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Sparkling line-up for LIWF Top 100

Published:  05 February, 2010

This year's Top 100 tasting at the London International Wine Fair will feature 30 sparkling wines and 70 "regional ambassadors" to mark the exhibition's 30th anniversary.

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Berry Bros & Rudd sell Cutty Sark

Published:  05 February, 2010

Berry Bros. & Rudd is to sell the Scotch whisky, Cutty Sark to The Edrington Group and will acquire Glenroths. 

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South Africa reduces bottle weight

Published:  05 February, 2010

South Africa is lowering the weight of its wine bottles in a move to help reduce the industry's carbon footprint.

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Rueda production up 5%

Published:  04 February, 2010

Rueda production increased by 5% in 2009, according to official data released by the Spanish wine region.

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Whisky festival picks six of the best

Published:  04 February, 2010

More than 50 Speyside malts were tasted by a panel of expert judges at the first stage of its annual whisky competition.

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First flavours for Diageo's Ciroc

Published:  04 February, 2010

Diageo has launched two flavoured versions of its Ciroc vodka.

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Cockburn's of Leith rescued

Published:  04 February, 2010

The Cockburn's of Leith name will survive thanks to a deal between its administrators and Edinburgh Wine Importers.

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California hit by UK decline

Published:  03 February, 2010

A decline in exports to the UK has contributed to a fall in California wine shipments for the first time in 16 years, according to data published this week in the USA.

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Green charter for Bordeaux producers

Published:  03 February, 2010

Bordeaux wine consultant Olivier Dauga is launching a Green Winemaking Charter for producers in the region.

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Consumers reassured on chemicals in wine

Published:  03 February, 2010

A new logo could soon be appearing on wine labels, assuring consumers that the product has only received minimal chemical treatments.

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Wolf Blass launches sporting themed campaign

Published:  02 February, 2010

Wolf Blass is launching its largest ever £2 million, sporting themed campaign, which will run throughout 2010.

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Bidders interested in stricken wine merchant

Published:  02 February, 2010

Administrators for Cockburns of Leith say they are hopeful of finding a buyer for Scotland's oldest wine merchant.

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Buckley leaves Oddbins

Published:  02 February, 2010

Staff changes on Oddbins buying team will see Julie Buckley, leave the company and promotions for its two other buyers.

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Clink Wines forges new Australian partnership

Published:  02 February, 2010

Australian wine producer Qualia Wines will join forces in a strategic partnership with UK based, Clink Wines Ltd.

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Wines in the press January 29-31

Published:  02 February, 2010

The Guardian

Victoria Moore is advising on "what not to drink". She says, the wines that follow would have her reaching for the water, no matter how hard a day she's had.


Picking the worst from the top supermarkets, she calls Sainsbury's Argentinian Pinot Noir 2009, (£4.99) "turgid" and Sainsbury's Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2009, (£3.22) "horrendous".


On to Tesco, Moore says, bad claret reminds her of a cardboard box that's spent the past year in the porch with dirty shoes sat on it. She names as an example; Tesco Vintage Claret 2007 (£5.99).


On the up side, she specifies that nothing tried at Waitrose is quite as horrifying, but adds, only "patriotism" would make her part with £10.99 for Bookers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006.


She reveals Asda's "real teeth-gritters" as Nederburg Winemasters Reserve ­Sauvignon Blanc 2009, South Africa (£6.48) and M de Murviedro Rosé 2008 (£5.48).


The Observer


On visiting the vineyards of the De Morgenzon farm in Stellenbosch, Tim Atkin, MW, says you will hear pieces by Bach, Corelli and Albinoni which are piped through outdoor speakers.


Vineyard owner, Hylton Appelbaum, claims his vines respond to a very particular style of classical music. But rock, pop, rap, techno and jazz don't have the same effect. What they enjoy is something harmonious and melodious; such as baroque music.


Atkin asks: "How does he know the vines are responding to the music?" The answer is they apparently grow more vigorously and look more healthy.


Appelbaum's claims to have scientific backing, adds Atkin. In 2007, researchers at South Korea's National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology found classical music triggered a response in two specific genes (rbcS and Ald) in rice plants.


In the same year, Trakya University in Turkey found "relaxing, calming and mentally invigorating music" had a positive effect on root growth in onions during germination.


The Telegraph

Susy Atkins asks: "Should you go for red or white wine with pork belly?" In her opinion you could do either, as long as your white is in the fulsome, fruity style, but she adds, she's inclined to opt for red in two out of three cases here.

 

Atkins thinks pork rillettes, served on their own, are a doddle to match with red and recommends peppery Rhône reds, red Bordeaux or an inexpensive New World Cabernet-Shiraz.

 


Pickled figs complicate matters, she says, because they introduce "that notorious wine-killer, vinegar". She recommends sticking to a red with relatively high acidity, either a simple, youthful Tuscan or Loire.

 

Verring away from reds Atkins chooses Burgundy for dishes crisp pork belly with a salad of potato and quail's eggs, a dish, she says, that works better with the crispness of white.


The Times


Bob Tyrer says, it's only now being realised quite what a vintage 2008 Burgundy was. Now that the wines have been tasted "they're being treated as a miracle."

 

He says he was having a knee operation on the day of the tasting, so didn't get to sample them.

 

Chris Davey is the Burgundy specialist at the importers OW Loeb, says Tyrer and urges people to read his, "joyful introduction to its 2008 Burgundy offer at owloeb.com, which overflows with enthusiasm and intimate knowledge".

 

Some of Tyrers other recommendations are; Joseph Drouhin Rully 2006 (£12.99, Waitrose), Domaine Ballorin Côtes de Nuits Villages 2007 (£14.95, Roberson) and  Beaune 1er Cru Jadot 2002 (£19.95, Cambridge Wine Merchants).

 

 

 

 

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South Africa increases market share

Published:  02 February, 2010

The UK's love for South African wine is growing after it achieved the largest increase in UK market share during 2009.

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Wines of Germany launches buy direct website

Published:  01 February, 2010

Wines of Germany has re-launched its website for UK trade and consumers which allows direct links to retailers' websites to enable consumers to buy direct.

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Scotland's oldest wine merchant goes into administration

Published:  01 February, 2010

Scotland's oldest wine merchant, Cockburns of Leith, whose customers once included writers Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens has been placed into administration.

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Mumbai wine conference plagued by Indian customs issues

Published:  29 January, 2010


Up to 90 Spanish wines were removed by Indian customs on the second day of the three-day Taste food and wine conference held in Mumbai.

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Aussie crush down but exports rise

Published:  29 January, 2010

Australia's grape crush was down 5.4% in 2008-09, according to official data released this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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