Whisky auctioneer unearths counterfeiting operation
Whisky.Auction, an online spirits auctioneer, has said it has uncovered a “large scale” counterfeiting operation of extreme sophistication and an arrest has been made.
BA serves Bolney British fizz in first class
Britsh Airways has added an English sparkling wine to its first class menu for the first time, listing Bolney Wine Estates’ vintage blanc de blancs as its guest sparkling wine for six months.
Campari ‘world’s best-performing spirits stock’
Gruppo Campari CEO Kunze-Concewitz reckons that since the company joined the MIlan stock market in 2001, it is “the best performing spirits stock in the world in terms of shareholder returns.”
Winemakers in Hawke’s Bay should use “less make up” if the region’s expression of Syrah is to reach its full potential, believes one winemaker, who advocates a less extracted style made with less oak to better express its place.
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St Emilion grand cru classé ‘A’ Château Angélus, has said it plans to build an entirely new chai in which to produce its second wine, Carillon de l’Angélus.
Just one month after listing on the Mexico stock market and raising $934m from investors, Jose Cuervo’s parent company, Becle, has reported a near 50% slump in fourth quarter profits compared with last year.
Heineken is hoping to tempt the 75% of beer drinkers who have never tried craft beer into the growing category, with the launch of two new beers under its new Maltsmith Brewery label.
Storm Doris failed to dampen our spirits this week as Annie Lindo powered through pruning her 140,000th vine, Ehrmanns wine held their annual portfolio tasting, Luxardo launched its new Bitter Bianco and we headed to II Bar at the Bulgari Hotel for a ‘Negroni tray.’
A Greek brewery has filed a €100 million lawsuit against Heineken’s Greek subsidiary, Athenian Brewery, after it was fined £25m for abuse of the market over a 15-year period, squeezing out competitors through exclusivity agreements.
AB InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in “the biggest ever brand launch” by the brewer.
the drinks business is now accepting entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.
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Two double magnums of 1945 La Mission Haut-Brion were one of the more sought-after lots at Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in New York.
Despite the acclaim both vintages have received, the 2009s and 2010s from certain estate can vary widely in price.
The Labruyère family has added a Champagne to its portfolio and intends to produce wines made only from individual crus.
Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in London realised over £1 million with Pétrus and Lafite taking the top lots.
After an almost two year hiatus, Champagne Pommery has re-entered the Hong Kong market with an exclusive distribution agreement with Connoisseur Wines & Spirits.
Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in the UK, says head of Champagne Agents Association in response to comments from Méthode Marlborough winemaker.
Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.
Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year’s Oscars as the Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.
Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.