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Origin Wine launches 4%-abv wine-based drink

Published:  19 April, 2013

Origin Wine has launched a 50cl bottle of a 4%-abv wine-based drink designed to be served over ice.

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LIWF to relaunch as UK focused show in 2014

Published:  19 April, 2013

The London International Wine Fair is to announce radical changes for its 2014 event which will see it rebrand itself as domestic wine and spirits show primarily for the UK multiple and independent on and off-trades.

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Wine notes a turn-off, according to survey

Published:  19 April, 2013

Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine, according to a poll commissioned by Laithwaite's Wine.

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Published:  19 April, 2013
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Harpers Debate line up for LIWF announced

Published:  18 April, 2013

Leading trade figures from all sectors of the industry will debate the most efficient way to buy wine for their business as part of the Harpers Debate at next month's London International Wine Fair.

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William Curley snaps up trophy for wine and dessert match

Published:  17 April, 2013

William Curley Dessert Bar in London has won the fourth edition of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy European final, which took place in Perpignan.

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California Summit 2013 lines up cream of trade

Published:  17 April, 2013

Harpers' inaugural California Summit on June 4 will feature a roll call of category experts to headline a day of debates, masterclasses, networking and focused tastings all designed to offer expert category insights and interactive feedback for those selling California wines in the UK trade.

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Ooberstock celebrates 1,000th customer

Published:  16 April, 2013

Amazon-style wholesaler Ooberstock has traded with its 1,000th independent free trade customer nine months after launching.

 

 

UK drinks distribution business, Ooberstock has just announced it has traded with its 1,000th independent free trade customer - after just nine months of launching.
The brainchild of a small team of industry professionals who are supported by logistics giant, KNDL, Ooberstock launched in June 2012 and operates an online ordering website in addition to its telesales operation. The Ooberstock model is straightforward, flexible, extremely cost effective and unique to the industry.
Arran Heal explains, "Since our launch last year, we have delivered simplicity, service and value to our customers and transparency to our suppliers creating, what we call, a wholesale revolution. The Ooberstock business has an unparalleled delivery network offering retailer selected delivery days, a range of payment options and most importantly a great range of products offering fantastic value.

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Symington Family Estates declares 2011 vintage

Published:  15 April, 2013

Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.

Text Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.

 

The company said its 2011 vintage Ports were of exceptional quality and expected to age superbly over the coming decades. It last declared a vintage in 2007 and 2003.

 

Distributor Fells is taking orders from this week and the wines will be available for shipment in early June.

 

"The 2011 vintage Ports have an exceptional depth of colour and concentration, rarely seen in the Douro and with marked minerality from the schistous Douro soil.

 

"The palate has superb balance, with a powerful and rich bitter-chocolate taste, in hand with wild berry fruit, supported by well-structured and schist-edged tannins that will give these wines the traditional longevity for which the great Vintage Ports are so famous," the company reported.

 

The 2011 vintage Ports represent a small proportion of the total production from the family owned vineyards. Graham's 2011 Vintage Port, for example, comprises 8,000 cases out of the 88,850 cases produced at the five Graham's vineyards.

 

In its harvest report Symingtons said a combination of strong winter rains in 2010, an unusually warm spring, August rainfall and sunny October contributed to the vintage declaration.

 

Last month Portuguese producer Sogrape announced its 2011 Port vintage could have the "greatest potential for ageing" than any vintage in the history of its Ferreira, Offley and Sandeman Ports.

 

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Wake-up call as poll reaveals most wine drinkers alienated by trade's descriptions

Published:  15 April, 2013

Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine.

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LIWF courts top sommeliers

Published:  15 April, 2013

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have announced plans to send VIP passes to 200 of the UK's top sommeliers this week.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Bancroft signs Remírez de Ganuza

Published:  15 April, 2013

Bancroft Wines has been appointed the exclusive UK agent for Rioja producer Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza.

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Champagne Ambassador's Awards open

Published:  12 April, 2013

The Champagne Bureau has called for members of the trade to nominate the UK's best wine educators in this year's Champagne Ambassador's Awards.

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Obituary: Michael Jones

Published:  12 April, 2013

Michael Jones, the former chairman of Banbury wine merchant SH Jones, has died aged 83.

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Rioja generic body plans €8m promotional spend

Published:  12 April, 2013

The generic body responsible for promoting wines from Rioja plans to spend €8 million on promoting the region this year.

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Speed-dating with the suppliers

Published:  12 April, 2013

Hoping to impress some independent merchants this month is Les Vignobles de Foncalieu.

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Double digit sales hike in March for wine and spirits

Published:  12 April, 2013

An early Easter propelled wine sales by 13% and spirits by 20% in the supermarkets while beer sales grew by just 1% during March.

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