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Wine industry in Maharashtra losing its high
Times of India - Sunday, March 02, 2014
NASHIK: The state's wine story is losing its sparkle. Of the 75 wineries in Maharashtra, 50 are on the brink of closure an estimated 50 lakh litres of unsold wine stacked up in barrels and winery owners staring at unpaid bank loans they had taken on interest. Even farmers have shunned growing wine grapes and have switched to the sober table grapes business.

Bangalore nightlife extended, pubs to be open till 1 am twice a week
IBN News - Saturday, March 01, 2014
Bangalore: Call it a pre-election sop, but Bangalore may just get its title as India's pub capital back. The Karnataka government has relaxed curbs on timings for restaurants and bars, after pressure from many groups. But this is on a trial basis for now. Eateries can now remain open till 1 am all days while pubs and bars on Fridays and Saturdays. Yes, we have taken a decision to extend eateries' timings till 1 am, for bars only for weekend on trial basis for three months, said Karnataka Home Minister KG George.

United Spirits slashes capex plans as it struggles with slowing sales
Mint - Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Bangalore: United Spirits Ltd, the country's largest distiller, has slashed its capital expenditure plans and doesn't expect any significant improvement in profit margins for two years as it struggles with slowing sales, rising costs and alcohol taxes.

Disco-Era Cocktails Are Groovy Again
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, February 20, 2014
ARE 1970S-STYLE cocktails replacing tiki drinks as the guilty pleasure du jour? A growing number of bars and restaurants are indeed offering revamped editions of post-Watergate libations. Unlike the austerely bitter tipples favored in recent years by the neo-speakeasy set, these throwbacks skew sweet, fruity, even creamy.

In Sake, Japan Sees a Potential Stimulus
New York Times - Friday, February 21, 2014
NIHONMATSU, Japan — As Japan confronts troubling economic data and memories of its stagnant “lost generation,” the country's government is offering a little something to take the edge off: a bottle or two of sake.

Indian liquor trio goes after the third spot
Business Standard - Thursday, February 20, 2014
With international big boys at the top, Radico Khaitan, ABD and Tilaknagar Industries are trying to outdo each other

Beer market set for new fizz
Business Standard - Thursday, February 13, 2014
Kaltenberg set to enter India will have premium positioning but will be priced cheaper than imported peers

Diageo officially unveils craft whiskey company
The Spirits Business - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The new artisan spirits company has been created by the UK drinks giant in the hope that it will enable it to become “the number one craft distiller in North American whiskey”.

Gordon’s elderflower gin launch backed by seven-figure marketing spend
Times of India - Monday, February 10, 2014
UK: Gordon's new elderflower gin will be backed up with a with seven-figure marketing budget spanning the on and off-trades.

Singapore investor, Premji & L Capital vie for Sula stake
Times of India - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
MUMBAI: Global wine investor Ravi Viswanathan, backed by financing support from Reliance Capital, has emerged as a strong contender to buy a 33 stake in Nashik Vintners, the parent of India's leading wine maker Sula, people briefed on the matter told TOI.

United Spirits drops prices of two key whisky brands
Mint - Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Prices of McDowell's No.1 and Royal Challenge have been dropped to regain and protect market share from rivals

US: Captain Morgan White Rum to take on Bacardi
Drinks International - Thursday, February 06, 2014
Diageo has launched Captain Morgan White Rum in the US in direct opposition to Bacardi Superior. Priced at $15.99 for a 75cl bottle, Captain Morgan White Rum will meet Bacardi head-on in what IWSR refers to as the standard rum segment ($10-20).

Winemakers bet on wine tourism as new revenue stream; still a long way to go
Economic Times - Sunday, February 09, 2014
Rolling slopes blanketed with vineyards, against a backdrop of lakes and hills. Sounds like California's Napa Valley and wine tourism trails amidst the vineyards of Yountville? Not quite. That's the view from the local wine maker Sula's tasting room in Nashik with a glass of Merlot Malbec for company.

Bhutan lifts ban on alcohol import from India
Hindu - Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Thimphu, Jan 29: Bhutan has decided to lift a ban on import of furniture and alcohol from India, saying the restrictions did not serve their intended purpose. The decision to reverse the ban, which was imposed in 2012 in the wake of global financial crisis, was taken during a cabinet meeting here this week.

KRSMA opens the Super Premium Boutique League
delWine - Monday, February 03, 2014
KRSMA Estate, a Karnataka-based winery located 70 kms from the Heritage city of Hampi and 300 kms Southwest of Hyderabad launched a range of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon at a wine dinner evening at the newly opened, Chic JW Marriott, attended by over a hundred cognoscenti and glitterati of Bangalore last Saturday, writes Subhash Arora who also attended a trade tasting earlier in the afternoon

China is the world’s leading red wine market
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
China, including Hong Kong, is now the largest market for red wine, according to a survey commissioned by Vinexpo the Bordeaux-based exhibition company.

Cheers to 25 Years!
Food Arts.com - Saturday, February 01, 2014
We've come a long way since snooty somms and speed-rack demons dominated beverage service. Jeffery Lindenmuth takes a look back at the trends and phenomena that have enhanced service for customers and elevated stature for pros.

Juices | Living by the sip
Mint - Monday, January 27, 2014
Is juicing really the way to give the body a healthy holiday from carbohydrates and fats, or is it just a passing fad in the long line of detox diets?

Heineken might find a larger swig of UB tough
Business Standard - Saturday, February 01, 2014
With India's alcoholic beverages segment presenting lucrative opportunities, global behemoths are eagerly waiting to grab these. The low per capita consumption in India, which has a population of 1.3 billion, holds immense potential for many companies facing saturated markets in Europe and the Americas.

Diageo sales in India get instant boost from USL distribution
Business Standard - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Even as a slowdown in emerging markets has taken its toll on the first half of Diageo's current financial year ending in June, India continues to deliver strong growth to the UK-based world's largest distiller. The company said it net sales grew 35 per cent for the period in India against an average 1.3 per cent growth in all emerging markets combined.

Tea brands prop up HUL's beverage play
Business Standard - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sustained activity around Lipton, Taj Mahal, Brooke Bond and Taaza, including new launches and advertising, has ensured beverages perform well

Remy Sula's 100% Indian Grape Spirit Brandy Ready for Release; Awaits Remy Cointreau's Green Signal
Indian Restaurant Spy - Sunday, February 02, 2014
INDIA'S first brandy made 100 per cent with grape spirit is ready for release. It is the baby of Remy Sula, a joint venture between the Paris-based ninth largest spirits company in the world, Remy Cointreau, and Nashik's Sula Vineyards, the producer of India's largest selling wines, which is led by the Stanford-trained engineer and wine pioneer Rajeev Samant.

Miraculous Growth expected for Grover Zampa
delWine - Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Jan 28: Post the merger of Grover Vineyards with Valle de Vin, Grover Zampa is set to record a miraculous year-on-year growth of 150 over 2012-13, according to the CEO Sumedh Singh Mandla and Kapil Grover, Director of the merged identity, that would catapult them back to the second spot this year, writes Subhash Arora who interacted with several senior management officials during his visit to the Great Grover Stomp last Saturday at their Nashik vineyards

Whisky: a new taste for Burns Night celebrations
Guardian - Saturday, January 25, 2014
There's more to whisky than single malt. Some of the new breed of grain whiskies really hit the spot, too. If you're looking for a special bottle to celebrate Burns Night tonight, chances are you're looking for a single malt. But you might get yourself an equally interesting dram if you splashed out on a single-grain whisky.

Beverage expert details cocktail trends
Nation's Restaurant News - Friday, January 24, 2014
Scotch, bitter components and herbaceous liqueurs are appearing in more cocktails, according to beverage expert Gaz Regan, who analyzed the drinks he selected for his upcoming book, 101 Best New Cocktails, scheduled to be published in the spring.

The growing power of India
The Drinks Business - Friday, January 10, 2014
EVEN THOUGH India's GDP growth rate is down to 4.99, the slowest for almost a decade (see Table 1 – GDP and Interest Rate in India, 2006-2013), their wine industry has witnessed an average annual growth of 25-30 during the noughties according to a report published by the Indian Grape Processing Board(IGPB), an industry body.

Allied Blenders in talks to buy Tilaknagar Industries
Business Standard - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Kishore Chhabria-led Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD) is looking to acquire majority stake in Tilaknagar Industries. To fund the acquisition, ABD has started raising $200 million. The move will give ABD a strong foothold in the brandy market and, consequently, good presence in the southern part of the country, as that region is the biggest market for brandy in India.

Two more foreign brands add fizz to India's vodka market
Times of India - Sunday, January 19, 2014
MUMBAI: The premium vodka market in India, growing at over 25 per cent and dominated by imported brands like Absolut, and Grey Goose, is set to sizzle further with the entry of two more Russian brands. The brands — Russian Spirit and Kruto — are also making their global debut from here.

Grover Zampa launch Chêne at The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
Sommelier India - Friday, January 03, 2014
A blend of Tempranillo, the famous indigenous Spanish red grape, and Syrah, Chêne Grande Reserve, produced from estate grown grapes at their winery in Sanjegaon, near Nashik, is Grover Zampa's latest offering. It was launched in Pune in December at a degustation wine dinner at Prego,The Westin Pune Koregaon Park.

Suntory bursts into India with $16bn Beam buy
Times of India - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BANGALORE: Japan's Suntory Holdings has rearranged the stakes in India's rapidly expanding premium liquor story, with its $16-billion acquisition of American drinks major Beam Inc on Monday.

How to ward off that New Year hangover
Mint - Monday, December 30, 2013
A pounding head after a night out can be the worst way to begin the new year. Here are some ways to avoid it

Martin Miller has died
Drinks International - Thursday, January 02, 2014
Martin Miller, founder of Martin Miller's gin, passed away on Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer.

ABD’s new launches likely to heat up market for premium whiskies
Mint - Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Mumbai/Bangalore: Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt. Ltd (ABD) is planning to boost its offering of pricier whiskies by launching a brand to take on Pernod Ricard's Royal Stag label, one of the fastest growing whisky brands in recent years.

What were the biggest bar trends of 2013?
Spirits Business - Thursday, December 19, 2013
Looking forward at the beginning of 2013, the international cocktail and bar scene held great promise. With establishments across the globe pushing the boundaries of bartending and challenging the mindset of mixology, the drinks industry knew it was in for an exciting year.

Sumedh Singh Mandla | Grape expectations
Mint - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sumedh Singh Mandla makes all the right noises for a chief executive of a wine company. He drinks only wine. Mandla prefers still wine to sparkling wine, which he says is a growing segment but will always remain much smaller than the former.

Companies offer wine-lovers more reasons to cheer with freebies
Economic Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
PUNE: If you plan to celebrate this Christmas with wine and cake, you may get more than what you sought, as winemakers have lined up freebies ranging from wine glasses to invitation for grape stomping festival for the festive season.

Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos to open first five-star property in India
Economic Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
MUMBAI: US hospitality and entertainment firm Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos will soon open its first five-star property in India. Gurgaon-based Spectra Hospitality Services (SHS), which is the development representative for Hard Rock in India, is hoping to sign the first Hard Rock Hotel by the end of March 2014.

Japan’s whisky maker Suntory may join race for Whyte & Mackay
Economic Times - Tuesday, December 24, 2013
MUMBAI: Japanese whisky maker Suntory has joined UK-based private equity fund Vasari Global as a possible bidder for Whyte & Mackay, which is owned by Diageo-controlled United Spirits

9 Essential Ingredients That Make a Great Bar
Esquire - Wednesday, December 18, 2013
What's in a bar? Would drinks in an establishment by any other name taste as sweet? We think not.

Tilaknagar to buy top IFB liquor brands
Business Standard - Monday, December 16, 2013
Tilaknagar Industries (TI), maker of brandy brands Mansion House and Courrier Napoleon, is set to acquire leading Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) brands from Kolkata-based IFB Agro. A agreement was signed last week.

Liquor companies serve old wine in small 60 ml bottle; sales double
Economic Times - Saturday, December 14, 2013
While companies such as Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Radico Khaitan have for long been selling 60-ml miniatures of their liquor brands in places like airports mainly for convenience, the demand for such bottles has gone up significantly in recent times as scores of consumers look to upgrade using them as trial, while some others see them as a pocket-friendly quick drink.

Remy Cointreau eyes joint venture with Sula
Times of India - Saturday, December 14, 2013
KOLKATA: Remy Cointreau, the French premium liquor giant, is likely to form a joint venture with Nashik Vintners, owner of Sula wine, for launching India-specific brands. Remy, world famous for its cognac, has a three-year-old distribution tie-up with Sula for its bottled original brands like Remy Martin and Remy Martin Cointreau. The French liquor firm also has an independent marketing network in India comprising 15 people.

Heineken is top shareholder of United Breweries
Times of India - Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Bangalore/MUMBAI: Dutch giant Heineken has emerged as the largest shareholder in United Breweries, makers of Kingfisher beer, after it picked up 1.35 stake in India's largest brewing company through bulk deals on the bourses.

Ballantine's does a Brazilian
Drinks International - Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Ballantine's Brasil is the name of a new lime-infused spirit drink, from the Chivas Brothers scotch and premium gin divisions of Pernod Ricard. It is being launched in selected markets, starting with the Czech Republic and the Netherlands later this month and rolling out globally from February - in good time for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup next summer.

Soju: the most popular booze in the world
Guardian - Monday, December 02, 2013
The South Korean spirit is the globe's best-selling alcohol. But they're not just drinking it in Korea these days – you can try chilled shots or soju cocktails in New York and London

Indian wine exports may get a boost with global fall in production
Mint - Thursday, December 05, 2013
Mumbai: Global demand for wine exceeded production by a huge margin last year. With the shortfall forecast to widen this year, Indian producers could use the opportunity to increase exports, given that the domestic market is at saturation point and the quality of local wine is improving, analysts say.

G without T
The Spectator - Saturday, December 07, 2013
The true drink of England is better taken neat, says A.N. Wilson

Kristal Spirits bets big on premium vodka
Business Standard - Thursday, November 28, 2013
Delhi-based Kristal Spirits, which is predominantly into the premium spirits category, expects to partner with international brands for launching their products in India.

The ultimate cocktail gin?
The Drinks Business - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The team behind a new UK gin claims that its strength and flavour have been specially designed to make their product the ideal partner for cocktails.

W&M sale will boost USL's financials
Business Standard - Tuesday, November 26, 2013
United Spirits-Diageo deal hits yet another hurdle after the UK Fair Trade regulator raised concerns stating that the deal could result in lower competition in the UK market where the United Spirits' wholly owned subsidiary, Whyte & Mackay (W&M), operates. While Diageo (to address this issue) has offered to sell Whyte and Mackay (which came into its fold post the acquisition of United Sprits) which should help ease the UK regulator's concern, the Street was nervous.

New JV will sell Mansion House brandy soon: Henricus Jansen
Economic Times - Monday, November 25, 2013
MUMBAI: Henricus (Dick) Jansen, CEO and sixth generation owner of Herman Jansen, the Dutch company that owns the 'Mansion House' brand, said the brandy will be produced and distributed in India in a couple of months through the new partnership his company has entered into with liquor baron Kishore Chhabria's Allied Blenders & Distillers.

Diageo to launch new bourbons, doesn't need to buy Beam
Economic Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
LONDON: Alcoholic drinks maker Diageo PLC does not need to buy rival Beam Inc, its chief executive officer said on Tuesday, since it is expanding its existing whiskeys and launching new ones.

Diageo India loss rises as demand for vodka falls, spending rises
Mint - Thursday, November 21, 2013
Bangalore: Diageo India Pvt. Ltd reported a loss of Rs.43.4 crore for the nine months to 31 March, wider than its loss of Rs.12.6 crore for all of 2011-12, as weak demand for vodka and higher spending to promote its newest whiskey brand, Rowson's Reserve, weighed on earnings.

United Spirits may sell some cheaper brands: Diageo
Mint - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Bangalore: The improvement in sales and margins at United Spirits Ltd (USL) will take much longer than what most analysts expect and the debt-laden distiller may sell or shut down some cheaper brands that are not profitable, the company's controlling shareholder Diageo Plc said.

Bacardi campaign opts for resilience over rum
Business Standard - Wednesday, November 20, 2013
It is the time of the year when Bacardi typically promotes its recipe for holiday punch, but a new advertising campaign is promoting how the rum brand rolls with the punches, instead.

Moët & Chandon focuses on novelty with a Champagne vending machine
LuxuryDaily.com - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
French spirits maker Moët & Chandon is using a new approach to sell its Champagne, putting its bottles behind glass in a vending machine. The vending machine is part of the holiday gift section at British department store Selfridges, and dispenses mini bottles of Moët & Chandon. By putting its product in such an ordinary display, the brand is making itself more accessible and appealing to entry-level holiday shoppers.

Ownership battle brews over Mansion House brandy brand
Economic Times - Monday, November 18, 2013
MUMBAI: A corporate battle is brewing over Mansion House brandy between Herman Jansen, the Dutch company that owns the brand, and Tilaknagar Industries, which is currently producing and distributing the product in India.

The Judgement of Delhi - Stag's Leap and Beringer wines are launched and tasted
Tulleeho - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Have you been to Roosevelt House before? I haven't! After being personally greeted by the U.S. Ambassador, Ms. Nancy Powell and Allan Mustard, the Minister for Agricultural Affairs,lf at the entrance of the Ambassador's house we were escorted into another room. This is where the main event of the night was taking place, a formal introduction to two of Napa Valley's finest wine makers, Beringer and Stag's Leap who were joining the small but rapidly growing Indian wine industry.

BarChick.com: a website for finding good bars around the world
Guardian - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Want insider tips on the best places to drink in global cities? This website, and its improved app, helps you negotiate nightlife options depending on your tastes and current location

Stag's Leap and Beringer launch in India
Tulleeho - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Stag's Leap and Beringer wines were launched in India by Nancy Powell, the US Ambassador, at her residence Roosevelt house. Some sterling wine was tasted and friendships renewed.

Black Dog is world’s fastest growing scotch
Times of India - Wednesday, November 13, 2013
BANGALORE: Diageo acquired India's largest drinks company United Spirits (USL) to push its vaunted single malts and blended scotch to a rising middle class. However, it may soon be lapping up USL brand Black Dog which, according to International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR), is the world's fastest growing scotch whiskey in the past five years.

Sula taps investors for stake sale
Times of India - Monday, November 11, 2013
BANGALORE: India's largest winemaker Nashik Vintners, owners of Sula wines, has kicked off a big stake sale to facilitate exit for financial investors who control around 50 in the company valued at about $125 million, said people directly familiar with the process.

The Gin Goes Back Into the Barrel
New York Times - Tuesday, November 05, 2013
John Little, the founder and master distiller of Smooth Ambler, a West Virginia microdistillery, fell into the aged-gin business by accident. Early in 2012 he had just distilled a batch of his standard gin when he realized he was out of bottles to put it in.

Pernod Ricard grows faster, narrows gap with United Spirits
Economic Times - Thursday, November 07, 2013
MUMBAI: Pernod Ricard has narrowed its gap with market leader United Spirits in the Indian spirits market as the French firm grew its sales faster than major rivals in 2012-13, helped by Indian consumers' increasing appetite for premium drinks.

Indian multi-millionaire buys stake in South Africa's Mullineux
Decanter - Monday, November 04, 2013
Multi-millionaire Indian businessman Analjit Singh has bought a stake in top South Africa winery Mullineux from English investor Keith Prothero.

Whisky Bible names Glenmorangie Ealanta world's best whisky
Drinks International - Monday, November 04, 2013
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 has named the virgin-oak-matured Glenmorangie Ealanta as the best whisky in the world. Murray described the limited edition single malt Scotch as “borderline perfection” with “one of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year”.

Liquor volume growth falls to slowest in a decade
Mint - Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Bangalore/Mumbai: For India's liquor companies, the current decade hasn't been kind. Strong economic growth and rising incomes spurred liquor demand for a large part of the 2000s, with distillers enjoying volume growth of over 10 every year. But as the Indian economy slowed and state governments increased duties on alcohol to generate more revenues, liquor volume growth has fallen sharply for the third year in a row so far this year, even as rising costs of extra neutral alcohol (ENA), a key ingredient, dent margins.

Mixing the right cocktail at United Spirits
Business Standard - Thursday, October 31, 2013
Diageo to push premium brands at cost of mass volume, introduce its own compliance & accounting culture, in a legally complex structure

Kishore Chhabria's dramatic bid for Tilaknagar
Times of India - Monday, October 28, 2013
MUMBAI: Liquor baron Kishore Chhabria is spicing up India's alcoholic beverage industry once again. He has claimed a 50 ownership interest in Mansion House brand, a hotly disputed trademark between Tilaknagar Industries and Dutch spirits maker Herman Jansen.

Brewers to spend more on promotions
Mint - Monday, October 28, 2013
Move aimed at stimulating demand that has been hit by a longer-than-expected monsoon

Heineken's growth brew sees no price cut
Business Standard - Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Five years after making its way to Indian shelves, Heineken is now going beyond the metros and mini-metros it had started off with. It is now present in 15 cities, with plans to dig deeper for custom.

Indians lap up Scotch whisky
Asian Age - Friday, October 25, 2013
With the launch of King Henry VIII Scotch Whisky, a rare blend which is exclusively distilled, aged and blended by Inverhouse Distillers in Scotland, for that smoky fragrant accompanied by a spicy and sweet long lasting flavour, whisky aficionados are in for a surprise.

French froth
Business Standard - Saturday, October 26, 2013
Carlsberg, which markets brands like Tuborg in India, has launched Kronenbourg, one of France's best-selling beers in the country. There are two variants: the Kronenbourg 1664, which is a lager, and Blanc, a wheat beer. The two brands will be available across 14 cities in the country.

Chandon from Moet Launched in Mumbai
delWine - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
They say good wine tastes better in the company of good friends. But if you also get it for free, the taste becomes excellent. So it was an invited group of over 1200 people that got to taste and drink ‘excellent' Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose Brut at the Launch at Hotel Four Seasons where the wine, food and DJ music reached a crescendo well past midnight last Saturday evening after the Mumbai Glitterati walked in.

Saronno invests in Irish whiskey
Drinks International - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Illva Saronno SpA has announced its intention to invest in Walsh Whiskey Distillery, - the producer of The Irishman & Writers Tears super and ultra-premium, craft, Irish whiskey brands.

Radico to hive off IMFL business to sip with Suntory
Times of India - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BANGALORE: The country's fourth largest spirits maker Radico Khaitan will hive off the IMFL (Indian made liquor) business into subsidiary, in what is seen as a prelude to Japanese spirits major Suntory Holdings picking up to a 50 stake in the unit.

Kyndal’s Pushpanjali Banerji: A woman in the liquor industry; has her task cut out
Economic Times - Monday, October 21, 2013
What's common between the drinks industry and bars? Both are dominated by men. So it was at a bar that Pushpanjali Banerji, the scion of premium spirits and liquor manufacturer and distributor Kyndal, decided that her baptism in the drinks industry will be.

Launch: Sula Sparkling Revival
delWine - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Oct 16: Rajeev Samant released a new set of Brut, Brut Rosé and Seco sparkling wines with new packaging and a slightly different blend in front of a set of special invitees at the newly opened Tasting Cellar at the Nashik winery of Sula Vineyards, amidst speculation that the move was to brace for the competition from the launch of Chandon by the formidable Moet Hennessey, writes Subhash Arora who was present at the Launch.

William Grant names whisky after column still
Drinks International - Monday, October 07, 2013
William Grant & Sons has named its new 100 maize whisky after the column still that made it. The Girvan Patent Still Single Grain 25 Year Old is the first single grain whisky ever released by William Grant & Sons, a launch the group hopes will help to establish a new category of whiskies.

Artesian retains top spot in World's 50 Best Bars 2013
Drinks International - Thursday, October 10, 2013
Artesian at the Langham Hotel (in London) has been voted the world's best bar for the second year running in Drinks International's World's 50 Best Bars survey.

McDonald's first McCafe launched in Mumbai
Economic Times - Wednesday, October 09, 2013
MUMBAI: Hardcastle Restaurants, which runs the franchise for the Western and Southern operations of McDonald's in the country, today launched its first McCafe in-restaurant in the city.

Kyndal plans Scotch unit in Scotland
Business Standard - Saturday, October 12, 2013
Siddharth Banerji-led Kyndal India — importer, maker and distributor of premium spirits — is planning to set up a malt distillery in Scotland, to make an entry into the premium Scotch whisky global market.

SABMiller’s sales jumps 20% in FY13 to Rs 3,349 crore
Economic Times - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
MUMBAI: SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer, has moved within striking distance of market leader United Breweries in the Indian beer market, thanks to some aggressive product launches and significant innovations.

Diageo pushes its brands through USL network
Business Standard - Saturday, October 05, 2013
USL to provide sales promotion services to Diageo India for all company brands sold in India

Diageo stirs USL in bid to shake Indian market
Business Standard - Monday, September 30, 2013
Diageo may have got FMCG veteran Anand Kripalu to run United Spirits and appointed 3 directors on its board, but the road ahead is strewn with problems

Beer still a luxury for the average Indian
Mint - Sunday, September 29, 2013
Indians are laggardly drinkers of beer, ranking at the bottom of the barrel among the world's top 30

Diageo Goes Gangnam With Johnnie Walker for Korea Whisky Revival
Bloomberg - Thursday, September 26, 2013
Diageo Plc (DGE), the world's biggest distiller, is trusting Gangnam to do the same for whisky as the song named after it did for dance moves. Seoul's luxury retail district, known internationally for the music video that became a global phenomenon, is the location for today's opening by Diageo of a Johnnie Walker House as the liquor maker goes after high-net worth consumers seeking a bespoke bottle of its biggest whisky brand to take home.

Starbucks gets off to a spirited start in India
Economic Times - Friday, September 27, 2013
MUMBAI: The world's most popular coffee brand Starbucks sold coffee, snacks and merchandise worth Rs 14.6 crore in the first financial year of its operations in India ending March, averaging almost Rs 1.5 crore per outlet from its 11 doors in just five months since opening its first outlet in Mumbai last October.

FMCG brass on alcobev high table
Times of India - Thursday, September 26, 2013
BANGALORE/MUMBAI: It's a rush of FMCG brass to India's liquor industry. Bacardi is set to name a new India head joining from Kaya, which was recently demerged from Marico. Vijay Subramaniam, who spearheaded Marico's international business as CEO till recently, is expected to join the world's largest privately held drinks company, known for its eponymous rum, said people familiar with the matter.

Diageo to push 'millionaire' brands, Gilbert Ghostine says
Times of India - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
BANGALORE: In his first media interaction after Diageo's acquisition of United Spirits, Gilbert Ghostine, Asia-Pacific head of the British drinks giant, said his company would drive the growth of Indian company's 20 'millionaire' brands that sell more than a million cases annually. Speaking to TOI on the sidelines of USL annual general meeting, Ghostine said Diageo isn't rushing into any business restructuring and welcomed CEO-designate Anand Kripalu who joins USL from Cadbury India on October 1.

Diageo hires Mondelez's India head Anand Kripalu to bring about a deep cultural change at USL
Economic Times - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
MUMBAI: After more than two decades of selling soaps, detergents and, more recently, chocolates, Anand Kripalu is getting ready for a new role - selling spirits.

The Hottest New Clubs
GQ - Tuesday, September 24, 2013


7 Signs That the Craft-Beer Craze Has Gone Totally Mainstream
Time - Sunday, September 22, 2013
From Hollywood to Costco to your state senator, everyone seems to want to be associated with craft beer lately. Here are a few indications that craft beer can no longer be classified as a niche category with limited appeal to the masses.

Top five innovative drinks companies
The Drinks Business - Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Forbes magazine has published its top 100 most innovative companies, but which drinks companies appeared on the list?

Taste of Chianti in White from Fratelli
delWine - Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sep 16: The recently launched Sangiovese Bianco by Fratelli is a well-made white wine with a great personality that would be music to the palate of many a connoisseur but apart from its unique characteristic of using a red grape, it shows the innovativeness and the versatility of the winemaker Piero Masi who has already proved himself with reds like Sette and red Sangiovese, writes Subhash Arora

Brews Cruise
Pioneer - Monday, September 09, 2013
Tulleeho's Beverage training manager Rohan Jelkie took Iknoor Kaur on a Brews Cruise, during which he revealed some interesting facts about beers and their food pairings

Inflation, slowdown and rise in taxes make liquor consumption in India a costly affair
Economic Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2013
MUMBAI: Liquor makers in the country are staring at more sober days after a decade of heady growth as increasing prices and a slowing economy force consumers, particularly those at the lower end of the market, to check their discretionary expenses.

Trendy, light-weight PET bottles set to take wine to mass market
Business Standard - Monday, September 16, 2013
Wine lovers no longer need to worry about carrying heavy and delicate glass bottles and as their favourite drink is now available in light-weight, trendy and safe bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The usage of PET bottles by a handful of wine makers is set to take the drink to the masses, thanks to a packaging solution offered by Manjushree Technopack Ltd, a Bangalore-based manufacturer of PET bottles and performs.

Starbucks goes plush for India, gives its stores a local flavour
Economic Times - Friday, September 13, 2013
NEW DELHI: If Starbucks to you means the ubiquitous chain that sells coffee on the go through hundreds of small stores all over the US, its Indian avatar might come as a bit of a shock. The world's largest coffee chain is positioning itself as an aspirational brand in this tea-drinking nation, and is going over the top with its stores, some of the plushest it's opened anywhere in the world.

Forbidden blends: Multivintage wines
The Drinks Business - Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Blending different vintages to make table wines has been frowned upon by winegrowers, connoisseurs and authorities alike. Roger Morris searches out some contrarian winemakers who think non-vintage wines still make sense.

New Bruichladdich range includes "most peated malt"
Drinks International - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail has announced it will unveil a new collection of Bruichladdich single malt scotches, including what it claims is the “most heavily peated malt whisky on the planet”.

Absolut Vodka to roll out new global brand campaign
Harpers Wine and Spirits - Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Absolut Vodka is rolling out a new global brand campaign that builds on its already close affiliation with the art world by linking up with four cutting-edge artists.

India pale lagers, craft beer’s category straddlers
Washington Post - Tuesday, September 10, 2013
There's something disconcerting about India pale lagers, or IPLs. They're the rebels, the heretics of the beer world. They don't play by the rules.

Travel Retail like Pernod’s “third strongest country”
Drinks International - Thursday, September 05, 2013
Pernod Ricard's future leader Alexandre Ricard has told the drinks trade the group's travel retail business is strong enough to be one of its top national markets.

TPG, Carlyle in talks to buy $100m ABD stake
Times of India - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MUMBAI: Marquee investors Carlyle Group and TPG Capital are the frontrunners to acquire a $100-million minority stake in India's third largest distiller, Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), makers of Officer's Choice whiskey, said people directly familiar with the matter.

Irish PM opens Irish Distillers’ €100m expansion of Midleton
Drinks International - Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Irish prime minister or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, yesterday (September 4) officially opened Irish Distillers' newly expanded Midleton distillery in Cork.

Diageo India posts 7 per cent decline in sales
Economic Times - Friday, September 06, 2013
MUMBAI: Diageo Plc, the world's biggest distiller, may have elevated Indian-origin Ivan Menezes as its chief executive in July this year, but its Indian business isn't exactly in high spirits.

Glenlivet is star of Pernod portfolio
The Drinks Business - Wednesday, September 04, 2013
“Today, The Glenlivet is one of the rising stars if not the star of the portfolio,” stated Laurent Lacassagne, chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard.

Radico Khaitan in talks with Suntory Holdings to sell 26% stake for Rs 870 crore
Economic Times - Tuesday, September 03, 2013
MUMBAI: Radico Khaitan, India's fourthlargest liquor maker, has begun preliminary talks to sell a minority stake to Japan's oldest liquor company Suntory Holdings, underscoring the growing attraction of the local liquor market to foreign firms. The makers of Magic Moments vodka and 8 PM whisky is examining the option of offering 26 in the company to Suntory, investment bankers close to the transaction said.

New gadget can 'age' wine in minutes, inventors claim
Decanter - Friday, August 16, 2013
A new gadget which claims to 'age' wine in minutes, improving its taste and making it more mellow, could be on sale by the end of the year after tests in the US proved successful.

Scientists create ‘hangover-free’ beer
The Drinks Business - Monday, August 19, 2013
Scientists in Australia claim to have made, what could go down as one of man's greatest-ever discoveries, a beer which doesn't give you a hangover.

Tulleeho Blog
Tulleeho - Thursday, August 22, 2013
Tulleeho Blog - Chennai's Raising the Bar, discovers Tulleeho's Hemant Mundkur

Diageo cleans the stables at USL as Mallya loses grip
Mint - Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Bangalore/Mumbai: Diageo Plc. has started exercising its powers as the largest shareholder in United Spirits Ltd (USL) by moving as many as 100 UB Group executives off the payrolls of India's largest distiller—a clear indication that UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya no longer calls the shots at the company.

Diageo to pay CEO Menezes Rs 105cr
Times of India - Monday, August 19, 2013
LONDON: The world's largest spirits maker Diageo Plc has proposed an annual pay package of up to 10.9-million British pounds (about Rs 105 crore) for its newly appointed Indian-origin CEO Ivan Menezes.

Tata Starbucks builds war chest for expansion to take on Cafe Coffee Day, Barista Lavazza, Costa Coffee
Economic Times - Monday, August 19, 2013
MUMBAI: Tata Starbucks plans to open around 100 Starbucks cafes in the country by next year to match up to established rivals and is building a war chest for expansion by more than trebling its authorised capital to Rs 220 crore.

Whisky fans create new Glenmorangie style
The Drinks Business - Friday, August 09, 2013
Glenmorangie has completed the first phase of a crowd-sourcing initiative to create its next single malt and is now asking the public to come up with a name for the new expression.

