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Wednesday 10 February 2016
Top 9 alcoholic sweet treats

The line between hard liquor and sweet candy may be a hard one to tread, but that hasn’t stopped an array of sweet alcohol innovations from hitting the shelves. Here, we round up our favourites.

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Louis Roederer Awards open for entries

Champagne Louis Roederer has announced the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2016 is now open for entries.

Brewer holds prices due to ‘troubling’ pub closure rate

British beer producer Adnams will freeze its beer prices in support for the UK pub industry, which it says is facing “extremely challenging” conditions.

Bertrand: de Villaine showed me the biodynamic way

Languedoc legend Gerard Bertrand has revealed that his friend Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti inspired him to convert to biodynamics.

Pillocks! Helen Mirren sums up drunk drivers

Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren has been putting the world to rights by lambasting drunk drivers in a hilariously blunt advert ahead of the Super Bowl.

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Alcohol Education Trust secures £3k prize

The Alcohol Education Trust, a charity that works across the UK to teach children about safe alcohol consumption, has come runner-up in the 2016 GSK Impact awards.

Beer on the horizon for Manning

“Lots” of beer rather than retirement was foremost on quarterback Peyton Manning’s mind after his Super Bowl win.

The week in pictures

Hotdogs, honkey tonk, dinner at The Ritz, frozen cocktails, DRC and wheels of cheese all feature in this week’s round-up of drinks trade antics.

Six Nations beer Prop Hop launched

English brewer Adnams has released its latest limited edition beer, Prop Hop, to mark the start of the 2016 Six Nations Championship this weekend.

The Wine Explorers: Brazil

In the latest episode to appear on db, December 2014 saw the Wine Explorers land in Brazil to see what vinous delights it had to offer.

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Heineken is insulting its drinkers with latest ad

Heineken is insulting its drinkers, using whiny women to sell less beer – maybe a lot less. by Dan Fox

Don’t count out Bordeaux

Despite the doom and gloom headlines, you really can't afford to leave Bordeaux out of your portfolio. by db_staff

The Wine Explorers: Bolivia to Uruguay

In the latest update from The Wine Explorers, our intrepid travellers arrive in Uruguay to taste their way through the country's wines. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot
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WHISK(E)Y

Scotch trade pushes for tax cut

The Scotch Whisky Association has met British Treasury officials this week to call for a 2% cut in spirits duty.

Super premium whiskey drives US spirits growth

Continued demand for super premium American whiskey contributed to another year of “steady growth” for US spirits, with sales reaching nearly US$72 billion in 2015.

Diageo ‘resilient’ in first half despite currency woes

Diageo has reported value sales growth of 1.8% and volume growth of 1% in the first six months of the year, with chief executive Ivan Menezes saying the company has “momentum and resilience”.

SWA calls for further 2% spirits tax cut

The Scotch Whisky Association has today launched a campaign calling for a further 2% cut in spirits duty in the upcoming UK Budget.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A search for the birthplace of wine occupies one British writer this week, while New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and value Pinot Noir make up the other top picks.

Top 10 wines in the US press

The Old World stalwarts of France, Italy and Portugal have made a big standing in the American press picks for this week, including a special focus on Marsannay.

Top 6 Rieslings priced over £15

We take a look at the best performing wines priced over £15 in The Drinks Business Riesling Global Masters, all of which were awarded a coveted Master.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Supermarket own-labels and unconventional New Zealand offerings make up some of the top picks among British wine writers this week.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Oregon Pinot Noir once again makes a stellar showing in this week’s press round-up, as do Argentine reds and a native Slovenian variety.

Best value Rieslings under £15

We round up the wines that achieved a silver medal or higher in the Drinks Business 2015 Global Riesling Masters, and what’s more, are priced at £15 or less.

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Fine Wine

Time to look at the first growths again?

With Bordeaux prices still approaching a nadir, are the first growths back to competitive, attractive prices?

Mouton to shrink en primeur offering

From the 2015 vintage, Bordeaux first growth Château Mouton Rothschild will be offering fewer wines en primeur due to a rising demand for wines in bottle.

Bordeaux leads Fine Wine 1000 in January

Following in the footsteps of the Fine Wine 100, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index also made gains in January with Bordeaux leading the way.

Bordeaux ’06: ‘More Kilimanjaro than Everest’

A recent tasting confirmed that the Bordeaux 2006 vintage doesn’t quite reach the heights of the 2005, but its high points are still impressive.

Champagne

Chardonnay is ‘the white truffle’ of Champagne

Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, president of Château Mouton Rothschild, has made Chardonnay his focus at his Champagne project as he believes the grape to be the “white truffle” of the region.

Deutz teams up with Garsington Opera

Champagne Deutz is to be the official Champagne partner for the 2016 season of the Garsington Opera in Buckinghamshire.

Moët pop-up school returns to London

Champagne Moët & Chandon’s Moët Academy pop-up is to return to London in March – promising visitors a ‘world preview’ of the house’s soon-to-be-released Grand Vintage Rosé 2008.

Hambledon to almost double production in 2016

The Hampshire sparkling wine producer Hambledon is aiming to almost double output this year, from 120,000 bottles to 200,000 bottles, winemaker Antoine Arnault says.

9,000 bottles of fake Moët seized in Italy

Italian police have seized over 9,000 bottles of fake Moët & Chandon Champagne from a shed in the countryside near Padua in northern Italy.