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Snow storms hit producers and vines in central Italy

Published:  29 November, 2013

Up to 60cm of snow, which fell on Monday and Tuesday this week, have caused extensive damage to the vineyards in Abruzzo, central Italy.

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Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn to launch his own wine academy

Published:  29 November, 2013

Master Sommelier, Ronan Sayburn, has launched his own wine academy in London offering training for those studying from WSET level 2 up to Master of Wine and Master Sommelier exams.

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Plans for Bordeaux's global wine city unveiled at Wine Vision

Published:  29 November, 2013

Billed as the "biggest celebration of wine in the world" the plans for Cite de Civilisations du Vin to be built in Bordeaux were revealed to a global audience at last week's Wine Vision conference in London.

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Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch: Anchorman fans celebrate Ron Burgundy Scotch Whisky

Published:  29 November, 2013

TN Paramount Film Company announced it will be launching Ron Burgundy Scotch Whisky, to coincide with the premiere of Anchorman 2, starring the cast of original characters including Will Ferrell n his role as TV newsman, Ron Burgundy.

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The Diner opens seventh outlet serving its own 'Hard Teas'

Published:  29 November, 2013

The Diner opened its seventh location in the Old Spitalfields Market, in East London, where guests will be able to choose from a selection of "hard teas" and "hard milkshakes" spiced with a range of spirits.

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Pernod Ricard switches more of its advertising budget to digital and social media

Published:  28 November, 2013

An increasing proportion of Pernod Ricard's UK advertising budget is being spent on social and digital media, as traditional media consumption continues to decline, according to managing director Denis O'Flynn.

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Wine Vision Day 1: who said what on social media

Published:  28 November, 2013

Relive day one from last week's Wine Vision global wine conference hosted in association with Harpers in London that brought many of the world's leading wine players, producers and commentators to the capital to look at the future of wine. Here is our review of the social media conversation that took place during the first afternoon of the conference. Look out for further reviews on Harpers.co.uk.

 

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'Decade of Rum' report shines spotlight on authentic Caribbean rum

Published:  28 November, 2013

The global rum category has grown by 40% over the last 10 years and 24% in the UK, according to a new trade report, The Decade of Rum, produced by West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers'Association (WIRSPA).

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English wines showcase new releases at East Anglian trade tasting

Published:  28 November, 2013

New Hall founder Piers Greenwood capped off a winning year with the release of his Sparkling English Rosé magnum at the East Anglian Vineyard Association's recent trade tasting.

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Largest World Bulk Wine Exhibition attracts nearly 6,000 visitors to Amsterdam

Published:  28 November, 2013

The largest World Bulk Wine Exhibition held to date took place this week in Amsterdam with up to 176 wineries taking part from 16 different countries.

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Santa Rita Estates to host wine education workshops in London in January

Published:  28 November, 2013

Chilean wine producer, Santa Rita Estates, is to once again hold its South American Wine workshops in London in January as part of its three year educational programme.

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Cutty Sark releases special edition whisky to commemorate Prohibition anniversary

Published:  28 November, 2013

Cutty Sark is releasing a special edition bottle to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the United States.

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Gallo looks to grow UK spirits business with launch of New Amsterdam Vodka

Published:  27 November, 2013

Californian wine producer, E&J Gallo, is strengthening its UK spirits portfolio with the launch of New Amsterdam Vodka that has enjoyed considerable success in the US since its launch in 2011.

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Majority of Champagne is not being sold "well" says Taittinger chief

Published:  27 November, 2013

Up to 70% of Champagne around the world is not being sold "well" and the major houses need to step up their act to protect the category, according to the head of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger.

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New Zealand wants to be the world's number one producer of lower alcohol wines

Published:  27 November, 2013

New Zealand wants to position itself as the "world's leading producer of high-quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol 'lifestyle' wines" in the biggest research project undertaken by the country's wine industry.

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Drinks brands can block underage followers on Twitter

Published:  27 November, 2013

Twitter has launched an age-verification process for users who want to follow alcohol brands.

The social network has teamed up with brands including Bud Light, Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Heineken and Bacardi, who are incorporating the tool into their Twitter strategy.

Users who click to follow drinks brands will be asked to enter their date of birth. Twitter will then check they are of legal drinking age in that country. Previously followers had to respond to a direct message.

Twitter is working with brands to address the issue of age compliance, but it stresses "compliance with specific industry guidelines around age screening and age-based targeting is, as always, the responsibility of the brand".

One of the major criticisms of age-gating online so far has been that users can simply enter a false date of birth in order to gain access. However, in the small print on a support page, it states that "if a brand becomes aware that you've entered incorrect information to bypass their age screen, they can block you, which permanently bans you from following the account".

To set up this new form of age-screening, clients with account support can contact their teams directly; those with self-serve accounts can request access here.

In a blog post Twitter state: "Our hope is that this approach to age-screening will enable alcohol brands to responsibly and safely connect with the right audience on Twitter."

Do you work for a drinks producer, bar or retailer and use Twitter? Would you be interested in using this tool? Let us know by commenting below.

 

 

 

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Specialist Korean cocktail bar opens at Kimchee in London

Published:  27 November, 2013

Korean cocktails featuring authentic spirits such as Soju and Hakushu will be the main focus of a new bar opening up downstairs at the Kimchee Korean restaurant in Holborn in London.

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Independents should target the "ethical" under-35 consumer says IGD

Published:  27 November, 2013

Specialist independent wine merchants and retailers looking to sell organic, Fairtrade and ethically sourced wine and spirits are urged to specifically target the under-35 age group as they are the most likely consumers to want to buy such products, according to new IGD research released today.

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Treasury Wine Estates streamlines senior executive team

Published:  27 November, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has announced today that its executive leadership team, which included five brand business unit leaders and four regional business units, will be reduced to three roles consisting of one chief marketing officer and two regional chief commercial officers, effective immediately.

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The Golden State reports a golden harvest

Published:  26 November, 2013
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