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Anson leaves Thresher

Published:  23 July, 2008

Thresher's trading director, Alex Anson, is leaving the company to take up a new position as European buying director for Nuance Group, based in Zurich.

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Morgenrot Chevaliers on the move

Published:  23 July, 2008

Morgenrot Chevaliers PLC, an independent wholesaler in the north of England, is relocating to new premises in Manchester after 36 years of trading from its original site in Bolton.

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Hotelier of the Year

Published:  23 July, 2008

Richard Bell, of Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire, has won the Caterer and Hotelkeeper's Hotelier of the Year award.

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Pol Roger director dies

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Rhodes, an associate director and sales manager for Pol Roger, died last month, aged 65.

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Promotion worth a try

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian producer McGuigan Simeon is to use the Rugby World Cup in France next year to promote its Gold range in the UK.

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Champagne boss warns growers on grape stocks

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Giles Fallowfield
Yves Bnard, president of the Union des Maisons de Champagne (UMC), has warned growers and cooperatives in Champagne that their action in holding onto 50% more grapes than they need to replace their annual sales is threatening the stability of the market.

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Wines of Argentina recruits

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tim Johns has been appointed Wines of Argentina UK's campaign coordinator. Johns will be based at the generic body's office in the Argentine consulate in Mayfair.

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Tesco head to present WSET Excellence awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Dan Jago of Tesco is to join Ian Harris in presenting the WSET's Awards of Excellence, continuing the tradition of using the wine world's more high-profile speakers for the evening.

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Oz yields likely to be down 20%

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 2007 vintage in Australia is likely to produce 20% lower yields than average - a reduction of half a million tonnes of grapes on 2006.

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Argento engages the commuter

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argento has appointed The Drinks Sampling Company (DSC) to take on the sampling campaign of its Malbec and Chardonnay wines over the next six months.

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New Argentina awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

The inaugural Argentina Wine Awards (AWA) are to take place in two months' time in Mendoza. The event will comprise a blind tasting, which will last for three days, followed by a seminar and then an awards ceremony.

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LIWSF spirits zone doubles in size

Published:  23 July, 2008

For the second year in a row, the area devoted to spirits at the London International Wine & Spirits Fair is to double in size.

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Changes to Roederer awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Announcement of the winners at the wine writers' awards sponsored by Louis Roederer have been moved to early September. The move has been instigated in order to have publication of the results in wine magazines before the Christmas shopping period.

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Screwcaps are now a mainstream' closure

Published:  23 July, 2008

Screwcap closures are now considered part of mainstream wine packaging, according to new research from Wine Intelligence.

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Fitou producers may quit CIVL

Published:  23 July, 2008

A number of Fitou producers in southern France have expressed a desire to leave the CIVL (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Languedoc). The news broke at the CIVL's general meeting.

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Sainsbury's new wine good for the heart'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has launched a new wine that claims to have 32% more antioxidants than the average red wine.

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Cut out the middle man

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Campbell, publisher of France's Le Guide Hachette des Vins, and Esme Johnstone, a founder of Majestic Wine, have launched a website that will replicate book website Amazon's bargains on a range of products.

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Appointments

Published:  23 July, 2008

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NZ winery cleared of sample wrongdoing

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Jo Burzynska
Marlborough winery Wither Hills has been cleared of any malpractice in the wake of one of its wines being disqualified from a key wine competition in New Zealand.

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Own-label fizz beats big Champagne brands

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's and Somerfield own-label Champagnes have taken top spot in a Which? magazine sparkling wine tasting.

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