UK gin exports worth a record £474m
The UK exported £474 million worth of gin in 2016, smashing last year’s record with the WSTA estimating that exports will hit the £500 million mark before the end of 2017.
Napa Valley toasts successful auction
The Premiere Napa Valley auction saw “feverish” bidding for the specially created lots of wines drive the sale to a US$4.2 million total.
Taking in the wine regions of Central Otago and Hawke’s Bay via Christchurch, Marlborough and Nelson, we round up some pictorial highlights of a recent trip to New Zealand.
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Hong Kong’s Nate Green will be joined by Richard Turner, chef of renowned London steakhouse Hawksmoor for a two-night meat feast in April.
Revenue of Burgundy wine grew by 9% in 2016 reaching a new record of €43 million with sales of red and white AOCs the Hong Kong top sellers, reflecting a diversifying and “democratic” market, according to the BIVB.
The ageing ability of Australia’s finest wines and some rare Barossa gems came under focus at a series of master classes organised by Wine Australia across China last week.
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.’
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.
AB InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in “the biggest ever brand launch” by the brewer.
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.
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Despite the acclaim both vintages have received, the 2009s and 2010s from certain estate can vary widely in price.
The Labruyère family has added a Champagne to its portfolio and intends to produce wines made only from individual crus.
Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in London realised over £1 million with Pétrus and Lafite taking the top lots.
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.
Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in the UK, says head of Champagne Agents Association in response to comments from Méthode Marlborough winemaker.
Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.
Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year’s Oscars as the Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.
Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.
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.