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19 October, 2007

Boutique New Zealand winery Lincoln is planning to bring its Distant Land wines to the UK by the end of the year. The range features Pinot Gris from Hawkes Bay and Gewürztraminer from Gisbourne as well as Marlborough Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and will be available to independent wine merchants only. Wines will be distributed by Stratford's Wine Agencies and will have an rrp of £7.49 to £9.99.

London independent merchant Roberson Wine is planning a number of themed tastings to take customers through autumn. The second of this season's tastings - Denis Mortet 2002: "a dream vintage"- will take place in the cellars of the store in London's Kensington High Street on Oct 25. Tickets are £45 with wines on taste including Denis Mortet 2002: Gevrey Chambertin, Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes and some 2004 Dujac and Rousseau.

Champagne house Duval-Leroy has appointed a new sales manager to deal with Champagne sales to independent retailers in London and the south east. Former Haslemere Wines business development manager Daniel Sharp has taken on the role and can be contacted at the company's Chiswick High Road offices on 020 8995 2008.

Yapp Brothers is hosting a comprehensive tasting of wines from the Rhône Valley at the Vintners' Hall in London on Oct 30 from 6.30-8.30pm. Wines from leading estates such as Alain Graillot, Domaine St Gayan and Domaine Maby will be on taste with key vintages from the 1990s. Tickets are £25 and available by calling 01747 860423.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has added four premium producers to its portfolio: Saintsbury, Napa Valley; Coopers Creek, New Zealand; Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale; and Lethbridge, Geelong.

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