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forthcoming events

Published:  23 July, 2008

8 May-19 June
Sotheby's - Regional Wine Course Spring Term - 34 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA. Contact Sotheby's Wine Department on 020 7293 6423.

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Harpers debate: Thinking outside the box

Published:  23 July, 2008

MOTION
This House believes that what's on the outside of the bottle is more important than what's inside.'
THE PANEL
Chairman:
Christian Davis, editor, Harpers
Proposers:
Keith Lay, marketing director, Ehrmanns;
Kevin Shaw, Stranger & Stranger
Opposers:
Robin Kinahan MW, director, HwCg;
Nick Room, buyer, Waitrose
Statistician/independent witness:
Lulie Halstead, Wine Intelligence

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Nielsen confirms wine sales fall

Published:  23 July, 2008

Market analyst AC Nielsen has confirmed that off-trade wine sales have struggled since the turn of the year and have recently started to fall.

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New vintage sparkler from Jacob's Creek

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jacob's Creek's chief winemaker Phil Laffer has revealed that the company's first vintage sparkling wine will be released in the UK by the end of the year.

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Brewers merge wine arms

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cockburn & Campbell, the wine and spirits subsidiary of London brewer Young's, and Havelock Wines, owned by Bedford brewer Charles Wells, are to merge as part of the creation of a new company to produce the two brewers' beers.

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Harrods ber alles

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harrods is promoting German wines for the first time in its history. With the World Cup just days away, one-third of the London store's wine shelf space will be devoted to German wine.

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Perelada at one with nature

Published:  23 July, 2008

Spanish producer Castillo Perelada has announced details of a new 18 million winery.

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Tempranillo namesakes identified as separate clones

Published:  23 July, 2008

After years of research, Spanish winemakers in Rioja and Ribera del Duero have claimed that Tempranillo, and all of its namesakes, such as Tinto Fino, Tinto de Toro and Tinta del Pais, are, in fact, different clones with their own flavour profiles.

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Rishworth chairs NWWSA

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bob Rishworth, managing director of Chali Richards, the wine division of Halewood International, has been appointed chairman of the North West Wine and Spirit Association - a position he will hold for two years.

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End of the high life?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Alcohol, as it is elsewhere in the world, is a very hot topic here. Everybody's acutely aware that there's more of it in Australian red wines these days than there used to be.

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Generationext

Published:  23 July, 2008

Twenty-five German producers (all with winemakers under 35 years old) from various regions will showcase their wines - mainly Riesling, but also other regional grape varieties - at this event.

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Hitting new heights

Published:  23 July, 2008

Israel is a New World' wine producer in one of the oldest wine regions on earth. In this country no bigger than Wales, there is a curious combination of the new, old and ancient worlds of winemaking.

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US comes top - again

Published:  23 July, 2008

The much-publicised 1976 Judgement of Paris' re-enactment - held simultaneously in London and Napa - once again came out heavily in favour of California's finest, which won the top five places, and generated widespread press coverage on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Fair visitor numbers flat

Published:  23 July, 2008

Visitor numbers at the 2006 LIWSF were around 300 down on 2005, at 18,811 over the three days.

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Phillips leaves Foster's

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Phillips, the managing director of FGL Wine Estates EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), has left the company for personal reasons. He is being replaced by Peter Jackson, who moves up from commercial director for Continental Europe on 1 June.

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Taste-in launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new bespoke' wine tasting service utilising the services of Anthony Rose, Andrew Jefford, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, Steven Spurrier, Michael Broadbent and Charles Metcalfe has been launched by wine writer John Stimpfig and wine consultant Sophie Jump.

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Mallya in for Taittinger

Published:  23 July, 2008

After the final round of binding bids to buy Taittinger were submitted last week, speculation was rife in Reims that the flambouyant Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya had become a surprise contender for the sixth-largest producer in Champagne.

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Islay 1994 released

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay distillery Laphroaig is launching a limited edition 1994 bottling.

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New launches from the LIWSF

Published:  23 July, 2008

The LIWSF affords producers one of the best opportunities to launch products, and this year's event was no exception, with many new wines on show.

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Berrys to close Heathrow shops

Published:  23 July, 2008

Berry Bros & Rudd is to close its four Heathrow Airport shops after finding it impossible' to compete for space with other luxury goods retailers.

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