Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Diageo has launched lime, strawberry, and chocolate-flavoured edible straws
14 August 2018

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a range of flavoured, edible straws to accompany its line ready-to-drink canned serves, as both drinks and hospitality firms look for new ways to advertise their eco-friendly credentials to consumers.
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Fine wine investment: Liquid luxury
14 August 2018

In his weekly column on fine wine investment, Philip Staveley, head of research at Amphora Portfolio Management, gives his thoughts on fine wine as a luxury product.
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Hong Kong brewing company debuts craft beer to save sea turtles
14 August 2018

Hong Kong's Olive Ridley Brewing Co has launched three new beers and pledged part of their profits to a charity foundation dedicated to protecting and preserving the Olive Ridley sea turtle, one of the world's smallest species of turtle.
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Asian Rosé Masters 2018: Results and analysis
14 August 2018

Top medal-winning wines from our inaugural Asian Rosé Masters competition prove that a great rosé more than a pretty pale colour, the frivolity of marketing gimmicks, and celebrity tie-ins.
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Care home opens pub called the ‘Hip Joint’
14 August 2018

A care home in Fife has decided to provide its residents with a local, and has turned a summer house in its grounds into a makeshift pub called the Hip Joint. 
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Brakspear sees 11% turnover boost despite “relentless” rise in costs
14 August 2018

J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for pub chain Brakspear, increased its turnover last year to more than £28.3 million, but said some earnings are being squeezed by business rates and "relentless" rises in employment costs.
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Ancient cups reveal chemical evidence of beer
14 August 2018

An archaeological team excavating a 3,500-year-old site in Mesopotamia, which is now modern-day Iraq, has unearthed an ancient drinking vessel that has revealed some of the earliest known chemical evidence of beer. 
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Brewer opens golf course with on-site pub
14 August 2018

Independent brewer McMullen & Sons has opened a 9-hole par 3 golf course at Chadwell Springs Family Golf Centre, a site which now also boasts a pub, driving range, 9-hole pitch & putt and footgolf facilities. 
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New Zealand wines in the UK on-trade
14 August 2018

UK consumers are ready to explore the lesser-known expressions New Zealand produces, from Chardonnay to Pinot Gris, and are happy to pay good money to do so.
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Carlsberg builds ‘first’ waterfall-powered pub
14 August 2018

Carlsberg has built what it believes to be the world's first waterfall-powered pub in a forest in Cornwall complete with its own beer pump, offering AirBnB users the chance to book in and stay the night.
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From the archive: Brunello di Montalcino 2010 panel tasting results
14 August 2018

Rated as one of the top all-time vintages in Montalcino, many unheralded producers did very well in this tasting and some of the wines are now coming into their drinking windows. See the in-depth report below... Originally published in Decanter magazine's December 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium members. One of the greatest vintages and a victory for unheralde...
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French institute sees red over blue wine
14 August 2018

As the blue wine trend gathers pace, with new blue wine Vindigo going on sale in France this month, French experts are finding the phenomenon hard to swallow.
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This UK pub made £20,000 in fines after banning mobile phones
13 August 2018

A micropub in Kent has raked in upwards of £20,000 in "fines" after its owners enforced a ban on mobile phones on-site.
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Where to drink Prosecco in London
13 August 2018

To celebrate National Prosecco Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the capital to enjoy the popular Italian fizz straight up or in classic cocktails like the Bellini.
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Drax and the BBPA are working on a new way to put fizz in drinks after Europe’s CO2 shortage
13 August 2018

A UK power firm has revealed it is in talks with the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) to find a solution to the country's current CO2 shortage.
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Final call for Malbec Masters 2018 entries
13 August 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Malbec Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 September.
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Thompson’s Spirits launches ‘sommelier’s gin’ aged in Sauternes barrels
13 August 2018

Bordeaux's Thompson's Spirits has launched a limited edition, cask strength, grape-based gin, aged in Sauternes barrels from Château Labouade, in partnership with Swedish sommelier Andreas Larsson. 
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Domaine Huet: Profile and tasting report on latest releases
13 August 2018

An exclusive report on Domaine Huet's latest releases, plus tasting notes on several older vintages from this legendary Vouvray estate... Plus notes on library vintages from this Loire legend...
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Unfiltered: Micheal Sager, Sager + Wilde
13 August 2018

Michael Sager, the director of his eponymous Sager + Wilde wine bars, takes a breath to detail his many projects, which include an art gallery, the launch of his own mezcal and wine brand, and why London is the single most exciting wine market right now.
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Brewery predicts ‘quality over quantity’ hop harvest after record summer
13 August 2018

With a record UK grape harvest and a shortage of barley predicted, Hogs Back brewery in Surrey has said that this year's hop harvest will be about "quality over quantity" as the lack of rain has "affected development". 
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Blur’s Alex James moots ‘Britpop’ sparkling wine
13 August 2018

The bassist from Britpop sensation Blur has trademarked the name 'Britpop' and plans to produce a "British sparkling wine".
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Top 10 new products: August
13 August 2018

This month saw the launch of Champagne Pol Roger's 2009 Rosé Brut, another producer step into the distilled non-alcoholic drinks market, and Concha y Toro swap out its Casillero Rosé Shiraz in favour of a lighter, more Chilean reincarnation.
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Andrew Jefford: Wine and money
13 August 2018

In the second of his 'August essays' series, Andrew Jefford considers the 'contamination of wine' by money.Off limits? Andrew Jefford considers the implications of soaring prices for top wines in recent decades. Is money wine's biggest 'contaminant'?...
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Carmignano: Making wine in Chianti’s shadow
12 August 2018

This small, northerly corner of Tuscany has a long, noble history. But can its complex terroirs and the passion of its producers ever lift Carmignano’s DOCG wines above the clamour for Chianti? Stephen Brook visits the region…Getting your bearings in Carmignano... Exploring this historic Tuscan region and its wines...
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Travel: the ultimate New Zealand wine road trip
12 August 2018

Take a 10-day road trip through five of New Zealand's best wine regions on the country's South Island, including Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago – with travel tips on wineries to visit, places to stay and restaurants not to miss.An unforgettable journey through South Island's dramatic landscape and beautiful wine regions... Explore the unspoilt beauty of New Zealand’s wine regio...
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How to prepare your palate for wine tasting – ask Decanter
11 August 2018

What are the things to do - or avoid - before a day of tasting wine? We ask the experts…Wine tasting at a Decanter Fine Wine Encounter. How to get the most from your tasting...
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Off the beaten track: 10 hidden gems in Southern Italy
11 August 2018

There are seriously underrated wines in Italy’s hot south if you know where to look, says Susan Hulme MW, who selects a few examples from 10 of her favourite producers.Vineyards and 'trulli' buildings in Puglia, home to some of Southern Italy's hidden gems... Here is where to look...
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Oregon Winemakers Feel the Heat
11 August 2018

 Oregon and even Washington could feel the burn from the forest fire season.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's Your Favorite 'Against the Rules' Wine and Food Pairing? (Wine Spectator)
11 August 2018

They say rules are meant to be broken. We asked these 9 wine pros which unexpected and unconventional flavor matches hit the spot for them
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Mamba awards 2018: Tasmania sparkles at Australian wine event
11 August 2018

Tasmanian sparkling wine producer The House of Arras was the clear winner at the 13th Mamba Riedel Decanter Awards in the UK.Steven Spurrier tastes wines at the 13th Mamba Awards, part-sponsored by Decanter. Tasmania wins top prizes at 13th awards...
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What are the best Shiraz wines from Australia?
11 August 2018

See below for a selection of the best Australian Shiraz wines, as rated by our experts, with full tasting notes on each wine available exclusively to Premium members... See Decanter's top scoring Aussie Shiraz wines, as rated by our experts...
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Chilean wine quiz – Test your knowledge
11 August 2018

Chile is a great source of value-for-money wines and has a growing reputation for fine reds, too. How much do you know about this 'new world' wine country that has been making wine for over 400 hundred years? Test your knowledge with the Chile wine quiz.Vines in the Rapel zone of the Colchagua Valley, Chile Can you get 10 out of 10?
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Wine importer unveils 19th century wine dinner priced at HK$108,000
10 August 2018

A Hong Kong-based wine importer has unveiled arguably the most expensive wine dinner in the city at HK$108,000 (US$13,800) a head, featuring a lineup of 14 rare bottles from the 19th century, including a few pre-phylloxera wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy.
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Smoke from California wildfires reaches New York
10 August 2018

Smoke from the California wildfires has reached New York, some 3,000 miles away, with the Mendocino Complex fires now spanning an area larger than Los Angeles.
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The week in pictures
10 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks: Pol Roger has a right royal time at the Festival of British Eventing, Hampshire's Jenkyn Place suffers a bridge collapse, Copper Rivet Distillery brings in the grain harvest by speed boat and pop icon Rick Astley branches into beer.
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Franciacorta: For those in the know
10 August 2018

Franciacorta may not be as talked-about as other sparkling wines, but Rebecca Gibb MW discovers it has real style and plenty of ambition.... Originally published in Decanter magazine's 2018 Italy supplement...Franciacorta produces elegant and accomplished sparkling wines A wine of real style and plenty of ambition...
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The Global Beer Competition: Meet the judges
10 August 2018

As we gear up for this year's Global Beer Competition, a blind tasting of beers grouped by style, but without prejudice about their country of origin, we profile each member of the judging panel taking part.
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Australian and Chinese universities launch joint masters degree in wine
10 August 2018

With China’s growing ambition to develop its domestic wine industry, the country’s leading university Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is looking to Australia, the second biggest source of its wine imports, for technical and viticultural guidance.
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Malaysia launches gin distilled with pandan and jackfruit
10 August 2018

A Malaysian entrepreneur is launching an exotic range of artisan gins distilled with unmistakably Malaysian botanicals, including pandan, jackfruit and ginger-like galangal.
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Amarula uses giant ice sculptures to support elephant conservation
10 August 2018

South African liqueur brand Amarula unveiled a series of giant elephant-shaped ice sculptures around the world last weekend to help raise awareness of its efforts to support elephant conservation as part of its 'Don't Let Them Disappear' campaign.
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Global Masters winners to take centre stage at The Wine & Spirits Show
10 August 2018

A selection of Gold and Master medal-winning wines from The Drinks Business Global Masters series will take centre stage at The Wine & Spirits Show this autumn.
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Unfiltered: Konrad Tadeusz Lassota, Duddell’s
10 August 2018

A childhood food allergy could easily have derailed Konrad Lassota's career in wine, if it weren't for the budding sommelier's determination to overcome his symptoms. Today, he is head sommelier at the London outpost of Hong Kong favourite Duddell's.
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Villandry goes into administration amid reports of £1.5m losses
10 August 2018

Villandry is the latest casualty of London's increasingly challenging restaurant sector, having fallen into administration amid reported losses of £1.5 million. 
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Levantine Hill: A new Australian fine wine?
10 August 2018

Sarah Ahmed tastes the latest releases from luxury estate Levantine Hill, an ambitious fine wine project in Australia's Yarra Valley. Levantine Hill. Has the huge investment paid off?
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Napa Keeps a Wary Eye on Monster Fire
10 August 2018

 Growers keep their fingers crossed as fire devastates vast tracts of northern California.
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Unfiltered: Wine's Wild Ride at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Parachute Stunts, Rosé Rebels with a Cause (Wine Spectator)
10 August 2018

Plus, WineaPawlooza stars Beckstoffer/Bevan "Unique Barrique," jolly 200-pound pig; new hybrid supergrapes emerge to fight disease; and spirits world discovers goat yoga
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Wineries spared worst of record California wildfire
10 August 2018

Wineries have so far been spared the worst of California’s largest recorded wildfire, which has burned through 300,000 acres and destroyed upwards of 100 homes, but some producers were testing for smoke taint. Firefighters battle to save a home from the Mendocino Complex fire, the largest recorded in California. More than 100 homes destroyed, but wineries largely unaffected so far...
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Where to go in Naxos: A wine lover’s guide
10 August 2018

Ever wondered where the Decanter team go on holiday? Our in-house team recommend where to eat and drink, from their own trips. Decanter managing editor Amy Wislocki shares her insider guide below, with some extra recommendations from Decanter.com editor Chris Mercer, who also visited Naxos this year. Portara, marble gate of Naxos City, Naxos Island. Where to eat and drink...
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German brand to release wine inspired by weather maps
09 August 2018

German wine brand Brute, developed in the "brutal climate of Hamburg", is using real-time weather data from its vineyard to create an image of a 3D-particle-weather simulation on its labels, promoting its wines with quirky slogans including 'some grapes are nurtured, ours are tortured'.
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DB Eats: Carte Blanche
09 August 2018

Chilled red wine? Served with oysters? Phallic tarte tatins? Edith Hancock steps out in Hackney to see how the gang at much-hyped new venue Carte Blanche are doing.
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Arsonists attempt to destroy Cos d’Estournel door
09 August 2018

French police are on the hunt for the perpetrators of a suspected arson attack on Château Cos d’Estournel’s famous 'Zanzibar door' in the Bordeaux appellation of St-Estèphe.
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Rick ‘never gonna give you up’ Astley to open Mikkeller beer bar
09 August 2018

80s hitmaker Rick Astley, known for his legendary earworm Never Gonna Give You Up, has partnered with Danish microbrewer Mikkeller to open a craft beer bar in London, which will pay homage to the star.
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Stella Artois releases 20-minute guided meditation to beer
09 August 2018

Stella Artois has released a 20-minute guided 'meditation' on how to drink a beer, voiced by actor Luke Evans, as part of a campaign to encourage consumers to savour a pint.
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Which beers do Brits actually want to drink?
09 August 2018

Japanese beer brand Kirin has found that "brand heritage" is one of the most crucial factors for choosing a beer at the bar, but contrasting research shows that punters don't really know where their brew comes from.
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McDonald’s to offer white-gloved butler service
09 August 2018

High street fast food chain McDonald’s is to offer a white-gloved butler service at its Kensington branch in west London, which will be turned into a ‘luxury concept restaurant’.
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Chile needs a more ‘strict and specific’ appellation system
09 August 2018

Emily Faulconer, chief winemaker at Carmen in Chile, has expressed her belief that the country needs to develop a more 'strict and specific' appellation system in order to protect quality and for each DO to reach its maximum potential.
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St Austell Brewery appoints chef Jack Stein as ambassador
09 August 2018

Cornish brewery St Austell has appointed Jack Stein as an ambassador for its Proper Job IPA which will see the chef host cookery events in partnership with the brand as well as developing a range of recipes and food pairings. 
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Q&A: Phil Crozier, Wines of Argentina
09 August 2018

As former director of wine at London’s Gaucho restaurant group, Phil Crozier has done much to further the success of Argentine wine in the UK. Now he’s taking his mission global, and spreading his wings as brand ambassador for Wines of Argentina. Here, he explains why Argentina and its wines hold such a special place in his heart.
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Château Larrivet Haut-Brion: Best of the recent vintages
09 August 2018

Greater precision in the cellar, changes to vineyard make-up and the historical location of Larrivet Haut-Brion, nestled among classified neighbours in Pessac-Léognan, make this estate an interesting one to watch, says Jane Anson. Here is an in-depth report with tasting notes and ratings on all vintages back to 2010 for both reds and whites. Larrivet Haut-Brion is one of the largest estates...
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Relief as Fire Misses Wine Country
09 August 2018

 So far so good for wineries as the colossal blaze heads away from vineyard areas.
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China shows no sign of slowing down on imported wine
09 August 2018

China’s imported wine sector continued to grow in the first half of the year, while its domestic wine production continued its five-year decline.
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How the evolving economics of Burgundy wine is changing how the product reaches customers
09 August 2018

While the demand for Burgundian wine should signal boom times for the region, poor yields are have meant the region is embracing new practices that are transforming how wine makes the trip from the vineyards of Burgundy to your cellar. BurgDirect CEO Jeff Rubin explores.
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Can China’s national spirit Baijiu go global?
09 August 2018

Producers of China's fiery Baijiu have ambitions to reposition it as a versatile spirit that can be mixed for cocktails in an effort to increase global appreciation of the ferocious swigging liquor.
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Hail, floods and a tornado threaten northern Italy’s 2018 harvest
09 August 2018

Northern Italy is in the grip of a string of weather hazards which includes hail, floods, tornados and strong winds, casting fears on the 2018 vintage in regions like Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romangna and Veneto.
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8,000 bottles of fake Penfolds busted in northern China
09 August 2018

Police in northern China have seized more than 8,000 bottles of counterfeit Penfolds, just three months after a previous haul of 50,000 fake Penfolds in central China.
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Organic brewery’s crowdfunding campaign gives investors 10% off beer
08 August 2018

Stroud Brewery in Gloucestershire has launched a bond offer with the aim of raising £300,000 to kit out a new brewery and bar, with investors set to receive a 10% discount on beer purchases during the period of the bond. 
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Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood smashes record sale at over £60,000
08 August 2018

A rare bottle of Laphroaig 1967 15-year-old Sherry Wood whisky signed by the late bottler Silvano Samaroli has sold for $79,000 (£61,233) at auction, smashing all known records for the blend.
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The drinks industry’s only Green Awards are accepting entries now
08 August 2018

The only set of industry gongs dedicated exclusively to all that is environmentally sensitive, socially-responsible and alcoholic are accepting entries now.
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Fourteen promising drinks inventions unveiled in 2018
08 August 2018

From products inspired by the onset of commercial space travel to injectable biochips that monitor the body's alcohol levels – we round up some promising, clever and outlandish drinks inventions that have launched this year.
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East London Liquor company secures Waitrose listing after £1.5m crowdfunding windfall
08 August 2018

The East London Liquor Company has secured a listing at Waitrose, marking its first deal since raising £1.5m through crowdfunding earlier this year.
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Le Pergole Torte: One of Italy’s most consistent wines
08 August 2018

A voyage through nearly 40 years of vintages at Montervertine’s estate in April provided confirmation of Le Pergole Torte’s unwavering success, reports as Aldo Fiordelli, who profiles the winemaking methods and picks out his top wines... An exclusive report on this famous 'Super Tuscan'...
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Police investigate attack on Cos d’Estournel ‘Zanzibar door’
08 August 2018

A fire that partly damaged the famous ‘Zanzibar door’ entrance of Château Cos d’Estournel in St-Estèphe has been condemned as an ‘odious and criminal action’ by the second growth estate, and was being investigated as an act of vandalism by local police.Cos d'Estournel, built by the so-called 'Maharajah of St-Estèphe'. Police investigate as estate c...
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Middle-Aged, Moderate Drinkers May Be Less Likely to Develop Dementia (Wine Spectator)
08 August 2018

In a new British study, both nondrinkers and heavy drinkers exhibited higher likelihoods of experiencing the degenerative brain condition
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French wine harvest to rebound in 2018, say officials
08 August 2018

Mildew is the scourge of the season for some and parts of Bordeaux have been hit by hail, but France's 2018 vintage is still shaping up to be nearly 30% bigger than the historically small 2017 crop and harvesting could begin early in many areas, says a government report.Riders in this year's Tour de France cycle through Beaujolais vineyards. How it's shaping up around the key regions...
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Joël Robuchon interview: Tips for spotting a great restaurant
08 August 2018

