In brief

29 June, 2007

Beverage Brands is giving away thousands of WKD BBQ kits to retailers buying cases of WKD Iron Brew and WKD Red in selected cash and carries. Each kit contains a disposable

barbecue and an apron bearing the slogan "nice baps" or "burnt to perfection".

Brown-Forman has launched Finlandia Grapefruit Fusion vodka in the UK. It has already secured listings in Sainsbury's stores nationwide with an introductory price of £11.49 (normal selling price £13.49). It joins the existing line-up of Finlandia Cranberry, Mango, Lime and Classic.

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin has appointed London-based PR agency Finch & Partners to represent it in the UK.

Rare bottles of Cognac will be sold at a charity auction

organised by the generic body for Cognac on July 12 at the Logis de Boussac in Cognac. Among

bottles up for

grabs is a pre-phylloxera Cognac

from Folle Blanche grape s, and a blend of Grande Champagne eaux-de-vie made from wines distilled between 1850 and 1870.

Black Bottle Blended Scotch Whisky has signed a sponsorship deal with the Islay Pipe Band Association. Renamed the Black Bottle Islay Pipe Band, this is the first time that the band has received sole sponsorship. The link-up will include the Black Bottle logo featured on the skins of the bass drum and on the band members' clothing.

Digital ads have gone live at bus shelters in Brighton, Leeds and Edinburgh as part of Bacardi's latest marketing campaign. The screens, created by Esprit Digital, use Image Flow technology to create moving images taken from Bacardi's current TV advert.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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Is blended Scotch overshadowed by single malt in retailers?

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