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16th January, 2020 by Rupert Millar Much touted as a ‘red’ vintage (which it undoubtedly is), the biggest and most pleasant surprise has been the quality of the white Burgundies from 2018.Going into this week’s tastings, there was ever expectation that there were going to be good red wines.

For what it’s worth then, we see a reduction of uncertainty for the current year, but not a disappearance.Prevalent market uncertainty can be utterly irrelevant.

Australia and the European Union (EU) launched negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) on 18 June 2018.Researchers at Monash believe that enforcing a Geographic Indication (GI) for Prosecco would go against World Trade Organisation rules.

15th January, 2020 by Rupert Millar As Burgundy week progresses, it is becoming increasingly clear that the 2018 vintage has produced some attractive and very appealing wines from the often overlooked villages of Mercurey, Marsannay, the Hauts Côtes and elsewhere.The theme of ‘overlooked’ or ‘forgotten’ Burgundian AOCs that have been left behind a little in the rush for the more famous vineyards is not entirely new of course.

16th January, 2020 by Phoebe French Saint-Estèphe-based Château Laffitte Carcasset has unveiled what it claims is Bordeaux’s first wine with an augmented reality label, which tells the story of the privateer Jean Lafitte.Château Laffitte Carcasset’s new wine, called The Corsair, has been released with a label which, when viewed through an app on a smart phone, appears in augmented reality.

” Despite criticisms from West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD), the fourth major distiller on the Caribbean island, the three distilleries claim the GI will give “ample room for innovation” and “protect the integrity of Barbados rum”.The GI stipulates that distillers must use Barbados water to make Barbados rum.

Unlike many of the great wine writers I admire, I’m not at a desk all day, typing between tastings.*MW Abbreviation for Master of Wine; a highly regarded qualification given by the British Institute of Masters of Wine.

16th January, 2020 by Lucy Shaw Lyme Bay Winery in Devon has launched a pair of canned sparkling meads in the UK on-trade with the aim of introducing younger consumers to the fermented honey drink.Jack Ratt Cyser is a blend of sparkling mead and scrumpy cider, which, according to Lyme Bay, offers a “crisp, clean and refreshing” combination of apple and honey flavours.

15th January, 2020 by Lucy Shaw Following the departure of Paul Beavis last month, Champagne Lanson has appointed Robert Rand as its new UK managing director.After four years as Lanson’s UK sales director, Rand successfully mentored and drove Lanson’s sales team, exceeding annual sales targets.

16th January, 2020 by Lucy Shaw Ampéli, a new wine-focused restaurant that opened on Charlotte Street in London this week, will shine a light on Greek wines in a list compiled by Yiannis Karakasis MW.It opens with a quartet of Greek sparkling wines made from Moschofilero, Assyrtiko, Vidiano, and a blend of Muscat, Malagousia and Xinomavro.

(Photo: iStock) Last year saw the first rise in pub numbers since before the financial crisis, according to the ONS, driven by larger premises and improved food offerings.Senior statistician Hugh Stickland said, while smaller pubs have been struggling to survive in recent years, “bigger pubs have been growing in number.

16th January, 2020 by Phoebe French UK pub, bar and restaurant groups reported that sales grew by 2.According to data supplied by Coffer Peach Business Tracker, the pub, bar and restaurant industry received a welcome boost after what was a turbulent year in 2019.

Among serious and amateur wine collectors, sommeliers and beverage managers, winery owners and wine sellers, there is no doubt that the recently retired Robert Parker Jr.” Instead, wine criticism today is like the Tower of Babel – many people are talking, but fewer may be listening.

16th January, 2020 by Edith Hancock With brewers big, small, near, and far now innovating with low-ABV and alcohol-free products, we’ve listed some of the best beers to try if you’re taking part in Dry January this year.Global brewer AB InBev announced the creation of a new chief of non-alcoholic beverages officer as a means of boosting its footprint in the non-alcohol sector in 2018.

The Lakes Distillery has announced it will fast-track its growth plans following a £4.In partnering with The Lakes, Comhar (pronounced ‘core’) has invested £4.

The House of Lanson has appointed Robert Rand as its new managing director.He has also held the roles of head of sales (off and on-trade) and as senior account manager (major multiples) at Lanson UK.

5% abv beers are Wake Up Call, a breakfast coffee stout, and Hazy AF an alcohol-free version of its existing New England IPA, Hazy Jane.These will join its existing alcohol-free beers: Nanny State and Punk AF.

The deal makes Bollinger ones of England Rugby’s longest serving suppliers and this partnership, set to celebrate 20 years of partnership in 2021, will also coincide with the RFU’s 150th anniversary.Simon Massie-Taylor, RFU chief commercial officer, said: “We are delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with Champagne Bollinger for a further five years.

Echoing the popular Dragons’ Den TV programme – but conducted at speed - the Dragons’ Cup puts ‘Pitchers’ in front of a panel of ‘Dragons’ and in front of a live audience.The results of The Dragons’ Cup, including both Dragon and audience winners and highlights from each Pitcher’s pitch, will appear in Drinks Retailing News print editions and online.

The Spirit of Yorkshire has launched a second release single malt whisky, following the success of its first release last year.It means that we have been able to launch our Second Realese a little earlier than planned, which was fortunate as our First Release has sold quicker than expected.