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Pommery GILT range

Published:  23 July, 2008

The new GILT Champagne Lounge at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge, designed on a Champagne theme by Hirsch Bedner Associates and opened earlier this month, is to offer a full range of Pommery cuves. Chandeliers and the walls of the Lounge are lined with hand-blown Murano glass bubbles and the golden colour of the floor is intended to echo aged Vintage Champagne. Vranken Pommery Monopole UK manager Sara Hicks said: Designers wanted to give guests the impression that they're actually sitting in a glass of Champagne'.

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New boss at German Wine Institute

Published:  23 July, 2008

Monika Reule has been appointed as managing director of the German Wine Institute.

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Mason takes WOSA job

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of South Africa has appointed Jo Mason as the new UK market manager, replacing Sophie Waggett, who is leaving the generic body to have a baby.

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Up for the challenge

Published:  23 July, 2008

Berry Bros & Rudd's new non-executive director Philip Bowman is not afraid of change in the drinks industry - he embraces it, as Ron Emler discovers

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Dartington glass launch

Published:  23 July, 2008

Joe Wadsack, the voluble broadcaster and larger-than-life bon viveur, has teamed up with English crystal glass maker, Dartington, to promote its Winemaster range of stemware.

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Rmy to pull out of Maxxium deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Ron Emler
Rmy Cointreau has set itself up as a possible takeover target by announcing that it is pulling out of the Maxxium distribution joint venture to regain control of sales of its brands.

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Calvet sold to owner of JP Chenet

Published:  23 July, 2008

Bordeaux negoiant house Calvet has been sold to Les Grands Chais de France, which owns the JP Chenet brand.

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Super Seconds

Published:  23 July, 2008
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My sweet love

Published:  23 July, 2008

The most baffling thing about Sauternes is how its producers survive. It's not just the unpredictability of Botrytis cinerea; in 2004 the yield at Chteau Climens was less than four hectolitres per hectare (4hl/ha). At Chteau Suduiraut in the same year they left three-quarters of the grapes behind. The opening price of the wine, what there was of it, was 32 at Climens, 22-26 at Suduiraut. Both prices were less than the cost of production.

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The Interview: Onder Sahan and Haldun Ertem

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Christian Davis

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Ex-Allied boss takes directorial role at Berry's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Philip Bowman has been appointed as a non-executive director of London wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd.

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IWSC hosts first mini-showcase in South Africa

Published:  23 July, 2008

On 14 November, the International Wine & Spirit Competition hosted its inaugural Mini-Showcase Tasting at Spier Conference Centre in Stellenbosch,
South Africa.

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No EU tax harmonisation

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Rebecca Gibb
The European Court of Justice has ruled that consumers will not be allowed to buy alcohol or cigarettes from Europe over the internet without paying domestic import duty.

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WSET: Education leads to bigger spend

Published:  23 July, 2008

Consumers are willing to increase their spend and experiment if they attend a wine course, according to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and research from Wine Intelligence.

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Italian wine still baffles consumers

Published:  23 July, 2008

by Rebecca Gibb
Two-thirds of drinkers of Italian wine admit that they are confused by the country's grape varieties and regions.

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Top gong goes to Bell

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Bell at Skenfrith on the Welsh borders has won Champagne Taittinger's wine list award for small hotels, pipping Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and The Crown at Whitebrook near Monmouth. According to judges the list was a really good read'. Holbeck Ghyll in Cumbria won the category for larger establishments, for Hotels and Spas in the UK and Ireland, beating Combe House in Devon, Cotswold House Hotel in Gloucestershire and Sharrow Bay in Cumbria.

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Unknown chef wins Michael Nadell Pastry Trophy

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chris Corbishley, who is training to become a pastry chef at Stoke-on-Trent College, has won the Michael Nadell Pastry Trophy, sponsored by Champagne Duval-Leroy.

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Corney & Barrow take on yet more on-trade staff

Published:  23 July, 2008

Corney & Barrow, with two new appointments in recent weeks, has added five staff to its on-trade supply area in the past six months, and there are more to come, says on-trade manager James Franklin.

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Gun owners open new venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tom and Ed Martin, proprietors of The Gun gastropub in London's Docklands, are to open a striking, colonial-themed pub in London's east end. The former name of the establishment, The Empress of India, is to be restored in a return to authentic style - the wording refers to one of Queen Victoria's overseas roles. Hand-painted silk wallpaper depicting Indian scenes and a recently laid mosaic floor have been constructed, with input from Concorde Interiors.

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Edinburgh second-best city for eating out

Published:  23 July, 2008

The best city to eat out in in the UK after London is Edinburgh, according to the Harden's new restaurant guide. The vegetarian restaurant David Bann, as well as VinCaffe, part of Valvona & Crolla, were among more than 20 venues in the city to have impressed reviewers in the 2007 guide. Edinburgh was followed by Brighton, Leeds and Manchester, with Bristol managing a surprisingly lowly tenth place. In the individual awards for top restaurants, sponsored by Rmy Martin, the new Soho-based diner Arbutus was placed first for its imaginative rendition of French and European dishes.

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