2007 June

In Brief

29 June, 2007

Millennium holds trade event

The Association of Convenience Stores

Fifty-nine per cent of independent retailers have said the My Shop is Your Shop campaign has helped them reconnect with their local communities.

A proposal to make drinks retailers collect and dispose of their customers' used packaging is "impractical and unsafe", warns the British Retail Consortium.

Rémy Martin is targeting its latest release - Coeur de Cognac - at younger consumers, and will omit all references to age and appellation from packaging.

Holter on the loose

29 June, 2007

Bullying continues though government focus is shifting from under-age sales


29 June, 2007

THIS WEEK: A retailer hits out at harsh test-purchasing regime

This writer was referred to in two places in your issue of June 15 on the subject of English wine and I beg leave to respond in kind.


29 June, 2007

Oddbins directors need to get back in touch with business

The news that the police in Merseyside are allegedly fingerprinting those who have been caught selling alcohol

Buying space in a local newspaper is expensive and unproductive. Get creative and reap the rewards

Q I'm told there are new rules about the sale of lighters. Am I likely to be affected?

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29 June, 2007

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Scores of exhibitors suffered a major setback at the world's largest wine fair when a lorry carrying show samples was impounded by the French authorities.

Bottle Green is extending its portfolio of Italian wines through a new partnership with one of Italy's largest wine groups.

Champagne GH Mumm has launched its prestige cuvée, Cuvée R Lalou. The first vintage - 1998 - will be on the UK market from September, on allocation only, to selected independent retailers and the on-trade with an rrp of £100. The Champagne is "produced in very small quantities, and only in the best years, sourced from up to 12 of the very best parcels" from Grand Cru villages, according to Mumm. The 1998 vintage is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, named after René Lalou, chairman of the House from 1939 until his death in 1973.

Hardys is launching a Chef of the Year competition to expand its links with food.

A range of semi-sparkling wines designed to be drunk with curries

Italian wine supplier Enotria has backed Fiano as the grape variety to rival Pinot Grigio in popularity.

Wine in brief

29 June, 2007

Guy Anderson Wines is extending its offering from Bordeaux with a new partnership with the Ducourt family. The link-up will see both Château and Ducourt brand wines introduced to the market from Bordeaux, Côtes de Castillon and St Emilion, with prices ranging from £5.99 to £20, including Château Larroque Bordeaux Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and rosé. The Ducourt family owns 12 Châteaux and has 440ha in AOC Bordeaux, Côtes de Castillon and St Emilion.

Wine in brief

29 June, 2007

A French wine is helping its drinkers to find love by linking them to a dating website. Soif de Coeur, produced by Omnivins, features details of the website and a unique code on the label that users tap in to sign up. Launched in France in March, Omnivins is hoping to bring the wine and the website, created by Imaginform, to the UK after showing it at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. The Vins de Pays d'Atlantique wine is available in three styles: a Merlot/Cabernet, Cabernet/Merlot rosé and Sauvignon/Semillon and has blue packaging for men and pink for women.

Independent wine merchants are seeing big increases in internet sales.

Customers of independent wine merchants are increasingly looking to buy premium wines from outside France.

An independent wine merchant is hoping to pick up some bargains in Washington and Oregon when he flies out to the US later this month.

Cheshire wine merchant Corks Out was voted Retailer of the Year at the Visit Chester & Cheshire Awards staged by the North West Development Agency.

Promotions by the book

29 June, 2007

G uess how much it costs to feature a book in the front window of Waterstone's 300 stores? Do I hear £5,000? £10,000? £20,000? No

Now in its third year, the annual New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2007 features 109 wines covering a wide spectrum of styles.

It's been a rough few years for producers in the Languedoc-Roussillon but, says Natasha Hughes, things look on the up again for this blighted region

Everyone's a winner

29 June, 2007

Improved quality, consumer demand, good returns - what's not to like about ethical wines, asks Emma Eversham

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