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Monday 6 July 2015

    Champagne and Burgundy join UNESCO list

    Producers in Champagne and Burgundy are celebrating the addition of their vineyards and cellars to the UNESCO world heritage list.

    The Proust Q&A: Darren Rathbone

    The CEO and group chief winemaker of the Rathbone Group talks to db about having no time for regrets and dining with David Attenborough.

    How to drink like a billionaire

    With access to tropical islands, private yachts and the best food and drink that money can buy, the life of a billionaire can be a decadent one.

10 of Hong Kong’s oldest bars

To commemorate the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover on 1 July 1997, we bring you a list of some of the city’s oldest drinking holes.

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Danish festival recycles urine to make beer

The Roskilde festival in Denmark is hoping to collect 25,000 litres of “waste liquid” this year which will be “beercycled” into brews of the future.

Bierzo & Valdeorras in pictures

A recent trip to Galicia took in gorgeous Godellos, meaty Mencías, gnarly vines, panting pilgrims, bearded wine wizards, a rising star and an adorable pup.

Champagne needs to ‘create a new occasion’

Champagne needs to “create a new occasion” and better communicate its brand if it is to recruit new consumers to the category, believes the managing director of Nicolas Feuillatte.

Watch Sweden’s synchronised swimmers perform drunk

An alcohol awareness campaign has highlighted the dangers of drinking and diving by getting Stockholm’s male synchronised swimming team drunk.

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The week in pictures

Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer wines spanning 12 vintages feature in this week’s round up of drinks industry events.

Diageo ‘shelves’ £240m Chinese scheme

Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly postponed work on a £237 million construction project to build a liquor-producing industrial park in Chengdu.

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting wine sales to be up 38% since it introduced a premium range last year.

UK reviewing alcohol intake guidelines

Health officials are to review the government’s drinking guidelines, as research linking moderate drinking to cancer leads to increased pressure from medics.

Coors Light heads home

Sometimes, the route to excellence is a process of devolution rather than evolution.

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Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, declares Colorado cook-turned-winemaker John Barbier. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Wearable technology and the data driven night out

Ed Southerden, senior planner at creative communications agency Bray Leino, examines what the Apple Watch might mean for the drinks market. by Ed Southerden

Is powder the future of food?

A powdered food brand has launched in the UK that aims to change the way people consume, treating food as fuel rather than one of life’s great pleasures. by Lucy Shaw
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Fine Wine

Is fine wine turning a corner?

The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index is finally showing a year-on-year gain as it rose 0.9% in June to close 3.4% up on the same level in June 2014.

Is Parker wrong about the 05 Médocs?

With no Médoc wines gaining 100-points in Robert Parker’s retrospective of the 2005 vintage, one firm has asked: “Has the time come to just ignore Parker’s view of the 05s?”

Louis Latour Agencies signs Gosset

Louis Latour Agencies marked its 25th anniversary last night with the announcement that it has taken on UK distribution for Champagne Gosset.

Auction house snaps up online wine specialist

Online auction firm Bid for Wine has been sold to The Fine Art Auction Group in what its founders called “an exciting opportunity for customers”.