Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites

In restaurant news this week: a loophole is found in Tier 2 restrictions which seems to allow business lunches, Scottish hospitality groups begin legal action against government measures, and Gordon Ramsay Burger is to open its first site outside Las Vegas in Harrods. 

Top 10 animals used as vineyard helpers

From moth-eating bats to grass guzzling pigs, we’ve rounded up 10 of the animals most commonly used by wineries as trusty vineyard helpers.

Kiss launches first rum

Glam rock band Kiss has started to roll out a brand new spirits range in collaboration with a Swedish merchandising company.

67 Pall Mall to host first-ever diversity webinar

67 Pall Mall, the mayfair-based members’ club for people with a love of fine wine, is set to host its first-ever event on diversity with four wine experts.

NY restaurant mistakenly serves $2,000 wine to couple who ordered $18 Pinot

New York restaurateur Keith McNally has proved that expensive wine mix-ups are not new when sharing a story of how a couple who ordered a US$18 bottle of Pinot Noir were accidentally given a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1989. 

Complete Ichiro ‘Card Series’ to be sold in HK

Bonhams will offer a complete, 54-bottle, set of Hanyu Ichiro’s ‘Card Series’ Japanese whiskies, including four ultra rare first edition bottles, at its next Fine & Rare sale in November.

80% of Napa wineries are moving forward with the 2020 vintage

As the Californian wine industry assesses the damage of the Glass Fire, as many as 80% of Napa Valley’s wineries are pushing forward with the 2020 vintage.

These are the wines drunk by heads of state

Last week the drinks business conducted a one-off, pioneering tasting featuring 10 wines consumed by presidents and monarchs at the most lavish banquets of this century, and we reveal what these top drops were.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: Ardbeg launches a monster delivery service; Kraken rum creates a video game with the guy behind Grand Theft Auto IV; the Welsh Rugby Union launch a beer; and Italian fizz brand Ferrari launches a ship.

Saké makes its debut at Sotheby’s

Having taken great strides to expand its fine wine department in recent years, most notably by bolstering its spirits arm, auction house Sotheby’s is going to offer its first lot of saké in an online sale starting this month.

Hillebrand acquires bulk liquid logistics supplier Braid

Global logistics provider Hillebrand has acquired bulk liquids logistics company Braid, increasing its ability to transport products such as wine, olive oil, juices and edible oils in large volumes.

This year’s best Champagne for under £30 revealed

With it being Friday it seems apt to think about how best to celebrate the end of the week and for that, we have looked through the results of this year’s Champagne Masters and picked out the highest-scoring Champagne for under £30.

Beam Suntory’s unveils world blend whisky ‘Ao’ in GTR

Beam Suntory’s first world blended whisky, comprising liquid from Japan, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US, is now exclusive to global travel retail.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte releases a Japanese exclusive limited edition

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has created a refreshing new look for its Blanc de Blanc brut this autumn, inspired by the famous artist Hokusai and which will be available exclusively in Japan.

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