‘Disruptive’ wine e-commerce platform receives over £1m in funding

New direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform Winebuyers is expanding after securing over £1 million in both crowdfunding and private investment – with a total of 27,000 bottles of wine from 40 different countries listed on its site.

China denies Australian wine delays

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied delaying wine imports from Australia’s biggest wine company Treasury Wine Estates into China as relations between the two countries are getting increasingly strained over Australia’s growing concerns over Chinese interference in local politics.

McGuigan launches £100 wine in the UK

Australian wine giant McGuigan has released one of its most ambitious wines yet in the UK – a Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend priced at £100.

Shanghai is the costliest city for fine wine in Asia

Shanghai has emerged as the most expensive city in Asia to buy a bottle of fine wine, while tax-free Hong Kong is the most competitive place for fine wines, according to a report by Swiss private bank.

Irish Distillers wants to “challenge perceptions” with its new experimental whiskeys

Irish Distillers has added two experimental, single-pot still whiskeys to its Method and Madness range.

Château Tanunda appoints new MD

Australian winery Château Tanunda has named Michelle Gerber as its new managing director.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks: the London Wine Fair was a smash hit, Javier Bardem worked on the docks in Spain, Piers Morgan and Phillip Scofield sipped G&Ts at the Chelsea Flower Show, and an outrageous number of A-listers took a squad photo at the Cannes Film Festival’s Mouton Cadet bar.

More men than women buy Prosecco in the UK

Research from the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC has debunked the commonly held stereotype that Prosecco appeals more readily to women than men, revealing that in fact more men in the UK buy Prosecco than women.

Visitor numbers to London Wine Fair 2018 up by 17%

The organisers of this year’s London Wine Fair have reported a significant increase in visitors to this year’s fair – the first under the leadership of Hannah Tovey – with numbers up by 17% to 14,250 compared with the 2017 edition.

Simpsons Wine: Why do Bacchus when we can make great Chardonnay in England?

Flying the flag for English still wine ahead of the launch of her first Kentish fizz at the end of the year, owner of Simpsons Wine, Ruth Simpson, believes that Chardonnay should not be overlooked. 

Monkey Shoulder takes ‘cement mixer’ on the road

William Grant & Sons is taking a novel approach to marketing its Monkey Shoulder whisky brand, taking a “pimped out” cement mixer on the road to encourage consumers to try their Scotch mixed.

Diageo rumoured to be selling off $1bn worth of brands

Global drinks producer Diageo is thought to be selling off a raft of US-focused spirits brands, including Goldschlager and Myer’s Rum, estimated to be worth up to US$1 billion.

Joe Fattorini to join FMV

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced that Joe Fattorini is to join its wholesaling arm, Fields, Morris & Verdin, as head of sales for London next month.

Wine List Confidential Awards 2018: The winners

We reveal the winners of 2018’s Wine List Confidential Awards following a ceremony on Monday this week at the London Wine Fair.

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