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Winners of inaugural Wynn Signature Chinese Wine Awards revealed

Published:  17 April, 2024

Luxury hotel group Wynn recently hosted the inaugural Wynn Signature Chinese Wine Awards, in collaboration with the Macao government tourism office. The event hailed as “the world’s largest competition of Chinese wines of international standard,” attracted over 750 submissions from nearly 200 Chinese wineries.    


Humble Grape’s vision for expansion

Published:  17 April, 2024

As the UK’s hospitality sector grapples with a wave of closures, Humble Grape’s Fleet Street bar played host to its spring portfolio tasting, offering a glimpse into the brand’s ambitious plans for growth and expansion.


Pedalling for Pubs sets £350k fundraising goal

Published:  15 April, 2024

After the success of the Pedalling 2 Pubs ride in 2023,  the industry bike ride and sibling fundraiser to Pedalling for Pubs is returning for another year, having raised over £25,000 so far for two industry charities; Only A Pavement Away and the Licensed Trade Charity. 


Imbibe Live to reveal Sommelier Wine Awards results

Published:  11 April, 2024

The results of the first Sommelier Wine Awards since its Covid-forced hiatus will be announced at this year’s Imbibe Live, set to take place at the London Olympia, between 1-2 July. 


Ruinart Sommelier Challenge 2024 open for entries

Published:  10 April, 2024

This year’s seventh edition of the UK seminar and blind tasting competition, the Ruinart Sommelier Challenge, will take place on 20 May at 67 Pall Mall in central London. The Challenge has two objectives; to explore technical aspects of winemaking and choose the winning sommelier who will attend the all-expenses paid trip to Champagne later this year.


Drinks Trust cycling tour returns for second year

Published:  09 April, 2024

The Harvest Tour, the industry three-day cycling tour in aid of The Drinks Trust will return in September following its successful 2023 launch.


Ticket sales surge for Whisky Exchange in-person events

Published:  28 March, 2024

The Whisky Exchange has revealed a surge in consumer interest towards immersive, educational experiences within the world of wine and spirits.


London Wine Fair to host ‘Judgement of Paris’ inspired tasting

Published:  27 March, 2024

London Wine Fair (LWF) will host a homage to the late Steven Spurrier’s (pictured) landmark ‘Judgment of Paris’ blind tasting in 1976, which saw Burgundy and Bordeaux pitched against California, with the latter comparing favourably to the former, sending shockwaves around the wine world.


Italy dominates Old Vine Hero Awards winners

Published:  26 March, 2024

The co-founders of The Old Vine Conference announced the second Old Vine Hero Awards winners yesterday (25 March) via a virtual results webinar, with Italian individuals and organisations dominating the winners list.


Prowein 2024: Wine industry needs to professionalise to survive

Published:  12 March, 2024

Economic sustainability is the big topic at Prowein this year, as the global cost of living crisis chafes against the challenges of decreasing consumption rates and an overabundance of supply. 


LWF welcomes return of UK agents and Wines of South Africa

Published:  12 March, 2024

Several leading UK agents including Mentzendorff (for the first time in 12 years), Buckingham Schenk and Freixenet Copestick will return to London Wine Fair (LWF) following absences.


Jancis Robinson Collection announced as partner of SWA 2024

Published:  05 March, 2024

Returning after a post-pandemic hiatus, the Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA), a competition for wines in the on-trade, has revealed its official glassware partner – the Jancis Robinson Collection.


Bibendum spring tasting: ‘English sparkling is working really well’

Published:  29 February, 2024

Bibendum’s annual spring tasting returned to a packed-out Battersea Arts Centre on Tuesday (27 February), showcasing 300 wines via various tasting trails, curated and researched by the company’s insights team.


Mangrove and Hawksmoor partner in gender equality initiative

Published:  28 February, 2024

Spirits Distributor Mangrove Global has partnered with Hawksmoor to launch a new series of seminars to promote gender equality in the drinks trade.


Wines from Spain moves to Canary Wharf for annual tasting

Published:  27 February, 2024

Wines from Spain has announced a change of venue for this year’s annual tasting, The Pelligon in Canary Wharf.


Hallgarten Annual Tasting: Singing from the same hymn sheet

Published:  21 February, 2024

In its first annual tasting since the Coterie Holdings takeover, Hallgarten & Novum Wines welcomed well over 1,000 visitors to Lindley Hall, London, to sample the breadth and depth of its portfolio.


Sud de France Top 100 re-launches with new website

Published:  19 February, 2024

The 12th edition 2024 Sud de France 100 competition will have a new look when it relaunches in June.


Tim Atkin MW: The UK trade doesn’t take Rioja seriously enough

Published:  16 February, 2024

Rarely does a trade tasting generate this level of excitement, but, Tim Atkin MW’s Best of Rioja trade and consumer tasting was teeming with life in Westminster this week. By Atkin’s admission, never has such a collection of wines been assembled in the UK from Spain’s flagship region.


V d’OR winners announced on eve of Wine Paris

Published:  12 February, 2024

Wine Paris & Vinexpo 2024 kicked off proceedings last night (11 February) with the first-ever V d’OR Awards.


Clement Robert MS joins Liquid Icons as director

Published:  01 February, 2024

Clement Robert MS, formerly of Annabel’s Private Members Club, The Birley Clubs, and more recently The Melchior Club, has joined Liquid Icons as director of Wine & Spirits.