Court orders extradition of Mallya to India in £1.15 billion fraud case

VJ Mallya, the former head of United Spirits, can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering involving some £1.15 billion.

6 drinks books that make ideal stocking fillers

With Christmas just a fortnight away, we round up six drinks tomes that make ideal stocking fillers, from the definitive guide to amber wine, to how to make like Tom Cruise and open your own bar… from the comfort of your living room.

Six unusual Christmas gifts for gin-lovers

We’ve listed our pick of the best Christmas presents for the gin lover in your life this year, from a £4,000 bottle of Mother’s Ruin to a spirit inspired by Star Wars.

Hundreds of Santas descend on New York for SantaCon bar crawl

New York’s 20th Annual SantaCon took place last weekend, with hundreds of merrymakers dressed as Santa taking part in the Saint Nick-themed bar crawl, stopping off at 60 different venues.

Cantina di Soave reports turnover of €141 million

Italian producer Cantina di Soave has reported that its consolidated turnover hit €141 million in 2018-18, with its financial report also stating that a record €70 million was distributed to its 2,200 grower-members.

Hull distillery campaigns for heritage trawler’s final voyage

A fishing trawler, the last of its type in the world, that saw service in WW1 and is now rusting in the South Atlantic could be brought back to its home city of Hull thanks to the help of a local distillery.

Gaucho hires ex-Wines of Argentina marketing director to oversee wine list

Argentine steakhouse Gaucho has unveiled plans to re-establish itself as the leading Argentine wine specialist in the UK, following a tumultuous year where it was bought out of administration, bringing in ex-Wines of Argentina marketing director Andrew Maidment to oversee its wine list.

Licence to swill: Academics argue James Bond has ‘a severe alcohol problem’

Researchers from New Zealand and the UK have published a study in the Medical Journal of Australia’s Christmas issue which they say proves that Ian Fleming’s fictional character James Bond has “a severe chronic alcohol problem”.

Justerini & Brooks in Oregon push

UK fine wine merchant Justerini & Brooks has added several Oregon producers to its portfolio as it ups its attention on the American region.

Selfridges selling Noval tawny Port for £1k

Upmarket London department store Selfridges has taken on a range of Quinta do Noval ports in time for Christmas, including a bottle of single harvest tawny costing £999.

Edrington CEO Ian Curle is stepping down

Ian Curle, the chief executive of spirits giant Edrington, is retiring after more than 30 years of service at the company.

Brewery builds 27ft Christmas tree out of beer kegs

Genesee Brewing in New York State has built a giant, 27ft Christmas tree which is made out of 520 empty beer kegs and adorned with 20,000 lights, marking the fifth consecutive year that the brewer has constructed its ‘keg tree’.

Stevie Parle’s Rotorino to close

Rotorino, chef Stevie Parle’s Italian restaurant in London’s trendy Dalston district, is to close its doors after five years in business.

Wine most popular Christmas gift but a third will regift

Wine remains the most popular alcoholic beverage to take to a Christmas party, with 59% citing it as their first choice, but a third of those that receive a bottle admit to “regifting” it to another, a survey by Bordeaux Wines has found.

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