WOSA names new Asia market manager

Wines of South Africa has announced the appointment of Marcus Ford as its new market manager in Asia.

Suicidal man saved by beer

A man who was attempting to end his life by jumping off a bridge in Minnesota was prevented from doing so by two beer delivery men employed by Breakthru Beverage, after being persuaded to share a beer.

Coal Drops Yard to become new London foodie hub

Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross is set to become London’s latest foodie hub when a slew of new restaurants and bars open in the development this October.

Moutai withdraws appeal against China’s top trademark office

China’s most famous liquor brand, Kweichow Moutai, has withdrawn its appeal against China’s top trademark office after it denied the liquor company’s application to use the term “national spirit” for its products.

BBR unveils spirits collection in Hong Kong

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched its spirits portfolio in Hong Kong including its own selection of whiskies, gins, and liqueurs.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: England rugby star Chris Robshaw pays a visit to Nyetimber, Blur’s Alex James goes one step further with plans to make his own English fizz under the name Britpop, Erdinger prepares to serve 250,000 pints during Oktoberfest in London and a whisky release prompts a police call-out in Scotland.

Fine wine investment: Perfect points

We were asked this week whether we thought Angélus 2005 might now be worth buying, after its decline against an otherwise firm market, and the query threw up two interesting points. First, it pays to shop around, and second, a Parker 100-pointer still has a certain cachet.

Budweiser more popular in China than the US

American beer brand Budweiser is more popular in China than in its homeland, with sales in China surpassing those in the US for the first time this year.

Pub installed on Royal Navy’s newest carrier

The Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has had a pub installed in time for its maiden voyage to the US later this month.

Australia’s Hunter Valley mulls kangaroo cull

As drought conditions continue to grip much of South Australia, winemakers in Hunter Valley are preparing to begin culling kangaroos, which, desperate for food, could threaten the industry come September.

Ducasse fights eviction from Eiffel Tower restaurant

Renowned French chef Alain Ducasse has lodged a lawsuit, fighting against his eviction from the famed Jules Verne Restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower, after losing the tender to a pair of rival chefs.

Liv-ex creates ‘California 50’ index

The on-going strength of California’s leading labels has prompted Liv-ex to launch an index that tracks five of the state’s top fine wines.

Details of Drouhin’s ex-cellar DRC collection announced

Sotheby’s has announced further details of the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti that are being sold from the cellars of Robert Drouhin this autumn.

db Eats: Linden Stores, Islington

db‘s Phoebe French heads to wine bar and restaurant Linden Stores for warm pea and oozy Yorkshire fettle cheese croquettes, smoked and fried spuds slathered in gutsy bovril mayo and Turkish Sauvignon Gris.

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