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Darling confirms rise in VAT

Published:  09 December, 2009

Chancellor Alistair Darling has confirmed that value added tax will return to 17.5% in January, but claims there will be no further direct rise on alcoholic drinks duty tax.

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New Zealand sweet wines permitted in UK

Published:  09 December, 2009

The generic trade body, New Zealand Wine Growers has welcomed a ruling that will allow the import of sweet wines into the UK.

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Christmas campaigns unveiled for Tia Maria and Glenfiddich

Published:  09 December, 2009

First Drinks brands unveils plans for a £1 million Christmas TV campaign for Tia Maria and will target top end glossy magazines and newspaper supplements with Glenfiddich.

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Panel of MWs to judge Argentina Wine Awards

Published:  08 December, 2009

For the first time in the three year history of the Argentina Wine Awards it has been announced the 2010 international judging panel will comprise entirely of Masters of Wine.

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Pernod Ricard announces new UK appointments

Published:  08 December, 2009

Pernod Ricard has announced the appointment of three spirit and wine/Champagne Channel directors to its UK arm.

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Wines in the Press- December 4-6

Published:  08 December, 2009

Observer

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First promotion for rescued Wine Racks

Published:  07 December, 2009

All of the Wine Rack stores saved from administration by Venus Wine & Spirit are to hold in-store tastings this Saturday (December 12) on a range of promotional wines.

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Diageo faces boycott over rum plans

Published:  07 December, 2009

Diageo is facing a boycott of its spirits brands in protest at its future production plans - in Puerto Rico.

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Provenance assured for fine wine buyers

Published:  07 December, 2009

A new online wine service for shoppers who are are worried about the provenance and risks associated with badly stored fine wine is being launched with a guarantee of 100% tracebility.

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Boutinot recalls wine

Published:  04 December, 2009

The wine importer Boutinot has recalled from sale the NOVAS Winemaker's Selection - Chardonnay Marsanne Viognier 2006.

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Wine Rack managers gather at Vinopolis

Published:  03 December, 2009

Wine Rack managers are gathering at Vinopolis today (Thursday) for their first formal meeting with their new owners.

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Raiders target Sussex vineyard

Published:  03 December, 2009

Burglars have stolen £32,000 of wine from a Sussex vineyard.

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Simon Thorpe quits Constellation

Published:  02 December, 2009

Simon Thorpe MW is quitting Constellation Europe to become managing director of Australian fine wine importer Negociants UK.

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Further Champagne discounts at Morrisons

Published:  02 December, 2009

Morrisons is making further cuts to the prices of leading Champagne brands.

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Stolen wine warning

Published:  30 November, 2009

The trade is being warned to be on the lookout for stolen wine after the theft of 57 cases en route to Berry Bros & Rudd.

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More FQR stores close - but Wine Rack lives on

Published:  30 November, 2009

A further 391 First Quench stores are to close - but there is good news about the future of the Wine Rack brand.

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Searcys to open six Champagne bars in 2010

Published:  27 November, 2009

Searcys is looking to roll out its Champagne bar concept across the country with six new sites planned for next year.

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IWC opens early for entries

Published:  27 November, 2009

The International Wine Challenge is calling for entries for next year's competition.

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£7m Christmas push for First Drinks

Published:  26 November, 2009

First Drinks is backing its brands with £7 million in advertising and promotions in the run-up to Christmas.

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Drinks leaders speak out on alcohol policy: Claire Hu

Published:  26 November, 2009

Leading drinks company bosses today urged the trade to have a say on alcohol harm reduction policy, before ineffective and costly legislation is imposed on the industry.

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