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MPs urged to make no ‘no deal’ official before March 29

Published:  14 March, 2019

Last night’s vote to remove the possibility of a no deal scenario from the Brexit table has resulted in a sigh of relief from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) as well as other corners of the trade.


Awaking Armagnac's potential

Published:  04 February, 2019

An old timbered barn in the heart of the rustic, misty Bas Armagnac region is perhaps the last place you’d expect to find a pop-up cocktail bar, let alone one that could pass muster in the hipper quarters of New York or London. But shakers are shaking, drinks being dispensed, with the artfully tattooed bar guru Luis Inchaurraga of Madrid Mixology mixing up a host of fabulous Armagnac-based drinks.


Halewood Wines & Spirits not dialling down wine despite ramping up spirits

Published:  10 January, 2019

Liverpool-based wine and spirit producer Halewood Wines & Spirits has denied it is slowing down its wine business after several moves this year to boost its international spirits profile and selling off its “loss making” Romanian wine arm.


WSTA’s Gibbs leaves to work for government

Published:  31 May, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has announced its director of UK policy and social responsibility, Carlo Gibbs, will be leaving later this summer.


The Midlands Wine & Spirit Association appoints new chairman

Published:  26 February, 2018

The Midlands Wine & Spirit Association (MWSA) has appointed Iain Phillips of Mentzendorff & Co as its new chairman.


WSTA strengthens board with two new appointments

Published:  07 February, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has added two new members to its board - Tesco’s commercial director, Kari Daniels and The Wine society’s Robin McMillan.


Digital packaging: how smart is your bottle?

Published:  15 August, 2017

The impact of digitisation is so powerful that most marketers and brand designers are only just grasping the need for a more holistic approach, writes James Harmer of Touch design and innovation agency


Pickering’s Gin and Edinburgh Festival Fringe toast 70 years with limited edition

Published:  20 July, 2017

Craft distiller Pickering's Gin has teamed up with Edinburgh Festival Fringe to celebrate their joint 70th anniversaries with a limited edition bottle of its Bombay spirit.