Read highlights of a never-before-published conversation with Joël Robuchon, the world-renowned chef who has died aged 73, and Bordeaux châteaux owner Bernard Magrez from their time as business partners. Robuchon with Japanese chef Tomonori Dankazi at La Grande Maison in Bordeaux in 2014. Remembering one of the world's greatest chefs...
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Wine and spirits will lead surge of global alcohol consumption, set to hit 28bn cases by 2022
07 August 2018

The outlook is favourable for future alcohol sales, according to the IWSR, which claims that global alcohol consumption could grow in value by £61 billion within the next four years.
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UK spirits boom continues as 39 distilleries launched in 2017
07 August 2018

Thirty nine new distilleries were opened in the UK in 2017, according to UHY Hacker Young accountancy Group. The number of distilleries has increased thanks to the popularity of craft spirits. The craft spirits boom continues...
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Aldi will start selling orange wine for £6
07 August 2018

German grocer Aldi has become the first UK supermarket to start selling orange wine, as it prepares to launch a Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend this weekend.
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Final call for entries to The Asian Syrah Masters 2018
07 August 2018

The Asian Syrah Masters 2018, the biggest and most extensive blind tasting competition of Syrah in Asia, is now taking entries ahead of the final deadline of 31 August.
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Albert Adrià to open fizz and cake café in London
07 August 2018

Albert Adrià, the younger brother of famed El Bulli founder Ferran Adrià, is to open a cake shop and sparkling wine bar inside the Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly this November.
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Bollinger: Importance of disgorgement often underestimated in Champagne
07 August 2018

Comparing disgorging a Champagne to a person going through a surgical procedure, Bollinger’s deputy cellar master stresses the importance of disgorgement to Champagne, leading him to conclude that “a wine starts a whole new life after disgorgement”.
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Trend for washing hair in Champagne hits Instagram
07 August 2018

A beauty blogger is encouraging her followers to wash their hair in Champagne, claiming that it helps to "tame frizz" and gives "an extra little vamp of shine" to long locks.
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English fizz wins big in organic wine competition
07 August 2018

An English sparkling wine was a top performer in the only blind tasting competition for organic wines from every corner of the world – The Global Organic Masters.
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Italian winery Bottega to exhibit art to commemorate Hiroshima bombing
07 August 2018

Italian winery and distillery Bottega is to exhibit the products of its charitable art project called 'Spirit of Peace' in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre in November 2018.
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The Dish: George Barson, Kitty Fisher’s
07 August 2018

The executive chef of Mayfair hotspot Kitty Fisher's and newcomer Cora Pearl in Covent Garden talks plucking pheasants, his passion for panpipes and why a good sommelier is worth their weight in gold.
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10 Greek Street founders launch beer brand
07 August 2018

Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali, founders of popular Soho bistro 10 Greek Street, have branched out into beer with the launch of the Braybrooke Beer Co.
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French wine harvest to rebound in 2018, say officials
07 August 2018

Mildew is the scourge of the season for some and parts of Bordeaux have been hit by hail, but France's 2018 vintage is still shaping up to be nearly 30% bigger than the historically small 2017 crop and harvesting could begin early in many areas, says a government report.Riders in this year's Tour de France cycle through Beaujolais vineyards. How it's shaping up around the key regions...
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Finally – A Cure for Cork Taint
07 August 2018

 A cork producer has a solution for one of wine's perennial bugbears. What took them so long?
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Joël Robuchon, Legendary French Chef, Dies at 73 (Wine Spectator)
07 August 2018

Arguably the world's most decorated chef, Robuchon pushed Nouvelle Cuisine to new heights, from Paris to Tokyo to Las Vegas
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Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated
07 August 2018

Having been the first member of the drinks press to taste Sir Ian Botham’s new wine range, db editor-in-chief, Patrick Schmitt MW, brings you his views on the famous cricketer’s latest venture.
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World’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon has died
07 August 2018

Revered French chef Joël Robuchon, the man whose restaurants have been awarded the most Michelin stars in the world, has died aged 73 after a long battle with cancer.
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Watch: Sir Ian Botham’s wine launch video
06 August 2018

Sir Ian Botham OBE officially launched his own range of wines in the UK at Lord’s cricket ground last month. Watch the video to find out what the wine trade made of them...
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Scientists engineer ‘supergrapes’ to combat fungal disease
06 August 2018

French wine scientists have engineered four new 'supergrapes', which have already been accepted into the official catalogue of French grape varieties, that are resistant to rot and require virtually no pesticides.
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Celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon dies
06 August 2018

Joël Robuchon, the world's most Michelin-starred chef, has died aged 73, according to French media reports.Joël Robuchon 1945 - 2018. 'Chef of the century' has died...
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Perrot-Minot: Hong Kong is top market for grand cru Burgundy
06 August 2018

With an eagerness to collect sought-after wines and ready cash, Hong Kong has become the top market in Asia for grand cru Burgundy, far surpassing Japan or Singapore, says Christophe Perrot-Minot, owner of Burgundy’s Domaine Perrot-Minot in Morey‐St‐Denis.
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Albury Vineyard to increase its production of organic English wine
06 August 2018

Surrey's Albury Vineyard has acquired grapes from a new vineyard which it is converting to organic viticulture, and also has plans to launch its first still Pinot Noir after surviving a fire scare last month.
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Beer prices in UK pubs ‘unaffordable’, but which towns are the cheapest for a pint?
06 August 2018

YouGov undertook a survey of more than 2,000 adults living in the UK last year, and found that the majority think a pint of beer is 'unaffordable' in their hometown.
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Mendocino Complex fires fourth largest in California’s history
06 August 2018

Deadly wildfires have been raging in northern California for the past 11 days, with the Mendocino Complex fires now ranked as the fourth largest wildfire in state history.
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Aluminium shortage hits Canadian brewers
06 August 2018

Small brewers in Canada are reportedly struggling to source enough aluminium for cans as a result of the hike in trade tariffs with the US.
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Fine wine wobbles in July
06 August 2018

The Liv-ex 100 index wobbled in July with a 0.7% decline but the wider-focused Fine Wine 1000 index gained 0.7%.
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Andrew Jefford: The search for purity in wine
06 August 2018

In four short ‘August essays’ published over the next four Mondays, Andrew Jefford considers key wine topics of the moment. First up is the notion of purity in wine...Mists clear over vineyards near to Siena in Tuscany. The first of four 'August essays'...
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What is carbonic maceration? Ask Decanter
06 August 2018

What kind of flavours does it produce in a wine...?Fermenting whole bunches in Beaujolais. What kind of flavours does it produce in a wine?
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Where to go in Carcassonne: A wine lover’s guide
05 August 2018

Ever wondered where the Decanter team go on holiday? Our in-house team recommend where to eat and drink, from their own trips, starting with awards tasting executive, Natalie Earl...Salt pans at Gruissan Where to eat and drink...
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Wine Legend: Pichon Comtesse de Lalande 1982
05 August 2018

Bordeaux's class of 1982 produced several contenders for wine legend status, but this wine in particular makes our hall of fame. Here is why, with a recent tasting note by Jane Anson for Premium subscribers. Why this particular wine from a lauded vintage makes our hall of fame...
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Wine-Searcher Tackles the Big Questions
05 August 2018

 This week, Wine-Searcher hit a key life moment.
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From the archive: Refreshingly dry Alsace Riesling 2012 – panel tasting results
04 August 2018

An underrated year like 2012 could mean some value buys, said our experts. Originally published in Decanter magazine's March 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium members Quench your thirst with these dry Rieslings from Alsace...
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Charles Heidsieck: The original ‘Champagne Charlie’
04 August 2018

Founded by the original Champagne Charlie, Charles Heidsieck has had mixed fortunes through the decades. However, says Christelle Guibert, its fascinating legacy is now matched by the strength of its ambition and the quality of its wines. A profile of Charles Heidsieck, plus five Champagnes to seek out...
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Tasting notes decoded: What is velvety wine?
04 August 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 'candied fruit' and 'velvet'... Don't get caught out at tastings, know your notes...
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California Wine Country Braces for Another Fire Season (Wine Spectator)
04 August 2018

As Mendocino Complex fires spread to Lake County, vintners are on high alert
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Gordon Ramsay HK venue to relocate
04 August 2018

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s first venue in Hong Kong, Bread St Kitchen, is to close later this month ahead of a relocation to a new site.
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Watch: Graham Norton tries his hand at blending wine
03 August 2018

Television presenter Graham Norton gave blending wine a go as he prepares to release his fifth vintage alongside wine producers Invivo Wines, but the question is, can you 'blend it like Norton'?
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Argentina’s white wines: a double opportunity
03 August 2018

Argentina’s white wine production is undergoing a ‘revolution’ as the country rescues ancient vineyards and trials new varieties in cooler climates, according to some of the country’s top winemakers.
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Concours of Elegance
03 August 2018

Promotional feature A line-up of world-famous luxury brands...
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Barley shortage: What does it mean for distillers?
03 August 2018

While the prolonged hot weather across the UK is expected to yield a record grape crop, the same cannot be said for barley. Matthew Russell, co-founder of Kentish craft distillery Copper Rivet, believes the larger producers will be hardest hit.
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This restaurant group is giving staff days off to look after their mental health
03 August 2018

A London-based restaurant group is allocating days off throughout the year for staff to ensure they look after their mental health. 
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Piper-Heidsieck to sponsor Australian Open
03 August 2018

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck is to become an official sponsor of the Australian Open as part of a new three-year deal.
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Indian wine could be London’s next big trend
03 August 2018

Forget orange wine and pét-nat, the next big London drinks trend could be Indian wine, as a pair of wineries in Maharashtra have just secured UK distribution.
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The week in pictures
03 August 2018

This week in the world of drinks; DJ Khaled finds his inner GOAT in an ad for Bumbu rum, Francis Ford Coppola Winery throws an epic pool party, Graham Norton blends Prosecco, and we take a quick look at this week's H1 results from Heineken, Molson Coors and Campari.
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Hong Kong’s new summer cocktails
03 August 2018

We round up some of the new summer cocktail releases from a few of the city's award-winning bars including The Old Man, Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour, and new openings such as Frank's Library and The Wise King.
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Cleaning lady stole RMB 3 million worth of fine wines in Guangzhou
03 August 2018

A businessman in China’s Guangzhou city has been bilked out of RMB 3 million worth of fine wines including Bordeaux first growths by his former cleaning lady, according to police in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in southern China.
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Top London wine bars as chosen by the experts – updated
03 August 2018

Who better to ask where to wine and dine in London than vinous and culinary experts? These are the London wine bars and restaurants that our Decanter World Wine Awards judges visit when they're in town. Updated in August 2018 with extra recommendations from Fiona Beckett, based on her wine lover's guide to London in the September 2018 issue of Decanter magazine.Blanchette Now updated with new re...
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Lugana: Lake Garda’s dry white wine secret
03 August 2018

Straddling two administrative regions in central north Italy, this still developing DOC’s dry whites are already proving a versatile food-matching choice in the restaurant trade. Stephen Brook gets to the heart of Lugana’s identity, and recommends a dozen of its best wines...Grapes growing in Lugana, near to Lake Garda. This is a DOC reborn...
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Comment: Is ‘fear of the unknown’ costing you money?
03 August 2018

Rare doesn't always mean better, writes Hugh Johnson in his latest column for Decanter magazine's September 2018 issue.Vineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon. Just because it's rare, doesn't mean it's good...
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The 2018 Champagne Report
03 August 2018

 The maximum appellation quantity remains unchanged despite the high yields.
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Unfiltered: Robot Bartender Makes 100 Drinks per Hour, Awkward Banter; White-Wine Emoji Campaign Narrowly Avoids Hot Mess of Drama (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

A new video of the robot in action! Plus, blue wine washes up in France, and Kelly Clarkson defends red wine in Twitter take
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Restaurants Big on Large-Format Bottles (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

Wine is big—literally—at these 10 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners
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Restaurant Spotlight: Osteria Mattone (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

A taste of central Italy in northern Georgia
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Turning Tables: Lettuce Entertain You's New Chicago Wine Bar; Biggest Wine Cellar Yet for Del Frisco's (Wine Spectator)
03 August 2018

Plus, Legal Sea Foods opens a wine bar in D.C.'s Union Station, and Vallone's in Houston closes
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Japan’s love of fizz extends to Chilean sparkling wine
03 August 2018

Japan has emerged as one of the fastest-growing major markets for Champagne, but it’s become a significant importer of Chilean sparkling wine too.
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One in five Brits chooses cocktails over wine
02 August 2018

Forget knowing your claret from your Beaujolais, Brits are more keen to know their Cosmopolitan from their Bellini, with one in five now opting for cocktails over wine.
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Wine label owner and US golfer partners with Loch Lomond Whiskies
02 August 2018

American golf star Cristie Kerr, owner of Cristie Kerr Wines, has agreed a new partnership with Loch Lomond Whiskies, making her the group's first ambassador in women's golf. 
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Demand for WSET wine and spirits courses hits record high
02 August 2018

The WSET has recorded its biggest ever year with a record 94,822 candidates taking up courses in wine and spirits in the past 12 months – an increase of 11% on the previous year.
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WSET reports strong demand from China
02 August 2018

New figures from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) have revealed that demand for education in China is higher than in any other region in the world, for both wines and spirits.
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Former Rémy Cointreau VP named CEO of Zamora’s US venture
02 August 2018

A former Rémy Cointreau VP has been hired to head up wine and spirits company Zamora's new US business venture in partnership with Old Nassau Imports. 
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Australian restaurant rewards customers with wine – if they can turn off their phone
02 August 2018

A restaurant in Sydney will reward their customers with a free glass of wine if they can give up their mobiles and go offline for the duration of their meal.
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Fake rum ring busted by Spanish police
02 August 2018

Spanish law enforcement agency the Guardia Civil has seized over 21,000 bottles of fake rum worth over €316,000 in a series of raids across the country.
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‘Every collector needs one’: Produttori del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva
02 August 2018

These wines are hard to beat in terms of value-for-money, says Michaela Morris, who tastes eight vintages of Produttori's Ovello Barbaresco Riserva and gives her view on which years to look for.One of the vintages to look for, according to our expert, Michaela Morris. Eight vintages tasted...
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UK leading export market for Spain’s biggest brewer
02 August 2018

The UK continues to be the leading export market for Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel, which saw strong volume and value growth in 2017 despite a "challenging market environment".
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Campari celebrates ‘solid’ sales for first half of 2018 thanks to Aperol and Epsolòn tequila
02 August 2018

Drinks giant Campari reported a 5.4% revenue boost in its first half-year results this week, spurred on by sales of Aperol in the US.
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Anson: Swiss wines are a celebration of difference
02 August 2018

Most of Switzerland's small landmass may be covered by mountains, but it's still home to thousands of growers who have maintained a resolutely Swiss identity through the grape varieties that they cultivate, reports Jane Anson from a recent trip. Vineyards in Valais, Switzerland. Jane Anson enjoys Swiss wines' sense of identity...
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Summer red wines to drink chilled
02 August 2018

Drinking red wines slightly chilled can be a great alternative to crisp whites or rosés during the summer months and, while you might think twice about doing this with a classified growth Bordeaux, there are plenty of options out there. It's perfectly acceptable, and even enjoyable...
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US Distributors Eye the High Road
02 August 2018

 The country's largest liquor wholesalers signal their support for national marijuana sales.
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New names to know on the Napa wine scene
02 August 2018

Here are eight up-and-coming winemaking projects in Napa Valley that we believe deserve your attention, plus tasting notes on the wines, in this in-depth report by Elin McCoy. Sunrise in Napa Valley wine country. Eight projects and how the wines taste...
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Sommelier Talk: Two Days with the Wine Director for the Capital Grille, Seasons 52 and Olive Garden (Wine Spectator)
02 August 2018

Darden Restaurants' national wine director Brian Phillips navigates 22 interviews before lunch, a Champagne vending machine, and a Chinese wine tasting
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‘Blue wine’ trend grows as Vindigo sold in France
02 August 2018

A 'blue wine' named Vindigo has gone on sale in France.Vindigo blue wine Is blue-coloured 'wine' here to stay?...
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Super Tuscans hit the buffers
02 August 2018

The Liv-ex Italy 100 has been the worst performing index of the year so far, losing 0.85% as the wider fine wine market continues to post gains.
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Oetker’s Henkell completes acquisition of stake in Freixenet
01 August 2018

Henkell, the Oetker Group’s wine and spirits branch, today has completed its acquisition of 50% of Freixenet S.A.’s shares (50,67%) from the Hevia and Bonet families following the approval of the European Commission, making it the majority shareholder.
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Final call for Fortified Masters 2018 entries
01 August 2018

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Fortified Masters 2018 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 1 September.
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This is when most people start drinking on holiday, based on nationality
01 August 2018

Travel website Lasminute.com recently surveyed EU residents to discern their holiday drinking habits.
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Billion dollar Chinese e-commerce company probed for selling fake goods
01 August 2018

Pinduoduo, the Chinese tech start-up that raised more than US$1.6 billion in an IPO last week, has quickly become the subject of investigation by the China’s state market regulator, following various media reports alleging that the company's e-commerce platform is awash with counterfeit and copycat products from electronic shavers to imported wines.
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Chardonnay voted America’s favourite wine
01 August 2018

Having once been associated with Bridget Jones mid meltdown, Chardonnay has risen phoenix-like from the ashes to become the most popular wine in America.
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Ancient wine jar ‘factory’ found in Isreal
01 August 2018

Israeli archaeologists near Tel Aviv have discovered a large, 3rd century AD workshop, which churned out jars for wine storage continuously for over 600 years.
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Brewery technician finds 5ft snake in pub’s beer cooler
01 August 2018

A brewery technician called out to fix a beer cooler at a Warwickshire pub got a bit more than he bargained for when, what he thought was algae, turned out to be a 5ft long snake.
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Blue wine trend hits France
01 August 2018

French entrepreneur René Le Bail is on a mission to turn his fellow countrymen into a nation of red, white and blue wine drinkers with the launch of ‘Vindigo’.
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Prehistoric shark’s tooth found at winery
01 August 2018

A 20 million year-old shark’s tooth from a now extinct species has been found at an Austrian winery where it was being used as an ornament at the bar.
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Great white Rioja wines for summer
01 August 2018

White Rioja has transformed its image from tired and flabby to complex and textured, says Sarah Jane Evans MW, here recommending her favourite wines to enjoy this summer... Rioja whites are reaching new heights with cooler sites...
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Spanish Authorities Bust Wine-Counterfeiting Ring Allegedly Producing Fake Vega Sicilia and Pingus (Wine Spectator)
01 August 2018

The culprits may have netted an estimated $1.7 million since 2014 from selling counterfeit bottles
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What is Icewine? Ask Decanter
01 August 2018

Heard of ‘Icewine’ but not quite sure what it is, or how it is made? Read on...Icewine grapes in Inniskillin winery, Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada And how it is made...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Summer Couscous with Rosé (Wine Spectator)
01 August 2018

In this chilled dish, tangy tomato, feta cheese and herbs sing with a Provençal rosé
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Judgement of Paris star Winiarski donates $3m to wine library
01 August 2018

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars founder Warren Winiarski has pledged US$3.3m to help maintain and improve the world-leading collection of wine writing at the library of UC Davis in California.Warren Winiarski sits alongside Steven Spielberg in California's hall of fame. Warren Winiarski pledges money to UC Davis...
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Chile breaks ground with signing of four new DOs
01 August 2018

Chile has gained four new Denominations of Origin, marking a major step in the country's efforts to better communicate its multitude of microclimates beyond its politically fixed geographical boundaries.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
01 August 2018

