Wine and spirits trade bodies unite on Brexit

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has joined up with trade bodies from across Europe to create a “ground-breaking” Brexit position paper.

David and Victoria Beckham sink £2k worth of wine on mid-week date night

David and Victoria Beckham spared no expense when they drank almost £2,000 worth of vintage wine during a mid-week date night.

Armit closes HK offices

Fine wine merchant Armit Wines has confirmed it is closing its offices in Hong Kong in order to centralise all of its operations in the UK.

Aldi to sell chocolate wine in time for Christmas

Aldi has announced it will expand its alcohol offering next month, stocking a chocolate-flavoured dessert wine with notes of “figs, toffee and caramel” in time for Christmas.

Boycott the balloon: Frapin calls for an end to snifters

High-end Cognac producer Frapin would like to see brandy balloons “disappear” from restaurants, bars and dining rooms as the giant glass does nothing for the spirit.

China leads Australian wine exports

The value of Australian wine exports has surged 13% to AU$2.44 billion in the past 12 months ending 30 September, with mainland China representing 30% of the total wine export value, according to the Wine Australia.

Champagne Lanson unveils festive range

Champagne Lanson has unveiled its festive range which includes its ‘Santa’ brut miniature Champagne bottles and a trio of “innovative” musical gift boxes. 

Penfolds unveils controversial multi-vintage Grange

Penfolds has unveiled its latest creation, a multi-vintage blend of three vintages of its top label Grange – the 2008, 2012 and the yet to be released 2014 – that costs AU$3,000 a bottle. Called ‘g3’ head winemaker Peter Gago said he expects it to attract controversy.

Pernod Ricard exceeds Q1 forecast as China picks up

French drinks producer Pernod Ricard has reported a stronger than expected performance for the first quarter, with organic sales rising by 5.7% driven by accelerating demand in China and the US.

Chanel acquires third Bordeaux estate

The House of Chanel has confirmed it has bought Château Berliquet in Saint Emilion, adding it to its stable of properties in the region.

Warner Edwards secures major export deal with Germany’s largest supermarket

Northamptonshire-based craft distiller Warner Edwards has secured its most lucrative export deal to date after signing a deal with Germany’s Edeka group, the largest supermarket chain in the country. 

Innis & Gunn defends ‘barrel-aged’ claims

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is under fire for its claims that using pieces of oak barrels to flavour its beer counts as ‘barrel-ageing’.

California starts on road to recovery after devastating wildfires

It will take years for the forests, hillsides and wineries of California’s wine country to recover after 10 days of intense wildfires that claimed 41 lives and destroyed thousands of homes, but damage to the wine industry in the Napa Valley does not appear to be widespread, Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has said.

Alcohol improves your language skills, according to science

A new study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has confirmed that alcohol improves our ability to speak a second language.

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