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US comes top - again

Published:  23 July, 2008

The much-publicised 1976 Judgement of Paris' re-enactment - held simultaneously in London and Napa - once again came out heavily in favour of California's finest, which won the top five places, and generated widespread press coverage on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Fair visitor numbers flat

Published:  23 July, 2008

Visitor numbers at the 2006 LIWSF were around 300 down on 2005, at 18,811 over the three days.

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Phillips leaves Foster's

Published:  23 July, 2008

John Phillips, the managing director of FGL Wine Estates EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), has left the company for personal reasons. He is being replaced by Peter Jackson, who moves up from commercial director for Continental Europe on 1 June.

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Taste-in launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new bespoke' wine tasting service utilising the services of Anthony Rose, Andrew Jefford, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, Steven Spurrier, Michael Broadbent and Charles Metcalfe has been launched by wine writer John Stimpfig and wine consultant Sophie Jump.

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Mallya in for Taittinger

Published:  23 July, 2008

After the final round of binding bids to buy Taittinger were submitted last week, speculation was rife in Reims that the flambouyant Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya had become a surprise contender for the sixth-largest producer in Champagne.

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Islay 1994 released

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay distillery Laphroaig is launching a limited edition 1994 bottling.

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New launches from the LIWSF

Published:  23 July, 2008

The LIWSF affords producers one of the best opportunities to launch products, and this year's event was no exception, with many new wines on show.

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Berrys to close Heathrow shops

Published:  23 July, 2008

Berry Bros & Rudd is to close its four Heathrow Airport shops after finding it impossible' to compete for space with other luxury goods retailers.

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New Zealand generic teams up with indies

Published:  23 July, 2008

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) is about to launch a
six-week promotion which will involve around 50 independent wine merchants.

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Portman considers health' guidelines

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Portman Group will consider including guidelines on health claims for alcoholic drinks when it reviews its code of practice later this year.

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Cono Sur drops Western

Published:  23 July, 2008

Concha y Toro has taken back the sales and marketing of its Cono Sur brand after buying itself out of the distribution deal it had with Western Wines.

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Ardbeg's latest special Committee bottling

Published:  23 July, 2008

Islay whisky producer Ardbeg has launched the latest in its series of special Committee bottlings. Young Uigeadail (Gallic for dark, mysterious place'), or Oogling', as it is also known, is a six-year-old whisky that is matured in Sherry butts.

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Jefford and Atkin honoured

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tim Atkin MW and Andrew Jefford were both named as Wine Writer of the Year last week, with Atkin winning at the Glenfiddich Awards and Jefford at the Louis Roederer Awards.

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EC wine review

Published:  23 July, 2008

The European Commission has announced that its long-awaited proposals for the reform of the European wine regime will be delivered on 21 June.

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Turner leaves Tesco to open restaurant

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco buyer Sarah Turner and her husband, Gary, product development manager at Majestic Wine, are leaving the wine trade to set up a restaurant together.

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Wine importers to deliver WSET courses to customers

Published:  23 July, 2008

Edinburgh-based distributor Wine Importers has been accredited by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust as a WSET Approved Programme Provider.

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Taste-in launched

Published:  23 July, 2008

A new bespoke' wine tasting service utilising the services of Anthony Rose, Andrew Jefford, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, Steven Spurrier, Michael Broadbent and Charles Metcalfe has been launched by wine writer John Stimpfig and wine consultant Sophie Jump.

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MW students' bursary

Published:  23 July, 2008

Second-year MW student Isabelle Legeron, a full-time wine educator from London, has been awarded the Association of Wine Educators (AWE) inaugural MW students' bursary. The bursary was made available to help self-funded MW students who are involved in wine education. Legeron plans on using the bursary to part-fund a trip to the wine regions of Australia.

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Make Ramsay's a double Glenfiddich

Published:  23 July, 2008

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay proved that personality counts as he picked up two accolades at the recent Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards.

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Cocktails in Clapham

Published:  23 July, 2008

Clapham's newest cocktail bar, restaurant and club has just been officially launched, with a 2.30am licence on Fridays and Saturdays.

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