In Brief

07 March, 2008

Signature celebration

Balvenie Distillery malt master David Stewart has created a signature whisky to celebrate his 45th year in the industry. The limited release 12 Year Old Balvenie Signature single malt Scotch whisky blends single malts from

Bourbon barrels, refill casks and sherry butts and features a batch number on each bottle. It is distributed by First Drinks Brands and has an rrp of £28.99.

Myliko takes on Drathen

Myliko Wines has been appointed UK agent for Mosel-based producer Josef Drathen. As well as Josef Drathen branded wines, the range includes Ewald Pfeiffer and St

Charles Wines, J

Hahn Wines, Sternthaler Mulled Wine Specialities, the G

Schlink Estate bottled wines, plus sparkling wines and wine cocktails. Nish Kotecha, Myliko Wines director, said: "The range we are now able to offer from Josef Drathen is quite substantial, offering plenty of choice, and, with

its own IFS accredited bottling facilities, should give real confidence to the market."

Booker's better service

Wholesaler Booker has launched a range of money-saving and convenient services to support independent retailers' businesses. They include online credit card payments, extended branch opening hours and free delivery. The range of improved services has been introduced following customer feedback, after its latest annual survey of more than 40,000 customers each year.

Spanish wine awards

Preparations are under way for this year's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, which take place in London on June 10 and 11. The event

- a collaboration between Wines from Spain and OLN and now in its fourth year

- selects the best Spanish wines in the UK off-trade. OLN's wine editor at large Tim Atkin MW will judge the wines

with a carefully selected panel. The results will be announced on June 27. A comprehensive supplement featuring the winners will be published by OLN on Sept 5. Entry forms can be obtained from Josefina Castro at Wines from Spain, e-mail or 020 7467 2359.

Merchant name change

McGuigan Simeon Wines has changed its name to Australian Vintage. The name change was decided at an extraordinary shareholders' meeting at the end of January. The company has dismissed media speculation that it changed the name because of a consumer backlash or because of rows over contract terms with growers.

Food tie-up for Singha

Singha Beer is promoting food and beer matching in its latest series of press ads. Four ads feature the Thai beer matched with a traditional dish. The ads will appear in food-related magazines over the next 12 months.

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