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Hawke’s Bay Syrah: ‘We don’t need make up’

Winemakers in Hawke’s Bay should use “less make up” if the region’s expression of Syrah is to reach its full potential, believes one winemaker, who advocates a less extracted style made with less oak to better express its place.

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Angélus to build new chai for Carillon

St Emilion grand cru classé ‘A’ Château Angélus, has said it plans to build an entirely new chai in which to produce its second wine, Carillon de l’Angélus.

Cuervo sees profits slump by nearly 50%

Just one month after listing on the Mexico stock market and raising $934m from investors, Jose Cuervo’s parent company, Becle, has reported a near 50% slump in fourth quarter profits compared with last year.

Heineken launches craft beer for non-craft beer drinkers

Heineken is hoping to tempt the 75% of beer drinkers who have never tried craft beer into the growing category, with the launch of two new beers under its new Maltsmith Brewery label.

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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WHISK(E)Y

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.

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Top new products: February 2017

February saw the release of a raft of rare wines and spirits carrying some impressive age, including a 1991 single malt, a 1987 Hine Cognac, and a 1967 single harvest Port from Taylor’s.

Highlights of an exceedingly busy Viñateros tasting

While db didn’t quite find the elbow room to taste all of the 300-plus wines on pour at Viñateros, we had a damn good go. In the pages that follow we present our highlights.

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.

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Fine Wine

‘Feverish’ bidding for ’45 La Mission in NYC

Two double magnums of 1945 La Mission Haut-Brion were one of the more sought-after lots at Sotheby’s recent fine wine sale in New York.

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.

Champagne

Pommery re-enters HK after two-year hiatus

After an almost two year hiatus, Champagne Pommery has re-entered the Hong Kong market with an exclusive distribution agreement with Connoisseur Wines & Spirits.

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.