced that one of his signature wines, that helped kickstart the ‘American Rhône’ movement, is to be discontinued – sort of.
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Sale of NZ’s Lowburn Ferry vineyard completes for $2.1m
04 January 2019

The sale of a Central Otago vineyard to Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates for NZ$2.1 million (£1.15m) has been approved by New Zealand's Overseas Investment Office (OIO).
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Bibendum: On-trade trends for 2019
04 January 2019

On-trade supplier Bibendum has tipped Uruguay, Canada and Croatia as trends to watch in 2019, as well as indigenous grapes and smaller regions in countries such as Italy, France, Chile and Argentina.
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Four men arrested after theft of $500k worth of Tequila
03 January 2019

Four men have been arrested in Florida after a trailer containing over US$500,000 worth of Patrón Tequila was detached from a transportation lorry and driven away.
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UK sparkling wine sales hit record high in 2018
03 January 2019

UK sales of Champagne and sparkling wine hit a record high of almost £2.2bn in 2018, thanks in part to surging demand for the French crémant style.Sales of sparkling wine in the UK reached new highs in 2018 A record high of almost £2.2bn in 2018...
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Black Sheep Brewery acquires York Brewery
03 January 2019

Masham-based brewer Black Sheep has announced its acquisition of York Brewery for an undisclosed sum after the latter went into administration last month, saving more than 40 jobs. 
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Sazerac buys 19 brands from New York spirits producer
03 January 2019

Sazerac has started 2019 with a slew of new acquisitions, purchasing a total of 19 brands from the New York-based spirits producer Star Industries. 
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Drinkaware partners with Asda to educate shoppers in store
03 January 2019

Drinkaware is set to go into hundreds of UK Asda supermarket store to educate shopper about safe drinking as part of a new partnership.
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Super somms: Gerard Basset and Ronan Sayburn
03 January 2019

When it comes to influential sommeliers, Gerard Basset and Ronan Sayburn lead the pack. Lauren Eads finds out why they are held in such high esteem by their peers, and how they have inspired a new generation of drinks professionals.
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Peroni latest to release 0.0% alcohol-free beer
03 January 2019

Peroni Nastro Azzurro has launched its first alcohol-free beer, Peroni Libera 0.0%, which will be available at Tesco stores across the UK from this month.
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Bacchus: grape or god? – Ask Decanter
03 January 2019

A reference to Bacchus wine appears before the grape was developed - so what does it refer to...?Bacchus grapes at Chapel Down winery There are references to Bacchus before the grape was developed...
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Montefalco Sagrantino on the rise: names to know plus top wines to try
03 January 2019

Producers in the small Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG in Umbria have developed an approachable modern style for their notoriously tannic native Sagrantino grape. Susan Hulme MW charts their progress and recommends eight wines to try… This grape is difficult to tame in both vineyard and winery...
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Heatwave sees liqueur sales soar in UK
03 January 2019

Sales of liqueurs in the UK off-trade have soared in the last year, boosted by the summer's heatwave and the craze for sharing cocktail images on social-media, new stats have revealed.
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WSET to mark 50 years of wine education
03 January 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will mark its 50th year by launching its first ever global 'Wine Education Week', alongside a partnership with the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) that will identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals.
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Sazerac buys further stake in India’s John Distilleries Private Limited
03 January 2019

Sazerac, the New Orleans-based family-owned spirits company, is continuing a programme of rapid expansion by buying an enhanced stake in India's John Distilleries Private Limited (JDPL) from Gaja Capital, the private equity house.
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Top Vienna restaurants and wine bars
03 January 2019

For lovers of contemporary art, opera, theatre, coffee, sweet pastries and, of course, great food and local wine, the Austrian capital has it all, says resident Jason Turner...Where to eat and drink. Where to eat and drink...
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Trusted trader accreditation ‘advisable’ but not the ‘answer’ to Brexit
02 January 2019

Businesses hoping to circumvent Brexit custom woes by becoming a 'trusted trader' under a widely recognised international scheme are unlikely to gain accreditation in time, the WSTA has warned, arguing that it is ‘not the answer to Brexit’.
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WSTA: Sales of fizz hit new peak in 2018
02 January 2019

UK sales of sparkling wine and Champagne reached a record high this year with Brits buying almost £2.2 billion worth of fizz, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association's latest market report.
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Profiling Japan’s top Koshu producers
02 January 2019

We profile Japan's top Koshu producers along with their top wines, as we highlight why Koshu has become the emblematic grape of this far eastern nation.
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Mallya faces ‘fugitive economic offender’ tag in India
02 January 2019

Vijay Mallya's legal troubles continue to mount following the ruling in December that the former head of United Spirits should be extradited to India to face fraud and money laundering charges.
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Top wine and spirit trade fairs of 2019
02 January 2019

Diaries at the ready – these are the must-attend events taking place in the world of drinks in 2019 – in chronological order.
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Decanter’s guide to anniversary buys 2019
02 January 2019

In search of that special bottle to mark a celebration in 2019? Look no further, as Anthony Rose offers advice on which wines and vintages will make ideal gifts for this year’s celebrationsWhat to buy for special celebrations in 2019 In search of that special bottle to mark a celebration in 2019?
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Great wineries to visit in 2019: Travel inspiration
02 January 2019

Thinking of planning a trip to somewhere with great wine in 2019? Here is a small selection of wineries - including winery restaurants and hotels - for your bucket list, recommended by Decanter contributors. Just another day. Sunrise at Te Mata Peak, not too far from the winery of the same name, in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Top wine tours for your bucket list...
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Decanter Best Buy wines for under £15 / $20 – 2018
01 January 2019

In 2018 members of the Decanter team tasted a huge range of wines to suit all budgets. Here we present our tried-and-tested selection of great quality wines that can be picked up for under £15 / $20... Throughout 2018 many members of the Decanter team were kept busy tasting a vast selection of wines from around the
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Discover Sicily: 20 great buys
01 January 2019

Sicily is finding its rightful place in the Italian wine scene with its discovery and rediscovery of native varieties and distinctive sites. The island’s wines are now as captivating as the island’s beautiful scenery, believes Susan Hulme MW… Sicily has long bewitched me with its distinctive colours, sights and smells. The island first cast its spell over me …Continue read...
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Discover Sicily: 20 great buys
01 January 2019

Sicily is finding its rightful place in the Italian wine scene with its discovery and rediscovery of native varieties and distinctive sites. The island’s wines are now as captivating as the island’s beautiful scenery, believes Susan Hulme MW… Sicily has long bewitched me with its distinctive colours, sights and smells. The island first cast its spell over me …Continue read...
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In Memoriam: Winemakers Who Died in 2018 (Wine Spectator)
01 January 2019

Before we look ahead to 2019, Wine Spectator’s editors would like to take a moment to remember the wine and food industry leaders, loved ones, friends and pioneers that passed this year.We were shocked and saddened by the death of renowned chef, author and television star Anthony Bourdain, who took his own life in June at age 61. Bourdain appeared on the cover of the March 31, 2015, issue of...
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Jefford on Monday: The Past, The Future, Four Themes, Four Wines
31 December 2018

Andrew Jefford looks back on the old year and forward to the new...Wines to go with key 'themes' of 2018 Andrew Jefford looks back on the old year and forward to the new...
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Corbières: 10 names to know plus top wines to try
31 December 2018

Traditionally known for its good-value rustic red blends, this Languedoc heartland region is forging a new reputation for quality and great terroirs. James Lawther MW heads south for a visit… It’s the size and rugged beauty that assails you. Corbières is such a massive chunk of land and within its
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Hugh Johnson: ‘Sheer curiosity drives me to taste every English bubbly I come across’
30 December 2018

A self-confessed 'Champagne addict' - but is Hugh Johnson's loyalty wobbling? Should Champagne be worried?
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
30 December 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picked fine wines for drinking now and for the cellar, based on tastings that he has attended recently. From the cellar The Spurrier selection You may also like: Steven Spurrier’s top wine memories Decanter’s top wines of 2018:
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Wine and graffiti trail launched in Valparaiso
29 December 2018

A unique tourism trail through the city of Valparaiso launched with Wines of Chile in November links wine and street art…The San Pedro mural Combining wine and street art...
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Balkan intrigue: regional spotlight plus 12 great reds worth seeking out
29 December 2018

There’s no getting away from it, this area is rather complex: regions, dialects, grape names, politics... Focusing on the reds, Caroline Gilby MW gives an expert introduction to the six main wine nations to the east of the Adriatic, highlighting the top producers and recommending a dozen of the best wines in the region… This is a corner of the wine world that is truly reinventing its...
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Sommelier Roundtable: Wine-Inspired Pet Names (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2018

With year-end lists of the most popular pet and baby names coming out, we hoped to see the Millennials taking their love of wine into consideration when christening, now that they're becoming parents (or at least dogparents). And while the top names for newborn boys and girls in 2018, according to BabyCenter.com, were "Jackson" and "Sophia," respectively, we suspect the inspirations for those were...
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Top Wine Stories of 2018 (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2018

It was one for the ages. In 2018, many prominent wineries were sold, some to equally big-named wine companies, and others to newcomers to wine. This included Napa's Heitz Cellars, Pinot Noir specialist Kosta Browne and vintner Dave Phinney's Locations brand—can you guess who they sold to? Read on …Every year, we also say goodbye to important figures of the wine industry, sometimes une...
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Top Wine Spectator Editors' Blog Posts of 2018 (Wine Spectator)
29 December 2018

It was yet another eventful year in the wine world, and our editors had no shortage of hot takes. We looked at up-and-coming wine regions, new winemakers on the rise (and old winemakers with exciting new projects), off-the-radar wines that deserve your attention, and talked to Joe Wagner about his Pinot Noir growing pains.Ordered alphabetically by editor, here are our top blog posts of 2018. Rober...
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Top Aspen restaurants and bars
29 December 2018

This world-class ski resort in Colorado also offers year-round appeal with its food and wine culture and stunning vistas, says local resident Kelly J Hayes...Where to eat and drink in Aspen Where to drink wine...
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Jefford: Are you a label drinker?
28 December 2018

Is social media turning us all into 'label drinkers'?Are we turning into 'label drinkers'? Is social media turning us all into 'label drinkers'?
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Reimagining Barbera
28 December 2018

In the right hands, Piedmont’s most planted red variety can be a serious contender, finds Tom Hyland... Barbera is the perfect match for simple foods at Piedmont trattoria or osteria, but it’s not just the restaurant-going locals
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Top New Wine Videos of 2018 (Wine Spectator)
28 December 2018

What did 2018 teach us about wine? From walking the vineyards with top winemakers to learning new wine-friendly recipes to how to decant a bottle of wine, Wine Spectator's editors covered a lot of ground!Among the most popular Wine Spectator videos of 2018 are Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year and the winner of our 2018 Video Contest. They're joined by useful how-to tutorials and special insider i...
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Best of Unfiltered 2018 (Wine Spectator)
28 December 2018

If you were a pop culture vulture on the lookout for wine in the wild in 2018, your cup runneth over. It was a year of action amidst the wines for our favorite A-listers: 50 Cent popped a spritz, Adam Rippon did the twist, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union found their bliss, and excavators working on a London-area church wine cellar found … Samuel Taylor Coleridge (whose remains had been misp...
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Michaela Morris’ top fine wines of 2018
28 December 2018

See which wines Italian expert Michaela Morris has rated the highest during her tastings for Decanter in 2018...Michaela has tasted over 350 wines this year for Decanter, including wines from Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Barolo. See Michaela's highest scoring wines of 2018...
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Best Champagnes of 2018 tasted by our experts
27 December 2018

There's a small event coming up known as New Year's Eve, which looks like a perfect opportunity to drink one of the top-rated Champagnes tasted in 2018 by Decanter's experts. See full tasting notes and scores below... Great Champagnes to celebrate with...
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Winemaking disasters: When wine goes wrong…
27 December 2018

Making wine is not easy. From natural disasters and vineyard pests to human error and deliberate sabotage, Matt Walls shares some of the trials and tribulations that winemakers have overcome to get the bottle to your table...Toppled wine barrels sit in a storage room at Kieu Hoang Winery after the 2014 earthquake in Napa, California. Some of the trials and tribulations that winemakers have overcom...
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Reduced Copper Spells Trouble for Champagne
27 December 2018

 New rules reducing the use of copper sulfate could be problematic in Champagne.
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Top Health Topics of 2018 (Wine Spectator)
27 December 2018

