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Published:  23 July, 2008

In Roman times Campania, the region that lies to the south of Latium, was the vacation land of choice for the rich and powerful.

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Race on for Taittinger Champagne following sale of parent group

Published:  23 July, 2008

Another bidding war among drinks industry giants is on the cards after the successful bidder for the Taittinger group signalled it was willing to put the Champagne house straight on the market.

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Tiger spotting

Published:  23 July, 2008

The recent launch in Ireland of a new Spanish wine followed the usual routine. The owner of the estate was visiting, and a clutch of press scribblers and favoured trade customers were invited to a lunch hosted by the importer. There was an opportunity to taste the whole range, and before we sat down the importer said a few words of welcome and introduction.

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Fruit spirits ripe for UK revival?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The winner of the first distilled fruit spirits trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) is confident that the category is ripe for a revival in the UK.

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Time Out announces award nominees

Published:  23 July, 2008

Time Out magazine has revealed the 50 bars and restaurants shortlisted for its 2005 Eating and Drinking Awards.

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New mail order merchant launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

Three former Corney & Barrow (C&B) employees, including ex-sales director Andrew Gordon, have launched a mail order wine company.

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Guy Anderson Wines kicks ass'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Guy Anderson Wines, the Somerset-based distributor responsible for Fat Bastard Chardonnay, has released a new, distinctively named premium Spanish wine - El Burro Kickass' Garnacha.

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New CEO for Pernod Ricard UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jean-Manuel Spriet was appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard UK earlier this month.

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Shiver me vineyards

Published:  23 July, 2008

On 14 April, amid brass bands, waving Union Jacks and the clink of Champagne glasses, P&O's new ship, Arcadia, slid out of Southampton water on her maiden Mediterranean cruise.

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Villa Maria buys Thornbury

Published:  23 July, 2008

Villa Maria, New Zealand's largest privately-owned wine company, has bought respected mid-sized producer Thornbury to expand its Sauvignon Blanc production in the Marlborough region.

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Floridita triumphs as The London Club and Bar Awards 2005.

Published:  23 July, 2008

On Tuesday night (5th July) Floridita, London was awarded Best New Bar, at the London Club and Bar Awards held at the Riverbank Plaza Hotel, Albert Embankment, London.
The awards, now in their eleventh year, celebrated the cream of London's nightlife for both bars and clubs.

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Sideways prompts Cheval Blanc boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chic Knightsbridge restaurant Zuma has added two bottles of the rare 1961 vintage Cheval Blanc to its wine list, following demand from customers who have seen it featured in the film Sideways, in which two friends take a road trip through California wine country.

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Morgan gears up for bike ride

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Morgan, MD of Morgan Classic Wines, is preparing for a 200-mile charity bike ride in France.

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Barossa en primeur'

Published:  23 July, 2008

DMT Wine Imports - the joint venture between wholesaler Bordeaux Index and independent wine merchant The Cellar Door - will be giving the UK trade its first Barossa En Primeur' event later this year.

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Gin and tonic combine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fever-Tree, the company behind the self-styled world's first premium tonic water', has joined forces with ex-Plymouth Gin MD Charles Rolls.

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Wine Relief tops 2 million

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Relief, the fundraising arm of the wine trade that supports Comic Relief, has raised 2 million since its inception in 1999.

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Roux leaves Graham Beck after 15 years

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jacques Roux, marketing and sales director of Graham Beck Wines in South Africa, is to leave the company after 15 years.

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Guerrilla tactics

Published:  23 July, 2008

The slender, ribbon-like stretch of vineyards that falls between the jagged Vosges mountains and the Franco-German border is a tangle of contradictions.

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The Interview - Joo Pires, Head sommelier and fine dining manager, The Vineyard at Stockcross

Published:  23 July, 2008

Why did you become a sommelier?


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Three become PIG

Published:  23 July, 2008

Three specialist importers have combined forces for two trade tastings in September.

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