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These incredible pictures offer a window to history that exists all around.

They are the winning and shortlisted images in the Historic Photographer of the Year Awards 2020, which were unveiled today by broadcaster and historian Dan Snow and historic and cultural travel experts Trip Historic.

This year’s awards called on photographers to scour their photographic archive and ‘share their most astonishing imagery of those places which dominate our past’.

The overall winning image was a transfixing photo of the Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier by Michael Marsh. The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton’s aerial view of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, while the newly-launched Where History Happened award, run in partnership with television channel Sky History, went to Martin Chamberlain for his sombre shot of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria‘s civil war.

Mr Snow said ‘these cultural monuments stand as a testament to the incredible stories that took place all around us’, while Claudia Kenyatta from Historic England added: ‘It was a joy to go through all of the photographs submitted, from incredible industrial landscapes through to stunning aerial shots.’ And commenting on the overall winning entry, Dan Korn from Sky History said: ‘This submission was genuinely outstanding and truly captured the faded splendour of the pier, and the rusting catafalque beneath.’

Scroll down to see MailOnline Travel’s pick of the winning and shortlisted images…

The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton with this haunting image of the ruins of St Michael's Church on Somerset's Burrow Mump, taken on a misty winter morning

The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton with this haunting image of the ruins of St Michael's Church on Somerset's Burrow Mump, taken on a misty winter morning

The Historic England category was won by Adam Burton with this haunting image of the ruins of St Michael’s Church on Somerset’s Burrow Mump, taken on a misty winter morning

A transfixing shot of the Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier by Michael Marsh, which is the overall winning image in the Historic Photographer of the Year 2020 contest. Michael said: 'My wife and I have been visiting Brighton for a few years now and I always strive to capture this lovely historic seaside town with a sense of the atmosphere and cinematic interpretation that it instils in me'

A transfixing shot of the Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier by Michael Marsh, which is the overall winning image in the Historic Photographer of the Year 2020 contest. Michael said: 'My wife and I have been visiting Brighton for a few years now and I always strive to capture this lovely historic seaside town with a sense of the atmosphere and cinematic interpretation that it instils in me'

A transfixing shot of the Grade II-listed Brighton Palace Pier by Michael Marsh, which is the overall winning image in the Historic Photographer of the Year 2020 contest. Michael said: ‘My wife and I have been visiting Brighton for a few years now and I always strive to capture this lovely historic seaside town with a sense of the atmosphere and cinematic interpretation that it instils in me’ 

Martin Chamberlain was named the winner of the Where History Happened award for this sombre image of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria's civil war. He said: 'I'd dragged my family out of bed early when it was cold and dark to ensure we were at the Great Colonnade early enough to catch the sunrise and the golden hour. Unfortunately, I'd got my timings wrong and we were an hour early so sat around wondering where the sun had gone and waiting for dawn. But it was worth the wait'

Martin Chamberlain was named the winner of the Where History Happened award for this sombre image of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria's civil war. He said: 'I'd dragged my family out of bed early when it was cold and dark to ensure we were at the Great Colonnade early enough to catch the sunrise and the golden hour. Unfortunately, I'd got my timings wrong and we were an hour early so sat around wondering where the sun had gone and waiting for dawn. But it was worth the wait'

Martin Chamberlain was named the winner of the Where History Happened award for this sombre image of the ancient city of Palmyra, captured before the destruction wrought by Syria’s civil war. He said: ‘I’d dragged my family out of bed early when it was cold and dark to ensure we were at the Great Colonnade early enough to catch the sunrise and the golden hour. Unfortunately, I’d got my timings wrong and we were an hour early so sat around wondering where the sun had gone and waiting for dawn. But it was worth the wait’

This epic image of the Taj Mahal was taken at sunrise by photographer Gillian McDonald

This epic image of the Taj Mahal was taken at sunrise by photographer Gillian McDonald

This epic image of the Taj Mahal was taken at sunrise by photographer Gillian McDonald 

Inna Schutts captured this enchanting scene at St Edward’s Church in the Cotswolds. She said: 'This magical looking door makes my imagination go wild'

Inna Schutts captured this enchanting scene at St Edward’s Church in the Cotswolds. She said: 'This magical looking door makes my imagination go wild'

Inna Schutts captured this enchanting scene at St Edward’s Church in the Cotswolds. She said: ‘This magical looking door makes my imagination go wild’ 

The beautiful Bedham Chapel near Pulborough, Sussex, is the subject of this breathtaking image by Margaret Flo McEwan. She explained: 'Once upon a time this beautiful little chapel served the local community in Sussex. During the week it was used as the local schoolhouse and on Sundays, the sound of the harmonium could be heard through the forest as the locals sang hymns. This enchanting little building has now fallen silent and lies abandoned in the woods'

The beautiful Bedham Chapel near Pulborough, Sussex, is the subject of this breathtaking image by Margaret Flo McEwan. She explained: 'Once upon a time this beautiful little chapel served the local community in Sussex. During the week it was used as the local schoolhouse and on Sundays, the sound of the harmonium could be heard through the forest as the locals sang hymns. This enchanting little building has now fallen silent and lies abandoned in the woods'