In 2018, a year that brought no shortage of wellness "trends," it's no surprise that the relationship between wine and health was a hot topic. In addition to reports on new scientific research and answers to reader-submitted questions, Wine Spectator took deep dives into a wide range of pertinent wine-and-health subjects. From wine's unique effects on women to the breakdown of polyphenols' benefit...
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Six new Master Sommeliers after tasting exam re-run
27 December 2018

Six hopefuls in the US have gained Master Sommelier status after passing the notoriously difficult tasting exam – twice. Master Sommelier exams are notoriously difficult... The six new Master Sommeliers announced...
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Live the dream: 10 idyllic vineyards for sale
26 December 2018

Could 2019 be the year to leave the office job behind and head for the vine-covered hills? Find your perfect wine-estate escape, from fairytale châteaux to boutique vineyards… The international property section on Country Life features some of the most sort after wineries and vineyards in the world. What
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Hawke’s Bay: Beyond Gimblett Gravels
26 December 2018

There’s a lot more to Hawke’s Bay than Gimblett Gravels – but is further sub-regionality justified? Oliver Styles looks at the cases for and against... Talk to almost any winemaker in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay and they are convinced that sub-regionality exists. As Mike Henley,
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Rotundone: the science behind ‘pepper’ in wine
25 December 2018

With some wines, you could be forgiven for thinking someone had sneakily ground some pepper into your glass. But there’s very good reason for it, says Matt Walls... What’s your favourite smell? For some it’s newly mown grass; for others, sizzling bacon. For me, it’s freshly ground black
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What the Decanter team are eating and drinking this Christmas
25 December 2018

Ever wondered what members of the Decanter team drink at Christmas? Take a look at their festive choices as well as their travels, traditions and more...What will the Decanter team be drinking with their turkey? What they will open on the day...
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Christmas Wine Quiz – test your knowledge
25 December 2018

It's the time of year when you get to open some great bottles with friends and family, but do you know how to make the most of it? Test your knowledge to see what wines you should be drinking, decanting, or even hiding from family with the light-hearted Decanter.com Christmas wine quiz...See which red wines for Christmas our experts recommend. The Decanter.com Christmas Wine Quiz – test...
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Jefford on Monday: Christmas wine
24 December 2018

It’s not what you drink that matters, says Andrew Jefford, but the meaning of what you drink...What are you drinking this Christmas? What are you drinking for Christmas..?
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Steven Spurrier’s top wines of 2018
24 December 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor's top wines from his columns in 2018... Each month Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and for the cellar, based on tastings that
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The World's Best Brandy
24 December 2018

 We run down the best examples of what happens when wine reaches the spiritual plane.
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How does English sparkling wine compare to Champagne? Rosés
24 December 2018

John Stimpfig compares the spakling rosés of England with those of Champagne. Is there a clear winner?Hush Heath's Balfour Rosé turned in an impressive result against strong competition. Are English sparklings closing the gap?
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Wine Legend: The Eyrie Vineyards, South Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1975
24 December 2018

'A wine one wants to return to again and again...’ 'A wine one wants to return to again and again...’
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Donatella Cinelli Colombini: A Woman's Touch
23 December 2018

 Meet the all-star, all-female wine-making crew making waves in Tuscany.
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Top Chilean wines to drink now
23 December 2018

John Stimpfig picks out some top Chilean wines for drinking now, from Decanter's recent Fine Wine Encounter in Shanghai... Including wines from Errazuriz, Concha y Toro and Montes...
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How does English sparkling wine compare to Champagne? The vintage category
23 December 2018

Where is your money best spent? John Stimpfig reports...Nyetimber's 1086 is one of the newest English deluxe cuvées. Where is your money best spent?
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For the New Year, Edouardo Jordan Serves Up Luck and Prosperity (Wine Spectator)
22 December 2018

Edouardo Jordan's knack for making great food came long before he began building up his résumé. "My background in cooking with my family allowed me to understand how food should taste and how to season things," Jordan says. "Grandma … she just knew how to season her food—that was from the start. So maybe that's innate in me."The Florida-born chef eventually took this fou...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Crispy Polenta with Chicken (or Turkey) and Vegetable Sauté (Wine Spectator)
22 December 2018

Once the big holiday feast is over, you deserve a break from heavy cooking. But you’ve already had a turkey sandwich or three—and there are still a ton of leftovers. Luckily, you can transform any roast meat and cooked veggies into a new, elegant dinner in a few simple moves.Nothing in this recipe should be considered a hard-and-fast rule. It’s more of a blueprint for how to reco...
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How does English sparkling wine compare to Champagne? The non-vintages
22 December 2018

How do some of England and France's best non-vintage fizzes compare? John Stimpfig found out recently...How do the non vintage wines compare? Non-vintage fizz from each side of the Channel face off against each other...
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Wines to drink with Christmas ham
22 December 2018

Expert food and wine writer Fiona Beckett gives her advice on which bottles to open with a traditional Christmas ham. What styles to match with this this festive classic...
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Top 10 sparkling wines of 2018
22 December 2018

Searching for some fizz for the festive season but want to try something other than Prosecco or Champagne? Then take a look at our top sparkling wines of 2018, taking in fizz from Italy, Germany, California, England, Spain and a cracking option from Hungary.
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Pub ‘culture change’ demanded by disability charity
22 December 2018

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire has called for a "culture change" after conducting a survey which revealed that 86% of disabled people face difficulties in pubs and bars.
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Colorado Budweiser brewery ammonia leak leaves six in hospital
22 December 2018

Six workers were sent to hospital after an ammonia leak originating from a refrigeration system was discovered at Fort Collins Anheuser-Busch brewery in Colorado this week.
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Irish Distillers boosts Powers’ on-trade presence with Dublin bar crawl
22 December 2018

Irish Distillers has launched a new educational bar crawl in Dublin in an effort to promote the history of its powers whiskey label.
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Surrey brewery releases its cave-aged beer in time for Christmas
22 December 2018

Having resurrected the local tradition of ageing beer in the town caves, Reigate's Pilgrim Brewery has unveiled the product of its labour in time for Christmas – an Imperial Stout matured for six months in ex-whisky barrels.
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NHS England invests £300,000 in ‘drunk tanks’ this Christmas
22 December 2018

NHS England has announced an extra £300,000 investment in dozens of alcohol services this Christmas, including 'drunk tanks', as a means of alleviating strain on A&E during the final weekend before Christmas.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the drinks business
22 December 2018

As the the drinks business team heads off on our festive break, we would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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The year in pictures: celebrity special
22 December 2018

As we come to the end of 2018, we took a look back over our favourite celebrity moments this year, not to mention the highlights from some of our awards.
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The most news popular stories of 2018
22 December 2018

Based on the page views recorded our site, this year's most popular stories have included the collapse of UK wholesaler Conviviality, Jancis Robinson's new wine glass and a certain latex wine accessory that's raking in the big bucks.
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The most popular news stories of 2018
22 December 2018

Based on the page views recorded our site, this year's most popular stories have included the collapse of UK wholesaler Conviviality, Jancis Robinson's new wine glass and a certain latex wine accessory that's raking in the big bucks.
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‘Authenticated’ 1880s Glenlivet goes on sale
22 December 2018

A rare bottle of Glenlivet from the 1880s is to be auctioned online this month. Despite warnings of the extent of fake Scotch in the market, this bottle has reportedly been authenticated as far as possible, is it the start of a new standard for old bottles of Scotch?
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Britons to consume six billion units of alcohol this Christmas
22 December 2018

The average Briton will consume an average of 26 units per day this Christmas, with the nation collectively expected to drink almost six billions units of alcohol between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, a new study has revealed.
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Constellation Brands faces challenge to US$1.5 billion brewery
22 December 2018

Constellation Brands will have to keep fighting for a new US$1.5 billion brewery in Mexico, after a petition for a public vote on its construction was accepted for consideration by the Baja California State Senate.
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The Decanter interview: Paul Symington, CEO Symington Family Estates
22 December 2018

After 40 years working for the family firm, Symington Family Estates CEO Paul Symington retires this month. At a recent tasting of vintage Ports and aged tawnies, and in a follow-up phone conversation with Amy Wislocki, he explained passionately why the Douro must change... Why the Douro must change...
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IWSR predicts China’s wine imports to grow 8% in 2019
21 December 2018

While China has yet to release official figures on 2018's annual wine imports, the IWSR has predicted that the country's wine imports will increase by 8% next year, despite China's slowing economy and uncertainties of a US-China trade war.
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Conker unveils Navy Strength Gin in support of RNLI
21 December 2018

Dorset-based spirits producer Conker has teamed up with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to release a new nay strength gin, with a portion of the proceeds from its sale going towards the charity.
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Flavoured gin contributes over 50% of the growth in sector
21 December 2018

Sales of flavoured gin in the UK have contributed more than half of all the growth in the gin category in the past year, with sales netting £165 million, up an impressive 751% on the same period last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.
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Glenturret distillery sold to French wine company
21 December 2018

Spirits group Edrington has agreed to sell The Glenturret malt whisky distillery in Crieff  – one of Scotland's oldest working distilleries – to a Swiss winemaker. 
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Most exciting sparkling wines of 2018
21 December 2018

Find one to try...Try one of these exciting sparklers. Exciting wines to seek out...
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The rise of ‘other’ fine Burgundy
21 December 2018

In December Liv-ex reported growth in that segment of the investment/collecting side of the Burgundy market not revolving around Domaine de la Romanée-Conti but what are the labels buyers are turning to instead?
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New Study Shows Drinking One Drink a Day Leads to This Surprising Benefit (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2018

Can a glass of wine a day really keep the doctor away? A new study published this month in the scientific journal Addiction says it might. Researchers from Harvard University, Italy's Mediterranean Neurological Institute and the University of Molise investigated the relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of hospitalization, and found that those who consumed roughly one drink per day...
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Unfiltered: Soccer Great Ronaldo Now 'Commander' of Ribera Wine Castle; Cam Newton Trots Out Lucky Wine Cleats (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2018

Legendary striker Ronaldo may be better known for hoisting World Cups than wineglasses, but the Brazilian soccer all-time great is about to get immersed in the vino playbook. On Saturday, "O Fenômeno," who retired from the pitch in 2011, was honored with the title of "alcaide"—an old-timey Spanish term for governor or commander of a castle—of the Provincial Wine Museum of Vallado...
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Russian Standard Vodka launches in India
21 December 2018

Russian Standard Vodka is launching in India through a partnership with Monika Enterprise, managed via it’s UAE distributor partner MMI.
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Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
21 December 2018

Professor Alex Maltman questions the new orthodoxy that vineyard geology is of overriding importance to a wine's character, and highlights some factors that may have been overlooked when it comes to understanding wine terroir in the glass. Vineyards in the Douro valley on schist soils. Professor Alex Maltman questions the new orthodoxy...
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Peak Wine Lists for a European Ski Trip (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2018

Set in some of the world’s top skiing regions, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners lift the romance of winter getaways to new heights. Experience modern luxuries amid historic surroundings, from family-owned resorts in St.-Moritz to a wine-centric Italian restaurant at the site of several venues for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Plus, each of these destinations has a summer season, so...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Olivella (Wine Spectator)
21 December 2018

About 70 miles north of Los Angeles is Ojai, Calif., a city in a scenic valley setting with a charming downtown area. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been one of the city’s top resorts since 1923, and its Olivella restaurant has held Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for more than a decade. Olivella takes its connection to the region very seriously, sourcing ingredients from nearb...
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Fake whisky ‘infiltrating’ rare Scotch market – study
21 December 2018

Tests on 55 ‘rare’ Scotch whiskies have revealed more than a third to be fakes, prompting concern about the scale of counterfeiting in the secondary market.Some of the whiskies found to be fake during SUERC radiocarbon testing. Lab tests reveal 21 out of 55 'rare' Scotch whiskies to be fakes...
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Dairy UK launches cheese and whisky pairing app
21 December 2018

The UK's industry body for diary farmers has launched an app that helps consumers match British-made cheese with port and whisky.
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The seven gin flavours consumers want to try most in 2019
21 December 2018

Nettle, biscuits and the humble cup of tea are all flavours consumers want to taste in their gins next year, according to new research.
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Vinexpo NY to explore gender profiling in wine
20 December 2018

Vinexpo New York 2019, which is due to take place on 4-5 March at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will explore the topic of gender profiling in wine.
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Scotch secondary market is riddled with fakes
20 December 2018

