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New single malt distillery for Isle of Harris

Published:  22 January, 2013

A new single malt distillery is due to be built on the Hebridean Isle of Harris after it recieved a grant of £1.9 million from the Scottish government.

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Mike Paul: don't judge wines on how well they taste but what they mean to consumers

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine industry has more in common with The X Factor than it does with The Voice.

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The Benevolent receives healthy donation from Vintners

Published:  22 January, 2013

The wine and spirit trades' charity, The Benevolent, has received a cheque for £9,000 from the master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners following the New Year wine trade lunch at Vintners' Hall in January.

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Port shipments to UK increase by 6%

Published:  22 January, 2013

The Port Wine Institute has reported a 6% increase in total Port shipped to the UK in 2012, despite difficult economic conditions, according to Symington Family Estates.

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Mike Paul: why generic bodies should look again at pushing regionality

Published:  22 January, 2013

Read any interview with the various heads of generic wine bodies in the UK, like Michael Cox, Yvonne May or Jo Wehring - or an individual producer of premium wines in Australia, Chile or South Africa - and you'll spot a common theme. They're almost certain to vent their frustration that the quality of their premium offer is not being sufficiently recognised, either by the trade or the consumer.

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González Byass holds first Birmingham Sherry Summit

Published:  21 January, 2013

González Byass UK is holding its first Birmingham Sherry Summit on January 23 in a bid to help spread the growing sherry revival to the Midlands.

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Bollinger Rosé harks back to 1846 bottle shape

Published:  21 January, 2013

As we all attempt to hark back to another era, wanting more of 1913 than 2013, Bollinger Rosé (rrp £47.50) has opted for its 1846 bottle shape, based on a design that is both aesthetic and scientific, and that was debuted for its Bollinger Special Cuvée in May 2012.

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Glenmorangie Ealanta - it's all about the wood

Published:  21 January, 2013

It's all about the wood for the fourth annual release of Glenmorangie Private Edition Ealanta 19 Year Old (rrp £74.99, 46% abv), which is fully matured in virgin American white oak casks.

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Asda reports sparkling sales following £10 Champagne deal

Published:  21 January, 2013

Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

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Asda has reported a 23% rise in Champagne and sparkling wine sales over the Christmas period.

 

The retailer said it sold close to a quarter of a million bottles of Champagne in the week before New Year's Eve, with sales of Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut, which was on offer at £10, up 25% compared to 2011.

 

Sparkling wine sales rose by 28% and champagne by 17%, Asda said, causing a 1.7% increase in its market share.

 

"In times of austerity, shoppers look for ways to treat themselves on a budget, and this is never more true than at Christmas.

 

"With such a wide variety of quality sparkling wines and Champagne available, from branded Champagne at market-leading prices to trusted, award-winning own-label options, and sales that outperformed the market as a result, we're confident that we got our Christmas 2012 offering right.

 

"We're now looking forward to what should prove to be an exciting year ahead for the category," said Lynsey Grace, Asda's Champagne and sparkling wine buyer.

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First Groceries Code Adjudicator is Christine Tacon

Published:  21 January, 2013

Christine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.

TextChristine Tacon has been appointed as the first independent Groceries Code Adjudicator.

 

Tacon will be responsible for enforcing the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), which regulates interactions between supermarkets with an annual turnover of £1bn and their suppliers.
She will also have the power to launch investigations into suspected breaches of the Code, including those arising from confidential complaints.


If she finds that a retailer has breached GSCOP, Tacon will be able to impose a fine, make recommendations against the supermarket, and require them to publish details of their breach.
She will also have the power to arbitrate disputes between large supermarkets and their direct suppliers.


Tacon ran the Co-operative Group's farming business, the largest in the UK, for 11 years until 2012 and was awarded a CBE for services to agriculture in 2004. She has further fmcg experience from sales and marketing roles at Mars, Anchor and Vodafone, and chairs the BRC rural affairs advisory committee. She is also a non-executive director of Anglia Farmers and Farmway Ltd and chair of investment business UK Farming plc.

 

Tacon said she was honoured to have been given the chance to "make a permanent and enduring difference to the groceries sector."

 

"Coming from a commercial background, I am sure that if we can increase trust between retailers and their direct suppliers, it will lead to greater efficiency and can only have a beneficial impact on the rest of the supply chain," she said.

