Jim Murray's Whisky Bible criticised for "sexist and vulgar" reviews

Whisky writer Becky Paskin has criticised Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible for “sexist and vulgar” language that allows the objectification of women in whisky.

Focus on India: pandemic could usher in lasting change

India, one of the largest spirits consuming and producing countries in the world, has never had it easy when it comes to the matter of alcohol.

BAME Wine Professionals aims to promote diversity in the wine trade

A new online resource is dedicated to shining a light on “wine talent in the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities”.

US hospitality industry revived almost 600,000 jobs in July

The US bar and restaurant industry revived 592,000 jobs across the country in July, according to new statistics from the Bureau of Labor.

Chivas Regal master blender Colin Scott reflects upon his illustrious career

Colin Scott has retired from his role as the custodian master blender of Chivas Regal after enjoying an illustrious 47-year career in the Scotch whisky industry. Drinks International caught up with the esteemed blender on his final day at the office.

Nyetimber owner predicts English sparkling wine production will double by 2030

A leading English sparkling wine producer has predicted that the county’s production levels will double in the next decade.

Bar Convent Brooklyn replaced with online conferences

Bar Convent Brooklyn has been called off after the organisers decided it would be too risky to host a trade show during this age of contagion.

Rémy Cointreau offers free training to hospitality workers

Rémy Cointreau has partnered with Flow Hospitality Training to launch a range of free online courses for bartenders.

Chinese alcohol industry suffers 8.6% revenue drop

China’s alcoholic drinks production sector decreased by 8.6% to 249.7 billion yuan ($35.2 billion) in the first four months of 2020, according to new government figures.

Thailand urged to end alcohol sales ban

Thailand’s beer, wine and spirits industry has implored the government to lift a ban on alcohol sales during the national state of emergency.

Lebanon wine sector responds to Covid-19 crisis with typical resilience

The Covid-19 pandemic has wrought havoc on the global drinks industry presenting business owners with a formidable set of challenges. Yet for winemakers in Lebanon it represents just another obstacle in a long list of trials and tribulations they have overcome in recent times.

Zamora Company explains how brand owners can help the on-trade recover

Spanish producer Zamora Company has reported that wine and spirits sales in China have recovered as the country emerges from a sweeping coronavirus lockdown.

South African wine producers cleared to resume exports

South African producers have received permission to export their wine around the world after intensive lobbying efforts over the past week.

South African wine producers permitted to finish 2020 harvest during coronavirus lockdown

South African wineries are now permitted to finish the 2020 harvest after the government added them to the list of essential businesses during the coronavirus lockdown.

Bacardi launches $3m fund to help bartenders during coronavirus pandemic

Bacardi has set up a $3m fund to help bar owners and bartenders make ends meet during the global coronavirus lockdown.

London Wine Fair postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

The London Wine Fair is the latest high profile-event to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.

British bar industry pleads for government support to save it from oblivion

The British pub and bar industry will be lost within days if the government does not take swift action to prop it up, leading operators have warned.

US: DISCUS recruits Campari, appoints new chair

Campari America has joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Australian Wine

Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter

Scotch Whisky Association launches job report

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a report, which outlines the number of jobs supported by the scotch whisky industry. 

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.

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.

Businesses urged to make Responsibility Deal pledges

The UK government has urged the drinks industry to back its Responsibility Deal aimed at countering binge drinking and alcoholism.

CIVB appoints marketing director

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) or Bordeaux Wine Council, which represents Bordeaux vine growers and négociants, has announced the appointment of François Jumeau as its new marketing director.

Nomacorc registers double-digit growth

US-based synthetic closure brand, Nomacorc, has announced it registered 10% year-on-year growth during Q1 and Q2 of 2011.

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.

BBPA and WSTA defend UK drinking record

UK: Trade bodies Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have denied that UK alcohol consumption is rising.

Constellation Wines renamed Accolade after Champ takeover

Constellation Wines Australia and Europe has been renamed Accolade Wines following the completed acquisition of an 80% share in the company by Australian equity group Champ.

NZ: Winegrowers aim for organic

New Zealand: An organic wine group has set a goal for 20% of New Zealand vineyards to be organic by 2020.

Scotch whisky - cornerstone of Scottish economy

A new study has revealed that Scotch whisky is worth £4 billion a year in added value to the Scottish economy - with the industry spending in excess of £1.1 billion annually on supplies produced in Scotland.

South African wine gets sustainability seal

The South African wine industry has launched a new sustainability seal, as a guarantee of environmentally-sensitive production.

Chile: Wine industry loses US$250 million, limited damage

Chile: Vinos de Chile has assessed earthquake damage and reported limited damage, though this amounts to a loss US$250 million.