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Thursday 28 July 2016 loc: GB
UK agents urge Comité Champagne not to cancel London tasting

Chairman of the UK Champagne Agents Association, Andrew Hawes, has urged the Comité Champagne to reconsider its decision to cancel its Annual Tasting in London.

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Top 10 summer cocktails and how to burn off the calories

When the sun’s out it’s easy to overindulge, but if you’re the gym going kind this can be dangerous. Here we chart the top 10 summer cocktails, how many calories they pack, and what you’ll have to do to shed the excess.

Top 10 drinking spots in the US press

With the summer at its peak, we’re taking a closer look at all the bars, restaurants and hotels featured in the US press this week.

Trivento goes for BBQ market with on-pack promo

Trivento is rolling out a new on-pack promotion to capitalise on the UK barbecue season.

Drunk Shetland pony breaks into bar and is escorted out with snacks

A Shetland pony in Gravesend, Kent, broke into a local pub and got drunk, and then refused to leave. Leading his owner to coax him out with a few bar snacks.

Beer

Brits have drunk 31m more pints in past three months

Beer sales this year have risen drastically in the second quarter of the year, so much so that they have helped to reverse a decade of decline.

Top nine drunk celebrities

We all like a drink, and sometimes we all overindulge. Celebrities are no different, only problem with that is they get pictured when they’re sailing three sheets to the wind.

Top six London bars for Pokémon Go

Pokémon has already proved itself to be a worldwide phenomenon, and in its short life has already altered the fabric of real life (to an extent).

Strange tales: the Maiwand Lion and Reading’s brewing past

Visitors to Forbury Gardens in Reading may be familiar with the impressive ‘Maiwand Lion’ monument but do they know its brewing links?

On to the Right Bank

There is always a suspicion that it is the lower cost wines that lead the way off the bottom after a long consolidation, but the Right Bank wines’ performance since the referendum vote gives the lie to that.

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What’s up, Languedoc?

As connoisseurs look beyond Bordeaux for value, fine wines from less celebrated regions are coming to the fore – enter cult Languedoc producer Domaine de la Granges des Pères. by iDealwine

Sip and savour this National Tequila Day

We're showing a little love for National Tequila Day with some tasty cocktail recipes. by Steven Green

Super Seconds: up, up and away!

Our post referendum trawl of value and performance in the fine market this week brings us to the Super-Seconds. Which are up and which are down? by Philip Staveley
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WHISK(E)Y

DFS Group unveils second venue in Changi Airport

Combining fine wine, whisky and cigars, the DFS Group’s newest retail store in Changi Airport will also host a seven-week long whisky festival from now until September.

LVMH wine and spirits revenues up 7%

Luxury goods group LVMH has reported total revenues of €17.2 billion in the first half of 2016, an increase of 3% on the previous year, with its wine and spirits revenues up 7%.

First Chinese student graduates from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts

The graduation of the first Chinese national from, The Prince’s School of Traditional Art will be appropriately with a dram of SPEY Royal Choice single malt whisky.

Ecovillage is constructed entirely from whisky barrels

An eco-village in the United States has been constructed using nothing but used whisky casks.

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.

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Top 10 alcohol-related tattoos

Everyone knows that alcohol and tattoos do not mix, however this crop of artwork shows booze can actually be the tattoo, rather than its ill-advised cause.

Top 10 extraordinary vineyards

From ash-strewn craters in Lanzarote to the near vertical slopes of the Mosel, these vineyards push the boundaries of viticulture to their limit.

HK’s top 10 sky high serves

With the only option to keep building ever upwards, Hong Kong has no shortage of vertigo-inducing bars and restaurants to keep city dwellers fed and watered this summer.

Top Chardonnays over £20

Following The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2015, we round-up the competition’s best premium wines that were awarded a Gold medal or a Master.

Austria’s top Gemischter Satz wines

As producers continue to dial up the quality and transform the image of what was, not so long ago, an unfashionable jug wine, db presents its top five Austrian Gemischter Satz producers…

Top 10 wines in the US press

After an enforced break, we’re back highlighting the top 10 wines in the US press with zingy Italian whites taking the spotlight.

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Fine Wine

Updates to Liv-ex 100 announced

Liv-ex has announced that it has made a number of changes to the Liv-ex 100 index in its annual update, with two Bordeaux labels now being listed for the first time.

2005 claret – a year on from Parker retrospective

A year after Robert Parker’s much anticipated retrospective of the Bordeaux 2005 vintage, which estates have profited the most?

Adnams boosts own-label with premium tier

Suffolk-based retailer Adnams is upping its focus on its own label wine range, with the addition of a new tier of premium wines this autumn.

Jebsen offers ‘iconic’ Ygay Blanco 1986 vintage

Jebsen Fine Wines in Hong Kong has announced it has acquired a parcel of the historical Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco 1986, available now to pre-order.

Champagne

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger rules himself out of French presidency race

Just five days after declaring his interest in running for the French presidency in 2017, the outspoken Champagne boss has retracted his plans.

Comité Champagne cancels London tasting

The Comité Champagne has announced today that it won’t be holding its Annual Champagne Tasting in the UK next year after over 20 years staging the event.

Moët launches one-hour Champagne delivery

Moët & Chandon has launched a one-hour chilled delivery service of its “on the rocks” Ice Imperial Champagne in London.

db interview: Stephen Leroux of Charles Heidsieck

db talks Champagne Charlie, Abraham Lincoln and how the house was recently rescued from oblivion with Charles Heidsieck’s executive director.

On this day 1861… Champagne at Bull Run

The first battle of the American Civil War took place on this day in 1861 and excited civilians gathered to watch the event with picnic hampers and Champagne to hand.