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The Interview: John Hoskins MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you come to own a hotel and three pubs?
It was a family business, which I joined after university. I had no intention of going into the trade, but my uncle asked me to help out because he had a ropy old list full of spelling mistakes and bad wine. That's all gone now, although we're different from, say, the Hotel du Vin, where a sommelier chooses each list at every place. I've always been scared of the person with grapes on the lapel, and I think customers are as well. Because our lists are full of comments and laid out by style, it's amazing how little we get asked for advice.

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Albannach opens club

Published:  23 July, 2008

London's Scottish bar and restaurant, Albannach, has launched a whisky club.
Named Aqua Vitae, the club will cost 35 to join (10 for the trade), and will meet monthly to showcase rare vintage casks and special blends and editions. Tickets for events will coast 15 (non-members; 5 for members) with food and drink provided.

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Escarpment joins Seckford

Published:  23 July, 2008

Seckford Wine Agencies has added New Zealand's Escarpment range to its portfolio. Escarpment is made by Larry McKenna, former chief winemaker and general manager at Martinborough vineyard. The range consists of a Pinot Gris (RSP 8.99) and a Pinot Noir (RRP 14.99).

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Vincor and Constellation get hostile over takeover

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vincor International officially rejected Constellation brands C$31-per-share offer for the Canadian drinks company last week, leading to a potential war of words after a stinging rebuke from Constellation chairman Richard Sands.

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The Russia house

Published:  23 July, 2008

Drinks Industry 2005
23-25 November
Crocus Expo
Moscow, Russia

Organisers: Asti Group Exhibition Company
Smolensky Passage, 3 Smolenskaya Square, Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 (095) 797 6914
info@drinksindustry.ru
www.drinksindustry.ru


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Death of a salesman

Published:  23 July, 2008

The lifeblood of any industry - especially one where the product is made overseas - is those who sell its products. As a role, sales may not have the glamour of the marketer or the importance of the buyer, but good salespeople are arguably the most coveted (and hardest to retain) employees in any business, in any sector.

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New consumer show for 2006

Published:  23 July, 2008

A South African events company is launching a new three-day consumer food and drink show at London's ExCeL centre in June 2006.

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Wine-trade regatta

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fine weather greeted the participants at the annual wine-trade regatta, which took place in Seaview on 2 September. Thirteen teams battled it out for the Seaview Bucket, which was eventually won by Justin Waples crewed by Will Gemell and Ian Bailey. The Whittington's Salver for runners-up went to Nigel Clift, Paul Gardiner and Marcus Little.

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New HwCg arm launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

HwCg has launched a new specialist independent division, headed up by sales director Richard Berrington.
The new division aims to offer exclusive labels from its existing suppliers, as well as wines from new agencies sourced for the portfolio.

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Belvedere takes off

Published:  23 July, 2008

Super-premium Polish vodka Belvedere has decided to expand from its style-bar base and into the off-trade.

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Scotch leaves other spirits green with envy in China

Published:  23 July, 2008

China is in the middle of a Scotch boom, with sales up 124% in the last six months due to drinkers mixing the whisky with locally produced green tea.

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Fine Wine TV launches

Published:  23 July, 2008

A series of four 15-minute infomercials' will hit the small screen this week, entitled Fine Wine TV, with four different cases on offer.

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The Interview: Corrine Michot

Published:  23 July, 2008

What made you choose The Connaught?
I spent a few months as the head sommelier for Aurora, but I didn't like the feeling of the City. They don't want sommeliers, they just want to order Sancerre or Chablis and have a quick lunch so they can go back to work and do their business again. I prefer Mayfair. People are traditional but more open to trying Riesling, say, or something like Amarone La Marega from Salette.

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Wine Show a success

Published:  23 July, 2008

Exhibitors and consumers alike gave the thumbs-up to the inaugural Wine Show London - which took place in Islington last weekend - with the calibre of attendee and the organisation of the show particularly praised.

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Weis in The Winebarn

Published:  23 July, 2008

Winchester-based German wine specialist The Winebarn has added top Mosel-Saar-Ruwer producer St Urbanshof to its agency roster. Owner Nik Weis will be in London this week to launch his association with The Winebarn in a tasting at The Capital Hotel, Basil Street, Knightsbridge (7 November, 3-5pm).

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CIVB consults Morton

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has appointed Douglas Morton as a consultant in the UK. A former MD of Baron Philippe de Rothschild UK, Morton will be charged with opening lines of communication between the CIVB and opinion formers and decision makers' in the UK trade.

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Prowein chases UK visitors

Published:  23 July, 2008

ProWein, the major German wine and spirits show that is held in Dsseldorf in March, wants to attract more UK visitors.
With 2,773 exhibitors (Vinitaly, 4,064; Vinexpo, 2,500; and London International Wine & Spirits Fair (LIWSF), 1,300), ProWein claims the largest number of Italian and French exhibitors outside of their respective countries' own shows and also showcases the German wine industry with 700 producers exhibiting. The UK remains Germany's number-one export market, bringing in 971,315 hectolitres in 2004, compared to the number-two Netherlands with 380,870hl.

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Howard-Sneyd in at Waitrose

Published:  23 July, 2008

South Africa is the priority for Waitrose's new wine buyer Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, who has replaced Simon Thorpe MW.
Howard-Sneyd did three vintages in the Rainbow Nation in the mid-1990s at the time of the regime change, but he has not been back since, except for a week's honeymoon when it rained throughout.

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Wine experts' present the case for The Benevolent

Published:  23 July, 2008

A group of top wine writers, communicators and retailers have put together a case of top wines in a bid to raise money for drinks-trade charity The Benevolent.

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McKeon takes over at Jim Beam's new UK office

Published:  23 July, 2008

Adrian McKeon, the former head of Allied Domecq's wine arm, has been appointed managing director at Jim Beam UK, the new UK division of Fortune Brands, Pernod Ricard's partner in the break-up of Allied Domecq.

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