Seven of the best alcoholic accessories to liven up your home on Christmas day

From bourbon baubles to practical knitwear, here are the best alcoholic accessories we’ve seen this year.

Burgundy and broader market rule in 2017

Burgundy in the secondary market enjoyed its best year in a decade and Bordeaux’s share overall continued to decline as the “cautiously optimistic” market sees out 2017.

Champagne-inspired rage on flight to Zurich results in €5,000 fine

A 44-year-old woman who threw a temper tantrum on a plane after she was refused a glass of champagne has been fined €5,000.

EU wine and spirit producers call for clarity over Brexit

Leaders of the wine and spirit industries praised progress in the Brexit negotiations yesterday, but they stressed the need for an end to uncertainty going forwards.

Wine glasses now seven times larger than in Georgian era

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has revealed that the size of a wine glass has increased almost seven times since 1700, rising from an average capacity of 66ml to 449ml in 2016/17.

The week in pictures

From boutique bars and new beer collaborations to Champagne-fuelled film awards and a gala dinner attended by royalty, take a look at this week’s drinks highlights.

Conviviality moves to buy Central Convenience for £25m

Conviviality has made an offer to buy a chain of 127 UK-based Central Convenience retail stores for £25 million after its owner went into administration, adding once more to its growing empire of drinks retailers, importers and distributors.

Cantina di Soave expands production facility amid sales boost

Italian wine house Cantina di Soave is expanding its production facility after the firm saw a 6% rise in sales in 2017, according to new figures.

Changes afoot for Chile’s Casa Real Cabernet

One of Chile’s most celebrated Cabernets, Casa Real, is undergoing changes under the guidance of its new winemaker, Sebastián Labbé.

Hong Kong and Argentina sign MOU to promote wine trade

Hong Kong and Argentina have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote bilateral wine trade from education to fighting counterfeiting wines.

‘World of Organic Wines’ to debut at Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Following the success of World of Organic Wines (WOW!) at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017, the organic wine-focused exhibition will make its debut at Vinexpo Hong Kong in May. 

Fine wine investment: Supply and demand

The outlook for the global economy is good, with leading economic indicators for the most part trending upwards and in ways a fine wine investor should recognise.

Mario Batali steps down over claims of sexual misconduct

Mario Batali has stepped down from his restaurant empire and been fired from ABC’s cooking-based talk show The Chew amid allegation of sexual misconduct, with the celebrity chef admitting that the claims made do “match up” with his behaviour. 

Gin-flavoured cheese proves a sell-out success

A quirky new gin and lemon flavoured cheese from The Cheshire Cheese Company has proved so popular that its makers can’t keep up with demand.

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