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Wetz back at Unwins

Published:  23 July, 2008

Around 10% of Unwins stores are to close and 33 head office positions will be made redundant, following a restructuring of the company.

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Cognac Supplement 2004

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cognac has cultivated an image as a luxury drink, but is it now questioning its identity?

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KWV goes to Ellis and Back

Published:  23 July, 2008

KWV, the South African wine giant which became embroiled in a wine adulteration scandal, as a result of which two winemakers were fired, has appointed three world-renowned winemakers to oversee its winemaking and mentor its winemakers.

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All in the mind

Published:  23 July, 2008

Many Harpers readers will regularly attend organised wine tastings. At most of these events we taste on our own. Occasionally, though, we are asked to share opinions of the wines tasted or, on rare occasions, to reach a consensus.

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Small wonders

Published:  23 July, 2008

The premium wines from the Northern Rhne have recently experienced a remarkable surge in popularity, led by Robert Parker's enthusiasm for Cte Rtie.

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Chilean consolidation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Although Chile's 2005 vintage has so far proved to be good news for winemakers, it is developments in the boardrooms rather than the vineyards that are making the headlines.

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XTESTX

Published:  23 July, 2008

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WSA becomes WSTA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine & Spirit Association has changed its name to the The Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Song of Rolland

Published:  23 July, 2008

About the only myth Michel Rolland did not attempt to dispel, but rather reinforced, was that of the flying winemaker.

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Villages people

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sales of AC Ctes du Rhne set off at an athletic pace in the UK market as the new millennium dawned.

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Myliko SA joint venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

Myliko Wines has entered into a joint venture with South African producer Tinus Broodryk.

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A new team reigns for Spain

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite a lingering sadness at the early retirement (due to ill health) of Wines from Spain (WfS) director Graham Hines, the trade members at last week's generic tasting were firmly focused on the future.

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Harpers' deputy editor wins Feature Writer award

Published:  23 July, 2008

Harpers' deputy editor, David Williams, won the Feature Writer of the Year Award at last week's Britvic Business Food and Drink Journalist of the Year Awards.

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Macadam's SWAG

Published:  23 July, 2008

Former Oddbins boss and the current managing director of United Wineries, Richard Macadam, has been named chairman of the newly formed Spanish Wine Action Group (SWAG).

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Port houses declare

Published:  23 July, 2008

More Port houses have declared the 2003 vintage.

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The Interview - Roger Harris & Clare Montgomery, Owner and sales/marketing director, Roger Harris Wines

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you get into the wine business?
A friend of mine used to ship Peugeot cars to East Africa, and the only wine that he drank was Beaujolais. I trained as an engineer at Loughborough and went to Peugeot in Sochaux, on the Swiss border, not far from Alsace. I then joined Lotus, but it was the time of the three-day week, and it was all pretty grim. We used to sit in our overcoats shivering in the winter because there was no fuel. At that stage there was very little future in the motor industry that I could see, so I decided to start my own business.

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Myliko SA joint venture

Published:  23 July, 2008

Myliko Wines has entered into a joint venture with South African producer Tinus Broodryk.

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Southcorp board says yes to Foster's increased bid

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Foster's Group looks set to take over Southcorp, following acceptances by the majority of the Southcorp board of the improved A$4.26 per share offer.

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Havana Club goes to consumers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard-distributed Cuban rum Havana Club is launching its first-ever UK consumer advertising and sponsorship campaign with an investment of 1.75 million.

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Octavian secures new Percy Fox logistics deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Logistics company Octavian has been awarded a five-year contract to handle the entire portfolio of Percy Fox and Justerini & Brooks across the UK.

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