The beautiful Bedham Chapel near Pulborough, Sussex, is the subject of this breathtaking image by Margaret Flo McEwan. She explained: ‘Once upon a time this beautiful little chapel served the local community in Sussex. During the week it was used as the local schoolhouse and on Sundays, the sound of the harmonium could be heard through the forest as the locals sang hymns. This enchanting little building has now fallen silent and lies abandoned in the woods’

Shot at dawn using a drone, this image by David Abram shows the Durotriges hill fort of Badbury Rings in Dorset. According to the photographer, nobody knows for sure why those in the Durotriges tribe in the first century BC felt the need to erect 'such formidable defences'. He added: 'Whatever inspired their creation, the concentric rings stand as a dramatic reminder of the wealth and power the Durotriges derived from trade with the Armoricans of Brittany, based around the harbours at nearby Hengitsbury Head'

Shot at dawn using a drone, this image by David Abram shows the Durotriges hill fort of Badbury Rings in Dorset. According to the photographer, nobody knows for sure why those in the Durotriges tribe in the first century BC felt the need to erect 'such formidable defences'. He added: 'Whatever inspired their creation, the concentric rings stand as a dramatic reminder of the wealth and power the Durotriges derived from trade with the Armoricans of Brittany, based around the harbours at nearby Hengitsbury Head'

Shot at dawn using a drone, this image by David Abram shows the Durotriges hill fort of Badbury Rings in Dorset. According to the photographer, nobody knows for sure why those in the Durotriges tribe in the first century BC felt the need to erect ‘such formidable defences’. He added: ‘Whatever inspired their creation, the concentric rings stand as a dramatic reminder of the wealth and power the Durotriges derived from trade with the Armoricans of Brittany, based around the harbours at nearby Hengitsbury Head’

A stunning shot by the overall winning photographer, Michael Marsh. This one shows St Thomas Becket Church on Romney Marsh, Kent. Michael said: 'This lovely little medieval church sits on its own surrounded by dykes and sheep'

A stunning shot by the overall winning photographer, Michael Marsh. This one shows St Thomas Becket Church on Romney Marsh, Kent. Michael said: 'This lovely little medieval church sits on its own surrounded by dykes and sheep'

A stunning shot by the overall winning photographer, Michael Marsh. This one shows St Thomas Becket Church on Romney Marsh, Kent. Michael said: ‘This lovely little medieval church sits on its own surrounded by dykes and sheep’

This eerie aerial shot of Restormel Castle in Cornwall was snapped by Adam Burton on a misty autumn morning

This eerie aerial shot of Restormel Castle in Cornwall was snapped by Adam Burton on a misty autumn morning

This eerie aerial shot of Restormel Castle in Cornwall was snapped by Adam Burton on a misty autumn morning

Bjørn Andre Hagen is the photographer behind this breathtaking image of Heddal Stave Church in Notodden, Norway. It is Norway's largest stave church and was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century

Bjørn Andre Hagen is the photographer behind this breathtaking image of Heddal Stave Church in Notodden, Norway. It is Norway's largest stave church and was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century

Bjørn Andre Hagen is the photographer behind this breathtaking image of Heddal Stave Church in Notodden, Norway. It is Norway’s largest stave church and was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century

A stunning image of Poulnabrone Dolmen - a large Neolithic tomb - in County Clare, Ireland, snapped by Todor Tilev

A stunning image of Poulnabrone Dolmen - a large Neolithic tomb - in County Clare, Ireland, snapped by Todor Tilev

A stunning image of Poulnabrone Dolmen – a large Neolithic tomb – in County Clare, Ireland, snapped by Todor Tilev  

Elena Pakhalyuk is behind this snap of the starry sky around the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. She said: 'The sky of the Southern Hemisphere is incredibly beautiful'

Elena Pakhalyuk is behind this snap of the starry sky around the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. She said: 'The sky of the Southern Hemisphere is incredibly beautiful'

Elena Pakhalyuk is behind this snap of the starry sky around the Church of the Good Shepherd in New Zealand. She said: ‘The sky of the Southern Hemisphere is incredibly beautiful’

An amazing aerial image of the wreck of the SS Denham off the coast of North West England snapped by photographer Mali Davies

An amazing aerial image of the wreck of the SS Denham off the coast of North West England snapped by photographer Mali Davies

An amazing aerial image of the wreck of the SS Denham off the coast of North West England snapped by photographer Mali Davies

Photographer Marc-Olivier Giguere took this magnificent image of Strasbourg Cathedral on a foggy night in the French city. He said: 'I shot many other photos that night but the cathedral in the fog was the photo I preferred. The cathedral is of a pinkish colour but because of the fog, it reflected all light coming from surrounding buildings, hence the yellow colour. It also feels like the cathedral is coming out of the ground and still growing'

Photographer Marc-Olivier Giguere took this magnificent image of Strasbourg Cathedral on a foggy night in the French city. He said: 'I shot many other photos that night but the cathedral in the fog was the photo I preferred. The cathedral is of a pinkish colour but because of the fog, it reflected all light coming from surrounding buildings, hence the yellow colour. It also feels like the cathedral is coming out of the ground and still growing'

