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Allgrove moves to Esher

Published:  23 July, 2008

Marc Allgrove, European trading director for the Hardy Wine Company, has moved to the UK to support Constellation Europe's sales and marketing team to maximise the sales performance of Hardy Wine Company brands throughout the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe'.

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Mixologist says new Perrier cocktails are s'eau appealing

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cocktail guru Dale DeGroff has designed a range of drinks using Perrier mineral water. DeGroff said that the brand was the height of chic a few years ago' and that his new cocktails will remind everyone what a wonderful creation [Perrier] is'.

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Hughes opens Mondo UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mondo Search, the Australian-owned headhunting firm that specialises in the drinks industry, is opening a UK office
led by Christian Hughes. A qualified sommelier, Hughes has worked in recruitment since 1996.

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30% of women assaulted when drunk, says Portman

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new survey, commissioned by industry-funded campaigners The Portman Group, has showed that four in 10 young women (36%) have been sexually assaulted after getting drunk and are more likely than men to get into fights and arguments.
The research - Anatomy of a Big Night Out' - was conducted among 1,000 18- to 30-year-olds.

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Bacardi leaves the Latin Quarter

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bacardi has ditched its Latin Quarter' advertising campaign for a new series of cinema and TV ads entitled The Way
It Should B'.

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Boutflower quits Laymont & Shaw for Tanners

Published:  23 July, 2008

Robert Boutflower, managing director of Laymont & Shaw, is leaving the Cornwall-based Spanish specialist for Tanners.
Boutflower will join the Shrewsbury-based importer and retailer as private sales and retail director next week, following nine years with Laymont & Shaw.

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Hidden dragon

Published:  23 July, 2008

At a recent lunch at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai, six Chinese businessmen ordered five bottles of wine. Malcolm Zacanaro,
the executive assistant manager for food and beverage at the hotel, initially thought nothing of it until he saw the bill, which came to more than RMB 120,000 (US$15,000) for the wines alone. Zacanaro says, The Chinese market is extremely price-sensitive. At the top end, hosts want to impress, so they order the most expensive bottles. And at the bottom end, people are less knowledgeable, so they order by price.'

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Ctes du Rhne to turn the airwaves red this autumn

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new radio advertising campaign for Ctes du Rhne wines will break in October and run for two months. This campaign, in addition to the current six-month sponsorship deal with Smooth FM, will take the wine region's total radio investment to more than 320,000.
The radio spots will appear on Magic FM, Total LBC, Classic FM and Smooth FM, among others, and are expected to reach 4.5 million listeners.

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Focus on trade: The Analyst

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine lists, like wines, can be balanced but bland, the smack of tokenism as stinging as the mark-up. Balanced the wine list at The Vintners Rooms is not (at least not in any superficial way). But nor is it bland. Better by far to have a distinct identity, personality and quality - and these attributes the list, the wines, the food, the people and the place have in profusion.

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Focus on trade: Rounding up

Published:  23 July, 2008

LONDON
CAPITAL GAINA


THE ART OF YOUTH
The Ledbury, 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
Make way for the gastronomic brat pack as 26-year-old Australian head chef Brett Graham helps to win The Restaurateur's Best New Restaurant of the Year 2005 for The Ledbury. Since opening earlier this year, Nigel Platts-Martin's latest venture (following success with The Square, Chez Bruce, The Glasshouse and La Trompette) appears to have gone from strength to strength. The menu is adventurous with real flashes of originality, such as a dessert of pineapple and passion fruit ravioli with lemongrass and lime. Sommelier Dawn Davis (featured in the Harpers interview, 16 September 2005) has also been receiving rave reviews from the vinous
point of view.

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The Interview: Dale Dewsbury

Published:  23 July, 2008

What is your wine-buying strategy?
We have a very unusual business situation. Although we are completely independent, we lease the restaurant space from The Gleneagles Hotel and buy the majority of our wines through its main cellar. We are only charged for the wine as we sell it, so from a business perspective it's superb.

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Brown-Forman ready to show first Distell range

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brown-Forman will be showing a range of Durbanville Hills wines at the Wines of South Africa Mega Tasting next month, the first since it became UK (and US) agents for Cape producer Distell.

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Alan Clark collection up for sale

Published:  23 July, 2008

The wine collection of the late Alan Clark MP is to be sold at auction next month.

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Blue Nun changes habit

Published:  23 July, 2008

Revitalised seventies brand, Blue Nun, is marking the 10th anniversary of its takeover by German winery, Langguth, with a major bottle refit and an ad campaign for the iPod generation'.

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Sardinian Sassicaia'

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Sardinian sibling of Sassicaia has arrived. Called Barrua, it is made at the cellars of Agripunica, the new joint venture between Tenuta San Guido of Marchese Niccol Incisa, the maker of Sassicaia, and Cantina Sociale di Santadi, one of the island's most prestigious producers. The technical director is none other than the father of Sassicaia himself, Giacomo Tachis.

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Gosset winners

Published:  23 July, 2008

A privately owned country pub and a fish restaurant have beaten off some of the UK's finest dining establishments
to win the Trophe Gosset Celebris for the best Champagne lists in the UK.

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Opus One deal reached

Published:  23 July, 2008

After months of speculation, the Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Constellation brands have come to an agreement over the super-premium California winery Opus One, owned jointly by the two companies.

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Waitrose teams up with AIM

Published:  23 July, 2008

Upmarket multiple Waitrose has teamed up with Alcohol in Moderation to produce an eight-page guide called Alcohol and You, which answers the most frequently asked questions derived from a five-year survey of consumer queries.

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Racke to distribute [yellow tail] in Eastern Europe

Published:  23 July, 2008

Germany's Racke Group has taken over the distribution rights for Australia's [yellow tail] brand in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Three directors banned

Published:  23 July, 2008

Andrew Dunne, James Hewitt and Thomas Sloan have been banned as directors for their part in a series of wine investment scams. In mid-July, London's High Court banned 46-year-old Dunne and 37-year-old Thomas Sloan for 10 years, while 26-year-old Hewitt was banned for until 2012.
The DTI said: Their companies, Liquid Acquisitions and James Hewitt Associates, were investment wine companies that promised clients a fantastic return on their investment. In reality, people ended up buying wine at up to three times its true value.'

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