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Saturday 25 April 2015

    db Green Awards 2015: The winners

    The winners of The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015 were announced on Tuesday evening this week at The Club at The Ivy in London.

    America’s heaviest drinking counties mapped

    More US adults than ever are considered heavy or binge drinkers with women driving a rise in consumption, a county-level study on alcohol habits in the US has revealed.

    US takes lead on wine consumption

    The US has overtaken France to become the world’s largest wine consumer, although Europe as a whole still dominates consumption and production, according to a new report.

The week in pictures

This week saw db host its annual Green Awards at London’s swanky Club at The Ivy, and partake in a whistle stop tour of the breathtaking Douro Valley.

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Chicken Kiev resto to open in London

A restaurant shining a light on the humble chicken Kiev and retro cocktails like the Snowball is to open in London’s Clerkenwell this July.

Portobello rides the global gin wave

Portobello Road Gin has embarked on a major expansion drive just four years after it was founded as the brand seeks to build on strong sales in the UK and abroad.

Latest London restaurant openings: April

Our round up of the latest restaurant openings in London includes a Chinese gastropub, a Japanese whisky specialist and Ramsay’s return to Fulham.

MW treks Kilimanjaro for wine experiment

James Cluer MW has revealed the results of a unique wine tasting held at 19,000 feet, having trekked to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro last year.

Beer

Tea bag turns cheap lager into craft brew

A ‘teabag’ containing a blend of hops, fruit peels, and natural flavours promises to transform an ordinary pint, allowing you to customise and boost its flavour.

BrewDog launches £25m crowdfunding bid

BrewDog has launched its biggest crowdfunding bid to date, calling upon investors to help it raise £25 million.

Tesco reveals record £6.4bn loss

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, has posted the worst financial results in its century-long history, with £6.38 billion of pre-tax losses in the year to February 28.

Indonesian gov ‘opposes full alcohol ban’

The Indonesian government will not back a blanket ban on alcohol in the country, despite fears that Islamic parties could force through legislation, a government minister said yesterday.

Miller Lite’s accidental success: Why it won’t last

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little good luck.

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En primeur snapshot: why terroir matters

"What is this wine?” I thought to myself, after blind tasting the first growth Sauternes Château de Rayne Vigneau. by Marisa D'Vari

Diageo’s World Class 2015: the next steps

Diageo’s Word Class cocktail competition has seen significant changes this year, not least to its structure and its challenges. by Ross Kerslake

BIVB boosts Burgundy with virtual tastings

"Bourgogne wines, live and direct in 25 cities around the world!" This is the tag line for a series of interactive presentations being hosted around the world by the BIVB. by Simone Madden-Grey
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WHISK(E)Y

Bruichladdich master distiller to retire

Bruichladdich master distiller and production director Jim McEwan has announced his intention to retire in July after over half a century in the Scotch whisky industry.

Pernod hails ‘solid’ performance

Pernod Ricard has become the latest drinks group to reflect a steadily resurgent Asian market and buoyant US dollar, as it reported 2% organic sales growth at the end of the third quarter.

Nine indicted over $100k Bourbon heist

Nine members of a criminal gang have been indicted over the theft of at least US$100,000 worth of Bourbon from top producers including Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey.

Top 10 new products

This month’s top releases include a Champagne tankard designed by Pol Roger, honey-flavoured Cognac and a 48-year-old blended Scotch.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

Sandra Silfven champions a selection of eco-friendly wines from South Africa, while Will Lyons turns to Bordeaux recommending a pair of wines from the region as en primeurs gather pace.

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

From Rioja lovers to Champagne quaffers, the drinks business has compiled these portraits of 10 modern consumers based on their wine preference.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An organic Chinese red hailing from Inner Mongolia and a “beguiling” white blend from Slovenia got UK wine writers’ tongues wagging this week.

Top 10 wines in the US press

A conservation-conscious Chenin Blanc, “textbook” Côtes du Rhône and sprinkling of Hollywood stardust feature in this week’s roundup.

Top 10 architectural wonders of the wine world

You don’t have to look far to find stunning examples of architectural prowess in the world of wine, but these are perhaps among the most impressive.

World’s best airport bars and restaurants

Airports might not be synonymous with fine dining, but there are a host of terminal-based bars and restaurants seeking to raise the bar.

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Fine Wine

Dom Perignon launches 2005

Dom Pérignon has launched the 2005 vintage, small in quantity but with “exceptional quality” and “a never-before-seen aromatic maturity” according to Richard Geoffroy.

Appeal for original Dom Ruinart

Champagne Ruinart is making an appeal for bottles in good condition of the original vintages of its leading cuvee Dom Ruinart.

Top wines of Bordeaux 2014

The 10 best wines of the Bordeaux 2014 vintage as voted for by Liv-ex’s global members.

Bordeaux 2014: VCC wine of the vintage?

The Liv-ex merchants’ survey crowned Vieux Château Certan as the wine of the 2014 vintage with two thirds expecting increased interest from buyers.

Champagne

Lanson creates restaurant Champagne

Lanson has created a new version of its Black Label Brut NV just for the UK on-trade called Lanson Père et Fils.

Bruno Paillard partners with Sushisamba

Champagne house Bruno Paillard has announced an exclusive partnership with London restaurant Sushisamba, now home to the largest selection of its wines in the UK.

Shipwrecked 1840s Champagne reveals secrets

Bottles of 170-year-old shipwrecked Champagne were unusually well preserved, but contained extraordinarily high levels of sugar along and traces of arsenic, scientists have confirmed.

Champagne awards calling for UK entries

The Champagne Bureau UK is calling for wine educators to enter this year’s Champagne Ambassadors’ Awards.

Perrier-Jouët launches vintage collection

Perrier-Jouët has released the first series of its Art of Vintage Collection – three rare Champagnes stored in its chef de cave’s cellars for up to 25 years.