In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Six leading sommeliers in Russia share their plans for survival
Six leading sommeliers in Russia discuss their plans for survival as restaurants across the country face a collapsing Ruble and the coronavirus outbreak with no government support. Anton Moiseenko reports from Moscow.
Brixton Village launches restaurant incubator
Brixton Village in south London has announced a new two-tiered incubator scheme, giving both professionals and amateur chefs a chance to open their own restaurant.
Top trends in French wine for 2019
As we move into the new year, we ask some of the top French wine producers and personalities what regions, grape varieties and wine styles they predict will be hot in 2019.
Boutique winery in Priorat opens its own guest house
Renovated by boutique winery Terroir Al Limit, Cal Compte, a charming historic guest house, has opened its doors to offer an immersive wine and dining experience for oenophiles in the heart of Spain’s Priorat.
Sir Ian Botham’s wine range tasted and rated
Having been the first member of the drinks press to taste Sir Ian Botham’s new wine range, db editor-in-chief, Patrick Schmitt MW, brings you his views on the famous cricketer’s latest venture.
This restaurant group is giving staff days off to look after their mental health
A London-based restaurant group is allocating days off throughout the year for staff to ensure they look after their mental health.
Albury Vineyard to increase its production of organic English wine
Surrey’s Albury Vineyard has acquired grapes from a new vineyard which it is converting to organic viticulture, and also has plans to launch its first still Pinot Noir after surviving a fire scare last month.
Australian restaurant rewards customers with wine – if they can turn off their phone
A restaurant in Sydney will reward their customers with a free glass of wine if they can give up their mobiles and go offline for the duration of their meal.
Blue wine trend hits France
French entrepreneur René Le Bail is on a mission to turn his fellow countrymen into a nation of red, white and blue wine drinkers with the launch of ‘Vindigo’.
Champagne limits yields to 315m bottles in 2018
Champagne has set the available yield from this year’s harvest at 10,800kg/ha, which will produce the equivalent of approximately 315m bottles.
Q&A: Michael Caines MBE and James Matyear
Chef and owner of Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor, Michael Caines MBE, and manager of the hotel and restaurant’s new vineyard, James Matyear, discuss their English wine production plans, and why we could see more single vineyard expressions and clarity over regional labelling.