A group of skydivers hover over the Great Pyramids of Giza in this incredible shot by a photographer known only as Timothy. He said: 'Skydiving in itself is an amazing experience, but to skydive over the great pyramids of Giza is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more so if you are very lucky to jump at the right time as the shadows of the pyramids create a shape of a bird'

A group of skydivers hover over the Great Pyramids of Giza in this incredible shot by a photographer known only as Timothy. He said: 'Skydiving in itself is an amazing experience, but to skydive over the great pyramids of Giza is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more so if you are very lucky to jump at the right time as the shadows of the pyramids create a shape of a bird'

One the left is a magnificent image of Strasbourg Cathedral taken on a foggy night in the French city by photographer Marc-Olivier Giguere. He said: ‘I shot many other photos that night but the cathedral in the fog was the photo I preferred. The cathedral is of a pinkish colour but because of the fog, it reflected all light coming from surrounding buildings, hence the yellow colour. It also feels like the cathedral is coming out of the ground and still growing.’ On the right is a group of skydivers hovering over the Great Pyramids of Giza in an incredible shot by a photographer only known as Timothy. He said: ‘Skydiving in itself is an amazing experience, but to skydive over the great pyramids of Giza is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more so if you are very lucky to jump at the right time as the shadows of the pyramids create a shape of a bird’

Photographer Jo Emery snapped this incredible image of the Ladybower plughole at the Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley of Derbyshire

Photographer Jo Emery snapped this incredible image of the Ladybower plughole at the Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley of Derbyshire

Photographer Jo Emery snapped this incredible image of the Ladybower plughole at the Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley of Derbyshire

This jaw-dropping shot was taken by Diana Buzoianu. It shows Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast. The photographer notes that it is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia

This jaw-dropping shot was taken by Diana Buzoianu. It shows Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast. The photographer notes that it is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia

This jaw-dropping shot was taken by Diana Buzoianu. It shows Happisburgh Lighthouse on the Norfolk Coast. The photographer notes that it is the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia

Another shot by Diana Buzoianu, this time of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle in Essex. She said: 'This was once an important castle built during the reign of Henry III. It shines, once more, under the bright stars of the night sky as a drone passes by'

Another shot by Diana Buzoianu, this time of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle in Essex. She said: 'This was once an important castle built during the reign of Henry III. It shines, once more, under the bright stars of the night sky as a drone passes by'

Another shot by Diana Buzoianu, this time of the ruins of Hadleigh Castle in Essex. She said: ‘This was once an important castle built during the reign of Henry III. It shines, once more, under the bright stars of the night sky as a drone passes by’ 

Scott Antcliffe snapped this imposing image of the ruins of Sutton Scarsdale Hall just outside of Chesterfield. He said: 'Once spoken in the same breath as Chatsworth House in terms of scale and grandeur, Sutton Scarsdale Hall now stands as a gaunt ruin and has for 100 years'

Scott Antcliffe snapped this imposing image of the ruins of Sutton Scarsdale Hall just outside of Chesterfield. He said: 'Once spoken in the same breath as Chatsworth House in terms of scale and grandeur, Sutton Scarsdale Hall now stands as a gaunt ruin and has for 100 years'

Scott Antcliffe snapped this imposing image of the ruins of Sutton Scarsdale Hall just outside of Chesterfield. He said: ‘Once spoken in the same breath as Chatsworth House in terms of scale and grandeur, Sutton Scarsdale Hall now stands as a gaunt ruin and has for 100 years’

The breathtaking Ponte Vecchio bridge across the River Arno in Florence is captured in all its glory in this amazing image by Tony North

The breathtaking Ponte Vecchio bridge across the River Arno in Florence is captured in all its glory in this amazing image by Tony North

The breathtaking Ponte Vecchio bridge across the River Arno in Florence is captured in all its glory in this amazing image by Tony North

James Smith, who was born in Whitby and lived there until he was 21, is the photographer behind this incredible image of Whitby Abbey. He explained: 'I've spent many wonderful years visiting the historic treasures that Whitby has to offer but there's nothing more iconic than the Abbey that towers over the town's harbour. Now living in Lincoln, I get back as often as I can to see family and to also photograph some of the beautiful places it has to offer'

James Smith, who was born in Whitby and lived there until he was 21, is the photographer behind this incredible image of Whitby Abbey. He explained: 'I've spent many wonderful years visiting the historic treasures that Whitby has to offer but there's nothing more iconic than the Abbey that towers over the town's harbour. Now living in Lincoln, I get back as often as I can to see family and to also photograph some of the beautiful places it has to offer'

James Smith, who was born in Whitby and lived there until he was 21, is the photographer behind this incredible image of Whitby Abbey. He explained: ‘I’ve spent many wonderful years visiting the historic treasures that Whitby has to offer but there’s nothing more iconic than the Abbey that towers over the town’s harbour. Now living in Lincoln, I get back as often as I can to see family and to also photograph some of the beautiful places it has to offer’ 

