Montrose confirms Clos Rougeard acquisition

The billionaire owners of Château Montrose have acquired the famous Loire estate Clos Rougeard it has been confirmed.

The week in pictures

From the resurrection of Lily Bollinger’s bicycle and the first ever London Burgundy Week to the Best UK Sommelier Villa Sandi Award – the high temperatures haven’t stopped the drinks industry this week.

Chadwick: Sweetness takes away from drinkability

Eduardo Chadwick of Errazuriz is keen to take his top drop, Viñedo Chadwick, in a fresh direction with a focus on drinkability rather than ripeness.

Week in pictures: Hong Kong

This week, we bring to you some of the hit events in the drinks industry, from Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter’s masterclass to a wine and art pairing tasting hosted by The Flying Winemaker Eddie McDougall.

Uncorked: Benoit Bigot

Benoit Bigot, head sommelier at Sühring restaurant in Bangkok, reveals how a “UFO” domaine in Alsace sparked his love of wine and why he would compare himself to a natural wine from Le Casot des Mailloiles.

Fergus Henderson inspires charity ride

Wine writer Jim Budd and his partner Carole Macintyre have completed a charity bike ride from Bordeaux to the Languedoc in support of Parkinson’s UK.

The week that was

the drinks business presents this week’s round up of wine, beer, spirits and other related news items from news sites and social media across the world.

Asia’s Best 50 bars 2017 unveiled

We took a look at these exceptional watering holes on the mainland and in Hong Kong that made onto this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars list.

Access all areas at the Copa Jerez

From missed flights and kitchen fights to missing ingredients, db’s Lucy Shaw was given access all areas at this year’s Copa Jerez competition, where seven chef and sommelier teams battled it out to create the best food and Sherry pairing menu.

Tim Stanley-Clarke dies

A much admired member of the UK trade and leading Port expert, Tim Stanley-Clarke, has passed away.

New guide to the ‘cradle of wine’ released

A new book on the wines and winemaking culture of Georgia by award-winning wine writer Miquel Hudin has been released.

Further evidence pre-Roman Britons had wine culture

The discovery of Roman pottery in a Celtic village in southwestern England suggests ancient Britain’s trading links with mainland Europe were more extensive and that wine drinking was more common than previously thought in pre-Roman Britain.

Former Rothschild employees unite with influential Russians to release luxury vodka

A luxury vodka launch at Vinexpo this week has brought together two former top level employees from Mouton Rothschild and a powerful Russian family with connections to Vladimir Putin.

Diageo’s Distill Ventures launches non-alcoholic drinks fund

Distill Venture, Diageo’s spirits innovation company, has announced a new business acceleration fund to mentor and support non-alcoholic drinks.

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