Black Tower will be decorating its bottles with a gold crest as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

A record volume of sparkling wine sold in UK shops at Christmas – more than 40 million bottles (up 12%) – flew off the shelves during the 12 week festive period, according to the latest figures.

Spar has announced plans for two wine festivals in 2017, which it hopes will emulate its “hugely successful” Craft Ale & Beer event which ran throughout February

Heineken has added two artisanal ciders to its Bulmers portfolio under the sub-brand, Bulmers Orchard Pioneers.

Orkney Brewery’s Puffin Ale is being launched into bottles, following the success of the cask version of the 4.5% abv brew.

Salcombe Distilling Co is launching a Gin School, which it says will be the first of its kind for the South West of England.

Halewood Wines and Spirits has acquired a majority stake in Hawkshead Brewery, extending the drinks producer’s portfolio into beer for the first time.

The Gin Society has announced plans to hold a two-day festival in Bolton; the event will be bigger than its previous festivals following the success of last year’s activities.

Conviviality has added the Graham Norton and Invivo range of wines to its portfolio.

Kingsland Drinks is adding to its fusion wine portfolio with a new pouch format, which will go into 1,600 Co-op stores from this month.

The Wild Beer Co is looking to raise £1.5m via crowdfunding to develop a new brewery space.

Stewart Brewing has launched Stewart’s Lager, to appeal to drinkers looking for a lighter beer.

The region of Soave in Italy will be given a boost in the UK via a new trade and consumer campaign.

Bud Light, which producer AB InBev says is America’s favourite beer, officially lands in the UK this weekend.

Heineken is launching two beers under the Maltsmiths Brewing brand to tap into the growing trend for canned craft beers.

Independent wine merchants can taste wines from small producers encapsulating what modern Portugal does best when they visit SITT next week.

Independent wine merchants can bolster their spring and summer ranges by choosing from an eclectic array of interesting and nuanced wines at the upcoming SITT events.

The case for cutting spirits duty was taken into the heart of Westminster today when the Scotch Whisky Association met Jane Ellison MP, financial secretary to the Treasury.

Independent wine merchants looking for new wines offering a point of difference can feast their tastebuds on Croatian orange wine, Slovenian sparkling wine and many more undiscovered gems at SITT.

Scotch whisky has enjoyed a reversal of fortunes in the UK market and demand is now soaring among British drinkers, Government figures have revealed.

Gruppo Campari will launch a limited edition version of its Appleton Estate rum next month to celebrate the master blender’s 20th year of working with the brand.

Harveys is launching a new beer this week and it will be available in cans, a format that has proved to be successful for the brewer over the last few months.

Sandford Orchards Cider has unveiled a new brand identity, which will be rolled out across its full cider range this year.

Black Sheep Brewery has launched a bottled version of its rugby-themed beer.

The Oxford Wine Company is opening a new retail outlet in the centre of Oxford.

Vignobles Andre Lurton has revealed a new partnership with two companies in the UK’s wine trade: Daniel Lambert Wines and Theatre of Wine.

Buckingham Schenk has revealed plans to introduce two new Spanish brands into the UK; the wines will highlight the strengths of DO Valencia and Utiel-Requena.

Tiny Rebel Brewing Co has launched its three most popular beers in cans for the first time.

The Abbotts & Delaunay Collection of premium AOC wines from the Languedoc has been extended to include two new ranges of eight varietal wines.

The old adage that two heads are better than one seems to have been taken as an article of faith by many modern brewers. Collaborative beers have become one of the trends of the day in a sector where, mostly young
and hip, beer drinkers crave something
new every time they go into a shop or bar.

Connoisseur Estates has taken on Woodchurch wines from Kent, marking the first English sparkling wines in the distributor’s portfolio.

Paolozzi Lager, from the independent, family-owned Edinburgh Beer Factory, is making its debut in London to coincide with the Whitechapel Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Eduardo Paolozzi’.

Lewis and Wilson

A charm offensive undertaken by Booker chief executive Charles Wilson appears to be winning over independents operating under the wholesaler chain’s retail fascias to the company’s proposed takeover by Tesco.

Millar (centre) clutches the Vintners' Cup

Jason Millar is the proud new holder of the Vintners Cup after posting the best score on the WSET Level 4 diploma course in 2016.

Berry Bros & Rudd has released an exclusive new wine label for its bestselling Good Ordinary Claret.

Liberty Wines has bolstered its portfolio with the Sogrape range as part of an ongoing effort to make it “as de-list proof as possible” amid the consolidation gripping the trade.

Health lobbyists are targeting cheap, high strength ciders for a clobbering in the Budget on March 8.

Virgin Wines capped a strong 2016 by enjoying its best ever Christmas trading period and partly attributes its success to winning over younger adults.

Hallgarten Druitt said it grew turnover by £1.8 million in the past year but profit fell £1 million due to the sterling’s plummeting value.

Asda has blended Prosecco with Pinot Grigio in order to cut costs, following warnings this week that the price of Prosecco could see significant price hikes.

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has finalised its offering after a three-year merger process and is now targeting indies in England as it marches southwards.

Branson with his creation

The creator of non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip is gearing up for a host of new listings for the brand, as well as a pipeline of NPD, following the success of the original two variants launched in 2016.

Ginerosity, the social enterprise gin, has announced its first round of funding to help disadvantaged young adults into skilled work and education using profits made from the sale of its gin.

The organisers of the London Wine Fair have announced there will be a number of new and returning exhibitors at this year’s event, including Wines of Germany, which is returning after an absence of seven years.

Kingsland Drinks has revealed a new range of British wines, comprising a white, rose and a rose fizz.

Mahiki, the world famous bar and nightclub, is launching Mahiki Coconut Rum this month, followed by Mahiki bottled cocktails this spring.

A botanical soda first made in 1896 has been resurrected to appeal to consumers looking for something new, and low in sugar, in adult soft drinks.

Cabrières benefits from volcanic soil

Crush Wines has experienced such high demand for its Bijou rosé that it has been forced to expand out of its Cabrières heartland and source grapes from other appellations.

Coco Rocha celebrates International Scotch Day

Today is International Scotch Day, created by Diageo to showcase Scotch whisky’s diversity and versatility and broaden its appeal among different demographics.

Naked Wines’ Angels have voted for what the retailer believes will be "the next big Provence rosé to hit the UK" via an interactive wine tasting event.

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