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'Virtual sommelier' service launches

Published:  30 September, 2010

An online "virtual sommelier" service has been launched.

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Thieves steal 30 tonnes of grapes

Published:  30 September, 2010

A vineyard near Béziers in the Hérault region of southern France had 30 tonnes of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes stolen overnight.

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Grant's to sponsor Piers Morgan Life Stories

Published:  30 September, 2010

Grant's has announced that it is to sponsor the ITV1 show, Piers Morgan Life Stories as part of the brand's multi million pound investment for 2010.

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Grants whisky signs TV sponsorship deal

Published:  30 September, 2010

Grant's whisky will return to TV screens after a 15-year break after signing a sponsorship deal with Piers Morgan Life Stories on ITV1. 

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Currency update, September 30 - sterling falls due to concerns over Quantitative Easing

Published:  30 September, 2010

Sterling fell again against the euro yesterday after Tuesday's downbeat comments by a key Bank of England policy maker left sterling under severe pressure from investors.

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Fairtrade wine sector set for "massive growth"

Published:  29 September, 2010

Fairtrade has surpassed organic as the latest ethical product set for massive growth in the alcohol sector, according to recent research by Datamonitor.

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Cockspur unveils new distributor

Published:  29 September, 2010

From October 1 Whyte & Mackay will distribute Cockspur rum in the UK and Ireland's on and off-trade markets.

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Clos Maggiore pairs chocolate with food and wine

Published:  29 September, 2010

London restaurant Clos Maggiore is championing that most traditional of aphrodisiacs in a special chocolate-laden tasting menu designed to coincide with National Chocolate Week.

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Sterling flounders after downbeat comments

Published:  29 September, 2010

Currency exchange rates daily analysis for September 29 from Smart Currency Exchange.

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UK entering the "Prosecco decade"

Published:  28 September, 2010

Prosecco is becoming a favourite tipple among UK wine drinkers, according to the latest consumer research from Wine Intelligence.

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Highland Park's Visitor Centre retains five star rating

Published:  28 September, 2010

Highland Park's Visitor Centre has retained its five star rating from VisitScotland's quality assurance scheme for the seventh year running.

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Wines in the press - September 23-26

Published:  28 September, 2010

The Guardian
Victoria Moore likes crackling so much that she once roasted an entire pork shoulder and managed to eat all the crispy, crunchy, fatty skin in a single sitting.

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Currency update, September 28 - sterling hits seven week high against dollar

Published:  28 September, 2010

Sterling rose against the US dollar to hit a seven week high of $1.5867/£1 as the US currency struggled to shake off concerns that the Federal Reserve would ease monetary policy further to stimulate the flagging recovery.

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Gondola changes name to yourfavouritewines.com

Published:  28 September, 2010

Gondola.co.uk has rebranded its name to yourfavouritewines.com after feedback from a customer survey.

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Bottle Green launches "no-nonsense" website for French Connection Wines

Published:  28 September, 2010

Bottle Green is to launch a new consumer-focused, interactive website for French Connection Wines.

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Sterling hits seven week high against dollar

Published:  28 September, 2010

Currency exchange rates analysis for September 28 from Smart Currency Exchange. For bespoke currency advice go to www.smartwinespirit.com.

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Terroirs to open second site in East London

Published:  28 September, 2010

The team behind the award-winning French, biodynamic-influenced London restaurant, Terroirs, is to open a second site in east London.

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Early boost for sterling against US dollar

Published:  27 September, 2010

Currency rates for September 27 from Smart Currency Exchange. For bespoke currency advice go to www.smartwinespirit.com.

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Asda to roll out its in-store Wine Selector across the country

Published:  27 September, 2010


Asda is to roll out its Wine Selector nationally after a successful trial boosted sales by 4.5%.

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iPad wine lists could risk role of sommelier, warns Rousset

Published:  27 September, 2010


A top restaurateur has warned that venues using iPads to replace paper wine lists risk undermining the sommelier's role.

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