The coca wine fad: a brief history

Author Ralph Hancock brings db readers a brief history of coca wine, a Bordeaux and cocaine combination that was imbibed with gusto by presidents as well as popes, and has been recreated by a descendent of the founder.

New world record set for Japanese whisky

A complete set of Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Card Series’ has been sold by Bonhams in Hong Kong for HK$7.1 million (US$917,000) – nearly double the previous record.

Reaction: Plumpton College course branded ‘mickey mouse’

the drinks business speaks to Plumpton College after its wine business course was referred to as a “mickey mouse degree” in a recent Daily Mail article.

Constellation-backed Canopy Growth loses C$1.2bn in three months

Canopy Growth, the Canada-based, Constellation-backed cannabis company, reported a quarterly net loss of C$1.28 billion this week, causing the value of its shares to fall by 10%.

Southwark Cathedral to host memorial service for Simon Leschallas

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Simon Leschallas will take place at 11am on Thursday 17 October at London’s Southwark Cathedral, followed by a drinks reception.

BBR adds rums to ‘Classic Range’

UK wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has added four rums to its ‘The Classic Range’.

The Global Cider Masters sees Somerset shine

The inaugural Global Cider Masters sees Somerset, South Africa and Spain shine among the samples from right around the cider-producing world.

Sea Change makes its way to China

Following launches in the UK and Hong Kong, environmentally conscious wine brand ‘Sea Change’ has launched in mainland China.

Unfiltered: Shaun McCarron, The Little Chartroom

Shaun McCarron, co-owner of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh, on drinking a special bottle of 1988 Cheval Blanc, his admiration of chef Gary Usher, and accidentally spraying himself in the face with vintage Champagne mid-service.

University closes bar after students shun alcohol

Abertay University in Dundee has closed its student union bar after sales dropped by two thirds in the last five years.

Seresin Estate to partner with Enotria&Co

Seresin Estate, the Marlborough winery owned by cinematopgrapher Michael Seresin, will move its UK distribution from Louis Latour to Enotria&Co next year.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: bartenders and brand ambassadors take part in the hospitality industry’s answer to Takeshi’s Castle; human bartenders triumph over machines at the Barbican; Hendrick’s Gin opens a laundrette in Shoreditch; and a distillery takes a trip on the river to gather grain in a 100-year-old barge.

Texas breweries to offer beer-to-go from September

Breweries in Texan will be able to offer beer-to-go for the first time from next month, following a change in the state’s legislation, which also allows beer and wine delivery. 

Hendrick’s Gin to offer immersive experience in a Shoreditch laundrette

William Grant & Sons-owned gin brand Hendrick’s is upping its experimental marketing stakes with a pop-up gin experience in a laundrette in Shoreditch.

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