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Behind the scenes: Varietal clones at one of Argentina’s biggest producers

Published:  10 November, 2017

Harpers caught up with pioneering winemaker Santiago Mayorga at Cadus – the premium arm of Nieto Senetiner, one of Argentina’s largest producers – who revealed his experimentation with Malbec clones for the first time.

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Land and soil take centre stage at Argentina’s Barullo

Published:  20 October, 2017

Wines of Argentina broke away from Chile last year to trial its own format with Barullo. Now in its second year, the event is committed to showing this New World innovation train hasn’t run out of steam, and is on a mission to maintain cutting edge.

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Bodega Argento’s Silvia Corti on going organic

Published:  01 June, 2017

Over her 13 years with Mendoza producer Bodega Argento, winemaker Silvia Corti has seen a number of major changes take place.

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LWF: Santa Rita winemaker talks 120 ambitions

Published:  23 May, 2017

Harpers caught up with Santa Rita to discquss the launch of their refreshed 120 brand which is being launched with two new varietals at this year’s London Wine Fair.

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Santa Rita creates new UK business role

Published:  15 May, 2017

South American wine company Santa Rita Estates has created a new role to reinforce its “commitment” to the UK market.

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Tim Atkin MW: Argentina and Chile are a joint wine force to be reckoned with

Published:  12 May, 2017

This year is the 200th anniversary of one of the key events in Latin American history. In January 1817, the Army of the Andes set off from Mendoza, determined to end Spanish rule on the other side of the mountains. At its head were an Argentinian, General José de San Martín, and an exiled Chilean, the wonderfully named Bernardo O’Higgins, who, after a brave and arduous crossing of the Cordillera, did indeed defeat their common imperial foe. 

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Mad for Malbec

Published:  02 May, 2017

Argentina is Malbec; New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc. The intimate link between a country and dominant single variety is a strategy fraught with danger – apparently. Change the record, please.

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Trapiche unveils Argentinian coastal wines

Published:  22 March, 2017

Grupo Penaflor has opened a new frontier for Argentinian wines with the launch of its Trapiche Costa & Pampa range from Chapadmalal on the Atlantic coast.

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Christmas came early for Malbec at Concha y Toro

Published:  21 February, 2017

The nation's thirst for Argentinian wine has showed no signs of being quenched with Concha y Toro reporting sparkling Christmas sales for Bodega Trivento.

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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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Why Argentinian reds are the new Malbec

Published:  31 January, 2017

Much of Argentina's success over the past few years is undeniably down to the runaway success of the Malbec in the UK.

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Wines from New Zealand and Argentina named the biggest winners of 2016

Published:  03 January, 2017

Brits' love of New World wine accelerated in 2016, with New Zealand and Argentina showing the biggest sales growth in the 12 months to November 2016.

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Patagonian wine taking steps into the multiples with Buckingham Schenk

Published:  14 December, 2016

Patagonaian wines from southern Argentina are taking steps into the UK off-trade with a new listing at Waitrose.

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Men driving growth of Fairtrade wine says Co-op

Published:  08 December, 2016

Evidence that the growing number of ethically sourced and social responsible drinks companies is in response to consumer demand for alcohol with a conscience has been backed by data from the Co-op which revealed that its sales of Fairtrade wine are up 25% YOY.

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Malbec and beyond: What's next for Argentina?

Published:  11 November, 2016

One of the great New World success stories is the rise of Argentinian Malbec, which has become the go-to grape for both supermarket shoppers and trendy restaurants in the UK and also worldwide.

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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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Argentinian specialist Gaucho launches online wine shop

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinian restaurant group Gaucho has become the latest outfit to offer its wines online.

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New wine and spirits listings at Sainsbury's and Asda

Published:  03 November, 2016

Argentinean winery Bodega Argento is preparing to launch a new line of "fresh and fun" Buenos Aires-inspired wines to Sainsbury's this winter.

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New Waddesdon national sales director looks to expand Rothschild wines in the UK

Published:  01 November, 2016

Waddesdon Wine, which imports and markets wines from the Rothschild wineries, has appointed a national sales director as they look to expand the presence of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR Lafite) within the UK off-trade.

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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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No Malbec and rule-breaking makes a song and dance at Wines of Argentina tasting

Published:  26 October, 2016
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South America | High hopes and challenges

Published:  17 October, 2016

We've criss-crossed the continent to cover four countries this year, and while some are ongoing, others are distinctly new.

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Santa Rita launches autumn promo campaign with Ireland's RTÉ

Published:  05 October, 2016

Chilean wine company Santa Rita Estates has unveiled their autumn 2016 promotional campaign for their brands in the Republic of Ireland which will see them once again team up with Irish national TV broadcaster RTÉ.

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The South American adventure of a Morrisons wine buyer

Published:  05 October, 2016

Andrew Ingham, wine buyer at Morrisons Plc, recounts a recent buying trip to Chile and Argentina. 

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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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Condor Wines expands South American portfolio with Wines of Uruguay partnership

Published:  20 September, 2016

Chilean and Argentinean wine specialist Condor Wines and Wines of Uruguay UK have formed a partnership to become one of the UK's top specialist importers of premium South American wines.

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Morrisons targets millennials with launch of Asado Club in 250ml carry pack

Published:  12 September, 2016

Morrisons have thrown down the gauntlet in terms of collaborative product development, with a new, exclusive Argentinian Malbec, Asado Club.

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Wines of Argentina goes it alone to "disrupt" wine tasting format

Published:  05 September, 2016

Wines of Argentina have broken away from Chile to run their own trade tasting this year, with a focus on innovation and breaking the trade tasting mould.

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Casarena champions Cabernet Sauvignon at launch of premium Argentine DNA wines into UK

Published:  24 August, 2016

Bodegas Casarena introduced its DNA Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and blended Icono wine at the UNA Argentina pop up restaurant in St Pancras Clock Tower on 23 August, marking a firm commitment to growing premium Argentine wines in the UK.

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Argentinean winery tackles "fierce" competition in UK with film festival partnership

Published:  19 August, 2016

Bodega Argento is looking to strengthen its position in the minds of "culture seeking Londoners" with its continued sponsorship of the Argentine Film Festival.

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New wines added to "no jargon" Ehrmanns range

Published:  03 August, 2016

Ehrmanns is launching three new wines in its Made In range of wines for the off-trade.

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Chilean wine production down 25% thanks to rain-laden harvest

Published:  01 July, 2016

One of Chile's biggest wine exporter has revealed that their red grapes were most affected by one of the most "oenologically challenging" vintages of recent times.

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Ehrmanns launches mini in response to demand for small format

Published:  27 June, 2016

Ehrmanns is beefing up its Beefsteak Club Argentinean brand with two new additions, including a single serve Beefsteak Club Mini Malbec in order to target the growing convenience sector.

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Bodega Argento aiming to strengthen on-trade presence with first Taste of London outing

Published:  17 June, 2016

Premium South American wine estate Bodega Argento is continuing its push itself into the on-trade with its first appearance at Taste of London.

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Q&A: Josefina Harms, Blends Wine Estates

Published:  16 June, 2016

Bodega Argento is currently teaming up with collaborators Constancia Argentinean Grill at the Taste of London event in Regents Park.

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Gains in Malbec lost due to Argentine El Niño

Published:  08 June, 2016

An Uco Valley winery is picking up the pieces of some of the worst weather in decades as sales of its "trendy" malbec plummet.

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LWF: Old world meets new with Argentine Gauchezco

Published:  11 May, 2016

Argentina and Malbec may have some way to go in the UK market to rival New Zealand's key grape, Sauvignon Blanc. 

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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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Rabobank: Global wine supply in flux as drinkers trade up

Published:  21 April, 2016

The global wine supply is in flux depending which end of the market producers play in, with wines on the premium end being considerably higher in demand compared to wines on the lower end of the market according to Rabobank's Wine Quarterly Q2 2016 report.

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Crown Cellars launches on-trade exclusive range to win over wine novices

Published:  19 April, 2016

Crown Cellars has launched a new range of on-trade exclusive, own label wines to appeal to new wine consumers.

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Wines of Argentina plans weekend-long celebration of World Malbec day

Published:  14 April, 2016

World Malbec Day, which is on 17 April 2016, will be celebrated across the globe and Wines of Argentina has lined up a number of consumer and trade events to help celebrate Argentina's favourite varietal.

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Tim Atkin MW: Let's talk climate change

Published:  01 April, 2016

You don't have to be meteorologist to appreciate that something very unusual is happening to the world's weather right now.

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Bodega Argento and Bodega Garzón partner with Latin American St Pancras pop-up

Published:  31 March, 2016

Premium South American wine estates Bodega Argento from Argentina and Uruguay's Bodega Garzón have partnered with newly-launched Latin American pop-up restuarant Una on a series of exclusive supper clubs in the clock tower of London's St Pancras Hotel.

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Hallgarten bolsters Argentinian offer with Piattelli listing

Published:  03 February, 2016

Leading UK distributor Hallgarten is to launch Argentinian winery Piattelli in the UK as demand for Argentine wines from its customers grows.

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2015 year in review and hopes and fears for 2016: Andrew Maidment, Wines of Argentina

Published:  24 December, 2015

Andrew Maidment, the head of Wines of Argentina in the UK said 2015 was another great year with growth of 26% compared to 2014. Looking ahead though Maidment sees 2016 as year to continue to focus on the end drinker, but will be following the discount retailers next year.

