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Life of Riley

Christian Davis meets Martin Riley, an experienced marketer who has overseen some of the most significant spirits renaissances, including those of Jameson and Chivas Regal

Natural Causes

Despite being in the grip of drought, South Africa’s wineries are continuing to create excitement with innovation, diversity and tourism. by Christian Davis

Generation Wine

Kathy Chin Leong heads to Napa to discover how millennials are interacting with wine and how wineries are capitalising on their behaviour

Feeling Blue

A shortage of the plant that’s behind all tequila means the 100% agave sector faces price and quality challenges. Shay Waterworth reports

Mixers up their game

As consumers become increasingly hooked on product provenance, premium mixers are tapping into the trend. By Tracy West

Can summer drinks be popular in winter?

Zoe Brown, head of account management at BD Network explores how drinks brands are extending summer momentum through to winter as we head towards the festive season.

Does 100% agave tequila guarantee quality?

There are trends pushing the popularity of 100% agave tequilas in Europe – but at what cost to the supply of agave? And does an agave-rich tequila guarantee quality or are consumers overpaying for marketing?

Seeds of change

Ben Branson, the creator of non-alcoholic spirit seedlip talks to Hamish Smith about nature, nurture and the lure of home

Pick of the Launches

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

Well travelled

Despite worldwide challenges, it’s been an upbeat time for champagne in duty free, reports Giles Fallowfield

Interview: Andrea Neri - Gruppo Campari

Angel Brown caught up with Italian Icons MD at Gruppo Campari, Andrea Neri in the Armida Rowing Club, Turin.

True Craft

With its small-scale production and insistence on traditional methods, armagnac can lay claim to truly being the original ‘craft’ spirit. Shay Waterworth visited 11 producers in gascony to find out how history is meeting modernity

On trend

Angel Brown compiles the experts’ views on what is hot and what is not in the world of bartending today

Sustainability: Bombay's answer

Doomsday is upon us. On August 2 this year, the human race used more resources from nature than earth can renew in a complete year. And to think the population is now 7.5bn and still increasing is terrifying. But let’s look at some positives.

Sensory perception

A new story is unfolding for vodka as country of origin gains importance. Ian Wisniewski uncovers Poland’s unique flavour profile

Pick of the Launches

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

Lauren Mote: Wordly Wise

Lauren Mote has been appointed Diageo’s first cocktailian, charged with spreading the word about cocktails to a global audience. Hamish Smith meets Canada’s finest

Singular quality

The Rioja Consejo has agreed to a single vineyard designation. Christian Davis reports

Indian summer

Despite its overall size and projected long-term growth, Indian Whisky faced difficulties last winter and this spring. Hamish Smith reports on improved prospects this summer

Digital branding: Gimmick or game-changer?

James Harmer of Touch packaging innovation explores the potential benefits for brands via technology-led packaging and smartphones.

Beer: What's after craft?

It’s been a runaway success, but the craft beer movement can’t rest on its laurels. Shay Waterworth takes a look at the direction it might be heading in

Back to basics

Bitters were the original cocktail ingredient and, with the return to ingredients with provenance, they are reclaiming their space on the back bar. Dominic Roskrow reports

Last call

In the final leg of the annual judging, seven categories were tasted in the final marathon session. Shay Waterworth reports

Connoisseur

Cono Sur is the star turn of chilean wine brands. Christian Davis meets its CEO and chief winemaker, Adolfo Hurtado

Pick of the Launches

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

Marlborough on a mission

This New Zealand region is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s now making pinot noir that justifies itself as a quality red partner. Jamie Goode reports

Baijiu big spenders

Former China resident and DI reporter Shay Waterworth has experienced the world’s largest spirit, baijiu, first hand. He gives us his take on this unwieldy yet mysterious category

Bourbon back in business

An old spirit by any measure, bourbon is reinventing itself for the millennial generation. Ian Buxton reports

Americanisation is over

Illva Saronno, the Italian drinks producer, recently staged a business conference in China with its joint venture partner, Chinese wine producer Changyu. Christian Davis was there

It’s all in the game

Shay Waterworth teams up with veteran winemaker David Baverstock to find out what it is about Portugal that has kept him there for 35 years

Pick of the Launches

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

China's fake booze market

Drinks International guest writer Helen Saunders, head of intelligence and operations at brand protection company INCOPRO, gives her insight into the counterfeiting of alcohohol in China.

Canned revolution: Why UK breweries are choosing cans

Homer Simpson and Peter griffin are classic cartoon characters that have dominated TV screens for the past 20 years.

ISC Awards- Whiskies

Scotch again proved the biggest winner on its home turf as a record number of whiskies from around the world lined up on the tasting table. Shay Waterworth was at Edinburgh’s scotch whisky experience for the ISC event.

Old meets new

It was inevitable – vermouth is the latest category to be revived through the craft movement. Jaq Bayles reports on how modern twists are making big names sit up.

Just in case

The Nordic countries like their whisky. mostly scotch but also others – including now their very own. Christian Davis reports

Globally local

The London Wine Fair brings producers from across the globe together under one roof. Shay Waterworth previews

Scotch’s final frontier

Ian Buxton takes a trip around the smaller and lesser-known distilleries of Scotland’s outlying islands where producers battle the elements to make some of the country’s finest whisky

An age-old question

The lack of legal definitions around rum see some producers deceiving consumers with their claims, finds Holly Motion

Fighting talk

Hamish Smith meets one of Mexican culture’s greatest proponents and finds there’s more to Tomas Estes than meets the eye

Pick of the Launches

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

Gin takes the high road

Scotland may be best known for its whisky, but it’s no slouch when it comes to producing gin either. Hamish Smith hears the pipes a-calling

Finding a voice

They may be the world’s most awarded brandies, but South Africa’s offerings struggle to get the message across to consumers. Holly Motion reports on how that’s all changing

Spanish highs

For 25 years María José Sevilla promoted Spanish food and wine. She retired in January and last month was made a member of the Gran Orden De Caballeros Del Vino (the grand order of the gentlemen of wine). Christian Davis saddles up

Pick of the Launches

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

Air Miles

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