In Brief

02 November, 2007

Get the World's Best Wines

The World's Best Wines 2007 is now available free to subscribers as a supplement to the current issue of OLN's sister magazine Wine & Spirit. it is also available to buy in branches of WH Smith, Oddbins and Majestic for £6.99. The book lists all the trophy and medal-winning wines in this year's International Wine Challenge. It also includes winemaker and retailer profiles and advice on wine and food matching.

Commission publishes report

The Competition Commission's interim report on the grocery market concludes that the arrival of supermarkets in

high street or local shopping areas had "no identifiable effect" on off-licences. But the analysis did show that the opening

up of convenience stores owned by the major multiples did cause other convenience stores and specialist retailers to close down. The Commission looked at the period from 1999 to 2006.

Retailers warned on tobacco

Scottish retailers should be on the lookout for counterfeit Golden Virginia hand-rolling tobacco . HM Revenue & Customs officers raided a flat in Hill Street, Glasgow, and discovered almost 170kg of illicit tobacco, along with outer wrappers, cellophane and duty stamps , and numerous sealed packs. HMRC's confidential hotline is 0800 595000.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

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

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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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