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.
United Sommeliers Foundation to raise money for industry workers
The newly-formed United Sommelier Foundation is holding an auction to raise money for restaurant wine workers that have been affected by Covid-19.
LVMH creates collectible fine wine case to raise €0.5m for restaurant trade
LVMH Vins d’Exception is to sell-off a set of collectible labels, from Château d’Yquem to Cheval Blanc, to raise more than €500,000 for the shuttered restaurant trade in France, the UK and the US.
Wine worth over £112,000 stolen from Michelin-starred restaurant
Between 50 and 60 bottles of wine worth around one million Danish kroner (£112,000) have been stolen after thieves smashed through a wall in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Copenhagen.
Fine wine labels to watch in 2020
The fine wine secondary market has a number of seemingly all-enduring labels at the top, but which are the brands coming up fast?
Naked Wines sells Lay & Wheeler for £11.3m
Naked Wines has sold its fine wine arm Lay & Wheeler for £11.3 million, completing the final sale of its former Majestic businesses.
Australia Redefined tasting to showcase wines priced at £20 and above
Industry body Wine Australia is holding its Australia Redefined tasting this month, challenging the industry to rethink its perceptions of the country’s wines.
Buyers circle Lay & Wheeler
With Majestic now sold off, buyers, reportedly including the part-owner of BI Wines & Spirits, are now circling another of Naked Wines’ divisions being off-loaded – Lay & Wheeler.
Wine storage fraudster gets 18 months in prison
Wine storage fraudster William Holder of Safe Harbour Wine Storage in Maryland has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for illegally selling on his clients’ wines.
Boisset acquires new Burgundy domaine
The Boisset family has acquired Maison Alex Gambal in Burgundy in a deal that is expected to be completed this September.
DRC leads ‘superb array’ at London sale
Fine and rare labels will be much in evidence at Sotheby’s sale in London next week, with parcels of first growths and grand cru Burgundy taking pride of place in the line-up.
Société Jacques Bollinger buys into London fine wine merchant
Champagne Bollinger’s holding company, Société Jacques Bollinger (SJB), has taken a shareholding in London-based merchant BI Wines & Spirits as the French business aims to better understand the global fine wine market.