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    10 ghoulish cocktails for Halloween

    The witching hour is nearly upon us, so we’ve rounded up the best places in the capital to enjoy spine-tinglingly good Halloween-themed cocktails, from Pumpkin Bellinis to Corpse Revivers.

    World wine production to drop by 5% in 2016

    Global wine production is expected to drop by 5% in 2016, making it one of the three lowest yielding vintages in the past twenty years, according to the OIV.

    Margaux appoints new managing director

    Château Margaux has appointed Philippe Bascaules as its new managing director but he will also remain director of winemaking at Inglenook in California.

15 decadent autumn drinks

As the nights draw in, Londoners start to seek out cosy armchairs and log fires. We’ve cherry picked 15 autumnal cocktails on pour across the capital to ease you into this most decadent of seasons.



The week in pictures

The launch of Royal Tokaji’s Essencia 2008, Jack Daniel’s descending on Glasgow, harvest time at Jenkyn Place and all the fun of the Wine Show Chelsea make the cut for this week’s week in pictures.

Jason Atherton to open ‘Victorian grocery’ restaurant

Unstoppable chef Jason Atherton has added yet another string to his bow with the opening of a restaurant designed to look like a Victorian grocery in London’s financial heart.

John Szabo MS launches volcanic wines book

Canadian Master Sommelier and wine critic John Szabo has launched a first-of-its-kind book focusing on wines made from grapes grown on volcanic soils.

Man wakeboards through flooded vineyard

Storms may have devastated vineyards across South Australia, but this thrill seeker chose to make the best of the situation.


Brewer creates world’s most expensive crisp

A Swedish craft brewer has created what it believes to be the perfect accompaniment to its brews – five individually handmade crisps priced at £45 (US$56).

Smallest pub in the UK opens

The tiniest pub in Britain will open its doors in the London borough of Greenwich tomorrow that’s smaller than the perimeter of a snooker table.

New gluten-free barley trials a ‘game-changer’ for beer

An Edinburgh micro-brewery is trialing a new gluten-free barley from Australia which it claims could be a game-changer for the free-from beer market.

19th century brewery excavated

A team of archaeologists has been excavating the site of Lincoln’s old Crown Brewery before the area is turned into a public transport hub.

Metaxa’s adventurous new spirit

Geoffrey Dean reports on Greek spirit brand Metaxa’s bold move to recruit South African adventurer Mike Horn as its new brand ambassador.

by Geoffrey Dean

Why ShockTop’s ‘greatest SuperBowl ad ever’ was a failure

Advertising guru Dan Fox gives us his take on why ShockTop's $5 million, self-proclaimed "greatest SuperBowl ad of all time" failed. by Dan Fox

The promise of India

Last week we were lucky enough to be able to spend a day at the delightful Sula Vineyard, a hair-raising three hour drive north east of Mumbai. What has that got to do with wine investment, you may ask? by Philip Staveley

Languedoc needn’t cost the earth

The Languedoc-Roussillon is the world's biggest wine region and while previously the area was known more for bulk wine production than for quality, that is changing. by Robin Goldsmith
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Strong spirits and US sales boosts Remy Cointreau

Strong sales of liqueur and cognac sales boosted Remy Cointreau, which saw organic sales of 4.1% to €513.4 million in the first six months of the year.

Constellation Brands sells off Canadian business

Constellation Brands has sold its Canadian business to an Ontario-based teachers’ pension plan for CAN$1 billion.

Macallan Double Cask ‘unites worlds’

The Macallan’s latest single malt creation, the 12-year-old ‘Double Cask’, unites the worlds of its Sherry and Fine Oak ranges the distillery has said.

Longmorn unveils two single malt whiskies

Chivas Brothers’ single malt whisky Longmorn has released two new bottlings; Longmorn 23 Year Old and a reinterpretation of its Longmorn 16 Year Old, completing a trio of single malt whiskies.

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The week in pictures

Brompton bike polo, aerobatics displays, dogs in knitted sweaters and a biltong bonanza at Borough Market – just another ordinary week in the drinks industry…

Top 10 London wine lists by originality

Wine List Confidential reveals London’s top 10 expert-rated wine lists that provoke a ‘What’s going on here, then?’ sort of response.

Top 10 most powerful winemakers in Chile

Based on the volumes of bottled wine exported from Chile between June 2015 and May 2016, we round up the country’s 10 biggest winemakers.

The five ultimate Syrahs from the Global Masters

Following the drinks business Global Syrah Masters, we round up the competition’s top five wines – examples deemed so exceptional they were awarded the title of Master by our panel of judges.


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?

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Champagne 2016: no rush to celebration… yet

After the vineyards were battered by a series of atrocious weather at the beginning of the year, the state of the harvest in Champagne in 2016 has given producers some cause for hope.

Henri Giraud to open 0% stainless steel cellar

Champagne Henri Giraud is to open a “pioneering” new cellar this November with 0% stainless steel.

China topples US as Australia’s top export market

China has overtaken the US to become Australia’s most valuable export market, fuelled by the increased demand for higher priced bottled wine.

Storming success for La Mission in NYC

An ex-cellar sale of Château La Mission Haut-Brion in New York has realised almost US$1.4 million with over $40,000 raised for charity.


Champagne Masters 2016: the results

This year’s Champagne Masters showed that the quality in the sector is very high. Patrick Schmitt MW takes a look at who took away the top awards at the blind tasting.

Mumm unveils Grand Cordon bottle in HK

To mark the culmination of the Hong Kong E Prix, Maison Mumm has launched its ‘innovative’ Grand Cordon bottle in Asia which has the iconic red sash indented directly onto the glass.

Cristal 2009: best to jump in early

The 2009 vintage of Louis Roederer’s Cristal is now being offered and with back vintages of top Champagnes rising in price it’s a good idea to jump in early.

UK wine trade: ‘the best of times, the worst of times’

It’s ‘the best of times and the worst of times’ for UK wine businesses, according to Andrew Hawes, managing director of London-based wine shipper Mentzendorff.

Californian wines to lead Bonhams sale

Bonhams next London sale later this month will be led by a large consignment of top Californian wines.