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Saturday 25 October 2014

    Top 10 biggest Champagne markets

    With today marking the fifth global #ChampagneDay, db takes a look at the world’s biggest Champagne export markets.

    Austria steps up sparkling ambitions

    The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced a new three-tier quality hierarchy for the country’s sparkling wines as it seek to raise the profile of this style.

    Diageo fined after two workers injured

    Diageo has been fined £18,000 after two of its workers suffered from injuries including broken bones and memory loss in falls at its distilleries.

The week in pictures

Two royal visits were paid to the drinks industry this week, while Diversity’s Ashley Banjo street-danced his way around London with some curiously wooden backup dancers.

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A new Rolland in New York

Virginie Rolland, the 31 year-old niece of the hugely influential wine consultant, Michel Rolland, has just opened her own wine importing business in New York.

Guinness launches ‘ultra-premium’ ale

A limited-edition amber ale brewed with both beer and whisky malt has become the first in a new Signature Series line launched by Guinness.

Alcohol found to improve memory

Far from impairing your memory, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol in later life could actually help improve it.

Game of Thrones wine montage

Ever wondered what the characters on Game of Thrones get up to when they’re not killing people or having sex?

Beer

C&C joins bidding war for UK pub group

Irish cider maker C&C has seen a surprise initial takeover bid for the UK’s Spirit Pub Company rejected in favour of an earlier, lower bidder.

Tesco chairman steps down amid turmoil

Tesco has been found to have overstated its profits by £263m, £14m more than first thought, as it revealed today that its post-tax profits are down 92%.

Lucasfilm objects to ‘Strikes Bock’ beer

A brewery’s attempt to trademark its Star Wars-themed “Empire Strikes Bock” beer has raised the ire of Lucasfilm.

Top 10 beers in the world press

Dinosaur puns, golfing stars and fruity offerings all feature in this week's roundup of beers making their mark in the world press.

Could Budweiser be better than craft beer?

The simple answer: “It already is.”

by Dan Fox

Wine: The ‘Kevin Bacon of industries’

“Wine is the Kevin Bacon of industries. It’s related to art, music, food, people. It links everything to everything”, according to winemaker Aline Baly. by Tania Teschke

Top 5 ‘off-the-beaten-path’ white grapes

While most of us would balk at the prospect of choosing from only a handful of meal options, we often fall into exactly that rut when it comes to wine. by Joe Roberts

The future of the primeurs system

Christian Seely, managing director of Château Pichon Baron owner Axa Millésime, reflects on the future of the primeurs system in Bordeaux. by Christian Seely
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WHISK(E)Y

At-home whisky-ageing ‘stick’ launched

A wooden stick that it is claimed can age whisky by up to three years in just 24 hours has been launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Top 10 drinks world records

From the world’s largest bottle of wine to the longest wine list, this record-breaking top ten shows the lengths people will go to have a drink in style.

Whisky sales to overtake vodka in US

Sales of whisky in the US will surpass those of vodka for the first time since 2007 this year, marking a shift in American consumer preferences.

Beckham and Ritchie team up for whisky ad

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie have joined forces to create a TV advertising campaign for Diageo’s Haig Club whisky.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A tropical Chardonnay with a “smoke-edged crème brûlée effect”, a manzanilla and a “wacky” white Russian make for an eclectic set of wine recommendations.

Harrods’ top 10 bestsellers

Harrods’ wine buyer, Ed Gerard, reveals the top-grossing wines and spirits at the famous Knightsbridge store in the year to date.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A London-made red blend, an Italian Pecorino and a “rustic” white from Macedonia impressed UK wine writers this week.

Top 10 Chilean winemakers to watch

In the second of our Chilean winemakers to watch series, Amanda Barnes counts down from 10 to one.

Top 10 London BYOB restaurants

With London not getting any cheaper any opportunity to save is welcome, especially if it means sipping your own hand-picked wine while dining gourmet.

Top winemakers to watch: Chile (20-11)

In the first of a two-part series, we take a look at 20 of Chile’s most promising winemakers, each chosen for their creative and critically-acclaimed approach.

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World Bulk Wine Exhibition
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24 Nov - 25 Nov, 2014
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Junior Sales Executive – On Trade Wine

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Portfolio Ambassador

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Fine Wine

Asian buyers drive London sale

Buyers from across Asia drove Sotheby’s recent London sale and scooped up the top lots of Henri Jayer that were on offer.

Q&A with Jorge Nuñes

Symington Family Estates Asia Pacific marketing manager, Jorge Nuñes, on the market for rare Port in the region as the company prepares to launch the Grahams’ 1882 Ne Oublie in Hong Kong.

Liv-ex launches SIB Passport

In its quest to simplify and speed up fine wine trading, Liv-ex have just introduced a system to check the condition of individual bottles.

Auction tests demand for cult California

A Wally’s wine auction in New York this Friday could be a bellwether for the popularity of cult Californians such as Screaming Eagle.

Champagne

Bubbly burglar busted in France

A French burglar was nabbed by police after settling in for some TV and a bottle of Champagne then forgetting to make a getaway.

Champagne and gold loaf breaks record

A baker has unveiled what he claims is the UK’s most expensive loaf of bread made from 24-carat gold leaf and Champagne.

Champagne marks 10 years of ambassadors

The great and good of the Champagne community descended on Reims last week to celebrate 10 years of the Champagne Ambassador’s Awards.

Wine glass best for Champagne, says Pernod

Pernod Ricard’s Federico Lleonart has caused quite the ‘coupe’, arguing that a simple white wine glass is superior to the classic Champagne serving options.

HK in pictures

Champagne suppers, floating restaurants, portfolio tastings and a visit to the printers – db‘s in need of a lie-down.