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New speakers lined up for Digital Wine Communications Conference in Rioja

Published:  31 August, 2013

New speakers have been added to the impressive line-up of panellists for the renamed Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC), formerly knon as the EWBC, which is to be held in Rioja, Spain, between October 25- 27.

 

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Italian producer Fulvio Luca Bressan in hot water over online racist storm

Published:  30 August, 2013

Italian wine producer Fulvio Luca Bressan of Bressan Mastri Vinai has found himself in very hot water after making what have been seen as racially offensive comments last Friday on his Facebook page regarding the Italian integration minister Cécile Kyenge ? Italy's first African-Italian minister and the recent implementation of new policies affecting undocumented immigrants in the country.

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Henkell & Co Group takes a 60% stake in Copestick Murray

Published:  30 August, 2013

Sparkling wine giant, Henkell & Co Group, has acquired a 60% stake in UK wine impoorter and distributor Copestick Murray which will help take the company to the next stage of its growth and dramatically strengthen its postion in international markets.

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More speakers lined up for Digial Wine Conference in Rioja

Published:  30 August, 2013

Further speakers have been added to the line-up for the Digital Wine Communications Conference to be held in Rioja, Spain between October 25-27.

 

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WSTA's Miles Beale urges trade to do more following minimum pricing success

Published:  30 August, 2013

Miles Beale, the chief executive of the Wine & Spirit Trade Asssociation, sets out a series of fresh challenges to the drinks industry on today's Harpers.co.uk following the success of its campaign to prevent the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol.

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WSET announces sudden death of Chris Kelly

Published:  29 August, 2013

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust has announced this afternoon the sudden death of marketing manager Chris Kelly.

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Vast majority of alcoholic drinks comply with Portman Group Code, says audit body

Published:  29 August, 2013

The drinks industry has been given a boost today with an independent audit report that states the vast majority of alcohol products conform to Portman Group responsibility standards.

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Scrap duty escalator to help save 4,000 pubs at risk, says WSTA

Published:  29 August, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has seized on today's prediction by the Good Pub Guide that up to 4,000 pubs could close in the next 12 months to call on the government to do its bit and scrap the duty escalator on alcohol and help save more pubs from closure.

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UK wine educators look to bring story of Bordeaux back to the UK

Published:  29 August, 2013

Fifteen UK-based tutors have attended a specialised accredited course at L'École du Vin in Bordeaux in a bid to help spread the word in the UK about the region's wines.

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Start planning your Beautiful South Tasting

Published:  29 August, 2013

With over 300 tables and 330 producers the first Beautiful South Tasting, to be held on September 11 and 12 in London's Olympia, demands a plan and the full show catalogue is now available online to download so attendees can devise a tactical plan of what producers to put on their 'must-see' list.

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Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event shortlisted in industry awards

Published:  29 August, 2013

Wines of Argentina in the UK has been shortlisted for two major event and brand industry awards to recognise its breakthrough Cambalache event it held earlier this year.

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Illegal vodka pipeline discovered in Kyrgyzstan

Published:  28 August, 2013

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan have shut off an illegal eight inch-wide tube being used to smuggle illicit alcohol between Kazakhstan for a third of mile under the Chu River into Kyrgyzstan, according to local agency reports.

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California's early 2013 harvest looking to be a good vintage

Published:  28 August, 2013

While the European 2013 harvest is several weeks behind schedule, California's 2013 harvest, which began the first of August for sparkling wines produced in the region,  is ahead of schedule and looking to be of a good quality and quantity.

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Selfridges offers Rhuby Rhubarb Liqueur

Published:  28 August, 2013

Selfridges and Coe Vintners have acquired the exclusive UK distribution rights for Rhuby, a Swedish produced, natural rhubarb liqueur created by Ylva Binder for the UK market.

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Nyetimber signs export deal to Denmark

Published:  28 August, 2013

Nyetimber continues to expand overseas with a new contract to supply its English wines to Denmark.

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Anheuser-Busch to host well-being and responsibility forum

Published:  28 August, 2013

Anheuser-Busch is hosting an InBev Well-Being & Responsibility Forum on September 17, with topics covering well-being and responsibility, road safety and drink-driving prevention, underage-drinking prevention, and excessive-drinking prevention with 200 participants already confirmed.

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WSTA puts the consumer at the heart of its annual conference

Published:  27 August, 2013

How the wine and spirits trade can best tackle the "Consumer Challenge" will be the key theme of this year's Wine & Spirit Trade Assocation conference to be held in London on September 25. engage with

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Southern Comfort announces follow-up TV ad

Published:  27 August, 2013

Bacardi Brown-Forman has announced the next stage of its 'Whatever's Comfortable' ad campaign for Southern Comfort in the UK.

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Louis Jadot purchases Oregon vineyard

Published:  27 August, 2013

Maison Louis Jadot has announced that it has purchased Resonance Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley for an undisclosed fee.

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Valerie Lewis's move to Enotria opens door for Alex Layton

Published:  27 August, 2013

The last month has seen a number of changes amongst senior marketing and communications roles at major wine companies in the UK with Valerie Lewis, formerly of Negociants UK, replacing Ben Smith as head of communications at Enotria following his recent move to take up the same role at Concha y Toro. Alex Layton has subsequently moved from Westbury Communications to take over Lewis' head of marketing and publicity role at Negociants UK.

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