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French wines to drink while avoiding the football at the pub

Football fan Gerard Basset MW takes a break from watching the World Cup to help award-winning chef Sophie Wright create food and wine matches for people that have no appetite for loud pubs showing the beautiful game in two new videos.

Drinks lead the way as economy revives

Strong sales growth has seen alcoholic drinks emerge as the best performing FMCG category of the past year – and the trend looks set to continue as retailers prepare for the World Cup and a summer heatwave.

London Wine Fair gets thumbs up

Visitor numbers to the London Wine Fair rose 11% to 11,247 after organiser Brintex returned it to its spiritual home at Kensington Olympia.

Bibendum targets multiple growth

Bibendum wants to increase the share of its business going to off-trade multiple retailers.

Morrisons bullish over wine category

The Morrisons wine team is bullish about its future prospects despite criticism for launching the controversial three-for-£10 promotion and scrapping its dedicated wine website.

Kingsland predicts bright future for bulk wine shipping

Kingsland Wines & Spirits has dismissed claims that bulk shipping and UK bottling has peaked and will drop off in the years ahead.

Wine trade can thrive by making it easier for consumers

A leading supplier claims the best way to grow the wine category is to make it easier for consumers with simple innovations, such as ageing wine for them in a controlled environment.

French wine making "big comeback" in UK

French wine has been tipped to make a big comeback this year as Britons emerge from the recession with more money to spend on luxury items.

Brewdog plans to open four more shops in 2014

Brewdog has said it will open a further four Bottledog beer shops by the end of 2014.

Distil reports drop in sales

Blavod vodka firm Distil has reported an operating loss of £367,000 and falling sales.

Cider festival in a box from Bristol retailer

Bristol Cider Shop has begun offering a Cider Festival in a Box service to on-trade customers in a bid to build custom during the World Cup.

Ex-W&M chief Beard joins Whisky Shop board

The Whisky Shop has appointed former Whyte & Mackay chief executive John Beard as a non-executive director.

Ardbeg creates whisky to help fund community project

Ardbeg is producing a limited edition whisky to mark its support for a community project on Islay, where the Scotch whisky distillery is based.

Friuli producer chooses Winetraders for UK push

Italian wine producer Borgo del Tiglio has signed a distribution deal with the importer which first represented it in the UK almost 20 years ago.

Rioja wine region reports record sales

Wines of Rioja has reported record wine sales for 2013 and said that the UK remains its most important export market with 328,000 hl shipped to the UK.

Bibendum to handle Beerd beers

Bath Ales has signed a distribution deal with Bibendum Wine for its Beerd craft brewery, set up a year ago.

Heineken invests £108 million to increase beer and cider production

Heineken is investing £108 million to increase capacity at its Manchester brewery and Hereford cider plant to deal with increased demand for its products.

Peach flavour joins Caribbean Twist range

Halewood International has launched a new bottle design for its Caribbean Twist pre-mixed cocktails and added Peach Paradise flavour to the range.

Hardys sponsors balloon fiesta

Hardys has signed up to sponsor the 2014 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta after winning the naming rights to the event in a competition.

New flavour for Hooper's

Global Brands has released a Raspberry & Nettle variant of its Hoopers RTD.

Natch launches 'win your height in cider' competition

The Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has launched a competition giving one consumer the chance to win his or her height in cases of Natch dry cider.

Grant's launches £1m marketing campaign

Grant’s Scotch whisky has launched a £1 million marketing campaign in which it teams up with sporting legends Sir Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks and Archie Gemmill to share insights and achievements.

Glenfiddich launches Father's Day packs

Glenfiddich has released a range of Father’s Day gift packs. 

Waitrose launches home brew challenge 2014

Waitrose has teamed up with craft brewery Thornbridge to find the country’s best home brew and will reward it with a listing.

Win a trip to Brazil with Greene King

Greene King is giving consumers the chance to win a holiday in Rio de Janeiro and launching a new beer to celebrate the World Cup.

Eric Cantona's Kronenbourg 1664 ad cleared

A Kronenbourg 1664 ad featuring Eric Cantona championing the hero hop farmers of Alsace has been cleared by the advertising watchdog after an appeal. 

Mateus moves into light wine

Stevens Garnier has moved into the low-alcohol category with the launch of the Light Mateus range of 5.5% abv wines.

McGuigan launches The Philosophy

Neil McGuigan has launched a 2010 Cabernet Shiraz retailing at £100 into the UK market in a bid to recapture the finesse of Australian claret from the 1970s. 

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago: trade's future relies on multi-channel retailing

Tesco wine boss Dan Jago claims the trade’s future success relies on its ability to embrace multi- channel retailing as consumers seek more diverse ways to buy wine beyond the “pile it high” era of selling in-store.

Morrisons resurrects three-for-£10 wine promotion

Morrisons has taken its first step into the controversial three-for-£10 wine promotion mechanic – despite rivals having killed it off for damaging profits.

Discounters tipped for drinks retailing stardom

Two fast-growing discounter chains have been tipped as major players in the future of drinks retailing.

Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine: 50-11

Who decides which wines are sold, bought and drunk in the UK off-trade? Who determines where they come from, how they are made and how much they cost?

Oddbins buys 20 Nicolas stores to fuel growth

Oddbins has bought back 20 Nicolas stores from Spirited Wines to bring its estate to 54 as it ramps up plans to rebuild the business as a 300-strong national chain.

Own-label Prosecco sales jump 90%

Sales of own-label Italian fizz have surged by 90%, making it nearly twice the size of the market for own-label Champagne.

Australian wine price may be pushed down by surplus

Australian wines may be pushed into the sub-£5 bargain basement as a glut in surplus forces prices down.

Summer wine is in the pink

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

Look out for launches at LWF

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 pledges to make Bordeaux sexy

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 rolls out deli and wine concept

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

Booths' new wine buyer targets New World

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

Bargain Booze expands in north east

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

Accolade launches direct to consumer website

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

Campo Viejo Tempranillo storms up bestseller chart

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 launches innovative Father's Day promotion

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

South Africa and Brazil report record UK wine exports

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

Alliance launches Cahors Malbec

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 revamps Basingstoke store

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.

Father's Day: Scotch whisky, bourbon and beer given push

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.

Advertising watchdog toughens up as drinks supplier feels wrath

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.

Wimbledon countdown begins and drinks giants aim to cash in

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