Profit booster: reap the rewards of a premium drinks offer


Top-end tipples: premiumise your drinks offer

By Nicholas Robinson

With the premium drinks category now worth more to the on-trade than ever before, here’s how you can take stock of your offer and navigate the busy waters of products on offer, Michelle Perrett reports

Wine courses that will make bar staff wizards of wine


Wine courses that will make bar staff wizards of wine

By Liam Coleman

Wine can be a daunting thing for bar staff if you don’t drink the stuff. When a customer asks for a full-bodied red or a fruity white, there is often panic in the eyes of the bar staff. We’ve found three companies that offer introductory wine training...

'Craft' means nothing: Chapel Down CEO on 'messianic' modern brewing

'Craft' means nothing, says Chapel Down CEO

By Daniel Woolfson

A ‘messianic’ approach to making drinks separates modern brewers and winemakers from their more traditional counterparts, according to the leading English wine producer. 

Trade failing consumers' wine expectations


Pubs’ wine offers ‘off the mark’

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs are not hitting the mark when it comes to meeting consumers’ wine needs, but could easily boost sales by making simple changes to their offer, according to Crown Cellars’ first on-trade wine report.

Big decision: Should we stay or should we go?


PMA licensee poll: Brexit or Bremain?

By Mike Berry

In just over a week the electorate of the United Kingdom will make its biggest decision in modern political history - to stay in the EU or leave.

Creating the perfect pub wine list


Liquid assets: curating a perfect gastropub wine list

By Daniel Woolfson

Do you know your Chapelle-Chambertin from your Corton-Charlemagne? Daniel Woolfson sits down for a tipple with the gastropub operator whose passion for wine is propelling trade to new heights 

Curious brew: Kingsland seeks younger drinkers with new ready-to-drink beverage


Netting young wine drinkers takes sweet turn

By Nicholas Robinson

Childhood sweets have entered the wine suppliers' arsenal of tactics used to entice younger drinkers, following Kingsland Drinks reveal of its sweet-flavoured beverages at the London Wine Fair last week.

Who was at the London Wine Fair 2016?


London Wine Fair 2016 – who you missed

By Nicholas Robinson

Gallons of wine were no doubt drank at the London Wine Fair this year, with exhibitors from across the globe poised to showcase their products to the on-trade. If you couldn't make it, though, we've put together a short picture gallery to show...

London Wine Fair: 3-5 May


What’s on at the London Wine Fair?

By Nicholas Robinson

Wine will flow in the capital today (3 May) as the London Wine Fair opens its doors to the trade, but what should operators look out for at the largest trade drinks show in the UK? Nicholas Robinson explores ahead of the event.

Wine is the second biggest category in all drinks retail, ahead of cider and spirits

Why is wine the alcohol industry's forgotten sibling?

By Dan Townsend

While the rest of the UK was reverberating to the news of Chancellor George Osbourne’s decision to impose a levy on sugary soft drinks in last month’s Budget, the wine industry was again getting used to another year of being the alcohol industry’s forgotten...

A good idea?: Crown Cellars new Bad Eye Deer


New wines to ‘rival craft beer’, says Crown Cellars

By Nicholas Robinson

Carlsberg-owned Crown Cellars – the brewer's UK wine and spirits division – has launched a range of on-trade exclusive wines aimed at attracting younger, quirkier customers and to compete with craft ale.

Chapel Down smashes £1m crowdfunding target for new brewery


Chapel Down smashes £1m target for new brewery

By Daniel Woolfson

British wine producer Chapel Down has raised more than £1.7m for its new Curious Drinks brewery through crowdfunding, smashing its original target of £1m.

First time for Sake at LWF

London Wine Fair

Inaugural sake exhibition at LWF

By Nicholas Robinson

Sake will be exhibited at the London Wine Fair (LWF) for the first time later this year, reflecting the growing importance of the category in the capital, according to event organisers.

