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Wednesday 26 October 2016 loc: GB
The Wine Show Chelsea in pictures

This year’s Wine Show Chelsea saw more than 2,000 wine enthusiasts stream through its doors for the chance to taste more than 500 wines, medal-winning brews, bespoke G&Ts and expert masterclasses.



HK’s top Halloween horror cocktails

Halloween is swooping darkly upon us so we’ve revealed the best places in Hong Kong to enjoy all of its macabre mixology.

WSET opens HK office

WSET has opened its first international office in Hong Kong in response to a high demand for wine and spirit education across Greater China.

Domaine du Castel – a Cinderella story

Tel Aviv-based wine writer Chaim Helfgott charts the rise of Israel’s Domaine du Castel – a much-celebrated winery that began as a hobby.

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.


Great Barrier brew in new venture

An Australian company behind a crowd-funded beer sold for the benefit of the Great Barrier Reef has launched a new competition to find the next drink in its range.

Maths team plots world’s longest pub crawl

An international team of mathematicians has spent two years plotting the shortest route between 25,000 UK pubs to create the longest pub crawl ever recorded.

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.

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).

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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Distillery leaks £1m worth of whisky

Loch Lomond Distillery has lost more than £1 million worth of whisky after it leaked from one of its giant vats and into the River Ayr.

Baileys launches Chocolat Luxe in HK

“Like eating a piece of chocolate”, Baileys Irish Cream has released Chocolat Luxe to the Hong Kong market made with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian chocolate.

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.

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Suertes del Marqués in pictures

A pictorial tour through the vineyards and cellar of Tenerife winery Suertes del Marqués, with a detour up the island’s spectacular volcano, El Teide.

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.


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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Petit Mouton leads 2014 risers

Second wines of the first growths and big Right Bank names have been the best performers for the crop of Bordeaux 2014.

‘Incredible’ results for Avery family cellar

Christie’s auction of the Avery family’s fine wine cellar in London this week saw “incredible results”, according to the auctioneer.

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.

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.


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.

Champagne to dominate NYC auction

Sotheby’s fine wine sale in New York this November will feature over 1,000 lots of Bollinger, Krug and top Burgundy.

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.