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Earliest harvest start on record for Galicia

Published:  29 August, 2017

The usually cool and wet climate of Galicia in the Atlantic reaches of Spain has been turned on its head this year, leaving wine producers to handle one of the earliest, but longest and most peculiar harvests ever recorded.

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How a Cava producer alerted police to Europe's most wanted terrorist

Published:  23 August, 2017

Rather than a more usual tale of terroir, Cava producers in Upper Penedes region of Catalonia, have recounted the ordeal surrounding the police chase through vines to capture Europe’s most wanted terrorist.

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Looking ahead to the Xmas run up: Richard Cochrane, MD, Felix Solis UK

Published:  21 August, 2017

With the autumn tasting season soon upon us, as the trade prepares for the run up to the all-important Christmas trading period, Harpers is running a web series asking leading voices in the trade what trends and challenges they’re expecting to face in the latter half of 2017.

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The cava conundrum

Published:  27 July, 2017

Spain’s famous fizz needs some imaginative thinking to return its sparkle, argues James Lawrence

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Wines from Rioja targets millenials at UK festivals

Published:  17 July, 2017

Wines from Rioja has extended its festival reach with the launch of a new Rioja Terrace at two major UK festivals this summer – Citadel and Wilderness.

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Spanish blue wine Skyfall outlines its premium ambitions

Published:  13 July, 2017

The brains behind Skyfall, the newest face of the blue wine craze to be launched in the UK, are hoping that their product will soon be drank in the nation’s swanky bars as a premium tipple.

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Spain has moved beyond a purely price-based discussion say UK buyers

Published:  10 July, 2017

This was the key finding of a recent Harpers Spain round table on Pushing Boundaries and Innovation, with leading buyers from across the trade agreeing that a mixture of necessity and opportunity has shifted the UK focus onto quality over quantity with Spanish wines.

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Ehrmanns takes Beefsteak Club outside Argentina for the first time

Published:  29 June, 2017

Ehrmanns has added a Tempranillo to its Beefsteak Club portfolio, marking the brand’s first move outside Argentina.

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Spanish group ARAEX adds Priorat and Jerez to portfolio

Published:  22 June, 2017

ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines is in the process of adding producers from two further DOs to its country-wide collection of estates, bringing Priorat and Jerez into the fold.

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Will the new regulations make Rioja more "market-driven"?

Published:  20 June, 2017

Two weeks ago, Rioja’s D.O.Ca. control board announced two major changes for Spain’s heartland wine region.

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Bancroft signs up as exclusive distributor for Herència Altés

Published:  05 June, 2017

Bancroft Wines has secured a deal as the exclusive distributor for Terra Alta producer Herència Altés.

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Crown Cellars reveals new wine portfolio

Published:  02 June, 2017

Crown Cellars, the wine division of Carlsberg UK, has unveiled its 2017/18 wine portfolio, with a focus on Spain and Italy.

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Araex online ambition boosted by top gold medal haul

Published:  25 May, 2017

Spanish wine group Araex Grands has consolidated its position as a leading provider of quality wines with four Grand Golds and 12 Gold medals at the annual Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

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LWF: Craft beer showers forecasted at Morgenrot

Published:  25 May, 2017

The difference in approach between winemakers and craft beer brewers to creating new drinking experiences can be clearer nowhere than at Morgenrot’s stand at this year’s London Wine Fair.

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Q&A: Julián Chivite, winemaker and owner, Bodegas Chivite

Published:  10 May, 2017

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Solera supping

Published:  08 May, 2017

From oldster tipple to hipster hooch, sherry seems to have missed out on the mainstream, says Henry Jeffreys

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Sherry president outlines opportunities for growth

Published:  14 March, 2017

Sherry has attracted its fair share of negative headlines in recent years, with its steadily declining volumes making it an easy target to highlight shortcomings in the wider alcohol industry.

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Sherry president outlines opportunities for growth

Published:  14 March, 2017

Sherry has attracted its fair share of negative headlines in recent years, with its steadily declining volumes making it an easy target to highlight shortcomings in the wider alcohol industry.

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Decision not to unite Vinisud and Millésime Bio branded 'damaging'

Published:  09 March, 2017

Efforts to unite two international trade shows have been thwarted after there was a disagreement over whether they should both take place under one roof.

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Rioja wine export volumes to UK fell in 2016, also dipping globally

Published:  02 March, 2017

For the first time in 20 years, Rioja wine export volumes to the UK have slumped, according to the most recent export figures for 2016

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Shop Rioja

Published:  02 March, 2017

he month of October is quickly becoming synonymous with Shop Rioja - Wines from Rioja's month-long promotion which brings the full diversity and dynamism of Spain's foremost wine region to the UK's independent retailers.

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Buckingham Schenk creates buzz with new Spanish duo

Published:  23 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is expanding its portfolio with two new Spanish brands.

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Navarra continues to push diversity as its USP

Published:  20 February, 2017

Best known for its Rosado wines, Navarra is increasingly looking to promote understanding of the breadth of styles and varieties in the region, tapping into a mix of up-and-coming producers, re-invigorated vineyards and its white wines

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Enotria&Coe revisit Rioja with range additions

Published:  20 February, 2017

Premium suppliers Enotria&Coe have strengthened their Rioja portfolio by bringing on two new 'terroir-driven' producers.

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Part 2: 'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  10 February, 2017

Yesterday, we began looking further into last week's Vinisud 2017, when the saleability of Mediterranean wines as a category was promoted to visitors.

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'Mediterranean wine' - A goldmine of untapped potential?

Published:  09 February, 2017

As Elizabeth Gabay MW noted elsewhere on Harpers.co.uk this week, wines from the Mediterranean showed enormous diversity at Vinisud 2017.

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Italian fizz continues to bubble at Buckingham Schenk

Published:  08 February, 2017

Wine importer Buckingham Schenk is celebrating a 19% increase in annual turnover thanks to the indomitable UK favourites of Argentinian Malbec and Italian sparkling.

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Desoutter & James coming to SITT

Published:  06 February, 2017

Spanish specialists Desoutter & James are debuting at Harpers' SITT event later this month.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  03 February, 2017

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Sherry soldiers on with Wines from Spain masterclass

Published:  30 January, 2017

Sherry, regionality and gastronomy will take centre stage when Wines from Spain's annual trade tasting comes to London's Tobacco Dock on March 9.

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Armit unveils rare vintage release from La Rioja Alta

Published:  23 January, 2017

Armit Wines has announced the release of the 2007 Gran Reserva 904 from La Rioja Alta, which will be available from 25 January.

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Barwell & Jones prepares to re-launch Marqués de Riscal in the UK

Published:  19 January, 2017

Historic Spanish winery Marqués de Riscal will be the focus of a new marketing and sales push to promote its presence in the UK.

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White revolution at the forefront of Heart of Spain 2017

Published:  13 January, 2017

Winemakers from Spain will continue to further the white revolution and promote varieties from new and unexpected corners of the country when the Heart of Spain 2017 tasting comes to London.

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Ars Collecta Cava breaks price ceiling

Published:  16 December, 2016

Barcelona wine producer Codorniu has launched a new high-end range of Cavas, including the most expensive Cava ever made

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UK growth central to Vega Sicilia's expansion plans

Published:  16 December, 2016

Vega Sicilia is to increase its presence in Britain in a bid to capitalise on swelling demand for Spain and high end wines

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Wine trends: Predictions 2017

Published:  13 December, 2016

White from red regions, Loire and premium US whites are going to be 2017's big winners, according to Bibendum.

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Bancroft Wines grows Italian and Spanish range in the UK

Published:  08 December, 2016

Bancroft Wines has added two new producers to their portfolio, Cantina della Volta from Emilia Romagna and Es Fangar from Mallorca.

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Gonzalez Byass UK expands range with new Basque addition

Published:  07 December, 2016

Gonzalez Byass UK (GBUK) is expanding its Spanish wine range in the UK with the addition of Txomin Etxaniz, a leading producer of DO Txakoli, to its portfolio.

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Pernod Ricard off-loads brandy to focus on spirits

Published:  02 December, 2016

Pernod Ricard is selling the Domecq brand and its related brandies and wines to Emperador Group and Gonzalez Byass.

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Vinisud goes annual

Published:  28 November, 2016

The trade tasting which puts wines of the Mediterranean in the spotlight has become annual fixture on the international's trade's calendar.

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World's oldest Port house launches into second major high street retailer

Published:  25 November, 2016

Historic Port brand, Kopke, is currently launching its Reserve Tawny Port into Waitrose - the second time the brand has been listed in a major national retailer in the UK, following the launch of its 1996 Colheita (an aged Tawny Port made with grapes from a single vintage) in M&S in September.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  25 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Rioja adjusts growth limit for 2017 following new vine planting rules

Published:  24 November, 2016

The D.O.Ca. Rioja has increased the threshold of the surface area of vineyard planting allowed for next year to keep up with an increased rate of sales.

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Control board confirms bumper Rioja harvest

Published:  22 November, 2016

The 2016 Rioja harvest has proved exceptional in both quantity and quality, the DOCa Rioja has confirmed.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  04 November, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  28 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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World wine production 2016 one of the poorest in 20 years

Published:  27 October, 2016

The amount of wine being produced worldwide has dropped to one of the lowest in 20 years according to the latest figures from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).

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Spanish wine industry celebrates inaugural IWC Spanish Merchant Awards

Published:  21 October, 2016

The cream of the Spanish wine industry turned out in force on Monday for the International Wine Challenge's (IWC) inaugural Spanish Wine Merchant awards, with over 200 guests attending the awards dinner in the surrounds of one of Madrid's most famous buildings, Casino de Madrid.

