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
Given the nature and spread of cocktail bars, it’s tough to pinpoint global trends. but Hamish Smith gets some insights from the experts
Irish whiskey is on a roll, reports Christian Davis, with increasing numbers of consumers discovering its charms worldwide
Strega is an old brand with traditional values at its heart – and that’s how Antonio Savarese intends it to stay, finds Hamish Smith
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine August edition.
The key to increasing armagnac sales is to educate both the trade and consumers, producers tell Henry Jeffreys
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
Holly Motion reports on the ISC Brandy & Cognac, Rum, Pisco, Armagnac & Calvados and design and packaging awards.
Jeff Evans looks at how brewers are enjoying the new freedom of the craft movement to experiment with all manner of ingredients
Spain’s best known premium wine-producing region has been rocked by a small but influential boutique producer leaving the designation of origin. Christian Davis reports
Shochu, the spirit of Japan, is wonderfully versatile, according to Elliot Faber – and it won’t be long before we all know more about it
Rum may enjoy a reputation as the fun-lover’s drink, but it’s at the mercy of those who are giving it a bad name. quality is now paramount, reports Holly Motion
Indian whisky has had its ups and downs over the years, but distillers’ talk of a quality revolution suggests it’s back in the ascendant. Dominic Roskrow reports
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine July edition.
Holly Motion finds Pernod Ricard’s Charles-Armand de Belenet in high spirits about the long-term future for cognac in China
While Rioja continues to steal the limelight for Spanish wines, two other established regions are pushing for greater airtime, reports Charlotte Hey
Chile is focusing on its image and product quality, particularly from new places and with new blends. Christian Davis reports
Sambuca’s failure to premiumise with any kind of fanfare has left it losing out to tequila. holly motion looks at how the italian spirit can fan the flames of success
Kentucky’s bourbon industry has undergone its most intensive period in decades. But, as Dominic Roskrow reports, it’s emerging from the upheaval in fine shape
Gautom Menon is the man behind Wild Tiger Rum. Hamish Smith finds out how he earned his stripes
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine June edition.
The gin guild’s director general, Nicolas Cook, examines why consumers, media and the on-trade have helped bring about the renaissance of gin
Can gin survive the plethora of new brands flooding the market? Ian Buxton reports
If you’re after a quality mixer with authentic ingredients, tonic’s your answer. Tracy West reports
Hamish Smith gathers some of the trade’s thoughts on where gin is at and where it’s going
Spain is a huge gin market but it has to be gin & tonic – even if some don’t like the taste. Christian Davis reports
After years of stagnating sales gin is flying in travel retail as brands big and small, old and new look to exploit the potential this niche retail channel offers. Joe Bates reports.
Elite bartenders are increasingly working like chefs in sourcing and handling fruit and veg for garnishes in cocktails. But do they follow good hygiene practices and are they properly equipped? Christian Davis reports
On March 31 and April 1 the great and the good gathered to taste this year’s International Spirits Challenge’s white spirits contenders.
It might have gained notoriety as an ingredient in James bond’s signature drink, but Vermouth’s reach is far wider, reports Holly Motion.
Younger consumers are boosting sales of fruit-flavoured wines in a fast-growing category. Holly Motion reports on the new hybrid cuvée.
Gin is thriving, but as more and more producers enter the market, there’s confusion as to what it should and can be. So where is the category heading? Dominic Roskrow reports
The large-brand, big volume bitters are enjoying the fallout of the cocktail boom. Hamish Smith reports on their fortunes.
Are gins set to offer the world a spirits category as diverse and exciting as single malts? It’s not beyond the realms of possibility, reports Dominic Roskrow
A round-up of some of the most recent gin products.
Anecdotally cocktail bitters is a buoyant market, but the industry is in the dark as to its size. Hamish Smith looks to shine a light
Gin is flying. Hardly a week passes without another launch. Christian Davis reports
The biennial Vinexpo Hong Kong this year shines the spotlight on Italy, while around 60 events are planned. Joe Bates shines a spotlight on the programme
Joe Bates rounds up the news and events for the TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition in Singapore
Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine May edition.
Dr Nick Morgan is Diageo’s head of whisky outreach. Who is he and what does that mean? Christian Davis meets the good doctor
Gavin D Smith explores the appeal and conflicts of the densely distillery-populated Scottish region.
Jamie Goode discovers a single varietal approach is revolutionising a wine style
It’s not all dark & stormy for rum – Holly Motion finds producers are aiming to wake up the spirit’s white side.
Ross Carter is the man who did the equivalent of ‘Brexit’ to the London Wine Fair. He oversaw the dumping of the international element in favour of going it alone with domestic. Christian Davis meets the event director.
The London Wine Fair – now in its 36th year – will be held at London Olympia from May 3-5. Christian Davis previews the upcoming event
How organiser Veronafiere is celebrating 50 years of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading showcase dedicated to wines and spirits, on April 10-13.
It’s not so long ago that pre-mixed cocktails were sneered at. But now it’s all about batching – and it’s all the rage. Holly Motion reports
It may be a cliché to say that the Australian wine industry has been a victim of its own success but it does aptly sum up its situation. Christian Davis delves down under.