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Fire destroys part of Dvars in Amsterdam

A fire has destroyed a previous The World’s 50 Best Bars ‘One to Watch’, Dvars in Amsterdam. 

Travel Retail awards winners announced

Drinks International has announced the winners of the Travel Retail Awards. 

Ballantine's Miltonduff edition rolls out

Chivas Brothers is to launch a Miltonduff edition of its Ballantine's 17 year old blended scotch. 

Australian winemaker plants Greek grape variety Assyrtiko

An Australian wine producer has announced that it has planted Greek vines that produce white wine grapes, Assyrtiko – a first for Australia.

Book Review: Canadian Whisky The Portable Expert

The first book dedicated to Canadian whisky, according tohe publishers. So, not before time then.

Book Review: Whisky Opus

Yes, it is that time of year: late summer/autumn when publishers start releasing books with an eye to the Christmas gifting market. Well, here’s one for anyone looking for either a coffee table book or an easy-to-read/glance at, authoritative book on whisky.

Micheal Cox is new Vintners’ master

Michael Cox, has been installed as the 518th Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners for the forthcoming year.

The OIV to define dealcoholised wines

The International Orgisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) is to provide definitions for for beverages obtained by dealcoholisation of wine and beverages obtained by partial dealcoholisation of wine.

OIV elects new president

The general assembly of the of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV, has announced the election of Claudia Inés Quini, deputy head of research at the National Institute for Vitiviniculture of Argentina (INV), as its incoming president.

UK government pledges to intervene in alcoholics’ lives

The UK government’s Work and Pensions Secretary and former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, is due to  announce today (May23) that “alcoholics rendered unable to work by their condition will face active intervention in their lives to make them clean and employable”.

Children more aware of alcohol ads

UK: Children as young as 10 are more familiar with some leading alcohol brands and adverts than those for popular foods and snacks, according to a new report by Alcohol Concern.

Patience Gould returns to Drinks International

Drinks International is delighted to announce that Patience Gould, its former editor and a well known figure in the drinks industry, is returning to write a regular column.

Jura invests £100,000 in visitor centre

The Isle of Jura Distillery has opened a £100,000 visitor centre.

Rémy sells Piper-heidseick to EPI

The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the sale of Piper-heidseick – Compangni Champenoise to EPI (Européenne de Participations Industrielles)

Laithwaites releases Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel

Laithwaites, the international wine mail-order company, has released Van Ruiten Old Vine Zinfandel 2008 from California.

Drambuie restructures after key retirement

Drambuie has announced the appointment of Michael Kennedy as future CEO and added Brendan O’Neill and Jonathan Brown to its board of directors.

Labels key to success for selling wine in China

Wine producers looking to export to China for the first time need to get to grips with demands for high-quality packaging and culturally-sensitive labels, according to Wine Intelligence.

Foster's hires CIO

Foster’s Group has appointed Dean Matthews to the role of chief information officer (CIO), effective May 23.

How to crack the US market

Entrants aiming to crack the US market need to take a bold approach, according to a wine importer.

G&J Greenall opens London office

Gin and vodka distiller G&J Greenall has opened premises in London.

Maxxium to distribute No. 3 gin

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has appointed Maxxium UK to distribute No. 3 London Dry Gin from June 1, 2011. Since its launch in 2010, the brand has been distributed by Inspirit Brands.

New World leads Old in battle of the wine brands

New World brands continue to dominate the global wine sector and now constitute 13 of the top 15 wine brands, according to a recent study.

Chivas launches gin website

Chivas Brothers, the premium gin and scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, has launched a gin website, www.ginandtales.com.

Moet launches champagne over ice

Moet & Chandon has launched a champagne designed to be served over ice.

Lanson launches champagne education website

Lanson International has launched a website to educate trade and consumers about champagne, called L‟Académie de Lanson.

