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Port company Sogevinus to launch comms push in UK

Published:  20 March, 2015

Port company The Sogevinus Group is set to ramp up its focus on the UK trade after appointing Sopexa UK to head up a new two-year comms strategy.

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ProWein 2015: Global currency fluctuations a key topic at this year's fair

Published:  19 March, 2015

The current fluctuations in currency exchange rates was the 'conversation of ProWein', particularly with the weakening euro and the strengthening US dollar having ripple effects on the global wine trade.

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Chief of the Week: Cockburn's Vintage Port

Published:  13 March, 2015

OK admittedly it seems strange to bestow our "Chief of the Week" honour on simply a vintage Port house. But then Cockburn's, now safely ensconced in the paternal ownership of Symington Family Estates, is not your average vintage Port company.

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Port on course to overtake sherry in the off-trade says Paul Symington

Published:  12 March, 2015

Port is set to overtake sherry in value sales in the off-trade in the next two years if current trends continue, according to Paul Symington, chairman of Symington Family Estates.

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Justin Keay is impressed by what Portugal has to offer

Published:  12 March, 2015

To say Portuguese wine has come a long way is a bit like saying Roger Federer is quite good at tennis.

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Oakley Wine Agencies grows sales by 20% in face of reduced listings in major multiples

Published:  12 March, 2015

Family run Oakley Wine Agencies, which specialises in Portuguese wines, posted 20% growth over the last 12 months despite facing a challenging trading market with supermarkets.

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Portuguese wine exports up 10% in UK says ViniPortugal

Published:  09 March, 2015

Portuguese wine exports to the UK rose 10% by volume in 2014, according to the latest figures from ViniPortugal. Values were also up 23%, it said.

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Stevens Garnier rebrands to Sogrape and ups on-trade focus

Published:  10 February, 2015

Wine supplier Stevens Garnier is ditching its old name in favour of Sogrape, that of its Portuguese parent company, and has vowed to hone in on the UK's on-trade in 2015.

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Portugal's wine community Adegga ramps up digital marketing services for producers

Published:  09 February, 2015

Portuguese online wine community Adegga is boosting its digital services by offering producers a shared wine marketing and sales platform. 

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Portugal: Wines offering high quality at good value

Published:  06 February, 2015

Wine may struggle to be as big as Portugal's most famous export but it is quickly earning its place in Europe's premier league of wine.

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Cockburn's Port lines up year of celebrations for bicentenary

Published:  20 January, 2015

Cockburn's Port is embarking on a year of celebration in 2015 to mark the company's bicentenary - including launching a commemorative edition of its Special Reserve.

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Marisa D'Vari on how Portugal's Douro valley is now a natural home for wine as well as Port

Published:  12 December, 2014

With the holidays well underway, many consumers are enjoying what is turning out to be their seasonal flirtation with Port. Yet apart from the party season, clerks and sommeliers increasingly report that quality-driven dry red wine made from traditional Douro grapes is gaining favour over the fortified style, citing consumer preference for lighter, less alcoholic and less sweet styles. According to the IVDP, last year over half of all wine exported from the Douro was unfortified. Does this suggest changes are afoot for fortified wine in the Douro?

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Cockburn's Port looks to capture spirit of family Christmas with new festive campaign

Published:  13 November, 2014

Cockburn's Port is hoping to capture the spirit of Christmas with a new print and online advertising campaign that breaks this week.

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Glynn Davis: a postcard from Porto

Published:  30 October, 2014

Glynn Davis sends us a postcard from Porto, where he finds out what else is on offer besides the fortified wine. 

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Graham's solves problem of vintage Port gift giving

Published:  22 October, 2014

Vintage Port lovers can now mark significant dates, such as births or weddings, with a pre-ordered Graham's Port for the year of their choosing.

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Portuguese wine exports to UK up 10%, says ViniPortugal

Published:  14 October, 2014

Portuguese wine exports to the UK have risen 10% by volume in the first six months of 2014, compared to last year.

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Ports, sherries and fortifieds get ready for Christmas

Published:  03 October, 2014

The tapas craze helped boost sherry sales temporarily but the category is now in decline, and Port is still struggling to shake its fusty and festive image. Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith look at how fortified wines can carve a niche

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Discover the Origin Tasting masterclass with Jane Parkinson

Published:  01 September, 2014

Discover the Origin, a campaign focused on Bourgogne Wines, Parma Ham, Douro Wines, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Port, is set to host a mastercalss in September featuring Saturday Kitchen Live hostess Jane Parkinson.

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Five wines awarded Champion status at the IWC 2014 awards

Published:  17 July, 2014

France, Germany, Australia, and Portugal shared the honours last night as the overall Champion Wines were announced at the 31st annual International Wine Challenge awards ceremony in London. 

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Christian Seely shows the quality of the Douro with a vertical tasting of Quinta do Noval

Published:  02 July, 2014

Christian Seely's contention that the Quinta do Noval vineyards are producing outstanding dry red table wines was vindicated at a mid-summer vertical tasting in London. The flamboyant, bow-tie- wearing managing director of the leading port house has always believed that unfortified wines from the Douro had the potential to express Noval's terroir. A look at the estate's three dry reds - Quinta do Noval Douro DOC,  Cedro do Noval and Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional - between the period 2004-11 supported that view.

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