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Sam Lloyd of Craft Beer Rising starts making the festival beer - a black IPA with a hint of horseradish - at The Lamb Brewery.

Sam Lloyd of Craft Beer Rising starts making the festival beer – a black IPA with a hint of horseradish – at The Lamb Brewery

Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie held a bottle signing at her Ferguson Crest winery this week

Move over Brad and Angie – Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie held a bottle signing at her Ferguson Crest winery this week

Employees from Kingsland & Legacy Wines ahead of their trek along the Great Wall of China in April

Employees from Kingsland & Legacy Wines will be trekking the Great Wall of China in April to help raise funds for Brain Tumour Research. Beginning on 19 April, the team will endure a gruelling five day expedition, trekking over seven hours a day and walking a total distance of over 50km whilst visiting some of the most remote parts of the Great Wall. To support their cause, click here.

Bunnahabhain tasting

The global brand ambassador for Burn Stewart Distillers, Kirstie McCallum, leads attendees through a Bunnahabhain tasting at the Whisky Shop in Piccadilly.

Bunnahabhain tasting

The Whisky Shop’s Bunnahabhain tasting featured the brand core range of 12-year-old, 18-year-old and 25-year-old single malts. Those at the tasting were also treated to a tasting of the rare Bunnahabhain 40-year-old.

Paloma Faith at the official Disaronno Bafta After Party

Singer Paloma Faith at the official Disaronno Bafta after party. For the second year running, Disaronno sponsored the star-studded celebrations, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Jay-Z drinks Cognac from his Grammy

The 2013 Grammys took place at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles this week and rap star Jay-Z picked up three awards on the night. After the ceremony he went onto Instagram to post this picture of himself drinking Cognac from one of his awards.

Darren Rathbone

db popped into One Aldwych earlier this week for lunch with Darren Rathbone, chief executive of the Rathbone Wine Group – owners of the Yering Station, Mount Langhi and Xanadu brands, who poured us the latest vintage of Yering Station Reserve Pinot Noir

La Dolce Vita

We couldn’t help but snap this portrait of Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, best known for his roles in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and 8 1/2, gracing the men’s loo at Soho restaurant Mele e Pere.

Mele e Pere

Our visit to Mele e Pere coincided with a vermouth masterclass hosted by head sommelier Ed Scothern, who makes both white and red vermouth on site.

Pommery splash

Things took a turn for the provocative at the launch of London’s latest Champagne bar, Voltaire in Blackfriars

Raspberry Pisco

In a belated celebration of National Pisco Sour Day, db raised a glass of raspberry-infused Pisco at new Peruvian restaurant Coya in Green Park

 Sophie Ellis Bexter

Singer-turned-mum of two Sophie Ellis Bexter took to the decks with her husband Richard Jones at the launch of Champagne bar Voltaire in Blackfriars

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day fever gripped the db office yesterday, with deliveries including bunches of white roses, bottles of vintage fizz, and this romantic rosé…

Vin de France Selection judges

An international jury gathers ahead of the fourth annual Vin de France competition in Paris on Tuesday this week.

Valerie and Anthony

Valérie Pajotin, director of ANIVIN de France – and organiser of the competition – poses with UK wine writer Anthony Rose, chair of the judges for the Vin de France selection.

Vin de France medal winners

A selection of some of the silver medal winners.

Valerie Pajotin

Vin de France competition organiser Valérie Pajotin relaxes with a glass of a gold medal-winning French Kiss Pinot Noir having analysed the results for 2013. A full list of medalists will feature on db‘s website in the next few days.

Jacques, Fiona and Alexandre

From left to right: Le Pin’s Jacques Thienpont with his wife Fiona Morrison MW, and his cousin Alexandre Thienpont, director of Vieux Château Certan, stand for the cameras after a London-based tasting of the latter estate’s wines.

Vermouth masterclass

Mele e Pere’s head sommelier Ed Scothern shows off his wide array of botanicals during a vermouth masterclass at the Italian restaurant in Soho.

Voltaire

This week saw the launch of Champagne bar Voltarie, which boasts the largest collection of Pommery in the capital, including a bespoke POP bottling

Pol Roger

Pol Roger’s Paul Graham presents Balthazar owner Keith McNally with a very appropriate Balthazar format, which will adorn the bar of this New York restaurant institution when it opens a London branch on 18 February.

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