News in brief

02 November, 2007

Blossom Hill is adding a drier style rosé to its portfolio to take advantage of growing interest in the category. The Blossom Hill Shiraz rosé will be launched later this month in the off-trade by distributor Percy Fox, alongside the brand's already established White Zinfandel and White Grenache.

Moreno Wines has been appointed UK agent for Prosecco producer Mionetto. Produced in Valdobbiadene, the portfolio includes the traditional range of Frizzante and Spumante as well the new premium wine range, Sergio. Alex Canetti, Moreno Wines' sales and marketing director, said: "They have a great range which will enable us to offer something to every sector of the market."

Chateau Lagrézette owner Alain Dominique Perrin has chosen his daughter, Julie, to design the bottle label for the 2004 vintage. Tradition is that each year a new artist is chosen to create the label and Julie is an established artist in England and France. The wine was recently released in the UK and is now on sale in Nicolas and Laithwaites with an rrp of £14.99.

Laurent-Perrier is warning retailers to be on the look-out for suspect Champagne following a theft of its Cuvée Rosé Brut. A container of the Champagne was stolen from Tilbury Port in Essex in the early hours of Oct 17. Anyone with information should contact the company on 01628 475404 or Tilbury Port police on 01375 846781.

Champagne Jacquart has launched gift packs for its Mosaïque Rosé, Extra Brut and Katarina cuvées. The new presentation cases are available to wholesalers and off-trade distributors in the UK. Jacquart's Mosaïque Non Vintage Rosé is packaged in a pink Art Nouveau inspired triptique-style case. Latest cuvée Extra Brut is packaged in silver and matt black, while prestige cuvée Katarina NV is presented in a solid beech wood and gold presentation case. For further information, call PLB on 01342 336533.

Percy Fox has appointed Christina Cavender as brands activation manager for Vranken-Pommery Monopole in the UK. Cavender has spent the last four years working for Diageo GB as on-trade business development executive.

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