In Brief

20 September, 2007

Tesco takes Shiraz

Chilean wine producer Viña Luis Felipe Edwards has won a listing with Tesco for its LFE Estate Shiraz. The wine is distributed by Knutsford-based D&D Wines and will have a retail price of £5.99 in the multiple.

Global cocktail

A ready-mixed version of the Brazilian Caipirinha cocktail has been added to the drinks range of VK Vodka Kick firm Global Brands. The 14.8 per cent abv drink contains Ypioca cachaça (the national cane sugar spirit of Brazil), mixed with lime juice, mineral water and sugar. Global is also the UK agent for the main Ypioca brand.

Revealing events

San Miguel is hosting a series of multi-media events in London under the banner

Hidden Depths. Each of three events will be curated by a cult name from the arts world and feature live music, DJ sets, art, AV and film. The curators will be DJ Yoda, Warp Films and pop act Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.

Extra special

Champagne firm Devaux has added an Extra Brut to its premium D de Devaux range. The blend of 66 per cent Pinot Noir and 34 per cent Chardonnay

is aged for five years

before release and has a suggested retail price of around £33.

It is distributed by Liberty Wines.

Viva Rinaldi

Seminars by Andrea Rinaldi, director of the Italian Sommeliers Association UK, will feature in the Viva Italia consumer fair to be held at Olympia in London from Oct 5 -7. The show will also be launching the Viva Italia Wine Award, to honour the best of the country's wines, and Moretti beer will be among the brands running tastings . The event also covers food, fashion, film, interior design and tourism.

Smith for Ros

Richard Smith has joined wine importer Playford Ros as agency sales director from Geo Wines Europe where he was European trade manager. Smith's previous jobs included a spell with Majestic.

Training gains

More than 7,000 employers in the retail and wholesale sectors have signed up to the Learning & Skills Council's Train to Gain service in the first year. Train to Gain

puts employers in touch with training resources of relevance to their business. Jaine Clarke, the LSC's national director of skils for employers, said: "The priority in the first year was to reach small companies not engaged with training. We delivered on this with over 72 per cent of the employers signed up within the hard-to-reach group."

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