Intoxicated by plants: the links between botany and alcohol
Financial Times - Friday, August 02, 2013
How the botanical world provides the ingredients to create the best alcoholic drinks and mixers

Brugal rum launches in India
Drinks International - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Edrington has launched its Brugal rum at Delhi International airport. Brugal Extra Viejo Reserva and Brugal Añejo Reserva were unveiled in the Delhi Duty Free Store (DDFS). In addition, Brugal 1888 has just been listed by Nuance in Bangalore.

Suntory, Pernod Ricard in talks to buy stake in Tilaknagar Industries
Business Standard - Thursday, August 08, 2013
Tilaknagar Industries (TI), the maker of Mansion House, the world's second-best-selling brandy label, is in talks with global giants like Suntory Holdings and Pernod Ricard to sell a 15-20 per cent stake in the company. According to people in the know, the company will use the funds so raised, likely to be about Rs 600 crore, to de-leverage its balance sheet.

Pernod Ricard to launch Oddka flavoured vodka in UK
Bar Magazine - Thursday, August 01, 2013
Pernod Ricard UK is to launch new vodka range Oddka in the UK, with flavours such as Salty Caramel Popcorn and Fresh Cut Grass. Produced by Polish vodka maker Wyborowa, the quirky brand is aimed at people aged 18 to 24 with branding featuring the eccentric 19th-century inventor character of Wit Oddoski.

Mumbai faces dry spell as customs holds back 36,000 bottles at JNPT
Mumbai Mirror - Friday, August 02, 2013
Astandoff between two liquor companies and the customs has put a squeeze on the supply of top imported whisky and vodka brands into Mumbai, leading to a massive shortage and spike in prices. The customs began seizing whisky and vodka brands belonging to Diageo and Pernod Ricard three months back over alleged undervaluation of stock. As things stand today, there are 36,000 bottles in the customs' custody at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Nhava Sheva. To make matters worse, the manufacturers, unsettled by the seizures, have reacted by holding back release of fresh stock from their facilities abroad.

USL sips on Diageo’s compliance lesson
Times of India - Wednesday, July 31, 2013
BANGALORE: Just weeks after taking a controlling interest in Vijay Mallya's United Spirits (USL), British drinks giant Diageo is setting the agenda on business conduct, a path less traveled by Indian liquor companies. Diageo, listed on London and New York bourses, is stepping cautiously into the mainstream Indian liquor market infamous for political kickbacks and pay-offs to trading oligarchs. Last week, about 150 senior executives of the Bangalore-based USL huddled into a star hotel in the city center, listening to an intense Diageo briefing on compliance standards and a new code of conduct on anti-bribery laws, environmental concerns and safety norms.

Café Coffee Day owner in talks to raise funds to fuel growth
Mint - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Coffee Day Holdings is in talks to raise Rs.500-700 crore in debt and equity. Circa 2013, it seems to be in no hurry to slow down. Earlier this year, the firm chalked out yet another aggressive expansion plan to maintain its dominance in the country over the likes of rivals like Barista Lavazza and Costa Coffee and new entrant Starbucks. By 2014, it will have 2,000 outlets, from nearly 1,500 currently.

Jack Daniel’s® to introduce special-edition Frank Sinatra whiskey Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select In celebration of Jack Daniel's 163rd birthday
Tulleeho - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
In recognition of the relationship between two American icons and Jack Daniel's 163rd birthday celebrations, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises is launching a new ultra-premium expression this september. Crafted from special “Sinatra barrels” the Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select is bottled at 90 proof and comes in a specially designed one- liter bottle. The premium package also includes a specially designed gift box and book telling the story of the legendary Jack Daniel's and Frank Sinatra relationship. The special edition Sinatra is being launched in September collaborating with the birthday month of Mr. Jack, September. The cost of a bottle at Duty Free will be US$ 162 and approximately Rs 22000/- and will be available at Airport Duty Free stores and A Class retail stores in Delhi and Mumbai.

Product Launch - GLOBAL: Morrison Bowmore's Bowmore 23 Years Old
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Alcohol addiction: Just one more for the road
Mint - Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Why alcohol addiction is a serious and hidden problem in India and how to fight it

United Spirits transformation may be a long-drawn-out one
Mint - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A turnaround could take long, given Diageo's patient approach with acquisitions and the uncertainty over government regulations

Pernod Ricard to take India market a peg higher: Pierre Pringuet
Times of India - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
HYDERABAD: Pierre Pringuet is an affable chief executive at the world's second-largest drinks company, PernodRicard . He triggered two big acquisitions , taking his French giant closer to Diageo. While Allied Domecq and Absolut buyouts were much talked about between drinks, Pernod Ricard's build-up in China and India under Pringuet is another commentary that left Diageo grappling for an emerging markets story till recently.

Early rains, price increases hit brewers’ hopes for a strong year
Mint - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Bangalore: Early rains and price increases in some key states such as Maharashtra have significantly hurt demand for beer in the summer—the most important period for brewers including United Breweries Ltd and SABMiller Plc. The weak sales mean it's unlikely that the industry will meet its expectation of double-digit volume growth this year, analysts said.

Red, white and indian
Business Standard - Friday, July 05, 2013
Shaambhavi Hingorani, daughter of former foreign minister S M Krishna, hopes her wines will reach out to women and those just discovering the pleasures of the drink

Carlsberg India launches fruit-flavoured strong beer
Economic Times - Monday, June 24, 2013
MUMBAI: Carlsberg India, a unit of Denmark-based Carlsberg Group today launched a fruit-flavored strong beer in its Tuborg Strong brand that is positioned for younger consumers. Tuborg Booster Strong is priced at Rs 105 for a 500ml can and Rs 135 for 650ml bottle and enriched with natural fruit flavour that reduces bitterness and gives a smooth after taste, Carlsberg India said in a statement here.

If You Like Piña Coladas…
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, July 04, 2013
INVENTED IN PUERTO RICO in 1963, the piña colada has become a ubiquitous staple of every palm-fringed beach holiday. Typically made with coconut cream, white rum and pineapple juice, this frothy adult milkshake is as kitsch as summer gets. (Insert Technicolor cocktail umbrella, cue Jimmy Buffett.) But now this super-sweet—and calorific—drink is getting a modern makeover.

Diageo Plc completes stake purchase in United Spirits, gets only 25.02 pc
Economic Times - Friday, July 05, 2013
MUMBAI: British spirits maker Diageo PLC has raised its stake in India's largest spirits maker United Spirits to 25 and have appointed five directors on the board chaired by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. United Breweries Holdings, the holding company of UB Group, and some companies owned by Mallya have sold roughly 15 in United Spirits (USL) to Diageo for Rs 3,135 crore.

On the unique process of making sake
Harpers Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Brewing sake is a complicated business, premium sake-brewing being an incredibly labour-intensive and so, expensive process. This month I look at how sake is made and what makes this process unique.

17 Signs You’re A Cocktail Snob
Food Republic - Monday, July 01, 2013
Oh, foodies. You're so cute. But compared to us drinkies (new term alert!), you haven't got a clue. You think slapping bacon on chocolate is progressive. We use science to chemically alter the cellular composition of alcohol to infuse it with the very essence of bacon. It's called fatwashing and it's just one of the many things you're well versed in if you're a cocktail snob. Here are a few more:

If Jack Daniel Were a Beekeeper - Flavored Whiskeys Expand the Market
New York Times - Monday, June 24, 2013
It's tough keeping up with all the new flavored spirits: honey, cherry, cinnamon, apple, maple syrup. And we're not talking about vodka, the anything-goes wild child of the spirits industry, which has produced more flavors than there are colors in a Crayola 64-pack. Whiskey, once the most tradition-bound and austere of spirits, has developed a sweet tooth of its own.

Magners Cider launches in India
Tulleeho - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Magners Cider launched in India on the 29th of June at the residence of the Irish Ambassador in New Delhi. Represented in India by Kaama Impex, Magners is all set to give the cider category a stir.

Vodka sales slip after decade-long boom
Times of India - Tuesday, July 02, 2013
BANGALORE: India's vodka consumption declined 3 last calendar — first fall in more than a decade — suggesting the odorless spirit's waning honeymoon with the youth.

United Spirits may sell Scottish distiller Invergordon
Times of India - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
BANGALORE: United Spirits (USL) will consider selling Scottish grain whisky distillery Invergordon, which it acquired as part of the $1.18-billion Whyte & Mackay acquisition six years ago, said people directly familiar with the matter. The Office of Fair Trade in UK, which reviewed the recent Diageo takeover of USL, has flagged concern that the combined grain whisky distillation violates competition laws, they added.

Beer majors brew it strong
Business Standard - Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Indians have taken a shine to strong beer, making brands like the Kingfisher Strong and SABMiller's Knock Out grow fast

Diageo says vodka sales dip in India
Business Standard - Tuesday, May 28, 2013
India has been held back by the Smirnoff vodka, whose sales fell two per cent over last year. However, the company has strong underlying momentum in the scotch category with Johnnie Walker Red and Black, which are growing in strong double digits, it said. Smirnoff is Diageo's largest selling brand in India. It also sells Johnnie Walker and VAT69 in good numbers, besides a range of other brands.

Indian-origin Ivan Menezes to take charge as Diageo CEO from Paul Walsh
Economic Times - Wednesday, May 08, 2013
LONDON: Diageo Plc chief executive officer Paul Walsh will step down after almost 13 years shaping the company into the world's largest distiller and hand over the reins to his chief operating officer. Ivan Menezes, 53, will take the helm on July 1 and Walsh will leave the board as of September, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. To aid the transition, Walsh will stay on for a year before retiring from Diageo on June 30, 2014.

United Breweries strong beer portfolio crosses 100 million cases
Business Standard - Monday, May 06, 2013
United Breweries Limited, India's largest brewing company, has achieved record sales of 100 million cases with its strong beers portfolio in Fy13. The Indian market has been traditionally been partial to a stronger brew, and UB with its 'Kingfisher Strong' has been riding the wave with this brand alone selling a record 80 million cases during last fiscal.

SABMiller plans Rs 440-crore investments in India arm to take on rivals
Economic Times - Monday, May 20, 2013
MUMBAI: SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewer after AB InBev, plans to invest 440 crore in its unlisted Indian arm to expand capacity and its portfolio, and revive its fortunes in Asia's third-largest economy where young urban consumers are driving demand.

Beam Inc, maker of Teacher's Whisky in great hurry to complete fraud probe
Economic Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
MUMBAI: Beam Inc, maker of Teacher's Scotch Whisky, is in a hurry to complete an internal investigation into alleged irregularities in its India operations and focus on bringing in more global products to satiate the country's increasing appetite for premium spirits.

Beer sales rise as liquor demand stays weak
Mint - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
In the year ending March, beer sales by volume are expected to grow by 13, but liquor demand by less than 5

Vijay Mallya loses crown; Pernod Ricard now India's most profitable spirits firm
Mint - Tuesday, March 05, 2013
MUMBAI: French firm Pernod Ricard has overtaken Vijay Mallya's United Spirits to become the country's most profitable spirits marketer last year, thanks to Indian consumers' increasing appetite for premium drinks

Vodka sales see drop over rising prices, regulatory changes
Mint - Monday, March 04, 2013
Bangalore: Rising prices and regulatory changes in key states have resulted in a surprise drop in demand for vodka, once the fastest growing liquor in India, with drinkers moving to lower-priced spirits such as brandy.

United Spirits' bet on Whyte & Mackay starts to pay off
Business Standard - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Vijay Mallya-led United Spirits Ltd (USL)'s acquisition of scotch whisky major Whyte and Mackay (W&M) is starting to pay off. After a series of low growth numbers, W&M, which was acquired for $1.2 billion (Rs 6,510 crore today) in 2007, has posted healthy growth in revenue and operating profits, besides managing to reduce the debt to a good extent.

Branded tea market to double in 5 years
Business Standard - Sunday, February 10, 2013
Rapid change in consumer behaviour is likely to support branded tea market more than its unbranded segment. Consequently, the branded tea market is expected to double in the next five years on consumers' preferences over branded packet of tea over the open weight dominated unbranded products.

Key rejigs at Radico Khaitan, Jagatjit Ind
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
MUMBAI: There are top-level rejigs at India's two largest distillers. Radico Khaitan's president and chief operating officer (COO) Raju Vazhiraney is moving to rival and the oldest domestic liquor company Jagatjit Industries, makers of Aristocrat whisky.

Maker’s Mark Adds Water, Lowers Proof, Shocks Bourbon Lovers
The Daily Beast - Monday, February 11, 2013
Talk about diluting the brand. Maker's Mark, the Loretto, Kentucky, bourbon manufacturer, has the sort of problem that every consumer-products company wishes it had: too much demand for too little product. But the company's solution might surprise the very consumers demanding its product—adding water to its existing supply of bourbon, thereby cutting the alcohol content in each bottle from 45 percent to 42 percent.

Delhi Duty Free launches Platinium Club
Tulleeho - Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Amrit Kiran Singh, President of the International Wines and Spirit Association of India and the Area Director, Brown Forman Worldwide, launched the Platinum Club at the Delhi Duty Free. Platinum Club is a revolutionary offering from the Delhi Duty free, targeted at the High Net Worth Individuals and the Frequent Travelers. The terms state that by shopping for $5000 in a year at Delhi Duty Free, you are eligible for the prestigious Platinum Club's membership. As a gesture, all the invitees at the esteemed inaugural function, Delhi's elite and creme de la creme, were made members automatically of the Platinum Club. All members are assigned a dedicated Personal Shopping Manager who liaises with them. They are assisted at all times, starting from their arrival at the airport, right up to their departure gate by their Personal Shopping Manager.

Speyside invaders
Financial Times - Friday, January 18, 2013
As Scots prepare to charge their glasses for Burns Night, Sam Knight learns about the art of making a dram in the heartland of whisky production

America’s Beer Duopoly
New York Times - Saturday, February 09, 2013
Consumers will benefit from the Justice Department's antitrust suit to block Anheuser-Busch InBev, the country's largest brewing company, from acquiring one of its competitors. This kind of action was seen less frequently in the Bush administration.

INDIA: Beam Inc denies Teacher's slide from corruption probe
Just-Drinks - Friday, February 08, 2013
Beam Inc has refuted claims that an ongoing corruption investigation in India has knocked Teacher's off its perch, saying latest data shows it remains the country's top Scotch whisky brand.

Glenfarclas launches travel retail 18-year old
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Glenfarclas is to launch an 18-year old single malt to global travel retail. As is the distillery style, the whisky is heavily sherried and bottled at natural colour. It has an abv of 43.

Teacher’s loses top slot after 10 years
Economic Times - Friday, February 08, 2013
BANGALORE: India's largest selling scotch whisky for a decade , Teacher's , lost the top slot as investigations of the New York-listed parent Beam Inc into irregularities at the local unit drag on.

UK: Scotch producer to target India sales
Just-Drinks - Thursday, January 10, 2013
A new GBP8m (US$12.8m) Scotch whisky distillery, aiming to produce up to 4m litres a year mainly for the Indian market, has been given planning approval. Construction on the John Fergus & Co malt plant, in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, is expected to begin in the early part of this year, John Fergus founder, Ian Palmer, told just-drinks yesterday (9 January). Production should get underway early next year.

Bacardi buys St-Germain
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Bacardi today announced plans to internationalise the elderflower liqueur St-Germain, after buying the brand from Cooper Spirits International.

First board meeting on wine legislation today
Times of India - Friday, December 28, 2012
NASHIK: The first meeting of Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) with the government departments to discuss wine legislation is scheduled on Friday in Pune.

Machismo and bravado: drink and the Malayalee male
Man's World - Tuesday, December 18, 2012
God's Own Country has the highest per capita annual consumption of hard liquor among all Indian states. In September, a bench of the Kerala High Court advised the state to consider shutting down bars during the day. But the government itself has a big stake in drunkenness — the public-sector enterprise Bevco is the only authorised owner of liquor shops in Kerala. K G Kumar attempts to trace the origins of the Kerala souse and wonders if the malaise will get worse.

Which hangover cures should I try?
Guardian - Monday, December 17, 2012
If you swear by a hair of the dog, bananas, green tea or aspirin, you are deluding yourself. The best cure is 24 hours curled up under the duvet

"First floral vodka" Absolut Hibiskus launches
Drinks International - Monday, December 17, 2012
US: Pernod Ricard has launched Absolut Hibiskus - what it describes as the first ever floral-flavoured vodka.

Diageo and Suntory in talks to buy Beam?
Drinks International - Sunday, December 09, 2012
Diageo and Suntory have held talks about bidding $10 billion for American drinks giant, Beam, according to reports in today's Sunday Telegraph (December 9).

Higher costs to crimp Allied Blenders profits
Mint - Monday, December 03, 2012
Mumbai: Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt Ltd (ABD), the maker of Officer's Choice whiskey, will not meet its profit target this year despite a strong increase in revenue, as rising costs of spirit and bottling erode margins, a top official said. ABD expects profit to grow by just 10-11, from its earlier expectation of 28-30, chief executive Deepak Roy said in an interview.

Federer serves for Moët & Chandon
Drinks International - Monday, December 03, 2012
Federer serves for Moët & Chandon

Sobieski launches Cranberry Vodka in India
Tulleeho - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sobieski launches Cranberry Vodka in select markets in India

Diageo-Pernod Ricard slugfest reaches India
Business Standard - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Diageo has acquired a mass-mkt portfolio, but consumers are up-trading rapidly

Some Bars Offer a Taste of Papa’s Gin
New York Times - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
AH, 1950: a very good year for Gordon's gin. What's that? Gordon's gin is Gordon's gin, you say, whether from 1950 or 2012. Spirits aren't like wines, which vary from vintage to vintage and evolve over time. Distilled liquor is made from the same formula year after year, and once put in the bottle, it's done — preserved in amber.

New dawn for Jägermeister with splitting of the Jägerbomb
Drinks International - Thursday, November 15, 2012
Cellar Trends plans to slowly prise Jägermeister from its Red Bull glass-partner by convincing consumers to drink the brand as a cold shot.

Relan, Dempo back desi ‘tequila’ sunrise
Times of India - Monday, November 19, 2012
MUMBAI: Private equity veteran Ajay Relan, industrialist Shrinivas Dempo and Indian dotcom poster boy Sanjeev Bikchandani are among the marquee investors backing a rare alcoholic beverage startup producing branded agave spirits , the source of tequila in Mexico. Agave Industries India was floated by IITian Desmond Nazareth , a US returned technology entrepreneur , who started exploring production of Margarita blends locally .

Jagatjit buys scotch brands of Sinclairs
Times of India - Monday, November 19, 2012
MUMBAI:Jagatjit Industries , one of India's oldest distillers and makers of Aristocrat whiskey, has acquired a clutch of brands from Scotland's George Sinclair & Sons, as domestic liquor companies wake up to the growing appetite for scotch malts. George Sinclair & Sons is part of a pedigree Scottish family, which controls small niche scotch whiskey brands like King Henry VIII, Clan Sinclair and Spirit Ascending.

Dita Von Teese hots up Delhi
Hindustan Times - Monday, November 19, 2012
The sexy ‘queen of Burlesque' Dita Von Teese arrived in India yesterday. The 40-year-old looked stylish in a black trench coat, cat eye glasses and her trademark red lipstick. Von Teese, who is in the Capital to promote liqueur brand Cointreau, is excited about her maiden visit to India.

Diageo deal more strategic than for raising funds: P A Murali
Business Standard - Monday, November 12, 2012
Interview with Joint President & CFO, United Spirits Limited

Highlights of the Diageo, USL deal
Business Standard - Friday, November 09, 2012
The key points of the agreements between Diageo, UBHL and USL are:

Rémy launches Cointreau Noir
Drinks International - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Rémy Cointreau is to launch Cointreau Noir in travel retail. The product is a blend of Cointreau orange liqueur and Rémy Martin cognac and it was created by Bernadette Langlais, master distiller of the House of Cointreau and Pierrette Trichet, cellar master at Rémy Martin.

India to get first Belgian Beer Café
Hindustan Times - Monday, November 12, 2012
If the world doesn't end this December, beer lovers will have two reasons to rejoice in 2013. In the first quarter of next year, the international concept, Belgian Beer Café (BBC), will come to India for the first time. The pilot Indian outlet of the Anheuser-Busch InBev Group initiative, which was founded in 1998, will be launched at the Inter-Continental hotel in Noida.

India set to allow cheaper wines, cars from Europe
Times of India - Tuesday, December 11, 2012
NEW DELHI: Come 2017, you can hope to drive in the latest Audi or BMW at a considerably lower price as the government may lower the import duty to 30 by then and scale it down further to 20 in 2020 as part of the Broad-based Trade & Investment Agreement ( BTIA) with the 27-nation bloc. Similarly, customs duty on high- end wine is proposed to be slashed to 30 from near 150 levels now.

Playboy Club to open in India by year end
India Hospitality Review - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Playboy Club to open in India by year end

$2 billion Diageo-USL deal this week
Mint - Tuesday, November 06, 2012
UK brewer is set to pick up a 51 stake in USL Vijay Mallya to remain chairman, Diageo to name MD and CFO

The Interesting History of Bourbon Whiskey
Forbes - Monday, October 22, 2012
Tulleeho's Rohan Jelkie takes a deep dive into a vat of bourbon (he even brought back the barrel!) in the latest issue of Forbes, India. Drink on!

Grey Goose launches Style du Jour
Tulleeho - Thursday, November 01, 2012
Grey Goose launches Style du jour, via a press con at Olive Beach. 3 leading fashion editors and Kalki Koechlin briefed us on this initiative by Grey Goose to bring together style, food and mixology via an event at Mumbai's Tote on the Turf on November 23rd. Great excitement amongst the fashionistas as they've been given carte blance by Grey Goose to translate their magazine design philosophy into some live designs. At least that's what I figured, and maybe in events like this, a little intrigue is necessary. Kalki looked fabulous, the cocktails were great and the goodie bag packed a punch. What's not to like?

Compliance issues behind Beam Global probe
Business Standard - Thursday, October 11, 2012
The alleged probe into financial irregularities at the Indian unit of the fourth-largest spirits maker Beam Global appear to have been triggered by the practice of personnel here offering discounts and freebies in mostly government-controlled markets. Persons in the know say that this practice of offering free cases for every consignment sent is common in India though not so abroad. This appears to have raised the hackles of the parent, which ordered a probe into the matter.

Don’t Guzzle the Art
New York Times - Friday, October 12, 2012
In a lab of spinning flasks and mysterious potions, the amateur chemists toil away with base materials like gin, equipment like a centrifuge and the highly unscientific objective of concocting the most sensual cocktails known to man

The World's 50 Best Bars 2012 announced
Drinks International - Friday, October 19, 2012
London's Artesian has been named the world's best bar following the launch of Drinks International's worldwide drinks industry survey The World's 50 Best Bars 2012.

Chivas Brothers plans scotch expansion
Drinks International - Friday, October 19, 2012
Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard, intends to build a new malt whisky distillery and has begun the planning process for a site in Speyside.

Officer's Choice on a high
Business Standard - Monday, October 22, 2012
Before he finally gave in a fortnight ago by entering into an out-of-court settlement with Kishore Chhabria over the ownership of Officer's Choice (OC) brand of whisky, Vijay Mallya had fought hard. The agreement, under which Chhabria's Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD) paid United Spirits Rs 8 crore in return for the latter withdrawing all court cases claiming rights over the brand, thus, came as a big surprise.

Diageo plans to expand in IMFL
Business Standard - Sunday, October 21, 2012
Even as Diageo is engaged in protracted discussions to pick up a strategic stake in Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits, the former is putting in place a strong infrastructure to expand its operations here. The company, known for marquee brands such as Johnnie Walker scotch and Smirnoff vodka, is looking to expand its offerings in the Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) segment.

Radico Khaitan set to launch a premium vodka brand Verve
Economic Times - Thursday, October 18, 2012
MUMBAI: Radico Khaitan, which makes the mass selling 8 pm whisky, is set to launch a premium vodka brand Verve, joining the 'premium' trend in the spirits industry started by United Spirits two years ago.

Aditya Birla PE invests in Olive Bar and Kitchen
Mint - Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Mumbai: Aditya Birla Private Equity, a part of the Aditya Birla Financial Services Group, has invested an undisclosed sum for a minority stake in fine dining restaurant operator Olive Bar and Kitchen Pvt. Ltd, which owns the Olive, Monkey Bar, LAP, Ai and Soul Fry brands.

Trouble for beer industry over Aurangabad water shortage
Mint - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mumbai: Breweries in Aurangabad, touted the beer capital of India, face a potential shutdown because of insufficient water in their main source of supply.

Get Into the Gruit
Wall Street Journal - Friday, October 12, 2012
The newest thing in beer is an ancient style that casts aside bitter hops in favor of an intriguing palette of herbs, spices and plants you've likely never heard of

Make Mine a Single: The Rise of Stronger Spirits
Wall Street Journal - Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Is America ready for a really stiff drink? Distillers are rolling out a growing number of whiskies, rums, gins—even cognacs—with higher-than-normal concentrations of alcohol.

Salvatore Calabrese creates world’s most expensive cocktail
Spirits Business - Thursday, October 11, 2012
“Salvatore's Legacy”, made by Calabrese in front of an audience of London's top bartenders at The Playboy Club in Mayfair today, costs £5,500 a glass.

The great grapevine
Financial Times - Friday, October 12, 2012
Where do the world's wine grapes come from? Not always where you'd think, says Jancis Robinson, the FT's world-renowned wine critic. In her groundbreaking new book, the parentage of prized varieties turns out to be complex and surprising

Mallya, Chhabria set to bury two decade-old legal hatchet
Business Standard - Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Vijay Mallya has been contending he is the rightful owner of Officer's Choice whisky and not Kishore Chhabria

Top of the hops
Financial Times - Friday, October 05, 2012
Munich's Oktoberfest reaches its climax this weekend, but real beer aficionados should head to the home of lager

Indian whisky in scotch’s back yard
Drinks International - Friday, October 05, 2012
Last night Indian whisky producer, John Distilleries, unveiled its first single cask whisky inLondon. Paul John was distilled in copper stills inGoafrom 100 Indian malted barley and aged in bourbon barrels. It was bottled at cask strength: 57 abv. There are only 150 bottles from the single cask.

Launch analysis: The Chivas Brothers’ Blend
Drinks International - Monday, October 01, 2012
Joe Bates talks to global brand director James Slack about Chivas Regal's biggest duty free exclusive launch in the brand's history

US: Brown-Forman targets US$3bn spirits acquisitions - analyst
Just-Drinks - Monday, October 01, 2012
Brown-Forman is ready to dip into a US$3bn warchest to fund a whiskey or vodka acquisition, an analyst has said. The Jack Daniels owner wants to add to its Bourbon brands with a Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey addition, Nomura said in a client note issued today (1 October). It also seeks to follow a recent buyout of Finland-based Maximus vodka with more acquisitions in the category, the note said.

Heineken agrees Asia Pacific Breweries deal
Drinks International - Friday, September 28, 2012
Heineken has strenghtened its position in Asia with the US$4.3bn deal to buy Fraser & Neave's interest in Asia Pacific Breweries (APB).

Tata Starbucks readies for India entry by end of October
Times of India - Friday, September 28, 2012
MUMBAI: Tata Starbucks, the 50:50 joint venture between Starbucks Coffee Company and Tata Global Beverages has confirmed that the first store in India will open in the Horniman Circle area of Mumbai by the end of October 2012. The store will also be the first Starbucks location to feature espresso sourced and roasted locally from India through the coffee sourcing and roasting agreement with Tata Coffee.

Naga chilli at heart of hottest vodka
Hindustan Times - Thursday, September 27, 2012
A drink of it and your mouth and liver will burn, really burn. An English spirits company has bottled a fiery cocktail — English vodka mixed with our very own Naga/Bhut Jolokia, one of the hottest chillis in the world. No surprise then that the new Naga Chilli Vodka comes with a health warning. Its launch comes just months after the company released the 100,000-Scovilles Naga Chilli Vodka.

Vijay Mallya may sell majority stake in United Spirits to drinks giant Diageo
Economic Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
MUMBAI: Diageo may end up with a majority stake in Vijay Mallya's United SpiritsBSE -0.84 (USL) if the ongoing talks between the global drinks giant and the cash-strapped domestic liquor baron are successful, people close to the development said.

Diageo, Mallya talk emerging market joint venture
Times of India - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
MUMBAI: United Spirits chairman Vijay Mallya and drinks giant Diageo Plc may float a joint venture for emerging markets, mostly Africa, to sell Indian whiskies. The proposal is part of Mallya's ongoing discussions with Diageo to sell a stake in United Spirits, which has a lion's share in India's branded liquor consumption.

US: Playboy launches wine club
Drinks International - Thursday, September 20, 2012
US: Playboy Enterprises has launched Playboy Wine Club for US wine enthusiasts. The online club has been launched via a licensing agreement with Barclay's Wine.

Liquor companies can't ignore women: Stella David, CEO, William Grant & Sons
Economic Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
While there are more men drinking our premium whiskies, we have to communicate with women through our brands because there's a huge market for gifting liquor, says Stella David.

Vi-John ties up with Spanish beer maker
Business Line - Thursday, September 13, 2012
Personal care brand Vi-John is entering the liquor segment by forging a joint venture with Spanish firm Mahou San Miguel.

Japanese Whiskeys, Translated From the Scottish
New York Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2012
After decades as an also-ran in the American whiskey market, Japanese whiskey is on the ascent. Last year, Suntory's sales in the United States rose 44 percent, according to the company, which found it difficult to keep up with demand.

New York: New Bars Shy Away From Serving It Neat
New York Times - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
IN New York's bar scene this fall, beer mugs and wineglasses will take a back seat to cocktail coupes. The recent deluge of wine bars and beer gardens seems to have abated a bit, but the mixology craze rages on.

Campari buys Appleton rum brand
Drinks International - Monday, September 03, 2012
Campari is to acquire Wray & Nephew, Appleton Estate and Coruba rum brands for US$414.8m.

Absolut rolls out 'Unique' vodka bottles
Drinks International - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Absolut vodka is to roll out its Absolut Unique bottles in domestic markets from October. The limited edition of four million individually designed and numbered bottles launched in travel retail at the beginning of September.

India: Beam launches cognac
Drinks International - Thursday, September 13, 2012
Beam has launched its Courvoisier age statement cognac collection in India at Delhi Duty Free Services.

United Spirits close to 49% stake sale in Whyte & Mackay
Business Standard - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Nearly six months after he put the stake sale process of Whyte & Mackay on the fast track to find a solution to United Spirits' high leverage, UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya is understood to be nearing a deal to offload 49 per cent stake in the flagship subsidiary.

The Balvenie Guild
Stylekandy.com - Friday, August 31, 2012
The Balvenie Guild is a global platform for felicitation of craftsman and artisans which now comes to India, on behalf of Ms. Aparna Batra, Country Manager, William Grant & Sons India who played host along with Ms. Sujata Assomull Sippy, project lead for the prestigious platform.

Whisky start ups are rolling out a smaller barrel sooner
New York Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
THE indispensable ingredient in great whiskey is time: years of aging and mellowing in casks. But in the world of craft whiskey, a growing number of distillers are unwilling to wait that long.

Diageo unveils a new Johnnie Walker blend
Drinks International - Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Diageo has launched the John Walker & Sons Odyssey, a new Johnnie Walker blend which is being rolled out initially in the Asia Pacific region.

Floating beach bars for Havana & Malibu
Drinks International - Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Pernod Ricard Travel Retail has opened two permanent bars branded to Havana Club and Malibu onboard the Danish cruise ship Birka Paradise.

INDIA: Beer market deregulation would help market mushroom - analyst
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Deregulation of the Indian beer market could grow the country's profit pool by 14 times its current size by 2016, according to an analyst.

The door’s open for beer diplomacy and much more
Tehelka - Saturday, August 18, 2012
THE BATTLE between Kingfisher and Murree Beer will soon become a reality in the hinterlands of Punjab. Murree Brewery, Pakistan's oldest and finest alcohol-maker, has been knocking on Indian doors for a long time, albeit unsuccessfully. Murree Brewery CEO Isphanyar Bhandara even approached Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya's United Breweries for help but nothing materialised. With the Indian government allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Pakistan, Bhandara's dream will finally come true.

Diageo targets premium presence in India unlike rivals like UB group and Pernod Ricard
Economic Times - Thursday, August 16, 2012
MUMBAI: Diageo, the world's largest distiller by revenues, wants to build a portfolio of luxury brands in India despite its global rival Pernod Ricard and the homegrown UB Group focusing on local Indian whiskey targeted at middle-income drinkers.

World's largest whisky unveiled
Drinks International - Monday, August 13, 2012
The Edrington Group has broken the world record for the largest bottle of whisky with the unveiling of a 228-litre bottle of The Famous Grouse.

New Orleans Polishes Its Bars
New York Times - Friday, August 31, 2012
The Modern, which reopened last fall after a renovation, captures a sudden advancement in New Orleans's cocktail culture in which this always happily bibulous city has added newer, fresher ways to drink, while still holding on to tradition. In the process, the city has become a magnet for bartenders and their fans from around the country, particularly New York.

Singapore takeover target accepts Heineken offer worth up to S$7.5bn
Beveragedaily.com - Friday, August 03, 2012
Heineken announced today that it has reached an agreement with the board of Fraser and Neave (F&N) regarding its S$50 per share offer to acquire the latter's interest in Asia Pacific Breweries.

The Dalmore outpaces travel retail rivals
Drinks International - Thursday, August 02, 2012
The Dalmore was the fastest-growing single malt whisky brand by value among the 10 largest malt brands in duty free and travel retail in 2011, according to figures released by the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR).

A Good Appetite - Allowing Cocktails to Stir the Meal
New York Times - Friday, June 08, 2012
DRINKING seasonal cocktails used to mean manhattans in the winter and gin and tonics in the summer. Then a decade ago, mixologists started infusing the likes of lemon verbena and butternut squash into spirits, taking the notion of seasonal cocktails to a more literal level. Now, you're just as likely to encounter an heirloom tomato in the glass as on the plate.

