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Saturday 26 July 2014
The week in pictures

Biodynamic wine, copas of Sherry, seashell cocktails and a Bourbon barrel-aged gin were just some of the topics up for discussion among the drinks trade this week.

Moët unveil new bar at Royal Albert Hall

Moët & Chandon have opened their new Champagne bar at the Royal Albert Hall.

Martin Lam to lead Beautiful South talks

Former London restauranteur, Martin Lam, will be leading ‘Sommelier Talks’ at this years Beautiful South wine fair.

First English sparkling wine sorbet

England’s first sorbet made from locally made sparkling wine has been released.

WATCH: Barking-mad beer lover

Watch as this parched pup fiercely protects its case of beer from the prying hands of thirsty drinkers.

Beer

Underage drinking rate at all-time low

The rate of underage drinking among 11 to 15 year olds in England has fallen to its lowest ever rate since records began in 1988.

Americans favour beer over wine

In the battle of the beverages, beer has won out over wine again in the US, with Americans favouring a pint of beer over a glass of wine or dram of whisky.

KFC to serve beer at Canadian restaurants

KFC is to serve beer at two of its restaurants in Toronto in a bid to keep up with increasingly up market “fast-casual” chains.

Over-65s lead at-home drinking trend

UK sales of alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption have leapt 15% in the last five years, although volumes are in decline thanks to rising prices and a health conscious younger generation.

Fine wine vs alter egos

Does one of the UK’s leading wine figures, Steven Spurrier, have a secret past as an NFL quarterback he’s not telling anyone about?

by Rupert Millar

The two faces of Italy’s Lugana wine region

During a recent trip to the Italian wine region of Lugana, I was told by a producer that the area has two different faces. I was intrigued. by Alex Down

Noilly Prat 200: Talking of taste

France is known for culinary wonders, but one thing that stands out is the vermouth — as famous as many of its Italian counterparts. by Ross Kerslake

Japan: the land of the rising sun

The Wine Explorers touch down in Japan: a land full of traditions, contrasts and wines made from the native Koshu grape. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot
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WHISK(E)Y

Whisky study could give rise to barley ‘vineyards’

A project to determine the perfect grain of barley for distilling whisky could pave the way for barley ‘vineyards’, viewed in much the same way as the world’s wine regions.

Scotch has the Commonwealth touch

New export figures have revealed that almost a fifth of Scotch whisky exports go to Commonwealth countries.

English whisky takes global inspiration

A new distillery set to begin production in the Cotswolds next month is drawing on Scottish expertise and a Taiwanese model in a bid to emulate the success of the US craft whiskey scene.

Cognac holds back Rémy Cointreau

Rémy Cointreau has expressed confidence in its ability to return to growth this year, despite reporting a 5.7% organic decline for its first quarter.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 beers in the world press

This week’s top beer reviews includes pistol whips, roads to ruin and Australia’s most expensive beer.

Top wine region restaurants – Bordeaux

The latest in our series touring the top eateries in the most famous wine regions around the world. This week we’re taking a look at Bordeaux.

10 of the best jobs in beer

From beer sommellerie to brand championing, the beer industry holds many a career path for the sud-loving job hunter.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A “toasty” grand cru Chablis and a “sumptuously aromatic” Pinot Gris from New Zealand are some of the top wine picks in the UK press this week.

Top 10 drinks tweets of the week

This week’s Twitter top 10 includes an insightful look at the “real” processes behind winemaking from Frankie Cook, while Eric Asimov performs his civic duty.

World’s most powerful Champagne and sparkling wine brands

In the fourth of our Power Brand round ups, our attention turns to the world of Champagne and sparkling wines.

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Fine Wine

Corney & Barrow sells wines on online ‘shop window’

Singapore-based online platform, Winefamily, has secured the support of Corney & Barrow and is now offering over 70 of the merchant’s wines through the site.

Top 10 serious rosé wines

Rosé is a category often unfairly overlooked, thought to be suited only to summer sipping. Here we take a look at 10 rosés that deserve to be taken seriously.

Under-the-radar Lafites trading well

Although Lafite no longer commands the share of trade it used to there are vintages that are still attracting buyers’ interest.

Top drinks in the Pacific press

“Vinegar” wine in Japan that’s not all it seems, Tasmanian Pinot Noir, DRC and the last bottle of Burgundy in the shop.

Champagne

UK Prosecco sales go bananas

Prosecco sales in the UK are continuing to surge ahead of Champagne with year on year sales up nearly 70% at both Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

Krug: We’re not about consistency

Olivier Krug has admitted that LVMH-owned Champagne house Krug is not striving for consistency in style.

Champagne yield reflects confidence boost

The Champagne Bureau (CIVC) has agreed a small rise in this year’s maximum permitted yield to reflect a modest increase in shipments during the first part of 2014.

Scammers target Armand de Brignac

Rapper Jay-Z’s favourite Champagne, Armand de Brignac, is being frequently targeted by credit card fraudsters in the US due to its desirability.

HDH takes number one spot in US

Auction house Hart Davis Hart has taken the number one position in the US as the first half of the year draws to a close.