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Chile's award winners

Published:  23 July, 2008

Karen Gilchrist, a consultant at Matetic Vineyards, receives the Best Wine of Show prize from Michael Cox, the UK director of Wines of Chile, for the 2004 EQ Syrah. The wine took the top award in the 3rd Annual Wines of Chile Awards, held in Santiago this month. Best-value red went to 2004 Falernia Fundacon Carmenre/Syrah, and the best-value white was 2005 Valdivieso Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. The judges included Simon Woods, Joe Wadsack and Peter McCombie MW. Cox said: Chile now truly is a one-stop shop for the modern, discerning wine lover.'

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Quality Drinks Awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

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Restructure at Pernod

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard has streamlined its management structure, with four major regions defined and four main brand owners.
The regions are: Pernod Ricard Europe (excluding France), led by Thierry Billot, which boasts a 33% share of net sales; Americas, headed by Michael Bord; Asia, led by Philippe Drano; and Pacific, run by Laurent Lacassagne.
The brand owners are: Chivas Brothers, led by Christian Porta; Martell Mumm Perrier-Jout, run by Lionel Breton; Ricard SA, with Philippe Savinel at the helm; and Pernod SA, headed by Pierre Coppr.
Patrick Ricard said that the reorganisation would simplify the group's structure.

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Nolan joins Argento from Cellar Door

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Argento Wine Company (AWC) has appointed Amelia Nolan as its general manager.
A graduate of the University of Adelaide and Roseworthy College, Nolan joins Argento from Constellation Europe, where she worked in marketing and sales for the Cellar Door division. She has also been brand manager for Hardy's.
AWC MD Dan Jago said: I am delighted that we have got someone of such a high calibre on board - this is just what the Argentine category needs. With Amelia's leading brand experience and international outlook, we are very positive about Argento's future.'

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Icon Estates boss replaces Carson at Constellation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jon Moramarco, the president and CEO of Icon Estates in California, has replaced Christopher Carson at Constellation Europe.
A 12th-generation winemaker, Moramarco joined Canandaigua Wine Company in 1999, and then Icon in 2003. He is on
the board of directors of Winegrowers of Napa County and is a past chairman of the American Vintners Association.

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Don't miss out on the 04s

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite, or perhaps rather because of, the plethora of 2004 Burgundy tastings in London last week, a consensus on the quality and style of the vintage was slow to emerge, raising questions among tasters as to whether the sampling of still-unfinished wines was even more treacherous than usual. All those who tasted the wines early last year agreed that the wines have benefited enormously from levage, including exceptionally long malolactic fermentations, but that they have often tightened up when bottled as samples.

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Ex uno plures: Robert Parker and the Grand Jury Europen

Published:  23 July, 2008

The questions have often been asked, with growing urgency, over recent years: who can rival and who will succeed Robert Parker as the dominant influence in the world of fine wine? The answer, almost certainly, is nobody - at least no individual - to which many, though not all, will heave a sigh of relief.
One doesn't have to subscribe to a cometh the hour, cometh the man' theory of history to recognise that Parker was a dedicated, talented individual in the right place at the right time. In all likelihood, nobody else will be able or willing to devote himself or herself so single-mindedly to the task; nobody else will have the resources, financial or physical; nobody else will have the sheer stamina. Moreover, Parker announced in 2003 that he intended to carry on for another 10 years.

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Pernod Ricard ditches Scotch

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard has sold three of its whisky brands to Campari: Glen Grant single malt, Old Smuggler and Braemar. The
90-million sale was a condition of Pernod Ricard's takeover of Allied Domecq.
The company's priority' whisky brands are The Glenlivet and Aberlour.

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Burgundian strategies

Published:  23 July, 2008

Reflecting the UK's status as the largest export market for Burgundy, and the only major one where all the key sales statistics were up after the 2004-2005 campaign, the BIVB fielded many of its highest ranking officials for its well attended annual trade tasting in London on 12 January. BIVB president Michel Baldassini, vice-president Bernard Hervet, and president of the communications commission Jean-Michel Aubinel told Harpers of the progress being made with the rewriting of the appellation regulations (to be completed by the end of this year) and the new generic marketing campaign launched last November.

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Stellar packaging

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Starpack Awards, acknowledging the best in packaging, takes place on 5 July at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
New categories this year include best flexible plastic innovation, best inclusive pack, and best shelf-ready pack,
along with some people-based awards to recognise the importance of packaging professionals, young and old.
Entries should be sent, by 1 March, to Rachel Brooks, Awards & Starpack Coordinator, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Incorporating IOP: The Packaging Society, Stamford Regional Office, Willoughby House, 2 Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PB.