Cachaça: Beyond a One-Note Samba
New York Times - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
THE short history of cachaça consciousness in the United States goes something like this: The new millennium strikes. Americans discover the caipirinha and like it. (Easy.) Americans learn how to pronounce caipirinha. (A little harder.) Americans learn how to pronounce cachaça, the Brazilian spirit you need to make a caipirinha. (Harder still: it's kah-SHAH-sah. That cedilla is a toughie.)

SabMiller launches spicy beer Indus Pride
Economic Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2012
MUMBAI: Leading beer marketer SabMiller India today said it has launched a new drink with spicy taste under the label of Indus Pride. The Indus Pride is the first beer with Indian spices and is initially available in four variants - Citrusy, Coriander, Citrusy Cardamom, Spicy Fennel and Fiery Cinnamon, the domestic arm of SabMiller Plc said in a statement.

Pernod Ricard readies Wyborowa relaunch
Drinks International - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Pernod Ricard is set to roll out a redesigned bottle for its Wyborowa vodka brand. The move is part of a relaunch of Wyborowa in all its markets. Pernod has owned the brand since 2001, when it acquired its owner, Polmos Poznan, for around US$70m.

Heineken makes move on Tiger brewer
Drinks International - Friday, July 20, 2012
Heineken has made a move to purchase Tiger Beer brewer Asia Pacific Breweries.

Rémy confirms Bruichladdich deal for £58m
Drinks International - Monday, July 23, 2012
Rémy Cointreau is to purchase Islay distillery Bruichladdich for £58m.

Absolut introduces freeze-distilled vodka
Drinks International - Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Absolut Company, part of Pernod Ricard, has relaunched Frïs (pronounced “freeze”), which it claims is the world's only freeze-distilled vodka.

Johnnie Walker Blue rolls out Cask Edition
Drinks International - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Diageo is rolling out the travel retail launch of Johnnie Walker Blue Label - The Cask Edition. The whisky first launched in May and it is now set to roll out in Hong Kong, New Zealand, US, Panama, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.

Tulleeho to present at Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans
Tulleeho - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tulleeho's Rohan Jelkie presents at Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, the number one cocktail event in the world. One more step towards putting India on the world cocktail map! If you're already visiting Tales, do register for his spiritual session.

New cocktail can win you airline ticket to London
Indian Express - Monday, July 16, 2012
Tired of the same old cocktails? Then create a new one and you could win an airline ticket to London.

Chai goes gourmet
The Hindu - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Interview: The humble tea is a great cocktail ingredient, says mixologist Robert Schinkel

Rémy eyes Islay distiller Bruichladdich
Drinks International - Monday, July 09, 2012
Rémy Cointreau has entered talks to buy Islay distillery Bruichladdich. The Cognac-headquartered company announced this morning that it has “entered into exclusive negotiations with the shareholders of the Bruichladdich Distillery Company with a view to possibly acquiring its entire share capital”.

City in a Bottle
The Caravan - Sunday, July 01, 2012
From the streets to the halls of power, Bangalore's liquor industry has shaped the city's destiny for more than a century

Guerrilla brand DesmondJi launches Nagpur orange based liqueurs..
www.desmondji.com - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Enjoying the taste of Nagpur oranges all year round will be easier now for lovers of liqueurs and cocktails as Agave India has launched two premium liqueurs in Goa recently.

Cocktails with dinner?
Guardian - Friday, June 29, 2012
Cocktails are slinking out of the bar and on to the dining table. Would you forgo the wine list for a cocktail matched to your food?

Mexico: A-B InBev to buy Modelo for US$20bn
Drinks International - Friday, June 29, 2012
Budweiser and Stella brewer A-B InBev is to acquire the remaining stake in Corona Extra brewer Grupo Modelo for US$20.1 billion ( MXN 278.6 billion). Prior to the transaction, A-B InBev had an existing economic stake of more than 50 of Grupo Modelo.

Liquor firms turn to smaller bottles in bid to boost sales
Mint - Monday, June 25, 2012
New Delhi: In a bid to encourage more people to try their drinks and attract younger consumers, liquor companies are pushing smaller bottles—60ml and 90 ml—into the market, besides innovating on packaging options.

Vineyards turn a new leaf seeking revival
Mint - Friday, June 22, 2012
Pune: India's not a nation of wine drinkers by any stretch of the imagination. The country's per-head wine consumption is, for instance, a laughable four teaspoonfuls. But given that it was just one teaspoonful 15 years ago and that there are 1.2 billion people in this country, it all adds up to a fairly respectable number of bottles. The industry is trying to make sure that it takes a lot less than a decade and a half to rise another fourfold.

Remy to go local for bigger India play
Times of India - Thursday, June 21, 2012
MUMBAI: Luxury cognac maker Remy Cointreau looks to start local bottling of brandies, uncorking India-specific brands, for a bigger consumption story in one of the fastest growing spirits markets.

Malters Bring Terroir to the Beer Bottle
New York Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
AT 8:30 one Monday evening, Christian Stanley pulled on his jacket. His 7-year-old daughter, who was reluctantly headed up to bed, asked, “Where are you going, Daddy?” His reply: “To the malt house.”

Tulleeho Q&A with Rajeev Samant
Tulleeho - Monday, June 11, 2012


Liquor maker Golden Vats to bottle Remy Martin cognac
Business Line - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Golden Vats Pvt Ltd, an IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) manufacturer, plans to launch ‘bottled in origin' products - brandy (Cognac), Scotch and rum (from the Caribbean islands). The company is currently in dialogue with various distillery units and blenders in these places.

WSET iPhone app notches up 3,000 downloads
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust Wine Game iPhone app, which launched on May 22 and tests players by placing wines in their respective countries, has passed the 3,000 download mark.

INDIA/JAPAN: Suntory targets India with Narang JV move
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Suntory Holdings subsidiary Suntory Beverage & Food Asia is planning to produce beverages in India, a spokesperson has told just-drinks.

UK: Diageo hits “pivotal moment”, prepares US$1.5bn Scotch investment
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Diageo has announced plans to invest heavily in its Scotch whisky operations and has lined up the construction of another distillery in Scotland.

IGPB plans legislation to regulate wine-making
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
The Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) is planning to create a comprehensive legislation to regulate wine-making for improving the standard of the industry.

FSSAI to prescribe maximum allowable alcoholic content in liquors
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
For the first time in India, the government will be prescribing alcohol content in all alcoholic beverages marketed in the country. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is in the process of finalising the draft norms for the same.

Toast to the Times
Indian Express - Thursday, June 07, 2012
Chandigarh: A session on new global trends in cocktails threw up interesting concoctions

Rhum Agricole
LA Times - Monday, June 04, 2012
A quixotic quest to Martinique

Spirits That May Be Stronger Than Their Fans
New York Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
High-alcohol spirits — variously sailing under the terms overproof, cask-strength and barrel-strength — are becoming commonplace.

High end products drive Diageo sales in Asian duty free
Drinks International - Monday, May 28, 2012
Diageo Global Travel & Middle East (GTME) has reported that successful in-store promotions and product innovation have led to a strong start to 2012 in Asian duty-free.

Tea Vs. Coffee: A Brewing Rivalry
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tea makers will not sit back and relax as they see more and more Indian consumers turning to coffee, their rival beverage. Instead, they are planning a marketing blitzkrieg of their own.

Gayle stars in Mallya’s rum diary
Times of India - Thursday, May 24, 2012
BANGALORE: Swashbuckling cricketer Chris Gayle has extended ties with Vijay Mallya's United Spirits as the latter tries to spin a Caribbean rum story off the cricket pitch. The big hitting Jamaican, and arguably the most valuable player in Mallya's Indian Premier League (IPL) team, has signed an endorsement deal for the company's latest brand, Cariba Rum.

INDIA: Carlsberg eyes major Indian growth in 2012
Just-Drinks - Thursday, May 17, 2012
Carlsberg is targeting a healthy rise in beer sales in India this year, as it rolls out its Tuborg brand further in the country.

Liquor firms go on a buyout spree
Business Standard - Thursday, May 17, 2012
For India's leading alcohol makers, acquisition is a synonym for expansion. The top players in the industry, including Tilaknagar Industries Ltd and Radico Khaitan Ltd, are going on a buyout spree to build a pan-Indian presence and exploit the high growth of the sector.

Tilaknagar Industries introduces Indian Hockey National Team as brand ambassadors
India Infoline - Thursday, May 10, 2012
The tie-up between the hockey players and Mansion House also marks a shift in the attitude of corporates towards sports, which traditionally has been favouring cricketing stars in India.

ABD plans Rs. 500 cr infusion on new brands to take on UB
Mint - Monday, May 07, 2012
Bangalore: After dislodging United Spirits Ltd's (USL's) Bagpiper whisky to become India's top-selling spirits brand with Officer's Choice, Kishore Chhabria's Allied Blenders and Distillers Pvt. Ltd (ABD) has drawn up expansion plans that will sharpen competition with the Vijay Mallya company and global liquor makers Diageo Plc and Pernod Ricard SA.

How Amit Dahanukar made TIL's flagship brand,Mansion House, second-largest brandy in the world
Economic Times - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
MUMBAI: Snatching a share in a market ruled by the Mallyas, Pernod Ricards and the Chhabrias is not an easy task. But this is what Amit Dahanukar did. The latest in the illustrious lineage of Dahanukar group, Amit, a Stanford University graduate in management science and engineering, descended on the Indian spirits business scene when he was just 26-years-old by taking up a post in the family-run company-Tilaknagar Industries Ltd (TIL). That was in 2002.

Olly Wehring just the Answer - Diageo's global category director of whisk(e)y, David Gates
Just-Drinks - Friday, April 27, 2012
Earlier this year, just-drinks sat down with David Gates, the global category director of whisk(e)y at Diageo, to talk about Johnnie Walker, Formula One, Scotch and the other whisk(e)y sub-categories.

Whyte & Mackay releases 21-strong Dalmore range
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Whyte & Mackay has released a collection of The Dalmore single malt vintage whiskies to duty free.

Seven Islands Vintage, a Scottish Indian whisky
Drinks International - Monday, April 30, 2012
Seven Islands Vintage is described as a luxury single malt scotch whisky bringing together the best of India and Scotland. The brand is owned by leading Indian whisky producer Tilaknager Industries, which makes Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and is a major player in the sub continent's drinks industry. It owns brands such as Senate Royal whisky, Mansion House brands and Madira XXX rum.

French revolution for vintage Bordeaux
Financial Times - Friday, April 20, 2012
A revolution could be coming to Bordeaux's celebrated vineyards, producer of some of the world's most expensive wines. In a move which flies in the face of the way fine Bordeaux wine has been sold for decades, Château Latour has declared that it will only sell its wine when it is mature and ready to drink.

Hotels discover Indians' love for fancy eating out. Bulk of hotel revenue, unlike globally, comes from F&B
Business Standard - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The food and beverage (F&B) business seems to be cooking almost half the revenues for international hotel chains in India. In contrast to the global trend, hospitality chains like Marriott Hotels and Accor Group are seeing a significant chunk of the India revenue coming from the F&B segment.

Officer’s Choice ends Bagpiper reign
Times of India - Monday, April 30, 2012
MUMBAI: Vijay Mallya's Bagpiper whisky ended its seven-year stint as the largest selling Indian spirits brand, falling behind Officer's Choice whisky from the smaller rival Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD). Bagpiper, a top volume grabber for the most part of the last decade, piped down to single-digit negative growth in 2011, said two independent digests of top selling alcobev brands globally.

Pairing Cocktails With Food
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, April 26, 2012
As cocktails have moved toward center stage at many restaurants and nightspots, both restaurants and their customers have been looking to pair cocktails with food. The trick is to compromise the taste of neither the drink or the dish, says Dave Arnold, who opened Booker and Dax bar in New York City with Momofuku chef David Chang in January.

Have grapefruit juice, will mix it up
Washington Post - Thursday, April 26, 2012
I simply love grapefruit. For me, the complexity of its bitter-sweet-tart flavors puts it head and shoulders above any of its citrus cousins. Oranges, lemons, and limes: Admit it, you all wish you were grapefruit.

Wine lists: small is beautiful
Guardian - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Wine lists are following menus in becoming more focused and concise, and that's a good thing

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut arrives in European travel retail
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Beam will enter Jim Beam Devil's Cut into European travel retail this month following its debut in the US last year. According to Maxxium, Beam's latest expression is named after a “technique to extract the bourbon or ‘devil's cut' trapped in the barrel”.

Rémy Cointreau raises a cognac to Asia
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Rémy Cointreau's consolidated turnover for the 2011/12 financial year was €1,026.1 million, an increase of 13 (up 15.6 organically) compared with the previous year.

Diageo starts talks to buy into Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits; ropes in JM Financial
Economic Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
MUMBAI: Diageo, the world's largest spirits company by value, has mandated investment banking firm JM Financial to negotiate a deal that could result in it owning a minority stake in Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits.

US: Beam buys vodka brand for $605m
Drinks International - Monday, April 23, 2012
Beam is to purchase Pinnacle vodka and Calico Jack rum from White Rock Distilleries for $605 million.

The truth behind Andhra's liquor scam
Business Standard - Thursday, April 19, 2012
In a departure from the usual refrain on government failure in containing inflation, opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu last year promised on more than one occasion that he would bring down the prices of liquor if voted back to power in 2014. That was when a Rs 70-beer bottle was being sold at Rs 120-plus.

Mirah to grow realty ops, double presence in food and beverages
Mint - Friday, April 13, 2012
Bangalore: Mirah Group, a diversified business group with interests in food and beverage (F&B), hospitality, travel and international trading, is scaling up its real estate business and consolidating it under a single entity, said a top executive. The group, which runs popular restaurant chains and food stores including Rajdhani, Mad Over Donuts and Manchester United Cafe and Bar, has completed around 10 real estate projects in the past decade. But it is only now that the group is organizing and branding the business under a new entity, Edifice Properties.

Global brands spice up India's resto bar action
Times of India - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
MUMBAI: The iconic Parisian cafe & restaurant chain Buddha Bar is the latest glamour brand to spice up India's resto bar business. George V Eatertainment, parent of Budha Bar, has just struck a deal with an Indian F&B start-up to open doors under a new brand, B-Bar, keeping in mind the local religious sentiments. UK's Boisdale Restaurant & Bar, which offers Scottish cuisine and has, arguably, the largest collection of malt whiskeys, is another player waiting to enter the local market.

Flight of Fancy at ITC Maurya Delhi
DelWine - Monday, April 16, 2012
Apr 16 : The new revamped wine list at the Dum Pukht Restaurant in ITC Maurya Hotel offers several surprises, including 30 wines by the glass, but the icing on the cake is the possibility of tasting all these wines in flights of 3 wines of 50 mL each at the cost of a standard glass of 150 mL,

Berry Bros & Rudd launches Titanic malt whisky
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Berry Bros. & Rudd has released a limited edition single cask malt whisky to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Just 100 bottles will be released of the Berry's Single Malt Whisky (rrp £100) which are made from a sherry cask of The Glenrothes 1998 Speyside.

The Glenlivet Single Cask range is expanded
Drinks International - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Pernod Ricard has released a series of The Glenlivet expressions under its Single Cask Editions range. The single malt whiskies, most of which are available to global markets, have been bottled at cask strength, are non-chill filtered and retail from £150 per bottle.

US recognises cachaça
Drinks International - Thursday, April 12, 2012
The US is to officially recognise cachaça as a spirit from Brazil. The sugar cane spirit is currently labelled Brazilian rum in the US.

Food and drug administration begins destroying Red Bull cans
Times of India - Thursday, April 12, 2012
MUMBAI: A week after Red Bull energy drink cans worth Rs 7.45 crore were seized, the Maharashtra food and drug administration (FDA) on Wednesday discreetly launched the biggest-ever exercise to destroy 3.73 lakh cans of the same brand, worth Rs 2.98 crore, seized in 2009.

The rules and etiquettes of drinking
Economic Times - Sunday, April 08, 2012
To start with, this isn't a my way or the highway kind of article. You've paid for your drink, and you're entitled to have it any which way you want. All I can point out is a way or two, which might contribute towards the greater enjoyment of your experience.

Sales high, but Indian tariffs higher: Glenfiddich-maker
Hindustan Times - Thursday, April 05, 2012
A prohibitively high and complex tax structure is coming in the way of achieving greater potential growth in the premium liquor category in India, Peter Gordon, the chairman of William Grant and Sons Ltd, the family-owned distillery best known for its single malt whisky Glenfiddich, said on Wednesday. “High duties are very prohibitive. It is one of the highest duty regimes in the world,” Gordon told Hindustan Times in an interview.

Get ready to sip Starbucks coffee from September
Business Standard - Friday, April 06, 2012
The world's largest coffee chain, Seattle-based Starbucks, is busy finalising locations across major malls in Mumbai and New Delhi for an India opening by this September. The $10.7-billion American group, in a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, is completing deals for around 10 locations in the country at present, according to market intelligence.

GLOBAL: Diageo revamps Johnnie Walker stable – two in, two out
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Diageo has lined up two additions to the Johnnie Walker global portfolio, and is pulling two variants from the Scotch whisky brand's stable. The company confirmed to just-drinks today (4 April) that it will roll out Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve and Platinum Label 18-Year-Old in all markets starting from early June.

United Spirits debuts in America
Business Standard - Thursday, April 05, 2012
Quietly away from the financial stress UB Group companies are going through, United Spirits, its flagship company, has debuted a popular whisky brand, Royal Challenge, in one of the toughest consumer markets of the globe, America.

Belvedere Bloody Mary arrives in the UK
Drinks International - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy has rolled out its flavoured vodka Belvedere Bloody Mary to the UK market. The expression, which launched in the US last year, has seen black pepper, bell pepper, chilli pepper, horseradish, lemon, vinegar distillate and tomato macerated in 40 abv Belvedere vodka for a month.

James Bond swaps martini for Heineken
The Drinks Business - Monday, April 02, 2012
James Bond is set to sip a Heineken in his next movie, as the beer giant pushes its flagship brand. Bond, played by Daniel Craig, will swap his usual martinis for a Heineken in at least one scene of “Skyfall”, the latest installment in the long-running movie franchise.

Ian Macleod to reopen Tamdhu, launch premium whisky
Drinks International - Monday, April 02, 2012
Ian Macleod Distillers is to reopen Speyside distillery Tamdhu. The company purchased the distillery in 2011, after it was closed in 2010 by previous owner the Edrington Group.

New vodka flavour from Absolut
Drinks International - Monday, April 02, 2012
US: Pernod Ricard has launched a new flavour of its Absolut vodka. Absolut Cherrykran will be available throughout the US from May 1, 2012. It is described as having a “rich character of sun-ripe cherries, followed by notes of fresh white cranberry and sweet plum.”

Achieve Nirvana through Nature’s Bounty
DelWine - Saturday, March 31, 2012
March 31 : After marketing on its own for a year, Nirvana Biosys, the Haryana based wine manufacturer located around 80 kms from Delhi has appointed the Delhi-based wine importers, Natures Bounty on an exclusive basis for domestic and export marketing

Chandigarh: Malted Over! Move over wines and tequilas, single malts have managed to seep into the homes of rich and famous. And these are here to stay
Tribune - Saturday, March 31, 2012
Chandigarh is also not far behind. The very chic Single Malt Club, boasting of knowledgeable malt-owners and appreciators, gathers every now and then to talk about 'the passion' of their life. Established around three years back, the very elite Single Malt Club of Chandigarh boasts of 16 members, who organise high-end dinners every now and then.

Diageo edging towards Cuervo tequila deal-sources
Reuters - Thursday, March 29, 2012
LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) - Diageo is edging towards a deal with the owner of Jose Cuervo tequila which could see the British spirits group take a minority stake in the $3 billion-plus valued No.1 tequila brand, people familiar with the situation said.

Single Malt Bath and Body Products
Brown Paper Bag - Thursday, March 29, 2012
The bathing bar is now open at Saint Pure, a luxe company that works with distilleries in Scotland to put single malts in pricey bath and body works.

William Grant plans €35m Tullamore Dew homecoming
Drinks International - Thursday, March 29, 2012
William Grant & Sons has announced a €35m plan to take the production of Tullamore Dew back to its former home in Tullamore.

Carlsberg No. 2 in Delhi, tops SABMiller
Times of India - Thursday, March 29, 2012
MUMBAI/BANGALORE: Brewing giant Carlsberg A/S has toppled SABMiller to emerge the second largest beer maker in Delhi, and third largest nationally, as it makes strong inroads in India's urban markets. Carlsberg's Delhi coup is the first top deck rearrangement in the domestic beer market, heavily consolidated between United Breweries (UB) and SABMiller, in the last one decade.

Heineken may raise UB stake
Business Standard - Thursday, March 29, 2012
In major restructuring that may play out shortly in India's largest brewer, United Breweries Ltd (UBL), Amsterdam-based global beer major Heineken may raise its stake from the current 37.5 per cent.

Diageo to have new India head
Times of India - Saturday, March 24, 2012
MUMBAI: After leading a restructuring project at Diageo India, its managing director Roland Abella is leaving the unit to take a larger role at the drinks company. The world's largest spirits company, maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff Vodka, had brought in the 43-year-old longtime executive to steer the Indian operations after it was rocked by financial irregularities three years ago.

Drinking and Exercise: How Alcohol affects your body
Women's Health - Friday, February 17, 2012
Alcohol in your system is detrimental to any kind of fitness activity (except maybe on the dance floor). Here's how booze wreaks havoc on your regimen.

Grover and Zampa Merger Moves into Final Round
DelWine - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The transaction to buy out the 17 share of Brindco for Rs.17 crores, 12 held by Jerry Rao, the ex-CitiBanker and 11 with Veuve Clicquot was completed last Friday.

Barista aims at threefold rise in India revenue in three years
Business Standard - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Italian coffee major Lavazza, which owns the Barista coffee chain, is looking at a three-fold rise in its revenue contribution from India, to 10 per cent of its global sales, over the next three years.

Scotch exports hit record high
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23 to a record £4.2billion. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) credited rising demand in both emerging and mature markets for the value growth, which has increased by an average of 10 per year for the last five years.

Signature Brew Lets Rock Stars Create Their Own Beer
Businessweek - Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A good concert requires four things: a captivating band, a well-designed venue, an enthusiastic audience, and beer. You need a lot of beer. London-based Signature Brew is on a quest to provide concertgoers with unique craft beers, one band at a time.

Disaronno starts search for Mixing Star
Drinks International - Friday, March 23, 2012
Disaronno is on the lookout for bartenders for the return of its international bartender competition, Disaronno Mixing Star. The winner will be awarded a trip to Mumbai to take part in a Bollywood production and will also be appointed to the Disaronno Hall of Fame.

European Union whines despite India agreeing to halve import duty on its wines
Economic Times - Thursday, March 22, 2012
NEW DELHI: India has proposed to halve import duties on wines and spirits bought from the European Union under the bilateral free trade agreement being negotiated between the two, but the 27-country union is demanding steeper cuts.

Old-Fashioned or Newfangled, the Old-Fashioned Is Back
New York Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
AS is his habit, Matthew Weiner, the creator of “Mad Men,” is revealing few details about the fifth season of the hit series, which will return to AMC on Sunday after a 17-month absence. We don't know if the charismatic sphinx Don Draper has married his secretary or pulled his flailing advertising firm out of the fire. But one prediction is a safe bet: Mr. Draper will dip his beak into an old-fashioned or three.

Breaking News: Bacardi to Launch Mystery Cognac in U.S.
Cognac Expert - Thursday, March 15, 2012
Bacardi are well known in the USA for their light coloured spirits – white rum, Grey Goose vodka etc. But they've now announced that they're poised to launch a cognac to complement their repertoire in North America.

Consumption of premium liquor on the rise in India
Mint - Monday, March 19, 2012
International liquor makers are ramping up offerings, prompted by increased spending by the middle class

French join world of whiskey
Examiner - Saturday, March 10, 2012
Chalk up another offbeat entry for the whiskey world. From the Cognac region of France comes a little something called Bastille 1789, a French-grain blended whiskey.

Heady discoveries: The yeast that gave rise to lager is tracked down to South America
Economist - Saturday, August 27, 2011
IN THE 15th century a schism opened in the world of beer. Brewers in Bavaria alighted on a new version of that age-old drink—one that liked to be fermented in the cold and could thus be brewed in winter. The lager revolution had begun.

The secret of a great wine list? Keep it short
Decanter - Thursday, March 08, 2012
Restaurant wine lists should be slim, seasonal and pared-down, Decanter's guest columnist Tom Harrow – aka The Wine Chap – argues this month.

Glenfiddich 19 Year Old Madeira finish is launched
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
William Grant has launched its first ever Glenfiddich19 year old single malt scotch whisky, which has been matured in Madeira wine oak casks.

US: Diageo launches honey whiskey
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
US: Diageo has launched a honey whiskey under its Bushmills brand. Bushmills Irish Honey is Bushmills whiskey blended with Irish honey.

Introducing Iced-Tea Beer
Wall Street Journal - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
North American brewers are betting on some unusual flavors to convince more consumers to buy beer before liquor, as drinkers increasingly turn to exotic cocktails and other alcoholic beverages. In the latest move, Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Tuesday it will launch Coors Light Iced T in Canada next month ahead of a possible U.S. rollout. The citrus-like, iced tea-flavored beer will have roughly 4 alcohol content but no caffeine.

Q&A with Aparna Batra, CEO, William Grant & Sons India
Tulleeho - Monday, March 05, 2012


US chain Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen enters India
India Hospitality Review - Monday, March 05, 2012
US chain Lemp Brewpub & Kitchen has entered India via franchise route by opening its first outlet in Gurgaon. The 173 year old brewery brand has given its first franchise to Kaviar Hospitality Pvt Ltd. The pub which is in Star Mall, Gurgaon with a space of 11,000 sq feet, will offer its customers the taste of its classic boutique beers.

Kingfisher tops rivals in India's beer market
Business Standard - Saturday, March 03, 2012
Indians sip only two litres of beer a year, just one-twentieth the amount consumed by Chinese and less than one-fortieth by Americans. SABMiller Plc, Anheuser- Busch InBev and Carlsberg see that as an opportunity.

Interview with Kapil Sekhri of Fratelli Wines
India Hospitality Review - Sunday, February 26, 2012
Kapil Sekhri is the co-owner of Fratelli Wines - an Indo-Italian joint venture that takes pride in connecting the Tuscan wine-making tradition to the Indian terrains. The Delhi-based entrepreneur firmly believes that India is an important wine market with the aspirations in tier-2 cities steadily catching up with those of tier-1 populace.

After the Feast, the Digestif
New York Times - Thursday, February 23, 2012
Some people look stricken when presented with the idea of an after-dinner drink, as if it evokes an Edwardian vision of men repairing to the study while ladies are left at the table to rue their sisters' marriage prospects. (Though I suppose some might like this scenario.) An after-dinner drink should be the least stiff of rituals, ( ) even if the drinks are stiff indeed.

Highland Park releases Thor whisky
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, February 03, 2012
Highland Park has released Thor, a 16 year-old single malt whisky, and the first from its four-strong Valhalla collection.

So Old It’s New, Mead Enjoys a Renaissance
New York Times - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
PUT a glass of white wine to your nose, and, with the right winemaker and the right grapes, floral notes rise up. With a glass of mead, it is as if you were holding the flowers themselves.

Women executives flying high in Indian liquor industry
Economic Times - Monday, February 20, 2012
MUMBAI: Women breaking the glass ceiling in financial services, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) and media sectors are a common sight today. But the picture is fast evolving in traditionally male-dominated industries too. The Indian alcohol industry is for the first time seeing women manage the show in some companies, an unthinkable idea five or 10 years ago.

The Singhs of Hanwell
Mint - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
When it comes to buying and selling the world's best whiskies, few do it better than Sukhinder Singh and The Whisky Exchange. And it all began with an off-licence in Hanwell.

White vermouth’s feeling the love
Washington Post - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Real cocktail drinkers now know that no ingredient is more important than vermouth.

Heineken eyes the uber-premium
Business Standard - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
UB's 'new-born baby' is investing heavily in high-quality activations to nurture the brand

We want to move from being a HUL to Nestle: Ashok Capoor, MD and President, United Spirits
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
BANGALORE: United Spirits, the world's largest liquor company by volume, is shifting its focus to by pushing high-margin premium brands and reducing costs by investing in backend businesses.

Aspri Spirits to distribute Stolichnaya Vodka in India
Hospitality Biz India - Thursday, February 02, 2012
Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has tied up with Luxemborg-based SPI Group to market and distribute two products of their international Stolichnaya vodka range – Stolichnaya Red premium and Ultra Luxury Elit by Stoli.

Airport retail business tops $1 billion revenue
Times of India - Monday, January 30, 2012
MUMBAI: Airport retail business in India topped $1 billion in revenue during 2011, on the back of robust growth in passenger traffic and more people shopping on the go, according to a boutique retail consultancy. The business is growing at 17-18 annually, emerging as a viable platform for retailers and operators of the new airports, according to Bangalore-based consulting firm Asipac Projects.

United Spirits - Sales dip in Tamil Nadu, India’s largest branded spirits market
Times of India - Monday, January 30, 2012
MUMBAI/CHENNAI: Vijay Mallya's spirits empire suffered a sharp erosion of sales in Tamil Nadu, the country's largest branded spirits market , in a development that shows how even the leader remains vulnerable in a heavily state controlled industry, said sources directly familiar with the matter.

York Wines to build accommodation at winery
Hospitality Biz India - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
York Wines intends to build an inventory of up to 25 rooms at its winery as part of the ram up of its wine tourism infrastructure.

Finally, Tata Coffee to bring Starbucks to India
Business Standard - Thursday, December 20, 2012
The US chain's coffee shops may open in the second half of this year. US-based coffee giant Starbucks is fine tuning its plans to set up stores in the country in partnership with Tata Coffee. The two parties are likely to announce the blueprint by the end of this month.

Party over for pubs, restaurants
Mint - Sunday, December 23, 2012
Liquor sales aren't down, although the pace of growth in consumption has slowed, meaning that more Indians are drinking at home

Starbucks to add beer, wine to menu at select coffee shops
LA Times - Monday, December 24, 2012
Four to six new or remodeled stores in Southern California will offer alcoholic drinks by the end of this year, as will some shops in Atlanta and Chicago.

Plymouth is re-positioned as a super premium-plus gin
Drinks International - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Chivas Brothers is introducing a new look for its Plymouth gin brand, re-positioning it above Beefeater 24, as a “super premium-plus”.

INDIA: UB Group travails to force United Spirits hand?
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
United Spirits may be forced to consider teaming with a multinational drinks partner to fend off the financial pitfalls facing its parent company, The UB Group.

Chris Mercer Comment - United Spirits Distils Vision for Whyte & Mackay
Just-Drinks - Friday, January 06, 2012
United Spirits didn't buy Whyte & Mackay for the group's bulk Scotch whisky business, as is now being demonstrated.

Pernod Ricard rolls out costliest Indian whisky
Economic Times - Friday, December 30, 2011
BANGALORE: Pernod Ricard India has rolled out superior versions of Blender's Pride and Royal Stag whiskies, after posting 30 value growth from its locally made whiskies last year. The French distiller says that Blenders Pride Reserve Collection is now

Teacher’s launches Teacher’s & Cola and Teacher’s & Soda in India
Hospitality Biz India - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Teacher's has launched Teacher's Scotch-based ready to drink (RTD) beverage Teacher's & Cola and Teacher's & Soda having a 4.8 per cent ABV and available in a premixed can.

Pizza Hut plans to open 25 outlets serving wine and beer
India Hospitality Review - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
With the recent success of Pizza Hut outlets that serve wine and beer, the restaurant chain plans to open 25 more in 2012. “We are planning to open 25 stores in this particular format. We have received tremendous response to this new format of our business, said Sunay Bhasin, Marketing head, Pizza Hut India.

Whisky, Japan’s Next Big Export?
Wall Street Journal - Monday, December 26, 2011
From cup noodles to Pokemon, there's a range of Japanese products that have surprised people here by becoming much more popular overseas than most in the country of origin ever thought possible. Is Japanese whisky the next in line?

Patrick Piana | The sweet smell of tradition
Mint - Saturday, December 17, 2011
The chief executive of Remy Martin on refocusing on India, eternal optimism and cognac mojitos

Gloria Jean's Coffees to open around 40 outlets every year
India Hospitality Review - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Australia based coffee chain, Gloria Jean's Coffees, is planning to expand aggressively in the Indian market by opening 36-40 outlets a year and three outlets a month. It plans to open 400 outlets in the next 11 years.

Top 10 drinks stories of 2011
The Drinks Business - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
From the collapse of Oddbins to concerns over this year's vintages in California and Australia, via the break up of Foster's and Beam Global going it alone on the stock market, 2011 has been a pretty tumultuous year for the industry. Look back over the major stories of the year with us here.

Imported wine, Scotch, cars set to cost less
Economic Times - Friday, December 23, 2011
NEW DELHI: There is something to cheer in the New Year. The government appears set to slash import duty on wines and spirits imported from Europe to under 50 from 150 at present, in a move that will make French wine and Scotch whisky more attractive to tipplers.

11 Openings To Look Forward To In 2012
Mumbai Boss - Monday, December 26, 2011


Bartender suffers burns as trick goes awry
Indian Express - Sunday, December 18, 2011
Gurgaon A bartender sustained serious burns on his face while he was juggling lit bottles of alcohol during the launch of a nightclub on MG Road early on Saturday morning. Following this, the Fire department slapped a notice on the nightclub, identified as Zygo, situated in the MGF Metropolitan mall, for flouting fire safety norms and endangering lives.

