News Waitresses at Kitsch nightclub hold bottles of champagne

Pair were handed £66,778.91 and £64,279.70 bar tabs after ordering bottles of Cristal champagne and Dom Perignon.

Chic and unique: Fashion designer Maria Grachvogel's London home is full of bold feminine touches

Maria Grachvogel's urbane apartment, high above the rooftops of Marylebone in central London, wouldn't look out of place in an old Rita Hayworth film. It is a decadent, sensuous pleasure dome littered with undulating, curved chaises in hot, lipstick reds and inky purples and the bold, colourful, yin and yang nudes of the Danish artist Charlotte Valeur. This is not surprising when Grachvogel's clothes designs are all about tactile velvets, silk satins and gossamer cashmeres which cleave and flow over the body in all the right places. Her clothes - while never being too outre - are essentially all about sex, sensuality and feminine power.

Reina redeemed by penalty heroics

There could be few more symbolic illustrations of the FA Cup's power to heal and haunt than the contrasting sights of Djibril Cissé and Marlon Harewood in the aftermath of Saturday's final. The Frenchman, who had spent the last 40 minutes limping ostentatiously in his fluorescent boots, cavorted about the turf as if he had drunk an elixir from the old pot itself. Then, in the bowels of the stadium, he held court at length.

Fake Moet factory is shut down

TRADING STANDARDS officers shut down an illicit factory producing fake Moet & Chandon champagne in Leeds, it was disclosed yesterday. Officials raided the factory, which was used to label cheap sparkling wine as the famous drink, last week.

Food & Drink: Wines Of The month

WITH 12 days to go, Le Beaujolais Nouveau is not quite yet arrive, but I'm not holding my breath. Time was when I used to happily glug down the first nubile fruits of the harvest, freshly bottled from the bubbling fermentation vat. But that was when it was a cause for celebration and not an excuse for rampant commercialism. What happened? Nouveau became vieux chapeau through the increasingly poor quality of the overhyped product. Then along came the New World six months early to pull the rug from underneath its complacent, wine-stained feet. No apologies then for salivating instead at the deliciously bright flavours arriving from all points south.

Letter: We know wine

I DO NOT know which is worse, the chauvinism of the French media or the hysterical self-disgust of their British confreres. In the article on wine scams ("Plonk passes for rioja with the British", 5 September), instead of dwelling on the perpetrators, Mark Rowe expresses gleeful contempt at the stupidity of Brits who pay over the odds for poor-quality wines. In fact, the British have a tradition of being open-minded and knowledgeable about wine.

Couture champagne for millennium parties

Bubbly makers are bringing in fashion's leading lights to give their products a new look

Drink: Corney, but original

The wine bar's tired, Eighties image has finally been given a makeover ... by a company that's been around for 200 years

The bubbly's all shook up

The quality of the world's most famous drink is in jeopardy as growers cut corners to meet the increasing demand

Drink: Losing your bottle

Anthony Rose If you are worried about stocking up on millennial Champagne before the rush, don't panic. The industry is well prepared for the biggest party in its history

Catfight on the catwalk and Gucci is losing

IF YOU close your eyes, Domenico De Sole sounds like the softly spoken Don in a De Niro movie. "So let them sue," he says, his quiet tones rising in a whispered crescendo. "I have nothing to fear. They will lose."

Wine: Sparkling gems

Romantic roses and other best buys for February

A night out on New Year's Eve

If you're still stuck for what to do on New Year's Eve, it looks like Pambalwood Productions have got the answer. They're putting on one of London's most sophisticated celebrations: a black tie do for those who want to spend their night in style, at the world famous Chelsea Football Club, Executive Suites.

Food & Drink: The ice is right for a drink of kings

BEVERAGE REPORT: More news from the festive drinks front, plus a medicinal liqueur brought to you by royal appointment

People & Business: How to wind up a lawyer

LAWYERS ARE eunuchs, according to John Verrill, the vice president of the Insolvency Lawyers Association.

Wine: Branded For Life

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT; Well known wine names don't always mean a lack of taste or integrity
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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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