2013 January

Winemaker Neil McGuigan has teamed up with MasterChef host John Torode to create a food and wine matching service which consumers can access from their smart phones.

Cockburn's has reclaimed its status as the UK's top selling port after strong sales growth during 2012, according to new Nielsen figures. 

Drinkaware has revealed its website received more than 4 million unique visitors in 2012 and that its research shows around two-thirds of them decided to cut down on their drinking.

Nyetimber aims to add sparkle to this year’s Valentine’s Day with a Facebook campaign called Celebrating British Romance.

William Grant & Sons has announced it has received planning permission to build a new €35 million whiskey distillery to make Tullamore Dew in the Irish town of Tullamore.

Argentine wine producers united UK and Argentine politicians under one roof with a wine tasting event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

South African winery Kleine Zalze said it is delighted to have snapped up winemaker RJ Botha to join its winery just outside Stellenbosch.

Importer and distributor PLB is following up last year’s inaugural regional roadshow tastings with a second UK tour designed to show off its specialist portfolio.

An online petition is urging the Government to toughen up the penalties available to the authorities when prosecuting producers, smugglers and suppliers of illicit tobacco.

Glengoyne Highland has secured a deal that will see its recently repackaged 10 Year Old single malt whisky stocked at the top 150 malt-selling Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Retailers are invited to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers at the fourth annual First Date for France tasting in London next month.

Asda’s Christmas strategy of slashing the price of Champagne below the £10 per bottle mark saw its Champagne and sparkling wine sales rise by 23% compared to the previous Christmas.

Commercial property agent Christie & Co has said the corporate off-licence sector should not be written off – but a convenience rather than specialist model would increasingly become the norm.

Retailers have been warned to embrace the online revolution and push sparkling wine in 2013 after these were the only growth areas in an otherwise dismal Christmas trading period.

Budvar is now offering its 500ml bottles in new 10-packs after the brewer reported a 60% year-on-year sales of that bottle format.

A leading Champagne House has urged retailers to work with suppliers to drive value in the category and ensure it is sold at full-price throughout the year.

New Zealand wine must maintain its premium position in the UK market while coping with an 18% drop in the 2012 vintage, according to New Zealand Winegrowers’ new UK marketing manager.

Carlsberg will be the official beer partner of football’s Barclays Premier League from the start of next season.

The new director of the London International Wine Fair has vowed to use his experience as a buyer to reinvigorate the fair.

Bargain Booze posted a 9.5% increase in sales during the two weeks to December 24 on the back of a £1 million TV and radio campaign.

SHS aims to exploit the growing trend for spirit-flavoured beer with its new bourbon-flavoured beer Dead Crow and rum-flavoured beer Cuvana.

Molson Coors is to launch a cider under the name of its mass market lager brand Carling.

Mangrove UK has added Louis Royer Cognac to its portfolio as it steps up plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Alcohol suppliers have been slammed for using Facebook to encourage drinking in a two-pronged attack from the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Nielsen has revealed dismal Christmas trading figures that show total liquor sales were down 6.1% in volume on the previous year in the off-trade.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has retained value in 2012, despite a 6% slide in volume.

Wines of South Africa has moved to reassure the trade that riots in the Western Cape don't appear to be connected to the wine industry.

A shop owner has been fined more than £10,000 after a trading standards raid found he was selling counterfeit wine.

Tesco has won the right to keep the Everyday Value name label on its budget alcohol range after the Independent Complaints Panel decided it does not breach alcohol responsibility rules.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned Hi Spirits from using certain images on its Antica Sambuca Facebook page.