Entries are open for this year's Responsible Drinks Retailing Awards, run by OLN and sister newspaper The Morning Advertiser. The awards recognise and reward those working in the on and off-trades who actively deter under-age customers and irresponsible drinking. Two awards will be available to off-trade entrants: one for best independent and one for best chain, with the winners announced at the Landmark Hotel in London on Nov 22. See page 46 for more.
Sicilian white launch
Sicilian estate Feudo di Santa Tresa has launched Rina Ianca. The wine, which is made from a blend of 70 per cent Grillo and 30 per cent Viognier, replaces Janko as the winery's white wine. It joins red blends Nivuro and Cerasuolo di Vittoria and 100 per cent Nero d'Avola in Santa Tresa's range and will retail for around £6.99. The estate aims to become fully organic over the next year.
Screwcap for Penfolds' white
Penfolds' flagship white wine - Yattarna Chardonnay 2004 - has been bottled under screwcap for the first time. Chief winemaker Peter Gago said he is confident that it is the right time to change to screwcap. "We are sure that Yattarna will age elegantly, preserved securely as intended, without the risk of cork taint," he said. Yattarna Chardonnay is currently listed in Berry Bros & Rudd, Harrods and Selfridges with an rrp of £30.
Majestic manager new buyer
The former manager of Majestic's Putney branch has become the retailer's buyer of sparkling wine, beer, cider and soft drinks. Suzie Harrison joins the five-strong buying team at Majestic's head office in Watford where she will also be responsible for port, fortified wine and wines from Portugal.
The appointment was made to help the current buyers focus on specific areas as the company grows in size.Harrison joined Majestic in May 2003 as a trainee manager of the Oxford store and went on to manage Chelmsford before moving to Putney. She is in the final year of studying for the WSET diploma.
Canada gets new wine region
Prince Edward County in Canada has been named a designated viticultural area. It joins Niagara, Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island as the province's fourth main wine region. The move means wineries can use protected terms like ice wine to describe products. Until now, they have used the term "winter wine", which lacks recognition according to Richard Johnston, chairman of Prince Edward County Winegrowers' Association. There are currently 12 wineries in the region.