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IMW holds first Asian master class

Published:  26 November, 2008

The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) has held its first Asian MW master class in Singapore.

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AFW extends deadline for sommelier of the year competition

Published:  26 November, 2008

The Academy of Food & Wine (AFW) has extended the deadline for entries to its 2009 Sommelier of the Year competition.

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Tiger Beer rapped for "disrespectful" ladyboy ad

Published:  26 November, 2008

An advert for Tiger Beer which claimed it was the best export from the Far East since ladyboys has been banned by an advertising watchdog.

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Vinexpo gears up for 2009 show

Published:  26 November, 2008

Major wine and spirits trade exhibition Vinexpo has reappointed drinks specialist Voice PR to conduct public relations in the UK for the 2009 exhibition.

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Castel strengthens Bordeaux presence

Published:  26 November, 2008

Castel is extending its involvement with wines from the Bordeaux region and targeting more upmarket clients, following its acquisition of Bordeaux wine merchant Oenoalliance six months ago.

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Three new appointments to Thierry's team

Published:  25 November, 2008

Thierry's has appointed Marie Knight and Claire Sheppard as two heads of trading, tasked with developing and delivering strategy for existing and new channels.

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Cheap wines to bear brunt of pre-Budget tax cut, warns WSTA

Published:  25 November, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) says the combination of a cut in VAT and the rise in duty on alcohol, announced yesterday by the Chancellor, will push up the price of cheaper wines.

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Stella launches 'Get Home Safe' festive campaign

Published:  25 November, 2008

InBev UK has launched a responsible drinking campaign through its Stella Artois premium lager brand to help people make the most of the Christmas party season, but still get home safely.

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Illicit alcohol consumption is rife, warns new report

Published:  25 November, 2008

The consumption of illicit or noncommercial alcohol is widespread in many countries worldwide and contributes significantly to the global burden of disease, according to a new report by the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP).

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Gaymer to sponsor new music festival

Published:  25 November, 2008

The Gaymer Cider Company has announced that it will sponsor a new music event in London next summer.

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International wine producer supports Ramsay's TV series

Published:  25 November, 2008

International wine producer ZGM is supporting Gordon Ramsay's 'Cookalong' series to promote Palatium, its German wine.

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Industry fury at pre-Budget duty rise

Published:  25 November, 2008

Drinks industry leaders have reacted with fury at news that the government will again increase the duty on alcohol.

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Wines in the Press: From Californian Chardonnay to century-old nectars

Published:  25 November, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW acquaints herself with wines from a bygone era and Jane MacQuitty lets us in on which tipples will be getting her through the winter months. Meanwhile Tim Atkin MW explains why his political persuasion is re-igniting his passion for American wines.

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Project to curb underage drinking launches

Published:  24 November, 2008

A pioneering project to curb underage alcohol sales and combat associated anti-social behaviour is launching in Kent.

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Alcohol duty set to rise as VAT rate slashed

Published:  24 November, 2008

Alistar Darling has confirmed that he will cut VAT from 17.5% to 15% but will increase duties on alcohol to ensure that prices remain unchanged.

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Virgin Wines reports record sales figures

Published:  24 November, 2008

Virgin Wines has recorded its highest weekly sales volume ever, bucking the trend experienced by scores of retailers during the current economic slowdown.

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Drinkaware Trust appoints new CEO

Published:  24 November, 2008

The Drinkaware Trust has appointed Chris Sorek as its new chief executive.

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North West wine retailers of the year announced

Published:  24 November, 2008

An independent wine retailer which has been trading for just one year has scooped an award for North West Specialist Wine Retailer of the Year.

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Weekend round-up: Happy hour to be outlawed

Published:  24 November, 2008

Sunday Mirror
Happy hour and cut-price drink promotions in pubs and clubs will be outlawed under a Government crackdown. Ministers plan to unveil new proposals in their war on binge-drinking ahead of a Christmas campaign against drink-driving. They hope the clampdown will cut booze-fuelled violence and slash the bill for alcohol misuse which could cost up to £25billion a year. A strict code of conduct will aim to outlaw promotions which encourage drinking large amounts of booze or drinking at speed during happy hour, say Whitehall sources.

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Climate change a threat to Riesling's future, warns professor

Published:  19 November, 2008

Producers of Riesling wine must put into place clear strategies to cope with climate change, or risk the future quality of their wines.

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