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Russia could be "big prize" for wine sector says tobacco chief

Published:  04 December, 2013

The wine trade should follow the lead of the tobacco industry and target Russia as a key market for the future, according to Ian Johnstone of British American Tobacco.

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World map of wine to be turned on its head warns Dr Richard Smart

Published:  04 December, 2013

"The wine business is the canary in the cage for world agriculture because it so sensitive to change," Dr Richard Smart told delegates to the 3rd International Sparkling Wine Symposium, being held at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking, Surrey.

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Whisky drinkers to choose the design of limited edition Glenmorangie

Published:  04 December, 2013

Glenmorangie, the Scottish whisky distiller, is giving whisky drinkers the chance to decide the packaging design for a new single malt whisky as it looks to involve its customers more in the production process.

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Snow storms hit producers and vines in central Italy

Published:  29 November, 2013

Up to 60cm of snow, which fell on Monday and Tuesday this week, have caused extensive damage to the vineyards in Abruzzo, central Italy.

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Pernod Ricard switches more of its advertising budget to digital and social media

Published:  28 November, 2013

An increasing proportion of Pernod Ricard's UK advertising budget is being spent on social and digital media, as traditional media consumption continues to decline, according to managing director Denis O'Flynn.

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English wines showcase new releases at East Anglian trade tasting

Published:  28 November, 2013

New Hall founder Piers Greenwood capped off a winning year with the release of his Sparkling English Rosé magnum at the East Anglian Vineyard Association's recent trade tasting.

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Largest World Bulk Wine Exhibition attracts nearly 6,000 visitors to Amsterdam

Published:  28 November, 2013

The largest World Bulk Wine Exhibition held to date took place this week in Amsterdam with up to 176 wineries taking part from 16 different countries.

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Santa Rita Estates to host wine education workshops in London in January

Published:  28 November, 2013

Chilean wine producer, Santa Rita Estates, is to once again hold its South American Wine workshops in London in January as part of its three year educational programme.

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Majority of Champagne is not being sold "well" says Taittinger chief

Published:  27 November, 2013

Up to 70% of Champagne around the world is not being sold "well" and the major houses need to step up their act to protect the category, according to the head of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger.

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Q&A: Marie-Annick Consola, sales director, Vignobles Foncalieu

Published:  25 November, 2013

Anne Krebiehl talks to Marie-Annick Consola of Vignobles Foncalieu a collective co-operative that covers numerous appellations across the south of France and the Rhône Valley. It's 1,200 members work 5,100 hectares of vineyards and sales exceed 21 million bottles. Foncalieu's progressive management embarked on the path of premium production roughly a decade ago. Consola wasin London to introduce the 'Iconic' range, a collection of stand-out wines from distinct appellations like Saint-Chinian, Corbières, Minervois and Côteaux d'Esérune as well as the wines of Château Haut Gléon in Corbières. While Foncalieu still provides some own-label wines for Asda, it has largely moved away from the high-volume off-trade.

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Producers urged to push sweeter sparkling wines in China

Published:  25 November, 2013

The paltry sparkling market in China could be significantly enlarged by promoting sweeter sparkling wines, according to leading professionals engaged in the country.

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Social media is "essential" for brands looking to break in to Chinese wine market

Published:  25 November, 2013

A social media presence in China should now be considered an "essential part" of any wine brands marketing strategy in the country, according to analysts Wine Intelligence.

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Diageo hopes to prop up United Spirits deal by selling "bulk" of Whyte & Mackay

Published:  25 November, 2013

Diageo is offering to sell off a "bulk" of its Whyte & Mackay whisky brands in order to address concerns the Office of Fair Trade (OFT) has had over competition issues in the British whisky market.

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Treasury Wine Estates and Accolade sign further bottling agreement in California

Published:  22 November, 2013

Treasury Wine Estates has signed a further deal this week with Accolade Winesto provide packaging and production services for several brands based in California, including its Geyser Peak, Atlas Peak and XYZin brands.

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Personalised marketing is key to future wine sales says Amazon at Wine Vision

Published:  21 November, 2013

Personalised marketing, customer reviews and product comparisons are key to successfully selling alcohol online, according to Amazon.

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Q&A: Eva Minguez Lobato, marketing director of Regulatory Council for D.O RÍAS BAIXAS

Published:  21 November, 2013

Ahead of next week's Rias Baixas Mini Fair at London's Glaziers Hall on November 25 we talk to Eva Minguez Lobato about what plans the Spanish region has to build on its growing popularity in the UK.

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Go direct and get ambassadors for your brand hears Wine Vision

Published:  21 November, 2013

Selling wine direct to the consumer is one of the best ways of creating brand ambassadors, according to the wine trade.

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Wine Vision Live News Blog: Why wine is integral to Amazon's growth strategy

Published:  20 November, 2013

Amazon has its sights firmly set on the wine and alcoholic drinks sector as it sees the "consumables" sector as a vital part of its future growth strategy.

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Wine Vision Live News Blog: Tesco's Dan Jago vision of being a world class wine business

Published:  19 November, 2013

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If you want to be world class in your field then you have to be constantly looking to try different things and ensure what you are doing is based on what your customers are telling you was the key conclusion of Tesco's head of wine Dan Jago to today's global wine conference Wine Vision.

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Wine Vision's leader view: Paul Symington, Symington Family Estates

Published:  19 November, 2013

"Sometimes people ask me: 'Why do you sell to supermarkets?' I'm astounded by the question. If I didn't, we would have to lay off at least 80% of our staff and sack
more than 90% of our growers."

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