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Giants report strong sales figures

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Ron Emler
The confidence expressed earlier this year by the world's largest wine and spirits groups is being borne out by latest sales figures.

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Wonderful world of Oz (Clarke)

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oz Clarke is one of the best-known names in the wine trade.

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Cognac market to expand 5% per year

Published:  23 July, 2008

by stuart peskett
The total amount of Cognac produced is to increase by 5%
a year for the next five years to keep up with rising demand, according to the Bureau National Interprofesionnel du Cognac (BNIC).

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Campo Viejo tries to change opinion

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard UK is launching its first consumer press advertising campaign for the Rioja brand Campo Viejo for five years.

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Mixed reaction to second Wine Show event in London

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Christian Davis
The second year of the consumer exhibition the Wine Show, which took place between 26 and 29 October at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London, drew a mixed response from exhibitors.

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Wine educator is new fizz ambassador

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine educator Carol Whitehead has won this year's Champagne Ambassadors' Award.

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NATO to fund cork research project

Published:  23 July, 2008

By CONAL GREGORY MW
NATO is to fund a major research project to investigate the problem of pesticide contamination in cork forests.

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Mumm launches Champagne gourmet programme

Published:  23 July, 2008

Champagne GH Mumm has created a Gourmet Dinner toolkit' with invitations, menu cards and educational material for on-trade clients which list GH Mumm Champagne as a pouring wine.

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NZ harvest to break 200,000-tonne barrier

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Stuart Peskett
The 2007 harvest in New Zealand is on course to hit the 200,000 tonne mark, according to Warren Adamson, UK and European director of New Zealand WineGrowers.

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Italian version of Wagamama

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new chain of pasta restaurants, called Raviolo, will open with a first branch in Balham, in January.

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Big expansion plans for Conran Restaurants

Published:  23 July, 2008

Conran Restaurants is to launch four restaurants in the next year, in the wake of a 49% purchase of the company by two employees.

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Park Lane steps it up in the culinary stakes

Published:  23 July, 2008

London's Park Lane is to gain three top chefs, bringing the level of the street's dining in line with the wealth of its residents and hotel guests.

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Wine still a drink for the upper class'

Published:  23 July, 2008

A survey of nearly 1,000 adults has shown that wine is still considered to be a drink consumed by the upper classes.

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Co-op lists first Fairtrade wines from Argentina

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-op has just added four own-label Fairtrade wines from Argentina to its list, the first UK retailer to do so.

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Sainsbury's McEvoy moves to Thresher

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's wine buyer Helen McEvoy is leaving on
17 November to join Threshers as senior wine buyer.

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Stone, Vine & Sun founder takes Waitrose buying job

Published:  23 July, 2008

Andrew Shaw, one of the co-directors of award-winning distance seller Stone, Vine & Sun, is to join the buying team at Waitrose.

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The price is right

Published:  23 July, 2008

Last year, judges at the Gosset awards, a competition to find the best Champagne list in the UK, found evidence of what they described as shocking, greedy pricing which does little to encourage the uninitiated to try Champagne'.

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Port - A drink for all seasons

Published:  23 July, 2008

With Christmas just a couple of months away, restaurants can get ready for a bumper few months of Port sales.

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Hardy's CEO to step down in 2007

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Woods, CEO and MD of Hardy Wine Company, has announced that he will be stepping down on 30 June next year.

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The Interview - Thierry TrigeauChef sommelier, Simpsons Restaurant, Birmingham

Published:  23 July, 2008

Thierry Trigeau, 44, was born in Rouen and has been a sommelier for the past 10 years. His previous experience was with the Brasserie au Theatre in Bordeaux, Restaurant Alexandra in Montreal, Canada, and at Thornbury Castle near Bristol, and he has also spent a short spell as a winemaker at a petit chteau in Bordeaux, near his home in Cadillac. He joined Simpsons, Birmingham's leading Michelin-starred restaurant, in January 2006.

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