Fake whisky has permeates “every” major route to market and as much as a third of all rare Scotch in the global market, valued at £41 million, could be counterfeit a whisky consultancy service has warned.
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AB InBev and Tilray to invest $100m in non-alcoholic cannabis drinks
20 December 2018

The world's largest brewer, AB InBev and Canadian cannabis company are to invest US$100 million in a research partnership to develop a "deeper understanding" of non-alcoholic beverages containing THC and CBD in order to "guide future decisions". 
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Anson: Tasting 100 years of Château Talbot wines
20 December 2018

Starting with a 1919 vintage that is still holding its own and including a 1945 wine that remains 'full of flavour', Jane Anson has tasted a wine from each decade of Cordier family ownership at this St-Julien estate... From the historic 1919 vintage to the lauded 2010...
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US visitors to ProWein overtakes UK
20 December 2018

Visitors from the US at the Dusseldorf trade show overtook the UK for the first time, the shows organisers have revealed, as the US becomes an increasingly important market for ProWein.
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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Burgundy Starts Fast and Finishes Slow (Wine Spectator)
20 December 2018

The 2018 growing season kept Burgundy’s vintners on their toes, with a quick start following by erratic rains and a slow harvest. However, in the end, yields were good and quality appears to be very good to outstanding.Welcome to Wine Spectator's 2018 Wine Harvest Report, our coverage of Northern Hemisphere wine regions. (Our Southern Hemisphere 2018 harvest reports were published earlier th...
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Cristal Vinothèque: The ultimate luxury fizz?
20 December 2018

Following the launch of Cristal Vinothèque with the 1995 vintage in 2017, John Stimpfig recently tasted the 1996, which he describes as an 'absolute, ultimate fizz'...Cristal Vinothèque undergoes extended ageing in the Louis Roederer cellars. Can you get your hands on this extra-aged Cristal Champagne...
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The 2018 Liv-ex Power 100 – analysis
20 December 2018

Burgundy leads this year’s Liv-ex Power 100, with Domaine Leroy taking the top spot. But there are many risers and fallers in the listings, with wines from Italy and Champagne making their presence felt. Rupert Millar examines the rankings and explains what it means for producers and buyers.
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Turning Tables: EMP Winter House Debuts in Aspen (Wine Spectator)
20 December 2018

EMP Winter House Debuts in AspenAfter the success from two summers of EMP Summer House in New York's Long Island, Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Eleven Madison Park is launching a second seasonal pop-up, EMP Winter House, in Aspen, Colo. The restaurant opened Dec. 15 in the St. Regis Hotel and will remain open through the first week of April 2019. "EMP Summer House and EMP Winter House are two...
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Alibaba releases drinks report on lower-tier cities in China
20 December 2018

E-commerce giant Alibaba has released a report on the drinking habits of Chinese consumers from lower-tier cities, finding that Kunshan in the eastern Jiangsu province consumers the most alcohol of the 3,000 cities surveyed in the report.
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Nine outstanding Champagnes over £50
20 December 2018

Looking to spend big on fizz? Here are nine outstanding Champagnes to prove that money can in fact buy you happiness…
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Entries now open for Asia Design & Packaging Masters
20 December 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong will launch the Asian Design & Packaging Masters 2019 next April, a competition that will showcase the most innovative packaging and design solutions in the Asian wine and spirits market.
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Decanter’s top wines of 2018: Most exciting picks
20 December 2018

Here are the 75 wines that have particularly impressed our staff and contributors in 2018, re-tasted blind by an expert panel. Tina Gellie reports... Re-tasted and rated after being chosen by staff and contributors...
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Penfolds Grange 1951 sets new auction record for Australian wine
20 December 2018

A single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 has sold for more than A$80,000, beating its previous record and confirming its status as the most expensive Australian wine sold at auction, according to Langton's.Penfolds Grange has become a flagship Australian wine. One bottle sold for more than A$80,000...
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Great Wall looks to on-trade and lower-tier cities for growth
20 December 2018

China’s leading domestic winery, GreatWall, is switching its distribution towards the on-trade and lower-tier cities which it has identified as key drivers of future growth.
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JD Wetherspoon staff win ‘bumper’ pay rise after strike action
20 December 2018

Staff at two pubs owned by bar group JD Wetherspoon say they've won a "bumper" 60p per hour pay rise after going on strike earlier this year.
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US auction houses revel in ‘banner year’
20 December 2018

Two major US auction houses have announced their results for 2018 which have been “record breaking”.
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Top people moves in drinks: December
20 December 2018

December has seen a number of high profile people moves including the appointments of new chief executives at Edrington and Carlsberg UK. Here we round up the top new hires in the drinks industry in the past month.
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Trump administration clamps down on ‘unfair’ booze tax breaks
20 December 2018

The Trump administration has finalised regulations to clamp down on booze companies who import and export wine, by limiting their ability to reduce import taxes, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
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New winemaker for Miguel Torres Chile
20 December 2018

Winemaker Eduardo Jordán has been appointed as the new technical director of Miguel Torres Chile, replacing Fernando Almeda who will leave the company in January. Torres has a new technical director. A new technical director...
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Mayfair’s Neo Bistro rumoured to be closing
20 December 2018

Executive chef Mark Jarvis has cut ties with Mayfair's Neo Bistro amid rumours that the restaurant is set to close in the new year.
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Zachys to host ex-cellar Lafite sale in NYC
19 December 2018

US fine wine auctioneer Zachys is going to offer a large selection of wines direct from the cellars of Château Lafite Rothschild in New York next spring – including famous vintages such as 1870, 1945 and 1959.
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Brewer’s Association removes ‘traditional’ from craft beer definition
19 December 2018

The US Brewer's Association has updated its definition of craft beer, removing the outdated requirement that the majority of beers be "traditional", allowing brewers to innovate in new areas without sacrificing their ‘craft’ status.
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Consorzio Franciacorta elects new president
19 December 2018

The Consorzio Franciacorta, Italy's traditional method sparkling wine appellation, has named its new president. 
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Massive Cash Boost for Drizly
19 December 2018

 The online alcoholic-beverage vehicle ramps up its market share with new funding.
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‘It’s absurd’ – here’s what the drinks industry is saying about the government’s no-deal brexit plans
19 December 2018

Cabinet ministers have approved £2 billion to go towards government departments as they "ramp up" preparations for a no-deal brexit.
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Ten wines to try in 2019
19 December 2018

Looking for something slightly different to try in 2019? Margaret Rand, author of 101 Wines to Try Before You Die, recommends ten intriguing bottles to get you ahead of the curve... Margaret Rand recommends a selection of offbeat bottles that no wine lover should miss...
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Top 10 whiskies for Christmas
19 December 2018

A Christmas top 10 you won't want to miss. Richard Woodard picks his top 10 whiskies for you - or Father Christmas - to enjoy this festive season...Pick a whisky to enjoy this Christmas. Top choices to enjoy this Christmas...
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‘Red & White: An unquenchable thirst for wine’ by Oz Clarke
19 December 2018

Oz Clarke delivers a rollicking read together with some great wine knowledge in his new book. Settle in and enjoy the ride...Red and White 'A rollicking read together with some great wine knowledge...'
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English sparkling wines for Christmas
19 December 2018

Pick one of these English sparkling wines to serve to family and friends this Christmas...Enjoy an English sparkling this Christmas Try something from closer to home this Christmas..
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Why the government’s sustainability plan won’t be easy for the drinks industry
19 December 2018

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued a five-point plan to tackle the UK's waste problem, prompting mixed reactions from the drinks sector.
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Icewine harvest underway in BC
19 December 2018

The icewine harvest is taking place in British Columbia after the mercury dropped to the requisite -8° centigrade, in what is another early freeze in the Canadian province.
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Diner finds $4k pearl in his lunch at Grand Central’s oyster bar
19 December 2018

A man, who initially thought he'd lost a tooth in a mouthful of shellfish stew at Grand Central Station's oyster bar in New York, was surprised to discover that the foreign object was actually a pearl worth between US$2,000 to $4,000. 
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Macallan releases men’s loafers
19 December 2018

The Macallan has partnered with shoe brand Rob McAllan to release a limited edition series of men’s loafers in the US, “inspired” by its ‘Rare Cask’ expression.
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Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery lays off 10% of staff
19 December 2018

Oregon-based brewer Deschutes, which is the 10th largest craft brewer in America, has laid off 10% of its staff after planned growth failed to materialise. 
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Warner Edwards unveils festive hedgehog marketing campaign for rhubarb gin
19 December 2018

Northamptonshire-based distiller Warner Edwards has unveiled a festive marketing campaign featuring hedgehogs and bottles of its rhubarb gin in an effort to boost its "farm-grown" credentials. 
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Canadian cannabis beer startup Province Brands targets Caribbean resorts
18 December 2018

A Canadian drinks company specialising in non-alcoholic cannabis beers has struck a distribution deal with a new chain of hotels set to launch in the Caribbean in 2021.
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Japanese restaurant offers ‘girl’s hair-flavoured’ chicken
18 December 2018

A Japanese fast food chain has launched ‘girl’s hair-flavoured’ chicken, adding to a bizarre menu that already includes 'girl's sweat' and 'girl's feet' sauce.
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Pinkster Gin raises £1.1 million to fund expansion
18 December 2018

Cambridge-based gin brand Pinkster has raised £1.1 million in private finance to fund expansion, believing there to be "clear headroom for growth" in the category, with 11% of on-trade gin stockists now carrying a pink gin.
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Heston Blumenthal accused of underpaying staff by $1m
18 December 2018

Molecular gastronomist Heston Blumenthal has been accused of underpaying chefs by as much as AUS$30,000 each per year due to hundreds of hours of overtime going unpaid at his restaurant in Melbourne, it's been claimed.
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International Festive Feasts
18 December 2018

If Christmas is always the same in your household you might be intrigued to know how they spend it Down Under – or in places even colder than the UK! Fiona Beckett asks four New World winemakers what makes a traditional Christmas for them and how they eat and drinkGrand Valley Ranch, Okanagan Crush Pad, Canada. If Christmas is always the same in your household you might be intrigued to know...
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Unfiltered: New Mouton 2016 Art Label Is Here to Party (Wine Spectator)
18 December 2018

Bordeaux's Château Mouton-Rothschild makes a serious wine, but the newly unveiled label for the 2016 vintage shows it's not afraid to cut loose and get down. Following in the first-growth's famous annual tradition, the label features original artwork, and William Kentridge's creation, titled Triumphs of Bacchus, depicts a scene of full-on claret merriment, with a joyful procession of chalice...
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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Oregon and Washington Vintners Are Pleased Despite a Hot Summer (Wine Spectator)
18 December 2018

Both Washington and Oregon vintners weathered a hot, dry summer in 2018, and even drifting smoke from wildfires in other regions. But timely rains and cooler temperatures in early fall led to lovely fruit and potentially great wines.Welcome to Wine Spectator's 2018 Wine Harvest Report, our coverage of Northern Hemisphere wine regions. (Our Southern Hemisphere 2018 harvest reports were published ea...
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Alpine appeal: 10 Swiss wines worth seeking out
18 December 2018

Its wines may be little known beyond its borders, but Switzerland boasts a wealth of characterful viticultural areas and many native grapes. Robin Kick MW introduces four key varieties and recommends 10 excellent wines to try... Its wines may be little known beyond its borders, but Switzerland boasts a wealth of characterful viticultural areas and many native grapes. Robin Kick MW introduces four...
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Jackson Boxer to open Scottish resto in Notting Hill
18 December 2018

Jackson Boxer, who runs Brunswick House in Vauxhall and St Leonards in Shoreditch, is to open a Scottish restaurant in Notting Hill with chef Andrew Clarke next year.
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Scottish distiller to send 500,000 gin baubles to US after bank funding
18 December 2018

Taking boozy Christmas decorations to a whole new level, Edinburgh-based distiller Pickering's is exporting almost half a million of its gin baubles to the US after receiving a seven-figure funding package from HSBC. 
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How good is canned wine?
18 December 2018

Eduardo Dingler explores the growth in canned wine sales in the USA - and at $25 dollars a can in some cases, it's not just the house wines...egwineco.com How good are they..?
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LVMH cements wine distribution network with $3.2 billion Belmond acquisition
18 December 2018

