It’s been a runaway success, but the craft beer movement can’t rest on its laurels. Shay Waterworth takes a look at the direction it might be heading in

Back to basics

17 July, 2017

Bitters were the original cocktail ingredient and, with the return to ingredients with provenance, they are reclaiming their space on the back bar. Dominic Roskrow reports

Last call

10 July, 2017

In the final leg of the annual judging, seven categories were tasted in the final marathon session. Shay Waterworth reports

Connoisseur

03 July, 2017

Cono Sur is the star turn of chilean wine brands. Christian Davis meets its CEO and chief winemaker, Adolfo Hurtado

Pick of the Launches

03 July, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International magazine July edition

Marlborough on a mission

29 June, 2017

This New Zealand region is best known for its Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s now making pinot noir that justifies itself as a quality red partner. Jamie Goode reports

Baijiu big spenders

28 June, 2017

Former China resident and DI reporter Shay Waterworth has experienced the world’s largest spirit, baijiu, first hand. He gives us his take on this unwieldy yet mysterious category

Bourbon back in business

28 June, 2017

An old spirit by any measure, bourbon is reinventing itself for the millennial generation. Ian Buxton reports

Americanisation is over

28 June, 2017

Illva Saronno, the Italian drinks producer, recently staged a business conference in China with its joint venture partner, Chinese wine producer Changyu. Christian Davis was there

It’s all in the game

20 June, 2017

Shay Waterworth teams up with veteran winemaker David Baverstock to find out what it is about Portugal that has kept him there for 35 years

Pick of the Launches

12 June, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International magazine June edition

Drinks International guest writer Helen Saunders, head of intelligence and operations at brand protection company INCOPRO, gives her insight into the counterfeiting of alcohohol in China.

Homer Simpson and Peter griffin are classic cartoon characters that have dominated TV screens for the past 20 years.

ISC Awards- Whiskies

05 June, 2017

Scotch again proved the biggest winner on its home turf as a record number of whiskies from around the world lined up on the tasting table. Shay Waterworth was at Edinburgh’s scotch whisky experience for the ISC event.

Old meets new

30 May, 2017

It was inevitable – vermouth is the latest category to be revived through the craft movement. Jaq Bayles reports on how modern twists are making big names sit up.

Just in case

22 May, 2017

The Nordic countries like their whisky. mostly scotch but also others – including now their very own. Christian Davis reports

Globally local

19 May, 2017

The London Wine Fair brings producers from across the globe together under one roof. Shay Waterworth previews

Ian Buxton takes a trip around the smaller and lesser-known distilleries of Scotland’s outlying islands where producers battle the elements to make some of the country’s finest whisky

An age-old question

10 May, 2017

The lack of legal definitions around rum see some producers deceiving consumers with their claims, finds Holly Motion

Fighting talk

04 May, 2017

Hamish Smith meets one of Mexican culture’s greatest proponents and finds there’s more to Tomas Estes than meets the eye

Pick of the Launches

26 April, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine May edition

Gin takes the high road

20 April, 2017

Scotland may be best known for its whisky, but it’s no slouch when it comes to producing gin either. Hamish Smith hears the pipes a-calling

Finding a voice

13 April, 2017

They may be the world’s most awarded brandies, but South Africa’s offerings struggle to get the message across to consumers. Holly Motion reports on how that’s all changing

Spanish highs

06 April, 2017

For 25 years María José Sevilla promoted Spanish food and wine. She retired in January and last month was made a member of the Gran Orden De Caballeros Del Vino (the grand order of the gentlemen of wine). Christian Davis saddles up

Pick of the Launches

30 March, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine April edition

Air Miles

21 March, 2017

Miles Beale is the man who is going to be at the forefront of representing the UK wine and spirits industry in negotiating the country’s exit from the european union. Christian Davis gets a masterclass in how to deal with politicians.

Orlando or bust

14 March, 2017

Exhibitors and buyers from more than 75 countries are expected to attend the IAADFS duty free show of the Americas.

Judges of DI's annual wine challenge found renewed vigour in a famously low-octane sector. Holly Motion reports

Pick of the Launches

01 March, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine March edition

More tasteful proposition

21 February, 2017

The craft movement has started to help brush away vodka’s artificial flavours reputation and let the drink’s more natural tastes shine. Jaq Bayles reports

Against the Grain

17 February, 2017

Ali Dedianko might not be the obvious choice for the new face of london beer week but, as Holly Motion found out, she is an inspired one

Trail Blazers

17 February, 2017

What goes up must come down, right? when it comes to Japanese Whisky that’s not necessarily the case, argues Dominic Roskrow. not yet, at least

Pick of the Launches

13 February, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine February edition

Wine Tourism: The Awards

09 February, 2017

The Drinks International Wine Tourism Challenge was judged at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust HQ. Christian Davis reports

Natural Selection

26 January, 2017

Cocktail syrups have evolved over many years as classic cocktail modifiers. Kat Odell looks at how they have improved to satisfy modern consumer quality demands

So, the 2016 growing season was one of the most difficult in living memory. Thank heavens for a weather change in August through to harvest in mid-September

To continue our list of The Most Admired Champagne Brands, here is 16-30

The emotions of branding

03 February, 2017

It's emotions that drive purchase behaviour, says guest writer Steve Beckworth of creative agency Colt.

Pick of the Launches

16 January, 2017

Here is the pick of the launches from last month, as featured in Drinks International Magazine January edition

Quality is improving across the board when it comes to pre-mixed drinks, as producers recognise the increase in drinking ocassions. Hamish Smith reports

Moore’s the merrier

12 January, 2017

In 2006, Joanne Moore became the first female master distiller at G&J distillers and is one of the first women gin master distillers in the world. Christian Davis distils her story

Holly Motion details the process behind the results of this year’s World’s Most Admired Champagne Brands

DI DOZEN

12 January, 2017

Drinks International’s annual picks from 2016 of intriguing, exciting, fun and fantastic products and events

The Awards judging took place at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s london headquarters in December. Christian Davis reports

Exchanging glances

14 December, 2016

One of the world’s great fortified wines, port is facing a number of challenges. Christian Davis reports

A star is born

08 December, 2016

When an aquavit was awarded the Supreme Champion Spirit by the International Spirits Challenge’s judges’ chairmen, many sat up and took notice. Christian Davis travels to Oslo to visit the home of aquavit

Le Passion

07 December, 2016

First it was rugby then he discovered he had a great palate. he converted. Christian Davis touches down with flamboyant winemaker Olivier Dauga

The 23rd Cocktail Challenge from Drinks International took place last month, making it one of the longest uninterrupted global cocktail competitions in the world

Picasso wines

24 November, 2016

South Africa paints an experimental picture with its wines and, according to Tim Atkin MW, is the most dynamic wine-producing country in the world. Christian Davis report

The great sherry revival

24 November, 2016

A new generation of consumers is discovering styles their grandparents probably never knew. Holly Motion reports

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Dominic Roskrow

How gin made the headlines

When I first arrived here I was the whisky man who was making gin as a sideline,” says Daniel Szor, founder and owner of the Cotswolds Distillery, which lies close to Banbury in the no-man’s land between the west, the south and the middle of England.

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