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21 January, 2017

Castel to make sparkling Bordeaux

Castel, the major French wine producer, has announced that it is to start making a Crémant de Bordeaux.

Versatile tequila is piling on the plaudits from bartenders and gaining case sales at a rapid rate. Holly Motion reports

Pernod Ricard has announced a €10.5 million investment in increasing Irish Distillers’ single pot still Irish whiskey capacity by more than 30% 

Lagavulin distillery’s year-long 200th anniversary celebrations conclude with the sale of 520 bottles of a special limited edition 1991 expression, which will be sold via a special ballot.

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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

18 January, 2017

It’s been the spirit of the year and as such has attracted many newcomers. Holly Motion reports

Vinexpo has unveiled a new initiative - Vinexpo Explorer, the purpose of which is to bring wine buyers face-to-face with suppliers in a specific region or country.

Cognac exports rose to “record levels” in 2016, with volume and value increases of 6.0 % and 6.8 % respectively, as sales in China stabalised and new growth was found in North America.

Bulleit is right on target once again. Hamish Smith explains why it’s the favourite

Tom Yusef, chairman and joint MD of specialist logistics provider JF Hillebrand, is the new chairman of the Benevolent, the drinks industry charity.

Ireland and Japan are producing the brands to watch in this category. Hamish Smith reports

DI Annual Bar Report: Scotch

13 January, 2017

Johnnie Walker is still the name to watch, but blends in general are struggling

The Dalmore is set to release a Domaine Henri Giraud champagne-finished, 50 year old single malt to mark master distiller Richard Paterson’s 50th year in the whisky industry.

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

12 January, 2017

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

11 January, 2017

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

DI Annual Bar Report: Rum

10 January, 2017

There’s a new name topping both lists but not much changed elsewhere. Holly Motion reports on the top 10s rums at the world's best bars

Courvoisier has launched its Toast of Paris International Cocktail Competition for the second year with ‘Le Jour et la Nuit de Courvoisier’.

DI Annual Bar Report: Vodka

09 January, 2017

There's no change at the top but 'craft' vodkas are mixing things up, says Holly Motion. Here are the top ten vodas from the world's best bars.

The South American duty free association, Asociacion Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (ASUTIL), and the International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) have announced a new, collaborative partnership for their annual events.

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

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