South Korea will introduce a new liquor tax regime next year, the first change after 50 years, which will tax alcoholic beverages based on volume instead of price, starting with beer and domestic rice wine.
China’s imported wine sector continues to slide with double digit drops in both volume and value in the first four months of the year while Australia overtakes France as the country’s No.1 wine supplier.
Constellation Brands, the American drinks giant, has signed a new distribution deal in mainland China for its Robert Mondavi Private Selection, a range of wines aged in bourbon barrels, injecting a dose of confidence in the embattled Chinese market.
Bulk wine, the two words that can send shudders down a wine connoisseur’s spine and spoil a Burgundian Vigneron’s appetite, is finding a new life in China, and growing at a speed that can marvel Bordelais even in a challenging climate like last year.
This year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants is going to get a bit more bubbly as Italy’s famed sparkling wine brand Bellavista is appointed as a main sparkling wine sponsor for the award ceremony, which is dubbed as the “Oscars of the culinary world”.