Sales of Rioja wines set a new record last year with a total of 388 million bottles sold, aided by the region’s strategy to boost its focus on both white and aged wines.

Sales of Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine were up 7.1% domestically and 7.5% in export across 2015, the region’s winemakers’ governing body, Franciacorta Consorzio, has announced.

Armit Wines has added winery Castello di Buttrio to its Italian portfolio, as part of a strategic category review designed to boost its range of quality white wines and indigenous northern Italian varieties.

A rosé from Champagne Lanson’s portfolio has been hailed as the UK’s best-selling Rose Champagne, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Sussex-based Nyetimber winery has acquired a neighbouring 44-ha site in West Chiltington to help fulfil its expansion plans.

Diageo is to launch a limited-edition run of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

Sharps Cornish brewery is to be the headline partner for the second annual London Beer Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Casillero del Diablo has renewed its partnership with Sky Movies after a record year of sales in 2015.

The Scotch Whisky Association made its case for a further 2% cut in spirits duty directly to the Treasury this week.

The UK government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has urged women to contemplate the risk of developing breast cancer every time they consider having glass of wine.

Le Vignoble's owners collect their award

Aldi, Waitrose and We Brought Beer were among the big winners at the Drinks Retailing Awards, which were presented at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday.

The Association of Convenience Stores has condemned the government’s tactics on its controversial deregulation of the country’s Sunday trading laws.

Copestick Murray’s i heart Prosecco posted 85% growth across 2015 to become the largest Prosecco brand in the impulse sector, according to data from Nielsen.

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the chancellor, George Osborne, to do more support local retailers.

Conviviality Retail is on course to meet its expansion target of opening 50 new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack store in 2015-16 financial year.

AB InBev is following through on its commitment to ensuring 20% of its global beer are low-to-no alcohol by 2020 with the release of Beck’s Blue Lemon in the UK.

There’s A Beer For That, the brewing industry campaign to revive the popularity of beer in Britain, has secured a further £5 million in funding.

A former licensing sergeant has branded Wirral council “disgraceful” and accused it of flouting licensing laws in its bid to roll out a Reducing the Strength scheme in the area.

Free Run Wines has created a new brand of AOP Bergerac wines called Le Village Anglais and will present them at the upcoming France Under One Roof tasting.

An Englishman who found fame with a viral video instructing people how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe is hoping to make his six-litre Imperials of Provence rosé the drink of choice at parties and BBQs this summer.

Kopparberg hopes to win over drinkers that find lager too bitter and fruit cider too sweet with its new lemon and limed flavoured fruit lager.

Organic sales at global drinks giant Diageo were up 1.8% for the second half of last year, the company has revealed.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled the first in a series of new expressions for its Speyside Longmorn whisky.

Last year’s 2% cut on excise duty helped the Treasury increase its take from the tax on UK spirits sales by 4% to £96 million, new figures reveal.

Leading UK wholesaler Bestway is keeping ahead of rapidly changing tastes in the marketplace with the launch of a number of new wine ranges.

Wine trade supergroup Skin Côntact is returning this year after raising more than £10,000 for Comic Relief in a 2015 charity gig.

Tesco has been ordered to make wide-ranging changes to its trading practices and systems in a report by Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator, published today.

Conviviality plc has appointed David Robinson as the new managing director of Conviviality Retail, which focuses on the company’s franchise store operations in the off-licence and convenience sector.

Brand-focused drinks distributor Hi-Spirits has added Brooklyn Gin to its spirits portfolio for both the on- and off-trade in the UK.

Iconic German white-wine brand Black Tower has revealed new packaging for 2016, which will be back by major above-the-line advertising spend through the year.

The London Wine Fair has announced the launch of a new feature at the 36th annual tasting when it returns in May.

Australian winemaker Wakefield Wines has launched a new on-bottle temperature indicator to ensure its wines are served at their optimum.

Griffiths: this concerns many MPs

MPs have warned the competition watchdog they will not stop pounding on its door over Reducing the Strength schemes after it suggested they are not an urgent enough priority to act upon.

The American Craft Beer Company is to sell Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewing Company’s range of beers in the UK.

Moët & Chandon has created three new packages for its Rosé Impérial cuvée to form its 2016 Valentine Collection.

A Brighton-based craft beer retailer has revealed plans for off-trade expansion just nine months after opening, in addition to its attempts to move into the on-trade.

Ahead of the upcoming Austrian Wine tasting at the Institute of Directors in London on February 8, we caught up with Willi Klinger, managing director at the generic body, to get the lowdown on Austrian wine.

Leading Spanish Cava producer, Vilarnau is to launch two limited-edition labels for its Brut Reserva and Brut Reserva Rosado in the UK.

Virgin Wines saw a 12% uplift in sales over the Christmas period, the online retailer has announced.

Majestic Wine put together a panel of almost 200 beer-loving shoppers and tasked them with choosing the next brew to join its range.

Aldi customers can now buy their wines online, the discount retailer announced today.

Diageo will offer consumers detailed calorific and nutritional information about its range of brands, the group has announced.

Enotria has rebranded as Enotria & Coe after buying out Coe Vintners in August, and the new firm’s portfolio will be presented at a tasting in London on February 23.

Think Gin will return to London for its second year on March 1.

The Society of Independent Brewers has added new categories for best independent craft beer retailer and best independent craft beer promotion in the off-trade.

Three leading industry bodies in the brewing sector have written jointly to MPs this week asking them to support an Early Day Motion calling for a one penny cut in beer duty in the forthcoming Budget on March 16.

Ultra-premium vodka Cîroc has unveiled a limited edition bottle to tie in the with release of Zoolander 2, starring Ben Stiller in the title role.

Brown-Forman is to sell its Southern Comfort and Tuaca brands to Sazerac for £378 million, the company announced today.

Naturally occuring chemicals found in red wine, tea, berries and fruits can help ward off erectile dysfuction, a major new study has found.

The Association of Convenience Stores briefed MPs this week as part of its ongoing campaign against the introduction of the National Living Wage.

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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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