Wine in brief

15 June, 2007

Beam Global has designed a Cockburn's Port Hole Lounge Bar for this year's Taste Festivals, which take place in London from June 21-24 and Birmingham from July 5-8. Visitors will be offered a selection of Cockburn's ports, including Light White Port served with tonic, Cockburn's Special Reserve, Cockburn's Late Bottled Vintage, Cockburn's 10 Year Old Tawny and Canais 2004. Canapés created by the Prince of Wales' ex-chef, Chris Barber, will be served to complement the different styles of port, and Barber will be running a series of food and port matching seminars. Contact Jo Grobel on 0870 460 8131 for ticket information.

Laurent-Perrier has recruited Matthew Gay as national account manager for the off-trade. With responsibilities for accounts in both national multiple and national specialist sectors, Gay will report to Benoit Gallienne, off-trade national sales manager. Gay joins the team with eight years' wine industry experience, from positions with both Majestic and Waverley TBS. His remit will also include agency wines from Marqués de Riscal, Thorn-Clarke and Trinity Hill, alongside Laurent-Perrier Champagne.

Penfolds' Yattarna Chardonnay 2004 has been transferred to a screwcap seal for the first time. Penfolds' chief winemaker Peter Gago said: "Putting Penfolds Yattarna in a Stelvin seal was a natural next step. We have been conducting experiments on our top Penfolds wines with Stelvin for over 15 years and feel confident that this is the right time to transfer Yattarna to Stelvin. We are sure Yattarna will age elegantly, preserved securely as intended, without the risk of cork taint."

Boutinot has launched a white partner to its Rhône red Chat-en-Oeuf. Roussanne and Grenache grapes from the Languedoc dominate the blend, which will retail for £4.99. Boutinot's trade and category manager Lee Middleton said: "The Chat-en-Oeuf brand was developed to appeal to a wide range of consumers, including educated wine buyers wanting to inject an element of fun into their enjoyment of the wine."

Wines from New York's Wolffer winery are to be imported to the UK for the first time through Laurence Philippe wine merchants, of Chelmsford (01245 4754540). The range consists of reserve and estate selection Chardonnay, reserve and estate selection Merlot, a rosé and sparkling wine. The launch will be the first major overseas push for the winery.

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