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Wednesday 10 February 2016

    Uncorked: Thibaut Pontailler

    Thibaut Pontallier – the co-founder of Pont des Arts and son of Paul Pontailler, general manager of Château Margaux – on his greatest vices and having The Doors round for dinner.

    Time to look at the first growths again?

    With Bordeaux prices still approaching a nadir, are the first growths back to competitive, attractive prices?

    dbHK showcases the best of the Douro

    Still wines, Tawny and Ruby Ports, Single Quintas and field blends all came under the spotlight with dbHK’s latest wine masterclass – A Day in the Douro.

Chinese-inspired cocktails at HK’s Mod Bar

Exotic eastern ingredients such as lychee, kyoho grape liqueur and jasmine tea abound in these new cocktails by Tycoon Tann’s The Mod Bar.



Louis Roederer Awards open for entries

Champagne Louis Roederer has announced the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2016 is now open for entries.

Brewer holds prices due to ‘troubling’ pub closure rate

British beer producer Adnams will freeze its beer prices in support for the UK pub industry, which it says is facing “extremely challenging” conditions.

Bertrand: de Villaine showed me the biodynamic way

Languedoc legend Gerard Bertrand has revealed that his friend Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti inspired him to convert to biodynamics.

Pillocks! Helen Mirren sums up drunk drivers

Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren has been putting the world to rights by lambasting drunk drivers in a hilariously blunt advert ahead of the Super Bowl.


Slovenian town to build beer fountain

Visitors to a town in Slovenia could soon have pints poured from a fountain rather than the bar, if plans for a fountain that spouts beer instead of water go ahead.

Alcohol Education Trust secures £3k prize

The Alcohol Education Trust, a charity that works across the UK to teach children about safe alcohol consumption, has come runner-up in the 2016 GSK Impact awards.

Beer on the horizon for Manning

“Lots” of beer rather than retirement was foremost on quarterback Peyton Manning’s mind after his Super Bowl win.

The week in pictures

Hotdogs, honkey tonk, dinner at The Ritz, frozen cocktails, DRC and wheels of cheese all feature in this week’s round-up of drinks trade antics.

Notable pigs and metal tigers

Last week we pointed out that Mouton 2000 had enjoyed a stellar performance, such a performance, indeed, as might have been expected in the Chinese “Year of the Ram”.

by Philip Staveley

The Wine Explorers: Brazil

In the latest episode to appear on db, December 2014 saw the Wine Explorers land in Brazil to see what vinous delights it had to offer. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Heineken is insulting its drinkers with latest ad

Heineken is insulting its drinkers, using whiny women to sell less beer – maybe a lot less. by Dan Fox

Don’t count out Bordeaux

Despite the doom and gloom headlines, you really can't afford to leave Bordeaux out of your portfolio. by db_staff
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Mouton to shrink en primeur offering

From the 2015 vintage, Bordeaux first growth Château Mouton Rothschild will be offering fewer wines en primeur due to a rising demand for wines in bottle.

Bordeaux leads Fine Wine 1000 in January

Following in the footsteps of the Fine Wine 100, the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index also made gains in January with Bordeaux leading the way.

Bordeaux ’06: ‘More Kilimanjaro than Everest’

A recent tasting confirmed that the Bordeaux 2006 vintage doesn’t quite reach the heights of the 2005, but its high points are still impressive.

de Villaine: 2013 was a ‘disastrous’ vintage

Aubert de Villaine, co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, has spoken out about the 2013 vintage in Burgundy, describing it as “disastrous”.