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The Interview - Angela Hayward and Paul Raymonde, directors, AP Vino

Published:  23 July, 2008

Angela Hayward and Paul Raymonde met in 2002, and discovered that they shared a passion for Italian wines. The couple launched AP Vino in 2004 with input from Angela's stepfather, Fausto Pesci, who worked for many years as a restaurateur, Italian wine consultant, and major importer of Italian wine into Spain and Germany. Last month, AP Vino launched a consumer website, D'Vino, which is also home to The Wine Club of Italy, a scheme that offers mixed cases of wines complete with full tasting notes. AP Vino's portfolio lists 58 wines from 12 producers. Exclusive agencies include La Scolca in Gavi (selected wines), Il Carpino in Friuli, Tenuta di Riseccoli in Greve, and Pinino in Montalcino. A former property developer in Italy, Raymonde is also a well-known cartoonist, whose works have appeared in Punch and Private Eye, among other publications.

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Chile 2010

Published:  23 July, 2008

Talking to dozens of winemakers on a recent trip to New Zealand, a common topic of discussion was Sauvignon Blanc and what a double-edged sword it has become for the Kiwi industry. Sure, being known as the place that does brilliant Sauvignon' is a coup that gives a small wine country enormous global visibility, but it is also a potential glass ceiling that could stifle other aspects of the New Zealand industry.

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New Zealand Winegrowers elect new chairman

Published:  23 July, 2008

Stuart Smith, a grape grower and winery owner in Marlborough, has been elected chairman of New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW), the national trade body. Smith will represent the industry in dealings with government and media for a one-year term. The position complements his role as chair of the national grape growers council.

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Stratford's goes cool

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Stratford, managing director of Stratford's Wine Agencies, has decided to focus the attention of the business on searching for new wines from cooler climates.

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Wonderful world of Oz (Clarke)

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oz Clarke is one of the best-known names in the wine trade.

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Co-op lists first Fairtrade wines from Argentina

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-op has just added four own-label Fairtrade wines from Argentina to its list, the first UK retailer to do so.

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Argentina hosts major wine event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mendoza, Argentina, will be the host of the Annual General Membership meeting of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network for the first time in November this year.

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Speculation that Fortune could be subject of break up bid

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Ron Emler
The trend for international companies to focus on single sectors is focusing attention on the American conglomerate Fortune Brands. Following its participation in the takeover and break-up of Allied Domecq with Pernod Ricard last year, analysts are suggesting it could suffer the same fate.

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New on-trade sales boss at Enotria

Published:  23 July, 2008

Enotria Winecellars has appointed Simon Treanor as its new on-trade sales director.

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Argento relaunches key varietals at higher price

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Argento Wine Company is relaunching its key Argento brand at a higher price point, starting with its two main varietal wines - Chardonnay and Malbec.

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Santa Rita gets planting

Published:  23 July, 2008

Via Santa Rita is about to embark on one of the largest planting projects in the recent history of the Chilean wine history, with an estimated 1,700 hectares (ha) of premium vineyard to be planted by the end of the decade.

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Rioja to allow new whites

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis
The Rioja Regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador DOCa) is set to allow new white grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo to be grown in Rioja and used in the region's DO white wines.

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Montes invests in Napa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Montes is investing in a new venture in California's most famous wine region, the Napa Valley.

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Waitrose backs New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Waitrose is giving the New World a boost with a New World Wine Showcase to be held in all branches from 4 to 24 September.

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The Interview - Kevin Howell, Thresher franchisee, Thresher shop, Hythe, Kent

Published:  23 July, 2008

Kevin Howell has been in the licensed trade just about all his 44 years. His parents ran the White Hart, one of major pubs in Hythe High Street in Kent. After studying at Portsmouth College, he went to work in a Peter Dominic off-licence in nearby Bearsted in Kent. He then moved to the Thresher shop in Hythe, 17 years ago. Kevin is the second person to switch from manager to fracnhisee under the new Thresher franchisee scheme. He is also vice-chairman of the local chamber of commerce.

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Bolla to be bought by GIV?

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Nicolas Belfrage MW and Franco Ziliani
One of the biggest names in traditional Italian viniculture, Bolla, may be on its way into the portfolio of the giant Gruppo Italiano Vini (GIV).

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Constellation: the story of a wine scandal'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Europe made it into the national newspapers for all the wrong reasons late last month after news leaked out that employees of Matthew Clark - Constellation's on-trade distribution arm - were being urged to buy the company's wines while they were being trialled at JD Wetherspoon pubs and claim the cost back on expenses.

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Santa Rita buys 1,600 ha

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Santa Rita has acquired 1,600 hectares (ha) of vineyard land - both virgin and planted - in the areas of Pumanque and Limar.
This purchase has almost doubled the land ownership of Santa Rita, from 2,000 to 3,600ha, making it the second-largest land-owning winery in Chile after Concha y Toro.
Pumanque, around 30km west of Apalta, has no other vineyard plantings at present, and Santa Rita has already installed irrigation, including a reservoir and 10km of pipes. A wide spectrum of grapes will be planted shortly.
Limar, situated 400km north of Santiago, is also a relatively new area, with Via Tabali the most high-profile producer in the area at present. Santa Rita has acquired 470ha in this region, 65 of which are already planted with Chardonnay, Shiraz, Carmnre and Cabernet Sauvignon. The remaining land will be planted over the next five years primarily with Chardonnay and Shiraz.

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Football boss to open restaurant

Published:  23 July, 2008

Outspoken Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan is to open a restaurant on the site of the former Sugar Club in Warwick Street.

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New from Boschendal

Published:  23 July, 2008

South African wine producer Boschendal has introduced a new range of premium wines for the off-trade made up of three single varietals and two dual varietals.

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