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USA triumphs in GJE tasting

Published:  23 July, 2008

The best wines from California have trumped their French counterparts again, this time at a tasting conducted by the Grand Jury Europen (GJE) - dubbed The Judgement of Sauternes'.

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Diageo praised for not supporting pay to fail'

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Ron Emler
Diageo has been praised by investment institutions for its attitude to severance pay.

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Trade must face up to its responsibilities, says WSTA's Christopher Carson

Published:  23 July, 2008

Christopher Carson took the opportunity presented by the 12th annual Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) lecture to deliver a stern message on what is arguably one of the toughest challenges the drinks industry has ever faced -accepting the social responsibillity of selling alcohol.

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New points system to grade Douro table wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

Three years after the Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e do Porto (IVDP) took control of Douro table wines for the first time, it has changed its labelling regulations, with every wine now being marked out of 20.

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Eisberg's new owner

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chali Richards, owned by Halewood International, has acquired Eisberg, the dealcoholised wine brand, from Bacardi-Martini.

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Argentina hosts major wine event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mendoza, Argentina, will be the host of the Annual General Membership meeting of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network for the first time in November this year.

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Mentzendorff cycles to Benevolent benefit

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Benevolent charity for the drinks trade received a cheque for more than 3,000 following a fundraising cycle from Calais to Champagne that took place earlier this year.

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Flix Sols capitalises on demand for Spanish wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Flix Sols Avantis group is celebrating further expansion in Spain with the opening of a new winery in Rioja and the launch of two new wine ranges. Pagos del Rey SL is the subsidiary company overseeing the winery, which will have an annual production of more than 7 million bottles.

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United Wineries announces re-organisation

Published:  23 July, 2008

United Wineries International, the wine distributor & brand owner with annual sales exceeding 31m bottles, has finalised an internal reorganisation and major international acquisition plan, prior to its listing on the AIM-London Stock Exchange, scheduled for the first quarter of 2007.

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Rolfe spices things up

Published:  23 July, 2008

Project Tikka Masala - the codename for former Unwins and United Wineries marketing director Bill Rolfe's attempt to create a Portuguese ros wine that will go with spicy food - has become Pink Elephant. The 4.99 wine is made by winemakers Jos Neiva and David Baverstock in conjunction with D&F Wine Shippers.

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Criminal conduct' suspected at Uvine

Published:  23 July, 2008

The administrator brought in to salvage Uvine, the wine exchange company that collapsed last month, has alleged that criminal conduct' may have taken place.

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Drinks trade must face the future, says Carson

Published:  23 July, 2008

The drinks trade must face the future now and the challenge is to embrace social responsibility, says Christopher Carson, chairman of Constellation Wines Europe and chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Profile - Jasper Morris MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Basingstoke!' as Mad Margaret says in Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. She says it to restore herself to sanity whenever she's about to relapse: for Jasper Morris, it's more of a biography. He was born there and lately he's been working there; and its clay-limestone soil (so he says; I have no idea) gives it an affinity with Burgundy, which of course has been the foundation of most of his working life. Neat, no?

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The Interview - Seumas MacInnesProprietor, Caf Gandolfi

Published:  23 July, 2008

Did you change many things when you took over the business?

This is one of those places where if you change anything you get millions of letters complaining! We've got a very loyal customer base. We have, of course, developed things over the years though, mostly the Scottish elements. My family are from the isle of Barra, so because of my Gaelic heritage I've really encouraged all the staff here to find out more about Scottish products.

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Inspectors' fruitless Camel Valley visit cost 3,000'

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Stuart Peskett
The owner of Camel Valley winery in Cornwall has hit out at the way EU vineyard inspections are carried out, after four officials arrived to collect just 10 bunches of grapes.

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Cyrus Todiwala MBE - Chef, restauranteur and educator

Published:  23 July, 2008

You have just come from speaking to the BBC on issues that you clearly find emotive. What's going on?
The Government has put forward a new proposal that restaurateurs cannot import staff from India who don't speak English. But people who come from Poland, Bulgaria or Lithuania don't necessarily speak English. The restaurateurs are saying it is unfair, because those people who come from remote areas, who might have a particular skill that is lacking here, won't necessarily know the language. I agree you can't survive in this country without English - the Government has a point. But the fact that every single person coming out of the subcontinent of India must speak English I think is very arrogant on the part of the Home Office.

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Beaujolais gets new UK campaign

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new promotional campaign for Beaujolais wines will be unveiled at this year's London Wine Show.

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Beam set to blaze a trail

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis
Beam Global Spirits & Wine is aiming to become a top-three global spirits and super-premium wine company, which will mean growth rates of 20% over the next 10 years.

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Speculation that Fortune could be subject of break up bid

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Ron Emler
The trend for international companies to focus on single sectors is focusing attention on the American conglomerate Fortune Brands. Following its participation in the takeover and break-up of Allied Domecq with Pernod Ricard last year, analysts are suggesting it could suffer the same fate.

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Bordeaux gets its own vin de pays- de L'Atlantique

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Dawn Cran
Vins de Pays wines will be allowed in Bordeaux for the first time, following the recent introduction of a new appellation for the departments of Dordogne, Gironde, Charente, Charente Maritime and the north of the Lot-et-Garonne.

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