Santa Rita confirms second year at Cumbria Horse Trials

Chilean wine brand Santa Rita has confirmed that it is to continue in its its sponsorship of the Cumbria Horse Trials Series for a second year.

London craft brewery Five Points raises £750,000 for Hackney taproom

East London brewery Five Points Brewing Co. has surpassed its £750,000 crowdfunding target in just over a month.

Fine wine investment: Sterling’s influence

Is Sterling’s rally the cause of the fine wine market’s current consolidation/mini correction – or at least an influence – and if so, what might a stronger pound portend?

Treasury Wine Estates appoints new CMO

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates has appointed a new global chief marketing officer following the departure of its former CMO Simon Marton, who has stepped down from the role after more than 20 years with the company.

The week in pictures: Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s drinks trade was buzzing with excitement from British reggae band UB40’s ‘Red Red Wine’ release to Vinexpo press conference that dissected the intricacies of Chinese wine market to Bond Estates’ media luncheon. Check out the highlights here.

Spirits brands like Bacardi and Beefeater are abandoning Twitter – here’s why

In the wake of Wetherspoon’s retirement from social media, new research has revealed how household names like Bacardi and Drambuie are abandoning their Twitter accounts in droves.

New wine fountain could be coming to Marlborough in New Zealand

A wine fountain like those in Italy and Spain could soon become a reality Blenheim, Marlborough, after business leader Anthony Mullen suggests it could boost tourism in the area.

Czech rum gets five year reprieve from EU ban

The popular Czech rum-like spirit Tuzemák risked being banned after it was found that a key ingredient increased the risk of cancer, but manufacturers have now been given five years to reformulate the spirit.

Ten celebrities who have launched Tequila brands

With everyone from The Rock to the Backstreet Boys jumping on the Tequila bandwagon, we round up ten rappers, rockers and film stars who also have a taste for agave.

Wimbledon Brewery lands first national deal with Marks & Spencer

Wimbledon Brewery has announced that it will be brewing the aptly named Wimbledon Ale, which is flavoured with elderflower, exclusively for Marks & Spencer stores. 

Plastic straws could be banned throughout England

Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned across the country as part of the UK government’s efforts to cut down on waste.

Beam Suntory acquires South Africa’s ABV Brands

Beam Suntory has bought the remaining 50% stake in South African distributor ABV Brands, giving it complete ownership of the company and its own direct route-to-market in the country. 

Aber Falls Distillery launches Welsh Dry Gin

Four months after the release of its initial collection, Aber Falls Distillery has expanded its portfolio to include a Welsh Dry Gin in a bid to capitalise on the regional gin trend. 

Fladgate joins in 2016 vintage Port declaration

The Fladgate Partnership has joined fellow Port producers Symington Family Estates and Quinta do Noval in declaring 2016 a vintage year for its Croft, Taylor’s and Fonseca brands, calling it a “classic” vintage for all three houses.

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