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New whisky rules introduced today

Published:  23 November, 2009

Scotch single-malt whisky must be bottled in Scotland, while terms such as 'pure malt' and 'vatted malt' are now a thing of the past, thanks to a number of new laws introduced today (Mon 23) by the UK government.

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Irish wine chief wants 20% tax cut

Published:  23 November, 2009

The Irish Wine Association has called on the country's government to cut excise duty by 20% after official figures showed a 10.9% drop in sales in the year-to-date.

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Pink fizz targets Clothes Show visitors

Published:  23 November, 2009

Foster's EMEA is to use the Clothes Show Live consumer fair in a bid to build awareness for its Pink sparkling rosé wine brand among young women.

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Dragons Den star launches online wine retail site

Published:  20 November, 2009


Dragons Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, is looking to attract one million people to his new online wine club and retail site, www.gondola.co.uk in its first year.

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More closures for First Quench

Published:  20 November, 2009

First Quench administrator KPMG has announced that a further 381 stores are to close.

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Imbuko Wines triumphs at Fairtrade Wine Awards

Published:  20 November, 2009

Imbuko Wines from South Africa won the Overall Fairtrade Wine of the Year, sponsored by Harpers Wine & Spirit, at yesterday's Fairtrade Wine Competition in London.

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Scotch whisky body backs responsible drinking

Published:  20 November, 2009

Scotch whisky adverts and point of sale material are to carry a responsible drinking message which will be seen across the EU.

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Distillery slams new whisky laws

Published:  20 November, 2009

New laws governing the production of malt whisky in Scotland will make the industry less competitive and less environmentally friendly, according to Loch Lomond Distillery.

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Morrisons slashes price of Champagne

Published:  19 November, 2009

Morrisons is cutting the cost of some Champagnes to below half price, including Bollinger at £17.95.

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MacQuitty slams Which? Champagne survey

Published:  19 November, 2009

Jane MacQuitty, The Times wine critic, has strongly criticised the standard of a Which? magazine Champagne tasting that voted a Sainsbury's non-vintage own label brand as its runners-up.

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Drinkaware hits back at new study

Published:  19 November, 2009

The independent charity, Drinkaware has hit back at recent research that claims alcohol can lower heart disease in men by almost a third.

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Don't miss - whisky tastings at Tsuru

Published:  18 November, 2009

Tsuru, a Japanese restaurant behind the Tate Modern is to host a tasting of Japanese whisky on Tuesday November 24. Jen Dickson, an expert in Japanese whisky will guide guests through a range of whiskies from world-renowned producers Nikka and Suntory.

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Luca Gardini wins Best European Sommelier

Published:  18 November, 2009

Luca Gardini from Ristorante Cracco, Milan is the winner of The Best European Sommelier Competition 2009- organised by the Worldwide Sommelier Association.

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The Bunch bears more fruit

Published:  18 November, 2009

Lea & Sandeman has become the sixth member to join the The Bunch group of independent wine merchants.

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Jacobs Creek launches consumer focus campaign

Published:  18 November, 2009

Pernod Ricard UK is launching a new, high impact festive campaign for Jacob's Creek which aims to engage with consumers by connecting through shared values.

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Day joins La Riojana

Published:  17 November, 2009

Former sales director of Ehrmanns Nick Day, has been appointed sales director for UK and Europe for the Argentine Fairtrade based co-operative La Riojana.

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Majestic toast higher profits

Published:  17 November, 2009

The decision to cut its minimum order to six bottles has paid off for Majestic Wine as first half results show pre-tax profits are up 9% to £6.1m in the six months to the end of September.

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Wines in the Press- November 11-13

Published:  17 November, 2009

The Guardian

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Book highlights industry action on harmful drinking

Published:  16 November, 2009

International beer, wine and spirits companies say a new book demonstrates their commitment to reducing harmful drinking.

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Majestic toasts half-year success

Published:  16 November, 2009

Majestic's new strategy of allowing customers to buy six bottles instead of full cases has paid off, according to the wine retailer's latest figures.

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