Bordeaux wine-students to train in London

The International Wine and Spirits Institute (IWSI), based in Bordeaux, is to open an eight-week spirits training programme in London next year.

28 YO Glenmorangie set for July launch

The Glenmorangie Company has announced the release of Pride 1981, a 28-year old single malt whisky that has been finished in Sauternes casks for ten years.

Patrón enlists former Diageo VP

Patrón Spirits has appointed Phil Gervasi, a former VP at Diageo, as executive vice president of sales for North America.

Irish Distillers launches new single pot still whiskeys

Irish Distillers, the Irish whiskey arm of Pernod Ricard, unveiled two new single pot still Irish whiskeys today (May 5).

Pernod Ricard makes board change

Pernod Ricard’s board of directors have co-opted Laurent Burelle to replace Lord Douro, who has resigned from his duties for personal reasons.

SAB Miller appoints deputy CFO

SABMiller has announced the appointment of James (Jamie) Wilson as deputy chief financial officer.

Chivas Brothers restyles The Glenlivet

Chivas Brothers has introduced new packaging across its “core range" of The Glenlivet.

Master of Malt launches “world’s oldest liqueur”

Online whisky retailer Master of Malt has launched a 40-year old whisky liqueur.

ISC live: Vedrenne plans organic Creme de Cassis

Gerard Chaussee, director of French liqueurs specialist Vedrenne, has said that he hopes to present a new organic creme de cassis at next year's International Spirits Challenge.

France: Absinthe ban lifted

The absinthe ban in France has been lifted, according to absinthe brand La Fée.

SPI Group invests in Argentinean winery

SPI Group has acquired shares in Argentinean winery Achaval-Ferrer, as part of its strategy of investing in “jewels of the wine world”.

Malibu adds Cranberry-Cherry to its range

Pernod Ricard US has announced that Malibu has added Cranberry-Cherry to its range of rum liqueurs, following a vote by consumers.

Bartenders do duel for No. 209 Gin crown

Two of London’s bartenders drew swords in San Francisco in the final of the No. 209 Gin Duel.

Jim Beam's Red Stag comes to UK and travel retail

Jim Beam has launched its Red Stag bourbon-based drink in the UK market and in travel retail outlets across Europe.

SAB Miller launches new Peroni ad

SABMiller has launched a new Peroni Nastro Azzurro global ad campaign that celebrates the Italian summer.

Brazil emerges as imported wine market

Brazilians are increasingly turning to wine as their beverage of choice, according to consumer research published by Wine Intelligence.

Christie’s raises $11m in 36-hour wine sale

Christie’s has conducted a 36-hour wine auction in Hong Kong and New York, with sales totalling US$11.2m.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte hires commercial director

Champagne cooperative Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has appointed Julie Campos as commercial director.

Glazer's appoints senior VP

Glazer’s, the Dallas-based wine, spirits and malt beverage distributors, has appointed Jim Oliver as senior vice president of fine wine.

Glazer's appoints senior VP

Glazer’s, the Dallas-based wine, spirits and malt beverage distributors, has appointed Jim Oliver as senior vice president of fine wine.

SABMiller’s Sudanese brewery invests $15m

SABMiller subsidiary company Southern Sudan Beverages (SSBL) is to invest US$15m to increase production capacity.

10% of male cancer due to alcohol

10% of cancer in males and 3% in women is attributable to alcohol, according to Europe-wide research by the British Medical Journal.

Early heatwave puts 2011 Cognac crop at risk

Producers throughout the Cognac region have major concerns that early budbreak, caused by an unprecedented warm spell in early April, could result in severe crop damage if night-time temperatures fall to freezing in the next few weeks.

Heinemann takes on Topping

Heinemann Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Germany-based duty free retailer and distributor Gebr Heinemann, has appointed Paul Topping to the role of director.

Japanese whiskies launch in India

Indian distributor Radico Khaitan is to launch Japanese whiskies the Yamazaki 12 year old and Hibiki 17 year old in India.