The summer has descended on Hong Kong and the city's drinks crowds have turned to Champagne and refreshing cocktails to combat the summer heat. Check out the pictorial highlights of a recent Mezcal masterclass, Champagne Salon's 2007 release and new cocktails at Poppinyay restaurant and Madame Fu.
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One million hectolitres of wine now certified under Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC
01 August 2018

Figures from the first six months since the creation of the Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC have yielded "excellent results" with over one million hectolitres of certified wine now recorded.
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dbHK launches inaugural Asian edition of World Gin Masters 2018
31 July 2018

the drinks business Hong Kong has launched the 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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Italian wine trade bodies join forces on new Vinitaly advisory board
31 July 2018

Four of Italy's most influential regulators in the wine trade are building a "productive dialogue" with the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) to raise the standard of wine education in the country
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WineWorld Xplorer: wine should be managed as an asset
31 July 2018

Hong Kong-based WineWorld Xplorer, a multi-currency, multi-location wine trading and portfolio management linking Hong Kong, France and the UK, has argued that wine should be managed as an asset, as it launches international multi-location storage and wine asset management modules.
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Champagne limits yields to 315m bottles in 2018
31 July 2018

Champagne has set the available yield from this year’s harvest at 10,800kg/ha, which will produce the equivalent of approximately 315m bottles.
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Q&A: Michael Caines MBE and James Matyear
31 July 2018

Chef and owner of Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor, Michael Caines MBE, and manager of the hotel and restaurant's new vineyard, James Matyear, discuss their English wine production plans, and why we could see more single vineyard expressions and clarity over regional labelling. 
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Germany set for earliest harvest on record
31 July 2018

Germany is gearing up for its earliest grape harvest on record thanks to the ongoing heatwave, with grapes due to be picked in the Rheinhessen next week.
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Torres to reforest Chilean Patagonia
31 July 2018

Familia Torres has announced plans to reforest a new 5,000 hectare property it has recently acquired in Chilean Patagonia to help offset its carbon footprint.
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Retailers Spar With Total Wine Over Coupons
31 July 2018

 An amendment to Massachusetts law that would allow discounts is being resisted by independent store owners.
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Top 30 Californian white wines for summer
31 July 2018

There's a new wave of quality coming out of the Golden State, enthuses Ronan Sayburn MS, who has selected 30 of the best classic and under-the-radar Californian whites to enjoy this summer... A Master Sommelier's top 30 exciting Californian whites for the season....
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White wine emoji campaign gathers pace
31 July 2018

US winery Kendall-Jackson has thrown its weight behind calls for a white wine emoji, submitting a 15-page proposal for review by authorities. Do you want to see a white wine emoji? This is the design submitted by Kendall-Jackson. Do you want one?...
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Exciting Canadian wines to try
31 July 2018

Best known for its Icewine, Canada is steadily gaining international recognition for its dry wines too. Track down some of these Canadian wine recommendations, tasted by Decanter's tasting team... Track down these recommendations from Decanter's tasting team...
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A far-right politician in France is campaigning for a legal definition of natural wine
31 July 2018

A member of one of France's far-right political parties has submitted a proposal to the government to launch a consultation which will create a blueprint for a legal definition of natural wines.
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Seagram’s heiress embroiled in sex trafficking case
31 July 2018

Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram’s fortune, has been released on US$100 million bail after being charged in relation to a trafficking case in New York.
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50% of Champagne Roederer’s estate now biodynamic
30 July 2018

Half of Champagne Roederer’s estate is now biodynamic, with all the grapes for its prestige cuvée, blanc de blancs and rosé now farmed according to this practice.
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Great Wine Capitals: Verona Best Of Wine Tourism 2019 winners
30 July 2018

Promotional featureVerona has always been a stopover for the great travelers of the past, boasting a privileged position in the ideal panorama of the great international tourist destinations. Winners of the Verona 2019 'Best Of Wine Tourism' awards See the winners...
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Wildfires blaze in Napa County and Mendocino
30 July 2018

Deadly wildfires have been raging in northern California for the past five days and include blazes in the wine regions of Napa County and Mendocino.
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AB InBev brewery worker ‘not dismissed for raising health and safety concerns’
30 July 2018

Brewing giant AB InBev has refuted claims made by the GMB Union that a former employee was fired for "raising health and safety concerns," as members of the union are given the opportunity to vote for strike action.
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Supermarket beer sales rise by 8% while pubs and bars face further decline
30 July 2018

Beer sales in the UK rose by just over 3% in the first half of the year thanks to a strong performance in the off-trade, but the pub industry is still struggling.
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Amorim and Auchan unite to recycle cork stoppers
30 July 2018

Cork producer Amorim and French hypermarket chain Auchan have joined forces to launch a major recycling campaign for cork stoppers – the largest of its type.
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Gago not shy of Shiraz-baijiu ‘controversy’
30 July 2018

With an eye on the Chinese market, the most profitable market for Australian wines, Penfolds’ latest 'Special Bottlings' incorporating China’s popular and fiery spirit baijiu has attracted controversy – and chief winemaker Peter Gago isn't at all afraid of it.
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Pearl Jam charity wine sells out in minutes
30 July 2018

A limited edition charity wine released by American rock bank Pearl Jam to help tackle homelessness in their home city of Seattle has sold out in just 15 minutes.
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Funkin cocktails founder Alex Carlton is now selling non-alcoholic spirits
30 July 2018

The founder of cocktail mixer company Funkin has entered the low-and-no category and launched two of zero-proof spirits.
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Jefford on Monday: Torres and the existential struggle
30 July 2018

Andrew Jefford finds a company in constant reinvention...Spirit of renewal: Young vines planted by Torres at 750 metres above sea level on llicorella soils. Identity and wine...
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Steven Spurrier’s fine wine world
30 July 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Man of the Year hand-picks fine wines for drinking now and recommends others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards Steven Spurrier recommends:
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Carriers Trashing Wine Shipments
30 July 2018

 Some shipments of wine from New York are being confiscated and destroyed.
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Cinsault: It’s not just a backing singer
29 July 2018

Regarded for decades as simply a useful blending grape, is hardy Cinsault finding favour again? Alistair Cooper MW feels its wines are deserving of a reappraisal…Cinsault grapes at Domaine des Tourelles It is often said that wine trends are cyclical, mirroring the fickle beast that is the fashion industry. Wine styles
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Top Loire Cabernet Franc: Panel tasting results
28 July 2018

Cabernet Franc from the Loire is often good value and doesn't only come in a light, fruity style. Read this report on 53 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, including tasting notes and ratings... See our experts' favourite wines...
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Blaufränkisch: Austria’s finest red
28 July 2018

It may be a bit tricky to pronounce, but Blaufränkisch has made a name for itself, as Austrian producers explore its potential for quality wines. Stephen Brook introduces a native grape that deserves to have global recognition... Blaufränkisch – it doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it? No wonder that in the 1990s many Austrian wine
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Wine Talk: NBA's Dwyane Wade Gets into the Wine Game (Wine Spectator)
28 July 2018

The basketball star makes reds and rosé in partnership with Napa's Pahlmeyer family
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Beyond Sauvignon: Top New Zealand white wines – Panel tasting results
28 July 2018

Sauvignon Blanc reigns supreme and Chardonnay is well established, but an exciting range of other white grape varieties is taking root in NZ, reports Rebecca Gibb MW. Be among the first to see the results of our panel tasting for alternative New Zealand white wines... See what our experts thought of New Zealand's 'other' grape varieties...
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Diageo CEO: Duty Free trade for UK a ‘real boost for jobs and drinks sector’
27 July 2018

Diageo's chief executive Ivan Menezes talks confidently about meeting the challenges of Brexit, with getting Duty Free trade back for the UK having the potential to give "a real boost to jobs and the [drinks] sector".
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A Tokaj-infused cocktail at Trump Hotel is DC’s priciest
27 July 2018

Trump Hotel has unveiled a pricey cocktail that will set you back at US$169, making it the most expensive cocktail in Washington DC.
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Spot the difference: Aldi’s new cucumber gin takes on Hendrick’s
27 July 2018

Discount retailer Aldi has launched a cucumber flavoured gin called Harrison's which bears a striking resemblance to William Grant & Sons' brand Hendrick's, as it adds 10 new gins to its portfolio.
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Sir Ian Botham launches wine range at Lord’s
27 July 2018

Sir Ian Botham OBE has officially launched his own range of wines at Lord’s cricket ground in the UK today. 
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Sir Ian Botham launches new wine range
27 July 2018

Former England cricket star Sir Ian Botham OBE has launched a new range of Australian wines and said that there will be more to come in the 'near future'. Sir Ian Botham says he 'knew the style' of wines that he wanted to make. Including an '81 Series' Shiraz and fine wines at £30-a-bottle...
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Kendall-Jackson petitioning for white wine emoji
27 July 2018

Sonoma county Chardonnay pioneer Kendall-Jackson has sent a 15-page proposal to emoji gods Unicode petitioning for them to create a white wine emoji.
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This bike maker decided to sell reusable straws made with scrap tubing – and sold out in hours
27 July 2018

A bicycle manufacturer in the USA has become an unlikely beneficiary of the drinks industry's anti-plastic movement after it decided to sell straws made from leftover tubing.
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Former Penfolds winemaker joins China’s COFCO
27 July 2018

Adam Clay, a former winemaker with Penfolds, has joined China's COFCO Wine & Spirits, as technical director to oversee production at its GreatWall winery, a high-profile addition to the Chinese winery as it strives to improve its wine quality, dbHK has learned.
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Geoffrey Roberts bursary open for entries
27 July 2018

The Vintners’ Company is calling for entries for the ‘Geoffrey Roberts Award’, an £8,000 bursary for those working on a project involving New World wines.
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The week in pictures
27 July 2018

This week in the world of drinks; UK wineries mobilise to win the public over, Italy displays sour grapes over Australian Nero d'Avola, Japanese drinkers stockpile beer, and one British army officer goes to extreme lengths to escape the heatwave...
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Cognac Frapin takes to social media
27 July 2018

Cognac house Frapin is providing its fans with the chance to follow the brand on social media with the launch of dedicated pages on Facebook and Instagram. 
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Peak Prosecco? Don’t be so sure, says Bisol president
27 July 2018

There is still plenty of scope to promote the quality image of the best Prosecco wines, according to Bisol's management team, which has revamped its range and believes the term 'peak Prosecco' underestimates this part of the market. Vineyards in the hills of Valdobbiadene, where grapes for top quality Prosecco DOCG are grown. Producer keen to promote quality message...
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Natural Wine Faces Legal Definition
27 July 2018

 A French politician is spearheading a new attempt to define the indefinable.
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Unfiltered: Pearl Jam's Big Return to Seattle—with Washington Wine (Wine Spectator)
27 July 2018

We talked to the winemakers behind the band's labels, made in honor of their homecoming concert. Plus, Fukushima wine on Colbert, a vinous legacy for an LGBTQ activist legend, and more spacewine
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Perfect Match Recipe: Whole-Wheat Fettuccine with Arugula Basil Pesto and Ricotta Salata (Wine Spectator)
27 July 2018

A bright, fresh pesto pasta, paired with fruity, herb-tinged Grechetto
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Radioactive Isotopes in California Wines? Don't Panic (Wine Spectator)
27 July 2018

Bordeaux scientists find (harmless) evidence of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Napa Cabernets
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Best Lidl wines to try this summer
27 July 2018

Decanter's tasting team recommends great value wines to buy from Lidl after tasting the retailer's latest summer range... Our favourite Lidl wines to try this summer...
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Chinese consumers flirt with rosé wines
26 July 2018

With the wine trade continuing to push rosé wine as a more versatile, all-year-around drink rather than just a summer tipple, interest for pink wines among trade professionals and consumers in mainland China continues to grow, despite a relatively small market share.
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‘Unprecedented’ heat wave in Japan drives up beer sales
26 July 2018

As Japan’s “unprecedented“ heat wave continues to blanket the country, sales of summer essentials such as beer, ice cream and air conditioning units have seen notable sales increases across the country during July.
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Italy protests Australian ‘Nero d’Avola’ in the UK
26 July 2018

Italy’s quality and anti-fraud agency under the Ministry of Agriculture has called for wine merchants in the UK to block the selling of Australian wines bearing the name of the variety Nero d’Avola on their wine labels, the latest protest from Italy against Australia following the contentious wrangling over the use of 'Prosecco' on Australian sparkling wines.
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Organic Masters 2018: the results in full
26 July 2018

We reveal all the medallists from the UK's only blind tasting for certified organic wines, with some surprising results, including top scores for fizz from Surrey and Champagne aged in the sea, as well as a Sauvignon Blanc blend from Mallorca, plus a stunner from the Minervois.
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Australian winery McGuigan ramps up UK and Ireland marketing
26 July 2018

Australian Vintage-owned wine estate McGuigan is rolling out a series of marketing activities this autumn in a bid to raise consumer awareness of the brand.
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Kent producers band together for ‘Wine Garden of England’ event
26 July 2018

Rochester Cathedral in Kent is to host the ‘Wine Garden of England Festival’ this November in what is being billed as the first celebration of wine to be held at the cathedral for almost 1,000 years.
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Diageo’s organic net sales up 5% to £12.2 billion
26 July 2018

Drinks giant Diageo’s organic net sales rose by 5% to £12.2 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, which CEO Ivan Menezes dubbed a “strong, consistent performance”.
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AB InBev appoints new executive to lead non-alcoholic business amid sales boost
26 July 2018

Anheuser-Busch InBev is revising its business structure to accelerate revenue growth, after reporting a boost in profits for the first half of the year.
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Fine wine investment: Rising Burgundies
26 July 2018

One of the questions arising from last week’s note on the narrowing of first growth and second label price differentials is not simply whether it will continue but, for those of a more speculative inclination, where else it might manifest itself. Burgundy perhaps?
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Screwcaps ‘like ageing wine in a really cold cellar’
26 July 2018

Screwcaps are the best closures for wine as they slow down the ageing process “like a really cold cellar”, according to Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg.
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Burgundy grand cru vineyard prices double in 10 years – figures
26 July 2018

A single hectare of a Burgundy grand cru vineyard could have cost up to 14 million euros last year, according to the latest report from France's land agency.Vines in Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy. Top-end prices for Burgundy grand cru vineyards in the Côte-d’Or have doubled in the past decade, from an estimated cost of
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Comparing Cos d’Estournel wines: 2000 to 2016
26 July 2018

Jane Anson reports on the second growth's evolution in style and provides fresh tasting notes on wines going back to the Bordeaux 2000 vintage - available exclusively for Premium members. Cos d'Estournel, built by the so-called 'Maharajah of St-Estèphe'. These reds were a 'revelation', even for Cos, says Jane Anson...
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France Greenlights Anti-Hail Nets
26 July 2018

 It was confirmed last week that anti-hail nets are to be approved for use in French vineyards.
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Long Island's Paumanok Vineyards to Buy Neighboring Palmer Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
26 July 2018

Both wineries have been making wine in New York for 35 years; the sale includes Palmer's 49 acres of vineyards
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What does it mean when a wine tastes ‘soupy’ – ask Decanter
26 July 2018

Describing a wine as 'soupy' is not intended to flatter, but how do things get to this point? It's generally not a compliment...
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Cava Academy launches in London
26 July 2018

The Consejo Regulador DO Cava is celebrating the first graduates of its London Cava Academy who graduated at the beginning of this week in front of dignitaries including the Spanish ambassador. 
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Wind Gap Wines sold to former Charles Banks-owned Terroir Life
25 July 2018

Founder of Sonoma Valley-based Wind Gap Wines, Pax Mahle, has sold his remaining 50% share in the company to Terroir Life, formerly owned by Charles Banks, who is serving four years in prison for wire fraud totalling US$10 million.
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‘Good start to the year’ for wine reports LVMH
25 July 2018

The Wines & Spirits division of French luxury group Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy enjoyed a “good start to the year”, with strong growth for Hennessy Cognac in particular.
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How Pingus took on the counterfeiters
25 July 2018

Following the news that Spanish police have dismantled a counterfeiting ring, it has been revealed that the bust was the result of a year-long investigation by the owner of Pingus, Peter Sisseck.
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Osborn: Burgundy won’t be making Pinot in 20 years
25 July 2018

The effects of climate change are happening so quickly that Burgundy will be unable to make Pinot Noir in 20 years according to leading Australian winemaker Chester Osborn.
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Is this the unluckiest wine shop owner ever?
25 July 2018

The owner of a wine shop in Sydney has spent the past month dealing with mysterious instances of public defecation on the premises.
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Fever-Tree upgrades forecasts as half year revenue rises 45%
25 July 2018

Mixer brand Fever-Tree has upgraded is full year forecasts after seeing revenue rise by 45% to £104.2 million in the six months to 30 June 2018, compared to £71.9 million achieved in the same period last year. 
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Mark Motley joins Milestone Wines
25 July 2018

Milestone Wines has announced that former Ehrmann’s director Mark Motley has joined the company as its new director of sales.
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A non-alcoholic drinks festival is coming to London this weekend
25 July 2018

Trade shows in the alcohol industry can be tricky when you need to stay sober and network, but a festival coming to London will make drinking on the job a lot easier.
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Inglenook joins La Place
25 July 2018

Francis Ford Coppola’s Napa Valley winery, Inglenook, is to be distributed through La Place de Bordeaux it has been announced.
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Coppola’s Inglenook signs deal with Bordeaux merchants
25 July 2018

Francis Ford Coppola has decided to give international distribution rights for his Inglenook Napa wines to three Bordeaux négociants. Bordeaux's Place de la Bourse. Napa wine to be distributed internationally via Place de Bordeaux...
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French Giant Gets Napa Outpost
25 July 2018

 A major French winery owner has made its first foray into Cabernet country.
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Sonoma's Wind Gap Wines Sold to Charles Banks' Former Wine Company (Wine Spectator)
25 July 2018

Founder Pax Mahle sells his 50 percent share to Terroir; will focus on his own brand, Pax
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8 & $20 Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Spicy Mango Salsa (Wine Spectator)
25 July 2018

A chile-lime salt brings the heat, while a juicy Sauvignon Blanc makes a cooling match
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From the archive: When should you decant wine? An expert taste test
25 July 2018

Decanter's experts investigate the merits of decanting top Bordeaux, Napa Cabernet and Rhône Syrah and how the aeration time can impact taste. This article compiles articles published across three issues of Decanter magazine between November 2013 and January 2014. It has now been published online and in full for Premium members. Decanting wine can improve its character. Credit: Bon Appetit...
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Sophienwald: ‘lightweight glassware is the future’
25 July 2018

Lightweight glassware is going to be the standard-bearer for wine glasses in the coming decades, asserts the CEO of Austrian stemware producer Sophienwald.
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Seedlip launches third low ABV spirit with orange twist
24 July 2018

Seedlip has added a third product to its range of de-alcohlised spirits, this time infused with orange-based botanicals, as consumers shift towards drinking "less, but better."
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Australian wines losing its lure in the US while surging in China
24 July 2018

As China's thirst for Australian wines continue to grow, American consumers are apparently losing their taste for them, prompting Wine Australia to now "redouble" its efforts in the US market.
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Slug and Lettuce owner Stonegate acquires Be At One
24 July 2018

Pub group Stonegate, the owner of the Slug and Lettuce, has confirmed its acquisition of bar chain Be At One as well as 15 sites from Novus leisure in a deal thought to be worth £50 million. 
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Chef Michael Caines launches limited edition gin
24 July 2018

