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Laithwaites donates to Chile appeal

Published:  08 March, 2010

Laithwaites is donating 5% of sales on all Chilean wines during March to the Chilean Embassy Earthquake Appeal.

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Diageo and Coca-Cola in joint on-trade drive

Published:  08 March, 2010

Diageo and Coca-Cola Enterprises are to launch a joint campaign to build sales of quality, long mixed drinks in the on-trade.

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Parker gives top marks to Symington's 07 vintages

Published:  05 March, 2010

Graham's Vintage Port 2007 has been awarded 97 points and described as "a candidate for wine of the vintage" by Robert Parker and his Wine Advocate.

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Thresher franchisees win legal battle

Published:  05 March, 2010

Former Thresher franchisees have won the legal battle to be allowed to trade as independents.

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Increased fines for under-age sales

Published:  04 March, 2010

Government figures have revealed that fines for selling alcohol to children have become much steeper in recent years.

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Blow for minimum pricing plans

Published:  04 March, 2010

Plans to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol in Scotland suffered a setback after the European Court of Justice ruled that similar measures on tobacco were illegal.

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Eileen Halewood dies

Published:  04 March, 2010

The funeral took place last Friday of Eileen Halewood, co-shareholder and founder of Halewood Vintners Ltd, now Halewood International Holdings Plc.

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Chile earthquake damage less than feared

Published:  04 March, 2010

Chile has lost 125 million litres of wine due to damage caused in the earthquake last Saturday, it has emerged.

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Tesco and Morrisons licences reviewed

Published:  04 March, 2010

Tesco and Morrisons face licence reviews in Scotland after a publican accused them of breaching the law with "irresponsible drinks promotions".

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Montana makes TV debut

Published:  03 March, 2010

Montana is embarking on its first TV advertising campaign in the UK.

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VAT call for loss-leading drinks sales

Published:  03 March, 2010

The government has rejected a call for supermarkets to be barred from claiming back VAT on loss-leading alcohol sales.

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On-trade exclusives from Grignon

Published:  03 March, 2010

Languedoc producer LGI-Alain Grignon Wines has launched a range of wines in the UK aimed specifically at the on-trade.

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Appeal set up for Chile victims

Published:  02 March, 2010

The Chilean ambassador has set up an appeal to help victims of the earthquake which struck the country on Saturday.

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Wines in the Press, February 27-28

Published:  02 March, 2010

Here's what the national wine scribes had to say over the last weekend of February in this week's WINES IN THE PRESS

THE TIMES

Jane Macquitty recommends the "big, bold, oaky Boardeaux- apeing southern French red" the 2005 Domaine Tranquillite, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Bernard Magrez (£7.99, Majestic, or two for £4.99 each); the 2007 Marsannay Blanc, Louis Latour (£12.99 from Majestic or two for £9.99), which she concedes may not be the best '07 Burgundy she's tasted, "but there's easily a tenner's worth of fine, waxy, marzipan fruit here" nonetheless. She's also keen on the 2009 Gruner Veltliner, Terraces, Domane Wachau (down £2 to £5.99, Waitrose), which she urges her readers to snap up while they can.

 

THE DAILY MAIL

Olly Smith loves the sheer variety of Italian wines and the wealth of grape varieties. "Rich reds, crisp whites, sweet wines, fizz, you name it, Italy can do it - and with fierce pride in the quality of regional diversity," he says. He's won over by Ombra Prosecco (£9.99 or £7.99 as part of a mixed case from Oddbins). "Brilliant bubbly with a fruity refreshing character that makes it perfect as an aperitif," he enthuses.

 

He suggests it would be the perfect match with some top quality buffalo mozzarella cheese. While Pinot Grigio can be "overwhelmingly neutral", Smith says the finest examples come from the north, particularly Alto Adige, which can be "a world away from the water-like offerings that are all too often sloshed into our glasses".

 

He suggests trying Tesco's Finest Finao (£5.99 Tesco), which is "soft, white with a subtle aromatic twist....keep it on stand by in the fridge for a fun, refreshing welcome home."

 

Smith also recommends the 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay (£14.31, Bibendum) which is also from Alto Adige. "Sensationally refreshing and pure white wine," he says. "Think crisp pear fruit with citrus brightness and pristine fresheness. Superb."

 

THE GUARDIAN
Victoria Moore can't wait for spring to arrive, so in anticipation of warmer weather has already uncorked a bottle of Provencal rosé. In this spirit of welcoming new beginnings, she concurs with Macquitty and also recommends Oddbins cut price Gruner Veltliner - "an Austrian white wine that I would recommend even at the full price", and enthuses about Averys Selection 2007 Alsace (£7.49, Averys).  "A white wine with a bit of everything - it reminds me of a soft of chef's salad. There's pinot blanc, sylvaner, pinot gris, gewurtztraminer, Muscat and chasselas too."

 

A white with more impact, she says, is Ca dei Frati Lugana 2008 (around £23.49, Roberson, Harvey Nichols, Highbury Vintners), from the shores of Lake Garda. "Who would have thought that Lugana could be so thrillingly good?" asks Moore.

 

THE OBSERVER

This week Tim Atkin MW recommends the 2006 Cotes du Rhone Domaine Pierre Usseglio (£10, Lay & Wheeler), which is sourced from vineyards on the edge of Chateauneuf du Pape. "This blend of Grenache and 20% Mourvedre is brooding and slightly raisiny with notes of dark chocolate," he says. He also admires the 2007 Crozes-Hermitage, Domaine des Lises (£15.95, Berry Bros), describing it as a "svelte, sexy cool-climate Syrah, showing aromas of violets, raspberries and white pepper."

 

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Vina Concha y Toro on Chilean earthquake

Published:  02 March, 2010

Statement from Vina Concha y Toro on the Chilean earthquake:

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New role for former Constellation chief

Published:  02 March, 2010

Jon Moramarco, the former chief executive of Constellation Europe, has been named president of US fine wine and spirits importer Winebow.

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New Zealand expects small vintage decline

Published:  02 March, 2010

New Zealand wine producers will harvest slightly fewer grapes this year, despite an increased vineyard area, it has been predicted.

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Chilean earthquake: wineries reaction

Published:  01 March, 2010


Harpers Wine & Spirit has received messages from Chilean producers, O Fournier and Claro Wineries, following this weekend's earthquake and impact on their wineries. We will keep you updated on events as we receive them. 

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Atkin moves to The Times

Published:  01 March, 2010

Tim Atkin MW is leaving the Observer Magazine after 17 years, after his weekly column was slashed to just two paragraphs.

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Children's charities back minimum pricing

Published:  01 March, 2010

Children's charities in Scotland have thrown their weight behind plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol.

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