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KWV joins forces with Myliko Wines in renewed UK focus

Published:  27 September, 2012

KWV is looking to re-invent itself in the UK with a new strategy centred on working through Manchester-based wine agency Myliko Wines.

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Cuervo tequila puts focus on UK market

Published:  27 September, 2012

Cuervo is to capitalise on an uplift in sales by significantly increasing the UK marketing spend of its 100% agave tequila over the next three years.

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Wine trade expects five more years of downturn before UK economy improves

Published:  26 September, 2012

The wine trade fully expects to have to deal with five more years of economic pressures in the UK before things start improving.

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Aiden Byrne's Church Green wins AA Restaurant of the Year

Published:  26 September, 2012

Celebrity chef Aiden Byrne's Cheshire restaurant the Church Green British Grill has been named AA Restaurant of the Year for England 2012-13.

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Canard-Duchêne becomes Vinopolis sponsor

Published:  26 September, 2012

London-based Vinopolis has announced Canard-Duchêne as the new Champagne sponsor for its wine experiences, restaurants and events.

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AdVini appoints UK trading director

Published:  26 September, 2012

France's third biggest wine group, AdVini, has appointed Phil Priest as its new UK trading director.

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Radical range revamp for Morrisons

Published:  26 September, 2012

Morrisons plans to boost wine sales by £100 million in the next three years via a radical range revamp, consumer profiling and the launch of online sales.

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Bristol wins southern heat of Brugal cocktail competition

Published:  26 September, 2012

A five-strong team from Bristol have won the southern heat and first leg of the Great Brugal Rumble cocktail competition at London's Boutique Bar Show.

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New blog series: Negociants UK Winemaker Tour

Published:  26 September, 2012

Fresh from The Negociants UK Winemaker Tour is Tom Barry, third-generation family winemaker at Jim Barry Wines, who has been travelling round the country with five fellow Aussie and Kiwi winemakers. He shares his experiences on the road with Harpers.

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South Africa must not 'copycat' other wine regions

Published:  25 September, 2012

South Africa must not look to "copycat" other wine regions around the world, but follow its own path to grow, according to a leading US wine investor in the country.

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Nelson Mandela's family unveil Fairtrade range

Published:  25 September, 2012

The daughter and grandaughter of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, are introducing a new Fairltrade wine range to the UK from South Africa.

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New blog series: Negociants UK Winemaker Tour

Published:  25 September, 2012

Six winemakers from Australia and New Zealand hit the road last week as Negociants embarked on its first ever UK winemaker tour, in order to re-establish close links with the trade. In the first of a new series, Virginia Willcock, chief winemaker at Vasse Felix in the Margaret River, blogs about her return to the UK and what's happening at the vineyard back home in Oz.

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Wineries need to build brand South Africa around world, says Accolade boss

Published:  25 September, 2012

South African wineries need to concentrate on building brand South Africa around the world if they are going to reach their full potential, according to Troy Christensen, chief executive of Accolade Wines.

TextSouth African wineries need to concentrate on building brand South Africa around the world if they are going to reach their full potential, according to Troy Christensen, chief executive of Accolade Wines.

 

Speaking at the opening session of Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town, Christensen said he was happy to confirm Accolade was far more committed to the country than its previous owners, Constellation.


He conceded Constellation's priorities elsewhere in the world, particularly in the US, meant it could not have the same "passion" for South Africa that Accolade could now have.


Accolade, which has Flagstone as part of it South African portflio, is determined to play its part in building brand South Africa.


He said its challenge was not just in "investing in the quality of wine, but where it comes from".


Christensen said the "passion of the people and the beauty of the place" should be two driving factors in making consumers aware of South African wines. He used the examples of the enormous demand for Malbec and Moscato in the US to show how wine styles can become more important than where they are from.


Africa, he argued, has the potential to become the next economic powerhouse after China, hence why Accolade and so many other international wine conpanies were so keen to invest and have a strong footing in South Africa - its main wine market.  Africa has a great opportunity, he added, to be "a substantial driver of economic growth".


He said South Africa is well placed to benefit from growing demand from younger, better travelled wine drinkers in China who want to buy in to wine with a story and where it is from.

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SITT 2012: Wine suppliers make renewed investment in indies

Published:  25 September, 2012

Suppliers are making renewed investment into the indie sector, judging by yesterday's sell out day at SITT Autumn.

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Wines in the press, September 21-24

Published:  25 September, 2012

The Observer

It's a hat-trick of reds for David Williams this week; the first being Marks and Spencer Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Gamay, France 2011 (£4.99 marksandspencer.com).

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South Africa at forefront of environmental winemaking

Published:  25 September, 2012

South Africa is on track to be the world's leading wine country for its environmental, sustainable and ethical practices, according to Su Birch, chief executive of Wines of South Africa.

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SITT 2012: Independent retailers 'lifeblood' of wine trade

Published:  24 September, 2012

Independents are the "lifeblood" of the wine trade and must be provided with bespoke, one-to-one services to ensure the sector's long-term growth.

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Napa's Stag's Leap Winery switches to Berkmann

Published:  24 September, 2012

Iconic Californian winery Stag's Leap has switched its UK distribution from the Wine Treasury to Berkmann Wine Cellars.

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Patrick Sandeman dies in skydiving accident

Published:  24 September, 2012

Leading wine merchant Patrick Sandeman has been killed in a freak skydiving accident in Cambridgeshire over the weekend.

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Geoffrey Dean blogs from Errazuriz vertical icon wines tasting

Published:  24 September, 2012

While the Goring in London may have gained appeal for housing the Duchess of Cambridge on the eve of her wedding to Prince William, many in the wine trade were lured to it last week for an altogether different reason. Hatch Mansfield, UK distributor for Vina Errazuriz, used the hotel in Victoria to lay on a remarkable vertical tasting of the icon wines of one of Chile's most notable wineries.

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