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Tuesday 25 November 2014

    Top 10 Hong Kong venues

    Hong Kong is one of the world’s best cities for wine and fine dining. We take you on a tour of the places that best represent this vibrant culinary scene.

    Chinese wine dealer smashes fake Lafite

    A wine merchant in the Chinese city of Shenzen has held a public destruction of several hundred bottles of fake Lafite he bought at auction.

    Czech president: US beer is ‘filthy water’

    Milos Zeman, president of the Czech Republic, has branded American beer as “filthy water” during a business summit in Kazakhstan.

Top 10 gadget gifts for wine lovers

With Christmas approaching at lightning speed, we round up a selection of practical, aspirational and outrageous gadgets for the wine-lover in your life.

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Natural botrytis-killing pesticide licenced

A British company is on the cusp of commercialising an all-natural pesticide that can kill the grape fungus botrytis and is harmless to the honey bee.

Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

Millennial drinkers are shunning the self-proclaimed “King of Beers” in favour of craft, with shipments outnumbering those of Budweiser for the first time.

Burgundy dominates at $5.6m sale

Part two of auction house Wally’s Roy Welland Collection sale raised US$5.6 million, smashing its low estimate of $3.6m.

How not to make sparkling wine

Everyone in possession of a soda stream and a bottle of wine has had this thought cross their mind. This video proves that it’s a bad idea…

Beer

Pair visit 18,000 pubs over three decades

It has taken them 30 years and 36,000 pints, but a pair of committed pub patrons can finally lay claim to having completed the world’s longest pub crawl.

App predicts taste in wine and beer

A new iPhone app has launched, which claims to be able to predict a consumer’s taste in wine and beer with 96% accuracy.

Britons shun wine for beer

Britons are increasingly choosing beer instead of wine when eating out, with diners becoming ever more discerning over their choice of brew.

Top 10 alcohol brand stereotypes

Enjoy a glass of Taylor’s Port? Then you most likely drive a Lexus, shop at Waitrose and own a pet fish, according to a new consumer brand profiling system.

Burgundian or Oregondian?

A Pinot Noir being described as Burgundian is always a bit of a double-edged sword, especially when the wine is not in fact from Burgundy.

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Tequila Fest UK: All hail the agave

As the UK prepares to host its first Tequila festival, Ross Kerslake reveals how his love affair with the agave spirit began. by Ross Kerslake

Long term investors can grow Scotch whisky sector

The Scotch Whisky industry is thriving, but funding is currently the biggest headache for new start distilleries. by Adam Hardie

Marketing bullshit… #BigBeer’sStillBuyin’It

"Irritate! Irritate!! Irritate!!!" – is that the key to getting folks to buy your product? by Dan Fox
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WHISK(E)Y

Africa developing a thirst for whisky

Affluent Africans are turning their attention to whisky, with consumers in South Africa, Angola and Morocco leading the charge.

English sparkling wine to name ship

Champagne will be shunned for English sparkling wine next year when Britain’s biggest cruise ship is officially named.

Top 10 lots at Spink HK sale

Limited edition Rolling Stones and Mt Fuji releases from Yamazaki and Hibiki headline Spink’s next Hong Kong auction on 20 November.

Jura releases George Orwell 1984 expression

Jura has released a limited edition 1984 Vintage in honour of writer George Orwell.

Our Top 10's

Astor’s top 10 best-selling wines

A fixture of New York’s Greenwich Village since 1946, Astor Wines & Spirits was recently declared the city’s “best wine and liquor store 2014″ by the Village Voice.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

With Christmas fast approaching this week’s round up features some top festive sparklers, fruity Ports and a handful of juicy Carmenères.

Top 10 wines in the US press

From a “budget-friendly Syrah” and $60 Californian “grand cru-level” Chardonnay to a $360 Burgundy grand cru, this week’s roundup features a wine to suit all tastes and wallets.

Top 10 wine faux pas

The world of wine needn’t be an intimidating gauntlet of unexplainable terms and stuffy etiquette, but being aware of some common pitfalls can’t hurt.

Top 10 bizarre US drinking laws

From the practical and protective to the inexplicably bizarre, America is home to some of the world’s oddest alcohol laws.

Top 10 London brunch spots

From high-class cafés to sky-high dining rooms, we round up some of London’s top brunch spots, for when a cup of tea and a slice of toast just won’t do.

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Fine Wine

Burgundy faces structural shift

A run of small harvests, strong demand for the top names and soaring vineyard prices is changing the shape of Burgundy’s entire wine model.

Bordeaux 2014: between 08 and 10 in quality

The CEO of Château Palmer and sales director of Pichon-Baron have tentatively hailed the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux as the best since 2010.

HDH to finish year with ‘magnificent’ sale

US auction house Hart Davis Hart is hoping to see out the year in style with a sale it hopes will net between US$4-$7 million.

Peter Sisseck: Saving the whale in Ribera

In the second of a two-part interview Peter Sisseck, the Danish winemaker behind Pingus, explains how Ribera del Duero went astray.

Champagne

Star toasts mega deal with $20k Moët

Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton celebrated signing a $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins, the biggest in US sports history, with a $20k bottle of Moët.

£11.5k of wine stolen from London resto

Con men pretending to work for wealthy Arab clients have stolen £11,500 of Champagne and fine wine from Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre.

Baz Luhrmann designs $785 Champagne sabre

Hollywood film director Baz Luhrmann has released a US$785 Champagne sabre in collaboration with Barneys New York.

Pol Roger creates 2002 collection

Champagne Pol Roger has chosen the highly acclaimed 2002 vintage to launch a collection of three expressions from this year.

Amathus launches Shoreditch site

Drinks distributor and retailer Amathus has opened a fourth shop in Shoreditch, adding to its sites in Soho, Knightsbridge and the City of London.