In Brief

26 January, 2007

WSTA board members named

Three new members have been appointed to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's executive board. WSTA chairman, Christopher Carson welcomed Peter Jackson, the managing director of FGL Wine Estates EMEA; Jeff Jamet, managing director of Waverley TBS and CERT Group chief executive, Jeff Stanton to the board on Jan 12.

Free forum for off-trade

The ACS is holding a free forum designed to keep those working in the off-trade up to date on political issues and legislation. The forum will take place on Feb 8 at Costcutter's HQ in York. ACS public affairs manager Shane Brennan will review developments on alcohol policy and discuss the challenges facing the off-trade in 2007, including alcohol disorder zones and "No ID, No Sale" policies. To book a place call Karen Read on 01252 515001.

Hine offers anniversary Cognac

Hine has released its 50th anniversary Cognac (£250 rrp). Hine 1957, made in an "exceptional year", according to Hine, is a Grande Champagne Cognac matured in Hine's 18th century cellars in Jarnac. It is described as having "a perfect balance between floral and fruit, hints of apricot, fig, jasmine and a very long finish on the palate".

Scotch whisky launches website

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a new website - - which includes full details of its 53 member companies, their brands and distilleries. Visitors to the site can find out more about the industry's 500 year history and get creative with a selection of whisky-based recipes and cocktails. "From the importance of Scotch whisky, to our economy, to advice on making responsible drinking choices, we hope that our website will act as an informative and enjoyable gateway to the wider Scotch whisky industry," said chief executive Gavin Hewitt.

HwCg launches wines

A new range of wines from South Eastern Australia has been launched by HwCg Specialist, the independent focused division of HwCg. The Commissioner's Block range includes Viognier, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz/Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese Rosť, which are produced at the Neqtar winery by winemaker Donna Stephens. The wines, which have been developed specifically for the independent sector, are positioned at £5.99 and are sealed in screwcap.

Tiger links up with Sharwoods

Tiger beer has teamed up with Sharwoods to create recipes for a Chinese banquet to celebrate Chinese New Year, which runs for 15 days from Feb 18. The recipes are part of a guide to the occasion and how to celebrate it, which can be found at Tiger is also running a hamper competition.

in which visitors to its website can win new year banquets in Chinese restaurants around the country, Asian food hampers and a year's supply of Tiger beer. This year will be the year of the pig.

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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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