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Got Carter

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.

London Wine Fair

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

Vinitaly preview

How organiser Veronafiere is celebrating 50 years of Vinitaly, Italy’s leading showcase dedicated to wines and spirits, on April 10-13.

Pick of the Launches

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

Ready for anything

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

Back up from Down Under

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. 

The New Standard

Standard spirits sales are growing but small budgets mean its often up to the bottle to do the talking. Hamish Smith reports.

Rising to the Challenge

Joe Bates confronts some challenges facing the Americas duty free business ahead of the annual Iaddfs show.

Pick of the Launches

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

Jungle Juice

The liqueurs sector is like a jungle: full of different creatures. It’s a diverse environment where the one thing they have in common is a broad category classification. Christian Davis explores

The Educator

The Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Ian Harris is a man on a mission. Disciple Christian Davis catches up with the missionary

Lowering the bar

Lower-alcohol wines are flourishing in some markets and languishing in others. Christian Davis reports

The commercialisation of craft

Craft spirits, so-called and authentic, are now ubiquitous. Hamish Smith discusses what this means for the term –  and what the term actually means

Going underground

After several years of top awards, critical acclaim and buoyant sales, Japanese whisky seems to have become a victim of its own success. Dominic Roskrow asks what’s happening next

Super Troopers

Does super-premium really earn its stripes over the spirits segments? Holly Motion investigates

Carnival Spirit

Brazil may be suffering economically, but its second sporting event in as many years is being hailed a great opportunity for its national spirit. Holly Motion reports

The rise and rise of ryes

That rye whisky is in high demand will come as news to no one. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, we ain’t seen nothing yet….

Sweet Solutions

With sugar under the cosh from the health lobby, bartenders and syrup producers are trying to find alternatives. Holly Motion catches up on the latest

Caap fits

Åsa Caap is the mastermind behind the Our/Vodka brand concept. Christian Davis Caught up with her in London to get the lowdown on how it all started

Cava fights back

Spain’s sparklers could be starting to claw their way out from under the shadow of Prosecco, reports Sarah Jane Evans MW

Time to fortify

Port is currently in good health but it needs to act now to ensure it survives warns Holly Motion  

Branded but not brandy

Many brandy producers’ entry level products are now falling into the spirit drinks category. Hamish Smith asks if this is a move in the right direction

Scandi Spirit

Whisky has survived choppy waters in scandinavia, and sales are holding up when compared to some other european markets. Dominic Roskrow reports

Rum’s got punch

Not for the first time, a growing number of retailers, distributors and drinks experts are predicting a bright future for premium rum in the United States. Dominic Roskrow asked a panel of experts for their thoughts

David Wondrich: Wonder Man

Hamish Smith drinks in some pearls of wisdom from the cocktail world’s top historian

Just the tonic

It’s reputedly the UK’s fastest growing soft drink and its pairing with the cool kid of craft – gin – has done it no harm whatsoever. So why is the drink that makes up three quarters of a G&T such a hard sell Stateside?

Mezcal: Freeing the spirit

Mezcal is a spirit steeped in the rituals of mexico’s ancients. Hamish smith discovers how it is finding its way in the modern world.

South Africa wine: tipping point

The South African wine industry has reached a crucial moment, according to the chairman of Wines  of South Africa. Christian Davis got a tip off and was there

Ethical Concept: Craft Vodka

Consumers love ‘craft’, but are producers abusing the notion? Holly Hotion investigates

Prickly subject

Fears of an agave shortage seem to be having no effect on tequila production as new markets open up and premium products find favour. Holly Motion reports

Washington state: Identity Crisis

Washington state is a north American wine success story. But it is a wine region with a bit of an image problem of its own creation, finds Jamie Goode

Champagne: Travelling in style

Travel retail is a natural window to showcase champagne to the global community, says Giles Fallowfield

Highway to Heaven

Hamish smith talks to ‘Mr Mezcal’ Ron Cooper about art, smuggling and improving life in the Zapotec villages.

Dr Bill

Glenmorangie’s Bill Lumsden is to scotch whisky what Dr Who is to the BBC. Christian Davis travels to Ardbeg to meet the man who makes Glenmorangie and Ardbeg

Flavoured whisky: Honey Trap?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s just the latest spirit drink which we can’t call flavoured whisky but which prominently bears a major whisky brand on its label. Confused? Dominic Roskrow says you will be

New Zealand wine: Red, White and Rosy

New Zealand looks incapable of putting a foot wrong when it comes to its wines. And, with 2015 being hailed a near-perfect vintage, it is in a solid position to raise its already high prices globally as well as sell all its stocks. Jamie Goode reports

Liqueurs report: Packaging

Experts from design specialist Seymourpowell look at how aesthetics can drive sales

Whisky in the Eurozone

Europe’s single malt producers are demanding a place at whisky’s top table. But, as Dominic Roskrow reports, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg

Rum: Join the Dark Side

The dark rum category is benefiting from some tender loving care. Dominic Roskrow looks at how it’s targeting whisky and brandy as a premium spirit

Liqueurs report: Travel Retail

While trading conditions in key markets are far from ideal, leading liqueur brands are stepping up their focus on travel retail, as Joe Bates reports

Cognac: Changing China

Cognac’s fall from grace amid China’s anti-austerity measures looks to now be in reverse. Richard Woodard reports

Profile: Neil Hirst

Christian Davis meets Neil Hirst, design director of 3D branding for packaging design specialists Seymourpowell

Rioja: Simple success

Rioja has never had it so good, says Adam Lechmere, and its producers plan to keep it that way by upping its image

Indian whisky

Slowly – very slowly – but surely, the various strands that make up the Indian whisky market are coming together. Could the sub-continent make a significant contribution to world whisky? asks Dominic Roskrow

The Vodka Report - Vodka goes vintage

Glass in hand, Fleur Disney sets off around London on a quest to track down evidence of the merging trend in exclusive vintage vodkas

The Vodka Report - Vodka in travel retail

Vodka is increasing its world coverage by taking the premium route in travel retail. Joe Bates looks at what’s on offer

The Vodka Report: The Bartender-vodka relationship

Has the habit of vodka bashing finally come to an end? Hamish Smith believes it has...

The Vodka Report - Russia and Ukraine

Production is down but Russians and Ukrainians are not necessarily drinking any less – Vladislav Vorotnikov investigates

Force of nature: Snow Leopard's Stephen Sparrow

A man called Sparrow is trying to save a cat from extinction. Christian Davis meets the Snow Leopard’s best friend

Drinking Germany

These are exciting times for German winemakers and their wines, says Andrew Catchpole