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Mount and Paul set up consultancy business

Published:  09 January, 2009

Former Western Wines boss Mike Paul and Somerfield wine supremo Angela Mount have joined forces to form a new wine business consultancy.

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Constellation's European sales take a hit

Published:  09 January, 2009

Constellation has admitted that branded wine sales in Europe fell by 11% in its third financial quarter.

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Divine Proportion

Published:  09 January, 2009

Since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio - especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio. The rationale behind it is the belief that this proportion is organic, universal, harmonic and aesthetically pleasing. Indeed, being evident everywhere in the universe (in fact, many things around us can be expressed in this ratio), divine proportion (which is also called Golden ratio, divine section, golden cut and mean of Phidias) is probably the most known law of proportion which can dramatically improve the communication of your design.

As Mark Boulton states in his article Design and the Divine Proportion, "one of the key components in the vehicle of communication is composition, and in design schooling it is something that is taught as something you should feel rather than create logically." Hence, to comfort your visitors with a pleasing and intuitive composition it is often worth considering the Golden ratio. So what exactly is Golden ratio? Basically, it is a proportion 1.618033988749895 ? 1.618 which holds between objects placed within some context.

Since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio - especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio. The rationale behind it is the belief that this proportion is organic, universal, harmonic and aesthetically pleasing. Indeed, being evident everywhere in the universe (in fact, many things around us can be expressed in this ratio), divine proportion (which is also called Golden ratio, divine section, golden cut and mean of Phidias) is probably the most known law of proportion which can dramatically improve the communication of your design.

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Weak pound buoys UK's fine wine auction market

Published:  08 January, 2009

Auctions of fine and rare wines in the UK are bucking a global downward trend as international buyers move their trading to London to take advantage of the weak pound. 

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M&S to axe jobs and close stores

Published:  07 January, 2009

Marks & Spencer is on a mission to cut costs after unveiling group sales down 1.2% in the 13 weeks to December 27.

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Tesco accused over cut price drink offers

Published:  06 January, 2009

Tesco is reported to be facing two official investigations over the way it has been running recent discounted drink offers.

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Tesco accused over cut price drink offers

Published:  06 January, 2009

Tesco is reported to be facing two official investigations over the way it has been running recent discounted drink offers.

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Morrisons offers New Year bargains

Published:  05 January, 2009

Morrisons is entering the New Year with a range of discounts on branded wines.

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Wines in the Press January 3-4, 2009

Published:  05 January, 2009

Tim's looking for less alcohol, Jancis discovers some pleasant surprises in the southern Rhone, while Anthony and Jane find it difficult to believe that expensive wines will move very quickly in 2009

 

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Pubs offer pints for £1 and wine for £5 a bottle

Published:  04 January, 2009

Pub chains are responding to the recession by offering massive discounts on new year drinks prices, including beer for 99p a pint, bottles of wine for £4.99 and main meals for £1 a dish.

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Wines in the Press, December 20-21

Published:  03 January, 2009

Jancis gets busy with the fizzy, Jane finds unsold bargains, Anthony highlights independents in the Independent and Joanna experiments with a magic wand

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Foster's may have to stick with wine

Published:  19 December, 2008

The global credit crunch may force Foster's to abandon any hopes to offload its wine division in 2009, analysts say.

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Beastly marketing drive kicks off

Published:  18 December, 2008

Languedoc Roussillon brand Le Beast has caused a stir in France after challenging the French minister responsible for the internet with a wolf glove puppet at a conference in Paris.

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Beastly marketing drive kicks off

Published:  17 December, 2008

Languedoc Roussillon brand Le Beast has caused a stir in France after challenging the French minister responsible for the internet with a wolf glove puppet at a conference in Paris.

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Duty revenues lowest for 10 years

Published:  17 December, 2008

Despite claims the drinks industry is being used as a cash cow by the Treasury, revenue from alcohol duty is at its lowest level for a decade.

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Constellation to shed UK jobs

Published:  16 December, 2008

Constellation Europe has blamed the latest round of duty increases for redundancies at its UK base - and warns more may follow if the Chancellor hikes up wine prices still further.

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Constellation to shed UK jobs

Published:  16 December, 2008

Constellation Europe has blamed the latest round of duty increases for redundancies at its UK base - and warns more may follow if the Chancellor hikes up wine prices still further.

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Moldovan wine boost in the UK

Published:  15 December, 2008

A new UK company has been set up to promote the wines of Moldovan producer Cricova.
Exquisite Wine is headed by Moldovan graduate Vadim Chobanu, who previously worked in the computer business in the UK.

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Wines in the Press December. 13-14

Published:  15 December, 2008

Jancis fortifies her readers with sherry and port suggestions; Jane goes upmarket while Joanna is on a budget - and Tim has the swagger of a man who knows he's getting two Christmas dinners

 

 

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Hotel du vin to expand in Scotland

Published:  15 December, 2008

Hotel du Vin gets green light for £10million new venture in St Andrews, Scotland.

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