Maison Ruinart, which claims to be the oldest champagne house (established in 1729), has announce the launch of the latest vintage of its prestige cuvée Dom Ruinart Rosé 1998 to the UK market.

Diageo’s Captain Morgan reached the milestone of 10 million 9-litre case sales during the year ending November 30.

Diageo the world’s largest premium drinks company in the world, is to sponsor public transport in London and Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.

A 233-year-old Courvoisier cognac, discovered in a Dutch Collection is on sale for £95,000 at Harrods in London

Adnams, best known as a regional English brewer, has previewed two English whiskies which will be launched next year in time for Christmas.

The best Albariños in the world are: La Val Crianza sobre Lias from Galician producer Bodegas La Val, Abadía San Campio from Cordorniu’s Terras Gauda and Vinha Antiga from Portuguese co-operative Provam.

First Drinks, William Grant & Sons UK distributor, has announced a major investment to strengthen its presence in the UK on-trade.

Moët & Chandon has announced that tennis great, Roger Federer, is the house’s new brand ambassador.

The boutique sparkling wine producer, Herbert Hall Wines, has been selected to make an English Sparkling Wine Cuvée for The Prince of Wales’s Highgrove brand.

Beluga vodka has announced it will be one of the sponsors of the Nobel Prize events on December 10 in Stockholm.

Konik’s Tail, the Polish-made, UK-headquartered vodka brand will launch in Poland next year.

Lee Potter Cavanagh of Mark’s Bar at HIX in London is this year’s Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind.

Jameson reaches 4m case sales

27 November, 2012

Jameson Irish whiskey sales reached four million 9-litre cases globally in the 12 months leading up to Q1 of FY2012-2013 (sometime during July-September 2012).

The Four Roses Distillery has released the latest in its series of limited-quantity bottlings with the 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel, a handcrafted bourbon selected by Four Roses master distiller, Jim Rutledge.

Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve has again been made available by Pernod Ricard for the run up to Christmas.

First Drinks has announced the finalists of the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind cocktail competition.

Australian producer McGuigan Wines has scooped another winemaker of the year award.

Cellar Trends plans to slowly prise Jägermeister from its Red Bull glass-partner by convincing consumers to drink the brand as a cold shot. 

Chase Distillery’s new super-premium gin, Williams Great British Extra Dry, has reached the UK market.

International Beverage Holdings unveiled Balblair 1969 Vintage in London yesterday, one of the oldest vintages ever released by the Highland distillery.

Chivas Brothers is to launch a marketing campaign for Beefeater, to follow the Forever London adverts.

Distell has announced the launch of sparkling white wine, JC Le Roux Le Domaine, to the UK market.  

Australian Vintage has launched Vinni, a wine-based sparkling drink intended to be drunk in a pint glass.

Burn Stewart Distilleries claims to have unearthed casks containing 40-year old stocks of its flagship scotch brand Bunnahabhain.

Sullivans Cove,Tasmania’s  single malt whisky, has been named ‘Southern Hemisphere Whisky of the Year’ in Jim Murray’s 2013 Whisky Bible.

Maximilian Riedel, the 11th-generation CEO of Riedel Crystal, has won the 125th anniversary Pratt Legend Award, from the Pratt Institute.

Diageo has made a TV programme about its World Class bartender competition.

Diageo has introduced a limited edition bottle of Bell’s to raise £1 million for Help The Heroes charity.

William Grant & Sons has expanded The Balvenie portfolio to include a 17-year old edition of its Doublewood single malt scotch.

Irish rugby star, Jamie Heaslip, has become brand ambassador in Ireland for South African wine brand, FirstCape.

Beam has announced the nationwide launch of John DeKuyper & Sons Crave chocolate liqueurs.

Nyetimber, the leading English sparkling wine brand has announced that it has decided to skip this year's harvest.

The Hardy’s range of Australian wines is under review as Accolade Wines introduces a new tier into the UK, William Hardy, which will retail for around £8.99.

Jura distillery has added a 30 year old single malt whisky to its range.

Khlibniy Dar, Ukraine's best selling vodka, is celebrating 10 years in market today. 

Australian Vintage is installing and commissioning a spinning cone column with a view to introducing a new generation of lower alcohol wines next year.

Diageo is to launch a global marketing campaign for its Baileys cream liqueur. A television and print campaign is to appear in every continent, from October 7.

Beam Inc.,the leading US premium spirits company, has unveiled its new visitors’ centre – the Jim Beam American Stillhouse– at its flagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.

Brown-Forman has appointed bartender Tom Vernon as its new American whiskey ambassador.

Diageo has announced a £7 million media campaign in the UK for Smirnoff its leading vodka brand.

Pusser’s Rum will target younger drinkers in the UK this winter with a new on-trade promotion.

Online retailer Master of Malt has launched what it calls the world’s hottest chilli vodka, named 250,000 Scovilles – Naga Chilli Vodka.

US: Olmeca tequila rolls out

01 October, 2012

Pernod Ricard USA is rolling out the distribution of its Olmeca Altos tequila brand.

UK brewer Innis & Gunn grew sales by 62% in 2011 to £7.5m thanks in particular to a strong performance in the US.

Diageo today (October 1) launched a new Guinness advertising campaign, named Cloud, on Facebook ahead of its general release in the UK and Ireland.

Chase Distillery has rolled out its new super-premium gin, Williams Great British Extra Dry, to global markets after its debut in Spain.

After 14 years with McGuigan Wines, Paul Schaafsma, Accolade Wines’ general manager for the UK, Ireland, Africa, Middle East and South America, is acquainting himself with the company and the clock is ticking on the 90 days he has to come up with a strategic plan.

English sparkling wine, Nyetimber, has appointed the former Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck communications director to its team.

Berry Bros & Rudd has launched a 1970 vintage of its Glenrothes whisky. 

Baileys Orange Truffle launches

19 September, 2012

Diageo has launched a limited edition flavour of its Baileys cream liqueur. Baileys Orange Truffle will be available in travel retail between October 2012 and January 2013.

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