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Paragon re-establishes Australian connection

Published:  15 October, 2008

UK distributor Paragon Vintners has re-established an Australian representation in its portfolio by winning the full UK distribution for South Australian winery Jip Jip Rocks.

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Wines in the Press: Malbec, Muscadet and wines in the desert

Published:  14 October, 2008

This week Jane MacQuitty assesses the future of Oddbins, Victoria Moore goes back to her roots and Jonny Beardsall takes a trip to the Namib desert to meet a remarkable winemaker. Meanwhile Joanna Simon is surprised by the following on new website thewinegang.com.

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Wines in the Press: Chardonnay and PX are back in vogue

Published:  07 October, 2008

Some unfashionable wines get some good publicity this week; Jancis Robinson sings the praises of sweet Spanish PX varieties and Jamie Goode attempts to reverse some of the damage Bridget Jones has inflicted on Chardonnay in recent years. Elsewhere, last month's Dispatches programme on the use of chemicals in wine is still a talking point; this week Jane MacQuitty has her say.

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Constellation reports $23 million second quarter loss

Published:  02 October, 2008

Constellation Brands has reported a second-quarter loss of nearly $23 million (£13 million) on the sale of some of its vineyards and production plants in Australia.

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Australia storms to victory in IWSC competition

Published:  30 September, 2008

Australia took pole position at today's annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), scooping a total of 34 awards.

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Vergelegen launches vintage "V"

Published:  26 September, 2008

Premium South African winery, Vergelegen has launched the 2004 vintage of "V" - its flagship wine - onto the UK market. The wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (7%) and Cabernet Franc (3%), has an RRP of £56 and is targeted at both the high end retailers and on-trade. The 2004 is the third vintage of "V" to be released in the UK.

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ZGM appoints award winning winemaker

Published:  25 September, 2008

International wine producer ZGM has appointed award-winning winemaker Julian Grubb to its team.

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Didier Dagueneau dies in plane crash

Published:  24 September, 2008

Acclaimed Pouilly Fumé producer, Didier Dagueneau, has died aged 52. Dagueneau was tragically involved in a microlite accident last Wednesday in the Dordogne region of western France.

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Wines in the Press: Washington, South Africa and the rise of M&S

Published:  23 September, 2008

Peter Grogan sings the praises of Washington wines, Jamie Goode comes over all fruit and nut, and Jancis Robinson's tastebuds experience something of a sense of déjà vu this week. Tom Atkin meanwhile might not be a fan of Marks & Spencer's undies collection, but when it comes to its wines it's a different story...

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Wines in the Press: Ways to enjoy seventy-five centilitres of fun

Published:  16 September, 2008

Jane MacQuitty indulges in a spot of armchair shopping, Jancis Robinson learns where not to mention the 'S' word and Tim Aktin enjoys "seventy-five centilitres of fun" with some Sauvignon this week. Meanwhile for those with cash to flash, Antony Rose's column makes for inspiring reading...

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Welcome to the future

Published:  11 September, 2008

The July 11 issue of this magazine contained two disassociated snippets of information regarding Australian wine, which have long occupied my own thoughts (in my soon-to-be-published book, The Great Wine Swindle, I speculate on the implications in greater depth).

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Origin switches sourcing of Camden Park to Argentina

Published:  09 September, 2008

Origin Wines is switching the supply of one of its premium brands from Austrailia to Argentina in a bid to make the brand more profitable.

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Wetherspoons to hold wine festival

Published:  09 September, 2008

Wetherspoon is to host a 19 day wine festival at which it will showcase a range of wines not previously served in its pubs.

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Wines in the Press: From top wine schools to Tesco

Published:  02 September, 2008

With the summer behind us, so too this week is talk of suitable wines for the warm weather. Jancis Robinson, back from her summer holiday, has a last word of advice on seasonal tipples, but for the most part the wine writers are turning their attentions to other matters. Jonathan Ray gives us his run down of the UK's top wine schools, Victoria Moore has her patience tried out by a good Bordeaux and Anthony Rose indulges in a spot of Tesco's finest.

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Wines in the Press: Cocktail shaking and blog making

Published:  26 August, 2008

Jane MacQuitty has been getting busy with her cocktail shaker, Victoria Moore has been indulging in a spot of wine blogging, and Jonathan Ray has been on a trip to one of Chile's most exciting prospects, the Limarí region. Meanwhile, for those of us still holding out for some late summer sun, Joanna Simon has dug out some perfect picnic picks, whilst Tim Atkin raves about Riesling.

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Foster's reports 88% profit slump

Published:  26 August, 2008

Australian wine giant Foster's Group has reported an 88% slump in profits as sales of its wines continue to fall.

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Wines in the Press: Biodynamic wines and barbeques

Published:  19 August, 2008

Tim Atkin has been firing up the barbeque, Jamie Goode has been getting stuck into biodynamic wines and Andrew Jefford has been seeking out some hidden gems in Romania. Meanwhile, the Nicholas chain of wine stores take a battering from Jane MacQuitty and Anthony Rose investigates the "vineyard virus" of South Africa.

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Wines in the Press: Spirit of the summer

Published:  12 August, 2008

Summer is in full swing this week, with Tim Atkin MW getting into the holiday spirit, Jane MacQuitty going on the hunt for the perfect summer red and Jamie Goode giving his run down of the best wines to enjoy in the warm weather.

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UK wine importers hit by Argentinean strikes

Published:  06 August, 2008

Strikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.
TextStrikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.

With main roads being blocked, exports from the South American country have been slow to leave the country, despite the strike ending in June.

Protests had been on-and-off since March, when the Argentinean Senate announced plans for a tax hike on grain exports. This led to farmers protesting.

Months of disruption ended after the Senate rejected the proposals in June.

The action has affected the wine industry and some do not expect the situation to improve for another couple of months.

Solano Penalenzi, managing director at Hispa Merchants, is an Argentinean, Chilean and Spanish wine specialist, based in London.

He is still waiting on several containers, with brands Tapiz, NQN, and Finca La Anita and Domingo Hermanos at sea.

With each container consisting of 1,100 boxes, Penalenzi is waiting on more than 14,000 bottles.

"One order that I placed at the end of March - four months ago - is still there," he said. "Supplies have been difficult to get and orders slow, and now there is a backlog."

James Forbes, Wines of Argentina UK director, said that the four month delay was probably more a shipping problem, rather than an issue relating to the strikes.

"There is a backlog, but the people I have spoken to have not been affected. There have been minor delays, but nothing serious."

However, restaurant chain Gaucho said it has been affected by the lack of Argentinean wine making it to UK shores.

Phil Crozier, Gaucho wine buyer, is waiting on three containers. "It has not affected our sales, but it has impacted the number of wines we have available," he said.

Bibendum Wine in London, said it had experienced some delays "but nothing as bad as we thought it would be".

Polly Long, Argento trade marketing manager, said that despite being a "tough and stressful time" the company "had tried to manage the situation as best it could".

by Deven Pamben

This article first appeared in Harpers magazine. Follow this link to subscribe to the publication.

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All Bar One offers "limited edition" rosés of the world

Published:  04 August, 2008

All Bar One, the bar chain owned by Mitchells & Butlers, has started offering a "Limited Edition wines list" to customers, starting this week with a selection of rosé wines.

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