Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Guilty pleasures: Jan Konetzki
23 October 2018

Jan Konetzki was born in Germany, and rose to prominence in the London restaurant scene at fine dining icon, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road. During this time, his wine selection was frequently recognised as one of the best in London, and also initiated a radical redesign of the wine list together with the Ballmannweber agency. He was plucked from this high-profile post to take up the posit...
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Brewdog has opened a bar Canary Wharf that accepts bitcoin
23 October 2018

Craft beer giant Brewdog has made geared its latest London bar opening towards the financial district's fintech obsessives, opening a site in Canary Wharf that not only accepts bitcoin, but alters its beer mark-ups based on FTSE 100 movements. The brewer, which opened its Canary Wharf pub on Friday, has also released a new draft beer, for which the price correlates with the movement of the...
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Hot new London bars: October
23 October 2018

The Drop Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is set to become London’s latest foodie hub when a slew of new restaurants and bars open in the development this week. Among the newbies will be three sites from the Harts Group – the restaurant group behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor – led by Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville. In addition to a Barrafia site...
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‘Real Prosecco can have a longer shelf life than Champagne’, says Sandro Bottega
23 October 2018

“It is not true that Prosecco has a shelf life of just a few months, the real Prosecco can have longer shelf life than Champagne’, claims Sandro Bottega, head of Prosecco producer Bottega. [caption id="attachment_427457" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Left to right: Sandro, Barbara and Stefano Bottega[/caption] In an interview with the drinks business on Friday last week, Sandro str...
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Conor McGregor is on the whiskey campaign trail in the US after sales of Proper No. Twelve rationed in Ireland
23 October 2018

MMA fighter and whiskey entrepreneur Conor McGregor has been busy touring the US to plug his new spirit brand, weeks after retailer in Ireland were forced to ration customers to two bottles per shop. [caption id="attachment_427450" align="aligncenter" width="531"] Conor McGregor has been on the PR trail for his new whiskey.(Photo: Andrius Petrucenia)[/caption] McGregor who launched Proper No. Twe...
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One bottle of 1945 DRC or an Aston Martin?
23 October 2018

After the news that a single bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 1945 Romanée-Conti sold for an astounding US$558,000 at auction recently, Liv-ex has asked what else you could buy for that much money. [caption id="attachment_427448" align="alignleft" width="427"] Photo: courtesy Sotheby's[/caption] The sale of the bottle in New York the weekend before last, smashed the pre...
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Pol Roger to distribute Artadi in the UK
22 October 2018

Pol Roger Portfolio has struck a deal with one of the top names in Spanish wine – Rioja renegade Bodegas Artadi – to distribute its wines in the UK. [caption id="attachment_427435" align="alignleft" width="480"] Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacaille, owner of Artadi in Rioja Alavesa[/caption] From 1 November, Pol Roger Portfolio will be the exclusive UK distributor of Artadi, which is run by...
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Mountain wines to show their mettle at ProWein 2019
22 October 2018

When it comes to combatting the effects of a warming planet and producing wines that suit current preferences for fresher, more refined wines, vineyards grown at high altitude offer one solution. From Europe to the Americas and China, wines produced from mountainous regions are gaining in stature and will be much in evidence at next year’s 25th edition of ProWein. The landmark show next spr...
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This chart shows how the UK’s beer market has changed in eight years
22 October 2018

The craft beer boom has led to a 20% surge in people registering trademarks for beers in the UK, according to new research, which warns of a rise in legal disputes ahead as brands are "likely to overlap" A rising consumer demand for limited edition and small batch beers means that breweries are launching far more products which carry their own protections, with the number of beer trademarks in t...
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Mallya’s fleet of supercars seized by bailiffs
22 October 2018

The High Court in London has instructed bailiffs to seize a fleet of supercars, including two Ferraris and a Porsche, belonging to Vijay Mallya, the former head of United Spirits. [caption id="attachment_427422" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Vijay Mallya's fleet of supercars is being repossessed[/caption] Among the cars at his Hertfordshire home being repossessed are a 2012 Maybach 62, a 2006...
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Shiraz – an Australian love affair
22 October 2018

Promotional featureWhen it comes to Australian wine, no other grape is more synonymous than Shiraz.Vineyards of Shiraz This variety has it all....
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Jefford on Monday: Blue moon on the Right Bank
22 October 2018

Andrew Jefford continues the tasting of a lifetime, with Angélus, Pavie, Ausone, Cheval Blanc and Petrus from the 1998 vintage...The Château Pavie barrel room. From Petrus to Pavie: re-tasting Right Bank wines from 1998...
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Bilbao Rioja Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2019
22 October 2018

Promotional featureThe Bilbao-Rioja 2019 Best Of Wine Tourism award ceremony took place on October 18 at Bodega Conde de los Andes, a 2018 International ‘Best Of’ award winner.The winners See the winners...
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The 2018 Bordeaux Harvest Report
22 October 2018

 2018 shapes up to be another excellent year for Bordeaux.
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Fine wines of the week: Top Premium reviews
22 October 2018

Had a busy week but still want to enjoy excellent wine? Here are some highlights from the wine reviews published online exclusively for Decanter Premium subscribers in the past seven days, from a 21-vintage vertical of Pomerol's La Conseillante to our full report on Chablis 2017.We pick out some of the most interesting wine reviews published for Premium subscribers. Did you miss any of these?... T...
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Top Sonoma red wines for the cellar
21 October 2018

See new tasting notes and ratings on a selection of great red wines from Sonoma County, tasted by Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. A selection of great red wines from Sonoma County...
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How to buy wine online – ask Decanter
20 October 2018

Online purchasing makes things very convenient – especially for large quantities of wine – but you also don’t want to make an expensive mistake… The advice for buying wine online The expert advice...
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The World's Most Expensive Grüner Veltliner
20 October 2018

 It's hip, it's trendy, it's Austrian and it is surprisingly affordable.
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The 2018 New York Wine Experience: The Wine World's Greatest Show on Terroir (Wine Spectator)
20 October 2018

"When we walked into the room, it felt like I was walking onto the field at a Super Bowl," said Jim Nantz. The longtime sportscaster knows what that is like. But last night he wasn't on the 50-yard line. He was pouring his wine, The Calling Chardonnay Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2016, at Wine Spectator’s 38th Wine Experience at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.For many win...
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Restaurant Talk: Fine Dining for All at Gabriel Kreuther (Wine Spectator)
20 October 2018

Growing up on a farm in the tiny Alsatian town of Niederschaeffolsheim, Gabriel Kreuther was always surrounded by food: His relatives were butchers, bakers and restaurant owners; his mother loved to cook. After sharpening his skills in kitchens around Europe, he made his way to the bright lights of New York in 1997 to work as a sous chef at the fine-dining landmark La Caravelle. He then moved on t...
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Andrew Jefford: ‘Cannabis is coming and wine producers know it’
20 October 2018

In his column for Decanter magazine's November 2018 issue, Andrew Jefford looks at the growing crossover between cannabis and the drinks world.A bartender opens a bottle of wine at a cannabis food event in Tacoma, Washington. A trend that drinks companies cannot ignore?...
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Full Chablis 2017 vintage report with wine ratings
20 October 2018

Tim Atkin MW reports on the 2017 vintage in Chablis ahead of his full Burgundy en primeur report, coming soon to Decanter Premium...Chablis 2017 saw yields hit by frost but there are some excellent wines, says Tim Atkin MW. Where to look for the best Chablis 2017 wines...
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M&S releases wine with adult colouring-in label
19 October 2018

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has released a wine with a label designed to be coloured in, tapping into a growing trend for adult colouring-in books said to aid meditation and mindfulness. [caption id="attachment_427382" align="alignleft" width="281"] Daisy Fletcher's design on a bottle of £8 Chilean Sauvignon Blanc[/caption] The high street retailer worked with Royal Academy of Art...
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Al Gore to speak at climate change conference in Porto
19 October 2018

Following the first event held this July featuring President Barack Obama, former US Vice-President, environmentalist and Nobel Laureate Al Gore will address the wine industry next March at an event highlighting the challenges it is facing due to climate change. Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the international conference Climate Change Leadership – Solutions for the Wine Industry P...
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Somm360 Congress unveils full programme
19 October 2018

Promising to be one of the biggest weeks of wine education in Canada, The Somm360 Congress has unveiled its preliminary programme between 25-27 November in Montreal. Due to welcome 300 wine professionals at Le Grand Quai in Montreal’s Old Port, the congress is designed to help sommeliers obtain the MS (Master Sommelier), MW (Master of Wine) or WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust...
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The week in pictures
19 October 2018

We couldn't do this without mentioning the Wine & Spirits Show one more time, now, could we? Upwards of 1,500 wine (and spirits) lovers flocked to One Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall last weekend to sample the very best drinks from our Global Masters Series. With everything from a reality TV star's Icewine to Welsh whiskey to a LOT of beer samples keeping our guests entertained, it's no won...
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Wines of Argentina wraps up successful UK roadshow
19 October 2018

Wines of Argentina has completed a trio of masterclasses across the UK, hosted by the fourth best sommelier in the world, Paz Levinson, executive head sommelier for acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurant group. [caption id="attachment_427333" align="alignleft" width="350"] Paz Levinson[/caption] Hosted by Paz Levinson, the masterclass series saw Wines of Argentina hit the cities...
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Alibaba invests US$290m in online drinks retailer 1919.cn
19 October 2018

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba will inject RMB 2 billion (US$288.3 million) worth of investment into Chengdu-based online drinks retailer, 1919 Wines & Spirits, tapping into the liquor specialist’s more integrated services from retail distribution network to wine storage to drive the country’s alcohol sales. [caption id="attachment_427299" align="alignleft" width="500"] Sig...
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10 Champagne facts to impress your friends with
19 October 2018

It has been scientifically proven by Professor Barry Smith of the University of London that Champagne bubbles have a distinctive sound. The first ‘collective’ of Champagne producers exhibited their wares at the Franco-British exhibition of sciences, arts and industry, held between 14 May and 31 October in London's White City district in 1908, which celebrated the Entente Cordiale...
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Black Sea area offers greatest winemaking potential, says Michel Rolland
19 October 2018

Of all wine producing regions in the world, it is those areas bordering the Black Sea that famous wine consultant Michel Rolland believes have the greatest potential for improvement. [caption id="attachment_427129" align="alignleft" width="427"] Michel Rolland was in London on Tuesday this week to celebrate 30 years of working with Alain Dominique Perrin at Château Lagrézette in...
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In focus: Top trends in Pinot Grigio
19 October 2018

Whether you know it as Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris, the white grape is a global star. But with some examples being thin and neutral while others offer a glass that oozes class, how are consumers to know what’s in store? Phoebe French investigates... Feature findings > The new Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has listed improving quality, control of production and better communication wi...
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Asia to drive global alcohol travel retail sector
19 October 2018

Findings at a recent IWSR forum highlighted the spending power of Asians in driving the global alcohol travel retail industry, whose size – if counted as a country – is said to be among the top five markets for most leading spirits producers. Total travel-retail volumes for liquor grew 4.1% in 2017 to reach 32.3 million nine-litre cases, while value grew 6.8% to US$9.5billion. Europe w...
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Somm Scandal: A Question of Integrity
19 October 2018

 As the sommelier cheating incident remains shrouded in secrecy, an injured party speaks out.
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After the Wine-Country Wildfires: One Year Later, Napa and Sonoma Rebuild (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

The eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of 2017's devastating wine-country wildfires brought warm temperatures, low humidity and violent wind gusts to Napa and Sonoma. The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, alerting residents that conditions were ripe for wildfire combustion and rapid growth. While the night passed without event, fire was on everyone's minds.The series of...
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Unfiltered: Chef Tyler Florence's New Docu Film 'Uncrushable' Forged in the 2017 Wine-Country Fires (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

When wildfires devastated Napa and Sonoma in October 2017, chef Tyler Florence’s first instinct was to put his skills as a veteran Food Network emcee and kitchen whiz to use by throwing a benefit bash to raise money for relief efforts. But the star of The Great Food Truck Race and Bite Club quickly realized that the event he organized would be part of a much bigger story. Florence's "The Gra...
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Wine Giant Constellation Has a New CEO (Wine Spectator)
19 October 2018

In a major move late yesterday, Constellation Brands announced that its current president and COO, Bill Newlands, will take over chief executive duties from Rob Sands, effective March 2019, with Sands becoming executive chairman. With the transition, Newlands will become the first Constellation CEO from outside the Sands family. He takes the helm during a heady time for Constellation, which has se...
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Top La Conseillante wines: 21 vintages tasted
19 October 2018

Jane Anson gets in depth with Château La Conseillante following a 21-vintage vertical tasted at the estate...La Conseillante vineyards in Pomerol. In-depth tasting notes, exclusively for Premium subscribers...
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This restaurant in Milan offers discounts based on Instagram followers
19 October 2018

A sushi bar in Milan is determining the total bills of its guests based on their popularity on social media.   View this post on Instagram   Today is the day ✌️✌️✌️ Da oggi vi aspettiamo nel nostro shop di Lazzaro Papi 6 per farvi scoprire la nostra Instagram revolution. Sì, da oggi accettiamo pagamenti in fo...
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Hot new London restaurants: October
19 October 2018

Kerridge’s Bar and Grill Tom Kerridge is sending critics into a spin with his first London restaurant, where the dishes are unashamedly decadent and wonderfully comforting. The owner of two-Michelin-starred gastropub Hand and Flowers in Marlow has made a home for himself at the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster where his all-day British brasserie is surprisingly laid-back given its swanky set...
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Baron de Ley: Rioja is the Bordeaux of Spain
19 October 2018

Rioja giant Baron de Ley's international general manager, Victor Fuentes, revealed that while "none of the big Rioja brands are doing well in China," the company is hoping to promote the region's wines as the Bordeaux of Spain. Fuentes made the comments to the drinks business while discussing the wine group's export strategy and top markets last week at its Mendavia-based winery. Baron de Ley was...
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Staff at this Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland only work four-day weeks to ‘fuel creative flare’
19 October 2018

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Edinburgh is trailing a four-day working week for its staff to improve their creativity and promote a healthy work-life balance. Chef Peter Kitching's 21212, part of the 21212 Hotel on London Road, will launch the new schedule in November 2018. Staff will still recieve the same wages as before. Kitching, who opened the restaurant with his partner Katie O'Brien i...
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Ceretto’s restaurant climbs World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings
19 October 2018

Alba-based producer Ceretto has more than just its Barolos and Barbarescos to be proud of, its restaurant, Piazza Duomo, which opened in 2005 has quickly amassed a formidable following among diners and oenophiles with three Michelin stars under its belt and a new high ranking of No. 16 on this year's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. In line with Ceretto's philosophy in wine – making wines t...
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Tokaj in pictures
19 October 2018

db went on a whirlwind trip to Tokaj this week, soaking up the spectacular autumn colour and getting a little hands-on experience picking Aszú berries. Hosted by Disznókö, the visit also took in the wineries of Zoltán Demeter and Patricius. The harvest is well underway in Tokaj after what has been a very hot and dry season. The grapes destined for dry white wines were ga...
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Prosecco plans one billion bottle production
19 October 2018

Prosecco supply may have reached a new high from this year’s harvest, but sources suggest that producers are aiming even higher, with plans to hit one billion bottles in the near future. [caption id="attachment_427164" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Canevel Spumanti was founded in Valdobbiadene in 1979 by Mario Caramel, Carlo's father. In 2016, Masi Valpolicella took a 60% share of the Pro...
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Two thirds of distilleries on the Isle of Man row over TT motorcycle race sponsorship
18 October 2018

Two out of three distilleries on the Isle of Man are at war over the sponsorship of the tiny island's annual TT motorcycle race. [caption id="attachment_427133" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Isle of Man TT is of the island's biggest tourist attractions.(Photo: Jonathan Camp/Flickr)[/caption] A complaint about Cronk Y Voddy — a Manx vodka label made by Seven Kingdom Distillery, one of...
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How American wines can stay relevant in China
18 October 2018

Debunking myths about Californian wines and driving premiumisation of wine exports are key to retaining American wines' relevance in the Chinese market amid challenging times according to Christopher Beros, Asia director of the California Wine Institute. [caption id="attachment_427101" align="alignleft" width="400"] Christopher Beros, Asia director of California Wine Institute, was in Hong Kong la...
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Michel Rolland: Cahors was in the Middle Ages, now it makes beautiful wine
18 October 2018

Influential wine consultant Michel Rolland tells db about the transformation in Cahors wine quality during a visit to London this week to celebrate 30 years of making Malbec at Château Lagrézette. [caption id="attachment_427131" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Michel Rolland (left) with Alain Dominique Perrin. To mark 30 years of working together in Cahors with Château Lagr&eac...
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Champagne Castelnau launches Extra Brut
18 October 2018

Champagne Castelnau has said it is adding an Extra Brut to its range of Champagnes, to meet what it believes is a growing trend for drier styles. Champagne Castelneu have launched an Extra Brut. House says it wants to meet demand for drier styles...
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First taste: Top Yalumba wines from latest releases
18 October 2018

Yalumba has released the second vintage of its flagship wine, The Caley 2013, and Decanter expert Sarah Ahmed was among the first to taste it alongside several other wines in the Australian producer's Rare & Fine Collection.Yalumba's The Caley 2013 is the second vintage of this new flagship wine. Including an exclusive review of The Caley 2013...
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This Black Mirror-style pop-up bar’s cocktail menu is based on social media algorithms
18 October 2018

A new pop-up bar in London is using data it collects from likes, shares, and views on its social channels to dictate its cocktail menu in real-time. [caption id="attachment_427073" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Unsurprisingly, the pumpkin spice old fashioned was a hit on Instagram and Facebook.[/caption] The bar is part of a project launched by food website Twisted, which specialises in creati...
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Legal highs: The drinks companies taking on cannabis
18 October 2018

As Canada marks the legalisation of recreational cannabis today, we round up the drinks companies that have been linked to or have confirmed investment in the industry. Canada has legalised recreational cannabis today (17 October) making it the second country after Uruguay, which passed legislation in 2013, to impose such a measure. Potential customers must be 18 or over in order to purchase the...
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Champagne Castelnau adds Extra Brut to range
18 October 2018

Champagne Castelnau is adding an Extra Brut to its range in response to growing demand for ultra-dry styles of fizz. “Champagne Castelnau Extra Brut increases our offer to customers with a style that we know many consumers are looking for and I expect it to make a significant contribution to the brand’s ever growing position in the UK market,” said head of Castelnau Wine Agencies...
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Khan: The restaurant industry can be quite isolating
18 October 2018

Asma Khan, the first British chef to appear in the popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, has admitted that working in the restaurant industry “can be quite isolating”. [caption id="attachment_427054" align="aligncenter" width="788"] Chef's Table star Asthma Khan of Darjeeling Express has admitted that the industry can be "quite isolating"[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business...
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Hartnett: Being female has worked in my favour
17 October 2018

Rather than being discriminated against in a male dominated industry, chef Angela Hartnett says that being a woman has actually worked in her favour. [caption id="attachment_427034" align="alignleft" width="432"] Angela Hartnett being presented with her Female Chef of the Year award by Ayala's chef de cave, Caroline Latrive, at Daphne's restaurant in Chelsea[/caption] Speaking to the drinks busin...
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Prince Charles visits Diageo-owned Scotch distillery near Balmoral
17 October 2018

Prince Charles has spent the last two months in visiting charities and community projects in Scotland and the north of England, managing to fit in two distillery tours on the way. [caption id="attachment_427021" align="aligncenter" width="640"] HRH with Ewan Andrew (Diageo Director) and Sean Phillips (Distillery Manager) with the cask that will be bottled on his 70th birthday. (Photo: Mike Wilkins...
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In focus: Chile trends
17 October 2018

As one of the world’s biggest exporters it’s easy to to forget that Chile has only a little more than 30 years’ exposure on the international wine market. Feature findings > Vinexpo says that by 2021 Chile will have overtaken France, Spain, Italy and the US to become the second-biggest wine importer in the UK. > Chile’s reputation as a source of big volume, relia...
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McGuigan adds Tempranillo to Black Label range
17 October 2018

Australia's McGuigan Wines will add a Tempranillo to its Black Label range in the UK next month, at a time when it says European varieties, and Tempranillo in particular, are achieving increasing sales and popularity. The Black Label Tempranillo joins a range of Black Label red, whites and rosé wine, including Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Riesling, as well as its recently-launched trio...
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UK supermarkets to trial facial recognition for alcohol sales
17 October 2018

Facial recognition software for alcohol sales, which removes the need for staff-approved age verification checks, is to be trialled in UK supermarkets for the first time, after waiting for age approval has been identified as one of the top frustrations for shoppers. The software has been developed by British start-up Yoti and is being integrated into self-service tills supplied by NCR, a US comp...
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Teenager creates new alcohol free ‘gin’
17 October 2018

A teenager has created Northern Ireland's first alcohol-free gin, having been given free rein to create the 'spirit' at her parent's distillery as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. [caption id="attachment_426974" align="alignleft" width="350"] Hana Hughes[/caption] Hana Hughes, 16, from Dromore, came up with the idea for a sugar and calorie-free 'Driver's Gin' upon brainstorming what "new skil...
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Best Chablis 2017 wines
17 October 2018

We've compiled a selection of the top the scoring Chablis wines of 2017 - a frost-hit vintage where quantity is small but quality is good. Tasted and chosen by our Burgundy expert Tim Atkin MW...Chablis vineyards The top scorers...
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Decanting mature double magnums – Ask Decanter
17 October 2018

How long should you let this wine breathe...?How long should a mature double magnum wine breathe? How long should it breathe...?
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Summergate Fine Wines appoints new CEO
17 October 2018

Summergate Fine Wines has appointed Craig Aldous, the former chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, as its new CEO, replacing Rose Scott, dbHK has learned. According to company announcement, Aldous took over from Scott last month, and is now leading Australian retail giant Woolworth's China business, Summergate Fine Wines, with a portfolio of wines from over 60 wineries and 12 c...
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How climate change will affect beer drinkers
17 October 2018

Beer is the king of alcoholic beverages in terms of global volumes and sales, but experts warn that rising temperatures could lead to a seismic shift in the way we drink.   Following a groundbreaking UN report which warning world leaders they have less time than hoped to prevent catastrophic climate change, new research reveals that increased temperatures worldwide would lead to &ldqu...
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Interview: Life in the Fast lane
17 October 2018

Canadian-born, London-based Jackie Fast studied in Beijing before setting up her own sponsorship company, Slingshot, from her bedroom in 2010 with just a laptop and £2,000. The plucky entrepreneur is currently competing in the 14th series of The Apprentice, which airs on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday evenings. Fast made a pretty penny from the sale of Slingshot in 2016. Taking a year off to write...
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HKTDC International Wine & Spirits Fair returns for 11th edition
17 October 2018

The Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair will return from 8 to 10 November at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for its 11th edition, with 1,075 exhibitors from 32 countries and regions showcasing a plethora of wines, spirits and beers. [caption id="attachment_426769" align="alignleft" width="500"] HKTDC hosted a press conference this week about the upcoming Hong...
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Accolade Wines branches into gin with ginger-flavoured expression
17 October 2018

Having made its spirits debut with the launch of its flavoured Echo Falls vodka last year, Accolade is now moving into gin with the release of a product inspired by its Stone's ginger wine. Accolade has released its new ginger-flavoured Stone's Gin into both the UK on- and off-trade and will be supporting the launch with a "consumer tasting experience". Rather than classic tonic water, the recomm...
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Brewdog raises over £26 million from donors in 5th crowdfunding round
17 October 2018

