South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.

Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

The Born Wine Digital Awards have been relaunched and are now open for entries from wine writers, photographers and filmmakers.

Colley: "previously we didn't put customers first"

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

Bristol Cider Shop is moving to a new retail park housed in shipping containers.

Spar has revealed plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of an ongoing review of its BWS category.

The new classification was launched at the historic Palau de la Musica in Barcelona

A new classification for single estate, premium cava has been launched in a bid to raise the quality perception of the Spanish sparkler.

Vagabond Wines has revealed plans to open three new stores and create a London-based microbrewery and a separate urban winery in the capital.

London wine merchant The Sampler plans to double its retail estate, ramp up sales to the on-trade and develop its private client base to drive growth in 2016.

Leading Loire producer Bouvet Ladubay is hoping to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of sparkling wine by reigniting its passion for Saumur sparklers.

UK wine lovers are starting to realise that there is more to Germany than Riesling and experimenting with different grape varietals, according to Nielsen figures.

The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

The Co-operative Group is getting ready for the next phase of its major BWS overhaul with a focus on packaging formats.

Fladgate Partnership chief executive Adrian Bridge has given the UK off-trade market a vote of confidence after fortified wine sales started to arrest years of decline.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled its new summer campaign, which highlights the dry white wines of the region.

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

Jarman: pushing quality envelope

Asda and Morrisons have unveiled plans to fight back against the discounters by revamping their drinks retailing strategies.

Charles Ireland has been appointed as general manager of Diageo GB in a job swap with Andrew Cowan.

The National Association of Cider Makers is launching its first consumer education drive after hiring a full-time marketing manager.

Sherry Wine is launching a Wine Label Design Competition for its generic labels, aimed at “breathing new life” into its overall image.

Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

A leading Burgundy negociant has tipped Limoux to rival the world’s greatest Pinot Noir producing regions after snapping up a 25ha vineyard there.

The Glenlivet has launched The Glenlivet Cipher, a ‘mysterious’ single malt Scotch whisky released without any cask information or tasting notes, designed to test whisky fans’ noses and palates against the master distiller.

Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new edition of its ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue, showcasing the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.

Moët & Chandon has revealed details of its first global Moët Day, backed by a multimedia campaign.

Champagne de Castelnau has launched its first ever prestige cuvée to mark its 100th Anniversary this year.

Heineken is tripling its media spend on its Old Mout Cider brand to include the launch of a multi-million pound campaign this month.

More wine merchants have signed up to take part in this year’s Sherry Festival than the number that took part in 2015, according to the event’s organiser.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a new pre-mix can range to extend the reach of its Red Square Vodka.

A UK and a US brewery have joined forces with a cider specialist to create a “special new style” of beer.

Meantime is re-launching an on-pack promotion offering shoppers the chance to win a trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State.

The first shopkeeper to be convicted of selling alcohol below the cost of duty and VAT has been fined more than £3,000.

Meantime Brewing Company has given its flagship beers a makeover designed to reflect the brewer’s “bold and pioneering approach to the beer category”.

Pressure is building on the Department of Health to revise controversial guidelines limiting alcohol consumption to 14 units after it was revealed that anti-alcohol lobbyists played a large role in setting them.

Prosecco producers have failed to create strong individual brands and may lose market share to rival regions, according to wine industry consultant Mike Paul.

Toruńska Vodka, which was established in 1884 in Poland, has been introduced into the UK market backed by a marketing campaign.

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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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