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Wednesday 16 April 2014
12 winemakers to watch in Champagne

We round up a dozen chef de caves in the making who are helping to make their houses sparkle with their passion, energy and technical nous.


Russia’s illegal vodka market takes hold

Russia’s illegal vodka trade accounted for 55% of the country’s entire vodka market in 2013, while legal vodka production dropped by 17% in this year’s first quarter.

Bordeaux 2013: Kirwan and Climens

After a busy day yesterday, Margaux third growth Château Kirwan and Sauternes first growth Château Climens were this morning’s key releases.

Wine thieves jailed for two years

Two men who stole wines from some of Bordeaux’s most prestigious Chateaux have been jailed.

Fine Wine Market News

Every week the team at Aston Lovell, the fine wine trading platform, brings you the latest news from the fine wine investment market


UK alcohol consumption at 23-year low

New figures released by the BBPA have confirmed a drop in UK alcohol consumption of 2.1% in 2013 – the lowest level recorded since 1990.

Gadget geeks invent sonic beer foamer

A gadget-loving company has created an ultra-sonic device which it says will ensure your beer will always have the perfect head and will never go flat.

Scottish brewer relaunches as Black Wolf Brewery

Scottish brewers, Traditional Scottish Ales, is relaunching as the Black Wolf Brewery.

Dad refused beer after checkout joke

A father was refused alcohol at a supermarket checkout after an “over zealous” cashier overheard him joking about giving the beer to his young daughter.

Réunion island: A French wine discovery

Our African tour gave us the perfect excuse to visit La Réunion – a French Island east of Madagascar.

by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Big Beer’s idea of innovation? More alcohol

Exactly what Colt 45's legendary spokesperson, Billy Dee WIlliams, meant by "works every time" was left to the imagination. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs gravity

How is the movement of the fine wine market like Felix Baumgartner’s leap from the edge of space? What goes up… by Rupert Millar

Wines of Portugal: London tasting

Portugal continues to make beautiful waves in the wine trade. Of all countries, it is hard to find one which offers better value for money. by Robin Goldsmith
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Diageo bids £1bn for control of United Spirits

Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s new chief executive, has bid £1.13bn for control of India’s United Spirits, the sub-continent’s dominant spirits group.

Beckham’s whisky deal slammed by charity

David Beckham has been criticised by an alcohol awareness charity for sending a “confusing message” to children after signing up to promote a new whisky.

Top 10 new products

March saw the launch of a new range of Argentine sparkling wines, a whisky endorsed by David Beckham and a new look for Louis Roederer.

Roca brothers hook up with The Macallan

Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca of the “world’s best restaurant”, El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, have collaborated with single malt Scotch, The Macallan.

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Top 10 wines in the UK press

Matthew Jukes picks an “incredible” Albariño for Easter, while David Williams recommends an Italian “creditable cheapie” from Aldi.

Top 10 beers in the world press

Tina Danze picks a golden ale perfect for introducing “lager loyalists” to craft beer, while Todd Haefer reviews the first beer from the Trappist monks of Massachusetts.

Top 10 ways to recycle a barrel

Wine barrels have many uses beyond their undoubtedly most important role in winemaking. We take a look at some of the best.

Top 8 Singapore restaurants

The vibrant city-state of Singapore saw eight of its restaurants make it into the top 50 of the 2014 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Olly Smith picks a South African red which he said was as “intense as a hug from a giant”, while Terry Kirby recommends a “smooth and silky” Beaujolais.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Dennis Sodomka picks a budget “blockbuster” blend, while Sandra Silfven discovers a “unique” $50 Pinot Noir perfect for “special guests”.

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Fine Wine

LVMH buys first Burgundy vineyard

Luxury goods giant, LVMH, has acquired its first Burgundy vineyard having bought the 14th century Clos des Lambrays.

Bordeaux 2013: Calon, Cantemerle and Canon

Haut Bailly, Canon and Doisy-Daëne were the big names out this morning representing the Left Bank, Right Bank and Sauternes.

Top 10 best value wines of Bordeaux 2013

The top wines of the Bordeaux 2013 vintage expected to be the best value, as chosen by the trade for Liv-ex’s survey.

Bordeaux 2013: Cos offers meagre drop

Saint-Estèphe second growth, Cos d’Estournel, has released with a meagre drop on its 2012 price of just 8.4% – a level unlikely to find much praise among merchants.


UK Champagne shipments drop 5.1%

UK Champagne shipments slipped by 5.1% in volume and 3.8% in value last year as the economy continued its recovery.

Skinny Champagne to launch rosé

Just days after db announced the launch of “Skinny Rosé” by Finest Fizz, we bring you news that the original Skinny Champagne is to add a pink variant.

Champagne Drappier chef de cave joins Nicolas Feuillatte

Champagne Drappier’s Guillaume Roffiaen has joined The Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte as its director of winemaking and quality.

Rising reserves causing sugar levels to fall in Champagne

Falling sugar levels in Brut NV Champagne are a result of both warmer conditions in the region, but also the rising proportion of reserve wines used in today’s blends.

Wine and opera part 13: Die Fledermaus

Wine and Opera heads for Vienna for a pre-show souper and a rousing tribute to the kings of wine – Tokay and Champagne.