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Saturday 5 September 2015
The week in pictures

The definitive round-up of the goings-on in the drinks trade, this week we feature some “sexist” wallpaper, we christen some new cocktails, and enjoy the splendours of one of London’s most grand hotels.

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Uruguayan brand sets sights on supermarkets

The team behind Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón has launched a new range of wines to help expand its presence into the multiple retail sector.

Generate your own hipster menu

You can now choose the exquisitely “curated” menu for your painfully ahead-of-trend eatery with the minimum of fuss thanks to a handy generator.

Bouchon makes ‘wild’ wine from País

Chilean producer Bouchon Family Wines has launched the country’s first “wild” wine made from untrained vines.

Stoli: make your own origami cocktail menu

Stoli vodka has created an origami-based cocktail menu to mark the launch of its Lotus series, a quartet of cocktails served four ways.

Beer

Diageo launches non-alcoholic Guinness

Drinks giant Diageo is trialling a non-alcoholic version of Guinness in Asia in response to a government crackdown on alcohol consumption in Indonesia.

Alcohol tax revenue ‘outweighs cost of abuse’

The cost of dealing with the results of alcohol abuse in England is significantly smaller than the tax revenue brought in from alcohol duty, a new study has found.

Kids should learn about alcohol ‘at age 9’

Parents wondering about when to tell their children about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption should discuss it with their kids at age 9, a report into child health says.

Students set up pop-up bar on Ben Nevis

A group of students set up a pop-up bar on the summit of Ben Nevis after hauling a nine-gallon barrel of beer and pint glasses to its peak.

Own-label gin can’t use provenance to boost sales

Own-label gins might be beating some of the big brands in blind taste tests, but can they compete in terms of design and packaging? asks Bernard Gormley.

by Bernard Gormley

Five threats to the continued rise of craft beer

Dan Fox lays out the factors conspiring against the continued rise of craft beer, and how brewers can minimise the threat to their brand. by Dan Fox

Mexico: the pioneer of the Americas

When discussing the wine of the Americas we first think of the United States, Argentina or Chile, even Brazil or Uruguay, but certainly not Mexico, which is ironic given that it is the oldest wine destination in the Americas. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

SA’s Boschendal backs premium push in Asia

South Africa "got it wrong" and should have marketed its sparkling wines as Méthode Cap Classique, not South African sparkling wine, from the beginning, according to Boschendal's white and sparkling winemaker Lizelle Gerber. by Ivy Ng
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WHISK(E)Y

Work begins on new Glenlivet site

Work has begun on the new distillery at The Glenlivet which will “significantly” increase capacity for the single malt.

Pernod perked up by ‘strong’ UK market

The performance of Pernod Ricard’s UK arm has been “remarkable”, according to Gilles Bogaert, the French group’s finance director.

Hullett House hosts ‘Ladies Who Whisky’ events

Tapping into Hong Kong’s current trend for whisky tasting, Hullett House has launched a series of whisky workshops, aimed solely at women.

Absolut write-down hits Pernod profits

Pernod Ricard saw sales rise by 8% to almost €8.56 billion in the year to the end of June, but a €404 million write down of its Absolut vodka brand caused net profits to fall by 15%.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week’s collection of US wine tips features a successful search for good value Pinot Noir, a consideration of canned wine and a 40th anniversary celebration.

10 wine labels with a sense of humour

Wine is for more than just drinking, it’s for entertaining, as this collection of creative and humorous wine labels prove.

Top 10 artists’ wine labels

From Emin to Dalì, Picasso to Warhol, we round up some of the most striking wine labels designed by some of the world’s most prominent artists.

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week’s round up features the “Goldilocks” of Sauvignon Blanc, a Grenache Blanc from one of California’s original “Rhône Rangers” and the inaugural vintage from Tuscan estate Petrolo.

Top 10 bizarre body-based drinks

From whale secretions and beard yeast to pig’s blood and porn stars, the drinks trade has thrown up all manner of bizarre beverages in recent years.

Top 10 new craft beer releases

We round up some of the most interesting craft beer releases announced in recent weeks, including a pair of breakfast-themed brews and an homage to Game of Thrones.

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Fine Wine

Fine Wine steady in August

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 and 1000 indices saw a small gain and a small decline respectively in August.

Trader denies £350,000 wine fraud

A wine trader has appeared in court to deny conning investors out of £350,000 for expensive bottles of Bordeaux and Champagne that never existed.

Sotheby’s kicks off London season

Sotheby’s will begin its autumn season in London later this month with the sale of a “Great Bordeaux Cellar”.

HK’s Kerry Wines to host ‘Rendezvous’ tasting

With a focus on premium châteaux and domaines, Hong Kong-based merchant Kerry Wines will present over 60 wines at its consumer and trade event in November.

Champagne

Champagne AR Lenoble launches honey brand

Champagne house AR Lenoble in the Côte des Blancs has launched its own vintage honey made by 70,000 busy bees on its estate.

Moët releases €450 multi-vintage Champagne

Champagne house Moët & Chandon has released a few thousand bottles of a new multi-vintage prestige cuvée Champagne priced at €450 a bottle.

Pol Roger launches Churchill 2004

Champagne Pol Roger has launched the 2004 vintage of its Sir Winston Churchill prestige cuvée.

Harvest begins in Champagne

The 2015 harvest in Champagne is set to begin with the fruit in “perfect” health and yields of 10,000 kg per hectare reported.

Champagne cork grounds plane

Damage caused by an errant Champagne cork forced the pilot of an easyJet plane to make an emergency landing.