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    Wine pairing with five ‘bizarre’ Chinese dishes

    We asked experts from leading wine merchants in Hong Kong and China to come up with wine suggestions for five bizarre Chinese dishes from snake soup to century eggs.

    Italy steps up efforts in China

    Italian wines are gearing up to increase their market share in China as trade organisations step up promotional efforts and move to secure Chinese trademark rights.

    Hot Hong Kong openings: February

    It may be the shortest month (DryFeb, anyone?) but February has seen a plethora of new bar and restaurants offerings, including delicious Korean fried chicken and Hong Kongs largest selection of gin.

Gaggan claims top spot in Asia’s 50 Best

Gaggan Anand’s prgoressive Indian eatery has topped Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards for the third consecutive year in the latest star-studded bash hosted in Bangkok.

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Labruyère ‘emulating Burgundy’ in Champagne

The Labruyère family has added a Champagne to its portfolio and intends to produce wines made only from individual crus.

Upping the anty: green ant gin trend growing in Oz

As distilling boundaries are pushed to the limit, a trend is growing in Australia for craft gins made using native green ants.

Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in UK

Brexit won’t benefit sparkling wine in the UK, says head of Champagne Agents Association in response to comments from Méthode Marlborough winemaker.

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.

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Heineken fined £25m for 15-year abuse of Greek market

A Greek brewery has filed a €100 million lawsuit against Heineken’s Greek subsidiary, Athenian Brewery, after it was fined £25m for abuse of the market over a 15-year period, squeezing out competitors through exclusivity agreements.

AB InBev brings Bud Light to Britain

AB InBev is bringing Bud Light to Britain tomorrow in “the biggest ever brand launch” by the brewer.

The Drinks Business Awards 2017 launched

the drinks business is now accepting entries for The Drinks Business Awards 2017, which are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.

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.

Itata: a regional focus

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

by Simone Madden-Grey

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

iDealwine update: a Rhône star

While Romanée-Conti and Petrus dominated the overall iDealwine auction rankings in 2016, the most expensive single bottle was an Hermitage La Chapelle. Investors would do well to take a closer look at this revered northern Rhône appellation.

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.