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Bacardi marches 5,500 employees ‘Back to the Bar’ for grassroots on-trade initiative

Published:  09 February, 2018

Employees at spirits powerhouse Bacardi left their computers and labs yesterday and headed to their local bars as part of a global initiative to find out what’s driving engagement at the sharp end of the trade.

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Jerry Lockspeiser: What wine would you drink in an igloo?

Published:  26 January, 2018

During November and December last year, a skiing inspired pop-up appeared on London’s Southbank near the Festival Hall. Close to the skate boarders and overlooking the river Thames, Jimmy’s Lodge featured an outside bar and grill, inside restaurant and three heated Private Dining Igloos (or Snow Globes) for 6-10 people.

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Looking ahead: Jason Haynes, co-founder, Flint Wines

Published:  20 December, 2017

With the all-important Christmas trading period underway - and hopefully turning passion into profit for the UK’s wine and spirits operators - we at Harpers are looking ahead past New Year to see what’s in store for the trade in 2018.

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Diageo boss calls for action over “scandalous” talent waste in wake of Brexit

Published:  28 November, 2017

Diageo boss Ivan Menezes has claimed that there is a “scandalous waste of talent” in the UK with 790,000 young people not in education, unemployment or training (NEET).

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Q&A: Steve Fennell, Sanford Winery & Vineyards

Published:  20 July, 2015

Steve Fennell, general manager and head winemaker at Sanford Winery & Vineyards located in Santa Rita Hills, talks about the winery that helped put the region on the map in the infamous film Sideways

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  15 July, 2015
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Ex-News of the World journalist to head WSTA communications

Published:  15 July, 2015

A former News of the World journalist, who was acquitted of criminal charges of paying sources for information, has been appointed as the Wine & Spirit Trade Association's head of communications.

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Selfridges buyer Davies to leave after nine years for new challenge

Published:  18 June, 2015

Selfridges beer, wine and spirit buyer Dawn Davies is leaving the post after nine years.

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Percival Val Brown talks about his 65 years in the drinks business

Published:  10 June, 2015

Percival Brown tells Douglas Blyde about his six decades in the business, from the cellars beneath Speakers' Corner to selecting the wines for Concorde.

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Simon Cairns of The Co-operative on the growing importance of convenience retailing for the company

Published:  05 June, 2015

Simon Cairns, BWS category trading manager at The Co-operative explains to Angela Mount the supermarket's strategy, its supplier relationships and how it needs to "focus totally on convenience retailing, working within 2,000- to 4,000-square-foot shop formats."

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Tanqueray master distiller Tom Nichol reflects on 42-years in the industry

Published:  02 June, 2015

Tanqueray's master distiller, Tom Nichol, who is retiring from Diageo after a 42-year career, has been awarded a lifetime award by the Gin Guild, at its annual dinner. 

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Yalumba's first non-family member MD, Nick Waterman talks about his long-term view for the business

Published:  08 May, 2015

Nick Waterman has become the first non-family member to hold the position of managing director at Yalumba in 165 years. He talks about how it feels to fill such big shoes.

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Bibendum PLB's new indie and wholesale arm Walker & Wodehouse on catering for the indepedent sector

Published:  08 May, 2015

Next month sees the final piece of the jigsaw slot into place for mega-supplier Bibendum PLB Group, as it launches its independent and wholesale division, Walker & Wodehouse. Arabella Mileham catches up with managing director Gareth Groves

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Australian Vintage appoints Bibendum PLB sales manager

Published:  05 May, 2015

Australian Vintage has recruited Karen Humphrey's from Bibendum PLB as its new business manager for Sainsbury's.

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Q&A: Jonathan James talks to Harpers about his new franchise venture of Conviviality Retail

Published:  24 April, 2015

Jonathan James, the convenience store expert who has taken on the franchise of 36 stores acquired by Conviviality Retail from GT News, talks to Harpers.co.uk about his ambitious plans for the business.

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Q&A: Chris Tomlinson, Tirril Brewery

Published:  14 April, 2015

Former pub owner turned brewer and distiller Chris Tomlinson of Tirril Brewery talks to Helen Arnold about the launch of Cumbria's first single malt whisky - the only malt in Britain made using a beer recipe

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Q&A: Andrea D'Ercole, Ipsum Vinoteca

Published:  13 April, 2015

Andrea D'Ercole has been importing Italian wine and food for the on-trade since 2003. Nigel Huddleston asks him why now was the right time to launch his own wine bar at Ipsum Vinoteca in Leeds

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Q&A: Christian Seely of AXA Millésimes talks En Primeur

Published:  13 April, 2015

Since 2000, Christian Seely has successfully led AXA Millésimes alongside such wine estates as Château Suduiraut, Pichon-Longueville and La Tour Pibran. Now, all his attention is focused on the 2014 en primeur.

