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Recession bites food and drink

Published:  29 April, 2009

The recession continues to bite the food and drink industries, new research into British eating and drinking habits has revealed.

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Harpers Design Awards 2009

Published:  29 April, 2009

The 2009 Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review Design Awards are awarded to the best launches and redesigns of the past 12 months.  They are judged by a panel of experts drawn from both the drinks and the design and packaging industries.

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LIWF Press Release

Published:  29 April, 2009

I LOVE South-West France
With a strong sense of place, and unique native grape varieties, South-West wines have
always championed their regional identity. In Gascony, the Basque country, Pyrenean
Piemont, Aveyron or the Lot Valley, wine is at the heart of culture, an integral part of the
way of life, along with local gastronomy, and the love for rugby.
Bored with bland wines? Head for the region where winemakers proudly cultivate their
difference.

Hearty welcome on stand I50

The regional stand (I50) will be home to a range of distinctive South-West ACs and Vins
de Pays and will provide an overview of the richness of terroirs and styles offered by the
South-West region.
Dr Helen Savage, The Journal (Newcastle), will share her expertise on South-West
wines and producers. She will guide you through a selection of wines including Côtes de
Gascogne, Côtes du Tarn, Gaillac, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Cahors, Saint-Mont,
Marcillac, Fronton, Madiran, Irouleguy and Jurançon. Passionate about South-West
France she spends a lot of time in her second home in the region visiting producers and
keeping up to date with well-known industry figures and up-and-coming vignerons.
Three producers - Cave de Crouseilles, Cave de Labastide de Lévis and Producteurs
Plaimont - will also present their latest ranges.
South-West France at heart
For a chance to gain a deeper insight into the intriguing native grape varieties and the
remarkable health benefits associated with South-West wines, an informative seminar
will take place on Wednesday 13 May at 11.30. (South Gallery rooms 9 & 10). The
seminar will be followed by a buffet lunch.
Roger Corder, Professor of Experimental Therapeutics at the William Harvey Institute,
will discuss red wine polyphenols and the French Paradox. He will unveil his latest
research demonstrating the positive effect of red wines from South-West France on
blood vessels.
Anthony Rose of The Independent and thewinegang.com, will explore the South-West
indigenous red varieties and take you through a selection of some of the region's most
inspiring wines and appellations.
With a commitment to quality, and spirited personality, wines from South-West France
have no problem to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Colourful and versatile, their
freshness and acidity give them a natural propensity to complement food from aperitif
nibbles to dessert. Wines from South-West France also offer phenomenal value for
money at all price points making them all the more relevant at this time of economic
gloom.


For further information please contact Sabine Cleizergues on 0207 312 3641
sabine.cleizergues@sopexa.co.uk

The seminar will be followed by a buffet lunch. Places are limited (50 people) and seats
will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP to sabine.cleizergues@sopexa.com before 6 May 2009.

Further information on Southwest Wines can be found at www.vins-du-sud-ouest.com/

Notes to editors:

1- Facts and Figures
2- Southwest wines at the LIWSF on stand
3- Wines tasted during Anthony Rose seminar

1- Facts and Figures:

  • The Southwest is the fourth biggest generic AOC in France in terms of volume and
value sales.
  • The region includes 18 wine appellations: Brulhois, Cahors, Côtes du Brulhois, Côtes
de Millau, Coteaux du Quercy, Entraygues et Fel, Estaing, Floc de Gascogne, Fronton,
Gaillac, Irouleguy, Jurançon, Lavilledieu, Madiran, Marcillac, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh,
Saint-Mont, Saint-Sardos and Tursan.
  • There are a total of 22 Vins de Pays in the Southwest, the main three in decreasing
order of importance being Côtes de Gascogne, Côtes du Tarn, and Comté Tolosan.
  • The region is also home to a spirit, AC Armagnac, and a fortified wine, Floc de
Gascogne.
  • Overall size: 50,000 ha
  • Overall exports: 10%-20%
  • Overall average production: 3.4 million hl
  • AC: 1.02 million hl (inc 160,000 hl in Armagnac and Floc de Gascogne)
  • Vin de Pays: 1.53 million hl
  • Vin de Table: 850,000 hl
  • White: 52%
  • Red and rosé: 48%
2 Southwest wines at the LIWSF
Visit stand I50 to taste a range of 40 wines from South-West ACs and Vins de Pays,
organised by the Interprofession des Vins du Sud-Ouest France. The following
producers will also be exhibiting:
  • Cave de Crouseilles
  • Cave de Labastide de Levis
  • Producteurs Plaimont
The generic tasting areas will include wines from the following producers: (add
domaines)
  • Château d'Arricau-Bordes
  • Château d'Aydie
  • Domaine de Bellegarde
  • Château Bellevue La Forêt
  • Domaine Berthoumieu
  • Château Candastre
  • Domaine des Cassagnoles
  • Château Le Cèdre
  • Château La Colombière
  • Domaine du Cros
  • Cave de Crouseilles
  • Domaine d'En Ségur
  • La Cave d'Irouleguy
  • Château de Jurque
  • Cave de Labastide de Lévis
  • Château Laffitte-Teston
  • Château Larroze
  • Château Marguerite
  • Château Montauriol
  • Domaine de Papolle
  • Château de Pellehaut
  • Producteurs Plaimont
  • Domaine Rotier
  • Château de Sabazan
  • Château du Tariquet
  • Clos Triguedina
  • Domaine d'Uby
  • Vignoble de Gascogne
3- Wines tasted during Anthony Rose seminar
  • Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne: 2008 Domaine des Cassagnoles
Gros Manseng.
  • Saint-Mont : 2005 Monastère de Saint Mont, Plaimont
  • Marcillac: 2007 Lo Sang del Païs, Domaine du Cros
  • Fronton: 2007 Château Marguerite
  • Gaillac: 2007 Domaine Rotier Gaillac Sec Renaissance
2008 Le Rosé du Château Candastre, Gaillac
  • Irouléguy: 2007 Domaine Arretxea
  • Cahors: 2005 Château du Cèdre, Le Cèdre
? Madiran: 2007 Chateau d'Arricau-Bordes, Cave de Crouseilles

