The Bordelais are seeking to appeal to younger members of the UK wine trade by encouraging wine students to attend the upcoming Crus Bourgeois tasting in London.

The Wine Society’s head of buying Tim Sykes is stepping down from the top job after four-and-a-half years in charge to return to frontline buying.

The Naked Marshmallow Co is set to launch a gin and a vodka infused with different flavours of marshmallow.

The Wine Institute of California has spoken out to reassure the UK trade that it is not abandoning the UK market after news that the London office run by John McLaren and Venla Freeman is to shut.

Meantime Brewing has launched another batch of beers in its Pilot Series collection, including a Belgian-style beer with a touch of Welsh chillies.

South Africa is “the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world”, according to wine writer Tim Atkin.

Sherry producers are getting ready to showcase their wines at the UK’s largest event celebrating Sherry Wine.

Jack Daniels is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, with a range of activity including consumer competitions and the launch of two anniversary bottles.

Quintessential Brands has added to its Dublin Liberties range with a second super premium Irish whiskey.

Graham’s is introducing a new smaller format for its Premium Tawny range.

Chilean producer Vina Ventisquero will be launching its new Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc in the UK this month.

Pernod Ricard has been a net beneficiary of range rationalisation at UK retailers as sales of premium brands are soaring, according to the firm’s outgoing chief executive.

An Australian red ale was crowned the world’s best beer for 2016 after an elite panel of judges re-tasted every gold medal winner from the International Beer Challenge.

Pierhead Drinks is to distribute Swedish brewer Nils Oscar’s beers in the UK.

Favourite Beers has commissioned a one-off special beer to celebrate Cheltenham Beer Week (CBW) later this month (September 16 to 25).

Viiking Ventures has now made its gluten-free Indian canned beer available for the UK drinks retailers, following growing consumer demand and success in the on-trade.

McGuigan Wines is set to launch its Black Label Malbec at two London foodie festivals this month, where it will demonstrate the wine’s “perfect pairing” with meat dishes.

The sixth Big Peat Christmas Edition will blend whiskies from all active distilleries on Islay, plus the long-closed Port Ellen.

Diageo Reserve’s super premium gin Tanqueray No. Ten has revealed details of its new ‘Perfect Ten’ campaign.

Brothers has launched what it claims is the first recyclable and resealable drinks carton for cider, aimed at the growing festival and outdoor events occasion.

William Grant & Sons is introducing its Glenfiddich Experimental series, which kicks off with the launch of two innovative whisky expressions: Glenfiddich IPA Experiment and Project XX.

Boutinot has added to its Italian portfolio with wines from a vineyard in Sicily.

Litmus Wines has launched its first branded ‘Orange’ wine, produced from English grapes.

A Glasgow off-licence owner who ran a illicit alcohol supply ring has been spared jail but given 200 hours community service and a 12-month prohibition order.

Diageo has hit out at the advertising watchdog after it banned a Captain Morgan ad for implying that alcohol can contribute to an individual's popularity or confidence.

Former Asda executive Barry Williams is joining Morrisons as trading director for ambient in February 2017 and will head up the beers, wines and spirits department.

Majestic Wine is shaking up its strategy to focus once again on exclusive parcels of wine in its stores and online.

Paul Schaafsma is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Accolade Wines less than a year after he was promoted to the top job.

Producers of Loire sparkling wine are gearing up for a push on the UK market in a bid to capitalise on the UK’s ever growing love of bubbly.

Pernod Ricard has warned that focusing on discounts on standard spirits rather than championing premium lines would spell bad news for the drinks trade this Christmas.

Sauvignon Blanc, Prosecco and Malbec have taken gold, silver and bronze respectively as the most popular wine categories among Aldi’s online shoppers.

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The world’s largest bourbon producer has given Maker’s 46 an official UK launch to build on strong growth in the American whiskey category.

Berry Bros is bringing three of life’s greatest pleasures – fine wine, gourmet food and good books – together in a series of in-store events.

Diageo’s pipeline of innovation coming out of its Guinness Brewers Project has continued with the launch of a rye pale ale.

Sales of beers, wines and spirits grew 3% and soft drinks sales were up 9.3% in the retail trade during the Olympic Games, according to Nielsen.

Scottish wholesaler Inverarity Morton has hired former Wallaces Express boss Brian Calder to conduct a full audit of the business with a view to improving its offering.

Retailers have been warned to be especially vigilant when checking IDs as more than 700,000 students aged 15-16 prepare to celebrate GCSE results week.

WKD is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a packaging makeover and the launch of two lower-calorie drinks in a bid to appeal to more 18 to 24-year-olds.

Hayman’s Gin has joined forces with premium conserve brand Tiptree to create a range of gin liqueurs.

OLN was shocked and saddened to learn today that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California will close due to severe cuts in funding from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC.

Casillero del Diablo and Barefoot have posted strong value growth figures to surge up the table of the UK’s bestselling wine brands.

Retailers and suppliers are buoyant about their chances of growing sales over the next few years, despite 45% saying the EU referendum result has hit their businesses.

Spirits are driving 0.9% value growth in the £15.8 billion off-trade BWS market (Nielsen, year to April 23, 2016) and, while alcohol consumption is in long-term decline, “quality is winning over quantity”, according to a leading supplier.

Karla & Co Spirits, together with Gas Familia Distillery, are introducing the first Slovakian vodka on the UK market.

Andrew Shaw’s influence over the UK wine trade has soared in the past couple of years and he is now arguably its leading buyer. Two years ago he was in charge of buying for Bibendum, one of the UK’s biggest agencies, which was a big job in itself for the former Waitrose wine supremo. But thanks to a series of mergers and acquisitions he is now in charge of buying for Bibendum, PLB, Matthew Clark, Bargain Booze, Thorougoods, Wine Rack and more.

Caorunn Gin has opened up its distillery to give gin fans the chance to learn about the botanicals and production processes for its gin.

Berry Bros & Rudd has appointed Nick Morton in the new role of director of private clients.

Burleighs, the Leicestershire-based gin producer, is releasing a Pink edition, inspired by its master distiller’s trip to Tokyo.

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