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Guy Wilkes, owner of Somerset wine merchant the Wine Shed, has died of pancreatic cancer aged 49.

Tesco has relaunched its wine case subscription service Tesco Wine Select with six more pre-mixed cases and new deals for subscribers.

The Three Wine Men are offering independent retailers the chance to show their wares at their shows in Manchester and Edinburgh this summer.

Pernod Ricard UK’s channel director for wine Lee James has been promoted within the group to international brand development manager for premium wine brands EMEA.

Wines of Germany is calling on independent retailers to run Riesling promotions this July.

Blue Nun is sponsoring women’s comedy competition the Funny Women Awards in its 10th anniversary year.

Oddbins has seen a surge in sparkling wine sales thanks to the unseasonal sunshine.

More than 1,000 wines looking for representation will be on taste at the London International Wine Fair as part of a team-up with the International Wine Challenge.

Accolade Wines has launched a limited edition pack for Stone’s ginger wine.

Wines of Germany is to hold a Riesling Summit in the UK for the first time.

Tesco in supply base cull

23 March, 2012

Tesco is making drastic cuts to its wine supply base in what it says is a bid to improve producers' profitability and encourage brand owners to increase consumer loyalty.

Majestic has contacted Portuguese suppliers demanding they make a contribution towards promoting the category or jeopardise future listings. 

Rosé still in the pink

23 March, 2012

The rosé boom may have been and gone but the UK trade is confident it will still grow, an OLN poll has revealed.

The heads of leading wine marketing bodies have warned that support for the UK will be significantly reduced amid tough trading conditions and pressure from producers to explore new export markets. 

Percy Fox is positioning Blossom Hill rosé as a drink to “get things started” with its biggest summer campaign.

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne is setting out to refocus on the prestige of the house – and is prepared to sacrifice retail volumes to do so.

WWA offers "duty window"

22 March, 2012

World Wine Agencies is offering its customers a duty window before it raises prices after the tax hike announced in yesterday’s Budget.

Sainsbury’s buyer David Peek is leaving to join Copestick Murray Wine Solutions as commercial director.

Pernod Ricard UK has unveiled research claiming 58% of shoppers are willing to trade up to "premium" wines and has outlined plans to inject growth into the category.

Tesco has grown its fine wine sales by 50% after overhauling its range, the supermarket has reported.

Harveys Bristol Cream has signed up as the exclusive sherry partner of the Ideal Home Show again.

London International Wine Fair organiser Brintex has defended the event after a number of major exhibitors said they would not attend this year, as reported by OLN on March 9.

Online retailer Naked Wines has launched a competition looking for the world’s most talented unknown winemakers – with US$1 million up for grabs.

South African varietal range Makulu Wines has revamped its portfolio with a new look, which it plans to unveil at the London wine fair in May.

González Byass is planning to release its unfiltered fino Tio Pepe En Rama for the third time this year. The wine will be launched at the London wine fair, but in the past two years much of it has sold ahead of its official release.

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

New Zealand Winegrowers has pulled out of this year’s London International Wine Fair along with a number of suppliers, including Pernod Ricard UK, Percy Fox and PLB. 

Wines of South Africa chief executive Su Birch has become the first of 10 people honoured by Wine Intelligence for their achievements in the wine business.

Raisin Social has signed up South African producer Du Toitskloof and will be its exclusive UK representative for a new range of Fairtrade products.

First Cape has launched an online wine club as part of its sponsorship of the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.