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Swedish company Vernissage has started selling its boxed wines shaped to look like designer handbags in the UK due to unprecedented consumer demand.

Keen to appeal to fashion savvy consumers, last year Vernissage released the chic trio in the US and a number of European countries, overlooking the UK.

But due to repeated requests from British consumers, the wines are now available to buy in the UK through The Exceptional Wine Company.

Created by Stockholm-based graphic designer Sofia Blomberg, the “Bag-in-Bag” wines are made at the Nordic Sea Winery in Sweden run by Takis Soldatos.
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The wine trade’s recent rhapsody in pink has resulted in a rosé marketing binge which can confuse as well as entice.

Not so long ago, rosé was just a swimming pool wine: slippy and thirst-quenching, a frivolous herald of summer weather. Then it became popular. We all started to drink pink, even the French, who don’t just knock back getting on for twice as much rosé as they do white wine, but also more rosé than they make: over a third of the pink wine produced on the planet is consumed in France.

Now rosé is also chic. And as always along with chic comes prestige, high prices – and Brangelina, whose 6,000-bottle release of the first vintage of rosé from their Château Miraval bolt-hole in Provence (€105/£88 for a six-bottle case) sold out within five hours when it went online earlier this month.

Oh la la. Does rosé just have delusions of grandeur or is it actually grand? You can now buy the still stuff in (increasingly expensive thanks to the cost of the glass) yacht-christening sizes: magnums, jeroboams, clanking great nine-bottle-big methuselahs. Pink champagne, which once had all the class of a hen-night stretch limousine, is now super-smart – and super-expensive.

And then there’s the performance of flogging rosé “en primeur” à la Brangelina, often before the wine has even been bottled, for all the world as if this pale-pink mayfly of a wine were a fancy first growth or limited-production burgundy – which seems presumptuous beyond belief.

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I'll have some wine, but only if ....

I’ll have some wine, but only if ….


The word “hipster” paired with “wine” is not exactly commonplace here in San Diego. The most fashionable kids these days are drinking beer. Some prefer the blue-collar authenticity and price of PBR while others seek out the rare and highly-in-demand “micro” and “nano” brews by one of the new local ale crafters like Societe, Monkey Paw and Hess.

Let me first say that I am an aging hipster from the ’90s Bay Area scene. I played bass in a band and worked a day job as a cabinetmaker using reclaimed wood, drove a 1966 Ford pickup and lived in a warehouse on the railroad tracks in West Berkeley. I have no shame admitting my social identity at the time. Let’s face it, hipsters are into really cool stuff.

Recently, I’ve been watching the young hipsters become increasingly sophisticated when it comes to their drinks, whether it be enjoying one of the Automatic masterpieces at Blind Lady or having a lovingly crafted classic cocktail by Sarah Ellis here at Jaynes. Unfortunately I see very few young people developing this same intrigue with wine. The wine selection at most of the popular beer bars and cocktail joints are at best an afterthought, with wines being left open well past their prime. This is most definitely not the case in the hipster incubators of the Bay Area, New York or the Northwest, so it’s probably only a matter of time before the thirsty San Diego hipsters get over what everyone else is doing and take an interest in the grape.

What is a “hipster wine”? This term is just breaking through, a recent Wall Street Journal article being the most high-profile reference, but it may have some of the following characteristics:
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The better side of life!

The better side of life!


Campari has unveiled the images for its 2013 calendar featuring Spanish actress Penelope Cruz captured by Paris-based fashion photographer, Kristian Schuller.


The calendar is the fourteenth to be produced by the Italian bitters brand, and Cruz follows other famous women who have adorned its pages, such as Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba.

2013’s edition has been dubbed Kiss Superstition Goodbye and sees Cruz in 13 shots reflecting a range of superstitions, such as black cats, broken mirrors and walking under ladders.
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The Hong Kong wine scene.

The Hong Kong wine scene.


There is a burgeoning wine industry in Hong Kong where consumer demand is rising and tastes are changing, while high profile events and bloggers spread the emerging trends, finds Alasdair Nichol


THE WINE industry in Hong Kong has come a long way since the dropping of import duties in 2008 and wine drinkers in the city are becoming more adventurous with the expanded wealth of wine options on offer.

The upsurge in wine pairing with Chinese food has opened new doors to experiences that local drinkers would not have otherwise explored.

Also, the traditional wines usually consumed are being caught up by demand for new and more interesting varieties from differing wine producing countries around the world.

Take a peek at the top 10 trends currently making waves in the Hong Kong market.