Spirited Wines, the company which bought the Nicolas shops outside London in 2010, has bought the remaining Nicolas estate from French wine company Castel.
Asda has insisted that a wine it has been selling for £2.48 is not selling for less than duty plus VAT.
Off Licence News is launching a raft of activity at this year’s London International Wine Fair to increase the show’s appeal to independent retailers and help maximise its business-building potential.
Sainsbury’s has started the year on the hunt for a new wine chief after two high-profile team members announced their departures.
Tesco is hoping to steal a march on rivals by becoming the first retailer to list a new range of lower-strength beers.
Sainsbury’s winemaker Clem Yates MW is leaving the retailer to join Off-Piste Wines as sourcing and supply director.
The Wine Society has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd chief operating officer Robin McMillan as its new chief executive.
Xenia Irwin MW is to leave Spar to become commercial manager at ABS Wine Agencies.
Majestic’s sales grew 8.4% over the nine weeks of Christmas trading from November 1 to January 2, the retailer has reported.
Sainsbury’s is running an in-store campaign to raise awareness of alcohol units, promote lighter-style wines and encourage consumers to manage their drinking responsibly.
The Oxford Wine Co has appointed Marcia Waters MW as wine buyer.
A Naked Wines ad offering its customers their money back has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Booker is launching a campaign that aims to draw 2 million extra shoppers to independent retailers.
Thomas Woolrych, currently head of buying at Laithwaites, has been promoted to the role of wine director for the company’s US business.
One in five off-licences targeted by Trading Standards officers in Warwickshire was selling alcohol suspected to be fake or illicit.
Sainsbury’s is tipping gin as a top-selling spirit this Christmas.
Morrisons is trialling a range of new initiatives to make its drinks aisles more accessible.
Asda was selling £10 bottles of Champagne this week as the supermarkets’ battle for hard-up consumers’ Christmas drinks budgets hotted up.
Oddbins is giving away turkeys this Christmas.
Majestic is broadcasting its first ever TV ads in a pilot scheme to attract supermarket wine shoppers.
Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.
Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.
Majestic has grown pre-tax profits by 20% to £8.8 million in the half-year to September 26 – but saw like-for-like sales in shops drop for the six weeks after the period ended, it has reported.
Stores are preparing themselves for a bleak Christmas as economic indicators show poor retail footfall and low consumer confidence.
Naked Wines has been named the UK’s Online Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2011.
Supermarket trading slowed in October, suggesting that shoppers are holding off Christmas shopping in the hope of getting better deals closer to the festive season, according to Nielsen.
Oddbins has put three wines priced by its customers in a blind tasting on shelves today (November 4).
Wine Rack will fall short of its planned target of reaching 30 stores by the end of 2010.
The newly relaunched Oddbins chain is exploring sites as it considers expanding next year.
Nicolas is gearing up for its annual wine and spirits fair on November 11-12.
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