69 buyers gather in Sonoma with Vinexpo

As many as 69 buyers from 27 countries arrived in Sonoma County yesterday to take part in the second chapter of Vinexpo Explorer.

Spanish wine giant Félix Solís to launch NZ Sauvignon

Keen to capitalise on global drinking trends, Spanish wine giant Félix Solís is to launch a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the UK this year under its popular Pulpo brand.

Felton Road: Biodynamics takes seven years to be reflected in vineyard

While the conversion process typically takes three years, Blair Walter, winemaker at New Zealand’s Felton Road, believes vines require seven years to fully reflect the change to biodynamics, with the resulting wines becoming “more expressive of their site”. 

Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald’s are all striking together

Staff at JD Wetherspoon, TGI Fridays and McDonald’s are planning a co-ordinated day of striking next month over wages, just weeks after the pub chain posted ‘record’ profits in its annual results.

Meat maestro Mallmann makes London debut at Cut

Argentine meat maestro Francis Mallmann will make his London debut next month at a three-day pop-up held at Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse Cut at 45 Park Lane.

Final call for Riesling Masters entries

Final entries for The Drinks Business Riesling Masters are now being accepted ahead of the upcoming deadline of 26 November.

Torres opens new winery in Costers del Segre DO

Spanish wine producer Familia Torres has opened a new winery in Costers del Segre dedicated to its Purgatori wine, with the Garnacha and Cariñena harvest for the 2018 vintage of this label now underway.

Maine investigates restaurant that gives lobsters pre-boil marijuana

Following news last week about a restaurant giving cannabis to crustaceans, officials in the state of Maine are now investigating the procedure with the restaurant reportedly halting production of its ‘smoked lobster’. 

Léoville Barton trading at new highs

Four vintages of Léoville Barton have hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex Exchange over the last month. Is it a label on the move?

California is the first US state to ban plastic straws in restaurants

California has become the first US state to enforce a ban on restaurants handing out plastic straws to diners unless specifically requested, in a move lawmakers hope will make customers “pause and think again” about their own impact on the environment.

Fine wine investment: The ‘It’ factor

While the majority of both Left and Right Bank vintages have risen roughly in line with the Liv-ex 100, the ‘Second Wines’ have become a law unto themselves but while Petit Mouton soars above the others, Forts de Latour has struggled.

Symington: Port exports to the UK ‘unbelievably stable’

Port exports to the UK remain ‘unbelievably stable’, despite an ongoing decline in the fortified wine sector, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates, with the total export value of Port up 19.35% since 2010.

Survey reveals the formula for a ‘perfect pint’ of beer

A study commissioned by St Austell Brewery has revealed the key components of the perfect pint such as having a 9mm head, being drunk at 5:30pm on a Saturday, and accompanied by a packet of crisps.

World Bulk Wine Exhibition to host blending masterclass

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE), the biggest gathering of bulk wine professionals in the world, will host a masterclass on the art of blending wine at its 10th edition, set to take place in Amsterdam in November.

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