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Rioja 10 x 10: 100 of Rioja's Top Wines 2016

Published:  17 October, 2016
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Spain Supplement: Stirring up a great debate

Published:  14 October, 2016
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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  14 October, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have put together a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Rioja Consejo's Daroca says new proposals will cover breakaway Alava group's demands

Published:  12 October, 2016

Rioja's wine board has hit back at plans to establish the new breakaway appellation, Vineyards of Alava, by saying new proposals for single estate vineyards and labels would aim to satisfy demands from producers

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  12 October, 2016
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Promising Rioja proposals could draw a line between industrial and artisanal production, say producers

Published:  11 October, 2016

Two leading Rioja producers based in Alava have welcomed fresh details of plans tabled by the breakaway Vineyards of Alava appellation proposal including a move to distinguish itself by discarding Rioja's ageing categories of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva.

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Rioja decision over single vineyard and regional labelling expected this autumn

Published:  07 October, 2016

A decision on proposed new rules that will allow Rioja producers to feature village names and specific vineyards prominently on labels may be taken as early as late October or early November this year.

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Matthew Clark aims for "storytelling" with portfolio expansion

Published:  30 September, 2016

Leading drinks distributor Matthew Clark has bolstered its premium wine portfolio by taking on a number of producers from 10 different countries, all of which aim to tell a "story" to consumers.

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Wines from Rioja's 10X10 returns for second year

Published:  28 September, 2016

Wines from Rioja is once again preparing to unveil its 10x10 line-up of some of the region's most outstanding wines.

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Jascots focuses expansion on Italy and Spain ranges

Published:  22 September, 2016

Jascots Wine Merchants rolled out 47 news wines at its autumn trade held on Tuesday 20 September 2016, with a focused expansion on Italian and Spanish wines.

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The other side of life: Richard Cochrane, managing director of Félix Solis UK

Published:  19 September, 2016

Richard Cochrane, managing director of Félix Solis UK, talks about his passion for climbing.

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Spanish wine producers see opportunity in the on-trade ahead of promising harvest

Published:  19 September, 2016

At a Spanish-focused tasting hosted by Boutinot today in London, producers, many just starting harvest, are optimistic about this year's crop and the opportunity in the UK for Spanish wines.

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Sherry is celebrated in UK on-trade at the annual Great Sherry Tasting

Published:  13 September, 2016

At yesterday's annual Great Sherry Tasting, the category seems to be making head way, particularly in the UK on-trade as sommeliers and Michelin starred chefs sampled nearly 200 Sherries being poured.

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Halewood Wines & Spirits' Rioja brand main sponsors of Spanish fest

Published:  15 August, 2016

Rioja brand, Marques De Caceres has been announced as the main sponsor of this year's Manchester Spanish festival, Festejar.

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International Sherry Week returns with a focus on education

Published:  12 August, 2016

For a third consecutive year, International Sherry Week (ISW) - organised by El Consejo Regulador Jerez-Xeres-Sherry - will celebrate Sherry wines across the UK.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  12 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Proposal seeks to replace "outdated" Rioja classifications

Published:  05 August, 2016

A Spanish winery is lobbying to change guidelines to make it easier for premium and super premium wineries to differentiate themselves from others in the "Rioja brand".

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  05 August, 2016

In case you missed some of the headlines this week on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Southern France city streets flood with wine following vandalism

Published:  04 August, 2016

French police have confirmed the criminal nature of an attack on a wine storage business in the port city of Sète, in southern France.

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Waitrose launches first Andalucían wine in UK supermarkets

Published:  01 August, 2016

Waitrose will this month launch ANDA, a new wine from Andalucía, into 77 of its stores across the UK and Waitrose Cellar online - making it the only non-fortified wine from the region available at a UK supermarket.

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Bodegas Torres reintroduces ancestral red grape uncovered 20 years ago

Published:  25 July, 2016

Catalonian winery Bodegas Torres is reintroducing the red variety Moneu after the vines were destroyed by phylloxera two centuries ago.

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Organic UK wine launch marks "new era" for Gonzalez Byass

Published:  21 July, 2016

Gonzalez Byass is launching a new organic wine into the UK.

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Over 200 wines to be poured at The Great Sherry Tasting

Published:  19 July, 2016

The Great Sherry Tasting 2016, which is to be held on September 12, 2016, is expecting to host 40 producers and over 200 wines this year.

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El Coto de Rioja jumps ship to Liberty Wines

Published:  18 July, 2016

Liberty Wines has bolstered its Spanish offering with the addition of El Coto de Rioja.

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Mike Turner: Can blue wine be good for the wine category?

Published:  13 July, 2016

The world's wine press in recent weeks has been all over Blue Wine.  And when I say blue, I mean BLUE.  It's been in nearly every newspaper and online foodie publication.  Funny thing is that most of us writing these articles have never actually tasted it.  So why is it causing so much of a stir?

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Freixenet launches Cubist-inspired campaign

Published:  05 July, 2016

Freixenet premium cava has launched a multimedia campaign to promote its ICE range.

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How does Rioja work for you? Take the survey

Published:  28 June, 2016

Harpers, in tandem with Wines from Rioja, would like to find out how Spain's flagship wine region performs for the UK trade.

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Shop Rioja back for 2016

Published:  27 June, 2016

Shop Rioja is back for another countrywide promotion in October's edition of Harpers in partnership with Wines from Rioja, and is inviting all UK independent merchants to take part.

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Sauvignon remains useful prop for Verdejo to ease Rueda's path into the UK

Published:  20 June, 2016

In the wake of the previous decade's economic fallout, the once-booming Rueda region?like many others in Spain?has enjoyed a slow but steady recovery as it struggles to keep its prices buoyed while pursuing importers, shelf space and list placements

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Label launched for Londoners who "can't tell their chardonnay from their sangiovese"

Published:  16 June, 2016

A forward-thinking wine label has been launched to dispel the "myth" that those who don't know about wine can't have good taste.

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González Byass launches sherry vermouth for 'conscious' cocktail consumers

Published:  15 June, 2016

Sherry-makers González Byass are hoping to snare new customers in the on-trade with the launch of a new sherry vermouth based on a recipe from the 19th century.

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Cava aims to climb to the "top of quality wine pyramid" with premium classification

Published:  14 June, 2016

The CRDO del Cava (Cava Regulatory Board) has announced the launch of a new premium category for Spanish sparkling wines that is designed to create distance between low and high quality Cavas.

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Customers "lapping up" fresh Spanish whites with New World influences

Published:  10 June, 2016

Members club the Wine Society is seeing strong demand for Spanish wines thanks to a revolution in winemaking pushed by a new generation of vine aficionados.

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Q&A: Guillermo de Aranzabal, president, La Rioja Alta

Published:  06 June, 2016

Armit Wines' La Rioja Alta is known for its 890 and 904 wines - key years in the founding of the original winery. Harpers.co.uk caught up with the winery's fifth-generation president to find out what the Rioja label means to his business.

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Rioja a double-edged sword for premium brands

Published:  06 June, 2016

As one of the primary regions in the world's third largest wine producing country, the Rioja label carries a huge amount of weight in the on and off-trade worldwide - and especially in the UK, where its easy-to-drink reputation has made it a stalwart on British supermarkets shelves.

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Tim Atkin MW: Where does Spain fit in the battle for wine supremacy?

Published:  03 June, 2016

Tim Atkin takes a look at Spanish terrior and where Spanish wines fit in the hieracrchy for supermacy as a top wine producing country.

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Q&A: Julio Sáenz, La Rioja Alta, S.A.

Published:  27 May, 2016

La Rioja Alta, S.A., has been making wine since it was founded by five families back in 1890. We chatted to Julio Sáenz, winemaker at the premium vineyard since 1996 and technical director since 2005, about how their wines and the winemaking have evolved.

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Analysis: Can Ribera del Duero compete with the Rioja in the UK?

Published:  26 May, 2016

Can Ribera Del Duero can realistically lure consumers in a Rioja-obsessed climate in the UK?

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Gilbert's Grape: One night in Rioja

Published:  24 May, 2016

As a wine journalist, I have been told I can expect to see hundreds of barrel rooms and vineyards in the course of my new career.

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Insights: The rise of the owners club

Published:  24 May, 2016

In the space of just over 15 years, privately funded associations have become a defining feature of the global wine industry. In Europe, they arguably represent a manifestation of the growing dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of regional appellation bodies, which has subsequently encouraged winemakers to take matters into their own hands.

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Grandes Pagos de España pressures the Rioja DO to adapt

Published:  24 May, 2016

With the terroir debate raging in Spain, the tasting and master classes in London last week by the association Grandes Pagos de España (GPE) could hardly have come at a better time.

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Insights: What is next for Rioja?

Published:  16 May, 2016

Really, Rioja can do no wrong. For many consumers it is Spanish wine. But what lies ahead for Spain's most famous wine region?

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Analysis: New wine regions continue to emerge

Published:  12 May, 2016

New wine regions and areas with renewed vigour continue to emerge on to the world stage. Has there ever been a better time to drink wine?

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Off-Piste go after flavoured drinks market with alcoholic wine cocktail

Published:  05 May, 2016

Makers & Co., a new range of lightly sparkling 4% alcohol drinks, is taking centre at the Off-Piste stand at this year's London Wine Fair.

 

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Revealed: The ten countries drinking two thirds of the world's wine

Published:  28 April, 2016

Italy, France and Spain continue to dominate in terms of production, but who is drinking the most wine?

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ICCWS 2016: What to expect from climate change

Published:  28 April, 2016

In recent weeks, much emphasis has been placed on the short-term benefits of global warming.

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Q&A: Beltran Domecq, President of the Consejo Regulador de D.O. Jerez/Sherry

Published:  28 April, 2016

President of the governing body for Sherry, Beltran Domecq is fighting to make the category hip again.

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Bodegas Beronia grows its customer engagement club with new website

Published:  27 April, 2016

Bodegas Beronia has launched a website for its Beronia Txoko Club - after sales of the brand doubled in the UK thanks to its customer-engagement initiative.

