In brief

27 March, 2009

New Zealand brand Stoneleigh has teamed up with von Essen hotels to offer consumers the chance to win a series of luxury weekend breaks at one of the chain's hotels. The competition is running in Sainsbury's Magazine and Delicious magazine.

Margareth Henriquez, a qualified engineer of Venezuelan origin, is the new chief executive of the House of Krug. Henriquez joined Mot Hennessy in 2001 as chief executive of Bodegas Chandon for Argentina and Uruguay, and before that

worked for companies including Seagram and Nabisco.

Cavit has appointed Michele Rimpici as its assistant export manager, covering export markets including the UK. Rimpici is a qualified sommelier who

r an a wine bar and worked in wine tourism before taking on this role. Claudio Gambarotto has left the company after seven years.

Maisons, Marques

et Domaines has released Lodovico Antinori's Baron Bornemisza Tokaji Asz 1998, targeted at independent retailers and the on-trade, with a retail price of around 45 per 50cl bottle.

A tasting of wines from northern Greece - with the theme Wine Roads Of Northern Greece

- is to take place on April 1 from 11am-4pm in Westminster School, London. To register contact Richard Congreve at or on 07976 367658.

Musician Sting is to produce 30,000 bottles of Chianti a year from his 300ha estate in Tuscany.

The 2007 wines are expected to reach the UK

in September .

Constellation's premium South African wine brand, Fish Hoek, made by Bruce Jack, is to launch a website in April. The site will be targeted at young "engaged explorers", who are established

wine drinkers


enjoy discovering new labels.

Southern French producer Skalli has launched a website for its estate wines and "micro-cuves" - The site gives

the origins and terroir behind each wine , and aims to be an information source for wine lovers.

English Wine Week takes place on May 23-31, and English Wine Producers will hold its St George's Day tasting on April 23 at Chelsea Football Club. For more information call Julia Trustram Eve on 01536 772264 or email


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