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is set to acquire the London-based high-end travel and hospitality company extending its luxury goods supply channels around the world. Belmond's Le Manoir aux Quat'saisons where Raymond Blanc holds two Michelin Stars The agreement will see LVMH take over the Belmond brand, formerly known as Orient-Express Hotels, and its global portfolio of …Continue re...
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Tesla installs charging station in Rioja
18 December 2018

Electric car manufacturer Telsa has installed its first charging station in the Spanish wine region of Rioja at La Rioja Alta winery in Haro.
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First Isle of Wight whisky reaches legal maturity
18 December 2018

The Isle of Wight distillery has announced that it has officially made the island's first legal whisky, after the spirit reached the legally required milestone of the three years years in barrel.
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IWSR: Japan to lead global Ready-to-Drink category
18 December 2018

Japan will be leading the global ready-to-drink market by 2022, according to a recent report by the IWSR, while sales of premixed cocktails will continue to grow.
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Government restrictions on EU migration would ‘devastate’ UK hospitality industry
18 December 2018

The government's plans to place a minimum salary requirement on EU citizens living and working in the UK would be 'devastating' for the hospitality industry, according to industry leaders.
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UK restaurant closures reach ‘epidemic levels’
18 December 2018

The number of restaurants filing for insolvency in the UK has nearly doubled over the last eight years, according to accountancy firm Moore Stephens, with the uncertainty over Brexit and rising business rates contributing to a cocktail of pressures.
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Sotheby’s wine sales surpass $100m
18 December 2018

Auction house Sotheby’s has announced that this year its wine and spirit sales have crossed US$100 million for the first time.
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Director of NZ wine company fined for faking EU export papers
17 December 2018

The director of a New Zealand wine exporter has been convicted and fined after falsifying export papers to the EU on behalf of five clients, the second conviction under the country's Wine Act (2003) in recent weeks.
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Grape expectations for organic wine
17 December 2018

Organic produce has been a growing trend over the past decade and according to a recent study, the spotlight is now turning to wine. In partnership with Sudvinbio and the Occitanie Region. The study – The Future Potential for Organic Wine – was commissioned by SudVinBio, the French organic viticulture association, and
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Unfiltered: Terry Kandylis, 67 Pall Mall
17 December 2018

Former UK Sommelier of the Year 2016, Terry Kandylis, head sommelier at 67 Pall Mall, is not a fan of Pinotage, once served Brad Pitt, and why engaging with customers and telling winemakers' stories is his favourite part of the job.
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Jefford on Monday: Drinking with the Valkyries – young vintage Port
17 December 2018

Andrew Jefford says that vintage Port should (also) be sampled in its youth...A worker during the 2016 Touriga Nacional harvest at the Quinta do Noval winery. Why vintage Port should (also) be sampled in its youth...
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Opus One Sues Over Tainted Barrels
17 December 2018

 The iconic Napa winery takes its coopers to court over a major financial loss.
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Christmas beef and wine pairing tips
17 December 2018

Beef is a haven for red wine, effortlessly pairing with almost anything with a degree of success. But if you have splashed out on the Waygu and you want to impress your in-laws, these tips will keep you happily married for another year...Joint of beef. Beef is a great option for Christmas, especially as there are so many different cuts. Decanter leads you through some top wine pairing tips... The...
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Stephen Brook’s top scoring fine wines of 2018
17 December 2018

See the wines that have made Stephen Brook's end-of-year highlights, with exclusive tasting notes for Decanter Premium members...Stephen Brook's top scoring wines tasted this year. His end of year highlights...
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What the XXXX Happened to Our Searches?
16 December 2018

 How an obscure game rocketed an obscure brand up our search charts.
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Domaine Carneros: Tasting Le Reve
16 December 2018

Elin McCoy recently tasted vintages of Domaine Carneros' top sparkling wine, Le Reve, including the 'prototype' 1988... Including tasting notes...
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Top wines of 2018 from Decanter Panel Tastings
15 December 2018

Our unique and famous Panel Tastings; three world class wine experts in their field review flights of wines on a particular theme. Each give their own individual scores, which are then averaged to give an overall mark. This mark is based on the theme chosen. In 2018 we've had panel tastings covering Cabernet Franc from across South America as well as the Loire, Riesling from Germany and Australia,...
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Australia's Best Wines
15 December 2018

 You'll never guess which style of wine is predominantly represented on our list of Australia's finest.
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Take Your Holiday Roast Chicken to the Next Level with Lee Wolen's Recipe (Wine Spectator)
15 December 2018

Lee Wolen knows how to exhibit art on the plate. After all, the Cleveland-born chef has worked everywhere from Moto, the now-defunct Chicago restaurant specializing in high-tech molecular gastronomy, to New York fine-dining spot Eleven Madison Park, known for its showstopper dishes.At his Chicago restaurant Boka, however, presentation is considered, but taste is primary. "Yeah, we like [food] to l...
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Patrick Léon, Former Winemaker at Mouton-Rothschild and Opus One and Consultant at Château d’Esclans, Dies at 75 (Wine Spectator)
15 December 2018

Patrick Léon, one of France's most influential winemakers and owner of Château Les Trois Croix, in Bordeaux’s Fronsac region, died on Dec. 11. He had been battling cancer for more than a decade and developed an infection a few days earlier. Léon was 75 years old and still an active winemaker."He loved people. He never had a job but a passion—wine—and it was a...
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Sommelier Roundtable: Your Wine Predictions for 2019 (Wine Spectator)
15 December 2018

When 2018 kicked off, we asked in-the-know wine pros what to expect for the year: more bubbles, more New Zealand, more Napa and, they hoped, better "natural" wine. The past 12 months have borne out many of their prognostications—but thrown some curveballs as well. What's in store for 2019? Or rather, what should wine drinkers be paying attention to? We asked these nine sommeliers from Wine S...
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Champagne: What happens when a new chef de cave takes over?
15 December 2018

The role of chef de cave is integral to any Champagne house. But what happens when it is time to hand over the art of blending to a newcomer? Anne Krebiehl MW talks to four pairs of winemakers to find out...Richard Geoffroy (left) and Vincent Chaperon have worked together since 2005 What happens when it is time to hand over the art of blending to a newcomer?
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The best wines from the Chardonnay Masters 2018
15 December 2018

We reveal the results in full from 2018's Chardonnay Masters competition, which saw those wines with a creamy texture, stone fruit flavours and lemon-fresh acidity perform the best.
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Diageo is building a new $130m distillery in Kentucky
15 December 2018

Drinks giant Diageo is planning to build a new distillery in Kentucky as demand for American whiskeys ramps up worldwide.
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Watch: Ryan Reynolds puts silent meditation, cage-free botanicals and tears into gin
15 December 2018

Actor and owner of Aviation Gin, Ryan Reynolds, has tried his hand at a marketing video, talking viewers through the gin's production process, which includes four hours of silent mediation, an ordination by the Unitarian Church and citrus fruits misted with his tears.
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Fine wine investment: Looking for opportunities
15 December 2018

There are times a wine falls in price because it is poor value but other times a drop can signal a real opportunity, the trick is knowing which is which.
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Four reasons why UK consumers are drinking less wine
15 December 2018

A report by industry insight service Wine Intelligence has identified four reasons why UK consumers are drinking less wine, after it revealed that the number of regular wine drinkers has fallen by around one million since 2015.
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André Simon award shortlist announced
15 December 2018

Simon Woolf’s book on orange wines and Oz Clarke’s reminiscences on the wines he loves are among the drinks books shortlisted for this year’s André Simon award.
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The week in pictures
15 December 2018

This week in the world of drinks; the Beckhams' sip on Bird in Hand wines at the Fashion Awards, Echo Falls serves Prosecco with Love Island's Laura Anderson, James Bond has a drinking problem, and a brewery in New York finds a new use for hundreds of empty beer kegs...
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NZ winemaker to row 3,000 miles solo across the Atlantic
15 December 2018

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MMD takes on Billaud-Simon in UK
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Celebrated winemaker and consultant Patrick Léon dies
15 December 2018

Patrick Léon, who worked with many of the world's top wine estates, including Mouton Rothschild, Opus One and Château d’Esclans, has died in Bordeaux. Patrick Léon He worked on many of the top estates' wines and spent two decades at Mouton...
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Ex-soldier’s furry ferret friends banned from pub
15 December 2018

An ex-soldier has accused a pub of discrimination after he was banned from bringing his pet ferrets into a pub due to their "pungent smell”. 
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Unfiltered: Giovanni Ferlito, The Ritz
14 December 2018

Giovanni Ferlito, head of wine and beverages at The Ritz, reveals the perils of maintaining an 800-bin wine list, what it was like to serve Madonna, and why London is simply the best city in the world to be a sommelier.
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Macallan releases ‘one off’ 52YO malt
14 December 2018

The Macallan has released a 52 year old single cask malt whisky which it has said will be a “one time bottling” with just 250 bottles available – for £38,500 each.
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Police in Italy seize 750,000 litres of Prosecco
14 December 2018

Italian police have seized 750,000 litres of Prosecco from two producers after they were found to have both added extra sugar to the wine during fermentation to increase the alcohol content, and to have exceeded their production quota. 
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The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack
14 December 2018

 Want a great vintage of a great wine? Move sideways and you'll find an absolute bargain.
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Unfiltered: Extreme Winemaker Rowing 3,000 Miles Solo Across the Atlantic (Wine Spectator)
14 December 2018

What has two oars and is on the way to breaking records as he rows solo across the Atlantic Ocean? This guy: Isaac Giesen, a 26-year-old winemaker and member of New Zealand's Giesen Wines family. On Dec. 12, the young athlete-vintner embarked on a roughly 3,000-mile journey, alone, from the Canary Islands to Antigua; a solo crossing is a feat accomplished by fewer people than have climbed Mount Ev...
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10-Year-Old Winemaker Helps Emeril Lagasse Raise $3 Million for Children’s Charities (Wine Spectator)
14 December 2018

No one could blame Cruz Bilbro for being nervous. For one thing, the vintner had never spoken to a ballroom packed with hundreds of people before. For another, it was past his bedtime. The 10-year-old was on stage at Carnivale du Vin, the New Orleans charity auction founded by chef Emeril Lagasse. Cruz is the son of Limerick Lane Winery owner Jake Bilbro, and he had made his own barrel of Grenache...
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Best Burgundy premier cru wines from 2017
14 December 2018

Even many of the best premiers crus can be swamped by the near-100-point scores of the grands crus. So below, we've highlighted the top premier cru wines tasted by Tim Atkin MW recently for our Burgundy 2017 en primeur report...See our top premier cru wines from the 2017 vintage. See the top rated wines...
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Biodynamic production, Brazilian grapes and Instagram stories stake centre stage at wine2wine
14 December 2018

Biodynamic production, Brazilian wines and brand identity were all key topics of debate at this year's wine2wine trade fair in Verona, Italy.
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Vinventions accelerates environmental drive
14 December 2018

Wine closures Vinventions has announced it is accelerating its environmental improvement initiatives to drive fundamental change in the manner by which their products are produced and used by the wider wine industry.
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Mouton Rothschild reveals 2016 label by William Kentridge
14 December 2018

Château Mouton Rothschild has commissioned South African artist William Kentridge to design the label for its 2016 vintage grand vin. See the design in full below.William Kentridge's 'The Triumphs of Bacchus' for the Mouton 2016 label. See the new label...
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Zachys on track to ‘smash’ 2017 total
14 December 2018

US wine auctioneer Zachys has said it is currently on track to “smash” its 2017 sales figures after its latest Hong Kong auction realised HK$50million (US$6m).
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Number of US craft breweries rises to 7,000 in 2018
14 December 2018

An extra 7,000 craft breweries have opened in the US since the start of 2018, according to figures from the Brewers Association.
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Wine & Spirits Show 2019 launches
14 December 2018

Following on from the success of the first show in October, the drinks business and The Spirits Business are proud to announce the launch of The Wine & Spirits Show 2019, with an early bird offer on tickets currently available. 
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10 of the best restaurants in London that also have a cracking wine list
14 December 2018

We roundup some of the top restaurants in London rated by Open Table as among the very best in the UK, which have also earned themselves a spot in Wine List Confidential – a coveted list that ranks restaurants on the strength of their wine lists alone.
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Singapore study notes increase in struggle with alcohol abuse
14 December 2018

