Ki No Bi gin opens a brand centre in Kyoto

The House of Ki No Bi, the brand home of Japan’s first craft gin, has now opened in Kyoto, offering various interactive experiences for visitors.

Hong Kong tightens social distancing measures as Covid cases climb

The Hong Kong government has tightened social distancing rules again as local coronavirus cases have stoked fears of a third wave

85% of professionals happy to go to wine tastings

The vast majority of professionals in the UK wine trade have said they would go to a wine tasting post-lockdown provided that safety measures are in place.

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

This week the Welsh restaurant sector calls for an official reopening date for indoor hospitality, London restaurants scrap service charges and Dishoom finally opens its Birmingham outpost. 

Cameron Diaz launches ‘clean’ wine brand

Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz is the latest celebrity to enter the wine game, launching a ‘clean’ wine brand in collaboration with entrepreneur Katherine Power.

Week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: England eases out of lockdown; dozens of people reveal the home bars they’ve built during lockdown; and Cameron Diaz launches a wine.

Man fined after drinking carrot juice from beer can to ‘test’ no-alcohol policy

A man from High Wycombe has been given a £8,000 fine after drinking carrot juice from a Foster’s beer can to “test” the police on their knowledge of the rules in a no-alcohol zone.

London says cheerio to Cereal Killer Café

The controversial Cereal Killer Café, which has sites in Camden and Brick Lane, has said cheerio to its fans after deciding not to reopen its doors.

Adelaide Hills producers launch wine made from grapes from 21 wineries

Six months after fires destroyed almost a third of the vines in Adelaide Hills, 21 producers in the region have teamed up to create a wine to raise funds for those affected. 

Bordeaux 2019 by appellation: Pauillac

Pauillac in 2019 is fantastic and for such a large appellation it is remarkably homogenous in quality. That homogeneity does not in any sense mask the considerable range of stylistic diversity – if anything it accentuates it, writes Colin Hay.

CVS opens pop-up wine bar in the Finger Lakes

The team behind New York and London wine bars Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels has opened a pop-up bar and B&B in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

ProWein exhibition centre draws up health and safety protocol

Messe Dûsseldorf, which hosts drinks trade show ProWein, has worked out a new hygiene protocol to ensure people will be safe at all future exhibitions, which includes a ban on exhibitor parties.

Troubles deepen for Treasury Wine Estates

The troubles at Treasury Wine Estates, Australia’s largest producer, have deepened as its latest financial results show the coronavirus pandemic had added significantly to its already long list of problems.

UK government misses alcohol out of restaurant discount

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said the government will provide discounts for eating out and a lower sales tax on restaurant food to kickstart the hospitality industry, but left alcohol out of the offer.

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