Analysis
I Heart wine: the story behind a runaway success

A group of wine producers and students gathered at the WSET’s London offices this month to learn from the team behind the successful I Heart brand.

Beaujolais: nouveau niche

The beleaguered winemakers of Beaujolais are celebrating after 2018 delivered the sort of vintage that can save many from biting the dust. Hail ravaged the region in 2016 and 2017 and some producers feared for their livelihoods as they headed into this year. But Mother Nature smiled on the area to the north of Lyon this year and superb conditions led to a large crop set to yield high-quality juice.

Opinion
Richard Hemming MW: the challenge of niche interests

According to most observers, veganism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world of food and drink. As such, there are plenty of producers, brands and retailers across the board lining up to take advantage, because where new trends emerge, there is money to be made.

Super Bowl LIII: the off-trade needs to be all over it like a blood-thirsty tight-end on a procrastinating quarter-back

At the beginning of each year, industry observers like nothing more than blowing the dust off their crystal balls, peering into the spirit world (and beer and wine), and proudly predicting the next “big thing” we’ll all be selling over the following 12 months. 

Anyone for Dry Tueday?

It’s a cruel world that rewards the wine merchant who has crossed the finish line of December’s festive mania with Dry January. Of course, giving up is the new giving in. 

How can drinks retailers make the most of Dry January?

You wouldn’t be surprised if I told you in recent years that there has been a trend of laying off alcohol throughout January.

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