A mental health study in Singapore has found that alcohol abuse is a growing problem in the country, with one in 24 people struggling with it, or 4.1% of the country’s entire population.
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HK health minister mulls warning signs for alcoholic drinks
14 December 2018

Hong Kong’s health minister is considering putting health warnings on alcoholic drinks such as beer and wine, citing a worrying binge drinking trend among teenagers in the city.
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Entries now open for Asian Luxury Masters 2019
14 December 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong will stage the Asian Luxury Masters 2019 competition next March in an effort to find and reward the finest global luxury brands in the Asian Market from Scotch and Cognac to vodka and Tequila. 
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Former Mouton winemaker Patrick Léon dies
14 December 2018

Patrick Léon former winemaker at Mouton Rothschild and consulting oenologist at Château d’Esclans has died aged 75.
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Jane Anson’s top fine wines of 2018
13 December 2018

See the wines that have made Jane Anson's end-of-year highlights, with exclusive tasting notes for Decanter Premium members...Lafite Rothschild poured at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter See which wines made the list...
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White wine for Christmas under £15
13 December 2018

Whether you are buying wine as a gift or stocking up for the party season ahead, Decanter's tasting team have found some of the best white wine for Christmas under £15 a bottle... Whether you are buying wine as a gift or stocking up for the party season ahead, Decanter's Tasting team have found some of the best white wine for Christmas under £15 a bottle...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Cod en Papillote with a Zesty White (Wine Spectator)
13 December 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends. Cooking is often about the total transformation of ingredients. But it’s refreshing to showcase the natural essence of a few components, especially those with delicate flavors, like the cod and zucchini...
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Best Christmas Champagne: vintage and non-vintage bottles to buy
13 December 2018

Yohan Castaing picks out a range of Champagnes for Christmas, ranging from money-no-object Champagnes to good quality non-vintage choices... For every budget...
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NZ Winegrowers: ‘Industry badly let down by Yealands’ actions’
13 December 2018

In a statement released yesterday, New Zealand Winegrowers stated that, “The industry has been badly let down by Yealands’ actions,” adding that it was “extremely concerned and deeply disappointed”.
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Railway distillery owner uses legal loophole to sell gin without a license
13 December 2018

The founders of a new craft gin distillery in Wensleydale exploited a legal loophole to promote their first batch of spirits before they secured a license to sell them.
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Hong Kong adds seven new Michelin-starred restaurants
13 December 2018

Michelin Guide has announced the full list of restaurants for the 2019 Hong Kong-Macau Guide, with new two restaurants that are being elevated to three-star status, namely Caprice in Hong Kong's Four Seasons Hotel and Jade Dragon in neighbouring Macau.
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Artesian’s Alex Kratena launches own London bar
13 December 2018

Alex Kratena, the mixologist at the helm of the Artesian during its four-year reign as the world’s best bar, is to open his own bar and restaurant in London.
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Bourgogne Week returns to Hong Kong with the 2017 vintage
13 December 2018

'Bourgogne Week' will return to Hong Kong next year from 25 February to 1 March 2019 to showcase the 2017 vintage, a more generous year that saw production volumes go "back to normal" after the frost-bitten 2016 vintage.
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Coravin put to the test by 30 somms
13 December 2018

Ahead of the Somm360 congress in Montreal last month, Coravin conducted an experiment that proved its wine access system does not adversely affect a wine.
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‘Furmint February’ to be launched in UK
13 December 2018

Wines of Hungary UK has said it will be launching a ‘Furmint February’ initiative in the UK next year with an aim to celebrate the grape and bring attention to it.
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Six extravagant boozy Christmas gifts for the person who has everything
13 December 2018

We all have that loved one who is impossible to shop for. Whether you can afford it or not, we've listed our favourite expensive and over the top gifts for the connoisseur who has everything.
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Yealands Estate fined NZ$400,000 for breaching wine rules
13 December 2018

Major New Zealand producer Yealands Estate and its ex-owner have been fined after pleading guilty to previously breaking the rules on wine destined for the European Union.Yealands Estate vines in Awatere Valley. Ex-owner and two former staff also fined by NZ court...
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US hedge fund takes stake in Pernod Ricard
12 December 2018

US-based hedge fund Elliott Management has taken a stake "in excess of 2.5%" in Pernod Ricard, noting in a statement that the French drinks group has "significant potential for improvement". 
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Woodford Reserve launches Old Fashioned cocktail syrup
12 December 2018

Revered Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve has launch a bitter orange Old Fashioned cocktail syrup in the UK aimed at bartenders in a hurry.
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Serving wine at Christmas – dilemmas solved
12 December 2018

What kind of sparkling should you choose for your party – and where from? Should you let the wine breathe on Christmas day? When should you start chilling it? And what to do with any leftovers? We’ve got your questions answered with our wine at Christmas guide… Get your wines right this Christmas...
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Christmas Champagne deals
12 December 2018

We've sourced some top Champagne deals this Christmas...Keith Jackson / Alamy Great Champagne offers we have found for you...
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Red wine for Christmas under £15
12 December 2018

Whether you are buying wine as a gift or stocking up for the party season ahead, Decanter's tasting team has found some of the best red wine for Christmas under £15 a bottle...Cheers You don't need to break the bank this Christmas...
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Illinois Distributor's Massive Payout to TTB
12 December 2018

 Elgin offers up $325,000 as a mea culpa for breaking Tied House rules.
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Wine Talk: Reggae-Rock Band Pepper (Wine Spectator)
12 December 2018

Since forming in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 1997, Pepper has become one of the most popular reggae-rock bands on the scene. Members Kaleo Wassman, Bret Bollinger and Yesod Williams have been traveling the world for more than two decades, releasing seven studio albums along the way, and performing everywhere from sold-out amphitheaters to surfing competitions to low-key, hyperlocal festivals. And whil...
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Decanter.com Christmas wine gift guide
12 December 2018

Not sure what to get the wine lover in your life? We pick some of our favourites, covering a range of budgets...What to buy the wine lover in your life. What to buy a wine lover...
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Unfiltered: Scott Pruett Designs Custom Lexus Wine Car; Bugatti Gets a Carbon-Fiber Champagne (Wine Spectator)
12 December 2018

You're at the dealership ready to sign a lease on a brand-new Lexus. The 302-horsepower V6, dynamic radar cruise control, adaptive variable suspension and Apple CarPlayTM come standard, but as a discerning wine lover on the go, might you be interested in some upgrades? Onboard temperature-controlled wine fridge? Iceless bottle chiller? Insulated four-glass case? All of that set in a tasteful oak f...
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Best Burgundy 2017: Top scoring wines
12 December 2018

Wines scoring 98 points and above, exclusively for Decanter Premium members...'When it's good, 2017 is really good,' says Tim Atkin MW The top scoring wines...
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NZ’s Yealands fined $400k ‘for deliberate and deceptive’ breaches of Wine Act
12 December 2018

Marlborough winery Yealands has been fined NZ$400,000 after pleading guilty to five charges relating to the addition of sugar to wines destined for sale in the EU market. 
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James Suckling joins MasterClass to teach wine appreciation
12 December 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has just been announced as the latest expert to join the popular online education programme, MasterClass, which boasts an array of seminars led by top figures in their field on subjects such as acting, directing, cooking, architecture, and now wine appreciation.
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In focus: London sommeliers that make wine
12 December 2018

Mirroring the trend of chefs growing ingredients on their own patches of land, a clutch of sommeliers in London are making their own wines in Europe and beyond, to give them something special to sell.
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Historic Madeira bottling fetches nearly $16,000 at auction
12 December 2018

A cache of centuries-old Madeira discovered in New Jersey during renovation work has been auctioned by Christie’s, with one bottling from the late 1700s selling for nearly $16,000, while the same auction was also declared a 'watershed' moment for rare American whiskies.Some of the Madeira discovered at Liberty Hall Musuem, including the Lenox bottlings from the late 18th century. Surprise d...
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‘Spectacular’ results for Madeira and whiskey in NYC
12 December 2018

Christie’s latest sale in New York saw excellent results for two rare collections of old Madeira and pre-Prohibition whiskey.
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Brits expected to spend ‘record’ £10bn this Christmas despite grocery sales slowdown
11 December 2018

UK shoppers are could spend a "record" £10 billion in the run-up to Christmas, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, despite supermarket sales growing at their slowest rate in nearly two years.
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M&S in sexism row over Porn Star Martini cocktail
11 December 2018

Marks & Spencer has been caught up in a sexism row and accused of normalising porn over the launch of its new ready-to-drink Pornstar Martini cocktail in a can.
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LG enters beer industry with home-brewing device
11 December 2018

South Korean electronics company LG has branched into beer with the launch of its HomeBrew device which uses single-use capsules containing malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring to produce a brew in two weeks. 
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Survey finds high levels of binge drinking in HK
11 December 2018

A survey by the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society has found that almost half the number of Hongkongers who consumed alcohol between August and November went binge drinking at least once.
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Professor Brian Cox releases cosmic brew
11 December 2018

Celebrity physicist Professor Brian Cox has launched a space-themed beer in partnership with Manchester brewer JW Lees. 
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New Zealand whites: 2018 vintage report
11 December 2018

Thanks to one of the hottest summers in New Zealand's history, there is a clear vintage expression across both the reds and whites from 2018 says Rebecca Gibb MW, who reports on the weather conditions across the country and selects her top white wines from recent tastings… There is a clear vintage expression in these wines...
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Court orders extradition of Mallya to India in £1.15 billion fraud case
11 December 2018

VJ Mallya, the former head of United Spirits, can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering involving some £1.15 billion.
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Best value red Burgundy 2017 en primeur to buy
11 December 2018

Tim Atkin MW highlights the red Burgundies he sees as offering the best value in the 2017 vintage...Harvesting in Burgundy Tim's top value picks from his recent report...
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Best value white Burgundy 2017 en primeur to buy
11 December 2018

Tim Atkin MW selects his top value white wines from the 2017 Burgundy vintage...Harvesting Corton-Charlemagne grand cru grapes in Pernand-Vergelesses. Tim's value picks from his recent Burgundy 2017 en primeur report...
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Licence to swill: Academics argue James Bond has ‘a severe alcohol problem’
11 December 2018

Researchers from New Zealand and the UK have published a study in the Medical Journal of Australia's Christmas issue which they say proves that Ian Fleming's fictional character James Bond has "a severe chronic alcohol problem".
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Justerini & Brooks in Oregon push
11 December 2018

UK fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has added several Oregon producers to its portfolio as it ups its attention on the American region.
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Selfridges selling Noval tawny Port for £1k
11 December 2018

Upmarket London department store Selfridges has taken on a range of Quinta do Noval ports in time for Christmas, including a bottle of single harvest tawny costing £999.
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Edrington CEO Ian Curle is stepping down
11 December 2018

Ian Curle, the chief executive of spirits giant Edrington, is retiring after more than 30 years of service at the company.
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Brewery builds 27ft Christmas tree out of beer kegs
11 December 2018

Genesee Brewing in New York State has built a giant, 27ft Christmas tree which is made out of 520 empty beer kegs and adorned with 20,000 lights, marking the fifth consecutive year that the brewer has constructed its 'keg tree'.
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Stevie Parle’s Rotorino to close
11 December 2018

Rotorino, chef Stevie Parle’s Italian restaurant in London’s trendy Dalston district, is to close its doors after five years in business.
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Wine most popular Christmas gift but a third will regift
10 December 2018

Wine remains the most popular alcoholic beverage to take to a Christmas party, with 59% citing it as their first choice, but a third of those that receive a bottle admit to "regifting" it to another, a survey by Bordeaux Wines has found.
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Week in pictures: Hong Kong
10 December 2018

In Hong Kong's drinks trade: the Great Wines of Italy Asia tour returned; Japan's leading winery Château Mercian staged a masterclass with Jeannie Cho Lee MW and Kenichi Ohashi MW; and Bordeaux's 2015 vintage came to the fore at this year's UGCB tasting.
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Seedlip plans to launch sister brand for non-alcoholic aperitifs in 2019
10 December 2018

The managing director of non-alcoholic spirit company Seedlip is setting up a sister business producing no ABV aperitifs made with grapes.
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Jefford on Monday: Brunello’s breakthrough
10 December 2018

Andrew Jefford gauges the challenges facing Montalcino...Le Chiuse in the Montosoli sector of North Montalcino. Andrew Jefford gauges the challenges facing Montalcino...
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Q&A: Anne Bousquet, Domaine Bousquet
10 December 2018

