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Courvoisier offers trip to France in on-pack competition

Published:  10 August, 2012

Maxxium UK is running a competition to win a trip to France as part of its Courvoisier's Cocktails on a Grand Scale campaign, in a bid to bring young adults to the category.

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Tesco overhauls wine team

Published:  09 August, 2012

Tesco has poached Bibendum's sales director Emma Biggs as part of a shake-up of its wine team.

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Bombay Sapphire invests £1.5m in glassware launch

Published:  09 August, 2012

Bombay Sapphire has invested £1.5 million in the launch of its new balloon glassware, to capitalise on the growing trend for boutique gins that offer affordable luxury.

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Holidays

Published:  09 August, 2012

 

 

Jane Cuthbertson owner Barrica Wines, Preston, says the holiday season make things difficult when trying to keep overheads down. "As we are open seven days a week, it is usually me that ends up covering, rather than blow money on extra staff. I actually can't remember the last time I worked a 40 hour week, it's more like a 90 hour week currently. When you're self employed you have to be prepared to take up the slack and cover any gaps."

 

 

James Baker, retail sales & events manager, Nickolls & Perks, Stourbridge, says

"We have 12 members of staff, so if one or two are on holiday at the same time, things quickly back up. Communication is the key, you have to talk to each other and look medium to long term regarding holidays. We have in the past few months seen the need to extend our opening hours and we are now looking at opening seven days per week. Although a recession affects everyone in the wine trade, being a family run business I think we are ideally placed to cope with people taking time off. We make sure that there is always someone here to cover. Even if it is not necessarily your role, we like to think of our selves as the Dutch Footballers of the wine trade. i.e. all staff have the ability to cover different roles other than their own. I feel to be too rigid in this day & age is bad news. There are no Prima Donnas, no one saying 'that is not my role', it is sleeves rolled up and get in there and get the job done. That can be a very satisfying way of operating. Sometimes a change of role for a few days in quite refreshing."

 

 

Rupert Pritchett, owner Taurus Wines. "We find everything comes to a grinding halt as son the posh schools break up - The Surrey Hills 'Boden brigade' seem to migrate to Tuscany, Provence or if they are feeling the credit crunch, Rock. As a result we take less money in August than in January. This actually is a good thing and allows us to have a tactical pause to stocktake, staff to take holiday etc and being based on a farm the harvest is coming in at the moment so there is an element of chaos caused by that. Therefore keeping our inbound deliveries to a minimum is a good thing. However, the Olympics has encouraged people to stay around this year for an extra couple of weeks or so which has extended the summer season a little and is giving us a chance to clear rosé over-stocks caused by the grotty weather."

 

 

 

Duncan McLean, manager the Longship, Orkney: "We certainly don't shut down over the summer - it's the busiest time of the year.  Orkney is popular with visitors, and quite a lot of folk come for a week or two. Juggling staff holidays is always tricky, but with a bit of experience you work out how to schedule it relatively smoothly, when to take in casual staff etc.  Any shop keeper who complains about being too busy needs their head examined - we should be grateful for that.  It's the opposite that's worrying."

 

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Sterling buoyed by Bank of England's interest rate decision

Published:  09 August, 2012

 

Sterling had a positive day, buoyed by the Governor of the Bank of England who said cutting the central bank's interests rates would be more damaging than beneficial.

 

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South African wines growing at premium price points

Published:  09 August, 2012

South African wines are growing at more premium price points - those over £5 have grown 25% in last 12 months while the £7+ market has has grown 34%.

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Brancott Estate teams up with Lonely Planet

Published:  09 August, 2012

Pernod Ricard-owned Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel information provider Lonely Planet to launch an on-pack promotion as part of its Curious Journeys initiative.

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Emporia Brands brings Wild Geese Collection to UK

Published:  08 August, 2012

Emporia Brands has released the Wild Geese Collection of Irish whiskies into the UK market.

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Cliff Roberson retires from Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 August, 2012

Cliff Roberson is stepping down as chairman of Buckingham Schenk, the agency he founded almost 40 years ago.

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Rexam and Accolade Wines expand RTS sparkling range

Published:  08 August, 2012

Rexam Beverage Can and Accolade Wines have teamed up to expand their ready-to-serve Sparkling Collection range in a bid to attract new consumers to the wine category.

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Sterling makes early gains, but weakens later in the day

Published:  08 August, 2012

Sterling made gains of nearly a cent against the US dollar and just under half a cent against the euro yesterday morning, due to better than expected industrial and manufacturing data for June.

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Tesco trials virtual store for holidaymakers at Gatwick Airport

Published:  07 August, 2012

Tesco has unveiled what it thinks could be the "future of shopping" with its first virtual store at Gatwick Airport's North Terminal.

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Paul Schaafsma on move to Accolade Wines

Published:  07 August, 2012

The trade is speculating whether Paul Schaafsma, outgoing Australian Vintage general manager for the UK and Ireland, will bring a different culture to Accolade Wines.

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SITT Autumn announces exhibitor line-up

Published:  07 August, 2012

SITT Autumn, incorporating the Boutique Wineries Tasting, has announced the line-up of wineries, winemakers and exhibitors attending its tasting next month.

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Waitrose first UK supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wines

Published:  07 August, 2012

Waitrose is to become the first supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wine in the UK.

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Wines in the press, August 2-5

Published:  07 August, 2012

The Telegraph


Muscat is one of the few grapes to make wines that actually smell like fresh grape juice, and there are some really delicious styles that are lovely to drink on a warm summer's day, says Victoria Moore.

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Sterling weakens due to subdued UK retail sales figures

Published:  07 August, 2012

Another difficult day for sterling due to subdued UK retail sales figures for July.

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Ronan Sayburn leaves Hotel du Vin for Dorchester

Published:  06 August, 2012

Hotel du Vin's group wine director Ronan Sayburn is moving to the Dorchester Collection of hotels as head of wine.

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Fluid Movement to open New York-style restaurant

Published:  06 August, 2012

Fluid Movement, the quartet behind Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop has taken an "unpredictable" step to launch a premium hot dog, craft beer and whisky restaurant.

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Champagne Bollinger and Bruno Paillard in dispute over bottle design

Published:  06 August, 2012

Bollinger has denied that its new bottle shape copies Champagne producer Bruno Paillard, saying that the redesign is based on 19th-century bottles from its cellars.

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