WSTA calls for Brexit clarity as UK wine exports grow

The WSTA has called for greater clarity on export agreements with key trading partners post-Brexit as the value of UK wine exports grow by 21%.

Majestic claims Brexit has boosted Eastern European wine sales

Majestic has seen sales of Eastern European wine rise 400% since last year, which it claims comes as consumers look for better value in response to Brexit-related price hikes.

Tom King of Treasury Wine Estates joins WSTA board

Tom King, managing director of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has joined the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Cocktail concepts in the capital

At the forefront of innovation, London is now the most exciting city for cocktails in the world, with mixologists drawing on art, science and technology to entice their savvy customers. Lucy Shaw raises a glass.

Hemingway-inspired bar The Old Man opens door in HK

A Hemingway-inspired speakeasy bar has opened its doors in Hong Kong, the latest collaboration between three of Hong Kong’s cocktail and bar veterans, Agung Prabowo, James Tamang and Roman Ghale.

Uncorked: Romain Loriot

Romain Loriot, head sommelier at the newly opened Rech by Alain Ducasse at the InterContinental Hong Kong, reveals to dbHK his unequivocal love for Champagne and how a bottle of Jean Foillard’s Morgon sparked his love for wine.

China’s first Master Sommelier named

Lu Yang, corporate wine director for Shangri-la Hotel group, has become the first Chinese sommelier to be awarded the Master Sommelier title.

Fake Budweiser and Corona destroyed

Nearly 1,000 cases of counterfeit Budweiser and Corona beer manufactured in China have been destroyed by local authorities in Cambodia.

Almaviva: ‘Our track record has changed the game’

Having 20 years of back vintages under its belt has “changed the game” for Chilean fine wine Almaviva according to its chief winemaker Michel Friou.

Beastie Boys’ Mike D takes job as a sommelier

Former Beastie Boy Mike D is swapping rap lyrics for wine lists, having landed a job as a sommelier at a new restaurant set to open in Los Angeles next month.

Final call for entries to Drinks Business Asian Awards 2017

Final entries for the inaugural Drinks Business Asian Awards, which seeks to recognise leaders in every aspect of the Asia Pacific drinks trade, are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline.

Strong growth for UK alcohol exports

Exports of UK alcohol saw strong growth in the first half of 2017, with whisky and beer still topping the list of the nation’s biggest exports, according to the latest HMRC stats.

Champagne promo prices rise by 4%

The price of beer, wine and spirits on promotion increased by 1.1% in the UK this year, however the price of Champagne on promotion increased the fastest, with the fizz now 4% more expensive than it was last year.

Study on rising alcoholism called out

A study asserting that the rate of alcoholism in the US increased by 49% between 2001 to 2013 has been criticised for using allegedly compromised data to reach its conclusions, with a fellow federal study finding that alcoholism was in decline.

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