In brief

11 July, 2008

Thierry's has appointed Jeneve Williams to the new position of winemaker and quality manager. Her job will be to liaise between national account managers, buyers and producers to ensure quality standards are met. Williams joins from Waverley TBS, where she was a winemaker overseeing contracts in France, Italy and Spain, and wine buyer for England and Germany.

German specialist The Wine Barn is to supply Thresher with a 2006 Riesling Kabinett from organics producer Heyl zu Herrnsheim. The wine will retail for £15.99. It has also sourced a Spätburgunder from Weinhaus Heger for Virgin Wines, which will carry an approximate bottle price of £12.99 with the online retailer.

Sister brands Fetzer and Bonterra are hitting the road for a series of free wine tastings at summer events. The brands will be at the Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire from July 23 to 27, while Fetzer features at the Big Chill festival from Aug 1 to 3, in Malvern, Herefordshire. Both have already been to the Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows.

Beam Global has launched the first ever website for Cockburn's port, as part of £2 million drive behind the brand this year. The move follows the recent introduction of new packaging for the brand, designed to position it as having "a fine disregard for the rules", while the website aims to dispel myths about port etiquette with unusual food matching ideas and serving suggestions.

Berkmann Wine Cellars has released the 2003 vintage of Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne from leading Tuscany producer Antinori.

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