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Sunday 31 July 2016 loc: US
The week in pictures

This week in drinks took in Prince Charles, the ISWC winners, Noble Rot restaurant, food inspired by the Rio Olympics and Chester Osborn’s magic box.

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Vivo Cantine takes over Dogarina

Italian co-op Vivo Cantine (Viticoltori del Veneto Orientale Cooperative) has bought Treviso-based Prosecco producer Vigna Dogarina.

Cristal 2009 released

The 2009 vintage of Louis Roederer’s prestige cuvée, Cristal, has been released at just under £550 a case.

31 July 1395: The banning of Gamay

This Sunday marks the 621st anniversary of Philip the Bold’s famous edict banning Gamay from the Côte d’Or, an act which has had far-reaching consequences for the region.

Dog balances wine glass on head

A video of a dog balancing a wine glass on its head has emerged on YouTube, arguably the greatest balancing act performed by a dog yet.

Beer

Music shown to enhance enjoyment of beer

Further research has emerged hailing the benefits of drinking beer while listening to music, following a multi-sensory study carried out with UK band and part-time brewers The Editors.

Vicar to perform ‘ancient beer blessing ceremony’

A vicar in South London is to perform a beer blessing ritual as a way of ‘thanking God for the good things in life’.

Andre the Giant’s extraordinary drinking habits revealed

Andre the Giant’s appetite for booze is well known by most wrestling fans, but another voice has piped up offering another insight into just how much alcohol the big Frenchman actually consumed.

Brits have drunk 31m more pints in past three months

Beer sales this year have risen drastically in the second quarter of the year, so much so that they have helped to reverse a decade of decline.

Australia’s best wine lists for 2016

Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards took place this week at Luke Mangan’s Glass Restaurant and Bar in Sydney.

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On to the Right Bank

There is always a suspicion that it is the lower cost wines that lead the way off the bottom after a long consolidation, but the Right Bank wines’ performance since the referendum vote gives the lie to that. by Philip Staveley

What’s up, Languedoc?

As connoisseurs look beyond Bordeaux for value, fine wines from less celebrated regions are coming to the fore – enter cult Languedoc producer Domaine de la Granges des Pères. by iDealwine

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
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WHISK(E)Y

Economist confused by plans for new gin and whisky distilleries

A leading UK economist has admitted that he is baffled by the recent flood of proposals for new whisky and gin distilleries across the north.

DFS Group unveils second venue in Changi Airport

Combining fine wine, whisky and cigars, the DFS Group’s newest retail store in Changi Airport will also host a seven-week long whisky festival from now until September.

LVMH wine and spirits revenues up 7%

Luxury goods group LVMH has reported total revenues of €17.2 billion in the first half of 2016, an increase of 3% on the previous year, with its wine and spirits revenues up 7%.

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.

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.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 drinking spots in the US press

With the summer at its peak, we’re taking a closer look at all the bars, restaurants and hotels featured in the US press this week.

Top nine drunk celebrities

We all like a drink, and sometimes we all overindulge. Celebrities are no different, only problem with that is they get pictured when they’re sailing three sheets to the wind.

Top six London bars for Pokémon Go

Pokémon has already proved itself to be a worldwide phenomenon, and in its short life has already altered the fabric of real life (to an extent).

The nine coolest beer adverts ever

With so much competition in such a saturated space, beer companies have always been forced to go the extra mile to not only build their brand but ensure their customers maintain that loyalty through eye-catching TV ads.

Top 10 alcohol-related tattoos

Everyone knows that alcohol and tattoos do not mix, however this crop of artwork shows booze can actually be the tattoo, rather than its ill-advised cause.

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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Fine Wine

Fenwick’s wine sales up 26% since revamp

Fenwick Newcastle has reported sales of wine up 26% since it revamped its Wine Shop in September.

Demarville: top quality harvest still possible

Veuve Clicquot’s cellar master, Dominique Demarville, has said that 2016 can still be a good harvest despite the extreme weather the vineyards have endured.

Updates to Liv-ex 100 announced

Liv-ex has announced that it has made a number of changes to the Liv-ex 100 index in its annual update, with two Bordeaux labels now being listed for the first time.

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?

Champagne

Veuve Clicquot launches HK campaign

The Champagne house will host travel-themed street parties throughout Hong Kong in August in homage to Madame Clicquot’s wish for her Champagne to be enjoyed “from New York to St Petersburg.”

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger rules himself out of French presidency race

Just five days after declaring his interest in running for the French presidency in 2017, the outspoken Champagne boss has retracted his plans.

Comité Champagne cancels London tasting

The Comité Champagne has announced today that it won’t be holding its Annual Champagne Tasting in the UK next year after over 20 years staging the event.

Moët launches one-hour Champagne delivery

Moët & Chandon has launched a one-hour chilled delivery service of its “on the rocks” Ice Imperial Champagne in London.

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.