Overheard at Wine Show Chelsea…

We’ve rounded-up our favourite snippets of conversation we overheard at this year’s event, from gendered wines to failed flirtations.

TWE boss Michael Clarke to step down

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estate has confirmed its chief executive officer Michael Clarke will step down in 2021, although he will continue in an advisory capacity for 12 months after his departure.

Bolney’s winery gets royal opening after ‘very good’ harvest

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. 

12 freaky Halloween cocktails to try in London

In case Brexit and Halloween aren’t scary enough for you, we’ve found the spookiest cocktails in London.

Fine wine investment: Running out of puff

When looking at performances in the secondary market it’s very common for the narrative to play down or underestimate the performance of Bordeaux but is that correct?

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: Tim Atkin MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW get stuck into Rioja; the Duchess of Cornwall tucks into English fizz; and db stops out at Vintners Hall to celebrate 50 years of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

Cheval Blanc 1947 tops London sale

A magnum of 1947 Cheval Blanc was the top lot at a recent London auction featuring the cellar of well-known collector Graham Lyons.

Memorial party for David Elswood to be held in Lewes

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.

WSET celebrates 50 years to the day with lavish dinner

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.

London’s Montone wins young sommelier of the year world final

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. 

Vinexpo Shanghai counts down to October show

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.

New booking app intends to combat no-shows in London restaurants

A new booking app allows restaurants to turn no-shows and late-cancellations into bookings with diners seeking last-minute seats in London.

Wine trade gives thanks to man who ‘built Bollinger’

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.

5 low and no-alcohol drinks trends to watch in 2020

Following two days of discussion, debate and networking at the Lo & No Beverage Summit in London this week, we list the top trends emerging in the nascent low and no-alcohol drinks category this year, from CBD beer to dark ‘spirits’.

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