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Exploring the vineyards of Castello do Albola

Winemaker and director of Castello do Albola, Alessandro Gallo, shares his joy in a winemaking region of major historic importance.

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Franklin & Sons launches ‘Drinks In Trade’ video series

Franklin & Sons is celebrating the remarkably independent and vibrant hospitality industry with the launch of its new vodcast series ‘Drinks In Trade.’ 

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Zonin: refined over 2,000 years

Michele Zonin, seventh-generation family member and vice-president of Zonin1821, looks at the history and modernity of a classic Italian wine.

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elit Named Best Vodka of The Year at Beverage Tasting Institute Awards

Stoli Group has announced that platinum winning, ultra-premium vodka elit, was named Best Vodka of the Year in 2022 by Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). This is an eleventh time platinum win for elit, a score unbeaten by any other vodka. 

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Jägermeister Meister Hunter 2022 winner revealed

Carrie Smith from Hoot the Redeemer in Edinburgh has won the Meister Hunter 2022 competition and received £3,000 cash and entry into the exclusive Hubertus Circle.

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Arturo Burzio on representing the UK at the global elit Martini Masters

Class speaks to Scarfes Bar’s Arturo Burzio, winner of the UK elit Martini Masters, as he prepares for the global final in Athens later this month.

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Jägermeister Meister Hunter 2022 finalists announced

Following six regional heats held throughout September, the 2022 Meister Hunter finalists have been selected.

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Benoit Bouillard wins Giffard West Cup Cocktail Competition

Giffard has announced Benoit Bouillard from Monsieur Moutarde in Dijon, France as the winner of the West Cup 2022.

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Mia Kumari wins Amaro Montenegro UK final

Mia Kumari of The American Bar at The Savoy was announced the winner of the global bartender competition the Vero Bartender UK final. 

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Sign up to attend the Fernet-Branca Barback Games

The 4th UK edition of the Fernet-Branca Barback Games competition, celebrating some of the heroes of UK hospitality, returns this autumn.

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Amaro Montenegro announces date of UK final

Amaro Montenegro has announced The Vero Bartender UK final will take place on September 5th, during which finalists from around the country will compete for the title of UK Vero Bartender. 

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Q&A with The House of Suntory's DOJO Programme Masters

Class interviews two of the House of Suntory DOJO Masterclass Masters, starting with Kevin O’Duffy, Senior Tea Master from Urasenke Chado.

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Glenmorangie launches HighBallers competition

Following the success of the Glenmorangie x Three Sheets sessions, Glenmorangie has announced the launch of The Glenmorangie X HighBallers competition.

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Ian Burrell on the return of RumFest

Following a return to a physical event in 2021, RumFest is coming back in October for three days of tastings, talks and masterclasses. CLASS caught up with founder Ian Burrell as the festivities approach.

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Hi-Spirits' Classic Cocktail Competition returns for 2022

Hi-Spirits, announces the return of the Classic Cocktail Competition, with a twist. Calling on UK bartenders to submit their twists of classic cocktails found in the ‘Anthology of 12 Classic Cocktails’ book, authored by Jake Burger. 

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Glenmorangie Talks open registrations for nationwide tour with Three Sheets

Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is coming to a city near you in partnership with Three Sheets to open the floor to discussing Whisky, Drinks & People.

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Franklin & Sons promotes the Paloma in £10k giveaway

Franklin & Sons has partnered with Patrón Tequila to give away £10,000 of free cocktail kits across the UK to mark National Tequila Day.

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An interview with Cognac Frapin

Class speaks to Thomas Soret from Cognac Frapin about its unique production and hears of two new launches.

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Journey to Joy: Appleton Estate competition returns

Appleton Estate, the bestselling Jamaica Rum, has today announced the return of its legendary nationwide mixology competition – newly named, Journey to Joy.

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Franklin & Sons rebrands and extends soda range

Franklin & Sons has re-imagined its visual identity with a modern, clean look and feel, inspiring consumers to focus on the remarkable flavours to be discovered inside the bottle.

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Staying true to the Seychelles - the story of Takamaka rum

Determined to make rum with authenticity, two brothers have created the national spirit of the remote archipelago, and in their latest St André Series they have introduced new dimensions. 

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Roma Bar Show returns for 2022 for two days of in-person events

After a very successful first edition, Roma Bar Show is back for the second time and promises to bring together the best of the Italian and international hospitality industry for a two-day event.

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Everleaf opens entries to new UK competition

Non-alcoholic aperitif brand, Everleaf is launching a nationwide competition which invites UK bartenders to create an enticing spritz serve that transports the drinker to one of Everleaf’s three biomes.

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Belvedere Organic Infusions launches

Belvedere Organic Infusions is a range of super premium 100% organic-certified flavoured vodkas made with unique combinations of fruit and botanical infusions.

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Torres Brandy launches sustainable bar competition

Torres Brandy presents The Zero Challenge, the first international competition for sustainable bar initiatives.

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Fentimans launches Crafted for Mixing campaign with Joe Schofield

Fentimans has unveiled the first edition of a new multi-part mixer campaign, Crafted for Mixing, telling the stories, inspiration and journeys behind the craft of the world’s best chefs and bartenders.

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Ron Santiago de Cuba Añejo 8-year-old launches

Hot off the heels of the 3-variant relaunch of Ron Santiago de Cuba™ this summer, comes a completely new liquid to the UK, Germany, Italy, Baltics and Cuba markets.

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Meet the mentors behind Edrington UK's new advocacy programme, CREATE

CREATE, the new advocacy programme by Edrington UK in support of the UK trade, is a competition like no other. Partnering with six of Manchester’s finest bars and restaurants, CREATE aims to highlight the strength in collaboration between the kitchen, front of house, and the bartending teams.

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Women in whisky: meet The Macallan's Kirsteen Campbell and Naked Malt's Diane Stuart

CLASS interviews the women behind two of Edrington UK's most famous Scotch whisky brands - The Macallan's Master Whisky Maker Kirsteen Campbell (left) and Diane Stuart, Naked Malt Master Blender (right), who recently oversaw the brand's transition from Naked Grouse to Naked Malt.

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Fernet-Branca Barback Games makes October comeback

The Fernet-Branca Barback Games will return for a third year on October 28, as part of London Cocktail Week, at London’s Village Underground.