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Saturday 23 July 2016 loc: GB
The week in pictures

This week sees Pimm’s attempting to bring back croquet at the top of the Shard, a very graphic gin-off and Olly Smith opening the new Sussex vineyard visitor centre.

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Henschke unveils 05/06 Museum Release in UK

South Australian producer Henschke is launching a limited edition collector’s box of two “exceptional” back vintages of its iconic Hill of Grace in the UK.

Asda hires Lidl COO to head up small stores

UK retailer Asda has poached Lidl’s COO to head up its small store format, as it looks to capitalise on changing consumer habits.

Prosecco boom hits Freixenet sales

Cava producer Freixenet UK has seen sales continue to slide in the last year, as the Prosecco boom and the change in UK’s retail landscape continue to bite.

Beer

Double hand transplant patient can’t wait to clutch a beer

The UK’s first double hand transplant patient has expressed his desire to grab hold of a beer following his remarkable recovery.

Megadeth become latest band to launch beer range

Veteran metal band Megadeath are making their own beer, joining the growing crop of bands to lend their name to a brew.

MillerCoors takes control of US craft brewer

Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Co has been bought by MillerCoors’ craft and import division, making it the latest in a long line of craft brewers to be snapped up by big beer companies.

Beer rains from the sky as truck smash destroys cases of Miller

Motorists in Denver were rained upon with beer this week as a lorry carrying cases of Miller Genuine Draft was overturned on the overpass of a highway.

Super Seconds: up, up and away!

Our post referendum trawl of value and performance in the fine market this week brings us to the Super-Seconds. Which are up and which are down?

by Philip Staveley

Is there trouble ahead for the cult of craft?

Nobody, from the smallest, most lovingly curated one-man operation to the world’s most powerful CEO, would deny that craft is the big story in drinks branding and marketing at the moment. by db_staff

Birmingham bar bemoans lack of nearby Pokémon hotspots

A craft beer bar in Birmingham has complained that they are losing business because of Pokémon Go. by db_staff

Spotlight on Collio: Italian region seeks place in the sun

The little Italian region of Collio is hoping that a new awards system can help gets its name on wine lovers' radars. by Marisa D'Vari
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WHISK(E)Y

Israeli whisky arrives in the US for the first time

Israeli whisky has made its way into the United States for the first time despite not having been aged for the necessary three years to be considered as such.

Kavalan scoops trophy at ISC

Premium Taiwanese whisky, Kavalan has won the 2016 International Spirits Challenge 2016 trophy for its Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength.

Eight weird cocktails to emerge in 2016

Ants, bacon and macaroni cheese have all been making their way into cocktail glasses this year.

Craft Beer Clan of Scotland release barrel-aged beers

Craft Beer Clan have teamed up with Williams Brothers of Alloa to create four new beers using barrels from the Speyside, Highlands, Lowland and Islay whisky regions.

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

HK’s top 10 sky high serves

With the only option to keep building ever upwards, Hong Kong has no shortage of vertigo-inducing bars and restaurants to keep city dwellers fed and watered this summer.

Top Chardonnays over £20

Following The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round-up the competition’s best premium wines that were awarded a Gold medal or a Master.

Austria’s top Gemischter Satz wines

As producers continue to dial up the quality and transform the image of what was, not so long ago, an unfashionable jug wine, db presents its top five Austrian Gemischter Satz producers…

Top 10 wines in the US press

After an enforced break, we’re back highlighting the top 10 wines in the US press with zingy Italian whites taking the spotlight.

Top 10 Chardonnays under £20

Following the Drinks Business Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round up some of the top examples priced under £20 that earned either a Gold medal or Master.

16 German winemakers to watch

As Generation Riesling celebrates its 10th anniversary, db presents 16 young German winemakers that appear destined for success…

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Fine Wine

Adnams boosts own-label with premium tier

Suffolk-based retailer Adnams is upping its focus on its own label wine range, with the addition of a new tier of premium wines this autumn.

Jebsen offers ‘iconic’ Ygay Blanco 1986 vintage

Jebsen Fine Wines in Hong Kong has announced it has acquired a parcel of the historical Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco 1986, available now to pre-order.

Bonhams celebrates biggest ever sale

Fine and rare Burgundy and Madeira helped propel Bonhams to its most successful ever sale last week.

Willamette Valley Auction announces second sale

The second Willamette Valley Auction featuring the best of Oregon’s Pinot Noir will take place next spring it has been announced.

Champagne

On this day 1861… Champagne at Bull Run

The first battle of the American Civil War took place on this day in 1861 and excited civilians gathered to watch the event with picnic hampers and Champagne to hand.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger – the next French president?

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, the ebullient head of historic Champagne house Taittinger, has thrown his hat into the ring for French president.

Moët announces 2008 Grand Vintage releases

Moët & Chandon has released its Grand Vintage Blanc and Grand Vintage Rosé from the 2008 vintage.

The week in pictures

Rock icon Roger Daltrey of The Who was in town to launch his limited edition Champagne this week, while db pondered the Polo over a glass of Louis Roederer.

Russian footballers splash £200k on Champagne

Two Russian national footballers have been disciplined after they were caught on camera splashing £200,000 on 500 bottles of Armand de Brignac.