2018 September

St-Remy is releasing the first expression of its Cask Finish Collection.

A vegan Winefulness event will make its debut in London next month, offering visitors tasting experiences alongside mindfulness activities.

Britain's Beer and Cider Academy has announced that drinks educator and writer, Jane Peyton, is now the UK's first accredited Pommelier.

St Peter's Brewery has appointed John Hadingham as its new managing director.

The average price of a bottle of wine has risen by 5.2% since Brits voted to leave the European Union in June 2016.

Chapel Down has reported 15% year-on-year sales growth for the six months to June 30, 2018, as demand for its wine and spirits has soared.

Distell has unveiled six new limited-edition malt whiskies from a range of distilleries it owns across Scotland.

Echo Falls has branched out of its Californian heartland to launch a Prosecco in time to capitalise on the Christmas trading period.

Corney & Barrow has added a “benchmark” Macon-Villages wine to its own label range.

TV star Brian Cox has teamed up with brewer JW Lees to launch a zesty amber ale called Cosmic Brew.

Students drink an average of 14 shots during the course of Freshers’ Week, according to new research from herbal liqueur brand Jägermeister.

Stroud Brewery has introduced two small-batch limited edition brews to its collection of organic beers. 

London retailer Real Ale has helped Marks & Spencer overhaul its own-label beer range in time for the key Christmas trading period.

A second Wines of Japan tasting is set to take place in October, following the success of the “revelatory and acclaimed” event in February this year.

Nirvana Brewery has launched its first organic, alcohol-free beer, which will hit the shelves at the end of October.

Fuller’s has kicked off its second collaborative six-pack of beers, known as Fullers & Friends, this time working with breweries from all over the world.

Mackmyra gears up for UK push

24 September, 2018

Swedish spirits producer Mackmyra has invested in creating a subsidiary company in order to fully introduce its brands to the UK market.

Taylor’s has created an exclusive Port blend released in a limited edition bottle that recreates a historic bottle shape from the first half of the 18th century.

Hi-Spirits is launching Corazón Tequila to tap into the popularity of premium tequila.

Melanie Brown, founder of The New Zealand Wine Cellar, has expanded her business with the launch of The Australian Cellar.

Three limited-edition bottlings of whisky will be revealed at The Whisky Show 2018, which is now in its tenth year.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has reassured its members that it will continue to offer support and advice in preparation for a ‘no deal’ Brexit, although the organisation stressed that it doesn’t believe that this outcome is acceptable.   

Curious Brewery has announced it will be the first-ever sponsor of the UK’s wine harvest, which is set to be the biggest in its history.

Fields, Morris & Verdin has added the Norfolk-based Flint Vineyard to its portfolio.

The Balvenie has released a limited-edition expression designed to mark the 25th anniversary of DoubleWood.

Simon Taylor started the Stone, Vine & Sun wine business in 2002 after buying a mail-order list from an existing wine business that had closed down. The company evolved over the years and it now has a number of private clients, a wholesale arm and a shop.

Londis Weymouth

19 September, 2018

This store in Weymouth opened nine years ago and has already picked up numerous awards for different areas of retailing. The unit wasn’t a convenience store when the team took it on, so it needed a complete refit. They have also invested substantially in the store over the years. Sonya Hook speaks to Dave Hiscott:

La Companie de La Burgondie is celebrating its first major UK off-trade listing with the launch of a wine made from an ancient Burgundian variety into Tesco stores.

AB Inbev has revealed it will launch its Michelob Ultra brand in the UK, as part of its strategy of expanding its low and no-alcohol portfolio. 

Grey Goose is relaunching its La Vanille flavoured variant into the UK after gaining listings for the popular spirit at Ocado and Amazon.