The Simpsons of Domaine Saint Rose are introducing a sweet wine to the market for the first time.

OLN’s resident MW Richard Hemming is teaming up with wine personality and all round jolly good fellow Olly Smith for a new podcast.

Sainsbury’s has completed its biggest wine range review in years after seeking to answer shoppers’ desires for more unusual styles, make the fixture easier to navigate and simplify pricing. 

Prosecco sales are forecast to grow 17.3% to 8.3 million cases by 2020 and Brits’ insatiable thirst for the Italian sparkler will prop up an otherwise declining category.

Fine wine specialist Friarwood is putting the focus firmly on retail and e-commerce as it celebrates its 50th birthday this year.

Peter Bowen started the business in 1967, when he began importing top Bordeaux direct from the châteaux and supplying the UK on-trade.

The along-awaited Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme comes into effect on April 1.

Gallo Family Vineyards is adding to its Spritz portfolio with a Wild Strawberry flavour.

Heineken is launching a 0% abv lager under its eponymous brand in response to the growing consumer trend for moderation.

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed Tom King as managing director for Europe after Dan Townsend sadly passed away.

La Burgondie, a new 30-strong French wine brand, is heading to the UK’s off-trade this spring, distributed by Conviviality.

Bushmills Irish Whisky has added a Red Bush variant to the range to appeal to bourbon enthusiasts and those new to Irish whiskey.

Stroud Brewery has re-released its peppercorn bitter, Teasel, as a limited seasonal ale and this time it appears in a bottle conditioned format.

Whyte & Mackay has announced its biggest-ever international sport partnership with rugby team The British & Irish Lions.

The soaring popularity of gin and fruit cider has been cemented as the Office for National Statistics including the drinks in the virtual basket it uses to measure inflation.

The Magic Spells Brewery has become the latest brewer to join London’s craft beer scene.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled a new premium, on-the-go offering for its Jameson Irish whiskey brand.

Scotch whisky distiller Tomatin has unveiled its limited-edition single malt series, Five Virtues.

Stewart Brewing gets prepared for its annual Edinburgh Beer Festival, which it promises will be the biggest yet.

Caple Rd Cider has formed a partnership to become the official Cider of Backyard Cinema for the next two years.

Boutinot is bringing its winemaking experience to English shores for the first time with the purchase of Henners Vineyards in East Sussex.

Desperados Dos, a new variant in Heineken’s tequila-flavoured beer portfolio, is being launched to tap into the late-night drinking occasion.

Foxhole Spirits has released its second batch of Foxhole Gin, the first gin distilled with English wine grapes picked from Sussex vineyards.

Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director Dan Townsend has sadly passed away.

The Rothschild Collection will make its London Wine Fair debut this year and a special invitation-only tasting will see one bottle of 2010 Chateau Lafite opened.

The UK’s leading gin retailers, bar operators, wholesalers and communicators were honoured for their hard work in making it the UK's most exciting and trendiest drinks category at our third annual Think Gin event this week.

The cider industry took a battering in the Chancellor’s March Budget and warned the decision will threaten the health of several British businesses.

The Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement that wine and spirit duty will rise by inflation is “disappointing” and a “missed opportunity”, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is set to take place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on 24 and 25 January 2018.

Jameson Irish Whiskey has launched a premium trio of different expressions in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is set to introduce a new look for its Vinedos de Altura Tempranillo Garnacha; a red blend which the producer believes “flies the flag” in pushing viticultural boundaries in Rioja.

Heineken has announced it will be launching a new design for Foster’s, which will roll out into stores from April.

Fowey Valley Cider has created a cider with a natural gold-blush colour, in time for Spring.

JP Chenet, owned by Les Grands Chais de France, has unveiled a packaging refresh as part of the brand’s evolution and to give the range a more contemporary feel.

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Whisky has revealed new packaging across its core range, with the aim of “communicating the hidden depths” of the brand and paying tribute to the world’s oldest Scotch maturation warehouse.

Accolade Wines has appointed Ade McKeon as its new General Manager for UK & Ireland.

Molson Coors has announced it is ready to take over the UK distribution of beers from the Palm Belgian Craft Brewers brewery group and La Trappe Trappist Ales from the De Koningshoeven brewery.

Diageo has revealed bold NPD plans for Baileys, which will see the cream liqueur brand available in ready-to-drink cans for the first time.

Hattingley Wines has launched its first spirit under a new sub-brand, HV Spirits.

St Austell Brewery has announced “ambitious plans” for Bath Ales, which includes a multi-million pound investment and the appointment of a new general manager.

Ruinart has launched new vintages of the Champagne House’s Prestige Cuvee, Dom Ruinart.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a small batch nettle Gin to its expanding JJ Whitley collection.

Absolut has revealed its latest flavour addition: Absolut Lime; which has been developed to tap into demand for citrus cocktails.

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.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

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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