2007 May

Mateus and Blossom Hill will be supported with TV ad campaigns this summer. First Drinks Brands is investing £1.5 million on a TV commercial for its Mateus rosé Shiraz.

New boss says its time to focus on customers interested in quality wines.

Annual International Wine Challenge takes in 35 countries and 9,358 entries

Inexorable rise sees sector sales up £102 million

Cider has overtaken ale in the off-trade for the first time after putting on a ­staggering £102 million in sales in the past year.

The category's 29 per cent growth makes it the fastest-growin

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005. Our guide takes you through all the twists and turns of the Act and how they apply to you.

Australian wine producers say regional quality products, not promotional deals, are the key to their long-term future.

Question:

What exactly is happening with St Emilion wines? Is it true that they have all

Stuart graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in marketing/business studies. After university Stuart worked for Help the Aged recruiting volunteers for envelope collections and raffles draws.

Samantha studied photography, art and media studies at Reigate College then went on to Surrey Institute of Art & Design where she continued her studies until 2001.

Virgin Wines is hoping to court the Ebay generation with the launch of an online wine auction.

The law of the land is that anybody over the age of 18 can buy and consume alcohol. But there are disturbing signs that some police officers want to enforce a different piece of legislation.

The biggest event in the UK wine fair calendar takes place in London's ExCel exhibition centre from May 22-24.

Merchants' bottle price way above trade average

Independent wine merchants are achieving average bottle prices of £7.24 - almost 77 per cent higher th

Something for everyone

18 May, 2007

José-Luis Ruiz, winemaker at Somontano-based Bodegas Olvena, will be introducing his wines

WOSA's in the zone

18 May, 2007

For every bottle of No House wine sold by UK distributor Roger Harris Wines, 17p goes towards providing new homes for AIDS

D&F Wine Shippers has brought together

A study in Sauvignon

18 May, 2007

Stratford's Wine Agencies will be flying over winemaker Anthony Mills to present his Cable Bay range, which includes ­Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough and Chardonnay from Waiheke Island. Winemaker Peter Fredatovich will also be showing the complete Lincoln Heritage collection, including the award-winning Hawkes Bay 2006

A Soave selection

18 May, 2007

Enotria will be showing off its own revamped brand image as well as a new look for the Inycon range, which has been rebranded as "the natural expression of Sicily" and has new packaging. The agency is also launching Stelle d'Italia, a collection of classic wines from Italy's best-known wine regions. Stand F52

Greater expectations

18 May, 2007

PLB has signed up Moselland, Germany's largest co-operative exporter, and will be unveiling a joint-owned brand they have developed together. The brand, which Moselland has already marketed in the US in a slightly different format, has flowery labels designed to be taken out of wine aisles and marketed alongside flowers or gifts. "It is very much in line with trends in interior design at the moment

Hatch Mansfield will showcase Louis Jadot's Les Climats Chardonnay R éserve 2004 from the Côte d'Or. Developed to offer the consumer a trade up from generic B urgundy, this new wine (rrp £13.99) is akin to what the New World classifies

Sussex winery Nyetimber has appointed Cherie Spriggs as head winemaker, and her husband, Brad Greatrix, as associate winemaker.

In Brief

18 May, 2007

Job shuffles at S&N

Green concerns have moved on the closure debate, finds Laura Clark

You've got to feel sorry for Coors. For years Carling and other lagers have been marketed in a crass, blokeish sort of way that tended to appeal to meatheads who were scared of girls.

Poetic (off) licence

18 May, 2007

Where do you think the musings below were taken from?

Italian winemaker Luigi Mancini was having so much trouble selling wine in London that he gave up on his own language, states a recent Reuters news story.

High-octane hooch

18 May, 2007

Sake, the Japanese rice wine (yes, we know it's technically more accurate to call it a beer) was one of the big hits at the International Wine Challenge, with 228 entries, compared with two last year.

TALKING HEADS

18 May, 2007

Kully

Bains

The Drinkstop,

Hitchin,

He's been dubbed Greater Manchester's dimmest robber, but perhaps our readers will let us know if there is a villain even more half-witted than the idiot who tried to steal beer from Jimmy's Off-licence in Heywood.

Dates for your diary

18 May, 2007

May 22-24 London International Wine & Spirits Fair, ExCel Exhibition Centre, London. Visit www.londonwinefair.comMay 23 Buddies Of The Benevolent LIWSF Party, The Tate Modern. Contact eleanor.perry@thebenevolent.org.uk