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The Interview: John Trevena, Owner, Pimlico Cellars Agencies and Vintage Cellars, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Trevena grew up in Santiago, Chile. He came to London to study economics, and worked as an accountant before setting up a life pensions programme with three friends. In the early 1980s he decided to follow his passion for wine and set up his own wine wholesale business. After premises in Langham Street and St Martin's Lane in London, the business moved to Pimlico and developed a retail arm, now known as Vintage Cellars, which generates about 5% of the company's turnover. Exclusive agencies include: Via Carta Vieja and Viedos TerraNoble (Chile); Riversleigh Estate (New Zealand); Eagle's Cliff (South Africa); and Domaine de la Madonne (France).

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WSET teams up with generics

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has teamed up with a number of generic bodies, including Australia, New Zealand and Chile. It will now have a stand at shows such as the Wines of Chile consumer show and the Wines of Portugal event at the end of March.

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Whyte & Mackay sale imminent

Published:  23 July, 2008

The sale of Whyte & Mackay, the leading independent whisky distiller, will be finalised this week, Harpers understands.

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San Pedro joins Les Grands Chais

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean wine group San Pedro has parted company with Buckingham Vintners, naming Les Grands Chais de France (LGCF) as its new UK distributor. LGCF will now take responsibility for the Chilean brands 35 South and Castillo de Molina, as well as its Argentinian label Finca La Celia.

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Harpers writers scoop WSET Diploma awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Two members of the Harpers writing team have won scholarships at the WSET Awards of Excellence for the second year running.

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Allegrini expands into Montalcino

Published:  23 July, 2008

The famous Valpolicella house of Allegrini, run by oenologist Franco Allegrini and his marketing manager sister Marilisa, has expanded once again in Tuscany. After establishing the Poggio al Tesoro estate in Bolgheri several years ago, they have now purchased a 15-hectare property in Montalcino, in what is said to be one of the choicest sites available, half of it, it seems, already planted to Brunello. It is rumoured that Leonardo Locascio, head of Allegrini's US importers Winebow, is also involved.

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Gancia's Tuscan venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

After Puglia, Piemonte and Sicily, Lamberto Edoardo and Massimiliano Vallarino Gancia have chosen Tuscany as the next location for their expansion programme.

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Friuli foiled by EC's latest Tocai ruling

Published:  23 July, 2008

The co-operative cantine of Friuli Venezia Giulia will bottle the whole of their Tocai Friulano' production before 31 March, and thus will commercialise their 2006 vintage wine under the name which they claim is theirs by right'.

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Auctions boom in the Big Apple

Published:  23 July, 2008

For the wine auction market 2006 was a vintage year, with global sales of fine and rare wines fetching $241 million. This was a whopping 45% increase on 2005, thanks to the huge revenues from the US, which at over $167m were more than four times UK sales.

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New Zealand exports achieve record levels

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand wine exports hit a record high in 2006, increasing 30% by value compared with the previous year.

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New venture from Hotel du Vin man

Published:  23 July, 2008

Gerard Basset MW, who co-founded the Hotel du Vin restaurant chain, is to open a new hotel in the New Forest, Hampshire.

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Fetzer is brand with a conscience'

Published:  23 July, 2008

California producer Fetzer, which regularly highlights its organic and sustainable side, has been named a 2007 Brand With A Conscience.

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Gallo grows by 23%

Published:  23 July, 2008

California producer E&J Gallo had the fastest-growing wine sales of any company in the UK last year, achieving 23.9% growth.

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New export manager for Rhne wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

Florence Boube-Legrand is the new export manager of generic body Inter Rhne, following the departure of Franois Drounau last month. Her role will include looking after the UK market, and the promotion and communication of Ctes du Rhne wines. Boube-Legrand has worked at Inter Rhne for three years, and has covered central and northern European markets, as well as parts of Asia, and will continue to do so in her new role. She said: It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work on a mature market such as the UK, where Ctes du Rhne wines are already established and successful. Ctes du Rhne is currently the number one AOC in the off-trade and I'm looking forward to the challenge of maintaining and strengthening this position in 2007.'

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Sauvignon Blanc wins out over rot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fum are undoubtedly the most successful of the 2006 wines from the Loire Valley, combining ripe fruit balanced with acidity.

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Harveys urges Sherry drinkers to chill

Published:  23 July, 2008

Beam UK, owners of Sherry brand Harveys, is spending around 1 million this year in an attempt to persuade consumers to chill the product before they drink it.

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Communicator award shortlist

Published:  23 July, 2008

The six candidates for the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year have been announced, and they include regular Harpers contributors Sarah Jane Evans MW and Jamie Goode.

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Kiwi wines bask in critical approval

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand's wines are now up there with the best, according to influential international wine commentators attending a recent run of wine conferences in New Zealand. And there wasn't a Sauvignon Blanc in sight. This wave of what is some of the greatest praise received by the industry was prompted by the Pinot Noir 2007 conference held in Wellington, and the associated symposia on Aromatics in Nelson and Syrah in Hawkes Bay.

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The Interview: Louis-Fabrice Latour, Proprietor and wine buyer, Maison Louis Latour

Published:  23 July, 2008

Louis-Fabrice Latour, a member of the seventh generation of Burgundy ngociant Maison Louis Latour, is also its head, having taken over from his father (who is still the chairman of the board) in 1999. A fluent, idiomatic English speaker, he has spent more than two years of his life, off and on, in England and prefers to conduct interviews completely in English. He studied political science in Paris and, as is the Maison Louis Latour policy, has travelled the world to understand its wine markets and wine trends. He has recently been re-elected to a second three-year term as president of Burgundy's ngociants.

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New range for Evans & Tate

Published:  23 July, 2008

Margaret River winery Evans & Tate, which has been in the midst of takeover talks, has launched its new X & Y range in the UK.

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