 

She will be paid £69,000 per year for the three-day a week job when the office is formally established by law, likely to be in the spring.

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French wine hamper competition has now closed

Published:  21 January, 2013

Due to an overwhelming response, Harpers will be closing its competition to win a French hamper worth £250 by 5pm this afternoon (January 21).

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Memorial service for Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn

Published:  18 January, 2013

Hatch Mansfield have announced details of a memorial service to be held for Taittinger's UK Ambassador Justin Llewelyn.

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PLB launches second regional roadshow

Published:  18 January, 2013

PLB is to launch its second UK Regional Roadshow tour with its specialist portfolio and has further announced it will join forces with Hatch Mansfield for the Scottish leg of the tour.

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Global wine consumption rises according to Vinexpo

Published:  18 January, 2013

Global wine consumption has risen despite the global economic crisis, according to Vinexpo chief executive Robert Beynat.

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Winestars World offers US and European listings

Published:  18 January, 2013

Wineries looking for distribution in Europe and the US can take part in a global version of the Winestars competition at this year's ProWein in March.

TextWineries looking for distribution in Europe and the US can take part in a global version of the Winestars competition at this year's ProWein in March.

 

Winestars, which was launched by the founder of Clink! Wines, Catherine Monahan, at last year's LIWF, gives producers the chance to pitch live to buyers for potential listings.

 

The Winestars World ProWein competition will give producers with no current distribution in Europe or the US the chance to make their case to a line-up of buyers.

 

Monahan is currently recruiting buyersrom eight different European countries, including the UK, Germany, Holland and Russia, and the US.

 

Wineries have until March 3 to enter via winestarsworld.co.uk at a cost of £395 per entry now, rising to £595 from mid-February, from which the final shortlist of producers chosen to pitch live at ProWein will be chosen from an initial list of 100.

 

The Winestars World competition takes place at 3pm on March 26, in Hall 7.1 and producers need to be exhibiting at ProWein to compete.

 

This will be the third separate Winestars competition, following the initial event at LIWF, which saw nine out of the 10 competing wineries find listings with UK companies, including Swig, Naked Wines, Stevens Garnier and Hangingditch. Further Winestars World competitions are also planned for this year's LIWF, Vinexpo and ProWein China in November.

 

Monahan is next week taking a group of UK buyers to visit the 11 Argentinian wineries that took part in the Winestars Twist Argentina event at last September's generic tasting in London, to see which ones will end up with a listing.

 

Joining her will be Andy Lloyd, Majestic; Steve Daniel, Hallgarten Druitt; Noel Reid, Robinsons; Mimi Avery, Averys; Jamie Hutchinson, The Sampler; and Fraser Alexander, Alexander Wines. Bibendum, the Gaucho Group and Morrisons are also hoping to pick up new wineries through Winestars but are unable to make next week's trip.

 

Monahan said: "We have requested from each buyer their criteria on what they need from each winery, so that it's all perfectly planned and presented with the right information."

 

The wineries will be judged on five key criteria: wine quality, packaging, price, its business plan including production, and how it will support its wines through marketing and support.

 

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Indies Uncovered: make your voice heard

Published:  18 January, 2013

In 2012 Harpers carried out the largest survey of the independent sector to date.This year, the need to understand the desires and demands of the channel has never been stronger, so it's vital you have your say in the second round of research.

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Indies Uncovered: make your voice heard

Published:  18 January, 2013

In 2012 Harpers carried out the largest survey of the independent sector to date. This year, the need to understand the desires and demands of the channel has never been stronger, so it's vital you have your say in the second round of research.

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Viña Errazuriz triumphs in Wines of Chile awards

Published:  18 January, 2013

Viña Errazuriz has won the top prize at the 10th annual Wines of Chile awards.

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Zuma owners to open Oblix restaurant at The Shard

Published:  18 January, 2013

An interactive sommelier station will be one of the features of Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney's new restaurant, Oblix, when it opens in The Shard in London in spring 2013.

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Indies Uncovered: make your voice heard

Published:  18 January, 2013

In 2012 Harpers carried out the largest survey of the independent sector to date. This year, the need to understand the desires and demands of the channel has never been stronger, so it's vital you have your say in the second round of research.

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