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.

Tim Stanley-Clarke enjoying jolly japes with Allan Cheesman

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

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

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.

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.

Gallo Family Vineyards has unveiled its latest marketing campaign and a new variant for its Spritz range.

Heineken is introducing a 4x33cl can pack to its Tiger beer range to tap into growth in the small cans sector.

Tesco has launched a new range of low-alcohol wines, developed in partnership with international wine producer Felix Solis.

Andrew Shaw and Philip Tuck MW will lead a peloton of riders for a charity cycle in memory of the late Treasury Wines Estates managing director Dan Townsend.

Hoegaarden has rolled out refreshed packaging across the off-trade and on-trade in the UK.

Pinkster is introducing a 35cl bottle in time for the summer to sit alongside its existing 70cl and ‘dinkster’ 5cl editions.

Global Brands has launched a drink that “answers the call for innovation that lies between RTDs, fruit cider and craft beer”. 

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

Greyfriars Vineyard in Surrey has opened a new chalk wine cave, which will store 250,00 bottles of its wines.

North South Wines has added Viña Ventisquero’s Kalfu brand to its portfolio of Chilean wines.

Sainsbury’s is in talks to buy convenience operator Nisa, a move which would significantly bolster its position against Tesco’s expected merger with Booker.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is introducing a unique French wine portfolio, which it says combines old world winemaking techniques with a new world sourcing model.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced that Simon Berry is to retire from his role as chairman in December this year.

Majestic Wine will continue to progress with its recovery plan despite reporting a full-year pre-tax loss of £1.5m.

The Government needs to “pull out all stops” at Brexit talks to avoid a “no deal Brexit”, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is “setting the benchmark in retail” and its competitors need to up their game, according to an expert in ecommerce.

Les Dauphins is to launch its Côtes du Rhône Villages Grande Reserve in new pack sizes to tap into consumer demand for different formats in wine.

Award-winning independent beer merchant Real Ale is opening a second shop in northwest London to build on the success of its flagship Twickenham store.

Sainsbury’s has seen gin sales grow 25% year-on-year and has bolstered its range with three new lines to capitalise on the trend.

Majestic has reported 5.7% like-for-like sales growth in its retail outlets and chief executive Rowan Gormley declared the business is now “past the tipping point”.

Old Mout has a new pack format to tap into the summer sharing occasion for cider.

Shepherd Neame has launched its first cider as the result of a partnership with Aspall.

The Carlsberg Group has committed to eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at its breweries by 2030 as part of its new sustainability programme.

Cono Sur plans to celebrate its status as Official Wine of Le Tour de France with a new limited edition range of labels.

Sainsbury’s has bolstered its craft beer and cider offering across its Northern Ireland estate by introducing 28 new lines from a range of small producers.

Myliko Wines has strengthened its portfolio with Armenia Wines and Fine Wines from Grand Tokaj of Hungary.

San Miguel has revealed its summer promotional activity, tailored specifically for the off-trade.

An independent organisation set up to promote sensible drinking is seeking changes to labelling rules on no- and low-alcohol drinks.

Borough Wines & Beers is ramping up its focus on its wholesale arm and Borough Wines Corners concept, and on the retail side has just opened its ninth store.

JF Hillebrand is bidding to expand its UK business by presenting itself as the ultimate logistics partner for retailers and suppliers, regardless of their size.

Britain drank a third of all the Prosecco produced last year, which is more than any other nation in the world.

Absolut is entering the ready-to-drink (RTD) market with a premium canned range.

Carlsberg UK has appointed Alistair Gaunt as vice president for its National Sales Business Unit.

Beer Hawk is expanding its homebrew range by becoming the exclusive stockist of Northern Brewer in the UK.

Lidl UK has reported a 50% spike in sales of rosé ahead of this weekend’s National Rosé Day.

Kleine Zalze is getting a refreshed look in a move designed to reflect the premiumisation of South African wine.

Connoisseur Estates has added new agencies from Chile and Spain, and has already secured listings for these wines.

Mouton Cadet has made its debut as the Official Wine of the 35th America’s Cup.

Bottle shop Kill the Cat has announced plans to brew its own beers to serve on tap and hopes to open a second store next year.

Lidl UK has launched three new premium whiskies in time for Father’s Day.

Two industry experts have set up a new sales, distribution and marketing agency for premium spirits.

Hawkes has launched London’s first ever ‘urban cidery’, which it says is the latest step in its “mission to change the face of UK cider forever”.

Dunnet Bay Distillery is gearing up to launch its Summer Edition Rock Rose Gin.

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