Global craft beer brand Brewdog has made more than £26 million in a crowdfunding campaign spanning 12 months. The company secured £26.2 million from around 50,000 investors in its fifth crowdfunding campaign, bringing its total number of investors close to 94,000. The campaign — which the brewer calls Equity for Punks V — was initially launched in October 2017, with a pr...
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Top 8 extreme restaurants
16 October 2018

While a bricks and mortar Michelin-starred venue might be enough to sate most appetites for culinary exploration, these restaurants are in another league, offering the adventurous diner an extreme dining experience. [caption id="attachment_426804" align="alignleft" width="350"] Under will open in Norway next year[/caption] Whether it's underwater, in the sky or in space, there's no frontier that...
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Final call for Rioja Masters 2018 entries
16 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline. Producers wishing to take part have until 26 October to enter and submit their wines. Now in its seventh year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage. A panel of leading industry experts will judge the wines submitted in a blind tasting to d...
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Irish Distillers to invest €150 million in upgrades and expansion
16 October 2018

Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers is investing over €150 million (£132 million) in upgrading its sites in Cork and Dublin which will see it expand its maturation and distillery facilities. The majority of the money (€130 million) will be spent on the company's distillery in Midleton and maturation site in Dungourney – both in County Cork. Among the upgrades and installati...
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UK winery Chapel Down signs top-ranking AB InBev brewer to make craft beer
16 October 2018

As Chapel Down continues to ride a wave of growth in the UK's wine industry, the English drinks producer has now appointed an AB InBev brewer to head up its beer label. Matthew Anderson, who has spent more than a decade producing household name beers at AB InBev's breweries in Wales and Lancashire, will become head of brewing and production at Curious Brewery, owned by Kentish winery Chapel Down...
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Bordeaux 2018 red wines: Balance key amid high alcohol levels
16 October 2018

As Bordeaux winemakers wrap up this year’s harvest, many say that they have never seen such high levels of alcohol, including for Cabernet Sauvignon. Harvest at Château Balac in Haut-Médoc Winemakers say they've never seen such high alcohol levels...
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Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1945 Auctioned for Record-Shattering Price (Wine Spectator)
16 October 2018

Rob Rosania, a New York real-estate developer and noted wine collector, raised his paddle and left it there. “150, 160, 170, 180, 200,” auctioneer Jamie Ritchie rattled off in rapid fire, as if he was counting. Those numbers were actually thousands of dollars, salvos in a bidding war between Rosania and an unidentified online bidder at Sothebys’ auction of wines from Burgundy leg...
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Port 2016: Vintage report and top releases
16 October 2018

In 2016, quantities were small, but the best wines are balanced and look set to age for decades, says Richard Mayson, who has picked 25 of the best 2016 Port releases.Port 2016 vintage report. Find out which Port wines made the cut...
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1945 Romanée Conti sets new record at wine auction
16 October 2018

The world record for the most expensive bottle of wine sold at auction was smashed twice on Saturday when two bottles of 1945 Romanée Conti fetched US$558,000 and US$496,000 respectively.The 1945 DRC set new records for wine at auction. New records set...
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Prosecco drinkers ‘don’t care’ if it’s DOC or DOCG
16 October 2018

During a masterclass in London last month, Stefano Ferrante, head winemaker at leading Italian sparkling wine producer Zonin1861, told attendees that most Prosecco drinkers ‘don’t care’ if the fizz is DOC or DOCG. [caption id="attachment_426693" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Zonin's Stefano Ferrante, who oversees the production of approx 60m bottles of Italian fizz each year,...
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American drinks retailer launches cork educational campaign
16 October 2018

US drinks retailer Fairway Market has partnered with the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) to launch a new cork educational campaign starting in November this year. Featuring in its three Fairway Wine & Spirits outlets, the educational campaign aims to alert shoppers about the relationship between wine and cork – the history, types of corks, and the enviro...
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Overheard at the Wine & Spirits Show…
16 October 2018

Last weekend, we held our first-ever Wine & Spirits Show in partnership with the spirits business, showcasing more than 1,000 different wines, beers and spirits from across the world. And after 48 hours of serving the industry elites and discerning consumers, we think it's safe to say you guys really love to talk after a few free samples. We've rounded-up our favourite snippets of conversat...
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Record year: English and Welsh wine producers comment on 2018 vintage
16 October 2018

With record volumes of grapes harvested across the board, we round up the reports from owners and winemakers in a year that could see as many as 18 million bottles of wine produced in the UK. [caption id="attachment_426671" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aldwick Estate, Somerset.[/caption] As early as July, English wine producers were nailing their colours to the mast and enthusing about the 20...
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Elon Musk announces bid to produce Tesla-branded Tequila
16 October 2018

Elon Musk, entrepreneur and CEO of electric car and solar power company Tesla, has filed an application to trademark 'Teslaquila', meaning that what was originally an April Fool's prank could become a reality. [caption id="attachment_426665" align="alignleft" width="499"] Image: wiki[/caption] Musk first made reference to the product on 1 April 2018 in a prank in which he tweeted that Tesla had g...
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Ferrari launches ‘made to measure’ Zegna bottle
16 October 2018

Trentodoc sparkling wine producer Ferrari has joined forces with celebrated Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna on a limited edition bespoke bottle. [caption id="attachment_426657" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ferrari's bespoke 'Made to Measure' bottle designed by Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna[/caption] Called ‘Ferrari Made to Measure for Ermenegildo Zegna’, the alli...
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Single malt Scotch Taisteal is ready to mingle
15 October 2018

Taisteal Single Malt Scotch whisky is defying common conventions of serving a dram neat or on the rocks and is instead targeting the cocktail scene, positioning itself as a spirit for blending. [caption id="attachment_426579" align="alignleft" width="500"] Antonio Lai creating a cocktail using Taisteal[/caption] Introducing the spirit, Joe Milner, managing director of Hong Kong-based wine and spi...
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French-Chinese wine lab created to tackle climate change
15 October 2018

A new research lab has been set up by China and France that will enable 30 researchers and scientists to look into the creation of new grape varieties that are better adapted to climate change. The Innogrape Laboratory will bring together 23 research professors in Bordeaux and 10 research professions in Beijing to conduct research on wine, mainly focusing on the creation of new varieties and berry...
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London gets two ‘modern American’ restaurants
15 October 2018

This month sees the launch of two new ‘modern American’ restaurants in London: Two Lights, from the team behind The Clove Club, and Potus near the American Embassy. [caption id="attachment_426639" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Two Lights in Shoreditch is from the team behind The Clove Club[/caption] Two Lights, headed up by American chef Chase Lovecky, occupies at 52-cover site on...
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The best Asda wines this winter
15 October 2018

Here are our top picks for winter 2018 from the UK supermarket's range, all reviewed by Decanter's expert tasting team... Top picks from our tasting team...
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James Suckling opens wine bar in Hong Kong
15 October 2018

American wine critic James Suckling has finally opened the doors of his wine bar in Hong Kong's hip Soho area, offering hundreds of wines from around the globe, including many 100-point wines rated by the critic over his four-decade career. [caption id="attachment_426582" align="alignleft" width="500"] James Suckling (centre) with his wife Marie Kim Suckling (owner of James Suckling Wine Central)...
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Tommasi launches new De Buris luxury wine brand
15 October 2018

Italian wine producer Tommasi revealed De Buris on Friday (12th October) - their new luxury wine brand and hospitality project. The De Buris villa, currently being restored. A new luxury wine brand and hospitality project....
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Jefford on Monday: Blue moon on the left bank
15 October 2018

Andrew Jefford tucks into the tasting of a lifetime. Twice...Château Margaux Andrew Jefford tucks into the tasting of a lifetime....
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Climate Change Sparks Catalan Migration
15 October 2018

 Familia Torres' new winery addresses climate change concerns.
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Top Napa Cabernet wines for the cellar
15 October 2018

See new tasting notes and ratings on a selection of the most coveted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Napa Valley, tasted by Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn. A selection of must-have wines for Napa Cab lovers…
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Paso Robles vineyards & wineries to visit
15 October 2018

From pretty hillside vineyards to cutting edge wineries - Julie Albin shares where to visit in Paso Robles...J Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Where to visit...
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Paso Robles restaurants, bars and shops
13 October 2018

The region is busting with wineries, restaurants, boutique hotels and winery guesthouses. Julie Albin picks top restaurants, bars and shops to visit...Thomas Hill Organics. Where to eat, drink and shop...
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Te Mata Coleraine: Top wines from 1982 to 2016
13 October 2018

Bob Campbell MW was one of the lucky few to attend a 32-vintage tasting of Coleraine recently - twice! Read his report below, including ratings and tasting notes on his top 15 vintages of this New Zealand pioneer...Te Mata Coleraine set a new standard in New Zealand. Fifteen of the best from a 32-vintage vertical tasting...
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First taste: Bruno Paillard launches Dosage: Zero
13 October 2018

Independent family Champagne house Bruno Paillard, known for exclusively producing extra brut cuvées, has broken with tradition to launch a zero dosage style. Below, Premium subscribers can read an interview with Paillard about the new wine, as well as a full tasting note. The new Bruno Paillard Dosage : Zero. How it tastes and why the house thinks it will work...
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Bordeaux's Most Expensive Wines
13 October 2018

 It's as you were in the Médoc as the heavyweights jostle for position.
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Records broken at Christie’s 2018 DWWA wine auction for WaterAid
13 October 2018

The thirteenth annual Christie’s auction of wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards fetched a record total of more than £66,000, with all proceeds to go to the WaterAid charity.Auction paddles ready for bidding at the Christie's DWWA auction for WaterAid. Christie's sale of DWWA wines fetches more than £66,000...
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West Coast Wineries Are Refusing Grape Orders and Farmers Are Unhappy (Wine Spectator)
13 October 2018

Wine grapegrowers in Northern California's Lake and Mendocino counties and Oregon's Rogue Valley are unhappy after some of the industry's bigger companies refused grapes from growers they had contracts with due to potential smoke taint as a result of summer wildfires. The companies say lab tests showed high levels of compounds that could lead to smoky flavors in wines, but the growers dispute that...
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Online wine club based on expert recs launches
13 October 2018

Nosy Wine Club, an online subscription service that sends wines to its members based on expert recommendations, will launch in the UK next month. Set to go live on 5 November, the Nosy Wine Club is the brainchild of Porto-based Marta Maia, who wanted to offer UK consumers something more than the often-uninspiring wine selection found in supermarkets. Keen to “bring back the fun of discove...
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ProWine China looks forward to 2018 edition
13 October 2018

ProWine China will once again return from 13 to 15 November 2018 for a bigger and more comprehensive wine fair for trade professionals from around the world, after five successful runs in Shanghai. This year, the fair is expected to attract 700 exhibitors from some 40 countries, including 22 national and regional pavilions. All key wine-growing nations such as France, Italy, Spain, Austr...
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London brewery Fourpure collaborates with Patty&Bun on craft lager
13 October 2018

South London craft brewery Fourpure has collaborated with Burger restaurant group Patty & Bun to brew a Pilsner exclusive to the chain's sites. The Pilsner, which will be available at Patty&Bun's 12 London sites and at its outpost on Brighton's Ship Street, comes with "a spicy aroma that brings out the EPIC meaty taste of Patty’s burgers." It is not the first time the brewer, rece...
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Is a bumper 2018 harvest good for Champagne?
13 October 2018

Charles Philipponnat, CEO, Champagne Philipponnat “This welcome derogation was only useful for those whose individual reserve had been depleted because of disastrous frosts, mainly in the Aube, or because of other adverse weather conditions like hail and mildew to a lesser extent. Most growers had much less potential yield up to the maximum reserve level (8,000kg). In the Philipponnat vine...
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TFWA visitor numbers break 7,000 barrier for first time
13 October 2018

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference is celebrating a record year with a total of 7,015 visitors, up 3% from 2017, from 3,088 companies attending the show in Cannes this year. The event organiser said that the numbers "also bore witness to the healthy position of the duty free and travel retail industry". The number of exhibitors at the show grew slightly from 514 in 2017 to 516 in 2018 acro...
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Bordeaux 2016: price rises ‘for the few’?
13 October 2018

A celebrated recent vintage in Bordeaux, the 2016s combined both power and grace but as their physical release draws near which have held their value – and which have not? The campaign, as many will remember, was a slightly mixed affair with some brilliant wines that sold very well, some excellent wines that should and could have sold better and much discussion over the widespread holding ba...
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Number of breweries in Scotland rises by 229% in 8 years
13 October 2018

A new report published by The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) has found that the number of breweries in Scotland has risen by 229% in 8 years to hit 115, while there are now over 60 distilleries in the country producing gin. [caption id="attachment_426531" align="alignleft" width="498"] Source: SPICE[/caption] A study exploring the state of the brewing and distilling industry in Sc...
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Aussie bartender wins Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year
13 October 2018

Australian bartender Orlando Marzo has won the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2018, seeing off competition from 55 of the world’s top bartenders, Diageo announced this week. The Italian-born Marzo is the bar manager of Melbourne’s Lûmé and triumphed after competing in a series of rounds in Berlin on 5 October, including the Ketel One Better Drinking Challenge, Jo...
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India’s second biggest winery secures US$8m funding
12 October 2018

India’s second biggest winery, Grover Zampa, has raised more than US$8 million funding from a Singapore-based investor. [caption id="attachment_426292" align="alignleft" width="350"] Grover Zampa's vineyards[/caption] The funding will be invested into the production of new wines, and revamping its wine tourism facilities at its home base in India’s southern Bangalore and Nashik in the...
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Best Penfolds wines: A selection of our top scorers
12 October 2018

It's not all about Grange: here are our top scoring Penfolds wines from vintages in the past decade, including new reviews from a re-tasting of the 2010s by Sarah Ahmed and ratings from the launch of the 2018 Penfolds Collection. The first vintage of Penfolds Grange, from 1951, sold for over AU $50,000 in 2017. Some of Australia's best wines...
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Lost church bell replaced thanks to beer sales
12 October 2018

The great bell of a Belgian abbey that was destroyed during the First World War has been replaced – thanks to funds raised through beer sales. Park Abbey in Heverlee near Leuven lost all 160 of its bells when the German army went on the rampage through the city in August 1914. The bells were destroyed when the carillon in which they were housed collapsed, while the city library, containing...
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The week in pictures
12 October 2018

In DB news, the Wine & Spirits Show launches today! Held in the heart of London at One Whitehall Place, part of the five-star Royal Horseguards hotel, the show is due to attract over 2,000 members of the general public, alongside members wine and spirits trade. The show will have two separate spaces: one dedicated to wine and the other to spirits. Inside these halls will be the Global Mas...
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Golf resorts for wine lovers
12 October 2018

Many European wine regions are also home to excellent golf courses. Rob Smith of Golf Monthly chooses a selection In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®.Lumine Golf and wine enjoy a long-standing and perfect partnership for a variety of reasons. Culturally, this historically affluent sport was
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Decanter wine app reaches 7,000 downloads with California update
12 October 2018

Decanter's Know Your Wine app has reached more than 7,000 downloads within six months of launching as developers add a California section to the learning platform. Have you given it a try?...
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Cru Bourgeois body confirms return to three-tier system
12 October 2018

The director of the Cru Bourgeois classification body has said she is confident that reviving the three-tier hierarchy will prove successful, as new details emerge of how the system will work from the release of the 2018 vintage onwards. Cru Bourgeois is returning to the old hierarchical system. New details released of how system will work...
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Somm Struck Off Over Tasting Leak
12 October 2018

 The man responsible for the cancellation of 23 of this year's Master Sommelier diplomas is defrocked.
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Unfiltered: LeBron James Returns After Grueling 2-Week Wine Time-Out, Reveals He Lets Jr. Sip Wine like a European Kid (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

LeBron James recently took his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers, and just a few months into his stint, he's apparently already bought into the hot yoga, green juice and #healthgoals lifestyle that's taken over the West Coast. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 33-year-old basketball star took a two-week hiatus from gluten, dairy, added and artificial sugars, and (gasp) wine, in hopes of boos...
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Jane Anson: Why it’s an exciting time for Sonoma Cabernet
12 October 2018

'The best Cabernet sites in Sonoma are still being discovered,' one winemaker tells Jane Anson during a recent trip through the California region. Read her report below, with a selection of tasting notes and ratings exclusively for Premium subscribers. A view across Sonoma vineyards. 'The best sites are still being discovered'...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Roast Chicken with Crispy Potatoes and Beaujolais (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

“Roast chicken is a real emotional thing for people,” says chef Andy Little. “One of my favorite things to eat at home is whole roast chicken.”Little’s accessible recipe for a classic whole chicken—oven-roasted to crispy, golden goodness—goes on the plate with smashed potatoes and a kale salad dressed in a grilled-scallion vinaigrette that’s quick to...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Épure (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

Hong Kong’s Épure presents contemporary French cuisine in an opulent yet intimate 50-seat dining room. -la-carte items are available, but chef Nicolas Boutin’s three tasting menus are the main draw. There’s a four-course menu with themes like caviar or truffle (prices vary based on the showcased ingredient), a six-course menu for $190 and an eight-course menu for $240, wit...
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Turning Tables: Inside the Sprawling New Location of Grand Award–Winning Wally's (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

Wally's Opens Restaurant and Store in Santa MonicaOn Oct. 6, Grand Award–winning restaurant and wine shop Wally's Beverly Hills opened a new location in Santa Monica, Calif. Owner Christian Navarro told Wine Spectator this is the first step in expanding his restaurant-retail hybrid, which proved a "grand-slam home-run success" in Beverly Hills, he said. "We have a deep-rooted loyal client ba...
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Man Accused of $1.2 Million Wine Theft from Goldman Sachs CEO Dies in Apparent Suicide (Wine Spectator)
12 October 2018

The former personal assistant accused of stealing wines valued at $1.2 million from Goldman Sachs executive David Solomon, his then boss, apparently leapt to his death on the afternoon he was supposed to appear in court for his crimes. On Oct. 9 at around 2:30 p.m., as lawyers gathered in downtown Manhattan's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse to discuss his case, Nicolas De-Meyer fell from the 33rd flo...
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Grape prices in Champagne set to rise again
12 October 2018

Champagne has produced one of its biggest vintages ever, but grape prices are set to rise by as much as 5%, making 2018 the tenth consecutive year of increases. News that prices are going up again this year in Champagne came about during a discussion on Tuesday this week in London with Bruno Paillard, who is chairman and CEO of Lanson-BCC and owner of Champagne Bruno Paillard. ...
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Brigid Simmonds warns of tax threat to pubs ahead of Autumn Statement
12 October 2018

The head of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has urged the government to avoid placing higher tax rates on the pub sector just over a month before the next Autumn Statement. [caption id="attachment_250887" align="aligncenter" width="434"] BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds (Photo: BBPA)[/caption] Brigid Simmonds, the CEO of the association, said that, while UK ministers are still att...
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Final call for Fortified Masters 2018 entries
12 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Fortified Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline. Now in its fourth year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer. The wines will be judged blind by a panel of high regarded judges known for their expertise in the fortified wine sector. The categories for the competition are as follows: Port (vint...
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Last chance to register for The Wine & Spirits Show
12 October 2018

This year's Wine & Spirits Show is taking place tomorrow and Saturday in London, featuring a free trade session, current The Apprentice star Jackie Fast and her £139 icewine, and a series of masterclasses on topics including how glass shape affects the taste of English sparkling wine. Join the drinks business and The Spirits Business teams for a two-day drinks extravaganza taking place f...
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Preserving acidity is ‘the biggest issue in Champagne’
12 October 2018

While growers in Champagne have historically struggled to ripen their grapes, the biggest challenge facing the region today is preserving acidity levels, according to one family-owned house. [caption id="attachment_426372" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The recently released AR Lenoble Intense 'mag 14', which contains a proportion of reserve wines aged in magnum[/caption] Speaking to db at...
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Woman arrested in Total Wine for ‘recreating Dirty Dancing scene’
12 October 2018

A 24-year-old woman was arrested after re-enacting a scene from 1980s hit film Dirty Dancing in a Total Wine & More store in Florida after reports that two people were causing a disturbance. As reported by Treasure Coast Newspapers, police officers were called to a Total Wine & More store in Martin County, Florida following reports that two people, who were believed to be intoxicated, were...
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Beaucastel uses ‘heritage techniques’ to revamp cellars
12 October 2018

Rhône producers the Perrin family have chosen architectural firm Studio Mumbai to renovate the cellars of its Château de Beaucastel property using “ancestral techniques”. [caption id="attachment_426358" align="alignleft" width="596"] The architect's plan of the finished structure[/caption] The Perrin family that own the prestigious property in the Vaucluse wanted to reconf...
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Wine and spirits sales hit almost £6 billion in UK pubs
11 October 2018

Sales of wine and spirits in UK pubs have risen by £270 million to reach just under £6 billion in the past year, with gin and sparkling wine performing particularly well, according to the latest figures published by The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA.) While synonymous with beer, wine and spirits represent 36% of alcohol sales in UK pubs, according to research conducted by CGA...
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Aldi’s chocolate wine back by popular demand
11 October 2018

Discount retailer Aldi is bringing a fortified Spanish chocolate wine back to its UK stores next month in time for Christmas due to popular demand. Bottles of Rubis Chocolate Wine will be hitting Aldi’s shelves on 14 November, priced at £9.99 for 50cl. The fortified ‘wine’ is made from a blend of Tempranillo grapes and “premium” chocolate flavouring. Accordi...
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‘Lost’ Brora distillery project secures planning permission
11 October 2018

Diageo's plans to restore and reopen Brora distillery have moved forward this week after news that the project has been granted planning permission by the Highland Council. [caption id="attachment_426343" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Artist's impression of the Brora Distillery. Image: Norr[/caption] Diageo's £35 million plan to reopen the so-called 'lost' distilleries Brora and Port Ell...
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Château Montrose owners invest in Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy
11 October 2018

Château Montrose owners Martin and Olivier Bouygues have followed up their Clos Rougeard purchase by investing in Domaine Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy.Henri Rebourseau in Burgundy. Bouygues brothers follow Clos Rougeard purchase with Burgundy move...
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Who Leaked the Somms' Wine List?
11 October 2018

 Commotion hit the Master Sommelier exam as it emerges of that a taste test wasn't completely blind.
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Questions Surrounding Blind-Tasting Exam Leave 23 New Master Sommeliers in Limbo (Wine Spectator)
11 October 2018

This story was updated at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 10.The Master Sommelier certification, which has become a symbol of high achievement in the restaurant and hospitality industries, became embroiled in intrigue and heartbreak Oct. 9. The board of directors for the organization that administers the test in the U.S., the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas, announced it would be voiding the results of its 20...
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Clos Galena
11 October 2018

Promotional featureOne family's dream that became a reality...Clos Galena One family's dream that became a reality...
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Bodegas Altanza
11 October 2018

Promotional featureA contemporary and top-drawer Spanish house, which draws on the country’s rich artistic legacy as inspiration to drive it onwards and upwardsBodegas Altanza A contemporary and top-drawer Spanish house...
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Top vodka deals
11 October 2018

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting vodkas from around the world. We've rounded up some of the top vodka deals below. The spirit of the 21st century, Vodka as gained popularity in style and has become more and more premium. With
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New Master Sommeliers lose title after tasting exam ‘compromised’
11 October 2018