Cameron: 'Brexit would be bad for wine and spirits'

EU Referendum

Cameron: 'a stronger alcohol industry lies within the EU'

By Nicholas Robinson

Britain's alcohol industry will be safer and stronger if the UK votes to stay in the European Union (EU), Prime Minister David Cameron has promised ahead of the referendum later this year.

An exciting new trade show has launched


Exciting new trade show - The Bar & Pub Show - launches

By Mike Berry

A new event dedicated to the bar and pub sector will run alongside this year's Restaurant Show at Olympia bringing together the best suppliers in the business with top operators that are transforming the UK’s on-trade.

WSTA Government alcohol duty cut to support pubs distillers vineyards

Two percent cut in alcohol duty will support on-trade, WSTA claims

By Ben Winstanley

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called for the Government to back British distilleries and vineyards with a 2% alcohol duty cut in the March Budget, a move they claim will support the growing demand for wine and spirits in the on-trade.

Wine predictions for 2016

Wine predictions for 2016

By Ben Winstanley

As wine continues to rise in popularity both in the on-trade and home markets, what does 2016 have in store? Crown Cellars wine vendors share their predictions for the year ahead.

The insight profiles eight different types of consumer and the choices they make in terms of drinks


1/2 of affluent young choose wine over other drinks, report claims

By Jessica Mason

Affluent young families aged between 25 and 45 make up a 12% share of the UK’s on-trade wine market and almost half of those (47%) would choose wine as their first choice of alcoholic drink over spirits, beer or cider, according to new research from Bibendum...

New Zealand driving UK wine market


New Zealand driving UK wine market

By Ben Winstanley

New Zealand wine is driving growth in the UK wine market as it continues to perform strongly in both the on and off-trade.

Hybrid & niche venues remind us pubs need to stand out

Could these new venues be killing pubs?

By Nigel Huddleston

From cafes serving beer through to niche outlets where standard pubs don't answer the need, The Publican's Morning Advertiser looks at differing business models - the threats as well as the lessons.

Noble Rot: the dynamic duo behind London's hottest new wine bar

Noble nerds: the dynamic duo behind London's hottest new wine bar

By Ben Winstanley

As wine begins to attract a younger, ‘cooler’ audience, the dynamic duo behind Noble Rot talk about the philosophy behind their new wine bar venture and how to encourage people to engage with what’s in their glass, Ben Winstanley reports.  

Serving fizz by the glass is an opportunity that shouldn't be overlooked

Business boosters

Reasons why YOU should sell fizz

By Jessica Mason

If you think you take advantage of drinks trends but you’re still not selling bubbly by the glass, it’s a bit like saying you’re really interested in music but you don’t see the point in going to a gig.

Taking all of the WSET courses back to back, Jessica Mason completes Level 3 after 6 weeks of study

Taking the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

By Jessica Mason

The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines spanned six weeks of my life. Every Thursday for six weeks, that is.The course is ideal for anyone who has already passed the Level 2 and has an understanding of wine that goes beyond mere competence and, instead, works...

Mulled drinks - can you pull the punters in with warmth and comfort?


Mulled drinks - can you pull the punters in with warmth and comfort?

By Nigel Huddleston

Autumn is well and truly on us, Christmas is fast approaching and the need to plan ahead for something warm and comforting to pull punters in to pubs needs to be addressed. Well fear not, says Nigel Huddleston, you need look no further than mulled wine...

Harris (left) and his popular slip sole dish


Top 50 Gastropubs chef lends expertise to London wine bar

By Daniel Woolfson

Stephen Harris, the chef patron and Shepherd Neame tenant of Top 50 Gastropubs winner, the Sportsman, is lending his culinary expertise to upcoming London wine bar and restaurant, Noble Rot.

There's a wine for that curry, says IWC boss

National Curry Week

Wine and curry pairings: the rules

By Nicholas Robinson

Wine doesn’t have to be overlooked during National Curry Week (NCW), according to International Wine Challenge boss Peter McCombie, who has revealed his top tips for pairing wine with curry.

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