Daily wine news snippets from around the world

Vinventions CEO leaves the company
23 May 2019

Heino Freudenberg, president and CEO of Vinventions – the world’s second largest wine closure supplier – has left the company after four years at the helm.
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Jackson Family Wines to expand to Tasmania
23 May 2019

One of the world’s most powerful wine companies, Jackson Family Wines, is on the hunt for a place to make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Tasmania.
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Bibendum and Matthew Clark owner C&C hails ‘transformational year’
23 May 2019

C&C, the Irish drinks group that rescued Bibendum and Matthew Clark following the collapse of Conviviality last year, has seen pre-tax profits rise 17% to €92.9m following a “transformational year”.
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Bordeaux 2018: ‘Unforgettable’ wine – forgettable prices?
23 May 2019

The 2018 wines from Chanel-owned Rauzan-Ségla and Canon came through this morning, the price increases on the 2017 were hefty but will their brand appeal and limited allocations see them through?
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Why cork’s fastest growth market should surprise
23 May 2019

The fastest growth market for cork stoppers in the past 12 months should surprise those in the wine trade, says Amorim’s Carlos de Jesus.
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Great British Menu 2019: The finalists
23 May 2019

The finale of BBC Two's Great British Menu saw the final four chefs cook at the banquet at Abbey Road studios in London, with Lorna McNee crowned the winner for her dessert of 'Limes and Sunshine - There's Enough For Everyone'.
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Accolade Park in landmark wind energy first
23 May 2019

Accolade Park, Europe’s largest wine warehouse and distribution centre, has transferred 50% of its energy to wind power after installing a new 2.5MW wind turbine at its Avonmouth site, in a landmark move for the industry.
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Pioneering London restaurant The Providores to close
23 May 2019

Pioneering New Zealand restaurant The Providores on Marylebone High Street in London, run by Kiwi chef Peter Gordon, is to close at the end of July.
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Carlsberg renews Liverpool F.C. sponsorship deal
23 May 2019

Carlsberg has once again renewed its partnership with Liverpool F.C. 
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Pichon Comtesse unveils new labels
23 May 2019

Bordeaux estate Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has unveiled a new look for its grand vin and a redesign of its second label, formerly known as ‘Reserve de la Comtesse’.
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Champagne Sales Lose Their Fizz
23 May 2019

 Champagne's official figures conceal some sobering facts, Caroline Henry reports.
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What does Sancerre wine taste of? Ask Decanter
23 May 2019

What is Sancerre wine, and how does it taste?
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Top Super Tuscan wines
23 May 2019

What are these highly sought-after wines...
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The Drinks Business Awards 2019: the winners
22 May 2019

We are delighted to reveal the winners of the 2019 Drinks Business Awards, which were announced yesterday afternoon at a packed out ceremony at the London Wine Fair.
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Diageo CEO tells New York investors firm is optimistic over 2019 results
22 May 2019

Diageo's chief executive Ivan Menezes has given an upbeat assessment of performance at the world's biggest premium drinks group to investors and analysts in New York.
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Ex United Spirits boss Vijay Mallya ousted from Barbados Tridents cricket club after Diageo took over Royal Challengers
22 May 2019

Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits, has been forcibly removed from his final connection with high profile international sports.
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EXCLUSIVE: BBR eyes up commuters with new Victoria Station concession
22 May 2019

Berry Bros and Rudd, the Queen's wine merchant, is set to extend its reach to the lucrative commuter market as its confirms plans to supply a new concession in Victoria Station, db can reveal.
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The UK government confirms it will ban plastic straws next year, but not in bars
22 May 2019

The UK government will ban the sale and use of single-use plastic items like straws, stirrers and cutlery next year.
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Grimbergen Abbey monks to brew beer from medieval recipe
22 May 2019

A microbrewery is to be built inside the walls of Grimbergen Abbey near Brussels after monks finally uncovered the long-lost recipes and brewing techniques recorded in medieval manuscripts.
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Glenmorangie hosts oyster reef restoration conference
22 May 2019

Scotch distiller Glenmorangie and its conservation partners are currently hosting an international conference on restoring Europe’s lost oyster reefs.
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Constellation Brands and Gallo’s $1.7bn deal delayed
22 May 2019

The US$1.7 billion deal between Constellation Brands and E&J Gallo is to be delayed after both companies received a request for additional information and documentary material from the US Federal Trade Commission.
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Bordeaux 2018: Barton releases but at what (La)coste?
22 May 2019

Léoville Barton and Grand-Puy-Lacoste led this morning’s 2018 releases, two of the more notable labels to appear post-Vinexpo.
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Wine of the Week: Hush Heath Estate Balfour Brut Rosé
22 May 2019

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Masters. Every Wednesday, we’ll select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it.
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Over £100,000 worth of Burgundy wine stolen from winery
22 May 2019

More than 1,000 bottles have been stolen...
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Hart Davis Hart Burgundy auction nets US$7.7m
22 May 2019

Its biggest Burgundy auction to date...
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Pio Cesare: Introducing Mosconi
22 May 2019

A new single-vineyard Barolo...
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Jamie Oliver’s restaurants to face administration
21 May 2019

UK television chef Jamie Oliver's restaurant business is preparing to file for insolvency, putting around 1,300 jobs at Jamie's Italian, Fifteen and Barbecoa at risk.
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Cru commits to sustainability plan
21 May 2019

Cru Fine Wines has announced it is to implement a new sustainability plan to help lower and off-set its carbon emissions.
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What you need to know about the drinks industry charity’s #benevolentcolours campaign
21 May 2019

Drinks industry staffers are wearing red, white and rosé-coloured clothes today to raise money and awareness for trade charity The Benevolent.
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Majestic Wine closing in on potential £100m sale, according to reports
21 May 2019

There are a small number of potential bidders in the running...
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Wines of Argentina to host ‘summer wine’ tasting
21 May 2019

Wines of Argentina is due to hold a summer solstice trade tasting in London this June, focusing on the country's white, rosé and sparkling wines.
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Sketch owner and ex Savoy head bartender open site in London
21 May 2019

The restaurateur behind two of Mayfair’s most famous restaurant-bars, Mourad Mazouz, has teamed up with a former head bartender at the Savoy to help him realise his dream of launching his own venue.
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HDH Burgundy sale hits US$7.7m
21 May 2019

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart recently hosted its largest ever ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale which realised US$7.7 million (£6m).
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Matton of Minuty: Oak has no place in rosé
21 May 2019

The practice of barrel fermenting and oak ageing rosé goes against the philosophy of the wine, according to François Matton of leading Provence estate Château Minuty.
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Rolls-Royce unveils £37k Champagne chest
21 May 2019

British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce has unveiled a £37,000 Champagne chest, complete with four V12 engine-inspired flutes, two "thermal caviar caissons", two blini holders, two mother-of-pearl caviar spoons and a canapé capsule. 
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Paul Jaboulet announces Malaysian distribution
21 May 2019

Northern Rhône estate Paul Jaboulet Aîné has secured distribution for its core range in Malaysia through Bordeaux Liquid Gold it has been announced.
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Final call for Champagne Masters – Asia
21 May 2019

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking final entries for The Champagne Masters – Asia 2019.
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America's All-Time Favorite Wines
21 May 2019

 As part of our 20th birthday coverage, we look back at which wines US users love most.
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Best Chardonnays outside Burgundy
21 May 2019

The best Chardonnays from around the world...
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Second round of Brexit contingency forcing businesses to ‘waste’ cash
21 May 2019

Wine businesses are being forced to “waste” cash and capital preparing for the revised Brexit deadline in October, delegates at the London Wine Fair heard, as the WSTA warned that a no-deal was not firmly “off the table”.   
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Highlights – DWWA 2019 Judging and Platinum week
21 May 2019

Judging was organised by region, with each panel judged by experts in that region.
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US distillers relieved as Canada and Mexico revoke whiskey tariffs
20 May 2019

The USA, Canada and Mexico have at least reached an agreement to repeal tariffs on American whiskey.
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WSET Level 3 Sprits course opens
20 May 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has announced that the Level 3 Award in spirits is now open, with bookings being taken for the first courses in the UK and US.
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Wine Buyer’s Guide to Calais – Is a booze cruise still worth it?
20 May 2019

With reports of Booze Cruises on the rise, we went to find out whether there’s still value in that short trip across the channel to Calais.
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Inside Dublin’s first alcohol-free pub
20 May 2019

A new pub has opened its doors in Dublin with an unusual twist; it doesn't serve alcohol.
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Top whiskies lead Bonhams HK sale
20 May 2019

Scotch and Japanese whiskies led Bonhams’ recent Hong Kong sale, with lots of the Macallan and Dalmore selling for many times over their pre-sale estimates.
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Beaujolais UK exports continue rising
20 May 2019

Exports of Beaujolais wines to the UK have continued to rise in the first half of the year, showing increased growth since February.
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Echo Falls launches summer berries pink gin
20 May 2019

Drinks giant Accolade's Wine label Echo Falls is delving further into the spirits sector this year, with the launch of a summer berries-flavoured expression.
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Beefsteak Club unveils second London bus ad campaign
20 May 2019

Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club has unveiled its second London bus advertising campaign to coincide with the London Wine Fair. 
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Anno Distillers and Westerham Brewery release Kent’s ‘first’ whisky
20 May 2019

Kent-based drinks producers Anno Distillers and Westerham Brewery have released what they claim is first whisky to be made in the county in over 200 years. 
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California’s Beaulieu Vineyard will release its 80th Georges de Latour this year
20 May 2019

Created at Beaulieu Vineyard by the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff,  the 2016 vintage of the Napa Valley classic will be released in September.
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Pairing wine with salmon: What to choose
20 May 2019

How do you like your salmon? We get the expert advice...
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Understanding the different Madeira styles
19 May 2019

Learn about the different styles of Madeira...
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Cornas Warms to a New Direction
19 May 2019

 In our latest update from the Rhône, W. Blake Gray visits an appellation that is changing its old ways.
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How wine regions gain UNESCO World Heritage status
18 May 2019

Champagne gained UNESCO status in 2015 A crocodile of poncho-wearing tourists trail behind a cruise-ship guide in the aftermath of a downpour in St-Emilion. It’s an unseasonably soggy summer day in the medieval town and the steep, narrow lanes are treacherous, but that’s not deterring thousands of visitors: American voices mingle with French, German and Chinese, filling the café...
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Malbec across the Andes
18 May 2019

Twenty years ago, few people would have been able to envisage just how Malbec would evolve. The variety, which had been neglected for decades in its homeland, and only rarely used in red blends in other countries – such as Vega Sicilia in Spain and California’s Opus One – is today grown successfully not only […]
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US storage owner admits stealing up to $1.5m of fine wine
18 May 2019

Wine storage business owner faces 18 months in prison. Stealing between $550,000 and $1.5m of wine from his clients..
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Latest: Top Tesco wines to buy
18 May 2019

Our tasters pick the best choices...
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Robert Parker formally retires from The Wine Advocate
18 May 2019

Robert Parker He has formally retired from The Wine Advocate at the age of 71.
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Symington: Cheap Douro wine is doing serious damage
18 May 2019

Cheap Douro wine sold at discount retailers in the UK is doing “serious damage” to the industry, according to Paul Symington of Symington Family Estates.
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Gallo’s premium business now 30% of turnover
17 May 2019

Showing how serious it is about taking its business upmarket, E & J Gallo’s premium wine business now accounts for 30% of the company’s annual turnover.
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Bordeaux legend André Lurton dies
17 May 2019

André Lurton, the head of one of Bordeaux’s most influential families and the driving force behind the creation of Pessac-Léognan, has died aged 94.
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First taste: Thiénot X Penfolds Champagne collaboration
17 May 2019

Three new Champagnes...
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VIDEO: Inside the Global Rosé Masters 2019
17 May 2019

We worked with our competition sponsors Pink Rosé Festival to show you what happens after the entries are submitted into our Global Masters, and the work that goes into assessing each wine in our annual awards.
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The week in pictures
17 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks: The Duchess of Cornwall alights in East Sussex; celebs sign a very big bottle of Taittinger; Distill Ventures helps us take a day off the sauce at its white paper launch; we get the gossip from Vinexpo Bordeaux; and Bibendum and Matthew Clark compete for glory at Emirates stadium...
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What is Cannonau? Ask Decanter
17 May 2019

grapes Grenache The Sardinian name for a widely planted red wine grape variety...
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Paul and Emma Ainsworth reopen The Mariners pub
17 May 2019

Husband and wife team, Paul and Emma Ainsworth, have reopened The Mariners pub in Cornwall’s Rock with a focus on British classics that champion local produce, taking over from chef Nathan Outlaw.
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Robert Parker formally retires
17 May 2019

US wine critic has announced his formal retirement from The Wine Advocate, the journal he founded 41 years ago.
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Renewable energy company to launch sustainable menu on Sweden’s Zero Island
17 May 2019

Renewable energy company Neste has joined forces with Swedish chef Jonas Svensson to create a ‘Zero Menu’ highlighting the individual’s role in lowering emissions, to be served on thr Zero Island Lidö initiative in the Swedish archipelago.
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British Airways and InchDairnie to create centenary whisky
17 May 2019

British Airways and Fife-based InchDairnie distillery have teamed up to create a limited-edition whisky to celebrate the airline's centenary, which will be served on flights in 2031. 
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Fine wine investment: The bigger picture
17 May 2019

When it comes to investment of any sort, keeping too close an eye on the market could blind your judgement of the overall bigger picture and make you miss new opportunities.
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Chase Distillery launches first advertising campaign
17 May 2019

Herefordshire's Chase Distillery has unveiled its first advertising campaign entitled 'All in the Chase' which will run in Curzon and Everyman cinemas, in print media and on billboards. 
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Phylloxera Outbreak Puts Aussies on Edge
17 May 2019

 Growers and wineries in Australia's Yarra Valley are struggling to contain an outbreak of the deadly bug.
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Bordeaux wine legend André Lurton dies
17 May 2019

Additional reporting by Jane Anson in Bordeaux.André Lurton at La Louvière. He helped drive the creation of Pessac-Léognan...
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Sainsbury’s launches Gallo’s Apothic Inferno
17 May 2019

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Hawksmoor accidentally gives diner £4,500 bottle of wine
17 May 2019

A diner at a branch of UK steak restaurant Hawksmoor is quids in after being served a £4,500 bottle of wine by mistake, the venue said.
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Wal-Mart mulls Asda stock-market float
16 May 2019

Asda's US based parent group, Walmart, has admitted it is considering floating the UK retailer on the stock-market in order to strengthen its long-term success. 
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Hawksmoor diner mistakenly served £4,500 Château Le Pin 2001
16 May 2019

The £4500 wine was served to a customer by mistake. The valuable wine was served by mistake...
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London Wine Fair 2019: The ultimate guide
16 May 2019

Returning to Olympia for its 39th showing this month, the London Wine Fair, the largest annual trade event for the UK wine industry, will see no fewer than 14,000 wines from 40 countries present at the three-day expo from 20-22 May.
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The Donovan Bar launches swinging sixties-inspired cocktail menu
16 May 2019

Located in Mayfair, The Donovan Bar will offer a new cocktail menu created by renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese and inspired by the swinging sixties cultural revolution in London.
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Lameyse: Vinexpo Bordeaux has lost its momentum
16 May 2019

Rodolphe Lameyse, the new CEO of Vinexpo, has admitted that “the old days are over” for the Bordeaux wine fair, and that it needs to adapt in order to survive.
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Jodie Kidd and Virgin give bar owner first holiday in 18 years
16 May 2019

Supermodel and pub owner Jodie Kidd has teamed up with Virgin Holidays in order to find a British bartender to provide cover for a bar owner in Jamaica, so that he can have his first holiday in 18 years. 
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Advertising watchdogs could ‘take brands to court’ over mental health marketing
16 May 2019

The UK's advertising watchdogs are "ready and prepared" to clamp down on alcohol brands that sell their drinks to young consumers by suggesting they will be happier, more confident, or successful, a panel of marketing experts has warned.
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ProWine Asia celebrates rise in visitor and exhibitor numbers
16 May 2019

Wine and spirit trade fair ProWine Asia returned to Hong Kong on 7 to 10 May, reporting rises in both the number of visitors and exhibitors attending the event. 
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Crimea’s historic Massandra winery may be sold
16 May 2019

Massandra Winery's ownership has been disputed since Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Authorities have said they intend to privatise Massandra winery...
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Anson: Comparing St-Julien 1986 and 1988
16 May 2019

Château Léoville Barton St-Julien was always one of the most balanced appellations of the Médoc, with complexity, elegance and finesse. It covers just 5km north to south and, at 910ha, is one third of the size of Pauillac – though not so far off from Pomerol, which clocks in today at 800ha. The appellation has just 19 winemakers, […]
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Wine Storage Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud
16 May 2019

 A Baltimore businessman gets jail for selling his clients' wine without their knowledge.
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Vin de Constance joins Bordeaux négociant market
16 May 2019

Vin de Constance wine The first South African wine to join the Bordeaux négociant market...
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Klein Constantia appoints Bordeaux négociants
16 May 2019

Klein Constantia is to become the first South African winery to have its wine distributed through La Place de Bordeaux with the release of the 2016 Vin de Constance this autumn.
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WOSA launches first South African festival
16 May 2019

Wines of South Africa has announced the launch of the UK’s first South African Wine Festival this September.
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Shortlist for the 2019 Wine List Confidential Awards announced
16 May 2019

We bring you the shortlist for this year's Wine List Confidential Awards, recognising London's top 100 restaurants for wine, which are set to be presented at the London Wine Fair on 20 May.
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Loire Valley Wines to make June ‘Loire month’ in UK
16 May 2019

Loire Valley Wines has announced the launch of a new consumer marketing campaign in the UK presenting the Loire as an ultimate wine destination, with a month-long focus on the French region in the capital.
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Anniversary wine for 2030 – Ask Decanter
15 May 2019

Looking for a special bottle to open in 2030..?
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The Drinks Business Awards 2019: The Shortlist
15 May 2019

Following three impassioned days of judging in London last week, we are delighted to reveal the shortlisted entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2019. The winners will be announced at the London Wine Fair on Tuesday 21 May at 4pm.
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Saint-Émilion to be source of Bordeaux’s first ‘grand cru’ Chardonnay
15 May 2019

The Russian billionaire-backed Art Russe brand from Château La Grâce Dieu Des Prieurs in Saint-Émilion is planning to release a ‘grand cru’ level Chardonnay from this year’s vintage.
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Disznókő launches fourth vintage of ‘Kapi’
15 May 2019

Tokaj estate Disznókő has released the 2015 vintage of its single vineyard Aszú wine ‘Kapi’ – just the fourth vintage released so far.
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Top 17 richest Brits in drinks
15 May 2019

Based on the recently published Sunday Times Rich List, profiling the wealthiest people based in the UK, we count down those that have made their fortune from the drinks industry.
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Public pays for €15,000 Mansion House beer bill as Dublin mayor uses up Diageo allowance twice
15 May 2019

Taxpayers in Ireland have paid for €15,000 worth of beer at Dublin's Mansion House after the city's lord mayor wiped out his free allowance for a second time this year.
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Wine of the Week: Mirabeau Pure 2016
15 May 2019

The good weather in London has us thirsting for a crisp Provence pink, specifically, this deceptively complex one from Mirabeau.
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Deutz Champagne: Producer profile
15 May 2019

Tasting notes back to 1989...
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Barolo's Almost Secret Auction
15 May 2019

 Intrepid US editor W. Blake Gray goes to Italy in search of the world's least-publicized wine auction.
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Littorai: Sustainability on California’s north coast
15 May 2019

Biodynamic preparations at Littorai. Elegant Chardonnays and stylish Pinots...
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UK alcohol exports worth £7.3bn in 2018 as food and drink trade hits ‘record’ Q1 earnings
15 May 2019

The UK's wineries, breweries and distilleries sold £7.3 billion of alcohol overseas last year, an increate of 84% since 2007, according to the Department for International Trade.
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WSET launches Wine Education Week with world record attempt
15 May 2019

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) will launch a 'Wine Education Week' in 2019 to coincide with the programme's 50th anniversary.
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Distilled Spirits Council urges NYC mayor to lift alcohol advertising ban
14 May 2019

