2019 February

Sarah Jessica Parker is set to add wine to her diverse career portfolio, with her achievements to date spanning a range of industries including acting, perfume and shoes.

Brutal Brewing, the Swedish brewers behind the popular craft brand, Pistonhead Lager, has launched a new core range for the UK market.

ABInbev UK & Ireland has reported double-digit growth for 2018, driven by strong performances from both Stella Artois and Budweiser.

Bunnahabhain Distillery is set for a visitor centre and distillery upgrade, as part of a £10.5 million investment by brand owner Distell International.

James Hocking, the ex-wine director at The Vineyard Cellars, has set up a new Californian-focused wine agency.

New York Wines will make a guest appearance and this year’s tasting of Oregon and Washington State Wines in London.

31Dover co-founder Jimmy Metta has launched an online trading platform that allows wholesalers and retailers to sell excess stock and plug gaps in their ranges.

English Spirit has unveiled a new look across its full portfolio of spirits and liqueurs.

Simpsons’ Wine Estate and Roberson Wine are working together to launch four new English still wines.

The most exciting opportunity for the rum industry to grow UK sales lies in educating more consumers and trade professionals about the myriad wonders within the category. Too few people fully appreciate its breadth, depth and versatility at a huge range of price points. We therefore decided to make education the chief focus of our big debate at the fourth annual Think Rum event in London this month. 

Diageo Reserve has launched an “innovative new spirit” under its Ketel One vodka brand name which will be pitched as a rival to spritz-style drinks and low alcohol cocktails.

Franklin & Sons has launched the Taste Collective with the new campaign fronted by a trio of ambassadors.

A raft of wine regions will be represented at the London Wine Fair for the first time this year, while other countries are increasing their footprint at the event.

Independent retailers can win a trip to the Languedoc by taking part in the UK’s first ever Printemps du Languedoc promotion.

Inverarity Morton is to be the exclusive distributor for a new “eco wine” commended by Sir David Attenborough.

Portuguese DO wine imports to the UK grew 33.7% in value throughout 2018, driven by a 34% increase in volume sales.

Bestway has reaffirmed its commitment to making a success of high street drinks retailing amid challenging times for this sector of the market.

Treasury Wine Estates is launching a brand called Embrazen into the UK market as it bids to win over more millennial consumers.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has appointed Emma Dawson MW as senior wine buyer.

Seedlip is paving the way for alcohol-free brands to take ownership of the designated driver message, following a global partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

William Grant & Sons UK has launched its sixth annual Ian Murray Spirited Solutions Scholarship, which supports young people working in an off-trade spirits retail environment.

Low-intervention wines will be the theme of this Spring’s Specialist Importers Trade Tasting (SITT) events, which take place later this month.

Penderyn Whisky has been given the green light – and £3.75 million - to expand the business by building a new distillery and visitor centre.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has issued a qualified welcome to the government’s proposed deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers.

Nik Antona has been elected to the post of chairman at the Campaign for Real Ale at a meeting of the organisation’s national executive.

Lady of the Grapes wine bar and retailer has joined forces with Corney & Barrow Wine Merchants for a celebration of women in the wine industry next month.

Think France is poised to become the ultimate one-stop shop for all French wine buyers bidding to maximise sales in this vital category.

Paragon Brands has launched a new distribution partnership for its Dingle Spirits family of brands in the UK.

Brockmans Gin has secured a listing with Ocado as the consumer interest in super premium gins continues.

Rhône-style wines are growing in popularity, with increased appeal to experimental winemakers and consumers across the globe. The classic grapes of the Rhône Valley – namely Syrah, Grenache,