The producer, based in Castellina di Chianti in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, remains family-owned to this day with fourth generation Mario Piccini at the helm.Andy Talbot, managing director of Off-Piste Wines, said: “We are delighted to be representing Piccini in the multiple off-trade sector.

The rum is a tribute to July 31 1970 when the British Navy ceased the centuries-old tradition of giving a daily tot of rum to sailors.This day was henceforth known as Black Tot Day.

All proceeds from the new beer – Scorched Earth - will be donated to Offset Earth, a social enterprise which plants trees around the world to help counteract deforestation and climate change.The Glasgow-based brewery joined forces with Offset Earth for the project so that every bottle sold will result in the planting of 50 trees.

Asterley Bros has secured its £100,000 Crowdcube fundraising target and it is now extending this to £150,000 following an “overwhelming response” to the campaign.A portion will also be used to support sales and marketing while the extended target will raise funds to support export growth.

19th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar Ian Symington, a leading figure in the Port trade and Symington Family Estates as they re-established themselves in the aftermath of the Second World War, has died aged 90.Born in Porto in 1929, Ian was educated at the Oporto British School and then Downside in Somerset.

19th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar Domaines Barons de Rothschild has chosen today (19 September) to open its Chinese winery, Dong Lai, and make the first vintage from the estate available to purchase.It was revealed back in July that the winery is called ‘Long Dai’ and that the first release from the property would be the 2017 vintage.

19th September, 2019 by Phoebe French the drinks business is now accepting final entries for the first Global Grenache Masters ahead of the final deadline of 30 September.All styles of Grenache, whether they be red, white or rosé will be accepted to the Grenache Masters 2019 and blends can be submitted that are composed of a minimum of 50% of the grape.

20th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar East Meets West Fine Wines (EMW) has been appointed as the exclusive importer for Edmond de Rothschild Heritage in mainland China.The partnership will see EDR’s three Bordeaux properties, Château Clarke, Château Malmaison and Château des Laurets, distributed by EMW in China from this month.

20th September, 2019 by Edith Hancock Former basketball star Michael Jordan, along with four NBA partners, is launching an ultra-premium Tequila brand.Called Cincoro, there are four expressions of Tequila in the range, each of which comes with a hefty price tag.

19th September, 2019 by Phoebe French Lawyers representing food writer and television presenter Mary Berry have reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to a US brewery, preventing it from selling a pastry stout in her name.The beer, now called Cease and Desistberry Pastry Stout, will be going on sale in 500ml bottles at the brewery’s taproom tomorrow (20 September).

19th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar The fourth and final instalment of wines from the cellar of collector Don Stott raised US$5.9 million in New York this week, bringing the total for the entire collection to $25m.

20th September, 2019 by Rupert Millar From 2020, producers who undergo certification under the Terra Vitis programme will automatically be granted the French government’s Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Level 3 certification as well.As reported by Vitisphere, Jean-Michel Baudet, the new president of the Terra Vitis association, said that the requirements for HVE were being integrated, “word for word, calculation by calculation, indicator by indicator into our specifications”.

20th September, 2019 by Phoebe French James Banks heads up the drinks section at Michelin-starred The Black Swan in Oldstead and the recently opened Roots in York.Having grown up on the family farm, Banks, alongside his celebrity chef brother Tommy, puts farm-to-fork as well as farm-to-bottle at the heart of proceedings.

Image: Chiswick Auctions The beer, believed to have been canned around 1936, was made by Felinfoel Brewery in Llanelli in Wales.” Hellyer added that last year, three similar Felinfoel Brewery cans were sold by Welsh auctioneer Peter Francis for £1,300 including buyers’ fees.

The Wine Pinnacle Awards Presented by Genting Singapore will take place at Resorts World Sentosa this October, rewarding a number of wines and wine trade figures for excellence in their particular fields.“I am delighted to see that the inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards has recognised an exciting list of top wines from around the world.

19th September, 2019 by Arabella Mileham Accolade Wines has added a premium Pinotage to its South African wine brand, Kumala  priced at £8, which the company said would give consumers an opportunity to trade up.“As the No 1 South African wine brand, Kumala offers consumers a greater level of security and the confidence to move between different wine styles.

The co-owner of Montes Wines, and the new Wines of Chile president, is frustrated that his country’s most planted grape, the one that “actually pays the bills”, is considered by some as “old fashioned” and, dare I say it, boring.There are roughly quadruple the number of Cabernet vines planted than there are of Merlot (11,702ha), Carmenère (10,249ha) and País (10,056ha).

Manufactured under licence by Chaucer Foods UK Ltd, the world’s leading soup crouton manufacturer, the packs needed to have instant shelf-appeal.As such, the printing of the film was a key factor in reproducing the artwork of the iconic logo to make them instantly recognisable as an extension of the Heinz brand.

Douglas Laing has released the 2019 edition of its festive Big Peat brand.This year’s Christmas release comes in a festive gift tube, which glitters with the winter snowfall against the dark night’s sky.

The course will also incorporate a range of competency certificates, such as first aid and pesticide application.The apprenticeship is work-based and would require attendance at Plumpton Wine Division on block placements over the two-year period, during which accommodation will be provided making the course nationally accessible.
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