In brief

28 May, 2010

l Bottle Green has struck a joint sponsorship deal with Discovery Networks UK for its Andrew Peace and French Connection wine brands. Starting in October, the deal will see the brands sponsor food and drink programmes including Come Dine With Me, Beyond River Cottage and Cake Boss.

The Co-op has introduced a number of offers to get customers into the Wimbledon spirit. Charles de Cazanove Champagne will be half-price at £14.40, along with half-price strawberries.

Campo Viejo has launched a competition to win tapas sets as part of its Viva el Vino food and wine-matching campaign. Neck collars on 500,000 bottles in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Asda will feature the competition, along with tapas recipes.

Coe Vintners is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a new wine and spirit brochure, which highlights the people behind the wines. Also featured will be new listings from Alsace producer Maison Koenig and Bordeaux’s Lamothe Cissac.

D&D Wines International has taken on Duncan Smith as business manager for the Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Nisa-Today and Direct Wines, and John Bridden as technical controller. Smith previously worked with Ehrmanns and Bridden has worked for Thomas Hardy Brewing, Princes and Nestlé.

Jacob’s Creek has appointed Bernard Hickin as chief winemaker, replacing Philip Laffer, who will step down from international duties at the end of the year.

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