In brief

12 December, 2008

Winemakers and wine writers will be unveiling their top Aussie wines at the Australia Day Tastings in London on Jan 29. Each winemaker

will pick one wine that "begins to tell the next chapter about Australian wine", according to Wine Australia, while six

writers - including OLN correspondent Jeremy Oliver - will

reveal their top 20 wines.

Languedoc producer Alain Grignon Wines has released the first of a new branded range targeted at 25 to 45-year-old women. Fruity rosé PG, or Pretty Gorgeous, is a Cinsault/Muscat Petit Grains blend .

Eurowines has added Argentinian estate Bodega Atilio Avena to its portfolio. The Mendoza winery makes a range of wines, from red and white Classico up to Gran Reserva Atilio Avena.

Buckingham Schenk has added a reserve Chardonnay to its Buckingham Estate range, designed to complement Buckingham Estate Reserve Shiraz. Made in Geographe in Western Australia, the Chardonnay is unoaked and made from 100% free-run juice. Both wines retail at £7.99.

Argento has released a wine to sit above Argento in its portfolio. Artesano de Argento comprises a Chardonnay and a red blend and retails at £8.99.

The House of Bollinger has given Bollinger Special Cuvée a new look, which aims to strengthen the impact of the Bollinger logo and give the blend a classic and minimalist look. The wine is available from Mentzendorff and retails at £36.50.

Charles Heidsieck, distributed by Maxxium UK, has declared its 2000 vintage. Head winemaker Régis Camus said the vintage was "a very generous year" with a "voluptuous" style.

IWC London wine merchant of the year Roberson Wine will hold a fine wine sale, running from now until Feb 9. Offers include Pol Roger White Foil NV reduced to £22.95 from £32.95; Château Cos d'Estournel St Estèphe 1998 cut to £59.95 from £70.95, and Palacio de Beltus Rioja Crianza 2004 at £6.95, down from £8.95.

Harrods is stocking an exclusive gift box from Champagne Taittinger for Christmas. Only six of the beech presentation cases, containing the last five vintage Champagnes Taittinger will be available worldwide.

Enotria has added Valpolicella Classico producer Stefano Accordini to its range. The winery has 4ha in Negrar and 6ha at 400m altitude in Fumane.

The Rhône Valley is to hold its two-yearly wine festival, Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône, on March 16-21. Some 750 winemakers and merchants will present more than 3,000 wines from the Rhône's 22 different appellations .




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