Spirits in brief

09 March, 2007

Four leading distilleries have united to launch the first Highland Whisky Festival on June 2-3. The distilleries of Balblair, Dalmore, Glenmorangie and Glen Ord will celebrate the national dram with a series of master classes, guided tours, food sampling and cooper's displays. 

Cockspur Rum has appointed Pauline Clarke in the newly-created role of UK brand manager. Clarke has been responsible for developing the brand's cricket sponsorship programmes over the past three years of working for the company.

VK Vodka Kick has extended its motorsport link-up with sponsorship of the Bournemouth Sunseeker Rallye. VK promo girls were at the event to cheer on Global Brands managing director Steve Perez as he cruised into second place.

Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket to stock a 100 per cent Agave Tequila. Casco Viejo 100 per cent Agave Reposado (rrp £15.99) and Don Agustin Reposado (rrp £19.99) have secured listings in Sainsbury's stores nationwide.

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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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