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Parker defends grenache tasting to angry Rioja producers

Published:  13 November, 2009

Robert Parker has defended his decision to host a mass grenache masterclass tasting at the Wine Future 09 conference in Rioja after fierce criticism from local producers.

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Wine labels as confusing as Chinese, says Robert Joseph

Published:  13 November, 2009


Wine labels and brands are as confusing to consumers as a menu written in Chinese, according to the writer and producer Robert Joseph.

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Philippe Coulon joins Undurraga

Published:  12 November, 2009

Former Moët & Chandon head winemaker Philippe Coulon has joined the Undurraga team as a consultant to strengthen its New World sparkling ranges.

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Companies need recession-proof strategies, warns Wine Future

Published:  12 November, 2009


Drinks companies that have not implemented a separate strategy for the recession and the future need to act now, according to Constellation´s David Cunningham speaking at the Wine Future Rioja 2009 conference.

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John Stephenson & Sons goes into administration

Published:  12 November, 2009

The business advisory firm, Deloitte has been appointed joint administrators of Lancashire based John Stephenson & Sons (Nelson) Ltd and Wharton Wade Wines Ltd.

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New boutique hotel from D&D London

Published:  11 November, 2009

D&D London, formerly known as Conran Restaurants, has agreed plans to develop an 80-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in Moorgate. 

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George of Stamford wins wine list award

Published:  11 November, 2009

The overall winner of the Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger Wine List Awards 2010, for the best individual establishment in UK and Ireland, was the George of Stamford in Lincolnshire.

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More job losses at First Quench

Published:  11 November, 2009

The administrators of First Quench Retailing, which trades as the Threshers, Wine Rack, The Local, Haddows, Bottoms Up and Victoria Wine brands, have announced a further 35 redundancies at head office today.

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WSTA urges duty cut on wine and spirits

Published:  10 November, 2009

The WSTA is urging the government to cut duty on wine and spirits when VAT is restored to its standard 17.5% at the end of December.

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Top award for The Rutland

Published:  10 November, 2009

The Rutland in Edinburgh was awarded a top honour at The Champagne Taittinger Condé Nast Johansens Wine List of the Year Awards 2010, held in London last night (November 9).

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Whisky workers to continue fight

Published:  10 November, 2009

The chief executive of Diageo was met with angry workers at the Johnnie Walker whisky plant in Kimarnock who say they would continue to fight to keep it open.

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Wines in the press - November 6-8

Published:  10 November, 2009

The Guardian

Rioja is rarely said to be "sublime", says Victoria Moore. But the odd thing about Vina Arana Reserva La Rioja Alta 2001, (£16.45, Berry Bros), "is that on first sip it isn't so much Rioja you think of as red Burgundy. It reminded me of one of the most delicious wines I've ever been lucky enough to taste, a 2000 Clos des Lambrays", she adds.

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Spier pulls wine out of supermarkets - Claire Hu

Published:  09 November, 2009

South African producer Spier is pulling out of supermarkets in favour of a push into the on-trade.

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New protective legislation for Scotch whisky

Published:  06 November, 2009

New regulations that will put a stop to the bottling of single malt whiskies outside Scotland will come into force later this month.

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First Quench to close 373 stores

Published:  05 November, 2009

The joint administrators of First Quench Retailing have announced the closure of 373 stores, resulting in 1,738 redundancies across the group.

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Virgin Wines merges with Warehouse Wines

Published:  05 November, 2009

Virgin Wines is merging with Warehouse Wines, an offline wine specialist.

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Wine Australia calls on independents to back Regional Heroes campaign

Published:  05 November, 2009


Wine Australia is inviting independent merchants to take part in a four-week promotional campaign to help push its Regional Hero initiative.

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Sainsbury's starts Christmas price war

Published:  05 November, 2009

The Christmas promotional war has started early with Sainsbury's slashing the price of its wines in a promotion that sees Charles Lafitte NV Champagne reduced from £29.99 to just £11.24.

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James Forbes joins Stevens Garnier

Published:  05 November, 2009

Former Wines of Argentina UK director James Forbes has been appointed as buying and marketing director at Stevens Garnier.

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Pernod Ricard launches gifting campaign

Published:  04 November, 2009

Pernod Ricard is launching a print and online festive campaign with leading UK retailers focussing on gifting and cocktail making.

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