US trade body the Distilled Spirits Council has sent an open letter to the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, calling for him to reconsider imposing the ban on alcohol advertising on city property. 
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Are pub and restaurant staff too stressed to take sick leave?
14 May 2019

The majority of people working in the hospitality industry consider work to be more important than their personal health or social lives, according to new research.
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Quique Dacosta to launch first international restaurant in London
14 May 2019

Valencian chef Quique Dacosta is set to open his first restaurant outside of Spain in London’s Fitzrovia this June with a focus on rice-based dishes. 
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Swedish distillery and Microsoft to create ‘first’ AI-generated whisky
14 May 2019

Swedish distillery Mackmyra has teamed up with Finnish technology consultancy Fourkind and US electronics giant Microsoft to create what it claims is the first whisky "developed with artificial intelligence".
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Top new products: May
14 May 2019

This month's new products include a canned rosé from Chile, a low dosage English fizz, a fully-recyclable gin and a new alcohol-free beer from one of the most well-known breweries in the US.
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Pernod Ricard Winemakers names Accolade’s Travis Fuller as fine wine director
14 May 2019

Pernod Ricard's wine business, Pernod Ricard Winemakers (PRW) has appointed one of Australian firm Accolade's fine wine managers to head up its own premium division.
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The Co-op builds on strong summer with customer insight
14 May 2019

UK convenience retailer The Co-op is working on new customer insight to build on the success of last year's summer, which saw sales soar on the back of the scorching weather. 
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Champagne Giraud appoints new UK distributor
14 May 2019

Champagne Henri Giraud has announced a new agency partnership with New Generation Wines to distribute its wines in England, Scotland and Wales.
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The World's Most Wanted US Wines
14 May 2019

 We know Napa dominates searches for US wine, but we didn't know how heavy that domination really is.
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Fresh China tariffs a worry for US wine producers
14 May 2019

US wine shipments to China fell in 2018. China said today (13 May) that it would raise import tariffs on thousands of US products, predominantly in the agriculture sector, from 1 June in retaliation for fresh US tariffs announced late last week. Wine will be among the products targeted, confirmed the California-based Wine Institute. It said, ‘Effective June 1, China will add another […...
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Cutting Back on Sugar? Here's What Wine Drinkers Need to Know (Wine Spectator)
14 May 2019

Dietary 'no-nos' come and go, but one of the most prominently and consistently warned-against nutritional hazards of the past few decades is excessive sugar consumption. Sugar has been linked with health problems including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and tooth decay, to name a few. But sugar has also become a bit of an obsession, with myriad opinions on how harmful it is and what kin...
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Cutting Back on Sugar? Here's What Wine Drinkers Need to Know
14 May 2019

Excess sugar consumption has been linked with health problems, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up wine
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Treasury Wine Estates director Michelle Brampton joins WSTA’s board
13 May 2019

Michelle Brampton, the European managing director of Treasury Wine Estates, has joined the board of the UK's Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA).
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Paul Symington receives Lifetime Achievement Award
13 May 2019

Paul Symington, the former chairman of Symington Family Estates, has received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Masters of Wine.
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The Decanter interview: Jean-Claude Mas
13 May 2019

Jean-Claude Mas I caught him on a day when top gear was just out of reach. A cold had dulled some of his energy, but even so Jean-Claude Mas was still wired into everything going on: the interview, buyers from a sizeable French supermarket chain, his Côté Mas restaurant, calls from other clients. Little escapes his attention […]
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Where winemakers dine: Chester Osborn
13 May 2019

The inimitable chief winemaker of d’Arenberg in the McLaren Vale Chester Osborn reveals his fondness for the food and drink offering at the Mandarin Oriental and explains how London has the most diverse wine scene.
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Wine & Spirits Show 2019: The Podcasts
13 May 2019

If you didn't get a chance to attend the show this spring, fear not, because we teamed up with podcast series Interpreting Wine on two episodes based on our very own masterclasses.
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Curious Brew open new ‘cathedral of brewing’ in Kent
13 May 2019

Curious Brew, the beer brand of English winemaker Chapel Down, has opened its long-awaited new brewery bar, shop and restaurant to the public, which it has described as a 'Cathedral of Brewing', as it plans a new pipeline of development.
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Premium South American red blends: Panel tasting results
13 May 2019

Paz Levinson, Peter Richards MW and Dircau Vianna Junior MW tasted 95 South American red blends, with 4 Outstanding and 46 Highly Recommended. Some top names from South America...
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Tim Atkin MW: Argentina’s winery owners are ‘pushing viticultural boundaries’
13 May 2019

While Argentina's wine industry was once concentrated in a few key regions like Mendoza, producers are now pushing boundaries by reviving forgotten terroirs and unearthing new ones, Tim Aitkin MW has said.
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Easter uplift for pubs as restaurant sales plummet
13 May 2019

Booze sales in UK pubs saw a strong uplift over the sunny Easter bank holiday, but restaurant sales plummeted nearly 20% compared to last Easter's figure
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Zuccardi joins Hatch Mansfield
13 May 2019

Argentine producer Familia Zuccardi has announced that it has appointed Hatch Mansfield to be its exclusive UK distributor.
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Dalmore Scotch whisky ‘l’Anima’ sells for £108,900 at Sotheby’s auction
13 May 2019

A one of a kind bottle of Dalmore Scotch whisky, Dalmore ‘L’Anima’, has been sold at auction for £108,900.
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PBS film shines light on Mexican migrants in California wine country
13 May 2019

Roger Morris takes a look at PBS' latest documentary, which shines a light on the role of immigration in two of the most important winemaking regions in the USA.
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Burgundy 2017 Brings its A-Game
13 May 2019

 It was the year that volumes returned to normal. Tom Hyland takes a look at Burgundy's 2017 offerings.
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30 characterful and affordable Chilean wines to try
12 May 2019

All retailing for under £25... Independents are the best places to find the real Chile, suggests Peter Richards MW...
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30 best affordable Chilean wines to try
12 May 2019

All retailing for under £25 or $30... Independents are the best places to find the real Chile, suggests Peter Richards MW...
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Romanian wines worth seeking out
12 May 2019

It’s a little-understood wine nation with a long, if interrupted wine heritage, but decades of growing interest from foreign producers and a resurgence of domestic talent are seeing it rise again. Exploring the variety Romania has to offer...
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France's Orphan Wine Region Grows Up
12 May 2019

 Costières de Nimes has been making wine since before the idea of France even existed.
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Spend a weekend in Bordeaux: Travel guide
11 May 2019

Cos d’Estournel. From châteaux visits to coastal towns...
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Top Portuguese white wines for summer
11 May 2019

With summer wine recommendations below by Tina Gellie... Some delicious white wines for summer...
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The World's Most Wanted Wines – 1999 Style
11 May 2019

 To mark Wine-Searcher's 20th birthday, we see what the world was looking for way back then.
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Behind the Scenes with the Winemakers of 'Wine Country' (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

Wine Country is an intimate movie, following the deep and complicated relationships of longtime friends. But behind the scenes, it was a massive production endeavor, like most feature films, accompanied by a small army of trailers for the cast, for makeup and wardrobe, for the commissary, and hundreds of crew members toting props, cameras, booms and rigs for lighting and sound. When the circus cam...
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11 May 2019

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Wine Spectator 2019 Video Contest: Rules, Prizes and Entry Form (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

This Year’s Theme: "Wine Wanderlust"Where in the world has your love for wine taken you? Demonstrate this wine wanderlust in your video!Your approach can be as wide-ranging as the world of wine itself. This “wine wanderlust” can be literal or metaphorical—you don’t need to have actually traveled to a wine destination for it to have inspired you. Maybe your love for wi...
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Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest (Wine Spectator)
11 May 2019

Where in the World Has Wine Taken You?Tell us your wine wanderlust story and submit your video to Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest. Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover, work in the wine or restaurant industry, or are a student of film, culinary arts or viticulture and enology. (You just need to be age 21 or older.) Over the past decade, we’ve seen top vid...
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Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 13th Annual Video Contest
11 May 2019

Where in the world has wine taken you? Submit your video to Wine Spectator’s 2019 Video Contest. Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover or work in the wine or restaurant industry. The winner gets to attend the 2019 New York Wine Experience weekend.
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BrewDog launches low alcohol Punk IPA
11 May 2019

Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog has launched a low alcohol version of its flagship beer, Punk IPA.
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Climate change expert to present grave industry warning at Vinexpo 2019
11 May 2019

Scientist Patrice Geoffron will deliver a wake-up call to the wine industry at Vinexpo's inaugural climate change symposium.
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BI and Pol Roger UK to launch new Glenfarclas whisky trilogy
10 May 2019

Leading merchant BI has partnered with Pol Roger UK to distribute a new whisky collection in the UK.
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Bordeaux 2018: A ‘rare collector’s item’?
10 May 2019

The release of Château Palmer’s 2018 vintage today might normally have many shaking their heads at its price but does its miniscule production mean this is a wine collectors would be rash to overlook?
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Boston Beer Co. agrees to merger with Dogfish Head Brewing in deal worth $300m
10 May 2019

US breweries Boston Beer Co. and Dogfish Head Brewing have agreed to merge their businesses in a deal worth $300 million.
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Belfort: Wine traders should sell the lifestyle
10 May 2019

The secret to being a successful wine trader is to sell clients the lifestyle rather than getting bogged down in facts, according to the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, Jordan Belfort.
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‘Carbon footprint significantly higher with organics’
10 May 2019

Climate change activist and leading Port producer, Adrian Bridge, has questioned the environmental benefits of organic viticulture, pointing out that the agricultural method produces "significantly" more C02.
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The week in pictures
10 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Henry Cavill gets behind healthy mixers; Lanson gears polo-fans up for a big night out in Mayfair; Graham Norton starts blending his new pink gin; and one French ex-paratrooper finishes a 127-day journey across the Atlantic sustained by Sauternes.
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Nederburg Auction rebrands to push South African fine wines
10 May 2019

One of South Africa’s leading fine wine events, the Nederburg Auction, is rebranding as the Cape Fine & Rare Wine Auction in a bid to help drive the premiumisation of South African wines.
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Frenchman completes Atlantic crossing in ‘wine’ barrel
10 May 2019

A Frenchman has succeeded in a gruelling crossing of the Atlantic in a completely unpowered three-metre long ‘wine barrel’, sustained in part by the occasional tot of Sauternes.
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How do red wine tannins affect taste? Ask Decanter
10 May 2019

How do red wine tannins create a 'dry' sensation in the mouth? Red wine tannins are well known for causing a drying sensation in the mouth, as we’re sure Decanter’s Jane Anson would confirm after recently tasting hundreds of barrel samples of the young Bordeaux 2018 vintage. But, why is this? And why might there be differences between red wine grape varieties? While the quantity and ch...
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10 May 2019

 Wine-Searcher turns 20, which is a pretty major achievement in the digital age.
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Masseto Unveils New Ultramodern Underground Winemaking Lair (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Margaux has its stately neoclassical château. Dom Pérignon has the Hautvillers Abbey. Marqués de Riscal has its funky Frank Gehry ribbon candy/Kentucky Derby hat thing going on. Many, perhaps most, of the world's elite wines have palaces to match their pedigree. But until this year, the home of Masseto, one of the best and priciest wines of Italy, just looked like a bunch of (v...
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Impressive Miami Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Updated May 9, 2019On May 10, wine lovers will gather in Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel to taste 244 top-rated wines at Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour. While that’s hard to beat, restaurants throughout the Magic City offer world-class wine experiences year-round. From fine-dining fusion to a casual pizza and pasta concept, these Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning eater...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Restaurant Halling-Stuene (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

In Geilo, a town in southern Norway, Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Restaurant Halling-Stuene offers one of the country’s more traditional dining experiences. The cottage-like venue features red wood panels, a stone fireplace and a cozy living room for lounging. Co-owner and chef Frode Aga serves simple preparations of authentic Norwegian and Scandinavian specialties, mean...
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Turning Tables: Miami's Brad Kilgore Opens New Restaurant; A Second Location for Killen's Steakhouse in Houston Area (Wine Spectator)
10 May 2019

Miami welcomes a new restaurant this month from Brad Kilgore, the chef-owner behind Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Alter. Ember will serve classic American fare with a focus on wood-fired cooking, with dishes like grilled lasagna and fire-roasted stone crabs with garlic sauce.Wine director Michael Gonzalez's opening list features about 100 wines, 15 of which are available by the glass,...
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Turning Tables: Miami's Brad Kilgore Opens New Restaurant; A Second Location for Killen's Steakhouse in Houston Area
10 May 2019

Wine Spectator rounds up the latest restaurant news for wine lovers: Chef Brad Kilgore opens Ember in Miami, Killen's Steakhouse in the Houston area gets a second location, San Francisco will soon welcome ONE65, a multilevel French-inspired dining concept, and San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara reopens after mudslide damage. Get more news from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners!
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Château Palmer tests ‘music box’ to help Merlot grow
10 May 2019

Château Palmer, in the Margaux appellation, in 2015. Château Palmer is using the ‘music box’ in the second growing season of what is intended to be a three-year trial period, according to the estate’s CEO, Thomas Duroux. He said the experiment is based on a theory and method devised by French physicist and musician Joel Sternheimer in the 1980s. Sternheimer claimed t...
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Ireland embarks on massive alcohol reform
09 May 2019

A landmark piece of Irish legislation, the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, is set to drastically change Ireland's drinking landscape.
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Napa lawyer sets up specialist legal firm for wine acquisitions
09 May 2019

A former in-house lawyer for Duckhorn Wine Company is launching a Napa-based legal practise to advise wine companies on the acquisition and disposal of wineries and wine brands.
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Australian distillery creates Vegemite-themed spirit
09 May 2019

Distiller Archie Rose has released a limited edition spirit based on the popular Australian condiment Vegemite, said to replicate the flavour of the yeast-based, umami-rich spread slathered on buttered sourdough toast. 
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The Co-op launches Brangelina’s new rosé as it expands range
09 May 2019

UK convenience retailer The Co-op has become the first retailer to stock Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s new rosé, Studio by Miraval, as an exclusive, as it expands its range of rosés and 50cl formats in time for summer.
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Beavertown Brewery offers free beer for blood
09 May 2019

Tottenham Hale-based brewer Beavertown is hosting an event to encourage more people to sign up as blood donors by giving away free pints of its Bloody Ell' Blood Orange IPA. 
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Chris Porter to step down from Benevolent role
09 May 2019

Chris Porter is to step down from his position as chief executive of drinks charity The Benevolent it has been announced.
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Champagne Lanson to distribute Domaine de Cala in UK
09 May 2019

Champagne Lanson has announced an exclusive new agency for the UK – Provence wine estate Domaine de Cala.
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Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro moves into the City
09 May 2019

Portuguese restaurant and wine bar Bar Douro has announced plans to open a second site in the City this summer.
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Bordeaux 2018: Fit for a Pape?
09 May 2019

An “explosive” Pape Clément and “opulent” d’Armailhac lead this morning’s en primeur releases.
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Magnificent Montes: Pioneers of premium Chilean Wine
09 May 2019

Viña Montes' visionary Feng Shui designed winery Promotional feature. How Montes broke the mould...
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Top buys from the German VDP wine tasting: 2018 whites & 2017 reds
09 May 2019

2018 whites & 2017 reds, with a few late-release wines too... Top German reds and whites from a recent tasting of over 1,000 wines...
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Banfi Piemonte: Pioneers of Albarossa in a classic region
09 May 2019

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Wine Country film review: Parodying the ‘snobby’ side of wine
09 May 2019

The characters exploring Napa Valley Reminding us that wine doesn’t have to be so serious...
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Nailing the Myth of Minerality
09 May 2019

 Despite being dismissed as myth by scientists, somms and winemakers still insist minerality is a thing.
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Madeira London tasting returns after two years
09 May 2019

After a two year gap, the Madeira London tasting is returning for an event on 6 June, featuring six of the region's top producers in a walk-around tasting and masterclass, hosted by the Madeira Wine Institute.
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Brazil wineries to visit – Serra Gaúcha
09 May 2019

Take a journey to Serra Gaúcha, Brazil’s emerging destination for wine tourism.Photo courtesy of Vinicola Salton, Eduardo Benini There’s a surprising world of wine to explore...
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Premium Californian Chardonnay: Panel tasting results
09 May 2019

Stephen Brook, Alex Hunt MW and Tim Jackson MW tasted 54 Californian Chardonnays, with 14 Highly Recommended. 54 Californian Chardonnays tasted. Which came out on top?
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Żubrówka Biała to launch in the UK vodka market
09 May 2019

Polish premium vodka brand, Żubrówka Biała, one of the fastest growing vodka brands, is set to launch in the UK. 
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London Wine Fair to feature ‘Extreme Tasting Challenge’
08 May 2019

The London Wine Fair has joined forces with The Wine Gang to launch a new competition designed to rigorously test a contestant's wine palate – 'The Extreme Tasting Challenge.'
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Walla Walla prison project nears start date
08 May 2019

A proposal to plant vines inside the Walla Walla State Penitentiary in Washington State is due for final approval in July, according to the project's architect Jeremy Petty.
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Feast It to offer new Michelin-starred catering service
08 May 2019

Booking platform Feast It is poised to launch a new catering and wedding service, in collaboration with some of London's leading restaurants.
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Final Mouton ‘Versailles’ cases sold in NYC
08 May 2019

The final 25 cases of Château Mouton Rothschild’s ‘Versailles’ cases have been sold in New York as Sotheby’s also announced a record-breaking first half of the year for sales.
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Diageo’s Edinburgh HQ sold for £6.55m
08 May 2019

Diageo's Edinburgh HQ has been sold by its landlord for £6.55 million. 
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Pol Roger to use robot to reach century-old buried Champagne
08 May 2019

Such is the risk to human life of reaching a stash of Champagne trapped beneath Pol Roger’s cellars since 1900, the producer is planning to use a robot.
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Peter Yealands fined $18k after grape marc incident in 2016
08 May 2019

Peter Yealands, the founder and former owner of Yealands Wine, has been fined NZ$18,000 after an attempt to recycle grape marc in 2016 backfired, polluting a nearby stream and surrounding land. 
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Summer festivals offer £100m booze opportunity
08 May 2019

Summer festivals in the UK have become one of the most lucrative opportunities for drinks suppliers, with music-lovers spending more than £100 million on booze, new analysis has found.
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75 cities celebrate Malbec World Day
08 May 2019

A total of 75 cities around the world took part in this year's Malbec World Day which officially fell on 17 April, the ninth year that Wines of Argentina has run the programme celebrating the country's famed red grape.
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South Africa’s 2019 wine harvest is smallest for 14 years
08 May 2019

Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. But there are reports of promising quality in several regions....
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The World's Most Wanted Bourbons
08 May 2019

 A new generation of drinkers is breathing new life into America's native spirit – but who is winning?
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Vinexpo Reboots Its Flagship Show in Bordeaux (Wine Spectator)
08 May 2019

Thousands of members of the wine industry will descend on the city of Bordeaux on May 13–16 for the latest iteration of Vinexpo. The wine-and-spirits trade show has reimagined its flagship Bordeaux event, organizing an ambitious symposium on climate change. "In this highly competitive market, the Vinexpo group chose to make the flagship Vinexpo Bordeaux a more manageable size, whilst capital...
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Vinexpo Reboots Its Flagship Show in Bordeaux
08 May 2019

Thousands of members of the wine industry will descend on the city of Bordeaux on May 13–16 for the latest iteration of Vinexpo. The wine-and-spirits trade show has reimagined its flagship Bordeaux event, organizing an ambitious symposium on climate change. "In this highly competitive market, the Vinexpo group chose to make the flagship Vinexpo Bordeaux a more manageable size, whilst capit...
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Anson: Tasting every Château Rauzan-Ségla vintage from 1994 to 2018
08 May 2019

Jane Anson tastes vintages back to 1994...
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Road to 'Wine Country' Movie Interview: It's Maya Rudolph and Rachel Dratch's Party (Wine Spectator)
08 May 2019

When Rachel Dratch met up with some friends in California wine country for a weekend to celebrate her 50th birthday, she didn't expect it would become a movie—with her in a starring role. But that's how Wine Country, the directorial debut of one such friend, Amy Poehler, got its start. Also on that fateful trip: fellow early-2000s Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph, who steals scenes in t...
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Bordeaux 2018: The pace quickens
08 May 2019

