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.

September 2014

Chilean Winemaker

Steps to success

The changes making Chilean wine more colourful, and the countries rising stars

Chile’s more adventurous winemakers are making the most of the country’sdiversity, and are doing so with originality in abundance, writes Amanda Barnes

Australian Winemaker


Picking out the winemakers to watch Down Under

Meeting the winemakers at the cutting edge of the Australian offering, Gabriel Savage discovers the magic touch that these personalities lend to the country’s fine wine mission

Spain Masterclass


Why Somontano deserves a closer look

Also includes: Emilia-Romagna tasting; Beautiful South preview; Concha Y Toro event

August 2014

Lea & Sandeman

Best of British

Picking out the thriving independent retailers across the UK

Independent wine retailers are on the rise again, but is this bounceback sustainable? Gabriel Savage explores what it takes to survive in the modern era

Argentina Wine

Argentina: More than Malbec

The country’s winemakers are fast discovering that there’s life beyond Malbec

Argentina’s more adventurous wine producers are beginning to embrace grapevarieties beyond ‘brand Malbec’ – and it’s paying off, writes Lucy Shaw

Wine Glasses

Top 10 Wine and Spirit Brands

We reveal the brands with the biggest global volume sales last year

Also includes: Closure innovation; Corbin & King; US wine trends

July 2014

Duoro Valley

In Deep Water

Aged Tawny and vintage Port are in growth, but how much longer can fortified producers subsidise the douro’s table wine sector?

Is Port at a crossroads, or is it at the beginning of a new golden age? It seems with vital decisions to make, Port could go either way. By Ben Howkins

Agave Fields

Tequila Trends

How specialist bars are taking the Mexican spirit upmarket

The old image of Tequila as a shot to be knocked back with lime and salt is being erased as specialist bars push the spirit, along with Mezcal, as something to savour – particularly in their unoaked form, finds Lucy Shaw


Emerging Brands

Considering the techniques for success in the far east

Success in Asia depends on following the basic principles of good marketing, respecting the local culture and creating a USP tailored to the particular and changing tastes of eastern territories, writes Rupert Millar.

Also includes: Cab Masters results, db Awards winners, wine storage in Asia

June 2014


Power Brands Report

Johnnie Walker puts clear water between itself and rivals

There are plenty of movers and shakers across every category in what has been a turbulent year for drinks, as Richard Woodard discovers.

champagne bottle in cellar


The benefits of extended lees ageing & what makes a great vintage

The science behind Champagne ageing might be lost on the consumer but producers are striving to strike the right balance. By Patrick Schmitt

South Africa

South Africa

Considering the trends in Cape Cabernet blends

Now Spain has been crowned the world’s biggest wine producer, should it cement its position via consolidation or by thinking small, asks Rupert Millar.

Also includes: Casual fine dining in London; Big budget takeovers; En Primeur price comparisons.

May 2014

Italian Image

Style with substance

Italy’s smartest sparklings, highest vines, and 10 most powerful women

LWF Olympia

LWF 2014

Previewing a rejuvenated fair London Wine Fair


Drinks design

Identifying the craziest packaging innovations

Also includes: Austrian Wine; Vinexpo Asia; Small Batch Spirits.

April 2014



Reaching new heights

Chile’s relentless exploration of new wine regions is helping the country to winover a whole new fan base, writes Gabriel Savage



The on-trade report from the drinks business

16-page on-trade report with the top ten F&B trends.



Restructuring Europe’s largest wine producer

Now Spain has been crowned the world’s biggest wine producer, should it cement its position via consolidation or by thinking small, asks Rupert Millar.

Also includes: Sherry gets pricey; Loving the Loire; Source Battersea.

March 2014

South Africa

South Africa

Premium wine producers unite to promote Cape fine wines

South Africa remains a hotbed of innovation with a cornucopia of wine styles offering great value for the buyer. Andrew Catchpole reports.

Grape and Leaf

Italian Fizz

Will increasing plantings damage Prosecco’s image?

Plantings of the Prosecco grape, Glera, have exploded over the last year to meet the surge in demand for the Italian sparkler, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Brown Spirits

Brown Spirits

How Americana is fueling a Bourbon boom

As the popularity of Bourbon keeps rising, so does the quality of the offerings available at establishments in London. By Lucy Shaw

Also includes: The Pinot Noir Masters, Laura Jewell MW, London’s White Lyan

February 2014

Rioja Barrels

Breaking Convention

Why Rioja producers are trialing oak sources outside of America

A look at the increasingly experimental approach to oak management in the Rioja region By Sarah Jane Evans MW



What really influences stopper decisions

For all the high technical performance offered by the various closure firms, their customers’ choice is often swayed by secondary factors, finds Gabriel Savage



How Malbec is moving up in price and quality

Argentine Malbec is memorable, gives immediate pleasure and is bringing new drinkers to wine. But how does the country build on this without making the same mistakes made by other varieties that became brands, asks Lucy Shaw

Also includes: Suntory-Beam deal, Italian regions to watch, Own-label trends

January 2014

CricketScoring Points

How Australia’s biggest brands have stayed on top.

There is a theory that the Australian wine industry is on the wane but its ability to adapt and innovate show this is not necessarily true. By Rupert Millar

Fair dog

Fairs of the Future

What to expect at the events in the year ahead.

Lucy Shaw takes us on a tour of the key wine and spirits exhibitions of 2014.

Nature Green

Back to nature

Reviewing green practices in drinks this decade

In recent years the drinks industry has increased its commitment to sustainable practices but can even more be done for the environment? By Gabriel Savage

Also includes: Taylor’s Port, Paul Schaafsma, Source Battersea