Penfolds Grange vertical breaks auction record

A set of Penfolds Grange, dating from 1951 to 2015, has been sold for a record AU$372,800, comfortably beating the previous auction price for a similar vertical of $349,500.

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall has closed

Signalling the nail in the coffin for his UK restaurant empire, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant and chef training school in Cornwall has closed.

10 questions for…Jimmy Smith, wine educator and The Drinks Business Man of the Year 2019

Having just picked up another award for his work promoting Alsace wines, we caught up with nattily-dressed wine educator Jimmy Smith to get an insight into his world.

iDealwine update: White Magic

Domaine Leflaive, a pioneer of biodynamics, sits at the top echelon of Burgundy’s hierarchy, its ethereal Chardonnays considered some of the finest white wines in the world.

Entries invited for Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship

There is still time for UK-based sommeliers to send in their application for The Gerard Basset Travel Scholarship – an annual travel bursary created in honour and fond memory of the late Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MSc (OIV).

MW Chile trip in pictures

From 17-23 November, 30 Masters of Wine took a tour of Chile, covering more than 2000km by road and air, tasting over 200 different wines, and working their way through well over 7,000 glasses.

‘It’s painful to feel so out of touch’ – UK brewer reacts to the General Election result

In Manchester, the owner of one of the UK’s most popular independent breweries is still reeling from Boris Johnson’s comfortable victory last night.

Drinks industry bodies react to Boris Johnson’s landslide victory

In the wake of an overwhelming victory for the Conservative party in last night’s General Election, we spoke to industry bodies in the UK, pub operators, and craft brewers, to find out how the drinks sector feels this morning.

Fine wine investment: Super anomalies

One of the things any investor should be trying to do is seek out anomalous pricing, which is easier in an inefficient market than in one which is uber-analysed as all mainstream markets are now.

First bottle of £100 Turkish wine unveiled

Chamlija, based in Turkish Trace, has released what is believed to be the country’s first wine which retails for £100 a bottle – a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from 2016 called Django.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: Kate Hudson whips up a “gluten free” Dirty Martini; model Samantha Harris sips on Taylors Wakefield Estate; Drake launches a Champagne; and we head to The club at The Ivy to celebrate our biggest and best Green Awards yet.

HK Museum of Art reopens with new eateries after facelift

After a renovation for more than four years, Hong Kong Museum of Art finally reopens its door again. In this revamped space, visitors can not only appreciate art, but also savour art in the brand new restaurants – including Hue Restaurant & Lounge, a modern Australian restaurant that boasts a panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour.

Cabernet Noir ‘could satisfy demand for fuller bodied red wine in UK’

Sergio Verrillo, co-owner of urban winery Blackbook in London, believes disease resistant Swiss hybrid grape Cabernet Noir could provide the solution to the “desperate need” for fuller bodied red wines made in the UK.

World First International Saperavi Symposium successfully held in Shanghai

The world’s first International Saperavi Symposium was held in Shanghai last month in partnership with ProWine China to shine a light on this ancient Georgian variety.

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