International wine producer ZGM has appointed one-time Oddbins worker Julian Grubb as winemaker. He joins the company - which makes wine in Germany, France, Chile
and Italy - from the Chilean winery Laroche, where he was chief executive and winemaker. ZGM makes wine for Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer, as well as marketing its own brands. Grubb started his career at Oddbins before studying oenology at Roseworthy in Australia.
Vineyards Direct goes online
Majestic founder Esme Johnstone has launched his online wine merchant operation Vineyards Direct in Ireland.
The service sells wines directly to consumers from producers in Bordeaux, the Loire, Champagne, Burgundy, the Rh ône, Spain and Italy, specialising in small parcels. The Irish version has its own offices in Dublin, separate from
the UK operation, and is headed by
Stuart Smith who joins from the city's bricks-and-mortar wine merchant Corkscrew.
Co-op Fairtrade wine at awards
showcas ed its
Fairtrade wine at the Daily Mirror
Pride of Britain Awards dinner 2008
on Sept 30. The retailer
was the sole
sponsor of this year's awards, which celebrate the achievements of the
most inspiring and heroic people in the country.
Join the Northern Benevolent Ball on Nov 21 for a Mississippi Mardi Gras -themed night at Tatton Park. Funds raised will go towards the Benevolent charity, financing the Northern Benevolent Homes in Chorley. Tickets cost £115 per person, and include dinner, drinks, raffle ticket and entertainment. Sponsorship packages have also been launched, including drinks sponsor. For more details and tickets, call Louise Benwell on 01928 740366.
Red Top premieres
Heidsieck Monopole Red Top NV is now available to the UK off-trade for the first time. The sec style cuvée is set to retail at between £23 and £25 and has gained its first national listing in Asda. "The slightly sweeter style opens up a number of different drinking occasions," said marketing manager Colin Cameron.
V for Vergelegen
Vergelegen has launched the 2004 vintage of V - its flagship wine -
into the UK market. The South African wine, which
is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (7%) and Cabernet Franc (3%),
is distributed by Paragon,
has a retail price of £56 and is targeted at high-end retailers and the on-trade.