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Wine Relief tops 2 million

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wine Relief, the fundraising arm of the wine trade that supports Comic Relief, has raised 2 million since its inception in 1999.

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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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The Interview - Joo Pires, Head sommelier and fine dining manager, The Vineyard at Stockcross

Published:  23 July, 2008

Why did you become a sommelier?


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Three become PIG

Published:  23 July, 2008

Three specialist importers have combined forces for two trade tastings in September.

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New York pulls the cork

Published:  23 July, 2008

Residents of New York state will soon be able to buy wine direct from their favourite producers across America.

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IWSC strengthens team

Published:  23 July, 2008

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has strengthened its marketing department.

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Sambuca listing

Published:  23 July, 2008

Opal Bianca (38% abv), the younger sister of Opal Nera black sambuca, is to make its debut in the off-trade this summer.

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Newly created position for HBJ in Asia Pacific & New Senior Brands Manager for HBJ London.

Published:  23 July, 2008

Miranda Hayman, previously Senior Brands Manager at Hayman Barwell Jones, London, has relocated to Hong Kong to open up the first office outside the UK for sister company Hayman Distillers incorporating HBJ wines. Miranda takes up the newly created role of Director of Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific and will be responsible for expanding business in Asia for Hayman Distillers brands - including Hayman 1820, the first ever Gin Liqueur as well as developing global markets for HBJ's brand Firebird Legend from Moldova.

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Foster's team takes shape

Published:  23 July, 2008

With the acquisition of Southcorp by Foster's now complete, the former managing director of Beringer Blass Wine Estates (BBWE), John Philips, has been given the task of leading the UK and European teams of the new expanded company, FGL Wine Estates.

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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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Sticky wicket

Published:  23 July, 2008

When the Bordeaux growers admitted over recent years that they were in crisis, the Sauternes producers must have given a wry smile. They have always been in crisis, fashioning a wine that is universally admired but rarely purchased.

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Baco to the future

Published:  23 July, 2008

Hybrid grape Baco Blanc (Baco 22A) can continue to be used in Armagnac production after an INAO ruling.

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Success, Cuban-style

Published:  23 July, 2008

Floridita has been named Best New Bar at the London Club and Bar Awards.

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Marty takes a sideways swipe at poor-quality Merlot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Washington State's king of Merlot' has taken a swipe at the poor-quality Californian Merlot which he believes
has resulted in the damning reference in the film Sideways.

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Washington State tries to crack UK market

Published:  23 July, 2008

Washington State got its strategy wrong last time it tried to break into the UK market, according to the returning executive director, Steve Burns, but it is back to try again.

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Antinori's grand designs

Published:  23 July, 2008

One of Italy's top architects is designing Piero and Lodovico Antinori's Maremma joint venture, Tenuta Campo di Sasso.

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Portman Group hits the Spot

Published:  23 July, 2008

Industry watchdog The Portman Group has found a drinks company in breach of its code. Hot Shotz and Absinthe, produced by Pioneer International Drinks, were both found to be in breach.

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Woodwork lessons

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oak's long association with wine is a remarkably enduring one, based on the serendipitous discovery that the two complement each other rather well.

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Lanson for sale?

Published:  23 July, 2008

The bank that saved Lanson International from insolvency last year, Caisse d'Epargne, has signalled that it is willing to sell its 44% stake in the company - while speculation remains that the Mora family, which owns the rest of Lanson's capital, would also be prepared to sell.

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