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How the British pub has survived is "remarkable."

Published:  07 May, 2009

In the present economic climate and the difficulties the public house trade has had to endure over the past few years the survival of the community pub is "nothing short of remarkable" comes the verdict of a new market report.

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WSTA slams research

Published:  07 May, 2009

The wine trade's main representative body has criticised the findings of a research study that raises fears about alcohol consumption in several sections of society.

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Carlsberg targets cost savings

Published:  07 May, 2009

Danish brewer Carlsberg has said it will focus on reducing costs to ride out the uncertain and challenging market conditions prevailing in the beer industry.

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Chilean blends acclaimed in blind tasting

Published:  07 May, 2009

Chilean wines have held their own in a blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon blends in London, attended by sommeliers, journalists, wine buyers and Masters of Wine.

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Potential for growth in India's whisky market

Published:  06 May, 2009

Rijak Rekhi president of India's United Spirits told the World Whisky Conference that he expected volume sales growth of 17% this year and talked of significant potential for growth in the whisky trade in India.

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Wolfblass strikes cricket sponsorship deal

Published:  06 May, 2009

Australian wine brand Wolf Blass has struck a television sponsorship deal for the major cricket events of the summer.

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New website for Thierry's

Published:  06 May, 2009

The UK's largest independent importer of French wines is to launch a new website.

Thierry's has revamped its existing site and will unveil the new-look version at the London International Wine Fair.

A new 'Wine Cellar' section offers advice and recommendations to consumers and the 'Producers' Lounge' is designed to improve communication between Thierry's and its producers.

"We are proudly independent at Thierry's and this is clearly reflected in the website's authentic, slightly quirky look," says Matthew Dickinson, commercial director at Thierry's. "We wanted to bring Thierry's key values to life, rather than churn out an impersonal 'corporate' website." The new site can be visited at www.thierrys.com


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InterContinental Brands Ltd appoints new managing director

Published:  06 May, 2009

John Mills senior vice president of European sales at Constellation Europe has been appointed as new managing director at InterContinental Brands Ltd.

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Binge drinking increases among women

Published:  06 May, 2009

More women are binge drinking, according to a report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Foster's EMEA makes management changes

Published:  06 May, 2009

Foster's EMEA has announced management changes, with Richard Trimby transferring from commercial director for Continental Europe to the position of marketing director EMEA and Global Brands Rosemount and Lindemans.

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Fortune manages to keep spirits up

Published:  05 May, 2009

Jim Beam owner Fortune Brands saw net sales drop by 20% in the first quarter of 2009, to $1.4 billion - but the spirits division buoyed the company's figures with a relatively modest fall of just 3%.

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Winery seeks "lifestyle correspondent"

Published:  05 May, 2009

A Sonoma winery is offering $10,000 a month and free accommodation to a "lifestyle correspondent" who can report on its activities.

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Recession pushes producers to 'new limits' - report

Published:  05 May, 2009

The last quarter of 2008 was the worst in living memory for wine producers, according to a report by a Californian bank providing commercial banking services to the industry.

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Restaurant insolvencies rise by 70%

Published:  05 May, 2009

Restaurant insolvencies have risen by 70% for the first three months of this year, but the amount of pub closures has reduced, new research shows.

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Ara appoints UK BDM

Published:  05 May, 2009

Winegrowers of Ara, the premium Marlborough producer, has appointed Julie Williams to the newly created position of business development manager for the UK and mainland Europe.

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Drinkaware UK expands its team

Published:  05 May, 2009

Drinkaware, the UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol is expanding their team in order to help the organisation spread the message about responsible drinking.

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Critics May 1 -3

Published:  05 May, 2009

What the critics in the press have to say this week.

 

Times

Miracles sometimes happen, says Jane MacQuitty, and against all odds - as she explains how "the grasping Bordelais have launched the latest 2008 vintage early, complete with axed prices."


