E&J Gallo has launched a 5.5% abv wine named Gallo Family Vineyards Summer White to the UK, Netherlands and the Nordics, and rolled out distribution of Barefoot Pink Moscato and Apothic Red to the UK.

Glenmorangie has announced the launch of a whisky programme, which will involve its followers in the selection of a new limited edition whisky.

The House of Camus, which claims to be the last major, independent and family-owned Cognac house, celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

J&G Grant is to release a port cask-matured single malt scotch whisky under the Glenfarclas brand.

English sparkling wine, Nyetimber, will be served for the first time instead of Champagne at Paris Fashion Week.

Islay’s smallest distillery, Kilchoman, is to launch the 2013 edition of its Machir Bay expression.

The Teeling family have launched Teeling Whiskey - a small batch blend of malt and grain whiskey - in time for St Patrick’s Day.

Diageo has rolled out its line of Parrot Bay ‘freeze-and-squeeze’ cocktails to eight European countries.

Pernod Ricard USA has launched a low-calorie spiced rum version of Malibu.

Number One Drinks Company has bottled a limited edition 1964 Japanese whisky exclusively for Poland.

Talisker whips up a Storm

20 February, 2013

Diageo is to launch Talisker Storm – a “more intense and smoky” expression with “vibrant maritime notes”.

Buffalo Trace is to launch its 159 times distilled vodka in the UK. The product first launched in the US in November 2011.

£35 Brancott Estate to launch

18 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard will unveil a £35 bottle of Brancott Estate this month.

William Grant’s Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5 has been voted the ‘Speyside Single Malt of the Year’.

Whyte & Mackay’s Jura distillery has added a new, limited-edition vintage expression – the 1977.

Berry Bros & Rudd's No.3 London Dry Gin is to support wild plant charity Plantlife to help boost its juniper conservation efforts.

Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers has built on its commitment to the single pot still Irish whiskey category with the release of ten new Midleton whiskeys.

Diageo claims it will “invigorate” the UK gin category with the March-launch of a new range of Gordon’s-based gin products.

Wemyss Malts has released a quartet of single cask, single malt Scotches.

Pernod Ricard is to open a visitor centre at its Beefeater distillery in Kennington, London.

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has announced the retirement of Jameson Irish Whiskey master distiller Barry Crockett.

Beam’s ultra-premium positioned limited edition tequila, Casa Sauza XA, has a new look.

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA) is the name of a new grouping of like-minded, independent producers which aims to highlight the quality and diversity of South Africa’s premium wines has been launched to raise the profile of Premium South African wine.

Ron Jeremy, global porn star and face to Ron de Jeremy rum, is recovering in hospital following emergency aneurism surgery.

McGuigan Wines’ Neil McGuigan, one of Australia’s best known winemakers, has launched what he describes as “the ultimate wine and food matching service" with celebrity chef John Torode.

A new range of liners for Stelvin closures for wine bottles have been unveiled today (January 30).

Funkin has appointed Simon Little, formerly of Diageo, Percy Fox, SABMiller, Greene King and Gaymers, as its new sales director.

Nomacorc, the world’s largest producer of synthetic wine closures, has declared the production and shipment of its 100 millionth Select Series closure.

The makers of RTD brand Hooch are set to launch the product in international markets.

The Leeuwin Estate has launched a 2009 Margaret River Shiraz as part of its Art Series.

SPI Group, owner of the Stolichnaya Russian vodka brand, has made John Esposito president of its US operations.

Diageo fires new Bulleit

24 January, 2013

Diageo has launched a 10 year old expression of Bulleit Bourbon in the US.

Sazerac launches Epic vodka

23 January, 2013

The Sazerac Company is to launch a vodka brand called Epic.

Campari International and Skyy vodka have launched a television advertising campaign in South Africa.

Beer Direct has introduced an ale to the UK market that has been brewed by Trappist monks.

Stellenbosch winery, Kleine Zalze, has announced the appointment of Nitida Wines’ RJ Botha, to its winemaking team.

German distiller Asbach has released a special edition 1952 vintage brandy to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

Wines of Chile has announced the Trophy winners for its annual awards.

The Famous Grouse, the major scotch whisky blend has announced its continued sponsorship of Scottish Rugby with a new three year sponsorship package as the ‘Official Spirit of Scottish Rugby’.

Gordon & MacPhail is set to build a new bottling line for its Speyside single malt, Benromach, to meet a swell in demand.

Diageo has announced it will re-launch Tanqueray Malacca to the worldwide on-trade in February. 

Orlando Wyndham has announced that the harvesting of the 2013 vintage in Australia for its global wine brand, Jacob’s Creek, is underway.

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy has launched Glenmorangie Ealanta, the fourth annual release in the single malt's Private Edition range.

English sparkling wine Nyetimber has released a 2007 Blancs de Blancs.

La Cave des Vignerons de Pfaffenheim has released Gentil de Pfaff 2011, an AOC Alsace Blanc wine.

Blended scotch brand Chivas 18 has teamed up with Italian design company Pininfarina to launch a series of limited editions called Chivas 18 by Pininfarina.

US: Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Hibiskus - what it describes as the first ever floral-flavoured vodka. 

McGuigan Wines has teamed up with TV chef John Torode to work on a new wine and food matching project that will be announced in the New Year.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has named David Gandy as its new brand ambassador. 

J&G Grant has announced the appointment of Callum Fraser as the new production manager at the Glenfarclas Distillery.

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