Irish wine merchant James Nicholson has purchased London independent retailer Highbury Vintners for an undisclosed sum.Nicholson set up JN Wine in County Down in 1977 and it has built up a strong reputation as a family-run merchant offering artisan wines over the past 42 years.

Last month, it was announced that Hong Kong’s richest family has secured a deal to buy 220-year-old brewer Greene King for £2.His eldest son, Victor Li Tzar Kuoi, is chairman of CKA Group and will swallow up Greene King when the cash deal goes through.

The Portuguese wine region Vinho Verde is launching a new marketing campaign in the UK.The EU-funded campaign, which starts this month, aims to shine a light on the region’s premium wine offering in the UK.

The Curious World of Corky’s will use POS and in-outlet activity to promote unusual serves such as twisted shots and pitchers served in teapots.The supplier said off-trade retailers could use the serves – which have been principally devised for bars and pubs – to drive sales in take-home.

The newcomer taps into growth in purple gins, which is the third fastest growing flavoured gin in the UK, according to brand owner Pernod Ricard UK.Louise Ryan, managing director, The Gin Hub, said: “We are delighted to be introducing Beefeater Blackberry to.

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IC Labelling Systems has delivered a new self-adhesive labelling machine to Owens Illinois Decorative Glassworks in Alloa Scotland.It can handle up to three labels on the same glass bottle to cope with future requests from O-I glass customers.

3rd September, 2019 by Alice Liang From Bishopsgate to Central, the celebrated restaurant Duck & Waffle is bringing the London midtown experience to Hong Kong this month.The highly anticipated Duck & Waffle will set foot in Hong Kong this September at IFC mall, Central, making it the first overseas branch of the iconic restaurant.

3rd September, 2019 by Alice Liang The Taiwanese whisky distillery has announced the addition of a Sherry cask finish to its ‘Concertmaster’ range.The newly released Kavalan ‘Concertmaster Sherry Finish’ at 40% ABV is double matured in Sherry casks.

3rd September, 2019 by Edith Hancock Sparkling wine brand Freixenet is making its TV advertising debut in the UK by sponsoring the new series of Channel 4’s Don’t Tell The Bride.Samantha Cross, Brand Manager said: “It’s fantastic to have Freixenet on TV for the first time in the UK with Don’t Tell The Bride and Channel 4.

3rd September, 2019 by Ron Emler French drinks group Pernod Ricard has held a “dry run” to anticipate potential problems caused by a no-deal Brexit and says it will have “no problems” meeting the Christmas demand.“Nobody knows what is going to happen [politically],” David Haworth, the managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, said in London today, “but we have prepared as best we can”.

Incidentally you will see that the red line representing the Liv-ex 1000 (the broadest fine wine index) ends abruptly a month ago, and the reason is simpy that it is updated on a monthly basis.What is clear is that fine wine prices have struggled to make headway in this phase, and we must pause to speculate why one physical asset (gold) should outperform while another (fine wine) should not.

3rd September, 2019 by Rupert Millar English winery Black Chalk has secured a £1.5 million investment for a new winery and tasting room and to support a growing team.

3rd September, 2019 by Phoebe French Spanish brewing giant Mahou San Miguel has increased its stake in US brewery Founders from 30% to 90% in a deal expected to close in January 2020.The Mahou San Miguel group initially acquired a 30% stake in Michigan-based Founders in 2014.

3rd September, 2019 by Edith Hancock Premium estate Te Mata has launched a new red wine for a “maturing” consumer base.Global demand for New Zealand wine is at an all-time high, with total export value to importers and distributors reaching a record NZ$1.

3rd September, 2019 by Edith Hancock William Grant & Sons-owned whisky label Glenfiddich has unveiled a new whisky aged in French cuvée casks.Called Glenfiddich Grand Cru, the spirit has been matured for 23 years and finished in rare French cuvée oak casks, which the brand said will “create a true taste of luxury to celebrate with others.

1 million litres exported last year, it is important to note that as recently as the late 1980s, Argentina was planted with more white grapes than red.Pedro Giménez, a vestige of Argentina’s white wine dominance, remains the country’s most planted white grape, according to data from the Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura.

3rd September, 2019 by Patrick Schmitt As this year’s harvest begins in Champagne, db learns that natural yields in the region have shrunk by almost 20% due to extreme summertime temperatures.While this year’s maximum yield from the 2019 harvest was set at 10,200kg/ha (down by 5.

3rd September, 2019 by Edith Hancock South Africa’s producers are starting to enter the fine wine category, according to Tim Atkin MW, but the critic believes the nation’s winemakers are still selling themselves short.Tim Atkin (Photo: Gavin Hurling) Atkin has released the seventh edition of his South Africa report, and states that the nation is now producing its best wines yet, but producers need to premiumise their offerings if the industry is to survive.

5 million in the year to 31 December 2018, more than doubling its profit achieved last year.3 million compared to the figure recorded last year, while its profit before tax rose to £7.