Hoping to capitalise on the current gin boom, celebrity chef Michael Caines has collaborated with Devon-based Salcombe Gin on a limited edition nautical bottling.
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Spanish fine wine counterfeiting network dismantled
24 July 2018

Spanish police have taken apart a counterfeiting ring that has been making fake versions of some of Spain’s leading wines including Pingus and Vega Sicilia.
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Alcohol was the ‘standout winner’ for supermarket sales this summer thanks to World Cup fever
24 July 2018

Alcohol sales were a "standout" success at UK supermarkets this summer, raking in almost £300 million in just one week, according to new figures.
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New owners of Astley Vineyard keen to boost its boutique credentials
24 July 2018

Having taken over in 2017, the new owners of Astley Vineyard in Worcestershire, one of the oldest vineyards in the UK, have already rebranded the range and completed construction of a new winery and shop.
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Pichon Baron owner buys Outpost Wines in Napa Valley
24 July 2018

The owner of Château Pichon Baron, AXA Millésimes, has made its first foray into Napa Valley with a deal to buy Outpost Wines for an undisclosed fee.Fog covers the lower ground in this photo looking towards Atlas Peak and taken from Howell Mountain near to Angwin. AXA Millésimes to make Napa Cabernet...
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Spuntino to open in Heathrow T3
24 July 2018

Russell Norman’s popular New York-style diner, Spuntino in Soho, is to open a second site at Heathrow Terminal 3 featuring a donut maker and a roller skating maître d.
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Bottega has launched a new Prosecco bar in Oman
24 July 2018

Premium Prosecco brand Bottega has opened a fizz-focused bar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Muscat, Oman.
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France’s AXA Millésimes Buys Outpost Winery in Napa Valley (Wine Spectator)
24 July 2018

The insurance company gains a Howell Mountain property; winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown will remain
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How Does Wine Help Guard Your Heart? (Wine Spectator)
24 July 2018

Study shows that changes triggered by moderate alcohol consumption may help your body fight off future cardiovascular damage
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Domäne Wachau joins Gonzalez Byass UK
24 July 2018

Austrian producer Domäne Wachau has named Gonzalez Byass to be its UK distributor from this September.
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Monkey Shoulder launches GTR campaign featuring a cement mixer
24 July 2018

William Grant & Sons-owned Scotch brand Monkey Shoulder has launched its #makeitmonkey campaign in global travel retail, which focuses on mixability and music. 
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Guigal gets to grips with Châteauneuf
23 July 2018

Philippe Guigal is brimming with excitement about the potential of his family’s new property in Chateauneuf-du-Pape – even though there is much about the domaine he “hates”.
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Cabernet key to Argentina’s fine wine future
23 July 2018

If Argentina wants to gain a global reputation for truly top end wine it should focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, believes US consultant Paul Hobbs.
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MP Wines launches Argentina’s Pyros in the UK
23 July 2018

Wine importing business MP has said it will roll out its Argentinian brand Pyros Wines in the UK off-trade this month.
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Japan’s beer shipments hit new low
23 July 2018

Shipments of beer and quasi-beer in Japan dipped to a record low in the first half of the year for sixth straight years, due to price hikes in retail and on-trade sectors.
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Welsh brewer Tiny Rebel launches three gins
23 July 2018

Newport-based brewery Tiny Rebel has teamed up with west Walian distillery Dà Mhìle to release three gins based on the flavours found in its beers. 
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Star Trek themed vodka launched at San Diego Comic Con
23 July 2018

Two US companies have joined forces to launch a vodka inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation which has travelled to the edge of the earth's atmosphere.
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Canadian startup creates first beer brewed with cannabis
23 July 2018

A team of scientists in Canada are developing a beer brewed from cannabis, as drinks makers across the country compete to capitalise on the country's burgeoning legal weed industry.
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St Andrews Brewing Co. raises £400k in five days
23 July 2018

Scotland's St Andrews Brewing Co. raised £400,000 through crowdfunding in just five days as the brewer plans to increase production five-fold to one million pints by 2019. 
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Jefford on Monday: Burgundy’s great question
23 July 2018

 ... and Andrew Jefford asks it (eventually)...Clos Vougeot with Musigny, Grands Echézeaux and Echézeaux behind. Rigidity and the climat system...
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Wine Writer Awards Shortlist Revealed
23 July 2018

 The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards are one of the few awards bodies to celebrate writing in the context of wine.
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From the archive: Dry Sherry for summer – panel tasting results
22 July 2018

Choose one of these dry Sherries to drink with olives, ibérico ham, caramelised nuts or seafood this summer... Originally published in Decanter magazine's March 2014 issue and now available online in full, with tasting notes exclusively for Premium members All you need now is the ibérico ham...
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Steven Spurrier: Fine wines for the cellar and dinner table
22 July 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor reports on a re-visiting of the fabled Judgement of Paris, as well as recommending fine wines for drinking now and others to lay down. From our consultant editor...
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The Rare Champions of Champerelle
22 July 2018

 Two unique bottles of wine are being presented for sale in an unlikely spot.
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Bordeaux châteaux test algae to fight mildew
21 July 2018

Tests at 10 vineyards in Bordeaux and Cognac aim to discover whether wine producers could use algae from the Atlantic ocean to prevent fungal infections harming grapes.Atlantic ocean algae at Plage des Cinq Pineaux in northern France. Could this be an answer to vineyard mildew? Ten estates in Bordeaux and Cognac involved...
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Château Beychevelle: New ratings and why it’s one to watch
21 July 2018

A quiet revolution has taken place at this St-Julien fourth growth, reports Jane Anson, who recently tasted a decade of its vintages. Premium members can read Jane's full analysis and tasting notes on recent vintages below. The new barrel cellar at Ch. Beychevelle. The estate's ship logo lights up the walkway between the barrels. In-depth report and a decade of vintages reviewed...
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Canada increases limit on interprovincial alcohol sales
21 July 2018

The Canadian provinces have agreed to raise the personal limit on alcohol carried across provincial borders but many restrictions remain in place.
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Drinks trade charity The Benevolent names 2019 chairman
21 July 2018

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent has named Michael Saunders, chief executive of Bibendum PLB, as its new chairman, who will succeed Tom Yusef in 2019, as well as a number of  new trustee appointments.
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Wine Australia suspends Penfolds copycat’s export license to China
20 July 2018

Wine Australia has indefinitely suspended the export license for an Australian wine company, Dalefolds, after it has been found selling three Penfolds lookalike wines in China, the first case of license suspension after the wine trade organisation was given broader power this year to protect Australian winery's intellectual property rights in export markets.
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South Korea mulls tax hike on imported beer
20 July 2018

South Korea is mulling an increase in taxes on imported beer to create "fairer competition" with local breweries, raising concerns among consumers who fear imminent price hikes.
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Fukushima disaster leaves trace on Californian wines
20 July 2018

Researchers at Bordeaux University have traced the impact of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to the Californian wine industry, identifying a trace spike in radiation levels in wines from the 2012 vintage onward, which nevertheless remain within a normal threshold.
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540 jobs lost as 22 Gaucho sister sites close
20 July 2018

Having filed for administration this week, Argentine steakhouse group Gaucho said it is closing its sister chain Cau, resulting in 540 job losses.
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Crown Cellars launches videos for new spirits business Distilled
20 July 2018

Crown Cellars, the wine and spirits division of Carlsberg UK, has released new videos to promote Distilled; its spirits business supplying the on-trade.
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Best Italian wines: A selection of the greatest
20 July 2018

Italy is home to myriad wine styles and thousands of native grape varieties, as well as top estates that often produce several different bottlings. Below is a selection of the best Italian wines, based on reviews by our experts, with full tasting notes on each wine available exclusively to Premium members. Classic Italian wines include Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. See Decanter expert...
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Kanye West rumoured to be opening US restaurant
20 July 2018

Rapper Kanye West is reported to be on the hunt for a site in California's Calabasas to open his own restaurant, inspired by the comfort food prepared by his late mother.
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The week in pictures
20 July 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Hawksmoor expands while Gaucho burns, Bombay Sapphire gets creative in Shoreditch, Big Beer and Smaller Beer join forces to save the pub sector and The Savoy names its new head bartender...
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Northern Rhône pioneer Auguste Clape dies
20 July 2018

Northern Rhône pioneer Auguste Clape, a leading light of the Cornas appellation, has died aged 93.
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The Clove Club to open new restaurant in Dalston
20 July 2018

The team behind The Clove Club in Shoreditch has announced plans to open its third restaurant, which will be headed up by former head chef Chase Lovecky.
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dbHK launches ‘World Whisky Masters 2018 – Asia’
20 July 2018

The drinks business Hong Kong is launching the inaugural 'World Whisky Masters - Asia' this year, in an effort to recognise the diverse range and quality of whiskies produced outside of Ireland and Scotland in countries such as Japan, India, Canada and the US.  
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Pax Mahle Flies Solo
20 July 2018

 One of California's most respected winemakers strikes out on his own after selling his share of Wind Gap.
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Unfiltered: Swirl! Sip! Pow! Wine Comic Books: Assemble! (Wine Spectator)
20 July 2018

Winemakers battle pests, sulfur and critics in illustrated adventures. Plus, Lafite's World Cup overture to Les Bleus, the story behind a rare 1966 championship Champagne, and a WineGame battle royale from Rob Wilder and José Andrés
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Legendary Northern Rhône Vintner Auguste Clape Dies at 93 (Wine Spectator)
20 July 2018

From his small family estate, Clape turned the Cornas appellation into a world-renowned source of Syrah
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East Coast Inns with Excellent Wines (Wine Spectator)
20 July 2018

Eat, sleep and drink well at these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning destinations
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Cornas pioneer Pierre-Auguste Clape dies
20 July 2018

Pierre-Auguste Clape, a leading figure of the Cornas appellation in northern Rhône, has died at the age of 93. A pioneer for the Cornas region. One of the pioneers of the Cornas appellation...
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Restaurant Spotlight: The Hobbit (Wine Spectator)
20 July 2018

A theatrical dining experience in Southern California
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Turning Tables: City Winery New York Begins Search for New Home (Wine Spectator)
20 July 2018

The flagship is being forced to relocate. Plus, Danny Meyer's Manhatta opens, Valentino and Georgie in Los Angeles close, and Saison hires a big-name chef
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UK pubs and brewers launch ‘Long Live The Local’ campaign to lobby for tax breaks on beer
19 July 2018

A coalition of UK breweries and pubs has launched a new campaign called Long Live The Local in a bid to raise awareness of the current tax pressures business owners face in the on-trade.
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Wine lists: the bigger the better?
19 July 2018

While good things are supposed to come in small packages, when it comes to wine lists, a number of the top sommeliers in London live by ‘the bigger the better’ mantra, writes Lucy Shaw. 
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China’s drinks industry registers bullish growth in H1
19 July 2018

China's alcohol industry recorded strong growth in the first half of the year across its three main categories – baijiu, beer and cocktails – with baijiu leading the pack, despite an average increase of 72% in its retail price during the period.
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From the archive: Côte-Rôtie 2012 panel tasting results
19 July 2018

These Côte-Rôties are now within their drinking windows, according to our expert panel. Do you have any in your cellar? Originally published in Decanter magazine's July 2015 issue and now available online in full, exclusively for Premium members These wines are now coming into their drinking windows...
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Beer and cider boom in the UK
19 July 2018

The beer and cider categories in the UK are enjoying sustained boom at present, with craft beer making great strides and the sunshine and World Cup atmosphere expected to have a huge impact.
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Pied à Terre owner David Moore: Government to blame for Brexit-induced restaurant ‘Armageddon’
19 July 2018

Restauranteur David Moore has hit out at the UK government for "sitting on its hands" while dozens of businesses in the restaurant sector have collapsed or faced closure in the past year.
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Viticultural centre named after Justin and J. Lohr wine estates
19 July 2018

A new viticultural centre set to open at California Polytechnic State University next year will be named The Justin and J.Lohr Center for Wine and Viticulture in recognition each estate's $2.5 million donation to fund the project.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Kitchen Table
19 July 2018

Artisan Champagne is the draw at Kitchen Table, spilling over from the 'hot dogs and Champagne' concept at Bubbledogs, within which this pint-size restaurant is located.
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Champagne gets its first contemporary luxury hotel
19 July 2018

Hoping to attract well-heeled travellers to the region, Champagne’s first contemporary luxury hotel – the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa – opened this week.
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Hawksmoor to open first US restaurant
19 July 2018

London steakhouse chain Hawksmoor is to open its first restaurant in the US, having secured a site within the former United Charities building in New York. 
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Marriott is now removing plastic straws from its hotels worldwide
19 July 2018

Marriott International plans to ban plastic straws from its hotels worldwide, months after the chain committed to cutting down waste in its UK businesses.
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Anson: Here are the latest Bordeaux vineyard prices
19 July 2018

Vineyard buyouts reached a 25-year high in France in 2017, according to the latest figures from France's land agency. Here is what has been happening to prices in Bordeaux... Château Cos d'Estournel in St-Estèphe, where vineyard prices rose by 18% in 2017, according to SAFER. French vineyard buyouts reach 25-year high...
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UK: Summer heatwave and World Cup boost wine sales
19 July 2018

The longest heatwave for five years and the best England performance in a FIFA World Cup for nearly three decades has led to a surge in wine sales in the UK, suggest initial figures.The heatwave has helped boost wine sales in the UK. We speak to the retailers...
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Montes starts island vineyard in Chiloé
19 July 2018

Chilean winemaker and entrepreneur Aurelio Montes has planted the first vineyard on the Chiloé group of islands in the south of the country. Planting begins in the vineyard. The first vineyard on the island of Chiloé...
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Custoza food and travel guide
19 July 2018

This content was produced in partnership with the Consorzio Tutela Vino Custoza.Explore Custoza... Explore Custoza...
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The longevity of Custoza wines
19 July 2018

This content was produced in partnership with the Consorzio Tutela Vino Custoza.Do Custoza wines age well...?Custoza wines can age well... Do Custoza wines age well...?
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Rare Wine Auctions Set New Records in the First Half of 2018 (Wine Spectator)
19 July 2018

Feverish demand for Burgundy and renewed interest in Port marked sales from New York to Hong Kong
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db Eats: Chinois on Main
19 July 2018

db’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main London pop-up for Shanghai lobster, Peking duck and a glorious glass of Graves from 1983.
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Singapore makes beer using recycled water
19 July 2018

A brewery in Singapore has debuted a beer made from 100% recycled water, a first of its kind in the country. 
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Japan and EU signs deal to eliminate tariffs on wine and spirits
18 July 2018

Japan and the EU have signed what the EU is calling “the largest bilateral trade deal ever” – one that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products traded between the two countries, including wine and spirits.
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Strange tales: English elms and Roman vines
18 July 2018

All English elms (Ulmus procera) are the clones of a particular type imported by the Romans 2,000 years ago, probably with the intention of training vines up them.
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Hakkasan and Ritz-Carlton architect to unveil new Chinese wineries
18 July 2018

An architectural firm which manages developments for luxury hotel groups is wrapping up the construction of two new winery resorts in China, as the nation continues to build a reputation for world-class wines.
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Gaucho chain calls in administrators
18 July 2018

The Gaucho chain of steak houses has announced it intends to appoint administrators in a move that puts 1,500 jobs at risk.
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德国推出新起泡酒类别
18 July 2018

代表德国顶级葡萄酒庄园的协会为该国的顶级起泡酒Sekt建立了一个新的分类。
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First taste: New Henriot Hemera vintage Champagne launched
18 July 2018

Champagne Henriot has launched a new prestige cuvée, Hemera, starting with the 2005 vintage. The new Henriot Hemera 2005. Beginning with the 2005 vintage...
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Moderate alcohol consumption linked to higher fertility
18 July 2018

A new study has made a positive link between moderate alcohol consumption and improved fertility in men, compared with those who drink nothing at all, and those who drink to excess.
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Trivento: A wind-driven Argentinian torchbearer
18 July 2018

Promotional featureTrivento – meaning three winds - operates over 1,600ha of vines spanning ten separate vineyards in some of Mendoza’s most prestigious sub-regions such as Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley....Cruz del Alto vineyard Spanning ten separate vineyards across Mendoza....
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Soave winemakers elect new governing board in calls for stricter production rules
18 July 2018

A co-operative of winemakers in northern Italy's Soave wine-growing region has elected a new president and governing board as the area undergoes "major change" to its production rules.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Kricket
18 July 2018

Bar manager Will Rogers aims for symmetry betwixt drinks and the toothsome dishes fired by chef, Will Bowlby, at this two floor site – the sequel to the original pop-up as part of a Brixton community project.
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Duckhorn to buy Pinot producer Kosta Browne
18 July 2018

Napa Valley's Duckhorn has agreed a deal to buy celebrated California Pinot Noir producer Kosta Browne for an undisclosed fee. Steam being used in the Kosta Browne winery to help sterilise oak barrels. Deal would move Kosta Browne out of private equity ownership...
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Pinot Seduces Duckhorn Again
18 July 2018

 The Merlot specialist makes a further foray into Pinot Noir territory with the purchase of Kosta Browne.
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New luxury hotel opens in Champagne
18 July 2018

A new luxury hotel in Champagne - the Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa – has opened its doors for the first time this month.A view from one of the rooms at the new Royal Champagne Hotel and Spa. New hotel and spa opens near to Epernay...
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Silver Oak Builds First New Winery to Earn LEED Platinum Sustainability Certification (Wine Spectator)
18 July 2018

After achieving an eco-friendly first with its Napa Valley winery, the Cabernet house notches another milestone with the completion of its Sonoma County facility
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Duckhorn Wine Company Buys Sonoma Pinot Noir Star Kosta Browne (Wine Spectator)
18 July 2018

Napa-based firm takes control of famed Sonoma Pinot Noir producer, uniting two Wine Spectator Wine of the Year winners
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New cocktail bar, The Wise King, opens in Hong Kong
17 July 2018

Following last year's opening of The Old Man in Hong Kong, the city's bar circuit is buzzing again this month with the upcoming opening of Room 309 by Antonio Lai inside boutique hotel The Pottinger, and now The Wise King, an opulent new cocktail bar launched by two industry veterans.
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German wineries launch new classification for sparkling wine
17 July 2018

A co-operative made up of Germany's top wine estates has established a new classification for Sekt; the country's sparkling wine.
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Johnnie Walker launches Black Label sherry edition in HK
17 July 2018

Johnnie Walker has launched the latest addition to its Black Label series, the Black Label Sherry Edition, in Hong Kong its parent company Diageo has announced.
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China looks north to sate its ice wine demand
17 July 2018

Heilongjiang, the northernmost province along China’s rust belt, has been tipped to become China’s high altitude ice wine production base, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has announced.
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Travel: Fine dining restaurants in The Bahamas
17 July 2018

Discover the luxury dining scene of The Bahamas, with a backdrop of dazzling white sands, turquoise waves and romantic sunsets...Gourmet restaurants in a paradise setting...
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New book: The Home Bar
17 July 2018

A new book by drinks writer Henry Jeffreys offers readers a guide to ‘Designing, Equipping and Stocking your own Bar’.
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Lafite offers bottles of ’98 to French football team
17 July 2018

Swept up in World Cup fever, Bordeaux first growth Château Lafite Rothschild has offered bottles of its 1998 vintage to the victorious French football team.
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Henschke: Latest releases & older vintages
17 July 2018

