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Miles Beale is the man who is going to be at the forefront of representing the UK wine and spirits industry in negotiating the country’s exit from the european union. Christian Davis gets a masterclass in how to deal with politicians.

Orlando or bust

Exhibitors and buyers from more than 75 countries are expected to attend the IAADFS duty free show of the Americas.

Wine Design & Marketing Challenge 2017: The Awards

Judges of DI's annual wine challenge found renewed vigour in a famously low-octane sector. Holly Motion reports

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine March edition

More tasteful proposition

The craft movement has started to help brush away vodka’s artificial flavours reputation and let the drink’s more natural tastes shine. Jaq Bayles reports

Against the Grain

Ali Dedianko might not be the obvious choice for the new face of london beer week but, as Holly Motion found out, she is an inspired one

Trail Blazers

What goes up must come down, right? when it comes to Japanese Whisky that’s not necessarily the case, argues Dominic Roskrow. not yet, at least

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine February edition

Wine Tourism: The Awards

The Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge was judged at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust HQ. Christian Davis reports

Natural Selection

Cocktail syrups have evolved over many years as classic cocktail modifiers. Kat Odell looks at how they have improved to satisfy modern consumer quality demands

Most Admired Champagne Brands 2017: 1-15

So, the 2016 growing season was one of the most difficult in living memory. Thank heavens for a weather change in August through to harvest in mid-September

Most Admired Champagne Brands 2017: 16-30

To continue our list of The Most Admired Champagne Brands, here is 16-30

The emotions of branding

It's emotions that drive purchase behaviour, says guest writer Steve Beckworth of creative agency Colt.

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine January edition

Pre-mixed Drinks Challenge 2017 results

Quality is improving across the board when it comes to pre-mixed drinks, as producers recognise the increase in drinking ocassions. Hamish Smith reports

Moore’s the merrier

In 2006, Joanne Moore became the first female master distiller at G&J distillers and is one of the first women gin master distillers in the world. Christian Davis distils her story

Champagne Brands 2017: How we did it

Holly Motion details the process behind the results of this year’s World’s Most Admired Champagne Brands

DI DOZEN

Drinks International’s annual picks from 2016 of intriguing, exciting, fun and fantastic products and events

Distillery Experience Challenge 2017 results

The Awards judging took place at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s london headquarters in December. Christian Davis reports

Exchanging glances

One of the world’s great fortified wines, port is facing a number of challenges. Christian Davis reports

A star is born

When an aquavit was awarded the Supreme Champion Spirit by the International Spirits Challenge’s judges’ chairmen, many sat up and took notice. Christian Davis travels to Oslo to visit the home of aquavit

Le Passion

First it was rugby then he discovered he had a great palate. he converted. Christian Davis touches down with flamboyant winemaker Olivier Dauga

Drinks International’s 23rd Cocktail Challenge

The 23rd Cocktail Challenge from Drinks International took place last month, making it one of the longest uninterrupted global cocktail competitions in the world

Picasso wines

South Africa paints an experimental picture with its wines and, according to Tim Atkin MW, is the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world. Christian Davis report

The great sherry revival

A new generation of consumers is discovering styles their grandparents probably never knew. Holly Motion reports

Selling at a premium

Mixers are as important as the spirit when it comes to making a drink, and there are plenty of reasons to get consumers to trade up, says Tracy West

Tequila expresses itself

The Mexican spirit is shaking off its shot reputation in the US and being taken seriously in the premium stakes, Jaq Bayles reports

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine November edition.

Portfolio Refresh

Ed Cottrell, new managing director for global travel retail at William Grant & Sons, is convinced of the need to constantly renew the company’s product portfolio, the former soldier talks to Joe Bates

Golden Opportunity

Wine Vision, the conference about the future of the wine industry, takes place from December 5-7 in California. Christian Davis reports

Driving a brand

Not many wine brand owners have official status at international events. The Bordeaux brand Mouton Cadet is an exception. Christian Davis talks to Baron Philippe De Rothschild managing director Hugues Lechanoine

Blended Scotch Whisky

The traditionally calm and tranquil world of blended scotch whisky is suddenly looking surprisingly spritely. Dominic Roskrow finds out why

Nolet at one

Bob Nolet might have been born into the family business, but that didn’t stop him working his way up from the bottom. Hamish Smith meets the man

It’s the journey that matters

Champagne could do better in travel retail, says Giles Fallowfield, and producers are actively trying to up their game

Who’s in the running?

Joe Bates details the shortlisted contenders for this year’s Travel Retail Challenge, winners to be announced in Cannes on October 4

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine October edition.

Soft focus

Adult soft drinks have come a long way and now offer a viable, sophisticated alternative to their alcoholic counterparts. Tracy West reports

Blends beckon

It’s been all about the Malbec in Argentina for quite some time, but now winemakers are backing blends as the way forward. Christian Davis reports

Closing arguments

From sealing to feeling… and sparkling all over. Sally Easton MW reports on the latest in closure innovation

Fruit drops

Cider’s pulling in punters with its vast array of flavour variants. Tracy West looks at how various brands are capitalising on consumers’ love of fruit

Show and tell?

While some brand owners are starting to list nutritional information on labels, cream liqueurs are not so far among them. Holly Motion looks at why

Brandy tourism

Brandy de jerez has failed to travel well in the past, but Lily Giménez finds new attractions could be bringing in the imbibers

Pick of the Launches

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine September edition.

Barrel of laughs

Once Scotland’s youngest master blender, Richard Paterson is the ultimate educator when it comes to scotch. Christian Davis gets to the heart of the man

Duty paid

There is nothing duty free about being founder and president of the Tax Free World Association. Christian Davis meets Erik Juul-Mortensen

Eastern Promise

The wines of the Middle East have been characterised by Château Musar for many years. But new techniques mean change is in the air, says Michael Karam

Vodka brands are in the pink

From being a stigmatised and marginalised group, the LGBT community is now sought after by all manner of marketers – not least in the alcohol industry. Holly Motion reports

Trending now

Given the nature and spread of cocktail bars, it’s tough to pinpoint global trends. but Hamish Smith gets some insights from the experts

Emerald Aisles

Irish whiskey is on a roll, reports Christian Davis, with increasing numbers of consumers discovering its charms worldwide

International Spirits Challenge- Pictures from the night

A pictorial tribute to all the individuals and teams who took away trophies on the night