A confidentiality breach during one of the taste tests that comprises the notoriously tough Master Sommelier exams means that several candidates have had their pass grades revoked pending re-takes. The MS blind tasting exam is notoriously hard. Tasting exam results declared invalid...
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Rare Wine Auctions Show No Signs of Slowing (Wine Spectator)
11 October 2018

Summer is often a quiet time in the wine-auction market, but September brings exciting opportunities, and collectors took advantage last month, adding impressive rare wines to their cellars by pushing winning bids toward or above presale high estimates set by auction houses. In the third quarter of 2018, global sales of fine and rare wine at auction totaled $70.4 million, up a whopping 31 percent...
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HK masterclass to showcase wines of Japan
11 October 2018

A masterclass on the wines of Japan is set to take place on Friday 9 November at 10am in Hong Kong’s Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. [caption id="attachment_426212" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Grace’s Misawa Vineyard in Akeno, Yamanashi[/caption] The event is timed and located to make attendance as easy as possible for visitors to the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fa...
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What is ‘craft beer’? Four definitions from the brewing industry
11 October 2018

Almost half of British drinkers now say they prefer craft beer to mainstream serves, according to new figures from pub group Brewhouse & Kitchen, but what does that mean in 2018? The study, quizzed millions UK drinkers on their beer of choice. It found that when drinking at a pub, 34% of the public will try more alternative styles of beer than they would have ten years ago. Londoners were m...
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PHE boss rejects ‘purist’ objections to Drinkaware partnership
11 October 2018

Duncan Selbie, the chief executive of Public Health England, has rejected calls from academics to stop a proposed health campaign with the charity Drinkaware. PHE has plans to work with the charity Drinkaware to launch a campaign warning of the dangers of binge drinking alcohol, encouraging taking regular days off from drinking and raising awareness of alcoholic units and the government’s dr...
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ASC launches Beam Suntory in Hong Kong and Macau
11 October 2018

ASC Fine Wines, one of the biggest wine and spirits importers in Greater China, has launched Beam Suntory's spirits portfolio in Hong Kong and Macau. [caption id="attachment_426153" align="alignleft" width="350"] Jonathan Mather, general manager of ASC Fine Wines' Greater South Region[/caption] ASC has been appointed as the sole importer for Beam Suntory's spirits portfolio, including its Ja...
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Bruno Paillard releases sugar-free Champagne 30 years after his first attempt
10 October 2018

Bruno Paillard says he has learnt from past mistakes and, 30 years since his first attempt, unveiled a sugarless Champagne in London yesterday that is neither too aggressive nor excessively acidic. [caption id="attachment_426195" align="alignleft" width="269"] Hedonism wine shop in London is to list D:Z at £49.80[/caption] Called D:Z, which stands for dosage zero, referring of course to the...
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Global Sparkling Masters 2018: The results
10 October 2018

Over a year, the drinks business hosts many Global Masters competitions, inviting producers to pit their wines against the world’s best before a panel of expert judges. About the competition The Sparkling Masters is a competition created and run by the drinks business, and is an extension of its successful Masters series for grape varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as re...
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Inaugural ‘Wine Paris’ show dates announced
10 October 2018

Next year’s ‘Wine Paris’ show, a combination of Vinisud and VinoVision, will be held in the French capital from 11-13 February it has been announced. Combining two shows that represent southern and northern French winemaking respectively, it is the first time that Vinisud has been held in Paris and offers a substantial boost to the fledgling VinoVision show. As well as showcasin...
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Domaine Evremond holds ‘mini harvest’
10 October 2018

Domaine Evremond, Champagne Taittinger’s nascent English estate, has enjoyed its first “mini harvest”. [caption id="attachment_426178" align="alignleft" width="543"] Photo credit: Thomas Alexander Photography[/caption] Located in Kent and with vineyards just a year-and-a-half-old, the ‘harvest’ will not be used to make any commercial wine but the results are certainl...
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Top Felton Road wines: Biodynamics coming of age
10 October 2018

At Felton Road's 21st anniversary tasting in London, Rebecca Gibb MW found out how its biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines have evolved over time...Felton Road's biodynamic and organic certified vineyards in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Can these biodynamic wines stand the test of time?...
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Christie’s first Chinese baijiu sale nets US$3.6 m
10 October 2018

Christie’s first dedicated Chinese baijiu sale featuring the country’s best known brand, Moutai, raised more than RMB 25.5 million (US$3.68m) last month, representing 78% of the total lots sold. [caption id="attachment_426118" align="alignleft" width="400"] 12 bottles of Fei Tian Moutai 1980 were sold for RMB660,000[/caption] The top lot of the sale were 12 bottles of Fei Tian Moutai...
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Take a look at AB InBev’s new ‘robo-warehouse’ in Wales
10 October 2018

AB InBev has unveiled a new, automated warehouse at its largest UK brewery in Magor, South Wales in an effort to reduce the beer giant's carbon footprint. The facility, which was opened by Newport East MP Jessica Morden on Tuesday 9 October, will reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint by 605 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent to the electricity consumption of 600 homes The "robo-warehouse", whi...
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First taste: Avignonesi single vineyard wines in Montepulciano
10 October 2018

Italian wine estate Avignonesi is one of several producers seeking to re-vitalise the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG by releasing 100% Sangiovese, single vineyard bottlings. Below, Aldo Fiordelli reports on a preview tasting of Avignonesi's four 'cru' wines. Avignonesi owner Virginie Saverys, who has spearheaded a shift to organic and biodynamic winemaking. A new cru-based era for Vino Nobile...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Pork Chops with Roasted Beets and Beet Greens (Wine Spectator)
10 October 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.I love it when you can get multiple uses out of one ingredient—extra bang for the buck! This recipe for sweet, juicy, spiced pork chops extends the use of two different ingredients: beets for a nutrient-...
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UK winemakers face storage challenge for 2018 harvest
10 October 2018

The highly anticipated 2018 vintage in England means that yields have doubled in some cases – and winemakers are struggling to find the space for it all… Harvesting at Simpsons Wine Estate. The challenge of high yields...
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Optimism high as Burgundy 2018 offers both quantity and quality
10 October 2018

How the Burgundy 2018 vintage is shaping up, with comments from DRC co-owner Aubert de Villaine.Harvesting Corton-Charlemagne grand cru grapes in Pernand-Vergelesses. How it's shaping up after harvest...
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Learn about Rum
10 October 2018

Made from sugar cane, rum comes in all sorts of styles, and some can be as good on their own as a component in a cocktail... Rum History Since all rum is the product of sugar cane, its history can be traced to Asia where the
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Best Aldi wines to buy in 2018
10 October 2018

Decanter's Tina Gellie has picked out 15 good value wines from a recent Aldi press tasting, held to mark the launch of its new UK range in autumn 2018. Some more great deals at Aldi...
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Everything you need to know about icewine
10 October 2018

As the normal European harvest season starts to wind down, some producers are now turning their attention to their late-harvesting versions. [caption id="attachment_426096" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Bunches of riesling ice wine grapes.[/caption] Icewine is one of the latest-harvesting of all, and although higher average annual temperatures have affected yields in traditional production reg...
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
10 October 2018

Hong Kong-based wine and spirits importer Northeast Wines & Spirits hosted a Piper-Heidsieck tasting to celebrate the new distribution partnership between the two parties for the on-premise sector in Hong Kong. The Champagne brand's ambassador Ned Goodwin MW was on hand to pour the bubbles to participating guests.  At the tasting, Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut NV, Ros&e...
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Jasper Morris MW: global warming has moved Burgundy’s top sites uphill
10 October 2018

Global warming has gradually pushed the top sites in Burgundy uphill, Jasper Morris MW, the inimitable expert on Burgundy, observes, as the UN shares a sweeping report that warns that by 2040 the earth's temperature could rise by as much as 2 Celsius degrees. [caption id="attachment_426041" align="alignleft" width="500"] Jasper Morris, who has retired from Berry Bros & Rudd last year, is...
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Montepulciano steps out of the shadows of Montalcino
10 October 2018

Montelpulciano, located in southern Tuscany, is stepping out of the shadows of its more famous neighbour Montalcino, with the region's six top producers forming an alliance to produce single vineyard, single varietal Sangiovese wines, in the hopes of competing with the likes of Brunello. [caption id="attachment_425869" align="alignleft" width="500"] Vineyards owned by Poliziano in Valiano[/caption...
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Montrose owners buy into Burgundian estate
10 October 2018

Martin and Olivier Bouygues, the owners of Château Montrose, have acquired a stake in Domaine Henri Rebourseau in Gevrey-Chambertin it has been announced. The billionaire brothers have “gone into partnership” with the de Surrel family, co-owners of the 14 hectare estate in the Côte de Nuits. According to a statement from SCDM Domaines, the Bouygues’ holding company f...
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Nine outstanding Champagnes for under £50
10 October 2018

Following a major blind tasting of Champagne earlier this year, here is a selection of the best Champagnes selling for sub £50 on the market right now. Having chaired our annual Champagne Masters competition in July this year, and reported in full on the results, I have now gone through my notes and scores and picked out what I believe are nine brilliant Champagne that won’t break the...
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What to look for in South Africa
10 October 2018

Anyone with even a passing interest in wine not interested in looking at what South Africa is producing today needs their head examined. From fresh and defined white wines to red wines with elegance and finesse, regal sweet wines and top notch fizz, the Cape has it all and the wines are only going to go from strength to strength as this happy and collaborative bunch hone their techniques even furt...
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These nine regulatory bodies met in Brussels to create a European union for craft beer
09 October 2018

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has joined forces with eight other beer regulatory bodies to form the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE) in a bid to promote small producers over firms like Heineken and AB InBev. [caption id="attachment_426037" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Nine countries are creating a trade union for Europe's craft breweries.[/caption] Bodies from France, Italy, De...
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Non-alcoholic ‘spirit’ Seedlip gets listing in M&S
09 October 2018

Non-alcoholic 'spirit' Seedlip has gained its first major high-street listing in the UK off-trade, confirming it will be available at select Marks & Spencer stores from October. Seedlip launched in the UK in 2015 and is available in three flavour variants; Seedlip Spice 94, Seedlip Garden 108, and Seedlip Grove 42. However it is the original Seedlip Spice 94 that will be avai...
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Constellation’s investment in marijuana pays off
09 October 2018

Constellation Brand's multi-billion dollar acquisition in Canadian cannabis company Canopy Growth appears to be paying off, with the value of its shares in the company already worth an extra $1.3 billion. The company acquired its initial stake in October last year for £141 million (US$179m), back when, according to the Wall Street Journal, Canopy Growth had a market value of...
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Country getaways for gourmets
09 October 2018

You'll find great food and wine right across the British countryside. Emma Hughes of Country Life offers her pick of the best gastropubs, restaurants and hotels In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Happily, the days when you had to get on a plane to eat (and drink) like a king are long
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Ata Rangi McCrone Vineyard: Tasting the difference
09 October 2018

How different can wines made from grapes grown on opposite sides of the road be? Rebecca Gibb MW found out during a visit to Ata Rangi in Martinborough, New Zealand, and reports on her favourite Pinot Noir wines tasted.Ata Rangi's vineyards. Within spitting distance of Ata Rangi's other vineyards...
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Angélus co-owner de Boüard ‘certain of innocence’ in St-Emilion dispute
09 October 2018

Angélus co-owner Hubert de Boüard has rejected any suggestion of wrongdoing after it emerged that both he and Bordeaux négociant Philippe Castéjà were facing possible criminal charges relating to the renewal of the St-Emilion classification.Hubert de Boüard de Laforest. Court opens investigation into de Boüard and Castéjà but both deny wron...
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Vinexpo New York poised to take Manhattan on March 4-5 2019, returning to Javits Center
09 October 2018

Promotional featureOn the heels of its successful 2018 edition, Vinexpo New York will return to Manhattan March 4-5 2019, with more space, new events, and a prime, single-level location at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Vinexpo will return to New York in 2019. With more space and events...
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Corney & Barrow to supply Fulham FC
09 October 2018

Two of London’s oldest institutions, Fulham Football Club and wine merchant Corney & Barrow have signed a three-year partnership. Beginning this 2018/19 season, the deal will see the fine wine merchant supply a wide range of wines at the club’s home ground, Craven Cottage, beside the River Thames. Fulham’s chief revenue officer, Casper Stylsvig, said: “We were impresse...
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English wine and Welsh whisky available at The Wine & Spirits Show
09 October 2018

Guests at this year's Wine & Spirits Show, taking place this Friday and Saturday, can sample newly-released sparkling English rosé and three different Welsh whiskies from Penderyn. As part of this year's Wine & Spirits Show (12 and 13 October) guests can sample the latest releases in both wines and spirits, launched within the last 12 months. Joining those already announced will be...
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Vinexpo New York to return to Manhattan in 2019
09 October 2018

Following on from its 2018 show, Vinexpo New York will be heading back to Manhattan on 4 and 5 March next year, almost doubling in size and promising a schedule that includes new events and "unequalled" networking opportunities. The trade show will be returning to Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in March, giving wine professionals and "an unequalled opportunity" to network with top b...
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Simpsons Wine expects record harvest as volumes increase almost sevenfold
08 October 2018

Kent-based Simpsons Wine Estate is expecting to harvest 200 tonnes of grapes this year, up from just 30 tonnes harvested in 2016 and 2017, as co-owners Charles and Ruth Simpson warn that the shortage of winery space will is a "big issue" for English wine producers in 2018. [caption id="attachment_425826" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ruth and Charles Simpson.[/caption] The size and quality of...
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Oregon wineries rally round for Rogue Valley growers left high and dry
08 October 2018

Wineries in Willamette Valley have rallied round to support a number of growers in the south of the state who suddenly had contracts with a Californian producer cancelled late last month. Several wineries including Willamette Valley Vineyards, Laurel Ridge Winery and King Estate Winery either have already bought fruit or are planning to buy fruit from the afflicted growers in an effort to help the...
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Excessive duty ‘restricting growth’ of English wine industry
08 October 2018

A group of English winemakers have come together to call for a freeze on wine duty, which they argue is "excessively high" and unfairly restricting the industry's growth while damaging rural communities. Currently, 55% of an average priced bottle of wine sold in the off-trade is made up of tax and VAT. A planned 3.4% duty rise in this month's Budget would add another 7p on a bottle of still wine...
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Lausanne Best of Wine Tourism awards 2018
08 October 2018

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Pol Roger releases 2018 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
08 October 2018

Champagne Pol Roger has released its 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, which it described as “the most investible Churchill we’ve ever made”, ahead of its release last year. [caption id="attachment_425798" align="alignleft" width="350"] 2008 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business during a visit to the maison l...
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Unfiltered: Anne McHale MW, The Coral Room
08 October 2018

Anne McHale MW is wine consultant to The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London, part of the Doyle Collection, which is known for its focus on English sparkling wine with 30 available by the bottle and six rotating regularly by-the-glass. Fizz from Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Surrey, West Sussex and Worc...
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Jefford on Monday: Roussillon’s Three Js
08 October 2018

Andrew Jefford finds great winemaking near Maury.Julien (left) and Jacques Montagné with Justin Howard-Sneyd (centre). And 'the greatest Carignan wine I have ever tasted'...
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French Wine's Hybrid Dilemma
08 October 2018

 Genetic engineering could change the viticultural landscape.
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Wine Legend: Sandeman Vintage Port 1945
08 October 2018

What makes this Port a legend? Why it makes our hall of fame...
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Central Otago: Everything to know and wines to try
07 October 2018

One of the most southerly wine regions on the planet, New Zealand’s Central Otago is home to dramatic scenery and elegant Pinot Noir. Anne Krebiehl MW takes us on a tour and highlights the producers and wines you need to know...Lowburn Ferry wine estate in Central Otago. Our in-depth guide to this dramatic region and its wine estates...
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Hit Me With Your Best Shot
07 October 2018

 Neil Giraldo, husband of US rock singer Pat Benatar, counts himself into the whiskey industry..
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Steven Spurrier: What I’ve been drinking this month
06 October 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards... Fine wines for the cellar and to drink now...
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New Zealand's Most Expensive Wine
06 October 2018

 You may know New Zealand for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but you won't find any on this list.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Biggest Pet Peeve? (Wine Spectator)
06 October 2018

Diners who refuse to be open-minded about wine or won't let sommeliers do their jobs. Sommeliers who condescend to diners or push their own wine agendas. Servers who refuse to believe your wine is corked or use nails-on-a-chalkboard clichés. These are just a few of the pet peeves on all sides of the dining equation that can mar an otherwise delightful restaurant experience. We spoke to 14 s...
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Ten most improved Pomerol châteaux
06 October 2018

Here are 10 Pomerol châteaux that have shown significant improvement over the past 13 years, according to regular Decanter contributor Panos Kakaviatos...The vats at Château Petit-Village in Pomerol. Who's going places in this small Bordeaux appellation?...
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Tasting notes decoded: Hints of Turkish delight?
06 October 2018

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from Decanter's design team. This week we decode 'Turkish delight'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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Aymeric Pollenne crowned world’s best somm by Rôtisseurs
06 October 2018

French-born, London-based, Hide employee Aymeric Pollenne has been declared International Young Sommelier 2018 by the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. [caption id="attachment_425734" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aymeric Pollenne (centre) with his winner's silver salver[/caption] Pollenne, who was declared the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs GB Young Sommelier of the Ye...
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Thailand’s biggest winery goes solar
06 October 2018

Thailand’s biggest winery Siam has entered a 20-year agreement with a Singapore-based solar company to install a rooftop solar system to cut down carbon dioxide emissions, the first Thai winery to do so. [caption id="attachment_425620" align="alignleft" width="500"] Solar panels (photos source: Cleantech Solar)[/caption] According to Cleantech Solar, the Singaporean company will install a 1...
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The Ivy owner to open restaurant with 24ft crystal statue at Selfridges
06 October 2018

Caprice Holdings, the restaurant group behind The Ivy, is to open a new restaurant inside London department store Selfridges next month called Brasserie of Light, with a 24ft crystal statue by British artist Damien Hirst taking centre stage. Set to open next month, the Art-Deco all-day brasserie will offer a menu of British classics and internationally-inspired dishes, with the kitchen helm...
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db meets: Francis Mallmann
06 October 2018

Born in Buenos Aires in 1956, having grown up in Patagonia, Argentine chef Francis Mallmann began his culinary career in Paris, where he learnt how to cook in some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Having won the Grand Prix de l'Art de la Cuisine in 1996 for an ambitious feast involving ten different dishes that made a hero of the humble potato (in a nod to his Andean roots), Ma...
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Family matters: 2014 Cardinale and Vérité releases
06 October 2018

Representatives from Jackson Family Wines made their annual visit to London in October for tastings of their impressive 2014 vintages of Cardinale and Vérité. Patrick Schmitt MW met them to discuss the releases. [caption id="attachment_425704" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The masterclass was held on 2 October at The Corinthia Hotel, and moderated by Patrick Schmitt MW[/caption]...
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Napa winery stuns Oregon with cancelled contracts
05 October 2018

A Californian winery has left a number of Oregon growers shocked and angry after it cancelled its contracts over claims of “smoke taint” almost on the eve of the harvest. Some 15 growers in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley had their contracts – with an overall value of US$4 million – cancelled by Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, leaving almost 2,000 tons of fruit to...
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The week in pictures
05 October 2018

This week marked the 10th anniversary and the launch of the first limited-edition bottle from Dan Ackroyd's vodka brand, Crystal Head. Designed by American artist John Alexander, it is inspired by Alexander's 1988 oil painting Dancing on the Water Lilies of Life which is on display in the Dallas Museum of Art. The 750ml bottle is available for $149.95 – dog not included. db's editor...
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The Apprentice star to reveal new venture at The Wine & Spirits Show
05 October 2018

A contestant currently battling it out with other hopefuls for a slice of Alan Sugar's fortune on BBC's The Apprentice will be presenting her Canadian icewine at The Wine & Spirits Show in London this month. [caption id="attachment_425660" align="alignleft" width="350"] Jackie Fast, with her Rebel Pi Ice Wine. Credit: Instagram, Jackie Fast[/caption] Jackie Fast, who is still in the running o...
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JF Hillebrand launches ‘milestone’ digital platform
05 October 2018

JF Hillebrand has announced the launch of a new digital customer platform, hailed by the company as a “major milestone in traditional freight forwarding” that allows users to track shipments from order placement to delivery. [caption id="attachment_425609" align="alignleft" width="500"] A sample of 'myHillebrand' app[/caption] The launch of the app called ‘myHillebrand’&nb...
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Japan: introducing a new frontier for fine wine
05 October 2018

Following a week long tour of Japan taking in key vine-growing regions Yamanashi, Nagano and Hokkaido, Patrick Schmitt MW brings a introduction to the fast-developing domestic Japanese wine industry. [caption id="attachment_425640" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Fumio Shonai at Suntory’s Tomi no Oka winery in Yamanashi, with Mt Fuji in the distance[/caption] Deep in the heart of Rioja at...
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Is it Taint, or Revenge?
05 October 2018

 Is the mass cancellation of Oregon grape contracts an exercise in smoke and mirrors?
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Unfiltered: Mariah Carey 'Might as Well Down this Caymus Bottle' in New Song 'GTFO'; Prosecco Tank Overflows in Viral Veneto Video (Wine Spectator)
05 October 2018

Mariah Carey is coming out with her first new album in four years, and it might be an ode to wine. The first song released, sassy break-up ballad "GTFO," describes Carey ditching a zero to get with a hero—a bottle of Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, specifically. In the song and accompanying video, the diva legend trills, wineglass in hand, that she "could've sworn you loved me harder...
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Bordeaux Magistrate Investigating St.-Emilion Wine Rankings (Wine Spectator)
05 October 2018

An investigating magistrate in Bordeaux has placed two well-known wine figures, Philippe Castéja, a négociant and owner of Château Trotte Vieille, and Hubert de Boüard, the former co-owner of Château Angélus and a consulting winemaker, under formal investigation for "prise illégale d'intérêt," which translates roughly as unlawfully taking a...
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Drinking to forget: Farewell to Africa
05 October 2018

As India was the jewel in the crown of Britain's old empire so was Algeria to France. Its oldest overseas territory, the birthplace of the Foreign Legion and with a huge wine industry vital to France's own. Yet as the de-colonialisation movement gathered pace in the post-Second World War world, the stage was set for a drama of shocking, bloody violence and worlds turned upside down. France had gra...
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‘Sicily is the undiscovered terroir for Syrah’
05 October 2018

Sicily holds largely unlocked potential for Syrah thinks veteran winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers, who has a new project on the Italian island. Speaking to the drinks business at the trade tasting of his new UK importers, Swig Wines, Vinding-Diers said he had first “ended up in Sicily on an old volcano” in 2005. Five years later, after a bit of tinkering in some local vineyards, a house...
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Final call for The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2018
05 October 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is now accepting final entries for The Drinks Business Asian Awards 2018 on 9 November, which will recognise and award the best companies, marketing campaigns and industry figures in the Asian market. Launched last year, The Drinks Business Asian Awards is the only business and trade orientated awards in Asia. Last year, the awardees included Castle Li, general manag...
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Chinese American entrepreneurs to build ‘China’s Napa’ with US$72m
05 October 2018

