In Brief
Published:  08 February, 2008

Incentive for sustainability

New Zealand Winegrowers has launched an initiative to give wineries and vineyards the ability to calculate their carbon footprint and to encourage sustainable winegrowing. The downloadable protocol and calculation tool is available on the New Zealand Winegrowers website at It has been developed through a partnership between key international wine industry organisations in Australia, California, South Africa and New Zealand.


Tesco is stocking a limited edition Gallo Family Vineyards White Grenache wine box in the shape of a handbag. Hailed as "this season's hottest accessory", it contains 1.5 litres of wine - the equivalent of two bottles. Available in 213 Tesco stores nationwide during February and March, the wine box is described by Gallo as "perfect for girlie gatherings, parties and family lunches". It

retails at £9.49.

Gearing up for St Patrick

Diageo is spending £3 million on helping drinks shops maximise St Patrick's Day sales. Independent retailers can get their hands on in-store POS advertising Guinness and offering customers the chance to win a VIP weekend in Dublin, including a private brewery tour with the Guinness master brewer. Flags, hats, bunting, balloons and inflatable cans will also be available.

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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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