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Insight: Consumer wine style trends into 2016

Published:  07 December, 2015

 Will Malbec and Prosecco continue to attract consumers at a break-neck pace or is that so last year? Angela Mount reports

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Bodega Trivento adds Shiraz to best-selling Reserve brand

Published:  09 November, 2015

Bodega Trivento is adding a new wine to its best-selling range in the UK.

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Diageo sells Argentinean wine business to Grupo Peñaflor

Published:  06 November, 2015

Diageo has sold its Argentinean wine business to Grupo Peñaflor, the global drinks group announced yesterday.

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Packaging update for Viñalba Argentine wines

Published:  23 September, 2015

Buckingham Schenk has unveiled new label designs for wines in its Viñalba Argentine range.

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Bibendum PLB aims to showcase regional Argentina with two new wine ranges

Published:  14 September, 2015

Bibendum PLB has launched two new wine ranges from Argentina.

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South America | Strength in diversity

Published:  11 September, 2015

Bringing together the flavours and cultures of South America paints a wine picture that's as colourful as it is diverse

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Trivento releases 100th anniversary vintage of Eolo Malbec

Published:  02 September, 2015

Leading Argentine wine brand Trivento is releasing a Malbec made from 100-year-old vines.

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Volume declines of Southern hemisphere harvest pushes up demand for bulk wines

Published:  14 May, 2015

Smaller harvest in the Southern hemisphere are set to boost demand for bulk wine, the latest report from Ciatti has said.

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Wines of Argentina celebrates #WorldMalbecDay

Published:  17 April, 2015

Today marks the celebration of World Malbec Day and Wines of Argentina UK is rolling out a series of events to further engage with UK consumers and the trade.

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CyT sales top over $1 billion for the first time

Published:  15 April, 2015

Concha y Toro announced sales grew 22.6% overall and increased 16.9% in the UK for its financial year-end 2014.

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Chief of the Week: Martin Perez Cambet, Casarena Winery

Published:  10 April, 2015

Working on this side of the fence you sometimes wander who is actually reading all (or any) of the news and copy that we diligently write every day - and where in the world they are if they do.

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Wines of Argentina launches a series of events ahead of Malbec World Day

Published:  25 March, 2015

Wines of Argentina UK will be hosting a series of events and running focused marketing campaigns across the trade, in the run-up to Malbec World Day.

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Argentine wine entering a "new era", says legend of the industry Jose Zuccardi

Published:  24 March, 2015

A new generation of winemakers is helping Argentina enter a phase of "premiumisation" that concentrates of terroir-specific wines, a leading Mendoza winery has said.

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ProWein 2015: Huge potential to build super brands around the world says Concha y Toro

Published:  19 March, 2015

Building strong brands in the key £8 to £10 price sector has become increasingly the key battleground for the truly global wine producers operating in the main markets around the world, according to Thomas Domeyko, Concha y Toro's export director for Europe, USA and Africa.

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Argentina must look beyond Malbec, leading Argentinian winemaker says

Published:  17 March, 2015

Argentina needs to look beyond Malbec in order to take avoid commoditising its flagship grape, the former president of Wines of Argentina has said.

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Argentina's bulk wine production has a 'structural problem', says governor of Mendoza

Published:  13 March, 2015

Argentina's bulk wine producers are facing "structural problems" that are causing unwanted low quality wine to stockpile, the governor of Mendoza has claimed.

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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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M Restaurants to celebrate World Malbec Day with mini vineyard in the City of London

Published:  04 March, 2015

M Restaurants, set up by former Gaucho managing director, Martin Williams, at the end of last year, is to celebrate World Malbec Day next month by creating a mini Malbec vineyard outside its venue in the City of London.

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All female-panel selects the winners in the 2015 Argentina Wine Awards

Published:  20 February, 2015

An all-female line up of international judges have voted for the winners in the 2015 Argentina wine awards.

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'Painful moment' for Argentina's wine exporters, says Rabobank

Published:  17 February, 2015

Argentina's wine exporters are having a "painful moment" as fast-rising inflation rates make it unprofitable to ship goods, says Rabobank.

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Concha y Toro beefs up push across six core wine brands

Published:  29 January, 2015

Concha y Toro UK is planning a renewed push across six of its core wine brands for 2015, as well as aiming to boost convenience sales.

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Trivento extends its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby by a further three years

Published:  29 January, 2015

Trivento, the Argentinean wine brand, is to extend its sponsorship of Premiership Rugby for a further three years following the success of its initial link up.

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Former ITN and CNN correspondents in Wine Enthusiast's top 5

Published:  22 January, 2015

David Smith, the former ITN news correspondent turned winemaker, has received a massive vote of confidence for his Argentinian wine, SonVida, that only had its first vintage in 2007, by being named number four in the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Top100 wines of the year.

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Buckingham Schenk to ramp up on-trade focus with Argentinian wine brand

Published:  22 January, 2015

Buckingham Schenk is planning to ramp up its foothold on the on-trade with new Argentinian wine brand Phebus, sister brand of its star off-trade performer Vinalba.

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On-trade supplier Matthew Clark toasts bumper December as sales top £100m

Published:  20 January, 2015

On-trade drinks supplier Matthew Clark says December was its most successful month ever as sales broke the £100 million mark, as customers plumped for top-end wines and Champagnes.

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Wines from Argentina putting in 'serious effort' to drive UK growth

Published:  11 December, 2014

Wines from Argentina are enjoying a "unique time" in the UK market, and the country is putting in serious effort to drive growth, says the generic body's European head.

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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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Waitrose predicts healthy future for South American and lighter style wines and spirits

Published:  24 October, 2014

South American wines and more left field grape varieties like an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or a Spanish Albarino are going to become far more trendy in the months ahead, according to the new Waitrose Food and Drink Report 2014.

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Argentina's government has played a key role in its UK success says ambassador

Published:  17 October, 2014

The Argentinian government has played a key role in the success of Argentine wine in the UK, according to its UK ambassador, Alicia Castro.

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Former Gaucho boss, Martin Williams, promises London's best steaks at new "M" restaurant

Published:  13 October, 2014

The competition to have the best steaks in London will go up a notch next month when Martin Williams, formerly and famously of the Gaucho Group, opens his own highly ambitious steak themed restaurant in Threadneedle Street.

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Here's a right corking video for you...

Published:  09 October, 2014

Here's a video after our own heart here at Harpers Uncorked. As part of last month's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting you might have seen a special "cork" wall which doubled up as an actual live art installation.

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Geoffrey Dean on the Malbec "revolution" taking place in Argentina

Published:  09 October, 2014

Whisper it gently - certainly to those lovers of big, heavily extracted, super-ripe, sweet-fruited, oaky Mendoza Malbecs  - but a revolution in Argentina is nearing completion. Nothing of course to do with economic or social issues, but rather a quest by many of the country's leading winemakers to reinvent the style of the country's flagship varietal.

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Exclusive survey: how wine drinkers shop Chile and Argentina online

Published:  06 October, 2014

Harpers has once again linked up with Wines Direct to analyse the shopping trends of consumers buying South American wines online.

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Argentina's Viñalba wine brand launches two new wines

Published:  24 September, 2014

Argentina's Viñalba brand has added two new wines to its portfolio - Parrilla by Viñalba and Reservado de la Familia.

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Salentein hopes to win over independents with new premium Argentinian wine range

Published:  23 September, 2014

Salentein, the Argentinian wine producer, is to release a new premium range of wines to the UK including it icon wine, Gran Vu Blend, which it hopes to gain distribution across the on-trade and independent sectors.

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Buckingham Schenk sees Argentina and Prosecco sales soar

Published:  18 September, 2014

Buckingham Schenk see sales of its Argentinian Viñalba brand rocket, with Prosecco also leading the charge while pre-filled goblets hit sales of 1 million.  

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Views from Beautiful South: Ricardo Rabelo, Finca Flinchman

Published:  15 September, 2014

Following this week's Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London Harpers caught up with key figures from across the Chilean, Argentinian and South African wine industries to assess their thoughts on the UK wine market for their wines.

 

 

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South American online focus: what are wine consumers looking for online?

Published:  15 September, 2014
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Argentina and South Africa lead growth in off-trade sales in UK

Published:  11 September, 2014

Off-trade sales of Argentinian wine increased 21% while South African wine was up 14% in the last 12 months, according to a report released yesterday by Bibendum. 

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day Two

Published:  11 September, 2014

On day two of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting in London's Olympia, Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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Argentina's total wine exports to UK rocket 36%

Published:  11 September, 2014

Argentina's total wine exports to the UK have soared 36% on last year for the first six months of 2014, says Wines of Argentina's European and Asia director Andrew Maidment.

 

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Argentina must celebrate its "rock and roll" winemakers to grow says Gaucho's Phil Crozier

Published:  11 September, 2014

If Argentina is to contine to grow in the UK then it needs to do more to celebrate, promote and tell the story of its winemakers and make them the "personalities" of their wines, according to Phil Crozier, head of wine at the Gaucho Group of Argentinian restaurants.

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Live news blog: The Beautiful South Tasting Day One

Published:  10 September, 2014

As the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting takes place in London's Olympia Harpers catches up with leading wine figures at the event with their thoughts on the UK market for Chilean, Argentinian and South African wines. 

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Hess Family moves Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten to Liberty

Published:  08 September, 2014

Hess Family Wine Estates has switched distribution of its Napa and Barossa wines from Hallgarten Druitt to Liberty Wines in the UK.

