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08/12/14

A UK Government health quango has warned of the dangers of drinking for two consecutive days urging consumers instead to adopt a "one day on, one day off" policy.

08/12/14

The British Medical Association (BMA) has dropped an arrangement with a wine club that offered doctors discount drink despite the organization backing minimum pricing of alcohol.

08/07/14

Euromonitor says the alcoholic drinks industry as a whole is far less price sensitive than the trade has come to believe.

08/07/14

Russia may restrict wine imports from the European Union in a sign that winemakers are becoming embroiled in heightened political tension between the two sides.

08/06/14

New Zealand's Mission Estate is targeting UK growth in the independent and on-trade sectors with the appointment of its first UK business development manager.

08/05/14

London's first urban winery, London Cru, has been banned from being able to put both the grape variety and vintage on the labels of its first wines to go on sale.

08/04/14

France is set to tighten laws on pesticide use after the country's Senate approved a proposal that would prevent farmers from using spraying practices that pose a health risk to people.

08/01/14

Patients at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in central France will be able to take part in "medically supervised wine-tasting" sessions. They will be allowed to invite friends or family over for a drink.

08/01/14

The House of Lords has launched an inquiry into the next EU drinking strategy, potentially informing policy on issues such as minimum unit pricing.

07/31/14

France's Senate has backed tougher rules on pesticide spraying following concerns about residues drifting into nearby villages from vineyards, but the house rejected campaigners' calls for mandatory pesticide-free zones.

07/29/14

It's not only Ukraine that has been moving towards a closer relationship with the European Union. Moldova too has reached out to Brussels but Russia has responded by targeting its vineyards, which have an intriguing past.

07/25/14

The rate of underage drinking among 11 to 15 year olds in England has fallen to its lowest ever rate since records began in 1988.

07/25/14

UK value sales of alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption are reported to have leapt 15% in the last five years, although volumes are in decline thanks to rising prices and a health conscious younger generation.

07/25/14

Analysts have predicted Diageo's net sales growth will have risen by 0.5% in 2014, ahead of the release of the company's full end of year results next week.

07/23/14

A UK winery is preparing to host its 5th Annual Bacchus charity marathon complete with dedicated wine tasting stations along its 26-mile route.

07/23/14

Explaining the stylistic implications of cool climate for wine is a key challenge in the drive to push consumers into higher price points, according to Australian brand Hardys.

07/21/14

For the last four years, Mr. Álvarez and five of his seven children have been locked in a pitched succession battle full of lawsuits and nasty accusations. It's been called "Falcon Crest" by the Spanish press, the name taken from the 1980s prime-time soap opera set in a Napa Valley winery.

07/16/14

During a recent trip to the Italian wine region of Lugana, I was told by a producer that the area has two different faces. I was intrigued.

07/16/14

American consumers have developed a thirst for gran reserva Rioja and are helping to drive sales of the style according to one of the region's historic estates.

07/16/14

French officials have approved Terrasses du Larzac in Languedoc-Roussillon as a standalone appellation, offering more evidence of the region's improving reputation.

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