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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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Vergelegen launches most expensive SA wine in history

Published:  23 July, 2008

Award-winning producer Vergelegen has launched V', the most expensive South African wine ever released.

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Wine MBA event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Five high-profile leaders in the world wine community are set to be quizzed by Harpers editor Christian Davis at a special event at this year's London International Wine & Spirits Fair.

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Close combat

Published:  23 July, 2008

Let's begin with a rather stretched analogy. World War I was a terrible conflict that exacted a terrible human toll. Yet this otherwise disastrous war yielded a significant positive benefit for the aviation industry as both sides sought more effective warplanes to master the new arena of aerial combat.

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United they stand

Published:  23 July, 2008

Robin Fedden, travelling in Syria and Lebanon at the end of the Second World War, offers this advice to thirsty travellers in his travel book Syria and Lebanon: Quite good wine is made in certain parts of the Lebanon, particularly in the Bk'aa [sic] Valley, in the neighbourhood of Chtaura. It is relatively cheap. On the other hand, most of the wine in the out-of-the-way villages is hardly recognisable as such, and is best avoided.'

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Pernod faces fight for Allied Domecq

Published:  23 July, 2008

The board of Allied has recommended the 7.5 billion takeover offer from Pernod Ricard - although speculation is growing that a counter bidder could be formulating an offer.

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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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GALLO REJIGS AS EUROPEAN BOSS DEPARTS

Published:  23 July, 2008

E&J Gallo has announced a number of personnel developments within its European division following the sudden departure of vice president general manager, Europe, Tamara Minick-Scokalo.

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BIODYNAMICS UNDER QUESTION

Published:  23 July, 2008

Biodynamic viticulture is more than just a marketing tool, but more hard scientific evidence is required to prove some of its adherents' claims.

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THE INTERVIEW - LUDOVIC PECH

Published:  23 July, 2008

Ludovic Pech - Assistant manager, Chapter One, Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Kent Interview: Christian Davis

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THE INTERVIEW - MICHELE ZORZI

Published:  23 July, 2008

Michele Zorzi, Matre D', Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Interview: Josie Butchart

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THE INTERVIEW - CHRIS VAN TATENHOVE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chris Van Tatenhove, Operations director, Greenwich Inc (including Bar Du Muse). Interview: Josie Butchart

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Clos in ranks

Published:  23 July, 2008

The aggression of producers in the New World and retailers in the Old is combining with currency fluctuations to threaten Burgundy's export success. Now, with a growing polarisation between the best of the region and the rest, there is a greater need than ever for consolidation. Neil Beckett reports on the shakeout

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THE INTERVIEW - RACHEL BROOKER

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rachel Brooker, Wine supervisor, Quaglino's, London. Interview: Josie Butchart

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THE INTERVIEW - VINCENT LABEYRIE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vincent Labeyrie, Wine buyer, Le Cercle, London. Interview: Josie Butchart

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