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Argentina bucks economic difficulties to compete on international stage

Published:  05 September, 2014

Despite the domestic economic challenges Argentinian producers are facing, UK consumers still can't get enough of their wines. Ahead of the Wines of the Beautiful South tasting Erin Smith analyses the category

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Back to School: Wines of Argentina's Andrew Maidment

Published:  28 August, 2014

As summer draws to a close, we asked some key figures in the trade to round up events in the wine industry for the year to date, and outline their organisation's plans for the rest of the year.

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Argentina's potential debt default could cause wine prices to fall

Published:  30 July, 2014

Argentina is on the brink of defaulting on debt payments for a second time in 13 years over a dispute with hedge fund investors - such a default could seriously damage the country's wine industry.

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CYT signs Premiership rugby sponsorship deal for Trivento Argentinian wine

Published:  25 July, 2014

Trivento, the Concha y Toro Argentinian wine brand, has signed the first wine sponsorship deal with Premiership Rugby which will see its wines promoted across all grounds and coverage during the 2014-2015 season.

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Beautiful South offers themed tastings and winemaker debates on Chile, Argentina and South Africa

Published:  15 July, 2014

A central "meet the winemaker" themed area will be the central focus for this September's combined Beautiful South tasting featuring wines from Chile, South Africa and Argentina.

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Wines over £5 account for almost half of supermarket sales

Published:  19 June, 2014
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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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Co-op's major wine revamp yields strong results

Published:  02 June, 2014

The Co-operative has seen sparkling wine, smaller serve bottles and Argentinian wine sales soar since it revamped its range in recent months.

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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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Cambalache - comes alive in front of your eyes!

Published:  09 May, 2014

Visitors to last week's two night Cambalacheevent, that looked to re-create a night out in Buenos Aires in the east of London, could see street art comes to life in front of their eyes.

 

 

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Stevens Garnier to distribute Finca Flichman through Molson Coors

Published:  01 May, 2014

Stevens Garnier has appointed Molson Coors to distribute its Argentinian brand Finca Flichman in the on-trade.

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Argentina's harvest down by 20%

Published:  22 April, 2014

Winemakers across Argentina say heavy rain and low temperatures in February have impacted this year's harvest, with white production down by as much as 30%.

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CyT's Trivento grows by 200% in off-trade

Published:  17 April, 2014

Concha y Toro's Argentinian brand Trivento has grown by more than 200% in value in the past year, moving into the top five Argentinian wine brands in the UK.

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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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Argentina wine consumers 'attractive' to retailers

Published:  09 April, 2014
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Q&A: Wine's of Argentina's Andrew Maidment on growth, customer profiles and plans

Published:  09 April, 2014

With sales of Argentinian wine up 20% in the off-trade, confidence is booming in the South American country. Wines of Argentina's Europea and Asia director Andrew Maidment tells harpers.co.uk what's driving growth, how its typical customers differ from the rest of the wine category and what's next.

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Argentinian wines grow 20% in off-trade

Published:  08 April, 2014

Argentinian wines are surging ahead in the off-trade, with growth of 20% in the last year, as the market "moves up to suit Argentina", says the European director of the country's generic body.

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Viñalba launches Malbec and Cabernet blend

Published:  03 April, 2014

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba has launched Reservado Fifty 50, a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Beautiful South Tasting scaled back

Published:  02 April, 2014

The Beautiful South Tasting, organised by the generic bodies representing South Africa, Chile and Argentina, is to scale back its 2014 event.

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

Published:  14 March, 2014

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

Published:  07 March, 2014

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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Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event to return to London in April

Published:  06 March, 2014

The ground breaking consumer tasting, Cambalache, organised by the Wines of Argentina, is to return in 2014 bringing the culture, music, art, food and wine of Latin America to London's East End.

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UK sales of Fairtrade wine jump 15% in 2013

Published:  25 February, 2014
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Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off with wine offers

Published:  24 February, 2014

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from today, February 24, until March 9 and is organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, the organisation that helps to publicise and promote the work of producers, retailers and suppliers in producing, sourcing and selling Fairtrade products in the UK.

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

Published:  21 February, 2014

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

Published:  14 February, 2014

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

Published:  07 February, 2014

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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?The Smith report: The rise of the Great British pound

Published:  07 February, 2014

Erin Smith assesses the currency map as the pound continues to gain ground

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California's drought could raise foreign wine imports to the US and bulk wine prices

Published:  05 February, 2014

With California in the midst of one the most severe droughts in its history, the shortfall in domestic wine supply in the US could see a rise in bulk wine prices and an increase in foregin wine imports. 

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Argentina, Chile and South Africa team up again at ProWein

Published:  04 February, 2014

Following their tasting tie up last September in London the generic bodies of Argentina, Chile and South Africa are teaming up again to present their wines under the banner of Wines of the Beautiful South at this year's Prowein trade fair in Dusseldorf in March.

 

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Wines of Argentina to target millennials through music festivals in 2014

Published:  30 January, 2014
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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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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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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Simon Doyle, Concha y Toro UK

Published:  31 December, 2013

Simon Doyle, general manager of Concha y Toro UK helps see the new year in with his 2 Good, 2 Bad for 2013 and his 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014.

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Two Good, 2 Bad for 2013, 2 Hopes and Fears for 2014: Laurie Webster, Las Bodegas

Published:  26 December, 2013

Laurie Webster, of Argentinian wine importer, Las Bodegas, is the latest member of the trade to give their good and bad memories of 2013 and their hopes and fears for 2014.

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Q&A: Sebastian Zuccardi, head winemaker, Familia Zuccardi wines, Mendoza.

Published:  17 December, 2013
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James Lawrence is more than convinced by the charm of Argentina on a trip to Mendoza

Published:  16 December, 2013

James Lawrence travels to the vineyards of Mendoza, on a mission to debunk the "one trick pony" cliché forever.

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Santa Rita Estates to host wine education workshops in London in January

Published:  28 November, 2013

Chilean wine producer, Santa Rita Estates, is to once again hold its South American Wine workshops in London in January as part of its three year educational programme.

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Wines of Argentina wins national events award for breakthrough Cambalache initiative

Published:  26 November, 2013

Wines of Argentina's breakthrough Cambalache consumer event, that helped celebrate the best wine, food, music and art that the country has to offer, has come top in an industry award for brand experience. It has also been announced that Cambalache will return in 2014 with events planned for both London and New York.

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Anne Krebiehl: How Doña Paula is making white wine in Argentina's Andean desert

Published:  31 October, 2013

The location is Doña Paula's Alluvia vineyard in Gualtallary, Tunpungato, Argentina. The altitude is 1350m (4429ft) above sea level. Annual rainfall is just 280mm which, technically, makes it a desert.

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Q&A: Nicolas Audebert, winemaker at Cheval Des Andes

Published:  29 October, 2013

Nicolas Audebert, Montpellier graduate and winemaker at Cheval des Andes, Cheval Blanc's Argentinian winery in Mendoza, spent the initial two years of the project working with Pierre Lurton in 1999 and has held his current position for seven years, after an interval as winemaker for Krug Champagne.

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Wines of Argentina launches Instagram campaign

Published:  21 October, 2013

Wines of Argentina has launched a new Instagram campaign, The Wine Caption, calling on consumers to post any images that capture the spirit of Argentina, with the winning photo becoming the centrepiece of a global ad campaign in 2014 and the photographer sent on a five-day all-expenses-paid trip to Argentina.

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Big, bold, but Beautiful?

Published:  11 October, 2013

The Beautiful South Tasting challenged the concept of generic wine tastings. Erin Smith analyses what worked and lessons for the future

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Robinsons broadens horizons with Argentinia's Casarena

Published:  08 October, 2013

Robinsons Brewery has become the exclusive UK supplier for Casarena Bodega Y Viñedos on the back of double-digit growth in the Argentinian category.

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Beautiful South Tasting to return in 2014

Published:  19 September, 2013

Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have said visitor numbers for the Beautiful South Tasting exceeded expectations and it will take place again next year. Additional events under the Beautiful South banner will also take place at other wine events.

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Beautiful South tasting to return in 2014 after exceeding its 2013 targets

Published:  18 September, 2013

Organisers of the first Beautiful South tasting last week at London's Olympia, that brought together wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa, claim the event surpassed its target figures and that the combined tasting will go ahead again next year.

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Mike Paul: was The Beautiful South the way forward for generic wine tastings?

Published:  16 September, 2013

I have always been a firm supporter of generic marketing. I've chaired importer committees and worked on developing regional strategies. I know how difficult it is to secure an appropriate level of agreement, across the producer and distributor base, to plans with real cut through, and I know how powerful a well coordinated generic effort can be. I also appreciate that coming up with innovative plans is particularly difficult currently when budgets are severely constrained. Given all this and given that generic marketers have no direct control over the producers and wines they represent, I tend to believe that they have one of the most difficult roles in our industry. All this  makes me loth to criticise any generic activity.

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Las Bodegas looks to grow its specialist Argentinian wine business with bigger team

Published:  13 September, 2013

Specialist Argentinian wine agency, Las Bodegas, is looking to expand its sales team so that it can better service its growing number of independent wine merchant and on-trade customers.

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Zuccardi comes out top in Gaucho's Argentine Winemaker awards

Published:  13 September, 2013

The Gaucho Group of premium Argentinian steak restaurants celebrated the very best in Argentinian wine making with their own wine awards ceremony earlier this week.

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Gaucho buys first restaurant in Argentina

Published:  06 September, 2013

Gaucho Group, the UK based Argentinian specialist restaurant group, has made its first entrance in to the South American restaurant scene with the purchase of Sucre restaurant and bar in Buenos Aires.

