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Wines in the press - February 18-20

Published:  22 February, 2011

The Guardian
Sherry may have taken off in stylish tapas bars, but when did you last get offered some at a friend's house? Asks Fiona Beckett.

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Prospects of an interest rate rise continues to support sterling

Published:  22 February, 2011

Sterling hit a high of $1.6260/£1 yesterday, but struggled to push much higher as investors took profit from sterling's recent run against the US dollar.

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Diageo buys Turkish spirits producer

Published:  21 February, 2011

Diageo has bought Turkey's leading spirits company, Mey Içki, in a deal worth £1.3 billion.

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Medics condemn "inconsequential" action on drinks prices

Published:  21 February, 2011

Medics have warned that government plans to ban below-cost sales of alcohol will have no effect on the nation's health.

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Sterling hit two-week high as January retail sales came in high

Published:  21 February, 2011

Sterling hit a two-week high against the US dollar on Friday as retail sales in January came in far higher than expectations.

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UK's finest wine indies to reap rewards

Published:  18 February, 2011

The country's finest independent wine retailers will be celebrated at the first-ever Top Merchants awards ceremony next week.

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ACS warns against councils setting own licensing fees

Published:  18 February, 2011

ACS, the trade bode body representing shops, has warned against a government move allowing councils to set their own alcohol licensing fees.

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Search for France's Top 100 IGP wines begins

Published:  18 February, 2011

The search for France's top 100 wines under the IGP quality designation has begun, and producers have until February 25 to enter their wines.


The Top 100 IGP competition, formerly knows as the Top 100 Vins de Pays, has changed its name to correspond with changes to EU labelling regulations.


The Top 100 French wines under the Indication Géographique Protégée designation is seen as a benchmark for quality in the category and will highlight a diverse list of wines selected by a panel of industry experts. Targeted entirely at the UK market, it is funded by the five following groups: IGP Intervins Sud Est, IVSO, Val de Loire, AIR SUD and INTER OC.


Wine columnist Tim Atkin MW will chair a judging panel comprising 15 people from the UK wine trade, encompassing buyers, independent merchants, journalists and sommeliers. These judges will attend a blind tasting in March, where the list will be selected and trophy winners will be decided.


The 100 wines which make the grade will be available to taste on the dedicated Top 100 IGP stand at the London International Wine Fair, where trophy winners will also be announced. The LIWF runs from May 17 to 19 2011.


The winning wines will be supported by an ongoing PR and marketing campaign, involving national press activity, independent retailer initiatives, and a consumer-facing promotion with a leading French restaurant group.


Producers should submit their wines for the tasting via www.top100igpfrance.com from now until February 25 2011.

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Burgundy wines back to pre-recession prices

Published:  18 February, 2011

Burgundy wines are back to pre-recession prices, according to Bordeaux Index.

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A rollercoaster ride for sterling as interest rate speculation continues

Published:  18 February, 2011

The rollercoaster ride for sterling continued yesterday, as a speech by Bank of England policymaker Andrew Sentance reignited speculation over interest rate hikes.

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Rosemount launches 'Diamond Friends' Facebook campaign

Published:  17 February, 2011

Rosemount has launched 'Diamond Friends' -  a social media campaign, designed to raise the brand's profile and engage with the consumer.

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Champagne Summit: Jamie Goode video interview on Vintage masterclass

Published:  17 February, 2011


As part of Harpers Wine & Spirit's Champagne Summit on February 15, Jamie Goode conducted a blind tasting masterclass of Vintage and Non Vintage Champagnes.
You can catch a short interview between Goode and the International Wine Challenge's Ray O'Connor by clicking on the following link: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com/blog/

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Distell sales hit hard by exchange rate

Published:  17 February, 2011

South African wine and spirits conglomerate Distell's sales gains have been hard hit by unfavourable exchange rates and a less profitable sales mix.

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Wines of Turkey tasting - last chance to register

Published:  17 February, 2011

It is the last chance to register for 'Discover the Roots', the inaugural Wines of Turkey conference & tasting 2011.

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Net profits up 10% at Pernod Ricard

Published:  17 February, 2011

Net profits are up 10% at French drinks giant Pernod Ricard thanks to strong sales growth of strategic brands in emerging markets.

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Centre-Loire Wines appoints Sopexa for 2011 programme

Published:  17 February, 2011

Centre-Loire Wines (BIVC) has appointed Sopexa UK, to manage its 2011 UK public relations trade campaign.

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Drake & Morgan launches fifth site

Published:  17 February, 2011

London bar group Drake & Morgan is launching its fifth site, The Drift, in the newly developed Heron Tower in Bishopsgate in early June.

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Sterling drops after Tuesday's gains

Published:  17 February, 2011

Sterling dropped yesterday, eradicating gains after the Bank of England's Quarterly Inflation Report doused market expectations of interest rate hikes.

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Virgin Wines to double its consumer tasting programme

Published:  16 February, 2011

Virgin Wines is to double its national consumer wine tasting programme for 2011 by visiting more UK cities.

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Fake alcohol on the rise

Published:  16 February, 2011

Trading Standards have warned retailers to be extra vigilant after officers found a high level of counterfeit alcohol in off-licences.

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