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Friday 28 October 2016 loc: GB
The week in pictures

Oz Clarke cuts the ribbon to a new state-of-the-art winery in Kent, US actor Wilmer Valderrama lends his support to Chivas Regal, and The Balvenie unveils the second instalment of its DCS compendium.



UK wine drinkers ‘in a rut’

UK consumers are more likely to ditch their partners than their favourite tipple, a new survey has found, suggesting the nation is in a wine rut.

Austria introduces Sekt pyramid

Austria has introduced a “quality pyramid” for its Sekt, with three categories ranging from “Klassik” to “Grosse Reserve”.

Auction update: Bonneau for ever

Since the death of Henri Bonneau in March of this year, the wines of his domaine have attracted interest from collectors like never before.

Man wakeboards through flooded vineyard

Storms may have devastated vineyards across South Australia, but this thrill seeker chose to make the best of the situation.


US brewery resurrects Iron Age ‘braggot’

A brewery in the US has teamed up with an archaeologist to recreate a 2,500 year-old Iron Age German mead.

Great Barrier brew in new venture

An Australian company behind a crowd-funded beer sold for the benefit of the Great Barrier Reef has launched a new competition to find the next drink in its range.

Maths team plots world’s longest pub crawl

An international team of mathematicians has spent two years plotting the shortest route between 25,000 UK pubs to create the longest pub crawl ever recorded.

The week in pictures

The launch of Royal Tokaji’s Essencia 2008, Jack Daniel’s descending on Glasgow, harvest time at Jenkyn Place and all the fun of the Wine Show Chelsea make the cut for this week’s week in pictures.

Personal reflection on a legend: Bill Coors turns 100 years old

Dan Fox reflects on the career of William K. Coors – “Uncle Bill” to many – who turned 100 earlier this year, recounting the “beer baron’s” many achievements, which include the aluminium can.

by Dan Fox

Metaxa’s adventurous new spirit

Geoffrey Dean reports on Greek spirit brand Metaxa's bold move to recruit South African adventurer Mike Horn as its new brand ambassador. by Geoffrey Dean

Why ShockTop’s ‘greatest SuperBowl ad ever’ was a failure

Advertising guru Dan Fox gives us his take on why ShockTop's $5 million, self-proclaimed "greatest SuperBowl ad of all time" failed. by Dan Fox

The promise of India

Last week we were lucky enough to be able to spend a day at the delightful Sula Vineyard, a hair-raising three hour drive north east of Mumbai. What has that got to do with wine investment, you may ask? by Philip Staveley
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Fine spirits dominate Bonhams next HK sale

Fine whiskies and Cognacs will dominate Bonhams next fine wine and spirit sale in Hong Kong this November.

Distillery leaks £1m worth of whisky

Loch Lomond Distillery has lost more than £1 million worth of whisky after it leaked from one of its giant vats and into the River Ayr.

Baileys launches Chocolat Luxe in HK

“Like eating a piece of chocolate”, Baileys Irish Cream has released Chocolat Luxe to the Hong Kong market made with Madagascan vanilla and Belgian chocolate.

Strong spirits and US sales boosts Remy Cointreau

Strong sales of liqueur and cognac sales boosted Remy Cointreau, which saw organic sales of 4.1% to €513.4 million in the first six months of the year.

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Restaurants and bars with an unusual past

From public toilets to gymnasiums and prisons, the former uses of this collection of restaurants are anything but ordinary.

Suertes del Marqués in pictures

A pictorial tour through the vineyards and cellar of Tenerife winery Suertes del Marqués, with a detour up the island’s spectacular volcano, El Teide.

The week in pictures

Brompton bike polo, aerobatics displays, dogs in knitted sweaters and a biltong bonanza at Borough Market – just another ordinary week in the drinks industry…

Top 10 London wine lists by originality

Wine List Confidential reveals London’s top 10 expert-rated wine lists that provoke a ‘What’s going on here, then?’ sort of response.


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?

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Details of Hospices auction announced

A barrel of Corton Bressandes grand cru will be the Pièce des Présidents at this year’s Hospices de Beaune auction and Jasper Morris MW has delivered his first impressions of the 2016 vintage.

Right Bank ‘bargains’ to be had

The Right Bank may not be quite the force within the Bordeaux category it has been of late but there are still rich pickings to be had.

Will 2015 Rhône justify higher prices?

The 2015 wines of Beaucastel and Vieux Télégraphe have begun to be offered by merchants but will their eventual scores justify higher prices?

Petit Mouton leads 2014 risers

Second wines of the first growths and big Right Bank names have been the best performers for the crop of Bordeaux 2014.


How important is product innovation to Champagne?

Champagne might be steeped in tradition, but to what extent is product innovation driving the category forward, and to what end?

M&S to stock Champagne Lanson for first time

As many as 220 branches of Marks & Spencer across the UK are to carry Champagne Lanson for the first time in the store’s history.

Champagne Masters 2016: the results

This year’s Champagne Masters showed that the quality in the sector is very high. Patrick Schmitt MW takes a look at who took away the top awards at the blind tasting.

Champagne to dominate NYC auction

Sotheby’s fine wine sale in New York this November will feature over 1,000 lots of Bollinger, Krug and top Burgundy.

Mumm unveils Grand Cordon bottle in HK

To mark the culmination of the Hong Kong E Prix, Maison Mumm has launched its ‘innovative’ Grand Cordon bottle in Asia which has the iconic red sash indented directly onto the glass.