Public called to take action to save pubs across the UK

National charity the Plunkett Foundation has launched a UK-wide public appeal to help save pubs through community ownership before it’s too late. 

15% of Hong Kong bars have closed due to the pandemic

Some 210 bars in Hong Kong have closed in the last six months due to the pandemic, accounting for 15% of the entire industry.

Outlander star’s whisky brand in trademark dispute with German distiller

Scottish actor Sam Heughan, who stars in historical drama series Outlander, is appealing a ruling against his whisky brand after a German distiller successfully opposed his European trademark application. 

Wine Scholar Guild appoints French programmes director

Vancouver-based sommelier Matthew Landry has joined The Wine Scholar Guild as its French programmes director.

Sazerac appoints Dyspatchr as Singapore importer

Singapore-based alcohol distributor Dyspatchr has been appointed the master importer and distributor for Sazerac’s Bond & Royal Portfolio.

Corporate chess champs gifted with wine chess set

The winners of the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship ­– the Grenke Bank team – have been gifted a bespoke wine and chess set from Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs in Bordeaux.

Wine of the Week – a bargain from southwest France

As the weather warms up – in the UK at least – we’ve selected a fine, fresh white from southwest France that costs £15, but tastes like something selling for double that price.

Study finds evidence of ‘prosperous’ wine trade in Islamic Sicily

A study conducted by the universities of York and Rome Tor Vergata has found evidence of a prosperous wine trade in Sicily during the Islamic occupation.

Bordeaux ‘looks undervalued right now’

Having flirted with Italy, investors are “turning strongly back to Bordeaux” as the wines “look under priced” at the moment, according to one fine wine merchant.

105-year-old woman credits surviving Covid to gin-soaked raisins

Lucia DeClerck, who is 105 years old and resides in New Jersey, has an altogether unusual explanation for why she more…

Man who ran world’s largest wine Ponzi scheme released from prison

John E. Fox, who admitted to running a US$45 million wine Ponzi scheme through his store, Premier Cru, is scheduled to be released from federal custody this week – a year earlier than expected.

Austrian Wine to host ‘stay at home’ tasting

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) is hosting a ‘stay at home’ UK trade tasting in April where attendees can select 12 wineries out of a possible 50 to sample from. 

Doctor explains the science behind ‘beer goggles’ and how they alter sex appeal

Leading science communicator Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki has explained how “beer goggles” change our perception of attractiveness in a now-viral video that’s sweeping the internet.

Hong Kong merchant hopeful for future of wine industry

Hong Kong fine wine merchant Wine’s Link is optimistic about the future of the wine wine industry in the region due to the rapid rise in e-commerce wine platforms and growing off-trade sales.

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