In focus: Chile’s most profitable grape

While some producers in Chile are excited by the resurgence of native grapes, others insist that stalwarts like Cabernet Sauvignon should not be forgotten in the rush to herald the likes of País and Carignan, discovers Phoebe French.

Edmond de Rothschild signs Chinese distribution deal

East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW) has been appointed as the exclusive importer for Edmond de Rothschild Heritage in mainland China.

Terra Vitis to include HVE certification in 2020

From 2020, producers who undergo certification under the Terra Vitis programme will automatically be granted the French government’s Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Level 3 certification as well.

Two beer cans from 1930s sell for £2,270

Two cans of pale ale from Welsh brewer Felinfoel, believed to be the first beer ever canned outside the US, have sold at auction for £2,270.50 including buying fees.

Unfiltered: James Banks, The Black Swan and Roots

James Banks of the Black Swan in Oldstead and Roots in York, which he runs alongside chef brother Tommy, reveals why he dislikes the term sommelier and why being a waiter should be considered a “proper job”.

Michael Jordan has launched a Tequila label

Former basketball star Michael Jordan, along with four NBA partners, is launching an ultra-premium Tequila brand.

The inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards 2019 to take place in Singapore this October

The Wine Pinnacle Awards Presented by Genting Singapore will take place at Resorts World Sentosa this October, rewarding a number of wines and wine trade figures for excellence in their particular fields.

Final call for entries to the Grenache Masters 2019

the drinks business is now accepting final entries for the first Global Grenache Masters ahead of the final deadline of Monday, 30 September.

Don Stott cellar realises US$25m after final instalment

The fourth and final instalment of wines from the cellar of collector Don Stott raised US$5.9 million in New York this week, bringing the total for the entire collection to $25m.

Leading Port trade figure Ian Symington dies

Ian Symington, a leading figure in the Port trade and Symington Family Estates as they re-established themselves in the aftermath of the Second World War, has died aged 90.

The week in pictures

From Sarah Jessica Parker debuting her wine label in New York and wig wearing at the Louis Roederer awards, to Michael Jordan joining the Tequila bandwagon, it’s been a busy week in the world of drinks.

Lafite chooses ‘auspicious’ date to open Chinese winery

Domaines Barons de Rothschild has chosen today (19 September) to open its Chinese winery and make the first vintage from the estate available to purchase.

Accolade adds premium South African Pinotage to Kumala Reserve range

Accolade Wines has added a premium Pinotage to its South African wine brand, Kumala  priced at £8, which the company said would give consumers an opportunity to trade up.

Lawyers prevent brewery from sponging off Mary Berry

Lawyers representing food writer and television presenter Mary Berry have reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to a US brewery, preventing it from selling a pastry stout in her name. 

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