We’ve Got Your Back Sista

The Women in drinks International Women’s Day Luncheon is proudly supporting the “Got Your Back Sista” special project during International Women’s Week – 7th to 13th March 2016 – to help women and children who have escaped domestic violence start their lives again. For the event, the Women in drinks Board Members are asking for … Continued

January 20, 2016

AHA Knocks Back Latest FARE Report

The CEO of the Australian Hotels Association in Western Australia has publicly criticised the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education’s latest report ‘Risky Business’. Bradley Woods has knocked back claims that the alcohol industry is dependent on “risky drinking”; saying that the validity of the report is questionable. The report, which was published on Tuesday, … Continued

January 20, 2016

Sydney Wine Academy Students Shine at WSET Exams

John MacKinnon, Executive Sommelier at Shangri-La Hotels, Sydney, and Joel Beerden, a freelance writer, have received recognition for their exceptional WSET examination results in the last academic year. MacKinnon, who completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits, won the Fine Wine Partners (FWP) Scholarship and will receive a $1,000 grant towards further … Continued

January 20, 2016

March into Merivale Returns in 2016

Merivale’s food and wine festival is set to return next month, bringing together top restaurants and bars in Sydney over five jam-packed weeks. Located at ivy, each year the festival provides Merivale’s venues the chance to showcase their best dishes, wines, Champagnes and cocktails to consumers in Sydney. Mr. Wong, The Paddington, Coogee Pavilion, est., Papi … Continued

January 19, 2016

Changes to ATO Website

The Australian Taxation Office has informed that it has made a number of changes to the ‘excise and excise equivalent goods’ and ‘wine equalisation tax’ sections of its website. Both sections have been re-structured and feature new information. Users will find that existing information on alcohol, fuel and tobacco has been moved into individual sections … Continued

January 19, 2016

What’s On: Drinks Activations & The Australian Open 2016

The Australian Open begins today in Melbourne, starting with the Women’s and Men’s Singles. Picked for the win are favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who are expected to take home their respective titles at the finals on Saturday 30 January (Women’s Final) and Sunday 31 January (Men’s Final). As millions prepare to watch Australia’s … Continued

January 18, 2016


At Nichols+Norris, we bring strategies to life. Our lifeblood is to enable organisations to become masters of implementation and to effectively execute their company, business unit or brand strategy. The partnership came following 20+ years individually working with some of Australia’s leading brands, when we were consistently reminded the role that implementation plays in the … Continued

January 18, 2016

OLGR Officers Target Parramatta and Manly

The Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing has announced that it will be conducting compliance checks of licensed venues in Parramatta and Manly this week. Officers will be checking that venues are meeting their licence conditions and state liquor and gaming laws. According to Anthony Keon, OLGR Director of Compliance and Enforcement, the checks are part … Continued

January 12, 2016

Robert Oatley Dies Aged 87

Winemaker Robert Oatley has sadly passed away, aged 87. The owner of Robert Oatley Vineyards and founder of Rosemount Estate had been ill for a number of months and died on Sunday morning. Mr. Oatley enjoyed a long and diverse career. Alongside wine, he was also well-known as the proud owner of Hamilton island and successful Sydney to … Continued

January 11, 2016

ALSA Announces Young Retailer of the Year

The Australian Liquor Stores Association today announced the winner of the inaugural Young Retailer of the Year, recognising exceptional young liquor retailers from across the country. The winner is Krystal Hall from Western Australia. “Krystal made an exceptional impression on the judging panel with her energetic and innovative approach to liquor retailing and demonstrated that … Continued

December 18, 2015