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Constellation: the story of a wine scandal'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Europe made it into the national newspapers for all the wrong reasons late last month after news leaked out that employees of Matthew Clark - Constellation's on-trade distribution arm - were being urged to buy the company's wines while they were being trialled at JD Wetherspoon pubs and claim the cost back on expenses.

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Northern experts

Published:  23 July, 2008

A Scandinavian has won the Trophe Ruinart 2006 as the best European sommelier for the second time in a row.

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Both sides suffer amidst Middle East conflict

Published:  23 July, 2008

Israeli industry in the firing line; 2006 harvest at risk.

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Santa Rita buys 1,600 ha

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Santa Rita has acquired 1,600 hectares (ha) of vineyard land - both virgin and planted - in the areas of Pumanque and Limar.
This purchase has almost doubled the land ownership of Santa Rita, from 2,000 to 3,600ha, making it the second-largest land-owning winery in Chile after Concha y Toro.
Pumanque, around 30km west of Apalta, has no other vineyard plantings at present, and Santa Rita has already installed irrigation, including a reservoir and 10km of pipes. A wide spectrum of grapes will be planted shortly.
Limar, situated 400km north of Santiago, is also a relatively new area, with Via Tabali the most high-profile producer in the area at present. Santa Rita has acquired 470ha in this region, 65 of which are already planted with Chardonnay, Shiraz, Carmnre and Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining land will be planted over the next five years primarily with Chardonnay and Shiraz.

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IWSC results out

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) announced its 2006 trophy winners last week (20 July), with a Canadian Shiraz - 2004 Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Shiraz - scooping the Rosemount Trophy for Shiraz/Syrah, and an English sparkling wine, 1998 Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, being hailed as the world's best sparkling wine' after winning the Yarden Trophy for Bottled Fermented Sparkling Wine.

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Pernod Ricard leads Tequila chase

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Ron Emler
Patrick Ricard, the chairman of Pernod Ricard, has made no secret of his desire to own a major brand of tequila, and reports from New York suggest he is close to fulfilling that ambition and plugging a significant hole in the portfolio of the world's second-largest wines and spirits company.

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Low 2006 beneficio could push up young Port prices

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Richard Woodard
Port shippers fear that there may be a shortage of younger Ports, after the region's production limit for the 2006 harvest was set below annual sales for the fifth year in a row.

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Duboeuf decides against appeal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf has has decided not to appeal against the court ruling - which saw the Beaujolais producer fined 30,000 - handed down against the company earlier this month.

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Beam confirms Cockburn's deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jim Beam Global has announced that it has finalised the sale of all the Cockburn's Port production facilities and stocks to Symington Family Estates (see Harpers 9 June).

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Bacardi asks consumers: You in?'

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd
Bacardi Rum has launched a new brand positioning - swapping a Latin spirit for a free-spirit' - backed with a new global advertising campaign.

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Blavod sales boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

Blavod Extreme Spirits continues to make big sales gains.

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Henry puts faith in brands, icons and the next generation

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new marketing strategy aimed at explaining the Australian offer across all price points has been unveiled by the AWBC.

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Producing countries come out against EU wine reform

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd and Dawn Cran
A number of Europe's largest wine-producing countries made pronouncements against the European Commission's draft proposals for the reform of the European wine sector last week, following a meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels.

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Glasses can breathe: it's official

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rhodes Twenty Four is pioneering the use of a new type of breathable glassware from Germany.

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Football boss to open restaurant

Published:  23 July, 2008

Outspoken Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is to open a restaurant on the site of the former Sugar Club in Warwick Street.

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New wines + new look = higher sales for HBJ

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hayman Barwell Jones Wines and Spirits has revamped its Terrain label and launched a new range of nine French Vin de Pays house wines for the UK on-trade.

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M1NT is undeterred by Gordon Ramsay

Published:  23 July, 2008

Club M1NT will reopen in September in new Mayfair premises following the recent, controversial repossession of its old site in a Gordon Ramsay Holdings' building in Sloane Street, London.

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The comeback kid

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sherry is making a comeback! These are the words the Sherry Institute and the gang from Jerez have been trying to put on the UK street for the past decade, and still the fight goes on.

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Keeping the peace

Published:  23 July, 2008

It's 10pm on a Friday night. The bar is packed and a client slurs three large vodkas' to the bartender. Serving the group will take them to dangerously high levels of alcohol, but saying no' will antagonise them, and in the mood they're in, God knows what they'll do. It's tempting to give the nearest a gentle shove and then watch them fall, domino-style, to the floor, a flaying mass of flesh and booze.

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Three Barrels goes First

Published:  23 July, 2008

First Drinks Brands is bringing the number one off-trade brandy brand, Three Barrels, into its portfolio following the acquisition of Raynal & Cie by William Grant & Sons.

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