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Tony Laithwaite and Hugh Johnson discuss wine trends

Published:  28 September, 2012

Wine scoring and trends were two of the subjects discussed between Tony Laithwaite, head of Laithwaite's Wine, and wine writer Hugh Johnson at this year's Henley Literary Festival.

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Julio Faustino Martinez receives award for brand expansion in Rioja

Published:  28 September, 2012

Julio Faustino Martinez of the Faustino Group has been awarded 'Personalidades Ilustres del Rioja', for his contribution to the expansion of the Rioja brand both in Spain and globally.

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Negociants UK Winemaker Tour blog

Published:  28 September, 2012

With more and more kiwi-themed cafes and eateries popping up in London, the UK is increasingly beginning to feel like home for New Zealander Clive Jones from Nautilus Estate, one of the six pioneering winemakers travelling round the country on the The Negociants UK Winemaker Tour.

 

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Bar operator Orchid ups food focus as earnings dip

Published:  28 September, 2012

Food-led pub and bar operator the Orchid Group has seen sales grow by 3.7%, while EBITDAR fell by 5.4% in the full year to December 2011.

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Malibu launches Snowcoco ahead of festive season

Published:  28 September, 2012

Malibu has launched limited edition Malibu Snowcoco in the off-trade ahead of the festive season.

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Government's zeal for minimum pricing means 'pause' in industry co-operation, warns WSTA

Published:  27 September, 2012

WSTA chief executive Miles Beale has warned that the government's U-turn on minimum pricing would lead to a "pause" in the industry's co-operation.

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Negociants UK Winemaker Tour blog

Published:  27 September, 2012

Aussie Louisa Rose, head of winemaking at Yalumba and Hill-Smith Family Vineyard, has been busy sharing her winemaking philosophy with the UK trade in The Negociants Winemaker Tour. She takes some time out to muse on what makes a great wine.

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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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