FRANCE: Pernod Ricard eyeing high-end absinthe push
Just-Drinks - Friday, December 16, 2011
Pernod Ricard is seeking to breathe new life into absinthe by targeting its own namesake brand of the controversial spirit at the arts and fashion world.

IRELAND: Beam agrees $95m deal to buy Cooley
Just-Drinks - Friday, December 16, 2011
Beam Inc is to buy Cooley Distillery, the only remaining independent whiskey distillery outside Pernod Ricard and Diageo's operations in Ireland, for close to US$95m.

Beam launches 'super premium' Teacher's from India
Drinks International - Friday, December 16, 2011
Billed as its super-premium expressions, Beam has released Teacher's 25 Year Old and Teacher's Highland Single Malt to global markets. The launch took place in India, a strong market for the brand due to the success of Teacher's Highland Cream, Teacher's 50 – 12 Years Old and the recently introduced innovation Teacher's Origin.

Stoli launches The Himalayan Edition
Drinks International - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Stolichnaya vodka has launched The Himalayan Edition, the first release of its new Pristine Water Series. The new line, which is an off-shoot from Stolichnaya's 'ultra premium' Elit vodka, is priced at US$3,000 and numbers only 300 bottles globally. According to Stolichnaya, the Himalayan Edition uses water of “unparalleled quality”, sourced from the Langtang National Park, in the Himalayan Mountains.

Now trending on the grapevine…
DNA - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Bangalore is quickly becoming a top city for wine lovers. We trace the trends that tell us so….

Indian Ambience Vineyards Gets Angel Funding From Chakwal
VC Circle - Monday, December 12, 2011
Karnataka-based Indian Ambience Vineyards that sells organic wine under the brand name Yana has raised angel funding from Srini Chakwal.

Sula Vineyards looking to set up Wine Bars in tier II cities across India
India Hospitality Review - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Nashik-based Sula Vineyards, which recently diversified into the hospitality sector by setting up a 25-room hotel near Gangapur Dam near Nashik, is looking to set up wine bars across the country. The emphasis of the company is to primarily grow in tier II cities.

The Myths of the Bar, Debunked
New York Times - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
EDUCATING the average drinker on the qualities of firewater, and how to best enjoy it, has been one of the central credos of the new generation of mixologists. “Knowledge!” they cry, as they throw back shots of Fernet-Branca.

Cinemas, liquor shops should reopen in Kashmir: Farooq Abdullah
Economic Times - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Steps like reopening of cinemas and liquor sale would boost the tourism industry in the state, he said. The minister for new and renewable energy was addressing a function to celebrate the birth anniversary of his father and National Conference founder Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah here.

Officer's Choice: One suitor too many
Business Standard - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Vijay Mallya and Kishore Chhabria are set to take their fight over India's largest selling whisky brand to the wire.

Big business brews as global brands cash in on demand
Indian Express - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
New Delhi: With beer consumption rising in the metros and major towns, top global brewers like Molson Coors, Duvel and Anheuser-Busch InBev are exploring options to set up breweries in India. Germany-based Rolec is also in the country now, while Amsterdam's Heineken already set up its first brewery in Maharashtra earlier this year.

From Scotland, Fog and Smoke and Mystery
New York Times - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
TASTING whiskies can be a clinical, prosaic task, nosing and assessing, jotting notes, reconsidering, lips compressed in concentration, brow furrowed. Yet, as the spirits panel tasted 20 single malts from Islay, we reminded ourselves to step back a moment, to contemplate with no small amount of awe the magic of what was in the glass. Islay demands a sense of wonder.

ASIA: Gruppo Campari eyes deals, India growth
Just-Drinks - Monday, December 05, 2011
Gruppo Campari's regional director for Asia has said that the Italian group expects to double its volume sales in India within five years.

Bacardi bullish on buyouts to grow in India
Times of India - Friday, December 02, 2011
NEW DELHI: The world's largest privately held spirits company Bacardi will look to boost India growth story through acquisitions, said its global chief executive officer Seamus McBride. India emerged as the fastest developing market for Bacardi this year with more people entering the legal drinking age in the second most rapidly growing Asian economy.

Sick wine industry sees signs of revival
Economic Times - Monday, December 05, 2011
PUNE: A debt restructuring package from the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (Nabard), a little surge in demand due to Christmas and New Year and a reduction in entry barriers by some states have revived the hopes of sick wine industry in Maharashtra. The wineries are expecting more crushing in the next year.

Irish Distillers confirms £100m expansion
Drinks International - Friday, December 02, 2011
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has confirmed it will spend €100m on the 2012 expansion of its Midleton Single Distillery, the site where Jameson is produced.

Amrut imports port barrels for Portonova release
Drinks International - Friday, December 02, 2011
Indian malt whisky brand Amrut has launched a whisky matured in port barrels, named Portonova, to global markets. The Bangalore distillery matured unpeated spirit in new American oak and ex-Bourbon barrels before transferring the liquid into once-used port pipes and a final stage of maturation in ex-Bourbon casks.

Angostura Monin Cocktail Challenge held in New Delhi
Tulleeho - Friday, December 02, 2011
Dhanpal of Auma wins the Angostura leg and is off to Trinidad and Tobago and Abhishek of Smokehouse Room, Mehrauli wins the Monin Cup and is off to Paris, both to compete in the global finals. Sure they will do India proud and wishing them luck!

William Grant's tasting in New Delhi
Tulleeho - Friday, December 02, 2011
The barter economy is alive and well in Scotland. We just swap trucks says Ludovic Ludo Ducrocq, the Global ambassador for William Grant and Sons, the largest family owned whisky company in Scotland, currently run by the 5th generation of the Grant family.

Cracking The Bar Code
Indian Express - Thursday, October 20, 2011
A sobering look at the reality of teen drinking in Bangalore.

Valle de Vin and Grover Vineyards merge to create second largest vintner in India
Hospitality Biz India - Monday, November 28, 2011
Nashik-based Valle de Vin, maker of Zampa wines, will merge with Bengaluru-based Grover Vineyards within a month to create the country's second largest vintner after Sula Vineyards in India. The merged company will be called Gover Zampa Pvt Ltd. This information was given by Deepak Roy, Owner, Valle de Vin.

City pubs may soon serve freshly brewed beer
Hindustan Times - Friday, November 25, 2011
Delhiites will no longer have to travel all the way to Gurgaon to enjoy freshly brewed beer. Soon, tipplers in Delhi will have their own ‘micro brewpubs' to get their beer brewed to the specific taste they prefer in terms of flavour, bitterness, viscosity and other variables. Delhi government's excise department has drafted a proposal to allow microbreweries in city's restaurants and pubs.

Irish House opens at Phoenix Mills in Mumbai
India Hospitality Review - Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Irish House – a new pub has been launched at Phoenix Mills, in Mumbai. Sunil Kapur, the founding promoter of iconic F&B ventures like Copper Chimney, Blue Foods, Travel Food Services and Blue Sea has opened the pub. According to the company release, it has one of the largest island bars in Mumbai.

Boom time for country liquor
Mint - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Amid rising prices of foreign liquor, its country cousin is retaining its traditional devotees while gaining new ones in Maharashtra

World's 50 Best Bars magazine now online
Drinks International - Friday, November 11, 2011


Chile-d in a candy shop!
Tulleeho - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I have always preferred the new world styled wines more because they are fruit driven and suit my (read “Indian”) palate very well. Chile is my preferred choice because of the quality it offers for the price. On the 17th November 2011, I knew I was gonna be spoilt for choice with an exclusive Chilean wine tasting oraganised by ProChile an arm of the Chilean Embassy at Tote on the Turf, Race course.

Lavazza brews big plans for India
Business Standard - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
To appeal to the crème-de-la crème, Italian coffee roaster Lavazza is here with a new format Espression. The first of its speciality format recently unveiled in Delhi, will be gradually extended to Bangalore and Mumbai. The company is targeting 30 such stores over the course of three years. Unlike the company's other international retail formats like Caffe di Roma (Spain), Onda (Bulgaria) and Barista (India), with Lavazza Espression the ambition is to develop a global coffee retail brand.

SWA urges India to cut imported spirits tariff
Drinks International - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The Scotch Whisky Association is urging India to cut its 150 tariff on imported spirits. A delegation is currently in India to highlight the issue.

EU-India import duty: Top-end European cars, wine may get cheaper
Economic Times - Sunday, November 27, 2011
NEW DELHI: Finally, top-end wines and spirits and automobiles may cost less with India softening its position on reducing import duty on these products shipped from the European Union.

China on course for 100 million case market in 10 years
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Monday, November 07, 2011
The Chinese wine market is expected to be worth 50 million 9 litre cases within five years, and up to 100 milllion 9 litre cases in 10 years.

Smirnoff launches new flavours
Drinks International - Monday, November 14, 2011
US: Diageo has launched two new Smirnoff flavours. Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow are to be fronted by model and socialite Amber Rose.

Wm Grant launches The Balvenie Forty
Drinks International - Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Balvenie has launched a 40 year old whisky. The Balvenie Forty is said to be the “result of the marriage of some of The Balvenie's rarest whiskies”. The whisky was created by malt master David Stewart and costs £2,500 a bottle.

Some enchanted teatime
Economist - Saturday, October 29, 2011
FOR more than a century, the Palm Court at the Ritz hotel in London has resonated with the clink of fine china, as gentlefolk sip afternoon tea and nibble crustless cucumber sandwiches beneath glistening chandeliers. The silver tea service and strains of Chopin bespeak a bygone era. But a revamped version of afternoon tea is thriving.

Heard it on the grapevine
Mint - Saturday, October 29, 2011
The great Indian wine boom was short-lived. Ten years after the green flag, the Indian wine industry is still looking for that sparkle

Wick malt named world's best whisky
BBC - Sunday, October 23, 2011
A single malt distilled in one of Scotland's most remote distilleries has been named the world's best whisky by a leading expert. Old Pulteney was crowned World Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible.

For the Perfect Martini, Wetter Is Better
New York Times - Thursday, October 20, 2011
The most memorable martini I've ever had was made at the bar in the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, by a charming young man named Luke. I requested it with Beefeater, straight up with a twist, and asked him not to be shy with the vermouth.

Diageo uncorks India advisory board for bigger cheer
Times of India - Thursday, October 20, 2011
MUMBAI/CHENNAI: Drinks giant Diageo has created a heavyweight India advisory group to accelerate growth in one of its priority markets globally. The five-member group includes HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, former Hindustan Unilever honcho Ashok Ganguly, former cabinet secretary and diplomat Naresh Chandra and former chairman of the south-based Murugappa group, MA Alagappan.

Beam floats in Fortune Brands break up
Drinks International - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
US Spirits company Fortune Brands today begun trading as Beam on the New York stock exchange, following the separation of its businesses.

Diageo looks to buy Radico's stake in JV
Business Standard - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Premium spirits maker Diageo is looking to acquire half the stake of its Indian partner Radico Khaitan in its five-year-old joint venture (JV) Diageo Radico Distilleries. The JV distributes and markets premium whisky brand Masterstroke.

Q2 likely to be sober for beer-makers
Business Standard - Monday, October 03, 2011
Steep price hikes and a prolonged monsoon appear to have taken the fizz out of beer consumption in the tropical country this year. The Rs 7,000-crore industry is likely to see a decline in volumes for the second straight quarter this fiscal, putting pressure on players to deliver numbers in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

Good Earth Winery Comes down to Earth
DelWine - Monday, September 26, 2011
Sep 26 : Within two years of launching their high priced Concerto Collection and less expensive Raga range, Pune based Good Earth Winery seems to have come down from the high horse with down to earth- priced easy dinking wines, which will be more competitive against the established producers like Sula, Grover and Four Seasons, writes Subhash Arora who feels that these wines may be music to the ears of the company bottom line while the earlier labels were so merely for the consumers.

Liquor in Mumbai is costliest in the country
Times of India - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
MUMBAI: Compared to tipplers across the nation, Mumbaikars are paying a premium for all kinds of alcohol , be it whisky, rum, vodka, gin or even beer. It wasn't quite the same story before April 1, 2011, when a 750-ml bottle of Old Monk was just Rs 255 and not the current Rs 380. But the new budget hiked excise rates exorbitantly, sending them from 25 of the final cost to upto 60, depending on the brand. After that hike, regular brands are now 40 to 50 costlier, said Arvind Miskin, president of the Maharashtra Wine Merchants' Association. Premium brands are 25 to 40 costlier.

Vijay Mallya's USL files petition in Calcutta HC against Kishore Chhabaria's flagship Officer's Choice
Hospitality Biz India - Monday, September 26, 2011
Vijay Mallya-led United Spirits Ltd (USL) has filed a petition against Kishore Rajaram Chhabria (KRC) in Calcutta High Court (Calcutta HC) in India. “He (Mallya) does not have a chance in hell to win the case. His sole intention is to stifle my growth because I am becoming too big for his comfort, said Chhabria about the case.

InBev may look at SABMiller
Business Day - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
IN A global brewing industry marked by huge consolidation over the past decade, bankers are hopeful of an $80bn-plus deal to end all transactions between the industry's two giants, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller .

Alcohol Isn’t Worth the Trouble for Some Chain Restaurants
New York Times - Monday, September 26, 2011
Some restaurant chains are turning to the bottle during the rough economy, but the liquoring up has produced mostly headaches, not happiness. Outlets that specialize in quick and cheap daytime meals — including Starbucks, Sonic and Guy & Gallard, the New York chain — have been experimenting with adding alcohol to their menus.

Vijay Mallya sets sights on Teacher's
Economic Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
BANGALORE: Vijay Mallya is open to partner rivals Diageo Plc or Pernod Ricard to make a joint bid for Beam Global Spirits & Wine, maker of Teacher's whisky, the United Spirits owner told a beverage site. There are brands within Beam that I am very interested in, promoter of the world's largest liquor company by volume told just-drinks.com at Cannes on Sunday.

For alcoholic beverages companies like United Spirits, Radico Khaitan etc demand seen intact, but higher costs a worry
Economic Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Listed alcoholic beverage players have reported a sustained year-on-year double-digit revenue growth over the past few quarters despite changes in the duty structures pertaining to liquor in states such as Maharashtra. However, profit growth and margin performance are not secular across the sample.

SABMiller Wins Over Foster's With Sweetened $10 Billion Offer
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, September 22, 2011
LONDON—Iconic Australian brewer Foster's Group Ltd. dropped its resistance to a takeover by SABMiller PLC and agreed to a sale to its U.K. rival for a sweetened price of more than $10 billion.

Indian wines fly off British supermarket shelves
Guardian - Monday, September 19, 2011
The first Indian wines to be sold by a British supermarket could become a fixture on its shelves after coming close to selling out in record time. Earlier this month, Waitrose became the first UK supermarket to stock the little-known brands from the sub-continent as part of a showcase of unusual wines from across the world.

Facebook strikes Diageo advertising deal
Financial Times - Sunday, September 18, 2011
Facebook has struck a multimillion-dollar advertising partnership with Diageo, owner of drinks brands including Smirnoff and Guinness, in the latest move by the social networking website to form closer ties with marketers.

Baileys Biscotti ready for UK launch
Drinks International - Thursday, September 15, 2011
Diageo has announced the launch of Baileys Biscotti to the UK. The new cream liqueur arrives this month, in time for the Christmas period and is backed by a £2.5m marketing campaign.

Diageo’s catalyst for change
Drinks International - Thursday, September 15, 2011
Diageo has announced the launch of Catalyst, a stand-alone group that will focus exclusively on what it describes as high potential brands.

Beer Brand Offers Coolest Job in India: Went Viral On Facebook
Penn-Olson.com - Monday, September 05, 2011
The coolest job in India? You got it — “SABMiller is launching the Miller High Life beer in India and is looking for qualified individuals, who embody and endorse the spirit of the brand – Work Hard, Party Hard.”

Now, sip on size zero drinks!
Hindustan Times - Sunday, September 11, 2011
The vain craze of size zero might have died down after being condemned by various nutritionists and doctors across the globe. But its link with fashion and glamour still remains as a synonym to the former. A Notting Hill bar, Lonsdale, has capitalised on the term by creating two special size-zero miniature cocktails in honour of the London Fashion Week, and for the fashionistas to attend the fashion fete.

Chinese wine wins top honour at Decanter World Wine Awards
Decanter - Thursday, September 08, 2011
For the first time in the history of the Decanter World Wine Awards a Chinese wine has won at the highest level.

Champagne copes with 'difficult' vintage
Decanter - Thursday, September 08, 2011
The 2011 Champagne vintage is being hailed as one of the most unusual in the region's history, as vignerons deal with the aftermath of one of the most difficult growing seasons on record.

ITC Hotels raise the antennae for wine
Sommelier India - Friday, September 09, 2011
September 9, 2011: Obtaining the WSET Level 3 Advanced Wines and Spirits Certificate is no easy task, which is why ITC Hotels has put in place an intensive programme in order to ensure that the cream of their F&B service professionals, drawn from across their luxury hotels are fully prepared for this day.

Diageo brews local whiskies for larger peg
Times of India - Wednesday, September 07, 2011
MUMBAI: Drinks giant Diageo will U-turn into Indian whiskeys to boost growth after relying on its international brands for almost a decade. The world's largest spirits maker has registered a new locally made whiskey Rowson's Reserve with state excise authorities returning to a business that account for 70 of the branded spirits consumption.

Globus Spirits gets court approval to merge ADL with itself
Economic Times - Friday, September 02, 2011
NEW DELHI: Noida-based liquor maker Globus Spirits today said it has received Delhi High Court's approval for the merger of Associated Distillers Ltd with itself.

Peter Gordon | People are beginning to understand malts
Mint - Saturday, September 03, 2011
New Delhi: Peter Gordon, the chairman of William Grant and Sons Ltd, the family owned distillery best known for single malt Glenfiddich, was in New Delhi to introduce Snow Phoenix, a new malt brand, to India's whisky aficionados.

Spirits: Liqueur gems, sky-high and affordable
Washington Post - Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Liqueurs often seem like the bearded ladies of the spirits circus. As you approach that shelf in the store, you feel as though you've left the big tent and can almost hear the carnival barker's cry: Come one, come all!

Mirah, Beacon invest Rs.48 cr in Impresario Entertainment
Mint - Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mirah Hospitality and Beacon India Private Equity Fund have invested Rs.40 crore and Rs.8 crore, respectively, in Impresario Entertainment and Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, which runs fine dining restaurants Mocha and Smoke House Deli.

Cheers! It's a real ale renaissance
Guardian - Monday, August 29, 2011
Despite pub closures and a dwindling lager market, record number of microbreweries are opening

Cash-rich Diageo on the prowl
Financial Times - Friday, August 26, 2011
Diageo, the world's biggest alcoholic drinks maker, spent £1.6bn on acquisitions in the last year. Paul Walsh, chief executive, says that the company's robust balance sheet puts it in a good position for further purchases - most likely in the emerging markets, where it is already experiencing healthy growth.

Toit, Doolally, Rockman's Beer Island, Hops n Grains and The Biere Club chart out national rollout plans
Economic Times - Monday, August 29, 2011
BANGALORE: If you thought Belgian chocolates were decadent, how potent could Belgian chocolate beer be? Or perhaps your connoisseur palate would prefer orange-coriander beer, raisin amber ale or beer made of Indian karvanda berries?

Beam launches Teacher's Origin whisky
Drinks International - Friday, August 26, 2011
Beam Global is to launch Teacher's Origin in global travel retail. The product has already launched in India, where, according to Beam, Teacher's is the number one blended whisky.

Mixing up the gin and tonic
Guardian - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A refreshing G and T is deliciously simple, but London's best cocktail bars are reinventing the classic – with some surprising results

The High-Tech Highball
The Atlantic - Thursday, September 01, 2011
Craig Schoettler, the cocktail chef at the Aviary in Chicago, looks like a scientific researcher at a mid-size university. He wears interesting rectangular glasses and, though soft-spoken, enters a room with authority. Before signing on as a barman with the chef and restaurateur Grant Achatz, Schoettler, a culinary-school graduate, had limited experience with how cocktail ingredients might work together to form new and interesting combinations. But like any scientist, he was intrigued by the question.

Heading for the Hills: Spanish Winemakers Adapt to Global Warming
Time - Saturday, August 20, 2011
When the Spanish winemaker Miguel Torres was a young man, his father sent him to Chile. It was 1979, and the South American country was years away from being recognized for the quality of its wine. But the elder Torres was thinking about the future. He had not forgotten the chaos of the Spanish Civil War, when he twice faced death and the family winery was seized by one side, then bombed by the other. Torres' father reasoned that a landholding in the New World that was climatically suitable for growing wine would hedge against instability at home.

Andhra policy change to give SABMiller a chance to regain number one slot
Economic Times - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
BANGALORE: SABMiller, the second-largest brewer in India, will get a chance to regain its number one slot in the country's largest beer market when Andhra Pradesh revokes a policy flip-flop that allowed United Breweries race to the top.

Pizza Hut to serve wine and beer in all outlets, plans expansion in Tier-II and Tier-III cities by 2015
Economic Times - Monday, August 22, 2011
MUMBAI: Pizza Hut is all set to serve wine and beer at its outlets across the country, after pilot-testing in Delhi and Bangalore. We have just started serving wine and beer to our customers at two Delhi stores and wine at five stores in Bangalore. We will be adding new such stores. The idea is to have this service across all our outlets, Pizza Hut Head (Marketing) Sunay Bhasin told PTI here.

Return of the homemade cocktail
Guardian - Friday, August 19, 2011
Can you sustain an air of sophistication with the shaker, or is the evening on a downward trajectory the moment you break out the olives?

Madonna joins Smirnoff 'Nightlife' campaign
Drinks International - Friday, August 19, 2011
Diageo has announced that Madonna will partner Smirnoff in the next instalment of the Nightlife Exchange Project.

Beam unveils new logo
Drinks International - Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Beam Global Spirits & Wine has announced new corporate branding in anticipation of becoming an independent publicly traded spirits company, to be renamed Beam, early in the fourth quarter.

Japanese brewers race to expand abroad
Financial Times - Thursday, August 18, 2011
Armed with cheap credit and fortified by a strong yen, Japan's large brewers are racing to expand their overseas presence by acquiring local brands, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aspri Spirits introduces a new range of wines from SoGrape in India
Hospitality Biz India - Saturday, August 13, 2011
Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd, distributor and importer of fine beverages, has introduced a new range of wines from SoGrape Group, a Portugal based winery at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai recently. The new range of wines include red and white varieties from Marlborough, New Zealand, Vinho Verde, Portugal, Duoro, Portugal, Mendoza, Argentina and Cachoapal Valley, Chile.

SABMiller goes hostile with $10 billion Foster's bid
Reuters - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
MELBOURNE/LONDON (Reuters) - Global brewer SABMiller has taken its $10 billion bid direct to Foster's Group shareholders, days before Foster's announces its annual results, having failed to win over the Australian company's board.

Beer makers get focused, one variety of hops at a time
Washington Post - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Beer's third-most-important ingredient, after water and barley, is almost as mystifying to most beer drinkers as Prohibition. But a new kind of beer has recently emerged that gives consumers an unprecedented ability to learn: the single-hop India pale ale.

Philippines spirits tax violates WTO rules
Drinks International - Monday, August 15, 2011
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that discriminatory excise tax on spirits in the Philippines is a violation of WTO rules.

Consider cider
The Guardian - Saturday, August 13, 2011
From the bucolic and sunkissed to the urban and gritty, ciders are an unusual family of drinks. What's yours?

The first ever alcoholic foam
Drinks International - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Maxxium UK and Dutch distiller Lucas Bols are claiming a world's first with the launch of an alcoholic foam for dressing and finishing off cocktails.

US: Bacardi launches spiced rum
Drinks International - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
US: Bacardi is to launch a spiced rum called Bacardi OakHeart. The 35abv product will launch in September and is to retail for $12.99 (75cl).

Campari buys Sagatiba and posts 14% growth
Drinks International - Thursday, August 04, 2011
Gruppo Campari has announced the acquisition of Brazilian cachaça brand Sagatiba and half-year sales growth of 14.2. The Italian group, which claims Sagatiba is the market leader in the Brazilian premium cachaça segment, has sold the brand in Latin America under a distribution agreement since March 2010.

Diageo pays $16m to settle SEC graft case
Times of India - Saturday, July 30, 2011
MUMBAI: The world's largest drinks company Diageo Plc has entered into $16-million settlement, including a fine, with US capital market regulator Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) after it was found guilty of corrupt practices in India, Thailand and South Korea.

Diageo ends 17-year ties with Kalichand family
Times of India - Monday, August 01, 2011
Curtains are down on the 17-year-old relationship between Diageo, the world's largest drinks company, and its Indian partner, the Tanil Kilachand family. Diageo snapped the distribution alliance with Sun Tan Trading Co recently and now handles distribution of Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff brands on its own. In 1994, the Kilachands brought Diageo into the country and held a 40 stake in its local arm, then known as International Distillers India (IDI).

Tequila gives new biofuel crops a shot
Guardian - Thursday, July 28, 2011
Study finds ethanol derived from agave plants could provide a substitute for petrol and be grown without displacing food crops

Ardbeg - the Islay-gator's tale
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, July 22, 2011
The Ardbeg Alligator (rrp £55.00, 51.2 abv) is the latest result of years of experimentation headed by Glenmorangie's, head of distilling, Dr Bill Lumsden and team. Alligator charring is a well known term to describe the method of charring the inside of the oak casks before they are filled - with spirit with the burnt wood staves taking on the appearance of an alligator's scales, hence the name.

Shake a peg
Business Standard - Sunday, July 24, 2011
“We roughly add the population of Australia every year to the drinking market,'' says Vikram Achanta of Tulleeho, a liquor consultancy. “There will be growth across different categories. There are the single malts at one end and luxury spirits such as ultra-premium vodkas and gin on the other.”

Another USL step to ease balance sheet
Business Standard - Tuesday, July 26, 2011
United Spirits Ltd, the flagship spirits arm of Vijay Mallya's UB Group, tonight announced it had refinanced £370 million ($600 million or Rs 2,675 crore) of the remaining debt originally taken to acquire Whyte & Mackay, the Scottish spirit maker, in 2007.

I&B ministry guidelines on surrogate liquor ads soon
Hindustan Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Other than creating a flutter, the recent Mahendra Singh Dhoni-Harbhajan Singh advertisement spoof has put the spotlight on how liquor brands are violating existing norms by promoting their products through surrogate advertisements on TV. “The McDowell's and Royal Stag whisky ads featuring well-known cricketers, and all other similar ads are in gross violation in existing norms. The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry never approved their telecast,” said a senior ministry official.

Glenmorangie launches £2500 whisky
Drinks International - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Glenmorangie Company has released a £2,500 whisky matured in Chateau d'Yquem sauternes casks. Glenmorangie Pride 1981 is a 28-year old whisky matured in oak casks for 18 years and ex-sauternes casks for ten years.

Pernod Ricard signs joint venture with Tequila Avión
Drinks International - Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Pernod Ricard has announced a joint venture with Tequila Avión to produce and promote the ‘ultra-premium' tequila brand Avión.

Affluent Asian women help lift liquor market to $160bn high
The Australian - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
IF men can go to the pub, why can't we? asks Shalini Chopra, a call-centre worker in Gurgaon, a new town near Delhi, where women flock to bars and nightclubs at weekends in almost equal numbers to men. I believe in enjoying my life to the full, and that's what I am doing. I enjoy drinking and will continue to do so as long as I enjoy doing it, she says. Growing demand from women is helping to drive the region's thirst for luxury scotch whisky, vodka and gin, producers say, as Asian women become more financially independent and social attitudes towards consumption of alcohol change.

First time in 8 yrs, beer sales dip in summer
Times of India - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
MUMBAI: A feel good economy perks up beer enthusiasts in emerging markets, said an investment report from Swiss bank UBS last year. India's beer consumption in the peak summer months declined for the first time in eight years probably tracking sober economic mood and steep price hikes in the big guzzling states like Maharashtra.

Harbhajan Singh slaps notice on Vijay Mallya's UB Spirits for MS Dhoni ad
Economic Times - Monday, July 18, 2011
Harbhajan Singh and MS Dhoni, close friends and till recently 'bleeding blue' together, find themselves at crossroads in a legal tangle. The off-spinner and his lawyers, Dewani Advocates & Consultants, have served a legal notice on Vijay Mallya's UB Spirits over a commercial for McDowell's No. 1 Platinum featuring Dhoni.

Santana strikes chord with Casa Noble tequila
Drinks International - Thursday, July 14, 2011
Carlos Santana has become joint owner of Casa Noble tequila in Mexico. The musician has also joined the board of the organic tequila company, in a move it is hoped will boost the popularity of the brand.

British Distiller Diageo Shifts Its Focus in Acquisitions to Fast-Growing Markets
New York Times - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
LONDON — Baijiu, a popular Chinese spirit known for its harsh and fiery kick, might not be everyone's preferred drink, but the management at Diageo liked it so much that it pursued a takeover of a baijiu maker in China for two years.

Diageo confirms Asian growth commitment
The Drinks Business - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Gilbert Ghostine, president of Diageo Asia Pacific, made specific mention of India and China as the drinks giant seeks to make up for declining volumes in Europe. Soaring consumer wealth in Asia Pacific is driving the growth opportunities for luxury spirits and is fuelling premiumisation within the international spirits sector.

Bartender launches Kammerling’s Ginseng Spirit
Drinks International - Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Kammerling's Ginseng Spirit is the realisation of Alex Kammerling's 18-years behind a bar and is the product of five years of development. The spirit includes five varieties of ginseng, grapefruit peel and manuka honey and 38 other botanicals.

Ian Macleod buys Speyside distillery
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Ian Macleod Distillers has purchased the Tamdhu distillery in Speyside, from the Edrington Group.

Distell eyes India, may partner ABD
Times of India - Wednesday, July 06, 2011
MUMBAI: South African spirits behemoth Distell and liquor baron Kishore Chhabria's Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD) are in discussions for an Indian joint venture that will mark the entry of the Johannesburglisted giant into the country. Distell and ABD could hold 50 stake each in the JV that would uncork the former's spirits brands locally, sources briefed on the matter said.

Molson Coors Cobra India plans to expand brewery capacity in Patna, Bihar
Hospitality Biz India - Friday, July 01, 2011
Molson Coors Cobra India will focus on expanding the capacity of its brewery in Patna and consolidate its brands in the first 18 months.

Carlsberg launches super premium strong beer
Economic Times - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
BANGALORE: The world's fourth largest brewer Carlsberg is positioning strong beer in the premium segment, a market so far restricted to mild beer. The Danish company will brew Carlsberg Elephant, a super premium beer to bet on strong beer which accounts for the lion's share of the market.

Pisco Makes the Trip North
New York Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
PISCO, the clear grape spirit of South America, is emerging from the mist of history and bringing rich freshness to cocktails. In New York and other cities, liquor stores and bars that carried no pisco a few years ago have several now and are adding more, making it the fastest-growing spirit in the country.

United Spirits gains control of Sovereign Distilleries
Economic Times - Friday, July 01, 2011
BANGALORE: Vijay Mallya-led United Spirits has increased its stake in Sovereign Distilleries, giving it direct control over the Karnataka-based company. Sovereign Distilleries has become a subsidiary of United Spirits from Friday, a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange said.

Mallya’s USL in talks to acquire Bangladesh distillery assets
Times of India - Wednesday, June 29, 2011
MUMBAI: United Spirits (USL) has inducted Vineet Chhabra, who was chief executive of food business at Gautam Thapar's Avantha Group, to spearhead its emerging markets unit even as the company initiated talks for potential acquisitions in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Mauritius, chairman Vijay Mallya said.

EU wines to get cheaper as India willing to cut duty
Economic Times - Thursday, June 23, 2011
NEW DELHI: Imported liquor is likely to get cheaper, with the government willing to lower import duty on alcohol from the European Union in return for easier visa norms and greater market access to Indian products there.

Heineken launch from UB stables likely to be delayed
Business Standard - Monday, June 13, 2011
The launch of Heineken, the legendary Dutch beer in India from the stables of the United Breweries Ltd (UBL) is understood to have been delayed once again. According to alcohol beverage trade officials, UBL is understood to be gearing up to launch Heineken in India during early 2012 from the earlier scheduled launch of October 2011.

Kilchoman launches first-ever 100% Islay malt whisky
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, June 17, 2011
Islay distillery Kilchoman has launched the first-ever 100 Islay produced whisky - it has been produced from barley grown, malted, distilled, matured and bottled on-site.

Chivas launches $200,000 whisky
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Chivas Brothers has launched a US$200,000 whisky as a tribute to the oldest crown jewels in Britain - the Honours of Scotland.

Wimbledon's Drink - "My Pimm’s is a bit muddled, but it’s all good"
Washington Post - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Warm-weather drinks are always a mixed bag. Simplicity is both their virtue and their curse. Although these types of cocktails will never be considered “sophisticated,” they can, at the very least, approach the more aspirational “classy.”

UK: Diageo to fund pregnancy alcohol campaign
The Publican - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Spirits producer and Guinness brewer Diageo is to fund a scheme to alert midwives and pregnant mothers to the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The company has pledged more than £4m to pay for a training programme run by the National Organisation on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Heaven Hill launches new liqueur
Drinks International - Monday, June 13, 2011
US: Heaven Hill has launched a liqueur called Hpnotiq Harmonie. The new product is an infusion of French vodka, natural fruits, flowers, and cognac. The mix includes berries, violets and lavender.

USL high on wine
Business Standard - Monday, June 13, 2011
Nationmaster.com, a Sydney-based website, recently released a list of 30 countries, according to which the biggest consumer of wine is Luxembourg at 15.5 litres per capita, followed by France at 14.8 litres. India, with a per capita consumption figure of 10 ml, doesn't feature anywhere on the list.

Diageo to take controlling stake in Zacapa rum
Drinks International - Thursday, June 09, 2011
Global drinks giant Diageo has reached an agreement with Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala to take a 50 controlling stake in the Guatemalan Zacapa rum brand.