A delegate of Chinese American entrepreneurs will be pumping RMB 500 million (US$72.8 million) into turning a small town in China’s central Hubei province into ‘China’s Napa Valley’. [caption id="attachment_425475" align="alignleft" width="500"] Xishui county in Hubei province (photo credit: Hubei government)[/caption] According to Chinese media reports, the delegate led b...
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New Penfolds Collection rated: Grange 2014, St Henri 2015…
05 October 2018

Anthony Rose reports on the launch of the 2018 Penfolds Collection, an annual release of ageworthy reds and whites including the latest vintage of Grange... Top wines from the latest Penfolds Collection...
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Francis Mallmann to release his own wine range
04 October 2018

Argentine chef Francis Mallmann is planning to branch out from food into wine with his own range made at his vineyard in Mendoza's Uco Valley. [caption id="attachment_425488" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Never one to follow the crowd, Francis Mallmann has planted his vines in circles rather than rows[/caption] Speaking to the drinks business in London this week, where Mallmann is hosting a th...
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Mouton Cadet to double sales in China to hit five million bottles
04 October 2018

Veronique Hombroekx, the new managing director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s branded wines division, has ambitiously declared Mouton Cadet is aiming to double its annual sales in China to five million bottles. [caption id="attachment_425490" align="alignleft" width="427"] Veronique Hombroekx[/caption] One of the major French players in the global wine trade with worldwide sales of over...
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Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC pulls out all the stops at The Wine & Spirits Show
04 October 2018

With just under eight days to go until The Wine & Spirits Show, the new Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has announced that it will be holding a masterclass at the show, focusing on the "revolution of Italian-style Pinot Grigio". Launched by the team that brought you The City Wine Show, the Wine Show Chelsea and Spirited London, The Wine & Spirits Show will bring together the best wine and s...
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Woodford Reserve launches $1,500 Bourbon
04 October 2018

Revered Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve is hoping to take the category to new heights with the launch of a $1,500 expression finished in Cognac casks. Housed in a Baccarat crystal bottle, the Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition is a travel retail exclusive and won’t go on sale in duty free stores until next May. “We are launching this luxury product in travel retail because sophisticat...
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Nobel Prize recipient to spend almost £3,000 of winnings on Champagne
04 October 2018

Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Sir Gregory Winter, who was named the joint-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry yesterday, has vowed to spend £2,793 of his winnings on Champagne and re-engineering his moat. The three recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry were named yesterday and among them was British scientist Sir Gregory Winter. Winter is master of Trinity College, Camb...
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Dandelyan named world’s best bar, days after announcing closure
04 October 2018

London’s Dandelyan has been bagged the number one  spot at The World’s 50 Best Bars awards 2018, just days after it announced it was to close its doors four years after opening. [caption id="attachment_381807" align="alignleft" width="350"] The Arsenic Waltz at Dandelyan – inspired by ‘lust’, featuring Tapatio Blanco, sour pear, long pepper and cucumber honey[/ca...
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Cycling in Tuscany: Exploring Chianti country by bike
04 October 2018

Touring by bicycle is an ideal way to explore Chianti country. Gregor Brown of Cycling Weekly recommends an itinerary – and the best places to stop off for authentic food and wine In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®.Credit: Jesse Wild / Alamy An insider guide...
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Bordeaux 2000 vs 2001: How the top wines taste now
04 October 2018

Bordeaux 2000 met with more immediate acclaim but how have the vintages aged? Jane Anson held a re-tasting of wines from five top names, including Haut-Brion and Angélus, at 67 Pall Mall in London. Haut-Brion 2000 was a particular highlight of the tasting. Which vintage has aged the best? A re-tasting...
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Oregon Takes Aim at California Winery Making Oregon Pinot Noir (Wine Spectator)
04 October 2018

Wine labels are legally required to identify where the grapes were grown. But can they name a viticultural area if the winery is located in a different state? That’s one of the issues being raised in a controversy facing California vintner Joe Wagner and Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. The dustup centers on two of Wagner’s Oregon brands, Elouan and Willametter Journal, which are made w...
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Decanter’s content director shares his wish list for the upcoming Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
04 October 2018

With less than four weeks to go until our flagship event, Decanter’s content director, John Stimpfig, shares his tasting wish list and top wines to look out for. I am already eagerly looking ahead to next month’s massive Decanter Fine Wine Encounter weekend at the Landmark Hotel on
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First taste: Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines rated
04 October 2018

John Stimpfig gives his views on Gaja Barbaresco 2015 wines, including single vineyard bottlings, and interviews Gaia Gaja herself at an event hosted by Armit Wines in London. Gaja Barbaresco wine in barrels. Including single vineyard bottlings...
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Bonhams breaks whisky world record again
04 October 2018

Bonhams has once again broken the record for Scotch whisky sold at auction, with the sale of a 1926 Macallan which went for over £800,000 when sold in Edinburgh today. The bottle of The Macallan 1926 60 year old with a label by Valerio Adami was sold in Edinburgh today (3 October) for £848,750. This beats the record set by Bonhams in Hong Kong earlier this year when a bottle of the sa...
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SIAL announces drinks innovation award winners
04 October 2018

SIAL has announced its Innovation Awards winners, including a gin distilled with olives, as it gears up for its show in Paris later this month featuring 7,020 companies from more than 109 countries. The events company reported a 10% rise in the number of new product entrants into its Innovation Awards. With a total of 2,355 entries, 801 finalists were short-listed in 3 categories: product sec...
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Marks & Spencer adds Lanson Black Label to range
04 October 2018

Marks & Spencer has added Champagne house Lanson's Black label to its sparkling wine range, it has been announced. The Black Label Champagne will be on the shelves of 550 Marks & Spencer branches nationwide from Wednesday 3 October. Emma Dawson MW, Marks & Spencer wine buyer, said: “We are delighted to have Champagne Lanson’s Black Label Brut NV added to our growing Cham...
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2018 harvest in New Zealand was ‘fast and furious’
04 October 2018

The 2018 harvest in New Zealand was “fast and furious” as winemakers battled to get their grapes off the vines before the rain hit, according to Seresin’s chief winemaker, Tamra Kelly-Washington. Speaking to the drinks business during a lunch in London hosted at estate owner Michael Seresin’s house, Kelly-Washingon revealed that despite the speed of the harvest, she is ha...
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Will students save the drinks industry after Brexit?
04 October 2018

Hospitality workers are fleeing the country, while salaries are on the rise as Brexit looms, but our break from the EU could have a positive effect on the industry's reputation. [caption id="attachment_425369" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Is bartending about to get an academic reputation?[/caption] Since the referendum result was first announced in 2016, bars and restaurants have been in turm...
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Sailing the South of France: From Collioure to Nice
04 October 2018

From Nice to Marseille, Lu Heikell of Yachting Monthly gives you a guide to cruising the coastline of the French Riviera... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. A view from Cap Ferrat on the Côte d'Azur. The best way to do it...
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Pink to release her first wines under Two Wolves label
04 October 2018

Pop star turned winemaker Pink has revealed that she will be releasing her first commercial wines under the label Two Wolves, having bought an 10-hectare vineyard in Los Olivos, north of Santa Barbara, five years ago. [caption id="attachment_368367" align="alignleft" width="513"] (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)[/caption] Pink revealed her passion for wine and vinegrowing last year in a podcast pr...
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Singapore to host World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in 2019
03 October 2018

Singapore has been chosen as the first Asian city to host the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards in 2019, after previous editions in Bilbao, Melbourne and New York. The choice cements Singapore's status as a culinary centre in Asia. Almost one in five of the restaurants listed in the 2018 edition of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants are based in Singapore, according to the organiser. The awa...
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DFS kicks off inaugural craft festival
03 October 2018

DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is hosting its first ever Craft Festival at Singapore’s Changi International Airport, allowing travellers to taste and experience over 73 craft gins, whiskies and beer brands with producers from around the world. During the six-week festival which lasts from 21 September to 31 October, each of the weekends throughout the festi...
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Broadland adds to sales team
03 October 2018

Broadland Wineries has appointed Matthew Vowles as its national account manager, adding someone with experience with big brands to its sales force. Vowles joins from Treasury Wine Estates where he was business manager working on Blossom Hill, Wolf Blass, Lindemans and 19 Crimes. His appointment follows that of Liz Cobbold in April. She joined as senior brand manager having held similar senior pos...
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Michigan votes to ban cannabis-infused drinks
03 October 2018

With increasing number of industry players announcing interest in cannabis, Michigan has voted to ban all cannabis-infused drinks in a pre-emptive move should the state legalise marijuana for recreational use next month. The legislation, which was approved by the state house yesterday (2 October) with a 101-4 vote, is expected to gain the signature of the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder. If g...
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Finding Vino in Disney's Magical Kingdom
03 October 2018

 Disneyland is about to get even more magical by serving alcohol for the very first time.
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Health Watch: Consistent, Moderate Drinking Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk (Wine Spectator)
03 October 2018

Studies have shown that it's not just the amount of alcohol we drink that influences our heart health, but also how frequently we drink it. And a recent meta-analysis on the relationship between alcohol and coronary heart disease (CHD) supports this claim, finding that those who consumed alcohol in moderation on a consistent basis were least likely to suffer a heart attack.The analysis, carried ou...
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Concern on Santorini as Assyrtiko grape prices rocket
03 October 2018

Assyrtiko grape prices on Santorini have spiked this year, leading to concerns among some producers that the Greek island could lose out in the market. Some producers have questioned whether the basket-shaped vine training method for Assyrtiko on Santorini should be continued, in the face of low yields. Price rises prompt calls for island-wide plan...
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Top whisky deals
03 October 2018

With the festive season fast approaching, the deals are stacking up for some interesting whiskies from around the world. We've rounded up some of the top whisk(e)y deals below. Credit: les polders / Alamy See our round-up of offers...
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Wine sweetness: navigate your way through
03 October 2018

Wine labels can be confusing when it comes to indicating how sweet a wine will taste. But help is at hand, as Matt Walls offers some useful pointers to help you navigate the space between sweet and dry... Gauging the sweetness of some wines can be a tricky issue. With suggestions for wines to try...
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Learn about Vodka
03 October 2018

What is Vodka? Vodka is a colourless spirit composed primarily of water and ethanol. It is a distilled beverage that
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Michigan Court Overturns Ban on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping (Wine Spectator)
03 October 2018

After two years of legal volleys, lawyers challenging restrictions on wine direct shipping notched an important victory on Sept. 28. A federal judge in Michigan has ruled that the state's prohibition on direct-to-consumer wine shipping from out-of-state retailers is unconstitutional. If the ruling stands, Michigan residents will be able to purchase wine from stores anywhere in the country and have...
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Fine wine inches along in September
03 October 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index nudged along a slight 0.08% in September but with Bordeaux and Burgundy labels to the fore.
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Guinness World Records declares World’s Highest Vineyard
03 October 2018

The Guinness Book of World Records has declared a vineyard in Tibet to be the highest in the world, beating even vines planted in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina.
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Final call for Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 entries
03 October 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 15 October.
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Chef accused of stabbing colleague appears in court
03 October 2018

A chef accused of the attempted murder of one of his colleagues at a restaurant in the Ballyhackamore area of Belfast has been refused bail after appearing in Belfast Magistrates' Court yesterday. 
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Should the UK government ban restaurants from taking staff tips?
03 October 2018

We've rounded up the reactions from the general public and hospitality industry in the aftermath of the announcement that the government intends to ban restaurants from taking a percentage of their staff's tips.
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London’s new Michelin stars revealed
02 October 2018

Six new London restaurants were awarded a Michelin star last night at the unveiling of the 2019 Michelin guide to the UK, while Clare Smyth’s Core in Notting Hill scooped two stars off the bat.
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BBR adds coffee liqueur to own-label spirits range
02 October 2018

London fine wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has expanded its own-label spirits range further with the addition of a coffee liqueur, tapping into a growing trend for caffeinated cocktails. 
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Gordon Ramsay to open his third restaurant in Hong Kong
02 October 2018

After celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen was forced to relocate from Central, the British chef is planning his third restaurant venture in Hong Kong with Maze Grill, the first opening of the acclaimed contemporary steakhouse outside of London.
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English National Opera ‘bans’ water after vodka smuggling problems
02 October 2018

The English National Opera (ENO) has reinforced its ban on unsealed water bottles and other food and drink items after chief executive Stuart Murphy highlighted the problems caused by "people decanting vodka into water bottles".
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Escaped racehorse walks into a French bar
02 October 2018

Patrons of a sports bar north of Paris last week were startled to find a runaway racehorse coming in to join them.
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Saint-Émilion Classification in the Gun Again
02 October 2018

 The controversial 2012 ranking has taken another turn with two big Bordeaux names under investigation.
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‘World’s highest vineyard’ is in Tibet, says Guinness World Records
02 October 2018

Vines in Tibet sitting at more than 3,500 metres above sea level have been recognised by Guinness World Records as constituting the highest vineyard in the world.Grapes from the 'world's highest vineyard' in Tibet. Tibet home to world's highest vineyard, says Guinness World Records...
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How the Tuscany 2018 vintage is shaping up
02 October 2018

Ella Lister, founder of Wine Lister, reports on a three-day tour of Tuscany to gauge the mood among Chianti Classico, 'Super Tuscan' and Brunello di Montalcino producers.Sorting grapes for Chianti Classico 2018 wines at Fontodi. A Super Tuscan vintage?...
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Top Barolo 2008 wines: Panel tasting results
02 October 2018

The best wines showed a distinct personality, and there were few disappointments in this 63-strong panel tasting. Subscribe to Decanter Premium to read the full report, including tasting notes & scores from our three judges... Five wines rated 'outstanding' by our judges...
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Bleeding Heart to hold dinner with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s winemaker
02 October 2018

London restaurant group Bleeding Heart is holding a dinner with Marc Perrin, winemaker at Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Provence estate Château Miraval, at The Don, where guests can also sample Château de Beaucastel 2000.
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Paul Symington to step down as chairman after 40 years
02 October 2018

Paul Symington is stepping down from his role as chairman and joint managing director of his family's Port business, Symington Family Estates, at the end of this year after four decades.
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The London Cocktail Week 2018 bucketlist
02 October 2018

We've rounded up our pick of the pop-ups and parties you need to seek out this year, based on the biggest trends in London's bar scene right now.
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E&J Gallo not ruling out move into marijuana
02 October 2018

Californian wine giant E&J Gallo is not actively pursuing a foothold in the burgeoning cannabis market, unlike some of its global drinks competitors, but hasn't ruled it out entirely, according to its vice president of winemaking, Scott Kozel.
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Mas d’en Gil achieves vi de finca classification
02 October 2018

As Priorat estate Mas d’en Gil marks its 150th anniversary, it has also announced that two of its wines have been classified as new “Vins de Finca” by Priorat DOQ regulatory board and the Catalan Institute of Vines and Wines.
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Tikveš Winery: A beacon of Balkan excellence
02 October 2018

Promotional featureKratošija, Vranec and Republic of Macedonia are not names usually associated with world-class wines – until now....The Tikves vineyards in Barovo region. The tale of Tikveš Barovo...
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The World of Tinazzi
02 October 2018

Promotional feature50 years of Italian expertise, from Veneto to Puglia..Gian Andrea Tinazzi with his children, Giorgio and Francesca 50 years of Italian expertise, from Veneto to Puglia..
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London’s Dandelyan bar to close after four years
01 October 2018

Dandelyan, Ryan Chetiyawardana’s acclaimed botany-inspired bar housed within the Mondrian Hotel, is closing its doors after four years in business which saw it crowned the world’s best cocktail bar last year.
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Kanonkop sets new record at Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
01 October 2018

The 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was held in Stellenbosch over the weekend, making R 10 million in total and with a new record set for a red wine.
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This is the UK’s best pub for cider drinkers, according to CAMRA
01 October 2018

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the UK's best pub for cider drinkers — a converted Blockbuster in Bournemouth.
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Crus Bourgeois announce 2016 selection
01 October 2018

The official selection for the 2016 vintage of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc has been announced, with 270 châteaux included.
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Beckham buys London pub with Guy Ritchie for £3m
01 October 2018

Former footballer David Beckham has bought a London pub for £3m with film director Guy Ritchie, with plans to give its  "Soho House-style" makeover".
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Jefford on Monday: Wanderers in search of a path
01 October 2018

Andrew Jefford meets two pioneers of international varieties in northern Catalonia.Terra Remota vineyards in Empordà. The wines cannot be labelled Empordà DO because the estate uses grape varieties outside of the DO rules. Remember the names, says Andrew Jefford...
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Inside 67 Pall Mall
01 October 2018

Promotional featureThe first new St. James’s club in over a century...67 Pall Mall The first new St. James’s club in over a century...
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Court Battle Crucial for Interstate Wine Shipping
01 October 2018

 A court ruling could see the whole of the US embrace interstate wine-buying by 2020.
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What’s hot in Adelaide Hills: New styles and wines to try
30 September 2018

How changing conditions are allowing producers to develop fresh styles and character in this idyllic corner of South Australia.Vineyards in Summertown, Adelaide Hills. Huon Hooke on the latest styles emerging from this highly regarded region...
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Can wine really have ‘bottle shock’ after travel? – Ask Decanter
30 September 2018

Is it true that a wine can suffer from 'bottle shock' after travel? Is there any science behind it?...
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Good value red Burgundy: 32 wines to seek out
29 September 2018

You can easily spend a small fortune on a bottle of Côte d’Or Pinot Noir if you so desire, but you don’t have to. Here are 32 best buys... You don't have to re-mortgage your house for good Burgundy...
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Top Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon: Panel tasting results
29 September 2018

Thirty-five wines were 'highly recommended' by our expert panel following this blind tasting. See the full report, and tasting notes for all wines, below. Vineyards stretching out across Stellenbosch. See our expert panel's favourite wines...
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Do We Really Need Another Bordeaux Category?
29 September 2018

 All new sub-divisions of Cru Bourgeois could hinder rather than help.
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Could the Supreme Court Strike Down Bans on Wine Retailer Direct Shipping? (Wine Spectator)
29 September 2018

While the nation's eyes were focused on Senate hearings on a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, a few blocks away, the eight current justices were deciding to hear a case that could potentially change how consumers buy wine. The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd during its next session. The justices will decide wh...
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Top California Cabernet 2015 wines: Full vintage report
29 September 2018

A surprisingly uniform vintage across the region, with smaller volumes but exceptional quality if you know where to look. Linda Murphy selects the best wines following a series of tastings for Decanter magazine and Premium subscribers...See Linda Murphy's favourite California Cabernet 2015 wines. Top buys from the 2015 vintage...
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Ehrmanns partners with Rioja winery Bodegas Palacio
28 September 2018

London-based wine supplier Ehrmanns has expanded its Spanish portfolio, partnering with Rioja winery Bodegas Palacio and becoming the exclusive UK agent for its Glorioso and Cosme Palacio wines.
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Master sommeliers to open private members club for the trade
28 September 2018

Master Sommeliers Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset are to open Trade, a members’ club for the hospitality industry, in Soho next month, offering membership for as little as £100 a year.
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Unfiltered: Melanie Brown, The Providores and NZ Wine Cellar
28 September 2018

Melanie Brown, wine buyer for New Zealand restaurant The Providores and the founder of independent retailer The NZ Cellar, on learning to use a corkscrew, dreams of Anthony Bourdain, and how a bottle of Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay cemented her love of wine.
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2018 vintage in Sonoma ‘world-class’, says Christopher Jackson
28 September 2018

Vintners across Sonoma County are in awe of the quality of this year’s harvest so far, with Christopher Jackson declaring the vintage ‘world-class’.
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Global Masters winners and Moldovan wine on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
28 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced further exhibitors for its event in October, including nine wines from Moldova, a Spanish brandy and a selection of award winning wines from the Global Masters Series. 
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Cannabis sparkling wine being developed
28 September 2018

As cannabis becomes legal in Canada next month, the rush to produce cannabis-laced drinks is on and a sparkling wine infused with the drug is in development.
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Could Ontario privatise LCBO?
28 September 2018

The parlous financial state of Ontario has led to the suggestion that the local government generate money by selling off provincial business enterprises including liquor monopoly LCBO.
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WATCH: Trailer for The Three Drinkers’ Amazon Prime TV series lands
28 September 2018

The first trailer for Amazon Prime TV series the The Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky has landed online ahead of the show's launch this November.
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Lidl’s latest French Wine Tour collection
28 September 2018

Decanter's tasting team selects great value Lidl wines after tasting the latest French Wine Tour range... The best of Lidl's new French wine collection...
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Obituary: Nicholas Faith
28 September 2018

The eminent authority on Cognac, writer and journalist, Nicholas Faith, has died aged 84.
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Venice considering alcohol ban
28 September 2018

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world – Venice – is considering banning alcohol consumption in the streets in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour.
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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2018: Ten wines to look out for
28 September 2018

The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place on Saturday 29 September 2018. Following a preview tasting of the wines in Berry Bros & Rudd's Sussex Cellar in London, here are 10 wines worth watching out for...Bidding at the 2015 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction How the wines were showing at a pre-auction tasting...
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Rioja renegades: 10 producers writing their own rules
28 September 2018

In this sneak preview of the latest Decanter magazine issue, Sarah Jane Evans MW selects the 10 most influential free spirits of Rioja... López de Heredia wine barrels in Haro, Rioja. Free spirits of Rioja and wines to look for...
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Australia's Most Expensive Wines
28 September 2018

 Some of Australia's most famous wines are being outstripped by less-familiar names, when it comes to price.
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Unfiltered: Long-Dead Napa Winemakers Come to Life in St. Helena Cemetery; Paranormal Activity at 'Ghost Winery' (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

On Sunday, beloved Napa wine-industry pioneers like Jacob Schram and Charles Krug briefly rose from their graves and walked among the living, brought back to life not by sorcery, witchcraft or other interventionist methods, but by the spirit of historical celebration through reenactment, and a touch of dramatic flair. The annual "Spirits of St. Helena Cemetery Discovery Walk," put on by the St. He...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Spiced, Roasted Cauliflower Tagine with Chickpeas, Golden Raisins and Olives (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

When’s the last time you whipped up a tagine? If the answer is “never,” don’t panic. “For the novice tagine-maker, I would say, first of all, don’t be afraid. If you can make a soup or stew, then you can certainly make this,” Perry Hendrix, chef of Avec in Chicago, assures us. The very name “tagine,” as he points out, roughly translated from Ar...
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Prime Wine Restaurants in the Pacific Northwest (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the United States’ best wine regions—and some of its best wine restaurants. All 70 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners across Washington and Oregon contribute to the thriving wine scene in this corner of the country, but these 12 stand out. From classic fine-dining experiences to casual neighborhood joints and an underground concert venue, t...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Caffe Aldo Lamberti (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

Naples native Aldo Lamberti brings the influences of his Italian childhood to Cherry Hill, N.J., with Caffe Aldo Lamberti. The chef-owner grew up in the seaside town of Monte di Procida and had his first restaurant job at 13, when his family moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and opened a pizzeria. At 27, Lamberti returned to Italy to hone his culinary skills before traveling back to the United States and s...
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Turning Tables: Denver Grand Award Barolo Grill Opens New Pasta Spot (Wine Spectator)
28 September 2018

Denver Grand Award Winner Opens Casual SpinoffThis month, the team behind newly minted Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Barolo Grill in Denver opened a casual pasta spot downtown. The new Chow Morso Osteria is replacing Chow Morso, a fixture of North Denver's Avanti Food and Beverage food hall for the past two years; the team will be closing that location in October.Owner and wine director Ryan F...
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Vinexpo Explorer heads to Beaujolais in 2019
27 September 2018

