Argento changes hands

17 September, 2012

The Argento Wine Company has been sold to Inversora Agroindustrial Sudamericana by British wine company Bibendum Wine.

The bottle of of Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac which was put up for auction (as reported on the Drinks International website, September 5), has sold for £10,350

The International Wine Challenge held is annual bash at the Hilton on London’s Park Lane last night at which all its trophy winners were announced.

Wines of South Africa has announced that the first wines to carry South Africa’s new, fully traceable, ethical seal will be showcased at Cape Wine 2012, later this month.

Absolut vodka is to roll out its Absolut Unique bottles in domestic markets from October. The limited edition of four million individually designed and numbered bottles launched in travel retail at the beginning of September.

A new craft distillery in Battersea, London is to launch its first product. 

Macallan Gold has launched exclusively to the UK, with about 50 European markets and Canada to receive the new pale single malt scotch whisky next spring.

Diageo is set to launch a global advertising campaign for its blended scotch whisky Johnnie Walker, starting in Africa.

Leithaberg, one of Austria’s newest DACs, wants to be the Burgundy of Austria.

Follador, the premium prosecco producer, is once again an official supplier at the BMW Italian Open.

A rare bottle of Rémy Martin Black Pearl cognac estimated to be worth between £5,000 and £7,000 is up for auction in London.

Diageo releases rare scotches

04 September, 2012

Diageo has announced the release of some rare single malt scotch whiskies to be launched this autumn in the Special Releases series. All are at natural cask strength.

Ardbeg launches Galileo whisky

04 September, 2012

Islay distillery Ardbeg has launched a limited edition whisky called Galileo to commemorate a space-maturation experiment. The 12 year old single malt is a vatting of different styles of Ardbeg laid down in 1999. 

Blossom Hill, one of the UK’s most popular wine brands, is receiving its largest ever advertising support, including £2.2m on media alone.

Craft pisco anchors in US

31 August, 2012

US: San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Company is to import and distribute BarSol's range of Peruvian piscos. 

Liqueurs de France has added a Swiss absinthe to its Enigma brand range, Enigma Verte Suisse.

Diageo has teamed up with artist David LaChapelle for its new marketing campaign Smirnoff Midnight Circus, a global tour to celebrate 'nightlife experiences' in more than 25 cities.

Pilsner Urquell has awarded Paul Seagraves from Tweedies Bar in Grasmere, Cumbria with the title of UK Master Bartender 2012.

Buffalo Trace Distillery has admitted whiskey that spent six years ageing in small barrels has turned out to be a failure.

Diageo has launched the John Walker & Sons Odyssey, a new Johnnie Walker blend which is being rolled out initially in the Asia Pacific region.

Edinburgh whisky bottler Wemyss Malts has launched a five-expression range of blended and single cask, single malts; themed around the taste and aroma of each whisky.

Pernod Ricard's whisky and gin arm Chivas Brothers has rolled out Ballantine’s 40 Year Old across "significant" Asian markets.

Accolade Wines has announced that it is to launch its leading Australian wine brand, Hardys into Ukraine.

Diageo has unveiled a new Guinness TV advert in collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi entitled Paint the Town Black.

Owsley Brown Frazier, the great-grandson of the distiller who founded Brown-Forman Corp and former vice chairman of Brown-Forman Corporation died yesterday (August 16) after a long illness. He was 77 years old.

Jacob’s Creek, the leading Australian wine brand, is to sponsor the UK’s leading chat show.

Columbian super-premium rum brand, La Hechicera, will launch to the UK this September, ahead of a roll out to the rest of Europe and the Americas in 2013.

Cognac Ferrand has extended its Plantation line of rums with 3 Stars, a white rum blended from stocks sourced from Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica and finished in Cognac.

Treasury Wine Estates has appointed John Grant as managing director of its Beringer Brand Business Unit.

The Grant family has released a new limited edition of its 20-year old Glenfarclas 105 single malt.

Scotch group William Grant and Sons has launched a £5m marketing campaign to build awareness of the heritage of its Grant’s scotch brand.

SPI Group has announced the roll out of the two Stolichnaya variants, Stoli Hot and Stoli Sticki, which were launched in March in the US to celebrate 50 years of flavoured vodkas.

The Edrington Group has broken the world record for the largest bottle of whisky with the unveiling of a 228-litre bottle of The Famous Grouse.

UK: Bombay Sapphire has launched a balloon glass as part of a £1.5m campaign to help consumers experience the ultimate G&T.

US: Pernod Ricard is to launch Plymouth Navy Strength gin in September.

C&C Group has extended its UK cider portfolio with the launch of Magners Berry, a pear cider blended with strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries.

US: Southern Comfort has launched a new ad campaign.  “Whatever’s Comfortable,” has launched digitally via Southern Comfort’s online communities on Facebook and YouTube. 

Brand Phoenix has extended its First Cape Discovery Series brand line in the UK with Light, a trinity of lighter wines with an abv of 5.5%.

Heaven Hill Distilleries has introduced Larceny, a super-premium wheat bourbon, to the US market.

Morrison Bowmore has released the 1964 and 1985 vintages from its Bowmore distillery to global markets.

William Grant & Sons is rolling out its Balvenie Caribbean expression into the UK market from September.

The Avalon Group has announced distributor Emporia Brands will roll out its Irish Whiskey brand The Wild Geese to the UK market.

The world’s first Dalmore Constellation Collection has been sold through The Whisky Shop in the UK to a US based investor.

UK: Bacardi has revealed that the designer of its multi-million pound Bombay Sapphire distillery in Laverstoke Mill, Hampshire, also designed the Olympic cauldron. 

Accolade Wines has unveiled a new look for its Echo Falls Californian wine brand in key European markets, including the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

Bacardí has released its rarest rum to date to celebrate the 150th anniversary of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó producing the light-bodied smooth rum.

Toorank Distilleries, owners of Sloane’s Dry Gin, has launched a trinity of rum styles under the brand name Rebellion to the UK, Holland, Poland, Spain, France and Turkey.  

Penfolds has launched a $168,000 wine. The 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon comes in a hand-blown glass ampoule within a wooden Jarrah cabinet.

Ice, ice, cognac

05 July, 2012

Cognac producer ABK6 is rolling out its Ice Cognac across Europe.

Diageo, has launched Chinese white spirit brand, Shui Jing Fang, onto the UK domestic market.

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