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Thirst for Sherry drives Sherry Festival 2016

Published:  26 April, 2016

Sherry is no longer purely a "London phenomenon" - and merchants across the UK should take advantage of its growing popularity.

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Boutinot brings new off-trade ranges from Spain

Published:  22 April, 2016

Boutinot has unveiled two new additions to its Spanish portfolio. 

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Earliest Rioja vintage in history given official thumbs up

Published:  20 April, 2016

The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board has given the 2015 vintage an official Very Good rating.

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A sommelier on Spain: Quality wines at value prices

Published:  19 April, 2016

Spain has become the country of choice for one Canadian sommelier working in the UK.

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Wines from Spain: Up close and personal

Published:  15 April, 2016

One thing that stuck out from the 27th Wines from Spain fair yesterday was the level of diversity of wines coming out of regions across the country.

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Wines from Spain: spotlight on Navarra

Published:  15 April, 2016

Long recognised internationally for its rosés, Spain's Navarra region has undergone something of a winemaking revolution over the past two decades and the number of red wines now coming out of the area is increasing.

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Sherry en vogue at Wines of Spain masterclass

Published:  15 April, 2016

"We have to keep the fire burning". This was the message from distinguished Jerez winemaker Beltran Domecq at the sherry masterclass at Wines from Spain's yesterday, when quizzed on the future of the category and maintaining the wave of popularity that sherry is currently enjoying.

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González Byass' Tio Pepe En Rama shipped to 19 countries this month

Published:  05 April, 2016

Tio Pepe En Rama is due to ship more of its unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry to more countries than ever before.

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Boutinot's parent-company In Vino buys Moreno Wines

Published:  04 April, 2016

In Vino, which is an investment company that owns Boutinot, has bought Spanish specialist Moreno Wines.

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Sales of Rioja up 35% in China in 2015

Published:  01 April, 2016

Sales of Rioja in China rose by 35% in 2015, according to figures from the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja.

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González Byass adds Pazos de Lusco winery to portfolio

Published:  23 March, 2016

Leading Spanish wine and sherry producer González Byass has acquired the Pazos de Lusco winery in Rías Baixas for an undisclosed sum.

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United Wineries and North South Wines sign exclusive distribution deal

Published:  21 March, 2016

Independent wine supplier United Wineries has appointed North South Wines as the sole UK and Ireland agents for both its Berberana and Monistrol still and sparkling Spanish wine brands.

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Enotria & Coe takes on J Chivite Estates premium portfolio

Published:  18 March, 2016

Leading UK importer Enotria & Coe is to become the exclusive distributor for Spain's J. Chivite Estates premium wines portfolio in the UK.

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Hallgarten marks International Women's Day with Women With Bottle promotion

Published:  07 March, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has launched a three-month promotion celebrating women winemakers to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

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Spain: a winemaking revolution is brewing

Published:  04 March, 2016

In January 2016, respected winemaker Telmo Rodríguez unveiled a controversial document that caused a surge of excitement across Spain's viticultural landscape

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Wines from Spain to showcase innovation and diversity at 2016 tasting

Published:  03 March, 2016

Wines from Spain will this year be hosting its 27th annual trade fair at London's Tobacco Dock on Thursday, April 14.

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Harpers offers independents all-expenses-paid trip to Rioja

Published:  15 February, 2016

Harpers is partnering with Wines from Rioja to offer independent retailers the chance of an all-expenses-paid trip to some of the most respected and innovative bodegas in the beautiful Rioja region.    

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Rioja winery CVNE hosts major Caro exhibition

Published:  11 February, 2016

Leading family-owned Rioja winery, Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espana, is to host an exhibition by British scultor Sir Anthony Caro at its Cune Winery in Haro this year.

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Wine world prepares for Vinisud 2016

Published:  10 February, 2016

Over 1,700 exhibitors will converge on Montpellier next week for Vinisud, the biennial International Mediterranean Wines and Spirits Exhibition.

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Rioja strategy bears fruit as domestic sales strengthen

Published:  09 February, 2016

Sales of Rioja hit a record 388 million bottles in 2015, with domestic growth for the iconic Spanish wine region matching export growth for the first time since the recession.

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Q&A: Peter Sisseck, Pingus

Published:  04 February, 2016

Pingus owner Peter Sisseck signed a controversial manifesto in defense of Spanish terroir challenging the dominance of the country's top DOs. Sisseck explains why a village specific approach is essential for Spain's future.

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Wines from Rioja to drive UK growth as sales outpace the market

Published:  03 February, 2016

Wines from Rioja is to extend its marketing activities in the UK as sales of Rioja continue to outpace the market.

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Analysis: Catalonia's rebellious Penedès region

Published:  26 January, 2016

In Catalonia, a region that has been actively trying to secede from Spain for the last 300 years, Catalans are nothing if not determined to shake up the staus quo..

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Morrison's listing for Cellers Unió Priorat

Published:  25 January, 2016

Leading wine supplier Buckingham Schenk has secured a Morrisons listing for Señorio de Convey Priorat from its Spanish producer Cellers Unió.

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Wines from Spain 2016 tasting date revealed

Published:  21 January, 2016

Tobacco Dock, London

Tobacco Dock, London

Tobacco Dock, London

The date of the Wines from Spain 2016 trade fair has been announced.

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Successful Christmas launch for Bar 44 online retail service

Published:  07 January, 2016

Bar 44, the Welsh tapas bar and restaurant group, has successfully launched an online store to complement its existing customer offer.

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Rioja discussing shift to terroir-based regulation

Published:  18 December, 2015

The Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja is looking at introducing terroir-based regulation for the first time.

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Codorníu Cava launches major Christmas ad campaign

Published:  08 December, 2015

Codorníu Cava is launching a major new campaign today to promote its two most recent releases, Codorníu Cuvée Barcelona Brut 1872 and Codorníu Anna Blanc de Blancs.

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Wines of Rioja partners with Global Gift Foundation charity

Published:  03 December, 2015

Wines from Rioja has sponsored the Sixth Annual Global Gift Gala, which took place at the Four Seasons, Park Lane in London on Monday evening.

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Insight: Is Ribera Del Duero in Rioja's shadow?

Published:  19 November, 2015

James Lawrence asks if there is any room for Ribera Del Duero in London's crowded on-trade?

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Insight: Call for multi-national campaign to help boost awareness around Monastrell

Published:  17 November, 2015

Concerns in Spain over the decline in planting of Monastrell there have led one of their leading winemakers to advocate the launch of a joint marketing campaign with the other main growers of the grape - France, Australia and California.

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Analysis: Can Cava strike gold on its quest for premiumisation?

Published:  13 November, 2015

James Lawrence takes a look at Cava producers who are bucking the trend, even leaving the regional Cava designation, in an effort to produce a more premium product. But how much traction are these Cava producers getting?

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Bodegas Beronia offers festive Basque food-and-wine hampers

Published:  12 November, 2015

Rioja winery Bodegas Beronia has launched a range of food-and-wine hampers for the Christmas market in partnership with Basque food specialists San Sebastián Food.

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Rioja recognises six key figures at inaugural annual London awards

Published:  11 November, 2015

The work of six leading industry figures was recognized by the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja at the inaugural Rioja Recognises awards ceremony in London last night.

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Bodegas Ramón Bilbao goes back to the future to rebrand

Published:  03 November, 2015

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao has repackaged its range of Riojas to reflect the innovative and futuristic thinking of the 1920s, the era in which the bodega was founded.

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Rioja 10 x 10: 100 of Rioja's Top Wines 2015

Published:  30 October, 2015
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Wines from Rioja launches top 100 Riojas at new November tasting

Published:  27 October, 2015

Wines from Rioja is set to launch its selection of the top 100 Rioja wines at a special tasting event for the trade in November.

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Insights: Australian wines move away from French varietals

Published:  20 October, 2015

Australian winemakers have long been moving away from hefty, high alcohol wines towards less oaked, cooler climate wines, with the growth of Pinot Grigio from Mornington Peninsular a prime example. However, the trend to also move away from the once overwhelming focus on French varietals seems to be growing.

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Walker & Wodehouse strengthens Rioja portfolio with Cosme Palacio

Published:  15 October, 2015

Bibendum PLB subsidiary Walker & Wodehouse has added Rioja producer Bodegas Cosme Palacio to its Spanish portfolio.

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Italy overtakes France again as world's leading wine producer

Published:  12 October, 2015

Italy has regained its position as the world's largest wine producer this year, according to figures submitted to the European Union.

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Spain Supplement: Digesting Spain's wine evolution

Published:  09 October, 2015
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Matthew Clark beefs up premium Italian and Spanish wine ranges as top-end sales surge

Published:  02 October, 2015

Matthew Clark has added 35 premium wines from Italy and Spain to its portfolio in response to a surge in demand from the top-end on-trade.

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Ribera del Duero and Rueda combine for UK push

Published:  30 September, 2015

The Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda are teaming up for a series of trade and consumer events under the banner of the Two Rs Roadshow in October and November.

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GB's Beronia releases first wine from Spanish Rueda region

Published:  22 September, 2015

Rioja producer Bodegas Beronia has released its first white wine from outside the region.

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Tim Atkin MW: Rioja revolución

Published:  11 September, 2015

Tim Atkin MW takes a look at the current battle brewing in Rioja over regionality label regulations.

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Trade body launches revamped website to promote Sherry Wines around the world

Published:  10 September, 2015

The Consejo Regulador for Jerez has launched a revamped website to promote the Spanish region's famous drink under the Sherry Wines banner.

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Rioja's Ramon Bilbao snaps up 'dream' vineyard

Published:  25 August, 2015

Rioja producer Ramón Bilbao has bought what it is billing as a "dream parcel" of vines in the region, and the winery's highest altitude vineyard to date.

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Spanish chef Pizarro signs as ambassador for wine producer Codorníu in the UK

Published:  11 August, 2015

Spanish wine producer Codorníu Raventos has signed up chef José Pizarro as its ambassador in the UK for the next two years.

