In brief

13 July, 2007

Cachaša producer Sagatiba has appointed Inspirit Brands to distribute its Sagatiba Pura and Sagatiba Velha cachašas in the UK, with effect from Aug


Mount Gay is calling on sailing enthusiasts to share their photos in the 2007 Red Cap contest. Users can upload

photos at to be in with a chance of winning

prizes including personalised



Mount Gay is also looking for the UK's oldest


cap, the largest number of


caps in

a photo, plus the most original photo featuring a Mount Gay



South African brandy African Spear has secured listings in Morrison s stores nationwide. Produced by KWV and distributed in the UK by Emporia Brands, it is produced from Western Cape Chenin Blanc and Colombard grapes and aged in

French oak barrels.

Bunnahabhain Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is sponsoring the 8

Metre Centennial World Championship.

Over 20 boats

will take part in the week -long programme of races

at the Firth of Clyde

from July 16.

Welsh single malt whisky Penderyn is to be stocked in all 192 Sainsbury's stores across the UK. The move follows a successful trial in


Glengoyne distillery has sponsored the West Highland Way Race. The

95 -mile trek from Milngavie to Fort William was won by Adrian Davis and Lucy Colq uhoun, who were awarded bottles of 21 year old Glengoyne.

Speyside-based BenRiach distillery has launched three limited

single malts. Each expression is 12


old and distilled from heavily peated malted barley. Heredotus Fumosus, literally translated to "smoky

sherry", is finished in Pedro Ximinez

sherry butts sourced from Jerez in

southern Spain ; Importanticus Fumosus, which translates to "smoky

port", is finished in




hogsheads, and Arumaticus Fumosus, meaning "smoky rum", is finished in Jamaican



barrels. Each

is bottled at 46 per cent and presented in individual gift tubes. In mid-August BenRiach's limited

Single Cask will be released.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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