A drink described as a ‘lifestyle Prosecco’ brand and boasting the unusual name of ‘Gigglewater’, is on a mission to invigorate the UK’s thriving sparkling wine sector.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) is calling for Brexit Ministers to let industry lead negotiations to ensure the best possible free trade agreements with the EU.

Iconic Australian wine producer Chris Ringland has released a new entry-level wine called CR 2013, along with new vintages of his super-premium Barossa Shiraz range.

An IPA from Seattle’s Reuben Brews has arrived in the UK just days after it took gold in the New Style IPA category at a European beer competition.

The first ever white rum to be distilled in Scotland is ready to hit the off-trade next month.

The Haciendas Company now has two additions to its existing Cava portfolio.

Halewood has revealed its latest addition to the Whitley Neill family – a handcrafted Quince Gin.

The UK’s largest spirits supplier has a new general manager after Charles Ireland took over from Andrew Cowan at Diageo GB.

Supermarkets are going all out to drive footfall on Black Friday by offering huge discounts on beers, wines and spirits.

Maxxium UK is introducing Courvoisier gift packs inspired by the Paris Golden Age.

Doing their bit for charity

Drinks trade charity The Benevolent is hosting an inaugural online auction tomorrow to raise money for members of the industry that have fallen on hard times.

Morrisons plans to revive the Safeway name as part of its increased focus on the convenience sector, and it also plans to open more impulse outlets.

Belvoir Fruit Farms has developed a range of drinks which mimic the sensation of drinking wine, but without any resulting hangover.

Waitrose has revealed its ‘must have’ wines for the festive season; a collection of six classic wines and a Reserve Tawny Port, each priced at £10 a bottle.

Sussex wine has been granted temporary protected status, pushing it closer to the official PDO status it seeks.

Moet & Chandon has launched its personalisation service in Selfridges in time for Christmas.

Baileys is launching a new £3.6m festive campaign, while its 50cl Chocolate Luxe variant is set to become a permanent addition to the range.

A Scottish distillery has sold out of its first release of ‘mature spirit’ three times over, amid “overwhelming” demand.

Sogevinus Fine Wines has reported a “surprisingly good” harvest, considering what it described as a difficult vine-growing year.

The Famous Grouse will feature in two separate television adverts this festive season, a campaign which marks the biggest investment ever for the brand at this time of year.

Harlem Renaissance Wit is leaving New York for the first time and has joined Pierhead Drinks’ beer portfolio.

Fuller’s craft beer brands are seeing strong growth according to the brewer, which announced its half year results today.

Pinoeer Brewing Company, the craft and speciality division of AB InBev UK, has announced plans to launch a professional beer school. 

MP’s have come together to call for a duty cut to wine to support jobs and growth and provide a “level playing field” for the industry.

TWP introduces modern Abruzzo

17 November, 2016

TWP Wines is introducing PEMO, which it describes as a “modern Abruzzo”, that is designed to sit “at the quality end of the spectrum”.

Majestic Wine’s boss Rowan Gormley is confident his turnaround plan is working, even though the company has posted a £4.4m drop in profits for its first half.

The Johnnie Walker House has launched exclusively in the Wines & Spirits Room at Harrods, to offer whisky fans a bespoke blending experience.

Heineken has formed a partnership with Deliveroo, which means beer and cider is now available under a newly launched brand, Brew House.

Ehrmanns Wines has taken on distribution for Champagne brand Duval-Leroy in the UK off-trade.

Rathfinny Estate, the largest single estate vineyard in the UK, has appointed a new brand ambassador to create a ‘buzz’ around the name in advance of the launch of its first wines in 2018.

Jägermeister has launched a TV ad campaign designed to reach 18 to 34-year-old men in the run up to Christmas.

Luxury retailer Harrods has reported an upsurge in sales of premium port and believes more shoppers now see it as a wine to be enjoyed all year.

Big fat Greek wine festival

15 November, 2016

The second annual London Greek Wine festival attracted such crowds that the organisers plan to move next year’s event from October to July, in the hope that summer weather might open up more opportunities for food and wine matching.

Laithwaite’s Wine has unveiled “a better range of Champagne than we have ever had” in the run-up to Christmas.

The supermarket Christmas price war is already well underway as retailers have again chosen the BWS aisles as a key battleground to secure festive spend.

Scotland’s oldest winery has revamped its brand as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations and as a response to increased demand across the UK.

Heineken is launching a new on-pack promotion to highlight its partnership with UEFA Champions League to the off-trade.

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Wine could be the big winner if minimum unit pricing comes into force in Scotland, according to analysis from Nielsen.

The Big Drop Brewing Co has kicked off its plans to create a portfolio of low alcohol beers with the launch of a Chocolate Milk Stout.

The drinks industry can thrive going forwards by championing British products and continuing to work in partnership with government on social policies, according to leading trade commentators. 

Reducing the Strength schemes are on the ropes as the buzz around them has died down and retailers are feeling confident to resist. 

The chief executive of Virgin Wines has urged the wine trade to stop moaning about tough exchange rates and work harder to maintain profits.

Denbies Wine Estate has reported “exceptional” results from the 2016 harvest, and a record volume for its Ortega grape, which makes its award-winning dessert wine, Noble Harvest.

A leading independent drinks retailer has questioned why it is always the drinks industry that gets hit by charity health campaigns.

Brexit minister David Jones MP has promised he will do everything he can to ensure the drinks industry continues to thrive after Britain leaves the EU.

OLN publisher buys SITT

10 November, 2016

OLN publisher Agile Media has acquired SITT, the leading tasting for independent drinks merchants, from William Reed.

The head of the new team appointed to promote Californian wines in the UK says it will aim to give the state a greater year-round trade presence beyond its annual generic tasting.

Goose Island Beer Co is ramping up its focus on the off-trade, starting with a hop-based event in Tesco stores.

Anne Burchett has resigned as Managing Director UK & Ireland at Sopexa and will leave the company on November 10.

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