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Ben Smith on why the Beautiful South tasting really is something different

Published:  06 September, 2013

The news that three of the major generic wine bodies were joining forces to present their wines in one single tasting in 2013 was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm in many quarters.  There has been a growing feeling in recent years that the single 'Wines of Xxx' tastings, which have served both exhibitors and visitors well over several years, have become jaded and predictable, and therefore all too easily avoidable.

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Start planning your Beautiful South Tasting

Published:  29 August, 2013

With over 300 tables and 330 producers the first Beautiful South Tasting, to be held on September 11 and 12 in London's Olympia, demands a plan and the full show catalogue is now available online to download so attendees can devise a tactical plan of what producers to put on their 'must-see' list.

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Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event shortlisted in industry awards

Published:  29 August, 2013

Wines of Argentina in the UK has been shortlisted for two major event and brand industry awards to recognise its breakthrough Cambalache event it held earlier this year.

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Pernod Ricard adds Graffigna Malbec to portfolio

Published:  20 August, 2013

Pernod Ricard UK is to add Argentinian wine Graffigna Centenario Malbec to its portfolio to capitalise on the growing popularity of wines from Argentina.

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Barwell & Jones adds Argentinian wine

Published:  14 August, 2013

UK wine agency Barwell & Jones is to distribute Argentina's Zorzal wines.

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Fabre Montmayou releases UK on-trade exclusive

Published:  19 July, 2013

Fabre Montmayou is releasing Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, produced in Mendoza, Argentina, exclusively to the UK on-trade.

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The Beautiful South tasting signs up 280 exhibitors

Published:  02 July, 2013

'The Beautiful South', a new tasting featuring wines from South Africa, Chile and Argentina, in September has already signed up 280 exhibitors.

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Argentina: on-trade promotion in restaurants and pubs

Published:  17 May, 2013

To help assess Argentina's appeal across leading restaurants and food-led pubs, Harpers teamed up with a number of producers to trial their wines in the on-trade. Andrew Catchpole reports

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Wines of Argentina's Cambalache event shows way ahead for consumer wine tastings

Published:  18 April, 2013

Wines of Argentina claims this week's sell out consumer event, Cambalache, which is bringing together Argentinian wine, food, dance, music and culture over two nights in Dalston, east London, could show the way for how consumer events are held in the future.

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Argentina: how premium sales are pushing sales

Published:  15 March, 2013

Argentina's focus on the high ground has lifted both its sales and consumer appeal, as Andrew Catchpole reports

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Wines of Argentina's new urban-style consumer event sells out within 24 hours

Published:  01 March, 2013

A new type of wine event organised by Wines of Argentina and aimed at urban professionals sold out within hours after being featured by an online London guide.

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A new type of wine event organised by Wines of Argentina and aimed at urban professionals sold out within hours after being featured by an online London guide.

 

Cambalache will feature Buenos Aires street food, live graffiti artists, slang lessons and music and wine matching - as well as 150 wines from 28 Argentinian wineries. It is billed as "one night in Argentina" and "not your typical trestle-table, tweed and tedium, slurping and spitting event."

 

The event will take place at MC Motors in Dalston, East London, a former industrial site more often used for fashion photo shoots. Tickets cost £35.

 

Cambalache, which was originally planned for 18 April, sold out within hours after city guide The Nudge wrote about it last Wednesday. Wines of Argentina then added a second day (17 April) which sold out by the following lunch time.

 

In total 650 tickets have been sold across both nights and 50 have been held back to be released when the event is featured by other London guides.

 

"It's been quite eye opening," Andrew Maidment, UK director of Wines of Argentina, told Harpers. "I expected all the tickets to sell but not this quickly. The appetite for wine and food type experiences is obviously extremely high - as long as you sell it to people in a way they understand and it doesn't feel slightly boring or daunting for them to attend.

 

Maidment said the success would govern future Wines of Argentina events as it looks to continue to attract new consumers. "We've shown we can attract a new audience that actually I don't think many other people are attracting. We'd be stupid not to continue that. But I hope that others will start to try to target the same people. It's good for the industry that to break new ground.

 

"I can see the names and email addresses of people who've bought tickets. Most of them are young professionals in great companies - it's exactly who we want to target."

 

The event also costs Wines of Argentina less to stage than a traditional tasting, Maidment added.

 

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Chile, Argentina and South Africa join forces for annual wine tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Three of the UK's most important generic bodies have ditched their individual tastings and instead have joined forces to offer a larger event in September 2013.

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Southern hemisphere generic bodies team of for tasting

Published:  21 November, 2012

Generic bodies Wines of Argentina, Wines of Chile and Wines of South Africa have teamed up to launch a collaborative generic tasting for September 2013, The Beautiful South.

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Douglas Blyde takes part in Vinoteca's wine dinner exploring the wines of Argentina

Published:  05 November, 2012

Charlie Young, co-founder with Brett Woonton of London's Vinoteca micro-chain, took 19 guests, including his father and the former translator of Mikhail Gorbachev, on a culinary tour of Argentina as part of a new series of wine dinners it is hosting.

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Argentina's Catena family launches new wines in UK through Enotria

Published:  24 October, 2012

Argentinian wine dynasty Catena has launched wines from its new winery Bodega Cuarto Dominio in the UK through Enotria.

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New Argentinian wine importer Cupari launches

Published:  18 October, 2012

Bucking the trend of closing wine agencies, Cupari, a new importer focused on boutique wines from family estates in Argentina, has launched.

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Douglas Blyde travels to Holland to discover South American wines with Salentein

Published:  03 October, 2012

En-route to the sixteenth century Salentein castle in Nijkerk, wind-farms replace windmills. Once crunching the gravel drive, I glimpse decorators painting window frames. The structure has evolved from mud house to mansion and children's home. For the past 30 years it served as headquarters of Pon Holdings, established by entrepreneur-tycoon, Mijndert Pon, also founder behind the Argentinian wine brand, Salentein.

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La Riojana launches Raza Signature Series

Published:  28 September, 2012

Shown for the first time at the Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting is La Riojana's newly created Raza Signature Series.

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WineStars Twist selects Argentinian wineries

Published:  20 September, 2012

Eleven Argentinian wineries looking for UK distribution have been shortlisted in a competition to gain listings with independent and multiple retailers in the UK on and off-trade.

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Mike Matthews on Argentina's WineStars competition

Published:  20 September, 2012

Following on from the success of May's inaugural WineStars competition at the London International Wine Fair, competition founder Catherine Monahan brought her unique event - this time WineStars Twist - to Lord's for the Wines of Argentina tasting.

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Bibendum confirms sale of Argento

Published:  17 September, 2012

Bibendum Wine has confirmed it has sold the Argento Wine Company to the Argentine group, Inversora Agroindustrial Sudamerican.

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At Your Service events - September and October

Published:  06 September, 2012

Find out more about all the latest on-trade events for September and October.

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Additions to SITT Autumn

Published:  06 September, 2012

Independent on and off-trade buyers on the lookout for wines seeking UK distribution or something new to revive their ranges should head to SITT Autumn on September 24.

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WineStars initiative returns with a Twist

Published:  03 September, 2012

WineStars, the initiative launched at the LIWF that helped unrepresented producers showcase their wines in front of a panel of judges, is to return to the Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting.

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Bodegas Salentein collects trophies at Argentina Wine Awards

Published:  01 August, 2012

Argentinian winery Bodegas Salentein has been awarded trophies for two of its wines at the 2012 Argentina Wine Awards.

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Oversupply pressures ease following reduced harvests around the world

Published:  19 July, 2012

 

Global wine stocks are at their lowest point of the past decade, thanks to below-scale harvests in many of the major wine-producing regions, as well as rising grape and bulk wine prices, according to the Rabobank Wine Quarterly.

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Liberty Wines takes on Hess Family's Colomé, Amalaya and Glen Carlou

Published:  20 June, 2012

Liberty Wines has taken on the agency for Hess Family Estates' Bodega Colomé and Amalaya and South Africa's Glen Carlou.

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La Riojana and Ceviche team up for Torrontés campaign

Published:  14 June, 2012

Argentinian brand La Riojana will be teaming up with Peruvian restaurant Ceviche as part of Wines of Argentina's Time for Torrontés campaign.

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Country reports: Argentina

Published:  25 May, 2012

One of the joys of communicating about Argentina is that the country provokes such a positive...

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Harpers Awards 2012 winners

Published:  23 May, 2012

Bibendum, Majestic, Sainsbury's, The Sampler, Tanner's, Jose Pizarro and Pollen Street Social were some of the big name winners at last night's inaugural Harpers Awards.

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Malbec World Day boosts Argentinian premium sales at Majestic

Published:  18 May, 2012

Majestic Wine saw strong sales of premium Argentinian wines during the second annual Malbec World Day.

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Full list of Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  18 May, 2012


The full list of finalists for next week's inaugural Harpers Awards can now be revealed.

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Harpers Awards finalists revealed

Published:  04 May, 2012

The runners and riders for the inaugural Harpers Awards include leading players from the national and independent on and off-trade sectors, as well as major wine and spirits suppliers and distributors.

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Peter Lehmann Wines switches distribution to Hallgarten

Published:  01 May, 2012

Australia's Peter Lehmann Wines have switched distribution from Enotria to Hallgarten Druitt.

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Buckingham Schenk has 'cracking' year

Published:  22 March, 2012

Buckingham Schenk saw sales rise by 12% in 2011, led by a "cracking" 152% increase from Argentinian brand Viñalba.