Vinexpo is going to Beaujolais next year for the third chapter of its Explorer concept, which sees buyers taken to a region for two days of tastings and meetings.
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Top sommelier to host Argentine wine masterclasses across the UK
27 September 2018

Paz Levinson, executive head sommelier for acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic's restaurant group, is hosting three trade masterclass across the UK featuring 16 of the best wines from Argentina. 
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Mr Fogg’s to open distillery in heart of London
27 September 2018

The Inception Group, founders of the popular Mr Fogg’s themed bars, is to open a gin distillery in the City of London inspired by Phileas Fogg’s Indian wife, Aouda.
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NHS trial scheme cuts alcohol-related admissions by half
27 September 2018

An NHS Trust has found that it drastically reduced alcohol-related admissions and saved £250,000 when it identified and helped the most at-risk patients in a scheme which could be rolled out across the UK.
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WSET London school appoints new principal
27 September 2018

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has appointed Richard Harding as the new principal of its flagship London school in Bermondsey.
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UK university vineyard declares bumper crop
27 September 2018

The Royal Agricultural University’s vineyard has announced its biggest and best harvest since it was planted in 2010.
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Chapel Down to open London gin bar and restaurant as sales rise 15%
27 September 2018

English drinks producer Chapel Down is to open a bar, restaurant and 'gin works' in King's Cross as the company announces that its year-on-year sales have risen by 15% to £5.72m in the six months to 30 June 2018. 
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5 cities with the highest number of bars in the world
27 September 2018

While it's not advisable to plan a holiday around the amount of drinking you plan to accomplish, it can be inevitable.
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UK plans for independent GI scheme in ‘no deal’ Brexit
27 September 2018

The UK will introduce its own geographical indication (PGI) and protected designation of origin (PDO) schemes in event of no-deal Brexit, a government guidance note has revealed.
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Tovaritch on-track for 105 awards
27 September 2018

Vodka brand Tovaritch has been listed as a finalist in the Best Light Spirit of the Year category at the Australian Liquor Industry Awards. 
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Château la Tour de By: Classic claret for the dinner table
27 September 2018

A tasting of Tour de By vintages stretching from 2000 to 2017 reveals a classic Bordeaux wine that can more than hold its own on the dinner table, despite not coming from one of the Médoc's star appellations. Vineyards at Château la Tour de By, around the former lighthouse tower that is a symbol for the estate. Tasting every vintage from 2000 to the 2017 barrel sample...
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Rating Italy's Wine Harvest
27 September 2018

 Growers give their feedback on the highs and lows of the vintage throughout the country.
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Italy's Oddero Winery Adds to Its Prestigious Collection of Barolo Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

Italy's Podere & Cantine Oddero has added to its already impressive lineup of vineyards with the purchase of 1.8 acres in the Monvigliero cru in the Barolo region. The price was not disclosed.Isabella Oddero told Wine Spectator that an agreement to purchase the parcel was made in July 2017. It won't be finalized under Italian law until the end of 2019, but because Oddero took possession of the par...
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Turning Tables & Unfiltered Go to the Ballgame: City Winery Opens All-Star Wine Bar for Wine-Starved Yankees Fans (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

Yankees home-game attendees will have noticed something new pop up this season at Yankee Stadium: a wine bar from City Winery, the restaurant, urban winery and entertainment venue chain that includes Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Nashville, but calls the original Manhattan outpost home field. The stadium bar opened Aug. 27 for the last stretch of the Major...
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Chef Talk: Chantel Dartnall's South African Wine and Food Fantasia (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

In 2006, chef Chantel Dartnall opened Restaurant Mosaic at her family's Orient Hotel on a nature reserve outside Pretoria in South Africa's Crocodile River Valley as a showcase for the European techniques and cuisine she had honed in Michelin-starred kitchens in the United Kingdom. But her surroundings—nearly 700 acres of "the most pristine nature you can imagine" in the Francolin Conservanc...
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Private Cellars: Director's Cut (Wine Spectator)
27 September 2018

When Lev Spiro began receiving residuals from his work in film and television, he did what any enterprising young director would do—invest in Bordeaux futures. "My wife said, ‘You're crazy!' " he says, laughing. "Of course, she's changed her tune on that."Like a self-financed cult film, Spiro's initial outlay has enjoyed a long tail, paying dividends to its creator 15 years down...
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Camouflage artist plays hide and seek at Ruinart
26 September 2018

Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin, known as ‘The Invisible Man’, played an epic game of hide and seek at Champagne house Ruinart. Can you spot him among the vines?
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Two rare beer labels sell for over £1,200 on eBay
26 September 2018

Two rare beer labels from brews produced in Burton-on-Trent recently sold for a combined total of £1,239.54 on eBay, attracting 26 hopeful bidders between them.
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8 people you see at every wine show
26 September 2018

Ahead of our Wine & Spirits Show this October, we spoke to drinks journalists, marketing teams, sommeliers and industry folk working their own trade shows to find out the characters who stick in their heads after every event
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Axe-throwing bar has alcohol license suspended
26 September 2018

A leisure complex at which patrons are invited to throw a battle axe at targets had its alcohol licence suspended for one day after an investigation deemed its health and safety procedures to be inadequate. 
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In focus: Tequila trends
26 September 2018

The Tequila market is one of the most exiting in the spirits world. Producers are being snapped up for huge sums, and brands are enjoying incredible growth. But with this upsurge in demand comes pressure on raw materials, writes Lauren Eads.
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Nyetimber launches £175 rosé to rival Champagne
26 September 2018

English sparkling wine estate Nyetimber has launched a prestige cuvée rosé priced at an ambitious £175 a bottle in a bid to compete with top-end Champagnes, making it the most expensive English fizz on the market.
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University creates botanical library to aid gin producers
26 September 2018

Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, known for its brewing and distilling department, is creating a botanical library to help gin producers create new releases and boost their exports. 
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Shepherd Neame looks to growth in home counties as profits rise to £11.8 million
26 September 2018

Kent-based pub chain Shepherd Neame posted a 5% rise in profits over the 53 weeks to 30 June 2018, following a year of ramped-up operations in a number of key sites in London and south-east England.
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wine2wine 2018 dates and schedule announced
26 September 2018

The 2018 wine2wine forum is due to be held at the Veronafiere Congress Centre on 26 and 27 November with a line-up including CEO of Krug, Maggie Henriquez, Sarah Heller MW and president of GuildSomm, Geoff Kruth MS.
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Alcohol consumption among teens continues to fall
26 September 2018

England has seen a dramatic decrease in drinking among adolescents compared to many other European countries, according to new research conducted by the World Health Organisation and led by the University of St Andrews.
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Learn about Gin
26 September 2018

Gin is a clear spirit that is made by distilling fermented grain and a number of other botanicals, one of which by law must be juniper. We take a closer look at Gin, how it's made and the essential facts. Gin What is Gin? Gin is a clear spirit that is made by distilling fermented grain and a number of
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Nyetimber launches top-level English sparkling wines to rival best of Champagne
26 September 2018

English sparkling wine producer Nyetimber has announced a new range named ‘1086’, which will only be produced in certain vintages and will be priced at the level of several 'prestige cuvee' Champagnes. The Nyetimber 1086 white and rosé bottles. New '1086' range launched...
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Best London restaurants in 2018: A wine lover’s guide
26 September 2018

Discover the restaurants with the best wine lists in town, as Fiona Sims shares her top 10... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Bob Bob Ricard The best wine lists in town...
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China's Wine Industry Gets Serious
26 September 2018

 It's well known for its taste for international wines, but China's domestic scene is growing too.
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Sonoma County Wine Auction Reaches New Heights, Raising $5.7 Million (Wine Spectator)
26 September 2018

The Sonoma County Wine Auction is an annual chance for vintners to help those in need and celebrate the region's bounty. But this year, the need for help was close to home—the event focused on rebuilding efforts following last October's devastating wine-country wildfires. Attendees responded by bidding generously for a collection of world-class wine experiences at the live auction on Saturda...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Butternut Squash Noodle Shrimp "Pad Thai" with a French White Wine (Wine Spectator)
26 September 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.Here we have a rare gem of a dish: Not only is it fast and easy, but you can load up your plate because it’s also quite healthy. I love pad thai, but some take-out versions can be packed with calories, f...
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Cru bourgeois and the new order
26 September 2018

Panos Kakaviatos looks at plans for the return to a tiered system in 2020 and discovers why opinions are still divided today in Bordeaux. This article was first published in a free Bordeaux 2018 supplement alongside Decanter magazine's July issue of the same year. It is now available online to Premium subscribers, with the cru bourgeois 'class of 2016' being named this week, .Cru Bourgeois to get...
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Ryan Reynolds signs Aviation Gin deal with Sir Richard Branson
26 September 2018

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds have announced a partnership that will see Reynold's Aviation American Gin served on Virgin Atlantic flights.
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iDealwine update: Cream of the Crop
25 September 2018

In the first six months of the year there have been some interesting sales for iDealwine. Here, we highlight the best sellers so far in 2018
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Ruinart returns to art fair with ‘disappearing’ artist
25 September 2018

Champagne Ruinart is continuing its support for the Frieze Art Fair in London for the third consecutive year while at the same time presenting a series of Champagne-themed works by the Chinese artists Liu Bolin.
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Chablis harvest 2018 best since 1998
25 September 2018

This year's Chablis harvest in northern Bourgogne is expected to provide some relief to the French winegrowing region after "two difficult years."
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Oregon report highlights on-going growth
25 September 2018

The 2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report has found that the state increased the number of wineries and vineyards planted last year and saw sales hit new highs.
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Learn about Whisky
25 September 2018

As a spirits category whisky is incredibly diverse with several sub-divisions of style, flavour and general appeal, based on the method and country or specific region of manufacture. We take a closer look at whisky, how it's made and the essential facts. Whisky Whisk(e)y is a type of distilled alcohol beverage made from any grain-based product, fermented, distilled and generally matured in …...
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Echo Falls is launching a Prosecco — here’s why
25 September 2018

Prosecco might be on a downward trajectory in the UK, but this will pave the way for brands like Echo Falls to make an impact with consumers, according to Euromonitor's drinks analyst.
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In focus: The rise of cannabis drinks
25 September 2018

As Canada prepars to legalise cannabis next month, weed is coming into the mainstream, and the drinks industry must decide whether this is a threat to its livelihood or a budding opportunity. Tom Bruce-Gardyne investigates.
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Usain Bolt to open London restaurant
25 September 2018

Having hung up his trainers, Jamaican sprinter and all-round entertainer Usain Bolt is to open a rum-focused restaurant in London’s Liverpool Street next month.
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Aldi to sell six-litre bottle of Prosecco for £80
25 September 2018

UK supermarket Aldi has announced plans to sell a six-litre Methuselah of Prosecco for Christmas at £80 a bottle.
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Unfiltered: Honey Spencer, Nuala
25 September 2018

Sommelier at London hotspot Nuala explains how a sick sommelier helped get her start in wine, why Trousseau is her marmite grape, and how the earth stopped turning upon tasting a certain Champagne while backpacking in New Zealand.  
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The Dark Knight Rescues Vineyards
25 September 2018

 A once feared and misunderstood creature is making its presence felt in vineyards around the world.
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Somm 3 film review: How it compares to the first two
25 September 2018

The third instalment of the Somm film series looks at some of the people who have played a major role in shaping the wine industry we know today. Below is a report from the premiere in Napa. Somm 3 is set for release later this year. Looking at the people who shaped the wine world...
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First taste: Clos des Goisses 2009 new release
25 September 2018

Simon Field MW reports from an preview tasting of the Clos des Goisses 2009 and Juste Rosé 2007 vintage Champagnes, with tasting notes available exclusively to Premium subscribers.Credit: Mark Kelly / Alamy How the 2009 vintage is shaping up...
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Spanish wine giant Félix Solís to launch NZ Sauvignon
24 September 2018

Keen to capitalise on global drinking trends, Spanish wine giant Félix Solís is to launch a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the UK this year under its popular Pulpo brand.
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Felton Road: Biodynamics takes seven years to be reflected in vineyard
24 September 2018

While the conversion process typically takes three years, Blair Walter, winemaker at New Zealand's Felton Road, believes vines require seven years to fully reflect the change to biodynamics, with the resulting wines becoming "more expressive of their site". 
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Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald’s are all striking together
24 September 2018

Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald's are planning a co-ordinated day of striking next month over wages, just weeks after the pub chain posted 'record' profits in its annual results.
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 winners revealed
24 September 2018

See all of the medal winners at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards...Gold medal winners at DAWA 2018 with labels hidden. Full results just published...
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Meat maestro Mallmann makes London debut at Cut
24 September 2018

Argentine meat maestro Francis Mallmann will make his London debut next month at a three-day pop-up held at Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse Cut at 45 Park Lane.
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Torres opens new winery in Costers del Segre DO
24 September 2018

Spanish wine producer Familia Torres has opened a new winery in Costers del Segre dedicated to its Purgatori wine, with the Garnacha and Cariñena harvest for the 2018 vintage of this label now underway.
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Maine investigates restaurant that gives lobsters pre-boil marijuana
24 September 2018

Following news last week about a restaurant giving cannabis to crustaceans, officials in the state of Maine are now investigating the procedure with the restaurant reportedly halting production of its 'smoked lobster'. 
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Léoville Barton trading at new highs
24 September 2018

Four vintages of Léoville Barton have hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange over the last month. Is it a label on the move?
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California is the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants
24 September 2018

California has become the first US state to enforce a ban on restaurants handing out plastic straws to diners unless specifically requested, in a move lawmakers hope will make customers "pause and think again" about their own impact on the environment.
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Fine wine investment: The ‘It’ factor
24 September 2018

While the majority of both Left and Right Bank vintages have risen roughly in line with the Liv-ex 100, the ‘Second Wines’ have become a law unto themselves but while Petit Mouton soars above the others, Forts de Latour has struggled.
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Jefford on Monday: PDOs and the Brexit crisis
24 September 2018

Andrew Jefford analyses the reasons why Britain is trying to back-track on its place-name agreements. How far will UK go on trade barriers after Brexit? Analysing the UK stance on protected wine names...
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Champagne Hails Harvest of the Century
24 September 2018

 After a disappointing season last year, growers and producers are bullish about the 2018 harvest.
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Vinexp宣布2019年展览会将升级场地和增加新重点
23 September 2018

第二十届波尔多葡萄酒暨烈酒展览会(Vinexpo) 将会在来年五月举办,日前主办方公布了展览会一系列新主题。
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23 September 2018

随着普洛赛克(Prosecco)继续快速发展以及生产商开始采用法国同行的品牌战略,起泡酒品牌波特嘉(Bottega)被IWSR全球旅游零售指数(Global Travel Retail index)评为第二最受欢迎的起泡酒。
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法国总统首次向公众开放总统酒窖
23 September 2018

法国爱丽舍宫(Elysée)的总统酒窖已正式向公众开放,总统埃马纽埃尔•马克龙(Emmanel Macron)希望借此举推广国家遗产。
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2016年份Yquem推出 被誉为“性感”
23 September 2018

由滴金酒庄产的2016年份经典Château d’Yquem已经推出,尽管被外界评为“神奇”,“更进一步”和‘性感“,Château d’Yquem值得购入吗?
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美国出口至中国葡萄酒无惧增加关税而持续增长
22 September 2018

尽管中国政府提高了对美国葡萄酒的进口关税,并威胁要征收额外的报复性关税,但今年上半年美国出口至中国的葡萄酒有所增加。
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Château Prieuré-Lichine: New reviews show a gear shift
22 September 2018

This Margaux estate has really started to punch above its historical position as a fourth growth in the Bordeaux 1855 classification, helped by significant investment in the cellar, writes Jane Anson. Château Prieuré-Lichine in Margaux. This Margaux estate has taken a big step up...
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The World's Most Expensive Barbarescos
22 September 2018

 In our search for the world's priciest wines, we find bargains among Piedmont's other great red.
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A Clash Between Cotton and Cabernet? (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2018

The Texas High Plains has the potential to be a grapegrower's paradise. This plateau near the New Mexico border is now home to nearly 5,000 acres planted to wine grapes. Summer delivers warm days and cool nights, and dry winds make fungal diseases a non-issue. This is traditionally cotton country, yet with recent drought conditions and a growing recognition of the economic possibilities of wine, v...
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Sévrine Frerson leaves Piper for Perrier-Jouët
22 September 2018

Sévrine Frerson has been named as Hervé Deschamps’s replacement as cellar master at Champagne Perrier-Jouët, only a few months after she was appointed head of Piper-Heidsieck.
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Wine Talk: Josh Groban's Pinot Noir Philanthropy (Wine Spectator)
22 September 2018

Note: This interview has been updated from its original version, which appeared in the Oct. 15 & 31, 2017, issue of Wine Spectator, "New York City: A Wine Lover's Guide."With worldwide album sales surpassing 30 million copies, four Grammy nominations and consistently sold-out shows on some of the world's biggest stages, Josh Groban has been a star vocalist since his teens, with singles like "You R...
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Big Drop Brewing Co. secures Tesco listing
21 September 2018

Tesco has made a deal with low-alcohol beer producer Big Drop Brewing Co to start selling its beers in-store, marking the independent brewery's first major supermarket listing.
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Free masterclasses to be held at The Wine & Spirits Show
21 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced a schedule of free masterclasses for its event in October, featuring a Royal Warrant-holding Champagne house, an English sparkling wine producer, award-winning beers and the latest from iDealwine.com. 
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New Rioja classification ‘isn’t strict enough’
21 September 2018

While Rioja’s move to recognise single vineyard wines is a positive step forward for the region, the requirements aren’t strict enough according to one leading producer.
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Hidden door in Scottish cave could be smuggler’s lair
21 September 2018

A medieval doorway found hidden in a castle cave in Scotland could have been a smuggler's lair, used to transport alcohol in the 15th and 16th centuries.
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21 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Conor McGregor launches his whiskey at last, Ferrari lights up the Emmy's, Idris Elba makes plans for a cocktail bar in London, and the Campaign for Real Ale shortlists the best pubs in the country.
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Clos des Goisses 2009 and 22ème Krug rosé released
21 September 2018

The 2009 vintage of Champagne Philpponnat’s Clos des Goisses has been released in the UK after an eight-year wait, with the 22ème edition of Krug Rosé following close on its heels.
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Fentimans partners with cake shop and GBBO winner to open gin bakery
21 September 2018

Tonic water producer Fentimans has teamed up with Notting Hill cake shop Pearl and Groove and Great British Bake Off 2017 champion Sophie Faldo to open the UK's "first" pop-up gin bakery in London. 
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1963 Noval beats Petrus and DRC in London sale
21 September 2018

Two sales held by Sotheby’s in London this week netted a combined £2,785,385, underpinned by Bordeaux and Burgundy but with a case of rare Port trumping Petrus and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to be the auction’s highest-selling lot.
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Arran Brewery victim of ‘very devious’ cyber attack
21 September 2018

A brewery on the Scottish island of Arran has suffered a ransomware attack after opening an email attachment which contained a virus, with the cyber attackers demanding two bitcoins worth £9,600 as 'ransom'.
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Cotswold Distillery wins Waitrose listing for English whisky
21 September 2018

English spirits producer The Cotswolds Distillery has secured a nation-wide listing in Waitrose for its first whisky, which was released in October 2017, joining its Cotswold Dry Gin at stores across the UK. 
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Best Paris restaurants in 2018: A wine lover’s guide
21 September 2018

Planning a romantic break in the French capital? Sophie Dening chooses eight restaurants with great wine lists... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Anahi Where to eat in the French capital...
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Highlights: Decanter Retailer Awards Ceremony
21 September 2018

Retailers from across the UK gathered at the OXO2 on Thursday 20 September to celebrate the annual Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards, here are some of the highlights...
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Burgundy: Breeding Ground for Unicorn Wines
21 September 2018

 Burgundy's dizzying price rises have accelerated in the past year, but can you still find your unicorn?
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Unfiltered: Wine Smugglers' Lair Found? Hidden Doorway, Bottle Stash Uncovered in Scottish Castle Caves (Wine Spectator)
21 September 2018

Culzean Castle is a picture-perfect fairytale edifice atop bluffs overlooking the Firth of Clyde, a 1792 masterpiece of neo-romantic architecture even gracing the Royal Bank of Scotland's 5-pound note until recently. But under the veneer of respectability—literally under—the occupants of the property, Scottish earls of Clan Kennedy, likely conducted less savory business in a series of...
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Where to buy wine: Decanter Retailer Awards winners 2018
21 September 2018

Find out which UK supermarkets, wine merchants and independent retailers won prizes at this year’s Decanter Retailer of the Year Awards...Vini Italiani, runner-up in the Italy specialist category at the 2018 awards. See the winners...
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China hits back with US$60bn tariffs on US goods
20 September 2018

American wine’s prospects in China have been met with another huge blow this week, as the Chinese government announced that it will levy an additional 10% tariff on American wines on top of the 15% previously announced.
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‘World’s oldest brewery’ more than it appears
20 September 2018

Headlines that archaeologists in Israel have discovered a 13,000 year-old brewery, the “oldest” in the world, overlook the hugely important insight it gives us into early human society and the beginnings of agriculture and civilisation.
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First-ever Pinot Grigio DOC harvest closes with 20% yield boost
20 September 2018

The first harvest of Pinot Grigio DOC has come to a close, noted for "healthy, high quality grapes" and a 20% increase in yields.
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Prosecco exports to UK dip 7% after decade of growth
20 September 2018

For the first time in over a decade exports of Prosecco to the UK have fallen, dipping by 7% in the first half of the year, according to analysis from Italian farming association Coldiretti.
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City Pub Group plans to double its portfolio size by 2021
20 September 2018

Despite industry body's warnings of widespread pub closure, upmarket chain City Group reported strong sales and healthy profits in its half-year results.
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Tesco launches discount chain to rival Aldi and Lidl
20 September 2018

UK supermarket Tesco has launched a new discount retail chain called Jack's, named after its founder Jack Cohen, to encroach on the increasing market share of Lidl and Aldi.
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Fine wine investment: Pomerol and Lafleur
20 September 2018

There are châteaux with a longer history, but few with the cachet of Petrus. The difficulty with Petrus from a wine investment perspective is that it comes at a very high price point, so what of other Pomerols?
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CapeWine 2018: Perilous progress
20 September 2018

The latest instalment of CapeWine threw into ever sharper relief the enormous qualitative heights the best South African wines are hitting but the industry is not without serious structural problems that need to be overcome if growth and progress is to be maintained.
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Martini denies ‘stealing’ Tony Conigliaro’s Italian charity cycling event
20 September 2018

Mixologist and entrepreneur Tony Conigliaro has delisted Martini from his London bars in a public spat with the vermouth-maker over a charity bike ride.
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Idris Elba to open cocktail bar in London
20 September 2018

Actor and DJ Idris Elba is to open a cocktail bar and live music venue in London next month complete with a hidden drinks menu and access to a chauffeur-driven, bar-branded Aston Martin.
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Bordeaux 2018: How it’s shaping up as harvest begins
20 September 2018

It has been a complicated growing season in Bordeaux in 2018, but many winemakers have been able to banish memories of the devastating 2017 frost and plenty of sunshine hours in recent weeks are giving rise to optimism. Harvest begins at night at Château de Viens in the Côtes de Bourg area. A complicated growing season but optimism has risen in recent weeks...
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From the archive: Australian GSM panel tasting results
20 September 2018

