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Government considers alcohol only supermarket checkouts

Published:  22 October, 2008

The government is considering making supermarkets create alcohol only checkouts as part of its bid to curb binge drinking.

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Restaurateurs should rethink their house wines during the credit crunch, warns AFW

Published:  21 October, 2008

Restaurateurs should check the quality of their house wines as consumers rein in the budgets during the credit crunch, the Academy of Food and Wine (AFW) is advising.

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Las Moras steps up marketing campaign

Published:  21 October, 2008

Argentinian wine brand Finca Las Moras is stepping up its UK marketing activity following major new listings for its wines.

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PR support for London International Wine Fair announced

Published:  21 October, 2008

Events organizers Brintex have appointed Complete Media Group and Relish to handle the PR for the 2009 London International Wine Fair and Distil.

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Stormhoek makes bid for UK top five

Published:  21 October, 2008

South African wine producer Stormhoek is on the verge of launching a UK PR and marketing campaign as it seeks to become one of the top five South African wine brands sold in the UK by next year.

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Castello Banfi cleared in wine fraud investigation

Published:  21 October, 2008

Magistrates in Sienna have cleared and released from impoundment almost the entire production of Castello Banfi's Brunello di Montalcino 2003, following an investigation into commercial fraud regarding grape blending.

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Wines in the Press: From old wines to sweet wines

Published:  21 October, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW gets stuck into some circa 1955 vintage Penfolds, Jonathan Ray cosies up to some big, beefy reds and Jane MacQuitty makes a bid to get dessert wines back onto British tables. Meanwhile, it's the turn of Tim Atkin MW to cast his eye over the new look Oddbins range.

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Pub in the Park gets government backing

Published:  20 October, 2008

The recently launched Pub in the Park initiative has received the support and backing of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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Weekend round-up: Crisis hit pubs set for council tax bail out

Published:  20 October, 2008

A round-up of stories from the weekend newspapers.

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Drinkaware launches £1 million ad campaign

Published:  20 October, 2008

The Drinkaware Trust is ploughing £1 million into an ad campaign designed to raise awareness of home drinking habits.

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Diageo ups ad spend on Smirnoff Black

Published:  20 October, 2008

Diageo is upping its marketing spend on Smirnoff Black by 80% in a bid to align the brand with the 'modern day gentlemen'.

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Stock Spirits Group appoints Keenan as non-executive chairman

Published:  20 October, 2008

Stock Spirits Group has appointed Jack Keenan as non-executive chairman.

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Carlsberg appoints new UK CEO

Published:  17 October, 2008

Carlsberg UK has appointed Isaac Sheps as its new CEO.

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Harpers Wine & Spirit Directory

Published:  17 October, 2008

The Harpers Directory is currently being radically re-developed and will be available soon in greater detail than ever before.

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MP drops bid for 125ml wine measure

Published:  17 October, 2008

A Liberal Democrat MP is dropping his bid to make bars and restaurants sell wine in smaller glasses, saying ministers have since indicated they will back the plans. Text A Liberal Democrat MP is dropping his bid to make bars and restaurants sell wine in smaller glasses, saying ministers have since indicated they will back the plans.

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VC Family Estates makes major Argentine investment

Published:  17 October, 2008

Viñedos Corpora Family Estates (VC Family Estates) has invested $15 million (£8.7 million) in vineyards in Patagonia as part of its drive to produce "exceptional" malbecs and pinot noirs.

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Wine drinkers "penalised" for ordering smaller measures

Published:  17 October, 2008

Research by the Evening Standard newspaper concludes that drinkers are being penalised by pubs and bars when they order a small glass of wine.

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Harpers steps up "facts" campaign

Published:  17 October, 2008

Harpers is today stepping up its "Alcohol: Know Your Facts" campaign by sending letters to the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and other key government ministers and Whitehall departments calling on them to take on board the real facts about drinking levels in the UK. Text

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CAMRA takes full pint petition to PM

Published:  17 October, 2008

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has visited 10 Downing Street to hand in a petition calling for an end to short beer measures in pubs and other licensed premises.

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Vladivar launches £1 million ad campaign to promote new look

Published:  16 October, 2008

Vladivar vodka has revealed a £1 million advertising campaign themed around responsible drinking.

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