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Friday 27 March 2015

    Top 10 curious cocktail garnishes

    From roast chicken and batteries to raw fish and beef, this collection of bartenders certainly don’t suffer from a lack of creativity when its comes to their cocktail garnishes.

    Stoli belongs to Russian state in Benelux, court rules

    SPI Group has lost control of its Stolichnaya brand in the Benelux region after a Dutch court ruled it belonged to the Russian state.

    Top 10 wines in the US press

    Kosher wines perfect for Passover, an LBV Port with inviting “dark berry aromas” and an “exquisite” Brunello makes for an eclectic round up.

Top 10 Spanish restaurants in Hong Kong

Along with the influx of top Iberian wine, Hong Kong is welcoming an armada of Spanish eateries.

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The Ivy bar sells for £31,000 at auction

The Ivy restaurant’s private bar sold for 30 times more than its estimate at a charity auction fetching £31,250.

McConaughey to star in Billionaire’s Vinegar

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey is to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, a film based on a book of the same name which details one of the world’s most infamous wine frauds.

Jascots taps into keg wine trend

UK wine merchant Jascots has launched a range of wines on tap aimed at casual dining restaurants, where a thirst is growing for wine in kegs.

Kirin unveils beer bottle sushi orchestra

Proving that beer bottles have more uses than just drinking, this novel ode to Japan is a masterclass in sushi-making and viral marketing.

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Duty cuts slow alcohol price increases

UK off-trade alcohol prices slowed to less than half of last year’s since the Government scrapped the alcohol duty escalator, according to research published by the WSTA.

‘Feminist’ beer launched in Brazil

A “feminist” beer has been launched in Brazil by a group of activists hoping to challenge the way women are portrayed in the advertising industry.

Beer and bacteria dress to debut in Milan

A dress grown from beer and bacteria is set to premiere at the World Expo 2015 in Milan.

Cameron gifts “Co-ale-ition” beer to cabinet

To mark the end of the coalition government, British Prime Minister David Cameron gifted his cabinet with bottles of “Co-ale-ition” beer.

Diageo’s World Class 2015: the next steps

Diageo’s Word Class cocktail competition has seen significant changes this year, not least to its structure and its challenges.

by Ross Kerslake

BIVB boosts Burgundy with virtual tastings

"Bourgogne wines, live and direct in 25 cities around the world!" This is the tag line for a series of interactive presentations being hosted around the world by the BIVB. by Simone Madden-Grey

Craft beer: fasten your seat belts

Over the past couple of months, the craft-beer business has experienced more than its share of uncharacteristic bumpiness. by Dan Fox

Bud’s ‘brewed the hard way’ goes social

Advertising that only entertains and doesn't contribute to changing behaviour, is a waste of money, writes Dan Fox, as he deconstructs Budweiser's latest efforts. by Dan Fox
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German wine in ‘strong demand’ at Sotheby’s sale

Sotheby’s latest London sale saw strong demand for the wines of Egon Müller alongside the usual top selling Burgundies of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Saint Emilion ‘A’s not on the same level?

A blind tasting of the Saint Emilion grands crus classés A across several vintages saw Angelus and Pavie lag behind fellow “A”s Cheval Blanc and Ausone, leading one critic to suggest they are “not on the same level”.

AWC lawsuit over fake Yquem thrown out

A lawsuit levelled at fine wine merchant the Antique Wine Company over “fake” Château d’Yquem has been thrown out of an Atlanta court but proceedings could now move to the UK.

California must think small to be great

California may no longer be trying to ape Burgundy’s style, but there is a growing belief that producers must recreate the smaller-scale structure of the Côte d’Or to reach the same quality heights.