The best wines were terrific, but essentially it was a mixed bag for an evolving style, said our panel of expert tasters after putting around 70 Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre wines through their paces. See the top scorers below... Originally published in the April 2016 issue of Decanter and now re-published online, exclusively for Decanter Premium subscribers. 'The best wines were terrific, b...
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Running the Numbers on Rudy's Fake Wines
20 September 2018

 Some of Rudy Kurniawan's counterfeits are still floating around, but Stuart George questions the amount.
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Great Wine Capitals: Mainz | Rheinhessen Best of Wine Tourism winners 2019
20 September 2018

Promotional featureSee the winners, after ten years membership in the Great Wine Capitals network... The garden at the Listmann winery. See the winners...
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Bodegas Salentein celebrates its 20th vintage
20 September 2018

Promotional featureThe pioneers of the Uco Valley reach landmark anniversary...Bodegas Salentein in Uco Valley. The pioneers of the Uco Valley reach landmark anniversary...
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El Enemigo: A blend of terroir, Cabernet Franc and the Uco Valley
20 September 2018

Promotional featureWines that represent the very essence of their terroir...El Enemigo cellar Wines that represent the very essence of their terroir...
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South Africa has legalised cannabis use
20 September 2018

South Africa's highest court has legalised private, recreational cannabis use for adults, although selling the drug is still a criminal offence.
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Final call for Chardonnay Masters 2018 entries
19 September 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 October.
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New exhibitors announced for The Wine & Spirits Show
19 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced further exhibitors for its event in October, including a Rhône producer with a new brut nature sparkling and the new delle Venezie DOC which is shaking things up for Pinot Grigio in northeastern Italy. 
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What it’s like to be a wine trainer
19 September 2018

We shadowed one of Corney & Barrow's wine educators while she gave service staff on a P&O's cruise ship a run-down on the essentials of selling wine to the masses.
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Vinexpo announces upgraded venue and new features for 2019
19 September 2018

Vinexpo Bordeaux has unveiled a host of new features for its 20th edition next year, which is taking place in May.
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The best Champagnes of 2018
19 September 2018

We bring you a full report from this year's Champagne Masters, including all the medal-winning wines; an extensive analysis of the stylistic trends, and highlights from the competition – which comprised little-known labels and the most delicious fizz on the market today.
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New Bruce Jack range gains Sainsbury’s listing
19 September 2018

UK supermarket Sainsbury’s is to list the new range from South African winemaker Bruce Jack starting this winter.
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A second Sushisamba is coming to Covent Garden
19 September 2018

Samba Brands' second Sushisamba will open its doors in Covent Garden next month.
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Calorie labelling on menus would put ‘considerable burden’ on UK pub trade
19 September 2018

The head of the British Beer and Pub Association has warned that the UK government's plans to make calorie labelling on pub and restaurant menus compulsory would place a "considerable burden" on the already struggling on-trade.
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Tax Free World Association to host conference in China’s Hainan
19 September 2018

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) will host the fourth edition of the China's Century Conference in the island province of Hainan from 5-7 March 2019, as China celebrates the 40th anniversary of duty free.
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Red Mountain's Wine of the Future
19 September 2018

 An ambitious new vineyard atop one of Washington's top AVAs is on a different path.
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Unfiltered: Emmy Wines Behind the Scenes: Stars Dish on Awards Drinks (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2018

Last night's Primetime Emmy Awards featured some familiar honorees—Game of Thrones, 96-year-old national treasure Betty White, and Napa's Sterling Vineyards and Italy's Ferrari Trento costarring as the official still and sparkling wines of the Emmy Awards Season. But the night wasn't without primetime-style twists, and the best of them were accompanied by a glass of wine in hand. Here's the...
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Top wines of Santa Barbara: New reviews
19 September 2018

Here you can find exclusive tasting notes by our experts, including several newly published this week from Stephen Brook; plus a brief guide to Santa Barbara, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhône varieties have made a case for elevating this California region to the wine world's top table.The prized Sanford & Benedict vineyard in Santa Barbara County. With new, exclusive reviews from Step...
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Finca Ferrer: Freixenet’s passion in the Uco Valley
19 September 2018

Promotional featureFinca Ferrer is the highest of the Freixenet family’s wineries in the world – and the most dramatic.Finca Ferrer, Uco Valley Freixenet’s highest vineyards...
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Comment: Saving the heartland of Chilean wine
19 September 2018

How a new generation has been fighting to save some of Chile's oldest vineyards from industrial pine forests and pulp factories. Forest plantations in Chile's Maule region. The fight against industrial pine forests in Chile's south...
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Wine Spectator’s 2018 Video Contest Winner: The Soul of Barolo (Wine Spectator)
19 September 2018

On a summer trip to Piedmont in Italy, Seattle-based filmmaker Will Miceli fell in love with the abundance of great wine and food in the region. But the story of the Abbona family, the owners of Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery, was what truly won his heart. When it came down to choosing a subject for Wine Spectator’s 2018 Video Contest, spotlighting these vintners was a no-brainer...
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Res Fortes winemaker buys Domaine de l’Arpege
19 September 2018

Moritz Bak, the winemaker of Res Fortes in Roussillon, has acquired Domaine de l’Arpege in the southern French region, giving his production a serious boost.
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Dates for ProWein 2020 set
18 September 2018

The dates for ProWein 2020 have been announced – “for those who like to plan well in advance”.
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Star Pubs & Bars appoints wine buyer, adds more magnums, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Picpoul to wine range
18 September 2018

Star Pubs & Bars has appointed a dedicated wine category buyer to make its range "competitive with that of wholesalers and wine merchants."
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Zachys HK sale realises HK$36m
18 September 2018

US auction house Zachys set a strong pace for the autumn sales season in Hong Kong with an auction that realised HK$36.8 million (US$4.8m) earlier this month.
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The Rioja Masters 2017: Results
18 September 2018

With nine Masters and 25 Gold medals awarded, last year's Rioja Masters was our most successful tasting in the Global Masters series yet. Click through to find out who clinched the top spots in the competition.
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Beer prices to rise as brewers like Heineken and Carlsberg feel the strain of summer heatwave
18 September 2018

The cost of a pint of beer is set to rise by up to 16% over the rest of the year, after the summer's heatwave damaged barley crops driving premiums up.
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Coca-Cola eyes move into cannabis drinks
18 September 2018

Coca-Cola is the latest drinks giant to be eyeing up a move into the burgeoning cannabis drinks category and is reportedly in talks with Canadian cannabis producer Aurora to develop drinks infused with CBD.
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Peru’s top chef opens first restaurant in HK
18 September 2018

Virgilio Martinez Véliz, the celebrated Peruvian chef behind the award-winning 'Central' restaurant in Lima has launched ICHU Peru in Hong Kong, serving contemporary Peruvian cuisine in a modern, bistro-style setting.
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EMW Wines takes up Paul Jaboulet distribution in China
18 September 2018

EMW Wines, a major wine distributor and importer in Greater China, has taken on the distribution of the iconic Northern Rhône producer, Paul Jaboulet Aîné, for mainland China, taking over from the winery's longtime partner Links Concept.
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‘Sexy’ 2016 Yquem released
18 September 2018

The 2016 vintage of Château d’Yquem has been released but despite being hailed as “magical”, “moreish” and “sexy”, is it a good buy?
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Torres opens new Purgatori winery
18 September 2018

Spain's Torres has opened a new winery in DO Costers del Segre to provide a permanent home for its recently launched Purgatori wine.A view of the Purgatori winery. Inside the new winery...
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UK gin sales and exports exceed £2 billion mark
18 September 2018

Sales of gin in the UK were over £1.6 billion in a year, and combined with exports, was worth more than £2 billion, according to a market report from the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA). UK gin sales and exports have exceeded £2 billion. See the latest figures...
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How to order wine like a pro
18 September 2018

Choosing wine in a restaurant can be a daunting task, so expert Amanda Barnes shares her five golden rules to help you think like a professional wine buyer.In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. How to order wine in a restaurant Five golden rules...
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Emmanuel Macron opens presidential wine cellar to public for the first time
18 September 2018

France's presidential wine cellar in the Elysée Palace has officially opened to the public, in a move by president Emmanel Macron intended to promote national heritage.
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Uncorked: Shigekazu Misawa from Japan’s Grace Wine
18 September 2018

Shigekazu Misawa, owner of Japan's Grace winery, chats to dbHK about his life goal of making Yamanashi a world-class wine producing region, why a half-won victory is better than a 100% victory, and the best advice he got from Japan's Noble Prize winner Dr. Satoshi Omura.
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US wine exports to China rise despite increased tariffs
18 September 2018

American wine exports to China rose in the first half of the year despite increased import tariffs the Chinese government slapped on American wines, and threats of additional retaliatory tariffs, as the world's two largest economies trade threats.
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Bono reported to be investing in Irish whiskey distillery
17 September 2018

U2 frontman Bono is reported to be investing in a €50m whiskey project in county Kildare which will involve an old mill being converted into a 5,051 square-metre distillery and visitor centre. 
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Sex and the City’s Mr Big buys Ambhar Tequila
17 September 2018

Proving that Tequila is now the celebrity side hustle of choice, following in George Clooney’s footsteps, Sex and the City star Chris Noth has acquired a majority stake in Ambhar Tequila for an undisclosed sum.
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Scotch whisky boss leaves William Grant & Sons to pursue US cannabis market
17 September 2018

William Grant & Son's global head of strategy Victor Jerez has left his position at the Scotch whisky giant to pursue opportunities in the US' legal cannabis market.
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Andrew Jefford: Understanding tension in wine
17 September 2018

Andrew Jefford explores the nature of tension in wine, and its relationship to concepts of energy, precision and focus.Wines lined up at a Decanter-hosted tasting in 2013. What does it mean if a wine has tension?...
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Sales of UK gin double in value in five years to hit £2.2 billion
17 September 2018

Sales of UK gin have doubled in value in the past five years with exports and domestic sales totalling £2.2 billion in the year ending 16 June, according to the latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. 
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Private Passions: Lights, Camera, Action!
17 September 2018

Cinematographer-turned-winemaker Michael Seresin talks to db's Lucy Shaw about preferring darkness to light, working with Alfonso Cuarón on Gravity and his latest film project with Gary Oldman.
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AB InBev brings another light beer back to the UK
17 September 2018

After it relaunched Bud Light in the UK last year, AB InBev is bringing its low alcohol Michelob Ultra beer back to British shores to cash in on rising demand for non-alcoholic and light beers. 
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VSPT launches new responsible drinking campaign
17 September 2018

Chilean wine giant VSPT has launched a new campaign and seal for its products to encourage moderate alcohol consumption.
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The Decanter interview: Daniel Pi
17 September 2018

Never more comfortable than when breaking the winemaking mould, the Peñaflor veteran is a central figure in the story of Argentina’s wine industry, as Amanda Barnes reveals...Daniel Pi The Peñaflor veteran is a central figure in the story of Argentina’s wine industry....
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Protecting vineyards against hail – ask Decanter
17 September 2018

How do winemakers protect vineyards against hail...? An example of hail damage in the vineyard – in Chablis in 2016. How do winemakers protect vineyards against hail...?
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Elin McCoy: ‘What is fine wine, anyway, and what will it be in the future?’
16 September 2018

Elin McCoy explores some of the 'wine world’s unglamorous realities'... Elin McCoy explores some of the 'wine world’s unglamorous realities'...
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Maldonado: Discover wines from Uruguay’s coastal region
15 September 2018

The influence of the nearby South Atlantic brings a different accent to the wines of the small but emerging region of Maldonado. Patricio Tapia highlights three top producers and five great wines...Bodega Bouza's vineyard at the foot of the Pan de Azúcar hill The influence of the nearby South Atlantic brings a different accent to these wines...
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China’s most popular by the glass wine is from Australia
15 September 2018

The most popular red wine by the glass poured on-premise at hotels and restaurants in China’s capital Beijing is produced by Australia’s De Bortoli Wines, a recent survey has found.
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Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018 – Asia launched
14 September 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is pleased to announce the launch of The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018 - Asia to highlight the potential of the category in Asia, ahead of the registration deadline of 28 September.
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J.D. Wetherspoon sees ‘bumper’ profit growth, but warns of higher food and drink costs
14 September 2018

JD Wetherspoon posted record annual results this morning following what analysts have dubbed a "bumper time for British publicans,", but boss Tim Martin warned that pints at the pub chain will become more expensive after Brexit.
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Hokkaido breweries disrupted by earthquake
14 September 2018

Beer production at breweries in Hokkaido was halted due to major power failures following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that jolted through the northern part of Japan last week.
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Mirabeau: You can take the rosé out of Provence, but not Provence out of rosé
14 September 2018

The new sales director of Mirabeau is adamant that while many producers are replicating the style and colour of Provençal rosé, only pink wine produced in the French region "delivers the true flavour". 
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Dr Loosen: Profile and top-rated wines
14 September 2018

Dr Loosen is one of Germany's - and the world's - best producers of Riesling. See our top picks below...Ernst Loosen above the Erdener Prälat vineyard in the Mosel. See Decanter's top-rated Dr Loosen wines...
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Marco Pierre White shuns Michelin Guide in Singapore
14 September 2018

Hot-tempered chef Marco Pierre White has shunned the Michelin Guide once again after opening Singapore’s first “restaurant with rooms” this week.
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The week in pictures
14 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Prince Charles gets on the gin, Usain Bolt chugs Champers, Autumn tastings get under way, and restauranteur Philip Hamilton discovers blue is his colour at Aquavit's crayfish party.
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Cricket stars Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney to open second pub
14 September 2018

Cricketers Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney, who teamed up with pub manager Dan Cramp in 2016 to launch The Cat and Wickets Pub Company, are to open the group's second pub, The Tap and Run, later this month.
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Virginia vineyard victim of $50k grape theft
14 September 2018

Firefly Hill Vineyards in Elliston, Virginia has reported losses of US$50,000 after thieves stole two and a half tons of soon-to-be harvested grapes over night from the 37-acre family-owned estate. 
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What is volatile acidity? Ask Decanter
14 September 2018

Why is it in your wine, and is it a bad thing?Does your wine smell of nail varnish? Why is it in your wine, and is it a bad thing?
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First taste: Seña 2016 vintage released
14 September 2018

This could be the best Seña wine yet, according to Decanter expert Patrico Tapia, who tasted the 2016 vintage to coincide with its release via the Place de Bordeaux.A joint venture between Viña Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi in 1995, Seña became wholly owned by Eduardo Chadwick’s Errazuriz in 2005. Could be the best Seña wine yet...?
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普罗塞科从2018收成中生产6亿瓶
14 September 2018

普罗塞科正计划从2018年的收获中生产将近6亿瓶起泡酒,使得这个地区的规模几乎是香槟區的两倍。
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Chile's Most Expensive Wines
14 September 2018

 Famous for its great-value wines, Chile also does quality exceptionally well – and at sharp prices.
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Unfiltered: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Crush It in Napa (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, celebrity power couple on court, stage and crushpad, had a Napa-good time this week when they came to town to blend a new 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon for Wade Cellars, the veteran NBA All-Star's winery partnership with the Pahlmeyer family. While in the valley, Wade made the most of his trip, checking in on the vineyards where he sources his grapes with Wade Cellars wi...
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DAWA judge profile: Yoichi Sato
14 September 2018

Yoichi Sato, owner and sommelier of restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Yoichi Sato Yoichi Sato, owner and sommelier of restaurant Maxivin in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Wallace Lo
14 September 2018

Wallace Lo, sommelier at HAKU in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Wallace Lo Wallace Lo, sommelier at HAKU in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant Spotlight: Formel B (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

In Denmark’s charming, residential city of Frederiksberg, Formel B champions regional cuisine and French wines. Owners Rune Amgild Jochumsen and Kristian Arpe Møller both play hands-on roles: Jochumsen serves as wine director and Møller helms the kitchen. The frequently changing menu includes about 20 small plates—ideal for sampling an array of flavors—that showcase...
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DAWA judge profile: Silven Wong
14 September 2018

Silven Wong, a wine buyer based in Macau at the MGM hotel-casino, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Silven Wong Silven Wong is the wine buyer for Casino-Hotel MGM Macau and a wine educator in his time away
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Turning Tables: D.C.'s Masseria Chef Opens Sprawling Italian Concept; New Chef at Galatoire's in New Orleans (Wine Spectator)
14 September 2018

Renowned D.C. Chef Opens Ambitious Italian ConceptWashington, D.C., chef Nicholas Stefanelli is opening Officina later this month, a three-story destination for Italian cuisine in the city's massive new waterfront complex, the Wharf. Officina will occupy 14,000 square feet, with a market on the first floor, a trattoria-style restaurant on the second floor and a rooftop bar with an adjacent private...
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Bodega Colomé
14 September 2018

Promotional featureThe Hess Family’s answer to high-altitude winemaking...Colome The Hess Family’s answer to high-altitude winemaking...
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X Factor winner Ben Haenow is a Beaujolais drinker
13 September 2018

X Factor winner Ben Haenow is a Beaujolais drinker – something the 33 year-old British singer revealed to db this week at the launch of a brand that ‘breaks from wine convention’.
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The week in Pictures: Hong Kong
13 September 2018

This week's drinks highlights from Hong Kong include an unconventional whisky dinner and the crowning of eight new Koshu Experts after an intensive tasting round and written examination. 
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Seedlip secures Waitrose listing as supermarket’s owner reports 99% slump in profits
13 September 2018

Non-alcoholic spirit brand Seedlip will be available in Waitrose stores across the UK next week, it has been announced, as the grocer's owner reports a staggering slump in the first half of the year.
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Shiraz gin and birch sap spirit on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
13 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show, run by the drinks business and sister title The Spirits Business, has announced some new additions to the New Product Zone at its event in October, including a Shiraz gin and a birch sap spirit. 
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DAWA judge profile: Satoru Mori
13 September 2018

Satoru Mori, award-winning Executive Sommelier, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Satoru Mori, award-winning Executive Sommelier, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Leon Liang
13 September 2018

Leon Liang, a wine educator and founder of Grapea Institute, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Leon Liang Leon Liang, a wine educator and founder of Grapea Institute, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Zachary Tay
13 September 2018

Zachary Tay, a sommelier for Ma Cuisine, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Zachary Tay Zachary Tay, a sommelier for Ma Cuisine, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
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Unfiltered: Stefan Neumann MS, Dinner by Heston
13 September 2018

Dinner’s head sommelier tells db about getting tongue tied when serving Angelina Jolie, spilling fish sauce on one of his diner’s heads, and an unforgettable dinner in Cadiz involving lashings of Krug.
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Mallya extradition decision to be made in December
13 September 2018

The court has announced that Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, will have to wait until 10 December to hear whether he will be extradited to India to face charges of money laundering and fraud totalling £1.15 billion.
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Is JD Wetherspoon really banning Jägerbombs?
13 September 2018

The national media is buzzing with the news that JD Wetherspoon is "banning" Jägerbombs as a result of higher tariffs on EU-made products post-Brexit, but what does that actually mean?
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DAWA judge profile: Magandeep Singh
13 September 2018

Magandeep Singh, a sommelier, TV presenter and wine writer from India, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Magandeep Singh Magandeep Singh, a sommelier, TV presenter and wine writer from India, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Lim Hwee Peng
13 September 2018

Lim Hwee Peng, a Singapore based wine tutor, is a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng Lim Hwee Peng CWE, FWS is a professional wine service provider and wine mentor, who coaches and
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Prosecco to produce 600 million bottles from 2018 harvest
13 September 2018

Prosecco is on course to produce almost 600 million bottles of fizz from the 2018 harvest, making the region nearly two times the scale of Champagne.
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Beefsteak Club launches London bus advertising campaign
13 September 2018

Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club has launched an advertising campaign which is to be featured on London buses, tying in with a social media campaign which is giving away a free bottle of wine. 
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DAWA judge profile: Jeremy Stockman
13 September 2018

Jeremy Stockman, general manager of Watson's Wine in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Jeremy Stockman Jeremy Stockman, general manager of Watson's Wine in Hong Kong, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
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DAWA judge profile: João Pires MS
13 September 2018

João Pires MS, director of wines at Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.João Pires MS João Pires MS, director of wines at Melco Resorts & Entertainment in Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant chain lost £145m in value after dead rat found in soup
13 September 2018

Chinese restaurant chain Xiabu Xiabu saw its stock value slide by £145 million after video footage emerged on social media of a diner fishing out a dead rat from a bowl of bubbling broth. 
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DAWA judge profile: Jean-Marie Pratt
13 September 2018

Jean-Marie Pratt, Head of Wine at wine merchant and sommelier service Sarment, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Jean-Marie Pratt Jean-Marie Pratt, Head of Wine at wine merchant and sommelier service Sarment, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: J.C. Viens
13 September 2018

JC Viens, a wine educator in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.JC Viens JC Viens, a wine educator in Hong Kong, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge: Dorian Tang
13 September 2018

Dorian Tang, the national education director of ASC Fine Wines in mainland China, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Dorian Tang Dorian Tang Dorian Tang is the national education director of ASC Fine Wines and a Master of Wine student. Based
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DAWA judge profile: Corinne Mui
13 September 2018

Corinne Mui, WSET educator and member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018. Corinne Mui Corinne Mui is the COO & Senior wine educator of AWSEC. She is a member of the Institute
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Beloved California Vintner Ulises Valdez Dies at 49 (Wine Spectator)
13 September 2018

Ulises Valdez, who emigrated from Mexico to work as a vineyard laborer in Sonoma County, then rose to become one of California's most renowned vineyard managers and founder of his own family winery, died early this morning of a heart attack. He was 49.Valdez was widely considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in California. He was equally regarded as one of the most w...
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Concha y Toro tears up wine rules with Château Jacked
13 September 2018

Latin America’s largest wine producer, Concha y Toro, has launched a brand that ‘breaks from wine convention’ to bring a new and younger audience into the category.
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Brewdog’s ‘beer swap’ stunt imitates mainstream brewers’ marketing campaigns
13 September 2018

Brewdog is encouraging consumers to swap "bad" beers produced by large companies for a lager it launched this week, copying publicity stunts carried out by, er, big beer firms.
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Greek High Court removes ‘unbearable’ and ‘unjust’ wine tax
12 September 2018

Greece’s High Court has ruled to revoke excise tax imposed on wine introduced by the ruling radical left Syriza-led government following criticism from the industry, which labelled the tax as “unbearable” and “unjust”.
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IWSR: China leads global online alcohol consumption
12 September 2018

China has become the world’s largest e-commerce market for alcoholic beverages, valued at US$6.1 billion, four times the size of that of the US , according to the latest report by IWSR.
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Fine wine investment: Wine over art
12 September 2018

Art is often classified alongside fine wine and other alternative investables like classic cars, coins, stamps, but Amphora Portfolio Management believes there are very few similarities beyond the fact that they are all collectable.
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English wine and lighter reds a focus for Bibendum
12 September 2018

Speaking at Bibendum's trade tasting yesterday, wine development director Willie Lebus said that English wine and lighter reds were a focus for the company, but that it would not be "chasing new wines for new wines' sake". 
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The 7 Premier League stadiums with the highest mark-ups on beer, ranked
12 September 2018

While premiums on pints differ from city centre to city centre, the mark-ups are almost always higher once you're through the turnstiles.
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Chef José Pizarro launches Spanish wine range
12 September 2018

