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Merger promises new 'big data era' for the wine industry
Drinks Business

Wed 1 May 2019

Merger promises new 'big data era' for the wine industry

One of the US’s most popular consumer sites, Wine Folly, has merged with the Global Wine Database (GWDB) and unveiled plans to make big data about wine accessible to the industry. Wine Folly has been recognised by the International Wine and Spirit Competition twice, with Puckette winning IWSC Wine Blogger of the Year in 2013 and being named as this year’s IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year, revealed last month.

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In Good Spirits
Aspect County

Fri 26 Apr 2019

In Good Spirits

Increased demand for the aromatic drink has meant that some longer-distance deliveries across East and West Sussex have to be made by van now. Stockists include selected southern branches of Waitrose, Harvey Nichols, Majestic Wines, Fortnum & Mason and Marks & Spencer, a level of success that recognises the spirit’s award-winning credentials. In 2018 accolades included silver at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

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West Cork Distillers: A distillery built on friendly foundations
Irish Examiner

Fri 26 Apr 2019

West Cork Distillers: A distillery built on friendly foundations

Amongst the recent awards won by the company are: Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2018; International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018; and the International Spirits Challenge Winners 2018.

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Britons drank record amount of homegrown sparkling wine in 2018
The Guardian

Tue 23 Apr 2019

Britons drank record amount of homegrown sparkling wine in 2018

In a major boost for producers, the Ridgeview estate in Sussex was last November named the world’s best winemaker in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018. This was the first time in the competition’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer.

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The Best Tequilas You Can Buy for Under $30
Thrillist

Mon 22 Apr 2019

The Best Tequilas You Can Buy for Under $30

Smooth and balanced with a soft mouthfeel and zesty bouquet, Espolon blanco tequila is a multi-award winner -- it took home medals at both the San Francisco World Spirits Awards and the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2016.

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Cask 88 launch second whisky in Scottish Folklore Series
The Edinburgh Reporter

Thu 18 Apr 2019

Cask 88 launch second whisky in Scottish Folklore Series

The first in the series was a 45-year-old Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP), Cù-Sìth. It won gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition in the Highland Single Malt 30-45 Year Old category.

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Edinburgh whisky company reveals new expression and a chance to buy an extremely rare single malt
Scotsman Food & Drink

Thu 18 Apr 2019

Edinburgh whisky company reveals new expression and a chance to buy an extremely rare single malt

The Ben Nevis 1972 Single Malt (70cl; 43.2% ABV; £650 RRP): Cù-Sìth picked up gold medals at the 2018 International Wine and Spirits Competition and features a design inspired by the Cù-Sìth, a terrifying large hound, with a murderous bark, said to stalk the Highlands of Scotland.

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Love Drinks Secures Brighton Gin UK Distribution
Love Drinks

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Love Drinks Secures Brighton Gin UK Distribution

In just over 4 years, the brand has already collected many awards including 2018 International Wine & Spirits Award – Gold Medal for Brighton Gin’s artwork and bottle design.

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Asda has announced a huge sale on wine and champagne – but you’ll have to be quick!
Good to Know

Tue 9 Apr 2019

Asda has announced a huge sale on wine and champagne – but you’ll have to be quick!

Red wine fans will love Asda’s Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, usually £9. Just right for Easter lunch, it’s won Decanter and IWSC awards.

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Gorilla Spirits Gin to relocate to bigger site
Daily Echo

Wed 3 Apr 2019

Gorilla Spirits Gin to relocate to bigger site

Gorilla Spirits Co. donates £1 to gorilla conservation for every bottle it sells and every one of its current products have been awarded medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition.

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A Personal Note From Our Co-Founder, Madeline Puckette (That’s Me!)
Wine Folly

Wed 3 Apr 2019

A Personal Note From Our Co-Founder, Madeline Puckette (That’s Me!)

I was just awarded Wine Communicator of the Year by International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). Whooooa!

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Crushing on Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc
Crush

Mon 1 Apr 2019

Crushing on Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc

The Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2016 received the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition’s 2018 Chenin Blanc Trophy – beating all other Chenin Blanc wines entered into this competition to be crowned the world’s best.

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Arable growers seize grape opportunity
Anglia Farmer

Mon 1 Apr 2019

Arable growers seize grape opportunity

A new vineyard is sure to be an attraction when Stuart Scarff and his family welcome the public to Open Farm Sunday on 9 June. At last year’s event more than 600 people visited their Suffolk farm at Combs, Stowmarket.

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A new wine-gin hybrid has launched just in time for spring
Harper's Bazaar

Wed 13 Mar 2019

A new wine-gin hybrid has launched just in time for spring

Chapel Down's gin follows the launch of its bacchus gin and chardonnay vodka in November 2017. Last year, its single vineyard estate Kit’s Coty triumphed at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition, winning Gold Outstanding.

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Flor de Caña Volcano surprises travelers in Madrid Airport
PR Newswire

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Flor de Caña Volcano surprises travelers in Madrid Airport

Travelers will be able to enjoy a tasting of Flor de Caña's naturally aged and volcano-enriched rums and learn about the brand's liquid credentials, including being awarded 2017 "Best Rum Producer of the Year" by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London.

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Forsyths announced as official sponsor of IWSC Distiller of the Year award
European Sponsorship Association

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Forsyths announced as official sponsor of IWSC Distiller of the Year award

International Wine & Spirit Competition announces distillery design and build firm Forsyths as official sponsor of IWSC Distiller of the Year award.

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Best tequila 2019: Fancy a sunrise, a margarita or a smooth shot? These are the best tequila brands to buy
Expert Reviews

Wed 6 Mar 2019

Best tequila 2019: Fancy a sunrise, a margarita or a smooth shot? These are the best tequila brands to buy

Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Silver Tequila comes from one of the most awarded families of tequilas, with six gongs at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, one of the most prestigious in the industry.

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The Tippling Point | How Love for India, Britain and Germany Helped Unearth Secret Recipe of Gin
News18

Sun 24 Feb 2019

The Tippling Point | How Love for India, Britain and Germany Helped Unearth Secret Recipe of Gin

Monkey 47, the gin became a huge hit. At the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition, the phenomenon was named the World’s Best Gin.

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Toasting the Oscars? 6 award-winning wines to mark the occasion
Irish Examiner

Fri 22 Feb 2019

Toasting the Oscars? 6 award-winning wines to mark the occasion

The Oscars are a brilliant excuse to stage a lavish event of your own and toast the winners with a prize-winning wine.

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Toast to the winners of A-lister wines
Swindon Advertiser

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Toast to the winners of A-lister wines

Polish up your best stemware and pop the cork on something suitably trophy-worthy, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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