Wine Rack opens 21st shop

22 November, 2011

Wine Rack has opened a shop in Radlett, Hertfordshire – bringing its estate to 21 shops.

An Edinburgh university is to investigate what impact, if any, Scotland’s alcohol policies will have on its heaviest drinkers.

Ads and on-pack for Chivas

22 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK is backing its Chivas Regal Scotch whisky brand with outdoor advertising at high-footfall London sites, including Canary Wharf and locations in the City.

Aldi claims it is the first UK supermarket to sell a 40-year-old single malt Scotch whisky in its stores.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne has signed a three-year partnership deal with the English National Opera.

Accolade revamps Nottage Hill

18 November, 2011

Accolade Wines has given Hardys Nottage Hill a new look as part of a £4.5 million investment. 

Talisker Whisky has signed up as the title sponsor of rowing race the Atlantic Challenge.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust chief executive Ian Harris has stepped down as organiser of National Wine Month to concentrate his efforts on the educator's core activities.

Oddbins is enlisting the help of consumers to select a mixed case of wines for Christmas.

Butcombe Brewery has teamed up with TV presenter Adam Henson to create a golden ale called Adam Henson’s Rare Breed.

Absolut releases freezer pack

16 November, 2011

Absolut Vodka has launched a gift pack designed to go in the freezer.

Bestway has reviewed its own-label wine brand Cellar Estate and slimmed it down to 65 wines.

First Drinks Brands has launched Tullamore Dew 12 Year Old Special Reserve – the whiskey’s best-selling variant worldwide – in the UK.

Peel-off labels from Off-Piste

16 November, 2011

Off-Piste Wines has launched a South African brand with a back label that peels off to show information about the region where the wines are grown.

SIBA announces award winners

15 November, 2011

Two breweries are celebrating after winning awards for their label designs sponsored by Off Licence News.

Profits up for Majestic

15 November, 2011

Majestic has grown pre-tax profits by 20% to £8.8 million in the half-year to September 26 – but saw like-for-like sales in shops drop for the six weeks after the period ended, it has reported.

TV ads for Jacob's Creek

15 November, 2011

Pernod Ricard UK has launched a five-week TV ad campaign for Jacob’s Creek.

Diageo has launched a limited edition version of Johnnie Walker – Johnnie Walker Double Black.

First Drinks Brands is launching a neck collar campaign for Three Barrels, offering consumers the chance to win £1,000 as part of its Ultimate Moments marketing campaign.

Independents stand to net £1 billion in sales when the tobacco display ban comes into force next year.

The generic campaign for sherry in the UK has had its budget slashed this year – and its future is hanging in the balance as the Sherry Institute weighs up its options for 2012.

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has produced a guide to buying wine to help prevent collectors and investors being ripped off by fraudsters.

Stores are preparing themselves for a bleak Christmas as economic indicators show poor retail footfall and low consumer confidence.

The drinks trade has defended the Responsibility Deal it struck with the government in spring, after the accord came under fire from the health lobby at a recent forum.

Grolsch lager is in line for a repositioning exercise in 2012 to take it away from the mainstream premium lager category and into the world beers sector.

Maxxium UK has launched a gift carton for Teacher’s blended Scotch whisky – the brand’s first since 1988.

Naked Wines has been named the UK’s Online Business of the Year at the National Business Awards 2011.

Supermarket trading slowed in October, suggesting that shoppers are holding off Christmas shopping in the hope of getting better deals closer to the festive season, according to Nielsen.

Wines of Chile has announced the results of its second Independent Wine Merchants Awards. 

Ginger Joe makes TV debut

09 November, 2011

Alcoholic ginger beer Stone’s Ginger Joe is to make its TV debut this month.

Courvoisier runs Dickens tour

09 November, 2011

Courvoisier is running a walking tour that visits places in London associated with the author Charles Dickens, who is believed to have been a fan of the Cognac.

Martini has launched its sparkling wine range in 20cl bottles.

English winery Three Choirs Vineyards has produced the first English wine from the 2011 harvest.

The government will ban the sale of alcohol below cost in England and Wales from April 2012, it has announced.

Portman Group bans Stiffy's

08 November, 2011

The Portman Group has banned the sale of Stiffy’s Jaffa Cake and Kola Kubez vodka liqueurs after a complaint that the name was a sexual reference.

Bancroft Wines has signed up Croatian producer Matošević, and is now its exclusive UK agent. 

TV ads for Savanna cider

07 November, 2011

Savanna cider is running a TV ad campaign this month after a successful burst of advertising in the summer.

Peter Lehmann rebrands

07 November, 2011

The Peter Lehmann range of wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley has been revamped for the first time since it launched 30 years ago.

The wine trade has agreed on an international system for calculating carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.

Moët sponsors ATP tennis tour

04 November, 2011

Moët & Chandon has been signed up as the official Champagne of the tennis ATP World Tour.

Oddbins has put three wines priced by its customers in a blind tasting on shelves today (November 4).

OLN's Atkin relaunches website

04 November, 2011

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW has relaunched his website.

Fuller’s has launched a seasonal stout on draught, and plans to bottle it next year.

Generic body Sud de France is to hold an organic and biodynamic wine tasting this month.

Scotland’s move to introduce minimum unit pricing on alcohol is “probably legal”, according to the government’s public health head Donald Henderson.

WSTA boss heads to Heineken

02 November, 2011

Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) chief executive Jeremy Beadles is to leave his post to join Heineken UK.

Sogrape buys Stevens Garnier

01 November, 2011

Stevens Garnier has been bought by Portugal-based producer Sogrape and has appointed a new managing director.

Minimum pricing in Scotland would punish consumers already struggling in today’s tough economic climate, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has said.

The Scottish government has introduced its bill to create a minimum price for alcohol.

No consumers at wine fair

28 October, 2011

Brintex has ruled out allowing consumers to visit the London International Wine Fair next year after a consultation with the trade.

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