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Insights: The rise of Spanish white wines in the on-trade

Published:  11 August, 2015

Spanish white wines are emerging from the shadow of the reds with a number of varieties and styles that are making headway in the UK on-trade.

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SPI launches new luxury wine division with Arinzano acquisition

Published:  31 July, 2015

International wine and spirits producer the SPI Group has acquired the Spanish Arinzano Winery for its new luxury wine division, HEW Holding.

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Cordoníu hires Bradbury as UK managing director

Published:  28 July, 2015

Bodegas y Viñedos Cordoníu Raventós has appointed Simon Bradbury as managing director of its UK business.

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Bodegas Tierra Hermosa launches sourcing venture

Published:  28 July, 2015

Andalucían wine producer Bodegas Tierra Hermosa is to launch a service sourcing Spanish wines for international importers, distributors and retailers.

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Boutinot releases entry-level Spanish wine pair for independents

Published:  17 July, 2015

Boutinot has worked with Spanish producer Bodegas Murviedro to produce a red and a white entry level wine aimed at the on-trade and independent retailers.

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Last chance for shops to take part in Shop Rioja campaign and win £1,000 for new listings

Published:  16 July, 2015

Independent wine retailers have a last chance to enter the Shop Rioja campaign and win £1,000 towards new listings of the Spanish region's wines.

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Ten is the magic number for Rioja in autumn tasting and awards initiatives

Published:  13 July, 2015

Wines From Rioja is introducing two new initiatives to raise the profile of the region in the UK market.

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Crown Cellars broadens outlook on wines from Spain and Australia

Published:  03 July, 2015

Carlsberg UK's on-trade wine division Crown Cellars has beefed up its Spanish and Australian wine ranges as part of its annual range review.

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Codorníu aims to make mark in top end with luxury Cava

Published:  18 June, 2015

Cava producer Codorníu is aiming to raise its profile in the top-end on-trade with the introduction of a luxury mark to the UK.

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Fenavin wine fair has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity

Published:  08 June, 2015

Having emerged as Spain's pre-eminent wine fair, Fenavin has positioned itself as a gateway to Spanish diversity as well as value. 

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Wine Vision 2015 travels to Bilbao, gateway to Rioja Alavesa, the 'land of a 1,000 wines'

Published:  03 June, 2015

Wine Vision, the must attend event for business leaders across the global wine industry, is set to go global when it returns in November.

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Wines of Rioja looking to crown a 'Rioja retailer of the year'

Published:  27 May, 2015

There's still time to enter Wines from Rioja campaign for independent retailers, which runs throughout October.

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Cava needs to better communicate quality, trade body claims

Published:  12 May, 2015

Cava needs to better communicate its quality credentials, the head of the Cava trade body has claimed.

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Wine from Rioja to run its 'Shop Rioja' campaign in October

Published:  08 May, 2015

Wines from Rioja will be running its 'Shop Rioja' campaign again this year for the month of October.

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González Byass releases Tio Pepe En Rama 2015 in the UK

Published:  21 April, 2015

Tio Pepe En Rama 2015, a limited edition unfiltered and unclarified fino sherry which is part of the González Byass portfolio, is set to be released at the end of April in the UK.

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Rioja 2014 official vintage rated 'good' with increased quantities over last year

Published:  20 April, 2015

The thirtieth officially rated vintage in Rioja was rated 'good' by the control board for the Designated of Origin (DOC) with quantities looking to be higher than the 2013 vintage.

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Pernod Ricard Bodegas launches start-up Winnovation Lab

Published:  17 April, 2015

Pernod Ricard Bodegas, the Spanish branch of the larger French company Pernod Ricard, launched the Winnovation Lab, an innovation incubator and ideas laboratory, this week.

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Global wine supplies relatively 'balanced', but expect premium supplies to tighten, Rabobank says

Published:  15 April, 2015

Global wine inventories appear to be balanced, according to the latest wine report from Rabobank - but the report warns of variations in supply between the premium and generic ends. 

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Q&A: Damian Clarke of Freixenet's UK says his past work with FMCGs is helping to build stronger brands in wine trade

Published:  14 April, 2015

After a career spanning many leading grocery brands, Freixenet's UK boss Damian Clarke explains how his classic FMCG training is paying dividends in sparkling wine in the UK.

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ProWein 2015: Global currency fluctuations a key topic at this year's fair

Published:  19 March, 2015

The current fluctuations in currency exchange rates was the 'conversation of ProWein', particularly with the weakening euro and the strengthening US dollar having ripple effects on the global wine trade.

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Prowein 2015: Gonzáles Byass grows profit 63% through international export effort

Published:  17 March, 2015

Gonzáles Byass has reported a 63% increase in net profit in 2014 over the previous year, which was primarily driven through the expansion of its international exports.

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Spanish winery Abadia Retuerta returns to UK with Enotria

Published:  11 March, 2015
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Spain and Argentina are the two big winners in the UK on-trade says new report

Published:  09 March, 2015

Spain and Argentina were the two big winners in the UK on-trade last year, according to the latest Wine On-Premise report from Wine Business Solutions.

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María José Sevilla, Wines from Spain, on what we can expect next in the UK

Published:  09 March, 2015

Consumer knowledge of Spanish wines has grown exponentially in the UK in recent years. María José Sevilla, director of Wines From Spain, talks to Harpers about what's next.

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Sales up 5% at Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres

Published:  16 February, 2015

Spanish wine giant Bodegas Torres, which also produces wines in Chile and California, has seen its sales grow 5% to €240 million in 2014.

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Global sales of Rioja wine grow by 5m bottles in 2014

Published:  13 February, 2015

Global sales of Rioja wine grew by 5 million bottles in 2014, hitting a new record of 281 million litres of wine, driven by a thirst for barrel-aged Rioja wines and whites.

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Felix Solis UK toasts sales rise of 28% in first year as standalone firm

Published:  04 February, 2015

The UK arm of Spanish wine company Felix Solis is toasting a cracking first year as a standalone company as its sales have soared 28% in the last 12 months.

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Rioja wines plan to boost premium sales as value soars 10% in UK

Published:  03 February, 2015

Rioja wines soared 10% by value in the UK in 2014, and the region now plans to boost its premium position with campaigns targeting the on-trade and independent sector.

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Spain's wine exports jumped by 380m litres but revenues plummeted

Published:  21 January, 2015

Spain exported almost 380 million litres more wine in the first 11 months of 2014, but its revenues were down €93 million, as prices took a nose dive by 31 cents per litre.

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Rioja's José Madrazo Real de Asúa has died

Published:  16 January, 2015

One of Rioja's pioneers, José Madrazo Real de Asúa, of the Spanish winery CVNE, has died.

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Alliance Wine buys Rhone to Rioja importer

Published:  15 January, 2015

Alliance Wine has bought specialist wine importer Rhone to Rioja, adding seven new Spanish agencies to its portfolio.

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Major wine retailers boast mixed fortunes over Christmas

Published:  07 January, 2015

Majestic Wine saw sales creep up 1.1% over a "difficult Christmas" while Waitrose celebrated a bumper 15.4% increase in BWS sales over the same period last year.

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Justin Keay gets over his prejudices to delight in wines from Mallorca

Published:  18 December, 2014
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Codorniu continues search for UK chief

Published:  10 December, 2014

Spanish wine company Codorniu Raventos is still on the look-out for a UK managing director, after senior Diageo wine executive John Hearn failed to take up the post.

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Cava brand says 'we are not Champagne, we are Codorniu' in new ad campaign

Published:  08 December, 2014

Cava producer Codorníu has launched a global ad campaign which emphasises the brand's suitability for all occasions and its differences to Champagne - "we're not big on formalities, we prefer hugs and kisses" - in time for Christmas.

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Spanish wines fastest growing in UK bars and restaurants

Published:  01 December, 2014

Spanish wines are the fastest growing in the UK on-trade - listings are up 25% in the last year - at the expense of French wines, whose listings have fallen by 11%.

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Geoffrey Dean on how wine tourism has taken off in Catalonia

Published:  24 November, 2014

If New World countries were the forerunners in promoting wine tourism, it has taken some Old World heavyweights much longer to embrace the concept. Spain was slow off the mark, notably Catalonia, but from a standing start 10 years ago, the Catalans have finally woken up to the value of wine tourists. And the punters are coming in big numbers - an estimated 750,000 a year, with Torres' Penedes headquarters alone attracting 120,000 visitors.

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González Byass invests €2.5m in sustainability

Published:  21 November, 2014

Spanish sherrymaker and wine firm González Byass is investing €2.5 million in a new sustainability programme over the next three years.

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Top wine brands choose Vente Privee as new route to market

Published:  13 November, 2014

Top name wine producers are using flash sales site Vente Privée to attract new consumers to their brands in the UK.

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Xavier Gramona: why he is committed to Cava and putting quality first

Published:  15 October, 2014

Established in 1921 at the heart of Cava's homeland in Sant Sadurni D'Anoia, Gramona has long held the status of the region's finest sparkling winemaker. Driven by the belief that top class Cava - both in price and quality - can compete with world class Champagne, Gramona practices extended lees ageing for its wines, in contrast to the industry norms. The house also now closely observes the Champagneois culture of late disgorgement, having released a Bollinger-esq R.D 14 year old Cava at €125 a bottle this year.

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Bulk wine market sluggish as 2014 harvest ends, says Ciatti

Published:  14 October, 2014

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close, the bulk wine market remains sluggish, with plentiful stocks available in most markets, says the latest report from Ciatti. 

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Ports, sherries and fortifieds get ready for Christmas

Published:  03 October, 2014

The tapas craze helped boost sherry sales temporarily but the category is now in decline, and Port is still struggling to shake its fusty and festive image. Gemma McKenna and Erin Smith look at how fortified wines can carve a niche

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Codorníu Raventós appoints senior Percy Fox exec to head UK business

Published:  03 October, 2014

John Hearn, global commercial director for Diageo's wine arm Percy Fox, is to become the new managing director of Codorníu Raventós in the UK.

