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Just before Christmas a single bottle of Penfolds Grange 1951 became the most expensive Australian wine ever sold at auction, fetching a cool £44,000. It is interesting to note that the iconic Penfolds brand, beloved of fabulously rich oenophiles, sits in a portfolio alongside Blossom Hill White Zinfandel, the UK’s bestselling rosé. Boosting sales of both brands, positioned at diametrically opposing ends of the market, is the challenge facing Michelle Brampton, who has just taken over from Tom King as managing director for Europe at Treasury Wine Estates.

An appearance on top TV show Dragon’s Den saw the owners of Didsbury gin gain a £75,000 investment. Martin Green catches up with the duo to see what the future holds

DRN gets the lowdown on how wine branding has changed over the years from expert Abigail Barlow.

Beefeater is bidding to capitalise on the soaring popularity of flavoured gin by launching a new Blood Orange variant.

The UK’s rare whisky auction market saw sales rise 62.7% to a record £40.7 million in 2018 as collectors snapped up more than 100,000 bottles.

Award-winning drinks design agency BD Creative has been renamed as Barlow & Co as it celebrates its 21st birthday. Abigail Barlow set up the firm back in 1998 and it has since worked with leading retailers including Asda and Spar, large global brands such as McGuigan and boutique producers like Jenkyn Place in Hampshire. We caught up with Barlow to find out her reflections on the past 21 years, her vision for the future and her advice for retailers bidding to create an exciting and visibly appealing wine range.

Morrisons, The Co-op, Waitrose, Hedonism and Tesco were among the big winners as we rewarded excellence at the 2019 Drinks Retailing Awards at The Dorchester.

Absolut is targeting vodka lovers with a limited-edition bottle that has hit shelves in time for Valentine’s Day.

Children’s exposure to TV alcohol advertising declined by 62.5% between 2013 and 2017, according to a new report from the Advertising Standards Authority.

The amount of wine produced in Britain shot up by 160% in 2018 as the country bathed in glorious summer weather.

The UK has signed a trade deal with Chile to ensure continuity between the two countries once Brexit finally takes place.

Every year the International Cider Challenge recognises and rewards the wide range of superb ciders produced across the world.

Former England cricket captain Sir Ian Botham has secured a listing at Waitrose for his eponymous wine range.

The trade has reacted with sadness and concern to the news that Oddbins has lined up administrators following an “extremely tough” Christmas trading period.

A professor of public health has served up an early contender for the much coveted Most Preposterous Attack on the Drinks Industry 2019 award.

31Dover owner DMD Ventures has reported that turnover grew 98% to reach £11.9 million in the 2017/18 financial year.

North South Wines is gearing up to showcase a number of innovative new additions to its portfolio at a trio of trade tastings spread across the country.

Japanese brewer Asahi is the new owner of London Pride after it agreed a £250 million deal to purchase Fuller’s brewing, wholesaling and distribution operations.

Yahya Egeh’s mother slipped him £20 on his 20th birthday and expected him to go out and celebrate in low-key fashion with a friend called Tallulah.

In the 14th century Cardinal Vital Du Four laid out the chief benefits associated with drinking Armagnac, the grape brandy produced in the Gascogne region.

Australia and South Africa have both reported have a rise in exports to the UK as the British love of New World wine endures.

Drinks industry veteran James Lousada has joined Greenall’s gin supplier Quintessential Brands as managing director of its international arm.

Concha y Toro grew off-trade sales by 18.3% in the 12 weeks to January 5, 2019, to cap a strong year for the South American wine supplier.

Beck’s Blue remains the top dog in the non-alcoholic beer sector, but it has seen its market share eroded by a plethora of newcomers to the category.

The WSTA is calling for a temporary suspension on wine tariffs to prevent prices rocketing in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Naked Wines has retained its title as the UK’s most popular online drinks retailer when it comes to monthly searches.

The team behind online wine retailer Clos & Cru is set to launch a new ecommerce site called Elicite next month.

Naked Wines’ UK business enjoyed 12.2% year-on-year growth in the 10 weeks to December 31 as shoppers stocked up on cases ahead of Christmas.

Kopparberg producer Cider of Sweden has released a pair of low-calorie RTDs under a new brand called Balans Aqua Spritz.

Manchester brewery Seven Brothers has completed a £500,000 crowdfunding drive after attracting investment from more than 850 craft beer fans.