Tonic water

30 August, 2013

It’s a widely underestimated component of the classic gin mix, but tonic water is gaining ground when it comes to premiumisation. Hamish Smith reports

Cognac overview

30 August, 2013

Production of Cognac is limited by its geography and its vineyards, so how is it coping with increasing demand? Hamish Smith investigates

Liqueurs: Top of the pile

08 August, 2013

The cocktail remains central to liqueurs action and, for producers, keeping their brand relevant is a number one priority. Patience Gould reports

Profile: Ian Burrell

06 August, 2013

Hamish Smith hooks up with self-styled global rum ambassador Ian Burrell in Venezuela

Genever: Beyond Convention

06 August, 2013

Lucy Britner looks into the growing phenomenon of the spirit that’s definitely not gin

There’s a whiff of uprising in Bordeaux’s middle classes. Hamish Smith reports 

The Chilean wine industry is on the up and up as other countries learn how much it has to offer. Christian Davis reports

Profile: Huub van Doorne

23 July, 2013

Huub van Doorne, Lucas Bols ‘chief energising officer’, talks passion, ambition and empowerment with Jaq Bayles

Champagne: The Prestige

23 July, 2013

For a while it looked like Champagne was losing its lustre, but Lucy Britner finds more consumers being attracted to quality

Peeling back the label

04 July, 2013

DI talks to Stuart Kellock, MD of self-adhesive label printers Label Apeel about the secrets to drinks labelling.

Intellectual property lawyer Oliver Tidman observes how Chinese sancitons on scotch counterfeits can be linked to the Scotch Whisky Association's work in the country

Dark Rum

07 June, 2013

Rum is known for its sunny disposition, but now is revealing hidden depths. Jaq Bayles gets in touch with its serious side

English wine has come of age and can now bear comparison with what the rest of the world’s wine producers can offer. Christian Davis reports

Pastis

05 June, 2013

A very French product is showing innovation and a willingness to tackle new markets. Lucy Britner reports 

Many bars suffer because of bad design. Specialist Simon Knowles takes us through our paces.

There are approximately 377 indigenous grape varieties in Italy. Diverse doesn’t cover half of it. Christian Davis reports

Patience Gould checks out the latest state of play in the blended Scotch whisky world – and finds much cause for optimism

Spirit of the Vikings

02 May, 2013

Hamish Smith unearths the past of Chivas and Royal Salute with master blender Colin Scott and finds a history steeped in Scotch

White Rum: White Noise

10 April, 2013

Hamish Smith investigates the evolution and future trajectory of white rum

Whisky Cocktails

04 March, 2013

Patience Gould takes a look at how mixologists are making Scotch whisky the very heart of a cocktail

Profile: Beltran Domecq

07 February, 2013

With a name like Beltran Domecq, you know this man has sherry in his veins. Christian Davis meets the new head of the Sherry Institute

There is increasing awareness and demand for low and lower-alcohol wines. Christian Davis checks on who’s doing what

Syrups: Keeping it Simple

06 February, 2013

Lucy Britner delves into the world of sugar syrups – and finds there’s more to them than meets the eye

Cachaça: Critical Mass

06 February, 2013

Now that cachaça has legal status in the States, it’s bound to start moving in countries other than its homeland. But for now, Brazil remains the focal point. Hamish Smith reports

Profile: Neil McGuigan

15 January, 2013

McGuigan Wines has just been acclaimed World’s Best Winemaker for an unprecedented third time. Christian Davis talks to the man who makes it all happen

The bubbles may not be overflowing for prosecco and cava, but Lucy Britner finds the duo weathering the financial storms of their respective countries

For a while a few years ago Japanese whisky was the drinks industry success story. Then it all went a little quiet. Dominic Roskrow investigates what happened to it

Bitters

08 January, 2013

Bitters are making a huge comeback worldwide as innovative brands and classic cocktails push them into the limelight. Patience Gould reviews the category

Profile: Ron Jeremy

07 January, 2013

Porn star Ron Jeremy gets the bar call for a rum which bears his name. Hamish Smith meets the actor as his promotional roadshow rolls into London

Pre-mixed drinks

21 December, 2012

Consumers are starting to really embrace the convenience of a pre-mixed drink in a portable format. Hamish Smith reports

Tuscany

21 December, 2012

With classic regions and the famous Super-Tuscan wines, exports are Tuscany’s life blood. Christian Davis reports

Cognac

21 December, 2012

With age statements and innovation grabbing attention worldwide, Cognac sales are booming. But can it keep up with global demand? Gavin D Smith reports 

Malt whisky

21 December, 2012

Is age growing old when it comes to single malts? Lucy Britner finds producers are looking beyond the traditional

Argentinian Wine

10 December, 2012

Malbec is the undisputed jewel in the country’s wine crown. But is it under too much pressure? Christian Davis checks out the other possible contenders

Gin

10 December, 2012

Patience Gould looks at gin’s re-emergence in the world of mixology and finds no end of potential in its variety

Profile: Danny DeVito

10 December, 2012

Hamish Smith tracks the career of Hollywood superstar Danny DeVito to the launch of his beloved limoncello brand

Gift packaging

10 December, 2012

Hamish Smith ponders the enigmatic link between product and consumer

Vodka in the US

10 December, 2012

Lucy Britner finds vodka is still sweet on flavour in the US market. Here she uncovers some of the more unusual varieties

Social media

09 November, 2012

David Bond, partner and head of the advertising & marketing group at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP looks at the legal minefield of Facebook and Twitter

Cream liqueurs

09 November, 2012

An unfamiliar face has designs on the cream liqueurs crown. Lucy Britner flings the saloon doors open on the sector

American whiskey

09 November, 2012

American whiskey has been undergoing a quiet revolution. Now the new wave of distillers, led by bourbon’s Kentucky heartland, is set to go global. Dominic Roskrow reports

Sparkling wine

01 November, 2012

Susanne Stauß takes a closer look at the global sparkling wine market

Market research exists in the short term, but reviewing past research projects can uncover trends relevant to the future, says Bryan Urbick of Consumer Knowledge Centre.

Cocktail special

29 October, 2012

Lucy Britner probes cocktail experts on how to track trends and succeed in competitions

Profile: Mikaël Silvestre

29 October, 2012

World Cup finalist, UEFA Champions League, FA and League Cup winner… and now rum brand owner. Christian Davis tackles French international footballer Mikaël Silvestre

Vodka

29 October, 2012

Vodka can be all things to all people. Christian Davis reports on the premiumisation of the most global of spirits

Tequila

29 October, 2012

Popularity comes with a price for the agave plant. Lucy Britner puts tequila under the microscope

Portuguese wine

29 October, 2012

Portugal has no shortage of great wines to offer the world, but its challenge lies in communicating the message. Hamish Smith reports

The 2012 vintage is down more than 20% in places, but the Kiwis are happy to try to strike a balance between demand and supply. Christian Davis reports

The rum diary

01 October, 2012

Hamish Smith unravels the complex politics of a diverse spirit

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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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