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Pablo Alvarez, Vega Sicilia, on the global opportunity for Ribera del Duero wines

Published:  02 October, 2014

Vega Sicilia was established in 1859, although its modern history began with the property's purchase by the Alvarez family in 1982, who acquired the estate as joint shareholders. Patriarch David Alvarez subsequently appointed his son Pablo as managing director of the property. Since the mid-1980s, Pablo Alvarez has ensured that Vega Sicilia remains Ribera Del Duero's most renowned and prestigious wine, for sale in over 25 markets. With Alvarez's careful direction, the property has managed to overcome both the Spanish economic crisis and endure a family feud over the future of the estate, in addition to investing in the regions of Rioja and Toro. James Lawrence reports:

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Ribera del Duero should shun powerful wines for more classic style says Pingus founder

Published:  02 October, 2014

The biggest threat to the future of wines from the Ribera Del Duero is consumers turning their back on the signature ripe and powerful style of the region, according to Pingus founder Peter Sisseck.

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Wine importer Red Squirrel sees wholesale business grow fivefold in three months

Published:  24 September, 2014

Chiswick wine importer Red Squirrel Wine has seen its wholesale business take off after it beefed up its portfolio and revamped its logo and website.

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French bulk market 'tense' in face of Languedoc shortages

Published:  23 September, 2014

The French bulk wine market is starting to look "very tense", according to one top broker, following major shortages in the Languedoc region.

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Spain's wine industry must restructure but avoid 'trashing vinous treasures', warns MW

Published:  15 September, 2014

Spain has to be very careful not to trash its vinous treasures, warned Justin Knock MW, as the country faces a restructure following a wine glut.

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Sangre de Toro wine gets design revamp for 60th birthday

Published:  10 September, 2014

Bodegas Torres has relaunched its famed Sangre de Toro brand with a sleeker design that harks back to the wine's 1950s origins.

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Ribera del Duero wine region ramps up UK activity

Published:  09 September, 2014

Spain's Ribera del Duero wine region is looking to raise its profile in the UK with the launch of its first promotional campaign in this country.

 

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Published:  08 September, 2014
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Wines from Rioja | Tasting set for September 30

Published:  05 September, 2014

If you think you know Rioja, then perhaps it's time to think again. The annual Wines from Rioja Trade Tasting is back with a bang this autumn, on September 30, building on the success of its inaugural London event, with a mission to demonstrate the diversity and quality coming out of the region.

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Wine trade identifies major opportunities for 2014

Published:  29 August, 2014

The relaunch of the 3 for £10 mechanic; a major crisis in the Spanish bulk wine industry and the growing prominence of fruit-flavoured wines were all chosen as major stories of the year to date by some of the wine trade's top names.

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Back to School: Anya Robson of Murphy Wine Company

Published:  29 August, 2014

As part of our ongoing Back to School series, Anya Robson of bulk wine broker Murphy Wine Company reckons Spain's bulk industry is in crisis and tips South African rosé as one to watch.

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Back to School: Felix Solis UK MD Richard Cochrane

Published:  29 August, 2014

Felix Solis UK managing director Richard Cochrane says the end and restart of the 3 for £10 mechanic was a landmark for the UK wine trade, and reckons further consolidation is on the cards. 

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Is Spain's bulk wine industry in crisis?

Published:  28 August, 2014
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'Normal' vintage kicks off in Spain as government moves to curb last year's excess

Published:  19 August, 2014

The first grapes of the 2014 crop are being harvested in Spain, with winemakers predicting a "normal" sized vintage of between 42 and 45 million hectolitres.

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Alliance Wine adds Celler del Roure to wine list

Published:  18 August, 2014

Alliance Wine has boosted its Spanish portfolio with the addition of boutique Valencian producer Celler del Roure.

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Jeremy Rockett leaves González Byass GB after 10 years

Published:  30 July, 2014

González Byass GB marketing director Jeremy Rockett has left the business after 10 years of service.

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Spanish wines hit shelves at rock bottom prices to clear stock

Published:  21 July, 2014

Spanish wines will start hitting shelves at rock bottom prices of below £3.99 as exports drop by 3% in value despite increasing by 17% in volume.

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Wines From Spain Awards 2014 winners announced

Published:  18 July, 2014

Wines From Spain Awards 2014 announced the 102 winners of its annual competition where over 700 Spanish wines were tasted by the judging panel headed up by Tim Atkin MW.

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French dominate Winemakers of the Year at the IWC 2014

Published:  17 July, 2014

France dominated the overall winemaker awards at last night's International Wine Challenge dinner picking up three of the main five prizes handed out.

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Spanish restaurant chain, MasQMenos, opens in London

Published:  08 July, 2014

MasQMenos, the Spanish restaurant chain, is to open its first UK site in Holborn in London offering what it claims will be "Spanish gastronomy in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere".

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Sherry gains popularity in the US with younger drinkers

Published:  25 June, 2014

 

Sherry consumption is on the rise among young people in the US and has potential for continued growth in the on-trade, according to industry professionals at the Sherryfest West event in San Francisco last week.

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Felix Solis claims it can be "category captain" for Spain for multiple retailers

Published:  24 June, 2014

Felix Solis is in the position to act as "category captain" for Spain for any of the major UK retailers, according to Félix Solís Ramos, the group's export and marketing manager. 

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Ex Codorníu boss Nick Mantella moves to United Wineries

Published:  24 June, 2014

Nick Mantella, former Codorníu boss, has taken a new role as business development director at United Wineries.

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Wines over £5 account for almost half of supermarket sales

Published:  19 June, 2014
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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  13 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Alliance Wine opens London office to grow on-trade sales

Published:  09 June, 2014

Alliance Wine is opening an office in London to boost its sales into the capital's on-trade and south east market.

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Rioja needs own wine trade tasting week to compete at top end

Published:  09 June, 2014

Rioja needs to introduce its own trade tasting week, if it is to compete at the top end with Bordeaux or Burgundy, says a senior UK buyer.

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The week that was: top news, Q&As and opinion on Harpers.co.uk

Published:  06 June, 2014

In case you missed some of the headlines this week (and a bit of last week due to the long weekend) on harpers.co.uk, we have done a review of the top online news, Q&As, and opinion stories.

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Entry level Spanish producers 'sweating bullets' as prices fall

Published:  04 June, 2014

Spanish producers at the bottom end of the market are "sweating bullets" as they still have wine in their cellars and the next harvest is looming, according to one prominent Master of Wine.

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Top Spanish wines tipped for growth in Asia

Published:  02 June, 2014

Antique Wine Company predicts that Spanish wines are heading for major growth in the Asian fine wine market, driven by the rapidly expanding Philippine market.

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Rioja Tapas Fantasticas returns to London's South Bank for seventh year

Published:  30 May, 2014

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas, the award-winning Spanish food and wine festival, is to return to London's South Bank for the seventh year running between June 14 and 15.

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Campo Viejo's Tempranillo number one red wine in UK

Published:  21 May, 2014

Pernod Ricard's Rioja brand Campo Viejo is reaping the rewards of a brand shake-up that sees its Tempranillo variety take the top spot for red wine in the UK by value.

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Félix Solís hopes to attract tourists to wine museum in Pagos del Rey

Published:  20 May, 2014

Félix Solís Avantis, one of Spain's largest and most historic wineries, has opened a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the country's wines.

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Tio Pepe sherry sign returns to Madrid skyline

Published:  15 May, 2014

Following a three year absence, the iconic Tio Pepe sign that dominated Madrid's Puerta del Sol skyline has been returned to its rooftop home.

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Codorniu reaffirms commitment to UK market as search for new chief continues

Published:  15 May, 2014

Cava firm Codorníu Raventós says it is "100% committed" to the UK market in the wake of the departure of its managing director of 12 years, Nick Mantella.

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Portugal takes 12 trophies at International Wine Challenge

Published:  14 May, 2014

Portugal has scooped 12 trophies at the International Wine Challenge, putting it in third position for trophy wines after France (28) and Australia (19).

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France still best performing wine in on-trade

Published:  13 May, 2014

On-trade wine sales fell by 2% during 2013, and stayed flat in the first quarter, according to figures compiled by CGA for the WSTA market report. In the long-term, France still remains best-performing country for wine in the on-trade. It has grown 10% in the 12 months to January 25, 2014 and now holds a 27% share of total wine sales.

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Matthew Clark ramps up wine training for sales teams

Published:  13 May, 2014

Matthew Clark is bumping up its wine training for its sales team as it looks to boost its wine sales and credentials.

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Cava producers must push diversity, says body president

Published:  12 May, 2014

Cava producers must push diversity, says the president of the sparkling wine body, as the industry prepares to launch a new premium classification.

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Campo Viejo's Streets of Spain festival attracts 300,000 people

Published:  07 May, 2014

Campo Viejo's Streets of Spain festival doubled in size this year, attracting 300,000 people to London's Southbank Centre over the May bank holiday.

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Spring 2014: bulk wine prices

Published:  07 May, 2014
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Wines from Rioja is launching 'Shop Rioja' retailer promotion

Published:  02 May, 2014

Wines from Rioja is going to be holding a retailer promotion competition for the whole of October, called 'Shop Rioja', aiming to promote the region to consumers and offering independent and online retailers an opportunity to win £1000 towards new Rioja listings.news

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Nick Mantella steps down as UK managing director of Codorniu

Published:  01 May, 2014

Nick Mantella has stepped down as managing director of sparkling wine company Codorniu UK after 12 years at the firm.

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Mintel tips Sangria for global success

Published:  17 April, 2014

Sangria is set for international success, due to its combination of sweet fruity flavours, the mix of wine and brandy and its social history, according to research from Mintel.

