DI Annual Bar Report: Beer

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

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: Port

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

DI Annual Bar Report: Sherry

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

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

DI Annual Bar Report: Brandy

The big four have been infiltrated in this year’s list, reports Hamish Smith

WSET Announces Educator of the Year Award nominees

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced the nominees for its annual Educator of the Year Award sponsored by Riedel.

UK sparkling wine and champagne sales set to break £2bn mark

Sales of sparkling wine and champagne in the UK are set to break the £2bn mark by the New Year.

Halewood Wines & Spirits launches super-premium Liverpool Rum

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a small batch, single cask rum, inspired by the 17th century docks and shipyards of Liverpool.

Glenmorangie unveils Bond House No. 1 vintage collection

Glenmorangie has unveiled the distillery’s new vintage collection, Bond House No. 1. 

Diageo launches whisky matcher app

Diageo and the team behind malts.com have launched Whisky Matcher, an app to 'discover and explore single malt scotch whisky'.

Lidl’s own label scores 95.5 points in Murray's Whisky Bible

Lidl’s own label 34 Year Glen Alba Sherry Cask Finish scotch whisky has been classified as ‘magnificent’ and ‘truly superb’ by whisky legend Jim Murray. 

Suntory executive to address distilling conference

Shinji Fukuyo, executive officer and chief blender at Suntory Spirits, will address the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference 2017 in Scotland.

East London Liquor Company unveils fourth barrel-aged bottling

East London Liquor Company has announced the fourth and final bottling for 2016 in its barrel-aged gin programme.

Australia Day Tasting 2017 dates announced

Wine Australia has announced the Australia Day Tasting will return to London, Edinburgh and Dublin in January 2017. 

Maisons Marques et Domaines becomes 45th WSET corporate patron

Maisons Marques et Domaines has become the latest organisation to support the Wine & Spirit Education Trust as a bronze corporate patron.

Scotch whisky and cachaça join forces

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça have signed a mutual cooperation agreement.

Pernod acquires majority stake in West Virginia craft distiller

Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits, the West Virginia craft distiller, for an undisclosed sum. 

WSTA declares 2016 the year of gin

This year has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin with end of year sales continuing to soar in the UK, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

Molson Coors announces 'new look' leadership team

Molson Coors has announced the appointment of Phil Whitehead as managing director, Molson Coors UK & Ireland.

Pernod sells Domecq to Emperador

Pernod Ricard has announced the sale of the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass. 

Budweiser UK teams up with Uber

Budweiser and Uber have joined forces to launch their biggest UK responsible drinking campaign for Christmas. 

WSTA urges UK ministers to let industry lead Brexit negotiations

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling for Brexit ministers to let industry lead negotiations to ensure the ‘best possible’ free trade agreements with the EU and beyond.

Cunard partners with WSET

Luxury travel brand Cunard has partnered with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to launch the first WSET certified wine and spirit courses to be available on its flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.

DrinkUp.London hires London Beer Week festival director

DrinkUp.London has announced former Belvedere ambassador, Ali Dedianko, will join its team as festival director for London Beer Week.

Brown-Forman names Northern Europe head of brand advocacy

Brown-Forman has named Nidal Ramini as its new head of brand advocacy for Northern Europe.

Innis & Gunn doubles its initial crowdfunding target

Independent craft brewer Innis & Gunn surpassed its equity crowdfunding target by £1.5 million, raising a total of £2.5 million when its Crowdcube powered, AdventureCapital campaign closed last night.

Lucas Bols names UK ambassador

Michael Mann, formerly of City of London Distillery has been named the Lucas Bols UK brand ambassador. 

Marie Brizard expands Polish partnership

Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits has announced that it is expanding its partnership with the Polish distributor Eurocash to strengthen the presence of its flagship brands.

Benromach offers Single Cask exclusive to trade customers

Benromach Distillery has launched an ‘exclusive opportunity’ for trade customers to bottle a single cask of whisky and customise the packaging.

Bacardi cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half

Bacardi has cut its global greenhouse gas emissions in half, more than a year earlier than its end of December 2017 target.

The Telegraph Whisky Experience returns for 2016

The Telegraph Whisky Experience will return to London for its fourth year, hosted at One Whitehall Place on December 5-6. 

WSTA tackles Brexit minister

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says it met Brexit minister David Jones last week to discuss how the industry can best protect trade and prosper when the UK leaves the EU.

Symington family announces new Douro estate acquisition

Symington Family Estates has purchased a new property in the northeastern area of the Douro valley. 

The World's 50 Best Bars 2016 in pictures

The World's 50 Best Bars, which took place at Christ Church Spitafields yesterday (October 6th), saw nine awards presented to the best bars in the world. 

Dead Rabbit named winner of World's 50 Best Bars 2016

Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grogg from New York has taken the title of World’s Best Bar 2016 at the annual World’s 50 Best Bars Awards in London.

WSTA at FIVS conference

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association met with international partners in Canada, last week, as part of the FIVS Ottawa meetings for talks on developing post-Brexit trade agreements.

Travel Retail Challenge winners announced

Heineken Brew Lock was named supreme champion at Drinks International’s tenth annual Travel Retail Challenge last night. 

Villa Massa to double market share by 2020

Villa Massa, the 'first premium Limoncello brand to commercialise globally', is aiming to increase its market share by 50% by 2020.