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Q&A: David Cox, chief executive, The Benevolent

Published:  10 April, 2015

"Despite being in existence for 129 years, I am acutely aware that there are many people within the drinks trade that do not actually know that there is a trade charity there to support and help them. And even if they did know about The Benevolent, we found that many myths and misconceptions exist about who we help and how we help."

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Pierre Gagnaire: the chef other chefs want to be

Published:  10 April, 2015

oplePierre Gagnaire is one of the most admired and successful chefs in the world. James Steen talks to him about the Beatles, Beaujolais and the three Michelin stars he has held for nearly 20 years

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Le Vignoble on bringing award winning retailing to the south west

Published:  10 April, 2015

Le Vignoble in Plymouth is a buzzy wine boutique and lounge keen to educate its consumers and turn them into life-long wine connoisseurs

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Old Bridge Hotel turns to wine retailing to build success

Published:  10 April, 2015

When Huntingdon's Old Bridge Hotel launched its own wine shop, the idea seemed something of a folly. But, as Glynn Davis finds, it has been a runaway success

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London Wine Fair 2015: Why LWF 2015 will the most diverse show in its history

Published:  10 April, 2015

After last year's make-or-break return to central London, London Wine Fair organisers Ross Carter and Will Broadfoot talk about what they claim is going to make London Wine Fair 2015 the most diverse show in its 35-year history.

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Q&A: Mission Estate's Giles James on toppling Cloudy Bay and looking beyond Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  31 March, 2015

Mission Estate, New Zealand's oldest winery, may not yet be the most familiar of brand names in the UK wine world, but it has just managed to topple Cloudy Bay from its position as best selling New Zealand wine in the on trade. Helen Arnold caught up with UK business development manager Giles James to discover how it was achieved.

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Q&A: Coravin's new boss Frederic Levy on changing the way people access wine at home

Published:  30 March, 2015

Coravin's new boss Frédéric Levy talks about the gadget that is causing a stir in the on-trade and his plans to change the way people access and drink wine at home.

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Q&A: Hervé Deschamps, chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët, talks about his work at the iconic brand spanning three decades

Published:  25 March, 2015

Hervé Deschamps talks to Erin Smith about the pressures of being chief winemaker at Perrier-Jouët

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Why English wine's Litmus Wines is on board with Branson's South African hotel venture

Published:  23 March, 2015

English winemaking consultants Litmus Wines recently teamed up with Richard Branson's private hotel collection Virgin Limited Edition to launch a new joint-venture wine business in South Africa's Franschhoek region. Litmus' founder and director John Worontschak, and VLE's managing director, Jon Brown, talked to Harpers.co.uk about the venture and what it will mean for the Surrey-based business. 

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The Institute of Masters of Wine inducts five new members

Published:  23 March, 2015

The Institute of Masters of Wine has welcomed five new Masters of Wine into its membership bringing the total number of MWs to 332 globally.

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Q&A: Beltrán Domecq of the Consejo Regulador on sherry cocktails and sherry's affinity with food

Published:  16 March, 2015

Beltrán Domecq, president of Consejo Regulador de las denominaciones de origen Jerez and Graham Hines, UK director of The Sherry Institute of Spain talk to Harpers.co.uk about sherry, its affinity with food and the growth of sherry-based cocktails.

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Maxxium promotes Mark Riley from head of off-trade to group's managing director

Published:  10 March, 2015

Spirit distributor Maxxium UK has named Mark Riley as its new managing director, who will take up the role next month.

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Mark Holdsworth, Half Hitch Gin, on breathing new life in to London gin

Published:  06 March, 2015

Camden Lock in north London was once the centre of the capital's gin production. Fifty years after the last distiller moved out, Mark Holdsworth is breathing new life into the area. He talks about craft gin and his plans for Half Hitch with Helen Arnold.

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Denis O'Flynn, Pernod Ricard UK, why we need to get behind the WSTA

Published:  06 March, 2015

Denis O'Flynn, managing director of Pernod Ricard UK, talks about his plans as the new chairman of the Wine & Spirit Trade Association.

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Pernod Ricard shakes up team to boost Asian growth

Published:  27 February, 2015

Pernod Richard has shaken up its executive team as it looks to boost growth in Asia.

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World expert John Gauntner introduces us to sake

Published:  13 February, 2015

John Gauntner is renowned as being one of the English-speaking world's foremost experts on sake. Here he explains how he got into sake, and what's happening in the industry now.

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Q&A: BiBoViNo's Frantz Roesch on why BIB wine is going upmarket

Published:  10 February, 2015

Frantz Roesch, founder of French bag-in-box retail concept BiBoViNo, reveals his plans for UK expansion, high profile backers and why it will focus on old world wines only.

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Tim Heath, senior winemaker of Cloudy Bay, talks about the challenges of making an iconic Sauvignon Blanc

Published:  06 February, 2015

Tim Heath, Cloudy Bay's straight-talking 38-year-old Aussie winemaker, talks about the challenges of producing one of the world's most iconic Sauvignons, his winemaking ethos - and his loathing of accountants.

