US brewery seeks ‘chief hiking officer’ to complete Appalachian Trail for $20,000

A brewery in Lexington, Virginia, is looking for a brand ambassador-cum-blogger to hike the Appalachian Trail and drink beer next year.

Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

We round up the the week’s restaurant news and latest sites offering takeaway and delivery, including Hakkasan’s Mexican eatery making an appearance in London, and a pizza pop-up from the team behind Lyle’s and Flor.

Ascot Racecourse launches online wine shop

As lockdown has put a stop to much of the world’s sporting events this year, Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire has created an e-commerce platform to sell wines that would usually be enjoyed throughout the racing season.

How lockdown has altered drinking habits in the UK

The majority of Brits are drinking pretty much the same, if not less, than they were before the UK went into lockdown, according to new research, but some people are going well over the recommended weekly limit.

New dates confirmed for Pinot Noir NZ

New dates have been announced for the next Pinot Noir NZ event, which was scheduled for February 2021 and will now take place in Christchurch from 15-17 February 2022.

Carruades Lafite releases with volumes down 50% on last year

Volumes of Lafite Rothschild’s second wine, Carruades Lafite, have, like its First Growth cousin, been reduced by 50% this year, with further releases today continuing the downward pricing trend. 

Lafite 2019 released at 16% lower than 2018

Château Lafite is the first of the first growths to release its 2019 vintage, which, at €396 per bottle ex-negociant, is 15.7% lower than its 2018 release price.

Harvest during Covid-19: the lessons learned

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) invited representatives from wine bodies in the southern hemisphere to share what they learned from managing a grape harvest during a pandemic. 

What’s on this weekend

Brush up your Negroni-making skills, listen into a gig, and enter a rare spirits auction for a good cause this weekend, all from the comfort of your own sofa.

French vintners to turn surplus wine into hand sanitizer

With wine sales dipping due to the coronavirus pandemic, French vintners are to turn their unsold wine into ethanol and hand sanitizer to make way for the new vintage.

Pierre Gagnaire’s two Michelin-star HK restaurant to close

Pierre, a two Michelin-starred restaurant set up by celebrity chef Pierre Gagnaire 14 years ago, is due to close after a six-month renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, which will start in August. 

MHD China partners with Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Moët Hennessy Diageo China has announced a long-term partnership with Baron Philippe de Rothschild as the exclusive importer and distributor for Mouton Cadet and Mapu in mainland China.

Viña Aresti conducts bee study in Curicó valley

Chilean winery Viña Aresti has carried out a study in order to better understand and protect the bombus dahlbomii, a species of bumblebee native to South America.

Treasury Wine Estates partners with Deliveroo in at-home sampling campaign

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates is working around a lack of experiential marketing opportunities by offering consumers free samples of its Wolf Blass wine range through Deliveroo.

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