China’s Kweichow Moutai makes its first move into Africa

China’s biggest baijiu producer Kweichow Moutai has made its first market expansion into Africa, with its latest brand promotion initiative in Cape Town, South Africa.

DFS unveils new retail store inside Singapore Changi Airport

Luxury travel retailer DFS Group has unveiled its latest retail store at the newly opened Terminal 4 inside Singapore Changi Airport that includes a cocktail bar.

Mas de Daumas Gassac 2017 white the best ever?

Basile Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac believes that the 2017 vintage of the Gassac white could be the best ever produced by the Languedoc estate, despite a string of weather hazards including frost and drought that battered the region this year.

Top 10 highest rated wines on Vivino: 10-6

With peer-to-peer wine ratings increasing in influence and importance, we round up the top 10 highest rated wines by Vivino’s 26 million users, starting with numbers 10 to 6.

Irish Whiskey Association mentors industry members in Midleton masterclass

Some 15 Irish whiskey distilleries took part in a mentoring event in Irish Distillers’ Midleton Distillery as part of the Irish Whiskey Association’s (IWA) mentoring programme last week.

HDH finishes year with three-day sale

US auctioneer Hart Davis Hart is to see out 2017 with a three-day long sale featuring over 3,000 lots worth an estimated US$5-$8 million.

Tesco offers 25% discount on fizz in the run-up to Christmas

Tesco is getting into the festive spirit by offering a discount to customers who bulk-buy its wine, Prosecco and Champagne.

Budget 2017: How the industry reacted

We’ve taken a look at some of the most significant reactions to this year’s Autumn Statement, from outright praise to condemnation.

Rogues banned from London pub to star in new book

A rogues gallery of characters banned from the ‘Half Moon’ pub in south London, including ‘Fat Paul’, ‘Staring Pervert’ and ‘Flat Cap Coke Fiend’ are to be immortalised in a new book of short stories out next year.

Burglars steal 6,800 litres of vodka worth $280k from LA distillery

Fog Shots distillery in Los Angeles has reported the theft of over 6,800 litres of its vodka, amounting to approximately 90% of its inventory, after brazen burglars broke into its store room. 

Australia advances development of salt-tolerant vines

A team of Australian scientists has reported on a major breakthrough in the development of salt-resistant vines – which could lead to the first rootstock cultivated specifically for Australian vines – as part of the industry’s efforts to ensure its future sustainability.

Majestic Wine profits soar by £6.7m in first half

Majestic has posted a pre-tax rise in profits of £6.7 million for the first half of this year to £6.8m, having reported profits of just £51,000 in the same period last year.

Champagne Lanson rolls out mini Santa bottles at Sainsbury’s

Champagne Lanson has unveiled its festive range which includes its ‘Santa’ brut miniature Champagne bottles, available exclusively at Sainsbury’s, and a trio of “innovative” musical gift boxes.

What is ‘white cider’?

The government is taking aim at high-strength, low-cost drinks like “white cider”, with plans to raise excise duties on it in 2019 — but what exactly is it?

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