In brief
Published:  09 July, 2010

l Virgin Wines is supporting two former military men – the Two Fat Submariners – by donating prizes to be auctioned to raise money for Help for Heroes, the NSPCC and the Make a Wish Foundation. The men will complete a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats later this month, the Wroclaw Marathon in Poland in September and swim the English Channel in June 2011.

Morrisons has offers on more than 70 wines this summer. Half-price highlights include JP Chenet, down to £4.99 until July 25, Andrew Peace Gold Reserve Semillon/Sauvignon, down to £3.99 from July 12 to August 8, and the Chilean High Tide Cabernet Sauvignon, down to £4.99 from July 26 until August 22.

Villa Maria has appointed Penny Fear as its UK and Ireland market manager, in a new role said to reflect the increased importance of the UK and Irish market for the company.

Wine agency Connoisseur Estates has recruited Susannah Perks as its sales manager for the south of England, with responsibilities for developing the company’s marketing and PR activities.

Calais Wine Superstore, formerly an

Oddbins franchise has moved to new premises and is celebrating by offering a free Eurotunnel ticket with orders of £400 or more. The return ticket is valid for 24 hours from departure.

The new Croft Pink website,, is up and running and features cocktail recipes created by the company’s barman Mickael Perron.

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