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The Wine Standards Board closes

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Standards Board (WSB) ceased to exist on 30 June after 33 years. Responsibility for wine inspection and the implementation of the European Union (EU) wine regulations in the UK has passed to the Food Standards Board (FSA).

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New appointment for Appleton

Published:  23 July, 2008

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has expanded its international division.

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Departing Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation chief predicts turnaround

Published:  23 July, 2008

The outgoing chairman of the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation (AWBC) has claimed that the country's wine industry will see an upturn.

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Mentzendorff agrees Roda deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mentzendorff have been appointed agents for Spanish winery Bodegas Roda. It is the first time that the winery has been represented in the UK by an agent, and Mentzendorff MD Andrew Hawes said: This is a great opportunity for their wines to become known to a wider audience.'
Roda's wines are Roda I, Roda II (to be renamed just Roda after the '02 vintage), and the award-winning Cirsion.

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WSTA calls on Govt to exempt trade education courses from the Licensing Act

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has called on the Government to exempt trade education courses from the Licensing Act 2003.

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Foster's to sell off wineries

Published:  23 July, 2008

Two Australian wineries and one French facility will be sold by the Foster's Group as it consolidates its winemaking sites.

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EC opens door for European super-blends

Published:  23 July, 2008

BY JACK HIBBERD
The European Commission's proposals for reforming the European wine regime would open the door for cross-country EU super-blends - with vintage and variety allowed on the label.

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Italian wine exports boom

Published:  23 July, 2008

Amid all the crisis talk about wine lakes and enforced distillation comes the news that Italy's wine exports are in unexpectedly rosy health. Comparing the first quarter of 2006 with the same period in 2005, the official Italian statistics institute, ISTAT, has revealed that sales abroad have increased 17% by volume and 9% in value.

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Fifth-biggest Port house created

Published:  23 July, 2008

BY RICHARD WOODARD
Port shipper Barros Almeida and Kopke has been bought by Sogevinus - the drinks arm of Spanish bank Caixanova - in a deal that makes Sogevinus the fifth-biggest producer in the Douro Valley.

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INAO president Renou dies

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ren Renou, president of the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO), died on Sunday 18 June.

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The Interview: Matthieu Garros, Head sommelier, Umu, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

How have you got your head around so many different saks?
When I first arrived I was a bit scared, to be honest. I knew as much about sak as most Europeans do: absolutely nothing. There is a perception that saks are really alcoholic, or that they all taste the same, but this is complete rubbish, you can find many different sorts of sak. For eaxample, Mukantei Ginjo from Kikusui brewery is more about high acidity and freshness to go with sushi. However, if you are eating toro, the fatty belly of the tuna, you need a sak with texture to fight it, such as Momo Shizuku, from the Matsumoto brewery.

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Gavin Pieterse resigns from SAWIT

Published:  23 July, 2008

The chairman of the body charged with spearheading black economic empowerment in the South African wine industry has resigned to concentrate on his business consultancy.

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WOSA takes diversity message to consumers

Published:  23 July, 2008

BY JACK HIBBERD
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) has launched its first full-scale consumer campaign based around the diversity message it launched to the trade last year. The major focus for the campaign is a 170,000 advertising campaign on the London Tube network, which started last week and will run up to 2 July.

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Jackson Family buys Murphy-Goode

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jackson Family Wines - the producer of the Kendall-Jackson brand - has bought the Murphy-Goode Estate Winery for an undisclosed sum. The Murphy family will retain its vineyard holdings.

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Georges Duboeuf moves into new era

Published:  23 July, 2008

BY JACK HIBBERD
Beaujolais's most famous son, Georges Duboeuf of the eponymous wine company, had reason for triple celebration last week: the success of the perfect' 2005 vintage; the near-end of the long-running wine scandal'; and the launch of his first varietal Gamay.

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Anheuser-Busch to look outside beer

Published:  23 July, 2008

BY RON EMLER
America's largest brewer is moving closer to greater involvement in the wine and spirit sectors.

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Ian Dunkerley, chef/proprietor, Dunkerleys

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you get started?
I was born in Ashford (Kent) but then
we moved to Cyprus, because my father worked with the army. He became ill and died, so we returned initially to Deal but then moved to Ashford. It was full of London overspill so it was a tough environment. To keep out of trouble, I did two paper rounds, worked in a sweet shop and in a fish and chip shop - I used to have a barrow at Ashford station and served Bill Deedes (the Conservative MP and former editor of the Daily Telegraph).

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ITALY: Islandfever

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sicily is technically a region of Italy, but really it stands alone. The island has been invaded by so many cultures over the years - Asians, African, Europeans - that it has its own brand of cosmopolitan charm that transcends the Italian canopy.
As a community, Sicily is virtually self-sufficient, and its main income has traditionally been agricultural exports. Dramatic mountain ranges slice through much of the landscape, with Mount Etna as their ruler, and, not surprisingly, considering that Sicily has a number of hectares under vine comparable to that of the whole of Australia, vineyards are never far from sight.

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Finance director collapsed Mayfair

Published:  23 July, 2008

The finance director of the collapsed fine wine merchant Mayfair Cellars sold almost 1 million of customers' wine without authorisation and then passed on the proceeds to his partner, according to the administrators report.

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Majestic on the money

Published:  23 July, 2008

Shares in Majestic Wine rose marginally as soon as its results for the year to March 27 were announced, reflecting the market's relief that the figures were almost exactly what brokers had predicted. Last week, some had expressed fears that the pace of Majestic's long unbroken run of record profitability would be slowed.

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