Keen to get Brits more into Spanish wine, chef José Pizarro has launched his own range of wines from the village of Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia.
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Asda launches own-label English sparkling wine
12 September 2018

Hoping to capitalise on the growing thirst for homegrown fizz, UK supermarket Asda has released an own-label English sparkling wine from Denbies in Surrey.
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Fever-Tree and Patrón release tonic water for Tequila
12 September 2018

Mixer brand Fever-Tree and Tequila brand Patrón have teamed up to release a citrus tonic water flavoured with Mexican limes, tangerines and bitter orange, which has been specifically designed to pair with Tequila. 
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Cognac Sale Promises Angels' Delight
12 September 2018

 A very special auction offers brandy lovers the chance to find something unique.
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Don Melchor: Comparing 23 vintages of Chilean wine royalty
12 September 2018

Concha y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon-led Don Melchor helped to put Chilean fine wine on the map after launching in the late 1980s. Below, Michael Apstein rates 23 vintages ranging from the current-release 2015 back to the inaugural 1987. Don Melchor has been a pioneer of Chilean fine wine since the 1980s. See which years came out on top...
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Tasting South American wine history: The ‘Criolla’ revival
12 September 2018

The oldest grape varieties in South America have been sidelined for the past hundred years, but a new generation is now reclaiming its lost winemaking heritage as Criolla varieties re-emerge from the shadows. Amanda Barnes has the inside story...Hand-picking grapes from old País vines that grow wild among trees at Bouchon's vineyards at Mingre in Chile's Maule Valley. Bringing the past to...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Roasted Autumn Vegetable Salad with Balsamic-Walnut Dressing (Wine Spectator)
12 September 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.As summer comes to an end, it’s time for fall produce to step into the spotlight. This hearty salad recipe highlights two of my favorite—and perhaps the quintessential—veggies of the season: s...
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Wine Australia enlists ‘China’s Kardashians’ to promote Aussie wine
12 September 2018

Wine Australia has employed two Chinese social media stars, dubbed the ‘Kardashians of China,’ to promote Australian wine online to a growing number of female wine drinkers.
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Taiwan’s OMAR Whisky launches in the US
12 September 2018

Taiwan's OMAR Single Malt Whisky has been launched in the US market, following in the footsteps of another of the island's famed whisky distillers, Kavalan.
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China passes first law against fake goods sold online
12 September 2018

China has passed the country’s first-ever e-commerce law that would hold online retailers accountable for the sale of fake goods and liable for a fine of up to RMB 2 million (US$291,000).
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The 15 most popular ‘craft’ beer brands in the US
12 September 2018

Consumer data analytics firm Nielsen recently released figures on the total sales of beer in the US based on a variety of factors, from brands, to parent companies, right down to styles.
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Media Centre – DAWA
12 September 2018

Download hi-res DAWA logos: DAWA 2018: DAWA generic logo DAWA 2018 Best in Show medal logo DAWA 2018 Platinum medal
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The Wine and Spirits Show announces new wine and spirits exhibitors
11 September 2018

The Wine and Spirits Show has announced new exhibitors for its show in October including an English sparkling wine producer and an English whisky producer that is considering a £15 million stock flotation. 
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Patrón launches smoky $199 Tequila
11 September 2018

Tequila maker Patrón is pushing the boundaries again with the release of a smoky expression made from agave roasted with mesquite for a week in small stone pits.
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US wholesaler Breakthru Beverage invests $9.2m in cannabis
11 September 2018

US multi-state wholesaler Breakthru Beverage is to invest over US$9.2 million in Canadian cannabis producer CannTrust which will see Breakthru become the exclusive distributor for CannTrust products in Canada.
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Christie’s to auction Balvenie Morgan Roadster
11 September 2018

Chrisite’s is to put a bespoke Balvenie Morgan V8 Roadster and The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4 under the hammer at an online auction this month.
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
11 September 2018

This is Steven Spurrier's 300th column for Decanter magazine. ‘It is fitting,’ he says, ‘that it features two iconic wines’... Opus One and Dom Pérignon 2008...
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William Grant & Sons wants to ‘educate’ consumers with its new Scotch whisky brand
11 September 2018

Drinks giant William Grant & Sons has added a new whisky label to its portfolio which aims to "decode" the category with a focus on educating consumers about production.
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Unfiltered: Nicola Perrone, Orrery
11 September 2018

Italian-born Nicola Perrone, head sommelier at French neighbourhood restaurant Orrery in Marylebone, explains how his wine list is "his baby" and reveals that the one wine he can't get along with hails from his motherland.
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Mendoza Best of Wine Tourism awards 2019
11 September 2018

Promotional featureSee the winners....The Mendoza winners See the winners...
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Médoc Marathon: The race with breaks for wine, steak and ice cream
11 September 2018

What it's like to take part in a marathon where more than 20 'drinks stations' along the route serve classified Bordeaux wines, not to mention the steak, cheese and ice cream. Médoc Marathon runners in the vineyards. Where the drinks stations serve classified Bordeaux...
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Smart Branding Key to Future Wine Sales
11 September 2018

 The Silicon Valley Bank's Wine Division's founder says demographic shifts are transforming the industry.
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Bordeaux Scores Victories in Battle Against Counterfeit Wines in China (Wine Spectator)
11 September 2018

The Chengdu Wine and Food Fair is one of China’s oldest wine-trade shows—more than 100,000 wine importers and buyers filled the exhibition halls at this year’s edition in March. And some were treated to an unusual sight: a phalanx of security guards escorting Bordeaux wine-trade officials to booths, looking for counterfeit wines. The Chengdu festival has been notorious for blatan...
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Gouguenheim Winery
11 September 2018

Promotional featureA family business reinventing success in the Uco Valley...Gouguenheim vines in the morning. Reinventing success in the Uco Valley...
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Love Wine showcases an impressive 68 DWWA Wines
11 September 2018

Love wine, keep reading... Love Wine founded by Chris Rogers towards the end of 2011, started out as an e-commerce website until they opened
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Chilean Minister: Chile’s wine should ‘do in India what it’s done in China’
10 September 2018

Aiming to replicate Chilean wine’s success in China, the country's agricultural minister has called for the Chilean wine industry to step up efforts in other markets such as India, Southeast Asia and north Africa.
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Japan’s Hokkaido opens first gin distillery
10 September 2018

Hokkaido’s first gin distillery has opened in Sapporo with the launch of a new gin distilled with 'local specialties' including the prefecture's famous kelp, Japanese shiitake mushrooms and dried daikon radish, giving the spirit a "unique umami flavour".
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Hong Kong whisky den Angel’s Share to close
10 September 2018

Angel’s Share, the first whisky bar opened by Tasting Group in Hong Kong, has announced its closure next month after eight years of business in the city where competition among bars has become stiff.
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Alcohol is one of the fastest-growing retail products when it comes to Fairtrade
10 September 2018

Sales of Fairtrade drinks rose by more than 25% by the end of last year, while an increasing number of companies are adding the ethical logo to their products.
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Restaurateur blames bad reviews on ‘cursed’ chicken foot and snake sculpture
10 September 2018

The owner of the Matlock Gurkha Inn in Derbyshire has blamed bad reviews and a temporary loss of business on the discovery of a bejeweled chicken foot and a three-headed snake statue outside his restaurant. 
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FMV adds Leclerc Briant Champagne to portfolio
10 September 2018

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added family-owned biodynamic Champagne house Leclerc Briant to its portfolio to bolster its high-end fizz offering.
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Middle-aged drinkers are being told to have two alcohol-free days per week
10 September 2018

Middle-aged drinkers are being told to abstain from alcohol at least two days per week in a new government initiative aimed at curbing health risks later in life.
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Final call for Rioja Masters 2018 entries
10 September 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 10 October.
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Napoleon era Cognac sells for over £200,000
10 September 2018

A Napoleon era Cognac from 1805 has sold for over £200,000 at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, making it one of the most expensive bottles of Cognac ever sold in the UK.
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Lord Ashcroft invests further £2.7m in English wine
10 September 2018

Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, the majority shareholder in English winery Gusbourne, has invested a further £2.7 million in the company as it announced it had raised a total of £3.7 million through the issuing of new shares to investors. 
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Top Opus One wines and producer profile
10 September 2018

Created by Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One wines are some of the world's most coveted. Here are our latest expert tasting notes on this Napa Valley powerhouse, including Steven Spurrier's reviews from Decanter magazine's October 2018 issue. A brief history and exclusive tasting notes on the wines...
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Highlights: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 Judging Week
10 September 2018

Over 3,000 wines from more than 37 countries were judged by 50 of the best palates from across Asia for
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Top Edinburgh wine bars
10 September 2018

Explore the best bottles that the Scottish capital has to offer with Joanna Blythman’s guide to the city’s wine bars and restaurants... In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express®. Divino Enoteca Whether you're going for the festival or planning a city break...
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Ten of the best restaurants in Santiago, Chile
10 September 2018

Backed by majestic snow-capped mountains, Chile's buzzing capital city offers a huge variety of cuisine and South American wines. See Alistair Cooper MW's top 10 places to dine.A city skyline like no other...Explore Santiago's foodie hotspots and wine bars. Credit: Jose Luis Stephens / EyeEm Cutting-edge cuisine and exciting wines with a backdrop of the Andes...
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Wine Legend: Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997
10 September 2018

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Rising stars: Winemakers to watch in Chile and Argentina
10 September 2018

Meet 10 young men and women who are changing the face of winemaking in Chile and Argentina, and read tasting notes for some of their best wines. Finca Sophenia, which helped to launch the career of young winemaker Julia Halupzcok. Ten young winemakers fomenting change in Chile and Argentina...
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What is a good ‘birth year wine’ from 2017? – ask Decanter
09 September 2018

Want to mark a year of birth in 2017 with wine? Anthony Rose shares what to buy...The Mouton Rothschild barrel room. Tips on where to look...
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Here are 15 Brazilian wines worth seeking out
08 September 2018

Brazil's best wines range from high altitude Syrah and Bordeaux-style reds to sparkling wines and new-wave white wines being made in São Paulo. Getting your hands on them can be a challenge, but Dirceu Vianna Junior MW picks some of his favourites to look for.The 'Valley of the Vineyards' in Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul. There are lots of styles to explore...
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Auction of Washington Wines Raises $4.3 Million (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

The 31st annual Auction of Washington Wines surpassed expectations by raising more than $4.3 million to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital and Washington State University's viticulture and enology program—thanks in large part to a record number of winemakers at the Aug. 18 gala and to its new "Kids who Give" theme."There was such an air of enthusiasm and excitement in the room," auction exe...
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Chef Talk: Nicholas Stefanelli’s Juggling Act (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

When Nicholas Stefanelli was growing up in the small town of Beallsville, Md., "my friends always wanted to come over and eat at our house," recalls the chef. Food was "a focal point" in his upbringing; both sets of grandparents—Greek and Italian—tended backyard gardens, and "everybody" in the family cooked. Stefanelli, 38, initially pursued studies in fashion design, but after one tra...
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Perfect Match Recipe: Forest Mushroom Toast with White Rioja (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

At New York fine-dining spot Per Se, chef Thomas Keller’s showstopping classic dishes tend to get all the attention. But the tasting menus here aren’t all caviar and pearls; simple, traditional French techniques undergird much of the magic. An example is mushrooms served à la grecque, a light pickling preparation that harks back to the hors d’oeuvres carts of formal midcen...
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Wine & Design: Racing Home with Danica Patrick (Wine Spectator)
08 September 2018

Long before Danica Patrick rose to fame as an asphalt-ceiling-smashing race-car driver with a Napa wine label to her name, she was a kid growing up in Illinois. She never loved the bone-chilling weather there, but she toughed it out on a Midwesterner's logic: Life was cold, and the warm and scenic climes that she preferred were just where you went on vacation.In 2007, she would reject that logic,...
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Great value Malbec from Argentina: A buying guide
08 September 2018

There is more than just one style of Argentinian Malbec there is also excellent value-for-money to be had. Patricio Tapia and Paz Levinson offer expert advice and pick 27 wines to seek out that won't break the bank... Here are 27 wines to look for...
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Pink fizz not an option for DOCG Prosecco Superiore
07 September 2018

Following news that DOC Prosecco may be authorising the production of pink versions of this highly successful Italian fizz, db has been told that this won’t happen within the smaller DOCG.
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Edrington invests in American whiskey with Wyoming deal
07 September 2018

Scottish spirits company Edrington has entered the American whiskey category, having acquired a minority stake in Wyoming Whiskey for an undisclosed sum.
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The best Champagne of 2018
07 September 2018

After an extensive blind tasting of Champagne this summer, and many other sampling exercises during the course of the year, one particular cuvée stood out as the best Champagne of 2018.
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The week in pictures
07 September 2018

This week in the world of drinks; residents in Waterloo object to a well-placed Abba-themed restaurant, Martin Williams takes the helm at high stakes (geddit?) chain Gaucho, rosé Prosecco gets closer to reality, and winegrowers either side of the English channel get their DSLRs out for a spectacular harvest season.
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P&O’s new ship to have onboard gin distillery and bar
07 September 2018

Cruise and ferry operator P&O has revealed that its new ship, Iona, will have an onboard gin distillery and as well as a bar serving 30 different varieties of the spirit. 
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LRIWWA winners announced
07 September 2018

The winners of this year’s Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards have been revealed with the judges praising the “pithy” and “insightful” entries.
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Lakes Distillery considers £15 million stock flotation
07 September 2018

English whisky distillery Lakes is considering listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM as it seeks to raise £15 million to "significantly" expand production. 
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Final call for the World Gin Masters- Asia 2018
07 September 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking the final entries for our inaugural The World Gin Masters 2018 – Asia in an effort to find and reward the finest global gin brands currently available in the Asian market.
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US-Colombian billionaire buys stake in Petrus – report
07 September 2018

The owner of Château Petrus has sold a minority stake in the estate to US-Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo, according to reports that are sure to cause much discussion in Pomerol and Bordeaux. Few wines can match the acclaim, and auction prices, achieved by Pomerol's Château Petrus. A new investor for legendary Pomerol estate, say reports...
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Masseto通过波尔多La Place发布2015年份
07 September 2018

继纳帕谷(Napa Valley)的Opus One之后,今天轮到超级托斯卡纳马赛多(Super Tuscan Masseto)  通过La Place de Bordeaux发布其2015年份葡萄酒。
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Decanter appoints Robin McMillan as new MD
07 September 2018

Decanter has announced that Robin McMillan, formerly CEO of The Wine Society, is to be its new managing director. Medal winners from the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards. Ex-Wine Society CEO joins the team...
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澳大利亚酒类消费量创50年新低
07 September 2018

根据澳大利亚统计局(ABS)公布的数据,澳大利亚人现在饮酒量低于过去50年来的任何时间,人均饮酒量已降至20世纪60年代以来的最低水平。
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The Great Oregon Wine Company Buys Duck Pond Cellars (Wine Spectator)
07 September 2018

In the latest development in Oregon's burgeoning wine industry, the Great Oregon Wine Company has purchased Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in the Willamette Valley that is known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The deal includes Duck Pond's winery and tasting room in the Dundee Hills subappellation, along with 300 acres of estate vineyards in Oregon. Duck Pond's staff, including winemaker...
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Unfiltered: Bordeaux Wine HQ Grows Gnarly Tentacles; 'Water into Wine' Miracle Site Discovered? (Wine Spectator)
07 September 2018

What has three stories, a nigh-endless supply of fine vintages, and a gnarly set of giant green alien tentacles? No, it's not the latest volume of a Japanese wine manga comic adventure. It's the 18th-century edifice of the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, global headquarters of the official trade organization Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (CIVB)! For one week starting last Friday, the...
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What wine to have with steak? Ask Decanter
07 September 2018

It's a pairing that you want to get right. We speak to Decanter awards judges and experts about pairing wine with steak and discover that it's not all about the biggest, boldest styles.What wine should you serve with steak? Yes, some Malbecs work, but not all - and what are the other options?...
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Chapel Down to create ‘largest vineyard’ in England
07 September 2018

English wine producer Chapel Down Group plans to create one of the largest vineyards in the UK in an effort to satisfy anticipated demand over the next 25 years.Vineyards at Chapel Down. To satisfy anticipated demand...
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Germany: Grosses Gewächs new releases – Riesling 2017 and Pinot 2016
07 September 2018

German Riesling producers faced tough conditions in 2017, but there are great wines if you know where to look, says Anne Krebiehl MW, who also reports exclusively for Premium subscribers on the German 2016 Pinot Noir vintage following the annual Grosses Gewächs tasting in the country. Exclusive report with tasting notes for Premium subscribers...
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Top new products: September
07 September 2018

This month saw the launch of a tea-infused sparkling wine from Fortnum & Mason, the third instalment from non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip, and a rosé Tequila.
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Champagne Gosset gives Pinot Meunier a prestige positioning with £90 fizz
06 September 2018

Gosset has given Champagne’s workhorse grape a prestige positioning with the launch of a £90 fizz that’s made entirely from Pinot Meunier – a first for a Grande Marque.
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The Good Food Guide reveals top 50 UK restaurants
06 September 2018

The Good Food Guide, published by Waitrose and partners, has released its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK with a total of 14 from London, including the first restaurant to win top marks with its debut in the guide. 
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UFC announces ‘first-ever’ vodka partnership with Ukranian Nemiroff
06 September 2018

Mixed martial arts organisation the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced its "first-ever" vodka partnership with Ukranian brand Nemiroff.
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First pop-up wine shop opens at CDG
06 September 2018

France’s leading airport, Charles de Gaulle, is getting its first pop-up wine shop in partnership with AdVini and Lagardère Travel Retail.
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Gin and premium Irish whiskey are the fastest growing spirits in Ireland
06 September 2018

Gin and premium Irish whiskey are the fastest-growing spirits in Ireland, according to new figures.
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Chapel Down grows vineyard holdings by 388 acres
06 September 2018

English wine producer Chapel Down has struck a deal to lease a further 388 acres of viticultural land adjoining its existing vineyards on the North Downs, taking its total available vineyard area to 950 acres.
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Christie’s to host its first-ever baijiu auction in China
06 September 2018

Auction house Christie's will be the first international auctioneer to host a baijiu auction in China, featuring 178 lots of the country's most famous brand Kweichow Moutai, set to take place in Shanghai on 21 September, the company has announced.
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Wine Spectator’s publisher is suing Weed Spectator over trademark infringement
06 September 2018

Wine Spectator's publishing house — M. Shanken Communications — has entered into a legal battle with new website Weed Spectator over trademark infringement.
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Fine wine investment: Don’t overlook Promontory
06 September 2018

If many of the super Napa labels are snaffled up early, top the extent that they make little to no impact in a liquid secondary market, might some newer Californian labels from all-star names be an area worth looking into?
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Anson: How Nicolas Jaboulet started again in the Rhône
06 September 2018

Jane Anson speaks exclusively to Nicolas Jaboulet about how he started afresh in the region with so much history for his family, with tasting notes on Maison & Domaine Les Alexandrins wine available to Premium subscribers. Domaine les Alexandrins, a new name to know. Plus exclusive tasting notes on the top wines...
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Zinfandel Icon Kent Rosenblum Dies at 74 (Wine Spectator)
06 September 2018

The California veterinarian-turned-winemaker championed old vineyards and ripe Zinfandels that opened eyes
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Catena Zapata to sell top wines via Place de Bordeaux
06 September 2018

Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina has said that two of its top wines will be represented across Europe and Asia by 10 Bordeaux merchant houses, marking the latest vote of confidence in the city’s négociant system by non-French producers.A view into the Catena Zapata barrel cellar. Top Argentina winery signs deal with 10 Bordeaux merchants...
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Time to try South American sparkling wine
06 September 2018

The sparkling wine scene in South America is currently booming. Alejandro Iglesias finds out what’s driving it and recommends bottles from the leading names in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay... The sparkling wine scene in South America is currently booming...
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Zoilo restaurant: A taste of Argentina in London – Review
06 September 2018

Steak that melts in the mouth and an all-Argentinian wine list; Julie Sheppard gives her verdict on Zoilo in Marylebone.For lovers of steak, wine and all things Argentine... Argentinean steak, high-altitude Malbec and dulce du leche desserts...
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Schaafsma teams up with Ben Glover on ‘Mr Glover’ wine brand
06 September 2018

Ex-Accolade CEO Paul Schaafsma has teamed up with New Zealand winemaker Ben Glover, former group winemaker at Accolade, to launch a new personality-driven wine brand in the UK, which he describes as "the most exciting" to have come out of New Zealand in the past five years.
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Almaviva 2016 released
05 September 2018

The rush of non-Bordeaux labels coming out of La Place continues this morning with the release of the 2016 Almaviva.
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Jameson quietly launched a Fairtrade, ‘cold brew’ coffee-based spirit in Ireland
05 September 2018

As whiskey sales soar, Irish Distillers' brand Jameson is trialling a Fairtrade certified coffee spirit in select local retailers.
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Loire Valley’s Vignes, Vins et Randos in pictures
05 September 2018

db heads to the Loire to take part in the 15th edition of Vignes, Vins et Randos (VVR), a walking tour through the vines, châteaux and towns in the region which is organised by Loire Valley Wines.
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WW2 shelter considered for whisky ageing
05 September 2018

An air raid shelter from the Second World War near Guildford is reportedly being considered for storing whisky – but there are some serious hurdles to overcome.
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Barolo vintner Giuseppe Rinaldi dies aged 69
05 September 2018

Barolo winemaker Giuseppe 'Beppe' Rinaldi, known for his pure and traditional approach to winemaking, has died aged 69.
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Cooperative Champagnes beat famous brands in big fizz tasting
05 September 2018

A major blind tasting of Champagnes last month saw lesser-known labels from the region’s cooperatives score better than famous bottles of branded fizz.
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Here are the drinks actors will be served at the Emmy Awards 2018
05 September 2018

As stars of the small screen gear up for the annual Emmy Awards later this month, a number of premium brands have declared partnerships with the event.
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Bonhams acquired by Epiris
05 September 2018

A private equity group has bought UK auctioneer Bonhams, which specialises in art, cars and wine and spirits, for an undisclosed sum.
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Scottish Gin Society’s Facebook posts fall foul of advertising standards
05 September 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against The Scottish Gin Society, ruling that 10 Facebook posts had breached guidelines by encouraging excessive alcohol consumption and suggesting gin leads to sexual success. 
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Debate Over Alcohol's Health Effects Grows (Wine Spectator)
05 September 2018

A recent global analysis on drinking has raised alarms, but should responsible wine consumers really be worried?
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Chilean Sauvignon Blanc panel tasting – ‘Tread carefully’
05 September 2018

Chile's Sauvignon Blanc producers had a tough time in the 2017 vintage and it showed in this tasting, said our experts. Yet 10 wines from across 2017, 2016 and 2015 still made the cut as 'highly recommended'. See the full results and scores below... Wines to look for from 2017, 2016 and 2015...
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‘Ideal’ conditions for English wine as 2018 harvest begins
05 September 2018

Harvest is underway at English wineries, as winemakers praise the conditions for the 2018 vintage following a summer heatwave... Harvesting at Biddenden Vineyards, in Kent. Could 2018 be the best English wine vintage to date?...
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Barolo winemaker Giuseppe Rinaldi dies
05 September 2018

