This Black Mirror-style pop-up bar’s cocktail menu is based on social media algorithms

A new pop-up bar in London is using data it collects from likes, shares, and views on its social channels to dictate its cocktail menu in real-time.

Legal highs: The drinks companies taking on cannabis

As Canada marks the legalisation of recreational cannabis today, we round up the drinks companies that have been linked to or have confirmed investment in the industry. 

Champagne Castelnau adds Extra Brut to range

Champagne Castelnau is adding an Extra Brut to its range in response to growing demand for ultra-dry styles of fizz.

Khan: The restaurant industry can be quite isolating

Asma Khan, the first British chef to appear in the popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, has admitted that working in the restaurant industry “can be quite isolating”.

Hartnett: Being female has worked in my favour

Rather than being discriminated against in a male dominated industry, chef Angela Hartnett says that being a woman has actually worked in her favour.

Prince Charles visits Diageo-owned Scotch distillery near Balmoral

Prince Charles has spent the last two months in visiting charities and community projects in Scotland and the north of England, managing to fit in two distillery tours on the way.

In focus: Chile trends

Best known for making supermarket wine, Chile is determined to raise its game. Producers are focusing on quality expressions and are impressing with indigenous grape País, finds Lauren Eads.

McGuigan adds Tempranillo to Black Label range

Australia’s McGuigan Wines will add a Tempranillo to its Black Label range in the UK next month, at a time when it says European varieties, and Tempranillo in particular, are achieving increasing sales and popularity. 

UK supermarkets to trial facial recognition for alcohol sales

Facial recognition software for alcohol sales, which removes the need for staff-approved age verification checks, is to be trialled in UK supermarkets for the first time, after waiting for age approval is identified as one of the top frustrations for shoppers.

Teenager creates new alcohol free ‘gin’

A teenager has created Northern Ireland’s first alcohol-free gin, having been given free rein to create the ‘spirit’ at her parent’s distillery as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award.  

Nick Nobilo’s Vinoptima Estate goes into receivership

Winemaker Nick Nobilo’s Vinoptima Estate, famed for its focus on the aromatic grape variety Gewürztraminer, has gone into receivership and will be sold at auction on 4 December.

Guilty Pleasures: Tobias Gorn

In the latest installment of our Guilty Pleasures series, in association with Côtes du Rhône Wines, we chat botanical gardens and the joys of Roussanne with wine, whisky and cigar specialist Tobias Gorn.

Here’s what you missed in Sonoma with Vinexpo

We bring you a pictorial round-up of what some 70 wine buyers got up to when Vinexpo teamed up with Sonoma County Vintners for the second chapter of the exhibition organiser’s ‘Explorer’ concept.

Summergate Fine Wines appoints new CEO

Summergate Fine Wines has appointed Craig Aldous, the former chairman of Australian Chamber of Commerce, as its new CEO, replacing Rose Scott.

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