Grimes steps up at ParfettsSteve Parfett has stepped down as managing director of Parfetts Cash & Carry ahead of his planned retirement in 2012. Former finance director David Grimes has taken over the top role.
Jacob’s Creek regional focusJacob’s Creek has added a range of wines focused on regional appellations to its portfolio. The Regional Reserve range has an rrp of £9.99 and comprises Shiraz and Riesling from Barossa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills. The launch comes at a time when the Australian wine industry is facing a rift between factions who back a broad generic approach and those who favour a narrower focus on regional styles.
Malbec has its dayWines of Argentina is celebrating its “most recognisable varietal” on the newly announced Malbec World Day on April 17. UK director of the generic body Andrew Maidment urged independent wine merchants to get on board with the initiative, which will be backed up by a PR campaign, tastings and competitions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.