This year’s Imbibe Live will return to London’s Olympia Grand on 1-2 July

Preview: Imbibe Live 2014

By Lauren Houghton

Imbibe Live, the annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade, will return to London’s Olympia Grand on 1-2 July.

Pouring champagne requires skills and knowledge

60-Second Skill: Pouring champagne

By Melodie Michel

As demonstrated at the Moet UK Sommelier of the Year competition, champagne pouring requires skills and knowledge. BigHospitality gets top tips from this year's winner Kathrine Larsen.

There will be plenty of wine-related activity at Imbibe Live 2014

Imbibe Live 2014: Wine events & activity

By Carina Perkins

Imbibe Live 2014 will feature a programme packed full of wine-related events and activities for visiting sommeliers, wine buyers, operators and bartenders.

Wine has lost some consumers to cocktails, but sparkling and artisan wines are on the up

Alcoholic drinks: Wine trends and innovations

By Carina Perkins

In the third part of our special feature on alcoholic drinks we look at the key trends driving the wine category, which has faced competition from fruit-based cocktails in the on-trade.

Mark Slaney previously worked as head sommellier for Lucknam Park Hotel and recently published a book on wine

Small Talk

Mark Slaney on the Horseshoe, wine and a life in hospitality

By Carina Perkins

Mark Slaney was practically born into the hospitality sector – his parents, grand-parents and great-grand parents were hoteliers. He worked as restaurant manager, head of dining, events manager, head sommelier and consultant before joining the Horseshoe...

All six finalists will be given a 12-month complimentary membership of the UK Wine Guild

Sommelier of the Year competition open for entries

By Luke Nicholls

Wine waiters and sommeliers from across the hospitality industry are being encouraged to enter the Academy of Food & Wine Service (AFWS) 2014 Moët UK Sommelier of the Year competition.