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Chilean wines growing fastest in independents

Published:  05 March, 2012

Chilean wines are growing fast in the independent sector - having displaced Italy from fourth place by volume - they now have a 10% share of that market.

 

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Carmenere deserves promotion to Premiership of grape varieties, says Atkin

Published:  17 January, 2012


Carmenere, the indigenous Chilean grape variety, can now claim to have gained promotion to the so-called "Premiership" of first class wine varieties, according to wine critic and broadcaster, Tim Atkin MW.

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CA Grand Crus expands into Burgundy with Chateau de Santenay acquisition

Published:  27 December, 2011

CA Grands Crus, the subsidiary of Credit Agricole, has added to
its strong portfolio of Bordeaux estates with the acquisition of
Chateau de Santenay in Burgundy. The purchase gives the French retail
banking giant some 90 hectares of various Burgundian parcels from
entry level standard to Grand Cru status, a fifth of a hectare having
been taken up in Clos de Vougeot.

 

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Blog: Douglas Blyde reviews Morgenster wines at The Square

Published:  15 November, 2011

Gulio Bertrand and Henry Kotzé came to London restaurant, The Square to introduce the Morgenster range of wines to journalists.

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Blog: Behind the scenes at Jancis Robinson MW Wine Future tasting

Published:  09 November, 2011


Wine styles and varieties that "deserve more attention" were the focus of the 15 wines chosen by Jancis Robinson MW for her major tasting at Wine Future in Hong Kong

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Sogrape acquires Stevens Garnier

Published:  31 October, 2011

The wine producer Sogrape has increased its shareholding to a full buy-out of the UK wine agency, Stevens Garnier.

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Bordeaux faces New World challenge

Published:  19 August, 2011

New World wines have the potential to challenge Bordeaux's dominance of the fine wine market, according to one leading merchant.

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Viñalba secures ninth national listing

Published:  11 August, 2011

Argentinian wine brand Viñalba has secured its ninth national listing, this time at the Co-operative.

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Suppliers hit back at Hutchinson's 'leakage' claims

Published:  01 August, 2011

Suppliers have hit back at Jamie Hutchinson's claims they have not been supporting independents, and say there are enough wines for all sectors to choose from.

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Suppliers hit back at Hutchinson's 'leakage' claims

Published:  01 August, 2011

Suppliers have hit back at Jamie Hutchinson's claims they have not been supporting independents, and say there are enough wines for all sectors to choose from.

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The Wine Investment Fund sees confidence return to en primeur market

Published:  12 July, 2011

Investors appear to be snapping up the big name en primeur wines and confidence is returning to the market, according to The Wine Investment Fund director, Andrew della Casa.

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Wines of Argentina gears up for Malbec World Day

Published:  15 April, 2011

Wines of Argentina is gearing up for its first ever Malbec World Day, a global celebration of Argentina's 'hero' grape variety.

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En primeur blog: J&B's Tom Jenkins

Published:  08 April, 2011

Tom Jenkins, Bordeaux buyer for Justerini & Brooks, blogs from the en primeur tasting

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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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Cheval Blanc smashes wine auction record

Published:  17 November, 2010

An imperial of Cheval Blanc 1947 has broken the record for a price paid for a single bottle at auction.

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Cheval Blanc smashes wine auction record

Published:  17 November, 2010

An imperial of Cheval Blanc 1947 has broken the record for a price paid for a single bottle at auction.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle: Argentine Adventures, Part Two

Published:  14 November, 2010


Famous last words...having said I was sure I would be back in Mendoza city one day it did not expect to be walking back in to the Diplomatic Hotel some 14 hours later.

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Richard Siddle does Argentina

Published:  12 November, 2010

Harpers Wine & Spirit editor Richard Siddle is in the clutches of Wines of Argentina...

 

Days two, three and four in Argentina after an aborted mission on Sunday night due to the might of the Zonda wind keeping us in Santiago for an extra night.

 

Thanks to Lindsay Talas and buying team at Thierry's for helping take us bewildered and clueless in Santiago airport to safety of downtown hotel and for watering and feeding us. Good job they happened to be sitting the row behind on cancelled flight.

 

Now we are more than acclimatised to  Mendoza and in the clutches of Wines of Argentina we have more than made up for lost time.

 

Whirlwind of winery visits, introductions, business cards and Malbec. Blown away by friendliness and enthusiam of everyone we have met all of whom have helped turn my Argentina knowledge bank from "getting by" to "budding expert" in space of 72 hours. But with such gorgeous wines it is easy (ish) to keep going through the relentless pace.

 

Being introduced to the variations and vagaries of Malbec and ability of winemakers to make such different wines even when on each others' doorsteps. For someone who drinks so much Argentine wine at home i have really enjoyed discovering the differences clearly evident in cool climate regions and wines of Uco Valley, Turpagato and Salta versus Mendoza valley.

 

Lovely zippy fresh wines with great balanced acidity ideal in my humble opinion for UK consumers. Just wish there were more of them in the UK.

 

Highlight has to be trip out to Uco valley. Not just for the wine but the company of the Andes on the other side of the road spread out across the horizon with its snow capped mountains glinting in the late spring sun.

 

Also the experience of driving along the highways out of Mendoza like in a convoy from Mad Max with every shape and condition of battered old cars, vans and lorries that look like the rust and holes are actually keeping them together. Passing lorries laden down with garlic freshly picked from the fields and horse drawn carts and guys on ponies.

 

This is a country that is clearly twinned with the land and whilst the hi tech wineries and skills of the winemakers are all well and good it is the sight of the farmers, the workers in clapped out buses and the harsh,  rural way of life that is particularly grounding.

 

Back in the world of wine and tastings have enjoyed the potential of the whites ss well as reds. Cool climate Uco viognier is certainly going on my Christmas wish list along with the delicately matured, less perfumed almost Vinho Verde style fresh, citrus  Torrontes.

 

Interesting to see so many varieties cropping up here and it is often the carefully crafted blends that are the stars of the tastings.

 

Day long feastings on empanadas has foolishly not left much room for big steaks in the evening.

 

But lost my cherry, as it were, in the company of the Ever Ready Wines of Argentina Andrew Maidment at the wonderful 1884 restaurant in grounds of the Catena/Rothschild winery  in Mendoza. Complete with outside grill, oven and asado.

 

Not seen a pup squeak of Mendoza city itself but have a feeling I will be coming back...

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Expectations high for Bordeaux's 2010 vintage

Published:  28 September, 2010

Geoffrey Dean writes for The Times and is currently studying for WSET exams.

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Wines in the Pres, July 10-11, 2010

Published:  13 July, 2010


What have the national wine critics had to say this week? Find out with our round up of Wines in the Press for July 10, 11.

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Finca Flichman becomes UK No1 branded Argentine wine

Published:  16 June, 2010

Argentine export monitor, Caucasia Wine Thinking, has released figures showing that Finca Flichman is the UK's number one branded Argentine wine in 2010.

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Viñalba Reserva Malbec - Touriga Nacional on sale now

Published:  04 June, 2010

Viñalba Reserva Malbec - Touriga Nacional, the latest addition to Buckingham Schenk's trophy-winning Argentine brand Viñalba, has secured a major UK listing with Majestic Wine.

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Parker says parts of Bordeaux 09 are the best he has ever tasted

Published:  28 April, 2010

Robert Parker has revealed that that some wines of the wines in the 2009 Bordeaux vintage are the best he has ever tasted with 21 having the capacity to go on and score a perfect 100 points.

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Argentina Wine Awards' winners announced

Published:  18 March, 2010

A record-breaking number of entries in the Argentina Wine Awards has resulted in 30 gold medal and 18 trophies which have been selected by an international panel of wine experts at the judging session in Mendoza last week.

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My Taste: Tesco

Published:  04 November, 2009

Editor Richard Siddle assesses the Tesco autumn tasting.

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Jury's out on the miracle vintage

Published:  04 November, 2009

Everyone and everything is pointing to a near perfect Bordeaux harvest, but as Richard Siddle discovers it is too early to say what effect that will have on UK prices for the 2009 vintage or eventual quality and styles of the wines

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Naked Wines spends $100,000 at Wines of Argentina tasting

Published:  21 September, 2009


Naked Wines has pledged to spend $100,000 with Argentine producers following last week's Wines of Argentina tasting at Lord's Cricket Ground.

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Argento launches in USA

Published:  09 June, 2009

The Argentine wine company Argento are about to launch their brand from Mendoza into the US through Lion Nathan USA.

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Critics May May 22-24

Published:  26 May, 2009

What the press have to say over the May bank holiday weekend.

 

Guardian



Victoria Moore finds that some tastebuds are a little harder to please after lunching with sales rep Dave who claimed to have, "virtually no sense of smell or taste."



So she prescribed wines with masses of texture and body to, "punch through those dull tastebuds and give his tongue something to think about."



The first wine she recommended was an Aussie Shiraz that, "has brightness, is overt and all but growls."



Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2004 (£9.99 or £6.99 when you buy three at Wine Rack).

 

Independent

 

The relevance of Bordeaux's system of selling its top wines as futures, or en primeur, in the spring after the vintage, has been called into question by the "latest shenanigans," over the 2008 vintage, reports Anthony Rose.

 

Every spring, the top Bordeaux châteaux release their prices to give consumers a chance to buy early at a relatively affordable prices which are based on how they see the quality of their wine that year, of the vintage as a whole and what the market will wear.

