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Restaurants' Christmas bookings up, but big spenders unlikely

Published:  07 December, 2012

Continued pressure on the restaurant sector means owners are stepping "cautiously" into Christmas 2012, as consumers keep a tight rein on spending.

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Treasury Wine Estates looks to global travel retail

Published:  06 December, 2012

Treasury Wine Estates has announced plans to expand its presence in global travel retail over the next five years.

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Wine Pantry opens second site at St Pancras

Published:  06 December, 2012

English wines and spirits specialist the Wine Pantry is to open a second store in St Pancras station this December, selling exclusively English produce.

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Duty to more than double by 2017, says Wilson Drinks Report

Published:  06 December, 2012

Duty on wine will more than double over the next five years, due to the HM Treasury expecting the increase in economic growth to be matched by a rise in the sales of wine, according to the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Earliest known vintage Cognac to be sold in Harrods

Published:  05 December, 2012

Harrods is to showcase a 233-year-old cognac, which has been recently recognised as the earliest known vintage.

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English sparkling wine sales soar in the run-up to Christmas

Published:  05 December, 2012

Corks are popping for English sparkling wine sales in the run up to Christmas.

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Counterfeit distilling and bottling plant seized in Liverpool

Published:  05 December, 2012

An illegal distilling and bottling plant set up to produce branded counterfeit spirits and wine has been seized by Trading Standards officers and Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

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Wine and spirit sales volumes down, says WSTA report

Published:  05 December, 2012

Wine and spirit sales volumes have fallen in the last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association Market Report.

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German harvest - 'broad selection of first-class wines'

Published:  05 December, 2012

Despite challenging weather in Germany the market can look forward to the 2012 vintage displaying a "broad selection of first-class wines", according to the president of the VDP Steffen Christmann.

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Vinopolis opens large-scale Italian restaurant complex

Published:  04 December, 2012

Vinopolis has opened a large-scale Italian restaurant, bakery and bar adjacent to its existing Borough market premises in south London.

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Geoffrey Dean reports direct from South Australia on the aftermath of the troubled 2011 vintage

Published:  04 December, 2012


The 2012 vintage in Australia is being widely touted as one of the very best in the last 20 years, but what of the ill-fated 2011 vintage? The south-east of the country got so much rain in late 2010 and in the lead-up to harvest in 2011 that downy mildew and botrytis ran amok, heavily reducing yields and causing swathes of fruit to be left behind in the vineyards. Some boutique producers made no wine at all, and many bigger ones switched from single vineyard wines to blends, but having tasted a good many South Australian offerings, I can happily report there are many good, and some excellent, releases just coming onto the market.

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Enotria partners with the Company of Wine People brands

Published:  04 December, 2012

UK importer Enotria has partnered with wine exporters the Company of Wine People in a bid to grow its South African Category in the UK.

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Inverarity Morton boosts sales and wine teams

Published:  04 December, 2012

Independent Scottish drinks merchant Inverarity Morton has appointed two members of staff to boost its sales and wine teams.

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Show of solidarity saves French wine business from collapse

Published:  04 December, 2012

Provence vineyard Château de Roquefort has been saved from ruin by a group of producers who gathered in support after its vines were wrecked by hail.

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Parents who drink over unit guidelines more likely to impact kids' drinking

Published:  04 December, 2012

Children of parents who drink above the unit guidelines are more likely to have been drunk than those of parents who drink less, according to alcohol education charity Drinkaware.

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Parents who drink over unit guidelines more likely to impact kids' drinking

Published:  04 December, 2012

Children of parents who drink above the unit guidelines are more likely to have been drunk than those of parents who drink less, according to alcohol education charity Drinkaware.

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Young people eat and drink out less often, says Deloitte report

Published:  03 December, 2012

Young people are eating and drinking out less frequently, according to the latest Taste of the Nation report from Deloitte.

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Wines in the press, November 29 - Dec 3

Published:  03 December, 2012

The Sunday Telegraph

Susy Atkins is dreaming of a "white-wine Christmas" with lashings of creamy, fine Burgundy.

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Barwell & Jones to distribute Esporão wines

Published:  03 December, 2012

Barwell & Jones is to distribute and market Esporão wines in the UK.

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UK 2012 harvest - one that growers 'want to forget'

Published:  03 December, 2012

The 2012 vintage has been a year "farmers and growers want to forget", according to Bob Lindo, owner of Cornwall's Camel Valley vineyard.

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