2007 February

Red Label remains the brand to watch in a spirits market that lost £10 million last year

Consumers have turned their backs on Chardonnay and are not as keen on Pinot Grigio as you may have thought before seeing the results of OLN's mini-survey. We picked 10 retailers from our database of 512 wine specialists and asked them about their best-selling white grape variety. Six said Sauvignon Blanc was on top while only two reported Chardonnay leading the pack.

Profile: Cooden Cellars

Eastbourn

Tasting table

23 February, 2007

The OLN tasters sample a mixed bag of delights

Wine in brief

23 February, 2007

The Claro Group has appointed its first corporate commercial director for its wine company Santa Rita. Richard Leaver joins the company from Beam Global to help drive value and volume sales for Chile's third largest wine producer in the UK and Ireland. Leaver will be responsible for directing and developing all wines within the group including Carmen, Terra Andina and the Argentinian wine Doña Paula.

Awards highlight Spanish wines

23 February, 2007

OLN initiatives have helped put two generic wine bodies in the shortlist for an award for contribution to the independent wine trade.

Scientists have discovered a grape preservation technique which uses ozone instead of sulphur, and could be adapted for the winemaking industry.

Walkers' health is untouched

23 February, 2007

Salt and fat reduction across its range keeps the snack giant ahead of the pack for another year

Marketing works but NPD fails as market ­continues to struggle with consumer apathy

A sustained advertising campaign gave WKD the edge in a market struck by the cider boom

Magners: solid to the core

23 February, 2007

After breaking the ice barrier, the cider brand has proven its worth with an almost 400% jump in sales. Even its rivals are happy as cider's appeal grows

Sherry needs fortifying - fast

23 February, 2007

Port's in a storm as image problems see sales drain away in misunderstood category

Cider surged ahead in 2006, but health kicks and a rise in the cost of living are a few new headaches this year. Graham Holter reports

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SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT

23 February, 2007

Tom Fender offers an insight into consumer behaviour

They may be able to get the wine du jour cheaper elsewhere, but locals understand our position

Myself and my assistant manager felt we needed to reply to the letter entitled 'Take the money, ignore the results', (OLN Feb 9).

Feedback

23 February, 2007

Test purchasing is persecution

In Brief

23 February, 2007

Focus on education

Laura Clark

Forty per cent drop in annual grape harvest may fuel pressure on prices

Stella Artois is still the UK's leading drinks brand. Despite losing 7 per cent value and volume, off-trade sales were £535.5 million in 2006 - £164.5 million more than closest rival Carling, OLN's Brands Report reveals.

Asda and Sainsbury's buyers defend cheap deals they deny are irresponsible

Sparklers sit in two camps with top-end brands continuing to appeal to ever wider audiences

VOX SHOP

23 February, 2007

Have you seen an increase in the number of shops such as florists and garden centres selling alcohol?

Gallo will relaunch its entry-level Sierra Valley wines in new packaging in April.

as part of its Chablis the French Chic campaign. Liquid Gold, presented in conjunction with French art magazine Art Actuel, will be on show at the Blue Bird restaurant in London until Feb 28 before transferring to New York, Tokyo and China. It features 11 portraits of the model Margarita Svegzdaite taken by photographer Bettina Rheims, who has photographed stars such as Madonna, Sharon Stone and Vanessa Paradis.

Concern mounts over the number of retailers now allowed to sell alcohol

Brands Report 2007

23 February, 2007

Compiled by Graham Holter, Rebecca Evans, Christine Boggis and Laura Clark

Average sales are up by 14 per cent across the top 20 with mixed fortunes in a tough market