2018 May

Halewood Wines & Spirits has signed a deal as the exclusive UK distributor of Dictador, the Colombian producer of rums and gins.

Vagabond has released its first English wines, produced at its urban winery in London.

The beer category suffered falling sales across the board in the first quarter of 2018, according to new stats from the British Beer & Pub Association.

Judging in context

29 May, 2018

There is a subtle, inquisitive thrill to sitting down to blind taste a dozen glasses of unknown liquid. Even repeated eight times over five days, as at the latest Decanter World Wine Awards, the excitement doesn’t wear off. Twelve shades of lemon or gold, ruby or garnet, and among them, perhaps, a wine of real beauty, interest and distinction. 

Good news, everyone: life is generally better for everyone today than it has been at any point in history. Break out the corkscrews. That might sound like the sort of aphorism on A-boards outside off-licences, but it also happens to be true. Globally, population growth has slowed, extreme poverty has halved in the past decade, and crime has fallen rapidly since the 1990s.

The Bordeaux Butterfly pop-up bar is returning to London next month in a bid to educate consumers about the region’s diversity.

Diageo Reserve has launched a new Father’s Day gift pack for its premium single grain Scotch, Haig Club.

In 2008, the UK was plunged into a full financial meltdown by the global credit crunch and Brits clung to their jobs as panic set in. Amid this testing backdrop, Rowan Gormley made the bold decision to leave a stable business, Virgin Wines, and set up a new one called Naked Wines.

More than half of Prosecco sales in the UK are generated by men, according to new research from the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC.

Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle put the sparkle in bubbly sales as they increased 36.6% year-on-year for the week of the wedding.

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair (LWF) have reported a “significant increase” in the number of attendees.

WKD has launched a range of cocktails in cans under the name of WKD Mixed.

"Well done, SNP, in one fell swoop you made heroin cheaper than alcohol – that’s really going to solve all of Scotland’s problems.”

TV star Joe Fattorini has joined Berry Bros & Rudd and Fields, Morris & Verdin as its new head of sales for London.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has formed a strategic alliance with Women of the Vine & Spirits, the membership organisation that promotes the advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, worldwide.

Edrington, the global premium spirits company, has unveiled the new distillery and visitor experience for The Macallan, part of a £500 million spend on the brand.

Pinkster has launched a new brand extension to add to its growing collection of alcoholic raspberry products.

The Portman Group is calling for ‘clarity and consistency’ on low alcohol descriptors.

Berry Bros & Rudd and Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has added two new agencies to its producer portfolio.

It will soon be time for the World Cup, which kicks off on June 14 when host nation Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. Even with over four weeks to go, we are already starting to see the retailers get behind the tournament with special packs, sticker albums, football merchandise and team kits in stores.

Popular Scottish ale brand McEwan’s has relaunched with a new look designed to broaden its appeal among customers old and new.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced that JF Hillebrand UK has renewed its sponsorship of the WSTA Annual Conference for a further three years.

The Portman Group has upheld a complaint about two Spar press releases promoting a new ‘Everyday Wine’ range.

The London Wine Fair organisers are expecting “a very busy show” having seen an uplift of 60% in pre-registered visitor numbers.

Spar has felt the wrath of Alcohol Concern for referring to a new range as “everyday wine” in a press release and the Portman Group has upheld a complaint against the retailer.

Welcome to our annual list of the 100 most influential people in the UK wine trade, encompassing retailers, suppliers, writers, lobbyists and TV stars.

Angioletti, the craft Italian cider brand, has introduced a new variant for the UK market.

Dead Man’s Fingers has launched two new expressions to join the brand’s original Spiced Rum portfolio.

Bolney Wine Estate has become the second Sussex producer this year to create a Vermouth, and the first to make a Rosso variant.

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed Gerry McFall as director of strategy and communication.