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NEWS RELEASEThe Wine Group and Les Grands Chais de France announce Global Strategic Alliance

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Group (TWG), headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA and Les Grands Chais de France (GCF), headquartered in Petersbach, Alsace, France announce a global strategic alliance to cover the USA and Europe.

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'Selling brand Portugal' - by Bernard Barbuk

Published:  23 July, 2008

As far as the UK market is concerned, Portugal has always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. It has often seemed on the verge of breakthrough, but has never quite managed it.

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Andrew Bennett

Published:  23 July, 2008

What brought you to Lincolnshire?

My partner, Vicky Herring, and I wanted a complete change of scene after working for high-tech companies in Cambridge.

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Highland Parks 18 million masterplan

Published:  23 July, 2008

Scotch producer Highland Park is aiming to double annual sales and break into the world top ten malts list with an 18 million global investment plan.

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Threshers to take WSET courses to the consumer

Published:  23 July, 2008

Threshers is joining forces with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to introduce a new in-store consumer education initiative to drive sales and help customers to take full advantage of the three-for-two offer.

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Whyte & Mackay release 30 year old

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 30 is the latest release from Scotch producer Whyte & Mackay, which, the company claims, brings a tough new image to Scotch'.

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Ardbeg boss quits

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett
Stuart Thomson has quit his post as distillery manager of Islay whisky producer Ardbeg after nine years.

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WRAP launches wine waste reduction plan

Published:  23 July, 2008

A WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) initiative which seeks to boost the UK's glass recycling market and reduce the amount of glass waste stemming from the wine industry has been launched.

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John Young dies

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Young, the oldest and longest-serving chairman in the brewing industry, died on Sunday 17 September after a long battle against cancer. He was 85.

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Hill to run Drinkaware

Published:  23 July, 2008

Matthew Hill has been seconded from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport to act as interim chief executive
of The Drinkaware Trust - the joint body set up by the drinks industry and government to campaign on sensible drinking.

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'Seeing red' - by Sally Easton MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Austria, with less than 1% of global wine production, is a hot-house of innovation and aspiration for its red wine producers.

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'Land of wine in crisis' -by Caroline Gilby

Published:  23 July, 2008

It's hard not to feel desperately sorry for Moldova, a country being brought to its knees by Russia's strong-arm tactics. This small, landlocked country is Europe's poorest, with the average wage hovering around US$70 a month.

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Santa Rita gets planting

Published:  23 July, 2008

Via Santa Rita is about to embark on one of the largest planting projects in the recent history of the Chilean wine history, with an estimated 1,700 hectares (ha) of premium vineyard to be planted by the end of the decade.

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New A$10 million Petaluma winery

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett
Lion Nathan has approved a new A$10 million winery for Adelaide Hills producer Petaluma, to replace the one established by Brian Croser 30 years ago.

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Distell links up with Waverley TSB

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African producer Distell has signed a deal with distribution giant WaverleyTBS to represent it in the UK on-trade and selected off-trade accounts.

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Pause for Paul? - by Christian Davis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mike Paul is out of a job and looking for something to do. Now that the Constellation leviathan has swallowed Western Wines, its former boss is chilling out while he weighs up his options.

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Edward Cavendish & Sons bought by Thierry's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Thierry's Wine Services - one of the UK's largest independent wine companies - has bought Edward Cavendish & Sons (ECS), the wholly-owned subsidiary of South African wine giant KWV. In return, KWV has taken a stake in Thierry's, with all details undisclosed.

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Bolla Winery sale confirmed

Published:  23 July, 2008

Brown-Forman has confirmed that it has sold the production facility for its popular Italian brand Bolla to Gruppo Italiano Vino (GIV) for an undisclosed sum.

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New Oxford Companion

Published:  23 July, 2008

The third edition of the bible' - otherwise known as The Oxford Companion to Wine - was published this week.

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Rioja to allow new whites

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis
The Rioja Regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador DOCa) is set to allow new white grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo to be grown in Rioja and used in the region's DO white wines.

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