 

But no one was expecting great shakes from 2008 not even the Bordelais, Rose reports. Until Robert Parker pronounced 2008: "a notch below 2005, but better than any other vintage of the last decade except 2000".

 

All of a sudden prices of wines rated highly by Parker went through the roof, says Rose. With the first growth châteaux Lafite Rothschild trading at £3,200 per case after releasing at £1,900 and Latour, released at £1,590, up to £2,500.

 

This means real wine lovers will be priced out of the market if the reaction is to yield to the temptation not to drop prices.

 

For wine lovers in urgent need of a case of fine red Bordeaux, here's a few names the best critics agree fulfil the essential pre-requisite of good quality and reasonable pricing: La Lagune, Calon-Ségur, Léoville Barton, Langoa-Barton, Pichon Lalande, Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Le Petit Cheval.

 

Financial Times

 

Jancis Robinson says that her a visit to New Zealand, earlier this year, she met the most extraordinary wine producer.

 

Hiro Kusuda, admits that to pursue his dream he and his young family had to subsist for eight years without any income at all, she says. "Even today, the total production of Kusuda Wines in Martinborough is but a few hundred cases of Syrah and Pinot Noir a year."

 

Bob Campbell, a wine writer and Master of Wine, sent Robinson a report of Kusuda's 2009 harvest, saying he was witness to the most rigorous grape selection process he had ever seen . "Each berry was inspected for any flaw and removed if not perfect."

 

Here, clearly, is Japanese perfectionism as applied to one of the world's most pragmatic wine industries. And the resulting wines are truly exceptional, says Robinson.

 

Just before the 2006 vintage Kusuda managed to buy a small vineyard of his own, 1.2 hectares -3 acres. "I tasted two wines made in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 vintages and thought that not only were the 2006s unusually fine but both wines seemed to get better with each vintage," says Robinson.

 

"I'm not proud that I had no income for so long," Kusuda told Robinson. "But as the whole family sat round silently watching me taste the full range of his wines from perfectly polished Riedel glasses, I could feel their pride radiating," she says.

 

Times

 

Go on, celebrate the start of English wine week with a crisp, delicate elderflower and hedgerow-scented English wine, says Jane MacQuitty.

 

With the first new vineyards planted in London since the Middle Ages, one on wasteland behind King's Cross station and the other at Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, English wines are no longer a joke, she says.

 

Bulldog British enthusiasm, has seen plantings up by 50 per cent in the past five years, to more than 1,000ha, and our production is set to double in the next five years, reports MacQuitty.

 

Until May 31 there are lots of fun functions. Visit www.englishwineweek.co. uk for details, and contact English Wine Producers on 01536 772264 for a free map of Vineyards of England and Wales.


Telegraph

 

Everything is coming up rosé, says Jonathan Ray. As rosé wines continue to soar while those of red and white wine fall.

 

"And where rosé used to be infra dig, it's now de rigueur," he explains.



According to market researchers AC Nielsen, sales are up 17.7 per cent on the year, with the total rosé category now representing 11.5 per cent of the British off-trade by volume and worth some £533 million.

 

Value is starting to outstrip volume, which suggests that we're all finally prepared to pay more as the wines improve. Thank God for that, he says, since more than half the pink wines in this country still come from California, home of that dire vinous bubblegum, ''Blush'' Zinfandel.

 

 

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The second part of Natasha Hughes' marathon tasting round Argentina

Published:  16 April, 2009

Argentina, 14-22 March 2009

I was lucky enough to be invited to spend a week in Argentina recently. The focus of the trip was on Rio Negro and Nequen in Patagonia and Argentina's heartland, Mendoza.

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Castel expands with new estate

Published:  24 February, 2009

France's largest wine group has continued its expansion with the acquisition of an 18th century estate, it has emerged.

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Wines in the Press, December 20-21

Published:  03 January, 2009

Jancis gets busy with the fizzy, Jane finds unsold bargains, Anthony highlights independents in the Independent and Joanna experiments with a magic wand

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Can you tango like that?!

Published:  18 November, 2008

Best chat up line heard in 4 gruelling days doing a stint at The World Travel Market, pushing wines of Argentina to the travel trade. Can't accuse moi of not pulling her weight.

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A Harpers hello from down under!

Published:  04 November, 2008

Harpers' features editor Rebecca Gibb is in Mildura, judging at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show this week. In between tasting more than 600 wines, Rebecca will be filling us in on her trip in a series of blogs. Here's blog number one...

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Las Moras steps up marketing campaign

Published:  21 October, 2008

Argentinian wine brand Finca Las Moras is stepping up its UK marketing activity following major new listings for its wines.

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Blog special from the winners of the Harpers/ Wines of Argentina competition - Part 3

Published:  16 October, 2008

In the latest installment of out blog special from the winners of the Harpers/ Wines of Argentina Steak Your Claim competition, wine business entrepreneur Dominic Crolla tells us why he's dreaming of steak. Over the next few days, each of our five winners are enjoying a tour of each of the main wine regions and visiting key producers to give them a taste of what Argentina can offer the UK, and sending back missives of their travels. Here's Dominic's blog...

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Wines in the Press: Malbec, Muscadet and wines in the desert

Published:  14 October, 2008

This week Jane MacQuitty assesses the future of Oddbins, Victoria Moore goes back to her roots and Jonny Beardsall takes a trip to the Namib desert to meet a remarkable winemaker. Meanwhile Joanna Simon is surprised by the following on new website thewinegang.com.

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Origin switches sourcing of Camden Park to Argentina

Published:  09 September, 2008

Origin Wines is switching the supply of one of its premium brands from Austrailia to Argentina in a bid to make the brand more profitable.

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UK wine importers hit by Argentinean strikes

Published:  06 August, 2008

Strikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.
TextStrikes and road blockades that crippled much of Argentina have impacted UK wine importers, with one major buyer waiting more than four months for a delivery.

With main roads being blocked, exports from the South American country have been slow to leave the country, despite the strike ending in June.

Protests had been on-and-off since March, when the Argentinean Senate announced plans for a tax hike on grain exports. This led to farmers protesting.

Months of disruption ended after the Senate rejected the proposals in June.

The action has affected the wine industry and some do not expect the situation to improve for another couple of months.

Solano Penalenzi, managing director at Hispa Merchants, is an Argentinean, Chilean and Spanish wine specialist, based in London.

He is still waiting on several containers, with brands Tapiz, NQN, and Finca La Anita and Domingo Hermanos at sea.

With each container consisting of 1,100 boxes, Penalenzi is waiting on more than 14,000 bottles.

"One order that I placed at the end of March - four months ago - is still there," he said. "Supplies have been difficult to get and orders slow, and now there is a backlog."

James Forbes, Wines of Argentina UK director, said that the four month delay was probably more a shipping problem, rather than an issue relating to the strikes.

"There is a backlog, but the people I have spoken to have not been affected. There have been minor delays, but nothing serious."

However, restaurant chain Gaucho said it has been affected by the lack of Argentinean wine making it to UK shores.

Phil Crozier, Gaucho wine buyer, is waiting on three containers. "It has not affected our sales, but it has impacted the number of wines we have available," he said.

Bibendum Wine in London, said it had experienced some delays "but nothing as bad as we thought it would be".

Polly Long, Argento trade marketing manager, said that despite being a "tough and stressful time" the company "had tried to manage the situation as best it could".

by Deven Pamben

This article first appeared in Harpers magazine. Follow this link to subscribe to the publication.

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All Bar One offers "limited edition" rosés of the world

Published:  04 August, 2008

All Bar One, the bar chain owned by Mitchells & Butlers, has started offering a "Limited Edition wines list" to customers, starting this week with a selection of rosé wines.

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Finca Las Moras adds new premium wine range

Published:  31 July, 2008

Finca Las Moras has launched a new premium wine, the Las Moras Gran Shiraz 3 Valleys.

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

If we sideline Jane MacQuitty's rant about the stratospheric prices for the "mediocre" 2007 Bordeaux vintage, there remain some interesting recommendations this week. The 2006 Malbec Alamos (5.24, Bibendum) is a "tasty, top dog Argentinian red" while the 2004 Burgundy Meursault Jean-Marc Bouzereau (19.99, selected Tesco stores) is "complete with lots of burnt, buttered toast flavours on the finish".

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The Sunday Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Gordon Brown's upcoming budget will bid a stern farewell to 2.99 a bottle wine, Jane MacQuitty laments. "Getting used to paying more for the bottles you'd crack open mid-week without ceremony will be hard," so she suggests stockpiling such bottles ahead of next month's announcement. Tesco's 2007 Argento Shiraz at 2.99 is good for its "fat, supple, spicy" flavours while the 2006 Muscadet La Rgate (Sainsbury's, 2.99) proves to be "delicious, light and lemony".

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

The results of the Wines of Argentina awards are this week's topic of conversation for JANCIS ROBINSON MW. She says the most exciting aspect is that only one of the trophy-winning wines costs more than 10 a bottle, although she expresses disappointment about the lack of white wines entered.
Wines worthy of mention include the 2006 Alamos Pinot Noir, Mendoza (6.99; Majestic) and the 2006 JF Lurton Chardonnay Reserva.

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The Daily Mail

Published:  23 July, 2008

MATTHEW JUKES travels to Argentina and Chile, and recommends some of the best [wines] on the planet'. Of the whites, 2006 Argento Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina (5.99; Co-op, Majestic, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose) is floral, honeyed and classy'. This week's WoW is 2003 Kuyen, Alvaro Espinoza, Maipo, Chile (8.99; Adnams).

