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The Interview: Dawn Davis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Have you always wanted to work in a restaurant?
Not really. My big plan was to become an actress and join RADA, but I didn't really like the people at the university drama group - they were too precious. So I chose rugby instead, which was a good move. We won the girls' rugby university final at Twickenham two years in a row. I played flanker and then winger, which means you have to run a lot. I don't have the time now but I'm still fit - restaurants are the best diet plan. Forget Atkins - just serve lunch and dinner, finishing at two in the morning.

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Intelligence wins

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Intelligence, the specialist wine market-research and strategy consultant, has been named one of the UK's top 10 new companies after reaching the finals of the 2005 HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards.

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Black Tower campaign highlights home drinking

Published:  23 July, 2008

Top-selling German wine Black Tower is to feature in a major national advertising print campaign.

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They are picking in the Douro

Published:  23 July, 2008

They started picking grapes in the Douro on 30 August as growers and producers started to count the cost of the drought in Portugal this year - it has hardly rained since May and this is the third dry winter in a row.

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PKNT backs Q

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bottle Green has signed a deal that will see its Chilean PKNT brand sponsor popular-music event The Q Awards 2005.

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Napa looks to protect name

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has opened a petition book for its 2005 worldwide tasting tour to garner support for its initiative to promote and protect location'.

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Wirra Wirra moves to Oxford

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oxford-based wine importer Stevens Garnier has taken over the distribution for premium McLaren Vale producer Wirra Wirra Vineyards.

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Corrections

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers would like to point out that Moreno's marketing manager is Christopher Payne, not Piper, as was reported in the Raise your glasses' feature (Harpers Spain supplement, 9 September). Apologies for any confusion caused.

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Consolidation in Germany

Published:  23 July, 2008

German entrepreneur Achim Niederberger has purchased the historic Pfalz wine estate of Reichsrat von Buhl for an undisclosed sum.

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Jeroboams adds two

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Jeroboams Group is opening two new stores in London next month in St John's Wood and Islington.

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Wine Int, Wine & Spirit Int and DI all move to William Reed

Published:  23 July, 2008

William Reed Publishing, the Crawley-based publisher of The Grocer, Morning Advertiser and Off Licence News, has bought Wine International, Wine & Spirit International, Drinks International, the duty-free title Frontier, and the Intenational Wine Challenge.

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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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