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Week in pictures

Bruce Forsyth! Stacey Solomon! Gerard Basset! Yep – it’s just another week in pictures from the drinks business.



Lights, camera, action! Bibendum’s Gareth Groves keeps a low profile with the microphone as the panel poses fiendish questions during the Bibendum EC1 "Dragons Den" special edition.








The three candidates await their fate as the dragons announce which has secured a listing with Mexican street food chain Wahaca.








Constellation Europe invited db and a gaggle of other trade press to join them in their executive lounge at the O2 in London last week for the National Television Awards.








One of the advantages of having a lounge is that you don’t have to wait out in the rain for the doors to the main arena to open. Instead we were able to watch as last-minute sound and equipment checks were carried out in an eerily-empty arena.








As showtime approaches, the arena fills up remarkable quickly.








Bruce Forsyth enjoys the after-party. Brucie picked up a special lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.








‘s attempts at star-spotting at the after-party yielded some dubious results. Here’s Stacey Solomon, who apparently once came third in some sort of televised talent show and recently won I’m A Celebrity… At least that’s what we’re told anyway.








This blurry figure is, we assure you, Dara O’Brien – host of Mock the Week – getting cosy with a fan.








The after-party was absolutely heaving, but guests began to get a little frustrated later in the evening as the venue ran out of beer before midnight.








Finally, some real celebs! Gerard Basset MS MW, db‘s deputy editor Gabriel Savage and Jancis Robinson MW enjoy flights of Koshu paired with a special tasting menu at Kensington restaurant Yashin.








The Koshu of Japan tasting gets underway at the Imagination Gallery in central London.








‘s editorial assistant Rupert Millar works the room at the Koshu tasting.








Bibendum hosted a quirky pop-up tasting event at The Brewery in Moorgate.








Inside, themed rooms included a French market and this replica tube station.








db editor Patrick Schmitt (centre) celebrates receiving the first-ever Institute of Masters of Wine Esterházy Bursary during the Institute’s residential seminar in Rust, Austria, for first year students.










Vintage paraphernalia at the Bibendum pop-up tasting, including a selection of ties belonging to flamboyant managing director Willie Lebus.








A bartender shakes and serves Appleton Estate rum cocktails at the Wonder Bar shop in Selfridges to coincide with Rum Week at the department store.








Kraken and Appleton Estate rums vie for shelf space at the Selfridges Wonder Bar shop during Rum Week.










A treasure trove of rum in celebration of Rum Week at Selfridges.








Krug commissioned this Roller over 30 years ago as the "ideal vehicle" for transporting its prized Champagne, and it’s still running today.








editor Patrick Schmitt reclines in an unlikely retro seat in Jacquart’s newly-restored19th century headquarters in Reims, the former Hôtel de Brimont.











Gregarious South African beef expert Ryan Hattingh delivered an impassioned steak masterclass at the "Divine Bovine" dinner at Gaucho Piccadilly, which was broadcast throughout the restaurant on flat-screen TVs. 










A visit to the new QV Bar at Soho members club Quo Vadis unearthed some distinctly superior Scotch eggs. A world away from Ginsters.









Handy seats in the Spirits Lounge at Bibendum EC1.









Austrian Grüner Veltliner guru Laurenz Maria Moser runs dry of his "Charming" Gru-Ve.








And finally… we reckon Syrah the squirrel at the Bibendum tasting must have been a relative of this famous YouTube character.  

db, 31.01.2011

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