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Great Western joins Environment Agency scheme and considers appeal

Published:  14 January, 2010

Great Western Wine has come to a legal understanding and agreement with the Environment Agency to meet its reclycing commitments following an initial £35,000 fine which it is now considering appealing.

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UK wine market sees steady growth

Published:  14 January, 2010

The light wine market has grown faster than any other major category of alcoholic drinks over the last 10 years, according to a consumer survey.

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Johnnie Walker gets intense

Published:  14 January, 2010

Diageo is launching a new variant of the world's number Scotch whisky brand called Johnnie Walker Double Black.

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Skalli to launch new signature

Published:  14 January, 2010

Southern French producer Skalli, has launched a new signature across its wine labels in celebration of its 90th anniversary in 2010.

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Restaurants and online thrive over Christmas

Published:  13 January, 2010

The restaurant trade is reporting a good Christmas, although the bad weather of the past two weeks has kept customers away.

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Conservatives to scrap alcohol unit system

Published:  13 January, 2010

A Tory Government would abandon the current unit system for alcohol and replace it with labels detailing alcohol centilitre volume and calorie count, it has been revealed.

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Navarra wines to get consumer boost

Published:  13 January, 2010

A new initiative to promote the Navarra wine region is being launched by The Consejo Regulador in Navarra.

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Tesco goes lightweight

Published:  13 January, 2010

Tesco is rolling out the lightest glass wine bottle available in the UK on its own-label ranges.

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A rosé future for rosado

Published:  13 January, 2010

Exports of rosados from Navarra to the UK rose by over 30% to the end of October 2009, due to increased promotional activity says the Consejo Regulador Navarra. 

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Wines in the press - January 9-11

Published:  12 January, 2010

The Guardian

 

As a relief from heavy winter food and cosy red wines Victoria Moore turns to Riesling. "I long for a glass of white, cold from the fridge, tingling with acidity." She adds, its piercing lime flavour also works well with Thai-style food.

 

Moore recommends Viña Leyda Costero Riesling 2009 (£6.95 on offer at Majestic) that she says is from a valley cooled by breezes from the Pacific, making it brisk, fresh and tight.

 

She also likes Mineralstein Riesling 2008 (£6.99, Marks & Spencer), that is made with grapes from slate vineyards in the Mosel and basalt vineyards in Pfalz. 

 

The Times

 

Jane MacQuitty says to drink well and cheaply in 2010 don't look to the big expensive obvious names, but for the next best thing.

 

Her advice is to start by buying the second and third wines from top Châteaux. Or go for bottles from outlying areas such as the Côtes de Castillon and Fronsac.

 

Chile's offers a great source Bordeaux-styled blends, she adds.

 

Regarding whites, she says plenty of white Burgundy-aping Chardonnay can be had from all over the world but many winemakers overdo the oak and alcohol. Her recommendation is Domaine Begude Le Bel Ange Chardonnay 2008, Languedoc (£6.99 at Majestic).

 

The Telegraph

 

There are enough worries in the wine world as we hit 2010, says Susy Atkins. But she adds one pice of good news is that "Oddbins is back on form."

 "The aim is to return Oddbins to being the passionate, characterful company it once was, and Baile Jr looks to be achieving just that." She explains how over the past 18 months the team has kicked out a hefty 1,200 old lines and brought in 500 new labels. "The average spend per bottle is now £7.64, so business seems fairly upmarket, too". Atkins advises people to look out for its subtle, food friendly wines, many from smaller producers, lesser-known Champagne houses, unusual Italian wines and the Rhône, and she says she's impressed by the elegant New Zealand range. The mission statement is to put the fun and enthusiasm back into the shops, says Atkins, "and so far it seems to be working". 

 

The Observer

 

Tim Atkin MW asks have we dumbed wine down in the process of simplifying it? The major grape varieties and the places they are grown have become, "as familiar as Simon Cowell's sneer", he adds.

 

Instead he is finding exciting blends that use grapes in less familiar arrangements such as warm and cool climate marrying.

 

Two of his choices come from Chile. He recommends Coyam, Colchagua, 2006 (£12.99, www.virginwines.com) which is made from Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet and Merlot. Plus O Fournier Centauri Red Blend 2008, Maule (£14.95, Bottle Apostle) which Atkin says "blends Cabernet and Merlot with old-vine Carignan to brilliant effect".

 

The Financial Times

 

Jancis Robinson MW has been increasingly impressed with the grape Macabeu which is called Maccabéo in southern France, Macabeo in much of its homeland Spain, and Viura in Rioja, where she explains it is by far the most planted white wine grape.

 

"It has the unusual virtue of being capable of making dry white wines, often blends, with verve and character that improve with age," she says.

 

The good news for fans of Rioja's finest whites, says Robinson, is that, while the 2006, 2007 and 2008 presented challenges for the dominant red wine grape Tempranillo, they were spectacular for Viura.

 

 

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IWC to roll out iPhone application for 2009 winners

Published:  12 January, 2010

The International Wine Challenge has launched an iPhone Application that includes all the medal winners in the 2009 competition.

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Johnnie Walker tests Double Black

Published:  12 January, 2010

A peatier version of Johnnie Walker Black Label is to be tested by Diageo in global travel retail.

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Wine company fined £35,000 for failing to recycle

Published:  11 January, 2010

Great Western Wine has been fined a total £35,000 including costs through the courts for officially failing to recycle its waste packaging.

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Trade stalwart Colin Gurteen dies

Published:  11 January, 2010

The trade is mourning the loss of Colin Gurteen, a well-known wine eductator and pioneer of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.

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Trade defends itself against MPs' attack

Published:  08 January, 2010

MPs have attacked the drinks industry's lack of action in curbing problem drinking and demanded tougher regulation on the trade, including a 50p-a-unit minimum price.

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Whisky roofs collapse under weight of snow

Published:  08 January, 2010

Two Chivas Regal sites in Speyside have been damaged after roofs collapsed on its warehouses under the weight of heavy snow.

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Torres appoints new head of Chile operation

Published:  08 January, 2010

Miguel Torres Jr of the Torres family in Spain has been appointed executive president of the company's Chilean subsidiary, based in Curicó.

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Thresher closures boost Spar wine sales

Published:  08 January, 2010


The collapse of First Quench has seen a 6% rise in alcohol sales at convenience chain Spar, according to the group's managing director Jerry Marwood.

 

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Drinks indusry dismisses MPs claims it is "dependent" on heavy drinkers

Published:  08 January, 2010

The drinks industry has refuted allegations from a government select committee that it is "dependent" on heavy drinkers and holds too much sway over government alcohol policy.

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Drinks industry dismisses MPs claims it is "dependent" on heavy drinkers

Published:  08 January, 2010

The drinks industry has refuted allegations from a government select committee that it is "dependent" on heavy drinkers and holds too much sway over government alcohol policy.

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