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Embrace balance sheet or risk going bust, warns TWE head

Published:  30 November, 2012

Knowing how to make wine but "not embracing the balance sheet" is the reason so many wine businesses have gone...

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Pernod Ricard appoints new spirits channel director

Published:  29 November, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Chris Shead as channel director for spirits in the off-trade.

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Fulham's White Horse gets a facelift

Published:  26 November, 2012

The White Horse in Fulham, west London, has just re-opened after an extensive refurbishment, which includes the revamping of the upstairs restaurant and private dining room, as well as the introduction of a new menu.

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Cono Sur claims title of largest global Pinot Noir producer

Published:  22 November, 2012

Cono Sur is claiming to be the world's biggest producer of Pinot Noir in the wake of diminished harvests for New Zealand and Burgundy.

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Food and wine matching focus for new boot-camp

Published:  20 November, 2012

Hailed as one of the most "intensive, thorough and rewarding wine courses" around, The Extreme Wine Experience 2013 will give delegates a chance to gain an official WSET qualification and learn about food and wine matching.

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Register now for Chile Summit 2012

Published:  19 November, 2012

Time is running out to register for Harpers' upcoming Chile Summit 2012, giving UK drinks buyers a unique chance to learn more about premium Chilean wine and the opportunity it offers your business.

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Miguel Torres scoops Wine Intelligence award

Published:  19 November, 2012

Miguel Torres, president of Bodegas Torres, has been awarded the latest Wine Intelligence 10 for 10 Business Award for the Penedès region.

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Ravenswood founder predicts a 'strong future for Californian wine'

Published:  16 November, 2012

California's godfather of Zin, Ravenswood founder Joel Peterson, predicts a strong future for the region's wine as the next generation of winemakers usher in "a whole new world".

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Gemma McKenna blends the ultimate Zinfandel with Ravenswood's Joel Peterson

Published:  16 November, 2012

You could be forgiven for thinking you'd wound up back in GCSE chemistry class, and that Joel Peterson was your genial teacher. Instead, equipped with pipettes and a variety of samples (OK, four glasses of wine) and a blending glass. As experiments go, I was up for this one.

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Up to producers to promote Portugal

Published:  15 November, 2012

Portugal needs to shout about its wines more and grow a solid identity through links to its produce, according to UK wine buyers.

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Wines of Germany announces 31 Days of German Riesling winners

Published:  09 November, 2012

The winners of the first Wines of Germany on and off-trade promotional competition - 31 Days of German Riesling - have been announced.

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Wines of Germany plans significant UK investment

Published:  07 November, 2012

The German Wine Institute is "significantly" increasing its UK investment to boost its burgeoning growth of the above £5 price bracket.

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Domaines Paul Mas opens UK office

Published:  07 November, 2012

Languedoc producer Domaines Paul Mas has appointed Elin Mann to run its first ever dedicated sales and marketing office based in London.

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Languedoc's white wines growing in popularity in UK

Published:  06 November, 2012

Renowned for its red wines, the Languedoc is seeing an increase in demand from UK buyers for its "fashionable" whites.

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Rioja and Tempranillo lead Spanish charge

Published:  02 November, 2012

Rioja remains the top Spanish wine, but other Tempranillo-based wines are helping to drive the category, according to buyers.

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CIVL buyers' trip: Gordon Coates

Published:  02 November, 2012

Stone, Vine & Sun buyer Gordon Coates was among the lucky few who headed to the Languedoc last week for the CIVL study tour, organised in conjunction with Harpers and designed to open buyers' eyes to the diversity on offer.

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Treasury Wine Estates acquires Rapaura Vintners

Published:  02 November, 2012

Treasury Wine Estates has purchased the remaining 50% of Rapaura Vintners from Babich Wines in a bid to strengthen its foothold in Marlborough.

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Wines of Chile holds second sommelier challenge

Published:  02 November, 2012

Wines of Chile has held the second Sommelier Chile Challenge in a bid to illustrate the country's value-for-money on-trade offering.

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Stevens Garnier takes on Loiseau-Bichot range

Published:  31 October, 2012

Stevens Garnier has taken on an exclusive range of Loiseau-Bichot wines from Burgundy with the aim of bringing "additional prestige" to its portfolio.

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Italian screwcap decree is a 'crass compromise', says expert

Published:  30 October, 2012

The Italian Ministry of Agriculture has agreed to relax laws on wines allowed to be bottled under screwcap, but renowned expert David Gleave MW of Liberty says it hasn't gone far enough.

 

A new decree was drafted in August 2012, allowing all DOCG wines, apart from those with the name of a sub zone on the label, or the name of a vineyard, to use alternative closures such as screwcap or synthetic corks. However Gleave, the managing director of Liberty Wines, says it hasn't gone far enough and called it a "crass compromise".

 

The amendment came on the back of a letter originally sent in 2006 by Gleave, stating that producers should be allowed to decide which closure was best suited to their wines and their market. He made the point that the previous ministerial decree of July 1993, which banned the use of anything other than natural cork on DOCG wines, was outmoded.


He said: "As from early next year, we expect to start shipping a Soave Classico under screwcap. But here is the rub. We can ship both a Soave Classico and a Soave Superiore DOCG under screwcap, but not a Soave Classico Superiore DOCG. This latter wine needs to be sealed with cork.

 

"Such a crass compromise does little to promote the image of Italy as a quality-focussed and innovative wine producing country, especially when we currently import Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru and other such European wines sealed under screwcap."


 

Liberty has been in touch with its producers to see which will be moving to screwcap. Once a majority of members of any consorzio vote in favour of a change, the amended law for that zone must be sent to Rome for approval.

 

 

Gleave added: "The decree has removed the obstacle previously placed in the way of those producers who wanted to use screwcaps, but does underline the fact that local consorzi must instigate any change."

 

 

According to Gleave producers in Chianti, Gavi and Barolo & Barbaresco Chianti, Gavi, Barolo and Barbaresco have applied to their consorzios to implement the change.

 

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