The famous Forth Bridge is the subject of this majestic shot taken by photographer Pawel Zygmunt. He said: 'I spent a night in Edinburgh just before my Faroes trip. After some quick research,  I found out that there was a bus going from the airport to famous Forth bridges. The weather forecast was looking promising and I still had a bit of time before my flight, so I woke up a bit earlier and went to have a look at what I could see. Sunrise didn't happen, but this is Scotland, so it didn't surprise me. I had to get off the bus in the middle of nowhere and walk to North Queensferry. There was a small beach beside the bridge and this is where I got this great shot

The famous Forth Bridge is the subject of this majestic shot taken by photographer Pawel Zygmunt. He said: 'I spent a night in Edinburgh just before my Faroes trip. After some quick research,  I found out that there was a bus going from the airport to famous Forth bridges. The weather forecast was looking promising and I still had a bit of time before my flight, so I woke up a bit earlier and went to have a look at what I could see. Sunrise didn't happen, but this is Scotland, so it didn't surprise me. I had to get off the bus in the middle of nowhere and walk to North Queensferry. There was a small beach beside the bridge and this is where I got this great shot

This dramatic black-and-white shot by Rudolf Gonda shows the wreck of the SS Turkia in the Red Sea. The photographer noted: 'The SS Turkia was lost in May of 1941 in the Gulf of Suez. Since the Strait of Gibraltar was blocked due to the Second World War, the British ships had to take the long route through South Africa to the southern Red Sea. The SS Turkia was one of them'

This dramatic black-and-white shot by Rudolf Gonda shows the wreck of the SS Turkia in the Red Sea. The photographer noted: 'The SS Turkia was lost in May of 1941 in the Gulf of Suez. Since the Strait of Gibraltar was blocked due to the Second World War, the British ships had to take the long route through South Africa to the southern Red Sea. The SS Turkia was one of them'

On the left is a majestic shot of the famous Forth Bridge taken by photographer Pawel Zygmunt. He said: ‘I spent a night in Edinburgh just before my Faroes trip. After some quick research, I found out that there was a bus going from the airport to famous Forth bridges. The weather forecast was looking promising and I still had a bit of time before my flight, so I woke up a bit earlier and went to have a look at what I could see. Sunrise didn’t happen, but this is Scotland, so it didn’t surprise me. I had to get off the bus in the middle of nowhere and walk to North Queensferry. There was a small beach beside the bridge and this is where I got this great shot.’ On the right is a dramatic black-and-white shot by Rudolf Gonda that shows the wreck of the SS Turkia in the Red Sea. The photographer noted: ‘The SS Turkia was lost in May of 1941 in the Gulf of Suez. Since the Strait of Gibraltar was blocked due to the Second World War, the British ships had to take the long route through South Africa to the southern Red Sea. The SS Turkia was one of them’

This fascinating shot by Roman Robroek shows the inside of a semi-abandoned power station in Budapest. He said it is a 'true gem among industrial locations and was once Europe’s most advanced power station'. He added: 'The control room itself has been abandoned for quite some time, but most parts of the location are still in use providing power to a major city nearby'

This fascinating shot by Roman Robroek shows the inside of a semi-abandoned power station in Budapest. He said it is a 'true gem among industrial locations and was once Europe’s most advanced power station'. He added: 'The control room itself has been abandoned for quite some time, but most parts of the location are still in use providing power to a major city nearby'

This fascinating shot by Roman Robroek shows the inside of a semi-abandoned power station in Budapest. He said it is a ‘true gem among industrial locations and was once Europe’s most advanced power station’. He added: ‘The control room itself has been abandoned for quite some time, but most parts of the location are still in use providing power to a major city nearby’ 

The ceilings may be almost caving in at this deserted old farmhouse in Wales, but photographer Ian M Hazeldine, who snapped this shot, said it was 'filled with family history'

The ceilings may be almost caving in at this deserted old farmhouse in Wales, but photographer Ian M Hazeldine, who snapped this shot, said it was 'filled with family history'

The ceilings may be almost caving in at this deserted old farmhouse in Wales, but photographer Ian M Hazeldine, who snapped this shot, said it was ‘filled with family history’ 

David Oxtaby took this stunning image of St Catherine's Oratory, which is located on the south side of the Isle of Wight and was used as a lighthouse. He said: 'Originally built in the 1300s it sadly was never of much use as often it was covered in sea fogs'

David Oxtaby took this stunning image of St Catherine's Oratory, which is located on the south side of the Isle of Wight and was used as a lighthouse. He said: 'Originally built in the 1300s it sadly was never of much use as often it was covered in sea fogs'

David Oxtaby took this stunning image of St Catherine’s Oratory, which is located on the south side of the Isle of Wight and was used as a lighthouse. He said: ‘Originally built in the 1300s it sadly was never of much use as often it was covered in sea fogs’

This beautiful image, also taken by David Oxtaby, shows the interior of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, which was built between the 13th and 16th centuries

This beautiful image, also taken by David Oxtaby, shows the interior of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, which was built between the 13th and 16th centuries

This beautiful image, also taken by David Oxtaby, shows the interior of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire, which was built between the 13th and 16th centuries 

This jaw-dropping shot of the remote 17th-century Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan was taken by Christine Matthews while on a seven-hour hike

This jaw-dropping shot of the remote 17th-century Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan was taken by Christine Matthews while on a seven-hour hike

