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EIGHT ASIAN BARS MADE TO WORLD'S 50 BEST BARS 2022
A total of 8 Asian bars from Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, New Delhi and Tokyo made to the list of World's 50 Best Bars 2022 revealed yesterday.
INDIA PROPOSED 15% RETALIATORY TARIFFS ON UK LIQUORS, CASTS DOUBTS ON FREE TRADE DEAL
India threatened to levy extra tariffs of 15% on 22 UK goods, including Scotch, blended whisky and gin to retaliate UK’s protectionist measures on some steel products.
WORLD SAKE DAY: CHINA OVERTOOK HK AS SAKE’S MOST VALUABLE EXPORT MARKET
As sake lovers around the world celebrated World Sake Day on 1 October, it emerged that mainland China has overtaken Hong Kong as sake’s biggest importer by value.
WORLD’S OLDEST WHISKY THE MACALLAN 81YO IS AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING NOW AT SOTHEBY’S
Offered directly by The Macallan Distillery, the online auction will close on 5 October, the latest bid at the time of publication is £130,000.
CHINA MADE PENFOLDS INCLUDED IN NEW "ONE BY PENFOLDS" RANGE
The first China made Penfolds will be released next month in China for RMB228 (USD32) along with three other wines from France and USA under the “One by Penfolds” range.
BREWER ABINBEV PLANS WHISKY AND GIN LAUNCH IN INDIA
Owner of Budweiser and Corona beer brands, Anheuser-Busch InBev, is planning to launch new whisky and gin brands in the Indian market.
早前本刊到了法國勃艮第産區採訪秋收，體驗了Cote de Nuit及Cote de Beaune的採摘情況，今年勃艮第秋收維時達個多月，産量豐富，但産區稱今年的産量不會影響質量，更說本年份的質與量都高於預期。
THAILAND PLANS TO TAX NO & LOW ALCOHOLS IN FISCAL 2023
The Thai government is planning to increase excise tax on all types of alcohols, including no & low alcohols, in the fiscal year 2023 to boost government coffer.
CHANGI AIRPORT & LOTTE DUTY FREE TO WOW CONNOISSEURS WITH EXCLUSIVE RARITIES
Over 200 outstanding expressions from more than 75 renowned brands, including some first-in-the-region rarities will be available for purchase from 30 September to 31 December.
EU FUNDS 3-YEAR CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE G.I. WINES IN MAJOR ASIAN MARKETS
The European Wine Ambassadors campaign will see producers from Spain, Italy and Greece promoting their wines in China, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan between now and 2024.
BEIJING TO OPEN WORLD'S SECOND BIGGEST WINE MUSEUM IN 2024
Spanning 18,000 sqm in Fangshan district, the Universal Wine Museum is scheduled to open in Beijing in May 2024 in collaboration with the Cité du Vin of Bordeaux.
CITY OF DELHI: GOVERNMENT LIQUOR SHOPS REOPEN TODAY AS PRIVATE SHOPS SHUT
The city of Delhi returns to the old liquor retail regime today with the reopening of government shops while private shops shut after only 9 months in business.
OVER 1M BOTTLES OF SCOTCH WHISKY ON FIRST SCOTLAND-CHINA DIRECT CONTAINER SERVICE
The new direct service will have 3 sailings per month, calling at Ningbo and Shenzhen, before arriving in Scottish Greenock Terminal via sister container terminal in Liverpool.
MALAYSIA: RELIGION MINISTER WANTS TO BAN OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATIONS
The religion minister's call casts doubts on the 48th edition of Penang’s Oktoberfest which is scheduled to return on 21 to 22 October after a two-year hiatus.
DIAGEO PAUSED SALES IN SOME INDIAN STATES TO FIGHT FOR PRICE HIKES
Diageo India has paused sales in some Indian states where liquor prices are still capped despite rising inflation. The company is lobbying for prices to rise with inflation.
"RAREST JAPANESE WHISKY" FROM A GHOST DISTILLERY, SHIRAKAWA 1985 AT USD29,580 A BOTTLE
Shirakawa is a ghost Japanese whisky distillery which was demolished in 2003. A batch of its whisky distilled in 1958 will be released in a 1500 bottles limited edition.