Calon Segur and Carmes de Haut-Brion headed up a new round of releases this week as the campaign’s gears really begin to turn.
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Torelló: ‘Cava needs a refoundation’
07 May 2019

A leading member of Corpinnat – the breakaway Spanish sparkling wine group - has urged the Cava authorities to embrace the designation's call for drastic change.
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Heineken breaks into Ecuador’s beer market
07 May 2019

Dutch beer giant Heineken has bought a majority stake in an Ecuadorian brewery for an undisclosed sum.
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The Wine Society exceeds £100 million in turnover
07 May 2019

With an active membership of over 140,000 people, The Wine Society has achieved a turnover in excess of £100 million for the first time.
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Blended rum Duppy Share launches draught cocktails
07 May 2019

Blended rum brand The Duppy Share has become the latest spirit to capitalise on the growing number of bars and restaurants serving draught cocktails.
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Chase Distillery announces return of Rock The Farm festival
07 May 2019

Herefordshire-based distillery Chase has announced the return of drinks industry festival Rock The Farm which will be held from 3 to 4 June 2019.
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AB InBev considers IPO listing for Asia business, hints at acquisitions
07 May 2019

AB InBev is considering a public listing of its Asian business on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the brewer said as it announced its first quarter earnings.
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British Airways celebrates centenary with food and drink launches
07 May 2019

British Airways is celebrating is centenary with some additions to its in-flight menu including a gin designed to be consumed at altitude and an English still wine bottled exclusively for the airline.
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SWA secures trademark protection for Scotch whisky in South Korea
07 May 2019

"Scotch Whisky" is now a registered trademark in South Korea, giving Scottish distillers exporting to Asia additional legal protection.
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Mouton Rothschild ‘Versailles’ cases fetch $2.7m at auction
07 May 2019

Each Mouton Rothschild Versaille case contained the 2013, 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2005 vintages. With proceeds going to Versailles Palace and Notre Dame Cathedral....
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Drought after-effects cause record harvest low in South Africa
07 May 2019

The 2019 wine grape harvest in South Africa is expected to hit its lowest level since 2005 caused by the after-effects of a three-year drought, industry body VinPro has reported. 
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West Sonoma Vintners Fight for Independence
07 May 2019

 Vintners hope a new Sonoma appellation will provide clarity for consumers, Courtney Schiessl discovers.
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A Mother's Day Delight: Amanda Cohen's Poached Eggs and Creamed-Corn Grits (Wine Spectator)
07 May 2019

Chef Amanda Cohen's unique graphic-novel cookbook Dirt Candy, named for her influential vegetarian restaurant on New York's Lower East Side, features an illustration of the chef at age 5, eating ice cream with two friends: a monkey and a panda. Both monkey and panda are chefs, with starkly contrasting—but complementary—personalities.The panda, Cohen explains, is "pretty relaxed and coo...
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Road to 'Wine Country' Movie Interview: Screenwriter Emily Spivey (Wine Spectator)
07 May 2019

Emily Spivey created the TV series Up All Night and has writing and editing credits on some of the most beloved comedies of the past two decades, including sketch shows Saturday Night Live and Mad TV. So when Amy Poehler decided she wanted to make a movie, she asked Spivey to write the script for what would become the film Wine Country. The story of a group of middle-aged women on a trip to Napa t...
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Wine Legend: Opus One 1991
07 May 2019

A 'rich and opulent' wine...
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Champagne Jacquart Mosaïque
07 May 2019

Champagne Jacquart has taken full advantage of its relative youth....
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The history of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
06 May 2019

Promotional feature. A long family tale...
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Regional profile: Savennières
06 May 2019

Including additional tasting notes exclusively for Decanter Premium members. Some of the Loire's best dry Chenins...
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Organic Wine's Deadly Carbon Footprint
06 May 2019

 It should be the more eco-friendly option, but is organic viticulture bad for the environment?
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‘Game of Thrones’ Bordeaux Winemaker Battles HBO (Sort Of) (Wine Spectator)
06 May 2019

When we last checked in with Thibault Bardet, he was happily, and relatively quietly, working on his pet project: making wines inspired by his and everyone’s favorite TV series, Game of Thrones. But now, as we're smack in the middle of the final season of the HBO show, the young Bordeaux vintner’s two cuvées, Dornish Wine Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red 2016 and the Imp's...
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How to pair wine with pizza
06 May 2019

The art of Neapolitan pizza-making, known as 'Pizzaiuolo', got UNESCO heritage status in 2017. A few pointers on styles to look for...
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
05 May 2019

Decanter’s long-standing consultant editor and 2017 Decanter Hall of Fame Award recipient picks fine wines to drink now and others to lay down, all priced from £25 upwards...   The Spurrier Selection You may also like: Steven Spurrier’s top wine memories Decanter’s top wines of 2018: Most exciting picks Ten wines to try in 2019
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Gigondas: Châteauneuf's Cooler Sibling
05 May 2019

 It doesn't get the attention of other Rhône appellations, but climate change is making it very cool.
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Best Kent restaurants and hotels
04 May 2019

The Sportsman, near Whitstable The best places to eat and stay...
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Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino: All the ‘nines’ back to 1969
04 May 2019

Tuscany vineyards Michaela Morris delves into Col d'Orcia's back-catalogue of vintages...
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When Pinot Noir isn't Pinot Noir
04 May 2019

 The wine industry is facing a moment of existential crisis over what goes into the bottle.
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California Wine Investment Firm Buys South Africa's Mulderbosch (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2019

One of the leading wineries in South Africa has a new owner, as the fallout from Terroir Capital founder Charles Banks' conviction on federal fraud charges continues. Third Leaf Wines, a new California-based firm, has purchased the renowned Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch from Terroir for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the brand, the winery and 136 acres of vineyards. "Mulderbosch is a...
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California Winery-Investment Firm Buys South Africa's Mulderbosch
04 May 2019

One of the leading wineries in South Africa has a new owner, as the fallout from Terroir Capital founder Charles Banks' conviction on federal fraud charges continues. Third Leaf Wines, a new California-based firm, has purchased the renowned Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch from Terroir for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the brand, the winery and 136 acres of vineyards. "Mulderbosch is...
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Restaurant Talk: The Next Gen Build the Future of Baltimore Dining (Wine Spectator)
04 May 2019

When it comes to East Coast dining destinations, Baltimore is usually outshined by nearby Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. But two young and hungry restaurateurs want to change that: Alex and Eric Smith, the brothers behind Atlas Restaurant Group, which has stormed onto the scene with 12 diverse and daring restaurant openings in the city in just seven years.For the Smiths, revitalizing Baltimor...
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Italy in Australia: setting down roots
04 May 2019

Could Italian grape varieties be the next giant leap for Aussie wine?
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Fine wine investment: Wild horses
04 May 2019

We have written in the past about how cheap Pavie seems to be, relative to Angelus, and before offering an update on that situation it is interesting to note that Pavie has been knocked off its ‘best value in St Emilion’ perch: by Cheval Blanc, no less.
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Liv-ex survey: ‘best’ wines of Bordeaux 2018
03 May 2019

Every year Liv-ex polls its global members to get their thoughts on the latest vintage from Bordeaux – here are what were considered the ‘best’ wines.
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How we’re celebrating #Sauvblancday: Marlborough’s Blind River ‘Tekau’
03 May 2019

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Wine Masters and, it being Sauvignon Blanc Day on 3 May, we couldn't resist pulling out this stunning example from New Zealand that picked up the top accolade in our Sauvignon Blanc Masters last year.
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Here’s what people are saying about the taste of Carlsberg’s new pilsner
03 May 2019

Twitter users are reacting to the taste and the marketing campaign for Carlsberg’s new brew.
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Gloria team set to launch second London site
03 May 2019

Parisian hospitality group Big Mama will open its second site in Fitzrovia’s Rathbone Square this June called Circolo Popolare.
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Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness fronts beer released for Seattle Pride
03 May 2019

The Seattle-based Elysian Brewing Company is bringing back its GLITTERis Pride Ale for Seattle’s Pride march, and fronting the beer is fabulous Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.
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Cheese made from celebrity bacteria to go on show
03 May 2019

Five cheeses made from celebrity bacteria, including a Cheshire cheese crafted from the bacteria of former Blur bassist Alex James, are to go on display at the V&A museum in London.
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The week in pictures
03 May 2019

This week in the world of drinks; gin gets very, very pink; Tennent's sees red; Tio Pepe celebrates 10 years of "en rama"; and industry folk put their running shoes on for the London Marathon.
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Loire vs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: Can you tell the difference?
03 May 2019

Discover the differences between the two key Sauvignon-producing regions...
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NZ wine exports on track to exceed forecasts as country celebrates Sauvignon Blanc Day
03 May 2019

A report released by Dutch bank Rabobank reveals modest growth for New Zealand wine exports, with analysts predicting that the industry is on track to exceed the 2019 forecasts.
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Where winemakers dine: Louis-Fabrice Latour
03 May 2019

The CEO of Burgundy stalwart Maison Louis Latour, Louis-Fabrice Latour, reveals his fondness for Chinese food and why Londoners are spoilt for choice in terms of wine.
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The World's Most Wanted Sauvignon Blancs
03 May 2019

 Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day by checking out the most popular versions of this zingy favorite.
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Chrissy Teigen, Eric Ripert Raise Glasses, $4 Million; Exploding Wine Bottles Attack Missouri (Wine Spectator)
03 May 2019

City Harvest was plentiful Tuesday night in New York, as a gaggle of celebs from red carpets and chef's tables alike roused a crowd at Cipriani in Midtown to raise $4 million for the charity that delivers food to those in need. This year's iteration of the annual fundraising fête was hosted by pop-culture icons/professional foodies Chrissy Teigen and Antoni Porowski, both members of the City...
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Coppola to expand Inglenook wine cellars in Napa
03 May 2019

Wines ageing in oak after fermentation at Inglenook in Rutherford, Napa Valley. The latest example of wineries looking for ever-greater precision in the bottle...
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House of Saka launches cannabis-infused sparkling ‘wine’
02 May 2019

House of Saka, a luxury company fronted by an all female team, has launched a line of cannabis wines made from Napa Valley Pinot Noir.
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Million Pound Menu winner set to open debut restaurant in Liverpool
02 May 2019

Pilgrim, the winner of BBC Two programme Million Pound Menu 2019, will open its first restaurant in Liverpool’s Duke Street Market this May with a soft launch.
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Fine wine market’s decline continues in April
02 May 2019

The benchmark Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index declined yet again in April, down 0.2%, having shown no gains at all this year.
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Duddell’s London launches new cocktail and dim sum menus
02 May 2019

Cantonese restaurant Duddell’s in London Bridge is set to unveil an entirely new selection of cocktails alongside a revised dim sum afternoon menu, launching this May.
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Molson Coors profits down at start of 2019
02 May 2019

Molson Coors' profits dropped in the first three months of 2019, which the brewer put down to lower volumes worldwide.
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Chapel Down enters RTD market with gin and tonic cans
02 May 2019

English drinks company Chapel Down has made its first foray into the convenience and ready-to-drink market with the launch of a pre-mixed gin and tonic in a can. 
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Waitrose launches first English orange wine
02 May 2019

UK retailer Waitrose is adding its first English orange wine and two English wines in a can to its shelves this month.
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How does diurnal range affect wine? Ask Decanter
02 May 2019

Diurnal range can be important for even ripening... And why does it matter...?
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Bordeaux 2018: ‘Seductive’ Lafleur released
02 May 2019

The releases of 2018 Bordeaux continued this week with more from Right Bank stalwarts Lafleur, Clinet and Gazin.
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New York authorities ban alcohol advertising on city property
02 May 2019

Almost two years after alcohol advertising was banned on the New York subway, authorities have gone one step further, banning it on city property including bus shelters, newsstands and phone booths. 
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Carlsberg’s sales jumped 9% thanks to Asian drinkers switching to premium beer
02 May 2019

Danish brewer Carlsberg's beer sales jumped 9% in the first three months of 2019, helped in part by drinkers trading up to its premium portfolio in Asia.
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Top Opus One wines and producer profile
02 May 2019

Exclusive tasting notes on this Napa favourite...
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Introducing Wine-Searcher's Moët Index
02 May 2019

 Welcome to the Champagne version of multi-currency purchasing parity indices, courtesy of Wine-Searcher.
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Why drinks giants like William Grant & Sons and Pernod Ricard are going global with gin
02 May 2019

William Grant & Sons UK is expanding its gin range with the launch of a new Spanish-inspired label, Verano, joining a string of drinks giants going global with brands to appeal to 'promiscuous' consumers.
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Kent wine tour: Top wineries to visit
02 May 2019

The orderly vineyards at Gusbourne Estate, which also boasts a sleek new visitor centre. Explore the 'Wine Garden of England...'
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Friends of the Earth, Stroud Brewery and Toast Ale collaborate on ‘sustainable’ ale
01 May 2019

Friends of the Earth, Stroud Brewery and Toast Ale have joined forced on a new beer that shows the potential for "sustainable" brewing.
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Pressure mounts on Sainsbury’s as profits plummet
01 May 2019

Pressure has mounted on UK retailer Sainsbury's after it reported pre-tax profits plummeting 42% to £239 million with like-for-likes down 0.2% in the year to March.
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Scottish beer Tennent’s fires shots at Carlsberg’s ‘honest’ advert with billboard battle
01 May 2019

Scottish brewer Tennent's has erected a billboard at its Duke Street visitor centre taking aim at Carlsberg's "Danish" pilsner.
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Top people moves in drinks: April
01 May 2019

In April's people moves round-up Vinexpo appointed a new CEO, details of the Majestic Wine team restructure emerged and rum distiller Mount Gay appointed its first female master blender.
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Asian Sparkling Wine Masters 2019: results
01 May 2019

When it comes to sparkling wine, Champagne reins supreme but other expressions made from Spain's delectable Godello grape, a sparkling rosé from Adelaide Hills and Italy's Trentino emerged as top performers as well at our Asian Sparkling Wine Masters.
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Seedlip rolls out new non-alcoholic aperitifs
01 May 2019

Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, has launched its long-awaited first range of aperitifs, Æcorn Aperitifs. 
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Wyand named ‘Wine photographer of the year’
01 May 2019

John Wyand’s picture of a Burgundy domaine has won this year’s Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year prize at the Pink Lady Photographer of the Year awards.
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Bacardi uses Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant in ‘Send me a Sample’ targeted marketing
01 May 2019

Rum brand Bacardi is collaborating with a tech startup on a new marketing initiative that uses voice technology to persuade more consumers to opt for its Añejo Cuatro Dark Rum.
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Welsh vineyard opens 26-bed hotel to boost wine tourism
01 May 2019

Llanerch vineyard in south Wales has opened a 26-bed hotel after securing a £2 million loan, aiming to simulate successful oenotourism models found in New Zealand and Australia. 
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay: Bucking trends
01 May 2019

Tastings notes and scores for this top Aussie Chardonnay back to 1987...
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War of words escalates between French wine group and medics
01 May 2019

Culture clash: French wine industry group upset at comments by public health professionals. France's national medicine academy has lambasted alcohol industry lobbying power...
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How Labels Sell Wines
01 May 2019

 Quirky or traditional? Does it matter? It all depends on what's in the bottle, Vicki Denig discovers.
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Sainsbury’s branch refuses to uphold offer on non-alcoholic beer
01 May 2019

Sainsbury’s has refused to honour a beer discount deal in Scotland because of multi-buy laws, despite the fact the promoted product is alcohol-free.
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Simpsons Wine launches UK’s first still Pinot Meunier
30 April 2019

Kent's Simpsons Wine Estate has launched what it claims is the UK's first still wine to be made with 100% Pinot Meunier, one of two wines that its has released sealed with a Vinolok closure – another first for a wine made in the county. 
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Constellation Brands appoints ex American Eagle CEO as wine and spirits boss
30 April 2019

Constellation Brands has named Robert Hanson as the company’s new executive vice president of the business, and president of wine and spirits.
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Bordeaux 2018 releases: Batailley, Haut-Bages Libéral enter campaign
30 April 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting A steady trickle of Bordeaux 2018 releases has continued...
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This distiller wants more women to work in the spirits industry
30 April 2019

A whisky founder is running an internship program at her distillery in the Scottish Highlands to encourage more women to enter what is often considered a male-dominated industry.
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The 16th Decanter World Wine Awards Judging Week begins
30 April 2019

Over 280 international wine experts have come to London....
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Spirits company Innovatus pitches to Growthdeck investors for £1.2m
30 April 2019

Innovatus Drinks, which owns Horse Guards gin, is aiming to raise £1.2 million through private investors to fund its “ambitious” expansion plans.
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HDH announces largest ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ yet
30 April 2019

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart has announced the full details of its eighth ‘Celebration of Burgundy’ sale, which is taking place next month and due to be its largest yet.
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Bollinger teams up with top chefs on Grande Année 2008 pairings
30 April 2019

Champagne Bollinger has teamed up with some of London’s top chefs on a series of recipes designed to pair with its recently released La Grande Année 2008.
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UK drinking less volume, but more alcohol
30 April 2019

It’s often said that the UK is consuming less when it comes to the volume of drinks, but the country may be imbibing more alcohol.
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Scotch whisky ‘more productive than energy sector’ as contribution to UK economy rises to £5.5bn
30 April 2019

The Scotch whisky industry's contribution to the UK economy through duty fees has risen by 10% over the past two years, adding £5.5bn to the treasury
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Merchant survey: Lafite regains ‘wine of the vintage’ crown
30 April 2019

Liv-ex’s annual merchant survey of Bordeaux has named Lafite as the ‘wine of the 2018 vintage’ in a campaign many think could do better than the 2017s – at the right price.
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First taste: Vega Sicilia’s new releases, including Único 2009
30 April 2019

Sarah Jane Evans rates the latest wines...
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Amazon Ramps up Wine Sales
30 April 2019

 Traditional stores focus on their strengths to survive as the retail behemoth flexes its marketing muscle.
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A Moveable Feast: 244 Wineries on the Road (Wine Spectator)
30 April 2019

The 2019 Wine Spectator Grand Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on April 27, as more than a thousand enthusiastic wine lovers filled the Grand Ballroom at the Mirage resort.Many were Grand Tour first-timers. Ron Trevathan came from Houston, Texas, with his wife Susie. "The trip is for our anniversary," he explained, "and this event has been on my bucket list for a while."Susie had given Ron early VIP e...
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A Moveable Feast: 244 Wineries on the Road
30 April 2019

The 2019 Wine Spectator Grand Tour kicked off in Las Vegas on April 27, as more than a thousand enthusiastic wine lovers filled the Grand Ballroom at the Mirage resort. Many were Grand Tour first-timers. Ron Trevathan came from Houston, Texas, with his wife Susie. "The trip is for our anniversary," he explained, "and this event has been on my bucket list for a while." Susie had given Ron early V...
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Leonardo da Vinci wine museums to open
30 April 2019

Two new museums in honour of Leonardo da Vinci...
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Chapel Down establishes England’s largest estate in Kent
29 April 2019

Planting has begun at UK winery Chapel Down’s 388-acre Boarley Farm site in the North Downs of Kent.
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US alcohol sales growing faster in hotels than wider on-trade
29 April 2019

Sales of booze in hotels in the US is growing faster than in the wider US on-trade, a new report by Nielsen has found, with consumers more likely to drink alcohol when out of their regular environment.
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HK’s oldest WSET provider celebrates 25th anniversary
29 April 2019

Asia Wine Service & Education Centre (AWSEC), the longest established WSET course provider in Hong Kong, celebrated 25 years of offering wine and spirits education in the Asian wine hub this month.
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Bonhams to offer rare whisky by iconic bottler Silvano Samaroli
29 April 2019

Bonhams will stage a Fine & Rare Wine and Whisky auction in Hong Kong next month, estimated to achieve HK$28 million in total to mark its “10 years of leadership in whisky auction”, the auctioneer announced.
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Skye’s Three Chimneys restaurant sold after 34 years
29 April 2019

Well-known destination restaurant on the Isle of Skye, The Three Chimneys, has been sold by its founders after 34 years to Scottish hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. 
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Douglas Laing releases charity Big Peat for RAF Benevolent Fund
29 April 2019

