UK drinkers are developing a thirst for Lebanese wine as new figures reveal exports to the UK grew 33%.

Australian sparkling wine can plug a gap in the market between Champagne and Prosecco, according to Pernod Ricard.

Glengoyne has donated £15,000 to military charity Help for Heroes after a fundraising drive at Scottish sporting venues.

Italian producer Caviro has secured a deal with Morrisons that will see its Tavernello wine range listed in all the retailer’s stores nationwide.

Winemaker Neil McGuigan has teamed up with MasterChef host John Torode to create a food and wine matching service which consumers can access from their smart phones.

Cockburn's has reclaimed its status as the UK's top selling port after strong sales growth during 2012, according to new Nielsen figures. 

Importer and distributor PLB is following up last year’s inaugural regional roadshow tastings with a second UK tour designed to show off its specialist portfolio.

An online petition is urging the Government to toughen up the penalties available to the authorities when prosecuting producers, smugglers and suppliers of illicit tobacco.

William Grant & Sons has announced it has received planning permission to build a new €35 million whiskey distillery to make Tullamore Dew in the Irish town of Tullamore.

Argentine wine producers united UK and Argentine politicians under one roof with a wine tasting event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

Drinkaware has revealed its website received more than 4 million unique visitors in 2012 and that its research shows around two-thirds of them decided to cut down on their drinking.

South African winery Kleine Zalze said it is delighted to have snapped up winemaker RJ Botha to join its winery just outside Stellenbosch.

Nyetimber aims to add sparkle to this year’s Valentine’s Day with a Facebook campaign called Celebrating British Romance.

Glengoyne Highland has secured a deal that will see its recently repackaged 10 Year Old single malt whisky stocked at the top 150 malt-selling Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Retailers are invited to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers at the fourth annual First Date for France tasting in London next month.

Asda’s Christmas strategy of slashing the price of Champagne below the £10 per bottle mark saw its Champagne and sparkling wine sales rise by 23% compared to the previous Christmas.

The new director of the London International Wine Fair has vowed to use his experience as a buyer to reinvigorate the fair.

Retailers have been warned to embrace the online revolution and push sparkling wine in 2013 after these were the only growth areas in an otherwise dismal Christmas trading period.

Commercial property agent Christie & Co has said the corporate off-licence sector should not be written off – but a convenience rather than specialist model would increasingly become the norm.

Carlsberg will be the official beer partner of football’s Barclays Premier League from the start of next season.

A leading Champagne House has urged retailers to work with suppliers to drive value in the category and ensure it is sold at full-price throughout the year.

New Zealand wine must maintain its premium position in the UK market while coping with an 18% drop in the 2012 vintage, according to New Zealand Winegrowers’ new UK marketing manager.

SHS aims to exploit the growing trend for spirit-flavoured beer with its new bourbon-flavoured beer Dead Crow and rum-flavoured beer Cuvana.

Molson Coors is to launch a cider under the name of its mass market lager brand Carling.

Mangrove UK has added Louis Royer Cognac to its portfolio as it steps up plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Alcohol suppliers have been slammed for using Facebook to encourage drinking in a two-pronged attack from the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Nielsen has revealed dismal Christmas trading figures that show total liquor sales were down 6.1% in volume on the previous year in the off-trade.

Tesco has won the right to keep the Everyday Value name label on its budget alcohol range after the Independent Complaints Panel decided it does not breach alcohol responsibility rules.

A shop owner has been fined more than £10,000 after a trading standards raid found he was selling counterfeit wine.

The Benevolent’s new chairman has called on leading lights within the drinks industry to join his mission to ensure the trade takes care of its workers.

Majestic Wine called the Christmas trading period "challenging" despite posting a narrow sales rise.

Ginger-haired people will get a discount when they shop at Oddbins this month.

Bargain Booze plans to expand its frozen food offering in 2013 after latest Nielsen data showed the category is worth £285 million in the convenience channel.

Copestick Murray has launched a limited-edition variation of its I Heart brand to target romantic shoppers in the build-up to Valentine’s Day.

Bottling specialist Cobevco has snapped up one of only 301 global Masters of Wine as its new winemaking consultant.

Trading Standards officers in Buckinghamshire seized counterfeit and grey market alcohol in raids on shops over the Christmas trading period.

Off-licence chain Wine Shak has gone into liquidation, leading to a possible 34 job losses. 

Alcohol and tobacco retailers in North East Lincolnshire have been praised by enforcement agencies for a dramatic improvement in preventing under-age sales.

Christmas trading has been described as “not exceptional” by trade association the British Retail Consortium.

William Grant is to cask every drop of whisky distilled today to create a limited edition “Christmas spirit” of the future.

Seven men who conspired to illegally import 9 million cigarettes have been jailed following an HM Revenue & Customs investigation.

James Murray, the director of the London International Wine Trade Fair, is stepping down to explore "new horizons".

Chilean winery Viña Undurraga has appointed Gonzalez Byass as its exclusive UK distributor.

Virgin Wines said it achieved record sales of £2.16 million in the past seven days as thirsty customers snapped up 31,500 cases ahead of Christmas.

Rugby fans can win £5,000 by showing off their rugby skills in front of 80,000 fans at Twickenham in a promotion run by Greene King.

Carlsberg UK has appointed James Lousada as sales director.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced Chris Stroud will succeed David Cox as the body's UK and European marketing manager.

The Glenfiddich distillery is marking the single malt’s 125th anniversary with a Christmas tree made of whisky bottles.

Champagne sales will be flat in 2013, according to an expert from the Reims Management School.

Government plans to slap a 45p minimum unit price on alcohol will cost drinkers an extra £659million per year and almost half will come from the poorest households, new research has claimed.

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