2019 November

A family from Lancashire has created a range of gins inspired by recipe books dating back to the 1700s.

Paragon Brands has become the exclusive distributor for the Pusser’s family of premium rums in the UK.

The WSTA has called upon the next Chancellor to cut the duty on wine after HMRC reported dwindling revenues from taxing the category.

Reliquum has launched an apple brandy made with Opal apples grown on the producer’s Essex farm. Each 50cl bottle contains 28kg of apples, which would otherwise have gone to waste.

An English red wine has scooped a coveted gold medal at the International Wine Challenge for the first time.

Islay whisky producer Bowmore has teamed up with Aston Martin for a series of limited-edition bottlings and marketing events.

East Anglian brewer Woodforde’s has created a special beer to commemorate Norwich striker Teemu Pukki’s efforts in helping Finland qualify for Euro 2020.

Paul Beavis is to step down from his role as Champagne Lanson's managing director for UK & North America in December this year.

Rhône Valley producer Cellier des Dauphins is bidding to boost the region’s reputation for quality wines by championing a number of premium ranges.

Shares in Naked Wines decreased 3.2% this morning after the shock announcement that founder Rowan Gormley will step down as chief executive after Christmas.

Langstane Liquor Company has added a whisky to its portfolio that has been specifically designed to be complementary in long drinks.

The Labour Party has pledged to review the evidence on minimum unit pricing if it secures a majority in the upcoming general election.

Speciality Brands has been appointed as UK distributor for Beluga Noble Russian vodka.

Drinks retailers that have noticed sliding sales of beers, wines and spirits might be inclined to lament the chasteness of those pesky millennial and generation Z consumers. “Why aren’t they binge-drinking like their forebears?” they may ask. “And what, pray tell, is a protein ball?”

Big Drop Brewing Co has announced it has made a deal with Milk & More so that consumers can get its beers delivered directly to their door.

Corks Out founder Ruth Yates has expressed her sadness at the news that its Chester store has closed down.

A range of sparkling cold-brewed teas – designed to transform the way we pair alcohol-free drinks with food – is about to hit the market.

The Lakes Distillery has introduced a new bottle design for The Lakes Vodka, to bring it in line with its recent whisky and gin releases.

TWP Wines has launched a Sparkling Grillo to add to its recently revamped “Green to the Extreme” organic Sicilian range.

The Benevolent has launched its 2019 Online Silent Auction with the aim of raising £10,000.

Innovation has been everywhere in the off-trade this year: canned wine is now a staple in UK supermarkets, the ready-to-drink category has exploded and you can even find hemp-infused drinks on the supermarket shelves.

When it comes to the terrors of the Halloween just past, Brexit took centre stage and on the streets of London kids and their parents dressed up as everything from Dracula to Boris Johnson. But there are more terrifying spectres than these at large in the wine world.

Two-thirds of drinks retailers believe a Conservative victory would offer the best outcome in next month’s general election. 

Australian Vintage believes it has created the best alcohol-free wines in the business after perfecting its production techniques during an intensive two-year process. 

What’s the difference between an iPhone and a bottle of wine? The answer is absolutely everything. The two items have nothing in common. Yet for years people have described a quest for the “Apple store of wine”.

Westons Cider is to turn waste left over from pressing apples into CO2 for its ciders.

The producer says the move will remove 10,000 road miles from its supply chain annually and guard against a repeat of the CO2 shortages from third party suppliers that hit the industry in the summer of 2018.

The move will see the Herefordshire-based firm turn 29,500 tonnes of pomace – ­the leftover solids from apples pressed for juice ­ – into fizz for brands including Stowford Press and Henry Westons.

Head of business development Darryl Hinksman said: “Thanks to our strong planning and sourcing credentials, we didn’t actually get caught out by last year’s shortage of food and drink grade CO2 ourselves.

“But with every chance of further shortages in future, we decided it was time to look for a more sustainable solution closer to home.

“By effectively generating our own CO2 from our leftover apple pomace, not only are we guaranteeing our own long-term supply, we are also meeting our own sustainability objectives.

“This will immediately remove 10,000 road miles a year from our supply chain, as we will no longer need to take deliveries of CO2 from further afield.”

The scheme has been devised with green energy specialist Biocarbonics and local farmer Nicholas Layton, who have built a CO2 capture facility 10 miles from Westons’ Much Marcle mill.

Big Drop Brewing Co has teamed up with four of the UK’s leading craft breweries to produce a limited edition range of 0.5% abv collaboration brews.

Heineken has maintained its ties with football by extending its Champions League sponsorship and signing on as the official beer of Euro 2020.

The National Assembly for Wales has approved the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol from next spring.