In Brief
Published:  08 February, 2008

Incentive for sustainability

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched an initiative to give wineries and vineyards the ability to calculate their carbon footprint and to encourage sustainable winegrowing. The downloadable protocol and calculation tool is available on the New Zealand Winegrowers website at It has been developed through a partnership between key international wine industry organisations in Australia, California, South Africa and New Zealand.


Tesco is stocking a limited edition Gallo Family Vineyards White Grenache wine box in the shape of a handbag. Hailed as "this season's hottest accessory", it contains 1.5 litres of wine - the equivalent of two bottles. Available in 213 Tesco stores nationwide during February and March, the wine box is described by Gallo as "perfect for girlie gatherings, parties and family lunches". It

retails at £9.49.

Gearing up for St Patrick

Diageo is spending £3 million on helping drinks shops maximise St Patrick's Day sales. Independent retailers can get their hands on in-store POS advertising Guinness and offering customers the chance to win a VIP weekend in Dublin, including a private brewery tour with the Guinness master brewer. Flags, hats, bunting, balloons and inflatable cans will also be available.

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Faith in fakes

One of the most fascinating stories in wine, fit to stand alongside the Judgement of Paris, is that of Rudy Kurniawan, a man who managed to fool friends, auction houses and experts into believing they were drinking some of the world’s most expensive wines.

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