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The Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANE MacQUITTY is also loving Argentina and asks why 'British drinkers still treat its wines with suspicion'. Malbec is Argentina's 'strongest suit', and this becomes all the more apparent to her after the recent Wines of Argentina tasting - 'Gone are the rustic Malbecs of a decade ago, and in their place are gorgeous, chunky, rich reds.' Her top-end choice is 2003 Lurton Brothers Chacayes (34.95; Robersons), moving down the price range to 2005 Catena Argento Malbec (4.99; Sainsbury's).

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

Has the 'Brett police' gone too far? ANDREW JEFFORD suggests it may have. He points to a controlled blind tasting of Syrahs from around the world, conducted by consultant Sam Harrop MW for his MW thesis, as evidence that Brettanomyces-infected wines need not necessarily be, as Tom Carson of Yering Station and many other Australian winemakers believe, 'undrinkable'. Only one of the 25 wines in the tasting was free of Brettanomyces, but Harrop's conclusion was that 'while excessive levels of volatile phenols can have a negative impact on wine quality, lower levels can enhance wine complexity and quality'. The benevolent effects of Brett, of one strain or another, can also be seen in the beer world, with makers of Belgian lambic and gueze beers, and traditional British stock ales, actively seeking out strains of the yeast. Jefford is concerned that the obsession with 'cleanliness' in today's winemaking, and the eradication of Brett and other 'faults' such as volatile acidity and dimethyl sulphur ('a principal aroma key for Carling' lager), will lead to 'acute boredom' for wine drinkers. As he says: 'The wine regarded as a hot contender for the greatest of the 20th century, 1947 Cheval Blanc, has levels of volatile acidity that would see it banned from sale were it produced today.'

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Financial Times

Published:  23 July, 2008

JANCIS ROBINSON MW reports back from Bordeaux, and believes that the best reds will make the wine lovers of the world fall in love with tannin again'. The great thing about the tannins in the most successful 2004 red Bordeaux is that they are not bitter or rasping but refreshing. They are not the dry, obtrusive sort that characterised so many wines made in the drought year of 2003, nor the green, underripe ones that plague the least successful 2002s.' Robinson already rates the 2004 offerings from Chteaux Latour and Margaux as excellent', with honourable mentions to Cheval Blanc, Haut-Brion, Mouton and Palmer. She adds: Many winemakers the world over, and particularly in the Americas, seem scared of tannins. Perhaps the superb quality of the best Bordeaux 2004 tannins may encourage some of these producers to return to picking the grapes when a little less ripe so that the tannins are perceptible, possibly refreshing, and alcohol levels are less embarrassingly high.'

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Tesco sees Argentine wine sales jump

Published:  23 July, 2008

Tesco has registered the highest selling Argentine wine in a new UK survey of most bought brands.

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Lafite Rothschild most popular Liv-ex brand

Published:  23 July, 2008

Lafite Rothschild was the number one fine wine brand traded on Liv-ex over the last 12 months.

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London hosts Argentine wine tasting day

Published:  23 July, 2008

Some 700 visitors are expected at today's Wines of Argentina annual trade testing, held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

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The Interview: Katie O'Brien, General manager, Juniper, Altrincham

Published:  23 July, 2008

Katie grew up on the east coast of Scotland. Her father ran hotels in Elgin and Fochabers, near Inverness, and insisted she do anything but catering. So Katie failed her Highers and went to work at the Golf View hotel in Nairn, which she describes as one long drinking party'. She worked in the bar, and in the kitchen on her days off because she wanted to learn and learn quickly'. She moved to Nunsmere Hall, near Chester, where she met Paul Kitching, then left for Hambleton Hall in 1992, working there for three years and driving up to see Paul on her days off. She helped set up Juniper with Kitching in 1995, before leaving to work for Nico Central in Manchester, returning to head the front-of-house and manage Juniper in 2001.

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Height of fame

Published:  23 July, 2008

Grapes grown at altitude taste different. As you go higher, temperatures drop and the fruit is exposed to more ultraviolet (UV) light. Higher UV leads to higher levels of anthocyanins (and therefore darker-coloured wines) as well as enhanced production of protective compounds - most notably the phytoalexin resveratrol.

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Argento engages the commuter

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argento has appointed The Drinks Sampling Company (DSC) to take on the sampling campaign of its Malbec and Chardonnay wines over the next six months.

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My sweet love

Published:  23 July, 2008

The most baffling thing about Sauternes is how its producers survive. It's not just the unpredictability of Botrytis cinerea; in 2004 the yield at Chteau Climens was less than four hectolitres per hectare (4hl/ha). At Chteau Suduiraut in the same year they left three-quarters of the grapes behind. The opening price of the wine, what there was of it, was 32 at Climens, 22-26 at Suduiraut. Both prices were less than the cost of production.

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Co-op lists first Fairtrade wines from Argentina

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Co-op has just added four own-label Fairtrade wines from Argentina to its list, the first UK retailer to do so.

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Argentina hosts major wine event

Published:  23 July, 2008

Mendoza, Argentina, will be the host of the Annual General Membership meeting of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network for the first time in November this year.

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Argento relaunches key varietals at higher price

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Argento Wine Company is relaunching its key Argento brand at a higher price point, starting with its two main varietal wines - Chardonnay and Malbec.

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Montes invests in Napa

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chilean winery Via Montes is investing in a new venture in California's most famous wine region, the Napa Valley.

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New Argentina boss aims to double market share

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Stuart Peskett
The new director of Wines of Argentina's inaugural UK office plans to double the country's market share in the UK.
James Forbes, senior buyer for Oddbins, will take up his new post at the end of July, and said he hopes that Argentina's UK market share will increase from 1.8% to 3.6% within three years.

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Paul BrownManaging director, Ivini

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you start?
I was a management trainee at the Coconut Grove, then went on to manage the Hampton Court Brasserie, Sweeney Todd's in Northampton and The Golden Pheasant in Oxford. And then I managed a caravan park in the Lake District.

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Mayfair Cellars sinks after 1.25 million internal fraud

Published:  23 July, 2008

Fine wine merchant Mayfair Cellars has gone into administration after a scam whereby top Bordeaux and Burgundy was allegedly sold to other London wine merchants.

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Sleeping beauty

Published:  23 July, 2008

Last month, a press release arrived at Harpers Towers declaring that the recruitment process was under way to find a UK director for Wines of Argentina's London office. This will be a challenging appointment,' it said. They're not wrong.

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Farr back full time at Bibendum

Published:  23 July, 2008

Simon Farr, one of the founders of London-based distributor Bibendum, is returning to work for the company full time after five years as non-executive deputy chairman.
Farr, who co-founded the company with Chris Collins in 1982, will take up the role of head of wine strategy, as well as taking responsibility for the host of joint ventures Bibendum has set up in recent years - such as the Argento Wine Company, Boisset and Lion Nathan. He was buying director at Bibendum until he stepped down in 2000.
His decision to return to a full-time role at Bibendum comes just weeks after high-profile joint managing director Dan Jago unexpectedly left the company. Bibendum also recently hired a new chief operating officer, Jeremy Young, recruited from DHL.
Last week Bibendum featured in the Sunday Times' 'Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For' list for the third time.

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Three men, a dog and global domination

Published:  23 July, 2008

Generally speaking, you should be wary of anyone who begins a sentence with In the old days'. Usually, they'll be talking about bygone eras when the bobby on the beat would give unruly youngsters a swift clip around the ear, or when footballers were real men, kicking a laced leather ball around a mudbath, cheered on by flat-cap-wearing hordes of working-class folk.

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The Interview: Nicolas Angelina, Operations manager, Volt Lounge, London

Published:  23 July, 2008

What made you open this style bar?
It was something the next generation of the family wanted. When the Antouns first came to London, after 25 years of running restaurants in Paris, they chose Hobart Place for the classical style of Lebanese dining. Then the Mango Tree took over next door; there was an empty space between that and Noura, so they thought, Why not something new?' For us, Volt means electricity, energy!

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Jurisprudence or blind man's buff?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Guilty or not guilty. Happily, that is neither the question nor the answer for the Grand Jury Europen (GJE). As it sips, swirls and spits its way through the evidence presented by more than 150 anonymous vinous witnesses, it may well consider cases of assault, breach of contract, deception, extortion, fraud, negligence, price-rigging and treason, as well as mitigating circumstances such as crimes passionnels and diminished responsibility. But its decisions will not be rendered in a stark one- or two-word verdict. Rather, they will take the form of a summary, with charts and graphs and scores out of 100. As such, some will find them harder to accept than others.

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Nolan joins Argento from Cellar Door

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Argento Wine Company (AWC) has appointed Amelia Nolan as its general manager.
A graduate of the University of Adelaide and Roseworthy College, Nolan joins Argento from Constellation Europe, where she worked in marketing and sales for the Cellar Door division. She has also been brand manager for Hardy's.
AWC MD Dan Jago said: I am delighted that we have got someone of such a high calibre on board - this is just what the Argentine category needs. With Amelia's leading brand experience and international outlook, we are very positive about Argento's future.'

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Majestic results again

Published:  23 July, 2008

The picture emerging from Britain's high streets is of a mixed Christmas and New Year. While some companies are reporting better-than-expected like-for-like sales compared with 2004, others have issued profits warnings, and there are fears that business in the first few days of the New Year have been very slow. Majestic Wine, however, did better than most by increasing its like-for-like sales by 5.2% in the nine weeks from 1 November to 2 January.

