Sales of sparkling wine produced in the UK have more than doubled since 2010, rising to £6 million in 2014 from £2.9m in 2010.
A pub landlord has started charging non-customers £1 to use his toilet after being slapped with a £400 bill for blockages.
A drought in the US and a heatwave in Central Europe are threatening this year’s hop harvests, putting craft beer production in jeopardy.
Highdown Vineyard has become the first vineyard in West Sussex where wine lovers can tie the knot after winning a licence from the local country council.
A “rich and exotic” Argentine Pinot Grigio, “super-charged” pink Cava and a smattering of German Rieslings were the pick of the bunch in the UK press this week.
When Ivan Menezes unveils Diageo’s results at the end of this month, investors and analysts will be more interested in what he has to say about the group’s direction than its achievements in the past 12 months.
The UK government splashed out over £70,000 on replenishing its wine cellar last year, with spending up 15% on 2013.
High end Prosecco and English sparkling wine have helped to drive a 40% year-on year uplift in fizz sales at Matthew Clark, one of the UK’s largest on-trade suppliers.
After Scotch whisky helped Lidl to achieve record UK sales of more than £4 billion in 2014, the discount retailer has signalled plans for further growth in this market.
Wine brands Stowells, Jack Rabbit and Hardys are the current top three most popular wines in the UK on-trade, according to the latest report by CGA Strategy.
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