This week in spirits & wine on just-drinks

This week in spirits & wine on just-drinks

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & water.

Much has been made of the effect that the rise of the craft spirits segment has had on the broader spirits category. Ian Buxton, however, believes that effect isn't quite as powerful as some have previously feared.

The president of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards has acquired the Californian wine producer from parent company Madison Vineyard Holdings.

Edrington has readied a global campaign for its The Famous Grouse blended Scotch brand.

At Beam Suntory's big reveal for Courvoisier in Paris this week, it became clear that more brands are on a quest for authenticity, in order to reach that all-important Millennial consumer. The latest brand alignment sees Courvoisier back in Paris, where it was the toast of the Golden Age and the drink enjoyed at the opening of the Eiffel Tower in 1889.

Pernod Ricard unit Irish Distillers, which owns the Jameson brand, has opened a micro-distillery to experiment with new styles of Irish whiskey.

Lucas Bols has seen a lot of changes recently. Earlier this month, just-drinks spoke to CEO Huub van Doorne about the company's IPO earlier this year, as well as the increasingly-crowded US spirits market and how best to target China's new cocktail culture.

Beam Suntory has said it aims to make Courvoisier the second biggest-selling Cognac brand in the world with the help of its new marketing campaign.

Campari has recruited a senior Diageo executive to head up its operations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Kirin's Australian unit, Lion, has opened a new South Australia winery for its Petaluma brand as it targets premium wine sales in East Asia.

William Grant & Sons has confirmed plans to double production capacity at its recently-opened Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey distillery.

Diageo has said it expects its operating profits for fiscal-2016 to take a GBP150m (US$231.8m) hit, due to adverse exchange rate movements.

Provence wine growers will next week welcome a delegation of buyers from the US to a backdrop of spectacular growth in exports of rosé to the market, trade body the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP) reveals.

It's almost two years since Walsh Whiskey Distillery sold a stake to Italy's Illva Saronno, resulting in a healthy cash injection that is funding the construction of a new distillery for the Carlow-based Irish whiskey producer. Earlier this month, just-drinks met Walsh Whiskey's founder, Bernard Walsh, to talk about the category in general and the future for Walsh in particular.

Diageo has suspended all advertising on YouTube in Australia, following the appearance of a Bundaberg rum advert during children's television show Dora the Explorer.