News in brief

A new wine company is hoping to lead the way in producing lower-alcohol wines and promoting responsible drinking. DB Wines was formed by a consortium of individuals and businesses from the American and European wine industry and the company has

created a

portfolio of lower-alcohol wines to be sold in the UK. The Sovio range, which consists of a Spanish sparkling white and rosé, has an abv of 8 per cent and will be trialled in the on-trade before being launched in the off-trade. Mark Beasley will head up the UK operation.

David Campbell,

co-founder of wine website fromvineyardsdirect.com, has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French government. The award for services to publishing was

presented

by

French ambassador

Gerard Errera . Campbell was instrumental in the creation of the French wine book, Guide Hachette des Vins and is publisher of the Everyman Library.

A tree festooned with lights powered by exercise bikes will be the main feature of Fetzer activity at the Big Chill music festival from Aug 3 - 5. The Californian wine brand will use the "bicycle tree" to focus festival-goers' minds on carbon emissions.