Camel Valley’s Darnibole vineyard has become the first UK single vineyard to be awarded the highest level of PDO status by the European Union.

Craft beer retailer Hop Burns & Black is opening a shop in Peckham solely dedicated to canned beer.

HappyDown, described as “the UK’s first crafted sparkling cocktails in cans” will launch in Morrisons stores next month.

Convenience store chain McColl’s hopes to purchase “hundreds of stores” that could be sold off to alleviate competition concerns when Tesco’s takeover of Booker goes through, according to reports.

There’s a chance for one lucky retailer to win a trip to Brazil to see some of its top wineries in the 2017 Window Display Competition, run by Drinks Retailing News in conjunction with Wines of Brasil.

Kingsland Drinks has released its third phase of Wine Pro research, which shows that the proportion of wine occasions involving food is now at 84%.

Berry Bros & Rudd is opening a new retail store opposite St James’s Palace as it aims to position itself as “a one-of-a-kind destination for wine and spirits in the heart of London”.

Soaring sales of lager, ale, gin and sparkling wine have helped the off-trade BWS market grow by 2.3% to £16.1 billion in the past year (Nielsen, year to April 22, 2017).

A beer specialist that opened its second and third stores in the past year has revealed ambitious plans to become Britain’s best-known high street beer retailer.

Conviviality has quadrupled its turnoverin four years after buying Matthew Clark, Bibendum PLB and Wine Rack, but chief executive Diana Hunter insists it is not “deal hungry”.

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Off Licence News has been rebranded to better reflect its position in the market and will now be called Drinks Retailing News as it champions the off-trade in 2017 and beyond.

A number of independent wine retailers are on the expansion trail and the sector is thriving, says a group representing the sector.

Jessica Hutchinson, managing director of Vindependents, which represents a number of independent wine merchants in the UK, told DRN members’ sales are strong and regular enquiries are coming in from people looking to set up wine shops.

Marks & Spencer has started selling 32 wines bought en primeur from the 2014 Bordeaux vintage as it aims to set itself apart from rival multiples. 

Sparkling Pinot Grigio in 20cl cans is the latest innovation from Off-Piste Wines in its bid to modernise the UK wine category.

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent will auction a 13-strong collection of vintage Champagnes from Taittinger at the 2017 International Wine Challenge awards dinner.

Marston’s has consolidated its position as Britain’s leading ale producer by purchasing the Charles Wells brewery and brands for £55 million.

Smirnoff is set to issue thousands of ‘Red Cups’ POS kits to retailers across the country, challenging them to create inspiring, in-store displays to be in the with the chance of winning £1,000.

Funkin has revealed its latest NPD for the convenience channel in the form of a trio of premium cocktail shakers.

The Wine Society has introduced a Click & Collect service for its members.

Aston Manor Cider is the latest producer to move into the popular sharing mini-keg format.

Marks & Spencer was the most awarded retailer at the 2017 International Wine Challenge as it scooped 146 medals, including 12 golds.

Kingfisher Beer Europe has revealed its latest distribution deal, which allows it to market and distribute the Cantonese beer Pearl River across the UK.

SITT founder Judy Kendrick has re-joined the fold and will serve as brand ambassador for the tasting after it was purchased by OLN owner Agile Media.

Santa Rita Estates has created a new UK-focused role within its European team, which it says will “further reinforce” the commitment it has to the UK market.

Simpsons Wine Estate has released its first wine from its estate in Kent.

Bertrand Steip is taking over as managing director of Moët Hennessy UK to replace the outgoing Jo Thornton.

Whyte & Mackay has brought out Shackleton, a blended malt Scotch whisky inspired by the eponymous British explorer.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has appointed Christophe Juarez as managing director, replacing the outgoing Julie Campos.

Asda has revealed ambitious plans to become the UK’s leading craft beer retailer after bolstering its range with more than 100 brews from across the world.

Hannah Tovey is taking over as event director at the London Wine Fair after Ross Carter announced he was leaving the post to join Fresh Montgomery.

Berry Bros & Rudd has revealed details of its new own label selection of wines.

Craft gin brand Caorunn is poised for a bigger off-trade push, following the news that it has secured widespread Tesco listings outside of its Scottish heartland as a result of strong consumer demand.

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba plans to open its own pop-up wine shop in Shoreditch later this year, as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations in October.

Copestick Murray is expanding its I Heart range with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a Mendoza Malbec and a Rioja.

St Austell’s Brewery in Cornwall has reported “record results for 2016” aided by the acquisition of Bath Ales last year.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has launched its manifesto ahead of the upcoming General Election on 8 June.

The volume of English wine produced last year dipped slightly in comparison to 2015, but 2016 has been declared “a high quality vintage”, according to the latest report.

Heineken International has bought full ownership of the Californian craft brewer Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Californian wine specialist, The Vineyard Cellars, is representing a winery from Santa Barbara for the first time.

BrewDow has expanded into the spirits market with the official launch of its LoneWolf brand.

Kingsland Drinks has extended its confectionery-flavoured fusion wine brand by adding two new sparkling variants.

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced it has sold The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky to global premium spirits company, Edrington.

Les Vignobles Foncalieu plans to launch “an original range breaking new ground in the Languedoc”.

Champagne Taittinger has made English sparkling wine history by planting its first vines in its English vineyard in Kent.

A leading Brunello producer says the 2012 vintage is so good that it has made a mockery of the trend that has seen years ending in an even number produce lesser quality wines.

Brooklyn Brewery’s has chosen the UK as the international market to debut its Scorcher IPA, a 4.5% abv brew made with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Bravo hops.

Heather Graham and Guy Ritchie have launched a coconut-flavoured rum, but these are drinks industry stars rather than Hollywood icons.

Rioja brand, Marques de Caceres, has released a series of new vintages, which will be available to the UK market via is Halewood Wines & Spirits.

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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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