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Scotch and water

Published:  18 January, 2007

Scotch whisky producer Dewar's is giving away gift bags containing flasks and water jugs to mark the fifth anniversary of its sponsorship of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Cream tea

Published:  18 January, 2007

Voyant Chai, a tea cream liqueur, has just been launched in the UK.

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Hayman makes brands on a British theme

Published:  18 January, 2007

A new gin, whisky and vodka range is to be launched by Hayman Distillers in the UK next year.

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Romania tasting

Published:  18 January, 2007

Agricola Stirbey
Baroness Ileana and Baron Jakob Kripp, owners of the Prince Stirbey wine estate in Dragasani (southern Romania), intend
to rediscover the specific character of the indigenous grape varieties that reflect the Dragasani region's terroir' by applying natural treatments in the vineyards and traditional methods in the cellar.

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Sogrape extends Callabriga range

Published:  18 January, 2007

Sogrape, the company behind Mateus Ros, has extended its Callabriga range with three new wines: the first from the Do region, and two Reservas from the Douro and the Alentejo.

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1.5M campaign from Disaronno

Published:  18 January, 2007

Italian Amaretto liqueur Disaronno is warming up for Christmas with a 1.5 million national television advertising campaign.

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Bacardi puts its money where its mouth is

Published:  18 January, 2007

Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands (BBFB) is launching a nationwide advertising campaign this month for Bacardi, valued at 1.4 million.

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Latest product news from 6 October 2006 issue

Published:  18 January, 2007
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Safe and sound

Published:  18 January, 2007

Portland Wine Gear has launched The Wine Safe, which is made with aircraft-grade aluminium' and is designed to protect wine from the temperature and pressure variations in aircraft luggage holds.

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Olive branch

Published:  18 January, 2007

Free Run Wines has launched L'Olivier (Olive Tree'), a Syrah/ Mourvdre blend from the Minervois appellation in southern France.

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Latest product news from 22 September 2006 issue

Published:  18 January, 2007
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The latest product news in the 25 August issue

Published:  18 January, 2007

POP-Art
A bright pink carrier has taken first prize in a competition to design a six-pack holder for 20cl bottles of POP, from Champagne house Vranken Pommery Monopole.
The Pommery POP-Art competition was run in conjunction with the Royal College of Art (RCA). First-year textile student Susanne Happle beat 30 of her classmates to come up with the winning design, which features a detachable lower section and six straw-holders.
Vranken Pommery Monopole's UK manager Sara Hicks, who was one of the judges, says: The standard of work was exceptional, and it was such a closely fought competition, but Susanne's fun and funky carrier was our first choice. It is fashionable and functional, and perfectly capture's POP's spirit.'

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Red Hot Chile - a preview of the annual tasting of wines from Chile

Published:  18 January, 2007

London tasting
The Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN
Monday 11 September 2006 - press and on-trade only
Tuesday 12 September 2006 - all guests
(Press are invited on either Monday or Tuesday, with Monday a special day for on-trade and press only)
Wines of Chile is hosting a special focus tasting on Monday only, which will feature the Chilean Gold and Trophy winners from the 2006 UK competitions (International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards). In addition there will a spotlight on Chilean ros and sweet wines

Manchester tasting
The Grand Ballroom, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
Thursday 14 September - for all press and trade

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Halewood International buys Crabbie's

Published:  18 January, 2007

Halewood International - the UK's largest independent alcoholic drinks manufacturer and distributor - has purchased the Crabbie's brand from The Glenmorangie Company.

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The future's Sherry; the future's orange

Published:  18 January, 2007

by Dawn Cran
Harveys has launched a new product designed to wake up the Sherry category and broaden the appeal of its flagship Harveys Bristol Cream.

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Thierry's launches new brand from Corsica

Published:  18 January, 2007

Thierry's has secured what is probably the first major multiple listing in the UK for a wine produced on the French island of Corsica. Terra Vecchia, produced by Skalli Family Wine, will go on sale in Somerfield next month.

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All change for Whyte and Mackay

Published:  18 January, 2007

Whyte and Mackay is relaunching its range of whiskies with a new-look design, inspired by Glaswegian artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. A double lion rampant in red will be the focal point in a move towards a more contemporary look. A futher change will see each of the aged blends released a year later, which will introduce a 13, 19 and 22 year old to the portfolio. A completely new blend, to be named Prize', will also be added later in the year. The Whyte and Mackay range retails for between 11.99 and 124.99.

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Summer's all wrapped up

Published:  18 January, 2007

To celebrate summer, Dooley's Toffee Vodka can now be seen sporting a neoprene wetsuit.

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Revolutionary change

Published:  18 January, 2007

It's humid, grey and gloomy in Bordeaux. Edouard Thouvenot, export area manager for Baron Philippe de Rothschild, is outlining the plans for Mouton Cadet (MC) in a grey, rather gloomy, unprepossessing building in a small industrial estate outside Pauillac, a far cry from what you would expect from the owners of first growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

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Belle of the Ball

Published:  18 January, 2007

Plaimont, the cooperative based in south-west France, is relaunching Colombelle, one of its oldest wine brands, in the UK.

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