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Pernod Ricard ups investment by 30% for Christmas

Published:  27 August, 2010

Pernod Ricard has unveiled the firm's Christmas plans ? it has upped marketing investment by 30% for this year's focus on premium brands across TV ad campaigns, sponsorships and new packaging.

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Richard Siddle dines at The Milroy

Published:  29 July, 2010

Walking into The Milroy you feel like you've stepped up a notch or two in social class, which is all part of its new-found appeal. Previously you were only able to dine here if you were rich enough to pay the membership fee for what is essentially a private casino - Les Ambassadeurs Club.


Located on the cusp of Hyde Park, The Milroy is situated in what used to be one of Henry VIII's hunting lodges and its interior is still modelled on the fin de siècle Louis XV style incorporated in the 1870s. Dining here certainly makes you feel one step closer to royalty.


The food is European traditional, dressed up with a serious modern twist. It's the kind of menu where you need the staff to explain at least two ingredients per dish. But this is no surprise as head chef Simon Foster was trained by Pierre Koffman at La Tante Claire.


Foams, juses and mousses run alongside Barnsley chops, ribs of beef, sole meunière and pan-fried skate.


The wine list is tilted to the Old World but evenly spread around the New World. With Cloudy Bay and Hunter Valley running up alongside Meursault, Pommard and Nuits St George. Under head sommelier Andres Lucas it features 200 bins, 10 by-the-glass at £7.50, and fairly priced bottles starting at £22.


Lunch here is a grand occasion. A step up and a step back in time. But well worth stepping up for.

 

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Montana rebrands to become Brancott Estate

Published:  23 June, 2010

Montana Wine has changed its name to Brancott Estate and is to be official sponsor of the 2011 rugby union World Cup.

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New Zealand wine industry welcomes smaller 2010 vintage

Published:  18 June, 2010

The 2010 New Zealand grape harvest totalled 266,000 tonnes - 19,000 tonnes smaller than in 2009.

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New Zealand wine industry awarded Government support

Published:  02 June, 2010

The New Zealand Government has announced a promotional package of support for the country's wine industry, to help overcome its current challenges.

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Cloudy Bay releases 2006 Riesling

Published:  14 May, 2010

Cloudy Bay, the New Zealand winemaker renowned for its sauvignon blanc, has released 1,500 bottles of 2006 Riesling for sale in the UK.

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Sir George Fistonich accepts charity role

Published:  12 May, 2010

Founder and managing director of Villa Maria Estate, Sir George Fistonich, is to replace the role left by the late Sir Edmund Hillary, as vice patron of Variety - The Children's Charity of New Zealand.

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Harpers to discuss UK's role in global wine market at LWIF

Published:  26 April, 2010

The UK's position in the global wine market will be the subject of the Harpers Debate at this year's London International Wine Fair.

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Draycott to head Gonzalez Byass sales

Published:  19 April, 2010

Former First Quench buyer Melissa Draycott has been named sales director of Gonzalez Byass UK.

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Rebecca Gibb - Winery workout - Marlborough day 6

Published:  17 April, 2010

It's only been a week since I arrived in Marlborough to work part of the 2010 vintage but I'm already in need of a rest!

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My Taste - big v small

Published:  16 April, 2010

Carol Emmas takes part in a blind tasting that pits the big brand Champagnes against the small growers.

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First Taste - Wairarapa

Published:  16 April, 2010

A snapshot of wines from New Zealand's Wairarapa region.

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Rebecca Gibb - Harvest hen do: Marlborough day 5

Published:  16 April, 2010

Winery dogs are so last year. The ultimate winery accessory this season is...a hen.

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New Zealand overtakes Germany in UK wine sales

Published:  15 April, 2010

New Zealand is claiming to have overtaken sales of German wine in the UK when looking at country of origin percentage shares.

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Rebecca Gibb - Weather-watching wineries: Marlborough day 4

Published:  15 April, 2010

Harvest time is all about the weather. And in true British style, the weather's one of my favourite subjects. It continues to turn out nice every day in Marlborough and, for those producers with grapes still to come in, that's great news. But for the crew at Jackson Estate, a nice bit of rain would be ideal.

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Rebecca Gibb - Milk Round: Marlborough day three

Published:  14 April, 2010

I have never seen 3000 cartons of milk in a vineyard but I had to believe my eyes this morning at Jackson Estate's newly-planted Pinot Noir site.

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Rebecca Gibb - Good things come in small packages: Marlborough day two

Published:  13 April, 2010

Yields in Marlborough will be down significantly in 2010, if things at Jackson Estate are anything to go by. The crop here is down 25-30% on initial estimates. Ask around the region and the story seems to be the same.

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Angela Mount to head up Gondola Wines

Published:  12 April, 2010

Angela Mount is to be announced as the new head of Gondola Wine, the new online wine retail site from Dragon's Den entrepreneur Peter Jones.

 

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Rebecca Gibb - Vintage Boots: Marlborough day one

Published:  12 April, 2010

I swore I would never work in a cellar again after a terrible vintage experience in Australia in '06. Rose-tinted glasses firmly on, I've agreed to do a week's work at Jackson Estate in Marlborough.



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New Zealand expects small vintage decline

Published:  02 March, 2010

New Zealand wine producers will harvest slightly fewer grapes this year, despite an increased vineyard area, it has been predicted.

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