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Wines to pair with duck and goose for Christmas
10 December 2018

Rich, fatty meats such as duck and goose demand more from a wine than the traditional turkey. See our recommendations and tips for a perfect pairing...Roast goose is making a comeback on the Christmas dinner table. Rich, fatty meats such as duck and goose demand more from a wine...
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The World's Best Chardonnays
10 December 2018

 It's a celebration of Burgundy but, really, what did you expect?
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
10 December 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picked fine wines for drinking now and for the cellar, based on tastings that he has attended recently. For drinking now and for the cellar...
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Top Côte de Beaune 2017 en primeur wines
09 December 2018

Tim Atkin MW continues our Burgundy 2017 coverage by taking a look at the Côte de Beaune region in the southern part of the Côte d'Or. Scroll down for his report, including best producers and over 130 tasting notes & scores...Giboulot vines in Clos du Roi, Beaune. Puligny, Meursault, Volnay, Corton and more...
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Top 20 sweet & fortified wines for Christmas
09 December 2018

It’s the ideal time to break out those delightful liquid treats. Andy Howard MW picks 20 of his favourites, arguing that we should all make more of the opportunity to discover the true quality they offer – with or without food… It's the ideal time to break out those delightful liquid treats....
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Wagner's Oregon Wine War Continues
08 December 2018

 The Oregon ruckus over the Elouan and the Willametter Journal brands shows no sign of abating.
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Malibu Wine Region Wildfire Survivors Brace for Mudslides (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2018

First came fire, then rain. As if recent devastating wildfires hadn’t caused enough suffering for the beleaguered Malibu Coast wine region, an unexpected severe storm dumped an estimated 2 inches of rain on Southern California yesterday. Mud and debris flowed down from the fire-scorched Malibu hills onto the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) during the morning commute, forcing officials to close t...
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8 Gifts for Every Kind of Wine Lover (Wine Spectator)
08 December 2018

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for the wine lover in your life? We’ve got ideas for everything from stocking stuffers (you can never have too many corkscrews!) to gifts for gadget geeks and professional-grade wine region maps for the true student of wine. Pulltap’s Corkscrew$7, iwawine.com The classic waiter’s key is a marvel of simple, efficient de...
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Toro: Tempranillo built like a bull
08 December 2018

In partnership with Castilla y LéonDiscover the history and the wine of Toro DO in Castilla y Léon...Grapes in Toro. Learn about this DO...
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Top 2017 Côte de Nuits en primeur wines
08 December 2018

Tim Atkin MW suggests you 'stick to producers you know and trust' in the 2017 Côte de Nuits. Scroll down for his report, including best producers and hundreds of tasting notes & scores...Bales of damp straw providing a smokescreen to ward off the spring frosts at Domaine Drouhin-Laroze, 29 April 2017. From Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-St-Georges and more...
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‘Save the old vines’ pleads Spanish Master of Wine
08 December 2018

Spanish master of wine Fernando Mora is setting up an association to save the old vines of his native country, before it’s too late.
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James Suckling reveals Italian Wine of the Year
08 December 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has unveiled his choice of Italian wine of the year, the 2015 vintage of Solaia, which he described as "the best Solaia ever".
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What did Trump and Xi drink at G20 summit?
08 December 2018

US president Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping may have called a truce in their ongoing trade war last Saturday during the G20 summit in Argentina, but it was perhaps the wines served at the dinner that helped diffuse the two countries' tension and lightened the mood?
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Yellow Belly beer to be discontinued despite hopes of resolution
08 December 2018

Buxton Brewery in Derbyshire and Sweden’s Omnipollo have announced that their 11% imperial stout Yellow Belly will be discontinued, despite the current trademark holder, Batemans Brewery, stating it had "tried several times to negotiate a resolution".
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34 top festive wines to buy now
08 December 2018

Time to stock up for Christmas... Stock up for Christmas...
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Community pub funding extended to support sites ‘most impacted by closures’
08 December 2018

Community-owned pubs will receive an extra £2.2 million in funding from Power to Change, a programme set up to help save local watering holes from closure.
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Wine Lister expands coverage
08 December 2018

Fine wine rating platform Wine Lister has announced it has expanded the number of individual wines it now covers to over 3,000.
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Artist creates installation from 200 Champagne bottles
08 December 2018

English artist Alexander Hall has created an installation from 200 individually painted Champagne bottles to mark the opening of the 200th InterContinental hotel.
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Six new Master Sommeliers announced following exam resit
08 December 2018

The Court of Master Sommeliers has announced six new Master Sommeliers, all of whom have now passed the gruelling exam twice after a scandal earlier this year stripped 23 newly-crowned candidates of their titles. 
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Willi Klinger to step down from Austrian Wine role
08 December 2018

Wilhelm ‘Willi’ Klinger, the longstanding head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, is to step down from the position at the end of next year it has been announced.
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British restaurants closing at rate of 10 per week
07 December 2018

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 2% in 2018, the equivalent of more than 10 closures a week, according to a recent report.
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The week in pictures
07 December 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Ryan Reynolds shots gin, Michael B. Jordan gets in the rum game, and Sex and the City's Mr Big tells us why smoking a cigarette is like having sex.
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Constellation to invest $100 in female-run companies
07 December 2018

Constellation Brands has pledged to invest at least US$100m in start-up beverage companies led by females by 2028 as part of its Focus on Female Founders campaign, in an effort to support women working within a typically male-dominated industry.
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Watch: Australian man saves his beer after being kicked by kangaroo
07 December 2018

In possibly the most Australian video you'll see today, a man who confronted a kangaroo and then got kicked in the chest still managed to save the can of beer he was holding despite falling to the ground.
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Third of Britons ‘re-gift’ wines at Christmas – survey
07 December 2018

Wine has been named the favourite drink to take to a Christmas party, but nearly one third surveyed said that they have passed on wine previously given to them as a present, shows new research. Do you have a favourite Christmas party wine? Wine is nation's favourite Christmas party drink, finds survey
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Gloomy Outlook for Smaller Wineries
07 December 2018

 Storm clouds are gathering over Northern California's hundreds of small wineries.
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Unfiltered: Silver Oak at Golden State: Winery Unveils Throwback Warriors Logo Bottles, Becomes In-Arena Pour (Wine Spectator)
07 December 2018

The Bay Area is joining the NBA's wine league with a splash. The Golden State Warriors are partnering with Silver Oak, and the Napa and Sonoma Cabernet house announced it will be providing the team's official in-seat pours at Oracle Arena and releasing an etched set of five Warriors-themed Cabernet bottles. Courtesy of Silver Oak The starting lineup suits up. Platinum&nda...
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Mouton Rothschild to release limited edition Versailles cases
07 December 2018

Château Mouton Rothschild has worked with the Palace of Versailles to create 75 limited edition cases containing five vintages of the Bordeaux first growth’s wines, which are to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in aid of restoration projects at the famous ex-royal residence near Paris.How the Versailles Celebration cases will look. To be auctioned by Sotheby's in 2019...
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Restaurant Spotlight: La Grotta (Wine Spectator)
07 December 2018

In South Korea’s Konjiam Resort, La Grotta delivers a wine-centric experience inspired by vineyard dining. Named for the Italian term for “the cave,” La Grotta is located in an actual wine cave, carved into the side of a mountain to create natural temperature control. The space protects an inventory of 30,000 bottles supplying the 800-selection, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Ex...
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2018 Wine Harvest Report: Sonoma Sings of an Ideal Year (Wine Spectator)
07 December 2018

After the stress of 2017, Sonoma winemakers hoped for a more relaxed harvest this year, and Mother Nature gave it to them. Last year brought scorching temperatures that triggered picking on Labor Day weekend. And that was before the wine-country wildfires began. But 2018 brought moderate temperatures and a long growing season, leading to relaxed picking and promising wines.Welcome to Wine Spectato...
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Singapore wine merchant sues buyers for purchasing stolen wines
07 December 2018

One of Singapore’s oldest wine and spirit merchants is suing wine buyers who purchased stolen wines from a former company employee, with claims for sums as high as S$900,000 (US$656,500).
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Police seize almost one million cans of beer in Lincolnshire raid
07 December 2018

Lincolnshire police and HMRC officials have seized around 900,000 cans of beer and 200,000 counterfeit cigarettes from an industrial estate in Grantham, a haul so large it took officers from three agencies 17 hours to count the items. 
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Private Passions: Pop goes the easel
07 December 2018

Chester Osborn, the inimitable chief winemaker of d’Arenberg in the McLaren Vale, tells db about his side hustle as an artist, growing art collection and the importance of self-expression.
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Mouton Rothschild to fund Versailles restoration
07 December 2018

Château Mouton Rothschild has announced it is to auction limited edition sets of its wines to help fund restoration projects at the palace of Versailles.
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Top Côte Chalonnaise & Mâconnais 2017 en primeur wines
07 December 2018

Tim Atkin MW kicks off our Burgundy 2017 coverage by taking a look at these two subregions to the south of the Côte d'Or. Scroll down for his report, including best producers and over 80 tasting notes & scores...Grapes in the vineyard at Clos des Vignes du Maynes. 'Right up there with the best Gamays in the world' says Tim Atkin MW of the domaine's Manganite. Best wines to buy from the 2017...
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Unlock the secrets of ancient Bierzo
07 December 2018

In partnership with Castilla y LéonFind out about Bierzo's rich and holy wine heritage...Vineyards in Bierzo In partnership with Castilla y Léon History Roman gold mines and pilgrims Bierzo is located in a small northwestern pocket of
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Grape variety guide to Castilla y Léon
07 December 2018

In partnership with Castilla y LéonKnow your grapes? See if you can name the top varieties in Spain's largest wine-producing area...Get to grips with the grapes in Castilla y Léon Know your grapes....?
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The best of Castilla y Léon’s wine regions
07 December 2018

In partnership with Castilla y LéonGet to grips with Spain's largest wine-producing area, full of diverse terroirs and prestigious DOs...Castillo de Penafiel, Ribera de Duero, Castilla y Léon Get to grips with this wine producing area...
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Move over blue wine: Green cannabis wine is now available online
07 December 2018

Spanish company Winabis has launched a green, lower alcohol, CBD-infused wine "with a daringly high blend of cannabis aromas," which it is now selling online for €16.95 a bottle. 
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Mayfair restaurant launches £150 Wagyu sandwich
07 December 2018

Raising the stakes in London's sandwich game, a Mayfair restaurant has created a Wagyu beef 'sando' Christmas sandwich priced at £150.
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Hospitality wages rise 38% year-on-year
07 December 2018

Wages for job postings in the hospitality sector rose 38% last month as business owners struggle to find staff, according to a report by jobseeker site CVLibrary.
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Tasting 40 years of Domaine de Chevalier white wines
07 December 2018

Jane Anson enjoys an incredible vertical of Domaine de Chevalier white wines - read her report and and see full tasting notes for 20 vintages spanning 40 years. The line up of wines at the tasting in Shanghai in November 2018. Re-writing the rules for Bordeaux white wine...
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Broader fine wine market rises in November
07 December 2018

Although the Fine Wine 100 contracted slightly last month, the much broader view of the market was much more positive, rising to even greater heights.
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10 of London’s most festive cocktails
06 December 2018

With the festive period well and truly upon us, it's time to deck the halls and head out for a Christmas cocktail or two. Here, we roundup some of the best spots in London to indulge a little Christmas spirit.
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Kellogg’s launches beer made with rejected cornflakes
06 December 2018

Cereal giant Kellogg's and Salford-based brewery Seven Bro7hers have teamed up to create a beer made with cornflakes that were either too big, too small or overcooked to make it through quality control. 
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South Australia continues to deliver best wine tourism
06 December 2018

Promotional featureSouth Australia’s 18 diverse wine regions continue to punch above their weight in delivering world-class wine tourism experiences. The d'Arenberg Cube - winner of the regional Architecture and Landscape award and an International Best Of Wine Tourism winner. See the winners....
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How to build the perfect cheese board
06 December 2018

You can't forget about the cheese course at Christmas. But how many cheeses should you have, and what types? We speak to the experts about how to build a perfect cheese board...How to get your cheese board right. We get the expert advice...
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Winery Owner Must Repay Investors
06 December 2018

 A former casino owner has lost big in a New Zealand court after a wrangle with investors.
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Wine & Design: Michael & Kim McCarty's Abiding Abode (Wine Spectator)
06 December 2018

