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17 October, 2017

Californian wine industry reacts with defiance to fires

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.

Cooper King Distillery, which claims to be England’s smallest whisky and gin distillery, is set to launch its first batches of gin before Christmas this year.

Sogevinus, which specialises in Colheitas Tawny Port wines, has declared 2015 a vintage year for its Kopke and Calem brands.

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Wanderlust Wine is to launch Wine on Demand, which it describes as “a revolutionary new online service, delivering wine to Londoners within the hour”.

Hammonds of Knutsford has launched a new small batch gin named after the distillers’ three dogs.

Quintessential Brands is introducing a sparkling wine infusion called Champs-Alizé to its French liqueur brand Alizé.

Innis & Gunn has unveiled a new look to give unifying packaging across its core barrel-aged and craft brewed beers range.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a new marketing campaign for Wolf Blass, celebrating the wine’s award-winning history and fronted by a new TV advertising campaign in the UK.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association is calling for a freeze on wine and spirit duty in the Budget on November 22 to bolster British businesses and Brexit trade deal opportunities.

Surrey brewer Hogs Back says it is is reaping the rewards of planting its own hop garden, as the price of imported varieties reaches an all-time high, fuelled by the weak pound.

Four Pillars Australian gin is releasing a limited number of bottles of its Christmas Gin in the UK for the first time. 

The Community Alcohol Partnerships scheme has revealed plans to double the number of CAPs around the country, following ten successful years of local partnerships to tackle underage drinking.

Baileys is bringing back the Pumpkin Spice version of its market-leading cream liqueur for the autumn.

Tamdhu single malt Scotch as released a special edition lantern-shaped whisky gift tin.

Jeroboams has revealed plans for its first ever own-label range alongside news of the opening of its revamped Pont Street store, which now houses a dedicated fine wine room.

Ian Macleod Distillers plans to resurrect Scotland’s Rosebank distillery after buying the site and trademark in separate deals.

Canned versions of the Einstök Icelandic craft ale range are being launched by its UK distributor Love Drinks.

The Co-operative Group has offered £143m for Nisa, a member-owned business that has more than 3,000 stores. Nisa also operates a wholesale arm.

The Californian Wine Institute has confirmed that lives have been lost due to the wildfires in California’s North Coast wine region.

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