Scotch distillery Douglas Laing has partnered with the RAF Benevolent Fund to release a charity bottling of its blended Big Peat whisky, as the fund celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
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Penfolds wins lawsuit against ‘Rush Rich’ copycat
29 April 2019

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has won a case against copycat brand 'Rush Rich' in Shanghai, a year after it launched the lawsuit in Australia and China.
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Bordeaux 2018: Releases begin earlier than expected
29 April 2019

With many having anticipated a slightly later start to this year’s en primeur campaign, the release of Langoa-Barton and Branaire-Ducru suggests the action is hotting up earlier than expected.
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Matthiasson: Napa wines are like a Ferrari
29 April 2019

Napa Valley wines are like a Ferrari whose power you can ramp up as much or as little as you like, according to local producer Steve Matthiasson of Matthiasson Wines.
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Majestic Wine unveils first Naked Wines retail store
29 April 2019

UK retailer Majestic Wines has rebranded its first store into a Naked Wines stores, as it prepares to restructure and rebrand the wider business as Naked Wines.
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The Peter Michael Winery retrospective tasting
29 April 2019

Tasting past and present vintages from this top Californian estate...
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The World's Most Wanted Malbecs
29 April 2019

 From anonymity to one of the most popular grape varieties on earth – Argentina's star keeps rising.
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Dual identity: Rebula vs Ribolla plus 9 of the best to try
28 April 2019

Grown in a region that straddles Italy and Slovenia, the Rebula, or Ribolla, grape has a dual identity. But, argues Stephen Brook, whatever you call it, this versatile grape is worth seeking out... In the 1980s I would stand in the vineyards of Collio in Italy and gaze across the patrolled border into Slovenia, which was visible but scarcely visitable. Collio, the core appellation of Friuli, adjoi...
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China's Wine Egg Hatches
28 April 2019

 A new winery development in Ningxia is impressive, but Jim Boyce points out that it's a gamble.
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Best Bordeaux dry whites of 2018
27 April 2019

Ch. Margaux's Pavillon Blanc was one of the white wines of the 2018 vintage, according to Jane Anson. Jane Anson found plenty of surprises when tasting...
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Travel guide: Nice for wine lovers
27 April 2019

Where to eat and drink in Nice. Where to eat and drink...
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Turning a Critical Eye on Wine Critics
27 April 2019

 It might be time to change the emphasis on wine tasting methodology, Oliver Styles suggests.
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Perfect Match Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary (Wine Spectator)
27 April 2019

More often than you might think, a culinary pro’s secret weapon comes from the O.G. executive chef: Mom. Case in point: Texas chef Michael Velardi and his killer five-ingredient lamb marinade. The longtime chef of the Pappas Bros. steak house trifecta in Dallas and Houston has served a version of his mom’s lamb chops at the Wine Spectator Grand Award–winning Pappas flagship in Ho...
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Bordeaux 2018: En Primeur
27 April 2019

Early opinions of Bordeaux 2018 is that it's a ripe vintage, which is full of surprises that has pockets of brilliance but also some inconsistencies.The cellars at Cheval Blanc, one of Jane Anson's top rated estates in the Bordeaux 2018 vintage. With early releases from Angélus (down 8.7%), Labegorce and Marquis d’Alesme Becker the tone has been set. Jane’s full...
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Blackbook winery releases ‘first’ London-grown wine since Roman era
26 April 2019

South London's Blackbook winery claims it has developed the first "London-grown, London-made wine since Roman times."
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Tio Pepe releases 10th anniversary En Rama
26 April 2019

Spanish wine giant González Byass has launched its 2019 Tio Pepe En Rama, marking the sherry brand's 10th birthday.
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Women in Wine NZ to open mentoring scheme to men
26 April 2019

Women in Wine New Zealand, a sub-group of New Zealand Winegrowers, is set to open up its successful mentoring programme to men for the first time, prompted by industry demand. 
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Jean-Charles Boisset launches $400 wine book
26 April 2019

One of the wine world’s most flamboyant characters, Jean-Charles Boisset, has launched a $400 coffee table wine book finished in red velvet called Alchemy of the Senses.
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Jean-Charles Boisset launches $400, velvet-covered wine book
26 April 2019

One of the wine world’s most flamboyant characters, Jean-Charles Boisset, has launched a $400 coffee table wine book finished in red velvet called Alchemy of the Senses.
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The week in pictures
26 April 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Mustard-makers Maille adds Provence rosé to its recipe; Carlsberg sees red; Charlie Sheen winds up in Canary Wharf; and Plumpton College starts planning for the future of UK wines.
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Jason Atherton to sell Social Wine & Tapas
26 April 2019

English chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is seeking a buyer for his small plates restaurant Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone, according to Eater London.
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Champagne scrapped for FA Cup winners
26 April 2019

The English Football Association (FA) has removed the traditional Champagne celebrations following the FA Cup final, replacing the fizz with a non-alcoholic substitute. 
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Languedoc-Roussillon’s premium reds – Blind Tasting
26 April 2019

This unique tasting of some of the region's most expensive wines took place just outside of Carcassonne. Blind tasting of some of the region's top-end wines...
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Bordeaux 2018 can crack America if prices drop, say US merchants
26 April 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting It's a high-powered vintage that should suit ‘American palates'...
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Entries now open for Asian Syrah Masters 2019
26 April 2019

the drinks business Hong Kong is now taking entries for The Asian Syrah Masters 2019, which will be this year's biggest and most extensive blind tasting of Syrah in Asia.
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Rhône Looks to a Rosé Future
26 April 2019

 Producers in the region are looking to change the heavy red bias in winemaking.
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On Wednesdays, We Drink Pink: 'Mean Girls' Wine from Lead Actor, Leading Sonoma Winemaker (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Mean Girls, the seminal 2004 high-school comedy, was many things, including, it turns out, an incubator for future wine and dining talent. "Grown-up" stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Ana Gasteyer would go on to capture 2019's definitive portrayal of women who wine in the upcoming Netflix feature Wine Country. Lizzy Caplan graduated to send up the chichi catering world as a server in Party Down. Lin...
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Carlsberg releases red beer for Liverpool FC
26 April 2019

Carlsberg will release a bright red pilsner brewed specifically for Liverpool FC fans on 26 April.
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8 & $20 Recipe: Spring Vegetable Frittata (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.Spring is here, and if you enjoy cooking (or eating), you know that one of its most exciting elements is the fresh produce. Stars of the season like scallions, asparagus and Swiss chard are packed with vibrant...
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DWWA judge profile: Emanuel Pesqueira
26 April 2019

Emanuel Pesqueira is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Emanuel Pesqueira, DWWA Judge Emanuel Pesqueira is Food and Beverage Operations Manager at Crowne Plaza Albert Embankment.
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DWWA Judge profile: Diana Rollan
26 April 2019

Diana Rollan is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Diana Rollan Diana Rollan is Group Head of Beverage for D&D London group, focusing predominantly on the purchasing of core beverage categories for the UK restaurants in the group, while managing and leading product innovation and quality-focused approach to the lists at the group’s 35 restaurants and hotels.&...
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DWWA judge profile: Jane MacQuitty
26 April 2019

Jane MacQuitty is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Jane MacQuitty Jane MacQuitty is a wine writer, author, judge and commentator.
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Nebbiolo beyond Italy – Ask Decanter
26 April 2019

Nebbiolo grapes. Where can you find Nebbiolo made in countries other than Italy...?
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Wine-Centric Canadian Restaurants (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Like most places with a history of converging cultures, Canada boasts a vibrant culinary landscape. Today’s Canadian restaurants honor those foundational influences (primarily English and French) and utilize the local bounty to create distinct, dynamic cuisine. Many destinations also celebrate the country’s renowned wine regions, like these 11 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners. F...
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DWWA judge profile: David Jean
26 April 2019

David Jean is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). David Jean David Jean is a Buyer for Denner in Switzerland, focusing on their Swiss and New World portfolio.
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DWWA judge profile: Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
26 April 2019

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Dirceu Vianna Junior MW Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is founder of Vianna Wine Resources, a company that consults for wine businesses across Europe, Africa and South America.
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DWWA judge profile: Bruno Murciano
26 April 2019

Bruno Murciano is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Bruno Murciano Bruno Murciano is on H2Vin’s management team, aiding sales and client relations whilst further developing H2Vin’s Spanish Agencies.
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Restaurant Spotlight: Acre (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Acre is all about traditional Alabama cuisine with a fresh perspective. Chef David Bancroft sources ingredients from local farmers and purveyors for his regularly changing creative American menu. The restaurant sits on the outskirts of Auburn University, so the team also collaborates with the school’s Meats Laboratory (which researches topics like me...
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Turning Tables: Two New Cameron Mitchell Concepts Open in Columbus, Ohio (Wine Spectator)
26 April 2019

The Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group, based in Columbus, Ohio, is debuting two new concepts this month in the city's Short North Arts District: Del Mar SoCal Kitchen, a full-service restaurant, and Lincoln Social Rooftop, a cocktail lounge.Andrea Hoover is overseeing both wine programs; she is the newly promoted director of beverage for Cameron Mitchell, which has 19 Wine Spectator Restaurant Aw...
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Turning Tables: Two New Cameron Mitchell Concepts Open in Columbus, Ohio
26 April 2019

Wine Spectator rounds up the latest restaurant news for wine lovers: Cameron Mitchell Restaurants group opens two new concepts in Columbus, Ohio; wine director Michaël Engelmann leaves the Modern; City Winery New York finds a new home; Milwaukee restaurateur Joe Bartolotta dies; Marea opens a location in Dubai; and the Dutch Miami reopens as a rebranded restaurant. Get more news from Wine Spe...
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Total Wines fights to expand into New York
26 April 2019

US retailer Total Wines & More will fight to expand its footprint in New York through the state's Supreme Court next month, after the New York State Liquor Authority refused to allow it to open a second site, in Westchester. 
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Watchdog sinks hope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger
25 April 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed Sainsbury/Asda merger ahead of its self-imposed deadline, saying UK consumers would be worse off if the two giant retailers combined forces.
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DWWA judge profile: Bob Betz MW
25 April 2019

Bob Betz MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Bob Betz MW is the consulting winemaker of Betz Family Winery in Washington State, a company he and his wife established in 1997; he currently also consults for a number of other North American west coast wineries on winemaking, sensory and blending issues.
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Sparkling wine producer Henkell launches global social campaign
25 April 2019

German sparkling wine brand Henkell is launching an extensive global social marketing campaign focusing on its 0.2-litre ‘Piccolo’ bottle.
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Law banning cold beer in Mexico City branded ‘stupid’ by locals
25 April 2019

A lawmaker in Mexico City has put forward a motion that would make it illegal for shops to sell chilled beer, leaving many of the capital's residents outraged by the official's "stupidity."
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DWWA judge profile: Christopher Bates MS
25 April 2019

Christopher Bates MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Christopher Bates MS Christopher Bates MS owns and operates F.L.X. Hospitality & F.L.X. Wienery as well as educating as a lecturer at The International Culinary Center, and with the Court of Master Sommeliers. 
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London’s first winery launches winemaking club
25 April 2019

Wine merchant and owner of urban winery London Cru, Roberson Wine, is offering wine enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in all aspects of making the 2019 vintage with the launch of The London Cru Crush Club.
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Is the Xige Estate China’s Penfolds?
25 April 2019

The success of Australian wine in China has created a generation of Chinese winemakers who are looking south to rejuvenate their own wine dreams in China's Ningxia region, including newly minted winery, Xige Estate.
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Former Majestic head of buying joins M&S
25 April 2019

Majestic wine's former head of buying, Catherine Lomax, has joined Marks & Spencer, the retailer has confirmed.
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Brexit uncertainty leaves employers ‘desperate’ to fill roles as wages rise
25 April 2019

Employers in the hospitality industry are "desperate" to fill roles left vacant thanks to uncertainty over the UK's departure from the EU, according to a report which found that average salaries in bars and restaurants have already risen 10% this year.
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M&S boosts investment to slash prices on BWS
25 April 2019

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has slashed the price on many of its most popular wines following a major investment in its BWS range.
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Plumpton College to create research hub for English wine industry
25 April 2019

The UK's viticulture and oenology education centre, Plumpton College, is aiming to create a research hub for the English wine industry to improve future site selection and vine productivity. 
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Diageo thinks the UK’s drinks industry could be worth £47bn by 2022 – here’s why
25 April 2019

Low ABV drinks, experiences and instagrammable cocktails will make the UK's alcohol industry an extra £5bn by 2022, according to a new report by spirits giant Diageo.
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Top St-Julien 2018 wines: ‘Silky and gorgeous’
25 April 2019

St-Julien's top wines are ripe but balanced in 2018. An impressive showing in this appellation...
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DWWA judge profile: Chris Kissack
25 April 2019

Chris Kissack is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Chris Kissack Chris Kissack is the author of TheWinedoctor.com, a subscription website which he has been publishing since 2000, and is a regular reporter from the annual Bordeaux en primeur tastings.
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Majestic Wine says selling all UK stores is an option
25 April 2019

Majestic will change its name to Naked Wines plc and is keen to invest more in online sales. Several scenarios are being considered as part of a transformation strategy...
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DWWA judge profile: Elvis Ziakos
25 April 2019

Elvis Ziakos is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Elvis Ziakos Elvis Ziakos is Head Sommelier at The Greenhouse restaurant in London and has won many awards as a Sommelier.
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DWWA judge profile: Arabella Woodrow MW
25 April 2019

Arabella Woodrow MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Arabella Woodrow MW Arabella Woodrow MW consults for Broadland Wineries as their Wine Director.
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DWWA judge profile: Nigel Wilkinson
25 April 2019

Nigel Wilkinson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Nigel Wilkinson Nigel Wilkinson has run London’s RSJ restaurant for over 30 years, where the wine list boasts more than 300 wines from the Loire region.
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DWWA judge profile: Dominique Vrigneau
25 April 2019

Dominique Vrigneau is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Dominique Vrigneau works at Watermill Wines, combining his buying capabilities with selling to key accounts. He is a Chevalier du Tastevin.
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Unfiltered: Sara Rossi, Trinity
25 April 2019

Sara Rossi, head sommelier of Trinity in London's Clapham, on how sommelier's should travel more, serving actor Will Smith, and how her go-to drink at the end of the day isn't a glass of wine.
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Glenfarclas whisky distillery announce cocktail competition
25 April 2019

Glenfarclas distillery has launched its first ‘105’ Cask Strength cocktail competition.
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Vinexpo Symposium addresses impact of climate change on wine industry
25 April 2019

Vinexpo Bordeaux, the leading international event for all wine and spirits industry professionals, will debut its first ever Vinexpo Symposium on May 14 – on the much-anticipated impact of climate change on the supply chain.
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Brewhouse and Kitchen launches customisable craft beer can chicken
24 April 2019

Pub chain Brewhouse & Kitchen has announced a new menu which takes the on-trade's fascination with consumer experiences to new heights.
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Santa Rita Estates releases mid-harvest vintage report
24 April 2019

Wine group Santa Rita Estates, comprising Santa Rita and Carmen in Chile and Doña Paula in Argentina, has released its mid-harvest vintage report.
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Delicato building winery for ‘cult’ Napa Cabernet
24 April 2019

California’s Delicato Family Vineyards is building a boutique winery at its Black Stallion estate uniquely for the production of a new “cult” Napa Cabernet.
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Fine wine investment: Calm before the storm?
24 April 2019

You could be forgiven for thinking that the fine wine market has quite gone to sleep this year, so marginal do the index movements seem to be.
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Could Majestic Wine sell all of its stores?
24 April 2019

Rumours that wine retailer Majestic is selling its entire 200-store portfolio have resurfaced.
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Uncorked: Pierre Graffeuille
24 April 2019

Pierre Graffeuille, director of second growth Château Léoville-Las-Cases in Saint-Julien, reveals his addiction to sashimi and how the worst thing about working in the industry is opening a corked bottle of wine.
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Top Italian wines showcased at Vinitaly 2019
24 April 2019

The 53rd edition of Vinitaly closed on 10 April 2019, attracting over 125,000 visitors from 145 countries. Maurizio Danese, President of Veronafiere said that “This was the largest ever Vinitaly with 4,600 companies (+130 vs 2018).” Giovanni Mantovani, CEO of Veronafiere stated that “One of the distinguishing aspects of this edition of Vinitaly was undoubtedly […]
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Hong Kong could be biggest market for Ningxia wine, says HK former leader
24 April 2019

Hong Kong could be the biggest market for China's Ningxia region, benefitting from the city's unique position as a wine trading hub and an open economy, says Hong Kong's former leader Leung Chun Ying.
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Best Pessac-Léognan and Graves 2018 wines
24 April 2019

Tasting a barrel sample of Haut-Brion 2018... Some high scores for the reds...
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2018 Bordeaux Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
24 April 2019

The starting gun for the 2018 Bordeaux futures campaign officially sounded last week with the release of Château Angélus, one of St.-Emilion's most recognizable names. With the VinExpo convention in Bordeaux arriving earlier this year, and the crystal ball on market perception on the wines looking slightly murky, producers are likely to try and strike fast. But as always, trying to pr...
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2018 Bordeaux Wine Futures Prices and Analysis
24 April 2019

The starting gun for the 2018 Bordeaux futures campaign officially sounded last week with the release of Château Angélus, one of St.-Emilion's most recognizable names. With the VinExpo convention in Bordeaux arriving earlier this year, and the crystal ball on market perception on the wines looking slightly murky, producers are likely to try and strike fast. But as always, trying to...
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Great wine route: California’s Central Coast
24 April 2019

Coastline of Big Sur Explore this underappreciated part of California....
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Nobu Hong Kong’s former chef opens Silencio
24 April 2019

Former chef at Nobu Hong Kong has opened a new Japanese restaurant, Silencio, which is said to be the city's "first and only contemporary izakaya" – an informal Japanese-style drinking venue. 
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Chinese official calls for reduced taxes on wine
24 April 2019

A top official from China’s Ningxia wine region has called for the gradual reduction of VAT on wine, amid local and central government’s push to turn the northwestern province into a world class wine producing region.
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Wild Honey set to reopen on new site in St James’s
24 April 2019

Following the restaurant’s closure last month, chef Anthony Demetre will reopen Wild Honey on St James’s Pall Mall in London next month.
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Five stunning Proseccos from under £10 to over £40
23 April 2019

Here are five outstanding Proseccos from entry-point prices to the top-end that highlight the quality and stylistic diversity on offer from this popular Italian sparkling wine region.
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Chandon reports success with ‘China-adapted’ sparkling wine
23 April 2019

The fine-tuned sparkling wine Chandon China, Moet Hennessy’s sparkling wine operation in Ningxia, has created just for the Chinese market has proven a success and claims to be the "first sparkling wine that can be enjoyed at room temperature," according to the brand's estate manager.
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Lodi has become ‘a hotbed for experimentation’
23 April 2019

While Napa and Sonoma steal most of the limelight, Lodi in California has become “a hotbed for experimentation”, according to one key player in the region.
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Tuscan producer pledges £1,500 to secure Italy’s first Master of Wine
23 April 2019

A wine producer in Tuscany is sponsoring a second year MW student in an effort to give Italy its first Master of Wine.
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Mixer company Fever-Tree launches anti-malaria social media campaign
23 April 2019

Premium mixer company Fever-Tree has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of its "fight to end malaria", coinciding with World Malaria Day on April 25.
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Cristal 2018 to break new ground, says Champagne Roederer
23 April 2019

Cristal Champagne 2018 vintage is set to be 'unique'. Roederer plan to use a record number of vineyard plots in its flagship Cristal label for 2018...
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Hawke’s Bay ‘one of the great Chardonnay regions of the world’
23 April 2019

Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand has risen up the ranks and is now “one of the great Chardonnay regions of the world”, according to Hugh Crichton of Vidal Estate.
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Seagram heiress pleads guilty in ‘sex cult’ case
23 April 2019

Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Canadian whiskey conglomerate Seagram, has pleaded guilty to her role in an alleged sex trafficking operation.
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Best Pomerol 2018 wines: A ‘signature’ year
23 April 2019

Vieux Château Certan scored well in 2018. The top scoring wines are 'clearly incredible'...
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Willamette Still West Coast's Wine Sweetheart
23 April 2019

