Roberson Winery opens doors to locals

Roberson Wine’s urban winery, London Cru, is opening its cellar doors to the public this week and offering a free tasting.

Indian winery wins top prize at Asian Wine Review

Indian winery Grover Zampa has been named ‘Winery of the Year’ by the Asian Wine Review, shining a light on a country that has been better known for its spirits quaffing ability than viticulture prowess.

Treasury Wine Estates purchases Coonawarra estate

Australian wine giant Treasury Wine Estates has confirmed the acquisition of Wetherall Coonawarra Vineyards in south-western Australia’s Coonawarra wine region for an undisclosed sum.

Brewers Association adds ‘juicy or hazy ale’ to 2018 beer style guidelines

US trade group The Brewers Association has released the annual update of its beer style guidelines including the addition of the juicy and hazy categories for pale ales. 

Japan on track to become bigger Champagne market than UK

Japan is set to overtake the UK as second biggest export market for Champagne by value as official shipment figures show a contrasting picture of global consumption.

Bon Jovi rosé sells out on allocation

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s Diving into Hampton Water rosé, made in collaboration with Gerard Bertrand, has proved so popular that the entire 2017 vintage has been sold on allocation.

Armit: Italy still full of ‘untapped resources’

After recently marking its 30th anniversary with a large tasting of its extensive Italian portfolio, Armit’s head of buying thinks Italy is still full of “untapped resources”.

Scientists engineer environmentally friendly hopless beer

Scientists in California have developed a method enabling them to produce a beer without the use of hops, or the vast amounts of water it takes to grow them, raising questions on the environmentally-friendly future of beer production. 

Beer ad banned for mocking red heads

An Australian beer advert has been banned after it was accused of discriminating against those with red hair and inciting ridicule.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal chefs release a beer

The head chef and sous chef of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne have teamed up with local brewery La Sirène to release a farmhouse style ale brewed with wild yeast to be exclusively served in the restaurant. 

Fever-Tree to sponsor The Queen’s Club tennis tournament

Mixer brand Fever-Tree has announced a three-year partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association which will see it sponsor the annual grass court tournament at The Queen’s Club in June. 

New Netflix film to be set in Napa

American actress-turned-producer Amy Poehler is to step into the director’s seat with a new Netflix film called Wine Country set in California’s Napa Valley.

Top new products: March

March saw the launch of Pol Roger’s 2009 vintage, the first bag-in-box gin from Pinkster, the relaunch of Berry Bros & Rudd’s Best Gin and a Cognac made for coffee.

Founder of NZ’s Zephyr buys Seresin’s Marlborough winery

Two New Zealand winemakers have bought Seresin’s Marlborough winery, founded by cinematographer Michael Seresin, with plans to turn it into a collaborative winemaking facility called The Coterie.

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