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Low alcohol wines on the agenda

Published:  18 August, 2009

Jancis Robinson MW is to host a new forum looking at the issue of low alcohol wines.

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Low alcohol wines on the agenda

Published:  18 August, 2009

WSTA to host low alcohol wine forum

Creating a new category in wine, London, October 1st, 2009

The WSTA is to host a low alcohol wine forum bringing retailers and producers together to consider the potential for the category.

Speakers will include Dan Jago of Tesco, Andrea Ruggeri of Matthew Clark and Jeremy Beadles, WSTA.  Jancis Robinson MW will chair the event.

The forum will hear the latest market research from TFC Wines & Spirits and PLB, pointing to growing consumer demand for a wider range of lower alcohol wines.  It comes as European regulators have taken steps to remove some of the barriers preventing sales of wines made using new generation winemaking technologies.

The forum will consider the opportunities for lower alcohol wine, particularly in the light of ongoing sensible drinking campaigns and also reflect on some of the challenges still faced, including technical legislation and marketing rules.

Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the WSTA, said: "Given the prevailing public agenda around healthy living it's timely for the trade to be sharing information and expertise on lower alcohol wines.  Some of the biggest names in the business are taking part and I hope this event will stimulate lively debate."


ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 320 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry's interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.
For more information please contact Gavin Partington:
Tel:    +44 (0) 20 7089 3876
Mob:    +44 (0) 7966 014058
Email:  gavin@wsta.co.uk

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Wines in the press - August 14-16

Published:  18 August, 2009

The Guardian

Whirrrr; or, more accurately, crunch-clack, isn't as satisfying as a pop, but increasingly this is the sound we hear when we open a wine bottle, says Victoria Moore.

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Sloe Whisky wins a gold

Published:  17 August, 2009

Sloe Motion, the North Yorkshire family run Sloe Gin producing company, has won a national award for its Sloe Whisky.

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The Portman Group appoints chairman

Published:  14 August, 2009

The alcohol and social responsibility body for drinks producers, the Portman Group has appointed Seymour Fortescue as its first external chairman.

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Aldi's UK chief departs

Published:  13 August, 2009

Paul Foley, managing director of Aldi in the UK, has left the company with immediate effect after 20 years with the group.

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Laithwaites Wine appoints head of wine UK

Published:  13 August, 2009

Laithwaites Wine has appointed former development manager of Direct Wines, Abi Hirshfeld as head of wine UK.

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Absolut gets a new star studded cover

Published:  12 August, 2009

Pernod Ricard UK is launching a special leather clad, studded  edition of its Absolut vodka, alongside an experiential and digital campaign.

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Wine Gang offers Rioja trip

Published:  12 August, 2009

The Wine Gang - the grouping of five leading wine critics - is offering a subscriber the chance to win a wine tasting holiday in Rioja.

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Punters gamble on fine wine sales

Published:  12 August, 2009

A service which allows speculators to place bets on the performance of the fine wine industry has been launched.

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Sake qualification for sommeliers

Published:  11 August, 2009

British sommeliers are to have the chance to gain a professional qualification in Japanese sake for the first time.

 

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New Zealand Wine Fund sold

Published:  11 August, 2009

One of New Zealand's largest wine producing companies has been sold to an American business.

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Wines in the press - August 7 - 9

Published:  10 August, 2009

The Guardian

Victoria Moore is talking about chilling light reds. " A good, light red that has been chilled for half an hour in the fridge is not only refreshing and joyful, it also possesses substance and intrigue that holds your attention beyond the first glass," she says.

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Spanish wine exports fall in May

Published:  10 August, 2009

Spanish wine exports fell by around 11% in value and volume terms in May, according to figures released by the Spanish Tax Agency.

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Laithwaites and Amorim launch cork re-cycling project

Published:  10 August, 2009

Laithwaites Wines has joined forces with Amorim, to launch a cork re-cycling project across ten of its stores.

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Diageo backs state's proxy purchase drive ban

Published:  10 August, 2009

Diageo has backed a proposal in the US state of Michigan to ban adults from driving if they are found to have bought alcohol on behalf of anyone under the legal drinking age.

 

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First premium Pinot for Ventisquero

Published:  10 August, 2009

Chilean winemaker Viña Ventisquero has launched its first premium Pinot Noir, under the brand name Herú.

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Cellar acquisition for Gosset

Published:  09 August, 2009

Champagne house Gosset is to move its headquarters to newly-acquired premises in Epernay.

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Ty Nant firm takes Viru stake

Published:  09 August, 2009

The Italian owner of Ty Nant spring water has bought a stake in the British owner of an Estonian beer brand.

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Casillero del Diablo add 50cl bottles to its portfolio

Published:  07 August, 2009

For those who are consuming and spending less in the recession, and responsible drinking at the forefront of the trade debate, Casillero del Diablo has launched a range of 50cl bottles to its portfolio.

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