Patrón Spirits has announced that Dave Wilson is its president of its new international operations and global COO, effective June 10.

Armagnac house Janneau has decided to double its capacity to distil in-house.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, has opened in the Glasgow.

Bénédictine has announced that it will be sponsoring this year’s UK Bartenders’ Guild National Cocktail Competition.

McGuigan Wines’ senior winemaker Peter Hall is Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year.

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced that it has signed up its Wolf Blass brand as partners of Sky Sports broadcast of the next two Ashes cricket series between England and Australia.

Glenfarclas whisky and Hine cognac have launched joint 1953 vintages.

Diageo has launched Pimm’s in Greece. This is the UK-centric product’s first export market.

Pernod Ricard USA has added two dessert-flavoured additions to its rum and coconut liqueur brand Malibu.

Rusty Cerven, of the UK’s Connaught Bar, won the seventh annual Bols Around the World competition, beating 11 other finalists in a hard-fought competition at Amsterdam’s Escape nightclub.

New Indian whiskies

15 May, 2013

Two single malt Indian whiskies were unveiled in London last night (May 14).

UK: Russian Standard vodka is to invest £7 million on promotional activity over the summer. 

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (BGTR) has launched a Highland single malt Scotch whisky collection exclusive to travel retailers, World Duty Free.

The Glenlivet, the world’s second best selling single malt Scotch whisky by volume behind Glenfiddich, has launched The Glenlivet Alpha (50%) ABV.

The global Gin sector is low price, low growth and extremely uninteresting, according to a top City of London analyst.

Ardbeg launches Ardbog

02 May, 2013

The next limited edition of Ardbeg is to be called Ardbog. The 52.1%abv whisky's name is inspired by the peat bogs of Islay.

Purity Vodka has appointed a US director of marketing. Meg Bruno is to be responsible for all of the company’s programmes and lead Purity’s marketing efforts in the US.

Nyetimber, probably England’s most well known sparkling wine producer, has announced its first export partnership with Tokyo-based distributor Enoteca.

Pernod Ricard has announced the launch of Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve, an oak-rested gin, meant for sipping. 

Talisker adds new whisky

19 April, 2013

Diageo has launched its second new expression of Talisker whisky this year. Port Ruighe follows Storm, which was launched in March.

Diageo has launched Pimm’s Blackberry and Elderflower in the UK in time for the summer.

Jacob’s Creek, the Pernod Ricard-owned Australian wine brand, has launched a wine specifically designed to complement Japanese cuisine.

Jacob’s Creek, the Pernod Ricard-owned Australian wine brand, has launched a wine specifically designed to complement Japanese cuisine.

The generic body representing the famous Rioja win-producing region in north west Spain has announced that it is to spend  8 million Euros on promoting its wines this year.

US: Beam has launched two new flavours under its Cruzan rum brand. Key Lime and Passion Fruit are described by the company as "trend forward". 

Maison Lillet, the French apéritif producer, has announced that Thursday May 16 is National Apéritif Day in the UK.

US: Beam has launched a "Rainbow Sherbet" flavour under its Pinnacle vodka brand. The company describes the taste as a "zesty, citrus taste of orange and sweet lime with a creamy raspberry".  

Pernod Ricard Chivas Brothers has released a new limited edition expression of Beefeater, the world’s best-selling premium gin.

Pernod Ricard USA has announced the launch of the on-trade exclusive, Absolut Craft, a new three-product line of its Swedish vodka brand, co-created by bartender Nick Strangeway.

Funkin has launched a new cocktail mix, Funkin Brazilian, ahead of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Accolade Wines has announced the summer re-launch of Californian wine brand Geyser Peak to the UK and mainland Europe.

The Absolut Company will launch an aged vodka called Absolut Amber this summer in selected US airports.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched New Zealand wine brand Matua in the UK.

Diageo has unveiled a Smirnoff variant, Espresso Smirnoff.

Henri Krug dies aged 76

15 March, 2013

Henri Krug, the former head of Champagne Krug, has died, it has been announced.

Campari America is to roll out a Mosacato-infused vodka in the US.

Royal Dragon vodka is the latest super premium vodka to launch in the UK

Young professional Americans in the Millennial generation are taking a real interest in wine, according to a leading US wine producer.

SABMiller is to launch a second cassava beer in Africa. Eagle will launch in Ghana and it will be brewed by SABMiller’s local subsidiary, Accra Brewery.

Bombay Sapphire has appointed Nik Fordham master distiller at its new distillery in Laverstoke, Hampshire, which is currently under construction.

Beam has announced the launch of the Jim Beam line extension, Jacob’s Ghost, its first foray into aged, white whiskey.

The Dalmore distillery has launched a new expression, The Dalmore Valour, for sale exclusively in travel retail.

Diageo North America has launched three new Sorbet-inspired Smirnoff flavours, aimed at women looking for ‘lighter’ spirits.

Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Denim, the latest version of the Swedish vodka brand.

Pernod Ricard USA is looking to capitalise on the growth in crafted Canadian Whisky with the addition of Pike Creek to its portfolio.

An English sparkling wine made by the wife and co-founder of Direct Wines*, the world's largest independent wine merchant, has been voted the best English sparkling wine.

Bowmore the single malt Scotch whisky from Islay, has launched The Bowmore Water Program.

Diageo has repackaged its cream liqueur brand Baileys in a bottle with a “greater sense of femininity”.

Quintessentially Vodka, a collaboration between Quintessentially Spirits and distiller G&J Greenall, has rolled out to further markets in Asia and Europe, following its debut last year.

Beringer, the official wine of the PGA golf tour, has extended the sponsorship to include the UK.

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