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IWSC spirits winners announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The full list of spirits winners at this year's International Wine & Spirit Competition have been announced.

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Berry's launches virtual wine school

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd (BBR) has launched the first of six free video "podcasks" as part of a virtual wine school.

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France is good value with multiple specialists

Published:  23 July, 2008

Latest statistics show that France is the best-performing wine country by value among multiple specialists in the UK.

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Whyte & Mackay brands to be launched in India

Published:  23 July, 2008

INDIA: United Spirits to launch a range of Whyte & Mackay (W&M) brands in India in November.

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Russian vodka Stolichnaya launches interactive website

Published:  23 July, 2008

The site www.rock-it-to-ibiza.co.uk offers a viral game designed to drive brand awareness amongst its target audience of 25-35 year-olds.

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Wasp venom in wine causes allergic reaction

Published:  23 July, 2008

SPAIN: Doctors suspect wasp venom in wine and grape juice as the cause of several cases of severe allergic reactions.

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Dutch liqueur launches bartending academy

Published:  23 July, 2008

Holland: Liqueur brand Bols has launched a new bartending academy in Amsterdam.

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Grape expectations for Tennessee wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

US: The wine industry in Tennessee is not living up to its potential, a report has said.

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Penfolds wines auctioned online

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rare Penfolds wines are to be auctioned online through Langton's Wine Auctions and Exchange.

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Rise in violent crime linked to 24-hour drinking

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Police forces in Devon and Cornwall have reported a rise in violent crime since 24-hour drinking was introduced.

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Asda sales up

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Asda celebrates mid single digit hike in like-for-like sales.

Parent company Wal-Mart says shareholder's disappointed.


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Millions drinking excessive amounts of alcohol

Published:  23 July, 2008

1.5m people are drinking "harmful" levels of alcohol

A further 6.3m are downing double the recommended safe units of alcohol in any one week.

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Waitrose stores see double-digit wine growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: The new store in Marylebone, London, which opened on 1 June 2007, has seen fine wine value sales increase by 65% in the second week and 71% in the store's third week after opening.

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Drinks watchdog clears Pink Elephant wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Drinks watchdog the Portman Group has cleared Pink Elephant wine after a consumer complained that its name was a reference to drug taking.

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Alcohol shortage hits Bali resorts

Published:  23 July, 2008

ASIA: (Reuters) Hotels and bars on Indonesia's resort island of Bali have been hit by an alcohol shortage due to an import problem, officials have said.

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Indian Government aids wine bars

Published:  23 July, 2008

ASIA: Maharashtra Government extends alcohol licences to wine bars

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Seven spirits to star in TV soap

Published:  23 July, 2008

Product placement deal signed between Ian Macleod Distillers and ITV soap, Emmerdale.

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Leading brands scoop Australian wine awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Peter Lehmann Wines from the Barossa Valley took home four trophies and 37 medals at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

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Threshers reviews advertising to fight supermarkets

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK: Off-license retailer Threshers has called for a review of its 2million advertising business as part of a move to fend off competition from the supermarkets.

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French and UK wine bottles seized at Hong Kong national airport

Published:  23 July, 2008

ASIA: Eight arrested for allegedly evading HK$1million (63,432) in import duties

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