China a ‘huge opportunity’ for Australia
China’s post-boom hangover hit Australia far less than Bordeaux, and the potential for top-end wine is as great as ever, according to Andrew Caillard MW.
Restaurant brands hen party ‘chav trash’
A bride-to-be was left stunned after a restaurant branded guests at her hen party “the bottom of the barrel” who wouldn’t know fine dining “if it slapped them in their ugly faces”.
Hong Kong’s merchants make their fine wine recommendations for Chinese New Year – from Port to Champagne and the Rhône.
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Amid rumoured mergers and premiumisation, Amin Alkhatib, drinks analyst at Euromonitor, shares his top strategies for beer and cider in 2015.
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 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.
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.
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.
Figures have revealed the vast difference paid in tax on alcohol by EU member states, with the UK faring least favourably.
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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.
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.
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.
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.