Screw cap switch 

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the latest big-name premium wine to make the switch from cork to a Stelvin screwcap closure. The move will affect the 2004 vintage of the wine. 

Best mates week 

First Drinks Brands is holding its second annual "national best mates week" for Taboo. From 25 to 30 June there will be radio promotions, sampling and an online consumer competition to win "free shoes for a year". 

Beers go regional 

Waitrose is to stock regional ales and lagers in all its stores in response to growing demand for local produce. 

Umbrella brand 

French wine co-operative Plaimont has launched an umbrella brand, Rive Haute, for wines from appellations in the south west of the country. The range is aimed at independents, with retail prices of between £4.99 and £8.49.

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