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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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Spirited Wines to roll out cheese deli concept

Published:  07 December, 2012

Spirited Wines has launched a cheese deli counter at 11 of its stores and is hoping to roll the concept out across the estate once trials are complete.

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Coe Vintners keen to boost wine reputation

Published:  07 December, 2012

Coe Vintners is aiming to become as well known for wine as it is for spirits, according to the group's commercial director Nick Gillett.

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Dorchester Collection's female sommeliers embark on wine road trip

Published:  07 December, 2012

In celebration of International Women's Day 2013, three of the Dorchester Collection's female sommeliers will embark on a wine road trip to host events in London, Paris and Milan.

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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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