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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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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society retains prestigious award to end year on a high
Whisky Intelligence

Wed 2 Jan 2019

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society retains prestigious award to end year on a high

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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WSET to mark 50 years of wine education
Drinks Business

Wed 2 Jan 2019

WSET to mark 50 years of wine education

The WSET will partner with the IWSC, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, for a new initiative that will identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals and emphasise the importance of developing new talent through education and awards.

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WSET introduces global education week as part of 50th anniversary activity
Harpers

Wed 2 Jan 2019

WSET introduces global education week as part of 50th anniversary activity

Looking ahead to the next 50 years, the WSET said it had joined forces with the IWSC to launch a ‘The Future 50’ initiative designed to identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals and emphasise the importance of developing new talent through education and awards.

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WSET celebrates 50 years of Wine and Spirit Education
Bar Magazine

Wed 2 Jan 2019

WSET celebrates 50 years of Wine and Spirit Education

Looking ahead to the next 50 years, WSET is partnering with the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, for a new initiative that will identify the next generation of leading wine and spirits professionals and emphasise the importance of developing new talent through education and awards.

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Experts Predict What You'll Be Drinking In 2019
Forbes

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Experts Predict What You'll Be Drinking In 2019

Whisky and other spirit distillers are looking towards sustainability goals, according to judges at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), who pointed towards brands such as Glenmorangie and its recycling of casks into sunglasses and surfboards.

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Liquid news: 6 of the biggest drinks trends for 2019
Virgin Media Television

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Liquid news: 6 of the biggest drinks trends for 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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Fizz Sales Hit a Record High in 2018
Caterer Licensee

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Fizz Sales Hit a Record High in 2018

The Ridgeview estate in Sussex was last month awarded the coveted trophy of the world’s best winemaker in the International Wine and Spirit Competition. This is the first time in the IWSC’s 49-year history that the award has been presented to an English producer.

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