In brief

07 March, 2008

The packaging for Glengoyne Burnfoot has caught judges' eyes in the Wine & Spirit Design Awards, winning a gold medal and the Best Dark Spirit award. The premium whisky was praised by

Wine & Spirit magazine for "successfully marrying

hi-tech and heritage - using the original name of the Glengoyne distillery alongside modern GPS satellite graphics on an eye-catching carton and bottle combination". For a full list of the winners go to

Morgan's Spiced Out of the Ordinary tour will culminate with two final shows at The Arches in Glasgow on March 20 and Edinburgh's Liquid Room

on April 12. Both will play host to headline DJ and dance acts, the names of which are currently being kept under wraps. Visit for more information and ticket prices.

Amaretto liqueur Disaronno was sampled by more than 1,200 people at Vivienne Westwood's Red Label catwalk show. Celebrities Kimberley Stewart and Kelly Osbo urne were among the A-list models, singers and TV stars at the after-show party, which was

backed by Disaronno as the show's official drinks sponsor.

Bruichladdich has taken home victory in this year's Drammies. The Islay-based producer, described by one voter as the "indie rockers" of Scotch, won

Distiller of the

Year with 49 per cent of votes in its category. Glenfarclas won most underrated whisky with 52 per cent of votes

and Highland Park, Ardbeg and Laphroaig also scooped top prizes. It is the second year that Kevin Erskine, founder of, has run the Drammies competition.

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English wine: a happy harvest for Christmas

All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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