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King's Ginger

The King’s Ginger Liqueur and east London’s Hoxton Hotel have collaborated on an Edwardian Christmas pop-up bar, in the hotel’s courtyard.

King's Ginger

The pop-up bar featured five seasonal cocktails, which were specially created by drinks expert Dan Warner. The cocktails included mulled cider, blood orange & King’s Ginger fizz and a pomegranate & ginger fizz.

London whisky

The London Distillery Company, has been granted London’s first licence to produce single malt whisky in over a century and here CEO and founder Darren Rock watches as the first spirit flows from the still.

Prince Charles

HRH The Prince of Wales talks to Eric Heerema, the CEO and owner of Nyetimber and Hannah Heerema at Kenwood House in London, where English Heritage celebrated its centenary. The evening was sponsored by Nyetimber.

Tartan

Dr Kirstie McCallum and Michelle Lansdowne from Burn Stewart Distillers did Scotland proud as they donned the Bunnahabhain tartan for an event at The Peat Inn near St Andrews. The dinner launched a gastronomic tie-in with Michelin-starred chef Geoffrey Smeddle that is due to roll out in the whisky brand’s key markets next year.

Koppaberg

Swedish fruit coder Kopparberg becomes Kopparbeard by adding detachable beards to bottles of its new Spiced Apple variety. The beards are available at the Nordic Bar at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park.

Getting into the festive spirit, wine writer Richard Hemming donned a fetching pair of red braces (shown off here by Margaret Rand) for a Château Brown dinner at the Michelin-starred Launceston Place in Kensington. Guest of honour, Jean Christophe Mau, owner of the château, sadly failed to materialise as his plane was left stranded on the runway in Paris. His wines however, were enjoyed with gusto.

At the dinner, we slurped our way through the 2005-2011 vintages of Château Brown, 2009-2012 vintages of Château Brown Blanc and the debut 2012 vintage of Château Brown Rosé alongside an array of inventive dishes, from teal with hazelnuts and frozen foie gras to Cornish cod cooked at 54-degrees with ham hock and pickled cucumber.

Champagne expert Tom Stevenson surveys a selection of fizz during the third biannual International Sparkling Wine Symposium held at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey.

In a dramatic and historic win, this year’s 120th Argentine Open Championship in Buenos Aires was scooped by La Dolfina. The tournament marks the pinnacle of the Royal Salute World Polo Series, where the final is always passionately fought by some of the world’s best polo players.

Marques de Caceras

President of Marques de Caceres Cristina Forner with fellow guests at the Telva Fashion Awards, which took place at the Cibeles Palace in Madrid. The awards were sponsored by the winery, whose wines were served with dinner. 

Casa Silva Winery of the Year

Colhagua-based wine producer Casa Silva celebrates after being recognised as the 2013 Winery of the Year by the Association of Chilean Wine and Wines of Chile. This is the 21st year that the Wine Industry Association of Chile has given out this award.

The Hobbit

Giles James and Megan Watts of Yealands Estate Wines who sponsored the VIP advance screening of this year’’s highly anticipated film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in London on Wednesday. The event was organised by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and was held at the Curzon Mayfair cinema. Filmed and directed in New Zealand by Peter Jackson, this second Hobbit movie goes on general cinema release today

Penfolds in Sydney airport

Representatives of Treasury Wine Estates, Sydney Airport and Nuance Australia mark the opening of the first standalone permanent Penfolds boutique store at Sydney Airport, which was officially unveiled this week.

Cocktail Fire

An explosive cocktail is created at Night Tales, which is part of the God Save the Gin bar, which is hosted by Shake, Rattle and Stir in co-operation with Bulldog Gin.

Felix Solis

Felix Solis takes time out from meeting comedy celebrities at the British Comedy Awards. Wines on the night included Pagos del Rey’s Blume Sauvignon Blanc from Rueda which kicked proceedings off and was followed by Vina Albali Seleccion Privada Gran Reserva from Valdepenas, which went down as well as the humour.

Golden Acorn awards

Roy Cook of Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard in East Sussex, in the green jacket, is joined by representatives of the Golden Acorn awards, which Cook won. He was given the award, which is sponsored by AECORK, for his vineyard’s long standing use of cork stoppers in their English wines and his work supporting and promoting the unique eco-system of cork forest plantations.

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