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D&D Wines creditors meet administrator today in search of £10.5m owed

Published:  29 June, 2012

Tension will be running high today when creditors of collapsed wine agency, D&D Wines International, meet the administrator in the hope of clawing back some of the £10.5m that is said to be owed to them.

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Suppliers fret over D&D Wines International debt

Published:  26 June, 2012

Suppliers to the collapsed D&D Wines International could lose millions of pounds unless administrators can salvage cash from the stricken company.

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Miguel Torres Jr takes helm at Bodegas Torres in September

Published:  15 June, 2012

Miguel Torres Maczassek will take over from his father as general manager of Bodegas Torres in September.

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June tasting events

Published:  07 June, 2012

June 12-14

Stevens Garnier Trade Tasting Roadshow

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Wines from Rioja focuses on premiumisation for 2012 campaign

Published:  31 May, 2012

Educating consumers towards premiumisation is the focus of this year's Wines from Rioja marketing campaign.

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Wines from Spain launches consumer awards

Published:  31 May, 2012

Wines from Spain is cashing in on the "buzz" around Spanish food and culture with a new set of consumer-focused wine awards.

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Michael Stoddart explores the 'economic deception' behind supermarket wines

Published:  21 May, 2012

Vino Ignobile?

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New restaurant showcases Basque cuisine

Published:  10 May, 2012

A new restaurant inspired by the gastronomy of the Basque region is opening in London.

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Bodegas Riojanas opts for EWGA as UK agent

Published:  10 May, 2012

Bodegas Riojanas has appointed Lancashire-based EWGA as its agent for the UK.

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D&D Wines enters administration

Published:  23 April, 2012

D&D Wines International has gone into adminstration.

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Ehrmanns aims for £3 million revenue hike

Published:  22 March, 2012

Ehrmanns is aiming to hit the £20 million mark in sales revenue by the end of its financial year, up from £17 million last year.

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Services to Spanish wine celebrated

Published:  29 February, 2012

Melissa Draycott of Gonzalez Byass and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have become this year's two new Caballeros.

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Exclusive: Pernod to push Tempranillo as Spain's NZ Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  24 February, 2012

Tempranillo can become as synonymous with Spain among wine drinkers as Sauvignon Blanc has with New Zealand, according to Pernod Ricard UK's wine chief.

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Clink Wines focuses on Spain

Published:  26 January, 2012

Clink Wines is launching six new Spanish wine partners as well as a range of lighter style and sparkling wines from Vinigalicia.

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Registration opens for 23rd Wines from Spain Trade Fair

Published:  12 January, 2012

The 23rd Annual Wines from Spain Trade Fair will take place on March 1, in Old Billingsgate.

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Moreno Wines to distribute Marqués de Cáceres

Published:  15 November, 2011

Moreno Wines is to become distributor for Riojan brand, Marqués de Cáceres in England.

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Gran Orden de Caballeros offers bursary to WSET students

Published:  14 November, 2011

The 'Gran Orden de Caballeros" has created a special bursary for exceptionally promising Advanced Certificate WSET students.

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Free Run launches new wine range from Rueda

Published:  25 October, 2011

Free Run Wines is launching a new range of white wines from Spain's Rueda region, in conjunction with Felix Solis Avantis.

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Blog: James Lawrence tours Penedes and Rioja

Published:  19 October, 2011

Blog: James Lawrence tours Penedes and Rioja

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Justin Keay: Tremendous Toro

Published:  06 October, 2011


For most British wine drinkers Spanish wine broadly equates to Rioja - maybe also Navarra and Cava - despite this large country having regions that produce much better wines. For my palate, though there are honorable exceptions, Rioja has become one of the more boring wine regions; production is dominated by large producers making bland "modern" Riojas without those special characteristics that once made Rioja different. Given that Spanish wine - and Rioja - is dominated by one grape, tempranillo, the result not surprisingly is that wines can taste remarkably consistent - and not necessarily in a good way.

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