fine wine

But, in a city which has recently seen esoteric pop-ups like Bunyadi (a clothing-optional restaurant) and a one-day-only bar where the bartenders were dogs (called, naturally, Beer D'Alsace-tian) and Shoreditch's infamous Cereal Killer Cafe, would a water-only bar really be that ridiculous?
Looking ahead to the forthcoming Bordeaux En Primeur release, it seems like there'll be plenty to be excited about, at least from a quality perspective, and there's already a good deal of speculation about release strategies.
The FTSE100 entered an official bear market on Wednesday (20% under its most recent high), and then proceeded to spend Wednesday, Thursday (and Friday so far) recovering. Oil is back above $30/barrel, the yield on 10 year British treasury bonds is unchanged, and Sterling is appreciating against both Dollar and Euro.
First out of the blocks in 2013 was Pontet Canet - rather too soon for many given the trade had not yet tasted it - releasing at around £635+ per case. The best offer we saw was from Nickolls and Perks for £635 inclusive of free storage until autumn 2017.
Lest we forget, great Bordeaux estates are huge. Leoville Las Cases sprawls over 97 hectares. Even though only a third of the grapes made it into the 'Grand Vin' in 2005, that still amounted to 20,000 cases.
The crossover between investments of passion or alternative assets such as property, art, fine wine, classic cars, gold and watches seems to be increasingly blurred as people seek to classify what is worthy of the attention or wallet of a connoisseur or a collector and those who just enjoy surrounding themselves with the finer things in life.
People who have placed their money in fine wine investment over the past 18 months will have little to cheer about. The market has seen a general downturn in value, but when measured against other asset classes, it still holds its own. Those who have been in the fine wine market for a number of years are relaxed, having more of a feel for the natural dynamics of the correction we have endured since mid 2011.
A deal is coming this year that could see India significantly opened up to the wine investment market as Indian import taxes on alcohol could be slashed by as much as 73 per cent.
For many of us, the mere mention of alcohol and Russia evokes stereotypical images of heavy drinking Muscovites, consuming large amounts of vodka, in smoky bars at sub-zero temperatures; and although Russians have always had a close affinity for alcohol, this is far from the truth.
With the eurozone crisis making stock markets volatile, and with safe haven assets, such as gold, already exorbitant, it