WINES OF CHILE WILL GO ALL OUT TO DIG DEEP IN CHINA AND ASIA
The Chilean wine marketing board said in its Wines of Chile Summit 2022 that China and Asia represent the greatest opportunities for Chilean wine exporters.
THAILAND PLANS PUB HOURS INTO 4AM TO LURE MORE TOURISTS
After having lifted a 5-decade long ban on afternoon drinking, Thailand is planning to extend pub hours from 2am to 4am, to lure more tourists to help economic recovery.
JAPAN’S TAX AGENCY WANTS YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONSUME MORE ALCOHOL
The tax agency's “Sake Viva!” campaign invites those aged 20 to 39 to submit business plans to promote domestic alcoholic drinks to young people.
INDIA: DIAGEO TO INVEST USD5.7M TO BUILD CRAFT & INNOVATION HUB IN GOA
The hub will have production capacity of 20,000 cases of spirits a month, it will serve as an incubator for select start-ups where they can create their own craft products.
PORTUGUESE WINE EXPORTS TO CHINA DECLINED 47.7% IN H1 2022
Value of Portuguese wine exports to China declined 47.7% in the first half of 2022, while exports to Japan increased by 21.6%, according to latest data released by ViniPortugal.
MALAYSIA: "DEALCOHOLISED" DRINKS CANNOT BE LABELLED AS NON-ALCOHOLIC
Beverages that have its alcohol content removed after normal fermentation process can only be labelled as "dealcoholised" to avoid confusing the country’s Muslim consumers.
BAIJIU DISTILLER LUZHOU LAOJIAO BACKS CHINA DUTY FREE'S IPO IN HONG KONG
World's biggest travel retailer China Duty Free is to raise up to USD2.17b from a second listing in Hong Kong, baijiu distiller Luzhou Laojiao is one of the 9 cornerstone investors.
KOREAN-OWNED SHAFER VINEYARDS ACQUIRED 46 HECTRES FROM CULT WINERY SCREAMING EAGLE
The acquisition includes 9 hectares in the famed Stags Leap District and is worth USD 35 million. Screaming Eagle won the Judgement of Paris tasting in 1976.
PENFOLDS WINS: CHINA'S SUPREME COURT DECLARES "RUSH RICH" BRAND INVALID
The Supreme People’s Court of China recently declared the "Rush Rich" brand invalid, ending Penfolds' six-year legal battle against the Chinese copycat brand.
JAPAN BREWERS SHOWCASED UNIQUE "DEEP SEA SPACE SAKES" IN HONG KONG
These special sakes from Japan's Kochi Prefecture were brewed with yeasts that have survived extreme conditions in outer space and in 6200 meters deep sea.
西班牙酒商Grupo Reserva de la Tierra，涉嫌在2019至2021間，向客戶提供超過4000萬瓶貼上虛假産區標籤的葡萄酒，從而謀利約1400萬歐元，被正式落案起訴，受騙客戶遍布歐洲、美國、中國、日本和巴西。
S. KOREAN RETAIL GIANTS SHINSEGAE AND LOTTE WILL MAKE WHISKIES FROM EXOTIC JEJU ISLAND
The competing retailers have picked the southern Jeju Island to build their own whisky distilleries, to benefit from the island’s clean water and exotic image.
CHAOS AND CONFUSION AS DELHI CITY ROLLED BACK PRIVATISATION OF LIQUOR RETAIL
Chaos and confusion as the Delhi city government decided to roll back the sweeping changes introduced last November to privatise the city’s liquor retail.
SIX OF WORLD'S TEN MOST VALUABLE SPIRITS BRANDS ARE CHINESE BAIJIU
Six of the world’s ten most valuable spirits brands are Chinese baijiu, with Kweichow Moutai, Wuliangye, Luzhou Laojiao and Yanghe taking the top four positions.
LIMITED EDITION OF CALIFORNIA MADE PENFOLDS 177 LAUNCHED IN CHINA
Made from California Cabernet Sauvignon, Penfolds 177 is released exclusively for the Chinese market to mark the 177th anniversary of the Penfolds brand.
