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South African auction wines come to the UK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leading South African winemakers Gary Jordan (Jordan Winery) and Niels Verburg (Luddite) will be visiting London in September to present the wines on offer at this year's Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

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The Interview: Christopher Piper, Christopher Piper Wines Ltd.

Published:  23 July, 2008

You started your business 26 years ago today. How did it come about, and why Ottery St Mary?

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Tiger spotting

Published:  23 July, 2008

The recent launch in Ireland of a new Spanish wine followed the usual routine. The owner of the estate was visiting, and a clutch of press scribblers and favoured trade customers were invited to a lunch hosted by the importer. There was an opportunity to taste the whole range, and before we sat down the importer said a few words of welcome and introduction.

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Sideways prompts Cheval Blanc boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chic Knightsbridge restaurant Zuma has added two bottles of the rare 1961 vintage Cheval Blanc to its wine list, following demand from customers who have seen it featured in the film Sideways, in which two friends take a road trip through California wine country.

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Roux leaves Graham Beck after 15 years

Published:  23 July, 2008

Jacques Roux, marketing and sales director of Graham Beck Wines in South Africa, is to leave the company after 15 years.

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Guerrilla tactics

Published:  23 July, 2008

The slender, ribbon-like stretch of vineyards that falls between the jagged Vosges mountains and the Franco-German border is a tangle of contradictions.

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Showcase Showdown

Published:  23 July, 2008

2005 is already a landmark year for the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). In March, the company opened its new, customised premises in Dunsfold Park, Surrey, with a 25,000-bottle capacity and room for expansion.

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Seasonal adjustment

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the exception of sun-loving categories such as Champagne, Pimm's and lager, the drinks trade has traditionally waited until the run-up to Christmas before launching into a frenzy of marketing and promotional activity. Although, arguably, this pattern is less true for wine brands than spirits - with ros being, obviously, far more of a summer drink than Scotch or Bailey's - most brand owners still have concentrated on the crucial November/December bi-month for their big promotional pushes. A few brands and generics might have made an appearance on the County Show circuit or at the odd classical music concert, but major summer campaigns from wine's big players have been the exception rather than the rule.

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Argentina goes for growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argentina is looking to grab at least 6% of the total wine market by 2020, according to Roberto Luca, president of Wines of Argentina (WoA).

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Cloudy Bay founder keeps it in the family

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Hohnen, the man behind Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle, has launched a new range of Margaret River wines with the help of his daughter and brother-in-law.

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IWSC trophy winners announced at Vinexpo

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine and Spirit Competition used the opening day of Vinexpo earlier this week to announce the first round of Trophy Winners in this year's competition.

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Bordeaux 04: final prices announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

The last of the Bordeaux estates have released their prices for the 2004 en primeur campaign, two months after its start.

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Booting up

Published:  23 July, 2008

Italy was the only European country that enjoyed an increase in sales of wine to the UK in 2004 (AC Nielsen), so the mood should be upbeat as 44 leading Italian importers gather at Lord's Cricket Ground for the seventh Definitive Italian Tasting, instigated by the Italian Wines Committee of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and organised by Hunt & Coady.

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Benevolent launches buddy scheme and outlines funding fears

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine and Spirits Trades' Benevolent Society is likely to be badly hit by the takeover of Southcorp by the Foster's Group and the possible takeover and carving-up of Allied Domecq by Pernod Ricard, the Fortune Group and Diageo.

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Constellation given June 29 deadline to bid for Allied

Published:  23 July, 2008

Constellation Brands has been given until 29 June by the Takeover Panel in the City of London to make a formal counter offer for Allied Domecq.

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Masterminding a Kiwi coup

Published:  23 July, 2008

Following an introduction by Harpers editor Christian Davis, Sam Harrop MW kicked off the Harpers New Zealand Pinot Noir Seminar by posing a question that has been vexing many in the wine industry.

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Ancient Burgundy confounds expectations

Published:  23 July, 2008

A revelatory tasting of old Bouchard Pre & Fils Burgundies dating back to 1858, the year before publication of Darwin's Origin of Species, inspired high-profile musings on the evolution of some of the world's most sophisticated wines at a dinner at The Capital Hotel in London on 3 May.

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Leading from the front

Published:  23 July, 2008

What makes great leaders in our industry?' asked Lulie Halstead at the LIWSF Wine MBA seminar.

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Rock on-trade

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the retail sector consolidating, and ranges and the supplier base being rationalised, the on-trade has become flavour of the month.

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Taming the screw

Published:  23 July, 2008

Taming the screw: A manual for winemaking with screw caps, by Australian wine writer Tyson Stelzer, was due to be launched at the LIWSF this week.

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