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Saturday 20 December 2014

    Top 10 stories of 2014

    While 2014 has seen major acquisitions and multi-million pound wine frauds, it’s often the more offbeat stories that prove most popular online.

    Cuba deal opens door to US imports

    For the first time in 53 years rum produced in Cuba will be allowed into the US, as the leaders of both countries move a step closer to normalising trade relations.

    Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain

    Passing the torch is a sacred act – never more so than between winemakers. Here, Lucy Shaw meets the vignerons taking the reins from Spain’s famous figures.

The week in pictures

BAFTA-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas and British boxer David Haye close out another eventful year in the drinks industry.

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French told to eat cheese with whisky

Wine and cheese might be a match made in heaven, but one expert is recommending that the French eat their national dish with whisky instead.

Vinexpo unveils new features for 2015

Vinexpo’s next instalment in Bordeaux in June 2015 will include a number of new features, including an entire repositioning of the exhibition site.

Metal band Anthrax unveil Bourbon

Heavy metal band Anthrax have released a limited edition single barrel Bourbon named after one of their hits.

Escaped penguins take over Oddbins store

Oddbins has released footage of five penguins running riot at one of their stores as part of its gloriously offbeat “Keeping it Real” Christmas campaign.

Beer

Mahou San Miguel invests in US craft

Spanish-owned brewer Mahou San Miguel has acquired a 30% stake in the US craft beer company Founders, tapping into the fast-growing market.

Craft brewers sue Texan government

Three craft breweries are involved in a constitutional challenge in Texas over a recently-passed law that prohibits alcohol producers from selling distribution rights.

Beer-keg Christmas tree built

We all have our own methods to mark the festive season, but this beer-lovers dream is certainly a unique way to tap into the festive spirit.

Event sponsors attract young drinkers

Drinks brands associated with music and sports are most popular for coming-of-age drinkers in the US, a new study has revealed.

Fine wine vs predictions

It’s time to revisit the first ever Fine Wine vs article and the reckless, Super Bowl-based prediction made about this year’s Bordeaux vintage.

by Rupert Millar

Gin, glorious gin!

With the explosion of boutique distilleries around the world, Australia is no exception, and a trip to the Yarra Valley confirmed that there are some very exciting things happening in the world of gin. by Simone Madden-Grey

Heineken vs Stella Artois

With imports edging in on big beer brands' share of the US market, Dan Fox pits Heineken against Stella Artois in the race for the best Christmas ad. by Dan Fox

Heritage: A brand’s secret weapon

How many brands are older than 50 years? Not many, but perhaps more than you think within the world of drinks. by Paul Taylor
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Wally’s Beverly Hills store opens

Wally’s Wines & Spirits has opened a new store and restaurant in Beverly Hills that will have over 100 wines served by the glass.

Uncorked: Eduardo Chadwick

President and owner of Chile’s Viña Errázuriz, Eduardo Chadwick is our first ‘Uncorked’ to score 100 (personal) Parker points.

Liv-ex reveals top value brands of 2014

Not all strong brands among fine wines come with crazy prices attached, as the latest Liv-ex ranking reveals.

1970 DRC leads $1.3m Bonhams auction

Bonhams’ San Francisco auction raised $1.3 million last week, with Domaine de la Romanée-Conti proving its continued popularity in the US market.