 A progress report on the Oregon region shows great advances and changes ahead, reports Vicki Denig.
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Dangerous Spring Frost Hits Burgundy (Wine Spectator)
23 April 2019

The aerial photos look pretty, but there was nothing pleasurable for Burgundy vintners during the long nights of April 4 and 5 and again over the weekend of April 13 as they banded together to fight a potentially damaging spring frost. In some vineyards, countermeasures or good luck prevented extensive harm. In others, young tender buds were badly damaged.In Chablis, four nights of temperatures as...
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Dangerous Spring Frost Hits Burgundy
23 April 2019

The aerial photos look pretty, but there was nothing pleasurable for Burgundy vintners during the long nights of April 4 and 5 and again over the weekend of April 13 as they banded together to fight a potentially damaging spring frost. In some vineyards, countermeasures or good luck prevented extensive harm. In others, young tender buds were badly damaged. In Chablis, four nights of temperatures...
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Médoc and Fronsac 2018: Hidden gems
22 April 2019

Château La Vieille Cure is an estate to watch in 2018, says Jane Anson. Step outside of the major appellations...
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Patagonian lakes wine tour
22 April 2019

Patagonia is a diverse land shared between Chile and Argentina, on the southern tip of the continent. At the far south, ice fields, glaciers and rugged mountains offer the final stepping stone to Antarctica. Beyond the fjords and floating islands you reach the northern gateway to Patagonia: the lake region. Here lie the southernmost wine […]
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Best Sauternes 2018 wines: Where to look in a mixed year
21 April 2019

The 2018 harvest underway at Sigalas Rabaud.near to Bommes in Sauternes. The top wines are rich and luxurious....
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DWWA Regional Chair for USA: Ronan Sayburn MS
21 April 2019

Ronan Sayburn MS steps into the role of Regional Chair for USA at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards. Ronan Sayburn MS is a judge at the at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)
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Wine-Searcher Writer Recognized
21 April 2019

 We don't often boast around here, but since this involves our US editor, we thought we should.
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What’s the best wine to drink with risotto? Ask Decanter
21 April 2019

What wine should you drink with your risotto? What wine should you serve with your risotto...?
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Top St-Estèphe 2018 wines: ‘A year for hedonists’
20 April 2019

Château Cos d’Estournel managed the conditions particularly well in 2018, says Jane Anson. There are extremely good St-Estèphe wines in 2018, but the appellation is generally more in-line with what I expected before tasting; texture, power and tannins, but also alcohol.     See our best rated St-Estèphe 2018 wines     Back to the main Bordeaux en...
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The World's Most Wanted Pinot Noir
20 April 2019

 A look at the most sought-after cuvées from this regal grape reveals some new kids on the block.
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Restaurant Talk: At College Restaurants, Students Run the Show (Wine Spectator)
20 April 2019

Class is in session—until midnight. That might sound like drudgery, but it's all part of the lesson plan for hospitality students eager to gain experience in real restaurant settings—the elite somms and ace chefs of the next generation. At many universities, the future tastemakers enrolled in hospitality and culinary programs don't even need to leave campus to get this experience. Situ...
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Bordeaux Vintners Excited About 2018 Wines, Uncertain About Futures Campaign (Wine Spectator)
20 April 2019

Bordeaux could be excused for feeling smug in the wake of the annual barrel tastings introducing the 2018 vintage, the world's first chance to taste the wines before futures go on sale. Early reports compare the wines to recent excellent vintages.Wine Spectator's lead taster for Bordeaux, James Molesworth, has spent two weeks in the region, meeting producers to discuss the vintage's character and...
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Bordeaux Vintners Excited About 2018 Wines, Uncertain About Futures Campaign
20 April 2019

Bordeaux could be excused for feeling smug in the wake of the annual barrel tastings introducing the 2018 vintage, the world's first chance to taste the wines before futures go on sale. Early reports compare the wines to recent excellent vintages. Wine Spectator's lead taster for Bordeaux, James Molesworth, has spent two weeks in the region, meeting producers to discuss the vintage's character an...
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Realm Cellars: Napa’s upstart
19 April 2019

Realm Cellars' inspirations are laid out behind its lineup of single-vineyard expressions and proprietary blends. A forward-thinking winery in Stags Leap District...
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Earth Day in a Big Way: Wastewater Worms, 21 Million Trees and Cabernet All Day (Wine Spectator)
19 April 2019

Wine country has a knack for turning every occasion into a party, but with the world of wine going all-in on green practices, Earth Day is shaping up to be especially epic. The annual celebration of the environment falls on a Monday this year—April 22—but wineries in California are making a weekend of it, if not a week, month, or just an everyday jam going forward in recognition that t...
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After the Notre-Dame Fire, Wine Industry Rushes to Help (Wine Spectator)
19 April 2019

François-Henri Pinault said it felt like a blow to the gut; his teenage daughter had cried and his 82-year-old father mourned. The owner of Groupe Artémis and scion of one of France's wealthiest families was speaking to a Europe 1 reporter Tuesday following the shocking, extensive fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. "We felt that it was an absolute obligation to rebuild th...
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Bollinger to use oak from own forests in Champagne
19 April 2019

Bollinger is to use oak harvested from its own forest in the Côtes des Blancs to ferment the juice from this year’s vintage.
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Artesian at The Langham to launch new minimalist cocktail menu 
18 April 2019

Artesian, the iconic bar within The Langham hotel in London, has announced it will offer a new menu, consisting of cocktails made from solely two ingredients.
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St Leonards names new sommelier and beverage director
18 April 2019

Chefs and restaurateurs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have appointed Albert Blaize as sommelier and beverage director for their two restaurants, St Leonards and Brunswick House, as well as the recently opened Orasay in Notting Hill.
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Bordeaux 2018: The Right Bank overview
18 April 2019

Stepping off the train at Gare Saint-Jean at the start of primeurs week, few would have predicted that so many Right Bank properties would have avoided the varied pitfalls of heat and high alcohol to produce some of the 2018 vintage's most profound wines.
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Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur ‘disappointed’ by Portman Group ruling it appeals to children
18 April 2019

The Portman Group, an oversight body for drinks producers in the UK, has strongly advised online retailer Firebox to modify its labelling of its Unicorn Tears gin liqueurs range.
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Glenfiddich loses legal battle against new Indian-owned Scotch
18 April 2019

William Grant & Sons has lost a trademark battle against a new blended Scotch whisky brand called Glenfield after accusing it of adopting similar labelling to its Glenfiddich brand. 
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The Wine & Spirits Show 2019: in pictures
18 April 2019

Take a look at just a few of our favourite photos from our two-day event at One Whitehall Place.
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Domaine Clarence Dillion unveils new look for its premium range
18 April 2019

Domaine Clarence Dillion, the owner of  Château Haut-Brion, has unveiled a new logo and identity for its premium Bordeaux wines,  Clarendelle, Inspired by Haut-Brion.
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‘Philanthropist’s Cellar’ raises US$6m
18 April 2019

Mature Burgundy and blue chip Bordeaux shot Hart Davis Hart’s recent sale to a US$9.5 million finish earlier this month, with $6m alone coming from the collection of a single collector.
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In pictures: Masseto’s new winery
18 April 2019

Super Tuscan Masseto has unveiled its newly revamped cellar, complete with new vinification facilities and a 'wine caveau' featuring every vintage back to 1986.
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Best St-Emilion 2018 wines: ‘Up there with 2015’
18 April 2019

St-Emilion has delivered a top vintage in 2018...
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Barolo and Barbaresco Set to Shine
18 April 2019

 As producers prepare to launch the latest vintages of these Piedmont giants, Tom Hyland sneaks a peek.
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Average vine age – Ask Decanter
18 April 2019

How can the average vine age remain the same across different vintages of the same wine?
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DWWA judge profile: Andreas Rosendal
18 April 2019

Andreas Rosendal is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Andreas Rosendal runs his own consultancy firm, curating wine lists in Sweden, England & Italy.
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DWWA judge profile: David Round MW
18 April 2019

David Round MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019David Round MW David Round MW is Director of international music events business, Big Fish Little Fish Productions Ltd, and has launched Round About Wine, running wine events and writing about wine for consumers.
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DWWA judge profile: Hugo Rose MW
18 April 2019

Hugo Rose MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)DWWA Judge: Hugo Rose MW Hugo Rose MW is Managing Director of Cellar&Co, a fine wine asset management company. He was a former chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine (for whom he is joint Endowment Investment Officer) and of the Wine Investment Association.
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DWWA judge profile: Nick Room
18 April 2019

Nick Room is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Nick Room As well as specialising in Spain, Portugal, sweet and fortified, Nick Room is the main Burgundy buyer for Waitrose.
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DWWA judge profile: Frank Roeder MW
18 April 2019

Frank Roeder MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Frank Roeder MW Frank Roeder MW owns and runs the wine merchant VIF, a franchising system with 7 different outlets throughout Germany. He is Germany's 3rd Master of Wine.
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DWWA judge profile: Ben Robson
18 April 2019

Ben Robson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Ben Robson Ben Robson owns specialist importer Bat and Bottle, focusing on wines from small Italian estates.
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Wine Talk: Pink Jams to Cab Franc (Wine Spectator)
18 April 2019

In today's wine world, some winemakers are considered rock stars by their fans. But only a few winemakers really are rock stars. Better known as P!nk, Alecia Moore is one of the music industry's most recognized faces. A three-time Grammy winner, she has sold over 90 million records since her solo debut in 2000. She is currently performing on her "Beautiful Trauma" world tour. Married to profession...
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DWWA judge profile: David Roberts MW
18 April 2019

David Roberts MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)David Roberts MW David Roberts MW has over 25 years experience in the wine trade and specialises in wine buying.
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Accolade targets on-trade growth with new Hardys ‘Foodie’ range
17 April 2019

Accolade Wines is ramping up its on-trade ambitions as it launches an exclusive range of 'Foodie' wines for restaurants and bars that highlights what meat the wines should be paired with.
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Castelnau: ‘Champagne must not rest on its laurels’
17 April 2019

Belinda Stone, head of marketing at Castelnau Wine Agencies, has warned against the danger of the Champagne category “resting on its laurels.”
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Domaines Barons de Rothschild gears up for Chinese red launch
17 April 2019

Domaines Barons de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite Rothschild and Duhart-Milon, is finally ready to launch its Chinese brand onto the market this autumn its CEO has revealed.
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DWWA judge profile: Jane Parkinson
17 April 2019

Jane Parkinson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Jane Parkinson Jane Parkinson is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and author.
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Rioja confirms 2018 vintage classification
17 April 2019

The 2018 harvest has been officially classified as a ‘Good’ vintage by the Regulatory Board of Rioja DOCa.
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DWWA judge profile: Theresa Paopao
17 April 2019

Theresa Paopao is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Theresa Paopao Theresa Paopao is the Beverage Director and General Manager of Ribelle in Boston, USA.
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Jason Atherton’s Little Social to relaunch as No. 5 Social
17 April 2019

Following a successful six years, the French bistro in Mayfair is set to undergo major refurbishment before reopening next month as an entirely new concept serving British cuisine.
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Friarwood adds Domaine des Masques wines to its line-up
17 April 2019

Independent retailer and on-trade wholesaler Friarwood Fine Wines has added Provence organic winery Domaine des Masques to its portfolio.
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Six of the best Waitrose wines to try
17 April 2019

Decanter's Tina Gellie, along with choices from the Decanter Tasting team, picks out six of the best Waitrose wines... Six of the best, picked by our tasters...
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Wine of the Week: Viña Pomal Alto de la Caseta 2015
17 April 2019

Easter weekend is around the corner, and that means one thing: spring lamb. We wanted to find something special for you to serve alongside your roast, and selected this silky Rioja from Bodegas Bilbanias.
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DWWA judge profile: Rebecca Palmer
17 April 2019

Rebecca Palmer is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Rebecca Palmer Rebecca Palmer is Associate Director and Buyer for Corney & Barrow Ltd based in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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Best Margaux 2018 wines: A ‘highlight’ of en primeur
17 April 2019

Château Palmer A highlight of the en primeur tastings, says Jane Anson...
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English wine needs to move beyond generic ‘white’ and ‘red’ labels, Tesco says
17 April 2019

English wine needs to move beyond generic 'white' and 'red' labelling on the bottle and call out the grape varieties, UK grocery giant Tesco has said, as it launches a new, premium English still wine in its *finest range.
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Pernod Ricard acquires Italian super-premium gin brand Malfy
17 April 2019

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has signed a deal with Biggar & Leith to acquire its premium Italian gin brand, Malfy.
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DWWA judge profile: Davide Buongiorno
17 April 2019

Davide Buongiorno is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Davide Buongiorno Davide Buongiorno is Wine Director at “Del Cambio”, 1 Michelin star restaurant in Turin, one of the oldest restaurant in Italy.
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The World's Most Wanted Cabernets
17 April 2019

 Our users are looking for quality when it comes to Cabernet – but also some stone-cold bargains.
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Bob Dylan’s Nashville whiskey distillery set to open in 2020
17 April 2019

Heaven's Door, the whiskey label owned by Bob Dylan, will soon have its own headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, complete with an event space and restaurant.
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Mediterranean Diet Linked to Lower Bladder Cancer Risk (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2019

The Mediterranean diet is associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and even depression. Many wine drinkers are also fans because the diet includes moderate wine consumption. Now, a new report published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggests that the diet might also help reduce the risk of bladder cancer.Bladder cancer is one of th...
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Charles Bieler Revs Up Pink '66 Cadillac for Great American Rosé Road Trip (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2019

If you're cruising down the freeway and you spot a long-haired dude in a bubblegum-colored 1966 Cadillac DeVille convertible, you might be crossing paths with Charles Bieler, the rosé winemaker who just set off on a 60-day tour around the country to promote pink wine. On Monday, Bieler gassed up his Caddy in Seattle, heading—with his wines—first down the West Coast, then across...
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OperaWine Sings Loud with the Diversity of Italian Wine (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2019

"In diversity is our strength." So affirmed Francesco Ripaccioli of Canalicchio di Sopra, the third-generation family estate in Tuscany, in a video interview presented at "OperaWine: Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers." The gala tasting kicked off the 53rd edition of Vinitaly, the annual wine trade fair, which took place April 7-10 in Verona.Italy's wine diversity was on full display at Ope...
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Bordeaux En Primeur 2018: Angélus first to release with ‘sensible move’ back to 2015 price
17 April 2019

The Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ estate has released their grand vin at €252 per bottle ex-négociant, the same opening price as the highly-acclaimed 2015 vintage and 8.7% lower than last year’s 2017 offering at €276 per bottle. Speaking exclusively to Decanter.com, Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, managing director of Châ...
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Scott Conant's Lamb on the Grill for Easter (Wine Spectator)
17 April 2019

Scott Conant is sitting in a crowded, loud airport with poor reception. "I apologize if you get a lot of talk behind you," he says. Airports are a familiar setting for the busy chef and cookbook author. Between running three restaurants in three states, launching the Sprezza line of cooking and pantry essentials, and appearing on Food Network's Chopped and Best Baker in America, "I don't know how...
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DWWA judge profile: Nick Oakley
17 April 2019

Nick Oakley is a judge at the at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Nick Oakley DWWA Judge Nick Oakley is Director of Oakley Wine Agencies, one of the UK’s leading Portuguese specialists.
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DWWA judge profile: Stefan Neumann MS
17 April 2019

Stefan Neumann MS is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Stefan Neumann MS Stefan Neumann MS is Head Sommelier at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a two Michelin-star restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Hyde Park.
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Obituary: Derek Smedley MW
16 April 2019

British master of wine Derek Smedley has passed away after a long and varied career in the wine trade.
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Court of Master Sommeliers Australia announces exam results
16 April 2019

Held in Sydney last week, the Court of Master Sommeliers Australia has announced the results of its Introductory and Certified Examinations.
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Dr Smart sets record straight on hybrid grapes and climate change
16 April 2019

Following the publication of an article on thedrinksbusiness.com yesterday, Dr Smart sets the record straight on hybrid grapes and climate change.
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London restaurant Daphne’s celebrates 55th anniversary with year of events
16 April 2019

Founded in 1964 by theatre agent Daphne Rye, the Italian restaurant in Chelsea is marking 55 years of business with a series of special events and collaborations.
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Champagne to be a fully sustainable region by 2030
16 April 2019

The movement towards sustainable practices in Champagne continues to gather momentum, as the Comité Champagne signals its desire to have 100% of producers certified by 2030.
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Calling all UK wine retailers
16 April 2019

Roberson Wine won USA Specialist of the Year 2018. Five reasons why you should enter this year’s Decanter Retailer Awards...
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Corpinnat producers consider going back to Cava
16 April 2019

The Spanish sparkling wine group Corpinnat has signalled that its producers may decide to rejoin the Cava DO in the future.
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HMRC denies losing ‘significant’ number of distillery applications
16 April 2019

Alan Powell, founder and co-ordinator of the BDA, has claimed that HM Revenue & Customs' teams dealing with new distillery applications are losing 'significant' portions of paperwork.
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Bordeaux 2018: Angelus surprises with early release
16 April 2019

Château Angelus has fired an extremely early starting gun on this year’s en primeur campaign with the release of its 2018 – at a cheaper price than the 2017 too.
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Best Pauillac 2018 wines tasted en primeur
16 April 2019

Most estates have produced bold and ripe 2018 wines...
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Overheard at this year’s Wine & Spirits Show
16 April 2019

We’ve rounded-up our favourite snippets of conversation we overheard at this year’s event, from an overwhelming desire to stroke books, to spotting celebrities who definitely weren’t there.
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Bordeaux châteaux owners pledge hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre-Dame
16 April 2019

Notre Dame cathderal, the day after the fire After a major fire devastated the 850-year-old landmark...
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Marilisa Allegrini: Japan is a ‘benchmark’ for Amarone exports
16 April 2019

Japan is fast becoming a "benchmark for exports" of Amarone, according to the chief executive of Italian estate Allegrini.
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Craft Appeal Driving Gin Boom
16 April 2019

 It has been on a sharp upward trajectory, but we haven't hit peak gin yet.
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DWWA judge profile: Michaela Morris
16 April 2019

Michaela Morris is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Michaela Morris Michaela Morris is an international wine writer, educator, judge & speaker based in Vancouver, Canada.
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DWWA judge profile: Fernando Mora MW
16 April 2019

Fernando Mora MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Fernando Mora MW Fernando Mora MW is a Spanish winemaker and consultant, who created Bodegas Frontonio and launched Cuevas de Arom.
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DWWA Judge profile: Jason Millar
16 April 2019

Jason Millar is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Jason Millar Jason Millar is the Retail Director at independent retailer and importer Theatre of Wine, responsible for operations across three stores, as well as managing buying, training and private clients.
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DWWA judge profile: Stefan Metzner
16 April 2019

Stefan Metzner is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Stefan Metzner Stefan Metzner is currently co-owner and educator at Das Weininstitut in Munich.
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DWWA judge profile: Eugene Mlynczyk MW
16 April 2019

Eugene Mlynczyk MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Eugene Mlynczyk MW Eugene Mlynczyk MW is Luxury Portfolio Manager at Arterra Wines Canada and is one of only five Master of Wines in Canada.
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DWWA judge profile: Mario Meštrović
16 April 2019

Mario Meštrović is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Mario Meštrović Mario Meštrović is an experienced Croatian sommelier and acts as Commissioner for the Croatian Sommelier Club, Zagreb.
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DWWA judge profile: Robert McNulty
16 April 2019

Robert McNulty is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Robert McNulty Robert McNulty is co-owner of Wine Academy Italia which offers specialist wine training for businesses along with WSET courses.
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How to Create a Dream Wine Cellar (Wine Spectator)
16 April 2019

Note: This article originally appeared in the July 31, 2017, issue of Wine Spectator.It starts small. A couple of bottles stowed in a kitchen rack; a case for your birthday; maybe a splurge on an auction trophy. You taste with friends, broaden your palate, find yourself drawn to specific regions and producers. Before you know it, a closet is overflowing, but your collection is just getting started...
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Private Cellars: Refined Design Meets Grab 'n' Go Wine (Wine Spectator)
16 April 2019

