In Brief

27 June, 2008

WSET in the future

Retiring Majestic Wine chief executive Tim How will be giving the WSET's annual lecture at Vintners' Hall in London on Oct 20. How's theme is: "Twenty years at the sharp end of the wine industry - what's in store for the next 20?" The event is by invitation only.

New look for ales

Wells & Young's has given a facelift to its Waggle Dance and Banana Bread beers. The beers, originally produced by Young's and Charles Wells respectively, now carry the name of the combined business.

Art for all with Beck's

Massive Attack are to headline Beck's Fusions 2008 in Manchester this September. The promotion will build on the brand's 20-year association with contemporary art and is being hailed by Inbev as the "UK's biggest ever collaborative art and music project". The dance music group will be joined by the United Visual Artists collective at the Castlefield Arena on Sept 6. To support the initiative, Inbev is introducing The Studio at becks.co.uk, where budding artists can submit their artworks inspired by a set Fusions brief.

Loving angels

Newcastle Brown Ale is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Angel of the North by introducing special edition labels. The label shows the Antony Gormley statue and the new back label provides details about the iconic artwork.




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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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