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New TV series features Hertfordshire cocktail bar

Published:  24 March, 2010

A Hertfordshire cocktail bar will feature this evening in a new TV series "The Business Inspector".

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Diageo launches heat-activated Pimm's campaign

Published:  23 March, 2010

Diageo is to launch a heat-activated radio campaign which will see the Pimm's advertisement aired when the weather reaches 22°C or above.

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Portman ruling removes drinks brand from sale

Published:  23 March, 2010

A drinks brand has been removed from sale because it does not specify it contains alcohol.

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Wines in the Press- March 19-21

Published:  23 March, 2010

The Guardian

The British now drink more South African wine than French, says Victoria Moore. According to the latest figures, imports, are up 20% by volume exceeding the French by some 4,000 cases.

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Clink Wines takes on LusoVini

Published:  22 March, 2010

Clink Wines Ltd has been appointed as UK distributor to Portugal's, LusoVini.

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Fine wine merchants merge

Published:  22 March, 2010

London based fine wine merchant Goedhuis & Co has bought Suffolk based David Roberts Domaines.

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Mangrove wins golds in world spirits competition

Published:  19 March, 2010

Three Mangrove brands have received top awards at the 10th Annual World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

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Campaign for Smarter Drinking hits home with target youth audience

Published:  19 March, 2010

Over 60% of irresponsible drinkers say they will adapt their drinking behaviour following the impact of the Campaign for Smarter Drinking initiative introduced last September.

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Diageo unveils major Easter sales drive

Published:  19 March, 2010

Diageo is looking to drive spirit sales through the Easter period with the roll out of a new advertising and promotional campaign entitled 'Perfect Easter, Perfect Choice'.

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Government looks to change EU rules to introduce higher alcohol duty levels

Published:  18 March, 2010


The government will look to change EU legislation that would allow it to introduce "higher and more logical levels" of alcohol duty, according to its official response released today to the Health & Select Committee's alcohol report.

 

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Argentina Wine Awards' winners announced

Published:  18 March, 2010

A record-breaking number of entries in the Argentina Wine Awards has resulted in 30 gold medal and 18 trophies which have been selected by an international panel of wine experts at the judging session in Mendoza last week.

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Bernard Magrez looks for new UK off-trade agency

Published:  18 March, 2010

Bernard Magrez is looking for new UK representation in the off-trade after mutually agreeing to end his collaboration with Thierry's Wine Services.

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Australia's First Families of Wine plan UK tastings in May

Published:  17 March, 2010

Australia's First Families of Wine, an association of 12 producers, is to run a series of tastings and master classes in the week leading up to the London International Wine Fair in May.

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Australia's First Famiiles of Wine plan UK tastings in May

Published:  17 March, 2010

Australia's First Families of Wine, an association of 12 producers, is to run a series of tastings and master classes in the week leading up to the London International Wine Fair in May.

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Maxxium backs Courvoisier with £15m spend in 2010

Published:  17 March, 2010

Maxxium UK is to spend £15 million supporting its cognac brand, Courvoisier, in 2010.

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Mont Tauch launches sweet wine range

Published:  17 March, 2010

French wine producer, Mont Tauch, is rolling out a new range of sweet wines which will be launched at the Big Fortified Tasting on April 19 at London's Glazier's Hall.

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Diageo launches Bushmills competition

Published:  16 March, 2010

 

Diageo has launched a Facebook competition offering the winner a chance to work alongside its master distiller at its Bushmills Irish whiskey distillery.

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Fine Wine of Croatia comes to LIWF

Published:  16 March, 2010

Fine Wine of Croatia is launching its wines to the London International Wine Fair in its first generic drive in the UK.

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wines in the Press- March 12-14

Published:  16 March, 2010

The Guardian

 

Victora Moore says it isn't difficult to guess which of the world's vineyards might command the highest prices, but one place that stands out as odd is Italy's Alto Adige.

 

"This is unexpected," says Moore "Or at least it was to me. Once part of Austria, and Italy's most northerly wine-producing area, this alpine region, with its immaculate mountain lakes, frosted rocky pinnacles, narrow valleys, vineyards at 400-500m, ski slopes, and steaming platefuls of canederli (speck dumplings) is not a place with which even oenophiles are necessarily familiar, not least because it produces only 0.7% of Italy's wine."

 

Dr Heike Platter of the Laimburg Research Centre of Agriculture says: "The climate is very good. We have 300 days of sunshine a year, but very little space for cultivation, so land is precious."

No surprise, then, that the wine is not cheap says Moore.

She recommends; St Michael Eppian Pinot Grigio 2008 (£9.99, Waitrose). Josef Weger Pinot Grigio 2008 (£13.50, keith@viaggiovino.co.uk) and Weingut Niklas Lagrein 2007 (£10.15, slurp.co.uk; £10.80, Les Caves de Pyrene).

 

Telegraph

 

Susy Atkins is considering Mother's Day presents and suggests a bottle of golden dessert wine. She feels a glass of cool, sweet wine, to accompany one of Diana Henry's apple pies, is sure to be treasured.

 

"Some wines have inherently sweet, appley flavours. Try the crisp, light, delicate dessert wines of Germany, or the baked-apple-and-walnut nuances of sweet Chenin Blanc, which usually hails from the Loire in France. Slightly lighter demi-sec Vouvray - also a Loire Valley Chenin - can be a delight."



She recommends; Clos De Nouys 2007 Vouvray Demi-Sec, France (£9.99 Waitrose, 37.5cl) and
Darting Estate Eiswein 2007, Germany (£14.99 Marks & Spencer, 37.5cl).

 

Times

Bob Tyrer is advising on how to find the perfect wine. He likes Liberty wines as they tend to be "a bit out of the way, unusual, characterful, occasionally a revelation, sometimes expensive, but so interesting and agreeable that I think I've got something worthwhile for my money."

 

He asked managing director of Liberty David Gleave, Liberty, how to find a fantastic bottle of wine?

 

A few of Gleaves answers were; look for good customer service, spend a little bit more, focus more on the region than the vintage and visit local independent retailers, rather than just relying on supermarkets.

 

He added, ask for full traceability if you're buying at auction. "Make sure the auction house can tell you how the wine has been stored - it should have been in a good cellar, with a constantly low temperature, and it shouldn't have been moved often."

 

The Independent

 

Wine of Australia put on a blind tasting of 50 "world class" Chardonnays at this year's annual tasting, says Anthony Rose.

 

He lists the three groups as; crisp and refreshing, fine and elegant and rich and complex.


Rose says the first group contained everyday wines that failed to set his pulse racing. He favoured the 2008 De Bortoli Estate Chardonnay, the Jacobs Creeks' 2005 Reeves Point Chardonnay and the Punt Road's 2008 Napoleone Vineyard Chardonnay.

 

Rose says the second section lived up to its billing, with amongst others the Giant Steps Arthur's Creek 2008 Chardonnay, (£17.80, OW Loeb).

 

In the final group, Rose recommends the zesty-intense 2008 Ten Minutes by Tractor McCutcheon Vineyard, (£18.49-£20.15, The Wine Library).

 

He adds: "Overall, though, this was a confident demonstration, showing that Australian Chardonnay is back, and by some distance its greatest white hope for the future."

 

 

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Gonzalez Byass and Benevolent host sherry master class

Published:  15 March, 2010

Gonzalez Byass and The Benevolent are to host a Sherry Master Class on March 22 with all proceeds being donated to the charity.

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