Tesco has revealed plans to open a pop-up Tesco Finest wine bar for 11 days in Soho's Wardour Street in August, offering the entire 70-plus Finest wines to taste and a selection of ‘discovery wine flights’ to introduce consumers to new varieties.

Citra, which Oakham Ales launched five years ago, has overtaken JHB as the brewer’s most popular ale, ending its 23-year position in the top spot.  

The Guildford Wine Company will open some “cracking” wines alongside big discounts as part of the celebrations for its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

Crush Wines has released its Bijou Rosé in a magnum format, following the “unbelievable increase” in consumers looking for larger sharing formats.

Kopparberg has launched a limited-edition Kopparkeg, to help encourage its fans to share their fruit cider this summer.

The UK has voted to leave the EU and Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. Meanwhile, the pound has dropped to its lowest level since 1985.

Convenience store chain My Local, which was sold by Morrisons last September, is reported to be on the verge of collapse.

Maxxium UK has revealed its strategy for accelerating spirits sales growth over the next five years for the off-trade and on-trade channels.

Bloom Gin has announced an on-pack promotion with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild.

Waitrose has bolstered its buying team with Spar’s Daphne Teremetz after Cat Lomax left the business to join Majestic Wine.

Heineken has launched its first television advert for its Dutch brand Amstel; the ad will premier tonight during the England v Slovakia game.

Premium Franciacorta producer Mosnel is bidding to show bubbly-loving Brits that Italy is about more than bulk Prosecco production and can produce sparklers to rival Champagne.

Majestic has reported a 43.1% sales rise on the back of the purchase of Naked Wines, but profits plummeted 74.5% (year to March 28, 2016).

Lidl is focusing on Spanish and Portuguese wine for its next Wine Cellar promotion, which goes into stores on 4 August.

South Australian producer Glenlofty has joined the Crush portfolio.

Hallgarten is adding a trio of white wines from Crete to its extensive Greek portfolio of wines.

WKD has revealed details of its latest marketing campaign to support the launch of WKD Blush.

Hi-Spirits will take on the UK distribution rights for Irish whiskey Paddy from 1 July.

Lager sales soared in the week leading up Euro 2016 as fans prepared to gather at home to watch Wayne Rooney and co attempt to end 50 years of hurt.

Kingstone Press has been announced as the Principle Partner of England Rugby League ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament and Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Litmus Wines is introducing new wines from Mont Rochelle in South Africa for the UK market. The launch marks the first wines from the vineyard to hit the UK since the joint venture between Litmus and Virgin Limited Edition was formed 18 months ago.

Champagne Tattinger has revealed the 14th edition of its Taittinger Collection, featuring designs by photographer Sabastiao Salgado.

The advertising watchdog has laid into wholesaler The Gin Lab for irresponsibly promoting alcohol on its Facebook page after a complaint from Alcohol Concern.

The Born Wine Digital Awards have been relaunched and are now open for entries from wine writers, photographers and filmmakers.

Majestic’s new strategy is focused on growing customer numbers, increasing the percentage
 of exclusive lines it stocks, improving its multichannel offering, bringing older stores up to scratch and retaining its staff.

Bristol Cider Shop is moving to a new retail park housed in shipping containers.

Spar has revealed plans to introduce eight new wines to its range this year as part of an ongoing review of its BWS category.

A new classification for single estate, premium cava has been launched in a bid to raise the quality perception of the Spanish sparkler.

Vagabond Wines has revealed plans to open three new stores and create a London-based microbrewery and a separate urban winery in the capital.

London wine merchant The Sampler plans to double its retail estate, ramp up sales to the on-trade and develop its private client base to drive growth in 2016.

Leading Loire producer Bouvet Ladubay is hoping to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of sparkling wine by reigniting its passion for Saumur sparklers.

UK wine lovers are starting to realise that there is more to Germany than Riesling and experimenting with different grape varietals, according to Nielsen figures.

The Welsh Vineyards Association will be this year’s host for the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016.

The Co-operative Group is getting ready for the next phase of its major BWS overhaul with a focus on packaging formats.

Fladgate Partnership chief executive Adrian Bridge has given the UK off-trade market a vote of confidence after fortified wine sales started to arrest years of decline.

The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) has unveiled its new summer campaign, which highlights the dry white wines of the region.

Smirnoff has revealed plans to break into the thriving cider market with the UK launch of Smirnoff Cider.

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is to announce the winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at a new awards ceremony.

Asda and Morrisons have unveiled plans to fight back against the discounters by revamping their drinks retailing strategies.

Charles Ireland has been appointed as general manager of Diageo GB in a job swap with Andrew Cowan.

The National Association of Cider Makers is launching its first consumer education drive after hiring a full-time marketing manager.

Sherry Wine is launching a Wine Label Design Competition for its generic labels, aimed at “breathing new life” into its overall image.

Maxxium UK plans to restructure its business to reflect the evolving spirits market and to cash in on growth opportunities in the category.

A report conducted by KPMG for major tobacco manufacturers claims there was a 300% rise in counterfeit cigarette volumes in the UK last year.

Instil Drinks Company has added four vodkas to its collection.

Bodegas Bocopa from Alicante has joined the Crush Wines portfolio.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a global marketing campaign called Enchanter La Vie.

Tesco is launching a new look own label wine range designed to help customers navigate its wine aisles.

Hi-Spirits has announced a new partnership enabling it to become the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Dutch spirits producer Toorank.

Blakemore Fine Foods has launched a new edition of its ‘Best of British’ alcohol catalogue, showcasing the best of British ales, ciders, wines and spirits.

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