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Richard Siddle: why Accolade and Treasury Wine Estates partnership should be applauded

Published:  27 July, 2012

The beginning of August is supposed to herald the start of what our newspaper colleagues would call the Silly Season. A time when there is very little hard news around and our daily news feed is full of stories of escaped pigs, or retired policemen travelling around the country in a bath of baked beans. But the world of wine and spirits does not look ready for a summer holiday just yet.

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Mike Matthews: behind the scenes at "Braaiday" at High Timber

Published:  26 July, 2012


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and bloggers recently as Wines of South Africa fired up the barbie for a good old South African Braai.

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Geoffrey Dean: hits the spot in Languedoc-Roussillon

Published:  23 July, 2012


When La Revue de Vin de Fance, the esteemed French wine magazine, gave Foncalieu one of its coveted annual awards in Paris in January, the wine world sat up and took note. Les Vignobles Foncalieu, to give them their full name, was crowned French co-operative of the year, following in the footsteps of La Chablisienne in Chablis and Embres et Castelmaure in Corbieres. Twenty years after its formation as a union of co-operatives, the Languedoc-centred Foncalieu had won a most notable accolade.

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Treasury Wine Estates appoints new chairman

Published:  23 July, 2012

Non-executive director Paul Rayner is set to become Treasury Wine Estate's new chairman from September 1...

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Trade hits back against wine "rip offs" on Twitter

Published:  16 July, 2012

Some high-profile members of the trade have hit back against supermarkets' cut-price wine deals, which they brand "cynical and misleading".

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David Cox leaves New Zealand Winegrowers

Published:  16 July, 2012

David Cox has stepped down from his post as European director of New Zealand Winegrowers.

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Santa Rita's Terry Pennington looks at the Irish on-trade

Published:  12 July, 2012

Terry Pennington, commercial director for the UK and Ireland at Santa Rita, talks to Harpers about how the on-trade is coping in Ireland amid the euro crisis and on the back of the fall of the Celtic Tiger.

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Pernod Ricard rewards design talent in Absolut Blank competition

Published:  11 July, 2012

Pernod Ricard-owned Absolut rewarded new UK design talent in its second Absolut Blank competition at the New Designers graduate exhibition in London.

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Call for indies to enter Rioja Retailer of the Year

Published:  10 July, 2012

Creative Rioja-loving independent wine merchants are being called on to show their skills in the Wines from Rioja Retailer of the Year Competition.

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Beltrán Domecq appointed president of sherry council

Published:  10 July, 2012

Beltrán Domecq has become the new president of the Board of the Consejo Regulador, where he will help to decide the future of sherry alongside growers and winemakers.

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Armit takes on Champagne Gratiot-Pillière and Bell Hill

Published:  09 July, 2012

Armit Wines has been appointed exclusive UK agent for the New Zealand winery Bell Hill and the Champagne house Gratiot-Pillière with immediate effect.

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Pernod Ricard rolls out Beefeater 'Inside London' bottle

Published:  06 July, 2012

Pernod Ricard owned London Beefeater has launched a Beefeater 'Inside London' bottle to celebrate London's "diverse" personality while commanding shelf stand-out presence for retailers.

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Penfolds launches limited edition £110k wine

Published:  02 July, 2012

Penfolds is taking wine pricing to new levels by launching a £110,000 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, in a limited edition glass ampoule.

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Viña Pomal sponsors Rugby 7s for second year

Published:  02 July, 2012

Grupo Codorníu's Rioja brand Viña Pomal is to sponsor the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series for a second year.

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D&D Wines creditors meet administrator today in search of £10.5m owed

Published:  29 June, 2012

Tension will be running high today when creditors of collapsed wine agency, D&D Wines International, meet the administrator in the hope of clawing back some of the £10.5m that is said to be owed to them.

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Morrisons adds Caviro wines to range

Published:  28 June, 2012

Morrisons is to take on two new wines from the Italian wine co-operative Caviro - Pinot Grigio Blush delle Venezie IGT and Garganega Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT.

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Suppliers fret over D&D Wines International debt

Published:  26 June, 2012

Suppliers to the collapsed D&D Wines International could lose millions of pounds unless administrators can salvage cash from the stricken company.

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Naked Wines invests £526k in Jackson Estate head winemaker

Published:  21 June, 2012

Naked Wines has invested £526k in Jackson Estate head winemaker Mike Paterson,  to make three exclusive wines for Naked Wines customers.

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Pernod Ricard completes 640 mile Benevolent cycle ride

Published:  20 June, 2012

The Pernod Ricard UK cycle team completed its 640 mile ride from Scotland to London in support of The Benevolent, raising 80% of target funds.

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Liberty Wines takes on Hess Family's Colomé, Amalaya and Glen Carlou

Published:  20 June, 2012

Liberty Wines has taken on the agency for Hess Family Estates' Bodega Colomé and Amalaya and South Africa's Glen Carlou.

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