BWS second fastest-growing organic category
Beer, wine and spirits is the second fastest-growing organic category in the UK, according to the Soil Association’s 2017 report published this morning, with the UK’s organic market passing the £2 billion mark for the first time.
Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres looks for ‘landmark’ wine
Cristina Forner, president of Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres, talks to the drinks business about the evolution of Rioja, and finding the next “landmark” for the range.
Hawes: Flood of ‘English Champagne’ is “unlikely in the extreme”
A post-Brexit flood of ‘English Champagne’ into the EU is “unlikely in the extreme”, Andrew Hawes, chairman of the UK Champagne Agents’ Association, has stated.
We bring you the best-performing Chardonnays under £20 from The Drinks Business Global Chardonnay Masters 2016, including wines from places you might not expect to find this noble grape.
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Chris Prare, primarily known as the kitchen force behind renowned Cafe Grey Deluxe at The Upper House in Hong Kong, is now helming Central’s sumptuous American restaurant Lily & Bloom in the bustling Lan Kwai Fong area.
Natural and artisan wine show RAW London is expanding its scope with a week-long series of pop-ups across London next month.
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn is expanding its operation eastward, having signed a distribution deal with Dxcel International to export its beers to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
Spiros Malandrakis, senior alcoholic drinks analyst at Euromonitor, rounds up the beer trends he predicts will shape the industry in 2017, from mircobrewing to imports and collabs.
Carlsberg UK has launched craft brewing competition ‘YOUR BEER, here?’ offering brewers and importers the chance to have their beers listed in Carlsberg’s Crafted 2017 range.
Heineken has agreed to buy the Brazilian beer business of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Company for €664 million (£564m) to become the second largest brewer in the country after AB InBev.
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Madeira producer Henriques & Henriques has put back together several large, 100-year-old, satin wood vats for ageing its young wines.
St Emilion premier grand cru classé, Château Figeac, has announced it has released a number of wines from its cellars to be sold by Christie’s in London this March.
The hitch with Burgundy is that while its numbers may seem encouraging, the difficulty of getting hold of any makes it a poor choice for many portfolios.
Collectors in Hong Kong and Asia are now being deliberately targeted by fine wine counterfeiters authentication expert Maureen Downey has warned.
A week of firsts: North South Wines’ inaugural tasting, Lidl’s first tasting of the year and Paolozzi’s London debut all washed down with Taittinger at the BAFTAs and Lanson at The Five Fields.
The UK’s vote to leave the EU could offer an opportunity for New Zealand’s Méthode Marlborough sparkling wine, with import taxes likely to reduce as Champagne becomes more expensive, says winemaker Daniel Le Brun.
Under EPI ownership, Charles Heidsieck is planning to resurrect its prestige cuvée called Champagne Charlie, which was axed in 1985 when Rémy Martin bought the brand.
The WSTA has warned that the cost of a bottle of Prosecco could go up by 59 pence and Champagne by as much as a £1 in the UK next year.
Champagne Barons de Rothschild is aiming for 30% sales growth in Mainland China and Hong Kong this year as it expands its on-trade distribution channels, according to managing director, Frédéric Mairesse.