The British Retail Consortium has called on Chancellor Alistair Darling to take action against mounting cost threats to UK retailers. It has proposed measures including rewarding retailers for good environmental practice and a cap on supplementary business rates.
Callia extends range
Argentinian Bodegas Callia, part of the Salentein Family of Wines, has acquired 350 h
of prime vineyard territory in the exclusive Valle de Pedernal, San Juan. The valley, 200km north of Mendoza, lies at 1,340 m
above sea level. The land will be fully devoted to making the winery's "super -premium and icon" wines. Lewis Jones of D&D Wines, UK agent for Bodegas Callia, said: "The land acquired will be mainly devoted to growing high -quality, noble varieties like Malbec and Shiraz. By extending Callia's presence in the area it gives greater opportunities to extend the range available in the UK."
Charmarré in range relaunch
French brand Chamarré is relaunching two of its ranges to take advantage of the new French Vignobles de France classification. The first of the two ranges to make the switch is mid-range Réserve Spéciale. The second range is the Grande Reserve which comprises wines with single -grape varietals selected from different regions in France. The Vignobles de France category covers wines made of grapes from different regions - formerly they would have been labelled Vins de Table.
Guy Anderson signs Barbadillo
Guy Anderson Wines is set to launch a wine for seafood from Barbadillo
after being appointed the sherry specialist's off-trade agent in the UK. Barbadillo is a family-owned company based in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and says it is Spain's biggest producer of manzanilla. It also produces a range of light wines, among which new dry white Palomino/Verdejo blend Barbadillo Seafood Wine is specifically targeted at the English-speaking market.
Pedigree drinker wins NZ trip
Marstons has announced the winners of its Pedigree on-pack cricket competition. Edward Ash from Cheddleton, Staffordshire, won a trip for two to watch the first test in Hamilton, New Zealand, in March. Matthew Sims of Whittleford, Warwickshire, won a signed England and India test cricket bat, and Peter Cain, of Chilham, Kent, won a signed England test cricket shirt. All three winners were taken on a guided tour of Lord's cricket ground.
Chapel Hill goes pink
Chapel Hill is launching a sparkling Pinot Noir rosé to sit alongside its sparkling Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Agent Myliko will unveil the wine at the Hungarian Food & Wine Bureau annual UK tasting on March 4.