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Laughing-matters-Croak-Rotie

Published:  23 February, 2009

Laughing matters
First we had Goats do Roam, then Bored Doe.  Now Croak Rotie is the latest wittily named wine brand to poke fun at traditional French wine regions.

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Strong 2008 sales for Gallo

Published:  23 February, 2009

Sales of E&J Gallo wines surged upwards in 2008 despite tough economic conditions, the company has announced.

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Scotland alcohol consumption world's eighth highest

Published:  23 February, 2009

Scotland's alcohol consumption is now the world's eighth highest, new statistics have revealed.

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Inbev sells US Labatt operation

Published:  23 February, 2009

Anheuser-Busch Inbev has agreed to sell its Inbev USA subsidiary to the private equity group KPS Capital Partners.

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Spirits trio for Pernod in US

Published:  23 February, 2009

Pernod Ricard is to launch its super-premium Beefeater 24 gin in the US market this year, along with a mango-flavoured Absolut vodka and a Brazilian rum under the Seagram's name.

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Wines in the press

Published:  23 February, 2009

The Observer


Tim Atkin in the Observer declares that he 'hardly ever' gets bored of wine, responding to a question posed to him at a tasting.


"Wine is as fascinating to me now as it was when started writing about it 24 years ago. If anything, it's even more exciting."


Wine, he says, is still undergoing a modern revolution. He identifies four areas that have emerged and states that they deserve "much greater attention".


Atkin recommends "the spicy, peppery, hauntingly elegant" 2006 Mayu Syrah Reserva, Elqui Valley (£8, 14% Asda) the "brambly, juicy, fruit-packed 2005 Pena de Pato, Dao (£5.59 each for two, 13.5%, Majestic), the "rich, peach and pineapple-like 2007 Tesco Finest Fiano, Sicillia (£5.99, 13.5% or the "intense, mouth watering 2007 The Society's Exhibition South African Sauvignon Blanc. Elim (£9.95, 13.5%, www.thewinesociety.com).

The Sunday Telegraph


The Sunday Telegraph's Susy Atkins expresses her bewilderment of people who "spin out a bottle of wine for two weeks or more".

No excuse, she says, not even in an economic downturn.
"I reckon you can keep an opened bottle of wine for three days, if (important 'if') you re-stopper it swiftly and tuck it away in a cool, dark place".

She recommends a few wines showcasing during Fairtrade Fortnight. Brands include Fairhills or Thandi and the Co-ops own Fairtrade range.

The Financial Times
Rebecca Rose writing in the Financial Times extols the virtues of the Martini, as prepared by Allesandro Palazzi, bar manager at London's Dukes Hotel.

"The classic Martini is what the cognoscenti flock to Dukes for," Rose says. "Gin, vermouth and a twist of lemon - custom made in front of you." She is referring to one of Palazzi's martini masterclasses.

"Palazzi talks us through the importance of a frozen glass. And the gin? Palazzi recommends Tanqueray No 10 - 48% alcohol, with juniper from Florence."

The Guardian


The Guardian's Victoria Moore is in Café Anglais and sings the praises of Saint Peray Mousseux Brut

NV (£13.75, yapp.co.uk; 12.5%abv. "A delicious sculpted, sparkling wine that is already on Le Café Anglais's list.

During her tasting she also samples red Les Vignerons de Saumur Saumur 2007 (£6.95, yapp.co.uk; 12% abv).

"It's near perfect - on song, lightish bodied, thirst quenching, reminiscent of hawthorn and currants, with a brisk edge and unexpectedly intense. Moore also lauds the "gutsy, fruity, robust, peasantiness of Chateau Cuvee Rouband Costieres de Nimes 2007 (£7.50, yapp.co.uk; 13% abv).

 

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Tulips beat balloons for Cognac

Published:  22 February, 2009

Experts have agreed that an elegant tulip glass, rather than the tradition brandy balloon, is the best vessel for tasting Cognac.

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Retailers gear up for Fairtrade Fortnight

Published:  20 February, 2009

Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off on Sunday 22 February and retailers across the country supporting it with price promotions on Fairtrade wines.

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Gallo positive amid economic gloom

Published:  20 February, 2009

Booming rosé sales helped wine giant E. & J. Gallo to record positive growth in 2008 despite tough trading conditions.

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Retailers gear up for Fairtrade Fortnight

Published:  20 February, 2009

Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off on Sunday 22 February and retailers across the country supporting it with price promotions on Fairtrade wines.

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Retailers gear up for Fairtrade Fortnight

Published:  20 February, 2009

Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off on Sunday 22 February and retailers across the country supporting it with price promotions on Fairtrade wines.

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Oddbins boss asks for patience

Published:  19 February, 2009

Oddbins managing director Simon Baile has urged customers to "keep the faith" as the business attempts to revitalise its wine range.

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Lion Nathan wine sales decline

Published:  19 February, 2009

Lion Nathan has admitted that sales revenue from its wine business fell by 10% in the final quarter of 2008.

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Two becomes one for Harpers Wine and Spirit

Published:  19 February, 2009

The first issue of the newly merged Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review was revealed to the UK drinks industry this week following the acquisition of Harpers by William Reed Business Media in November last year.

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Two becomes one for Harpers Wine and Spirit

Published:  19 February, 2009

The first issue of the newly merged Harpers Wine & Spirit Trades Review was revealed to the UK drinks industry this week following the acquisition of Harpers by William Reed Business Media in November last year.

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Last quarter hits French wine exports

Published:  19 February, 2009

The head of the French Federation of Wine & Spirits Exporters has warned of difficult times ahead after export sales tumbled in the last three months of 2008.

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Smoke casts doubt over Yarra vintage

Published:  19 February, 2009

The entire 2009 vintage in Australia's Yarra Valley could be contaminated by smoke from the bushfires, a grower in the region has warned.

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Hendrix estate wins vodka trademark case

Published:  18 February, 2009

The makers of a vodka named after the rock legend Jimi Hendrix have been ordered by an American judge to withdraw it from sale and pay the musician's estate $3.2 million.

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