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Wednesday 29 July 2015

    A below the radar Cheval Blanc?

    Is the 2006 Cheval Blanc a “dark horse” vintage for the Saint Emilion heavyweight?

    Top 10 Macau sommeliers

    The small peninsula of Macau plays host to a wealth of wine talent. Here, db HK rounds up 10 of the country’s finest and most passionate sommeliers.

    Uncorked: William Chan

    The sommelier of the Mira hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui speaks to db about opening a 1961 Krug after winning the 1999 World’s Best Sommelier competition and seeking out the “craziest food and wine pairings.”

The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Champagne and caviar tasting, a rosé revolution, street art and a failed detox – it’s been an interesting week for the db HK team.

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‘Napoleon’s wine’ sells for £25k

A bottle of wine believed to have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte has sold for £25,000, while one of his hats made over £300,000.

Drivers who drink bottle of wine let off with fine

Drivers in an Italian province can now drink a whole bottle of wine before driving and not lose their licence.

Craft beer continues to grow in US

The latest figures from the Brewers Association show that craft beer’s rise is continuing in the US with production volumes up 16% so far this year.

Passengers’ luggage replaced with beer

Bemused passengers had their luggage replaced with free cases of beer as part of a promotional stunt by Carlsberg at London City Airport.

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Diageo goes solo in South Africa

Diageo has decided to forge its own path in the buoyant South African market, restructuring its business through the termination of a series of joint ventures.

Top 10 silliest stories of the month

Celebrating the strange, surreal, oddly ingenious and downright bizarre, we round up the month’s most offbeat drinks-related stories.

Meantime offers trip to US hop capital

London’s Meantime Brewing has announced a new promotion that will offer three customers the chance to travel to the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

Pint-sized pub launches in London

A craft beer specialist claiming to be “the smallest pub in London” has opened close to Piccadilly.

The rise of the independent pub

It is hardly news that times are tough in the UK pub industry. With pubs closing at a rate of 29 a week, publicans are being forced to be ever more inventive to stay open for business and remain profitable.

by Willem van Lynden

A taste of Spain: Boqueria, Hong Kong

The arrival of Chef Robert Petzold earlier this year marked a change in direction for Boqueria Hong Kong with its new menu, the Taste of Spain, focusing on pairing tapas with wine. by Simone Madden-Grey

‘Pink seminar’ tests HK trade’s selling skills

Just before Typhoon Linfa temporarily shut Hong Kong down for a few hours on 9 July, about 20 trade professionals gathered for Rod Smith MW’s talk “Think Pink: La Vie en Rosé”. by Ivy Ng

Raising a glass to the metrosexual urbanite

Big alcohol has looked in the mirror and decided it was time for a makeover, writes Spiros Malandrakis senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor International. by Spiros Malandrakis
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Fine Wine

2000 Clos d’Ambonnay released

The fourth vintage of Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay, the 2000, has been released with just over 5,000 bottles available.

Charles Heidsieck launches 2006 rosé

Charles Heidsieck outlined important finessing of its distribution as the Champagne house unveiled its Rosé Millésime 2006, the first since its 1999 vintage.

Employee sold company wine to pay debts

An employee of a Singaporean wine merchant illegally sold almost 15,000 bottles of company wine to pay loan sharks.

In focus: 1995 Champagne

The 1995s show impressive returns two decades on but is there actually any left to buy?