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Thursday 5 March 2015
Wine picks for Chinese New Year

Hong Kong’s merchants make their fine wine recommendations for Chinese New Year – from Port to Champagne and the Rhône.



Top strategies for beer and cider in 2015

Amid rumoured mergers and premiumisation, Amin Alkhatib, drinks analyst at Euromonitor, shares his top strategies for beer and cider in 2015.

Aldi to sell ‘wagyu’ beef burgers

Discount supermarket Aldi has upped the stakes in the fine foods department with plans to sell Japan’s famed delicacy wagyu beef in the form of burgers.

Diageo invests $400m in Don Julio

Diageo has confirmed its commitment to Don Julio Tequila by pledging $400 million in its future, with plans to expand production and build a heritage centre in Jalisco.

Time-lapse drawing brings glass to life

Watch as this mesmerising time-lapse video follows the creation of an impressively hyperrealistic absinthe glass.


Osborne to cut beer duty in UK budget

The Chancellor George Osborne will “definitely” cut duty on beer for the third year in a row when he announces the UK Budget later this month, according to reports.

Last chance to enter db Green Awards

Entries for The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015, which seek to reward green initiatives in the drinks trade, will close at the end of this month.

Top 10 highest taxed EU countries for BWS

Figures have revealed the vast difference paid in tax on alcohol by EU member states, with the UK faring least favourably.

Brewery takes on Magners in High Court

A UK brewery has launched legal action against Magners over claims the cider giant has infringed on its trademark for its Hazy Hog cider.

‘Coravin works’, say 160 wine professionals

In 2013 wine device Coravin was triumphantly launched onto the market amid claims it was a “game changer”. Today, the verdict is in.

by Kate Parham Kordsmeier

How to make an ad as effective as Budweiser’s

We might have been forgiven for thinking the world's largest brewer just didn't understand how advertising works – until SuperBowl XLIX demonstrated otherwise. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs the successors

Robert Parker has finally named a successor to his en primeur empire but will other wine critics now attempt to seize power and how bloody will the struggle for supremacy be? by Rupert Millar

Irish craft beers you should be drinking

Craft beer in Ireland has taken off with the industry tripling in size since 2011. by Brian O’Shea
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Pétrus and Champagne to lead Christie’s HK sale

A 57 bottle vertical of Pétrus and prestige Champagne cuvées from Salon, Krug, Gosset and Selosse will lead Christie’s next Hong Kong sale this month.

Liv-ex 100 falls 0.4% in February

It is hardly “hold the front page” news, but last month’s dip in the Liv-ex 100 was a little disappointing after such a strong January.

Top 10 bestsellers at Cambridge Wine Merchants

One of the UK’s top independent merchants reveals its bestsellers of the past year, and why 2014 is “a watershed vintage” for Bordeaux en primeur.

Uncorked: Robert Betz MW

Bob Betz MW, winemaker at the Betz Family Winery in Washington State, on ambition, arrogance and how a bottle of 1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sparked his love of wine.