On this day 1965…drink drive limit announced

On this day in 1965 the UK government announced its intention to introduce a drink drive limit in order to improve road safety.

Hot new London restaurant openings

Our latest round-up of openings in the capital includes a lobster shack, Turkish pasta specialist and an Oscar Wilde-inspired venue in a Grade II listed former Baptist church.

Tesco reports highest growth in seven years thanks to Booker takeover

Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco reported its strongest growth in seven years, thanks to price cuts and a multi-billion pound takeover of wholesaler Booker.

Greenall’s enters gin liqueur market

Greenall’s Gin, part of the Quintessential Brands group, has unveiled two flavoured gin liqueurs, its first foray into the category, which have been designed to “appeal to new gin drinkers”. 

Australia to host Master of Wine symposium in 2022

Australia is to host the Master of Wine symposium in 2022, it was announced yesterday by legendary Australian winemaker Brian Croser.

Goose Island wins lawsuit over Bourbon barrel-aged stout beer

AB InBev-owned brewer Goose Island has won a lawsuit after two men sued the company for more compensation after purchasing bottles of its Bourbon County stout which had been contaminated with lactobacillus acetotolerans bacteria.

Gordon’s is making low-alcohol ready-mixed cocktails that taste like a G&T

Gin giant Gordon’s is launching two low-alcohol, ready-mixed cocktails this year as consumers’ cravings for low ABV drinks continues to grow.

China hits back at Trump with whiskey import tariff

China has retaliated to President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports into America, announcing a counter tariff on a raft of products imported by the US into China, including a 25% hike on American whiskey.

Geoffroy to step down at Dom Pérignon

Richard Geoffroy will step down as cellar master of Dom Pérignon on 1 January 2019 it has been confirmed, and he will hand over his duties in full to Vincent Chaperon.

Champagne Thiénot launches Blanc de Blancs NV

Champagne Thiénot has released its first ever Blanc de Blancs NV, marking a handover between two cellar masters, as Nicolas Uriel takes over from Laurent Fédou.

NIH shuts down controversial drink-a-day alcohol study

The National Institutes of Health, which receives funding from the US government, is to end funding for a study to explore if there are any health benefits associated with moderate drinking after “concerns about the study design” cast doubt on its “ultimate credibility”. 

The number of UK wineries opening every year has reached record highs

English vineyards are now a “fashionable” investment for financiers in the City of London, as the number of wineries launching in the UK reaches record highs.

New on Wine List Confidential: Benares

Despite having no windows, the modern Mayfair Indian Benares feels luxurious and spacious, with a balanced list of wines designed to thrive with spice.

Hidden instructions discovered on ancient wine cup

Italian researchers have been examining hidden messages in ancient Greek and Roman pottery following the discovery of an intriguing message on a wine cup.

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