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Monday 30 March 2015
The week in pictures

Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Nutella Negronis and banana cake, it’s been a busy, varied and indulgent week for the drinks business.

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Trade invited to pink flamingo party

Members of the wine trade are invited to the celebrate the last day of the London Wine Fair and raise vital funds for industry colleagues at a pink flamingo party hosted by The Benevolent.

The Ivy bar sells for £31,000 at auction

The Ivy restaurant’s private bar sold for 30 times more than its estimate at a charity auction fetching £31,250.

Jascots taps into keg wine trend

UK wine merchant Jascots has launched a range of wines on tap aimed at casual dining restaurants, where a thirst is growing for wine in kegs.

Kirin unveils beer bottle sushi orchestra

Proving that beer bottles have more uses than just drinking, this novel ode to Japan is a masterclass in sushi-making and viral marketing.

Beer

Duty cuts slow alcohol price increases

UK off-trade alcohol prices slowed to less than half of last year’s since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, according to research published by the WSTA.

‘Feminist’ beer launched in Brazil

A “feminist” beer has been launched in Brazil by a group of activists hoping to challenge the way women are portrayed in the advertising industry.

Beer and bacteria dress to debut in Milan

A dress grown from beer and bacteria is set to premiere at the World Expo 2015 in Milan.

Cameron gifts “Co-ale-ition” beer to cabinet

To mark the end of the coalition government, British Prime Minister David Cameron gifted his cabinet with bottles of “Co-ale-ition” beer.

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

Craft beer: fasten your seat belts

Over the past couple of months, the craft-beer business has experienced more than its share of uncharacteristic bumpiness. by Dan Fox

Bud’s ‘brewed the hard way’ goes social

Advertising that only entertains and doesn't contribute to changing behaviour, is a waste of money, writes Dan Fox, as he deconstructs Budweiser's latest efforts. by Dan Fox
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Label 5 Scotch hits new sales record

Label 5 Scotch has surpassed 2.6 million cases in annual sales and has the stock to grow further, according to Sylvia Bernard, international marketing director at brand owner La Martiniquaise.

Taiwanese malt named world’s best

Taiwanese whisky Kavalan has beaten off competition from around the world to be named best single malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards.

Scotch specialists launch rare blend

A company specialised in tracking down rare, mature whiskies has released a 48-year-old blended Scotch whisky boasting “distinguished provenance”.

Acker sale makes HK$45m

Acker Merrall & Condit’s latest Hong Kong sale achieved HK$45 million, which the house says will put it on track to be the world’s leading auction house in the first quarter of this year.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

Kosher wines perfect for Passover, an LBV Port with inviting “dark berry aromas” and an “exquisite” Brunello makes for an eclectic round up.

Top 10 Argentine winemakers to watch

With a rebellious edge and the desire to make Argentina stand out from the crowd, these winemakers are worth keeping an eye on, writes Amanda Barnes.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

With spring around the corner this week’s recommendations are dominated by lighter, fresher and fruitier wines.

Eight things you probably don’t know about wine

Think you know everything about wine? Some of these nuggets of wine-related trivia might surprise you.

Top 10 wines in the US press

A selection of “serious” Beaujolais crus, a “soft as silk” Napa Cab and an elegant South African Pinotage make for a mixed bag of recommendations.

Top seven Champagne fails

Popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne is an event, a moment to treasure, a spectacle even – but it doesn’t always go to plan.

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Fine Wine

German wine in ‘strong demand’ at Sotheby’s sale

Sotheby’s latest London sale saw strong demand for the wines of Egon Müller alongside the usual top selling Burgundies of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Saint Emilion ‘A’s not on the same level?

A blind tasting of the Saint Emilion grands crus classés A across several vintages saw Angelus and Pavie lag behind fellow “A”s Cheval Blanc and Ausone, leading one critic to suggest they are “not on the same level”.

AWC lawsuit over fake Yquem thrown out

A lawsuit levelled at fine wine merchant the Antique Wine Company over “fake” Château d’Yquem has been thrown out of an Atlanta court but proceedings could now move to the UK.

California must think small to be great

California may no longer be trying to ape Burgundy’s style, but there is a growing belief that producers must recreate the smaller-scale structure of the Côte d’Or to reach the same quality heights.

Champagne

Man builds Champagne bottle house

A Russian man has built a house made from 12,000 Champagne bottles in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where it is known as the “Palace of Oz”.

Vintage year ‘in every two’ in Champagne

Climate change is making it easier to produce vintage Champagne with one in every two now a vintage year according to the chef de cave of Perrier-Jouët.

Wine trade celebrates career of Pol Roger MD

Last night, members of the UK drinks trade celebrated the career of Nick James, managing director of Pol Roger Ltd, who is retiring this month.

Kelly Brook celebrates with 1,000 magnums

British model turned TV star Kelly Brook celebrated the debut of her US sitcom with 1,000 magnums of Champagne, gifted by Ellen DeGeneres.

New director for One Red Dot

Hong Kong merchant One Red Dot has named Douglas Thomson as its new business development director.