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Tuesday 17 January 2017 loc: HK

    Johnnie Walker launches CNY Blue Label range

    Capitalizing on the upcoming Chinese New Year, Johnnie Walker has unveiled its collectors’ Blue Label range which commemorates the Year of the Rooster.

    Lafite’s premium weakens further

    Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.

    dbHK eats: Alzina

    Warm Spanish hospitality awaited the dbHK team on a cold winter’s night at Alzina, a new Spanish outpost in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hong Kong’s heritage captured in cocktails

From Mr Wu’s famous Hot Sauce to the verdant peace of the New Territories, the entrepreneurial, restless spirit of Hong Kong has been encapsulated in a series of cocktails created by the InterContinental Hotel.

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André Simon Awards: ‘Chianti Classico’

In the run up to the André Simon Awards later this month, we present the first in a series of extracts from the books shortlisted in the ‘drinks’ category.

Etienne de Montille to open winery in Japan

Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Original UB40 members launch Red Red Wine

Three original members of the Brummie reggae hit-making band UB40 have launched a Red Red Wine.

Budweiser launches Helen Mirren ‘Super Bowl’ ad in UK

Budweiser has launched its biggest responsible drinking campaign in the UK, centred around the Super Bowl’ advert featuring Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren.

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Chinese New Year around the world

The dbHK team have rounded up some of the most popular food and drink pairings around the world in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

Starbucks pulls alcohol from US stores

Starbucks is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.

Uzbekistan raises duty on domestic alcohol

Uzbekistan has raised excise duties for domestically produced alcoholic beverages, but will maintain excise duties for imported products.

Social drinking ‘good for your health’

New research has shown that moderate, casual drinking with friends may be linked to overall health benefits.

Itata: a regional focus

Simone Madden-Grey – aka The Happy Wine Woman – takes a close look at the vineyards of Chile’s Itata Valley.

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What trends will shape the drinks trade in 2017?

Neil Anderson of Kingsland Drinks looks into his crystal ball to see what the big political decisions of 2016 could mean for the drinks industry, and the trends that we'll be chasing into the new year. by Neil Anderson

Tequila & mezcal… what’s happening?

Wine & Spirit International's Dale Sklar looks at the mounting crisis for the Tequila industry as a chronic shortage of Blue Agave plants – which are used to make the spirit – cause huge price increases. by db_staff

The trouble with cider

Pete Hayes, co-founder and director of design agency PB Creative, laments the struggles of cider, which while already maintaining only a tiny share of the UK market, actually declined by 6% this year. by Pete Hayes
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iDealwine update: the Jura’s out

Wines from France’s Jura region are starting to make a splash, and are reaching record prices at iDealwine auctions. What has caused this uptick in interest and can this rise in popularity be sustained in the long run?

Fine wine investment: portfolio diversification

Philip Staveley of Amphora Portfolio Management explains how diversification of one’s fine wine portfolio can help to maintain a measure of control over risk exposure.

2016 ends on a high for fine wine

The Liv-ex fine wine 100 and 1000 indices ended 2016 with further positive gains and broke new records.

German fine wine sales ‘incredible’, says Justerini

In what may be a surprise to many in the trade, sales of German wine in 2016 have been “incredible”, according to fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks.