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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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Wine and spirit sales volumes down, says WSTA report

Published:  05 December, 2012

Wine and spirit sales volumes have fallen in the last year, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association Market Report.

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German harvest - 'broad selection of first-class wines'

Published:  05 December, 2012

Despite challenging weather in Germany the market can look forward to the 2012 vintage displaying a "broad selection of first-class wines", according to the president of the VDP Steffen Christmann.

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Vinopolis opens large-scale Italian restaurant complex

Published:  04 December, 2012

Vinopolis has opened a large-scale Italian restaurant, bakery and bar adjacent to its existing Borough market premises in south London.

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Geoffrey Dean reports direct from South Australia on the aftermath of the troubled 2011 vintage

Published:  04 December, 2012


The 2012 vintage in Australia is being widely touted as one of the very best in the last 20 years, but what of the ill-fated 2011 vintage? The south-east of the country got so much rain in late 2010 and in the lead-up to harvest in 2011 that downy mildew and botrytis ran amok, heavily reducing yields and causing swathes of fruit to be left behind in the vineyards. Some boutique producers made no wine at all, and many bigger ones switched from single vineyard wines to blends, but having tasted a good many South Australian offerings, I can happily report there are many good, and some excellent, releases just coming onto the market.

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Enotria partners with the Company of Wine People brands

Published:  04 December, 2012

UK importer Enotria has partnered with wine exporters the Company of Wine People in a bid to grow its South African Category in the UK.

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Inverarity Morton boosts sales and wine teams

Published:  04 December, 2012

Independent Scottish drinks merchant Inverarity Morton has appointed two members of staff to boost its sales and wine teams.

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Show of solidarity saves French wine business from collapse

Published:  04 December, 2012

Provence vineyard Château de Roquefort has been saved from ruin by a group of producers who gathered in support after its vines were wrecked by hail.

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