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London on-trade outperforms regions for eighth consecutive month

Published:  12 December, 2012

Restaurants and pubs inside the M25 outperformed the rest of the country in November for the eighth month in a row, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

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Oxford Wine Company ups Champagne focus

Published:  12 December, 2012

The Oxford Wine Company, which runs five wine shops, is upping its focus on Champagne with a special tasting room at its Tetbury store.

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Lidl 'collectors' item' malt whisky sells out within days

Published:  12 December, 2012

The 33-year-old Lidl own-label single malt whisky, which was deemed a "collectors' item", sold its entire stock within just three days of being on the shelves.

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Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn dies

Published:  11 December, 2012

Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador Justin Llewelyn, who played a pivotal role in the development of the sales and image of the brand over 40 years, has died.

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Big growth in exhibitors to World Bulk Wine show

Published:  11 December, 2012

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition held in Amsterdam in November saw a 30% increase in exhibitors on last year.

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Lurton family giving New World wines 'more roots and identity'

Published:  11 December, 2012

New World wines 'need to find more roots and identity', says a member of the Lurton family, at the same time as his cousin expands his operation to California.

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Maison Louis Latour expands in Beaujolais

Published:  11 December, 2012

Maison Louis Latour has taken control of Château des Labourons in Beaujolais and is calling on other companies to buy land and launch new estates in order to build the region's reputation.

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Bordeaux's Lurton family 'find synergies' working together

Published:  11 December, 2012

Bordeaux's prestigious Lurton family is working together to "find synergies" and promote their wines as part of the 13-strong family collective.

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Justin Howard-Sneyd MW launches wine consultancy

Published:  11 December, 2012

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, global wine director of Direct Wines, is to set up a new wine consultancy, The Hive Wine Consulting.

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Tesco's US problems have 'no financial impact' on Copestick Murray

Published:  11 December, 2012

One UK wine importer with strong ties to Tesco's US arm Fresh & Easy has moved to reassure its customers that its UK business is unaffected by the supermarket's difficulties stateside.

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Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador, Justin Llewelyn dies

Published:  10 December, 2012

Champagne Taittinger UK brand ambassador, Justin Llewelyn, who played a pivotal role in the development of the sales and image of the brand over 40 years has died.

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How Champagne will be one of the cheapest parts of this year's Christmas dinner

Published:  10 December, 2012


Whilst the cost of much of our Christmas dinner has soared in the last five years, the average price of the cheapest bottle of Champagne is nearly 10% cheaper.

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Call for indies to become 'civic leaders'

Published:  10 December, 2012

Independent retailers must engage with decision makers at a local level if they want to shape their communities and make a national impact on local issues, according to the Association of Convenience Stores.

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Wines in the press, December 7-10

Published:  10 December, 2012

The Guardian

Fiona Beckett is looking at red wines to have with Christmas dinner - and because Christmas is as much about mood as about food, she says the temptation is to pick a wine to impress, rather than one that will work with the turkey.

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Off-trade: 'ferocious' Christmas business on cards

Published:  10 December, 2012

Retailers battling for share in the off-trade are going to get "pretty damn ferocious" in the run-up to Christmas, while difficult conditions mean the industry is approaching 2013 with caution.

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Lloyd's private equity arm favourite to buy D&D London

Published:  10 December, 2012

Lloyds Bank's private equity arm LDC is in the running to buy the 30-strong restaurant group D&D London.

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Lloyd's private equity arm favourite to buy D&D London

Published:  10 December, 2012

Lloyds Bank's private equity arm LDC is in the running to buy the 30-strong restaurant group D&D London.

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Pernod Ricard UK and AA ramp up anti-drink-driving campaign

Published:  10 December, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK and the Automobile Association (AA) have launched the fifth phase of their marketing campaign to help educate drivers when it comes to festive drinking and driving.

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Fiona Sims feels festive at the Yeatman Christmas Wine Experience

Published:  07 December, 2012

Luís Pato elbows a bauble out of the way to pour yet another sample of Fernão Pires, his rather bonkers, but nonetheless delicious, red wine made from white grapes (he throws in Baga skins for the colour, an idea he got from madcap Californian producer Randall Grahm).

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Champagne's low yields pose blending problems

Published:  07 December, 2012

Jacquart's winemaker says the 2012 harvest is "incredible", but warned that low yields meant some houses would have problems sourcing sufficient quantities of reserve wines for blending.

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