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Sunday 26 February 2017 loc: GB

    Heineken fined £25m for 15-year abuse of Greek market

    A Greek brewery has filed a €100 million lawsuit against Heineken’s Greek subsidiary, Athenian Brewery, after it was fined £25m for abuse of the market over a 15-year period, squeezing out competitors through exclusivity agreements.

    Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in UK

    Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in the UK, says head of Champagne Agents Association in response to comments from Méthode Marlborough winemaker.

    Game changing restaurant Dabbous to close

    Chef Ollie Dabbous’ eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant Dabbous in Fitzrovia is to close this June five years after it burst onto the London restaurant scene.

The week in pictures

Storm Doris failed to dampen our spirits this week as Annie Lindo powered through pruning her 140,000th vine, Ehrmanns wine held their annual portfolio tasting, Luxardo launched its new Bitter Bianco and we headed to II Bar at the Bulgari Hotel for a ‘Negroni tray.’

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Domaine Thomson gets organic certification

Central Otago’s Domaine Thomson has just gained organic certification for its entire estate from Biogro NZ.

Respekt biodynamic group announces new members

Three new winemakers from Germany and Austria have joined the respekt-BIODYN European biodynamic winemakers’ association, taking total membership of the organisation to 22.

Labruyère ‘emulating Burgundy’ in Champagne

The Labruyère family has added a Champagne to its portfolio and intends to produce wines made only from individual crus.

Glassware gets saucy in ‘Karma-Shotra’ video

With Valentine’s Day around the corner one UK drinks merchant has seized upon the most romantic month of the year to release a light hearted animation featuring amorous glassware.

Beer

The Drinks Business Awards 2017 launched

the drinks business is now accepting entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.

Innis & Gunn signs distribution deal in China and Taiwan

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Artist-inspired Paolozzi Lager debuts in London

The Edinburgh Beer Company has timed the London launch of its Paolozzi Lager to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s first major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi – the pop artist who inspired the brand.

CX launches first beer made for drinking at 35,000 feet

In partnership with Hong Kong craft brewery, HK Beer Co, Cathay Pacific has released a beer created for drinking in the air.

Itata: a regional focus

Simone Madden-Grey – aka The Happy Wine Woman – takes a close look at the vineyards of Chile’s Itata Valley.

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What trends will shape the drinks trade in 2017?

Neil Anderson of Kingsland Drinks looks into his crystal ball to see what the big political decisions of 2016 could mean for the drinks industry, and the trends that we'll be chasing into the new year. by Neil Anderson

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. by db_staff
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WHISK(E)Y

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul to play Jack Daniel in TV drama

Actor Aaron Paul has been confirmed to play the founder of Jack Daniel’s in a new TV drama based on a 2004 biography of the distiller’s life.

Four key spirits trends for 2017

Euromonitor’s Spiros Malandrakis predicts the spirits trends that will shape the industry in 2017, from a greater appreciation of blended whiskies to the rise of cognac in China.

SWA calls for 2% tax cut on Scotch whisky

The UK Scotch market showed continued signs of growth in 2016, but the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) says more still needs to be done to sustain its recovery, calling on the government yo cut the amount of tax imposed on Scotch by 2%.

Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal

The EU has voted to ratify a controversial trade deal with Canada which will boost the exports of drinks between the two trade blocks, and remove Canadian regional monopolies on wine retailing.

Our Top 10's

Hot new London bar openings: February

Our latest round-up of new drinking dens in the capital includes a bar inspired by Andy Warhol’s studio, Lab Bar’s flighty new reincarnation and a Tooting speakeasy serving twists on the classics.

Top 12 restaurant wine gripes

Sourcing responses from our followers on Facebook and Twitter, as well as colleagues working in the trade, db brings you a selection of the biggest gripes associated with drinking wine in a restaurant.

Six of the best terroir-focused Villány wineries

db profiles six terroir-focused wineries from the Cabernet Franc-loving region of Villány in southern Hungary.

10 stellar South African Chenins

As the 2017 South African white grape harvest gets under way, we pick out 10 Chenins which display that magical combination of freshness, tension and mellifluous fruit that so many SA winemakers do so well.

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Fine Wine

Sotheby’s sale achieves £1.72m

Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in London realised over £1 million with Pétrus and Lafite taking the top lots.

iDealwine update: a Rhône star

While Romanée-Conti and Petrus dominated the overall iDealwine auction rankings in 2016, the most expensive single bottle was an Hermitage La Chapelle. Investors would do well to take a closer look at this revered northern Rhône appellation.

High demand for Burgundy ‘dangerous’

Yannick Champ, the winemaker of Domaine Prieure Roch in Nuit-Saint-Georges, has said that the current high prices of Burgundy are “dangerous” and could follow in the footsteps of the Bordeaux price crash.

H&H puts old vats back to work

Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.

Champagne

Champagne Lanson launches organic ‘Green Label’

Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.

Piper-Heidsieck to be the Champagne of the Oscars

Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year’s Oscars as the Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.

Galaxy somm wins Ruinart Challenge

Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.

Flood of ‘English Champagne’ very unlikely

A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.

The week in pictures

A week of firsts: North South Wines’ inaugural tasting, Lidl’s first tasting of the year and Paolozzi’s London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.