Every month the drinks business publishes a magazine, in print and digital formats, containing in depth analysis of all the major issues in beer, wine and spirits.

July 2015

Tequila

Gaining an edge

Why Tequila is suddenly the super-premium spirit to watch

Tequila is cleaning up its act, leaving behind the ‘bad ass’ image of salted shots and student parties in pursuit of celebrity status, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne.

db Awards

db Awards

Granting the leading figures in the industry their time in the spotlight

The Drinks Business Awards were back bigger than ever, as the London Wine Fairprovided the perfect setting to celebrate the leading lights in the drinks trade.

Rose

Premium Rosé

Pink, pale and preferably Proveçal – the growing trend in top-end rosé.

As Provence-style rosé leads the category into an increasingly premium market, Rupert Millar discovers how a serious approach to winemaking – and a keen eye forcolour – is behind its new luxury image.

June 2015

Rioja

Sweet talk

Champagne’s falling sugar levels — what are the causes and what can we conclude?

In a condensed version of his Master of Wine dissertation, Patrick Schmitt MW reveals the causes, and possible implications, of the dropping dosage levels in brut non-vintage Champagne.

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Italy Special

The country’s leading winemakers, Prosecco’s best brands and Chianti Classico’s new top tier

Passing on the passion for traditional, regional winemaking techniques, Italy’s famous wine maestros are right to have every faith in the new generation of vintners. Tom Bruce-Gardyne meets the Italian masters and apprentices.

Vinexpo

Vinexpo Guide

What to expect from the biennial Bordeaux show under new management

Ready to open to the world of wine with a sense of renewal and reinvigoration, Vinexpo Bordeaux 2015 is upon us. Here, Lucy Shaw details the tastings, talks, events and innovations to look out for.

May 2015

Pallio - Italy

Its name in lights

How Australia hopes to shine on fine dining lists with its colourful offering

Third place in terms of UK on-trade volumes just isn’t good enough for someAustralian winemakers looking to shake-off their big brand image and crack intothe top tier of wining and dining, writes Rupert Millar.

Argentina

LWF Special

What to look out for at the UK’s biggest wine fair

London Wine Fair is back, and taking you through this month’s flagship drinksevent Neal Baker writes about the vast array of producers, lectures and seminars thatpromise to be more diverse than ever before

Rioja

Green Awards

Rewarding the drinks trade’s most sustainable businesses

Producers, retailers, suppliers and logisitic firms alike recieved worthyrecognition for their exemplary ecological initiatives at this year’s annualDrinks Business Green Awards

April 2015

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The Bull Market

How wines from Northwest Spain are charging ahead

The excitement surrounding the success of the northwest Spain is reminiscent of a classic thriller, with the main characters of Albariño, Verdejo, Godello and Mencíaplaying a starring role.

Argentina

Age-old Question

What are the benefits of making wines from ancient vines?

Sally Easton MW looks at New World efforts to define this prized but nebulous term.

Rioja

Scent of Success

Why perfume-inspired cocktails are London’s latest bar craze

What better way to make the cocktail experience a memorable one than by tappinginto the science and emotion of perfume? Lucy Shaw discovers the bars leading thelatest trend in mixology

March 2015

Pallio - Italy

Earning its Stripes

The Cape wineries that are benefitting from the faith, and the money, of global investors

The influx of influential and wealthy backers into South African wine over the past thirty years is paying off, making the Cape’s offering one of the most attractive in the world, writes Gabriel Stone

Argentina

Prowein

An in-depth preview ahead of the global wine event

It has more exhibitors, more tastings, more events and more seminars lined up thanever before, and it’s all taking place in a bigger, improved venue – ProWein 2015 is nearly upon us.

Rioja

Prosecco

Italian winemakers are keen to keep the party going and avoid a race to the bottom

Making the most out of the Prosecco boom by translating volumes into value is the next big step for the winemakers who wish to turn ‘Brand Prosecco’ into a more luxurious concept, writes Lucy Shaw

February 2015

Pallio - Italy

Bella Italia

How fine dining is driving sales of Barolo, Brunello and Prosecco in Asia

While Italian wines can’t match the presence of French favourites in Asia, the country’s other famous export – cuisine – is helping bring the country’s top pours. further into the spotlight.

Argentina

Argentina

Highlighting the country’s newest winemaking talent

With a rebellious edge and the desire to make Argentina stand out from the crowd, these winemakers are worth keeping an eye on.

Rioja

Rioja

Can producers turn high volumes into high value?

As Rioja goes from strength to strength in the UK, producers are seeking new ways to build on the brand and turn high volumes into higher value.

Also includes: PIERRE PRINGUET & ALEXANDRE RICARD • UNCORKING A NEW CLOSURE DEBATE • VINEXPO & VINITALY PREVIEWS

January 2015

Solar Power

Green Gaggle

Meet the winemakers flocking around the latest eco-initiatives

Sustainable practice is not just a case of keeping an eye on the electricity meter.

Australian Vines

Australia

UK market update and Margaret River spotlight

The advance of Aussie wine is impressive, but is the message fully getting through?

Trade Fair

Exhibitions

Essential dates for your 2015 diary

With a host of industry events to bear in mind this year, Neal Baker rounds up the various key tradeshows that should firmly feature in your diary

 

Also includes: JAMES SIMPSON MW • CRUSTACEA CRAZE • BULK WINE FAIR REPORT

December 2014

Fine Wine

Sitting Pretty

Our annual luxury focus the wines and spirits ruling the global market

The future of luxury spirits depends on how they adapt to the diversifying Asian market, industry insiders offer their verdict on what 2015 has in store for fine wine and more…

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Liv-ex Power 100

Tracking the rise and fall world’s fine wines

If the Fine Wine Power 100 list confirms one thing, it’s that the price-rise ripple effect which is spreading out from Bordeaux is picking up pace.

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Champagne

Time to talk terroir

We consider the vineyard advances marking a difference between good and great wine.

Also includes: Jack Keenan; Wolfgang Puck; Giusti Prosecco.

November 2014

Global Masters

Red Carpet Rollout

Revealing the medal-winning wines in this year’s Global Masters for Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Champagne

When judges are kicking down the door to join in with a tasting, and medalists are hailing from all corners and at all price-points, you know you have special grapes on your hands.

Bulk Wine

Bulk Wine

Looking at the real costs of shipping in bulk

How shipping in bulk can be both a safe and cost-effective solution for high-volume wines.

SA Wine

South Africa

Are white blends the Cape’s best wines?

Why Tim Atkin MW is convinced that theCape’s best wines are its white blends.

 

Also includes: Building Belvedere; Jackson Family Wines; New York’s Top Somms.

October 2014

Asian Travel Retail

Making the journey

The latest drinks trends in travel retail

The forecast is clear for the Asian travel retail market, as it looks to overtake Europe as the leading duty free shopping region.

Champagne

Champagne

Just how big are sales of own-label fizz?

Some Champagne producers are railing against the rise of the cut-price, own-brand offerings from supermarkets.

Port

Port

Why top end Tawny is the Douro’s new darling

To be recognised as the producer of a top, unique offering involves charging the top price – which is exactly what the leading Douro producers are up to.

 

Also includes: Fortified Masters; Dr Alan Rutherford; Levantine Cuisine