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The Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) will be visiting Leeds for the first time, following the success of this event in London, Bristol and Manchester.

Luvians Bottle Shop in St Andrews is the winner of the annual 31 Days of German Riesling competition in the off-trade category, with West country retailer Le Vignoble in second place as the runner up.

Anti-alcohol lobbyist in chief Prof Ian Gimore has threatened to quit his role as an adviser to Public Health England in protest of its partnership with Drinkaware.

Thatchers Cider is to invest £14m into a new cider mill at its Somerset farm.

William Grant & Sons has launched a new 10 year-old single malt Scotch whisky designed to help new single malt drinkers navigate the flavours of the category 

Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV) has added a new Champagne agency to its portfolio.

Wales’ commercial vineyards are seeing the benefit of ramped-up support from the government and producers are discussing the viability of setting up a group winery.

Hop Burns & Black has removed Beavertown beers from its shelves despite two of the brewer’s brands accounting for 8% of its turnover from beer.

Stephen Finch plans to turn Vagabond into an international chain after securing a £3.5 million injection of growth capital from private equity investor Imbiba.

Red Squirrel Wine is targeting hybrid retailers with a growing portfolio of wine-on-tap offerings as it aims to become the go-to supplier for this format.

Concha y Toro UK is introducing a premium rosé designed to appeal to female wine consumers.

Ginfusion has launched a set of Taster Packs of its botanical blends for the off-trade.

The UK wine industry is celebrating one of the earliest harvests on record as picking started last week.

A Scottish business set up to promote the story of Scottish Gin has established International Scottish Gin Day 2019.

Magners has launched a consumer promotion offering 28 lucky winners a trip to New York to experience one of the world’s biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Bordeaux Today, a series of educational tastings created by Vins de Bordeaux (CIVB), will be taking place in Liverpool and Glasgow this September, following a successful London launch earlier this year.

Chapel Down is set to create England’s largest vineyard by extending its North Downs plot in Kent by another 157ha.

Euroboozer boss Martyn Railton has likened his firm’s exclusive distribution deal for Mikkeller to Arsenal signing Dutch maestro Dennis Bergkamp back in 1995.

Asda will tempt shoppers in the build-up to Christmas with a limited-edition bottle of Jack Daniel’s that celebrates the brand’s storied history.

A 5% abv Bavarian Helles lager was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2018 in London last night.

Brewdog has trolled a number of popular lagers by launching a new series of ads that mock the scores they earned on RateBeer.com.

The Wine Society has appointed Steve Finlan as its new CEO. 
Finlan has held senior executive roles at Marks & Spencer, Gap and Clarks International. He is currently chief commercial officer at Clarks, a role he took up in 2014. 
Wine Society chairman, Sarah Evans, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Steve has been chosen to join us. Today's competitive landscape is extremely challenging and fast paced and The Societyu will benefit from the breadth and depth of his experience, building on The Society's strengths, its strong heritage and membership base. Steve has a particular focus on operational excellence and the customer experience, and we look forward to his fresh perspective bringing new thinking to The Society."
Finlan said: "I am hugely excited to be joining such a long established and fine business. The Society has an amazing award-winning range of wines and services. With a great team in place committed to providing an outstanding experience, it is a consistent high performer in its mission to champion the joy of good wine. I am looking forward to serving both existing and new members, leading The Society into its next phase of development."
Finlan will take up the new role in January 2019. 

Bancroft Wines has added a family-owned winery from Clare Valley, South Australia to its portfolio.

French farming cooperative Agrial has purchased Kingstone Press and Frosty Jack’s supplier Aston Manor.

The Wild Beer Co has released a new beer inspired by its popular Sleeping Lemons variant.

Leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson is returning to TV screens for the first time in seven years with a stylish ad.

Indie Brands has extended its UK portfolio by adding a Mezcal producer that provides business support to other Mezcal families.

Tohu Wines is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a limited edition wine.

Pinkster has unveiled a new label that highlights its use of fresh fruit in an effort to differentiate itself from rival pink gins.