With the end of the year looming, just-drinks is running a series of 'Top Tens of the Year' in the run-up to Christmas. Here are the ten most read comment pieces written by our regular columnists on just-drinks in 2014.

10: Spirits - The Great Bourbon Shortage

It looks like Sazerac Co's warning a year ago that the world is running out of Bourbon has finally peaked. Earlier this week, the company said it is still short and there's no end in sight. Ian Buxton runs the rule over the matter.

9: Wine - Three Questions the Drinks Industry Needs to Find Answers To

As the alcoholic drinks industry emerges bruised and battered from media and health lobby attacks, Chris Losh offers three questions for us all to consider.

8: Spirits - Beam Inc & Suntory: What Might it Mean for Scotch?

Just before January is out, Ian Buxton is here for his first comment piece of 2014, and he's keen to consider what the fist big M&A transacion of the year will mean in the Scotch whisky industry.

7: Soft Drinks & Water - The Kitchen: The New Soft Drink Frontline

Earlier this month, The Coca-Cola Co took aim at the in-home carbonation market, through its tie-up with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Richard Corbett surveys the battlefield.

6: Soft Drinks & Water - Russia in Turmoil

Ray Rowlands of Drinksinfo Ltd takes a look at the changing face of the Russian beverage market and reviews the impact of the current economic and political situation on the country’s demand for soft drinks.

5: Wine - China's Wine Wave and Spirits' Lessons

With recent claims that China has become the world’s biggest consumer of red wine, Chris Losh considers what wine producers can learn from the current travails facing international spirits companies in the country.

4: Soft Drinks & Water - Flat Water in Western Europe a Worry for Nestlé

Bottled water appears to have been the biggest victim of the economic downturn, particularly in Western Europe. Richard Corbett takes a look at the prospects for one of the larger water players in the region, Nestlé.

3: Beer - Remembering Graham Mackay

Last month, the chairman and former CEO of SABMiller, Graham Mackay, passed away. Ahead of a memorial service in London later this week, Larry Nelson looks back at an extraordinary career.

2: Spirits - Where Next for Flavoured Vodka?

Flavoured vodka may have hit a bump in the US, but there's a major opportunity in global markets for the sub-category, argues Richard Woodard. 

1: Beer - The End of the Road for International Brands?

Larry Nelson has been looking at the global brewers' numbers this month, and mulling what their report cards say about the state of international beer brands.