Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2022

Historically to mark the start of a new wine season, today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, on which more than one million cases of Beaujolais wine start their journey from the Beaujolais region of France across the country.

Comité Champagne harvest yield decision

Champagne growers and houses met in Epernay within the Comité Champagne to agree on the circumstances of the next harvest and on strategic directions for the sector.

Penfolds launches two inaugural French wines

For the first time in its history, Penfolds annual Collection release in August will comprise three country of origin portfolios, Australian, Californian and the inaugural French release.

Bacardi extends bottled cocktail range to the off-premise

Bacardi has announced that it will be extending the availability of its bottled cocktails range, Tails, to the off-trade.

World’s first alcoholic oat milk RTD launches in the UK

Panther M*lk, the world’s first ready to drink alcohol cocktail made from oat milk, spirits and liqueurs, has launched in the UK in two flavours.

Brands Report 2022: How We Did It

Brands Report editor Hamish Smith explains the methodolgy behind the report's polling system.

Moe Aljaff: The Schmuck who hit gold

From living a borderline homeless existence in Amsterdam and handing out leaflets while living off Burger King and cheap pints, Moe Aljaff recently opened his third venue in the hipster hotspot of Barcelona’s El Raval, making him one of the hottest properties in global bartending right now.

Monaghan wins first Flor de Caña Rum Sustainable Cocktail Challenge

Manachain Monaghan from the UK has been crowned global champion of Flor de Caña Rum’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge with his ‘Steamship’ cocktail.

Dwayne Johnson announces Teremana Añejo launch

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has announced the launch of an añejo expression if his Teremana tequila range.

Pétrus wine aged in space expected to sell for $1million

A bottle of Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station, is to be offered for sale by Christie’s.

Caskshare announces partnership with Holyrood Distillery

Single cask whisky buying platform Caskshare has announced a partnership with Edinburgh’s Holyrood Distillery.

Daddy Rack whiskey gets UK distribution deal

Daddy Rack, an original Tennessee straight small batch whiskey, has launched in Scotland with plans for a wider UK roll out in March.

Agora aims to reignite a passion for vermouth

A vermouth lover aims to bring finesse and balance to the category with the launch of his small-batch Agora Vermouth.

Chivite pushes boundaries with barrel-fermented rosé

Spanish producer Chivite has launched a barrel-fermented rosé made from Garnacha grapes sourced from the Legardeta estate in northern Navarra.

Cognac Ferrand and Wondrich's Curaçao arrives in US

Pierre Ferrand Cognac's orange liqueur, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao - created in collaboration with cocktail historian David Wondrich - has been rolled out to the US.

Michel Roux launches wine

London chef Michel Roux Jr has joined forces with French wine maker Michel Chapoutier to create wines named after Roux’s restaurant Le Gavroche.

Nemiroff launches Distinct "eco-vodka"

Nemiroff Company has made its first step into eco-friendly spirits with the launch of Nemiroff Distinct, a vodka flavoured with aloe. 

Philippines spirits tax violates WTO rules

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that discriminatory excise tax on spirits in the Philippines is a violation of WTO rules.

Remy launches Louis XIII jeroboam

Remy Martin has launched its Louis XIII cognac in a jeroboam decanter. The new format has a £16,000 price tag and there are 100 jeroboams available.

A de Fussigny releases XO 24 Carats

A de Fussigny cognac has released XO 24 Carats Grand Champagne to North America, Europe, Asia and duty free.

Heineken proposes director change

Heineken has proposed that Charlotte Kwist replaces her uncle Dirk Pieter Hoyer as a director of Heineken Holdings.

Brown-Forman launches new Canadian whisky in US

Brown-Forman has launched Canadian 'maple wood' whisky, Collingwood, in four US states.

China: Scotch whisky gets geographical protection

China - an important market for scotch whisky – has announced that it will recognise and protect ‘scotch whisky’ as a Geographical Indication (GI).

Pernod sells Spanish wine brands

Pernod Ricard has announced the disposal, by its subsidiary Domecq Bodegas, of Spanish wine brands Marqués de Arienzo and Viña Eguίa. The sale also includes the related Bodega and 358 hectares of vineyards and lands.