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Our latest look back at seven days in the drinks industry takes in a lot of Dom Pérignon 2003, the launch of the new Bentley Continental V8, speakeasies and sombreros.

Richard Geoffroy, cellar master at Dom Pérignon, explains the challenges, character and quality of the notoriously warm vintage at the UK launch of Dom Pérignon 2003.

Stop the clocks – a fetching wall display at the DP 2003 launch.

Richard Geoffroy puts tasters in a blue mood at the DP 2003 launch.

After the theory came a chance to experience Dom Pérignon 2003 alongside a series of dishes, beginning with this creative combination of egg with four spices and a dash of maple syrup.

Two teapots full of dry ice and Prohibition punch at the Shaker Four Roses speakeasy launch in north London.

Shaker Bar got turned into a pop-up speakeasy complete with wooden crate tables and chairs, 1930s music and probihition cocktails, including the Capone Cobbler, in tea pots and jam jars.

db attended the launch of the new Bentley Continental V8 in London, where Stolichnaya elit cocktails were served to an exclusive invite-only audience.

It’s pretty safe to assume that this is probably the closest db will ever get to the cockpit of a Bentley Continental V8 – yours for a mere £136,000.

The latest vintage of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – 2009 – stands ready for db to sample at Corney & Barrow’s annual trade tasting.

Jim Beveridge, master blender at John Walker & Sons, with the Queen’s decanter of Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons Blended Scotch Whisky. The spirit was bottled to mark sixty years to the day since the Queen’s accession. Pictured at Royal Lochnagar Distillery, on the edge of Her Majesty The Queen’s Balmoral Estate. Photo (c) David Parry/PA Wire

Lucy Evans, co-founder of Vintage Seekers, lunches with db at Polpetto in Soho ahead of the lifestyle website’s “celebration wines” launch, where customers will be able to buy single bottles of rare old vintages for milestone birthdays and anniversaries.

db stumbled upon the largest Tequila bar in Europe at Mexican restaurant Mestizo in Camden, and thought it only right to try the Gold Margarita, made with Patrón Añejo.

db‘s Marinel FitzSimons and Lucy Shaw took “getting into the Latin spirit” at Mestizo a step too far…

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