Diageo has announced the launch of International Scotch Day, Friday February 10.

There’s one brand that gets bar-called more than any other tonic, says Hamish Smith

This list is all about what the ’tenders love. Hamish Smith dissects their favourites

DI Annual Bar Report: Water

27 January, 2017

It’s always on tap, but consumers like to name-call water as much as any spirit, says Hamish Smith

Chilean Authorities have confirmed that fires in heavily forested regions of the south of the country have extended to vineyard sites.

DI Annual Bar Report: Beer

25 January, 2017

Despite the craft movement it’s the big names that dominate. Hamish Smith explains why

The bubble’s burst for some brands, but the old favourites are still there. Holly Motion rounds up the cool kids

DI Annual Bar Report: Port

24 January, 2017

The global brands are also our polled bars favourites. Hamish Smith reports

DI Annual Bar Report: Sherry

24 January, 2017

The fortified wine is making a comeback in new creations, finds Hamish Smith

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) new honorary president is wine legend, Steven Spurrier.

The biggest names turn out not to be the biggest sellers here, says Hamish Smith

DI Annual Bar Report: Mezcal

23 January, 2017

Hamish Smith finds brands’ compelling stories are what attract bartenders

Versatile tequila is piling on the plaudits from bartenders and gaining case sales at a rapid rate. Holly Motion reports

Last year's olympics may have put Brazil's national spirit on the map, but Hamish Smith finds it's still pretty scarce in bars

DI Annual Bar Report: Gin

18 January, 2017

It’s been the spirit of the year and as such has attracted many newcomers. Holly Motion reports

Bulleit is right on target once again. Hamish Smith explains why it’s the favourite

Tom Yusef, chairman and joint MD of specialist logistics provider JF Hillebrand, is the new chairman of the Benevolent, the drinks industry charity.

Ireland and Japan are producing the brands to watch in this category. Hamish Smith reports

DI Annual Bar Report: Scotch

13 January, 2017

Johnnie Walker is still the name to watch, but blends in general are struggling

Edrington has announced a number of leadership appointments to its super premium, regional power brands and global travel retail divisions. 

DI Annual Bar Report: Pisco

12 January, 2017

The South American spirit has a long way to go, says Hamish Smith, but brands are starting to step up to the mark

DI Annual Bar Report: Brandy

11 January, 2017

The big four have been infiltrated in this year’s list, reports Hamish Smith

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has announced the nominees for its annual Educator of the Year Award sponsored by Riedel.

Sales of sparkling wine and champagne in the UK are set to break the £2bn mark by the New Year.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched a small batch, single cask rum, inspired by the 17th century docks and shipyards of Liverpool.

Glenmorangie has unveiled the distillery’s new vintage collection, Bond House No. 1. 

Diageo and the team behind malts.com have launched Whisky Matcher, an app to 'discover and explore single malt scotch whisky'.

Lidl’s own label 34 Year Glen Alba Sherry Cask Finish scotch whisky has been classified as ‘magnificent’ and ‘truly superb’ by whisky legend Jim Murray. 

Shinji Fukuyo, executive officer and chief blender at Suntory Spirits, will address the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference 2017 in Scotland.

East London Liquor Company has announced the fourth and final bottling for 2016 in its barrel-aged gin programme.

Wine Australia has announced the Australia Day Tasting will return to London, Edinburgh and Dublin in January 2017. 

Maisons Marques et Domaines has become the latest organisation to support the Wine & Spirit Education Trust as a bronze corporate patron.

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça have signed a mutual cooperation agreement.

Pernod Ricard has acquired a majority stake in Smooth Ambler Spirits, the West Virginia craft distiller, for an undisclosed sum. 

This year has proved to be a record-breaking year for gin with end of year sales continuing to soar in the UK, according to the latest WSTA market report. 

Molson Coors has announced the appointment of Phil Whitehead as managing director, Molson Coors UK & Ireland.

Pernod Ricard has announced the sale of the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass. 

Budweiser and Uber have joined forces to launch their biggest UK responsible drinking campaign for Christmas. 

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association is calling for Brexit ministers to let industry lead negotiations to ensure the ‘best possible’ free trade agreements with the EU and beyond.

Cunard partners with WSET

01 December, 2016

Luxury travel brand Cunard has partnered with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust to launch the first WSET certified wine and spirit courses to be available on its flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2.

DrinkUp.London has announced former Belvedere ambassador, Ali Dedianko, will join its team as festival director for London Beer Week.

Brown-Forman has named Nidal Ramini as its new head of brand advocacy for Northern Europe.

Independent craft brewer Innis & Gunn surpassed its equity crowdfunding target by £1.5 million, raising a total of £2.5 million when its Crowdcube powered, AdventureCapital campaign closed last night.

Michael Mann, formerly of City of London Distillery has been named the Lucas Bols UK brand ambassador. 

Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits has announced that it is expanding its partnership with the Polish distributor Eurocash to strengthen the presence of its flagship brands.

Benromach Distillery has launched an ‘exclusive opportunity’ for trade customers to bottle a single cask of whisky and customise the packaging.

Bacardi has cut its global greenhouse gas emissions in half, more than a year earlier than its end of December 2017 target.

The Telegraph Whisky Experience will return to London for its fourth year, hosted at One Whitehall Place on December 5-6. 

WSTA tackles Brexit minister

10 November, 2016

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association says it met Brexit minister David Jones last week to discuss how the industry can best protect trade and prosper when the UK leaves the EU.

Symington Family Estates has purchased a new property in the northeastern area of the Douro valley. 

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David Williams

What it takes to be admirable

Voting in this magazine’s redoubtable annual awards for the world’s most admired wine brands has forced me, as it does every year, to think about the subject of wine brands properly for a change.

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