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Q&A: Conviviality's Diana Hunter on acquisitions and expanding ranges

Published:  05 February, 2015

The ink has barely dried on Conviviality's latest acquisition deal - to take on 37 stores across Yorkshire and the East Midlands - and chief executive Diana Hunter already has plans in place for further expansion.

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Q&A: Buckingham Schenk's new MD Craig Durham outlines his plans

Published:  22 January, 2015

Newly-appointed managing director of wine supplier Buckingham Schenk Craig Durham takes up the role on February 1. He is the current sales director at the firm and replaces Jon Pepper MW, who is moving to Enotria. Here he shares his plans, current successes, how to expand on brand ranges, and why he'd love to see Swiss wines in the UK.

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Alfred Cointreau on history and how to engage with modern bartenders

Published:  14 January, 2015

Alfred Cointreau is a sixth generation member of the Cointreau family, and since 2011, has been the liqueur brand's heritage manager. He fills us in on the French brand's 165-year history and how he engages with bartenders today.

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Q&A: Pierre-Henry Gagey, president, Maison Louis Jadot

Published:  11 January, 2015

Pierre-Henry Gagey has been with Maison Louis Jadot since 1984 and became president in 1992, following in the footsteps of his father who had joined in 1954 to become its director in 1962. He talks to Anne Krebiehl MW about the prices of the 2013 en primeur campaign and the challenges facing Burgundy now

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GM Drinks shows how cash and carry sector can be key to future sales

Published:  09 January, 2015

GM Drinks has been in business for three years and is already distributing a million bottles a year. Richard Siddle talks to founder Marc Patch about succeeding in the cash-and-carry sector

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Rowan Gormley tells the naked truth about Naked Wines

Published:  09 January, 2015

No one can deny Naked Wines has an innovative business model, but is it everything it claims to be? Erin Smith asks founder Rowan Gormley to reveal all

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Direct Wines' new chief David Thatcher shares his vision

Published:  07 January, 2015

David Thatcher, incoming group chief executive of Direct Wines, tells us how he is planning to build on the group's successful formula, ramp up personalisation and how Prosecco outsold Champagne 2:1 over Christmas.

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Obituary: Serge Hochar of Lebanon's Château Musar

Published:  04 January, 2015

Michael Karam, acclaimed journalist, ambassador for Lebanese wine and author of  Wines of Lebanon remembers, Serge Hochar, the charismatic and buccaneering owner of Lebanon's Château Musar, who died at the age of 74, while on holiday with his family in Mexico over the new year.

 

 

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Vino Wines is gaining ground in Edinburgh

Published:  05 December, 2014

Quality wines combined with the canny idea to sell premium ready-meals is making Vino a destination wine store in Scotland.

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Spirit Cartel drives growth through its premium range of spirits for the on-trade

Published:  05 December, 2014

Too often the world of high-end spirits can be a very grown-up affair, but not at Spirit Cartel, which is having great fun making a name for itself with an award-winning range of premium spirits.

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Sophia Warner of the Pebbles Projects talks about 10 years of changing lives in South Africa's winelands

Published:  05 December, 2014

As the Pebbles Project celebrates its 10th year, co-founder Sophia Warner explains how the trade has helped provide support and education to children in South Africa's winelands and what a difference it makes.

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Glengoyne's Stuart Hendry: 'We're still selling too much whisky'

Published:  02 December, 2014

Stuart Hendry, brand heritage and commercial director for Glengoyne Distillery near Glasgow, talks Scotch whisky's enduring popularity, barrel prices, slow distillation and long-term plans with Geoffrey Dean

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Dia Simms, the woman behind P Diddy's drinks ventures, on why their spirits mean business

Published:  21 November, 2014

Starting off as Sean 'Diddy' Combs personal chief of staff, Dia Simms is now the executive vice president of Ciroc Vodka & Innovations, at the newly-formed Combs Wine & Spirits.Gemma McKenna catches up with Simms and finds out what the pair have planned for the expansion of the drinks empire.

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My Choice: John Coe of Coe Vintners on Ronnie Scotts, The Sting and tequila

Published:  14 November, 2014

We asked John Coe, chairman of Coe Vintners, for his favourite things when it comes to wine, food, restaurants and bars and who he would like to share them with.

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Burgundy winemaker Roland Masse reflects on his last year as manager of Hospice de Beaune

Published:  14 November, 2014

The winemaker and manager of Domaine des Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy, Roland Masse, 61, will complete his 15th and final vintage for the annual Hospices de Beaune auction this coming Sunday. Here he reflects on his career before handing over responsiblity to Ludivine Griveau who will become the first woman to manage the domain from January.

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Enotria's Troy Christensen on what next for supplier and retailer relations after TescoGate

Published:  07 November, 2014

Troy Christensen, chief executive of Enotria, tells Gemma McKenna what's going on at the supplier, the state of distributor retailer relations in light of TescoGate, and what we can expect next.

