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Tuesday 28 April 2015
The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Devouring oxtail in chocolate sauce, tasting Mt Etna wines, partying Spanish style and enjoying Trimbach’s finest Riesling, it’s been a busy and decadent week for the db HK team.

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Top 10 Port releases for 2015

There used to be little sign of activity from the Port category outside an occasional vintage declaration, but in recent years that’s all changed.

High tax on spirits gives rise to black market

A total of 32 tax increases across EU countries in the past two years have encouraged the black market to flourish, a spirits trade body has claimed.

Inventor creates floating cocktail

A young British inventor inspired by Willy Wonka has created the world’s first floating cocktail using a machine he’s dubbed the “Levitron”.

Johnny Cash hits performed on beer bottles

Who wouldn’t want to see the best of country legend Johnny Cash’s back catalogue performed on beer bottles?

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Drunk woman bites policeman in China

A 29-year-old woman has been prosecuted for biting a chunk out of a policeman’s hand during a drunken night out.

Surprising celebrity craft brewers

Having achieved phenomenal growth in recent years, it’s no surprise that the craft beer scene has attracted its fair share of celebrity endorsements.

10 richest people in the UK drinks trade

As The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 reveals the wealthiest individuals in the UK and Ireland, find out who’s managed to build their fortune from the drinks trade.

Should young celebrities be banned from booze ads?

Young celebrities in South Korea could be banned from appearing in alcohol advertisements in bid to discourage alcohol consumption.

Miller Lite’s accidental success: Why it won’t last

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little good luck.

by Dan Fox

En primeur snapshot: why terroir matters

"What is this wine?” I thought to myself, after blind tasting the first growth Sauternes Château de Rayne Vigneau. by Marisa D'Vari

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
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