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Tuesday 28 February 2017 loc: GB

    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.

    Wine closures: the facts

    Whether it be cork, plastic or aluminium, winemakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppers. Patrick Schmitt MW considers the performance of each closure type.

New Zealand in pictures

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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Hawksmoor’s Turner in HK collaboration

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.

HK sales of AOC Burgundy soar

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.

Australian wines’ ageing ability highlighted in China

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.

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.

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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.’

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.

AB InBev brings Bud Light to Britain

AB InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in “the biggest ever brand launch” by the brewer.

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.

Wine’s Apparent Neglect of Marketing

Marketing, advertising and research specialist Jonathan Cahill explores wine’s apparent neglect of marketing.

by Jonathan Cahill

Itata: a regional focus

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

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
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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

2009-10 Bordeaux price disparities

Despite the acclaim both vintages have received, the 2009s and 2010s from certain estate can vary widely in price.

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.

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.

Champagne

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.

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.