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First South African wineries to show new ethical seal at Cape Wine

Published:  19 September, 2012

The first 26 wines to be receive the new, traceable ethical seal in South Africa will be on show at next week's Cape Wine trade exhibition in Cape Town.

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Bibendum confirms sale of Argento

Published:  17 September, 2012

Bibendum Wine has confirmed it has sold the Argento Wine Company to the Argentine group, Inversora Agroindustrial Sudamerican.

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Beaujolais predicts low yields to match 2003 levels

Published:  13 September, 2012

Beaujolais is predicting a lower than average harvest for the 2012 vintage after repeated hail storms.

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First South African wines to carry 'ethical seal' announced

Published:  13 September, 2012

The first wines to carry South Africa's new, fully traceable, ethical seal that protects employers against unfair discrimination, are to be showcased at Cape Wine 2012.

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McWilliams to launch Weight Watchers endorsed wine range in the UK

Published:  10 September, 2012

Australian producer McWilliams is the first winery to sign an endorsement deal with Weight Watchers, the international diet programme, aimed at bringing lower alcohol wines to a new wider audience.

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Sir George Fistonich to celebrate 50 years of Villa Maria with London event

Published:  10 September, 2012

Owner and managing director of Villa Maria, Sir George Fistonich, is to celebrate the winery's 50th Vintage with a roadshow of events including one in the UK.

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Luis Felipe Edwards appoints Ehrmanns as off-trade representative

Published:  07 September, 2012

Ehrmanns has been appointed Luis Felipe Edwards UK representative for the off-trade and ecommerce.

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At Your Service events - September and October

Published:  06 September, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for September and October.

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Pernod Ricard launches Malibu Red

Published:  05 September, 2012

Pernod Ricard has introduced Malibu Red to the UK market ahead of the run-up to the festive season.

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Pernod Ricard launches Absolut Unique

Published:  04 September, 2012

Pernod Ricard UK has created 4 million individually designed and numbered bottles for its new limited edition Absolut Unique range.

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Best year for Pernod Ricard since 2007/8, despite fall in UK sales

Published:  30 August, 2012

Pernod Ricard's annual results show its best growth since the financial crisis began - up 8% - although UK sales tumbled by 4%.

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Rolling update: Wineries make harvest predictions

Published:  29 August, 2012

As September looms, the wine industry in the northern hemisphere is keeping an anxious eye on its crops, with many having experienced unusual weather conditions earlier this year.

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Anne Krebiehl meets German winemaker Ernst Loosen

Published:  28 August, 2012

Ernst Loosen is a German winemaker and owner of the wine producer Weingut Dr. Loosen, located just outside Bernkastel in the Mosel wine region. Anne Krebiehl sat down for a chat.

 

What do you think of Riesling here in the UK?

I have a long experience of selling Riesling in this country; I started in 1983. If you look back to those days, the market was a disaster for Riesling and German wines, it was full of Liebfraumilch and Blue Nun. This is what ruined the reputation of these wines [Riesling]. Fine German wines used to be very important in the UK, nowadays that's dead. I have been working this market because I love England; I like the humour, the people, the lifestyle. I love this market and I thought there must be a way to get Riesling back and it was a very, very hard for the first 15 years to stick up for Riesling in the UK.

 

What was the turning point?

Possibly the end of the 1990s, when we started really to become successful. I came over here not because I sold a lot; I came because I loved it so much. It was a long, hard way. But you see, I think this is the difference with the people in England, they may take a long time to come back to something, but then they are very loyal, that is the difference to America, where you can have success because of scores, but they forget you just as fast. In England you have to have the patience to build the market continuously, even if you do not have an immediate success.

 

So much has happened in Germany itself - what about the younger generation of winemakers?
The young generation are almost all going dry, I am still a traditionalist, it's not that we don't do dry wines, in our estate in the Pfalz we only produce dry wines, but in the Mosel we are still huge fans of doing our traditional Kabinetts and Sptlese and botrytised wines. When it comes to dry wines I would say the major market for these wines is still Germany. It will take some time for the export markets to learn about these dry wines so this is still a mission. You have the bone-dry style, the light-fruity style up to noble style Riesling - there is much more to explain, it's much more difficult than having a Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay - Riesling is more confusing.

 

From that point of view I would say we are still more successful in the export markets with the traditional fruity-style wines while in Germany we are very successful with the dry wines. I do not see a contradiction or conflict in that. The young guys often see a conflict, they want to promote their new-style dry wines but I think Germany has the tradition of both, why should I not continue this tradition?

 

What does the future hold for Riesling?
I think Riesling will have a great future in the UK, people will rediscover it - the wrong wines that did not have a drop of Riesling in them damaged the image of Riesling, that's the crazy thing. It's very difficult to fight against tradition and if Germany stands for anything, then we stand for Riesling in this country. When it comes to Riesling, then Germany is the benchmark. We should use that. We should stick to what we are known for and what we can do best.

 

What has the success of the Dr. L brand taught you?
I started a brand which is based on Riesling - Dr L and Riesling belongs together. It was the first time that we built a brand that said 100% Riesling, 100% traditionally produced, no Sssreserve, from traditional slate soils on traditional slopes; wine that is an ambassador for our region which shows typicity: it has this mineral crispness and acidity from slate soil, a lightness of 8.5% alcohol, and a level of residual sweetness. It is unique and it will always be from the Mosel. I have had requests to put other things in there, to produce more quantity but this would have been the start of the death of the brand. You lose identity and for me this is the most dangerous thing, you'd make more money but you'd ruin the brand, therefore Dr L will always be 100% Riesling, from 100% slate soil from the traditional slopes of the Mosel.

 

The 1996 vintage was the first we introduced. People adore having a simple concept, not having to bother with all these difficult names and to have a profile, I think this is the reason that it's still growing - and not at a cheap price, it sells at the £6.99 and £7.49 price point and it seems to work. People are willing to pay if it's a reliable product.

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Premium Chile a long way off, warn senior trade figures

Published:  28 August, 2012

Chile's transformation into a premium contender will take years, warn senior trade figures.

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Sustainability: the choice of a lifetime

Published:  24 August, 2012

Businesses not on board with sustainability run the risk of losing out to their savvier counterparts across the industry

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NZ and OZ winemakers hit the road with Negociants

Published:  24 August, 2012

Winemakers from Australia and New Zealand will be hitting the road this month as Negociants embarks on its first ever UK winemaker tour, in order to re-establish close links with the trade.

 

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Copestick Murray 'I heart' brand given Sainsbury's listings

Published:  22 August, 2012

Copestick Murray has announced new listings in Sainsbury's for its I ? brand, on the back of Wine Intelligence research that showed it was "striking a powerful chord with consumers."

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Pernod Ricard chairman dies suddenly

Published:  20 August, 2012

Patrick Ricard, the head of global wine and spirits firm Pernod Ricard, has died suddenly aged 67.

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Drastic UK volume decline for Treasury Wine given positive spin

Published:  17 August, 2012

A drastic 1.6 million case decline in the United Kingdom has been given positive spin as Treasury Wine Estates briefed the Australian Securities Exchange on their 2012 full year results.

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Pernod Ricard's festive marketing plans revealed

Published:  17 August, 2012

In part two of Harpers' report on Pernod Ricard UK's festive plans for 2012, we take a look at what the drinks giant will be doing to promote its leading brands this Christmas.

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