Champagne releases official shipment figures for 2017

The final figures for Champagne shipments for 2017 were released on Friday showing total sales of 307.3 million bottles, slightly lower than estimates reported last month by db.

LA trade to taste the world’s greatest Grenaches

The Los Angeles wine trade is invited to taste the world’s greatest Grenaches on Thursday this week as part of a US roadshow focused on Grenache, in partnership with Yangarra Estate.

Top 10 dog-themed drinks for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year of the Dog begins today. To mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up 10 dog-themed drinks to celebrate with, from Dog Point Pinot to Bulldog gin.

Beer company rescues Jamaican bobsleigh team by offering new sled

Jamaican beer company Red Stripe has come to the rescue of the Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team after they were left without a sled when a team coach quit just days before their first-ever Olympic appearance.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks a wine investment firm did the coin toss at the Six Nations rugby, a beer made it into space, a giant cocktail shaker started a US tour, Chris Hemsworth visited the Barossa Valley and one South African winemaker survived a brutal crow bar attack and still managed to make it into work the next day.

Top 10 wine brands in the US off-trade

America is driving global volume and value growth of still and sparkling wines. With this in mind we’ve rounded up the top 10 biggest-selling wine brands in the US off-trade over the last year.

Patrón launches Margarita ‘bath bombs’ designed to be dropped into Tequila

In honour of International Margarita Day next week, Patrón has created a line of Margarita-flavoured fizzers which can be dropped into a glass of Tequila to create an instant cocktail.

New on Wine List Confidential: Som Saa

Today on Wine List Confidential, we review the offering at buzzy, Shoreditch authentic Thai spot Som Saa, which has a wine list packed with big aromas and generous residual sugar to tackle the heat.

Tom Sellers to launch Robin Hood-themed pop-up

Chef Tom Sellers, of Michelin-starred Restaurant Story in Bermondsey, is to host a one-off Robin Hood-themed charity pop-up in London, which will feature a guest appearance by chef Jason Atherton.

Fine wine investment: Dancing to a different algorithm

When it comes to wine investment, by focusing on specific opportunities, like 2008s from Pomerol, for example, or the 2014s you get a particular area you are looking to take advantage of, but you are also diversifying through holding a variety of producers. High conviction investment with mitigated risk.

The Dish: Jean-Philippe Blondet, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Executive head chef at the three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, Jean-Philippe Blondet favours Madeira with black truffle, is an advocate of culinary exploration and reckons he would make a pretty good estate agent.

iDealwine update: Thirsty work pays off

Late last year a number of online auctions at iDealwine witnessed the on-going success of the Côte de Nuits’s top labels aside from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Here, Roumier’s performance is put under the spotlight.

Mystery collector’s HK$60m cellar to be auctioned for charity

Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer what it estimates is the most valuable single owner collection it has ever handled in Asia at the end of next month – with all proceeds going to charity.

Top US golfer and budding sommelier visits Penfolds while on tour

Wine label owner, aspiring sommelier and world number nine golfer Cristie Kerr took some time off before the Australian Open this week to visit the Penfolds Magill Estate and the Barossa Valley.

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