'Wheal Betsy', an old tin mine on Dartmoor, is the subject of this atmospheric image by Mark Edwards. He explained: 'It was shot at night using torches to illuminate the building. As I took a number of shots, the mist started to roll in, which added to the atmosphere'

'Wheal Betsy', an old tin mine on Dartmoor, is the subject of this atmospheric image by Mark Edwards. He explained: 'It was shot at night using torches to illuminate the building. As I took a number of shots, the mist started to roll in, which added to the atmosphere'

On the left is a jaw-dropping shot of the remote 17th-century Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan, which was taken by Christine Matthews while on a seven-hour hike. On the right is an atmospheric shot of ‘Wheal Betsy’, an old tin mine on Dartmoor. It was taken by Mark Edwards, who said: ‘It was shot at night using torches to illuminate the building. As I took a number of shots, the mist started to roll in, which added to the atmosphere’

Dawn Louise Farrell snapped this incredible image of the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise, just days before the winter solstice

Dawn Louise Farrell snapped this incredible image of the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise, just days before the winter solstice

Dawn Louise Farrell snapped this incredible image of the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise, just days before the winter solstice 

This haunting image shows a rotting apartment block on the abandoned Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki in Japan. It was taken by photographer Stefan Lange, who said: 'In 1887, Mitsubishi acquired this small island that sat on top of a coal seam. Over subsequent decades, it would grow into an offshore metropolis with, at its peak, a community of over 5,000. Then in 1974 when the coal seam was almost exhausted, the mine was closed and the people left just as suddenly as they had arrived 87 years before. This typhoon-battered landscape is all that remains'

This haunting image shows a rotting apartment block on the abandoned Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki in Japan. It was taken by photographer Stefan Lange, who said: 'In 1887, Mitsubishi acquired this small island that sat on top of a coal seam. Over subsequent decades, it would grow into an offshore metropolis with, at its peak, a community of over 5,000. Then in 1974 when the coal seam was almost exhausted, the mine was closed and the people left just as suddenly as they had arrived 87 years before. This typhoon-battered landscape is all that remains'

This haunting image shows a rotting apartment block on the abandoned Hashima Island off the coast of Nagasaki in Japan. It was taken by photographer Stefan Lange, who said: ‘In 1887, Mitsubishi acquired this small island that sat on top of a coal seam. Over subsequent decades, it would grow into an offshore metropolis with, at its peak, a community of over 5,000. Then in 1974 when the coal seam was almost exhausted, the mine was closed and the people left just as suddenly as they had arrived 87 years before. This typhoon-battered landscape is all that remains’ 

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House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 named world’s BEST in Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines

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A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe.

The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has won the ‘Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter’s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting’ – a tasting panel managed by one of the world’s leading and most influential wine publications.

The bottle, made in Tasmania, took out the top spot in the Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of the year after earning a stellar 96 points.

A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe

A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe

A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe

The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has won the 'Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter's Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting' - a tasting panel managed by one of the world's leading wine publications

The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has won the 'Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter's Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting' - a tasting panel managed by one of the world's leading wine publications

The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has won the ‘Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter’s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting’ – a tasting panel managed by one of the world’s leading wine publications

The wines that make the prestigious list every year are subject to a rigorous tasting process in order to crown the winners. 

‘It’s an absolute honour to have the E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 judged alongside some of the best sparkling wines from across the globe,’ House of Arras chief winemaker Ed Carr said.

‘House of Arras was born from a vision to create an Australian sparkling wine on parity with the world’s finest champagnes and sparkling wines. 

‘Today’s Decanter Magazine announcement reinforces this vision and is proof that the world’s best sparkling can be found right here in Tasmania.’

The bottle, made in Tasmania, took out the top spot in the Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of the year after earning a stellar 96 points

The bottle, made in Tasmania, took out the top spot in the Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of the year after earning a stellar 96 points

The bottle, made in Tasmania, took out the top spot in the Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of the year after earning a stellar 96 points

Made from the noble grape varieties of prestige sparkling wine, sourced from the cold climate Tasmanian vineyards, the wine offers all the ‘elegance, power and vibrancy’ that are the ‘hallmarks of world class premium sparkling wine’. 

A mix of 69 per cent Chardonnay and 31 per cent Pinot Noir, the drop has spent an incredible 13 years on tirage, taking Australian sparkling to a level of texture and complexity that other producers rarely achieve.

Wine aficionados have shared glowing reviews about the wine online, with many declaring it’s the best sparking on the market.

‘This is a spectacular drop and right up there with the French bottles that cost two to three times more,’ one wrote.

And another added: ‘While above my normal price range… I finally succumbed and bought a couple of bottles for a special occasion. It is without doubt the best Aussie sparkling that we had ever tasted: simply elegant in all respects.’

A bottle of the House of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 costs $265.95.

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Over a third of UK restaurants (34 per cent) fear that they won’t survive until Christmas.

That’s according to a new survey of 200 restaurant and decision-makers that also found that a similar number (32 per cent) believe that government support for the industry is inadequate.

Tanisha Broady, owner of the Rock of Virtue Café in Cambridge, told MailOnline Travel that for her business to stay afloat for the next three months, she needs £10,000 from the government to cover rent.

