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4 September, 2015

Last call for 22nd annual Cocktail Challenge

Drinks International is still accepting entries to its new-look Cocktail Challenge.

Champagne Roederer’s Cristal Rosé 2004 is the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships’ 2015 Supreme World Champion.

Beam Suntory is considering the sale of its brandies in Spain amid declining sales, according to Bloomberg News.

New Deveron expressions

03 September, 2015

John Dewar & Sons has announced the release of new expressions of its Deveron single malt scotch whisky.

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The Austrian Wine Marketing Board reports that the quality of grapes for the 2015 vintage is high but yields will be average.

Burgundy harvest is under way

03 September, 2015

The Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins de Bourgogne reports the harvest is under way and its winemakers are smiling.

Gisela Kirschstein, a journalist based in Mainz, Germany was the winner of the third annual Great Wine Capitals Guest Bloggers’ competition.

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed the UK government’s Advocate General’s opinion on the minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol.

Gordon & MacPhail has unveiled, what it claims might be the world’s most exclusive single malt scotch whisky, a 75-year-old whisky from Mortlach with a RRP of £20,000.

Pernod Ricard defends results

02 September, 2015

A senior Pernod Ricard management team were in London this week (Sept 2) to clarify, explain and defend its recent 2014/15 full year results.

The title of the best sommelier in the Baltic States was won last week by Raimonds Tomsons, the head sommelier Vincents restaurant in Latvia.

Diageo wants China to contribute 5% of sales in the next 10 years, reports Bloomberg News.

Pernod Ricard reports +2% organic sales growth for the financial year 2014/15 in an environment that remains “challenging”, it says.

Single malt whisky distilling is poised to return to Scotland’s capital after a 90 year absence, according to reports.

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Menezes upbeat

Despite some gloomy reactions among city analysts to Diageo’s full year results to June 2015, chief executive Ivan Menezes was very upbeat at his briefing to journalists and city analysts in a top London restaurant today (July 30).

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