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Top 10 extraordinary vineyards

From ash-strewn craters in Lanzarote to the near vertical slopes of the Mosel, these vineyards push the boundaries of viticulture to their limit.

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Ray Wilkins handed suspended sentence for drink driving

Former England international footballer Ray Wilkins has vowed to abstain from alcohol after being handed a suspended sentence for a drink driving charge.

First Chinese student graduates from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

The graduation of the first Chinese national from, The Prince’s School of Traditional Art will be appropriately with a dram of SPEY Royal Choice single malt whisky.

Diner pays £1m for three-course Indian

A restaurant owner has spoken of his shock after a diner accidentally paid £1,006,082.04 (US$1.3m) for a curry via a chip and pin machine and, even more surprisingly, had the funds to cover it.

Bartender pours 17 Jägerbombs at once

A bartender has broken his own record of pouring 14 Jägerbombs simultaneously by pouring 17 at an event in Germany.

Beer

Cyclist Chris Froome celebrates Tour de France final stage with beer

Sky cyclist Chris Froome broke tradition by celebrating his impending Tour de France victory with a round of beers with his teammates while still on the course.

Adnams celebrates 25 year partnership with Bitburger

Adnams is celebrating 25 years working with the brewer of Germany’s No. 1 draught beer brand, Bitburger.

Kopparberg to bring back kegs as thirsty British fans snap up ‘thousands’ of barrels

Cider makers Kopparberg are set to bring back their five litre kegs as they proved popular among British shoppers during the recent heatwave.

Double hand transplant patient can’t wait to clutch a beer

The UK’s first double hand transplant patient has expressed his desire to grab hold of a beer following his remarkable recovery.

Sip and savour this National Tequila Day

We’re showing a little love for National Tequila Day with some tasty cocktail recipes.

by Steven Green

Super Seconds: up, up and away!

Our post referendum trawl of value and performance in the fine market this week brings us to the Super-Seconds. Which are up and which are down? by Philip Staveley

Is there trouble ahead for the cult of craft?

Nobody, from the smallest, most lovingly curated one-man operation to the world’s most powerful CEO, would deny that craft is the big story in drinks branding and marketing at the moment. by db_staff

Birmingham bar bemoans lack of nearby Pokémon hotspots

A craft beer bar in Birmingham has complained that they are losing business because of Pokémon Go. by db_staff
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WHISK(E)Y

Ecovillage is constructed entirely from whisky barrels

An eco-village in the United States has been constructed using nothing but used whisky casks.

Israeli whisky arrives in the US for the first time

Israeli whisky has made its way into the United States for the first time despite not having been aged for the necessary three years to be considered as such.

Kavalan scoops trophy at ISC

Premium Taiwanese whisky, Kavalan has won the 2016 International Spirits Challenge 2016 trophy for its Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength.

Eight weird cocktails to emerge in 2016

Ants, bacon and macaroni cheese have all been making their way into cocktail glasses this year.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

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HK’s top 10 sky high serves

With the only option to keep building ever upwards, Hong Kong has no shortage of vertigo-inducing bars and restaurants to keep city dwellers fed and watered this summer.

Top Chardonnays over £20

Following The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round-up the competition’s best premium wines that were awarded a Gold medal or a Master.

Austria’s top Gemischter Satz wines

As producers continue to dial up the quality and transform the image of what was, not so long ago, an unfashionable jug wine, db presents its top five Austrian Gemischter Satz producers…

Top 10 wines in the US press

After an enforced break, we’re back highlighting the top 10 wines in the US press with zingy Italian whites taking the spotlight.

Top 10 Chardonnays under £20

Following the Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round up some of the top examples priced under £20 that earned either a Gold medal or Master.

16 German winemakers to watch

As Generation Riesling celebrates its 10th anniversary, db presents 16 young German winemakers that appear destined for success…

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Fine Wine

2005 claret – a year on from Parker retrospective

A year after Robert Parker’s much anticipated retrospective of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, which estates have profited the most?

Adnams boosts own-label with premium tier

Suffolk-based retailer Adnams is upping its focus on its own label wine range, with the addition of a new tier of premium wines this autumn.

Jebsen offers ‘iconic’ Ygay Blanco 1986 vintage

Jebsen Fine Wines in Hong Kong has announced it has acquired a parcel of the historical Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco 1986, available now to pre-order.

Bonhams celebrates biggest ever sale

Fine and rare Burgundy and Madeira helped propel Bonhams to its most successful ever sale last week.

Champagne

db interview: Stephen Leroux of Charles Heidsieck

db talks Champagne Charlie, Abraham Lincoln and how the house was recently rescued from oblivion with Charles Heidsieck’s executive director.

On this day 1861… Champagne at Bull Run

The first battle of the American Civil War took place on this day in 1861 and excited civilians gathered to watch the event with picnic hampers and Champagne to hand.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger – the next French president?

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the ebullient head of historic Champagne house Taittinger, has thrown his hat into the ring for French president.

Moët announces 2008 Grand Vintage releases

Moët & Chandon has released its Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé from the 2008 vintage.

The week in pictures

Rock icon Roger Daltrey of The Who was in town to launch his limited edition Champagne this week, while db pondered the Polo over a glass of Louis Roederer.