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Wine Society wins top IWC awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Society was the surprise star of this year's International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards dinner, winning the Overall Wine Merchant of the Year award - one of the industy's most sought-after accolades.

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Hulme is latest MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine educator Susan Hulme has become the 249th Master
of Wine after successfully completing her dissertation.

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Buyers shuffle at Asda as Sainsbury's triumphs

Published:  23 July, 2008

In the week that its closest rival, Sainsbury's, was made IWC Supermarket Retailer of the Year, Asda has become the latest of the major multiples to make big changes to its buying team.

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Is the UK wine market still the best in the world?

Published:  23 July, 2008

It was once a truism that even the most ardently Anglophobic producer would not have disputed: though it was never going
to lead the world in terms of production, the UK was the most dynamic, most diverse and most influential wine market in
the world. More than that, it was both the spiritual home and the shop window of the global wine trade, the place where the reputations, styles and sales of the world's wine production were made and broken, and where the world's most knowledgeable merchants and consumers gathered to discuss, buy and drink the results. Forget New York - when it came to wine, if you could make it in London, Bristol or Edinburgh, you could make it anywhere.

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Touring the terra rossa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Coonawarra's potential as a great wine region was first recognised during the Gold Rush by Scotsman John Riddoch, but it was Samuel Wynn's investment in 1951 that started the ball rolling towards the international recognition that Coonawarra enjoys today.

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INAO offices ransacked after yield cut

Published:  23 July, 2008

Between 150 and 300 producers ransacked the local offices of the INAO in Mcon following the decision to reduce yields for the 2005 vintage.

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Fierce storms force harvest delay in southern France

Published:  23 July, 2008

Violent thunderstorms brought the harvest in southern France to an abrupt halt last week. An alert rouge' was issued on 6 September for the Gard, Hrault and Aude departments - the second time since 2001

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En primeur troubles

Published:  23 July, 2008

While demand has been stronger than some traders expected in the UK, Europe and the Far East, it has been feeble in the US: the weakness of the dollar, the high prices paid for the 2003s, and the less-than-enthusiastic reports of influential reviewers such as Robert Parker and Wine Spectator have shrunk the market there. Some US shippers have even been declining their allocations of first growths.

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PLB and Cordier link up in off-trade deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

PLB Wines has joined forces with Bordeaux specialist Cordier to distribute its wines in the UK off-trade.

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La Vis hopes to put Trentino on the map

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cantina La Vis, the Trentino cooperative that took over the privately owned Casa Girelli earlier this year, has pledged to put its region on the map'.

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Spain Supplement 2005

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite the drought that has gripped Spanish wine regions in 2005 (with early reports suggesting yields will be down between 15 and 40%, depending on who you listen to) the Iberian nation can wipe the sweat from its brow and look to the future with a renewed sense of optimism.

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Charity wine challenge

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bibendum has joined forces with the NSPCC for its latest fine-wine quiz.

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Tio Pepe back in Hell's Kitchen

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tio Pepe is sponsoring Hell's Kitchen USA, the American version of the show that once again features top chef Gordon Ramsay.

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Argentina: who's crying now?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2005
Venue: Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8
Time: 10am-5.30pm

The Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting will take place on Tuesday 20 September at the Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground. Approximately 70 producers have registered to participate, and a separate, themed tasting will look at Malbec and More', for which exhibitors have been asked to submit wines that retail at 5.99 and above. For further information, please contact Tina Coady: call or fax 01480 384 806, or e-mail t.coady@ntlworld.com

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Across the Andes: Colchagua and Mendoza

Published:  23 July, 2008

On a balmy evening last March, at the tail end of the Chilean summer, a group of local vineyard workers from the Colchagua Valley gathered on the terrace of Franois and Jacques Lurton's house in Lolol to enact a song-and-dance dramatisation of the local grape harvest. Soulful and entertaining, this involved a slightly gawky but winsome teenager in a fetching cowboy hat plucking' the grapes from a busty matriarch, doing double duty as a vine', as she sang about the trials and tribulations of the harvest, as well as the challenges facing the itinerant grape pickers.

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Constellation's shooting star

Published:  23 July, 2008

Was there ever anybody better at selling himself than Chris Carson? If ours had been a job interview I'd have given him the job. In fact, I'd probably have given him my job. It says a lot for the resilience of the Sands family of Constellation that they're still in charge.

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The Interview: Stuart Elmes, Assistant general manager, Pacific Oriental, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

Is the City clientele different from that of other parts of London?
The City clientele is very civilised, although in some ways it is a very clinical audience. They don't really want us to talk that much. It's really about providing them with food and beverages, then leaving them to discuss the business that they need to. We don't check back on customers, which is very different after working in a hotel. We try to drum into the staff an awareness of body language. Could there possibly be a problem? If so, then we will ask if everything is satisfactory. We don't really get into conversations with people, apart from finding out the pet likes and dislikes of some of our regular customers.

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More accessible' Laphroaig launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay malt producer Laphroaig has launched a more accessible' single malt, partly matured in 100-litre quarter casks'.

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Waverley on a Promise with 1.6M investment

Published:  23 July, 2008

On-trade giant WaverleyTBS is investing 1.6 million to raise awareness of the South African brand Cape Promise in the
run-up to Christmas.

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Thresher unveils plans for Wine Rack revitalisation'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Multiple specialist Thresher has announced details of its plans to revitalise' Wine Rack.

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