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Sunday 28 August 2016 loc: US
The week in pictures

This week has had a strong Argentine feeling to it as a reception held at the Argentine ambassador’s manor was followed by some world class South American cuisine popping up in the English capital.



Tesco offers same day Click & Collect

Tesco has boosted its online offer by rolling out same day delivery on Click and Collect service in around 300 stores.

The six most depressing wine labels

The design of a wine label can go a long way to convincing a person to splash the cash on bottle, but for some brands it’s almost like they’re trying to use sadness to convince us.

Crus Bourgeois president dies aged 54

Frédéric de Luze, president of the Médoc Crus Bourgeois, has died at the age of 54 following a long illness, the organisation has confirmed.

Winemaker Ben Snyman talks Survivor

Overhex Wines International head winemaker Ben Snyman talks about the winemaking process involved in producing the Survivor Wines range.


Heineken spends $6m to get people drinking during the day

Heineken is set to launch its first new product in 20 years in a bid to combat flagging sales and the competition stemming from craft beer.

The 10 worst rated beers in the world

Some people won’t care what they’re drinking, but most can tell a good beer from a bad one and those who can aren’t afraid to give a damning assessment of the beers they don’t like.

Gluten-free brewery founded by coeliac wins UK-wide distribution

Edinburgh’s Bellfield Brewery – the UK’s first dedicated gluten-free microbrewery which was founded by coeliacs – has secured distribution with a number of UK-wide operators.

Rio de Janeiro’s best craft breweries

Cachaça and caipirinha’s might be the first drinks that come to mind when mentioning Brazil, but Rio de Janeiro boasts an impressive craft brewery scene that often goes overlooked.

What are you waiting for?

The fine wine market shows no signs of letting up, and although the end of last week saw a slight fall in index terms, as this week has begun we have seen nothing but rising bids, with offers “leaving the building” a bit sharpish. It felt like a firmer market to start the week, and sure enough the Liv-ex 50 rebounded 0.33% last evening.

by Philip Staveley

Small screen boosts confidence in fine wine

Beady-eyed investors will have had the chance to see and hear Amphora’s own James Fletcher on CNBC last Thursday. Yes folks, the fine wine market has been barreling ahead at such a rate as to attract the attention of the small screen. by Philip Staveley

Tasmania, an island of well-kept treasures

Being the only island State of Australia, Tasmania is a fascinating and intriguing wine region. According to the legend, this little island in the middle of the ocean was born from the union between Australia and New Zealand. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Pink for Summer: Reviewing five rosé wines perfect for the sun

Rosé is often credited as being the ideal wine for the summer, and here Robin Goldsmith brings us five selections that make perfect accompaniment to the warm weather. by Robin Goldsmith
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English whisky distillery opens to the public

England isn’t really known for its whisky, but the first distillery south of Hadrian’s Wall in 100 years is now opening its doors to the public.

‘Whisper whiskies’ to cater to millennial market

Following the wine trail, whisky is set to become the latest drink to undergo a makeover for the millennial market.

Fine wine among most popular ‘hobby’ investments

According to a new study by Lloyds, one in six investors are sinking their fortunes into “hobby” investments such as fine wine and whisky.

Kirin Japanese whisky makes first shipment to France

Japanese whisky maker Kirin announced this week that they will begin selling their products in France for the first time.


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 restaurant cook books

Taking in culinary treats from Spain and Italy to Jerusalem and Thailand, we round-up our favourite cook books released by the brains behind some of London’s top restaurants.

Six Italian wine regions you need to visit

Italy is a gorgeous country to see on foot, and for the oenophiles out there it is blessed with some outstanding wine regions to explore.

Top 10 pitfalls of collecting fine wine

Any investment comes with a certain amount of risk, but when it comes to fine wine the pitfalls can be even more obscured, making it a more-difficult-than most market to navigate.

Six great beauty benefits of drinking vodka

Vodka often gets a bad rep as it’s likely given more people headaches than it’s cured, but there are some unknown beauty benefits that it possesses.

Five lies you’ve been told about alcohol

There’s been a slew of information about the pros and cons of drinking alcohol recently, but some myths have been around forever, and not all are as they seem.

Top 10 ways to wind up a wine lover

From waiters overfilling your wine glass to restaurant mark-ups and poor pronunciation, we round-up the most irritating habits guaranteed to tick-off a wine lover.

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What fine wines are merchants looking at?

First growth claret remains the most searched for group of wines by merchants in the UK, France, Hong Kong, China and Belgium Liv-ex has said.

New highs for Petrus

The weaker pound continues to be a boon for fine wine as eight vintages of Petrus hit new trade records on Liv-ex this month.

HDH to auction off fallen oil man’s collection

The cellar of the late Aubrey McClendon, during his lifetime one of the biggest wine collectors in the US, is to be auctioned off by Hart Davis Hart this September.

Scaffolder faces jail over fine wine scam

A wine company boss who conned collectors out of hundreds of thousands of pounds and stole their fine vintages in a scam that “preyed on vulnerable and elderly victims” is facing jail.


Proust Q&A: Séverine Frerson

Piper-Heidsieck’s Séverine Frerson-Gomez reveals her fictional hero, greatest regret, and most marked characteristics in the Proust Q&A.

Glasgow ‘the capital of Prosecco sales’, Aldi claims

Glasgow is the ‘capital’ of Prosecco, discounter Aldi has claimed, after it published a map showing hot-spots for different wines across the UK.

Brits toast Olympics with 15m more pints

Sales of wine, beer and cider were given a welcome boost in August with the effects of a heatwave and Olympic celebrations helping to balance an otherwise “torrid year” for retailers.

14 of the world’s best sparkling wines

Sparkling wine is on fire at the moment, so we’ve rounded up the 14 top performers at our inaugural Global Sparkling Wine Masters competition for you to seek out.

Veuve Clicquot boat trip in pictures

Veuve Clicquot recently took to Hong Kong’s high seas for a fun, frothy and frivolous nautical trip complete with lashings of bubbles, Brut and boating banter.