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How to taste your way around the vineyards of Sussex
The Telegraph

Tue 5 Feb 2019

How to taste your way around the vineyards of Sussex

Sussex was put firmly on the wine map when Ridgeview – in the South Downs, about eight miles (12km) north of Brighton – became the first English winery to be named Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2018. This is no mean feat when up against wineries from 90 countries.

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Crush's top bottles of bubbly for Valentine's 2019
Crush

Mon 4 Feb 2019

Crush's top bottles of bubbly for Valentine's 2019

The selection includes Villiera Monro Brut 2012, which was awarded an IWSC Gold Outstanding medal

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GINSTR’s in town: ‘World’s Best Gin for a G&T’ goes sky high in Hong Kong’s Ozone bar
South China Morning Post

Sun 3 Feb 2019

GINSTR’s in town: ‘World’s Best Gin for a G&T’ goes sky high in Hong Kong’s Ozone bar

German distillery GINSTR has just picked up a double gold at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London and is bringing its fine spirits to Hong Kong and China.

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‘Demand for wine less than what it could be in India’
Sunday Guardian Live

Sat 2 Feb 2019

‘Demand for wine less than what it could be in India’

Steven Spurrier is an acclaimed wine expert from Britain and a wine merchant who is often referred to as “the champion of French wine”. Spurrier has also developed his own English sparkling wine, Bride Valley. In conversation with Guardian 20, Spurrier speaks about his 50-year-old journey in the wine space and about his autobiography, Wine: A Way of life.

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Cooper King Puts Yorkshire Gin On The Map
Business Up North

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Cooper King Puts Yorkshire Gin On The Map

The gin now has two international awards to its name, the first being a Gold award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s DMA awards in October 2018.

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The home of fine English wines
Aspect County

Fri 1 Feb 2019

The home of fine English wines

As our experience ‘matured’, the wines started developing their now distinctive English character; crisp and aromatic, with delicate citrus, apple and pear notes. It wasn’t long before they started winning a variety of prestigious awards. The awards started with our 1981 Gutenborner winning a silver medal in the 1983 International Wine & Spirit Competition.

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The rise of Nordic gins
Harpers

Thu 31 Jan 2019

The rise of Nordic gins

The gin market is a whirlwind of activity. According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), Brits bought over 60 million bottles worth over £1.6 billion in the year to June 2018, up 38% on the same period the previous year.

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Conversion Group adds Gracie Events to investment portfolio
Harpers

Wed 30 Jan 2019

Conversion Group adds Gracie Events to investment portfolio

The Conversion Group has added fine wine events specialists Gracie Events to its expanding portfolio of investments in luxury businesses.

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How well do you know your Scotch?
The Jackal

Thu 24 Jan 2019

How well do you know your Scotch?

Glenlivet is one and Founders Reserve is one of the most accessible, a delicate and citrusy whisky, that won Silver Outstanding Medal at the 2015 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).

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Penderyn Welsh whisky targets travel retail expansion
DFNI Frontier

Mon 21 Jan 2019

Penderyn Welsh whisky targets travel retail expansion

Welsh whisky distillers Penderyn will be expanding its presence in travel retail after signing an agreement with Haleybrooke International and McG Consultants. The company’s products have won numerous awards across the years, including two gold medals at the International Wine and Spirits Competition

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South African Wine Vineyards Restoring Nelson Mandela’s Legacy
Komorebi Post

Thu 17 Jan 2019

South African Wine Vineyards Restoring Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

The hard work over the last few years by this extraordinary wine maker and owner have paid off handsomely. Alistair’s wines have been recognised and applauded around the world.

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Penderyn partners with Haleybrooke International in travel retail
The Moodie Davitt Report

Tue 15 Jan 2019

Penderyn partners with Haleybrooke International in travel retail

Penderyn whiskies claimed two gold medals in the 2019 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

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Now you can make your own gin with one of the world’s best distillers in Norwich
Eastern Daily Press

Tue 15 Jan 2019

Now you can make your own gin with one of the world’s best distillers in Norwich

This new offering is a celebration of the Norfolk brand, which was recognised in 2018 by the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) with a silver award.

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Yorkshire Start-Up Distillery Wins Bronze In World Gin Awards
Business Up North

Fri 11 Jan 2019

Yorkshire Start-Up Distillery Wins Bronze In World Gin Awards

The gin now has two international awards to its name, the first being a Gold award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s DMA awards in October 2018.

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Spirit of 2019 is a good wine
Swindon Advertiser

Wed 9 Jan 2019

Spirit of 2019 is a good wine

"South Africa has been upping quality in a steady curve for the last decade and is now at the stage where its entry-level wines are effortlessly winning high medals and happy converts," says Adam Lechmere, general manager, International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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Burns Night: 7 superb Scotch whiskies to enjoy this January
Derbyshire Live

Wed 9 Jan 2019

Burns Night: 7 superb Scotch whiskies to enjoy this January

Celebrated the world over, Burns Night - January 25, the birthday of Scottish 18th century poet Robert Burns - is the perfect excuse to savour a drop of the golden stuff.

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Could Brexit mark British wine’s coming of age?
Morning Advertiser

Tue 8 Jan 2019

Could Brexit mark British wine’s coming of age?

Vicky Bullen, CEO of brand design agency Coley Porter Bell, wonders whether Brexit could finally mark the mass acceptance of British wine.

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English sparkling wines are in, Prosecco is out: 6 drinking trends in 2019
Bournemouth Echo

Sun 6 Jan 2019

English sparkling wines are in, Prosecco is out: 6 drinking trends in 2019

"South Africa has been upping quality in a steady curve for the last decade and is now at the stage where its entry-level wines are effortlessly winning high medals and happy converts," says Adam Lechmere, general manager, International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

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'Low and no' to extreme craft: the drink trends for 2019
The Guardian

Fri 4 Jan 2019

'Low and no' to extreme craft: the drink trends for 2019

It has been around for a long time now but English sparkling wine really hit the jackpot this year when Ridgeview Wine Estate in East Sussex won the blue riband world’s best producer category at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, the Oscars of wine.

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Malt Whisky Society celebrate a successful year
Scottish Field

Fri 4 Jan 2019

Malt Whisky Society celebrate a successful year

These final accolades conclude the year of awards, which include wins in the Luxury Masters competition, 11 awards in the International Wine and Spirits Competition, 12 awards in the Scotch Whisky Masters, and an unprecedented seven double-gold medals out of our seven total whiskies submitted at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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