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Toast Ale rises up against climate change!

Toast Ale is an award-winning producer of sustainably brewed beer. Their 'Rise Up' series is a set of collaborations with B-Corp certified companies, highlighting food waste and celebrating different environmental topics to be debated at COP26.

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Wimbushes: St Albans' first vineyard in St Albans for 500 years!

Today, the largest English wine brands are much better known than ever before. However, COVID-19 has given people more time, opportunity and willingness to discover smaller, local vineyards they never knew existed. Many started out as a hobby and remain the wine equivalent of a nanobrewery, typically run by a solo entrepreneur, producing small batches of wine in a 'scaled-down' winery. One example is Wimbushes Vineyard, a one-acre site in the Hertfordshire village of Chiswell Green, just south of St Albans.

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Dima’s Ukrainian Vodka: a quality choice!

Heard of Ukrainian vodka? Well thanks to Dima Deinega, you may already have! He's a man on a mission to tell as many people as he can just how great premium vodka can be and to banish misconceptions about the category. Dima is a passionate advocate of the spirit. Born in Kiev, but raised in London, he was regularly flying to Ukraine to see family there … before COVID travel restrictions struck. So, while looking forward to future visits when able to do so, he can take stock of his achievements and plan for the future.

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Tastin' France: banishing the blues to celebrate the UK's love of French wine!

We've all been sadly cooped up at home for a long time with little opportunity to attend wine tastings. Virtual events have at least allowed us to communicate with fellow wine professionals - a welcome and vital link to keep us all in the loop. However, there's nothing quite like a live event and Business France has been on the case more than once! Following a successful sparkling wine tasting earlier this year, the 22nd June was the date for a tasting of rosé and organic wines in a new venue, the leafy Barbican Conservatory Terrace.

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Making spirits on a traditional Cognac still in the British Isles' most southerly vineyard!

Jersey is an island of contrasts. Part of the British Isles, yet not part of the UK and so not within the EU, it retains its own unique identity. British with a sense of La France, you can use UK currency there but also pay in Jersey pound notes. Close to the coast of Normandy, it even has its own language, Jèrriais (Jersey Norman French). It's also home to a sizeable Portuguese community. Beautiful coves and beaches adorn an island that's small (only 5 miles long and 9 miles wide), yet rich in history with a strategic wartime heritage.

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Warner's Distillery: remaining craft & sustainable!

Last month, I reported on Think Gin's April debate around the growth of craft gin and future gin trends. One successful craft gin brand is Warner's Gin. Founder, Tom Warner, spoke about his eco-friendly ethos and how he manages to balance his company's craft image while also producing at scale.

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Gin trends: Think Gin debate discusses the future!

In 2020, HMRC data from a recent Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) report showed that the number of UK gin distilleries grew by 124. This is the first time more than 100 were registered in a single year and today, there are over 560 distilleries in the country. Total gin sales at home and abroad now total over £3 billion. Sales of gin in UK shops even passed £1 billion for the very first time!

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Spreading the joy of wine, the Aldi way!

Aldi's wine range continues to impress on many levels: value for money, quality, consistency, relevance, interest and choice. The German retailer has never shied away from being über-competitive in an increasingly crowded and cut-throat marketplace. The latest selection comes a year after we started to become used to drinking at home instead of going out. There's a diverse range of styles here with a few surprises and a focus, across their whole drinks portfolio, on the latest trends, as life begins to head towards some form of normality.

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Woodside Gin: made in the Forest of Dean!

COVID has changed so many lives, but for some, it has also provided new opportunities. Forest of Dean-based couple Jason Morgan and Jessica Howells launched Woodside Distillery just in time for Christmas last year. With their brand new gin selling quickly, they have been optimistic that 2021 will be a year to remember for all the right reasons.

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Jeroboams launches its first exclusive spirit!

Jeroboams has launched its very first exclusive spirit, WhistlePig Single Barrel 10-Year-Old Rye Whiskey. Produced by Vermont-based WhistlePig, this unique Rye whiskey has been selected by and exclusively bottled for Jeroboams with a limited batch of just 132 bottles.

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