2016 November

The first ever white rum to be distilled in Scotland is ready to hit the off-trade next month.

Iconic Australian wine producer Chris Ringland has released a new entry-level wine called CR 2013, along with new vintages of his super-premium Barossa Shiraz range.

Carlsberg is set to revitalise its flagship brand starting with the relaunch of Carlsberg Export next February and a £15m spend aimed at attracting millennial drinkers.

Halewood has revealed its latest addition to the Whitley Neill family – a handcrafted Quince Gin.

The Haciendas Company now has two additions to its existing Cava portfolio.

An IPA from Seattle’s Reuben Brews has arrived in the UK just days after it took gold in the New Style IPA category at a European beer competition.

Supermarkets are going all out to drive footfall on Black Friday by offering huge discounts on beers, wines and spirits.

The UK’s largest spirits supplier has a new general manager after Charles Ireland took over from Andrew Cowan at Diageo GB.

Cider: ripe for growth

25 November, 2016

Britain has entered the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the falling apples are ripe to the core and the cider presses are in full flow. Autumn is a time of change and it is easy to become overwhelmed by Keatsian wistfulness as you stroll through the Herefordshire countryside, taking in landscapes brimming with yellow, red and gold and breathing in the sweet scents.

Britain’s two most famous Davids recently visited the Cameronbridge distillery in eastern Scotland – former prime minister Cameron and former England captain, style icon and all-round superstar Beckham. It’s not hard to guess which one caused the off-duty female staff to come into work simply to catch a glimpse. Beckham has regularly been voted the world’s best looking man, while Cameron has been described as a “slightly camp gammon robot… a C3PO made of ham”.

Think Indie Drink Indie

24 November, 2016

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24 November, 2016


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Maxxium UK is introducing Courvoisier gift packs inspired by the Paris Golden Age.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting an inaugural online auction tomorrow to raise money for members of the industry that have fallen on hard times.

Morrisons plans to revive the Safeway name as part of its increased focus on the convenience sector, and it also plans to open more impulse outlets.

Belvoir Fruit Farms has developed a range of drinks which mimic the sensation of drinking wine, but without any resulting hangover.

Waitrose has revealed its ‘must have’ wines for the festive season; a collection of six classic wines and a Reserve Tawny Port, each priced at £10 a bottle.

Sussex wine has been granted temporary protected status, pushing it closer to the official PDO status it seeks.

Moet & Chandon has launched its personalisation service in Selfridges in time for Christmas.

Baileys is launching a new £3.6m festive campaign, while its 50cl Chocolate Luxe variant is set to become a permanent addition to the range.

A Scottish distillery has sold out of its first release of ‘mature spirit’ three times over, amid “overwhelming” demand.

Sogevinus Fine Wines has reported a “surprisingly good” harvest, considering what it described as a difficult vine-growing year.

Twickenham Fine Ales has revealed a new craft beer range, which includes a smoked beer and brews flavoured with coconut and strawberry.

Harlem Renaissance Wit is leaving New York for the first time and has joined Pierhead Drinks’ beer portfolio.

The Famous Grouse will feature in two separate television adverts this festive season, a campaign which marks the biggest investment ever for the brand at this time of year.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has launched its festive advertising campaign for the UK market.

Fuller’s craft beer brands are seeing strong growth according to the brewer, which announced its half year results today.

Pinoeer Brewing Company, the craft and speciality division of AB InBev UK, has announced plans to launch a professional beer school. 

MP’s have come together to call for a duty cut to wine to support jobs and growth and provide a “level playing field” for the industry.

TWP introduces modern Abruzzo

17 November, 2016

TWP Wines is introducing PEMO, which it describes as a “modern Abruzzo”, that is designed to sit “at the quality end of the spectrum”.