The Duchess of Cornwall declared English wines will one day rival their French counterparts after tasting a range of homegrown sparklings, whites and reds last night.

Carlsberg has launched a 2.8% abv lager blended with natural lime juice that will hit shelves this month.

Oxford Wine Co is to open a café concept in the city at Easter.

A Tesco Express store has lost its licence for a month and two other shops have had to retrain staff and install CCTV after a test purchase sting.

Pop star Paloma Faith was amongst the celebrities who enjoyed the official Disaronno-sponsored BAFTA after-party at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. 

Diageo will launch a cucumber-flavoured version of its Gordon’s gin next month.

The managing director of Bibendum predicts the wine trade will see further casualties throughout 2013 as everyone desperately fights for a larger slice of a pie that is only shrinking.

Carling drinkers can win prizes including cars, designer suits, gig tickets and music downloads in an on-pack promotion celebrating the best of British.

Heineken has launched a new 2% abv Fosters Radler with the aim of dominating a mid-strength lager category it believes could be worth an extra £300 million to the UK drinks market.

Laithwaite’s has launched a new iPad App after reporting that wine orders from tablets rose 300% in December 2012 compared to the previous year.

Gin lovers will be able to see, touch and smell the botanicals used within the production process when Beefeater opens London’s first distillery visitor centre this year.

The UK will leapfrog Germany to become the world's leading importer of sparkling wine by 2016, according to a new report by Vinexpo.

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Blackburn-based brewery Thwaites could axe 25 members of staff as it prepares to overhaul its business.  

Ministers are in talks with the drinks industry about using calorie labels on beer, wine and spirits to combat rising obesity levels in Britain.

UK drinkers are developing a thirst for Lebanese wine as new figures reveal exports to the UK grew 33%.

Australian sparkling wine can plug a gap in the market between Champagne and Prosecco, according to Pernod Ricard.

Glengoyne has donated £15,000 to military charity Help for Heroes after a fundraising drive at Scottish sporting venues.

Italian producer Caviro has secured a deal with Morrisons that will see its Tavernello wine range listed in all the retailer’s stores nationwide.

Winemaker Neil McGuigan has teamed up with MasterChef host John Torode to create a food and wine matching service which consumers can access from their smart phones.

Cockburn's has reclaimed its status as the UK's top selling port after strong sales growth during 2012, according to new Nielsen figures. 

Importer and distributor PLB is following up last year’s inaugural regional roadshow tastings with a second UK tour designed to show off its specialist portfolio.

An online petition is urging the Government to toughen up the penalties available to the authorities when prosecuting producers, smugglers and suppliers of illicit tobacco.

William Grant & Sons has announced it has received planning permission to build a new €35 million whiskey distillery to make Tullamore Dew in the Irish town of Tullamore.

Argentine wine producers united UK and Argentine politicians under one roof with a wine tasting event in the Houses of Parliament this week.

Drinkaware has revealed its website received more than 4 million unique visitors in 2012 and that its research shows around two-thirds of them decided to cut down on their drinking.

South African winery Kleine Zalze said it is delighted to have snapped up winemaker RJ Botha to join its winery just outside Stellenbosch.

Nyetimber aims to add sparkle to this year’s Valentine’s Day with a Facebook campaign called Celebrating British Romance.

Glengoyne Highland has secured a deal that will see its recently repackaged 10 Year Old single malt whisky stocked at the top 150 malt-selling Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

Retailers are invited to taste wines from small, terroir-driven French producers at the fourth annual First Date for France tasting in London next month.

Asda’s Christmas strategy of slashing the price of Champagne below the £10 per bottle mark saw its Champagne and sparkling wine sales rise by 23% compared to the previous Christmas.

The new director of the London International Wine Fair has vowed to use his experience as a buyer to reinvigorate the fair.

Retailers have been warned to embrace the online revolution and push sparkling wine in 2013 after these were the only growth areas in an otherwise dismal Christmas trading period.

Commercial property agent Christie & Co has said the corporate off-licence sector should not be written off – but a convenience rather than specialist model would increasingly become the norm.

Carlsberg will be the official beer partner of football’s Barclays Premier League from the start of next season.

A leading Champagne House has urged retailers to work with suppliers to drive value in the category and ensure it is sold at full-price throughout the year.

New Zealand wine must maintain its premium position in the UK market while coping with an 18% drop in the 2012 vintage, according to New Zealand Winegrowers’ new UK marketing manager.

SHS aims to exploit the growing trend for spirit-flavoured beer with its new bourbon-flavoured beer Dead Crow and rum-flavoured beer Cuvana.

Molson Coors is to launch a cider under the name of its mass market lager brand Carling.

Mangrove UK has added Louis Royer Cognac to its portfolio as it steps up plans to double in size in the next three years by targeting the UK off-trade.

Alcohol suppliers have been slammed for using Facebook to encourage drinking in a two-pronged attack from the chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance and a former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

Nielsen has revealed dismal Christmas trading figures that show total liquor sales were down 6.1% in volume on the previous year in the off-trade.

Tesco has won the right to keep the Everyday Value name label on its budget alcohol range after the Independent Complaints Panel decided it does not breach alcohol responsibility rules.

A shop owner has been fined more than £10,000 after a trading standards raid found he was selling counterfeit wine.

The Benevolent’s new chairman has called on leading lights within the drinks industry to join his mission to ensure the trade takes care of its workers.

Majestic Wine called the Christmas trading period "challenging" despite posting a narrow sales rise.

Ginger-haired people will get a discount when they shop at Oddbins this month.

Bargain Booze plans to expand its frozen food offering in 2013 after latest Nielsen data showed the category is worth £285 million in the convenience channel.

Copestick Murray has launched a limited-edition variation of its I Heart brand to target romantic shoppers in the build-up to Valentine’s Day.

Bottling specialist Cobevco has snapped up one of only 301 global Masters of Wine as its new winemaking consultant.

Trading Standards officers in Buckinghamshire seized counterfeit and grey market alcohol in raids on shops over the Christmas trading period.

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