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Chile and South Africa wine exports surge

Published:  16 April, 2014

Chile and South Africa saw the volume of their wine exports surge ahead last year, while Australia and Argentina faced more challenges, according to Rabobank's latest report.  

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Bulk wine grows to 50% of New World exports

Published:  15 April, 2014

The international wine trade hit a "watershed moment" in 2013, with half of all New World wine sales coming from bulk supplies, according to Rabobank.

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Félix Solís plans for "sizeable" UK growth

Published:  15 April, 2014

Félix Solís has "ambitious growth plans" for the UK and will focus on its northern Spanish appellation wines, international varieties and core brands to deliver it.

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Spain's Grandes Pagos wines kick off global campaign

Published:  09 April, 2014

Spain's 27 top single estate wineries, collected under the Grandes Pagos de España banner, have launched a campaign to put their wines on the map internationally.

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Why UK bars, restaurants and retailers are putting their faith in sherry in the UK

Published:  04 April, 2014

Value, quality, style: sherry has it all. But can it sustain its recent renaissance? Douglas Blyde asks ten of the UK's leading sherry lovers what the future has in store

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Why UK bars, restaurants and retailers are putting their faith in sherry in the UK

Published:  04 April, 2014

Douglas Blyde talks with 10 of the UK's most influential sherry opinion formers in the UK, including leading figures in on and off-trades, suppliers and importers, on how sherry is enjoying a new lease of life across the country

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Stevens Garnier to add major brand every six months

Published:  03 April, 2014

Stevens Garnier is on the look-out for major old world brands, and plans to boost its portfolio by adding one every six months.

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Laura Clay impressed by 'frank' Ribera del Duero judging

Published:  03 April, 2014

Laura Clay is impressed by the straightforward way the Ribera de Duero evaluates its wines. If only en primeur could be this easy...

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Spanish wine storms into second place at Laithwaite's

Published:  25 March, 2014

Spain has become its second-biggest category for Laithwaite's wine in the UK market, after sales rocketed by 10% since July 2013.

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New members elected to Gran Orden de Caballeros for services to Spanish wine industry

Published:  19 March, 2014

María José López de Heredia and José Velo Rego are the latest figures to be inaugurated in to the Gran Orden de Caballeros for their services to the Spanish wine industry.

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Q&A with Nick Mantella, managing director Grupo Codorniu UK

Published:  19 March, 2014

Nick Mantella shares his views on how Cava can compete with the fast-growing Prosecco, its plans to expand its branded portfolio, and Spanish wines in the UK market.

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Spain must plant more international grape varieties, says Rabobank

Published:  18 March, 2014

Spain should plant more international varieties and bill Tempranillo as its signature grape, if it is to combat oversupply issues and compete globally, says a Rabobank report.

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The week ahead: Budget and tastings dominate the agenda

Published:  17 March, 2014

The wine and spirits trade faces one of its most eventful weeks of the year as it counts down to Wednesday's Budget with a series of major generic tastings.

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Mark Fiddes sorts the Messis from the Rooneys in the Wine World Cup

Published:  17 March, 2014

Forget about Brazil 2014. The World Cup has already been decided.

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Melissa Draycott on how González Byass is expanding its Spanish wine offer

Published:  14 March, 2014

Melissa Draycott, sales director from González Byass, explains to Carol Emmas why it is keen to get its message across to the trade that it has a wine offer that more than complements its world famous sherries

 

 

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Prosecco's mass appeal may limit growth, says Cava boss

Published:  12 March, 2014

Prosecco's meteoric rise is not at the expense of Cava, insists Grupo Codorniu UK's boss, who says its mass appeal may inhibit further growth.

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How growth in tapas is driving consumer understanding of Spanish wine

Published:  07 March, 2014

UK consumers are just discovering that Spain's wine regions offer as much diversity, quality and value as its tapas. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Spain: food for thought

Published:  07 March, 2014

The UK is just discovering that Spain's wine regions offer as much diversity, quality and value as its tapas. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Matthew Clark to distribute Catalan wine Herencia Altés

Published:  05 March, 2014

On-trade wholesaler Matthew Clark has added Catalan wine Herencia Altés, previously distributed by Liberty Wines, to its portfolio.

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González Byass sees rapid growth in on-trade

Published:  05 March, 2014

González Byass is growing rapidly in the UK on-trade since taking on distribution for Champagne Deutz five months ago.

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Liberty Wines prioritises customer education over London Wine Fair

Published:  27 February, 2014

Liberty Wines is prioritising its customer roadshows ahead of major trade exhibitions and won't be attending London Wine Fair this year. 

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Bodegas Muriel to target independents with its Rioja wines through Moreno Wines

Published:  07 February, 2014

Spanish producer, Bodegas Muriel, is looking to strengthen its distibution in the independent sector after signing an exclusive agreement with Moreno Wines having already built up good distribution in the multiple off-trade through Off Piste Wines. 

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New African importer looks to distribute premium European wine across the continent

Published:  04 February, 2014

Africa Wine Merchants, a new specialist wine importer based in Cape Town, is looking to bring premium European wines to key emerging markets across Africa.

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Wines of Rioja to target on-trade in 2014

Published:  04 February, 2014
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Justin Knock MW on wine pricing, supply and demand in 2014

Published:  22 January, 2014

Justin Knock MW, consultant at Cobevco, takes a look at what the industry can expect regarding pricing, supply and demand in the year ahead.

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French wines set for success with advent of sophisticated consumers

Published:  21 January, 2014
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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and prospects for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014

The wine regions of the world closed out 2013 with some clear winners like South Africa, which reported record exports, and New Zealand, which just entered into a new trade agreement with Taiwan. But countries including Argentina and Australia faced big challenges. We take a look at how the world's major wine regions fared in 2013 and look at their prospects for 2014.

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Wine's winners and losers in 2013 and predictions for 2014

Published:  14 January, 2014
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Origin Wine strengthens Old World portfolio with Spanish distribution deal

Published:  29 November, 2013

Origin Wine has strengthened its portfolio of Old World wines by signing a distribution agreement with Alvisa the Spanish winery.

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James McKenna to switch from Codorniu to Mentzendorff

Published:  30 October, 2013

James McKenna is to join Mentzendorff & Co as sales director in the new year.

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EWGA announces double-digit distribution growth for Bodega Riojanas

Published:  28 October, 2013

Lancashire-based independent wholesaler EWGA, has announced a 40% increase in distribution for its brand Bodega Riojanas since it took over from Boutinot earlier in the year.

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Wine industry's inability to understand consumers is "preventing" many from liking wine

Published:  28 October, 2013

The wine industry is "preventing" the average consumer from fully "understanding and liking" wine as it has no idea how to communicate with them, according to Tim Hanni MW speaking at the Digital Wine Communications Conference this weekend.

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Trade flocks to inaugural Wines from Rioja tasting

Published:  16 October, 2013

The inaugural Wines from Rioja Trade Tasting, which was held last week at the OXO2, attracted more than 600 people to the largest collection of Rioja wines ever shown under one roof in the UK.

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Q&A: Diego Somoza and Esperanza Asencio, Iberiandrinks

Published:  30 September, 2013

With an expanding portfolio, Iberiandrinks is intent on conquering all corners of the UK. Patricia Langton talks to its founders, Diego Somoza and Esperanza Asencio.

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London to host a day to celebrate 25 years of Albariño

Published:  20 September, 2013
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UK's best Spanish wine players celebrated in Harpers' Spanish Wine Awards

Published:  16 September, 2013

Waitrose, The Wine Society, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Camino Group and Matthew Clark were some of the stand out winners in Harpers inaugural Spanish Wine Awards to celebrate the best operators in the Spanish wine category in the UK.

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Country report: Spain

Published:  06 September, 2013
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New speakers lined up for Digital Wine Communications Conference in Rioja

Published:  31 August, 2013

New speakers have been added to the impressive line-up of panellists for the renamed Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC), formerly knon as the EWBC, which is to be held in Rioja, Spain, between October 25- 27.

 

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More speakers lined up for Digial Wine Conference in Rioja

Published:  30 August, 2013

Further speakers have been added to the line-up for the Digital Wine Communications Conference to be held in Rioja, Spain between October 25-27.

 

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The 2013 harvest begins in France and Spain

Published:  21 August, 2013

This week marks the start of the 2013 harvest in Europe, with the vineyards in Tenerife, Spain in the Canary Islands and Roussillon region in France, reports wine-searcher.com.

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Q&A: Richard Cochrane, Félix Solís UK

Published:  16 August, 2013

Bibendum's former trading director is to spearhead Félix Solís's new UK office. He tells Shirley Kumar why the direct model can offer efficiency and economies of scale to the UK

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Codorníu announces death of David Edwards of Codorníu Raventós

Published:  14 August, 2013

Codorníu has announed that David Edwards, of Codorníu Raventós, has died having contracted a post-operative infection following a heart transplant.

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Judges lined up for Wines of Spain Awards 2013

Published:  13 August, 2013
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Pancho Campo hosts European food and wine show

Published:  08 August, 2013
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Codorníu adds to limited-edition bottle range

Published:  30 July, 2013

Cava producer Codorníu has announced the addition of two themed bottles to its limited-edition range.

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Grape grower appointed Rioja DOCa president

Published:  23 July, 2013

A grape grower has been appointed president of the Rioja DOCa control board. This is the first time in the DOCa's 88-year history that the presidency has been held by a grape grower.

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Make your nominations in Harpers Spanish Wine Awards

Published:  22 July, 2013

Harpers is looking to recognise the best retailers, on-trade operators and wholesalers involved in selling and promoting Spanish wine in the UK in the first Spanish Wine Awards.

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Félix Solís splits from Free Run Wines

Published:  18 July, 2013

Spanish wine producer Félix Solís Avantis is to take over control of its UK operation from Free Run Wines as it establishes its own office in the UK under the leadership of former Bibendum director, Richard Cochrane.

