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The Sunday Times

Published:  28 July, 2008

"Rosé, once the poor relation of the wine world, has become the toast of it in less time than it takes to mature a fine red," says Joanna Simon. The drink's image overhaul has seen it move from "naff, tasteless and effeminate" to "classless, ageless and sexless," she adds. And if you're thinking pink you should consider buying the 2007 Crow's Landing Cabernet Shiraz Rosé (£4.25, Co-op) with "bouncy, ripe briary fruit".

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The Sunday Express

Published:  28 July, 2008

Jamie Goode has a sweet tooth this week to partner some classic summer puddings. The Moscato Freisa (£6.99, M&S) is the "perfect" accompaniment to strawberries and lunch parties. The man from the Sunday Express also recommends the "delicious" 2004 Chateau Haur Bergeron Sauternes (£9 half bottle, Asda) with "flavours of herbs, dried fruit, apricot, citrus peel and spice".

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Stoli lined up for bidding war

Published:  28 July, 2008

Stolichnaya - the Russian vodka brand - could be subject to a bidding war resulting in a possible billion-dollar deal.
The news comes hot on the heels of Pernod Ricard's takeover of Swedish maker Absolut.

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Direct Wines says staff losses were necessary

Published:  28 July, 2008

Chief executive, Simon McMurtrie, says shake-up is to help make the business profitable

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Jack Daniel's ramps up production

Published:  28 July, 2008

 

Global drinks industry giant Brown Forman is set to invest more than £3 million ($6 million) at its Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee in a bid to improve efficiency and raise output.

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The Guardian

Published:  28 July, 2008

Victoria Moore is on Soave and how in the past, the varietal became a "synonym for neutral and insipid". However, this is no longer the case, she adds, with the grape doing much "rowing back" from its reputation of old. The pick of her four choices with 4.5 stars out of five is the 2006 Soave Classico Inama Vin (£9.99, Majestic), which is rich without being a "blunderbuss".

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  28 July, 2008

August's most pressing question is where to find the best Sauvignon Blanc, says Susy Atkins. Her top tip is that "only those from 2007 (very sparkly and bright) or 2006 (a little softer, more mellow) should make it into your fridge this August". Recommendations include the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Montana (£6.49, Tesco) and the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc Leyda (£8.25, Great Western Wine), which is spot on with "soft goat's cheese and ripe tomatoes".

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Pubs feel the heat as beer sales drop

Published:  28 July, 2008

Pubs were dealt a further blow today (July 28) as the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) reported beers sales were down 4.5% this quarter, compared with the same quarter last year.

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The Observer

Published:  28 July, 2008

Tim Atkin MW is weighing up the recent heavyweight tasting bout between the "quintessential pinstriped Englishman" Michael Broadbent and the "slightly vulgar American" Robert Parker. Bordeaux provided the battle ground with Broadbent favouring "reds with higher acidity, subtle oak and more tannin" while Parker prefers "big, plush, ripely textured numbers with lots of new wood". What did Atkins ultimately feel of Parker and Broadbent's tasting notes? "Much to my surprise, I found myself agreeing with the former far more often than the latter."

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Tiger Beer appointed exclusive distributors of Viru

Published:  25 July, 2008

Brand Independence Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Tiger Beer UK as exclusive UK distributors for their premium Baltic beer 'Viru'.

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Tapanappa Wines expands with new general manager

Published:  25 July, 2008

The board of Tapanappa Wines has appointed Xavier Bizot as general manager.

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Dolan joins Wyndham to boost Shiraz clout

Published:  25 July, 2008

Nigel Dolan, the award winning winemaker, has joined Wyndham Estate as chief winemaker.

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Auchentoshan Whisky launches new website

Published:  25 July, 2008

Auchentoshan Whisky has spearheaded its £0.5m brand investment with a newly launched website.

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Wines of Argentina tasting must broaden scope

Published:  25 July, 2008

This year's Wines of Argentina trade tasting is looking to cater for as broad as spectrum of visitors as possible, according to the trade body's UK director.

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Harpers.co.uk relaunches as TalkingDrinks.com

Published:  25 July, 2008

Wine & spirits website Harpers.co.uk has relaunched as TalkingDrinks.com.

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Financial Times

Published:  24 July, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW has "become increasingly aware of a new phenomenon in a worrying proportion of red wine". Although such wines smell of opulence they often leave her "palate feeling as though it has been energetically scoured by sandpaper". A number of theories are ventured to explain the syndrome but Robinson ominously rounds up "it would seem that there is no shortage of sandpaper beyond the grave".

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  24 July, 2008

The 2007 Viognier Stamford Brook (£5.99, Australia) is a "hugely fruity white, bursting with ripe peach," says Susy Atkins. Her second choice is the 2005 Botrytis Semillon (£5.99, Tesco) which has a "rich jamminess". "Botrytis is also known as 'noble rot', which I realise sounds horrid," admits Atkins, but readers should pursue both recommendations as long as they are chilled well before serving.

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The Sunday Times

Published:  24 July, 2008

Joanna Simon turns her attention to the Castel/Oddbins/Nicolas saga in her column this week.  However she remains unconvinced by some of the ramifications of the takeover. "All French wines are now bought by Nicolas in Paris. This may sound sensible, but the effect has been depressing," she laments. Ignoring French offerings, Simon highlights the 2007 Pinot Grigio Red Hill Estate (£9.99, Oddbins) for its "lively, appley, nutty and mineral" notes.

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The Independent

Published:  24 July, 2008

In these times of credit woe we should take note that Aldi has taken the "discount mantle" from Kwik Save, says Anthony Rose.  "Aldi's low wine prices are all the more remarkable, given that the euro is so strong and the government now takes £1.72 in tax on every bottle of wine," he adds. The 2007 Chardonnay Torrontes Tierra del Sol (£3.49) "would not disgrace the dinner table" while Aldi's flush shoppers might want to try the 2007 Latuilière Sancerre (£8.99) which "offers the requisite herbaceous quality to customers in search of a treat".

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The Times

Published:  24 July, 2008

"France, for all its failings, continues to set the standards for global fine wine production," Jane MacQuitty explains.  This was her response to a "Gallic-wine-hating reader" who complained that MacQuitty's pages were full of endless plugs for French wine. Particular current favourites include the "celery-scented style" 2007 Vin de Pays Cuvée Pêcheur (£3.69, Waitrose) and the 2005 Moulin à Vent, La Roche-Vineuse (£13.95, Berry Bros & Rudd).

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