Wine

Too high: tax on the UK wine sector is worrying producers

English wine threatened by increased duty

By Nicholas Robinson

English sparkling wine producers may be put under unnecessary pressure if Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond implements proposals to raise tax on the sector.

Diverse: the bolstered range includes Champagnes and other sparkling wines, as well as reds and whites from across the world

Matthew Clark expands wine range

By James Beeson

Drinks distributor Matthew Clark has added 83 new wines to its portfolio, following extended research on emerging trends.

Appetite for fizz: on-trade bubbly sales have risen

Prosecco sales up 9% on last year

By Helen Gilbert

The UK’s appetite for sparkling wine shows no sign of abating with sales up 9% in a year and some bars and pubs now stocking Prosecco on tap, research has revealed.

Classy: Port must always be passed to the left at dinner parties

A bluffer’s guide to Port

By James Beeson

When it comes to a classic after-dinner drink, Port is a popular choice with connoisseurs.

Rolling hills: Château Carbonneau is 150 years old

Why buy wine direct from the vineyard?

By Nicholas Robinson

Château Carbonneau stands elegantly at the centre of its 57-hectare estate in Pessac-sur-Dordogne, south-western France, where it has been under the control of the same family for more than half of its 150 year history.

Sales slow down: managed pubs have suffered recently

Managed pub, bar and restaurant sales slow down

By James Beeson

Like-for-like sales in Britain’s pub, bar and restaurant groups were ahead just 0.2% nationally compared to last August, according to the latest figures from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Spending more: consumers continue to buy less, but more premium alcoholic drinks

Posh plonk sales up in branded pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

Brits are spending more to guzzle premium alcoholic drinks in branded pubs and fancy upmarket bars, CGA Alcohol Sales Tracker report data shows.

Help and guidance: the new brochure aims to help pubs optimise their wine offer

Wine brochure launched by Molson Coors

By Nikkie Sutton

Drinks giant Molson Coors has launched its 2017 wine brochure, which aims to help licensees boost wine sales by building the right range for their customers.

Fake: Europol seized wine purporting to be a famous and protected red wine from Italy

APPG set up to probe illicit trade

By Fred A'Court

MPs will investigate illicit trade across a range of sectors, including alcohol, as part of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) formed to push the problem up the political agenda.