Champagne shipments drop 2% to 306.6m bottles
Champagne shipped a total of 306.6 million bottles in 2016, a decline of 2% on 2015’s result, the drinks business is the first to reveal.
Frescobaldi global sales up 6%
Driven by strong demand from the US, global wine sales at Tuscany’s renowned Frescobaldi wine group have increased by around 6% in value in 2016 compared with 2015, according its president, Marchesi Leonardo Frescobaldi.
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.
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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Maurizio Severgnini, the sommelier at Spiga, speaks to dbHK about his first love of an Umani Ronchi Cabernet and his weakness for bubbles and sweet wines.
From a Viper Martini to the Monkey Mandarin Punch, Gaucho has created a new range of cocktails in honour of all 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Online wine merchant and club, Honest Grapes, has appointed a former Amazon director as its new CEO.
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 is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.
Uzbekistan has raised excise duties for domestically produced alcoholic beverages, but will maintain excise duties for imported products.
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Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.
Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Earlier this month Liv-ex’s storage and distribution service, Vine, handled its millionth case of wine since the introduction of UIDs in 2009.
Wines from France’s Jura region are starting to make a splash, and are reaching record prices at iDealwine auctions. What has caused this uptick in interest and can this rise in popularity be sustained in the long run?
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.
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.
Perrier-Jouët has launched two prestige cuvées – the Belle Epoque 2008 and Belle Epoque Rosé 2007 in magnum – with its chef de cave also confirming a string of upcoming vintage release years, including the divisive 2016.
Made with the finest spirits and garnished with either ice and a slice, or a perfect diamond, the world’s most expensive cocktails don’t come cheap.
From Mr Wu’s famous Hot Sauce to the verdant peace of the New Territories, the entrepreneurial, restless spirit of Hong Kong has been encapsulated in a series of cocktails created by the InterContinental Hotel.