Wine sales are in the pink for summer with a series of launches.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne is making its first stand-alone appearance at next week’s London Wine Fair at Olympia with an Airstream trailer.

Mouton Cadet aims to become the market leader for the UK’s Bordeaux wine category after returning to Britain with listings at Majestic and Morrisons.

Waitrose is set to roll out its deli and wine concept after successful trials in more than a dozen stores.

Booths’ new wine buyer Victoria Anderson is set to update the northern supermarket’s own-label range with some New World additions.

A Nisa convenience store operator in north east England has taken on franchises for two Bargain Booze stores.

Accolade has launched an online wine shop to sell premium Australian wines direct to consumers.

Campo Viejo Tempranillo has grown 25% in value in the past year and is now third bestselling wine SKU in the off-trade (Nielsen, year to April 26).

Pernod Ricard is offering shoppers the chance to add personalised Father’s Day messages to bottles of three of its bestselling whiskies.

South African wine sales have risen 18% in value and 15% in volume (Nielsen, year to February 1) in the UK off-trade.

Winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs, who has wineries in California and Argentina, has teamed up with Cahors’ Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a Malbec from the region. 

Berry Bros & Rudd has given its warehouse store in Basingstoke a makeover and it will reopen this week with a larger range of wines and spirits.

Scotch whisky, bourbon and beer are set for a push in stores across the UK as sons and daughters prepare to treat their dads this Father’s Day.

Drinks suppliers and retailers have been warned of the dangers of breaching advertising rules after the watchdog teamed up with Trading Standards to clamp down on two firms.

Pernod Ricard, AB-Inbev and Champagne Lanson have all announced plans to cash in on the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which starts next month.

Treasury Wine Estates has rejected a £1.7 billion takeover bid from private equity group Kohl Kravis Roberts.

Drinks retailers enjoyed a strong showing on The Sunday Times Rich List published yesterday, with Tony and Barbara Laithwaite leading the charge.

Buckfast will be sold in cans for the first time and the Benedictine monks that brew it in Devon hope they will be a hit with barbecue fans over the summer.

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John E Fells has added Barolo producer Renato Ratti to its portfolio.

Diageo has commissioned food artist Nathan Wyburn to create portraits of the Masterchef finalists out of whisky grains, berries and honey to celebrate the final of the hit show this week.

AB-Inbev has released a new raspberry variant of Stella Artois Cidre in 33cl and 50cl bottles in a bid to attract more female consumers.

Diageo claims its new Blossom Hill Sun-Kissed wines will “revive the wine category” by boosting sales and attracting new consumers.

Southern Comfort has launched a marketing campaign called Go Drink Yourself! that encourages drinkers to create their own cocktails in a bid to win prizes.

Cloudy Bay is hosting a sensory garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the second year running in a bid to teach consumers about the aromas and textures that make up the wine.

Brand Phoenix has revamped its portfolio to focus on full-strength wines after admitting an over-reliance on the light wine category.

Codorniu’s former UK boss has warned against the threat posed by aggressive promotions, and of the need to develop more channel-specific products, as retailers’ market share battles intensify.

The sale this week of a batch of 26 Rhythm & Booze stores by Bibby Retail Services signalled the end of the road for the chain founded by the Swaine family in 1993.

Sales of own-label premium bottled ale grew by almost a third in 2013 – but a

Jägermeister plans to ramp up its push into the off- trade after setting up a UK subsidiary complete with 75 staff in Surrey.

Waitrose has released the first bottles of a wine made from grapes grown in its vineyard in Hampshire.

Nothing goes with a glass of Champagne quite like… a gold sequin jacket and a pair of lace trousers, according to the French wines with Style team.

Asda has stepped up its commitment to helping cut the number of alcohol units sold by introducing nearly 30 new lower-strength products.

The Tesco wine team is targeting fine wine lovers with a 15% off deal on more than 200 lines as part of a “spring clean” of its range.

German brand Black Tower is set to launch a marketing campaign centred around British romantic comedy Walking on Sunshine.

It was only a matter of time before Morrisons’ board-level woes impacted on its drinks team’s aspirations.

The association responsible for promoting Cava is introducing a new classification to emphasise the range and diversity of the Spanish fizz and encourage shoppers to trade-up.

Oddbins has teamed up with Compass Brewery in Oxfordshire to launch an own-label pale ale called Oddbins No.2.

Waitrose has launched a specialist wine e-commerce site called Waitrose Cellar.

Australian supplier McWilliam’s has revamped its entire portfolio to offer the UK market improved packaging and extra higher tier wines.

Scotland’s Arran Brewery has made a bid for the Lowland distillery Bladnoch which entered receivership in March.

Martin Thatcher and Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis

Thatchers is investing in a £6.5 million marketing campaign that sees it on TV screens until September and sponsoring the Glastonbury music festival in June.

Morrisons has abandoned dedicated wine site Morrisonscellar.com, which it launched with great fanfare in 2012 in a bid to add £100 million to the retailer's wine category.

Family-owned farm distillery Kilchoman will release a new edition of its 100% Islay barley-to-bottle whisky brand next Monday.

Quintessential Brands has launched a version of its Bloom premium gin that has been steeped in fresh strawberries.

English vineyards produced a record 33,384 hl in the 2013 harvest, equating to almost 4.5 million bottles.

Supermarket own-brand wines scooped 360 medals at the International Wine Challenge, with Marks & Spencer leading the pack with 138 gongs.

Campo Viejo hosted a Streets of Spain festival in London in a bid to build on growth that has seen it catapult into the top 15 wine UK brands.

AB-Inbev has reported volume sales grew 0.6% over the past quarter in the UK market.

Retail sales at Bargain Booze stores were flat in the past year but owner Conviviality Retail expects full year earnings to be “slightly ahead of expectations”.

Alcohol retailers can benefit from a new Pass 18 card being launched next month that aims to stamp out underage sales.

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