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Brescianini’s mandate as Franciacorta president renewed

Published:  10 May, 2022

The board of the Consorzio Franciacorta has reappointed Silvano Brescianini as president for a further three-year term.

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Winemakers in Uco Valley are ‘growing up’, not just going up, says Argentine specialist

Published:  09 May, 2022

The Uco Valley region of Mendoza is undergoing a significant cultural shift, according to Argentine specialist Madeleine Stenwreth MW.

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Gosset Matchmakers Competition returns for its seventh year

Published:  09 May, 2022

Champagne Gosset welcome entries for the 2022 edition of its landmark Matchmakers Competition, run in collaboration with The Sommelier Collective and Le Cordon Bleu in London.

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Yellow Tail owners to sell vineyard holdings

Published:  09 May, 2022

Casella Family Brands, owners of the iconic label Yellow Tail, has revealed plans to dispose of significant vineyard holdings in Australia.

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Garda DOC Consortium seeks higher profile in UK market

Published:  09 May, 2022

The president of the Garda DOC Consortium, Paolo Fiorini, has announced plans to raise awareness of the region’s wines in the UK, following a study undertaken by Wine Intelligence.

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Simpsons' Wine Estate unveils major expansion

Published:  09 May, 2022

The burgeoning niche market for English still wines received another boost earlier this month, after Simpsons' Wine Estate expanded its vineyard holdings.

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Friday read: Pancho Campo on the wine world and climate change

Published:  06 May, 2022

Ahead of the virtual Green Wine Future 2022 conference this May, Andrew Catchpole invited organiser Pancho Campo to explain how he became a driving force for climate action and why the globe’s environmental problems are also very much those of the wine trade.

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Moët teases permanent Harrods Champagne bar

Published:  06 May, 2022

Moët & Chandon has announced it will be opening its largest stand-alone Champagne bar in Europe at Harrods in Knightsbridge on July 7.

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Lanchester Group invests £20m in new self-powered bottling facility

Published:  06 May, 2022

Development of the UK’s newest wine bottling facility is well underway in County Durham, constructed with sustainability front of mind.

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Madame F launches rosé in Sainsbury's nationwide

Published:  06 May, 2022

Madame F, the LGBTQ+ wine brand has added a rosé to its range of vegan wines.

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Premium soft drinks set to drive on-trade sales higher

Published:  05 May, 2022

Premium soft drinks and cocktails are in more demand than ever after consumers traded up for expensive beverages at home during lockdowns.

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Top 25 Sommeliers to celebrate best in the business

Published:  05 May, 2022

Harpers is delighted to announce the launch of its Top 25 Sommeliers, designed to recognise and celebrate the leading lights in the on-trade drinks world.

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Ukraine appeal and auction dinner at Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle

Published:  05 May, 2022

Over the past few months, importers Les Caves de Pyrene has been helping to relocate families fleeing from war-torn Ukraine and settle them in safe havens across Europe – especially in accommodation generously provided by their European winemaker friends.

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Canada’s cool climate calls at annual tasting

Published:  03 May, 2022

The annual Canada trade tasting returns to the UK on 10 & 11 May at Canada House in central London.

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Simpsons’ toasts 10th anniversary with launch of non-vintage Chalklands

Published:  03 May, 2022

Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent has reached a major milestone with the release of its first non-vintage Chalklands Classic Cuvée English sparkling wine.

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Global wine exports reach record high

Published:  03 May, 2022

This year 2021 saw a partial recovery of global consumption after the doldrums of 2020, the OIV said in its latest update. However, 2022’s outlook is looking increasingly uncertain due to the turbulence posed by the global supply chain crisis, the war in Ukraine and mounting energy prices.

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Alcohol improves on pre-pandemic growth in multiples

Published:  29 April, 2022

Inflation and price squeezes have impacted sales of FMCG products in the multiples over the past 12 weeks, including alcohol. However, in actual terms, alcohol is still a more profitable sector than pre-pandemic.

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Rioja rates its 2021 harvest as “very good” and commits to strategic sustainability initiatives

Published:  29 April, 2022

During an annual plenary session, held on 25 April, the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja rated the 2021 harvest as “very good”. As usual, the evaluation was ratified following an analytical process during which all wines produced under the Designation last year were sampled.

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Friday read: Packaging up an eco ecommerce strategy

Published:  29 April, 2022

Santiago Navarro, CEO & founder of Packamama – the climate tech packaging provider spun from Garçon Wines – made his name in the creation and supply of eco-flat bottles which re-launched Accolade’s eco brand, Banrock Station, in the Co-op in 2020. Here, he dives into how wine brands and manufacturers can leverage packaging to capitalise on ecommerce, whilst responding to long-term changing consumer preferences, including sustainability.

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WSTA appoints new Chair and Deputy Chair

Published:  29 April, 2022

The Board of Directors of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced a new chair, Mark Riley of Edrington UK. He will be supported by Pierpaolo Petrassi MW from Waitrose in a new position as deputy chair.

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