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IWSC strengthens team

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has strengthened its marketing department.

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Sambuca listing

Published:  23 July, 2008

Opal Bianca (38% abv), the younger sister of Opal Nera black sambuca, is to make its debut in the off-trade this summer.

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Newly created position for HBJ in Asia Pacific & New Senior Brands Manager for HBJ London.

Published:  23 July, 2008

Miranda Hayman, previously Senior Brands Manager at Hayman Barwell Jones, London, has relocated to Hong Kong to open up the first office outside the UK for sister company Hayman Distillers incorporating HBJ wines. Miranda takes up the newly created role of Director of Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific and will be responsible for expanding business in Asia for Hayman Distillers brands - including Hayman 1820, the first ever Gin Liqueur as well as developing global markets for HBJ's brand Firebird Legend from Moldova.

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Foster's team takes shape

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the acquisition of Southcorp by Foster's now complete, the former managing director of Beringer Blass Wine Estates (BBWE), John Philips, has been given the task of leading the UK and European teams of the new expanded company, FGL Wine Estates.

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Showcase Showdown

Published:  23 July, 2008

2005 is already a landmark year for the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). In March, the company opened its new, customised premises in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, with a 25,000-bottle capacity and room for expansion.

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Sticky wicket

Published:  23 July, 2008

When the Bordeaux growers admitted over recent years that they were in crisis, the Sauternes producers must have given a wry smile. They have always been in crisis, fashioning a wine that is universally admired but rarely purchased.

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Baco to the future

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hybrid grape Baco Blanc (Baco 22A) can continue to be used in Armagnac production after an INAO ruling.

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Success, Cuban-style

Published:  23 July, 2008

Floridita has been named Best New Bar at the London Club and Bar Awards.

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Marty takes a sideways swipe at poor-quality Merlot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Washington State's king of Merlot' has taken a swipe at the poor-quality Californian Merlot which he believes
has resulted in the damning reference in the film Sideways.

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Washington State tries to crack UK market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Washington State got its strategy wrong last time it tried to break into the UK market, according to the returning executive director, Steve Burns, but it is back to try again.

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Antinori's grand designs

Published:  23 July, 2008

One of Italy's top architects is designing Piero and Lodovico Antinori's Maremma joint venture, Tenuta Campo di Sasso.

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Portman Group hits the Spot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Industry watchdog The Portman Group has found a drinks company in breach of its code. Hot Shotz and Absinthe, produced by Pioneer International Drinks, were both found to be in breach.

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Woodwork lessons

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oak's long association with wine is a remarkably enduring one, based on the serendipitous discovery that the two complement each other rather well.

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Lanson for sale?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The bank that saved Lanson International from insolvency last year, Caisse d'Epargne, has signalled that it is willing to sell its 44% stake in the company - while speculation remains that the Mora family, which owns the rest of Lanson's capital, would also be prepared to sell.

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Kilcline is latest MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Percy Fox wine development manager Carmel Kilcline has become the latest woman to join the ranks of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW).

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Italy confirms crisis distillation

Published:  23 July, 2008

In a recent ministerial meeting, the Italian government has requested EU permission and subsequent funding to distil 3-4 million hectolitres of table wine.

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Seasonal adjustment

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the exception of sun-loving categories such as Champagne, Pimm's and lager, the drinks trade has traditionally waited until the run-up to Christmas before launching into a frenzy of marketing and promotional activity. Although, arguably, this pattern is less true for wine brands than spirits - with ros being, obviously, far more of a summer drink than Scotch or Bailey's - most brand owners still have concentrated on the crucial November/December bi-month for their big promotional pushes. A few brands and generics might have made an appearance on the County Show circuit or at the odd classical music concert, but major summer campaigns from wine's big players have been the exception rather than the rule.

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The Interview: Julia Jenkins, Director, Flagship Wines, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Published:  23 July, 2008

What was the starting point for the business?

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The tangentleman

Published:  23 July, 2008

It's always tempting to look at people's lives and think, what if? In the case of Joseph Berkmann, what if he had completed his schooling, gone to university, and become - what? The sort of Mercedes-driving Austrian plutocrat who roars up behind you on the motorway, headlights flashing? Probably not; but it's impossible to guess, because the event that changed the course of his life also changed Austria and the world: it was
the Anschluss.

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WSTA marches on Rome

Published:  23 July, 2008

A UK wine trade delegation will travel to Italy later this year to try and convince regional representatives to back a generic Italian marketing campaign.

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