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Jon Barr of EFWines gives his wine investment tips for 2013

Published:  17 January, 2013

A major trend that will continue in 2013 is the recognition of the investment potential of regions other than red Bordeaux. This is to be expected as new markets, especially in Asia, become more aware of the wider range of top quality wines.

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Austrian wine exports rise again

Published:  17 January, 2013

Austrian wine exports increased in value in 2012 while volumes slipped for the second year, according to provisional figures from Statistik Austria and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB).

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Watermill contacts Thierry's suppliers

Published:  17 January, 2013

Watermill Wines has said it will look to trade with suppliers that collectively lost millions of pounds when Thierry's entered administration and will offer some more generous margins to help them recoup their losses.

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'Crus' for English sparkling wines

Published:  17 January, 2013

Leading English sparkling wine producers have called for estates to shout about their individual growing areas in a bid to communicate their regional differences better.

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Ex-Nobu head chef opens Wabi in Holborn

Published:  16 January, 2013

A second branch of Japanese restaurant Wabi has opened in Holborn, London.

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Win a French wine hamper worth £250

Published:  16 January, 2013

Christmas might be over, but readers can re-live the festive fun with Harpers' latest competition.

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Tanqueray Malacca makes a come back

Published:  16 January, 2013

Diageo is to bring back Tanqueray Malacca gin.


TextDiageo is to bring back Tanqueray Malacca gin.

 

The company first launched the gin in the early 2000s as a limited edition, and it is set to roll out a limited run of 100,000 bottles from February.

 

It is a blend of botanicals and spices and it stems from Charles Tanqueray's 1839 recipe, which was found in a travel journal documenting journeys from Europe to the East Indies.

 

Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol said: "Since announcing the return of Tanqueray Malacca we've witnessed real excitement among bartenders who are keen to get their hands on this unique limited edition gin. I've been asked many times over the years for this gin to be brought back by Tanqueray and I'm pleased to now be making that happen."

 

The official launch events hosted by Tom Nichol will take place in February in New York, San Francisco and London at secret locations.

 

Tanqueray Malacca will be available for sale in the US, Spain, Germany, UK, Benelux, the Nordics and Western Europe. Each of the 100,000 bottles will be individually numbered.

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Spirits agency Mangrove relaunches website

Published:  16 January, 2013

Premium spirits agency Mangrove has unveiled its new website which is designed to help distributors and customers to make the most of its portfolio.

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Hospitality Show issues Ten Business Commandments

Published:  15 January, 2013

The Hospitality Show has issued a list of Ten Business Commandments for 2013 ahead of its event next week.

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Ooberstock secures £600k funding to grow business

Published:  15 January, 2013

Online Amazon-style wholesaler Ooberstock has secured £600,000 in a second round of fundraising to take the business to the next level of growth.

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The Hospitality Show reveals Ten Business Commandments for 2013

Published:  15 January, 2013

The Hospitality Show has issued Ten Business Commandments for 2013 ahead of its event next week.

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Liam Steevenson and Red & White open Bristol wine school

Published:  15 January, 2013

Master of Wine Liam Steevenson and independent wine merchant Red & White are to open a wine school in Bristol.

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Liberty Wines moves into £5m London site

Published:  15 January, 2013

Liberty Wines moved into its new £5-million London premises that boasts an extended warehouse and tasting rooms.

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Legal challenge to Scots minimum pricing in court

Published:  15 January, 2013

Legal action against the Scottish Government's minimum unit pricing legislation by European drinks bodies has begun today.

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Kornicis Group opens 10th Jamies Wine Bar

Published:  15 January, 2013

The Kornicis Group has opened its 10th Jamies Wine Bar in London, ahead of a larger expansion to the chain planned throughout 2013.

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Jacob's Creek predicts 'high quality' 2013 vintage

Published:  14 January, 2013

Australian wine brand Jacob's Creek has begun its 2013 vintage with early reports from winemakers predicting high-quality...

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South Africa exports set new record

Published:  14 January, 2013

South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.

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South Africa smashed its previous record to export the largest amount of wine to date in 2012.

 

The 417 million litres exported last year is a 17% increase on 2011 and 10 million more than the previous record set in 2008.

 

The record export year is the result of favourable currency rates, as well as a significant drop in the harvests of competitor regions including Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Bulk exports made up 59% of volumes as local producers strived to compete globally and meet market demands.

 

"Obviously we would prefer the accent to be on packaged wines in terms of job retention in the packaging industry and also to maintain sustainable profit margins for producers.

 

"We are therefore greatly encouraged by the recent growth of packaged exports to North America, Japan, China, as well as several increasingly affluent African nations, all to regions where we have been increasing our marketing investment," said Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch.

 

Over the past decade bulk wine exports from the New World have risen from 20% to over half of all volumes traded. "The reality we face also confronts Australia, Chile, Argentina and even New Zealand," Birch said.

 

SA Wine Industry & Information Systems (SAWIS) has predicted that the 2013 wine grape crop will weigh in at 1.38 million tonnes - the third biggest in recorded history.

 

"This is assuming that good weather conditions continue, there is a speedy and peaceful resolution to the farmworker strikes and harvests come in on time. The anticipated crop size is despite a decrease in total plantings, thanks to one of the best winter seasons in the Western Cape for many years," Birch added.

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National Waiters Day launches website

Published:  14 January, 2013

The website for National Waiters Day (June 23) has gone live today as the trade gears up to celebrate one of the oldest service industries for the first time.

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Wines in the press, January 11-14

Published:  14 January, 2013

The Guardian

Fiona Beckett says one of the many (unnecessary) anxieties people have about buying wine is whether they're buying the "right" vintage.

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Louis Royer Cognac appoints Mangrove as UK distributor

Published:  11 January, 2013

Mangrove has been appointed UK distributor to Cognac distillery Louis Royer in a bid to increase distribution in the UK.

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