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Thursday 3 September 2015
HK’s Mahalo launches ‘Sunset Hour’ cocktails

Hong Kong’s take on a Polynesian cocktail bar, Mahalo Tiki Lounge has added a spectacular cocktail list as part of its ongoing Sunset Hour promotion.

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Barossa star hails Chile’s ‘exciting’ Syrah scope

Chile is “only just scratching the surface” with Syrah, suggests former Penfolds Grange winemaker John Duval, as he outlined some potential routes forward for the country with this variety.

Wine scam director receives 11-year ban

The director of a fraudulent wine investment firm, Capital Bordeaux Investments, has been banned from running a company for 11 years after conning at least 10 people out of £60,000.

Champagne AR Lenoble launches honey brand

Champagne house AR Lenoble in the Côte des Blancs has launched its own vintage honey made by 70,000 busy bees on its estate.

Stoli: make your own origami cocktail menu

Stoli vodka has created an origami-based cocktail menu to mark the launch of its Lotus series, a quartet of cocktails served four ways.

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Alcohol tax revenue ‘outweighs cost of abuse’

The cost of dealing with the results of alcohol abuse in England is significantly smaller than the tax revenue brought in from alcohol duty, a new study has found.

Kids should learn about alcohol ‘at age 9’

Parents wondering about when to tell their children about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption should discuss it with their kids at age 9, a report into child health says.

Students set up pop-up bar on Ben Nevis

A group of students set up a pop-up bar on the summit of Ben Nevis after hauling a nine-gallon barrel of beer and pint glasses to its peak.

The week in pictures

A taxidermy taxi, vintage cocktails, Bourbon masterclass and a stunning soiree at London’s Somerset House to mark the start of the Rugby World Cup – it’s the week in pictures.

Own-label gin can’t use provenance to boost sales

Own-label gins might be beating some of the big brands in blind taste tests, but can they compete in terms of design and packaging? asks Bernard Gormley.

by Bernard Gormley

Five threats to the continued rise of craft beer

Dan Fox lays out the factors conspiring against the continued rise of craft beer, and how brewers can minimise the threat to their brand. by Dan Fox

Mexico: the pioneer of the Americas

When discussing the wine of the Americas we first think of the United States, Argentina or Chile, even Brazil or Uruguay, but certainly not Mexico, which is ironic given that it is the oldest wine destination in the Americas. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

SA’s Boschendal backs premium push in Asia

South Africa "got it wrong" and should have marketed its sparkling wines as Méthode Cap Classique, not South African sparkling wine, from the beginning, according to Boschendal's white and sparkling winemaker Lizelle Gerber. by Ivy Ng
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Sotheby’s kicks off London season

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HK’s Kerry Wines to host ‘Rendezvous’ tasting

With a focus on premium châteaux and domaines, Hong Kong-based merchant Kerry Wines will present over 60 wines at its consumer and trade event in November.

Hopes high for a vintage Port year

Could 2015 prove a vintage year for Port? Symington Family Estates has pointed to “potentially outstanding” quality as it prepares to start harvest next week.