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Friday 22 May 2015
The week in pictures

Welly wanging, cocktail foraging, a gin-filled horticultural oasis and all the fun of the fair – it’s been quite a week for the drinks trade.

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Beer secret to a long life, says 110-year-old

A 110-year-old man, thought to be the oldest living person in the US, says drinking a can of beer everyday is the secret to living a long life.

Uruguayan wine sees UK sales boost

The overall value of Uruguayan exports to the UK has grown by almost 300% in the last three years to 2014, proving the country’s growing taste for its wines.

Young landlords lead UK pub growth

The UK pub industry looks like it could have a new lease of life, as research has shown that nearly half of the country’s bars have been opened in the last three years.

What is worse, alcohol or pot?

Looking into a debate that has divided health experts and lawmakers for years is this report from CNN, which asks: what is worse, marijuana or alcohol?

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London Fields brewer ‘regrets’ cocaine dealing

The ex-convict owner of hip London brewery London Fields has said he regrets his role in a cocaine supply network and vows to pay his £3.2m debt.

Home-brewed morphine now possible

Scientists have discovered a way of brewing morphine using the same equipment as a home brew beer kit.

Wine industry ‘needs a BrewDog’

The wine industry would benefit from having more irreverent players in the game like Scottish craft brewer BrewDog, according to one key wine communicator.

Top 10 beers in the world press

A coconut porter, Belgian white beer and smokey red rye ale are just a few of the beers that have been given then once-over by the world’s beer writers recently.

BIVB interactive tasting: A celebration of Chardonnay

The BIVB’s Live and Interactive seminar on Chardonnay proved the perfect antidote to the currently grey weather in Hong Kong.

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Bud Light was ensnared by a strategy, not a label

It wasn't the date-rapey advice on one promotional label that caused the tsunami of bad press and online outrage. by Dan Fox

Moldova producing ‘world’s purest fruit’

Which country has the highest number of vines planted per person? France, Italy, Spain… No, it’s Moldova. by Beth Willard

How to become a sommelier

Wine tasting may be a timeless hobby, but it takes more than a few casual tastings to become a true expert. by Matt Zajechowski
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WHISK(E)Y

Johnnie Walker outlet lands in Singapore’s airport

The DFS Group and Diageo Global Travel have opened a ‘Johnnie Walker House’ at Changi airport’s departures in Terminal 3.

The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Australian wine tasting, sampling a Hibiki 21 year old, a Coravin blind tasting and a Montrose dinner. It’s been a busy and extravagant week for the db HK team.

Ex-Diageo director to launch whisky investment firm

A former Diageo commercial director is to launch a new whisky investment platform having raised more than £1 million through crowdfunding.

Belvédére cuts to counter sales drop

Spirits producer Belvédére has revealed it cut its marketing budget by €6.5m and its workforce by around 500 people to help save money in the face of falling value sales.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week US wine writers got their tastebuds around a “big boy” Zin, a “novelty” Gamay and a “gorgeously complex and oceanic” Manzanilla Sherry.

Top 10 ways to reuse a wine bottle

If you are anything like the db team, it won’t take long to amass a collection of empty wine bottles. Put them to good use with these top upcycling tips.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A “revolutionary” Chilean red, posh Prosecco and old vine Zinfandel that favours “elegance over brawn” make the cut in this week’s UK press roundup.

7 things you should know about Cava

Once referred to as “Spanish Champagne”, Cava is no longer dependent on associations with French fizz having carved a respected reputation of its own.

World’s most extravagant wineries

With Château Margaux preparing to unveil its new winery and cellar, designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster, we take a look at some of the world’s most extraordinary wineries ever built.

Top 10 banned alcoholic drinks

The drinks trade has seen its fair share of drinks banned from public consumption over the years, be it for their political, legal or saucy undertones.

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Fine Wine

Bordeaux 2014: the wine we all want?

A “quintessential” Domaine de Chevalier released this morning but despite positive noises from merchants, is it the wine everyone wants?

HDH hails ‘remarkable’ results

Chicago-based fine wine auctioneer, Hart Davis Hart, saw its latest sale achieve a “remarkable” US$6.2 million.

Slurp.asia rebrands as Cru Hong Kong

Online fine wine retailer, Slurp.asia has become Cru Hong Kong following its acquisition by the Cru Group last year.

Zachys Asia: May auction ‘upping the ante’

Zachys Asia has surprises up its sleeve for the spring auction which will “present the best of the best” from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, as well as a lot of fine whisky.

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Krug to host Champagne and chip pop-up

Champagne house Krug is to launch a gourmet chip and Champagne pop-up bar in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers.

Global Prosecco shortage could hit this summer

With the global thirst for Prosecco showing no sign of slowing, stocks of the Italian sparkler could dry up by the summer one leading producer has warned.

Pol to launch ‘08 blanc de blancs

Pol Roger is preparing to launch its “best ever” blanc de blancs, the 2008 vintage, in the UK in the next few weeks.

Top 10 biggest Champagne brands (6-10)

Part two of our analysis of the world’s biggest Champagne brands brings you the latest winemaking improvements and 2014 global volume sales for the sixth to the tenth largest labels.

Dom Pérignon sets out key to success in 2005

It was not so much quality concerns but a volume shortfall that led so few Champagne houses to make a vintage in 2005, suggested Vincent Chaperon of Dom Pérignon in the wake of its own release from this year.