In Brief

16 May, 2008

Bargain exams

The British Institute of Innkeeping is offering 58% off the price of its national certificate for designated premises supervisors, down from £47.75 to £20 for all exams taken from now until the end of June. It is also offering the BIIAB Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing, which covers licensing law and the social responsibilities of all staff authorised to sell alcohol, for £10 instead of £20. For more information visit

Something special for dad

The Balvenie has released its 2008 Vintage Cask with an eye on the premium gift market for Father's Day on June 15. The limited edition,

£400 whisky

has been created from just two casks that were laid down in 1976. Vintage Cask is distributed by First Drinks Brands.

Good job on Italians

Waitrose is focusing on Italy in its latest in-store promotion , from June 4 -24.

Offers includ e 20% off La Piuma 2005/06 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

(down from £5.49 to £4.49), Canaletto Primitivo 2005/06 Puglia (£4.99 to £3.99) and Canaletto Pinot Grigio 2006/07 Veneto (£4.99 to £3.99). Customers can also save £1

on La Piuma 2005/06 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (£5.49 to £4.49) and £1.50 off Cantina di Monteforte 2005 Soave Classico (£6.99-£5.49).

New French wines direct has added

to its portfolio

Mas Carlot Cuvée Tradition Costières de Nîmes 2007 , a Syrah/Grenache blend from the Rhône Valley. It has price tag of £6.65 a bottle, or £79.80 for a case. Montagny Premier Cru Meline Côte Chalonnaise 2006 is a new single varietal Chardonnay from Burgundy which will sell for £9.95 a bottle or £119.40 a case.

Pink link for Gastro Alfresco

Real Rosé Co has become the official wine sponsor for the 2008 Gastro Alfresco campaign, a multi-discipline grocery promotion focused on barbecues and outdoor eating. The pan-global rosé brand, marketed by HwCg, will be embarking on a UK sampling tour as part of a programme of retail activity over five months.

Wychwood is fridge magnate

Wychwood Brewery is giving consumers the chance to win a fridge full of beer

in a promotion for Hobgoblin. The competition will run from May until the end of September on 50cl bottles and eight-packs of the brand in all off-trade sectors. A fridge containing 24 bottles

will be given away to one consumer

each week.

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