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Independents fear for future if business costs keep spiralling

Published:  17 August, 2011

Six out of ten independent retailers fear their business will not survive if costs continue to spiral upwards.

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Relief for riot-hit firms

Published:  17 August, 2011

Relief for riot-hit businesses may be available in the form of deferred rent payments, insurance under the Riot (Damages) Act or cuts in business rates.

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Harpers joins forces with WoA and La Riojana in Torrontés push

Published:  17 August, 2011

Harpers is linking up with Wines of Argentina and La Riojana to launch an initiative to help raise the profile and understanding of Torrontés in the UK.

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Alesha Dixon becomes FirstCape ambassador

Published:  17 August, 2011

Alesha Dixon, singer and Strictly Come Dancing judge has been announced brand ambassador for FirstCape's Café Collection lighter style range.

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Sterling gains due to UK inflation rise

Published:  17 August, 2011

Sterling gained yesterday against the US dollar after figures released showed that UK inflation accelerated more than forecast.

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Australian and US wines under-represented in on-trade, says WDR

Published:  16 August, 2011

Australian and USA wines are being under-represented in pubs and restaurants according to analysis from the Wilson Drinks Report, WDR.

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Rise of sterling hampered due to UK recovery concerns

Published:  16 August, 2011

Sterling gained against the US dollar yesterday, but failed to break beyond $1.64/£1 due to concerns about the UK recovery.

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Pernod Ricard to trial Absolut iPad displays in Tesco stores

Published:  16 August, 2011

Pernod Ricard owned brand Absolut, is to trial in-store iPad displays in selected Tesco stores to encourage purchase of its vodka brand.

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Kingsland secures Co-operative listing for Rickety Bridge

Published:  16 August, 2011

Kingsland Wines and Spirits has secured a new listing with The Co-operative for its Rising River range of wines from South African partners, Rickety Bridge.

 

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Wines in the Press, August 12-14

Published:  16 August, 2011

The Guardian
After visiting the pop-up tapas bar Cavaville, in Bristol, and Spanish chef José Pizarro planning to open a cava bar at his new London restaurant when it opens in Bermondsey, Fiona Beckett wonders we're due for a cava revival.

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Bacardi pitches Oakheart exclusively at men

Published:  15 August, 2011

Male drinkers aged 18 to 24 who love "adventure, fun and girls" are the target audience of Bacardi's new spiced rum-based spirit.

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Sterling gained against US dollar after better tone in stock market

Published:  15 August, 2011

Sterling gained against the US dollar on Friday, boosted by a better tone in stock markets but hampered by lingering concerns over the UK economy and the fact that interest rates are set to stay on hold for some time.

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Accolade launches low alcohol Stowells Light wines

Published:  15 August, 2011

Accolade Wines has launched Stowells Light - a range of lower alcohol wines.

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More drinks firms pledge to reduce environmental impact

Published:  12 August, 2011

Several leading drinks companies have pledged to cut down on packaging by signing up to the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment.

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Number One Drinks Company gains Japanese distillery stock

Published:  12 August, 2011

The remaining inventory from Mercian's Karuizawa Distillery has been acquired by an Asian-based company on behalf of its international importer and distributor, Number One Drinks Company.

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Sterling gains ground after Osborne dismisses spending cut review

Published:  12 August, 2011

Sterling recovered ground yesterday against the US dollar after Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne rebuffed opposition demands to review spending cuts.

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Yohann Jousselin, The Vineyard at Stockcross

Published:  11 August, 2011

The sommelier's view

 

Things are really going well for sommeliers. Over the past three to four years the arena has really opened up. Previously everything was London based, but there are now increasingly more tastings and events outside of London, which benefit those like myself, as I am based in Berkshire.

 

It opens it up to new and more talented people. There are younger contestants with a lot of knowledge coming to the fore to enter wine-tasting competitions, which can only be good for the industry and spur it on; it gives it a sharper edge. There is also a lot more training going on at different levels, leading up to the WSET trophy and the Academy of Food & Wine awards.

 

A lot of people in the past have viewed sommeliers as being arrogant. It's very important we help them to overcome that way of thinking and take away the stuffy image the sommelier has. The image is definitely improving, but there are still quite a lot of sommeliers who are not approachable. We have to remember the guest or customer is the most important person in the room. It can be difficult if you have an awkward customer, you have to adjust yourself to fit, as you don't want to give them any reason not to come back to the restaurant.

 

There's a lot of opportunity there, if the sommelier takes it seriously, and the ability to achieve. Of course, it includes a considerable amount of hard work, as you have to gain as much knowledge as possible. But if you like the job, you don't mind the long hours.

 

I think the reason why I won the UK Sommelier of the Year, this year, on my third attempt, was because I trained much harder and began my studies earlier. It took five months of study, but it helped because this time around I felt much more relaxed. So I have concluded it's all about preparation: if you train properly and put enough thought into it you'll get there.

 

As far as the industry goes there are more and more interesting wines coming from smaller countries, and the market is really starting to open up. Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Romania have really improved the quality and intensity of their wines.
Here at the Vineyard we are very open to new things. With 2,800 wines on the list, we're always happy to explore something new from a classic region or upcoming country.

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LIVE UPDATES UK riots: Cameron unveils plans to help businesses

Published:  11 August, 2011

The Prime Minister has made £20 million available and unveiled a series of emergency measures to help businesses affected by riots.

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Gordon's gin drops TV chef for actors

Published:  11 August, 2011

Grouchy TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been dropped as the face of Gordons's gin in favour of "witty conversation" from actors Emilia Fox and Philip Glenister.

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Maxxium UK launches alcoholic foam

Published:  11 August, 2011

Maxxium UK has launched Bols Foam, with the aim of bringing molecular mixology to everyday use.

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