In 1979, Michael McCarty was getting ready to open his inaugural restaurant, Michael's, in Santa Monica, Calif. It would become a beacon of the California cuisine movement. (If McCarty flies under the radar as a founder of the genre, his pioneering influence is nonetheless unmistakable; Wolfgang Puck notably opened Spago three years later, in 1982.)1979 was a busy year for Michael: He and his girl...
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Burgundy 2017: Full en primeur report
06 December 2018

'When it’s good, 2017 is very good indeed' says Tim Atkin MW in his 2017 Burgundy en primeur report. See his full vintage overview...The Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis Tim Atkin MW's full Burgundy 2017 report...
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Champagne Jacquart: ‘Each of our wines has a story to tell’
06 December 2018

Promotional featureA young house setting its own rules.... A young house setting its own rules....
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Turning Tables: The New Intersect by Lexus Is Danny Meyer–Driven (Wine Spectator)
06 December 2018

Intersect by Lexus Opens with Danny Meyer Dining ConceptsDanny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group is operating the dining concepts in the newly opened Intersect by Lexus, a three-story, multifunctional space with a first-floor cafe, a restaurant and a cocktail bar upstairs, as well as a retail area, a public gallery and a private space on the third floor.The restaurant will have rotating chefs...
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Co-Owner of Château Cheval-Blanc Albert Frère Dies at 92 (Wine Spectator)
06 December 2018

Albert Frère, co-owner of Bordeaux's famed Château Cheval-Blanc in St.-Emilion, died Dec. 3 at age 92. The Belgian billionaire was a co-investor with Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, when they acquired the legendary estate in 1998."I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend," said Arnault, in a statement. "Albert was an extraordinary man and a truly exceptional entrepren...
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Japan’s Château Mercian to double production
06 December 2018

Japan's leading winery Château Mercian is planning to double its production volume in the next 10 years in anticipation of increase in export market, as the winery's third estate is set to open next year.
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Oskar Blues is latest brewer to enter sparkling water category
06 December 2018

Aimed at "active lifestyle consumers", Colorado craft brewer Oskar Blues has become the latest beer brand to enter the sparkling water or seltzer category, with a new alcoholic, fruit-flavoured, sugar-free range. 
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Noth: My Tequila is better than Clooney’s
06 December 2018

Sex and the City star Chris Noth has revealed he believes his recently acquired Ambhar Tequila is “better” than fellow actor George Clooney’s Casamigos brand.
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Drunk Japanese pilot sentenced to 10 months in jail
06 December 2018

A Japanese pilot has been handed a 10-month jail sentence after being found guilty of consuming two bottles of wine and beer before being due to operate a commercial flight from London to Tokyo.
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Supermarkets tempt shoppers with fine wine deals
06 December 2018

The battle for Christmas at the UK supermarkets have heated up, with Waitrose and Morrison’s both selling 'grab it while you can' fine wine deal for £10 a bottle.
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Chef Simon Rogan takes restaurant overseas
06 December 2018

Decorated chef Simon Rogan, of the two-Michelin-starred L'Enclume in the Lake District and Michelin-starred Roganic in London, is to take his restaurant brand overseas for the first time.
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Michael B. Jordan directs digital ad campaign for Bacardi dark rum
06 December 2018

Rum maker and drinks giant Bacardi has released a series of short films co-directed by actor Michael B Jordan that promote its premium range.
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Whisky Exchange to launch ballot for 30YO Scotch gifted to Prince Charles
06 December 2018

Specialist spirits retailer the Whisky Exchange is to launch a ballot for 184 bottles of 1988 Royal Lochnagar single malt Scotch whisky from a cask gifted to HRH The Prince Charles, which were bottled last month on his 70th birthday.
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Château Margaux announces new branding
06 December 2018

Bordeaux first growth Château Margaux has announced it is making a number of changes to its branding and packaging for the 2016 vintage and onwards.
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Winery owner ordered to pay $2.3m after losing High Court battle
05 December 2018

The owner of a New Zealand winery that slipped into receivership earlier this year has been ordered to pay NZ$2.3m (US£3.3m) after a judge ruled he misled two former business partners over their investment in the winery.
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Somm Cheat Probe Going Nowhere
05 December 2018

 The Court of Master Sommeliers appears to think the scandal will simply go away.
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Cheese Talk: Austin’s John and Kendall Antonelli Pick 3 Top Cheeses (Wine Spectator)
05 December 2018

What are the cheese pros excited about right now? Like wine, the world of cheese is vast and diverse—potentially overwhelming, but rewarding to explore. No one is happier to guide you than your neighborhood cheesemongers. You should talk to them! In "Cheese Talk," we introduce you to a top cheesemonger and ask them for three cheeses to look for this month, as well as what wines or other beve...
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Burgundy's Hospices de Beaune Raises Nearly $16.2 Million (Wine Spectator)
05 December 2018

Burgundy's Hospices de Beaune charity wine auction celebrated its 158th year by raising a new record total for health and education causes. This year's auction, on Nov. 18, generated nearly 14.2 million euros, or $16.2 million, from its sale of 631 barrel lots of red wines and 197 lots of whites, just over last year's 13.5 million euro total. "We are amazed and very proud of this year's record," F...
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The 6 fastest-growing alcohol businesses in the UK
05 December 2018

We've listed the six drinks-focused companies that have grown the most since 2015.
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Cheval Blanc co-owner dies
05 December 2018

Albert Frère, the co-owner of the famed St Emilion château Cheval Blanc and the richest man in Belgium, has died aged 92.
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Haut-Médoc 2010 & 2014 panel tasting results
05 December 2018

It’s the perfect time to take an in-depth look at these two vintages, says Jane Anson, as they’re both entering a good early-drinking phase – ideal for your seasonal festivities. Living up to expectations, the Haut-Médoc 2010s shone, but 2014 achieved some good scores too. Plenty of good drinking wines for both now and the years ahead... Ideal for your seasonal festivitie...
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Sparkler from Cognac perfumed with Szechuan peppercorns
05 December 2018

A sparkling French wine made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and enhanced with an edible perfume made from Damask rose petals and Szechuan peppercorns has been launched, forging a new category in sparkling wine.
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Gilbey’s Gin heir has assault charge overturned
05 December 2018

The heir to the Gilbey's Gin fortune, Sir Walter Gavin Gilbey, has had his conviction for assaulting his 95-year-old mother overturned at Hove Crown Court, having been convicted back in February. 
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US restaurant Eggslut headed to London
04 December 2018

A US restaurant chain that pays homage to the humble egg is coming to the UK, with the provocatively named Eggslut announcing it is to open its first restaurant in London next year.
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Mar de Frades launches Atlantic Godello from Rías Baixas
04 December 2018

Leading Albariño producer, Mar de Frades, has launched its first 100% Godello wine from coastal vineyards in Rías Baixas, Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain.Mar de Frades vineyard Unusual for a coastal location...
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The Decanter interview: Thomas Duroux
04 December 2018

Since his arrival at Château Palmer in 2004, this instinctive winemaker has converted the Margaux estate to biodynamics and created a second wine. He tells Jane Anson about his quest for qualityThomas Duroux. Thomas Durouz tells Jane Anson about his quest for quality...
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Chateau Montelena: Profile and top wines
04 December 2018

In 1976, the famous Judgement of Paris Tasting pushed Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena into the wine world’s consciousness, bestowing lasting fame...Visit Chateau Montelena and feel the history of the 1976 Judgement of Paris in its 40th anniversary year. Including Cabernets spanning 50 years...
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50 YO Chivas fetches £21k at auction
04 December 2018

A limited edition bottle of 50 year old Chivas, released to mark Manchester United’s 1968 European Cup victory, has been sold by Sotheby’s for just over £21,000.
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Italian Fashion Mogul and Vintner Is Under House Arrest (Wine Spectator)
04 December 2018

The man behind the famed super Tuscan wine Oreno has been confined to his villa near Arezzo by Italian authorities, accused of taking part in money laundering, bank fraud and tax fraud schemes. The Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s financial crimes force, has placed Antonio Moretti, the owner of the Sette Ponti winery in Tuscany and the Feudo Maccari winery in Sicily, under house arrest, along wit...
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Burgundy and Italy lead fine wine in November
04 December 2018

Burgundian and Italian labels performed well in November but the benchmark Liv-ex index declined yet again.
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Wine investment scheme closed after ‘frittering away’ funds
04 December 2018

UK-based investment firm Intercontinental Wines Ltd has been wound up in the public interest after ‘frittering away’ investors’ money on personal expenditure, said UK government officials. UK High Court closes down bogus wine investment firm...
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Can Brazil's Wine Industry Capture an American Audience? (Wine Spectator)
04 December 2018

Brazil's wine industry is more than 100 years old, but until recently, very little of its wines have left the country. However, for the past five years, the South American nation's vintners, with government support, have ramped up their export efforts. And their three major targets are the United States, China and the U.K.“The U.S.A. is our No. 1 target export country,” explained Diego...
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Cheval Blanc co-owner Albert Frère dies
04 December 2018

Albert Frère, the billionaire veteran Belgian businessman and who became co-owner of Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux after investing with Bernard Arnault, has died aged 92.Albert Frère at Roland Garros in 2015. Belgian billionaire dies aged 92...
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Seedlip signs exclusive deal with Virgin Atlantic
04 December 2018

A non-alcoholic ‘spirit’ being served on Virgin Atlantic sounds like a match made in heaven, and has become a reality as Seedlip has signed an excusive deal with Sir Richard Branson’s airline.
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High Court winds up phoney wine investment company
04 December 2018

Intercontinental Wines, a UK company that misled customers into investing in fine wines, has been wound up by order of the High Court.
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NZ’s Astrolabe Wines now 100% family-owned
04 December 2018

Marlborough's Astrolabe Wines has announced that it's now a fully family-owned business after Simon Waghorn and his family, who founded the company in 1996 with two friends, now have full control of the business. 
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Momofuku restaurant group to attend Vinexpo New York
04 December 2018

Vinexpo has announced a preliminary list of importers, distributors, retailers and restaurant chains that will be attending the fair in the Big Apple, including Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Momofuku restaurant group.
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6 Christmas gifts for the craft beer lover in your life
04 December 2018

We've rounded-up our pick of the best craft beer gifts for every kind of beer geek, from the hop-head to the festival worshipper.
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Argiolas celebrates 80 years of winemaking in Sardinia
04 December 2018

Argiolas, the famous Sardinian winery, celebrated its 80th anniversary this year, with the third-generation owner looking to take the winery to greater heights in the next 80 years.
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Jason Atherton to open 16-seater resto
04 December 2018

Indefatigable British chef Jason Atherton is to open a 16-seater restaurant next door to his Michelin-starred flagship, Pollen Street Social in Mayfair.
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Wine, beer to benefit from China’s cross-border e-commerce push
04 December 2018

Chinese consumers will soon be able to buy more imported beer and sparkling wine through e-commerce platforms, as China introduces an expanded list of tariff-free goods to boost cross-border imports.
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Sette Ponti owner under house arrest for tax fraud
04 December 2018

Authorities in Italy have placed Italian entrepreneur Antonio Moretti, owner of Tuscany's Tenuta Sette Ponti, under house arrest amid an ongoing investigation into alleged tax fraud, money laundering and other offences, according to the Italian press.
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Amazon axes London restaurant delivery service
04 December 2018

Amazon Restaurants, a food delivery service that launched in London two years ago, has been axed due to fierce competition from Deliveroo and Uber.
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Cheese and wine matching: the ultimate guide
04 December 2018

Hard, soft, blue, goat...How on earth do you find a cheese and wine match? Tina Gellie sat down with Gerard Basset MW MS OBE to find out how to get it right every time... This article was originally published in December 2014, but has been updated in 2018 with new wines recently tasted by our experts.So much cheese, so little time... How to find the perfect pairing...
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Fine wine investment: Spreading the risk
03 December 2018

Over the last three months the Liv-ex 50 has slipped the best part of 2.5% and there can be few more patent examples of why it is important to spread your risk.
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Brewhouse & Kitchen breaks world record for largest beer tasting
03 December 2018

Brewer and pub operator Brewhouse & Kitchen has broken the world record for the largest beer tasting across multiple venues, with 1,264 people tasting three brews simultaneously across 21 different sites.
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New Regional Chairs to join Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
03 December 2018