Note: This article originally appeared in the Nov. 30, 2017, issue of Wine Spectator.To determine the size for his cellar, Tom Votel did some simple math: Two bottles a day times 365 days a year equals space for less than 750 wines. A "drink up" sensibility runs through the collection, in the converted lower-level kitchenette of his home in the St. Paul suburb of Sunfish Lake, Minn."I wanted wine...
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Warm March boosts on-trade as drinks dominate sales
16 April 2019

Warm weather across March provided a welcome boosts to pub and restaurants across the UK, the latest data has shown, with collective sales in the managed pub and restaurant sector up 3.8% compared to last year and in line with 2017 figures.
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DWWA judge profile: Matthieu Longuère MS
16 April 2019

Matthieu Longuère MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Matthieu Longuère MS Matthieu Longuère MS is Cordon Bleu’s Wine Development Manager at their school in London.
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DWWA judge profile: Jorge Lucki
15 April 2019

Jorge Lucki is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Jorge Lucki Jorge Lucki is a wine author, consultant and writer contributing to several publications, including Valor Econômico, Brazil's leading newspaper on the economy.
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Magic Dragon: Tasting China’s biggest wine brand
15 April 2019

China’s Noble Dragon is a long-established brand, and one that is growing in prominence around the world. In a blind tasting at ProWein, db set out to see how it stands up against the best in its class.
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Vijay Mallya files final extradition appeal to High Court, but fails to extend US$40m Diageo claim
15 April 2019

The legal and financial nets are closing ever tighter around Vijay Mallya, the fugitive former head of India's United Spirits.
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Why Carlsberg is spending £20 million on a ‘brave’ ad campaign
15 April 2019

Danish brewer Carlsberg is spending £20 million on a new campaign, which admits its flagship lager is "probably not the best beer in the world."
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DWWA judge profile: Michele Longo
15 April 2019

Michele Longo is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Michele Longo Michele Longo writes for the magazine Barolo & Co and is the curator of WineCult.it, a wine and food website.
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DWWA judge profile: Cat Lomax
15 April 2019

Cat Lomax is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Cat Lomax Cat Lomax is Head of Buying at Majestic Wine.
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Armit Wines md steps down
15 April 2019

Kirsten Kilby, the managing director of UK fine wine merchant Armit Wines, is believed to have left the business, sources have told db, as the company reveals the extend of its financial losses in documents filed at Companies House.
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Dr Richard Smart: hybrid grapes ‘the only long-term solution’ to battling climate change in the vineyard
15 April 2019

The future of European viticulture will be contingent on hybrid grape varieties, according to leading consultant Dr Richard Smart.
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DWWA judge profile: Kathrine Larsen MS
15 April 2019

Kathrine Larsen MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Kathrine Larsen Kathrine Larsen MS is Premium Wine Ambassador at Enotria & Coe.
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California in pictures: Sonoma and San Francisco
15 April 2019

The second leg of our California tour took us to Sonoma and San Francisco, where we mingled with Hollywood royalty at MacMurray Estate, got competitive at a cook-off in Healdsburg, and posed for a quick picture by the Golden Gate Bridge.
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DWWA Judge profile: Sinisa Lasan
15 April 2019

Sinisa Lasan is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Sinisa Lasan DWWA Judge Sinisa Lasan is Cellar Master of restaurant Proto in Dubrovnik.
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Chivite to launch white wine in black bottle
15 April 2019

Spanish wine brand Chivite is to launch a white wine made from red grapes, which will be housed in a black bottle.
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DWWA judge profile: Johan Larsson
15 April 2019

Johan Larsson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Johan Larsson Johan Larsson is a wine buyer for Systemblogaget, responsible for all French wine buying.
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DWWA judge profile: Julia Lambeth
15 April 2019

Julia Lambeth is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Julia Lambeth Julia Lambert is Owner and tutor at South London Wine School.
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Scottish e-commerce platform Drinkly plans rapid expansion in 2019
15 April 2019

E-commerce platform Drinkly is poised to enter the London market, marking the second step in its expansion plans.
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DWWA judge profile: Martin Lam
15 April 2019

Martin Lam is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Martin Lam Martin Lam is a mentor of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, a member of The Master Chefs of Great Britain, and also consults on wine, food and restaurants.
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Lanchester Wines’ subsidiary company is developing a canned wine production line
15 April 2019

A major UK bottling operation has invested in the distribution of canned wines.
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DWWA judge profile: Harriet Kininmonth
15 April 2019

Harriet Kininmonth is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Harriet Kinninmonth, DWWA Judge Harriet Kininmonth is a Senior Buyer at Enotria & Coe.
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The Best AVA Not on the Label
15 April 2019

 The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA hasn't been seen much on front labels – W. Blake Gray explains why.
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The Bardolino makeover plus 12 of the best worth seeking out
14 April 2019

This attractive lakeside region of Italy has for many years struggled to make its voice heard above the clamour over its better-known Veneto neighbour. However a new focus on specific terroir zones and clarity over wine styles is giving a boost to Bardolino, as Michaela Morris discovers... Bardolino is sitting pretty. On the southeastern shores of Lake Garda, this picturesque wine region is ideall...
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The World's Most Wanted Chardonnays
14 April 2019

 There is more to this great white grape than just Chablis and the Cote de Beaune.
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Hidden Tuscany: Where to eat and stay in Montecucco
14 April 2019

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First taste: Bollinger La Grande Année 2008, then a century back in time
13 April 2019

La Grande Année is still riddled by hand. Including a special bottle from 1918...
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Wine Talk: Sebastian Maniscalco Stays Thirsty (Wine Spectator)
13 April 2019

Like a fine super Tuscan wine, Sebastian Maniscalco has only gotten better with age. His comedy career began more than 20 years ago, but it’s only in the past few that his popularity has skyrocketed. A Chicago native raised in an Italian-immigrant family, Maniscalco, 45, centers his comedy on his upbringing, as well as his observations of everyday interactions in the world around him. From s...
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Ramos Pinto declares 2017 vintage
12 April 2019

Ramos Pinto has joined the growing number of Port producers by declaring a 2017 vintage.
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How smart packaging can help drinks brands ‘build deeper’ relationships with consumers
12 April 2019

db caught up with packaging giant Guala Closures, and learned how smart stoppers and screwcaps can help drinks companies stay ahead of key consumer trends.
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Photographer curates portfolio on ‘wine doors of Florence’
12 April 2019

A British photographer is set to launch a new exhibition of images taken of hundreds of ancient "wine doors" spread across Florence, Italy.
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Liv-ex offers reach £30m high
12 April 2019

The value of stock being offered on Liv-ex hit a new high of £30 million this week having doubled over the past two years.
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Cristina Mariani-May names Italy’s ‘next great white’
12 April 2019

Castello Banfi’s Cristina Mariani-May has named what she believes ought to become the leading white wine variety from Italy – and she’s pushing it worldwide.
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Bollinger ‘presses pause’ on Grande Année 2008 mags and Jeros
12 April 2019

Such has been the demand for bottles of the recently launched Bollinger La Grande Année 2008, Mentzendorff, the Champagne house’s UK agent, has “pressed pause” on the release of magnums and Jeroboams of the fizz.
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Bordeaux 2018: The Left Bank
12 April 2019

In my previous article I suggested that 2018 is a complex, heterogeneous and yet potentially exceptional vintage in which the watch word is ‘freshness’. In this the aim is to begin to paint a more detailed portrait of the vintage starting with the classed growths of the Left Bank.
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Nittardi vertical: Tasting three decades of Chianti Classico Riservas
12 April 2019

Nittardi's Chianti Classico Riserva incorporates a small percentage of Merlot. One of the oldest Chianti estates...
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The week in pictures
12 April 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Tom Hiddleston is still creepy; Barack Obama inspires a craft beer philanthropist in Scotland; Chapel Down soaks Oxbridge students at the Boat Race; and we're getting ready for the Wine & Spirits Show this weekend....
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Waitrose launches at-home bookable gin tasting service
12 April 2019

UK supermarket Waitrose has launched an at-home gin tasting experience where customers can book a two-hour tutored tasting led by a specialist in their home. 
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Wine world needs more urgency on climate change, says Torres
12 April 2019

Climate change protests have become a regular feature in major cities around the world. Speaking at a Familia Torres climate change course, Miguel Torres said it was disappointing that ‘only 20’ wineries in Spain had joined the Wineries for Climate Protection group that the producer set up in 2011. ‘Many people in the wine world still don’t understand the urgency of climat...
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Carolina Wine Brands appoints new CEO
12 April 2019

Chilean wine group Carolina Wine Brands has appointed Juan Cristóbal Sepúlveda as its new CEO, who is taking over from the former occupant, Santiago Larraín.
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Clay Offers Hope for Vine Disease
12 April 2019

 Could the answer to one of grapegrowing's worst problems be a simple application of kaolin?
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Kelly Clarkson Sings Praises for Belle Glos Pinot; Bob Dylan Takes Whiskey to Church (Wine Spectator)
12 April 2019

Singer Kelly Clarkson has been busy—topping Billboard's pop, country and dance charts; hosting The Voice; writing kids' books; and valiantly defending Pinot Noir in the face of wine haters on Twitter—for some two decades straight now. So she could use a minute, and a glass of wine. But rather than take her R&R offstage, the Grammy Award–winning artist, beloved for her fan interac...
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DWWA judge profile: Eric Zwiebel MS
12 April 2019

Eric Zwiebel MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Eric Zwiebel MS is Cellar Master at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset.
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DWWA judge profile: Helen Williams
12 April 2019

Helen Williams is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Helen Williams is part of the wine buying team at the Hakkasan Group since 2015. Based in the London Head Office, she buys fine wines for the five London sites, including the Michelin-starred Hakkasan Hanway Place and Yauatcha Soho.
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DWWA judge profile: Peter Wallbridge
12 April 2019

Peter Wallbridge is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Peter Wallbridge is a Buyer for Spain and South America for Enotria.
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DWWA judge profile: Pierre Vila Palleja
12 April 2019

Pierre Vila Palleja is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Pierre Vila Palleja is a wine writer, journalist, and Sommelier at 2 Michelin Star Restaurant Lasserre in Paris.
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DWWA judge profile: Jonas Tofterup MW
12 April 2019

Jonas Tofterup MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Jonas Tofterup MW works for Viña Valdivieso Chile as Export Manager Europe and Brand Ambassador. He is a founder of the Iberian Wine Academy in Spain where he runs WSET courses.
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DWWA judge profile: Martin Tickle
12 April 2019

Martin Tickle is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Martin Tickle Martin Tickle is the Fine Wine Buyer for Jeroboams Wine Merchants, with a particular focus on the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.
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DWWA judge profile: Gill Sykes
12 April 2019

Gill Sykes is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Gill Sykes is Manager of the Wine House, Melbourne, Australia and a founder member of the Melbourne Female Tasting Group.
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DWWA judge profile: Jonas Röjerman
12 April 2019

Jonas Röjerman is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Jonas Röjerman Jonas Röjerman holds the role as Head of Quality Control at the Swedish wine, beer and spirits retail monopoly Systembolaget.
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Don't-Miss Chicago Restaurants for Wine Lovers (Wine Spectator)
12 April 2019

Updated April 11, 2019In recent decades, the Second City has ascended to the top tier of innovation and excellence in American dining, powered by imagination in the kitchen from chefs like Michael Kornick, Tony Mantuano, Rick Bayless and, of course, the late Charlie Trotter. Today's scene is as vibrant as ever, with world-class wine lists and cuisine, both fine and fun, from steak to Italian to th...
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Restaurant Spotlight: The Restaurant at Cavas Wine Lodge (Wine Spectator)
12 April 2019

The sun-soaked city of Mendoza produces some of Argentina’s most celebrated wines. There you’ll find Cavas Wine Lodge, a Relais & Châteaux property that’s tailor-made for adventurous enophiles who also crave luxury. The property is neighbored by dozens of wineries, including Achával-Ferrer, Piattelli and Bodega Norton. Yet the lodge is a destination in and of itself,...
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Turning Tables: Boka Restaurant Group Opens Three New Concepts, One with Chef Stephanie Izard (Wine Spectator)
12 April 2019

Chicago-based Boka Restaurant Group, the company behind five Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners including Swift & Sons and Boka, opened three new concepts April 4 inside the Hoxton Hotel in Chicago. Cira, the Mediterranean restaurant on the hotel's ground floor, has a menu of small shareable plates crafted by Swift & Sons chef Chris Pandel, and an adjoining daytime coffee bar. Cira's wine lis...
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California in pictures: Napa and Lodi
12 April 2019

Last week db's editor, Lucy Shaw, was lucky enough to head to the Golden State for a week-long tour of California wine country. The first few days took her to gnarly old vine Zinfandel's heartland of Lodi and the Napa Valley, where the legacy of the Judgement of Paris lives on.
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DWWA judge profile: Georgina Haughton
11 April 2019

Georgina Haughton is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Georgina Haughton Georgina Haughton is a Wine Buyer for Sainbury's, responsible for the buying and selling strategy of Sainsbury’s Premium Wine.
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DWWA judge profile: Alexandre Freguin
11 April 2019

Alexandre Freguin is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Alexandre Freguin is Head Sommelier at Moor Hall in Lancashire. He won the Taittinger Sommelier of the Year 2018.
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Admiral CEO Kevin Georgel to take top role at St Austell Brewery as chief executive James Staughton steps down
11 April 2019

The current boss of UK pub company Admiral Taverns will become chief executive of Cornish brewery St Austell when CEO James Staughton retires next year.
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Noble Dragon beats big-brand wines in blind tasting
11 April 2019

Chinese wine brand Noble Dragon beat some of the biggest names in the wine business at a blind tasting at ProWein in Düsseldorf last month.
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DWWA judge profile: Aldo Fiordelli
11 April 2019

Aldo Fiordelli is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Aldo Fiordelli Aldo Fiordelli is an Italian wine critic, journalist and wine writer. In 2017 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. 
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Chinese wine merchant sentenced over smuggled wines
11 April 2019

The Higher People’s Court in Guangdong province has handed down a four-year and six-month sentencing to a wine merchant for knowingly purchasing smuggled wines worth about RMB 5.74 million (US$854,680), sending a harsh message not only to cross-border wine smugglers but also complicit third-party buyers.
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DWWA judge profile: Leonid Fadeev
11 April 2019

Leonid Fadeev is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Leonid Fadeev Leonid Fadeev works at Cote Rocheuse as Executive Director, developing the company and finalizing the design of a hi-tech winery, whilst working towards the Master of Wine qualification.
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Louis M. Martini unveils new tasting rooms
11 April 2019

Napa Valley wine brand Louis M. Martini has revamped its historic winery, installing spectacular new tasting rooms, a study specifically for wine education, spaces dedicated to food and wine pairings, and a new wine shop.
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Champagne Lanson partners with the Royal Shakespeare Company
11 April 2019

Champagne Lanson has announced that it will become the new official Champagne of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), headquartered in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Vinitaly to launch Chinese trade show in 2020
11 April 2019

Vinitaly is partnering with China's Paco Communication Group to launch a Chinese trade show targeting trade and consumers called 'Wine to Asia' in Shenzhen starting next year.
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DWWA judge profile: Elisa Errea
11 April 2019

Elisa Errea is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Elisa Errea Elisa Errea is the Founder and Director of The Wine Studio, an internationally-awarded Spanish wine school offering WSET qualifications as well as custom training.
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iDealwine eyes rise of Rhône and ‘natural’ icons
11 April 2019

Online fine wine auctioneer iDealwine has picked up on rising demand for top Rhône and ‘natural’ producers in its ‘2019 wine auction barometer’.
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Does craft beer taste better if it’s brewed by men?
11 April 2019

Craft beer tastes better if you believe a man brewed it, a study into the role gender plays in our judgement of product quality has claimed.
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DWWA judge profile: Romana Echensperger MW
11 April 2019

Romana Echensperger MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Romana Echensperger MW Romana Echensperger MW is a wine educator, consultant and an independent wine journalist with her own wine column. She is an ambassador for German Wines for the German Wine Institute.
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Wine with lamb for Easter: What to drink
11 April 2019

Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with rosemary. Styles that work and wines to buy...
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French competition authority raids wine and spirits companies
11 April 2019

The French competition watchdog, l'Autorité de la Concurrence, has stated that it has carried out a number of raids and seizures of goods from companies in the wine and spirits sector.
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DWWA judge profile: Geoffrey Dean
11 April 2019

Geoffrey Dean is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Geoffrey Dean Geoffrey Dean is a freelance wine writer for a number of publications and a Master of Wine student.
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DWWA judge profile: James Davis MW
11 April 2019

James Davis MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)James Davis MW James Davis MW is Commercial Director for Adnams in Southwold.
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DWWA judge profile: Olga Crawford MW
11 April 2019

Olga Crawford MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Olga Crawford MW is a winemaker and consultant. She is currently based in California leading the winemaking team for Penrose Hill Limited, a modern negociant, as well as consulting for her family's wineries, Achaia Clauss and Antonopoulos Vineyards.
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Willamette Goes Big at Auction
11 April 2019

 Look out world – the Oregon region's success story shows no signs of fading.
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Exclusive: Aspen's the Little Nell Names New Wine Director (Wine Spectator)
11 April 2019

Wine Spectator has learned that longtime Grand Award winner Element 47, located in the Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colo., has a new wine director. Head sommelier Chris Dunaway will take the reins from Carlton McCoy, who is ending his six-year tenure for a new role as president and CEO of Heitz Cellar in Napa Valley."It's a very humbling experience to step into this role. I still cannot believe tha...
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Inspired by Israel: Cooking for Passover with Michael Solomonov (Wine Spectator)
11 April 2019

Michael Solomonov can't deny that the United States has its fair share of exceptional chefs. He is, after all, one of them: The Israel-born chef, perhaps best known for his landmark modern Israeli restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia, has won four James Beard Awards, including for Outstanding Chef and Cookbook of the Year. But sporadic trips back to Israel remind him that some of the best undiscovered...
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Profits rise at Accolade Wines on back of Sterling recovery
11 April 2019

Accolade Wines UK saw profits more than double in the year to 30 June 2018, which it attributed to a better product mix and the recovery of Sterling.
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DWWA judge profile: Darrel Joseph
10 April 2019

Darrel Joseph is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Darrel Joseph Darrel Joseph is a wine writer, currently working on a wine book with a Central & Eastern Europe focus.
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Wine of the week: Wiston Estate Cuvée 2009
10 April 2019

We at team db want to celebrate the very best bottles from our Global Wine Masters. Every Wednesday, we'll select a wine that picked up either a Gold or Master from our competition series, and tell you why the judges loved it.
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Bollinger Grand Année 2008 a sell-out in UK
10 April 2019

Such has been the success of the latest vintage release from Bollinger, the Champagne house could have easily sold three times the quantity allocated to the UK.
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Here’s what to look foward to at the Wine & Spirits Show 2019
10 April 2019

the drinks business and The Spirits Business are once again joining forces to host the Wine & Spirits Show this weekend, returning to One Whitehall Place on 12 and 13 April 2019.
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DWWA judge profile: Nigel Wilkinson MS
10 April 2019

Nigel Wilkinson MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Nigel Wilkinson MS Nigel Wilkinson MS is a Brand Ambassador & Senior Wine Educator for Boutinot.
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Gallo eyes rosé growth as it launches Provence rosé into the UK
10 April 2019

E&J Gallo is eying up growth in the super-premium segment as it launches an AOP Côtes de Provence rosé into the UK market.
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DWWA judge profile: Yiannis Karakasis MW
10 April 2019

Yiannis Karakasis MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Yiannis Karakasis MW Yiannis Karakasis MW is founder of karakasis.mw blog and a contributor to books, international magazines and sites. He consults for several businesses, including online wine retailers, export companies and hotels.
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WOSA marks duel anniversaries in Hong Kong
10 April 2019

Celebrating 360 years of winemaking history and 25 years of democracy in the Cape, Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is staging a walk-around tasting and a curated wine dinner by chef Chantel Dartnall, in Hong Kong this month.
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DWWA judge profile: Allan Cheesman
10 April 2019

Allan Cheesman is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Allan Cheesman spent over 30 years as Trading Director at Sainsbury’s. Now semi-retired, he is a non-Executive Director of Vindipendents buying group and member of the WSET Awards Supervisory Board.
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EU wine threatened by extra US tariffs
10 April 2019

US trade officials have threatened to add extra import taxes on to European Union wines...
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‘Purity and acidity’ are the hallmarks of NZ sparkling wine
10 April 2019

