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National Waiters Day launches website

Published:  14 January, 2013

The website for National Waiters Day (June 23) has gone live today as the trade gears up to celebrate one of the oldest service industries for the first time.

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Wines in the press, January 11-14

Published:  14 January, 2013

The Guardian

Fiona Beckett says one of the many (unnecessary) anxieties people have about buying wine is whether they're buying the "right" vintage.

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Louis Royer Cognac appoints Mangrove as UK distributor

Published:  11 January, 2013

Mangrove has been appointed UK distributor to Cognac distillery Louis Royer in a bid to increase distribution in the UK.

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Chivas launches Pininfarina collection

Published:  11 January, 2013

Chivas Regal has launched three limited edition products with Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina.

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Chivas Regal has launched three limited edition products with Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina.

 

The first of the Chivas 18 by Pininfarina products is an 18 year old bottle of Chivas housed in a blue metallic-finish case with a wood veneer to represent oak barrels (RRP: £105). The second has the same design features but is made with a solid wood inlay and comes with two glasses. The Limited Edition 2 products will also be individually numbered to highlight their limited edition status (RRP: £420). The bottles will go on sale from the end of February.

 

Only five of the top-end collector's piece will go on display globally and individual pieces made to order. The design is based on a mascherone, the wooden frame originally used to shape cars.

 

"Together with Pininfarina, we have produced a range that reflects the luxury and quality credentials of both partners and celebrates the beauty of deluxe design. The limited edition range will appeal to those with an appreciation for craftsmanship, history and elegance," said Pernod Ricard marketing director Patrick Venning.

 

Chivas has previously collaborated with fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Christian Lacroix.

 

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Brugal rum moves into the off-trade

Published:  11 January, 2013

Maxxium UK-distributed Brugal rum is now available in the UK off-trade after seeing an impressive uplift in the on-trade of 200% MAT volume growth.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Armit Wines

Published:  10 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News reports from Armit Wines Burgundy 2011 en primeur tasting.

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Tesco Everyday Value alcohol range not in breach of code, Portman Group rules

Published:  10 January, 2013

The Portman Group has ruled that Tesco's budget alcohol lines do not breach responsibility rules after a consumer complained that its Everyday Value branding encouraged immoderate consumption.

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SWA slams proposals for Scotch whisky tax

Published:  10 January, 2013

The chief executive for the Scotch Whisky Association, Gavin Hewitt, has defined proposals to put a bottle tax on whisky as "ludicrous".

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Bibendum to launch new initiative at annual tasting

Published:  10 January, 2013

Bibendum is to help its customers tailor their ranges to suit consumer preference by launching A Matter of Taste at its trade-only annual tasting in February.

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SWA slams proposals for Scotch whisky tax

Published:  10 January, 2013

The chief executive for the Scotch Whisky Association Gavin Hewitt, has defined proposals to put a bottle tax on whisky as "ludicrous'.

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Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte boasts strong performance in 2012

Published:  10 January, 2013

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has strengthened its position among the leading Champagne brands  by posting its second most successful performance ever for 2012.

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John Shearlock on why rockers want to be winemakers

Published:  10 January, 2013

What is it that wine and music have in common? Is it that, as with music, we struggle to put into words what it is that we feel when we drink wine, knowing simply that there is something above and beyond us, an intangible and almost incomprehensible facet, but that we know we like? Or is it that the components of fine wine sing in harmony or play in concert like a well rehearsed Orchestra?

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Corney & Barrow launches wine discovery initiative

Published:  09 January, 2013

Corney & Barrow launched Discover Your Wine Style at its annual tasting yesterday, in a bid to demystify wine by allowing guests to choose according to their likes and dislikes.

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Corney & Barrow launch Discover Your Wine Style

Published:  09 January, 2013

Corney & Barrow launched Discover Your Wine Style at its annual wine tasting, in a bid to demystifying wine by allowing guests to choose according to their likes and dislikes.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Berry Bros & Rudd

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tasting from members of the trade. Here Jenny Mackenzie of Early Bird Wine News gives her view on this week's Berry Bros and Rudd Burgundy tasting.

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Mike Matthews on the quality of Edinburgh's wine merchants

Published:  09 January, 2013

You're in the Scottish capital and you're looking for a decent bottle of wine, where do you go? It would be easy to think of Scotland's drinking habits, based on the stereotypical image of the nation's tartan army, as being fuelled by whisky and beer but not wine; fair enough when you consider you are in single malt country and Belhaven is readily available at almost every corner.

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Wemyss Malts to build whisky distillery in Fife

Published:  09 January, 2013

The Wemyss family, owner of Wemyss Malts has announced it is to build a single malt whisky distillery and visitor centre on the back of a grant from the Scottish government.

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New Benevolent chairman pledges JF Hillebrand will match customer donations

Published:  09 January, 2013

Drinks logistics firm JF Hillebrand has pledged to match donations made by its customers to The Benevolent as director Chris Porter begins a two-year stint as the charity's chairman.

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Burgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews: Institute of Masters of Wine Burgundy Seminar

Published:  09 January, 2013

To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this month for the 2011 en primeur campaign Harpers is publishing reviews direct from key tastings and related Burgundy events from members of the trade. Here Anne Krebiehl reports from the Institue of Masters of Wines seminar and debate on Burgundy held this week.

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Live news blog: Christmas trading results

Published:  09 January, 2013

 

Keep up to date with how the leading multiples, discounters and specialist retailers did over the Christmas and new year trading period with the Harpers live news blog.

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