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    Top 10 alcohol-related tattoos

    Everyone knows that alcohol and tattoos do not mix, however this crop of artwork shows booze can actually be the tattoo, rather than its ill-advised cause.

    Updates to Liv-ex 100

    Liv-ex has announced that it has made a number of changes to the Liv-ex 100 index in its annual update, with two Bordeaux labels now being listed for the first time.

    AB Inbev step up offer for SABMiller

    AB InBev has upped its offer for SAB Miller in order to push through the largest merger between two beer companies in history, prompted by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

The nine coolest beer adverts ever

With so much competition in such a saturated space, beer companies have always been forced to go the extra mile to not only build their brand but ensure their customers maintain that loyalty through eye-catching TV ads.

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Strange tales: the Maiwand Lion and Reading’s brewing past

Visitors to Forbury Gardens in Reading may be familiar with the impressive ‘Maiwand Lion’ monument but do they know its brewing links?

Comité Champagne cancels London tasting

The Comité Champagne has announced today that it won’t be holding its Annual Champagne Tasting in the UK next year after over 20 years staging the event.

Dutch party boys build DIY pool with 138 beer crates

A group of Dutch drinking buddies came up with a way to combat the heat buy building their own swimming pool.

Beer

Belgian brewers use solar power to turn urine into beer

It may not be like turning water into wine, but scientists have figured out a way to turn urine into beer.

Brew-day at “Northern Craft” – Hawkshead Brewery’s 10th summer beer festival

Brewers from thirteen top craft breweries got together to brew a special beer at Hawkshead Brewery on Friday (22 July) to mark “Northern Craft” – Hawkshead’s 10th summer beer festival.

The Smithsonian is hiring a beer historian

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is looking to appoint a beer historian and scholar on a three-year appointment.

One Direction’s Harry Styles swigs from unknown beer on film set

One Direction star Harry Styles was spotted drinking from an unknown beer bottle on the set of his new film.

What’s up, Languedoc?

As connoisseurs look beyond Bordeaux for value, fine wines from less celebrated regions are coming to the fore – enter cult Languedoc producer Domaine de la Granges des Pères.

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Sip and savour this National Tequila Day

We're showing a little love for National Tequila Day with some tasty cocktail recipes. by Steven Green

Super Seconds: up, up and away!

Our post referendum trawl of value and performance in the fine market this week brings us to the Super-Seconds. Which are up and which are down? by Philip Staveley

Is there trouble ahead for the cult of craft?

Nobody, from the smallest, most lovingly curated one-man operation to the world’s most powerful CEO, would deny that craft is the big story in drinks branding and marketing at the moment. by db_staff
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WHISK(E)Y

First Chinese student graduates from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

The graduation of the first Chinese national from, The Prince’s School of Traditional Art will be appropriately with a dram of SPEY Royal Choice single malt whisky.

Ecovillage is constructed entirely from whisky barrels

An eco-village in the United States has been constructed using nothing but used whisky casks.

Israeli whisky arrives in the US for the first time

Israeli whisky has made its way into the United States for the first time despite not having been aged for the necessary three years to be considered as such.

Kavalan scoops trophy at ISC

Premium Taiwanese whisky, Kavalan has won the 2016 International Spirits Challenge 2016 trophy for its Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength.

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.

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Top 10 extraordinary vineyards

From ash-strewn craters in Lanzarote to the near vertical slopes of the Mosel, these vineyards push the boundaries of viticulture to their limit.

HK’s top 10 sky high serves

With the only option to keep building ever upwards, Hong Kong has no shortage of vertigo-inducing bars and restaurants to keep city dwellers fed and watered this summer.

Top Chardonnays over £20

Following The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round-up the competition’s best premium wines that were awarded a Gold medal or a Master.

Austria’s top Gemischter Satz wines

As producers continue to dial up the quality and transform the image of what was, not so long ago, an unfashionable jug wine, db presents its top five Austrian Gemischter Satz producers…

Top 10 wines in the US press

After an enforced break, we’re back highlighting the top 10 wines in the US press with zingy Italian whites taking the spotlight.

Top 10 Chardonnays under £20

Following the Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round up some of the top examples priced under £20 that earned either a Gold medal or Master.

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Fine Wine

2005 claret – a year on from Parker retrospective

A year after Robert Parker’s much anticipated retrospective of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, which estates have profited the most?

Adnams boosts own-label with premium tier

Suffolk-based retailer Adnams is upping its focus on its own label wine range, with the addition of a new tier of premium wines this autumn.

Jebsen offers ‘iconic’ Ygay Blanco 1986 vintage

Jebsen Fine Wines in Hong Kong has announced it has acquired a parcel of the historical Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco 1986, available now to pre-order.

Bonhams celebrates biggest ever sale

Fine and rare Burgundy and Madeira helped propel Bonhams to its most successful ever sale last week.

Champagne

Moët launches one-hour Champagne delivery

Moët & Chandon has launched a one-hour chilled delivery service of its “on the rocks” Ice Imperial Champagne in London.

db interview: Stephen Leroux of Charles Heidsieck

db talks Champagne Charlie, Abraham Lincoln and how the house was recently rescued from oblivion with Charles Heidsieck’s executive director.

On this day 1861… Champagne at Bull Run

The first battle of the American Civil War took place on this day in 1861 and excited civilians gathered to watch the event with picnic hampers and Champagne to hand.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger – the next French president?

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the ebullient head of historic Champagne house Taittinger, has thrown his hat into the ring for French president.

Moët announces 2008 Grand Vintage releases

Moët & Chandon has released its Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé from the 2008 vintage.