In brief

07 March, 2008

The packaging for Glengoyne Burnfoot has caught judges' eyes in theáWine & Spirit Design Awards, winning a gold medal and the Best DarkáSpirit award. The premium whiskyáwas praised by

Wine & Spirit magazine for "successfully marrying

hi-tech and heritage - using the originaláname of the Glengoyne distillery alongside modern GPS satellite graphicsáon an eye-catching carton andábottle combination". Foráaáfull listáof the winners go to

wine-spirit.com.

Morgan's Spiced Out of the Ordinary tour will culminate with two final shows at The Arches in Glasgow on March 20 and Edinburgh's Liquid Room

on April 12. Both will play host to headline DJ and dance acts, the names of which are currently being kept under wraps. Visit morgansspiced.co.uk for more information and ticket prices.

Amaretto liqueur Disaronno was sampled by more than 1,200 people at Vivienne Westwood's Red Label catwalk show. Celebrities Kimberley Stewart and KellyáOsbo urne were among the A-list models, singers and TV stars at the after-show party, which was

backed byáDisaronno as the show's official drinksásponsor.

Bruichladdich has taken home victoryáin this year's Drammies. The Islay-based producer, described by oneávoter as the "indie rockers" of Scotch, won

Distiller of the

Year with 49áper cent of votes in its category. Glenfarclasáwon most underrated whisky with 52 per cent of votes

and Highland Park, Ardbeg and Laphroaig also scooped top prizes. It is the second year that Kevin Erskine, founder of thescotchblog.com, has run the Drammies competition.




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

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