Over a third of UK restaurants (34 per cent) fear that they won't survive until Christmas

Over a third of UK restaurants (34 per cent) fear that they won't survive until Christmas

Over a third of UK restaurants (34 per cent) fear that they won’t survive until Christmas

Rahul Sharma, Director at The Regency Club in London, also voiced concern about government support for the sector.

He told MailOnline Travel that he received £3,000 for each lockdown in the form of government grants and ‘the Furlough scheme helped a lot’.

But he added: ‘The biggest expense for us is our rent – our business model is designed to operate as a restaurant, but now we are operating as a takeaway. So, we are still paying the overheads of a restaurant. There needs to be something done for people who pay high rent. There has not been any agreement done on a wider commercial basis.’

Chris Jones, owner of the Naked Deli in Newcastle, said: ‘This year has been all about survival. We’ve been looking from week to week hoping we can keep the lights on and staff employed.’

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, wants to see a recovery fund established.

She said: ‘The sector’s preference is to trade itself back to recovery but, with restrictions denying us the chance, many venues will fail unless the government provides much more substantial support.

‘The restrictions of the new tiers mean that 94 per cent of our members are nonviable or trading at a loss. That’s a £7.8billion hit which will see businesses go under and jobs lost.

‘For any chance of survival, we need replacement of the Job Retention Bonus, extension of the rent debt moratoria and compensation for business losses. Tesco has just refunded nearly £600million in support to the government, with other supermarkets rumoured to be following suit. That can be used to establish a Hospitality and Tourism Recovery Fund to keep the sector alive.’

Tanisha Broady, pictured, owner of the Rock of Virtue Café in Cambridge, told MailOnline Travel that for her business to stay afloat for the next three months, she needs £10,000 from the government to cover rent

Tanisha Broady, pictured, owner of the Rock of Virtue Café in Cambridge, told MailOnline Travel that for her business to stay afloat for the next three months, she needs £10,000 from the government to cover rent

Tanisha Broady, pictured, owner of the Rock of Virtue Café in Cambridge, told MailOnline Travel that for her business to stay afloat for the next three months, she needs £10,000 from the government to cover rent

Peter Backman, a UK-based independent restaurant analyst, also issued a warning: ‘Restaurant owners have not faced any years tougher than this. Sadly, just making it to 2021 will be an achievement for many. We’re not out of the woods yet. The pandemic is still not over and the economic conditions in January and February could be even harsher for restaurants, not least if we remain in restrictive tiers.’

During the pandemic, many restaurants were quick to pivot to online delivery, with the average restaurant taking just two and a half weeks to implement a takeaway service once lockdown was announced, according to online food delivery platform Flipdish, which commissioned the survey, by Censuswide.

With restrictions in place, it says, these restaurants lost an average of 40 per cent of their revenue during lockdown, but were able to make up the remaining 60 per cent of their average revenue through online ordering.

In fact, over half (56 per cent) say they would have closed down permanently without online ordering and takeaway. According to restaurant owners and managers, the pivot saved an average of 15 jobs.

Rahul Sharma, pictured, Director at The Regency Club in London, said 'there needs to be something done for people who pay high rent'

Rahul Sharma, pictured, Director at The Regency Club in London, said 'there needs to be something done for people who pay high rent'

Rahul Sharma, pictured, Director at The Regency Club in London, said ‘there needs to be something done for people who pay high rent’

As lockdown restrictions ease, 79 per cent of restaurants plan to continue with online delivery, but the long-term picture is fragile.

According to the survey, 78 per cent of restaurants signed up to ‘aggregators’ like Just Eat, Uber Eats or Deliveroo, so-called because they collate restaurants on the same platform.

This year has been all about survival. We’ve been looking from week to week hoping we can keep the lights on and staff employed
Chris Jones, owner of the Naked Deli

Over 12,000 new restaurants have joined Deliveroo in recent months and many would have benefitted from Just Eat’s 30-day support package in March when more than £11million of support was funnelled into independent restaurants.

However, while signing up to aggregators works for many businesses, for some, it’s not a long-term solution.

The commission charged – up to 35 per cent – can be one of the issues, though individual deals can be hammered out, as the aggregators explain.

Criticism of the cut taken by the likes of Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEats was first reported by the Mail in June – and it’s still bubbling away. 

In the survey – which it should be pointed out was commissioned by a rival to aggregators – only one in three (33 per cent) restaurants felt aggregators set fair commissions and offered a financially sustainable option.

Tanisha pointed out, for example, that for a £41 order she took recently, £17 went to Deliveroo.

Rahul, meanwhile, revealed what his restaurant would end up with after using Uber.

For the end consumer who orders a £20 meal, £3.50 goes on delivery and £2.00 on Uber service charge, leaving a bill for the customer of £25.50.

Uber collects £11.50 from the customer and the restaurant gets £14 revenue from Uber.

On top of this are costs – £.3.40 VAT for the whole order, and £8 operating and fixed costs (ingredients, labour, restaurant rent and utilities and so on), leaving £2.60 gross profit.