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The UK through Spanish eyes

Published:  15 July, 2013

Spain-based wine writer Diego Bonnel talks to Spanish wine producers about what they see as the opportunities and challenges of working in the UK market

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Q&A: Jeremy Rockett, González Byass

Published:  18 June, 2013

Douglas Blyde catches up with Jeremy Rockett, marketing director of González Byass, over a chilled copita at the...

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Spain's rich pickings

Published:  06 June, 2013

Tightening global supply and upward pressure on prices could benefit Spain's diverse offering in 2013, says Andrew Catchpole

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Garnacha for Campo Viejo as Pernod launches first experiential wine event

Published:  22 March, 2013

Pernod Ricard is adding a Garnacha varietal to its Campo Viejo brand adding as it looks to increase the number of its well-recognised yellow labels on shelf.

TextPernod Ricard is adding a Garnacha varietal to its Campo Viejo brand as it looks to increase the number of its well-recognised yellow labels on shelf.

 

Campo Viejo Garnacha is described as a fresh, light style of white that delivers red fruit characters, floral notes and peppery spice. It will be sourced from old vines in the Rioja Baja region.

 

"Tempranillo is the largest varietal in the Spain category by far, but Garnacha is the second largest and is in growth. Consumers are really starting to explore so we need to offer different varietals" Lucy Bearman, head of marketing for wine at Pernod Ricard UK, told Harpers.

 

Campo Viejo Garnacha 2012 will share the £8.69 rsp of Campo Viejo Tempranillo when it launches in September and will also be packaged with a yellow label. It will be housed in a Burgundy shaped bottle, while the Tempranillo will continue in a Bordeaux shape, to differentiate the wines. Pernod is recommending that retailers stock the Garnacha next to Tempranillo.

 

"It's very unlikely that people will pick up the wrong one, but if they do I don't think they'll be displeased," Bearman said.

 

Campo Viejo's packaging is also undergoing a subtle change to encourage consumers to trade up. The Reserva and Gran Reserva bottles will include the winemaker's signature and individual batch numbers from July, while the whole portfolio will use more premium paper and gold embossing.

 

"This isn't about pricing. It's more about ensuring consumers are aware of the different trade up options and making it clear why they're trading up," she said. Campo Viejo currently sells for £1.75 more per bottle than the category average for Spanish wine.

 

The brand is also holding a four day Streets of Spain event in London's Southbank Centre as it looks to interact directly with its growing consumer base. The free event will feature 12 stallholders from Barcelona's La Boqueria market, food and wine master classes, street art, and a pop up tapas restaurant in the evening.

 

The event runs from May 3 to 6 and will be advertised beforehand, with a Facebook page to launch next month for consumers to sign up for the masterclasses.

 

"It's really about getting to our consumers and giving them an experience. We see it as bringing the Live Uncorked campaign to life with a fun event full of Spanish vibrancy.

 

"We haven't done anything like this before on our wine portfolio but have learned from the spirits side of the business," Bearman added.

 

Campo Viejo is the best-selling Spanish wine brand, with value sales up 24% in the last year to £40 million, compared to category growth for Spanish wine at 16%. Campo Viejo now accounts for 10% of Spanish wine sales in the UK having grown its customer base and brand recognition amongst its target audience of 25 to 44 year olds.

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New Caballeros appointed to Gran Orden

Published:  20 March, 2013

Restaurateur brothers Sam and Eddie Hart, and winemaker Antonio Sanz are the latest people to be invested into the Gran Orden de Caballeros.

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PLB brings Estrella Galicia to UK in on-trade exclusive

Published:  18 March, 2013

Estrella Galicia, a premium beer brand, which to date has only been imported by small independent Spanish importers in bottle format, is now being brought into the UK in kegs by PLB exclusively for the on-trade.

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Basset judge on sherry and food matching competition

Published:  12 March, 2013

UK sommelier and hotelier Gerard Basset OBE will be joining the judging panel of The Sherry Institute of Spain's bi-annual international food and sherry matching competition.

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Q&A with Codorniu's head winemaker Bruno Colomor Marti by Douglas Blyde

Published:  01 March, 2013

Douglas Blyde speaks to Barcelona-born, Bruno Colomer Martí, a winemaker since 1990 and head winemaker at the Codorníu cellars since 2008.

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EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference to be held in Spain

Published:  25 February, 2013

The EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference will return to La Rioja in October, the organisers have announced.

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Rioja enjoys record export highs

Published:  19 February, 2013

The DOCa Rioja has kept its sales over 355 million bottles for the third year in a row, with exports growing by 5.5%, offsetting the decline in sales in Spain.

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Matthew Clark to distribute Bodegas Baigorri

Published:  15 February, 2013

Wholesaler Matthew Clark, has taken on the UK agency for Bodegas Baigorri, securing exclusive distribution rights in the UK on and off-trade.

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Exclusive research: indies look to Old World for growth

Published:  15 February, 2013

European wines made from indigenous varieties are providing independent wine merchants with much more scope for growth compared with the New World's offering.

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Converting consumers to premium Rioja wines

Published:  01 February, 2013

Last year saw a host of independent merchants compete for the coveted title of Wines from Rioja's Retailer of the Year, run in association with Harpers. Carol Emmas catches up with those who put in the hard graft and saw increased sales

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How will you be changing your wine list this year?

Published:  24 January, 2013

As we go into 2013, we ask three industry sommeliers from Sketch, Coq d'Argent and Launceston Place how they'll be looking at changing their wine lists this year.

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PLB launches second regional roadshow

Published:  18 January, 2013

PLB is to launch its second UK Regional Roadshow tour with its specialist portfolio and has further announced it will join forces with Hatch Mansfield for the Scottish leg of the tour.

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Looking back on 2012 for the wine trade: part 2

Published:  19 December, 2012

Ready for the next instalment of what's gone on in the wine trade in 2012?

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Wines from Rioja names Retailer of the Year

Published:  18 December, 2012

Wines from Rioja has announced the winners of its Retailer of the Year Competition 2012 as Cambridge Wine Merchants, with the Longship, Orkney, as runner-up.

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Wines from Rioja announces Cambridge Wine Merchants as Retailer of the Year Competition

Published:  14 December, 2012

Wines from Rioja has announced the winners of its Retailer of the Year Competition as Cambridge Wine Merchants with runner-up, The Longship, Orkney.

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Louis Latour Agencies looks to bolster portfolio

Published:  13 December, 2012

Louis Latour Agencies is looking to boost its portfolio with producers from Champagne and Spain.

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Country reports: Spain

Published:  30 November, 2012

Spain has been reaching out to export markets, such as the UK, with an increasingly "can-do" attitude...

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Trade events November

Published:  26 November, 2012

Wednesday, November 28

Goedhuis & Co annual press and trade portfolio tasting and Rhone 2011 En Primeur tasting

 

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Rioja and Tempranillo lead Spanish charge

Published:  02 November, 2012

Rioja remains the top Spanish wine, but other Tempranillo-based wines are helping to drive the category, according to buyers.

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Spanish wine stalwart John Radford dies

Published:  29 October, 2012

Spanish wine champion John Radford died on October 19, aged 65.

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Cellar Trends to distribute Licor 43

Published:  24 October, 2012

Distributor Cellar Trends has taken a further step in its aim to become "champion of the UK cocktail sector", by taking on Spain's most widely exported liqueur Licor 43.

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Christina Pickard looks at the latest winemaking trends in Rioja

Published:  24 October, 2012

"My favourite wine is Rioja". It's a line I hear a lot. Despite the UK's frequent absence on Rioja's top five list of most important export markets, the British have had a long standing love affair with wines from this notoriously wealthy Spanish region.

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Bodegas Muriel joins forces with Off-Piste Wines

Published:  17 October, 2012

Off-Piste Wines has been appointed the new UK off-trade agent for Spanish wine producer Bodegas Muriel.

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Julio Faustino Martinez receives award for brand expansion in Rioja

Published:  28 September, 2012

Julio Faustino Martinez of the Faustino Group has been awarded 'Personalidades Ilustres del Rioja', for his contribution to the expansion of the Rioja brand both in Spain and globally.

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Virgin Wines launches the Rioja Experience

Published:  21 September, 2012

Virgin Wines has launched its second Virtual Winery, the Rioja Experience, where customers can become virtual winemakers and interactively help create a new wine.

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Could you be the Rioja Retailer of the Year?

Published:  02 August, 2012

There's still time for independent merchants to enter the Wines from Rioja Retailer of the Year Competition.

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New sales director at United Wineries

Published:  17 July, 2012

United Wineries has promoted Nathan Last to sales director with the aim of consolidating its position as the largest supplier of branded Spanish wines in the UK and driving growth in its Italian brands.

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Call for indies to enter Rioja Retailer of the Year

Published:  10 July, 2012

Creative Rioja-loving independent wine merchants are being called on to show their skills in the Wines from Rioja Retailer of the Year Competition.

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Beltrán Domecq appointed president of sherry council

Published:  10 July, 2012

Beltrán Domecq has become the new president of the Board of the Consejo Regulador, where he will help to decide the future of sherry alongside growers and winemakers.

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Viña Pomal sponsors Rugby 7s for second year

Published:  02 July, 2012

Grupo Codorníu's Rioja brand Viña Pomal is to sponsor the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series for a second year.

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D&D Wines creditors meet administrator today in search of £10.5m owed

Published:  29 June, 2012

Tension will be running high today when creditors of collapsed wine agency, D&D Wines International, meet the administrator in the hope of clawing back some of the £10.5m that is said to be owed to them.

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Suppliers fret over D&D Wines International debt

Published:  26 June, 2012

Suppliers to the collapsed D&D Wines International could lose millions of pounds unless administrators can salvage cash from the stricken company.

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Miguel Torres Jr takes helm at Bodegas Torres in September

Published:  15 June, 2012

Miguel Torres Maczassek will take over from his father as general manager of Bodegas Torres in September.

