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Lockspeiser replaces Paul as WTAG chairman

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Trade Action Group - the group of 30 leading wine companies - has elected a new chairman and committee.
Jerry Lockspeiser, managing director of Bottle Green, takes over from Western Wines managing director Michael Paul, who has led the group since its inception 18 months ago and was instrumental in bringing the various companies together.
Lockspeiser commented: I am delighted to be taking on the role from Mike Paul, whose leadership and enthusiasm in the last 18 months have been a driving force.'

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Eurocave Manchester

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine-storage specialist Eurocave UK is opening a Manchester brand of Around Wine, joining the existing one in London. The store will stock a full range of Eurocave cabinets and systems, as well as an extensive range of Riedel glassware. The launch party on 8 October will be hosted by Matthew Jukes.

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Doyle joins MBL

Published:  23 July, 2008

Musgrove Budgens Londis has appointed Lyana Doyle as trading manager for spirits and fortified wine, she will be responsible for buying both categories in all Londis and Budgens stores. Doyle joins from Marks & Spencer, where she worked as fruit category industry merchandiser.

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Cockburn's looks to education to drive sales

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumer education, not heavy discounting, is the key to increasing Port sales in the UK, according to the brand manager for Cockburn's Port.

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Wadsack teams up with Gallo for an adventure

Published:  23 July, 2008

IWSC Communicator of the Year, Joe Wadsack, has teamed up with E& J Gallo and wine education company Blue Tree, to launch Joe Wadsack's Wine Tasting Adventure'.

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Jewell leaves Sainsbury's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Just one week since it took the IWC Supermarket of the Year crown, the Sainsbury's wine team has announced that it is to lose its second buyer in the space of a month.

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Carson to leave Constellation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Wines Europe CEO Christopher Carson is set to step down from his position within six months.

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The Interview: Dawn Davis

Published:  23 July, 2008

Have you always wanted to work in a restaurant?
Not really. My big plan was to become an actress and join RADA, but I didn't really like the people at the university drama group - they were too precious. So I chose rugby instead, which was a good move. We won the girls' rugby university final at Twickenham two years in a row. I played flanker and then winger, which means you have to run a lot. I don't have the time now but I'm still fit - restaurants are the best diet plan. Forget Atkins - just serve lunch and dinner, finishing at two in the morning.

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Intelligence wins

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Intelligence, the specialist wine market-research and strategy consultant, has been named one of the UK's top 10 new companies after reaching the finals of the 2005 HSBC Start-Up Stars Awards.

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Black Tower campaign highlights home drinking

Published:  23 July, 2008

Top-selling German wine Black Tower is to feature in a major national advertising print campaign.

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They are picking in the Douro

Published:  23 July, 2008

They started picking grapes in the Douro on 30 August as growers and producers started to count the cost of the drought in Portugal this year - it has hardly rained since May and this is the third dry winter in a row.

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PKNT backs Q

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bottle Green has signed a deal that will see its Chilean PKNT brand sponsor popular-music event The Q Awards 2005.

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Napa looks to protect name

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has opened a petition book for its 2005 worldwide tasting tour to garner support for its initiative to promote and protect location'.

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Wirra Wirra moves to Oxford

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oxford-based wine importer Stevens Garnier has taken over the distribution for premium McLaren Vale producer Wirra Wirra Vineyards.

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Corrections

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers would like to point out that Moreno's marketing manager is Christopher Payne, not Piper, as was reported in the Raise your glasses' feature (Harpers Spain supplement, 9 September). Apologies for any confusion caused.

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Consolidation in Germany

Published:  23 July, 2008

German entrepreneur Achim Niederberger has purchased the historic Pfalz wine estate of Reichsrat von Buhl for an undisclosed sum.

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Jeroboams adds two

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Jeroboams Group is opening two new stores in London next month in St John's Wood and Islington.

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Wine Int, Wine & Spirit Int and DI all move to William Reed

Published:  23 July, 2008

William Reed Publishing, the Crawley-based publisher of The Grocer, Morning Advertiser and Off Licence News, has bought Wine International, Wine & Spirit International, Drinks International, the duty-free title Frontier, and the Intenational Wine Challenge.

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Wine Society wins top IWC awards

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine Society was the surprise star of this year's International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards dinner, winning the Overall Wine Merchant of the Year award - one of the industy's most sought-after accolades.

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Hulme is latest MW

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine educator Susan Hulme has become the 249th Master
of Wine after successfully completing her dissertation.

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