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    Top 10 Wines for Chinese New Year

    As Chinese race to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster next week, we’ve asked merchants for their recommendations for this festive occasion from budget bottles to China’s favourite clarets and Chile’s premium reds.

    BIVB announces Bourgogne Week Hong Kong

    The second edition of Bourgogne Week Hong Kong will take place from 27 February-3 March and will herald the new release of the 2015 vintage which is set to land officially in early summer.

    Hot HK and Macau openings: January

    Whether Dry January is in force or not, there’s plenty of new offerings in Hong Kong and Macau this month including a fun Japanese/Peruvian hotchpotch and a fancy dim sum hangout complete with a Mahjong Parlour.

Gaucho launches CNY cocktail range

From a Viper Martini to the Monkey Mandarin Punch, Gaucho has created a new range of cocktails in honour of all 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

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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.

Lindo clarifies ‘British Fizz’ comments, trade reacts

Bob Lindo of Camel Valley in Cornwall has written an open letter to clarify his stance on the proposed ‘British Fizz’ PGI, which the wine trade has largely criticised.

Jasper Morris MW to leave BBR

Berry Bros & Rudd’s Burgundy director, Jasper Morris MW, is to leave the merchant this summer.

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.

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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

The trouble with cider

Pete Hayes, co-founder and director of design agency PB Creative, laments the struggles of cider, which while already maintaining only a tiny share of the UK market, actually declined by 6% this year. by Pete Hayes
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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.