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Wine importers to deliver WSET courses to customers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Edinburgh-based distributor Wine Importers has been accredited by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust as a WSET Approved Programme Provider.

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Taste-in launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new bespoke' wine tasting service utilising the services of Anthony Rose, Andrew Jefford, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, Steven Spurrier, Michael Broadbent and Charles Metcalfe has been launched by wine writer John Stimpfig and wine consultant Sophie Jump.

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MW students' bursary

Published:  23 July, 2008

Second-year MW student Isabelle Legeron, a full-time wine educator from London, has been awarded the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) inaugural MW students' bursary. The bursary was made available to help self-funded MW students who are involved in wine education. Legeron plans on using the bursary to part-fund a trip to the wine regions of Australia.

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Make Ramsay's a double Glenfiddich

Published:  23 July, 2008

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay proved that personality counts as he picked up two accolades at the recent Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards.

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Cocktails in Clapham

Published:  23 July, 2008

Clapham's newest cocktail bar, restaurant and club has just been officially launched, with a 2.30am licence on Fridays and Saturdays.

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New owner at Berkeley's, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Berkeley Square Restaurant and Bar has been purchased by the London & Henley Group.

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Cocoa kiss from Hennessy

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hennessy Cognac has joined forces with The Vineyard at Stockcross, Berkshire and enlisted the help of head chef John Campbell and executive pastry chef Pierre Roelofs in launching a new on-trade training initiative aimed at exploiting the compatibility of chocolate and Cognac.

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Peyton's regional cuisine

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oliver Peyton's latest London venture, The National Dining Rooms in The National Gallery, has introduced a County of the Month menu, designed to showcase the best of British food by region over the coming months.

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Tracking the trends

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mayfair Connection announced the results of an independent study of the London restaurant trade conducted from January to April 2006 at the LIWSF.

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A pound of beef and table for two

Published:  23 July, 2008

Dominic Ford, previously of Harvey Nichols, is setting up a new venture in Battersea, on the site of a former Caf Rouge.

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Pubs and bars lose wine drinkers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Results from a recent on-trade survey conducted by research group Wine Intelligence, and presented at last week's London International Wine and Spirits Fair (LIWSF), have shown a decrease in the number of monthly wine consumers who drink in pubs and bars.

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It's a WRAP

Published:  23 July, 2008

When it comes to recycling and waste minimalisation, the UK is the laggard of Europe', according to Andy Dawe, glass technology manager of the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

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Academy moves house

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Academy of Food and Wine Service moved into new and larger offices within the Hotel and Catering International Management Association's (HCIMA) building in Surrey earlier this month.

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New owner for a Scottish treasure

Published:  23 July, 2008

Scottish restaurant The Peat Inn, famous for its extensive wine list, has been sold to Geoffrey Smeddle, currently head chef at Etain, Sir Terence Conran's fine dining restaurant in Glasgow.

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Under-30s are the big spenders in UK market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine drinkers under the age of 30 are spending more per bottle than the over-30s, new Wine Intelligence research has shown.

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Under-30s are the big spenders in UK market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine drinkers under the age of 30 are spending more per bottle than the over-30s, new Wine Intelligence research has shown.

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Constellation launches new California brand

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Europe is launching a new unpretentious' brand from California based around the region's associations with surf culture.

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Jazzing it up at Ronnie's

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ronnie Scott's Soho jazz venue is due to reopen for business on 26 June, after a three-month makeover.

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The Interview - Jean-Louis Naveilhan, Head sommelier, Sumosan, and co-founder of Isak

Published:  23 July, 2008

Why the interest in sak?
I always used to think it was a spirit, served warm, but during the Tokyo Life event at Selfridges I ended up drinking sak almost every day, and after a month of this I had a totally different take. It's like wine really - it's fermented in the same sort of way and the terroir notion is very important. Premium sak should be chilled, not heated, and the best examples are comparable to grand cru class wines.

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A Sparrow to save a leopard

Published:  23 July, 2008

The former global vice-president of Allied Domecq, Stephen Sparrow, is launching a new vodka that aims to help save one of the world's most beautiful and endangered species: the snow leopard.

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