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Paul Stratford's leaders for 2010

Published:  30 December, 2009

Paul Stratford, managing director, Statford's Wine Agencies
is our latest industry leader to say what he thinks are the biggest issues facing us in 2010 and who are the people best placed to lead the sector through them.

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Ged Welch Thierry's managing director's leaders and mentors

Published:  29 December, 2009

As part of our Christmas season of articles from industry leaders here we ask
Ged Welch, managing director, Thierry's to say who he regards as the key figures in the drinks trade.

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Ged Welch Thierry's managing director's leaders and mentors

Published:  29 December, 2009

As part of our Christmas season of articles from industry leaders here we ask
Ged Welch, managing director, Thierry's to say who he regards as the key figures in the drinks trade.

 

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Jancis Robinson: my leaders and mentors

Published:  27 December, 2009

As we celebrate Christmas we invite key figure in the trade to give their view on who they see as the leading voices for the drinks industry. Today we turn to Jancis Robinson MW, wine writer, Financial Times and jancisrobinson.com

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Jancis Robinson: my leaders and mentors

Published:  27 December, 2009


As we celebrate Christmas we invite key figure in the trade to give their view on who they see as the leading voices for the drinks industry. Today we turn to Jancis Robinson MW, wine writer, Financial Times and jancisrobinson.com

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Jeremy Beadles WSTA: my leaders and mentors

Published:  27 December, 2009

As we celebrate Christmas we also look to the year with a series of articles from key figures in the trade. First up is Jeremy Beadles, chief executive, Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Letter calls for minimum alcohol price

Published:  24 December, 2009

Public health chiefs have called on Scottish politicians to support the minimum price for alcohol.

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Winners and losers in 2009

Published:  23 December, 2009

First Cape, Lindemans and Blossom Hills were some of the best branded wine performers of 2009 while Hardys and Gallo saw sales fall compared to the previous year, according to The Grocer's Top Products Survey.

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Brintex announce new board members for LIWF and Distil

Published:  23 December, 2009

Brintex has announced two new appointments to the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) and Distil Advisory Board.

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Ireland to get new €2.9m whiskey distillery

Published:  23 December, 2009

The owners of Irish brewer and pub chain Porterhouse Group are in negotiations to create a new distillery in Ireland.

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Price hikes unlikely to reduce alcohol consumption

Published:  22 December, 2009

Imposing a minimum price for alcohol is unlikely to significantly reduce consumption, according to a new report out today.

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Ballantine's joins forces with pavement artist

Published:  22 December, 2009

Pernod Ricard's Scotch whisky brand, Ballantine's has joined up with street pavement artist, Julian Beever in a Christmas marketing campaign outside Heathrow Airport's Terminal 3.

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Wines in the Press - December 18-21

Published:  22 December, 2009

The Guardian


Victoria Moore is faced with a row of red Burgundies and a similarly priced line of New Zealand Pinot Noirs.


She says, "if it's true that £10-£25 red Burgundies are horribly likely to disappoint, their New Zealand counterparts increasingly seem to delight". She adds, instead of being patronizingly compared to the likes of Volnay, Beaune or Nuit St George, the region is now admired for its own qualities and quirks.


The most sublime are not in huge supply, says Moore, "but if you are patient and dedicated, they'd make a great Christmas presents. Ideally to yourself ".


Her choices are Hans Pinot Noir 2005 Marlborough (£23, Bottle Apostle) and Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Marlborough (£26.99, virginwines.com).

 

The Observer


The Atkin family Christmas will have a Spanish flavour this year, for two reasons, says Tim Atkin MW.

Firstly; he's just bought a copy of José Pizarro's wonderful Seasonal Spanish Food (£19.99, Kyle Cathie) and can't wait to cook some of the recipes.


He says the second reason involves a lost bottle of Vega Sicilia Unico 1995, which he informs his stepmother mistakenly used in what turned out to be "a very expensive stew".


His solution has been to purchase Vega's second wine, a Valbuena 2003 (£73.40, Berry Brothers & Rudd). Atkin says, it is quite forward for a Valbuena, but it's still delicious, and is, "broad, smoky and herbal, with ripe flavours of plums and blackberries and very subtle oak".


The Sunday Times


Jane MacQuitty recommends wine stockists to make a festive call to for last minute buys.


She says Berry Bros & Rudd in St James's Street, Central London is good to pick up rare treats such as, Champagne Baron's, Pinot Noir-dominant Brut Réserve (£27.95).


At Marks & Spencer, she reveals there are all sorts of prettily wrapped goodies to take home and her favourite is its, "luscious, raisiny, tealeaf- scented", Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina 1990 (£15 half bottle).


MacQuitty recommends readers head to Waitrose to buy, "the seductive, fat, black pepper-spiced," Saint Joseph, Cave de Saint-Désirat 2007 (down to £8.99).

 

The Telegraph


Susy Atkins is looking at pudding wines. She says some prefer to tackle the classic Christmas pudding head on, with a very rich, amber-coloured dessert wine. "If so, look no further than the fabulous elixir of raisins and chocolate that is," Campbells Rutherglen Muscat, Victoria, Australia (Oddbins, £7.99).



Although she adds that others will have had enough heavy wines. Instead, Atkins recommends a crisp, delicate sweet wine to cut through the sticky dessert such as, Marks & Spencer Asti NV, Alberto Canino, Piedmont, Italy (£6.99).

 

But if you think the whole Christmas pudding thing is too much, says Atkins, then go for a lighter dessert, perhaps a sorbet, or a fruit parfait. In which case she recommends the Concha Y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Maule, Chile (Majestic, £5.99 for 37.5cl)

 

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Howard-Sneyd joins Direct Wines

Published:  22 December, 2009

Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, head of wines at Waitrose, is to join industry rival Direct Wines as its global wine director.

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The UK's best wine lists recognised

Published:  21 December, 2009

Harpers Wine & Spirit today reveals the shortlisted restaurants for our Drinking Out Excellence Awards, the UK's first dedicated gongs for wine lists.

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Mission Possible: the hunt for South Africa's forgotten Chenin Blanc

Published:  21 December, 2009

A quest to find South Africa's oldest Chenin Blanc vines has been resolved.

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Health lobbyists dismiss UK drinking survey

Published:  21 December, 2009

Health campaigners claim official drinks surveys "grossly" underestimate how much wine the nation is drinking on a weekly basis.

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Tesco launches iPhone wine App

Published:  21 December, 2009

Tesco has launched an iPhone visual search application that allows customers to take a picture of a wine label and check whether it is stocked by Tesco Wine by the Case with an option to buy.

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Foster's faces exchange rate hit

Published:  21 December, 2009

The Australian wine group Foster's has warned that business is performing below expectations due to decline in demand for Australian wines and poor currency exchange rates.

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Virgin achieves record-breaking sales

Published:  18 December, 2009

Festive sales has seen Virgin Wines  exceeded all expectations in its 12 Days of Christmas campaign.

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