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    Top 10 drinks-related gifts for Christmas

    Christmas is fast approaching, and with that comes the obligatory panic buying of presents. Get some inspiration for the drinks lover in your life with our round-up of boozy gifts.

    When is Dragon 8’s next auction?

    Despite claims the Hong Kong auction house would hold a sale this winter there appears to be no sign that this will be the case.

    The week in pictures

    This week saw db host a masterclass on wines from Navarra, celebrate the 25th anniversary of London wine merchant Roberson and smash a volley with tennis legend Boris Becker.

Battlefield vineyards: part 2

Part two features the battles of Dürnstein, Porto, Champagne and Nuits and the destruction of Peru’s wine industry in the War of the Pacific.

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London is ‘rip off capital of the wine world’

Spectator food and wine writer Bruce Palling has written an article condemning the exorbitant pricing of many London wine lists, naming and shaming some of the worst culprits.

Full year of gains for fine wine

Liv-ex’s Fine Wine 100 gained 1.6% in November, the twelfth consecutive month of gains, and Champagne and Italian labels led the way.

New on Wine List Confidential: Perilla

WLC discovers a wine list daring to be different at the newly opened Perilla restaurant in Newington Green.

Budweiser launches Helen Mirren ‘Super Bowl’ ad in UK

Budweiser has launched its biggest responsible drinking campaign in the UK, centred around the Super Bowl’ advert featuring Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren.

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Week in pictures: Hong Kong

From the craft beers of Chicago to the sweet nectar of Sauternes, velvety reds of Napa and 19th century Tawny Port – it’s been an eclectic week in Hong Kong’s wine world.

China reports strong imported alcohol growth

China’s total alcoholic beverage imports including wines, beers and spirits registered strong growth in both volume and value terms in the first 10 months of the year, according to the latest figures.

Belgian beer added to UNESCO list

Belgian beer has been added to UNESCO’s list of the ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.

How technology is transforming the drinks trade

From minimalist, home-brewing solutions to Pernod Ricard’s prototype of a web-connected spirits library, technology is rising as the alcoholic drinks’ industry’s geeky, auspicious, although slightly awkward, drinking buddy.

Tequila & mezcal… what’s happening?

Wine & Spirit International’s Dale Sklar looks at the mounting crisis for the Tequila industry as a chronic shortage of Blue Agave plants – which are used to make the spirit – cause huge price increases.

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The trouble with cider

Pete Hayes, co-founder and director of design agency PB Creative, laments the struggles of cider, which while already maintaining only a tiny share of the UK market, actually declined by 6% this year. by Pete Hayes

How can wine producers cater to the tastes of millennials?

It's no secret that the tastes of millennials can be tricky for wine producers to pin-point. Neil Anderson, marketing director of Kingsland Drinks, explores how wine producers can keep up with their ever evolving tastes. by Neil Anderson
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Whisky Exchange to sell £400k Macallan collection

The Whisky Exchange is to sell one of the largest collections of rare Macallan whiskies, which is valued at around £400,000.

SWA to appeal minimum unit price ruling

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced it will appeal the decision by the Scottish Court of Session to allow minimum unit pricing in Scotland to go-ahead.

New book celebrates Islay distilleries

A new, beautifully-illustrated book has been published to celebrate the whiskies of Islay and Jura, and the islands that shaped them.

Diageo backtracks on sale of £10m painting

Diageo has agreed to gift more than half the value of one of Scotland’s most important paintings to the National Galleries of Scotland, rather than sell it at auction for £10 million.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 hotel bars: Paris

Paris is a enchanting city with no end of bars to explore, but its hotels provide some of the most magical of settings from which to admire the city – glass in hand.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

After a long hiatus, we are back with our round-up of the top 10 wines in the UK press, starting with an intense Tokaji from Hungary and an “exuberant” Aussie Shiraz.

Seven less ordinary Thanksgiving wines

Is there anyone out there, in the wide, wide world of wine, daring to recommend a Thanksgiving wine less ordinary? We’ve plundered the internet and found seven who have, and for whose efforts we give thanks.

Top 10 cocktails for Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches we have taken some of world’s most classic cocktails and given them a holiday twist, offering some inspiration for this year’s celebrations.

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Brunello hampered by lack of understanding

As other Italian fine wines make gains in the secondary market, Brunello di Montalcino is held back by a lack of understanding thinks Tancredi Biondi Santi.

Fine wine investment: reaping the rewards

Investment is often full of more failures or near-successes than it is outright winners – so it’s nice to make some noise about one when you get it right.

Rumours of Dynasty Fine Wines’ delisting swirl

China’s Dynasty Fine Wines may face being delisted from Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx) if it fails to raise money to finance its daily operations, it has been claimed.

Fine wine investment: Pomerol opportunities

As the Black Friday frenzy subsides, Philip Staveley highlights a growing opportunity for wines from Pomerol on the fine wine market.

Champagne

M&S launches Christmas tasting event

M&S has launched a three-day pre-Christmas tasting event in store, which includes many of its new festive drinks.

Veuve Clicquot teams up with Deliveroo

Veuve Clicquot has become the first Champagne house to team up with UK on-demand delivery service Deliveroo, as it expands its reach into the off-trade.

Mumm teams up with skiing star Kevin Rolland

Maison Mumm has announced a brand new sponsorship deal with international freestyle skiing star Kevin Rolland.

Moët Hennessy to diversify into cycling?

Keen cyclists in the drinks trade – of which there are many ­– will no doubt be intrigued to learn that Moet-Hennessy is in talks to buy Rapha.

Usain Bolt named CEO of GH Mumm

Gold medal-winning Olympic athlete Usain Bolt has been appointed the new ‘CEO’ of Maison Mumm – that’s chief entertainment officer.