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Drinkaware Trust board announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

The new Drinkaware Trust has named its first-ever board of trustees. The charity's 10 voluntary trustees will be responsible for creating a programme to tackle alcohol harm and promote responsible drinking in the UK.

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Yalumba picks Rose as chief winemaker

Published:  23 July, 2008

Award-winning winemaker Louisa Rose is the new chief winemaker at Yalumba, Australia's oldest family-owned winery, based in the Barossa. She was quietly' appointed on 1 December, taking over from Alan Hoey, who has been made manager of wineries and operations.

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California crop down by 20%

Published:  23 July, 2008

California's crop last year was 20% down on 2005, preliminary figures showed, calming fears of another grape glut.

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South Africa growers face up to oversupply

Published:  23 July, 2008

Growers in South Africa are being paid not to harvest grapes, while others are selling up their farms as severe oversupply hits the industry.

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New 80m distillery for Speyside

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo has announced plans to invest 100 million to increase its production of Scotch whisky.

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Beam bucks trend of declining spirits

Published:  23 July, 2008

Beam Global, whose brands include Courvoisier Cognac, Harveys Sherry and Cockburn's Port, has reported growth of more than 10% by value, despite almost every category being in decline in the UK.

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Port Institute to focus on Tawny

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tawny Port will be the focus of the 2007 programme of the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto (IVDP).

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Portugal struggles to crack the UK market

Published:  23 July, 2008

There should be great opportunities for Portugal in the UK, but despite the fact that the country's winemakers have started to make great red wines and decent whites, it has yet to fulfil its potential. At this month's 50 Great Wines of Portugal event there was more interest than ever before - the wines had run out by 4 pm - and the event will move to a bigger venue next year.

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Online sales give lift to mail order

Published:  23 July, 2008

Were you sent flowers this Valentine's Day? Maybe you ordered a present for your loved one via the Internet, or perhaps you had the ingredients for a special meal home delivered. Chances are that, even if you didn't, you have used - or will use - your computer for buying goods and services.

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The essence of Hungary

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than 230 wines from 45 wineries will be on offer at the annual generic Hungarian tasting next month. The off-trade is the most important sector for Hungary, selling 614,000 nine-litre cases in 2006. Although this figure was down 2.7% in volume on the previous 12 months, the two biggest UK importers of Hungarian wine - Bottle Green and Myliko - have both reported encouraging performances. Louise Hartley of Bottle Green said: Sales of total Hilltop wines are showing a strong increase on last year by almost 10% in volume.' The average bottle price is up slightly from 3.36 to 3.47 (AC Nielsen MAT to Dec 2006).

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Portugal enjoys UK?on-trade success

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Portugal has announced that it will focus its marketing on the UK on-trade in 2007, after latest sales figures showed an increase of 32% by value.

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The Interview: John Trevena, Owner, Pimlico Cellars Agencies and Vintage Cellars, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Trevena grew up in Santiago, Chile. He came to London to study economics, and worked as an accountant before setting up a life pensions programme with three friends. In the early 1980s he decided to follow his passion for wine and set up his own wine wholesale business. After premises in Langham Street and St Martin's Lane in London, the business moved to Pimlico and developed a retail arm, now known as Vintage Cellars, which generates about 5% of the company's turnover. Exclusive agencies include: Via Carta Vieja and Viedos TerraNoble (Chile); Riversleigh Estate (New Zealand); Eagle's Cliff (South Africa); and Domaine de la Madonne (France).

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WSET teams up with generics

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has teamed up with a number of generic bodies, including Australia, New Zealand and Chile. It will now have a stand at shows such as the Wines of Chile consumer show and the Wines of Portugal event at the end of March.

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Whyte & Mackay sale imminent

Published:  23 July, 2008

The sale of Whyte & Mackay, the leading independent whisky distiller, will be finalised this week, Harpers understands.

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San Pedro joins Les Grands Chais

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean wine group San Pedro has parted company with Buckingham Vintners, naming Les Grands Chais de France (LGCF) as its new UK distributor. LGCF will now take responsibility for the Chilean brands 35 South and Castillo de Molina, as well as its Argentinian label Finca La Celia.

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Harpers writers scoop WSET Diploma awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Two members of the Harpers writing team have won scholarships at the WSET Awards of Excellence for the second year running.

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Allegrini expands into Montalcino

Published:  23 July, 2008

The famous Valpolicella house of Allegrini, run by oenologist Franco Allegrini and his marketing manager sister Marilisa, has expanded once again in Tuscany. After establishing the Poggio al Tesoro estate in Bolgheri several years ago, they have now purchased a 15-hectare property in Montalcino, in what is said to be one of the choicest sites available, half of it, it seems, already planted to Brunello. It is rumoured that Leonardo Locascio, head of Allegrini's US importers Winebow, is also involved.

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Gancia's Tuscan venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

After Puglia, Piemonte and Sicily, Lamberto Edoardo and Massimiliano Vallarino Gancia have chosen Tuscany as the next location for their expansion programme.

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Friuli foiled by EC's latest Tocai ruling

Published:  23 July, 2008

The co-operative cantine of Friuli Venezia Giulia will bottle the whole of their Tocai Friulano' production before 31 March, and thus will commercialise their 2006 vintage wine under the name which they claim is theirs by right'.

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Auctions boom in the Big Apple

Published:  23 July, 2008

For the wine auction market 2006 was a vintage year, with global sales of fine and rare wines fetching $241 million. This was a whopping 45% increase on 2005, thanks to the huge revenues from the US, which at over $167m were more than four times UK sales.

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