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Rioja enjoys record export highs

Published:  19 February, 2013

The DOCa Rioja has kept its sales over 355 million bottles for the third year in a row, with exports growing by 5.5%, offsetting the decline in sales in Spain.

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Brancott Estate releases first limited edition Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  18 February, 2013

Pernod Ricard has launched the first limited edition Sauvingon Blanc for its Brancott Estate brand.

TextPernod Ricard has launched the first limited edition Sauvingon Blanc for its Brancott Estate brand.

 

It has bottled 3,500 individually numbered limited edition bottles of Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 with an rrp of £35.

 

The release is the culmination of a Brancott's "icon project" which examined the world's top Sauvignon Blancs with an aim of challenging New Zealand's winemaking and viticulture practices to produce a different expression of Malborough Sauvington Blanc that could "sit alongside icons from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire."

 

The grapes which were chosen to produce an age-worthy wine that delivers great palate length and will slowly evolve over the coming ten years.

 

"Our understanding of complex and age-worthy natural aroma compounds of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, together with our learnings of the soil types on Brancott Vineyard, has given us a unique opportunity to create this prestigious wine - the pinnacle of our winemaking," said Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate's chief winemaker.

 

"This project has been, and will continue to be, a long journey of discovery, involving many people working together to challenge every step of New Zealand's winemaking and viticulture practices from the past four decades. The release of Brancott Estate Chosen Rows is testament to our on-going commitment to Marlborough and our pioneering vision, which led us to create the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc nearly 40 years ago."

 

Retailers interested in stocking the wine should contact Pernod Ricard on 020 8538 4484.

 

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Jacob's Creek launches low-alcohol rosé

Published:  15 February, 2013

US wine giant Jacob's Creek has launched low-alcohol Summer Blush, at 5.5% abv, just in time for the summer months.

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Matthew Clark to distribute Bodegas Baigorri

Published:  15 February, 2013

Wholesaler Matthew Clark, has taken on the UK agency for Bodegas Baigorri, securing exclusive distribution rights in the UK on and off-trade.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced the winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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International Gamay Competition announces 2013 winners

Published:  14 February, 2013

The third annual International Gamay Competition has announced its winners from its 2013 awards, which included a new category of sparkling wine.

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Gérard Bertrand signs up with Hallgarten Druitt

Published:  08 February, 2013

Hallgarten Druitt, the national wine distributor, has added south west French producer, Gérard Bertrand, to its growing branded wine portfolio.

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Take 5 With Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel

Published:  05 February, 2013

Harpers hears from Weingut Bischel's Christian Runkel, who will be exhibiting at SITT Spring 2013.

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South Africa wine collective in premium push

Published:  05 February, 2013

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa, a collective of like-minded, independent producers, has been launched in a bid to to raise the profile of premium South African wine.

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Name change for Grupo Codorníu

Published:  04 February, 2013

Grupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

TextGrupo Codorníu has changed its name to Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós as it looks to draw attention to its broad portfolio of products and heritage.

 

As well as producing the UK's third best-selling sparkling wine brand by volume, the company sells wines from premium Spanish regions to independents. These include Viña Pomal in Rioja, Raimat in Costers del Segre, Legaris in Ribera del Duero and Scala Dei in Priorat.

 

Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventós is also the UK agent for New Zealand producer Invivo and Australia's Thorn-Clarke.

 

The company owns eight wineries in Spain and one each in Argentina and the US, as well as over 2,500ha of vineyards.


"Our new name also reinforces our winemaking heritage and family roots. Established in 1551 as a winemaking company, Codorníu became intrinsically linked with the Raventós family in the 17th century when the Codorníu heiress Anna married into the Raventós winemaking dynasty," a spokeswoman said.

 

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New Zealand gets itself back on track

Published:  01 February, 2013

After a harvest shortfall in 2012, New Zealand may be struggling to cater for consumer demand, but winemakers are remaning positive and taking a long-term view, as Anne Krebiehl discovers

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Diageo's global ambition

Published:  01 February, 2013

Diageo's UK chief Andrew Cowan tells Gemma McKenna why understanding consumers, customer partnerships and driving innovation are all vital to its success

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Take 5 With Christian Runkel, Weingut Bischel

Published:  01 February, 2013

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Bibendum adds "iconic" Penfolds label to portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2013

Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

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Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.

 

Bibendum will distribute Penfolds Bins, Icon and Luxury Wines as well as its on-trade exclusive range of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines and Penfolds Bin 2 from this month.

 

Matthew Clark had distributed Penfolds in the UK until four years ago, when TWE moved to a number of regional distribution arrangements.

 

Andrew Shaw, Bibendum's head of buying said: "Penfolds are a terrific addition to the Bibendum portfolio. We have always been very strong supporters of Australian wines and couldn't pass up the opportunity to distribute one of the country's most iconic names. "

 

A number of back vintage wines will also be made available to Bibendum under the agreement.

 

Bibendum will include a range of Penfolds wines at its annual tasting on Wednesday February 6.

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Anne Krebiehl assesses Germany's 2011 vintage at the Wine Barn tasting

Published:  24 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel.

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Anne Krebiehl blogs from The Wine Barn's annual tasting

Published:  23 January, 2013

We Londoners are lucky. We can see screen legends on our West End stages, hear virtuoso musicians of every genre in our concert venues and look at Holbeins, Raphaels and Monets or the latest installations any day of the week. A steady flow of temporary exhibitions means everyone - yes everyone- can look at Gauguin, van Gogh or Brueghel. No, I am not sponsored by Boris or the Arts Council. I am just reminded how great it is to get to see, taste and experience originals. That's presumably why so many braved the weather for The Wine Barn's Annual Trade Tasting at the German House in Belgravia on Monday.

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Anne Krebiehl meets Santa Rita Estate's Sebastían Labbé

Published:  22 January, 2013

The dining table at the New Street Wine Shop in the City of London was sufficient to accommodate the small gathering of AWE wine educators to taste with Sebastían Labbé, chief winemaker at Santa Rita Estate's Carmen winery. What was billed as a "Coastal Chile" tasting in the end turned out to be a tasting of select wines from the Carmen stable - coastal and otherwise.

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I Heart launches Valentine's Day limited edition

Published:  21 January, 2013

With Christmas safely out the way, the next seasonal trade push is Valentine's Day and neatly jumping on that...

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Simon Woolf on what he discovered at the Flint Wines Burgundy tasting

Published:  21 January, 2013

I fancy myself an old hand at Bordeaux en primeur tastings. I'm used to gums, teeth and elbows feeling decidedly battle-scared after the assault of youthful tannins and overly-enthusiastic attendees chasing the last sip of Cheval Blanc or D'Yquem.

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Paul Schaafsma "I'm having the time of my life"

Published:  18 January, 2013

Taking control of the UK's largest wine company is an opportunity Paul Schaafsma is not taking lightly. Here he talks to Richard Siddle about his vision for Accolade Wines and his hopes for the industry as a whole

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