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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on

Published:  14 February, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.


Chileans reassure trade over new rules on adding water to wines

Liv-ex boss says fine wine storage Vine could be 'game-changer': Liv-ex managing director James Miles reckons the company's fine wine storage concept Vine could be a "game-changer", dramatically lowering the costs and risks of trading.

Brazilian wines are all set for mainstream distribution across the UK ahead of the World Cup: Wines of Brasil is looking to galvanise support for its wines in the UK on the back of this summer's World Cup with new marketing and promotional campaigns.

Financial corner:

This week we took a look at the upcoming sale of Whyte and Mackay and Pernod Ricard released their second quarter financials:

Whyte & Mackay could sell for as high as £450m next week: Rothschild, Rabobank and Standard Chartered are the investment banks that have been formally appointed to run the sale of Whyte & Mackay by Diageo, which is set to begin next week and could sell for as much £450m.

Jacob's Creek struggles as Pernod Ricard returns slight increase in half year sales: Pernod Ricard saw a slight sales increase in the UK, but said Jacob's Creek struggled in a wine market that is "highly sensitive to promotion" in the first half of the year.

Upbeat January for on-trade as lfl sales up 7.2%


Rupert Berkmann of Berkmann Wine Cellars: The managing director of Berkmann Wine Cellars, joined the family company 10 years ago. At the company's 50th anniversary tasting he talks to Anne Krebiehl about the firm and his vision.

Benoît Gouez of Moët & Chandon: Moët & Chandon launches the 2006 vintage of Moët Grand Vintage and Giles Fallowfield talks to chief winemaker Benoît Gouez about the wine, the vintage and his philosophy on vintage Champagne at Moët.


This week Jane Awty talks about the weather in Somerset and the affects on the vineyards and Douglas Blyde takes us to dinner in Cognac.

Jane Awty of Oatley Vineyards in Cannington, near Bridgwater, Somerset tells us how the incessant rain is affecting the vines.

Douglas Blyde takes a gastronomic tour through Cognac with Eaux de Vie.

Reviews  & Openings

Douglas Blyde goes to The Whip at the Running House

The London House opens and Polpetto returns