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    Chinese company buys Château Bel-Air

    Golden Field, a Chinese food and beverage multinational company, has completed the purchase of Domaine de Bellair in Castillon for an undisclosed sum, underlining Chinese buyers’ continued interest in Bordeaux châteaux.

    The Queen’s English fizz sells out

    The Queen’s English sparkling wine, Windsor Great Park, has proved such a success that Laithwaite’s is taking pre-orders for the eagerly awaited second batch.

    Beer yoga: it’s a thing

    Many people like to unwind after a tough day in the office with a bottle of beer, others with a yoga session. Now the two have merged into one happy workout.

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.

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Wine Australia unveils app for vine water stress

A “cheap and easy-to-use” smartphone app that helps grapegrowers measure the water status of their vines is being tested by 15 vineyards across Australia.

Koshu of Japan press and trade tasting

Koshu of Japan’s annual trade and press tasting will take place on Wednesday, 1 February 2017 in London.

New on Wine List Confidential: The Frog

Kermited young chef Adam Handling has divided critics with his informal fine dining restaurant The Frog. But how does his wine list perform? Toadally amazing, fairly frogettable, or fit to croak?

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.

Beer

Scientists aim to brew beer on the Moon

A team of science and engineering students in California is hoping to brew a small amount of beer on the Moon to see how yeast behaves in lunar conditions.

Brewery appoints finance director to oversee growth

Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn has promoted Esther Binnie to the role of Finance Director, as it seeks to double turnover to £250 million in the next three years.

Chinese New Year around the world

The dbHK team have rounded up some of the most popular food and drink pairings around the world in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

Starbucks pulls alcohol from US stores

Starbucks is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.

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

Pernod Ricard invests in Irish whiskey distillery

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is investing €10.5 million into its Irish Whiskey distillery in Cork enabling it to boost production by around a third.

Rémy appoints CEO of new whisky arm

Rémy Cointreau has named Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin as the newly appointed head of its whisky business unit, following its recent acquisition of two distilleries in the US and France.

Jack Daniel’s releases whiskey-flavoured coffee

In keeping with its innovative spirit, Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee on a Tennessee Whiskey-flavoured coffee made from 100% Arabica beans.

Plans for England’s ‘highest distillery’ unveiled

Princetown Distillers has submitted plans to build what would be the highest whisky distillery in England on the plains of Dartmoor National Park in the west country.

Our Top 10's

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.

Hot new restaurant openings: January 2017

Our latest round-up of openings in the capital features a Cantonese canteen, tasty Thai, Duck & Waffle’s sister site and a grilled cheese sarnie specialist.

Top 10 London Cora-venues

In recognition of one of the biggest on-trade trends of recent years, db presents its top 10 London venues making best use of Coravin.

Spain’s top women winemakers

From daughters taking the reins at historic family estates to winemakers in charge of the country’s top drops, Lucy Shaw profiles the women shaping Spanish wine.

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Fine Wine

Fine wine investment: Petrus and the Fire Rooster

After a few years of muted activity in the wake of the government crackdown on corruption, China’s fine wine drinkers are showing signs of life again. Will the Year of the Rooster mark a return to form?

Merchants underestimate fine wine’s resurgence

Fine wine merchants were caught out by the surge in the secondary market last year, with 98% underestimating its eventual close.

Lafite’s premium weakens further

Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.

Etienne de Montille to open winery in Japan

Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Champagne

Sparflex secures UK distribution deal

French group Sparflex, a leading manufacturer of foils, capsules and wirehoods for drinks brands, has secured a UK distribution deal through Rankin Brothers.

Lanson signs five-year deal with the 02

Champagne Lanson has signed a five-year deal with London venue The O2, which will give it exclusive pouring rights at its public bars and see the opening of a new Lanson-branded Champagne bar.

Champagne still not fizzing in China

Champagne sales in China, the world’s fifth largest wine market, are still held back by consumers’ drinking habits, despite global sales of the prestigious sparkling wine continue to grow in both volume and value.

Liberty Wines takes on Sogrape in the UK

UK importer and wholesaler Liberty Wines is to distribute Sogrape’s portfolio of wines in the UK, which includes Sandeman Ports and Spain’s Bodegas LAN.

巴黎之花宣称2016年将是年份香槟年

巴黎之花(Perrier-Jouët)近日发布两款顶级香槟 – 2008年份的Belle Epoque以及2007年份的Belle Epoque Rosé桃红1.5升装。此外首席酿酒师Hervé Deschamps也确认了一系列即将发布的年份香槟,包括备受争议的2016年份。