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Barring partners

Published:  23 July, 2008

An increasing number of Champagne companies no longer want to be merely one of a number of bottles behind the bar and are choosing instead to sponsor a whole bar or at least affiliate their brand with a particular organisation. But why are they doing this, and what does each party get out of it?

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The Interview: Helen Everitt-Matthias, Co-owner, Le Champignon Sauvage

Published:  23 July, 2008

Your recent redesign of the restaurant should help the push for three stars.
I don't know about that. Why, because we have more space, should Michelin prefer it? Some people say you need more flunkeys in the dining room or lavish decoration to make them happy. Certainly buying next door has given us the room between tables that you don't often get these days. Or if you do have the land mass, then the tables are turned.

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Violence mars Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than 30 people were injured when this year's Beaujolais Nouveau festivities in Grenoble turned sour.
The incident is believed to be unconnected to recent riots in Parisian suburbs, during which thousands of vehicles were set ablaze. The violence in Grenoble started on Friday, where between 2,000 and 3,000 students had been celebrating the launch of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau.

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KJ is the Masters

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kendall-Jackson has moved into sports sponsorship with a tie-up with golden oldies' tennis tournament The Masters. The company's Vintner's Reserve is an associate sponsor and the official wine of the tournament, which is to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall from 29 November to 4 December.

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Leading Thinkers Seminar

Published:  23 July, 2008

Many UK consumers are very open-minded about trying new wines, but getting them to choose yours over someone else's is a more difficult matter. And even when they do choose your brand, it will become just one of a dozen or so regular' wines that are purchased, often on special offer.

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Paragon takes Michel Picard

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paragon Vintners has announced an agreement to represent the wines of Burgundy producer Michel Picard.
Among the company's assets are Chteau de Chassagne Montrachet (the company HQ), Domaine Voarick in Mercurey, and Chteau de Daveney in Montagny. In total, it controls around 100 hectares of vines. This is the first time it has been represented in the UK.

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SITT lines up marketeer

Published:  23 July, 2008

After a successful launch last year, the Specialist Importers' Trade Tasting (SITT), a loose alliance of independent distributors, is set to return in 2006 with events in London and Manchester.

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Hospices prices short of expectations

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite a much-hyped (2005) vintage, and the presence for the first time of Christie's and telephone bidding, wines on offer at last week's 2005 Hospices de Beaune auction failed to reach the kind of stratospheric prices that many ngociants had anticipated.

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Christmas sparkling price war begins

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's and Tesco have both joined in the sub-10 Champagne price war, as predicted in our news feature on discounting champagne (see pp.23-24). Sainsbury's has slashed the single-bottle price of Etienne Dumont by 10 a bottle to 9.99 (until 29 November), or to 9.49 if you buy six bottles or more; and in a parallel move, Tesco has cut Andr Carpentier from 19.99 to 9.99, also 9.49 if you buy six bottles or more.

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Goliath in the Cellar

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Europe's premium wine division, Cellar Door, has confirmed that it will add Rex Goliath, the California wine brand acquired last month by Constellation Brands, to its portfolio.

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Consumers keen to experiment

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK consumers appear quite open to experimenting with wines from non-traditional countries of origin and with wines using non-traditional varietals, according to a new piece of research conducted by Wine Intelligence.

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Argentina must beware the Malbec pigeonhole

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Hobbs, the consultant winemaker best known for developing Argentinian Malbec for the likes of Nicolas Catena, has warned that Argentina is in danger of concentrating too much of its effort on the Malbec grape variety.

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Stella tops cool brand' list

Published:  23 July, 2008

Belgian beer Stella Artois has been voted as the coolest alcohol/drinks brand.

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Diageo ends Rare Malts as stocks dwindle

Published:  23 July, 2008

Diageo will stop releasing single malts under its Rare Malts brand next year, as the stocks from distilleries it closed in the 1980s start to run out.

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AXA's Seeley looks to distributors

Published:  23 July, 2008

Christian Seeley, head of AXA Millsimes, is placing the second wine from AXA's second-growth Bordeaux, Pichon Longueville Baron, with distributors around the world because the Bordeaux place, the traditional distribution route, is not very good at selling second wines'.

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First Barossa en primeur' a success

Published:  23 July, 2008

The first attempt to sell wines from Australia's Barossa Valley region to UK consumers en primeur' - before the wines is finally blended or bottled, as is common in Bordeaux and Burgundy - was judged a success by its organisers, DMT Wine Imports (part owned by Bordeaux Index).

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Unpredictable consumers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumption patterns are becoming more fragmented and therefore more difficult to predict as people's choice of drink becomes increasingly occasion-based.

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Roederer Awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Louis Roederer is continuing its sponsorship of the International Wine Writers Awards - which it launched last year in response to Lanson's surprise decision to ends its own awards - and has decided to add a new category for 2006.

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Deseasonalise this!

Published:  23 July, 2008

Christmas is coming. Festive aisles have sprung up in shops and supermarkets nationwide, while the drinks industry
is rubbing its hands together in glee at the thought of all the bottles flying off the shelves to play their part in the celebrations. This is a vital time of year for every member of the alcohol family but none more so than the oft-neglected liqueur. Beer, wine and spirits stoically remain the drinks of common choice, but Christmas has traditionally given
the liqueurs and specialities category a chance to show off in style.

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Canadian club

Published:  23 July, 2008

Picture something quintessentially Canadian. For many people, that prompt either draws a complete blank or it connotes polar bears, the Inuit (formerly known as Eskimos) and perhaps ice hockey. But vineyards and barrel-lined cellars don't fit among those frosty symbols. Wine is not really a Canadian emblem. At least not in the public mind. Informed oenophiles and members of the drinks trade, however, recognise Canada as the world's largest source of, appropriately enough, Icewine.

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