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Wines in the press, March 14-15

Published:  17 March, 2009


What our national wine critics had to say for the weekend of March 14-15

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Drinks chiefs meet Mandelson and Chancellor

Published:  17 March, 2009

The chairmen of the UK's major drinks industry trade associations have discussed the deepening crisis within the trade with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.

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Premium wines for Arniston

Published:  16 March, 2009

South African wine brand Arniston Bay has released a premium version on the UK market.

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Wine Relief raises £150,000

Published:  16 March, 2009

Wine Relief was boosted by £150,000 this year with a charity dinner, auction, wine sales and sponsored diet.

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Trade leaders meet Darling and Mandelson

Published:  16 March, 2009

The chairmen of the five leading drinks trade bodies held meetings with Chancellor Alistair Darling and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson on Monday, urging them to abandon the planned duty increase in April.

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Adamson to switch to Craggy Range's European sales role

Published:  16 March, 2009

Warren Adamson, who heads up New Zealand Winegrowers in the UK and Europe, is to become European sales director for  New Zealand's Craggy Range Vineyards, replacing Michael Henley.

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New Director for Wine Australia

Published:  16 March, 2009

The Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (Wine Australia) have announced the appointment of Lisa McGovern to the new role of Regional Director of UK, Ireland and Europe, to be based at Australia House in London and effective from the April 6.

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Scotch tours worth £25m

Published:  16 March, 2009

Tourists spent 12.2% more visiting Scotch whisky distilleries in 2008 than they did the year before.

Tourists spent 12.2% more visiting Scotch whisky distilleries in 2008 than they did the year before.

Distillery tours boosted the Scottish economy by £25 million, according to Scotland Whisky, the whisky tourism organisation.

The figure includes ticket sales and money spent in shops and cafés.

Visitor figures were more or less flat at just over 1.2 million.

Scotland Whisky's Chris Conway said: "Visiting a distillery remains one of the must-do activities for tourists in Scotland.

"The number of visitors has held out strongly in what are difficult conditions, and the impressive spend figure reflects the investment that distillers have made in their visitor centres over the last few years.

"There is a real thirst for knowledge, with enthusiasts and novices alike wanting to learn as much as possible about the making of Scotch."

 

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Minimum drinks prices - in England and Wales

Published:  15 March, 2009

Plans for minimum drinks prices in England and Wales could mean spirits priced at least £14 a bottle and some wines upwards of £5.40.

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Paragon Vintners to close

Published:  13 March, 2009


Paragon Vintners is to cease trading after its parent company, Angostura Suisse, has decided to exit the UK wine distribution business.

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Consumers slash wine spending

Published:  13 March, 2009

Over one third of UK consumers have slashed spending on wine or have opted for bargain bottles, according to the latest research from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

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SABMiller in China expansion

Published:  13 March, 2009

Brewing giants SABMiller has acquired one of China's largest breweries in a $42 million joint venture that will expand its influence in one of the world's most lucrative markets.

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Minimum price plans could flout Euro law

Published:  13 March, 2009

Radical plans by the Scottish government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol could almost certainly fall foul of European law, it has been claimed by legal experts.

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Alcohol helps to boost Waitrose sales

Published:  12 March, 2009

Alcohol sales were one of the few highlights of Waitrose's trading year in 2008.

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Morrison races ahead

Published:  12 March, 2009

Morrison march up the retailing ladder continues with like-for-like sales up 7.9%, well ahead of its rivals, and total sales up 12% to £14.5 billion for the year to the end of February.

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Morrison races ahead

Published:  12 March, 2009

Morrison march up the retailing ladder continues with like-for-like sales up 7.9%, well ahead of its rivals, and total sales up 12% to £14.5 billion for the year to the end of February.

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Scottish alcohol plans shelved

Published:  11 March, 2009

Plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol and raise the alcohol buying age to 21 by the Scottish Executive have been shelved for at least a year.

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Strong dollar hits Brown-Forman profit

Published:  11 March, 2009

Jack Daniel's and Southern Comfort producer Brown-Forman saw net sales fall by 11% in the three months to Jan 31, largely through the impact of the strong US dollar reducing the value of export sales.

 

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New rum distillery to open in Barbados

Published:  10 March, 2009

Barbados sees the opening of its first new rum distillery in years. St Nicholas Abbey opens on Cherry Tree Hill in the north of the island at the end of March, the final part in a massive renovation project undertaken by local architect and rum aficionado Larry Warren, who bought the property in 2006.

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Wines in the Press, March 7-9

Published:  10 March, 2009

What the national wine critics had to say this weekend, March 7-8

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