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Saturday 25 October 2014

    Austria steps up sparkling ambitions

    The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced a new three-tier quality hierarchy for the country’s sparkling wines as it seek to raise the profile of this style.

    Chablis has ‘brand strength of Champagne’

    The strength of “brand Chablis” and its pulling power in terms of driving sales is on a par with Champagne according to one leading producer in the region.

    ‘Sonic’ decanter ready to launch

    A decanter that claims to be able to improve the taste of wine using sound waves is on the cusp of being commercialised via a Kickstarter campaign.

HK in pictures

Champagne suppers, floating restaurants, portfolio tastings and a visit to the printers – db‘s in need of a lie-down.

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Guinness launches ‘ultra-premium’ ale

A limited-edition amber ale brewed with both beer and whisky malt has become the first in a new Signature Series line launched by Guinness.

Alcohol found to improve memory

Far from impairing your memory, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol in later life could actually help improve it.

Pinot Noir-finished whiskey released

Brown Forman’s Woodford Reserve is to release a whiskey finished in a Pinot Noir barrel.

Game of Thrones wine montage

Ever wondered what the characters on Game of Thrones get up to when they’re not killing people or having sex?

Beer

C&C joins bidding war for UK pub group

Irish cider maker C&C has seen a surprise initial takeover bid for the UK’s Spirit Pub Company rejected in favour of an earlier, lower bidder.

Tesco chairman steps down amid turmoil

Tesco has been found to have overstated its profits by £263m, £14m more than first thought, as it revealed today that its post-tax profits are down 92%.

Lucasfilm objects to ‘Strikes Bock’ beer

A brewery’s attempt to trademark its Star Wars-themed “Empire Strikes Bock” beer has raised the ire of Lucasfilm.

Top 10 beers in the world press

Dinosaur puns, golfing stars and fruity offerings all feature in this week's roundup of beers making their mark in the world press.

Could Budweiser be better than craft beer?

The simple answer: “It already is.”

by Dan Fox

Wine: The ‘Kevin Bacon of industries’

“Wine is the Kevin Bacon of industries. It’s related to art, music, food, people. It links everything to everything”, according to winemaker Aline Baly. by Tania Teschke

Top 5 ‘off-the-beaten-path’ white grapes

While most of us would balk at the prospect of choosing from only a handful of meal options, we often fall into exactly that rut when it comes to wine. by Joe Roberts

The future of the primeurs system

Christian Seely, managing director of Château Pichon Baron owner Axa Millésime, reflects on the future of the primeurs system in Bordeaux. by Christian Seely
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World Bulk Wine Exhibition
Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 Nov - 25 Nov, 2014
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Junior Sales Executive – On Trade Wine

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London Office Administrator

Starting salary c. £25,000 per annum plus generous benefits.

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Portfolio Ambassador

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Executive Assistant, Europe & Middle East

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Fine Wine

Q&A with Jorge Nuñes

Symington Family Estates Asia Pacific marketing manager, Jorge Nuñes, on the market for rare Port in the region as the company prepares to launch the Grahams’ 1882 Ne Oublie in Hong Kong.

Liv-ex launches SIB Passport

In its quest to simplify and speed up fine wine trading, Liv-ex have just introduced a system to check the condition of individual bottles.

Harrods’ top 10 bestsellers

Harrods’ wine buyer, Ed Gerard, reveals the top-grossing wines and spirits at the famous Knightsbridge store in the year to date.

Auction tests demand for cult California

A Wally’s wine auction in New York this Friday could be a bellwether for the popularity of cult Californians such as Screaming Eagle.