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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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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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