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The Devil wears Privada

Published:  18 January, 2007

Concha y Toro's Chilean label Casillero del Diablo will launch a blend on the UK market in the next few weeks.

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Red Hot Chile - a preview of the annual tasting of wines from Chile

Published:  18 January, 2007

London tasting
The Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 8QN
Monday 11 September 2006 - press and on-trade only
Tuesday 12 September 2006 - all guests
(Press are invited on either Monday or Tuesday, with Monday a special day for on-trade and press only)
Wines of Chile is hosting a special focus tasting on Monday only, which will feature the Chilean Gold and Trophy winners from the 2006 UK competitions (International Wine & Spirits Competition, International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards). In addition there will a spotlight on Chilean ros and sweet wines

Manchester tasting
The Grand Ballroom, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Salford, Manchester M3 5LH
Thursday 14 September - for all press and trade

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Product News 28th April

Published:  18 January, 2007

Anakena exclusive - The Co-op has launched a new wine from Chilean producer Anakena exclusively to its stores.

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Product news: Silver star

Published:  18 January, 2007

Pommery has designed a new look for its POP 20cl bottles. Silver POP, which is packaged in a limited-edition reflective bottle, is exclusive to Selfridges and will retail for 9.99. It accompanies the blue and fuchsia-pink (ros) versions.
Sara Hicks of Vranken Pommery Monopole (which owns the brand) says: Silver POP has been designed to add a festive dimension to a brand that's already fun and funky!'

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New packaging for Fetzer's Pacific Bay

Published:  18 January, 2007

Fetzer Vineyards has repackaged its Pacific Bay wines. Created by Barlow Doherty, the new design follows the new Fetzer family look, which was launched earlier in the year'. In addition to new labels, the range has moved to Nomacork synthetic cork.
Produced exclusively for the European market, the range currently consists of a Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio; White Zinfandel; Merlot; and Cabernet Sauvignon, all priced at 4.99. Main stockists include Sainsbury's, Co-op, Morrisons and Asda.

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Grenache ros from PLW

Published:  18 January, 2007

Peter Lehmann Wines is launching its Grenache ros into the UK for the first time.

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You can't rely on research

Published:  18 January, 2007

Have you ever experienced an underwhelming sommelier describing Cava as "Spanish Champagne"? It's pedantic to point it out really.

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My View: Regionality is limited by trade and consumer ability

Published:  18 January, 2007

Regionality is one of those terms that transcend criticism.

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My View: Spotlight on South Africa

Published:  18 January, 2007

South Africa is under the UK wine trade spotlight, with everyone pontificating on the best way forward.

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Degrees of success by Jo Burzynska

Published:  18 January, 2007

As New Zealand shivered through what has been for many the coldest December on record, global warming felt an ice age away. The world may be heating up, but one of the most conspicuous climate changes in this country has been the increased frosts.

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Paul White replys to the AWRI

Published:  18 January, 2007

Before getting into a detailed discussion of the issues at hand, I'd like to address AWRI's complaint that Harper's and Scientifically Speaking have not rigidly followed academic scientific standards. Harper's is obviously not a peer reviewed scientific journal. It's a magazine focused on the wine trade and interested consumers. Given that audience, its primary task is to translate complex issues in a way that makes sense to its readers so they can make informed, rational decisions about wine related issues. Dressing Scientifically Speaking with snappy titles and headings goes a long way towards engaging readers' attention, not to mention keeping them from dozing off mid-paragraph. AWRI appear to have misunderstood the point of this and seem to have been a touch overly sensitive concerning choice of titles and section headings.

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Fling or real thing?

Published:  18 January, 2007

As one year slides not particularly memorably into another, Italians are looking back on an age, now clearly on the wane, when the so-called vitigni migliorativi' (improving vine varieties) were something no self-respecting wine could be seen without in polite society.

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Wines in the Weekly Press

Published:  18 January, 2007

The Independent on Sunday
RICHARD EHRLICH bows out of his column this week after 10 years. The growth of the internet has been one of the biggest influences on the drinks trade during that time, he says, and of the recent developments in the online drinks world, the most uneven is the rise of the blog'. He doesn't hate all drink-related blogs, but most are drivel'. In his view, there are way too many amateurs waffling on about subjects they know nothing about. He remonstrates: In cyberspace,
it seems, no one can hear you scream "Enough! Shut up, please."' One of his favourite blogs is by Sunday Express columnist Jamie Goode (www.wineanorak.com/blog), which combines technical expertise with vivid accounts of his travels and a nice bit of personal history'. Ehrlich also uses this last hurrah to sing the praises of France and insists: French wine is the best on Earth'. He suggests trying 2005 Le Cas, Mas de la Conscience, Vin de Pays de l'Hrault (10.95; Berry Bros & Rudd).

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Liberty demands change over screwcap attitudes

Published:  18 January, 2007

Dear Minister,
I am writing to you regarding an issue that is having an adverse effect on the sales and positive image of Italian wine.

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The Analyst

Published:  18 January, 2007

It can't be easy living up to the Chef of the [20th] Century' accolade applied to Jol Robuchon by Gault Millau.

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Wines in the Weekly Press

Published:  18 January, 2007

Daily Mail
Oz Clarke's forthcoming BBC series - Oz and James' Big Wine Adventure - is thrown into the spotlight by JILL PARKIN as she takes a look behind the scenes of the televised French road/wine trip. She finds that Oz remains a true expert on all things vinous -when it comes to wine, he can talk you beautifully into anything' - although Top Gear's James May reveals that his car knowledge is somewhat lacking: He's quite good at talking about them in a lyrical way but he thinks they've still got carburettors.' The series will be aired on BBC2 in November.
MATTHEW JUKES recommends some inexpensive French reds, including 2004 Chteau Roubaud, Tradition Costires de Nmes, France (6.99; Yapp Brothers).

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Wines in the Weekly Press

Published:  18 January, 2007

Financial Times
Riesling remains a favoured topic of JANCIS ROBINSON MW, but this time it's the turn of Australia, rather than Germany.

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'Piety versus terroir' - by Max Allen

Published:  18 January, 2007

Terroir, according to Malcolm Gluck in his new book Brave New World, is twaddle. Well, I'm sorry, Malcolm, I just don't agree.

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The Analyst - by Neil Beckett

Published:  18 January, 2007

The Bell at Skenfrith (www.thebellatskenfrith.co.uk) has long been known to aficionados, but has only recently started to win the wider recognition it richly deserves, earlier this month beating one of London's best hotel restaurants to win the 2006 Gosset Award for the best Champagne list in the UK.

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From eco-wine to Frankenvine - by Joanne Simon

Published:  18 January, 2007

Welcome to South Africa, a place of great natural beauty, still teeming with unique and exciting wildlife in places, and home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and richest of the earth's six great floral kingdoms.

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