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South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings

As South African winemakers continue to test the limits of their country’s terroir, we count down the top 10 fastest-growing grape varieties on the Cape.

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WOSA Sommelier Cup winners announced

Marc Almert from Germany is the winner of the 2016 Wines of South Africa International Sommelier Cup with Joe Yang of Macau and Nathan Morrell of Canada tying for second place.

HK Bar Awards winners announced

Hong Kong’s first ever Bar Awards was a memorable spirits-soaked evening hosted at Zuma. We present the final award winners of each category.

Burger-flavoured beer looks to grill competition

A burger and a beer go hand in hand like peas in a pod, and our obsession with the humble beef patty only seems to be getting stronger.

Kevin Spacey arrives at Oktoberfest

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey’s arrival at this year’s Oktoberfest didn’t go as under the radar as he would have liked.

Beer

Beer in a can approved as real ale

A Bristol brewery is the first to have its canned beer recognised as real ale by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Donald Trump wants to ‘make beer great again’

A Donald Trump stein that rivals Michelangelo’s David for artistic value has been released in the US.

Top 10 buildings built with booze bottles

In a world of waste any attempt to reduce and reuse should be applauded, which makes the following bottle-based constructions not only impressive works of art, but eco-friendly landmarks.

Doughnut-flavoured beer released

Two new doughnut-flavoured beers have been released in Australia, and the creations are already winning praise for their unique taste.

Why does Bud Light refuse to sell beer?

Fresh from announcing its gay-wedding ad (which, in oddly tokenising fashion, appears not yet to have actually aired on paid major media as promised), Bud Light is now advertising equal pay for women.

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Closely watched wines

Tracking which wines people are searching for can be a good way of predicting trends and investment opportunities. by Philip Staveley

What’s in a name? The pitfalls of picking a brand for your brew

Effective branding is fundamental to the success of any business, as is defending it from potential rivals keen to free-ride on its success, writes Susan Snedden. by Susan Snedden

English Wine: on the up in 2016!

English wine is making the news these days and more importantly it's expanding. by Robin Goldsmith
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WHISK(E)Y

ISIS lashing people caught smuggling alcohol

ISIS chiefs are punishing anyone that’s caught with illicit alcohol by handing out 80 lashes.

Royal Salute releases 32-year-old whisky

Royal Salute has unveiled its latest expression – Royal Salute 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns – a blend of single malt and grain whiskies aged for a minimum of 32 years.

New David Beckham ad helps Diageo battle outdated views on whisky

Diageo has released a new TV ad campaign starring David Beckham for their Haig Club brand to help them challenge the ‘status quo’ on what Scotch is.

Islay to gain ninth whisky distillery

Hunter Laing & Co. is to build the first new distillery on Islay for more than a decade, expanding its remit from bottling and blending to the distillation of single malt whiskies.

KOTTABOS

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?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

Oregon Pinot Noir’s are paired alongside a selection of sparkling whites in this week’s spotlight on the best wines in the US press.

Top 10 London wine lists by range

Of the 350+ London entries currently on Wine List Confidential, in the pages that follow we present the top 10 based on range…

Six wine holidays off the beaten track

We’re all about discovery here, and if you’re planning a wine holiday anytime soon then you might want to consider one of these less than commercial destinations.

Top 10 German beers for Oktoberfest

With this year’s Oktoberfest almost upon us, we take a closer look at some of the best beers coming out of Germany right now.

10 words to look out for on affordable wine bottles

Affordable wine can sometimes be seen as inferior, but there are a few things to look out for to prove that these wines are more than they’re cracked up to be.

Top new products: September

This month’s latest releases include a Champagne from The Who legend Roger Daltrey, the next instalment of David Beckham’s partnership with Diageo’s Haig Club and Louis Roederer’s 2009 Cristal.

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Fine Wine

Latour ‘07 release: ‘a damp squib’

Although it was released with no ex-cellar premium, Latour’s 2007 has largely failed to ignite UK consumers’ interest say merchants.

Burgundy braces itself for smaller harvest

Burgundy is anticipating a patchy 2016 harvest following “challenges” caused by spring frosts, with yields potentially dipping by around 25%.

A century of La Mission for sale

The line-up of the La Mission Haut-Brion ex-cellar sale being held in New York this October has been announced.

Latour release: 2007 out at market price

Latour has released the next tranche of its ex-cellar offerings, this time the 2007 vintage of the grand vin – with no premium.

Champagne

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy reveals alcohol demons

Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy has revealed his former problems with drinking and tells how he turned his life around.

Jenkyn Place echoes ‘vintage of the century’ hope

Simon Bladon, owner of Jenkyn Place Vineyard, has echoed the expectant hope of fellow Hampshire wine estate owner Ian Kellett that 2016 could be the ‘vintage of the century’ for his estate.

Nicolas Feuillatte sponsors 100-course dinner party

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has partnered with food start-up La Belle Assiette to host a ‘record-breaking’ 100-course dinner, which will be served to 100 guests over 1,000 minutes next month.

2016 vintage ‘better in England than Champagne’

English sparkling wines will outperform those of Champagne in the 2016 vintage, Naked Wines has predicted.

DP offers 15-minute ‘transformational’ experience

Dom Pérignon is launching a free 15-minute immersive experience that it says will take guests on a “multi-sensory journey to uncover the magic” of its Champagnes.