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June tasting events

Published:  07 June, 2012

June 12-14

Stevens Garnier Trade Tasting Roadshow

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Wines from Rioja focuses on premiumisation for 2012 campaign

Published:  31 May, 2012

Educating consumers towards premiumisation is the focus of this year's Wines from Rioja marketing campaign.

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Wines from Spain launches consumer awards

Published:  31 May, 2012

Wines from Spain is cashing in on the "buzz" around Spanish food and culture with a new set of consumer-focused wine awards.

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Michael Stoddart explores the 'economic deception' behind supermarket wines

Published:  21 May, 2012

Vino Ignobile?

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New restaurant showcases Basque cuisine

Published:  10 May, 2012

A new restaurant inspired by the gastronomy of the Basque region is opening in London.

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Bodegas Riojanas opts for EWGA as UK agent

Published:  10 May, 2012

Bodegas Riojanas has appointed Lancashire-based EWGA as its agent for the UK.

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D&D Wines enters administration

Published:  23 April, 2012

D&D Wines International has gone into adminstration.

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Ehrmanns aims for £3 million revenue hike

Published:  22 March, 2012

Ehrmanns is aiming to hit the £20 million mark in sales revenue by the end of its financial year, up from £17 million last year.

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Services to Spanish wine celebrated

Published:  29 February, 2012

Melissa Draycott of Gonzalez Byass and London restaurateur Abel Lusa have become this year's two new Caballeros.

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Exclusive: Pernod to push Tempranillo as Spain's NZ Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  24 February, 2012

Tempranillo can become as synonymous with Spain among wine drinkers as Sauvignon Blanc has with New Zealand, according to Pernod Ricard UK's wine chief.

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Clink Wines focuses on Spain

Published:  26 January, 2012

Clink Wines is launching six new Spanish wine partners as well as a range of lighter style and sparkling wines from Vinigalicia.

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Registration opens for 23rd Wines from Spain Trade Fair

Published:  12 January, 2012

The 23rd Annual Wines from Spain Trade Fair will take place on March 1, in Old Billingsgate.

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Moreno Wines to distribute Marqués de Cáceres

Published:  15 November, 2011

Moreno Wines is to become distributor for Riojan brand, Marqués de Cáceres in England.

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Gran Orden de Caballeros offers bursary to WSET students

Published:  14 November, 2011

The 'Gran Orden de Caballeros" has created a special bursary for exceptionally promising Advanced Certificate WSET students.

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Free Run launches new wine range from Rueda

Published:  25 October, 2011

Free Run Wines is launching a new range of white wines from Spain's Rueda region, in conjunction with Felix Solis Avantis.

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Blog: James Lawrence tours Penedes and Rioja

Published:  19 October, 2011

Blog: James Lawrence tours Penedes and Rioja

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Justin Keay: Tremendous Toro

Published:  06 October, 2011


For most British wine drinkers Spanish wine broadly equates to Rioja - maybe also Navarra and Cava - despite this large country having regions that produce much better wines. For my palate, though there are honorable exceptions, Rioja has become one of the more boring wine regions; production is dominated by large producers making bland "modern" Riojas without those special characteristics that once made Rioja different. Given that Spanish wine - and Rioja - is dominated by one grape, tempranillo, the result not surprisingly is that wines can taste remarkably consistent - and not necessarily in a good way.

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Unveiled - New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2011

Published:  21 September, 2011

A team of judges assembled by Tim Atkin MW, have chosen a list of trophy winners for the New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2011.

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Gonzalez Byass takes on Wirra Wirra

Published:  28 July, 2011

Gonzalez Byass has taken on distribution of the premium Australian McLaren Vale winery, Wirra Wirra.

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John Radford: my thoughts on Valencia's new Vino de Pago

Published:  04 July, 2011


With the news that the regional government of Valencia has ratified its first (and Spain's tenth) Vino de Pago - Finca Terrerazo - perhaps it's time to clear up the confusion about what a 'pago' really is.

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Spanish producer Vicente Gandia signs deal with Bottle Green

Published:  20 June, 2011

Spanish wine producer, Vicente Gandia, said it has signed a deal with UK wine agency Bottle Green to help drive its wines in the UK off-trade.

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Freixenet claims Mia is biggest still wine launch of the year

Published:  17 May, 2011


Freixenet has launched a new mainstream Spanish wine brand aimed at attracting more women to the Spanish wine category.

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Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson head line up for Wine Future 2011 in Hong Kong

Published:  28 April, 2011

Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson MW are two of a stellar line up of wine personalities from around the world for WineFuture 2011 which is being held in Hong Kong between November 6-8.

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Spain's Bodega Numanthia looks to widen distribution across specialist UK wine trade

Published:  15 March, 2011


Premium Spanish wine producer, Bodega Numanthia, is looking to widen its distribution of Toro region wines across the UK specialist wine trade.

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UK Spanish wine trade welcomes new Caballeros

Published:  09 March, 2011

Mariano Garcia Fernandez, of the Mauro Group and Carlos Read, from Moreno Wine have been honoured as Caballeros, for their hard work and dedication to Spanish wine industry.

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Le Bouchon Breton best in Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards

Published:  25 January, 2011

Le Bouchon Breton in London's Spitalfields market has been named the best place for a drink whilst out dining in the 2011 Harpers Wine & Spirit Drinking Out Excellence Awards.

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Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards shortlist announced

Published:  14 December, 2010

The shortlisted restaurant and bars in this year's Harpers Drinking Out Excellence Awards have been announced.

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Kofi Annan to address Spanish wine conference

Published:  25 November, 2010

 

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Baron de Ley-El Coto invests €5m in new white varieties

Published:  12 November, 2010

Spanish wine group Baron de Ley-El Coto has bought Carbonera-Bergasa's 500-hectare estate in Rioja and plans to invest €5m in developing new white varieties approved by regional authorities three years ago.

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Campo Viejo ramping up tapas campaign

Published:  01 November, 2010

Spanish wine brand Campo Viejo is ramping up its Viva el vino tapas campaign in the on-trade after the success of last year's marketing push.

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González Byass celebrates 175th anniversary with London tasting

Published:  13 August, 2010

González Byass is presenting its entire range of wines, sherries and brandies to celebrate the 175th anniversary since the Spanish wine company's establishment.

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Richard Siddle, blog: Viva Espana

Published:  21 July, 2010

It must be pretty special to be in any way Spanish this week. You only had to see the television coverage or pictures from the amazing homecoming the Spanish football team received from the hundreds of thousands of people in Madrid to see what their World Cup victory means to the people of Spain.

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Last chance to win Gonzalez Byass trip to Spanish wineries

Published:  03 June, 2010

This is your last chance to win a trip to visit González Byass's Spanish wineries in a competition being run in association with Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Last chance to win Gonzalez Byass trip to Spanish wineries

Published:  03 June, 2010

This is your last chance to win a trip to visit González Byass's Spanish wineries in a competition being run in association with Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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Win a trip to Spain with González Byass

Published:  24 May, 2010

González Byass is offering a trip for six independent merchants to visit the Spanish wineries in its portfolio.

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Draycott to head Gonzalez Byass sales

Published:  19 April, 2010

Former First Quench buyer Melissa Draycott has been named sales director of Gonzalez Byass UK.

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Specialist June tastings for Murcia wines

Published:  09 April, 2010

The UK wine trade is to get the chance to explore the grape varieties from the Spanish region of Murcia at a series of tastings in June.

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Rueda production up 5%

Published:  04 February, 2010

Rueda production increased by 5% in 2009, according to official data released by the Spanish wine region.

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Terroirs is runaway winner at Harpers' drink list awards

Published:  27 January, 2010


Terroirs, the London wine bar and restaurant devised by the team at Les Cave de Pyrene which has taken London by storm, was the runaway winner at last night's Drinking out Excellence Awards held at the Soho Hotel by Harpers Wine & Spirit.

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The UK's best wine lists recognised

Published:  21 December, 2009

Harpers Wine & Spirit today reveals the shortlisted restaurants for our Drinking Out Excellence Awards, the UK's first dedicated gongs for wine lists.

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Raising the Bar in Excellence Awards

Published:  17 December, 2009

The UK has arguably the most exciting restaurant wine and spirits lists in the world, yet the efforts of those who create them is frequently overlooked. It often seems it's the chefs who get all the glory in terms of awards and press, and the sommeliers, restaurant owners and buyers who work so hard to create the drinks offer are forgotten.

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Delving into the Wine Seller

Published:  08 October, 2009

One effect the recession has had in the restaurant trade is to force businesses to be leaner but also more dynamic in a bid to survive the tough times and hold their own in an increasingly competitive industry.

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Barwell Jones adds Castillo Perelada to its portfolio

Published:  02 September, 2009

Barwell & Jones, a member of the Coe Group of companies has announced it will become exclusive distributor of Spanish wine producer Castillo Perelada.

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Spanish wine exports fall in May

Published:  10 August, 2009

Spanish wine exports fell by around 11% in value and volume terms in May, according to figures released by the Spanish Tax Agency.

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Rioja claims industry first

Published:  17 July, 2009

Nine Rioja producers have achieved the highest levels of natural resveratrol ever recorded in wine.

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Evening Standard

Published:  23 July, 2008

ANDREW NEATHER's white wines for Christmas include: Inycon Chardonnay (4.49; Tesco, Waitrose); 2005 Omrah Chardonnay from Western Australia (7.99; Oddbins); 2005 Sancerre Cuve des Anges, Domaine Foussier (6.66; Waitrose); 2004 Marquesa Valserrano Rioja Blanco (8.75; Stone Vin and Sun); and 2005 Te Mania Riesling from New Zealand's Nelson region (8.95; Swig). He also appears to have a 2004 Sainsbury's Chardonnay from California available from Majestic - surely a mistake...

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Rioja to allow new whites

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis
The Rioja Regulatory Council (Consejo Regulador DOCa) is set to allow new white grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo to be grown in Rioja and used in the region's DO white wines.

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