2012 November

Bibendum has shaken-up its managment team to "streamline" its UK business.

Troy Christensen, the chief executive of Accolade Wines, has left the business with immediate effect.

Moët & Chandon has snapped up tennis legend Roger Federer as the Champagne House’s new brand ambassador.

A giant animated laser projection revealed the first impression of the new Beefeater Gin bottle in London’s Covent Garden this week.

Suppliers have slammed government plans to put a minimum unit price of 45p on alcohol because they believe it could open the floodgates for a raft of laws from those hell-bent on destroying the drinks trade.

Chase Distillery has launched its new super-premium gin Williams Great British Extra Dry in the UK after a strong launch in Spain.

The London International Wine Fair 2013 aims to be easier to navigate, more exciting and more focused on UK businesses than previous outings.

The Government has proposed a ban on multi-buy deals and a minimum unit price on alcohol of 45p as part of a 10-week consultation on its Alcohol Strategy launched today.

Consumers can embark on an educational journey through the rich heritage of Courvoisier at a pop-up workshop in Harrods in December.

Drink vodka and fight AIDS

28 November, 2012

Belvedere Vodka has launched a limited-edition bottle to mark the second year of its partnership with AIDS charity Red.

The wine and spirits industries must grow more vocal and join the beer lobbyists in fighting the duty escalator that is crippling the entire drinks trade, according to Accolade Wines.

Accolade Wines’ general manager called for a tax break on wines bottled at around 8% abv so the industry can drive a socially responsible product that does not compromise on taste.

Tesco is pushing a wide range of 2009 Bordeaux wines purchased en-primeur in the spring of 2010 on its wine-by-the-case website.

Innis & Gunn flew workers in from as far afield as Canada and the USA so it could put its entire 35-strong staff through the Beer Academy Foundation Course in Edinburgh.

David Cameron’s plans to introduce a minimum unit price on alcohol are based on flawed research and will punish moderate drinkers, according to a new report by a leading think-tank.

MW tally passes the 300 mark

23 November, 2012

There are now 301 Masters of Wine in the world after Cees van Casteren became only the second Dutchman to achieve the ultimate wine title.

The Languedoc is a fiery region of bullfighting, rugby and tough, cassoulet-fuelled farmers tending scorched plains, but it has always suffered from an inferiority complex when it comes to wine.

The Languedoc is a fiery region of bullfighting, rugby and tough, cassoulet-fuelled farmers tending scorched plains, but it has always suffered from an inferiority complex when it comes to wine.

Romania has had to put up with a lot of drama since it started producing wine 6,000 years ago.

Few drinks categories are quite so Christmas-sensitive or dominated by a single brand as cream liqueurs. Despite the best efforts of brand owners to convince the world that it’s an all-year round drink, the category remains a once-a-year purchase for many of its consumers.

If you were to put the lager category on the psychiatrist’s couch and ask why it is so depressed, you would be met with a litany of reasons.

Cheers to beers

23 November, 2012

Could there be two happier words in the English language than “Christmas” and “beer”? Both signify unadulterated joy, wonder and merriment.

Alcohol Concern slammed retailers for selling Champagne and popular drinks brands at “pocket-money prices” as Christmas price wars raged during Alcohol Awareness Week.

Greene King has relaunched its 8 x 50cl Head Brewer’s Selection packs to encourage consumers to try new bottled ales in the run-up to Christmas. 

Bargain Booze has ended a franchise agreement with a retailer found guilty of selling an illicit brand of vodka.

The directors at PLB have reacted with joy to the news that three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013.

Cape Heritage sales soar

22 November, 2012

Despite only launching in February, Cape Heritage has soared into the number seven spot in the top 10 chart of the UK’s bestselling South African wine brands.

Three New World generic wine marketing agencies are coming together for a major London tasting in 2013 in a move that will change the face of the UK wine trade events calendar.

HMRC has set up a taskforce to tackle tax fraud in the alcohol industry in Scotland.

Majestic Wine defied economic uncertainty and the wettest summer on record to post a 3.9% rise in pre-tax profits to £9.2m in the six months to October 1.