Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018 seeks out the region's best affordable wines

UK retailers with national distribution are urged to submit their favourite Bordeaux wines for inclusion in the CIVB’s Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018.

SITT promises to be the most productive day you spend out of the office all year

Independent retailers can discover a wealth of intriguing wines and spirits produced by small, family-run operations at next week’s Specialist Importers Trade Tastings.

London Fields Brewery to be relaunched at Craft Beer Rising

London Fields Brewery will be relaunched at this week’s Craft Beer Rising event in London.

Porterhouse Brewing reveals new brewery and beers

The Porterhouse Brewing Company has opened the doors to its new Dublin-based brewery, which it created in a bid to keep up with rising demand for its products in the UK and Europe.

Germany seeks its 'coolest wine'

Wines of Germany is giving wine lovers and experts a chance to vote on ‘Germany’s Coolest Wines’.

Ardnahoe set to be Islay's ninth distillery

Ardnahoe is set to be the ninth distillery on the Isle of Islay when it opens in May this year.

Ardbeg set to increase capacity as demand grows

The Ardbeg distillery is expanding to increase capacity to 2.4 million litres a year, in order to keep up with demand.

Brewdog to open hotel and expand brewery

Brewdog plans to build “the world’s first craft beer hotel” and it has also revealed plans to expand its brewery.

Pernod to add Beefeater London Pink

Pernod Ricard has announced plans to launch a pink version of its Beefeater London Dry gin.

Vindependents loses two founder members

Two of the early members of the Vindependents group have pulled out, giving different reasons for moving away from this model of sourcing wines. 

Fuller's acquires Dark Star Brewery

Fuller’s, the London brewer, has bought Brighton-based brewery Dark Star.

Berry Bros resurrects its own-label gin

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its own-label London Dry Gin, a spirit it originally created in 1909.

Pinkster extends pink gin into bag-in-box

Pinkster has launched a bag-in-box option for fans of its premium gin.

Hawkes Cider launches apple pale ale

Hawkes Cider is launching Graff, which it describes as the UK’s first ever co-fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

London Burgundy Week will be scaled up for 2018

London Burgundy Week is set to return from 19 to 23 March.

Changes for personal licence applications in Scotland

Personal licence applicants can no longer apply to Disclosure Scotland for their ‘basic disclosure’ if their job role is in England and Wales.

Jameson bids to capitalise on St Patrick's Day celebrations

Pernod Ricard is launching a multimillion-pound ad campaign to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a push in the run up to St Patrick’s Day.

Portman Group seeks new members for Panel

The Portman Group has two vacancies for applicants with backgrounds in public health and licensing for its Independent Complaints Panel, the body that considers complaints under the Portman Group’s Code of Practice.

Waitrose adds Japanese gin to its spirits line up

Waitrose has confirmed it will be the first supermarket to introduce a gin made in Japan, which launches in the UK this week.

The low alcohol Woodstar heads for the UK

A drink crafted in the Cognac region of France and aimed at adults looking to limit their alcohol consumption, has been launched by a UK company.

Brewdog invincible as rivals flounder

Brewdog continued its inexorable rise towards retail dominance by growing off-trade sales 116% to £62.2 million in 2017 (Nielsen). 

Sparkling wine sales to fill gap left by still wine decline

New figures from IWSR predict that UK sparkling wine volume sales will grow 14.5% by 2021, making up for an 8.8% decline in still wine volumes. 

Jeroboams expansion continues apace

Jeroboams is gearing up to open its eighth London store, the first under the tenure of chief executive Hugh Sturges, as the company continues on its expansion trail. 

Vindependents aims for 50-member mark

Vindependents has taken on an “enormous” number of new producers over the past few months and the team is to tour the UK to sign up more independents to reach its goal of 50 members.

Loch Lomond Whiskies agree five-year deal link with The Open

Independent Scotch whisky distiller, Loch Lomond Group, has agreed a five-year partnership with The Open, for its Loch Lomond Whiskies brand.

