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Stone, Vine & Sun to run Jacquesson distribution

Published:  23 July, 2008

Following thace collapse of Mayfair Cellars (see Harpers, 28 April) wine merchant Stone, Vine & Sun is temporarily looking after the distribution of Jacquesson Champagne.

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Vranken-Pommery seals vineyard deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vranken-Pommery Monopole has spent a massive 20 million for 21 hectares (ha) of land in Champagne, a transaction the company claims is the biggest of its kind in the region within the past decade.

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Atomic' stemware

Published:  23 July, 2008

Arc International is unveiling a new range of stemware which, it claims, uses a new material that is the most transparent material to date, while also being resilient to breakage and fade-resistant.

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Louis Latour picked as Craggy agent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Louis Latour has been appointed as exclusive agent for the on-trade and independent sectors by New Zealand producer Craggy Range.

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McGrath to head new WSTA super committee

Published:  23 July, 2008

The WSTA's long period of restructuring has finally come to end with the creation of the WSTA Wine Importers' Panel and the consequent abolition of eight Shippers' Committees.


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Waipara expands

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand's Waipara Hills Wine Estate (WHWE) has bought Canterbury House, a major Waipara producer, taking WHWE's holding in the region to 500 hectares.

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Villiera leaves Western Wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

Premium South African producer Villiera Wines has become the first agency to leave Western Wines following its purchase by Constellation.

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Concha y Toro profits hit hard by currency movement

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chile's biggest wine exporter, Concha y Toro, has seen its profits hit hard by the continuing strength of the Chilean peso.

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Gallo moves away from E&J

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Gallo family has dropped the Ernest & Julio in its name and introduced the name Gallo Family Vineyards, ahead of its 75th anniversary in 2008.

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First Cape boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African brand FirstCape is to get a home' for the first time when a 4.5 million-litre winery is built in the Breede Valley later this year.

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V&S to sell Danzka

Published:  23 July, 2008

Swedish giant V&S is to sell its Danish vodka brand, Danzka, and increase its focus on its core portfolio of Absolut vodka and Cruzan rum.

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Wright heads Asda team

Published:  23 July, 2008

Asda's beers, wines and spirits team is back to full strength, following a host of internal appointments.

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Quality Drink Conference Sponsorship information

Published:  23 July, 2008

Download the Quality Drink Conference 2006 Sponsorship & Promotional Opportunities information pdf here

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Rising to the challenge

Published:  23 July, 2008

As a consumer, I readily to admit to being something of a Riedel convert. After all, I've done the tastings, seen the light and got the glasses (well, some of them). Wine really does seem to taste better in a Riedel glass - especially if it's the right' one. And yet, the journalist in me can't help but remain a tad agnostic about some of the proselytising in Riedel's sales pitch.

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Cube and Sensible get sampling

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cube Communications and Sensible Wine Services have teamed up to launch a new company, which focuses entirely on presenting wines, beers and spirits to consumers face to face.

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Taittinger suitors down to four

Published:  23 July, 2008

The contenders to take over Taittinger Champagne have been whittled down to a short list from the 40 or so who expressed initial interest.

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Mayfair Cellars sinks after 1.25 million internal fraud

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fine wine merchant Mayfair Cellars has gone into administration after a scam whereby top Bordeaux and Burgundy was allegedly sold to other London wine merchants.

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The Interview: Steve Edwards, Group food & beverage service manager, ABode

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you get into this business?

I was in the RAF for seven years, in a catering squadron, and when I left I planned to go home to Sydney. But I had a house in Torquay that I wanted to sell first. In the interim, I needed a job and I spotted an ad for a general assistant at Gidleigh Park Hotel. I had never heard of Gidleigh and had no idea about Relais & Chateaux or Michelin stars. I remember driving down this narrow, winding road and coming round the last corner to see this mock-Tudor mansion embedded in the hillside. Paul Henderson, the owner at the time, is a former US marine, so we spent most of the interview discussing my time in the service. He took me on and I ended up staying until 2002.

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Diageo says Smirnoff is a girl's best friend

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo is offering Smirnoff vodka drinkers the chance to wine one of 10 one-carat diamonds worth 10,000 each, in a promotion beginning next month.

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Dom Prignon gets signed up

Published:  23 July, 2008

A bottle of 1996 Dom Prignon - signed by all the surviving members of the victorious 1966 World Cup team - will go under the hammer at Sotheby's in London next month.

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