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Friday 24 February 2017 loc: US
A rosé revolution: the five styles of pink wine

Rosé may have a reputation of being a fun drink with little sophistication but a new wave of winemakers are bucking the trend by using various methods to add complexity to the wine. We consider the five styles on the market today.

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WA announces 2017 Michelin events

Wine Advocate and the Michelin Guide’s series of Macau and Hong Kong dining events for 2017 have now been announced.

Patrón Tequila on search for ‘Margarita of the Year’

Patron Tequila has called upon the talents of seven international bartenders in search for the Patrón 2017 “Margarita of the Year”, following International Margarita Day on 22 February.

Strange tales: the emperor who loved vineyards and drove his troops to fury

The Roman emperor Probus does not receive much attention in the annals of the Roman Empire but he should be a more recognised figure for those interested in wine because of his dedication to the spread of viticulture.

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.

Beer

Innis & Gunn signs distribution deal in China and Taiwan

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Artist-inspired Paolozzi Lager debuts in London

The Edinburgh Beer Company has timed the London launch of its Paolozzi Lager to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s first major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi – the pop artist who inspired the brand.

CX launches first beer made for drinking at 35,000 feet

In partnership with Hong Kong craft brewery, HK Beer Co, Cathay Pacific has released a beer created for drinking in the air.

Top beer trends for 2017

Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, rounds up the beer trends he predicts will shape the industry in 2017, from mircobrewing to imports and collabs.

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

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. by db_staff
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WHISK(E)Y

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.

The return of Hong Kong’s Whisky Festival

Lovers of the dark matter are in for a treat as Hong Kong’s biggest whisky festival returns next month with a plethora of new expressions on offer.

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

High demand for Burgundy ‘dangerous’

Yannick Champ, the winemaker of Domaine Prieure Roch in Nuit-Saint-Georges, has said that the current high prices of Burgundy are “dangerous” and could follow in the footsteps of the Bordeaux price crash.

H&H puts old vats back to work

Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.

Christie’s to host ex-cellar Figeac sale

St Emilion premier grand cru classé, Château Figeac, has announced it has released a number of wines from its cellars to be sold by Christie’s in London this March.

Fine wine investment: the problem with Burgundy

The hitch with Burgundy is that while its numbers may seem encouraging, the difficulty of getting hold of any makes it a poor choice for many portfolios.

Champagne

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.

The week in pictures

A week of firsts: North South Wines’ inaugural tasting, Lidl’s first tasting of the year and Paolozzi’s London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.