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World wine shortage predicted

02 November, 2012

Experts have predicted a world wine shortage after forecasts indicated production would slump to the lowest level since records began in 1975.

British artist Claire Coles has designed two new limited-edition bottles of Perrier-Jouët for the festive season.

Accolade Wines’ range of ready-to-serve sparkling wine cocktails is now available at all four major multiple retailers after securing listings at Tesco and Asda.

Hardys expects to reach 145,000 drinkers by sponsoring the BBC Good Food Show.

Spanish wine expert, award-winning writer and broadcaster John Radford has died, aged 65.

Hardy’s expects to reach 145,000 drinkers by sponsoring the BBC Good Food Show.

Port will leapfrog sherry to become the UK’s leading fortified wine by 2020, according to a leading importer.

The Portuguese Ambassador to the UK presented Jancis Robinson MW with a medal for her services to Portuguese wine at a ceremony at his London home.

Accolade Wines is aiming to increase its presence in the premium wine market with a new William Hardy range.

A new importer specialising in boutique wines from family-run vineyards in Argentina is targeting independent retailers in the UK.

LIWF returns to its roots

19 October, 2012

The organiser of the London International Wine Fair has pledged to put a greater focus on the needs of the domestic market at next year’s event and has recruited a new steering com- mittee of retailers and suppliers to advise on its activity.

Off-Piste wines has been appointed as the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel, marking its first foray into Spain.  

England’s largest wine estate has been forced to scrap its entire 2012 harvest after deciding poor weather had rendered the grapes below scratch.

Naked Wines pre-sold more than £25,000-worth of a previously unknown wine in just 48 hours in the latest leg of its Zero to Hero Wine Awards.

Wine Australia has outlined the next phase of its generic programme as it ramps up activity focusing on independents and consumer education.

Copestick Murray’s I ♥ brand has secured its first supermarket listing at Sainsbury’s.

Jacob’s Creek has signed a deal to sponsor The Jonathan Ross Show and the first ads will appear on Saturday when the comedian interviews Usain Bolt.

Brancott Estate has teamed up with travel bible Lonely Planet to create an on-pack promotion offering drinkers the chance to visit cities like San Francisco and Kyoto.

Buckingham Schenk founder and chairman Cliff Roberson is retiring after nearly 40 years in the business.

A shake-up in the management structure of Accolade Wines has seen European commercial general manager James Lousada leave the business to be replaced by two new managers.

Brand Phoenix has launched a new range of 5.5% wines in a bid to tap into the growing market for reduced alcohol wines.

Chilano has introduced a new range from Spain to its portfolio.

Production at Accolade Wine’s Bristol hub will increase by 30% after it signed a landmark reciprocal bottling deal with Treasury Wine Estates.

Wine writer and presenter Olly Smith said he is “bowled over” after he was named English Wine Producers Communicator of the Year.

South African wine estate Kleine Zalze has struck a deal to move its entire UK portfolio into the welcoming arms of wholesaler Hatch Mansfield.

The administrator for D&D Wines International has given up trying to sell the company as a going concern.

Fraud or suspected fraud may have cost UK wine companies as much as £1.3 million since last May, the Wine & Spirit Trade Association has revealed.

Romanian wine exports to the UK nearly trebled in 2011, latest figures have revealed.

Bacchus wines scooped five trophies in the English & Welsh Wine of the Year competition, run by the United Kingdom Vineyards Association.

Naked Wines is investing £526,000 to help Marlborough winemaker Mike Paterson set up his own label.