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Wines in the Press: Washington, South Africa and the rise of M&S

Published:  23 September, 2008

Peter Grogan sings the praises of Washington wines, Jamie Goode comes over all fruit and nut, and Jancis Robinson's tastebuds experience something of a sense of déjà vu this week. Tom Atkin meanwhile might not be a fan of Marks & Spencer's undies collection, but when it comes to its wines it's a different story...

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Montana to launch 'first live wine tasting' on web TV

Published:  23 September, 2008

Montana Wines is embarking on a large-scale consumer marketing push which will include what it claims to be the world's first live wine tasting web TV show.

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Pubs 'n' Bars issues profits warning

Published:  22 September, 2008

Community pubs group Pubs 'n' Bars has issued a profits warning following a 17% drop in shares.

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Portman probe causes Skull Splitter headache

Published:  22 September, 2008

Scottish Brewer The Orkney Brewery could have its award winning Skull Splitter ale withdrawn from sale after claims that its Viking branded bottles promote an aggressive theme.

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Californian vineyard undertakes million dollar makeover

Published:  22 September, 2008

Californian vineyard Concannon has invested $30 million (£16.2 million) in a renovation project as it celebrates its 125th harvest.

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Functional wines set sights on UK market

Published:  19 September, 2008

"Functional" wines with added antioxidants could be available in UK stores by next summer, according to Harpers magazine.

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Latest instalment in Grolsch £3m TV investment

Published:  18 September, 2008

Grolsch, the premium portfolio of Dutch lagers, launches its latest series of TV idents, continuing the successful sponsorship of Channel 4 Original Comedy.

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Pernod Ricard results fail to sparkle

Published:  18 September, 2008

Paris-based Pernod Ricard has delivered a lacklustre set of financial results, with net profits up by just 1% to €840m (£666m).

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Côtes du Rhône reveals sexy new image

Published:  18 September, 2008

The famous Côtes du Rhône hedgehog and hippo have been replaced by a woman wearing red high heels.

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Hennings and Paritua Vineyards announce UK partnership

Published:  17 September, 2008

UK wine merchant Hennings has agreed an import distribution deal in the UK with Paritua Vineyards.

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Argentine wine producers look to break through £5 barrier

Published:  17 September, 2008

Argentina might have increased the value of its wine exports to the UK by more than one-third in the last 18 months, but it is still proving difficult to persuade consumers to buy into the £5-plus category.

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IMW elects first non-UK chairman

Published:  17 September, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has elected the first non-UK chairman in its 55 year history.

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"Virtual" wine tasting on Twitter proves a hit

Published:  17 September, 2008

A joint venture between a US online retailer and a French wine producer involving a "virtual" wine tasting on Twitter has become so successful that they are rolling the venture out on a monthly basis.

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Government identifies nine types of binge drinker

Published:  17 September, 2008

The Government has identified nine types of "problem drinker" ahead of the rollout of a new alcohol campaign.

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Asda first multiple to take on sambuca brand

Published:  16 September, 2008

Asda will be the first supermarket to stock Antica Raspberry Sambuca when the flavoured sambuca goes on-shelf from September 29.

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Glen Moray whisky brand sold to French spirits company

Published:  16 September, 2008

The Glenmorangie Company is selling its Glen Moray distillery and whisky brand to independent French spirits company La Martiniquaise.

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Government red tape is crippling drinks industry, warns BBPA

Published:  16 September, 2008

Government red tape and taxes are crippling Britain's brewing and pub sectors, warns a new repoby the The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

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Coors recalls Grolsch amid glass scare

Published:  16 September, 2008

Coors Brewers has been forced to recall more than half a million bottles of Grolsch premium lager from Morrisons stores, following complaints that there were pieces of glass in some of the bottles.

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Magners manufacturer sells off distribution arm

Published:  16 September, 2008

Irish drinks manufacturer and distributor C&C Grouphas sold its distribution arm for €9.6 million (£76 million). TextIrish drinks manufacturer and distributor C&C Group has sold its distribution arm for €9.6 million (£76 million).

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Thresher Group takes on two media agencies to support growth strategy

Published:  16 September, 2008

Thresher Group has hired two media agencies to help it reposition its Threshers and The Local brands and launch its new brand, the Wine Rack.

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