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Thresher unveils plans for Wine Rack revitalisation'

Published:  23 July, 2008

Multiple specialist Thresher has announced details of its plans to revitalise' Wine Rack.

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TV chef gets creative with cocktails

Published:  23 July, 2008

TV chef James Tanner has created a series of cocktails
with Plymouth Gin.

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Zonin warns of Italian crisis'

Published:  23 July, 2008

The world of Italian wine is in trouble. If we don't come out
of this crisis in a hurry, I see thousands of jobs being lost
in vineyards, in cellars, in distribution and in the media,' according to Gianni Zonin, one of Italy's principal wine producers with 1,800 hectares of vineyard spread over 11 estates.

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Italian wine on the Web

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cento Per Cento is a new Web-based wine supplier, dealing exclusively with Italian wines.

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2005 Country Reports

Published:  23 July, 2008

All the country reports from the Harpers Wine and Spirit Directory 2005, packaged together in one downloadable file.

Please note that as the 42 pages are taken from the Harpers Wine and Spirit Directory 2005, page numbers are not concurrent.

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INAO halts Beaujolais yield revolt

Published:  23 July, 2008

The INAO has seen off an attempt by members of l'Union Viticole du Beaujolais to derail proposals designed to shore up Beaujolais's depressed prices through a yield reduction.

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New Master of Wine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fergal Tynan is the latest person to pass his Master of Wine exam, becoming the third MW of 2005.

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Juliet Cole

Published:  23 July, 2008

Juliet Cole, wife of Michael Peace MW, died last month after a long illness.

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Sake/vodka blend

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cellar Trends is to distribute WOKKA SAKi, an 80:20 blend of British vodka and Japanese sake, and a subtle essence of Asian fruit'.

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Cadbury to sell off European drinks arm

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cadbury Schweppes put its European drinks business up
for sale last week.

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Casa Silva to Thierry's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Family-owned and run Chilean wine producer Via Casa Silva is to move its Doa Dominga brand to Thierry's.

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Safeway to Argentina

Published:  23 July, 2008

Carlos Criado-Perez, the former Safeways chief executive officer, along with two other former Safeways executives, will be using the forthcoming Wines of Argentina annual trade tasting (20 September) to unveil their new venture - Las Bodegas, a specialist wine importer and distributor majoring on putting more Argentinian wines on the shelf'.

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Braille innovation

Published:  23 July, 2008

A group of producers in Worcester, South Africa, is to put Braille engravings on their wine bottles.

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New logo for Waiter's Friend

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine-accessory and brand-promotion specialists The Waiter's Friend Company has just launched a contemporary new logo.

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Villa Maria boss in running for entrepreneur gong

Published:  23 July, 2008

George Fistonich, MD of New Zealand producer Villa Maria, is one of five people shortlisted for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 competition.

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Anti-binge-drinking campaign wins award

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sensible-drinking campaigner The Portman Group has won
a Clarion award for its drinkaware.co.uk website.

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Connect 4

Published:  23 July, 2008

Soon after Blason de Bourgogne was launched in the UK, export director Marc Vachet tells me in his strong Irish brogue, a number of copycat brands emerged; this was the proof he needed that the Blason brand would succeed.

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Suntory and Blavod joint venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

London-based spirits company Blavod Extreme Spirits, most famous for its Blavod Black Vodka brand, is entering into a joint venture with Suntory International, the US subsidiary of Suntory, Asia's biggest beverage producer. The joint venture, to be called Diamante Spirits, will be a 50/50 partnership.

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Hailstorms hit Italian vineyards

Published:  23 July, 2008

Weather conditions during the 2005 campaign in Italy have so far been generally positive, but even this year some of the growers in the Langhe are bewailing their fate after having been struck by hail on 20 August.

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Sparkling art auction

Published:  23 July, 2008

A collection of posters celebrating Champagne de Castellane is to go on sale at Christie's.

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