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FranceAgriMer to sponsor Royal Court Theatre

Published:  30 July, 2010

French trade body, FranceAgriMer has announced a partnership with London's Royal Court Theatre as part of its 2010 French Quality Wines UK campaign.

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Pound hits 5-month high vs. Dollar

Published:  30 July, 2010

The pound continued its strong run against the dollar, hitting a five month high but narrowly failed to break the €1.20/ £1 barrier.

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Sud de France announces sommelier competition finals

Published:  30 July, 2010

The Sud de France Sommelier Competition will be holding its finals in September.

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VIP Producer - Winegrowers of Ara

Published:  29 July, 2010

Ara is a large, single estate in Marlborough at the confluence of Marlborough's Wairau and Waihopai rivers. It lies on a 1,600ha terrace laid down by the river systems that existed 20,000 years ago. To the Maori people of New Zealand, Ara means "pathway".

 

Philospohy
General manager of viticulture and winemaking Damien Martin says its point of difference is to take a pathway that's different to everyone else. "We like to concentrate on a traditional approach and wines that are a bit more European in style - a lot of extract and a bit more on the mid and back palate."

 

Vineyards and viticulture
One of the vineyard's special features is the vine density - 4,000-5,000 vines per hectare - which is more than double that of conventional Marlborough plantings. The high density and low yields are comparable to Old World viticultural techniques.

 

The Wines
There are three tiers - Pathway, Composite and Resolute. Pathway Sauvignon Blanc (rrp £7.99) and Pinot Noir (rrp £9.99) are both available at Morrisons. Composite Sauvignon Blanc (rrp £9.99) and Pinot Noir (rrp £12.99) comprise the best grapes from 190 parcels of vines blended together. Resolute Sauvignon Blanc (rrp £15.99) and Pinot Noir (rrp £19.99) are from a single-parcel handpicked collection "formed of love".

 

Top people
Commercial director Sue Henderson and chief executive Christine Pears.

 

Visit winegrowersofara.co.nz.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  29 July, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal. Previously you were only able to dine here if you were rich enough to pay the membership fee for what is essentially a private casino - Les Ambassadeurs Club.


Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, The Milroy is situated in what used to be one of Henry VIII's hunting lodges and its interior is still modelled on the fin de siècle Louis XV style incorporated in the 1870s. Dining here certainly makes you feel one step closer to royalty.


The food is European traditional, dressed up with a serious modern twist. It's the kind of menu where you need the staff to explain at least two ingredients per dish. But this is no surprise as head chef Simon Foster was trained by Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire.


Foams, juses and mousses run alongside Barnsley chops, ribs of beef, sole meunière and pan-fried skate.


The wine list is tilted to the Old World but evenly spread around the New World. With Cloudy Bay and Hunter Valley running up alongside Meursault, Pommard and Nuits St George. Under head sommelier Andres Lucas it features 200 bins, 10 by-the-glass at £7.50, and fairly priced bottles starting at £22.


Lunch here is a grand occasion. A step up and a step back in time. But well worth stepping up for.

 

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Boost for Georgian wine industry

Published:  29 July, 2010

The European Union has taken the unprecedented step of agreeing to protect the Geographical Indications of Georgia.

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Guala Closures acquires Bulgarian company, Danik

Published:  29 July, 2010

Guala Closures Group, has acquired Bulgarian company Danik.

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Naked Wines shortlisted for Orange Innovation Award

Published:  29 July, 2010

Norwich based retailer, Naked Wines has been shortlisted for the Orange Innovation Award 2010, as part of the National Business Awards.

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Currency update, July 29: sterling stays strong

Published:  29 July, 2010

Currency update for July 29 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling rides the waves.
Get bespoke drinks currency advice at www.smartwinespirits.com

 

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Sud de France Festival returns

Published:  29 July, 2010

The Sud de France Festival will return to UK shores in 2010.

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Wine train rolls on

Published:  28 July, 2010

A leading drinks industry shipper is set to launch a new 'wine train' service in south-west England.

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Bring us your bottles

Published:  28 July, 2010

One of the leading South African alcoholic drinks producers, Distell, has launched a glass recycling scheme to encourage customers to return their empties.

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Bordeaux announces three-year plan to revitalise its wine industry

Published:  28 July, 2010

The Bordeaux Wine Council CIVB, intends to cut production levels of low cost wine as part of a three year strategy to fight the current challenges facing its industry.

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Wine and spirits rebound - LVMH

Published:  28 July, 2010

Luxury products group, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) has reported its wine and spirits division has made a strong return to growth in the first half of the year.

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Currency update, July 28: good day for sterling

Published:  28 July, 2010

Currency analysis for July 28 by Smart Currency Exchange: another good day for sterling.
For bespoke currency advice go to www.smartwinespirits.com

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Appleton launches 30-year-old rum

Published:  27 July, 2010

Appleton Estate is launching a rare 30-year-old rum in the UK market that has a world wide distribution of less than 1500 bottles.

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South Australia heads to Harrods

Published:  27 July, 2010

South Australian wines will take centre stage at luxury London retailer, Harrods in August.

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Currency update, July 27: sterling rallies against the dollar

Published:  27 July, 2010

Currency update for July 27 from Smart Currency Exchange: sterling hits five month high against the dollar.
For a bespoke currency service go to www.smartwinespirits.com.

 

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Drinkaware to engage with parents in live web chat

Published:  27 July, 2010

Drinkaware will host a live web chat today to provide parents with advice about teenagers and alcohol.

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Wine shows signs of recovery - Rabobank

Published:  27 July, 2010

The wine industry is showing signs of recovery but high-end wine sales are still struggling in 2010, according to Rabobank's latest wine report.

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