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The Week That Was: Top news, Q&As and analysis on

Published:  17 June, 2016


In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

News: Guy Woodward's column on how women in wine are unrepresented in what is still "an old boy's club" got a lot of you talking. Having less women in the trade isn't just a civil issue, he says - it just doesn't make good business sense. Meanwhile, a champion was crowned at the GB World Class Bartender Competition and Waitrose reported that gin is now dominating the biggest sellers in their spirits range.

· Wine is still an 'old boys club' with women under-represented in key roles

· Santa Rita signs three year partnership deal with Arsenal FC

· Aidan Bowie crowned GB World Class Bartender 2016

· UK winner of the Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup announced

· Gin now one in every three bottles of spirit sold at Waitrose

Around the world:

Chinese wine is in recovery after the government introduced a crackdown on corporate entertaining and gift-giving which hit the trade in the wallet.

Alcohol continued to cast a shadow over Euro 2016 as French authorities restricted the sale of alcohol in Lille following clashes between England and Russia fans.

In Spain, winemakers and the Cava Regulatory Board have introduced a new premium classification for high-end Cava to try and ditch its cheap and cheerful reputation.


AmazonFresh officially launched in the UK taking on the major multiple retailers to grab market share in the online grocery market channel.

Glen Grant unveiled a complete re-brand of its range and added three new expressions in an attempt to "reaffirm" its position as a leading player in the premium whisky market.

Sherry-makers González Byass also launched an unusual sherry vermouth based on a recipe from the 19th century.

Opinion & Q&As:

Don't underestimate wine bloggers, says Mike Turner - they are leaders in ultilising social media.

Andres Caballeros, winemaker director, Carolina Wine Brands, discusses the changing face of Chile.

Columnist Jerry Lockspesier talks rock'n'roll AGMs and crowd funding with Brewdog.