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Morrisons bolsters wine team

Published:  08 March, 2013

Morrisons has appointed Mark Jarman as head of wine operations as it looks to set up a UK bottling operation.

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Laithwaite's triumphs at Judgment of Parsons Green with English sparkling wine

Published:  06 March, 2013

A sparkling wine grown by Laithwaite's Wine co-founder Barbara Laithwaite and her friend Cherry Thompson has picked up first prize at the Judgment of Parsons Green.

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Cobevco fills its 1.5 billionth bottle

Published:  06 March, 2013

Cobevco, the bottling arm of Quinn Glass, has passed the 1.5 billion bottles landmark after six years in operation.

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Laithwaite's renews Affordable Art Fair sponsorship

Published:  05 March, 2013

Laithwaite's Wine has renewed its sponsorship of the Affordable Art Fair in London.

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New hire as Buckingham Schenk looks to the on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2013

Buckingham Schenk has hired Sheryl Foster as national accounts manager as it looks to build sales in the on-trade.

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Geoffrey Dean gets the lowdown on the 2012 Bordeaux vintage

Published:  01 March, 2013

A recce of the Left and Right Banks in late February led this correspondent to conclude that critics and judges alike should be pleasantly surprised when they descend on Bordeaux next month for the annual en primeur tastings.

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Romanian Pinot 'surprisingly good' says Halewood

Published:  01 March, 2013

Halewood Romania has launched a "surprisingly good Pinot Noir campaign" in a bid to encourage the UK wine trade to look at the quality and value of its wine.

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Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols departs

Published:  01 March, 2013

Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols has left the business, Harpers can reveal.

Text Oddbins' head buyer Emma Nichols has left the business, Harpers can reveal.

 

Nichols started her wine career with Oddbins and returned to the company after university where she worked in the shops before moving to the buying department. She spent time working for Safeway, Vinoceros and Constellation before returning to Oddbins as head of buying when 37 branches and the Oddbins brand name were bought out of administration by European Food Brokers (EFB) in April 2011.

 

Nichols was instrumental in building a new range of wines for the chain when it was bought by EFB, and for moving its pricing model away from high-low promotions. She streamlined the range from about 900 to 400 SKUs, and kept only around 100 that had been sold by the chain before it collapsed.

 

An Oddbins spokesman said: "Emma Nichols is no longer in the business and responsibility for her buying areas has been assumed by Ana Sapungiu."

 

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Oddbins on track for profit despite £1.1m loss in first months of new company

Published:  01 March, 2013

Oddbins has insisted it is on track to make a profit within three years after it reported a £1.1 million loss in the first months of operation under new management in 2011.

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Arabella Woodrow to head up wine at Broadland Wineries

Published:  01 March, 2013


Arabella Woodrow MW is to join Broadland Wineries, the specialist bottling and packing company, as its first wine director.

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Liberty Wines latest agent to skip LIWF

Published:  01 March, 2013

Liberty Wines has confirmed it will not be exhibiting at the London International Wine Fair for the first time in the company's history.

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Wickham Vineyard back in business

Published:  01 March, 2013

Wickham Vineyard has reopened following a buyout from administration by its former manager Wilhelm Mead.

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Sotheby's wine sales above estimates

Published:  01 March, 2013

Sotheby's latest Finest and Rarest Wines auction surpassed expectations as investors and wealthy individuals battled it out for bottles of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion.

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Top chefs auction themselves off to raise £400k for leukaemia charity

Published:  01 March, 2013

Twenty of the country's top chefs including Marcus Wareing, Angela Hartnett and Mark Hix have raised nearly £400k for charity by cooking dinner for 200 guests and auctioning themselves off to the highest bidders.

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Wines of Argentina's new urban-style consumer event sells out within 24 hours

Published:  01 March, 2013

A new type of wine event organised by Wines of Argentina and aimed at urban professionals sold out within hours after being featured by an online London guide.

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A new type of wine event organised by Wines of Argentina and aimed at urban professionals sold out within hours after being featured by an online London guide.

