Swartland Municipality issues statement on sandmining
The Swartland Municipality has issued a statement on the granting of two new sandmining licences on the Paardeberg, insisting that sandmining is “an important aspect of economic development in the Western Cape”.
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Arizona is not the most typical of wine regions, surrounded by desert with blistering hot summers, but James Maynard Keenan, frontman of US rock band Tool, is not your typical winemaker.
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.
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About 45 exhibitors from Chile, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will showcase some of their top rated wines from at least 60 brands in the lead up to the upcoming Chengdu Food & Drinks Fair in March.
Scotch whisky brand Label 5 has launched a new international campaign, which aims to link drinkers from around the world.
Final entries are being accepted for the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline.
Carlsberg UK has launched craft brewing competition ‘YOUR BEER, here?’ offering brewers and importers the chance to have their beers listed in Carlsberg’s Crafted 2017 range.
Heineken has agreed to buy the Brazilian beer business of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company for €664 million (£564m) to become the second largest brewer in the country after AB InBev.
Diageo has announced plans to open a US version of its St James’s Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin in Relay, Maryland.
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Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.
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.
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.
Collectors in Hong Kong and Asia are now being deliberately targeted by fine wine counterfeiters authentication expert Maureen Downey has warned.
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.
The UK’s vote to leave the EU could offer an opportunity for New Zealand’s Méthode Marlborough sparkling wine, with import taxes likely to reduce as Champagne becomes more expensive, says winemaker Daniel Le Brun.
Under EPI ownership, Charles Heidsieck is planning to resurrect its prestige cuvée called Champagne Charlie, which was axed in 1985 when Rémy Martin bought the brand.
The WSTA has warned that the cost of a bottle of Prosecco could go up by 59 pence and Champagne by as much as a £1 in the UK next year.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild is aiming for 30% sales growth in Mainland China and Hong Kong this year as it expands its on-trade distribution channels, according to managing director, Frédéric Mairesse.