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26 July, 2014

New Zealand premium wine sales soar in the UK

New Zealand wine has become the number two country of origin in the UK market for wine sold over £7, according to the latest Nielsen data (MAT June 21, 2014).

Champagne house Krug has released of a new vintage of its rare single vineyard cuvée, the Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003.

UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines has expanded its marketing and sales teams with Chris Wilson joining as communications manager and Clare Cutler as national accounts manager.

Julie Campos will replace Dominique Pierre as managing director of the Centre Vinicole Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 2015.

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Distell Group has agreed a deal to acquire a 26% stake in KWA Holding East Africa Limited (KHEAL), a leading spirits manufacturer, bottler and distributor in Kenya.

Patrón Spirits has introduced Roca Patrón, a tequila purely made using the traditional tahona wheel process.

Crème de Cassis de Dijon was named Supreme Champion at the International Spirits Challenge awards ceremony last night at the Honorable Artillery Company in London.

The Famous Grouse has announced it will release a Limited Edition Commonwealth Games Whisky for Glasgow 2014.

The UK is the first market to stock Diageo’s new single grain scotch whisky, Haig Club, with Selfridges offering the product from this month.

Berry Bros & Rudd Spirits has released The Glenrothes Sherry Cask Reserve to its key global markets.

William Grant & Sons UK, formerly First Drinks, unveiled Three Barrels Honey at its 2014 Market Report last night.

Pernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers has unveiled its new online marketing platform, The Ballantine’s Golf Club, ahead of today’s Scottish Open.

Wines sealed with screw-caps dominate the UK and Australian wine markets, according to a new report published by Wine Intelligence yesterday.

Leading academic Professor Dame Joan K Stringer DBE FRSE is the new independent chairperson of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, set up last year by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to tackle alcohol-related harm.

Caorunn Gin has announced the launch of global initiative ‘Forage to Glass’, a series of sessions aimed to highlight the ”importance of locally-foraged ingredients in gin”.   

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Private Collection on parade

Another one of those low key informal briefings this time revolving around the new Johnnie Walker expression: John Walker Private Collection 2014.

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