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Mike Ratcliffe: Why South Africa's growing in confidence

Published:  28 October, 2014

Mike Ratcliffe, managing director of Warwick and Vilafonte wineries in Stellenbosch, tells Geoffrey Dean about the growing confidence in South Africa's industry. 

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Chris Blandy: big changes afoot in Madeira as premium wines gain traction

Published:  23 October, 2014

Changes are afoot in Madeira: it is shifting towards the premium end and its tourism potential is growing, says Chris Blandy, owner of Blandy's Madeira Wine Company.

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Borough Wines: why its customers can't stop coming back

Published:  22 October, 2014

Borough Wines are on a mission. And that mission is well and truly making its home in west London with the opening, earlier this year, of its latest outlet in Kensal Rise.

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IVDP: the growing importance of Port in modern times

Published:  07 October, 2014

The Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto (IVDP) has been around since the 18th century and president Manuel de Novaes Cabral tells Erin Smith he still sees his mission intrinsically linked to helping protect Portuguese wine and particularly Port.

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Mark Dally on driving wine across Fuller's 400 pubs and hotels

Published:  06 October, 2014

Think of Fuller's and you think of beer. The west London-based group owns nearly 400 pubs and hotels, and the guest beer and take-home market has made its London Pride one of the most popular ale brands in the UK, writes Nigel Huddleston.

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Sogrape's Fernando Guedes: building Port's presence in the UK market

Published:  06 October, 2014

Sogrape Vinhos, owner of one of the most recognisable Port brands in world, Sandeman, has been ever so quietly rebuilding the relationship that Britain has with Port, as he tells Erin Smith.

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Harpers Global Design Awards 2014: what the judges said

Published:  03 October, 2014

This year saw Harpers' Design Awards go global, with entries featuring a range of products aimed at all levels of the market. From the budget to the luxury, we pick out the medal winners and showcase those products and their designers that stand out from the rest.

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What's on at SITT Autumn: Andrew Steel from Connoisseur Estates

Published:  24 September, 2014

Andrew Steel, director of Connoisseur Estates, a UK wine agency, tells Harpers.co.uk, what to expect on his stand today at the SITT Autumn Tasting held at the Royal Horticulture Halls in London.

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Growing wine in the desert: Q&A with Alejandro Galaz of Ventisquero

Published:  23 September, 2014

Challenging stereotypes was on the agenda of Alejandro Galaz this week. As one of Viña Ventisquero's winemakers he is part of Ventisquero's latest project in the Atacama Desert: Tara Wines. 

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Danilo Zilli, head sommellier at Novikov, talks about how he fell in love with wine

Published:  22 September, 2014

Danilo Zilli, talks to Harpers.co.uk about the how he fell in love with wine.  Like any relationship, it has its up and downs, but being head sommellier at Novikov offers Zilli a great perk- the opportunity to taste some amazing wines.

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Jackson Estate's Matt Patterson-Green showcases his Kiwi wines at Chiltern Firehouse

Published:  17 September, 2014

"I believe Marlborough will be known for producing the best Pinot Noir over time," declares Matt Patterson Green, winemaker of Jackson Estate. In his glass is one expression, Vintage Widow 2012, named, he says, "after women who lose their men to the vineyards..."

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Francoise Peretti of the UK's Champagne Bureau on the region's 2014 harvest

Published:  17 September, 2014

Peretti tells Harpers.co.uk this year's Champagne harvest is "textbook" so far, with high quality grapes that could lead to a vintage year.

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Views from Beautiful South: Roberto Echeverria, Echeverria Family Wines, Chile

Published:  16 September, 2014

Here is the latest producer from last week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting who is happy to share his thoughts on the UK market and the opportunties for their wines.

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Jacob Ehrenkrona on giving up financial career to create Martin Miller's Gin

Published:  09 September, 2014

Harpers.co.uk talked with Jacob Ehrenkrona, the chief executive of Martin Miller's gin, about why he gave up a career in venture capitalism to pursue the classic spirit.

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How Oddbins has defied its critics to bounce back to winning ways

Published:  05 September, 2014

In three years Oddbins has risen from death's door to win IWC High Street Retailer of the Year. Gemma McKenna meets Ayo Akintola, its Renaissance Man

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Distell's Richard Rushton earns his stripes

Published:  05 September, 2014

In his first major UK interview, Distell's Richard Rushton reveals his big plans for the company's wine division, as Erin Smith reports

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Georg Riedel on Riedel's new Veritas range and working with Coca-Cola

Published:  02 September, 2014

Founded in 1756 by Johann Cristoph Riedel, the Riedel name is today synonymous with high-quality glassware; loved by the trade and consumers alike. With an impressive track-record of product innovation and savvy marketing, Riedel's market breakthrough arguably came in 1979, when the firm opened a subsidiary in the US. Having collaborated with such iconic winemakers as Robert Mondavi, Angelo Gaja, and more recently soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola, Riedel is clearly not an old-world wine snob. The brand is coming to London's Vinopolis this month, to showcase the new Veritas glassware range. James Lawrence asks Georg Riedel what we can expect:

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Jon Chadwick on moving from the NHS to setting up his own craft spirits distillery

Published:  22 August, 2014

Former National Health Service chief Jon Chadwick has gone from advising people to drink less to setting up County Durham's first distillery. He tells Jennifer Ashcroft where the idea came from, what it means to be a "craft" gin distillery and how he's capturing Durham in a bottle.

