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18 May, 2007

New Zealand's Delegat's Wine Estate has appointed John Philips as its London-based northern hemisphere managing director, effective immediately. Philips will be charged with leading the expansion of the Oyster Bay brand in the key wine-consuming markets of the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. Philips was previously managing director at Foster's for European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Before then, he worked for Diageo.

This year's Definitive Italian Wine Tasting takes place at Lord's Cricket Ground, London on June 27 from 10am to 6pm. The tasting is organised specifically as a platform for UK importers of Italian wine. All the UK's leading Italian specialists will be exhibiting. For a list of exhibitors and to register, please visit or contact Tina Coady at or at telephone number 01638 614775. The catalogue will be available to preview on the website from June 10.

Production of 2006 vintage Alsace wines is 1.1 million hl - 8 per cent down on the five-year average for the AOCs and Crémant d'Alsace. Only a few late harvest wines were made, due to bad weather into October, but these are "particularly successful, notably those made from Gewurztraminer, which ripens later and which therefore benefited from the fine October weather," according to Alsace Wines.

Stevens Garnier director Francis Stickney has resigned from the company, but he will continue to work for it as a consultant until the end of June. In a statement, the company said: "Everyone at Stevens Garnier wishes him all the best in the future and would like to thank him for his commitment and contribution during the past four years, since the merger of FSA Wine Shippers ."

Moreno Wines has appointed Alex Canneti as sales and marketing director. Canneti previously worked for PLB as business development manager for Italy and Spain and has also worked for International Wine Services managing France and Spain.

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