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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

TIM ATKIN MW got more than he bargained for when visiting the Hunter Valley a few years ago. When his glass of Shiraz was full of sediment, the man at the counter told him: Jeez, I'm sorry mate. That wine's been throwing a deposit recently. I usually run it through my wife's pantihose before we serve it.' Atkin says most red wines benefit from decanting, particularly those made with reductive' varieties like Syrah and Grenache, and that it is akin to opening a window in a stuffy room'.

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The Independent

Published:  23 July, 2008

The cost of producing wine in Argentina is seven to 10 times cheaper than in France, according to ANTHONY ROSE. But why is the country playing second fiddle to its Andean rival Chile? At the time when Chile made its presence felt in the UK, Argentina was still making oceans of plonk, and old-fashioned oxidised plonk at that. With a fragmented industry of 1,200 wine companies compared with Chile's 200, Argentina lacks economies of scale, and it's only since the mid-1990s that it has come out of its shell.'

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The Guardian

Published:  23 July, 2008

After berating her mother for serving her a G&T with a manky slice of lemon, VICTORIA MOORE recommends 1999 Pewsey Vale The Contours Museum Reserve Riesling (10.99; Oddbins Fine Wine, Roberson's, Philglas & Swiggot, Premier Vintners); 2003 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc (6.99; Sainsbury's, Waitrose); and 2003 Les Bastions Ros, Ctes de Saint-Mont, Gascony (4.99; Adnams).

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The Sunday Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

To accompany Chinese food, GILES KIME selects 2004 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris (6.99; Waitrose); 2004 Cono Sur Pinot Noir (4.99; Majestic); and 2003 Via Floriana Chardonnay (3.99, Sainsbury's).

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Berry Bros & Rudd appoints new ad agency

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd (BB&R) has appointed advertising agency Tullo Marshall Warren (TMW) to handle a range of services including brand development for the company.

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Retail sales dip in June after May blip

Published:  23 July, 2008

UK retail sales fell by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis during June 2008, when compared with the same month last year, latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show.

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M&S dumps own-brand policy to halt sales slide

Published:  23 July, 2008

In a dramatic bid to boost ailing food-and-drink sales, Marks & Spencer has begun to trial the selling of top food-and-drink brands in 19 of its stores in the north east of England.

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UK government to fund South Africa carbon study

Published:  23 July, 2008

Retailers and consumers are too focused on food miles, the UK's trade and development minister warned, as he announced a major investment in a joint study with South Africa's fruit-and-wine industry to measure the country's carbon footprint.

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Austria must extend market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Austria needs to extend its reach beyond top-end restaurants and sell its wines in pubs by the glass, claim producers and UK merchants.

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CEDC drops investment in Russian vodka producer

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Central European Distribution Corporation (CEDC) has ceased its investment in Russia's leading vodka producer, the Russian Alcohol Group.

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France will fall behind Spain in wine production

Published:  23 July, 2008

France will fall behind Spain in the wine production stakes by 2015, according to a new report.

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Ball leaves Vinopolis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Malcolm Ball, the Vinopolis chief executive, has joined Wellington Market Company Plc.

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Tesco's supermarket whisky wins top drinks prize

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco's 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt has won the Anglo Overseas Trophy for the best malt whisky up to 15 years old at the International Wine and Spirit Competition awards.

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InBev attempting takeover for under-valued price, says A-B

Published:  23 July, 2008

InBev's latest move in its takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch signifies an attempt to gain the company for an under-valued price.

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Glenglassaugh Distillery Company joins SWA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company Ltd has announced its membership of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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Concha y Toro saves 10,000 through WSTA procurement

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winemaker Concha y Toro has saved 10,000 on stationery supplies through the help of WSTA (Wine and Spirits Trade Association) Procurement.

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New wine merchant in Manchester

Published:  23 July, 2008

Award-winning sommeliers and international wine judges Ben Stephenson and Mark Dent have opened an independent wine merchants in Manchester.

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Sainsbury's to close wine website

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sainsbury's has announced it will be closing its wine website, www.sainsburyswine.co.uk.

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Retailers team with police for alcohol enforcement scheme

Published:  23 July, 2008

An alcohol enforcement project in Cambridgeshire, operated by leading retailers in conjunction with local police, trading standards officers and schools, is to be rolled out around the country.

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InBev looks to sidestep A-B board

Published:  23 July, 2008

InBev has announced it will file a preliminary consent solicitation statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to remove each member of the Anheuser-Busch(A-B) board of directors and provide A-B shareholders with a direct say in the proposed merger.

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