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Halewood International is always on the look out for the next "Crabbie's" says Richard Clark

Published:  08 August, 2014

Richard Clark, director of innovation at Halewood International, says the company is always on the lookout for the next Crabbie's, as it looks to drive innovation across all the drinks categories in its portfolio.

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Diana Hunter, Conviviality CEO, on the new BB's Warehouse concept

Published:  06 August, 2014

Diana Hunter is chief executive of Conviviality Retail, owner of the Bargain Booze network. Last week the firm announced the launch of a new concept - BB's Warehouse - a destination discount off-licence warehouse. Gemma McKenna finds out more.

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Evuna looks to build on success of second Manchester Spanish wine bar concept

Published:  05 August, 2014

It's taken over a decade for Manchester's tapas and Spanish wine institution Evuna to get round to opening its second site, but now it has its sights set on opening more.

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Jayke Mangion on the story behind setting up a restaurant in an old Clapham public toilet

Published:  29 July, 2014

 

Douglas Blyde meets the co-founder of "WC", the new wine and charcuterie bar located in a Victorian former public toilet in Clapham.

 

 

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Andrew Weeber Gusbourne looks back at ten years of growth at his English winery

Published:  24 July, 2014

Andrew Weeber Gusbourne, chairman of Gusbourne plc, talks to Anne Krebiehl at the celebration of the estate's tenth anniversary. He remembers the past decade and looks ahead, always with his motto in mind: "There's always room at the top." Congratulations and happy 10th birthday, Gusbourne!

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Croatian billionaire Ernest Tolj shares his winemaking adventure

Published:  23 July, 2014

Croatian electrical cabling billionaire Ernest Tolj owns Saints Hills winery in Dalmatia. He tells us about Croation wine, the country's history, the potential for the wine industry and working with Michel Rolland. 

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John Williams at Frog's Leap on the changing face of Californian winemaking

Published:  14 July, 2014

Reflecting on the recent period of uncertainty for this year's vintage in Napa Valley as a result of drought conditions in California, Katherine Canfield catches up with Frog's Leap winemaker, John Williams, in Rutherford to discuss how approaches to winemaking in the region are changing.

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Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe on why Cru Bourgeois is a wine brand in its own right

Published:  11 July, 2014

The French Appellation Contrôlée system is famously based on guaranteeing the geographical origin of a wine, rather than focusing on the quality of what is actually in the bottle - something that causes a headache for those who are trying to sell French wine and the consumers who wonder what the difference is between a bottle of Bordeaux at £4 and one at £24.

Six years ago, the châteaux who were members of the then rather moribund Cru Bourgeois classification decided to break with tradition and let their wines stand or fall on the basis of an objective measure of the wines' quality.

Frédérique Dutheillet de Lamothe was in London recently to help spread the word about the Bordeaux classification that is unlike any other. With her background working for Tom Ford at Gucci, she knows a thing or two about building and protecting a brand.

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David Babich on how carefully matched food helps bring his wines alive

Published:  10 July, 2014

David Babich, general manager of the family-owned Babich Wines, which reaped its first vintage in Auckland's Henderson Valley in 1916, along with Dinah Kinnear, sales manager for Europe, introduced their wine range at a special event hosted by UK distributor, PLB, at London's Underground Cookery School.

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The rum doctor: Dr Frank Ward of WIRSPA

Published:  04 July, 2014

Harpers.co.uk caught up with Dr. Frank Ward of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA) to find out what the association is currently doing to raise the profile of Caribbean rum in the UK.

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Christian Seely shows the quality of the Douro with a vertical tasting of Quinta do Noval

Published:  02 July, 2014

Christian Seely's contention that the Quinta do Noval vineyards are producing outstanding dry red table wines was vindicated at a mid-summer vertical tasting in London. The flamboyant, bow-tie- wearing managing director of the leading port house has always believed that unfortified wines from the Douro had the potential to express Noval's terroir. A look at the estate's three dry reds - Quinta do Noval Douro DOC,  Cedro do Noval and Quinta do Noval Touriga Nacional - between the period 2004-11 supported that view.

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Will Oatley of Louis Latour Agencies on poor harvests and on-trade trends

Published:  26 June, 2014

Will Oatley, managing director of Louis Latour Agencies, talks the on-trade, poor Burgundy harvests and  putting the spotlight on Champagne.

