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Tuesday 23 September 2014
Top 10 literary-inspired cocktails

For those with a penchant for literature and a hankering for a Martini this collection of cocktails inspired by some world-renowned wordsmiths is a match made in heaven.

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Tourists’ alcohol-related claims rejected

Holidaymakers unlucky enough to be involved in an accident having enjoyed a drink beforehand risk having their claims unfairly rejected.

Starbucks tests beer-flavoured latte

Coffee giant Starbucks is developing a non-alcoholic latte that tastes like Guinness.

Chile wine trends: 2. Extreme viticulture

While many changes are taking place within Chile to improve grape quality, it is the increasingly extreme plantings that is the most remarkable development.

Gerard Basset calms first date wine nerves

First dates are never easy, especially with the additional worry of picking the right wine. But never fear, Gerard Basset OBE, MW, is here to help.

Beer

Alcohol safety band praised by Microsoft

A bracelet that can detect levels of alcohol in someone’s system and “check in” to ensure the wearer is conscious has been praised by Microsoft.

Beer labels show colour of brew inside

A Spanish designer has come up with an innovative way to package beer, with its label simply depicting the colour of the brew inside.

Innis & Gunn breaks £10 million barrier

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has reported a record turnover of £10.5 million – up 15% on last year and breaking through the £10m mark for the first time.

Canadians drop booze restrictions

Trade barriers for wines and craft beers between two Canadian provinces are to be removed.

Does wine brand loyalty exist?

Reacting to Sir John Hegarty’s cutting critique of the wine trade published yesterday, David Boyer points out the “potential flaws” in his marketing proposal.

by David Boyer

Taiwan: Rice paddy vines and dragon fruit

Welcome to Taiwan, a beautiful island of 35,961 square kilometres to the South East of China where there are as many scooters as there are people. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Why is Anheuser-Busch celebrating failure?

There's an old story about August Busch III that says a lot about leadership. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs the Hamptons rosé crisis

The series examines how those holidaying in the Hamptons this weekend can beat the great rosé drought in style. by Rupert Millar
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WHISK(E)Y

Explorers’ Club settles Diageo lawsuit

Diageo will be able to sell bottles of its Explorers’ Club Whisky after signing a licensing agreement with the real-life Explorers’ Club that successfully sued it.

Scotch suffers 11% drop in exports

Scotch whisky has seen a decline in exports worth £220million in lost sales, with some markets receding by nearly 50%.

Johnnie Walker opens Asia ‘embassies’

Diageo has opened one more “Johnnie Walker House” in China, as well as two new travel retail “theatres” in Taiwan and India.

Glenlivet 50 Year Old launches at £18k

The first bottle of Glenlivet’s 50 YO from its Vintage 1964 barrel, the first in a collection of single malt whiskies aged for a half century, goes on sale at Harrods early next month.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A red made from the lesser-known Bobal grape and a Californian Chardonnay with flavours of “figs, ripe peaches and apricot” feature in this week’s round up.

Top 10 drinks tweets of the week

This week’s impressive roundup of drinks industry tweets features harvest woes, referendum chat and mind-bending illusions.

Top 10 drinks myths

From beer bellies to beer goggles, db goes myth-busting with a look at the top tall tales associated with alcohol.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Rock band Train’s new Sauvignon Blanc is given a test drive by Silfven while McIntyre highlights a “pioneering” Californian “Côtes-du-Rhône”.

Top 10 beers in the world press

This week’s top 10 roundup features hop zealots, harvest-inspired ales and lagers designed to be enjoyed while sat on the couch.

Top 10 classic cocktail tales

Some cocktails are as familiar as a well worn stool at your favourite bar. But how did these classic serves come to be part of the fabric of the drinks industry?

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Fine Wine

Acker’s first HK sale largest of 2014

Acker Merrall & Condit’s first Hong Kong sale of the autumn season proved the continuing health of the Asian auction market.

Uncorked: Tom Stopford Sackville

Goedhuis’ managing director talks about Pinot Noir, more Pinot Noir and drops a (not-so) subtle hint to Vega Sicilia about a vintage of theirs he needs to try.

Sotheby’s wine sale hits £1.6 million

Sotheby’s first London wine sale of the autumn season generated £1,674,810 ($2,729,940), hitting its pre-sale high estimate of £1.67 million.

Staples: Chinese wine boom never happened

The widely reported fine wine boom in China never really happened according to Simon Staples of Berry Bros & Rudd.

Champagne

Prosecco out-marketing Champagne

One of Champagne’s most established producers has warned that if the region doesn’t get its act together it could soon fall behind Prosecco.

France 2014: the unpredictable vintage

The run up to the 2014 vintage in France has been nothing if not erratic but, as the harvest kicks off in earnest, it may turn out alright.

Sparkling wine buoys UK drinks market

Sparkling wine was the only alcoholic drinks category to enjoy double-digit growth in the UK in the last 12 months according to a report released today.

Gin set to top Christmas wishlist

Party classics like Champagne are forecast to play second fiddle to spirits this Christmas – most especially gin, according to UK market research.

Brewery launches ‘Champagne beer’

A British brewing company has launched what it describes as a “Champagne-style” sparkling beer.