In Brief

18 April, 2008

Just for dads

Glengoyne Distillery has launched a limited-edition Father's Day (Sunday June 15) gift pack containing a bottle of Glengoyne 10 Year Old and a stainless steel cigar flask with collapsible cup. Available from May at UK distributor Harvey-Miller Wine & Spirits Agency, it will retail for £39.99.

Frost ravages Muscadet fruit

Muscadet producers are counting the cost of a spring frost which

destroyed up to 50% of the fruit for the 2008 vintage. The cold snap on April 6 was described as the most damaging for 17 years and in some areas killed 100% of buds. Growers are now hoping that secondary buds will develop and alleviate some of the effects of the bad weather.

Joint education effort

Wine Intelligence and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust have joined forces for a seminar on May 20 at the London International Wine Fair. The event will present the results of


aimed at creating a n understanding of the market demand for training programmes in the wine and spirit trade. To reserve a place contact

Claret showcase

Two wine merchants are showcasing clarets in London. Bibendum is holding its annual Bordeaux Tasting - featuring more than 140 wines from 72 ch ateaux - at Lord's Cricket Ground on April 23 from 4-8pm. Contact or 020 7449 4120 for tickets, which cost £30 or £50 for two. Berry Bros & Rudd has created an unofficial claret classification for people who love first growths but can't afford them, called Inspirational Growths, of which it will show its 10 favourites at a tasting in St James's Street, London, on May 15.

Glass giveaway

Inbev UK has launched a consumer glassware giveaway with Beck's Vier. The brewer will give out some 60,000 promotional glasses in 300 wholesalers and 3,000 independent retailers in England and Wales. Shoppers get a branded glass when they buy two six-packs of the German-brewed lager.

Mixed case from Greenwich

Greenwich's Meantime Brewing Company has launched a mixed case of its beers with a 20%-off promotion this month. The case will include 19 bottles of beers, including Meantime's 75cl heritage ales India Pale Ale and London Porter


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