Beer makers look to save environment
Business Standard - Wednesday, June 08, 2011
PET bottles of soft drinks from PepsiCo and Coke have caught the imagination of Indian consumers and expanded the market. Now, beer manufacturers are joining the party.

Jack Daniel's Launches Tennessee Honey in India
Tulleeho - Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey has been launched throughout the India and the drink is described as Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. This is mingled with proprietary honey liqueur resulting in a unique, smooth offering. Priced at INR 3000 for the 750 and INR 4200 for the litre bottle

Last Call for Lynchburg (Pop. 361) as Jack Daniel's Rejiggers Its Label
Wall Street Journal - Thursday, June 02, 2011
LYNCHBURG, Tenn.—The Jack Daniel Distillery, located here, is removing a few words from its label, which currently reads: Jack Daniel's Old Time, Old No. 7 Brand, Quality Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey, Distilled and Bottled by Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, Proprietor, Lynchburg (Pop. 361), Tenn. U.S.A., Est. & Reg. in 1866.

Wagh Bakri Tea Group eyes 12% market share in 3-5 years
Business Standard - Monday, June 06, 2011
Gujarat's leading packaged tea maker, the Wagh Bakri Tea Group, plans to take its national market share from the current 7.5 per cent to 12 per cent in the next three to five years. To achieve that, the company (turnover of Rs 500 crore last year) has lined up new offerings, including 'instant tea' sachets, as well as region-specific blends.

Titanic Whiskey launches new distillery in Belfast
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, June 03, 2011
The makers of Titanic Whiskey have announced plans to open a distillery in Belfast within two years. Titanic Irish Whiskey was launched last week to mark the centenary of launch of the ill-fated White Star liner at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast in 1911.

Rémy sells Piper-heidseick to EPI
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced the sale of Piper-heidseick – Compangni Champenoise to EPI (Européenne de Participations Industrielles)

Reveilo launches Sangiovese
Tulleeho - Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The World now would get a chance to savour an Indian Sangiovese, a red grape variety which comes most from Central Italy. Vintage wines known for its brand “Reveilo” have clearly shown their affinity for everything Italian, their winemaker and three Italian varietals on a trot, Grillo, Nero d'Avola and now the Sangiovese.

Maharashtra raises drinking age to 25 yrs
Times of India - Thursday, June 02, 2011
MUMBAI: If you are below 25 you will not be allowed to drink hard liquor anywhere in the state. Fresh restrictions have been imposed on liquor consumption. The legal drinking age for rum, gin, whisky, vodka and country made liquor has been fixed at 25 years.

Cocktails With a Beer Buzz
New York Times - Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Balvenie has opened ‘The Whisky Den' in London, an interactive pop-up venue for visitors to experience the brand's whisky making process. According to the scotch brand, guests - until July 5 - “can navigate their way from room to room, as if they were inside a giant whisky tun”.

The Balvenie opens 'Whisky Den'
Drinks International - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Balvenie has opened ‘The Whisky Den' in London, an interactive pop-up venue for visitors to experience the brand's whisky making process. According to the scotch brand, guests - until July 5 - “can navigate their way from room to room, as if they were inside a giant whisky tun”.

Absolut Orient Apple launches to travel retail
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Absolut Orient Apple has launched in Frankfurt ahead of an international roll out to major duty-free/travel retail outlets this summer. According to Absolut, the 75cl, 40 abv Orient Apple “merges the crisp sweetness of fresh apples with the deep spicy aroma of ginger”.

Diageo announces reorganisation and shake up
Drinks International - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Diageo, the largest drinks company in the world, has announced a major organisational shake up which results in two senior executives leaving and power being devolved to regions.

Param Uberoi quits as Pernod Ricard CEO
Times of India - Saturday, May 28, 2011
MUMBAI: There is a rejig taking place at the top of India's most profitable spirits company, the local subsidiary of French drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Param Uberoi, who spearheaded one of the strongest growth stories in Indian liquor industry for over a decade, will step down as CEO of Pernod Ricard India on June 30.

Maha state cabinet defers proposed policy to increase drinking age
Hospitality Biz India - Friday, May 27, 2011
The Maharshtra state cabinet deferred a proposal by the Social Justice Department for increasing the legal drinking age from the current 21 years to 25 years

Hard liquor to pinch your pocket from June 1
Times of India - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Booze is set to get dearer in the capital by 10-15. Starting June 1, after Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit clears the delayed excise policy, liquor is expected to cost more.

A Bitter Revolution
Liquor.com - Thursday, May 19, 2011
If bitters are seasoning for cocktails, old standbys Angostura and Peychaud's are like salt and pepper. But there's now a whole mixological spice rack at your disposal, stocked with a wide variety of new artisanal products in an amazing range of flavors

Investing in wine in India
Business Standard - Friday, May 20, 2011
Though it promises high returns, this elite asset class is only for the ultra rich. Need a ticket to the high life? Invest in the best wines the world has to offer. For a new class of investors willing to combine passion with investment acumen, wine is more than just an indulgence for the taste buds.

SabMiller sharpens focus on brands for market share
Business Standard - Friday, May 20, 2011
SabMiller, India's second-largest brewery company, has a difficult task on hand. It is up against the brand of Kingfisher from United Breweries and in the recent past lost market share due to regulatory issues in some states. It is at this juncture that SabMiller is actively working on beefing up its varied portfolio of beer brands to ramp up market share in India.

BenRiach scotch whisky steps in India with Aspri Spirits
Hospitality Biz India - Friday, May 13, 2011
Scottish single malt producer BenRiach has forayed into the Indian market by forging an exclusive distribution agreement with wine and spirit distributor Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd.

Quality manpower shortage big blow to booming hotel industry
Business Standard - Thursday, May 19, 2011
The growing hospitality industry has been hit hard by a manpower shortage. Industry estimates indicate a shortfall of 30 to 40 per cent in the supply of quality workforce. While hotels are trying to cope with internal means, with many more expected to come up, the manpower concern will only multiply.

Bordeaux's 'Guggenheim' unveiled
Decanter - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bordeaux's answer to Bilbao's Guggenheim was revealed this week – drawing comparisons to a decanter, wine swirling in a glass and a ‘giant thumb'.

Moet Chinese wine deal will 'educate' public
Decanter - Monday, May 16, 2011
Moet Hennessy has signed a joint venture deal with a Chinese company to make high-end sparkling wine on the Chinese mainland.

The taste test: ‘molecular’ cocktails
Financial Times - Friday, April 29, 2011
“There's a new breed of cocktail coming from London's mixologists,” said a member of the FT Weekend politburo. “They're communist, they're molecular – you must taste them

Lanson launches champagne education website
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Lanson International has launched a website to educate trade and consumers about champagne, called L‟Académie de Lanson.

Chivas launches gin website
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Chivas Brothers, the premium gin and scotch whisky arm of Pernod Ricard, has launched a gin website, www.ginandtales.com. The website “celebrates all things gin” and it is aimed at trade and consumers. Bar supremo Dre Masso oversees the content and the website includes interviews with bartending royalty – starting with Salvatore Calabrese. Masso also shows drinkers how to create cocktails at home. This includes using household objects like jam jars as cocktail shakers.

Moet launches champagne over ice
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Moet Ice Imperial is a new assemblage made of 40-50 Pinot Noir, 30-40 Pinot Meunier and 10 to 20 Chardonnay. The champagne is demi-sec and it has been on trial in the US, France and Germany. It will be on sale at select UK on-trade outlets.

Nirvana Biosys introduces port style red wine MITRA 2000
Hospitality Biz India - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Nirvana Biosys has launched MITRA 2000, a classic port wine. MITRA 2000 is port style red wine which is sweet in taste. According to the company release, the wine is available in a 750 ml bottle for Rs 200.

Distilleries in Karnataka may start manufacturing spirit from beetroot molasses
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Karnataka Excise Department is thinking of permitting distilleries to manufacture spirit from molasses extracted out of beetroot. MP Renukacharya, Excise Minister, Karnataka said, “The technical committee constituted by the government is studying the viability and a comprehensive report will be submitted soon.”

Irish Distillers launches new single pot still whiskeys
Drinks International - Thursday, May 05, 2011
rish Distillers, the Irish whiskey arm of Pernod Ricard, unveiled two new single pot still Irish whiskeys today (May 5). The new whiskeys are: Powers John's Lane named after the address of Powers' original distillery in Dublin and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, a tribute to the distillery's former master distiller and his family. Both whiskeys are 46 alcohol, the Powers retains the original brand's robust style while the Midleton is more elegant and sophisticated with pronounced citrus notes.

BROWN FORMAN PRESENTS FINLANDIA GRAPEFRUIT FUSION IN INDIA
Tulleeho - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
More than 250 years ago the Grapefruit, otherwise known as the forbidden fruit was found in Barbados, and since then it has continued to rise in popularity throughout the world. Today, Finlandia Vodka has taken the natural taste of grapefruit and brought to life the best tasting flavoured vodka.

Tulleeho Cocktail Book Launched
Tulleeho - Thursday, May 05, 2011
The people behind hundreds of cocktail workshops involving over 10,000 Indians and a one-of-a-kind drinks website, tulleeho.com have put together all the advice you need to turn a corner of your home into what you've seen only in starry hotels. The first cocktail book of its kind with a uniquely Indian focus, The Tulleeho! Book of Cocktails provides you with information about the techniques and different styles of mixing drinks, including easy-to-follow cocktail recipes with accessible desi ingredients.

DRI slaps tax evasion charge on Diageo
Times of India - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has hauled up global drinks giant Diageo and its distributor Sun Tan Trading Company for customs duty evasion at the end of a year-long investigation.

Zampa May Merge with Grover Vineyards
DelWine - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Nashik based Vallee de Vin, makers of Zampa wines are reportedly in advance stage of talks of merger with Bangalore based Grover Vineyards with the aim of gaining synergy and improving the combined market share, it is learnt from reliable sources. Subhash Arora who talked with various sources, puts the current status in perspective.

Wine Finally gets Respect from Delhi Excise
DelWine - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The Delhi Excise department needs to be complimented for finally delineating wine and beer from the stronger alcohols through the much awaited Public Notice issued this morning. Although the annual license fee has been increased from Rs.500,000 to Rs.600,000, the excise duty is expected to be rationalized and brought down as it will now be based on the Whole Sale Price rather than MRP

With Ice, Size Matters
Wall Street Journal - Saturday, April 23, 2011
Trying to up your cocktail game? If you're no longer looking for a new rhum Agricole or some artisanal bitters to set your shelves apart, maybe it's time to turn an eye to your freezer. The difference between a good drink and a great drink isn't just about the booze—it's about the ice.

Scotch whisky makers expand Indian cocktail
Business Standard - Friday, April 29, 2011
Top liquor manufacturers like Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Diageo and United Spirits Ltd (USL), are busy expanding their high-end Scotch whisky portfolios to meet the growing demand from Indian connoisseurs.

An Evening with David Pickerell - Delhi and Mumbai
Tulleeho - Monday, April 18, 2011
It was a tough call for an ardent cricket fan to miss the Indo-Oz encounter however the sheer exuberance of American whiskies was too hard to resist and did me in. I am glad I succumbed.

Brewery Introduces Viagra Beer for Royal Wedding Night
ABC News - Saturday, April 23, 2011
Known for its eccentric brews, Brew Dog has announced a creation made specifically for the royal wedding. It's called Royal Virility Performance, and it's an India Pale Ale containing herbal Viagra, chocolate, goat weed and a healthy dose of sarcasm.

Costa Coffee brews mass market plan
Business Standard - Friday, April 15, 2011
But the going may be tough with competition having a distinct edge in points of presence. In just five years of debuting in India, Costa Coffee has achieved operating profit at the enterprise level. And Santhosh Unni, chief executive officer, says that's significant considering the various pressures on the Indian retail industry.

Brazil emerges as imported wine market
Drinks International - Monday, April 18, 2011
Brazilians are increasingly turning to wine as their beverage of choice, according to consumer research published by Wine Intelligence. The Brazil Wine Market Landscape Report found that Brazil's buoyant economy has created a new middle class and there is now around 18 million people that drink imported wine at least twice a year.

‘Bartending now focusses more on the drinker to deliver memorable experiences’
Hospitality Biz India - Friday, April 15, 2011
Tim Etherington-Judge, Brand Ambassador of Diageo Reserve World Class in a candid conversation with Hospitality Biz summarises proceedings at the ongoing Diageo Reserve World Class bartending contest in India and its larger implications for the benefit of the bartending community

And Now for Our Special Tonight: The Bartender
New York Times - Thursday, April 14, 2011
As an owner and principal manager of Mayahuel, an East Village bar and restaurant specializing in tequila and mescal, Philip Ward has his hands full. He's there all the time, doing everything from staff scheduling to emergency plumbing. But not on a recent Thursday night. Then he was mixing and serving cocktails at Dram, a year-old bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

SABMiller in $39.5m Indian tax fight
Financial Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
SABMiller has become the latest London-listed company to clash with Indian regulators after New Delhi demanded payment of $39.5m in tax on the brewery group's 2006 acquisition of Indian assets from Foster's, the Australian brewer.

Wine Prices Slashed; This Offer Won’t Last
New York Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Prices that seem too low to be true are typical of the dozen or so flash wine sale sites that have popped up over the last two years. The sites offer limited amounts of wines at discounts that are shockingly steep but highly temporary. Typically each sale lasts for no more than a day or two before the sand in the hourglass runs out.

Diageo eyes JV with Mohan Meakin
Times of India - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Drinks giant Diageo Plc is turning acquisitive in its bid to rediscover India. Senior Diageo officials have met with the patriarch of Mohan Meakin, the country's oldest distiller and makers of Old Monk Rum, to explore opportunities of working together, at least two sources familiar with the development said.

Trader Vic's to open in India and Hard Rock to open in Kolkata, Chennai and Gurgaon
Business Standard - Sunday, April 10, 2011
US-based Hard Rock Café, a chain of theme restaurants, will open in Kolkata, Chennai and Gurgaon. A second outlet in Mumbai is also in the offing, said Jay Singh, co-founder and executive director, JSM Corporation, the master franchisee for Hard Rock Café in India

"That calls for a Carlsberg". Carlsberg has a new bottle and tagline.
Beer Beer - Friday, April 08, 2011


Mallya revamps USL top deck
Times of India - Friday, April 08, 2011
MUMBAI: UB Group chairman and alcobev billionaire Vijay Mallya is all set to rejig the top deck of United Spirits, the world's largest spirits company by volume, with the elevation of Ashok Capoor to the post of the new managing director.

Oddbins: a sparkling chain that lost its fizz
Guardian - Thursday, March 31, 2011
Since the retailer was sold to the owners of Nicolas, its range has been duller and it has lost its ability to connect with its customers

USL acquires 41.54% in Sovereign Distilleries
Business Standard - Sunday, April 03, 2011
United Spirits Ltd, the flagship liquor brand of the UB Group, has acquired 41.54 per cent stake in Karnataka-based Sovereign Distilleries for for Rs 3.5 crore to increase distillation capacity of the company, as part of its backward integration plan.

Cocktails for Locavores or for Lovers of Honey
New York Times - Friday, April 01, 2011
But despite Westchester County's intoxicating background, there had been no alcoholic spirits distilled there since Prohibition. No legal spirits, at least. That changed last August when a fledgling distillery released its first wares from an industrial enclave along the Byram River in Port Chester. Made from pure honey, StilltheOne Distillery's Comb Vodka, Comb 9 Gin and, new last month, Comb Blossom Brandy are getting raves from cocktail experts both in and beyond the county's borders, much to the satisfaction of its local owners, Ed and Laura Tiedge.

Cavalli Club Seeks Money, Partner for Indian Entry
Wall Street Journal - Friday, April 01, 2011
Italian fashion designer wants to launch a namesake nightclub in India, hoping to recreate an experience similar to the $30 million Cavalli Club in Dubai.

How to make a really authentic cocktail
Esquire - Thursday, March 24, 2011
There are authentic drinks, and then there are abominations foisted upon us. Foisted!

Diageo seen considering $2 billion Jose Cuervo bid
Reuters - Sunday, March 20, 2011
The world's biggest spirits maker Diageo is reported to be considering a $2 billion (1 billion pounds) bid for tequila brand Jose Cuervo, as consolidation within the global drinks sector intensifies.

Murthy’s Catamaran invests in prospective Red Bull rival
Mint - Friday, March 25, 2011
Infosys Technologies Ltd founder-chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy's $129 million (around Rs580 crore) venture capital (VC) fund,Catamaran Investment Pvt. Ltd, has invested in a 17-month-old firm that seeks to sell a lemon-flavoured energy drink that will compete with Red Bull.

The Lady Wants a Single Malt
Sunday Express - Sunday, March 27, 2011
Once upon a time, the single malt snobs of the world would sink into leather-backed chairs, sip the golden liquid and chuckle over that dictum: no women, no soda. Drink it neat, and, no, it's not for women.

Indian wine industry may touch Rs 2,700 crore mark: ASSOCHAM
Hospitality Biz India - Tuesday, March 29, 2011
According to an Agencies report, the size of the Indian wine industry may touch the Rs 2,700 crore-mark by the end of 2012 due to rising disposable income, increasing tourism and suitable tax structures, The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), an industry body study said.

Uncork France: Sopexa Launches iPhone App for Wine
DelWine - Thursday, March 24, 2011
Sopexa India has launched an interesting iPhone App called UncorkFrance, an interactive application that unravels the wonderful world of French wines for novices and new wine enthusiasts and gives them quick, easy answers to their wine needs, including information on French wine regions, grapes and food and wine pairing suggestions available anywhere in India.

Delhi Govt's new policy on wine likely on May 1
FNB News - Monday, March 28, 2011
The Delhi Government is likely to change its policy on wine and separate it from liquor beginning May 1, 2011.

Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck sold to EPI
Decanter - Thursday, March 17, 2011
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck have been bought by French company Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI), Decanter.com can confirm.

Sake breweries disappear in Japan devastation
Decanter - Monday, March 21, 2011
As Japan continues to count the cost of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the damage to the country's ancient sake industry is becoming apparent.

Liquor prices to rise 20% on material costs, excise duty
Business Standard - Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The rise in material prices and excise duty is set to raise the prices of liquor brands across the country. According to officials of various companies, the brands will be costlier by 15-20 per cent from April.

Mallya uncorks new unit for emerging mkt push
Times of India - Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Alcobev billionaire Vijay Mallya is rejigging his spirits empire to evolve as an emerging markets player.

Bacardi signs up Rafa Nadal
Drinks International - Friday, March 25, 2011
Bacardi has made tennis champion Rafael Nadal its global social responsibility ambassador. Bacardi which claims to be the largest privately owned spirits company, had signed up the world's number one tennis player to lead its ‘Champions Drink Responsibly' campaign.

Johnnie Walker tops value list
Drinks International - Friday, March 25, 2011
Diageo's Johnnie Walker is the number one spirits brand by value according to Impact Databank's Top 100 Premium Spirits list.

Jack Daniels launches honey whiskey
Drinks International - Friday, March 25, 2011
Jack Daniels has launched a honey whiskey – the brand's first launch in nearly a generation. Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey is to launch throughout the US from April and the drink is described as Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey “mingled with a proprietary honey liqueur resulting in a unique, smooth offering”.

US: Beam buys Skinnygirl cocktail brand
Drinks International - Sunday, March 20, 2011
Beam Global Spirits & Wine has acquired the low-calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl. Skinnygirl was created by natural foods chef and reality TV star Bethenny Frankel.

Every Perfect Martini Has a Silver Lining
Robb Report - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
When a family that has been distilling genever in Holland since 1691 comes out with their first new gin in 40 years, one has to take notice. It was Carolus H.J. Nolet, the tenth-generation patriarch, who broke with tradition years ago by distilling a vodka, which achieved fame as Ketel One.

Chhabria set for debut in brandy
Business Standard - Thursday, March 17, 2011
Kishore Chhabria is set to join the long list of Indian liquor giants in the brandy market. The Chhabria-promoted Rs 1,200 crore Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD) will launch two brandy brands in South India next month.

Russia: Diageo to launch Smirnov Titul
Drinks International - Monday, March 14, 2011
Diageo has announced the launch of super premium vodka Smirnov Titul to the Russian market.

The Famous Grouse goes ginger
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Blended scotch brand The Famous Grouse has begun a trial of The Ginger Grouse, a mix of whisky and ginger beer.

America’s Love of Sherry Smolders
New York Times - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
In the last year or so, the drumbeat seems to have been heard. No, sherry hasn't taken the world by storm. Nobody's bidding up the prices, which remain highly reasonable, with world-class wines starting around $15 a bottle. But in small specialty shops, in restaurants where ardent sommeliers hold sway and in bars mixing creative high-end cocktails, fuddy-duddy sherry is taking its turn as a new hip thing.

Delhi Duty Free teams up with Irish food body in spirited promotion
Moodie Report - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
INDIA. Delhi Duty Free and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, are jointly hosting an Irish spirits festival at Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport Terminal 3 this month. Coinciding with St Patrick's Day, which is celebrated in Ireland on March 17, the month-long Spirit of Ireland festival runs from March 1 to 31. As a part of the promotion, more than 20 Irish spirits brands and a variety of chocolates are on offer at concessional prices at Delhi Duty Free. Selected products are also available for tasting. To mark the beginning of the festival, the Irish Ambassador, Kenneth Thompson, unveiled the Irish whisky collection at a launch event held on 28 February. The collection is available at Delhi Duty Free from 1 March.

Rémy in talks with EPI over champagne sale
Drinks International - Monday, March 07, 2011
The Rémy Cointreau Group has announced that it has entered into “exclusive negotiations with EPI” to sell its champagne division.

Agave Spirit - Made in India
GQ India - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Neil Munshi taste-tests homegrown tequila that's been developed by IT man-turned-drinks guru Desmond Nazareth

Modi Illva India to invest $5 mn-$7 mn in spirit biz
Business Standard - Monday, March 07, 2011
With an investment of $0.5 million (Rs 22.5 million) for setting up a new line for producing Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) at Modi Distillery in Modinagar (Uttar Pradesh), Modi Illva India, a 50:50 joint venture between Umesh Modi Group and Italian spirit maker Illva Saronno, is further planning to invest $5 million-$7 million (Rs 224.9 million- Rs 314.9 million) within the next four years.

Vinsura Vineyards launches three wine flavours
Hospitality Biz India - Monday, February 21, 2011
Nashik-based Vinsura Vineyards has launched a wine ‘Collection De Platine Reserve' from its own vineyards. It is an exclusive family of reserved wines, which are matured in French oak barrels. The company has introduced three flavours in Collection De Platine Reserve which are Platine Cabernet Sauvignon, Platine Shiraz Reserva and Platine Rose Sparkling Brut.

US: Beam launches cucumber vodka
Drinks International - Thursday, February 24, 2011
US: Beam Global has launched a cucumber flavour of its Effen vodka. Effen Cucumber Vodka is said to work well in a classic Bloody Mary or with melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon.

Fortune sees ‘bright and prosperous’ future for Beam
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Fortune Brands has said it sees a “bright and prosperous future for Beam Global as an independent spirits company”. The statement follows speculation in the financial press that Diageo, Bacardi or Pernod Ricard could move in to acquire all or part of the drinks group.

US: Beam launches single barrel Knob Creek
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Beam has launched a single barrel variant of its Knob Creek bourbon brand in the US. Knob Creek single barrel is bottled from one barrel, making each batch unique. The 60abv whiskey is non-chill filtered and master distiller Fred Noe said the bourbon is a response to drinkers “looking for inconsistency”

Brown-Forman sells Fetzer to Concha y Toro
Drinks International - Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Brown-Forman has sold its Fetzer wine business to Concha y Toro for US$238 million. The transaction is expected to close in April 2011.

Hindustan Unilever plans to open coffee shop
Economic Times - Friday, February 25, 2011
MUMBAI: The country's largest consumer products company Hindustan Unilever is testing waters in the coffee shop market even as US giants Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts finalise plans to tap into increasing out-of-home consumption of coffee in the country. Hindustan Unilever has quietly opened a 'Bru World Cafe' outlet on a pilot basis at Juhu, an upmarket western suburb of Mumbai.

Six Tequilas That Are Too Good For a Margarita
Business Week - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tequila sales are off but aficionados will still appreciate these richly flavored oak-aged reposados

Buyers eyeing Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne, say sources
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, February 18, 2011
Rum giant Bacardi is one of about 12 companies to show interest in buying the Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne brands, sources in the region have told Decanter.com.

E&J Gallo to launch chilled red wine
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Tuesday, February 22, 2011
alifornian wine firm E&J Gallo is targeting 5 million UK consumers with the launch of its chilled red wine concept Summer Red. The world's largest family owned winery is hoping to tap into the trend for lower alcohol, more refreshing wine styles with the 10.5 abv Zinfandel and Pinot Noir blend under the Gallo Family Vineyards brand.

Diageo acquires Turkish spirits firm
Drinks International - Monday, February 21, 2011
Diageo has struck an agreement to acquire Turkey's leading spirits company, Mey Içki. According to Diageo the producer and distributor, which is valued at £1.3 billion, is the market's leader in Raki – the biggest spirit category in Turkey – and has a “leading position in vodka”.

SABMiller to set up new brewery in Karnataka
Financial Chronicle - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Beer major SABMiller today said it will set up a new brewery in Karnataka by 2013 as it expects its sales to double in the next five years.

Fake Liquors Flow as Demand Soars for China’s Fabled Sorghum Spirit
New York Times - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
MAOTAI, China — If history is indeed written by the victors, then this isolated mountain hamlet in southern Guizhou Province hit the jackpot when Red Army soldiers sought refuge here in the spring of 1935. Exhausted by their long-distance retreat from Nationalist forces, Mao's guerrillas used the town's bracing 144-proof liquor to disinfect wounds, tame diarrhea and take the edge off their jangled nerves.

FRANCE: French wines and spirits exports up in 2010
Just-Drinks - Monday, February 14, 2011
French wine and spirits exports rose by 18.3 in value in 2010, according to the sector's export trade body, FEVS.

Brown-Forman launches new Canadian whisky in US
Drinks International - Monday, February 14, 2011
Brown-Forman has launched Canadian 'maple wood' whisky, Collingwood, in four US states. The “toasted, maple wood-mellowed Canadian whisky” has been made available in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas, ahead of a further roll-out later this year.

Lychee-mango summer wine explosion
The Pioneer - Sunday, February 13, 2011
Shana Maria Verghis visits a wine factory in Haryana's Rewari district where a new company has launched different types of affordable table wines. Two of these use local fruits like the lychee and mango. After lychees, a never-before blend of mango varietals wine is being created for the market ready for wine tourism

Constellation Wines renamed Accolade after Champ takeover
Drinks International - Friday, February 04, 2011
Constellation Wines Australia and Europe has been renamed Accolade Wines following the completed acquisition of an 80 share in the company by Australian equity group Champ.

Brews going Native
Forbes India - Saturday, January 29, 2011
Imagine a holiday in Goa without a glass of Feni, or trekking in the Darjeeling hills without a swig of Chhang. Impossible, isn't it? Yet, ask an overseas traveller about his alcoholic beverage experience of India, or the local bottle he plans to pick up at duty-free, and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. Or be offered the local beer/wine spiel.

Rise of the good old beer
Crest - Saturday, January 29, 2011
For the longest time it has been just another buddy drink, a beverage quaffed in solidarity during a sporting event. In fact, for Indians, beer has always been more of an aperitif than the main course. With 70 per cent of the Indian liquor market preferring hard liquor, the following for beer stands at mere 30 per cent. All that, however, is changing: beer cafes and specialty bars are mushrooming fast. The sway towards this drink has been dramatic.

Airports pitch for relaxed alcohol, duty-free allowances
Mint - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
India's largest airports want to sell more spirits and wine at shops inside their facilities and have sought a relaxation in duty-free limits in the upcoming budget.

IRELAND/UK: William Grant & Sons considers Tullamore Dew distillery
Just-Drinks - Monday, January 31, 2011


Scotland: Deputy prime minister toasts whisky exports
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
UK: The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg MP raised a glass to scotch whisky exports – up 12 in the first ten months of 2010.

India to host Diageo competition
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Diageo has announced a host city for the final of its World Class 2011 bartender competition. Delhi, India, will play host to the final of what has been dubbed “the Oscars of the industry”.

Gradually, all our businesses will be under Lavazza brand
Economic Times - Monday, January 31, 2011
While his personal beverage preference is a freshly-brewed cup of tea, Giuseppe Lavazza-vice-president and a board member of the Italian coffee maker Luigi Lavazza S.P .A.-wants to give a caffeine boost to tea-drinking India.

Ex-Diageo execs team up to tap brandy boom
Times of India - Friday, January 28, 2011
MUMBAI: A group of honchos who spearheaded drinks giant Diageo's Indian operations have co-founded a start-up firm that hopes to tap the emerging brandy revolution in the country. Geoscope Pvt Ltd, which has four former colleagues as shareholders, is high on the domestic tipplers' growing affinity towards grape spirits, especially in the southern states that account for over 60 of the branded domestic spirits sales.

Three cheers to tea
The Hindu - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Brooke Bond Tea Council is going all out to promote the fragrant leaf as a super-food

US to become no. 1 wine consumer
Drinks International - Friday, January 14, 2011
The US will overtake Italy as the world's largest consumer of still wine by 2012. According to five-year forecasts from International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR) commissioned by Vinexpo, still wine consumption in the US is expected to increase by 9 between 2010 and 2014, amounting to 315m nine litre cases.

Vodka to dominate spirits, despite rum gains, says IWSR
Drinks International - Friday, January 14, 2011
Vodka is set to maintain its status as the world's number one spirit over the next four years, while rum will show double-digit growth. According to five-year forecasts (2010-2014) from International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), commissioned by Vinexpo, vodka volume will grow at the same rate as the spirits category, at 2.2

Irish Distillers launches new whiskeys
Drinks International - Friday, January 14, 2011
Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has launched two new whiskeys. The rare, single cask, single pot still whiskeys have been released under the Midleton brand.

Starbucks signs pact to enter India
Mint - Friday, January 14, 2011
The Seattle-based chain signed a pact with India's Tata Coffee Ltd, part of the Tata group conglomerate, to buy coffee from India and explore opening retail stores in the country

Import of single malt scotch whisky doubles in first half of 2010
Economic Times - Friday, January 14, 2011


Nirvana Biosys launches Luca Lychee wine
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Wine manufacturing company Nirvana Biosys has introduced lychee wine under its flagship brand LUCA.

Discontent brews over Darjeeling tea label
Business Standard - Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Darjeeling tea may have been the first Indian product to receive Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2004. But seven years on, it is not turning out to be everyone's cup of tea: activists and experts are now questioning that status and its implications.

Why isn't more wine 'organic'?
LA Times - Thursday, January 06, 2011
Sulfites are forbidden in organic products by the USDA, but most winemakers consider the preservative crucial in winemaking, so few wineries want the label.

United Spirits closes in on Pioneer Distilleries
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, January 11, 2011
United Spirits has said that it expects to acquire control of India's Pioneer Distilleries by early February.

Man U Cafe and Bar to open 10 outlets in India
Express Hospitality - Thursday, January 06, 2011
Mirah Hospitality, a Mirah Group venture, which has exclusive franchise rights from the Manchester United Food & Beverage Asia to promote the Manchester United Cafe Bar (MUCB) brand in India (except Bengaluru), has lined up a series of restaurants and cafe bars as part of its expansion plans

Cognac Summit targets taste
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The fourth International Cognac Summit (ICS) will focus on the effect of cognac on the palate. ICS 2011 runs from Jan 23-26 and will challenge the tasting skills of bartenders, sommeliers and spirits experts.

UK: beer and wine measures set to change
Drinks International - Wednesday, January 05, 2011
The UK government plans to allow the on-trade to serve schooners of beer (two-thirds of a pint) and glasses of wine under 75ml.

Wine auction sales top $350 mn; Champagne anyone?
Business Standard - Friday, December 02, 2011
Auction houses sold more than $350 million worth of wine worldwide in 2010, an amount roughly in-line with, or exceeding, their pre-recession levels of 2007. And all of them credited the spike in sales figures to Hong Kong or Asian buyers.

Women love their drink and if the ambience is right, they don't mind picking it up on their own from the liquor store.
Times of India - Sunday, December 19, 2010
NEW DELHI: Women love their drink and if the ambience is right, they don't mind picking it up on their own from the liquor store. That's what an analysis of footfalls at High Times, the first state-run liquor vend in a mall, has thrown up.

Aged cocktails gain in popularity
New York Times - Tuesday, December 28, 2010
WITH the precision mixologists take these days in building their more ornate creations, customers have grown used to waiting a few minutes for a drink. For the latest innovation in elite libations, however, they'll have to wait six weeks or so.

Brown-Forman looking to offload Fetzer
Drinks International - Monday, December 27, 2010
Brown-Forman, the major US drinks company, has announced a strategic review with a view to offloading its Californina-based wine assets.

Add holiday flavors to your cocktail glass
LA Times - Thursday, December 23, 2010
Top L.A. mixologists suggest fruit- and spice-infused drinks that will get you and your guests into the spirit.

SRK to be brand ambassador of XXX Energy Drinks by next year
Economic Times - Sunday, December 26, 2010
NEW DELHI: JMJ Group firm XXX Energy Drinks Limited today said it plans to rope in Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as the brand ambassador of its products as it embarks on a Rs 100 crore expansion plan by next year.

Just Don’t Call It Moonshine
New York Times - Friday, December 24, 2010
Stills are proliferating in the Northeast, not just with farmers adding value to their crops but with professionals making gin and urbanites tapping into the trend.

Gurgaon cops raid pub, find school kids drinking
Hindustan Times - Sunday, December 26, 2010
Birthday parties at restro-bars and pubs organised by school children are common these days. And along with it comes access to alcoholic beverages. This was discovered by the Gurgaon police on Saturday afternoon when it raided a pub, Prison, at a known mall on MG Road.

