In brief

24 April, 2009

Wearside-based Alcohol Brands, which produces sugar-free wine -based RTDs Pink and Blue, has merged with Glaswegian manufacturer Vodka Pom, which makes a vodka and pomegranate-flavoured RTD. Vodka Pom will come

under Alcohol Brands' stable of products from this month.

Hebridean distiller Bruichladdich has upped its sales by 15% in the year to Dec 31, 2008. Sales grew to £7.89 million from £6.86 million in 2007, and pre-tax profit increased by 42% to £1.07 million, according to the distillers' latest results. "Despite the environment - economic climate change, global financial warming, and banking meltdown - we are forecasting continued growth," said chief executive Mark Reynier.

Campari is to buy the Wild Turkey Bourbon brand and related businesses from Pernod Ricard for $575 million. The deal includes distillery facilities in Kentucky, a bulk aged-bourbon inventory and the American Honey liqueur brand.

Mixologist Antonio Simon etti of the Hoxton Pony has won the 2009 Brockmans Gin cocktail competition with his Miss Sage cocktail - containing fresh sage leaves, lime juice, ginger & lemon grass cordial, caramel sugar syrup, cloudy apple juice and Brockmans Gin.

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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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