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Benevolent bike ride raises £13,000

The Benevolent, the charity for the UK drinks trade, has announced that a bike ride, in memory of Dan Townsend the Treasury Wine Estates’ European managing director who died in March while on business in Napa valley, raised more than £13,000.

WSET reports record demand

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust claims that demand for wine and spirits education is higher than ever, as more businesses recognise the return on investment in educated staff.

Quintessential raises €28m for Dublin distillery

Quintessential Brands has announced a €18.3m investment by Stock Spirits in its Dublin Liberties Distillery Company.

Hibiki 21 Year Old is the ISC’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017

The International Spirits Challenge’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017 is Suntory’s Hibiki 21 Year Old.

LVMH buys Washington’s Woodinville whiskey

LVMH Moët Hennessy has announced that it has bought the Woodinville Whiskey Company in Washington State. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

WSTA joins food and drink giants at government roundtable

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association was invited to attend Defra’s Food and Drink discussions at a roundtable led by secretary of state, Michael Gove, last week.

Trick Dog launches children’s book menu

San Francisco bar Trick Dog, a three-time member of The World’s 50 Best Bars, has launched its tenth menu today, a children’s book named: What Rhymes with Trick Dog?

Suzuki becomes Chivas Masters global champion

Atsushi Suzuki from Shanghai has taken the title of Chivas Masters global champion in Tokyo with his winning cocktail The Double Talk.

Vermouth di Torino Institute makes UK debut

The newly formed Vermouth di Torino Institute celebrated its UK debut last night with a tasting of 15 vermouths from the Piedmont region.

Campari sells Château de Sancerre winery for €20.5m

Gruppo Campari has announced that it has reached an agreement for the disposal of the French Château de Sancerre wine business to Maison Ackerman.

WSTA chief to join Brexit debate at Vinexpo

Miles Beale, CEO of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) and a former UK government advisor on agricultural policy, is to join the panel of experts debating the UK’s proposed exit from the European Union at Vinexpo Bordeaux on June 20.

Brexit pushes up the price of a bottle of wine, says WSTA

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report has revealed the average price of a bottle of wine has risen more in the last 12 weeks than it had in the last two years.

GONG Bar unveils Director’s Cut menu

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London has unveiled its new GŌNG Bar cocktail menu. Named the Director’s Cut, the menu is inspired by the greatest film directors of all time.

Glenmorangie launches Pride 1974

Glenmorangie has announced the launch of the oldest whisky it has produced to date.

Jägermeister appoints Christopher Ratsch

Mast-Jägermeister has announced the appointment of Christopher Ratsch as the third member of its executive board.

Vinexpo to try the US again

Vinexpo has announced that it is to try again to mount a successful exhibition in the US.

European Commission publishes report on labeling

The European Commission has published its long-awaited report on the exemption granted to alcohol products from certain mandatory labelling requirements.

Treasury mourns death of Dan Townsend

Treasury Wine Estates has announced the death of its European managing director, Dan Townsend.

Prosecco DOC commits to sustainability

The Prosecco DOC plans to obtain certification that will guarantee the sustainability of individual wines.

Scotch Whisky industry says excise increase is a blow

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) says the Chancellor’s decision to increase excise duty on spirits by nearly 4% or 36 pence a bottle in today’s Budget is a major blow to a key UK industry. 

Four new masters of wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced four new masters of wine: Mark Andrew (UK), Jeremy Cukierman (France), Emma Dawson (UK) and David Forer (USA).

Future growth lies with the Americas and Asia Pacific

Forecasts for future growth in wine and spirits consumption to 2020 show the Americas and Asia Pacific are the countries to concentrate on, according to recent IWSR research.

Mast-Jägermeister Manifests new super-premium

Mast-Jägermeister has announced the launch of Manifest, its first super-premium line-extension.

The World's 50 Best Selling Classic Cocktails 2017

We’ve asked 100 of the best bars in the world - using the results of the survey of The World's 50 Best Bars - to rank their best-selling classic cocktails. Hamish Smith presents the countdown

Pernod Ricard sales and profits up 4%

Alexandre Ricard, Pernod Ricard’s chairman and CEO, was broadly happy with the company’s +4% sales and profits for the half year to February.

DI Annual Bar Report: Brands in Cocktails

What brands are favoured by the world’s best bars in classic cocktails? Hamish Smith shares our poll’s results

DI Annual Bar Report: All Time- Leagues

It takes a lot to make it on to a bars report list and even more to repeat the process. Hamish Smith salutes the brands with the staying power

DI Annual Bar Report: Liqueurs

The rising popularity of bitter drinks have helped shake up this category, says Holly Motion

Vinisud organisers say its 2017 show has delivered on its promise

The first annual Vinisud show in Montpellier has been hailed a success for attracting more than 20,000 buyers and almost 7,000 international visitors.

International Scotch Day – February 10

Diageo has announced the launch of International Scotch Day, Friday February 10.

DI Annual Bar Report: Tonic Water

There’s one brand that gets bar-called more than any other tonic, says Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Bartenders Choice

This list is all about what the ’tenders love. Hamish Smith dissects their favourites

DI Annual Bar Report: Water

It’s always on tap, but consumers like to name-call water as much as any spirit, says Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Beer

Despite the craft movement it’s the big names that dominate. Hamish Smith explains why

Fires in Chile engulf vineyards

Chilean Authorities have confirmed that fires in heavily forested regions of the south of the country have extended to vineyard sites.

DI Annual Bar Report: Champagne

The bubble’s burst for some brands, but the old favourites are still there. Holly Motion rounds up the cool kids

DI Annual Bar Report: Sherry

The fortified wine is making a comeback in new creations, finds Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Port

The global brands are also our polled bars favourites. Hamish Smith reports

Steven Spurrier is WSET’s new honorary president

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) new honorary president is wine legend, Steven Spurrier.

DI Annual Bar Report: Vermouth

The biggest names turn out not to be the biggest sellers here, says Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Mezcal

Hamish Smith finds brands’ compelling stories are what attract bartenders

DI Annual Bar Report: Tequila

Versatile tequila is piling on the plaudits from bartenders and gaining case sales at a rapid rate. Holly Motion reports

DI Annual Bar Report: Cachaça

Last year's olympics may have put Brazil's national spirit on the map, but Hamish Smith finds it's still pretty scarce in bars

DI Annual Bar Report: Gin

It’s been the spirit of the year and as such has attracted many newcomers. Holly Motion reports

DI Annual Bar Report: American Whiskey

Bulleit is right on target once again. Hamish Smith explains why it’s the favourite

Yusef is new Benevolent chairman

Tom Yusef, chairman and joint MD of specialist logistics provider JF Hillebrand, is the new chairman of the Benevolent, the drinks industry charity.

DI Annual Bar Report: World Whisky

Ireland and Japan are producing the brands to watch in this category. Hamish Smith reports

DI Annual Bar Report: Scotch

Johnnie Walker is still the name to watch, but blends in general are struggling

Edrington announces new leadership appointments

Edrington has announced a number of leadership appointments to its super premium, regional power brands and global travel retail divisions. 

DI Annual Bar Report: Pisco

The South American spirit has a long way to go, says Hamish Smith, but brands are starting to step up to the mark