 

Cambalache will feature Buenos Aires street food, live graffiti artists, slang lessons and music and wine matching - as well as 150 wines from 28 Argentinian wineries. It is billed as "one night in Argentina" and "not your typical trestle-table, tweed and tedium, slurping and spitting event."

 

The event will take place at MC Motors in Dalston, East London, a former industrial site more often used for fashion photo shoots. Tickets cost £35.

 

Cambalache, which was originally planned for 18 April, sold out within hours after city guide The Nudge wrote about it last Wednesday. Wines of Argentina then added a second day (17 April) which sold out by the following lunch time.

 

In total 650 tickets have been sold across both nights and 50 have been held back to be released when the event is featured by other London guides.

 

"It's been quite eye opening," Andrew Maidment, UK director of Wines of Argentina, told Harpers. "I expected all the tickets to sell but not this quickly. The appetite for wine and food type experiences is obviously extremely high - as long as you sell it to people in a way they understand and it doesn't feel slightly boring or daunting for them to attend.

 

Maidment said the success would govern future Wines of Argentina events as it looks to continue to attract new consumers. "We've shown we can attract a new audience that actually I don't think many other people are attracting. We'd be stupid not to continue that. But I hope that others will start to try to target the same people. It's good for the industry that to break new ground.

 

"I can see the names and email addresses of people who've bought tickets. Most of them are young professionals in great companies - it's exactly who we want to target."

 

The event also costs Wines of Argentina less to stage than a traditional tasting, Maidment added.

 

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Pop up restaurants and food outlets widen Real Wine Fair offer

Published:  01 March, 2013

The Real Wine Fair between March 17-18 at London's Tobacco Dock will offer visitors the chance to sample a wide range of artistan food products and eat in pop up bars and restaurants as well as taste and buy hundreds of natural wines.

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Christina Pickard continues her blog of life in the wine world Down Under

Published:  01 March, 2013

The first thing one notices immediately after arrival in any one of Australia's major cities is how bloody expensive everything is. Those of you who haven't made the trek to Australia within the last five years or so haven't got a clue what I'm going on about. Five years ago it was cheap here. Brits with their all-powerful pound lived quite well in Aus. Those were the good ol' days.

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British advertisers slam calls to ban alcohol commercials

Published:  01 March, 2013

British advertisers representative ISBA has slammed proposals made by the Alcohol Health Alliance to ban all advertising and sponsorship by alcohol brands as "wholly ineffective" and "contrary to a free society."

The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), which represents more than 70 health organisations and universities, made the call today amongst a raft of proposals aimed at curbing excessive drinking.

The proposals calls in the Health First paper, published by the University of Stirling, include:

  • A minimum price of at least 50p per unit
  • At least one third of every alcohol product label should be given over to an evidence-based health warning specified by an independent regulator
  • All alcohol advertising and sponsorship should be prohibited. In the short term, alcohol advertising should only be permitted in newspapers and other adult press. Its content should be limited to factual information about brand, provenance and product strength.

"While we welcome sensible discussion on the serious issue of tackling binge drink culture, slapping a ban on alcohol ads is a lazy and naive reaction that will sadly not stop alcohol abuse, nor prevent underage drinking," said Ian Twinn, ISBA's director of public affairs.

"This latest pressure-group clarion call is, at best, misguided - especially when alcohol consumption amongst the young has actually halved since the start of the century. The AHA's proposals should play no part in a free society."

ISBA also drew attention to the CAP and BCAP rules which have already banned alcohol advertising when a high proportion of children are likely to be tuning in.

 

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Patriarche Wine Agencies changes hands

Published:  01 March, 2013

Patriarche Wine Agencies has been bought by Champagne de Castelnau from Burgundy house Patriarche Père et Fils.

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Call for Japanese restaurants to support Koshu

Published:  01 March, 2013

Koshu of Japan UK director Lynne Sherriff MW has called for Japanese restaurants to do more to promote Japanese white wine in the UK.

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