In brief

19 September, 2008

Yellow Tail rosé from South East Australia has secured its first UK listing. The wine will be available in Tesco stores nationwide from Oct 8, with an rrp of £5.99. It

joins Yellow

Tail Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Merlot, which were launched in Tesco earlier this year.

Alsace wine firm Hugel has ap pointed Fells as its agent for

England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands. Fells will take over from Dreyfus Ashby on Nov 10.

Enotria has added a second blend to its Spice Route range. Chakalaka is named after a relish used in South Africa, where the wine is made. The blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourv èdre and Carignan has an

rrp of £9.99.

Jancis Robinson's book How To Taste : A Guide to Enjoying Wine will be re-published by Conran Octopus on Nov 3.

The updated edition


guidelines for tasting and matching food and wine,

wine -tasting exercises, plus advice on buying and serving.

It has an rrp of £16.99 .

Languedoc's Castel-owned winery Virginie has launched three dual

varietal wines. Les Petites Cuvée

de Virgine red, white and rosé are

being listed in Oddbins with a shelf price of £5.99.

Australian Vintage has recruited Michelle Beck to the new role of UK and Europe marketing manager. Beck previously worked for Thierry's and Constellation. Clive Donaldson has joined from Oddbins as national account executive

with Simon McStravick coming from United Wineries as national account manager.

Bordeaux negociant Yvon Mau has launched redesigned packaging for its flagship Premius brand. The brand's red has a r r p

of £7.99 and the white

and rosé £6.99.

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