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Along, it seemed, with half the UK’s wine press, I was at the launch of Les 110 de Taillevent in London’s Cavendish Square last week. My verdict? Go – and be sure to order the crab ravioli. What was most notable about the night, though, was not the guest list or the menu, but that here was a major restaurant being launched off the back of its wine offering.
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As we approach the end of 2015 and set our sights on 2016, we thought it was an apt time to take stock of the trade and where you, our readers, think the future of drinks is headed.
Aldi and Lidl’s combined UK marketshare have hit 10% for the the first time after attracting an additional one million shoppers according to Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending 8 November 2015.
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Tim Atkin asks whether Alberto Antonini has decided to break away from more traditional styles of wine defined by the likes of Michel Rolland and to forge his own path.
Slovenian family-owned winery Puklavec & Friends has won nationwide listings for two of its wines in Waitrose.
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Panos Kakaviatos reports on the Hospices de Beaune auction and the opportunities he found for Burgundy’s 2014 vintage. He found 2015 may raise more headlines, but 2014 may offer better price/quality ratios.
Paul Symington said that to ensure the future of the category, “Port needs to change with the times”. He is optimistic that the recent success of aged tawny Ports is a step in the right direction for the category as whole.