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Rías Baixas in pictures

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Spain’s northwestern tip to Rías Baixas, where she’s plied with polpo and zippy Albariño and shown around some of the region’s most stunning estates.

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Behind the bar with… Brendon Khoo

28 HongKong Street’s resident bartender Brendon Khoo on Malaysia, Mezcal and mixology and how a chance cocktail competition at hospitality school ignited his passion to be behind the bar.

ASC takes on Savanna cider

ASC Fine Wines has announced it has taken on premium South African cider brand, Savanna for the Mainland China market.

New on Wine List Confidential: Grain Store

Wine List Confidential turns the spotlight on the list at Granary Square’s sustainable dining and drinking venue, Grain Store.

Kevin Spacey arrives at Oktoberfest

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey’s arrival at this year’s Oktoberfest didn’t go as under the radar as he would have liked.

Beer

Carlsberg’s Stuart Pearce beer ad banned

Carlsberg has fallen foul of the ASA after releasing an advert showing former England footballer Stuart Pearce deliver a crate of beer to a building site.

Top 10 UK beer imports from Europe

With the British Beer & Pub Association releasing their yearly statistics we’re able to show you where in Europe the UK gets the most of its beer from.

Aldi aims £2.99 ‘craft wine’ range at millennial market

Supermarket chain Aldi is looking to tap into the craft beer loving millennial market by releasing a range of low-price ‘craft wines’.

Investor revolt threatens SABMiller takeover

Protests by shareholders are threatening to throw AB InBev’s £79 billion takeover of SABMiller – set to become the biggest deal in British corporate history – off the rails.

Languedoc needn’t cost the earth

The Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s biggest wine region and the first in France to be planted with vines by the Romans. Previously, the area was known more for bulk wine production than for quality and while today it produces around one third of all French wine.

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Alcoholic Drinks – August 2016 Overview of New Product Launches

This regular summary highlights the most interesting product launches in July to August 2016, with a focus on the direction the alcoholic drinks industry is taking in terms of innovative developments. by Spiros Malandrakis

Fine wine in La La land

The top wines of the Rhône have always struggled despite good scores and small production but that doesn't mean their time won't come. by Philip Staveley

Why does Bud Light refuse to sell beer?

Fresh from announcing its gay-wedding ad (which, in oddly tokenising fashion, appears not yet to have actually aired on paid major media as promised), Bud Light is now advertising equal pay for women. by Dan Fox
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WHISK(E)Y

United Spirits to launch India’s first flavoured whiskey

United Spirits is preparing to launch India’s first flavoured whiskey, its first new product release since Diageo acquired it in 2014.

Police close in on £12,000 distillery thief

Police are said to be closing the net on the thief that stole a £12,000 bottle of whisky in Scotland last week.

Shipwreck whisky goes to auction

A whisky pulled from the depths of Davy Jones’ 120-year-old locker has turned up for sale at an auction.

Scotch awarded trademark in Taiwan

Scotch whisky has been registered as a trademark in Taiwan, with the Scotch Whisky Association calling it a “legal breakthrough” in the battle against fakes.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

Our Top 10's

Seven gluten-free beers to try now

Gluten-free beers are following in the trend of low-alcohol and low-carb alcohol, and here are five that you should be getting down your gullet right now.

South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings

As South African winemakers continue to test the limits of their country’s terroir, we count down the top 10 fastest-growing grape varieties on the Cape.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Oregon Pinot Noir’s are paired alongside a selection of sparkling whites in this week’s spotlight on the best wines in the US press.

Top 10 London wine lists by range

Of the 350+ London entries currently on Wine List Confidential, in the pages that follow we present the top 10 based on range…

Top 10 buildings built with booze bottles

In a world of waste any attempt to reduce and reuse should be applauded, which makes the following bottle-based constructions not only impressive works of art, but eco-friendly landmarks.

Six wine holidays off the beaten track

We’re all about discovery here, and if you’re planning a wine holiday anytime soon then you might want to consider one of these less than commercial destinations.

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Fine Wine

GPL 2009 at record high

The 2009 vintage of Grand-Puy-Lacoste has risen to an “all-time high” on the Liv-ex exchange.

Sotheby’s announces autumn sale line-up

Over a century’s worth of Bordeaux vintages will lead Sotheby’s next fine wine sale in London this October.

Suduiraut launches second dry white

Sauternes Premier Cru Classé estate Château Suduiraut has launched a new ‘entry-level’ dry white wine, Le Blanc Sec de Suduiraut 2015.

Harrods to close fine wine basement

One of London’s most famous luxury department stores, Harrods, is to close its basement fine wine shop it has been announced, with the range being moved elsewhere in the building.

Champagne

Moët names new chef

Champagne house Moët & Chandon has named Marco Fadiga as its new executive chef.

Bollinger to auction 1914 vintage fizz

Bollinger is to auction a 102-year-old bottle of 1914 Champagne at Sotheby’s in New York, part of a 600-strong collection of vintage cuvées discovered in a secret room within its labyrinth of cellars.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy reveals alcohol demons

Leicester City and England striker Jamie Vardy has revealed his former problems with drinking and tells how he turned his life around.

Jenkyn Place echoes ‘vintage of the century’ hope

Simon Bladon, owner of Jenkyn Place Vineyard, has echoed the expectant hope of fellow Hampshire wine estate owner Ian Kellett that 2016 could be the ‘vintage of the century’ for his estate.

Nicolas Feuillatte sponsors 100-course dinner party

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has partnered with food start-up La Belle Assiette to host a ‘record-breaking’ 100-course dinner, which will be served to 100 guests over 1,000 minutes next month.