Is public opinion on alcohol at a crossroads?
Producers need to respond to shifting perceptions of alcohol as consumption continues to fall in the UK, with lower strength products offering an opportunity for growth, say key figures in the trade.
Kim Jong-un ‘drank 10 bottles of Bordeaux in one night’
The latest feat attributed to North Korea’s “beloved leader”, Kim Jong-un, is that he once drank 10 bottles of Bordeaux in one night.
US startup matches wines to your DNA
A Silicone Valley wine delivery startup is offering what could be the ultimate personalised wine experience – analysing a customer’s DNA to then match wines to their individual tastes.
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.
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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 has introduced a “quality pyramid” for its Sekt, with three categories ranging from “Klassik” to “Grosse Reserve”.
Since the death of Henri Bonneau in March of this year, the wines of his domaine have attracted interest from collectors like never before.
A brewery in the US has teamed up with an archaeologist to recreate a 2,500 year-old Iron Age German mead.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
The 2015 wines of Beaucastel and Vieux Télégraphe have begun to be offered by merchants but will their eventual scores justify higher prices?
Second wines of the first growths and big Right Bank names have been the best performers for the crop of Bordeaux 2014.
Champagne might be steeped in tradition, but to what extent is product innovation driving the category forward, and to what end?
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.
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.
Sotheby’s fine wine sale in New York this November will feature over 1,000 lots of Bollinger, Krug and top Burgundy.
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.