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Maison Trimbach joins Enotria

Published:  28 April, 2009

Maison Trimbach, one of Alsace's most famous wine producers has announced it is joining agents Enotria's portfolio from May 1 in a move to up its profile in the UK market.

Jean Trimbach, 12th generation of the founding family, said: "We are not in the habit of changing agents - this is the first change for us in 35 years. But we saw in Enotria the capability to really develop our On Trade presence in the UK. Enotria's reach, as well as their strong wine credentials, make them an ideal partner for us."

Tim Sykes, Enotria director of buying, added: "Naturally we're absolutely thrilled to be taking on such an iconic supplier - it's a huge honour for us, and really underlines Enotria's credibility as a source of fine wines. Trimbach are listed in every single one of the 26 Michelin 3-starred restaurants in France, and we will be looking to mirror that considerable achievement in the UK. At the same time, there is huge potential to bring Trimbach's wines out to a wider drinking public."

Enotria chief executive, Alison Levett said that the deal was a major coup for the company.

"It's fantastic news - we are truly honoured to be involved with one of the world's greatest white wine producers."

Jean Trimbach will be presenting his wines on Enotria's stand F52 at the London International Wine Fair from May 11-13.

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SPAR wine team is expanded as sales are on the up

Published:  28 April, 2009

Local independent retailer SPAR is bucking the recession by reporting above average wine sales of over 9% for the first quarter of the year.

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Beer sales plummet

Published:  28 April, 2009

The British pub is under renewed threat with the release of figures that reveal that beers sales have slumped by more than 8% over the last year.

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Critics April 24-26

Published:  28 April, 2009

Highlights of what the wine critics have to say in the press.

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Walders takes on Europe

Published:  27 April, 2009

UK Creamy liqueur producer Walders is expanding into continental Europe and has hired Deveurop SA to handle distribution.

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Adnams rebuts investor criticism

Published:  27 April, 2009

A shareholder in Adnams has launched a campaign for the company to restructure its shares and change its strategy after disappointing profits in 2008.

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Cobra boss quits

Published:  27 April, 2009

The head of Cobra Beer in the UK has reportedly quit his post as speculation mounts that the company is on the brink of being sold.

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Vodka goes Vanilla with Walders

Published:  27 April, 2009

Liqueur producer Walders is preparing to release a new vodka and vanilla drink for the category.

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Maxxium pushes port message

Published:  27 April, 2009

Maxxium UK is hoping to persuade on-trade retailers to take a more proactive approach to port sales with the launch of a new promotional kit.

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Cognac producers launch education toolkit

Published:  24 April, 2009

Cognac producers have financed and developed a new training toolkit to help trade professionals improve their understanding of the region and its products.

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Robert Parker heads wine conference line-up

Published:  24 April, 2009

Robert Parker is making his first visit to Spain to appear in a conference discussing the future of the global wine industry.

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Diageo film aims to inspire bartenders

Published:  24 April, 2009

A film which aims to inspire bartenders has been released online by Diageo's Reserve Brands Group.

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Pubs bank on brisk St George's Day trade

Published:  23 April, 2009

Pubs across the country are preparing for a brisk trade as events get underway to celebrate St George's Day.

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Budget slaps more duty on alcohol

Published:  22 April, 2009

Alcohol duties will climb by a further 2% from midnight tonight as a result of Chancellor Alistair Darling's second budget since the Labour government took power.

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Wine industry 'remains under pressure'

Published:  22 April, 2009

The managing director of a wine company that took its anti-duty campaign to the steps of No. 10 Downing Street has described the latest duty rise of 2% as "outrageous", but less than expected.

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Whisky trade under threat

Published:  22 April, 2009

One of the country's most valuable export industries, Scotch whisky, has said the 2% rise in spirits duty will damage trade further.

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Prosecco pushes for DOCG status

Published:  22 April, 2009

The regulatory body for the prosecco wine industry is seeking DOCG status from the next vintage - and aiming to become the first vini/viticultural region to gain UNESCO recognition as a word heritage site on its wine credentials alone.

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