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.

Treasury Wine Estates rejects takeover bid

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

Laithwaites, Majestic and Hedonism owners feature on Rich List

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

Buckfast cans: the perfect BBQ accompaniment?

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.

Fells adds Barolo producer to portfolio

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

Diageo makes whisky art of Masterchef finalists' faces

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 targets women with Stella Artois Cidre Raspberry

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 bids to revive wine category with Blossom Hill launches

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

Southern Comfort offers to put your mug on a mug

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 teams up with Harvey Nichols

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 culls light wine in portfolio shake-up

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

Former Cordoniu boss fears a price war

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.

Rhythm & Booze all out of time

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.

Premium bottled ales: retailer exclusives cannibalising market

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

Jagermeister team on off-trade mission

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

Waitrose launches own-grown fizz

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

“What wine goes with this dress?”

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 adds 30 low-alcohol beers and ciders to range

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

Tesco launches fine wine discount

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.

Black Tower teams up with romcom

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

Morrisons scraps wine site: the £100 million opportunity it was chasing must seem increasingly hard to snare

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

Cava plans new classification system

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 launches own-label pale ale

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

New Waitrose wine site: “We aim to be one of the key players in volume and quality”

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

McWilliam's rebrands to make Australian wine more exciting

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

Arran Brewery makes bid for Bladnoch

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

Thatchers invests in £6.5m campaign to continue growth

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 axes wine site

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.

Kilchoman to release fourth edition of 100% Islay

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

Bloom gin launches Strawberry Cup for summer

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

English wine producers celebrate record harvest

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

Supermarket own label wines clean up at IWC

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

Campo Viejo gets streetwise to boost Spanish wine

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 posts narrow UK volume sales growth

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

Conviviality Retail reports flat sales at Bargain Booze

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”.

"Got any ID?" New cards make dreaded question easier

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