2012 May

Oddbins is launching a national competition to find the UK’s best amateur wine tasters.

Chilean winery Santa Rita is looking for retail partners for sales of a wine to raise money for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

Miller Genuine Draft lager is being backed by new TV advertising and sponsorship.

Brand Phoenix’s Etienne Dumont and First Cape brands will be the exclusive Champagne and wine sponsors of the Jubilee Family Festival which takes place in Hyde Park on June 2-3.

Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo has launched a press and Facebook campaign based around the legend of the “devil’s cellar”, which is what the brand’s name means.

Champagne Jacquart is launching a cooler bag for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the picnic season.

Lower-alcohol wine sales will grow but will never be a huge slice of the wine market, Wine Intelligence has predicted.

Wells & Young’s marketing director Chris Lewis is to leave the business to set up his own marketing consultancy.

Visitors to the Taste of London festival will be able to try an unfiltered and unpasteurised version of Pilsner Urquell, the original golden pilsner-style beer from the Czech Republic.

OLN's Tim Atkin MW has won one of Wine Intelligence's 10 for 10 Business Awards.

Around 95% of human beings' decision-making process is done subconsciously, according to Wine Intelligence - and the wine trade needs to be aware of that in its marketing.

Proof Drinks has launched a 35% abv Irish whiskey and American grain whiskey, infused with green apple juice.

Patriarche Wine Agencies has revamped its Australian portfolio, bringing in boutique producers from Western Australia and New South Wales.

Australian wine brand Brown Brothers has signed a deal to be the official wine partner at this year’s Kew the Music season of concerts.

Australian Vintage has launched a 5.5% abv wine that comes in a clear pint bottle with crown cap.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a range of wines from Beringer that are designed to be the entry point for the winery's premium California portfolio.

Off-Piste Wines has launched new ranges from Australia, Italy and South Africa at the London International Wine Fair.

Lighter-style wines, a greater awareness of environmental issues and a growing interest in quality and variety are among the key trends shaping the global wine industry today, according to writer and broadcaster Jancis Robinson MW.

Fine wine could become much more attractive to investors if the crisis in the Eurozone deepens, according to FT investment columnist John Authers.

Molson Coors-owned Sharp’s has created three bottled beers to be partnered with food.

Malibu will be targeting shoppers in Cardiff, Liverpool and Birmingham with cocktail sampling between June 28 and July 15.

Supermarkets need to stop concentrating on deals and discounts and sell wines for their own sake, according to Paul MacKenzie, chief executive of consumer research company The Source.

Gaymers Cider is set to relaunch with a new look and two new fruit flavours – Pear Cider with Raspberry and Pear Cider with Cherry and Apple – in June.

Sierra tequila is to be advertised on perimeter boards at Roy Hodgson's first match as England manager on May 26.

Irish cider producer C&C Group has seen revenue growth from its Magners cider brand in GB for the first time in five years.

Kopparberg cider launches a new advertising campaign on TV today and in cinemas later in the summer.

Tesco has added an English sparkler to its range ahead of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Guala Closures Group has launched what it says is the world’s first screwcap closure for 75cl bottles of sparkling wine.

The Scottish government has set its preferred minimum unit price for alcohol at 50p.

Bacardi-Brown Forman Brands is running a free branded glass promotion on 500,000 bottles of its spirits brands in grocery accounts and convenience stores.