Clink projects target women

17 October, 2008

A company set up by former Orbital

Wines marketing manager Catherine Monahan has launched

with a range of Languedoc wines aimed at "making French wines fun".

Clink Wines will follow up the launch of Le Beast with Luxe & Co, a rosé wine gift pack aimed at women, and a cross-country portfolio of wines from France, Spain and Italy under the banner of Le Weekend.

Monahan said: "A lot of what we do will be aimed at understanding women as the main purchasers and drinkers of wine, but who are faced with hundreds of products from an industry

run by middle-aged guys

who decide what's out there."

Le Beast will be pitched at £6.99 for the core range of Syrah/Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Petit Verdot, Chardonnay/Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc/Grenache. All are sourced from Languedoc.

There will also be two premium reds at £8.99.

The range is named after La Bête du Gévaudan, a legendary

wolf monster

said to have killed dozens of women and children in Languedoc in the 1760s.

The wines will be promoted by an online and viral video campaign.

Monahan said: "The industry is adamant

we educate consumers about wine, but the process is tedious and slow.

"Communication is the key and we need to change the way we engage with people."

The Luxe & Co project was inspired by a perfume course Monahan attended in France. "I was amazed at the parallels of perfume making and winemaking," she said . "The ways the scents are put together and the way we blend and

taste and smell wines

is very much

the same."




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Rosé tinted glasses

I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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