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Leading water analysis specialist Palintest Ltd will be launching its new 9100 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer at the ARABLAB 2011 exhibition in Dubai.The new 9100 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer provides stand alone or dedicated PC operation using Palintest’s specially-designed software.

Sarah Jane Evans MW, one of the six new consultants.The six new consultants will examine the DO’s proposals, which aim to highlight “the quality, differentiation, origin and prestige of Cava”.

A memorial party is to be held in Lewes on Friday 8 November for David Elswood, the charismatic director of wine at Christie’s auction house.“We will be serving food and drinks and welcome all those who wish to attend who knew David,” Daniel Elswood told db.

The WSET celebrated 50 years to the day since its foundation with a dinner last night at the Vintners’ Hall in London – and we reveal the wines that were drunk, and some of the words that were said.Having been founded on 17 October 1969, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust marked 50 years since its inception yesterday by holding a dinner for almost 150 leading members of the wine trade at the Vintners’ Hall in the heart of London.

18th October, 2019 by Rupert Millar A magnum of 1947 Cheval Blanc was the top lot at a recent London auction featuring the cellar of well-known collector Graham Lyons.Cases of six magnums of the 1982 vintage were picked up for £45,980 apiece while six bottles of the 2000 went for £22,990.

It was standing room only at Southwark Cathedral this morning for a thanksgiving service for the man who “built the Bollinger brand” in the UK, Simon Leschallas.Commenting more generally on his character, Gore Browne said, “You only had to meet Simon once and you knew you had a friend for life.

18th October, 2019 by Polly Halladay Pennywise Punch – Tequila Mockingbird This Halloween cocktail comes with a bang, promising to be a bloody assault on the senses.Created by mixologist, Zinio Fernandes and inspired by Stephen King’s novel-turned film, ‘IT’, Pennywise Punch features a white coconut rum and pineapple base, topped with a sticky blood-like chilli jam around the rim.

17th October, 2019 by Polly Halladay A new app allows restaurants to turn no-shows and late-cancellations into bookings with diners seeking last-minute seats in London.SparePlace allows restaurants to advertise empty slots in their bookings that have suddenly become available.

There was an interesting article published earlier this week from Wine Searcher entitled: ‘Burgundy Price Demise Rumours Exaggerated’.2% in average price across the past five years.

17th October, 2019 by Arabella Mileham UK discounter Aldi is launching an online wine course for shoppers comprising a free-to-download online course and tutorial, which is says will make will make the wine aisle “less baffling” for consumers.The ‘Aldi-ploma’ claims to be the first supermarket wine course of its kind in the UK which offers “price-tag and pressure-free learning” to help consumers learn how to taste wine, help them navigate red and white grape varieties and how to pick their favourite wines by region.

18th October, 2019 by Phoebe French Sussex-based Bolney’s new winery has received the royal seal of approval after a visit from the Duchess of Cornwall, as managing director Sam Linter reflects on a “very good year” despite the wet weather during harvest.The expanded winery will allow Bolney to increase its production capacity by 170%, producing 300,000 bottles of still and sparkling wines by 2022.

18th October, 2019 by db_staff Vinexpo Shanghai is counting down to its show next week, taking place from 23 to 25 October, and featuring 260 wineries from 19 countries, including Domaines Barons de Rothschild’s new Chinese estate.There will also be a programme of masterclasses and talks throughout the three-day event, including a one-hour tasting of the wines of Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite, including Carruades de Lafite, Château Duhart-Milon and the renowned Château Lafite Rothschild.

18th October, 2019 by Phoebe French Matteo Montone, wine director at the London Edition hotel, won the world final of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs young sommelier of the year – the third year in a row that a sommelier working in Britain has claimed the title.In a tense final held in South Korea, Montone fought off competition from the likes of Russia, Canada and Germany to claim the world title after two days of competition.

17th October, 2019 by Edith Hancock The Lo & No Beverage Summit took place in London this week, which showed that drinks brands are keen to experiment with new ideas and products to attract sober-curious consumers.Low ABV specialists Big Drop launched their own sour beer in 2018.

The wine course aims to help its customers discover the best ways to taste wine as well as helping them get to grips with their red and white grape varieties, and learning to pick their favourites by region.Rewind twenty years and I was just a wine lover with none of the technical knowledge I have now.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger is stepping down from the role of president of Taittinger Champagne and he has announced he is entrusting the future of the family business to his daughter.She will now undertake her new responsibilities with the support of Damien le Sueur (general manager) and her brother Clovis Taittinger, who will be promoted to general manager.

Diageo is introducing a new festive flavour for its Captain Morgan rum brand.The producer hopes to tap into the on-trend flavour of gingerbread, which has filtered into the drinks world via drinks such as gingerbread lattes and eggnog cocktails.

Tine Van Nevel, brand director – Europe, for Bacardi Rum, said: “We’ve observed a big shift in the rum category towards premiumisation so the decision to grow our premium offering was an obvious one.We’re seeing that people are increasingly opting to trade up to more sophisticated drinks and are not willing to sacrifice quality for price.

Marketing messages related to the CBD and Hemp-infused rum Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp, owned by Halewood International, have been found to be in breach of the UK Advertising Code.The Scottish Government’s Alcohol Harm Prevention Team challenged an Instagram post from the brand in July, which stated: “Hemp Rum, coming to a joint near you” supported with an image of the product’s bottle, which stated Hemp Rum on the label.

Ranking in first and retaining its title as the nation’s ‘unshakeable’ shaken favourite, is the Porn Star Martini.And finally, the aperitif, as it were, of the top ten trending cocktails for 2019 is the Spritz, taking tenth position; a 1.
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