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Northern Ireland debates 70p-a-unit minimum alcohol price

Published:  07 March, 2011

Northern Ireland could impose a minimum price of up to 70p per unit of alcohol under plans drawn up by ministers.

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Wines in the press, March 3-6

Published:  07 March, 2011

The Guardian
Fiona Beckett was thinking about how we never hear much about Merlot any more. Of course you implicitly discuss it if you talk about St Emilion, Pomerol or other Merlot-dominated "right bank" Bordeaux, she says.

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Slurp abandons minimum order to launch 'Slurp Singles'

Published:  07 March, 2011

Slurp.co.uk has abandoned its minimum order restrictions on the Slurp Express catalogue, allowing customers to purchase single bottles of wine for next day delivery at no extra cost.

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Sterling falls to one month low against euro

Published:  07 March, 2011

Sterling fell to a one month low on Friday against the euro, which was boosted by comments from European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, who said that interest rates could rise as early as next month.

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Restaurant Manager of the Year UK finalists announced

Published:  04 March, 2011

Seven, instead of the usual six, of the UK's top restaurant managers will go through to the finals of the Academy of Food and Wine Service UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2011 competition.

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Shock move by European Central Bank

Published:  04 March, 2011

Sterling fell by nearly 1% against the euro yesterday as poor UK services sector activity sector contrasted sharply with a shock statement from the European Central Bank that the ECB could hike interest rates in the region as early as next month.

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Bibendum picks up Chateau de Saint Cosme agency

Published:  03 March, 2011

Rhone producer Chateau de Saint Cosme has signed an exclusive UK distribution deal with Bibendum.

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Drinks trade outrage as barred from Scottish summit

Published:  03 March, 2011

The drinks trade is up in arms after being refused admission to a Scottish conference on alcohol and tobacco policy.

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Bordeaux Index urges caution over second growth wines

Published:  03 March, 2011

Fine wine investors are being urged to exercise caution when buying "less prestigious second growth" wines, given the large volumes available and lack of growth in emerging markets, says Bordeaux Index.

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Sterling still at 13-month high against US dollar

Published:  03 March, 2011

Sterling remained around a 13-month high against the US dollar yesterday as investors continued to speculate that US interest rates would stay in place much longer than the UK.

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Cork producer Amorim's sales up 14%

Published:  02 March, 2011

Cork produer Amorim has posted a sales increase of almost 14% by volume in 2010, selling more than 3 billion cork bottle stoppers.

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TV debut for Sourz

Published:  02 March, 2011

Maxxium's liqueur brand Sourz is making its TV debut as part of a new marketing campaign.

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Rémy Cointreau in exclusive talks over Champagne sale

Published:  02 March, 2011

Rémy Cointreau has entered into exclusive negotiations with EPI over the sale of its Champagne division.

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Sterling reaches highest level against US dollar for a year

Published:  02 March, 2011

Sterling jumped to the highest level against the US dollar for over a year after stronger than expected UK data left investors expecting an interest rate hike far before the USA.

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Concha y Toro buys Fetzer for $238m

Published:  02 March, 2011

Concha y Toro has bought Brown-Forman's Fetzer Vineyards in a deal worth US$238 million, the largest transaction in the Latin American wine giant's history.

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Sterling gains against US dollar over oil price concerns

Published:  01 March, 2011

Sterling gained against the US dollar yesterday as concerns over the price of oil dented the US currency.

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Drinks bosses slam alcohol-related deaths forecast

Published:  01 March, 2011

Drinks bosses have slammed evidence which says there will be up to 30,000 alcohol-related deaths in the next 20 years, claiming official statistics were ignored.

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Alcohol Concern and WSTA clash over supermarket drinks displays

Published:  01 March, 2011

Alcohol Concern and the WSTA are at loggerheads over how supermarkets display alcohol throughout their stores.

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Wines in the press- February 26-28

Published:  28 February, 2011

The Guardian
It's the annual Fairtrade fortnight, which means consumers may well be tempted to pick up a bottle of Fairtrade wine over the next couple of weeks.

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Christie's expands global wine sales team

Published:  28 February, 2011

Christie's is expanding its global wine sales team to keep up with its 70% boom in wine sales since 2009.

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