This weeks spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

This week's spirits & wine coverage on just-drinks

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories from the global spirits & wine categories. Click the links to view our round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & bottled water.

This month sees just-drinks let its category commentators loose on the year ahead. Here, Chris Losh tells us how he sees 2018 panning out for the global wine category.

Constellation Brands has bought into Kentucky-based craft spirits producer Copper & Kings American Brandy Co.

Here, just-drinks consolidates the M&A activity in the global drinks industry during December.

Stock Spirits expects its 2017 sales to come in "ahead of our expectations", with second-half trading boosted by healthier trading environments for spirits in its two main markets.

Bacardi has accused Pernod Ricard of "perpetuating a lie" in the latest round of the pair's spat over the Havana Club rum brand.

SPI Group has said it is disappointed after a Dutch court handed a Russian rival the rights to the Stolichnaya name across three countries.

Zamora Co has confirmed its purchase of a "strategic stake" in premium sangría brand Lolea.

The joint venture behind Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey has announced its intention to offer shares in the brand, with the aim of raising up to US$30m.

The trade association for the Cognac sector has confirmed its intention to raise the minimum age for spirit used in the XO classification from six years to ten.