The leading St Émilion producer Angélus was out first at 40% down on last year, and so far most Bordeaux chateaux have followed suit with reductions between 30-40% on last year.


Before British Bordeaux fans get too excited, it's as well to remember that with sterling's drop against the euro this means at best prices are one third less than last year.


Even so, "this has left the lacklustre, mildew-beset 2007 Bordeaux vintage dead in the water," she reports. "What on earth is the point of buying the inferior '07 vintage of Latour for £2,450 a case, when you can buy the much finer '08 for £1,600."

 

Independent

Pingus is an odd sort of a name for a Spanish wine, but it's no ordinary wine, says Anthony Rose, at £650 a bottle for the 2005 vintage.


Robert Parker gave it 99 out of 100 and it sold out, a result of the Parker effect, he says. This puts it in line with Bordeaux' Château Le Pin.

 

But not everything in Ribera del Duero is out of price site, explains Rose. One of the most affordable Ribera reds on the market is the "succulently vibrant," Nos Riqueza 2006, (£9.99, Marks and Spencer) and the Altos de Tamaron (£4.98, Asda), "a steal."

 

Financial Times

In German wine, dry versus very sweet is a highly contentious issue with some critics of Germany's new wave of dry wines sceptical that a wine made from Germany's most famous grape can be both good and dry, reports Jancis Robinson.

 

Robinson took part in a tasting where television producer Markus Vahlefield invited 20 people to compare some of the finest dry, mature German Rieslings with other great wines of the world, over lunch, for a programme he was making on wine, then filmed them their comments on what they learnt at the end.

 

Several conclusions were apparent; one was that with the exception of a couple of medium dry Mosel 1990s, the dry German wines had aged much less gracefully to the French wines they were compared too.

 

But from 1993, the German dry Rieslings more than held their own, says Robinson - and by 2001 the "dry" wines were tasting much less austere than their 1990 counterparts had done.

 

"I urge you to try some," she says.


Observer

Tim Atkin is celebrating a professional milestone - his two decades of wine writing, and he talks about the upsides and downsides of the industry.

 


The upsides, he says, are the changes which include the rise of the New World, the organic and bio-dynamic wine movement, acceptance of screwcaps, decent Fairtrade wines and the renaissance of France, Spain, Portugal and Italy as modern winemaking countries, and he adds, "there's more good wine and far less bad than in 1989."

 


He commiserates at the reduction of choice on the high street and the disappearance of off licences such as Unwins and Bottoms Up, to which he considers has made supermarkets stronger than ever.

 


But he adds, when he first wrote his column he championed the cause of independents, and says he's delighted that "they have flourished and continue to source unusual and characterful wines."

 

Guardian

The received behaviour on tasting a good New World Syrah, says Victoria Moore, is to nod admirably and murmur that it resembles an appellation from the northern Rhône, but costs much less.

 


But, she says, "the best Syrahs and best wines are simply themselves; you know them because they make you smile."

 


One that made her grin was Cave de Tain Hermitage 2005 (£24.00, M&S), "it was so intense it reminded me of a medicine cabinet."

 


Tabali wines from Chile are often compared to northern Rhône, says Moore. But their Encantado Syrah 2007 (£9.49, Waitrose), "tastes much better if you think that in that mouthful of bonfire smoke and creosote and black plums you are drinking something from Chile."

 

 

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Irish deal for First Cape

Published:  01 May, 2009

Brand Phoenix has appointed the Irish arm of Pink Elephant wine firm 10 International to handle sales of its First Cape brand in the country.

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Penfolds releases 2004 Grange

Published:  01 May, 2009

Penfolds has released the 2009 instalment in its ongoing Luxury & Icon Australian fine wine range.

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Drinkaware embarks on adult awareness campaign

Published:  01 May, 2009

Drinkaware has hired an adult strategy manager to develop campaigns aimed at improving alcohol awareness among over-25s.

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