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Oeneo goes supercritical

Published:  23 July, 2008

Oeneo - the French-owned closure company formerly known as Sabat - has opened a plant capable of mass-producing Diam, the world's only taint-free' cork-based closure.

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Argentina must beware the Malbec pigeonhole

Published:  23 July, 2008

Paul Hobbs, the consultant winemaker best known for developing Argentinian Malbec for the likes of Nicolas Catena, has warned that Argentina is in danger of concentrating too much of its effort on the Malbec grape variety.

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The new dynamic duo

Published:  23 July, 2008

When Warren Adamson was starting as an apprentice in worsted spinning at Feltex Yarns in New Zealand, Fernando Ferr was graduating from the Universidad Catlica Argentina with a business administration degree.

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En primeur troubles

Published:  23 July, 2008

While demand has been stronger than some traders expected in the UK, Europe and the Far East, it has been feeble in the US: the weakness of the dollar, the high prices paid for the 2003s, and the less-than-enthusiastic reports of influential reviewers such as Robert Parker and Wine Spectator have shrunk the market there. Some US shippers have even been declining their allocations of first growths.

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Argentina: who's crying now?

Published:  23 July, 2008

Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2005
Venue: Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8
Time: 10am-5.30pm

The Wines of Argentina Annual Trade Tasting will take place on Tuesday 20 September at the Nursery Pavilion, Lord's Cricket Ground. Approximately 70 producers have registered to participate, and a separate, themed tasting will look at Malbec and More', for which exhibitors have been asked to submit wines that retail at 5.99 and above. For further information, please contact Tina Coady: call or fax 01480 384 806, or e-mail t.coady@ntlworld.com

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Across the Andes: Colchagua and Mendoza

Published:  23 July, 2008

On a balmy evening last March, at the tail end of the Chilean summer, a group of local vineyard workers from the Colchagua Valley gathered on the terrace of Franois and Jacques Lurton's house in Lolol to enact a song-and-dance dramatisation of the local grape harvest. Soulful and entertaining, this involved a slightly gawky but winsome teenager in a fetching cowboy hat plucking' the grapes from a busty matriarch, doing double duty as a vine', as she sang about the trials and tribulations of the harvest, as well as the challenges facing the itinerant grape pickers.

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The Interview: Paul Henderson, Director, Gidleigh Park Hotel, Chagford, Devon

Published:  23 July, 2008

How did you end up running a hotel in the middle of Devon?

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Sideways prompts Cheval Blanc boost

Published:  23 July, 2008

Chic Knightsbridge restaurant Zuma has added two bottles of the rare 1961 vintage Cheval Blanc to its wine list, following demand from customers who have seen it featured in the film Sideways, in which two friends take a road trip through California wine country.

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Argentina goes for growth

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argentina is looking to grab at least 6% of the total wine market by 2020, according to Roberto Luca, president of Wines of Argentina (WoA).

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Bordeaux 04: final prices announced

Published:  23 July, 2008

The last of the Bordeaux estates have released their prices for the 2004 en primeur campaign, two months after its start.

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United they stand

Published:  23 July, 2008

Robin Fedden, travelling in Syria and Lebanon at the end of the Second World War, offers this advice to thirsty travellers in his travel book Syria and Lebanon: Quite good wine is made in certain parts of the Lebanon, particularly in the Bk'aa [sic] Valley, in the neighbourhood of Chtaura. It is relatively cheap. On the other hand, most of the wine in the out-of-the-way villages is hardly recognisable as such, and is best avoided.'

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THE INTERVIEW - VINCENT LABEYRIE

Published:  23 July, 2008

Vincent Labeyrie, Wine buyer, Le Cercle, London. Interview: Josie Butchart

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NOT DROWNING BUT WAVING

Published:  23 July, 2008

Though the headline figure for the global surplus looks likely to decline for the third year in succession, the problem of over-supply continues to threaten the existence of wine producers of all kinds all over the world. In his latest update, Neil Beckett assesses the size, colour and increasing quality of the world wine lake

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THE TANNAT COUNTRY

Published:  23 July, 2008

Uruguay produces wine on a much smaller scale than its larger neighbours in South America. But as Christian Davis discovers, it is fighting bravely to make itself heard

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DRINK ARGENTINA

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Falklands, football, Evita, tango, gauchos... Everyone knows something about Argentina, but how many people know about its wines? Many more soon will, if Wines of Argentina's latest campaign is successful. Christian Davis reports

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SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Europeans often fall into the trap of thinking that Southern Hemisphere summers are as consistent as ours are fickle. But the 2002 vintage confounded that notion, with Australia experiencing its coldest-ever summer in some areas, and the south of Chile one of its wettest. Harpers reviews the mixed harvest in key New World countries

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On the move

Published:  23 July, 2008

In 2000, the big news for Argentina in the UK was the establishment of a new generic office. A year on, market share has not increased greatly and the country remains in the shadow of its neighbour over the Andes. Charlotte Hey asks the trade what Argentina should do now

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NO GOING BACK

Published:  23 July, 2008

Embroiled in economic turmoil, winemakers in Argentina are dealing with ever-increasing problems of supply, labour, distribution and revenue. So are they choosing to slash their output, prices or marketing budget, or is there a confidence and determination to battle through the crisis? Tim Atkin travels to Argentina to find out

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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Published:  23 July, 2008

Argentina has been plunged into financial and political disarray. With its fifth president in six weeks, the country is in dire need of stability and an economic rescue package. Monty Waldin, who was in Buenos Aires as the crisis escalated, reports on the threat to Argentina's wine industry, at home and abroad

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RED RIBAND

Published:  23 July, 2008

Despite differences in classifications and hierarchies between the Old and New World, there's one list that every Cabernet Sauvignon producer would love to be on. Anthony Rose presents his top 20 Cabernets from around the world

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WINES AND MISDEMEANOURS

Published:  23 July, 2008

Counterfeit trading has plagued the wine and spirits industry for decades. Now, increasingly brand-precious wine producers are finally getting to grips with this multi-million dollar rip-off. Maggie Rosen reports on the fight against fakes

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Fighting for Facings

Published:  23 July, 2008

Once derided as the epitome of naff, branded wines are enjoying an Australian-led renaissance, as Tim Atkin reports

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Up for Clicks and Grabs

Published:  23 July, 2008

Auction markets are becoming as fragmented and as global as any other sector of the trade. What is the scale of the threat to UK auction houses from US auction houses and dotcoms, and from the thousands of individuals bringing down the hammer remotely? Is the auction market being divided or expanded, and what lessons are there for the rest of the trade? Neil Beckett concludes a two-part investigation

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CHEVAL DES ANDES STEPS OUT

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Neil Beckett

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ARGENTINA TO OPEN UK OFFICE IN 2005

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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FARR BORDEAUX AUCTION FIRST

Published:  23 July, 2008
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CHANGES AT CHATEAUX D'YQUEM AND PALMER

Published:  23 July, 2008
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CHATONNET'S ALTAIR LEADS SOUTH AMERICA'S ULTRA-PREMIUM PARADE

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd

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UK REMAINS CHAMPAGNE'S NO. 1

Published:  23 July, 2008
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BUOYANT 2000 BORDEAUX AUCTION

Published:  23 July, 2008
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2002 BORDEAUX: MIXED FORTUNES

Published:  23 July, 2008
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CATENA'S VINEYARD DIRECTOR QUITS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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ORGANIC WINE IS HOT AIR, SAYS MARCHEVSKY

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Peter Richards

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2000 BORDEAUX STILL DIVIDES THE EXPERTS

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Jack Hibberd & Neil Beckett

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BARON DE ROTHSCHILD JOINS THE UNION

Published:  23 July, 2008
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CATENA SPONSORS DU VIN

Published:  23 July, 2008
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IWIF INVESTS IN BIBENDUM

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Tim Atkin MW

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AUCTION MONEY ON MATURE BORDEAUX CLASSICS

Published:  23 July, 2008
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ARGENTINIAN BRAND BOOST BY BIBENDUM

Published:  23 July, 2008
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GREATER PRICE TRANSPARENCY IN FINE WINE

Published:  23 July, 2008

By Neil Beckett

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Top Bordeaux prices soar

Published:  23 July, 2008

Rising prices lead to "retail genocide"

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Diageo and Pernod Ricard buy Seagram brands

Published:  23 July, 2008

Sale of the century!

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Bibendum's brave New World

Published:  23 July, 2008

Even more eclectic range with a tasting to match

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Las Moras gets Morrisons listing

Published:  18 January, 2007

Latest Nielsen data released shows that Finca Las Moras has continued to increase its lead of the Argentinian market, taking first place not just for volume but now for value as well.

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Andean Malbec wins gold at Argentine awards

Published:  18 January, 2007

Andean Malbec 2007 was awarded not only a gold medal at the second Argentinian Wine Awards but also the highly coveted Flagship Varietal Trophy for its outstanding example of the Malbec Grape.

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Argie Bargie

Published:  18 January, 2007

A few years ago, writers commenting on Australian wine always referred to the largest producers - such as Hardys, Rosemount and Penfold's - when discussing the country's export marketing strategy.

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The City

Published:  18 January, 2007

A billionaire Belgian who built his family's scrap metal business into an empire encompassing the media, utilities and oil has set the world's private equity groups and drinks businesses scurrying for their calculators.

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Click Wine Group lists new Malbec

Published:  30 November, 1999

New from Click Wine Group, High Note is a classic Argentinean Malbec, smooth and velvety, distinctive and modern, from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, the location of the world's finest Malbec vineyards.

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