Category: Spirits

Ornellaia artists series marks ‘radiant’ 2017

Super Tuscan Ornellaia has revealed the latest artwork in its ‘Vendemmia d’Artista’ series, with designs by Tomás Saraceno to illustrate the “radiant” character of the 2017 vintage. © Photography by Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2019 Every year the Italian estate invites an artist to “interpret” the latest vintage and Argentine Saraceno was chosen to design a variety of illustrations on the theme ‘Solare’ or ‘radiant’. The 2017 vintage was one of extremes in Italy, with above-average temperatures, bad spring frosts...

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UK drinks SMEs call for duty cut

A collection of British winemakers, distillers and retailers have called on the new chancellor to cut the duty in his next budget to help boost business. The companies, all considered small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have signed an open letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak appealing for a cut of 2% in wine and spirit duty to help their businesses flourish. Currently, the duty levied on spirits (£8.05 per bottle) means that British distillers paid 52% of all spirits duty receipts collected across the EU in 2018/19. Karl Mason, founder of Masons Yorkshire Gin, said: “Mr Sunak...

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Ex-Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews wins US$2 million investment for low ABV ‘spirit’

Former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, the founder of low ABV spirit brand The Clean Liquor Co, has raised US$2 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. Spencer Matthews attending his launch of The Clean Liquor Company, at The Trading House in London last year. Clean Liquor was selected from a group of 50 international producers to get backing from the US investment firm. Nicole Quinn, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, which has stakes in social network Snapchat and Goop, said the firm seeks out businesses that are “not just disruptive but rather represent a generational...

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Taste premium rum, canned wine, craft gin and alcoholic tea at the Wine & Spirits Show

We bring you a sneak peak of what to expect at our Wine & Spirits Show taking place in Westminster this April. After a two sell-out shows in 2019 and 2018, attended by over 1500 people, we are thrilled to announce that our Wine & Spirits Show will be back at One Whitehall Place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April 2020. The exhibitors So far we’ve had a handful of very big names in the wine world sign up to take part in our two-day exhibition this year. Ehrmanns-owned wine brand Beefsteak Club, Italian giants Bosco Viticultori and Zonin, and Spanish and Portuguese brokerage specialises...

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AB InBev buys Argentine winery Dante Robino

Argentine brewery Quilmes, which is owned by AB InBev, has acquired the Dante Robino winery with plans to double the producer’s share of the domestic market in two years. According to reports from Argentine media, the sale was agreed on 17 February. The sale includes the winery’s 5ha estate and vineyards in the Perdriel area of Luján de Cuyo. While the financial terms have not been disclosed, Martin Ticinese president of Quilmes brewery, told Los Andes that all 74 jobs would be retained and María Soledad Buenanueva would remain as head winemaker. He also told the publication...

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Supply chain ‘stuffed’ as US consumers see lowest wine prices for 20 years

US wine consumers are set to enjoy the “best wine retail values in 20 years” due to oversupply and shrinking demand, a new report has said, as it warns producers that “the supply chain is stuffed”. Sunset over a vineyard in Napa Valley, California, USA. The Silican Valley Bank‘s State of the Wine Industry 2020 Report report blamed a number of issues, including oversupply along with the failure of the industry to engage with new consumers and adapt to consumer changes. Author Rob McMillan said the problem did not lie in speculative over-supply but in the failure...

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The 10 best breweries in the world 2020, according to Ratebeer’s users

The beer world’s answer to Tripadvisor, Ratebeer, has just released its top 100 brewery ranking for 2020. The ranking is based on 10 different weighted scales, which look at factors such as user reviews of the past year and top performing beers, but also includes historical all-around performance, a brewer’s strength across a range of styles, and a few other factors to compare newer and older, larger and smaller brewers under a single method of processing. While the vast majority of brewers are based in the US this year, Ratebeer’s top 10 has featured producers from around...

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HK Deliveroo offers Coronavirus relief measures for local F&B businesses

Deliveroo Hong Kong has announced a 15-20% discount in commission fees for its restaurant and wine merchant partners to support them as numbers of dine-in customers fall due to the coronavirus situation. Due to the impact brought by Covid-19, the Hong Kong government has imposed school closures until 16 March and extend the work from home arrangement for civil servants for another week until 23 February. As per official advice, a number of local offices have followed the government’s lead or minimised employees’ office working hours. Because of the special arrangement and also public...

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Taiwan’s Yilan Distillery to produce rubbing alcohol to stop coronavirus

The Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation (TTL), the largest manufacturer and distributor of cigarettes and alcohol in Taiwan, has said it will temporarily halt the production line at the Yilan Distillery and start to manufacture rubbing alcohol instead to help counter Covid-19. The coronavirus concern has driven skyrocketing sales for hygiene and healthcare products around Asia. First, it was the face mask craze, and the list for panic-buying even extended to toilet roll. Known as an effective sterilising agent, rubbing alcohol has seen shortages as a result of the outbreak. In Taiwan, TTL...

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What is Burgundy? Part Two: The Middle Ages

When we left the story at the end of the first part, the Franks had conquered the Kingdom of Burgundy in AD 534. Although rolled into their wider domains, which they were beginning to refer to ‘Francia’, the Merovingian dynasty of Frankish kings did sometimes style themselves as kings of ‘Francia et Burgundia’. The course of Frankish history for the next two centuries is very complex and we have more than enough complexities to contend with so, in short, the Merovingians gradually saw their power stripped away by overbearing nobles, most particularly the mayors of the...

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