In brief

05 March, 2010

l Australian Vintage has launched a sparkling Moscato in the Co-op.

M Sparkling NV (£11.99) is sourced from south eastern Australia and is 12% abv. As well as Moscato it comprises 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon.

The brand will be on promotion at £5.99 until March 24.

Constellation has won its first supermarket listing for Chilean brand Gran Tierra, in Asda. An on-pack competition to win a balloon flight will run on single varietal wines, and the brand will be backed by a £500,000 advertising and PR campaign.

Rioja brand Campo Vieja has launched a Spanish cookery masterclass in conjunction with London cookery school Food at 52. It aims to teach people how to make tapas matched to the wines they are drinking, and takes place between March and May.

Cune has released what it claims is the first Rioja crianza to be closed with a screwcap, Cune Crianza 2006 – a blend of 90%Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo/Grenache.




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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 – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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