Monthly Archives: August 2010

Is Facebook killing your website?

Social media consultant Jay Baer writes about what he calls Facebook’s three-pronged attack on websites. Very much worth a read…

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Montana? No – Brancott Estate

Montana, one of the best known and largest wine brands in NZ, is changing its name to Brancott Estate. It is already known by the new name in the US. Pernod Ricard NZ, the owners of the Montana brand, say … Continue reading

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Learn about the UK wine trade at Plumpton

Plumpton College in south east England is offering a course to learn about the UK wine trade. The four month course covers marketing, grapegrowing and winemaking with a UK focus.  It is expected to appeal to people from wine-producing countries outside the … Continue reading

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When the Kiwi and Aussie stars align…

I met up with some wine-loving friends for dinner and my contribution to the wine supply was Villa Maria’s 2008 Cellar Selection syrah from Hawke’s Bay, another acquisition from my recent trip to NZ. Everyone contributed their views as I … Continue reading

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Chile avoiding wine discounting

Chile is not prepared to follow the Australian and NZ examples of heavily discounting its wine exports. In this article in the drinks business Chilean producers are said to be shunning cut-price deals with the UK off-trade. Instead they are … Continue reading

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Exclusively serving English wine!

English wine is on the up! With similar terroir to parts of France and a warming climate, and queues of winemakers from overseas keen to take advantage of the lack of constraints that exist in other European winemaking countries, it … Continue reading

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Dry, spicy – ask Bananas

Bananas – my beanie bag spider monkey from Cairns – not a shy retiring character as you can see – is so bananas about my latest NZ gewürz he had to pose with it before he let me taste. And … Continue reading

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