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Michael Simms, head sommelier at Sartoria, on a life serving wine

Published:  05 June, 2014

Harpers.co.uk talks with Michael Simms, head sommelier at Sartoria in Mayfair about how he accidently fell into training to become a top sommelier.

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Andrew Bewes on Hallgarten Druitt's insights and sales driven strategy

Published:  30 May, 2014

Hallgarten Druitt is one of the biggest and most important wine suppliers in the country. Yet, as managing director Andrew Bewes admits, there is much about the company that the trade is yet to discover. Richard Siddle digs deeper to find out

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Joel Cadbury on driving wine sales and training at Bel & Dragon Inns

Published:  30 May, 2014

Douglas Blyde talks with Joel Cadbury, founder of the Groucho private members club, about the wines he is serving up at his estate of Bel & Dragon Inns.

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David Mawer of JF Hillebrand UK on logistics and bulk wine trends

Published:  30 May, 2014

When it comes to controlling costs in the supply chain there is no one better placed than David Mawer, managing director of logistics company, JF Hillebrand UK. Mawer talks with harpers.co.uk about the key distribution trends, growth in bulk wine and importance of long term planning.

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Katie Cooper on why the Berry Bros' Wine Club stands out from the pack

Published:  28 May, 2014

Douglas Blyde catches up with Katie Cooper, manager of Berry Bros & Rudd's Wine Club, on the kind of wines and service she offers its growing band of members.

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Esporao's pioneering winemaker, David Baverstock, on the exciting future of Portugal's Alentejo wines

Published:  12 May, 2014

Latest reports suggest Portugal's economy can at last look forward to recovery. Yet if the country's fortunes had mirrored those of the Alentejo's wine industry, it would be enjoying the benefits of growth already, writes Justin Keay.

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Direct Wine Shipments help bring premium wine to Northern Ireland

Published:  05 May, 2014

Northern Ireland is not generally seen as a hotbed for wine innovation - in fact a recent survey carried out for Wine Business Solutions said the wine scene there was 15 years behind London. But although they're not great in number, Northern Ireland can boast some truly committed and innovative operators.

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David Cox on how the The Benevolent can help your business

Published:  02 May, 2014

Chief executive of the drinks charity, The Benevolent, explains how the trade can get behind its new Here to Help campaign

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Jon Bonné of San Francisco Chronicle on how American wine is changing

Published:  28 April, 2014

Jon Bonné, wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, tells Anne Krebiehl at last week's New California tasting how what constitutes a good American wine is changing radically as new consumers start experimenting more.  

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Aviation gin founder, Thomas Mooney, on rise of craft spirits

Published:  24 April, 2014

Douglas Blyde talks to Thomas Mooney, first  president of the American Craft Distillers Association and co-owner and chief executive of American craft distillery, House Spirits - makers of Aviation gin.

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Michel Bataille, president of Foncalieu, on its new export strategy and plans for the UK

Published:  11 April, 2014

Michel Bataille tells Richard Siddle how he hopes Foncalieu's new export strategy will help promote wines from all price points from the Languedoc-Roussillon to the UK on- and off-trades.

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Moët Hennessy's Jean-Guillaume Prats, estates and wine president, talks sparkling wine, UK trends and top global markets

Published:  07 April, 2014

Moët Hennessy is about to launch its latest sparkling wine brand, Chandon, in the UK. Harpers.co.uk caught up with the chief executive of the wine division, Jean-Guillaume Prats, on one of his recent whistle-stop tours of London.

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Q&A with ?Paul Schaafsma, general manager UK, Ireland and AMESCA for Accolade Wines

Published:  04 April, 2014

Paul Schaafsma the general manager for UK, Ireland and AMESCA at Accolade Wines about a new working culture for the group and his UK wine strategy moving forward.

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Interview: John Osborne's sets out his vision for PLB

Published:  04 April, 2014

It may only have been three months since John Osborne became PLB's managing director, but it's a role he has been working towards his entire career. He talks about the challenges and opportunities facing him, PLB and the industry.

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Q&A with James Marvin, winner of BBC's Michel Roux's Service programme, three years on

Published:  26 March, 2014

The BBC programme Michel Roux's Service focused on recruiting young people to consider the hospitality industry and in particular front-of-house as a career. It first screened in 2011, and has just been repeated on BBC Two. 

The series, hosted by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux, trained the young recruits alongside some of the top names in the trade, including Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn and Galvin at Windows restaurant manager Fred Sirieix. There was one winner, but three of the recruits in total were offered a scholarship at the end of the programme, including one for sommellerie, provided by the Academy of Food and Wine Service.

Harpers.co.uk catches up with winner James Marvin three years on to find out where his career has taken him.

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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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Q&A with Origin Wine founder Bernard Fontannaz, who talks quality control and looking outside South Africa

Published:  13 March, 2014

Bernard Fontannaz, founder of Origin Wine on quality control, expanding its portfolio to include Old World wines and Fairtrade.

