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The Government has published the UK’s new tariff regime, which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on January 1, 2021, despite repeated calls from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association for it to reduce or drop tariffs on imported wines.

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership to cover 80 UK sites across the UK, alongside an expanded range on offer.

The Wine Society is now open again to new members.

Taste Champagne London 2020 has been postponed to March 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Accolade Wines is rolling out a new lower alcohol range under the umbrella of its Echo Falls brand, alongside a new logo.

A number of English wine producers battled with frosty weather last week but while a few experienced some vine damage, many have reported that via the expertise of their “amazing” vineyard managers they have successfully managed to protect vines from any extensive damage.

Nyetimber has announced that it has started its pre-planned vineyard expansion by planting 195,000 vines covering 42 hectares at a new site in Kent.

A number of drinks industry tycoons have dropped down the Sunday Times Rich list this year due to a fall in their fortunes over the past 12 months, accelerated more recently by the challenges posed by Covid-19. 

Berkshire Botanical, the artisan spirits brand created by Johnny Neill, founder of Whitley Neill Gin and Mary-Le-Bone Gin, has launched a small-batch quintessentially British Dandelion & Burdock Gin and secured its first supermarket listing in Tesco.

Brought to market by Yattendon Distillery in West Berkshire, Berkshire Botanical Dandelion & Burdock Gin is copper pot distilled and then gently infused with delicious dandelion and burdock.
The first flavoured expression in the range, it features hints of vanilla, liquorice, honey and a little citrus and ginger spice. It is described as “pairing wonderfully well with lemonade or tonic water for a delightfully refreshing beverage”.

Like Berkshire Botanical’s Dry and Sloe Gins, as the first flavoured gin in the range, Dandelion & Burdock, takes its inspiration from the flora and fauna of Yattendon Estate’s land where both botanicals naturally thrive.

Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin and the new Dandelion & Burdock Gin are both 40.3% ABV with an RSP of £20 for a 50cl bottle, available from selected Tesco stores, from May 25 and The Drop Store.

Berkshire Botanical Dandelion & Burdock Gin is handcrafted in small batches in a copper still. ‘Harry’, the distillery’s handsome pot still resides in the stunning Royal Oak Public House in the heart of Yattendon village.
It is presented in a golden hued bottle finished with a label featuring a dashing badger character clad in country attire.

Johnny Neill, founder of the Berkshire Botanical spirits collection, said: “As people currently have more time to discover and experiment with different spirits at home, we’re delighted to be introducing our first flavoured gin expression and have it widely available alongside the Original Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin at Tesco and via The Drop Store.

John Crabbie & Co has released its latest expression in advance of World Whisky Day on May 16 - a single cask 1994 25-Year-Old Island Malt, with just 247 bottles available in the UK.

Distilled at the Tobermory Distillery, the Crabbie 1994 Island Single Malt has been matured for 25 years in an ex-sherry hogshead. Each bottle, priced £300 each, is non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46.2% ABV.

Designed to appeal to collectors, this elite expression is dark gold in colour, has rich notes of fruitcake, dark chocolate and warming spices and is presented in an elegant presentation box.

John Kennedy, head of sales for Scotland, said: “Crabbie 1994 Island Single Malt is one of our most carefully planned releases to date.
“We’d had cask samples from distilleries all across Scotland and it was a difficult choice, but this sherry cask from Tobermory was absolute stand out with its nose of sweet macerated dates, fruit cake, warming spice and its orange marmalade and rich dark chocolate finish. It will most certainly appeal to those who take their whisky seriously.

“We have already received much interest in this latest release from specialist spirits and whisky retailers and we’re sure enquiries will continue, especially as whisky is in the spotlight in the lead up to World Whisky Day.”

Douglas Laing & Co has launched a Cognac Finished Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky as part of its Epicurean Wood Series.

Following 2019’s Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish, this latest Single Cask release in The Epicurean’s Wood Series is bottled at a high alcohol strength of 48% and offered without chill-filtration.

Moët Hennessy UK has appointed Alexei Rosin as the new managing director for UK and Ireland.

Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is supporting members of the UK wine trade affected by the Covid-19 crisis by donating £25 for every member of the trade who completes the free Napa Valley Rocks online course.

Chateau Ksara, one of Lebanon’s top wineries, has appointed Rachel Davey as its UK brand ambassador.

Kopparberg is launching its own range of Hard Seltzers.

The Australian wine sector had a difficult start to 2020 with bushfires followed by the challenges posed by coronavirus, but Majestic Wine is seeing growing evidence that its customers are rallying round to support the nation’s wine producers.

Premium Port and still wine producer Kopke has launched a premium rosé, which is now the second wine in the limited edition Winemaker’s Collection.

UK consumers have been drinking more wine during lockdown with at-home occasions “more than compensating” for the loss of out-of-home drinking occasions, according to a new report.

US wine brand Prophecy is introducing Prophecy Rosé to the UK this month.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a new Mango & Papaya Gin to its JJ Whitley range.

The UK may have spent the whole of April 2020 in lockdown but the spectacular weather throughout the month, alongside early signs of interest in Majestic Wine’s revamped wine ranges, helped drive sales of the retailer’s rosé wines.

Seedlip is launching its RTD cans in a four-pack format, following the success of its canned variant launched earlier this year.

Australian wine brand Tempus Two has added its Copper series to its wine portfolio in the UK.

Beer and cider continue to be the “stand out performers” in the off-trade, with signs shoppers are now trading up to premium options, according to the latest data.

Majestic Wine has reported early signs that its new 2020 wine ranges have been a hit, despite its customers being in lockdown, and it says each of the revamped categories is recording year-on-year growth.

Wachau has become Austria’s newest and 15th DAC winegrowing region.

The hospitality sector and its suppliers welcome the “roadmap out of lockdown” but seek continued and direct support from Government to ensure jobs and businesses are preserved.

Litmus Wines has unveiled its 2019 Orange bacchus style as well as its 2014 vintage Element 20, described as “the best yet” by winemaker John Worontschak. 

Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland has revealed the new models it has implemented since the start of lockdown to ensure rapid delivery of beers to UK retailers.