See Henschke's latest releases, plus some older surprises, Henschke's famed Hill of Grace vineyard. See Henschke's latest releases plus a few surprises...
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Henschke: Latest releases & older vintages
17 July 2018

See Henschke's latest releases, plus some older surprisesHenschke's famed Hill of Grace vineyard. See Henschke's latest releases plus a few surprises...
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Buzz alcohol bracelet tracks ability to give consent
17 July 2018

A Fitbit-style bracelet that monitors blood alcohol levels has been unveiled which can be used to indicate to potential partners whether the wearer is fit to give consent, and alert friends if they could be vulnerable.
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Exeter restaurant plans world record attempt with cider
17 July 2018

Staff at a restaurant in Exeter are attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records this summer with a crafty cider-based challenge.
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Clos19 to offer Champagne harvest weekend
17 July 2018

Online wine hub Clos19 is to offer a peek behind the doors of a Champagne house at harvest time with weekend visits to houses across the LVMH portfolio.
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Heineken seeks to remove Mallya from United Breweries board
17 July 2018

Dutch brewing giant Heineken is seeking to remove VJ Mallya from the board of India's United Breweries, according to reports from Delhi.
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Bruno Paillard ‘won’t re-think’ resignation
17 July 2018

Bruno Paillard has said that he does not intend to re-think his decision to resign in protest as the head of a commission set up to protect the Champagne name around the world. Protected names form a central facet of EU wine law. News broke last week that Bruno Paillard has quit as president of the Champagne bureau’s ‘appellation protection committee’ after 17 …Continue rea...
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Trade Wars Dampen Spirits
17 July 2018

 Does the tariff war mean doom for US distillers, and will overseas craft producers benefit? Kathleen Willcox finds out.
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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Five spirits offers to watch
17 July 2018

We've rounded up some of the more interesting spirits set to go on offer for Amazon Prime Day (16 July), when the online retailer launches discounts for its Prime members.Credit: les polders / Alamy Anyone for a white Port and tonic?...
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Top French estates protest new label plans
17 July 2018

More than 60 of France’s leading châteaux have written in protest to the government against proposals which could see cigarette-style warnings slapped on the front of their bottles.
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Lafite offers wine to France’s World Cup winners
16 July 2018

Château Lafite Rothschild has offered up bottles of wine to the French national football team, following their triumph in the FIFA World Cup final in Russia.France's World Cup winning team offered top Bordeaux wines. French national team can celebrate in style...
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Chapel Down to launch tasting experience in 5-star west London hotel
16 July 2018

Execs at English winery Chapel Down are putting the brand on well-heeled tourists' radars by launching a series of pop-up tastings at Le Meridian's five-star hotel in Piccadilly.
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5 things we learned about the on-trade from William Grant & Sons’ market report
16 July 2018

Activism is the new buzzword in advertising, according to the execs at William Grant & Sons speaking at the drinks giant's market report launch last week.
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Sally Easton MW wins award for WSET Vines & Vinification book
16 July 2018

A book on winemaking and viticulture written by Sally Easton MW for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has won the Viticulture and Oenology category at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) Awards 2018.
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the drinks business joins forces with the spirits business to launch The Wine and Spirits Show
16 July 2018

The team behind The City Wine Show and Spirited London is thrilled to announce the launch of The Wine & Spirits Show, which will bring together the world's very best wine and spirits under one roof.
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Domaine Thomson: ‘Hottest summer in a century in NZ’
16 July 2018

Marked by unusual heat waves that scorched Central Otago in December and January, the 2018 vintage in the New Zealand wine region had experienced what Domaine Thomson's co-founder called the "hottest in 100 years".
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Rousseau leads Bonhams sale
16 July 2018

As the London wine auction scene winds down for the summer, Burgundy and first growth claret led a last hurrah at Bonhams’ sale last week.
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Natural Selection: the rise of organic wine
16 July 2018

Low-intervention wines, whether they be made organically, biodynamically or naturally, are becoming increasingly popular. Edith Hancock reports.
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US$10 million worth of smuggled beer busted in China
16 July 2018

Customs officials in Ningbo city in eastern China have raided a cross-city beer smuggling ring that led to the discovery of smuggled beer exceeding RMB 70 million (US$10.46 million) in value, the biggest smuggled beer bust in years.
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Jordan Estate makes return to UK with House of Townend
16 July 2018

California's Jordan Wine Estate has signed on with Cachet Wines, the distribution arm of wine merchant House of Townend, making its wines available in the UK once more after a number of years away.
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Jefford on Monday: The fullness of wine
16 July 2018

 Andrew Jefford meets the Burgundy and Châteauneuf specialist Mounir Saouma...The Saouma cellar at Vieux Bouigard near Orange. Just don't mention 'natural wine'...
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South Africa Gears Up For a Takeover
16 July 2018

 The South African government has threatened to confiscate farmland. James Lawrence visited to see the effect on winemakers.
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Future wine legends: Decanter 100-point wines
15 July 2018

We've rounded up a selection of wines awarded the full 100 points by our experts. A few older vintages have already featured in our Wine Legend series, but the rest are all contenders for a future place in Decanter's hall of fame.Rayas shone particularly brightly in 2016, says Matt Walls. Future contenders for our hall of fame, and a few that have already made it...
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Tackling climate change in Bordeaux
15 July 2018

Temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns look set to increase in Bordeaux. Elin McCoy reports on the latest research and the measures being taken to address the problemFires lit in the vineyards of Bordeaux to prevent frost damage on 27 April 2017. What is being done?...
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It's the Final Countdown
15 July 2018

 As the World Cup reaches its climax, we check the wine pedigree of the top eight teams.
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Sommelier Roundtable: Most Common Mistakes (Wine Spectator)
14 July 2018

Dining out and hoping to impress? These 7 wine pros share the biggest wine blunders they see from diners—and how to avoid them
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Man makes £21k profit on antique wine bottle he thought was fake
14 July 2018

A man who bought what he thought was a fake 17th century wine bottle in order to stop others being conned into buying it was shocked when it proved to be genuine, making him a tidy profit of £21,470.
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‘World Cup’ wines to be auctioned
14 July 2018

A magnum of Champagne signed by many of the players in England’s World Cup-winning football team in 1966 is to be auctioned this August.
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Climate change is biggest risk to World Heritage sites – former UNESCO chief
14 July 2018

The former head of UNESCO has called on the wine industry to support proposals to create a new index that can measure climate change risk in World Heritage sites, from the slopes of Douro Valley to the vineyards of Burgundy. A view across Douro Valley. Winemakers can help with new index to battle climate change, says ex-UNESCO director-general...
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Five Chinese drinks company on Fortune China 500 list
14 July 2018

Five Chinese alcoholic beverage companies made onto this year’s Fortune China 500 list, three being baijiu distilleries and the other two brewers.
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Brexit white paper: What is the industry saying, and what are ‘trusted traders’?
13 July 2018

A white paper on Brexit was been published this week setting out Theresa May's vision for the UK's future relationship with the EU, which will significantly affect the drinks trade.
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Liv-ex reveals most searched for wines
13 July 2018

Fine wine exchange Liv-ex has revealed the 50 most searched for wines listed on its platform so far this year and while it’s still dominated by Bordeaux there are some new interlopers from elsewhere in the fine wine world.
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Cains beer to return to Liverpool
13 July 2018

Cains beer is to be made at its Grade-II listed home for the first time in five years after a local entrepreneur acquired the Cains name and plans to open a new brewery in the building. 
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The week in pictures
13 July 2018

This week in the world of drinks; CEOs react to Theresa May's plan for Brexit, Raymond Blanc celebrates Bastille Day in London, a pub in Hammersmith renames itself the Trump Arms, and someone thought creating a wine label based on The Handmaid's Tale was a good idea.
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Amorim to eradicate TCA by 2020
13 July 2018

Head of the world’s largest cork producer, Antonio Amorim, says that his company will have achieved the total eradication of TCA across the billions of corks it produces by 2020.
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Baboon hunting permits for Constantia wine producers cause controversy
13 July 2018

South African government-run conservation organisation CapeNature has issued Constantia Valley wineries with hunting permits to kill up to two baboons a day as a last resort, after non-lethal methods of controlling the primates have proved unsuccessful. 
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Camden Town reinvent the pint glass with squat ‘Jack’
13 July 2018

London's Camden Town Brewery has reinvented the classic pint glass with the help of two British designers, unveiling a squat-shaped, tumbler-like glass called the 'Jack', and a slimline Pilsner-style glass called 'Kenneth'.
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South Korean group hoping to import North Korean beer
13 July 2018

A South Korean group is seeking the proper authorisation to import North Korea’s famous Taedonggang beer although trade sanctions between the two Koreas are still in place despite a recent warming of relations.
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80-year-old Moutai auctioned for US$300,000 in China
13 July 2018

A bottle of 80 year old Moutai, made by Kweichow Moutai in 1940, has been auctioned off in China for a record RMB 1.97 million (US$294,345), more than twice its estimated price, at a recent Moutai-themed auction that brought in close to RMB 85 million (US$12.5 million).
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Gaja Barbaresco crus: Costa Russi & Sorì San Lorenzo verticals
13 July 2018

Stephen Brook recently visited Gaja's estate in Barbaresco, where he tasted verticals of their Costa Russi and Sorì San Lorenzo crus...High inter-row plantings in Gaja's vineyards. See Stephen Brook's tasting notes & scores from two verticals of Gaja's single vineyard wines...
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English winemakers praise ‘near perfect’ conditions in heatwave
13 July 2018

Decanter.com spoke to English winemakers about this year’s vintage, following the heatwave across the UK… Nyetimber vineyard in Sussex. We spoke to the winemakers...
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Signed bottle of 1966 World Cup Champagne to be auctioned
13 July 2018

A bottle of the limited edition 1966 World Cup Champagne, signed by eight members of that year's winning England team, is to go on auction next month.The bottle is signed by some of the winning team. With eight signatures from the winning team...
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The World's Most Wanted Wines
13 July 2018

 It's the usual suspects for our most searched-for wines, but there's a surprise among the most-improved rankings.
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Unfiltered: New York Gets Dream Rosé Mansion, France Gets Nightmare Rosé Fraud Epidemic (Wine Spectator)
13 July 2018

A first look at the psychedelic house of pink. Plus, the chosen Champagne pour of the Tour de France
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Wine Is Full of Healthy Polyphenols. But What's a Polyphenol? (Wine Spectator)
13 July 2018

These antioxidants set wine apart from other alcoholic beverages. Here's what they mean for your health
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DAWA vice-chair: Sarah Jane Evans MW
13 July 2018

Sarah Jane Evans MW is a vice-chair at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018.Sarah Jane Evans MW Sarah Jane Evans MW is an award-winning journalist who began writing about wine in the 1980s.
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Comment: ‘Modern humans relish “dangerous” bitter flavours’
13 July 2018

Andrew Jefford explores the perception of bitter flavours in wine....‘Modern humans relish “dangerous” bitter flavours’ The perception of bitter flavours in wine....
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DAWA vice-chair: Li Demei
13 July 2018

Li Demei is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2018.Li Demei Li Demei is a DecanterChina.com columnist and an associate professor of wine tasting and oenology.
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Top 10 new products: July
12 July 2018

This month saw the launch of a limited edition single malt from 1968, the fourth vintage of Juvé & Camps' single vineyard Cava, an arachnid-inspired bottle design from Australia’s d’Arenberg, and a pineapple liqueur from Tequila brand Patrón.
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Landlord renames pub the ‘Trump Arms’ for the US presidential visit – and people are furious
12 July 2018

People are leaving one-star reviews on a London pub's Facebook page after its landlord renamed it the "Trump Arms" to celebrate the US president's visit to the UK this week.
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DAWA vice-chair: Andrew Jefford
12 July 2018

Andrew Jefford is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) 2018Andrew Jefford Andrew Jefford contributes a column every month to Decanter magazine, and writes the Jefford on Monday blog for Decanter.com.
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Woodforde’s Brewery to sponsor Norwich FC
12 July 2018

Norfolk brewer Woodforde’s has signed a “substantial” sponsorship deal with Norwich Football Club ahead of the start of the 2018/19 season this August.
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Georgia wine exports in H1 driven by Russian demand
12 July 2018

Georgian wine exports in the first half of the year have recorded double-digit growth in both volume and value, driven by bullish demand from Russia, and new markets in countries such as Japan.
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Winner of US-China trade war might be Chile
12 July 2018

As the world’s two biggest economies leapt into a trade war, Chilean wineries might be the biggest winner to reap benefits following China’s punitive taxes on American wine exports, which valued at more than US$75 million last year.
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The Bordeaux barometer: Cool vs hot vintages
12 July 2018

As technological advances make it easier to deal with variable weather conditions, Jane Anson assesses the impact of hot and cool vintages in Bordeaux and offers advice on what to buy – whatever the weather... The advice on what to buy – whatever the weather...
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Contamination by infected mice caused tularemia outbreak at German winery
12 July 2018

An investigation has found that grapes pressed with infected mice were behind a tularemia outbreak in Germany, which caused several harvesters to fall ill in 2016.
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You can now order a Champagne flight at Harvey Nichols’ in-house bar
12 July 2018

Knightsbridge department store Harvey Nichols has re-opened its flagship bar after a three-week makeover.
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Whisky brand Penderyn to open two new sites in Wales
12 July 2018

The chief executive of Welsh whisky distillery Penderyn, based near Aberdare, has announced plans to stay true to the brand's Welsh roots and open new sites in Llandudno and Swansea.
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DAWA vice-chair: Shinya Tasaki
12 July 2018

Shinya Tasaki, a renowned and award-winning sommelier from Tokyo, is a vice-chair in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).Shinya Tasaki Shinya Tasaki is the President of the Japanese Sommelier Association and the A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World 1995.
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Mirabeau to launch frozen rosé popsicles in Waitrose
12 July 2018

Provence rosé producer Mirabeau is to launch its 'Frosé' popsicles in Waitrose this weekend as the UK continues its run of unseasonably warm weather. 
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New on Wine List Confidential: Serge et le Phoque
12 July 2018

Award-winning sommelier, Bert Blaize describes his vision for Serge as ‘fun and fine’...
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Tasting Léoville Poyferré wines from 1961 to 2016
12 July 2018

Read an in-depth report on the evolution of this St-Julien estate's style with tasting notes and fresh ratings for more than 25 vintages; published exclusively for Premium members. Léoville Poyferré: St-Julien's 'non-conformist' winery... In-depth report and fresh tasting notes, exclusively for Premium members...
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Wine Spectator Announces Changes in California Wine Reviewers (Wine Spectator)
12 July 2018

New assignments include Kim Marcus for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and James Molesworth for Cabernet Sauvignon
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After Back-to-Back Difficult Vintages, Chile's 2018 Harvest Brings Relief (Wine Spectator)
12 July 2018

Vintners are thrilled with quality this year following the fire-plagued 2017 and rainy 2016
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What is white Port? – ask Decanter
12 July 2018

How it differs from other styles and expert advice on how to make an alternative version of a gin & tonic. White Port and tonic at Bar Douro. White Port and tonic anyone?...
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Dominus 2014 leads US fine wine trade
11 July 2018

The 2014 vintage of Californian winery Dominus has been the most traded US wine on Liv-ex so far this year.
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Heineken eyes Scottish on-trade with refurbishments totalling £4 million
11 July 2018

Heineken is planning to invest more than £4 million in transforming dozens of pubs in Scotland to cater for a growing interest in premium food and drink offers.
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Best wine waistcoats for the World Cup 2018
11 July 2018

We've searched the web for some of the best wine waistcoats, inspired by England manager Gareth Southgate.England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates as England beat Colombia in 2018 World Cup. Inspired by England manager, Gareth Southgate...
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Andrew Wong to open second restaurant in London
11 July 2018

Andrew Wong will open a second restaurant in London in September called Kym's, named after his parent's former restaurant in Victoria, which the chef relaunched and renamed A.Wong in 2012.
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New Zealand Winegrowers launches 2019 scholarship for sommeliers
11 July 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched its 2019 Sommelier Scholarship, welcoming sommeliers from across Europe to a "Sommit" networking weekend in Hawkes Bay next year.
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Steven Spurrier to release England’s first crémant
11 July 2018

British wine writer Steven Spurrier is to release England’s first crémant in November, using wines from his estate in Dorset.
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Vine genetics specialist appointed chief scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy
11 July 2018

Professor Attilio Scienza of the University of Milan, an acclaimed Italian scientist who specialises in vine genetics, has been appointed as the chief scientist of the Vinitaly International Academy.
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Budweiser ups production for World Cup giveaway
11 July 2018

As England prepares to take on Croatia in tonight's World Cup semi-final, Budweiser has reconfirmed its promise to giveaway a free beer to every adult in the UK if the team goes on to win the World Cup, and is already increasing production in preparation.
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1966 Bowmore sells for £51k
11 July 2018

A rare bottle of Bowmore 1966 Samaroli Bouquet has been sold for £51,611 at auction, exceeding “all expectations”.
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Divers in Thai rescue mission going home to ‘car full of beer’
11 July 2018

A team of heroic divers who helped in the monumental effort to rescue 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Chang Rai will be welcomed home with a "car full of beer", according to the family of one British diver.
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Constellation Brands acquires Texan craft brewery
11 July 2018

Constellation Brands, the owner of beer brands including Corona and Ballast Point, has acquired Texas-based craft brewery Four Corners for an undisclosed sum. 
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From the archive: California Cabernet 2011 panel tasting results
11 July 2018

Decanter's experts give their verdict on California Cabernet from the 2011 vintage... Originally published in Decanter magazine's February 2015 issue and now available online and in full for Premium members See what Decanter's experts thought of California Cabernet from the 2011 vintage...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Crunchy Baked Coconut Shrimp (Wine Spectator)
11 July 2018

This summer classic gets even better with sweet apricot sauce and a fruity white wine
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Krug recruits Jools Holland for luxury train ride at £450 a ticket
11 July 2018

Champagne house Krug has launched ‘tracks on tracks’, a luxury train journey serving Krug alongside food from chef Luke Robinson and with musical performances curated by Jools Holland. The 'Krug Encounters' aim to bring together music, food and Krug Champagne. Krug launches ‘tracks on tracks’...
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Jura in-depth and wines not to miss
10 July 2018

Tucked between Burgundy and the Swiss border, this small area in eastern France is a missing piece of the puzzle for many wine lovers. James Lawther MW explores Jura’s bucolic charms and its characterful wines...Château-Chalon appellation vineyards in Jura. Plus six producers to watch...
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France: Fraud probe finds Spanish wine being passed off as French
10 July 2018

An investigation by France's anti-fraud watchdog has found millions of bottles-worth of Spanish wine either being falsely passed off as French or poorly labelled to make French consumers think it is homegrown, say officials.French winemakers protest in 2017 at what they see as misleading labelling of imported wines in some retailers. Audits of retailers and restaurants find false and misleading la...
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Napa's Cabernet Dependency Deepens
10 July 2018

 The flood of Cabernet comes down to a very simple equation: better returns mean more profit.
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Marlborough Wineries Aim to Protect Reputation (Wine Spectator)
10 July 2018

Worried about quality of Sauvignon Blanc bottled outside New Zealand, vintners create Appellation Marlborough Wine certification
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Top-value red Burgundy: hidden gems in the Côte de Nuits
10 July 2018

