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Virgin oak for Glenfiddich variant

Published:  26 February, 2010

Glenfiddich has unveiled a new variant which is aged in new oak.

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Yellow Tail in animal rights storm

Published:  26 February, 2010

Yellow Tail producer Casella Wines has stopped donating to an animal charity following protests from farmers.

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European spirit producers tackle alcohol misuse

Published:  25 February, 2010

Europe's spirits producers have launched a online database to help reduce alcohol related harm.

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Naked Wines announce £5 million fund for winemakers

Published:  25 February, 2010

Naked Wines has announced a £5million investment fund for talented winemakers looking to set up in business.

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Portuguese 'umbrella brand' unveiled

Published:  24 February, 2010

The Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture has announced a spend of €50m for promotion of Portuguese wines over the next four years, up from around €15m in the four years up to 2009.

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Romanian Winegrowers launch new site

Published:  23 February, 2010

Romanian Winegrowers has launched a UK focussed website for people who are looking for new and interesting wines.

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Wines in the Press- February 19-21

Published:  23 February, 2010

The Guardian

According to Victoria Moore sweetness in Champagne is not just about personal preference, but is subject to changing fashions.

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Harvey-Miller takes wholesaler stake

Published:  22 February, 2010

Harvey-Miller Wine Agencies has bought a majority shareholding in the Scottish wholesaler Irvine Robertson Wines.

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Viña Casa Silva goes organic

Published:  22 February, 2010

Chilean wine producer, Viña Casa Silva, has announced plans convert 130 hectares of its vineyards from conventional farming to organic.

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South Africa overtakes France in market share

Published:  22 February, 2010

South African wine has overtaken French in the UK wine market for the first time in terms of volume.

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New Prosecco laws start to bite

Published:  19 February, 2010

Marks and Spencer has become the first high-profile retailer to be hit by new Prosecco regulations after 14,400 bottles of its Rosecco brand were seized.

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Virgin Wines helps fund South African school

Published:  19 February, 2010

Virgin Wines has announced it will help provide further funding as part of a project to build new facilities at a primary school in South Africa.

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Police appeal over stolen Grant's

Published:  19 February, 2010

Police have appealed for the public to contact them if they are offered suspicious sales of whisky, following a theft from a Scottish depot last week.

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Pernod Ricard launches underage drinking campaign

Published:  18 February, 2010

Pernod Ricard UK, has launched a campaign to tackle underage drinking by encouraging parents to play a more active role in educating their children.

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French fraudsters convicted of selling fake Pinot Noir

Published:  18 February, 2010

Twelve producers and traders from the southwest of France have been found guilty of fraud after selling millions of bottles of fake Pinot Noir to E&J Gallo.

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Exchange rates hit Pernod profits

Published:  18 February, 2010

Pernod Ricard saw a 5% decline in volume sales of its 15 strategic brands in the half-year to December 31.

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Smirnoff introduces new pre-mix to range

Published:  17 February, 2010

Diageo GB has added Smirnoff and Cola, to its existing pre-mix can range of spirit and mixer combinations.

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WSTA urges Treasury to freeze alcohol tax

Published:  17 February, 2010

The Wine and Spirit Trades Association WSTA, has warned the Treasury that "enough is enough" as it anticipates further tax increases ahead of next month's budget.

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Percy Fox takes on Yellow Tail

Published:  17 February, 2010

Percy Fox & Co is to become the exclusive distributor for Casella Wines' flagship brand, Yellow Tail.

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Wines in the press February 12-14

Published:  15 February, 2010

The Guardian

 

Once upon a time Cloudy Bay was so hard to get hold of, says Victoria Moore. It was the wine that forged New Zealand's glittering reputation for Sauvignon Blanc, and each shipment sold out before it even arrived.

 

But now as its 25th vintage is released, the stuff seems ubiquitous, and is stacked up in Majestic and Waitrose, she adds.

 

"So is it still stand-out good?" Moore confesses, not in her view. She says in a blind tasting of six New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs Cloudy Bay "failed to shine."

 

"It lacked vigour and excitement, and had a ­certain anonymity (fans might define it as "purity", but to me it tasted too dilute for the £18 price tag) common in crowd-pleasers."

 

Moore says she much prefers Greywacke 2009 (£12.99, tauruswines.co.uk).

 

She concludes: "The truth is, there are now so many good New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, there's no ­reason to pay through the nose for Cloudy Bay's."


The Times

 

On the subject of what wines to choose for Valentine's Day, Jane MacQuitty says the conventional gambit is pink Champagne, but she says she can't think of a more disheartening wine style.

 

Of the ten MacQuitty tasted for the article she says only two passed muster.

 

The winner was Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé Brut 1999 ( £60, Majestic Wine).


MacQuitty recommends the next best thing as a fine French sparkler, made from the Champagne method and from at least one of the region's grapes. She says Waitrose has dropped the price of its sparkling Burgundy, Blanc de Blancs from the Cave de Lugny, to £7.99 until Tuesday.

 

The Observer


Tim Atkin is talking about Valentine Day wines and how according to Alessandra Rotondi wine is "the perfect weapon of mass seduction".

 

Rotundi claims on her website (www.wineseduction.com), that she can turn a wine lover into a wine seduction expert in just one night.

 

Atkin says wine and seduction appear to be in vogue in the US. "One winery in the Napa Valley, O'Brien Estate, sells an Attraction Chardonnay, a Flirtation rosé and, best of all, a Seduction red, tastefully packaged in a diaphanous gift bag for Valentine's Day. All you've got to do is part with $45."

 

He says two wines that would seduce his palate are Champagne Larmandier Bernier Extra Brut 2004 (£55, Berry Brothers) and Sancerre Rosé, La Moussière, Alphonse Mellot 2008 (£14.29, Sainsbury's).

 

The Telegraph

 

Susy Atkins says the new Fundi wines from South Africa have some seriously right-on credentials. The brand which was inspired by the 2010 Fifa World Cup (hosted by South Africa) will donate its profits from all sales to train 2,010 wine waiters from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Cape.

 

Atkins says the project aims not only to help them progress in the hospitality trade, but also to build a new group of 'ambassadors' for South African wine.


"Great, but the wines had better taste good, says Atkins, "and, hurrah, they do."


They're not cheap at £14.99, but Atkins believes they compete well with other premium South African reds.


The Express

 

Drinking pink was once deeply unfashionable, but rosé has surged in popularity over the last few years, says Jamie Goode.

 

It not only looks inviting but tastes good too. Goode adds the majority of bottles are wonderfully easy to drink, making them perfect for thosewho are new to wine, or averse to drier whites and reds. "Some say it's for summer only - but I say bring on the rosé whatever the weather."

 

He recommends Griffith Park Rosé NV, Australia (£6.98, Asda), which he says is utterly delicious, and affordable and Champagne Duval Leroy Rosé NV( £29.99, M&S).

 


Goode says: "Pink champagne is coloured by adding a touch of red wine to get the desired hue. When enjoying this lovely example, you'll taste strawberry and herb fruit and a lovely freshness. It's a pure refined fizz to share with that special person."

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