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Grape Britain: 10 far-flung vineyards in the UK

With the news that the UK is set to become a major exporter of wine by 2100, we look at some of the more unusual places that British producers are growing grapes.

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Camden beers land in NYC

AB InBev has taken one of its British craft beer brands, Camden Town Brewery, across the pond to New York this month, while setting up new brewpubs for Goose Island in the UK.

Seedlip non-alcoholic spirit expands to the US

Seedlip Drinks, the Diageo-backed non-alcoholic distilled spirit, is preparing to launch in the US, continuing its remarkable growth since launching onto the UK market 12 months ago.

New on Wine List Confidential: City Social

In a chic setting on floor 24 of Tower 42 comes another strong list from Laure Patry, group head sommelier of the Pollen Street Social group.

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

Wetherspoon ‘raising £1.6m a year for cancer charity’

A partnership between JD Wetherspoon and cancer charity CLIC Sargent, born of a chance meeting of the organisations’ bosses on a train 14 years ago, is reported to be raising £1.6m a year to support young cancer patients.

Chinese firm buys British pub visited by Xi Jinping

A Chinese firm has purchased the British pub visited by president Xi Jinping after the leader’s visit to the UK in October last year.

Borough Wines launches the Brewery Below

Borough Wines is taking its commitment to craft beer to the next level with the launch of its very own nanobrewery at its Islington premises.

The week in pictures

This week saw db host a masterclass on wines from Navarra, celebrate the 25th anniversary of London wine merchant Roberson and smash a volley with tennis legend Boris Becker.

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.

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The trouble with cider

Pete Hayes, co-founder and director of design agency PB Creative, laments the struggles of cider, which while already maintaining only a tiny share of the UK market, actually declined by 6% this year. by Pete Hayes

How can wine producers cater to the tastes of millennials?

It's no secret that the tastes of millennials can be tricky for wine producers to pin-point. Neil Anderson, marketing director of Kingsland Drinks, explores how wine producers can keep up with their ever evolving tastes. by Neil Anderson
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WHISK(E)Y

Welsh whisky from 1900 sells for £14k

Two 120-year-old bottles of Welsh whisky have sold for £14,500 at auction, setting a precedent for whiskies of this age and origin in the future.

Macallan whisky maker joins Lakes Distillery

Cumbria’s only distillery, the Lakes Distillery, has appointed The Macallan’s whisky maker as its new master blender.

Highland Park releases Ice Edition 17YO in HK

With a distinctly Viking theme, Highland Park’s Ice Edition has been released in Hong Kong which celebrates the historical links between the Orkney Islands and Denmark.

Whisky Exchange to sell £400k Macallan collection

The Whisky Exchange is to sell one of the largest collections of rare Macallan whiskies, which is valued at around £400,000.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

From crowd-pleasing Prosecco to Bull’s Blood from Hungary, this week UK wine writers offer up a mixed bag of recommendations for the festive season.

Top 10 hotel bars: Paris

Paris is a enchanting city with no end of bars to explore, but its hotels provide some of the most magical of settings from which to admire the city – glass in hand.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

After a long hiatus, we are back with our round-up of the top 10 wines in the UK press, starting with an intense Tokaji from Hungary and an “exuberant” Aussie Shiraz.

Seven less ordinary Thanksgiving wines

Is there anyone out there, in the wide, wide world of wine, daring to recommend a Thanksgiving wine less ordinary? We’ve plundered the internet and found seven who have, and for whose efforts we give thanks.

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Fine Wine

How much fake fine wine is in the market?

Just how much fake fine wine is circulating the market? Maureen Downey has an idea – and it’s much more than the trade thinks.

Waitrose reveals Hospices purchases

UK multiple grocer Waitrose has revealed it acquired two barrels of Burgundy at the recent Hospices de Beaune auction – the first time it has bought wine at the sale.

Full year of gains for fine wine

Liv-ex’s Fine Wine 100 gained 1.6% in November, the twelfth consecutive month of gains, and Champagne and Italian labels led the way.

When is Dragon 8’s next auction?

Despite claims the Hong Kong auction house would hold a sale this winter there appears to be no sign that this will be the case.

Champagne

Sparkling sales set to rise 500% at Christmas

Sales of sparkling wines are expected to rise by around 500% on the Friday before Christmas, according to a new report by Sainsbury’s.

Demi-sec ‘must come from the right vintage’

Demi-sec needs to be made in vintages that are complex and mature enough to be able to stand up to the sugar according to one champion of the style.

Houses divided over quality of 2016 vintage in Champagne

Reports are mixed about the 2016 vintage in Champagne, with some winemakers reporting ‘disastrous’ conditions and others pleasantly surprised by the quality.

Armand de Brignac releases £675 ‘A2’ Champagne

Armand de Brignac, the Champagne brand owned by rapper Jay Z, has released a second blend of its Blanc de Noirs expression priced at £675 a bottle.

Battlefield vineyards: part 2

Part two features the battles of Dürnstein, Porto, Champagne and Nuits and the destruction of Peru’s wine industry in the War of the Pacific.