The Tower Thistle Hotel in London is staging a South African Food & Wine Festival from 19 September to 16 October. We may know the wines, but look out for the food, which will be prepared by South African chef Vincent Gibbons. Ingredients will include ostrich and springbok.
Cruzcampo, a subsidiary of Guinness and Spain's biggest brewer, made its first major shipment of beer to the UK in July.
The UK launch was a response to the increase in demand for imported premium lagers. It is offered in a 33cl bottle and can. Distribution is by David Scatchard of Liverpool.
Yet another important reference book, Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine (£30), will join the list of wine books to appear in autumn.
Gordon's Gin has increased its brand leadership position in the on-trade. It now has a market share of 73.5% (April/May) compared with 72.3% last year. It performed particularly well in England and Wales with volume sales up by 7%.