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Wednesday 22 February 2017 loc: GB

    UK Beaujolais sales show big upward trend

    The tide appears to be turning for Beaujolais in the UK, with the latest export figures showing a volume increase of 31.68% for the Beaujolais Crus and 12.75% for Beaujolais-Villages in the 12 months to December 2016.

    Champagne Lanson launches organic ‘Green Label’

    Lanson is to become the largest house to launch an organic Champagne when it officially unveils its Green Label later this year.

    Trump wine boycott backfires

    An attempt to get consumers to boycott wines made at Donald Trump’s estate has backfired spectacularly, leading them to sell out at stores in Virginia.

A rosé revolution: the five styles of pink wine

Rosé may have a reputation of being a fun drink with little sophistication but a new wave of winemakers are bucking the trend by using various methods to add complexity to the wine. We consider the five styles on the market today.

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New on Wine List Confidential: Cigalon

Provence is the vibe at Cigalon, with plenty of rosé and garrigue-y reds to match up to the cooking of Marseillais chef Julien Carlon. Time to wake up and smell the lavender.

Nerello Mascalese – an alternative classic?

Nerello Mascalese has the potential to become an ‘alternative classic’ which could match Burgundy on quality and provenance but beat it on price, according to one premium Etna producer.

The Gibson launches seasonal cocktail list

Classic cocktail bar The Gibson in Old Street has launched an outlandish new menu of seasonal cocktails inspired by the 12 months of the year.

Glassware gets saucy in ‘Karma-Shotra’ video

With Valentine’s Day around the corner one UK drinks merchant has seized upon the most romantic month of the year to release a light hearted animation featuring amorous glassware.

Beer

Innis & Gunn signs distribution deal in China and Taiwan

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Artist-inspired Paolozzi Lager debuts in London

The Edinburgh Beer Company has timed the London launch of its Paolozzi Lager to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s first major exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi – the pop artist who inspired the brand.

CX launches first beer made for drinking at 35,000 feet

In partnership with Hong Kong craft brewery, HK Beer Co, Cathay Pacific has released a beer created for drinking in the air.

Top beer trends for 2017

Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, rounds up the beer trends he predicts will shape the industry in 2017, from mircobrewing to imports and collabs.

Itata: a regional focus

Simone Madden-Grey – aka The Happy Wine Woman – takes a close look at the vineyards of Chile’s Itata Valley.

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What trends will shape the drinks trade in 2017?

Neil Anderson of Kingsland Drinks looks into his crystal ball to see what the big political decisions of 2016 could mean for the drinks industry, and the trends that we'll be chasing into the new year. by Neil Anderson

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. by db_staff
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WHISK(E)Y

SWA calls for 2% tax cut on Scotch whisky

The UK Scotch market showed continued signs of growth in 2016, but the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) says more still needs to be done to sustain its recovery, calling on the government yo cut the amount of tax imposed on Scotch by 2%.

Go-ahead for EU-Canada CETA trade deal

The EU has voted to ratify a controversial trade deal with Canada which will boost the exports of drinks between the two trade blocks, and remove Canadian regional monopolies on wine retailing.

The return of Hong Kong’s Whisky Festival

Lovers of the dark matter are in for a treat as Hong Kong’s biggest whisky festival returns next month with a plethora of new expressions on offer.

SWA signs deal with Scottish craft distillers association

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association have formed a partnership agreeing to work together to support to Scotch whisky industry, recognising its rapid expansion over the past three years.

Our Top 10's

Hot new London bar openings: February

Our latest round-up of new drinking dens in the capital includes a bar inspired by Andy Warhol’s studio, Lab Bar’s flighty new reincarnation and a Tooting speakeasy serving twists on the classics.

Top 12 restaurant wine gripes

Sourcing responses from our followers on Facebook and Twitter, as well as colleagues working in the trade, db brings you a selection of the biggest gripes associated with drinking wine in a restaurant.

Six of the best terroir-focused Villány wineries

db profiles six terroir-focused wineries from the Cabernet Franc-loving region of Villány in southern Hungary.

10 stellar South African Chenins

As the 2017 South African white grape harvest gets under way, we pick out 10 Chenins which display that magical combination of freshness, tension and mellifluous fruit that so many SA winemakers do so well.

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Fine Wine

High demand for Burgundy ‘dangerous’

Yannick Champ, the winemaker of Domaine Prieure Roch in Nuit-Saint-Georges, has said that the current high prices of Burgundy are “dangerous” and could follow in the footsteps of the Bordeaux price crash.

H&H puts old vats back to work

Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.

Christie’s to host ex-cellar Figeac sale

St Emilion premier grand cru classé, Château Figeac, has announced it has released a number of wines from its cellars to be sold by Christie’s in London this March.

Fine wine investment: the problem with Burgundy

The hitch with Burgundy is that while its numbers may seem encouraging, the difficulty of getting hold of any makes it a poor choice for many portfolios.

Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck to be the Champagne of the Oscars

Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck is to add to the sparkle of this year’s Oscars as the Champagne served during the Academy Awards season.

Galaxy somm wins Ruinart Challenge

Han Yew Kong, the head sommelier of Galaxy Macau has been crowned the winner of the Hong Kong Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2017.

Flood of ‘English Champagne’ very unlikely

A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.

The week in pictures

A week of firsts: North South Wines’ inaugural tasting, Lidl’s first tasting of the year and Paolozzi’s London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.

Brexit an opportunity for NZ Méthode Marlborough

The UK’s vote to leave the EU could offer an opportunity for New Zealand’s Méthode Marlborough sparkling wine, with import taxes likely to reduce as Champagne becomes more expensive, says winemaker Daniel Le Brun.