Ancient records could ‘reframe the early story of Scotch whisky’

Historians believe they’ve found a document dating to 1505 that could prove Aberdeen, not Lindores, is the birthplace of Scotch.

Vinexpo New York launches 2020 brochure

Vinexpo New York has released a new brochure for the 2020 edition of its trade show, which provides more details for those attending the event on 2 and 3 March.

Cecchi aims for new approach to UK market

One of Tuscany’s leading producers, Famiglia Cecchi, is gearing up for a new approach to the UK market with a stronger branded presence and fresher take on the Tuscan classics – especially Chianti Classico.

Gin boom still sees ‘no signs of slowing’ as pink gin sales more than double

The number of people drinking pink gin in the UK has “more than doubled”, according to new research into the relentless growth of gin sales.

Hemingway Rum Co aims to increase European distribution

Hemingway Rum Company is looking to expand its European distribution for Papa’s Pilar Rum which was inspired by the writer Ernest Hemingway.

Chandon: Altitude makes all the difference in Argentine sparkling wine

Senior winemaker at Chandon Argentina, Gustavo Sanchez, believes high altitude vineyards (1,500 metres and above) have the potential to produce “incredible” sparkling wines with greater balance than those made at lower sites. 

Red wine could keep Mars astronauts fit

Research conducted by Harvard Medical School has revealed that a chemical found in red wine, called resveratrol, could be used to protect astronauts’ muscles during missions to Mars.

Drinks trade loses ‘great character’ with sudden death of Simon Leschallas

Much-loved past master of both the Vintners’ and Distillers’ Companies, as well as Champagne brand specialist, and “great character’” Simon Leschallas, has died aged 64.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: Edinburgh gears up for its first new whisky distillery in almost a century; Cellier des Dauphins delights at the French embassy; BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James is starstruck by Seckford Agencies; and we find out where you can buy a pint of beer in London for less than £2.

Leyda winemakers create cool climate association

Eight Chilean wineries in Leyda have joined forces to create the Viñas del Valle de San Antonio association with the aim of collectively promoting their cool climate coastal wines.

Tom Sellers relocates Michelin-starred restaurant to Cornwall for summer 

Chef Tom Sellers is temporarily closing his Michelin-starred restaurant Story in London, taking the entire team to the Cornish coast for a six-week residency called Story by the Sea.

Fine wine investment: A second dilemma

Whereas 10 years or so ago a first growth cost five to six times the price of its relative second wine, today that gap has narrowed enormously. And with ‘Super Seconds’ at times costing less than second wines where do these second wines now fit in?

AB InBev sells Carlton & United Breweries to Asahi for $16bn

Brewing powerhouse AB InBev has agreed its Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries to Tokyo-headquartered Asahi in a deal worth AU$16 billion.  

Slug & Lettuce owner to buy Enterprise Inns for £3bn

Pub group Stonegate has bought out the Ei Group in a deal worth £3 billion.

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