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Signs of strains

Published:  23 July, 2008

Life for wine buffs just got a whole lot more complicated. As well as having to memorise the best-performing clones and the various training techniques, pruning styles, fermentation temperatures, barrel types and the rest, it is becoming increasingly clear they will have to learn the names of numerous commercial strains of yeast as well. And with names like VL3, BM45 and Lavin 31, it probably won't be that fun doing so.

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Ellen keeps Mumm

Published:  23 July, 2008

Champagne GH Mumm has announced that Mumm is to be the official Champagne of the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team for the next three years.

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C&C deal with Terra Mater

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cockburn & Campbell has been appointed sole agent for the wine of Chilean producer Terra Mater.

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Banrock's garden of Eden

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation's Australian wine brand, Banrock Station, has announced it is teaming up with The Eden Project, the Cornish visitor attraction and environmental initiative.

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Domestic bliss

Published:  23 July, 2008

Embracing the top of the Tyrrhenian Sea in a mountainous and infertile crescent, Liguria boasts maritime achievements that completely overshadow a viticultural legacy that dates back to Roman times. The Romans quickly recognised that the Ligurian Alps, responsible for the superb natural harbours of Genoa and Portofino, also provided incomparable sites for cool-climate viticulture and quickly set about terracing the forbidding slopes of the Cinqueterre. Although Liguria may no longer rule the seas, the Mediterranean continues to influence both climate and commerce. Resorts of varying charm occupy every inch of coastline, and viticulture continues to satisfy the demands from tourist and stevedore alike.

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Language barriers

Published:  23 July, 2008

It may be hard to believe, but Lombardy, the most industrial region in Italy (its capital Milan is also the capital of the Italian press, Italian culture, Italian commerce and finance, and the fashion world), is also one of the most important Italian regions for agriculture. Not only does it produce grain, milk and cheese, but it also produces wine.

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Brave words from French minister (but little detail)

Published:  23 July, 2008

In his opening speech at Vinexpo 2005, Dominique Bussereau, the French Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, promised robust measures to defend [France's] position in international markets' but stopped short of outlining any new initiatives.

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Control feats

Published:  23 July, 2008

A conference organised by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (INAO), held in Bordeaux at Vinexpo on 22 June as part of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the first French AOC, at once highlighted the desirability of a global system and the difficulty of reaching it. INAO president Ren Renou emphasised, We don't want a French system, we want a global system, and the more we all respect each other, the more positive the result will be'; while Alexander Tilgenkamp, deputy director-general of the Directorate-General for Agriculture at the European Commission, explained the administrative burden on EC institutions and the impasse in WTO negotiations on TRIPS (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights).

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New World to hold own global trade show?

Published:  23 July, 2008

They're not shouting from the rooftops, but it seems highly likely that the major southern hemisphere generic bodies are to unite and organise a show to rival Vinexpo and the LIWSF.

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Richard & Judy to lauch wine book

Published:  23 July, 2008

Having already made it to the front of the admittedly meagre field of wine television programmes, the daytime TV husband-and-wife team that hosts the eponymous Richard & Judy show is to venture into the world of wine publishing with a new guide book, the Richard & Judy Wine Guide.

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EU says yes' to Pernod deal

Published:  23 July, 2008

Pernod Ricard's bid to take over Allied Domecq has crossed an important administrative hurdle after the European Commission gave its approval to the deal last week.

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Taittinger for sale

Published:  23 July, 2008

The value of shares in the family-owned parent company of Champagne Taittinger, Taittinger SA, has risen strongly following reports that the company is up for sale and considering numerous takeover bids'.

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Sale of a Champagne socialist

Published:  23 July, 2008

On 14 June, late French President Franois Mitterand's wine cellar was auctioned for €14,683 at the Htel Drouot in Paris.

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Gaelic political football

Published:  23 July, 2008

Just when the Scotch Whisky Association thought its work on defining the different categories of Scotch was over, along comes Sir Iain Noble.

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Corby gets screwy

Published:  23 July, 2008

Corby bottlers has installed a new generation of screwcap machinery fitted with a vacuum system'.

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C&C deal with Terra Mater

Published:  23 July, 2008

Cockburn & Campbell has been appointed sole agent for the wine of Chilean producer Terra Mater.

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Alpine flowers

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Alpine Italian province of Trentino, the Italian-speaking part of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in northern Italy, is home not only to distinctive white wines and full-bodied reds, but also to piquant spumante, ethereal grappa and delicate Vin Santo. Innovative cooperative wineries perform the bulk of the region's production, the remainder handled by smaller specialty producers. Nearly half of Italy's bottle-fermented sparkling wines come from this region, and an overwhelming proportion of its wines possess DOC status. With five principal viticultural areas and more than 20 varieties cultivated, Trentino produces a broad variety of increasingly distinguished wines with unmistakable regional character.

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P&O Nedlloyd cuts shipping lead times by five weeks

Published:  23 July, 2008

Shipping giant P&O Nedlloyd has cut lead times for Australian shipments by nearly five weeks.

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Roederer winners

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Stimpfig beat a shortlist of fellow Harpers contributors to pick up the International Wine Writer of the Year prize for his work in the FT: How to Spend It supplement at the inaugural Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Awards, presented at Vinexpo earlier this week.

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The Interview: Rudi Venerandi, Proprietor, Alba, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

Has your wine list changed much since you opened the restaurant in 1989?

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