Chateau de Pommard: travel will be more expensive after coronavirus

Michael Baum, a Silicon Valley veteran who bought the 18th century Burgundian estate Chateau de Pommard six years ago, told db he believes the long-term effects of coronavirus on the way the world works will drastically change the way the wine sector works.

Mark Hix confirms that his restaurants are in administration

Chef and restaurateur Mark Hix has confirmed reports that administrators have been appointed to his restaurants, but stated that it was not his decision.

12 food films to watch during quarantine

While restaurants are off the menu at the moment, we’ve been spicing things up in the kitchen. These foodie films should help whet your appetite and bring out your inner gourmand.

BBR names MND Association as charity partner

UK merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has announced that its charity partner for the next three years will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

WSTA calls on Chancellor to support wine & spirit trade with new 3-point plan

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on the UK Chancellor to adopt a simple 3-stage plan to support wine and spirit businesses affected by the impact of coronavirus.

Roberson reports ‘record-shattering’ wine sales

UK wine merchant Roberson has reported that last week’s sales value was over double the previous weekly record set at Christmas. The retailer tells db how it has coped with demand. 

Would you like caviar with that? Napa winery opens drive-thru

A winery in California’s Napa Valley has opened a drive-thru service with complimentary caviar for anyone who buys a full case.

Fine wine markets knocked back in March

The main Liv-ex indices the Fine Wine 100 and 1000 both declined over 1% in March but it could have been worse.

Champagne suffers ‘huge decrease’ but rapid rebound expected

Champagne sales have suffered a “huge decrease” since the lockdowns began, but it’s also believed that this great marker of celebratory times could resume “normal business at the end of the year”.

Macallan and Black Bowmore collection lead Sotheby’s sale this April

Auction house Sotheby’s is hosting two online sales this month one dedicated to rare spirits and the other to fine wine.

How UK distilleries, merchants and auctioneers are supporting The Drinks Trust’s Covid-19 fund

UK breweries, distilleries and importers have pledged to support industry charity The Drinks Trust and help those affected by the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Six-star $50m hotel planned at Barossa winery

A new AU$50 million hotel and day spa, described as a “Sydney Opera House for the Barossa”, is set to be built in the middle of a vineyard owned by Seppeltsfield winery in South Australia in 2022.

10 of the world’s lowest calorie beers 2020

Chances are you just might be drinking more than the norm right now, and with this collection of lighter beers there’s no reason you shouldn’t.

The Wine Society to start taking new orders soon

After suspending orders two weeks ago, The Wine Society said it hopes to reopen over the Easter weekend albeit with a “reduced service”. 

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