The realities of the market now put the best Burgundy Pinot Noir beyond the reach of most wine lovers. But, argues Andy Howard MW, some great examples can still be found at relatively affordable prices. He recommends the names to look out for – and selects a dozen excellent wines to try...Finding good deals in Burgundy's patchwork quilt of vineyards has become an art in itself as prices have...
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Obama urges wine industry to collaborate in climate change fight
09 July 2018

Former US president Barack Obama has used a climate change summit in Porto to urge the wine industry to work together more, and called on businesses to help shape government policy on the issue.Former US president Barack Obama was a strong supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement. Former US president speaks to wine industry at Porto summit...
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Jefford on Monday: Redressing the balance
09 July 2018

Andrew Jefford reviews professor Alex Maltman’s recently published book, Vineyards, Rocks, & Soils. Calcereous rock and sandy, clay soil in the Pic-St-Loup area of Languedoc. This shot is from vineyards owned by Château de Lascaux. Our columnist reviews a new book on vineyard soils and geology...
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Wine Legend: Moss Wood, Cabernet Sauvignon 1975
09 July 2018

'Considered one of the greatest red wines produced in the region...' 'One of the greatest red wines produced in the region...'
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Aged white Rioja back to 1920: What does it taste like?
08 July 2018

Ever wondered what old white Rioja tastes like, or how long you should keep it? Read on for Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW's top ageable whites, dating back to 1920.R. López de Heredia's founder, Don Rafael, in the cellars. White Rioja can last longer than you think...
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Could there be new fine wine grape varieties? Ask Decanter
08 July 2018

Could new grape varieties mean that there could be new fine wines?Divico grapes Are there any future stars on the horizon?...
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Champagne Grower-producers: the beginning of the end?
07 July 2018

Are our beloved Champagne growers on a path to extinction? A concerned Tyson Stelzer reports...Cuvées produced by grower-producer Gaston Chiquet Will grower producers survive....?
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First taste: Gaja Barbaresco 2015 release
07 July 2018

Armit Wine has released the latest Gaja Barbaresco in the UK, so here is re-cap on how the wine, and the vintage, has been shaping up.Gaja Barbaresco wine in barrels. What our expert thought of the wine...
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Nederburg creates culinary journey to celebrate Tour de France
07 July 2018

South Africa's Nederburg wine estate has launched a culinary journey to celebrate the route of the 2018 Tour de France, with 11 dishes each matched to a different wine from the property. 
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Japanese domestic wine production on the rise
06 July 2018

Spurred on by Japanese wine’s growing global popularity, the country's domestic wine production is rising gradually following a tightening of regulations that distinguish between wines made from locally grown or imported grapes.
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Michelin Guide debuts in China’s Guangzhou
06 July 2018

The Michelin Guide has launched its first-ever guide in Guangzhou, the home of Cantonese food, in southern China, the second mainland city to be featured after Shanghai.
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Best vintage ever forecast for English wine
06 July 2018

English wine producers are on course to produce their best and biggest vintage ever, following an extended period of hot, dry weather in the UK.
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Behind the bar: Vincenzo Pagliara
06 July 2018

Vincenzo Pagliara, head of mixology at the newly opened The Sukhothai Shanghai, lauds his favourite spirit, tequila, and wishes the industry would stop putting excessive emphasis on glassware and garnish.
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Champagne Castelnau takes inspiration from cycling for NV bottles
06 July 2018

Champagne Castelnau has launched a 2018 special edition cycling-inspired design for its Brut Réserve NV and Brut Réserve Rosé NV bottles.
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‘World’s first’ double-layered wine bottle launched
06 July 2018

A German design company has launched what it claims is the "world's first double-layer wine bottle" which keeps wine cold without the need to put it back in the cooler. 
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Best Waitrose wines to try this summer
06 July 2018

See our tasting team's must-try Waitrose wines for the summer season, with added wines from the new collection tasted by Decanter's Tina Gellie, including white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Greek Assyrtiko and a magnum of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. See the best wines from Waitrose's summer collection...
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Salma Hayek to make Tequila-soaked Netflix series
06 July 2018

Multitalented Mexican actress Salma Hayek is to produce a Spanish language Netflix series called Monarca about a corrupt, family-run Tequila empire.
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Top 30 Languedoc white wines for summer
06 July 2018

France’s far south is better known for reds but there is a wide range of exciting white wine styles thanks to the region's abundance of traditional grape varieties and winemakers' skill in creating interesting blends. Time to start exploring, says Rosemary George MW... Our local expert in France's far south chooses some of her favourites...
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The week in pictures
06 July 2018

This week in the world of drinks; we enjoy lashings of Lanson at Wimbledon, Michel Roux's daughter Emily strikes out with her own with London restaurant, Will Ferrell loves Scotch, the Beckhams (still) love wine, and we go on the raz with X-Factor's Chico.
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Scratch and sniff rosé launched
06 July 2018

Hoping to ride the pink wine wave, a California rosé with a watermelon-scented scratch and sniff label has gone on sale in the US.
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RSPCA puzzled by increasing reports of drunk, vomiting seagulls that ‘reek of beer’
06 July 2018

One RSPCA centre in Somerset has taken in 30 drunk seagulls in the past two weeks, yet the animal charity remains puzzled by how exactly the birds are becoming so inebriated. 
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Decanter travel guide: Tokaj, Hungary
06 July 2018

With its rural villages, atmospheric cellars and sweet golden wines, this northeastern corner of Hungary is a hidden gem, waiting to be explored. Caroline Gilby MW shares her highlights...Explore the Tokaj wine region... This corner of Hungary is a hidden gem...
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Hail hits Nuits-St-Georges area in Burgundy
06 July 2018

Hail and heavy rain have caused at least some damage to several vineyards in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, mostly in the communes of Prémeaux-Prissey and Nuits-St-Georges.Vines in Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy. Damage reported in several vineyards...
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Great value wines for the weekend under £20
06 July 2018

Refreshing and elegant white Burgundy wines — without the eye-watering price tag... Love white Burgundy but hate the hefty price tag...?
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Relief as Napa Fire Risk Recedes
06 July 2018

 The huge fire in northern California has had the wind taken out of its sails.
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Unfiltered: Ex-Yellow Tail Guy Pleads Guilty to Wine (and Weed) Crime (Wine Spectator)
06 July 2018

Plus, former French footballer pleads guilty to selling fake Bordeaux, and drones vs. sharpshooters
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Profile: Whispering Angel rosé
06 July 2018

You've probably heard of it, but how much do you know about this well-known rosé wine? One of the best-selling rosé wines in the world...
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Wine Restaurants Worth the Hype (Wine Spectator)
06 July 2018

Seats are coveted for a reason at these culinary hotspots
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Turning Tables: Danny Meyer's Manhatta Puts Sky-High Panoramas on the Menu (Wine Spectator)
06 July 2018

What to expect from the upcoming New York restaurant. Plus, Chicago's Maple & Ash is opening a new restaurant, Galatoire's chef leaves, and more news
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Restaurant Spotlight: Tagliata (Wine Spectator)
06 July 2018

Raising the stakes for Baltimore’s Italian steak houses
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Amorim to plant drip-irrigated cork forests to meet rising demand for stoppers
05 July 2018

Amorim is to begin trial plantations of higher-density, drip-irrigated cork oak forests to speed up production of this slow-growing natural raw material as the demand for cork stoppers continues to rise.
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Château de Nalys: Guigal expands into Châteauneuf-du-Pape
05 July 2018

Northern Rhône stalwart Guigal has given Matt Walls a preview of releases from its newly acquired Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate. Premium members can read Matt's exclusive report below.Nalys has recently changed hands. An exclusive preview of Guigal's new project...
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Wine Intelligence: Australia drives China’s imported wine growth
05 July 2018

Australia could soon surpass France as China’s biggest source for imported wines as the most recent report by Wine Intelligence affirms the country’s key role in driving China’s imported wine market.
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Does TCA develop after bottling? Ask Decanter
05 July 2018

Can TCA develop after bottling, and how does storage affect this? Geoff Taylor explains...Could you spot cork taint? When does it occur...?
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Mast-Jägermeister takes stake in German gin brand
05 July 2018

Family owned German alcohol producer Mast-Jägermeister has made its first "strategic investment" in another brand, taking a stake in Hamburg-based gin brand Gin Sul. 
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73% of Brits are intimidated by wine lists
05 July 2018

A staggering 73% of Brits are intimidated by restaurant wine lists according to a new study, while 58% don't feel they have enough wine knowledge to order with confidence.
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David and Victoria Beckham spent over £2,000 on wine at this restaurant in Paris
05 July 2018

David and Victoria Beckham celebrated their wedding anniversary this week the only way they know how — drinking thousands of pounds worth of wine.
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Canadian wine industry receives government grant
05 July 2018

The Canadian wine industry is to receive C$8.4 million in funding for research over the next five years he Canadian agriculture minister announced this week.
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Yealands Estate sold to electricity network
05 July 2018

Peter Yealands has sold his remaining shares in Yealands Estate, the New Zealand winery he founded in 2002, to electricity supplier Marlborough Lines for an undisclosed sum.
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Chef Galton Blackiston launches two Norfolk beers
05 July 2018

Galton Blackiston, owner of Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel Morston Hall in Norfolk, has launched two beers which he helped to produce, working with local farmers, maltsters and brewers.
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French volcanic wine region gains UNESCO listing
05 July 2018

A mountain range of 80 dormant volcanoes on the doorstep of France's central winemaking appellations has been granted a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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Steven Soderbergh releases Bolivian spirit in UK
05 July 2018

Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh has launched his Singani 63 brand – a Muscat of Alexandria-based spirit made in Bolivia – in the UK.
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Anson: Meeting a female pioneer of the Médoc
05 July 2018

Jane Anson meets Jenny Dobson, the New Zealander considered to have been one of the first female cellar masters in the Médoc and who was subsequently nicknamed the 'queen of red wine blending' for her consultant winemaking work in her home country. No need for the gym: Bordeaux cellar masters have a very physical and demanding job. Jenny Dobson talks about her time as a cellar master in Bor...
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In Value Wines We Trust
05 July 2018

 Bordeaux's big guns might be misfiring, but that doesn't mean there isn't great wine to be had.
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Chile 2018 vintage: ‘A year of finesse’
05 July 2018

Chile’s 2018 vintage has been tipped by several winemakers as one of the best in recent years, with a good crop, moderate temperatures and relatively few weather-related dramas expected to produce balanced wines in many regions. Harvesting grapes in Valle de Curico, Chile, in 2013. One of the best in recent years, say winemakers...
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Unsigned Talent Trade Tasting
05 July 2018

Taste exceptional Decanter World Wine Award winners from the 2018 competition, all looking to secure distribution in the UK. Join us at the OXO2, London on the 20 September to taste exceptional DWWA 2018 award-winners that are currently seeking distribution
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Macallan launches Edition No.4 in Hong Kong
05 July 2018

Inspired by the structure of Macallan’s new distillery, Macallan’s Edition No. 4 has been launched in Hong Kong at an event hosted by its distributor Edrington Group.
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Puklavec: Furmint is our character in Slovenia
05 July 2018

Furmint, usually associated with sweet Tokaji wines from Hungary, is having a second life as a dry still wine in Slovenia, with the country’s leading dry Furmint specialist Puklavec Family Wines promoting its ageing potential, versatility and ability to express terroir.
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Wildfire rages in Napa County
04 July 2018

A 70,000-acre wildfire is currently blazing through Napa County less than a year after the wine region suffered one of the worst wildfires in northern California’s history.
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Sales boost for Oakman Inns beats ‘personal best’
04 July 2018

Sales rose by 35% at pub chain Oakman Inns thanks in-part to two new sites added to the portfolio.
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Comparing Artadi terroirs: Single vineyard wines
04 July 2018

A recent sale preview tasting at Christie's gave Sarah Jane Evans MW an opportunity to examine Artadi's terroir-driven approach...The clay-limestone soil of some of Artadi's best vineyard sites. The single vineyard wines of Artadi are among the best in Rioja...
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Comparing Artadi terroirs: Single vineyard wines
04 July 2018

A recent sale preview tasting at Christie's gave Sarah Jane Evans MW an opportunity to examine Artadi's terroir-driven approach...The clay-limestone soil of some of Artadi's best vineyard sites. The single vineyard wines of Artadi are among the best in Rioja...
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New initiative launched to stamp out sexism, racism and homophobia in UK pubs
04 July 2018

A new accreditation has been launched designed for UK pubs to ensure their customers don't face discriminative abuse.
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25,000 bottles of Champagne to be drunk at Wimbledon
04 July 2018

A whopping 25,000 bottles of Lanson Champagne are due to be cracked open at Wimbledon over the next two weeks as the house celebrates its 17th year as the official supplier of the Championships.
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Watchdog investigates KPMG’s audit of Conviviality
04 July 2018

UK accountancy watchdog The Financial Reporting Council has launched an investigation into KPMG's audit of former drinks wholesaler Conviviality after the latter's collapse and division in April this year. 
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From the archive: Bottle variation and the best laid plans…
04 July 2018

Of all the mysteries of wine, bottle variation can be one of the most frustrating. In this article from our archive, Richard Hemming MW investigates the science behind the phenomenon, and explains why the old adage that ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles’ often rings true. Originally published in Decanter magazine's June 2013 issue and now available online and in full for P...
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From the archive: Bottle variation and the best laid plans…
04 July 2018

Of all the mysteries of wine, bottle variation can be one of the most frustrating. In this article from our archive, Richard Hemming MW investigates the science behind the phenomenon, and explains why the old adage that ‘there are no great wines, only great bottles’ often rings true. Originally published in Decanter magazine's June 2013 issue and now available online and in full for P...
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The best wines from the Pays d’Oc selected for 2018
04 July 2018

The best wines from the Pays d’Oc IGP for 2018 have been revealed, following a judging session in the Languedoc last week.
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Burgundy and mature claret drive market up
04 July 2018

The broader secondary fine wine market rose 1.4% in June, driven by strong demand for Burgundy and older Bordeaux vintages.
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The World's Most Wanted Zinfandels
04 July 2018

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a selection of true-blue American classics?
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The Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine
04 July 2018

Always a man on a mission, this son of Bordeaux broke free of familial ties and went on to establish a new benchmark for quality in rosé wines in the southeast of France. Jane Anson reports after her latest visit to Château d’Esclans in Provence.Sacha Lichine Jane Anson meets the owner of Château d’Esclans...
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The Decanter interview: Sacha Lichine
04 July 2018

Always a man on a mission, this son of Bordeaux broke free of familial ties and went on to establish a new benchmark for quality in rosé wines in the southeast of France. Jane Anson reports after her latest visit to Château d’Esclans in Provence.Sacha Lichine Jane Anson meets the owner of Château d’Esclans...
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db drinks: Brigadiers
04 July 2018

db's Phoebe French heads to Brigadiers for a tropical cyclone mango IPA, a restaurant-bottled whisky soda laced with fenugreek and a Champagne cocktail served in a vintage absinthe fountain.
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French Authorities Seize 10 Bordeaux Wineries Owned by a Chinese Conglomerate (Wine Spectator)
04 July 2018

Prosecutors are investigating Haichang Group and its founder Qu Naijie, who bought 27 estates in four years, for money laundering and fraud
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Getting better with age: Old-vine Chenin Blanc in South Africa
04 July 2018

Efforts to seek out and preserve old-vine Chenin Blanc are currently reaping rewards for South Africa’s winemakers. Tim Atkin MW finds out how one of the country’s oldest varieties has become its newest source of world-class wines...Old Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa. Why efforts to preserve older vines are paying off...
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Getting better with age: Old-vine Chenin Blanc in South Africa
04 July 2018

Efforts to seek out and preserve old-vine Chenin Blanc are currently reaping rewards for South Africa’s winemakers. Tim Atkin MW finds out how one of the country’s oldest varieties has become its newest source of world-class wines...Old Chenin Blanc vines at Boschendal in Franschhoek, South Africa. Why efforts to preserve older vines are paying off...
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French officials threaten to deport Japanese winemaker couple
04 July 2018

A ruling that could force a Japanese winemaker couple in Roussillon to leave France has sparked an online petition to keep them in the country.Vineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon. Pair launch appeal over ruling...
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French officials threaten to deport Japanese winemaker couple
04 July 2018

A ruling that could force a Japanese winemaker couple in Roussillon to leave France has sparked an online petition to keep them in the country.Vineyards near to Collioure in Roussillon. Pair launch appeal over ruling...
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Pernod Ricard’s legal boss Ian FitzSimons is stepping down
03 July 2018

Ian FitzSimons is stepping down from his role as Pernod Ricard's general counsel, a role he has held at the French drinks giant since 2002.
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Tesco and Carrefour to form ‘strategic alliance’
03 July 2018

Supermarket giant Tesco is planning to join forces with French hypermarket chain Carrefour in a “strategic alliance” that will help it cut costs and improve profitability.
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Highlights: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 tasting
03 July 2018

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Deportation threat to Japanese winemakers causes outcry in France
03 July 2018

The case of a Japanese winemaking couple facing deportation from France has caused an outcry in the country.
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Constellation’s cannabis investment offers $300 million gain
03 July 2018

Drinks giant Constellation's profit margins have shrunk in the first quarter of 2018, but the Corona beer owner said its investment in cannabis business Canopy Growth is already paying off.
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Pernod Ricard ventures into non-alcoholic ‘gin’
03 July 2018

Pernod Ricard has signed a deal to launch and distribute South African/Swedish brand Ceder's in the UK, which describes itself as a "non-alcoholic alt-gin made with classic gin and South African botanicals". 
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Macallan miniature expected to fetch £1,000
03 July 2018

A miniature bottle of 32-year-old Macallan that was distilled in 1937 is expected to fetch £1,000 at a rare whisky auction in Glasgow later this week.
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Penfolds to make Napa Valley wine and Champagne
03 July 2018

Penfolds is set to make a California wine, a baijiu-infused Shiraz and a Champagne as part of a plan by owner Treasury Wine Estates to expand the brand. The first vintage of Penfolds Grange, from 1951, sold for over AU $50,000 in 2017. Global expansion announced by Penfolds owner...
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Grace Vineyard listed on HK Stock Exchange
03 July 2018

Chinese winery Grace Vineyard was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last week, raising over HK$406 million, the majority of which will be invested in building its winemaking facilities in Ningxia province, China’s leading winemaking region.
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Birmingham ‘pint scam’ comes to a head
03 July 2018

A "large restaurant chain" operating in Birmingham has been found to be serving pints in glasses that are 8.1ml too small, prompting a nationwide recall of the undersized glassware.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Simpsons in the Strand
03 July 2018

Sommelier, Ben Humberston has made English wine his priority since the legendary institution at 100 The Strand reopened last summer. ‘In total, we feature four English sparkling wines by the glass and 10 by the bottle, from Dorset, Sussex and Kent. These work perfectly as an aperitif, and match beautifully with a number of the lighter starters including the Dorset crab salad or London smoked...
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Penfolds adds Napa wines and Baijiu-infused Shiraz to its portfolio
03 July 2018

Penfolds, the flagship brand of Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates, will be adding Napa wines and a new special bottlings range including a brandy, a Chinese Baijiu-infused Shiraz and a Champagne, reinforcing the company’s multi-region and multi-country sourcing philosophy, TWE has announced.
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Fire Risk for Napa County Vineyards
03 July 2018

Growers are keeping an anxious eye on two large fires in Wine Country.
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Fire Risk for Napa County Vineyards
03 July 2018

