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Rare champagne sells for 42,500

Published:  23 July, 2008

A New York auction of rare and collectable champagnes has sold a bottle of Dom Perignon vintage rose 1959 for 42,500.

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Rich List: wine and spirits round-up

Published:  23 July, 2008

Following the publication of the Sunday Times Rich List 2008, Harpers.co.uk has brought you a round-up of those in the drinks industry who feature.

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Moldovan wine seminar at LIWF

Published:  23 July, 2008

Caroline Gilby MW will lead a seminar and tutored tasting on Moldovan wine at this year's London International Wine Fair (LIWF).

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Wine pair undertake charity ride

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine merchant Henry Butler and friend Andy Martin have begun a 1600 kilometre bike ride to heighten the profile of English wine and raise money for a Sussex children's hospice.

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Pernod Ricard's growth slowed by European discounting

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard's third-quarter sales preview has predicted that the drinks giant's organic growth will slow due to tough discounts in the European region.

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Wines of Argentina goes interactive for LIWF

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Argentina (WoA) has launched a website dedicated entirely to the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) this May.

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Johnny Depp ships his French wine to states

Published:  23 July, 2008

Johnny Depp missed drinking his own French wine so much on a recent film shoot that he had a batch shipped over.

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Alcohol sales see online boom

Published:  23 July, 2008

Online sales of beers, wines and spirits grew by 60% in February and March, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index.

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Sales drop at Fortune Brands

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fortune Brands has seen net sales drop by 5% in the first quarter with its spirits portfolio hampered by distributor inventories.

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Champagne sponsors secured for UK Sommelier awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck have been announced as the new sponsors of the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition.

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Orbital marketing manager launches off trade agency

Published:  23 July, 2008

Catherine Monahan, the former marketing and sales manager at Orbital Wines, has launched her own agency focussing on the off trade sector.

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Vernay made wine expert 2008 by Grand Jury

Published:  23 July, 2008

Christine Vernay from the George Vernay Estate has been awarded Expert of the Year 2008 in Wine and Winemaking.

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Army bunker hosts Hong Kong wine auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

The first fine wine auction in Hong Kong for the last decade will take place in an underground army bunker.

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1811 Chateau d'Yquem sells for 37,900

Published:  23 July, 2008

A rare bottle of 1811 Chateau d'Yquem has been sold by a London wine merchant for 37,900.

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Underage drinking blamed on parents, ACS poll shows

Published:  23 July, 2008

Parents and the police - not shops and supermarkets - are chiefly responsible for under-age drinking, according to a new poll carried out for the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

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Scottish distillery visited by Polish TV station

Published:  23 July, 2008

An East Kilbride whisky has recently been visited by a Polish TV crew.

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Sainsbury's uses Top 10' to sell more wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has introduced a Top 10 display in its wine aisles to help increase product sales.

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Polmassick Vineyard's George Musgrave dies

Published:  23 July, 2008

George Musgrave, the owner of Polmassick Vineyard in St Ewe, Cornwall, has died in a tragic accident.

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Shoppers shun cards for cash payments

Published:  23 July, 2008

Retailers are seeing greater numbers of shoppers opt for cash when making purchases, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has claimed.

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Billionaire spends 250,000 on 27 bottles of Burgundy

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Chinese billionaire has spent a quarter of a million pounds on 27 bottles of fine red wine, one auction house has announced.

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