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Monday 26 January 2015

    Top 10 wines in the UK press

    An “exceptional” magnum of Chianti Classico Riserva and a selection of wines that pay homage to Australia Day feature in this week’s lineup.

    US demand driving world wine market

    Demand for wine from US consumers is set to drive the world wine market over the next three years, according to a recent study by Vinexpo.

    Stolen French Laundry wines recovered

    The “majority” of the fine wine stolen from Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry on Christmas Day has been recovered in North Carolina.

Top drinks for ‘Beer Bowl’ 2015

Your annual guide to the Super Bowl and the all-important beer match-ups to look forward to.



Concha y Toro returns to style of the ‘70s

Concha y Toro winemaker Marcelo Papa is keen to go back to the style of wines made by the company in the ‘70s by picking earlier and using less oak.

Australia Day marked in royal style

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will join today’s official Australia Day celebrations at an event in London featuring a selection of the country’s wines.

Wine trade band reveals guest singers

The UK wine trade’s only charity covers band, Skin Côntact, has announced its first special guest singers – Tim Atkin MW, Joe Wadsack and Charles Metcalfe.

Booze thief spectacularly floored

This man’s ‘sophisticated’ plan to pinch three bottles of booze was spectacularly thwarted by an unsung crime-fighter – the one way barrier.


The week in pictures

Mid-morning Montrachet, subterranean swimming pools, oversized bicycles and man’s best friend – it can only be the week in pictures.

CAMRA urges action to save UK pubs

CAMRA has repeated calls for the UK government to help save the UK pub industry, after figures released today revealed 29 pubs are closing every week.

Florida brewers push for growler sales

Florida craft brewers are “cautiously optimistic” that a new bill will allow the sale of “growlers” in the southern state.

SAB Miller reports Chinese drop

SAB Miller is the latest drinks company to report a slump in China, as the downturn starts affecting beer rather than just spirits.

Our guide to Anheuser-Busch’s SuperBowl ads

Remember the days when every SuperBowl ad was a surprise?

by Dan Fox

Cocktail Trading Co: London’s next top bar?

London's soon-to-be-opened Cocktail Trading Co. is a real bartenders bar with no hidden puppet masters and ambitions to set the bar in terms of its ethical treatment of staff. by Ross Kerslake

Miller Lite’s frothy yellow ad miscue

The new Miller Lite ads have arrived from the appointed ad agency. So what have these clever folks come up with? by Dan Fox

It’s Chilean wine, but not as we know it

Too often Chilean wine is thought of as “cheap and cheerful” and only offering simple bold fruit flavours. by Simone Madden-Grey
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Sip whisky off bodies at Valentine tasting

If you really want to appreciate the age of a fine 50-year-old malt, sip it from the navel of a 50-year-old man.

Jameson dresses up for Dublin

Irish whiskey brand Jameson has unveiled a limited edition bottle as part of a series of promotions ahead of St. Patrick’s Day in March.

Armed robber swipes $50k whisky

Police are hunting for an armed robber who stole $100,000 worth of alcohol, including a rare Scotch worth nearly $50k, from a liquor store.

Michael Owen Spey Whisky ad panned

An advert for Scotch whisky brand Spey starring ex-footballer Michael Owen has been criticised as being “staggeringly boring” and “agony to watch”.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

A “robust” Michigan Merlot, powerfully aromatic Sicilian white and vibrant Chenin Blanc from South Africa got US wine writers’ tongues wagging this week.

Top 10 beers in the world press

This week’s roundup features a strong presence of Canadian craft beers, while showing a continuing need for hefty pours to counter the cold.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

The success of Lebanese wine was highlighted by more than one writer this week, alongside a smattering of organic offerings.

Top 10 of the world’s highest bars

We love few things more than a good cocktail in a bar with a decent view here at db – but this collection of sky-high saloons is quite literally a whole other level.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Californian Chardonnay dominates this week’s recommendations by US wine writers, with a “hearty” Napa Cab and Super Tuscan thrown in for good measure.

Top 10 bestsellers at Selfridges

With around 3,000 lines and an average spend of £30-40 per customer, Selfridges wine and spirits department is going from strength to strength.

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Fine Wine

Uncorked: Yang Lu

Yang Lu is corporate wine director of the Shangri-La Group in Hong Kong and loves Mosel Riesling and staying in bed above all things.

When Burgundy meets Bordeaux

The head of Domaine Jacques Prieur has explained how experiences in Bordeaux and Burgundy have informed major winemaking changes at the family estates in each region.

Hill-Smith heads Aussie fine wine mission

Yalumba’s Robert Hill-Smith has taken over as chairman of Australia’s First Families of Wine with a mission to put the country “back on the catwalk”.

Bonhams opens London restaurant

Auction house Bonhams has opened a restaurant in London with rising star Tom Kemble as head chef and two masters of wine taking care of the wine list.


Pernod strikes Champagne deal with Qantas

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has struck a deal with Australia’s national carrier Qantas to serve Mumm and Perrier Jouët to its first class passengers.

MMD makes management changes

Charles King is to relinquish his role as managing director of Louis Roederer’s UK agency business, Maisons Marques et Domaines, to take up the position of vice-chairman.

Champagne ups reserve as sales grow

The Comité Champagne has confirmed it will increase reserve from last year’s harvest due to an expected 1% increase in sales for 2014.

Piper-Heidsieck named Oscars Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck has been named as the exclusive Champagne of the Academy Awards in a deal set to last three years.

Champagne exports hit €4.5bn

With Champagne exports seeing a volume rise of 1% in 2014 and turnover at €4.5 billion (£3.44bn) – its second highest ever – the region is celebrating.