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Saturday 23 May 2015
Slurp.asia rebrands as Cru Hong Kong

Online fine wine retailer, Slurp.asia has become Cru Hong Kong following its acquisition by the Cru Group last year.

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Prosecco beats Champagne for UK growth

Sales of Prosecco continued to grow in the UK on- and off-trade in 2014, but not at the expense of Champagne, according to the fourth annual Lanson category report.

Impending Prosecco shortage sparks lookalikes

Producers are looking to capitalise on an impending Prosecco shortfall with lookalike sparkling wines from Spain and Australia.

Beer secret to a long life, says 110-year-old

A 110-year-old man, thought to be the oldest living person in the US, says drinking a can of beer everyday is the secret to living a long life.

What is worse, alcohol or pot?

Looking into a debate that has divided health experts and lawmakers for years is this report from CNN, which asks: what is worse, marijuana or alcohol?

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London Fields brewer ‘regrets’ cocaine dealing

The ex-convict owner of hip London brewery London Fields has said he regrets his role in a cocaine supply network and vows to pay his £3.2m debt.

Home-brewed morphine now possible

Scientists have discovered a way of brewing morphine using the same equipment as a home brew beer kit.

db Awards 2015: The winners

Following the 12th annual db Awards ceremony at the London Wine Fair 2015, here we publish the full list of winners in each category.

Wine industry ‘needs a BrewDog’

The wine industry would benefit from having more irreverent players in the game like Scottish craft brewer BrewDog, according to one key wine communicator.

BIVB interactive tasting: A celebration of Chardonnay

The BIVB’s Live and Interactive seminar on Chardonnay proved the perfect antidote to the currently grey weather in Hong Kong.

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Bud Light was ensnared by a strategy, not a label

It wasn't the date-rapey advice on one promotional label that caused the tsunami of bad press and online outrage. by Dan Fox

Moldova producing ‘world’s purest fruit’

Which country has the highest number of vines planted per person? France, Italy, Spain… No, it’s Moldova. by Beth Willard

How to become a sommelier

Wine tasting may be a timeless hobby, but it takes more than a few casual tastings to become a true expert. by Matt Zajechowski
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Bordeaux 2014: the wine we all want?

A “quintessential” Domaine de Chevalier released this morning but despite positive noises from merchants, is it the wine everyone wants?

HDH hails ‘remarkable’ results

Chicago-based fine wine auctioneer, Hart Davis Hart, saw its latest sale achieve a “remarkable” US$6.2 million.

Zachys Asia: May auction ‘upping the ante’

Zachys Asia has surprises up its sleeve for the spring auction which will “present the best of the best” from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, as well as a lot of fine whisky.

Bordeaux 2014: A well-judged release?

Léoville Barton and Pape Clement released this morning, but are they among the campaign’s better-judged releases?