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    Three irritating craft beer gimmicks

    Craft beers are often hailed for their gimmicks and setting their own trends, but there are three that are becoming less welcome as time goes on.

    Accolade boss to step down ahead of IPO listing

    Accolade boss Paul Schaafsma is to step down from the Australian wine company next year, a spokesman from its parent company has confirmed.

    Sparkling Masters 2016: the results

    No longer just a tipple for ladies who lunch, sparkling has become a ‘lifestyle’ wine for consumers around the world, and as our Masters competition showed, the quality is rising from Champagne to English sparkling and beyond.

WLC new entry: Galvin HOP

Galvin group sommelier Andrea Briccarello brings the wine on tap concept to the group’s laidback bar/café next-door to La Chapelle in Spitalfields.

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Armit poaches new md from Berry Bros, & Rudd

Armit Wines has appointed Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Kristen Kilby as its new managing director.

Australian Vintage sees hit after Brexit vote

Australian Vintage has warned of a “fragile” UK market after seeing AU$1m profit wiped out by the impact of the Brexit vote.

Hine offers rare 1916 vintage Cognac at auction

Hine has released one of the last remaining bottles of its 1916 vintage Cognac, for auction with the proceeds going toward a charity that supports disadvantaged youths.

Winemaker Ben Snyman talks Survivor

Overhex Wines International head winemaker Ben Snyman talks about the winemaking process involved in producing the Survivor Wines range.

Beer

Ibiza Beer Festival to launch in September

Ibiza doesn’t need much encouragement to party, but thanks to the Fería de la Cerveza de Ibiza, September will get a whole new angle on what it means to have a good time.

Heineken buys one of Carlsberg’s Vietnamese breweries

Heineken has purchased Carlsberg’s brewery in Vietnam as it looks to expand into one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Female bartenders honoured in HK Bar Awards

The leading ladies of HK’s bar scene are in the spotlight as the countdown begins to the Bar Awards announcement party. Here are the top 10 finalists of each of the Bar Awards categories.

Pub leaves hilarious note for drunk customers leaving the bar

Residents complaining about noise from the local pub is not uncommon, but one pub is passively aggressively fighting back.

What are you waiting for?

The fine wine market shows no signs of letting up, and although the end of last week saw a slight fall in index terms, as this week has begun we have seen nothing but rising bids, with offers “leaving the building” a bit sharpish. It felt like a firmer market to start the week, and sure enough the Liv-ex 50 rebounded 0.33% last evening.

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Small screen boosts confidence in fine wine

Beady-eyed investors will have had the chance to see and hear Amphora’s own James Fletcher on CNBC last Thursday. Yes folks, the fine wine market has been barreling ahead at such a rate as to attract the attention of the small screen. by Philip Staveley

Tasmania, an island of well-kept treasures

Being the only island State of Australia, Tasmania is a fascinating and intriguing wine region. According to the legend, this little island in the middle of the ocean was born from the union between Australia and New Zealand. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Pink for Summer: Reviewing five rosé wines perfect for the sun

Rosé is often credited as being the ideal wine for the summer, and here Robin Goldsmith brings us five selections that make perfect accompaniment to the warm weather. by Robin Goldsmith
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WHISK(E)Y

English whisky distillery opens to the public

England isn’t really known for its whisky, but the first distillery south of Hadrian’s Wall in 100 years is now opening its doors to the public.

‘Whisper whiskies’ to cater to millennial market

Following the wine trail, whisky is set to become the latest drink to undergo a makeover for the millennial market.

Fine wine among most popular ‘hobby’ investments

According to a new study by Lloyds, one in six investors are sinking their fortunes into “hobby” investments such as fine wine and whisky.

Kirin Japanese whisky makes first shipment to France

Japanese whisky maker Kirin announced this week that they will begin selling their products in France for the first time.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week’s wine predominantly come from San Luis Obispo and the Rhône Valley, who are both prolifically producing a series of fantastic wines.

Top 10 restaurant cook books

Taking in culinary treats from Spain and Italy to Jerusalem and Thailand, we round-up our favourite cook books released by the brains behind some of London’s top restaurants.

The 10 worst rated beers in the world

Some people won’t care what they’re drinking, but most can tell a good beer from a bad one and those who can aren’t afraid to give a damning assessment of the beers they don’t like.

Six Italian wine regions you need to visit

Italy is a gorgeous country to see on foot, and for the oenophiles out there it is blessed with some outstanding wine regions to explore.

Top 10 pitfalls of collecting fine wine

Any investment comes with a certain amount of risk, but when it comes to fine wine the pitfalls can be even more obscured, making it a more-difficult-than most market to navigate.

Six great beauty benefits of drinking vodka

Vodka often gets a bad rep as it’s likely given more people headaches than it’s cured, but there are some unknown beauty benefits that it possesses.

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Fine Wine

What fine wines are merchants looking at?

First growth claret remains the most searched for group of wines by merchants in the UK, France, Hong Kong, China and Belgium Liv-ex has said.

New highs for Petrus

The weaker pound continues to be a boon for fine wine as eight vintages of Petrus hit new trade records on Liv-ex this month.

HDH to auction off fallen oil man’s collection

The cellar of the late Aubrey McClendon, during his lifetime one of the biggest wine collectors in the US, is to be auctioned off by Hart Davis Hart this September.

Scaffolder faces jail over fine wine scam

A wine company boss who conned collectors out of hundreds of thousands of pounds and stole their fine vintages in a scam that “preyed on vulnerable and elderly victims” is facing jail.

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Proust Q&A: Séverine Frerson

Piper-Heidsieck’s Séverine Frerson-Gomez reveals her fictional hero, greatest regret, and most marked characteristics in the Proust Q&A.

Glasgow ‘the capital of Prosecco sales’, Aldi claims

Glasgow is the ‘capital’ of Prosecco, discounter Aldi has claimed, after it published a map showing hot-spots for different wines across the UK.

Brits toast Olympics with 15m more pints

Sales of wine, beer and cider were given a welcome boost in August with the effects of a heatwave and Olympic celebrations helping to balance an otherwise “torrid year” for retailers.

14 of the world’s best sparkling wines

Sparkling wine is on fire at the moment, so we’ve rounded up the 14 top performers at our inaugural Global Sparkling Wine Masters competition for you to seek out.

Veuve Clicquot boat trip in pictures

Veuve Clicquot recently took to Hong Kong’s high seas for a fun, frothy and frivolous nautical trip complete with lashings of bubbles, Brut and boating banter.