2017 June

Woodwinters plans to open a new London office to create a wholesale operation across the UK.

Liberty Wines has added its first Sake variants to its portfolio.

DrinksFest, the new consumer show geared towards Generation X and Millennial consumers, has landed Amazon as a sponsor for the inaugural event.

Hogs Back has launched a new design for its flagship Traditional English Ale (TEA) in a bid to pare down a cleaner and more modern look.

The Japanese-inspired Kuro Gin is being introduced to offer new flavours to gin fans.

Love Drinks is adding a non-alcoholic bottled gin and tonic in to its portfolio.

Westons Old Rosie is launching its summer campaign along with a refreshed new look to give it better on-shelf standout.

Where I live, you can buy McDonald’s milkshakes 24 hours a day if you so desire. Yet both local wine merchants (one independent, one national chain) had locked their doors at just after 7pm when I was trying to buy a few bottles recently. For a neighbourhood drinks retailer to close so relatively early seems like wilful mismanagement to me.  

Manchester-based wine merchant Hanging Ditch is marking its tenth anniversary by joining forces with the Wine Gang.

One of the UK’s oldest gin producing families has released an eponymous brand to celebrate 200 years of distilling.

The producers of Skinny Prosecco have linked up with delivery service Supper to offer a delivery service within the hour.

Picture the scene. You put your key in the keyhole, shove the door with your shoulder, drop your bags and look down. There, beaming up at you, is some relative or friend’s smug postcard with sandy beaches, Piña Coladas and palm trees (or, these days, an in nity pool and a detox smoothie) with a literal or metaphorical “wish you were here” written large.

Tesco has added a raft of new wines to its Finest range, taking the total number in this collection to 109.

A new super-premium organic vodka from Finland has hit UK shores.

Cambridge Wine Merchants took the top spot in the UK’s 50 Best Indies Awards 2017, which was announced last night at the annual Think Indie, Drink Indie event in London.

By all accounts 2017 is set to be a fi ne year for South African winemakers and consumers. When it comes to South Africa’s export markets, the UK remains number on the list as the trade and consumers embrace the energy and style of an industry that also offers keen pricing to give Cape wine a competitive edge over many other nations targeting the UK trade.

Magners has launched a new sharing format and multi-pack cans in time for the summer season.

Tuaca has been given a design makeover which celebrates its authenticity and heritage. The new bottle design aims to broaden the Italian brand’s appeal as consumers continue to seek out spirits with provenance.

AlesbyMail has announced what it claims is a “game changer” for the UK’s home delivery market, as it scraps postage costs to UK mainland.

Sadler’s Brewing Company has signed a major deal with Halewood Wines and Spirits, which will see the drinks distributor take on the majority share of the Micro-brewery.

Kokoro Gin has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with specialist spirits agency Mangrove.

Diageo Reserve is set to extend its range of Bulleit premium American Whiskeys.

Yalumba is once again sponsoring the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival in Wiltshire this summer, offering festivalgoers a wide range of award-winning wines.

Retailers are invited to Wine Australia UK’s largest free-pour tasting of the year, which takes place at Australia House in London on June 28.

Tributes are pouring in for pre-eminent port consultant Tim Stanley-Clarke after he sadly passed away.

The latest figures from the Association of Convenience Stores show an increase in investment over the last quarter, but the data also indicates concerns about the impact of rising employment costs.

Lone Wolf, the Brewdog-backed distillery, has released a gin to raise funds for the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

Brewdog’s new sour beer facility is set to open its doors by the end of July.

Majestic has promoted Cat Lomax to the position of Head of Buying at Majestic Wine.

Zymurgorium has launched Vigil Gin in aid of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.