News in brief

02 November, 2007

Champagne Pommery has added two new products to its POP range especially for Christmas. Gold POP Vintage 2002 comes in a 20cl gold bottle with an rrp of £12.99. A "Bling" gift pack featuring a 20cl bottle of Non-Vintage Champagne in silver and one in gold is also being sold through John Lewis for £24.99. Pommery is distributed in the UK by Percy Fox and Justerini & Brooks.

Liberty Wines has appointed Andy Brown as director of national accounts. Brown joins from the Lion Nathan Wine Group, where he was general manager for UK and Europe for three years.

Before this, Brown was national accounts manager for Thierry's and a wine buyer for Thresher Group.

The Fladgate Partnership, which owns Taylor's, Fonseca, Croft and Delaforce ports among its portfolio, has bought 50 h a

of grade A quality vineyards at Quinta da Eira Velha from the Newman family. The historic Quinta, which dates back to 1513, joins the Fladgate Partnership's premium portfolio of grade A Douro properties.Managing director Adrian Bridge said: "Despite the number of growers recorded in the Douro Valley it's rare to find an estate of this quality and size on the market."

Enotria has been appointed exclusive agent for New Zealand wine range Trinity Hill in the UK. Enotria has been distributing Trinity Hill Wines in the

on-trade for six years, previously through

Laurent-Perrier. Enotria

will work closely with Laurent-Perrier and co-founders of Trinity Hill, Robyn and Robert Wilson during the handover process, and will begin as sole

importer from

January 1 200 8.

A website specialising in small parcels of unusual and quirky Chilean wines not available nationally has been set up. More than 75 wines, available by the single bottle as part of a mixed case, can be ordered for next day delivery from

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I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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