Beavertown’s Heineken deal: How the industry reacted

Businesses are “f*cking gutted” about what Heineken’s investment in Beavertown could mean for the independent beer industry, but not everyone is outraged…

Politicians’ favourite Gay Hussar closes

Soho institution The Gay Hussar, a favourite of Labour leaders, is the latest casualty of the London dining scene, having closed its doors for good last night.

Man pretends to be PM of Morocco to win table

A man struggling to secure a restaurant reservation took the unusual measure to pretend to be the Prime Minister of Morocco to win favour with front-of-house staff, which surprisingly did the trick. 

28°-50° Fetter Lane closes

28°-50° Fetter Lane, the wine-focused restaurant founded by chef Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, has been bought by Cliffords Restaurant Limited following “a great offer”. 

Viña Carmen unveils its first multi-vintage Cabernet blends in Asia

Viña Carmen has joined the likes of Penfolds and Opus One in unveiling its first multi-vintage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon which puts the focus on the grape and terroir instead of vintage variation, according to its chief winemaker.

WBWE: Bulk wine sector has taken ‘huge leap’ in past decade

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will take up residence in Amsterdam for its 10th edition in November, marking a decade of “strengthening and renovating” the image of bulk wine.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks; Osteria Francescana reclaims its place at the top of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants, Princess Beatrice gets stuck into the Chardonnay at the Serpentine Gallery, beer Twitter has lots of opinions on Heineken’s deal with Beavertown, the UK gets its first Pinotage vineyard, and Australian footy fans turned plastic waste into high art (literally) at the World Cup.

First Pinotage vineyard planted in the UK

Members of the wine trade and press gathered at Leonardslee Gardens in West Sussex for the planting of the first Pinotage in the UK yesterday, a nod to owner Penny Streeter OBE and the Benguela Collection’s South African connections. 

Giscours to appeal guilty verdict on chaptalisation

Bordeaux third growth Château Giscours is to appeal a decision by a French court after its managing director was handed a suspended prison sentence for chaptalising a portion of its 2016 vintage due to an unfortunately mistimed communication.

Wine List Confidential: The Ledbury

The wine list of sommelier Seamus Williams-Sharkey shows an understanding of the relevance of food-friendly acidity at Brett Graham’s dining destination, The Ledbury.

db Drinks: Gymkhana

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana in Mayfair for quinine sours at its basement bar, modelled on a 17th century East India punch house.

The Drinks Business and The Spirits Business team up to take on Diageo’s pub quiz

Union Press has proven it can battle with the best at Diageo’s annual pub quiz, finishing ahead of the BBC, CNN and ITV news teams.

Low-to-no ABV: How to sell low alcohol wine, according to these producers

With more low-and-no ABV drinks on the market than ever before, wine producers have told us what they’re doing to change the drink’s unpalatable reputation.

Bordeaux 2017: The campaign’s Swan-Ausone

The release of Château Ausone finally, after almost three months, draws a line under the 2017 en primeur campaign.

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