In Brief

02 May, 2008

Clink! Wines' feminine touch

Former Orbital Wines marketing manager Catherine Monahan has established a new agency business called Clink! Wines. The company, based in London's Knightsbridge, will be unveiling a French wine at the London International Wine Fair and will focus primarily on female consumers in the off-trade.

Organic rum launched

The Organic Spirits Company has launched what it says is the world's first organic Fairtrade golden rum. Papagayo is a single estate rum distilled from organically-grown sugar cane harvested on a farming project in a remote region of Paraguay. Managing director Chris Parker said: "Papagayo

offers the smoothness of a much older golden rum."

Crabbie's turns up the heat

Halewood International

aims to reposition Crabbie's Green Ginger Wine as a long summer drink with a Scottish promotional and advertising programme offering £1 off the retail price. A contest also offers a chance

to win

a lesson at the Nick Nairn Cook School. The push will be extended across the rest of the UK later in the year.

Inver House doubles profits

Inver House Distillers has doubled its pre-tax profits to £3.8 million, up from £1.8 million in 2006. The Airdrie-based distiller, whose key single malt whisky brands include Old Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn and anCnoc, also increased its turnover by 52% to £57.8

million for the year to Dec 31 2007. Managing director Graham Stevenson said: "We fully expect to continue this growth trajectory in 2008, driven by

ambitious plans to further develop our overseas markets ."

Heritage praise of off-licence

Bubwith off-licence and delicatessen the Jug & Bottle, which was a runner-up in the 2008 OLN Drinks Retailing Award for community off-licence of the year, has been shortlisted for a prize for enhancing the

heritage of Yorkshire's East Riding. The Jug & Bottle is in Bubwith's restored old school house. Owner Doug Smith said: "We have put everything into this project . We feel that we have returned the building to its former glory ."

Andes and a beach in London

Estates & Wines, the Moët Hennessy


division, is hosting a tasting on May 14 to showcase its portfolio of wineries. Called Discover the Flavours of the World, it aims to "bring to life the individual terroirs of premium New World wine regions" by creating winery zones such as the terraced vineyards of the Andes foothills and an Australian beach. It will take place at Il Bottaccio, Grosvenor Place, London.


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