Students trade dead rats for drinks at bar
A New Zealand university has taken an unusual approach to ridding Wellington of pests by encouraging its students to trade in dead rats for a drink at the student bar.
Wine and Opera part 3: The Student Prince
A stuck-up prince discovers the delights of reckless drinking and falling in love with girls – nothing has changed at university.
Usually it’s fine wines and Champagnes which hit the headlines for their high cost, but as this list proves beer can also pack a pricey punch.
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Customers are being drawn back to Bordeaux by mature vintages priced for drinking rather than speculation, according to Bordeaux Index.
PLB has furthered its reach into the UK on-trade by securing a deal to provide South African wines to pub and restaurant group Mitchells & Butler.
Almost a fifth of workers put off going to the pub until payday because they can’t afford it, according to a recent YouGov poll.
An online beer club has raised £150,000 in just 36 hours to become the fastest ever pitch on equity crowd funding website, Crowdcube.
A beer brewed by a fledgling south London brewery has won the title of “Roux brew” and will be served at the Michelin- starred restaurants of chef Michel Roux Jr.
Scottish craft brewer, BrewDog, has opened a new bar in Sheffield, its 13th such venue in the UK and its 16th worldwide.
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As Ornellaia unveiled the artistic collaboration for its latest 2011 vintage release, the Super Tuscan brand claimed that its wines are proving a “more solid” investment than gold or oil.
A new book published in France this week has singled out the Saint Emilion classification of 2012 as “illustrative” of many problems with wine in France.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong sales season is to begin this April with two “important” sales, one of Bordeaux and the other from the cellars of a US ambassador.
A steady shift back towards traditional vinification methods among Rhône producers is helping to underpin quality across the region, according to Simon Field MW, Rhône buyer for Berry Brothers & Rudd.
Ruinart has uncovered documents which it says prove it was the first to make a Champagne rosé in 1764, marking 250 years this year.
Swedish Champagne expert Richard Juhlin has been bestowed with France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur.
Global sales of Prosecco have overtaken Champagne, as the insatiable worldwide thirst for the Italian sparkler shows no sign of abating.
Like Krug, Salon won’t be making a vintage from the acclaimed 2012 harvest, Salon president Didier Depond confirmed at the launch of the Champagne’s 2002 release last night.
Champagne houses appear to be putting more emphasis on specialist releases and top end cuvées to shine a positive light on the rest of their ranges.
Norbert Dentressangle is providing fast-growing St Austell Brewery with a distribution platform, supporting the company’s continued expansion.
Tata Global Beverages has awarded a three year contract to Norbert Dentressangle for the UK storage and distribution of Tetley teas.
Maxxium UK is the fastest growing major spirits distributor in the UK off trade and the No. 2 UK spirits distributor