In Brief

27 August, 2008
Page 6 
l Domaine Carneros, the Taittinger -owned sparkling wine producer in California, claims to be the first sparkling wine to receive organic certification for all its estate vineyards.

l South African wine producer The Company of Wine People has won the JF Hillebrand Supply Chain Partner of the Year award.

l Heaven Hill Distilleries has opened its newly expanded Bernheim distillery. It will increase capacity by

40 per cent to cope with planned growth over the

next five years.

l Fratelli Martini, the Piedmonte-based wine producer and owner of the Canti Italian wine brand, has parted with its UK importer, D&D Wines, which remains one of the largest importers

of Italian wines into the UK.

l The Napa Valley Vintners' auction in California raised US$10.35 mi llion for the area's charities, a 5 per cent increase on 2007.

l Pernod Ricard's Montana New Zealand wine brand has taken the supreme award at the inaugural Discover Pinot Noir awards in New Zealand, with its Terraces Marlborough 2006 Pinot Noir. It beat more than 60 other wines, of which six received gold medals.

l Hankey Bannister 40 Year Old has been voted the World's Best Blended Scotch Whisky at the World Whisky Awards. Owners Inver House Distillers only made enough to fill 1,917 crystal decanters.

l Jägermeister, the herbal liqueur, has appointed interactive advertising agency Syzygy and its sister agency, Hi-Res, to create a global internet platform and "brand experience" for the brand which can be adapted for local market needs.


Nick Strangeway


Happy customers across the UK enjoyed their first pints and non-homemade cocktails at the start of July as its hospitality sector reopened after months of lockdown. But normal service has hardly resumed.