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Architect Gehry designs new Wyborowa bottle

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard has released two additions to its spirits range. The first, Wyborowa Exquisite, features a bottle designed by architect Frank Gehry, who, apart from being of Polish descent, designed the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and also the Marqus de Riscal winery in Rioja.

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Improve staff training to reduce violence

Published:  23 July, 2008

Poor staff training and inadequate venue management are key factors leading to alcohol-related violence in pubs and clubs in the UK, according to a new study by a team of psychologists at Nottingham Trent University.

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A compound reaction

Published:  23 July, 2008

An article on volatile sulfur compounds in wine isn't likely to turn many heads. In truth, it's the sort of topic that is filed away as worthy but dull', and only ever gets read by people who are swotting up for their diploma or MW and is then promptly forgotten. Aware of this, I'm willing to strike a deal with readers: if I try my best to cover this otherwise fiercely dull and technical wine science piece in a manner that is both readable and doesn't require any specialist science knowledge, will you try to venture below the first paragraph

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Wine competitions only good for unsold plonk'

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Dawn Cran
Major wine competitions in the UK have hit back at claims that medals are a money-making ploy' that are used to sell unsold stocks of "plonk"'.

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Mike Paul takes Wine Intelligence role

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Intelligence has appointed former Western Wines MD Mike Paul as executive chairman of the company.

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Appointments

Published:  23 July, 2008

New head sommelier at Langham Hotel
Valeria Laura Rodrguez has joined the Langham Hotel in London as head sommelier.

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Chirac's wine collection auctioned

Published:  23 July, 2008

Part of the personal wine collection of Jacques Chirac, president of France and expert on Finnish cuisine, was auctioned in Paris last Friday - some 6,000 bottles in all.

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PizzaExpress looks to Sicily for change

Published:  23 July, 2008

PizzaExpress has launched a new and improved wine list, the most significant changes to be made since 1965.

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Guide for wine travellers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Writer Robert Joseph has released a new book aimed at wine drinkers who love to travel.

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Stratford's goes cool

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Stratford, managing director of Stratford's Wine Agencies, has decided to focus the attention of the business on searching for new wines from cooler climates.

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Independent on Sunday scraps drinks column

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Stuart Peskett
Richard Ehrlich, drinks columnist for The Independent on Sunday, has left the newspaper after a decade - with no successor lined up.

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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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