Chris Jones, who runs The Naked Deli, said that 2020 has been all about survival for his outlet

Chris Jones, who runs The Naked Deli, said that 2020 has been all about survival for his outlet

Chris Jones, who runs The Naked Deli, said that 2020 has been all about survival for his outlet

Ryan Lynch, who runs Dough restaurant in Liverpool said that with Just Eat the commission is 14 per cent, plus VAT, without using their delivery service, and 33 per cent plus VAT if you use their drivers.

These case studies were put forward by Flipdish. But MailOnline spoke separately to one buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, working for a London restaurant who echoed the anguish regarding fees expressed above.

He said that his business does use Deliveroo and admitted it had been a lifeline during the lockdown – ‘we relied on its customer base’ – but added that the 32 per cent commission his business is charged is ‘pretty crippling’.

Flipdish points out that it has a much lower commission rate – typically around seven to nine per cent – and is also involved in the ‘Go Direct Coalition’, a group that’s encouraging the nation to order directly from restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways, so they can keep as much of their revenue as possible.

Members include royal chef Damien Wawrzyniak, Manicomio executive chef Tom Salt and Tanisha.

Another example of a restaurant business that’s ploughing its own online furrow is London’s Shop Cuvee.

Co-owner Max Venning told MailOnline: ‘We handle our own deliveries. With our own couriers we can ensure a better service. We’re employing people from restaurants and bars who are out of work, which was important to us.’ 

Flipdish is involved in the 'Go Direct Coalition', a group that's encouraging the nation to order directly from restaurants

Flipdish is involved in the 'Go Direct Coalition', a group that's encouraging the nation to order directly from restaurants

Flipdish is involved in the ‘Go Direct Coalition’, a group that’s encouraging the nation to order directly from restaurants

Fionn Hart, UK Country Manager at Flipdish, said: ‘Nearly half of restaurants that pivoted created their own apps and websites. By doing so, they have created a sustainable business model that will enable UK restaurants to recover, then revitalise.’

Deliveroo said in a statement: ‘Deliveroo is a company founded on a love for small, independent restaurants and our absolute priority is supporting their businesses, especially during Covid-19. We are proud that we help them reach new customers and boost their sales through delivery. Over 12,000 new restaurants have joined Deliveroo in recent months, 9,000 of which are small restaurants and since March our smaller restaurant partners have recorded record growth.

Deliveroo charges different levels of commission depending on each individual arrangement with a restaurant partner. This is then reinvested back into our business
Deliveroo 

‘Throughout the Covid crisis we have invested millions in our restaurant partners, helping them increase their sales and creating new products and campaigns to support both their dine-in and delivery businesses.

‘Deliveroo charges different levels of commission depending on each individual arrangement with a restaurant partner. This is then reinvested back into our business, paying for riders’ fees, customer services and upgrading our services for restaurants.’

Just Eat said: ‘Just Eat is only successful if our restaurant partners are successful. We believe our commission rates are aligned with the value we provide to our partners and we have a track record of helping restaurants prosper.

‘Since the start of the pandemic, we have given well over £11million worth of support to the many thousands of independent restaurants we work with through a number of support measures including commission rebates on delivery and removal of commission on collection orders. We continue to look at measures to support our restaurant partners through further periods of closures and restrictions.

‘We’re committed to adding value to our partners’ businesses on a daily basis, and many grow and flourish through working with Just Eat.’

Uber Eats said: ‘We are committed to supporting restaurants and the thousands of people who rely on them for work and as an essential service during this difficult time. At the beginning of the crisis, we put in place a range of initiatives to help restaurant partners, particularly small business owners, as they keep their kitchens firing to feed people across the country.’

MailOnline approached the Treasury for a comment, but none was forthcoming. 

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Christmas gifts for a taste of hotel heaven at home from Connaught martini glasses to dinner hampers

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Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: Christmas gifts from hotels we’ve missed in 2020.

Country house hotels don’t come much prettier than celebrity favourite The Newt In Somerset. The honey-coloured stone walls of the Georgian mansion sit in the heart of a revived country estate and there are delicious, edible gifts galore in its online Christmas Pantry.

As well as Christmas puddings and cakes, there’s a new windfall chutney (made of fruit collected from beneath local trees) and Christmas gingerbread biscuits. Or give a hamper with a difference: the Christmas Breakfast with fruit juices, smoked trout, streaky bacon, country eggs, natural yogurts, a sourdough loaf and more. Biscuits from £3, hampers from £60 at thenewtinsomerset.com.