The 2019 competition sees the appointment of four new Regional Chairs. The chairmanship for the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019 is currently shared between Sarah Jane Evans MW, Michael Hill
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British metal band Motörhead release dark rum
03 December 2018

Heavy metal band Motörhead has announced the launch of a new Dominican dark rum aged for eight years, following on from the release of the band's Röad Crew beer earlier this year.
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Jefford on Monday: English wine – Look east
03 December 2018

Andrew Jefford hails the insights of a new climate study for future UK plantings...The vineyards at Simpsons Wine Estate, in Kent. Looking at the insights of a new climate study for future UK plantings...
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DWWA Regional Chair for Champagne: Peter Liem
03 December 2018

Peter Liem joins the DWWA team as Regional Chair for Champagne at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019.Peter Liem Peter Liem is an American wine writer and author of ChampagneGuide.net, an award-winning online guide to the wines and wine producers of Champagne.
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Wine Legend: Szepsy, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 1999
03 December 2018

An 'amazingly persistent' wine.... What makes this a wine legend...?
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South American Riesling: Expert’s Choice
02 December 2018

Plantings and production levels may yet be small, but Riesling has found a home in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Patricio Tapia recommends 12 of the best examples… For most wine lovers there’s no natural association between Riesling and South America. For Riesling fans, the go-to places are
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The World's Best Malbecs
02 December 2018

 It might have been born in France, but Argentina made it a star.
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Panel tasting: Best Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadenes
02 December 2018

The quality came through in consistent scores, found our judges. Andy Howard MW reports on the tasting... There were very few disappointments in this interesting tasting, and the anticipated consistency of Prosecco came through as  95% of
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Court Decision Crucial for Wine Shipping
01 December 2018

 Interstate retail could become a little easier after a landmark decision in a US court this week.
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Sommelier Roundtable: How Do You Stay Fit and Healthy? (Wine Spectator)
01 December 2018

Restaurant work at the highest level of service is notoriously grueling, but the job of sommelier is particularly suited to taxing one's health: lugging cases up and down from the cellar, racing from table to table bearing knowledge and bottles, long hours late into the night, days of wine tasting that blur into dinners and then parties. Add in the challenges of raising young families and an indus...
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A wine lover’s guide to Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
01 December 2018

Hawke’s Bay is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s top wine destinations. Amanda Barnes shares her tips on where to go and what to do...Cycling Hawke's Bay trails Where to go and what to do...
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Wine and Food Industries Step Up Again with 2018 California Wildfire Relief (Wine Spectator)
01 December 2018

Long after the embers cooled from the 2017 California wildfires that ripped through North Bay wine country, many families and businesses are still recovering, and efforts by the wine and dining industries to help are ongoing. But the November 2018 fires in Butte County and Malibu have displaced tens of thousands of people, and the industry is stepping up once again. The most high-profile of the i...
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Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon launches Lambrusco
01 December 2018

In news that indicates perennially uncool Italian fizz Lambrusco is now officially hip, American rapper Raekwon has entered the game with his own brand.
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Marco Pierre White launches new beer
01 December 2018

Chef and restaurateur Marco Pierre White has added a new lager to his The Governor range which will be brewed by Manchester-based brewery and pub operator JW Lees. 
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Watch: Champagne bottle explodes as man tries to show-off sabering skills
01 December 2018

A man was left-red faced after his attempt at sabrage didn't exactly go to plan, with the bottle exploding all over him as he tried to remove the cork with a knife. 
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London pub to serve mince pie pale ale
01 December 2018

Having caused controversy with its avocado stout last month, Shoreditch boozer the Long Arm Pub is gearing up for Christmas with a mince pie pale ale.
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Diageo affirms environmental commitment with new roles
01 December 2018

Diageo has created two new senior leadership roles dedicated to furthering the drinks producer's commitment to society, the environment and sustainability.
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Bonhams Restaurant to close
01 December 2018

Auction house Bonhams has announced it is to close its Michelin-starred restaurant this December.
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Collection of DRC Methuselahs breaks Sotheby’s retail record
01 December 2018

A collection of seven Methuselahs of 2005 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Romanée-Conti has been sold by Sotheby’s retail in Hong Kong for US$1.5 million – a new record.
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The week in pictures
01 December 2018

This week in the world of drinks: the Duchess of Sussex and chef Clare Smyth team up in the kitchen, a pub builds at 20ft snowman out of 2,000 empty wine bottles, Kent's Curious Brewery raises a toast to a key milestone and a bottle of Scotch sells for a record-breaking £1.2 million.
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Dominique Crenn first female in the US to attain three Michelin stars
01 December 2018

Chef Dominique Crenn has become the first woman in the US to receive a coveted three Michelin stars following the guide's annual ranking of top restaurants in the San Francisco area, released on Thursday.
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Christmas gifts for wine lovers
01 December 2018

Promotional featureFinding that special gift for the wine lovers in your life can be tough, particularly if you want to move away from the classic gifting of a bottle. Here’s a selection of other ideas that make interesting and exciting gifts for any wine enthusiast this Christmas. Gift ideas for the wine lover in your life. Finding that special gift for the wine lovers in your life.... Th...
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BrewDog crafts beer for dogs
30 November 2018

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has made a beer specifically for dogs, living up to its name with the Subwoofer IPA.
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Château Montrose: Profile and top wines
30 November 2018

Bought in 2006 by the billionaire Bouygues brothers, Château Montrose has been transformed at huge cost and its wines have shone particularly brightly in recent vintages. Updated in 2018 with fresh wine reviews The barrel room at Montrose. Inside the estate....
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Château Montrose: Profile and top wines
30 November 2018

Bought in 2006 by the billionaire Bouygues brothers, Château Montrose has been transformed at huge cost and its wines have shone particularly brightly in recent vintages. Updated in 2018 with fresh wine reviews The barrel room at Montrose. Inside the estate....
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What are the latest trends for Chinese wine consumers – report
30 November 2018

This first market report from the ProWine China trade forum held earlier this month looks at the preferred wine flavour profiles for Chinese consumers and how to attract young professionals into buying wine.Chinese wine lovers at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2018. From the ProWine China trade forum...
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SND: Appeals Court Backs Wine Retailers in Illinois Shipping Case (Wine Spectator)
30 November 2018

The ongoing national debate over interstate retailer shipping took another twist yesterday, as a federal appeals court reversed an earlier decision that had allowed Illinois to bar shipments from out-of-state retailers, as reported by Shanken News Daily, a sister publication of Wine Spectator.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that the earlier district court decision in favor...
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Unfiltered: Wu-Tang's Raekwon Cooks Up 'Special Potion' Lambrusco-Based Wine (Wine Spectator)
30 November 2018

Hip-hop all-star Raekwon may go by "Raekwon da Chef," but his latest concoction comes not from the pantry but the cellar: a new fizzy wine called Licataa, made in collaboration with Lambrusco producer Cantine Ceci and just launched this month in New York. Raekwon told Unfiltered he recently traveled to Italy to do tastings that helped determine the "special potion" Lambrusco-based blend. "It's a v...
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Is Copper Safe for Wine? (Wine Spectator)
30 November 2018

It's a top tool of organic grapegrowers. But is copper sulfate truly safe for vineyards? A new push by European leaders to reduce—and eventually eliminate—copper compounds used by organic and biodynamic winegrowers is making the future of organic viticulture uncertain in some wine regions. Vintners say that without effective alternatives to copper, crop loss in damp years will make org...
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Macallan 1926 whisky sets new world record at auction – Christie’s
30 November 2018

A single bottle of The Macallan 60 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky has set a new world record at auction after selling for £1.2 million, according to Christie’s.Record-breaking: The Macallan 1926 60 Year Old. Single bottle of single malt Scotch sells for £1.2m, says auction house...
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Profits rise 20% at Lanchester Group
30 November 2018

Bottling specialist and wine wholesaler The Lanchester Group reported profits up 20% to £81.8m last year, with revenues almost trebling to £6.3million.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Butternut Squash Ravioli in Brown Butter with Crispy Sage (Wine Spectator)
30 November 2018

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Like many people, I am enamored with the sublime simplicity of Italian cooking. A few basic ingredients seem magically transformed into a decadent feast. The idea of creating a beautiful meal out of eight compo...
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DWWA Co-Chair: Michael Hill Smith MW
30 November 2018

Michael Hill Smith MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Michael Hill-Smith MW Michael Hill Smith MW Michael Hill Smith MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019 DWWA, Co-Chairs will
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Industry report warns of smaller profits from wine sales in China
30 November 2018

A joint report by the China Alcoholic Drinks Association (CADA) and a Chinese research firm has warned of smaller profit margins for merchants in the wine industry as the country's economic growth slows, coupled with uncertainties over the ongoing US-China trade war.
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DWWA Co-Chair: Sarah Jane Evans MW
30 November 2018

Sarah Jane Evans MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Sarah Jane Evans MW Sarah Jane Evans MW Sarah Jane Evans MW is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019
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DWWA Co-Chair: Andrew Jefford
30 November 2018

Andrew Jefford is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford is a Co-Chair at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). For the 2019 DWWA, Co-Chairs will oversee all
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Stella Artois turns vacuum cleaners into robotic bartenders
30 November 2018

Stella Artois has created a 3D-printed kit capable of transforming any robotic vacuum into a mobile, multi-tasking bartender.
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OIV appoints new director general
30 November 2018

The OIV has appointed Spanish wine expert Pau Roca Basco as its new director general from January next year.
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Bon Jovi rosé named ‘best’ pink of 2018
30 November 2018

Having only released it this spring, rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s rosé has been voted the top pink in the world in Wine Spectator’s coveted Top 100 ranking.
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Diageo launches Baileys-flavoured baking products
30 November 2018

The north American division of Diageo has teamed up with US baking powder manufacturer Clabber Girl Corporation to unveil a range of baking products flavoured with the Irish cream liqueur, starting with Baileys Baking Chips. 
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Breaking: 1926 Macallan sells for £1m
30 November 2018

The 'Holy Grail' of Scotch, a bottle of The Macallan 1926 60 year old with a hand painted design by the Irish artist Michael Dillon, has been sold in London for £1.2 million.
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SWA gains GI protection for Scotch whisky in Indonesia
29 November 2018

The Scotch Whisky Association has secured legal protection for 'Scotch whisky' in Indonesia, following a successful application to register the term as a Geographical Indication (GI).
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Sustainability ‘competitive necessity’, Vinventions boss says
29 November 2018

Wine closures company Vinventions claims sustainability is a “competitive necessity” as it eyes up the “huge” mass-market potential of the first glue-free plant-based closure to hit the market.
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Would you give your children alcohol?
29 November 2018

A new campaign has been launched discouraging parents from giving them children a sip of wine believing it will help to remove the novelty of alcohol when they are older and encourage responsible consumption.
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Pol Roger named official Champagne of Barbarian FC
29 November 2018

Winston Churchill’s favourite fizz, Pol Roger, has been named the official Champagne of Barbarian FC rugby football club for the 2018/19 season.
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Pub builds giant 20ft snowman out of 2,000 wine bottles
29 November 2018

A pub in Somerset has pulled out all the stops for the festive season, constructing a 20ft snowman from over 2,000 empty wine bottles to accompany the inn's gingerbread house display, which was first installed last year. 
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Producer profile: Dom Pérignon Champagne
29 November 2018

Read our profile on Dom Pérignon and see tasting notes and scores from Decanter's experts...Dom Pérignon is owned by Moët & Chandon, although it's considered a separate Champagne house. See our profile on this famous house, including tasting notes & scores...
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Anson: Why slow fermentation pays off…
29 November 2018

If you try a single new Sonoma Chardonnay this year, then how about one fermented with wild yeast for a full 12 months? Jane Anson reports on a visit to Arista Winery... A strong belief in quality over quantity...
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The Mediterranean Diet—Including a Daily Glass of Wine—May Lower Risk of Depression (Wine Spectator)
29 November 2018

For decades now, researchers have found evidence that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, legumes, seafood, olive oil and moderate wine consumption, while limiting meat and dairy products, may help protect your body from heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and more. Now comes evidence it may protect your mind too. In a meta-analysis published Sept. 2...
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Monferrato Nebbiolo DOC set to become reality
29 November 2018

Many wineries have expressed interest in taking advantage of new rules that will allow Monferrato DOC producers in Piedmont to specify Nebbiolo or Nebbiolo Superiore on wine labels, according to local officials.Nebbiolo grapes. New appellation extension has green light, say officials...
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