Is Villány the new home of Cabernet Franc?
Last month producers from Villány, Hungary, invited press and trade representatives to the second Franc & Franc conference. Their aim: to demonstrate that their region is the new home of Cabernet Franc.
Fake Scotch hints at wider world of counterfeits
Fake Scotch whisky worth close to £1 million has been removed from the market in what one broker has called “just the tip of the iceberg”.
Hot toddies, fondant fancies, Albert Roux, truffled brie, lashings of Champagne and Boris Becker dressed as a seabird helped make this week in drinks a memorable one.
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If you love the taste craft beer but think it goes too flat too quickly, a British company has released the perfect accessory for you: a portable, wand-like beer carbonator.
Grower champagnes, Aussie reds and German wines are being tipped for online success over Christmas, according to Virgin Wines
Riesling is the most undervalued variety in Australia, with the wines often hugely over-performing for their price point according to one champion of the grape.
HonestBrew has launched an attack on multinational companies it says are “tricking” customers into thinking they are supporting independent brewers.
AB InBev has taken one of its British craft beer brands, Camden Town Brewery, across the pond to New York this month, while setting up new brewpubs for Goose Island in the UK.
A partnership between JD Wetherspoon and cancer charity CLIC Sargent, born of a chance meeting of the organisations’ bosses on a train 14 years ago, is reported to be raising £1.6m a year to support young cancer patients.
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Although Bordeaux is very firmly back in the news at the moment, Italy and Napa should still be on the keen investors radar.
Sotheby’s last fine wine sale of the year in London includes a line up of “festive treats” from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port.
As much as US$550 million worth of fine wine from imprisoned counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan may still be in the market, according to Maureen Downey.
Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck will launch an ambitious redesign next year as part of the brand’s mission to take on Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot.
On floor 38 of the Heron Tower, Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian culture meet in a bizarre bamboo nest of a dining room. If Champagne or sake are your thing, it’s likely you’ll enjoy yourself up here.
Sales of sparkling wines are expected to rise by around 500% on the Friday before Christmas, according to a new report by Sainsbury’s.
Demi-sec needs to be made in vintages that are complex and mature enough to be able to stand up to the sugar according to one champion of the style.
Reports are mixed about the 2016 vintage in Champagne, with some winemakers reporting ‘disastrous’ conditions and others pleasantly surprised by the quality.
Armand de Brignac, the Champagne brand owned by rapper Jay Z, has released a second blend of its Blanc de Noirs expression priced at £675 a bottle.