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Q&A with Edward Robinson, Fairtrade wine buyer at the Co-operative

Published:  11 March, 2014

Edward Robinson talks about the commercial success of Fairtrade wines at the Co-operative, how the Fairtrade mark works and highlights the group's biggest project in Argentina.

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Big interview: Vinexpo's new ceo,Guillaume Deglise, and his plans to modernise the show

Published:  07 March, 2014

Guillaume Deglise has big shoes to fill in replacing Robert Beynat as chief executive of Vinexpo. Here he tells Richard Siddle how he intends to create a very different type of show - based largely on the customer and branding lessons learnt from his career in Champagne

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Q&A: ?Nick Tatham MW wine development manager for Continental Wine and Food

Published:  07 March, 2014
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Q&A: Agustin Trapero, head sommelier at Michelin-starred Launceston Place

Published:  07 March, 2014
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Q&A: Bruce Perry, sales director, Eaux de Vie

Published:  07 March, 2014
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Q&A: Scotland's Inverarity Morton talks Scottish business, new wine range and independence

Published:  06 March, 2014

Having sold its Scotch whisky business Loch Lomond Distillery Company earlier this week to private equity, the Bulloch family has retained its controlling interest in Scotland's biggest independent wine merchant - Inverarity Morton. At the company's first major trade tasting since buying Forth Wines in October, managing director Stephen Russell and commercial director Ian Cumming spoke exclusively to harpers.co.uk.

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Q&A with John Valentine, founder of Winetrust100, the online wine retailer

Published:  18 February, 2014

Set up in March 2013, Winetrust100 gathers experts to seek out the world's top 100 wines based on the price quality ratio. Founder John Valentine tells Dominic Weaver how it works.

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Q&A with Ricardo Baettig, chief winemaker at Chile's Viña Morandé

Published:  17 February, 2014

Ricardo Baettig, chief winemaker at Viña Morandé in Chile, talks about the 2014 harvest, experimental techniques and new grape varieties coming to the fore, and how people perceive Chilean wine.

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Q&A with PLB's managing director John Osborne as he looks to put his stamp on the business

Published:  17 February, 2014
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Q&A with Rupert Berkmann of Berkmann Wine Cellars

Published:  13 February, 2014

Rupert Berkmann, managing director of Berkmann Wine Cellars, joined the family company 10 years ago. At the company's 50th anniversary tasting he talks to Anne Krebiehl about the firm and his vision.

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Q&A with Laurie Davis, wine controller at Matthew Clark

Published:  11 February, 2014

Laurie Davis, wine controller at on-trade supplier Matthew Clark, tells Gemma McKenna how the company is strengthening its wine reputation and growing sales.

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Q&A with ?Moët & Chandon's chief winemaker Benoît Gouez

Published:  11 February, 2014

Moët & Chandon launches the 2006 vintage of Moët Grand Vintage and Giles Fallowfield talks to chief winemaker Benoît Gouez about the wine, the vintage and his philosophy on vintage Champagne at Moët.

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Q&A: ?Lee Potter Cavanagh, executive bartender for Corrett Restaurants

Published:  10 February, 2014

Formerly group bars manager of HIX restaurants, Cavanagh brings 13 years of experience to the Big Easy, Covent Garden, which opens in March and sits down to talk with Douglas Byde.

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Q&A with James Miles, Liv-ex co-founder and managing director

Published:  06 February, 2014

Miles tells harpers.co.uk about making fine wine trading easier, innovation around supply chain, and why regions outside Bordeaux are becoming more important.

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Q&A with Ross Carter, London Wine Fair director

Published:  03 February, 2014

With the newly-revamped London Wine Fair looming on the horizon, event director Ross Carter tells us what we should expect in 2014.

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Q&A with Guillaume Deglise, chief executive, Vinexpo

Published:  29 January, 2014

Richard Siddle talks to the new chief executive of Vinexpo about his plans for the Bordeaux event and how he has found moving over to a show organiser from the Champagne sector.

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Q&A with Andrew Chapman of Trinchero Family Estates on what's next for UK

Published:  29 January, 2014

Andrew Chapman, sales director for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Trinchero Family Estates, on why it moved its business away from PLB to set up its own distribution, and what's next for the company.

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Q&A with Michel Issaly, president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers of France

Published:  29 January, 2014

Michael Issaly, winegrower of Domaine de la Ramaye in Gaillac, explains his role as president of the Association of Independent Winegrowers ahead of its tasting in London on February 6.

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Q&A on luxury vodka CÎROC's growth and plans for UK

Published:  28 January, 2014

Luxury vodka CÎROC's master distiller, Jean-Sebastien Robicquet and head of Diageo Reserve Brands GB, Nick Temperley, talk to Harpers about creating the brand and its opportunities in the UK market.

