In Brief

02 November, 2007

Vouvray tasting

Kensington wine merchant Roberson

is holding a consumer event promoting Vouvray this month. Domaine Huet: Vouvray Back to 1924 is a seated, tutored tasting in the private room of the Atlas pub in Fulham. The tasting features wines from different vineyards from the benchmark year 1990, followed by wines from the 1940s and 1920s. Tickets cost £100.

For more information call 0207 371 2121 or e-mail

Bordeaux promotion

Bordeaux is the focus of Waitrose's latest promotion, with up to £5 off selected wines. Running from Nov 21 to Dec 11, the promotion includes 20 per cent off Dourthe Nº1 2005/06 (£4.79, down from £5.99), £5 off Château Moulin d'Angludet 2004 Margaux (£12.99), £3 off Château Liversan 2005 (£6.99) and Château Cantegrive 2005 Côtes de Castillon (£6.99) and £2.50 off Dourthe Barrel Select 2005 Saint-Émilion (£7.49).

New at Marston's

Marston's has appointed two new people to its marketing team. Ian Ward (pictured) has joined the brewer as marketing manager for Banks's and Marston's after 22 years at Coors, taking over from Justin Way, who has been in the role for three years and is moving to head the on-trade channel marketing team. Zoe Bristow, formerly of Western Wines and Concha & Toro, has joined as brand manager for the Marston's portfolio.

Blind refusal

A West Sussex convenience store has been ordered to take down electronic shutters it put up to protect itself from vandals because it did not have planning permission . Copthorne Country Store in Copthorne Bank, near Crawley,

installed the blinds after two years of attacks on the shop - including a ram raid in October last year which caused some £15,000-worth of damage. But Mid Sussex District Council has now ordered

the store to take the blinds down .

First for French co-op

French wine company Chamarré (formerly OVS) has been listed on Euronext Paris's Marché Libre stock exchange in what it says is a first for a French co-operative. Chamarré has developed an umbrella brand to market wines from 10 of France's biggest co-operative wineries, mainly for export, and the co-ops are its shareholders. Chamarré said it plans to "invest massively" in the UK to establish itself as a leading brand by 2009-10.

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