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Friday 23 January 2015

    The week in pictures

    Mid-morning Montrachet, subterranean swimming pools, oversized bicycles and man’s best friend – it can only be the week in pictures.

    When Burgundy meets Bordeaux

    The head of Domaine Jacques Prieur has explained how experiences in Bordeaux and Burgundy have informed major winemaking changes at the family estates in each region.

    Hill-Smith heads Aussie fine wine mission

    Yalumba’s Robert Hill-Smith has taken over as chairman of Australia’s First Families of Wine with a mission to put the country “back on the catwalk”.

Top picks from Mouton auction

The best collections and vintages to choose from at Sotheby’s upcoming Mouton Rothschild sale in Hong Kong.



Wine trade pens open letter to Bordeaux

Key figures in the UK wine industry have written an open letter to “the châteaux, courtiers and négociants of Bordeaux” pleading for lower prices in the 2014 en primeur campaign.

Professor develops synthetic alcohol

A synthetic alcohol that can replicate the sensation of feeling ‘tipsy’, but without causing a hangover, has been developed by a London scientist.

US to become NZ’s biggest market by ’16

The US is to become NZ’s largest market by volume and value by the end of this year, according to Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.

Booze thief spectacularly floored

This man’s ‘sophisticated’ plan to pinch three bottles of booze was spectacularly thwarted by an unsung crime-fighter – the one way barrier.


CAMRA urges action to save UK pubs

CAMRA has repeated calls for the UK government to help save the UK pub industry, after figures released today revealed 29 pubs are closing every week.

SAB Miller reports Chinese drop

SAB Miller is the latest drinks company to report a slump in China, as the downturn starts affecting beer rather than just spirits.

Man wearing watermelon on head arrested

A man who has frequently appeared on the Beijing metro wearing a watermelon on his head and carrying bottles of beer has been apprehended by police.

Japanese retailers tap into craft beer

The rising popularity of craft beer in Japan is causing retailers to rethink their on-shelf offerings.

Our guide to Anheuser-Busch’s SuperBowl ads

Remember the days when every SuperBowl ad was a surprise?

by Dan Fox

Cocktail Trading Co: London’s next top bar?

London's soon-to-be-opened Cocktail Trading Co. is a real bartenders bar with no hidden puppet masters and ambitions to set the bar in terms of its ethical treatment of staff. by Ross Kerslake

Miller Lite’s frothy yellow ad miscue

The new Miller Lite ads have arrived from the appointed ad agency. So what have these clever folks come up with? by Dan Fox

It’s Chilean wine, but not as we know it

Too often Chilean wine is thought of as “cheap and cheerful” and only offering simple bold fruit flavours. by Simone Madden-Grey
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Fine Wine

Bonhams opens London restaurant

Auction house Bonhams has opened a restaurant in London with rising star Tom Kemble as head chef and two masters of wine taking care of the wine list.

Bordeaux ‘outpacing’ Burgundy on Liv-ex

Bordeaux has found a level at which buyers are prepared to return to the market and is beginning to outpace Burgundy and Champagne, says Gibbs. conspiracy or cock-up?

The recent liquidation of French merchant raises a lot of questions – not least why it kept trading for so long, leading some to suspect a conspiracy.

Surging Swiss franc boosts wine trade

The Swiss already spend around €10 billion a year in cross-border shopping – a figure set to rise on the back of a devalued Euro and likely to benefit nearby wine merchants.