Growers are keeping an anxious eye on two large fires in Wine Country.
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Wine Spectator Announces 2018 Restaurant Award Winners (Wine Spectator)
03 July 2018

Magazine pays tribute to wine lists that excel, with honorees representing all 50 states and more than 75 countries
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Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018: Results and analysis
03 July 2018

This year’s Cabernet Sauvignon Masters showed that producers from all over the globe have what it takes to make beautiful expressions from this popular grape, writes Rupert Millar.
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The week in pictures: Hong Kong
02 July 2018

From the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Bordeaux and Hong Kong to promote wine and food events to the launch of a HK$2,300 Cognac from The House of Camus, we round up the drinks trade highlights from Hong Kong.
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This artist paints masterpieces with wine — take a look
02 July 2018

"Wine is bottled poetry," as the saying goes, but for one artist, it is much, much more.
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Vasse Felix buys Watershed vineyard to increase Chardonnay production
02 July 2018

Margaret River’s Vasse Felix winery is set to acquire the Watershed vineyard, in a bid to increase its Chardonnay production by as much as 30 per cent in coming years. Watershed vineyards in Margaret River. To increase production of Chardonnay...
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Liverpool Gin to open £1 million distillery this year
02 July 2018

Halewood Wines & Spirits is to open a new, £1 million city centre distillery for its Liverpool Gin brand, which will also house two bars, a gin lab and a bartender school. 
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FMV brings fresh wave of US wines to UK
02 July 2018

UK wholesaler Fields, Morris & Verdin held its first dedicated tasting featuring its North American portfolio recently, highlighting the quality and value of the wines as well as a host of new arrivals as the market for US wines continues to grow.
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Steven Spurrier on ‘wine – a way of life’
02 July 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor reflects on his lengthy and varied career in wine on the publication of his new book: Wine – A Way of Life...Steven Spurrier. Reflections on a life in wine...
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Steven Spurrier on ‘wine – a way of life’
02 July 2018

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor reflects on his lengthy and varied career in wine on the publication of his new book: Wine – A Way of Life...Steven Spurrier. Reflections on a life in wine...
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World Cup 2018: How much beer Brits have been drinking
02 July 2018

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has crunched the numbers to see how merry football fans have been getting at the bar this year.
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NZ’s Mahana Estate winery and hospitality business put up for sale
02 July 2018

Nelson-based Mahana Estates has been put up for sale a week after a High Court judge ruled against a bid to freeze the company's assets as two American investors take legal action against owner Glenn Schaeffer. 
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Chinese estates in Bordeaux seized in fraud investigation
02 July 2018

French fraud investigators have confiscated 10 estates in Bordeaux belonging to the Chinese Haichang Group over alleged financial irregularities involved in their original purchase.
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Will Ferrell drops in for a dram at Scottish distillery
02 July 2018

A tour guide at Highland whisky distillery Tomatin got more than she bargained for last Friday when Anchorman star Will Ferrell popped in for a surprise visit. 
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Jefford on Monday: The Chablis difference
02 July 2018

Andrew Jefford wonders how ‘Burgundian’ Chablis is. Why Chablis is its own wine kingdom...
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Trade War Worries for Winemakers
02 July 2018

Could wine be the next victim in the brewing trade war?
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Trade War Worries for Winemakers
02 July 2018

Could wine be the next victim in the brewing trade war?
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Ancient Rome: A legacy in wine
02 July 2018

What did the Romans ever do for us? Plenty, of course, and in her new book Nina Caplan recounts her journey across Europe in search of traces of the conquering culture's influence on our contemporary world of wine...Hundreds of amphorae, for storing wine and olive oil, found beneath the Roman amphitheatre at Pula in Croatia What did the Romans ever do for us?
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Masi Amarone: Comparing terroirs
02 July 2018

Michaela Morris explores the differences between two of Masi's crus with tasting notes from four vintages spread across three decades...Some of Masi's grapes undergoing the drying process. How does terroir affect wine?
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Top restaurants and wine bars in Bologna
01 July 2018

Known as Italy’s foodie capital — as well as the home of Bolognese sauce —Bologna has sprawling food markets and a lively local wine scene to explore. Local resident Sarah Lane shares her top places to drink and dine in the city…Credit: Patrick Donovan // Getty Images Drink and dine like a local in Italy’s foodie capital…
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Walmart Debuts Private Label Wine
01 July 2018

The mega chain is ramping up to compete with Aldi and Trader Joe’s.
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Walmart Debuts Private Label Wine
01 July 2018

The mega chain is ramping up to compete with Aldi and Trader Joe’s.
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Top Greek red wines: Panel tasting results
30 June 2018

Greece is producing a diverse range of accessible reds, often using indigenous grape varieties and with a more restrained approach to oak. Read this report on 88 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Nico Manessis, regional chair for Greece and Cyprus at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Three wines rated 'outstanding' as new approaches yield results...
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Top-rated Crémant from France
30 June 2018

A great value alternative to Champagne, crémants offer characterful regional sparkle from all over France. Sue Style recommends her favourite bottles... Without the deep pockets required to drink grande marque or grower Champagne, I’m always on the lookout for well-made sparkling
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The World's Most Wanted Whiskeys
30 June 2018

Scotland's distilling juggernauts might want to read this list of most searched-for whiskeys.
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The World's Most Wanted Whiskeys
30 June 2018

Scotland's distilling juggernauts might want to read this list of most searched-for whiskeys.
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Sommelier Talk: A Day in the Life of Rachel Driver Speckan, City Winery's Wine Rock Star (Wine Spectator)
30 June 2018

The national wine director for the restaurant and concert venue chain stops by New York for a jam-packed day of tastings, 'tails and rock 'n' roll
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Heath Watch: NIH Shuts Down $110 Million Study on Alcohol and Health (Wine Spectator)
30 June 2018

Plus, how does that wine make you feel? Two studies explore wine's emotional and physical impact
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Wine Wanderlust Guide: July 2018 (Wine Spectator)
30 June 2018

Plan your travels with wine in mind: This month, check out Napa's Porchfest or go "forest bathing," take in a tasting seminar in D.C. or a wine-and-music festival in the heart of Burgundy. Plus, new openings in California and Washington wine country
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Emily Roux to open London restaurant
30 June 2018

Following in her father’s footsteps, Michel Roux Jr.’s daughter, chef Emily Roux, is to open her first restaurant in Notting Hill in west London this year.
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Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey opens Sauternes vineyard retreat
30 June 2018

In the year of its 400th anniversary, Sauternes first growth Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey has opened a lavish hotel and restaurant at its newly re-furbished estate.Get the full château experience at this first growth estate's luxury retreat... Credit: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey New luxury hotel and restaurant opens in Sauternes...
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Slingsby Gin and Hotel du Vin create ‘gin suites’
30 June 2018

Harrogate-based Slingsby Gin have partnered with a number of Hotel du Vin's sites to create a series of gin-inspired hotel suites, complete with living botanicals and a mini gin bar. 
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Catalonia’s Vilarnau Cava rewarded for eco-friendly development
30 June 2018

Catalonian winery Vilarnau Cava has become one of just 14 Spanish estates to be awarded a certification for its commitment to environmentally-friendly winemaking.
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Police seize Bordeaux châteaux owned by Chinese firm
30 June 2018

French fraud police have frozen ownership of 10 Bordeaux châteaux believed to be connected to the same Chinese investor as part of an ongoing investigation. Ten Bordeaux estates confiscated by police...
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Seedlip to release non-alcoholic cocktail book
30 June 2018

Distilled non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip is set to launch its debut cocktail book, featuring 100 recipes to make at home, as the non-alcoholic drinks trend gathers pace.
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Codorníu to sell €390m majority stake to Carlyle Group
30 June 2018

Spain's Codorníu Raventós Group has entered exclusive negotiations with the Carlyle Group, which earlier this year bought Accolade Wines for AU$1 billion, to sell a majority stake of its business.
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UK launch date of fully automated Coravin model confirmed
29 June 2018

In an interview with the drinks business last week, the founder of Coravin, Greg Lambrecht, confirmed that the US$999 Model Eleven Coravin will be launching in the UK in October this year, and said that he wanted to reduce the price of the Coravin in the future.
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UK restaurant figures fall for first time in eight years
29 June 2018

The number of restaurants in the UK has fallen for the first time in eight years, according to new figures.
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The Corinthia’s Bassoon Bar gets a Sager + Wilde makeover
29 June 2018

Marcis Dzelzainis and Michael Sager of Sager + Wilde have partnered with the Corinthia hotel in central London on a new cocktail menu and Champagne list at its Bassoon Bar.
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Heineken-owned Lagunitas has launched a non-alcoholic cannabis ‘beer’ infused with THC
29 June 2018

US craft brewer Lagunitas has launched "IPA-inspired, THC-infused sparkling water," making parent company Heineken the first big beer brand to enter the US' psychoactive drinks market.
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Top 5 wine bars in Lisbon
29 June 2018

With Lisbon fast becoming one of Europe's most popular city break destinations, we round up some of the best spots for a glass of vino while taking in the sights of this historic Port city.  
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The week in pictures
29 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Ed Sheeran sinks Shiraz with Lionel Richie, the royals toast with Bollinger at Ascot, we head to Asia House to extoll the virtues of Pays d'Oc wines, and The Wine Drinkers break a truly British world record.
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Champagne Lanson ramps up activity ahead of Wimbledon
29 June 2018

In what will be its 17th year as the official Champagne supplier to the Wimbledon Championships, Champagne Lanson will once again be rolling out its much-loved tennis-themed neoprene jackets as part of its Perfect Start campaign.
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Former Casella Brands director pleads guilty to concealing cannabis plants
29 June 2018

Marcello Casella, former director of Australia's Casella Family Brands, the parent company of brands Yellow Tail and Peter Lehmann, has pleaded guilty to concealing almost 3,000 cannabis plants and now faces up to two years in prison for failing to declare knowledge of a criminal syndicate to police. 
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Cava maker Codorníu Raventós close to takeover deal with Carlyle Group
29 June 2018

Codorníu Raventós has said it is in exclusive talks to sell control of its business to a European division of the Carlyle Group, the US-based private equity firm that also bought Hardys owner Accolade Wines via its Asia subsidiary earlier this year. Codorníu cellars in Catalonia. Private equity firm in exclusive talks to buy majority stake in Cava giant...
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SWA sues liquor company over fake Scotch claims
29 June 2018

A major Australian liquor group is facing charges in federal court lodged by the Scotch Whisky Association after an ABC report accused it of selling fake Scotch.
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Wine tasting order: Is there a right way to do it? – Ask Decanter
29 June 2018

Opinions differ on the best order in which to taste different styles of wines, but there are a few golden rules, as Andy Howard MW explains.Tasting at a Decanter Fine Wine Encounter Does the order matter?
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Amazon Expands Wine Delivery Service
29 June 2018

Two-hour wine delivery continues to be rolled out in new US markets.
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Amazon Expands Wine Delivery Service
29 June 2018

Two-hour wine delivery continues to be rolled out in new US markets.
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Tipping the Scales: The State of the Country's Most Contentious Restaurant Practice (Wine Spectator)
29 June 2018

Some want to do away with tipping, while others fight to protect it; federal and state legislators are eyeing it. Where are we now, and how did we get here?
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Perfect Match Recipe: Lamb Chops Scottadito with Artichokes and Honey Lavender Sauce (Wine Spectator)
29 June 2018

Paired with Barbaresco, this grilled Italian dish brings pure flavors to the table
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Unfiltered: Francis' In-Flight Wine on Air Pope One (Wine Spectator)
29 June 2018

Plus, Champagne in space! Saperavi on Mars? Bubbly-flute beer cans, comically big bubbly flutes, and a dance party at Clerc Milon
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7 Restaurants Win New Wine Spectator Grand Awards in 2018 (Wine Spectator)
29 June 2018

Wine Spectator recognizes fine-dining spots from Silicon Valley to South Africa with its top honor for wine lists
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Decanter returns to Shanghai for its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter
29 June 2018

Decanter announces today (28 June) that it will return to the Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on 17 November 2018 with some of the world’s best wines to host its fifth Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter.The grand tasting room at the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2017 See the line-up for our fifth Shanghai Encounter...
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Korean ambassador plied with Tequila
28 June 2018

The South Korean embassy in Mexico City was besieged by ecstatic Mexicans yesterday while Koreans around the city were drinking for free after the Asian country’s victory over Germany kept the Central American nation in the World Cup.
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Bibendum supporting ‘up-and-coming talent’ with new programme
28 June 2018

UK drinks supplier Bibendum has launched the ‘Wine Minds Academy’, a new training scheme designed to support young people in the wine industry.
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The Ministry of Sound’s new bar and restaurant will serve Eastern European wine
28 June 2018

As London's late night music venues continue to disappear, the Ministry of Sound is opening its own office space and restaurant, complete with a daily-changing food menu and Eastern European wines.
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Bo Barrett: Vultures have circled but Château Montelena is not for sale
28 June 2018

Ten years after his father almost sold Napa Valley’s Château Montelena to Michel Reybier of Bordeaux, co-owner Bo Barrett says the winery made famous by the Paris Tasting of 1976 is not for sale, “even though the vultures started circling" when his mother died last August.
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French rosé beyond Provence: Panel tasting results
28 June 2018

Branch out from Provence this summer and try some of the great rosé wines being produced in other French regions. Below is a full report on 92 wines tasted by our three-strong expert panel, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gabay MW... Find a new rosé to try this summer...
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Mallya denies ‘untenable and false allegations’
28 June 2018

After almost two years of speaking only through his lawyers, Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Sprits, has pleaded his innocence on the fraud and money laundering charges at the centre of the hearing to have him extradited from the UK.
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Beer tech inventor found dead in baseball stadium’s beer cooler
28 June 2018

Todd Keeling, 48, reported to be the inventor of a tap that reduces beer pouring time, was found dead inside a beer cooler in the SunTrust Park stadium in Georgia having reportedly been finishing off an installation.
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Four reasons why cannabis is disrupting the alcohol industry in the USA
28 June 2018

In spite of tight regulations and a virtually non-existent global market, analysts and industry veterans alike are extremely optimistic over the prospects of the burgeoning cannabis market in the US.
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Porsche makes Austrian Cuvée 356 to mark 70th year
28 June 2018

Luxury car brand Porsche has produced an own-label wine – a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc from Austria – to commemorate its 70th anniversary.
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William Grant & Sons names recipient of 2018 Ian Murray spirits scholarship
28 June 2018

William Grant & Sons has named Anna Rogan of Luvians Bottleshop in St Andrews as the recipient of its Ian Murray Scholarship – a scheme designed to provide further spirits education to a worthy individual working in off-trade retail outlets.
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E&J Gallo buys Dave Phinney’s Locations wine brand
28 June 2018

California's E&J Gallo Winery has acquired the multi-regional wine brand Locations, founded by Dave Phinney, who will continue in his role as winemaker.
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Anson: Bordeaux en primeur re-imagined
28 June 2018

Jane Anson considers an alternative future for Bordeaux en primeur, following a disappointing 2017 vintage campaign for many merchants. Thousands of tasters descend on Bordeaux in April to taste the new vintage. Time to hit the bottle?...
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Burgundy Legend's Indian Adventure
28 June 2018

Jean-Charles Boisset's adventurous spirit took him from Burgundy to Napa – now he has a new challenge.
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Burgundy Legend's Indian Adventure
28 June 2018

Jean-Charles Boisset's adventurous spirit took him from Burgundy to Napa – now he has a new challenge.
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E. & J. Gallo Buys Star Winemaker Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine Brand (Wine Spectator)
28 June 2018

The large American wine company sees an opportunity to work with Phinney again and grow the brand
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Delivery from Greece
28 June 2018

If you are sending your DAWA samples from Greece, we recommend you use Carel Transport and Logistics.Please contact: Ersie Michou – Branch Manager Carel, Thessaloniki emichou@carel.gr, Tel 30 2310 538 539 43, 26th Octovriou Str., GR-546 27, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Vasse Felix to acquire Watershed Premium Wines for AU$20 million
28 June 2018

Margaret River winery Vasse Felix is in the process of purchasing Watershed Premium Wines from for a reported sum of AU$20 million to expand its Chardonnay production.
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Drinkaware calls for an end to the “status quo” on drunken sexual harassment at festivals
27 June 2018

A festival season heats up, alcohol charity boss Elaine Hindal has called on the UK government to change the way we think about cases of drunken sexual harassment, saying that it shouldn't be "part and parcel of a night out."
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Bancroft appointed UK agent for Delicato Family Vineyards
27 June 2018

Bancroft Wines has been appointed the UK agent for California's Delicato Family Vineyards, which owns 1,700 hectares of vineyards across Lodi, Monterey, and Napa Valley.
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Artesian launches new menu inspired by memories
27 June 2018

The Artesian at The Langham, which has been voted the world’s best bar a record four times, has launched a new menu inspired by life’s key milestones.
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Suduiraut escapes serious fire damage
27 June 2018

Château Suduiraut in Sauternes has been damaged by a fire which was quickly controlled and did no harm to either its winemaking facilities or vineyards.
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Vinventions hires sustainability boss to strengthen focus on eco-friendly business
27 June 2018

Closures specialist Vinventions has created a new position within the business in a bid to become "the wine industry’s most sustainable closure company."
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UK hospitality sector could be worth £100 billion by the end of 2018, despite closures and staff shortages
27 June 2018

UK hospitality businesses will exceed £100 billion this year and that the industry has steadily grown at around 6% for the past five years, new analysis suggests.
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UEFA lifts Champions and Europa League alcohol ban
27 June 2018

UEFA has lifted an alcohol ban that had been in place at all Champions League and Europa League matches, meaning that fans will be able to buy alcohol at stadiums from next season.
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An allotment-themed bar is coming to Shoreditch
27 June 2018

Hospitality group Bourne & Hollingsworth are launching an allotment-themed bar housed within the grounds of Shoreditch's Geffrye Museum.
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Shipyard Brewing loses trademark lawsuit
27 June 2018

Portland's Shipyard Brewing has lost a lawsuit against a Missouri-based brewer Logboat Brewing Co. over its Shiphead beer, claiming that it had infringed upon its trademark.
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Supreme Court Confirms Online Wine Tax
27 June 2018

A legal tax loophole on out-of-state wine purchases has been closed, Liza B. Zimmerman reports.
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Supreme Court Confirms Online Wine Tax
27 June 2018

A legal tax loophole on out-of-state wine purchases has been closed, Liza B. Zimmerman reports.
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The Feast: How to Fill a Picnic Basket (Wine Spectator)
27 June 2018

The team at Flight Wine Bar in Washington, D.C., offers recipes to tote to the park; plus nine value whites, rosés and reds to enjoy alongside
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Napa's Measure C Is Dead; the War Over Hillside Vineyards Has Just Begun (Wine Spectator)
27 June 2018

The ballot initiative that would have protected watersheds by sharply restricting vineyard plantings lost by a slim margin
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When is a Carruades not a Lafite? Ask Decanter
27 June 2018

This curiously geeky and arcane question was posed at a magnificent and memorable dinner at the Pauillac First Growth held earlier this month to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Lafite by Baron James de Rothschild in 1868.Carruades, the 'second wine' of Lafite Rothschild. A riddle posed to diners during a Lafite Rothschild 150th anniversary dinner...
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Best Laithwaite’s wines to try this summer
27 June 2018