Innis & Gunn teams up with Tullamore DEW to create Kindred Spirits

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn, and distiller Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, have collaborated for the first time to create a limited edition Scottish stout.

Craft Beer Rising 2018 set to be "bigger and better than ever"

Craft Beer Rising (CBR) is set to return to London for 2018 with the event taking place from February 22 to 24.

Thatchers introduces new video shorts

Somerset cidermaker Thatchers has launched a series of short films that will run on demand throughout the spring and summer.

Bargain Booze reveals in-store promotional campaign

Bargain Booze is trialling its first ever Instant Win promotional campaign, which is live in more than 500 stores.

The Lakes adds to its gin liqueur collection

The Lakes Distillery has announced it will launch a Rhubarb and Rosehip Gin Liqueur in March this year.

WineGB unveils new branding

Wines of Great Britain (WineGB) has unveiled its new branding to support the UK wine industry’s new name and identity, along with the announcement of its activities in 2018.

The Wine Society boss steps down

Robin McMillan has stepped down as chief executive at The Wine Society after almost six years at the helm of the trade’s oldest mutual society.

Fentimans launches "crème de la crème" of tonic water

Fentimans has launched a new ‘super premium’ mixer to support its recent £1.2 million rebrand and image overhaul.

Buckingham Schenk launches new Priorat

Buckingham Schenk plans to launch a new Priorat at this year’s Wines from Spain Annual Tasting event in London.

Wines from Spain prepares for 2018 annual tasting day

The Wines from Spain Annual Tasting 2018 is set to take place on March 6, featuring wine from more than 300 Spanish wineries.

Bulwark Cider set to parachute over from Canada

A handcrafted, super-premium cider from Canada is on its way to the UK.

Marques de Caceres launches Flamenco-inspired wine

Marques de Caceres has crafted a limited edition wine, which it said has been inspired by the passion and tradition of Flamenco high fashion.

Villa Maria appoints new chief executive

Sir George Fistonich is handing over the reins at Villa Maria to a new chief executive after spending 57 years at the helm of the company.

Conviviality to distribute Marqués de Riscal wines

Conviviality is taking over UK exclusivity for Marqués de Riscal across all channels, with independent retail sales through Walker & Wodehouse and on-trade sales through Matthew Clark.

Sixpoint Brewery gears up for full-scale UK launch

American craft beer company Sixpoint Brewery is gearing up for a full-scale UK launch via importer Heathwick.

Gunna Drinks reveals craft soft drinks range

A London producer is introducing a range of craft soft drinks in a bid to help retailers minimise the effect of the impending sugar tax.

Canada's Empress 1908 heads to the UK

A colour-changing gin from Canada is on its way to UK shores.

Cocchi gets wider off-trade rollout

Aperitif and vermouth brand Cocchi has been given a wider off-trade rollout in the UK and has secured a listing with Waitrose.

Pernod Ricard performs management shake-up after reporting strong growth

Laurent Lacassagne is leaving his role as chairman and chief executive at Chivas Brothers after 30 years at Pernod Ricard.

Drinks Retailing Awards 2018: winners announced

The UK’s leading supermarkets, multiple specialists, independent stores and ecommerce sites were honoured at the 2018 Drinks Retailing Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday evening.

The WSTA makes two additions to its Board

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has made two additions to its Board.

Valentine's Day spending now ahead of Easter

Britons now spend more money on Valentine’s Day gifts than they do at Easter, according to Mintel research.

Glendalough Distillery unveils new whiskey range

Glendalough Distillery is set to launch three newly-crafted whiskeys for 2018, along with a new bottle design across its full range of spirits.

Halewood adds Cornwall's Dead Man's Fingers to portfolio

Halewood Wines & Spirits has added a Cornish small batch spiced rum brand to its premium portfolio.

Mar de Frades moves to Enotria & Coe

Mar de Frades, the sister to Rioja’s Ramon Bilbao, has appointed Entoria & Coe as its UK distributor.