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Cowan to leave Lion Nathan

Published:  23 July, 2008

Peter Cowan, the South African managing director of the Lion Nathan Wine Group, has resigned and will leave the business at the end of the year.

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Men wanted for WSET 'wine' dating service

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new wine dating service launched by Nicolla Greaves at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has been inundated with interest from lonely women but can't find enough men to meet them.

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Spier appoints Cube

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African wine producer Spier has appointed Cube Communications to handle its trade and consumer PR in the UK. The company has given itself the target of becoming one of the top three South African brands in the UK by 2008. It recently secured new listings in Tesco and Waitrose.

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Alex Anson and Laura Jewell join WSET

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has added Laura Jewell MW of HwCg and Alex Anson of Thresher Group to
its Awards Supervisory Board (ASB).

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White Armagnac recognised

Published:  23 July, 2008

The white eaux-de-vie traditionally produced in the Armagnac region has been awarded its own AOC, known as La Blanche.

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On-trade back in growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

The UK on-trade wine market is back in growth after a poor performance in 2005, according to the latest figures released by AC Nielsen.

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Montes invests in Napa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Montes is investing in a new venture in California's most famous wine region, the Napa Valley.

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Brown-Forman wins race for Tequila brand Herradura

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Ron Emler
Brown-Forman, which produces Jack Daniel's and Finlandia vodka, has won the battle to purchase Herradura Tequila, its $876 million offer beating off rival bids from Bacardi and Pernod Ricard.

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Chamarr hits the target

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd
Chamarr - arguably the most ambitious French wine launch in history - is on track to be the biggest French brand in the UK within five years, according to its owners.

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Australia - state of the art

Published:  23 July, 2008
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Lindemans goes global; Rosemount relaunched

Published:  23 July, 2008

by jack hibberd
It's all happening Down Under. And it's all happening for Foster's. On the same day that the Australian drinks giant announced its full-year results (and rumours circulated that it was an acquisition target) it released its bold plans to revitalise the ailing Rosemount brand and launched a new range that takes Lindemans global.

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Codornu appoints Westbury

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leading Cava producer Codornu has appointed PR consultancy Westbury Communications to handle its UK activity.
The campaign, which will comprise media activity and events, will focus on educating consumers about the brand's heritage and its innovative approach to Cava-making.

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Aldo Zilli

Published:  23 July, 2008

This a big year for you with the 10th anniversary of Zilli Fish as well as the publication of a new book. Are you doing anything to celebrate?
We've given the restaurant a facelift. It used to be all blue and fishy, so to speak, but now we've gone a bit more contemporary and neutral. We let the food do the talking now, not the design - simple design but very good food and service. After 10 years, it was about time for a facelift. People do it to themselves and restaurants need it too.

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Women of Wine with cheese

Published:  23 July, 2008

Women of Wine (WOW) is holding a cheese and wine evening on 26 September at La Fromagerie in Moxton Street, London. Twelve wines will be matched with British and Continental cheeses, and there will be cheese experts on hand to offer advice and information. Email womenofwine.yahoo.
com for more information.

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Tesco to increase number of stores selling fine wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco is expanding the fine wine fixture it introduced in March - with both the number of lines and the number of stores that stock them being increased.

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Waitrose backs New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose is giving the New World a boost with a New World Wine Showcase to be held in all branches from 4 to 24 September.

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Riedel versus Zwiesel: who will shatter first?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Zwiesel Kristallglas AG claims that rival glass company Riedel, Nachtmann and Spiegelau has misrepresented the facts of a dispute over marketing material in a recent statement to the industry.

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Profile - Mark Williamson, Mr Waitrose

Published:  23 July, 2008

Suggest to Mark Williamson that Waitrose is middle-class, and he quivers. It's so remarkable that it's worth saying again - and he quivers again. The phrase middle-class' is clearly a tricky one: he prefers the description people who appreciate good food and wine, regardless of what car they're driving'.

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Diageo introduces a glass for the boys

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Dawn Cran
Drinks giant, Diageo, is launching a new 16oz spirits and mixer glass into the UK on-trade to take advantage of recent figures that show footfall within the on-trade has been increasing by 12 extra visits per outlet since early 2005.

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California hit by record temperatures

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Larry Walker
Grape growers throughout California are keeping an uneasy eye on the weather while getting ready for the 2006 harvest.

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