Smelling the coffee
Business Standard - Monday, December 20, 2010
Cafe Coffee Day is ramping up fast to meet its biggest challenge: the entry of Starbucks.

Bacardi crosses Tamil Nadu bottleneck
Economic Times - Thursday, December 23, 2010
CHENNAI: Bacardi, the world's largest privately-held spirits company, is launching its flagship Bacardi Superior rum and Eristoff vodka in Tamil Nadu, considered a “closed market” for liquor brands. The Bermuda-headquartered liquor major is the first international brand to launch in the TN market.

JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts launches Wine Ambassador Programme in 46 countries
Hospitality Biz India - Saturday, December 18, 2010
With an aim to create awareness among the guests and wine enthusiasts about various wine cultures across the world, JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts has launched its Wine Ambassador Programme. The programme was launched in JW Marriott, Mumbai, besides 46 other properties in 19 countries.

More Than One Part of France Is Fizzy
New York Times - Monday, December 20, 2010
No country is so closely identified with sparkling wine as France is. Clearly, that's because of the huge, foaming presence of Champagne at so many of life's important events. The tradition of making fine sparkling wines goes beyond Champagne, however, reaching to all corners of the country and taking many different, sometimes surprising forms.

California-themed bars to open across Asia
Decanter - Monday, December 13, 2010
A chain of California-themed wine bars launching across Asia will open its first branch in January in Hong Kong.

Pizza with Four Seasons Wine @ Pizza Hut
DelWine - Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wine with Pizzas and pastas may be a par for the course in the overseas pizza joints but impractical in India till recently when the Karnataka government started granting licenses to restaurants for serving Indian wine and beer for Rs.5000. Pizza Hut has started serving wine in Bangalore with an exclusive tie-up with Four Seasons Wines Ltd and plans with pan- India roll out within one year.

Tilaknagar readies plans to foray into wines
Business Standard - Thursday, December 09, 2010
Tilaknagar Industries (TI), the Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) maker , has firmed up plans to foray into wines after the acquisition of Goan bottling-unit-cum-winery, Kesarval.

Chambord, the French black-raspberry liqueur, launches a new bottle
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Tuesday, December 07, 2010
It's a new and funky bottle for Chambord, the French black-raspberry liqueur. A more contemporary design with improved functionality and stylish enhancements is the aim, which includes a redesigned bottle top and decanter to ensure better grip and perfect pours.

Fortune Brands to split company, hold its liquor business
Reuters - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Fortune Brands Inc will split off its golf and home products units amid pressure from activist investor William Ackman, raising the odds for a takeover of its most profitable business of alcoholic drinks.

Starbucks brews India entry bid
Times of India - Monday, December 06, 2010
Iconic US coffee retailer Starbucks has renewed its interest in the Indian market . The world's largest coffee retailer is said to have engaged in preliminary talks with a clutch of domestic corporates with interests in retail and real estate, including the Bharti Group, DLF Retail , DB Realty and Jubilant Group, said sources directly familiar with the matter.

Dhoni in Rs 26cr deal with Vijay Mallya's UB Group
Times of India - Friday, December 03, 2010
MS Dhoni is the new king of good times. The swashbuckling captain of the Indian cricket team has just signed the biggest endorsement deal for an Indian sportsperson — with Vijay Mallya's UB Group, valued at more than Rs 8 crore a year.

Beermat icebreakers
Guardian - Thursday, December 02, 2010
Newcastle University computer students create smart beermats that send out automatic chat-up lines

Diageo aims to make Captain Morgan 'global mega brand'
Drinks International - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Diageo intends to grow Captain Morgan into a global mega brand, according to Ed Pilkington, the group's global category director for vodka, gin and rum.

Carlsberg Strengthens Its India Operations - Announces the launch of its fifth brewery
Tulleeho - Wednesday, December 01, 2010


CEDC to purchase Kauffman vodka
Drinks International - Monday, November 29, 2010
Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) is to purchase the global rights for Kauffman vodka. The announcement comes as the company signs a binding heads of terms for the buyout of the remaining stake in Kauffman vodka's parent company the Whitehall Group.

Aspri Spirits inks partnership deal with Gruppo Campari
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Mumbai-based Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd, the importer, marketer and distributor of international spirits, wines and beer has recently inked a partnership deal with Gruppo Campari. As part of the deal, Gruppo Campari has re-launched Campari, the bitter liquor, made from aromatic herbs and orange peel in India. Besides Campari, the Group has also introduced Skyy Infusions, a unique beverage made with premium Skyy Vodka in two flavours including Citrus and Passion Fruit, as stated in the company release

Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck for sale
Decanter - Friday, November 26, 2010
French drinks group Rémy Cointreau has put its Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck Champagne brands up for sale in a deal which could raise as much as €450m.

Diageo opens discussions to acquire half of Zacapa
Drinks International - Monday, November 29, 2010
Diageo has initiated discussions to take over 50 of Guatemalan rum brand Zacapa.

Diageo linked to bid for Jim Beam
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, November 19, 2010
Diageo has been linked with a bid for Jim Beam, the number two American whiskey brand after Jack Daniel's.

Chinese wine: the next big thing
Drinks International - Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wine producer François Lurton has said he expects China to become the largest wine producing country in the world. Speaking at a tasting of the 2010 Argentine vintages from Bodega François Lurton, Mendoza, the wine magnate said: “Bar China, I don't see any new large wine producing countries at all.

NV Group inks pact with Belvedere; to launch Sobieski Vodka
MSN.com - Friday, November 19, 2010
Alcoholic beverages maker NV Group today said it has entered into a manufacturing and sales agreement with France''s Belvedere Group to market the latter''s brands in India. Under the tie up, NV Group will manufacture Belvedere products, including its best selling premium vodka ''Sobieski'' in India, and distribute it through its network.

Update - FRANCE: Remy Cointreau to focus on Cognac, spirits
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Remy Cointreau has said that its Champagne arm is unprofitable and the group hopes to reinvest proceeds from selling the business into Cognac and other spirits.

Drambuie creates royal cocktail
Drinks International - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Whisky liqueur brand Drambuie has created a cocktail to celebrate the announcement of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton. At the centre of the Engaging Dram, created by brand ambassador Jamie Stephenson, is Drambuie's Royal Legacy 1745 expression.

India: Diageo launches 21 yo Johnnie Walker
Drinks International - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Diageo has launched a new expression of its Johnnie Walker scotch whisky in Delhi duty free. Johnnie Walker XR 21 year old is now available in T3, Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Macallan sets record for most expensive whisky sold at £288,000
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Macallan and Lalique set a record for the most expensive whisky ever sold with the sale of its Cire Perdue whisky which sold for £288,000 at an auction in New York yesterday.

Verlinvest buys 15% stake in Sula maker for $15 mn
Mint - Friday, November 12, 2010
Mumbai: Verlinvest SA, a Belgian family owned investment holding company with €250 million (around Rs1,520 crore) under management, has purchased a 15 stake in India's largest wine maker Nashik Vintners Pvt. Ltd (NVPL), known for its Sula brand, for $15 million (around Rs70 crore), said a person familiar with the development.

Kahlúa Campaign Pokes Fun at Itself - Advertising
New York Times - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
A campaign for Kahlúa illustrates an offbeat tactic that changes the way some marketers speak with consumers.

New wine Mokssh launched
FNB News - Friday, October 29, 2010
Drink this wine and get moksha! That's what its name suggests. Living Liquidz, the boutique liquor retailers, launched their own wine label Mokssh in Mumbai on Wednesday (October 27). Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt was the guest of honour for the evening. Good wines, beautiful women and a superstar made the event glittering

China: Scotch whisky gets geographical protection
Drinks International - Monday, November 08, 2010
China - an important market for scotch whisky – has announced that it will recognise and protect ‘scotch whisky' as a Geographical Indication (GI).

Radico Khaitan seeks international drinks partners
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Radico Khaitan is in talks with international drinks companies with a view to importing and distributing new brands in the firm's native India. Radico Khaitan's senior vice president for international business, Ankur Sachdeva, confirmed the group's strategy to just-drinks today (2 November).

Indians show appetite for Wagamama
Financial Times - Thursday, November 04, 2010
India Hospitality Corp, an Aim-quoted leisure company, is prepared to pay at least $400m (£249m) to acquire Wagamama, as it banks on growth opportunities for the noodle chain in India, according to people familiar with the matter.

Scotch whisky exports rise in H1 2010
Drinks International - Sunday, November 07, 2010
Scotch whisky exports are up 17 compared with last year, with nine of the category's top ten markets in growth. The H1 figures, published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), show that exports were valued at £1.47b.

Restaurant chain BJN Group seeks PE route to sell stake
Mint - Thursday, November 04, 2010
Bangalore: The BJN Group that owns the Firangi Paani and Sahib Sindh Sultan restaurants is on the hunt for a buyer after its founder-promoter P.B. Nichani died last year, leaving behind a wife and two teenage children. The restaurant chain, with a host of other brands such as Indijoe, Cafe Masala, Hypnos and Aromas of China, is in advanced talks with private equity (PE) investors to sell all its stake for Rs. 250-300 crore, said two people familiar with the matter.

Woodford Reserve launches ‘first’ maple wood-finished bourbon
Drinks International - Thursday, November 04, 2010
Woodford Reserve has released ‘the first' maple wood-finished bourbon, as part of its Masters Collection range. According to the brand, the sugar maple wood barrels used to finish Maple Wood Finish, have never been used before by the US bourbon industry.

Portugal's New Twist on the Cork Industry
Time - Monday, November 08, 2010
The axes that can be heard in the summer months throughout the cork-oak woodlands, or montados, of Portugal's Alentejo region have long fallen silent. The annual harvest is over, and the trees that have yielded their bark are beginning the decade long process of regenerating their corky cladding.

Diageo releases ‘special’ single malts
Drinks International - Monday, January 11, 2010
Diageo has launched its autumn Special Release Series, a collection of single malt scotch whiskies aimed at the world's top bars and whisky connoisseurs.

Cheers to that cup of tea
Mint - Monday, January 11, 2010
A new study shows young Indians are drinking less tea, even though it comes loaded with health benefits and is one of the world's top 10 superfoods

Q&A with Ankur Jain, CEO of Cerana
Tulleeho - Monday, November 01, 2010
Interview with Ankur Jain, Craft Beer pioneer in India

Caffeine and Alcohol Drink Is Potent Mix for Young
New York Times - Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Mixing alcohol and caffeine is hardly a new concept, but a rash of cases involving students and others who landed at hospitals after drinking beverages that combine the two in a single large can has alarmed college and health officials around the country.

Tata Global Beverages buys into US bottled water maker Activate
Economic Times - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
MUMBAI: Tata Global Beverages, the world's second-largest branded tea maker, has acquired a minority stake in US-based beverage and bottled water firm Activate , signalling its re-entry into the vitamin water space.

Pernod sets up wine division
Drinks International - Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Following a strategic review of its global operations, Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its key international wine properties will be grouped and managed under one business – Premium Wine Brands.

Diageo, Moet Hennessy speculation resurfaces
Just-Drinks - Friday, October 22, 2010


Absolut Watkins - a new limited edition is unveiled
Drinks International - Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Absolut Company Global Travel Retail threw a swish party in Cannes last night (October 18) to unveil its latest limited edition Absolut vodka.

ABD plans to launch 'Officer's Choice' in US by year-end
Economic Times - Wednesday, October 20, 2010
NEW DELHI: Allied Blenders and Distillers (AND), makers of 'Officer's Choice' whiskey, on Tuesday said it expects to launch the popular brand in the US market by the end of this year. The company said it has already got approval from the US health regulator, US Food and Drug Administration to market the whiskey, which is the second largest selling brand in India.

'Sideways' Sequel: Will Merlot Be Forgiven?
CNBC.com - Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Cool weather in California has some worried about the sugar content in this year's wine grape harvest. But wine lovers still have reason to raise a glass. A sequel to Sideways is on its way, at least in book form.

ASSOCHAM Survey: Fat pocket money leading teenagers to bars
NDTV.com - Monday, October 18, 2010
New Delhi: In a startling revelation, a study has claimed that 45 per cent of students of Class 12th in big cities have taken to drinking, courtesy fat pocket money and peer influence. As many as 45 per cent of the 12th graders in metropolitan cities consume alcohol excessively, at least five to six times in a month, industry body Assocham said in a survey conducted over 2,000 boys and girls in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh and Dehradun.

Swizzle sticks make a new stir
LA Times - Thursday, September 16, 2010
There's more history to these cocktail-stirring devices than Don Draper could imagine. They're collectibles as well as connections to the past.

Cockburn's Port sold to Symington Family Estates
Decanter - Monday, October 11, 2010
Cockburn's Port has been sold by Beam Global Spirits & Wine to Symington Family Estates for an undisclosed sum.

Yaana Wines from Karnataka
DelWine - Thursday, October 14, 2010
The internet media in South India in conjunction with a PR network is abuzz, announcing the arrival of a new winery in Karnataka, Indian Ambience Vineyards Pvt. Ltd. with a wide range of seven wines under the flagship label ‘Yaana” to be introduced to the South Indian markets followed by Goa and Delhi.

Liquor companies taking to grain-based alcohol
Business Standard - Friday, October 08, 2010
Despite the dominance of molasses-based alcohol in the 250 million cases a year Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) market, the trend of using grain-based alcohol is steadily growing.

Modi Illva launches Artic Vodka in India
Economic Times - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
The Umesh Modi Group, which owns Modi Sugar and has interest in consumer and specialty goods, has signed a joint venture with Italian spirits maker Illva Saronno to enter the Indian spirits market. The 50:50 venture, christened Modi Illva, will first launch Illva's luxury vodka brand, Artic, in the Indian market, said Mr Umesh Modi, chairman of the Umesh Modi group.

New Excise Act introduced in Delhi
Times of India - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
New Excise Act in Delhi, lowers age for bartenders to 21 and allows women bartenders in 5 star hotels.. Legal drinking age, still at 25

India's Best Bars
Drinks International - Sunday, September 05, 2010


Tsingtao launches in India
Tulleeho - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Tsingtao, China's most popular beer, launches in Delhi, Gurgaon and Mumbai

Ballantine’s launches Christmas Reserve
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Ballantine's has unveiled its first seasonal limited edition whisky entitled Christmas Reserve. The Chivas Brothers-owned blended whisky brand aims to attract new and existing customers to the edition, with an emphasis placed on strengthening its position in key European markets. According to Ballantine's, the blend has “seasonal notes and luxury Christmas aromas such as sweet wood, dried fruit, raisins and cinnamon”.

Diageo re-launches VAT 69 Scotch whisky in India
FNB News - Thursday, September 16, 2010


Thirsty Traveller, Discovery T&L's (now TLC) super beverage show, to shoot in India..
Mint - Saturday, October 02, 2010


Scotland: Diageo opens £40m distillery
DelWine - Friday, October 01, 2010
Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

Nirvana Biosys launches their wines
DelWine - Thursday, September 30, 2010
The erstwhile Prohibition State of Haryana joins the wine producing Indian states with the launch of Luca and Zoya range of wines manufactured by Nirvana Biosys which ferments imported juice concentrate with the technical assistance and JV with Mauritius-based E.C. Oxenham and CY Ltd., a family-owned French wine company

Havana Club goes ultra premium
Drinks International - Friday, October 01, 2010
Havana Club International is to launch an ultra premium rum. Havana Club Selección de Maestros will be available in key markets from October 2010 and according to Havana Club, it “is set to drive the emerging ultra premium rum category”.

Amrut launches new single malt
Drinks International - Monday, September 27, 2010
Indian distiller Amrut has extended its range of whiskies with the addition of a three cask-matured single malt. Kadhambam, which will be launched as a limited edition in Europe, Scandinavia and Western Canada, has been matured in ex-Oloroso sherry butts and ex-Bangalore Blue Brandy casks, before undertaking a third period of aging in ex-rum casks.

Concha y Toro seals Manchester United deal
The Publican - Monday, September 20, 2010
Chilean wine producer Concha y Toro has boosted its UK profile by signing a deal to make it the official wine of Manchester United Football Club.

India, EU take another step towards FTA - some light for wine / spirit products?
Business Standard - Saturday, September 25, 2010
Negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union, the world's largest economy, and India, one of the world's fastest-growing economies, took one more step towards completion today, with chief negotiators concluding 2-day talks in Brussels.

Dive Dive Dive
Indian Express - Sunday, September 19, 2010
Lurching through strange, dingy drinking holes to find some of the shadiest bars of the country.

Amrut launches 'intermediate sherry matured' whisky
Drinks International - Friday, September 17, 2010
Indian distiller Amrut is to launch its first ‘Intermediate Sherry Matured' whisky. The product will be a limited edition of 275 cases.

Campari to acquire Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist
Drinks International - Friday, September 17, 2010
Gruppo Campari has signed an agreement to acquire Carolans, Frangelico and Irish Mist from William Grant & Sons for €128.2 million.

Diageo launches Baileys hazelnut
Drinks International - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Diageo has launched a new flavour of its cream liqueur brand Baileys. Baileys Hazelnut Flavour will be available from November 1 2010 across European travel retail and will follow in the new year in travel retail across the rest of world.

Beefeater gin gets ready for winter
Drinks International - Tuesday, September 14, 2010
News Beefeater gin gets ready for winter Chivas Brothers has launched a winter version of its Beefeater gin brand. Beefeater Winter Edition will be available in 15 “key markets” including US, Spain, UK, Japan and travel retail in a special edition bottle and gift carton for a limited period.

Foster's rebuffs $2.5 bn offer for wine
Economic Times - Wednesday, September 08, 2010
MELBOURNE: Foster's Group Ltd, Australia's largest brewer, has rejected a private equity offer worth up to $2.5 bn for its wine unit as too cheap and plans to continue with the split of its beer and wine businesses.

The copyright enforcers
Mint - Thursday, September 09, 2010
Extracting copyright fees for music is a tricky business, given the unwillingness of establishments to pay collecting the money requires tact and the ability to endure name-calling and sometimes worse

William Grant to open an office in Dublin
Drinks International - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
William Grant & Sons, which recently acquired C&C's Irish spirits and liqueurs for €300 million, has announced the establishment of a global marketing office in the Irish capital.

Diageo calls for taxation shake-up
Decanter - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Drinks giant Diageo is calling for all drinks to be taxed at the same rate per unit of alcohol, regardless of whether they are beer, wine or spirits.

Diageo-Radico venture stuck over shareholding
Mint - Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Diageo Radico Distilleries Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture between the Indian subsidiary of the world's largest drinks company and the country's second-largest liquor company, is stuck over differences between the equal partners on a likely restructuring of ownership, said a senior executive of the local partner.

The Tipsy Diaries: The Kitchen Sink in Your Drink
New York Times - Sunday, September 05, 2010
If you aren't up on all the mischief that transpires behind the bar these days, the scene I'm about to describe — and the experiment to which it belonged — will sound pointless at best and repulsive at worst, and it will peg me as someone with too much time on his hands.

6 Indian brands in top 10 whiskies; 3 in largest 10 brands
Economic Times - Monday, September 06, 2010
MUMBAI: Cheers! India is on a new high. One more whisky brand from the country has made it to the list of 10 largest selling spirit brands in the world.

A Greener Champagne Bottle
New York Times - Wednesday, September 01, 2010
REIMS, France — Deep below a lush landscape of ripening Champagne grapes, Thierry Gasco, the master vintner for Pommery, ran his finger over the shoulders of a dark green bottle that looked just like the thousands of others reposing in his chilly subterranean cellar. But to the practiced hand and eye, there is a subtle, if potentially significant, difference.

Maharashtra likely to Rationalize Indian Wine Tax
DelWine - Friday, August 27, 2010
At a meeting held on Monday by the All India Wine Producers Association with the senior state and central government officials including the Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar, the state government has agreed to reduce the K-form fees to Rs.100,000 and practically eliminate the excise duty being levied on out-of-state domestic wines.

Glenmorangie launches new whisky
Drinks International - Friday, August 27, 2010
Glenmorangie has launched a new whisky in its Private Edition range. The Glenmorangie Finealta, pronounced ‘Finalta', is Scottish Gaelic for ‘elegant'. It is a recreation of Glenmorangie based on a recipe dating back to 1903.

Get high before you fly out of IGI
Times of India - Friday, August 27, 2010
Beginning this week, international passengers flying out of IGI airport's terminal 3 (T3) will be able to get a little high free of cost on ground itself by tasting whisky and other spirits from the duty free shop.

The New Coffee Bars: Unplug, Drink, Go
New York Times - Tuesday, August 24, 2010
AT times, the large back room at Café Grumpy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has so many customers typing and wearing noise-canceling headphones that it looks like an office without the cubicles.

Name Your Potion: Bourbon, Cardamom, Twinkies?
New York Times - Thursday, August 19, 2010
Mr. Neff, 39, and his partners, Kenneth McCoy, 38, and Abdul Tabini, 38, like to tinker. While they know their way around a proper gimlet or Negroni, what really excites them is using their experience behind the bar to bring balance, nuance and good sense to a drink hatched on the spot.

SABMiller may buy Foster's beer ops for $10.9 billion
Reuters - Sunday, August 22, 2010


Big Banyan Wines add two new variants
Indian Wine.com - Thursday, July 08, 2010
Introduced by Chairman of John Distilleries Ltd, Mr. Paul P. John, in the presence of Chief Winemaker Lucio Matricardi, Rosa Rossa (Zinfandel Rosé wine) and Bellissima (Late Harvest Muscat Dessert Wine) are the new offering from JDL

Spirits of The Times: Mezcal
New York Times - Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The panel tasted 20 bottles of mezcal, one of the world's great spirits: complex, gorgeous and distinguished by a strong sense of place.

Napier and Diageo join up to turn whisky waste into fuel
Beverage Daily - Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Edinburgh Napier University has filed a patent for a new biofuel made from whisky by-products, at the end of a two year project working with Diageo.

Tulleeho Q&A with NR Jagdale, CEO, Amrut Distilleries
Tulleeho - Sunday, August 01, 2010


UB eyes Cafe Coffee Day to serve wine
Economic Times - Friday, August 13, 2010
PUNE: Wine mixes well with coffee. At least, wine drinkers mix with coffee lovers, going by the success of Aromas and the Four Seasons-Barista experiments of serving wine in coffee shops. Buoyed, these companies are now talking expansion and soon, your neighbourhood Cafe Coffee Day outlet maybe serving wine.

WSET has a good year
Drinks International - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) says it has had a very successful academic year. “While we have certainly seen some markets struggle, the overall trend is up and once the final examinations are counted, we expect to have seen 28,000 candidates this year, a 9 increase on the previous year,” said David Wrigley MW, the WSET's international development director.

Bruichladdich to make gin
Drinks International - Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Islay: Bruichladdich distillery has started to produce gin. The Islay distillery, usually associated with peaty whisky, began making its first batch of gin today (3 August).

Court defeats Anheuser-Busch bid for exclusive Budweiser rights
Beverage Daily - Wednesday, August 04, 2010
The European Court of Justice has ended a long-running brewing dispute, defeating an attempt by Anheuser-Busch to gain exclusive rights in the EU to the Budweiser trademark.

Sake Rewards the Adventurous Drinker
New York Times - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
For American wine lovers, the world of sake may be disquieting at first, but its rewards can go well beyond what's in the glass.

Decanter to host historic meeting of Bordeaux first growths, La Mission, Opus One
Decanter - Saturday, July 31, 2010
For the first time in more than 20 years all five Bordeaux first growths are coming together for a masterclass in London.

Iniesta starts own wine company
Decanter - Thursday, July 29, 2010
Spanish World Cup hero Andrés Iniesta is hoping to score more success with the launch of his own wine company, Bodegas Iniesta.

Beam sells German brands to Henkell
Drinks International - Thursday, July 29, 2010
Beam Global Spirits & Wine, the premium spirits business of Fortune Brands has announced plans to divest three of its German-market local brands. Kuemmerling bitters, Fûrst Bismarck korn/schnapps and Jacobi 1880 brandy are to be sold to Henkell & Co, the second largest distributor of wine and spirits in Germany.

W&M high on premium brands
Drinks International - Thursday, July 29, 2010
When Diageo recently ended its bulk scotch sourcing contract from Whyte & Mackay, time was running out for Vijay Mallya fast.

Asahi Breweries eyes India presence
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Japanese beer giant Asahi Breweries is actively looking to establish a footprint in the Indian market, according to a source.

Pernod creates new company, new region
Drinks International - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Pernod Ricard has created a new brand company for its wines and made several organisational changes to its overall structure.

Mansion House group embarks on brand expansion
FNB News - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tilaknagar Industries Ltd, India's fastest growing manufacturer of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), has announced its brand expansion programme. Seven new brands that include four whiskeys, two brandies and one rum will be launched in the next two months.

Farm-Fresh Cocktails
Liquor.com - Saturday, July 24, 2010
Across the country, bartenders are following chefs out into the field (or at least the backyard) to cultivate and harvest their own ingredients, including everything from cucumbers to limes.

The best beer tasters in the world are women..
Wall Street Journal - Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rhonda Dannenberg, a suburban mother of three, stuck her nose in six glasses of beer at the MillerCoors brewery here and swished a bit of each in her mouth. Then she delivered the kind of frank verdict that's shaking up the mens-club world of beer tasting.

Manhattan’s Rooftop Bars: Heaven’s Gates
New York Times - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The rooftop bar is an institution in New York City, where the roofs are higher, the views longer and the promises grander.

Foster's renames its wine group
Decanter - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Treasury Wine Estates is the new name for the wine division of Foster's Group, as the drinks multinational continues the process of splitting its beer and wine businesses.

Diageo sells its Bordeaux wine business
Drinks International - Wednesday, July 21, 2010
As part of a previously-announced review of its wine operations, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has announced that it has sold its Barton & Guestier Bordeaux business to French Wine concern Castel Freres SAS.

Sizzling summer pushes beer sales
Times of India - Monday, July 19, 2010
CHENNAI\BANGALORE: Buy a beer for this one. More people reached out for a mug of chilled frothy beer to quench the May summer than in any other month. And distillers didn't disappoint either. A record 72,488 kilolitres of your favourite beverage was produced in May

French wine centre planned for Beijing
Decanter - Thursday, July 15, 2010
A French wine culture centre is planned for Beijing and may be open before the end of this year.

St-Germain Liqueur Puts Alpine Nectar in Every Glass
New York Times - Sunday, July 18, 2010
St-Germain liqueur seems to be on every cocktail menu from New York City to the Hamptons.

UB, SABMiller move to patent bottles to restrict reuse, cut costs
Trading Markets - Monday, July 19, 2010
Beer makers United Breweries Ltd (UB) and SABMiller Plc's India arm are patenting their bottles, which they say would help them get a handle on rising bottling costs. Once patented, only UB and SABMillerwhich together corner 80 of the Indian beer marketcan buy back their respective bottles. This will help us have a control on the availability and pricing of second-hand bottles, said Shekhar Ramamurthy, deputy president, UB.

The best vodka in the world
Financial Times - Saturday, July 17, 2010
Where is the world's best vodka produced? In Poland, perhaps, where it has been made since the Middle Ages? Or Russia, where tsar Alexander III set out official quality standards for the drink in 1894? In fact, according to the judges of the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the world's best vodka now comes from England. In a blind tasting of 115 vodkas, the 30 judges awarded the top prize to Chase Vodka, from Herefordshire.

Secrets of the World's First Flying Keg, Revealed
Esquire - Thursday, July 15, 2010
Finally, the prayers of business-traveling beer lovers have been answered: Japan's All Nippon Airlines announced last week that it has developed Planet Earth's first in-flight beer dispenser.

Diageo plans to launch local brands in India
Economic Times - Thursday, July 15, 2010
MUMBAI: Diageo, the world's largest maker of alcoholic drinks including Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, plans to launch some local brands in India after a break of eight years, a senior company official said.

Cheers! Diageo bets on spirited growth in India
Times of India - Thursday, July 15, 2010
MUMBAI: Roland Abella, the India head of Diageo, the world's largest spirits maker, had his job cut out for him when he took over in April 2009.

Travel Retail: Beam launches premium Jim Beam
Drinks International - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Travel Retail: Beam Global Spirits & Wine has launched a premium expression of its bourbon whiskey, Jim Beam, exclusive to travel retail.

John Distilleries aims 30 pc growth
Business Standard - Thursday, July 08, 2010
Bangalore-based John Distilleries Ltd aims to achieve a revenue growth of around 30 per cent, to Rs 600 crore this fiscal on the back of a sound demand for its flagship brands in the domestic market.

Chasing Beer
Open - Saturday, July 10, 2010
For long the ultimate off-the-bottle drink, beer is being mixed and shaken up—not just for the new drinker but even the connoisseur.

Indian beverage industry sets up new trade association
Beverage Daily - Thursday, July 08, 2010
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Tetra Pak are among the big beverage industry names to come together to form the Indian Beverage Association (IBA)

Rum’s Punch
Newsweek - Thursday, July 08, 2010
Now food historian Jessica Harris has stepped in with Rum Drinks, a book that reminds us that rum punch is as old as rum itself, a strong quaff perfect “for a world that required a little muting around the edges,” specifically the brutal culture of the sugar-cane-growing islands of the Caribbean in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Diageo launches ready to serve cocktails
Drinks International - Monday, July 05, 2010
Spain/Portugal/Italy: Diageo has launched two ready to serve cocktails. The J&B Manhattan is to sell for €9.99 (70cl) and will roll out across Spain's off-trade this month. J&B blended scotch whisky is mixed with cherry and cranberry flavours as well as citrus and the product has an ABV of 14.9.

Vins de France 'will be like Coca-Cola': Anivin
Decanter - Friday, July 02, 2010
France's appellation system may soon be homogenised into globally recognised brands, according to a French wine official.

First Drinks launches 40 year old Balvenie
Drinks International - Friday, July 02, 2010
David Stewart, The Balvenie malt master, has crafted a 40 year old single malt scotch whisky, aged in sherry casks and refill hogsheads. A batch of 150, hand numbered bottles of The Balvenie Forty will be available at selected travel retail outlets in the world's leading airports, from July 2010.

Diageo redesigns Smirnoff 21
Drinks International - Friday, July 02, 2010
Diageo has redesigned its Smirnoff 21 packaging. The new bottles have launched in the UK and will roll out across the world from August.

William Grant deal to buy C&C brands goes through
Drinks International - Friday, July 02, 2010
William Grant & Son has announced the completion of its €300 million deal to buy C&C International's portfolio of Irish spirits and liqueur brands.

Hic! Feni fights to regain turf in Goa
Economic Times - Thursday, July 01, 2010


US: Pabst Brewing Co sold to Metropoulos
Just-Drinks - Wednesday, June 30, 2010
One of the oldest beer firms in the US, Pabst Brewing Co, has been acquired by private investment fund Metropoulos & Co for an undisclosed fee.

GLOBAL: Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers readies Scotch age campaign
Just-Drinks - Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Scotch whisky and gin unit of Pernod Ricard, Chivas Brothers, has launched a global promotional campaign focussing on the age statement of whisky across its Scotch portfolio.

Drinks International announces 2010 Millionaires
Drinks International - Sunday, June 27, 2010
The 2010 Drinks International Millionaires research has been compiled. Based on sales volumes for 2009, this year saw a record number of brands on the list – 162.

German froth Bitburger to debut in India
Business Standard - Monday, June 21, 2010
More the bitter, all the better where the Indian beer market is concerned. Top German brewer Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH could soon join the line-up of MNC beer brewers in India.

Alcohol consumption in India to grow by 8% this year
Economic Times - Monday, June 21, 2010
The total consumption of alcoholic beverages in India is expected to touch 217.1 million cases in 2010, marking a growth of 8 per cent from the previous year, according to a report.

UK vodka voted the world’s best
Economic Times - Monday, June 14, 2010
LONDON: Russia and Poland are known for vodkas, but a British produce has now beaten the two countries and 113 other global rivals to be voted the world's best at a spirits' competition.

Single Serving Shiraz
Trend Hunter - Thursday, June 17, 2010
Le Froglet Wines by the Glass limit You to Just One

Beer, wine at food joints in Delhi
Hindustan Times - Thursday, June 17, 2010
Soon, you won't need to go to bar or a pub to get a swig of your favourite beer or wine, as you can have your favourite lager beer or red wine at a food joint across the road.

The new It Cocktail
New York Times - Thursday, June 24, 2010
Years ago, I wrote that the bramble cocktail would be the next big thing to hit these shores. I keep waiting to be right.

Maker's Mark's First New Bourbon in 52 Years
Liquor.com - Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The ‘Curious’ Case of Gin
New York Times - Monday, June 21, 2010
Schweppes once sold its tonic water by declaring it was “curiously refreshing.” Now a brand of liquor that is mixed with tonic water is going Schweppes one better, offering consumers a chance to visit its “Curiositorium.”

Spirits: Stick this in your swizzle
Washington Post - Saturday, June 19, 2010
Here is a perfect example of why you shouldn't completely trust Wikipedia. The entry for swizzle stick reads: Swizzle sticks are small sticks placed in cocktails to hold fruit or stir the drink.

Famous Grouse revamps packaging
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Famous Grouse has revamped its packaging for its blended Scotch whisky. The new design, marks the start of a new campaign for the brand in the UK backed by significant investment from Maxxium UK, as the brand enters its 30th year.

Bombay Sapphire launches social media campaign
Drinks International - Saturday, June 19, 2010
Bombay Sapphire gin is to launch a global digital campaign, aimed at the social media market. Consumers will be encouraged to build an image of themselves in the form of a mosaic compiled from pictures that reflect different aspects of their lives.

Soon, exclusive liquor company showrooms in Delhi
Hindustan Times - Friday, June 18, 2010
Very soon, you would be able to walk into a United Breweries showroom and order any brand of liquor the company makes. The Delhi excise department has decided to give out special licence to various liquor manufacturing companies to open their ‘company showroom' and sell all its brands from under one roof.

