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Friday 1 August 2014
The week in pictures

From a Christmas-themed transvestite to a boutique beer tasting on the HMS President Embankment – it’s been an eventful week in the drinks business.

The Proust Q&A: Louisa Rose

The chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa Valley on her love of Jane Austen, admiration for Obama and saving her dogs in a fire.

UK Lords investigate EU alcohol strategy

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry into the next EU alcohol strategy, potentially informing policy on issues such as minimum unit pricing.

Rémy pushes for liqueur and spirit growth

Rémy Cointreau has promoted Panos Sarantopoulos to the post of CEO for its Liqueurs & Spirits division with a remit to speed up growth in this corner of the portfolio.

Home run smashes fan’s beer at US baseball game

This baseball fan got more than she bargained for when she sat pitch-side to enjoy her beer and watch the game.

Beer

AB InBev beats profit predictions

AB Inbev has reported profit growth this quarter exceeding industry estimates, as World Cup sales in Brazil helped balance out a US slump.

Magners hits out at Polish cider ban

C&C Group has hit out at “discriminatory” behaviour from Polish authorities, who forced it to remove advertising for cider brand Magners from team shirts during a Champions League match.

California drought affects beer production

A severe drought in California is affecting the amount of beer the state’s many craft breweries can produce –as demand continues to sky-rocket.

Man’s beer belly stars in maternity shoot

A man’s beer belly was the star of a recent maternity photo shoot after his pregnant wife refused to take part, raising many a smile across the web.

Disabled winemakers tend Japanese winery

The Wine Explorers sit down with Ikegami Chieko and Machiko Ochi – two women at the helm of a “beautiful project” introducing disabled students to winemaking.

by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Enter the beer-co-pop

With dozens of big beer brands jumping on the alcopop bandwagon, Dan Fox ponders whether this emerging category will stand the test of time. by Dan Fox

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
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WHISK(E)Y

Caorunn third Scot distillery to go green

The distillery which produces Caorunn gin is to become the third Scottish distillery to install eco-friendly boilers thanks to funding from the UK Green Investment Bank.

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.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 beers in the world press

A beer named after its brewery’s resident dog and an English brew made from banana bread have been making their mark in the world press this week.

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.

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Fine Wine

Faiveley buys Billaud-Simon

Burgundian producer Domaine Faiveley has made a significant first step into Chablis with the acquisition of Domaine Billaud-Simon.

Winds of change in the fine wine market?

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 50 has held steady for the past few weeks and July is set to be one of the strongest months of trading this year – are things finally looking up for the fine wine market?

Lidl reconciles fine wine with budget image

Lidl has insisted that its move into higher priced wines does not undermine the European discount retailer’s budget-friendly reputation.

Merchant taps into mature wine demand

A new UK-based wine merchant is attracting international customers by basing its business entirely on sales of mature wine.

Champagne

Champagne maker on trial for looting

A Champagne producer has been put on trial after looting hundreds of historic French sites for artefacts to indulge his passion for archaeology.

LVMH profits hit by China slump

Destocking in China continued to impact Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in the second half of 2014, which has posted a 15% drop in profits in its wine and spirits portfolio.

World’s first Champagne ice lolly launches

While Bolly lollies sound like something made up by Edina and Patsy of Absolutely Fabulous to see them through the summer, the world’s first Champagne ice lolly has gone on sale in the UK.

Top 10 Champagne brands

As the battle for Champagne supremacy continues, we round up the region’s top 10 leading brands by volume.

Moët unveils new bar at Royal Albert Hall

Moët & Chandon has opened its new Champagne bar at the Royal Albert Hall.