Virgin rolls out new website

Virgin Wines has rolled out is new website, which has taken two years to develop and was originally set to launch last summer.

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db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Tony Conigliaro’s daring new bar in Dalston inspired by Andy Warhol’s factory for a cocktail that tastes like how a violin sounds.

Amstel to open ‘ice bath’ pub

Amstel is opening a ‘pub’ to coincide with Prudential RideLondon this weekend, offering customers the chance to sip beer while submerged from the waist down in icy water. 

Campari sells off Irish liqueur brands

Gruppo Campari has announced it has sold two of its Irish whiskey liqueurs, Carolans Irish Cream and Irish Mist, to Bourbon maker Heaven Hill Brands.

Crystal Head threatens UK hot sauce makers

A British couple who make a hot sauce packaged in a skull bottle have found themselves in legal trouble with Crystal Head vodka, which is owned by the actor Dan Akroyd.

Woman finds dead lizard in her beer

A woman from Christchurch in New Zealand was horrified to discover a decomposing lizard languishing in her beer after she had almost finished the bottle.

SWA appeal against minimum unit pricing underway

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) appeal against minimum unit pricing in Scotland has begun at London’s Supreme Court, with the decision likely to  set a precedent on the future of alcohol pricing in the UK.

Online wine retailer appoints new CEO after on-trade acquisition

London-based online wine retailer, 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines marketing director James Bagley as its new CEO, after acquiring on-trade supplier Vanquish Wines.

Archaeologist finds proof of biblical vineyard

An archaeologist believes she may have found proof of Naboth’s biblical vineyard at an excavation site in Jezreel Valley, Israel.

Did Halle Berry really down half a pint of whiskey?

Hollywood actress Halley Berry stunned fans at this year’s San Diego Comic Con after appearing to down half a pint of whiskey while promoting her latest film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Guigal buys historic Châteauneuf estate

Esteemed Rhône wine producer Maison E. Guigal has acquired Domaine de Nalys, one of the oldest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for an undisclosed sum.

Final call for Rioja Masters 2017 entries

Final entries are now being accepted for The Drinks Business Rioja Masters 2017 ahead of the upcoming deadline of 21 August.

Hong Kong’s Coffee Academïcs unveils coffee cocktails

Hong Kong’s Coffee Academïcs is marrying booze and caffeine to create a coffee cocktail menu by the city’s very own mixology maven Antonio Lai of Quinary.

Hong Kong company purchases Château Fauchey

Profitsun Holdings (Hong Kong), a Chinese property investment company, has purchased Château Fauchey in Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux for an undisclosed amount.

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