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Russian vodka exports collapse

Published:  16 February, 2016

Russian exports of vodka and other spirits slumped 40% in 2015, according to reports in the Russian media.

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Bacardi challenges US government as battle for Havana Club escalates

Published:  16 February, 2016

Bacardi has demanded that the US government reverse its January 11 decision to grant the Havana Club trademark to Pernod Ricard.

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New UK and Ireland MD for Les Grands Chais de France

Published:  16 February, 2016

French wine producer Les Grands Chais de France has promoted UK off-trade director Mark Kears to be the group's new managing director for UK and Ireland.

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Cairanne promoted to Cru status

Published:  16 February, 2016

Cairanne, in the Côtes du Rhône, has been awarded 'appelation communale' status by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine.

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Harpers offers independents all-expenses-paid trip to Rioja

Published:  15 February, 2016

Harpers is partnering with Wines from Rioja to offer independent retailers the chance of an all-expenses-paid trip to some of the most respected and innovative bodegas in the beautiful Rioja region.    

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UK launch for Canella Bellini aperitif at SITT

Published:  15 February, 2016

Prosecco winery Canella is to launch its bottled Bellini aperitif in the UK this month.

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anCnoc turns to fashion's Patrick Grant for limited edition release

Published:  15 February, 2016

Inver House Distillers has partnered with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant to launch a limited edition expression of its anCnoc Highland single malt.

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William Grant enters peated whisky market with Ailsa Bay launch

Published:  15 February, 2016

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Wineteca 2016 to partner with Gambero Rosso

Published:  15 February, 2016

The Italian Chamber of Commerce is to partner with leading Italian food-and-drink publisher Gambero Rosso for its 2016 Wineteca tasting.

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Côtes du Rhône promises "spectacular" 2015 vintage

Published:  12 February, 2016

The 2015 harvest in the Rhône Valley is one of the best in professional memory, Côtes du Rhône Wines is reporting, with reds in particular showing great promise.

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Enotria & Coe to reveal raft of new wines at major post-merger tasting

Published:  12 February, 2016

Enotria & Coe has unveiled the line-up for its first Showcase Tasting since the two companies merged last year.

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UK businesses should follow whisky's lead in targeting Latin America, conference told

Published:  12 February, 2016

A rapidly expanding and young middle class in Latin America makes it an ideal target market for many UK businesses, an Edinburgh conference was told this week.

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Superstar DJs revealed for Skin Côntact post-gig dancefloor battle

Published:  12 February, 2016

Tickets for the eagerly anticipated return of Skin Côntact, unarguably the UK wine-trade's pre-eminent rock and pop band, are now on sale.

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UK's sky high drinks tax helping Italy win fizz war

Published:  12 February, 2016

With England due to take on Italy in the Six Nations Rugby tournament on Sunday, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association is using the occasion to highlight the disparity in tax rates between the two nation's drinkers.

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Pernod Ricard outperforms Diageo with solid half-year profit growth

Published:  11 February, 2016

Global drinks giant Pernod Ricard has reported solid growth in the first half of its financial year 2015/16, with organic sales up 3% to £3.9 billion.

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Amazon goes old-tech with sommelier phoneline

Published:  11 February, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon is trialing what it is describing as a sommelier service for its customers in Japan.

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Rioja winery CVNE hosts major Caro exhibition

Published:  11 February, 2016

Leading family-owned Rioja winery, Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, is to host an exhibition by British scultor Sir Anthony Caro at its Cune Winery in Haro this year.

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Plans for first distillery on Raasay approved

Published:  11 February, 2016

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Weak euro offsets ongoing slide in French wine and spirits exports

Published:  11 February, 2016

The ongoing weakness of the euro in the global currency markets has proved a boon for makers of wine and spirits in France, according to figures released by the Fédération des Exportateurs de Vins et Spiritueux de France.

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Washington State's Charles Smith winery launches Italian range

Published:  10 February, 2016

Washington State's Charles Smith Wines is marking its tenth anniversary with the launch of a new range of Italian-varietal wines.

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