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Monday 20 February 2017 loc: GB
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.

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Southern Hemisphere wines to shine in Chengdu

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.

Label 5 introduces new digital campaign

Scotch whisky brand Label 5 has launched a new international campaign, which aims to link drinkers from around the world.

Final call for Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017

Final entries are being accepted for the drinks business Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline.

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.

Beer

Carlsberg launches UK craft brewing competition

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 buys Kirin’s Brazilian beer business

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.

Guinness to open first US brewery in 63 years

Diageo has announced plans to open a US version of its St James’s Gate Guinness Brewery in Dublin in Relay, Maryland.

England’s most famous beer cities join forces

Sheffield and Norwich are joining forces to promote their local beers in a series of events that will take place across pubs and bars in both cities.

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

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.

The return of Hong Kong’s Whisky Festival

Lovers of the dark matter are in for a treat as Hong Kong’s biggest whisky festival returns next month with a plethora of new expressions on offer.

SWA signs deal with Scottish craft distillers association

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association have formed a partnership agreeing to work together to support to Scotch whisky industry, recognising its rapid expansion over the past three years.

Diageo builds momentum

Diageo has continued to build momentum in its half-year results, driven by improvements in its US spirit business and Scotch portfolio.

Our Top 10's

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.

Six of the best terroir-focused Villány wineries

db profiles six terroir-focused wineries from the Cabernet Franc-loving region of Villány in southern Hungary.

10 stellar South African Chenins

As the 2017 South African white grape harvest gets under way, we pick out 10 Chenins which display that magical combination of freshness, tension and mellifluous fruit that so many SA winemakers do so well.

Hot new restaurant openings: January 2017

Our latest round-up of openings in the capital features a Cantonese canteen, tasty Thai, Duck & Waffle’s sister site and a grilled cheese sarnie specialist.

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Fine Wine

H&H puts old vats back to work

Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.

Christie’s to host ex-cellar Figeac sale

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.

Fine wine investment: the problem with Burgundy

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.

Fine wine fakers targeting Asian collectors

Collectors in Hong Kong and Asia are now being deliberately targeted by fine wine counterfeiters authentication expert Maureen Downey has warned.

Champagne

The week in pictures

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.

Brexit an opportunity for NZ Méthode Marlborough

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.

Heidsieck’s Cuvée Champagne Charlie ‘will come back’

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.

WSTA warns of Prosecco price hike

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 Rothschild aims for 30% growth in China

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.