Find standout wines from Laithwaite's recent releases, as selected by our tasting team. Most recently, we've added wines chosen by Tina Gellie, including great value sparkling, red, white and rosé for summer. Decanter's tasting team pick their favourites...
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Ed Sheeran and Lionel Richie crack open the Penfolds 1997 in Cardiff
26 June 2018

Singers Ed Sheeran and Lionel Richie drank all night long at a restaurant in Cardiff over the weekend, racking up a sizeable wine bill which included a £750 bottle of Penfolds Grange 1997.
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Cloudwater Brew Co. apologises for pulling out of Beavertown’s festival over Heineken deal
26 June 2018

Manchester craft brewery Cloudwater has apologised for pulling out of Beavertown's beer festival set to take place next month.
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‘Last bottles’ from Henri Jayer cellar sold for $35 million – auction house
26 June 2018

Strong competition from bidders around the world saw the Geneva auction achieve more than double its pre-sale estimate, according to organiser Baghera Wines.Michael Ganne, executive director of Baghera Wines, hosts the Henri Jayer auction in Geneva on 17 June. Bidders compete for a piece of Burgundy history...
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Highways England donates roadside sloe berries to gin company
26 June 2018

Yorkshire-based gin producer Sloemotion is set to receive berries that have a slightly more unusual terroir than most – they've been grown in hedgerows along the A64.
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Ottolenghi opens veggie-focused Rovi in Fitzrovia
26 June 2018

Adding fuel to the vegetarian fire, celebrated chef Yotam Ottolenghi has opened a veggie-focused restaurant in Fitzrovia called Rovi.
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France increases winery stock level to mitigate weather hazards
26 June 2018

France has introduced a new rule that will allow wineries to increase the amount of stock they're allowed to hold back by up to 20%, following recent weather events that adversely affected wine production in the country.
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UK considers mandatory calorie labelling on restaurant menus
26 June 2018

The UK government is considering proposals that would make it mandatory for restaurants, cafes and takeaways to include the calorie information of their dishes on menus. 
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Sager + Wilde’s Charlotte to open own wine bar
26 June 2018

Charlotte Wilde, co-founder of game changing Hoxton wine bar Sager + Wilde, is to open her own solo venture called Darling in Hackney.
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Hong Kong among the cheapest cities in the world for beer
26 June 2018

While the latest global annual cost of living survey again crowned Hong Kong as the most expensive city in the world to live in, the city is among the cheapest places for beer, according to consulting firm Mercer.
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Sainsbury’s sales fall behind rival grocers
26 June 2018

Sainsbury's sales figures dipped in the past three months while rivals like Tesco and Lidl continue to grow, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
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HDH sales up 42% in H1
26 June 2018

Fine wine sales at US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart are up 42% in the first half of the year with 100% of lots offered having been sold.
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New London wine bar to focus on female winemakers
26 June 2018

The owner of ‘Lady of the Grapes’, a new wine bar to open in London next month, plans to showcase wines predominantly made by female winemakers.The wine bar will focus on wines from female winemakers. Opening in July...
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Tua Rita: Redigaffi vertical & new release Keir
26 June 2018

Susan Hulme MW tastes five vintages of Redigaffi, plus the new amphora-fermented Syrah... Exclusive report and ratings for Premium members...
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So Long, Marianne
26 June 2018

Will dropping the personification of France from wine capsules make fraud easier?
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So Long, Marianne
26 June 2018

Will dropping the personification of France from wine capsules make fraud easier?
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Signorello Estate opens new tasting room after fire
26 June 2018

Signorello Estate plans to open a temporary tasting room to continue to welcome tourists, while major rebuilding plans get underway after its winery building was destroyed by California wildfires last year. Signorello Estate saw its winery burned to the ground. Ray Signorello Jr said that all staff were safe, as was the 2017 and 2016 vintage, and has vowed to rebuild. Fire-hit winery on Silverad...
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Suduiraut has lucky escape from fire
26 June 2018

Seventy firefighters have managed to prevent a fire at Château Suduiraut in Sauternes from getting out of control.Suduiraut staff, vines and cellars were unharmed in fire. Seventy firefighters called out...
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Taste more than 180 award-winning wines on Monday 2 July
25 June 2018

Decanter will be holding its annual Decanter World Wine Awards tasting on Monday 2 July at Vintners' Hall, London, from 5pm to 9pm. A Decanter Events Promotion For one day only...
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Dictador launches ambitious 2 Masters project
25 June 2018

Hernan Parra, master distiller of Columbia-based Dictador rum, has launched an ambitious project called 2 Masters that sees vintage Dictador rums finished in different casks by six respected winemakers and distillers in France and Scotland.
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Planting begins at first UK Pinotage vineyard
25 June 2018

English Pinotage could be on your dinner table within five years, if a new project works out as planned.Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens: the setting for what is believed to be the UK's first Pinotage vineyard. English Pinotage could be on your dinner table within a few years...
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Over 100 MPs support tax relief for UK pubs
25 June 2018

More than 100 MPs have backed an Early Day Motion which calls on the UK government to "reduce the tax burden on pubs", according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
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Johnny Depp spent ‘far more’ than $30K on wine
25 June 2018

In a bizarre, illuminating interview with Rolling Stone, troubled actor Johnny Depp admitted to spending “far more” than $30,000 on wine, as had been previously reported.
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What to expect from New Zealand’s 2018 vintage
25 June 2018

A warm summer benefited New Zealand’s winegrowing regions, with 419,000 tonnes of grapes harvested during this year's vintage.
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Top 10 restaurant wine lists in London 2018
25 June 2018

Following the release of Wine List Confidential's 2018 guide to the best restaurants in London for wine lovers, we reveal the top 10 best-performing restaurants based on the strength of their wine list.
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Think you know New Zealand wine? Think again, says Elin McCoy
25 June 2018

‘The speed of change in New Zealand wine leaves me breathless,’ writes Elin McCoy after visiting the country for tastings earlier this year.The Central Otago landscape. The pace of change is breathtaking...
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9,000 Bourbon barrels fall as distillery warehouse collapses
25 June 2018

Around 9,000 barrels of Bourbon came crashing down when part of a warehouse, owned by Kentucky distiller Barton 1792 which is part of the Sazerac Company, collapsed last Friday.
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Ch. Giscours owner dies
25 June 2018

The owner of Château Giscours, Eric Albada Jelgersma, has died aged 79.
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Edrington puts Cutty Sark whisky brand up for sale
25 June 2018

Edrington has put its Cutty Sark and Glenturret whisky brands up for sale, along with its Glenturret distillery in Crieff – Scotland's oldest single malt distillery – so that it can prioritise investment in its core brands.
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Waitrose enters the canned wine game
25 June 2018

Keen to keep on top of the latest drinking trends, UK supermarket Waitrose has launched a range of canned wines in time for the festival season this summer.
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A new bar coming to London will promote women in the wine industry
25 June 2018

A new bar has opened in Covent Garden celebrating women working in the historically male-dominated wine industry.
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First taste: Cristal 2008 launched
25 June 2018

The UK launch of Cristal 2008 impressed Michael Edwards... 'A revelation', even for a Champagne already so well known...
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Wine Retailers Win in New York
25 June 2018

The Empire State's legislature has knocked back measures limiting consumer wine purchases.
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Wine Retailers Win in New York
25 June 2018

The Empire State's legislature has knocked back measures limiting consumer wine purchases.
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Pessac-Léognan: Then and now – the story of an appellation
24 June 2018

Pessac-Léognan has become a dynamic force among the Bordeaux appellations, despite only being around for 30 years. Read a history of the area, plus fresh reviews of how the early vintages taste now.Château Latour-Martillac How Pessac-Léognan made a name for itself...
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Having Your Wine and Drinking It
24 June 2018

The Syphon claims to be the future of wine preservation. Christy Canterbury MW tried it out.
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New Zealand 2016: Reds to buy, including top Pinot Noir
23 June 2018

There is plenty to be excited about, says Rebecca Gibb MW, who picks out 15 reds to try, based on releases so far...Vines at Ata Rangi Winery in Martinborough. Fifteen red wine picks from the 2016 vintage...
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Dispelling the Old Wine Myths
23 June 2018

Fixed ideas can be hard to shift, James Lawrence reports – and some are more persistent than others.
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Fourth of July Grilling Recipes with Spiaggia Chef Tony Mantuano (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

Marinated lamb chops and spicy watermelon salad star on Independence Day. Plus, 12 Italian wine pairings
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Château Giscours Owner Eric Albada Jelgersma Dies at 79 (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

The Dutch businessman revitalized the Bordeaux winery, despite messy legal battles
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Wine's Higher Education (Wine Spectator)
23 June 2018

An increasing number of universities are training future wine professionals as the $46-billion-a-year industry grows
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Beavertown’s Heineken deal: How the industry reacted
23 June 2018

Businesses are "f*cking gutted" about what Heineken's investment in Beavertown could mean for the independent beer industry, but not everyone is outraged...
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Politicians’ favourite Gay Hussar closes
22 June 2018

Soho institution The Gay Hussar, a favourite of Labour leaders, is the latest casualty of the London dining scene, having closed its doors for good last night.
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Man pretends to be PM of Morocco to win table
22 June 2018

A man struggling to secure a restaurant reservation took the unusual measure to pretend to be the Prime Minister of Morocco to win favour with front-of-house staff, which surprisingly did the trick. 
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All three 28°-50° restaurants slated to close
22 June 2018

28°-50°, the wine-focused restaurant concept founded by chef Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, has been put up for sale and its three sites are expect to close.
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Viña Carmen unveils its first multi-vintage Cabernet blends in Asia
22 June 2018

Viña Carmen has joined the likes of Penfolds and Opus One in unveiling its first multi-vintage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon which puts the focus on the grape and terroir instead of vintage variation, according to its chief winemaker.
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WBWE: Bulk wine sector has taken ‘huge leap’ in past decade
22 June 2018

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will take up residence in Amsterdam for its 10th edition in November, marking a decade of "strengthening and renovating" the image of bulk wine.
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New Zealand 2017: A vintage recap and whites to try
22 June 2018

Rebecca Gibb MW takes a closer look at a challenging 2017 vintage in New Zealand and picks out 15 whites to try, from Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling and Chenin.Two ex-tropical cyclones hit Marlborough in New Zealand on the eve of the 2017 harvest. Sauvignon Blanc 'with the volume turned down'...
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The week in pictures
22 June 2018

This week in the world of drinks; Osteria Francescana reclaims its place at the top of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, Princess Beatrice gets stuck into the Chardonnay at the Serpentine Gallery, beer Twitter has lots of opinions on Heineken's deal with Beavertown, the UK gets its first Pinotage vineyard, and Australian footy fans turned plastic waste into high art (literally) at the World Cup.
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First Pinotage vineyard planted in the UK
22 June 2018

Members of the wine trade and press gathered at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex for the planting of the first Pinotage in the UK yesterday, a nod to owner Penny Streeter OBE and the Benguela Collection's South African connections. 
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Giscours to appeal guilty verdict on chaptalisation
22 June 2018

Bordeaux third growth Château Giscours is to appeal a decision by a French court after its managing director was handed a suspended prison sentence for chaptalising a portion of its 2016 vintage due to an unfortunately mistimed communication.
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Wine List Confidential: The Ledbury
22 June 2018

The wine list of sommelier Seamus Williams-Sharkey shows an understanding of the relevance of food-friendly acidity at Brett Graham’s dining destination, The Ledbury.
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Château Giscours to appeal fraud conviction over chaptalisation
22 June 2018

Château Giscours has said it will appeal against a court ruling that saw the group fined 200,000 euros for illegally chaptalising some of its wine in the 2016 vintage. Château Giscours. Court hands out fine but estate says it never intentionally broke rules...
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The World's Most Wanted Rosés
22 June 2018

It's International Rosé Day, and we are just as excited about it as you are ...
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Unfiltered: Uncork Your Wine with a Blowtorch or Hammer! John Legend's Three Weird Tricks (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

Plus, Emeril and friends throw epic "Party at Dan [Kosta]'s House," university wine teams compete at Lafite, and a new don at Dom as Richard Geoffroy's protégé takes over
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Mediterranean Spots to Wine and Dine (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

Escape to these wine-centric restaurants in coastal Spain, France, Italy, Croatia and Greece
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Restaurant Spotlight: Grasing’s (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

A seasoned chef’s tribute to California food and wine
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Turning Tables: What's on the Wine List at Momofuku's New Toronto Joint? (Wine Spectator)
22 June 2018

The restaurant, Kōjin, delves into Colombian cuisine. Plus, Dovetail will close this month, an exciting RO Hospitality opening is in store in the Atlanta area, and more
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db Drinks: Gymkhana
22 June 2018

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair for quinine sours at its basement bar, modelled on a 17th century East India punch house.
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The Drinks Business and The Spirits Business team up to take on Diageo’s pub quiz
21 June 2018

Union Press has proven it can battle with the best at Diageo's annual pub quiz, finishing ahead of the BBC, CNN and ITV news teams.
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Low-to-no ABV: How to sell low alcohol wine, according to these producers
21 June 2018

With more low-and-no ABV drinks on the market than ever before, wine producers have told us what they're doing to change the drink's unpalatable reputation.
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Bordeaux 2017: The campaign’s Swan-Ausone
21 June 2018

The release of Château Ausone finally, after almost three months, draws a line under the 2017 en primeur campaign.
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Dom Pérignon 2008 release marks the end of an era
21 June 2018

The latest Dom Pérignon release came with a bit of additional news... Michael Edwards tastes the 2008 vintage of Dom Pérignon, due to be released in late 2018...
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Jancis Robinson to launch wine glass ‘in response to an everyday frustration’
21 June 2018

At her home in London this evening, Jancis Robinson MW is to officially unveil her own wine glass, which has been created “in response to an everyday frustration”.
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Henri Jayer sale is biggest wine auction ever
21 June 2018

An ex-cellar sale of Henri Jayer wines has shattered all previous wine auction records to achieve an astonishing CHF34.5 million (£26.3m/US$34.5m), which the auctioneer, Baghera Wines, claims, “sets a new reference standard for all rare wine auctions”.
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Conran closes three London restaurants
21 June 2018

Proving just how cutthroat the London dining scene has become, seasoned restaurateur Sir Terence Conran has been forced to close three of his London sites.
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Mature New Zealand wines from the cellar
21 June 2018

New Zealand isn't generally known for its mature wines at present, but there are some gems worth trying if you can find them. Rebecca Gibb MW picks out 15 examples for drinking now...The cellar at Mission Estate. 15 mature New Zealand wines for drinking now...
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Why distilleries are using reggae to ‘musically mature’ their spirits
21 June 2018

Distilleries in the US are using reggae, hip-hop and blues to soothe their spirits and enhance the natural barrel-ageing process to create "musically matured" whiskies, Bourbons and rums.
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Beavertown confirms £40 million stake sale to Heineken
21 June 2018

North London brewer Beavertown has confirmed it sold a minority stake of its business to Heineken for £40 million after months of acquisition rumours.
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1966 Samaroli Bowmore to go under hammer
21 June 2018

An extremely rare bottle of 1966 Bowmore Samaroli Bouquet – a highly coveted bottling among whisky collectors – is to go on sale this week.
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Anson: Wetherspoon vs Champagne
21 June 2018

Jane Anson looks at recent comments by Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin as the two-year anniversary of the Brexit referendum approaches, and concludes that his words will do little to soothe wine producers' nerves across the English Channel. Ramping up the rhetoric...
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Bordeaux Château Prieuré Sainte-Anne sold to Belgian investors
21 June 2018

A deal for Château Prieuré Sainte-Anne has countered a trend for Bordeaux estates being sold to buyers outside of the EU.A trio of Belgian investors will take control of the historic Côtes de Bordeaux estate, Chateau Prieuré Sainte Anne. Deal bucks trend of estate sales to non-European buyers...
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10 of the most stunning wine estate listings on Airbnb
21 June 2018

In the age of the internet no corner of the world is off limits, and it's now easier than ever for a private wine estate to offer up a slice of paradise to the .adventurous traveller.
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Pinot Noir Masters 2018: the results in full
21 June 2018

The results for 2018’s Pinot Noir Masters are out, with top performers hailing from Oregon, California, Marlborough and… the Languedoc.
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Guangdong busts US$35.5m worth of smuggled wines
20 June 2018

Police in Guangdong province have busted another major smuggling wine case involving wines valued at more than RMB 230 million (US$35.5 million), including about 4,000 bottles of  blue chip wines such as first growth Bordeaux.
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Top supermarket wines: DWWA medal winners
20 June 2018

At the Decanter World Wine Awards 2018, wines available in UK supermarkets proved that they're not only excellent value but also worthy some of the highest accolades. Here are the Gold and Platinum medal winners you can find at the supermarket... Great value winners at the Decanter World Wine awards 2018...
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Canada’s cannabis legalisation paves the way for innovation in the drinks industry
20 June 2018

The Canadian government has officially passed a bill to legalise cannabis for recreational use, paving the way for a seismic shift in the nation's drinks industry.
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Alibaba launches first unstaffed wine shop in China
20 June 2018

Alibaba, the world’ biggest e-commerce company, has launched a cashier-less wine storage and retail facility in its home city of Hangzhou, enabling shoppers to purchase wines by the case without paying any cash or interacting with any sales staff.
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Retailer specialising in magnums launched
20 June 2018

An online retailer that only sells magnums has been launched by two entrepreneurs who hope to capitalise on the current UK trend for upsizing wine.
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Carbon dioxide shortage threatens beer supply
20 June 2018

A shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide is threatening the supply of beer, soft drinks and packaged meats in Europe following the closure of a number of production plants across the continent.
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Swedes drink Russian city dry
20 June 2018

Swedish football fans descending on Nizhny Novgorod caused beer supplies to run critically low and even run out completely in the city centre as they celebrated their team’s first opening win in 12 years.
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The UK’s best restaurants in 2018, and their wine lists
20 June 2018

The World's 50 Best Restaurants were revealed on Monday night, with just four UK venues — all in London — making it into the list.
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Tommasi Amarone Classico: A tasting full of surprises
20 June 2018

Michaela Morris tastes eight vintages of this classic Amarone, stretching back to 1995, and finds a few surprises along the way.Tommasi's La Groletta vineyard, which provides some of the grapes for their Amarone Classico. Michaela Morris tastes eight vintages of this classic Amarone...
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Osteria Francescana back on top as World’s Best Restaurant
20 June 2018

Massimo Bottura’s tiny Modena restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was named the world’s best for the second time at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in Bilbao last night, reports Sorrel Moseley-Williams.
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Osteria Francescana reclaims ‘world’s best restaurant’ title
20 June 2018

The 'world's best restaurant' title has returned to Italy. Reporting by Julie Sheppard in Bilbao and Chris Mercer in London.Osteria Francescana is based in Modena. Modena restaurant reclaims top spot...
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Champagne Legend Says Adieu
20 June 2018

Dom Pérignon chef de cave Richard Geoffroy hangs up his boots and looks to a quieter future.
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Wine & Design: Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley at Home (Wine Spectator)
20 June 2018

The Sister, Sister alum and Napa Valley native have carved out a wine lover's sanctuary in Northern California
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Champagne bubbles mystery: Where’s the sparkle? – ask Decanter
20 June 2018

Why would one glass of Champagne not be as effervescent as another? It could be to do with the cleanliness of the glass, says our expert. Why might one glass have more sparkle than another?...
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