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Visitor numbers at last week’s London International Wine fair were on a par with the 2010 total, according to figures released by organiser Brintex.

The number of people who drink wine regularly has stabilised in the wake of massive growth over the past 25 years, and the amount they drink is not likely to increase further, Wine Intelligence research has found.

Percy Fox has launched a category communication strategy for its range of 18.7cl bottles.

Wines of South Africa is rebranding its biennial Mega Tasting in London as Cape Wine Europe.

Sancerre producer Fouassier has named Free Run Wines as its new UK partner, replacing PLB.

Independent wine merchants are being encouraged to team up with local restaurants to host a Bordeaux Dinner – and will receive £250 to help plan and run the event.

Echo Falls is back on TV with some new mini-ads, created for its sponsorship of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me programme.

The Wine Society is abandoning screwcap closures for a popular sparkling wine in its range following negative comments from members.

Tuscan wine producer Piccini has launched a new wine blended from grapes grown across Italy.

Taylor’s Croft and Fonseca ports have all declared the 2009 vintage – the fourth declaration by owner the Fladgate Partnership this decade.

Naked Wines has teamed up with TV’s Sarah Beeny as the official wine partner of her property-based tepilo.com website and her dating service mysinglefriend.com.

Online wine retailer FindWine.co.uk has named Richard Saxton as its new reviewer.

Blue Nun has signed a sponsorship deal with TCM, the digital film channel.

Hambledon Vineyard has raised £3.5 million with its share issue – slightly less than its £4 million target.

Independent retailers have received financial help to promote Portuguese wines during National Wine Month.

Fine wine supplier Armit has taken on the exclusive UK agency for Chile’s Matetic Vineyards.

A new online service has been founded specialising in selling Hungarian wines.

Treasury Wine Estates has launched a rosé wine brand exclusively for the impulse retail trade.

Chianti producer Sorelli has joined Bottle Green’s portfolio.

Concha y Toro has agreed a deal with Brown-Forman for Californian wine producer Fetzer.

Oddbins has hired a business restructuring consultancy to discuss the future of the business.

Berberana supplier United Wineries has named Robert Rand as national account manager.

Waitrose backs Wine Relief

17 February, 2011

Waitrose is to give 10% of the retail price of eight wines to Comic Relief’s Wine Relief fund.