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29 May, 2017

Patrick McGrath MW calls on trade to support the London Wine Fair

UK agents that shun the London Wine Fair deserve to be questioned by the brands they represent about a missed opportunity, according to Patrick McGrath MW.

Dom Pérignon has released its vintage 2009 cuvée and chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is raving about its quality.

Kopparberg has extended its fruit cider range with the launch of a Blueberry & Lime variant.

Blossom Hill has launched an on-pack promotion offering consumers the chance to win discounts on bestselling make-up brands like Rimmel and Clinique.

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Morgenrot has added to its world craft beer portfolio with the “highly sought-after and utterly unique” Pang Pang beers from Sweden.

Strongbow is launching an on-pack promotion offering the chance to win thousands of festival-related prizes.

The founder of a British premium drinks business has successfully trademarked her liqueur in order to protect both its quality and provenance.

Halewood Wines & Spirits plans to shake up the tonic category with its latest launch.

Conviviality has reported sales nearly doubled to £1.56bn for the year ending 30 April 2017.

Robinsons has revealed a new look for its Old Tom range as well as a new variant, which is set to join the iconic beer line up.

Craft beer retailer Hop Burns & Black is opening a shop in Peckham solely dedicated to canned beer.

Camel Valley’s Darnibole vineyard has become the first UK single vineyard to be awarded the highest level of PDO status by the European Union.

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

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

Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Kingsland Drinks has released its third phase of Wine Pro research, which shows that the proportion of wine occasions involving food is now at 84%.

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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