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Aldi launches Wine Advent calendar

Aldi launches an advent calendar with 24 miniatures for Christmas.
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Aldi, the German discounter, has jumped on the Christmas band wagon with an early Advent calendar containing 24 miniature bottles of wine. The French wines are from regions such as Bordeaux, Cotes du Rhone and Chablis. There is a range of styles with red, white, rose and sparkling wines supplied by French wine brands including JP Chenet and Calvet. Selling for £49.99, the 24 miniatures are equivalent to 6 bottles of wine, or £8.33 per bottle. It may not be cheap but certainly is a novel idea for wine lovers and more fun than the usual chocolate.

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New Terroir game for wine lovers

A new PC simulation game known as Terroir has been released this week. The game pits you as a vineyard owner growing, making and selling your wines.
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A new PC simulation game know as Terroir has been released this week. The game pits you as a vineyard owner growing, making and selling your wines. The game is a simulation turn-based game similar to The Sim, or Civilisation. Players choose the grape varieties and plant them, tend the grapes and make the wine. Vineyard and wine making decisions, such as trimming vines, how the wines are made and the vagaries of weather, all go towards making the wine. Eventually, when your wine is bottled, it is rated by critics and judges who give the wine a rating. Players then need to sell their wine, turn a profit and hopefully expand their empire. The game is for PC and Macs and is available from a number of websites including Steam for £10.99

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Wine Shops - the New Renaissance

Changing habits give Specialist wine merchants a leg up.
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The once a week supermarket shop killed off many small independent wine retailers and off licences in the last 20 years, as consumer bought wine as part of their weekly shop. But UK shopping habits are changing and the big weekly shop is becoming less popular. In 2014 72% did a weekly shop in a large supermarket but in 2017 the number had fallen to 65%, according to a TouchPoints Survey of 6,000 British consumers. This is good news for our thriving specialist wine retailers and the high street in general.


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The winners of the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2017

Jamie Goode takes the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2017 for Best Book.
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The winners of the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2017 have been unveiled. The winners are:

Wine Book of the Year 2017 - I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting – Jamie Goode

Wine Columnist of the Year Award 2017 - Andrew Jefford

Online Communicator 2017 - Richard Hemming MW

Artistry of Wine Award 2017 - George Rose

Emerging Wine Writer of the Year 2017 - Morgan Dunn

Feature Writer of the Year 2017 - Jon Bonné

Food and Wine Writer of the Year 2017 - Dan Keeling

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The Robotic vineyard worker is underway with trial of Vine Scout

Vine Scout, the Robotic vineyard worker, has undergone further trials at Symington Family Estates.

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Vine Scout has undergone further trials at Symington Family Estates. Vine Scout is a European-wide project to develop a robotic vineyard worker. Initially the three year project is hoped to develop a robot that can monitor vines. It currently consists of a small 4 wheeled vehicle that will navigate up and down vineyards. This type of work can be currently done with drones. But providing a platform that can navigate vineyards, it is only a short step from this to performing other actions, for example vines under stress could automatically be watered or sprayed. Individual vines can be monitored and performance managed even for very large vineyards.

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Laithwaites goes live on QVC

Laitwaites. a leading mail order wine company. is presenting its wines on QVC the shopping channel.

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Laitwates a leading mail order wine company has teamed up with the QVC shopping TV channel to offer cases of wine. Laithwaites is famous for running the Sunday Times wine club as well as most of the other large UK wine clubs. They also run the New York Times wine club and other international clubs. The tie up starts this Saturday 16th September.


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