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UK duty increases driving drinks firms out of business

Published:  19 October, 2012

"Unsustainably" high levels of alcohol duty are a major factor in the recent collapse of a number of drinks importers and distributors, according to senior trade figures.

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Golden Rum Barrel Award winners announced

Published:  19 October, 2012

The winners of the third annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards have been announced as part of the UK RumFest celebrations.

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Gerard Basset: how to be a top sommelier

Published:  18 October, 2012

A top-class sommelier shouldn't just be knowledgeable about wine - if they're a bad manager, mediocre salesman or clumsy waiter - then they're not up to the job.

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Jazz FM launches Tasting Thursday with Taylor's Port

Published:  18 October, 2012

The first Port-focused Tasting Thursday with Taylor's will begin this evening on Jazz FM, as part of the Dinner Jazz programme.

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Alcohol should be 'unpleasantly expensive', says government minister

Published:  18 October, 2012

The UK government remains determined to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks, policy minister Oliver Letwin has said on the eve of a consultation on the policy.

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New Argentinian wine importer Cupari launches

Published:  18 October, 2012

Bucking the trend of closing wine agencies, Cupari, a new importer focused on boutique wines from family estates in Argentina, has launched.

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Inflation on spirits means 'wildly fluctutating' prices

Published:  18 October, 2012

Spirits prices are "fluctuating wildly" while wine and beer drinkers are enjoying low or steady inflation - that's according to analysis by the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Grant's whisky strikes sponsorship agreement with ITV4

Published:  18 October, 2012

William Grant-owned Grant's whisky is set to launch a £2 million year-long sponsorship agreement with ITV4.

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Online grocery chiefs call for suppliers to up their game

Published:  18 October, 2012

Suppliers must be "on the front foot and proactive" in developing online strategies and adopting new technology in order to survive, according to the four major online UK grocers.

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Douro harvest blighted by drought, says Paul Symington

Published:  17 October, 2012

Drought was one of the main problems affecting the Douro harvest this year with the region seeing a 54% drop in rainfall to the end of September.

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Chile's Aconcagua Costa awarded DO status

Published:  17 October, 2012

The coastal section of Chile's Valle de Aconcagua has become a new Denomination of Origin, on the back of Viña Errázuriz's long-standing quest to establish the region as a new viticultural zone.

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Italy wins top spot in TripAdvisor Wine Destinations Awards

Published:  17 October, 2012

Online travel website TripAdvisor has announced the European winners of its 2012 Travellers' Choice Wine Destinations Awards.

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Bodegas Muriel joins forces with Off-Piste Wines

Published:  17 October, 2012

Off-Piste Wines has been appointed the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel.

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Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieves record takings

Published:  16 October, 2012

The 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction has set record-breaking figures with the highest turnover and a complete sellout of all wines.

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Lanson bucks Champagne trend with sales growth

Published:  16 October, 2012

Lanson Champagne has revealed 6% growth in value for the UK market against a 2.4% drop across the Champagne category as a whole.

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Drinks trade charity launches Benevolent Bursaries

Published:  16 October, 2012

The drinks industry charity The Benevolent has launched new initiatives to deliver career-long support to members of the trade, alongside a new website and branding.

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Liberty Wines to sell oldest Rivesaltes collection

Published:  16 October, 2012

Liberty Wines is to sell a limited collection from Roussillon producer Maison Cazes comprising the oldest Rivesaltes vintages in existence.

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Wines in the press, October 13 -15

Published:  16 October, 2012

The Guardian


Fiona Beckett had never previously thought much about how older people can suffer from loss of appetite, let alone about how their palates may change.

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United Wineries looks to Russia, China and USA for growth

Published:  15 October, 2012

Spanish firm United Wineries has restructured its senior team as it turns its focus away from the UK and other mature markets and on to the faster-growing economies of Russia, China and the USA.

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Jim Beam Honey sees off-trade launch

Published:  15 October, 2012

Spirits distributor Maxxium UK has launched Jim Beam Honey into the off-trade following its on-trade success.

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