Del Monte launches two new fruit drinks in India
FNB News - Saturday, June 12, 2010
FieldFresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Del Monte Pacific Ltd, has added two new variants to its Indian fruit drinks portfolio. The company has launched “Green Apple” and “Orange” flavours of the fruit drink in the country.

Heaven Hill launches pineapple vodka
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 16, 2010
US: Heaven Hill Distilleries has launched the 21st flavour of its Burnett's flavoured vodka brand.

Impresario to add six Mocha cafes this year, tap Tier II mkt
Business Standard - Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hospitality firm Impresario today said it plans to scale up the presence of its retail cafe chain 'Mocha' by adding six more outlets this year, as it looks at tapping the Tier-II markets and small cities.

India key to SABMiller's global bid for Foster's beer unit
Business Standard - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
As the buzz about UK-based SABMiller making an estimated $12-billion bid for Australia's leading premium branded drinks company Foster's beer business continues, India, say analysts, holds the key to the bid.

Comedy Store set for India act
Business Standard - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
If the Euro crisis and bleak markets have been worrying you, then Don Ward, founder and owner of the Comedy Store is standing by to turn your misery into laughter, literally.

FINALLY- Wine in DELHI Supermarkets
DelWine - Monday, June 14, 2010
New provisions in the recently announced two public notices officially allow the sale of Indian and imported wine in department stores and supermarkets in Delhi under license L-53A while the newly introduced license L-56 allows sale of IMFL and beer in the stores in the shopping malls, seemingly quiet about wine sales through this channel.

Dita Von Teese and Cointreau Turn Up the Heat at Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail - Monday, June 14, 2010
Cointreau and Dita Von Teese are bringing a taste of Hollywood glamour to Tales of the Cocktail! The French spirits brand will host the opening performance for the famed cocktail festival with Dita Von Teese performing her sultry “Be Cointreauversial” burlesque act as well as other notable performances at The House of Blues.

Diageo restructures global marketing department
Drinks International - Monday, June 14, 2010
Diageo has announced changes to its global marketing department following a review of its structure. According to the global drinks giant, the changes will see the global marketing function move towards a “category led approach”. The company's aim is to reflect the increased focus on category management within Diageo.

India key to SABMiller's global bid for Foster's beer unit
Business Standard - Monday, June 14, 2010
As the buzz about UK-based SABMiller making an estimated $12-billion bid for Australia's leading premium branded drinks company Foster's beer business continues, India, say analysts, holds the key to the bid.

Cocktails Now Served With Twists of Tongue
New York Times - Friday, June 11, 2010
Penelope Cruiser: sounds like a slinky Latin sports car. Or maybe a sultry Latin porn star. Or, come to think of it, a saucy Latin drag queen, long of lash and fond of Almodovar.

Bacardi launches special edition Benedictine
Drinks International - Friday, June 11, 2010
Travel retail: Bacardi has launched a limited edition bottling of its Benedictine liqueur. The black old-style bottle is a celebration of the 500-year-old secret Benedictine recipe. The product went on sale at Singapore Changi airport this month and it was launched in cooperation with duty free retailer DFS, which is celebrating its 50th year at Changi.

Glen Grant celebrates 170th anniversary with limited edition
Drinks International - Friday, June 11, 2010
Glen Grant, the Speyside single malt scotch whisky brand owned by Gruppo Campari, is celebrating its 170th anniversary with a limited edition expression.

Coca-Cola to open fruit-drink plant in India, report
Beverage Daily - Thursday, June 10, 2010
Soft drink giant Coca Cola has finalised plans to set-up facilities in Biddai in the state of Karnataka, India, to specialize in the manufacture of fruit-based beverages, according to media reports

FIFA World Cup 2010: South Africa's once underground bars Shebeens join the party
Economic Times - Thursday, June 10, 2010
South Africa's shebeens, once underground bars hidden in black townships, have spruced up for the World Cup in hopes foreign fans will join locals in some of the country's most distinctive venues.

Russian Standard Gold rolls out
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Russian Standard has launched Russian Standard Gold into the travel retail market. The company launched the brand at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Viagra is Champagne's major threat
Decanter - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Champagne's stiffest competition comes not from Prosecco, Cava or English sparkling wine but from Viagra, according to Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.

Arthur's Day Guinness celebrations to return
Drinks International - Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Diageo has announced the return of its Arthur's Day celebrations for stout brand Guinness. Global celebrations are set to take place on September 23 2010 and events are planned in Ireland, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Caribbean.

The World's Strongest Beers
Business Week - Saturday, June 05, 2010
Beer is thousands of years old but new technology is creating extreme beer, which packs an alcohol level closer to whisky or vodka

Planet Hollywood comes to Mumbai
Hindustan Times - Saturday, June 05, 2010
Five years after making an announcement of its venture into India, Planet Hollywood, the American theme restaurant and hotel chain, is finally set to open here.

Pernod Ricard aims to dominate single malt scotch whisky category
Drinks International - Friday, June 04, 2010
Pernod Ricard's quest for global leadership of the single malt scotch whisky sector formally begins today (June 4) with the official opening of the £10 million expansion of the Glenlivet distillery on Scotland's Speyside.

Organic Gin Just Like Farmers Make (but Legal)
New York Times - Thursday, June 03, 2010
Gin, mixed in a martini, is the epitome of sophistication. There is nothing rustic about it. But in this age of everything artisanal and organic, you now have Farmer's Gin.

Jack Nicklaus gets into wine
Decanter - Thursday, June 03, 2010
Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and Terlato Wines have announced a partnership to create a range of Napa Valley wines.

Foster's beer could pull bids of $10 bln
Reuters - Thursday, June 03, 2010
Foster's Group Ltd (FGL.AX), Australia's largest brewer, could attract takeover bids of up to $10 billion from suitors including SABMiller and Asahi, after a long-awaited decision to split off its struggling wine business.

US: Hennessy Black nationwide roll out
Drinks International - Wednesday, June 02, 2010
US: Hennessy is rolling out its Hennessy Black cognac in the US market. According to Hennessy, the roll-out marks the company's first major product introduction in the United States in nearly 50 years.

Nestle to bring technology to teatime
New York Times - Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Following the success of its Nespresso coffee pod system, Swiss firm plans a similar product for the tea market

Cafe Coffee Day buys Czech chain
Mint - Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) has acquired Czech cafe chain Cafe Emporio for Rs15 crore in an attempt to establish ...

Case Study | Vintage Cocktails
New York Times - Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Everyone knows that aging a spirit transforms it from fiery youthfulness to softly purring maturity, with the requisite increase in prestige and price to match. The mixologist Tony Conigliaro, who owns 69 Colebrooke Row in London's Islington district, has been taking the process a step further, aging fully prepared cocktails.

Energy drink firms keen to launch action games
Mint - Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Energy drink firms keen to launch action games, Beverage makers seek to exploit the natural association with extreme sports..

Wagh Bakri introduces array of Ice teas
FNB News - Monday, May 31, 2010
As part of the Ice tea festival, Wagh Bakri tea lounge has introduced new flavours of ice tea for all tea aficionados beat the sweltering summer heat.

Tata Tea creates three global 'power brands'
Business Standard - Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tata Tea too has come up with its own ‘power brands', which will get a global push.

Radico Khaitan to uncork After Dark whisky soon
Economic Times - Thursday, May 13, 2010
MUMBAI: Radico Khaitan, manufacturers of 8 PM whisky, is all set to launch ‘After Dark', a 100 grain-based whisky manufactured at its Rampur distillery.

USL to introduce Indian wines under the brand name 'Ritu' to UK ...
Economic Times - Friday, May 28, 2010
LONDON: The traditional British custom of ‘beer and a curry' could soon have to face a cultural shift. United Spirits Limited hopes to lure Britons into changing their Friday night habits, and go for a ‘wine and a curry' instead.

Tastings With Craft Beers
New York Times - Thursday, May 27, 2010


Aspri Sprits unveils Nonino Grappa in India
Hospitality Biz India - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Wines and spirits distributor Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has introduced premium Italian Grappa brand Nonino in the India market. Aspri will launch four Grappa labels from the Nonino portfolio across key markets like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai before going pan India.

Foster's beer and wine division to split
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Australian brewer Foster's is to separate its wine arm from its beer business. The world's second largest wine business after Constellation Brands has seen a significant drop in earnings in its wine arm due to over supply and lack of demand.

Irish whiskey 'recession proof'
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
US popularity and universal appeal have kept the Irish whiskey market buoyant, according to business analyst Datamonitor. According to their research, Irish whiskey is predicted to grow at a rate of 9.4 year on year over five years to 2014 in the US compared to just 2 for the overall whisky market and 0.2 for Scotch whisky.

UK: Belvedere launches pink grapefruit
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
UK: Moet Hennessy's has launched a pink grapefruit maceration of its Belvedere vodka. Belvedere Pink Grapefruit is distilled from whole pink grapefruits from Argentina and combined with fresh ginger and lemons.

Gallo 'the most powerful wine brand in the world'
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Friday, May 21, 2010
Gallo Family Vineyards, the American winemaker, has been awarded the title of the most powerful wine brand in the world - for a fifth consecutive year.

Q&A with Harish Moolchandani, CEO of Beam Global
Tulleeho - Friday, May 21, 2010


Decanter Education announced
Decanter - Thursday, May 20, 2010
Decanter has announced the launch of Decanter Education – a comprehensive series of courses and masterclasses led by recognised experts.

Maker’s Mark to launch new bourbon
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Maker's 46 – the first-ever new bourbon from the distillery, save for the limited-edition (and now highly rare) Maker's Mark Select – differs from the regular Maker's Mark in that it is finished in a barrel containing 10 ‘seared' French oak staves for about three month.

UK: Maker's Mark launches £1.5m campaign
Drinks International - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
UK: Maxxium is to launch a consumer campaign to raise awareness of its bourbon brand Maker's Mark. This is part of a £1.5million investment in the brand this year.

Carlsberg stocks run dry in Denmark in worst strike since 1985
Beverage Daily - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Stocks of Carlsberg beer are running dry in Denmark as an illegal strike among workers at its main facility in the country intensifies.

Concha y Toro teams up with Manchester United
Drinks International - Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Concha y Toro, South America's leading wine producer, has become the official wine partner of Manchester United Football Club.

Bangalore: Renukacharya for late bar hours
Deccan Herald - Saturday, May 15, 2010
Tipplers in the State capital may soon get to enjoy their drinks at pubs and bars till 2 am, if Excise Minister M P Renukacharya has his way.

India: FSSAI issues draft regulation on energy drinks for consultation
FNB News - Saturday, May 08, 2010
The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India has posted a draft regulation on energy drink for consultation by the industry, the deadline for which is June 7, 2010.

UKRAINE: Russian Standard leads Nemiroff chase - report
Just-Drinks - Monday, May 17, 2010
Russian Standard has declined to comment on reports that it is a front-runner to acquire Nemiroff Ukrainian Vodka Company.

Cheers to World Cocktail Day
About Cocktails - Thursday, May 13, 2010
May 13th is World Cocktail Day and marks the end of World Cocktail Week. Why this week? Well, the answer to that is that it is a celebration of the first time that the definition of the cocktail was put into printed material giving us the first official historical record of the cocktail.

Mouton Cadet bar opens in mainland China
Decanter - Thursday, May 13, 2010
The world's first Mouton Cadet wine bar has opened in Guangzhou, in southern China, around 100km from the Hong Kong border

Liquor prices may be hiked in Delhi
Times of India - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Bad news for drinkers. The state finance department has cleared a proposal to hike the prices of most brands of beer, whiskey, vodka and Indian Manufactured liquor

Wine Club launches in Lucknow
Sommelier India - Monday, May 10, 2010
On Saturday night, the 17th of April, 500, yes 500, I was there, enthusiastic wine aficionados turned up the volume for the launch of FWM Club in Lucknow.

The World's Best Sommelier
Sommelier India - Monday, May 10, 2010
Gerard Basset won the 13th World's Best Sommelier Competition, held in Santiago, Chile on April 15

Smirnoff retains no.1 spot in Power 100
Drinks International - Monday, May 10, 2010
Smirnoff has retained its position as the world's leading alcoholic drinks brand according to The Power 100, 2010, the annual survey of the world's leading drinks brands published by brand valuation and strategy consultancy Intangible Business.

Cafe Coffee Day redesigns its lounge format
Business Standard - Friday, May 07, 2010
In a bid to re-connect with its consumers who have moved up the economic ladder in the last few years, Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), India's largest cafe retail chain, will soon reveal a new look for its lounge outlets.

Tata Tea turns a new leaf
Business Standard - Friday, May 07, 2010
The world's second largest tea company, Tata Tea, today re-named itself as Tata Global Beverages Ltd and, in the process, took the first step to become a well-rounded beverage firm.

Vintage launches Italian varietals
DelWine - Friday, May 07, 2010
Nashik based Vintage Wines, producer of Reveilo label has become the first winery in India to produce wines from two popular Sicilian indigenous grapes Nero d' Avola for the red wine & Grillo for the white wine.

Asia: Women prefer red wine
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Red is the most popular choice of wine for Asian women, according to new research. Vinexpo put a series of questions to women in four Asian countries in order to identify what they had in common and what differences there were depending on whether they lived in China, Japan, Hong Kong or South Korea.

Ketel One launches orange vodka
Drinks International - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Ketel One vodka has introduced Ketel One Oranje, an orange flavoured vodka.

Moonshine Finds New Craftsmen and Enthusiasts
New York Times - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
White dog, or white whiskey, is, basically, moonshine. It's newborn whiskey, crystal-clear grain distillate, as yet unkissed by the barrel, the vessel that lends whiskey some or all of its color and much of its flavor.

Breweries vie to create world's strongest beer
LA Times - Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Your standard American lager has less than 5 alcohol. Scotland's BrewDog and Germany's Schorschbräu have beers in the 40 range.

McDonald's may bring McCafe coffee shop to India by 2012
Economic Times - Monday, May 03, 2010
NEW DELHI: Fast food chain McDonald's on Sunday said it plans to bring its globally renowned McCafe, the chain of coffee shop within its outlets, into India by 2012.

C&C sells its spirits and liqueurs division to William Grant
Drinks International - Friday, April 30, 2010
C&C, the Irish maker and distributor of alcoholic drinks, has sold its spirits and liqueurs brands to William Grant for £300 million. Among the brands involved are: Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, Carolans cream liqueur, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and Irish Mist the whiskey liqueur

Indage Vintners to rejig debt, get fresh capital
Economic Times - Thursday, April 29, 2010
Troubled wine-maker Indage Vintners, formerly Champagne India, will receive fresh capital and rejig its debt to lower interest and repayment burden.

Devyani to set up chain of bars
Economic Times - Thursday, April 22, 2010
Devyani International of Ravi Jaipuria-owned RJ Corp, which runs Pizza Hut, KFC and Costa Coffee chains, is set to serve hotter stuff by opening a countrywide chain of bars, a company official said.

Tokyo Drift
Liquor.com - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The United States and Britain are usually regarded as the leaders of the cocktail world. But there's actually another mixology super power: Japan. Surprised?

René Redzepi's Noma tops list of world's best restaurants
Guardian - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
René Redzepi's Copenhagen restaurant Noma knocks El Bulli off top spot

Teacher's launches whisky podcast
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Maxxium UK is launching a new podcast to inform retailers about the quality of blended Scotch whisky, as part of its Teacher's School of Whisky campaign.

Beefeater launches summer gin
Drinks International - Monday, April 26, 2010
Chivas Bros has unveiled a Beefeater London Dry Summer Gin which will be available from next month (May) in key global markets in a special edition bottle for a limited period. It will retail at £17.99.

Campari unveils a 16-year-old Glen Grant
Drinks International - Monday, April 26, 2010
Gruppo Campari has introduced a 16-year-old expression to its Glen Grant single malt scotch whisky range.

Wine tutorials on the house for executives
Mint - Saturday, April 24, 2010
Bangalore: On a hot March afternoon, 50 employees of marketing communication agency Euro RSCG Advertsing Pvt. Ltd were huddled in a conference room busy uncorking bottles, swirling wine in glasses, nosing their Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, and taking notes.

Nuance to exit duty-free shop JV at Hyderabad airport
Mint - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Nuance to exit duty-free shop JV at Hyderabad airport, Cites slow sales could mean end of joint venture operation with Shoppers Stop at

Scotch whisky industry invests to fuel export growth
Beverage Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Scotch whisky distillers are continuing to invest in new facilities and equipment to fuel the spread of the spirit in international markets

A fashion duo dresses up a wine label
Financial Times - Saturday, April 10, 2010
In an unusual partnership, British designers Basso & Brooke – known for their use of fabric decorated with pornographic prints – will create the wrapping for Turning Leaf, E&J Gallo's traditional wine brand

Diageo confident in premium future
Drinks International - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Consumers are returning to premium purchases, according to global drinks giant Diageo.

SABMiller talks to women about alcohol
Drinks International - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
As part of its ‘Open the Facts' campaign, SABMiller is encouraging women to make informed choices about drinking.

From Dung to Coffee Brew With No Aftertaste
New York Times - Saturday, April 17, 2010
The world's most expensive coffee beans are found in the droppings of the civet, a catlike animal from Southeast Asia whose digestive tract produces a smooth brew.

Record exports as scotch whisky defies downturn
Drinks International - Thursday, April 15, 2010
Global exports of scotch whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Scotland: Tomatin releases three whiskies
Drinks International - Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Tomatin distillery, Inverness-shire, has released three new whiskies - two single cask and one limited edition bottling.

Hooters restaurant underscores mixed sexual messages in China
LA Times - Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Beijing Hooters is a lot like its American counterpart, but it's also a snapshot of changing attitudes toward sex in China, a country full of contradictions.

Make your own Plymouth gin
Drinks International - Thursday, April 15, 2010
Chivas Brothers has launched a private tour and gin-making experience for its Plymouth gin brand.

UK: Dooley’s gets marketing push
Drinks International - Thursday, April 15, 2010
Dooley's Original toffee & vodka has launched a consumer lifestyle magazine to help promote the drink.

Drinking on the Job Comes to a Head at Carlsberg
Wall Street Journal - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Brewery workers fight to retain right to sip suds while they work

Bootlegging, Pakistan-Style
New York Times - Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Purveyors of contraband alcohol must hide their line of work from the police, the Taliban and their families.

Grant's launches 25yo blended scotch whisky
Drinks International - Monday, April 12, 2010
William Grant & Sons has launched Grant's 25 year old, a blended scotch whisky. The product will initially be exclusive to travel retail.

The crime behind the cuppa
Washington Post - Sunday, April 11, 2010
The subtitle to this commendable book reads thus: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. Not to nitpick, but England didn't steal the drink in question: tea.

Tata Tea-Pepsico to offer 'good for you' drinks
Business Standard - Saturday, April 10, 2010
Tata Tea and Pepsico are exploring joint venture opportunities in non-carbonated ready-to-drink beverages in the health and wellness category.

US: Bacardi launches new rum flavour
Drinks International - Friday, April 09, 2010
Bacardi has launched a new rum in the US. Bacardi Torched Cherry combines the taste of Barbados cherries with the Torch plant aloe.

Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard settle Stoli case
Drinks International - Friday, April 09, 2010
US: Pernod Ricard and Russian Standard Vodka have reached a settlement of claims brought by Russian Standard against Pernod Ricard. According to Pernod Ricard, the dispute revolved mainly around the allegations brought by Russian Standard Vodka and Roust Trading Limited pursuant to which promoting Stolichnaya as Russian vodka resulted in false advertising.

All About Açai
Liquor.com - Friday, April 09, 2010
From jelly beans to yogurt, açai seems to be cropping up everywhere. The ingredient with the hard-to-pronounce name (by the way, it's ah-sigh-ee) has lately even found its way into spirits.

Carlsberg, InBev in talks for tie-up in India
Business Standard / Reuters - Friday, April 09, 2010
Carlsberg, the world's fourth-biggest brewer, and rival Anheuser-Busch InBev are considering joining ranks in India, where they are both minor players, Carlsberg said on Thursday.

Diageo releases third Managers' Choice batch
Drinks International - Thursday, April 08, 2010
Diageo is to launch the third batch of its single malt collection whiskies – The Managers' Choice.

Q&A with H. Joseph Ehrmann
About Cocktails - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
As far as advice behind today's real-world bar goes there are few who can outshine the likes of H. Joseph Ehrmann. Recently awarded the title of Bartender of the Year by Nightclub and Bar, Ehrmann is one of the mixologists at the forefront of today's mixology movement, yet he does not forget the influential barmen who preceded him.

UK: Luxardo sambuca shakes shots
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
UK: Luxardo sambuca has launched a bartender competition in an attempt to further move the drink away from shots.

US: Pernod loses latest Havana Club battle with Bacardi
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
US: Pernod Ricard has lost a court case to stop Bacardi from using the name Havana Club for its rum.

India: United Spirits hits 100 million cases
Drinks International - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
India: United Spirits has crossed the milestone of 100 million cases for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. According to the UB Group company, this achievement makes them the world's second-largest spirits company by volume, knocking Paris-headquartered Pernod Ricard off the spot.

Stephane Derenoncourt to consult in India
Decanter - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Stephane Derenoncourt, the Bordeaux based consultant is to consult on a new winery in Mysore, India.

WSTA launches updated guide to EU wine and spirit regulations
Drinks International - Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The Wine And Spirits Trade Association has published a new edition of its guide to wine and spirit regulations in the European Union.

Mallya junior set to take charge at USL as deputy GM-Corporate ...
Economic Times - Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Sidhartha V Mallya, the son of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, is the latest among the young Turks of Corporate India who will be taking up leading roles in their respective family businesses.

India Milestone - The first Asian country to join OIV
Sommelier India - Thursday, April 01, 2010
Here's another milestone for the Indian wine industry as it will soon become the first Asian country to join the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

Starbucks goes upmarket with Seattle test cafe
Reuters - Sunday, April 04, 2010
Starbucks' experimental cafes may signal upmarket move.

Rémy Cointreau appoints Sula as distributor in India
Sommelier India - Saturday, April 03, 2010


Maker’s Mark Trademark Wax Seal Is Affirmed
New York Times - Saturday, April 03, 2010
A federal judge on Friday issued an injunction preventing a rival liquor company from using a dripping wax seal on tequilas it sells in the United States.

Jack Daniel's gets a rival
Financial Times - Saturday, April 03, 2010
It is probably safe to say that, at least among drinkers, the most famous Tennessean, living or dead, is Jack Daniel. The eponymous distillery's Tennessee whiskey is found in every duty-free shop from Reykjavik to Mumbai, and bars from Cape Town to Tokyo.

Campari revamps Cinzano
Drinks International - Thursday, April 01, 2010
Gruppo Campari has redesigned its Cinzano range of three aperitif/cocktail wines . The aim of the redesign is to ‘revitalise brand image and create a more contemporary and approachable positioning'.

Coca-Cola to launch fruit-based drinks
Business Standard - Thursday, April 01, 2010
Playing its health card, Coca-Cola is in the process of launching three fruit-based drinks this summer. The company is expected to launch two products under the Minute Maid brand, and a mango shake in the dairy segment under the Maaza brand by June this year.

US scoops 42 Below cocktail gong
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 30, 2010
From more than two thousand bartenders around the world, the Team USA trio of Mark Stoddard, Todd Thrasher and Sean Hoard emerged as the winners in the sixth 42 Below Cocktail World Cup.

UK: Carlsberg launches drink for women
Drinks International - Monday, March 29, 2010
Carlsberg UK has launched a low calorie, low alcohol drink for women.

The art of schnapps is thriving in the Austrian Alps.
New York Times - Sunday, March 28, 2010
In Friesach, the picture-perfect Austrian town halfway between Vienna and Venice, in the Carinthian Alps, there is a bar that changed my understanding of the word “schnapps.”

Headlights on, don't drink
Times of India - Thursday, March 25, 2010
Headlight, a group of youngsters from India and France, was formed in 2009 when Delphine and 19 other friends got together and decided to do their bit to contain the number of road deaths caused by drunken driving in Delhi.

New Wine Shops in New York Put Patrons at Ease
New York Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Merchants who are passionate about wine are helping to extend and improve the wine culture.

Buffett's Berkshire buys beer, liquor distributor
Reuters - Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Berkshire Hathaway Inc, the billionaire investor's insurance and investment company, said on Monday its McLane Co unit has agreed to buy Kahn Ventures Inc, a wholesale distributor of distilled spirits, wine and beer in Georgia and North Carolina.

Coffee with a kick
Business Standard - Saturday, March 20, 2010
Enjoy liqueur coffees or espresso shots at Segafredo Zanetti, the latest international coffee player to come to India.

Giddy Times for Chinese Wines
Wall Street Journal - Saturday, March 20, 2010
Producers move toward the high end, but exactly what you're drinking isn't always clear

IRELAND: Drinks sales sink to 1990s levels
Just-Drinks - Monday, March 22, 2010
Nearly one in six jobs in Ireland's alcoholic drinks sector have been lost since the country slipped into recession, says a new industry report. Around 15,000 jobs have evaporated over the last 18 months and more cuts are likely in 2010, said trade body Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) in its annual update today (22 March)

UK: Courvoisier gets £15m boost
Drinks International - Thursday, March 18, 2010
Maxxium UK is to invest £15m in Courvoisier cognac during 2010. The idea is to ‘revolutionise the category and drive growth through innovative promotional activity and education tools'.

Ghulam Naqshband, R.I.P.
Sommelier India - Friday, March 19, 2010
He was a genuine wine lover and started The Wine Society in Delhi in 1991 with the support of the French Embassy. Originally called Table de France, it was the first wine club in the country.
Ghulam Naqshband

Highland Park launches four new whiskies
Drinks International - Thursday, March 18, 2010
Highland Park has released four new whiskies exclusive to global travel retail.

Magic Moments in high spirits
Business Standard - Thursday, March 18, 2010
It was already a leader in the mid-market segment (priced between Rs 300-350) with a 78 per cent market share. Radico Khaitan's Magic Moments vodka is now all set to top the mass market segment as well with a 40 per cent growth in sales in this financial year.

Brewing a Revolution
Inc - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Riyaaz Amlani runs restaurants, but sells a heady concoction of experiences. Now he wants to make Rs 100 crore doing this.

About Cocktails: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
About Cocktails - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This special edition is filled ideas to help you plan tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day parties.

KKR-led consortium to invest Rs 1k-cr in Coffee Day Resorts ...
Economic Times - Monday, March 15, 2010
A clutch of private equity firms led by storied investor Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) is in the final stages of investing around Rs 1,000 crore (over $200 million) in Coffee Day Resorts

John Distilleries: From regional to national
Business Standard - Monday, March 15, 2010
Tied at the fourth spot with Allied Blenders, the Bangalore-based liquor firm is in a hurry to fill up key product gaps in its portfolio.

Australia: Diageo rolls out Jose Cuervo tequila
Drinks International - Friday, March 12, 2010
Australia: Diageo has announced it will secure the marketing and distribution rights to tequila brand Jose Cuervo in Australia, officially effective April 1 2010.

Tetley tea to be 100 per cent Rainforest certified by 2016
FNB News - Friday, March 12, 2010
The world's second biggest tea company Tetley will source all of its branded tea from Rainforest Alliance certified farms by 2016, both groups said.

Siva Group buys stake in Norwegian mineral water brand
FNB News - Friday, March 12, 2010
The Chennai-based Siva Group, a $3-billion (Rs 14,000 crore) diversified conglomerate, has announced the acquisition of 50 per cent stake with two others in Isklar, a Norwegian glacial natural mineral water company.

Gordon & MacPhail launches oldest ever whisky
Drinks International - Friday, March 12, 2010
Scotland: Gordon & MacPhail has released a 70 year old single malt whisky. Mortlach, the oldest in a new series by G&M called Generations, will cost £10,000 for a standard bottle and £2,500 for a 20cl. There are 54 standard bottles and 162 20cl bottles.
Gordon & Macphail

A Guide to the World's Healthiest Booze
Esquire - Thursday, March 11, 2010
Scientists agree that drinking in moderation does the body good. But aside from red wine, actual medical professionals told us something surprising — the hard stuff ain't so bad, either.

Fine wine at 14% alcohol is impossible - or is it?
Decanter - Thursday, March 11, 2010
The great alcohol debate is alive and well, with the jury undecided as to whether higher levels of alcohol make or mar a fine wine.

Maharashtra's high & mighty can keep availing of distillery subsidies
DNA - Thursday, March 11, 2010
Mumbai: The state government received a major boost after the Bombay high court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the scheme of granting subsidy to distilleries using food grains for production of liquor (ethyl alcohol).

UK: Diageo and Coca-Cola team up
Drinks International - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
UK: Drinks giants Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Diageo Great Britain (Diageo GB) are to team up to push spirit and mixer sales.

Study: Women who drink moderately tend to gain less weight in midlife
LA Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Women who abstained put on more pounds than those who had a drink or two per day. But researchers warn against an alcohol diet.

Las Perlas: First look at an L.A. bar devoted to artisanal mezcals
LA Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2010
According to Cedd Moses—the man behind groundbreaking establishments such as Seven Grand and the Varnish—a bar dedicated to mezcal, the Americas' oldest spirit, was long overdue. The result: Las Perlas.
Cedd Moses

CHINA: Diageo signs deal to control China's ShuiJingFang spirits group
Just-Drinks - Monday, March 01, 2010
Diageo has signed a deal to take a controlling stake in China's Sichuan Chengdu Quanxing Group, paving the way for the drinks giant to acquire one of the country's leading white spirits producers.

US: Smirnoff rolls out flavoured vodkas
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 09, 2010
US: Diageo has launched two new flavours of its 100 proof Smirnoff vodka.

Are you ready for wines from Japan?
Financial Times - Friday, March 05, 2010
The words “Japan, wine exporter” have a somewhat unlikely ring but that is the aim of a new organisation, Koshu of Japan, which is keen to shine an international spotlight on a grape variety that is often dismissed within its native country.

Carlsberg unveils £240 beer
Drinks International - Monday, March 08, 2010
Denmark: Carlsberg has launched Vintage 3 – the third in an exclusive beer trilogy.
Vintage 3

Blend it like Amrut
Mint: Lounge - Saturday, March 06, 2010
A made-in-Bangalore brand debuts at home after winning global accolades

Coors launches cold cans
Drinks International - Thursday, March 04, 2010
UK: Coors has launched a cold-activated can for its Coors Light brand. The can features temperature sensitive Rocky Mountain logos on both sides, which turn blue when the beer is at the correct serving temperature.

Earthquake rattles Chilean wine
Washington Post - Thursday, March 04, 2010
Tremor damages the popular wine industry, spilling millions of gallons onto warehouse floors.

Met in a bar. What a match.
Washington Post - Tuesday, March 02, 2010
For craft bartenders, it's the best of times. Nearly every week a new boutique spirit comes on the market: Herbsaint, anyone? And fashioning cocktails is an increasingly respected profession. Now, after years in the culinary wilderness, a raft of confident bartenders is taking on a new challenge:...

SAB Miller launches campaign to help parents
Drinks International - Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Global brewer SAB Miller has launched a web-based campaign to help parents discuss alcohol with their children.
Talking Alcohol.com

United Spirits enters non-alcoholic drinks category with Romanov Red Energy Drink
Business Standard - Sunday, February 21, 2010
Two years after floating the idea, Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits Limited (USL) has entered the non-alcoholic drinks category with Romanov Red Energy Drink.

London Sips a Different Cup
New York Times - Monday, March 01, 2010
Yes, there is such a thing as competitive espresso, and it's taken seriously within the profession. So is London's emerging status as a coffee town.

Tiki cocktails are back--we toast the man who brought 'em here
LA Times - Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tiki Cocktail

The East Is Red, White And Rosé
Time - Thursday, February 25, 2010
In Asian Palate, author Jeannie Cho Lee delivers a much needed guide to pairing wine and Asian food

Mallya's Four Seasons eyes wine tourism
Business Standard - Sunday, February 28, 2010
Four Seasons, the wine subsidiary of Vijay Mallya-owned United Spirits Ltd (USL), plans to foray into the wine tourism space by April-end, by setting up a hotel at its winery in Baramati, Maharashtra.

Gatorade Ends Relationship With Woods
New York Times - Friday, February 26, 2010
Gatorade officially cut its ties to Tiger Woods on Friday, one week after he admitted to extramarital affairs and said he was unsure when he would return to golf.
Gatorade

It's National Margarita Day: 3 recipes to try
LA Times - Friday, February 26, 2010
It's National Margarita Day. (As if you needed an excuse.) You could go the tried-and-true margarita route there's nothing wrong with that. But if you're up for something different, the L.A. Times' Test Kitchen offers three twists on the drink. First up: a guava margarita.

Make Your Beer and Drink It, Too
New York Times - Friday, February 26, 2010
We were at the rustic Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery along with 20 others for an educational weekend of brewing.

Frozen Vines (and Fingers) Yield a Sweet Reward
New York Times - Friday, February 26, 2010
IT is 14 degrees above zero as a group of wine lovers converges in a vineyard on the Niagara Peninsula. Frosty bundles of Riesling grapes hang on rows of vines in the pale, gathering daylight

Sula maker seeks private equity capital
Mint - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Sula maker seeks private equity capital, The company plans to raise the money to expand into tier II cities and boost capacity

Delhi Daredevils to launch bar, other teams may follow
Mint - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Delhi Daredevils to launch bar, other teams may follow, The bar will be located at the New Delhi international airport,

Portuguese 'umbrella brand' unveiled
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture has announced a spend of €50m for promotion of Portuguese wines over the next four years, up from around €15m in the four years up to 2009.

Europe pushes responsible drinking
Drinks International - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Europe's spirits producers have launched a catalogue of industry-led programmes to reduce alcohol related harm.