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Celebrate all things Pinot

Published:  23 July, 2008

A conference honouring all things Pinot Noir-related is to take place early next year.
Pinot Noir 2007 will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, from 31 January to 3 February, and will feature tastings, consumer workshops and debates.
Speakers already confirmed include the Daily Mail's Matthew Jukes, Pierre-Henry Gagey of Louis Jadot, Australian viticulture lecturer Dr Peter Dry and French wine writer Michel Bettane.
For more information, or to register, go to the website: www.pinotnoir2007.co.nz

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Alcohol risks explained

Published:  23 July, 2008

The effect that alcohol has on the body will be discussed at the AIM (Alcohol in Moderation) 2006 Forum.
The event, to be held on 8 March at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust HQ in London, will feature three speakers and will cover subjects such as the role of genes in drinking behaviour, and cardiovascular advances.

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Tribute to ex-OLN editor Denis Clark

Published:  23 July, 2008

The sad loss of Denis Clark, former editor of Off Licence News, came as a bitter personal blow at the end of last year. Besides being the leading trade press journalist of his generation, he was great fun to work with.
Under the hard-man exterior was a warm, generous heart, and while he never suffered fools gladly, he was ever loyal to his staff, had a wicked sense of humour and at times showed great courage in his defence of the trade against the unscrupulous.

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UK wines panned by European PMs

Published:  23 July, 2008

Welsh wine estate Parva Farm Vineyard has hit back at two European prime ministers who were unimpressed with the English and Welsh wines served at an EU summit in Brussels.
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi sent two cases of wine to his Swedish counterpart Goran Persson, who, the Italian PM claimed, was so aghast at the wines at the summit that I promised to send him some of our wines'.

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Majestic results again

Published:  23 July, 2008

The picture emerging from Britain's high streets is of a mixed Christmas and New Year. While some companies are reporting better-than-expected like-for-like sales compared with 2004, others have issued profits warnings, and there are fears that business in the first few days of the New Year have been very slow. Majestic Wine, however, did better than most by increasing its like-for-like sales by 5.2% in the nine weeks from 1 November to 2 January.

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Boizel votes on Lanson deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Shareholders in Boizel Chanoine Champagne will vote on 30 January on whether the company should issue e22.7m (15.7m) of bonds as part of the financing package for the agreed purchase of troubled Lanson International for about e520m, including e400m of debt. They will do so against the increasingly hostile attitude of the CGT union, one of France's largest, which opposes the deal.

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The Interview: Daniele Drago, Sommelier, La Luna

Published:  23 July, 2008

Most of your wine knowledge is self-taught; has this been difficult?
Not really. I started learning about the different Italian labels and grape varieties when I was in Sicily. The turning point came when I moved over here and had a look at the brochure for Enotria Winecellars. There were so many wines, it was just incredible: 25 or 30 different kinds of Barolo. So I started reading books about the whole subject - not just the labels but about the people behind the wines, the regions, the different grapes and so on. Since opening the restaurant, I have also started to visit the vineyards. Although, unfortunately, I don't have much time to travel around Italy; otherwise I'd be over there a lot more. I'm very lucky because I have good wine friends and they bring their wines over to me.

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Enotria sold in 8.2-million deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Italian specialist Enotria Winecellars has sold a majority stake of its business to private equity firm ISIS for 8.2 million.
Founded in 1972 by Remo Nardone, Enotria now has more than 1,200 wines in its portfolio, and it supplies restaurants such as Fifteen and Gordon Ramsay eateries. Nardone, 70, will stay on in a consultancy role but will take a step back from the day-to-day running of the firm.

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The Aus-thentic experience

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Henry, general manager of Wine Australia, introduces the 2006 Australia Day Tastings, Authentic Australia': It is every country's desire to populate the wine market with democratising brands, as well as compelling reasons to trial and trade up. The search for a profitable mix that uniquely balances accessibility with interest is a challenge, and one that Australia seeks to deliver above all other categories. It
can do so by representing itself as a broad and inclusive producer that seeks to champion quality and excitement, whatever the price point. That is what is meant by Authentic Australia.

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New Zealand Supplement 2006

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand may still produce only 0.3% of the world's wine - a percentage that is unlikely to alter radically - but with
NZ$1.5 billion (584.7 million) sales forecast by 2010, growth looks set to characterise its future as well as its recent past.

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