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Hawksbill and Caskshare prepare for World Rum Day

Published:  08 July, 2021

The great and the good of the rum world are gearing up for World Rum Day, taking place this Saturday 10 July in order to spread word of rum, which was named by the WSTA as the most loved cocktail spirit during 2020’s first lockdown.

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North South Wines secures ‘AA Grade’

Published:  07 July, 2021

North South Wines has been awarded an ‘AA Grade’  the highest rating possible for an announced audit – after it was assessed against the BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers.

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Spurrier posthumously awarded The 2021 Oeno Golden Vines Honorary Award

Published:  07 July, 2021

Bella Spurrier, widow of the late Steven Spurrier, has received The Oeno Golden Vines Honorary Award in honour of the wine industry legend's extraordinary achievements.

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Self-isolation rules discriminate against young workers

Published:  07 July, 2021

UK Hospitality (UKH) has warned that delays to the end of self-isolation rules will put additional pressures on a hospitality industry which is being crippled by staff shortages, as the government confirmed that rules around isolating at home for those who aren’t double-jabbed will continue until next month.

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WSTA calls for return of ‘zero for zero' Bourbon tariffs while warning about wine duties

Published:  07 July, 2021

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has submitted a response to the government’s consultation on damaging US tariffs, calling for the swift removal of tariffs on US whiskies.

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Vinpro interdict hearing postponed

Published:  07 July, 2021

Vinpro’s urgent interim interdict application to lift the latest ban on wine sales in the Western Cape has been postponed.

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Ribera del Duero declares 2020 vintage "excellent"

Published:  07 July, 2021

Ribera del Duero DO has declared the 2020 vintage as "excellent", at the same time unveiling UK marketing plans for this year.

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Co-op becomes first supermarket to sell Chateau La Negly

Published:  07 July, 2021

Languedoc producer Chateau La Negly has made its wine available to buy for the first time at a UK supermarket with a launch into Co-op.

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Bourbon Alliance calls on government to remove tariffs

Published:  06 July, 2021

The Bourbon Alliance has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and trade secretary Liz Truss MP to ‘free the spirit’ and remove tariffs.

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The Drinks Trust gets behind National Hospitality Day

Published:  06 July, 2021

The Drinks Trust has partnered with a taskforce of the hospitality industry’s main trade associations, professional bodies and charities to call on the nation to support the sector by visiting their favourite venue on 18 September – National Hospitality Day.

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Charles Krug makes UK debut

Published:  06 July, 2021

Napa Valley winery Charles Krug has appointed Top Selection to distribute its wines in the UK, marking the first time the producer will export to the UK in its 160 year history.

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WSTA appoints three new board members

Published:  06 July, 2021

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has appointed a trio of new board members as the trade looks to recover from the major disruption to sales and trade brought about by Covid-19 and Brexit.

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Industry welcomes plans to lift restrictions but warns long road ahead

Published:  06 July, 2021

The hospitality industry has welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement on the lifting of restrictions on 19 July as a “major milestone”, but warned of a "long road ahead".

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Chateau Haut-Brion launches prestige visitor centre

Published:  05 July, 2021

Domaine Clarence Dillon, the parent company of Chateau Haut-Brion, has officially opened its new Pavillon Catelan visitor centre in Bordeaux which will include La Cave du Chateau Bordeaux, sister to the renowned shop in Paris.

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Neumann joins Fells

Published:  05 July, 2021

Stefan Neumann MS has joined John E Fells in the role of wine consultant, to work alongside the London and regional wine teams.

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Branded hospitality closures stabilise following steep decline

Published:  05 July, 2021

Newly released data has revealed a slowdown in outlet closures for some of the sector’s biggest companies, with the numbers levelling off versus the “steep declines” of 2018 and 2019.

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Cask whisky specialist eyes Asian market

Published:  05 July, 2021

London-based Cask Trade is opening an outpost in Hong Kong following an “unprecedented” spike in demand from the region.

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Full on-trade reopening widely tipped for 19 July

Published:  05 July, 2021

QR codes and test and trace, compulsory mask-wearing and the one metre rule are all likely to go in England on 19 July, allowing pubs, bars and restaurants to operate at full capacity and their customers to mingle freely.

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Robert Parker unveils ‘green’ search filters and emblem

Published:  01 July, 2021

Robert Parker Wine Advocate has unveiled two new search filter capabilities on its website that allow users to search for wines that are certified organic and/or certified biodynamic.

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Long read: Authenticity is worth its weight in gold

Published:  01 July, 2021

Callum Saunders, head of planning at ZEAL Creative, looks to the latest BrewDog scandal over its “solid gold” cans for lessons on the importance of promotional excellence.

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