Sharing a similar flavour profile to English fizz, “purity and acidity” are the hallmarks of New Zealand sparkling wine according to Jane Skilton MW.
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Giusti launches Extra Brut Prosecco
10 April 2019

Giusti launched an extra brut Prosecco at VinItaly this week, taking advantage of the fact that its source region, Asolo, is the only appellation in Prosecco that permits this drier style of fizz.
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Gusbourne announces new plantings
10 April 2019

English wine estate Gusbourne has announced that next year it will plant an additional 57 acres of vines in West Sussex.
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Tesco posts strong results ahead of market expectations
10 April 2019

UK retail giant Tesco remains confident it can meet its turnaround targets as it posts strong full year results ahead of expectations.
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DWWA judge profile: Miquel Hudin
10 April 2019

Miquel Hudin is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Miquel Hudin is a wine writer originally from California, now living in Catalunya, Spain.
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DWWA judge profile: Karl Arbin
10 April 2019

Karl Arbin is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Karl Arbin Karl Arbin is a wine consultant and runs Panache Sweden, a wine merchant focused on delivering honest wines through Systembolaget to end consumers.
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DWWA judge profile: Jane Boyce MW
10 April 2019

Jane Boyce MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Jane Boyce MW Jane Boyce MW is the Fine Wine Manager at James Nicholson Wine Merchant.
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DWWA judge profile: Sara Bachiorri
10 April 2019

Sara Bachiorri is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Sara Bacchiori Sara Bachiorri works with Woodwinters Wines and Whiskies.
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Napa Cult Cabernet Winery Grace Family Vineyards is Sold (Wine Spectator)
10 April 2019

Dick and Ann Grace have sold Grace Family Vineyards, one of Napa's original cult Cabernet Sauvignon producers, as they step back from the wine business. Kathryn Green, a Napa vineyard owner, purchased the Victorian house, a small winery and a 3-acre vineyard as well as the inventory and brand. Production averages 650 cases a year. The sale price was not disclosed. "[The new owners] want to carry o...
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8 & $20 Recipe: Lentils with Sausages and Arugula (Wine Spectator)
10 April 2019

Eight ingredients, plus pantry staples. That's all it takes to make an entire meal from scratch. Add in a good bottle of wine for less than $20, and you've got a feast for family or friends.I always keep certain ingredients on hand for quick dinners that require little forethought. This dish of sausages and lentils is a great example, a simple meal that comes together fast and only uses one pan.Yo...
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Brajkovich MW: Reduction is like cranking up an amp
10 April 2019

While reductive styles of Chardonnay have become popular the world over, the practice should be approached with caution, according to Michael Brajkovich MW.
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Alsace ‘closer than ever’ to imposing legal sweetness guides on labels
10 April 2019

"We are closer than we have ever been," said Séverine Schlumberger of Domaines Schlumberger in reference to Alsace imposing legal guides to sweetness levels in wine on labels. 
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Diageo-funded investment fund Distill names new portfolio director
10 April 2019

Distill Ventures, a Diageo-funded small business investment firm, has appointed Ara Carvallo as a portfolio director as it expands its senior team and European presence.
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Bad weather hammers Barossa harvest
09 April 2019

Bad weather has pushed down yields in Barossa Valley, Australia’s best-known wine region, with harvests said to be the lowest in 10 years.
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Three facts about the global organic wine market
09 April 2019

While still wine consumption is set to stay fairly flat for the next few years, organic styles are rapidly entering the mainstream.
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ASC to spearhead ‘everyday Bordeaux’ push with Grand Bateau
09 April 2019

ASC Fine Wines has made a push for 'everyday Bordeaux' wine in China's lower tier cities with the 'Grand Bateau' label, which will be distributed through Changyu Pioneer Wine Company, the wine merchant has announced.
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‘Sea Change’ launched in Hong Kong
09 April 2019

Sea Change, an environmentally-minded wine range created to support ocean conservation, has been launched in Hong Kong through Beef & Liberty.
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US exports top US$1bn in 2018
09 April 2019

Exports of all US wines reached US$1.47 billion in 2018 despite a stronger dollar and various global challenges.
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Port 2017 declared in rare ‘back to back’ vintage
09 April 2019

Graham's Malvedos Valley In a rare case of consecutive vintages...
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Vijay Mallya’s first extradition appeal rejected
09 April 2019

Vijay Mallya, the former head of United Spirits, has until the end of this week to file a new appeal against being extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering, after his first was rejected last week.
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New Zealand in pictures: Hawke’s Bay
09 April 2019

The last leg of our whirlwind tour of New Zealand took us to Hawke's Bay, where we sipped silky Syrahs, feasted on luscious langoustine and got to cruise around Napier's Art Deco streets in a gleaming vintage Buick.
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Brunello Riserva 2013: ‘A delectable study of terroir’
09 April 2019

There were divided opinions about the vintage, but Alessandro Mori of Il Marroneto took the opportunity to release the first ever Madonna delle Grazie Riserva. Mixed results, but the top wines are among the best from Montalcino...
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Wine Game Changes on Red Mountain
09 April 2019

 Washington's "grand cru" wine region could be about to get even better, W. Blake Gray reports.
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College Admissions Bribery Scandal Hits California Wine Industry (Wine Spectator)
09 April 2019

This story was updated on April 8.Federal prosecutors announced today that 13 parents and one coach involved in the college admissions scam have agreed to plead guilty. Those parents include vintner Agustin Huneeus Jr., who recently stepped down from his position as CEO of Huneeus Vintners after he was arrested on March 12. Huneeus Jr., 53, is one of 33 parents accused of trying to get their child...
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What it’s like to ride the Napa Valley wine train
09 April 2019

The Napa Valley wine train came under new ownership in late 2015. We report on the slow route from downtown Napa to St-Helena...
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Mitchells & Butlers dominates UK on-trade for brand awareness
08 April 2019

Pub chain operator Mitchells and Butlers has dominated a new report that shows on-trade brands still gathering momentum on the high street, despite the ongoing “turbulence” on the eating out scene
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Johnnie Walker submits plans for Cardhu and Clynelish
08 April 2019

Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker has submitted plans to enhance the “visitor experiences” at its Cardhu and Clynelish distilleries.
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River Café chef launches debut solo venture in London
08 April 2019

Former River Café chef Theo Hill will open his first solo venture called Gold in London's Notting Hill this spring, offering a modern European menu with an Italian focus.
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Moutai reports strong Q1 performance
08 April 2019

Kweichow Moutai, the most valuable liquor brand in the world, has reported a strong performance in the first quarter of the year, with 20% growth in revenue and nearly 30% growth in net profit.
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Vinitaly International Academy welcomes 24 new members
08 April 2019

The Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) has welcomed 23 new ambassadors and one new expert to its international community after its five-day course in March this year. 
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Pernod Ricard confirms DBR Lafite distribution in China
08 April 2019

Pernod Ricard has officially confirmed that it will take on DBR Lafite’s two popular volume brands, Legende and Saga, for the Chinese market starting from 1 July.
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Bordeaux 2018: Freshness is the key
08 April 2019

2018 is an exceptional vintage. But it is one that is more heterogeneous in quality than 2016 and whose greatness and unevenness are defined by the challenges of global warming and maintaining freshness.
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Brewdog acquires Berlin brewery and taproom from Stone Brewing
08 April 2019

Scottish craft beer giant Brewdog has announced the acquisition of a 100-hectolitre brewery, bottling line and taproom in Berlin, formerly owned by California-based Stone Brewing.
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Why rosé wine is ideal for innovation
08 April 2019

While many winegrowing nations rely on provenance and heritage to market their products to, a lack of tradition gives rosé producers the chance to win new customers, according to one industry insider.
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Willamette Pinot auction breaks US$1m mark
08 April 2019

The fourth Willamette Pinot Noir Auction set a new bar at the weekend with the event raising US$1 million overall to benefit the region.
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Chianti Classico new releases: A buyer’s guide
08 April 2019

Almost 200 estates were represented at this year's Chianti Classico Collection tasting in Florence. Some great Chiantis to buy this year...
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Weighing Up the Value of Biodynamic Wine
08 April 2019

 Biodynamics is a growing segment of the wine industry, but is it worth the trouble and cost of conversion?
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Wine Legend: Nino Negri, 5 Stelle Sfursat 2001
07 April 2019

'A wine of intensity and power...'
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Steven Spurrier’s wines of the month
07 April 2019

From the cellar Château Latour 2009 After three decades of being held at Adnams in Suffolk, the annual Southwold tastings have now moved to Farr Vintners’ offices in London. The Bordeaux châteaux supply two bottles. The spoilage rate being very low, the single bottles (of red and sweet wines only) that remain are kept to […]
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Napa Staff Shortages Hurting Wineries
07 April 2019

 Housing costs and immigration laws are restricting workers despite the number of wineries needing staff.
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Condrieu ageing- Ask Decanter
07 April 2019

When is best to drink your Condrieu wine?
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30 Merlots from around the world
06 April 2019

We asked our experts from around the world to nominate the great-value Merlots that have impressed them most recently. Andrew Jefford then compared them all in a blind tasting to come up with his favourites... Wines to seek out and try...
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Napa's Problem is Cars, Not Drought
06 April 2019

 US editor W. Blake Gray looks at the options following the passing of Napa's development bill.
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Sommelier Roundtable: What's the Hardest Part of Your Job? (Wine Spectator)
06 April 2019

Follow your favorite restaurants' sommeliers on Instagram and you could be mistaken for thinking they're living a Champagne dream of endless rare bottles, high-roller parties and "work trips" to the valleys of New Zealand or the shores of Provence. The job has its perks, but behind the scenes, somms spend many hours on budget-balancing and cellar-managing tedium, cranky customers, studying flashca...
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First vineyards planted in Bhutan
06 April 2019

Two small vineyards have been planted in Bhutan, marking the small Himalayan country’s entry into the world of viticulture and a new adventure in winemaking.
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DWWA judge profile: Maria Antonia Fernandez-Daza
06 April 2019

Maria Antonia Fernandez-Daza is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Maria Antonia Fernandez-Daza Maria Antonia Fernandez-Daza is a Madrid-based consultant specialising in developing strategies for the internationalisation of Spanish wine companies.
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DWWA judge profile: Demetri Walters MW
06 April 2019

Demetri Walters MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Demetri Walters MW Demetri Walters MW is Wine Educator & Presenter for the prestigious Berry Bros. & Rudd.
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DWWA judge profile: Tom Forrest
06 April 2019

Tom Forrest is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). Tom Forrest Tom Forrest was Executive Manager for Wine Experience and Education at Vinopolis. Since then, he has worked with London restaurants, training companies, the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School and the BBC Good Food Shows.
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DWWA judge profile: Simon Field MW
06 April 2019

Simon Field MW is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Simon Field MW Simon Field MW worked for Berry Brothers & Rudd for over 20 years. In 2015, he was admitted into the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.
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DWWA judge profile: Julie Dupouy
06 April 2019

Julie Dupouy is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Julie Dupouy Julie Dupouy is founder of consultancy company Down2Wine and works as a Sommelier at the 1 Michelin star Greenhouse Restaurant.
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New on Wine List Confidential: Trade
06 April 2019

Trade in London's Soho, a kindly priced members club for those connected to the hospitality industry, was brought into being by two star Master Sommelier operators.
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DWWA judge profile: Nick Dumergue
06 April 2019

Nick Dumergue is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Nick Dumergue Nick Dumergue divides his time between online tutoring for diploma students, curation building for the Wine Ring app and consulting to restaurants in Southern California.
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Rioja Alta releases third Gran Reserva
06 April 2019

One of Rioja’s leading wineries, La Rioja Alta, has announced the release of its third Gran Reserva wine for its Viña Arana line.
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Champagne shipments to UK fall by 1m bottles
06 April 2019

Champagne shipments to the UK fell by 1m bottles in 2018, although the British market for the fine French fizz has “stabilised and rebalanced”.
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DWWA judge profile: Heather Dougherty
06 April 2019

Heather Dougherty is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Heather Dougherty Heather Dougherty is the current UK Champagne Ambassador, Chairman of the Association of Wine Educators and an experienced wine judge.
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DWWA judge profile: Vincenzo Donatiello
06 April 2019

Vincenzo Donatiello is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Vincenzo Donatiello Vincenzo Donatiello is the Restaurant Manager & Wine Director of 3 Michelin star Piazza Duomo, Alba.
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Best Tuscan wines: Latest-release Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
06 April 2019

What are the best new Tuscan wines to buy in 2019?
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DWWA judge profile: Audrey Doré
06 April 2019

Audrey Doré is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Audrey Doré Audrey Doré is a French sommelier who works at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain.
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DWWA judge profile: Laura DePasquale MS
06 April 2019

Laura DePasquale MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Laura DePasquale MS Laura DePasquale MS is the Director of Fine Wine Development & Education at Southern Wine & Spirits Florida.
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DWWA judge profile: Cameron Douglas MS
06 April 2019

Cameron Douglas MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Cameron Douglas MS New Zealand’s first and only Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas MS is in charge of the wine and beverage programme at AUT University in Auckland.
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DWWA judge profile: Ruben Desport
06 April 2019

Ruben Desport is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)Ruben Desport Ruben Desport is Head Sommelier of Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester as well as a winemaking consultant.
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DWWA Judge profile: Yves Desmaris MS
06 April 2019

Yves Desmaris MS is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Yves Desmaris Yves Desmaris MS is Head Sommelier at Lutyens restaurant bar & private rooms.
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DWWA judge profile: Sergio De Luca
06 April 2019

Sergio De Luca is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Sergio De Luca Sergio De Luca is Director of Buying for Italy at UK wholesaler Enotria&Coe.
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Q&A: Damiano Canali, Viticoltori Ponte
05 April 2019

Viticoltori Ponte was founded in 1948 by a formidable band of winemakers in the aftermath of WW2. It now counts 1,200 members within its ranks and produces 1.25m nine-litre cases a year. Here, winemaker and operations manager Damiano Canali explains the benefits of a co-op model, and how he is taking Ponte’s portfolio to new heights.
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DWWA judge profile: Sue Daniels
05 April 2019

Sue Daniels is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).Sue Daniels Sue Daniels is Marks & Spencer's winemaker for Champagne/sparkling, fortified, Spain, Portugal, England, Burgundy and South Africa.
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London’s Vinoteca appoints advisor to maximise expansion
05 April 2019

London-based wine bar, restaurant and retail concept Vinoteca has appointed independent advisory business Dow Schofield Watts to help secure funding for its next phase of expansion.
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Gleneagles hotel to relaunch the Strathearn restaurant
05 April 2019

Iconic Scottish restaurant The Strathearn at Gleneagles will once again open its doors this May, following an extensive renovation with interiors inspired by the golden age of railway travel.
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The week in pictures
05 April 2019

This week in the world of drinks: Scotch whisky producer Bruichladdich announces a multi-million-pound malting expansion; British drinks make waves in Japan; and db's Phoebe French heads to Plumpton College to swot up on cold stabilisation.
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Top new products: April
05 April 2019

This month saw the release of a new canned rosé from Pol Roger, a 39-year-old Scotch from the revived distillery of Port Ellen, and a £200 bottle of white Port from Kopke, tapping into a growing trend for the white Port and tonic cocktail.
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European Commission approves Irish whiskey’s GI status
05 April 2019

The European Commission has confirmed geographical indication (GI) status for Irish whiskey as well as Irish cream liqueur and Irish poitín.
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Chablis invests €4.8m in ‘methanation system’ for winegrowers
05 April 2019

Chablis Winegrowers Union is to implement a new €4.8m methanation system to recycle by-products of the winemaking process, hailing it a breakthrough in the region's move toward greater sustainability.
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America Loves Bordeaux. Just Not Bordeaux Futures (Wine Spectator)
05 April 2019

Bordeaux is preparing for its latest futures campaign, the first chance to buy the 2018 wines. But while the Bordeaux Wine Council says America is one of its priority markets, U.S. retailers tell Wine Spectator they expect little demand from consumers."I've never experienced such little interest in my 40 years here," said Ralph Sands, senior wine specialist and Bordeaux expert for California chain...
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Brexit Bubbles? Royal Navy Elects Brit Fizz over Champagne for Warship Christening (Wine Spectator)
05 April 2019

Champagne is traditionally the bottle of choice for ceremonial ship christenings, but in our post-norm world, some of the quaint old niceties have been cast overboard. The United Kingdom's Royal Navy launched its newest ship late last month, with Brexit on the horizon, and decided to do a little patriotic flex during the christening ceremony. They opted for a made-in-Britannia sparkling wine in pl...
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Pernod Ricard unveils new sustainability strategy
05 April 2019

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a new long-term strategy focussing on sustainability that will see it, among other things, ban single-use plastic, commit to 100% recyclable packaging and implement gender balance in its top management teams by 2030. 
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Torres lays out plans for Priorat projects
05 April 2019

Familia Torres has outlined further plans for its projects in Priorat including a new classification for ‘old vines’ and a new vineyard being planted at over 700 metres, having just released a new single vineyard wine from the region named 'Mas de la Rosa'.
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US FDA sets up cannabis working group to clarify regulation
04 April 2019

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has set up a cannabis working group to work out how to regulate the sale and marketing of cannabis-infused food and drink, and is asking for feedback from stake-holders.
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DWWA judge profile: Hamish Anderson
04 April 2019

Hamish Anderson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Hamish Anderson is a journalist and CEO of Tate Catering, whose wine lists have won numerous awards.
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DWWA judge profile: Cristina Alcalá
04 April 2019

Cristina Alcalá is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) Cristina Alcalá Cristina Alcalá is a qualified sommelier, wine consultant, and taster based in Spain.
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DWWA judge profile: Victoria Anderson
04 April 2019

Victoria Anderson is a judge at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards.Victoria Anderson Victoria Anderson is a wine buyer for Booths, the family-run, regional grocery retailer.
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Il Poggione: Tasting four decades of Brunello
04 April 2019

The village of Sant’Angelo in Colle, in the southwest sector of the appellation. Vintages back to 1988...
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Burgundy index stumbles in March
04 April 2019

Having been by far the dominant Liv-ex index of the past few years, the Burgundy 150 stumbled again in March, declining 2.3%.
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DWWA judge profile: Jo Ahearne MW
04 April 2019

Jo Ahearne MW is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Jo Ahearne MW Jo Ahearne MW is a winemaking consultant in France, Spain, Italy, Hungary and Macedonia and makes her own wine in Hvar, Croatia.
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Christchurch to host 2021 Pinot Noir NZ celebration
04 April 2019

The city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island will host the next NZ Pinot Noir celebration in 2021, the first time the event will have been held in the city in its 20-year history.
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Mallya tells court he’s willing to cut personal spending to £29k a month
04 April 2019

Vijay Mallya, the former head of India's United Spirits, is being kept by his partner, personal assistant, a business acquaintance and his children, according to his formal response to a bankruptcy petition presented by 13 Indian banks.
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Acker Merrall announces rebrand
04 April 2019

US wine auctioneer Acker Merrall & Condit has announced it intends to rebrand simply as ‘Acker’, ahead of the company’s 200th anniversary next year.
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Constellation sells 30 wine brands to Gallo for $1.7bn
04 April 2019

Constellation Brands has sold around 30 of its lower priced wine brands to E&J Gallo in a deal worth US$1.7 billion as part of a strategy to streamline and premiumise its portfolio.
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DWWA judge profile: Ed Adams MW
04 April 2019

Ed Adams MW is a judge at the the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Ed Adams MW Ed Adams MW is a wine consultant and works on a Spanish wine project with South African winemaker partner Bruce Jack.
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DWWA judge profile: Nicolas Clerc MS
04 April 2019

Nicolas Clerc MS is a judge at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2019.Nicolas Clerc MS Nicolas Clerc MS Nicolas Clerc MS has been working with Fields, Morris and Verdin since 2014 as an account manager and previously worked in the restaurant industry for 14 years. He was restaurant group D&D London’s beverage manager from 2009 until February 2014, where he oversaw the running of Le P...
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Anson: Should Bordeaux châteaux change their names?
04 April 2019

Should Bordeaux châteaux change their names? Or is this simply carrying on centuries of Bordeaux tradition?
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In focus: How French wine co-ops are going green
04 April 2019

