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9 February, 2016

Diageo sells last US winery to Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Wines has acquired the Chalone Estate Vineyard in Monterey County, California from Diageo for an undisclosed sum.

Sales of Rioja wines set a new record last year with a total of 388 million bottles sold, aided by the region’s strategy to boost its focus on both white and aged wines.

Sales of Franciacorta premium Italian sparkling wine were up 7.1% domestically and 7.5% in export across 2015, the region’s winemakers’ governing body, Franciacorta Consorzio, has announced.

Armit Wines has added winery Castello di Buttrio to its Italian portfolio, as part of a strategic category review designed to boost its range of quality white wines and indigenous northern Italian varieties.

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A rosé from Champagne Lanson’s portfolio has been hailed as the UK’s best-selling Rose Champagne, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The Sussex-based Nyetimber winery has acquired a neighbouring 44-ha site in West Chiltington to help fulfil its expansion plans.

Diageo is to launch a limited-edition run of Johnnie Walker Blue Label to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

Sharps Cornish brewery is to be the headline partner for the second annual London Beer Week, which runs from February 22 to 28.

Casillero del Diablo has renewed its partnership with Sky Movies after a record year of sales in 2015.

The Scotch Whisky Association made its case for a further 2% cut in spirits duty directly to the Treasury this week.

The UK government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has urged women to contemplate the risk of developing breast cancer every time they consider having glass of wine.

Aldi, Waitrose and We Brought Beer were among the big winners at the Drinks Retailing Awards, which were presented at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday.

The Association of Convenience Stores has condemned the government’s tactics on its controversial deregulation of the country’s Sunday trading laws.

Copestick Murray’s i heart Prosecco posted 85% growth across 2015 to become the largest Prosecco brand in the impulse sector, according to data from Nielsen.

The Association of Convenience Stores has called on the chancellor, George Osborne, to do more support local retailers.

Raspberry-infused Pinkster Gin has won a major listing with Oddbins and should be on shelf in time for Valentine’s Day.

Conviviality Retail is on course to meet its expansion target of opening 50 new Bargain Booze and Wine Rack store in 2015-16 financial year.

AB InBev is following through on its commitment to ensuring 20% of its global beer are low-to-no alcohol by 2020 with the release of Beck’s Blue Lemon in the UK.

There’s A Beer For That, the brewing industry campaign to revive the popularity of beer in Britain, has secured a further £5 million in funding.

A former licensing sergeant has branded Wirral council “disgraceful” and accused it of flouting licensing laws in its bid to roll out a Reducing the Strength scheme in the area.

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