Who’s That Grl? Svedka Vodka Brings a Mascot to TV
New York Times - Thursday, February 25, 2010
As sales of Svedka continue to strengthen, it becomes practical for the brand to spend the additional money that advertising on television requires.
Svedka Vodka ad

William Grant relaunches Sailor Jerry rum
Drinks International - Thursday, February 25, 2010
William Grant has relaunched its Sailor Jerry rum brand with a new look and new taste.

Diageo blasts Bacardi over Captain Morgan rum saga
Drinks International - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Diageo has launched a scathing attack on Bacardi over the Captain Morgan rum, US Virgin Islands saga. Diageo has accused Bacardi of scheming to protect subsidies at the expense of the economic stability of the US Virgin Islands.

Heineken USA Sales Fell Nearly 11% in 2009
Ad Age - Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Heineken USA's sales dipped nearly 11 last year, a reflection of a difficult economic climate for pricey imports as well as erratic and ineffective marketing on its flagship lager brand.

In Vietnam, Traveling an Unlikely Beer Trail
New York Times - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Vietnamese beer culture has morphed, adopting traditional European styles as well as embracing an ephemeral home-grown brew.

Bourbon-Flavored Beer
Liquor.com - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
After meeting Jim Beam's legendary distiller Booker Noe, Hall came up with a truly unique concept—aging his stout in used oak bourbon casks.

New threat to France: the New New World
Decanter - Thursday, February 18, 2010
The 'New New World' led by Brazil, India and China will become competitors as well as future markets.

Tulleeho meets Mario Molinari, owner of Molinari Sambuca
Tulleeho - Thursday, February 18, 2010
There are lemons and there are lemons, and the ones which go into Limoncello di Capri (LdC) are only from Sorrento, which gives LdC the right to state “Limoni di Sorrento I.G.P.” on their labels. It does ...
Mario Molinari

True Southern Comfort Blood
Miss Charming - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Southern Comfort is celebrating its sponsorship of the Golden Globe winning series True Blood, Season Two with a selection of blood thirsty cocktails that promises to make the mouth of any mere mortal water.

Nabi Saleh, the New-South-Wales, Australia-based executive chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, talks about the company’s plans in India.
Business Standard - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Specialty coffee chain Gloria Jean's Coffees is looking to ramp up operations in India now.

PepsiCo India opens 'Smart Choice' cafes
Business Standard - Thursday, February 18, 2010
Food and beverages major PepsiCo India is in the process of launching its own café outlets in New Delhi and four other cities by the end of the year.

Try the Red: Napa Learns to Sell
New York Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
No longer immune to oversupply, winemakers in California's Napa Valley look to direct-to-buyer sales.

Maharashtra's big-bang wine story goes sour‎
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
MUMBAI: Wineries in Maharashtra no longer sparkle. More than half of the state's 58 wineries have either closed down or stopped producing wine due to the ...

In High Spirits: John Distilleries drafts Rs 150-crore fund ...
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Today, as the chairman of one of India's top five spirits firms, John Distilleries, the 45-year-old is drafting a Rs 150-crore fund raising plan to propel ...

Get ready for exotic leisure resort from Makaibari Tea‎
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
At $1600 a kilo, the most expensive tea variety on the planet, the makers of Silver Tips Imperial, Makaibari Tea, are now brewing plans to set up an exotic ...
Makaibari Tea Estate

Chivas Regal rolls out Shadows campaign
Drinks International - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Chivas Regal is to roll out the latest installment of its Live with Chivalry campaign. Shadows aims to further explain the chivalry concept by juxtaposing images of modern-day knights with their more medieval chivalrous shadows.
Live with Chivas

Mosaiq acquires dark rum from Pernod
Drinks International - Monday, February 15, 2010
Canada: Mosaiq has acquired the global rights to the Lemon Hart rum brand from Pernod Ricard.

Interview with Vijay Rekhi
Mint - Monday, February 15, 2010
New distillation units will help us increase supply side, India's largest spirits company will launch new vodka brands even ...

United States of Mixology
Liquor.com - Friday, February 12, 2010
I think it's fair to say that the proper way to celebrate Presidents' Day (and the long weekend) is with cocktails. Here are a couple of historic drinks to get you started. Cheers!

Cloud 9 to foray into soft drinks, mineral water
Business Standard - Friday, February 12, 2010
Goldwin Healthcare Pvt Ltd, which manufactures and sells Cloud 9 energy drinks, is set to enter the soft drinks, juices, mineral water and soda business.
Cloud 9

El Bulli to Close Permanently
New York Times - Friday, February 12, 2010
Ferran Adria, the Catalan chef, will permanently close his restaurant El Bulli, considered by many to be the world's greatest, and replace it with a culinary academy.
Ferran Adria

Shatter-resistant Pint Glass Could Make U.K. Pub Fights Less Lethal
Advertising Age - Friday, February 12, 2010
As part of its broader Design Out Crime initiative, the British Design Council commissioned a shatter-resistant glass that would cause less injury during pub fights or alcohol-related accidents.

UB launches Kingfisher Red, an "all-season" beer
Business Standard - Friday, January 29, 2010
To increase consumption of beer in India during winter and monsoons, the company has just entered the segment of ‘all-season beer' with its product ‘Kingfisher Red'.

Kingfisher buzz set to get louder
Business Standard - Thursday, February 11, 2010
United Breweries is keen to add a dash of colour to its portfolio of beer brands. That's why the company is silently working on launching flavoured alcoholic beverages under the brand name Kingfisher Buzz, which will take on Bacardi Martini's Breezer, which has been around for eight years now.

Falling sales hit wine firms
Business Standard - Thursday, February 11, 2010
The world's fastest-growing wine market for the past five years, has come crashing down. The Rs 800-crore Indian wine industry is facing a situation where nearly half of what it produced this financial year, so far, remains unsold.

Diageo’s ‘other’ drinks outperform its priority brands
Beverage Daily - Thursday, February 11, 2010
Diageo has reported that its group of priority brands performed worse than other brands in the latest quarter as consumers turn to cheaper options.

Jim Murray in conversation
Economic Times - Thursday, February 11, 2010
Jim Murray author of the seminal Whisky Bible was in India recently as his Whisky Bible 2010 had more than stirred emotions by putting little-known Amrut Fusion, distilled 3,000 ft above sea level in Bangalore, as the third finest whisky globally.

Florida's largest citrus cooperative zooms into India
FNB News - Friday, January 29, 2010
Florida's Natural Growers, one of the largest citrus cooperatives in the state of Florida and also one of the largest orange juice producers in the US, has recently announced its entry in the Indian market with an ambitious investment plan.

UK: Disaronno launches £6 million campaign
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
First Drinks has launched a £6 million initiative for its Italian liqueur, Disaronno.
Disaronno

Leading figures to appear at inaugural Champagne Summit
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Leading trade figures are appearing at next week's Champagne Summit, an event bringing together key players and buyers to look at maximising sales and profit from the category.

Wine: A bouquet of rosés for Valentine's Day
Washington Post - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Whether or not you're planning to give a loved one roses this Valentine's Day, there could hardly be a more appropriate time to celebrate with sparkling rosé.

UK: Trade welcomes minister for pubs
Drinks International - Tuesday, February 09, 2010
The UK pub sector has welcomed the Government's decision to appoint a minister for pubs.

Drinking beer could help prevent weak bones
Guardian - Monday, February 08, 2010
A new study claims that certain types of beer are a rich source of dietary silicon, and can help prevent osteoporosis

Shackleton's whisky recovered
Guardian - Friday, February 05, 2010
That's the spirit! Cases of Mackinlay's 'Rare Old' scotch whisky have been recovered from the ice outside Shackleton's Antarctic hut. What will it taste like?
Cases of Mackinlay's 'Rare Old' scotch whisky

Suntory and Kirin end talks
Drinks International - Monday, February 08, 2010


At new La Descarga, drink and learn
LA Times - Friday, February 05, 2010
The East Hollywood bar not only sells vintage rum cocktails, it gives lessons in the spirit as well.

Vermouth Takes Its Place on the Rocks
New York Times - Friday, February 05, 2010
The American attitude toward vermouth that it is not a beverage but an ingredient in other cocktails is starting to change.

United Spirits launches India’s largest liquor Hypermall in Bangalore
FNB News - Thursday, February 04, 2010
United Spirits has now created a new dimension in liquor retailing with the launch of Spiritz & More@ House of Spirits - India's largest liquor Hypermall in partnership with Bangalore entrepreneur, Subba Reddy.

Diageo and Sean 'Diddy' Combs unveil new Cîroc vodkas
Drinks International - Thursday, February 04, 2010
US: Diageo has unveiled two new brand extensions for its ultra premium Cîroc vodka. Cîroc Red Berry and Cîroc Coconut are now available across the country.
P Diddy Ciroc ad

Edrington buys Cutty Sark
Drinks International - Thursday, February 04, 2010
Edrington is to buy the Cutty Sark blended scotch whisky brand and Berry Bros acquires the Glenrothes single malt whisky.
Cutty Sark

For Scots, a Scourge Unleashed by a Bottle
New York Times - Thursday, February 04, 2010
What is it about Buckfast Tonic Wine that makes it so alluring to consumers and yet so repulsive to politicians?

No reason why IPL bar or cafe won't work‎, says IPL CEO
Mint - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
It is now in talks with companies for IPL bar and cafe licences. On a short visit to Delhi, Raman spoke to Mint about his plans for season 3.

Things Get Messy When Bartenders Crack an Egg
New York Times - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
WHATEVER happened on the evening of Jan. 19 at the Pegu Club, the high-end cocktail hangout in Manhattan, the perpetrator was a specialty of the house: the Earl Grey MarTEAni.

Spirits stand up to recession
Drinks International - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
US: The spirits industry has proved recession resilient, according to the Distilled Sprits Council (DISCUS).

Wine producers Jeanjean and Laroche merge to form Advini
Drinks International - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
According to the new company, Advini will be the third largest wine producer in France, with 1,450 hectares of vines across the South of France, Chablis and the New World. The company has an annual turnover of €190m.

Indian tea to get new look, logo‎
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
The lady in black & white with a wicker-basket of three tea leaves strapped to her head — the 34-year-old India Tea logo — may soon fade into ...
Indian Tea Logo

Skyy launches ginger vodka
Drinks International - Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Skyy vodka has launched a ginger infusion.

Speciali-Tea
Outlook - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The chai-khana is an age-old institution of Hyderabad, frequented by rickshawala and poet alike. Chai Menere is definitely not one of those. ...

Absolut launches new acai flavour
Drinks International - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Absolut has launched a new flavour. Absolut Berri Acai is vodka with acai, blueberry and pomegranate.

Energy, sports drinks under food authority scanner
Business Standard - Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Developed nations have protocol on such drinks, but no cap as yet.

Evolution of Bar Snacks in India
Mint - Friday, January 29, 2010
Escobar is another sign of the growing evolution of bar snacks—from peanuts, popcorn and potato wafers to chicken tikka, wasabi peas and mezze platters. ...

An Apple a Day
Liquor.com - Monday, February 01, 2010
The trendiest item on bar menus these days is about 400 years old. Thanks to the cocktail world's antiquarian obsession, applejack is back, showing up in both classic and new drinks.

Australia’s VB Beer launched in India
FNB News - Friday, January 22, 2010
The Australian Trade Commission (ATC), the trade and investment promotion agency of the Australian government, has launched one of the largest selling beer brands – Victoria Bitter (VB) in India.
Victoria Bitter

Fearless Felix Takes a 120,000 Foot Plunge
Advertising Age - Monday, February 01, 2010
Energy drink Red Bull latest mission: to take a renowned extreme sportsman to the edge of space and drop him from a distance of around

Tata Tea scouts for buys in Asia, Europe
Business Standard - Saturday, January 30, 2010
Has a Rs 1,700-crore war chest readily available looking at coffee and beverages as well.

Maharashtra's big-bang wine story goes sour‎
Economic Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
MUMBAI: Wineries in Maharashtra no longer sparkle. More than half of the state's 58 wineries have either closed down or stopped producing wine due to the ...

A new brew
Business Standard - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
After tapping the premium and popular segments, HUL has entered the lower end of the tea market with its new offering, Brooke Bond Sehatmand.

Travel retail: Absolut vodka launches new flavour
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Pernod Ricard's Absolut vodka is to launch a limited edition new flavour in Europe and Asia duty free. Absolut flavour of the tropics will launch at London Heathrow, followed by Paris CDG, Frankfurt and then Barcelona and Istanbul.

Scotch whisky set for Burns Night
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Diageo is anticipating an increase in sales of Talisker, following a Burns Night push.

USL on a high: No. 2 liquor firm in world
Times of India - Monday, January 25, 2010
VIJAY Mallya-led United Spirits, the No. 1 spirits company in India, has emerged the world's second-largest spirits firm in terms of volume, replacing French Conglomerate Pernod Ricard.

Wassailing the cider orchard
The Guardian - Thursday, January 21, 2010
Singing to an apple tree to ensure a good harvest might seem to be bit of a strange business, but you can't risk the cider supply. Do you know of any similar rituals?

Asia's wine consumption to increase by 25 per cent in five years
Harper's Wine and Spirits - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Asia's wine consumption is set to grow by 25 per cent in the next five years in stark contrast to a predicted fall in European wine drinking, according to new figures released today by Vinexpo.

New Zealand: appellation system on the cards?
Decanter - Saturday, January 23, 2010
A New Zealand equivalent of a Burgundy Grand Cru may be closer to reality than we think, according to wine writer Oz Clarke.

Pernod Ricard to double Absolut vodka production capacity
Just-Drinks - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Pernod Ricard subsidiary The Absolut Company has received the green light from authorities to double production capacity as it looks to rebuild growth for its namesake vodka brand.
Absolut

United Spirits Q3 profit more than triples‎
Mint - Saturday, January 23, 2010
Beating analyst expectations, United Spirits Ltd, the world's second largest spirits maker by sales, more than tripled its third quarter net ...

USL net profit up three times
Business Standard - Friday, January 22, 2010
United Spirits Limited (USL), owned by UB Group, backed by good volume growth and reduction in cost of molasses, has reported a three-time jump in net profit to Rs 96.8 crore for the third quarter of this financial year, compared to the corresponding period of last year.

Oh, the Angostura angst!
Washington Post - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
At first I thought it was a joke: Angostura Bitters Shortage Shakes up Cocktail World. However, I kept seeing headlines from around the globe.
Angostura Bitters

Diageo wins landmark vodka case
Drinks International - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Diageo has won a landmark case against Vodkat and secured the protection of the vodka category.
Vodkat

Bitters From Germany, to Kick Up Your Cocktails
New York Times - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The arrival of Bitter Truth, a relatively new German brand of bitters, couldn't be better timed.

Diageo sends aid to earthquake victims
Drinks International - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Diageo has flown more than 45,000 pounds of food and emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Haiti.

Tata Tea ups stake in Everest to 50 per cent
Business Standard - Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Aimed at consolidating similar businesses under a single roof, Tata Tea, which had gradually increased its stake in Mount Everest Mineral Water over 10 months, has now acquired management control, with a 50.24 per cent stake.
Mount Everest Mineral Water

Cocktails Without the Sugar Rush
Liquor.com - Monday, January 18, 2010
There's a new bar staple cropping up across the land, and it arrives by way of tea, pancakes and yogurt: agave nectar. The sweet, golden syrup in a squeeze-bottle, familiar to anyone who has trolled the aisles of Whole Foods, is a lot like honey but it's..

"We expect higher allocation in this year's Budget'
Business Standard - Sunday, January 17, 2010
The Indian tea industry faces issues of modernisation, financing and stagnant exports to key markets. BASUDEB BANERJEE, chairman, Tea Board of India, talks to Nayanima Basu on expectations for the year ahead.

U.S. sipping pisco again
LA Times - Sunday, January 17, 2010
The liquor, a big industry in Chile and Peru, is being rediscovered in the States. Peru, its birthplace, is making particularly high-quality ones.
Pisco

Ditch the energy drink and grab a bunch of fennel
Economic Times - Friday, January 15, 2010
At the Mumbai marathon, this coming Sunday, 17th Jan, many runners will be consuming stimulants (hopefully only legal ones) like Gatorade and other energy drinks. Those with a historical bent though, might consider something far simpler and easily available : our common saunf or fennel as it's known in English

Soon, stricter norms for energy drinks in India
Times of India - Saturday, January 16, 2010
Soon, there will be strict standards for energy drinks like Red Bull,which are fast catching the fancy of youth for fighting fatigue — and ...

Growing tourism, disposable incomes big boon for Indian restaurants industry: NRAI
FNB News - Monday, January 11, 2010
Vyoum Ghai, joint secretary, NRAI, and promoter of the Panhshilla Rendezvous and Buzz, renowned restaurants in Delhi, shares his views on the current problems & prospects and future of the restaurant industry,

Californian wine growers sign up to sustainable practices
Drinks International - Friday, January 15, 2010
The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance has announced a statewide certification programme that provides third-party verification of a winery or vineyard's sustainable winegrowing practices.

Pernod Ricard announces 3% net sales decline
Drinks International - Friday, January 15, 2010
The world's second largest drinks company has announced a circa 3 net sales decline for the first half of its fiscal year 2009/10, ending December 31, 2009

Coffee Day Holdings in final deal talk with Temasek, KKR ...
Mint - Thursday, January 14, 2010
Coffee Day Holdings in final deal talk with Temasek, KKR, The company would attract a valuation of around $500 mn post-dilution of share ...

WHO reveals global strategy on alcohol
Beverage Daily - Thursday, January 14, 2010
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has included recommendations for higher taxes and tighter advertising regulations in its draft global strategy report on alcohol..

Diageo launches new Johnnie Walker
Drinks International - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Diageo is to test launch Johnnie Walker Double Black whisky in global travel retail.

Premium thirst
Business Standard - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Ramesh Chauhan's Bisleri comes out with a new brand of natural mineral water sourced from a spring in Uttarakhand to take on Tata Tea's Himalayan.

Heineken Buys Femsa in Deal Valued $7.6 Billion
New York Times - Monday, January 11, 2010
Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it will buy Mexican brewer Femsa in an all-share deal that values the maker of Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol beers at around $7.6 billion (euro5.3 billion), including debt.

SABMiller Said to Drop Femsa Bid; Heineken May Buy
Business Week - Monday, January 11, 2010
Heineken is close to an agreement to buy Femsa's beer operations for between $7.5 billion and $8 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site today, citing people familiar with the matter.

Paris Journal: Revelers See Capital’s Night Life Dimming
New York Times - Monday, January 11, 2010
Faced with mounting noise complaints and fines, many Parisian bars and clubs are struggling to stay afloat.

Bisleri eyes markets with Indian diaspora
Mint - Monday, January 11, 2010
Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd, which claims to be the market leader in India's packaged water industry, is in talks with beverage makers and bottlers in countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to franchise its brand name “Bisleri”.

Speciality Restaurants plans Rs 150-crore expansion
Business Standard - Monday, January 11, 2010
Speciality Restaurants Private Ltd, which runs restaurant chains like Mainland China, Sigree, Oh! Calcutta, Machan and Flame and Grill, is planning to dilute its equity by up to 30 per cent to raise money for its expansion plans, besides planning an initial public offer (IPO).

Grain-based 8PM attracts consumers
Business Standard - Monday, January 11, 2010
Radico Khaitan's attempts to make its flagship 8PM whiskey “contemporary” seem to be paying off. Within six month of launch, the grain-based variant of the whiskey has sold about 2 million cases.

Tipplers take hotels on a New-Year high
Economic Times - Monday, January 11, 2010
Liquor sales at hotels and restaurants reversed out a decline by ..

Richard Corrigan wins Decanter/Laurent Perrier Restaurant of the Year
Decanter - Friday, January 08, 2010
A Hegel-reading Irishman schooled in the Netherlands is the proud proprietor of the Decanter/Laurent Perrier Restaurant of the Year 2009.

Canadian Ice wine tasting in Delhi
Tulleeho - Friday, January 08, 2010
Picture this - A cold winter evening…a nearly deserted road leading to an equally deserted driveway…the rustle of leaves as the cold wind blows…distant chatter of voices…a hurried pair of footsteps… Sounds ...
Grapes for Ice wines being grown at the Inniskilin Vineyards in Ontario.

Wakefield releases first 100 per cent carbon neutral wine
Harpers Wine and Spirit - Wednesday, January 06, 2010
An Australian producer has released the first 100 certified carbon neutral brand of wines.

Whyte and Mackay launches £12,000 whisky
Drinks International - Friday, January 08, 2010
Whyte and Mackay has launched a 58 year old Dalmore expression that will sell for £12,000 a decanter.
Dalmore Selene

Budweiser Budvar launches foodie label
Drinks International - Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Germany: Budweiser Budvar has launched a new label design to align the lager with German gastronomy.

Tippling Point | Natural Wine Bars
New York Times - Monday, January 04, 2010
Vin naturel is rapidly gaining a following around the world, with natural wines showing up on menus more and more.

Japanese wine forces grape snobs to think again
Guardian - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Previously known for poor-quality plonk, the nation's winemakers are now using 100 per cent domestically grown grapes to produce fine, sushi-friendly wine for the world

French offer deepest champagne discounts in decade
Business Standard - Thursday, December 31, 2009
The biggest threat to champagne these days may be champagne itself.

Typhoo tees off in India
Business Standard - Monday, January 04, 2010
In October 2005, Kolkata-based Apeejay Surrendra Group acquired Typhoo, the British tea brand, for £80 million from Premier Foods. Four years later, Apeejay has put in motion plans to sell Typhoo in India.
Typhoo

Diageo Radico shareholding to remain unchanged, says Radico
Business Standard - Friday, January 01, 2010
Liqour manufacturer Radico Khaitan today said the government's nod to Diageo Radico Distilleries (DRD), its joint venture with Diageo, for increasing foreign equity to 100 per cent would not have any impact on its shareholding pattern.

In Russia, a New Year and a New Price for Vodka
New York Times - Saturday, January 02, 2010
Russia's cheapest thrill disappeared at dawn on Friday, when the minimum price for a half-liter of vodka nearly doubled as part of an anti-alcoholism campaign.

A Decade of Invention, and Reinvention
New York Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Some of the cocktails developed in the last 10 years stand out not only as culinary creations, but also as signposts of the decade's most significant mixology trends.

HC directs malls, bars to pay licence fee for music
Business Standard - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Delhi High Court today directed top restaurants, malls and bars in the national capital to pay license fee to Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), licensing arm of the Indian Music Industry (IMI), for the songs played by them.

How to Drink Vodka by David Wondrich
Esquire Magazine - Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Not in a martini. Not from an ice luge. But sipped, with food. Like the Russians.

Ireland to get new €2.9m whiskey distillery
Harpers Wine and Spirit - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The owners of Irish brewer and pub chain Porterhouse Group are in negotiations to create a new distillery in Ireland.

Just the decade - The stories that defined the 2000s
Just-Drinks.com - Monday, December 28, 2009
As the decade draws to a close and just-drinks reflects on its first ten years of publication, our editorial team picks the ten stories that defined the noughties for the drinks industry.

500-Year-Old Liqueur Hits the Cocktail Circuit
New York Times - Monday, December 28, 2009
Benedictine, which celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2010, has evolved from a bitter medicine formulated by French monks into a fancy-schmantzy after-dinner liqueur.
Benedictine

Diageo Radico JV gets FIPB nod for 100% FDI
Moneycontrol.com - Sunday, December 27, 2009


Bombay Sapphire gin gets global push
Drinks International - Friday, December 25, 2009
Bacardi's Bombay Sapphire gin has launched a new global advertising campaign. The new campaign, entitled ‘There's Something Inside', aims to showcase the gin's qualities.

Wine Club for Women Launched in Mumbai
Delwine - Thursday, December 24, 2009
W3-Wine, Women and Wit, presumably India's first-ever women's wine club was launched at the Rendezvous, Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai last Wednesday, with plans announced to open similar clubs in Delhi by February and Bangalore by April 2010
W3-Wine, Women and Wit

Barista Lavazza launches liqueur coffees in Defence Colony Delhi.
Barista.co.in - Thursday, December 24, 2009


McLeod buys Uganda tea co for Rs 118 cr
Economic Times - Thursday, December 24, 2009
McLeod Russel India (MRIL), the Rs 1000-crore tea major, is acquiring Uganda's Rwenzori Tea Investments for $25 million (Rs 117.55 crore) as part ...

Bangalore police want ban on women bartenders
IANS - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In the wake of abduction of 12 bar girls by armed thugs for ransom in Bangalore last weekend, the city police are seeking a ban on employing women in such jobs.

Market for energy drinks growing, despite high price
Business Standard - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
As a category, energy drinks in India is a small one — Rs 100 crore — by conservative estimates. But the market is opening, slowly but steadily.

UK-based NRI concocts hangover-free vodka cocktails
Hindustan Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This cocktail is about helping people have a good time without having to pay for ... However, Bains advised that drinking in moderation prevents hangovers. ...

You can cut back on alcohol
LA Times - Monday, November 16, 2009
Research has shown that there are different degrees of drinking disorders, and many people can change habits on their own.

S Africa's News Cafe makes India foray, to invest Rs 100 cr‎
Economic Times - Sunday, December 20, 2009
South African premium cocktail- bar chain News Cafe plans to invest up to Rs 100 crore over the next five years to expand operations in India.

Coffee cafes brew heady cocktails‎
Times of India - Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Cafe Coffee Day, India's largest cafe chain, is brewing what it calls a High Spirits menu at its research and development centre in Chikmaglur. ...

10 Food and Beverage Trends That Shaped 2009
PR Canada - Monday, December 21, 2009


Aspri Sprits brings Italian Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Cavalli Tenuta Degli Dei wine to India
FNB News - Monday, December 21, 2009
Aspri Spirits Pvt. Ltd, one of the leading importers and distributors of premium wines, beers and spirits, has launched Roberto Cavalli Vodka and Cavalli Tenuta Delgi Dei wine in the country.

Bottled Water Business Is Sliding
Sphere - Sunday, December 20, 2009
Bottled water sales fell less than all other beverages this year, according to the Beverage Marketing Corp. Environmental concerns among consumers may have ...

WHO plans global duty free liquor ban
Drinks International - Saturday, December 19, 2009
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has shocked the duty-free industry by proposing a global ban on duty-free liquor sales, a business which was worth $6.3bn last year.

Holiday Gift Guide: Books for the Drinker
Liquor.com - Saturday, December 19, 2009


USL set to export its branded wines
Business Standard - Saturday, December 19, 2009
USL Wines, a division of United Spirits, part of the United Breweries (UB) group, is set to start exporting its brands.

Yum Brands Bets on India's Young for Growth
Wall Street Journal - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Yum Brands Inc. is gearing up for a major expansion in India early next year, where the restaurant chain hopes to position KFC and Taco Bell as youthful, hip brands in a nation of young consumers.

Nilarya, Bangalore based, specialty beer importer launches their website
Tulleeho - Saturday, December 19, 2009


Asahi reveals plan to join top food ranks
Beverage Daily - Thursday, December 03, 2009
Japanese brewery Asahi has unveiled ambitious long-term growth plans that include the possibility of major acquisitions.

English whisky goes on sale for first time since 19th century
Guardian - Thursday, December 10, 2009
It is hardly whisky galore, but English whisky will go on sale next week, the first time in more than 120 years that a distillery south of the border has produced the drink.

PepsiCo Opening Lab To Focus On Healthier Food And Beverages
mysmarttrend.com - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
PepsiCo announced it will open a long-term research laboratory in New Haven that will focus on developing healthier food and beverage products

Cranberry Goes Mainstream
Food & Drink Europe - Thursday, December 03, 2009
In the first of a four part special edition focused on cranberries, NutraIngredients looks at the market for the berry, with its entrance into the indulgence sectors an indication perhaps that health positioning is no longer the sole driving force behind the superfruit's continued success.

Pizza Hut changes format, adds to menu
DNA - Monday, December 14, 2009
Pizza Hut, one of the flagships of Yum Brands Inc, the global restaurant chain, is looking at a complete overhaul of its outlet formats, apart from menu expansion, in India.

Ferragamos Convert Crumbling Tuscan Villa Into Winery, Resort
Business Week - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Don't bother going to a wine store and asking for the new line of Ferragamo wines. The Italian brand adorning $1,600 leather boots isn't on the bottles because the family, being extremely genteel, thinks it in poor taste.

Roederer to produce new Ultra Brut
Decanter - Thursday, December 03, 2009
Champagne Roederer is in the final stages of developing a new Brut Nature cuvee – an ultra dry Champagne with no added sugar or dosage.

It's Official : Drinking in public will cost you Rs.5,000
Hindustan Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2009
If you are 21 years old and looking for a job in a pub in the city, the Delhi Excise Act will allow you to do so. But if you want to taste your first drink...

Restaurant industry remains in the doldrums
LA Times - Monday, December 14, 2009
There's still no happy news for the restaurant industry, according to the latest report by NPD Group, a market research firm.

Coconut Water Makers See Change in New Year
bevnet.com - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Coconut water, a product category currently surging as a result of the intense marketing efforts of three highly motivated firms, is poised for change in 2010.

RelaxZen SPORT – The World’s First Relaxation Beverage Designed for Athletes
bevnet.com - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Peaceful Remedies, LLC, the Shrewsbury, N.J. creator of RelaxZen™ Relaxation Beverages, has launched RelaxZen™ SPORT, the world's first relaxation beverage designed to improve athletic performance.

First Water Bar open in the US
Finewaters.com - Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Fine H2O, the premium water importer and distribution company passionate about fine waters from around the globe proudly announced the opening of the first water bar in the USA: Fine H2O Boutique.

Gatorade to discontinue special Tiger drink
merinews.com - Wednesday, December 09, 2009


From the Land of Kona, a New Brew
New York Times - Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Hawaii is known for its Kona coffee. Now there is also tea.

An Italian Lesson for the Overstuffed
New York Times - Monday, November 23, 2009
No country can match Italy for the sheer variety of its digestives, called amari, which can soothe the stomach after a big meal.

A Frozen Julep, Fresh Off the Vine
New York Times - Friday, December 04, 2009
To some die-hards, drinking a julep from anything but a silver or pewter julep cup is a blasphemy on the level of drinking communion wine from a high-heel shoe.

Altia acquires Pernod's Gronstedts cognac
Drinks International - Friday, December 11, 2009
Altia has acquired Grönstedts cognac from Pernod Ricard. The acquisition is to be approved by EU commission.

APB Promotes Responsible Drinking
Daily Mirror - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (APB) today launched Drink-Savvy.com, a website dedicated to promoting and educating the public on responsible drinking.

Koskenkorva Vodka ties up with Nobel Prize
Drinks International - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Altia's Koskenkorva Vodka has tied up with the world famous Nobel Festivities. The campaign is called Dare to Think and Koskenkorva drinks, specially made as a tribute to Alfred Nobel, are going to be served to Nobel laureates, members of royalty and students at the after-party, Nobel NightCap.

Scotch exports soar by 1.5%
Drinks International - Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Scotch Whisky Association has announced that more than 807 million bottles of Scotch whisky were shipped abroad during the first nine months of 2009.

Aspri launches Lombard's Brut and Brut Rose wines in India
imagesfood.com - Thursday, December 10, 2009
Mumbai-based wine importer and distributor, Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd (ASPL), has expanded its French wine portfolio. The company has associated with Lombard & Cie House of Champagne to introduce Lombard Brut and Lombard Brut Rose in the Indian market

Indian Coffee exports to gain on global shortage
Business Standard - Sunday, December 13, 2009
The year ahead looks promising for Indian coffee exports, both in terms of volume and prices.

ISRO to map tea gardens in to improve yield
Business Standard - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
In a path-breaking development for the tea industry of Assam and West Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has offered its remote sensing (RS) and geographical information systems (GIS) facilities to tea gardens in the two states.

Rad Elan Distributors
- Monday, January 01, 1900
Rad Elan Distributors introduce Blavod vodka, 51 Cachaca, Xenta Absinthe, Maciera Brandy and Blackwoods Dry Gin

Coca-Cola launches energy drink, Burn in India
Agency FAQs - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Coca-Cola has launched its energy drink, Burn, in the Indian market. This is not Coca-Cola's first foray in the energy drink section in India as the company launched an energy drink, Shock, with the tagline, Unleash your wicked style, in 2001. However, the brand failed to strike a chord with Indian consumers.
Burn

Govt brews global branding plans for tea industry
Economic Times - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Union commerce ministry has turned to four wise men in the tea industry to secure the identity of Indian tea across the world...

United Spirits acquires Tern Distilleries
United Spirits - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As part of its plan to augment its primary distillation capacity over the next two to three years, Vijay Mallya's United Spirits has acquired the entire share capital of Tern Distilleries (Tern), based in Andhra Pradesh, for Rs 13.42 crore.

Good Earth Winery to unveil three new brands
Mydigitalfc - Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Good Earth Winery, a new entrant in wine manufacturing, will launch its three new brands of premium wines on Friday, its top official said.
Good Earth Winery

Vinsura Winery to launch new wines in Jan
Business Standard - Thursday, December 03, 2009
Nasik-based Vinsura Winery will be launching three products by mid-January priced at Rs 1,000 and above, a top company official said.

UB, Heineken toast a tie-up
Business Standard - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Ending an almost two-year-long dispute over partnership with the Vijay-Mallya owned United Breweries Ltd (UBL), Heineken NV, the world's third-largest brewery firm, today agreed to permit UBL to brew and market the Heineken brand in India.

United Spirits to be world's number two player
Business Standard - Tuesday, December 08, 2009
United Spirits Ltd (USL), owned by Vijay Mallya-controlled UB Group, is set to become the world's second-largest spirits firm by volumes, dislodging Paris-headquartered Pernod Ricard.

Centre in favour of GST on alcohol
Business Standard - Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Centre has turned down the proposal of the empowered group of state finance ministers to keep alcohol out of goods and services tax (GST).

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