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More Spirited Wines stores ready for Christmas

Published:  05 October, 2012

Spirited Wines is halfway through making changes to the London stores it bought from Nicolas earlier this year.

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Waitrose relaunches own-label range

Published:  04 October, 2012

Waitrose is relaunching its own-label wine, beer and spirit range, which includes 77 lines and wines for under £5.

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Radical range revamp for Morrisons

Published:  26 September, 2012

Morrisons plans to boost wine sales by £100 million in the next three years via a radical range revamp, consumer profiling and the launch of online sales.

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WineStars Twist selects Argentinian wineries

Published:  20 September, 2012

Eleven Argentinian wineries looking for UK distribution have been shortlisted in a competition to gain listings with independent and multiple retailers in the UK on and off-trade.

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Wines from Spain Awards announces winning wines

Published:  19 September, 2012

Judging for the Wines from Spain Awards is now complete, with 110 winning wines chosen and 19 selected as 'champions' for their outstanding examples.

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Jenny Mackenzie: putting Aldi's BWS range to the test

Published:  17 September, 2012



If you thought Aldi's wines were all cheap and cheerful, you might be surprised to find grand cru Champagne, a grand cru classé Margaux, 30 year old Tawny Port and a multi, medal-winning Tokaji in its Christmas Special range.

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New MW boosts Berry Bros total to six

Published:  13 September, 2012

Berry Bros & Rudd now has six Masters of Wine on its staff, following the news that its marketing manager Catriona Felstead MW, has gained the qualification.

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Morrisons to launch first dedicated sales website for wine

Published:  06 September, 2012

Morrisons is to launch its first dedicated online transactional website for wine this autumn as part of a wider shake up of its overall ecommerce offer.

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Morrisons Arabella Woodrow leaves supermarket

Published:  03 September, 2012

Morrisons wine development manager Arabella Woodrow MW has left the supermarket following a restructure.

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WineStars initiative returns with a Twist

Published:  03 September, 2012

WineStars, the initiative launched at the LIWF that helped unrepresented producers showcase their wines in front of a panel of judges, is to return to the Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting.

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Waitrose appoints new wine buying manager

Published:  31 August, 2012

Waitrose has appointed Ken Mackay MW to the role of Champagne and sparkling wine buying manager.

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Independent wine merchants return to Norwich

Published:  23 August, 2012

Norwich is seeing the return of the independent wine merchant, as Harper Wells becomes the second to open in the past three months.

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Norwich sees second independent return to city

Published:  22 August, 2012

Norwich is seeing the return of the independent wine merchant, with Harper Wells as the second to open in the last three months.

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Co-op's wine manager Paul Bastard departs

Published:  15 August, 2012

The Co-operative's long-standing wine development manager Paul Bastard is to leave the business on Friday, August 17.

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Morrisons' wine buyer to open Leeds bar

Published:  14 August, 2012

A Morrisons' wine buyer is set to open a new upmarket wine bar in Leeds later this week, alongside her technology entrepreneur business partner.

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Waitrose first UK supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wines

Published:  07 August, 2012

Waitrose is to become the first supermarket to stock Chinese and Brazilian wine in the UK.

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Gallo's Barefoot brand triumphs at What Food, What Wine?

Published:  31 July, 2012

E&J Gallo's Barefoot label has fooled MWs who think "big equals bad" after winning three trophies and five 5-star awards in the blindly judged competition What Food, What Wine?

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Naked Wines opens California winery

Published:  25 July, 2012

Naked Wines has opened a winery in California and is offering winemakers the opportunity to crush their own grapes.

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Oddbins takes stand against Olympics marketing rules

Published:  24 July, 2012

Oddbins has called on small businesses to find creative ways to circumvent the "legal straitjacket" surrounding the Olympics, and has developed its own off-the-wall marketing push.

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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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