Lafite’s premium weakens further
Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.
Cognac exports reach highest level yet
Cognac exports reached their highest ever level in 2016, driven by the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) zone, according to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac.
Barclay brothers to close Sark Vineyard
A vineyard set up by UK billionaires the Barclay brothers in the Channel Islands is to close after just six years, with its owners blaming an “attack” on alcohol taxation by its government.
Warm Spanish hospitality awaited the dbHK team on a cold winter’s night at Alzina, a new Spanish outpost in Tsim Sha Tsui.
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Plenty of wines by the glass and a salutary lack of faddish distractions mark the list at the ETM Group’s pretty City restaurant.
Vinexpo is launching a new annual event aimed at accelerating trade with up-and-coming wine regions, which will see wine buyers taken to vineyards in a host region as part of a two-day business-building programme.
In keeping with its innovative spirit, Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee on a Tennessee Whiskey-flavoured coffee made from 100% Arabica beans.
The dbHK team have rounded up some of the most popular food and drink pairings around the world in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Rooster.
Starbucks is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.
Uzbekistan has raised excise duties for domestically produced alcoholic beverages, but will maintain excise duties for imported products.
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Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Earlier this month Liv-ex’s storage and distribution service, Vine, handled its millionth case of wine since the introduction of UIDs in 2009.
Wines from France’s Jura region are starting to make a splash, and are reaching record prices at iDealwine auctions. What has caused this uptick in interest and can this rise in popularity be sustained in the long run?
Philip Staveley of Amphora Portfolio Management explains how diversification of one’s fine wine portfolio can help to maintain a measure of control over risk exposure.
Champagne sales in China, the world’s fifth largest wine market, are still held back by consumers’ drinking habits, despite global sales of the prestigious sparkling wine continue to grow in both volume and value.
UK importer and wholesaler Liberty Wines is to distribute Sogrape’s portfolio of wines in the UK, which includes Sandeman Ports and Spain’s Bodegas LAN.
Perrier-Jouët has launched two prestige cuvées – the Belle Epoque 2008 and Belle Epoque Rosé 2007 in magnum – with its chef de cave also confirming a string of upcoming vintage release years, including the divisive 2016.
Made with the finest spirits and garnished with either ice and a slice, or a perfect diamond, the world’s most expensive cocktails don’t come cheap.
From Mr Wu’s famous Hot Sauce to the verdant peace of the New Territories, the entrepreneurial, restless spirit of Hong Kong has been encapsulated in a series of cocktails created by the InterContinental Hotel.