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The London Wine Fair has joined forces with The Wine Gang to launch an “Extreme Tasting Challenge” at this year’s show.

The Madeira Wine Institute’s tasting and education event is returning to London this June after a two-year break.

Waitrose is set to list the UK’s first canned English sparkling wine as well as an English orange wine, as it continues to seek out key emerging trends in drinks.

Accolade Wines is unveiling a new marketing campaign for its New Zealand wine brand Mud House.

Lindeman’s is extending into the low/ no alcohol category with a 0.5% abv range and it has partnered with the Mindful Drinking group Club Soda.

Emma Symington MW has been appointed as education development manager EMEA at Wine Australia.

The wine industry should learn from the “extraordinary innovation and growth” in beer and spirits, according to the managing director of Chapel Down, Mark Harvey.

Albourne Estate in Sussex claims to have launched “England’s first Frizzante”, as a result of last summer’s bumper harvest.

London urban winery Blackbook Winery claims its is releasing “the first London-grown London-made wine since Roman times”.

Campo Viejo is the latest producer to tap into the UK's love of Provence-style rosé wines.

New Zealand Winegrowers, Loire Valley and Centre Loire Wines joined forces for a joint celebration of the myriad wonders of Sauvignon Blanc today.

Berkmann Wine Cellars is ready to bring Greek fine wines over to the UK following a new exclusive partnership with T-OINOS.

Wine needs to boost its credentials as a refreshing beverage if it is to flourish going forward, according to Treasury Wine Estates.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has earned the wrath of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association after accusing companies that haven’t prepared for a no deal Brexit of an “ostrich in the sand” approach.

Speaking at Treasury questions in the House of Commons today, Hammond said: “Despite government’s attempts to engage with business there are still far too many businesses who have adopted the famous approach of the ostrich in the sand in relation to this eventuality and they are not taking precautionary actions to prepare for the possibility of a no deal exit.”

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale described the Chancellor’s remarks as “downright insulting”.

He said: “The government is pointing the finger at everyone but itself.

“Blaming businesses for not preparing is downright insulting, especially when they are expected to spend time and money with no clarity or confidence in the outcome.

“With just three days to go before the UK could be forced to leave the EU without a deal, many of our questions to government are still met with ‘we don’t know’ and new advice on how to manage a no-deal Brexit is too little, too late.

“Civil servants are listening and working hard to try and advise businesses, but government has led us to a cliff edge without a parachute.

“After well over a year of patience, businesses deserve a clear roadmap to plan for the future trading landscape.”

Denbies Wine Estate is expected to increase its winery workforce by a third by the end of 2019 due to an increase in production.

WineGB has announced that David Parkinson will be stepping down from the role of chief executive due to health reasons.

The Oxford Wine Company has taken on Nancy Gilchrist MW as a consultant for the business.

France has increased wine shipments to the UK by 30% as distributors stockpile cases in preparation for the fallout from Brexit.

Bordeaux wine exports to the UK grew 15% in value last year compared to the region’s overall global exports, which grew by just 3%.

Bancroft Wines has been appointed as the exclusive UK agent for Heartland Wines.

Aldi has turned to Devon to source its first English still wine and its Exquisite Collection Lyme Block will be released in time for summer.

Wines of Germany is extending its 31 Days of German Riesling focus tastings outside of London for the first time.

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, is to retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

Five vineyards in the Surrey Hills area are linking together to form a new English wine region.

Robert Oatley Vineyards has appointed a UK-based business development manager to help grow the brand in the UK market.

Humble Grape has hit its crowdfunding target, enabling it to accelerate growth by opening one to two new sites each year.

Yalumba launches new range to celebrate Barossa varieties and blends

The Co-op is continuing its focus on different wine formats with the addition of a new 50cl bottle of Rioja Reserva.

Genesis Wines has boosted its South American collection with the addition of Tinto Negro from Mendoza.
The London-based Genesis will be the exclusive UK agent for the producer.

Majestic Wine has announced a 49% rise in sales at its French outlets as UK consumers turn to “Booze Cruises” to stockpile wine before Brexit deadline day.