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Rising up: non-Champagne sparkling wine volume was up by a third and value sales by 27% in the first half of last year (CGA)

Shifting world wine trends

By Nigel Huddleston

The winds of change are blowing through the world of wines as factors ranging from currency fluctuations to weather-impacted harvest levels cause both suppliers and consumers to look beyond stereotypical options to new markets and styles.

In demand: more than 26m bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne were sold in the on-trade in 2017

Brexit threat to sparkling wine sales boom

By James Beeson

The UK’s sparkling wine sector has seen sales almost double in the last five years, according to the latest statistics from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

Top of the wines: 10 of the biggest sellers

The Drinks List: Top Brands To Stock 2018

The Drinks List: Top Wines

By Nicholas Robinson

In broad terms, the wine category is in decline but the category is too complex to be explained in a sweeping statement.

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.

We're forever blowing bubbles: Champagne's purpose in the pub

Champagne and sparkling wine

Is Champagne too fancy for pubs?

By Nicholas Robinson

When it comes to a celebration the no-brainer go-to for us Brits has long been a bottle of Champagne. Now it seems we don’t even need an excuse to turn to the bubbly. So if you don’t want to miss out on the action, it may be time to add some extra fizz...

Younger drinkers: wine needs to target Millennials in a different way

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Millennials chugging sparkling wine to unwind

By Nicholas Robinson

Sparkling wine is attracting more Millennial drinkers, who are choosing to drink it after a ‘rough day’ because it is one of the easiest propositions in the category for them to understand.

The ultimate wine guide for pubs

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The Wine Guide – your 101 to wine in pubs

By Nicholas Robinson

It shouldn’t really come as a great surprise that wine doesn’t have it all its own way in the setting of a pub, but growth is singularly lacking and the perceived wisdom is that it should be doing better. In our Wine Guide we take a good look at the on-trade’s...

Bang in season: Chenin Blanc makes Top Shelf

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Wine, beer and pumpkin-spiced Baileys

By Nicholas Robinson

Top shelf: Pour a glass of Kleine Zalze Bush Vine’s South African Chenin Blanc and be prepared for a ripe pineapple and guava smack in the nose.

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.

New Zealand driving UK wine market

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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.