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Wednesday 18 January 2017 loc: US

    Lafite’s premium weakens further

    Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.

    Cognac exports reach highest level yet

    Cognac exports reached their highest ever level in 2016, driven by the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) zone, according to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac.

    Barclay brothers to close Sark Vineyard

    A vineyard set up by UK billionaires the Barclay brothers in the Channel Islands is to close after just six years, with its owners blaming an “attack” on alcohol taxation by its government.

dbHK eats: Alzina

Warm Spanish hospitality awaited the dbHK team on a cold winter’s night at Alzina, a new Spanish outpost in Tsim Sha Tsui.

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New on WLC: Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

Plenty of wines by the glass and a salutary lack of faddish distractions mark the list at the ETM Group’s pretty City restaurant.

Vinexpo launches new regional initiative

Vinexpo is launching a new annual event aimed at accelerating trade with up-and-coming wine regions, which will see wine buyers taken to vineyards in a host region as part of a two-day business-building programme.

Jack Daniel’s releases whiskey-flavoured coffee

In keeping with its innovative spirit, Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee on a Tennessee Whiskey-flavoured coffee made from 100% Arabica beans.

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.

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Chinese New Year around the world

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 pulls alcohol from US stores

Starbucks is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.

Uzbekistan raises duty on domestic alcohol

Uzbekistan has raised excise duties for domestically produced alcoholic beverages, but will maintain excise duties for imported products.

Social drinking ‘good for your health’

New research has shown that moderate, casual drinking with friends may be linked to overall health benefits.

Itata: a regional focus

Simone Madden-Grey – aka The Happy Wine Woman – takes a close look at the vineyards of Chile’s Itata Valley.

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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

Plans for England’s ‘highest distillery’ unveiled

Princetown Distillers has submitted plans to build what would be the highest whisky distillery in England on the plains of Dartmoor National Park in the west country.

Top 10 most popular whiskey cocktails

Lynchburg Lemonade, Mint Julep, Manhattan: we looked at the most popular whisky cocktails people searched for over the past year to discover the number one drink on the tip of your tongue.

Rémy completes Westland Distillery deal

French drinks producer Rémy Cointreau has completed its acquisition of the Seattle-based Westland Distillery, furthering its reach within the growing American single malt whiskey category.

Rémy Cointreau buys Domaine des Hautes Glaces

The Rémy Cointreau Group has finalised its acquisition of French single malt distillery Domaine des Hautes Glaces.

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Top 10 London Cora-venues

In recognition of one of the biggest on-trade trends of recent years, db presents its top 10 London venues making best use of Coravin.

Spain’s top women winemakers

From daughters taking the reins at historic family estates to winemakers in charge of the country’s top drops, Lucy Shaw profiles the women shaping Spanish wine.

Top 10 worst drunk TV interviews

Bill Murray falling off his chair, James Brown answering mainly in song, and Danny Devito trying not to hiccup. Here are the Top 8 worst TV interviews celebrities gave while intoxicated.

Restaurant openings to watch in 2017

A legion of big name chefs are opening their first solo ventures in London this year in what looks to be another explosive 12 months for food in the capital.

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Fine Wine

Etienne de Montille to open winery in Japan

Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Vine handles millionth case of wine

Earlier this month Liv-ex’s storage and distribution service, Vine, handled its millionth case of wine since the introduction of UIDs in 2009.

iDealwine update: the Jura’s out

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?

Fine wine investment: portfolio diversification

Philip Staveley of Amphora Portfolio Management explains how diversification of one’s fine wine portfolio can help to maintain a measure of control over risk exposure.

Champagne

Champagne still not fizzing in China

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.

Liberty Wines takes on Sogrape in the UK

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: 2016 ‘will be a vintage year’

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.

Top 10 most expensive cocktails

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.

Hong Kong’s heritage captured in cocktails

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.