Fortnum & Mason opens debut restaurant in the City

Fortnum & Mason has opened a new restaurant at The Royal Exchange in the City of London, taking over a space previously occupied by D&D for the past 15 years.

‘Exciting’ growth sees Naked Wines US sales overtakes UK

Sales at Naked Wines US have overtaken the UK business for the first time, parent company Majestic Wine has revealed, as it vows to ramp up investment in the US ever further.

Boutique-y Gin launches unwrapped Egyptian mummy-inspired expression

Maverick Drinks brand That Boutique-y Gin Company has launched four new perfume-inspired expressions as part of a collaboration with Lizzie Ostrom of fragrance specialist Odette Toilette. 

UK government wine consumption rises by 20%

Wine consumption at UK Government events rose by 20% in the past year, according to its annual wine cellar statement, with 3,935 bottles of wine and spirits drunk – the majority being English and Welsh wines. 

Majestic stockpiles ahead Brexit as it plans for “tough times”

Specialist UK wine retailer Majestic is stockpiling around £5 – £8m worth of booze in the run up to Brexit in March 2019, it has revealed, as it plans for “tough times” in the UK. 

Conetech to present 100% de-alcoholising wine tech at WBWE

ConeTech, a technology firm at the forefront of de-alcoholisation technology, will present its latest innovation at the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) next week, which takes its spinning cone column technology to the next level. 

Marston’s joins UK pub chains in World Cup profit boost

This year’s World Cup boosted sales and profits at Marston’s, the company said, but it is planning to scale down its expansion next year as Brexit increases the UK’s economic uncertainty.

Brewery held to ransom by travellers, court hears

A brewery was held to ransom by a group of travellers who invaded the site and demanded £20,000 to leave, a court was told this week.

China launches its own wine rating system

China has unveiled new wine rating scores designed to evaluate imported and domestically produced wines, based on Chinese tastes, shunning established international wine rating systems such as the 100-point system.

Alibaba to bring US$200 billion worth of goods into China in five years

Alibaba, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, will bring US$200 billion worth of imported goods into China within the next five years to sate consumers’ growing demand for higher-quality products from overseas.

Buyers circle Ei’s £350m pubs portfolio

A portfolio of about 400 pubs is being circled by potential buyers months after the boss of Ei Group confirmed plans to sell off commercial properties in the group’s portfolio worth £350 million.

Private Passions: Ready Steady Cook

Paul Beavis, managing director for the UK and export at Champagne Lanson, looks back on his early career as a chef and reveals why working in a kitchen is the closest thing to joining the army.

Four wine personalities rewarded for raising recognition of Rioja

Last night, at a dinner in London, four leading wine figures were rewarded for raising the recognition of Rioja in the UK and beyond.

Sager + Wilde and East London Liquor Company launch indie spirits brand

Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde, and Alex Wolpert of the East London Liquor Company, have joined forces to launch independent spirits brand, El Destilado.

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