Wineries in Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma are battling to finish harvest and fermentations as wildfire rages across the region, according to the Wine Institute of California.

Treasury Wine Estates has extended its 19 Crimes range with its first single varietal wine to hit British shores, a Cabernet Sauvignon retailing at £8.99.

Tesco appoints new head of BWS

19 September, 2017

Robert Cooke has taken over as BWS director at Tesco following a long and varied career in the retail industry.

Aldi has shrugged off market pressures like exchange rates and duty hikes to post surging wine sales figures this summer.

The fall and rise of Sumoll

14 September, 2017

In the heart of cava country a once-loved grape variety that nearly went the way of the dodo is enjoying a remarkable renaissance. Sumoll, known locally as the Pinot Noir of the Mediterranean due to its thin skin and diva-like antics on the

Focused approach

14 September, 2017

A focus on local ales, craft beer and mini-kegs has seen Morrisons’ beer category outperform the market and post 4.5% year-on- year sales growth. DRN travelled to Yorkshire to meet the buyers, John Morris and James French, and get the lowdown on the success the retailer has enjoyed after a sweeping range review.

Warm weather at the beginning of the summer propelled annual cider sales past the £1 billion barrier for the first time since 2014.

A new campaign group set up to give drinkers a voice in the national media has enjoyed plenty of success on its first weekend up and running.

The biggest wine tasting in the history of Bristol is just days away and there is still time for members of the trade to register.

Walker (centre) is joined on stage by trophy winners

Californian brewery Firestone Walker triumphed at the International Beer Challenge 2017 awards as its Union Jack IPA scooped the coveted Supreme Champion gong.

Hannah Tovey has just taken over from Ross Carter as event director for the London Wine Fair following a long and varied career in the industry.

Sparkling wine brand Gigglewater has launched 20cl cans of Vino Bianco Frizzante across Waitrose’s retail estate and online store.

The UK distributor for Rothschild wines has bolstered its sales force with the appointment of two account managers.

Notorious 19th century revolutionary James Wilson has been immortalised in a bottle of wine as Treasury Wine Estates has based its new 19 Crimes expression on his exploits.

Waitrose has given a listing to a sparkling apple cider made in the traditional Champagne method by a producer in Hampshire.

Jack Daniel’s is teaming up with a range of UK retailers to launch initiatives designed to showcase its versatility.

Six hundred Californian wines will be poured for the trade at the Dream Big California Wine Fair in London on September 27.

Reigning European champions Saracens are now sponsored by South African cider brand Savanna Dry.

Carlsberg is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend by launching a range of celebrations across its hometown of Copenhagen.

Diageo is targeting Scotch aficionados and cocktail lovers with three new experimental whiskies launched under its Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch brand.

The Macallan has increased its dominance over the rare Scotch whisky auction market and now accounts for 29% of sales at Rare Whisky 101.

The makers of Collagin have hit out at industry watchdog The Portman Group after it warned retailers not to stock the collagen-infused gin.

Greene King is commemorating iconic British sporting moments from recent times in a range of limited-edition bottles of its flagship IPA.

A gin infused with collagen and described as “the elixir of youth” has had two complaints against it upheld by industry watchdog the Portman Group.

Kingsland’s fruit wine brand, Mr Gladstone’s Curious Emporium, has fallen foul of industry watchdog the Portman Group for not clearly labelling itself as alcoholic and appealing to children.

Diageo is using cutting edge technology to target consumers with Smirnoff cider ads when the mercury hits 19°C.

Ethical beer brand Toast has gained a listing at the UK’s largest retailer for its Much Kneaded craft lager and Bloomin’ Lovely session IPA.

Tom King joins WSTA board

21 August, 2017

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director has joined the board of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association.

Ardbeg has announced that its highly anticipated new expression, An Oa, is launching next month and will join its permanent range.

The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show in London has been pushed back a month to new dates of February 26-27.

Cognac exports to the UK grew 3.6% in the year to July 31, 2017, and it held onto its position as the fourth largest export market for the spirit.

Morgenrot has added two IPAs from Swedish brewery Pang Pang to its range in a bid to cause “mayhem” in the UK craft beer market.

South Africa secured a resounding victory when DRN recently polled 200 independent merchants in a bid to find which countries’ wines are performing best in the sector. It finished ahead of Italy, Argentina and Spain as the country growing sales in the strongest fashion and it is easy to see why. Quality has improved drastically in recent years. Classics from well-established regions are winning plaudits, a dynamic new wave of winemakers is pushing boundaries and producing intriguing offerings and at the very top end scores from critics speak for themselves. 

Diageo has continued the pipeline of new releases under its Cîroc vodka with the launch of a French Vanilla variant.

A peloton of riders raised £13,000 in a charity bike ride that honoured the life and times of Dan Townsend, the late managing director at Treasury Wine Estates.

Majestic Wine has appointed former Sainsbury’s buyer Julie Buckley as senior buyer responsible for New Zealand, Spain and Burgundy.

Retailers have been warned to invest heavily in their digital offerings as online could soon overtake the convenience channel as the easiest way for shoppers to buy beers, wines and spirits. 

Britain’s largest online beer retailer is ramping up its wholesale arm and has launched a new website targeting bars, restaurants and retailers. 

The team behind There’s a Beer for That has called upon smaller retailers from across the UK to work with it to spread the word about great beer.

San Miguel is seeking to build on impressive UK growth figures by rolling out a wider portfolio of SKUs, including gluten-free and no-alcohol variants. 

on 11 August, 2017

Last week columnist Guy Woodward launched a quite extraordinary rant in our sister title, Harpers, in which he railed against the Scotch Whisky Association and argued in favour of minimum unit pricing. He called the SWA “shabby” for fighting MUP and threw his weight behind the anti-alcohol lobby. The basis for his argument was a press release put out by the neo-prohibitionist brigade and he bought its claims hook, line and sinker, without holding them up to the scrutiny they deserve.

Chris Porter is taking over from retiring incumbent David Cox as chief executive of drinks trade charity The Benevolent.

Aston Manor’s sales grew by 4% to £113 million in 2016 and it now believes it offers a breadth of range that is unrivalled in the cider category.

Diageo has reported that it grew market share in the UK off-trade and on-trade in the past year, largely thanks to the strength of Baileys, Guinness and Gordon’s.

Amazon finished top of the pile as retailers completed a clean sweep in a survey designed to find the UK’s top brands for customer service.

The researcher responsible for a Guardian front page suggesting a soaring alcohol misuse epidemic could kill 63,000 people said the real headline should have been: “slow news day produces unexpected headlines”.

Commentator Steve Topple has ripped into “fundamentally flawed” research suggesting alcohol abuse will kill 63,000 people in the next five years if punitive measures are not slapped on alcohol.

Fine wine merchant BI Wine said British clients are undeterred by the weak sterling rate after reporting its most successful en primer campaign in seven years.

The UK auction market for single malt Scotch malt whisky has enjoyed a record breaking three months, with sales surpassing £6 million between April and June.

Online drinks retailer 31Dover.com has appointed former Naked Wines sales and marketing director James Bagley as its new chief executive.

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