Sud de France, the umbrella brand for wine, food and tourism products from southern France, has announced that its 10th anniversary celebrations will commence shortly after its Portfolio Tasting event in London on 5 October.

Aldi has added 25 limited-edition wines to its range as part of the retailer’s inaugural on-shelf wine festival.

St Peter’s Brewery has added an alcohol-free offering to its line up of beers.

Take 60 people and shut them in a room with more than 700 of the world’s finest beers. It sounds like a recipe for the greatest party ever but this is serious business – judgement day at the International Beer Challenge.

Wine sales at The Co-operative Group are buoyant following the roll out of a new ranging system in the spring.

Chateau de Haute-Serre has released two vintages in the UK with initial listings in Oddbins.

Graham Norton is releasing a red wine to join the Sauvignon Blanc he launched last year; this follows last week’s news that production would be ramped up by 50% for his 2016 white wines in order to meet soaring demand.

Berry Bros & Rudd and Champagne house Pol Roger are jointly campaigning for the return of imperial pints of Champagne, with the hope that Brexit could provide an opportunity for this “perfect-sized” bottle’s revival.

Halewood’s Rioja brand Marques de Caceres will be the key sponsor of a four-day Spanish festival in Manchester this September.

The University of Lincoln has expressed disappointment over the news that a nearby supermarket has been granted a 24 hour license to sell alcohol, despite submitting a “significant objection” when a proposal to change the license was initially made. 

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed new proposed sentencing guidelines to help magistrates deal with alcohol related offences.

The first One Day Vineyard Olympics saw eleven UK vineyards fight it out to win the top accolade as well as raising over £700 for charity Benevolent.

The winner of this year’s Camra Supreme Champion Beer of Britain, Bingham’s Vanilla Stout, has been “indundated” with interest since winning the award yesterday.

Conviviality Retail has launched its first ever two-year Future Buyers Programme as part of its strategy to expand its wine buying team and invest in future talent.

Ridgeview Wine Estate has become the first big name in the wine world to switch its distribution over to Bibendum following the distributor's acquisition by wine supply giant Conviviality earlier this year.

Spirit Cartel has added Pyrat Xo Reserve Rum to its portfolio of premium spirits.

Camra is calling for a consultation following the results of a survey that showed more than half of the public disagree with official health guidelines on alcohol consumption.

Mitchells Wines in Sheffield is gearing up to open a brewing operation called Mitchell’s Hop House Brewing next to its existing store. 

The Wine Show presenter Joe Fattorini is to run the Médoc Marathon in aid of the drinks trade charity, The Benevolent.

Upmarket retailer Booths has trebled its range of English wines by adding 12 new SKUs from six different producers to its shelves.

Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand was awarded a 13% salary increase in the wake of the Spirit deal, its annual report for 2016 has revealed.

Former front bench minister Lord Francis Maude of Horsham will bring expertise on UK trading arrangements to the annual WSTA conference, which focuses on the impact of the EU referendum result.

Sales of Brazilian wine are up 106% in the UK and retailers sold as much wine from the country in the first three months of 2016 as they did in all of 2015, according to Wines of Brasil.

Waitrose is running its first ever drinks festival in London next month in partnership with more than 200 producers.

Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has strengthened its New World portfolio by taking over distribution of most of Hallowed Ground’s Australian producers.

Diageo GB has reported its third year of continuous growth for its GB portfolio, driven by the success of its Reserve business, innovation pipeline and Guinness.

Buoyant beer sales in the retail channel during Euro 2016 drove a 4.8% growth in the category in the second quarter of 2016.

Majestic chief executive Rowan Gormley has requested for his bonus to be distributed to his staff, netting them a sum that could total more than £7m, equating to around £14,000 per employee.

Black Tower has expanded its range of fruit flavoured lower alcohol wines in time for the key summer period.

Halewood Wine & Spirits has snapped up a “significant stake” in West Cork Distillers.

Virgin Wines is scrapping the £7.99 delivery charge for all Wine Bank customers in a bid to reward loyalty and recruit new shoppers.

Wines of Brasil is teaming up with OLN to offer independent wine merchants the chance to wine a four-day trip to the Brazil to visit its wine regions and sample some of its best wines.

Craft Clubs, the company behind subscription drinks service Craft Gin Club and Bubble Club, has secured an investment of £75,000 from food and drink entrepreneur and London Cocktail Club co-founder Sarah Willingham.

Friarwood Fine Wines has set up a partnership to distribute the Canadian Benjamin Bridge winery’s traditional method sparkling wines throughout the UK.

Midori has gone back to its Japanese roots with its UK-wide marketing campaign, including an exclusive off-trade partnership with Asda.

James Hall & Co, the Spar wholesalers for the north of England, has acquired the 30-strong chain, North East Convenience Stores (NECS).

Jagermeister is unveiling a new look bottle, which it says is the brand’s most significant change since it was created by Curt Mast in 1935.

Asda has refreshed its BWS team following the recent departure of Ed Ashley, who held the role of senior buying manager for wine.

Bibendum and its associated wine sales companies PLB and Walker & Wodehouse, has become the largest importer to date to join the Bottlebooks community.

Moet & Chandon has released two Grand Vintages from the 2008 harvest as well as a wooden trilogy gift set, which offers Grand Vintages from three separate decades.

A host of drinks retailers say Deliveroo’s new alcohol delivery service has already brought in new business in addition to overcoming the challenges of adding a delivery arm to their existing operations. 

Heineken is launching new Kronenbourg 1664 packs across grocery, wholesale and convenience, to follow on from the success of its limited edition Eric Cantona packs.

The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland has kicked off its new brewing venture with craft brewer Williams Brothers of Alloa by launching a series of whisky barrel-aged beers. 

Halewood Wines & Spirits has revealed its latest drinks innovation; a range of wines for everyday drinking called ‘Surprisingly Good’.

Uncertainty over exchange rates and trading relationships with Europe could open the door for China to seize a far greater share of the UK wine market, according to arguably the country’s leading buyer.

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality grew retail revenues by 0.8% to £366.9 million in the past year thanks to growing like-for-likes and store openings.

Strongbow has launched a multi-million pound campaign as part of its exclusive sponsorship of Team GB ahead of Rio 2016.

Morgenrot is launching two “unique craft beers” from Rioja’s Cervecera Artesana.

Asset Wines is the UK distributor for a new style of Provence rosé, which it says is so full-bodied it could “even replace a light red”.

McColl’s has announced the acquisition of 298 convenience stores from the Co-operative Group for £117m.

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Rosé tinted glasses

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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