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California Summit 2013 lines up cream of trade

Published:  17 April, 2013

Harpers' inaugural California Summit on June 4 will feature a roll call of category experts to headline a day of debates, masterclasses, networking and focused tastings all designed to offer expert category insights and interactive feedback for those selling California wines in the UK trade.

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Ooberstock celebrates 1,000th customer

Published:  16 April, 2013

Amazon-style wholesaler Ooberstock has traded with its 1,000th independent free trade customer nine months after launching.

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Symington Family Estates declares 2011 vintage

Published:  15 April, 2013

Symington Family Estates has declared 2011 as a vintage year, its third vintage Port declaration since 2000.

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Wake-up call as poll reaveals most wine drinkers alienated by trade's descriptions

Published:  15 April, 2013

Wine descriptions are more pompous than helpful, and most of them fail to help consumers understand the taste of the wine.

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LIWF courts top sommeliers

Published:  15 April, 2013

The organisers of the London International Wine Fair have announced plans to send VIP passes to 200 of the UK's top sommeliers this week.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Distell snaps up Burn Stewart Distillers for £160m

Published:  15 April, 2013

South African giant Distell Group has bought Bunnahabhain producer Burn Stewart Distillers for £160 million from CL World Brands and Angostura.

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Bancroft signs Remírez de Ganuza

Published:  15 April, 2013

Bancroft Wines has been appointed the exclusive UK agent for Rioja producer Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza.

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Champagne Ambassador's Awards open

Published:  12 April, 2013

The Champagne Bureau has called for members of the trade to nominate the UK's best wine educators in this year's Champagne Ambassador's Awards.

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Obituary: Michael Jones

Published:  12 April, 2013

Michael Jones, the former chairman of Banbury wine merchant SH Jones, has died aged 83.

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Rioja generic body plans €8m promotional spend

Published:  12 April, 2013

The generic body responsible for promoting wines from Rioja plans to spend €8 million on promoting the region this year.

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Speed-dating with the suppliers

Published:  12 April, 2013

Hoping to impress some independent merchants this month is Les Vignobles de Foncalieu.

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Double digit sales hike in March for wine and spirits

Published:  12 April, 2013

An early Easter propelled wine sales by 13% and spirits by 20% in the supermarkets while beer sales grew by just 1% during March.

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Hi-Spirits hires Louis Latour's Dan Bolton as MD

Published:  12 April, 2013

Hi-Spirits has appointed Dan Bolton to the newly created role of managing director.

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Drinkaware visitors soar in response to warning people drink more than they think

Published:  12 April, 2013

Visits to Drinkaware's website surged to a five-year high following the publication of research which revealed a gap between what consumers buy and how much they think they drink.

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National Apéritif Day to be held next month

Published:  11 April, 2013

French apéritif producer Maison Lillet has declared May 16 the UK's first National Apéritif Day.

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Grant's and Three Barrels to roll out collectible glasses

Published:  11 April, 2013

First Drinks is planning to launch limited-edition packs of Grant's Scotch whisky and Three Barrels brandy, complete with free branded glass, exclusively to the convenience, specialist and wholesale channels.

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Dunleavy family regains control of Te Motu

Published:  11 April, 2013

Sam Harrop MW is part of a group of private investors that have bought the Te Motu vineyard and returned it to the control of the Dunleavy family.

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Belvedere Vodka adds light-up bottle to range

Published:  10 April, 2013

LVMH-owned vodka Belvedere has added a light to the bottom of its 1.75 litre bottles to make the drink stand...

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GrapePip bids to be the eBay of the wine trade

Published:  10 April, 2013

A fine wine merchant has launched an online auction for fine wines which it says will give customers the thrill of a live auction while offering merchants a neat solution to clear cellar overstocks.

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