Celebrity haunt: The Newt in Somerset has an online Christmas pantry with delicious, edible gifts galore

Celebrity haunt: The Newt in Somerset has an online Christmas pantry with delicious, edible gifts galore

Celebrity haunt: The Newt in Somerset has an online Christmas pantry with delicious, edible gifts galore

The Christmas Breakfast hamper, available to buy from The Newt for £60, which includes fruit juices, smoked trout, streaky bacon, country eggs, natural yogurts and a sourdough loaf

The Christmas Breakfast hamper, available to buy from The Newt for £60, which includes fruit juices, smoked trout, streaky bacon, country eggs, natural yogurts and a sourdough loaf

The Christmas Breakfast hamper, available to buy from The Newt for £60, which includes fruit juices, smoked trout, streaky bacon, country eggs, natural yogurts and a sourdough loaf

Adare Manor's Dreaming Of Adare Manor hamper, which contains fluffy bathrobes, hotel slippers and scented candles. It costs £225

Adare Manor's Dreaming Of Adare Manor hamper, which contains fluffy bathrobes, hotel slippers and scented candles. It costs £225

Adare Manor’s Dreaming Of Adare Manor hamper, which contains fluffy bathrobes, hotel slippers and scented candles. It costs £225

The architecture is even more grand at Adare Manor in County Limerick, a five-star hotel and golf resort rebuilt 150 years ago as a calendar house (with 365 windows, 52 chimneys and 12 staircases). Christmas gifts for hotel-lovers include the Dreaming Of Adare Manor hamper containing fluffy bathrobes, hotel slippers and scented candles.

Or order an Until We Meet Again cream tea box with a blend of hotel tea, a jar of strawberry and champagne jam, a recipe for the hotel’s scones and a gift card for tea for two that’s valid for five years. From £175 at adaremanor.com.

Fashionistas flock to Paris and to Le Bristol hotel, flanked by the boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Give the gift of glamour (and the joy of a good night’s sleep) with the hotel’s pillow mist. The heady mix of lavender, freesia, sandalwood and white musk fills suites that can cost up to £22,000 a night. Buy a bottle from £17 at oetkercollection.com.

Pictured is the pillow mist used at Le Bristol Hotel in Paris, which is a heady mix of lavender, freesia, sandalwood and white musk, and available to buy for £17

Pictured is the pillow mist used at Le Bristol Hotel in Paris, which is a heady mix of lavender, freesia, sandalwood and white musk, and available to buy for £17

The gin created by the 108 Bar at the Marylebone Hotel in London, which you can buy for £35

The gin created by the 108 Bar at the Marylebone Hotel in London, which you can buy for £35

On the left is the pillow mist used at Le Bristol Hotel in Paris, which is a heady mix of lavender, freesia, sandalwood and white musk, and available to buy for £17. Pictured right is the gin created by the 108 Bar at the Marylebone Hotel, which you can buy for £35

Connaught-designed cocktail shakers and champagne and martini glasses (£84 for a set of two, pictured) can be sent as gifts

Connaught-designed cocktail shakers and champagne and martini glasses (£84 for a set of two, pictured) can be sent as gifts

Connaught-designed cocktail shakers and champagne and martini glasses (£84 for a set of two, pictured) can be sent as gifts

London’s hotels are as famous for their bars as for their rooms. Cross cobbled streets in the heart of Marylebone to the 108 Bar at the Marylebone Hotel, where a traditional copper still (nicknamed Isabella by staff) creates the hotel’s signature gin. Treat someone to a bottle from £35 at 108brasserie.com.

A short stroll away in Mayfair, champagne and martinis take centre stage at perhaps the capital’s most star-studded hotel bar.

The Connaught Hotel once hosted Cary Grant and Princess Grace of Monaco. Today it’s said to be Jack Nicholson’s favourite place to stay in the capital. This year its bar was declared the best in the world and the bar staff mix award-winning concoctions while the hotel-designed cocktail shakers and champagne and martini glasses can be sent as gifts. From £84 at the-connaught.co.uk.

Pictured is one of the London Edition hotel's crisp white bone china teapots that are used during afternoon tea. They are available to buy for £118

Pictured is one of the London Edition hotel's crisp white bone china teapots that are used during afternoon tea. They are available to buy for £118

Pictured is one of the London Edition hotel’s crisp white bone china teapots that are used during afternoon tea. They are available to buy for £118

The chateaubriand takeaway dinner (£45 for two people) from the Hand Picked Hotels Group. Over a dozen of its hotels offer new 'takeaway experiences' from a Sunday roast to a full English breakfast, which make perfect gifts

The chateaubriand takeaway dinner (£45 for two people) from the Hand Picked Hotels Group. Over a dozen of its hotels offer new 'takeaway experiences' from a Sunday roast to a full English breakfast, which make perfect gifts

The chateaubriand takeaway dinner (£45 for two people) from the Hand Picked Hotels Group. Over a dozen of its hotels offer new ‘takeaway experiences’ from a Sunday roast to a full English breakfast, which make perfect gifts

Afternoon tea is always a big draw at hotels, and it can be particularly memorable when Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager is in charge. At his London Edition hotel on the edge of Soho, tea is served in crisp white bone china pots – proudly made in England. On the side is a design based on the plasterwork of the hotel lobby’s 18ft-high ceiling. Send one to a fan for £118 via shopedition.com.

If it’s fine dining or hotel breakfasts you’ve missed tucking into in 2020, then Hand Picked Hotels Group has found a brilliant way to get the ‘just cooked’ experience at home. More than a dozen of its hotels offer new ‘takeaway experiences’ that make perfect gifts.

Order chateaubriand, Sunday roast or a full English breakfast and everything you need to enjoy the perfect meal at home will be waiting to be collected from chefs at hotels such as elegant Audleys Wood in rural Hampshire, Norton House in Edinburgh and more (handpickedhotels.co.uk).

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