Heather Graham and Guy Ritchie have launched a coconut-flavoured rum, but these are drinks industry stars rather than Hollywood icons.

Rioja brand, Marques de Caceres, has released a series of new vintages, which will be available to the UK market via is Halewood Wines & Spirits.

Brockman’ gin saw UK sales grow 245% in 2016 after it gained listings with Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nicholls, among others.

Elements Eight, the independent craft rum brand, has a new addition to the range.

Thornbridge Brewery has resurrected its partnership with Waitrose and Brew UK to launch The Great British Home Brew Challenge for 2017.

Norwich’s only gin producer has unveiled its latest variant, a unique combination of strawberry and black pepper.

Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate has begun planting 38,000 vines to create England’s newest vineyard, with wines expected to be available in 2023.

The Portman Group has appointed John Timothy as its new chief executive.

Waitrose is gearing up to add 27 new craft beers to its range, with the new additions set to go on shelf from 1 May.

The team that rejuvenated Kestrel lager and Diamond cider is now targeting UK retailers with a Finnish cider called Fizz.

Leading online craft beer retailer Beer Hawk has appointed Russell Clarke to head up efforts to boost sales to the trade.

John Timothy has taken over as chief executive at the Portman Group after a decade in senior public affairs roles at Tesco.

Suffolk producer Aspall has launched canned cider to satisfy growing demand for consumers for “mid-strength cider that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste”.

Lyme Bay Winery has added two new additions to its line-up of English sparkling wines.

Cornish cider producer, Cornish Orchards, has extended into 33cl cans with three of its ciders.

Chapel Down is launching a prestige cuvee from its single vineyard estate, Kit’s Coty, which will form part of a new trio of wines.

Heineken has launched a £5m campaign for its New Zealand cider brand, Old Mout.

Sol lager is now available in two new SKUs to help retailers cash in on the key summer season.

Big Drop Brewing Co, the UK’s first brewer dedicated exclusively to producing beers under 0.5% abv, has added a new beer to its portfolio.

The Co-op has revealed details of a new project, which follows the success of its recent member-led own-label beer launch, and this time it's focused on wine.

Martell has refreshed its original VS expression as part of its strategy to modernise the cognac category.

Chapel Down has announced last year was “another fantastic year of growth” with year-on-year sales up by 25% to £6.8m, and wine gross profit up by 30% to £2.8m.

Australia has long been head and shoulders above the other wine producing countries in UK volume and value sales, but sales have finally started to dip slightly. The only top 10 countries of origin in growth – New Zealand, Argentina and Chile – all have a higher average bottle price than Australia, so it is arguably time for the industry to come together to drive value into the Australia category to preserve its long-term health.

More than 250 wines will be poured at the Wines of Germany trade tasting at the Hospital Club in London on May 9.

Tequila sales are soaring in the UK as fans seek out premium variants for cocktails or as a sipping spirit, according to the latest data.

Carling has relaunched its premium lager, Carling Premier.

The Bolney Wine Estate and The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew have joined forces to launch a new collection of  “quintessentially English” sparkling wines for spring.

Pernod Ricard posted a 3% rise in sales for its third quarter, boosted by good growth in both Europe and the Americas.

The off-trade spirits market is in a good position for growth, with signs it is picking up traction from the on-trade, according to a leading bartender.

A recommendation by a Lords Committee to abolish local authority licensing committees brings no obvious benefit for “real people on the ground”, according to an expert in licensing law.

A leading cider producer has challenged the anti-alcohol lobby over the unsubstantiated claims it has been making about white cider in the national media.

Lanchester Wines has bolstered its sales team in a bid to re-establish itself as a quality supplier and target numerous trade channels with “boutique bulk” wine.

Buckingham Schenk has announced it is strengthening its Spanish operations with the aquisition of a new winery.

Vineyards in Burgundy are set to become the first in France to be covered by a hi-tech 'hailstone shield'.
Over the next few weeks the entire Burgundy wine region will be sheltered by a network of 125 generators, according to the latest reports.

The amount of distilleries registered in the UK grew by 17% in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association. This brings the total number of distilleries in the UK to an estimated number of 273.

One million vines will be planted in the UK this year; the largest number ever planted in a single year in the UK.

Australian winery Oxford Landing has launched a premium tier called Marty’s Block to honour the estate’s long-serving vineyard manager.

Oxford Landing Estates has introduced its first piece of NPD since it arrived in the UK in 1989.

Diageo Reserve has introduced the first limited-edition expression for its ultra-premium vodka, Ciroc.

Spanish wine sales can return to growth in the next year thanks to its diversity and ability to compete at both ends of the market, according to a leading importer.

Tails Cocktails has made its range of pre-mixed cocktails available in a 50cl bottle format, exclusively for Tesco.

The National Wine Agency of Georgia has launched a “major” 2017 UK trade campaign to build on record exports to the UK in 2016.

Diageo has relaunched its RTD range with six new price-marked packs.

Meantime has added a new range of 33cl cans to its core portfolio of beers, as a result of customer demand.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has made a strategic investment in The City of London Distillery, enabling the microdistillery to further capitalise on the gin renaissance by gaining new routes to market.

Dom Perignon is to launch Dom Perignon P2-2000, three years after its last P2 release, P2-1998.

Morrisons' wine buying manager Andrew Ingham is leaving the retailer to take over as category manager for wine at Greene King.

Nicolas Feuillatte has launched a new limited edition floral sleeve at John Lewis for its Brut Reserve Champagne.

Portugal is outperforming other countries in the mid-range price bracket, with the younger generation – and females in particular – driving growth, according to an industry expert.

Majestic ran a blind tasting exercise with 1,100 shoppers and found that 66% preferred its new Majestic Loves range to supermarket wines of a similar price.

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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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