TWE rolls out Manchester City-themed wine in China

Wolf Blass was one of the most talked about wine brands at the Chengdu wine Fair. It rolled out a Manchester City-themed wine for China, while outperforming first growth Margaux and Italy’s Sassicaia in a Cabernet-based blind tasting held at the Shangri-la.

The week in pictures

A packed three days at ProWein, the naming of Eben Sadie as this year’s Winemakers’ Winemaker and the arrival of a Buckfast tonic easter egg – it’s been a busy week for the drinks trade.

ASC turns to on-trade and New World wines

ASC Fine Wines, China’s biggest wine importer by volume, will strengthen its on-trade sales sector and introduce new brands from Australia and Chile for 2017, its chief operating officer revealed during the Chengdu Wine Fair this week.

Ruinart launches duo of vintage Champagnes

Ruinart has released two prestige vintage cuvées under its Dom Ruinart label, the Dom Ruinart 2006 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 2004, which are the first Dom Ruinart vintage releases from the house in three years.

Alcohol linked again to reduced heart disease risks

The largest study yet carried out on the effect of alcohol on the heart has again shown that moderate consumption is associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases.

Drip-free wine bottle unveiled

Scientists at Brandeis University in Massachusetts have developed a wine bottle that doesn’t drip when poured.

Follador Prosecco drives down sulphite use

Italian Prosecco producer Follador has reduced the level of sulphites used in its wines by 30% since the introduction of a revolutionary new system that it claims cancels out the negative effects of oxidation during pressing, reducing the need for sulphites.

Pink shares ‘dirty little secret’ with Olly Smith

Popstar Pink has revealed that she owns a vineyard in California and has been quietly making her own wines for the past four years, getting her hands dirty and pruning for “days” while listening to Beck.

Dom Pérignon to launch 2009 vintage – ahead of 2008

2017 will mark the first time in Dom Pérignon’s history that the prestige cuvée has chosen to release vintages in reverse order.

Uncorked: Auriane d’Aramon

The St Emilion-born wine buyer on growing with wine in the blood, her addiction to chocolate, and wine epiphany with a bottle of Salon 1995.

Tesco adds new ‘top of the line’ tier to Finest range

Tesco has bolstered its premium own label Finest range with the roll out of ten new wines that it described as “luxury… without the usual price-tag”.

Proust Q&A: Eduardo Chadwick

Eduardo Chadwick, president of Viña Errázuriz, chats to dbHK about his definition of happiness, his love of mountain climbing, swimming and his ideal dinner party with Angelina Jolie.

The fake, the fraudulent and the lookalikes at Chengdu Wine Fair

Ever heard about Petrus’ second label or Château Cheval Blanc’s commemorative ‘Clos du Cheval Blanc’? You shouldn’t have because neither exists, but that did not stop them from making an appearance at the Chengdu Wine Fair.

Hot London restaurant openings: March

Our latest round up of openings in the capital includes a Chinese tea house, French fancy, Tamarind spin-off and sister sites for The Ivy Café, Pizza Pilgrims and Coya.

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