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Hitler's Champagne goes to auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

A bottle of 1937 vintage Mot & Chandon Champagne which is said to have been taken from Hitler's cellar will be auctioned this month.

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"No complacency" over phylloxera

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian producers have been warned not to be complacent over the potential for phylloxera outbreaks, according to Kevin Powell of DPI Rutherglen.

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Henry speaks out on Australia's next big challenge

Published:  23 July, 2008

There are key issues that the Australian wine industry needs to address if it is to improve its performance in export markets, an Adelaide wine conference heard this week.

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C&C group profits set to fall 35%

Published:  23 July, 2008

Magners cider producer profits hit by bad weather and increased competition

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Alcohol charity calls for curb on supermarket promotions

Published:  23 July, 2008

Addaction - Britain's biggest specialist drug and alcohol treatment agency - is calling for a ban on supermarket discounting following a growing trend in teenagers drinking heavily before going out on the town.

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Bacardi to drive flagship Dewar blend

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bacardi is to invest more than $250m (122.86m) in Scotch whisky production in a bid to drive global growth for its flagship Dewar's blend.

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Gallo expands futher into Napa

Published:  23 July, 2008

E & J Gallo has bought Napa estate William Hill from Beam Wine Estates (BWE) for an undisclosed sum.

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Fortune Brands reports dip in second-quarter results

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fortune Brands, the parent company of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, has reported net income of $232 million (114.18) for the second quarter of 2007, compared to $248m (122.03), in the same period a year ago.

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Diageo launches 5m Smirnoff campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo GB has launched its biggest ever marketing campaign for its Smirnoff vodka brand.

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Cognac volumes to smash records

Published:  23 July, 2008

Volumes of production for Cognac in 2007 are expected to break current production records, latest figures show.

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LVMH reports buoyant trading

Published:  23 July, 2008

Louis Vuitton Mot Hennessy (LVMH) has announced its profits increased 11% to 1,440m (966.5m) for the first half of 2007.

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Facebook wine chooser's debut

Published:  23 July, 2008

American wine recommendation search engine Snooth has launched an application for the fast-growing Facebook Internet social network.

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Roussillon food-matching event gets ready for 2007 launch

Published:  23 July, 2008

The second Roussillon Dessert Trophy, which looks for the best food match for a Roussillon dessert wine, is about to launch.

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South Australian wine body launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Southern Australian Barossa grape growers are to pay a levy of Aus$6 (2.52) to the Barossa Grape and Wine Association (BGWA), which is to be launched this September.

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McWilliam's steps in to secure E&T deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Debt-ridden winery Evans & Tate, which has been subject to a host of investment offers for more than a year, has finally accepted an offer from McWilliam's Wines.

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Disney ditches wine promotion

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: Californian Wine Institute CWI) wins battle to force Walt Disney Co. to abandon its promotion of French wine in its latest cartoon movie - days before the first bottles of were set to hit the shelves in August.


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Spirit drink producers reduce green house gases

Published:  23 July, 2008

Figures published by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), shows a reduction in the spirit drinks sector's carbon dioxide releases.

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Third time unlucky for Yarraman bid

Published:  23 July, 2008

Evans & Tate has rejected Yarraman's third "takeover" bid worth around AUS $100 (43.2m) saying it was not "sufficiently compelling".

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Pernod signals end to Australian cheap wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard has signalled an end to the era of cheap Australian plonk, as the ongoing drought has halted the country's wine glut.

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Midlands winemakers offer taste of New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

A winemaking company in the West Midlands is using grape juice and concentrate from overseas, but distinctly home-grown labels.

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