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Absolut announces artistic partnership with Spike Jonze

Published:  30 October, 2009

Absolut Vodka has announced it will celebrate 30 years of its artistic creativity by launching an Absolut Art award and a new creative partnership with US filmaker Spike Jonze.

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Job losses start at First Quench

Published:  30 October, 2009

Eighty-one staff at First Quench Retailing's head office have been made redundant, with administrators warning further job losses and store closures are likely.

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Thresher owner goes into administration

Published:  29 October, 2009

First Quench Retailing, owners of Thresher and Wine Rack, has confimed it is going into administration.

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Stone's Original ginger wine launches festive promotional push

Published:  29 October, 2009

Constellation Europe is launching a national promotion in the run up to Christmas for Stone's Original green ginger wine.

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Threshers owner 'discussing administration'

Published:  29 October, 2009

First Quench is facing a new crisis after reports emerged that the off-licence chain could be on the verge of going into administration.

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New national park threatens growth of vineyards

Published:  28 October, 2009

The future growth of Sussex vineyards may be under threat due to a national park that will be created in early 2010.

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Christmas push for Gordon's gin

Published:  27 October, 2009

Diageo GB is investing more than £750,000 in Gordon's in the run-up to Christmas.

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Wines in the press - October 23 - 25

Published:  27 October, 2009

The Guardian

 

Victoria Moore was approached by a friend who asked is it "wrong to feel that it's wrong to drink rosé in winter?"

 

Moore says she thinks rosé wine tastes good all year round, "I'm not the only one who thinks so - sales continue to surge." She adds at the last count rosé equated to 11% of all wine bought in supermarkets and off-licences.

 

Although Moore does admit to choosing a "darker and more jewel-like rosé," such as from Languedoc or Argentina, the colder it gets".

 

She says she confessed this to a technician at the Centre de Recherche et d'Experimentation sur le Vin Rosé in  the south of France and was told climate seems to affect people's choice of rosé so much that French winemakers "deliberately make different colours to send not just to different countries but to different parts of France". 

 

The Observer

 

"At a time when we're supposed to be reducing our carbon footprints, an increasing number of producers are packaging their wines in disgracefully heavy bottles," says Tim Atkin MW. He says it's "mainly, but not exclusively, a Latin thing." With Spain, Italy and Argentina being the major culprits.

 

In an attempt to arrest this, Atkin says he's taken the decision not to recommend anything that comes in a heavyweight bottle with the exception of Champagne and sparkling wine.

 

He says, "if you're looking to make your own small impact on the world you can buy from carbon-neutral wineries such as Grove Mill in New Zealand or Cullen in Australia; switch to wines packaged in bag-in-box, plastic, Tetra Pak or lightweight glass."

 

The Times

 

Jane MacQuitty says "with fine-wine merchants struggling to keep afloat, thank heavens for The Wine Society". She says they may not be the "cool drinker's idea of a good wine merchant, but there's no denying its ability and worth".

 

MacQuitty mentions its 90,000 members and the wines bought early, or en primeur, in every good vintage.

 

She says, "a portion of the wines is released immediately, so members can lay them down, while others are kept in the society's temperature-controlled cellars and released only when ready to drink." MacQuitty adds that members can also store fully insured wines in the society's cellars for £7.92 a year (other merchants charge £15 or more).

 

She says "you will find the society's prices to be keen without being rock bottom" .

 

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The Telegraph

 

Susy Atkin says at the moment she seems to be drawn to apple drinks of all sorts; "from apple juice for breakfast to 'proper' cider at a pub lunch, to apple-juicy white wines with light suppers, and even calvados (dinner parties only)".

 

Atkins puts it down to a "seasonal fling" bought on by the autumnal weather.

 

She says, certain grape varieties taste distinctly appley in particular Chenin Blanc. Atkins says "South African Chenin mingles lime, guava and tangy green apple in a joyous, fruity burst". She also thinks Riesling, especially the German style, "has a delicate apple and white-blossom appeal. Atkins adds "even Cava has a certain appley zip at its sparkling, er, core".

 

Financial Times

After a recent trip to Russia Jancis Robinson MW says "Russian wine production is remarkably like wine production everywhere else and what I saw was almost disappointingly familiar." Robinson says most of the transformation has been in the infrastructure, with new winery equipment and new wineries being installed after Mikhail Gorbachev's anti-alcohol campaign left vast tracts of eastern European vineyards "surplus to requirements". She explains that in the former Soviet Union, grapes were grown from Moldova to Tajikistan and transformed into wine with maximum efficiency but minimum attention to quality. Now she says apparently it's state policy to restore the total area of Russian vineyard to its pre-Gorbachev 1984 level of more than 400,000 hectares. Currently the total is only 65,000 hectares. But, she says without wine laws, the Russian wine scene is likely to continue to be undisciplined.


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Marlborough Sauvignon for £3.92

Published:  26 October, 2009

Tesco has launched a promotion offering Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for £3.92 a bottle.

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Maxxium unveils port support

Published:  26 October, 2009

Maxxium UK has developed an on-trade marketing kit to boost sales of port during meals.

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Brand investment boost for Fortune

Published:  24 October, 2009

Fortune Brands is increasing marketing investment in its key spirits brands in a bid to boost sales during the economic slump.

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Nordic deal for Castle spirits

Published:  24 October, 2009

Castle Brands Spirits has signed a distribution deal with Norwegian-based Arcus for its brands in the Nordic region.

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Foster's places wine brands into JV

Published:  23 October, 2009

Foster's is transfer 13 Australian wine brands into a joint venture with Vok Beverages, best known for its reputation in building RTD brands.

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Retailers in line for multi-million windfall over music in stores

Published:  22 October, 2009

Retail stores that play music in their stores are in line for a major windfall after a legal ruling that could see them claim back £20 million in excessive charges levied over the last four years.

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Consumers drinking at home to save costs

Published:  22 October, 2009


Over half of consumers drink at home at least once a week - a trend fuelled by the economic climate, a new survey has revealed.

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Matthew Clark to offer consumers restaurant wine online

Published:  21 October, 2009


Matthew Clark is to launch a consumer facing website offering over 200 restaurant quality wines usually only available in the on-trade.

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

 

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Fine wine company moves into Hong Kong

Published:  20 October, 2009

Online fine wine merchant and shipper Cellar Link is expanding into the Far East with the launch of a branch in Hong Kong.

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Wines in the Press, October 17-18

Published:  20 October, 2009


What the wine critics had to say in last weekend's newspapers

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