AT LEAST 57 DIED FROM DRINKING ILLICIT LIQUOR IN DRY INDIAN STATE OF GUJARAT
At least 57 people have died and some 150 hospitalised in Gujarat which bans alcohol, 10 have been arrested including a man who allegedly supplied methanol to bootleggers.
ROBERT PARKER WINE ADVOCATE APPOINTED FILIPINO I.T. COMPANY TO BUILD B2B PLATFORM
The renowned wine rating company is planning to expand from its current B2C model into B2B as well, to further tap into the e-commerce opportunities.
NORTH KOREA'S NATIONAL BEER TAEDGONGGANG HAS A VERY BRITISH ORIGIN
Started production 20 years ago in Pyongyang, the Taedgonggang Brewery's original facilities were actually transplanted from a disused brewery in the United Kingdom.
現年29歲的前墨西哥選美冠軍Priscilla Lara Guevara及47歲的羅馬尼亞籍同黨Constantin Golubic，日前在克羅地亞落網，他們涉嫌去年底偷取西班牙米其林餐廳價值約160萬歐元的名酒。
CHINESE BREWERY WINNING THE HEARTS OF BEER CONSUMERS IN ISLAMIC PAKISTAN
Produced by a Chinese-invested brewery in Pakistan, beer brands HungChi (Red Flag) and Hui Cheng have rapidly gained popularity among Pakistan’s consumers.
SEVEN ASIAN RESTAURANTS MADE TO WORLD’S 50 BEST 2022, FOUR ARE JAPANESE
Seven Asian restaurants named the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, Japan has 4 restaurants on the list, while Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand each has one.
AUSSIE GOV'T FUNDED STUDY TO UNCORK JAPAN AND S.KOREA WINE MARKETS
Dubbed “Uncorking new opportunities for Australian Wine in Japan & South Korea”, the study findings will be shared in a webiner hosted by Australian Grape & Wine tomorrow.
SINGAPORE: HEFTY FINES OR LONG JAIL TERMS TO BIGGEST ALCOHOL TAX EVASION GANG
Three men who masterminded Singapore’s largest alcohol tax evasion syndicate were ordered to pay hefty fines of SGD28m to 48m (USD20m to 34m), or face long term in jail.
CHINA TOLD ALCOHOL & TOBACCO BRANDS STOP EXPLOITING THE IMAGE OF THE PLA
The message was announced by an exceptionally high-profile circular issued jointly by six government departments including the Central Military Commission.
AUSTRALIA LOOKING TO HELP INDIA SET UP WINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The two sides are looking at establishing a research and training institute in India with the Australian Wine Research Institute offering their expertise.
ASIAN FEMALE COLLECTOR ACQUIRED 1975 ARDBEG CASK AT RECORD-BREAKING USD19M
The 1975 Ardbeg cask, called Cask No. 3, is enough to make 440 bottles costing USD43,180 per piece. The previous cask whisky record was set earlier this year at USD18m.
JAPAN'S ALCOHOLIC DRINKS EXPORTS QUINTUPLED IN 10 YEARS
Japan's alcoholic drinks exports increased 61.4% in 2021 to reach 114.6 billion yen, the trade has grown five-fold in the past ten years.
JAPAN’S SUNTORY: PRICE FOR BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2022 TO RISE AT LEAST 40%
Suntory Holdings said the price increase in Japan for November's Beaujolais Nouveau release is mainly due to sharp rise in transportation costs.
FRANCE MEETS JAPAN: LIMITED RELEASE OF 500 COURVOISIER MIZUNARA AT USD 2000 EACH
The expression was created by chief blenders of Courvoisier and House of Suntory using maturation traditions of both Cognac and Japanese whisky.
GEORGIAN WINE HAS HIGH HOPES ON FREE TRADE DEAL WITH S. KOREA
Georgia is actively promoting its wines in South Korea and is hoping that a free trade deal will boost wine exports to this fast growing Asian market.
CHINA’S YANTAI CITY ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF GLOBAL WINE TOURISM ORGANISATION
Joining other major wine producing member cities like Bordeaux of France and Rioja of Spain, Yantai is the only Chinese city having been admitted to GWTO.