Giuseppe Rinaldi - known simply as 'Beppe' Rinaldi to many in Piedmont - was one of the most respected Barolo producers of his generation, as well as one of the most outspoken. La Morra in Barolo. Barolo loses one of its stars...
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Final call for ‘World Whisky Masters – Asia’
05 September 2018

We are now taking final entries for the inaugural 'World Whisky Masters - Asia', which is set to become the region's biggest whisky competition designed to award outstanding whiskies produced around the globe.
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Hong Kong breweries withdraw from Beertopia due to high costs
05 September 2018

12 breweries from Hong Kong have withdrawn from this year’s Beertopia, the city’s biggest craft beer festival, after the event organiser raised the costs for exhibitors. 
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Drinking to forget: Tiger blood in Tonkin
05 September 2018

From their origins as social outcasts, in the 20th century the Legion had come to be viewed as the most romantic unit in the French army but the 'dirty wars' of de-colonialisation would test it to the limit.
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Barolo Vintner Giuseppe Rinaldi Dies at 69 (Wine Spectator)
05 September 2018

The winemaking traditionalist crafted pure Barolos for nearly three decades
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Prosecco rosé should become a reality with 2018 harvest
04 September 2018

It is widely believed that this year’s harvest will see Prosecco rosé become a reality, as the region plans to lift a ban on blending red and white wines to produce pink fizz.
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Port Ellen malt sold for £50k
04 September 2018

Nothing can stop the current slew of whisky records, with a bottle of 12 year-old Port Ellen ‘Queen’s Visit’ 1980 selling at auction last month for £50,000.
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Final call for Riesling Masters entries
04 September 2018

Final entries for The Drinks Business Riesling Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 20 September.
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Bride rents out wedding dress that holds 50 glasses of Prosecco
04 September 2018

A woman who commissioned a custom-made wedding dress with a metal frame that holds 50 glasses of Prosecco has decided to rent it out to would-be brides so that it doesn't "go to waste".
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Masseto 2015 released through La Place
04 September 2018

Hot on the heels of Napa Valley’s Opus One, today is the turn of Super Tuscan Masseto to release its 2015 vintage through La Place de Bordeaux.
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Enotria and VSPT to ‘challenge the perception of Chilean wine’
04 September 2018

UK importer and supplier Enotria & Coe and Chilean wine giant VSPT have announced a new extended partnership in the on- and off-trade which will "challenge the perception of Chilean wine in the UK market".
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August runs steady for fine wine
04 September 2018

The Liv-ex Fine Win 100 index steadied in August with a marginal 0.48% rise, though not enough to entirely correct the 0.7% slide seen in July.
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Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 judging week begins
04 September 2018

Over 50 wine professionals from across Asia have gathered in Hong Kong to begin judging the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards. This morning (4 September) saw the start of the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) Judging Week, which runs from
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Highlights: TopWine China 2018
04 September 2018

Decanter attended TopWine China 2018 for the 7th year, showcasing 8 award winning wines as well as hosting a masterclass led by Maxime Lu.
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From the archive: Barolo 2009 panel tasting results
04 September 2018

Following on from the recently re-published Barolo 2010 panel tasting, we have delved deeper into our archive to bring Premium subscribers the Barolo 2009 results - lauded by our experts as a vintage that confirms Barolo's greatness. See the full report with all 140 tasting notes and scores below. Published in the November 2013 issue of Decanter magazine and now available online and in full, excl...
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‘Gorgeous’ Opus One 2015 released
04 September 2018

One of Napa Valley’s leading fine wine labels, Opus One, has released its 2015 vintage – widely regarded as a tricky one in the Californian region.
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Clonal selection to blame for premox, says Laroche winemaker
03 September 2018

Clonal selection, along with harvest date, pressing technique and bottling procedure, are to blame for premox in white Burgundy, and not corks, declares Laroche head winemaker, Grégory Viennois.
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New Zealand’s Giesen Group partners with Bibendum
03 September 2018

New Zealand's Giesen Group, the owner of brands including Giesen Wines and Ara Wines, has partnered with importer and supplier Bibendum PLB to consolidate distribution across the UK on- and off-trade.
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Media Centre – Retailer Awards
03 September 2018

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03 September 2018

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Uncorked: Sue Hodder of Wynns
03 September 2018

Sue Hodder, the senior winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate, chats to dbHK about the iconic 1982  Wynns John Riddoch, and Hollywood heavyweights, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. 
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Four new wine cartoons by Doug Pike
03 September 2018

Doug Pike is an award-winning wine cartoonist, creating work for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Wine Advocate. Click through four of his latest works.
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Nunes: ‘Port is far from reaching its full potential in Asia’
03 September 2018

Launching the 2016 vintage Port from one of the region's leading shippers, Symington Family Estates, Jorge Nuñes, its market manager for Asia and the Pacific, lamented that Port has yet to find its footing in Asia, where the region’s powerhouse market, China, is “still far from where it can be”.
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18 people injured by hornets at German wine festival
03 September 2018

After reports last month of 'drunk, angry wasps' on the rampage in the UK, two rapid response teams were called to a wine festival in Germany after 18 people were injured by a swarm of hornets on Sunday. 
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Changyu’s H1 profits dip by 5%
03 September 2018

China’s oldest winery, Changyu Pioneers, suffered a 5.11% drop in net profit in the first half of the year, blaming its results intensified competition among low- and medium-range wines while its overseas wineries also posted revenue losses during the period, casting shadow over the country's profitability this year.
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Nicolas Feuillatte signs new UK deal with Castelnau
03 September 2018

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has signed a new distribution deal in the UK, appointing Castelnau Wine Agencies to represent it and develop its on-trade presence.
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UK winemakers hold their breath for ‘dream harvest’ as picking commences
03 September 2018

As the uncharacteristically long and hot UK summer continues, winemakers are hopeful of a "dream harvest", according to trade body Wine GB, with producers recording one of the earliest harvests on record with picking starting last week.
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Jefford on Monday: The cooper’s tale
03 September 2018

Andrew Jefford visits Tonnellerie Cadus in Burgundy.No easy task: Barrel making at the Cadus cooperage in Ladoix-Serrigny. Not a job for the faint-hearted...
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Treating Malbec ‘like Pinot Noir’: The new terroir approach
02 September 2018

How good can it be? Argentina’s top winemakers are pushing the country’s headline grape to its limits in their quest to achieve the best possible quality and character. Patricio Tapia reports... Uco Valley. How good can Malbec be?...
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Argentina’s mountain wines: Calchaquí Valley reds
02 September 2018

Follow the development of one of the wine world’s most extreme territories, as Patricio Tapia picks his favourite bottles from Argentina’s rugged far north... Top wines to try from Argentina’s rugged far north...
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Recent Chile vintages: A review and wines to try
01 September 2018

Previously known for its consistency, Chile is experiencing increasingly varied vintage patterns as winemaking styles evolve and extreme weather makes an impact. Peter Richards MW offers a snapshot of recent vintages...Grape vines on a frosty morning in the Casablanca Valley Chile is seeing increasingly varied vintage patterns...
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The World's Most Expensive Whiskies
01 September 2018

 These days, it's Scotch commanding the big prices.
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Better Beef Brisket: Jamie Geller’s Menu Takes the Stress Out of Your Fall Holidays (Wine Spectator)
01 September 2018

The kosher cooking expert shares 3 sure-to-please recipes for entertaining, plus Wine Spectator recommends 10 great kosher wine picks
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Sopexa to represent Beaujolais in the UK
01 September 2018

Trade body InterBeaujolais has appointed Sopexa to run its marketing and communications campaign in the UK from 1 September this year.
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Meet the 10 new Masters of Wine
01 September 2018

Ten more hopefuls have gained entry to the exclusive club of experts, meaning there are now 380 Masters of Wine worldwide. Keith Jackson / Alamy There are now 380 MWs worldwide...
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Amarula launches vanilla spice edition
31 August 2018

South African drinks brand  Amarula has launched a vanilla spice edition of its cream liqueur, marking the first in a series of variations on the signature drink which tap into the recent trend for flavoured liqueurs. 
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Langton’s unveils latest ranking
31 August 2018

Australian wine auctioneer Langton’s has released its latest ranking of what it considers Australia’s most collectable fine wines.
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The week in pictures
31 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Bacardi serves Major Lazer rum cocktails at Notting Hill Carnival, Scarfe's bar gets a new head mixologist, Metallica make music-infused whiskey, and James Cochran puts English sparkling wine on the menu at his new restaurant and keeps schtum on his current legal spat.
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Prosecco gearing up for ‘perfect’ harvest
31 August 2018

Prosecco producers are gearing up for what the president of the Prosecco DOC Consorzio, Stefano Zanette, has described as the “perfect” harvest in terms of quality.
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Top South American Cabernet Franc wines: Panel tasting results
31 August 2018

Things are looking bright for South American Cabernet Franc, according to this report on 44 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel. Published in Decanter's new October 2018 magazine issue, Premium subscribers can get exclusive online access to the full report and tasting notes below. See the results from this panel tasting...
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Gin Mare to release a gin-soaked olive and rosemary panettone
31 August 2018

While the UK clings on to the last of summer, Gin Mare is starting its festive preparations early, teaming up with chef Theo Randall and baker Rocco Tanzarella to create a £22 'ginettone' in time for Christmas.
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50 cent launches $1,000 Champagne ‘for winners only’
31 August 2018

American rapper 50 cent has launched his own brand of Champagne "for winners only" with a gold-plated cross on every bottle and a blanc de blancs costing $1,000.
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Here are the first award-winning wines on pour at The Wine & Spirits Show
31 August 2018

Take a look at the Global Masters medal-winning wines on pour at this year's Wine & Spirits Show, including a sparkling rosé from Kazakstan and an oak-aged Sauvignon Sémillon blend from France.
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Stony Hill Vineyard sold to Long Meadow Ranch
31 August 2018

Stony Hill Vineyard, one of the legendary wineries of the Napa Valley renaissance, has been sold the Hall family, owners of Long Meadow Ranch in St Helena, for an undisclosed sum.
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New d’Arenberg wines: Latest releases and cellar surprises
31 August 2018

Tina Gellie reports on a catch-up with one of Australian wine's true characters, Chester Osborn, and tastes through some of the latest releases from his highly regarded d'Arenberg winery in McLaren Vale - plus some interesting older wines from the cellar.d'Areberg wines have attracted a strong following in Australia and beyond... An exclusive report for Premium subscribers...
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Marston’s unveils meat-free burger that ‘bleeds’
31 August 2018

UK brewer Marston's has launched a meat-free 'bleeding' burger, fortified with vitamin B12, aimed at a growing number of vegan and vegetarian punters.
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Prosecco harvest begins as Italy expects resurgence in 2018
31 August 2018

Prosecco DOC producers have said they are very optimistic about quality as Italy looks set to match France with a substantially bigger wine harvest in 2018.Glera grapes, used in Prosecco production, on the vine. Prosecco makers upbeat as Italy and France go head-to-head...
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Tax as a Weapon in Interstate Wine War
31 August 2018

 New Hampshire launches aggressive discounting program to attract out-of-state customers.
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Unfiltered: Grape Cargo Truck Wipeout Kicks Off 2018 Harvest Bloopers Season (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

Plus, Graham Norton takes "mouth-on" approach to winemaking process, and a new cookbook of Snoop Dogg's favorite edibles
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Proof of identity: South America’s signature grapes
31 August 2018

Malbec, Tannat and Carmenère have each found a signature style in South America. Alistair Cooper MW assesses their importance and asks what the future holds for these varieties...Harvesting grapes in Argentina What does the future holds for these varieties...
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DAWA judge profile: Hayato Kojima
31 August 2018

Hayato Kojima CWE, a certified wine educator and specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Hayato Kojima Hayato Kojima CWE, a certified wine educator and specialist from Japan, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Hiroshi Ishida
31 August 2018

Hiroshi Ishida, executive sommelier at Hotel Nikko in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Hiroshi Ishida Hiroshi Ishida, executive sommelier at Hotel Nikko in Tokyo, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Sarah Heller MW
31 August 2018

Sarah Heller MW, content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert, is a new addition to the judging panel for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Sarah Heller MW Sarah Heller MW, content creator, visual artist and wine branding expert, is a new addition to the judging panel for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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Latest and Greatest Wine Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

These first-time Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners are exciting new projects from big-league leaders
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DAWA judge profile: Anty Fung
31 August 2018

Anty Fung, Certified Sommelier and manager of professional wine storage company Hip Cellar, is a new addition to the judging panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.Anty Fung Anty Fung, Certified Sommelier and manager of professional wine storage company Hip Cellar, is a new addition to the judging panel at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018.
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Restaurant Spotlight: Sanford (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

Family values meet wine values in Milwaukee's East Town neighborhood
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DAWA judge profile: Kiyoshi Hoshimi-Caines
31 August 2018

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Turning Tables: New York's St Anselm Goes to D.C. with Stephen Starr Backing (Wine Spectator)
31 August 2018

The wine list will be eclectic and twice the size. Plus, Thomas Keller's new Miami area restaurant is now open, Major Food Group ventures to Israel, and more
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DAWA judge profile: Marcus Ford
31 August 2018

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DAWA judge profile: Elliot Faber
31 August 2018

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Pernod chairman on Brexit: ‘We might have some hurdles but so what?’
31 August 2018

Pernod Ricard chairman Alexandre Ricard discusses how the second largest producer of Scotch whisky will combat potential logistics problems with shipments to the European continent in the event of no deal over Brexit.
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DAWA judge profile: Ignatius Chan
30 August 2018

Ignatius Chan, a sommelier and restaurateur from Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Ignatius Chan Ignatius Chan, a sommelier and restaurateur from Singapore, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Arnaud Echalier
30 August 2018

Arnaud Echalier, currently the Senior Beverage Manager for Sands Resorts Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Arnaud Echalier Arnaud Echalier, currently the Senior Beverage Manager for Sands Resorts Macao, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Mathias Camilleri MS
30 August 2018

Mathias Camilleri MS, Head sommelier at CÉ LA VI restaurant in Singapore, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018Mathias Camilleri MS Mathias Camilleri MS, Head sommelier at CÉ LA VI restaurant in Singapore, is a judge at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018
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NZ wine records 23rd year of value growth
30 August 2018

Exports of New Zealand wine have achieved their 23rd consecutive year of growth by value and are now worth over NZ$1 billion.
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Zonin discovers a native Italian red grape that’s great for fizz
30 August 2018

What red grape other than Pinot Noir can be used to make great traditional method fizz and top-end still red wines? Francesco Zonin thinks he has found the answer.
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DAWA judge profile: Fabien Duboueix
30 August 2018

Fabien Duboueix, head sommelier of The NCO Club, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Fabien Duboueix Fabien Duboueix, head sommelier of The NCO Club, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.
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DAWA judge profile: Ian Dai
30 August 2018

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Australian Vintage’s profits rise by 79%
30 August 2018

Australian Vintage, owner of the McGuigan, Tempus Two and Nepenthe wine brands, has seen its profits rise by 79% in the year to 30 June 2018, with UK sales up by 18%.
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Bohemian-style cocktail lounge opens in HK’s historic Tai Kwun
30 August 2018

Dragonfly, the bohemian-style cocktail lounge designed by Ashley Sutton, has opened its doors today inside Tai Kwun,the historic police station that turned into a hip dining and art space in Central. 
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Ancient wine discoveries made in Mediterranean
30 August 2018

Two recent discoveries in different parts of the Mediterranean have added to the weight of archaeological evidence for wine trade and consumption in the ancient world.
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Carlsberg confirms €100m upgrade of French brewery
30 August 2018

Carlsberg has announced plans to invest €100 million (US$117m) to upgrade its Kronenbourg brewery in Obernai, France – its largest in Europe.
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€1,600 vodka in a golden egg launched
30 August 2018

A vodka housed in a golden Fabergé egg whose recipe was created in 1721 to impress Russian Tsar Peter the Great has gone on sale in global travel retail priced at €1,600.
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Cristiano Ronaldo-backed restaurant set for London
30 August 2018

An Ibiza-based Mediterranean-Japanese fusion restaurant, backed by the likes of professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis star Rafael Nadal and singer Enrique Iglesias, is set to open a second site in London next month.
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DAWA judge profile: Artur Aronov
30 August 2018

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DAWA judge profile: Nikhil Agarwal
30 August 2018

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DAWA judge profile: Moonsong Bang
30 August 2018

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Botham’s English fizz will cost £45 a bottle
30 August 2018

Having recently launched a range of Australian wines in the UK, Sir Ian Botham has revealed ambitious plans for an English sparkling wine priced at £45 a bottle.
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DAWA judge profile: Gurjit Barry
30 August 2018

Gurjit Barry, a sommelier and wine educator from India, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Gurjit Barry Gurjit Barry Gurjit Barry is a WSET Diploma qualified wine-taster and one of the five APP’s (Approved Programme Provider) in
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DAWA judge profile: Bhatia Dheeraj
30 August 2018

Bhatia Dheeraj, Head Sommelier of Penfolds Magill estate Restaurant in Adelaide, South Australia, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Bhatia Dheeraj Bhatia Dheeraj, Head Sommelier of Penfolds Magill estate Restaurant in Adelaide, South Australia, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
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The Most Expensive Cabernet Francs
30 August 2018

 Frequently indispensable in blends, Cabernet Franc is all-to-often overlooked for varietal wines. But no longer.
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Brewdog’s ‘beer porn’ publicity stunt — how the craft world reacted
30 August 2018

Beer giant Brewdog has said it is making a "genuine move" into digital streaming, launching a Netflix-style video service, but an accompanying parody website dedicated to "beer porn" went down exactly as you'd expect in the craft world.
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Hong Kong’s Wine & Dine Festival to return for the biggest edition yet
29 August 2018

 The Hong Kong Tourism Board is staging the biggest edition of Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival this year, with a bigger venue and higher participating exhibitor numbers, as the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary.
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Asia’s gin festival expands its presence
29 August 2018

The East Imperial Gin Jubilee, a gin-focused festival first launched in Singapore, will make its debut in Shenzhen and Beijing this year, expanding its presence in Asia to include six different cities.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
29 August 2018

This week's drinks highlights from Hong Kong include a preview of The Macallan's new 'Masters of Photography' series and a dinner with Sue Hodder, winemaker at Australia's Wynns Coonawarra Estate.
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Sotheby’s unveils US$25m autumn line-up
29 August 2018

Auctioneer Sotheby's could make as much as US$25 million from its autumns sales, with a series that features the most expensive bottle it has ever offered.
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China and India driving Pernod sales growth
29 August 2018

Strong sales in India and China have led drinks giant Pernod Ricard to forecast underlying profit growth from recurring operations of between 5-7% for the full year ending 30 June 2019.
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JD Wetherspoon to ban dogs from its pubs
29 August 2018

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to enforce a ban on dogs from next month with canines set to be barred from just under 1,000 venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland from 10 September.
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IBWSS London 2019 confirms keynote speakers
29 August 2018

Beverage Trade Network has revealed the line-up of speakers set to address attendees at the 2019 International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) in London.
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Ian Botham: I hate the term ‘celebrity wine’
29 August 2018

“I hate the term celebrity wine," said Sir Ian Botham, during an exclusive interview with db at the launch of his own Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet in London earlier this year.
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NZ Winegrowers signs research agreement with two universities
29 August 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers has signed a research partnership with the University of Auckland and Lincoln University, resolving to support the future of New Zealand's wine industry.
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The New Zealand Cellar will showcase DWWA 2018 winners
29 August 2018

Visit The New Zealand Cellar this September to taste 2018 Decanter World Wine Award winning wines at a discount... The New Zealand Cellar, located in Brixton, South East London (UK) specialises in selling wines from some of New Zealand’s
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Napa Turnover Continues as Stony Hill Sells
29 August 2018

 Keeping prices out of the stratosphere wasn't enough to ensure survival for one Napa producer.
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Napa's Long Meadow Ranch Buys Stony Hill Vineyard Winery (Wine Spectator)
29 August 2018

The deal between two family-owned companies gives the Hall family a famed Chardonnay brand
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8 & $20 Recipe: Caesar Salad with Salmon and Grilled Romaine (Wine Spectator)
29 August 2018

Charred greens add complexity to a classic salad, paired with a clean Vinho Verde
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Enoteca Salebrum Exhibit 6 award-winning wines
29 August 2018

Travel to the Tuscan coast and taste the best wines from Maremma, Tuscany and the rest of Italy... Situated in the historical centre on the Tuscan coast, Enoteca Salebrum offers a selection of the best wines from Maremma,
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English and Welsh whisky trail launched
29 August 2018

A new Welsh and English whisky trail has been launched to recognise the resurgence in distilling south of the Scottish border. Casks of whisky maturing at the Lakes Distillery in northern England. At least 19 distilleries mapped...
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The WSTA is launching an English and Welsh whisky trail — take a look
28 August 2018

The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) is launching an English and Welsh whisky trail to raise awareness of the category, which the trade body said has "lay dormant for more than a century."
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Six top-rated organic aperitifs that will make you look like a wine expert
28 August 2018

We bring you six outstanding organic aperitifs that are so rare they will make you look like the most knowledgeable eco-conscious wine lover out there.
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Macallan Genesis resold for £4,600
28 August 2018

A bottle of The Macallan ‘Genesis’ has been resold for over £4,600, having been put up for auction soon after it was bought.
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Hong Kong Bartender Association to stage vodka cocktail competition
28 August 2018

Hong Kong Bartenders Association (HKBA) is staging the Jiu Jiu Vodka Cocktail Competition on 4 September where 50 top mixologists from the region's hotels, bars and clubs will create two vodka-based cocktails for a chance to win HK$8,000.
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These are the 5 fastest growing spirits in the US
28 August 2018

We break down recent sales figures on spirits in the US to see where the market is headed in the coming months.
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Cristom Vineyards: Top Oregon Pinot
28 August 2018

See tasting notes & scores for Cristom's range of Pinot Noirs...Autumn arrives at Cristom. A standard-bearer for Oregon Pinot Noir...
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Macallan launches Magnum edition in Hong Kong
28 August 2018

Macallan has unveiled seventh edition of its award-winning 'Masters of Photography' series in Hong Kong, which captured the creation of the new Macallan distillery and visitor experience in Speyside, Scotland. 
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Staff mistakenly sell Lafite grand vin as second label
28 August 2018

A sales employee in China made a costly mistake after selling a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild grand vin as its much cheaper second wine ‘Carruades de Lafite’ to a customer, with the grand vin usually retailing for four times the price of the second label.
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Fine wine investment: Bordeaux in motion?
28 August 2018

We constantly read that Bordeaux’s market share on Liv-ex is in decline and the various indices all seem to point that way too but just how
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LG launches voice-activated wine cellar
28 August 2018

Better known for its mobile phones, South Korean electronics giant LG has branched out into wine with a state of the art voice-activated wine cellar.
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Vin Room Canada promotes DWWA 2018 winners throughout all of November!
28 August 2018

Throughout November 2018, Vin Rooms across all 3 locations will be showcasing 8 awarded wines from this year’s DWWA. Vin Room restaurant and wine bar has over 85 wines available by the glass. Their ethos is that wines are
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Enoteca Falorni showcases award-winning wines
28 August 2018

The most famous Enoteca in the Chianti Classico area showcases Award winning wines throughout 2018 Enoteca Falorni is known as the largest wine shop in Tuscany. With their wide selection of over 1000 different labels
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Chicago Runs Wine Across the Indiana Border
28 August 2018

 With huge price differences between states, some Chicagoans are reverting to old habits.
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