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Friday 9 December 2016 loc: GB
The week in pictures

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.



Ultrasonic beer carbonator launched

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.

Virgin Wines predicts top Christmas tipples

Grower champagnes, Aussie reds and German wines are being tipped for online success over Christmas, according to Virgin Wines

Riesling ‘most undervalued’ variety in Australia

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.

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.


Independent beer seller slams corporate craftiness

HonestBrew has launched an attack on multinational companies it says are “tricking” customers into thinking they are supporting independent brewers.

Camden beers land in NYC

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.

Wetherspoon ‘raising £1.6m a year for cancer charity’

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.

Chinese firm buys British pub visited by Xi Jinping

A Chinese firm has purchased the British pub visited by president Xi Jinping after the leader’s visit to the UK in October last year.

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.

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The trouble with cider

Pete Hayes, co-founder and director of design agency PB Creative, laments the struggles of cider, which while already maintaining only a tiny share of the UK market, actually declined by 6% this year. by Pete Hayes

How can wine producers cater to the tastes of millennials?

It's no secret that the tastes of millennials can be tricky for wine producers to pin-point. Neil Anderson, marketing director of Kingsland Drinks, explores how wine producers can keep up with their ever evolving tastes. by Neil Anderson
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Welsh whisky from 1900 sells for £14k

Two 120-year-old bottles of Welsh whisky have sold for £14,500 at auction, setting a precedent for whiskies of this age and origin in the future.

Macallan whisky maker joins Lakes Distillery

Cumbria’s only distillery, the Lakes Distillery, has appointed The Macallan’s whisky maker as its new master blender.

Highland Park releases Ice Edition 17YO in HK

With a distinctly Viking theme, Highland Park’s Ice Edition has been released in Hong Kong which celebrates the historical links between the Orkney Islands and Denmark.

Whisky Exchange to sell £400k Macallan collection

The Whisky Exchange is to sell one of the largest collections of rare Macallan whiskies, which is valued at around £400,000.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

From crowd-pleasing Prosecco to Bull’s Blood from Hungary, this week UK wine writers offer up a mixed bag of recommendations for the festive season.

Top 10 hotel bars: Paris

Paris is a enchanting city with no end of bars to explore, but its hotels provide some of the most magical of settings from which to admire the city – glass in hand.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

After a long hiatus, we are back with our round-up of the top 10 wines in the UK press, starting with an intense Tokaji from Hungary and an “exuberant” Aussie Shiraz.

Seven less ordinary Thanksgiving wines

Is there anyone out there, in the wide, wide world of wine, daring to recommend a Thanksgiving wine less ordinary? We’ve plundered the internet and found seven who have, and for whose efforts we give thanks.

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Fine wine investment: Beyond Bordeaux

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 reveals ‘festive treats’ for London sale

Sotheby’s last fine wine sale of the year in London includes a line up of “festive treats” from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Port.

$550m worth of Kurniawan counterfeit wines being ‘resold over and over again’

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.

Piper ready to take on Veuve and Moët

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.


New on Wine List Confidential: Sushi Samba

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.

Sparkling sales set to rise 500% at Christmas

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 ‘must come from the right vintage’

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.

Houses divided over quality of 2016 vintage in Champagne

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 releases £675 ‘A2’ Champagne

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.