In Brief

19 September, 2008

Armagnac in the spotlight

An Armagnac Showcase is taking place at Merchants Hall, Edinburgh, on Oct 20, aimed at independent retailers and sommeliers. Organised by the Bureau National Interprofessionel de l'Armagnac, the tasting runs from 2pm-6pm and includes 13 producers. To register contact

Grolsch recalled

Coors has recalled a batch of Grolsch bottles from Morrisons following complaints

there were glass fragments in the bottles. Some 526,000 bottles are involved, bearing the batch codes L8200 and L8199.

Major new brewery for Diageo

Diageo has unveiled plans to build its biggest brewery

nine miles from the historic Guinness

site at St James's Gate in Dublin. It has agreed a deal to buy a

30ha Greenfield site in Leixlip, Co Kildare, where it plans to establish a

brewery by 2013. Diageo will be closing its existing breweries at Dundalk and Kilkenny but said the St†James's Gate brewery - which produces Guinness primarily for the British and Irish markets - would stay operational.

Fairtrade push

The Co-op is planning a

promotional push

for Fairtrade wines following

the launch of what the retailer claimed was the first Fairtrade sparkling wine on the market. Up to 20% will be knocked off the prices of 14 wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa in the promotion , which runs until Oct 5.

Jancis revamped

Jancis Robinson's website,, has been revamped. New features include a "learn about wine" section, access to all 169

maps from the sixth edition of The World Atlas of Wine and a section for the podcasts and videos that Robinson makes on her travels. For the first time the site offers special trade memberships with a dedicated trade forum.

Undurraga moves on UK

Chilean winery Undurraga is hoping to make inroads into the UK market following a change of ownership and an £8 million vineyard investment. Still wines include the Aliwen, Sibaris and Terroir Hunter ranges, and the sparkling line-up includes Brut SuprÍme and the

Orange range, comprising a Brut Royal, a Brut and a Demi Sec.

Asda backs sambuca

Asda is claiming a UK first with the listing of Antica Raspberry Sambuca. The Hi-Spirits Italian brand is said to be the number one sambuca in the on-trade. Spirits buyer Drew Tiffin said: "Raspberry Sambuca is popular in the on-trade and it makes sense for it to be available to customers who want to enjoy the drink at home." It will be available in 284 stores and will retail at £15.98 for a 70cl bottle.

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