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Top 10 Burns Night shindigs in London and Edinburgh

From haggis-laced cocktails and a curling competition to creamy cullen skink and a banging boat party, we round up the best Burns Night events in London and Edinburgh.

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Sager + Wilde appoints new head chef

Wine-focused restaurant Sager + Wilde on Paradise Row, East London, has appointed Chris Leach as its new head chef as it looks to revitalise its food offering.

Cono Sur adds new vineyards

Chilean producer Cono Sur has planted and acquired two new vineyards, one in southern Bio Bio the other in Aconcagua.

The week in pictures

Record snowfall in Sicily, the start of the SA harvest, Champagne and caviar on Blue Monday and a load of flaming koalas – all part of another very pedestrian week in drinks.

Budweiser launches Helen Mirren ‘Super Bowl’ ad in UK

Budweiser has launched its biggest responsible drinking campaign in the UK, centred around the Super Bowl’ advert featuring Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren.

Beer

Brewery appoints finance director to oversee growth

Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn has promoted Esther Binnie to the role of Finance Director, as it seeks to double turnover to £250 million in the next three years.

Chinese New Year around the world

The dbHK team have rounded up some of the most popular food and drink pairings around the world in celebration of the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

Starbucks pulls alcohol from US stores

Starbucks is ending its experimental Starbucks Evenings programme – which had offered a menu of beer and wine – at over 400 US outlets.

Uzbekistan raises duty on domestic alcohol

Uzbekistan has raised excise duties for domestically produced alcoholic beverages, but will maintain excise duties for imported products.

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

Pernod Ricard invests in Irish whiskey distillery

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is investing €10.5 million into its Irish Whiskey distillery in Cork enabling it to boost production by around a third.

Rémy appoints CEO of new whisky arm

Rémy Cointreau has named Bruichladdich CEO Simon Coughlin as the newly appointed head of its whisky business unit, following its recent acquisition of two distilleries in the US and France.

Jack Daniel’s releases whiskey-flavoured coffee

In keeping with its innovative spirit, Jack Daniel’s has teamed up with World of Coffee on a Tennessee Whiskey-flavoured coffee made from 100% Arabica beans.

Plans for England’s ‘highest distillery’ unveiled

Princetown Distillers has submitted plans to build what would be the highest whisky distillery in England on the plains of Dartmoor National Park in the west country.

Our Top 10's

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.

Hot new restaurant openings: January 2017

Our latest round-up of openings in the capital features a Cantonese canteen, tasty Thai, Duck & Waffle’s sister site and a grilled cheese sarnie specialist.

Top 10 London Cora-venues

In recognition of one of the biggest on-trade trends of recent years, db presents its top 10 London venues making best use of Coravin.

Spain’s top women winemakers

From daughters taking the reins at historic family estates to winemakers in charge of the country’s top drops, Lucy Shaw profiles the women shaping Spanish wine.

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Fine Wine

Fine wine investment: Petrus and the Fire Rooster

After a few years of muted activity in the wake of the government crackdown on corruption, China’s fine wine drinkers are showing signs of life again. Will the Year of the Rooster mark a return to form?

Merchants underestimate fine wine’s resurgence

Fine wine merchants were caught out by the surge in the secondary market last year, with 98% underestimating its eventual close.

Lafite’s premium weakens further

Château Lafite’s price premium over its fellow first growths continued to shrink over the course of 2016 having declined steadily since 2011.

Etienne de Montille to open winery in Japan

Burgundian vintner Etienne de Montille is planning to build a winery in southern Hokkaido in Japan to produce cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Champagne

Lanson signs five-year deal with the 02

Champagne Lanson has signed a five-year deal with London venue The O2, which will give it exclusive pouring rights at its public bars and see the opening of a new Lanson-branded Champagne bar.

Champagne still not fizzing in China

Champagne sales in China, the world’s fifth largest wine market, are still held back by consumers’ drinking habits, despite global sales of the prestigious sparkling wine continue to grow in both volume and value.

Liberty Wines takes on Sogrape in the UK

UK importer and wholesaler Liberty Wines is to distribute Sogrape’s portfolio of wines in the UK, which includes Sandeman Ports and Spain’s Bodegas LAN.

巴黎之花宣称2016年将是年份香槟年

巴黎之花(Perrier-Jouët)近日发布两款顶级香槟 – 2008年份的Belle Epoque以及2007年份的Belle Epoque Rosé桃红1.5升装。此外首席酿酒师Hervé Deschamps也确认了一系列即将发布的年份香槟,包括备受争议的2016年份。

Perrier-Jouët: 2016 ‘will be a vintage year’

Perrier-Jouët has launched two prestige cuvées – the Belle Epoque 2008 and Belle Epoque Rosé 2007 in magnum – with its chef de cave also confirming a string of upcoming vintage release years, including the divisive 2016.