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Week in pictures

Polo, pooches and incredibly complicated Sherry diagrams all make for an interesting look back at the last seven days in the drinks industry.






Ian Morden (right), estate director at Cloudy Bay, Nicholas Audebert (centre), chief winemaker at Cheval des Andes and Manuel Louzada (left), estate director at Numanthia, launch the Moët Hennessy Ultimate Collection Box at the Gilbert Scott restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel, St Pancras, London.










Cloudy Bay’s Morden gives a speech at the launch as guests wait for lunch to arrive by running through a tasting of the wines in the Ultimate Collection.










The Veuve Clicquot VIP arena was packed to the rafters on a blisteringly hot afternoon at Polo in the Park at The Hurlingham Club in London.












db‘s Alan Lodge (r) is not at all shameless as he enjoys Veuve’s hospitality at the polo.










Spectators in the Veuve Clicquot enclosure enjoyed a great view of the action from behind one of the goals as New York took on Abu Dhabi.












 Introducing the latest recruit at Pol Roger UK, Hungarian vizla Tiptree.










 Under the watchful eye of her German pointer colleague Casta, Tiptree demonstrates a precocious appetite for Hine Cognac.










db‘s Rupert Millar was lucky enough to be invited to Blandy’s 200th anniversary tasting in the City. Pictured here are the three 19th century vintages, which made up an extraordinary and incredibly delicious line-up










Only 11 of the 12 original wines were tasted – there was a problem with the 1994 – but read from left to right from the back the vintages were: 1985, 1976, 1966, two 1954s (one Bastardo, one Malmsey), 1952, 1920, 1910, 1863, 1822 and 1811. The vintages covered events as diverse as England winning the World Cup, the beginning of Prohibition in the US, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Independence of Brazil from Portugal and the beginning of the Regency under Prince George (later George IV).













A-Level maths coursework? Err, no. It’s the Sherry solera system, as explained in extensive and artistic detail by Beltran Domecq, consultant for Harvey.

db, 10.05.2011

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