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Enotria takes on Tokara

Published:  23 July, 2008

Enotria Winecellars is the UK agents for the Tokara Winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The three estate wines, launched earlier this month, are a Chardonnay, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc and Bordeaux blend. All three will be
available from UK stock by the end of this month.

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Wine collection destroyed in warehouse fire

Published:  23 July, 2008

Millions of pounds' worth of wine were destroyed in a warehouse fire in California.

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Castello di Ama rejoins Consorzio

Published:  23 July, 2008

Castello di Ama is to rejoin the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico after a gap of over 12 years. The move represents a major coup for the Consorzio in its bid to promote Chianti Classico among world wine drinkers after a low period when it has become associated with straw-covered bottles and trattoria dining.

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HwCg buys into Australian supply

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leading UK agency business, HwCg, has moved into winery ownership with the acquisition of Australian wine and beverage producer, the Irymple Group.

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French Wine Awards explains judging

Published:  23 July, 2008

French Wines has clarified the judging process of its annual awards after three of the six gongs went to members (or their companies) of the judging panel.

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Mixed reaction to WOSA tasting

Published:  23 July, 2008

The decision by Wines of South Africa (WOSA) to organise producers by region at last week's Mega Tasting has received a mixed reaction.

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Born to buggy at the Benevolent

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Smith, chairman of The Wine and Spirit Trades' Benevolent Society, laid a plaque last week at the charity's Vintry Home in Eastbourne, as a tribute to the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised by the Wine Trade Foundation on behalf of the Benevolent.

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WSET Institute of Wines & Spirits' 1,000th member

Published:  23 July, 2008

Toby Knowles, a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma student, became the 1,000th member of the Institute of Wines & Spirits (IWS).

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Southcorp old boys head to the clouds

Published:  23 July, 2008

Former Southcorp CEO Keith Lambert has ended his three-year exile from the Australian wine industry to join his former employee, Philip Shaw, at Orange-based winery Cumulus Wines.

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Blavod claims 137% increase

Published:  23 July, 2008

Blavod Extreme Spirits plc is claiming an increase of approximately 137%' in case sales from July to September on a year-on-year basis, according to its trading update for the six-month interim period to 30 September.

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Beadles is new WSTA director

Published:  23 July, 2008

The long wait for the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) to name a successor to Quentin Rappoport has ended with the appointment of the 34-year-old managing director of the British Retail Consortium, Jeremy Beadles, as chief executive. He worked as a solicitor for eight years prior to joining the BRC.

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Kuehne + Nagel snaps up ACR Logistics

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kuehne + Nagel has acquired contract logistics specialist ACR Logistics for E440 million (300 million). The firm has assumed a net debt of E50 million (34 million).

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Golden age

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rewind a few years, and vodka and gin were in the ascendancy in style bars across the country. Cocktails such as the cosmopolitan were de rigueur, and vodka in particular was seen as the base spirit of choice for creative bartenders. Meanwhile, poor old rum had a rough image: a relic from the past century, with the odd pirate gag never too far away. But now, rum is beginning to shake off these connotations and is gaining the respect from bartenders - and more importantly, consumers - that it quite clearly deserves. And it should
be said that while it's easy to poke fun at the maritime connections, these only exist because they played a crucial role in the history of rum itself.

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Jukes' boxed jury

Published:  23 July, 2008

Daily Mail wine columnist Matthew Jukes has teamed up with whisky writer Dave Broom for two new tasting games.
The Wine and Whisky Tasting Party packs, from Blue Tree, will be available in Sainsbury's. Both versions contain four miniature bottles plus a CD containing questions plus a tutored tasting.

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Mixed results for Australian exports

Published:  23 July, 2008

Australian wine exports are continuing to increase - reaching 676 million litres for the year to the end of August, according to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, although the average price per litre is cotinunig to fall.

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New South African Master of Wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

South Africa's Cathy van Zyl has become the third new Master of Wine of 2005 - and the first MW to be resident in South Africa.

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Langton's Classification set at 101

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Langton's Classification of Australian Wine, which has recently been published in its fourth edition, has grown to be three times longer than the original 1991 version but will
be fixed at its present total of 101 wines, Langton's auctioneer Andrew Caillard MW has told Harpers.

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Janic Robinson opens IWSC centre

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jancis Robinson MW OBE, herself a past WSET student, officially opened the International Wine & Spirit Centre, the new home of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, on 29 September.

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The retail animal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Alex Anson, it seems, didn't have your usual boyhood ambition: there were, for him, no dreams of lifting the World Cup, landing on Mars or saving the world; he never saw the appeal of being a fireman or a train driver. The young Anson had other ideas. What he wanted to be more than anything else in the world was, of all things, a wine retailer.

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Cavendish range goes global

Published:  23 July, 2008

Edward Cavendish & Sons, KWV's UK subsidiary, has introduced the Golden Kaan range to the UK.

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