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

Joe Bates talks to global brand director James Slack about Chivas Regal’s biggest duty free exclusive launch in the brand’s history

Liqueurs

28 September, 2012

ISC judge and distiller Patrick van Zuidam looks at how liqueurs will be flavouring the next decade

Rioja

28 September, 2012

Lucy Britner finds Spain’s best-known wine region is flying the flag for its country with exports up and investment sound

Eastern promise

18 September, 2012

With ProWein 2013 in mind, Thomas Brandl finds out how winemakers in central and south-eastern Europe have made efforts to modernise and become more competitive.

Profile: Tony Conigliaro

12 September, 2012

Described by some as the Heston Blumenthal of drinks, Tony C has under his care 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse. Lucy Britner caught up with him at his Drink Factory

Champagne

12 September, 2012

Despite reports of champagne’s struggle to keep cases sales up, Lucy Britner finds that the world has far from fallen out of love with France’s famous export

Closures

12 September, 2012

Christian Davis looks at the latest developments in the great debate over cork versus synthetics

Rum cocktails

12 September, 2012

Lucy Britner mixes with the best

Cider

12 September, 2012

Cider – and its many variants – continues to capture the imaginations of consumers. But does it have worldwide appeal? Hamish Smith gets to the core of the issue

Armagnac

14 August, 2012

Armagnac is arguably the closest spirit to wine in terms of provenance, raw materials and the outlook of the growers, producers and brand owners. Christian Davis reports

Gin

14 August, 2012

Gin is trading on the complexities of its flavour profile to cash in on the cocktail boom. Patience Gould finds a booming super-premium sector

Irish whiskey

14 August, 2012

With Irish whiskey proving a global smash, Hamish Smith looks into the growth plans of the big four players

Tequila cocktails

30 July, 2012

Lucy Britner on livening up tequila

Chilean wine

30 July, 2012

Despite a strong peso, consumers are prepared to pay the price for quality Chilean wine. Christian Davis reports

Asian beer

30 July, 2012

Asian beer hopes to reverse the trend of beverages tending to head east. Hamish Smith reports on efforts to break out of the box

Beaujolais

30 July, 2012

Beaujolais sees an appellation change. Hamish Smith is there to find out

Launchpad: Auchentoshan

30 July, 2012

Hamish Smith takes a closer look at a much-touted travel retail launch

Launchpad: Auchentoshan

30 July, 2012

Hamish Smith takes a closer look at a much-touted travel retail launch

Profile: Joy Spence

13 July, 2012

The world’s first female master blender, Joy Spence, is a chemist, philanthropist and all-round spirited raconteur. Jaq Bayles meets the architect of Jamaica’s best-known rums

Scotch infrastructure

12 July, 2012

Asian demand for whisky has boosted investment in Scotland, says Lucy Britner

Brands by Value

11 July, 2012

We have teamed up with Brand Finance to reveal the world’s biggest wine and spirits brands by value. Christian Davis highlights trends in the sector 

Champagne

09 July, 2012

Tesco has moved one of its champagnes to lightweight bottles, but should other brands follow suit? James Boulton of Claessens International explores whether champagne producers can embrace sustainability without damaging their products’ premium status

Absinthe

09 July, 2012

With all the bans on absinthe now lifted, the traditional French and Swiss producers are now free to re-invent the category for the 21st century. Hamish Smith investigates

Indian whisky

09 July, 2012

The market for whisky in India is huge, but local brands have the lion’s share due to the exorbitant import tariffs. Christian Davis reports

Profile: Ronnie Cox

31 May, 2012

Ronnie Cox cut his whisky-selling teeth in the often inhospitable environment of 1980s Latin America. Hamish Smith meets the Berry Bros charmer

Liqueurs

31 May, 2012

The category is densely populated and very competitive in the mainstream, but there are rich pickings to be had as liqueurs gain a new status. Patience Gould reports

German wine

28 May, 2012

German wines are world class but they are predominately white and the world wants red. It is a niche player in terms of volume, so how is it doing, asks Christian Davis

Design and packaging

28 May, 2012

Luxury drinks brands are managing to make the recession work for them, top global designers tell Lucy Britner

Pisco

28 May, 2012

The South American spirit may have failed to make much international impact in its 450-year history, but a new generation of producers are determined to change all that, finds Hamish Smith

Profile: George Grant

24 February, 2012

If the name’s Grant and the place is Scotland, the chances are the game’s whisky. Lucy Britner meets a Grant at Glenfarclas

Australian Wine

24 February, 2012

Consumers in Australia’s top two export markets are abandoning its wines for cheaper alternatives leaving producers wondering if Asia will grow big enough to compensate for US and UK declines. By Graham Holter

Vodka Cocktails

24 February, 2012

Although vodka can be mixed with anything and everything, producers in eastern and central Europe prefer the light touch when it comes to cocktails. Patience Gould checks out the action...

Cocktail Ingredients & Mixers

24 February, 2012

It’s not just about the spirit when it comes to making great cocktails. Jaq Bayles celebrates the other essential elements

Cachaça

24 February, 2012

Brazil’s national spirit is confined mostly to its own country’s shores. But Hamish Smith unearths a number of factors that look about to change all that

Comment

David Williams

Modern wine packaging’s in the bag

Most studies suggest they're considerably better for the environment. They’re more convenient, too, if you want to keep your wine fresh for more than a couple of days.

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