French co-operatives are shining a light on their green credentials. Adopting organic and biodynamic farming practices, they are leading the way in sustainable viticulture. Elizabeth Gabay MW reports.
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Top 10 defining drinks trends of this century so far
04 April 2019

In July 2002 we published the first issue of the drinks business. This month we’re celebrating our 200th edition. Since launching, the wine world has changed dramatically. Patrick Schmitt MW explores 10 key trends that have pushed it forward.
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Constellation Sells Budget Wine Brands to Gallo
04 April 2019

 The drinks behemoth has long signaled its desire to offload its cheap brands.
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SND: Constellation Selling 30 Wine and Spirits Brands to E. & J. Gallo for $1.7 Billion (Wine Spectator)
04 April 2019

Wine giant E. & J. Gallo is purchasing approximately 30 wine and spirits brands from Constellation Brands for $1.7 billion, along with related facilities located in California, New York and Washington. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close next month.According to Shanken News Daily, a sister publication of Wine Spectator, Constellation had been exploring selling...
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Do rootstocks affect the flavour of wine? Ask Decanter
04 April 2019

Why rootstocks are the 'footwear of wine'...
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Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey owner invests in Glenturret Scotch whisky
04 April 2019

The Glenturret distillery sits on the bank of the Turret river in Perthshire. Lalique Group said it has purchased a 50% stake in Glenturret distillery for £15.5m and plans to significantly increase production at the single malt Scotch whisky distiller, which is one of the oldest still operating. Future releases of limited edition, Glenturret single malts housed in Lalique crystal decanters...
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Vinitaly prepares to open its doors this weekend
04 April 2019

Italy’s flagship wine show, Vinitaly, returns to Verona this weekend (7-10 April), boasting tastings and masterclasses, and showing the best wine that Italy has to offer. We check out what's on offer.
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English sparkling wine should ’embrace acidity’
04 April 2019

English sparkling wine producers should consider the high acidity that the country's climate generates to be a strength and a unique selling point, believes several of England's top winemakers.
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Conviviality businesses to add £500m to revenue, Bestway Group claims
04 April 2019

The UK's Bestway Group – which bought Conviviality's retail brands after its collapse last April – has claimed companies including Bargain Booze will add around £500 million to its annual revenue.
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Art Russe: An outlier of Saint-Emilion
04 April 2019

Far removed from the medieval town and 19th century chateaux in Saint-Émilion, Château La Grâce Dieu Des Prieurs, owned by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Filatov, is an outlier in a region that’s steeped in tradition.
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Laurent Ponsot alleges second half of Sour Grapes is ‘fictional’
03 April 2019

Laurent Ponsot, the Burgundy Iconocast and a key figure in convicting wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan, raised doubts on the popular Netflix documentary Sour Grapes about Kurniawan, claiming the second half of the documentary is "fictional". 
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Prosecco Consorzio launches #SuperioreAfternoon campaign
03 April 2019

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG represents only 6% of all Prosecco bought in the UK. Time to re-think your Prosecco food pairing...
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Tapì and Thinfilm to tackle counterfeiting with launch of smart closures
03 April 2019

Closures company Tapì Group has partnered with near field communications specialist Thinfilm Electronics to develop a range of smart closures to tackle the growing problem of counterfeiting in wine and spirits. 
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Masons Gin distillery damaged in fire after still explodes
03 April 2019

A fire that broke out yesterday morning at Masons Gin distillery in Yorkshire, reportedly after a still exploded, is thought to have caused significant damage, with six fire crews working to tackle the blaze.
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‘Record’ bookings at châteaux for Bordeaux en primeur week
03 April 2019

Troplong Mondot in St-Emilion is expecting record visitor numbers at Bordeaux en primeur week for the 2018 vintage. More than 6,000 people will attend barrel tastings and châteaux visits...
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VSPT gains sustainability certification for a fourth time
03 April 2019

Chilean wine giant VSPT Wine Group, which was named Ethical Company of the Year at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2018, has been re-certified for the fourth time under the National Sustainability Code. 
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Cognac Frapin launches 15 Years Old
03 April 2019

Frapin has launched a new 15 year old Cognac, crafted by cellar master Patrice Piveteau, which will join the house's ‘Trésors du Château’ collection.
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Diageo offers 26 weeks parental leave on full pay to all UK staff
03 April 2019

Diageo has announced a new policy that will see it offer both male and female employees based in the UK an equal 52 weeks parental leave upon the birth of a child, with the first 26 weeks fully paid.
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DRC Toppled as Leroy Takes Price Crown
03 April 2019

 Wow, there's really no stopping Burgundy's crazy price rises, as even the biggest of names is eclipsed.
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Record-Breaking Lafite Rothschild Auction Brings in $7.86 Million (Wine Spectator)
03 April 2019

Rare wines sourced from the cellars of Château Lafite Rothschild commanded stratospheric prices at a Zachys’ auction on March 30 at Le Bernardin Privé in Manhattan. The seven-hour sale, held to celebrate 150 years of Rothschild ownership of the Bordeaux first-growth, brought in more than $7.86 million. Zachys reported that 100 percent of the 691 lots—representing more than...
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Bottle of Lafite Rothschild 1868 sells for $123,000 at auction
03 April 2019

A wood engraving of Château Lafite from 1868, the year it was bought by Baron James de Rothschild. A ‘one-of-a-kind’ auction of the Bordeaux first growth’s back catalogue...
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Expert’s Choice: Sicily’s native whites
03 April 2019

Italy’s historical Mediterranean destination-island is now making waves thanks to the rapidly rising quality of its wines. Carla Capalbo recommends her top 18 whites... The Italians describe Sicily as a continent. The range of landscapes and climates on this remarkable island go from volcanoes and mountains to salt flats and beaches, with temperatures and rainfall that are equally variable....
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Top Milan restaurants and wine bars
03 April 2019

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall, Milan With a wealth of tasty local dishes and a burgeoning wine scene...
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Perfect Match Recipe: White Asparagus with Peas, Chive Oil & Buttermilk Dressing (Wine Spectator)
03 April 2019

White asparagus is quintessential springtime—fresh and fleeting, in season just from March through May. It owes its spectral appearance to human intervention; as the stalks grow, workers repeatedly cover up the tops with dirt, preventing the shoots from seeing sunlight until after they’re harvested. This prevents them from developing chlorophyll, the pigment that would turn them green....
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Porto Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2019
03 April 2019

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The World Vodka Masters 2019 – Asia: results
03 April 2019

Vodka, the neutral white spirit, may have suffered tepid demand in recent years, following mass marketed flavoured concoctions and gimmicks. Piqued by interest for other white spirits such as craft gin and terroir specific tequila, well-crafted and premium Vodkas are gaining a new life among discerning drinkers. Results from our World Vodka Masters - Asia this year affirmed that bottles that celeb...
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In focus: Top trends in vodka
03 April 2019

With the line between vodka and gin becoming increasingly blurred, some vodka producers are highlighting terroir and provenance to make their liquid stand out. Phoebe French finds out how they are getting their messages across.
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Aprirose acquires 45-site UK pub portfolio for £130m
03 April 2019

UK real estate investment firm Aprirose has acquired the 45-site Spirit Pub Company, owned by Greene King, from British Land for £130 million.
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Records tumble at ex-cellar Lafite sale
03 April 2019

A sale of ex-cellar Château Lafite featuring vintages dating back to 1868 in New York realised over US$7 million and set numerous records last weekend.
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Top people moves in drinks: March
03 April 2019

This month's people moves include the confirmation of Lizzie Rudd as CEO of Berry Bros, the departure of the former head brewer of Fuller's to join Bath Ales and a leadership change at Patrón Spirits.
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Don’t miss the deadline – Enter our competition to win a Coravin Model Eleven worth £899
03 April 2019

Enter our competition by 6 April to win a Coravin Model Eleven preservation system worth £899, or one of 10 pairs of tickets to our Wine & Spirits Show.
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Huge DRC cache and rare Mouton Rothschild break auction records
03 April 2019

A view of one of the 75 Mouton Rothschild Versailles Celebration cases. A four-day 'auction marathon' in Hong Kong...
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Entries now open for Rioja Masters 2019 – Asia
03 April 2019

Entries are now open for the Rioja Masters 2019 – Asia, which will shine a light on Spain's most renowned wine region.
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Liv-ex 100 dips again in March
03 April 2019

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index which tracks the most widely traded labels in the secondary market dipped again in March, having failed to register a positive monthly performance so far this year.
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Chateau de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais sold to Chinese investor
02 April 2019

Château de Cadillac-en-Fronsadais, the historic chateau linked to the first Baron of Cadillac, has been sold to a Chinese investor, Vineyards-Bordeaux has announced.
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Three trends changing the UK craft beer sector in 2019
02 April 2019

Online craft marketplace EeBria Trade has released a report on the latest statistics concerning the craft beer market, using data from over 600 different UK breweries. 
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Bordeaux's Make or Break Moment
02 April 2019

 Négociants say that price will be crucial for the big châteaux at this year's En Primeur campaign.
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Chianti Classico 2010 Riserva & Gran Selezione: Panel tasting results
02 April 2019

Our judges tasted 75 wines and discovered how well they have aged... Our judges tasted 75 wines and discovered how well they have aged...
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Bordeaux 2018: Measuring the value of en primeur
02 April 2019

One “leading” négociant in La Place de Bordeaux has already warned that the en primeur system is like a Ferrari in danger of spinning out of control but where does the value in Bordeaux currently lie?
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Premium re-focus bears fruit for Concha y Toro
02 April 2019

The sales value of South American wine producer Concha y Toro’s brands have risen in recent months thanks to a renewed focus on premium tiered products.
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London’s P Franco welcomes Túbo Logier as new guest chef
02 April 2019

Belgium-born Túbo Logier will replace current guest chef Anna Tobias at Hackney-based natural wine shop, bar and restaurant, P Franco, later this month.
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Prince Charles unveils plans for eco-distillery at Clarence House
02 April 2019

Known for his love of distillery visits and for his Aston Martin that runs on wine, Prince Charles has gone one step further, unveiling plans for his own eco-distillery to provide fuel for the Royal Family's cars. 
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Majestic UK retail head takes over combined UK business as changes to buying team revealed
02 April 2019

Majestic Wine UK retail boss Josh Lincoln will head up the combined Majestic and Naked UK operation as it prepares to restructure and rebrand the business as Naked Wines, as the company confirms changes to its buying team.
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Waitrose launches new range of spirit-specific mixers
02 April 2019

Waitrose has launched a new range of spirit-specific mixers which claim to "enhance" rather than "mask" the spirit they accompany. 
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The best drinks-based April Fools in 2019
01 April 2019

We round up this year's best drinks-related April Fools including The Wine Society's move to switch from tasting notes to interpretive dance and a new device that converts your excess wind into sparkling water.
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12 of London’s best female sommeliers and wine buyers
01 April 2019

We round up the top female sommeliers and wine buyers currently behind the wine lists at some of London's top restaurants for wine, based on our recently published guide to London's top 50 most powerful sommeliers.
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UK pub chain Samuel Smith’s bans mobile phones
01 April 2019

UK pub chain Samuel Smith's has banned mobile phone, iPads and laptops from its pubs in an effort to reignite the art of conversation.
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Fuller’s makes redundancies and reshuffles board after Asahi acquisition
01 April 2019

UK pub and brewing company Fuller's has made a series of changes to its board structure shortly after its beer business was bought by Japanese drinks giant Asahi.
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Metodo Leonardo and Leonardo da Vinci
01 April 2019

Villa da Vinci and its vineyards Promotional feature. Inspired by one of the world's greatest geniuses...
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Stewards of the land: Villa Sandi Premium Prosecco
01 April 2019

Promotional feature. Villa Sandi is a family-owned and operated winery...
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Ruché: A Piedmontese secret
01 April 2019

Promotional feature. Where nature dictates life’s rhythms...
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Bordeaux 2018 arrives in a delicate market, says Liv-ex
01 April 2019

Bordeaux en primeur tasting Eyes will be on quality as hundreds of tasters descend on the Bordeaux 2018 en primeur week...
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Masi: The Venetian art of winemaking
01 April 2019

The Masi estate Promotional feature. A leading Amarone producer...
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Tinazzi: Pink is the colour
01 April 2019

Spring is just a few months ahead and soon wine lovers will start to look for cooler and fresher wines, especially rosé, the typical spring-to-summer wine. Here are some for your wine list now...Tinazzi headquarters in Lazise, Verona Promotional feature. Here are some rosé wines for your list now...
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How Design Can Sell More Wine
01 April 2019

 Architects and designers offer tips for wineries on how to maximize the visitor experience.
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Decanter award-winning wines showcased at the 25th ProWein
01 April 2019

Decanter showcases nine top medalists at the 25th edition of ProWein, Dusseldorf. ProWein celebrated it’s 25th anniversary this year.   The three-day show (17–19 March)  saw attendance records broken in Dusseldorf with 61,000 visitors from 142 countries. In addition, over 6,900 exhibitors attended representing 64 different nations. Italy (1,654) and France (1,576) represented...
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What wine should I use in risotto? Ask Decanter
01 April 2019

What wine should you use for cooking risotto? What is best to pour in...?
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Producer profile: Donnafugata
01 April 2019

At the forefront of innovation and the development of Sicilian wine as a whole, this pace-setting family producer combines an island legacy, dating back more than 160 years, with a strong vision for the future. Richard Baudains reports… I am sitting at a table in the tasting room at Donnafugata in Marsala on a blustery January afternoon, and the wines keep coming. I am in the lengthy proces...
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Bodegas Ramón Bilbao: A journey into the ‘singularity’ of the terroir
31 March 2019

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao have produced their first vintage with autochthonous yeasts...The Bodegas Ramón Bilbao winery is based in Haro, Rioja. Promotional feature. Bodegas Ramón Bilbao have produced their first vintage with autochthonous yeasts..
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Inside Ungrafted wine bar in San Francisco
31 March 2019

Ungrafted wine bar Warm, relaxed service and a hefty wine list...
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Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux: Tasting the 2017s
30 March 2019

Charles Lachaux took over from his father, Pascal, in 2015. The last three vintages have seen a stylistic change...
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Chianti Classico's Greatest Hits
30 March 2019

 US editor W. Blake Gray is let loose at a tasting and finds small isn't always better.
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En Primeur: 2011-2017 reports
30 March 2019

A compilation of the after-action reports of each Bordeaux futures campaign from the 2011 to 2017 vintages detailing the highs and more than a few lows that have marked each – and some natty homemade artwork too.
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Lion acquires 100% stake in UK craft brewery Magic Rock
30 March 2019

Australian food and drinks giant Lion has acquired a 100% stake in UK craft brewer Magic Rock Brewing Company.
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The Bordeaux Château wine quiz
30 March 2019

Château Palmer in Margaux. Can you get 10 out of 10?...
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Era of extraction ‘is over’ in Central Otago
30 March 2019

The days of highly extracted Pinot Noirs and overworked ferments in Central Otago are a thing of the past according to one key winery owner in the region.
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These are the fastest-growing craft breweries in the US, according to the Brewers Association
30 March 2019

US trade body the Brewers Association has published a list of the country's craft breweries that are becoming popular, fast.
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Cruise line and Royal Navy back English sparkling wine
30 March 2019

Saga Cruises and the Royal Navy have both chosen to christen their new vessels with English sparkling wine and not Champagne, with the former commissioning Kent producer Hush Heath to create its own-label fizz. 
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Jack Ma-owned Château de Sours seeks to repair neighbour relations
30 March 2019

Château de Sours was purchased by billionaire Jack Ma in early 2016. A spokesperson for Château de Sours confirmed that one of the estate’s next-door neighbours had referred a dispute over alleged damage to a wall on his property to a tribunal court in Libourne. The dispute was reported in local newspaper Le Résistant. Château de Sours has denied wrongdoing and did...
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Callooh Callay reveals new Haynes inspired ‘manual’
30 March 2019

London cocktail bar Callooh Callay is launching a new cocktail menu in April that will take its aesthetic inspiration from the famous Haynes car manuals of the 1980s.
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The week in pictures
30 March 2019

This week, in the world of drinks: Dire Straits' frontman turns to gin; Majestic turns to ecommerce; Argentine winery Catena Zapata turns to Amazon Prime; and one PHD candidate combines drone technology and taxidermy for the greater good of Australia's vineyards...
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Italy’s best white wines with food
30 March 2019

Italian white wines come in a huge range of styles, offering food lovers lots of potential for delicious pairings. Fiona Beckett travels from north to south in the country, seeking out the most food-friendly regional wines and suggesting dishes to match them… It’s impossible to think of Italian wine outside the context of food; certainly in the minds of many Italians (unless they&rsqu...
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Health officials tell French to cut down on wine
30 March 2019

Health officials in France have told the nation that it should be drinking no more than two glasses of wine a day, and not everyday, to reduce the risk of alcohol-related diseases.
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Hendrick’s brings gin and flower-filled phone boxes to the UK
30 March 2019

William Grant and Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick's is installing phone boxes full of flowers, gin and mirrors to celebrate the launch of its Midsummer Solstice Gin. 
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The Open University offers new course on alcohol science
29 March 2019

Oxfordshire brewery Hook Norton and the Cotswolds Distillery have teamed up with The Open University on a new online course focusing on the science of alcohol. 
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Michel Roux Jr to front new London cooking school
29 March 2019

The Langham Hotel in London is to launch a new cookery school that will be fronted by top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and Chris King, and which promises to reveal "trade secrets" to its students.
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Cannabis-flavoured vodka to make debut at Wine & Spirits Show
29 March 2019

A new cannabis-flavoured vodka called Weedka is to take a stand at this year's Wine & Spirits Show, which will be held next month at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in London. 
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Top 20 Barolo alternatives
29 March 2019

With big-name Barolos commanding a hefty price tag, where can wine lovers go for their Nebbiolo fix? Susan Hulme MW highlights alternative regions of Italy, from Alto Piemonte to Valtellina, where good-value Nebbiolo is worth seeking out... Nebbiolo has become very popular in the past 15 years, particularly in its most famous expression of Barolo. Just like the leading châteaux of Bordeaux,...
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Saving Wine from the Sober Generation
29 March 2019

 If you thought the Millennials were hard to please, wait until you see what's coming after them.
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Wine Trash and Treasure Reveal Lost City of Winemaking's Ancient Secrets (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2019

Once famous across continents as a mecca for wine, the lost Byzantine-era city of Elusa fell off the map somewhere along the way. Did it succumb to unsustainable boom-and-bust cycles of vineyard real-estate prices? A nagging reputation for low-quality mass-market wine? Cork taint? Islamic conquest? It had long been something of a mystery. But now researchers have begun to shed more light on the sh...
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Road to 'Wine Country' Interview: Amy Poehler Calls the Shots (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2019

For her feature directorial debut, Amy Poehler decided to head to Napa. The Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation star recruited an ensemble cast of her real-life friends who powered SNL's early-2000s renaissance—Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Emily Spivey and Paula Pell—and loosely based the plot on a reunion trip they took to California wine country a few...
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10 Top-Notch Restaurant Chains to Rely on for Great Wine (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2019

Creating a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award–winning wine list is an accomplishment for a single restaurant, but offering high-quality wine experiences at numerous locations around the world presents exceptional challenges. We tip our hat to these 10 families of restaurants that have put together impressive wine lists in many cities across the U.S. and beyond; both the well-traveled wine lover...
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Restaurant Spotlight: Third Coast (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2019

Houston’s Texas Medical Center is a renowned hub for healthcare and research, but it’s also a hub for world-class wines, thanks to the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner on the sixth floor. The restaurant, Third Coast, is named for the idea that Texas is a leader in the medical field, on par with coastal cities. In a sleek setting with cool gray tones and dark oak details, chef...
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Turning Tables: New Restaurant Locations of BLT Prime and Ocean Prime (Wine Spectator)
29 March 2019

BLT Prime Reopens on Manhattan's Upper East SideESquared Hospitality's BLT Prime is back in service in New York City. The contemporary steak-house chain had closed its Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence–winning Gramercy location in December 2018. On March 21, it reopened on the Upper East Side.The new outpost has an expanded menu with many of the brand's signature items, like tuna ta...
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What are the best Lidl wines to buy?
29 March 2019

The best of Lidl's wine range...
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