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Q&A with Robert Nicholson of American M&A specialists International Wine Associates

Published:  27 January, 2014

In 2013, vineyard acquisitions and mergers on the US West Coast were a key talking point for industry insiders. As a key party to many of the major transactions that took place last year, Robert Nicholson, president of mergers and acquistion specialists, International Wine Associates, is ideally placed to share his expertise on the future of the West Coast property market. James Lawrence asks the questions:

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Q&A with Concha y Toro's Simon Doyle and its plans for UK market

Published:  23 January, 2014

Simon Doyle, general manager for Concha y Toro UK, on what's new for Casillero, why the big UK push, and why there's a gap in the market for California.

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Q&A with Justin Howard-Sneyd MW: selling wine by consumers' taste preferences

Published:  14 January, 2014
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How to start a fine-wine Cult

Published:  10 January, 2014

Old-school City high-rollers may never have imagined a time when fine-wine investments would become a common investment vehicle and wines would be traded in the same fashion as high-yield stocks and bonds. But today, investment houses like Cult Wines, run by father-and-son team Philip and Tom Gearing, are making fine-wine investments more accessible to all types of investors as another way to simply round out a financially sound portfolio of assets and investments, with the opportunity to celebrate profits by drinking the very commodity traded - fine wine.

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Tanners: a national treasure

Published:  10 January, 2014

As Tanners Wine Merchants celebrates 170 years, Bernadette Costello talks to fourth generation James Tanner about its growth from regional merchant to national treasure

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Q&A with Sandro Saadé, one of Syria's leading winemakers

Published:  13 November, 2013
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Jo Seymour-Taylor, Stir Public Relations

Published:  09 September, 2013

Jo Seymour-Taylor, board director Stir Public Relations, picks out her wine and drinking choices

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A new way with Vinoteca

Published:  06 September, 2013

Dominic Midgley looks at how Charlie Young and Brett Woonton created a new way of eating and drinking out with Vinoteca.

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Siobhan Irons, buyer, Matthew Clark

Published:  31 August, 2013

Here are Siobhan Irons' favourite wine and food choices:

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Enter Story Headline

Published:  31 August, 2013
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Q&A: Pernod Ricard's Patrick Venning on future trends

Published:  19 July, 2013

Patrick Venning, marketing director at Pernod Ricard UK, looks at the biggest breakthroughs in the wine category and the challenges and opportunties facing the industry in the years to come.

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Q&A: Accolade's Paul Schaafsma on future trends

Published:  19 July, 2013

Paul Schaafsma, Accolade's general manager for the UK, Ireland and AMESCA, looks at the biggest...

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My Choice: Julian Dyer, Australian Vintage UK and Europe

Published:  17 May, 2013

I'm a great fan of Hunter Valley Chardonnay and Shiraz. The better recognised wine regions of South Australia and Victoria (Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare, Yarra, etc) quite rightly get a lot of accolades; however, I love the punchy Chardonnay and earthy Shiraz you get from the Hunter.

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My Choice: Elinor Zuke, news editor, Harpers

Published:  19 April, 2013

My favourite wine is MontGras Carmenère Reserva from the Colchagua Valley (Enotria/Waitrose; £8.99). I used to buy it a lot before I started working at Harpers, at which point I thought that even knowing the name of that varietal was well sophisticated.

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Catching up with the new wine team at Harrods

Published:  05 April, 2013

Anne Krebiehl catches up with the new wine team at Harrods and hears how the double act are looking to turn customers' heads in the wine aisles

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My Choice: Alicia Mellish, director, Stir Public Relations

Published:  15 March, 2013

At the moment I'm loving Beringer's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its full-baked berry flavours and savoury finish make it perfect for that classic pairing with steak.

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My Choice: Becca Reeves, former senior buyer, Laithwaite's

Published:  15 February, 2013

My current top wine is Domaine Jones Fitou. It's lovely, rich and warming at this time of year but not at all heavy so very easy to drink. Despite its "classic" match with meat, I'm vegetarian so I've been drinking it with loads of winter veggie dishes, and it goes brilliantly. I'm also a bit of a fan of opening a mid-week bottle of Crémant de Limoux.

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My Choice: Beth Willard, Wine buyer, Laithwaite's

Published:  01 February, 2013

My current top wine from Laithwaite's is our new Peña Garnacha 2010 from the home of Garnacha, Calatayud. This is rich, full bodied and completely over-delivers at £8.99.

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It's now or never for the wine trade

Published:  07 December, 2012

Gemma McKenna meets BWS chief Dan Jago as the trade's supposed day of reckoning approaches.

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Wine Cellar - Maidenhead

Published:  24 October, 2012

Buying up the Maidenhead Wine Rack after it went into administration in 2009 was a spontaneous move for owner Susie Warner, but a natural addition to working in wholesale through her partner's business the Maidenhead Wine Company. 

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Adam Speechly: wine merchant by day, DJ by night by Simon Ellis-Jones

Published:  10 June, 2011

Adam Speechly lives a double life: by day he is building a reputation as a fine wine merchant on the Wirral and by night he has an even bigger following as a leading DJ in the north west. Simon Ellis-Jones catches up with the independent who can boast James Bond as one of his regulars

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