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Anne Krebiehl reports back from wine auction Premiere Napa Valley-style

Published:  26 February, 2013

You have to hand it to the Americans - when they take an idea and run with it, it's going to be bigger, better and faster. Premiere Napa Valley, or to call it by its full name "The Napa Valley Vintners Barrel Auction for the Wine Trade" is just that, a wine auction with bells on.

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Wines in the press - February 21- 24

Published:  26 February, 2013

We review the wines that were picked out by the national wine writers over the last weekend in our Wines in the Week round-up.

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Wines in the press - February 21-24

Published:  26 February, 2013

We review the wines that were picked out by the national wine writers over the last weekend in our Wines in the Week round-up.

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EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference to be held in Spain

Published:  25 February, 2013

The EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference will return to La Rioja in October, the organisers have announced.

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Maison Cazes acquires new vineyard

Published:  25 February, 2013

Roussillon producer Maison Cazes has acquired vineyard Les Clos des Paulilles in Collioure and Banyuls.

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China to exhibit wine for the first time at LIWF 2013

Published:  25 February, 2013

Chinese wine will be represented at this year's London International Wine Fair for the first time by Château Hansen.

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Wine Australia announces online wine research project

Published:  25 February, 2013

Wine Australia has announced a new research project into the UK online wine market in a bid to identify new opportunities for Australian wine producers to grow their business in this channel.

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New hire at Percy Fox as Diageo looks to build on-trade wine sales

Published:  22 February, 2013

Diageo has appointed Matt Bream as category development manager of its Percy Fox & Co wine business.

 

Diageo has appointed Matt Bream as category development manager of its Percy Fox & Co wine business.

 

Bream will work to identify opportunities and barriers that shoppers face when purchasing wine in all channels with an aim of adding value into the category.

 

He joins from Greene King, where he completed his 13-year stint with a role in category marketing, and will report into Percy Fox head of customer marketing Jonathan Owen.

 

"We are delighted to welcome Matt on board. He has a wealth of experience in the alcohol industry and specifically within the on-trade market, which will be fundamental to drive our plans for the category.

 

"Volume growth within the wine category remains static with most value growth the result of price inflation.

 

"We have spent the last 12-18 months re-assessing the market and the challenges that it faces. With Matt's help we aim to use shopper and market research to drive category growth into all channels, by working directly with our customers on a number of bespoke initiatives," Owen said.

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Limited edition blend for Scotch Whisky Experience silver jubilee

Published:  22 February, 2013

Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience is to release a limited edition blend to mark its 25th anniversary this year.

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Charles Symington named fortified winemaker of the year

Published:  22 February, 2013

Charles Symington has been named fortified winemaker of the year by Portuguese publication Revista de Vinhos.

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Charles Symington has been named fortified winemaker of the year by Portuguese publication Revista de Vinhos.

 

He previously won this accolade in 2006, jointly with his father Peter, whom he succeeded as the head winemaker of Symington Family Estates. Peter Symington had won the award three times.

 

Thirty excellence awards were given out, of which four went to ports. Three of those ports were made by Symington Family Estates - two Graham's wines, the 30 years tawny and 1969 single year tawny, and the 2009 Warre's port.

 

Revista de Vinhos wrote: "In Charles's case, Peter's legacy is in good hands and the wines speak for themselves, showing that the future is assured. This is cause for celebration."

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Wines of Portugal and Harpers launch Wines of Portugal Academy

Published:  22 February, 2013

Anyone interested in Portuguese wine has the chance to learn more at a new academy being set up by Wines of Portugal, in association with Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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New guest chef residency at House of Wolf

Published:  21 February, 2013

The fifth in a permanent series of guest chef residencies at Islington's House of Wolf has been announced, with David Ahern stepping into the role.

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Ehrmanns launches world's first Lebanese Fairtrade wine to UK

Published:  21 February, 2013

Ehrmanns has launched the world's first Lebanese Fairtrade wine in the UK, which comes ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight February 25 - March 10.

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Grüner Veltliner under threat in Austria

Published:  21 February, 2013

Austria's signature grape variety Grüner Veltliner is under threat of losing its dominating position in its home country of Austria, warned producer Laurenz Maria Moser, at the fifth Veltliner Symposium.

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New look for Malibu

Published:  20 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has redesigned the bottles of Malibu in a bid to help the brand appeal to a wider audience.

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Three Wine Men expand 2013 tour dates

Published:  20 February, 2013

The Three Wine Men have announced an expanded programme of seven dates for this year on the back of the success of its 2012 events.

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WSTA warns of minimum alcohol pricing risks

Published:  20 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association has warned that minimum alcohol pricing plans risk boosting crime, as well as damaging UK businesses and consumer health.

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WSTA warns of minimum alcohol pricing risks

Published:  20 February, 2013

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has warned that minimum alcohol pricing plans risk boosting crime, as well as damaging UK businesses and consumer health.

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Diageo releases "boldest" Talisker expression

Published:  20 February, 2013

Diageo has launched the first of several new expressions of Talisker.

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Diageo has launched the first of several new expressions of Talisker.

 

Talisker Storm, described as its boldest whisky to date, has been made from rejuvenated and refill casks at different ages and is bottled at the traditional Talisker strength of 45.8% without an age statement. The rrp is £39.95.

 

Master blender Jim Beveridge said Talisker Storm delivered the distillery's character in "one vibrant dram."

 

"We sought out some great mature Talisker, enriched and mellowed by time spent in carefully rejuvenated casks, and brought that together with some very fresh distillery character preserved by maturation in refill casks," he said.

 

Further expressions of Talisker will be released later this year.

 

The full tasting notes read:

Appearance: Full gold

Nose: At first restrained yet spicy, with a hint of struck matches; fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a honeyed sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually a little well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper

Body: Medium

Palate: At first sweetly mellow and rich in the mouth then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. It's as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added

Finish: Clean and of medium length, warming, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which late peaty burnt embers can be found

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Maker's Mark reverses decision to lower abv

Published:  20 February, 2013

Maker's Mark has reveresed a decision to reduce the alcohol level in its whiskey from 45% abv to 42% abv on the back of a public backlash.

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